SAP Open Singles Draw: Recap & Match Previews
The next key matchup in the first round features two players that assisted in this year’s draw ceremony. Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dmitrov were selected to play each other in the first round by none other than themselves! Although completely unpredictable, Kevin Anderson had an eerie feeling about this matchup when he said, “I knew this was going to happen.” Even tournament director Bill Rapp said, “I have never seen two players pick eachother at the opening ceremony. I have been around tennis my whole life and this is a first.” Well, fans should be happy as the 6’8 Anderson is in for a fight when he faces the 20-year old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Some compare Dimitrov to Federer as he seems to effortlessly glide around the tennis court with a big forehand and classic one handed backhand. On the contrary, Anderson uses his big serve and intimidating wingspan to break down his opponents. Although heavily favored, Anderson will have to bring his A game take out the youngster. Anderson vs Dimitrov is scheduled as the second match on Monday's evening session which starts at 7PM.
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The SAP Open 2012 Draw Party
Welcome to the first of what I hope will be a great week of reporting from the SAP Open.
Today’s festivities began with the official draw party. ATP pros Kevin Anderson of South Africa and Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria were on hand to help with the festivities: drawing numbers to help fill in the board and answering questions about the potential match-ups. It was a much more low-key event than I expected. But it was still pretty cool.
They even went around to all of the media in attendance and had us pull numbers to place players on the draw board as well. I pulled number 28, which corresponded to a Qualifier position in the bracket. I think my pick is slated to play Jack Sock.
Truth be told I was a little busy taking pictures, writing notes, and taking in the whole experience. So I hope you’ll forgive me if I miss a detail or two. ;-)
The surprise of the draw occurred when Grigor’s number was pulled for placement opposite Kevin’s name for the first-round. It was a little awkward, but both guys handled the situation well. When asked about the potential match they were very complimentary toward one another. Yeah, right…
After the draw was complete we were given a chance to interview each of the guys before digging into some lunch items. I took full advantage and spent time with both guys. I’ll post those sport interviews in my next post.