Friday, June 15, 2012

Queen's Club R3/QF - David Beats Edouard Roger-Vasselin - and then also Xavier Malisse

(Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
UpdateII
And he has done it again!
David has also won his second match of the day, defeating Xavier Malisse 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 in just under two hours.
In the semifinal tomorrow, he'll face Grigor Dimitrov. It will be their first meeting. - And that match will take place on Centre Court, with coverage.

Edit: Photos up now; post coming later tonight (European time).

Update
After two hours and 14 minutes on court, two rain delays and after having been down a set and a break, David has defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 for a place in the quarterfinal.



(Getty Images; montage by VD)













Weather Update
2.38pm  local: Looks like it's only a brief delay this time and play will resume shortly.

2.28pm local: David's match is once again suspended, with David leading 5-2 in the third set.

12.17 pm: The covers are coming off again and David's match will resume at around 12.30pm local.

12.01pm local: The dark clouds are moving away. ->

11.38am local: Play is once more suspended due to rain at 3-3 in the first set.


We've already had some rather, let's call it unusual days at the Queen's Club, this week.
With the weather (and also the schedule) denying David the chance to play on Centre Court and denying us the chance to watch him play. And unfortunately, it'll be the same scenario again today, with David scheduled to play on Court 1 - without coverage. But what's different (and also unusual) today is that David might get to play two matches, in case he gets past the player pictured above. I'll quote from my pre-match post I wrote for yesterday:

For 28-year-old Edouard Roger-Vasselin, ranked at a career-high #67 as of this week, it's the second time that he has reached the third round at an ATP-level tournament this season, with a quarterfinal appearance at Marseille (lost to Tsonga) as his best result, so far this year. Plus a semifinal at the Challenger level. Something that sets Roger-Vasselin apart from most other players, however, is the choice of his favourite surface, which is grass. And how well he's able to play on it he showed on Wednesday, when after saving a match point he went on to beat four-time Queen's Club champion Andy Roddick.
Edouard Roger-Vasselin has two doubles titles to his name, he's comfortable at the net and possesses the serve, the variety and also the movement on grass to make him a potentially difficult opponent for anyone on this surface - also for David.

If David beats Roger-Vasselin, he'll then also play his quarterfinal match today, as the third match on Court 1 (and again without coverage). If that's the case, he'll get to face Xavier Malisse (#84), the player David defeated to reach the Wimbledon final, ten years ago.
The overall match record between these two stands at 5-1 in David's favour. But Malisse as well can be a tricky opponent on grass.
But first things first - round 3 and David's match against Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

A couple of photos that Istabraq (thanks!) took during David's training session yesterday you'll find on the Photo Page.

123 comments:

  1. Guys weather looking great ATM here but it can change this is London

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  2. good to know George, keep us updated about the weather, hope it storms like hell after David and Tipsarevic finish their matches, so that all players play QFs tomorrow

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  3. Just saw the sky on TTV - looks very dark and cloudy...
    Fingers crossed.

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  4. At least, right now the dark clouds seem to be moving away from the Queen's Club.

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  5. Denise says David is warming up now and his brother Javier is also in the stands.

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  6. you think it's a long delay ?

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  7. If they put the covers on the courts it's never a good sign.

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  8. I'm keeping an eye on the weather via TTV now and looks like the dark clouds will soon be gone, with a much brighter patch coming up.

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  9. This is really bad, messed up tournament.
    Do you have coverage on Center court Julia? can you see whats the weather like

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    1. TTV shows a general view of QC now. And the dark clouds are moving away. :)

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  10. If they move the final to monday , they have to ask the players permission??? or ATP ??? or they can move themselves! :)

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  11. Still a long way until then. They will only move the final to Monday if there's no other way. Just like at QC last year. Or RG, or USO...

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  12. Yea, if it keeps raining today they will probably move them to outside courts.I am sure David is really pissed right now

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  13. the sun is coming out a bit and its very bright now. the rain is stopping, a LOT came in the past half hour. dw noubar will do. Toun hayes che?

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  14. I just put up a new "live" screencap. The weather is getting better.
    But yeah, David isn't happy, also because he already slipped and took a fall, and then complained about the court - as Denise reports.

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  15. Yea George am Armenian and been in this blog for a long time now, it's just that they block access to blogger in Syria, but now it's open.
    bad thing David slipped, hope he wins both matches today, that would be the best revenge.

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  16. ahaha klkl. same ive been a nalby fan for 10 years now but this blog i just saw that u can comment like 1 year ago haha...

    Yeah I would be so angry if i was david. im surprised he hasnt flipped out yet, come oon daviid

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  17. He's apparently still complaining about the court and his footing (or lack of) on it. But most of all he's serving really poorly...

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  18. 9 doubles it is just to bad at this level

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  19. To many double faults :-(

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  20. If he hits as many DFs as that it can be a sign for abdominal problems - but that's just speculation at this point.

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  21. This is very disappointing. I thought he served pretty well the two matches I saw (apart from a slow start).

    (Back at work with just the scoreboard now.)

