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Old 04-04-2005, 07:22 PM   #31
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I found this on the general messages area :
Men's Look Forward: Valencia, Casablanca
If the organizers at Casablanca eventually develop a persecution complex, who could blame them?

The event has never been very popular with the players; most of the clay types, after all, prefer to spend their time in Europe, and they have Valencia as an alternative this week. Add to that the fact that the tournament has been stuck in absolutely the worst possible spot in the clay season, right after Miami, when everyone is trying to adapt to the shift from hardcourt to clay plus the time zone shift.

The result is an event with no Top 30 players; the #1 seed is Rainer Schuettler, with Filippo Volandri #2, Luis Horna #3, Fabrice Santoro #4, Florian Mayer #5 (though he'd be higher if this week's rankings were used), Mariano Puerta #6, Gilles Muller #7, and Christophe Rochus #8. And that's about it for Top 100 players.

Though there are some interesting unseeded men in the draw: Santiago Ventura was last year's champion, and Jarkko Nieminen and Arnaud Clement are also here. Plus both of Morocco's Tour players are here, both as wildcards because they've been injured so much. Too bad their draws are so lousy: Younes El Aynaoui has to open against #2 seed Volandri, and Hicham Arazi will face defending champion Ventura.

Valencia is a rather different thing: Still no Top Ten players, but it at least has a Top 20 player at the top of the draw in Nikolay Davydenko. Indeed, its top four seeds (Davydenko, Fernando Gonzalez, Rafael Nadal, Olivier Rochus) are all ranked higher than anyone at Casablanca. But it's a tired field: In addition to Nadal, fresh from the Miami final, Miami semifinalist David Ferrer is the #5 seed. How that will affect the outcome remains to be seen.

Rounding out the seeds are #6 Fernando Verdasco, the defending champion; #7 Igor Andreev, who despite being Russian has spent a lot of time in Spain; and #8 Kenneth Carlsen.

The biggest name, though is unseeded: Gustavo Kuerten will be making his long-awaited comeback. Also unseeded is Juan Carlos Ferrero, who won this event two years ago, back when he was the real Ferrero. We also have Alex Corretja as a wildcard, though he's even farther removed from his old self than is Ferrero (who, after all, had a decent result at Miami and may finally be breaking out of it).

Noteworthy First Round Matches

We have more of these than you'd think. A lot of unseeded players must think they're cursed. At Valencia, we have the following:

(1) Davydenko vs. Costa. Top seed versus former Roland Garros winner, on clay? Whew!

(4) Olivier Rochus vs. Kuerten. Another unseeded Roland Garros winner. And while Rochus is off to the best start of his career, his history says that he would prefer a faster surface.

Ferrero vs. (3) Nadal. And yet another unseeded Roland Garros winner against a top four seed! Both played well at Miami; Nadal played superbly, but it remains to be seen if he'll even make it back for the tournament.

Karlovic vs. Labadze. Given how badly Labadze has been playing, this is likely to be a blowout -- but it's also likely to be hilarious as these two kooks face off.

At Casablanca, our main stories are the two Moroccan wildcards: El Aynaoui vs. (2) Volandri and Arazi vs. Ventura. But we'll also see Arnaud Clement (who finally seems to be coming back to life, though clay has never been his surface) take on #3 seed Luis Horna, and Jarkko Nieminen could also find himself in a tussle with Victor Hanesco.

let's hope it is
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Old 04-04-2005, 09:37 PM   #32
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win JC, win!

it doesnt matter if ur playin Rafa or someone else, u HAVE to win.
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Hi everybody , I just read this in a brasilian site, it's in portuguese sorry but who speak spanish I think will understand. Well, I hope the match will be in São Paulo because would be fantastic for me watch Guga and Ferrero lives !

04/04/2005 - 08h04
Em retribuição, Guga receberá Ferrero no Brasil para amistoso (In retribution, Guga will receive Ferrero in Brasil to charity match)


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Em Valência (Espanha)

Gustavo Kuerten, que está voltando à disputa do circuito internacional nesta semana, depois de sete meses e afastamento, trará o espanhol Juan Carlos Ferrero para o Brasil. Os tenistas farão um amistoso, que ainda não tem data definida, com fins beneficentes, arrecadando fundos com os ingressos vendidos para a entidade dirigida pela família do catarinense, o Instituto Guga Kuerten.

O amistoso faz parte de um acordo entre os tenistas. Como Guga aceitou o convite para disputar o Torneio de Valência, do qual Ferrero é praticamente o "dono", o espanhol se colocou à disposição para retribuir a visita. Foi Ferrero quem fez toda a negociação para que o brasileiro atuasse na cidade espanhola e fosse uma das estrelas da competição.

"O principal motivo de vir aqui é porque falei muito com Ferrero. Ele é um grande amigo e insistiu bastante para que eu viesse conhecer a cidade", afirmou Guga, em entrevista à imprensa espanhola. "Depois, enfrentarei Ferrero em uma partida de exibição, no Brasil, com objetivos beneficentes."

O Instituto Guga Kuerten, comandado pela mãe do tenista, Alice Kuerten, promove ações sociais em Santa Catarina e foi fundado e 2000, pouco antes de o brasileiro se tornar líder do ranking mundial. Atualmente, está presente em cerca de 70 cidades no estado.

