Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Indian Wells Draw

(BNP Paribas Open/FB)

At the Corona Plaza (pictured above) it took place today, the draw ceremony for the BNP Paribas Open, a.k.a. Indian Wells. Last year, it was Tommy Haas, who lent a hand with pulling the draw, today it was Tommy Robredo. And believe it or not, it's actually a nice draw that this year's Tommy "prepared" for David. Who's in the bottom half and there in the top quarter (i.e. not in the one with Federer and Nadal), which belongs to David Ferrer:

[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs BYE
[Q] Mischa Zverev (GER) vs Jürgen Melzer (AUT)
Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs David Goffin (BEL)
BYE vs [27] Florian Mayer (GER)
[24] Jerzy Janowicz (POL) vs BYE
Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs David Nalbandian (ARG)
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS)
BYE vs [10] Richard Gasquet (FRA)

[13] Gilles Simon (FRA) vs BYE
Gilles Muller (LUX) vs Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)
Lukasz Kubot (POL) vs Benoit Paire (FRA)
BYE vs [21] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
[29] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs BYE
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Igor Sijsling (NED)
Victor Hanescu (ROM) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA)
BYE vs [4] David Ferrer (ESP)

A look at the complete draw you can take here.

Marcel Granollers (currently #33), his opponent in the first round, David has met three times and defeated him on all three of those occasions. It's been a while, though; their most recent encounter took place at the Paris Masters in 2010. Speaking of which, the Paris Masters was of course where David's projected opponent in round two made his big breakthrough, last year - Jerzy Janowicz, ranked and seeded 24th this week. If this match comes to pass it'll be a premiere as David has never faced Janowicz before.
In the third round, David would then theoretically be bound to meet 10th seed Richard Gasquet, and I'm sure David wouldn't mind playing against him but as always, I'll take it match by match.

Update (06/03)
There's visual evidence, after all: two clips of David, practicing yesterday (thanks, Andvari).


  1. David trained with Lukas Rosol today - that's what I've read somewhere. But I haven't been able to find any pics or clips from the training courts so far.

  2. Neither Djokovic nor Fed for David in R2.

  3. Okay, apparently I counted wrong and Granollers isn't seeded after all - he's David's opponent in R1, it seems.

  4. David's record against Granollers: 3-0.
    Against Janowicz he hasn't played so far.

  5. i would say its a great Draw so far

  6. David's projected path as far as seeded players go: R2 Janowicz, R3 Gasquet, R4 Berdych, QF Ferrer.

  7. OMG, this is just awesome !!! Great draw, finally !!!!! Janowicz, Gasquet, Berdych and Granollers don't look so bad to me. David has really a chance to go deep again, let's hope he can take advantage of it

    1. great draw but in last years when he had draws like this, he often didn't make use of it and disappointed us, so I will wait and see what he will do

  8. As usual I'm not getting excited. Let's take it one match at a time :)

  9. Hum... Granollers, Janowicz, Gasquet... I don't know if I should be relieved.... One match at a time, Granollers first, it's a pretty good 1st round for him, though it's been a while since their last meeting.
    It can be interesting to watch Janowicz/David next...

  10. As others said, let's not get very excited :) One match at a time and see what his form is.

  11. That doesn't look too bad! I know what always is happening when David has a decent draw ;-) but still it looks not too bad! Step by step. Vamos, David!

  12. Here's a vid of Nalbandian training: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX29kTF9eWY

  13. So he's there and he's training - good to see. ;)
    Thank you for finding this. I'll add it to the post.

  14. You're welcome :)

  15. He looks pretty good in those clips. :)
    I think that could be Lukas Rosol on the other side of the net. Not because I can tell from watching the clips but I read David trained with him yesterday.

  16. Thank you so much for this blog.

    I am Brazilian and a huge David's fan. I think his tennis style is graceful, he has a lot of weapons, and it is always awesome to see he playing.

    I think David is facing two problems: physical preparation for longer matches and motivation.

    This video made me optimistic about his future performances. Beautiful groundstrokes, deep and heavy balls. He seems to be in good shape as well.

    In Brazil Open, he played 3 matches really well and 2 matches really badly (the first round and the final). In Buenos Aires, he played a fantastic first set against Ferrer, but then he looked really tired in the other two sets. I didn't watch his match in Acapulco, but I think the same thing happened there.

    I hope to see David playing for some more years. Tennis needs more players like him. Ferrer, Isner, Cilic, Raonic and others are really boring to watch.

    Nalbandian, Haas, Federer are the last guys with an interesting game.

    Once again, thanks for the blog.



    1. You're welcome. :) I love David's game too and I'd say, let's enjoy it while we can. Because I'm afraid we won't get to see him play some more years. This will probably be the last, I just don't like to mention that all the time - because I prefer to enjoy what time is still left.

  17. Welcome among VamosDaviders, Rafael :)

    oh thank you Andvari and Julia for the clips, David is looking good!
    and Stan Wawrinka tweeted that he trained with David this morning, with a photo : https://twitter.com/stanwawrinka/status/309465973562413057/photo/1
    both a looking very sweaty, good practice I guess :)


    1. Nice pic, thank you. :)
      I'll put that on the Photo Page. Training with Wawrinka - so he's preparing for IW "the hard way". ;)