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Yonge 01-15-2005 05:07 AM

The Aussie Open: Tim's Draw
(I will update this as Tim progresses)

Tim has never been past the 4th round at the AO (came very very close last year), and it's the only Slam event where he's never reached the QF. Let's change that this year, Tim!

I think his draw is okay, without any real challenges until the 2nd week.

Here are his potential opponents, with their seeding, and Head to Head against Tim:

Rd 1: Saulnier 2-0 Tim has to remember his amazing comeback in the French Open last year, when he came back from 2 sets down to beat Cyril.
-Tim def. Saulnier 6-1 6-2 4-6 6-3

Rd. 2: Volandri First meeting. I chose Volandri over Hanescu because he leads Hanescu 2-0 in H2H. Tim has never played Hanescu either.
-Tim def. Hanescu 7-5 6-1 6-4

Rd. 3: Davydenko (26th seed) 2-0. Tim hasn’t lost a set to Nikolay. :worship:

Rd of 16: Canas (12) 1-4. I’m worried about this. Tim squandered a 2-0 sets lead to Guillermo last year in the 3rd round. It was a close match though – 9-7 in the 5th set. :mad:

Spadea (19) 3-1. I included Vince here because Canas could meet him in the 3rd round, and he leads Guillermo 2-0 in H2H. Tim has a good record against Spadea and I think his chances are better against Vince than Guillermo.

Quarters: Roddick (2) 3-2. Every match they played had at least 1 tie-break set.

Grosjean (14) 4-3. Now Seb can meet Andy in the 4th round, and even though he has a bad record against Andy, he still can beat him, and meet Tim in this round.
-Seb lost in the 2nd rd. to Lisnard.

Semis: Hewitt (3) 0-8 :o . I hate this record. Hopefully Tim and Lleyton won’t have to play each other in this event. However, it’d be sweet if Tim beats Lleyton in Australia in front of his home crowd.

Coria (6) 2-3. Another tough opponent for Tim, but the match would still be winnable. Also Guille could meet Nalbandian in the round of 16.

Nalbandian (9) 1-4. Bad record again. But Tim beat him easily in Kooyong this week and he has to go through Coria first who he had never beaten!

Chela (25) 3-2. I included him here because Hewitt can meet him in the 3rd round and he’s given Lleyton a hard time in their past matches.

Pavel (17) 2-1. Same reason as Chela’s. Pavel has a winning record against Lleyton (won past 2 matches, both in 2004) and they could meet in the round of 16. - Andrei was upset in the 2nd round by American qualifier Bobby Reynolds.

Others: Nadal 0-0 and Youzhny 0-1. But these 2 could meet in the 2nd round. -Youzhny lost to Nadal in 5 amazing sets

Championship: Federer (1) 6-3. It would be a great match if it happens. Roger has won their last 3 meetings in straight sets, including one this week at Kooyong.

Agassi (8) 1-2. Andre has a slight injury though. Plus, he’s in the same quarter as Fed.

Safin (4) 2-3. Would be great as well.

Moya (5) 4-5. Haven’t played each other in 2 years, and Carlos will have to go through Safin (Moya leads 3-2) and Federer (Roger leads 5-0) before he can reach the final. -Carlos was upset in the 1st rd.

Last year's result: Tim lost in the 3rd round.

Goodluck Tim!!!

PinkFeatherBoa 01-18-2005 02:59 AM

Re: The Aussie Open: Tim's Draw
All that was very useful, thanks Yonge.

I hope Tim can at least make the QFs. Good luck Tim.

Yonge 01-18-2005 01:55 PM

Re: The Aussie Open: Tim's Draw
Tim def. Saulnier 6-1 6-2 4-6 6-3. :yeah:

Next: Hanescu

thenman 01-18-2005 10:27 PM

Re: The Aussie Open: Tim's Draw
Thanks for all that, Yonge :)
I haven't had much time to actually look seriously at the draw, what with all this work and tests...ahh!! So thank you for making it so much simpler to follow Tim's AO trek!

Congrats, Tim. On to Hanescu!

jetzt 01-19-2005 03:50 AM

Re: The Aussie Open: Tim's Draw
thanks for all that info. It is really useful.

Good luck Tim with Hanescu.

jezzaUK 01-19-2005 11:45 AM

Re: The Aussie Open: Tim's Draw
Ian Flanagan can beat him, so Tim should!

Corinna 01-19-2005 06:32 PM

Re: The Aussie Open: Tim's Draw
good luck for that :yeah:

Yonge 01-20-2005 03:32 PM

Re: The Aussie Open: Tim's Draw
Tim def. Hanescu 7-5 6-1 6-4.

Up next: Davydenko

Lynne 01-21-2005 02:02 AM

Re: The Aussie Open: Tim's Draw
Good Luck Tim!! :bounce:

Yonge 01-22-2005 06:40 AM

Re: The Aussie Open: Tim's Draw
Tim fell to Davydenko in straights 6-4 6-2 6-2 - how sad. No revenge against Canas.
At least he defended his points in this tournament from last year.

From AO website:
"He was helped by a below-par performance by Henman, who struggled to assert his usual dominance at the net, meaning fewer opportunities to break the powerful Russian's serve."

Tim's Stats:
1st serve % : 59%
Winners: 21
Unforced Errors: 32
Net approaches: 34/69 49%
Breakpoint conversions: 0/5 :o
Aces: 2
Double faults: 5

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