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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #160 on: January 10, 2008, 06:59:31 PM »
Yeh.. think most are agreed Djoker's is the toughest... sorry Tsonga and Murray meeting first up...

Nadal's own really looks like a cakewalk till the QF... be interesting to see if he gets through, whether he'll manage to win in reasonable time and not horrendously long court sessions.

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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #161 on: January 10, 2008, 07:18:03 PM »
The toughest quarter is Djoker's, followed by Roger's, then probably the Gasquet/Murray/Youznhy/Davydenko quarter, then lastly Roddick/Rafa.  The bottom half is the easiest.  I honestly don't see too much in the way of the Rafa/Roddick QF.  Roger has a trickier route and Djoker has a really tough one.  I mean, Djoker has Dima, Hewitt, Baghs, Nalby, JC Ferrero, Stepanek, and Ferrer!  If I remember correctly, he had the toughest quarter in NY as well.


Exactly my thoughts too.  Djokers is the toughest.  Nadal has the easiest.  Its going to be interesting.  Herc is probably jumping with joy after looking at the draw :)


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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #162 on: January 10, 2008, 07:31:26 PM »
The toughest quarter is Djoker's, followed by Roger's, then probably the Gasquet/Murray/Youznhy/Davydenko quarter, then lastly Roddick/Rafa.  The bottom half is the easiest.  I honestly don't see too much in the way of the Rafa/Roddick QF.  Roger has a trickier route and Djoker has a really tough one.  I mean, Djoker has Dima, Hewitt, Baghs, Nalby, JC Ferrero, Stepanek, and Ferrer!  If I remember correctly, he had the toughest quarter in NY as well.


Exactly my thoughts too.  Djokers is the toughest.  Nadal has the easiest.  Its going to be interesting.  Herc is probably jumping with joy after looking at the draw :)



Lol, guess who is not jumping here  :(. However, I believe Novak will do well and show us what he's got  :rasta:

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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #163 on: January 10, 2008, 07:33:00 PM »
interesting first round matches, in no specific order:

Santoro vs. Isner
Santoro has beaten Karlovic, Isner next?
Blake vs. Massu
Two 'journeymen' (yes Blake is very suceptible for 1st round exit to someone like Massu)
Almagro vs. Cilic
Can Cilic continue his run.
Djokovic vs. Becker
It's not Boris Becker but he's not too shabby a oppoennt for someone on a 5 match losing streak
Malisse vs. Tursunov
Two mediocre but talented somebodies.
Safin vs. Gulbis
need I say anything?
Kiefer vs. Ferrero
Kiefer on the comeback and Ferrer also on a somewhat comeback
Tsonga vs. Murray
Toughie for both, both on somewhat a good form.


Also doesn't Nadal meet Roddick in 4th Round? Wow, that's a matchup!!


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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #164 on: January 10, 2008, 07:35:22 PM »
2008 Oz Open official draw starts in 2 hours!!!!!  :)

Davenport is the dangerous floater at Melbourne!!!  :cool:


Wouldn't surprise me if Maria drew her in either 1st/2nd or 3rd round instead of some lowly ranked qulifier or wildcard!

hope your prediction is correct! that will be a huge match at RLA!  :)

Davenport vs. Sharapova in Round 2!  :thumbs-up:
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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #165 on: January 10, 2008, 07:43:07 PM »
I don't think Djokvic's draw is THAT hard: he has Becker who's no joke but no real threat either. Then Bolelli or a Qualifier, if he loses there he deserves to lose. And then a pretty decent match I think. He is pretty good but not yet Federer good to say he'll win over everyone he's supposed to win. Cuz he's supposed to comfortable be able to beat Querrey, Rochus, Malisse, Tursunov.  But he has to be careful. He went 5 sets against Stepanek at USO, he doesn't want that against these folks in 3R.
Good thing is  I think after this, he'll only be gaining points. So he has not that much points to defend.

Then he meets most likely Baghdatis, Hewitt, Safin. Again, somewhat toughmatches, Baghdatis and Safin playing at thier best can be very tough. Djokovic went to 5 LONG sets against Baghdatis in Wimbledon quarters last year, he won, but had to retire a set into his semi with Nadal. Hewitt has shown nothing this season yet, losig to Tosnga and.. who? Guccione. Djokovic can overpower Hewitt with, lets see.. the serve, the forehand, the backhand.. even footspeed perhaps.
Then he meets Nalbandian or Ferrer which for sure is his toughest match and one he won't get past unless he's in top form, which we can only wait and see.

So yeah, I think he's good for the QF and then he has to prove he is number 3, in which case he'll be in the semis against either Roddick or Nadal most likely. Not bad.


