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post #106 of 2547 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 11:03 PM
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Re: Canadian Players 2

Blog from Tennis Canada about yesterday:

http://www.lovemeansnothing.ca/node/736

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There were 15 Frenchmen among the 128 qualifying hopefuls. That’s quite a few more than the Canadians – but four is still a historically good number for the boys from Maple Leaf land.

And there was good news. Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., won by a comfortable 6-2, ret. score when his Belgian opponent David Goffin had to retire with a side injury.

Peter Polansky, also of Thornhill, had a similarly easy time, rolling 6-2, 6-0 over Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia.

Philip Bester of North Vancouver was the lone loser on the day, falling 6-4, 6-4 to Nicolas Massu of Chile, the 2004 Athens Olympic gold medalist in singles who now ranks a modest No. 188. The crucial breaks of serve came at 4-4 in both sets – and plain and simple Bester made too many unforced errors in those two games, and in general. Massu, now 31, is not the player he once was.

Later on a muggy Wednesday evening, with all kinds of moths and bugs swarming under the lights and straying down onto the court, Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., put on a fine display of big-hitting to oust Adrian Ungur of Romania 6-2, 6-3.

Dancevic struck the ball aggressively and served well, blasting four aces in the game that gave him a 3-1 lead in the opening set.

He faces a tough second round on Friday against the brute but sometimes erratic power of Evgeny Korolev of Kazakhstan. They have met twice before, both in the Sydney qualifying. The ex-Russian won in 2007 while Dancevic prevailed in 2009. Dancevic looks very fit, has been practising well and says he’s in for a big year.

Raonic and Polansky will play their second matches on Thursday, the same day Stéphanie Dubois of Laval, Que., and Heidi El Tabakh of Oakville, Ont., make their women’s qualifying debuts.

Raonic’s quick win allowed him the luxury of sitting front row courtside with his coach Galo Blanco of Spain to watch the match featuring his second-round opponent. In a relaxed mood, Raonic joked that it wasn’t such a big deal that he be there because, “that’s what coaches are for.” He knew Ryler DeHeart’s game quite well, but the American lost to Nikola Mektic of Croatia, a crisp striker of the ball with a bit of a temper. “I don’t know the other guy (Mektic),” Raonic admitted a little more seriously, “so I’m getting some good match preparation.”

Polansky is hoping to repeat 2009, when he qualified, and has already gone one better than last year when he lost in the first round. “I returned and served well,” he said, “and kept the ball in play. I found he (Cabal) was making a mistakes after a few balls.”

The world No. 208 practised in Rod Laver Arena this week with Andy Roddick. “I got my ass whipped, 6-1,” Polansky said. “We had a few close games on my serve, but I was really surprised how heavy his second serve was. And he’s really big.”

Roddick was generous enough to offer him some bits of advice.

Next up for Polansky is No. 121-ranked Jesse Huta Galung of the Netherlands.
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wel..i mean struggling to beat either gonzalez last year or cabal this year would just be unaccaeptable

i look to his match with sijsling to tell me where he's really at because no doubt he played well but, again its also not hard to look good against these guys.

he does seem to wake up for grand slam qualies though
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Doesnt' look like we will get to see our two Canadians today, but I have no idea if they have lights on those outer courts.
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Steven Diez lost in the 2nd round of the Israeli futures to a 15 year old kid by the name of Smilansky, apparently a talented junior I've never heard of.
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Ya I was going to say the same thing. Don't have a clue what is going on with Diez, I thought he would be alot further along than he is right now. I guess it might take him longer to realize that potential
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Peter, and Milos' matches have been cancelled for the day. Not totally unexpected lol, considering they still haven't started

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It's cool that Peter got to practice with Roddick on Rod Laver even though he lost 6-1, hopefully he can qualify and use that experiance if he has to play there in the MD. he won't be near as nervous as he's already practiced there
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thats so embarrassing to keep making the same mistake

anyway showers forecasted for thursday and friday and only expected to clear up on the weekend now

they are going to have a real mess on their hands
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Not that he's likely to play today, but Frank is last on court 5 - which is one of the courts they are streaming live from
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Not that he's likely to play today, but Frank is last on court 5 - which is one of the courts they are streaming live from
That is good news! Maybe I'll get to see it tomorrow morning

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judging from the weather reports it will be a miracle if they got done qualifying on time

i dont even know if they will be able to get anything done today either
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I just have one question.. I read this: “I don’t know the other guy (Mektic),” Raonic admitted a little more seriously, “so I’m getting some good match preparation.”

Do you guys now anything about Mektic? Could he win over Milos? I'm kinda worried..

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while it is true opponents you know nothing about or have never seen before can be tricky/dangerous i dont think he'll beat milos, atleast he shouldnt.
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while it is true opponents you know nothing about or have never seen before can be tricky/dangerous i dont think he'll beat milos, atleast he shouldnt.
Ugh.. I'm worried. Maybe I shouldn't be, but I just have a bad feeling.

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he's not on the same level as milos so if milos is on it should be a routine victory for him
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Milos will crush him but it doesn't look like it will happen today, I think the weekend is looking good but damn, I don't think I have seen this much rain during the Aussie Open in a while.
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