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World Team Cup

Raquel
05-17-2004, 12:45 PM
Lleyton plays his first match today for Australia against Robbie Ginepri. Mark Philippoussis is playing Vince Spadea now, so Lleyton is the second match

Good Luck Lleyton :bounce: and Australia :bounce:

Danni
05-17-2004, 01:07 PM
go Lleyton!!!~~ :yeah: (and the Poo!) :D

Jess
05-17-2004, 01:23 PM
Mark got the first set to a tiebreak. Then lost it 7-1 :rolleyes: Currently 0-0 in the second.

Jess
05-17-2004, 01:26 PM
Oh and SEVEN double faults in one set :rolleyes:

Jess
05-17-2004, 02:01 PM
Oooh he won the second set!! Is he actually in danger of winning a match?!

tournesol
05-17-2004, 02:38 PM
Oooh he won the second set!! Is he actually in danger of winning a match?!

you never know, malisse has just won his first match on clay this year (excluding dc) :)

Jess
05-17-2004, 03:00 PM
Well in fairness to Mark he's putting up a fight here. He's 6-6 in the third set and had been 5-2 down.

Jess
05-17-2004, 03:08 PM
:woohoo: Mark won a match ;) Now for Lleyts :bounce:

Socket
05-17-2004, 03:26 PM
:worship: Well done, Mark! :)

NOMAD
05-17-2004, 03:42 PM
Mark saved a matchpoint and won :cool:

LL serves pretty well today(at least until now)
and returing the services very well,too :)

Jess
05-17-2004, 04:04 PM
Well he was up 4-1.... it's now 5-4...

Gaga
05-17-2004, 04:07 PM
come on lleyton !!!

Gaga
05-17-2004, 04:43 PM
7-5/3-4 for lleyton !!! come on lley !

Gaga
05-17-2004, 04:47 PM
7-5/3-5

Gaga
05-17-2004, 04:49 PM
7-5/4-5

Gaga
05-17-2004, 05:06 PM
7-5/6-6

Gaga
05-17-2004, 05:07 PM
7-5/6-7 (1-7)

Goonergal
05-17-2004, 05:13 PM
Lley needs to buck up his ideas if he wants to win this match. That tie break he played was awful :rolleyes:

Gaga
05-17-2004, 05:16 PM
7-5/6-7/1-1

Gaga
05-17-2004, 05:21 PM
2-1 for lley ! come on lleyton !!

Gaga
05-17-2004, 05:23 PM
3-1

Gaga
05-17-2004, 05:27 PM
3-2

Gaga
05-17-2004, 05:30 PM
3-3

jule
05-17-2004, 05:34 PM
:wavey:
has anybody got the chance to watch that match live on tv?
or are you just following the scoreboard? 4-3 btw

Gaga
05-17-2004, 05:35 PM
4-3 for lley

Gaga
05-17-2004, 05:40 PM
5-3

Gaga
05-17-2004, 05:47 PM
5-4

Gaga
05-17-2004, 05:50 PM
7-5/6-7/6-4 for lleyton !! congratulations lley !!! i'm very happy !!!! i love !!! (lol)

kit
05-17-2004, 06:10 PM
Congrats Lleyton!
And good luck for the next :worship: :worship: :worship:

Jess
05-17-2004, 10:07 PM
Goodness he strung that out a bit! :rolleyes: Ah well a win is a win I guess.

Raquel
05-18-2004, 02:15 AM
Well done Lleyton :bounce:

Good Luck in the next tie :yeah:

Lisbeth
05-18-2004, 02:32 AM
Yes good luck next match Lleyton (make this one quicker hey?)!

Danni
05-18-2004, 09:28 AM
Lley needs to buck up his ideas if he wants to win this match. That tie break he played was awful :rolleyes:
:lol: I haven't heard 'buck up your ideas' since I was little! My mum used to say that when I was naughty :o

nice work lley :yeah: good luck for next time :)

ally_014
05-18-2004, 09:32 AM
Go Aussies! Well done Lleyts :yeah: and go the Poo! :lol:

kim4eva
05-18-2004, 11:52 AM
Good job Lleyts :worship: and good luck next match! :bounce:

Gaga
05-18-2004, 12:39 PM
Good luck next match lley !!