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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #166 on: January 10, 2008, 07:44:10 PM »
Well guys and gals, I can only tell you one thing. I'm so excited about AO 2008. I think it is going to be amazing. So many good players. It is not going to be easy for anyone. I can hardly wait  :yahoo:

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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #167 on: January 10, 2008, 07:46:16 PM »
Here is the complete draw:

Federer's Quarter:
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FEDERER, Roger SUI [1] v HARTFIELD, Diego ARG
SANTORO, Fabrice FRA v ISNER, John USA
TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB v SIRIANNI, Joseph AUS (W)
ASCIONE, Thierry FRA v VERDASCO, Fernando ESP [25]

MONACO, Juan ARG [21] v BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG
KENDRICK, Robert USA v QUALIFIER
HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP v MINAR, Ivo CZE
ESCHAUER, Werner AUT v BERDYCH, Tomas CZE [13]

BLAKE, James USA [12] v MASSU, Nicolas CHI
RUSSELL, Michael USA v FOGNINI, Fabio ITA
GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA v VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
QUALIFIER v LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO [17]

ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP [27] v CILIC, Marin CRO
VANEK, Jiri CZE v MELZER, Jurgen AUT
LEE, Hyung-Taik KOR v GUCCIONE, Chris AUS
QUALIFIER v GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI [7]


Djokovic's Quarter:
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DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB [3] v BECKER, Benjamin GER
QUALIFIER v BOLELLI, Simone ITA
QUERREY, Sam USA v ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
MALISSE, Xavier BEL v TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS [32]

HEWITT, Lleyton AUS [19] v DARCIS, Steve BEL
ISTOMIN, Denis UZB (W) v QUALIFIER
GULBIS, Ernests LAT v SAFIN, Marat RUS
JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE v BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP [15]

NALBANDIAN, David ARG [10] v SMEETS, Robert AUS (W)
ZABALETA, Mariano ARG v LUCZAK, Peter AUS
JONES, Alun AUS (W) v MONTANES, Albert ESP
KIEFER, Nicolas GER v FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP [22]

STEPANEK, Radek CZE [30] v SPADEA, Vincent USA
QUALIFIER v ROITMAN, Sergio ARG
VENTURA, Santiago ESP v DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG
ROGER-VASSELIN, Edouard FRA v FERRER, David ESP [5]


Davydenkos's Quarter:
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GASQUET, Richard FRA [8] v LINDAHL, Nick AUS (W)
LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP v QUALIFIER
VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL v PATIENCE, Olivier FRA
PAVEL, Andrei ROU v ANDREEV, Igor RUS [31]

CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG [18] v GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP
FALLA, Alejandro COL v QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER v BRZEZICKI, Juan Pablo ARG
TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA v MURRAY, Andy GBR [9]

YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS [14] v MONTCOURT, Mathieu FRA (W)
QUALIFIER v SEPPI, Andreas ITA
SELA, Dudi ISR v QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER v KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO [20]

WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI [26] v BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
LU, Yen-Hsun TPE v GICQUEL, Marc FRA
MAHUT, Nicolas FRA v ACASUSO, Jose ARG
LLODRA, Michael FRA v DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS [4]



Nadal's Quarter :
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RODDICK, Andy USA [6] v QUALIFIER
YOUNG, Donald USA v BERRER, Michael GER
KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS v QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER v KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER [29]

NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN [24] v DANCEVIC, Frank CAN
LEVINE, Jesse USA (W) v VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
FISH, Mardy USA v PASHANSKI, Boris SRB
ZVEREV, Mischa GER v ROBREDO, Tommy ESP [11]

MOYA, Carlos ESP [16] v KOUBEK, Stefan AUT
HORNA, Luis PER v CALLERI, Agustin ARG
CAPDEVILLE, Paul CHI v KLEIN, Brydan AUS (W)
HANESCU, Victor ROU v MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA [23]

SIMON, Gilles FRA [28] v REYNOLDS, Bobby USA
CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA v SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER
SERRA, Florent FRA v MAYER, Florian GER
QUALIFIER v NADAL, Rafael ESP [2]

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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #168 on: January 10, 2008, 07:48:00 PM »
Pawan, nice analysis but Novak will meet Roger in semifinals if everything goes well. Am I getting this right? Lemme check.

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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #169 on: January 10, 2008, 07:54:41 PM »
The toughest quarter is Djoker's, followed by Roger's, then probably the Gasquet/Murray/Youznhy/Davydenko quarter, then lastly Roddick/Rafa.  The bottom half is the easiest.  I honestly don't see too much in the way of the Rafa/Roddick QF.  Roger has a trickier route and Djoker has a really tough one.  I mean, Djoker has Dima, Hewitt, Baghs, Nalby, JC Ferrero, Stepanek, and Ferrer!  If I remember correctly, he had the toughest quarter in NY as well.


Exactly my thoughts too.  Djokers is the toughest.  Nadal has the easiest.  Its going to be interesting.  Herc is probably jumping with joy after looking at the draw :)



Lol, guess who is not jumping here  :(. However, I believe Novak will do well and show us what he's got  :rasta:

Sorry about that Alex. Its not fun to have your fav. player in the toughest quarter.

