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01-04-2009, 08:28 AM
Week Beginning 4th January 2009

ATP Brisbane, Australia HARD

QR1 (WC) Samuel Groth def Frank Dancevic (CAN) 6-3 7-6(1)
QR1 (8) Kevin Anderson (USA) def (WC) Greg Jones 7-6(3) 6-4
QR1 Peter Luczak def Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 6-3 6-1
QR1 Joseph Sirianni def Peter Polansky (CAN) 6-2 6-4
QR1 Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) def Robert Smeets 7-5 6-4
QR1 (6) Gilles Muller (LUX) def Colin Ebelthite 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4
QR1 (4) Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) def Carsten Ball 6-4 6-3
QR1 Marco Crugnolla (ITA) def (WC) Mark Verryth 6-4 6-4
QR1 Amer Delic(USA) def (7) Chris Guccione 6-4 7-5

QR2 Xavier Malisse (BEL) def Peter Luczak 6-4 6-4
QR2 Joseph Sirianni def (3) Michael Zverev (GER) 7-5 6-1
QR2 (1) Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS) def (WC) Samuel Groth 6-2 3-6 6-3

QR3 Joseph Sirianni def (6) Gilles Muller (LUX) 7-6(5) 7-5

MDR1 (3) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) def (WC) Bernard Tomic 6-4 6-2
MDR1 Michael Llodra (FRA) def Joseph Sirianni 5-7 7-6(3) 6-2
MDR1 (5) Tomas Berdych (CZE) def Brydan Klein 6-0 6-4

01-04-2009, 10:47 AM
colin was unlucky to lose there. Good wins from the other three.

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01-05-2009, 07:29 PM
Verdasco too good for Tomic
AAP Monday 5 January 2009

Rising hope Bernard Tomic suggested he could mix it with the big boys of world tennis but followed an Australian trend at the Brisbane International.

In what was always going to be a baptism of fire, Tomic started his senior ATP career in style by winning his serve and then breaking third-seeded Fernando Verdasco in front of a raucous home crowd at Pat Rafter Arena.

Three winners produced the break but the excitement didn’t last long for the 16-year-old Gold Coaster on Monday night.

The Spanish Davis Cup hero quickly bounced back and showed his class to take the first-round clash 6-4 6-2 in a little over an hour.

Despite winning just four of the last 16 games, wildcard Tomic wasn’t disgraced and suggested enough with some booming ground strokes he had the artillery to be worthy addition to the tour.

But he failed to measure up to the world No.16, whose slick win came after girlfriend Ana Ivanovic produced the same scoreline against Petra Kvitova but had a much tougher time of it on centre court.

Tomic seemed to struggle once Verdasco clinched the first set as he won just one of the next nine points as the Spaniard took an early break in the second.

But last year’s Australian Open boys champion showed he possessed some fight by saving break points in his next two service games to close to 2-3.

Despite the tenseness of the situation, the lean Tomic let out a laugh at the change when he caused a stir by changing his shirt, prompting a male spectator to yell out “What’s you number Bernie?”

His loss followed defeats by the entire four man Davis Cup team in qualifying on Sunday and Monday as well as defeats to three other Australian hopefuls.

Victorian journeyman Joe Sirianni is the only other Australian to progress to the main draw, and joins another teenage wildcard in Brydan Klein, after winning his three qualifying matches, and will play his first round clash on Tuesday.

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01-05-2009, 07:30 PM
Groth fires up, Guccione fizzles
Tennis Australia Sunday 4 January 2009

Australian Sam Groth has continued his impressive form this summer with a sizzling 6-3 7-6(1) win over Canadian Frank Dancevic in the opening round of the men’s singles qualifying.

Runner-up in the Australian Open 2009 Play-off, Groth used his big serve and strong ground strokes to full effect against the 130-ranked Canadian. It’s a big scalp for Groth, who is currently the world No.278.

Groth will now face No.1 qualifying seed Russian Telmuraz Gabashvili in the second round of qualifying.

Big-serving Australian Chris Guccione has been knocked out of qualifying at the Brisbane International by American Amer Delic 6-4 7-5.

The centre-court match was originally planned for an outer court, but was moved to Pat Rafter Arena when the scheduled match between Russian Maria Kirilenko and Australia’s Samantha Stosur was cancelled due to Kirilenko withdrawing with illness.

Ai Sugiyama has taken Kirilenko’s place in the draw and a lucky loser will be promoted to fill the vacant spot.

