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Miami

R3 lt Berdych 1-6 3-6 :bigcry:
R2 def Montanes 6-3 6-2 :)
R1 def Bye


(8) GASQUET, Richard FRA/BYE
TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS v KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS
DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG v (WC) LEVINE, Jesse USA
BYE/(32) LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP

(22) FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP/BYE
(WC) NISHIKORI, Kei JPN v MONTANES, Albert ESP
BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG v QUERREY, Sam USA
BYE/(10) BERDYCH, Tomas CZE

(15) CANAS, Guillermo ARG/BYE
(Q) WARBURG, Sam USA v STARACE, Potito ITA
(Q) CUEVAS, Pablo URU v SPADEA, Vincent USA
BYE/(17) GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI

(31) ANDREEV, Igor RUS/BYE
BERRER, Michael GER v (Q) HAASE, Robin NED
CALLERI, Agustin ARG v (Q) ANDERSON, Kevin RSA
BYE/(3) DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB


Indian Wells

R4 lt Nalbandian 2-6 2-6 :eek:
R3 def Ancic 7-5 4-6 7-6 :woohoo:
R2 def Johansson 6-4 6-4 :)
R1 def Bye
:p

[4] DAVYDENKO, Nikolay (RUS) vs BYE
BOLELLI, Simone (ITA) vs ISNER, John (USA) [WC]
MAYER, Florian (GER) vs FISH, Mardy (USA)
BYE vs ANDREEV, Igor (RUS) [31]

[24] HEWITT, Lleyton (AUS) vs BYE
HORNA, Luis (PER) vs QUERREY, Sam (USA)
SIMON, Gilles (FRA) vs BERLOCQ, Carlos (ARG)
BYE vs YOUZHNY, Mikhail (RUS) [13]

[12] GONZALEZ, Fernando (CHI) vs BYE
[WC] ANCIC, Mario (CRO) vs MONFILS, Gael (FRA)
JOHANSSON, Thomas (SWE) vs QUALIFIER
BYE vs FERRERO, Juan Carlos (ESP) [22]

[29] STEPANEK, Radek (CZE) vs BYE
ACASUSO, Jose (ARG) vs QUALIFIER
HERNANDEZ, Oscar (ESP) vs GULBIS, Ernests (LAT)
BYE vs NALBANDIAN, David (ARG) [7]


Dubai 2008 Main Draw

R1 lt Roddick 2-6 4-6 :(

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)


Rotterdam

R1 lt Gabashvili 5-7 1-6 :help:

(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. (Q) GABASHVILI, Teimuraz RUS

(5) BERDYCH, Tomas CZE v. LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO
KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO v. ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
(Q) ZVEREV, Mischa RUS 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. (Q) HERNYCH, Jan CZE


Marseille

R2 lt Mahut 7-5 4-6 6-7 :sad:
R1 def Lee 6-4 6-1 :bdaycake:


[1] Djokovic, Novak(SRB) vs QUALIFIER
[wc]GUEZ, David (FRA) vs SIMON, Gilles (FRA)
[wc]LLODRA, Michael (FRA) vs SEPPI, Andreas (ITA)
GICQUEL, Marc (FRA) vs [8] MATHIEU, Paul-Henri (FRA)

[4] MURRAY, Andy (GBR) vs QUALIFIER
WAWRINKA, Stanislas (SUI) vs GROSJEAN, Sebastien (FRA)
MAHUT, Nicolas (FRA) vs QUALIFIER
LEE, Hyung-Taik (KOR) vs [5] FERRERO, Juan Carlos (ESP)

[6] BAGHDATIS, Marcos (CYP) vs CLEMENT, Arnaud (FRA)
LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP)vs KARLOVIC, Ivo (CRO)
BENNETEAU, Julien (FRA) vs PAVEL, Andrei (ROU)
CILIC, Marin CRO vs [3] YOUZHNY, Mikhail (RUS)

[7] TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) vs [wc]ANCIC, Mario (CRO)
BERRER, Michael GER vs QUALIFIER
NIEMINEN, Jarkko (FIN) vs SODERLING, Robin (SWE)
BOLELLI, Simone (ITA) vs [2] GASQUET, Richard (FRA)



Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Hard - Plexicushion

R4 lt Ferrer 5-7 6-3 4-6 1-6 :bigcry:
R3 def Nalbandian 6-1 6-2 6-3 :worship:
R2 def Jones 6-4 6-4 6-2 :)
R1 def Kiefer 6-4 6-3 6-1 :hearts:


DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB [3] v BECKER, Benjamin GER
RAM, Rajeev USA [Q] v BOLELLI, Simone ITA
QUERREY, Sam USA v ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
MALISSE, Xavier BEL v TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS [32]

HEWITT, Lleyton AUS [19] v DARCIS, Steve BEL
ISTOMIN, Denis UZB (W) v LACKO, Lukas SVK [Q]
GULBIS, Ernests LAT v SAFIN, Marat RUS
JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE v BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP [15]

