Saturday, February 16, 2013

São Paulo SF - David vs Simone Bolelli















Update
It wasn't pretty but it was enough to get the win in the end - David has defeated Simone Bolelli 6-3, 7-5 to reach his first ATP final since the Queen's Club last summer (and who could forget that one).
And what a final it's going to be...
Post coming later tonight (European time).


(Terra/Inovaphoto; montage by VD)













It's semifinals day at the Brasil Open - and David is still in the draw at his comeback event. Today, he's up against someone he has never played against before but knows apparently. Question: What do David and Simone Bolelli have in common? They've both successfully played doubles with Horacio Zeballos, David in Davis Cup, while Bolelli and Horacio won a doubles title together, at Munich in 2011.

Simone Bolelli, 27 years old by now, was ranked as high as #36 back in early 2009. But for some reason, he sort of dropped off the radar afterwards. And the last three years he mostly spent playing Challenger events, ranked more or less far away from the Top100 (at the moment, he's ranked #80). This week at São Paulo, however, Bolelli has shown himself to be in very good form with his straight-set victories over Tommy Robredo, Pico and Albert Montañes.

It's been years since I saw Bolelli play a match. That was probably in his heyday, back in 2008/9. But what I recall is that I found his game quite flashy, which is to say elegant and characterised by good shotmaking. And though Bolelli himself apparently thinks of his forehand as his best shot, I'd say his single-handed backhand as well can be dangerous.

Asked about this match, David said he expects it to be similar to the quarterfinal. And so far, Bolelli has served extremely well this week. So it could once more be about taking advantage of the few chances you get. As well as about how much David has left in the tank after yesterday. - We'll find out. In the semifinal. With David.

69 comments:

  1. until yesterday i was persuaded that David has already played against Bolelli before, but looks like there are many players he hasn't played yet :D
    it's been a while since the last time I saw Bolelli play, maybe during Roland Garros a few years ago lol.
    Vamos David!!! 10mins left before the start!

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  2. Looks like David has drawn Charly Berlocq in R1 at the Copa Claro. And if he wins it, R2 against Ferru...

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  3. ouch ouch tough draw for David...

    the semifinal has started, vamos!!!

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  4. Good start for David. Just broke for a 2-0 lead.

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  5. oh, an early break :D
    My sportlemon stream is slow though :(

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  6. Dang, David is just bringing it!!! Poor Bolleli.

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  7. a link for the match please

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    1. In the sidebar on the right, under "Events, Results, Streams".

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  8. Double bp for Bolleli..seriously David? Come on, save 'em.

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  9. Go to ATP site and click on live scoreboard.
    EDIT: Bolleli got one of the breaks back.

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  10. it seems that will be very tough for David to win this also because of his limited energy after yesterday, now Bollelli has found his form during this set and serves and plays better gradually. By the way, his shots are real powerfull and make now David some problems

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    1. A short-lived event in the first set. Now, on to the second. This will tell whether last night affected him adversely or not.

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  11. Well, Bolelli is serving to stay alive in this set. Looks like last night's match is not having any effect on David's play...maybe the psychological boost of having beat the defending champion was sufficient motivation.

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  12. Very ugly match up until now, points won by nalby are ue from bolleli most of the time

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  13. Not in the first 4 games. Unfortunately, Bolelli isn't as nervous anymore.

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    1. yes, in first 4 games David played perferctly

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  14. I hope David's UEs want rise now..

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  15. That so-called limited energy is not affecting David's impact on the Bolelli serve. Bolleli has struggled to win comfortably on serve. He's lost his first two service games to love, the third service game went to deuce, and this one...well, we're still watching it. Still going on...40-30. He's not doing much of a great job himself staying focused on his service game, a problem that almost always belongs to David.

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  16. Triple set point for David.
    I don't know if UE's will be a problem for David as much as a raised game was for Bolelli. But David manages to secure the first set, 6-3. Hope he can bump it up a notch in the second, not go on "perambulation" as much.

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  17. these are the kind of situations where a double break is helpful.
    Less pressure on David's serve and a pretty easy hold to take the 1st set. Vamos!!!!!

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  18. Looks like the trend continues with Bolelli...from 40-0 to deuce. If David gets an AD and a break here, I can sense another steamroll coming on.

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  19. AD Bolelli
    And Bolelli holds to open the second.

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  20. 40-15 on David's serve.
    And he holds for 1-1.

