That's not quite true. Nicolas has an elbow injury. He had to withdraw from Adelaide because of it. I guess he hasn't been able to practice much, or is playing very cautiously because of it. But having said that, I don't think he's ever beaten Jiri Novak anyway.
Poor guy. Former World No. 4 at the end of 1999, and World Junior Champion at one stage of his career. Everything was looking up. A couple of injuries down the road and it's all going south.
Very disappointing to see Kiefer's results. I was hoping that he would get himself out of the slumps at this tournament, but I guess that's not happening. I guess Kiefer is having injuries and such, but what about the U.S. Open 2001? He pulled out of that do to heat stroke. Just seems like something more is up with Kiefer than just injuries.