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2005 - PETE'S NEWS - FOR AND ABOUT HIM!!!!!!

Agassi praises Federer

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January 11, 2005

Four-time Australian Open winner Andre Agassi has said the only player comparable to world number one Roger Federer is 14-time Grand Slam title winner Pete Sampras.

Agassi, who will likely face Federer in the Kooyong Classic this week in the lead-up to the Australian Open, said there were undoubted similarities between the two players.

"Roger has been compared to Pete on many occasions," Agassi said. "I've played both on days when I was convinced they were the best in the world."

"They both bring a phenomenal amount of weaponry to the court, they are a pleasure to watch."



"Playing against them, I have the best seat in the house – both have the ability also to make me look like a spectator. You have to be at your best. Roger has already taken a step towards accomplishing things that most of us just dream about."

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Weekly Reflections: How Cameras Can Be Used to Help Referees







The Monitor (Kampala)

COLUMN
January 13, 2005
Posted to the web January 12, 2005

Mark Namanya
Kampala





World soccer governing body FIFA may try as much to avoid advanced technology but it's only a matter of time before the use of cameras is approved in this increasingly competitive game.

Tennis and cricket have adopted technology and the people in these sports will tell you it has served tremendously.

Like football, but in a much higher intricate nature, tennis' line calls are the most controversial job for the umpires and a small error can swing a Grand Slam in another direction.

Seven years ago, Pete Sampras was incensed by critical line call that favoured his rival Pat Rafter in a US Open semi-final. Rafter beat Sampras and went on to win the Grand Slam.

Cameras immensely cut down the risk of getting such calls wrong and the umpires are the first to acknowledge the importance of these gadgets.

Cricket's most experienced umpire would certainly struggle to judge an lbw appeal from a Shoaib Akhtar delivery. The speed and change of pace of the ball may be too fast.

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yes, i agree, using the camera is more fair
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yes, i agree, using the camera is more fair

Hey there Mimi, sorry my time is up at the library, can't stay and talk, see you tomorrow - I miss my night chat with you - have to get myself a computer.

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see you and wishing you to get a new computer soon


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A grand new year

By Rohit Brunath
January 15, 2005

The players sit with faces like long-suffering morgue attendants, the cameras whirl silently, we ask the questions and they magnificently pretend they've never heard them before. Do you like Melbourne? What would it mean to win the Open? It is the new year, fortunately, and no one is rude.

Meanwhile, media guides are tossed aside and instead every player's genealogy is assiduously examined. If anyone's great-grandfather's second cousin's uncle was born on a Qantas flight, well, he's ours.


Welcome back to the Australian Open. Most everything is old, especially the names, yet so much is new. Recently acquired muscles are being put to use, freshly hired coaches tried and newly minted resolve tested.

The short winter of solitude is over and it is time to seek applause again. On Monday, it begins, and for 11 months, there will be little time to breathe. So many dreams will lie in tatters by year's end, but no one believes it will be theirs. For now, they are all invincible.





It is sweaty work but such sculpting of body and tuning of game is still easier than the adjusting of mind. A drop shot can be found, but determination is beyond some coaching; the wrist can be bent but what about unbending will?


Men's tennis is as beautifully poised as a sport can be; one man on cloud nine, an ambitious pack trying to bring him down - at least to seventh heaven. In a way, it resembles Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker chipping away at Ivan Lendl's pedestal.


If men's tennis has exited the period of uncertainty that accompanied Pete Sampras' slow fall, the women's game is temporarily subdued. The Williams sisters does not work as a phrase any more, for Venus is no Serena and Serena has not been herself either recently.

The Belgians have been absent for too long, Jennifer Capriati is not visiting, not enough respect is perhaps awarded to the Russians, Maria Sharapova aside, and everyone will forget the wise Davenport at their own peril.

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Roddick haunted by second best

By Mike Steinberger
Published: January 14 2005 20:55

The former world number one has been usurped by Roger Federer, writes Mike Steinberger, but is still among the greats. You got to be joking Mr., winning one slam dont put you among the greats - Bonitto.


