Saturday, March 19, 2011

Instead of a real Update...


(Getty Images; David at Indian Wells last year)

Update (21/03)
Time for the weekly look at the rankings. The 25 points from Indian Wells are gone now and David has been overtaken by Richard Gasquet. But thanks to Ivan Ljubicic losing 22 places this week, David remains at #19.


At Indian Wells today, Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer for a place in tomorrow's final (and the #2 spot in the rankings), while Delpo's run ended with a defeat at the hands of Rafa Nadal.
Meanwhile, back in Unquillo, David is working on his recovery. In peace and quiet. The important word here being 'quiet' because as much as I'd like to be able to post news for you - there simply isn't anything to report at the moment. No news, no interviews, nothing.

But speaking of Indian Wells, how will missing out on this tournament (as well as Miami and Monte Carlo) affect David's ranking, as he won't be able to defend any of his points?
In the case of Indian Wells and Miami, it means losing 70 points (Indian Wells R2: 25; Miami R3: 45), which isn't too bad. The quarterfinal he reached at Monte Carlo last year, however, will cost David 180 points. In total, he'll drop 250 ranking points in the coming weeks, from 1655 now to 1405 after Monte Carlo, which will send him down probably around seven or eight positions in the rankings. Regardless, by the way, of whether he returns at Madrid, Rome or later than that since he didn't play any tournaments between Monte Carlo and Washington, last season.
And while his ranking won't be high enough to be seeded at Madrid or Rome, it will be enough for a place among the seeds at Roland Garros.

24 comments:

  1. I think he stays in the top 25 by Madrid.Then the time to pick up points starts.

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  2. With 1405 points, he'd currently be #26. But as long as he'll be seeded at RG... And yeah, he doesn't have anything to defend after MC until Washington.

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  3. I just really hope he even gets to play at RG. And as long as he's seeded... :)

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  4. And I really hope that he becomes the first man who beats Djokovic this year :D David likes making surprises. But well, there is at least a clay Masters event where Nadal could win.

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  5. ya when the commentator said yesterday, I wonder who will turn off the Djokovic fire, i was like Nalbandian certainly would love to do so, he did it to Roger once when he was on the unbeatable run.But now unfortunately, he has other issues to take care of, am sure he will be rejuvenated when he comes back in May.

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  6. I suspect someone will take out Dokovic in the early rounds of Miami.

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  7. During the final match yesterday I heard suddenly (but didn't get most of it) something like "Djokovic to be the third man after Nalbandian, Davydenko"

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  8. and it had to do with Nadal too I think, and probably about beating Federer and Nadal in the same tournament.

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  9. He became the third man to beat Nadal and Federer in the course of the same tournament, twice. Djokovic: Montreal 2007 & IW 2011. Davydenko: WTF 2009 & Doha 2010. And David at Madrid and Paris 2007, of course. :)

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  10. After my Last comment I thought a bit and came to that too that he probably said that.
    Thanks, Julia, now I know it.
    But the best classic games from that three runs were from David and Davyd I think, another reason why I like these 2 so much :)

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  11. Yeah, DavyD's run at the WTF was amazing, most of all because it was the first time he ever managed to beat Federer, at a time where I thought it was never going to happen.

    Still - nothing beats David's double at Madrid and Paris. And he's still the only one who pulled it off in the course of three weeks, almost back to back. :)

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  12. yeah, and in Madrid he beat even Djokovic, top 3 in a row :)
    When Nalbandian beat there in the second round Del Potro easily, I hopped that he could come to his form again and was a bit interested for the next results, especially in his first match against Nadal, but only a bit, because I didn't expected that he could win, and he did it best. Then I hopped, believed and expected that he wins the tournament, though I expected a tougher match against Djokovic, then in the final I was more sure that he wins the tournament, but when I saw the live score in teletext, when Federer was leading 6:1 at that moment, I was shocked, until the result changed then. And I had a good feeling at that time after he beat Nadal, because I thought that he is now finally in top form, top fit and is serving good though I couldn't watch live streamns at that time because I didn't know about the free streams before and then I recherched in google to find finally the best free stream sites (but it was too late because the only good match then I could watch in free live stream was him against Nadal in IW). When David then losed the first round in Basel against Wawrinka, I was watching it on Eurosport and knew that he was probably tired and wasn't disappointed after the super run in Madrid. Then I had the same self-confidence from Madrid win and expected him to win in Paris too to repeat that what Safin did it before. I was there only one time bad surprised when he needed a 3 tough sets against Ferrer and hoped than that he isn't too tired to play against Gasquet, but no, he won his last matches there easily :) During that time I was unbelievable happy as a David fan because I enjoyed him in his best for the first time, yes, first time, because before when he was in top form he didn't serve so good and had much more difficult. And I expected him to win at least one Grand Slam title next year or even all 4, but was at the same time also worried that that wonderful dream doesn't continue and had a bad feeling. And it came so then though I didn't know at that time why because I didn't know about Vamos David to get informed about his back injury about which I didn't see on Eurosport website. What I heard about David came from the moderators during the matches on TV. During the match against Ferrero the moderator wondered why was he playing so bad and he spoke about possible injuries, about a back injury and mentioned that he had it the year before.
    Another big disappointment for me in tennis was after Safin's run in AO 2005. I expected after his win a succesful rest of his career and looked forward for the rest of his career, but we saw almost nothing then and he couldn't come back in his best any more.

