Nimi went to the kitz tournament, and had the following write-ups of Jurgens matches...
Melzer d Robredo 6-2 7-5
In this Davis-Cup like match, Melzer was playing out of his mind. He advanced forward alot, and Robredo's forehand, his mightiest strength, just wasn't clicking. The Spaniard led 5-3 in the second set and had set-points, but Melzer stunned me by coming back for the win. I don't quite know if Robredo tried his hardest, seeing as the North American Masters are on soon. Also, I haven't decided wether I'm happy about this result - Robredo is a big player, of course, but Melzer brings the local crowd to life, he's quite a star around here, and seeing as Marach lost surprisingly to Eitzinger (who lost to Calleri), he is the last local man standing alongside Koubek, who plays Lapentti next. Exciting stuff.
Melzer d Pavel 7-5 6-3
I already stated my love to Pavel's game, but Melzer was playing out of his mind again. Hitting -shot winners off first service returns, blasting some amazing backhands down the line and especielly firing on all cylinders on his serve, which is huge. Nothing much to say - Melzer was just great, and Pavel is not strong enough to deal with him on clay when he's playing like that. The local hero is starting to look like he has a real shot at the title - he's so strong mentally this week!
Youzhny d Melzer 6-3 3-6 6-3
This was the match of the day, with the crowd coming to life yet again thanks to Melzer, whom I grew to like. The local boy wasn't at his best at all - he was still flashy, still hit some huge backhands down the line, followed plenty of shots to the net (and you know how much I love net-rushers!) and tried some ridiculous -shots off returns of serve, but it just wasn't clicking. He served really well in the second set, but couldn't find his serve at the right moments of the third set and didn't take his chances on the Youzhny service games.
Youzhny played a great match. This was the first time I watched him this week. He is really a player who is metamorphosic - I remember his imitation of the Becker serve back in 2002 and his strange Borg like backhand. He is much more elegant now, can rally superbly and is just generally a great player, but I just can't get to like him. I also can't understand why he's not having a great year - he looks really good. He has no weakness as far as the groundstrokes are concerned, he's quite fast and has a good serve. I hope he'll keep this up, I might not like him too much, but he deserves to do well.
Koubek/Kohlschreiber d Melzer/Knowle 6-4 7-5
Well, I already declared my love for Philip, who was today on court with three different left-handed Austrians. I discovered that Knowle hits two-fisted shots from both sides, also on volleys. He thinks he's Frew Macmillan. I don't get what is so good about Melzer/Knowle, I think they're only ranked so high because they play together alot. Knowle is really not an impressive player, Melzer is the leading force of the duo by every aspect and Knowle missed so many easy shots, doesn't have an impressive serve nor really good volleys.
Melzer was quite good today, but the most amazing player on court was Stefan Koubek. I don't know how many of you remember his great runs at the starts of both 2002 and 2003, when he made the Aussie Open quarters and won the Doha title. He is a very impressive player - quite short and small, but hits the ball very hard and is fast as a tiger. He played some really great tennis, chasing down smashes and hitting some unbelivable reflex volleys. I'll be all for him and Philip in the final, which they'll play against...