Friday, June 22, 2012

Wimbledon Draw

What's going to await David at Wimbledon this year, in terms of the reactions from the crowd, well, that remains to be seen. But what's going to await him in terms of the draw was decided during today's draw ceremony.
And here's what came out of it for David. He has been drawn into the top half, bottom (i.e. Federer's) quarter, of which this is the lower half:

[11] John Isner (USA) vs Alejandro Falla (COL)
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
Igor Andreev (RUS) vs [WC] Oliver Golding (GBR)
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs [23] Andreas Seppi (ITA)

[26] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Donald Young (USA)
[Q] Inigo Cervantes (ESP) vs Flavio Cipolla (ITA)
[Q] Ryan Sweeting (USA) vs Potito Starace (ITA)
David Nalbandian (ARG) vs [8] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

A look at the complete draw you can take here.

Against his opponent in the first round, Janko Tipsarevic, David has already played twice this year. At Indian Wells, David defeated him in three sets but then lost to him in straights at Miami. Perhaps needless to say, they have never met on grass. A difficult first round for David, though it has to be said that it could've been worse.

Update
David won't be playing at Boodles today.
Edit: And apparently also not on Saturday.

(Fernando Vergara)

70 comments:

  1. fingers crossed for David! please, a good draw where I'd play and win a couple matches, please! :)
    these days he's seen by many tennis fans as the most dangerous non-seeded player in the draw, no wonder many guys will want to avoid him in 1st round :D

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    1. A lot of people seem to see David as the most dangerous of all tennis players... ;)

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    2. lol
      You know how David tends to describe things by saying "....could be good,.....is good"? Well
      Dangerous could be good :p

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  2. Don't worry Mira we know you aren't in the draw :p

    As I was reading this I spilled my coffee, in Arabic culture spilling coffee means something good is going to happen. Let's see if that would be David having a fairly good draw :D

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  3. tuned in, thanks for the link Julia!
    Camilia, fingers crossed that your spillt coffee means something good for David :p

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    1. I won't be able to listen to the draw as I have to leave now but I'll check vamosdavid for posts at traffic lights :)

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  4. noooooooooo Tipsarevic - David. Why why why a seeded tough player again :(

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  5. it's probably the biggest showdown in R1 this year... Vamos David!

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  6. Urghh soo pissed. Could win it tho

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  7. It's going to be a very difficult match...
    Still, it's not impossible. And if David can somehow manage to get past him, he'd definitely have a chance to win a couple more rounds.

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  8. Could have been a lot more worse, but of course tough. But I agree after Tipsy it wouls look good for going a bit deeper into the tournament!

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  9. I believe he can beat Tipsarevic.
    I guess they'll be scheduled on televised court, David kind of likes these big matches, let's hope he can make the most of it.

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  10. Well, I don't really know what to expect, given the circumstances.
    But I've seen Tipsarevic beating Murray at Boodles and looking in good shape.

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  11. Who could he get in the second

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  12. Ryan Sweeting or Potito Starace. Next seeded player would be Youzhny in R3. If I got it right.

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  13. That's pretty good tbh. quarters wd be fed tho.. Who would bee the 4th jus to make it clear

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  14. Very good draw for David if you ask me.Ok its a tough first round but he wont play anyone from big 4 till quarterfinals.Also i think that he has game for Tipsarevic who is not big server and thats gonna give David a lot of rhythm.On other side Janko is very fit player and he will have a better chancec in possible 5-setter

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  15. Interesting then. He could have a good run

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  16. that's why David will need to win early breaks and hold on his serve. Tipsarevic won't mind playing a long match so it's up to David to be aggressive. Coming to the net like he did at Queen's Club the whole week would be great.

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  17. Yes, Tipsa is playing well at the moment, so it's a worry. So David did draw a seed, just what we were hoping this time last week he would avoid with a good showing at Queen's, by being seeded himslef. :(

    On the other hand, it could have been a "worse" seed, and if David does manage to beat him, then he takes over the seed's position in the draw.

    They could so easily have played each other at Boodles this week! I'm glad they didn't!

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  18. I'm planning to go to Wimbledon on Monday so I'm really hoping David won't be on one of the courts you need a separate ticket for. After the Queen's fiasco, I thought Wimbledon would probably hide him away quietly on a court out in the car park somewhere, but against Tipsa surely they will put that somewhere a bit bigger.

