2003 Nasdaq-100 Open Info

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WEDNESDAY REVIEW
With nine qualifying matches and nine main draw matches played on opening
Wednesday of the NASDAQ-100 Open there was excitement all across the grounds
at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. In the day's opening main draw match,
Frenchman Nicolas Escude endured a tough battle with Slovakia's Dominik
Hrbaty and a tough battle with the elements at the hottest time of the day
to win in three draining sets, 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-4. Escude looked sapped of his
energy midway through the third set, but fought through the match to move on
to the second round where he'll face Britain's Tim Henman.

Veteran Todd Martin moved on to the second round today. Martin has not had
much success at Crandon Park in the past and his win today improved his
career record to just 7-7 in Miami, but his 6-4, 6-4 victory over Mariano
Zabaleta, who is among the top five in match wins on the year, looked
routine enough to keep an eye on Martin for the later rounds.

"Typically, I haven't played well here, and I would say today, the
conditions are about as good as they can be for me," said Martin. "It's hot
and humid, and that's not necessarily great for anyone's fitness, but the
ball goes through the air. And when the ball does that, I feel like I stand
a better shot against the guys who play six fee behind the baseline. It's
nice when I'm here and feel like the all's not one of the larger citrus
fruits."

It was a mixed day for wild card entrants. Atlanta-native Robby Ginepri, who
reached the quarterfinals at the Pacific Life Open last week, defeated
hard-serving lefty Wayne Arthurs from Australia. Ginepri broke Arthurs at
key moments in both sets, winning games on Arthurs' serve to take the first
set 7-5 and then to go up 5-3 in the second set before serving it out.
Another wild card entry, former U.S. national junior champion Alex Bogomolov
Jr., lost in straight sets to Radek Stepanek.

Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, playing his first ATP match of the season
after missing nearly three months with an abdominal injury lost to adidas
International champion Hyung-Taik Lee, who has been playing well. Lee
reached the quarterfinals at the International Tennis Championships in
Delray Beach two weeks ago and then qualified in Indian Wells before losing
in the first round to Robby Ginepri. Mathieu felt 100% physically in his
match but said he was not serving his best with thoughts of the injury still
lingering in his mind.

In the evening's featured matches, on grandstand, Delray Beach finalist
Mardy Fish, who lives in Tampa but is from Vero Beach, Florida, just two
hours north of Miami, defeated Romania's Adrian Voinea coming back after a
poor first set 0-6, 6-4, 6-2. Fish moved to a career high 51 in the rankings
last week and now sits at 53 -- on the cusp of breaking into the top 50.

On Stadium Court, Taylor Dent came up with clutch service breaks in both
sets to defeat Richard Krajicek of Holland 6-4, 6-3. "I got lucky tonight,"
said Dent. "He had a lot of break chances. But I was able to capitalize on
the break points that I had. I'm happy with the way I played tonight, it's
great, I'm on the up right now in my game and I need to keep that going."


IVANISEVIC WITHDRAWS
Goran Ivanisevic, the 1996 runner-up, withdrew Wednesday from the NASDAQ-100
Open after suffering lacerations on his left foot during a beach outing in
Miami. Ivanisevic was in the water at the time he cut his foot. He was
replaced by lucky loser Flavio Saretta of Brazil, who lost in the qualifying
today to Michael Llodra in three sets despite having three match points.


THURSDAY PREVIEW
An action packed first day of matches at the NASDAQ-100 will be followed by
an even busier second day of 22 first round matches at the Tennis Center at
Crandon Park. The entire bottom half of the draw plays its first round
matches while the top half of the draw has matches that included qualifiers
who were still playing on Wednesday for a place in the main draw.

One of the day's featured matches will be hard-serving Mark Philippoussis,
who reached the final in Scottsdale two weeks ago, losing to countryman
Lleyton Hewitt, going up against talented Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. Lopez
can play on hard courts, having pushed Andre Agassi a full three sets last
year indoors at the Tennis Masters Madrid. He also has wins over Alex
Corretja and Younes El Aynaoui this year on hard court.

