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Old 01-03-2009, 03:47 PM   #1
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A special thread for Doha before the down under thread

He has a WC, the one which was for Haas in fact. He plays against Junqueira first round

[1] Nadal vs Santoro
Q vs Q
Hajji vs Devilder
Hernych vs [5] Monfils

[4] Roddick vs Navarro
Junqueira vs Clement
Troicki vs Hanescu
Youzhny vs [b][6] Andreev

[7] Tursunov vs Q
Stakhovsky vs Rochus, C
Petzschner vs Chardy
Montanes vs [3] Murray

[8] Kohlschreiber vs Q
Hernandez vs Vliegen
Seppi vs Gremelmayr
Starace vs [2] Federer

Our "dwarf" team are not lucky, there will face Nestor/Zimonjic lol http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/commo...09/451/MDD.pdf

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Old 01-03-2009, 04:15 PM   #2
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How nice that they gave that wild card to Arnaud.

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Why did he get a WC
Good for him anyway.
But, after just watching "Australia", I can say I would have prefered to play the qualifs of the qualifs in Darwin, Brisbane, Ayers Rock city (lol) or any one else aussie tournament, rather than Doha

Before Irina reminds me again the logic of his choice, I would say: "Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ignore"
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:45 AM   #4
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he was very close to get direct access in Doha's Maindraw anyway since he was 1st alternate after Massu's withdrawal. In Brisbane the cut off was so high that he would have had to play qualies anyway.
I am happy he got Tommy's wildcard and the draw could have been worse..
Good luck Arnaud!!!!
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As for the WC, there are 3 ATP tournaments and 2 Challengers this week, giving a WC to Arnaud is not such a bad choice, the most of the others play somewhere else.
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Why did he get a WC
Good for him anyway.
But, after just watching "Australia", I can say I would have prefered to play the qualifs of the qualifs in Darwin, Brisbane, Ayers Rock city (lol) or any one else aussie tournament, rather than Doha

Before Irina reminds me again the logic of his choice, I would say: "Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ignore"
Une fan d'Australie quoi
And thanks for the nice expression, I'll make sure to remember it as I certainly will have an occasion to use it lol

I think Arnaud was lucky with his draw. Well, Junqueira is one of those South American players who can play not only on clay, but still he prefers slower surfaces. So I see Arnaud as a favorite here - unless he keeps playing as a Top 200 player
Doubles draw is quite tough but I wouldn't underestimate our boys.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:03 AM   #6
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Allez Arnaud

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Allez Arno!
Hope he does well this first tournament of the year!
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6-1 6-2 against Junqueira. But the match was quite long for such score, so I guess there were many deuces (or argument with the umpire ). The next is Roddick though, so he'd better concentrate on doubles
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arnaud has won 61 62 or something like that... and no one is reporting? WOWAAA

irina good call

btw i've seen a lot of frenchies the last few days (though seldom at a real match - the schedule was never right )
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MTF has been quite slow lately, maybe that's the reason lol

Hopefully you'll keep seeing them this weekend/next week as well
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I hope the center court for tomorrow.
Many deuce yes but only 3 i think on Arnaud's serve and only one break point to defend. The deuce were mostly on Diego's serve and to be honest i don't remember if there was a diego's service game where Arnaud didn't reach 40? Well Diego should go back to challengers on clay
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Our lovely litlle team have lost 3-6/1-6
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A pity that they had to face the world's team #1. They had their chances anyway, but they nicely blew them

I think the match was moved to the centre court. In the first set Arnico had two break points already in the very first game on Zimonjic's serve, but they missed both opportunities. Then they had problems on every Nico's serve (and on the most of Arnaud's), though Nico did serve an ace once Number one team had two match balls on another Nico's serve, but les petits managed to hold it, then made a re-break but then Arnaud lost his serve and the set

The second set was ridiculous so I didn't really follow it But I do hope we'll get to see this team again!

Edit: Arnaud does get the Center Court for tomorrow while the other Frenchies don't
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Yes their match have been moved on center court but i found only pics of Nestor/Zimonjic for the moment It was a tough draw but on the other hand both had a very nice draw in single first round

Center court means TV coverage I saw some matches on b365 today and hopes to see Arnaud tomorrow
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Center court means TV coverage I saw some matches on b365 today and hopes to see Arnaud tomorrow
J'ai essayé de regarder sur b365 mais je n'arrive pas à avoir la page avec l'écran TV.
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