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Old 10-11-2008, 01:25 PM   #1
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Default Defending champion David waves the red flag - will he be toppled in Madrid?

(1) Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs BYE
Nicolas Kiefer (GER) vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
QUALIFIER vs Mardy Fish (USA)
BYE vs (15) Richard Gasquet (FRA)

(10) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs BYE
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs Carlos Moya (ESP)
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs (WC) Albert Montanes (ESP)
BYE vs (6) David Ferrer (ESP)

(3) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs BYE
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER vs Robin Soderling (SWE)
BYE vs (14) Ivo Karlovic (CRO)

(11) James Blake (USA) vs BYE
Gilles Simon (FRA) vs Igor Andreev (RUS)
Michael Llodra (FRA) vs (WC) Marat Safin (RUS)
BYE vs (5) Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)

(8) Andy Roddick (USA) vs BYE
Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Tommy Robredo (ESP)
Gael Monfils (FRA) vs (WC) Fabio Fognini (ITA)
BYE vs (12) Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)

(13) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs BYE
QUALIFIER vs Marin Cilic (CRO)
QUALIFIER vs Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
BYE vs (4) Andy Murray (GBR)

(7) David Nalbandian (ARG) vs BYE
Rainer Schuettler (GER) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
BYE vs (9) Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)

(16) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs BYE
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs QUALIFIER
Juan Monaco (ARG) vs Radek Stepanek (CZE)
BYE vs (2) Roger Federer (SUI)

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Old 10-11-2008, 01:34 PM   #2
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Default Re: Madrid 2008

Berdych/Del Potro/Federer-Tsonga/Roddick-Murray-?/Nadal-Djokovic-?/ Tough as it gets.

But thats AMS, you can't get many easy matches.
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Old 10-11-2008, 01:45 PM   #3
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Default Re: Defending champion David waves the red flag - will he be toppled in Madrid?

Yes that 8th segment of the draw that David has been placed in looks very tricky indeed. It will be fascinating to see how he does here.
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Old 10-11-2008, 01:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: Defending champion David waves the red flag - will he be toppled in Madrid?

Getting Berdych (if he wins his match as expected) as the opening match is about as tough as it can get. Berdych looked very dangerous when he won the title in Tokyo, especially in the final.

I'd like to see a match against Del Potro... with David winning it.
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Old 10-11-2008, 02:08 PM   #5
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Default Re: Defending champion David waves the red flag - will he be toppled in Madrid?

Of course David faced Berdych in the 2nd round and Del Potro in the 3rd round at Madrid last year, so there could be repeat of that here.
David squandering a 4-0 first set lead and then ultimately Berdych squandering a 6-4 4-0 match lead was hilarious, while Del Potro's rapid ascent over the past 3 months has been great to see.
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Defend Madrid and Paris then come to Shanghai,please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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good luck david!
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Default Re: Defending champion David waves the red flag - will he be toppled in Madrid?

I don't think he really cares too much about the rest of the season apart from Davis Cup, but he got an interesting section for sure.
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Tough test against Berdych on Wednesday.
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:14 AM   #10
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Default Re: Defending champion David waves the red flag - will he be toppled in Madrid?

To be honest I don't fancy his chances against Berdych. He is on a great strike and from the match against Rainer it was obvious that he carried his form from Tokyo. He will be more accommodated to the surface and I think that he will be more motivated. I have a feeling that David is going to use the rest of the season only as a preparation for DC. Of course he will take it if he can do it easily, but I don't think that he will push it too much. And even if he wins he might tank the match vs Del Potro, but that's only my opinion and I do hope he will prove me wrong on this.
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Old 10-15-2008, 11:42 AM   #11
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And here we are, shaky start but still a hold, David 1:0*
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*1:1. Heavy serving from Berdych. He will be hard to broke.
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And here comes sneaking at the net again 2:1*
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0:40 3 BPs, take it, pls.
Yessssssssssssssss, *3:1, now hold.
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15:40
30:40 one more
40:40 3 BP saved
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