Re: Who will win the 2006 AAMI Classic, Kooyong, Melbourne?
Maybe so, but it is proven that in the past whoever wins Kooyong pretty much does very well in the Australian Open. Every time Andre Agassi has won Kooyong, he has won the Aussie Open, in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003. Agassi was also a finalist in 2002 (L. Sampras) and 2004 (L. Nalbandian). Unfortunately, he pulled out of 2002 Aus Open with a wrist injury, but went on to the Aus Open Semi Finals in 2004 (L. Safin). Last year, Roger Federer won Kooyong (D. Roddick) and went through the Aus Open before losing in the Semi-Finals to Safin. The two exceptions too this are Sampras, the 2002 Winner (Lost to Safin in R16 at Aus Open) and David Nalbandian, the 2004 champion (Lost to Federer in QF at Aus Open). So it does matter who wins Kooyong in my opinion as they usually do very well at Flinders Park for the first Grand Slam of the year!!!!!