It wasn't as easy as the last time around but in the end it was once more David, who prevailed against his teammate Charly Berlocq - 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 after an hour and 53 minutes. In the second round tomorrow David will now be up against the defending champion, "the other David" Ferrer.
Clips, photos and quotes tomorrow...
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3.26pm local: Ferrer wins and David and Charly are up next...
2.08pm local: The weather holds for now and play is under way as planned at the BALTC.
So this now is the Wednesday version of this post. About what's later today hopefully going to be the Wednesday version of this match, scheduled to take place as the second of the day. Theoretically, that means David and Charly should be on court at around 4pm local. But whether practically that's going to be the case remains to be seen as the forecast says it'll rain all day in Buenos Aires...
It's the tenth time this year that David plays the ATP tournament in Buenos Aires, previously known as Copa Telmex, nowadays known as Copa Claro. Ten appearances that include the title he won back in 2008, two semifinals and four quarterfinals, making it one of David's best and most successful events. And that's no surprise - after all, it's one he particularly enjoys playing in front of his home crowd.
David's opponent in today's first-round match is one of his Davis Cup teammates - Charly Berlocq, a year younger than David and at #77 currently ranked directly above him. Charly is playing the complete Golden Swing, all four weeks of it. At Viña del Mar he reached the semifinal (where he lost to the surprise champion Horacio Zeballos), while his week at São Paulo ended in the quarterfinal (lost to Nadal).
David and Charly have met three times so far, all of those matches took place on clay and David won all three of them. And especially their last encounter, in the quarterfinal at this event last year, was very one-sided. But the question will be how fit David is and how much energy he has left after São Paulo.