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David at RG....

sigmagirl91
05-19-2004, 12:11 PM
OK, since we've had a "gate crasher" come and jack up this forum, let me get us back on track. I believe that David is a legitimate contender for RG, and I think he can make some significant strides there. He has practically nothing to defend, and lots of ranking points and ranking spots to gain.

jazz_girl
05-19-2004, 12:24 PM
True Sigma!
I can't wait to see the draw! I guess we'll be able to see it next Friday!

*Ljubica*
05-19-2004, 12:39 PM
Well I was a bit scared to start one of these after the bad luck we had with Indian Wells and Miami - but now one has been started ..... I agree with every word you said - Sigma!

Good Luck David - please, please have a great and successful tournament at Roland Garros - I don't want another 1st round defeat to watch like Hamburg, and I guess you don't want a repeat of that either!

bovenbuuf
05-19-2004, 12:40 PM
Yes David can it, he had some time off, not much press around him, they are far to busy with the WTC, so he could practise in private.. so he will be fit at RG. And some good matches to look back to, especialy in Rome.

and like you said Sigma, he has not much points to defend, so could make it also a little easier. In Rome he was a clay specialist, according to the press, and well RG is clay.. so why not show there that he is a clayspecialist....

jazz_girl
05-19-2004, 12:44 PM
LOL! If he gets far at RG he'll have to take that clay specialist "title" no matter what! LOL!

bovenbuuf
05-19-2004, 02:22 PM
LOL yes he has to.. no doubt..
so then he will be a grass specialist and a clay specialist.. the man is good.

crigazzio
05-19-2004, 05:21 PM
and he´s not only a specialist in tennis!!!girls he taulk spanish, english, italian...and maybe he can taulk french languages too ;)

Kiss
Ceci

sigmagirl91
05-19-2004, 07:21 PM
Yes, hubby 1 can do all things well...that's why he is number 1.

crigazzio
05-19-2004, 08:14 PM
jajajaj right Tiff!!!I forgot the he´s the number 1 in your list!!!!!

sigmagirl91
05-19-2004, 08:30 PM
That's right....

*Ljubica*
05-19-2004, 08:52 PM
and he´s not only a specialist in tennis!!!girls he taulk spanish, english, italian...and maybe he can taulk french languages too ;)

Kiss
Ceci

And don't forget he's a pretty good rally car driver too - and he can play football :)

sigmagirl91
05-19-2004, 09:25 PM
And don't forget he's a pretty good rally car driver too - and he can play football :)

and basketball, karate, and horseback riding...wow, he can do it all, can't he? :o

crigazzio
05-19-2004, 10:21 PM
HE´S THE NUMBER ONE...NO DOUBT!!!!

*Ljubica*
05-20-2004, 05:35 PM
Absolutely - and - hey - we've all forgotten something.....just how well our man David can sing :haha:

sigmagirl91
05-20-2004, 05:56 PM
Oh, now HE could be the next American...ahem...Argentinian Idol....

bovenbuuf
05-20-2004, 06:13 PM
well Rosie, I think that if David would have been there last saturday in Turkey... he would defently made it ..

*Ljubica*
05-20-2004, 08:30 PM
well Rosie, I think that if David would have been there last saturday in Turkey... he would defently made it ..

Now - please don't tempt me to start quoting the words of my favourite Bosnian song - or we'll be accused of wrecking another thread :p

sigmagirl91
05-20-2004, 09:17 PM
Please, rosie....DO NOT sing the words to that song LOL!!!!

bovenbuuf
05-21-2004, 07:00 AM
but Rosie.. that song was so good, still wonder why Deen didn't win the title..Ah well could be fun to hear him sing that Bosnian song :p

jazz_girl
05-21-2004, 01:06 PM
VAMOS DAVID!!!!
I know you can do it, your section of the draw is the worst, but it doesn't matter, you'll get far in spite of it! ;)

jazz_girl
05-21-2004, 01:16 PM
Coria:
"I don't wanna wait(about RG). David (Nalbandian) doesn't want to wait either in Wimbledon; he wants to win it now too."
"No quiero esperar. David (Nalbandian) tampoco quiere esperar en Wimbledon; ya lo quiere ganar también."

*Ljubica*
05-21-2004, 01:22 PM
VAMOS DAVID!!!!
I know you can do it, your section of the draw is the worst, but it doesn't matter, you'll get far in spite of it! ;)

Brave and positive words Jazz_Girl................hope you are right! And don't worry - I'll be there cheering him on every step of the way - even if I'm the only person in the stadium cheering for him and not Gasquet!

jazz_girl
05-21-2004, 01:27 PM
LOL! That's good to know Rosie!

sigmagirl91
05-21-2004, 01:31 PM
I hope that our David proves the naysayers wrong....

Action Jackson
05-21-2004, 01:38 PM
He will do alright, all he needs to go is get in front of Gasquet, and Gasquet will retire injured.

Aleksa's Laydee
05-21-2004, 02:39 PM
poor draw but good luck to david anyway!!! he can do it :)

jazz_girl
05-21-2004, 02:56 PM
He will do alright, all he needs to go is get in front of Gasquet, and Gasquet will retire injured.
I haven't seen Gasquet playing lately... But I remember his match against Calleri in Bs As, I was there and he had the crowd against him, but he beat Calleri anyway.
I know David can do it, but it will be difficult.
Now, talking about Calleri, I think Safin will beat him. I heard on tv that he's no totally recovered from his injury, the same as Guga and Ferrero. A real shame...

merle
05-21-2004, 03:42 PM
Hey jazzgirl! Do you know what injury Calleri had? Was it foot or smth?

jazz_girl
05-21-2004, 03:45 PM
I think it was on his leg. But I don't think it's that bad as the press said. I'm sure he'll be alright! ;)

Raquel
05-21-2004, 03:49 PM
Good Luck David :bounce: :hug:

Vamos!

*Ljubica*
05-21-2004, 04:31 PM
He will do alright, all he needs to go is get in front of Gasquet, and Gasquet will retire injured.


You are so cruel GWH :p Actually I've just remembered Gasquet's match against Gaudio in Bercy last year - he had match points but still managed to lose to Gaudio! In many ways I think the crowd put him off and worked to Gaudio's advantage - Gasquet became horribly nervous knowing the whole crowd (well apart from me!) wanted him to win. Hope that is the same against David!

jazz_girl
05-24-2004, 01:57 AM
These are the bets for RG:

FEDERER R. 2.75

CORIA G. 3.25

FERRERO J.C. 6.50

MOYA C. 7.00

NALBANDIAN 12.00

SAFIN M. 15.00

RODDICK A. 20.00

AGASSI A. 20.00

GONZALEZ F. 35.00

GAUDIO G. 40.00

ROBREDO T. 40.00

CALLERI A. 40.00

HEWITT L. 40.00

COSTA A. 40.00

CHELA J.I. 40.00

CANAS G. 40.00

VERDASCO F. 40.00

GROSJEAN S. 50.00

SCHUETTLER R. 50.00

KUERTEN G. 60.00

HAAS T. 60.00

MASSU N. 60.00

PAVEL A. 75.00

ZABALETA M. 75.00

VOLANDRI F. 75.00

HENMAN T. 75.00

VERKERK M. 75.00

Ma. Estefania
05-24-2004, 05:39 AM
Poor Tim :tape:

jazz_girl
05-24-2004, 01:13 PM
I don't get what Roddick's doing there!

bovenbuuf
05-24-2004, 02:10 PM
I don't get what Roddick's doing there!

maybe he wants to see the Eiffel tower again...

jazz_girl
05-24-2004, 02:46 PM
LOL! Yeah, just like Agassi did...

bovenbuuf
05-24-2004, 02:56 PM
Yes think so too, he has now plenty of time to walk all those stairs to reach the top.

novanora
05-24-2004, 04:02 PM
So...today i just cheer for Grandpa Todd....;)

bovenbuuf
05-24-2004, 05:00 PM
Ok David has to play tomorrow,

court LENGLEN all matches start at 11am

. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Roger Federer (SUI)[1] v. Kristof Vliegen (BEL)
followed by:
2. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) v. Venus Williams (USA)[4]
3. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Richard Gasquet (FRA) v. David Nalbandian (ARG)[8]

bovenbuuf
05-24-2004, 05:01 PM
but also 3 match ( at court 2) is Safin v. Calleri so not sure if Davids match will be on any channel..

