Nalbandian Returns at Auckland; ATP Previews
by Staff | January 9th, 2010, 5:40 pm

Medibank International Sydney
SYDNEY, Australia
Surface: Hard

Seeds: Gael Monfils, Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka, Lleyton Hewitt, Sam Querrey, Viktor Troicki, Igor Andreev, Benjamin Becker
Floaters: Feliciano Lopez, Richard Gasquet, Mardy Fish

Notes: Lopez vs. Gasquet in opener, winner to face (8) Becker; Fish vs. (WC) Carsten Ball first round; other wildcards to Aussies Nick Lindahl and Peter Luczak; Hewitt (’00-01, ’04-05) only former champ in field. David Nalbandian (in Auckland this week) won 2009 title.

Heineken Open
AUCKLAND, New Zealand
Surface: Hard

Seeds: Tommy Robredo, David Ferrer, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Nicolas Almagro, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Jurgen Melzer, Juan Monaco, Al Montanes

Floaters: John Isner, David Nalbandian

Notes: Should be called the Spanish Open with four Spaniard leading the seeding and five seeded total; top four seeds receive byes; wildcards to two Kiwis and Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean; (2) Ferrer opens against the winner of Frenchmen Arnaud Clement and Jeremy Chardy; (5) Kohlschreiber vs. Nalbandian first round; Juan Martin del Potro won the title last year; former champs in the field are Kohlschreiber (2008) and Ferrer (2007).

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16 Comments for Nalbandian Returns at Auckland; ATP Previews

Kimmi Says:

Looking forward to see Nalbandian play. Will definetly watch him.

jane Says:

I read that both Roddick and Murray have requested the final spot at KooYong: ”

Murray and Roddick have put in quiet bids for spots the field, with Murray considering asking for a practise match only. ”

jane Says:

We’ve talked a lot about “luck” on these boards, so when I saw this Nike commerical during the Hockey World Juniors I found it apt. It’s not about tennis, but it is about how athletes make their own luck, and as a bonus it features the brilliant song by ‘TV on the Radio’ called “Wolf Like me”:

margot Says:

Hi jane: really liked that “crystal ball” link you posted. Ta. He made me laugh with that Karlovic comment and also thought he was spot on about Andy M.
Hooray for Kim and Justine too.
Still sub zero here. If I wanted to live in a blizzard, I’d move to Siberia!

huh Says:

Nalby needs to do well in slams , just well enough to give me the delight of seeing him holding a slam! It’d be a dream come true! What an incredible talent that guy really is!

huh Says:

For me, I just want Rod, Fed, Nalby and Murray to run away with one slam each in 2010, sorry others!

Gordo Says:

Hey huh – you want 1 slam each for Roddick, Federer, Nalbandian and Murray this year?

Me, I want to share a hot tub with Emily Blunt.

Sadly, I bet neither of us gets what we want.

huh Says:

Gordo, what about me wanting to do the same with Emma Watson, eh? ;)

Kimmi Says:

Jane, I remember on the other thread you said you did not see Clijster/Henin match. here is some great highlights from the match.

Kimmi Says:

jane; re kooyong.

The field currently have 7 entrants.

Novak Djokovic, Juan Del Potro, Fernando Verdasco, Robin Soderling, Tommy Haas, Fernando Gonzalez and Tsonga.

I was wondering what happened to verdasco…so he is playing here (his foot/toe surgery he said he will do end of last year must have healed).

Good thing Soderling is playing here, I think he will need the matches, he lost in the 1st round in Chennai.

I know Tsonga pulled out of abu dhabi, did he also pull out somewhere else last week? There is a chance for both Roddick and Murray to play if tsonga is not recovered.

Roddick got a good practice in Brisbane, he could afford to not play in Kooyong..but then who am I to say that….

jane Says:

Hey Kimmi, thanks very much for posting those Henin/Clijsters highlights! Some fantastic rallies – Justine’s backhand (wow); Kim’s forehand and defense. Some great down the line shots too. This is some great WTA tennis. Very promising indeed.

As for Kooyong: I read somewhere that Verdasco actually had the foot surgery done late last year, and it was very minor and is healed. As for Tsonga, I haven’t heard any updates. I agree with you on Roddick. I think he could rest on his laurels this week and just get some practice in, since he won Brisbane. That’s a good tune up. Murray could maybe stand to get in a couple more singles matches though.

jane Says:

P.S. Did you notice how bad the calls were in Brisbane? That call against Kim on match point? That forehand so looked in. Roddick was victim to a few bad calls too, as were others. I think, as has been opined before, they’d better start installing Hawkeyes everywhere (much to Fed’s chagrin…)/

Kimmi Says:

Yes, I saw that Clijsters match point call..from the TV it looked soo in..but then maybe not. Definetly they should install HawkEye every tourney now. Players are used to it and they know how HawkEye has changed the game..frustrations all around. For clijsters, good thing she won the match in the end because those kind of important calls if a player lose the match goes on to haunt them forever.

jane Says:

Er, apparently Nalbandian is not returning. I read this morning that he’s withdrawn from Auckland with an ab injury, and he may not play the A.O.

Makarov Tennis Says:

David will not gonna play this AO, smth with stomach pains.

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