2003 Nasdaq-100 Open Info

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TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
The tennis world turns its focus this week on the second Tennis Masters
Series event of the year and the world's fifth largest tennis tournament,
the NASDAQ-100 Open. Defending champion and No. 2 seed Andre Agassi is
looking for an unprecedented sixth title in Miami and third consecutive
tournament victory at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park after capturing
titles in 2001 and 2002. Last year, Agassi became the oldest-ever winner at
this event with his four-set victory over Roger Federer. His first victory
in Miami was 13 years ago at the age of 19. Agassi is coming off some rest
last week after withdrawing from of the Pacific Life Open with an injured
right shoulder.

Agassi will not be the only player looking to make history this week. After
winning the Pacific Life Open last week, World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt is
looking to become the sixth player in history to turn the Indian Wells/Miami
double, joining the likes of tennis greats such as Jim Courier, Pete
Sampras, Michael Chang, Marcelo Rios and Agassi, each of whom have
accomplished the feat. Hewitt comes here in his 70th week as the World's No.
1 player, but was just one point away from losing his position atop the
rankings to Agassi when Morocco's Younes El Aynaoui held three match points
against Hewitt in the first round at Indian Wells. But as he has done so
many times in his young career, Hewitt fought off the challenge and went on
to win his second consecutive Pacific Life Open.

Along with the top two seeds, many other of the world's best will challenge
for the trophy at the NASDAQ-100 Open. In the talent-laden top quarter of
the draw, No. 5 seed Carlos Moya, who won the Western & Southern Financial
Group Masters on hard courts last year in Cincinnati, and surging American
James Blake, will challenge Hewitt for a place in the semis. Also in that
section, the toughest of the four quarters, is Britain's Tim Henman, coming
back from his shoulder surgery and French Davis Cup star Sebastien Grosjean.
Not to be overlooked is hard-serving Max Mirnyi, a US Open quarterfinalist
last year who won his first ATP title in Rotterdam last month.

The next quarter features American star Andy Roddick and No. 3 seed Juan
Carlos Ferrero. Australian Open finalist and No. 12 seed Rainer Schuettler
could meet Roddick in the round of 16. The two are developing a bit of a
rivalry. They played in the semifinals at the Australian Open and the
quarterfinals at the Pacific Life Open with Schuettler prevailing both
times. With every success, Schuettler's stardom is growing back home in
Germany. He has appeared on Germany's popular late night talk show, the
Johannes B. Kerner Show, and has appeared in numerous sports and pop culture
magazines in the past few weeks.

The top quarter of the bottom half of the draw gives us the possibility of a
Marat Safin vs. Roger Federer quarterfinal. Safin has had some bad luck this
year at tournaments, withdrawing from events in Sydney and Melbourne due to
injury and falling sick to the flu in his round of 16 match in Indian Wells.
Federer has been one of the hottest players on tour this year, winning two
events in the month of February. He reached the final here in Miami last
year and has alot of points to defend, but the Swiss star has talked of his
desire to reach World No.1 this year. Other dangerous players in this
section include young Spaniard Tommy Robredo, French Open champion Albert
Costa and 16-year-old French phenom Richard Gasquet.

The final quarter includes hard-hitting baseliners Gustavo Kuerten, a
finalist in Indian Wells last week, and Chilean Fernando Gonzalez. The
winner of their possible third round match could meet No. 2 seed Andre
Agassi in the round of 16. Also in this quarter is last year's Wimbledon
finalist David Nalbandian and Younes El Aynaoui, who defeated Lleyton Hewitt
earlier this year at the Australian Open.

