Friday, July 29, 2011

Washington Draw


(tournament website)

According to Fue Buena, David will travel to the US tomorrow to embark on "a difficult mission", namely trying to defend his Washington title.
So here it is, the draw for the Legg Mason Tennis Classic 2011.
David, seeded eighth this time, has been drawn into the upper, i.e. Gael Monfils' half, and there into the lower quarter which looks like this:

[3] Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs BYE
[WC] Ryan Harrison (USA) vs Mischa Zverev (GER)
Alejandro Falla (COL) vs [Q] Chris Guccione (AUS)
BYE vs [13] Kevin Anderson (RSA)

[11] John Isner (USA) vs BYE
[WC] Dennis Kudla (USA) vs Tobias Kamke (GER)
James Blake (USA) vs Tatsuma Ito (JPN)
BYE vs [8] David Nalbandian (ARG)

A look at the complete draw you can take here.

So David will play his first match at Washington this year in the second round either against Tatsuma Ito (currently ranked #104), a player he has never met before. Or against James Blake, who, after having dropped down to around #170 at the beginning of this season, has by now managed to get his ranking back to #90 by means of playing (and doing well at) Challenger events. Almost five years have gone by since the only encounter between David and James Blake. That match took place in Shanghai, at the Masters Cup 2006, and it ended with a comprehensive defeat for David. But - a lot has happened since then.
In the third round David could then face another American, eleventh seed John Isner (currently ranked #33). They've met twice so far with David the winner on both occasions. With a bit of luck at Cincy last year (when Isner, dominant until then, had to retire after nine games) and then in more straightforward manner at Auckland, early this year.
Afterwards, in a hypothetical quarterfinal, there could be a chance for a Davis Cup semifinal "test-run" for David - against Serbia's Viktor Troicki, currently ranked #15 and the third seed at this event. It would be their fifth encounter on the Tour (match record 3-1 for David) and the first since Miami last year. But it hasn't been too long since they met on a tennis court - at the Boodles Challenge exhibition last month.
- That's as far as I'll look ahead right now. I'll just add that David will play his first match probably on Wednesday. And that just like last year, coverage will start with the quarterfinals.

Update
According to Guillermo Salatino, David is "not thinking about getting a new coach".

39 comments:

  1. ow so the draw is on friday? i remember u said saturday, thats cool then, and good to see roddick and hewitt out. not exactly the 2 players he likes to play.

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  2. Yeah, I got the date right but somehow managed to get the weekday wrong... It's been a busy week. :)

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  3. I guess because draws usually take place on Saturdays.

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  4. I understand, so excited abt the draw.

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  5. Monfils and Verdasco are the guys to avoid imo.

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  6. David will either face Blake or some guy from Japan Ive never heard of.Could be tough.

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  7. Nothing yet. One good thing, Adrian, is Monfils and Verdasco have been playing on clay in Europe. Of course, David hasn't been playing, period.

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  8. Yep, it's probably going to be Blake for David in his first match. And then Isner.
    I mean, I appreciate that they've posted a pic of the draw but you can't read everything on it...

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  9. All the guys David has to face on his way towards the Final are beatable guys,there tough but no guys who are in the very top,he can do it,but its gonna be tough.Hopefully he will get some TV time since hes facing US guys in the 2 and 3 round if there even is coverage from the early rounds.

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  10. He'd face Monfils in a theoretical semi... And I also wouldn't underestimate Isner, who always does better when he plays at home.
    In any case there will be no coverage until the quarterfinal.

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  11. Thanks for the draw and update, Julia.

    James Blake was "last direct entry" for LA this week, while Ito was top seed in the qualies but didn't make it through.

    So they're close in ranking but yes, you would have to expect Blake to be David's first opponent.

