Thursday, March 7, 2013

Indian Wells R1 - David vs Marcel Granollers

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Update
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):

30 comments:

  1. Granollers > Janowicz> Gasquet > Berdych.

    I think he can do it.

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  2. It's my favorite tournament of the season, lets hope David makes a good run....

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  3. IW is your favourite - can I ask why? Just being curious. :)

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  4. is it possible that we again find a stream during the match like in previous weeks when there shouldn't be any?

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  5. Nope. At IW and Miami no TV coverage gets produced of the first round that could be shown or streamed anywhere. The only thing that's different this time is that they'll show all of R2 (unlike at Miami).

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  6. Vamos David!!!! we need him to win his 1st round since coverage starts on Saturday on TV :(
    please David, keep improving your perfect record against Granollers!

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  7. Julia, I like the site of the tournament, the palm springs, and the huge crowd at center court.
    Players always come to IW fully charged for the first masters series of the season.
    Plus i do have great memories watching this very tournament at the university cafeteria, I used to do "tennis-watching" events with a friend of mine, students would even skip classes to watch tennis.(we served Salami sandwiches when David was playing lol ). And there is the saying "March can bring out the best in players".

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  8. So you have some good memories of watching IW. :) That sounds nice, watching it with friends. For my part, I like Montréal. Back in 2007 when I got my first TTV pass, I took a week off and did nothing but watch every match I could at Montréal. My friends thought I was totally crazy but I had a great time. lol
    By the way, you can reply directly to specific posts now, using that "reply" button. ;)

    Anyway, here's the preview from the tournament website:
    "Perennial entertainer David Nalbandian, the 2003 US Open finalist, is second on Stadium 1, taking on Spaniard Marcel Granollers in an intriguing match-up. "

    2003 USO finalist, um yeah, almost... I've heard/seen David getting called all sorts of things over the years but "perennial entertainer", that's new. lol

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    1. hehe ok I would start using the replies now, and i don't find it crazy you watched every sigle match, would've done the same thing probably. and LOL on the official site preview

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    2. :) And yep, lol indeed...
      Of course there was no way around that WTA match going to a third set.

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    3. btw sometimes i get to view the comments but not able to post one, I never miss a post in VD, not one. But sometimes i hesitate to run a proxy server to post a comment, gets really annoying for me.
      David's turn, best of luck for him :)

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    4. I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems with the comments but there's nothing I can do... :(

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    5. Me too real talks.. I see them all see the comments but sometimes can't comment takes so long and doesn't work on ipad I'm going on my phgone to do this lol.

      Anw to the game... This has beeen sooo long omg especially his first 2 service games took agesss been annoyin on scoreboard. At least on serve atm!!! 4-4 Vamos I think he'll win

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  9. 4-3 after being 0-2 down and almost 0-3 down. after a 0/5 BP conversion, he finally breaks and holds.

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  10. DAVID Granollers 6:4
    Julia Bp

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  11. This set start looks much better with score and first serve percentage too!! Vamos el reyy

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  12. DAVID Granollers 6:4, 6:2
    Julia Bp
    :))

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  13. He won and hopefullly we'll get to see him play his next match. Glad he overcame the slow start.

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  14. Ìt was a decent opening match ..
    Vamos David

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  15. Well, I'd still like to know what was going on there in the first set. Slow starts, early breaks, all of that is typical for David. But over 30 minutes for 3 games? Don't think I've seen that before from him.

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    1. My thought exactly! I was following the scoreboard while preparing a presentation for one of my classes and I was like: What?! I totally suspected my vision and my brain!

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  16. David wins!

    Great performance. David keep on the good game. You can do it, man!


    Rafael.

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  17. over 30 minutes in 3 games in the 1st set?? it couldn't definitely be about time violations lol. But I guess he struggled with long rallies and serve ?
    anyway, pretty good 1st round victory over a player that has improved since their last meeting in 2010, so it's a good start for David.
    AND we'll get our David/Janowicz R2, with a stream this time!!
    Lucky person who tweeted the David pic, looks like she was really close and courtside, lucky :)

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  18. 30 minutes for 3 games, oh, and I seing the result was glad that he didn't spent to much energy..

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    1. 1 hour 46 minutes you say, others play three sets in that length, I am afraid that David again won't have enough energy to be fit for the quarterfinal match if he reaches it. I hope he has an easy victory in next round.

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    2. Far too early to worry about what state he'll be in for the quarterfinal. First of all, he needs to get there.

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