Zagreb Indoors- any match

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  1. croatian sensation

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    Well...it has finally started. Although there have been a bunch of withdraws (a common practice at the Tour lately)- Baghdatis,Berdych,Kiefer,Serra,Monfils there are still a few names that could make the tourney interesting- Ljubicic,Ancic,Karlovic,Gasquet,Henman,Ferrer,Feli Lopez,Nieminen...

    Here's the draw http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/posting/2006/2276/MDS.pdf

    I read that Eurosport will be showing some matches, so if you catch some feel free to post the results here.
    As for myself..section C, row 11 :) (if I take some good pics I'll post them)
     
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  2. Andres

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    http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2006/zagreb_monday.asp

    Top-ranked junior Marin Cilic made the most of his wild card entry to the PBZ Zagreb Indoors, notching his first career ATP win by upsetting seventh seed Igor Andreev on Monday.

    The 17-year-old Zagreb native, currently No. 585 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings, defeated the Russian 6-3, 1-6, 3-6 in only his second ATP match. His first outing, a wild card appearance in Umag last June, ended in a first-round loss to Belgian Kristof Vliegen.

    Meanwhile, Tim Henman made a strong opening case to maintain his position as the No. 1 Brit, rebounding from a first-round loss in Melbourne to defeat Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-3, 6-3 at Dom Sportova Arena.
     
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  3. croatian sensation

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    Just wanted to post the same thing :) Thought this would be the my personal thread where I could discuss the tourney with myself cause people are obviously still starting spoilers about AO lol but I will share it with you :)
    Yeah..Cilic did a big thing...I mean Andreev is ranked 560 places above him .
     
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  4. Andres

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    I'm the only guy interested in this tournament, it seems ;)
     
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    The third-seeded Spanish duo of David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez were held winless in their fourth tournament together, falling to Italians Daniele Bracciali and Giorgio Galimberti 7-6(3), 4-6, 10-7 (Match TB). Meanwhile, brothers Ivo and Jan Minar, paired to a victory in their first ATP doubles match as a team as they defeated fourth seeds Radek Stepanek and Mikhail Youzhny 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-6 (Match TB), who were making their partnership debut.

    GOOO DANIEEEELE!!!
     
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  6. Max G.

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    C'mon TIM!

    Hopefully he's got some more winning tennis left in him.
     
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  7. Andres

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    http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2006/zagreb_tuesday.asp

    Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka proved too much for Spaniard David Ferrer as first round action continued Tuesday at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors. The youngster took down the No. 2 seed 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 as he continued his strong start to the 2006 season.

    The 20-year-old, currently No. 49 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings, advanced to the Auckland semifinals prior to the Australian Open, defeating Tomas Zib, Alberto Martin and Florian Mayer before falling to Croat Mario Ancic.
     
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  8. Ash Doyle

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    That was a great result for Cilic. That takes his ATP record to 1-1, while Donald Young is at 0-7. Anybody know what the head-to-head record is between Cilic and Young?
     
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  9. Andres

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    http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2006/doubles3.1.asp

    In Tuesday's first-round doubles matches at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors, top-seeded Czech duo Petr Pala and Pavel Vizner came back to win their opener after countrymen Robin Vik and Tomas Zib pushed the meeting to the Match Tie-break.

    Pala and Vizner took the crucial break to go up 6-5 in the first set and seemed poised for the victory after stealing serve in the second, but Vik and birthday boy Zib countered by converting on their opportunity to knot the score at 5-5 before going on to win the second set. The No. 1 duo regrouped in time to take the decisive Tie-break, 10-6, to set up their next meeting with Croats Ivo Karlovic and Lovro Zovko.
     
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  10. croatian sensation

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    I'm home finally...and exhausted after watching matches from 2 p.m to almost 9 p.m.
    Ferrer's loss seems like a surprise but it was totally fair. They both weren't playing great tennis. But Ferrer totally lost it in the 3rd. He was serving "Coria speed" and making unbelievable unforced errors. That obviously got him mad so he started shouting(yes, shouting..not talking) at himself between points and even serves. He went totally psycho. Since the place is very acoustic it was hilarious.People were forcing themselves not to laugh at high-voice. I didn't get anything..it was probably curses in Spanish...but he was also mentioning "juego" and forms of "jugar" so that's what I understood :)
    And yes, he threw the racquet sometime in between.

    Strangely but the match between Bracciali(ITA) and the SCG qualifier Bozoljac showed much better tennis than the 2 mentioned above.(Andres, I tried to root for Bracciali...but I couldn't stay focused...the other guy is so hot that you simply have to root for him :) Bracciali lost 4:6 6:7 but with a lot of "help" from one particular linesman (around 60,fat,white hair and mustaches lol..) who like made 5-6 bad calls in favour of Bozoljac. He was constantly complaining about it to the umpire (and he really was right about it) and the crowd(lol) of 40 people who were watching the match were laughing all the time because he was really funny..so little, and really pissed of and his english is funny. I felt really sorry for him..there were only 2 people (Italian journalists) supporting him.

