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Watched it entirely. Albert was decent opponent until 3:3. David tried to pressure him in the 7th game but he failed, he was just trying to left an aggressive mark and tune his returns I guess. In the ninth game he repeated it and he did it in his style, couple of aggressive return winners and 0:40 in a matter of seconds. He kept the momentum and did the same in the opening game in the first set and later again braked Montanes serve after with the same pressure *0:40. Albert saved few BP's during the course of the match but the defeat was inevitable. David is in a same level as he was in Stockholm and Madrid, only this is kinda faster surface (from Madrid) and he could not sneak to net fast enough. Ground-strokes and angles are working well, BH deep and accurate, he is kinda late on footwork for his FH so it varies a bit, first serve very good but inconsistent and second serve quite bad, he even managed to serve 2 DFs in the same game.
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Watched it entirely. Albert was decent opponent until 3:3. David tried to pressure him in the 7th game but he failed, he was just trying to left an aggressive mark and tune his returns I guess. In the ninth game he repeated it and he did it in his style, couple of aggressive return winners and 0:40 in a matter of seconds. He kept the momentum and did the same in the opening game in the first set and later again braked Montanes serve after with the same pressure *0:40. Albert saved few BP's during the course of the match but the defeat was inevitable. David is in a same level as he was in Stockholm and Madrid, only this is kinda faster surface (from Madrid) and he could not sneak to net fast enough. Ground-strokes and angles are working well, BH deep and accurate, he is kinda late on footwork for his FH so it varies a bit, first serve very good but inconsistent and second serve quite bad, he even managed to serve 2 DFs in the same game.
I thought it was rather unimpressive. His timing seemed kind of off and his returns were inconsistent. Loved the total lack of concentration in the last game with the 2 aces, 2 double faults.

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Re: David enters the land of Lindt. Can he tune his game to Swiss precision in Basel?

Kristof Vliegen is next.
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Kristof Vliegen is next.
And their H2H is 0:1 for Vliegen. It was in Barselona, in 2004 7-6(1) 6-4 and what I remember from that one is that Vliegen did not even played that good, David was simply worse.
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Thursday OoP

CENTER COURT

Matches Start At: 13:00
Kristof VLIEGEN (BEL) vs David NALBANDIAN (ARG)


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James BLAKE (USA) vs Oscar HERNANDEZ (ESP)

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Stephane BOHLI (SUI) vs Juan Martin DEL POTRO (ARG)

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Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)

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So there goes Petschzner. I haven't seen Vliegen play in ages (I think not since Monte Carlo/Rome last year). I remember him having a pretty good season in 2006. That match he played against Hewitt in Davis Cup last year is one of the most memorable matches I've seen, maybe more so for the drama than the tennis. I kind of like his awkward game, it would be nice to see him play. I'd say with it being scheduled early, there will probably be much fewer live streaming options than last time though.
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Hi, anyone here ?
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Yes, I'm here. It is kind of annoying that Vliegen has broken back now. David seemed like clearly the better player for a while there, but hit some really weak second serves to get broken. The bwin stream totally sucks though.
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Unnecessary complicated things, he should have been 5-0 up in the first, and those more than few FHs hitting at bottom of the net were not very helpful. Good that he managed to clinch the set in 10th game.
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4-3* in the second. Time for shifting a gear up?
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I haven't been able to watch since the first set.

Wish I could find a stream to watch Gasquet vs Darcis. I thought there were good streams for Lyon, but not so it seems.
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Not good enough. *4-4
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Broken 5-6* Very bad game.
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Ok I just started watching again. God, how lethargic did he look in that last game? Really pathetic.
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David was up 0-30 in that 5-6 game and had an easy passing shot, that he missed - I think Vliegen might have hit an out ball there just before that as well, but I can't tell from this angle. Then Vliegen gave him a lot of opportunities, playing the set points very poorly but eventually made a couple of first serves to clinch it.
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