Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sleeping in the house of my latest jumpoff.
Miami R1: Nalbandian def. Darcis 6-4 7-6(0)
Up and down match. Darcis rallied from down 0-40 and saved four break points to hold in the first game of the match, and saved another BP at 2 all. Nalbandian was holding mostly comfortably until he went from 40-15 to having to save a BP at *2-3. Nalbandian then finally broke to 30 for a *4-3 lead in the first set, the first of three straight breaks in the first set. Nalbandian served for the first set at *5-4 and had 40-15 again in a game before being taken to deuce, losing two game points before finally holding serve to win the set.
In the second set, Nalbandian broke immediately to start the set after having 40-*0 to take the early lead. He held comfortably from there until *3-2 which was the first of back-to-back breaks for each player. Darcis had 2 break points to make it three straight breaks and a second serve at 40-*30 at 3-*4, didn't take advantage. Darcis saved a MP against him at *3-5, then broke to love with Nalbandian serving for the match to make things even at 5 all in the second set. Nalbandian immediately had 0-30 to break once again, Darcis won three straight points to get to game point, but David eventually broke to serve for the match a second time. Nalbandian had 40-0 at *6-5 before losing four straight points, losing five match points overall and saving two break points before being broken to lose serve and the second set went into a tiebreak.
Nalby quickly won the breaker to finally take the win in 1:55.
Very predictable hard-fought match with many twists and turns; both players' strengths are their returns and both are huge fighters. Tipsarevic in the next round, hopefully it's a good match like the one in Indian Wells, but David can't be as vulnerable on serve as today to win that match. Wouldn't be surprised if Nalbandian-Tipsarevic ended up being another breakfest.