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Kuerten's Track Record at Aussie Open

Devotee
01-04-2004, 06:29 AM
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Devotee
01-04-2004, 06:37 AM
Is there a year in which Guga did do well at the Australian Open?

MisterQ
01-04-2004, 06:52 AM
You're right, Guga's results at the Australian Open are much worse than for any other major! far below his ability!

1997 2nd round
1998 2nd round
1999 2nd round
2000 1st round
2001 2nd round
2002 1st round
2003 2nd round

I have wondered myself why he hasn't done well. Movement on rebound ace is very different than his best surface (clay). On rebound ace it is dangerous to try to slide because of the way the surface grips. But it seems like he should be able to make this adjustment, and otherwise the conditions would be good for his game. Well, maybe he'll do better in the future! :)

J. Corwin
01-04-2004, 08:09 AM
Hopefully he'll do better.

star
01-04-2004, 01:42 PM
Must we talk about Guga's track record at the AO?????? :fiery:

Isn't it bad enough that Lleyton must bring up in every second interview that he beat Guga on clay in Brazil????????

The Aussies are bad medicine for Guga. :(

p.s. for all of those who weren't able to tell already, all of that was said in good humor with no seriousness intended......... except.... really do we have to bring up how miserably Guga plays in Oz?????

:D

Billabong
01-04-2004, 02:54 PM
Guga usually has difficulties to close his matches in AO... in 2001, he had a match point against Rusedski in the second round and lost 9-7 in the fifth set... in 2002, he was leading 2 sets to 0 and still lost in 5 sets to Boutter (I know he had the hip problem, but still)... and last year, in the 2nd round, he had break points in the fifth set against Stepanek and still lost... I REALLY hope Guga can surpass the 2nd round jinx this year! Go GUGA! Continue the great play you showed 2 months ago!

spiiky
01-04-2004, 04:44 PM
this year they gan it, and if it does not do it it is going to be closely together

Havok
01-04-2004, 05:44 PM
:eek: i didnt know he had such a crap record. poor dude, i hope he gets to at least the 4th round this year. his rank and his seed should help him

star
01-04-2004, 06:15 PM
Guga's fans know about his "crap" record at the AO.

His rank didn't help him when he was #1. :sad:

He's been very very unlucky there in the draw and in the matches. :sad:

amethyst
01-04-2004, 08:18 PM
At least he didn´t leave without a fight in this five-setters! ;)

Leo
01-05-2004, 12:46 AM
Bad luck isn't what should be blamed. I would say the heat, surface, his rustiness, and his poor physical conditioning (at the start of the year) all play a part in his lack of Oz success over the years.

star
01-05-2004, 04:26 AM
And the fact that he gets really out of sorts having to leave Brasil in the summer time when he likes to hang out at the beach. :)

Lee
01-05-2004, 04:48 AM
I won't say bad physical condition. He worked hard during the off season. Like last year, he started training at the beginning of December and he played well in Auckland winning his 1st title of the year.

J. Corwin
01-05-2004, 09:05 AM
Well I never knew about his such poor record at Oz either. A player of his caliber and past accomplishments should have done better than a 2nd round showing after all these years.

heya
01-05-2004, 11:24 AM
It's unlikely that he'll meet Heewee. :yawn: :devil:

star
01-05-2004, 12:25 PM
I won't say bad physical condition. He worked hard during the off season. Like last year, he started training at the beginning of December and he played well in Auckland winning his 1st title of the year.

That's a very good point, Lee. :)

The great thing is that I have no expectations that Guga will play well in Australia. If he gets beyond the first round, I am happy.

But, Leo, I have to disagree that the heat bothers him. Guga practices in similar heat in Brasil.

And I do think that luck of the draw has played a role in some (although not all) years. He has had trouble with big servers, and he has been unlucky enough to draw a big server early on in some years. Every Guga fan knows what names in the draw make them shudder. :)

Leo
01-05-2004, 11:22 PM
Well, when I say bad physical condition, I don't neccessarily mean that he didn't work out hard enough during the off-season to get fit. But in 2002 he was injured with the bad hip (his loss to Boutter in the first round was just one month before he had surgery done) and last year I think he may have been a bit tired after that long week in Auckland, which went over the schedule due to rain. Maybe its more about the surface and rustiness than anything else, but I think there may be a physical element as well that's been holding Guga back.

Gonzo Hates Me!
01-05-2004, 11:54 PM
Let's not talk about this :)

star
01-06-2004, 12:10 AM
That's what I think too. :)

Gonzo Hates Me!
01-06-2004, 02:17 AM
Hahaha! :)

Experimentee
01-06-2004, 01:47 PM
Its not because of bad luck or bad draw, because he lost to players he should have beaten, like Stepanek and Boutter. I doubt its the heat either, because I think it does get quite hot in Brazil.

I voted for Rebound Ace surface, but I dont think so anymore, because last year he won a tournament on Rebound Ace then lost 2nd round at the AO a week later.

It's probably because its the start of the season and he isnt well prepared enough for big tournaments, and he seems to be jinxed as well. :)

MisterQ
01-06-2004, 01:51 PM
Let's not talk about this :)

Sorry to cause you pain! :lol:

Don't worry, Guga will make the third round this year.

star
01-06-2004, 02:22 PM
I thought we weren't talking about this anymore. :|

MisterQ
01-06-2004, 03:13 PM
OK. :scared:

He'll make the fourth round, then.

:bolt:

undomiele
01-07-2004, 03:45 AM
Nothing to be ashamed about. Every player has their jinxed tournament or nemesis they have to get over sometime right ?? Im sure Guga will do well at AO at some point or another. He should consider importing more Brazilian fans. ;)

Action Jackson
01-07-2004, 04:04 AM
Originally posted by undomiele
He should consider importing more Brazilian fans

He had these crazy Brazilians that I knew and they had a blow up doll and were passing it around and had some of them thought it was a football match instead of tennis. They provided the atmosphere, but he couldn't provide the results and if they play matches early in the day, he will have more problems.

LordRain
01-03-2005, 10:53 AM
Hey. Thanks for the info. I knew he is bad at the Aussie Open but not THAT bad!!!

I can't believe he never made it beyond the second round. :rain: :rain: :rain: