Friday, June 17, 2011

Wimbledon Draw

It's been three years since David played his last Championships at Wimbledon...

The 28th seed this year, he has been drawn into the lower half of the draw, which will get started on Tuesday.
There, David is in the upper, i.e. Federer's quarter:

[7] David Ferrer (ESP) vs Benoit Paire (FRA)
Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs [LL] Ryan Harrison (USA)
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) vs [Q] Karol Beck (SVK)
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) vs [26] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
[22] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)
[Q] Rik de Voest (RSA) vs Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo (ESP)
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs [Q] Cedric-Marcel Stebe (GER)
[LL] Go Soeda (JPN) vs [12] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

[16] Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
John Isner (USA) vs Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
Somdev Devvarman (IND) vs Denis Gremelmayr (GER)
Juan Monaco (ARG) vs [18] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
[28] David Nalbandian (ARG) vs Julian Reister (GER)
Florent Serra (FRA) vs Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs QUALIFIER
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v [3] Roger Federer (SUI)

Complete draw here.

In short: David's first-round opponent will be Julian Reister (currently #135).
And the first seeded player bound to cross his path in the third round is - Roger Federer...
(Photo: Wikipedia)

Boodles Update
Tomorrow's final match at the Boodles Challenge David will play against his training partner at Stoke Park - "the other David" Ferrer. Weather permitting, play will start at 2.30pm local.

54 comments:

  1. The draw is being done surprisingly early in the morning over there, considering they like to start things pretty late when play actually starts.

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  2. Bottom half of the draw for David.

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  3. David gets Julian Reister in 1st round. Kind of relieved to be honest.

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  4. Reister - sounds okay.

    Did I just see it's Mahut v Isner? Lol if so!

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  5. Yep, Isner vs Mahut in the first round... It's got to be fate. lol

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  6. Well, I'll be queuing early on Tuesday for a ground pass.

    The weather forecast for Monday isn't good though, and Tuesday not great either. So I hope David's start doesn't get delayed, as I have to work on Wednesday.

    I think they'll be needing the Centre Court roof this year.

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  7. Wow rog and fed third round assuming he makes it there... At least this way he is getting his shot at the big matches, which he hasn't gone deep enough to play in recent years. If they both get there this is the biggest stage he would have played on for most of his fans for years!!

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  8. Looking at the draw we can pretty much book a Fed-Nalby 3rd round and I must say,Im gonna be bold with this prediction,the winner of Fed-Nalby goes to the SF,I know its not that much of a surprise if Federer does it,but imo only Tsonga in a possible QF is really dangerous,the other seeds in the quoter are not that good grass court players.Almagro,Youzny,Ferrer,Dologopolov...all not known for grass success.A great draw for David and even if he losses to Fed its a great chance for him to play on the big stage again.

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  9. I think Rod Laver Arena was a bigger stage and occasion, than this hypothetical 3rd round match-up.

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  10. Well,its close to me but Nal-Hew was 1th round,this would be a 3rd round and with the pretty open draw I would say the stakes are very high.Fed is a bigger fish than Hewitt,and center court Wimbledon a bigger stage than Rod Laver,he has a history of great matches with both players so its a tie in that segment with a little edge to Hewitt but I would say in global this would be his biggest match in a while.

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  11. It would be a very big stage to play Fed in R3 but would it be another epic match like the one against Hewitt? I'm having some serious doubts about that.

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  12. We misunderstood,Im not predicting David will win after a epic 5 set match,Im just saying on paper,imo this match is a bigger stage,of course the Hewitt match is very special and wont happen again but the stakes in this hypothetical 3rd round will be higher and more eyes will be watching,thats what I meant.Btw Juulia,do you know anything about this Reister guy?

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  13. i hope nalbandian is training hard right now, i want him to take a set at least.

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  14. Adrian, the AO match against Hewitt was in front of a home crowd, night session but above all, it was wide open. If David gets to play Fed in R3 then he'll be merely seen as a step along Fed's way to the SF/F. And for me, that makes a difference.

    I guess you were not around yet when I confessed that I have little interest in the German players (and can't stand Kohlschreiber). ;)
    I've seen Reister play once, at RG. But definitely not enough to really know much about his game.

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  15. I see now that Reister retired in the first round at Halle and lost in the first round at 's-Hertogenbosch.

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  16. Thats good news,I think David really shouldnt lose in the first two rounds.Serra we saw at US open isnt really a threat,Hiader Mauer is a think a ok player and could cause some trouble but David should get to that 3rd round.Counting on Kukushkin to take out Fed as a early DC present haha.

