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Meligeni opens Challenge against Gaudio in this terça
04/11/2002 to 16h27
São Paulo (SP) - Twirled double, worthy of a match Grand Slam. Thus Challenge Brazil x Argentina starts in this tuesday the Spectacular Tennis -, in the Gymnasium of the Ibirapuera, São Paulo. Fernando Meligeni, number 75 of the world, opens the event to 19h, facing Gastón Gaudio, number 22. To follow, for return of 20h30, Gustavo Kuerten , 37° of the world, make its first match against David Nalbandian, 12° and vice-champion of Wimbledon this year. The two departures have transmission to the living creature for the Sportv and Canal 21 shows, also to the living creature, the game of the Guga.

"we are prepared for a spectacle, as it says the name of the event", it informed Meligeni. "Without a doubt, they will be left very disputed. The Argentines come of an excellent season, mainly the Nalbandian, that was runner-up in Wimbledon. But we play in house, with twisted all the our favor. We want to make the Ibirapuera to tremble ", added Fininho.

In retrospecto in official games, Meligeni and Gaudio are tied up to in 1 the 1. The last time that if had faced was in 2000, in Rome, with victory of the Argentine. Already Guga and Nalbandian had never played in the circuit. But in the Challenge, this will be as the confrontation between the two. In Rio De Janeiro, the Brazilian beat to the Argentine adversary for 2 sets the 0, partial ones of 7/6 and 6/4.

The Brazilian team, still without Guga, trains in the afternoon of this monday, the Ibirapuera. The Argentine delegation already is in São Paulo and, in the end of the afternoon, it makes the recognition of squares, in the gymnasium.
Already complete, the Brazilian team - with Gustavo Kuerten, Fernando Meligeni, Andres Sá and captain Jaime Oncins - participates of a press conference, in this terça, to 11h, in the Unique Hotel (av. Brig. Luiz Antonio, 4.700), that also he will count on the presence of the team of Argentina, formed for Nalbandian, Gaudio, Luis Wolf and captain Ricardo Rivera.

The Challenge Brazil x Argentina continues in the Wednesday. The programming starts to 18h, with an game-exhibition between youthful the Bruno Rosa and Andres Miele. From 19h, they play Guga/Sá x Lobo/Nalbandian.


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So Guga plays tomorrow against David Nalbandian! that will be a tough match.. good luck Guga!!!!! you can beat him!!
 

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GO BRAZIL!!
 

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Meligeni and Gaudio are playing now. :D

Nice flag, Wojtek! ;)
 

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Fino just won the first set 6-3 over Gaudio. :bounce:

Guga plays Nalbandian next. :D
 

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Second set tiebreak.

Gaudio had a break, but Fino got it back. :D
 

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Meligeni leads the breaker 4-1 and serves
 

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GOOD LUCK BRASIL!!

Love,
Liz
 

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Fernando just beat Gaudio 6-3 7-6(1)
Guga next! :bounce:
 

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:bounce: GO BRASIL GO :bounce:

:bounce: GO GUGA GO :bounce:

Hope Guga is not too tired from his trip!
 

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Meligeni´s interview was great. He is so funny! :D

Guga is NEVER tired when he plays in Brazil. The energy he gets is enormous. :D
 

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Guga is in the court.

Theres a live scoreboard if someone is interested.
go to www.guga.com.br
then click on
DIRETO DA ARENA
Acompanhe o jogo de Guga contra Nalbandian hoje...

Its on your right. Enjoy :)
 

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Guga broke already with an outstanding backhand winner down the line. Guga-style. :D:D

He is laughing, and joking. Very good atmosphere overall.
 

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Gee! Guga is punishing the ball!
I guess Ive never seen him hitting so hard!

3-0. David is stunned. :p
 

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David holds and breaks Guga. 2-3 and serves. :(
 

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Its Portuguese, but all you have to see in the scoreboard are names and the numbers :p

David broke Guga again. :( He now leads 4-3 and serves
 

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Two double faults from Nalbandian, and Guga rebreaks. :bounce:

CMON!

Yes, hackie, this is something the countries do a lot. This year there was one already. :p
 

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Guga holds to love with some bazooka shots. It looks like he´s back into the match. :bounce:
 
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