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Kiefer in Halle comeback. How are his chances to win a match?

Yappa
06-09-2007, 03:17 PM
Not good at all. :mad:

Out of all the possible opponents, I feared Federer and Berdych the most.
He plays against Berdych, someone who loves to play against Haas and Kiefer (remember those painful 5 set losses) :( Had he played against a weaker opponent, then there would have been a slight chance for a win (for example Mayer).

Oh well, I am just happy that he'll have his comeback match. And if he gets destroyed, so be it.

TommyB.
06-09-2007, 03:40 PM
Bad luck for Kiwi. :(

But nice to see him in a main draw again. :)

Yappa
06-09-2007, 04:05 PM
Ironically, Berdych was Kiefers last opponent before the one year of playing no matches. He retired after losing the first set 1:6. His last real match was, of course, one round before against Gicquel.

kiwifan80
06-09-2007, 07:10 PM
Well ofcourse i hope for the best, I'm not expecting much considering how long Kiwi's been out. I just wanna see pictures from his first match back :)

knight_ley
06-09-2007, 07:26 PM
No matter what his results, I am beyond thrilled to see his name back in the draw!

JMG
06-09-2007, 08:07 PM
(WC)Kiefer/Pavel - Blake/Russell

Yappa
06-09-2007, 08:12 PM
Interesting. Guess he'll take all the match practice he can get. Hopefully he can at least score a win in the doubles competition.

JMG
06-10-2007, 04:57 PM
Expected Monday start for Kiwi, not before 15.30.

Yappa
06-10-2007, 06:31 PM
Since he faces Berdych, I kinda expected him to play on Tuesday. Anways, I am glad that they're thinking about the DSF coverage, and that we'll able to see the match. Best wishes to Kiwi. :yeah:

Neely
06-10-2007, 07:25 PM
Of course not a good draw because Berdych isn't easy. I hardly can expect him to win that. I would love to, but not likely going to happen, is it? :confused:

Ironically, Berdych was Kiefers last opponent before the one year of playing no matches. He retired after losing the first set 1:6. His last real match was, of course, one round before against Gicquel.
true!
Berdych his last opponent, now his first one again :unsure:

ZackBusner
06-11-2007, 02:59 PM
Play has started :eek:

knight_ley
06-11-2007, 03:59 PM
:dance: He's doing much better than I thought!

knight_ley
06-11-2007, 04:09 PM
GREAT FIGHTING BY KIWI!!!! Saving two bps!

knight_ley
06-11-2007, 04:31 PM
Kiwi lost to Berdych 4-6 6(3)-7.
I must say, I have never been so excited for a loss! He played (by watching the numbers) amazing and stayed in the match! I'm so happy for him! :kiss:

Yappa
06-11-2007, 08:03 PM
Just watched my recording of the match. Geez, I was disappointed. But that only shows how well he played. He did much better than I expected. More about it later.

Neely
06-11-2007, 08:10 PM
I was so glad that I had the feeling Kiwi won! :crazy:

TommyB.
06-11-2007, 09:53 PM
I taped the match too and it was a good performance. What a pity that he could not hold the break in the 2nd set.

Weiter so Kiwi! :)

kiwifan80
06-11-2007, 10:45 PM
Wow that's pretty impressive. I thought it would be something like 6-3 6-2 or something. A shame he couldn't capitalize on the chances that he most likely had, but good job Kiwi:) I'm so prowd of him :)

I taped the match too and it was a good performance. What a pity that he could not hold the break in the 2nd set.

Weiter so Kiwi! :)


I'm so jealous of u guys who got to see him. How was his serve? I assume it was pretty solid cuz the score was so close

JMG
06-11-2007, 11:08 PM
Waske said on TV that Kiwi already has wildcard offers from Newport and Gstaad and also the other US tournaments are interested. :yeah:

Yappa
06-12-2007, 01:47 PM
I'm so jealous of u guys who got to see him. How was his serve? I assume it was pretty solid cuz the score was so close

His first point was an ace. :worship: Overall, his (first) serve was his strength although it kinda left him in 1-2 key moments. But not too much to complain. His backhand - he is normally very solid on that side - was too error-prone IMO. And he probably could have tried more S+V. Most of the time he was staying at the base line.

The court is slippery, so both players fell several times. Seems to me that Queen's is better in that regard.