In other completed men’s qualifying matches:

Evgeny Korolev (RUS) d Martin Fischer (AUT) 6-2 6-1
Kevin Anderson (RSA) d Greg Jones (AUS) 7-6(3) 6-4
Bobby Reynolds (USA) d Michail Elgin (RUS) 4-6 6-2 6-3
Luka Gregorc (SLO) d Jesse Huta Galung (NED) 6-4 6-4
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d Robert Smeets (AUS) 7-5 6-4

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01-06-2009, 06:23 AM
Klein out of Brisbane International
AAP Tuesday 6 January 2009

In the end, Australian teenager Brydan Klein achieved his hastily revised goal in his Brisbane International first round clash with fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych.
Unfortunately for the 2007 Australian Open boys’ champion, his modest target was simply taking a game off the world No.20.
After a whirlwind first set that lasted just 24 minutes, the nervous WA youngster was finally able to soak up just his second ATP appearance before falling 6-0 6-4 in little over an hour.

“I was just kicking myself (after the first set) and telling myself `Just get a game, come on’,” said Klein.

“I definitely wouldn’t have been happy if I got wiped again in the second set.

“It’s not a great start for me (but) I’m not too disappointed.”

Organisers raised eyebrows when they overlooked the likes of Australia’s second highest ranked player Chris Guccione to hand wildcards to rising stars Klein and Bernard Tomic at Brisbane.

On paper there has been little reward for the bold move with Klein joining fellow Australian Open boys’ champion Tomic on Australia’s growing casualty list at the event.

Klein’s departure ensured journeyman Joe Sirianni was the remaining Australian in the men’s draw - he plays France’s Michael Llodra later on Tuesday.

But world No.248 Klein was trying to look on the bright side after his less than ideal start to the year.

“It was a bit of a nightmare start. He played really well and I wasn’t sure what to do by the end of the set,” he said.

“I’m glad I turned it around a little in the second and came back a bit.

“I guess when I look back it was pretty fun.”

When Klein finally broke his duck in the second set, he raised his arms in relief as the home crowd cheered.

Klein said he was finally able to enjoy playing at Pat Rafter Arena “even if you are getting wiped on the court”.

Klein - who hopes to hover around the top 100 by year’s end - will next head to qualifying for next week’s Sydney International before focusing on the Australian Open.

In other news, Spain’s former world No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion, lost his first round clash 6-3 7-6 to France’s world No.60 Florent Serra on Tuesday.

01-06-2009, 07:07 AM
"Organisers raised eyebrows" :lol:

More like the Gooch raised eyebrows with his dismal performance in qualis..

Good that Klein got more games. The first set was not fun to watch.

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01-06-2009, 10:05 PM
"Organisers raised eyebrows" :lol:

More like the Gooch raised eyebrows with his dismal performance in qualis..

Good that Klein got more games. The first set was not fun to watch.

Hope the Gooch can make up for that by defending his points in the Sydney International

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01-09-2009, 03:36 AM
AO wildcards for Ball and Moore

Australia’s newest Davis Cup player and Australian Open 2008 Junior finalist, Carsten Ball and Jessica Moore, have been awarded main draw wildcards into Australian Open 2009.

Ranked world No.200, the highlight of 2008 for Ball was his Davis Cup debut in Chile when he teamed with Chris Guccione to win the doubles rubber over highly-fancied Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu in an epic five-set match.

“I am very happy,” Ball said. “I have worked hard this year and had a great Davis Cup and I look forward to trying to do well for Australia again. I feel lucky to get a chance to play against the top 100 guys in the world in our sport, hopefully I can hold my own.”

Ball is currently playing doubles (with Guccione) at the Brisbane International, yesterday defeating top seeds, Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram 6-4 6-4. In the semis today they meet Fernando Verdasco and Mischa Zverev.

In a year spent working on the often-difficult transition from juniors to the women’s tour, 18-year-old Jessica Moore improved her senior ranking more than 230 places to a current world ranking of 140.

Moore’s 2008 achievements include a first round win in her Australian Open main draw debut, a second round showing at the US Open, and winning the French Open Junior doubles title.

“I’m very fortunate, and pretty lucky to be given this opportunity again from Tennis Australia,” Moore said.

“I won a round last year but instead of focusing on wins, I want to work on developing my game because this is the level I need to consistently perform at.”

Moore heads to Hobart today for the Moorilla Hobart International where she also holds a main draw wildcard.

The final Australian Open discretionary wildcards (three men and three women) will be announced within the next week.

Current Australian Open wildcards:

Men: Colin Ebelthite (Play-off winner), Carsten Ball (discretionary), John Isner (USTA), Adrian Mannarino (French), Denis Istomin (Asia),.

