Ljubicic, Santoro to meet

01-18-2006, 03:28 AM
Ljubicic, Santoro to meet
by Paul Gough
Wednesday, 18 January, 2006

Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, the hero of his country's historic Davis Cup victory in 2005, looks finally capable of making an impact at Grand Slam level after cruising into the third round of the Australian Open 2006 on Day Three at Melbourne Park.

While he might be the No.7 seed, incredibly it was only the fourth time in 26 Grand Slam appearances that the talented 26-year-old has reached the third round of a major, the others being in Melbourne in 2002, at the 2003 French Open and the 2005 US Open.

And he now has the chance to go beyond the third round for the first time as his next opponent will be France's veteran doubles specialist Fabrice Santoro.

Ljubicic, whose 11-1 record in Davis Cup last year was the best since John McEnroe's record 12-0 in 1982, booked his place in the third round with a 7-5 6-2 6-1 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Rod Laver Arena.

The 26-year-old got stronger as the match progressed and is seeded to eventually take on No.2 seed Andy Roddick in the quarter finals.

Ljubicic's next opponent will be 33-year-old Santoro, who downed another veteran in 31-year-old Romanian Andrei Pavel 6-4 6-1 6-4.

Santoro, who won the Australian Open doubles title with countryman Michael Llodra in 2003-04, is making his 14th appearance at Melbourne Park and now has the chance to reach the fourth round for only the second time and the first since 1999.

Argentine No.8 seed Gaston Gaudio, the 2004 French Open champion, also continued his easy progression through the tournament so far on Day Three.

After winning his first match 6-2 5-0 when his opponent Razvan Sabau was forced to retire hurt, Gaudio cruised through his second round match 6-3 6-2 6-3 against veteran German qualifier Lars Burgsmuller in just under two hours.

In stark contrast to Day Two action when men's seeds Lleyton Hewitt (No.3), Nikolay Davydenko (No.5), Gullermo Coria (No.6) and Dominik Hrbaty (No.12) were all taken to five sets before winning their first round matches, there was little troubles for the seeds early on Day Three.

Spanish No.11 seed David Ferrer also booked his place in the third round by downing Italy's Daniele Braccali 6-4 6-4 6-7 (7/5) 6-2.

How the hell do they come up with these things, how hard is it to click on the draw and see who is actually going to play. This is on the official website.

El Legenda
01-18-2006, 03:30 AM
:lol: i was like what are they playing dubs :rolls:

01-18-2006, 03:30 AM
where the fuck is this gough getting this shit from?? they're in opposite quarters of the draw! what an idiot.

El Legenda
01-18-2006, 03:38 AM
does this guy have an email, so we can give him shit.

01-18-2006, 03:40 AM
santoro will play gaudio

El Legenda
01-18-2006, 03:42 AM
no kidding

01-18-2006, 03:48 AM
:lol: Nice one :yeah:

01-18-2006, 03:52 AM

whoever wrote that, must have been on something :p

01-18-2006, 04:55 AM
Now even the official site is saying they're going to meet! wtf?!!

El Legenda
01-18-2006, 03:31 PM
this is amazing

Peta Pan
01-18-2006, 03:37 PM
hahhahah someone's changed the draw... better let the players know!

01-18-2006, 04:45 PM
He's confused. Gaston will play against Ljubicic :p

01-18-2006, 04:46 PM
Oh boy....someone's been sniffing the crack pipe.

01-18-2006, 11:04 PM