Special Sub-Topic: Tennis Grand Slams: 2000
|Andre Agassi won the Australian Open in 2000. What was his seeding?|
1. Andre Agassi came in seeded first, ahead of Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Pete Sampras, and Nicolas Kiefer. Along the way to this victory, Agassi played perhaps one of the more memorable matches in modern tennis against his long time rival, Pete Sampras in the semi-finals. Agassi defeated Kafelnikov in the final in four sets.
|Who were the Australian Open semi-finalists?|
Pete Sampras and Magnus Norman. The then rising Swedish star, Magnus Norman was seeded 12th, and defeated Cecil Mamiit, Gianluca Pozzi, Jonas Bjorkman, Lleyton Hewitt, and Nicolas Kiefer to book his place in the semi-finals. He then lost to the Russian defending champion, Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Pete Sampras came into the tournament as the third seed, and lost to Andre Agassi.
|How many Australians participated in their home Grand Slam?|
12. Of these 16 Australians, only Mark Philippoussis was seeded. Only two of these players reached the round of sixteen, in Philippoussis and Lleyton Hewitt, where they lost to Andre Agassi and Magnus Norman respectively.
|Who was the highest seeded victim in the first round of the Australian Open?|
Gustavo Kuerten. Gustavo Kuerten was seeded fifth and succumbed to Spaniard Albert Portas in five sets, despite firing down 30 aces and winning more points than his opponent. Thomas Enqvist, seeded sixth, was also knocked out in the first round by hometown favourite Richard Fromberg in a five set marathon. Carlos Moya did not participate in the tournament, and Nicolas Kiefer was a quarter-finalist, falling to Magnus Norman in four sets.
|Which of these players did the second seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov not defeat on the way to the Australian Open finals?|
Max Mirnyi. Kafelnikov defeated Knippschild in four sets in the first round, and then Vacek in the second round, in three easy sets. Younes El Aynaoui was Kafelnikov's fifth victim of the tournament. Kafelnikov also defeated Austrian Stefan Koubek, Belgian Christophe Rochus, and Swede Magnus Norman, before falling at the final hurdle to Agassi.
|Who defeated the defending champion at the 2000 Roland Garros?|
Karol Kucera. The defending champion was the top-seeded Andre Agassi. Agassi lost in four sets to Karol Kucera in the second round. Magnus Norman, the eventual runner-up, took out the 1999 runner-up, Andrei Medvedev in the fourth round. El Aynaoui was a fourth-round loser to Franco Squillari.
|Who was Gustavo Kuerten's second round opponent at Roland Garros?|
Marcelo Charpentier. Kuerten brushed aside the Argentine in straight sets, and went on to win the trophy, overcoming Magnus Norman in the championship match. Canas and Calleri were Kuerten's second round victims in his 1999 and 2001 Roland Garros opponents, respectively. Fabrice Santoro was Magnus Norman's second round victim.
|Who were the two semi-finalists at Roland Garros?|
Franco Squillari and Juan Carlos Ferrero. Squillari and Ferrero lost to Magnus Norman and Gustavo Kuerten respectively. Costa, Corretja, Safin and Kafelnikov were all quarter-finalists, falling to Squillari, Ferrero, Norman and Kuerten, respectively. Hrbaty and Meligeni were the tournament's 1999 semi-finalists.
|Who was seeded sixth at Roland Garros?|
Cedric Pioline. Pioline drew out Italian Davide Sanguinetti in the first round of the tournament. He later progressed to the fourth round of the tournament, where he lost to rising star, Marat Safin. Thomas Enqvist was seeded sixth at the 2000 Australian Open, whereas Safin was sixth at the 2000 U.S. Open, and Corretja sixth at the 1999 Roland Garros.
|How many Frenchmen participated at the 2000 Roland Garros?|
15. The only seeded Frenchman was Cedric Pioline. He was one of two Frenchmnn to progress through to as far as the third round, alongside Sebastien Grosjean.