Here is Novaks quarter:


DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB [3] v BECKER, Benjamin GER
QUALIFIER v BOLELLI, Simone ITA
QUERREY, Sam USA v ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
MALISSE, Xavier BEL v TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS [32]

HEWITT, Lleyton AUS [19] v DARCIS, Steve BEL
ISTOMIN, Denis UZB (W) v QUALIFIER
GULBIS, Ernests LAT v SAFIN, Marat RUS
JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE v BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP [15]

NALBANDIAN, David ARG [10] v SMEETS, Robert AUS (W)
ZABALETA, Mariano ARG v LUCZAK, Peter AUS
JONES, Alun AUS (W) v MONTANES, Albert ESP
KIEFER, Nicolas GER v FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP [22]

STEPANEK, Radek CZE [30] v SPADEA, Vincent USA
QUALIFIER v ROITMAN, Sergio ARG
VENTURA, Santiago ESP v DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG
ROGER-VASSELIN, Edouard FRA v FERRER, David ESP [5]




He should meet Tursunov in the 3nd round.

Then possibly  Hewitt/Safin/Baghdatis in the 4rd round.

Then possibly  Nalby/Ferrero/Ferrer in the QF.




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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #170 on: January 10, 2008, 07:56:44 PM »
Pawan, nice analysis but Novak will meet Roger in semifinals if everything goes well. Am I getting this right? Lemme check.

Yes, he can potentially meet Roger in the semis.


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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #171 on: January 10, 2008, 08:15:08 PM »
Pawan, nice analysis but Novak will meet Roger in semifinals if everything goes well. Am I getting this right? Lemme check.

Yes, he can potentially meet Roger in the semis.



yeah I messed up a little  ..-) He could meet Roger in semis, not Roddick/Nadal


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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #172 on: January 10, 2008, 08:53:08 PM »
Pawan, nice analysis but Novak will meet Roger in semifinals if everything goes well. Am I getting this right? Lemme check.

Yes, he can potentially meet Roger in the semis.



yeah I messed up a little  ..-) He could meet Roger in semis, not Roddick/Nadal
Pawan, I wish you were right, lol. Tennisfun78 thanks for your detailed draw.However, as much I like Novak I do like Roger (how can you not) and Nadal too. The best one will win (meaning Roger :-)  :ninja:

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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #173 on: January 10, 2008, 09:00:27 PM »
2008 Oz Open official draw starts in 2 hours!!!!!  :)

Davenport is the dangerous floater at Melbourne!!!  :cool:


Wouldn't surprise me if Maria drew her in either 1st/2nd or 3rd round instead of some lowly ranked qulifier or wildcard!

hope your prediction is correct! that will be a huge match at RLA!  :)

Davenport vs. Sharapova in Round 2!  :thumbs-up:
Oh no!!!

I hope Lindsay can pull it out. But I doubt it.

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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #174 on: January 10, 2008, 09:41:39 PM »
Henin is probably hoping Lindsay takes out Maria too.   Lindsay is no threat at all to Henin at this point, she lost something like 8 times in a row to her before she left the tour, so as a 31 year old returning after a layoff Henin would spank her silly.   Maria would probably lose to Henin, but unlike Lindsay she atleast has some hope and would cause Justine a bit to sweat about if she is a bit off.

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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #175 on: January 10, 2008, 09:43:57 PM »
All I can say is -- this is gonna be a GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT Australian Open!!! :)) :)) :))



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Re: Australian Open
« Reply #176 on: January 10, 2008, 09:49:42 PM »
Anouncement!!

For those of you interested, and I sure hope many of you are, especially for the new folks who have joined post September (I can think of a few right off the top of my head, on this page alone, Conchita, Barbadosan and Alex999 and a few others, including herc who has never done this before), the bracket challenge for AO is now set up.

http://www.tennis4you.com/forum/index.php?topic=8507.0

You can do it right now.

The pick'em game isn't set up but do visit that thread too as that's usually the more active and exciting game around AO time since it's "live".

http://www.tennis4you.com/forum/index.php?topic=8402.0

Hope more of you can join in on the games and good luck!


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Re: Australian Open - ATP
« Reply #177 on: January 10, 2008, 09:49:57 PM »
Roddick has to be happy to be in Nadal's quarter.   He has more chance to beat Nadal on a hard court then Federer or Djokovic.  Although ideally he would probably rather be in Davydenko's quarter who is the easiest of all for him of the top 4.

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Re: Australian Open - ATP
« Reply #178 on: January 10, 2008, 09:53:51 PM »
How about Gonzalez? No one seem to mention this guy yet. He might give us a real shock like last year. Too bad he might meet Roger in the early rounds.
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Re: Australian Open - ATP
« Reply #179 on: January 10, 2008, 09:56:17 PM »
Roddick has to be happy to be in Nadal's quarter.   He has more chance to beat Nadal on a hard court then Federer or Djokovic.  Although ideally he would probably rather be in Davydenko's quarter who is the easiest of all for him of the top 4.

i just got in from my training. is the draw out kittens? i have not seen it.

nadal is not going to be a factor here. he has work to do. with nalby ailing and some uncertainty about djoker`s mental and physical toughness, its looking more and more like fed`s deal here. i dont see anybody stopping him.