Friday, August 10, 2012

Cincy Draw

(Getty Images)
It's  the last US hardcourt Masters of the season and the last tournament David is going to play ahead of the US Open/Davis Cup semifinal "double feature".
And it's also traditionally not really David's best or his favourite Masters event. Whether there's any chance of that to change this time remains to be seen.

So here's what's going to await David at Cincy next week. He has been drawn into the bottom half, and there into the upper, i.e. Andy Murray's quarter. And in case you thought that drawing Tipsarevic in the first round twice in a row was something that could only happen once in a blue moon, have a look at this:

[6] Juan Martin Del Potro vs BYE
David Nalbandian (ARG) vs Tommy Haas (GER)
[WC] Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs [Q] Ivan Dodig (CRO)*

[16] Andy Roddick vs [LL] Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs Julien Benneteau (FRA)
Jürgen Melzer (AUT) vs [WC] Sam Querrey (USA)
BYE vs [3] Andy Murray (GBR)

The complete draw you'll find here.
*John Isner has withdrawn and is replaced by a qualifier, i.e. Dodig

Update (13/08)
David, ranked #39 this week, will meet Tommy Haas on Tuesday - just like at Toronto.


So for David, it's another first-round match against Tommy Haas, who lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinal of Toronto last night. And if he gets past him this time, in the second round at least we'd get a match that hasn't happened since 2008 - David vs Delpo. But first of all, it's Tommy Haas for David. Again.

In the meantime, here it is, the Rexona Men TV commercial:

44 comments:

  1. Thanks Julia!
    I hope to hear good news this time ;)

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  2. Yeah, hopefully this time around. :)

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  3. This can't be happening - I'm reading that David has drawn Tommy Haas in the first round.

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  4. Omgg what a joke!! Official draw julia?

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  5. I hear its delpo in the second :/ shit draw yet again

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  6. Yeah, it's reaching epic proportions now.

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  7. Yeh exactly pissing us off, hope he makes a game of it against haas and this time win. We can only watch and hope

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  8. How can one person draw so much bad luck! If this is a joke I'm not laughing :(

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  9. Ok... Do you agree that it's time to call an exorcist?.. Come on!!! I know he doesn't have a good ranking, but this?! Again?! No way... The are more chances of winning the lotery that the draw he is getting since Wimbledon. He got better draws with worst ranking at the beggining of the year..
    Sorry, I'm calling a priest for the USOpen

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  10. It's photoshopped ! :P Nalbandian looks so slim! look at him at 0.21 and his shirtless at the end. slimmer than Djokovic! :P

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    1. If this picture is true, then some big trouble.
      Muscles anywhere?
      (Julia from Hungary)

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    2. What I find more worrying is to think of the last time David did a "hero commercial" and how well that turned out in the end...
      (Julia from Germany) ;)

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  11. After such a period, can only be better next year.
    Do not stop! So do not!
    (Julia from Hungary)

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  12. Not so promising. he has to play much better. His slimmer but he is not moving better i think.Another hungarian fun welcome!

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  13. This is absolutely ridiculous. I'm wondering if any of the betting sites take wagers on predicting draws. All any of us would have to do is place bets on all of about 3 or 4 players and know David is going to draw one of them. Crazy. I think the "conspiracy theory" you mentioned a while back, Julia, is playing out.

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    1. Well, I guess by now you couldn't really blame David for thinking it's some sort of conspiracy against him...

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  14. Julia from Hungary welcome:)

    Julia from Germany ;) and John, I can only imagine how David is feeling right now. I'm feeling like "Can this year end already" but then I think what if he decides not to come back next year. I've been saying next time he'll have a better draw, he'll have better luck but it never happened, so this time I'm gonna stop keeping my hopes up.

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    1. Just when it comes to luck with draws, I hope and not in general. :)

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    2. lol Yah just the draws :) I had some bad luck myself since I arrived. I'm trying to keep my hopes up, I'm thinking once I get the apartment all my problems will be solved.

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  15. err its so tough for him to deal with it its crazy.
    just hope he ups his game a bit times running out

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  16. Thanks for the greetings.
    I also welcome all the good will!

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  17. just found out about David's Cincy 1st round, it's a joke, right? :(
    bad luck.. until when?? :(
    Even the Rexona commercial doesn't soothe me... lol

    and welcom Julia from Hungary :)

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  18. I didn't get to see him play today as I left a little early but David practiced twice today, in the morning with Kei Nishikori who he beat here last year, and then again at 4pm against Pablo Andujar. Tomorrow I will be able to judge his level of play as I will be at the tournament all day.....more to come

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  19. Have fun and we'll be waiting for your report ;)

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  20. David's bad luck draw began after the Queens, I think this is all the curse of the linesman :D

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  21. If there is something like a curse then it started already before the QC match...

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    1. I think Queen's was about the only decent draw he's had all year - plus he had some luck with Tsonga & Murray going out early. It seems fair enough to expect something like that once or twice a year.

      And then it all went horribly wrong. He was playing really well that week, he could have had a title to boost his confidence going into Wimbledon (a runner-up at worst, knowing he'd played well) and somehow what should have been the best week turned into something worse than anything David or any of us could have imagined.

      He really does seem cursed just now. :(

      I'm just hoping his luck changes for the better in the DC semi-final, whatever happens in the US Open. If that goes well it could make all the difference to David. If not...

