Thursday, January 15, 2009

AO Draw

The AO draw is out and David's quarter contains Novak Djokovic [3], Andy Roddick [7], and Robin Soderling [16] among the top seeds. David is seeded 10. His immediate opponents are as follows:

Tommy Robredo ESP (21) v Bobby Reynolds USA
Alberto Martin ESP v Viktor Troicki SRB

Thomaz Bellucci BRA v Yen-Hsun Lu TPE
Marc Gicquel FRA v David Nalbandian ARG (10)

Tommy Robredo, then, is the first seed that David might face, with Andy Roddick and Philipp Kohlschreiber [32] in the adjoining sector. This appears to be a comfortable draw for David with no unpleasant surprises. And he might need an easy start if he continues to progress in the Sydney tournament, leaving him less time to practice in and acclimatize to Melbourne.


  1. Well, the last time David played against Gicquel in the first round of a tournament he came out second best. That was in Halle '07, their only meeting so far. Horrible match...
    Not that I doubt he'll do much better against him, this time.

    All in all - could be better, could be worse. Robredo as first seeded player is good. And I'd love to see a match between David and Roddick. I just don't like it that he's in Djokovic's quarter yet again. And in Federer's half.

  2. Well, if David and Nole both win their matches today we might see a final between them and so get some idea of the match-up there.