Monday, May 16, 2011

Rankings Update

First of all, and by now traditionally, the weekly look at the rankings. This time, there's a nice little surprise: David moves up two places and is now ranked #22. (Thanks to Alexandr Dolgopolov, Michael Llodra and Thomaz Bellucci all dropping points and falling back behind David, while Florian Mayer overtakes him.)

Apart from that, and I'm sure David will have liked that, Argentina beat Kazakhstan 3-0 in what could be described as a miniature "test tie" at the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf, yesterday. The Argentine team, consisting of David's Davis Cup teammates Juan Monaco and Juan Ignacio Chela (and completed by Maximo Gonzalez), won both singles matches as well as the doubles against Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev and Mikhail Kukushkin without dropping a set. Argentina won the title last year and they've done very well at the World Team Cup in the past, though usually without David, who played this event only twice in his career (2003 and 2006).

That's it for the moment.
More about David and the current state of affairs as soon as possible.

27 comments:

  1. Unbelievable, that Djokovic even yesterday won against Nadal on a court which is not fast and after playing more than 3 hours in semifinal against Murray. But I like it, He is the biggest favorite now for RG. Djokovic won Davis Cup and a Grand Slam in 2 months which David wanted always to do.

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  2. Actually seeing David moving up without playing hurts a bit, knowing that he would've probably be in the top 15 if he played the European clay swing. But Apart from Washington and Toronto, there are plenty of tournaments he didnt even play, like Shanghai/Japan/Wimbledon, hope he plays them all after his comeback.

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  3. I just hope that he's going to be less injury-prone from now on. Because if it goes on like that with those constant injuries and also surgeries... I don't know how much longer he'll be willing to put up with all that. And playing something like a normal schedule would be great.

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  4. The first half of this season is soon over and again we must wait and hope for next season for David to be without injuries with having good results, and then he will be already 30 :(
    Please get younger David, you lost your career.

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  5. There's still the second half of this season and all of its tournaments. ;)

    For the moment, David is still training with Brian Dabul. Though not much longer as Dabul just got the news he's the RG main draw, because Feña Gonzalez pulled out. :(
    Evidence of how difficult it is to come back after hip surgery...

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  6. when or will David train on a grass court? I guess there are not many grass courts outside of England.

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  7. He trained on a privately owned one, last year. But there's now also a grass court that was built for a recent exho and for the Argentine players to train on.

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  8. Julia, do u think David is training on Grass now? Since the 1st tournament he plays is on grass.

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  9. Right now, he's apparently still at the Vilas Club. I don't know when he's going to start training on grass.

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  10. David posing for a photo at the Vilas Club today.

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  11. Thank you Julia, he looks happy :)

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  12. Thanks for the pic Julia.
    Any idea the name of the other player?

    Also, the Vilas Club looks interesting.
    I notice the Mercedes Logo advertisement on the nets of each court. I'm not use to seeing that for a standard tennis club.

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  13. Don't know who that is, don't think it's a player. Also don't know whether it's before training or afterwards. Just David at the Vilas Club, apparently in a good mood.

    Joe, it might look like that with the court on the left but on the pics I've seen of the Club, they didn't have the logo on the nets.
    And you're welcome, Noubar.

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  14. Right, they were on that last pic of David training. But apart from that one I haven't seen them there. Maybe the remnants of some event. :)

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  15. The other guy is Diego Fernando Latorre,former Boca Juniors player, currently, he's a football journalist on Fox Sports. He's an amateur tennis player.

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  16. It's from Latorre's Twitter, yeah, but the guy in the pic looks totally different from the guy in the profile pic, don't you think?

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  17. It seems that Del Potro is going to Paris after all. On his twitter:

    NOS VEMOS EN PARIS!!!! Saludos a todos y gracias por sus mensajes!!

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  18. He has also said that he'd like to play DC. If he does it'll be Argentine media inferno.

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  19. Thanks Julia...yes, I did see them on the previous pic, but like you said, I guess it could have been from a tournament.

    So Del Potro going to the French.

    By some wild chance, could he get in as a wild card or something if he changed his mind and decided to play? Maybe he is feeling better?

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  20. You mean David?
    That's an interesting question - if you've officially pulled out of an event, is it possible to change your mind and get in somehow. My guess would be - no. And the WCs have long since been decided...
    Well, the last time David played RG, VD did not yet exist. So much happened since then. Unbelievable.

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  21. Oh, I meant Del Potro. sorry :)

    Maybe I misunderstood. Are you guys saying he is also playing? or just going to watch?

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  22. Ya Julia, the profile pic looks different, maybe he got older or something lol
    and nice to see Delpo wanting to play DC, its not about David needing him, Monaco and the guys beat them 3-0 without the best 2 in Argentina BUT, if they both play the singles and win comfortably, a new era between david and delpo might get started.Because they can only be happy after winning the tie.

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  23. Joe, if you meant Delpo, then it's simple. He didn't pull out of RG but was merely waiting to see whether he'd be fit in time. He thinks he's fit enough to play, got the green light by his doctors - so he's going to play.

    Noubar, yeah, that tie could mark something like a new start. We'll see if the reunion is going to happen.

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  24. Maybe if Delpo decides to play DC,David will be more confident about playing the grass season knowing that its not all on his back.

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  25. Right Adrian, than David's chance to go deeper would grow, lol.
    Last time he played Wimbledon was 3 years ago, can't wait to see him. But I can't imagine how David got into Wimbledon final, because he is not a good server.

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  26. No actually Ashot even tho maybe you are not able to comprehend the fact that David maybe feels under pressure being the only one in his mind who can carry the team will make him feel like playing Wimbledon and God forbid getting injured there less of u burden than knowing in the back of his head that Delpo can take the DC load.Please read my post carefully before posting sarcastic comments.

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  27. I guess Ashot thought you weren't really being serious.
    I'd say David loves thinking he's the one who's responsible, the one who leads the team and on whom it all depends. And unlike a lot of other players, he thrives in that situation, he usually plays better with that kind of pressure.
    And I think that David would be more than okay with it if the DC reunion with Delpo would be delayed a little longer...

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