|What feat did Pete Sampras achieve by winning the Wimbledon title in 2000?|
7th Wimbledon title. Pete Sampras won his historic seventh Wimbledon crown, being one of the main milestones of his long and successful career. It also marked his 13th Grand Slam title, with his last coming at the 2002 U.S. Open. It was a very memorable Wimbledon, which also saw Sampras winning his 63rd and penultimate ATP career title, and 4th consecutive Wimbledon crown.
|How many British participated at Wimbledon?|
7. Only 7 British tennis players participated at the 2000 Wimbledon, led by Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski in the rankings. Tim Henman was the lone British to progress past the third round of the tournament.
|Who was the second seed at Wimbledon?|
Andre Agassi. Sampras entered the tournament as the top seed, ahead of Agassi. The final would have featured these two players like in the Australian Open earlier in the year, had Agassi not lost to the Australian Pat Rafter in the semi-finals, in a hotly contested five-setter. Magnus Norman was the third seed, and Kuerten was seeded fourth.
|Who was the surprise unseeded semi-finalist at Wimbledon? |
Vladimir Voltchkov. The Belarussian national entered the tournament as a qualifier. He defeated Juan Ignacio Chela and the sixth seeded Cedric Pioline in the first two rounds in five-set matches. He then progressed through the tournament, defeating Younes El Aynaoui, Wayne Ferreira and Byron Black, without the loss of a set. He finally fell to Sampras in three sets, pushing him to a first set tiebreaker.
|Which of these players pushed Andre Agassi to five sets at Wimbledon?|
Todd Martin. Andre Agassi opened his campaign with a four-set victory over Taylor Dent. He went on to face fellow American Todd Martin in the second round, and prevailed 10-8 in the fifth set. The match lasted for 227 minutes. Interstingly enough, in this match, Martin won 15 more points than Agassi. Another five-setter was played in the third round of the tournament, and showcased Philippoussis and Schalken, lasting one minute shy of 5 hours. The match was won by Philippoussis, 20-18 in the fifth set.
|Who was the semi-finalist at the U.S. Open who lost to the eventual winner, Marat Safin?|
Todd Martin. Todd Martin entered the tournament unseeded, looking to capitalise on his runner-up finish to Andre Agassi in 1999. He posted victories over respectable opponents, in Vincent Spadea, Michael Chang, Cedric Pioline, Carlos Moya and Thomas Johansson, setting up a semi-final showdown with the 20-year old Russian, Safin, losing the match in three sets.
|How many Americans participated in their home Grand Slam?|
18. The Americans were led by Andre Agassi in the rankings, who entered as top seed. However, only two Americans' dreams of capturing their home crown were still alive by the fourth round, with only Pete Sampras and Todd Martin in contention of winning the crown. Sampras came close to capturing it, overcome by the quality of play displayed by Safin in the championship match.
|Bob Bryan drew out the 16th seed for his first round match at the U.S. Open. |
t. Bob Bryan expectedly lost in this match against Nicolas Lapentti in three sets, despite putting up a fight. He had more success with his twin brother Mike in the doubles, reaching the quarter-finals there.
|The 2003 U.S. Open champion made his debut at the Grand Slam in 2000. Who was his first round opponent he lost to?|
Albert Costa. Firstly, the winner of the 2003 Fushing Meadows tournament was Andy Roddick, clipping Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final. In his semi-final match there, he was match point down against David Nalbandian, before winning in five sets. In his debut match at the U.S., Roddick lost to Costa in four sets.
|There was a most memorable five set match in the fourth round of the U.S. Open, where the winner rallied from two sets down to claim the match. Who was the winner of this match?|
todd martin & martin. Carlos Moya led Todd Martin 7-6(3) 7-6(7) in the match, before Martin came back from behind to pull off a remarkable victory, winning the next three sets 6-1, 7-6(6), 6-2.
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