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Australian Open 2009 Super Suprise Package

Iván
01-16-2009, 06:56 PM
The dark horses are well known, the likes of gulbis,monfils,birdman,simon and so on.....

After looking at the draw...

Here is a list of really suprising nominations that could SHOCK us and make it into the second week.

Andrey Golubev

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/03Am9phb4P3aU/610x.jpg

Victor Hanescu

http://storage0.dms.mpinteractiv.ro/media/1/186/3941/2829619/1/hanescu1111-r.jpg?width=320

Igor Kunitsyn

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0fD5f3i4uR9VJ/610x.jpg

Viktor Troicki

http://profile.ak.facebook.com/object3/1387/43/l22115860170_8946.jpg

Thomaz Bellucci

http://www.estadao.com.br/fotos/bellucci.JPG

Simone Bolelli

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/952/popperrottaac078424qz8.jpg


Bernard Tomic

http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200801/r219381_859962.jpg

Gilles Muller

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/06GwbTf1WOdqt/340x.jpg

Steve Darcis

http://www.hln.be/static/FOTO/pe/2/15/12/large_321672.jpg

Sergiy Stakhovsky

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42121000/jpg/_42121862_stakhovsky.jpg

scarecrows
01-16-2009, 06:59 PM
Bellucci and Tomic? :scratch:

finishingmove
01-16-2009, 07:00 PM
3rd pic, guy in the red shirt.



















not.

Iván
01-16-2009, 07:01 PM
I rate Thomaz Bellucci highly, watched him play del potro last year, big serve and big groundstrokes, needs abit of confindence.

Tomic was for fun

Horatio Caine
01-16-2009, 07:06 PM
How does Golubev play ivan?

federernadalfan
01-16-2009, 07:08 PM
bellucci

Iván
01-16-2009, 07:11 PM
How does Golubev play ivan?

I watched him in Petersburg when he made the final, made hanescu look like a amature, solid returner, good movement, doesnt possess much power though in terms of groundstrokes but his serve can be quite effective,his main strength is his agility, making the final was a great confindence booster for him even though muzza mullered him in the final.

Horatio Caine
01-16-2009, 07:34 PM
I watched him in Petersburg when he made the final, made hanescu look like a amature, solid returner, good movement, doesnt possess much power though in terms of groundstrokes but his serve can be quite effective,his main strength is his agility, making the final was a great confindence booster for him even though muzza mullered him in the final.

Merci ;)

To answer the thread question, I think only Hanescu and Kunitsyn have a half-decent shot at R4 out of that list, mainly because the two major threats in their mini-section are doubts for even starting. Regardless, as we've seen this week, Hanescu could potentially struggle against Monaco again, while it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if Ljubicic knocks Kunitsyn out.

I see Bolelli, Darcis and Stakhovsky as the other serious contenders from your list, although I have reasons for doubting each of them. For Bolelli, it is no secret that he struggles with the big servers, and he has plenty of them in his mini-section. For Darcis...well, his form is horrible (and he is generally overrated imo), and I think one of Blake, Gulbis and Andreev will bounce him...although, in his favour, neither of those three guys are exactly reliable. :o For Stakhovsky, I think Verdasco is likely to be too big an obstacle, but I guess I wouldn't be too surprised if he caused the upset there, and Stepanek isn't invincible.

As for the others...I don't see Golubev going further than R3 (Monfils), and even an obese Almagro might be too much for him; I don't see Bellucci or Troicki advancing through Nalbandian (R2 and R3 respectively); Tomic is likely to struggle against Starace, but if he does survive, I think Muller/Lopez would be too physically strong for him (Lalo in particular); I don't see Muller getting past Del Potro (R3), but I think even Lalo (R1) could prove to be too strong for him (in the clutch moments).

PiggyGotRoasted
01-16-2009, 08:15 PM
Oscar Hernandez has more of a chance than any of these mugs.

TMJordan
01-16-2009, 08:17 PM
Tomic is gonna smash Starace.

Burrow
01-16-2009, 08:30 PM
that picture looks nothing like bellucci

GlennMirnyi
01-16-2009, 09:50 PM
That's not Bellucci in the pic.

This is Bellucci: http://www.estadao.com.br/fotos/bellucci.JPG

GlennMirnyi
01-16-2009, 09:51 PM
Tomic looks like he could have been in the Backstreet Boys.

leng jai
01-16-2009, 09:53 PM
Tomic looks like he could have been in the Backstreet Boys.

Hell no bru.

shotgun
01-16-2009, 09:58 PM
That's not Bellucci in the pic.

Yep, that's Leonardo Mayer.

BaselineSmash
01-16-2009, 10:05 PM
You missed out Petzschner. I think he has a decent chance of beating Berdych and Wawrinka to make it to a 4th round match with Federer.

~*BGT*~
01-17-2009, 12:29 AM
Pants

Iván
01-17-2009, 11:23 AM
i doubted that belluci pic too but i kinda of rushed this thread so i didnt double check to make sure, thanks for the correction guys.

Mistakes happen i guess, human error.

Iván
01-17-2009, 11:25 AM
You missed out Petzschner. I think he has a decent chance of beating Berdych and Wawrinka to make it to a 4th round match with Federer.


Good shout

Thanos
01-17-2009, 11:27 AM
Tomic is gonna smash Starace.

word

Nidhogg
01-17-2009, 11:40 AM
Hanescu, Troicki, Golubev and Kunitsyn have opportunities. Darcis might (with a capital M) surprise us too. I wouldn't mind seeing Stakhovsky making it deep.

ciprianned
01-17-2009, 12:00 PM
Hane or Belluci ... maybe HANE :D