Thursday, July 26, 2012

London Olympics - The Draws

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Update
A very busy day ahead for David on Saturday - he'll have to play both of his first-round matches on the first day of the competition (see sidebar). His "luck" continues...

One day ahead of the opening ceremony and two days ahead of the start of the Olympic tennis competiton, today the draw ceremony for the singles and doubles took place at the AELTC. And here's what came out of it for David.
In singles, he has been drawn into the top half, top quarter. And in the first round he'll get to face the same player he met in his first-round match at Wimbledon, almost exactly one month ago:

[1] Roger Federer (SUI) vs Alejandro Falla (COL)
Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
Adrian Ungur (ROU) vs Gilles Muller (LUX)
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs [14] Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

[10] John Isner (USA) vs Olivier Rochus (BEL)
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs Malek Jaziri (TUN)
Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs Philipp Petzschner (GER)*
David Nalbandian (ARG) vs [7] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

Complete draw here.

So the first round will see what's going to be already the fourth encounter between David and Janko Tipsarevic, this season. David lost his last two matches against Tipsarevic (at Wimbledon and Miami) but beat him at Indian Wells. Their overall match record: 2-2.
I'm finding it difficult to look beyond this first-round match...
*Edit: Ivo Karlovic has withdrawn due to injury, Petzschner replaces him.

In the doubles, David and Edu Schwank have been drawn against one of the top-seeded pairs in the first round (in what's the lower quarter of the bottom half):

[5] Berdych/Stepanek (CZE) vs Bracciali/Seppi (ITA)
Isner/Roddick (USA) vs Melo/Soares (BRA)
Haase/Rojer (NED) vs Paes/Vardhan (IND) 
Nalbandian/Schwank (ARG) vs [2] Tsonga/Llodra (FRA)

Complete draw here.

But perhaps the chance of meeting the Czechs ahead of the Davis Cup semifinal tie will mean some extra motivation for David & Edu.

58 comments:

  1. I cross fingers, toes and everything :-), please luck for David this time!

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  2. Yeah, a bit of luck would be nice...

    In the meantime, here's another pic of David at the Olympic Village's main dining hall.

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  3. And here's a pic of the whole Argentine tennis team, having dinner together.

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  4. Juliaaa how are you? great dinner picture of the pack,check this one as well
    yfrog.com/h0qaxrpj
    finger s crossed for the draw

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  5. LOOOL thats not the Olympics
    the hall looks the same though

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  6. It's a great pic but an old one. ;)

    I'm good, how are you?

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  7. Apparently they haven't started yet...

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  8. Ah it's a complete mess here Julia. This last week was by far the worse in one and a half year, it was a real battle outside, air-crafts and tanks were striking buildings in front of my eyes. People living in schools, mosques and National Parks, we tried to help as much as possible.
    Just Imagine the defectors of the army fighting the army. But that doesn't distracts me from David, so excited about the Olympics .

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  9. So you're still at home. I thought you might have left by now. Well, I really, really hope you'll stay safe. And your family and frieds as well. I don't really know what else to say.

    Well, maybe - hopefully - David can provide some distraction for you in the days to come. :)

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  10. btw my family are in Beirut, i refused to leave just then, i decided to stay here for now, but i haven't left the house since last thursday, have you seen cast away ? hehe but without an ocean lol
    I am cooking for my self, discovering my cooking skills, i bought a lot of food just in case.

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  11. oh Noubar hope you'll stay safe, it's getting worse there :(

    according to JuaniCeballos : Llodra-Tsonga (2) FRA vs Nalbandian-Schwank ARG
    https://twitter.com/JuaniCeballos/status/228436826380197888

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  12. No I haven't. But I hope you'll take care of yourself. And yeah, maybe discover some hidden talents. :)

    They're doing the men's doubles now. And David/Edu won't face the Bryans in R1.

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  13. But they'll face Tsonga/Llodra - not good...

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  14. yea Liodra is very experienced in doubles, great hands on the net, serve and volley style, but don't know about his history with Tsonga

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  15. Tough, but I think not without chances, because I don't know exactly how they work as a team.

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  16. tough 1st round for Edu/David. Vamos though!!

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  17. Oh no, I'm reading David cs Tipsarevic - again.

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  18. Noooo Tipsy again...

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  19. Tipsarevic / David AGAIN?!?!?
    :'( :'(

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  20. This really isn't what I was hoping for......

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  21. That can't be true... next time I wish him no luck then it might get better with draws.

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  22. Yeah, I mean, by now it does look like we're doing something wrong.

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  23. And just in case he gets past Tipsarevic, he's in Fed's quarter of the draw...

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  24. I'm wondering what David is thinking about his draw right now :'(
    Really not what we're hoping for, I feel you Julia...

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  25. How is he so unlucky, time after time? :(
    In the doubles too, although Tsonga's not so much of a doubles player. Incidentally, I thought it wzs going to be Benneteau/Llodra reunited for this - was it only changed after Julien got into the singles? Or did I have that wrong all along?

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  26. I guess it's because Benneteau didn't qualify for the Olympics. He only got into singles after Monfils withdrew.

