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Old 01-09-2006, 10:01 AM   #46
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Points all too confusing for me. I'll just keep coming here to find out !! I like it how Nalby doesn't play a tourny before AO and moves up ranking. Good enough for me.
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Old 01-12-2006, 11:28 AM   #47
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http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/news...-10_SP235198:1

PREVIEW-Nalbandian primed for grand slam glory
Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:03 PM GMT

By Greg Stutchbury

MELBOURNE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - When a slightly-built 20-year-old from Cordoba arrived at the All England Club in 2002 for his first professional grasscourt tournament, few took any notice.

Six matches later, following five-set victories over Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti and Belgium's Xavier Malisse, David Nalbandian had confounded the tennis world by making the final.

That fairytale ended rather quickly when Australia's Lleyton Hewitt smashed him off court in a 6-1 6-3 6-2 victory.

Fast forward three years and Nalbandian gained sweet revenge. In the Davis Cup. In Sydney. On grass.

The Argentine produced a near-perfect display against Hewitt in a 6-2 6-4 6-4 quarter-final victory that sealed the tie.

That result was no fluke and Nalbandian underlined he was ready to cement his place amongst the game's elite in November with a courageous defeat of world number one Roger Federer.

He came from two sets down to beat Federer in the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, ending the Swiss player's run of 24 consecutive final victories.

"It was a big step. Of course Shangahi gave me more confidence to try to take the first one (grand slam), " Nalbandian said this week ahead of next week's Australian Open.

His hopes have been increased by the absence of champion Marat Safin, world number two Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi through injury.

Nalbandian himself had to withdraw from the Kooyong Classic with a viral infection.

The right-hander with just the right mixture of guile and power has been seeded fourth and should move past the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park for the first time.

The Argentine's status as a potential champion has been increased by his Shanghai heroics.

"I guess Nalbandian has a good chance," Germany's Tommy Haas said at Kooyong.

"There are so many good players out there but when David is playing at his best then Roger may feel a bit more uncomfortable."
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Thanks, gooner. We all hope he can brush this virus aside and compete effectively in the AO like we know he can.
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Old 01-12-2006, 11:43 AM   #49
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Thanks, gooner. We all hope he can brush this virus aside and compete effectively in the AO like we know he can.
Me too Tiff.
I hope he can play his warm up match on Saturday. That's gonna be important or otherwise he will be really short of match practice.
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Me too Tiff.
I hope he can play his warm up match on Saturday. That's gonna be important or otherwise he will be really short of match practice.
All those exhos he played in December? He shouldn't be short of practice.
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All those exhos he played in December? He shouldn't be short of practice.
I was thinking of that but the conditions are different. He hasn't played a match in Melbourne yet where the conditions such as the courts and heat are different.
Also the quality of opponents he played during December were different. For example he played Meligeni who had retired and Puerta who's mind must have been on his drugs case. At Kooyong he only would've played against the best which would've been great practice.
Basically what I'm saying it's important to play and get used to conditions similar to what they will be at Melbourne Park. As far as his tennis I agree it should be in good nick after all those exhos.
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I hope he can play his warm up match on Saturday. That's gonna be important or otherwise he will be really short of match practice.
Is he going to be playing a match on Saturday? If we're referring to Kooyong, Mirnyi has been scheduled for a match tomorrow so the three matches will be gone. It would be nice if they'd schedule a match on Saturday for him to play, one that doesn't count, like the Henman vs Arthurs match that they had as a bonus today, but I doubt they'd do that.

That quote from Tommy Haas in that AO preview article is a tad misleading. It implies that David playing at his best would make Federer uncomfortable whereas the quote is:
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Q: Nadal and Safin being out, with the guys who are left who would you see as being the guys with the best shot?

A: I don't know. Nalbandian has a bit of a chance, one of those guys. I think there is so many good players out there that might have a chance but they need to play at their best and Roger might need to feel a little bit uncomfortable out there in order for him to lose, I think.

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Old 01-12-2006, 01:38 PM   #53
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Is he going to be playing a match on Saturday? If we're referring to Kooyong, Mirnyi has been scheduled for a match tomorrow so the three matches will be gone. It would be nice if they'd schedule a match on Saturday for him to play, one that doesn't count, like the Henman vs Arthurs match that they had as a bonus today, but I doubt they'd do that.
All it said on the media release on the kooyong website was this:
Although he wanted to continue with his remaining two Kooyong matches, he has taken medical advice not to play until Saturday.

If he's feeling better by Saturday the organisers will probably schedule a match for him like you said.
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Definitely Nalby has a good chance at the AO! Hope he's better soon.
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Ok the draw's been made and Nalbo's playing a Qualifier in R1 according to the threads here on MTF about the draw.
His potential seeded opponent in R3 assuming he gets that far is Nieminen.
His potential seeded opponent in the QF is Gaudio.
He's in the same half of the draw as Roddick.

The full draw should be posted soon.
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Ok the draw's been made and Nalbo's playing a Qualifier in R1 according to the threads here on MTF about the draw.
His potential seeded opponent in R3 assuming he gets that far is Nieminen.
His potential seeded opponent in the QF is Gaudio.
He's in the same half of the draw as Roddick.

The full draw should be posted soon.
I saw that in the AO draw thread. Thanks for the update. I think he'll have it easier this time around.
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I saw that in the AO draw thread. Thanks for the update. I think he'll have it easier this time around.
You welcome Tiff. It does look good for him providing he can get over his illness. Nieminen and Ferrer are in his quarter, and we know how tough these players are for Nalbo.
Looks like Davydenko not making the semis at Doha last week could be a blessing in disguise for Nalbo. Instead of being seeded 4, he's the 5th seed and in Fed's quarter. Funny how things turn out.

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It looks like a nice draw, depending on his physical condition and on the floaters he could get
I saw a part of the Ancic vs Wawrinca match, and
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You welcome Tiff.
Looks like Davydenko not making the semis at Doha last week could be a blessing in disguise for Nalbo. Instead of being seeded 4, he's the 5th seed and in Fed's quarter. Funny how things turn out.
Yes...and it looks like Roddick will have a tougher road to the semis than Nabs. It's not a cakewalk by no means, but it's much better than expected. Maybe he'll put together a good run like he did in 2004, when he reached the quarters without losing a set.
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It looks like a nice draw, depending on his physical condition and on the floaters he could get
I saw a part of the Ancic vs Wawrinca match, and
Really? Oh goodness. I think David will be fine-that is, if he can get over that nasty virus he's battling right now.
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