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The aptly named *David in the US Open Thread*

Sophitia36
08-23-2012, 06:46 PM
I don't think there was a US Open post, so let's open one :D

David has a hell of a good draw, so VAMOS, make the most of it! :bigclap:

Sure, he'll have to play Djokovic if he gets to the semis... But it was either that or Federer, so let's not complain! He may have taken a severe beating in his latest encounters with Djoko on hard courts, but at least, his H2H against him has a few victories... (unlike the 0-13 record against Roger :D)
Nole's not been playing extremely well lately... Then again, neither has Ferru, but if he's back to his pre-Olympics shape, he could stand a chance.

Seeing him in semis would be cool anyway, and it seems a very reasonable expectation.
Before the semis, at first glance, the only guys who could be a problem are Hewitt (if he happens to have a great day), possibly Gasquet (but I don't think so), and then either Tipsarevic or Isner.

Here's the draw:
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/ms/r1s3.html

And, did I forget to mention that the US Open website has FREE online streaming? That's so cool! :woohoo:

Edda
08-24-2012, 12:50 AM
Good luck to David in the U.S. Open!

Chris Kuerten
08-24-2012, 09:23 AM
I'm not sure what to expect, that Wawrinka beating was pretty rough.

Hopefully he is okay, it's a very good draw!

Sophitia36
08-24-2012, 10:12 AM
Yeah, I know, I'm a bit apprehensive too... But really, I think David was still a little bit affected by the Olympics at that time. Either physically, or mentally, or both. He did not seem his usual self.

And also, Wawrinka is a good player and he was apparently in fantastic shape at Cincinnati. Kevin Anderson's no Wawrinka I think... and apart from Gasquet (who's very unpredictable but usually gives David no trouble), or maybe Hewitt if he's in great shape (but he's far from being as good as he used to be)... The only real threats before the semis should be either Tipsarevic or Isner.

Now, given the pics he's been posting on Twitter, David's had a great "vacation" (because he was practising, too!) in Mexico with his girlfriend, he doesn't seem to be depressed in the least. He should start the US Open in good conditions.

Edda
08-25-2012, 01:19 AM
Good luck, David! Have fun and have a great U.S. Open!

Sophitia36
08-27-2012, 10:41 PM
I thought David would be starting tomorrow, since the top half is playing today... But I can't find him on tomorrow's schedule. Djokovic is there, but no David Ferrer.
So I guess that means he'll be starting only on Wednesday?

Edda
08-28-2012, 01:32 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing David play!

Sophitia36
08-28-2012, 08:38 PM
David is playing tomorrow morning at 11am, on the Louis Armstrong court (that's cool, it's one of the big courts!)

I'm happy because that means I might be able to watch the match! That's about 5pm for me... Places with WiFi will still be open. I have a work meeting though, so let's hope we'll be finished at that time :)

Sommarsverige
08-28-2012, 09:16 PM
I am also pretty happy about the OOP, both that he is playing on a big court which increases the tv chances :) and that he plays during a good time for Europeans to watch!!

I really want to see the "normal" Ferru again and I hope the home-factor won´t be a point for Anderson!

Vamos Ferru :bounce: :bounce:

Sophitia36
08-29-2012, 12:20 AM
Anderson is South African isn't he?

Edda
08-29-2012, 02:49 AM
Good luck, David!

Sommarsverige
08-29-2012, 08:02 AM
Anderson is South African isn't he?

Ah okay, I thought he was american! Then there is no home-factor of course ;)

Sophitia36
08-29-2012, 10:32 PM
Ferru won!:dance:

Did anyone see the match? I couldn't see it, there was absolutely no way I could find a place with public WiFi that would support streaming
:sadface:

Did he play well? The stats are not really great for his serve, but apparently he did serve very well when he needed to, and he won quite a great number of points on his 1st serve, too... So maybe the loss in accuracy is due to an effort to produce powerful serves.

I'm happy to see that he won the tie break, and apparently saved 3 set points by producing 3 great serves. Those are always good signs, it means he's strong mentally and confident enough.

OK, for the next match, I'll be at home! I hope it goes exactly the same way! :)

Edda
08-30-2012, 03:10 AM
Congratulations, David!

