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Old 04-19-2008, 09:13 AM   #1
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Default Forget Prince Albert II, David is the real royalty at the millionaires' playground

It won't be long until the Monte-Carlo draw is made, and hopefully David can make a positive start to his European claycourt season campaign this week.
His best showing in 5 previous appearances at this event, came in 2004 when he reached the QF stage. Last year a back injury forced to retire from his 2nd round match against Kolhschreiber.
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Old 04-19-2008, 09:19 AM   #2
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Default Re: Forget Prince Albert II, David is the real royalty at the millionaires' playgroun

One of the best thread titles ever.

This is the first event of a three week stretch of tournaments for David: Monte Carlo, then Barcelona and Rome so there should be plenty for us to follow in the upcoming weeks. I hope we get to see some good tennis here.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:04 AM   #3
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Default Re: Forget Prince Albert II, David is the real royalty at the millionaires' playgroun

Yes the next 3 weeks are going to be hectic, and I'm really looking forward to it.
Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and Rome are all fantastic events (I wish I was incredibly wealthy, and could afford to go on a European tennis tour at this stage of the season) and very prestigious ones at that.

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Old 04-19-2008, 11:12 AM   #4
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Default Re: Forget Prince Albert II, David is the real royalty at the millionaires' playgroun

The draw is out:
(1) Roger Federer (SUI) vs BYE
QUALIFIER vs Gilles Simon (FRA)
Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Sebastien Grosjean vs (16) Ivo Karlovic (CRO)

(12) Tommy Robredo (ESP) vs Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Robin Soderling (SWE)
Tommy Haas (GER) vs QUALIFIER
BYE vs (6) David Nalbandian (ARG)

(3) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs BYE
(WC) Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) vs Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs Filippo Volandri (ITA)
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs (14) Andy Murray (GBR)

(10) Carlos Moya (ESP) vs Sam Querrey (USA)
Agustin Calleri (ARG) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Fabrice Santoro (FRA) vs QUALIFIER
BYE vs (7) Richard Gasquet (FRA)

(8) Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs BYE
Igor Andreev (RUS) vs Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs (WC) Jean-Rene Lisnard (FRA)
Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR) vs (11) Juan Monaco (ARG)

(16) Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs Jose Acasuso (ARG)
Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Nicolas Kiefer (GER)
Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) vs QUALIFIER
BYE vs (4) Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)

(5) David Ferrer (ESP) vs BYE
(WC) Marat Safin (RUS) vs Xavier Malisse (BEL)
QUALIFIER vs Potito Starace (ITA)
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs (9) Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)

(13) Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) vs Michael Llodra (FRA)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER vs (WC) Mario Ancic (CRO)
BYE vs (2) Rafael Nadal (ESP)
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:16 AM   #5
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Default Re: Forget Prince Albert II, David is the real royalty at the millionaires' playgroun

The draw is out. I'll let Scott put it up.

David is scheduled to play against either Haas or a qualifier. I'm surprised Haas is playing, he usually chooses to skip Monte Carlo after playing Houston. Haas currently holds a 3-0 head-to-head record over David including a win in Munich in 2002 on the clay.

The little section of the draw that contains Robredo, Wawrinka, Stepanek and Soderling looks very strong - I have no idea who will get out of that. David will meet the winner of that section in the 3rd round if he wins his first match.

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Old 04-19-2008, 11:52 AM   #6
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Default Re: Forget Prince Albert II, David is the real royalty at the millionaires' playgroun

Haas is not exactly in good form and the qualie draw isn't as strong as it has been in previous years.

Not sure how Nalbandian will play. I think if anything he will be better in Barcelona and Rome than here.
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Default Re: Forget Prince Albert II, David is the real royalty at the millionaires' playgroun

It's safe to say that David got the most difficult and intriguing 1/8 of the draw. We don't even know if Haas is his second round opponent.
Let's wait and see the allocation of the qualifiers in the MD.


Scott, the thread's title has already proved a success and may well start a trend.
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:59 AM   #8
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Not sure how Nalbandian will play. I think if anything he will be better in Barcelona and Rome than here.
Same here.

Yes I wouldn't be that surprised if Haas to the qualifier.
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Old 04-19-2008, 12:31 PM   #9
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Default Re: Forget Prince Albert II, David is the real royalty at the millionaires' playgroun

I'm going to hold fire and avoid commenting too much until I know who David will face in the 2nd round.
He has 35 ranking points to defend from last year, and it would be nice if he could gain some this week.
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I thought David's draw was tough, but it's masters series, so anything can happen.
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Default Re: Forget Prince Albert II, David is the real royalty at the millionaires' playgroun

That's a pretty tough draw. Let's just wait and see what happens. I'm looking forward to the coming tennisweeks. I like the clayseason so let the fun begin. Vamos David!

PS: Love the thread title.
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Default Re: Forget Prince Albert II, David is the real royalty at the millionaires' playgroun

great thread title but awful draw, that sum it up
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Default Re: Forget Prince Albert II, David is the real royalty at the millionaires' playgroun

If David has recovered of injury, I am not that worry regarding his results on clay so far in this season.After Almagro I think David has the best win-loss record on clay in 2008.If Haas wins Qualifier, it is a good time for David to revenge last 3 defeats against Haas.But in R16 it will be a tough match against either Soderling or Robredo or even Wawrinka.Best wishes for David
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Come on David!
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Default Re: Forget Prince Albert II, David is the real royalty at the millionaires' playgroun

I luuuurve this title, quite inspired eh Scott? LOL.

haven't REALLY looked at the draw because I am still in Estoril mood & can't be bothered with it yet but, good luck to him anyway. I am expecting good & big things. Probably am asking too much but I have to be honest, he can do it. So yeah, I am expecting something ...

Bring it at last Nalbandian, puhleeze.
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