Thursday, August 25, 2011

US Open Draw


(telegraph.co.uk)

After the last couple of draws were not too kind to David, he finally had better luck today with the draw for what will be the tenth anniversary edition of the US Open for him.
Just like last year, David has been drawn into Rafael Nadal's quarter. Which means the lower quarter of the bottom half:

[5] David Ferrer (ESP) vs Igor Andreev (RUS)
James Blake (USA) vs [Q] Jesse Huta Galung (NED)
Olivier Rochus (BEL) vs [Q] Jean-René Lisnard (MON)
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs [26] Florian Mayer (GER)
[21] Andy Roddick (USA) vs Michael Russell (USA)
[WC] Jack Sock (USA) vs Marc Gicquel (FRA)
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs Ryan Sweeting (USA)
Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs [10] Nicolas Almagro (ESP)

[16] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs Gilles Muller (LUX)
Matthias Bachinger (GER) vs Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)
Eric Prodon (FRA) vs [17] Jürgen Melzer (AUT)
[30] Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) vs Blaz Kavcic (SLO)
[WC] Bobby Reynolds (USA) vs David Nalbandian (ARG)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs [Q] Robert Farah (COL)
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)

The complete draw you can check out here.

Unseeded this year, David could have drawn anybody in the first round, including the top seeds. But this time, fortune has granted him a first round that, quite frankly, could've hardly been any better. Bobby Reynolds, currently ranked #116, is not only a player who has spent almost all of this season playing Challenger events. He's also someone David has met before, in the first round at Stockholm, 2008. A match that ended with Reynolds getting a total of two games. And although I wouldn't bet my house on David still remembering that match (and Bobby Reynolds),
I do and it's a good memory.
In the second round, David would then be bound to meet either 30th seed Ivan Ljubicic or Blaz Kavcic. Ljubicic (currently #31) is an old "foe" of David and their match record still stands at 5-3 in the Croat's favour. However, David won their last encounter convincingly (last year at Cincy) and apart from that, "Ljubo" hasn't had the best of seasons so far and he has missed out on all previous US hardcourt swing events. Playing Kavcic on the other hand (#81) would be a first for David.
In any case, if David makes it through to the third round - it'll be time for the big one. A possible match against 2nd seed Rafael Nadal...
- Impossible to look any further than the hypothetical third-round blockbuster. We'll see if David can make it happen.

59 comments:

  1. Julia, I have 3 channels on my Satellite,they are called ESPN, ESPN America, ESPN Classic. am not sure if one of them broadcasts the draw, but i certainly dont have espn 3.

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  2. On TV, it'll be on ESPN - says the USO site. So I guess it might be ESPN America for you. You'll find out. :)
    ESPN3.com is their stream service but it's only accessible in the US.

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  3. ow so the channel name is not espn3. then i hope i get to c it, ill record it in that case.fingers crossed.
    Its in illegal satellite that opens all encrypted channels for free, espn was encrypted as well, hope it pays off today lol

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  4. Wow - the last time David wasn't seeded, he was a qualifier?!

    I'll be out and about at the time the draw is done, so I'll rely on this for picking up news.

    Fingers crossed he doesn't draw Andy Murray in the 1st round.

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  5. Since the draw ceremony is a special edition of SportsCenter I suspect it will in fact be on ESPN. I would also check ESPN2 though since they always use that channel for tennis coverage. I don't know anything about ESPN America, but ESPN Classic is definitely for older programming.

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  6. First it simply said ESPN2 on the USO website. Now it says SportsCenter special edition on ESPN. But what that means for those watching via satellite outside the US - no idea.

    Istabraq, it was also the only time he ever had to qualify for a Slam. :)

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  7. Yeah, Julia, I don't know what it means for satellite viewers either. I'm sure everybody can get it on radio, though.

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  8. Yeah, I guess so. Though I'm still hoping that there's going to be a stream, like last year. Following draw ceremonies on the radio (like at the AO) can be rather nerve-racking... lol

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  9. rado form where john? official site?

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  10. Yep, USO website.
    Though I was hoping you can watch it and tell us what happens?

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  11. No sign of a stream so far. And also no sign of impending radio coverage on the USO site...

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  12. There's the radio thingy now.

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  13. Well, SportsCenter is on and so far it's all about Danica Patrick and college football. I think all they'll do is cruise in from time to time.

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  14. Thanks, John. I was just about to ask.
    The problem is that after 3 promising minutes, US Open radio has gone off the air again. For unknown reasons...

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  15. They've started, but now have switched to baseball. Tennis is really important in the U.S.

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  16. Okay, so doesn't get to face one of the seeds in the first round.

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  17. That's as much as I could gather.

