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Nasdaq-100 Open 2004

The temptation to make some bad pun about Miami Vice or Miami Heat is almost overwhelming, but somehow I feel must be resisted.

I am still over IW and that Chela match, but remain - as a great woman once said - relentlessly optimistic.

This tournament is virtually Agassi's personal property, but I will provide more thoughts later - I know you all can't wait.

First, here is a link to the official site, where you can get your chaotic market results and tennis results in one convenient place.

http://www.nasdaq100open.com/

The draw will be made Monday at 2:00 pm est for the men's singles. Ll may be seeded eighteenth, I guess. In my optimistic mood, I look on this as good incentive.

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In keeping with that, I would like as a fan to make a few pleas.

1) All any fan can ask for is a complete effort, so that's the first one. I want it proven to me that Chela was a 2004 aberration.

2) I don't want to hear about the 'heavy balls'.

3) Since Ll is well rested, maybe some doubles...

4) Play better.

...and, of course, may the capricious deities of tennis smile.


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Re: Nasdaq-100 Open 2004

thanks for the info Dagmar!
it seems like you start all of the tournaments thread
thanks for putting in an effort in all these posts for us

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Re: Nasdaq-100 Open 2004

In a nutshell:

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[4) Play better.
A lot better. Please.
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Re: Nasdaq-100 Open 2004

Good luck Lley!

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Re: Re: Nasdaq-100 Open 2004

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A lot better. Please.
i don' t think better is needed, just play

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Re: Re: Re: Nasdaq-100 Open 2004

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i don' t think better is needed, just play
just play, and play good
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Re: Nasdaq-100 Open 2004

Good luck Lleyton! The only way is up!
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Juan Carlos Ferrero officially withdraws. Poor Juan Carlos - I hope he's recovering nicely from that bout of chicken pox. He's smart to not try and come back here - save himself for the european claycourt season.

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Re: Nasdaq-100 Open 2004

Let's Go Lleyton!
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Lleyton!

The qualifying draws and order of play for today's qualifying are up on the official site, as well as posted around these fair forums, I'm sure. I see Alex Corretja didn't receive a wildcard here and is playing qualifying. Anthony Dupuis is the top seed for men's q.

The Competition in all their glory, presumably in order of seeding.

I have given the top twenty, the 2004 record of each and a few comments. More later maybe. We will see.

Roger Federer:::22-1:::The good: 3 titles, #1, a grand slam, soon to become an official religion. The bad: wins too much, wears too much cologne...well, nothing really.

Andy Roddick:::20-5:::The good: He looks like he wants to win every match, plays with a lot of confidence and competitiveness; Scottsdale back problems didn't look like a factor in IW. The bad: not the dominant player of last fall.

Guillermo Coria:::12-4:::The good: Very good showing at IW on hardcourt - probably likes the famous 'heavy' conditions. Has a title already this year and is an extremely focussed competitor. The bad: not much really, some early losses.

Andre Agassi:::12-3:::The good: A smarter player now and played extremely well at IW and owns Miami - will that fountain of youth never run dry? Bad: I know he is concentrating on the slams, but he hasn't won a tournament since the U.S. claycourt in Houston last year. Return isn't what it once was.

Carlos Moya:::18-4:::The good: 2 titles already this year; formidable streaks of winning. The bad: upset in his 1st match at IW. Bad luck perhaps, but so far seems at his best in lesser events.

Rainer Schuettler:::2-6:::The good: He has a lot of insurance points from last year and has maintained his ranking. The bad: record speaks for itself. I like the 'cursed fila shirt' theory.

Tim Henman:::13-5:::The good: Coaching change looks like it has really paid off. Big wins over Federer and Roddick. The bad: Still has trouble going the distance and building on said big wins.

David Nalbandian:::5-2:::The good: amazing start. The bad: injuries. It's curious that such a dominant player still only has 2 career titles.

