Place your AO darkhorse predictions here

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  1. musicalmedic81

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    Seems like theres something about the AO that frequently brings a surprise finalist. Who do you think will come through this year?

    I say Querry or Nishikori
     
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  2. heftylefty

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    My dark horse is....

    James Blake.
     
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    Gilles Simon. You heard it here first.
     
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  4. fastdunn

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    Del Potro and Celic
     
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    That would make my year right there
     
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    I would really love to see Blake through to the finals, he always does so well but always comes up just a bit short thanks to that Federer...or some other random players.

    Also, Del Potro, and Querrey sound nice. And, also would love to see Nadal coming through and maybe Roddick.
     
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  8. tennisgirl90

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    Maybe Mathieu, who is playing really solid this week in Brisbane?
     
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  9. vtmike

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    What abt Gulbis?
     
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    simon
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    monfils
     
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    Gulbis and Gasquet.
     
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    Well, given what I've been reading in other threads around here for the past year or so, I think this Roger Federer character might make a reasonable dark-horse pick. I mean, he clearly can't be a favourite of any sort, right?

    Honestly, I'm sort of hoping to see the younger guys take another step towards being legitimate contenders. I can't even pretend to 'know' what's going to happen, so I'll just sit and hope that Gulbis and Cilic put together a few good rounds, so that they can have a chance to mix it up with the big boys. That's assuming Gulbis' low ranking doesn't have him up against a big-name player in the first round...
     
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    GOOOOOOOOOLLLBIS!

    Seriously, he has a good hardcourt game if he keeps the consistency intact.
     
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  14. tyler_durden

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    monfils or simon
     
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    I like these picks but I'll go with Nalbandian
     
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  16. VashTheStampede

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    Del Potro and Cilic.
     
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    My darkhorse is Gulbis! He might smash, blow, crush, and dropshot his way to the final. :)
     
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  18. joshburger

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    tipsaravic, he almost took out federer early last year, and he always plays well in the grand slams, and kei nishikori, my 2 favorite playerrs lol
     
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    Simon or Monfils
     
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    Simon, Monfils, Gulbis or Nishikori
     
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    Gael Monfolis

    I am really strong on Monfolis he breaks and stays top 10 this year I feel it.

    Somdev Devvarman < real push there =]
     
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    Gasquet.

    Everyone down on him, now would be a great chance for him to go far in the AO.
     
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    If anybody is a dark horse this year for the 2009 Oz Open..Del Potro is the Black Stallion
     
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    Gasquet or Monfils

    I would like Blake as well
    but we will have to see
    He plays too risky to win 5 setters
     
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    Janko Tipsarevic and Fernando Verdasco.

    And hopefully Marat.
     
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  28. fps

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    What's Janko up to at the moment? Another big Safin run would be great, I predicted he'd have one more big run before wimbledon but two would be sweet. he's quite high up in the rankings now?
     
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    Going on current form, i think Verdasco will crack the top ten this year and is a good chance to make the final
     
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    Gulbis, Monfils, Cilic, Nishikori, Verdasco
     
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  32. SikSerb

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    Janko reached the quarters of the Chennai Open before losing to Marin Cilic in 3 sets, hes in pretty good form atm. Yeah Safin is 29th in the world, and he played some good matches in Hopmans Cup especially his match against Hrbaty, he showed some of his old magic. Safin going deep in the Australian Open is all that I could ask for, he deserves that before he retires.
     
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  33. mrmo1115

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    Gulbis , Nishikori , Cilic .

    Del Potro can't be a dark horse. He is up there already.

    :) :) :)
     
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    Somdev (did he qualify? LOL).



    Seriously though, uh........



    Davydenko.
     
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    I hope Somdev did he had no problem dispatching a bunch of top 50 players in Chennai if he beats cilic..though I imagine he is in the draw for the AO...but I would have to check.

    Davydenko is injuried..
     
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    Radek Stepanek...and then rides off into the Czech sunset. Yeah, that sounds nutty, but I like him alot.
     
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    You have to be right around the top 100 to get into the main draw of a slam. Somdev is at 202 right now and will not even be close to the top 100 with a win in Chennai. He's going to have to play the qualies.
     
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    The day that someone doesn't pick Safin in a thread like this is the day that hell freezes over.
     
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    marat, because he played very nice at the hopman cup without practicing for the last 2 months.
     
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    you know he could put a run together though!! and he's not around next year, so for old times' sakes...

    SAFIN WILL WIN THE AO 2009 YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!!!!!!
     
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    I say Vera Zvonareva for the women´s :p
     
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    Nadal-Semi's his best so far and no one really expects him to make the final.

    Simon-Slow, steady, and has belief. I think he takes that final step.

    Tsonga-Can get hot and take anybody out, plus he's ready for the big time, or so he says.
     
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    Fernando verdasco will win the australian open in 2009.

    vamos!
     
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  48. rqtguy

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    Most of the above aren't darkhorses

    Gael Monfils is a drak horse!
     
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    Love all the Nishikori talk. He's been my pick for a dark horse. Any news on his health? Hopefully he's ready to go.

    Behind him is Gulbis.

    That's what's great of the AO, everyone's ready to go, had some rest and the fields are a little more open as a result.
     
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    Kevin Kim!!!!

    Biggest dark horse ever???
     
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