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Australian Open 2017 Qualifying Draw

Posting here too, so more people can comment?

Credits to @Walsall , who posted in the tournament's forum.

I just added first names where it could be confusion and also a few comments about some of the matches.

Feel free the comment, I don't follow the challenger circuit, so I know basically nothing about most of these players.

Qualifying Draw

(1)Stepanek v Bangoura
Donati v Kavcic
JP Smith v Velotti
de Schepper v (27)Gombos

(2)Tiafoe v Cecchinato
Diez v Reuter
Pedro Sousa v Safwat - Is this João Sousa's little brother, right?
Samper-Montana v (25)Smyczek

(3)Kovalik v Trungelliti- This match happened last year on R1 of main draw, I remember Trungelliti beat Kovalik and then lost to Dimitrov in R2.
Gojowczyk v Myneni
Brands v Menendez-Maceiras
Bemelmans v (29)Soeda

(4)Sugita v Polmans
Purcell v Rublev - Is it reasonable to think Rublev can qualify? It doesn't look like a very tough sector.
Giustino v Basic
Lamasine v (22)Polansky

(5)Kicker v Lee
Fucsovics v Mousley
Coppejans v Sandgren
Bublik v (17)de Greef

(6)Fratangelo v Zemlja
van Peperzeel v Tsitsipas - Same question here. Is is reasonable to think Tsistipas can qualify? A bit tougher judging by the names, but there is not a very stable player here too.
Moriya v Bourchier
Ignatik v (19)Pospisil

(7)Kozlov v Bhambri
Krstin v Kolar
Masur v Ito
Marterer v (21)Escobedo

(8)Becker v Zekic - I thought Benny would retire at the end of 2016.
Banes v Wu
Dodig v Weintraub
Djere v (24)Martin

(9)Souza v Ghem - Brazilian derby, Ghem is better on faster surfaces.
Kibi v Brian Baker
Elias Ymer v Santillan
Klahn v (31)Fabbiano - What happened with Klahn? I remember he was decently ranked when faced Dimitrov in 2014 R1, but I didn't hear from him since.

(10)Lacko v Jahn - GOATcko should qualify if he plays at his best level, who was good enough to bagel Nadal in Doha's 2010.
Lopez-Perez v Maximo Gonzalez
Hernandez-Fernandez v King
Saville v (18)Kudla

(11)Donskoy v Popko
Ebden v Golubev - GOATlubev isn't even seeded.
Rubin v Stebe
Matosevic v (32)Carballes Baena

(12)Giannessi v Satral
Uchiyama v Tepavac
Gaio v Vanni
Sarkissian v (23)Laaksonen

(13)Daniel v Setkic
J Melzer v de Loore - Melzer on the QF draw and his brother on the MD.
Jones v Arevalo
Ivashka v (20)Ram- Rampras pretty much did nothing after reaching Delray F, right? Only seeded 20 in the QF.

(14)Kamke v Novikov
Kudryavtsev v Mott
Pecotic v McGee
Bellotti v (30)Millot

(15)Copil v Bolt
Bachinger v Skugor
Mesaros v Clezar - Clezar qualified in the USO and played his first slam ever in 2016, but he got a very tough sector this time, with Benneteau, Copil and Bachinger. Very unlikely to advance this time. He was a junior quarterfinalist in the AO 2010 though.
Milojevic v (26)Benneteau

(16)Chiudinelli v Krueger
Opelka v Napolitano
Bourgue v Eysseric
Ruud v (28)Gabashvili- Gaba started last year much better ranked and almost reached Sydney F, so he's another player who did pretty much nothing in 2016 I guess.




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Klahn was injured and now he comeback

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Come on Lee. kick out Kicker!

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Re: Australian Open 2017 Qualifying Draw

Overall a pretty lucky draw for most of the youngsters here, I think Casper had the toughest luck having to face a quality player, I hope Gaba will be irregular for most of the match, if he's in such a bad position it means he hasn't played much as of late. Then again Opelka has a good chance to make it in that quarter, but he wasn't even able to get through Happy Valley's qualys so he surely needs to up his game.

Also not the best possible draw for Tiafoe considering he's the #2 seed, it doesn't look impossible to reach the main draw but Cechinnato is a quality player for a first round and there are far worse seeds than Smyczek.

Really good draw for Rublev, feasible first round against an unxperienced local - Sugita and Polansky aren't big hitters and it seems plausible he can overcome them if he's in good shape and not spraying many unforced errors.