Paradorn Srichaphan:::10-7:::The good: athletic and looks good on the catwalk. The bad: slumping, crushed by Tommy Haas in 2nd rd of IW. Father? Distracted by fame and popularity?

Nicolas Massu:::7-8:::The good: well travelled, persistent. The bad: losing record; withdrew from match against Nadal - he was down a set.

Mark Philippoussis:::5-7:::The good: very pretty girlfriend - they make a lovely couple. The bad: Still hasn't won a set since Australian Open. Motivation? Fitness? Many questions...

Sebastien Grosjean:::8-3:::The good: played well at IW, winning the doubles and losing in rd 4 to Coria. The bad: troubled by injuries, no big wins so far.

Sjeng Schalken:::11-6:::The good: most of the time defeats players he should defeat. The bad: not really scaring anyone and hasn't come close to an upset. He has improved a lot over his career, but is he content to be where he is?

Jiri Novak:::7-3:::The good: Back playing after some injury trouble. The bad: some bad losses this year - Nadal in NZ and Fish in IW, didn't seem in the match.

Martin Verkerk:::9-6:::The good: winning record; intimidating to play with those facial expressions. The bad: Hasn't really built on that RG final last year, erratic, a curiously dreadful doubles player.

Mardy Fish:::9-5:::The good: playing very well in his home country, still looks like a player on the rise. The bad: not much, not a very competitive match against Federer at IW.

Lleyton Hewitt:::15-2:::The good: 2 titles this year and a nice record with some biggish wins, seems very healthy. The bad: wtf was that against Chela? A prisoner of love - what's up with washing Kim's hair?

Gustavo Kuerten:::14-5:::The good: has won a title, serve is still a formidable and underrated weapon. The bad: along with Lleyton, the big loser points-wise at IW, movement not what it was.

Tommy Robredo:::9-7:::The good: excellent doubles player, which should help his overall game. The bad: record is mediocre. IW must have been a tough time for the spanish players so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt re his loss to Corretja.

Agustin Calleri:::12-7:::The good: good result at IW, taking out superteens Soderling and Nadal before falling to Labadze. The bad: 27 years old and 1 career title is sort of strange for a player this highly ranked.
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Re: Nasdaq-100 Open 2004

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Lleyton!

The qualifying draws and order of play for today's qualifying are up on the official site, as well as posted around these fair forums, I'm sure. I see Alex Corretja didn't receive a wildcard here and is playing qualifying. Anthony Dupuis is the top seed for men's q.

The Competition in all their glory, presumably in order of seeding.

I have given the top twenty, the 2004 record of each and a few comments. More later maybe. We will see.
thanks dagmar for your enlighting analysis; just 1 comment after reading about so many 'good' and 'bad' i can't help wonder who's the ugly

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tsk...you are attempting to draw me into further into scandal and controversy.

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Three: the shadow of doping hanging over the atp ; the cursed 'fila' shirt; almost everyone's 'tennis face' with the nod going to poor not-so-old Martin Verkerk - I should say here that I like the philosophical way he answers questions about his appearance. He is a lot better humoured than I would be in his position.
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Re: Nasdaq-100 Open 2004

Thanks for the analysis Dagmar
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The draw is out! Here is a link.

http://www.nasdaq100open.com/draws/E...1Segment1.html

Ll handled Soderling pretty easily at the DC tie, but that was davis cup.

"We meet (maybe) again" This is the 4th time this year that Ll and Roger Federer have been in the same quarter, that's 4 out of the 4 tournaments they both entered.

It's an appealing potential match, but...coincidence or conspiracy?



You knew that was coming, didn't you?

Federer gets a potential 3rd rd with the Wunderkind, Nadal. Ll gets what could be considered a break, being in the Massu "sixteenth section" and the Henman "eighth", even though the latter is playing very well.

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Re: Nasdaq-100 Open 2004

Another bad draw... hardly shocking But seriously though, it's hard for Lleyton to get his ranking up when he's drawn to meet the best player in the world in the 4th round or quarters of every single event they both play
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