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Old 02-25-2003, 08:38 PM   #481
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Originally posted by Doris Loeffel
Yes Marc def Aqua 7:6 7:6 and
Micha def Carlsen 6:7 (3) 6:3 6:4

good luck in the next round!!!
Good results for the Swissies so far!

lol Doris! dell'Acqua just means "some water"!!! or "of the water" or sth like that... yeah, funny name...
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Well, as I wrote in the live scores thread, Massimo Dell'Acqua has made his living on the futures circuit for the past five years. He has played a few challengers but never with any decent results, and the last futures tournament he won was in 2000 This was his first ATP match and I'm guessing it will be his last for awhile.

But, congrats to Marc & Michel for carrying the torch in Copenhagen. Perhaps my dream will come true after all!
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Old 02-27-2003, 04:39 PM   #483
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Woohoo, Michel is into the quarters in Copenhagen after winning two tight tiebreakers!

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Kucera in quarterfinals

Third seed Karol Kucera, ranked number 53 in the world, reached the quarterfinals after defeating Swiss Marc Rosset in two sets with the score 7-6(5), 6-3.

The 28 year old Kucera has twice before participated in Copenhagen Open, in 1995 and 1997. At both occasions he reached the semifinals – this year he is on his way after defeating Marc Rosset aged 32.

Kucera won the first set after long rallys and several long games. The second set went quicker; in the seventh and nine game Kucera broke Rosset’s serve and did not give away any balls in the last two games.

Rosset and Kucera has met twice before, and with Kucera’s win today the head-to-head score is 2-1 in Kucera’s favour.

In the quarter final Kucera will meet another Swiss, Michel Kratochvil, who blow Dane Carlsen off the court in the first round and in his second round Thursday afternoon defeated Lisnard from France 7-6(5), 7-6(6).
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Old 02-27-2003, 04:45 PM   #484
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Match Statistics:  Second Round, Kratochvil d. Lisnard 7-6(5), 7-6(6)


Aces/Double Faults
Kratochvil   3/5
Lisnard      3/3


First Serve Played
Kratochvil  50 / 87 = 57%
Lisnard     65 / 99 = 65%
   
First Serve Won
Kratochvil   39 / 50 = 78%
Lisnard      40 / 65 = 61%   
  
Second Serve Won
Kratochvil   18 / 37 = 48% 
Lisnard      19 / 34 = 55% 
  
Total Service Points Won
Kratochvil   57 / 87 = 65%
Lisnard      59 / 99 = 59%   
   

Return Points Won on First Serve
Kratochvil   25 / 65 = 38%
Lisnard      11 / 50 = 22%
   
Return Points Won on Second Serve
Kratochvil   15 / 34 = 44%
Lisnard      19 / 37 = 51%   
   
Total Return Points Won
Kratochvil   40 / 99 = 40%
Lisnard      30 / 87 = 34%   
   

Break Points Won
Kratochvil   3 / 7 = 42%
Lisnard      3/ 5 = 60%
   
   
Total Points Won
Kratochvil   97 / 186 = 52%
Lisnard      89 / 186 = 47%
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Tiebreakers, but a win is a win! Hopp, Krati!!!

Good luck against the little cat...
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Good luck Michel against Kucera!!
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He defeated Kucera easily in 2001 in Tokyo (first career final), in the semis he drubbed Kucera 6-0, 6-3. The last time they played was in Marseille when Michel retired with his toe (whatever the hell that was . . . .) so their head to head is tied.

I really hope Micha can string together some good wins. He needs some momentum again! But in the meantime, I'm just ecstatic that he's final in a quarterfinal again! It's been too long . . .
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Arthurs, Norman Set for Quarterfinal Clash
Wayne Arthurs defeats wild card Andreas Vinciguerra and Magnus Norman ousts Kristian Pless.

Second-seed Wayne Arthurs reached his first quarterfinal of the season when he defeated wild card Andreas Vinciguerra 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(6) Thursday at the Copenhagen Open. The Australian, who plays in the Danish capital for the third time, hit as many as 35 aces in the match.

In the quarterfinals Arthurs faces 26-year-old Magnus Norman, who beat local favorite Kristian Pless 6-4, 7-6(6) to make it to his first quarterfinal since Tokyo last fall. The Swede has only played in Copenhagen once before, in 1997, when he encountered a second-round loss.

