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Old 01-20-2010, 12:16 AM   #16
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Ben's into the final. Great form leading into the Aus Open Juniors
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:42 AM   #17
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Lost in three sets but was able to take out the doubles final with James Duckworth.
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:37 AM   #18
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You know his brother plays Romeo in Home & Away? I don't even watch Home & Away but they had a segment on Channel 7 with both of them yesterday.
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:35 AM   #19
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Don't watch Home and Away but it's interesting to know that he has a well known brother.

Good to see Ben continue his good performances with a easy straight sets win against the 15th seed Henri Laaksonen who he beat last week but in three sets. Also teamed up with Kubler to win in the first round of doubles.
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:48 AM   #20
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A very nice 62 61 win over the world number 1 junior Daniel Berta.
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That's a big win.

I think he plays in the doubles QF w/Kubler this afternoon.
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Rafael Nadal may be gone from the men’s event but his influence lives on in the juniors in the presence of Australian Ben Mitchell, who took out the top seed and world No.1 Daniel Berta of Sweden 62 61 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals.

The 17-year-old practised twice with Nadal in the build-up to the boys’ event and the effects were clear to see as Mitchell destroyed the hopes of Berta in stunning fashion. “I didn’t expect it to be that easy,” Mitchell said. “But I was very solid out there and moving well and just making him make too many mistakes.”

Mitchell was roped in by Nadal last weekend to help him prepare for his singles matches, something that came as a big surprise to the Australian. "My coach knows I get quite nervous so he only told me two minutes before we got on the court,” Mitchell said. “Hitting with Nadal I was kind of beyond nervous. But knowing I can keep up with Rafa, going toe to toe, gave me a huge confidence boost. I was thinking if I can keep up with Nadal then surely I can rally with anyone in the juniors.”

Mitchell said it was hard to explain just how much power and spin Nadal could produce. “I was hitting the ball straight to him and he was pretty much running me ragged,” he said. “I wanted him to give me the drinks signal, but it didn’t happen for about half an hour. He was quite nice. The second time we hit, he said hello, how are you and he said good luck for the tournament.”
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Imressive! Keep it up Benny.
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Ben sadly lost 2 and 1 in singles quarters today but did so well all week ...

Interestingly on TA website it say's today that LOCAL HOPE Sean Berman is into the semis.

The local hope who was born in " Sth Africa," trained in " NZ " and is still currently under " USA " on the ITF website. ??

can any one explain this ??
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Yeah is a shame he lost - i was hoping he would get through to the final. At one stage thought it might be Kubler/Mitchell final but was not to be.

There is a lot of discussion about Berman in another thread. Unbelievable really the way TA jump on the bandwagon. How can he be local yet? Imagine if he had actually WON and not lost. I read most of his training was in USA- they must be rightly pissed that we are taking the credit for him. What a joke.
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Ben is playing a Grade 1 Juniors tournament in Thailand this week with a couple of the other Aussie Juniors (Wagland, Duckworth and Whittington). He won his first round match easily. These highly graded Asian tournaments can be an easy way to get some good junior ranking points as we saw with Kubler last year and Berta used a couple of them as a springboard to his good junior season last year.
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Ben is into the SF after defeating the world number 8 junior Liang Chi Huang
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Awesome.
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A clinical 63 62 win in the semis. Now plays the 9th seed in the final. He is 13-2 in juniors this year with them either being a Grand Slam or a Grade 1 event. Brilliant stuff.
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Hope he plays more seniors this year. Good luck in the final, boy.
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