Friday, August 17, 2012

Winston-Salem Draw

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After a long wait for David's wildcard to be officially confirmed and then a bit of chaos about the seeding, here it is, David's draw for Winston-Salem. He is seeded, 14th, and gets a bye in the first round. And he has been drawn into the bottom half, into Alexandr Dolgopolov's quarter:

[7] Sam Querrey (USA) vs BYE
Santiago Giraldo (COL) vs Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Donald Young (USA) vs Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
BYE vs [9] Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
[14 WC] David Nalbandian (ARG) vs BYE
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs Robin Haase (NED)
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs Lukas Lacko (SVK)
BYE vs [4] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)

The complete draw you can view here.

So David will play his first match, in the second round, either against an "old acquaintance" or against someone, who has so far only admired his game from afar. Nikolay Davydenko (currently #50) David has already faced a dozen times, including matches at Masters events, Slams and in Davis Cup (match record: 7-5 for David). Davydenko was forced to retire at Cincy this week, due to shoulder problems. What this means for his appearance at this event remains to be seen. Against Robin Haase (#44)  on the other hand, David has never played before. But a year ago, at Winston-Salem actually, Haase still named him as one of his three toughest opponents in this video for the ATP site, saying that for him, David is one of the greatest players ever.
In the third round, David would be bound to meet the fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov (#16), who seems to have been struggling a little since winning the title at Washington, with first-round exits at Toronto and Cincy (where he only got two games against Davydenko). It would be David's first meeting with Dolgopolov.
But first of all, we'll see who David's first opponent is going to be.

48 comments:

  1. that's good news for David, just confirmed by Winston-Salem official account :) https://twitter.com/WSOpen/status/236435649157271553
    Let's hope (again) for a bit of luck for the draw and may David be able to play a couple matches there, fingers crossed! :)

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  2. Yeah, I just edited the post and added a link to the article. :)

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  3. Oh, please let him have a sensible non-cursed draw! For once.

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  4. Playing someone he hasn't met before this year (or ever) would be nice.

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  5. Nalbandian should play some smaller tournamements as well.

    It gives him more oppertunity to rise in the rankings.

    After that he will automaticly get a better draw.

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  6. That's exactly what he's going to do now. And after the USO, there won't be that many big tournaments left.

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  7. Great news on the wildcard at Winston-Salem. Let's see, no Tipsy or Haas, so that's good. Isner? You don't suppose, do you? Hope not. This is definitely going to be a fingers crossed draw.

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    1. Yeah, please not Isner again... lol

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  8. I've a doubt! Did they renamed New Haven into winsten-salem?? :')
    I couldn't see New haven in ATP tournament list.

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  9. I don't know if Winston-Salem bought the license from New Haven. But it's a different event.

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    1. Just came to know they relocated the tournament from New Haven to winston salem in 2011. It's the same tournament - thnks

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    2. The ATP treats them as two separate events.

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  10. Let's see, we should make a poll, because (bad luck or the ATP taking revenge) his draws suck lately so... who do you think he'll get? Tsonga, Isner or Roddick? (if we don't take this with humor, we're going to explode)

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  11. Please not Tsonga! Not Isner on his home turf... Roddick wouldn't be as bad as the others. How about a nice qualifier? Uh-oh... a qualifier will have had as much match practice in the last couple of days (and on the right courts) as David in the last two months. Gone off that idea!

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  12. Tsonga needed stitches after his accident with a hydrant and had to pull out of Toronto and Cincy. Not sure how he'll do next week. Same goes for Roddick, who's having back problems. Isner on the other hand would be a "perfect fit"...
    Nah, he'll get someone new this time. :)

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  13. Hasn't Isner got a bad back too? That settles it - it won't be any of them. It will be that qualifier. The one who's on a roll... :0

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  14. I don't know - does he? Well, how about a QC memorial double feature with Roger-Vasselin and then Malisse in consecutive rounds? Would be possible, they're both playing (Dimitrov has withdrawn, though). Or an all-Argentine match against Charly or Leo Mayer. Or maybe good old Marcos Baghdatis.
    The qualies entry list won't be released before the draw so no names I can offer, there.

