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AMS Madrid recaps

DAY 1

Calleri played a perfect 1st set again against Costa, who didn´t play bad at all, just was outpowered by Calleri´s misiles. 2nd set was closer but I never saw Calleri losing that one. He´s on fire and stands a great chance against Ferrer, in whose training with Verdasco on Sunday looked quite erratic and he even stopped the training session before time.

Hanescu played really well, I thought he was gonna be more rusty in his first match indoors, but he served,moved and stroke the ball pretty well. Zib played a bad first set and 2nd one was much closer, Hanescu converted his only break chance and Zib missed 2 or 3. In final game Hanescu saved himself from troubles hitting 4 aces to take the match after some dangerous returns from Zib who managed to get into deuce there.

Melzer - Spadea was a poor match, more errors and gifts than well-played points. Melzer was close to choke his win after blowing a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set, but Spadea gifted his service game at 5-4 with a couple of crazy errors. Nothing more to comment here.

Grosjean LaLo, it was a close match but finally Grosjean won simply cause he´s the far better overall. For the record, there were some groups of Spanish people in the crowd cheering for Grosjean, not only me & my friends, that was too funny, Allez Grosjeeean! lol

Novak vs Martin well Jiri is fat and completely out of form, but even with that he managed to win the first set against an erratic Beto. Martin raised his level and took the next two, when Novak was running out of gas dramatically.

I wasn´t at Haas vs Pavel and only saw a some games of Chela vs Massu, but a friend of mine went to see Haas and reported he played well though Pavel also played good tennis in 1st set and Massu couldn´t hit two fh´s in to save his life.

Verdasco vs Mathieu, I expected more from this match in terms of quality tennis but both players showed why they are two of the most inconsistent players in tour. Breaks to love/15 from both sides after 4 ue in a row, some clean winners, a couple of stunning forehands by Verdasco that made crowd crazy, chokes from both parts, typical stuff.

Henman Dent, a weird match nowadays and that was the best individual performance of the day. Henman played perfect and outclassed Dent. He reminded me old days and left me with a great taste to go home.

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Thanks for the report and hopefully there will be more to follow.

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


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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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.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Thanks. Your report was great. And yeah for Henman- so good when he is on!

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Thanks, eagerly waiting for more.
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Thanks for the report, it was great.
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When the match Ferrer-Calleri has finished the handshake has been very cold ( in fact Calleri didn't look at David ) and when both players were shaking hands with the chair umpire it seems Calleri has told Ferrer something , but Ferrer didn't answer him . Several seconds later when both players were closing their bags Ferrer being angry has told him from a distance at least two times : " That ball was out " , and that's all ... ( I don't know if Calleri has answered him because the cameras only showed Ferrer )

The third has been a strained set with doubtful balls and protests ...

I guess Calleri and Ferrer aren't going to go to have dinner together tonight
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Thank you for the report Deivid. Verdasco was the better player in that match and by far. That the way i thought it looked on tv anyway.

The Henman v Dent match looked as the best from tv too. lol
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When the match Ferrer-Calleri has finished the handshake has been very cold ( in fact Calleri didn't look at David ) and when both players were shaking hands with the chair umpire it seems Calleri has told Ferrer something , but Ferrer didn't answer him . Several seconds later when both players were closing their bags Ferrer being angry has told him from a distance at least two times : " That ball was out " , and that's all ... ( I don't know if Calleri has answered him because the cameras only showed Ferrer )

The third has been a strained set with doubtful balls and protests ...

I guess Calleri and Ferrer aren't going to go to have dinner together tonight
Calleri blew that match for sure, but yes that was a very cold handshake, even by standards of cold handshake. That's the thing in the 1st set, I thought that backhand was in, but the TMI said otherwise, then again it's not clay so that can check a mark.

I wonder if deivid was there during this match, interesting to hear what Calleri had said.

