As I like both players, and I want both of them to come back to the top 100, I don't really care who wins. I am just happy that both of them are able to play again. For Verkerk, currently ranked 2017(!), this will be only his second match since July 19th, 2004, when he won a first round challenger match. Inljuries and illness have plagued him ever since.
Good luck to both and stay healthy!
09-18-2006, 03:14 PM
I thought the rankings ended somewhere around 1500, obviously I was wrong. Still as you say, best of luck to both men. Whoever would have thought the two colourful big hitters of 2003 would have been reduced to this three years on.... of course both were fairly late bloomers, so hopefully there's life in them yet.
09-18-2006, 05:14 PM
I love them both. I wish the ATP would give them loads of WCs into bigger tournaments.
09-18-2006, 05:18 PM
Younes :hug: :hug:
Are they both finally healthy again? That is the best news, regardless of who wins :)
09-18-2006, 05:24 PM
ship them both to the senior tour
09-18-2006, 05:57 PM
I thought the rankings ended somewhere around 1500, obviously I was wrong.
Well, the there are usually a ton of players tied with one point in the ~1500 range. However, the first tiebreaker among players tied on rankings points is number of tournaments in which a player gained points. Obviously all these guys only have one tournament....except for Verkerk, who has a bunch of 0's from TMS and GS that haven't fallen off yet.
When is their match scheduled? You're the challenger king here, so maybe you know!
It's scheduled for not before 7.30pm CET, so just starting....
09-19-2006, 08:37 PM
Younes won 7-5 6-3. Good resistence from Martin in the first set. Does anyone know the quality of the game produced from both men ?
It's good to see Younes winning matches ( 2 last week and 1 this week) and Verkerk being competitive and ending a match.
Good luck to them both.
El Aynaoui is playing Snobel in the 2nd round. Snobel upset Montanes 6-3 6-2 !!