Saturday, August 4, 2012

Toronto Draw

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The Canadian Masters event may struggle a bit this year, due to its place in the calendar, directly after the London Olympics. But the organisers definitely know how to pull off a surprise. At first, nobody knew when the draw ceremony would take place. And then all of a sudden, without warning, the draw materialised on the tournament website...
Anyway, so here it is, David's draw for Toronto, the first event of the North American hardcourt swing. He has been drawn into the top half and there into the top, i.e. Djokovic's quarter:

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs BYE
QUALIFIER vs Bernard Tomic (AUS)
Sam Querrey (USA) v Jürgen Melzer (AUT)
BYE vs [13] Kei Nishikori (JPN)

[9] Gilles Simon (FRA) vs BYE
Tommy Haas (GER) vs David Nalbandian (ARG)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
BYE vs [6] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)

Complete draw here.

This time, David couldn't be drawn against a seeded player. But it's still far from an easy opponent that he'll get to face in the first round. Tommy Haas (at #36 currently ranked five placed above David) is one of the few players on the Tour who has a perfect record against David. They've met three times so far and on all three occasions, Haas prevailed, though it's been five and a half years since their last meeting (at the Australian Open 2007). Haas has shown himself to be in good form of late and chances are that this is going to be a tough match for David.
Should he make it past Tommy Haas, the first seeded player he'd get to meet would be Gilles Simon in the second round. David has a 2-1 record against Simon and won their last two meetings, the most recent of which took place at São Paulo, this year.
And then in the third round, we could theoretically get an all-Argentine match-up that hasn't happened since 2008 - David vs Delpo. But it's still a long way until then, both for David and for Delpo, who will be coming to Toronto straight from his bronze-medal match, due to take place tomorrow.
And first of all, it's the "battle of the veterans" - David against Tommy Haas.

Edit: Some pics of David, training at Toronto now on the Photo Page.

30 comments:

  1. Great, again a really bad draw. Tommy Haas is in a really good form at the moment, so i guess its going to be REALLY tough :( ., but of course i hope the best Vamos David !!!!

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  2. Wow. Tommy Haas on hardcourt. He's in pretty good shape at the moment. But these first round defeats have to come to an end someday :) But the question is if it will happen against Tommy.
    Nevertheless, it's the sh**tiest draw that could happen. For me - as a german David fan :D

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  3. Do you like good old Tommy? Can't really say that I do... ;)

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    1. At least he's not such a sissy than most of the other german players. He had to deal with setbacks and overcome injuries.
      So, I like his attitude and his newly found fighting spirit :)

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    2. Well, his attitude on court is what I don't like about him. I mean, I have nothing against venting your frustration (though preferably without bloodshed) but insulting your opponent during the match... I don't like that.

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    3. It's bad manners insulting your opponent, you're absolutely right. Maybe my perspective is a little bit limited :) cause he said some things about my special friend Kohlschreiber I totally agreed with....
      But this is a David fan blog and he was, he is and he always will be my number one. So there is no doubt that I want him to win..But I don't like the draw anyway :D

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    4. So you like Kohlschreiber about as much as I do. lol
      But still, I guess I'd like Haas more if I couldn't understand what he says on court. Or maybe if I couldn't understand anything he says... ;)

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    5. Oh yes.. Kohlschreiber - my very special friend.... especially after his withdraw from the olympics. A sissy, but actually there is no word which can really describe him :D

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    6. Philipp Eberhard Herrmann... :)

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    7. That says it all :D

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  4. why david is playing so little tournament like he is federer or djokovic?
    why haas 34 years old playing every tournament possible to get in shape and david is taking rests between matches only to come again playing bellow par?

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  5. i cannot understand!
    he wants results yet he is going to specific tournaments like the top 10 and the problem is he is far from them at the moment
    he needs to play every tournament possible to get back in shape

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    1. If you said that to him then David's reply would be that he needs those pauses in-between and that he knows best what he needs.
      I'd add that now that there might be not too much left of his career I don't think that he'll change his way of doing things and his preference for the big events. His plan is to be in form in time for the DC tie.

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    2. Everyone is different; you cannot compare that way.

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  6. Bad luck continues in North America. I hope David will make the most this "battle of the veterans", I'm still amazed by Haas' shape lately! Vamos!!!
    I like David's shirt "sport color" on the pics where he's training in Toronto :)
    speaking of training, Pico posted a pic of him with Berdych after they trained together. I wonder if they talked about their DC semifinal... lol

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    1. They probably did. :) And they'll probably meet on the first day of the tie...

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    2. I would say bad luck continues in 2012 :/

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  7. I'm hearing Djokovic has withdrawn.

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  8. Just rumours at this point, nothing official.

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    1. The Djolovic withdrawing thing came from a tv commentator a few hours ago. I've had a look around since and no, I can't find anything to back it up.

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    2. He's defending 1000 points and he won't have to play until Wednesday. So I guess he'll probably be there.

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    3. That's that well-known player "Djolovic" - lol!

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    4. Yep, he's really cool. :D
      (I actually didn't really notice the typo. ;)

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  9. guys i have seen haas game against fish
    we are in big trouble
    in my mind he is better than tipsarevic at the moment
    so another early exit for david
    i just hope he somehow find his game again and play his best
    but i cant see it happen

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  10. if david loses in first round again
    he should consider playing every tournament possible
    it is now or never

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    1. I think we all agree that it's going to be a tough match for David. But it's not like he won't have a chance.
      Apart from that, he's scheduled to play five out of the next six weeks.

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  11. Let's face it; haas's playing much better than nalby at the moment
    David's only chance is that tommy might be a bit tired from playing so much lately

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    1. That's why we all agree that it's going to be tough match. Also because Haas is a difficult match-up for David. But yep, he might be a bit tired.

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  12. And I think he really needs a coach (I’m the last anonymous)

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    1. He has been working with different coaches this season. But I doubt that he'll get a fixed one at this stage.

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