NALBANDIAN, David ARG [10] v SMEETS, Robert AUS (W)
ZABALETA, Mariano ARG v LUCZAK, Peter AUS
JONES, Alun AUS (W) v MONTANES, Albert ESP
KIEFER, Nicolas GER v FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP [22]

STEPANEK, Radek CZE [30] v SPADEA, Vincent USA
GREMELMAYR, Denis GER [Q] v ROITMAN, Sergio ARG
VENTURA, Santiago ESP v DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG
ROGER-VASSELIN, Edouard FRA v FERRER, David ESP [5]



~~~ Heineken Open ~~~
Auckland, New Zealand
Hard - Outdoors

F lt Kohlschreiber 6-7 5-7 :sad:
SF def Benneteau 6-3 6-4 :yeah:
QF def Massu 4-6 6-3 6-4 :D
R2 def Melzer 6-3 7-6 :)
R1 def Levine 6-4 6-1 :)


(1) FERRER, David ESP v HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP
ROITMAN, Sergio ARG v (Q) ROSOL, Lukas CZE
SELA, Dudi ISR v BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
ACASUSO, Jose ARG v (6) ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP

(4) FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP v (LL) LEVINE, Jesse USA [Levine replaces Ancic]
MELZER, Jurgen AUT v ESCHAUER, Werner AUT
(Q) MASSU, Nicolas CHI v (Q) JONES, G.d. NZL
MALISSE, Xavier BEL v (5) NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN

(8) MONTANES, Albert ESP v (WC) STATHAM, Jose (rubin) NZL
LEE, Hyung-Taik KOR v (SE) LLODRA, Michael FRA
ROCHUS, Olivier BEL v BERRER, Michael GER
JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE v (3) MONACO, Juan ARG

(7) KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER v RUSSELL, Michael USA
(Q) CAKL, Tomas CZE v CILIC, Marin CRO
QUERREY, Sam USA v MAYER, Florian GER
(WC) KING-TURNER, Daniel NZL v (2) CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

I'm afraid it was the best thread title I could come up with. :eek:

Ancic first, 3-0 h2h. But we all know what that means:

3-0 vs Devilder --> l. 6-1 6-7 0-6 (Buenos Aires)
3-0 vs Starace --> l. 2-6 6-3 2-6 (Rome)
3-0 vs Blake --> l. 1-6 4-6 (Cincy)
3-0 vs Wawrinka --> l. 5-7 1-6 (Vienna)

JC hasn't won his opening match of the year since 2003.
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

I like the title, I don't think I could have come up with anything better. :p

There's good potential for JC to start out '08 with a win.
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

This is horrible. Worst possible opponent for JC in the draw other than possibly Lee. We got ourselves a caveman. Anyway let's hope his bad luck ends here, and he has a lovely AO draw.
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

Not a good draw for JC...I hope he's able to win this first match !!!
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

if he can win the first match, I can't see him going out anytime soon. But saying that, I want him to hurry up and get to Melbourne, so I won't be too fussed if he does lose first round either:p
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

Super Mario.... OK I'm sorry to say this, but I'm worried :help:
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

Maybe Mario could still have flu??
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

Yeah, Ancic withdrew from Adelaide this week with flu. Probably he got better but his prepartions may not be perfect.
Still, that's a wishful thinking on my part, and, although I like Mario, too, I hope JC will beat him again fair and square! He can do it! ;)

And Jimnik, I love the thread title too! :yeah:
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

Don't know why everyone is worried about Ancic. He had a couple of good years and has fallen away again. Ok last year he was ill with whatever it was he had, but I still don't think he is going to be to much of a problem for Juan Carlos.
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

Don't know why everyone is worried about Ancic. He had a couple of good years and has fallen away again. Ok last year he was ill with whatever it was he had, but I still don't think he is going to be to much of a problem for Juan Carlos.
I hope you're right. Part of me is saying that he's gonna win for some reason. It's just worrying because Ancic's style of play is exactly what JC doesn't like to face. He's still got that big powerful serve, and is very good on the faster surfaces. And JC never does well at his first match of the year, so thats worrying too.
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

Theres a really nice article on the Auckland site about Juan Carlos. I'm not sure if anyone has posted this yet, if so, sorry.




Spanish Talent Heading to 2008 Heineken Open

Former World No. 1 and Rising Star Join Strong Line-Up

There's a definite Latino feel to the confirmed names for the Heineken Open featuring the Sovereign singles and doubles.

And the feeling is all quality with former world No1 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain and compatriot Nicolas Almagro joining the already confirmed David Ferrer (Spain), Guillermo Canas (Argentina), Juan Monaco (Argentina) plus Croatian Mario Ancic.

Ferrero, currently ranked at 24 th , may not have been able to add to his career titles tally of 11 in 2007, but he still made the final of Costa Do Sauipe where he was beaten by Canas and made a big impact at numerous other events.

He was a semifinalist at three events – Vienna, Acapulco and the Masters Series at Monte Carlo where he beat Richard Gasquet but lost to Roger Federer.

