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Get off the bandwagon please.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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ok just because I dont post all the time in players forums means I cant be a fan of them? alright buddy.

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That was an easy catch, didn't even need to use good bait.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Cmon man, you can do it

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Well this should be an interesting match. If ever there was a time for MR to do his thing it is now! So good playing

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Mighty Mouse will test Lleyton

DON’T be fooled by the fact Lleyton Hewitt has drawn a qualifier in his opening round of the Australian Open tomorrow.

US’s Michael Russell, who goes by the moniker of Mighty Mouse, is no one’s idea of an easybeat.

While an underdone Hewitt goes into his home grand slam battling a calf injury and adjusting to life with a new coach, his opponent is flying.

After finally overcoming a string of knee and hamstring injuries that kept him off the tour for the best part of four years, the American is back on the cusp of the top 100.

He won his past two Challenger tournaments in Hawaii and Noumea, dropping just 10 games in five matches in the latter event in early January.

Russell, 28, breezed through the Australian Open qualifiers, belting another South Australian Paul Baccanello 6-2 6-1 in the final round.

Back in 2001, Russell advanced from qualifying to the fourth round of the French Open, beating two-time former champion Sergi Bruguera and Xavier Malisse along the way.

Awaiting him in the round of 16 was claycourt king Gustavo Kuerten, a Brazilian by birth but a player so adored by the French fans he once drew a heart with his racquet on Roland Garros’ centre court.

Russell eventually went down in five sets, but not before holding match point against the man who would go on to win his third French Open title.

“You’re so close to beating the No.1 player in the world on the biggest stage and at the same time you don’t and you lose,” Russell said yesterday.

“I took a lot of positives out of it but obviously there were a couple of negatives.”

Russell has played Hewitt once before and was on the end of a 6-1 6-1 drubbing in Tokyo in 2001 when the Australian was the world No.1.

This time he has form and match fitness on his side.

“I’m playing really well but obviously Lleyton is a great competitor and he doesn’t give you anything,” Russell said.

“I consider myself a great competitor too so I think there will be a lot of great rallies.

“I’m good at mixing the pace, I play a bit like a Spanish-type player.

“I’m very quick around the court, my fitness is really good and I know it’s supposed to be pretty hot on Tuesday.”

Russell is also hopeful he can take advantage of Hewitt’s abbreviated build up, with the No.19 seed only playing one-and-a-half matches since September.

“His preparation maybe wasn’t the best for this tournament,” Russell said.

“But the thing is he’s a great competitor.

“He’s been No.1 in the world and he’s a professional, so I’m sure he’s going to be playing at his best or at least trying to on Tuesday.”

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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5 sets and Well he tried.

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Good on Michael for qualifying

I didn't see the match against Lleyton last night, but o gosh, five sets. I really thought he had a great show of beating Lleyton. Too bad. Must have been pretty fun to watch. Mike
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It was an excellent performance from Mike and there is a lot to build on from there.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Mike beat Nick Monroe 6-3 6-4 in the first round of a challenger in Hawaii, a decent result here would take him into the top 100.

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Mike beat Nick Monroe 6-3 6-4 in the first round of a challenger in Hawaii, a decent result here would take him into the top 100.
He certainly deserves to be there so hopefully it happens soon.

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If he does well here, it looks like he will miss Delray Beach, though this might not be a bad thing.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Mike defeated the Beach Bum Brian Wilson 6-1 6-3 and he won't be having good vibrations about this match.

Mike plays Mr. Moscow Kunitsyn in the quarter finals.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Mike defeated Mr Moscow Kunitsyn 6:4 6:3 and now plays Lu or Ram in the semis.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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