Sophitia36
09-01-2012, 12:37 AM
Glad that Ferru won today, he frightened me a little bit with that tie break... It took him 6 match points to finish off Sijsling!

I don't know yet if he's back to his best level. He seems way better than in the Olympics and in Cincinnati, but I'm still not completely reassured.

He told the Spanish press that he was quite tired from his season and was not playing as well as he had earlier in the year, because of that.
http://www.terra.es/deportes/tenis/noticias/articulo/david-ferrer-pasa-tercera-ronda-1090306.htm
(BTW he also says he is ready to play the Davis Cup if the captain asks him to, in spite of being tired).

Well, his serve seems to be much better anyway, and it's still reassuring that he won both tie-breaks. I'd rather he had not had to play those tie-breaks, I think he should have been able to win more easily, but winning them and holding fast when he was threatened was a good sign that mentally, he's doing OK.

I'm still pretty confident that he can make the semi-final at least. He can take Hewitt, and hopefully Gasquet as well (though you never know what to expect with that one...). Then, if it's Tipsarevic, well, it seems he hasn't been playing too well either.

Let's hope that Ferru is not the only one to be tired after a very demanding season! ^^

Edda
09-01-2012, 01:23 AM
Congratulations, Ferru and good luck in the next round!

Apophis
09-01-2012, 12:40 PM
Not sure if this has been mentioned, but Ferrer has won at least 1 match in 29 consecutive Slams now. That is one better that the long-time record by Lendl, although Federer has a current streak of 38. It is probably the second-best all-time.

Chris Kuerten
09-01-2012, 03:30 PM
What a HUGE opportunity this is! Hewitt should be no problem at all, he always does well against against Gasquet and he's a favorite against Tipsarevic/Isner/Kohlschreiber too.

Sophitia36
09-01-2012, 05:14 PM
Yeah, I'm really hoping for at least a SF. With such a draw, it seems to be realistic enough.

Sorry, I would make a very bad cheerleader, I'm always cautious because I don't want to build up my hopes too much! I'm worried that he admitted to being tired, which I had noticed too, anyway. If he was playing as he was in RG or Wimbledon this year, I would be really confident that he should beat everyone until the semis, with no difficulty.
But, if he really isn't feeling that good, I guess, I'll take whatever he can give us, and be grateful for it! I'm sure he can beat all these people, and who knows, Djokovic is not in the best of shapes at the moment...

I hope the match against Hewitt gets scheduled early enough so I can watch it. That's a match I'm looking forward to.

Sophitia36
09-01-2012, 10:31 PM
Cool news for Europeans, the match against Hewitt is scheduled at 11am local time. So that means 5pm for us, great time to watch this on a Sunday :)

Edda
09-02-2012, 01:04 AM
Good luck David!

Sophitia36
09-02-2012, 09:42 PM
Great win for David! :woohoo:

Now he'll probably face Gasquet.

Edda
09-03-2012, 01:07 AM
Congratulations, David! Good luck against Gasquet!

Sophitia36
09-03-2012, 03:33 PM
They're beginning to put men's matches later on the schedule... I hope David does not play too late tomorrow!

Anyway, I guess, as the stakes become higher, they'll be scheduling the matches later for prime-time viewing in the US... So at one point I guess we Europeans will not be able to escape waking up in the middle of the night to watch matches (actually, let's hope so, because if that happens, it will mean Ferru will have gone far! :D)

Sophitia36
09-03-2012, 09:49 PM
Just saw the schedule for tomorrow, he's playing at 12AM on Armstrong.

Carol96
09-03-2012, 10:00 PM
Finally back on MTF - family issues have meant I've just been logging onto Iram's blog quickly...

OK - wonderful show against Lleyton, as I think D said, that first set was the key...

BTW: sorry to see A-Rod go: despite the strops (and he's not unique in that), he's a great player and competitor and one who isn't afraid to speak his mind - US tennis will not be the same, despite the young guys coming up (only my opinion. Hope to hear more of his future projects!

Carol96
09-03-2012, 10:01 PM
Love your avatar!!

Edda
09-04-2012, 12:43 AM
Good luck tomoorrow against Gasquet! Love you, David!

Sophitia36
09-04-2012, 12:44 PM
Love your avatar!!

