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Smile Lapentti - Ulihrach match report (Szczecin challenger final, 24th September)

I know I normally put all the insider stuff in my chat thread, but this interview might interest more people. I just hope I didn't fool myself by asking dumb questions And seriously.... I think Nicolas Lapentti is saying interesting things and it's worth to read!


- Your comment on the match?
- As you can see from the score, it was a very hard match. Two sets ended in tie-breaks. Starace has a very good kick-out serve and good forehand. I was trying to find his backhand but he often switches to forehand anyway. Of course I could have played better today, but overall I'm happy for today's performance.

- What can you say about the central court's surface, that some players complain at?
- Indeed, central court is the slowest one between all at the venue. It's full of clay, so we run and holes are made, and later balls bump badly. But conditions are equal for both players. I won there two matches and I hope for it to be even better.

- Yesterday you were putting ice on your knee. Are you injured?
- I was injured. I had ten...(this long word... dunno how it's spellt) so I'm putting ice on it before every match, but mainly for prevention.

- At the end of second set it looked like you were very tired. Would you win, if it was a three setter?
- I was prepared for playing three sets. I don't think I was moving slower because of lack of condition. I was just nervous.... My self belief isn't now as strong as it used to be in the past.

- Is Szczecin challenger a stage for you to come back to top hundred?
- I hope it is. It's a very important tournament for me. This week I should be playing for national team of Ecuador in Davis Cup, but I chose this tournament to collect some points to the ranking. It would be sad that after denying playing for my country, I'd lost here in the first round. But yeah, I might be on my way back.

- You have already been at our tournament, you played in the final. How do you remember it, what has changed through those years?- Ouch... it was in 1997. You made me feel old now! Nine years ago I was young, eager of play, hungry for successes. Now I have to seek for motivation elsewhere. Of course, I love tennis and that's why I am here. I had a difficult time: injuries, breaks... My body reacts differently nowadays. Right now, I'm not playing my best tennis yet, but I hope it's the matter of time.

- How are you motivating yourself now, what are your goals yet to get?
- Motivation is a key thing for every tennis player. And when you're on tour for eight or nine years it's easy to lose it. In this moment I'm motivated because I don't want to end my career being out of top 100. It's a thing of honour. I'm not a type of a player who shots aces, loads of winners... My style of game requires a lot of hard work, a lot of running. I'm trying to prove myself I can come back to my best game. I dream of coming back to top 50 or even top 30. Then I maybe finish my career.

- After finishing career, are you planning to be still related to tennis? Your father is a politician, maybe you try to move that way?
- It's hard to tell at this moment. I wouldn't want to make up my mind already. Since five years I've had a foundation which helps children by playing tennis. This year we're helping children suffering of cancer. I think that even if I got rlated to ATP, I wouldn't want to travel as often as I do now. I'd go only to chosen tournaments.

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Re: Interview with Nicolas Lapentti (21st September, Szczecin challenger)

thanks for the interview Nico, it's good to read what Nico is saying and i really hope that he can get back to the top 50 again.

I liked the questions

and Nico already leads Guzman in the next round, 7-5 3-1 Vamos!

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Re: Interview with Nicolas Lapentti (21st September, Szczecin challenger)

Yeap but I'm not watching it Instead I'm translating Kubot-Clemens report

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Yeap but I'm not watching it Instead I'm translating Kubot-Clemens report
that sucks,
who does Kubot play next?

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Great interview! I really hope Nico will make it back to the top 50, but I doubt it. Top 100 is more achievable.
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that sucks,
who does Kubot play next?
Jiri Vanek I already wrote a preview but they all went for dinner so they didn't put it on the website yet.

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Great interview! I really hope Nico will make it back to the top 50, but I doubt it. Top 100 is more achievable.
His situation reminds me about of Kuerten and El Aynaoui, but Lapentti is in better shape and doesn't suffer of health right now, plus he really seems to be motivated.

Last year the tournament was won by Calleri and in fact it was a breakthrough moment for him, when his career was in doubt.

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Great work Nathii.

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Thanks Josh... good luck with your interview with Jarmila soon

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Re: Interview with Nicolas Lapentti (21st September, Szczecin challenger)

You forgot to ask him, what he thinks about the changes to the ATP next year with the Round Robin format for some tournaments.

Thanks for posting it.

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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Re: Interview with Nicolas Lapentti (21st September, Szczecin challenger)

To tell you the truth, I didn't know about such a change.... I was out of "this world" for last weeks. But if he wins, there will be a press conference and a chance of asking such question.

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Re: Interview with Nicolas Lapentti (21st September, Szczecin challenger)

He said, changes can be either good or bad, but tennis is traditional sport, he doesn't know if it helps tennis and will attract more people to watch the sport. If it does, he supports it. But he doesn't want to talk too much because he doesn't know how exactly the chances would look like.


lol I didn't know his mom was Miss Ecuador in 1971

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thanks a lot for this great interview, it´s always great to read something nico said hisself, esp. the part about a not soon coming career-end makes me feel very good !
(oh and special thanks to eléa for telling me about this interview )

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Good job!
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Thanks a lot for posting this interview, it's a pleasure to read something about my compatriot Nico Lapentti, come on Nico, back to the top ten ...
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