Saturday, March 9, 2013

Indian Wells R2 - David vs Jerzy Janowicz















Update
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)...



(Inovaphoto/Getty Images; montage by VD)













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.

68 comments:

  1. btw i had a dream last night of this particular match up between David and Jano in IW, and am glad to tell you he won 7-6(7-3) 6-3 lol.
    I really hope this is a good sign . I swear when i woke up, for a while I started thinking about Gasquet, then remembered the R2 was a dream.

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    1. Lol , I admit that I think a lot about tennis but I didn't have a dream about it yet ..

      :)

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    2. And, any warnings or penalties during the match, Noubar? ;)
      I hope you know that this will count as a master jinx if David loses. lol

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    3. HAHAHAHAH Master Jinx.
      I hope the VamosDavidsers will show some mercy in such case.
      I am positive though, you will thank me after the match.
      And no penalties, just lousy voices from the crowd at the end that woke me up lol

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    4. Nah, won't be your fault, of course.
      But I hope that David will prove you and your dream right. :)

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  2. hahaha Noubar let's hope your dream is a good omen :)
    Vamos!!

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  3. one set away from David's match, if the "other" David wins in straight sets!

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  4. One more set now, as their match goes into a third...

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  5. wow Ferrer out....
    David time!!! Vamos!!!

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  6. And this time we get the QC story already before the match has even begun...

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  7. indeed... had to open an english speaking stream as my TV will show Simon :(
    Vamos David!!

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  8. wow, so much power in Janowicz's groundstrokes. It was expected. And the serve....
    and the early break...
    come on David!!!

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  9. Janowicz's serve, returns with such a power are scary, he looked looks like a tennis monster

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  10. and David manages to break back! and that beautiful winning forehand! Vamos!

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  11. LMAOOOOOOO what is happening here :DDDD now it's like a comedy tennis :DDDD ... oh haha, just they show that David's serve was out but this time no challange any more and he already had 2 challanges, that's really funny)))))

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    1. that was the strangest, funniest service game I have seen since while

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    2. It was a great game from David.

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    3. terrible services from David now, he had luck that the last 2nd serve before the double fault was also not out, top players make good serves in critical situations but David ... well, we his fans know that. And he loses his service game again in the end, very annoying.

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    4. He has to take risks on serve, given how well Janowicz has been returning his serves from the start.

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  12. those 2 winning forehands almost made me cry, but 40-40 now pls holdddddddd

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  13. good set till now in my oppinion. Slow start but playing well now and trading great. Great tennis from el rey at times that forehand was omgg :o jerzy playin good too will be tough but david finding his grove its looking good in my oppinion. Vamossss!!! Let's do this set now 5-5

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  14. And this was not a great game from David...

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  15. Please make my dream come true and take it into a TB

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  16. nooooo he should make that dropshot :(((

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    1. noooo again, 2 times on second serve he can't make the mini break

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  17. yesssssssssssss now win it 7-3

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  18. a Jerzy gift and a tiebreak!!! Vamos!

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  19. No WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

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  20. that can't be true, he giftes his chance again, after all the hard work it's over in the first set now, especially the tie break. He should really win this set, he had all chances for it.

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    1. I should write that especially in the tie break he had all chances to win it with Janowicz bringing second serves and coming to the net with not great slices so that David has not bad chaces to pass him. That's annoying.

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    2. and I forgot to mention how bad he served in last games, especially in tiebreak

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    3. Come on, Ashot. Let's enjoy the match.

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    4. I mean, he's really not playing badly. And he just got out of that 0-40 hole he dug for himself - to my surprise.

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    5. IW is one of the few tournaments during the season where David plays well mostly and goes deep and he has a perfect draw this time, so I think not only for his match, but it doesn't even look good in this match now. But on the other hand he has again break tomorrow even when he wins this match right? I had forgotten about it.

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  21. nooooo Noubar that score is definitely not your dream's scenario :(

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  22. he is playing good but he needs to play a bit better to win this match I think. Against Almagro he also didn't have much chances, Almagro brought more first services if I am not wrong, but he won more rallies and used his few chances. So this is one of these matches where good playing isn't enough. I have never seen or heard about Janowicz before (hardly follow tennis in last 6 months) but he seems to be very similar to Isner as a tennis player.

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  23. But David is making really good playing and serving constantly on Janos backhand.

