Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sleeping in the house of my latest jumpoff.
Indian Wells R2: Istomin def.  Chela 7-6(5) 6-7(7) 7-5 in 3:22
First set was very WTA. Chela had two break points to start the match, which were not taken. Istomin then broke immediately for *2-0 and saved a BP for 3-0 in two very long games. The first three games took 20 minutes, and the first six games went to break point. Istomin broke Chela again for *4-0 after Chela saved two BP's, but was broken to love to lose one of the two breaks. Chela saved BP for 2-*4, and broke Istomin when he was serving for the set at 5-3. Istomin saved two break points in an 8 minute game at 5 all but double faulted to be broken. Predictably, Chela lost serve to 30 serving for the first set at 6-5.
In the tiebreak, both players traded mini-break advantages to begin, before Istomin took the final mini-break for 6-*4 in the tiebreaker, and closed it out on his serve to win the first set in an 1:20.
Second set started with both players trading breaks of serve, and Chela saving four break points in another marathon game for 2-1. After that, there were holds through the rest of the set, with Istomin holding comfortably overall and Chela saving a break point after being ahead 40-0 at 5 all.
In the second set breaker, Istomin went from 3-*4 to winning three straight points and taking at *6-4 lead. Predictably, he failed to close things out on serve, then failed to close things out again leading *7-6, losing both service points to give Chela an *8-7 lead, which he served out.
In the third set, both players held comfortably until 2 all, where Chela took the lead with a break. At *3-2 Chela held serve in another long game that went several deuces, Chela saved one BP and had several game points before holding. Istomin held serve, and then Chela had 30-0 in his next service game, before losing four straight points to be broken for 4 all. Both held serve without facing a break point from there until *5-6, where Chela immediately fell behind 0-40. Chela saved all three match points before finally succumbing on the fourth against him.
Almost 3 1/2 hours this match took. No surprise Chela would be involved. Good win in the end for Denis.