Monday, June 25, 2012

Wimbledon R1 - David vs Janko Tipsarevic

(Tim Hales/AP Photo)

Update
It was not at all a bad match that David played today but Janko Tipsarevic was simply too good and too solid, especially in the important moments of the match. And so in the end, it was the eighth seed from Serbia who prevailed 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2 after two hours and 27 minutes, sealing the second first-round exit at Wimbledon in David's career.

The next event for David will now be the London Olympics, also at Wimbledon, a month from now. I assume that he'll be heading home now to take a break until then.

Edit: Photos are up now on the Photo Page.
Post coming tomorrow.




(Getty Images/AP Photo; montage by VD)











Ten years ago, David (ranked #40 as of this week) was a young and still pretty much unknown player when he stunned the tennis world by making it to the final at his first ever Championships. This year, it's the eighth time of playing Wimbledon for David (having missed it in 2004 and 2009/10) and today, it starts with a match that's going to get a lot of attention
- as it's of course David's first official match since the Queen's Club final. And because of all the attention, the organisers have decided to schedule this match on Court 1. So David gets to "kick off" (as all the British newspapers describe it) proceedings on the second biggest court at Wimbledon today, with his match against the eighth seed of the tournament.

Janko Tipsarevic, 28 years old and ranked #8, has posted consistently good results this year, mostly on hardcourt but also on clay. Apart from winning the World Team Cup with Serbia, he has a final (at Chennai), two semifinals and and three quarterfinals to his name.
On grass, Tipsarevic played at the Queen's Club, where he lost in the third round to Yen-Hsun Lu. After that, just like David, he played at match a Boodles, defeating Andy Murray.
At Wimbledon, Tipsarevic's best result so far has been reaching the fourth round (in 2007/8). The last two years he went out in the first round, losing to Arnaud Clement in 2010 and having had to retire against Ivo Karlovic, last year. However, that he's able to do well on grass, Tipsarevic showed when he reached the final of Eastbourne, last year.

This will be the fourth meeting between David and Janko Tipsarevic, with the match record standing at 2-1 in David's favour, and the first match between these two that won't take place on hardcourt. At the Australian Open 2007, David saved two match points in the third set before Tipsarevic retired in the fifth. This year, David prevailed at Indian Wells, while Tipsarevic managed to turn the tables at Miami.
It's going to be a tough match for David today, also because he and his behaviour on court will be under public scrutiny, and one that might very well go the distance. But hopefully David can find a way of continuing the form he has been displaying on grass.

P.S. At least, David will be able to play this match, knowing that there'll be no further sanctions from the ATP (thanks, Anonymous).

59 comments:

  1. Vamos David!!!! you can do it El Rey :)

    the ATP statement is clear, David can now focus on his 1st round.
    I hope they'll put it on my TV (Djokovic/Ferrero will be playing at the same time so...). At least, we have streams.

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  2. If Djokovic wins in 3 quick sets, they'll move to Court 1 and telecast David's match. hope Djokovic wins 6-1 6-2 6-1 as soon as posible ;)

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  3. Yesss come on just finished exam I'm so buzzing!L! Bpvamoossssss

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  4. ok folks, Wimbledon is the only tournament that Aljazzera doesn't broadcast. Adu Dhabi does, so am heading to my friends house to watch it, they have both CC and Court 1 matches shown together in HD. I have an exam tomorrow, so i'll be reading and watching at the same time, lets do this.

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    1. lucky you! They are showing David's match on Abu Dhabi sports extra which I don't have, so I'm stuck watching Abu Dhabi sports 2 and I'll have to watch David's match on a stream.

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  5. I really dont want to see him losing in the first round again!!!

    I still think ATP should have at least given him the ranking points up to the SF.

    He really must start the match very quickly! Whoever taking a 2 sets lead should win it...

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  6. You get defaulted, you lose your ranking points. Those are the rules. It was not a decision the ATP made just in David's case.

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  7. here they are, both players about to enter the court! Vamos!!!

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  8. aaaaah finally we get to see David's new shirt, it's pretty :)

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  9. good first service game by David, hope it'll remain that way.
    Vamos!!

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  10. Looking good, warm welcome too. Vamos David!

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  11. I'm a little worried that he wasn't able to convert any of the break points he had!

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  12. What a bad call by David not using the hawk eye.

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  13. just came home and saw the early break for Tipsy

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  14. how was the first set? what I see right now is a errorfull game from David

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  15. As the commentators just said, both David and Tipsarevic have a positive winner/UE ratio.

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    1. Just heard it, how many breaks were in first set? Had David chances?

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  16. It wasn't really that bad! The highlight of the first set is that David wasn't able to convert all the break points he had. How many guys 6 or 7?

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  17. Things are really not promising, unless he could break and win the second set. I am very worried, sigh...

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  18. how I see the service makes the differenc today as normal for David

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  19. David has really poor luck this year. When he has a good draw, he is playing bad, when he is in good form, he has a bad draw. I see now both are playing good, but Tipsarevic's first service is mostly unreturnable, but David's not.

