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Pacific Life Open 2004

http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/10/

Above is the link to the official site of this masters series event. The men's draw has been expanded this year to 96 players. Accordingly, Indian Wells has changed to a 2-week format, although men's matches for the main draw begin only on March 12.

Lleyton won this tournament in 2002 and 2003, his only masters series titles--not including the two year-end championship wins.

The top seeds look healthy, so I assume Ll will be seeded 9th or 10th.

Good luck to Lleyton.
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Thanks for posting this.

Good luck Lleyton! Regardless of ranking, I don't think the top 8 seeds will be wanting to draw Lleyton in the 4th round!
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Go for it Ll

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Re: Pacific Life Open 2004

Good luck Lleyton
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I'm going to wait for the player's list to be updated before posting it, but--as it is always important to know the competition --here are the probable top sixteen seeds, their 2004 record and some general notes.

Roger Federer::16-1 (won Dubai) World #1 begins the year in dazzling fashion. I doubt he'll be troubled by the loss to Henman in Rotterdam, and he is the favourite here too.

Juan Carlos Ferrero::9-4 Showing good competitiveness this year, compiling a respectable record while apparently battling fatigue and off his best form. Historically, hasn't performed well here, but after the U.S. Open maybe this 'jinx' is lifted.

Andy Roddick::17-4 (lost sf Scottsdale) After Federer, probably the favourite to win. Playing with a lot of confidence and usually performs extremely well in the U.S. Perhaps troubled by swedes...

Guillermo Coria::9-3 (lost 1st rd Dubai) Lleyton's 2nd rd opponent last year has the game to succeed on hardcourts.

Andre Agassi::8-2 Has won here before and this is historically a great time of year for him, although he skipped IW last year. Withdrew from Scottsdale, but this is most likely strategic.

Rainer Schuettler::2-5 (lost 1st rd Dubai) The vultures are circling over Schuettler, but I expect this gritty competitor to make a stand here. He was a semi-finalist last year.

Carlos Moya::18-3 (won Acapulco) In fabulous form before Sydney injury. Tough to assess at the moment.

David Nalbandian::5-2 (lost 1st rd Dubai) Seemingly unbeatable at the beginning of the year. Out with an injury for a while; defeated in straight sets by Nieminen.

Lleyton Hewitt::14-1 Last year's tournament winner seems in good form. Apparently, suffered some mild strain in Rotterdam final.

Mark Philippoussis::5-6 (lost 1st rd Dubai) Along with Schuettler, the only one on this list with a losing record. Famously struggling after AO exit and problems are fairly extensively documented/analyzed.

Tim Henman::8-4 (lost 1st rd Dubai - sound familiar) Coaching change seems beneficial. Upset Federer again but then lost to Thomas Zib in opening rd Dubai match.

Paradorn Srichaphan::10-6 (lost 2nd rd Dubai) String of two consecutive opening match losses broken by Domenik Hrbaty's forfeit. Another victim of tennis parenting?

Nicolas Massu::7-7 (lost qf Acapulco) Rough start to the year. Looking to get back on track.

Sebastien Grosjean::6-2 Injured and status questionable.

Sjeng Schalken::11-5 (lost qf Dubai) Year off to a good start. No really big wins so far though...

Gustavo Kuerten::14-4 Win in Brazil should raise confidence for last year's finalist.

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More notes...I am in a posting mood. Please feel free to make corrections.

Who is injured: Jiri Novak, Younes El Aynaoui and, of course, Grosjean are all questionable. Taylor Dent too, I think.

Who is making a come-back: Andrei Pavel, Thomas Johansson both playing well on their return.

Trends to watch:

1) Swedes - young and old: Jonas Bjorkman has scored big upsets this year over Roddick and Safin. Bolstered perhaps by Davis Cup success, Enqvist also took out Roddick. Joachim - alias Pim Pim - Johansson has his first atp title. Robin Soderling is also now in the top 50 and made his first final last week.

2) Old french guys: Anthony Dupuis wins his first tournament at around thirty. Gregory Carraz is scoring big upsets and crushing qualifiers 6-0, 6-0. At this rate, will Cedric Pioline come back?

3) Wunderkinder: Rafael Nadal is playing great to start the year, and Richard Gasquet is also winning some matches and not forfeiting.

4) It's not really a trend, but food-poisoning. Last year, both IW and Miami were plagued by ailments of this nature. If it happens again, I will be suspicious.
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Re: Pacific Life Open 2004

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thanks for posting, at least we can be busy analysing the situation while counting down the days

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You are welcome, dani.

I already spotted an error...oops.

I guess it's pretty obvious that I can't wait to actually see some more tennis. Did you hear any Grosjean updates on the french sports news?
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Re: Pacific Life Open 2004

Hi guys !
Thanks for the article dagmar!

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Re: Pacific Life Open 2004

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You are welcome, dani.

I already spotted an error...oops.

I guess it's pretty obvious that I can't wait to actually see some more tennis. Did you hear any Grosjean updates on the french sports news?
nothing i'm afraid

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Hi guys !
Thanks for the article dagmar!
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Hi guys !
Thanks for the article dagmar!
You are welcome, although the writing is all mine, so I take full responsibility for any opinions/errors etc..

The evil atp's official site provided statistical info though.
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Thanks Dagmar, you are more insightful than some who do this professionally!
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Thanks Jane!

I like to think that I have some of the sportswriter's gift for stating the patently obvious...

I should have included Tommy Haas, who is one of the wildcard recipients, and Guillermo Canas as two more listed players coming back from injury.
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Re: Pacific Life Open 2004

I wish , Lleyton is the Champion.
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