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psychotic banana
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The Men's Field

Here's how things look to us, with players' chances rated
from one star (forget about it) to five (good bet)



ANDRE AGASSI, 33, Las Vegas
* * * *
He's fit and strong, but he's also 33! If the draw breaks his way and conditions are favorable, he can win the tournament. 2002 result: Quarterfinals. Lost to Ferrero, who was too young, too fast, too talented.

JAMES BLAKE, 23, Tampa, Fla.
* * ½
He's beefed up his forehand and plays defense worthy of an NFL cornerback. But his serve isn't big enough to seize the clay. 2002 result: Second round. Gifted Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean had too many shots.

ALBERT COSTA, 27, Spain
* * *
Willing to grind for hours, but he'd never been a big-match player until last year's final. And he hasn't won a big match since. 2002 result: Champion. Juan Carlos Ferrero's final-round collapse helped.

ROGER FEDERER, 21, Switzerland
* * * ½
While he's known as a hard worker, Federer's mental stamina is questionable, and he hasn't stepped up in the Slams. 2002 result: First round. Went down hard to journeyman Hicham Arazi. See what we mean?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO, 23, Spain
* * * * *
His countrymen call him "the Mosquito" because of the way he covers the court, but his forehand has real sting. That's a winning combination at Roland Garros. 2002 result: Runner-up. Stage fright got the best of him in his first major final.

LLEYTON HEWITT, 22, Australia
* * * *
He has the wheels, and while some say he's short of power, so what? He's the toughest player in the world. 2002 result: Fourth round. Lost to a hot Guillermo Ca–as (who'll be out of this year's tournament due to wrist surgery).

GUSTAVO KUERTEN, 26, Brazil
* * * * ½
His match-toughness may not be there yet, but this is the tournament where Kuerten perennially revives his reputation. 2002 result: Fourth round. Beat up in straights by eventual champion Costa.

CARLOS MOYA, 26, Spain
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He has the contemporary game down pat: massive topspin forehand keeps him in control, big serve gets him out of trouble. But he hasn't been past the fourth round since 1998. 2002 result: Third round. Lost an epic five-setter to Ca–as, who played the match of his life.

ANDY RODDICK, 20,
Boca Raton, Fla.
* * *
Roddick can dictate on clay with his serve and forehand. But his game is based around raw power, still not the best way to win here. 2002 result: First round. A-Rod was outserved and outhustled by Aussie Wayne Arthurs.
 

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I see they're still sneering at Costa's achievement and suggesting he won entirely through a choke by Ferrero. Arazi has suddenly become a journeyman, as though nobody knows about his ability and he hasn't achieved much at Roland Garros. And maybe I'm missing something here, but why do these reports continually miss out the 'n' in Canas? Is it something to do with the accent above the letter, or what?
 

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Yes, probably the tilde above the n. I never thought about that actually and was wondering why as well...good point.
 
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