    Hopefully it will be Court 18 which is televised, that we we can all get to see him, whether we're there or not. :)

    (Off-topic note: I'm upset to see Ferrero has drawn Nole so will be on CC, as that blows my chances of seeing another of my favourites who surely won't be around much longer. But at least that will be on tv.)

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  19. WI'm going Wimbledon Thursday and Friday, god I'm hoping I get to see him

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  20. lets put it simple
    david lives for these matches he sooner rather than later will have to prove he can beat those guys
    david wont be setteling for third round he prefers to take the challenge
    money is not why he is playing right now

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  21. And his first challenge will be be Tipsarevic in R1.

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  22. If David can beat janko hes got a massive shot, not to win but to very deep. Vamos David. Impossible is nothing. You can do it.

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  23. If he beats Janko, then his path is theoretically open until the quarters... all or nothing with this draw... BTAAAA!

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  24. Isn't it Tipsy's birthday today? Or was it yesterday? Doesn't matter he should not expect any late presents from David! I know Tipsy has been playing well but so has been David, hence Queens. David has a fair chance at beating him and it's better Tipsy than somebody else. I feel you Istabraq, poor JCF :(

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  25. Janko's been producing remarkable results these recent years and is definitely in good form right now. He's a solid server,is comfortable in all surfaces and very fit so this will be as difficult a first round as it can get. Potentially a 5 set thriller.

    Problem is and has always been David's fitness. If he can maintain that level of tennis last week,I hope his body don't give way when it gets tight in the 4th or 5th.

    Vamos!

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  26. Tough match. Wouldn't it be incredible for Nalby and Hewitt to make it to the finals and Nalby winning it 10 years later? That'd be an amazing outcome. This is why we have tennis video games... lol.

    But anyway! Yeah, I'd like to see this match on grass, and since Tipsy is [8], this match will definitely be shown on channels like ESPN2. I hope to record this and watch it. If he beats him, awesome, and if not, then I at least got to watch him play.

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  27. will be there any official stream from wimbledon?

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  28. If by that you mean via the Wimbledon website then the answer is no. Maybe there's an official streaming offer in your country. I'll be linking the "unofficial" streams.

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  29. I would say he is unlucky again with this draw. I am not saying it is a bad draw, but it would be better if he only meets Tipsarevic in R2 instead of R1. Would he have another sad R1 exit again?

    I think whoever taking the 2 sets to 1 lead will eventually win the match, so I hope Nalby will start the match very quickly (unlike what happened in Roland Garros).

    He should have been seeded had he won the Queen's tournament last week, sigh!!!

    So I can see him either losing in R1 or he could reach R4 or even QF. It would be lovely to see him playing Federer in QF...

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  30. I've mentioned it before, had he been seeded he would've been protected from meeting a seed in the first two rounds. But after that he would've met one of the Top4 in R3, due to the placement of the lowest seeds in the draw.

    With the draw as it is, he's faced with a difficult first round but still, he could've drawn anyone, including Rafa, Nole, Fed... Or Cilic - and what a fuss that would've been. (And at Wimbledon, strange things do happen, after all, Isner and Mahut are bound to meet yet again.)
    It'll be a tough match against Tipsarevic but it's neither a "controversial" match-up, nor an impossible one for David. If he can make it his reward will be the chance to go deeper. If not, well, losing to Tipsarevic in R1 is something else than losing in R1 to Ungur.

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  31. I just found that Tipsarevic has poor past records at Wimbledon, always losing in R1 or R2.

    As the defending men's champion plays on Monday, it should be Nalby will also play on Monday. Hopefully it will be the third match on Centre court.

    If he does poorly at Wimbledon, he will lose ranking points and I can imagine he will also be unseeded at US Open.

    I wonder if he should also play the grass tournament (Hall of Fame in Newport?) as a warm-up tournament for Olympics and also to win some easy ranking points.

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  32. Tipsarevic didn't get further than that the last couple of years. His best result was making R4 (twice).

    Ahead of the USO, there's still the US hardcourt events and David has hardly any points to defend at those. And he can't lose more than 80 points at Wimbledon.

