Kooyong Classic 2005
Surface: Rebound Ace
Match: David Nalbandian VS Gaston Gaudio
Result: 6-3 6-1
Report by GWH
For the 1st set of the match between Gaudio and Nalbandian, it was quite a good match. David seemed to be more serious about it, but he needed to be after his first match against Henman.
Gaston started serving and had his footfaultitis again, but he started off well with 2 big backhand winners. The thing I noticed from the first 3 games was the clear improvement from yesterday, even though it was fucking hot already at 11am and of course I was out in the sun frying away, but managing to keep cool enough.
The first break for Nalle was for 2-3. It was funny Gaston hits a bad dropshot, Nalle hits a worse reply, but then he settles down and is moving well and being aggressive and showing he is better on this surface than Gaston. Gaston misses a gimmy to make it to duece.
The next service game had a very cool moment as Nalle gets back to duece with some good play, he hits a top drop volley that is backspinning towards the net, Gaston makes it and but David puts it away and then they end up on the same side of the net and shake hands.
Gaston is serving/volleying more than usual and that is usually a sign in itself ;D. He was volleying well and hitting some good winners, but I was impressed with Nalle's forehand and he was getting some very good angles and Gaston's volleying was very good in these stages, though he managed to blow easy chances at the wrong moments.
One very funny moment was a 1st serve from Gaston it was such a fault it missed the court and it went 6 rows back before bouncing, you can only laugh at such stuff like that, and then he lost serve.
Nalle is continuing on and playing very well and Gaston seemed a bit disinterested, he didn't tank at all, but a bit disinterested. He didn't hold a serve in the second set and Nalle was focused and wasn't going to let him off the hook.
It was a good and fun first set, but the 2nd one was a combination of Nalle's consistency and a bit of disinterest from Gaston, but it was good to see them play.
The right man won and the result was fair enough maybe the 1st set could have been 6-4 or 7-5 as it was fairly close, but I always felt David was in control.