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Article--Nalbandian in doubt for Australian Open

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SYDNEY, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian is in doubt for this month's Australian Open after injury forced him out of the Australian hardcourt championships.

The Argentine was seeded number one for the hardcourt championship in Adelaide but pulled out because of a chronic wrist problem that has plagued him for three months.

The world number eight told tournament organisers he was planning to fly to Spain to see his physiotherapist in the hope of making it back for the Australian Open, starting in Melbourne on January 19.

Nalbandian's withdrawal paved the way for South African Wayne Ferreira to take over the top seeding in Adelaide with American Vince Spadea promoted to second.

The tournament starts on Monday.

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I agree...I was actually going to have Nalbandian as one of my fav choice to win this year AO. I think he's the most underrated top player at this moment.

I hope he does recover on time, it's great seeing him constantly giving great challenges to many other media/journalists/reporters favoured top players. I really enjoy watching Federer when he performed like in Wimbledon and Houston, hope he can pull off more of such performances this year. AO will be a perfect start if he can do that. Great treat for tennis fans. I also will love it if Younes can pull a win if not in AO but other slams this year. Wonderful player and likeable personality.
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Like I said before on another thread - yes I am worried too - but PLEASE don't let's get too worried until after David has seen the specialist next week. He actually had this appointment booked long before Christmas (it's not a new thing), so maybe his withdrawal from Adelaide is more precautionary than anything else. I just think it's pretty bad that the Adelaide tourney waited until the day their draw came out to announce his withdrawal, when at least 2 weeks ago he was talking about starting his warm-up campaign at the Kooyong Classic - perhaps they were just afraid of lost ticket sales if they announced their top seed had withdrawn? Anyway, I have my fingers crossed for David to pull though - he will win a Grand Slam for sure very soon - why not this one?

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Re: Article--Nalbandian in doubt for Australian Open

Yeah, let's have faith as Rosie says, and let's think positively.....you know, I think he'll be ok in a couple of days, and he'll be fine for the AO.

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Yeah, let's have faith as Rosie says, and let's think positively.....you know, I think he'll be ok in a couple of days, and he'll be fine for the AO.
Everyone probably knows this by now, - but David has been declared fit to play in Australia and doesn't need the surgery that he feared. Obviously no one will know for sure how the wrist will feel until he has played a couple of long competitive matches, but hopefully he should be on his way to a good run here

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Wooooooooooo It would be great if David Nalbandian actually will play. He definitely enriches the tournament and he is not only a great player on many surfaces, but also a great personality on the Tour! A huge asset to tennis, in my opinion!

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Wooooooooooo It would be great if David Nalbandian actually will play. He definitely enriches the tournament and he is not only a great player on many surfaces, but also a great personality on the Tour! A huge asset to tennis, in my opinion!
Couldn't agree more CooCooCachoo! Fantastic player, great personality, lovely person - and my own very favourite player! Hope he wins Australia!!

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Couldn't agree more with you!!! I think he's confident enough to win it!!!
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I completly agree with what CooCooCacho said about Nalbandian. Hopefully if he wins in Australia, people will start to realize his potiental. I think he has what it takes to become the next Agassi. Only more well rounded than Andre. Good Luck to David in Australia & for the year!!
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Re: Article--Nalbandian in doubt for Australian Open

I loved all that compliments to David, CooCooCachoo.

I don't know why you chose that nickname, you're not "CooCoo" at all. Je Je.

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Great news! I'm really glad he doesn't need that operation and can participate in AO.
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Re: Article--Nalbandian in doubt for Australian Open

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I don't know why you chose that nickname, you're not "CooCoo" at all. Je Je.
Now let me enlighten you CooCooCachoo is Karol Kucera's nickname and it means 'little cat'! As you might know, Milosav Mecir, Kucera's coach, was nicked 'big cat'! I chose it, since I am a fan of Karol (and Tommy Robredo too).

David Nalbandian is one of the players I like as well, so therefore I am really happy he'll play

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Re: Article--Nalbandian in doubt for Australian Open

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Re: Article--Nalbandian in doubt for Australian Open

Oh.....ok.

Thanx for the explanation.

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Re: Article--Nalbandian in doubt for Australian Open

well that's good that he doesn't need surgery. Hopefully it's stable enough so that it won't be reinjured so easily like it was in Basel.

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