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Exclamation Belgrade QF: LL-Kubot - first Polish ATP semifinalist for 24 years Vliegen 7-6(6) 6-3

The last Pole in the semifinal - Wojtek Fibak in Basel 1985, lost to Edberg.
Amazing luck for Kubot through all week. He has been playing in this tournament because of Darcis injury. Serbian mug firstly, then injured Andreev, and Vliegen in the quarters who was a great match-up for Kubot because they met once (UO 3 years ago) and Kubot won the first encounter.

1q Montcourt (FRA) 3-6 6-4 6-4
2q Rudnev (RUS) 6-4 6-4
3q Hrbaty (SVK) 6-7(1) 6-0 0-6 -> lucky loser
1R Zlatanovic (SRB) 6-3 7-5
2R (3)Andreev (RUS) 3-2 ret.
QF Vliegen (BEL) 7-6(6) 6-3

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Re: Belgrade QF: LL-Kubot - first Polish ATP semifinalist for 24 years Vliegen 7-6(6)

Yes, like you say its been a nice draw especially seeing as Kubot was a lucky loser, but still he has done very well this week to reach a semi final, and has benefited from being in the weaker half of the draw.
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Re: Belgrade QF: LL-Kubot - first Polish ATP semifinalist for 24 years Vliegen 7-6(6)

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The last Pole in the semifinal - Wojtek Fibak in Basel 1985, lost to Edberg.
Amazing luck for Kubot through all week. He has been playing in this tournament because of Darcis injury. Serbian mug firstly, then injured Andreev, and Vliegen in the quarters who was a great match-up for Kubot because they met once (UO 3 years ago) and Kubot won the first encounter.

1q Montcourt (FRA) 3-6 6-4 6-4
2q Rudnev (RUS) 6-4 6-4
3q Hrbaty (SVK) 6-7(1) 6-0 0-6 -> lucky loser
1R Zlatanovic (SRB) 6-3 7-5
2R (3)Andreev (RUS) 3-2 ret.
QF Vliegen (BEL) 7-6(6) 6-3

on top of him winning that first encounter, that is the ONLY atp level match he has ever won. Talk about the luckiest week you could possible have. i wouldnt be surprised if karlovic and cipolla defaulted with heart attacks in their match bringing kubot into the final

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Re: Belgrade QF: LL-Kubot - first Polish ATP semifinalist for 24 years Vliegen 7-6(6)

At first set point Vliegen Kubot plays like a highest defensive lob of the year and Vliegen misses a sitter smash. Kubot saves 2 set points at *3:5 and 1 in the tiebreak.

Vliegen plays brainless tennis and has no brain and nerves after losing important points as well.

Kubot is a renowned linguist, he used "come ons" "ajdes" and "vamoses" in this match without any recognizable pattern, although I thought for a second vamos belongs to forehand winners.

Well done lucky Lukasz. Vliegen outchoked him, sensational stuff.
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Re: Belgrade QF: LL-Kubot - first Polish ATP semifinalist for 24 years Vliegen 7-6(6)

Wonderful result for Lukasz.

I hope this give him some more confidence in his abilities. It's kinda funny that in the both of the two best results of Kubot's career he got a win over Vliegen. Kubot should find out Vliegen's tour schedule and copy it. Does anyone have an idea what Lukasz will be ranked next week?

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on top of him winning that first encounter, that is the ONLY atp level match he has ever won. Talk about the luckiest week you could possible have. i wouldnt be surprised if karlovic and cipolla defaulted with heart attacks in their match bringing kubot into the final
Actually Kubot did win a few other ATP matches prior to this event. Besides the two win at the US Open over Okun and Vliegen, Kubot also has main draw wins over Andreev, Grosjean and Gimeno-Traver.

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Re: Belgrade QF: LL-Kubot - first Polish ATP semifinalist for 24 years Vliegen 7-6(6)

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It's kinda funny that in the both of the two best results of Kubot's career he got a win over Vliegen.
It's remarkable.
Today against Vliegen saved 3 setpoints: 3:5 (15-40) and 5:6 in the tie-break.

Just after the quarterfinal, Kubot said he rates US Open's 3rd round as the better result than Belgrade's semifinal. In both cases he had to win 5 matches but he's right, at the US Open he had won two 5-setters so it was more difficult than what he's done so far in Serbia.

Kubot's road to the 3rd round of US Open '06:

1q Evans 6-1 6-2
2q Troicki 7-5 6-3
3q Wessels 7-6(3) 6-4
1R Vliegen 2-6 6-1 6-4 1-6 6-3
2R Okun 7-6(7) 6-4 2-6 2-6 6-4
3R Davydenko 4-6 1-6 1-6

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Re: Belgrade QF: LL-Kubot - first Polish ATP semifinalist for 24 years Vliegen 7-6(6)

One more thing. Lukasz's return of serve. I don't know if doubles did wonders for him, but against Andreev I counted 7 (!!) clean return winners in Andreev's 3 service games BEFORE the poor bloke got injured. Today it wasn't as flashy, but definitely deep enough, especially of first serve.

Besides Vliegen on his road to success again, it's funny that he had Andreev, one of the few more recognizable players he managed to beat already, a few years ago in Sopot.
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Re: Belgrade QF: LL-Kubot - first Polish ATP semifinalist for 24 years Vliegen 7-6(6)

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The last Pole in the semifinal - Wojtek Fibak in Basel 1985, lost to Edberg.
Amazing luck for Kubot through all week. He has been playing in this tournament because of Darcis injury. Serbian mug firstly, then injured Andreev, and Vliegen in the quarters who was a great match-up for Kubot because they met once (UO 3 years ago) and Kubot won the first encounter.

1q Montcourt (FRA) 3-6 6-4 6-4
2q Rudnev (RUS) 6-4 6-4
3q Hrbaty (SVK) 6-7(1) 6-0 0-6 -> lucky loser
1R Zlatanovic (SRB) 6-3 7-5
2R (3)Andreev (RUS) 3-2 ret.
QF Vliegen (BEL) 7-6(6) 6-3
good for Kubot I was a fan of Wojtek Fibak all those years ago

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Re: Belgrade QF: LL-Kubot - first Polish ATP semifinalist for 24 years Vliegen 7-6(6)

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At first set point Vliegen Kubot plays like a highest defensive lob of the year and Vliegen misses a sitter smash. Kubot saves 2 set points at *3:5 and 1 in the tiebreak.

Vliegen plays brainless tennis and has no brain and nerves after losing important points as well.

Kubot is a renowned linguist, he used "come ons" "ajdes" and "vamoses" in this match without any recognizable pattern, although I thought for a second vamos belongs to forehand winners.

Well done lucky Lukasz. Vliegen outchoked him, sensational stuff.
rofl i thought i was going crazy when i heard a 'vamos'.

mugs match really
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very poor tournament
Zagreb won LL - Sergiy Stakhovsky last year.
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Zagreb won LL - Sergiy Stakhovsky last year.
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Re: Belgrade QF: LL-Kubot - first Polish ATP semifinalist for 24 years Vliegen 7-6(6)

The Polish LaLo through to a semi, good for the game.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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