Tuesday, February 12, 2013

São Paulo: Doubles with David & Rafa

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Update
10.42pm local - The doubles match has begun - and there's no coverage, after all.

10.15pm local - At last..... David & Rafa now up next.
9.13pm local - And now a third (and final) set before the doubles can finally begin...
9.10pm local - Correct that, now it's listed on StreamHunter again.
8.38pm local - It's all taking a bit longer than expected and it'll take at least another set until David and Rafa get to play their match. As I've just seen, the match is no longer listed for a stream, neither on Bet365 nor on StreamHunter. No idea, why...


They like to train together, they play PlayStation games together (or against each other) and they both invariably speak very highly of each other. But this is a first: Today, for the first time ever in an official match, they'll be on the same side of the net. David and Rafael Nadal. Playing doubles together.

It may not seem that way after the recent Davis Cup match but David, playing doubles on the Tour is not something you get to see all the time. Or rather, it's not anymore. Ever since hip surgery, David has played singles and doubles at the same tournament merely once a year, if at all. But for Rafa, currently on the comeback trail after an even longer absence than himself, David is making one of those relatively rare exceptions. Perhaps it's something they always wanted to do at some point.

Their opponents today will be Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, so David will be the only one not from Spain on court in this match. Andujar and Garcia-Lopez play doubles on a fairly regular though not exclusive basis. They have some exprience but no doubles titles to their name.

In singles, David will play his first match tomorrow, against Jorge Aguilar (ranked #191). At São Paulo, he's defending quarterfinal points from last year and at #93 this week (with his Davis Cup points from Bamberg gone now) it'll take another quarterfinal appearance to keep him inside the Top100.

But first things first - doubles with David & Rafa. And with coverage.

33 comments:

  1. Vamos David y Rafa! Hope you guys will give us a good match, as I'll stay awake for you :)
    It should be fun... but tough.

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  2. nooo David/Rafa's match is scheduled after Bellucci BUT looks like there're no more stream listed for their doubles... Hope they keep the Bellucci one open after!

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  3. I've added another stream link now, maybe that will work. I mean, there will be coverage, the match is still listed on TTV and they also tweeted that they'll broadcast it.

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  4. thank you Julia! I see Bellucci on that stream so hopefully the other sites will keep the same stream right after too :)
    and go Bellucci, no 3rd set please lol

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  5. Depends on which feed they're using. If they use the Bet365 one then it'll stop after the Bellucci match. The question is if someone's streaming the TTV coverage.

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  6. yaay thanks for the stream update :)

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    1. Grrrr... as if we needed to wait another half an hour :(

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  8. I'll add my Grrrrr. I don't think I'm going to be able to wait, especially as streaming seems uncertain. I have to be up again in 6 hours to try and buy Roland Garros tickets online as soon as the sales open. Hope the rest of you get to see the match.

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  9. have a good rest Istabraq, hope you'll get the tickets you want :)
    while we're waiting, just saw this on Twitter : http://youtu.be/X2qBYq51iRQ Rafa and David training together :D

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  10. Nice find. :) And good luck with the RG tickets, Istabraq.

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    1. Thanks, I got the tickets. :)
      I see the score was close last night - closer than I expected, for some reason I was confident they'd win. :/

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  11. links for rafa match listed on sportslemon but they are dead, any1????

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  12. So much for TTV coverage. It's listed, it tells me I can "watch live" - but all I get to see is black.

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  13. same here, black screen on every stream i open.
    just saw this tweet : https://twitter.com/TennisNewsTPN/status/301488793075195905
    Cameras are not on the court anymore... :( :( :(

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  14. Am getting black on all the links

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  15. Only that the TTV people are still tweeting that you're supposed to be able to watch the match on their site... This is ridiculous.

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  16. following the livescores until I fall asleep :( :(
    so disappointed :(

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  17. "We have just found out that the Nadal match will not be televised. We apologise but we can't therefore show this match on TennisTV."

    And of course that's not something they could've found out earlier...

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  18. Okay, I'm off to bed. I need to work tomorrow. Good night...

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  19. Oh well TennisTV, thanks for keeping us updated... big fail

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  20. Night everyone. I'm off too :(
    Vamos David & Rafa!

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  21. So once class got dismissed, I found out that the match has just started and I walked back home as fast as I could only to find it's no longer streamed! I'm mad!

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  22. Absolutely fuming. I got school tomorrow and its 1 am here been searching for a stream. ffs at least theyre winning. I might go to bed soon too i guess :/

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  23. They won!!!!! After saving 2 mps in the super tiebreak, there was a long rally probably on 9-8 but they saved it and made 9-9, then won it 1t 9-11!!! :D

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  24. Wow, I just looked opened the livescore and it was 6:3 3:6 and 7:9 in Champions TB but then they won 4 points in a row to win the match.

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  25. Have sweet dreams everyone! At least will get to watch him play tomorrow

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  26. The match point for point: http://oi49.tinypic.com/2zh3wgl.jpg

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  27. Yehh i stayed up in the end. Yess andvari exactly were u watchin it livescore yeh? Great win!! Nalby had 1 rlly bad service game tho 9-7 down in tiebreak they won :D

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  28. The livescore site was called flashscore or something, never seen it before. But that was one tense Super Tie Break, especially to follow on livescore lol

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  29. Yehh i was on the atp site one.. lool yehh but good win in the end! I thought 9-7 down surelu not but u never know with david

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  30. wow what a score, good thing they won their 1st match!!! I was so tired I didn't stay awake :(
    talk to y'all tonight for David's first match! Vamos!

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