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  12. so we won't see David vs Isner match, I am most worried against Isner because David can lose his service game against everybody when he isn't concentrated and Isner to break is difficult. And Troicki is also dangerous in his good days.
    When David plays a first round match it's always like a comeback match in last times, lol.
    Oh, almost forgot to say, I came to mind today to search on internet for David's both full matches against Federer in 2007. I found already the full match in Masters Paris against Fed for download, and I watch it now. I found also other matches from that tournament including the final match against Nadal to download.

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  13. Four of the Madrid/Paris matches can be found on David on Screen, three further ones on El Rincón. ;)

    Istabraq, yeah, Ito and Blake are not that far away from each other in the rankings but their development in the last few weeks and months (and their history of course) are very different.
    But no need to thank me. ;) The "board meeting" is over now and it's back to work. :)

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  14. At first I looked for the matches here Julia, but didn't found the matches against Federer :)
    If you are looking for something I recommend everybody filestube(dot)com

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  15. The Federer matches are both on El Rincón. We only uploaded or linked matches that are not already on that site, which is the greatest archive of matches on the net. :)

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  16. Hopefully some betting sites could stream the early rounds.Anyways,its a tough draw but its not like Dokovic or Murray are there,they are good quality players but if David plays good tennis he can go far again.

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  17. not a bad draw per say. too bad coverage starts in quarters. vs blake and isner would be interesting, most likely both on center

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  18. Hi all!
    thank you Julia for the update :) I've been waiting for this tournament these last days (being off of tennis itself).

    will there be a stream for the probable David/Blake (if he plays the American for his 1st match) ?

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  19. Don't think there is any need to worry about live streams for the early rounds at Washington. LSH had 3 or 4 choices of streams for both Newport and Atlanta and those were both ATP 250s.

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  20. But that's exactly the point. Early-round streams for 250 events - usually no problem. Early-round streams for 500 events - big problem.

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  21. Washington is an ATP 500 and they never stream early rounds unfortunately

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  22. Julia was quicker lol

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  23. Yep. :) And yeah, always the same with those 500s...

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  24. Hope it's not a big problem. I can't remember last year if I saw David defeat Ram or followed it on live scores. Hmmm?

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  25. Had to be live scores. Damn.

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  26. As Andvari said, it's a general rule that doesn't just apply for Washington. So last year, it was Ram, Wawrinka (which was a real shame!) and Chiudinelli on the scoreboard. And then the QF against Simon was the first one that was streamed.

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  27. Okay :(
    David has to reach quarters then. At least.

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  28. I got to see everything televised last year...lucky me!!

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  29. You mean the matches on the outside courts were televised as well?

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  30. i think she means the last three round that were televised

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  31. I know, I was just being a little ironic there. ;)

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  32. thanks Julia, I didn't know about El Rincón. I download at the moment the match against Fed in Madrid

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  33. I just think back in Washington last year when I thought Nalbandian is finally in top form again after a long time and he is also top fit and has no physical problems any more getting tired after in a tournament. I wished that also his serve gets good and he will be unbeatable in next tournaments, but everything got worse after then. Now a new start but my hopes are not so big any more.

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  34. I am watching Gulbis vs Fish on an Italian stream (Super Tennis channel) and in the break they were giving information about Washington ATP on their television (Super Tennis) and they were saying their broadcast started at August 4 with the 1/8 finals. Isn't that odd?

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  35. Now they are talking about Nalbandian, I always like that :)

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  36. what did they say about Nalbandian?

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  37. Andvari, I just checked and it looks like coverage will indeed start on Thursday this year. At least Bet365 have Washington listed for Thursday - and that's definitely a first. But good news. :)

    Ashot, I just think that pulling off a surprise run is something that David does from time to time. It's basically normal for him to do it. But also not to keep it up afterwards - until the next surprise run. ;)

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  38. I'll have to say though that I've seen Bet365 change their lists before... We'll see.

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  39. @Julia Ok that's sounds good that Bet365 has it on their list too, but yeah let's wait :)

    @Anonymous They were saying how good Nalbandian can be because he has beaten Nadal and Federer in the past.

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