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Old 01-14-2007, 08:23 AM   #1
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Fab has QF points to defend there this year. His AO 06 has been great. Hope he can have some good matches there this year too.

Here's the main draw:

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/.../ms/index.html

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. (Q) Brian Wilson USA
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)
(Q) Zack Fleishman USA vs. Agustin Calleri ARG (30)
Radek Stepanek CZE (20) vs. Michael Llodra FRA
Lukas Dlouhy CZE vs. (Q) Teimuraz Gabashvili RUS
Thomas Johansson SWE vs. (Q) Marco Chiudinelli SUI
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
(Q) Dudi Sela ISR 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
(Q) Alan Mackin GBR 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. (Q) Bobby Reynolds USA
(Q) Marin Cilic CRO vs. (Q) Ilia Bozoljac SRB
Albert Montanes ESP vs. Tommy Haas GER (12)
Tomas Berdych CZE (13) vs. Hyung-Taik Lee KOR
(Q) Lukas Lacko SVK vs. Robert Smeets AUS (WC)
Max Mirnyi BLR vs. Luis Horna PER
(Q) Alexander Waske GER 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. (Q) Alex Kuznetsov USA
(Q) Mischa Zverev GER vs. (Q) Michael Berrer GER
Robby Ginepri USA vs. Nicolas Almagro ESP (32)
Lleyton Hewitt AUS (19) vs. (Q) Michael Russell USA
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. (Q) Paul Capdeville CHI
Kristof Vliegen BEL vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber GER
Robert Kendrick USA vs. Rafael Nadal ESP (2)

The 2nd round match will be tough, either Malisse to whom he recently lost, or Arnaud Clément, another Frenchie. Anyway, good luck Fab!!
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Old 01-14-2007, 11:08 AM   #2
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Yes, Fab has good records against Clement (4-2) but againt Malisse is the opposite (0-4). Time to change...
But before, he has to past the first round and that could be difficult. Allez
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Old 01-15-2007, 03:15 PM   #3
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Tuesday OOP:

Court 18 Start Time 11:00 AM


Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)[31]
vs. Kevin Kim (USA)


followed by
Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Emmanuelle Gagliardi (SUI)
vs. Tathiana Garbin (ITA)[30]


Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Fabrice Santoro (FRA)
vs. Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)



Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[28]
vs. Kaia Kanepi (EST)
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Here's to having another great run at the AO! Best of luck Fab!
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Fab won in 3 sets. Next is Clément.
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Fab & Nenad won their match over Kendrick/Reynolds 7-5 7-5.
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Thursday OOP:

Court 6 Start Time 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Aiko Nakamura (JPN) vs. Sania Mirza (IND)

followed by
Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) vs. Na Li (CHN)[19]

Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Arnaud Clement (FRA) vs. Fabrice Santoro (FRA)


Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Tatiana Golovin (FRA)/Alicia Molik (AUS) vs. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[6]/Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[6]
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Watch out! Thi may be a record breaking match...

Each time they meet it's such a looooooonnnnnnnng battle...
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He won in straight sets

BTW, he's playing mixed with Sania Mirza
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Well done!

Sania Mirza...
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The quote of the day on the FFT website: "C'est un peu le père qui arrive avec ses fils au troisième tour."
("It kind of feels like the father reaching the third round with his boys." Fabrice speaking of Gaël and Richard, both 20 y. old - "beyond the difference of age, "Battling Fab" is pretty close to Richard and especially Gaël." http://www.fft.fr/open-australie/2007/)

I just listened to his audio interview, he says he's been having some breathing problems for a few days, he doesn't feel very well. He's used to play with his back or his feet hurting, but it's very hard to play tennis when you can't breathe normally.
The next round will be tough since he always gets spanked by Davydenko, even when he's playing pretty well. He explains in great detail why Kolya is so hard to play, why he deserves to be the world number 3, etc. He says maybe he can use the high bounce in Melbourne.
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Excellent job Fab! Continued good luck!
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Fab & Nenad just won their match against Feeney & Ball 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
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Allez Fabrice!

Keep going!
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