Ma. Estefania
05-24-2004, 06:32 PM
I hope ESPN Latin America can transmit it....

jazz_girl
05-24-2004, 09:11 PM
I don't know, at that same time Gisela Dulko will play Navratilova so who knows! I hope they do show David...

sigmagirl91
05-24-2004, 10:34 PM
Hope they do, too, jazz...

jazz_girl
05-24-2004, 11:14 PM
Actually David and Gasquet will play fourth cause before them Santoro and Clement have to finish their match...

bovenbuuf
05-25-2004, 07:09 AM
Ok so more change to see the match..

bovenbuuf
05-25-2004, 10:06 AM
Match of the day: Nalbandian (No8) v Gasquet
By FFT
Monday, May 24, 2004

For the third year in a row, Richard Gasquet has drawn the short
straw at Roland Garros. After losing in the first round to subsequent
winner Albert Costa in 2002, and then again to tough cookie Nicolas
Lapentti in 2003, the French teenage prodigy was hoping for a slice
of fortune when the names came out of the hat this year. No such
luck. Argentina's world No8 David Nalbandian stands between him
and a
first-ever appearance in the second round.

THE STAGE

Richard Gasquet is not yet 18 years old (his birthday is not until 18
June), yet for the past couple of years he has been under the full
glare of the media spotlight in France. After bursting onto the scene
with some blinding displays at Monte Carlo back in 2002, some
expected him to be challenging for major trophies before long. That
has not happened, and as a result the boy from Sérignan has come
in
for more than his fair share of criticism. Gasquet now stands at 106
in the world rankings after swapping coaches in recent months. Eric
Winogradsky was replaced briefly by Tarik Benhabiles before his
father, Francis, took back the reigns, having coached Richard
throughout his formative years. A South American tour at the start of
the year gave him the opportunity to measure up against some of the
best clay court specialists. Two wins over Chile's Nicolas Massu
were
particularly encouraging, and he was expecting to call on that
positive experience to help him progress beyond the opening round at
Roland Garros for the first time. The draw has been unkind though,
and he will need to be firing on all cylinders if he is to upset his
first round opponent, Nalbandian.

bovenbuuf
05-25-2004, 10:07 AM
Nalbandian is an atypical Argentinian. Unlike the vast majority of
his compatriots, the No8 seed is most at home on fast surfaces.
Nalbandian came out of nowhere to make it to the Wimbledon final back
in 2002. At Roland Garros, he has never progressed past the third
round, but that is a misleading stat. For Nalbandian can play on
clay, and play well, as demonstrated by his appearance in the final
of the ATP Masters Series in Rome, in early May. Indeed, that display
makes him an outsider for the title, providing of course he gets past
Gasquet in the first round.

KEYS TO THE MATCH

Nalbandian possesses two main attributes when it comes to winning on
clay: power and stamina. A supreme athlete, the South American also
deploys one of the best services on the circuit. He is an all-round
player, as comfortable at the net as he is in the back court. His
only weakness is a relative lack of patience compared to the top clay
court aficionados, although that should not prove a failing here as
Gasquet will not be looking to make the match last in any case. The
youngster is a natural talent, proud owner of one of the best
backhands around, and capable of unleashing winners form anywhere.
His service is not rock solid though, especially second time around.
In front of his home fans, he might just be ready to pull off the
first real `coup' of his career. To do that he will need to
hold his
nerve, especially if the match drags on, and therein lies the
greatest challenge of all for the 17-year-old.

HEAD TO HEAD: 1-0 NALBANDIAN
The two met for the first and only time at Monte Carlo, in the first
round, last year. The Argentinian won comfortably on that occasion, 6-
4 6-0. But young Richard is fitter and stronger this time around.

bovenbuuf
05-25-2004, 10:08 AM
seems to me that David gives the press a hard time.. in Rome he was a clay specialist, now he is an a-typical Argentinian...

sigmagirl91
05-25-2004, 11:47 AM
and he has a great serve? OK.....and I am the most popular poster on the MTF... :o :eek:

bovenbuuf
05-25-2004, 12:17 PM
well if they write it, it must be true..Hope he can show us today his great serve!

bovenbuuf
05-25-2004, 12:17 PM
Btw David looked today in parctise fine and happy!

sigmagirl91
05-25-2004, 02:18 PM
well if they write it, it must be true..Hope he can show us today his great serve!

If we go on the basis of Wertheim's observation that Robin Soderling is a "dark horse" in the FO, then I guess they're right about David's serve..... :o

Raquel
05-25-2004, 05:58 PM
Great win David!! 6-4, 7-5, 7-6. Glad he got out of that in 3 sets :)

Vamos :bounce:

bovenbuuf
05-25-2004, 06:12 PM
yes it was great

sigmagirl91
05-25-2004, 06:19 PM
yea david.....you did me proud...

Ma. Estefania
05-25-2004, 08:57 PM
Congrats David :)

jazz_girl
05-25-2004, 09:14 PM
He could have won 6-4 that last set or even 7-5, but he did it in a TB. It's ok, I'm glad he won and is in the second round!
I guess this Falla guy won't be a problem...what do you say?

Ma. Estefania
05-26-2004, 12:06 AM
Hmm...I think that no, that he won't be a problem, it's his 1st Grand Slam, so he must be a bit nervous yet....though we must not get that confident.

But no matter what I think it won't be a too hard task for David.

novanora
05-26-2004, 03:31 AM
hey, sorry for late congrats after my sweet sleeping!!! David's game make me too tired over midnight:mad: Glad that he finally finish it in 3 sets, or i have to stay the whole night without sleeping!!
Gasquet is a good and right opponent for david, and winning over him can help david adapt the court and atmosphere in RG. I believe he can do better and better in next rounds;)
As to his "great" serving........:lol::lol: at least he hit some aces yesterday!

jazz_girl
05-26-2004, 12:32 PM
David Nalbandian.
"It wasn't my best match, but the important thing is to win in the
first rounds. But I can play better, I'm sure. This is not the
surface I like the best and I was never able to play well here. I
hope I can make it this time"
Mancini(DC coach):
"If David is concentrated, he can make a well Roland garros. He has
the game, the strength to do well in any surface. For players of his
level, is very important to gather some confidence in the first week
matches, so then he can face the second with a good rythm and,
playing short matches, without much tiredness. These sunny days are
going to it easier for him because the courts will be faster"
Guy Forget (France DC coach)
"David Nalbandian is a player that improved a lot in the last year
and a half. I'm impressed by his strength, he's very consistent and
it's good that he plays better in fast surfaces than in clay, because
that will help him to get more points to go up in the ranking. He is
already one of the best, he's young and has time to improve. Besides,
he looks like a very gentle kid, with good manners, which is very
hard to find nowadays".

jazz_girl
05-26-2004, 12:37 PM
Nalbandian Advances
Clarin
http://old.clarin.com/diario/2004/05/26/deportes/d-05401.htm
We have to start with Nalbandian, who resolved more easily what many
thought it was going to be a tough person to beat: the French Richard
Gasquet, with his 17 years old, that one that shone in Buenos Aires's
clay, losing in SF against Coria.

The match was close, but the cordobes took advantages in the key
moments. 1) In the first chapter he had a break in the ninth game to
be 5-4; then, with his service was able to get a winner and close the
set. 2) The next set was so even that it looked like it was going to
end in a tie break. What happened? David prevailed again, now in the
eleventh game: 6-5. And defined with another great service. 3) The
broke each other twice in the last set, but Nalbandiar had the
service, and serve for match 5-4, but he made 4 unforced errors. They
ended up in a tie-break. And there's where David shone. It was his
best in the match and put the cherry on top with a beautiful volley
for clear 7-1.

