Friday, December 7, 2012

Copa Argentina - The Day of David's (Delayed) Return



Update II
Over three and a half months after his last official match (against Alexandr Dolgopolov) David has won his first match at the Copa Argentina, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 7-6(4).
More tomorrow, when it'll also be time for David's second match against Nicolas Almagro.
And for that there will be a stream.


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Update
Bad news: David's match is no longer listed on LiveScoreHunter.
Edit: Apparently, there won't be a stream for it.

It wasn't really the best start for the 10th anniversary edition of the Copa Argentina yesterday: Torrential rainfalls in Buenos Aires drowned the schedule for the first day of play and with it David's match, forcing the organisers to add an extra afternoon session to be played today.

It's not the first time that this happens, as the photo above shows. Back in 2009, it was the Saturday matches that fell victim to bad weather. And in the end, David had to play two matches on Sunday, his second match of the group stage (against Gaudio, see above) at noon and then the final against Baghdatis in the evening (report here).

Today, however, David will only have to play one match, against Alexandr Dolgopolov (who will have to play two matches, just like Charly Berlocq). His first in three and a half months, and that makes it difficult to know what to expect. And it remains to be seen how seriously David and Dolgopolov will take this match. But in any case it's great that he's finally back again.

Today's afternoon session will begin at 5pm local (8pm GMT/3pm EST) with the match between Pico and Charly Berlocq. After that, it'll be David's turn, so his match will start at around 7pm local (10pm GMT/5pm EST). And there'll be no weather worries today, as the forecast predicts perfect playing conditions - for a hopefully great, though delayed, first day of the Copa Argentina, and for David's return.

54 comments:

  1. So I got excited and now I don't get to see him play :(

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  2. Not just you... :(
    I guess the problem is what I mentioned in the comments for the previous post, the match apparently won't be broadcasted on TV but only on the ESPN web player. And I think that doesn't really increases our chances. Looks like we'll need a bit of a miracle.

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  3. disappointment :( still hoping for a miracle though...
    thanks for all the updates Julia :)

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  4. It seems there will be no miracles! We are just so unlucky when it comes to this stuff :s

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  5. No, doesn't look like it...
    Right now, I'd be happy enough about some live scores.

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  6. Pico has apparently won the first set against Charly.
    The weather is lovely, the stadium is empty.

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  7. Pico beats Charly 6-3, 7-6(5). David is up next.
    But we won't get to see it.

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  8. Is there going to be a live score update of the dolgo/nalby match?

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  9. There are no live scores for this match. At least I couldn't find any. But I'll try to keep up with what's happening via Twitter.

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  10. Thank you Julia! Wooo David back on court!

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  11. Tamar is there at the BALTC so there will be lots of photos later on. :)

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  12. David won the first game, I'm reading.

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  13. Thanks Julia for helping us to follow David's first match after so long absence!

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  14. At least we'll definitely get to see him play tomorrow. :)

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  15. Sounds great David :-) Vamos!!!

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  16. Dolgo avoids the bagel and holds for 5-1.

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  17. But David takes the first set 6-1.

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  18. Wooo David! Sounds very good! Keep it going and vamos!

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  19. From what I read he's playing very well, lots of praise for his backhand.
    I hope he keeps it up. And I hope people keep tweeting the scores.

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  20. Dolgo holds and takes the first game of the second set.

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  21. 1-2 now.
    A mini video from the first game here.

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  22. What a great little video from first game there, NALBY! =)

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  23. In the meantime, we're at 2-3.

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  24. Still no breaks of serve and we're at 3-4.

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  25. So at what time do they play tomorrow?

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  26. 8.30pm local, that's 6.30pm for you.

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    1. Thanks :) Hopefully nothing comes on the way this time!

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  27. Uh-oh, looks like Dolgo broke David's serve to go up 5-3 and he will now serve for the second set.

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  28. But apparently, David has broken back and now serves at 4-5.

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  29. I've been followin u update the scores from my ipad didn't let me comment for some reason, so I'm writin from phone. Thanks for the updates hope he wins the set!

    Looks like nalby had a great first set! So happy he's back looks great, can't wait to see him tomoz. Julia wat is ur twitter name?

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  30. We're at 5-5 now.
    And no, I'm not on Twitter myself. :)

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    1. Maybe you would consider being on twitter one day. At least we can keep in touch with you after David retires

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    2. If you want to stay in touch you can always email me. ;)

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  31. Down 5-6, David now has to serve to say in the set.

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  32. 6-6. Tiebreak.
    David leads 4-1.

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  33. And David wins 6-1, 7-6(4)!!!! :D

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  34. Yesss come on! Solid straight sets win by the sounds of it although he let only 1 break go. Great return! EL REY is back!! Can't wait for tomorrow, vamos

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  35. :) :)
    Julia from Budapest

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  36. YAY! Wonderful! Congrats David!!! Vamos!

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  37. Yes, wonderful comeback match! Keep it going, David! And of course, Vamos!

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  38. YAAAAY great win for David! good thing there'll be a stream for his second match :)

    I like the new shirt, nice :)

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  39. Nice win after being away so long. Maybe it's the new shirt. Great color combination. Looking forward to actually seeing David today.

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