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Novak in ROME (1.870.000 €)!

I hope he will show his best in Rome! Go Nole!

(Maybe he enjoyed Ortodox Easter all day yesterday and hadn't proper rest until today.)

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Re: Novak in ROME (1.870.000 €)!

The qualifying draw of the ATP tournament Masters Series in Rome (red clay, 1.870.000 euros) is released. In his opening match Novak Djokovic will face local player, six years older - Francesco Aldi, who is 173rd in the world. This match is scheduled to be played as first one on Court number 6 at noon on Saturday.

Complete qualifying draw which contains two rounds is:

(1) ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP vs. CIPOLLA, Flavio ITA
BASTL, George SUI vs. (15) GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP

(2) MARTIN, Alberto ESP vs. (WC) FABBIANO, Thomas ITA
ELSENEER, Gilles BEL vs. (12) KUNITSYN, Igor RUS

(3) DJOKOVIC, Novak SCG vs. ALDI, Francesco ITA
(WC) FOGNINI, Fabio ITA vs. (10) SABAU, Razvan ROM

(4) BJORKMAN, Jonas SWE vs. (WC) GALVANI, Stefano ITA
KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS vs. (16) MARIN, Juan Antonio CRC

(5) MOODIE, Wesley RSA vs. GABASHVILI, Teimuraz RUS
FALLA, Alejandro COL vs. (11) NORMAN, Dick BEL

(6) SPADEA, Vincent USA vs. GALIMBERTI, Giorgio ITA
LUZZI, Federico ITA vs. (13) MONACO, Juan ARG

(7) VICENTE, Fernando ESP vs. BURGSMULLER, Lars GER
DUPUIS, Antony FRA vs. (14) MARACH, Oliver AUT

(8) SARETTA, Flavio BRA vs. LAPENTTI, Nicolas ECU
(WC) NASO, Gianluca ITA vs. (9) RAMIREZ HIDALGO, Ruben ESP

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lets go Nole

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Re: Novak in ROME (1.870.000 €)!

It's kind of interesting that Novak plays Aldi, who he beat in the finals of the San Remo challenger--and that tournament's points expire at the end of Rome.

I said kind of interesting, not extremely interesting.

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Re: Novak in ROME (1.870.000 €)!

I'm bored, so here's my take on Rome's main draw slots for qualifiers:

I'll put them in order of what I'd most like for Novak.

1. Q. v Santoro, then Ljubicic/Hrbaty, then Haas/Monfils/Ginepri/Mirnyi

Santoro has only played once on clay this season losing to Berdych. The seeds in this section are Ljubicic and Ginepri. Ljubicic would be more of a psychological hurdle for Novak, but our Serbian may have the better clay season when all is said and done.

2. Q. v Thomas Johansson, then Henman/Di Mauro, then Nadal

For a chance to simply gain points (Novak needs two wins for a net gain) this slot is best. Johansson hasn't played since Rotterdam and hasn't won a match since the Australian. Di Mauro has had some good results lately and has a career high ranking at the age of 28. And he's from Syracuse. Italy.

3. Q. v Sanguinetti, then Bracciali/Kiefer, then Nalbandian/Ferrero/Mathieu

Not very exciting to me. Bracciali has been on a hot streak.

4. Q. v Safin, then Coria, then Blake/Serra/Horna/Ancic

Call this one the Grand Slam revenge draw. Niether Coria or Safin seem to have found thier best form this year. This slot has the greatest chance for a deep run if Novak could beat Coria.

5. Q. v Coria, then Safin/Q, then Blake/Serra/Horna/Ancic

Would it be better to face Coria in the first round than in the second?

6. Q. v Jiri Novak, then Robredo/Rusedski, then Roddick/Rochus/Baghdatis/Hanescu

This might not be so bad. Our Novak should beat the other Novak. J. Novak hasn't played on the main tour since October, and I'm not convinced he will actually play here. Robredo has had a fine clay season, losing only to Gaudio and Nadal so far.