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    1. True! If he just gets a break things might change! Otherwise, this is going downhill!

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  20. Tipsy you nerve with your service! Who said that Tipsy is not a great server? I always remember him as one of the very good servers.

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    1. I said and im still think that his serve inst that big.I mean hes good but hes not Isner.Against Ferrer or someone who can read first serve better than David hes serve would look much diferent today.David also has poor break points conversion for now.

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  21. Amazing serving by Tipsa.

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  22. Tipsarevic is serving pretty well everytime he has to save break points...
    Vamos David!

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  23. serve and volley by David <3
    now please try something on his serve there!!!

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  24. I'm frustrated! Tipsy keeps saving break points no matter what David tries

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  25. David still alive in this set! Vamos!!!!
    nice dropshots btw hehe :)

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  26. Comeee on!?,! All it was is not taking his break points. He's been playing really well. Good now he's ahead, let's get this set el rey. VamosssssW

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  27. Ughhhhhh I don't like tiebreaks! Tipsy's serve is just very good today so vamos!!!

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  28. Will be tough to come back from this, but David has done it before, just take it a set by a time.

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  29. I hate tiebreaks! Now it's extremely difficult to come back but I'm remaining hopeful!

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  30. Poor David, he has to play like a magician to win the points because of his poor service but he hadn't luck in this tiebreak with no first service and Tipsy hitting the lines while he missed it in the end.

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  31. To be honest, I can't enjoy this match any more. I am feeling hopeless now and very sad seeing David making incredible shots but losing. I just hope that David won't be disappointed after his defeat and make so on.

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    1. The same feeling here but I'm trying to push myself to think positively!

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    2. Ok I'm not thinking positively anymore :(

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  32. He looks a bit tired but Tipsarevic is not helping with his big serve and runs for every ball.
    But still, he has to take it point after point, it takes a lot of concentration to do that though. Vamos!!!

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  33. Can really see why Tipsa is number 8., he just has the feeling of a top guy, going for it in the big moments and executing.

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    1. this is a top 5 level what Tipsy played

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  34. yeah Tipsarevic was extremely solid today. I don't watch him play very often, but just like Adrian, this match is just reminding me why he has settled in the Top10 and he keeps doing his thing with focus.
    Tipsarevic knew he got a tricky 1st round and got prepared for it, his serve was really good...

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  35. Overall a ok performance by David, cant say a good one because he lost in 3 sets.I feel the Queens incident definitely had a say in this match.Losing in the 1st rounds of the French and now Wimbledon kind of really seals the deal of David being a threat in Slams, even in the early rounds.Tough to deal with that as a fan but its just the reality now.

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  36. I still think he has no one to blame except himself - had he won the Queens, he would have been seeded. Okay he will probably play the top4 in R3, but at least he could at least one or two matches, and who knows he could beat Murray easily in R3?

    I dont think he is a threat in a Slam anymore as he is not fit enough to play best-of-5-set matches now. We should open a bottle of champagne to celebrate for him if he reaches R4 again one day...

    At least the way he lost is more 'acceptable' than the ugly losses of Venus Williams and JC Ferrero...

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  37. I really think he should play the grass tournament after Wimbledon as a warm up for Olympics and win some easy ranking points, and also to remain in good shape.

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    1. Not a bad idea, but i suppose hes gonna go home tho, he has a month of now until the Olympics.

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    2. Yeah, I think Newport would be a good idea. It's a relaxed atmosphere and none of the top players ever compete there. Oh but for that momentary insanity, David never would have been playing Tipsy in the first round. The Serb was just too good today.

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    3. It's not just the Olympics he has to think of but also the tightly packed schedule that's going to await him after that, all the way through until the DC SF in September. That's why I'm fairly certain he'll be heading home.

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  38. Absolutely gutted, no other words tbh

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  39. i think tipsarevic has played one of his best match in his carier he served so well.Before the match i didnt think he could serve like this almost federery class.The mental part of his game was similar to djokovic. He should be a top 5 player with this quality but i felt that during the match David was afraid of tipsarevic.I dont know why he had nothing to lose he has already achived a lot in tennis.he hit so many slices during the match which can be tricky on grass but nothing was good enough today to beat tipsarevic.

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  40. You can blame David for not making more of the opportunities that he had in this match, for playing a poor tiebreak (without making a single first serve) and, if you want, for getting tired in the third set. But afraid of Tipsarevic? Um, no.

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  41. In Quens he played 6 sets a day and came back 1 set down both times, now at a Grand Slam he feeled tired after 2 sets. The reason was maybe that he had not enough break after Queens. Tough he has no luck with the results in last time but I think he is getting better and solider this year.

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    1. Coming back from two sets down is a big challenge. Today, he obviously wasn't up to it, neither physically nor in terms of believing that he could pull it off.

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  42. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C272KMxWAQ0 :D

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  43. I believe he could win few matches in the hard court season and will also do better indoors. I predict he will finish the year at the #26-#30 range, just like what happened in 2010.

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  44. The big question at the end of the year is going to be a different one...

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