Oz Draw--First Look Thoughts

Oz Draw--First Look Thoughts

Post by Byron McCr » Fri, 15 Jan 1999 04:00:00


OK, I looked at the draw for maybe two seconds before I posted it here.
The FIRST thing I noticed was that Rios and Korda are in the same quarter
of the draw!!!

--
Byron P. McCrae
http://members.tripod.com/~TheB/index.html

 
 
 

Oz Draw--First Look Thoughts

Post by Nemanja Dundjerovi » Sat, 16 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> OK, I looked at the draw for maybe two seconds before I posted it here.
> The FIRST thing I noticed was that Rios and Korda are in the same quarter
> of the draw!!!

That's okay, I'm fairly sure that Todd Martin will beat both of them.
Here are some of the best first round matches:

Kafelnikov v. Bj?rkman
Draper v. Rusedski
Moya v. Kiefer
Hewitt v. Pioline
Tarango v. Berasategui
Arazi v. Krajicek

and, the coup de grace, Thomas Enqvist v. Jan-Michael Gambill, with the
winner likely to meet Patrick Rafter!
I'll make a bold prediction and list my round of 16 picks:

Rios
Martin          Martin

Bj?rkman       Bj?rkman       Martin
Di Pasquale
                                        Hewitt          
Kiefer
Hewitt          Hewitt          Hewitt

Costa           Agassi
Agassi
                                                Enqvist
Henman  
Ivanisevic      Ivanisevic

Philippoussis   Enqvist         Enqvist
Enqvist
                                        Enqvist
Safin
Arazi           Arazi           Corretja

Johansson       Corretja
Corretja

Nemanja

 
 
 

Oz Draw--First Look Thoughts

Post by Shun Cheun » Sat, 16 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> OK, I looked at the draw for maybe two seconds before I posted it here.
> The FIRST thing I noticed was that Rios and Korda are in the same quarter
> of the draw!!!

Actually, Rios and Korda are in the same 1/8 of the draw. That is,
if (a big if) they both win their first three rounds, they'll meet in
the round of 16. Of course, two years ago, they met in the 1R and
Rios won.

As defending champion, Korda has dropped to #21 in the world and is
actually *UNSEEDED* at the Australian Open. That is how bad he has
been playing since that unexpected win a year ago. I wonder where Korda's
ranking will be after last year's winner points drop off.

-- Shun Cheung  New Jersey,USA  shun(AT)worldnet.att.net

1999 GS--AO:Jan18-Jan31  FO:May24-Jun 6  W:Jun21-Jul 4  USO:Aug30-Sep12

 
 
 

Oz Draw--First Look Thoughts

Post by Rave » Sat, 16 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>OK, I looked at the draw for maybe two seconds before I posted it here.
>The FIRST thing I noticed was that Rios and Korda are in the same quarter
>of the draw!!!

>--
>Byron P. McCrae
>http://members.tripod.com/~TheB/index.html

Rafter and Philipousis's section of the draw is the toughest, Enquist
is there too

Agassi has a good draw, if he plays to potential he should be in the
quarters. Plenty of deadly floaters everywhere (Courier, medvedev,
korda etc.)

Should be very even and unpredictable unlike in the early 90s

 
 
 

Oz Draw--First Look Thoughts

Post by Mikko Ammal » Sat, 16 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>As defending champion, Korda has dropped to #21 in the world and is
>actually *UNSEEDED* at the Australian Open. That is how bad he has
>been playing since that unexpected win a year ago. I wonder where Korda's
>ranking will be after last year's winner points drop off.

I would not call Korda's win that unexpected. After all he had been very
consistent since his grasscourt final and Wimbledon QF in previous
year (Super9 win, Doha win, Moscow final, USopen QF etc). Too bad those
achievements are now shadowed by his positive steroid test.

.mikko

 
 
 

Oz Draw--First Look Thoughts

Post by Joseph Gownd » Sat, 16 Jan 1999 04:00:00



Quote:

>Kafelnikov v. Bj?rkman
>Draper v. Rusedski
>Moya v. Kiefer
>Hewitt v. Pioline
>Tarango v. Berasategui
>Arazi v. Krajicek

>and, the coup de grace, Thomas Enqvist v. Jan-Michael Gambill, with the
>winner likely to meet Patrick Rafter!

Nemanja, I'm displeased.  I sat with the draw, picked out EXACTLY the same
matches (except the Tarango match) as interesting, and wrote them all
down.  You've coopted my posting plan =)

Poor Gambill -- Enqvist is THE most dangerous floater coming into the AO.  

Didn't Todd Martin just beat Hewitt last week?

