Thiem, ‘C’-Level Marquee Players at ATP Sydney, Auckland; Previews
by Staff | January 7th, 2017, 10:17 pm

Sydney, Australia; surface: hard
Dominic Thiem, Pablo Cuevas, Viktor Troicki, Pablo Carreno Busta, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Gilles Muller, Martin Klizan, Marcel Granollers

Floaters: Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Fabio Fognini, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Nicolas Mahut

Notes: Only one Top 10er in Thiem…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…(8) Granollers starts against Hot Sauce, (5) Kohlschreiber vs. Fognini, and (6) Muller vs. Dolgopolov…(2) Cuevas looking at a tough encounter with Mahut 2nd rd…Wildcards were awarded to Aussies Thanasi Kokkinakis, Alex De Minaur and Jordan Thompson…Federico Delbonis withdrew from the field…Troicki, the lone returning champ in the field, is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Grigor Dimirov 7-6 in the third.

Auckland, New Zealand; surface: hard

Seeds: Roberto Bautista Agut, John Isner, David Ferrer, Jack Sock, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Feliciano Lopez, Steve Johnson, Marcos Baghdatis

Floaters: none

Notes: No Top 10ers, two Top 20 players, but a good number of “C”-level marquee players among the seeds…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards went to German Dustin Brown and Kiwis Artem Sitak and Michael Venus…Pulling from the field were Tommy Robredo and Juan Martin del Potro…Both finalists return as Bautista Agut topped Sock in last year’s championship match…Former champs in the field are Bautista Agut (2016), Jiri Vesely (2015), Isner (2014,’10), and the four-time champ Ferrer (2013-11,’07).


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11 Comments for Thiem, ‘C’-Level Marquee Players at ATP Sydney, Auckland; Previews

Wog Boy Says:

Thiem really can’t help himself with his (bad) scheduling, he didn’t learn anything from last year. He is now playing Sydney straight after Brisbane and AO iz in seven days time. Sydney is just bad to play for any top player due to its closeness to AO, there is no break between the two, slugging it out on hot and humid days and then go to Melbourne with no break.
Regardless, good luck Thiem.

courbon Says:

Hi Wog Boy-Hristos se rodi.
Regarding Thiem, can not agree more-bad scheduling as usual.I think he needs a good and tough coach to het him to the next level of play (and sort up his schedulling).
I watched Novak yesterday and he was much better then 2 months ago.
Andy was not great in first set, but second and third have been good quality tennis, from both players.
But, Novak still lack the power of the serve and shots ( in 2016 his serve has been 7km slower then in 2015 ).You and CF could be right about his diet or maybe had shoulder problem, who knows…
Yesterday was good win for confidence but still Murray is the favotie for AO. You are going this year?

Wog Boy Says:


“Vaistinu se rodi”,
or as my nephew send me after Nole match ,
“Mir Božiji Djoković Pobedi” :))

I like Thiem, but apart of scheduling he has to work on few aspects of his game or he will only stay soild top 10 player in the future and he is better than that.
Haven’t seen Nole’s match, I had a guests until 2am, Russian/ Finish combination from Helsinki and me and you couldn’t have better eating/ drinking combination, of course and piglet on the spit, real Christmas night:) Maybe Dusan Vemic can be good influence for a change of that self styled guru, let’s pray.
Yes, I am gonig first week, already booked hotel and plane, I love Melbourne….and tennis:))

Wog Boy Says:

Thanks courbon, Chinese dude is a legend, probably from Blok 70, I love him.
Yes, the boys from Miljakovac are tough cookies, but still…”Munze Konza Vaistinu Konza”…..:))))

courbon Says:

WB-Too early to say where is Novak at the moment.Lets hope he is intelegent enough to right his ship…
Sounds great your Christmas party-never had one like that, not many Ortodox around but is also my fault-I did not push myself to do a proper Christmas over the years…
I watch some programs about the Melbourne and it feels like a cooler city then Sydney ( off course Sydney is great but community feel is aparently better in Melbourne+ and architecture and lay out of the city-Is that correct?)
and for the end:
You can take a boy from the Zemun, but you can not take a Zemun from the the boy…( or shall I say Wog Boy?)

Wog Boy Says:

courbon, you are right in all aspects, from the first to the last.
Melbourne is more European city, with different vibe compare to Sydney, and community feeling, Sydney is more business (money) oriented city, sport wise Melbourne is miles ahead of Sydney, city center is more compact and has that coffee shops / nice dining / wine bar culture that Sydney doesn’t have, that could be also influenced by largest Italian / Greek community in Australia, there is also big Irish influence, Italians and Irish are know to get along pretty well ;)

courbon Says:

One day I hope I will visit it.
Well, cure your hangover today and have a great time in Melbourne if we do not speak earlier.Off to lunch now…

Wog Boy Says:

Thanks courbon, you would love the city, I fell in love with the city first time I visited it, but I already had my roots in Sydney, otherwise I wouldn’t hesitate to move south of the border.

Margot Says:

Goodness! Just watching a 12 year old child taking it to Paire :0 Is that even allowed? V promising young player, lovely all round game and not afraid of the net
Will quite rightly get a WC to AO.

Wog Boy Says:

Alex De Minaur will be 18 in February though he looks much younger.

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