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


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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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.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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DAY 2

Monfils-C.Rochus -> Entered in court at Rochus leading *2-1 and main difference in the match was that Monfils needs to be more agressive and attack more in these kind of courts. Both players were solid from baseline (Chris played a bit more error-free tennis) but the Belgian attacked more and better and I think he didn´t lose a point at the net from the 10-12 times he went there. Gael broke in 2nd game of 2nd set (a couple of fh winners included) but Rochus came back from *1-4 to win 5 games in a row. The smarter player won here.

Berdych-O.Rochus -> Tomas was a typhoon in first 35 mins. He didn´t miss a backhand and was hammering with amazing depth his fh and serving like a beast. Result: 6-1 2-0, nothing Olivier could do. Since there, Berdych suddenly started at serving at a lower level, his backhand started to commit tons of errors and even his fh was letting him down. He overcame several bp´s but finally at *4-3 30-0 a double fault and an easy fh error from midcourt gave Rochus the chance to break back. Rochus was the better player then and at *5-6 Berdych saved a *0-40 (fh winner dtl, fh winner cc and and ace), then another set point to go to the TB. In TB, mostly errors than well-played points and Berdych blew his biggest chance at 6-5* (match point). He returned with a deep and big bh to Rochus´ bh, who retireved it quite forced, ball bounced at midcourt and when all people thought that was gonna end on a fh winner, Berdych wanted to break the ball and send it 2 meters long from baseline. Rochus took the set on a service winner and a Berdych bh ue. No story since then, Berdych was mentally out, his bh had gone and Olivier was the better player by far.

Entered at Central Court at Calleri trailing 3-6 *1-2, but since then he played pretty well, Ferrer was running down all balls as always but Calleri was striking the ball pretty well and over powering David. I noticed Calleri didn´t say anything at Ferrer on a couple of netcords so I thought there had been some kind of affair before but I wasn´t on court. Agustín was leading 3-1* 0-30 and *4-2 but his bh started to miss and Ferrer didn´t let his chance escape, he played very solid tennis overall, though match was almost always depending on Calleri´s inspiration.

Went to Misha-Chucho. I came there at Youzhny leading 7-6 *2-3. I was told Chucho was leading 5-3 in 1st set but blew it up and Misha was up *1-0 40-0 in 2nd set but now things were even. Some stunning backhands from Youzhny were the most worthy things there, but they both missed a lot of balls. Acasuso plays 100 m behind the baseline and imo he was lucky that Youzhny pushed self-destruction button, his father was close to me and was shaking his head since final of the 2nd set when Youzhny started to commit double faults and miss easy shots. Finally at *1-1 in 3rd set, Misha committed 3 df´s in a row (a couple of them were crazy, his 2nd serves were just misiles ), it looked to me like he was tired or angry bc something and he decided to withdraw (don´t know what he alleged he looked fine to me)

After then Kiefer - Beck it was a pretty good match, Beck was superb and Kiefer was outplayed. We lose his mind also at a doubtful call against him at a break point on Beck leading *3-2. He behaved like an ass, he was staring at the poor girl calling the left side like he was going to kill here, and he did that for a couple of minutes between point and point. When he was broken at 1-1 in 2nd set he decided to pull out (he also was running properly and didn´t notice any kind of pain signals ).

Ferrero-Mirnyi: Max was a deserved winner, Ferrero´s ball depth is a joke and I wonder if he ever will reach a close level to the player he once was. I guess he won´t. Anyway it was funny how he dissapointed the crowd, I was laughing a lot

Verdasco-González: People said Verdasco played well but I heavily disagree, don´t know when this kid is gonna bury his brain problems. He lost that match only bc he messes it up. He was broken in 1st and 3rd set in the same way. First set: Leading 15-0 then a double fault (he made like 10-12), unbelievable point won on a fh winner dtl) 30-15 then an eeeeasy bh volley, and another df to concede the bp. 3rd set: Leading 30-0, then a double-fault and he starts shivering.... 30-30 easy fh error when point was his and all went down the river. He served like shit most part of the match and wasn´t smart enough to be more patient as 90% of the points he was working on Gonzo´s bh with his lefty topspin fh were won by him. You can´t be a top player that way, Fernando

PD: Some fh´s battles were just unreal, I think 3 of the points that were played from powerful Gonzo`s cc fh to Verdasco´s fh and Fer reached at time were answered with stunning fh winners dtl, those ones drove the crowd crazy, as Verdasco has a natural ability to change direction with his fh with terriphic ease. It was an entertaining match but it´s time to ask Verdasco for more, he fought (that was a good improvement) but he´s too inconsistent yet and needs badly to avoid those eternal collapses.

