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Novak in ROME (1.870.000 €)!

MilanDokic
04-24-2006, 07:21 PM
I hope he will show his best in Rome! Go Nole!

(Maybe he enjoyed Ortodox Easter all day yesterday and hadn't proper rest until today.)

MilanDokic
05-05-2006, 08:19 PM
The qualifying draw of the ATP tournament Masters Series in Rome (red clay, 1.870.000 euros) is released. In his opening match Novak Djokovic will face local player, six years older - Francesco Aldi, who is 173rd in the world. This match is scheduled to be played as first one on Court number 6 at noon on Saturday.

Complete qualifying draw which contains two rounds is:

(1) ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP vs. CIPOLLA, Flavio ITA
BASTL, George SUI vs. (15) GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP

(2) MARTIN, Alberto ESP vs. (WC) FABBIANO, Thomas ITA
ELSENEER, Gilles BEL vs. (12) KUNITSYN, Igor RUS

(3) DJOKOVIC, Novak SCG vs. ALDI, Francesco ITA
(WC) FOGNINI, Fabio ITA vs. (10) SABAU, Razvan ROM

(4) BJORKMAN, Jonas SWE vs. (WC) GALVANI, Stefano ITA
KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS vs. (16) MARIN, Juan Antonio CRC

(5) MOODIE, Wesley RSA vs. GABASHVILI, Teimuraz RUS
FALLA, Alejandro COL vs. (11) NORMAN, Dick BEL

(6) SPADEA, Vincent USA vs. GALIMBERTI, Giorgio ITA
LUZZI, Federico ITA vs. (13) MONACO, Juan ARG

(7) VICENTE, Fernando ESP vs. BURGSMULLER, Lars GER
DUPUIS, Antony FRA vs. (14) MARACH, Oliver AUT

(8) SARETTA, Flavio BRA vs. LAPENTTI, Nicolas ECU
(WC) NASO, Gianluca ITA vs. (9) RAMIREZ HIDALGO, Ruben ESP

Björki
05-06-2006, 07:31 AM
lets go Nole :bounce:

uglyamerican
05-06-2006, 10:50 AM
It's kind of interesting that Novak plays Aldi, who he beat in the finals of the San Remo challenger--and that tournament's points expire at the end of Rome.

I said kind of interesting, not extremely interesting.

uglyamerican
05-06-2006, 12:24 PM
I'm bored, so here's my take on Rome's main draw slots for qualifiers:

I'll put them in order of what I'd most like for Novak.

1. Q. v Santoro, then Ljubicic/Hrbaty, then Haas/Monfils/Ginepri/Mirnyi

Santoro has only played once on clay this season losing to Berdych. The seeds in this section are Ljubicic and Ginepri. Ljubicic would be more of a psychological hurdle for Novak, but our Serbian may have the better clay season when all is said and done.

2. Q. v Thomas Johansson, then Henman/Di Mauro, then Nadal

For a chance to simply gain points (Novak needs two wins for a net gain) this slot is best. Johansson hasn't played since Rotterdam and hasn't won a match since the Australian. Di Mauro has had some good results lately and has a career high ranking at the age of 28. And he's from Syracuse. Italy.

3. Q. v Sanguinetti, then Bracciali/Kiefer, then Nalbandian/Ferrero/Mathieu

Not very exciting to me. Bracciali has been on a hot streak.

4. Q. v Safin, then Coria, then Blake/Serra/Horna/Ancic

Call this one the Grand Slam revenge draw. Niether Coria or Safin seem to have found thier best form this year. This slot has the greatest chance for a deep run if Novak could beat Coria.

5. Q. v Coria, then Safin/Q, then Blake/Serra/Horna/Ancic

Would it be better to face Coria in the first round than in the second?

6. Q. v Jiri Novak, then Robredo/Rusedski, then Roddick/Rochus/Baghdatis/Hanescu

This might not be so bad. Our Novak should beat the other Novak. J. Novak hasn't played on the main tour since October, and I'm not convinced he will actually play here. Robredo has had a fine clay season, losing only to Gaudio and Nadal so far.