Women: Jelena Dokic (Play-off winner), Jessica Moore (discretionary), Christina McHale (USTA), Kristina Mladenovic (French), Yuan Meng (Asia).

For the latest news, log on to www.australianopen.com.

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01-10-2009, 06:48 AM
Week Beginning 4th January 2009

ATP Sydney, Australia HARD

QR1 Sadik Kadir def (8) Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) 6-3 6-2
QR1 (WC) Greg Jones def (WC) Dane Propoggia 6-2 6-3
QR1 Peter Luczak def Arnaud Clement (FRA) 6-3 6-1
QR1 Kevin Anderson (USA) def Stephen Goh 7-5 6-1
QR1 (6) Jan Hernych (CZE) def Robert Smeets 3-6 6-3 6-2
QR1 (3) Potitio Starace (ITA) def Brydan Klein 6-4 4-6 6-2

QR2 Alberto Martin (ESP) def Sadik Kadir 6-2 6-2
QR2 (5) Jeremy Chardy (FRA) def (WC) Greg Jones 6-4 7-6(3)
QR2 Peter Luczak def (6) Jan Hernych (CZE) 6-1 6-3

QR3 Xavier Malisse (BEL) def Peter Luczak 6-2 6-4

MDR1 Lleyton Hewitt vs Julien Bennetau (FRA) 5-7 6-2 6-3
MDR1 Chris Guccione def (6) Tomas Berdych (CZE)
6-3 6-4

MDR2 Lleyton Hewitt def Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 7-5 6-4
MDR2 Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) def Chris Guccione 7-6(8) 6-3

Quarter-final (4) David Nalbandian (ARG) def Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(3) 7-5

ATP Auckland, New Zealand HARD

QR1 Colin Ebelthite def Niels Desein (BEL) 5-7 6-2 6-2
QR1 Samuel Groth def Roman Bornavov (USA) 6-3 6-4

QR2 Colin Ebelthite def (7) Vincent Spadea (USA) 1-6 7-5 6-1
QR2 Bobby Reynolds (USA) def Samuel Groth 7-5 6-7(2) 6-4

QR3 (2) Oscar Hernandez (ESP) def Colin Ebelthite 7-5 3-6 6-2

01-10-2009, 09:49 AM
Amazing win there from Sadik Kadir!

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01-10-2009, 09:14 PM
Aussies out in force for qualifying
Medibank International Saturday 10 January 2009

Australians dominate the men’s qualifying at the Medibank International Sydney, with almost a quarter of the field in the draw, which begins today.

There are seven in the draw - Dane Propoggia, Greg Jones, Peter Luczak, Steven Goh, Brydan Klein, Robert Smeets and Brendan McKenzie.

World No. 155 Luczak faces a tough first round match against former Australian Open finalist and current world No. 92 Arnaud Clement of France.

In another interesting match up, Sydney boys Dane Propoggia and Greg Jones will play each other for a place in the second round, whilst Australian 18/U Champion Brendan McKenzie starts up against seasoned campaigner Alberto Martin.

In what is one of the strongest Medibank International Sydney men’s draws in recent years, the No.1 seed in qualifying, Julien Benneteau of France is ranked No. 40 on the South African Airways ATP rankings.

The cut off for the men’s singles qualifying draw is 84 (Nicolas Lapentti).

Play gets underway at 9:00 am at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Entry to the grounds is free.

Qualifying draws

QUALIFYING ORDER OF PLAY – Saturday 10 January, 2009

COURT 1 start 9:00 am
Qualifying – [WC] D Propoggia (AUS) vs [WC] G Jones (AUS)
Qualifying – A Clement (FRA) vs P Luczak (AUS)

COURT 4 start 9:00 am
Qualifying – K Anderson (RSA) vs [WC] S Goh (AUS)
Qualifying – A Golubev (KAZ) vs N Lapentti (ECU)
Qualifying – N Devilder (FRA) vs I Minar (CZE)

COURT 5 start 9.00 am
Qualifying – J Benneteau (FRA) vs E Korolev (RUS)
Qualifying – P Starace (ITA) vs B Klein (AUS)

COURT 6 start 9.00 am
Qualifying – T Gabashvili (RUS) vs X Malisse (BEL)
Qualifying – R Smeets (AUS) vs J Hernych (CZE)

COURT 7 start 9.00am
Qualifying – A Mannarino (FRA) vs R Kendrick (FRA)
Qualifying – A Martin (ESP) vs [WC] B McKenzie (AUS)

COURT 8 start 9.00am
Qualifying – F Dancevic (CAN) vs G Zemlja (SLO)
Qualifying – A Delic (USA) vs D Gremelmayr (GER)

COURT 9 start at 9.00am
Qualifying – W Jun (KOR) vs J Chardy (FRA)
Qualifying – D Vemic (SRB) vs P Riba (ESP)

2nd Round ATP matches not before 1.30pm

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01-10-2009, 09:15 PM
Jones moves into second round
Rob O'Gorman Saturday 10 January 2009

Australian wildcard Greg Jones has won through to the second round of qualifying at the Medibank International Sydney with a comfortable straight sets win over compatriot Dane Propoggia today.

