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post #32 of (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 05:46 PM
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Re: 2009 season down under

Quite a nice draw for Arnaud! I mean it could be much worse.

Stakhovsky is indeed a very tricky player. I've been watching him almost every year since 2005 - as he always plays in my city - and he's been improving a lot throughout these years. Not that I've ever paid any special attention on him, but I remember that he has a solid serve and is good in long matches, so it's not exactly that a 5-setter will give more chances to Arnaud and his ageing bones.
So I think it's a match where quite a few things will depend not only on how good Arnaud is, - though of course, if Arnaud plays like in 2 first games of the match against Roddick there will be no questions about the winner of this encounter.

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