Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Queen's Club R1 - David vs Vasek Pospisil

(Alastair Grant/AP Photo)
UpdateII
After nearly two days of waiting and a last-minute court change, David has won his first-round match at the Queen's Club, defeating Vasek Pospisil 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and forty minutes.
There was no stream for this match in the end so coming up with a report will be difficult. But Istabraq and Denise were there at Court 1 and maybe they'll tell us a bit more about what happened. And of course I also hope they took photos. Though to my surprise, the photo agencies have covered the match, as well.

In the second round tomorrow, David will face Ruben Bemelmans (#131).
Edit: The first round of photos now on the Photo Page.
More tomorrow...



(Getty Images; montage by VD)













UPDATE
David's match has been moved to Court 1 - for which there's no coverage.
So after all the waiting it's another round of scoreboard-watching...


Or rather: David vs Vasek Pospisil - the second attempt, after yesterday, the complete Queen's Club schedule "drowned" in the London rain. And David's match along with it...

Last year, David, ranked #39 as of this week, played his first match on grass of the season (after missing out on the grass-court events for three years) against a young player he had never met before, ranked just outside the Top100 and with little experience on grass. And the exact same description applies to Vasek Pospisil, David's opponent today. But whereas last year, David's first-round match (and then also his other ones) took place on an outside-court, this time he gets to play on Centre Court, also today. Still, whether today the rain will stop long enough for those three matches scheduled ahead of David's to be played and then also his - that remains to be seen.

For 21-year-old Vasek Pospisil, currently ranked #103 (his highest ranking so far has been #95), this will only be the sixth match he gets to play on grass in his still young career, and the first that doesn't take place in qualiyfing. Pospisil mostly plays Challenger events, with hardcourt as his favourite surface, and his best result of the year so far has been winning the Rimouski Challenger in Canada, his home country. At the ATP-level, however, he hasn't made it past the first round at any of the three events (Chennai, Montpellier and Indian Wells) where he made it into the main draw. I've never seen Pospisil play so I can't say anything about his game. Only that according to the ATP website, he thinks of his forehand as his best shot.

Well, fingers crossed that David gets to play this match today!

Finally, here's a photo of David, leaving the premises yesterday after a day spent waiting. Istabraq took it (thank you!), along with a couple of others you'll find on the Photo Page.

(photo by Istabraq)

40 comments:

  1. very nice photos, thank you Istabraq! (hehe the little boy staring at David in the 1st picture, like "he must be a tennis player but I'm not sure about his identity" lol)

    4th match on Centre court, let's hope it won't rain for many hours in a row...

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  2. one set all between Gil and Baghdatis, David next yaaay!

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  3. Great photos (as usual) from Istabraq, oh how I wish I was there. I'm watching on TV, is this Gil/Baghdatis match ever going to end? Every game seems to go to deuce! Baghdatis has just got the break but it's still only 2-1 in the third set. I really hope they finish soon and I get to see David!!

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  4. At last Baghdatis is now up a double break so hopefully not too long to wait now, I hope he can get this wrapped up quickly. It looks miserable, I hope everyone who's there is wrapped up warm. Off topic, but it's nice to see Miles Mclagan again in the stands now he's coaching Baggy.

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  5. David's match has been moved to Court 1. So no coverage, only the scoreboard. And it's about to start now.

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  6. Correct that - it has started now.

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  7. I'm going to cry Julia! Aargh. And that's Baggy just won his match :-(

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  8. Had he done it a little quicker we might have had a chance...

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  9. aaaaah :( :( :( Baggy just won, I really thought they'd wait and not move David... :(

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  10. At least Istabraq is courtside and she'll hopefully take some pics.

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  11. Tantalising view of Court 1 in the background at for a few minutes before the TV coverage stopped, I reckon that's the closest I'm going to get to seeing David at Queens this year thanks to work *sob*

    I blame Gil for taking that second set, it's his fault ;-)

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  12. I blame the English weather... ;)

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  13. Oh no, David...
    Double fault to lose the first set.
    This is great and getting more so by the minute.

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  14. So gutted. Come on I believe

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  15. Three break points saved...

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  16. And he breaks in the next game!

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  17. Finally he breaks. Needs more 2nd serve from his opponent..

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  18. Pospisil's turn to double fault on BP and that's a double break for David. :)

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  19. And he takes the second, 6-2.
    Decider, here we come.

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  20. Great turnaround from 0-1 0-30! David's returning much better.

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  21. Keeping everything crossed! Came out of shower and first set was away... so please David, vamos :-)!

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  22. Phew... The fifth break point in that game he takes at last... 2-1

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  23. Uff, yes finally and he holds his service game, 3-1

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  24. We have another double break. :)

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  25. yaaaay David, "just" hold now :)

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  26. Yeesss he holds! :-) 5-1

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  27. Come on David, get this done! Now I just have to hope the rain stays away in London tomorrow, and ye tennis gods put him on Centre Court about tea time, which is probably too much to hope for given all the big names start playing tomorrow...

