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Old 11-28-2002, 08:39 AM   #331
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His best result was when he reached the qf at wimby by beating the defending champion Richard K. in 97....

...he usually had better results in doubles especially with DC.
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Old 12-09-2002, 03:37 PM   #332
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FYI: Michel Kratochvil is currently training in Florida and will spend Xmas in Bern, then fly out to Qatar, then onwards to Australia...

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More, but older, Michel pictures from this board!

They need to fix "attach image" quickly, and NOW!

Anyway, these were taken by Static from TMS Canada -- Toronto

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Lots of Swiss boys have decided to make Doha their first event of the year. Good luck, boys!!!


R. Federer (Switzerland)
J. Gambill (USA)

M. Kratochvil (Switzerland)
S. Khalfan (Qatar)

R. Sluiter (The Netherlands)
D. Ferrer (Spain)

I. Heuberger (Switzerland)
G. Rusedski (United Kingdom)

Y. Kafelnikov (Russia)
F. Vincente (Spain)

Qualifier ()
K. Carlsen (Denmark)

R. Stepanek (Czech Republic)
F. Lopez (Spain)

D. Sanchez (Spain)
M. Youzhny (Russia)

F. Santoro (France)
F. Mantilla (Spain)

Y. Allegro (Switzerland)
Qualifier ()

H. Arazi (Morocco)
Qualifier ()

J. Boutter (France)
Y. El-Aynaoui (Morocco)

N. Escude (France)
S. Koubek (Austria)

V. Voltchkov (Belarus)
H. Lee (Korea)

Qualifier ()
K. Alami (Morocco)

A. Gaudenzi (Italy)
A. Costa (Spain)
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thanks for the draw, TH

I see Swiss boys

that is a lot for such a small tourney....so one of 'em should win the thing
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First rounds completed:

(1) Roger Federer d. (LL) Andrei Stoliarov 6-2, 6-7, 6-4
Michel Kratochvil d. Sultan Khalfan 6-0, 6-4
Jan-Michael Gambill d. Ivo Heuberger 6-1, 7-5
Christophe Rochus d. Yves Allegro 6-3, 6-2

And Roger & Michel play each other in the second round, so only one Swiss will remain
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Here's the doubles draw:

M. Knowles (BAH) / D. Nestor (Canada)
D. Adams (South Africa) / R. Koenig (South Africa)

D. Ferrer (Spain) / F. Lopez (Spain)
Y. El-Aynaoui (Morocco) / J. Tarango (USA)

Y. Kafelnikov (Russia) / R. Stepanek (Czech Republic)
N. Escude (France) / N. Zimonic (Yugoslavia)

V. Voltchkov (Belarus) / M. Youzhny (Russia)
I. Heuberger (Switzerland) / H. Lee (Korea)

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Y. Allegro (Switzerland) / D. Prinosil (Germany)
J. Gambill (USA) / G. Oliver (USA)

K. Alami (Morrocco) / H. Arazi (Morocco)
J. Boutter (France) / F. Santoro (France)

D. Sanchez (Spain) / F. Vincente (Spain)
A. Gaudenzi (Italy) / M. Kratochvil (Switzerland)

M. Abdulla (Qatar) / A. Ibrahim (Qatar)
M. Damm (Czech Republic) / C. Suk (Czech Republic)



and results so far:

Heuberger/Lee d. Voltchkov/Youzhny 6-3, 7-6
Allergo/Prinosil d. Gambill/Oliver 6-3, 7-6, 6-3
Sanchez/Vicente d. Gaudenzi/Kratochvil 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
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Rogi is very sweet!

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Federer, Costa Advance in Doha
Roger Federer now meets fellow Swiss Michel Kratochvil in the second round.

Top seed Roger Federer struggled in his opening match of the 2003 season, but came through with a 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-4 victory over lucky loser, Andrei Stoliarov, who received a place in the main draw following Greg Rusedski’s withdrawal. The Swiss couldn't convert on two match points in the second set, but held tough in the third to advance to the second round at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2003.

No. 2 seed Albert Costa had a much simpler match, defeating Andrea Gaudenzi 6-3, 6-4. The biggest casualty of the day was No. 4 seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who fell to Spain's Fernando Vicente 6-2, 7-5. The Russian is always dangerous on hard courts, but he struggled with spotty results in 2002. Nevertheless, he ended the year on a high note, helping Russia claim the Davis Cup title.


