Thursday, March 3, 2011

Davis Cup vs Romania - Draw


(AAT)

A look at the Parque Roca, still empty. - But it won't be for much longer...
Here's the draw for this weekend's tie:
(On all three days, play will start at 11am local/2pm GMT/9am EST.)

Friday (04/03)
David Nalbandian vs Adrian Ungur
Under different circumstances, which is to say without David's current hernia problem, this would be the kind of match you'd expect David to have in the bag before the first rally was so much as played. Adrian Ungur is currently ranked #183 (his highest ranking was #122) and usually plays Challenger events. Which is why at age 26, he has played a total of 6 matches at ATP level. Plus 3 matches in Davis Cup to David's 41. As I've never seen Ungur play, I can't tell you anything about his game. And David's knowledge of Ungur and his game is somewhat limited, too.
"Tomorrow it's going to be a match where I don't really know the opponent and surely there's going to be speculation for a couple of games in order to know where the match is going to go."
But the biggest question mark here is of course David's physical state. Whether it will allow him to play well enough to hopefully win the match quickly or whether all Ungur will need to do is to keep him on court for as long as possible (and perhaps also play lots of drop-shots). But that David's training sessions this week reportedly went well so far (better than he was expecting) may count as a good sign.
"Things went smoothly [in training] on Tuesday and Wednesday. I feel good. I'll be the same or a little better."
And if there is one thing that is certain about this match then it is that the crowd at the Parque Roca will do its best to support David. Still, I guess I'm not the only one who will follow this match, keeping an eye on David's movement and looking for any signs of him, being pain. Especially since it doesn't look like David is planning to let his hernia keep him from anything...
"It's not going to keep me from giving my best on court."

Juan Monaco vs Victor Hanescu
This will be the third meeting between these two and the first time they play a best-of-five match. The first time they met, at Auckland 2009, it was Pico who prevailed. But their only encounter on clay so far, at the Masters in Rome last year, Hanescu won. Clay is Hanescu's best surface and although he hasn't done too well in singles so far this year, he's an experienced Davis Cup player. In other words - this won't be an easy match for Pico. And that's even more reason for David to want to win his match, so that "Pico can be relaxed, going into what's the most important match on Friday". (David's quotes: Olé.)

Saturday (05/03)
Juan Ignacio Chela & Eduardo Schwank vs Victor Hanescu & Horia Tecau
A combination that is new in Davis Cup (as is Chela, playing doubles for Argentina). But what's not entirely new is Chela and Schwank, playing doubles together. They first did so on the Tour back in 2009 and last year, they played four events together. Most notably Wimbledon, where they managed to make a surprise run to the semifinal. And one half of the team they'll meet in this weekend's doubles rubber they will recognise from that Wimbledon semifinal - Horia Tecau (whose partner was Robert Lindstedt back then).
So Chela and Schwank have some experience, playing together. But they'll find themselves up against an experienced and successful team in Hanescu and Tecau, who play doubles both in Davis Cup and on the Tour, and who have two doubles titles to their names, having won their second only last week at Acapulco. Therefore, this might be the toughest rubber to win for the Argentine team.

Sunday (06/03)
David Nalbandian vs Victor Hanescu
Whether David will actually play against Hanescu on Sunday remains to be seen.
Chela could replace him, a decision that Vázquez will have to make one hour before the match.

Juan Monaco vs Adrian Ungur
Whether the final rubber of this tie will look like this is also not clear yet, also depending on whether it's going to be a live or a dead one.

33 comments:

  1. I want to be in that photo.

    In the front row.

    On the Argentina side, of course.

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  2. i like the new DC website, one of the News headlines says "Nalbandian in the driving seat", should have been "The Hernia guy opens Friday play" in my opinion lol

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  3. hey, Noubar, did you wait on me to post at the same time? haha

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  4. LOL we are both Armenians after all

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  5. "The hernia guy opens Friday play." I like that, Noubar.

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  6. ur name is Armenian right?