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  17. you got to be kidding me, i was gonna have a nap and all ofm a sudden remembered toay is wimbledon draw day at 10 am. jumped from bed, opened VD, just to find out the 1st seed he faces is the Legend of Wimbledon. Folks, the NAlbandian-Federer rivilary is about to kick off again, after 3 years. first 2 rounds seems easy. Wimbledon got exciting before even getting started

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  18. Only that he has to play Federer in the third round is enough to say that he has a bad draw. Nalbandian couldn't win a third round match in a Grand Slams in last 4 years tough he was mostly favorite in these matches, now he has to play against Federer in third round. And we saw yesterday in his second match this week that he already get's tired after a 1,5 match. I think Federer is the favorite for the title with Djokovic this year in Wimbledon, and unfortunately I don't see any chance for David against Federer in Wimbledon this year.

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  19. I have to agree, nalbandian isnt use to competing at this level anymore. Federer on grass is even tougher than on hardcourt. Only we can hope is david to play well and federer to have an off-day like he did against Falla last year.

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  20. Ashot, we can not priddict anything for David, he proved us that he can lose matches he shouldnt, but also win matches where he is not the favourite. Everything is possible when it comes to David, we all know how he changes his game against the best, we cannot whatsoever compare boodles with Wimbledon. Why should he tire him self in Boodles? he just whent there for match practice not to exhust him self. When it comes to Wimbledo, Federer is always the favourite. But anything could happen, specially that Roger isnt probably in a 100 percent healthy conditions at the moment.

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  21. I agree with Noubar.
    Federer is and will always be the favorite when it comes to grass and Wimbledon in particular.
    BUT, we all know what David is capable of, especially when everybody say his opponent is the favorite. Having that underrated status is a "good thing" for him as he doesn't have to worry about pressure or whatever. Only about being fit physically and mentally.

    Anyway, I hope he'll convince us from the beginning of his 1st round. I've never seen Reister play before, his recent results on grass make me think it should be okay for David.

    Isner-Mahut. The audience laughed out loud when the announcer said the names. I guess both players where the only ones who did not find this news "funny" lol.

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  22. If Nalby goes into Godmode we will have a match on our hands,its tough,the odds are against him,but why even be a fan if you dont believe,same thing goes for David,its just a match against another guy of flesh and blood who has his own problems,if he gets to the match I think he can give Fed a contest.

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  23. Adrian I agree absolutely!
    But first I take it step by step and I hope he makes two good rounds...

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  24. Were neglecting Boodles a little bit,we still have the final on Saturday,Im thinking David will play since Im suspecting hes gonna play Reister on Tuesday.

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  25. I know that all but the fitness of David doesn't make me believe that David could have any chance after 2 matches against Federer on grass where he has more disadvantages on serve

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  26. lets not go too far, Paris Masters 2010. Nalbandian played bad tennis in the 1st round against that spaniard, i even forgot his name. Against Murray, i couldnt believe my eyes until what happened happened at the very end. About fitness, David gives his best when it comes to one of his "I must win this match", just like against Hewitt, he almost died on court, but won at the end, he will do the exact same with Federer. Now lets end this 3rd round predictions. We will see whats his level is gonna be like in the 1st 2 rounds, then we will have a clear idea of what the vs Federer would be like

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  27. Good point Noubar,we (and David) should take it one match at a time,but its hard to resist talking about that potential match.Im lookin at this Reister character,hes 25,journeyman carer,lost his last 5 matches,so I think David really should make this quick,3 sets for a change,it seems like he loves 5 setters in the 1 round.

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  28. Noubar, David won the first round in Paris Masters 2010 easily with 6:3 6:1.

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  29. score doesnt indicate, i was watching it with my friend, he made tonz of UEs, and didnt play well at all. His opponent was completely off track, that spaniard cant play on hard courts

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  30. Marcel Granllers was player.

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  31. yea Granollers, he is a counter puncher lol

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  32. The real test will be getting to that 3rd round. David has a history of loosing to players that he should beat easily, and he would not surprise me by loosing in the first two rounds or getting some strange injury or whatnot. That being said, there really should be no way that his first two matches should be lost so he has a great chance to play Federer. I think this is good for David bc he probably won't make it far anyway so at least he gets to play a great match for us to watch. If David shows up he can test Federer, and David usually shows up for these big matches and never fails to cause some surprises so I take this as a positive. Fitness wise I think he is as good as he's going to get, and hopefully he can give us a good showing and maybe even give us a surprise final again ;)

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  33. and btw Julia why are you so against Kohlschreiber and all the German players? and does that include the german speaking like Melzer?

