Thursday, August 23, 2012

US Open Draw

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It's the fourth and final Slam of the season and it could turn out to be the last. But in any case, this year's edition of the US Open, the eleventh for David since his debut in 2001, will see him playing both singles and the doubles, together with Edu Schwank. The draw for the doubles won't be available until Sunday but the singles draw ceremony took place today.
And here's what came out of it.

David has been drawn into the bottom half and there into the bottom, i.e. Novak Djokovic's quarter. Though actually, it should be known as the Argentine quarter of the draw. For it not only includes David but also Leonardo Mayer, Charly Berlocq and Pico, as well as David's opponent in the first round:

[7] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) vs David Nalbandian (ARG)
Benjamin Becker (GER) vs Ryan Harrison (USA)
Lukasz Kubot (POL) vs Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Tommy Robredo (ESP) vs [26] Andreas Seppi (ITA)
[20] Andy Roddick (USA) vs [Q] Rhyne Williams (USA)
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS)
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [10] Juan Monaco (ARG)

[14] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs Jesse Levine (USA)
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs [Q] Matthias bachinger (GER)
Steve Darcis (BEL) vs Malek Jaziri (TUN)
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [18] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
[31] Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Olivier Rochus (BEL)
[WC] Dennis Novikov (USA) vs Jerzy Janowicz (POL)
Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) vs [Q] Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS)
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs [2] Novak Djokovic (SRB)

Complete draw here.

Update (25/08)
The upper half of the draw will begin on Monday, which means that David's match will take place on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

So David will be up against Delpo - a match-up that hasn't happened since the autumn of 2008. Their four previous encounters have one thing in common, they all took place indoors. Three of them in a row during the indoor swing in 2008. The match record stands at 3-1 for David. But it's been a while.
In three weeks' time they'll be teammates in the Davis Cup semifinal. In a couple of days they'll be opponents in the first round. In a match that will receive a lot of attention and that will certainly take place on one of the big courts. Whether David is ready for this kind of match, we'll see.

62 comments:

  1. Good luck David!!! Hope he'll get another two makeable rounds this year, fingers crossed! (though we can expect anything and anyone... luck needed more than ever lol)

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  2. Yeah, more than ever...
    He's had relatively decent draws at the USO the last few years. Hopefully a tradition that will continue today. :)

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  3. oh nooooo :( the US open live stream won't load on my screen :(
    following via Twitter and hopefully get some news soon :)

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  4. So once more I keep everything crossed that he gets a draw as good and easy as possible! :-)

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  5. oh it's loading and working... for now... sorry to flood I'm so nervous :( lol

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  6. Looks like David will be in the bottom half. Can't see him in the top half.

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  7. I think he has drawn Delpo in the first round.

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  8. just read the tweets about it. Damn :( :( :(

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  9. Damn, I can't believe it. Just saw it on the board.

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  10. Yeah, it has to be seen to be believed...

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  11. Although I read it is not clear if Delpo really plays because of his injury. So it is not sure...

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  12. The latest I've seen was that he's optimistic about playing. And I mean, we do want him to be fit for DC.

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  13. I don't expect DelPo to pull out of the draw though...
    I still can't believe it but we have to get prepared to this match...

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  14. Yes, of course, don't get me wrong, I want him to be fit for DC (so I'm mostly worried).Yesterday I read an article and they wrote it wasn't sure if he can play, but maybe that was not the most actual information.

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    1. I've been keeping an eye on Delpo via the Argie press. And he's been telling them that he thinks he can play. What a first round... Still can't believe it.

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    2. Ok, thank you, then it was old news.
      Yes, it is unbelievable!

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    3. And I didn't mean to imply you were wishing him ill. ;) It's just the constellation. Opponents now at the USO, then teammates in DC...

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    4. I agree, that is unbelievable... I know I repeat myself but but but I'm almost speechles! That can't be true...
      (I wanted to say it more clearly how I mean it not that a Delpo fan reads it and understands it wrong)

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  15. At least the commies said David could push Delpo.

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  16. Their word in every available higher power's ear.

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  17. Vamos David!! I don't know, maybe the thought of playing his last grand Slam can really motivate him, especially against a fellow countryman, chances are that they play on Central Court or a big court!
    Let's do this David!

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  18. whoever cursed david this season is just getting started
    what i do know is that david will give everything against delpo
    i have a feeling he will be at his best

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  19. i wish delpo to lose
    i want only david to win
    davis cup is irrelevant now whats important is david playing well so he could play another season

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  20. That's your opinion. David's is a different one. As evidenced by the fact that he's also playing doubles at the USO.