O duelo entre Guga e Ferrero também já foi confirmado pelo treinador do espanhol, Antonio Martínez Cascales, que, desde que começou a promover o Torneio de Valência, fez diversos elogios ao brasileiro. "A presença de Guga na competição é um acontecimento 'tenístico' de primeira grandeza", afirmou Cascales, na noite de inauguração oficial do ATP. "E Ferrero vai ao Brasil para jogar com Guga, só não está definida a data."

O confronto, que ainda não tem local marcado para acontecer, vai opor dois tenistas que não estão no melhor de sua forma. Enquanto Guga se recupera da segunda cirurgia no quadril a que foi submetido, Ferrero está longe de ser o atleta que foi líder do ranking, em 2003. Agora, ele despencou para a 85ª colocação do ranking mundial.

Embora estejam mal, os tenistas já travaram grandes duelos no circuito internacional, como o primeiro, pela semifinal de Roland Garros de 2000. Ferrero já despontava como um grande jogador em quadra de saibro e tinha 20 anos de idade, mas desafiava um ex-campeão e que estava partindo para o auge de sua forma.

Guga perdia por 2 sets a 1 e tinha desvantagem de uma quebra de saque no quarto set. No entanto, se recuperou, ganhou as duas últimas séries por 6-4 e 6-3 e partiu para o bicampeonato diante do sueco Magnus Norman. No ano seguinte, o duelo voltou a acontecer no Aberto da França, mas com Ferrero já entre os melhores do mundo. Dessa vez, o brasileiro não deu chances ao espanhol e marcou 6-4, 6-4 e 6-3.

Antes disso, porém, Ferrero já havia vencido o brasileiro uma vez. Foi na final do Masters Series de Roma, em que Guga tinha vantagem de 2 sets a 1, mas sentiu cansaço na reta final e levou a virada. A partir daí, o espanhol passara a virar uma realidade e a mostrar que seria o sucessor de Guga no "reinado" das quadras de saibro.

Depois disso, os tenistas ainda se enfrentaram mais duas vezes, mas Guga já não estava mais no melhor de sua forma. Em novembro de 2001, quando o brasileiro já sentia as dores no quadril que o levaram à primeira cirurgia, ele perdeu por 2 a 0 na primeira fase da Masters Cup de Sydney e, em 2003, caiu também por 2 a 0, pelas quartas-de-final do Torneio de Barcelona.

Com a queda de Guga no circuito internacional, Ferrero assumiu naturalmente o papel de "rei do saibro". Em Roland Garros, porém, demorou para ganhar. Depois e perder duas vezes seguidas para o brasileiro, caiu na final de 2002 diante de seu compatriota Albert Costa. No ano seguinte, porém, não desperdiçou a chance que teve e levantou o troféu contra o surpreendente holandês Martin Verkerk.

Ainda em 2003, Ferrero começou a ser ameaçado por Guillermo Coria, de quem ganhou na final do Masters Series de Monte Carlo. Mas o argentino só ganhou seu espaço em 2004, quando o espanhol já começava a mostrar declínio por causa de seguidas contusões. O último título de Ferrero foi em Madri, há um ano e meio.
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GO JC, please win this match! You can do it man!
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I'm also hoping Rafa will pull out, but I don't think he will....

Good luck to both of them!!! May the best chico win!
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Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Pista Central start 12:00 NOON
F Mantilla (ESP) vs (2)F Gonzalez (CHI)
A Costa (ESP) vs S Koubek (AUT)
Not before 4:00 PM
J Ferrero (ESP) vs (3)R Nadal (ESP)
(Q)F Luzzi (ITA) vs (6)F Verdasco (ESP)

Pista N 1 start 12:00 NOON
(WC)Lopez Jaen/Sanchez De Luna vs Andreev/Davydenko
(4)Levinsky/Rochus vs Calatrava/Ferrer
(Q)I Navarro Pastor (ESP) vs A Dupuis (FRA)

Pista N 2 start 12:00 NOON
(1)Arnold/Hood vs (WC)Burniol/Gimeno-Traver
Hernandez/Starace vs (2)Knowle/Pala

Good Luck and Vamos Juan Carlos!!!
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Old 04-06-2005, 04:18 AM   #39
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wtf drawmakers. I hope you're happy.

I'm going to bed excited and hopeful.
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In what could be one of the most highly contested first round match-ups this season, No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal will take on countryman Juan Carlos Ferrero on Wednesday. This will be the first meeting between the veteran 2003 Roland Garros Champion and the left-handed teenager from Mallorca who pushed World No. 1 Roger Federer to five sets in the finals of the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami last week



wtf since when is jc a VETERAN!!!
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VETERAN-wtf, legend i could understand, but not veteran.
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This should be a really good match...two TOP class players against each other for the first time and countrymen too! This would be mouth-watering to watch, if only it wasn't JC, I, we, like sooo much! Ah well, Vamos Juan Carlos and hope you get through!
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I admit it . I' am biased on this match. All the best to JCF!
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just popped up here and saw the livescore...rafa leading with 2 breaks 5-2 and serving for set
he doesn't seem to be tired at all
it looks very bad for juanqui
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