Wednesday, April 27, 2011

David's Road leads to Rome - or maybe not?


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Update II (30/04)
Maybe David's road won't lead to the European clay courts, after all. As DiarioShow.com reports, David's latest plan is to abandon the complete clay-court swing and to make his comeback on grass at the Queen's Club (June 6-12; apparently with a wildcard as he's not on the entry list). According to the article, the reason for this change of plans is that David wants to be in top form for the Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against Kazakhstan (July 7-9).

So far, DiarioShow is the only site reporting this. I'll keep looking for further developments.


Update (28/04)
David is back in Buenos Aires and has been spotted at the Vilas Club, where he's doing full training, preparing his return.

Good news - it looks like we won't have to wait for much longer. According to Argentine news agency Telam, David will make his comeback on the ATP Tour at the Masters 1000 in Rome (pictured above). And that piece of info comes straight from David's spokesman Bernardo Ballero, who told Telam:
David is doing very well and his return is scheduled for the tournament in Rome, which will begin on May 8.
Adding that initially, a return at Madrid would've been possible but that the fever David had delayed his recovery. So while the Caja Mágica remains to be unchartered territory for David (and Madrid the only tournament he has won before - and yet never played; in its old and new form respectively), he'll be back in less than two weeks. At the Foro Italico in Rome.

36 comments:

  1. Great news indeed! I was worried after that estimate of a month of when he would be able to come back.

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  2. David knows himself that his comebacks were mostly delayed too long. Maybe therefore he didn't believed himself in that interview that he could come back in Rome. Now everybody is confident, hopefully David too.

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  3. We've had a lot of chaos before with comebacks and delays and all. But in this case, I think that the decisive factor probably was/is how quickly he can get back on track after that fever.
    He said he'll return when he's able to fully train for 10-15 days in a row. 11 days to go until Rome starts. So maybe he started full training at the beginning of this week.

    I mean - okay, with David you never know. But I'm optimistic.

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  4. That's great - some real, positive news. :)
    Thanks, Julia

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  5. I too this time, because he mentioned that David could also come back in Madrid but with not enough training. So 11 days are enough but I hope he won't be tired when he comes back after that (maybe hard) training. It would be interesting to know how long David's rest will be between his training part and his next match. At the moment almost only an injury (caused in training) can stop David.

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  6. Rome is still the official version. Rome or Nice is what I'm reading now from various Argentine journalists... We'll see.

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  7. Danny Miche thinks that David is thinner than ever before and that he has lost some muscle mass. Which is why Miche thinks David won't make it in time for Rome. - I hope David proves him wrong.

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  8. Im not a doctor or anything but I dont really think the common cold or even a flu of two weeks can really make you loose 5 kg,and really if his loss of weight is able to be seen he most have lost at least that amount,so I dont really understand what they mean by muscle loss.

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  9. my friend just called me, his 2 cousins were killed while buying bread for their families. I can't stand this anymore. sry for going off topic, just felt the need of writing it.

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  10. Oh Noubar, that's terrible. I'm so sorry.

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  11. Wow, Noubar that's really horrible. :( I hope you and your family stay safe. That's crazy that even going to the shops is dangerous... I'm now scared about you going out. Have you been staying inside mostly?

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  12. ya, i havent gone to university for 10 days now, just going to practice at hospital which is in a safe place.

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  13. Bad news: http://www.lagaceta.com.ar/nota/433548/Deportes/Se-accidentaron-familiares-Nalbandian.html

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  14. David's mom and four other relatives of his were in a car accident but they're all okay, no serious injuries and "David is relieved" (La Nacion) - so it's not that bad.

    Noubar, I'm so sorry to hear that. And I can only hope that you'll stay safe.

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  15. Adrian, it's not a cold or the flu that makes you lose weight and strength, it's the fever. Especially if it lasts for a while and it did in his case.

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  16. Good that nothing happened to David's relatives.

    Noubar, I am so sorry, worried and afraid for you. I am sorry and worried that we are fair away from you and can't help you. You know that what you all can do is to go out only if you really need it until everything is over. I don't understand why people got so angry at once in arabic countries. It began in Tunisia and the others followed, but before everything began, people were calm 30-40 years and we didn't hear anything serious. Why did it change everywhere so fast? Yes, most of the people will think, the people in Tunisia gave others courageous, but I think it it good possible that the one big country has his fingers in it. The syrian president it in compare to Gaddafi and Mubarak an intelligent and good man. Why do people make this noise? In Syria the life was not so bad until now. Were people in Syria dissatisfied with him before? What do you know or think?

