Saturday, October 15, 2011

Stockholm Draw

Update (17/10)
Despite having gained 45 points at Shanghai, David loses one place and is now ranked #58.
As his name is not on the schedule of play for today, he'll play his first match at Stockholm on Tuesday.


Initially, David was supposed to get a wildcard for this tournament. But in the end, due to withdrawals from other players (Söderling and Mayer) and the clearing of the Special Exempts, he has made it into the main draw without needing a wildcard.

So here it is, David's draw for his first event of this year's indoor swing.
He finds himself in the bottom, i.e. Juan Martin Del Potro's half, which looks like this:

[8] Tommy Robredo (ESP) vs [Q] Tobias Kamke (GER)
[WC] Michael Ryderstedt (SWE) vs [Q] Sebastian Rieschick (GER)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs [Q] Marius Copil (ROU)
BYE vs [3] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)

[7] Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
David Nalbandian (ARG) vs Xavier Malisse (BEL)
James Blake (USA) vs  Olivier Rochus (BEL)
BYE vs [2] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)

A look at the complete draw you can take here.

Xavier Malisse, 31 years old by now and ranked #50, was one of the players David beat on his way to the Wimbledon final 2002 (the last one, actually; they met in the semifinal). That victory was the first of four consecutive wins David had over Malisse, including matches at three different Slams and on grass, hardcourt and clay. The last time they met however, at Miami 2008, Malisse managed to beat David for the first time.
If David can return to his winning ways against Malisse, in the second round it'll be one of two very different, possible scenarios for him. And facing either someone he has only just played against and defeated, seventh seed Ivan Dodig, or someone he has never met before, Adrian Mannarino.
And then, in a hypothetical quarterfinal, we could get the all-Argentine duel, David against Juan Martin Del Potro. It would be their fifth encounter (match record: 3-1 for David) and the fifth one indoors.
But first of all, the "battle of the veterans" - David against Xavier Malisse.

46 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link, but when I followed it I just got a big sign saying the draw isn't available yet.

    I have often noticed that organizers don't trouble to post their draws quickly. In Stockholm, for instance, you told us the draw was scheduled for 3 pm Stockholm time; yet it's now (as I write) nearly two hours later and still nothing online.

    Which brings me to the obvious question: where did you see the draw?

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  2. I found it under the same link I included with the post. I don't know why it's not working for you.

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  3. The draw is now also up on the tournament site, if you're still having problems.
    But this is nothing, compared to what I've experienced with other tournaments. I think Madrid (new version) still holds the record with something like 3 or 4 hours... lol

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  4. Too bad hes not in the other part of the bottom half,tricky opponents Malisse,rematch with Dodig possibly Del Potro or Blake.On the other side Wawrinka would be the only real threat before the SF.

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  5. thank god...Delpo is in David's draw..then only David will play his best tennis ( against Delpo)...coz of some prestige issue...haha.. ;)

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  6. I agree, David will play his best against Delpo, I hope they both get there, I dont want a blake-nalbandian

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  7. yupp !!! still remembering the 2nd set which he won 6-0 in Paris against Delpo !!! hope David will repeat that performance

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  8. Both David and Delpo have changed since that match in Paris - and, in general, since 2008.

    As for the 6-0 final set, don't forget that in 2009 Federer beat Delpo 6-3 6-0 6-0 in the Australian Open, only to have a very narrow squeak against him in the French Open and actually to lose in the US Open.

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  9. i really want to see how he performes in this tournament
    if he will lose in the early rounds we can call the season off

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  10. and if he wont do damage in one of the tournament especially paris than i will admit that he is not good enough anymore

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  11. You know, I got the impression before that you don't really read anything I post. Now I know that impression was correct...

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  12. I feel optimistic this time for this battle of the veterans vs. Malisse.

    I don't know why, I'm always nervous when David gets to play a French player though he has some pretty good results against them (Gasquet if you read me... lol).
    So I hope there will be a re-match vs. Dodig and of course, a big showdown versus Del Potro!!

    anyway, Malisse first, unpredictable player...

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  13. Had a look at some photos of Malisse (for the matching pics) and a lot of them are of him, destroying racquets or holding racquets in various states of destruction... lol
    Made me realise how well David has been behaving of late. (Okay, except for that banner.)

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  14. Whens the last time he broke a raquet?

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  15. No idea - it's really been a while. Then again, David has never lost it on court the way Malisse has in the past, occasionally... ;)

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  16. I know how he was shouting to the line judge in a match this year and he couldn't get calm lol

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  17. how lucky is Murray...just faced wawrinka and ferrer to win SHanghai Masters...haha ;)no topp players except them...