Waske said on TV that Kiwi already has wildcard offers from Newport and Gstaad and also the other US tournaments are interested. :yeah:

Good to hear. I imagine that Stuttgart would be willing to give him a WC, but since it's clay, I kinda doubt that Kiefer wants to play there.

myrt
06-12-2007, 05:13 PM
Wow....Kiefer/Pavel won their doubles match today. The more time Kiwi gets on grass before Wimby the better. Want him to stay healthy for Cincy where I hope to see him.

Yappa
06-12-2007, 05:20 PM
Well done, guys. :yeah:

Neely
06-12-2007, 10:09 PM
The court is slippery, so both players fell several times. Seems to me that Queen's is better in that regard.
dito, I think I'm noticing that every year
this could be one of the negative side effects of the roof
humidity is likely to be higher, especially when the roof is closed
and if the roof is open, the sun often does not shine on every spot to dry it.

16681
06-12-2007, 10:36 PM
Well even if Kiwi didn't win his Singles Match, but won in Doubles I don't think that is bad at all considering how long he has been out :) He will get better I'm sure ;)

Neely
06-13-2007, 02:51 PM
Yes, at least one win in doubles for the comeback!

Meanwhile they lost 5-7 6-7(5) to Aspelin/Perry

JMG
06-13-2007, 03:48 PM
They served for the set in the first. :o

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/7499/ahhhhhhhnt9.gif

Yappa
06-13-2007, 09:53 PM
Oh no, another TB lost. :( Well, he'll hopefully make up for it in Wimbledon.

kiwi10is
06-17-2007, 04:36 PM
Berdych and Aspelin/Knowel won the final in Halle today. So Kiwi lost twice against the champion... Sounds good, doesn't it??

Yappa
06-17-2007, 07:48 PM
Ok, but I'd rather see Kiefer win the 1R of Wimbledon against a claycourter than lose against Federer in 5 sets. :lol:

kiwi10is
06-17-2007, 08:12 PM
I want to see him working on his birthday in Wimbly :-)

Neely
06-17-2007, 08:45 PM
Ok, but I'd rather see Kiefer win the 1R of Wimbledon against a claycourter than lose against Federer in 5 sets. :lol:
:lol: right!
maybe Hernandez would be good... Acasuso also sucks big on grass, but he isn't a claycourter only and has a good serve at least. Or what about David Sanchez? Is he in Wimbledon? haha, that would be some better opponents then immediately Berdych in 1st round here at Halle *dream* :angel:

Yappa
06-17-2007, 09:11 PM
Acasuso isn't an option, since he already withdrew. Taking a look at the Top 30 players of the entry list, then I'd say that the following players could be acceptable first round opponents for Kiefer:

3 Davydenko, Nikolay RUS 3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7 Robredo, Tommy ESP 7
(8 Ljubicic, Ivan CRO 8) --> if he continues to disappoint
14 Ferrer, David ESP 14
20 Ferrero, Juan Carlos ESP 19
21 Canas, Guillermo ARG 20
22 Chela, Juan Ignacio ARG 21
26 Hrbaty, Dominik SVK 25
27 Safin, Marat RUS 26
29 Andreev, Igor RUS @27
30 Calleri, Agustin ARG 28

So of course mostly claycourters. Hopefully I won't get punished by Davydenko for this post by him winning in straights against Kiefer in 1st round. :lol:

kiwi10is
06-17-2007, 09:35 PM
maybe he is lucky for a change and doesn`t face a seeded player. If not I'd add Blake and Nalbandian to your list. They were both not very strong in Halle. Also Murray, Haas and Youzhny. If they don`t withdraw they will at least not be 100% fit. Not sure about Canas though. He is good on hardcourt so he could be good on grass... :confused: But I am sure no matter who will be the one... he will underestimate Kiwi

Yappa
06-17-2007, 09:52 PM
I thought about adding Blake, but remembering that he defeated Roddick last year on his road to the Queen's final, I chose not to.

Neely
06-18-2007, 06:19 AM
I'd rather not see Nalbandian near Kiwi :lol: I have a very high opinion of him regarding potential ability if he has a good day (which is seldom nowadays). Even though he doesn't seem to have the best time of his career right now, he usually doesn't play his best in little events, but in Grand Slams.

Canas isn't that bad on grass. He won a few rounds at Wimbledon and likes playing in s-Hertogenbosch on grass, but that is usually a deep slow cowfield anyway. I'm curious to what it looks this year, but Halle/Queen's were totally superior to s-Hertogenbosch regarding grasscourt quality.