Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday Training and Official Dinner

According to Fue Buena, David will play singles on Friday, whether Djokovic will be there or no.

The training sessions at the Belgrade Arena continued today, this time with Juan Monaco and Juan Ignacio Chela putting in an intense round of doubles practice. A possible sign that David will play singles on Friday? Perhaps, but right now this is all still merely speculation.
Meanwhile, the Serbian team held its press conference today. Postponed by one day, obviously in the hope of being able to present the full squad to the local media. But the team had to make do without the big star and Serbia's captain Bogdan Obradovic told the press that he didn't know whether Novak Djokovic will join them in the evening or for practice, tomorrow morning. And whether Djokovic will be ready to play on Friday or whether he'll make his first appearance in the doubles on Saturday is also still unclear.

Apart from that, it was time for the (also traditional) official dinner tonight. Those usually take place at more or less fancy restaurants. Far away from tennis courts. But not this time. Tonight's dinner took place at Djokovic's club the "Novak Tennis Center" (home of the Belgrade Open), at the club's restaurant, overlooking the courts. Where "rookie" Andrés Molteni had to deliver a speech (another tradition; see pic below) and apparently, a good time was had by all.
- Before getting down to business and discussing the exact line-up and strategy, ahead of the draw ceremony tomorrow. I won't be here during the day but I'll post all about the draw and the match-ups as soon as I can.



  1. the interactions between david and delpo seems much friendlier in this clip.

  2. It's from yesterday, to be honest. After the positive clip inferno of yesterday, there was nothing from the AAT today, no training pics, no clips. You can make of that what you want...

  3. Looking forward to the tie! It starts pretty late considering the time difference...

  4. the draw

    R1: Novak Djokovic (SRB) v David Nalbandian (ARG)
    R2: Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)

    R3: Janko Tipsarevic / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Juan Ignacio Chela / Juan Monaco (ARG)

    R4: Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
    R5: Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v David Nalbandian (ARG)

  5. Makes for a very interesting tie. From everything I read, I didn't think Nole was going to play on Friday. David will definitely be the fresher of the two.

  6. That doesn't mean that Nole is really playing, they can still let Troicki play. So I'm not sure if Nole is really going to play...

  7. Yeah, good point. I'm not sure when he left New York, but the guy has to be exhausted from the week he's had. Might actually be good for Argentina if he does play on Friday.

  8. I read that he should arrive today (or already arrived by now), so he has to be exhausted. And I agree John it could be good if he is going to play :-)!

  9. Thanks for posting the draw, marwa. :)

    And Mina, you're absolutely right. Doesn't have to mean anything. Might as well not play tomorrow - I wouldn't be surprised.