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Or will we seen GOATmin peak out of nowhere?
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Not very likely. Istomin hasn’t won a tour level match since the Kitzbühel semifinals in early august. He won 2 challenger titles though. But I can’t see him pulling off another b2b-champion upset in early rounds for he’s just lost to Bolelli in straight sets
 

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Great match for Federer to start with and find his rhythm. An easy three set victory in a hour and a half.
 

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Guys like Istomin don't really hurt Fed. It would be a whole different story with Djok or Nadal. Straight sets, maybe close 1st.

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Guys like Istomin don't really hurt Fed. It would be a whole different story with Djok or Nadal. Straight sets, maybe close 1st.

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Agree with the first part ,most likely it will be 3 sets victory for Federer.

As for second part,that's not quite true. Esp. in Nadal case. Rafa hasn't lost a set to Istomin in 5 meetings . Also hardly (well except rival fans wishful thinking) anyone thought Djokovic will lose to him before it happened in AO R2.
 

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Agree with the first part ,most likely it will be 3 sets victory for Federer.



As for second part,that's not quite true. Esp. in Nadal case. Rafa hasn't lost a set to Istomin in 5 meetings . Also hardly (well except rival fans wishful thinking) anyone thought Djokovic will lose to him before it happened in AO R2.
That's a sound ground, I agree. I remember one match at USO 2010, where the best USO Nadal aka black ninja of 2010 had a real tough fight with Istomin in, I think round 2. It was straight set win, but well earned. Guy can cause troubles if he's got a good day on a quicker surface that AO is now, that's what I'm basing my opinion on.

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