It was an entertaining match with some spectacular rallies, as well as lots of banter and laughs shared by David and Nicolas Almagro. But in the end, his Spanish buddy was too strong for David. So Almagro won the match 7-6(6), 6-4 and that means the Copa Argentina is over for David, who will now soon begin with his pre-season training for next year.
Edit: More on Monday.
After the heavy rains on Thursday and the last-minute addition of an extra session on Friday, the stands were not exactly packed, yesterday. But those who were fortunate enough to spend the afternoon at the BALTC not only got to see David's return, they were also treated to what was by all accounts a great perfomance from him. Earning him a 6-1, 7-6(4) victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Today, in his second match at the Copa Argentina, David will face Nicolas Almagro. And since Almagro defeated Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-3 last night, the winner of their encounter will advance to the final (against either Pico or Gilles Simon). But most importantly - today we'll finally get to see David play as this time there's going to be a stream.
Here's a clip with a couple of points from yesterday's match and a happy David, saying in his post-match interview that this is a great start for him after such a long time, that he's already focusing on the next season and that playing in Argentina and experiencing the support from his home crowd always means a lot to him.
A few words from David, after his match yesterday:
He feels great, it's a difficult stage of the year for the players, with this season over and the pre-season for next year about to begin, so they're all a bit tired. But exhibition matches are never really as exhausting as real matches. It was a nice match against a difficult opponent, who plays fast and has very flat strokes. That makes it difficult to find your rhythm. But all in all it was a good match and he's feeling good.
- And hopefully, he also will, today.