Jones fired eight aces past Propoggia, who recently reached the final of the Optus 18s Australian Championships, to set up a 6-2 6-3 victory and move into the second round.

The New South Welshman, who is currently ranked No.434 on the ATP rankings, played Propoggia late last year on the Australian Pro Circuit and said he was pleased to notch up his first win for 2009.

“I played not too bad, made a few too many errors for my liking but I’m happy to be through to the next round and to stay alive in the tournament,” Jones said post match.

Jones, who lost a tight battle with American Kevin Anderson in the first round of the Brisbane International last week, said he was relishing the opportunity to test his game against the top players in the world.

“It’s an unbelievable experience, if you play a good match, it gives you plenty of confidence that you can mix it with the big boys,” he said.

“There are a lot of better players, I was actually surprised at how subtle the differences are, the really, really tiny differences between the players that I’ve been playing and that’s why they are where they are.”

“Everyone always says you learn more from a loss because it shows up the areas of the game that you need to work on and I learnt a lot from playing Kevin last week.”

American Anderson this morning beat another Australian wildcard recipient, Steven Goh, 7-5 6-1.

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01-10-2009, 09:16 PM
Malisse to meet Luczak in qualifying
Rob O'Gorman Saturday 10 January 2009

Belgian Xavier Malisse will play Australian Davis Cup team member Peter Luczak for a spot in the main draw of the Medibank International Sydney after both players won through their qualifying matches today at Sydney Olympic Tennis Centre.

Luczak scored an impressive 6-2 6-4 win over former top 10 player Arnaud Clement in the first round before eliminating Czech sixth seed Jan Hernych 6-1 6-3 later in the afternoon.

Malisse defeated second seed Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-2 6-3 this morning before backing up this afternoon with another win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-1.

The former world No. 19 and Luczak are among a host of well known players vying to qualify in Sydney this week including Frenchman Clement, Ecuador’s Nicolas Lapentti, Russian Evgeny Korolev and Italian Potito Starace.

After several consistent seasons that kept his ranking inside the top 50, Malisse has been restricted to only 12 tournaments in the past two years due to an ongoing wrist injury he snapped during a match in 2007.

The road back to the top of the tennis tree is a long one but Malisse is up for the challenge and prepared to do the hard yards in the qualifying events to boost his ranking.

“It’s not easy getting back out there, everybody’s playing very good but I feel confident and the injuries so far feel ok so as along I can go out and play I feel have a chance to go well,” Malisse said today.

“The qualifying [events] are very tough. if you look at guys like Clement, Korolev, all these guys are in there and it’s not easy.”

“It [qualifying] is like a tournament on its own but I’ve got to keep grinding and hopefully I will get back up there.”

“I feel I still have my game, it’s just a matter of confidence and getting through the qualifying a couple of times and hopefully go from there.”

Malisse, who lost to American Bobby Reynolds in the final round of qualifying at the Brisbane International last week, said he stills feels as though he can match it with the top players on the tour.

“Today I didn’t play the best but I played good on the big points and it’s still early so it was a good to get out and win,” he said.

“It’s tough to set goals in the beginning, this is only my fourth match in three or four months so my goal is to qualify for a lot of tournaments and if you win a couple of rounds and win a final you can go from [ranked] 160 to 100 so it doesn’t really matter as long as I can go out there and play.”

Luczak was the only Australian to reach the third round of qualifying with Greg Jones, who won his first round match against compatriot Dane Propoggia in the morning, going down to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4 7-6(3).

In women’s qualifying, Australian Sophie Ferguson fell to Anastasiya Yakamova 6-2 7-5 in her second round match today.

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01-11-2009, 04:27 AM
Luczak beaten by Malisse
Sunday 11 January 2009

Belgian Xavier Malisse has defeated Peter Luczak in the final round of qualifying to snare a spot in the main draw of the Medibank International Sydney today.

The former world No.19 cruised through the first set 6-2 before closing out the second set 6-4 to seal Luczak’s fate.

It will be Malisse’s first appearance in the main draw of an ATP event for 2009 after he lost in the final round of qualifying at last week’s Brisbane International.

