Monday, March 19, 2012

Miami Draw

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From the Californian desert over to the Florida Keys: After Indian Wells, it's now time for the second Masters event of the season - Miami. Once again, David doesn't need the wildcard he was supposed to receive from the organisers, as altogether ten players from the main draw have pulled out.

And here's what's ahead for David at Miami, this year. He has been drawn into the bottom half once again but this time not into Nadal's but Andy Murray's quarter:

[7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs BYE
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs [WC] Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
BYE vs [29] Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)
[18] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs BYE
[Q] Antonio Veic (CRO) vs [WC] Denis Kudla (USA)
David Nalbandian (ARG) vs Steve Darcis (BEL)
BYE vs [9] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

[13] Gilles Simon (FRA) vs BYE
[Q] Roberto Bautista-Agut (ESP) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Robin Haase (NED) vs [WC] Marinko Matosevic (AUS)
BYE vs [22] Jürgen Melzer (AUT)
[26] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs BYE
Dudi Sela (ISR) vs [Q] Arnaud Clement (FRA)
Alejandro Falla (COL) vs Denis Istomin (UZB)
BYE vs [4] Andy Murray (GBR)

The complete draw you'll find here.

Against his opponent in the first round, Steve Darcis (currently #68), David has never played before. In the second round however, he's bound to meet someone he faced only last week - Janko Tipsarevic. In a hypothetical third round, it could then be time for another premiere, a first encounter between David and Alexandr Dolgopolov. - That's as far as I'm going to look ahead at this stage.

As mentioned before, there are Masters events where David has had more success than at Miami - let's put it this way. Still, Miami also is where he played his first ever match on the Tour, against Jim Courier, back in 2000. And here's David, during that match, 18 years old...

60 comments:

  1. Davids first match and one of Jims last matches. Wow 12 years. Time goes by.
    Well maybe Miami 2012 will be a better one than the Miamis before :D We´ll see.

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  2. Yeah, hopefully better than most of the previous ones. :) Though to be fair, he made it to semis once, back in 2006. Let's hope for another good draw.
    And yeah, time flies...

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  3. wow!!! David looked so young back then (younger than a regular 18-year-old haha! adorable)

    women's draw right now, men's draw ceremony coming next, I'm nervous! fingers crossed!

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  4. is it televised ?
    btw as am writing this i can hear BKC gun shots from the outside, you know after a while you get used to this, seriously lol
    I am proud of what David has done in IW, and am wishing the same in Miami.

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    1. Oh Noubar... I guess you have no other choice but to get used to it. Stay safe, okay?
      And no, there's no coverage of the draw. As big as these events are, that's something they obviously don't think is necessary.

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    2. May I ask where you´re from? And to repeat what Julia says: Stay safe

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  5. 18 years :) Well,when it comes to his looks i would say - the older the better.
    And yes, lets hope for a good draw. I keep my fingers crossed.

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  6. its conformed that Delpo will play the DC vs Croatia, good news

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  7. Yeah, it's in the previous post. :)

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    1. saw it after i made the comment, for a moment i was like Julia should've mentioned this hehe
      and thanks, ya i'll try to stay safe :)

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    2. stay safe Noubar, things are more and more dangerous out there, may you and your family be safe no matter what.

      too bad these ceremony draws are not televised :/

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    3. thank you Mira :)

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  8. ;)

    Looks like they're getting started now. And Fernando Gonzalez is there. :) Hope he brings David luck...

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  9. Seems like it ia already over... Now we have to wait :(

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  10. Strange... The only thing I've read so far is that it'll be Nole/Fed and Rafa/Murray, as far as the halves of the draw are concerned. Other than that - nothing.
    Well, they said they'll have the draws up "within the hour". We'll see...

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  11. Fernando González vs Nicolas Mahut in Rd1

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  12. So he didn't really bring himself too much luck...

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    1. Thought the same... but on the other hand it could have been even more worse...

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    2. No,not really. But I know he can do better :D

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  13. Darcis for David in R1 and then - Tipsy again...

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  14. Here is the full draw: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/403/mds.pdf

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    1. It always takes a moment to transcribe it. ;)

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    2. Oh I'm sorry :-) I probably was a bit too enthusiastic that the finally put it online :-)

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    3. No need to be. :) I just meant, I'm working on it. ;)

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  15. Tipsarevic will sure want to get a revenge of IW but... not this week, please not this week!!

    Darcis in R1, it's pretty cool for a "1st round warmup", though I really don't know about his H2H against David.

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    1. thank you Julia :) he lost in 3 tight sets against Dolgopolov in IW, I hope David won't have to play a long match for this 1st round...

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  17. i like David being in Berdych section. the Draw is as good as IW, with Berdych replacing Tsonga.

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  18. What about a 4th round Gonzales vs Nalbandian :D jk... Just got some weird ideas.
    Let´s take it round by round

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  19. In Indian Wells he didn't play well until the second round, this time he is not allowed to do it, I hope he has a good start in this tournament.

