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Lightbulb Week 3: Australian Open, Guatemala City, Bratislava, Kissimee, Deauville

Australian Open
R1: #14 (14) Jiri Novak (CZE) vs #47 Olivier Rochus (BEL)
R1: #22 (22) Agustin Calleri (ARG) vs #92 Christophe Rochus (BEL)
R1: #53 Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs #42 Karol Kucera (SVK)

Not a very good draw for the Belgian boys
Xavier has to play a possible 2nd round against Lleyton Hewitt

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Re: Week 3+4: Australian Open

Kucera is a tricky one. And if Xavier has to face Lleyton, I'll be torn.
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Re: Week 3+4: Australian Open

Could have been better...

Here are the head-to-heads :

Olivier Rochus vs Jiri Novak : 0-2

Australian Open (2003), Hard, R64

O. Rochus lost to Novak 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6


Indian Wells 2002, Hard, R64

O. Rochus lost to Novak 7-5, 5-7, 2-6


Christophe Rochus vs Calleri : 0-1

Barcelona 2002, Clay, R64

Calleri bt Christophe Rochus 6-1, 6-2



Xavier Malisse vs Kucera : 2-0

Lyon 2001, Carpet, R32

Malisse bt Kucera 7-6, 6-1


Hopmancup 2004
Malisse bt Kucera 6-2, 1-6, 6-1


I think Xavier should be able to win (but his second round matches are always against the high seeds at the slams) , Olivier has a chance if he's on his best, but I'm afraid it will be esecially very tough for Christophe to reach the second round...

I hope he proves me wrong and they'll all win their first match!
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Bad draw but they can win!!!

Let's hope so!
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Re: Week 3+4: Australian Open

Stefan Wauters is still in Latin-America, this week he will be playing in Guatemala and Niels Desein will play a ITF2-juniors-tournament in Bratislava.

Good luck !
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I think that Olivier has got a great chance to win- he knows that he was really close last year and it can give him a lot of confidence (remember when he lost to Safin at RG? A couple months later,at Wimbledon, he beat him, cause he knew that he's capeable of it) Christophe hasn't got much confidence (I don't know if he has got ANY confidence actually- when he's losing, he stops fighting, which shouldn't have place on a tennis court...), but we have to remember that AO is his favourite slam, in which he reached even 4th round- and he must have this in the back of his mind. Xavier shouldn't have any problems having won with Kucera this year. So, in the end, it doesn't look bad at all
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I think that Olivier has got a great chance to win- he knows that he was really close last year and it can give him a lot of confidence (remember when he lost to Safin at RG? A couple months later,at Wimbledon, he beat him, cause he knew that he's capeable of it) Christophe hasn't got much confidence (I don't know if he has got ANY confidence actually- when he's losing, he stops fighting, which shouldn't have place on a tennis court...), but we have to remember that AO is his favourite slam, in which he reached even 4th round- and he must have this in the back of his mind. Xavier shouldn't have any problems having won with Kucera this year. So, in the end, it doesn't look bad at all

I totally agree with you on that confidence thing! Christophe gives up so fast (too fast, I think) when he's losing or facing a higher ranked opponent. It became worse with the years, don't you think? A couple of years ago he could still surprise us sometimes or play really good against a top-player. It's been too long since we last saw that from him! I really hope, he proves me wrong, though!

Olivier is completely different on this. He likes being the underdog and he fights 'til he drops most of the time (just think about that match against Koubek in the Daviscup last year : he kept fighting for every point.) He's got some fighting spirit and he shows more emotion on the court!
That's one of the reasons why Olivier is my favorite Rochus-brother.
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Kristof lost to Chaunac 4/6 6/4 3/6

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I totally agree with you on that confidence thing! Christophe gives up so fast (too fast, I think) when he's losing or facing a higher ranked opponent. It became worse with the years, don't you think? A couple of years ago he could still surprise us sometimes or play really good against a top-player. It's been too long since we last saw that from him! I really hope, he proves me wrong, though!

Olivier is completely different on this. He likes being the underdog and he fights 'til he drops most of the time
Exactly- Olivier LOVES being on the court, LOVES big stadiums and people cheering for him, LOVES winning, he simply LOVES playing tennis. And Christophe...I don't know...I think that it was the same with him some time ago- he looked really happy on the court. And now his attitude has changed 360 degrees. I have seen him play a year ago in Sopot. He was playing good tennis, got to 1/4 final (b.Ferrer and Santoro), where he lost to Squillari, but he kept fighting. I have seen him this year at the same tournament. He lost to Coria 6:1 6:0, which would be understandable (Coria was playing his best tennis at that time), but he didn't even try- his body language was terrible, he played a lot of drop-shots from everywhere, without any tactics...There was a press conference with Coria afterwards. He said that he couldn't have expected such a gift from Christophe and that he can only thank him... IMO Chris should play some challengers so that he can get his confidence back, cause giving his opponents such presents is NOT a good idea...
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Re: Week 3+4: Australian Open, Guatemala, Bratislava

Kristof, you played well and you fought! Next time...
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Re: Week 3+4: Australian Open, Guatemala, Bratislava

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Re: Week 3+4: Australian Open, Guatemala, Bratislava

That's too bad for Kristof. I really hoped he would make it.
Let's hope he can get some good results in other tournaments now, so he doesn't have to play qualies in RG!
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Re: Week 3+4: Australian Open, Guatemala, Bratislava

He will. He's such a good player. but he's still young. And to Olli: Be Novak!! Go!
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Beat him!
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Re: Week 3+4: Australian Open, Guatemala, Bratislava

USA
Q1 Darcis (6) - Agniel 6-2 6-2
Q2 Darcis (6) - Davis 3-6 7-5 6-0
Q3 Darcis (6) - Wang
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