Friday, August 5, 2011

Masters Montréal Draw



So here's what awaits David at the Rogers Cup, a.k.a. the Masters in Montréal next week.
He has been drawn into the lower, i.e. Rafael Nadal's half and into Andy Murray's quarter:

[6] Mardy Fish (USA) vs BYE
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs Radek Stepanek (CZE)
[WC] Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)
Michael Llodra (FRA) vs [11] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)

[14] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs David Nalbandian (ARG)
Albert Montañes (ESP) vs QUALIFIER
Pablo Andujar (ESP) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA)
BYE vs [4] Andy Murray (GBR)

The full draw you'll find here.

In other words, David will play his first match at the Uniprix Stadium in Montréal against Stanislas Wawrinka, currently ranked #17. A little more than a year ago, that name would've appeared even more ominous, back at a time when David had lost his last five consecutive matches against Wawrinka. Last year at Washington however, David managed to end his losing streak. Still, Wawrinka is anything but an easy match-up for David, as the past has often enough shown.

Should David make it past Wawrinka, his reward would be a second-round match against either a qualifier or Albert Montañes (currently ranked #50), who will be coming to Montréal straight from playing on clay at Kitzbühel, where reached the final today. David has won all four matches he has played against Montañes so far, dropping only one set in the process.

If David makes it to the third round, however, chances are that he'll get to face the player who ended his Washington/Toronto run last year - Andy Murray (ranked as well as seeded #4).
But first of all, it's David against his former "nemesis"...

Update (07/08)
Here's a brief clip of David, training ("Gran Willy" is Spanish for tweener, by the way.)
Plus a pic of David on the practice court.
Edit: And a whole gallery of David, training (shirtless) here.

63 comments:

  1. Thanks for the latest update, Julia.

    Unseeded. :(

    If I'd thought about it at all, I would have hoped that after last year this wasn't something that would happen to David anymore.

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  2. I was just thinking.I know I sound pessimistic but David will be down at about 51 this Monday and probably around 87-90 if he doesnt gain anything in Montreal,and since he doesnt have PR or something like that,what are the cut offs usually for 500s and Masters series,do you think he could actually find himself playing qualifying for some events this fall.

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  3. That's why I wrote in my previous post that a lot will be at stake in every match now. I mean, even a ranking in the 50s usually isn't enough to get into Masters draws. And I'm not sure if he can still expect to get a WC everywhere.
    So yeah, it could happen. And I don't really want to think about the possible consequences...

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  4. I agree with both of you, but i think David pretty much gets WC whenever he asks for 1. I dont wanna see him playing qualification rounds, that would be a killer 4 him.
    I only hope he realizes the consequences. That will make him fight more in every match he plays, He MUST make a QF in cincy or Montreal

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  5. Well, your word in the organisers' ears... I'm really not so sure about that. Except Basel, maybe.
    But with consequences I meant that I can't imagine David enjoying having to play qualies. Apart from the physical factor. So if his ranking were to stay low, who knows what might happen.

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  6. Well if his ranking stays low,that means hes not good enough anymore and cant compete at the highest level(top 20) which I hope will not happen.

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  7. Yeah, and also I really hope that's not going to happen because if it does he's not going to hang around on the Tour just for fun...

    But before it all gets too gloomy - let's hope he gets a good draw tonight.

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  8. I'm reading on Twitter that David has drawn Wawrinka in the first round.

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  9. I was just about to post that its Wawrinka,at least he might get to play on a show court.

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  10. Yeah, probably. Though I was hoping for an easier first round...

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  11. Did anyone post the complete draw yet?

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  12. The official site's Twitter says it'll be up soon. Always takes a moment. Sometimes more than one. But I think they'll be pretty fast.

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  13. no way wawrinka, thatss a tough 1, neither player r gna be happy abt this

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  14. It's almost like a bad joke. Okay, David beat him convincingly last year but I've seen David lose to Wawrinka a little too often...

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  15. any chance they play on center court julia, after all it might be the toughest 1st round encounter

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  16. I'm getting - prob Montanes (or qual) R2, then prob Murray R3.

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  17. It was among their picks of the best first-round matches on the tournament site's Twitter, so yeah, could be. Though it could also be played on the second biggest court.

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  18. That's what I get too but I'm not going to post anything that's not official. ;)

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  19. istabraq, were r u getting ur info from, murray is a disaster, defending champ

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  20. Worst case scenario ???

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  21. Close to it. I mean, if he gets past Wawrinka he might have a relatively easy match in the second round. But then Murray...

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  22. from now on, am gna do it ur way, not even analyse the matches in 2nd or 3rd round, cuz we might get dissapointed, i would rather get surprised. Wawrinka here we come. Pls let it be CC

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  23. Yeah, David does that to you sooner or later... lol

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  24. I wouldnt say so Noubar,Masters series are pretty much the same as Grand Slams,a round less,but more packed with good players and played without the day of rest in between matches so theres little chance of sneaking in a good run unless you beat good guys.Besides Murray the other guys are beatable,if Davids playing good he can take out Wawrinka and Montanes is in Europe right now playing a final,so I dont except much from him.Murray of course is very tough but we shouldnt count out Anderson maybe surprising him.

