Thursday, February 21, 2013

Copa Claro R2 - David vs David Ferrer

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Update
So far, whenever the Davids met whoever won the first set also won the match - but not today. After an absolutely stunning display in the first set, "our" David ran more and more out of gas until there was nothing left. And after an hour and 32 minutes, the other David prevailed 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.
More tomorrow...


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Last year, it was one of the semifinals. This year, they already meet in the second round - today's night session at the BALTC will see the 14th edition of what I like to call the Battle of the Davids.
Hopefully without rain interrupting play, this time. And with a different outcome.

For David "Ferru" Ferrer, soon to be 31 years old like "our" David and currently ranked #4, the Copa Claro is the first clay-court tournament of the season after winning the title at Auckland and reaching the semifinal at Doha and at the Australian Open. Playing on clay now, in the first round he took a bit longer than expected against Agustin Velotti, his self-confessed fan, but still won very comfortably (6-4, 6-1).

The 13 previous encounters between the two Davids (the first of which dates all the way back to 2001) include plenty of close and hard-fought battles, epic five-setters at Slams, many tiebreaks and general drama, as well as the only match during David's fabulous week at Paris 2007, where he dropped a set. But all of that took place on hardcourt, where it's David, who leads 5-3. On clay, it's Ferrer, who leads 5-0. With last year's semifinal as the most recent addition to his list.

Matches between these two usually involve a number of breaks, and whoever takes the first set wins the match in the end - at least that's how it's always been so far, regardless of the surface. But especially on clay, Ferrer's defense makes it very difficult for David to finish points. Long and gruelling rallies - that's what "the other David" will be after and what "our David" will try to avoid. Which often leads to him, going for too much with his shots and making lots of unforced errors. Here's hoping that it'll be different tonight.

49 comments:

  1. Well, hurrah for Bet365. A stream I can watch. :)

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  2. Yeah, I can watch again too. :)

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  3. Our David is up a break and 0-15 with the other David serving.
    15-15
    30-15
    40-15
    40-30
    Deuce
    Ad Our David
    Up a double break is our David...from 40-15 down.

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  4. 15-0
    15-15
    30-15
    40-15
    5-1...our David.

    I'm shocked and surprised at how this match is going.

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  5. He is serving like crazy
    Keep it up nalby
    Vamooooos david

    Hani

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  6. this was one of the best sets I have seen from David on clay

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  7. I'm shocked David N. Is playing this well. Serving has been great for him. Wish he played liked this versus Nadal last week, but Im glad to see he is playing really good. Vamos David!!

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  8. today he is not succesful with stops

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  9. 84% 1st serve
    Lets Gooo baby
    Hani

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    1. I mean drop-shots, but he played just a very nice one :)

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  11. 0:1 in second set, 3rd game for Ferrer in this match but only his 2nd game he has won easily, in all other service games from Ferru David had his chances to break. Now lets hope he can keep it physically at least till the second set and wins it. We know what will probably happen in third set if he doesn't win the second.

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  12. He played an incredible 1st set surprised most of us so much! Taking the ball early and playing quality tennis. This 2nd set hes been solid too and he is hitting less silly unforced errors this game. Tiffany lol u dont have to tire writing the scores there is live streaming im sure ppl watching like me and u or they watch live scores

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  13. unfortunately I feel already that David is becoming tired gradually, this can very good be one of the matches in last years where David plays brillant first set and than runs out of gas.

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    1. Now I am more sure in it, see his serves and his UEs.

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  14. Well...several pts later and its AD the other David. And deuce again...guess no one wants this game.

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  15. I think it won't be easy for David any more in this match, the super David from the first set is already gone

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  16. AD our David...come on, win this point!!
    Deuce again..grrr...what's going on with him?
    AD David again...please....either an ace or service winner to get this wretched game over with!!!
    Deuce...*rolleyes*
    AD David...come on!!!
    Deuce...I think David's messing with us!!
    AD again...this is comedy!!
    Finally, the Special One holds!!! 3-3

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  17. it's the same good Ferrer as always, as in the first set, but not the same David from the first set anymore, now good serves again from David surprisingly... and another one and he holds.

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  18. I wouldn't count him out just yet, Ashot. Ferrer still has to win the set and get to a third.

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  19. Great game. But these are the games Ferru wears you out in. Got a great stream, but it's in Polish.