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  17. Ashot, Syria's relations with iran is the main problem. The USA doesn't like that, they wanted to break this tie long time ago. So they found a clever way of doing it, support the so called Syrian opposition "Islamic Brotherhood that they are banned in Syria" and founded an anti-Governmental Tv channel, in order to shake the Syrian Regime. But the peaceful protest that are really demanding a free media have been treated with open ear, but each time they come out, the brotherhood terrorist walk with them and kill civilianz so that the west will think its the Syrian troops doing it and increase pressure on Assad, we cannot dream of a better president, he is a doctor and spend part of his life in UK. Now Obama made it clear by saying yesterday "you should break it with Iran". He eliminated most of the brotherhood now, but they already achieved their goal by showing to the world that the regime kills the civilians. Big game played by big players.

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  18. back to nalby. is it true he will be back in Queens????

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  19. I guess I've reached the point where I can no longer be surprised by any news like that...

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  20. I swear i wasnt even surprised Julia, but in the article they seem sure about this info.

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  21. Well, it's not a typical site for sports news. And on the typical sites there is - nothing. So far, at least.

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  22. ow, i didnt know that. but the surprising part is that david's spokesman said Rome like 3 days ago, he changed his mind in 3 days?? thats what i dont get. I hope its not true. after all its RG we are talking about.

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  23. I just hope that this won't end like it did last year...

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  24. Wow!! The Life and Times of David Nalbandian. Perhaps that should be the title of his biography. What a soap opera. Hope this blog isn't causing you gray hair, Julia. I'll actually believe David is playing when I see him on the court. On a more serious note, stay safe, Noubar. Thanks for your perspective on what's really going on in Syria. The news we get is so distorted.

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  25. It is turning more and more into a soap opera...

    New post coming up tonight.

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  26. thanks John.
    and i'll be waiting for the new post Julia, but i wonder what picture you will use for the post.Confusing isn't it ? lol

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  27. Wow this is just strange,one day his spokesman says Rome,before it was Madrid,now its maybe Queen...Im really confused,I have no idea why he would wait for Queens,thats really far away.Ok if he said Nice,but this just isnt logical to me.

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  28. Noubar, it's going to be a while until it's up, I'll write it later tonight. Much later. And probably with the help of a glass of wine. Or two. And yep, I have a pic (and not only that). ;)
    But what to make of all this - that's the question.

    And nope, Adrian, it's not logical. But it's starting to remind of me last year. And that's not good...

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  29. Well this isn't Surprising at all. It's sad that he would skip the entire clay court swing just so he can be fit to play 1-3 matches against Kazakhstan. If that's true than I have lost a little bit of my respect for him. Kazakhstan is a team that could probably loose to Argentina without David even showing up to the Davis Cup. To skip a grandslam event and a few masters tournaments is silly if he wants to get back into the top 10 again. Oh well it's his life and I won't stop supporting him even thought it's hard sometimes when stuff like this comes up (as it seems to be increasingly occuring).

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  30. It kind of looks to me that Davids pretty much only goal in the rest of his carer is to win the DC.Its tough for me to except that but I guess I will just have to.Im still hoping he will come to his senses and return before Queens.

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  31. Just read the update. I can't believe it! :(

    This is 2010 all over again. And then he decided to ditch Queen's and Wimbledon to concentrate on being ready for the DC QF.

    The only chances I get to see David play live (haven't yet) are Roland Garros, Queen's, Boodles and Wimbledon. Is he ever actually going to get to any of them again?
    :/

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  32. Hey, stop writing things I want to say in my post! ;)

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  33. Oh no David... what can I say... even if you have to expect everything from David I didn't see that coming, if really true.

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  34. OMG, david how he think ? are this decision true ? whats the problem if he play in the clay court? why he want to skip clay court in this year and in last year ? I can not understand ...

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  35. Just read the update. Ridiculous. He doesn't even try to hide the fact that he's perfectly able to play earlier than that, but he just doesn't want to. Based on that logic, he could easily end up skipping Wimbledon too...

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  36. Noubar, the first part from your comment isn't new for me, but what I didn't thought is that the opposition himself could kill the civilization. I don't know Assad so much but I couldn't really believe and understand why he does so brutal things.
    I am a bit(!) surprised about this bad news which lets every good news after David's operation in the shadow.

    John, very well said, I couldn't stop to laugh after every sentence you wrote, lol. Since we got here about David's hernia problems I was from that moment thinking and being afraid that everything ends like last year. Probobly nobody understands it outside David's team.

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