There was also a quarter-final at Stuttgart and the big result of the year which was on the grass at Wimbledon where he beat Czech, Jan Hajek in five sets in the first round. In the second round he defeated Luxembourg's Gilles Muller in five sets, James Blake in the third round in four sets before accounting for Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets in round four.

Eventually Ferrero lost to Federer in the quarters in four sets proving that despite being a former Roland Garros champion he can more than adequately handle grass courts too.

He had the misfortune to play Federer three times in the later stages of events in 2007. However Ferrero has beaten Federer on three occasions, including at the Heineken Open on court six in 2000 in straight sets as both players who were teenagers at the time launched their careers on the world.

Aside from his win on the clay at Roland Garros in 2003 there has been plenty of other success in Grand Slams.

There was a runner-up finish at Roland Garros in 2002 and at the US Open in 2003 as well as semifinal results at Roland Garros in 2000/01 and the Australian Open in 2004.

The signing of Ferrero who held the No1 ranking in September 2003 means that six of the players announced so far are ranked inside the top-30 in the world. Only Ancic who has been recovering from injuries and is ranked at 85 is not in the top-30.

Twenty-two-year old Almagro ranked at 28 adds an extra bit of depth to the draw after yet another consistent year of the ATP circuit.

He defended his singles crown at Valencia beat Potito Starace in three sets in the final and also made the final at Bastad beating Carlos Moya in the semis before falling to Ferrer.

There was a semifinal appearance at Bueno Aires and four quarter-finals including at Masters Series events – Hamburg (beat Tommy Robredo but lost to Lleyton Hewitt) and Cincinnati where he defeated Ivan Ljubicic and Jarkko Nieminen but was beaten by Federer.

Leading the Spanish players will be defending champion, David Ferrer who is sitting at a career-high ranking of No5 after making the final of the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai recently.

Ferrer will be one of the highest ranked seeds to take the court at the ASB Tennis Centre only Marcello Rios and Guillermo Coria have come close.

In 1999 Rios was No2 when he played his first round match while Coria in 2004 was No5.

“Juan Carlos is a popular player returning to Auckland for the fourth time. He continues to show he's one of the more competitive and consistent players around. He result at Wimbledon this year also proves he's more than comfortable on all surfaces. His countryman Nicolas Almagro is a young Spanish player on the way up and has also had a solid year.

Both Juan Carlos and Nicolas compliment the fact we have David Ferrer heading the field ,” says Heineken Open tournament director, Graham Pearce.

The Heineken Open featuring the Sovereign singles and doubles will be held at the ASB Tennis Centre, January 7 – 12, 2008 with the first two days of qualifying January 5 – 6, 2008 at the Albany Tennis Park, Oteha Valley Road, Albany starting at 10am each day.

The 2008 tournament will feature live scoring as well as live streaming of play and audio podcasts

Source: http://www.heinekenopen.co.nz/4/news/08_ferrero.asp
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

Don't know why everyone is worried about Ancic. He had a couple of good years and has fallen away again. Ok last year he was ill with whatever it was he had, but I still don't think he is going to be to much of a problem for Juan Carlos.

I agree with U:)
Everything is new!And Juanqui will give us a surprise!!
Let's see what happen!!!
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

Well off course it's not impossible but he has so many jinxes on him. His last four opening matches of the season he lost - against weaker opposition than Ancic. He's lost his last four matches against players he owned 3-0 in h2h. He hasn't won a match in Auckland in 8 years. His record on outdoor hardcourts was 4-7 last year.

Hell if he wins this match you could argue it's a major turning point in his fortunes. ;)
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

good luck JC, hope new season has a different result.
 

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I'd like to know when he's playing. They better hurry up, because he needs to get to Melbourne soon. I'm getting impatient
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

STADIUM start 11:00 am
[Q] N Massu (CHI) vs [Q] G Jones (NZL)
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs O Hernandez (ESP)
[4] J Ferrero (ESP) vs [WC] M Ancic (CRO)
X Malisse (BEL) vs [5] J Nieminen (FIN)

Not Before 7:00 PM
T Johansson (SWE) vs [3] J Monaco (ARG)
L Friedl (CZE) / D Skoch (CZE) vs [WC] D King-Turner (NZL) / D Martin (USA)

Make me happy when I wake up JC and win this :)
 

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Re: New Look, New Racket, New Season (and hopefully New Forehand) in New Zealand

That's a tough schedule (for me anyway). I'm not sure if I should stay up or get up for that match. Online coverage shouldn't be a problem since there's loads of gambling sites these days broadcasting events like this. There's also the official Live Stream but that costs $15 and it will be a rip-off if JC doesn't make at least the QF.

new forehand? we want the old forehand.
We want the very old forehand back, not the old forehand. ;)
 
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