NOMAD
05-18-2004, 05:35 PM
Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Center Court I, begins: 1 p.m.

Australia - Netherlands

L. Hewitt - M. Verkerk

M. Philippoussis - S. Schalken

Gaga
05-19-2004, 09:49 AM
I think that Lleyton will gain face has Martin Verkerk (Roland-garros last year a small stroke of luck! lol) and Mark will gain too!

Goonergal
05-19-2004, 12:30 PM
LOL Dani :D Well LL needs to buck up his ideas again, as he is 1-5 down to Verkerk and has quite frankly put in a really pathetic showing. It's only now that he's this far down he's playing better.

Oh and a bit of Lleyki news.......Kim is there :D

Goonergal
05-19-2004, 12:31 PM
Verkerk wins the 1st set 6-1 in 20 minutes :rolleyes:

Verkerk is playing well, serving at about 80% :eek:

Gaga
05-19-2004, 01:46 PM
1-6/7-6(7-3)

crazzzy_grrl
05-19-2004, 02:15 PM
Good to here that kim is there

Gaga
05-19-2004, 02:40 PM
1-6/7-6/7-5 for lley !! good job lley !

NOMAD
05-19-2004, 04:01 PM
Tennis: Determined Hewitt keeps Australia on course for final






DUSSELDORF, Germany : Former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt produced a gritty performance to defeat Dutchman Martin Verkerk on the fourth day of the 2.1-million-euro ATP world team cup, keeping Australia on course for a place in the final.

Hewitt, 23, was steamrolled 6-1 by Munich Open finalist Verkerk in an opening set that lasted just 22 minutes.

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However, Hewitt fought back to level the match winning the second set 7-6 (7/2) in the tie-break.

"It took me time to get into the match," confessed Hewitt. "He was unstoppable in the first set and I just had to hang in there."

In the decisive set Hewitt, roared on by Belgian girlfiend and tennis World No. 2 Kim Clijsters, broke to go 6-5 up and held his nerve to serve out for the match at 7-5.

"I feel good and hopefully can raise my game for the French Open next week," added Hewitt.

Mark Philippoussis, 27, has the chance to clinch another point for Australia in his singles match with Dutchman Sjeng Schalken.

Holland have still yet to win a match in this year's competition after losing 3-0 to Argentina in their first tie.

Indeed it looks like Davis Cup holders Australia and Argentina will fight it out for a spot in the final after Juan Ignacio Chela defeated American Vincent Spadea 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

The 2002 victors from South America are the only team not to lose a match in the competition so far.

Hosts Germany or reigning champions Chile are fighting it out for a place in the final at the summit of the red group.

- AFP

Gaga
05-19-2004, 04:17 PM
Thanks Nomad !

Danni
05-20-2004, 07:25 AM
...roared on by Belgian girlfiend and tennis World No. 2 Kim Clijsters...

:lol: mental picture of kim 'roaring' (like a lion) in the stands :o

moving on...well done lleyts :worship: and good luck for the next one!! :D

kim4eva
05-20-2004, 11:28 AM
Good job Lleyton! :yeah: :worship:

Good luck in the next match! :bounce:

SomL.
05-20-2004, 12:10 PM
Good luck Lleyton in next match !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gaga
05-20-2004, 01:18 PM
Australia plays against Argentina , for the place in finale !

calimero
05-20-2004, 03:29 PM
I'm sorry but I'm dissapointed in his behaviour against Verkerk!
DAMN YOURE SUCKS HEWITT!
Youre Irritating...!

Murkofan
05-20-2004, 03:39 PM
I've always found poor grammar and spelling to be irritating.

Sjengster
05-20-2004, 03:41 PM
I've always found both Hewitt and poor grammar and spelling to be irritating.

Socket
05-20-2004, 03:55 PM
I've always found both Hewitt and poor grammar and spelling to be irritating.

