Men's draw at Oz

Men's draw at Oz

Post by Lynda Myer » Wed, 15 Jan 1997 04:00:00


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> Well, first things first--the SPOILER is as follows:

> Moya d. Becker in five sets in the first round.

> Back in the first quarter, I see Sampras advancing to the quarterfinals
> rather easily.  I'm picking Rafter as his opponent.  I think he'll
> have a tough match versus A Costa in round one, and that he'll need
> at least four sets and heavy crowd support to beat Ferriera in the
> Rd of 16s, but he will.

Sampras really has a cakewalk to the quarters...and I don't think Ivo or
Courier will give him too much trouble...Pete would really have to *try*
to lose this one!

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> There's no way Courier can advance against Shalken, Forget AND Rosset.
> I'm picking Rosset to advance to the quarterfinals against Ivo in the
> second quarter.

At first I thought Jim could certainly advance against all three, but
after his match with Shalken I'm not so sure...still, I would love to
see him make to the quarters at least.

Totally off subject here...does anyone else think Amanda Coetzer needs a
new bra??!

Lynda

 
 
 

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Post by Woody J » Thu, 16 Jan 1997 04:00:00

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>Sampras really has a cakewalk to the quarters...and I don't think Ivo or
>Courier will give him too much trouble...Pete would really have to *try*
>to lose this one!

It was just last year when many people here criticized that women's
tennis is boring since there is no competition.
Now, suddenly the situation is reversed.   There is virtually no
competition in men's tennis.  I just wonder how men's tennis may
be recovered from lack of retired or semi-retired players like
Edberg, Agassi, players who are getting aged (Muster, Becker),
hybernating players like Courier, injury-prone Stich.
When all of them were active, the competition was intense.  I could
understand the criticism against women's tennis at that time.  But suddenly
(almost) all of them are gone.   And now, you have to *try* to lose
in order to lose.   Sigh ...

--
Woody Jin

 
 
 

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Post by Shun Cheun » Thu, 16 Jan 1997 04:00:00

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> >Sampras really has a cakewalk to the quarters...and I don't think Ivo or
> >Courier will give him too much trouble...Pete would really have to *try*
> >to lose this one!

> It was just last year when many people here criticized that women's
> tennis is boring since there is no competition.
> Now, suddenly the situation is reversed.   There is virtually no
> competition in men's tennis.  I just wonder how men's tennis may
> be recovered from lack of retired or semi-retired players like
> Edberg, Agassi, players who are getting aged (Muster, Becker),
> hybernating players like Courier, injury-prone Stich.
> When all of them were active, the competition was intense.  I could
> understand the criticism against women's tennis at that time.  But suddenly
> (almost) all of them are gone.   And now, you have to *try* to lose
> in order to lose.   Sigh ...

Why do people think the AO will be such as cakewalk for Sampras?

Keep in mind that Sampras is a bit like Becker; they don't play their
best tennis in the early rounds. Sampras isn't nearly as vulnerable
as Becker in the first week, but he can get into trouble too. Remember
at the US Open last year, the two players who took Sampras to five sets
were Novak in the 2R and Corretja, who had a match point against
Sampras?

Like Becker, when Sampras reaches the SF and final and isn't too tired,
he'll be hard to beat. But Sampras isn't there yet.


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Post by Battm » Fri, 17 Jan 1997 04:00:00

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>>Sampras really has a cakewalk to the quarters...and I don't think Ivo or
>>Courier will give him too much trouble...Pete would really have to *try*
>>to lose this one!

I fear that youre right.
In my opinion Courier could give Pete a harder time than Ivo.
If it is hot a baseliner with a good physical condition has a better
chance to beat Pistol-Pete than a serve and volley-player.
As an Austrian I would love to see a Muster-Sampras SF.
But I doubt that Tom can beat Courier. Beside Andre Agassi Courier is
the only baseline-player with a positive record against Muster.
And also if he beat Courier he needs a second wonder against Ivo.
But Ivo is special.
He can beat anybody but he can also lose against Nr. 200.
I think Muster is the kind of player who can beat Pete if it is hot.
If he wins one of the first two sets he is my favourite.
Just remember Stuttgart Indoors 95, the last match against Pete.

Bye,
Battman

 
 
 

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Post by Dirk Van Ro » Sat, 18 Jan 1997 04:00:00

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>>Sampras really has a cakewalk to the quarters...and I don't think Ivo or
>>Courier will give him too much trouble...Pete would really have to *try*
>>to lose this one!
>It was just last year when many people here criticized that women's
>tennis is boring since there is no competition.
>Now, suddenly the situation is reversed.   There is virtually no
>competition in men's tennis.  I just wonder how men's tennis may
>be recovered from lack of retired or semi-retired players like
>Edberg, Agassi, players who are getting aged (Muster, Becker),
>hybernating players like Courier, injury-prone Stich.
>When all of them were active, the competition was intense.  I could
>understand the criticism against women's tennis at that time.  But suddenly
>(almost) all of them are gone.   And now, you have to *try* to lose
>in order to lose.   Sigh ...

I don't agree.  The competition is thougher then it was two years ago.
You have sveral young players making an impression (Philipoussis,
Henman, Enqvist...).  During the last months of '96 I saw the best
indoor-tennis ever, which culminated in the Sampras - Becker match in
Frankfurt.