Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Winston-Salem R2 - David vs Robin Haase

Update II
David has finally managed to break his losing streak: After 84 minutes on court, he defeated  Robin Haase 6-2, 6-4 for a place in the third round, where his opponent will be fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov. Tomorrow's match will be their first meeting.

Also tomorrow: more about this match. And photos - if I can find any, that is.




(EFE/Getty Images; montage by VD)












Update
3.40pm local - David's match is now next up on Court 2.

Usually, it's one of the weeks in the calendar where we don't get to see much of David. As he normally spends it at Flushing Meadows, preparing for the US Open. This time, however, after only two matches at Toronto and Cincy, there has been a change of plans. So David will play his first match at Winston-Salem today, against an opponent he has never faced before but probably knows from the practice courts. Whereas his opponent most certainly knows him.







25-year-old Robin Haase, at #46 currently ranked directly behind David, apparently considers clay to be his favourite surface. And on clay he's had his best results this season, with his successful title defense at Kitzbühel (against Kohlschreiber in the final) and the quarterfinals he reached at Monte Carlo (lost to Djokovic) and Estoril (lost to Wawrinka). Apart from that he reached the quarterfinal at Zagreb, earlier on in the season (lost to Lacko). However, at all other events Haase played this season, he went out in either the first or the second round, including Cincy last week, where he lost in the first round to Andreas Seppi.

For David, this match is going to be the chance to end his losing streak and make a new start, his best chance since the Queen's Club final. In a very different scenario - from the big stage to the, let's call it intimate setting of Winston-Salem's Court 2. And against an opponent, who calls him one of his "heroes". Against Davdyenko, Haase did play a solid match, mostly rallying from the baseline but also mixing it up with attacks at the net. But Davydenko struggled with his serve and his groundstrokes and only rarely managed to put Haase under real pressure. Something that David will be aiming to do very differently today.

38 comments:

  1. Awww sweet tweet :) calling David one of his "heroes" makes me want to follow his career a bit more and certainly watch more of his matches in the future :D
    I wonder if David knows that his opponent is a big fan...
    Vamos for later!!!!

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  2. Yess cant wait for this match. Lool yeh exactly Mira

    btw people who have twitter what are ur names on it let me follow nalby fans :D

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  3. @noubarsem Mira is an old twitter buddy @MiraRama haha

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  4. We might be 1 set away now, good luck to David

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  5. the camera above the court 2 looks higher than usual... or is it the stream?
    hopefully a few minutes left before David's match!

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    1. we can't see the player who's at the bottom of the screen when he's too far behind the baseline ughhh lol

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    2. Crazy view. The court looks elongated. Who the heck is Michael McClune?

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    3. It's a bit like Madrid used to be, back in the good old days. Only that the camera is even further away.

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  6. I hope the Haase name will be luckier than the Haas for david!

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  7. Really strange view of the court! So fingers are crossed for David! Vamos!

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  8. I wonder if the camera is perched on a 4-story building somewhere nearby?

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  9. here is the break. Today David has a double duty, he must impress Haase as well.
    Btw i shut down my stream, it's unwatchable

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  10. You have to use your imagination. ;)

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  11. So, David, you're 2 breaks up. Don't let up

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  12. I watched the same stream last night (Robredo/Kubot). I was hoping this one might be different. :(

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  13. It'll be better when the shadow completely covers the court. Yeah, right.

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  14. It's also weird the way the spectators walk along the side of the court going to and from their seats. Yesterday at the end of the match a little kid just marched up to Robredo as he was halfway across the court and asked for his autograph.

    Yay, David! A set is a good start. Are things looking up at last? :)

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  15. I think they might be organising their own coverage. As ther (rather obviously) not part of TTV coverage family.

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  16. oh yaaaaay that's what deuce advantage deuce, etc. are made for!!! lol
    Long 8th game but good thing David took that 1st set, one set away from a long awaited win! Vamos!!!

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  17. A WIN
    A WIN
    A WIN
    A WIN
    A WIN
    Yaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!
    :)

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  18. Yay he won! Very good!

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  19. yessssss
    great finally!!
    but i am worried by his poor serving
    if he can only improve the serve he will climb fast to the top 20

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  20. Finally!!!!!! :D
    I'm not going to comment on his last service game, very happy David was able to close it out in straight sets!

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  21. Not the best coverage but he won. I don't mind bad livestreaming as long as he keeps winning :p

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  22. Yes, a win. Good stuff saving all those break points. Still, he needs to get more 1st serves in. Only 45 percent for the match. Can't remember one in the last game. Bring on Dolgo.

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  23. @Julia I wish it was possbile to have a giant arrow while they were playing to point out the ball ;)

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    1. I just had to do it... ;)
      I watched the match on Bet365 and on their stream you could actually see the ball. Most of the time, at least.

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    2. So true. Sometimes I was depending on body language to determine who won the point.

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    3. In that case, I would've had to say - sorry, no report this time. But I think I'll manage. And the weird camera angle also had its advantage. I think it allowed for a good view of what seems to be the basic problem with David's serve. (If you could see the ball.)

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    4. Yes, lots of times I couldn't tell who had won the point (easier to try and read the players' body language than play spot the ball) - and then the scoreboard was so slow to update it was sometimes a point behind anyway - grrrr.

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    5. Oops - those other replies to Camilia's post weren't there when I typed mine. I just repeated what John said - didn't mean to!

      Ha ha! Just seen the giant arrow, Julia. :)

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  24. Hahahah quality win todayy! :D Finally back to winning :)

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  25. I wonder what David will make of Dolgo, especially his serve. I've heard players say the return is a challenge because of his quick action - it throws them off their normal rhythm.

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  26. haha another big arrow! it would've been great to see their handshake after the match, just to see how Robin Haase reacted after losing to his hero :D
    Too bad the camera was too high, the ball invisible lol.

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  27. Love the arrow :-)! I stopped watching the stream after my eyes started hurting trying to find the ball and defining reactions of the players.
    Let's see how David's game is going with Dolgo and if David can serve better.

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