WEDNESDAY PREVIEW
The main draw of the NASDAQ-100 Open gets underway Wednesday with
hard-hitting first round action. A pair of big servers, Richard Krajicek and
Taylor Dent face off in one of the marquee matches of the day. Krajicek is
playing in Miami for the first time since winning here in 1999, having
missed the past two tournaments with an elbow injury. In 2000, he missed the
tournament after knee surgery in January 2000. Krajicek has reached the
semifinal in Adelaide and quarterfinal in Milan this year, but lost in the
first round at Indian Wells to Spain's Albert Costa last week. Dent arrives
in Miami with an 8-1 record the past month, including a semifinal in
Scottsdale and a tournament title in Memphis. The winner of this match will
play savvy groundstroker Marcelo Rios in the second round.

Another featured match on the day will be the winner in Delray Beach two
weeks ago, Jan-Michael Gambill, against the champion of the Qatar ExxonMobil
Open to start the 2003 season, Stefan Koubek. In fact, these two met in the
final of the ExxonMobil Open in January with Koubek winning in straight
sets. The last two tournament wins for Koubek have included wins over
Gambill en route to the title. Gambill notched his first ATP title in two
years just 45 miles north of the Tennis Center at Crandon Park with a
victory in Delray Beach on March 9th. He defeated American Mardy Fish in
straight sets for his third career ATP title, all on hard courts. Gambill
was a finalist at this event two years ago after his Delray Beach victory
and comes in playing solid tennis.

Todd Martin faces Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta for the first time in his
career. Zabaleta has been busy this year, playing in seven tournaments so
far and notching an ATP record of 14-7, fifth among players on the year.
Along the way he has reached the quarterfinals in Adelaide, the semifinals
in Auckland and Scottsdale and the final in Acapulco. Martin was blessed by
the birth of a baby boy in January and has played sparingly this year with
just a 1-2 record. The tall veteran has not performed well here in the past
with just a 6-7 record, reaching the round of 16 only once back in 1996 (l.
to Sampras).

Other interesting match-ups include Moscow-born, American-raised Alex
Bogomolov Jr., who received a wild card here going up against Radek Stepanek
of the Czech Republic and up-and-coming French star Paul-Henri Mathieu
making his 2003 debut following an abdominal injury. He faces off against
the winner of the adidas International in January, Hyung-Taik Lee of Korea.
Along with these first round matches the last nine qualifying matches will
be played on opening Wednesday.

Stadium Matches

Richard Krajicek vs. Taylor Dent First Meeting
Krajicek FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: Making seventh appearance in Miami, having not played
here at the NASDAQ-100 Open since 1999 when he defeated Sebastien Grosjean
in the final. Comes here with a six match winning streak at Key Biscayne.
Also reached quarterfinals in 1992 and 1993.
2003 Review: Has 7-6 record on year. Began year in Adelaide, reaching
semifinals before losing to qualifier Kristof Vliegen. Lost to Mardy Fish in
straight sets in first round at Sydney. Defeated wild card Todd Reid in four
sets in first round at Australian Open before losing to eventual finalist
Rainer Schuetter in second round. Won a 15-13 third set tie-break against
Radek Stepanek in second round at Milan to reach quarterfinals where he lost
to Jarkko Nieminen. Defeated Tommy Robredo in first round at Rotterdam in
three sets, but lost in three to Nicolas Escude in next round. Has 5-5
record on hard courts in 2003.
Miscellaneous: Returned to full-time action on the ATP circuit in June after
missing 20 months following elbow surgery in March 2001. 1996 Wimbledon
champion compiled 7-6 record in 2002, including quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Named ATP Comeback Player of the Year for 2002. Split with Aussie coach
Rohan Goetzke earlier in the year having been together since 1990.