    Between Wimbledon and the Olympics I'm sure that David will be heading home to take a break. Also because he'll have a packed schedule ahead of him, after London.

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  33. And David's match should be on Monday, yeah. But it surely won't take place on CC.

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  34. http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/simon-reed/nadlbandian-punished-enough-moment-madness-170142839.html

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  35. Yeah, now and then even Simon Reed writes something that makes sense. But I'd say a much bigger factor has been Murray with his statements. Since then, things have been rather quiet among the British media.
    And by now, there's also Rafa and what he said about David during this videochat, yesterday.

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    1. and Federer hasn't said anything about it?

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    2. Not as far as I know. Then again I'm not sure he has talked to the media since the final at Halle.

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  36. On youtube the accident won't be forgotten so soon probably, his most viewed videos are those showing the accident with until 3 million views. And the line judge has also made a name himself lol.

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  37. So is everybody STILL convinced that Mar del Plata was the lowest point in his career?

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  38. That's my opinion. Of course you're free to see it differently.

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    1. I respect yours and everyone's opinion about it, but THIS incident had global implications that Mar del Playa could not approach...never mind touch. At least with that he wasn't fined, threatened with suspension, or be investigated for assault. Further, making news alongside Hollywood "luminaries" as Kanye West, the Kardashians, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Logan...not to mention being a trending superstar on the social networks and having over 2000 articles covering the unique situation. You've either hit the gutter or pay dirt...can't tell just yet.

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    2. What's the big difference between David and Kanye West, the Kardashians, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan? They make this kind of news on a regular basis. Some of them don't do anything else. David is a tennis player who did something rash and stupid. The kind of thing that these days comes with the inevitable backlash via the media and especially on the internet. But as I've said before - these things don't last. And as much of a drama as people may make about it for a couple of days, in the end, all incidents like this one take the same path. They become anecdotes. As in "wasn't there this guy, this tennis player, who kicked a linesman?" - So what?

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  39. Here's a pic of David. He trained with Marcel Granollers at Wimbledon today.

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  40. thanks Julia! there's still hope that Topper has prepared something really white for David and not his rainbow shirt again haha :)

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  41. He wouldn't be allowed to wear the rainbow shirt at Wimbledon. Can't say I'm sad about it... ;)

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  42. Court 1 then. Can't wait. Pissed that I got an exam at 9 so can't get tickets for it there.. To go

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  43. Not to forget, Apart from Murray, Tipsarevic defeated Djokovic in Madrid Masters!

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  44. Tasty match, I just wish it had been third match of the day and I might have had a chance of seeing it (or some of it) on TV after work. No chance with a 1pm start :-(

    It won't be easy for David tomorrow - and no shame either if he doesn't get the job done. Everything crossed however that he does.

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    1. Down with 1pm starts! No good for people stuck at work... and no good for me with a ground pass. If it had been 3rd match on, I could probably have got a returned Court 1 ticket by then. So near, and yet so far. I'll just have to watch Pico & Leo instead.

      Vamos David and beat Tipsa, then we'll all have more chances to see you.
      (plus he needs the points!)

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  45. Yep David play tommorrow first match on Court 1.... Play starts 1 pm.... Hopefully he can win... VAMOS!

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  46. You knew Peter Bodo would have to get into the Queen's Club flap. Here's one of his fearless forecasts for Wimbledon. Tongue in cheek, I'm sure.

    David Nalbandian will be defaulted after he goes down two sets to one against Janko Tipsarevic and takes out his frustrations by tipping over the umpire's chair. A shaken Mohammed Lahyani will change jobs and become the Roland Gift impersonator in a Fine Young Cannibals tribute band.

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  47. Now, THAT I would LOOOVE to see!!! Hilarious!!!

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  48. 1 pm GMT is 4 pm my time, perfect for me. I'm sure they'll have Nole vs JCF on TV and I'll be watching David vs Tipsy on my laptop, so I'm praying for a good stream!

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  49. http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/06/Features/ATP-Statement-On-David-Nalbandian.aspx

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  50. Anonymous,
    That's certainly good news.

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  51. Kudos to the ATP - Commonsense prevails.

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    1. Question is, will it prevail with the police investigation?

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