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  22. Break, VAMOS! Now good serving!

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  23. This is looking more promising...

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  24. back from the dead nalbandian.

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  25. He takes the second set 7-5! :)

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  26. Get in! He looked dead and out at 64 42 down. He's on a comeback trail, vamos! Apparently he's smashes his racket several times and has a code violation ...

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  27. 2-0. This is looking MUCH more promising. :)

    edit: Another DF. Bah!

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  28. And what do we have here - another rain delay...

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  29. Rain .... i can't believe it

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  30. But they're not covering the courts this time, so it might only be a brief pause.

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  31. are courts covered ?????

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  32. Omfg he was pretty close to finishing it as well. I'm in north London and the weather is absolutely beautiful. Well some blue skies! Strange

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  33. They're starting again

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  34. Yeah, getting ready again on CC. Always takes a bit longer on the other courts, though.

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  35. Yep true happened in the last rain delay as well when I was looking

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  36. I've a doubt ! I'm just following the scores online! David leads 5-2 and one game away frm victory! Is any points won by anyone in eigth game in Roger's serve???

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  37. It's 15-15 on Roger-Vasselin's serve.

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  38. Julia do I have to keep writing the verification code? Is there some way u can take it off?

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    1. If I removed that step, the comments would be flooded with bots and spam. I know it's a drag but unfortunately, it's necessary.

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  39. Ok thnks! hope David will lose! :P since I'm frm France! LOL :PP

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  40. We'll see. But good for you that we also help out French ERV fans. ;)

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  41. Julia where are they ???

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  42. On CC, they're warming up again right now. And on the other courts, it always takes a little longer...

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  43. ok thanks a lot, thought it rained again

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  44. "If I removed that step, the comments would be flooded with bots and spam. I know it's a drag but unfortunately, it's necessary." I so much agree.
    But the comments used to be viewed on a new page, i liked that a little better, this is ok too though.Both have their advantages heh

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  45. Well, now you don't have to quote previous comments anymore, you can reply to them directly (if you click "Reply" underneath the comment). :)

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  46. ah ok i see, lets leave it like this then. So Malisse in like 1 hour, hope thats enough to recover, and only then he will give the answer if we get to see David on CC ever in Queens, hes played 6 matches in Queens in 2 years,even the seventh in an hour, and not once on CC

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  47. I changed the comments layout because I had to. Blogger made some alterations to the old way (with the extra page) and it looked like crap. But actually, I like it better this way now. :)

    Well, what a match, David... We'll see if he has another one in him, today.

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  48. Good that David won! I was on the road and always checked my mobile for the score. Constantly I saw 'rain', good that he still won it. Let's see what he can give in the second one!

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  49. Im not sure if you guys know by now,Nalby has won the match!!!! Tisaravic is gone and Dimitriuv is losing his match right now.

    The doubles match is just about to start so, I hope Nalby can get enough rest and be ready for the match against Malisse.

    Im very confident that Nalby can beat Malisse he has a 5-1 record against him and Nalby can out finesse Malisse.

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  50. What a win, considering the circumstances!! David will be so tired for the mallise, if he recovers, i also reckon he'll beat him! Vamosss

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  51. Where is rain now?:-D

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  52. And of course, Mirnyi/Nestor are making short work of Hewitt/Roddick... This is the first time this week that I wouldn't have anything against a maybe one-hour rain delay...

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    1. Ha ha - I was feeling guilty for thinking the same thing. Having been at Queen's every day this week until today, how mean of me to want all those tennis-goers to have to wait again. I should know how they feel. ;)

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  53. Maybe David is like that character in the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, who's a rain god without knowing it... ;)

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  54. Once you need the rain, where is it! :-)?! Ha, David the rain god, this time it would be good :-)!

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  55. I missed out on the livescore of David's match against Roger-Vasselin, I'm happy he won in 3sets after being down some time in the match :D

    now I just hope that both Roddick/Hewitt can take the 2nd set so they can go on a 3rd! David needs some rest as long as he can.
    A brief rain delay maybe? hehe :)
    hehehe Julia, rain god lol

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    1. Even if they do, they only play a 10-point tie-break instead of a third set. :( It can't last that much longer.

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  56. I am about 10km away from Queen's Club and there are big threatening rain clouds here... but also some blue sky. Not sure which way the clouds are heading.

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    1. At Queen's it's still sunny, as far as I can see on TTV.

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  57. Without this 2 match/day thing, David would've been the absolute Favorite to win this tournament. Lets imagine this as a Wimbledon best of 5 match, David down 2 set to 1, 1 hour rain delay, and now He'll be back to win 2 more sets hehe

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  58. Well, I'd be happy if he could make a new start in this second match. Without (or with less) double faults. And also without getting so worked up/down on himself. As Denise reports, he had a code violation and then also a point penalty in the first match...

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  59. btw, betting sites still list David as the favorite(1.53) to Malisse(2.37) keep it positive folks

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  60. David's QF match will start not before 5pm local.