Dent FastFacts
Tounament Highlights: In only previous appearance at NASDAQ-100 Open, lost
to Andre Agassi, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round after defeating Sjeng
Schalken in the first round.
2003 Review: Won his second career ATP title at the Kroger St. Jude last
month in Memphis with victories over Philippoussis, Gambill, Voltchkov,
Spadea and Roddick in the final. Played an excellent first set to defeat
Roddick 6-1, 6-4. Broke into the top 50 for the first time in his career.
Also reached semifinals in Scottsdale two weeks ago (l. to eventual winner
Hewitt) and has gone 8-1 in his past two tournaments. Made a Davis Cup
singles appearance for the U.S. against Croatia on the final day after
Croatia had already clinched the victory.
Miscellaneous: Son of former Aussie great Phil Dent, a former Top 20 player
who reached Australian Open final in 1974. Captured his first ATP title last
July on grass at the Miller Lite Hall of Fame Championships with a win over
James Blake in the final. Made history by becoming first father and won duo
to win an ATP title in the Open Era. Bears a tatoo of American and
Australian flags on his left arm.

Jan-Michael Gambill vs. Stefan Koubek Series Tied 2-2
99 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Jan-Michael Gambill 7-5 6-1
6-4
00 Delray Beach (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Stefan Koubek 6-1
7-6(7)
02 Long Island (USA) Hard R32 Jan-Michael Gambill 6-4 3-6
6-2
03 Doha (Qatar) Hard F Stefan Koubek
6-4 6-4

Gambill FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: Gambill has played well here in the past, going 11-5
in five appearances, reaching the quarterfinals in 2000 and having one of
the best weeks of his tennis career in 2001 when he reached the final (l. to
Agassi).
2003 Review: Is a solid 13-6 on the year with a tournament title in Delray
Beach and an appearance in the final at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha,
where he lost to first round opponent Stefan Koubek in the final.
Miscellaneous: His three career ATP titles have all come on hard courts
(1999 Scottsdale, 2001/2003 Delray Beach). The last time Gambill won in
Delray Beach, he reached the final in Miami, his best Tennis Masters Series
result to date. Is 18-3 at the two ATP tournaments in Florida since 2001.

Koubek FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: The 26-year-old Austrian is playing in Miami for the
fourth time (0-3) and is still looking for his first victory at the event,
losing to unseeded players all three times. In 2000, he was seeded 21st.
2003 In Review: Began the year by winning his first title in nearly three
years in Doha, defeating first round opponent Jan-Michael Gambill in the
final. The victory ensured he became the first leader of the ATP Champions
Race 2003 and, after reaching the quarterfinals in Auckland, had the honor
for three weeks going into the Australian Open. Has not won a match since,
losing in the first round of his next five tournaments in Melbourne,
Rotterdam, Dubai, Delray Beach and Indian Wells.
Miscellaneous: The Austrian has won three titles since turning pro in 1994
(Atlanta 1999, Delray Beach 2000 and Doha 2003) and also reached the final
in Bournemouth on clay in 1999. His best Tennis Masters Series result was a
quarterfinal showing in Hamburg last year (d. Costa, d. El Aynaoui, l. to
Robredo). He also reached the quarterfinals at the 2002 Australian Open,
losing to Jiri Novak. Earlier this year, went abseiling with Robredo and
Jarkko Nieminen during tournament in Rotterdam down the Euromast, one of the
highest abseils in Europe at over 100m.

Todd Martin vs. Mariano Zabaleta First Meeting
Martin FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: Has not played particularly well in Miami, going just
6-7 here in seven career appearances. Best result came in 1996 when he
reached the fourth round (l. to Sampras)
2003 In Review: Playing just his fourth tournament of the season (1-2) after
reaching second round in San Jose and losing to Sanguinetti in Memphis and
Blake in Indian Wells.
Miscellaneous: Became a father for first time on Jan. 21 when son Jackson
Dale Martin was born. Twice a Grand Slam finalist (1994 Australian Open,
1999 US Open), Martin also reached the Tennis Masters Series final in
Montreal 10 years ago. Won the TMS doubles shield with American James Blake
in Cincinnati last year.