The numbers, in 2 hours and 31 minutes, were: 6-4 7-5 7-6. Now,
Nalbandian will face Colombian Alejandro Falla (146°) in the second
round, he defeated the Dutch Kristian Pless.

bovenbuuf
05-26-2004, 12:41 PM
Love the quote of Forget, really nice and think its just true..

jazz_girl
05-26-2004, 12:43 PM
Yes, that was my favourite too! :)

crigazzio
05-26-2004, 05:05 PM
The last point of the match was so great!!!!!I love to see it!!!

Ceci

bovenbuuf
05-26-2004, 05:23 PM
OOP thursday.

Court 2 11:00 Start
1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) v. Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[12]
followed by:
2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Gilles Elseneer (BEL) v. Gustavo Kuerten (BRA)[28]
3. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Barbara Rittner (GER) v. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[11]
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Alejandro Falla (COL) v. David Nalbandian (ARG)[8]

bovenbuuf
05-27-2004, 07:05 AM
Nalbandian Faces Falla
La nacion 27/5/04

PARIS - The fourth day will count just have three performances of the Argentineans. Well entrance of the Argentine morning, in the fourth turn of the session will begin to 11 (the 6 of Buenos Aires), David Nalbandian, the eighth seeded of series, will face in court N° 2, for the first time in his career, the Colombian Alexander Falla, 146° of the ATP Ranking, ocoming form the of the qualifying rounds, and obtained challengers of Bogota and Salinas.

....
....

merle
05-27-2004, 11:42 AM
Love the quote of Forget, really nice and think its just true..

Aww, yes, that was really lovely quote. :kiss:

bovenbuuf
05-27-2004, 06:48 PM
yes he won 57 60 62 60, good match. Satureday he will face Koubeck

Raquel
05-27-2004, 08:48 PM
Well done David :) :woohoo:

Good Luck Saturday :yeah:

Ma. Estefania
05-27-2004, 09:00 PM
Bien hecho David :D

Congrats :yeah:

moonlight
05-27-2004, 09:10 PM
:woohoo: two bagels today.

Good Job, David :yeah:

Good Luck against koubek! :D :bounce:

jazz_girl
05-27-2004, 09:19 PM
Yes! Next up Koubek!!!! Vamos David, you can totally do it! :banana:

Ma. Estefania
05-27-2004, 09:56 PM
Don't know why but I see easier his match ag. Koubek than the one he played today.

Hope this can become true.

Buena suerte David :kiss:

jazz_girl
05-27-2004, 10:09 PM
I hope so too! ;)

jazz_girl
05-28-2004, 12:31 PM
Quotes from David:
"It's always difficult to play against someone you don't know. It happened to me in the start. Then I played very well. Big tournaments are the ones I like the best. And I want revenge here."

"Siempre es difícil jugar contra alguien que no conocés. Me pasó en el comienzo. Después rendí muy bien. Los torneos grandes son los que más me gustan. Y acá tengo una cuenta pendiente"

"I couldn't find the way to play the match till the end of the first set. He came to the court very motivated, but from there on I started to move him a little and that strategy worked"
"No le encontré la vuelta al partido hasta el final del primer set. El entró muy motivado, pero de ahí en adelante lo empecé a mover un poco y esa estrategia dio resultados"

"Here is difficult to go to the net, but I like clay. The thing is to be always ahead, on the base line, dominating the points. If it's not possible, then we'll have to use another strategy."
"Acá es difícil ir a la red, pero me gusta el polvo de ladrillo. La intención es estar siempre adelante, sobre la línea de base, dominando los puntos. Si no se puede, habrá que buscar otra estrategia"

"In this level anything can happen, like what happened to Ferrero and Grosjean. Tennis is very hard for the physic, it's not easy to maintain the regularity and even more with all the surface's changes. That's why there are surprises in every tournament. In a 5 sets match the weirdest things can happen. My draw hasn't opened much yet, but it's the same, to be a champion you have to beat everyone. And I'm willing to play to whoever it is."
"A este nivel puede pasar cualquier cosa, como lo de Ferrero y Grosjean. El tenis te exige demasiado físico, no es fácil mantener una regularidad y más con los cambios de superficie. Por eso, en todos los torneos hay sorpresas. En cinco sets pasan cosas rarísimas. Mi cuadro todavía no se abrió mucho, pero igual para ser campeón hay que ganarles a todos. Estoy dispuesto a jugar con quien sea"
About Koubek:
"He's tough, weird, there are times where he plays very well and in others not so much."
"Es duro, raro, por momentos juega muy bien y en otros no tanto".

jazz_girl
05-28-2004, 12:50 PM
"I hope we can repeat here an Hamburg 2003. I usually play well the big tournaments. I want revenge here and I wanna give the best to have a great Roland Garros"

"Ojalá podamos repetir acá un Hamburgo 2003 (por los cuatro argentinos semifinalistas). Yo generalmente juego bien los grandes torneos. Acá tengo una cuenta pendiente y quiero dejar lo mejor de mí por tener un buen Roland Garros"

crigazzio
05-28-2004, 03:47 PM
I hope that can be true!!!!Would be great!!!
He was so strong aggainst Falla, but still is the first week, so we have to stay focus on the rest of the tournament!!!

VAMO DAVID!!!!

Love Ceci

bovenbuuf
05-28-2004, 05:14 PM
Court 7 11:00 Start
1. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[17] v. Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)
followed by:
2. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Stefan Koubek (AUT) v. David Nalbandian (ARG)[8]

sigmagirl91
05-28-2004, 05:38 PM
I hope I can get up that early....dang....

*Ljubica*
05-28-2004, 06:17 PM
Hi all - sorry I haven't been here much - it has been a busy time here in Paris. But just to say - everything is great - Paris is a wonderful city, weather is great - David is great too!

Love to all,

Rosie

bovenbuuf
05-28-2004, 08:05 PM
Its ok Rosie. Just thave fun, watch David when you can and just tell all great stories/reports later.

Laury
05-28-2004, 08:52 PM
Hello!!!!!
I was so scared when he was losting the firt set vs young Colombian!
But he won like a champion! :D :D

jazz_girl
05-28-2004, 09:58 PM
Hi Laury! Welcome to the forum.
BTW guys, I think you'll be able to see the match, I'm sure America will show it because it's very early, so go to the internet site and give it a go. I don't think I'll be able to see it, I have my tennis class at 8am :(

bovenbuuf
05-28-2004, 10:17 PM
oh thanks Jazz. will keep that in mind!

jazz_girl
05-28-2004, 10:51 PM
Ok, David won the lemon Award. It's given by the international press that's covering RG. Till last year it was given to the players that weren't nice and rude to the press, but this year they changed it and they are giving it to the player with "strongest character". I don't think they mean it in a nice way! LOL!
Guga and Amélie Mauresmo won the "orange award" for the nicest players.
Past winners of the "lemon award" include:
Marcelo Rios 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001
Agassi won it in 1989, 1991 and 1992
Roddick 2003
Vilas 1986

Ma. Estefania
05-28-2004, 11:07 PM
Hmm....it doesn't sound that good to me, though their explanation of giving it to the "strongest character".

In what way do they mean it? The "toughest" player, or the one that's stronger mentally, fighter, etc? Does anyone know?

jazz_girl
05-28-2004, 11:11 PM
It's the strongets personality I think. But concidering it was given to the least likable players till last year, this is not a good thing, even though they changed it...

Tricky_Forehand
05-29-2004, 02:59 AM
Hi Laury! Welcome to the forum.
BTW guys, I think you'll be able to see the match, I'm sure America will show it because it's very early, so go to the internet site and give it a go. I don't think I'll be able to see it, I have my tennis class at 8am :(

I doubt that any of David's match will be shown :mad: :sad: :mad: :sad:

Tomorrow's coverage will be tape delayed and with David's match on Court 7. AND with there being American women still in they'll get priority :banghead:. It sucks!!

