Friday, May 25, 2012

Roland Garros Draw

(Getty Images)
Four years after David's last appearance, today finally a draw for Roland Garros was made with David's name once again in it. Unseeded, he could've faced anybody in the first round, including Rafael Nadal. And he got lucky with his first-round opponent - but not so much with the second round...
David has been drawn into the top half and there into the bottom, that is to say Roger Federer's quarter, the upper half of which looks like this:

[3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs Tobias Kamke (GER)
Adrian Ungur (ROU) vs David Nalbandian (ARG)
Frank Dancevic (CAN) vs Martin Klizan (SVK)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs [26] Andy Roddick (USA)

[23] Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs [Q] David Goffin (BEL)
[W] Arnaud Clement (FRA) vs Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)
Karol Beck (SVK) vs Lukasz Kubot (POL)
[Q] Florent Serra (FRA) vs [15] Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

A look at the complete draw you can take here.

Against his first-round opponent Adrian Ungur (currently #91), David has played before - on clay and best-of-five in what was probably his most dramatic match of the last season, during last year's Davis Cup first-round tie against Romania. Back then, an injured David beat Ungur in four sets.
In the second round, however, Roger Federer awaits...

David has won the last match of the Masters Guinot Mary Cohr exhibition. In the "battle of the captains", he beat Julien Benneteau 6-2, 6-2.
Edit: More photos now on the Photo Page.

(event website)


  1. Fingers crossed for David!

  2. Keeping everything crossed!!!

  3. Yep. :)

    Let's see if their "live coverage" of the draw works, this time...

  4. I hope the "live draw" on their FB page works for you guys.

    I can read "something went wrong" and tried to refresh the page but still... :(

  5. Same here, it doesn't work for me...

  6. Yeah, had the same here. Refreshed a couple of times and then it went back to the draw graphics.

    The ceremony hasn't started yet, by the way. Still a couple of minutes.

  7. They're starting the women's draw now.
    I'm still not sure how and if this is going to work...

  8. Looks like it doesn't. Quelle surprise...

  9. Replies
    1. A new edition of last year's DC drama match, I might add.

    2. okay, thanks Julia!
      can't wait to see his full quarter.

  10. same here :( it would've been too good to be true lol
    thousands and thousands of people connected to the same facebook page, tough times for their app haha.

    at least, the women's draw is already up on the FB page, so I hope it'll be as fast for the men :)

  11. Ungur in the first round :)

  12. Oh no.....
    Federer in the second.

  13. FFS when i saw that on twitter i was fuming, ffssss

  14. Noooooooooo :( :(
    such a bad luck for David :(

    (other tennis fans are delighted already...)

    nooooooo :(

  15. Oh man :( fuck this shit.....

  16. I just saw the news about Federer in R2. :( :( :(
    So unlucky.

  17. I'm going to Roland Garros Thursday to Saturday next week. That's one day of 2nd rounds and both days of 3rd rounds. Looks like I might miss David. :(

  18. let's hope David/Ungur won't be a remake of their DC match.
    Fingers crossed that David will win his match AND remain as fit as possible.
    And then... Federer.. at least they'll play on a televised court and we know David likes to play against the best players no matter what is the outcome :)

  19. Yeah Im actually looking foreward to it. If Davids fresh, he will be playing some brilliant tennis hopefully

  20. Yes, good point Mira, it will be on tv. :)
    I leave for Paris on Wednesday evening, so I'll have to record it. Second rounds are played Wednesday and Thursday (if no hold-ups), so if that half plays second I might get David's 2nd round - if it was on the right show court.
    But whenever I've been before, Rafa's half plays second, so I think I will miss David by a day - unless of course he can beat Mr F.

  21. Very bad draw - it would be great if he could play Roddick in R2 and he will win easily. I actually hoped Nalby could win 2 matches...

    But I hope he would win just 1 match, and give a challenge to Federer. It would be a HUGE HUGE upset if he could beat Federer (who is unbeaten before QFs in slams for like 7-8 years?).

    If he loses in R2, then he needs to even win more matches (e.g., QF) in the grass-court warm-up tournament, or he will also be unseeded for Wimbledon, big sigh!!!

  22. Yes, being unseeded has not been kind to him lately, has it? :(

  23. I hope he can play a good match against federer but a win against him.... No i don't think so.... But its probbaly on tv and centre court, so im looking forward to that :)

  24. If it's on Philippe Chatrier on Thursday I will get photos. :)
    But I'm not counting on it.

  25. Istabraq, hope you'll get to watch David on Thursday, fingers crossed for the schedule :)

    meanwhile at the exho, good win for David over Benneteau, thank you for the pics Julia! very nice weather in Paris, I hope it'll remain the same for the next 2 weeks.

    I'm wondering if David is the kind of player who looks at the draw or just wait for his match-after-match schedule..

  26. Looks like the upper half of the draw will start again. But not confirmed yet.

    By the way, David got the smaller trophy because his team, the red one, lost in the end (Pico and Clement, who replaced Ferrero, lost their matches today).

    I guess David will know that he's bound to meet Fed in R2. Not sure whether he looks beyond that round. I don't, really...