What the players said:

Federer
“Obviously I would have preferred to have won in two sets and not risk losing in a third sets. I had two match points, I could have won in straight sets as well. Suddenly he held his serve, it went into a tie-break and it was 50-50. But it’s not getting to my head that I had to play three sets. I never lost my serve today, that’s good for my confidence.”

About playing Kratochvil on Wednesday
“It’s just more nerve wrecking to play a countryman. There’s a little bit of rivalry, I’m number one in Switzerland and I want to show that I’m still number one. He [Kratochvil] had a little bit of a disappointing season last year but I still think he’s a dangerous player. I’ll try to play my game, I want to do well here and win as many matches as I can.”


Costa
"I was playing well, I was feeling comfortable. The first match in a tournament is always difficult and playing the first match of the new season is extremely difficult."

“I never won a tournament on hard court. To win one is one of my goals of the year. I think it’s only mental.”

About playing Vinciguerra in the second round
“Tomorrow is another match, Andreas is a very good fighter. He’s a very good player, he’s dangerous, young and hungry. And he wants to win but I’m going to want the same on the other side of the net.”

Kafelnikov
“My leg was feeling ok. I think it was a matter of the lack of matches, I’ve hardly played a match for one and a half months. All I need is to practice a bit more. I can’t comeback after surgery and expect to play at the level I used to play at.”

WEDNESDAY'S PREVIEW

Two of Morocco's top tennis stars, Hicham Arazi and Younes El Aynaoui, will meet up in second-round action in Doha on the first day of the new year. The No. 3 seed El Aynaoui is looking to win here in Doha for the second consecutive year. Last year, the Moroccan, who ended the year in the No. 22 spot of the ATP Champions Race, claimed a total of three titles (Casablanca and Munich, along with Doha). El Aynaoui goes into his second-round match with a slight edge, having defeated Arazi in their only previous meeting at the 2002 US Open.

In another battle of fellow compatriots, top seed Roger Federer takes on another rising Swiss Michel Kratochvil. The 21-year-old Federer, who came in sixth place in the ATP Champions Race 2002, has overcome the 23-year-old Kratochvil both times they've met. No. 2 seed Albert Costa, who like Federer was one of the elite eight to play at the 2002 Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, meets qualifier Andreas Vinciguerra. This will be their first meeting.
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thanks for all the results, TH!

oh my, i didn't even realize that Rogi and Michel had to play each other. That will be so tough! And good for Michel for starting off the year w a great win! and w a bagel! wow!

hey, did you read about what Boutter did during his 1st rd match w Younes? he was a little ticked off so he gave the finger to the crowd. well, it wasnt exactly a crowd.....they showed that here on the highlights and they DID NOT blur it out.lol
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Where did you see highlights, Lily? LOL, no I didn't hear about that. Boutter has never been one of my faves, but that's too funny! What did he expect?!
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I could have watched it had I been at home but I was celebrating new year at my nans house,plus I thought the match was tomorrow,so I didnt think of setting tape.
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Results for today:

(1) Roger Federer d. Michel Kratochvil 6-4, 6-4

Escude/Zimonic d. Heubeger/Lee 6-3, 6-3
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oh, but wait!

Allegro/Prinosil d. Alami/Arazi 6-1, 6-3

TH, I saw tennis highlights on the Chinese News, of course! but seriously, on the International Channel during the Chinese News which is on at 5pm EST M-F, they show sports from all over the world. Do you get that channel? I didn't even know we got it until a short time ago. You may see it as WNVC or MHz in your listings. Hopefully you do have it. They're a day behind in tennis cause yesterday they showed Boutter v Younes and today it was Rogi v Stoliarov. And at the end they said "...and tomorrow Federer faces his countryman Kratochvil...." so maybe they'll show it. Just have to keep watching for it.

Well now that Rogi's the only Swiss left, he must win! And he plays Gambill tomorrow. Ugh. No way can he lose to him.
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Hi guys! Happy 2003!

Sorry about Micha Hackie! What's this about hilites on Chinese news, Lily?? Why w/they show this tournament on the Chinese news? You have an international channel? Sounds neat! Keep us posted, please! We get nothing here unless it's on the Swiss news -- I still have to check it for the last two days, which I taped. If I see anything, I'll post here!
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