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~*~ Vamos Rafa in Cincy ~*~

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Re: ~*~ Vamos Rafa in Cincy ~*~

Thanks, Björki! It's a good idea to move on to the next tourney. Of course, last year Rafa lost the first match in Cincy, so he can't do worse than that and hopefully he'll do much better.

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MASON - July 10, 2006 - Every singles winner of the last 14 Grand Slam events and the last 28 Masters Series events, a retiring legend, the two most dominant players in men's tennis, seven current or former world No. 1s, and exciting youngsters who were wild cards here last year. Those are just some of the highlights of the field for the 108th year of Cincinnati's world-class tennis tradition: The Western & Southern Financial Group MASTERS.

Some of the men expected to compete are the two winningest players in the men's game - defending champion and world No. 1 Roger Federer, and French Open champ and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal. If healthy, three-time champion Andre Agassi will be making his final appearance in Cincinnati, while Andy Roddick, a finalist here last year and champion in 2003, will be looking to get to Final Sunday once more.

Also in the field will be comeback star James Blake, top players Andy Murray and Gael Monfils (who were wild cards here last year), and such stars as Lleyton Hewitt, 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, and every other star in the men's game.

Also, the tournament has extended one of four of its wild cards to 2000 singles finalist Tim Henman, who is currently ranked No. 64.

Here is the list of players who've committed to the tournament, their rankings as of the date of their commitment, June 26, their ages, their singles records in Cincinnati and their best result in Cincinnati:

The 23 players directly accepted into the main draw and the one known wild card, their countries and their rankings as of June 12:



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Re: ~*~ Vamos Rafa in Cincy ~*~

The draw is out.

(1) Federer v Srichaphan
Murray v Henman
Grosjean v Tursunov
Mathieu v (16) Ginepri

(9) Roddick v Bracciali
Q v Vliegen
Q v Q
Chela v (6) Davydenko

(3) Nalbandian v Q
Wawrinka v Acasuso
Fish v Q
Massu v (13) Gonzalez

(10) Ferrer v Moya
Martin v Almagro
Monfils v Safin
T. Johansson v (8) Baghdatis

(7) Robredo v Gasquet
Mirnyi v Malisse
Serra v Benneteau
Djokovic v (12) Nieminen

(18) Hrbaty v Goldstein
Q v Q
Youzhny v Phau
Rusedski v (4) Ljubicic

(6) Blake v Santoro
Bjorkman v Ferrero
Coria v Lopez
Soderling v (11) Berdych

(14) Haas v Verdasco
Agassi v Simon
Q v Clement
Querrey v (2) Nadal

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Re: ~*~ Vamos Rafa in Cincy ~*~

Good luck Rafa!

Tough 2nd round match against Clement.
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Well, this Querrey guy is tall and a big hitter too right? It will be tough once again. Then Arnaud. Nono is hot right now, won the tourney in Washington. And it doesn't get any easier.
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Yes, Rafa had better get down to business.

From The Enquirer:
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Tournament draw does Agassi no favors

Final visit here likely to run through Nadal


BY COLLEEN KANE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

MASON - Andre Agassi could face a tough road in his goodbye to Cincinnati next week at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.

Agassi, on his summer hardcourt farewell tour that will end in retirement after the U.S. Open, was placed in the same eighth of the tournament bracket as second-ranked Rafael Nadal.

The pairing means Agassi could face Nadal in the round of 16 - if the three-time champion here makes it through a first-round match against Frenchman Gilles Simon and a second-round match with Fernando Verdasco or Tommy Haas. Nadal faces California teen Sam Querrey, a wild-card entry, in his first-round match.

Tension began to build at Friday's draw ceremony as name after name was pulled and Agassi's had yet to be called, while Nadal, the No. 2 seed, had yet to receive an opponent. Agassi nearly ended up with a first-round pairing with the 20-year-old Spaniard - Agassi was the fifth-to-last player placed in the bracket.

"It's exciting and sad to have all those matches because it means one of the players will be gone the next day, but it just shows how strong the field is," W&S tournament director Bruce Flory said. "When the lowest-ranked guy is around No. 60, there's no easy match."

Sixth-ranked American James Blake is also in the same quarter-bracket as Agassi and Nadal, potentially setting up a high-powered quarterfinal.

Among other notable matchups, top-ranked defending champion Roger Federer will play No. 47 Paradorn Srichaphan in the opening round. Eleventh-ranked American Andy Roddick, in the same quarter with Federer, will open with Italy's Daniele Bracciali.
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Yeah! Rafa has much luckier draw than Blake and Robredo...

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Re: ~*~ Vamos Rafa in Cincy ~*~

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Whos the hell is that?
Never seen him. All I know is that he's very tall and a big hitter, and in his last ATP match (in Washington) it took Wesley Moodie three tough sets to beat him. He won two challengers this year. Here's his ATP profile.

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/player...search=Querrey



Rafa is in Cincy, he practised in the morning and is scheduled to practise again at 6 pm.

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Yeah! Rafa has much luckier draw than Blake and Robredo...


Whos the hell is that?
Sam Querrey, big strong kid who may be a big part of the future of american tennis, he lost to Murray in strait sets Gonzo in strait sets and Dima in strait sets , hasnt really beaten anyone good, Rafa shouldnt really have trouble.
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Re: ~*~ Vamos Rafa in Cincy ~*~

Rafa is playing doubles with Lopez again.
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is that normal that i want to cry when i see the draw

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Re: ~*~ Vamos Rafa in Cincy ~*~

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Rafa is playing doubles with Lopez again.
Hmmm, I hope it's because he needs match practice before the USO but this is starting to look a bit suspicious...Surely they're not going to have him play ALL matches in the upcoming DC tie again?!

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is that normal that i want to cry when i see the draw


Rafa must simply start playing better, and then the draw will be less important. I hope his practices are going well in Cincy.

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Rafa must simply start playing better, and then the draw will be less important. I hope his practices are going well in Cincy.

i really start wondering if the break wasn't too long...4 weeks it's long

he said that the practice were good in Toronto but we couldn't see it during the match.........i hope practices will be bad so that he'll kick everyone's ass in Cincy !!!

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