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  21. Incredible draw, such a pisstake. Hope delpos got something wrong with him tho, not tht bad to miss dc :D Vamoss daviddd, we'll be ready, BIG GAME

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  22. I think it must take place on CC, Del Potro is the #7 seed and the 2009 champion, and probably the strongest 1st round match in the tournament.

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  23. Yeh i think it will be

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  24. Can anyone get me nalbandian picture with himself and his racket only showing everything else cropped coz im gunna get a customised shirt of him! Thanks for help

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  25. Julia, a curious question, in the previous post, you mentioned that you had a "first favourite player", which one was it?

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    1. My childhood idol and the reason I started following tennis - Boris Becker. :)

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    2. surprising
      because there is no style of play connection between them
      but so as mine was sampras

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    3. aha, interesting player, didnt get to see it much live, because i was little, but i saw some videos, a man with a strong personality.

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    4. On court he was just amazing... I mean, I'm part of the generation that grew up with Becker, here in Germany. With the whole country going crazy about him.
      But how and why he also came to be David's childhood idol, that's maybe the more interesting question. :)

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  26. So I come back home to this? Ok I choose to believe this is not his last slam cuz if it is, this sucks big time

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  27. Yeah, it does have something of a really bad joke...

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  28. The draw is indeed bad, but this is exactly the type of match he needs to post a huge upset, have the confidence and self-belief back. If he keeps losing to Tipsarevic/Haas/Del Potro/etc., and could only beat weak players in the #40-#100 range, I guess there is no reason for him to continue.

    If Haas could climb up all the way back (from outside top 200 to top20 and is 4 years older than Nalby) and his injury was as serious (or even more?) as Nalby, then I don't see why Nalby can't at least return to top 20.

    We can see how focused, determined and motivated Haas is. He is quite strong mentally and physically these days. Most importantly, he is having fun and enjoying himself.

    But I dont see attributes happening to Nalby after Indian Wells. He just occasionally did fantastically in few tournaments this year (Indian Wells, Queens), and this is not enough to be a top20 or even top30 player anymore.

    It is indeed a sad ending to his career, but unfortunately we need to accept the reality. At least I hope he could have good results in the +-3-4 Euro indoor tournaments, and win a last tournament (e.g., the weak Moscow 250 tournament).

    Sometimes I really wonder if he should spend 3 months playing challenger tournaments...

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    1. There's going to be a lot at stake in this match. Winning it would be an enormous boost. Losing it could be devastating.
      Haas has suffered a great deal more than David, that's true. But even during those years where he hardly played (or not at all) he always maintained that he'd come back. Displaying the same enthusiasm or obsession with tennis that has also made Hewitt come back time and time again. But David isn't like that. And apart from a brief intermezzo (when he won Washington) he has always said that he'd play until 30 and then he'd decide whether to go on. And that's where we are now.
      A sad ending to his career - why? I mean, how many players retire while they're still right at the top of their game?
      The indoor swing is three weeks this year. Last season, he skipped Paris (would have, also without the Stockholm injury). What his indoor schedule will look like is also going to depend on whether Argentina makes the DC final.
      As for David playing Challengers, I think that's about as likely to happen as him, skipping DC...

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    2. I agree with you 100 percent on the stake of the game, which is incredibly high atm in the circumstances and the chances of him playing challengers LOL. But tbh with u its right, he did say 30 but at one point he said if hes fit with no injuries he'll carry on, but this year at the start he changed it to if he feels the desire and passion to continue. Thats why he needs to have an amazing end of season, to maybe get him more upbeat and motivated. The next few months is bigger than ever. But then again theres the question does he stop if he wins DC? Its really all about what hes thinking in the mind. I love watching him every game, win or lose, hope he continues

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    3. Why do you think it changed from being about his health to being about his desire to go on playing? As I wrote in a post on the subject, I think he always had this belief that as soon as he managed to stay healthy, everything would be great again and the way it was before hip surgery. But that hasn't happened. That's why I think he wasn't happy with this season, already before the QC final. And since then, it's been getting worse.
      If you look at the matches he has played since that final, do you recall any signs of a positive attitude, body language, fist pumps, a shouted "vamos" maybe? No, nothing. Neither when he beat Haase, nor when he won that incredible tiebreak against Haas in Toronto. As I wrote in the post before this one, he doesn't look like he's enjoying himself on court. The victory over Haase hasn't changed that. A victory over Delpo might. But a loss could make things even worse.
      As for DC, if they were to win it this year, I'm fairly certain that he'd retire. And it would be the best possible end. But even if they don't make it, I'm really not sure he'll go on playing.