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    2. He was playing well that week but he still wasn't exactly a happy camper. As evidenced by the point penalty he got in the R3 match (something that also doesn't happen on a regular basis with David). I think there was a much longer build-up to the QC disaster, it didn't happen out of nowhere.

      In DC, he'll play doubles, I guess that much is certain. But whether in his current form he'll get to "play a leading role" (as he put it in the last interview) in DC, well, I'm not so sure.

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  22. i think this final draw here sums up the "luck" david had during his career.
    its just outrageous at the very least.
    i am shocked that i am not shocked anymore from these things
    david should fill the lottery
    what i do hope is that he can beat him this time i dont recall a period worse than this in davids career
    even at his worst times i had more hope and he played better than today

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  23. His last matches were not that bad. I've seen far worse from him. It's just that the situation is a different one, this time. And that's what's worrying.

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  24. Well, the problem is his ranking and his age.. but I think he had worst matches before the match against Berdych in Madryd 2007... Then, he was losing against players ranked 90 or worst. Then he was top 25, and Berdych was giving him a lesson of tennis when, suddenly, THE David we know got back and started to play at his best. I never know what happened to him then, because all changed in less than one minute, whe he went to serve. Don't know if he got pissed, reached the bottom or whatever, but he was playing horribly then. He got better draw because his ranking then, but was going down fast and hard.
    He is not playing that bad now, except the serve. In RG he was ill, with fever and cramps. Now, he's having a really bad luck with the draws and also, I think, lack of confidence because he's not winning.
    Guillermina

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    1. Yeah, as I wrote in my post about the Haas match at Toronto, I think confidence is what needs most of all.
      What's different this time, compared to other rough patches he's been through before is the possibility of retirement at the end of the year. And I'd feel more optimistic about that if it looked like he's enjoying himself on court. I don't really think he is right now and for that to change he needs to win matches.

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  25. Today I managed to get a ball the David hit off the court and I got my picture taken with him. He played for an hour with Charly Berlocq and then he jumped over the fence to the next court where he played Andreas Seppi. In all he played a tough 2 hours of practice where his game looked pretty solid. His serve wasn't great but it was a lot better than it was last year at this time. So far I haven't seen Juan Martin but I did manage to watch Juan Monaco practice with David Ferrer. I'll continue to keep you guys posted asap....Vamos!

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  26. Sounds like you're having a great time at Cincy. :) And thank you for updating us live from the practice courts, where David is doing double-shifts (as they like to put it on the official site). ;)
    Yeah, his serve at this time last year... Don't remind me. It was much worse than it is now. Anyway, looking forward to hearing more from you. :)

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  27. thank you Hardesky! hope to see some photos taken from his practice sessions and his upcoming match :)
    Looking forward to his match and hopefully he can get out of this vicious circle of bad luck/draw/losses... at least for the 1st round, vamos! :)

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  28. Thanks for the inside info, Hardesky. I too hope you will have some photos to share with us. :)

    I'm very envious of you, having your photo taken with David. Denise and I were hoping David might pose for our cameras at Boodles - as he did for me last year - but another unfortunate legacy of the Queen's fiasco was that David didn't wander around the place relaxed this year, and he was shepherded on and off the match court in quite a hurry. So even though we watched him practise too, he didn't give the same "approachable" vibe I got from him a year ago.

    At least he looked as though he enjoyed his match there with Almagro, and the spectators were nice to him. :)

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  29. Thanks for your input, Hardesky. I think it's John, isn't it? Great that you could get up close and personal. Are you a Reds fan, too, by chance?

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  30. According to the practice court schedule (Cincy is one of the very few events that publish them), David will train with Gilles Simon today. Aww... :)

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    1. Oh sounds great :) and we know how much Gilles likes David, it should be fun to watch :)

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    2. And a bit of a "self-help group" - Simon lost to Haas in R2, last week...

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  31. Daivd only played a single session today with Gilles Simon like you said. It looks like the two are pretty decent friends. It was sprinkling rain as they took to the courts so they waited for about 15 minutes before they hit. They both looked to be in good form and Tommy Haas came on to practice at the court right after David to which they looked to be freinds as well. They both laughed about having to play each other again tomorrow where they are first up on the Grandstand. I managed to get David's autograph after he tried to climb back around all the courts and sneek off behing the Midwest Tennis Shop :) but in general he doesn't really seem to like giving his fans a whole lot of attention....I'll try to load some pictures up from the tournament when I get back home and I'll keep you posted about tomorrows match which I will of course be watching.

    If you guys want to know about how anyone else is doing let me know because I go around and make sure to watch everyone. Lleyton Hewitt and Del Potro arrived and practiced today but no signs of Djokovic yet.

    And yes John it is John Hardesky I cut out the John so people don't mix us up :)

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  32. Well, "friend" seems to be a term David reserves for Argentine and Spanish players. But yeah, he and Simon seem to get along pretty well. :) And it's nice to hear that David and Tommy Haas shared a laugh about the draw. Though whether David was happy to learn that they'll play at 11am - probably not... ;)
    I think whether he's willing to deal with his fans depends on the event and his mood. At an exho like Boodles for example, he can be much more approachable. In Bamberg, playing DC, that also wasn't really the case.
    Anyway, thanks again. And I'll be interested to hear about your first-hand impressions of the match.

    As for your photos - it would be great if you could upload some. If you want them up on the Photo Page, just send me an email, or you could link them. Up to you. :)

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