Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Winston-Salem R3 - David vs Alexandr Dolgopolov

Update II
David's "training camp" at Winston-Salem has ended in the third round with a defeat against Alexandr Dolgopolov, who prevailed 6-3, 6-4.
So now it's on to New York and the US Open, where David will be playing both singles and doubles (with Edu Schwank). More about the match tomorrow, as well as about the draw ceremony for the US Open, which will take place at noon, local time.


(AP Photo; montage by VD)













Update
1.35pm local - David's match is now about to begin.

A while ago, talking about his preferences when it comes to following matches, David said that watching a player "who just bashes the ball, and bashes, and keeps bashing it for two hours, that's not fun to watch because it makes you want to say - go for something else, try something different in the rally..." (Source.) And trying something different in the rally, that's exactly what his opponent today is known for.

Alexandr Dolgopolov, 23 years old and currently ranked #15, has by now established himself as a Top20 player and he's the fourth seed at Winston-Salem. His best results this year include the quarterfinal he reached at Madrid, a semifinal appearance at Umag (lost to Cilic), making the final at Brisbane (lost to Murray) and, more recently, the title he won at Washington, where he defeated Haas in the final. After that, Dolgopolov went out in the first round at both Toronto and Cincy (against Stepanek and Davydenko). In his first match at Winston-Salem, however, he had no difficulties at all with Yen-Hsun Lu.

Today's match will be the first meeting between David and Alexandr Dolgopolov, the first time that David will find himself confronted with the Ukranian's unorthodox but also versatile game. As Dolgopolov is among the few players to employ different strategies and also change them in the course of a match. And his quick, unusual service motion might take David a while to get used to. In any case, Dolgopolov is a player who's able to place the ball well, making use of the whole dimensions of the court. So David might end up having to cover a lot of ground, unless he can take control of the rallies and keep Dolgopolov on the back foot. And a better serve performance than yesterday would help with that.

On a different note, the entry lists for Tokyo and Beijing came out last night and David's name is to be found on neither of the two. Whether he'll be going to Shanghai for the Masters we'll know next week.

18 comments:

  1. get prepared for weird court view again lol.
    I can't wait to watch the marriage of Dolgo's and David's style of play on the court. There should be lots of beautiful points between them.
    Fingers crossed for David's 1st serve today! Vamos!

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  2. Great. Now there seems to be a problem with the camera...

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  3. Yeh exactly true. Comee on david

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  4. Nah its no use,David is just not same player anymore:-(

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  5. Another match that runs away from him,whats wrong with him

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  6. Making a break and get broken immediately in the next service game after 40:0 doesn't happen often, but with David and his serve everything is possible.

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  7. Well, I think it's pretty clear by now where all of this is probably going to end.

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  8. It looks he cant really keep up with the top 20 or even 30, but difficult draw again dolgopolov is a great player!

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  9. i dont agree with you julia about worst season from david
    i didnt see anything worse than this
    he is just looking like top 60 player
    i am about to cry that this is the end of my greatest love in sport

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  10. Is it the end because he looks like a Top60 player? The point is that this season was supposed to be different, as in much better than the previous injury-riddled ones. But it's not. And at this stage, he can't just say, it'll pass. It'll be much better again next year or the year after that.

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  11. And for the record, his season didn't start at Wimbledon.

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    1. you are right it ended at wimbeldon

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    2. No, the problem was and apparently still is what happened before Wimbledon.

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  12. I think he is affraid of running out of time!He feels that he has to win every match!it is a big pressure on him.Sometimes it easier to win a match with a little injury.

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  13. Well, the deadline he has set for himself isn't that far away. And if he decides to skip Asia, then that leaves only a handful of tournaments (plus DC) until he'll make his decision about retirement.

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  14. Oh, I don't want that to be true *little kid in me is protesting ;-)*. It looked so good in Queens until this 'incident' (I wish that would have not been a turning point). At least I wish he had a good run and then retiring but not so, I know the season is not over but there is not much left.
    Hmmm it would be great if the Argies could win the DC so it would be a nice end but you never know.

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  15. I had to leave for a meeting when the score was 1-1, but I didn't have a good feeling about the outcome. Dolgo was so quick and energetic. I knew David couldn't stay with him unless he served lights out and was ultra aggressive on the ground. The score was just about what I expected. I look forward to your post in the morning, Julia. I'm beginning to think Queen's totally spooked David. Can't figure it out. He played so much better the first part of the year. Really, right up until the kicking episode. Oh, he had his ups and downs, but still nothing like this.

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