Andy Roddick arrived at last year's Australian Open ranked number one in the world and with every expectation that 2004 would cement his status as the brightest star in the tennis firmament.

Twelve months on, Roddick will take the court in Melbourne ranked a very distant second and faced with the sobering possibility that, right now, second best may be as much as he can realistically hope for.


While Federer sizzled in 2004, Roddick mostly fizzled, losing in the second round at the French and in the quarter-finals at the Australian and US Open, where he was the defending champion. To see Federer cart off so much silverware, and to see his own game more or less stagnate, undoubtedly left the 22-year-old Roddick feeling just a shade blue.




Carillo believes that Roddick's game is too one-dimensional. "Andy wants to win with power, to hit 150mph serves and huge monster shots," she says. "But when Plan A isn't working, his only Plan B seems to be a modified Plan A - muscle the ball even harder." - You have hit the nail on the head Miss Carillo - I have been saying that all along - Bonitto.



For Carillo, the question now is not whether Roddick can catch Federer - that is probably not on the cards - but whether he can make himself the kind of indispensable adversary that Andre Agassi was to Pete Sampras. Agassi pushed Sampras to heights he might otherwise not have reached, and although Agassi will forever be in Sampras's shadow, his own place in tennis history is going to be a prominent one. For all Roddick has achieved, it is far from clear that he is blessed with the stuff of legends. As Carillo puts it: "How good is Roddick? I'm not saying he's an overachiever, but what are we putting on this guy?" - At the end of the barrel, and he is not that good, I can say it if you can't - Bonitto.

When Roddick blew into Melbourne for last year's Australian, these were surely not the kind of questions he expected to hear one year hence.

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January 15, 2005

The Rudder

Superstars in our eyes again as the Simpsons Serves up, Tennis The Menace.

By Alyson Rudd







For Pete’s sake

To get you in the mood for the Australian Open tennis, why not tune in to The Simpsons? It will remind you, of course, how to stock up on junk food for the late-night TV sessions, but tomorrow’s episode also features not only Andre Agassi, not only Venus Williams, not only Serena Williams, but also Pete Sampras. Yes, Pete Sampras. Being funny. And Bart proves a genius from the baseline. Not to be missed, as they say. (Live Tennis, British Eurosport, midnight-6am tomorrow; The Simpsons: Tennis the Menace, Channel 4, 6pm tomorrow)
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thanks angiel for the articles, roddick, poor him, there is no rival between him and roger, roger always won, not like pete vs agassi, i don't know if its roger too good or him not good enough
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thanks angiel for the articles, roddick, poor him, there is no rival between him and roger, roger always won, not like pete vs agassi, i don't know if its roger too good or him not good enough

No doubt about it mimi - Roger is too good, and Roddick not good enough at all. :retard: :retard:
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Molik a contender? Everyone's now making a racket, even Martina

Monday, 17 January 2005

Brimming with confidence, blessed with the best serve in the business and boasting four titles in a blistering five months, Alicia Molik looms as a genuine home-town contender at the Australian Open.

At the very least, Molik will arrive at Melbourne Park for the season's opening major as the X-factor in the women's draw.

Her doubters, the few that remain, point to the 23-year-old South Australian's modest record of having never ventured beyond the fourth round of a grand slam.

Her growing army of believers point to her booming serve and peerless form over the past five months as cause to consider Molik as a realistic hope of giving Australia its first local women's winner of the national title since Chris O'Neil in 1978.





" The legendary Martina Navratilova certainly views Molik as a contender, claiming yesterday that the Australian undoubtedly possessed the premier serve in the game.

"Maybe Serena and Venus [Williams] hit a harder first serve, but Alicia has the best second serve in the game and that is the biggest key to being a great player," Navratilova said.

"Pete Sampras, people talk about his first serve but his second serve was amazing and when you're holding your serve that easily - and Alicia's backing it up now with good groundstrokes as well - your opponents get nervous. They know they have to hold service as well. Otherwise, they'll lose the set."

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thanks angiel but sorry i don't know who is Molik
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