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That short angled slice backhand was very awesome.
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Try to break here for the match!!!

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15-15...come on, David!!!
30-15
40-15....guess David will have to serve it out!!
40-30...take him to deuce!!!
Oh well....5-4...David will serve for it!!

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Just one more service game.
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David to serve for a place in the final. He's at 76% on first serves, and for him, that's good. Hope he can hold his nerves here.

0-15...come on, David!!!
15-15....good boy!!
30-15...two more points!!!
30-30 Please get to MP!!! Right now!!!
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Well it is certainly surprising to see him into the final given how he has played overall this week.

Today it was mainly about the good serving. He won a lot of points with the first serve and the follow-up shot was very good. He did play especially well for about half of the first set though which gave him the decisive advantage. Del Potro looked to be struggling a bit with his movement, so David was able to keep the points relatively short. There were quite a few errors from both players actually, unforced error statistics were about the same for both players but David's groundstrokes were more penetrating and accurate.
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Great win...I think he played very well today, and I have to say this: 86% first serve % in the first set that's just Yes the serve was the weapon today!!! and that's really surprising for someone who's been following David for long
And never failing to add the drama with that BP when he was serving for the match

It's bad that Del Potro was in pain though

Wish him the best in the final tomorrow
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That short angled slice backhand was very awesome.
It was a master piece and the dropshotitis illness returned at last BP at least it turned out quite well.

This is what a wrote on GM:

Despite the relative close scoreline, this was a schooling, Nalbandian was mixing things, used a slice a lot, sneaking at the net on smart approach shots, never let Del Pony got into aggressive rhythm like he did in Madrid. It was a classical brain vs muscles match. Del Potro had some problems with a blister on his big toe, but his movement was not affected (as long as I could have seen) and he was hitting the ball extremely hard and accurate. Good match.


I think I am little biased toward the blister not affecting the movement but the most errors Del Potro did were not from not reaching the ball or from running FHs or BH, they came from ground-strokes because he was going for more pace. I think he got a little bit overconfident after last week win and wanted to repeat the same match. Unfortunately for him David did not played with the same game-plan.
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In accord with natural law obviously.
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Thanks for the running commentary guys.
Good to see Nalbo in another final.
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Staying in Top 10 will most probably require at least a final in Paris or a SF in Paris and a final in Basel .
He has the final in Basel, so now the semis in Paris? We'll see....

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He has the final in Basel, so now the semis in Paris? We'll see....
Unfortunately , with the Simon and Del Potro progressing in past 2 weeks now SF ain't do the trick Not even a win in Basel and a SF will be enough. He needs at least a final in Paris and Simon losing in R32 (and of course if Blake or Wawrinka or Tsonga don't go deep).
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Unfortunately , with the Simon and Del Potro progressing in past 2 weeks now SF ain't do the trick Not even a win in Basel and a SF will be enough. He needs at least a final in Paris and Simon losing in R32 (and of course if Blake or Wawrinka or Tsonga don't go deep).
If he does not do well in Paris, at least we won't see a massive rankings drop the likes of early last year.

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It was a master piece and the dropshotitis illness returned at last BP at least it turned out quite well.

This is what a wrote on GM:

Despite the relative close scoreline, this was a schooling, Nalbandian was mixing things, used a slice a lot, sneaking at the net on smart approach shots, never let Del Pony got into aggressive rhythm like he did in Madrid. It was a classical brain vs muscles match. Del Potro had some problems with a blister on his big toe, but his movement was not affected (as long as I could have seen) and he was hitting the ball extremely hard and accurate. Good match.


I think I am little biased toward the blister not affecting the movement but the most errors Del Potro did were not from not reaching the ball or from running FHs or BH, they came from ground-strokes because he was going for more pace. I think he got a little bit overconfident after last week win and wanted to repeat the same match. Unfortunately for him David did not played with the same game-plan.
I agree that he did a good job of taking Del Potro out of his rhythm, and I think this had a lot to do with how well he was hitting the first few shots in each point to take control. Better tactics this time, playing more aggressively and closer to the baseline (looking to move forward into his shots often) although obviously better serving allowed him to do this. It was like watching a completely different match to Madrid. Watching it, you'd be wondering how it was that Del Potro was able to dominate play in that match and constantly get into that nice ball bashing rhythm.

Definitely I think the first set was more decided by David's good play rather than Del Potro's, though maybe Del Potro was having a bit of trouble with his movement in the second, not to mention that it might have affected him mentally as well with the shot selection.
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