Ma. Estefania
05-29-2004, 03:46 AM
But concidering it was given to the least likable players till last year, this is not a good thing, even though they changed it...

Yes, that's why I don't like it that much either....pffff....just imagine being in the same list of Ríos :rolleyes:

yixiang
05-29-2004, 06:43 AM
What!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! David was given "lemon Award"????????????? If they really regard David as strongest character, why not changing the name of the award????? They can name it Apple, Pear, Sugarcane or whatever, but NEVER Lemon!

I think this award should be given to Safin!

bovenbuuf
05-29-2004, 08:16 AM
Just a note.. they changed OOP, Davids match is now sceduled as 4, with 3 matches of best of 3 in front of him.

FryslanBoppe
05-29-2004, 08:16 AM
I see David's lack of bullshit has pissed off the journalists, boohoo to them.

David should collect the award and laugh at these journalists.

bovenbuuf
05-29-2004, 08:37 AM
yes, and well maybe say something to them, like:" this time I did copy the hairstyle of Beckham" :)

jazz_girl
05-29-2004, 11:51 AM
LOL! Maybe they were mad when he didn't answer that smart question: What did you eat today? LOL

moonlight
05-29-2004, 12:12 PM
you are so right, J

:haha: at 'smart question' :tape:

sigmagirl91
05-29-2004, 01:13 PM
I think it should be given to safin or hewitt, based on what a lemon means. It's a rather dubious honor, in my opinion...."strongest character"? they must define that for the common folks back home who don't have media connections.

sigmagirl91
05-29-2004, 01:14 PM
I see David's lack of bullshit has pissed off the journalists, boohoo to them.

David should collect the award and laugh at these journalists.

Yes, he should-and he should smile big when he does....

FryslanBoppe
05-29-2004, 01:14 PM
Safin is actually humorous unlike Hewitt. They must be pissed off that Rios, Lendl and Kafelnikov have retired.

sigmagirl91
05-29-2004, 01:21 PM
safin is hilarious. he does get away with saying stuff that other players wouldn't be caught dead or alive saying. he has a lot of guts, i tell you.

Action Jackson
05-29-2004, 01:23 PM
No, it's just the way Safin is and when you think he is best friends with Rosset and Goran. Then again he is one of the most popular guys around.

David shouldn't have got that award, he just doesn't tolerate fools.

Tricky_Forehand
05-29-2004, 06:41 PM
I seem to be the lone David fan in the Live score thread :sad:

David is in the Round of 16 and he'll play either Marat or Potito Starace.

David def. Stefan 6-7 6-3 7-6 7-5

He made it a bit harder on himself than he had to but he got the job done :D :D :D . His serve seemed to be a bit rough today.

I saw a few photos on the Netcam and all I can say is :drool:. Unfortunately, I didn't take the time to save any :sad: :sad:

Go David!!! :woohoo: :woohoo:

bovenbuuf
05-29-2004, 06:46 PM
Yes a win, hope he plays better in the next round.

sigmagirl91
05-29-2004, 06:49 PM
Me too. Any more results like that, I will have to start throwing stuff at the TV...

jazz_girl
05-29-2004, 06:56 PM
Must be honest here: Awful match!!! I cannot believe he won playing like that. But I'm happy he won :bounce: Safin is not doing well, so I guess he'll play Potito on monday...
Vamos David!

yixiang
05-29-2004, 08:54 PM
Well, to win a match against Koubek in that way is not what we wanted to see... However, he won and that's the most important!

I prefer UGLY WINNING to BEAUTIFULLY LOSING :worship: :cool:

But I'm a little worried about his next match against Safin, the tuoghest guy in this RG. Their meeting record doesn't look good to David (4-0), but all of them happened two years ago.. So, David could beat a worn-out Safin :p

sigmagirl91
05-29-2004, 08:56 PM
Very well could, yixiang, and I hope he pulls it off. He needs a good result here to get a top-five ranking....

yixiang
05-29-2004, 08:59 PM
Moreover, I'd like to predict David next match vs Kuerten!!! Actually Guga is much tougher than Roger on clay, That will be the biggest challenge for David. If he really overcomes Guga, then everything would be straightened out, I presume. :) :D

sigmagirl91
05-29-2004, 09:00 PM
I hope. we want him to pull off the safin win first.

jazz_girl
05-29-2004, 11:50 PM
It's on monday but I'm already nervous for it!!!! I really hope he focus, that way he can beat anyone he wants!
The good thing is that when he plays an important player he's more motivated, and Safin's been tired and with blisters apparently, so I can see him winning. :bounce:

jazz_girl
05-30-2004, 12:20 AM
David:
"I'm feeling very well, I'm planning the matches in a different way, with more games from behind, where I try to return the balls"
"Me estoy sintiendo muy bien, estoy planteando los partidos de forma diferente, con más juego desde atrás, donde trato de devolver bolas",

jazz_girl
05-30-2004, 12:28 AM
"I think like all matches it was tough. Maybe it got complicated a bit. He has an irregular tennis. I served better from the second set on and then I improved. To me it was hard to play with a left-handed that serves very wide. That was very hard. I lot my focus a little bit, it was a match to close it before"

"Creo que como todos los partidos fue duro. Por ahí se complicó un poco. El tiene un tenis irregular. Saqué mejor a partir del segundo set en adelante y entonces mejoré. Para mí fue muy duro jugar contra un zurdo que saca muy abierto. Eso es muy difícil. Me desconcentré un poco, éste era un partido para cerrarlo antes",
"This proves that argentinians are always candidates. I hope all four of us can make it to the QF"
"Esto prueba que los argentinos son siempre candidatos. Ojalá lleguemos los cuatro a cuartos".

TennisLurker
05-30-2004, 01:00 AM
I noticed that he was playing more behind the baseline, and counterpunching and retrieving more, instead of attacking like he usually does.

Tricky_Forehand
05-30-2004, 03:30 AM
jazz_girl...Thanks for translations and the quotes :D .

It's been frustrating not finding any of his interviews this week. Can't wait til Monday!!

novanora
05-30-2004, 03:48 AM
Congrats to David!!!:D and thanks for jazz's translation and quotes!! You always done great job!!:yeah:
in fact, i really hope david can meet marat this time. If this time couldn't, maybe next time. He finally would meet marat in some important tournament in some day. Although the poor head to head record, david need not to escape, as it's so long time since his last meeting with marat. Now, he is much more mature, and has got more progress! It will be great for him if first winning over marat!! DOUBLE GREAT in GS!!
Come on! david, change the record!! and we know you can!! ;)

jazz_girl
05-30-2004, 12:47 PM
You're welcome guys! ;)
Another quote:
"Yes, in a moment I thought that...This court again...It was when I lost the first set in a tie break. But well, I go on." Said smiling when he answered a question about him losing to Coutelot last year in that same court.

jazz_girl
05-30-2004, 03:50 PM
Tomorrow David will play second in the Chatrier. The matches start at
12. So I guess David will play around 9 or 10, Argentina time.

bovenbuuf
05-30-2004, 04:14 PM
thanks J. finaly on Chatrier..

jazz_girl
05-30-2004, 04:48 PM
30/05/04


This was the one missing
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pagina.jsp?pagId=768159
Olé
PARIS (ENVIADO ESPECIAL). When the thing looked bad, David Nalbandian didn’t hide. His top ten status wasn’t given like that, you achieve it with victories like this one, showing, in the key points, who has authority and overcomes the fear to lose. He was down 15-40 with his service, with the third set 6-5 for Stefan Koubek, he held the balls till he make the rival make some mistakes. In the fourth, when Koubek served 5-4 and 30-0, he played deep, got winners and defined it with a volley. In the end, they didn’t go for a fifth set: the unquillense won by 6-7 (1-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) and 7-5 in 6h09m. This was he established the record of Argentineans in the fourth round of a Grand Slam, because there never were 4 among the best 16. In David’s case, he’ll be for the first time in the second week of the French Open, his debt in big tournaments. Last year he had lost in the second round and, in 2002, he stopped in the third. In the others (Australia, Wimbledon and the USO), his floor was the QF.