In other qualifying results, Canadian Frank Dancevic defeated Spain’s Alberto Martin 6-4 6-3.

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01-12-2009, 08:55 PM
Tennis Australia continues to promote its youth policy for Australian Open wildcard recipients, announcing today main draw berths for two 16-year-olds, Bernard Tomic (QLD) and Monika Wejnert (QLD), 17-year-old Olivia Rogowska (VIC) and 21-year-old Sam Groth (VIC).

Bernard Tomic, the world’s top-ranked 16-year-old and 2008 Australian Open Junior Champion, showed his ability to step up to the pro tour with a gutsy three-set win over Yeu-Tzoo Wang from Chinese Taipei in Australian Open 2008 qualifying. The Queenslander’s pro event results in the past year include reaching the final of the Indonesian Futures in August, and in juniors he was runner-up in Wimbledon boys' doubles.

“Wow, playing in a grand slam, particularly the Australian Open, has always been a dream and I hope to do well,” Tomic said.

“I really appreciate the support Tennis Australia has given me and look forward to doing my very best. This is the level I have to learn to play at all the time, so it will be a fantastic experience.”

Fellow Queenslander Monika Wejnert first shot to prominence in December, winning the Perth ITF US$25,000 event, where she outplayed a number of higher-ranked players, including top 100 and No.3 seed Anastasia Rodionova, and top seed Yurika Sema from Japan. She further cemented her reputation as a force to be reckoned with when she upset Jelena Dokic in the round robin at the Australian Open Wildcard Play-off, only to meet her again in the final.

“I’m really excited and grateful to receive the wildcard,” Wejnert said. “I want to thank everyone who has helped me, especially my coach, Chris Steele, who has been a great support this year.

“This will be such a good opportunity, experience wise. I was lucky to play the runner-up (Marion Bartoli) in Brisbane, and I think I will be much more prepared this time. I will definitely have a better state of mind and know what to expect. That’s the best I can do!”

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Rogowska, who holds a senior ranking of 365 and is a member of the AIS Pro Tour Program, has consistently played more senior events than juniors. This investment paid off in 2008 when she won the $25,000 ITF in Sorrento, WA, in December, and reached semifinals in singles in Budapest and doubles in Prokuplije.

“It’s very exciting to receive a wildcard into the Australian Open. It’s a dream come true for me and I’m really, really looking forward to it,” Rogowska said.

“This will be my biggest ever match. I’m just looking forward to going out there, having fun and really appreciating and learning from the experience. I’d like to thank Tennis Australia for the opportunity and I will work hard and do my best to take full advantage of it.”

At 21, big-serving Sam Groth is continuing to improve his on-court ability as a AIS Pro Tour Program athlete. In 2008 he reached the semifinals of a Challenger in Japan and a Futures event in Australia, and won doubles titles in New Delhi and Australia. He posted a good win over Canadian Frank Dancevic at qualifying for the Brisbane International last week.

After the disappointment of losing the AO Play-off final in a tough three-setter, Groth is delighted with the announcement today. “This will be a good opportunity to test myself against the top guys once again,” Groth said.

“I keep trying to progress and improve all the things I’ve been working on over the past couple of months and I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Groth said.

Commenting on the announcements today, Australian Institute of Sport Head Coach, Brent Larkham, said, “The wildcard selection committee has made the decision to focus on youth and give a new group of players the opportunity to step up and experience competition at this elite level.

“All these athletes will gain an enormous amount of experience from this opportunity which will help them develop both mentally and physically.

“At the end of the day, this is the level they all need to be achieving at in order to play a part in the future of Australian tennis.”

Current Australian Open wildcards:

Men: Colin Ebelthite (Play-off winner), Bernard Tomic (discretionary), Sam Groth (discretionary), Brydan Klein (discretionary), Carsten Ball (discretionary), John Isner (USTA), Adrian Mannarino (French), Denis Istomin (Asia).

Women: Jelena Dokic (Play-off winner), Monika Wejnert (discretionary), Olivia Rogowska (discretionary), Isabella Holland (discretionary), Jessica Moore (discretionary), Christina McHale (USTA), Kristina Mladenovic (French), Yuan Meng (Asia).

01-13-2009, 04:58 AM
Can someone post the AO WC'S and how many are left

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01-13-2009, 06:07 AM
Azza, its in the last article I posted

Colin Ebelthite (Play-off winner), Bernard Tomic (discretionary), Sam Groth (discretionary), Brydan Klein (discretionary), Carsten Ball (discretionary), John Isner (USTA), Adrian Mannarino (French), Denis Istomin (Asia).