7. Q. v Nalbandian, then Ferrero/Mathieu, then Kiefer/Bracciali/Sanguinetti

Nalbandian gave Robredo a 3 set test in Monte Carlo and seems clay-court-ready. Ferrero seems like a terrible tactical matchup for Mr. Djokovic. He's beaten Novak on clay once already in straight sets.

8. Q. v Massu, then Ferrer/Acasuso, then Daydenko/Verdasco/Pashanski

A rough draw and I don't forsee much potential for hype in the event Nole beats any of these.

Jess will say that all of these spots are horrible draws.

First there is one more Qualifying match v. Fognini. When was the last time Nole played someone younger than himself? Fognini is younger by two whole days.

PennyThePenguin
05-06-2006, 01:23 PM
CMOOOOON NOVAK!!!!! :D

savesthedizzle
05-06-2006, 04:12 PM
I'm bored, so here's my take on Rome's main draw slots for qualifiers:

I'll put them in order of what I'd most like for Novak.

2. Q. v Thomas Johansson, then Henman/Di Mauro, then Nadal

For a chance to simply gain points (Novak needs two wins for a net gain) this slot is best. Johansson hasn't played since Rotterdam and hasn't won a match since the Australian. Di Mauro has had some good results lately and has a career high ranking at the age of 28. And he's from Syracuse. Italy.

:lol: I did a report on Syracusa! I never knew Di Mauro was Sicilian! Anyway..... I like this spot even though it ends at Nadal.


4. Q. v Safin, then Coria, then Blake/Serra/Horna/Ancic

Call this one the Grand Slam revenge draw. Niether Coria or Safin seem to have found thier best form this year. This slot has the greatest chance for a deep run if Novak could beat Coria.

Easiest draw for an early exit :(

5. Q. v Coria, then Safin/Q, then Blake/Serra/Horna/Ancic

Would it be better to face Coria in the first round than in the second?

I am inclined to say it might be better... though I'm not sure why.

6. Q. v Jiri Novak, then Robredo/Rusedski, then Roddick/Rochus/Baghdatis/Hanescu

This might not be so bad. Our Novak should beat the other Novak. J. Novak hasn't played on the main tour since October, and I'm not convinced he will actually play here. Robredo has had a fine clay season, losing only to Gaudio and Nadal so far.

Meh.... I don't like it. It's good if we are happy with only winning one round.... he lost late last year to Robredo in a close match, so maybe he could do it... but I'm not sold on his chances.

7. Q. v Nalbandian, then Ferrero/Mathieu, then Kiefer/Bracciali/Sanguinetti

Nalbandian gave Robredo a 3 set test in Monte Carlo and seems clay-court-ready. Ferrero seems like a terrible tactical matchup for Mr. Djokovic. He's beaten Novak on clay once already in straight sets.

Yeahhh this draw is not pretty. So you know this is the one he'll get right? *knocks on wood*

8. Q. v Massu, then Ferrer/Acasuso, then Daydenko/Verdasco/Pashanski

A rough draw and I don't forsee much potential for hype in the event Nole beats any of these.

Yeah, that's pretty much awful.

Jess will say that all of these spots are horrible draws.

I don't so much mind #2. No shame in losing in the 3rd round to Nadal. :p I should add #1 is not incredibly awful either... but I'd rather him lose in the 3rd round to Nadal than anyone else.

Or even better... I'd love to see him break the streak ;) It'd be like playing Federer with absolutely nothing to lose :)

Scotso
05-06-2006, 06:31 PM
Nice win today for Novak :D easy as pie.

*Ljubica*
05-06-2006, 06:55 PM
Hi guys :wavey: Just thought I would pop in to tell you that I am in Rome and watched Novak play today :) He played well though it's fair to say that he didn't have too much opposition but he concentrated well and did what he had to do for a simple, straight sets win :) Good Luck to him tomorrow.l

savesthedizzle
05-06-2006, 07:16 PM
Hi guys :wavey: Just thought I would pop in to tell you that I am in Rome and watched Novak play today :) He played well though it's fair to say that he didn't have too much opposition but he concentrated well and did what he had to do for a simple, straight sets win :) Good Luck to him tomorrow.l


Rose! :wavey: Thanks for updating us ;)

PennyThePenguin
05-07-2006, 03:23 AM
thanks rosie!!

keep it going nole!!!! :bounce:

Scotso
05-07-2006, 03:41 AM
Awww Penny, that avatar is so sad :sad:

Rosie :wavey: have fun in Roma!

