Rome: Spoilers!!

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  1. Marius_Hancu

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    OK, let's create the thread ASAP, in order to have people posting results in it:)

    The news is that Fed is out with plantar fasciitis.
    ARod is (1), the main draw is out:
    http://www.telecomitaliamasters.it/public/SM.pdf
    and Gasquet (1, in Q), won his first match in Q.
     
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    first round matchups

    Several first round matchups:

    ARod Rusedski
    Coria Gonzalez
    Fish Schuettler
    Nadal Youzhnyi
    Pavel Canas
    Kiefer Haas
    O. Rochus Ljubicic
    Agassi Di Mauro
    Verdasco Davydenko
    Safin Novak
    Gaudio Beck
     
  3. Grinder

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    Those are some tough first round matches, especially Kiefer vs. Haas. German tennis fans must be pretty angry with the fact that their two best players are playing each other in the first round. I think Roddick should be able to beat Rusedski, because both are big servers, but Roddick has a better baseline game than Rusedski does. I think he’ll lose in the second round to Albert Costa. Coria vs. Fernando Gonzalez are another very tough first round match up. Coria’s consistency should probably not have any trouble with Gonzalez’s explosiveness. I think Rochus should be able to tear Ljubicic apart just like he did recently at Monte Carlo. I think Davydenko will defeat Verdasco, I haven’t been very impressed with Verdasco or Feliciano Lopez on clay thus far. Safin will have a tough match against Novak, but I think he will pull through to the second round, where he will lose to the Russian clay courter Igor Andreev.
     
  4. DashaandSafin

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    Give me a break Roddick losing to Costa...Coria should be able to beat gonzo...but a bad first round...Ljubicic is a 50/50...hes been cold lately. And Safin is also a 50/50 to go further than the 3rd rnd.
     
  5. Max G.

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    Gasquet would be a horrible first-round draw for somebody - he's gonna be a qualifier, unless he manages to lose to Oscar Hernandez...

    He could potentially play Costa in the first round - that would be a monster first-round match. Alternatively, he could draw Massu in round 1, or Robredo - those could be awesome matches too. I'm sure Robredo is crossing his fingers and hoping not to get Gasquet - though having just gotten to the final in Estoril, he's definitely playing at a high enough level to take down Gasquet. Gasquet might also wind up playing Andreev in round 1.

    Holy carp this is going to be a crazy tournament.
     
  6. Max G.

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    Also a great first round - Kuerten-Henman! That should be classic.
     
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    Kuerten=Henman would be guaranteed to be great if Guga was enitrely recovered form his 2 surgeries which doesn't seem to be the case. As John Barrett said (ESPN Brit commentator) "He's a shadow of his former self. & it's very hard to watch"
     
  8. splink779

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    Roddick will crush Rusedski. Did anyone see them play in the Aussie Open. You could say Roddick was playing super, or that Rusedski was playing badly, but I'd say it was a combo of both. BG was commentating that match and it was pretty funny how much he was critiqueing Rusedski.
     
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    That's because he really wanted Rusedski to win...
     
  10. Max G.

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    That's true. Actually, looking back, it wouldn't be a good match no matter what - if Guga was back in full form it would just be no contest, Henman wouldn't be able to keep up with him. And if he's not playing well - well, what's the fun in watching a player who's not playing up to his standards for okay play?
     
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    even an injured guga is a world top 30 player and good enough to beat anyone especially on clay including federer
     
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    DashaandSafin your name is a blast from the past. Alas, they aren't an item anymore.
     
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    Gasquet plays Srichaphan (WC) first round ...

    MEN'S QUALIFYING

    Qualifying Round
    Nicolas Almagro (ESP) d. Santiago Ventura (ESP) 62 62
    Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Alberto Martin (ESP) 63 46 64
    Victor Hanescu (ROM) d. Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) 76 (4) 46 63
    Julien Benneteau (FRA) d. Lars Burgsmuller (GER) 64 61
    Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) d. Gilles Simon (FRA) 64 62
    Juan Monaco (ARG) d. Peter Wessels (NED) 63 36 63
    Albert Montanes (ESP) d. Olivier Patience (FRA) 36 61 3-0 rit.
    Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Oscar Hernandez (ESP) 67 (3) 61 60
     
  14. YEMntFtb

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    Let's go Coria!
     
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    Gasquet's playing Srichaphan first. Agassi has Di Mauro. Second round might be interesting ;)
     
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    Well, why hasn't he done that the last few weeks then?
     
