Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Indian Wells Draw


Update (08/03)
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:

[6] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs BYE
Michael Llodra (FRA) vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs [Q] Bobby Reynolds (USA)
BYE vs [28] Radek Stepanek (CZE)
[24] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs BYE
Potito Starace (ITA) vs David Nalbandian (ARG)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Gilles Muller (LUX)
BYE vs [10] Janko Tipsarevic (SER)

[15] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs BYE
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
Donald Young (USA) vs Steve Darcis (BEL)
BYE vs [21] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
[26] Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs BYE
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Tommy Haas (GER)
Alejandro Falla (COL) vs Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
BYE vs [2] 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.

58 comments:

  1. Glad David won't need the wildcard. Hope he gets someone No. 17 to 32 in R2. I'd like to see him get to the Round of 16 and make some waves. I remember that late-night match with Nadal in 2009. Coverage had ended on ESPN due to the late hour. Fortunately they showed some of it the next day. There were times in that match when David played like it was 2007. It was agonizing to see him squander those match points.

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  2. Well, with hindsight I think he knew exactly what was in store for him, in case it came down to playing a third set. And that increased the pressure in those moments. I mean, there were several "strange" matches back then. During some of which he started playing really well - and then fell apart completely. And back then nobody really knew why, or what was going on. Only later it became known that during IW 2009 his hip got really bad again. Probably also because he played singles and doubles.

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  3. By the way, as can now be seen on the Photo Page, David's preparations for IW don't just consist of playing beach volleyball... :)

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  4. I'm not used to seeing him wearing cap, it must have been really hot out there! :D I prefer the traditional headband :)

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  5. The basecap has been there on basically all training pics I've seen this year. I'm not going to speculate about what could be a possible reason... lol

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  6. Neither Nole nor Rafa for David in R2.

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  7. Yesss thats good can we have the full draw or matches david hypothetically could play been searching for like the last 15 mins...thanks

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  8. Still waiting for that one.

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  9. I meant - Murray. :)
    I'll post the draw as soon as possible.

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  10. Thansk a lot Juliaaa

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  11. You're welcome. :)
    I haven't seen anything about David's first round so far. But that could be a good sign.

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  12. How are u gettin these news about him not havin to play rafa, federer, djokovic in 2nd round?

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  13. By reading tweets from people who are there at the ceremony.

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  14. But in this case they're focusing more or less entirely on the seeded players.

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  15. The seeded player David gets to face in R2 is: Marin Cilic.
    Could've hardly been any better.
    But still nothing about R1.

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  16. Cilic in 2nd round

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  17. Almost too good to be true...

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  18. Thought the same :-)

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  19. Ya, pretty much couldnt have been better, R3 is not that bad either...

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  20. yea a 3-0 record against him

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  21. And Cilic is only just coming back after a long injury pause.
    But the question still is - who in R1?

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  22. Yeah, not that bad, either.
    But I guess I'll have to wait until the draw gets published to find out who he's going to meet in R1. And with R2/3 being what they are, that's really important...

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  23. exactly, there are many talented players outside the top 32 that can be dangerous

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  24. So, let's see how long it'll take them to get the full draw online...

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  25. Reading on twitter that Starace awaits in R1, I must say this is a really good draw.

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  26. David vs Potito Starace in the 1st round..
    well.. not too bad.

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  27. Good old Starace... Also known as David's first opponent after the long injury pause.

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  28. really not bad! even, a pretty good luck for David this time, his part of the draw is "playable"! out of all the seeded players, Cilic is great, like you said, back after a long injury pause. Tipsarevic is not impossible to challenge (quite the opposite, actually ;))
    I'm glad! Starace should be a good warmup for David, if everything is okay.

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  29. I hope David won't shock us by losing early...He must take advantage of the nice draw to reach R4 (hopefully giving a fight against Tsonga). Had he not been fatigued and lost early in Mexico, he would have a good chance to reach QF or SF.

    I think the key is to get into the match very quickly and win in straight sets in early rounds (if he still want energy left to fight in R4, assuming he can make it).

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  30. i have to be careful with my expectations everytime he should do damage he is losing badly so lets hope for continuation of his good form in australia

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  31. if he plays the way he played against giraldo
    starace is through to the second round

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  32. And if he plays a decent or good match then David will make it through to the second round.

