Thursday, November 21, 2013

Last Night in Santiago

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After the last rally of the match, and of Nicolas Massu's career, the two of them met and hugged at the net. And then Massu said something to David. What exactly it was only David knows but perhaps Massu had some words of encouragement and advice - for someone who'll very soon find himself in the same situation.
It was a nice match that David and Nicolas Massu played at the Movistar Arena in Santiago yesterday. And it really was a match, and not just a bit of hit and giggle. Except when David almost hit the Chilean president with a ball and was "reprimanded" with a smile and a wag of the presidential finger.
But it also became clear that David wasn't lying about the problems with his shoulder. I thought it became clear that he has made the right decision.

So, after Santiago yesterday, tonight David will be playing in front of his home crowd in Córdoba. And on court with him will be Rafael Nadal.
More later, ahead of the match. And more photos on the Photo Page.

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12 comments:

  1. Yes, it was a nice match. David looked fit, moved well and obviously had fun. But the shoulder is a wounded wing. All David could really do was spin the ball in. Here we all thought hip problems would lead to his demise. But it ends up being his shoulder. Missed David almost hitting President Pinera. It was a good farewell for Nicolas. He's been a warrior for a long time. Hope there's a stream for Cordoba as good as Movistar TV.

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  2. I think his shoulder is the most obvious problem but it's not the only one. But well, his movement doesn't need to be impressive anymore. :)
    Anyway - a stream as good as last night's would have to be an official one and I'm afraid that's not going to happen. In Chile, Massu/David wasn't shown on free TV, only Nadal/Djokovic was. I guess that's why there was an official stream. But that's going to be different today.

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  3. Forget what I wrote above, there will be an official stream tonight.
    That is to say the channel that broadcasts the match in Argentina has its own stream site. For free and accessible also from outside of Argentina. :)

    As for the "presidential incident" - David apologises but gets reprimanded.

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    1. I laughed like a drain.
      Is that bad of me? :0

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  4. Thanks for the screen shots, Julia. Pinera is a good guy. I remember how he was there as each of the 33 miners were pulled to the surface through that narrow bore after the mine collapse in northern Chile three years ago. Glad there's a good stream. Tonight should be great, mostly because it's in Cordoba. I'm sure it will be very emotional.

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  5. Thanks Julia. I've been reading the posts on my mobile phone but unable to comment. Unfortunately I only got to watch half the second set yesterday and I'll miss the first set today because my class ends at 8 pm EST :( But I'm glad you found a steam and I'll come back home running! BTW this is camilia, I'm having problems with my account!

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    1. Hey Camilia. Don't worry, it usually gets later than planned, you'll catch more of the match today. :)

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  6. Camilia! See you later. :)

    Tamar is there in Cordoba - she'll be at both matches! She's too local to need the VamosDaviders' private jet - she's taken the private helicopter instead. ;)

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  7. I love the photo of David and Massu with the Chilean flag, and the few seconds where Massu had to figure out which way round it needed to go for the cameras was priceless. I thought then that that moment was going to make the best photos of all the poses that were going on. I wish I had been there with my camera to capture my own version.

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  8. I've just been looking at the photo page - you've got some great ones there, Julia - thanks. :)
    My favourite is the 11th one in... David and Massu with their arms round each other's shoulders and huge grins.

    Bit further on...

    Woh! Massu looks scary in a suit!

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    1. They don't call him "El Vampiro" for nothing. The Chilean press does as well, as I found out these last few days.
      I think the pics reflect the atmosphere last night. :)

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