  17. Misiti99

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    The way the Qualifiers were Fed in...makes things veryyy interesting...Almagro/Andreev...who knows...
    Costa/Montanes...Definitely a three setter ill put money on it...
    and Wawrinka may get through to face the winner of Roddick/Montanes/Costa.
    Idk we will see..
    any thoughts on Stepanek/Ancic...
    who knows..and te most interesting part of the draw is Moya's section...
    he looks like he should get thru to the quarters easy...but he's hurt...so we may have a Florian Mayer or Rainer Schuettler in the Quarters....who knows
     
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    Clearly John Barret doesnt have a clue of Guga's current progress considering hes long injury lay-off. After hes second hip op and rehab, Guga feels he is able to play at high intensity "pain-free". Hes lack of match practice have contributed to hes losses to Ancic and Martin, however hes movement and fitness seemed encouraging. Guga belives if hes body continues to respond the way it has after surgery, he can play at the level that made him former world no 1. Just give him some time, I am sure he will be 100% for the FO. Furthermore he made the Q-finals at the French last yr, with no expectations infact he injured himself during Barcelona and was playing through pain in many matches. Guga has the shots and class to unfold any player, hes a delight to watch and a TRICHAMPION of RG. Pls dont write off hes chances.
     
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    Gasquet whispers "You won't get special treatment from me. Retire, Andre" to Agassi.
    Pat McEnroe's shaking like crazy.

    Come on Horna or Seppi or Gaudio or David Ferrer.
    Beat Joachim "Clay King/Top 10 Talent" Johansson. The Joachim Hype bandwagon's
    incredibly pathetic.
     
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    upset predictions (for now) = gasquet d srichaphan, starace d moya (retire)
     
  21. Marius_Hancu

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    Right, my eyes slipped one round:)
     
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    A. Roddick 6 6
    G. Rusedski 4 2
    OK, good start for ARod, next Costa, a little bit tougher on clay.

    F. Verdasco 6 7
    N. Davydenko 3 5
    Very good result for Verdasco, he confirms his form this year, next Berdych, which doesn't play too well.

    R. Mello 4 3
    D. Hrbaty 6 6
    Next Robredo for Hrbaty, much tougher.
     
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    agassi 7-5 in the 1st set
     
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    A. di Mauro 5 2
    A. Agassi 7 6

    Agassi's ready for probably Gasquet:)
     
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    Gasquet is running roughshod over Srichaphan 4-0!
    Henman 63 with Guga.
    Wawrinka 61 with Berdych is doesn't seem to be able to do anything this year.
     
  26. TwistServe

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    Gasquet is showing Paradorn how to do a 1handed backhand.

    Edit: Gasquet is about to begal Paradorn
     
  27. Marius_Hancu

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    Anything shown in US?
     
  28. gugafanatic

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    Guga is in trouble!! This would really hurt, another early exit
     
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    agassi gasq


    this will be some match .. new gen. against the old..
    go agassi.. my heart goes out to this guy .. but my mind says no can do. not on clay . :(
     
  30. TwistServe

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    Wow gasquet looks liek he's going to double begal Paradorn Srichaphan!
     
  31. gugafanatic

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    Gasquet is on the verge of doing the double bagle. Shame on you Paradorn.
     
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    bagel, guys:)
     
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    You sure it's not Begal?
     
  34. gugafanatic

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    kuerten is out, 4-3 and a break to Henman. Anyone watching this match, is Henman dominating or Guga just not making any impact with hes shots??.
     
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    Ouch, Guga not back then?
     
  36. Marius_Hancu

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    Guess it's a bagel twisted as a zero:)

    check this old story:
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    Henin-Hardenne opens with double-bagel win
    Oakland Tribune, January, 2004 by John Pye - ASSOCIATED PRESS
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    MELBOURNE, Australia -- Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne had an easy opening match in the Australian Open on earlier today, overpowering 15-year-old Olivia Lukaszewicz 6-0, 6-0.
     
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    Nope, 63 63 for Tim.
     
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    This is pretty much the day:

    Fin. A. Roddick 6 6
    G. Rusedski 4 2

    Fin. F. Verdasco 6 7
    N. Davydenko 3 5

    Fin. R. Mello 4 3
    D. Hrbaty 6 6

    Fin. A. Costa 6 6
    A. Montanes 4 4

    Fin. N. Almagro 3 6 6
    I. Andreev 6 4 1

    Fin. V. Hanescu 6 3 6
    J. Melzer 4 6 3

    Fin. A. di Mauro 5 2
    A. Agassi 7 6

    Fin. K. Carlsen 3 2
    S. Grosjean 6 6

    Fin. J. Monaco 6 6
    R. Soderling 3 2

    Fin. R. Gasquet 6 6
    P. Srichaphan 0 2

    Fin. S. Wawrinka 6 6
    T. Berdych 1 4

    Fin. T. Henman 6 6
    G. Kuerten 3 3

    Great wins for Hanescu (Q), Almagro and Monaco and Wawrinka (20yrs old).