Yesterday, Koubek(natural blond) complicated with the drive angles and that backhand with two hands that he throws with a little jump alla Chino Rios. Nalbandian wasn’t at his best day, but he waited for his opportunity and was able to close it. If the Houston Masters qualification ended today, there would be again two Argentineans in the tournament, because David accumulates the points to be eighth. But the tournament goes on and we have to wait another week to know the new Ranking.

Tomorrow Marat Safin will arrive, who yesterday finished exhausted after a great match against the Italian Potito Starace. In the press conference, he showed both of his hands full of cream. “They are eight blisters. I showed them to him so he wouldn’t think I was faking it. Now I can’t even hold a racquet. I hope I can recover to play the match against Nalbandian, it’ll be difficult”, admitted the Russian.

bovenbuuf
05-30-2004, 04:53 PM
Yes It wasn't davids best match.. And it looks good for the match against safin, 8 blisters, really a lot. But I still think it will be a tough match, David has to earn it, Safin is not going to give him the win, even with 8 blisters...

jazz_girl
05-30-2004, 04:56 PM
Yes, that's what I think too. And I wouldn't pay attention to Safin's blisters...Like you said, David's got to earn this, and I'm sure tomorrow he'll give his best.
Vamos David!!!

bovenbuuf
05-30-2004, 05:03 PM
Oh yes he will do the best he can, wants to give it a 200%
Hope he is playing in the orange again, seems to be a winning colour and a Dutch colour..

Fedex
05-31-2004, 02:03 AM
Hmmmm., I figured he might just play Safin in this RG tournement. I know that Head to head is poor, but its been so long since they last played. Plus, Safin's lucky to be alive. This was the match up i wanted, though, between two of my favs. :) GO DAVID!!! :woohoo: :bounce: :banana: :D I'm behind you all the way!!! :) There is going to be alot of hard hitting and agressive play in this match, and will be a battle of the 2 best 2 handed backhands out there!! :)

bovenbuuf
05-31-2004, 10:09 AM
Match of the day (2): Safin v Nalbandian
By Georges Homsi
Sunday, May 30, 2004

Marat Safin has been playing Russian roulette this week. And the very fact he is still here means he has won his duel with fate. Should the crowd favorite go on to win this year’s Roland Garros, he would make history for having saved match points in not one, but two matches. And who knows? Maybe even more. He would do well to avoid taking it down to the wire against David Nalbandian though. Should the Argentinian get a match point, he is unlikely to let the Russian off the hook.

THE STAGE


Marat Safin had hinted he might not come to Roland Garros this year. Fed up with his game after an early defeat in Hamburg, he cited a lack of motivation as a potential reason for staying away. In the end he came of course, and must surely be glad he did, because he has been embellishing his cult status this week. Felix Mantilla had the colossal Russian on the ropes in the second round, but could only watch at match point as his opponent leaned back and went for broke with a flashing forehand down the line. The ball clipped the line and Safin lived to fight another day, the next day to be precise, when he edged the epic encounter 11-9 in the fifth. Against qualifier Potito Starace on Saturday, Safin came even closer to defeat, needing to save two match points before scraping through 7-5 in the fifth. Safin’s physical trainer, Walt Landers, will certainly earn his crust over the next 24 hours as he endeavours to get his man in some sort of shape. Should he manage, Safin has enough natural talent to beat a fellow big hitter, but will need to cut down on the unforced errors that have so nearly cost him dear.

David Nalbandian (No8) has not had it all his own way either. Stefan Koubek had him on the rack in the third and fourth sets of their close-run match. But the Argentinian hasn’t reached number 8 in the world by virtue of technique alone. He has the mental and physical attributes of a champion, and he won’t be intimidated should Safin start to play up to the crowd.

THE KEYS TO THE MATCH

Safin’s fitness has to be the number one factor. In the early rounds, we were all questioning his fragile motivation, but now he is thoroughly pumped up. That said, he has been for too inconsistent to expect to get much further in the tournament, and unless he cuts his errors out, the Argentinian will take full benefit. If anything, Safin needs to take a few more risks and avoid the long drawn out rallies that will wear him down quicker than Nalbandian.

Nalbandian will look to come out all guns blazing and put the Russian under pressure right from the start. He has never beaten the Russian, but the odds are stacked in his favour here. He is in the better form and the better shape. A finalist at Wimbledon in 2002, he possesses one of the best returns and one of the best forehands on the circuit right now.

HEAD TO HEAD: Safin 4-O

The two have met four times, all in 2002, with the Russian winning the lot. One occurred here at Roland Garros, in the third round, where the Russian prevailed 6-3 6-3 3-6 6-4. Monte-Carlo, Bercy and a Davis Cup tie in Moscow were the other occasions for their previous encounters. Nalbandian has come on a great deal in the past two years though, so Monday’s match of the day is bound to be a cracker.

bovenbuuf
05-31-2004, 10:33 AM
Day 8: men's quarter final spots up for grabs
...
Marat Safin and David Nalbandian, on the other hand, will quite simply batter each other into submission. The one left standing can then seriously target the title. Former world number one Safin has no right even to be here, having saved a match point against Felix Mantilla in the second round and two others against Potito Starace in the third. Add to that the fact that those two matches have lasted nearly nine hours, and Nalbandian would have every right to think the Russian will be tired. Tired he will be, but dangerous all the same.
....

jazz_girl
05-31-2004, 11:58 AM
I can't wait for it to start! I even dreamt with this match! LMAO!!!

bovenbuuf
05-31-2004, 05:21 PM
he won in 4 sets.. realy good. and now Guga to face.. guess this will also be a good match!

chelsea
05-31-2004, 05:33 PM
Congratulations David on your great win!

You totally deserve it!

Tricky_Forehand
05-31-2004, 05:34 PM
Have to do my celebrating here too

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

I forgive him for not thinking right in that tiebreak. He was just thinking of match point like I was ;) .

WTG, David!! :hug:

moonlight
05-31-2004, 07:10 PM
His interview is up, here is the LINK (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2004-05-31/200405311086026331054.html)

Well done, David! :D Congrats!

jazz_girl
05-31-2004, 09:22 PM
Vamos David!!!! Amazing much! Even my mom was screaming at the tv with me! LMAO! Great match, you totally deserved that victory! Now be ready for Guga, and I know you can beat him too! ;)
VAMOS DAVID!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

novanora
05-31-2004, 11:34 PM
Big, big congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! david, you have played an awesome match!!!!!!!!! it's so great for you to beat safin for the first time!!!!!
Jazz, it seems it will add a new david fan in your family:lol:
Moonlight, thanks for the links!!!
Come on, david!!!! expect your semi!!:clap2:

Raquel
05-31-2004, 11:35 PM
Congratulations David :bounce: :) :banana:

He played very well today and it will be tough on Wednesday but good luck David :hug:

Action Jackson
06-01-2004, 01:56 AM
Congratulations David, too bad there are too many people trying to discredit his victory, he has done it now and he has to be ready for a Davis Cup like atmosphere against Guga, and he is inspired as well. David better make sure his return of serve is firing, and if so that will help in this tough match.

jazz_girl
06-01-2004, 02:26 AM
I hope he can keep up his service level too. He finished every set with an ace!
Anyway, I just got this from www.davidnalbandian.net
"David now becomes, after Agassi and Safin, only the third player to reach the last 8 of all four Grand Slams in this millennium!"
Congratulations!!! :bounce:

I was doing some maths and if tomorrow both Moya and Henman lose, and David wins his next match, he'll be N°4 in the ranking! :banana:

Tricky_Forehand
06-01-2004, 02:39 AM
I was doing some maths and if tomorrow both Moya and Henman lose, and David wins his next match, he'll be N°4 in the ranking! :banana:

I was close because I thought it would be #5. :D

jazz_girl
06-01-2004, 03:11 AM
I know David can do it! I just saw an interview with him in ESPN and he said that he understands that Guga feels comfortable in RG and that he wants to win, but he wants that too and can't wait to be in the court and prove that.
I want them to play now!!!

