Saturday, June 16, 2012

Queen's Club SF - David vs Grigor Dimitrov

(Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)



UpdateII
- And he has done it yet again! This time even without drama.
David has defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4 in exactly one hour and a half for a place in the Queen's Club final. There, he will face Marin Cilic tomorrow.

Edit: Photos are up now, post coming later...








(AP Photo/Getty Images; montage by VD)













Update
3.31pm local: Marin Cilic has defeated Sam Querrey in the first semifinal of the day and David's match will now soon begin...

Welcome to day 6 at the Queen's Club, semifinals day - which also happens to be day 1, as far as coverage for David's matches is concerned. It has been a rather chaotic week at the Queen's Club for David, including a complete wash-out and various rain delays that affected his schedule, culminating in having to play two matches, yesterday. But unfazed by all of that, David has made his way through the rounds, taking advantage of the draw opening up for him. So today, he gets to play his third semifinal of the season and the second at the Queen's Club after 2008. And once more, he's up against a player he has never met before.

Grigor Dimitrov, currently ranked #72 (his highest ranking was #52, last year) is, at 21 years of age, the youngest player in the Queen's Club semifinals. For him, it's the first time that he's among the final four at an ATP tournament. And it's also the first time that he has made it past the second round anywhere this year. In doubles, however, Dimitrov has a final to his name, which he reached at Eastbourne last year - on grass. And according to his ATP profile, hardcourt and grass are Dimitrov's favourite surfaces.
At the Queen's Club this week, Dimitrov beat qualifier Bobby Reynolds (you may remember him from the US Open, last year) and Gilles Muller before taking out Nicolas Mahut, a grass specialist and former runner-up at this event. In the quarterfinal yesterday, Dimitrov overcame Kevin Anderson in three tight sets.

On forums, Grigor Dimitrov often goes by the nickname "BabyFed", sometimes meant as a compliment and sometimes not really, because apart from his backhand, which he sometimes also hits double-handed, Dimitrov tries to emulate Federer's game, complete with the serve and the occasionally flashy forehand as his biggest weapons. It'll be interesting to see whether David will notice those similarities. After all, there are few who know the original better than he does.
But most of all, the question going into this match is what will be the more important factor, the confidence those two victories yesterday must have given him or the strength that playing those two matches must have cost. Hopefully, it'll be the former.

And by the way...

Four years ago to the day, a blog named Vamos David was born and I wrote my first post.
By now, we've reached over 800 posts and almost 15.000 comments. Unbelievable... :)
Thank you all for coming here and for continuing to come here. And thank you for the comments, the help, the photos, the links and the updates. And, of course - VAMOS DAVID!!!

60 comments:

  1. Kevin Anderson* =)

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  2. Vamos David! Four years, wow! Thank you also Julia for all the work and thank you to everybody for the great time we have here! What would we do without Vamos David?!

    So hopefully David was able to recover well and got some rest and can play good today! I'm still so proud that he rocked the day yesterday!

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  3. Doesn't dimitrov play one handed backhand? your post says two handed.

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  4. He occasionally also plays it double-handed, as can be seen in the pic above.

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  5. Well, anyways it's going to be a nice match up. hopefully david can pull this one :)

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  6. And for the first time this week, the weather forecast looks good - surprisingly enough. :)

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  7. well, i think david is going to win this one because of the following reasons.

    - david is know how to play his style. It took federer 5 losses in the seniors.
    - david is more experienced
    - David must be feeling mentally great, because of his comebacks. I don't think he is tired, grass isin't that tiring. He won 2 long matches in a row yesterday, so 24 hours of rest is enough.
    I can't see david losing this unless:
    - he got injured yesterday
    - has a bad day
    - dimitrov plays very well

    If they both play very well, i think the edge goes to nalby.

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  8. Vamos David!!!

    over 800 posts and 15.000 comments >> WOW! props to you Julia and all Vamos Daviders! :)

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  9. Congratulations Julia and Vamos David!!!! ♥ From Argentina ♥ Kisses!!