Haha thank you! My brand new avatar which I stole from some really funny blog... ^^

Edda
09-05-2012, 12:51 AM
Good luck, David! You are so close! These rain delays are driving me crazy.

pinkkiwi72
09-05-2012, 02:48 AM
Congratulations to Daveed for beating Gasquet, just watching the re-run on Sky Sports missed the earlier live game. hoping for Semi-Finals and just hoping beyond wishing and praying that Ferrer will make the finals this time in 2012.

evjenia
09-05-2012, 09:47 AM
Good luck, David! (just wanted to see how my avatar looks in the thread))).

Sophitia36
09-05-2012, 10:26 AM
It looks great! ;)

The rain delays were so annoying, I was pleased to see that he was early on the schedule, thinking "yay I can watch the match and then go to bed pretty early." Well... I had to stay up until almost 3am to see the last 10-15 minutes of this match, that was silly :D

Anyway. He needs to make less mistakes. I think he's forcing his serve deliberately, hence the very low percentage and all the DFs. But in this match, I think this strategy lost him many points, not sure it paid off. It's strange because usually Ferru is extremely consistent, and at the moment, he really isn't, but he has that ability to start producing amazing points at the right time.
And I mean, I don't like this expression, but he's got balls :lol: He doesn't flinch when he has to play an important point, and he has the ability to be daring and creative, while remaining very lucid.

I don't care what haters say, this Ferru was definitely not winning this match by "pushing". Gasquet was doing that on almost every big point (sometimes it looked like "OMG I don't know what to do"), he was not taking any initiatives, it was very often Ferru who tried for a winner or came to the net (and played incredibly whenever he did).

Now... To the SF! :bounce:

Chris Kuerten
09-05-2012, 11:02 AM
Perfect that he is the only one from his half to have completed his match yesterday :drool:

Sophitia36
09-05-2012, 11:21 AM
Perfect that he is the only one from his half to have completed his match yesterday :drool:

You're right! I didn't even realize this. He's going to have more time to rest. :devil:

Edda
09-06-2012, 12:55 AM
Congratulations, David! Good luck against Tipsarevic tomorrow!

iramlatif
09-06-2012, 07:18 AM
You're right! I didn't even realize this. He's going to have more time to rest. :devil:

hope it helps. Tipsy isn't exactly going to give him the match. They're both going to have it fight for their points.
But here's hope that he makes it to the semis! :)

Sophitia36
09-06-2012, 10:33 AM
It's quite unfair, but yeah, good for David.

I'm a littel bit scared too. If David were playing like he was, say, 3 months ago, I would be confident. But he'll probably have to play far better than what he did against Gasquet to beat Tipsarevic.
The only two things that truly reassure me are: his current ability to win points at the net, and the fact that he seems to have solid nerves, and does not flinch in the important points.

Anyway, VAMOS David!!! :D

Chris Kuerten
09-06-2012, 10:53 AM
I don't think it will have much influence since Tipsarevic won easily in three sets.

I'm absolutely confident he will make it to the semi-final, though. Let's also hope that Del Potro beats Djokovic.

Sophitia36
09-06-2012, 02:13 PM
I don't think it will have much influence since Tipsarevic won easily in three sets.

I'm absolutely confident he will make it to the semi-final, though. Let's also hope that Del Potro beats Djokovic.

Yep... Given Ferru's record against Del Potro, that would pretty much be a dream scenario.

I don't have much hope of Ferru beating Djokovic. I mean, I'm sure he can do it, but let's be realistic, it's highly unlikely. Ferru beating Del Potro, on the other hand, has happened quite often, and very recently too.

With Federer out... That would leave Del Potro, and probably Murray or someone ranked lower. It would possibly be Ferru's best luck at winning a Slam ever...

But ahem. For the moment, let's not get carried away, and let us focus on Tipsarevic, shall we :D

iramlatif
09-07-2012, 12:00 AM
David won! :) This is so exciting. I have lost my voice from screaming in happiness. It's gonna be a fantastic semifinal

Sommarsverige
09-07-2012, 12:09 AM
I am just so very happy and still so
overwhelmed!! What a match :bounce:

I don't have more words now, just big, big
Congrats to Ferru!! :yeah:

Edda
09-07-2012, 01:12 AM
I'm so excited! Our Ferru is in the semis! Good luck against your next opponent.

pinkkiwi72
09-07-2012, 07:05 AM
Ferrer vs Tipsy was the most tense, nerve wracking experience of my life, at the end I was out of my seat and kneeling on the ground willing Ferru to win - he deserves it soo much. All I hope is that my neighbours whose houses aren't that close didn't hear me cheering too loudly. Never mind if they did, he won, Yay!!! Semi-finals realistically against Nole, it will be very tough and Ferrer is looks tired. I'll be there or rather here cheering Daveed on to win.

