Aussies Stumble, Kiefer Leads Seeded Advance at ATP Adelaide
Posted on January 4, 2005
Australian players were 0-2 Monday on day one at the ATP stop in Adelaide, with big-serving unseeded hope Wayne Arthurs edged 7-5 in the third by No. 7 seed Florian "Oscar" Mayer, and wildcard Paul Baccanello dismissed by France's Cyril Saulnier.
"It's not a nice way to lose a match after two hours out there," said Arthurs, who argued with officials after a questionable call during the final game, then went on to lose the last three points. "I'm not blaming that particular point...yeah I am a little bit."
Two other seeds moved into the second round in No. 3 Nicolas Kiefer (d. Schalken in three) and No. 8 Jurgen "Tuna" Melzer (d. Berdych in three).
Other unseeded winners were Swedish veteran Thomas Enqvist (d. "Everybody Loves" Raemon Sluiter) and diminutive Belgian Olivier "The Roach" Rochus (d. Dupuis 6-1 in the third).
The final round of qualifying was also completed, with four more into the main draw in former NCAA champion Amer Delic (d. Bogomolov), and three Frenchmen in Arnaud Clement (d. Baker), Jean Lisnard (d. Irakli "Freak Show" Labadze), and Sebastien De Chaunac (d. Kadir).
Scheduled for Tuesday Down Under are A.Martin vs. Xavier "X-Man" Malisse, Ginepri vs. (5) Dent in an all-American, (WC) Kimmich vs. (2) Joachim "Pim-Pim" Johansson, (4) Chela vs. Sargis "Sarge" Sargsian, (1) Hewitt vs. (Q) Clement, (Q) Delic vs. (WC) Reid in an all-future match-up, "You Say" Potito Starace vs. Julien "United Colors of" Benneteau, (6) Stepanek vs. Kohlschreiber, Nieminen vs. Calleri, and an all-French in (Q) De Chaunac vs. (Q) Lisnard.