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Rafa in China Open 2009 ! SF is also a good result :)

Unconfirmed news from news.sina.com.cn:

Rafa is looking positive about attending the Oct 3-11 China Open, though final decision will not be made until next Wednesday. If you happen to read Chinese see the news below:
http://sports.sina.com.cn/t/2009-09-...74605121.shtml


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I'll try my best to translate and convey the important information contained in this piece--but please keep in mind these are all unconfirmed and discount the story at your discretion:

1. On the night of 9/25 Beijing time, Rafa's agent sent a positive but non-final message to the organizers, saying that he will try his best to be there at the China Open.
2. A doctor's report released last Friday shows that the 15mm rupture of Rafa's abdominal muscle has almost fully recovered; another week of rest and healing should be able to do the job.
3. Next Wednesday, Rafa will have another physical examination, which will determine whether his condition allows him to participate in the China Open.
4. If it is a go, he will arrive in Beijing on 10/2 or 10/3, and the matches formally begin on 10/5.

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Good news so let's hope for the best. It would be nice to get some match play in before the Shanghai Masters 1000.

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Yeap. And get the better of the rest of the season. I would be happy if he wins either Paris or London. Two of my favourite cities.

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MAIN DRAW

3 Nadal, Rafael ESP
4 Djokovic, Novak SRB
5 Roddick, Andy USA
8 Davydenko, Nikolay RUS
10 Verdasco, Fernando ESP
11 Gonzalez, Fernando CHI
12 Soderling, Robin SWE
15 Robredo, Tommy ESP
19 Ferrer, David ESP
22 Blake, James USA
23 Querrey, Sam USA
24 Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER
25 Ferrero, Juan Carlos ESP
26 Fish, Mardy USA
27 Mathieu, Paul-Henri FRA
28 Karlovic, Ivo CRO
29 Hanescu, Victor ROU
30 Andreev, Igor RUS
31Troicki, Viktor SRB
33 Almagro, Nicolas ESP
34 Chardy, Jeremy FRA
36 Tursunov, Dmitry RUS
42 Kunitsyn, Igor RUS
43 Benneteau, Julien FRA
45 Becker, Benjamin GER


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The China Open Organizing Committee announced the main draw entry list for China Open 2009 in Beijing on September 7, 2009.

??The main draw players (both male and female) entered before the sport entry deadline through rankings are all among the world top 50 players. As the highest level combined tennis event in Asia, China Open 2009 attracts a great number of stars that could even match with a grand slam. Chinese fans will be so lucky to enjoy the highest level tennis performance right in China.

??China Open will host both men’s and women’s events like the four grand slams. Its women’s event is the last stop of the four WTA crown jewel events. All the world top 47 woman players are included in women’s main draw list. On the other hand, its men’s event is one of the ATP 500 series. 18 of the world top 30 players are among the men’s main draw list, including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco, Fernando Gonzalez and Robin Soderling.

??There are altogether 60 main draw places for women’s event. The top 47 players entered before the entry deadline at the end of August qualified China Open directly. 5 places are reserved for Chinese players and overseas players who made special contribution to the development of tennis. The last 8 places are from the qualifying event held prior to the main draw match. 3 Chinese players are entered through world ranking. They are Li Na, Zheng Jie and Peng Shuai.

??As the only combined tennis event in Asia, China Open has a very impressive main draw on the man’s side. There are altogether 32 main draw places. 25 will be entered according to rankings, and there are 3 wildcard places and 4 qualifying places. The 25 players entered through ranking are among the world top 45, and 18 of them ranked among the top 30. 5 of the world top 10 players will participate in China Open. They are Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco. Fernando Gonzalez, Robin Soderling, Tommy Robredo, and David Ferrer (all ranked among the top 20) also chose to take part in China Open. Together with Marin Cilic who qualified by wildcard, half of the world top 20 players will show up at China Open.

??On the women’s side, the first wild card goes to Belgium player, former world No. 1,Kim Clijsters. On the men’s side Marin Cilic from Croatia, Marat Safin from Russia, and Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus received the three wild cards. All the past champions at China Open since 2004 are most likely to meet again at China Open.

??Marat Safin had confirmed to hold his retirement ceremony at China Open. He expressed his affection and gratitude for China Open in his letter to the Chinese fans: “I had great experience at China Open last time I was there, and to win the champion at China Open is very important moment for me as well. I am very happy I will be back to Beijing this October to participate the first year of newly upgrade China Open, I would like to invite you all come and witness this great tournament with me at Olympic Stadium. And I also like you all be there and spend one of my memorable time with me at China Open.”