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  27. A very bad draw for sure.
    Authorities didn't take the news well, they just responded with 5 Mega explosions in the heart of the city. great stuff

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  28. Sorry - what I meant was, I thought I saw Benne's name in the doubles (with Llodra) from the start, so I wondered if that changed after he replaced Monfils in singles. But I can't see why it should, unless he has some reason not to want to play both - unlikely, especially with it being best-of-three. I always liked watching the BenneLlod pairing.

    Anyhoo... I wonder what my chances are of seeing David on Sunday? I'll be on Centre Court, but as far as I know I can get on the outside courts, just not Court 1. I'm thinking he may have one of his first rounds on Saturday and one on Sunday (though of course he could easily play both the same day).

    One good thing for spectators is they are using a lot of the outside courts as practice courts, which should make for great viewing.

    Anyway, I can't promise any photos for VamosDavid, but I will do my best. :)
    Denise is going later on, so David needs to get past Tipsa to start with. Let's be positive - he's perfectly capable of that.

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    1. Had a look, Benneteau qualified for doubles but opted to play with Gasquet. It was Llodra with Tsonga from the start.

      Whether you'll get to see David playing singles on Sunday will depend on which half of the draw starts. If the upper half (his half) starts on Saturday, your only chance will be the doubles.

      But yeah, here's hoping that you'll be able to take some photos. :)

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  29. I agree Istabraq.I think David played great tennis with tipsarevic in Wimbledon, the only very reason he lost was that he didn't take his break points chances, which he had a lot. plus he is representing Argentina now, it's going to be differentز

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  30. Llodra & Tsonga are 2nd seeds. :(

    But am I right in thinking they take Tsonga's singles rank (any player's singles rank if it's higher than their doubles rank) to make that? So pairs with people like Federer and Djokovic are seeded even though they hardly ever play doubles.

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    1. "The seeds for the doubles are based on the combined rankings of each team, with each player using the higher of their singles and doubles world rankings."

      - it says on the ITF website. Which explains the high seedings of Nole's & Fed's teams, yeah.

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  31. Agree too, Noubar. It was a difficult time for David last time they played. Now he's had time to recover and prepare, he knows what to expect with Tipsa (is this the 4th time this year?) and most importantly, the "playing for Argentina" factor.

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  32. How's this for an omen?

    The letters I just had to type (to prove I'm not a robot)were "Dcfarg".

    Davis Cup for Argentina. :)

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    1. how weird, the letters i had to type were Dnfgm, David Nalbandian for Gold Medal, julia are you doing this ?
      lol just kidding

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  33. That settles it, it has to happen now. :)

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    1. First person who REALLY gets "Dnfgm" - let us know!!! :)

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  34. Thought I'd sleep in for the draw and maybe that would bring some luck. Geez, not Tipsy again. This will be the third time in five meetings they've been paired in the first round. And four matches this year alone is absolutely crazy. The law of averages says this shouldn't be happening. But on a positive note, David is due, having lost their last two. Noubar, it's great to hear you're OK. Stay safe and enjoy the tennis.

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  35. I'm literally speechless!

    Noubar stay safe and becareful we don't want you to die of food poisoning ;)

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  36. Just a litte question to Julia, the photo page doesn't work for me. It says "Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist", is that just me having a problem on my notebook or is there something wrong?

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  37. Thanks for pointing it out. I've "repaired" it now. Apparently, Blogger decided to change the address of the Photo Page - for no obvious reason and without me, having done anything...

    But it works again now.

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  38. Looks like the problem is bigger than I initially thought...

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  39. Thank you Julia, now it works for me! I hope it is not a too big problem...

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  40. I thought it was a problem with my laptop as usual :p Thanks for fixing it Julia :)

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  41. Well, I haven't really fixed it, just made it work for now. If it persists I'll have to think of ways of working around it...

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  42. found this from the village www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-ygRpQns3E&feature=plcp

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  43. as you said Julia, David's "luck" continues... it's really unfortunate to play 2 matches in the same day and in the 1st day :(
    I guess we'll have some streams for his singles match on Court 1, let's hope we get to watch him play the doubles too!

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    1. The doubles match is on Court 7, not a show court.
      But for the singles match there should be streams, yeah.

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  44. As I'm going on Sunday, I'm pretty disappointed. I thought David would probably play singles one day, dubs the other. Unfortunately for me, I'm also seeing every other match I can think of that I really want to see on tomorrow, so I won't have any of those to make up for not seeing David.

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    1. Sorry, I know that sounds ungrateful when I am lucky enough to have the chance to go at all. I'm just shocked that I'm not going to get ANY of the matches I particularly wanted (and that includes a lot of doubles matches) - I knew I wouldn't get all the matches on my wish list, but I thought one or two was reasonable to hope for.

      Looks like Pico is the only one from David's "team" who will be playing on Sunday, all the others are in action tomorrow.

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    2. If David wins tomorrow, he may be out on the practice courts on Sunday! :)

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    3. Yeah, what a terrible schedule... I also would've thought that you'd get to see one of his matches on Sunday. That it turned out like this, also with the other matches you were hoping to see - well, that really sucks. :(

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