In the night match on stadium, veteran Michael Chang goes up against
Germany's Nicolas Kiefer. Chang is playing in the fourth tournament of his
2003 farewell season after announcing he would retire at the end of the
year. Though he is 0-3 during that stretch, this is the first time Chang is
not playing a seed this year in his first round match. Kiefer himself is on
the comeback from a left heel problem that sidelined him since the end of
last season -- but he did pick up his first victory of the year with a win
over Mario Ancic at the Pacific Life Open. The winner of this match will
meet Andre Agassi in a second round match on Saturday.

Other players in action on Thursday include fast-rising Vincent Spadea, who
after dropping as low as 229 in the rankings in 2000 is having a renaissance
of sorts in his game. In the past month he has reached the quarterfinals in
San Jose and the semifinals in Memphis as well as last week at the Pacific
Life Open. He's back in the top 50 for the first time since May 29, 2000.

And in the last match on Grandstand, 6-foot-4 Martin Verkerk, who captured
his first title at the Breil ATP Milano Indoors in early February, plays
former NCAA champion Sargis Sargsian.

On Stadium Court, Taylor Dent came up with clutch service breaks in both
sets to defeat Richard Krajicek of Holland 6-4, 6-3. "I got lucky tonight,"
said Dent. "He had a lot of break chances. But I was able to capitalize on
the break points that I had. I'm happy with the way I played tonight, it's
great, I'm on the up right now in my game and I need to keep that going."

YOUNGSTERS IN ACTION
Several talented young ATP stars will be in action on Thursday giving the
public a glimpse into the tennis future. Among them Richard Gasquet, the
youngest player in the tournament who notched a victory in the first round
at the Tennis Masters Monte Carlo last year at age 15. Gasquet is one of the
best tennis prospects to come out of Europe in years, ranked 112 in the
world, and will be matched-up against countryman Jean-Rene Lisnard, who came
through as a qualifier with a pair of straight set wins.

Mario Ancic turns 19 on the day of the NASDAQ-100 Open final and is 75th in
the ATP Entry Rankings. He played for Croatia's Davis Cup team in their
emotional first round victory over the United States last month. He has a
victory over Holland's Sjeng Schalken this year at the Australian Open but
is best known for his suprising upset of Roger Federer on Centre Court at
Wimbledon last year, earning him the nickname, "Super Mario."
 

SEEDS ADVANCE COMFORTABLY ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON
One month ago, these two American champions met in the first round indoors
at the Siebel Open in San Jose. It was Michael Chang's first match of his
2003 farewell tour and it was Andre Agassi's first match since winning the
2003 Australia Open. Agassi prevailed 6-4, 6-2 in front of record crowds.
On Saturday in Miami, second seeded Agassi defeated Chang by the same
scoreline in front of a packed house once again at the Tennis Center at
Crandon Park. Taking control of the points from the start of most rallies,
Agassi comfortably moved into the third round as he looks to win the
NASDAQ-100 Open for the third consecutive year.
Agassi, who is coming off a right shoulder injury that forced him to
withdraw from the Pacific Life Open last week, was not a sure thing to play
here.
"I wasn't too hopeful coming here on Monday hitting balls for the first
time," says Agassi. "If the tournament had started for me three days sooner,
I probably would not have been able to play. But once I got over the initial
soreness of the shoulder, I've made some great strides this week."
As he left the stadium, Chang dropped his bags in the middle of the court
and waved goodbye one final time to this supportive crowd in Miami -- a
crowd that saw him play here 12 times and win one title back in 1992.
"I know that whenever I walk off the court whether I've won or lost, it's
been enjoyable for me," said Chang. "There are many tournaments that have
meant alot to me over the years. It's special to come back to a tournament
where you feel welcome."
In the first match on Stadium Court, Roger Federer kept his hot game intact
with a straight set win over qualifier Luis Horna. Federer is third in the
2003 ATP Champions Race and won two titles in February indoors in Marseille
and on hard courts in Dubai. Federer leads the ATP circuit with 22 match
wins on the year.
"I was feeling okay - sweating much because of the humidity, but I got used
to it now the last few days so it's okay," said Federer. "For me these
tournaments are so tough, because from the first round on you've got very
good opponents. If you can beat these guys here in the early rounds it's
going to help you in the Slams."
The other Saturday afternoon matches went mostly according to form with
ninth-seeded Albert Costa, the Roland Garros champion, advancing,
10th-seeded David Nalbandian moving on over lucky loser Flavio Saretta and
14th-seeded Sjeng Schalken also winning his second round match.

