Monday, August 27, 2012

US Open Doubles Draw

It doesn't happen very often that David plays doubles at a Slam. In fact, this will only be the fifth time in his career. (The first three times took place in 2003, the last in 2006.) But this time, with the Davis Cup semifinal close at hand, and after David's and Edu's only very brief stint at the Olympics, there's obviously the need for some more preparation.
And so David and Edu are in the doubles draw of the US Open. They have been drawn into the top half, and there into the lower quarter:

[3] Lindstedt (SWE) / Tecau (ROU) vs Bracciali (ITA) / Zeballos (ARG)
Ramirez-Hidalgo (ESP) / Ramos (ESP) vs Paire (FRA) / Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Stakhovsky (UKR) / Troicki (SRB) vs Kohlmann (GER) / Phau (GER)
Knowle (AUT) / Polasek (SVK) vs [13] Marrero (ESP) / Verdasco (ESP)

[11] Marray (GBR) / Nielsen (DEN) vs Cipolla (ITA) / Fognini (ITA)
Levine (USA) / Matosevic (AUT) vs [WC] Buchanan (USA) / Klahn (USA)
Nalbandian (ARG) / Schwank (ARG) vs Karlovic (CRO) / Moser (GER)
Brown (GER) / Kas (GER) vs [5] Paes (IND) / Stepanek (CZE)

Complete draw here.

David's and Edu's first-round opponents Ivo Karlovic and Frank Moser shook up the world of doubles tennis last year when they beat Bob and Mike Bryan in the first round of the US Open (but only to then lose to Italian pair Bolelli/Fognini in the following round). Since then Karlovic and Moser have been playing doubles together on a regular basis, and they reached the semifinal at three smaller events this year (Zagreb, Delray Beach and Houston). So they're a fairly experienced team, one half of which David and Edu met earlier this season the Davis Cup quarterfinal against Croatia, when they beat Karlovic and Cilic in a five-set battle.
And if they make it past Karlovic/Moser, David and Edu could meet one half of the doubles team they'll be up against in the upcoming Davis Cup semifinal - Radek Stepanek, seeded fifth with his partner here, Leander Paes.

When exactly David's and Edu's first-round match is going to take place isn't clear yet but but I'll keep you posted.



  1. I like this photo of David and Edu! It's like we're seeing a big brother sort of encouraging his little brother at a critical time lol.
    They'll get to play on Karlovic's big serve, good thing before DC, and hopefully against Stepanek... funny how things are being "set up" before DC :)

  2. thanks Julia, this mention really makes me sure they will have this match played at the CC, what do you think ?
    It's likely the only match you’ll see this year featuring two men who have defeated Roger Federer in a US Open singles contest (Nalbandian, 2003; del Potro, 2009).

  3. I think it could depend on whether they play tomorrow or on Wednesday. After all, there's also the WTA matches to think of, including the Williams sisters, who will both play tomorrow. And the organisers favour US players, whether ATP or WTA. So big court - yes, Arthur Ashe - we'll see.

    Coming up later today: a new interview with David.