So what?

Murkofan
05-20-2004, 04:04 PM
A needle pulling thread?

NOMAD
05-20-2004, 04:09 PM
Friday, May 21, 2004

Center Court I, begins: 1 p.m.
Australia - Argentina

L. Hewitt - G. Gaudio
M. Philippoussis - M. Zabaleta

Gaga
05-20-2004, 06:04 PM
Against gaston Gaudio , Lleyton win !!!!!!!

jule
05-20-2004, 08:41 PM
that means that i will be able to see the match (german tv broadcasts from 1pm to 4pm)
mental picture of kim 'roaring' (like a lion) in the stands
lol danni

kim4eva
05-21-2004, 08:58 AM
GO Aussies- Lleyton and the Poo!! :bounce:

NOMAD
05-21-2004, 09:09 AM
Hewitt learning to love clay
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt believes he is in the form of his life on clay heading into next week's French Open.

The Roland Garros stadium has never been a happy hunting ground for Hewitt, but he has renewed confidence ahead of the second grand slam of the year.

"I think every year I'm getting better and better on clay," Hewitt said at the World Team Cup, where he hopes to take Australia into Saturday's final against Chile.

"I've already done better in the (clay) tournaments I've played in this year compared with last, but I still need to improve before France," he added.

"I've had another year of playing the best players on clay. I always find it a test to play on clay, but I am learning and I think it is showing in how I play the game and how I feel on court."

Hewitt, who won the US Open in 2001 and the 2002 Wimbledon title, had a difficult 2003 despite winning two ATP Tour events.

He failed to progress past the quarter-final of any grand slam, and was beaten in the first round at Wimbledon as defending champion.

Two titles

Having put 2003 down to experience, the 23-year-old Hewitt has already won two titles this year, although the wins in Sydney and Rotterdam were countered by the disappointment of a fourth-round exit at the Australian Open in January.

Despite his up-and-down form, Hewitt lies sixth in the 2004 ATP Race and demonstrated his mettle on clay at the recent Hamburg Masters, where only a top-class performance from world number one Roger Federer stopped him progressing to the final.

Perhaps more important is the fact that Hewitt appears to have rediscovered the self-confidence and enjoyment of the game that drove him to the top of the world rankings in 2001 aged just 20.

"I didn't win too many tournaments last year but I don't let that worry me because I am more comfortable this year so far," he said.

"I don't feel I am playing or doing anything different this year to last - there's not a huge difference other than that I've had another year of experience."

--Reuters

Lisbeth
05-21-2004, 09:11 AM
Good luck Aussies. Good on Lleyton for playing a heap of clay and enjoying it instead of hiding away somewhere waiting for the grass season to start. (Not mentioning any names!)

SomL.
05-21-2004, 10:32 AM
Come on Lleyton !!!!!!!!

FryslanBoppe
05-21-2004, 10:34 AM
Lets go Gaudio, you gave Lleyton one present, even though you like him, but today will not be another present like Monte Carlo.

Danni
05-21-2004, 12:56 PM
thanks for the great article :kiss:
:yippee: for Lleyton :D

Jess
05-21-2004, 01:02 PM
He's struggling against Gaudio - down a set and a break :rolleyes: But we've seen this before and he's come back :)

Neely
05-21-2004, 01:09 PM
hey WHAT THE FUCK is going on with Lleyton and Roger Rasheed?
Rasheed and Lleyton are sitting on the bench and they don't talk to each other during the changeovers???
they don't even look at each other...
did I miss something or what? Rasheed is sitting there as if he wasn't interested what's going on? did they have a quarel?
what a dumbass coach must I be if I wouldn't talk to my player when he is one set and a break down?
I don't understand... :confused:
somebody can clarify what's going on or if this is normal? for me, it's not normal....

Jess
05-21-2004, 01:14 PM
I don't know - I haven't heard anything about them having an argument :shrug: Maybe they have or maybe Roger just knows what he's doing :unsure: I've never seen this world team cup thing on t.v so I'm not really sure what they normally do.