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  7. yes, but I meant you :)
    Now I believe you because I searched immediately in google for Noubar and found out on first page 2 persons called Noubar Havloujian (of course armenian surname) and the other Diran Noubar (French film director of armenian descent).
    but didn't know about you until today :) and that Noubar is armenian name

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  8. haha it is man, now i think there are 4 Armenians on VD, me,u, Tamar and Hayrabet.

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  9. yes, I wanted just to mention Hayrabet (know only because of the name) too but you was quicker. Do you live in Argentina?

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  10. nope, I live in Damascus/Syria, i lived 3 years in Italy when i was a kid though, hope we never moved out.

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  11. I guess all Armenians do support Nalby.Even with this injury I cant see him losing to Ungor,would be very surprised.Monaco and Hanescu on the other hand will be tight,I wouldnt put my money on that match.

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  12. I'd still like to know where David got the idea from that the Romanian players don't do well on clay. It's their best surface, especially in Hanescu's case...

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  13. you have a point, but i do think Monaco will win at last. hope so, we dont want David to play Hanescu in a vital rubber

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  14. I guess the fourth rubber could very well be a live one. And if not because of Pico, then because of the doubles.

    By the way, I just saw a press article where they wrote "Copa David" instead of "Copa Davis" as part of the headline... lol

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  15. hahah ya Julia, i was surprised on the first time he brought that up lol

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  16. Ungors losing both his matches,Argentina pretty much needs to beat Hanescu once or pull off a doubles win.

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  17. I just watched an interview clip with David on Clarin and in that clip, he said that it's a sports hernia he has. Which would be the lesser of the two evils...

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  18. I'd say inguinal hernia because it would most likely force him to get it taken care of now. He'd probably try to play through a sports hernia, delay surgery and have mixed results. Not good when you have only so much time left.

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  19. Yeah but apparently he is considering surgery and for a sports hernia, the recovery time would be shorter.

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  20. I thought it's about two months for either one. Anyway, I'd like to see him get it done and return to top form as soon as possible. He really has had a remarkable comeback, when you think about it. He can still improve on his No. 19 ranking.

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  21. It took much longer with Chela. And from what I've read it could easily be 4 months or more. And as Noubar said before, there would be the risk of complications afterwards.

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  22. I was just getting a bit optimistic when I heard it... :(
    ;)

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  23. I guess tomorrow we'll find out where he's really at. It's bizarre to think that 10 days ago we weren't even worried about Romania. Now there's all these what ifs and questions.

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  24. I wonder if Chela had any special circumstance or complication that took longer for him to recover? That must be weighing on David -- the possibility of 10 months or so.
    Maybe he is thinking, "I've been doing fairly well in my come-back...don't do anything to change it if I can help it....unless I absolutely need surgery as a last resort."

    Another way to look at it: Chela is older, around 31 or so I think? and he is doing fairly well physically -- runs like a deer and can last a long serious of tough matches.
    This should be encouraging to David. If he had Chela's physical stamina, he'd for sure be in the top 10 and more.

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  25. When it comes to ranking he can easily get into the top 15 if he plays IW and Miami,all Davids new statement saying that its sports hernia makes me confused because it seem that noone really knows whats going on,not even him.

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  26. David knows and so does his camp, his doctors, the DC team etc.
    It is, as always, a communication problem. And I have to say - that's normality with David.

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  27. I think this match with Ungor will play a big role in when he goes for surgery.

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  28. I will be at work tomorrow during David's match, so any comments about how it is going would be appreciated, as I can get them as emails on my phone. :-)

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  29. tomorrow before living home to go to the match, i will post on my site on facebook a 5 minutes vid of today that i did. and today's pics are there, on the album, so you can now see them :)

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  30. I've now added a link to your gallery directly on the photo page. :)

    Istabraq, I'll try but I can promise anything. As right now, it looks like I might be busy with stream issues...

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  31. Oh no, I just noticed that Argentina's tie is not on Bet365 or the official DC site. Neither is Germany vs Croatia... You'd think the DC site would broadcast any tie that has TV coverage somewhere in the world.

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