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Old 05-03-2008, 08:19 AM   #1
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Default David the gladiator to battle it out near the Colosseum. Can he feel at home in Rome?

So the Eternal City is the next stop in David's European tour. He has performed well at Roma in the past, finishing as a runner-up at the event in 2004, and a semi-finalist in his last outing there in 2006. Hopefully he can put in another strong showing at the Foro Italico this time. He has a grand total of zero points to defend this upcoming week, as last year he gave the event a miss so that he could get some treatment on his back, and more importantly attend the Argentinean stage of the World Rally Championship in Córdoba.

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Old 05-03-2008, 11:22 AM   #2
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Default Re: David the gladiator to battle it out near the Colosseum. Can he feel at home in R

(1) Roger Federer (SUI) vs BYE
Guillermo Canas (ARG) vs (WC) Gianluca Naso (ITA)
Potito Starace (ITA) vs Marin Cilic (CRO)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs (15) Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)

(9) Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs QUALIFIER
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs Jose Acasuso (ARG)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
BYE vs (5) David Ferrer (ESP)

(3) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs BYE
Steve Darcis (BEL) vs Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR) vs Igor Andreev (RUS)
QUALIFIER vs (13) Juan Monaco (ARG)

(12) Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) vs Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
QUALIFIER vs Robin Soderling (SWE)
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs (WC) Flavio Cipolla (ITA)
BYE vs (7) David Nalbandian (ARG)

(6) Andy Roddick (USA) vs BYE
Michael Llodra (FRA) vs Mardy Fish (USA)
Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs QUALIFIER
Gilles Simon (FRA) vs (10) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

(14) Tommy Robredo (ESP) vs Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs QUALIFIER
(WC) Mario Ancic (CRO) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
BYE vs (4) Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)

(8) James Blake (USA) vs BYE
Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Fabrice Santoro (FRA)
Filippo Volandri (ITA) vs QUALIFIER
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs (11) Carlos Moya (ESP)

(16) Andy Murray (GBR) vs QUALIFIER
(WC) Marat Safin (RUS) vs Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) vs Nicolas Kiefer (GER)
BYE vs (2) Rafael Nadal (ESP)
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Old 05-03-2008, 11:31 AM   #3
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Default Re: David the gladiator to battle it out near the Colosseum. Can he feel at home in R

Really tough draw: Almagro, Gonzalez, Djokovic/Monaco...
I don't really like it but we will see...
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Old 05-03-2008, 11:40 AM   #4
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Default Re: David the gladiator to battle it out near the Colosseum. Can he feel at home in R

Well, getting Almagro in the second round is a tough draw obviously so I won't look any further than that. I guess we'll see what happens. Last time they played in Acapulco, David was having all sorts of problems returning Almagro's serve.
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Old 05-03-2008, 11:53 AM   #5
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Default Re: David the gladiator to battle it out near the Colosseum. Can he feel at home in R

David was convincingly beaten by Almagro in that Acapulco. If Mucho takes out Cipolla in the his opener as expected, David is going to have his work cut out for him in the 2nd set.
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Old 05-03-2008, 01:51 PM   #6
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ohhh, tough draw.
I hope he anyway finds to win some matches.
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that's the worst draw he could get!! no expectations here
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Default Re: David the gladiator to battle it out near the Colosseum. Can he feel at home in R

Best of luck to David this week.

Won't have time to watch any matches. Luckily enough for me, your detailed reports are excellent. Looking forward to reading them next weekend.
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Old 05-05-2008, 06:34 PM   #9
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GOOD LUCK David.We don't know which David will play Almagro.If he is 100% fit and motivated, it will be an exciting and tight match.David usually plays his best matches in clay season in Rome.He has been runner up here and also reached Semi final 2 years ago.I am optimistic.
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Default Re: David the gladiator to battle it out near the Colosseum. Can he feel at home in R

It's going to be an extremely difficult task for David against Mucho. Hopefully he can make significant in-roads into the Almagro serve this time, as he struggled in the returning department at Acapulco.
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let's hope the best for david
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Default Re: David the gladiator to battle it out near the Colosseum. Can he feel at home in R

Almagro is a tough draw...so no expectations here. Hopefully he plays a good match. That's really all I care about, to see him make an effort. Best of luck to him this week!
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It's going to be an extremely difficult task for David against Mucho. Hopefully he can make significant in-roads into the Almagro serve this time, as he struggled in the returning department at Acapulco.
Bring it on as they say, curious fact both of them are Italian speakers as well.

It will be tough, but that's the way it should be and hope Nalle has learned some lessons and for him to win, he has to get Mucho moving, because as good as "el cabezon's strokes are, his footwork is ordinary.
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:21 PM   #14
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Bring it on as they say, curious fact both of them are Italian speakers as well.

It will be tough, but that's the way it should be and hope Nalle has learned some lessons and for him to win, he has to get Mucho moving, because as good as "el cabezon's strokes are, his footwork is ordinary.
The crosscourt backhand to backhand exchanges tomorrow should be good.
Yes Almagro footwork is very lazy, and David needs to punish him for that. It will be interesting to see how David handles facing one of best and most effective serves on the tour on clay this time. El Cabezon's kicker can be very difficult to deal with on this surface.
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I'm nervous.
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