This year, Indian Wells ends in the second round for David: After two and a half hours it was Jerzy Janowicz, who prevailed 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3.
Next up for David is now Miami, for which he has received a wildcard.
Post, pics etc tomorrow evening (European time)...
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On Tuesday, when the tweets came in from the draw ceremony and with them the news about the possible second-round match-ups, this one sparked a couple of quips and remarks. Hinting at antics on court and the hard work this match might mean for the umpire (e.g. here). David's part in this I guess I don't need to explain. Jerzy Janowicz on the other hand had his moment at the Australian Open, complete with the inevitable YouTube fame, even if his "meltdown" merely got him a warning.
For 22-year-old Jerzy Janowicz today's match is his first ever at Indian Wells. This time last year he was was still playing Challenger events in Europe. The main reason he's in California now, ranked as well as seeded 24th, is the great run Janowicz had at the Paris Masters. A qualifier at that event, he beat Murray, Tipsarevic and Simon (amongst others) before eventually losing to David Ferrer in the final.
This season, his best results so far have been the third round at the Australian Open (lost to Almagro) and the quarterfinal he reached at Marseille (lost to Berdych).
At 6'8"/2.03m Janowicz's biggest weapon is - not surprisingly - his serve, as well as his forehand, both of which he could use to simply overpower David. But Janowicz doesn't just hit the ball as hard as he can, every single time. He also loves to play drop-shots and David might find himself trying to chase down a number of those if he doesn't keep Janowicz busy.
Against Granollers, it was long rallies and lots of break points - that will probably be different today.
And if Janowicz serves well it'll take patience, and making the most of what chances David will get.
It'll be a battle of the generations. Here's hoping it'll also be a good match we'll get to see from David.