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Old 01-12-2007, 12:00 PM   #1
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Default Nico in Australia! The Australian Open Thread

Nico has a qualifier in round 1 and probably Nalbandian in round 2. Here is the draw in full...

Roger Federer SUI (1) vs. Bjorn Phau GER
Jonas Bjorkman SWE vs. Olivier Patience FRA
Simon Greul GER vs. Yen-Hsun Lu TPE
Jan Hernych CZE vs. Mikhail Youzhny RUS (25)

Juan Carlos Ferrero ESP (24) vs. Jan Hajek CZE
Danai Udomchoke THA vs. Martin Vassallo Arguello ARG
Feliciano Lopez ESP vs. QUALIFIER
Nicolas Massu CHI vs. Novak Djokovic SRB (14)

Marcos Baghdatis CYP (11) vs. Rainer Schuettler GER
Gael Monfils FRA vs. Daniele Bracciali ITA
Gilles Simon FRA vs. Amer Delic USA
Filippo Volandri ITA vs. Richard Gasquet FRA (18)

Jose Acasuso ARG (27) vs. Sam Querrey USA (WC)
Florent Serra FRA vs. Nicolas Devilder FRA
Ivo Karlovic CRO vs. Jurgen Melzer AUT
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo ESP vs. Tommy Robredo ESP (7)

Ivan Ljubicic CRO (4) vs. Mardy Fish USA
Nicolas Mahut FRA vs. Juan Monaco ARG
Stefan Koubek AUT vs. Wayne Arthurs AUS (WC)
QUALIFIER vs. Agustin Calleri ARG (30)

Radek Stepanek CZE (20) vs. Michael Llodra FRA
Lukas Dlouhy CZE vs. QUALIFIER
Thomas Johansson SWE vs. QUALIFIER
Kristian Pless DEN vs. David Ferrer ESP (16)

Mario Ancic CRO (9) vs. Go Soeda JPN (WC)
Joachim Johansson SWE vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ESP
Vincent Spadea USA vs. Igor Andreev RUS
Jiri Vanek CZE vs. Dominik Hrbaty SVK (22)

Marat Safin RUS (26) vs. Benjamin Becker GER
QUALIFIER vs. Paradorn Srichaphan THA
Marc Gicquel FRA vs. Alun Jones AUS (WC)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA (WC) vs. Andy Roddick USA (6)

David Nalbandian ARG (8) vs. Janko Tipsarevic SRB
QUALIFIER vs. Nicolas Lapentti ECU
Chris Guccione AUS (WC) vs. Olivier Rochus BEL
Christophe Rochus BEL vs. Sebastien Grosjean FRA (28)


Robin Soderling SWE (23) vs. Florian Mayer GER
Andreas Seppi ITA vs. QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER vs. QUALIFIER
Albert Montanes ESP vs. Tommy Haas GER (12)

Tomas Berdych CZE (13) vs. Hyung-Taik Lee KOR
QUALIFIER vs. Robert Smeets AUS (WC)
Max Mirnyi BLR vs. Luis Horna PER
QUALIFIER vs. Dmitry Tursunov RUS (21)

Xavier Malisse BEL (29) vs. Arnaud Clement FRA
Fabrice Santoro FRA vs. Igor Kunitsyn RUS
Gilles Muller LUX vs. Gaston Gaudio ARG
Sergio Roitman ARG vs. Nikolay Davydenko RUS (3)

James Blake USA (5) vs. Carlos Moya ESP
Peter Luczak AUS (WC) vs. QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER vs. QUALIFIER
Robby Ginepri USA vs. Nicolas Almagro ESP (32)

Lleyton Hewitt AUS (19) vs. QUALIFIER
Frank Dancevic CAN vs. Victor Hanescu ROM
Juan Martin Del Potro ARG vs. Alessio Di Mauro ITA
Evgeny Korolev RUS vs. Fernando Gonzalez CHI (10)

Andy Murray GBR (15) vs. Alberto Martin ESP
Fernando Verdasco ESP vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA
Juan Ignacio Chela ARG vs. Potito Starace ITA
Paul Goldstein USA vs. Jarkko Nieminen FIN (17)

Stanislas Wawrinka SUI (31) vs. Kevin Kim USA
Julien Benneteau FRA vs. QUALIFIER
Kristof Vliegen BEL vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber GER
Robert Kendrick USA vs. Rafael Nadal ESP (2)