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  18. Ill try doing some research on when he broke it,I do remember the thing with Roddick at Queens when they were throwing their raquets haha,not sure if they broke tho.

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  19. http://www.optimumtennis.net
    /david-nalbandian-backhand.htm

    Just read that article and had goose bumps !!!! :D they say Nalby's backhand is the best backhand in the history of game :D I agree :D

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  20. wow Anonymous, I could read this all day!
    The Nalbandian Backhand really is a trademark.

    "no one can deny the technical superiority of the Nalbandian backhand. It is, and will remain, a model for all players who wish to improve their own two-handed backhands." >> Amen to that.

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  21. thnk u !!! I'm that Anonymous !!! :D

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  22. i wish with all my heart to see nalbandian at his best again in a big tournament
    there is no other sight that matches nalbandian at his best
    nalby give us your best one last time

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  23. Maybe you could just watch an old match?

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  24. "The Nalbandian backhand, like all great shots, begins with proper preparation." - Which includes having enough time to set it up...
    Funny though that the article praises his success at Paris 2007 but makes no mention of Madrid.
    Anyway, the ATP did this clip once where players were asked to create the perfect player, combining what they thought were the best shots around. Back then, Nole, Rafa and Federer chose David's backhand. :)

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  25. Too bad a big forehand gets you further in tennis than a great backhand imo.

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  26. Well, Nole is doing an excellent job of disproving that claim. ;)
    (As is Andy Murray.)
    I just think that having a big forehand is much more common on the Tour than having a great backhand.

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  27. I was thinking more of that having a big forehand and a weak backhand is usually more successful than having a weak forehand and very good backhand.With Djokovic and Murray its not that big of a difference.

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  28. Yeah, and I'd say that's because having a better forehand and weaker backhand is the much more common combination.

    Of course you can only get so far if your weaker wing is really much weaker. I mean, if you look at Madrid and Paris, David's forehand was working incredibly well. Without it, those victories wouldn't have been possible.

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  29. Well its more common for a reason haha.I just think that its easier to dominate a player with your forehand.Pretty much you can win a point from any position on the court,you can hide your weaker backhand with slices and running around it to hit forehands while with the backhand its super tough to hit winners out of positions in the middle of the court or running winners.Also impossible to run around a forehand.I dont really like it,because a nice backhand is a beautiful shot and always nice to see but if I was a player I would rather want the monster forehand.

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  30. It's not a coincidence, of course - never said it was. ;)
    Still, nowadays you can't afford an obvious weakness. Take Carlos Moya and the way he used to avoid hitting backhands at all costs, playing practically only with his forehand. That wouldn't work nowadays, or rather he'd never get as far with it as he did back then.
    And I'd still say that it's the backhand Nole and Murray mostly dominate with. - But you need both. Just like the forehand specialists can't get away with their backhand breaking down.(Like Fed's against Rafa, for example.)

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  31. True,of course,its a all around game now but if I was a coach I would tell the young guns,big serve,big forehand and keep the backhand on a respectable level.

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  32. Well, I'm glad that Javier didn't say anything like that to David - I've always loved his backhand. :)
    (Though not so much his serve... lol)

    But speaking of coaches, will be interesting to see if David really goes and hires Mancini next year.

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  33. Whoes that guy thats been with him in Asia,in his box?

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  34. I thought it was a coach haha,no plans of reuniting with his brothers?

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  35. I kind of thought David might team up with Javier again after he accompanied him to Britain, earlier this year. Maybe on a part-time basis. But both Javier and Dario are coaching junior players.
    Mancini on the other hand... I have to say I'd find that funny.

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  36. Or maybe if they win it this year he teams up with Vasquez haha.

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  37. Umm, maybe not... lol

    It's just Mancini's reputation as DC captain for doing whatever David wanted. So who would be telling who what to do if he became David's coach?

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  38. nice discussions Julia and Adrian.
    I really agree with Julia on "having a big forehand is much more common on the Tour than having a great backhand." so true

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  39. Im suspecting the OOP should come out soon.

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  40. David/Malisse on Centre Court, does that mean... any stream? :D

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  41. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaSUVb3FnS8

    but what a hard fought win in US Open 1st round last year !!! haha !!! :D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydJpjQOK0_I&feature=related

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  42. great camera angle

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  43. when he plays his best...he plays like a video game....haha :D

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  44. Just saw that there is a live stream on LSH for tomorrow night, Mira and all.

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  45. If I don't say anything then there's a stream. If there's no stream for David's match, then I'll say so. ;)

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