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  25. Also Im almost 100% sure David will play on one of the two biggest courts,looking at the seeds 9-16,except our match up and Mayer vs Gasquet all the other seeds pretty much are playing against Qs so I think its a safe bet.

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  26. Also Im almost 100% sure David will play on one of the two biggest courts,looking at the seeds 9-16,except our match up and Mayer vs Gasquet all the other seeds pretty much are playing against Qs so I think its a safe bet.

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  27. But that's the whole point and the big question right now, how well can David play at the moment? Can he just go and take it up a few notches from last Tuesday?
    I'm finding it very hard to look beyond the first-round match. Even more so than usual.

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  28. forget Anderson. Murray is absolute in the 3rd round.
    It falls into the hand of David, if he wants to play him in the 3rd round. am not sure whats wawrinka's shape is at the moment, i dont think his playing his best, but he is one of the most dangerous players out there, is his BH DDL winners works, he might destroy david.But one thing wer sure, its an absolute delight for me to watch the best D handed backhand playing the best S handed one, and both DDL lovers, it could be an epic

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  29. I dont think Wawrinka is in the best of forms,this will be his first hard court event in a long time so thats a plus.Anything can happen,cant wait.

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  30. both players are out of form... however wawrinka is due a win soon with his new coach, and this doesnt look good.

    watching nalbandian play the last few years, his movement seems slower and he doesnt retrieve or chase the ball as much. lets hope he improves for next week.

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  31. am smelling a match on monday.
    anyways, off to bed, and thank you julia for the fast post of the draw.

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  32. Good night and you're welcome. :)

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  33. Anonymous, of course he's a bit slower by now. Anything else would be a miracle after all his surgeries and injuries. And he's not getting younger. It's happening to the other players of his generation as well.

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  34. Just about the worst draw possible...

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  35. There is no first-round match as compelling as the showdown between former No. 1 players Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic at the Rogers Cup event in Toronto, and David Nalbandian, a former top-five from Argentina who drawn 14th-seeded Stanislas Waarinka of Switzerland.
    "Montreal Gazette"

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  36. Ou ou ou, this is a very hard draw for the first round. After what we saw/heard about David against Blake, we can only hope that David makes a surprise and doesn't lose his second match in a row. David must must do it much better but he has only played one match this week. Good luck anyways.
    Finally we can see David playing live on ATP and that in a big tournament on a big court against a good and well known player in a first round, but everything seems to be to nice and end with a defeat from David.

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  37. According to some tweets,David practiced with Karlovic today and won the set 7-6.

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  38. thanks for d info Adrian

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  39. I remember how Karlovic once called David "the toughest to play against". :)
    Still, there's a couple of things David could learn from Dr. Ivo and I'm not just talking about the serve.

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  40. Thank you all for your insights about the draw :)
    I was pretty much optimistic until I saw Wawrinka as his 1st-round opponent... not the easiest one. But I think Wawrinka is thinking the same about David. He's capable of the best and the worst. Who knows, now that we "don't really expect" big things, David can surprise us...

    David training with Karlovic, I hope Dr. Ivo hit some big aces haha to get him prepared for tough road this week...

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  41. David surprises only if we don't expect him winning and also don't think that he may surprise us. In short if you are 100% sure that he will lose he can surprise you :)

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  42. And sometimes it's the opposite, for example, the defeat against Blake.

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  43. I noticed he tries that shot very often,the tweener,but I also cant remember the last time he made it haha.

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  44. @Adrian : my all time favorite http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVj6U0O4yqs
    haha brilliant!!

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  45. What else could David learn from Karlovic about the serve? Are you relating to something to do with his attitude?

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  46. He could learn a lot from Karlovic about how to keep his own Twitter account... I don't like watching Karlovic play but I do like his Twitter.

    David apparently trained with Almagro today, on centre court (pic).

    Mira, yeah, I like that one too. Also because of the reaction from the German commentator, who's usually not that outgoing. lol

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  47. Ya, i also didnt quiet get what u meant there, other than the serve? definitely not FH or BH, i'm gna go with "attitude" as well

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  48. hahha the twitter, and also the facebook, david should really interact more with his fans via social networks, its really nice the players who use twitter. David's twitter must be the worst ever, and not just from tennis players.
    p.s almagro excellent choice to prepare for wawrinka

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  49. More? How about getting started in that department, as he doesn't do anything, himself...

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  50. ya, i should rly rephrase that lol

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  51. Twitter account, would have never guessed, lol.

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  52. Everybody please cross fingers, we want david on Center Court, anxiously waiting for the OOP. I am having my friends over tomorrow to watch the match. So pls organizers dont ruin my plan now, already bought 20 bottles of beer, my dad said they better show the match lol

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  53. Aww, I'm the opposite. I really want him to play Tuesday because I will be on the plane tomorrow.

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  54. I think it will more likely be tomorrow that he plays though.

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  55. For David it would be better to play as soon as possible because he will have one day free between his next match I think and if he plays on Tuesday he won't have it. And he has only played one match this week.

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  56. Scedule is out.

    David is first on Court Centrale
    (12:00 noon their time) :)

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  57. Should be a good one.

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  58. Nice time for anyone watching it. They won't have to wait for any previous matches.

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  59. Very good, now it's David's turn :)

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  60. less than 1hr 1/2 left before David's match. I'm nervous but happy we'll get to see them on Central televised court :)

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