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- 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...
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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!!!