    Ancic didn't look that good on court although he defeated Tursunov 6:3 4:6 6:4. Most of his points were aces and winners (his serve was serving him great).

    I didn't watch the Gasquet match..I planned to return to the 2nd set but he just finished Sanguinetti too soon.Lol. I really hope he does well. The kid's got potential.

    This was the 1st time I ever saw Karlovic play live. It's a real experience. Especially when you see him up close (Karlovic/Zovko played doubles against Pala/Vizner on a court where the stands go very close to the court...I was in the 3rd row). Watching him serve and volley is amazing. I don't know how fast was he serving (there wasn't a serving gun there) but all the other serves I saw today were nothing compared to that. (btw. all players were hitting aces @150-165 km/h today...incredible.Ancic maybe hit a few that were faster but none over 200.And Ljubicic hit one @207)

    That's about it...I saw Ljubicic/Cilic doubles match only the 1st set, I see now that they lost...no big deal there. It's just Cilic gaining experience.
     
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  11. Ash Doyle

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    I was really surprised to see Ljubicic playing with Cilic in the doubles. Good for Ljubicic for trying to help out a junior player.
     
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  12. croatian sensation

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    He's quite pampered..the little Cilic. Not that I have anything against it but he's really lucky to start playing Tour matches in a year we have 2 ATP tournaments in Croatia (so he gets WCs), when we've just won the DC- and his name is mentioned about joining the team.
    I mean...who was pampering Ljubicic when he was 17!?
    Yeah, the kid's lucky...I really hope he makes the best of it.
     
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  13. Andres

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    So, CroSen, how is this kid's game?
    I mean, does he have any game? Never heard of him before...

    (shame on me... and i call myself a croatian tennis rooter??) :p
     
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    http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2006/zagreb_wednesday.asp

    Scottish teen Andy Murray nearly turned in a shocker Wednesday at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors in his Center Court showdown with top Croat Ivan Ljubicic.

    In the tightly-contested match, the 18-year-old came out the stronger of the two. He broke Ljubicic to go up 5-4 and then held serve to close out the first set. The Scot proceeded to break Ljubicic in the next game, before the World No. 5 promptly responded to level the score at 1-1 and broke the teen two more times to send the match to the third set.

    Croat Ivo Karlovic also turned in a first-round victory following his countryman's match. He comfortably settled the first-set tie-break against German Rainer Schuettler, and took the second set 6-3 to set up an all-Croat second contest against Davis Cup teammate Mario Ancic.
     
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    Well, Cilik one-upped Donald Young, he has now one ATP victory.

    BTW, the tournament is very good.
     
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    Henman smothered Gasquet in the first ...
     
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  17. GRANITECHIEF

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    And second. Tim looking pretty good to start the year.
     
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  18. Max G.

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    And a pretty bad start for Gasquet... he's now 1-4 for the year, with two losses to Henman, one to Andreev, and one to Haas. (One win over Sanguinetti).
     
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    Henman is playing very well, lets not forget he made the semis at the FO in 04

    Shame he ran into a red hot tursunov at the Aus Open. The court surface dont really suite Henman's game. Too slow.
     
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  20. unkast

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    Yea, this indoor surface will suit Henman. Really hoping he gets some ranking points before Wimbledon.
     
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    http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2006/zagreb_thursday.asp

    Two youngsters from Serbia and Montenegro, Novak Djokovic and Ilia Bozoljac, turned in straight-sets upsets Wednesday at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in an ATP-level event.

    The 18-year-old Djokovic dismissed fourth-seeded Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4 on Center Court, recording his second consecutive win over a Czech in Zagreb. He also defeated Robin Vik in straight sets earlier this week.

    Qualifier Bozoljac, ranked No. 215 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings, picked up his third career win as he defeated eight-seeded Feliciano Lopez 7-6, 6-2. The 20-year-old is making his second appearance in an ATP-level event after going 1-1 in Umag last year.
     
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  22. Noelle

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    Hurrah for Timmy!

    Now get off your ass and get me a Coke. :p
     
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    and Karlo's challenging Ancic's position at #2 in Croatia:

    Fin. M. Ancic 6 6
    I. Karlovic 7 7
     
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  24. Andres

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    I was just going to post that ;)
    Man, Marius, u're quick... :D

    There were no breaks of serve in that match, but Ivo's serve pressured more on Mario than Mario's on Ivo...
     
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  25. croatian sensation

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    I was totally surprised by Bozoljac's win...although he has a powerful serve and his shots are quite precise. But since I have watched him play against Bracciali I wasn't sure how could he handle a better player, like Lopez. I'm glad he won. Djokovic-Bozoljac will be an interesting one to watch.

