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Old 06-08-2008, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default The Artois Championships: Let's have a beer in the garden. Nice, no?

Dear Rafa fans.

While Nadal is cooking a bagel in the 3rd set at RG (5-0) as I type and Nadal serving. I take the liberty to start the thread for the Artois Championships in Queen's London.

The draw is out:


1)Rafael Nadal v Bye

(WC)Jonas Bjorkman v Igor Kunitsyn

Alejandro Falla v Kei Nishikori

Olivier Patience v (16)Sam Querrey

(10)Fernando Gonzalez v (Q)Richard Bloomfield

Marat Safin v (Q)James Ward

(WC)Alex Bogdanovic v (Q)Joseph Sirianni

Bye v (8)Ivo Karlovic

(3)Andy Roddick v Bye

Robby Ginepri v Vince Spadea

Chris Guccione v Yen-Hsun Lu

Edouard Roger-Vasselin v (15)Mardy Fish

(12)Andreas Seppi v Arnaud Clement

Kristof Vliegen v Ernests Gulbis

Sebastien Grosjean v (Q)Rik de Voest

Bye v (6)Andy Murray

(5)Richard Gasquet v Bye

Frank Dancevic v Simone Bolleli

Nicolas Lapentti v Mario Ancic

Hyung-Taik Lee v (9)Fernando Verdasco

(14)Feliciano Lopez v Nicolas Mahut

Kevin Anderson v John Isner

Dudi Sela v Viktor Troicki

Bye v (4)David Nalbandian

(7)Paul-Henri Mathieu v Bye

Marin Cilic v Jurgen Melzer

(WC)Dan Evans v (WC)Xavier Malisse

(WC)Josh Goodall v (11)Lleyton Hewitt

(13)Janko Tipsarevic v Ivan Navarro

Bobby Reynolds v Ivo Minar

Flavio Cipolla v Roko Karanusic

Bye v (2)Novak Djokovic
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Old 06-08-2008, 04:30 PM   #2
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Nadal has been mighty

Now the race to become #1 in the ATP rankings starts. I feel this is his year. He is going to become #1 sometime during the US open. He is very likely to win Wimbledon this year. His backhand slice has improved and so has his serve. He is got a better chance this year.

Now I am going to remove the dust from my crystal ball in order to get my prediction right for the MIT.
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Old 06-08-2008, 06:14 PM   #3
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I say Final this year. He'll lose to A-Rod though
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:57 PM   #4
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OF exit. He's got Dr. Ivo.
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:06 PM   #5
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I say semis...
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:07 PM   #6
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Semis is my prediction.
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:11 PM   #7
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Default Re: The Artois Championships: Let's have a beer in the garden. Nice, no?

Umm yeah semis, and wouldn't Roddick be his opponent in the semis? I am too excited and distracted to thinks straight.
Roddick had some back problems, no? I wonder how ready he is for grass this year.
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Default Re: The Artois Championships: Let's have a beer in the garden. Nice, no?

SFs for me as well. Couldn't care though, most unimportant tournament in the year for Nadal but good to get grass under his feet.
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Now I am going to remove the dust from my crystal ball in order to get my prediction right for the MIT.
Can I borrow that when you're done? QF for me, I guess
He really only needs a few rounds to get comfortable on grass again...
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:24 PM   #10
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Default Re: The Artois Championships: Let's have a beer in the garden. Nice, no?

I think QF.

I'm not saying he tanks, but he does always seem to get a few matches in and then back to Manacor for a few days.

Great entry list for Queens this year. Hope Murray or Nalby win (if rafa does indeed lose early)
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:40 PM   #11
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Can I borrow that when you're done? QF for me, I guess
He really only needs a few rounds to get comfortable on grass again...
I basically agree with you but I'll say Rafa will WIN Queen's this year. A large variety of answers is always good, I think.
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The suspense is mounting now that the clay season is over... Let's see who will get it right


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Metis, we suck at this game
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Default Re: The Artois Championships: Let's have a beer in the garden. Nice, no?

Rafa said he rent a house in London to get prepared for Wimbly so he'll play the Queen's till the end!I'd go for a WIN (i'm craazy post FO effect)
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Metis, we suck at this game
I know

Although it would be a bit strange if I ended up winning the ...Metis Invitational. I might even be accused of tampering with the results.


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Rafa said he rent a house in London to get prepared for Wimbly so he'll play the Queen's till the end!I'd go for a WIN (i'm craazy post FO effect)
Yes, I don't think he ever goes home between Queens and Wimbly so why not win the whole thing anyway?
Is he rooming with Lalo again?
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