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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.
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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.
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