Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tokyo Draw

According to his plans as mentioned in the last interview, David was due to arrive in Tokyo yesterday. So here's what's going to await him at the first of his "Davis Cup final preparatory tournaments".
David has been drawn into the bottom half and once again into Andy Murray's quarter:

[7] Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Somdev Devvarman (IND)
[Q] Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
[Q] Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs Pablo Andujar (ESP)
Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs [3] David Ferrer (ESP)

[8] Juan Monaco (ARG) vs Ivan Dodig (CRO)
David Nalbandian (ARG) vs Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Alex Bogomolov Jr. (USA)
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs [2] Andy Murray (GBR)

The complete draw you'll find here.

Against his first-round opponent Lukas Rosol, currently ranked #78, David has never played before. Just like against Ivan Dodig (currently #37), who he could meet in the second round - or his Davis Cup teammate Juan Monaco (ranked #27 at the moment; match record: 2-1 for David). Before in a hypothetical quarterfinal another encounter with Andy Murray might await.

21 comments:

  1. By the way, Delpo has pulled out of Shanghai, basically putting an end to his chances of qualifying for the WTF. Instead he wants to finish the season at Paris and then prepare for the DC final on clay.
    What's going to happen with David and Paris still isn't clear. (Perhaps St. Petersburg is something like a plan B - we'll see.)

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  2. Maybe they are waiting to see how he does in Tokyo and Shanghai.

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  3. Just had a look, the only non-French player who got a WC for Paris in recent years was Marat, who won the event three times and chose it as his last tournament...
    Doesn't really increase my optimism, concerning David's chances.

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  4. I remember this year,Karlovic was coming back from some foot injury he had in 2010,he was ranked very low and Miami didnt want to give him a wild card,then he asked for a Qualifying WC and didnt even get that.He got in Indian Wells tho and made the 4th round,beating Ferrer and losing to Nadal in a close match,after they saw that they gave him something for Miami haha.So maybe if he would make big noise in Shanghai they would help him out.Too bad because if hes feeling good he can always go very far in Paris.

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  5. Yeah, but at Paris they seem to have their own rules. I've checked the draws back to the mid-90s - WCs only for French players with the single exception of Marat and his goodbye appearance in 2009.

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  6. must see how much he has taken from DC with him or even got better, then we will know what to expect next week

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  7. I presume he has no intention of trying to qualify?

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  8. Right now, he wouldn't even make the qualifying draw. That still depends on how many players pull out. Though that always happens a lot with Paris.

    What he said he in that last interviews sounded like he doesn't know yet what's going to happen, like it's about getting or not getting a WC. Otherwise he could've simply said - I'm going to try and qualify for Paris.

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  9. Maybe he should skip it anyways,hes pretty much playing anything he can up to it.

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  10. That's probably what's going to happen. I just think it would be a bit sad, Paris without David.

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  11. True,it would be sad.Whens the Order of play coming out?

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  12. yes, Paris without David will be sad :( David has always played good matches there...

    I hope the OOP for Tokyo won't display impossible hours for us...

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  13. Hes not in the Monday OOP so I guess Tuesday.

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  14. youtube.com/watch?v=3_0652IbqOI

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  15. youtube.com/user/tennis3437#p/u/12/hhA9f2u-vis

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  16. this is the correct link
    youtube.com/watch?v=hhA9f2u-vis

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  17. Thanks Noubar and Ashot!

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  18. thank you Noubar and Ashot!

    wow! lots of people watching David's practice with the other David... Love it!

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  19. but what were they communicating at the net?

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  20. No idea, can't understand anything. But it looks like he's complaining about something.

    Thanks for linking the videos, Noubar and Ashot. :)

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