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  10. Happy 4th anniversary Julia, this blog has been something really special for all of us,for me it can't pass 2 days without surfing it 5 times, except the time blogger was blocked for me, this place has been the home for all Nalby fans for sure, we met each other here, and some of us became really good friends and even met with each other. Since his official Website/Facebook/twitter is a pure crap even made this blog more important to us. Keep up the good work, and hope this week gets even better for all of us Vamosdaviders and specially you Julia.
    From the land of bombings and destruction. Greeting from Syria

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    1. My heart goes out to you! All this will pass and I know the future will be better for us inshAllah! Greetings from Egypt :)

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  11. Oh Noubar... What can I say. At least you can now talk to us again. And if VD can do anything to help distracting you from the chaos and the violence around you then I'm glad about that.
    Yeah, who would've thought that here on VD, friendships would begin, continuing in real life, and even across continents... :)
    And you're right, David's official site/Twitter/FB are pure crap. Well, it's a dirty job but someone's gotta do it. ;)

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  12. Congratulations VD and thank you Julia for all your work throughout the years!!!

    The best birthday present for VD would be a win against Dimitrov :D

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  13. Your word in David's ear... :)
    And you're one of those who have helped me the most. ;)

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    1. I am glad I could help you during the years :)

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  14. Will David be playing at the Boodles this year?

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  15. From what we know so far - no. Which would be very strange. But apparently they're "talking to him" about it. Of course I'll keep checking for news.

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  16. Finally, I am watching the match on Eurosport 2 HD, it's very windy out there

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  17. David time!!!! hope you guys are ready :)
    Vamos!!

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  18. Thanks for the past 4 years Julia - Vamos David is without question the best source of David information on the web!

    Well that's Cilic in the final so David's coming up soon :-)

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  19. Thank you. :)

    Steve Ullrich by the way was the umpire who gave David the point penalty, yesterday.

    And the wind....

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  20. David seemed to be saying something about the weather to the umpire, I'm not sure he's in the best of moods...!

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  21. Well, he definitely wasn't yesterday but that didn't stop him from anything. ;)

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  22. Hui, that is really windy out there.

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  23. The BBC showed a brief interview with David during the warm-up. It was filmed on the practice courts at Queens this morning. David mentioned the wind being a potential issue, but he's got off to the perfect start with a break :-)

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  24. we'll probably see many breaks/breaks back today.. the wind is terrible...

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  25. BBC: "Hey is that guy wearing a Roger Federer cap? that shouldnt be allowed in the Nalbandian box" lol

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  26. Nice 1st set. Hope David keeps the pressure on and wins in two.

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  27. All these guys from Eurosport are talking about is Dimitrov, I mean hes nice to watch but I think there going overboard haha.

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  28. Woooow!!! 2 set with difficult windy conditions! I'm so proud!

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  29. YAAAAAY and it was great to see him being interviewed a bit after the match.

    Dimitrov is a talented youngster but David had to win this one today, Cilic awaits.

    1st grass court final since... Wimbledon ten years ago! this is your weekend David!!!

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  30. cilic is playing very well, it won't be easy, but who knows

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  31. Thank you David for a wonderful gift to the VamosDavid community, Cilic in the final. wohoo

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  32. Great win for David, especially in such bad conditions. I'm looking forward to the final tomorrow - but win or lose he'll have some valuable ranking points in the bank.

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  33. Way to go David. "A likeable, personable bloke," the commie called him. Nice. Hope it isn't so windy tomorrow.

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  34. What a win!! Im so happy. Consdering the conditions that was great!! lool first grass court tournament since 2002!! Loool at his iinterview 'do u remember that the wimbledon final was 10 years ago?' 'Nope lol'. Vamoooooooooooos Daviiiiiid! Weve stuck to him through injuries, there is still life yet, maybe a breakthrough for his final stint in his career. El Reyyy

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  35. I still can't quite believe it... I mean, we all know how David hates wind and how it usually messes up his game. But the way he just refused to let it get to him. Just great.

