David has played this event only five times in his career. And three out of those five times he didn't make it past the second round. That this is so very easy to forget has a lot to do of course with his other two appearances.
- again. Less than two weeks had passed since they met in the final at Madrid and just about everybody thought that Federer would take revenge. In the end, it was a little bit closer than it would've needed to be. But it was David, who prevailed again and this time, he did so in straights. The only set he dropped during that week he dropped in the quarterfinal, where it was time for another Battle of the Davids. After splitting the first two tiebreak sets it was "our" David, and not David Ferrer, who held up better and won. The semifinal, however, was anything but a battle. It took David little more than an hour to beat Richard Gasquet in what can only be described as a true masterclass (highlights here). The final was another repeat of a match that had taken place at Madrid, two weeks before: David against Rafa Nadal. It was a relatively even match - until 4-4. From then on, Nadal didn't get another game (highlights here; all highlights by Andvari). Those were the days at Paris-Bercy...
Last but not least, and as a cure for withdrawal symptoms, here's a look back at what's still my favourite out of all the great matches that David has played at Paris: