Just in case anybody forgot about the good old rollercoaster ride that David's matches tend to be...
But what matters is that he got the win in the end - 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 after two hours and twelve minutes.
Edit: David and Rafa have pulled out of the doubles competition.
Or in David's words: "It's unfortunate what happened. Rafa will focus on singles." (Source.)
So no more tennis for David today but the second round against Guido Pella tomorrow - without streams.
More about today's match (plus photos and if possible clips) tomorrow, ahead of the second round.
|(Inovaphoto; montage by VD)|
On a Wednesday afternoon in late August, almost six months ago, David played his last official singles match at Winston-Salem. Today, 175 days later, on a Wednesday afternoon in February, he'll finally play an official singles match again. It's been a long pause, also by David's standards. But now he's back.
David's opponent today will be Jorge Aguilar from Chile, 28 years old and usually at home, playing clay-court Challenger and Future events in South America. For Aguilar, currently ranked #191, it'll be the ninth match he gets to play at ATP level and probably one of the biggest matches in his career.
Whereas for David, it'll be the first test under match conditions (in singles, that is). A first chance to see where he stands, physically as well as in terms of his game, at the beginning of the new season.
Today's match will be the first meeting between David and Jorge Aguilar. I've never seen the Chilean play before and it's probably safe to say that the same goes for David. But he'll be focusing on himself and on executing his game. And hopefully, it'll be a good start.