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).
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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.