    By the way, after all the Brits and most of the seeds were out, the BBC as well as the tourney website "adopted" Dimitrov. This is why they kept showing him and making such a fuss about him. Well, too bad they "forgot" about David... ;)

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  36. Great stuff and present from David for VD, by the way, happy birthday to Vaaaamos David and thanks Julia for the great work. VD is without doubt by far the best site for David fans.
    I wish David would also think for the olympics 2016 :)

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  37. David's name was (is still?) trending worldwide on Twitter :D
    but really, I'm so proud to be part of this VD community, we've been waiting for so long to witness this kind of weekend ending. Everything tomorrow will be a bonus for El Rey!

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  38. The German commie said in the begin that he is a David fan and was telling about him more in this match. Everyone loves David, besides Hewitt lol.

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  39. HAPPY 4 YEARS EVERYONE!!!!! What a treat to see David's match on TV. Im suprised but very Happy he is moving to the Final!!! Although Clic is a strong opponent for David, My heart says that David will win!!!

    Hopefully we can get a title photo tommorow, that would be a nice treat for us here at VD Blog. Maybe this run will help David decide to give it a couple of more years of Pro tennis.

    Buena Suerte manana David!!! CAMPEON!!!!

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  40. no matter what is the outcome tomorrow, I liked that David sounded confident when he said he was leading 4-1 against Cilic and that he doesn't think of this final as a DC revenge.
    That's good to hear and I'm sure he'll do his best to capture the title:)

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    1. How typical that the interviewer had only looked at their last match together. I'm glad David didn't let them get away with that.

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  41. YES!! David looked great, sounded positive despite those blustery conditions. I watched every minute. Well played. Go for our lovely trophy, David.

    Happy 4yrs Julia and all.

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  42. Congratulations everyone :)) And best of luck to David in the final tomorrow, hope he can win it (Have a feeling he will:))

    And thanks a lot Julia for all the effort you do in this blog..highly appreciated :) It's a really nice place here :)

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  43. Guyz read this:
    http://tennis.com/articles/templates/features.aspx?articleid=18236&zoneid=9

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    1. Yeah, she's great. I love her articles. :)

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  44. First and foremost congratulations for the 4th anniversary of VAMOS DAVID! And many thanks to you, Julia for all the hard work for making this such a wonderful place for all of us who love David!
    Way to go David! Though Grisho is my countryman I had no dilemma who to support, David that is! Grigor will have time to prove himself.
    Good luck tomorrow in the final!

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  45. Yes, this is a great site - thanks Julia for all the hard work and everyone who supports it. Happy 4th anniversary. :)
    Vamos David!

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  46. Excellent result. Good to see there was no let down after all of yesterdays exertions.

    Thank you for all your work over the years Julia. It is fitting that David rewarded you with an excellent performance today!

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  47. Happy 4th anniversary julia , what a tremendous job you did in the last 4 years.
    I can't imagine how it would be to follow david without this blog?
    God bless you julia.
    Greetings from Kingdom of Sausi Arabia
    Hani

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  48. Thank you Julia,I've always been a fan of Nalbandian. So to be able to follow more closely on him through regular updates from this site is really wonderful. Please continue the good work!

    David through to the finals must have been a gift to VD. I couldn't believe it when I saw it 5 minutes ago. I mean there's so many big guns in the draw. Really from the bottom of my heart,I hope he wins tomorrow. It would mean so much for him. I'm so nervous and excited for finals. God knows when was the last time I felt this way.

    Bring the title back home David! Vamos!!!

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  49. Congratulations, Julia.

    vamos david!

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  50. Jenny, Noha, Bibi, Istabraq, Benji, Hani, Erierikas and La ninfa - thanks to all of you. :)

    And yeah, of course VD and I will continue to be there.
    Keeping up with David and his shenanigans... :)

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