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Here you go- should make Fumus happy. :)

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/jon_wertheim/01/11/aussie.men/index.html

SI.com's Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds at the Australian Open. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses to keep an eye on and his predicted winners.

Top 16 seeds
1. Roger Federer: Withdrawal from the pre-tournament exhibition might be small cause for concern but not enough to bet against a third straight title. Could encounter a few hurdles along the way -- quick, Mirka, where's Nalbandian in the draw? -- but how do you pick against him? Looking forward to second rounder against Fabrice Santoro.

2. Rafael Nadal: More nada than "Nadal" over the past six months. Injuries and surfaces other than clay have beset No. 2. Benefits from slow surfaces, but if he reaches the quarters, it will mark an achievement.

3. Novak Djokovic: On the short list of players who could upend the Fed. Now that he's a bona fide star, it will be interesting to see how he reacts. Can't complain about his draw either.

4. Nikolay Davydenko: Until his (euphemism alert) "off-court issues" get resolved, it's hard to imagine that Davydenko is in the necessary state of mind to challenge for majors. Adding to woes: he starts against Mike Llodra, a tricky lefty who has already won a title this year.

5. David Ferrer: Took a bad loss in the New Zealand tuneup, but hefty Spaniard is in great condition, the surface agrees with him, and he's not going to lose too many battles of wills. Put that together and it augurs favorably.

6. Andy Roddick: The faster the surface plays, the better for him. Regardless, Roddick tends to do well in Australia -- he has a 23-6 career record in Melbourne -- and arrives in-form. A run to the finals is hardly out of the question. (And one looks forward to a possible showdown with Donald Young in round two.)

7. Fernando González: Your guess is as good as anyone's. Easy to see him playing you-gotta-be-kidding-me tennis and returning to the final. Equally easy to see him falling right out of the gate.

8. Richard Gasquet: Seemed to have taken a big step when he recovered from a two-set deficit to beat Roddick in Wimbledon quarters. But where's he been since? A threat on talent alone but it would be nice if he came in with more momentum.

9. Andy Murray: Though his knowledge of the Golden State Warriors and classic rock isn't what it was a year ago, top Brit is back in the top 10 and has already bagged a title in 2008. Big chance here, even with a tough first rounder against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

10. David Nalbandian: After dropping off the grid a bit last year, Argentine returned with back-to-back Masters Series titles than included wins over Federer, Nadal and the Djoker. What's more, he's reached the quarters or better four times in Melbourne.

11. Tommy Robredo: Spaniard reached the quarters last year but tends to underachieve in Slams.

12. James Blake: Disappointing as his '07 was,he did win 43 hardcourt matches -- tied for second with Djokovic -- last year. Take a look at his draw and, provided he keeps his nerves, the quarters certainly seems attainable.

13. Tom Berdych: He's no Gonzo, but "The Berd" is a maddeningly erratic player.

14. Mikhail Youzhny: Deceptively powerful Russian comes in playing well. Plus his draw is plenty soft. Star this horse in your racing form.

15. Marcos Baghdatis: Was his run to the final really two years ago already? One of those players whose training (or lack thereof) in the offseason could go a long way toward determining his success. Tough first-rounder.

16. Carlos Moyà: Former No. 1 -- 11 years after reaching the final! -- still out there, whacking forehands and picking off some wins from time to time.

Seeds 17-32


19. Lleyton Hewitt: You get the feeling the odometer is down to its last few rotations. Took bad losses in the tuneups but, for a guy who thrives on emotion, don't discount local support.

20. Ivo Karlovic: Provided the attention he'll get from his doubles partnership with John Isner doesn't go to his head, Dr. Ivo is always worth watching.

21. Juan Monaco: Rising Argentine can play on hard-courts but has misfortune of facing Federer early.

30. Radek Stepanek: Czech lothario is always dangerous.

32. Dmitry Tursunov: A dangerous player who still has a hard time stringing wins together.

Dark-horse nation
Nicolas Kiefer: A top-15 player -- especially on hardcourts -- when healthy. Faces Juan Carlos Ferrero in round one.

Philipp Kohlschreiber: German is a solid player who doesn't mind grinding away.

Chris Guccione: The Gooch is Australia's answer to Isner. Was his 7-6, 7-6 defeat of Hewitt last week at all predictive?

Fabrice Santoro: And not because we love to watch him play. Oldest man in the field has played fine tennis to start the year.

Marat Safin: As ever, merely mentioning him is like buying insurance at the blackjack table. Hard to believe he was a champ only three years ago.

First-round matches to watch
Santoro vs. John Isner: Great contrast in styles.

Sam Querrey vs. Olivier Rochus: Another American giant against a European homunculus.

Tursunov vs. Xavier Malisse: Awful lot of talent for a first rounder.

Baghdatis vs. Thomas Johansson: Former finalist against former winner.

Murray vs. Tsonga: Two of the better young talents.

Blue-plate first-round upset special: Llodra to beat Davydenko.

Doubles winner
Bob and Mike Bryan: Two-time defending champs.

Semis
Federer vs. Nalbandian
Youzhny vs. Roddick

Final
Federer vs. Roddick

Winner
Federer
 

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Glad to know Mr Wertheim has all figured out:mad:
 

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Oh well Poor Andy Misha and Fat Dave , all are jinxed :sad:
 

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:Running to place money on Nadal in the winner-take-all market after reading this prediction:
 

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Who cares about Wertheim? The only predictions everyone is waiting for with excitement and fear are Bud Collins' anyway. :lol:


20. Ivo Karlovic: Provided the attention he'll get from his doubles partnership with John Isner doesn't go to his head, Dr. Ivo is always worth watching.
:confused: :smash: I didn't know Isner had become such a big star already.

30. Radek Stepanek: Czech lothario is always dangerous.
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I was going to ask whether others should be worried that I was agreeing with most of what John was saying/predicting...until I saw his predictions for SF onwards. :eek: :tape:
 

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First-round matches to watch
Santoro vs. John Isner: Great contrast in styles.

Sam Querrey vs. Olivier Rochus: Another American giant against a European homunculus
Both Isner and Querrey will get battered.
 

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Can't complain about Novak's draw? JON HAVE YOU TAKEN A LOOK AT IT?

Same quarter as Safin, Nalbandian, Ferrer, Tursunov, Stepanek etc. Yeah it's not a great draw Jon. The only good part of the draw is Becker in the first round, but I thought that when he drew Goldstein a few years ago too. :tape:
 

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Can't complain about Novak's draw? JON HAVE YOU TAKEN A LOOK AT IT?

Same quarter as Safin, Nalbandian, Ferrer, Tursunov, Stepanek etc. Yeah it's not a great draw Jon. The only good part of the draw is Becker in the first round, but I thought that when he drew Goldstein a few years ago too. :tape:
I agree, the first 2 rounds are reasonable but after that... Nole should better not get involved in protracted 5-set matches early, especially under the sun. Funny thing is I can perfectly see a long 5-set match in the 3rd round against Malisse or Tursunov.
 

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We get it, Werthless, you hate Davydenko.
 

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Roger :yeah:
 

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Roddick is not making the SF, not in this lifetime. But then again, this is Wertheim making the predictions. The only things that generally saves him from 'total incompetence' status are that he normally gets the winner right (but that shouldn't be hard to do when Federer's around), and the existence of a man who goes by the name Bud Collins.
 

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Anybody know Bud Collins predictions? Just so i can know who isn't going to win. :lol:
 
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