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It's no secret that it often takes David a while to get going. Especially if it's the first round he's playing at an event, on a different surface than before. And even more so if that match takes place early in the day. Yesterday, it took David well over an hour and a protracted, hard-fought first set to finally get going.
But in the end he overcame Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-2. Though that makes it look easier than it was.
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- after an hour and 12 minutes.
After that, the battle seemed to be over, more or less. And the second set saw no further deuce battles or real drama. David secured an early break (for 2-0), managed to cosolidate it after fending off a break point (and then later another one at 4-2), and then broke Granollers for a second time as he served to stay in the match, closing it out on his first match point.
A very long, hard-fought first set and then a much easier, much more straighforward second set - that's pretty much the same start David had at Indian Wells, last year. (Which hopefully counts as a good omen.) What exactly happened during those deuce battles and how the two of them managed to take such a truly epic emount of time for merely three games - I guess we'll never know.
But what matters is that David managed to overcome that slow start. And that he got going in the end.
Whether it'll be enough against Jerzy Janowicz we'll find out tomorrow.