    Costa's next for Roddick, good test for both.
    But the great attraction will be of course Gasquet Agassi.
     
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    Roddick lost 5lbs for clay:
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    http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_y...wN0bQ--?slug=ap-italianopen&prov=ap&type=lgns

    Roddick said he worked on his conditioning more than usual in the offseason and lost about 5 pounds, specifically to improve his clay-court game.

    ``I was a little heavy, which really affects you, especially on clay,'' he said. ``I feel as good as I ever have coming over here on the clay. This is the most prepared I've been.''
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    this is what I advised too:)
     
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    From the Rome site:
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    02/05/2005 16:50 - ITALIANS WARM TO NICOLAS ALMAGRO

    Spanish qualifier Nicolas Almagro made a lot of friends among the packed stands of court number four on Monday with a mature performance of high quality tennis.

    After losing the first set against Russian Igor Andreev he came back and hit a purple patch in the deciding six games, leaving the Italian spectators in raptures with seemingly effortless winners from all parts of the court.
    He faced break point at 0-1 down in the third set but battled back with a backhand down-the-line passing shot which will probably go down as the best shot of the first day. Clearly delighted, he subsequently unleashed a stream of winners, finishing the match in a matter of minutes 36 64 61 and booking himself a second round match, probably against another Russian: Marat Safin.

    Andreev, ATP number 36, will be a significant scalp for the improving 20-year-old Spaniard, who broke into the top 100 for the first time last year. He will however want to be in contention even with the likes of Safin, number two seed in Rome, if he wants to be remembered by more than the tennis fanatics of the outside courts of the Foro Italico stadium.

    But even so, dozens of Italians learned the name Almagro today and several will come back to see him play again, possibly on Wednesday.
     
  41. TwistServe

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    Wow robredo out to beneneteau 6-1, 6-0.. what a joke
     
  42. rhubarb

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    Safin is looking a bit wobbly too. Served for the first set, only to be broken and lose it on the tb. He has a break in the second, but I really wouldn't be surprised if he loses in two.

    Another one bit the dust: Santoro took care of Nalbandian.

    Bummer. I'm not sure there will be too many top players left for me to see by the time I get to Rome.
     
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    Quite a surprise, Santoro outfoxed Nalbandian ...
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    03/05/2005 17:45 - NALBANDIAN FALLS AT FIRST HURDLE


    Fabrice Santoro of France has beaten last year's finalist David Nalbandian 64 16 64 on court number one.
    The number eight seed, who has been plagued by injury throughout his career, had been expected to do well after winnig his third career title last week in Munich.
    But Santoro, a finalist in Tunis though better known as a doubles player, proved too consistent for the Argentine. The Tahiti-born Frenchman will play the winner of italy's wildcard Davide Sanguinetti and Max Mirnyi in the second round.
     
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    Marat came back strong in the second and third sets against Novak and won it 6-7, 6-1, 6-1. In the first set he was up 5-2 but then disappeared for the rest of the set.. lost concentration?
    Anyway, it was a good recovery in the second set.
     
  45. TwistServe

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    Nadal dominating every point as always.. man Nadal has really turned out to be somethign this year... up on Youzhny 6-0
     
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    roddick out of doubles lost 6,2 6,0
     
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    Wow, big upset. Carlos Moya goes out to the Italian Wildcard Potito Starace 6-4 7-6 (9-7)
     
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    I watched the beginning of it, and Carlos wasn't playing too badly, but he has a shoulder injury and was taking pace off his serves. Apparently he hasn't been practicing either. He pulled out of Estoril with the injury, and contemplated pulling out here. It's probably good that he rests it before Hamburg.
     
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    Haha, those are ugly. They really ruin a lot of the style, especially the huge one on the back of Nadal. I think a nice small logo can look nice, but that's overdoing it. Also, didn't Felix Mantilla get into Rome? He is a great clay courter, as is Alex Corretja. I'm calling for Gasquet to upset Agassi (unfortunately) 6-4 6-2 and for Costa to defeat Roddick 3-6 7-6 6-3.
     

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