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Old 12-07-2009, 11:27 PM   #151
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i have heard he has been injured with a back injury since vancouver challenger and came back to early and got re injured during his last 4 tournamnets.he is back in training now but will miss the playoff.i think he could have finished the year close to top 100 if not for his injury.go MM
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:47 AM   #152
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Marinko's a top bloke. I think he will do well next year.
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:18 PM   #153
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:03 AM   #154
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So a nice win today over Duckworth 1 and 3. Keep it up Marinko.
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Matosevic won the first set against Bubka 6-4 1-1 30-15 Bubka serving Matosevic has lost the only meeting between these two but he will win this is in Australia this time the last one was in Cananda.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:58 AM   #156
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So a nice win today over Duckworth 1 and 3. Keep it up Marinko.
Waste of a wildcard. Easy win for Marinko. Not even pushed.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:02 PM   #157
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Waste of a wildcard. Easy win for Marinko. Not even pushed.
Agreed. Can't believe Duckworth got a wildcard over Matt Reid. Absolutely appaling.

Huge chance for MM to qualify tomorrow. Would be great of he does. Looks like MM is fully healed and has another very good year ahead of him.
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Really hope Marinko does well here although according to TA he is too old, too outspoken on court. Think there is a time for some players - the late maturers, the ones that are a bit slower to arrive where they ne4ed to be. If we ignore these players with a system like the youth policy not sure where we will end up.

Anyway he is the one carrying our flag after all the others have been knocked out and i will be there to support him play. I postd somewhere else how i admire his determination and passion for the game despite being given no assistance and written off from ta.

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Cruises to an early 3-0 lead.
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Wins the first set 6-1 in 20 minutes.
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Won 6/1 6/4 well done, keep it going mate.
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He is going well so far this year beat Groth in Brisbane but lost to Ebden straight sets, i hope he can get through 3 matches at the AUS OPEN qualifying but thats a huge win over the world number 72. I hope he plays Starace or Seppi in the first round good luck to him.
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Much closer in the second set but good to see that he was able to close it out. Would be good to see him draw someone who is beatable but in saying that if he were to win his first round in Sydney I'm not sure if he would be able to make the Aus Open qualies or not. Does anyone know? I remember Healey making the second round and then still playing Aus Open qualies but the second round of Medibank is on Wednesday which coincides with the start of Aus Open qualies.
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I watched the match live and here is my analysis. I haven't been to enough matche live to know whether it is negative to arrive late to a match. Maybe it was some mind games from Matosevic. But anyway. So the match starts at 1.15 instead of the scheduled 1.00 as Matty arrives at 1.07.

Intially, Matosevic is off to a flyer. he has a really solid game. Barely makes any unforced errors in the first set and very clinical in his finishing in that one-two punch from that very consistent, well placed and fast serve of his. He also returned well as well, effectively using the pace of the ball from the opponent's serve (which only hurt him at times) to place the ball deep or attacking the lines and counter punching on some occassions. His opponent (looks like a claycourter with very heavy top spin on his shots) makes 6-1 a lot of unforced errors (maybe he was going for too much or was just off his game) and nothing goes his way.

The first set ends and i hurry to CT 1 scampering through the crowd just to grab my digital camera. In the second set, Matosevic leads a break up at 3-1, and I know notice matosevic has lost his intensity a bit and is involved in more rallies with his opponent. He loses his intensity a bit especially when he puts in a few short balls which his opponent attacks with heavy top spin as expected. But at 4*-3 up with the Matosevic serving , he pulls off some great serves and clinical finishing and well constructed points and the luck of unforced errors from his opponent to save a few break points. I knew that after Matosevic won that game as that was a mental blow to his opponent, he had the match. Matosevic celebrated his winners with a roar but the crowd seemed oddly quite.

He finishes in style by getting most of his first serves in play to finish of the match. He threw the ball in the air and smashed the other ball out of the court in delight. How exuberant that celebration was I just had to laugh. What a character Matosevic is. He was walking past centre court after the match and I was thinking about getting his signature but he was walking with a group of people so I decided not to bug him (and I chickened out, well at least I got Luczak's signature.) While I was eavesdropping and he said "I was so nervous at 4-3." I guess there's more to life than tennis, he has some personality.

His opponent (sorry for using his opponent instead of the player's last name) built some momentum in the second set, made too many errors in the first. Matosevic was almost flawless in the first but dopped in intensity and allowed his opponent in the game but served well in points which were turning points in the match.

So glad to see matosevic qualify, he should consider himself lucky to face Alternate players but what an effort and his performances are well deserving of it.

He is up against Starace in the first round of the main draw.
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Seppi in the first round could be tricky tommorow morning for Marinko. Seppi just came from Doha where the heat is completely different so he may not be fully used to the heat in Sydney just yet where I would imagine Marinko would be after his three qualy matches in Sydney.

If Marinko wins this match he will play Hewitt on Centre court on Wednesday which would be good for him because it would be his first chance to really be on tv and the Australian public to see who he is and how he plays (I personally think the way he acts on the tennis court Aussies would love him). It will be interesting with Aussie Open qualies because the men start on Wednesday. I would imagine Marinko would still be in but would have to fly out on Wednesday night and play his first round on Thursday morning.

Big match tommorow for him, not only for his career but to get his name out there as well.

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