Saturday, October 8, 2011

Shanghai Draw

Here's David's draw for next week's Masters event in Shanghai. He has been drawn into the top half, top quarter, which (after Djokovic's withdrawal) belongs to Rafael Nadal:

[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs BYE
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs Somdev Devvarman (IND)
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs [WC] David Nalbandian (ARG)
Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs [15] Florian Mayer (GER)
[9] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Alex Bogomolov Jr. (USA) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP)
[WC] Ze Zhang (CHN) Radek Stepanek (CZE)
BYE vs [6] Tomas Berdych (CZE)


Complete draw here.

In his first Masters (and not Masters Cup) match at Shanghai, David gets to face Ernests Gulbis, ranked #49 this week. It'll be the second encounter between these two but it's been a while since the first one. That took place at Indian Wells 2008, a tightly contested match, which David eventually won in a third-set tiebreak. They haven't played since then but they've trained together and David will know what to expect. But the same goes for Gulbis, whose coach Guillermo Cañas knows a thing or two about David and his game, having been his Davis Cup teammate, doubles partner and also having beaten him, before.
In the second round David could then meet either Fabio Fognini (#39) or fifteenth seed Florian Mayer (#22). He has a 2-0 match record against both of them, though in Mayer's case six years have passed since their last meeting. Whereas Fognini was David's opponent in the first match he played and won this season, at Auckland.
Afterwards in the third round, just like at Tokyo, it could then be time for another big test - against the top seed Rafael Nadal. And regardless of the outcome, I guess David wouldn't mind another chance to play against Nadal ahead of the Davis Cup final in Sevilla (confirmed now by the ITF).

22 comments:

  1. in a responce to Adrians comment in the earlier post, so true when i saw how murray beat ferrer i realized how good david played to stay in the match as much as he can, he really did play well from the baseline. Believe it or not, i wasn't upset to see him in rafas quarter, Rafas game suits David unlike murrays.Maybe this will be the tournament where david makes a big upset

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  2. I agree with you Noubar.
    How about this Gulbis first round though?

    a matchup vs. Rafa will be very interesting!!!!

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  3. The thing is I think David is a worse match up for Gulbis than the other way around.I think David should get this one done unless he goes on a UE spree of about 50 haha.I think Gulbis is gonna try hitting through David instead of wearing him down like Murray,and since Davids gonna be moving him around its gonna be hitting winners of the run which is going to lead to UEs.I think David should just stick in there and kind of wait for Gulbis to self destruct.Then again there is a chance Gulbis is gonna be painting the lines every shot and he takes it but I hope its not going to happen.

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  4. don't jinx David with your 50UE worries, Adrian! haha :)

    I'm a bit afraid of Gulbis... though David has all the cards to beat him.
    1st serve will have to be great!

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  5. ya its gna be a great match up for David, plus ernest is not having his best days at the momment.
    I think, and thats only me, if david plays the level he played with Murray he will beat Rafa, the groundstrokes were very clean from both players, and in each single rally david was the absolute offensive plaayer moving Murray all the way around, but Andy was simply like a wall, returning every single ball, which made david hit even stronger on the lines and draw the errors.

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  6. I hope I didnt jinx him haha,I just feel Gulbis isnt enough patient to beat David.If Gulbis was more patient and moved David around a little bit,tried to take control of the rallies he would actually fall right into Davids trap,because thats his bread and butter,so I think Gulbis has to go for those tough winners from not so good positions.Its on him to make them or miss them.

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  7. Exactly Noubar,thats what Ive been saying the last two days all the time haha.While your watching you feel frustrated why is this guy whoes just putting balls back winning,then after cooling down a little bit you understand just how many times someone has to paint the lines to just win a point.When put in that big serve which is highly underrated you figure out why he has winning records against guys like Federer or Tsonga.

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  8. According to the fact that there is no Nole and federer in the draw, this is the worst draw we can ever imagine. Bad luck for david again.he should play 3 matches without the top 4s

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  9. could've faced nadal or murray again in r1

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  10. Nadal and Murray get BYEs in R1

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  11. He could've drawn Rafa or Murray in the second round. I mean, it could've been worse. But it could've also been better.

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  12. couldve been slightly worse or much better

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  13. i hope he can go throught to the last 16 in shanghai and win the Stocholm open and he can get back to the top 30 again.

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  14. I think David could beat this week against everybody of the players in Tokyo besides Murray, also Nadal. I am more worried for the first round next week than for the possible match against Nadal. I am always worried if David has to play against a strong server.

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  15. David's first up on Centre Court at 2pm local time tomorrow.

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  16. thanks Krystle Lee!
    which means.... will there be a stream? :D

    2pm local time is early morning for me... okay then.

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  17. Florian Mayer is waiting in the next round. He beat Fognini today pretty comfortably.

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  18. David is very popular in Asia! Ha has been playing on center court!

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  19. i want to say that i may over reacted over the loss to murray because i saw is form was very good and david is on the rise..
    anyway i do think that now is a very good chance to take nadal down
    he has to get that win over a top player to boost is confidence again
    go nalbandian destroy gulbis

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  20. Look at what he did to Nadal,true Nadal did win a set,but in terms of how close a opponent actually came to Murrays level this week it was David.I think hes playing around 85-90% of his peak right now.If the Nadal match happens I feel that its still something like 70-30 for Nadal to take it.So probably some of his best stuff is going to happen in the indoor swing,I just hope he doesnt peak at 100% for Valencia or Stockholm and maybe burns out for DC.

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  21. adrian i think nalbandian has all the weapons and he looks good on the court
    to take nadal down
    the key is to take that first set

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  22. Hes got a chance definitely,well see how the court will be playing this week.The match tomorrow should be a good one.

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