It's Monday and ahead of David's first-round match at Madrid (which will take place tomorrow), it's time to have a look at the rankings and the situation after Belgrade. Having gained 90 ranking points for making the semifinal, David moves up six positions this week to #43.
But with those 995 points he now has in total, where
does he stand, in terms of his chances of qualifying for the Olympics?
As mentioned before, it's the rankings on June 11, the Monday after
Roland Garros, that will decide which players get to represent their
countries at the London Olympics. And if David wants to be among those
four players, representing Argentina, he needs to overtake at least one
of the four Argentine players, currently ranked above him. With Juan
Ignacio Chela and Carlos Berlocq as the possible candidates, who both
withdrew from Estoril last week, due to injury problems, but who will
both apparently be playing Madrid.
At the moment, David is 170 points behind Chela (#36) and 81
points behind Berlocq (#38). Until the qualifying "deadline" on June 11,
David will play the Masters events at Madrid and Rome and then Roland
Garros, without any points to defend. Whereas apart from those
tournaments, Chela and Berlocq will also play the World Team Cup.
Until June 11, Carlos Berlocq only has a total of 71 points to defend at Rome and Roland Garros.
Juan Ignacio Chela on the other hand will be defending 575 points in the
coming weeks. 90 at Rome, 125 at the World Team Cup and 360 from
reaching the quarterfinal at Roland Garros, last year.
Had he won the title at Belgrade, David would've moved ahead of Berlocq and he would've come within 10 points of Chela. But as it is, he's still not too far away from both of them.
And also because of the huge amount of points that Chela has to defend, David's quest of making it to the London Olympics is still far from over. And it won't be, even if he doesn't manage to get very far at Madrid.