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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-16-2007, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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Chennai 2008

Seeded players:

1. Rafael Nadal
2. Marcos Baghdatis
3. Carlos Moya
4. Mikhail Youzhny
5. Nicolas Mahut
6. Jurgen Melzer
7. Werner Eschauer
8. Marc Gicquel

Main draw: Saturday, December 29, 2007, 3.00 p.m.

Epidermically having been seen the whole entry list, the first four seeded players seem the possible winners of this tournament (with Rafa standing head and shoulders above the rest).
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Re: Chennai 2008

Assuming that Marcos does not make a first round exit and hoping that he does not underestimate anyone of his opponents, he has many chances to reach the final where he plays Rafa. I don't see Rafa making the same "mistake" as this year (he lost in SF to Xavier Malisse).

Rafa-Marcos h2h: 5-0
Marcos' last three defeats (all in 2007):
1. Dubai: 6/3 2/6 3/6
2. Madrid: 4/6 4/6
3. Paris: 6/4 4/6 3/6

Can Marcos push Rafa further this time? Seems very difficult.
Anyway, we will see...

Another interesting point. We will have a battle in this tournament for the 15th and 16th seedings for AO.
Currently the rankings are the following:
15. Canas
16. Baghdatis
17. Moya
18. Ljubicic
19. Youzhhny.
Willy Canas has already withdrawn from AO (injury). I don't see Ljubicic defending his title in Doha. So, we have Marcos, Carlos and Misha fighting for 2 places (15th and 16th). Their points are 1600, 1585 and 1570 respectively. And what a coincidence, all three of them have their fifth countable tournament with 75 points. Well, Carlos' fifth is Chennai 2007.
If for this reason Marcos had chosen to play Chennai over Doha (to have a closer eye to Carlos and Misha) and decided to ignore the higher appearance fees in Doha (Yiannos till the last minute was declaring Doha as the 1st tournament in 2008 for Marcos), then I would have given my credits to Yiannos. This man continues to surprise me in a pleasant way.

All of sudden, the upcoming tournament in Chennai turns to be quite interesting. Especially if we take into account that whoever survives till the final has to play an intimidating Rafa, who seems very eager to establish himself as a "no-clay-court-specialist". No?

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Re: Chennai 2008

Hello there

Do you have any information how well is Marcos prepared, how was his fitness lately or what has he been doing during the break...'cause official site doesn't give even the most basic data about it

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Hey Hrastar.

Nice to see you again.

As for the information you're looking for, I have to translate an article from greek to english. You'll find it on 'Articles, News...' section of this forum tomorrow afternoon.
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GOOD LUCK BAGGY, Lets make the FINAL u need another good Aussie summer to get you ready for the best year of your career
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Re: Chennai 2008

Hopefully Marco can continue his good form from Paris here. Good luck to him and hope him all the best!

Will he be in any tournaments the week before the open? Or will he be training at Melbourne park?
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Re: Chennai 2008

Main Draw:

[1] NADAL, Rafael vs MONTCOURT, Mathieu
QUALIFIER vs SCHUKIN, Yuri
QUALIFIER vs GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo
[WC] SALVA-VIDAL, Bartolome vs [7] ESCHAUER, Werner

[3] MOYA, Carlos vs GABASHVILI, Teimuraz
QUALIFIER vs [WC] ARMITRAJ, Pracash
NAVARRO, Ivan vs SERRA, Florent
VLIEGEN, Kristof vs [8] GICQUEL, Marc

[6] MELZER, Jurgen vs CAPDEVILLE, Paul
MULLER, Gilles vs MALISSE, Xavier
ROGER-VASSELIN, Edouard vs [WC] VARDHAN, Vishnu
VANEK, Jiri vs [4] YOUZHNY, Mikhail

[5] MAHUT, Nicolas vs GREMELMAYR, Denis
CILIC, Marin vs TROICKI, Viktor
QUALIFIER vs ASCIONE, Thierry
HAASE, Robin vs [2] BAGHDATIS, Marcos


Good luck, Yiannos and Marcos.
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Re: Chennai 2008

Do it Marcos
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Re: Chennai 2008

Marcos also plays doubles here.

Marcos Baghdatis/Marc Gicquel def. Rafael Nadal/Bartolome Salva-Vidal: 6-4 6-4.

Nice.

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Bravo Marco and Giquel..Now let's hope that Marcos will start the year tommorow with a clear win!!!
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Re: Chennai 2008

Marcos plays against Robin Haase at 5:00 PM tomorrow.
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Any pics from the doubles match?

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Re: Chennai 2008

No but I watched. Ur probably intrested on what Baggy and Nadal were wearing.
Nadal: Top he was wearing the outfit from the clay season(green and white)
Baggy: wimbledon outfit.
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Re: Chennai 2008

Marcos Baghdatis/Marc Gicquel def. Yves Allegro/Nicolas Mahut: 6-2 6-2.


Beautiful. Just beautiful.
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Re: Chennai 2008

He lost to Haase 3-6 4-6

I guess he ate too much souvla while in Cyprus and couldn't move

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