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post #136 of 143 (permalink) Old 01-16-2003, 03:25 AM
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Its not so much that he lost (well, yes it is) but its that he lost another 5-set match there. It always goes to 5 sets w him losing. *BIG BIG SIGH*

I only have 1 thing to say....BRING ON THE FRENCH!!!!!

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post #137 of 143 (permalink) Old 01-16-2003, 03:29 AM
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Its the damn aussie curse!

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Dissident, please post some of the pics - any picture of Guga is welcomed.

Also, do you know what tournament he plays next? I know we have to mourn this loss, but maybe it would help to look forward to the next match.


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post #139 of 143 (permalink) Old 01-16-2003, 04:00 AM
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Originally posted by Jessi
Hewitt! You lucky bastard!
haha!! i agree...
now who da hell am i suppose to watch now w/ guga gone?!

the only tournament after AO is Milan which apparently his not playing and then the week after that is Davis Cup First Rd...anyway, here's the rest of his '03 schedule which i dug up:

Feb 3 _ Davis Cup vs. Sweden
Feb 17 _ To Be Determined (Rotterdam The Netherlands or Buenos Aires)
Feb 24 _ To Be Determined
Mar 10 _ Indian Wells
Mar 17 _ Miami
Mar 24 _ Miami
Mar 31 _ Davis Cup II or Practice
Apr 14 _ Monte Carlo
Apr 21 _ Barcelona
May 5 _ Rome
May 12 _ Hamburg
May 26 _ Roland Garros
June 02 _ Roland Garros
June 23 _ Wimbledon
June 30 _ Wimbledon

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post #140 of 143 (permalink) Old 01-16-2003, 04:56 AM
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Don't worry guys! Guga will win Wimbledon!!!!

With each passing season, I discover new reason
SAMPRAS --> Rios --> KUERTEN --> Kafelnikov -->
Federer --> Hewitt --> RODDICK --> GONZALEZ -->
NALBANDIAN --> Benneteau --> Davydenko --> Mathieu -->
TURSUNOV --> Mantilla --> KIEFER --> NADAL -->
Karlovic --> Odesnik --> Stepanek --> Monfils -->

Oliver Cromwell lay buried and dead. Hee-haw. Buried and dead.
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post #141 of 143 (permalink) Old 01-16-2003, 05:47 AM
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Guga's interview

R. STEPANEK/G. Kuerten
5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. From what I understand, you had a pretty good break over the summer, you worked very hard at the start of this month to get ready for this tournament. Do you sometimes think the tennis gods don't want you to do well in Melbourne?
GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Well, I think so far I really haven't play, you know, my best tennis in this tournament. But normally is like this. First rounds, I always struggle a little bit, take some time to get my rhythm going.
And today was, again, pretty close to maybe win one more match, you know, things start to go in different ways.
But, well, wasn't a match I played bad, just couple shots there and could be very different, the result. Just have to look forward and see what's coming next now.

Q. Are you still confident that the game you play could eventually have success in Melbourne, or do you need to change things about how you go about your tennis to do better here?
GUSTAVO KUERTEN: No. As I said, I need a little breakthrough maybe in these first rounds. I really never felt I was playing my game on this tournament so far. So that's probably what I need, a couple of more wins and hopefully will come, you know. It's getting more and more every year. Better come quick, otherwise will be finished.

Q. Do you still consider you're coming back from an injury at this point or do you feel like you are a hundred percent back to feeling normal?
GUSTAVO KUERTEN: No, for me, probably the end of last year already I felt just as I felt in the last years, the same way as I did before.
But for sure it's going to be a normal year for me again. Last year was very unusual. For me, it's like coming back to the circuit, you know, playing the tournaments I want, be well-prepared, be ready to just try to get my goals, not as last year that I had to go through all of this and then have the preparation, all that.
So probably this will be the year that I try to come back, and hopefully I can get closer to the top again.

Q. Could you talk a little about your first serve today, which was down a fair bit, created a lot of difficulty for you.
GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Yeah, I mean, I was trying, you know, as always, hitting few aces, trying to win points on the first serve. Yeah, I miss a little more than usual. But I think wasn't anything particular in my game that really let me down. You know, I was like pretty much average in all-around shots, serving, like this. Just I had that shot on 3-2 for me in the fifth set, you know, open court to break him, and get to serve and take a good lead in the fifth. So that's maybe the thing that stick more in my mind right now, you know, is this, this opportunities.
But I'm not really in any worry about my skills or the way I'm playing because it's been satisfying myself a lot.

Q. Do you have trouble getting your rhythm with the way he mixed it up, especially the dropshots he kept throwing in all the time?
GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Yeah, he's a tough opponent, especially for myself. He doesn't give any rhythm. He's coming with different shots all the time. Well, somehow he brings up always a good performance when he plays me. So maybe there's always a few guys that your game sometimes work better or not so much.
So maybe I have, I don't know, a little extra problem playing him, as today. Well, I find the solution was fighting back. I had my chances; just let it go in a big chance I had. So after that, it really change the match the other way around.

Q. Do you think he's got the capacity to beat Hewitt, who he meets if Lleyton Hewitt wins tonight?
GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Well, for me will not care too much. Any result will be the same for myself. I'm sure for the tournament will be much better if Hewitt stay alive and go farther.
Well, you know, everybody's who's in the field here knows how to play. There's nobody really blind, we use to say, that you just step over. So you got to believe that everything can happen.

Q. How important is it to you, if important at all, that before you finish playing tennis you can add a Grand Slam title on a hard court to your achievements at the French?
GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Well, for me would be special, for sure. Any Slams, even in some (beach court?) would be great achievement. The biggest thing for all of us, is our dreams. We're looking forward right now. For sure we try to improve and have chance to get myself in position to win here or in America, Wimbledon let's say.
But still, no, my chance are always better in the clay. But if I could do it, would be just wonderful, I'd say. It's like something as a dream come true.

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post #142 of 143 (permalink) Old 01-16-2003, 06:04 AM
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Originally posted by Dissident
What the fuck will I do with those hundreds of net cam pics?

Of hate and fear
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Help me.. help me.. help me.."

Diss, if you don't feel like posting the pics, I can do it. I have about 60 of them.

Of course, let's see if there are fans who don't want to see them. Just post what you want here.
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post #143 of 143 (permalink) Old 01-16-2003, 06:06 AM
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Originally posted by Jessi
Hewitt! You lucky bastard!
Yes, I don't think Stepanek will have a chance on Hewitt. But nothing seems to matter to me now.
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