    But we won't get to see it as there won't be coverage for the first round.

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  33. This is a great draw tbh!! He shouldn't waste much energy against starace and then I think can reach the 4th round if he's playing at a good level. Tsonga would be tough though although nothing's impossible. Buzzing for this tourney!! Anw let's take it one match at a time loool

    And LOL julia for ur last comment ;)Isis, u gotta stay possitive!!

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  34. nice and easy the first 2 rounds, however tipsarevic is a very tough R3... particularly as he is playing his best tennis these days. david needs to get his ranking up asap to avoid these types of matches. tipsarevic will be clear favourite for this match, probably at 1.5 odds.

    if david gets through tipsarevic, tsonga is a tough match up.. i hope david is fit and ready to fight for 3 sets.

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  35. nalbandian when playing well is better than tsonga and tipsarevic
    but if he will play average he will not go through because he doesnt have free points on serve

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  36. So we've moved on from R1 to R3/4 by now, I see.
    Anyway, if you take a look at Madrid/Paris 2007 then you'll see that David won most of those matches making around or less than 50% first serves and not getting that many cheap points on serve, either.

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  37. By the way, US writer Pete Bodo, traditionally anything but an admirer of David, has him down as "surprise semifinalist of the tournament" in his IW predictions (see post). Perhaps he's trying to jinx David... lol

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  38. i like pete bodo he seems to be appreciating a mercurial tennis player when he sees one.
    i wont forget him saying that talent wise nalbandian should be with 10 grand slams and not nadal

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  39. I don't seem to remember that. And as I've said before - talent doesn't win matches.
    In any case, Bodo has said a lot of very different things about David over the years. Usually calling him fat, lazy etc. And his article about Mar del Plata, and how David was the only one to blame for Argentina's defeat is a classic... Apart from that it was Bodo who spread that silly myth about David's name being "Gervasio Esteban David Ezekiel". So when I see him pick David for a good result then I think it's either a jinx or a joke.

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  40. No way, Julia, it is not a jinx or a joke. Peter Bodo has finally seen the light. Yeah, right. Maybe he is softening, though.

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  41. Yeah, looks like he is...
    The question is, what's next - Stephanie Myles doing actual research for her articles? It does make you wonder...

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  42. Yes, it does. BTW, I was going through some old VHS tapes and discovered the Queen's Club 1987 final. Boom Boom v Jimmy Connors. Boris won it in three. Good stuff.

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  43. Ah, the good old days. :) Connors was still aroud when I first started watching tennis as a kid but I don't remember having ever seen him play. McEnroe I do remember, though. Maybe he made more of an impression on me back then. ;)

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  44. thanks Julia, I'm surprised by Bodo's pick of David being a surprise semifinalist. His post makes sense but I didn't think he would mention David without writing anything else that's annoying, like his weight.
    Grrrr this myth about David's name, I didn't know it was him!

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  45. It was a bad joke someone made on Wikipedia (see post). But Bodo was the one who made it popular by mentioning it in several of his articles. When one look at the ATP website would've been enough to find out that it was just a bad joke...

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  46. at that time, I didn't understand why so many people used the Gervasio "name" about David, when they could just check his real name on the ATP site, indeed :/ I didn't know who Pete Bodo was back in 2007, and I'm glad I didn't...
    not related but I'm going to read the articles you wrote when you started VD :)

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  47. I didn't start VD and it wasn't my idea. ;)
    I was asked to write for VD by Arizona, the original founder (who left in 2009). Anyway - VD has come a long way since June 2008... :)

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  48. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__Gp1-mSwk8

    In this video at 1:47 you will see two points of Nalbandian and Ferrer practising at IW :)

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  49. The uploader of the vid captures action of the early rounds at IW, I asked him in a message if it would be possible if he can capture some action between Nalby and Starace tomorrow :)

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  50. The two Davids united again. :)
    Thanks for the clip and also for asking about some footage of the match. So maybe we'll get to see a little bit of it, after all. :)

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  51. yaay hopefully we'll get to see a few points of David's match :)

    ah okay thanks Julia, we will soon celebrate VD's 4th anniversary hehe!

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  52. Small mistake in the draw.Tipsarevic is Serbian not Croatian :).

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  53. Not quite that small... Thanks, of course he is. Don't know what I was thinking. lol

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