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Jorge 02-16-2003 01:28 AM

Marcelo Ríos vs David Sánchez "La Gran Final"
Marcelo Ríos and David Sánchez will play the final this sunday. Good luck to both of them but I prefer to see "el Chino" Ríos winning finally one title in his land.
¡Vamos Chino, uno más, sólo uno más! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Awesome4hand 02-16-2003 01:35 AM

Rios will win it easy...

Rios d Sanchez 61 62 in the final

Such as his luck...he's drawn Kuerten in Bs. As next week

Awesome4hand 02-16-2003 01:37 AM

Why isn't Rios seeded? He finished 02 higher up than Lapentti (7), Kuerten (6) or Coria (8)....

Jorge 02-16-2003 01:50 AM

This is the reason why he is not seeded.

Coria is seeded 8, the current rankings are:
36 Coria, Guillermo (ARG ) 960

37 Rios, Marcelo (CHI ) 945

Marcelo will surpass Coria the next monday, but as you know the draw is made the previous week.
Yes Marcelo Ríos vs Guga Kuerten in first round, sucks! I would like to see that match but in QF's at least.
Anyeway good luck to Marcelo tomorrow ;)

Sjengster 02-16-2003 03:15 PM

Blimey, Kuerten-Rios first round! What a match-up... and since it's in Argentina, I guess the crowd will be impartial and simply enjoy a contest between players from the two other great tennis nations of South America.

Rios is obviously pretty confident about the final against Sanchez, judging by what he said in his interview, but he shouldn't be too relaxed about it; the last time they played in Palermo last year, Sanchez had a match point in the final set tiebreak before Rios won it 7-5, 4-6, 7-6.

Jorge 02-17-2003 12:24 AM

El chino vs El quijote.
The match has started, this is the best and maybe last chance for Marcelo to win a tournament in his land. He has lost in three previous finals at Chile, the winners were: 1995 Slava Dosedel 1996 Hernán Gumy 1997 Julián Alonso

Jorge 02-17-2003 12:32 AM

El chino Ríos is leading 3-0

Jorge 02-17-2003 12:41 AM

Ríos is winning 4-1. Sánchez wasted 2 BP's in the last game.

Jorge 02-17-2003 12:50 AM

First set goes to Marcelo Ríos 6-1. :)
He has been playing great tennis this week. Marcelo is in control of the match. :)

Awesome4hand 02-17-2003 12:51 AM


Originally posted by Awesome4hand
Rios will win it easy...

Rios d Sanchez 61 62 in the final

Such as his luck...he's drawn Kuerten in Bs. As next week

My prediction looks pretty good at the moment huh?

Yeah... Rios and Kuerten in the first round....horrible!! a bit like Safin and Malisse in Rotterdam...

Jorge 02-17-2003 01:00 AM

There seems to be a lot of pressure for David Sánchez, is not only his first ATP final but also he is playing against el chino Ríos at Chile, not an easy match for a first final ;)
Rios leads second set 2-1 one break ahead.

Awesome4hand 02-17-2003 01:05 AM

Yeah...Sanchez is in his first final as well as playing Rios on home soil...pretty big ask...

Well, he can learn from this and be a better player becos of it...

I dun think he'll like the Chileans very much after this month... he next faces Gonzalez in Bs. As.

Jorge 02-17-2003 01:12 AM

El Quijote Sánchez fight back! David leads 3-2. Marcelo at serve.

Well, David Sánchez won't be an easy rival for Fernando, I expect to see a "hard-to-beat" David in Buenos Aires.

Awesome4hand 02-17-2003 01:19 AM

I dunno much about Gonzalez at all... is he a claycourt specialist?

Jorge 02-17-2003 01:20 AM

Well we have a match! David is leading 5-2, el chino Ríos seems to be not focused in the match. It seems that there will be a third set.

Fernando is an "all-surface" player, but he is still recovering from a persistent injury

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