7. Q. v Nalbandian, then Ferrero/Mathieu, then Kiefer/Bracciali/Sanguinetti

Nalbandian gave Robredo a 3 set test in Monte Carlo and seems clay-court-ready. Ferrero seems like a terrible tactical matchup for Mr. Djokovic. He's beaten Novak on clay once already in straight sets.

8. Q. v Massu, then Ferrer/Acasuso, then Daydenko/Verdasco/Pashanski

A rough draw and I don't forsee much potential for hype in the event Nole beats any of these.

Jess will say that all of these spots are horrible draws.

First there is one more Qualifying match v. Fognini. When was the last time Nole played someone younger than himself? Fognini is younger by two whole days.
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CMOOOOON NOVAK!!!!!

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I'm bored, so here's my take on Rome's main draw slots for qualifiers:

I'll put them in order of what I'd most like for Novak.

2. Q. v Thomas Johansson, then Henman/Di Mauro, then Nadal

For a chance to simply gain points (Novak needs two wins for a net gain) this slot is best. Johansson hasn't played since Rotterdam and hasn't won a match since the Australian. Di Mauro has had some good results lately and has a career high ranking at the age of 28. And he's from Syracuse. Italy.
I did a report on Syracusa! I never knew Di Mauro was Sicilian! Anyway..... I like this spot even though it ends at Nadal.


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4. Q. v Safin, then Coria, then Blake/Serra/Horna/Ancic

Call this one the Grand Slam revenge draw. Niether Coria or Safin seem to have found thier best form this year. This slot has the greatest chance for a deep run if Novak could beat Coria.
Easiest draw for an early exit

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5. Q. v Coria, then Safin/Q, then Blake/Serra/Horna/Ancic

Would it be better to face Coria in the first round than in the second?
I am inclined to say it might be better... though I'm not sure why.

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6. Q. v Jiri Novak, then Robredo/Rusedski, then Roddick/Rochus/Baghdatis/Hanescu

This might not be so bad. Our Novak should beat the other Novak. J. Novak hasn't played on the main tour since October, and I'm not convinced he will actually play here. Robredo has had a fine clay season, losing only to Gaudio and Nadal so far.
Meh.... I don't like it. It's good if we are happy with only winning one round.... he lost late last year to Robredo in a close match, so maybe he could do it... but I'm not sold on his chances.

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7. Q. v Nalbandian, then Ferrero/Mathieu, then Kiefer/Bracciali/Sanguinetti

Nalbandian gave Robredo a 3 set test in Monte Carlo and seems clay-court-ready. Ferrero seems like a terrible tactical matchup for Mr. Djokovic. He's beaten Novak on clay once already in straight sets.
Yeahhh this draw is not pretty. So you know this is the one he'll get right? *knocks on wood*

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8. Q. v Massu, then Ferrer/Acasuso, then Daydenko/Verdasco/Pashanski

A rough draw and I don't forsee much potential for hype in the event Nole beats any of these.
Yeah, that's pretty much awful.

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I don't so much mind #2. No shame in losing in the 3rd round to Nadal. I should add #1 is not incredibly awful either... but I'd rather him lose in the 3rd round to Nadal than anyone else.

Or even better... I'd love to see him break the streak It'd be like playing Federer with absolutely nothing to lose

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Nice win today for Novak easy as pie.


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Hi guys Just thought I would pop in to tell you that I am in Rome and watched Novak play today He played well though it's fair to say that he didn't have too much opposition but he concentrated well and did what he had to do for a simple, straight sets win Good Luck to him tomorrow.l

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Hi guys Just thought I would pop in to tell you that I am in Rome and watched Novak play today He played well though it's fair to say that he didn't have too much opposition but he concentrated well and did what he had to do for a simple, straight sets win Good Luck to him tomorrow.l

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thanks rosie!!

keep it going nole!!!!

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Awww Penny, that avatar is so sad

Rosie have fun in Roma!


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Novak lost in quallies today so all this conversation is moot.

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