Tricky_Forehand
06-01-2004, 03:25 AM
So do I!!!!!! The day can't go fast enough tomorrow :bounce: :bounce:

*Ljubica*
06-01-2004, 10:50 AM
Hi all - just back from Roland Garros, and so proud and privelaged to have seen every match in David's magnificent run so far :) Unfortunately I have to work the next 3 days which means I'll miss the Guga match :sad: , but if David can win I will definately be back for the semis!

The whole week has been superb - each of David's matches have been great in their own way - tension, excitement, all the "highs and lows" of being at a live match, - especially yesterday's match against Marat which almost made me miss my train back to London - but there was NO WAY I was going to leave him!! I've watched all his practice sessions too - I know I am so lucky - wish some of you could have been there to share those moments with me.

And as for David himself - still gorgeous, still taking time to acknowledge his fans and thank them for their support - still the greatest!!

Love,

Rosie

rassklovn
06-01-2004, 10:54 AM
Well done Rosie and my brother would be proud of your dedication, if you don't know him Rosie, just remember "Against All Odds".

He is doing well and he has a big chance and hopefully he can take out Guga, he will need you there Rosie.

*Ljubica*
06-01-2004, 11:46 AM
Well done Rosie and my brother would be proud of your dedication, if you don't know him Rosie, just remember "Against All Odds".

He is doing well and he has a big chance and hopefully he can take out Guga, he will need you there Rosie.

How could I forget my favourite song!!! And yes I wish I could be there for the Guga match - but I have to work sometimes!!!

jazz_girl
06-01-2004, 12:41 PM
Welcome back Rosie!!!
Great to know you had such a good time! Gotta say that I was like crazy with all these matches, I cannot even imagine how you were! LOL
Don't unpack, I'm sure you're gonna have to be back this Friday ;)

bovenbuuf
06-01-2004, 12:45 PM
yes hope so too Jazz, it would be great if David can make it to place number 4, and that Rosie would be there for the SF..

jazz_girl
06-01-2004, 12:48 PM
She is his lucky charm! ;)

*Ljubica*
06-01-2004, 02:02 PM
She is his lucky charm! ;)

Please don't say that Jazz_Girl, - or I will feel really guilty if he loses tomorrow as I've seen all his matches so far and this is the first one I'll miss. Mind you, I wasn't such a good lucky charm in that ghastly 1st round loss at Hamburg was I?

jazz_girl
06-01-2004, 02:30 PM
I'm so sorry Rosie! That wasn't my intention at all! ;)
Actually, all David needs is to keep up that great tennis level he showed against Safin!

bovenbuuf
06-01-2004, 03:06 PM
yes and then he has a good change of winning!making lots of nice dropshots.. they where really good in the match against Marat

sigmagirl91
06-01-2004, 03:23 PM
David, please keep it up. If you do, you can beat Guga....Just run him all over the court, like you do the others....

bovenbuuf
06-01-2004, 03:47 PM
yes if he can do that.. then he has a good change to win the match I think...

bovenbuuf
06-01-2004, 06:50 PM
CHATRIER 12:00 Start
1. Men's Singles - Qtr. Finals
Gaston Gaudio (ARG) v. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[12]
followed by:
2. Men's Singles - Qtr. Finals
Gustavo Kuerten (BRA)[28] v. David Nalbandian (ARG

MagoRG
06-01-2004, 09:36 PM
I´m really nervous. Guga will be really tough but if David get passed him , I can see him beating gaudio (hopefully) or hewitt. Then we could have a replay of the 1999 juniors final.

jazz_girl
06-01-2004, 10:34 PM
Yeah, that would be great! I wanna see that final too. And David taking revenge of that Juniors final...Vamos David!

MagoRG
06-02-2004, 12:06 AM
Yeah, that would be great! I wanna see that final too. And David taking revenge of that Juniors final...Vamos David!

I don´t know about that. Let Guille have his title here....there are 2 more Slams this year for David to take!!! :)

crigazzio
06-02-2004, 12:51 AM
We can´t do that MagoRG, we really want that final and the award for David!!He can do it!!!!but first tomorrow he has to beat Guga in 3 or 4 sets, no more than that!!!!

VAMOs DAVID!!!

Hugs
Ceci

Raquel
06-02-2004, 01:57 AM
Vamos David, best of luck against Guga! :bounce:

I hope Rosie has been getting tickets for these Centre Court matches! :)

sigmagirl91
06-02-2004, 02:10 AM
I hope that I get to catch this early enough....I have training tomorrow, so I have to catch results later....

Lynne
06-02-2004, 06:44 AM
C'mon David!!All the best against Guga!! :)

*Ljubica*
06-02-2004, 08:53 AM
Vamos David, best of luck against Guga! :bounce:

I hope Rosie has been getting tickets for these Centre Court matches! :)

Well no problems so far Raquel - but I am back here at work today so will have to rush home to watch the end of the Guga match on TV! But if he wins today - well - I'll go back for Friday - and - hopefully - tickets will not be a problem ;)

Action Jackson
06-02-2004, 08:55 AM
Well no problems so far Raquel - but I am back here at work today so will have to rush home to watch the end of the Guga match on TV! But if he wins today - well - I'll go back for Friday - and - hopefully - tickets will not be a problem ;)

You must be a bit nervous Rosie, I know I am at the moment and that is unusual for me. David will do the business and then Rosie will put on her cape and fly across the channel and I will be watching the match in TV land.

*Ljubica*
06-02-2004, 10:00 AM
You must be a bit nervous Rosie, I know I am at the moment and that is unusual for me. David will do the business and then Rosie will put on her cape and fly across the channel and I will be watching the match in TV land.

Didn't you know GWH - angels like me don't need capes - we just flap our wings to fly across the Channel :angel: And yes I am nervous - and also really p***** off that I'm missing the morning practice session to shuffle bits of paper around in this office :devil: Pretty sure my colleagues aren't too happy either as I'm driving them crazy singing "Against all Odds" at my desk!!!! Btw - did I tell you David was practising with Thomas Muster last week?

Action Jackson
06-02-2004, 10:12 AM
Didn't you know GWH - angels like me don't need capes - we just flap our wings to fly across the Channel :angel: And yes I am nervous - and also really p***** off that I'm missing the morning practice session to shuffle bits of paper around in this office :devil: Pretty sure my colleagues aren't too happy either as I'm driving them crazy singing "Against all Odds" at my desk!!!! Btw - did I tell you David was practising with Thomas Muster last week?

I am learning new things every day and that's good no cape for Rosie.
I have let loose the monster within with the "Against All Odds" thing, but hey it's fun.

Good to see that David was practicing with a legend like Muster. I mean threre are many jokes about David's belly at the moment, if he starts doing physical training with him, the term ripped would be the one I would use in a very short time.

Anyway, it's a big day for me senor Gaudio needs to take out that evil Hewitt, and then Nalle needs to be ready to go straight away against Guga. Got to go get some food, as I don't think I will be eating much when the first match is on.

*Ljubica*
06-02-2004, 10:48 AM
I am learning new things every day and that's good no cape for Rosie.
I have let loose the monster within with the "Against All Odds" thing, but hey it's fun.

Good to see that David was practicing with a legend like Muster. I mean threre are many jokes about David's belly at the moment, if he starts doing physical training with him, the term ripped would be the one I would use in a very short time.

Anyway, it's a big day for me senor Gaudio needs to take out that evil Hewitt, and then Nalle needs to be ready to go straight away against Guga. Got to go get some food, as I don't think I will be eating much when the first match is on.

