Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Copa Claro R1 - David vs Wayne Odesnik















Update
David has won his first match at the Copa Claro, defeating Wayne Odesnik 6-2, 6-3 in 81 minutes. In the second round on Thursday, he'll now get to face his Davis Cup teammate Juan "Pico" Monaco.

Report and photos tomorrow.



(Reuters/AP Photo; montage by VD)
















As you'll know, I like to occasionally poke fun at David's habit of often enough not knowing (or not remembering) anything about his lower-ranked opponents. But in the case of his opponent today, and although they've never met on the Tour before, I guess it's safe to say that David will have at least heard of him. After all, Wayne Odesnik is what you could call the most notorious player on the Tour today.

Here's an attempt at a short summary of how he came by that reputation. In January 2010, Australian officials discovered HGH (human growth hormone) in Odesnik's luggage. In court, Odesnik pleaded guilty in March (and was sentenced to pay a fine) but he was allowed to go on playing until in April the ITF banned him for two years. A ban that was lifted at the end of 2010, due to "substantial assistance provided by Mr Odesnik in relation to the enforcement of professional rules of conduct" (source).
Odesnik took up playing again in 2011 (without a ranking) and within months he went from playing qualies at Future events to winning Challengers. By now, he's ranked #107 and the Copa Claro is his second ATP-level event since his ban.

Around two months before he got caught with HGH I saw Odesnik play live at the tournament in Vienna. What I remember from that match is that unlike other American players he doesn't possess a big serve (he's a lefty, by the way) but he defends and reads the game well, with the forehand his stronger wing, and his results show him to be at home, playing on clay. So David might find himself getting caught up in longer rallies, something he'll try to avoid.

Apart from that, there's a new interview that David gave Clarin yesterday. In it, he talks, amongst other things, about the current state of affairs and his loss to Volandri. But he also talks about the possibility of not making the main draw at Indian Wells and Miami. As apparently, there's no deal about him, getting a wildcard...
The interview (in form of a back-dated post) you'll find here.
Edit: David's name is on the qualifying entry list for Indian Wells. Whether that means he'll actually play qualies - we'll have to wait and see.

25 comments:

  1. That interview was interesting because I think he's gotta be playing at least one of the 1000 master series. If he does well this week and next week, he would improve his ranking and then wouldnt he have enough to get in the main draw? Or do they calculate it now only

    ReplyDelete
  2. Relevant for making the main draw is the ranking at the time the entry list closes. And that was weeks ago. So unless there's a whole wave of withdrawals, his only chance of playing IW and/or Miami is either a WC or playing qualies.

    ReplyDelete
  3. thank you for the interview :)
    I'm not sure David will want to play qualies to enter IW and Miami draws... especially after a long Golden Swing. I'm hoping for a wildcard, at least for one of the 2 events... am I hoping too much? :D

    see you all later tonight! I need a long nap, alarm set and all... lol

    ReplyDelete
  4. Well, IW & Miami tend to give half of their WCs to US players. Which doesn't really make it easier for David to get one. But as long as the WCs haven't been announced there's still hope. ;)

    And if David wins tonight he'll get to face Pico in R2. Volandri retired at 6-1, 3-1 for Pico.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I would think David is more likely to get a WC in Miami since it's such an international city and there are many South Americans living in the area. He's definitely a good draw there. Kind of thought Volandri might get steamrolled by Pico after making it to the final in Brazil.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Yeah, I agree about Miami, John. Though it has to be said that David doesn't have a particularly impressive record at Miami (or IW, for that matter).
    And yep, no surprise really that Volandri couldn't keep it up after last week.

    ReplyDelete
  7. here we go, vamos David!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. yaaay 1st set was pretty quick!!
    good energy out there, pretty good shots, David looks comfortable tonight. Keep it up

    ReplyDelete
  9. He's having some problems with the wind when serving but apart from that he's looking good.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Yeah looking good tonight. Good tennis, a set and a break up, comfortable zone now.. Nalby's finishing this quick for me coz I have school tomorrow and need to go bed straight after it haha

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love how the commie is excited on each and every winner by David! haha

    ReplyDelete
  12. Good match.I really liked the atmosphere.The match against Monaco I feel is gonna be really fun.

    ReplyDelete
  13. same here, I liked this match, good shots, good commentator (lol), and good vibes in Buenos Aires.
    you can feel David feels good when he plays at home.
    he didn't leave the court right after the match, still having fun with the big red balls, and some photographs, I love it when he's so smiling :)

    David/Pico will be fun to watch, David has to win!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. The match against Pico will be so much tougher than this one... And the atmosphere will be a lot more intense. I just hope it's going to be streamed but I think it will be.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Good match for David. He got to hit a lot of balls, but was never threatened. Odesnik just didn't have a big enough serve to bother David. David and Pico? Would have preferred a different matchup. Should be fun to watch, though.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Pico is top 10 on clay at the moment imo,but its gonna be tough taking out David is BA.I expect 3 tough sets.

    ReplyDelete
  17. yes, this Pico match arrives too soon in the draw. Odesnik was just a warmup but really, Pico will not let David win easy points...

    ReplyDelete
  18. The last time they met here, Pico won. After David served for the match and was 2 points away from victory... Drama deluxe - though that was during the injury days, to be fair.

    ReplyDelete
  19. hahaha I like this picture:
    http://copaclaro.com/atp/sites/default/files/la%20foto%20%286%29.JPG

    ReplyDelete
  20. How cute is that! Thank you, Andvari! Such a sweet pic, hehe :-)

    ReplyDelete
  21. He beat me to it... I'm going to put that one in the post, of course. :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. hahaha nice picture Andvari :D
    I have to keep this one in my phone lol.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Pico did a great job on Volandri. Like running around the court, does he? 8-)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Yeah, Pico does move very well and what's worse for David is that he can keep it up for hours on end.

    ReplyDelete