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How far will USA players progress in Rome?

I am getting tired of these Fed and Nadal threads so hopefully we can have some sane discussion on this or maybe I am expecting too much.

All of them skipped Monte Carlo and some of them will be playing in Rome. How far do you think they will go? I personally feel that 3rd round is a good possibility for James and Andy. I don't expect them to progress beyond that considering their lack of match practice on clay. I don't expect any others to progress beyond the second.

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I am getting tired of these Fed and Nadal threads so hopefully we can have some sane discussion on this or maybe I am expecting too much.
Good luck with that, but I will try to help you out

This may be stating the obvious, but it will depend entirely on their draws. they get a dirtballer in the first round and they're done. lol. But I mean Andy's made the QF before and it's the clay Masters that Americans have consistently done better at than the other two, so yeah.

It will also depend on the weather - if it is warm and sunny they're a lot more likely to do well

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Good luck with that, but I will try to help you out

This may be stating the obvious, but it will depend entirely on their draws. they get a dirtballer in the first round and they're done. lol. But I mean Andy's made the QF before and it's the clay Masters that Americans have consistently done better at than the other two, so yeah.

It will also depend on the weather - if it is warm and sunny they're a lot more likely to do well
If we go by the law of averages, there is a fairly good chance that they may not encounter a good dirtballer plus apparently Rome plays faster than Monte Carlo.

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Re: How far will USA players progress in Rome?

Fish will beat Nadal in the final that will last 6.5 hr

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Yeah, Rome is the fastest clay in the world. I remember a couple years ago Andy said that Rome plays faster than Houston and that the surface is even better for him than Houston's. So yeah, in terms of the surface yea.

It will be James's first time back to Rome since his accident there 2 years ago. So, I don't know if that will affect him at all, probably not but hard to say. I imagine it will be odd for him to be back there.

I dunno, with there only being 16 seeds and mostly top 50 players in the draw, there's a good chance for them to draw a good clay player in the first or second round - they could get a Moya, Safin, Massu, Volandri, Andreev, Acasuso, Serra, Horna, etc... in the first round or two. So I definitely think their success will be determined in large part by the luck of the draw.
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he's playing a challenger in the US on green clay instead

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Re: How far will USA players progress in Rome?

It depends on who shows up.

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.
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It depends on who shows up.
You mean the Americans? They're all going to show up, barring something happening in the next week or whatever.

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Good luck with that, but I will try to help you out

This may be stating the obvious, but it will depend entirely on their draws. they get a dirtballer in the first round and they're done. lol. But I mean Andy's made the QF before and it's the clay Masters that Americans have consistently done better at than the other two, so yeah.

It will also depend on the weather - if it is warm and sunny they're a lot more likely to do well
I thought Andy reached the semis in 2002? Anyway, i completely agree, it depends on the draw, a good claycourter could take them out in round 1. On the other hand, Andy might make it to the semis with a good draw, say Rusedski in R1, Lalo in R2, Robredo in R3 and F. Gonzalez in the quarters.

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I thought Andy reached the semis in 2002?
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Anyway, i completely agree, it depends on the draw, a good claycourter could take them out in round 1. On the other hand, Andy might make it to the semis with a good draw, say Rusedski in R1, Lalo in R2, Robredo in R3 and F. Gonzalez in the quarters.
He had a pretty easy draw last year, had match points, didn't seem to help much Don't think he'll be so lucky to get Rusedski 2 years in a row

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Let's put it this way: No need for weekend tickets.
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USA players adventures in Rome:


1) Crowd gets excited when Roddick hits a backhand winner on clay








2) Roddick hits his regular backhand








3) Roddick attempts a serve/volley








4) Vince Spadea starts rapping







5) Mardy Fish wins Rome

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Fish will beat Nadal in the final that will last 6.5 hr
See, that would be the case if Mardy wasn't playing a challenger. Now Rafa can sleep at night knowing that he has a chance in Rome.

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Re: How far will USA players progress in Rome?

Sampras and Agassi have both won here so why not Andy?

He'll pound Gaudio and Nadal and take his first title of the year.

Rome plays like a red hard court anyway.
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Re: How far will USA players progress in Rome?

Thanks hitch for taking time out from the pie business to bring some sense back to this thread.

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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Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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