Wednesday, February 13, 2013

São Paulo R1 - David vs Jorge Aguilar















Update
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.

23 comments:

  1. Horacio pulled out of his singles match. Not sure if he'll play doubles tonight.

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    1. No idea, I just saw it on the scoreboard.

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  2. I couldn't believe it when I first got on and saw the scoreboard, 4-0. Maybe I've brought David some luck as he just won his first game.

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  3. Not looking good, but only saw the scoreboard when coming to my notebook... Have to start the livestream. Vamos David!

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  4. He had a slow start but things are picking up.
    John, make sure to stick around till the end of the match ;)

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    1. I have stuck around and plan on doing so until the end of the match. Nice comeback.

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  5. John, I thought you meant David was leading 4-0, and you had brought him the luck! :0

    I only came in at 2-4, and now it's 5-4. :)

    Oh... 5-5 while I was signing in and typing that. Shame, I thought David's momentum wa going to carry him to 6-4.

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  6. Commentator: "Nalbandian ensures that his serve isn't under threat."

    Words we don't hear often enough! ;)

    6-5

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  7. 7-5, well done David. I'm so glad it didn't go to a tie-break. Too much hangs on luck in those, it would be awful if coming back from 0-4 didn't get him anywhere.

    Surely now he is going to stay on top...

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  8. First set secured. Hope he wins the second and wins it fast!

    Rafa tweeted this 3 hours ago:
    Entrar en la pista de Sao Paulo con Nalbandian fue una gran experiencia! Que ambientazo hay en Brasil! Come into... http://fb.me/KDwE8rZ6

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  9. That was his 9th ace??!!!
    to hold in that long game)

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  10. Hes been playing quite good ever since 4-0 down great desire to comeback to 7-5!! :D Hope he holds on now its 4-4 and closes in straight sets. For not playing an official atp singles match since winston salem hes been doing well today!! VAMOS and camilia what does thT tweet mean?

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    1. No idea George! I think something about him playing doubles with David is a great experience. Maybe! I went straight for the video :p

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  11. Wow! David finishes his next service game with an ace too! Is this our David? (I'm not complaining.)

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  12. No sense in playing 2 sets when you could play 3. Yeah, right. Damn.

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  13. Lol john.. was dissapointed to lose it like that. But what a point to go 1-0 in the third when it was Advantage nalby

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  14. Well, that was a good workout. With the right result.

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  15. Good win. David served well too, which makes things easier. Not bad for first match in 6 months.

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  16. Good that he won! Uff could have been so easy with two sets but hey, it's David so we have to get three sets ;-)! I'm very happy he won! Vamos!

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  17. After all this time, a win is a win definitely!
    I watched the 1st set and then unexpected internet issues so i was pretty surprised when i saw the score for the last 2 sets though...
    rollercoster ride as you say Julia! I guess we'll have to get used to it until he finds his rythm again :D

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