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  21. 40-30 on Bolelli's serve.
    2-1 Bolelli in the second.

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  22. Not the right start on serve 0-15. Come on, David!!!!

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  23. Anyone got a stream where you don’t need to guess where the ball is please?

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  24. Double bp to get back on serve. I don't know of any streams, Fabian. Just doing my best with this new live scoreboard. Back on serve...

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  25. Stop working yourself up, David...

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  26. I'm using this one http://88.80.5.80/w00t/20130210/vv51179e7b93153866053337-523719.html
    a bit slow but okay.

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  27. 0-15...my computer can't support it, and I don't feel like reading through the scrolls.
    15-15
    30-15...come on, David...keep it together.
    40-15...maybe he's mad!!!
    3-3...come on!!!

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  28. 15-15 on Bolelli's serve.
    15-30...trending in right direction.
    30-30
    40-30
    Deuce
    Ad David
    David breaks for 4-3. Three games in a row!!!

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  29. Let's hope nalby keeps his calm, we don't want a Queens debacle again

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  30. a timely break, keep the momentum David!!!!

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  31. What was going on that David was so angry?? Good that he calmed himself down, I got very nervous especially after 0:15 that he loses another service game. He even could break again and now 30:30 but no point won in rallies. Oh no, a double fault and 30:40 :(

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    1. So pity that 2 aces in this terrible service game with only UEs from David afer 1 or 2 shots, this is the 2nd terrible service game in this set from David

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  32. 30-30
    Bp for Bolelli..save it David!!! PLEASE!!!

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  33. Deuce
    AD Bolelli...really David?
    Back on serve again!!!

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  34. oh, i wrote too fast :(
    Vamos!!!!

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  35. 30-30 on Bolelli's serve.
    40-30
    5-4 on serve. David serving to stay in the set.

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  36. 15-0
    30-0
    40-0

    5-5

    It's time for David to take it up a notch if he wants to close this out!!!

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  37. That is terrible to watch now how he gifting the games to Bolleli after some good points. Break and rebreak, that mostly happens on WTA, and with David unfortunately :/

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  38. 15-30
    30-all
    40-30
    Deuce
    Ad Bolelli
    Back to deuce
    Ad David
    Yep...and it's 6-5 David to serve it out!!! Come on!!

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  39. When David is losing his service games, mostly he is not simply losing, he is gifting them completly. The opponent doesn't have do do much, waiting for dauble faults or returning a poor service without much power and without playing on corner into the field and David is making the UE.

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  40. 15-0
    15-15
    30-15...whew.
    30-30...come on!!! Close this out!!!
    mp
    And he wins it!!!

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  41. Cardiac David in the final, defeats Simone Bolelli 6-3 7-5.

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  42. lol a tweener? lol

    great win David!!! a straight set win. And a new ATP final :D

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    1. no, but he would have better chances with a normal shot :)

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    2. no he did it the point before, at 30-15.
      Imagine if it was the match point lol

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  43. haha the last service game(s) were crazy lol, and David trying at 30:15 to make some bigger headlines with a shot between his feets lol

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  44. Comeeee on!! That wasnt the best win hes had this week but a straight sets onee now a finall!!!! Come on big win, what a week it has been cant wait for tomorrow!! :D

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  45. Nope, that was a very weird and unnecessary thing to do in that position, Dave is definitely nervous, anyway great win vamos!!!!!!!

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    1. I was answering Tiffany about the tweener

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  46. He got caught in no man's land when he played that one and couldn't get his body out of the way quickly enough.

    Anyway. Wow. Cancelled my plans for today before, cancelled my plans for tomorrow just now. A David/VD weekend it is. :)

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    1. I'm sure you'd have it no other way.

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    2. Well it's worth it, nalby hasn't played like this in long time !!!!!

      Commmmmme ooon for the final !!!!

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    3. Yesss julia!! Same here my mates were like can u come out fri night I was like no, today they asked I was like no tomorrow neither haha... " Nalby > " for us all here because we are true fansss.. Yes fabian mate big game its gunna be

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  47. It'd be awesome to have a Bercy 2007 all over again if you know what I mean...Which you do

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    1. I don't know if we will get that, but we can hope right?

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  48. VAMOS DAVID, cant wait for tomorrows final :) ;)... Just saw the draw for next week, Unfortunately its not that good :( but you never know right ? :) :) :)

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  49. Tomorrow it's gonna be David vs Rafa. So we get to see them play after all just this time against each other. Vamos David!

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