Jess
05-21-2004, 01:21 PM
5-2 down now :rolleyes:

Jess
05-21-2004, 01:25 PM
He got one break back - 5-3

Jess
05-21-2004, 01:27 PM
5-4 - .... is there a glimmer of hope....

Socket
05-21-2004, 01:27 PM
Lleyton just got a break back, Gaudio was serving for the match. I doubt if Roger's being silent means anything bad. Sounds like Gaudio is just playing very well.

Jess
05-21-2004, 01:30 PM
Lleyton now has three break points :) If he gets this he's right back in it :)

Jess
05-21-2004, 01:31 PM
5-5 :D I really didn't think he'd get back into it there ;)

Jess
05-21-2004, 01:34 PM
30-30 on Lleyt's serve :unsure: Don't throw it away now...

Jess
05-21-2004, 01:35 PM
6-5 :)

donna
05-21-2004, 01:37 PM
c'mon Lleyton!!! :bounce:

btw :wavey: Jess :)

Sunshine1
05-21-2004, 01:40 PM
7-5 lleyton won the set

Jess
05-21-2004, 01:45 PM
:) Very good Lleyts :) Just keep it going now! 5 straight games is pretty :yeah:

Jess
05-21-2004, 01:46 PM
Gaudio breaks :rolleyes:

Socket
05-21-2004, 01:47 PM
THat's disappointing after all that effort to win the second set.

Socket
05-21-2004, 01:48 PM
Lleyton's expending a lot of energy this week, hope it doesn't backfire on him next week at RG>

Jess
05-21-2004, 01:50 PM
That is a good point - these dramatic three setters may backfire :unsure: Although he does normally have a lot of energy and he's got a couple of days to recover...

Jess
05-21-2004, 01:54 PM
He broke back :) 2-2-

Socket
05-21-2004, 01:56 PM
:) Well done, Lleyton!!! :)

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:03 PM
He held (looked difficult though)

Murkofan
05-21-2004, 02:10 PM
Come on Lleyts :D

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:11 PM
:wavey: Marly :)

Deuce on Gaudios serves

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:12 PM
3-3 :rolleyes: He had four break points in that game.

Socket
05-21-2004, 02:13 PM
Damn, I saw at least 4 BPs lost . . .

Socket
05-21-2004, 02:14 PM
Oops, sorry, you type faster than I do!

Murkofan
05-21-2004, 02:14 PM
Hola :D

Do my eyes deceive me, or did Ll come back from a set and two breaks down on clay? :unsure: :eek:

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:15 PM
Hola :D

Do my eyes deceive me, or did Ll come back from a set and two breaks down on clay? :unsure: :eek:

Indeed he did :eek: ;) From 2-5 down to win it 7-5. On Clay :)

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:16 PM
He got broken again :rolleyes: 3-4

Murkofan
05-21-2004, 02:17 PM
Ll :rolleyes: Don't blow that mind-boggling comeback now :p

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:21 PM
Deuce on Gaudio's serve again :rolleyes:

Murkofan
05-21-2004, 02:22 PM
Break, dammit.

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:22 PM
He broke back :bounce: 4-4

Socket
05-21-2004, 02:23 PM
And he obeys your command!

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:25 PM
5-4 Lleyts :)

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:31 PM
5-5 :rolleyes:

Murkofan
05-21-2004, 02:31 PM
And he obeys your command!

He doesn't want me to get Ol' Betsy after him :armed: :p

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:36 PM
Why can he never get through matches in a simple straightforward manner :rolleyes:
Break Point : Gaudio :mad:

Murkofan
05-21-2004, 02:37 PM
That would be far too simple and easy on us, of course :p

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:38 PM
Thank goodness for that - he held :) 6-5

Now if he could just break here and savve us all the agony of a tiebreak.

Murkofan
05-21-2004, 02:39 PM
Don't hold your breath :p

Let's see if this works again, though: break, dammit.

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:42 PM
Agonising tiebreak here we come :rolleyes:

Murkofan
05-21-2004, 02:42 PM
Pfffffff. Don't play like ass, Ll.