    John, yeah, pretty lame for a "special edicition"...

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  18. first time David not seeded and they have forgotten him already :)

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  19. David's in Rafa's quarter. Just saw it in a graphic.

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  20. Rafa can kill David's body with his spins when David isn't fit enough

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  21. Don't know. They were just citing notables and what quarter they were in. TV coverage in terrible.

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  22. They didn't mention David so the chances are getting much better for David :)

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  23. It's good that he didn't draw a seed in the first round, that's true. :)

    As far as I can see (at the moment), Ferru is on the other side of Rafa's quarter. Plus Roddick, Melzer and Youzhny - but I can't guarantee that's correct. Have to wait for the full draw.

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  24. ok, will they turn back to men again? In the end they may say again the highlights don't think about David

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  25. I wonder what's David doin right now :)

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  26. I missed out on the draw coverage, I'll wait for the full draw. I hope David is not too close to Rafa.

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  27. Still nothing from here. They just interviewed Rafa, but didn't talk about his quarter. Just his burns.

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  28. No seed in first round is great news.
    2nd round -hoping for a low seed (not Rafa!) or better still , someone else takes out that seed in round 1.

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  29. Yep. They've had maybe 10 minutes of coverage so far. It's a joke calling it a special addition SportsCenter.

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  30. Pretty much the same as last year...

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  31. Here it is:

    http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/ms/msdraw.pdf

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  32. Bobby Reynolds and then Ljubicic.

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  33. Could've been worse. A lot worse, actually.

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  34. And thanks, Mina for the draw. Was just busy transcribing it. :)

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  35. That's for sure. Getting the No. 30 seed in the second round isn't bad. No. 32 is as good as it could get.

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  36. kind of relieved actually....

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  37. I like Reynolds in the first round. I remember the one match David has played against him so far. Was a nice one. :)

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  38. Can't complain about that draw considering he isn't seeded. :)

    Now, if he's sorted his serve out (and surely he's been working on it and it's not too much to hope that it will be average rather than dire) he could stay around for a while next week.

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  39. Really could have been worser! I hope he can make it to round 3!

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  40. Rafa had an awful win against Almagro last week and then lost to Fish but don't know if he played better. But he will probably play better when he plays David. I hope David will serve better next week.

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  41. Reynolds has played all but 2 matches on the Challenger Circuit this year. Lost in the first round at Auckland and Queen's. Ah, remember Auckland?

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  42. Both Rafa and Almagro did lots of easy UEs and that was the worst Rafa I had seen before, but I haven't seen his defeat in the week before in the first match

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  43. I saw the end of Reynolds' match at Queens. The reason? David was due on court next. :)

    David won on the same court Reynolds lost on.

    Ah, Auckland! :)

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  44. Fair draw in my opinion,he should pass Bobby and Ljubicic hasnt played since Umag,he has some back issues and knowing his pathetic records in GSs I wouldnt be surprised if Kavcic will be the 2nd round opponent.When it comes to Rafa,hes looked shaky since Wimbledon,Djokovic seems to be in his head,he could have some problems if they indeed face off.

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  45. "Getting the No. 30 seed in the second round isn't bad. No. 32 is as good as it could get." that pretty much says it all, David was indeed lucky with the draw.

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  46. Good that its a American,which will mean that he will probably get a decent court,I think I will probably be able to see the Nadal match if it happens,hopefully on Saturday night session.

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  47. Roddick started his match right now with a foot fault lol. I remember when one time he was arguing with the empire that he has never done it before.

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  48. Well, at Cincy he tried to tell Bernardes that the ball he hit into the stands was supposed to be a lob. He's very creative sometimes.

    I still like this pic, David's reaction to a foot fault being called in the final game of his match.

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  49. haha, there is always a special reaction from most players on foot faults

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  51. http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/news/story?id=1364406&s=ten&type=column Interesting collum.

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  52. Thanks, Adrian - interesting article.

    Did I understand this correctly? - David is considering Mancini as his coach next year?

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  53. Replay Media Catcher. It requires a serial number though.

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  54. Yeah, I saw that article yesterday but didn't have time to translate it. I'm going to do that later today.

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  55. When I used google translate which is of course not a good translater I could understand the part where he says that 2012 will probably be David's last year on in tennis. It's sad of course to hear that but if he doesn't get bad injuries any more I am sure we will see him in good form again. So many players with 29 playing their best tennis. Stepanek is even 32 now and Agassi was until 34 so succesful. But I think David is like Safin and won't stay so long.

    and thanks Krystle, I know RMC but when I want to install it the following message appears (see in this link)--> http://www64.zippyshare.com/v/18620314/file.html
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