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  20. Yeah tough draw, but hoping he can have another good run at it. Let's take it game by game though. Vamooss

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    1. do you remember "Davai Davooo" in the match against Nadal :D

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  21. You know all in all it's really a good draw for Nalby...Tipsy is tough but I'd prefer him to any of the other upper ranked players in the draw. If he plays at a high level like last week then he should be able to get to Murray (hopefully Murray looses early in Miami as well, that would make the draw wide open for him). If he could break the Miami curse and play well then I think he has a good shot to get a lot of points racked up.

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  22. On a different and not too serious note, here's a little quiz for all of you.
    Which French player trained with David at IW and then afterwards called him the "training partner of his dreams"?

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  23. Nope. That would've been too obvious and easy. ;)

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  24. Oh so you're talking about IW this year, then I'm changing my answer to Simon :)

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  25. Yeah, I was talking about this year - and we have a winner. :)

    Here's the whole story, as recounted by Jorge Viale:

    Gilles Simon's [lost] quarterfinal match against John Isner was over but talking to the French media he still seemed happy. After what had happened during the Golden Swing [where he went out early, everywhere], he had finally experienced positive sensations on court again. How did that change come about? "A special mention goes to David Nalbandian," was the surprise answer from the Frenchman.

    It happened during the days before the tournament. Simon played a practice set against the Argentine and nothing worked. That was when Nalbandian stopped playing and asked what was wrong. Realising that Simon was struggling due to a lack of confidence Nalbandian offered to practice groundstrokes with him. "He was the training partner of my dreams," Simon said. "He did everything I wanted, he practiced down-the-line shots with me, cross-court, whatever. Those two hours we spent were a treasure, I'm very grateful to him."

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  26. David should maybe start coaching with his brother.Maybe they can bring up a new Nalbandian or Del Potro.

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    1. Both of his brothers are coaches and they have their own academy. Whether he'll join them one day - who knows.
      I mean, he has said before that he might do some coaching, some day. Or become DC captain. (Gosh, those poor players... lol)

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  27. That's a very nice story, wouldn't mind having a 2 hour hit with him myself!

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  28. Yeah, it is a nice story, very sweet of David to help Simon like that. And yeah, I'm sure there'd be plenty of other people who'd love get that kind of help from him... :)

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  29. Nalby always have better results in Indian Wells than in Miami, so he must first win R1, before finding a way to beat Tipsarevic. Tipsarevic would have a better idea on how to to deal with Nalby this time. I wonder if he also has a poor records in Miami?

    I hope Nalby would win at least 1 match. If he could get pass Tipsarevic, I hope he could reach R4 and I will be satisfied. Has he ever played against Berdych? Berdych started to climb up the rankings during the years Nalby was injured.

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  30. As you've said - first of all, David has to win R1. I prefer to take it match by match. And if things don't work out at Miami once again, well, then he'll have more time to train on clay for DC.

    R4 is still far away but since you've asked, David has met Berdych five times, match record 4-1 David, including the win from a set and a double break down at Madrid 2007. :)

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  31. I still dont understand why Nalby has a horrible record in Miami (especially more recent years - a regular first-round exit victim). Does it have to do with the surface of the courts there, the weather, his own fatigue problem after Indian Wells, he simply hates the conditions/atmosphere in Miami, or other hidden reasons?

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  32. I'll quote my comment from a couple of days ago:
    Different reasons, I'd say. The conditions surely don't suit him and his game and wind is always a problem for David. But it was also playing injured (2008/9) and bad luck with the draw in the past.

    In any case he doesn't hate the atmosphere. Like all Latino players he likes being in Miami. :)

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    1. so it won't be a surprise if he goes out early in his first or second match, let's make us ready for that for not getting then surprised and disappointed :D

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  33. Oh, that's a very nice story and very kind words from Simon :)
    And we can be sure he's passed the word to his fellow tennis countrymen who'll want to train with our David ;)
    I can perfectly imagine David becoming a DC captain for Argentina, indeed Julia, imagine the poor players haha! :)
    Looking forward to watching his first round in Miami!

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  34. Yeah, it is a very nice story, simply had to post it here.
    And well, I guess it depends on whether David can win DC before he retires. If Argentina still hasn't won it and he becomes DC captain one day - then I wouldn't want to be among his players... lol

    Anyway, Miami is like IW - coverage starts in the second round. Back to the scoreboard...

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  35. NAlbandian plays tomorrow 4th match on Center Court

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  36. Thanks, Noubar. Makes it even more great that there's no coverage...

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  37. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bellyflopz/6999030749/sizes/l/in/photostream/

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  38. if he wins he will play friday and there won't be steaming again ,right?

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  39. wow thank you Leandro!!!! <3
    Shirtless David is very fit <3
    and again, training with buddy Ferrer :D

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