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  24. Janowicz has a way better return of serve than Isner though. And he can run, more complete shots despite his height.
    For David right now, I think it's all about his stamina, because he's not playing badly. Vamos!

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    1. I agree, I just imagined the Isner from the AO match against David where he also played and returned well (especially with forehand like Jano) therefore I said similar but not as strong as Jano - they both are tall, have monster serves and an exploding forehand.
      Ok, now let's hold David, .. 0:30 now :(

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  25. Now relax, and get up, then serve for this 2nd set, Vamoooos!!

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  26. can you really enjoy it Julia watching for example how he just gifted the break back?))) Again David loses his serve after making the break (with "again" I mean generally), otherwise wee see it mostly on WTA.

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    1. I enjoy every match I get to see David play. Who knows how many more of those there will be. ;)

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    2. I want too but in David's case it's very difficult especially in matches like against Ferrer last time, against Nadal or other top players when he runs out of gas after one set, or when he plays very good and wins easily his service games but then suddenly he giftes it.
      Haha, nice cat and mouse play from both lol.. and 1:1 now

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    3. a small correction: "after a BRILLANT set")))

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    4. At this point, I just take it as it comes.

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  27. yaaaaaayyyyyyy David!!!!! (with a little help from Janowicz on the previous game but oh well, we'll take it!!!)
    Vamos!!!

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  28. It seems Jano is drop-shot addicted playing it regularly without thinking to much))

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  29. oh too bad :(
    it's a long match, David's fitness is a problem we all know of. He keeps trying though. Vamos!

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  30. all those double faults. I don't blame him though. The match is long AND exhausting

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  31. 0:30 but no problem for Jano, bringing good serves when he needs them, not unlike David making dauble faults or easy UEs.
    We see it very often that top players or good servers bring their best services when they are down with 0:30. But I can't remember when has David done that last time. Now 6 games are passed, 6 close games, but David could only win 1 of them, now he uses even worse his chances.

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  32. Hehe it's not over :) (okay down 2-5 but come on!)
    and David can still hit winners ^^

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  33. when he got broken in the 3rd, i was so sure he was gna break back, but to hadn him another insurance break after being up 30-0 was unbelievable. 5-2

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    1. it's a match with passed opportunities for David. And I can't understand why is David playing high balls on his forehand when his backhand is not dangerous.

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  34. when players get tired during the match they can still serve as good as in the begin of the match, but David's serve depends on his fitness, that's interesting.

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  35. nalbandian really should have won this match
    really disappointing performance
    janowicz didnt play great at all
    if this is not a good chance to climb back to higher ranking then what is?
    mark my words gasquet beats janowicz in straight sets
    i am trying to enjoy see him play but the heartbreaks continues

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  36. the serve made the difference, again as often tough Janowicz was not serving as good as Isner.

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  37. i am nor impressed by yanowiczs game at all
    he has some good winners here and there but thats about it
    he is poor at the net and his backhand is mediocre at best
    nalbandian should be furious with himself

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  38. Crazy match. Almost equal in total points. David can make good players look bad, but then he runs out of gas. And 10 double faults isn't going to get it done. On to Miami. Ouch. David never does well there.

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    1. And almost equal in DFs, Janowicz had 11... And yep, Miami it is now. I hope we'll get to see him play there, this time. Last year he had two matches without coverage.

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  39. for real though, it was a pretty decent performance by David overall. Yeah, he missed out on some opportunities, he got help from Janowicz on some double faults, he made some ugly errors. BUT overall, we saw some very beautiful shots, some nice volleys, some rallies where David was most of the time better than his opponent.
    And of course, some service games by Janowicz where David couldn't do much against the big serve...
    And his fitness overall. It was a long match and he held on.
    Miami next!!!

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    1. he held on but not as good as in the begin or second set))

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    2. He tried. And he did as well as could. It wasn't enough to beat Janowicz today. That sucks but that's the way it is.
      And I agree with you Mira, some of it wasn't pretty but we also got to see some nice rallies and some great shots from David.

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  40. I think David this was a big chance to go deep in this tournament and he would do it if he had won this match, but well.. it was a bitter defeat

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  41. He did not serve well at all that was the key and he lost the important points again like last year against haas and tipsarevic Durinng the match I ve never felt that David can win this one janowicz was always ahead a little bit mentally even if he doesnt have experience. The sun was a main factor in this match cousing lots of double faults.But It was a good sign for me that david can still play good matches against the next generation of tennis players. I think janowicz has a good chance to beat gasguet.

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