Sophitia36
09-07-2012, 09:35 AM
I couldn't scream because my Mum was sleeping in the next room... But it surely was a nerve-wracking match! God, I so rarely have the opportunity of watching such a close match with a happy ending. Usually whenever a match is tense it ends up badly for my favourite!

Almost couldn't sleep for the excitement.

Chris Kuerten
09-07-2012, 11:36 AM
Maybe it's best for my health if Ferrer retires as soon as possible, preferably after he wins this tournament.

*1-4 0-30 down in the fifth set :eek:

Sophitia36
09-07-2012, 12:25 PM
I know... My heart was in my mouth in that fifth set. I was trembling. Couldn't sleep for about 2 hours afterwards even though it was very late.

But NOOOO I don't want him to retire! :D

Chris Kuerten
09-07-2012, 12:32 PM
I am so proud he is absolutely maximizing his potential, two GS QF's and two SF's in one year at the age of 30, with his style of play? Amazing.

Of course he shouldn't retire! It's just a constant struggle, because you want him to win a slam so badly, but at the same time you know it's not realistic. However, knowing that doesn't make the disappointment any less, it's a blow time after time.

evjenia
09-07-2012, 01:49 PM
What a great match! Couldn´t see it live, and thanks God, cause my nerves wouldn´t stand it, especially that moment with 1:4, 0:30 and the second serve in the fifth set:), but have watch the repeat with a great pleasure, knowing already the result.
But with Novak I have no optimism at all, he looks unstoppable. Anyway, good luck David!

Mae
09-07-2012, 02:10 PM
I was watching it until Tipsy won the 2nd and 3rd Sets and I for the first time ever gave up on David :o I thought for sure that Tipsy had that match won! I wish I could find a repeat of that match so I could see David's comeback. I should have known to never give up on David :banghead: But sadly I must agree that Nole looks unstoppable :sad: I don't think he has even dropped a set this whole Tournament?

iramlatif
09-08-2012, 10:29 PM
ferru was up in the first set to nole and now they canceled it because of severe weather threats. This sucks for David. He was about to win this set.
Well hopefully he'll come back out tomorrow and show it again

Sophitia36
09-08-2012, 10:39 PM
I'm so gutted. And I will be even more if David does not win that first set tomorrow. Damn it, they could have let him serve for that set!

Sommarsverige
09-08-2012, 11:34 PM
I am also still soooo angry about it!!
I think the whole schedule of the US Open
is bad!! Why do they have to play the first round
in 3 days while everywhere else it's just 2!
And I really don't get why, knowing that weather forecast,
they didn't play the 2 men's semis at the same time on
Ashe and Armstrong! Its a very clear disadvantage for the winner
of Ferru/Djokovic compared to Murray!!
Ahhh, I am sooooo angry & just hope Ferru at least wins the first
set tomorrow!

Edda
09-09-2012, 01:00 AM
What a great comeback against Tipsy! Now that awful rain delay is making me nervous all over again. Oh, Ferru! Good luck to you! You are up 5-2 in the first set. Win that set and the match-and the championship! Retire? Oh, no! Please, don't say that! Ferru is just beginning!

Chris Kuerten
09-09-2012, 02:25 PM
I'm very calm, but you can expect huge tantrums if he loses this match.

Sophitia36
09-09-2012, 02:28 PM
Yeah... I was psychologically prepared to see him lose, just like against Nadal in RG. But after what happened yesterday, I'm afraid I might not take it that well.

At the very least, I hope he'll take that first set and won't be disturbed by the interruption. Starting the match by serving for the set is pretty awful...
Then, if I'm perfectly honest, there was no reason to think he would have been able to beat Djokovic even if they had continued playing yesterday. Nole might have waken up at some point.
But definitely, if Ferru does not take that first set today, I'll be gutted.