??“Marat Safin has several options to hold his retirement ceremony after the US Open, including Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and Moscow,” said the player manager of China Open Organizing Committee, “and yet he chose China Open to bid farewell to all his fans around the world.” Safin means a lot to China Open and China Open also witnessed Safin achieving his best accomplishments. To bid farewell at China Open is to show his gratitude for his fans in China and in Asia. Fighting in the same stadium with his sister Safina undoubted means something special for him, noted the manager.


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Tennis players winning in China will be presented with new trophies in Chinese classical style vividly embodying the elements of Chinese historical relics in the up-coming China Open in early October.

??The organizer last Friday unveiled this year's trophies named the "China Cup", saying the Chinese-flavored trophies would be a cultural mark of China and Beijing.

??Unlike the previous five sessions, this year's Open will reward both the winners and runner-ups. Designed and created by Chinese artifacts experts and gold artisans, the trophies take the archetypes of national treasure relics from the Palace Museum and National Museum in terms of both materials and craftsmanship.

??The women's singles trophy takes the shape of a bronze Ding named Zilong from the National Museum. Ding, in Chinese culture, is a noble ritual bronze article representing power; and in Chinese language, it means prosperity and climax, conveying good wishes to New China's 60th anniversary falling on October 1st. It has phoenix and lucky cloud designs on the surface, meaning female power.

??Women's singles trophy

??Having been upgraded this year to a top-tier tournament in Asia, the 10-day sixth annual China Open will host a large group of grand slam stars in the Beijing Olympic tennis court on Olympic Green.

??Men's singles trophy

??The women's top seeds include the Williams sisters, Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva who will be vying for the Zilong Ding, making the China Open women's competition a "crown jewel" of the tournament.

??The revamped China Open is expected by the organizer to plant tennis, the Olympics and sport more deeply in the country.

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Re: Rafa in China Open 2009 ! Vamos !

Rafa is preparing to Beijing
Vamos !

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Nadal To Play At China Open
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World No. 2 Rafael Nadal will play at next week’s China Open, an ATP World Tour 500 tennis tournament in Beijing, after receiving medical clearance Wednesday in Barcelona.

The 23 year old had been sidelined since a semi-final exit at the US Open, nursing a stomach injury he suffered during the North American summer swing. He was unable to represent Spain in its Davis Cup semi-final tie against Israel and also was forced to withdraw ahead of this week’s PTT Thailand Open.

Nadal will headline an impressive 32-player field that includes Top 10 players Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Nikolay Davydenko and Fernando Verdasco as he attempts to maintain his perfect record in Beijing. He won the China Open title in 2005 and followed with a gold medal triumph at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

The Mallorcan has lent his support to Madrid’s 2016 Olympic campaign, but will be unable to attend the official announcement of the winning bid Friday in Copenhagen. Nadal said on his official web site: "I will still support Madrid’s Olympic bid spiritually and I take this opportunity to thank Madrid’s mayor and the sport’s secretary of defense for always counting on me to support this project."

Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo are the other three candidate cities short-listed to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

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RAFA ARRIVES IN CHINA
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After what seemed to be a never-ending flight from Mallorca to Beijing, Rafa Nadal has finally landed in China!

The Australian Open champ is back for the first time since wining a Gold Medal at the Olympic games last year and is delighted with the support and love he received from his fans this morning as he made his way through the Beijing international airport.

Right around 8:30am, a great number of press, fans and onlookers broke out in excitement as Rafa (who couldn’t hide his happiness to be back in competition) signed a few autographs before heading to a waiting China Open car.

Stay tuned for the official draw!

Vamos Rafa!

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The draw is out.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2009/747/mds.pdf

First round - Baghdatis
Second round - Blake
QF - Gonzalez or Ferrer
SF - Davydenko
F - Djoko, Verdasco, Soderling, Roddick

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Good luck Rafa !
The draw is bad IMO

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Good luck Rafa !
The draw is bad IMO
Given the current field there I think it is a reasonable draw. His biggest rivals are in the bottom half.

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Horrible draw for Rafa and very unfortunate for Baghdatis to meet Rafa in the first round. Gosh, and I need to make a MIT prediction.

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MIT prediction: F
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I thought I already posted my MIT.


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MIT: Final

Vamos.

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WIN for me please.

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