Lee got drawn with one of the weakest seeds imo. Kicker is a really combative and spirited player and a tough one to face on clay, but he's winnable on hard courts. Tsitsipas should win his first two rounds if he plays at his best, then Pospisil would be a huge task but if he's as irregular as he's been for the last few months I believe Stefanos does hold a chance

Noah Rubin which imo is the most limited youngster out there (I know he beat Paire last year, but considering a very raw junior like De Minaur won against him today it doesn't mean much) could grind out his place at the AO, he runs like a rabbit and his game is well suited for these courts. Stebe has struggled to come back to the level that saw him earn a top-100 place in the ATP rankings, Carballes shouldn't be a huge test on hard courts and neither Donskoy nor Golubev are in their best moment...

Last but not least his countrymen Kozlov and Escobedo got drawn in the same quarter. Stefan will face a tough task, Bhambri has already featured in this Slam (lost against Murray, don't remember the year) and is a solid player with a good game on slow-medium courts. I reckon he has been out of action lately hence his poor ranking now, but this one should be a tough battle. If Kozlov ousts him then he shouldn't have much problem to set up a meeting with Escobedo and his superb forehand, a match we've seen in the Challenger circuit twice (both won by Ernesto).

We'll see what's going on, some good matches, hoping for a decent showing by the bunch of youngsters that are making an appereance here.

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are the qualies streamed?
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Ruud defeating Gabashvili

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So Lee actually came back from 5-7 4-5*, didn't expect that.

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So Lee actually came back from 5-7 4-5*, didn't expect that.
I didn't see that coming at all. It was similar in the first set. Early break up for Kicker. *5-4, he failed to serve it out. 5-5, Lee got broken again. 5-6*. Lee lost the opening serve game in the second set. Later two breaks down 1-4*. I had to leave at that point and was sure it would be a straight set match.
One thing that I was impressed from my limited viewing of Lee's matches is that the boy doesn't give up easily. His matches tend to be long, lots of full set matches, and he always fights hard till the end.

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Indeed, I didn't see most of the match, but I saw the crucial game which was a bit of a choke from Kicker to lose - he hit a double fault. But Lee fought hard there so credit to him.

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Re: Australian Open 2017 Qualifying Draw

Qualifying Round 2

(1) Stepanek vs. Kavcic
JP Smith vs de Schepper

(2) Tiafoe vs. Reuter
Safwat vs. (25) Smyczek

Trungelliti vs. Gojowczyk
Menendez-Maceiras vs. (29) Soeda

(4)Sugita vs. Rublev
Basic vs. (22) Polansky

Lee vs. Mousley
Coppejans vs. Bublik

(6) Fratangelo vs. Tsitsipas
Moriya vs. Ignatik

Bhambri vs. Krstin
Ito vs. (21) Escobedo

Zekic vs. Wu
Dodig vs. Djere

Ghem vs. Kibi
Santillan vs. (31) Fabbiano

(10) Lacko vs. Maximo Gonzalez
King vs. (18) Kudla

(11) Donskoy vs. Ebden
Rubin vs. (32) Carballes Baena

Satral vs. Uchiyama
Vanni vs. Sarkissian

(13) Daniel vs. J Melzer
Arevalo vs. (20) Ram

(14) Kamke vs Mott
McGee vs. (30) Millot

Bolt vs. Bachinger
Clezar vs. (26) Benneteau

Krueger vs. Opelka
Eysseric vs. Ruud



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Re: Australian Open 2017 Qualifying Draw

Some brief observations:

- A bit of a surprise that Stepanek dropped a set to Bangoura
- Disappointing that Gombos bowed out to De Schepper. You'd think that a long match would favor him, as he is very fit.
- Sousa losing to Safwat
- De Greef losing to Bublik But this should be a strong year for Bublik.
- Bhambri destroying Kozlov is a great result. But I am never convinced Bhambri will actually have an injury-free season. Fingers crossed.
- Escobedo v Marterer is probably one of the toughest first-round match-ups here. Great win for Escobedo, whose game is tailor-made for hard courts, but disappointing for Marterer as he could have qualified in different sections.
- Becker losing to Zekic. WTF.
- Andrej Martin only winning two games against Djere
- Baker losing to Kibi and Lopez-Perez to Gonzalez
- Laaksonen losing so easily here. I think he can't handle heat very well. He was piss-poor at the US Open last year too, in similar circumstances.
- Great win for Bolt over Copil.
- Chiudinelli losing to Krueger Unacceptable loss since he likes hard courts and can handle heat well.
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Not many surprised on Day 2. Though Escobedo's scoreline against Ito is impressive.

It is surprising that Ghem is in Q3

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Spartanpanek winning another 3 sets match

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Tsitsipas lost in 3. Expected, I thought Fratangelo would be too much for him at this point. Anyone watched?



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