Please eat - we can't have you fading away with hunger half way through the semis!!! Unfortunately won't see the 1st match at all as I'll still be here :sad: , but then the wings will be flapping madly to get home for David!!!

sigmagirl91
06-02-2004, 11:57 AM
I won't get to get on MSN to follow with some of you, so I may have to check in during a break or something. I will be in training. If David survives, I will def. be back on Fri. to follow with you all. Let's hope David pushes Guga; I know he will....

jazz_girl
06-02-2004, 12:00 PM
Vamos David!!!! You can do it!
I'm not sure what I'm feeling today, it's a mixture of nervousness and anxiety! But I know David can beat Guga!
BTW George, Gaudio just won the first set! :bounce:

*Ljubica*
06-02-2004, 12:15 PM
Vamos David!!!! You can do it!
I'm not sure what I'm feeling today, it's a mixture of nervousness and anxiety! But I know David can beat Guga!
BTW George, Gaudio just won the first set! :bounce:

Yes and he's now 3-0 in the second! I love Gaston and I want him to win, but I'd like him to slow down a bit so I can get home in time to watch some of David's match.

sigmagirl91
06-02-2004, 01:06 PM
And Gaudio is serving for it...

Raquel
06-02-2004, 04:43 PM
David is into the semi's :bounce:

He played so well, especially from 2-5 down in the 4th set tiebreak :) Well done David :kiss:

don_na
06-02-2004, 04:44 PM
He won!!! Great hussle David! He did an excellent job!!

Go David go..

novanora
06-02-2004, 04:52 PM
I am coming!!!!!!!! It's so great for david's winning!!!! i even can't believe he can thrush out of this "dead quarter"!!!! :bounce: He really deserves it!!!
Amazing TB today!!!
David, thanks not push it into 5 sets!! now i can have sweet sleep now!!!:lol:

*Ljubica*
06-02-2004, 05:06 PM
Got home from work in time to see the last part of the 3rd set and all the 4th - hopefully all the rest is on my VCR!!! I am so proud of David - just so pleased and proud - now I have to pack and find some transport to get me to RG for Friday!!

Love you all (and especially David!)

Tricky_Forehand
06-02-2004, 05:09 PM
I barely have words to explain my happiness!!!

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

:aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty:

I can't believe that RG is going my way this year!!! It was miserable for most of my guys last year.

One step at a time. He's got to beat an in-form Gaston. I see five sets in that one. Nerves combined with their playing style.

GO DAVID!!!!!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

moonlight
06-02-2004, 05:13 PM
Congratulations David on your great win! :worship:

You are such a fighter! :worship:

Good Luck in the semi!

jazz_girl
06-02-2004, 05:44 PM
Rosie start packing again!!!!!
GREAT MATCH! Stressful, but great!
Congratulations David for you RG SF and also for being N°4 in the world!

jazz_girl
06-02-2004, 06:23 PM
David said that he was more nervous than usual in today's match and that playing with Gaston will be different, that "the firendship will stay outside the court and both of us will have the same objective, which is playing the final".

jazz_girl
06-02-2004, 06:45 PM
Gaudio talked great about David:
On Coria and David:
"They have an incredible talent and that's why they're among the top ten in the world. They're able to do things that the rest of us can't, they're a step further and then the rest of us"
"Ellos tienen un talento increíble y por eso están entre los diez mejores del mundo. Son capaces de hacer cosas que los demás no podemos hacer, ellos están un escalón más arriba y luego venimos los demás"
On David:
"David is the most complete player in the circuit" and that he is "in a great shape"
"el jugador más completo del circuito" y atraviesa "un gran momento de forma".
Was he kidding in the last part? LOL

jazz_girl
06-02-2004, 07:01 PM
Gaudio's interview:This is from his interview:
Q. Can you very briefly analyze the possible opponents that you're
going to be meeting in the semifinal and possibly in the final?

GASTON GAUDIO: You're talking about the next matches then.

Well, Guga, we know what he's like. We all know what he's like. Every
time he comes here, I don't know what happens. He just brightens up.
Of course, he's not totally fit, in his best form, but he has a lot
of experience. Of course, he's been No. 1.

Now, Nalbandian, he can play well anywhere. Certainly he'll go far.

Q. Do you think Guga is a more complete player than Roger Federer?

GASTON GAUDIO: No. I was talking about Nalbandian actually. I wasn't
talking about Federer. Nalbandian is a complete player.

Of course, Federer is also a genius. I think David, I like him more
really.

Q. On television after the match, you said that Guillermo and David
are really great, that you are coming behind. Now that you are good
technically and you have a mental edge, as well, are you also going
to be at the same level of them, or do you see yourself somewhere
behind?

GASTON GAUDIO: No, I think I'm going to be somewhere behind and
providing support (laughter). They are the geniuses. They're the
Galactico, and I am the Valencia.

. Do you have a preference about who you play? Last year you lost to
Kuerten in the third round. You probably know Nalbandian's game
better.

GASTON GAUDIO: Yeah, I know Nalbandian game. But now in this
semifinals, it's like playing against anyone is so tough. It's going
to be difficult, for sure. They're playing great tennis. Guga, he
plays great tennis here in French Open. David is coming up so hard.
It's going to be tough.

I don't know. I prefer to play (two/to?) Argentinian guy so we can be
maybe a finalist Argentine

Clara Bow
06-02-2004, 07:54 PM
I posted this in another thread but I thought I would add it here because you guys would understand my frustration at the bias the US commentators have towards Nalby:

Arrgh...I'm home on my lunch break and started watching the Tivoed Nalbandian Guga match and the first thing that I hear is Dick Enberg talking about how Nalby is a man of few words and unlike other Spanish speaking players has not bothered to learn English? Wha??? I guess I must have dreamed the English portions of his press conferences. He and Pat are so biased against David that it's not even funny. Why don't Dick and Pat just wear "I Hate David" t-shirts - at least that would be honest instead of the crap that they are spouting when they are calling the match.

sigmagirl91
06-02-2004, 08:01 PM
Ignorant, I tell you. And I guess that Coria does HIS interviews in English? Whatever....

yixiang
06-02-2004, 08:35 PM
Everthing looked not nice to David, but he overcame them and finally made the match! At the match vs GUGA, David displayed a maturity which didn't pertain to his age. Whatever the result, this RG has forged a freshly-looking David. That is what we know about him, a real fighter and a cool winner! :wavey: :worship:

yixiang
06-02-2004, 08:38 PM
Ignorant, I tell you. And I guess that Coria does HIS interviews in English? Whatever....

I don't think Coria can speak English. Each time he was interviewed, a spanish interpreter was beside him. :(

Aleksa's Laydee
06-02-2004, 11:06 PM
Everthing looked not nice to David, but he overcame them and finally made the match! At the match vs GUGA, David displayed a maturity which didn't pertain to his age. Whatever the result, this RG has forged a freshly-looking David. That is what we know about him, a real fighter and a cool winner! :wavey: :worship:

yes i saw the match and was a great display by david, he didnt lose his cool after he los the second set and went down sp's in the 4th, a great performance :worship: :worship:

sigmagirl91
06-03-2004, 12:21 AM
I posted this in another thread but I thought I would add it here because you guys would understand my frustration at the bias the US commentators have towards Nalby:

Arrgh...I'm home on my lunch break and started watching the Tivoed Nalbandian Guga match and the first thing that I hear is Dick Enberg talking about how Nalby is a man of few words and unlike other Spanish speaking players has not bothered to learn English? Wha??? I guess I must have dreamed the English portions of his press conferences. He and Pat are so biased against David that it's not even funny. Why don't Dick and Pat just wear "I Hate David" t-shirts - at least that would be honest instead of the crap that they are spouting when they are calling the match.