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Thanks, Deivid.

for the Rochus brothers beating Monfils and Berdych!
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Thanks for the recaps Deivid.

So Chucho was playing from Extremadura was he? At the same time Youzhny, just defaulted? I mean Chucho can do anything on a court.

Berdych had a bit melt down and blowing a match point? Kiefer was just in a bad mood and couldn't be bothered playing?

Calleri and Froggy, there was a disputed call or something, Calleri played and won a point on a net serve, that wasn't called and in the 1st, there was a serve that was called a fault and wasn't.

Verdasco and Gonzalez, well forehands up the line to Gonzo's backhand is the smart play, but when was he known for tactical genius.

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


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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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.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Thanks for the recaps Deivid.

So Chucho was playing from Extremadura was he? At the same time Youzhny, just defaulted? I mean Chucho can do anything on a court.

Berdych had a bit melt down and blowing a match point? Kiefer was just in a bad mood and couldn't be bothered playing?

Calleri and Froggy, there was a disputed call or something, Calleri played and won a point on a net serve, that wasn't called and in the 1st, there was a serve that was called a fault and wasn't.

Verdasco and Gonzalez, well forehands up the line to Gonzo's backhand is the smart play, but when was he known for tactical genius.
yeah I could almost touch Acasuso on the rallies and I can´t understand Russian, but it looked to me that Youzhny was fed up and angry and didn´t want to play more. I may be wrong but he left me with that impression and the same goes to Kiefer.

When Verdasco was patient enough to punish Gonzo´s bh with his topspin cc fh points ended either on a bh error by Gonzo or in a short ball that Verdasco normally killed it. But many times Verdasco wanted to mix up directions too quickly and Gonzo took advantage of that.
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yeah I could almost touch Acasuso on the rallies and I can´t understand Russian, but it looked to me that Youzhny was fed up and angry and didn´t want to play more. I may be wrong but he left me with that impression and the same goes to Kiefer.

When Verdasco was patient enough to punish Gonzo´s bh with his topspin cc fh points ended either on a bh error by Gonzo or in a short ball that Verdasco normally killed it. But many times Verdasco wanted to mix up directions too quickly and Gonzo took advantage of that.
If you could see the Acasuso vs Gaudio match I would be very happy to hear anything about it. Kiefer did that this year when he defaulted against Gaudio at 2-5 in the 2nd after losing the 1st set.

Tactics and Verdasco don't go together well, so do you think Moya will beat Robredo tonight?

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


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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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.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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If you could see the Acasuso vs Gaudio match I would be very happy to hear anything about it. Kiefer did that this year when he defaulted against Gaudio at 2-5 in the 2nd after losing the 1st set.

Tactics and Verdasco don't go together well, so do you think Moya will beat Robredo tonight?
Don´t know about Charly I can´t trust him, I can´t read too much on his win against Volandri. About that Gaudio-Acasuso, I won´t be there as I will go to see Henman-Stepanek but will probably have some friends at that court, so you´ll get reported tomorrow.
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Don´t know about Charly I can´t trust him, I can´t read too much on his win against Volandri. About that Gaudio-Acasuso, I won´t be there as I will go to see Henman-Stepanek but will probably have some friends at that court, so you´ll get reported tomorrow.
Anything on the Chucho-Gaudio match would be appreciated for sure. Henman-Stepanek will be interesting, they don't like each other that much, always makes it more interesting.

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


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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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.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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