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  34. Indeed John, thats exactly what I am talking about. After the Draw, 3of my "Federer Addict" friends posted statuses on facebook saying that what a bad draw Federer had with Nalbandian in his way for a 4th round birth.

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  35. John hardesky, I'm not against all German players. I'm just not a big fan of any of the current players we have here and don't really follow their careers.
    Kohlschreiber is a different story because I don't like his game and I don't like his personality (or what I get to see of it). What tipped the scale for me was when he demanded to be paid more money for playing DC than what the rest of the team gets. When all players always got the same, even Becker who won the thing practically on his own. That kind of sums up what I don't like about him.

    Noubar, different opinion on MTF, for example. There basically everyone agrees what an easy draw Fed has (including Fed fans). All a matter of interpretation.

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  36. I didnt know that about Kohly, I didnt like his personality anyway.
    Yea , I read some analysis about the draw, most of them said he has the easiest draw between the 4 seeds, and nalbandian being the only player worth to mention. Even I think fed is the huge favourite, but according to david's past results playing top seeds, I know, once he is on that huge court facing the best in the game, he will give his best, plus maybe after winning his 2 wimbly matches he might completely find his track, thats what i hope for.

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  37. I don't doubt that if David gets to play Fed he'll give his best and he'll also enjoy the match. I'm just not sure that the best he can give at this moment would be enough.

    Of course there's still David's reputation for pulling off wins over the top players. But that reputation is based on matches that all took place before his hip surgery. Afterwards, it's been a different picture, if you look at the Top 4 players.
    I'm not saying it's completely impossible. But it would be something very close to a miracle - my opinion.

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  38. ur absolutely right about the post-operation thing, but you know even if you look at that, he really had some close matches with the 3 of them, Nadal, Murray and a less close one with djokovic. I keep thinking, if the post-operation Nalbandian can still win sets against them, he maybe can pull of matches as well. Wimbledon here we come.

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  39. Those matches you mention show another problem - he won the first set and then couldn't keep it up. Another post-surgery phenomenon. And those were best-of-three matches.
    I mean, of course there's always hope. But I'm both a fan and a realist.

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  40. By the way - wash out at Boodles today (after 4 games of the first match). What tomorrow's schedule will look like - your guess is as good as mine.
    In any case, it's not up yet...

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  41. Oop says now that David Ferrer plays David tomorrow... perhaps Delpo didn't want to play?

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  42. Delpo and Ferru couldn't play their match today so I guess it was a question of who'd volunteer to play against David... ;)

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  43. And David and Ferru are both in the lower half of the draw at Wimbledon, come to think of it.

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  44. If it rains again at Stoke Park tomorrow, they can just hand the trophy to David. I think he's the only one who won two matches. :)

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  45. Well post surgery he really hasnt had a shot at GSs,at the US open last year he did well,but then came Verdasco,AO he did break down against Bernakis but it happens.He beat Soderling in Toronto,its not like David has become a scrub and out of the top 50,if this last thing didnt happen Im 100% sure David would be in the top 15,when it comes to fitness he will feel it more against Reister and Serra than Federrer.You dont feel fatigued or tired on Wimbledon center court against the greatest player of all time.

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  46. Also when it comes to MTF,I read it a lot,but most people are just bandwagoners,they like anybody thats hot,if David were to knock out Fed,in a second there would be 15678 threads about how David is the best,how hes taking Wimbledon,watch of Rafa,look how fit he looks,the best backhand ever and similar threads.The same people who call him fat and washed up would have him on their avatar.

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  47. I would have much preferred David playing against Del Potro (in the nice, relaxed atmosphere)!

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  48. Let me put it this way, I think it's going to be a very nice atmosphere with Ferru. A "soft version" of the Battle of the Davids. :)

    Adrian, I used MTF as an example of how different people interpret the draw differently. And I think that beating the top players is more difficult at a Slam than in a best-of-three match, especially for David with his fitness issues.
    As I've said, I'm sure he'll enjoy it of he gets to play Fed. Still, Fed would be the overwhelming favourite, just like against almost everybody else on grass.

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  49. indeed Julia, Ferru and David being good friends on the Tour, there will be good vibes if they play the final :)

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  50. I was actually hinting at something else, comparing the two different scenarios. ;)

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  51. ooooh I think I got it lol :)
    the only other battle of Davids I know is the American Idol final years ago, isn't it? :D

    This one is a "soft version" indeed!

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  52. I meant playing Ferru compared to playing Delpo. ;)

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