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  13. Ashot, I didn't know of free streams either at that time. I also followed Madrid and Paris 2007 on Teletext and could watch Wawrinka in Basel on ES. And whats also a coincidence is that my first streamed match was Nadal in Indian Wells lol. And when I finally found out about free streams, he had surgery..

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  14. Luckily enough for me, I already had Tennis.tv during Madrid and Paris. So I was able to watch it all live (except the Almagro match, no coverage). :)
    And that's how I know that Delpo really didn't have the best of days against David. The night before, his match had finished very late and he was so beside himself that he forgot to bring his racquets... lol

    But yeah, those were two crazy and spectacular weeks. I guess my favourite match was and still is the one against Federer at Paris.

    Ashot, I have to say though that during the AO 2008, VD wouldn't have been any help - it did not yet exist back then. ;)

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  15. I think my favorite match is also that one in Paris Julia. Nalbandian toyed Federer there as some experts called it. And only from that match I could watch a bit live on the premium TV "Canal+" for free because that channel made about 2 hours or more evenings and mornings free access to everyone which I had noticed one day. I watched the match from the begin until 5:3 when Nalbandian got for the first time broken, but he was still one break up and then saw in the next game the begin when Federer was quickly up oh own service. Then when the channel closed the free access again, I found it so pity and was worried, because Nalbandian was losing the last 2 games I watched. I was then relieved when I saw the score was 6:4, then when I saw again the score it was 6:4 6:6 and the score immediately closed then, which meant that the match is over, and the winner could than be only David. But I was surprised tough why David needed so long in the second set to win it. Then when I watched in youtube I saw that he was with break 5:4 30:15 I think up and couldn't close the match even at his best moment, lol, and had to save one set point I think in at 5:6, but he saved it with a great offensive tennis.

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  16. He could've won that match 6-2, 6-4 but well, David and closing out sets/matches...
    Though in this case, it didn't matter in the end. And I mean, it was Roger Federer on the other side of the net. So for me, the surprise was that despite those little wobbles David beat him in straights.

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  17. But the stream didn't work during the match against Murray because I watched it in the school where the internet connection is weak so I watched with lots of breacks, and when I watched it for the first time it was already tiebreak running and there I enjoyed some great games and shots from David. After 2:2 in the second I went home and the matched ended on my way. I saw the result on teletext and heard on Euronews channel about this match where the news moderator told about a match (I think Federer) where the opponent retired from the match, then he said, "really played, and that with great class, David Nalbandian".
    Ok, David is inactive at the moment and we bring our good memories from his best past back, lol.
    It will be interesting the clay season with the full confident Djokovic now against the spin-monster and clay-king Nadal. I thinkt David in topform would have better chances against Nadal on clay then Federer had in his lots of chances and he would win against Nadal maybe, when he wouldn't get injured on clay in a match like against Federer in FO semi.

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  18. Ashot, you've made another post before the last one, right? I can see it in my inbox but for some reason, it doesn't get displayed here...

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  19. yes, Julia, where at begin I said I want to correct something, but no matter if it doesn't appear

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  20. Okay. Sorry about that. It happens from time to time and I can't do anything about it.

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  21. It's always amazing how VD keeps the conversation going even when David isn't playing. Been reading through the comments and I would have to agree with you, Ashot, there's nothing like watching David or Nikolay when they're on their game. I, too, didn't know about live tennis streams until I stumbled upon VD in late 2009, while trying to find out info on David during his rehab. Those exhos that December were the first tennis streams I watched. So, Julia, you are my hero. Never have seen Madrid and Paris 2007, except for some highlights. Gotta do that sometime soon.

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  22. Oh yeah, you must. :)
    I really got lucky there because Madrid was only my second tournament with Tennis.tv. And somehow, I always thought that everybody else knew about streams and that I was practically the last one to find out about them. (Probably because I had only just got DSL at that time.) And that's why I didn't link any streams on VD at first, not until David's comeback exho matches... So, perfect timing. And I'm glad that I could help, always am if I can. :)

    Anyway, Madrid and Paris... Hmm. As David so stubbornly refuses to provide any news for me to post at the moment, I might do something a little different... We'll see.

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  23. Edit: Just found the first interview since double surgery. Typical timing... lol

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  24. Who would have thought VD introduced people to live streams.

    Well I became a tennis fanatic and watched everything I could from late 2006, though streams only started to really increase in mid 2007. That's when Bet365 started, and it was awesome. They had the possibility of watching in full screen, it was great quality and there might have even been a choice between Flash and Windows Media Player. The first tournament I watched on Bet365 was Halle.

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