Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Look ahead at the Indoor Swing

Or rather, a look ahead at the selection of indoor events that David will play this year. Notable for including tournaments he has never played before (and seemed highly unlikely to play). But notable also for those events that are missing. First of all Basel, for many long years the number one constant with David's schedule-making. But also the Paris Masters... In a recent interview with the Spanish news agency EFE, David talked, of course, mostly about the upcoming Davis Cup final (Edit: you can now read it here). But he also talked about his plans for the coming weeks and the indoor swing. And the tournaments he mentioned were the three, listed below. No mention of the Paris Masters.
So, it's a very different indoor swing for David and for us this year. Here's what's ahead.

If Stockholm Open 250 (October 17-23)
(tournament website)
Stockholm is the only event of the three that David has played before. In 2008, his first appearance at Stockholm ended with him, winning the title. David's second visit was a success as well, the Davis Cup "rescue mission" he went on last year and which saw him clinching the tie for Argentina in the fifth rubber. Back then, the court at the Kungliga Tennishallen was still green and the lighting a lot less dramatic than what the organisers have come up with in the meantime. So it's a place of good memories for David but one that looks (and also plays) differently from what he knows.
Edit: Robin Söderling is officially out. David is in the main draw without needing a wildcard.
Also on the entry list: Stanislas Wawrinka and David's teammates Juan Martin Del Potro and Juan Ignacio Chela. Edit: Florian Mayer has withdrawn.
The draw for Stockholm will be pulled on Saturday, at 3pm local (CET).

St. Petersburg Open 250 (October 24-30)
(Wikipedia)
All that David has seen of Russia so far has been Moscow. He played the Kremlin Cup twice, back in the very early days of his career (2001/2) and he also played altogether three Davis Cup away ties in Moscow (the last one was last year's quarterfinal). But St. Petersburg is a completely new territory for David (and also for myself, as I have to admit). Out of the three events that he's going to play, this one has the easiest field by some margin. Therefore, it could be David's chance to do something about the fact that he hasn't managed to win a title so far this year. And perhaps, that's also why he chose it.
On the entry list: Gilles Simon, Janko Tipsarevic, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Marin Cilic, Marcel Granollers

Valencia Open 500 (October 31- November 6)
(Getty Images)
Out of all tournaments on the ATP Tour this is one I never thought I'd get to see David play. For the simple reason that it takes place during the same week as Basel. And David absolutely always played Basel - until now. This time, David chose Valencia instead and playing at what's perhaps the most adventurous of all tournament venues, the Ágora, a "multifunctional covered space" of 80 metres height. But what made David replace Basel with Valencia? Two reasons, probably. One is that he wants to get as many matches as possible and the field at Valencia isn't as strong as it is at Basel. The other reason could very well be that the surface at Valencia is famous for being extremely slow and therefore closer to the conditions of playing on clay.
On the entry list: David Ferrer, Robin Söderling, Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon.

26 comments:

  1. with Murray not playing in Valencia and Soderling, Monfils coming out of injuries...David has a chance to win Valencia...:D 500pts in the bag ;)

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  2. not to be pessimistic about Valencia but I think David will have more chances in St.Petersburg.

    it will depend on the draw actually...

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  3. In last 6 years David has always won at least one tournament in every season. I hope he will do that this year too.

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  4. nice stuff, 3 indoors which David likes with a reasonable fields, hope he wins 1/3. you don't know he might end up winning Stockholm after all lol

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  5. on David's wikipedia page you can find below at weblinks also VD :)

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  6. He might win all 3. no, just a joke :)
    I can remember that after Paris 2007 I expected him to win all Grand Slams in next season lol

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  7. http://twitter.com/#!/DavisCup/status/123780561159471106

    here's an interview with David in Shanghai about Davis Cup !!!
    I used google translator...lol

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  8. oops !!!!

    http://twitter.com/#!/DavisCup/status/123780561159471106

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  9. finally....
    http://twitter.com/#!/DavisCup/
    status/123780561159471106

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  10. I promised last night that I'd post that one as soon as possible - and I just did. ;)

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  11. people who were upset with David's loss, please watch Mayer's match with Nadal....he won the 1st set and leading with a break in 2nd set...

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  12. Mayer was terrific against Rafa today, unbelievable performance

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  13. Yeah, Mayer's win over Nadal today proves he is the real deal. Makes David's loss seem not so bad.

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  14. David played better than Nadal in second set...he broke Nadal twice in 2nd !!!! haha :xD

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  15. Looks like Davids level is super high right now,by looking at the result I suspect Nadal wasnt much closer than David.

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  16. And even David had his chances in the 2nd set...but Nadal had no chance....lol

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  17. for me it doesn't matter what has Mayer done, I have watched the match from David and I know that he wasn't playing good.

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  18. even before his hip surgery, he never achieved a lot in his carreer.....remember...totally just 3 Masters title..wimbledon final....and semis in other GS's...for past 9yrs...not only nw...he lost to lots of low ranked players throughout his carreer...no wonder even if he doesn't perform well rest of the season....for the past few months we`re expecting too much frm him...lol ;)

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  19. I guess I just don't understand why with a lot of fans there seems to be no middle ground. David is the best ever, the worst ever, should be able to beat anyone, hasn't achieved much...

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  20. It's that way with non-fans as well, Julia. I've never seen anything like it-even with the top guys.

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  21. ashot is wright
    david isnt playing well right now
    he is inconsistent and cant get a decent run
    hope t changes soon
    otherwise he is in big big big trouble

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  22. I think we all know that his last two matches were not good.
    And that's why I'm hoping for a decent draw and a new start in Stockholm.

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  23. Anywhere to follow the draw?

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  24. So about 4 the results should be out?

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  25. Differerent each time. Sometimes the draw up is up really quickly, sometimes it takes several hours.

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