Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Indian Wells Draw
Here's a little clip of David practicing at Indian Wells, filmed yesterday.
His first-round match against Potito Starace will take place tomorrow (Friday).
So here's what awaits David at Indian Wells this year. He has been drawn into the bottom half and there into the bottom, that is to say Rafael Nadal's quarter, which looks like this:
 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs BYE
Michael Llodra (FRA) vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs [Q] Bobby Reynolds (USA)
BYE vs  Radek Stepanek (CZE)
 Marin Cilic (CRO) vs BYE
Potito Starace (ITA) vs David Nalbandian (ARG)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Gilles Muller (LUX)
BYE vs  Janko Tipsarevic (SER)
 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs BYE
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
Donald Young (USA) vs Steve Darcis (BEL)
BYE vs  Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
 Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs BYE
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Tommy Haas (GER)
Alejandro Falla (COL) vs Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
BYE vs  Rafael Nadal (ESP)
The complete draw you'll find here.
I guess it's safe to say that Tommy Haas, who was present at the draw ceremony, must have brought David luck. And not only because he won't have to face one of the Top4 in the second round. If all goes according to plan (and often enough, it doesn't with with David but anyway) in the first three rounds he's bound to meet three players he has never lost to before.
Against Potito Starace, his opponent in the first round, David has a match record of 4-0, with all of their previous encounters having taken place on clay, Starace's best surface.
For Marin Cilic, the first seeded player David can meet in round 2, this will only be the second match of the season after an injury pause. David's match record against Cilic: 3-0.
In the third round, David could then meet Janko Tipsarevic. They've only met once before and that match was a real battle but in the end, it was David, who prevailed.
In short - this is about as good a draw as was possible under the circumstances.
So let's hope that David can make the most out of it.