All wildcards have been used

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01-13-2009, 06:07 AM
Hewitt secures fighting win
AAP Tuesday 13 January 2009

Four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt has scrapped his way into the second round of the Medibank International Sydney with a tough three-set victory over unheralded Frenchman Julien Benneteau today.

Playing in plus-40 degree temperatures in Ken Rosewall Arena, Hewitt’s game never really matched the scorching heat as he battled to a fighting 5-7 6-2 6-4 win over of the world No.48.

Hewitt will meet Janko Tipsarevic on Wednesday for a place in the quarterfinals for the seventh time in a row in Sydney after the Serb ousted American eighth seed Mardy Fish 6-4 3-6 6-4.

Australia’s former world No.1 will need to step it up against Tipsarevic, a talented shotmaker who stretched Roger Federer over five sets at last year’s Australian Open.

Contesting his first ATP match since undergoing hip surgery last August, Hewitt looked a shadow of the player who once reeled off 20 straight wins at Sydney Olympic Park.

He struggled from the outset, double-faulting to gift Benneteau a service break and a 3-1 lead in the opening set.

He broke back three games later with a lovely forehand pass only to concede the set with successive forehand errors while serving at 5-6.

The dogged baseliner rebounded quickly to break the Frenchman to love in the opening game of the second set.

Hewitt grabbed a double break for a 4-1 advantage before levelling the match at a set apiece with another crisp forehand crosscourt pass.

But even after breaking Benneteau in the first game of the deciding set and then holding for 2-0, Hewitt continued to make hard work of it.

He dropped serve with a netted backhand to hand the Frenchman a lifeline and then had to fend off further break points in the eighth game.

Hewitt hung tough, though, and eventually prevailed after two hours and five minutes.

In other results, Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu was too strong for Andreas Seppi 6-2 2-6 6-3.

Chris Guccione, who reached the final of the Medibank International last year, will play Czech Tomas Berdych next on Ken Rosewall Arena.

01-13-2009, 06:34 AM
So Luczak and Sirianni scored the most qualifying wins this summer, with 3 each.

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01-14-2009, 09:54 PM
Week Beginning 4th January 2009

Grand Slam Australian Open, Australia HARD

QR1 (2) Andreas Beck (GER) def (WC) Brendan Mckenzie 6-1 6-2
QR1 Giovanni Lapentti (ECU) def Marinko Matosevic 7-5 7-6(6)
QR1 (WC) John Millman def llia Marchenko (UKR) 4-6 6-0 6-4
QR1 Alex Satschko (GER) def [B](WC) Matt Reid 6-4 6-4
QR1 Joseph Sirianni def (5) Go Soeda (JPN) 3-6 6-3 8-6
QR1 Dieter Kindlmann (GER) def Nick Lindahl 6-2 6-1
QR1 Thierry Ascione (FRA) def (WC) Greg Jones 6-7(1) 6-4 6-3
QR1 (31) Peter Luczak def (WC) Andrew Coelho 6-3 4-6 6-3
QR1 (4) Bjorn Phau def Robert Smeets 6-3 6-3
QR1 Alexandre Sidorenko (FRA) def Andrew Thomas 6-1 6-2
QR1 Simone Vagnozzi (ITA) def (WC) Dane Propoggia 7-6(4) 6-3
QR1 (WC) Mathhew Ebden def Giancarlo Petrazzuolo (ITA) 6-3 6-3
QR1 Anotonio Veic (CRO) def (WC) Mark Verryth 7-6(5) 6-1 6-3

QR2 (WC) John Millman vs Grega Zemlja (SLO)
QR2 Gianluca Naso (ITA) def Joseph Sirianni 6-4 4-6 6-2
QR2 (31) Peter Luczak def Thierry Ascione (FRA) 4-6 6-2 6-4
QR2 (15) Michael Berrer (GER) def Matthew Ebden
6-4 3-6 6-1

QFinal (8) Wayne Odesnik (USA) def (31) Peter Luczak 1-6 6-2 6-3

MD1 Lleyton Hewitt vs (13) Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)
MD1 Chris Guccione vs Nicolas Devilder (FRA)
MD1 (WC) Colin Ebelthite vs (Q) Andreas Beck (GER)
MD1 (WC) Carsten Ball vs (Q) Michael Berrer (GER)
MD1 (WC) Samuel Groth vs (25) Mardy Fish (USA)
MD1 (WC) Bernard Tomic vs Potitio Starace (ITA)

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01-15-2009, 12:13 AM
Hewitt sets up Nalbandian clash
AAP Wednesday 14 January 2009

Four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt has produced his best display of the summer to scorch into the quarterfinals of the Medibank International Sydney with a straight-sets win over Janko Tipsarevic.