PennyThePenguin
05-07-2006, 03:44 AM
happier ones coming soon ;)

georgekuo1017
05-07-2006, 06:27 AM
Good luck :cool:

savesthedizzle
05-07-2006, 12:41 PM
Novak lost in quallies today so all this conversation is moot.

uglyamerican
05-07-2006, 01:06 PM
That's a pretty terrible loss. Aparently he forgot how to play on clay.

It might be possible for Novak to take a LL spot, but he definetly doesn't deserve it.

savesthedizzle
05-07-2006, 01:07 PM
He must have. And it's going to be ugly next week in Hamburg, the slowest of the clay court surfaces. If he can't handle Rome and Barcelona... even slower courts won't be pretty. *shakes head*

uglyamerican
05-07-2006, 01:15 PM
Hopefully he won't get down on himself and let the problems spill over into the grass season.

savesthedizzle
05-07-2006, 01:17 PM
Hopefully he won't get down on himself and let the problems spill over into the grass season.


Oh he won't. I'll be at Queens to scream at him and snap him out of it. :o

uglyamerican
05-07-2006, 01:25 PM
Oooh. Good. You can do that in Paris, too.

I thought things would go better than this on the clay. You saw the whole Federer match, right Jess? From the highlight reel it looked like he, Novak, knew what he was doing on the dirt.

savesthedizzle
05-07-2006, 01:30 PM
Oooh. Good. You can do that in Paris, too.

I thought things would go better than this on the clay. You saw the whole Federer match, right Jess? From the highlight reel it looked like he, Novak, knew what he was doing on the dirt.

Oh. I will. :o

I did. He certainly wasn't lost out there. He was using a drop shot like there was no tomorrow that day. And he looked to be moving fairly decently. I'm a little shocked by all this too. I mean.. he can't be losing to guys ranked 313 in the world. If I were him I may want to enter a challenger before RG if possible.. just to maybe play some matches. I mean he's not losing to guys like Federer anymore... but Gimeno-Traver and Fognini? Ouch. AND he is moving backwards in the ranking now that San Remo is gone and he didn't even make the main draw here. I'm not even confident that he would be able to beat Ginepri on clay if he were to draw him again first round RG. :o

We may need to take some steps backward to start moving forward again. :sad:

Scotso
05-07-2006, 01:42 PM
That is definitely a player that Novak should not be losing to. :(

uglyamerican
05-07-2006, 01:50 PM
We may need to take some steps backward to start moving forward again. :sad:

That's a good mantra. It seems to have worked for Murray. He played all those challengers after Wimbledon.

I don't know if our favorite Serbian can continue to play the same schedule as Ljubicic and increase his game. Unless practing with main-tour players is really more valuable than I think it is.

savesthedizzle
05-07-2006, 01:52 PM
That's a good mantra. It seems to have worked for Murray. He played all those challengers after Wimbledon.

I don't know if our favorite Serbian can continue to play the same schedule as Ljubicic and increase his game. Unless practing with main-tour players is really more valuable than I think it is.


Exactly. And if it means getting a new coach so that he can have a coach with him wherever he goes... that might just be a choice he needs to consider making.

Champion number 1
05-07-2006, 06:45 PM
Without saying too much I will just say that Djoko lost to Italy's best hope of us having a great in Fognini. I think this was Fabio's time so I had faith in the win even if I didnt really expect it.

Anyway good luck on the future for Djoko because he is a top 5 of the future.

savesthedizzle
05-07-2006, 06:46 PM
Without saying too much I will just say that Djoko lost to Italy's best hope of us having a great in Fognini. I think this was Fabio's time so I had faith in the win even if I didnt really expect it.

Anyway good luck on the future for Djoko because he is a top 5 of the future.


Thanks. Congrats to Fabio, hopefully he can do well in this tournament. :wavey:

Scotso
05-07-2006, 07:59 PM
Nice for a local to do well in Rome, of course, but I still don't think Novak should be losing to him at this point. Definitely a setback for Novak, who I feel should be making the main draws of these tournaments by now a la Pashanski.

belco
05-14-2006, 10:31 AM
:D