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Date: 29 Jan 2009 21:43:39
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Subject: I hope Verdasco isn't this years typical AO clown finalist
The Australian Open is famous for throwing up a clown/surprise
finalist. Is it Verdasco's fate to be this years clown?

2001: Clement
2002: Johannsen
2003: Schuttler
2004: (non clown year)
2005: (non clown year)
2006: Bagdhatis
2007: Gonzales
2008: Tsonga

The Australian Open has not had a 5 set final since 1988 and is
desperate for a genuinely compelling final. The Australian Open
organisers will be desperately hoping for a Federer/Nadal final, all
the better if it can go 5 sets.




 
Date: 29 Jan 2009 23:23:38
From:
Subject: Re: I hope Verdasco isn't this years typical AO clown finalist
On Jan 30, 10:53=A0am, "Stapler" <d...@d.com > wrote:
> <csma...@gmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:e5dedbd8-f3e6-4e41-8e14-38779fc30f24@r41g2000prr.googlegroups.com...=
> The Australian Open is famous for throwing up a clown/surprise
> > finalist. Is it Verdasco's fate to be this years clown?
>
> > 2001: Clement
>
> agree
>
> > 2002: Johannsen
>
> agree
>
> > 2003: Schuttler
>
> agree
>
> > 2006: Bagdhatis
>
> Baggy still might do big things. Not clown.
>
> > 2007: Gonzales
>
> Not clown, one of biggest forehands in game.
>
> > 2008: Tsonga
>
> Def non-clown! Won Vienna and Paris at end of 2008.
>
> > The Australian Open has not had a 5 set final since 1988 and is
> > desperate for a genuinely compelling final. The Australian Open
> > organisers will be desperately hoping for a Federer/Nadal final, all
> > the better if it can go 5 sets.
>
> Let's hope Nadal can squeak past Verdasco, but whether he can really
> threaten Fed is open to debate.

I agree that Baghdatis is not a clown, quite the opposite, falls under
the category of 'surprise finalist'.
Gonzales I'd rate as lower than Bags, but not a clown.
Tsonga, my favourite of the three, the Paris title helps.


 
Date: 30 Jan 2009 06:53:36
From: Stapler
Subject: Re: I hope Verdasco isn't this years typical AO clown finalist
<csman35@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:e5dedbd8-f3e6-4e41-8e14-38779fc30f24@r41g2000prr.googlegroups.com...
> The Australian Open is famous for throwing up a clown/surprise
> finalist. Is it Verdasco's fate to be this years clown?
>
> 2001: Clement
agree

> 2002: Johannsen
agree

> 2003: Schuttler
agree

> 2006: Bagdhatis
Baggy still might do big things. Not clown.

> 2007: Gonzales
Not clown, one of biggest forehands in game.

> 2008: Tsonga
>
Def non-clown! Won Vienna and Paris at end of 2008.

> The Australian Open has not had a 5 set final since 1988 and is
> desperate for a genuinely compelling final. The Australian Open
> organisers will be desperately hoping for a Federer/Nadal final, all
> the better if it can go 5 sets.

Let's hope Nadal can squeak past Verdasco, but whether he can really
threaten Fed is open to debate.



 
Date: 30 Jan 2009 06:45:01
From: *skriptis
Subject: Re: I hope Verdasco isn't this years typical AO clown finalist

<csman35@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:e5dedbd8-f3e6-4e41-8e14-38779fc30f24@r41g2000prr.googlegroups.com...
> The Australian Open is famous for throwing up a clown/surprise
> finalist. Is it Verdasco's fate to be this years clown?
>
> 2001: Clement
> 2002: Johannsen
> 2003: Schuttler
> 2004: (non clown year)
> 2005: (non clown year)
> 2006: Bagdhatis
> 2007: Gonzales
> 2008: Tsonga
>
> The Australian Open has not had a 5 set final since 1988 and is
> desperate for a genuinely compelling final. The Australian Open
> organisers will be desperately hoping for a Federer/Nadal final, all
> the better if it can go 5 sets.


Let's hope so.