Zabaleta FastFacts
Tournament Highlights: Is just 1-5 at the NASDAQ-100 Open with his only
coming against Roger Federer here in 2000. Has lost in the first round the
past two years.
2003 Review: Is fifth on the ATP circuit with 14 match wins on the year.
Has played in seven tournaments in 2003 and has reached quarterfinal in
Adelaide (l. to eventual winner Davydenko), semifinal in Auckland (l. to
eventual winner Kuerten), final in Acapulco (l. Calleri) and semifinal in
Scottsdale (l. to Philippoussis).
Miscellaneous: Was the No. 1 junior in the world in 1995, winning the Roland
Garros junior title. Reached his only Tennis Masters Series final in Hamburg
in 1999 (l. to Rios) and has one career title in Bogota (1998) on clay. Is
just 4-13 on hard court at Tennis Masters Series events.

NASDAQ-100 OPEN WEDNESDAY'S HEAD-TO-HEADS (main draw)
Jan-Michael Gambill vs. Stefan Koubek Series Tied 2 - 2
99 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Jan-Michael Gambill 7-5 6-1
6-4
00 Delray Beach (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Stefan Koubek 6-1
7-6(7)
02 Long Island (USA) Hard R32 Jan-Michael Gambill 6-4 3-6
6-2
03 Doha (Qatar) Hard F Stefan Koubek
6-4 6-4

Dominik Hrbaty vs. Nicolas Escude Hrbaty Leads 3 - 2
98 Munich (Germany) Clay R32 Nicolas Escude 4-6 6-3 6-1
98 Stuttgart Outdoor (Germany) Clay R32 Dominik Hrbaty 2-6 6-3
6-3
99 World Team Cup (Germany) Clay RR Dominik Hrbaty 6-4 3-6
6-4
01 's-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands) Grass R32 Nicolas Escude 4-6
7-6(3) 6-3
03 Milan (Italy) Carpet R32 Dominik
Hrbaty 6-4 1-6 6-3

Jose Acasuso vs. David Ferrer Ferrer Leads 1 - 0
02 Bucharest (Romania) Clay F David Ferrer 6-3
6-2

Fernando Meligeni vs. Michel Kratochvil Series Tied 1 - 1
01 Roland Garros (France) Clay R128 Fernando Meligeni 6-1
3-2 RET
02 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R128 Michel Kratochvil
6-4 6-1 6-2

First Meetings
Radek Stepanek vs. Alex Bogomolov Jr.
Todd Martin vs. Mariano Zabaleta
Richard Krajicek vs. Taylor Dent
Mardy Fish vs. Adrian Voinea
Robby Ginepri vs. Wayne Arthurs
Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. Hyung-Taik Lee

THURSDAY'S HEAD-TO-HEADS (without qualifiers)
Anthony Dupuis vs. Raemon Sluiter Dupuis Leads 1-0
99 Nuembrecht (Germany) - CH Carpet R16 Anthony Dupuis 7-6(4)
6-7(4) 6-4

Nicolas Lapentti vs. Goran Ivanisevic Ivanisevic Leads 2 -
0
97 Long Island (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Goran Ivanisevic 5-7 6-2
7-6(4)
98 Hamburg (Germany) Clay R32 Goran Ivanisevic 4-6 6-1
6-4

Felix Mantilla vs. Lars Burgsmuller Mantilla Leads 3 - 0
96 Kitzbuhel (Austria) Clay R32 Felix Mantilla 6-4 7-5
98 Umag (Croatia) Clay R32 Felix Mantilla 6-3 6-3
02 Basel (Switzerland) Carpet R32 Felix Mantilla 6-7(2) 6-2 6-4

David Sanchez vs. Agustin Calleri Calleri Leads 1 - 0
00 Zagreb (Croatia) Clay R16 Agustin Calleri 6-4 6-1

Nicolas Kiefer vs. Michael Chang Chang Leads 1 - 0
01 Washington (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Michael Chang 3-6
6-3 6-2

First Meetings
Davide Sanguinetti vs. Albert Montanes
Kenneth Carlsen vs. Nicolas Massu
Franco Squillari vs. Mario Ancic
Martin Verkerk vs. Sargis Sargsian
Feliciano Lopez vs. Mark Philippoussis

 

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