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:46 PM
Well he's throwing this away nicely :banghead: 4-1 Gaudio

Murkofan
05-21-2004, 02:48 PM
I said not to play like ass, dear :p

Though it may be better if Aus doesn't make the final so Ll can have an extra day or two of rest before RG, given how much he's played the last couple of weeks...but I'd prefer for Flip and the doubles team to lose, not Ll :p

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:49 PM
Yes, Flip and the doubles losing would in a way be good. After this little three hour epic Lleyts is going to need a rest. But I want him to win now after that brilliant fightback
5-4 Gaudio

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:50 PM
5-5 :)

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:52 PM
7-5 Gaudio :rolleyes:

Soooo close

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:52 PM
But looking at it positivly he did do very well do to come back from that far behind on clay.

Murkofan
05-21-2004, 02:54 PM
Ll :rolleyes:

Oh well, at least his confidence going into RG should be pretty high. His clay results this year are the best they've been since either 2000 or 2001, and he's played pretty decently against some top claycourters. He just needs to get more first serves in :p

Socket
05-21-2004, 02:54 PM
Very disappointing to lose on his own serve during a TB, after all that work in the second and third sets, and after fighting back to 5-all in the TB. Hopefully, Lleyton will take good things from this match. And the crowd certainly got their money's worth.

Jess
05-21-2004, 02:55 PM
He needs to get more serves in and realise that the first set is important too. He can't carry on waking up halfway through the second set and start playing well then!

Anyway must go and do something useful!

Gaga
05-21-2004, 03:12 PM
Lley finally lose 6-3/7-5/6-7(6-7)

Neely
05-21-2004, 04:13 PM
I don't know - I haven't heard anything about them having an argument :shrug: Maybe they have or maybe Roger just knows what he's doing :unsure: I've never seen this world team cup thing on t.v so I'm not really sure what they normally do.
for me it look really VERY strange... Roger was sitting there impassively, listlessly (still searching for the right word to describe it)... during the changeover he was sitting there on the bench with folded arms (you know what I'm trying to say) and just looking forward, hardly looking at Lleyton... for me, that seemed not normal at all.
Only during the final set I saw him talking to Lleyton a few words.
It really looked strange to me, just reporting what I think, maybe I got it wrong and I'm exaggerating, but looked like a very "cold" relationship to Roger all of a sudden :shrug: :shrug:

:rolleyes:

Goonergal
05-21-2004, 05:08 PM
for me it look really VERY strange... Roger was sitting there impassively, listlessly (still searching for the right word to describe it)... during the changeover he was sitting there on the bench with folded arms (you know what I'm trying to say) and just looking forward, hardly looking at Lleyton... for me, that seemed not normal at all.
Only during the final set I saw him talking to Lleyton a few words.
It really looked strange to me, just reporting what I think, maybe I got it wrong and I'm exaggerating, but looked like a very "cold" relationship to Roger all of a sudden :shrug: :shrug:

:rolleyes:

I agree. Roger was sitting there like a complete dope. Both not even uttering a word to each other. The commentators here picked up on it. I mean, what's the point of him being there. It actually was quite sad imo.

Murkofan
05-21-2004, 08:02 PM
Wayno and Paul Hanley won in straights, so Australia is in the final. Anybody know where Woodbridge is?

Socket
05-21-2004, 08:59 PM
Roger's listed as the team captain, so he should have been out there with Mark and Wayne/Paul. Did anybody see those matches and whether Roger was more active than he was with Lleyton?

Personally, I've always wondered if a player would find it a bit distracting to have a coach talk with him during changeovers,as in DC. After all, the players get used to being out there by themselves, and probably have little routines they go through during the changeover. Those routines would get disrupted with a coach talking to them.

Jess
05-21-2004, 11:40 PM
I guess that's good Australia got to the final ;)
I just hope he doesn't have another hugely long match because I want him to be fresh for the French Open start.

Socket
05-21-2004, 11:46 PM
BTW, does anybody know the starting time and OOP for the final on Saturday? It's not up on the website. Thanks.