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  28. too bad we couldn't get to watch this win :(
    hoping for another schedule on Centre court for real this time...
    hope Istabraq enjoyed it courtside, lucky you! ;)

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  29. Good stuff David, I look forward to seeing Istabraq's photos. I just hope he can go deep in this tournament so I can see him in the telly :-)

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  30. yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
    i missed you mr. nalbandian

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  31. What a good win in the end overcoming that. so happy. Going centre court tomoz fingers crossed get to see nalbyyyyy!! El rey david

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  32. I'm afraid no, it's Court 1 again... CC is reserved for the top seeds and Roddick tomorrow. David will have to get to R3 and face Roddick to play on CC.

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  33. Yay David! It was a lovely match. I was so upset for all of you on here when I heard he'd been moved off Centre Court, as I knew you'd been waiting and worrying about how long Baggy was taking, just as I was. Although I bet none of you were as cold as I was, sitting in the stands at Queen's. ;)

    I had an awful feeling that was going to happen, as I knew the last singles match on Court 1 was ahead of all the others, and I thought they'd prioritise singles over doubles. So I was checking and checking - and as soon as I knew, I was outta Centre Court and sweet-talking my way onto Court 1 (without a C1 ticket). That wasn't difficult - there were loads of empty seats on all courts, I think a lot of people gave up because it was so cold and miserable.

    I'll be back to give my general impression and a few details of the match - just going to sort out a few photos. I gather Denise was there too, so I'll be interested to find out whether our impressions of the match were similar. :)

    Denise, if you're reading this... did you manage to see David practising today? I didn't find him, though I was checking the practice courts most of the afternoon. I think he must have been on early, while I was watching one of the first matches on. I saw players practising who were due to play both before and after David, so I couldn't see any pattern. As I'll be there again tomorrow, I'd like to catch him on the practice court if possible. I have a Centre Court ticket again, so somehow I'll have to get back onto Court 1...

    More later. :)

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  34. My thoughts on the match... I wasn't noting stats or anything, so this is quite general.

    I thought David played well and it was a really enjoyable match to watch. What went wrong in the first set? For one thing, I had the impression that David wasn't that confident about his footing. A lot of players had been slipping and sliding on the grass all day (which seems to be the case every year at Queen's at the start of the week, as whenever I've been there then, it's been damp and murky conditions). Pospisil did a good job of moving him around, early on. Later, that didn't seem to be happening - maybe it was David getting more used to the conditions, or Pospisil not placing the ball so well, or a bit of both.

    I'd never seen Pospisil before. He has a very good serve, likes to volley and hit drop shots. He got a lot of quick points off his serve. David's serve, I thought, was part of the problem in the first set - but I don't mean it was one of his horrible serving days, it's just that most of the time there wasn't much on it, and Pospisil was really getting hold of a lot of them.

    In the 2nd and 3rd sets I thought David served a lot better. The big difference was, more of his serves got him into rallies (Pospisil did hit some cracking return winners), and I think that was where it turned in David's favour. Once they'd got into a rally, David could dominate a lot of the time - I felt that the longer a point went on, the more likely he was to win it. Pospisil wanted/needed to finish the points off quickly. I think he got a bit rattled once David was ahead, maybe rushed things and went for too much a few times. That serve was still firing though.

    I liked that David stayed focused - he had no real trouble holding serve after breaking or when serving for the sets and match - that probably showed on the scoreboard anyway, but the service itself was as good as it had been all match, none of that nervy rubbish serving at crucial points. I felt that once he'd had that first service break in the 2nd set, he always seemed in the ascendancy. I don't want to take anything away from Pospisil, or from David for beating him - I thought Pospisil played really well, and I'd say he's a much better player (on grass, anyway) than Marchenko or Bozoljac who I saw David beat in the early rounds here last year. I'd rather like to see him win a round or two at Wimbledon - well away from David in the draw, of course.

    A quick description from part of the 3rd set: at 1 all they had quite a long game which ended in David breaking Pospisil's serve. David hit some beauties in that game, including a gorgeous lob, a really neat volley winner - which suddenly made me think in surprise, had I even seen David at the net until then? - a fantastic winning return right at Pospisil's feet as he came charging in, and on break point, Pospisil did one of his favourite drop shots, but super-speedy David got to it and and hit a pass to take the game. He followed up with a nice quick hold and then played another excellent game to break again. (Poor Pospisil slipped and fell flat on his face at deuce in that one, so he wasn't happy.)

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  35. I lost the last line of that post. It was meant to say:

    Here's hoping for more good play from David tomorrow, and then he should be back on Centre Court. :)

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  36. thank you for your match report Istabraq :) I've never seen Pospisil play before, too bad they moved David and him on court 1 :(
    so the key for David is to serve well to be confident during the match, let's hope he'll do the same today.
    glad to read he won most of the long rallies :)

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