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Misha is defending champion in Rotterdam. I wish him luck to repeat his success this year too. Here is the draw:-

(1) NADAL, Rafael ESP v. TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS
HEWITT, Lleyton AUS v. SEPPI, Andreas ITA
NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN v. VERDASCO, Fernando ESP
(8) BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP (WC) v. SODERLING, Robin SWE

(4) YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS v. TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB
LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP v. SIMON, Gilles FRA
MAHUT, Nicolas FRA v. ROBREDO, Tommy ESP
(7) FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP v. QUALIFIER

(5) BERDYCH, Tomas CZE v. LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO
KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO v. ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
QUALIFIER v. KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER
(3) FERRER, David ESP v. BOLELLI, Simone ITA

(6) MURRAY, Andy GBR v. HAASE, Robin NED (WC)
QUALIFIER v. BERRER, Michael GER
SLUITER, Raemon NED (WC) v. LLODRA, Michael FRA
(2) DAVYDENKO, Nikolay v. QUALIFIER
 

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Re: Good Luck Misha - Defend those points in Rotterdam

It's such a tough first round match :sad:

So many points to defend! Best of luck to Misha! I hope he can defend his title!!! :dance:
 

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It's such a tough first round match :sad:

So many points to defend! Best of luck to Misha! I hope he can defend his title!!! :dance:
Tipsarevic is quite tough to overtake but Misha built up so much confidence...

To me, the obstacle is not the players he will have to face, but more the fact he's defending his title..

DAVAIIII :wavey:
 

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I watched the match live.
Janko played a good match! But Misha made way too many mistakes and he didn't fight enough. He had like, at least 7 breakpoints in the second set and didn't make one. And near the end of the second set, he gave the impression that he didn't care anymore. It was horrible to see.
NO NO Misha didn't really deserve to win. and it's not that Tipsarevic was much better than him.
 

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Re: Good Luck Misha - Defend those points in Rotterdam

I watched the match live.
Janko played a good match! But Misha made way too many mistakes and he didn't fight enough. He had like, at least 7 breakpoints in the second set and didn't make one. And near the end of the second set, he gave the impression that he didn't care anymore. It was horrible to see.
NO NO Misha didn't really deserve to win. and it's not that Tipsarevic was much better than him.
Thanks for the report Liesel - it's always nice to hear from people who could see the match live. I like Janko a lot (see my signature :) ), so if Misha was to lose I was glad it was to him - if that makes sense!

I think as tedlesurfeur said yesterday, the pressure of defending last year's points proved a lot for him. Also I think Misha is probably a bit tired - he has played a lot of tennis these last days, including the Davis Cup, and maybe needs a few days off. Hopefully he can get some rest now and come back stronger in the next tournaments.
 

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Re: Good Luck Misha - Defend those points in Rotterdam

Misha :sobbing:
 

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Shall I quote myself ?? :lol:

He may lose points here, because he was defending his title, but there are so many tournaments where he didn't do well last year, the Masters Series for example, starting with IW & Miami.. We have to believe in him..

He just kept surprising me more and more since 2006.. So we will see what he has in store for us ^^

He cannot retrograde lower than world n°12 soo.. no worrie ^^
 

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Wait, nobody mentionned his victory in doubles.. He plays with Kohlschreiber (see my avatar :lol: ) and the one time they partenered together last year, they won. It was in Munich..

They defeated Damm/Vizner today..

I think Misha & Kohl have quite a similar game even it appears different at first (it's because they move differently). They both can reach all angles and have all the shots to do really good..

They should play together in Grand Slams.. ^^
 

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Re: Good Luck Misha - Defend those points in Rotterdam

Shall I quote myself ?? :lol:

He may lose points here, because he was defending his title, but there are so many tournaments where he didn't do well last year, the Masters Series for example, starting with IW & Miami.. We have to believe in him..

He just kept surprising me more and more since 2006.. So we will see what he has in store for us ^^

He cannot retrograde lower than world n°12 soo.. no worrie ^^
Thanks for your positive attitude :hug: And you are right - he has many opportunities to pick up points in the Masters' Series. Must admit, I hadn't noticed the doubles result :eek: I don't follow doubles so much to be honest, but any win is good :)
 

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I'm disappointed because to lose is normal but if you have difficulty you have to fight and don't accept the defeat.
In this period Misha is playng a beautiful but insubstantial tennis and it's fundamental to find again his forehand solidity

Davai :sad:
 

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Here is the draw for Dubai, which starts on Monday. It is a very good field and a pretty hard draw for everyone. Just hope Misha doesn't let Santoro's game get to him. Good luck to Misha here.

Roger Federer (1) v Andy Murray
Rainer Schuettler (WC) v Fernando Verdasco
Stanislas Wawrinka v Qualifier
Mohammad Ghareeb (WC) v Nikolay Davydenko (5)

David Ferrer (4) v Tommy Haas
Jarkko Nieminen v Olivier Rochus
Janko Tipsarevic v Feliciano Lopez
Gael Monfils v Tomas Berdych (8)

Richard Gasquet (7) v Dmitry Tursunov
Qualifier v Igor Andreev
Mikhail Youzhny v Fabrice Santoro
Marin Cilic v Novak Djokovic (3)

Andy Roddick (6) v Juan-Carlos Ferrero
Qualifier v Paul-Henri Mathieu
Nader Mahmood (WC) v Qualifier
Philipp Kohlschreiber v Rafael Nadal (2)

Misha will also play doubles here - with Philip Kohlschreiber.

(1)Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic Vs Tomas Berdych/Jarkko Nieminen
Igor Andreev/Paul Henri Mathieu Vs (W/C) Rohan Boapanna/Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi

(3)Martin Damm/Pavel Vizner Vs (W/C) Hamoud Abbas/Mahmoud Nader
Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski Vs Philip Kohschreiber/Mikhail Youzhny

Jeff/Coetzee/Wesley Moodie Vs Feliciano Lopez/Rafael Nadal
Andy Murray/Stanislas Wawrinka Vs (4)Mahesh Bhupathi/Mark Knowles

Richard Gasquet/Fabrice Santoro Vs David Ferrer/Fernando Verdasco
Paul Hanley/Leander Paes Vs (2)Simon Aspelin/Julian Knowle
 
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Here is tomorrow's OOP. Misha is the first match of the day! Davai :)

Centre court 2.00 pm (11.00 CET)

Mikhail YOUZHNY vs Fabrice SANTORO
followed by
David FERRER vs Tommy HAAS
Not Before 7.00 pm
Roger FEDERER vs Andy MURRAY
followed by
Richard GASQUET vs Dmitry TURSUNOV
 
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Tough draw for Mikhail. I think he can get passed Tipsy and if he does that he should make the semi.
 

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:sad: Misha lost to Santoro 4-6, 4-6 :sad: I was hoping for a better result than this - but I guess Santoro is SUCH an irritating player to play against! Ah well - guess now he can enjoy a few days off in that luxury Hotel and take Julia shopping :)
 

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:sad: Oh no....
 
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