Jess
05-21-2004, 11:49 PM
It starts at midday german time (11am UK) :)

Socket
05-22-2004, 12:33 AM
Ugh, that's 6 am my time -- and on a SATURDAY!!! Oh, Lleyton, the sacrifices I make for you. . . :)

Lisbeth
05-22-2004, 03:03 AM
Well since Australia is in the Final, Go Oz! But don't exhaust yourself Lleyton.

I wouldn't be too worried about Roger. He says he is more of a trainer and support guy because LLeyton is so good tactically that he know how to play tennis as well as any coach. I guess courtside is exactly where that sort of "coach" would feel most out of place. Better him than Flip's Dad though (no offence to Flip, but at least Roger WAS a tennis player!!)

kim4eva
05-22-2004, 03:29 AM
Go AUS :bounce:

SomL.
05-22-2004, 04:19 AM
Come on Lleyton Lleyton !!!!!!!!! Go Australia !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NOMAD
05-22-2004, 10:49 AM
interview audio after yesterday's match (http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackItA.asp?file=http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/hewitt_dusseldorf5.WMA)

order of play

LLeyton Hewitt Fernando Gonzales
Mark Phililipoussis Nicolas Massu

kim4eva
05-22-2004, 11:27 AM
Thanks for the interview clip!

Jess
05-22-2004, 12:06 PM
He lost the first set 7-5 an improvement :shrug: but I really didn't want him playing a three set match today.

Gaga
05-22-2004, 01:10 PM
Lleyton lost the match against Fernando Gonzalez 7-5/6-2.:crying2:
But check it(he) stays Mark and double , everything is still possible. At the end of the match Lleyton not to look more has to run for the lobs he owed not not etre too much in shape!

NOMAD
05-22-2004, 04:43 PM
UPDATE 2-Gonzalez and Massu retain World Team Cup for Chile
Sat 22 May, 2004 16:17

(adds quotes)

By Henry Brown

DUESSELDORF, Germany, May 22 (Reuters) - Chile successfully defended their World Team Cup crown on Saturday when they beat three-time winners Australia in the final.

Fernando Gonzalez beat former world number one Lleyton Hewitt 7-5 6-2 to put Chile ahead in the tie. Nicolas Massu then defeated Mark Philippoussis 6-3 6-1 to seal victory for the South Americans before the doubles rubber.

Chile, who also included doubles player Adrian Garcia, are the first team since the United States in 1984 and 1985 to have won the World Team Cup title in consecutive years.

"We came here with the intention of getting to the final and winning again and to do so is very special," said Gonzalez, who won all four of his singles matches to stretch his unbeaten run in the tournament to 13 matches since his debut in 2003.

"I don't know why I always seem to win my matches here. I have got better as the week has gone on but I am just very happy for my team and my country."

Gonzalez broke Hewitt's otherwise solid serve at 5-6 with the first set of the match looking destined to go to a tiebreak.

The Chilean then broke Hewitt in the sixth and eighth games of the second set to run away with victory.

"It was only a few points here and there that was the difference," said Hewitt. "I kept fighting back but the break just wouldn't come.

"I had the chances to get back into it but he came up with some massive shots at the right time to break me."

Philippoussis was broken in his first two service games in the first set before recovering to claim a break back after calling on the trainer to attend to a shoulder injury, but Massu held on to take the set.

Massu then broke the Philippoussis serve twice in the opening games of the second set to open up a 5-0 lead.

Philippoussis had come from match point down on Friday to claim a win that helped Australia into the final, but could not claw his way back into the match.

"I think me and Lleyton were both a little flat playing two days in a row and after long games," said Philippoussis.

"They came out pumped and going for their shots right from the start and we had trouble reacting to that."

Zoecrick
05-23-2004, 12:08 AM
I can't believe that there wasn't even a little picture of Kim or any qoutes from her!!! Anyway good that Aussies got to the final Lleyton is playnig ok on the clay!!

kim4eva
05-23-2004, 04:42 AM
thanks for the article :kiss: