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THE KEN ROSEWALL GROUP<br />1. Gustavo Kuerten (FRA)<br />4. Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)<br />5. Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS)<br />8. Goran Ivanisevic (CRO)

THE JOHN NEWCOMBE GROUP<br />2. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)<br />3. Andre Agassi (USA)<br />6. Patrick Rafter (AUS)<br />7. Sebastien Grosjean (FRA)

I must say, I like Yevgeny's chances a lot.... <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

BTW, what surface used at this tournie?
 

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Gustavo play for France? LOL!

The surface is Hard/Indoors!

BTW - The venue is 15 minutes away from my hometown! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Lucky Alex!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

so we should expect some reports from you, right? <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

btw, thanks for your info! and I haven't even noticed that Guga mistake.... but I took it from the ATP tour site, so blame them <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> !
 

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I can't going there because it was too expenise but SM2K2 will going there! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Oh yeah, I'll going to Adidas International next year! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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btw im 'SM2K2' with my 3rd username here.....im a name-slut!

anyway its gonna be broad cast on free-to-air tv...so all of us Aussies will get to see it <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> ! it should be broadcast overseas too!

i cant wait! but i have exams to knock off first <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
 

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all i can say is go Zhenya !!!!!!!!

and stop that Potato man <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Excellent draw for Yevgeny I must say. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <br />He has the best indoor record this season among all the 8 players.

So Agassi has confirmed to be playing now and there goes Haas' chances...

Go Yevgeny!
 

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Vamos Guga!!!!!! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <br />Win again <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Tough draw BTW...<br />Yevgeny, always a rock in Guga's way...<br />Juan, hmmm guga can win him on indorrs<br />Goran, dangerous, but guga can....

So, VAMOOOOOOS!
 

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When I first found out the draw, I am feeling happy and confident for Yevgeny!! He is having a good draw!!! But never knows, the top players always have their best performance in big tennis events!!

With Goran injured himself at a shower, he is in doubt to play next week!! Tommy Haas will be the alternate to replace Goran. Is it destiny?? I always find Haas should be qualified for the Masters Cup event, he finished a very impressive ending season this year!! Although I'm very happy for Goran to win Wimbledon, but I don't think he should have the wildcard to enter the Masters Cup event without being in the Top 8!! Compare to Tommy, his overall result in 2001 is less impressive!!

Featured matches for the first 2 days:<br />12/11/01 (Monday)<br />1. Hewitt vs. Grosjean <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> - Should have lots of interesting long rallies, since both of them are the kind of players that running fast and chasing every balls.

2. Agassi vs. Rafter <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> - What can we say?? Just a brilliant battle!! Difficult to predict - their head-to-head record this year is 1-1, Agassi wins at AusOpen, Rafter wins at Wimbledon. Should be a long 5 sets match.

13/11/01 (Tuesday)<br />1. Kafelnikov vs. Ferrero <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> - I was hoping this match-up so much!! Coz' they are my two favourites in the men's tennis, and I can't believe it's going to turn up!! Although they are both my favourites, I will favor Yevgeny to win as indoor event is his strongest tennis event!! Anyway, I hope both of them will up to Semis!!

2. Kuerten vs. Ivanisevic <img src="confused.gif" border="0"> - If Goran going to perform his best sevice games, it will be a fast match with lots of aces!! It's hard to predict as Kuerten had a pretty poor ending season. If Tommy is going to replace Goran, I will favor Tommy over Kuerten!!

I am feeling very exciting for the Tennis Masters Cup next week!! Although I won't travel to Sydney, but the Australian commercial TV will broadcast the matches, and I will be sitting at home to tape all the matches!! Should be very interesting!!!

Finally, I just wanna cheer for Yevgeny and Juan Carlos!!

GO! Zhenya! GO!GO! <br />GO! Mosquito! GO!GO!

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Bootom heavy indeed...<br />I'm sure Guga thanked his lucky stars when he saw that Agassi and Hewitt would have to crawl over each other, AND Rafter to even get to the semis.<br />His number one rankings is certaintly looking a little safer right about now.

As for the top half... I sincerely hope that Guga and Ferrero can crawl out of their slumps and make things a little interesting. However, I still think Yevgeny will make the semis. And if Guga and Ferrero can't string together a good match, then I expect Goran will join him there.
 

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My question is, is it indoors RA hardcourts or indoors cement hardcourts? If it is RA, I am pretty sure Kafelnikov will qualify from the second group. RA is *his* surface. He has something like 22-2 record on it in Australia for last three years. Of course, Aggasii is a question mark, we don't know in what kind of form he is. Ditto Rafter. The draw is Top heavy only on paper. Out of 8 players in draw only 2 did anything serious indoors this year - Grosjean and Kafelnikov.
 

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What a terrible draw. The second group is IMHO much havier then the first one. I hope Andre can conquer the first place..
 

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Yes, Yevgeny has a good draw since either Gustavo or Juan Carlos is playing well.

Good luck to <br />Gustavo Kuerten<br />Yevgeny Kafelnikov<br />Lleyton Hewitt<br />Patrick Rafter<br />and Sebastien Grosjean!!!!!
 

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I really hope Guga can get himself together for this. I kinda like everyone in the bottom except for Grosjean. So just like always :

GO GUGA!<br />GO PAT!

hopefully we'll see some good matches.
 

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Here it so sucks, the live matches are at 1:00am, though i'll be watching, it still sucks, anyay i guess i suck more because i'll watch them anyway.
 

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Answer for ys's question..

I got this info from Steve G's website. <br />The Sydney Dome was built to host the basketball for the 2000 Olympic games. Holds 40,000. Great venue. Totally indoors and the surface is to be rebound ace (not sure if indoor rebound ace plays different to outdoor), but im guess it would a little without the sun's heat blazing down on it. Whether that would make a huge difference i dont know, but talk already there is about balls being to be quick and may skid quite a bit.

<br />Everything seems to be perfect for Yevgeny's chances.... The matches will be shown in Stars Sports Asia for Asian viewers, yeah!

Go Zhenya!
 

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<marquee behavior = alternate> <br /><font size = 5 color = orange> Go, go, go Goran, beat them all <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> </font> </marquee>

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