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Houston - River Oaks and ATP Tournament

Ok - I had not done this until now - but as Juan is doing very well in the River Oaks exhibtion and the draw has now come out for the ATP tournament in Houston - I decided it warranted a new thread.

So far - Juan has played two singles matches in River Oaks - beating Dusan Vemic 6-4, 6-4 and then a brilliant win over Lucho Horna by 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. He and Horna also won their doubles match beating Ginepri and Montana 7-5, 6-3.

His next match will be the semi final later today against up and comng Greek player Vasilis Mazarakis. He will also face Mazarakis and his partner Hanescu in the doubles semi final.

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Here is the draw for the ATP tourney. Mardy Fish will be hard as he will be paying at home with all the crowd support - but he is not a clay court player - so that is in Juan's favour

(1)RODDICK, Andy USA vs CAPDEVILLE, Paul CHI
MARACH, Oliver AUT vs MARIN, Juan Antonio CRC
WASKE, Alexander GER vs VANEK, Jiri CZE
HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP vs (4)HAAS, Tommy GER

(5-WC)BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP vs (WC)WITTEN, Jesse USA
SPADEA, Vincent USA vs BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG
SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER vs QUALIFIER
(WC)FISH, Mardy USA vs (8)MONACO, Juan ARG

(7)GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA vs TIPSAREVIC, Janko SCG
QUALIFIER vs QUALIFIER
SABAU, Razvan ROM vs BEHREND, Tomas GER
MONTANES, Albert ESP vs (3)GINEPRI, Robby USA

(6)HORNA, Luis PER vs DANIEL, Marcos BRA
MELZER, Jurgen AUT vs MINAR, Ivo CZE
REYNOLDS, Bobby USA vs VICENTE, Fernando ESP
QUALIFIER vs (2)BLAKE, James USA

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Good luck at River Hoaks.


Rosie I like this first round, you know. I mean, Mardy is Mardy of course, and the first reaction I had was.....Oh crap! But he is just returning to the circuit after a long time out, and it is clay. ( Or whatever that is they have in the US ) Of course he is playing at his home crowd, but I really think that Juan can seriously bother him, and win this match.

So come on Pico, make it up for me. If you win this one, I can even forgive you for not coming to Estoril.

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Wow he is seeded!! Come on Pico....Good luck!!
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Today I am VERY proud of Juan Yesterday - he reached the Final at River Oaks with an amazing 3 set win over Mazarakis - score was 7-6(5), 6-7(8), 6-3 Here is a report of the match http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/3781596.html

He also won the doubles' final with Luis Horna - beating Enquist and Armando 7-5, 3-6, 10-7

I know Juan suffered badly with cramps during his semi yesterday - and he must be tired after playing 6 sets in one day, - so I don't expect him to do so well in the Final - but this is still a briliiant achievement because it proves to him that he can win long, close matches, and hopefully will give him confidence in the "real" ATP tournaments on clay. Congrats Juan
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Juan! Well done. Even if this isn't 'for real', it's still amazing and shows us what he is capable of.

Hope he is feeling good for the final. Good luck.

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Juan! Well done. Even if this isn't 'for real', it's still amazing and shows us what he is capable of.

Hope he is feeling good for the final. Good luck.

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He obviously wore it just for his favourite Portuguese fan

Anyway - back to the ATP tourney for a moment - Juan is playing doubles with Lucho Horna again here. This is the draw:-

1) BRYAN, Bob USA/BRYAN, Mike USA v. (WC) BLAKE, Thomas USA/GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA
KOHLMANN, Michael GER/WASKE, Alexander GER v. SPADEA, Vincent USA/TIPSAREVIC, Janko SCG

(4) FISHER, Ashley AUS/HUSS, Stephen AUS v. MARIN, Juan Antonio CRC/MONTANES, Albert ESP
BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG/CAPDEVILLE, Paul CHI v. GINEPRI, Robby USA/SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER