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Old 01-14-2007, 01:46 AM   #2
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Thx for posting the draw. Although it's not all peaches&cream for Nico, who knows what can happen...Keep my fingers crossed for him, as always..And the qualifier he is to fight on tuesday is a Scot- Alan Mackin.
Here's sthg I found abt it:
"The 25-year-old from Paisley followed up earlier victories over Davide Sanguinetti and Alex Bogomolov Jr with a 2-6 6-3 6-4 over Federico Luzzi.
World number 270 Mackin will now face a first round match against Ecuadorian Nicolas Lapentti, who is ranked 202 places higher.
Mackin said: "Wins like this make all the hard work worthwhile.
"Of course being in the first round proper of a grand slam is something that makes me very proud but the real pleasing thing is not the results but the manner I have been playing here.
"I try to think more about my level of performance rather than actually winning and I think that's paying dividends."
[Plus Andy Murray complemented the guy and said he is ready to enter he top100.]
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i never heard of alan mackin, i think nico neither has but this can be a problem, too, i mean playing someone you don´t know anything about . well, let´s hope nico is getting some information before the match so that he´ll be able to beat him.
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anyway : good luck nico!
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I saw Mackin once in Sopot tournament, but it must've been 2 or 3 years ago..He's still some 200 in ranx so shouldn't be a real threat to Nicolas. Unfortunately there's Nalbandian,who even with a knee problem, is a serious grand slam danger for any player..
Wonder who will be Nico's dubs partner..Any predictions/lucky guesses?
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anyway : good luck nico!
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I think he has a good chance of reaching the third round at least, considering Nalbandian isn't in very good form and that Mackin and Tipsarevic are not something to be very afraid of.

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I've seen Mackin play a few times and he can play very well considering his rank. I think he'll make his way up the rankings this year and i hate to say it, but he has a real chance against Nico. I hope i'm wrong .

Still, Nico should win. Vamos!
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Wonder who will be Nico's dubs partner..Any predictions/lucky guesses?
hm, maybe horna again as last week in auckland or some other south american, if he plays doubles at all what i do hope!
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We'll find out tomorrow, as the doubles draw comes out..hope it'll be somebody with a good dubs rank
Nico started playing his first match, and he started in a brilliant style: from a break!He's got re-broken fast though Mostly because his first service isn't working great so far[~40-50%..sadly, that's nothing new],he had a double fault but also...two ACES!Seems he's moving well&didn't lose the touch=>5 out of 8 net approaches brought points.While Mackin [born in 1981, 171 cms tall]managed to commit 22 UE in the first set only... His service doesn't look like a killa one either.He started approaching the net more eagerly than at the beginning[4/7 worked].
Yes!!!Nico broke him once again!In a very important moment-now it's 5-4 and Nicolas to serve.Hold your service!
He held it and took th first set 6-4![he improved his service a lil:61% [20/33] with 70% wins on his 1st serv.]
Now I gotta go...too bad no coverge for court nr 19, diff. to say sthg sensible basing on a scoreboard only..Anyways:looks promising for our boy, if he serves the way he did at the end of the 1st set it should be muy ok!
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The second set is even so far, traditionally Nico broke Mackin, and got re-broken instantly..those boys It's 3-3 now..
What worries me more, is that they are playing in the biggest heat, it's half past twelve and here's an info from the eurosport commentators:
LATEST NEWS.....We are getting word that matches on the outside courts will be stopped once the current games are finished because it is so hot. The roofs will be closed on Rod Laver and Vodafone too so those games can be played in relative comfort.
Hopefully he won't get too exhausted by those conditions
[btw:Nalby lost the 1st set vs Tipsarevic...]
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I give up, I was to go twice already..but too curious what will happen next to do that.. So, some updates, Nicolas won the second set as well and leads 6-4 6-4. The 3rd has just started...[eurosport again: "..Scotland may have to put all their eggs in Andy Murray's basket...Mackin now two sets down." ]btw: 58 UE from the Scott!
Nalbandian is two sets down atm too..Janko leads 4-2 in 3rd,but with Nalby you never can be sure..He often recovers from even worse situations, although this time it might be difficult due to his injury. He's fighting hard..down from 2-5 he took it to 5-5!Any of them will be a tough opponent for our ecuadorian guy...Tipsarevic served 13 aces so far, his s. speed is often above 200 km/h. Back to the topic:
Nico broke Alan and is to serve, it's 3-2 .....4-2 ...5-2[he brreaks] and 6-2
NICOLAS LAPENTTI WINS 6-4 6-4 6-2
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little correction:Alan Mackin delivered 60 unforced errors total
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Very solid win. Looked like he played really well
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Brilliant Nico

No doubt the heat helped him a little as we don't get much in Scotland

Next up Nalbandian! There is a chance that Nico could win that match .

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