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  20. Does anyone see Ferrer better serving now? I don't see it, but David has dropped his level which in his case happens 95% due to his fitness.

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  21. 15-0
    15-15
    15-30...come on DN. Get it together!!!
    30-30
    40-30
    4-4...he's staying toe to toe.

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  22. He's serving better but he's still not making an impact on our David's serve!!

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  23. David is really strugling now to hold with, give it all David

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  24. if he doesn't break he will get broken likely

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  25. 0-15
    15-15
    15-30
    30-30...so DF is struggling in this service game.
    40-30
    Deuce..so our David is taking it to him!!
    AD DF
    5-4

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  26. the second return game in which he had a chance to win tough his returns are not so great any more

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    1. I mean in this second set, .. oh what an error, 0:15 :/ oh no again, 0:30 this is what I was afraid of and must also say "expected" from the begin in this match :(

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  27. David (our David), please hold!!!
    0-15...gah!!!
    0-30..not the direction we wanted to see!!!
    15-30
    15-40...nope, nope, nope!!!
    Match tied..DF takes the second 6-4. We'll see what the third set brings!!!

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  28. and that's it, he loses the second set 4:6, if he plays bad and loses, we survive it better, but playing great first set, being unbeatable in the first set and then... you know Paris 2010 vs Murray, vs Nadal nearly always, ........
    we just want to enjoy David as much he is playing but in matches like this it's very difficult to do that till the end

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    1. until the second set it was very similar to that match against Murray in Paris, a brillant first set with very good serves, returns, everything perfect, then after 4:4 he gets broken

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  29. Ferrer holds and is up 0-15 on our David's serve.
    0-30...like I said, not sure about David's physical state at this point as I have no stream.
    0-40...he's coming off the rails!!!
    15-40
    30-40
    2-0 to Ferrer

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  30. These last few days have taken a lot out of him..even still, he's been around long enough to know how to bounce back and keep it going.

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  31. Too many matches in a short time. .
    We are asking too much..
    You deserve a week off David..

    Hani

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    1. of course, we all, and David himself too, knew that he would't go deeper in this tournament playing 2 weeks in a row, especially after a final, but he couldn't skip his home tournament

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    2. And why would he want to skip his home tournament?

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  32. some tennis fans are often joking when they predict the result when David is playing against Rafa, 6:0 6:7 0:6 lol, and Ferrer is Rafa without spins but much better, because when I imagine Rafa how he would look like without these spins, I see him out of top 5, maybe of top 10 too. Nadal's strengths are in his spins and his fitness, so it's very different in campoare to our David :)
    I would really like to know how the quotes were after the second set on beting sites :)

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  33. Well, too bad he couldn't keep it up. Right now, I just want to make sure he was just tired and that there's nothing more to it. Claudio Galasso looked a bit worried, I thought. I'll see what I can find out.
    It's not that I think he seemed injured. I guess I'm just a bit paranoid after the things that happened here at this event in the past...

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  34. Fingers crossed David was just tired. He really did go out like a light - and at one point he was only a couple of points from serving for the match. :(

    I'm afraid whenever I saw Claudio G on the screen I was just distracted by thinking that he has had a more flattering haircut than I've seen on him in the past. Not before time.

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  35. Yeah, it sort of happened from one moment to the next, didn't it. When he somehow got through that endless service game for 3-3 in the second I thought he might also somehow get through that set.
    But nope...

    I'll see what I can find out (about David, not about Claudio Galasso). Might be difficult, though. We'll have to see if he talks to the press after this one.

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  36. I hope our David was "just" tired in the 3rd set, which would be understandable after a long match... no injury, crossingy fingers.
    The 1st set was brilliant, too bad he couldn't make it happen in the 2nd though.
    He need some rest now!

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  37. His performance was already better than what I expected - I am quite pleasantly surprised that he won a set against Ferrer, who is ranked #4 and so consistently in the past 12 months!

    It clearly shows Nalby needs more matches, more stamina to challenge the top 5 players again. He might still post some occasional upsets on the players in the #6-#20 range though.

    Hope he would recover quickly and do well next week.

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  38. I just read your posts guys to see how this happened :s
    I would have loved to see the first two sets, esp the first one!

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  39. I just had a first look, David did talk to the media, he didn't say anything about any injury, only that he grew tired and that "if you grow tired, your level drops".
    Post coming later today, later than usual (work...).

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