MARACH, Oliver AUT/MULLER, Gilles LUX v. PHILLIPS, Tripp USA/REYNOLDS, Bobby USA
LINDSTEDT, Robert SWE/PARROTT, Travis USA v. (3) KNOWLE, Julian AUT/MELZER, Jurgen AUT

HORNA, Luis PER/MONACO, Juan ARG v. (WC) BLAKE, James USA/FISH, Mardy USA
CIBULEC, Tomas CZE/MINAR, Ivo CZE v. (2) KNOWLES, Mark BAH/NESTOR, Daniel CAN

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The Houston draw for him is looking okay I think! But he could put me into a difficult 2nd match early

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April 9, 2006, 1:56AM
RIVER OAKS INTERNATIONAL
Monaco wins in marathon match
Hanescu awaits in final following grueling semifinal


By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

Victor Hanescu of Romania got a very late start at River Oaks Saturday and also started slowly against Fernando Vicente, but it didn't take long for him to make up for lost time.

And Hanescu had it easy compared with his opponent today in the 72nd River Oaks International final, Juan Monaco. Hanescu, the tournament's second seed, took out the Spaniard Vicente 6-4, 6-0 in just 75 minutes by winning the final eight games after Monaco needed 3 hours, 14 minutes to struggle past Vasilis Mazarakis 7-6 (5), 6-7 (8), 6-3 in the first semifinal.

It's possible that the grueling Monaco-Mazarakis match — an often-brilliant clay-court battle — was among the longest played at River Oaks, a tournament that dates to 1931, but no official confirmation was possible.

The first two sets lasted more than 2 1/2 hours, and Monaco's day was only beginning. Despite being treated for cramps, he returned to the court and won the doubles title with Luis Horna, but it required another struggle. They beat Thomas Enqvist and Hugo Armando 7-5, 3-6, 10-7.

Good thing the Argentine is barely 22.

"I think I'm a little bit fresher than him," said the 24-year-old Hanescu, who needed only nine games to get past Vince Spadea in the quarters. Spadea quit with what he said was an elbow injury down 6-0, 3-0. Hanescu, a 6-6 player ranked 47th in the world, is also playing his first tournament since suffering a severely pulled rib-cage muscle at the Romania-U.S. Davis Cup tie in February.


Running out of steam
For Mazarakis, his loss to Monaco had a Russian novel for a script with an ending you'd call a Greek tragedy — if not for the fact he left River Oaks with $18,000, a huge payday for a guy who has spent most of his career beating his brains out on the Challenger circuit.


"I'm pretty exhausted at the moment," Mazarakis said. "But I gave everything I had."

At 26, Greece's No. 1 player has participated in just 17 ATP matches in seven years as a pro and his reaching the River Oaks semifinals cost him a chance to try to qualify for this week's the ATP-sanctioned U.S. Clay Court Championships at Westside Tennis Club. But with the first-round losers across town guaranteed only $3,850, he made a wise decision to give his all at River Oaks.


Argentine resilient
Mazarakis, ranked No. 128, had battered top-seeded Robby Ginepri 6-2, 6-1 in the second round, arguably his best showing as a pro considering Ginepri is 107 spots above him on the ATP computer. Playing aggressively, if not always wisely, the Athens native gave himself plenty of chances against the No. 71 Monaco, too, but the speedy Argentine repeatedly got out of trouble.


First, he fended off two first-set points against him in the 10th game of the first set, then held on to the win the tiebreaker after Mazarakis, falling behind 6-2, saved three set points. The second set featured repeated dramatic momentum swings and ultimately led to yet another tiebreaker, in which Mazarakis saved two match points before leveling the match with a three-point run.

Monaco's service break in the second game of the third set, however, would prove decisive.

"I believe a lot in my conditioning and fitness, so I felt good about the third set," Mazarakis said. "He was just a little better at the end."
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V. Hanescu defeats J. Monaco
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I read it in the exhibitions thread
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HORNA, Luis PER/MONACO, Juan ARG v. (WC) BLAKE, James USA/FISH, Mardy USA

Why, of course he did.

He just lost the River Oaks final. But anyway, he had a nice week and a good preparation for Houston.

