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.