    And Karlovic's win was just what I've hoped for. It's great to see his game is going upwards and I'm glad he won in front of his home-crowd (as him being the only one actually from Zagreb,although atptennis is repeating the same mistake every day-saying that Cilic is Zagreb born...and the kid isn't from Croatia at all...he's from Bosnia&Herzegovina,he's a Croat by nationality)

    Yesterday's Murray-Ljubicic was the best match of the tourney so far. After what he has shown against Ljubo, I consider him one of the biggest potentials for 2006.
     
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  26. rfprse

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    How did Bozoljac play against Lopez? What's his style? I'm wondering if it's similar to Djokovic.
     
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  27. Moose Malloy

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    Bozoljac is a lefty, hits 2 hands off both sides.
     
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    Ok, then, I guess it's safe to assume their styles are quite different.
    Thanks.
     
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  29. Max G.

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    Nice show from Ivo! Beat Mario Ancic, hopefully he can go all the way and make this his first tournament win!

    Ok, maybe that's a little too much to ask for. But it IS a home crowd, probably the best surface for him (indoor, fast), and he has a pretty nice draw facing Koubek in the quarters.
     
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    Quarterfinals:

    I. Ljubičić (Hrv) - M. Južnji (Rus) 6:3, 6:2
    T. Henman (VB) - A. Seppi (Ita) 6:3, 6:4
    N. Đoković (SCG) - I. Bozoljac (SCG) 6:2, 6:3

    Still playing:

    I. Karlović (Hrv) - S. Koubek (Aut)
     
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  31. Max G.

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    Rats... No semifinal for Dr. Ivo, taken out by Koubek.

    Now I'm rooting for Tim Henman - he's in his first semifinal since early '04, c'mon TIIIIIM!
     
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  32. Volly master

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    yay for timmy,

    i'm glad cilic made it past a round, isnt he gonna be on their davis cup team as well? so i guess he pwed young in one area of winning a match and winning a set in the match he lost.
     
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  33. Andres

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    Nooo Ivoooo!!!

    NooooOOOOOOO :p

    (I just love that guy) :mrgreen:
     
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  34. Max G.

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    Noooooo...

    Tim out as well, Koubek's having a great run. Ljubicic getting the job done, living up to his ranking.

    Ljubicic vs Koubek in the final, don't even know who to root for there. I'm rooting for the match to go to 6-6 into the third-set tiebreak, and then for one of the players (doesn't matter which one) to get two lucky net-cords in a row.
     
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  35. croatian sensation

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    Djokovic gave Ljubicic a hard time...it was a brilliant match. I think the final will not be half as interesting as this match. Djokovic was playing really great, offensive tennis, he was keeping Ljubicic 3 m behind the baseline in the 1st set. And in the next two he handed Ljubo quite a lot of points. Ljubicic wasn't playing one of his best matches, luckilly he was serving good and Djokovic started to make too much unforced errors after some time.
    I suppose Ljubicic will play like himself tomorrow and take the tourney. It will be good to see how he handles Koubek cause we're playing Austria in the DC next week (although that will be on clay).
    Goran was commenting the match for croatian tv and repeated twice that he expects to see Djokovic in the Top 30 in the next few months. I couldn't agree more.
    He also mentioned how the serving gun wasn't working well in the previous matches (they shut it down for this match cause they discovered it was taking about 25-30 km from each serve) which explained why Ljubo and Ancic have been hitting only "170 km/h" serves in the past matches :)
    Ah I'm sorry Tim didn't make it to the finals...as I hear he was having some serious back problems in the 3rd and that's what cost him the finals.
     
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  36. rfprse

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    Yes, Djokovic can play. Gald to know quite a few people (with keen eyes:)) appreciate his play.
    How was his fitness holding up during the match?
     
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  37. croatian sensation

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    I'd say pretty good...I mean he made Ljubicic run more than vice versa so I think he wasn't even in danger of losing stamina. As I said..great match. Ljubo proved he's not #5 by chance (I don't think many players would've beaten Djokovic in that match) and Djokovic showed he'll make Top 20 soon if he continues this way.
     
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  38. Andres

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    "If he continues this way" ... one of the most accurate and smart sentences I'ver ever read in this board.

    All of you guys were all claiming Baghdatis WILL be top10, Blake WILL be Top10, and Ginepri WILL be top10...

    And then, one user from CRO nailed it with the real sentence: if he continues to play the way he is playing...

    Bravo, CroSen ;)
     
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  39. croatian sensation

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    Ah, I already know I'm your idol..but I always appreciate public praise ;)

    Anyway..Ljubo won 6:3 6:4 Woooohoooo :D
     
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  40. Andres

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    Top seed Ivan Ljubicic became the first multiple title winner of 2006 when he defeated Austrian qualifier Stefan Koubek 6-3, 6-4 in the PBZ Zagreb Indoors final, adding to his Chennai title last month.

    :D :D :D
     
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  42. Shabazza

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    I guess Federer's Doha and AO titles don't count anymore...:rolleyes:
     
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  43. Max G.

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    Federer's like a fixture of the universe. People don't write headlines about "the sun came up this morning as usual!"
     
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  44. Andres

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    Blame ATP.com ;)
    I just copied and pasted :p
     
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