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Despite an extremely slow start (even by his standards) David keeps his perfect record against Marcel Granollers - after an hour and 46 minutes, he defeated the Spaniard 6-4, 6-2.
In the second round on Saturday, David's opponent will be Jerzy Janowicz.
Post etc coming tomorrow.
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Three months into the 2013 season, today is the day David gets to play his first match of the year on hardcourt. And what could be a better setting for it than the second-largest tennis stadium on the planet, the somewhat conservatively named Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. David loves the big stage so the court will be to his taste, though probably not that he'll have to play fairly early in the day.
And his opponent is someone he has played against and also occasionally trained with before.
Marcel Granollers is the current #4 and reigning World Tour Final champion - in doubles (together with his partner Marc Lopez). In singles, he was ranked as high as #19 last summer, playing the best season of his career. This week he's at #33. And since the quarterfinal he reached at Sydney, it's been early exits wherever he played, though in some cases he didn't have much luck with the draw. Like at Dubai, where he lost to Roger Federer in the second round.
This is going to be their fourth meeting and it's a perfect record that David has against Granollers: 3-0.
So the match-up isn't entirely new but the conditions will be - until now they either met on clay or indoors. Their first encounter was the only close match they had so far, with David coming back from a set and a break down. That was at Monte Carlo 2009, a month before surgery. His other two victories, at Montpellier and the Paris Masters in 2010 (see below) were much more straightforward.
It's the big stage for David today - but we won't get to see any of this match. As usual, the first round takes place without coverage. And that leaves only the scoreboard for following this one.
But here's what it looked like when David and Marcel Granollers last met (courtesy of Andvari):