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    4. Yehh true about that he thought this season was gunna be great and I think up to queens club it was okay.. Not great backin the day in 2005/6/7 but also he did have his moments.. Good body language tsonga game? Nadal after he won first set? But I understand he hasn't done it much at all. Exactly, this match vs delpo will be so key. Yeh I was thinking that about dc as well

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    5. It was a decent season up until the QC final but it was not significantly better than the previous two, where he was injured all the time. And that's the whole point, I think. The positive attitude was still there at Indian Wells. It began to fade after that. But since the QC final it has disappeared completely.

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    6. Yeh true true, its a shame really that it didnt reach his expectations and also probably ours although Iwasnt unhappy till queens club final. But yeh it has dissapeared completely and this one match can change his mentality for the rest of the season and which could also maybe fot the futuure

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  29. Yeh its gunna be so emotional for me if its his last season, supporting him watchin like everygame since 2001 when i first saw him when he reached 3rd round of us open. But to be honest, I think this match can have a huge bearing on his mentality for next year, if he could somehow, challenge and upset del potro, it could change his season around and his ambitions for the future. Past couple of years with injuries, his results have been inconsistent as well as his performances, but for now lets just hope he has the good end to the season! Buzzing for the matchh, hope its on monday

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  30. Trust me, this is possibly the easiest draw David can get. If he wins against Delpo, then its very easy path to QF's.
    And the fact is Delpo is basically a slow starter in any tournament just like Nadal on grass. Delpo struggles with his serve in earlier rounds just like David. If Delpo being injured now, if David wins .... then David can reach QF's. I'm glad David plays a top player in 1st round rather than 3rd round or 4th round.

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  31. I would have more faith on Nalby upsetting Del Potro if it is a best-of-3-set match, but under the best-of-5-set situation, I really have doubts about his stamina.

    I think whoever takes the 2-set-to-1 lead will win the match in 4 sets.

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  32. Ok, now this is way to much for coincidence. I'm not searching some kind of X- files theory, but again? every tournament he played since Queens and his rant against the ATP the worst draw he got. Even at the olimpics in doubles. Come on!. The ATP is not to blame for David's game, obviously, but he's getting worst draws than before Queens, some of them with worst ranking that what he has now. Even at Salem... Davydenko could be his first opponent, someone who is pretty similar is some aspects and knows him very well. Im' not someone who blames others for the problems one have, but this is waaaaaaaay to much coincidence for me.
    Guillermina

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  33. The ATP is not responsible for Wimbledon or the Olympics, nor is it responsible for the US Open. Those are ITF events. And Davydenko is a mere shadow of his former self, also because he's having shoulder problems at the moment. In his current state, he would've been an easier opponent for David than Haase.

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  34. I know that, and the rational part of me keeps saying is just a coincidence... But, on the other side, comparing his pre-Queens draws with the post-Queens ones, more if you add some first round matches you can see in those tournaments (I mean post Queen's fiasco) is, at least, suspicious. I don't remember other player with such a "bad luck" after going against the ATP. (ok he's not seeded and the other players I could pay atention are seeded) But not even the draws Cañas or Coria got after the doppings were like this. I know the ATP is not worried about what Nalbandian could say, let's face it he's not Federer or Nole... Still, it's weird or peculiar. Because he even got the worst draw for the doubles at the Olympics. Let's wait until tomorrow for the doubles draw... I hope the "It's just a coincidence post-Queens" thing doesn't make him get the Brians or similar in first round...

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  35. I can only repeat myself, the ATP doesn't have anything to do with the Olympics, the Slams or with DC, for that matter. That's the territory of the ITF, a completely different organisation.
    If you want to think that David's opinions are important enough to the two governing bodies in tennis, the ATP and the ITF (which don't always get along so very well) to form a conspiracy and manipulate draws so that he gets punished for a couple of inconsiderate things he said on TV - okay. For my part, I think it was/is bad luck.

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  36. To have such draws in a row is nearly as possible as winning a car in a lottery.

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  37. What if David had won any of the matches against Tipsarevic or Haas? Then the whole thing would've seemed like a funny little coincidence. And not like a sinister "conspiracy". Like when David met Delpo at three consecutive tournaments back in 2008. Back then, it was funny - because he won two out of those three matches.
    Apart from that, if the ATP really was so desperate to punish David for his statements then why didn't they just ban him?

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  38. http://twitpic.com/anom7w

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  39. is he practicing with Del potro ??

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  40. No, it's just the camera perspective. ;) If you look at the courts, you see it's David on one court, then another one in the middle, and in the background on the third, there's Delpo.

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  41. oww thanks for clearing that up, i was frozen lol

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  42. nice pic, I guess they were trying not to look at each other lol

    good thing they won't play on Monday, I'm still not prepared to this important match :( haha

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  43. They were on different courts. ;)

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