Hewitt recovered from an early setback before romping to a 7-5 6-4 victory over the shot-making Serb in oppressive heat at Sydney Olympic Park.

He will next play old enemy David Nalbandian in the quarterfinals.

Playing in Sydney for the first time since demolishing Hewitt in a grasscourt Davis Cup encounter three-and-a-half years ago, the fourth-seeded Nalbandian breezed past Frenchman Michael Llodra 6-1 6-3.

Big-name seeds Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also safely progressed to the last eight with routine wins on Wednesday.

None of them, though, could have been as satisfied as Hewitt, who followed up his scrappy first-round win on Tuesday over Julien Benneteau with a polished performance at Ken Rosewall Arena.

After dropping his opening service game with a double-fault, the Australian rebounded to win 13 of the last 19 games to bury Tipsarevic and book a showdown on Thursday with Nalbandian, his long-time Argentine sparring partner.

The top-seeded Djokovic claimed a straightforward 6-1 6-2 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu, whose French countryman Tsonga brushed aside Italian Simone Bolelli 6-4 6-1.

Tsonga’s victory may have looked comfortable but last year’s Australian Open finalist was troubled by a back complaint, the third seed twice receiving treatment for the injury.

The world No.6 later played down injury concerns, sighting stiffness as the reason for his medical timeouts.

Chris Guccione is currently on court against Jarko Nieminen, while Serena Williams plays tonight against Caroline Wozniacki.

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01-15-2009, 10:35 PM
Seeds fall on Day One of qualifying

Nine seeds fell at the first hurdle in the men’s qualifying event held at Melbourne Park today.
Kevin Kim, Go Soeda, Ilia Bozoljac, Hyung-Taik Lee, Pere Riba, Victor Crivoi, Stephane Bohli, Alexander Peya and Mikhail Kukushkin were among the casualties of the first day proceedings fought in glorious but blustery conditions.

Gritty Australian Joe Sirianni, ranked 257 in the world, led the seed-ousting campaign early in the day with a nail-biting victory over fifth-seeded Go Soeda.

The Melbourne-based player, trailing 5-0 in the third, held his nerve to claw his way back into the match and clinch a three set victory over the number fifth seed positioned 146 places above him.

Speaking after the match, crowd-pleaser Sirianni said: “I dug deep, I was five love down in the third and I just decided to go for it and play my strengths. It was a battle, but my backhand down-the-line saved me… and I hit heaps of down-the-line winners.”

Fellow countrymen Peter Luczak and Matthew Ebden also etched out victories. But compatriots Greg Jones, Robert Smeets, Matt Reid, Nick Lindahl, Andrew Thomas and Mark Verryth were less fortunate and kissed their qualifying dreams goodbye.

Come the afternoon a smattering of familiar faces had taken to the outdoor court stage.

Slovakia’s Dominik Hrbaty, a former world number 12 who has twice reached the Australian Open quarter finals in 2001 and 2005, produced a text book display to polish off American Michael Yani 6-1, 6-4 in an hour and 16 minutes.

On a neighbouring court Xavier Malisse had more of a struggle on his hands - both in terms of opponent and concentration.

A third round Australian Open contender in 2003, the Belgian grew increasingly frustrated with the constant stream of spectators and repeatedly walked up to the umpire's chair to vent his anger. But he eventually kept his head and managed to secure the match 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) as the haze began to set in.

The women's event kicks off at 10am tomorrow.

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01-15-2009, 10:36 PM
Four left to fly the Aussie flag

The Australian Open qualifying tournament kicked off on Wednesday, with a number of Aussie men on court at Melbourne Park trying to secure a pass into the main draw of Australian Open 2009.

Unfortunately for most of the Aussie contingent, a combination of inexperience and extreme temperatures led to many early exits, with only four locals recording wins on day one of qualifying.

Journeyman Joe Sirianni managed to fly the Australian flag in a remarkable come-from-behind victory over fifth seed Go Soeda from Japan 3-6 6-3 8-6.

Staring defeat in the face at 0-5 down in the third set, Sirianni fought back to level at 5-5. The Melbournian then saved two match points before going on to break Soeda, and then served the match out.

Meanwhile, Peter Luczak defeated fellow Australian Andrew Coelho in three sets 6-3 4-6 3-6.

Luczak, eight years older than Coelho, needed just under two hours to secure his victory, and now moves into the second round of qualifying where he will face Frenchman Thierry Ascione.