Chris Kuerten
09-09-2012, 06:41 PM
That smile after the *0-4 30-0 point in the fourth set made my day.

Sophitia36
09-09-2012, 06:59 PM
Yes but why was he smiling?

Chris Kuerten
09-09-2012, 07:11 PM
Yes but why was he smiling?Acceptance.

Sophitia36
09-09-2012, 07:37 PM
I thought about that, but there seemed to be something else... Maybe he was smiling in response to a comment by a spectator or something.

Chris Kuerten
09-09-2012, 07:53 PM
I thought about that, but there seemed to be something else... Maybe he was smiling in response to a comment by a spectator or something.Acceptance in combination with the fact that it was a funny point, I think, didn't hear anyone in the crowd.

Chris Kuerten
09-09-2012, 07:55 PM
And something that I've always wondered since reading David smokes, how often does he do it?

Sommarsverige
09-09-2012, 10:18 PM
I was really hoping a little bit after yesterday, but guess
Djokovic was just too consistant :(

Still, David played a great tournament and I am so full of admiration that
he still goes and plays Davis Cup after these hard weeks :worship:
Almost every other player would have cancelled it, but we all know Ferru
would never do. And this is what I love and respect so much about him!!!
Also today after the loss he still went and wrote autographs, just without words, he is sooo georgeous in every way!! :worship: :worship:

Carol96
09-09-2012, 10:24 PM
dunno,but I don't think he does anymore... sorry can't back this gossip up

Sophitia36
09-09-2012, 10:43 PM
No, I've never seen any reliable source about that, but it surely is a persistent rumour.

BTW another rumour was that he was getting married... This one, as far as I know, is only based on a mistranslation of what he said in an interview in the French Open this year (when he signed the camera and wrote "Happy birthday" for Marta). He referred to Marta as his "novia" which is just the way Spanish people talk about their girlfriend, but it can also mean "fiancée" and that's how it was translated... Then this rumour sprang up that he and Marta were getting married, but really, there is no reason whatsoever to think that this is true.
Or else, there is another source that I don't know about.

Edda
09-10-2012, 01:32 AM
Oh, Ferru! So sorry you lost! I was so excited yesterday when you had almost taken the first set, but then I was sad when I checked the score this morning. Good luck to you and Team Spain in Davis Cup.

Edda
09-10-2012, 01:43 AM
Oh, how nice it would be if David and Marta did get married! I would have loved to hear some good news for a change.

Chris Kuerten
09-10-2012, 07:19 AM
After upsetting his compatriot and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the fourth round in a match that ended at 1:50 a.m., Ferrer chowed down on a Big Mac at 4:15 a.m. "Only thing is open 24 hours," he explained. "I'm very hungry." A few months ago at the Davis Cup tie against the U.S. team in Winston-Salem, N.C., Ferrer, who did not play because of a foot injury, was spotted smoking on the loading deck of the arena.http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/usopen07/news/story?page=notebookuso070906 In the past 18 months, footballer Dimitar Berbatov, tennis player David Ferrer and champion jockey Seb Sanders have all come out (or been outed) as smokers.http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/jul/27/athletics.golf3) Ferrer was a smoker. He chain-smoked when he was much younger, and he has since given up the habit – as he should.http://www.tennisbloggers.com/archives/3151

2007, 2008 and 2012.

http://i43.tinypic.com/ngt3td.jpg

Sophitia36
09-10-2012, 09:37 AM
LOL at this montage! :lol:

Yeah well, I know those sources, they're not exactly what you can call "reliable". The first one is the only one that seems credible, the second one is obviously just repeating this (as they often do) and the third one, well... either they've got some inside information, for which no source is given, or they just read other reports without checking and turned that into "chain-smoking".
When I see how the marriage thing started to sneak in everywhere, without any other source (I think) than this tiny translation mistake... I really don't trust the Internet on small details like that.
It's a bit like the "locked in a cupboard" story, journalists just seem to copy and paste from previous articles to write new ones, and then it just becomes some kind of recurrent story that you can never escape. They even asked Ferru in a press conference two days ago about this, he did not deny it but said it happened only once and he didn't really remember because that was a long time ago.

