Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Adios Acapulco...

(tournament website)

Yesterday, David continued his tradition of early exits at Acapulco (2008 was the exception that proves the rule) with his defeat against Aljaz Bedene, who won 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Without coverage it's impossible to say what happened in this match, or rather - why...

Edit: As far as I can see, David didn't talk to the media after the match so I can offer you no quotes. And as the match took place away from centre court, without any coverage, nobody really  knows what happened. The most popular theory seems to be that it was probably a lack of fitness and stamina that led to this result. In any case, nobody seems to have heard anything about an injury.

Davis Cup Intermezzo post coming this weekend. And then on to Indian Wells, next week (the draw will be on Tuesday).


Update
Here's a clip with a bit of footage from the match, including match point:

21 comments:

  1. thanks in advance Julia! hope you're feeling better now :)
    we all wonder what happened in this match, hope there's no injury.
    and Indian Wells next, I've just read here and there that David has been given a wildcard for IW.
    Hope you'll find some interviews of him, the 6-0 4-0 lead by Bedene in 2nd and 3rd needs some explanation...

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  2. Nothing so far. And I wouldn't be suprised if he didn't say anything after the match. Losing a series of games isn't new but 10 in a row against Bedene, well...
    That he'll get a WC for IW and also for Miami has been clear for a while now. Probably still the deal from last year (when he didn't need them).
    Back to bed now for me but I'll have another look around later...

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  3. Unfortunately things don't look promising for David. In order to preserve his ~80-90 position after Indian Wells he'll need a strong showing. If he gets a strong opponent (top 5 guys) it wouldn't be that bad... he will need 1 strong match and then easier 2nd round and maybe 3rd until he gets another top 20 or top 10 opponent. I just wish we can all see again something similar with his 2007 Madrid and Paris. If he stays injury-free he might find the inspiration in one tournament and beat everyone in his way :)

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  4. At IW, the top 32 players get byes. So David plays an unseeded opponent in R1, then one of the seeds (could be any of them) in R2. And then other seeds from then on (unless one of them loses early).
    Once more, a lot is going to depend on the draw. Though after the last two matches I guess you have to put a question mark next to David's fitness. I don't think he lost this match (or the one against Ferru) because he wasn't inspired enough. And Madrid & Paris - that's the past.
    After IW, David could very easily be out of the Top100. If he only wants to play some events he likes (and where he'll get WCs) as he said then his ranking won't matter. But I don't think he'll like being ranked that low.

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  5. Thanks for the clarification Julia. I thought top seeds get byes only at lower events (at Acapulco all the seeds played first round). I understand that 2007 is the past, but that first set with Ferrero just reminded me of what David can do on a court. Seeing that it's just frustrating that he is that low in the rankings. The way he played at Copa Claro was of top 20 (except the first round :) ).
    I follow your blog for a while now, thank you for your efforts. There was info here when nowhere else was (especially last year when it wasn't clear if he'll continue to play or not).
    Anyway... there is an expression from where I am (maybe in other countries as well): "The worst comes always before the better". So maybe with some rest he can recover his fitness and get through to the final stages at IW.

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  6. It depends on the tournament and the size of the draw. IW and Miami are their own category in this regard.
    What he did at IW last year was pretty amazing. But I don't know how he'll do on hardcourt after having played (and done his pre-season) on clay. It's not that David can't play spectacular tennis anymore, it's that he can't keep it up long enough. Against Ferrer it's understandable, I think. Against Bedene it's worrying.
    Oh, and you're welcome. :)

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  7. Nalbandian is pretty good but, but he needs to retire, or stop losing matches that he shouldn't. Too disappointing!

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    1. As the poster below points out, losing matches he shouldn't lose is something David has done throughout his career.
      I think that the expectations have to be different at this stage. And he'll be gone soon enough.

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  8. He had always lost stupid matches, thats not worring Julia !! I think whats he is doing now it the same he did in his entire carrier !!

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    1. It's worrying that we're three weeks into the ATP part of his season and he already seems to be struggling, physically.

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  9. I just reviewed the games against Tipsarevic, Tsonga and Nadal from last year IW. He wasn't at his best and still defeated the first two. And with Nadal he had the upper hand for most of the match. He doesn't have a very good history at IW, but with him you never know. So here is hoping for the best :) As I said earlier, his early exit in Mexico can be a good thing, by giving him more time to rest and have enough energy for both 1000 Master Series. And after these two tournaments ... Davis Cup. Can't wait to see the draw :)

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  10. He hasn't played on hardcourt since the Copa Argentina. And switching surfaces gets more and more difficult for him, according to David himself.
    He didn't play his best tennis at IW last year but it was amazing how he battled through those matches. I don't know if he can do the same again. He also lost in R1 at Acapulco last year. But as I'll write in the DC post to come on the weekend, Jaite apparently doesn't trust David's fitness. And Jaite should be the one to know. Anyway, much will depend on the draw...

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  11. Bedene is a promising young player who beat Wawrinka this year, the same Wawrinka you were all worried about when the draw came out. People here may have underestimated the Slovenian, and who knows it might also have been the case for David? It wouldn't be the first time. On the other hand Bedene lost to Fognini after the Nalby match so perhaps it's true he wasn't playing that well and David was just tired, but I personally wouldn't rule out any possibility

    Let’s not become like some Federer fans I know who always affirm he’s tired or didn’t care about the match whenever he looses, sometimes the opponent just makes a good match, not everything depends on our favorite player’s status

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  12. Of course not and generally speaking, I agree with you. But in this particular case, if David wins the first set seemingly without any problems and then goes on to lose the next ten consecutive games then I'd say it wasn't just a case of Bedene totally outplaying David all of a sudden. And apart from that, it's also the same Bedene he beat easily at Belgrade last year.

    He gets a bit of a break now, we'll see what happens at IW.

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  13. Probably he tried his tennis , and then want to lose in order to get fully rested to IW... The same way he did in the past... go to the tournament, get paid and fly yo EEUU quickly to adapt to the surface. Many players arent interested in playing Acapulpo becouse is the last clay tournament with only 1 week of difference with 2 M1000 events on hard.

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  14. To me, the scoreline doesn't really look like he was trying to get off the court as quickly as possible. And usually, he doesn't move straight on to the US to adapt to the surface. Usually he spends a few more days in Acapulco and hangs out on the beach.

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  15. - Or to also do a bit of training with Rafa. These photos here are from yesterday.

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  16. Yeh I agree especially when he came back in the third. I was gutted when we saw him lose esprecially without stream there is no explanation as to what happened losing 10 games in a row. I think tiredness couldve been a factor but the different clay maybe too? I'm not sure, was quite upset tho wen saw him lose. Oh well at least he's playing indian wells as he got wildcard hope for a good draw!!

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  17. He's in the main draw now without needing the WC (like last year).
    But he'll probably need the WC he'll get at Miami.

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  18. Oh yeh coz he got oferred wild cards for both.. Did enough pull out for him to gret into main draw in indian wells then? And yeh ofcourse for miami

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  19. Yep, Stepanek and Zemlja pulled out today, just enough for David to get in.
    At Miami, he's 6 withdrawals away from the main draw.

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