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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).
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.
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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.