The other Aussie winners were Brisbane-born 19-year-old John Millman, who came from a set down to oust Ilia Marchenko of the Ukraine 4-6 6-0 6-4, while Perth-based Matthew Ebden knocked out Italian veteran Giancarlo Petrazzuolo 6-3 6-3 to advance to the next round.

While Millman and Ebden enjoyed success on day one, many of Australia’s other up-and-comers will now have to wait another year to have a crack at making the Australian Open main draw.

Queenslander and Australian Davis Cup squad member Robert Smeets showed plenty of promise on Show Court 3 against fourth seed Bjorn Phau of Germany.

Sending down serves over 220km/h, Smeets was impressive in most of his service games, especially when he moved forward to the net.

However, the German was able to break serve at the crucial points in the match and went on to win 6-3 6-3.

Young New South Welshman Nick Lindahl also found German resistance in his first round qualifier.

The 20-year-old Australian fell to Dieter Kindlmann 6-2 6-1, with his inexperience proving costly as he made 16 more unforced errors than his opponent.

The campaign of another young New South Welshman, Andrew Thomas, was ended by young Frenchman Alexandre Sidorenko, who prevailed 6-1 6-2.

Luczak’s opponent in the second round, Ascione, knocked out another Australian, Greg Jones, in three sets.

Jones was able to take the first set in a tie-breaker which he won 7-1, but fell away as the 28-year-old Frenchman used all of his experience to eventually prevail 6-7(1) 6-4 6-3.

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01-15-2009, 10:37 PM
Nalbandian too good for Hewitt
AAP Thursday 15 January 2009

Lleyton Hewitt’s run at the Medibank International Sydney has come to an end, the former world No.1 going down to David Nalbandian.

The Argentine was too consistent for Hewitt, downing him 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.

Hewitt showed his usual tenacity in a tight first set, having his serve broken twice only to bounce straight back.

But Nalbandian’s polished all-court game gave him the edge in the tiebreak before the former Wimbledon finalist broke early in the second set.

While Hewitt dug deep to break the Argentine to love when he served for the match, Nalbandian sealed the result three games later.

Hewitt though, will be well pleased with his return following a five-month lay-off with a hip injury.

The two-time grand slam champion has enjoyed a solid hit-out, getting three matches in Sydney and another three singles fixtures at the Hopman Cup, winning four from six.

His next challenge is out of his hands - getting a decent Australian Open draw when it is announced on Friday.

For the first time since the 2000 Australian Open, Hewitt will be unseeded in a grand slam he’s competing in.

It leaves him open to drawing the best players in the world from the first round.

Meanwhile, Nalbandian will meet Frenchman Richard Gasquet in a semi-final on Friday.

Gasquet was a 6-2 7-6 (7-4) winner over fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on Thursday.

01-17-2009, 08:15 AM
So Luczak and Sirianni scored the most qualifying wins this summer, with 3 each.Neally

Sirianni got 4, 3 wins in Adelaide and 1 win in Melbourne
Luczak got 5, 1 win in Adelaide 2 wins in Sydney 2 wins in Melbounr

01-17-2009, 11:25 PM
Another disappointing Aussie Summer...kinda desperate when I was praying for Llucak to get a lucky loser berth... but pretty normal these days I guess..

Good luck to all the boys in the main draw. Hope it's not only Lleyton left (if that) in the second round.

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01-18-2009, 07:10 AM
Lets predict these matchups.

MD1 Lleyton Hewitt vs (13) Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)
MD1 Chris Guccione vs Nicolas Devilder (FRA)
MD1 (WC) Colin Ebelthite vs (Q) Andreas Beck (GER)
MD1 (WC) Carsten Ball vs (Q) Michael Berrer (GER)
MD1 (WC) Samuel Groth vs (25) Mardy Fish (USA)
MD1 (WC) Bernard Tomic vs Potitio Starace (ITA)

01-18-2009, 02:11 PM
Tomorrow's matches are pretty boring I think.

I can't really support Tomic as I don't think much of him. IMO though Starace is one of the easier players to draw although I still think he will struggle. If it were Luczak I would say an easy straight sets victory for Luczak but for Tomic I think it might be the otherway around. If it weren't for the stupid youth policy and Tennis Australia being spineless when it comes to Tomic then Australia probably would have a winner tomorrow but ah well.

As for Klein I think he has his work cut out as well I think. Phau will be tough to beat although hopefully Brydan can be competitive in the sets.

I think though that Groth can surprise alot of people and really push or maybe even beat Mardy Fish. He has a big game and his form hasn't been that bad. Defeating the in form Dancevic in straight sets then losing to Gabashvili in 3 sets and then losing to Reynolds in 3 sets in Auckland who took I think it was Soderling to three sets later on in the tournament.