SAFIN GOES DOWN TO SANGUINETTI
Following the loss of top seeded Lleyton Hewitt in the second round
yesterday, Marat Safin's 7-6(9), 7-5 loss to Italy's Davide Sanguinetti came
in lower on the radar screen. Sanguinetti played patiently from the baseline
and though Safin dictated the points, Sanguinetti counter-punched with spins
and angles when he needed. Sanguinetti held a match point on Safin's serve
at 5-4 but Safin fought off the Italian with a rifle serve out wide. The
Russian seemed to grab the momentum, but only momentarily before Sanguinetti
cooly finished off the match by breaking Safin at 6-5.

In the late matches on Saturday, a several minor upsets were the highlight
of the night. The biggest being Sweden's Thomas Enqvist dispatching Pacific
Life Open finalist Gustavo Kuerten in straight sets. Jiri Novak, the eighth
seed went down to Miami resident Nicolas Lapentti. Wild card entrant and
Scottsdale finalist Mark Philippoussis took out 20th seed Fernando Gonzalez,
while Chile's Nicolas Massu fought off 17th seeded Gaston Gaudio and
Argentine Franco Squillari defeated young Spaniard Tommy Robredo, the No. 22
seed at the NASDAQ-100 Open.


SUNDAY PREVIEW
A pair of all-American match-ups in the third round will capture the
imagination of the Miami crowd here at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park as
the opening weekend of play comes to a close on Sunday. American star James
Blake will take on upstart Robby Ginepri. The two played each other two
years ago at a Challenger tournament in California when both were little
known tennis entities. Blake has since captured his first ATP title in
Washington last year and become a top 30 player, while Ginepri has pushed
his was into the top 100 and made an impression at the Pacific Life Open
last week by reaching the quarterfinals (l. to Hewitt).

While two American youngters will battle, so will the old and young
generation of American tennis. Todd Martin, who has been a mentor for so
many of America's young stars and future hopefuls will take on Andy Roddick
for the third time in two years. Roddick has won both in straight sets, but
they have yet to play on hard court where Roddick's serve is more effective
than on the clay and where Martin's game is more efficient. Roddick is a
solid 19-8 in his career against fellow Americans and 1-1 againt Americans
in Miami with a loss to Andre Agassi in 2000 and a win over Pete Sampras two
years ago.

A possible future World No. 1 Juan-Carlos Ferrero meets a former World No. 1
Marcelo Rios in one of the other featured matches of the day. Ferrero grew
up playing on hard courts and feels comfortable on the surface despite his
superior clay court results. His two Tennis Masters Series titles both came
on clay and he has reached the semifinals of Roland Garros twice and the
finals one other time. Rios had a late start to the season this year but
played well on hard courts in Delray Beach, Florida, two weeks ago losing to
the surging Mardy Fish in the semifinals.

Mardy Fish's match with Frenchman Nicolas Escude will be his second
consecutive match against a Frenchman after upsetting Sebastien Grosjean in
the second round. Fish is known for his attacking game, aggressive backhand
and solid serve while Escude is similarly an attacking all-court player, so
rallies in this one could be short but exciting. Fish is looking to break
into the top 50 for the first time in his career, while Escude is coming off
a hamstring strain that bothered him during the European indoor season last
month.

Yevgeny Kafelnikov is 2-0 against ATP Most Improved Player of 2002, Paradorn
Srichaphan, but Srichaphan opened the season winning his second ATP title in
Chennai, India, (d. Kucera) and reaching the quarterfinals (l. to Ferrero)
at the adidas International in Sydney. Kafelnikov, who contemplated
retirement last year, reached the final in Milan in early February. He has
not had much success here in the past, reaching the fourth round twice in
2000 and 2001 and going just 7-5 in five appearances prior to this week.
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