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"Teimuraz Gabashvili, a 19-year-old Russian playing his first-ever match on center court, upset James Blake in the first round of the Millennium International Tennis Championship"

Another great showing by James Blake.

BTW, when's the last time a player ranked #135 in the world got featured as one of the few pictures on the website main page?

Good trivia question.

I'd love to see how they pronounce his name.
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Re: Russian debut

Hingis, unranked, this week.

And Pornikova, just about every week.
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Re: Russian debut

Pronounce it as it's spelt but that would be too logical.

I have seen him play challengers and he lost to Baghdatis in qualies at the Aus Open. A baseliner, he likes pace and his forehand is his best shot.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Leena, I of course mean that isn't a slam winner on a comeback or a player coming back from injury.

When was the last time Kournikova during her playing career was #135? She was always at least mid-level.
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We Russians have to make things difficult.

No American has ever pronounced Myskina or Bovina correctly.
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Leena, I of course mean that isn't a slam winner on a comeback or a player coming back from injury.

When was the last time Kournikova during her playing career was #135? She was always at least mid-level.
She didn't fall to 135 range while she was still playing... except for maybe the couple challengers at the end.

But, she's still on tournament sites despite being gone for 2 years.

That's why I'm glad I've moved on from the dirty women's game.
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We Russians have to make things difficult.

No American has ever pronounced Myskina or Bovina correctly.
Why does that not surprise me.

Then again this guy is of Georgian descent with a last name like that.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Why does that not surprise me.

Then again this guy is of Georgian descent with a last name like that.
I didn't vote for Bush. Don't discriminate me.
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I apologize for my drastic off-topicness in this thread. Carry on.
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So do you know this Russian, Leena?

Does he have any hype over there?

Can't really tell much by beating James Blake these days, he's not even one of the top 10 American players.

That's too bad you didn't vote for Bush Leena, most of your compatriots seemed to prefer him to the French candidate.
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Blake is pretty inconsistent. Goes from nearly beating Hewitt to losing to this guy
But who knows maybe Gabashvili was playing the match of his life.
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That's too bad you didn't vote for Bush Leena, most of your compatriots seemed to prefer him to the French candidate.
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We Russians have to make things difficult.

No American has ever pronounced Myskina or Bovina correctly.
is myskina? - miss~keena
and bovina? - boh~veena

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