Mardy again! Damn, they're gonna be seing each other a lot.
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Shame he couldn't win the Final - but the score was so close - much closer than I thought it would be after his long matches the day before. River Oaks was an amazing effort and I am proud of him. I get a feeling he may fail against Mardy with the crowd against him and because of the tiredness and a "reaction" after a long week - but I hope I'm wrong! Whatever happens - well done Juan for this week

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Here is a really nice article about Juan and the River Oaks tournament. Thanks to Smucav for finding it

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/3782891.html

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April 10, 2006, 1:59AM
RIVER OAKS INTERNATIONAL
Crowd loves marathon man
Hanescu's king at clay tourney, but the fans think Monaco's a prince for hours on court
By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

Next up for Victor Hanescu is a trip to Monte Carlo. He'll find getting there is less tiring than trying to go through Monaco on Sunday.

That's Juan Monaco, the energetic, apparently indefatigable young Argentine who plays tennis like he's getting paid by the hour.

Monaco, 22, who won the 72nd River Oaks International doubles championship with Peru's Luis Horna on Saturday night, didn't win the singles title from Hanescu on Sunday — but he won a stadium full of hearts for the heart he showed in reaching the final.

Call him the Ernie Banks of tennis, except he says, "Let's play three!"

Answering the call
In theory, Monaco should have gone down easily against the more accomplished and far more rested Romanian Hanescu.

But he had shown Saturday that doing things the easy way isn't his forte.

It took Monaco three hours, 14 minutes to fight past Greece's Vasilis Mazarakis in Saturday's semifinals and another two hours, 58 minutes before he let Hanescu off the hook 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday.

In between, he spent 80 more minutes in the doubles final, this after needing three sets and two hours Friday night to take out Horna.

At least Monaco isn't being asked to return to the fray tonight against American Mardy Fish, his first-round opponent in the U.S. Clay Court Championships at Westside Tennis Club. But had the ATP scheduled Monaco to play tonight, he insists that would have been perfectly fine with him.

"I feel well," Monaco said. "I sleep good, I do some good stretching with my physical trainer, (I have) some good food to eat and I recover very well.

"Much tennis yes, but tennis is like this. If you want to win, you have to run and you have to fight. Here the matches were so long, but I am a fighter. I like to play three sets. I like so much to stay on the court. I know it's good for me and maybe not so good for the other guy."

Determination in final
The second-seeded Hanescu didn't seem to enjoy the ordeal as much as the young man he beat, but he also grimly stayed the course.

He refused to throw up his arms in frustration despite failing to convert countless opportunities to make the match short.

The two players had never faced off, but Hanescu said knew enough about the Argentine to realized what he was in for.

"I expected a tough match," Hanescu said. "I know he doesn't quit, and he didn't."

No, he doesn't. Monaco fought off seven break points in the first game alone, a sign of the arduous things to come. He also saved three set points against him before forcing the tiebreaker, which he dominated, losing his only point on a double fault.

Then, after letting the second set slip away despite getting up a break on Hanescu early, he broke in the seventh and ninth games of the third set.

Even in the final game, he forced Hanescu to a third championship point before succumbing on a perfectly placed, crosscourt forehand.

Monaco wasn't going to lose the title. Rather, Hanescu, ranked 47th on the ATP computer to his 71st, was going to have to take it.

Payday for No. 2
Monaco heads across town with $35,000 in his pocket and, he said, "some very good experience" to show for his hard week's work at River Oaks.

Monaco is the No. 10 player in his country, and he's ahead of Mariano Puerta and Guillermo Cañas only because they have been suspended for failing drug tests.

Hanescu pocketed $50,000, enough to make the trip to Houston worthwhile.

He said he isn't staying for the Clay Courts because he wanted to return to Bucharest for a day or two.

Then he will go to Monte Carlo early to practice for the year's first Masters Series tournament on clay.

dale.robertson@chron.com

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Nice article, thanks.

Hanescu is still my nightmare, now at exibitions as well. Anyway, it's good to know that Juan feels good and ready for the tournament.
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