Chris Kuerten
09-10-2012, 12:32 PM
I'm going to score a press pass for 's-Hertogenbosch next year and ask him about every dirty little secret we want to know more about :rocker2:

Sophitia36
09-10-2012, 04:52 PM
Oh, how nice it would be if David and Marta did get married! I would have loved to hear some good news for a change.

I wouldn't hope for that too much, I'm not sure he's the marrying type. Thank God he did not marry Yolanda :D

Personally I don't think it makes much of a difference if they're married or not, his relationship with Marta seems to be a stable one, they seem perfectly matched and very much in love...

So I hope they stay happy and he continues to play well :angel:

Edda
09-11-2012, 01:27 AM
I hope so, too-on both counts! I'm glad he gave up the smoking habit. I wouldn't want to hear he got cancer or some other awful disease.

Chris Kuerten
08-22-2013, 09:09 PM
Can David rise and beat Gulbis and Janowicz back to back in R3 and R4?

Sophitia36
08-22-2013, 11:39 PM
Can David rise and beat Gulbis and Janowicz back to back in R3 and R4?

Well... if he gets to R3... :o

SORRY! OF COURSE he can beat Gulbis and Janowicz! :angel:

Many sleepless nights to look forward too! As many as possible! :woohoo:

Edda
08-25-2013, 03:55 AM
Good luck in the U.S. Open, David!

Mae
08-25-2013, 08:27 AM
Good luck in the U.S. Open, David!

I agree :yeah: And it seems like this is the only place I ever see you :lol:

Edda
08-26-2013, 12:52 AM
Yes, I mainly post here, but I also do some posting in the Janko Tipsarevic forum.

redshift36188
08-28-2013, 02:40 AM
C'mon "Tough Road" Ferrer, I believe you can go far in this tournament. :bigclap:

Sophitia36
08-28-2013, 11:03 AM
Well, the good news is... he won't have to beat Gulbis, nor Janowicz, after all :D

I thought he played better in his first match. The youngster opposite was not that bad.

Chris Kuerten
08-28-2013, 11:31 AM
I made them lose by mind power!

Now everything other than a SF would be a disappointment. Not looking forward to a SF against Nadal, though, that will probably be very painful considering their current forms.

Edda
09-01-2013, 02:36 AM
Congratulations, David! He will be playing Janko Tipsarevic in the fourth round! That should be a good one. I like them both.

Edda
09-03-2013, 02:02 AM
Congratulations, David on making the quarterfinals! That was a hot match against Janko! You may be playing Milos Raonic next. Does it seem as though Spaniards and Serbians (and people of Serbian descent) play each other frequently?

Chris Kuerten
09-03-2013, 02:05 AM
He was sooooooooooooo bad. It will be very painful if he reaches the SF.

Happy he survived this one, though :)

Kat_YYZ
09-04-2013, 12:07 AM
Good luck vs Gasquet, Ferru! :)

emotion
09-04-2013, 12:09 AM
Gasquet has poor endurance, should be tired. Maybe he can finally have an easy match

Edda
09-04-2013, 01:20 AM
Good luck against Gasquet!

Sommarsverige
09-04-2013, 02:22 PM
Vamos Ferru today!!!

Edda
09-05-2013, 03:53 AM
Too bad, Ferru!

Mae
09-05-2013, 03:57 AM
I was shocked :eek: But I wonder how much David's mind was on tennis. David and his Coach are very close. And his Coach wasn't with him because his father had died so I'm sure his Coach's situation was probably on David's mind :sad:

Sophitia36
09-05-2013, 10:30 AM
I was shocked :eek: But I wonder how much David's mind was on tennis. David and his Coach are very close. And his Coach wasn't with him because his father had died so I'm sure his Coach's situation was probably on David's mind :sad:

I have wondered the same thing.

Ferru has been rather bad all year, except in the French Open, that's true. But Javi has been absent almost all summer, and Ferru has been particularly bad during this time period... Still I would tend to think Ferru has enough experience to be able to do well without Javi being present. I don't know.

I'm sorry that Javi lost his father. I knew he was absent for personal reasons but I didn't know exactly what was happening to him.

Chris Kuerten
09-05-2013, 11:08 AM
I can't be too upset about this, playing a godlike Nadal would've been really painful with David's current form.

Sophitia36
09-05-2013, 01:39 PM
I can't be too upset about this, playing a godlike Nadal would've been really painful with David's current form.

My thoughts exactly!