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  15. last couple of comments made me laugh, am having really bad days since last week, hope Winston Salem distracts me a bit.

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  16. LOL same. So glad hes playing tho, shows his desire to improve and get more games under his belt. Really hoping for an easier draw but these days with david, an easy draw is once in a blue moon. Anw just not any of the top seeds, he needs a little run.

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  17. I read that David will be the 14th seed,maybe its wrong, i dont know

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  18. Actually, it's right, David will be seeded. I had it from Fue Buena that he wouldn't be and thought there would only be eight seeds. But it's sixteen, after all and 14 seems right, as far as I can see. :)

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  19. Gosh, I really should've checked... Thanks for pointing it out.

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    1. Dont worry,its a detail, anyway, lets hope that David can finally win some matches.

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    2. At least it's good news. ;)
      And yeah, let's hope he does.

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  20. And it looks like he'll also get a bye in the first round.

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    1. The website says there's a field of 48 players. That's like the Rogers Cup so David should have a bye in the 1st round. Quite a huge field for a 250.

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    2. Yeah, I had a look at last year's draw and it's 16 seeds with 16 byes. Didn't think it was that big a field, myself.

      And now - the waiting game again. Looked promising at first but they haven't tweeted anything since informing us about the top four seeds. And I totally forgot about Berdych, by the way, who's also going to be there.

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  21. At least we know that there's one player in the draw, who'd love to finally get a chance to play against David - Robin Haase.

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    1. I can't remember what the deal with Haase is.

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    2. That was about the clip I linked in this post. He's a fellow David fan. :)

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  22. So much for the draw ceremony. So now let's see how long it'll take them to get the draw online...

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  23. Okay, that was quick and it is: David vs either Davydenko - or Robin Haase in R2, R3 vs Dolgopolov (by seeding). Update coming up.

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  24. Davydenko retired from his match yesterday in Cincinnati - so is he fit to play? Could be Haase or a qualifier or lucky loser, maybe?

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  25. He hasn't withdrawn so I guess he thinks he's fit to play. Whether he really is, I don't know.

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  26. It doesn't look like an evil draw! :) Let's hope the jinx is broken.

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  27. I wanted David to be drawn against Donald Young. ;) Leo has drawn him. And poor Charly has drawn the qualifier-on-a-roll. ;)

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  28. Kolya dropped the 1st set to Nole 6-0 and then retired. He's not a quitter, so you have to think maybe something is wrong. Guess we'll see. Not a bad draw, finally.

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  29. Did anyone see the match to know what happened with Kolya? On the drawsheet where it usually gives a reason for a retirement, it's still blank against his name. I like him - I hope it's nothing serious.

    (Not to suggest I hope serious things happen to players I'm not so keen on.) :0

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  30. I read it was shoulder problems and that he couldn't serve.

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  31. Oh Poor Davydenko... so I guess he won't make it in Winston-Salem?
    Robin Haase could be interesting, I hope David knows he's a fan so he can impress him lol

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  32. Edu Schwank has tweeted something about playing doubles with David and I think he's talking about the US Open, not DC.

    If that's right, it sounds as though David is thinking more about preparing for DC doubles than expecting/hoping to go deep into the tournament in singles.

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  33. Edu's tweet was about having pulled out of the singles qualies for the USO due to some undefined small physical problem. But he assures everyone that he'll be "fine for playing doubles with David".
    The doubles entry list for the USO came out last night and David and Edu are on it. And yeah, it says something about David's priorities - DC ahead of everything else. Still, it's really been a long time since he last played doubles at a Slam. I guess the Olympics are to blame.

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  34. Im acc lookin foreward to this week. The draws okay for him so he should have a good go. And yeh the doubles matter does show he cares more about the davis cup but that is nothing new.. been like that all the time

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