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  61. That's good news, he has an extra half hour then to rest

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  62. yup, and an extra 30 minutes for me to study :)
    you think he took a shower in the hotel before the match, or that would just make him sleepy lol ?

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  63. I think he took a shower to be fresh for a brand new start, without drama hopefully :)

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  64. Mira, trust me, there will be drama. A price you have to pay for being a Nalbandian fan no doubt.,

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  65. well the doubles match is over and Grigor Dimitiov is through as well to the semis. I do see Nalby playing him in the semis, However this will not be an easy match.

    This guy has a pattern game just like Federer. Big serve, Big Forhand, and a weaker beackhand but can be a weapon from time to time.

    I know Nalby still has that one match to go, but if he can pull thorugh this match will most certainly be a tough one for him... Vamos Nalby!!!

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  66. I'll start thinking about Dimitrov if David beats Malisse. ;)

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  67. In case anybody is wondering, it's not raining. But it's extremely windy now - not good for David.

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    1. fingers crossed for David's serve!

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  68. Vamos David! ah Noubar, let's hope he'll be fresh enough to win this match!
    it's so frustrating to not see David on a stream :(

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  69. David has served two Aces in the opening game so good.

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  70. break and rebreak :(

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  71. we can feel now how windy it is folowing the scoreboard. Poor service games from David :/ after 4:2 he loses the set with 4:6, terrible :(

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  72. Well, impossible to know what really happened there. But the windy conditions (as well as having already played a match) surely don't make it easier for him. And Malisse is no pushover on grass.

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  73. first set goes to malisse .
    Now it's too much to ask from david .

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  74. He's still in it and on serve in the second so u never know

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  75. Could anyone be kind enough and post a link here to the stream? :-)

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    1. You think I'd withhold it from you and the others if there was such a thing?

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  76. David the tiebreak monster strikes again! :)

    I think in this second set, he posted just about the best serve stats I've ever seen from him.

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  77. Come on! But he gunna be so tired for this one

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  78. David has taking the Second Set in a Tie Break. I luv the comback!!! I hope he can complete with a win for the second time today!@!!

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  79. Yeah so true. No doubles and high serve percentage! Won most of his first serves

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  80. And also 78% (!) of his second serves.

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  81. Malisse serves first, hopefully David won't lose his service game in this set.

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  82. now 2 difficult service games for Nalbandian won and Malisse without much problems on his serve, it doesn't promise good finish for David :/

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  83. Well, I didn't expect that he'd be able to go serving like he did in the second set.

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  84. Epic fight from David, Vamossa

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  85. Wow, really wow, he really won! Fantastic!

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  86. What a day, incredible

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  87. And its another win for David:-)6-1 against Malisse in head to head now

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  88. :OOOOO :))))) ***** :DDDDD I get crazy :D

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  89. WOW, IM SO PROUD TO BE A NALBANDIAN FAN!!!!!! Bien Echo David Felicitaciones!!!!! Good thing is guys we get to see him on TV tommorow!!!

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  90. 4 hours 14 minutes David play today and did better as long the match went on, I hope he hasn't taken doping in the morning :D

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  91. I can't breath at the moment.
    David is most likely the 2nd Semifinal match tomorrow. Now lets see if the organizers will put him on court one or CC. In your faces queens

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  92. Very good wins David,it wasnt easy but you ve done it.

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  93. By the way, those two wins are a nice present from David for VD and its 4th anniversary tomorrow. That we'll get to see him tomorrow, I mean. :)

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    1. That is very nice :-)!!! Vamos!

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    2. Yeah, normally the anniversary is during Boodles but this year the calendar is a bit different with the Olympics. :)

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  94. Indeed, now he rests well and into the Semis, he must be eager to win this tournament now. Just hats off to David today. The Comeback beast of the year

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  95. It has been a tough time being a fan of David,as Father Time catches up with him. Days like this make it worthwhile. Vamos!

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  96. There's life in the old dog, yet. ;)

    I'm still speechless. Just wow, David...

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  97. Happy Anniversary to all VD-ers.
    Thank you for this blog Julia. Can you imagine us without Julia's blog????

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    1. You're welcome but it's one more day until the anniversary. :)

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  98. Really!!! What a day, what a fight despite the circumstances! He showed great character! I'm so happy! Vamos David!

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  99. You are right, but I might not been able to post tomorrow because it's weekend and too much to do :-)

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  100. Okay then thanks in advance. :)

    I'll write a summary post about both matches later tonight (European time).

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  101. aaaaah David :D happy I was away from the livescores to not jinx him! haha!
    Such a delight to see that he's on semifinal of a grass event, especially by playing 2 matches the same afternoon!!!
    Im so happy!!!!

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  102. Im acc soo buzzin!! NAlby foreverr. Shows desire and strength to do what he done!! Incredible from el rey. Ahh such a good day, i never thought he'll have the fitness to win both. Cant wait for tomorrow!!

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  103. Words fail me. There is no way I thought David had a chance of winning 2 matches today. I'm so pleased I'll see his match tomorrow, hurrah!

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