Quote:
>I'll make a bold prediction and list my round of 16 picks:

>Rios
>Martin              Martin

>Bj?rkman   Bj?rkman       Martin
>Di Pasquale
>                                    Hewitt          
>Kiefer
>Hewitt              Hewitt          Hewitt

>Costa               Agassi
>Agassi
>                                            Enqvist
>Henman      
>Ivanisevic  Ivanisevic

>Philippoussis       Enqvist         Enqvist
>Enqvist
>                                    Enqvist
>Safin
>Arazi               Arazi           Corretja

>Johansson   Corretja
>Corretja

>Nemanja

 
 
 

Oz Draw--First Look Thoughts

Post by Stev » Sun, 17 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> I'm fairly sure that Todd Martin will beat both Rios and Korda.
> Here are some of the best first round matches:

> Kafelnikov v. Bj?rkman
> Draper v. Rusedski
> Moya v. Kiefer
> Hewitt v. Pioline
> Tarango v. Berasategui
> Arazi v. Krajicek

> and, the coup de grace, Thomas Enqvist v. Jan-Michael Gambill, with the
> winner likely to meet Patrick Rafter!
> I'll make a bold prediction and list my round of 16 picks:

> Rios
> Martin          Martin

> Bj?rkman        Bj?rkman        Martin
> Di Pasquale
>                                         Hewitt
> Kiefer
> Hewitt          Hewitt          Hewitt

> Costa           Agassi
> Agassi
>                                                 Enqvist
> Henman
> Ivanisevic      Ivanisevic

> Philippoussis   Enqvist         Enqvist
> Enqvist
>                                         Enqvist
> Safin
> Arazi           Arazi           Corretja

> Johansson       Corretja
> Corretja

> Nemanja

Some nice calls there Nemanja.

Not that respectful of seeds, are ya!

Some perspectives from an Aucklander (who's just seen some of these
players here this week in the Heineken Open..)
__________________________
TOP QUARTER
Rios: unless he's the best actor in years, he's in *real* trouble with
that thigh injury. I'd agree with you - Round of 16 at best.

Martin: fantastic in Sydney. Agree.

The Kafelnikov-Bjorkman matchup IS a mouthwatering prospect. But don't
discount Felix Mantilla in this section.

Wow! You pick Di Pasquale to get past Rusedski?? Can't see it.

SEMIFINALLIST HERE: Can't see Martin keeping up his fanstastic start to
1999 in the 40 degree celcius heat. Mantilla or Rusedski.
__________________________
2nd QUARTER
Kiefer over Moya? What are you on, buddy? *just kidding*

What a section of 8! Muster; Schalken (a finallist here in Auckland
today); Haas (the other Auckland finallist today!!); Hewitt; Pioline!
Talk about your 'group of death'!! Hope they televise some of this ..eg,
Hewitt v Haas would be a stunner.

Siemerink could give Costa a scare ... but...

Agassi's got a nice easy passage thru to 4th Round , surely.

SEMIFINALLIST HERE: Tough quarter. Agassi.
__________________________
3rd QUARTER
Henman. Agreed.

Goran, if he doesn't selk-explode at some stage. *grin*

Phillippoussis-Chang would be good television!

3 Aussies in a little cluster of 4 here. Why does this ALWAYS seem to
happen. Oh well, hope Rafter conquers that 'home court' bogey he has. So
you've picked Enqvist to not only get thru here, but in fact to win it
all. Hmm. Here's a quote from Agassi, after Enqvist beat him at the
Colonial yesterday:
"I've always considered Thomas dangerous," Agassi said. "He hits the
ball
 very big and he can play some great tennis. What the problem with a guy
like  Enqvist is he hits so close to the lines that if he's a little off
things can be real difficult for him. But there's no doubt he's a
threat."

SEMIFINALLIST HERE: Phillipoussis
__________________________
4th QUARTER
I picked Safin to be a finallist here in Auckland, but he was undone by
a simple serve-and-volley game by NZ's own Brett Steven, believe it or
not. Couldn't seem to cope with the notion of tennis being played as
anything but a baseline battle..here I see he has Kuerten and Kucera to
get past to make the Round of 16. Hmm. All the ability, sure..but what
about the experience/maturity?

I like your choice of Arazi. Great little giant-killer.

An unbelievably easy section. Johannson's as good as choice as any!

Corretja - a lock.

SEMIFINALLIST HERE: Corretja to continue late 1998 form.

_______________________________________________________
So you had semis with:
Martin
Hewitt
Enqvist
Corretja

And I went for:

Rusedski
Agassi
Phillipoussis
Corretja

We shall see. Whatever ...BRING ON THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!!! COOL!!

Cheers
STEVE in Auckland