Saturday, May 12, 2012

Rome Draw

Update (13/05)
David will play his first-round match against Albert Ramos, the top seed of the qualifying event (and currently ranked above David, at #39) tomorrow. It's going to be their first encounter.


Most of the time, draw ceremonies are held at the tournament venue. Today's ceremony for the Rome Masters, however, took place at one of the most famous and popular tourist sites of the city, the Piazza di Spagna. And here's what came out of it for David.
He has been drawn into the bottom half, where he finds himself in Andy Murray's quarter, which looks like this:

[6] David Ferrer (ESP) vs BYE
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
[Q] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs Pablo Andujar (ESP)
Donald Young (USA) vs [11] Gilles Simon (FRA)

[16] Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs Jürgen Melzer (AUT)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs [WC] Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)
[Q] Albert Ramos (ESP) vs David Nalbandian (ARG)
BYE vs [4] Andy Murray (GBR)

The complete draw you'll find here.

So who's going to be David's opponent in the first round has yet to be decided (the final round of qualifying takes place tomorrow). But in the second round, David is bound to face someone he has already met several times before, fourth seed Andy Murray. Four out of their six meetings so far (match record 4-2 for Murray) took place at Masters events. But if they now also get to meet at Rome, it's going to be their first ever encounter on clay.

(tennisitaliano.it)

27 comments:

  1. Oh please dear tennis good, please a good draw :-)! Fingers are crossed...

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  2. Yep. :)
    Draw ceremony about to begin at the Piazza di Spagna. Nice choice by the organisers.

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  3. Very nice location indeed! Very beautiful, I wouldn't mind to be in Rome now :-)

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  4. Yeah, me neither. Been too long since I last went.

    So they're doing this in style. Now all we need is a good draw for David...

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  5. Federer in Nole's half, Murray in Rafa's is all I've seen so far.

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  6. Ok, good to know, but we have probably to wait until the whole thing is out to get to know where David is... fingers still crossed...

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  7. Yeah, looks like it...
    It's been so long since David last played Rome, I can't even remember how fast or slow they usually are with putting up the draw.

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  8. David gets a qualifier in the first round... and then Murray in the second.

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  9. Oh... ok it is not Rafito but it could have been easier... hmmm

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  10. David's streak of drawing one of the top four seeds in the second round continues...

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  11. Sadly yes... Andy didn't play Madrid perhaps he is a bit rusty and David has its chance.

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  12. Rumour has it that Murray skipped Madrid on purpose to avoid the crappy courts. Don't know if that's true. But in any case, not exactly the kind of draw I was hoping for...

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  13. I would think the same about Andy and skipping Madrid, at least I can imagine that scenario very well, but still I'm hoping that he might be a bit rusty (not that realistic, I know but the optimist in me is hoping ;-).

    But I agree that this draw isn't what David and we were hoping for. No luck again this time...

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  14. ouch ouch. Murray is certainly the Top8 player who is the best prepared for Rome. It'll be a tough match for David.
    It'll be interesting to follow the part of the draw where Chela and Berlocq are :)

    4 years... time flies so fast :/

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  15. As far as I've seen, Berlocq gets a qualifier and then Federer in R2. Chela plays Stepanek first, then possibly Pico and Nole in R3.

    Gosh, they're really taking ages to get the draw online...

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  16. If Murray doesn't serve good David could have a chance

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  17. I know draws are supposed to be random, but in David's case it sure doesn't seem that way. Drawing one of the Top 4 in the 2nd round all the time is ridiculous. Don't know what to make of Murray lately. He seems to be a bit of an enigma this year. I think David may have a chance to sneak by him. Hope springs eternal.

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  18. Yeah, it's becoming a tradition with David...
    In any case, Murray has spent the week in Rome, getting ready for this tournament instead of slipping and sliding around on the blue clay of Madrid.
    But first of all we'll have to see which qualifier David is going to get in the first round.

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  19. I think nalby is a much better Claycourt player than Murray.He can beat him but he needs to find a little bit of form.Probably murray will use the same tactic as Seppi used in Belgrade against David.First he must win Round 1

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  20. Its going to be tough theres no doubt about it. I think hes got a shot at murray because murray isnt on his best form this season. Having said that, murray has been training the past week in Rome so probs will be in good shape. First he needs to concentrate on the qualifier. Come on David!

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  21. why is everyone speaking about a match between david and andy ? the q draw is really good in rome, so even the first round is probbaly going to be really though for david... but yeah i really hope the best for him and he can improve his game...............VAMOS DAVID

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  22. This might work out for David. Indeed qualifiers should not be taken lightly but I feel that David is playing well overall so he should pull through. He definitely has a shot versus Murray. Murray is the type of player who can fall off mentally. As long as David holds his serve, he could breakdown Murray's game. I hope David can break into the top 25 this year!!!

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  23. we all know David will have to play a qualifier in 1st round and that he has to beat him first but since we still don't know who he is, it's normal to think about the next round against Murray. It's not about underestimating his first opponent.
    Speaking of 1st round, it could've been worse for David, having a look at the draw, when you see 1st rounds like Cilic/Almagro, Verdasco/Dolgopolov, etc.. we can be hopeful that David gets a qualifier in his 1st match and not a youngster like Raonic/Dolgo, or even a seeded player who don't get a bye, etc... though we don't know who that is and the qualies' draw is good this year.
    So again, I think it's normal to think about Murray even if 1st round has not been played yet.

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  24. the order of play is out, David plays tomorrow 3rd match on Pietrangelli court. Hope there'll be a stream :)
    http://www.atpworldtour.com/Scores/schedule.aspx?EventId=416
    (and they still didn't put the qualifier's name! lol)

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  25. yaay thanks Julia! Good luck David!! :)

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  26. Karlovic,Raonic and Anderson have already lost in Rome!It is not going to be about big serves this week Thats for sure. Ramos is not easy opponent i saw him playing really well this year.

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  27. I am praying he will start the match quickly and win it in straight sets. I just want to see him winning at least 1 more match before Roland Garros...

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