No. 3 seed Karol Kucera, who turns 29 next week, advanced by scoring a 7-6(5), 6-3 win over Swiss veteran Marc Rosset. His quarterfinal opponent is Michel Kratochvil, who defeated France's Jean-Rene Lisnard 7-6(5), 7-6(6).

Fourth-seed Radek Stepanek ousted 1992 Copenhagen champion Magnus Larsson 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 and will meet Karol Beck in the quarterfinals. Qualifier Tomas Behrend of Germany found himself among the last eight after defeating Jiri Vanek 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Kratochvil: "It was a very tight match. I had a couple of weak phases but I played well on the important points. I came back from 3-6 in the second tie-break, that was the key to the match."


Kucera: "It was a very tough match. I knew I had to make my points from the baseline. He was serving well, especially in the first set. I managed to break him three times in the second set because I was able to read his serve better."

Arthurs: "It's nice to win a close match and to get back some confidence. I don't think I faced a break point against me all match. I'm very pleased to be in the quarterfinals. I had never won a match in the main draw coming into Copenhagen this year."

Vinciguerra: "He served really well, that was the key for him. I think I won 99 per cent of all points from the baseline. I played well, served well and did everything well."

Norman: "It was a tough match. It's nice to win an even match. It gives you confidence. He played well, especially in the second set. I pretty much had the match under control. Maybe my routine was the decisive factor. I feel that I can still raise my level but I take one step at a time."

"I feel great to have reached the quarterfinal. I didn't expect to play as well as I am. I've playing well in San Jose, Memphis and here."

About playing Arthurs
"He has the best serve in the world. It will be difficult, there will not be too many rallies."

QUARTERFINAL PREVIEW

No. 2 seed Wayne Arthurs takes on Sweden's Magnus Norman in the Copenhagen Open quarterfinals. This marks their first encounter on the ATP circuit. Both players appear in their first quarterfinal of the year. Last season the Australian, who turns 32 next month, hit a career-high 807 aces and won 90% of his service games. Norman is working his way back after having undergone left knee surgery on two occasions in 2002.

Fourth-seed Radek Stepanek meets Slovak qualifier Karol Beck for a spot in the semifinals. The Czech reached the second round in his first Copenhagen appearance last year. In 2002 Stepanek qualified an ATP-best nine times and reached two semifinals (Munich and Gstaad). Beck has enjoyed success on the challenger circuit this season, winning in Heilbronn in January and advancing to the final in Andrezieux last week.

Third-seed Karol Kucera faces Switzerland's Michel Kratochvil. The Slovak advanced to the Chennai final in the beginning of the season as well as the semifinals in Marseille. Kucera is looking for his third semifinal in Copenhagen in as many appearances. In 1995 he lost to Andrei Olohskiy and in 1997 to Martin Damm. Kratochvil is in his first quarterfinal since Nottingham last year.
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4:0 Alinghi!!!
One more win and the Americas Cup is back in Europe!!

But to be honest I feel sorry for Team New Zealand. They had to retire once again becouse of a broken "Mast". So that's the second time their boat got damaged....

....still I'm happy for Alinghi!!
Come on make that 5:0 tonight!!
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Team NZ must have dampen spirits by now...and that's not from the water that's filled their boats.

I'm sure Alinghi will make it. I'm thrilled because if they'll win, the next Cup will take event back in Europe after so many many years, where it actually started.

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I guess if anyone is a fan of Marco Chiudinelli I got a pic that I scanned of him from TMS Toronto. Sorry my scanner is a bit dull
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And this one of Michel stretching.
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It's you who took that one, eh? I saw in a yahoo group, but obviously didnt' realize that it was you who took it. I didn't see him when I was in Toronto, but I did see Federer in doubles at least.
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Well not me technically but my friend I was with and who I asked to take those pictures, she was so percistent on taking pictures of Tim Henman
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Well, Michel lost his quarterfinal in Copenhagen, but it wasn't because he tanked. Kucera just played better than him.

First quarterfinal since Nottingham 2002, though, and hopefully he can repeat this feat next week in Delray Beach . ..
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