Clara, I have learned that these commentators are biased, indeed. If your name is not Federer, Roddick, or Agassi, then you may as well just forget it; you will get no respect.... :o
And, as far as I know, none of them has interviewed David, so how in the hell do they know? They SHOULD know that Coria doesn't speak a stitch of English (if you saw Mary Joe's interview with him courtside after his match with Andy in Key Biscayne, then you'd understand what I am talking about), so it shows you how uninformed even the commentators are....

jazz_girl
06-03-2004, 12:32 AM
I just wanted to tell you this:
My dad just came back from work and as always he puts a tv programme that is all about football, and all of the sudden they start talking about tennis and dedicated 15 minutes to talk about it, especially about David's match from today, they seemed to proud! After that, I told my dad how shocked I was they were talking about tennis, and he told me that this morning he and his friends gathered at a coffeshop to watch David's match! That's a tradition here, but only with bif football matches, not tennis! And my dad kept talking about how great David played today and that he and his friends can't wait till Friday. You've no idea how unusual that is!
And it's not just my dad, it was everywhere! every store, every bar even in the airports they were showing the matches.
I hope this lasts and it's not a craze that will last 15 minutes, although I'm sure David will make some important headlines in the near future ;)

tennis4eva
06-03-2004, 01:32 AM
Hey everyone! :)

It sounds like David is getting some increddible support from his country; thanks for sharing that jazz_girl. It must be very special for Argentina to have 3 guys into the last 4! I am still in awe of David's great playing in the last 10 days :worship: if anyone deserves to win this championship, its definately him! I wish that he was more appreciated here in the US.....but thanks to ESPN, only the US players get proper coverage :(
He's a true star and he has certainly shown it today!
Vamos David!

jazz_girl
06-03-2004, 01:40 AM
Hi tennis4eva!
I don't remember you, are you new here? If you are then Welcome! :wavey:

tennis4eva
06-03-2004, 03:15 AM
Thanks! :) yep I'm new, it seems like there are alot of true Nalbandian fans here :worship:

Action Jackson
06-03-2004, 06:04 AM
Please eat - we can't have you fading away with hunger half way through the semis!!! Unfortunately won't see the 1st match at all as I'll still be here :sad: , but then the wings will be flapping madly to get home for David!!!

Lets say I am one very happy guy with both results, and you know I have the highest regard for David and this will be one very interesting match for sure.

It looks like you are going to be sick on that Friday aren't you. :) Seriously I will be watching the TV and while I want Gaston to win, because mainly I see David having a chance at winning one of the 3 other Slams, but there will always be respect no matter what the result is.

It will be interesting with the American commentators as to who they will put down more. Last night one of the commentators came out and said Nalle was not the most interesting guy to watch, but he gets the job done and he was also labelled a "dirtballer" as well.

Tricky_Forehand
06-03-2004, 06:32 AM
Hi tennis4eva!!! :wavey:

It's probably going to kill the commentators on Friday to have to talk about him and not have Guga to keep referring to.

If I have to hear negative things about both David & Gaston for the entire match...I might lose it :mad:

Tricky_Forehand
06-03-2004, 06:38 AM
I posted this in another thread but I thought I would add it here because you guys would understand my frustration at the bias the US commentators have towards Nalby:

Arrgh...I'm home on my lunch break and started watching the Tivoed Nalbandian Guga match and the first thing that I hear is Dick Enberg talking about how Nalby is a man of few words and unlike other Spanish speaking players has not bothered to learn English? Wha??? I guess I must have dreamed the English portions of his press conferences. He and Pat are so biased against David that it's not even funny. Why don't Dick and Pat just wear "I Hate David" t-shirts - at least that would be honest instead of the crap that they are spouting when they are calling the match.

I thought the same things you did. David's English is just as good as Guga's and most anyone else's. These people will never like him because he doesn't kiss ass and I never want him to. At least he's staying true to himself.

*Ljubica*
06-03-2004, 09:42 AM
Lets say I am one very happy guy with both results, and you know I have the highest regard for David and this will be one very interesting match for sure.

It looks like you are going to be sick on that Friday aren't you. :) Seriously I will be watching the TV and while I want Gaston to win, because mainly I see David having a chance at winning one of the 3 other Slams, but there will always be respect no matter what the result is.

It will be interesting with the American commentators as to who they will put down more. Last night one of the commentators came out and said Nalle was not the most interesting guy to watch, but he gets the job done and he was also labelled a "dirtballer" as well.

How could you think so badly of me GWH :rolleyes: No - I'm glad to say that thanks to a lot of heavy-duty grovelling (combined with lots of tea-making and fluttering of the eyelashes!), I have managed to get tomorrow off officially. Well - let's be honest - televised French Open semi-finals are a bit too "high-profile" to throw a "sickie" for in case you get shown on TV!

Of course I want David to win - but I like Gaston too and think his achievments this fortnight have been wonderful, so I would not be so broken hearted if he lost to Gaston as to some other players if you see what I mean.

So hope you enjoy the match - and ignore those daft commentators - from what I've heard they know nothing about tennis.

Oh - and welcome Tennis4eva :wavey:

Action Jackson
06-03-2004, 09:50 AM
How could you think so badly of me GWH :rolleyes: No - I'm glad to say that thanks to a lot of heavy-duty grovelling (combined with lots of tea-making and fluttering of the eyelashes!), I have managed to get tomorrow off officially. Well - let's be honest - televised French Open semi-finals are a bit too "high-profile" to throw a "sickie" for in case you get shown on TV!

Of course I want David to win - but I like Gaston too and think his achievments this fortnight have been wonderful, so I would not be so broken hearted if he lost to Gaston as to some other players if you see what I mean.

So hope you enjoy the match - and ignore those daft commentators - from what I've heard they know nothing about tennis.

I could never think lowly of you Rosie :) . This is such a huge moment and I will be looking for you on the TV and yes a "sickie" would be impossible to get away with.

Gaston/David whoever wins this match, I want them as RG champion and this can't be denied. You know my feelings and respect for David and I think this match will be played in a great spirit, which is important.

I will enjoy the match nevertheless and I like to take the piss out of the commentators sometimes they are so far behind the game.

*Ljubica*
06-03-2004, 10:42 AM
I could never think lowly of you Rosie :) . This is such a huge moment and I will be looking for you on the TV and yes a "sickie" would be impossible to get away with.

Gaston/David whoever wins this match, I want them as RG champion and this can't be denied. You know my feelings and respect for David and I think this match will be played in a great spirit, which is important.

I will enjoy the match nevertheless and I like to take the piss out of the commentators sometimes they are so far behind the game.

Thanks GWH :hearts: You know what I look like and vaguely where I'll be sitting, and if I think I'm on camera I will wave at you!! Hope you are eating OK today after the stress of yesterday. I am sitting here with my overnight bag under my desk just counting the hours til I can get out of here and flap my wings back over the Channel!

sigmagirl91
06-03-2004, 11:52 AM
Well, Rosie, have a great time. I hope to "capture" you on tape tomorrow-when I find out oop.

tennis4eva
06-03-2004, 02:46 PM
Thanks for the nice welcomes everyone!
It sounds like you're gonna be watching a great match Rosie! have fun!

*Ljubica*
06-03-2004, 03:16 PM
Thanks for the nice welcomes everyone!
It sounds like you're gonna be watching a great match Rosie! have fun!

Thanks - just about to leave the office now to start my journey to Paris! It has been a very long day waiting for the chance to go :)

jazz_girl
06-03-2004, 05:41 PM
David had a really nice gesture today, I saw him in Paola Suarez match sitting next to her coach and cheering for her, I thought it was really nice!

bovenbuuf
06-03-2004, 05:53 PM
yes that is very sweet of him, always nice to see some support of other country playes at an important match that you are playing..

but Jazz we already new he was nice and sweet;)

jazz_girl
06-03-2004, 06:28 PM
This is how Bs As streets looked like yesterday morning. Very unusual, there's usually football matches there ;)

bovenbuuf
06-03-2004, 06:37 PM
This is how Bs As streets looked like yesterday morning. Very unusual, there's usually football matches there ;)

LOL, that nice to see.. here its just different, David is here not so populair i think :sad:
SO here the newspapers where all 3 times RG champ Guga is out of the tournament....by and Argentian.. nothing more

tennis4eva
06-03-2004, 07:35 PM
David had a really nice gesture today, I saw him in Paola Suarez match sitting next to her coach and cheering for her, I thought it was really nice!

:D Yeah that was really sweet of him! I didn't see Coria or Gaudio there.... :rolleyes:

David is the best!

crigazzio
06-03-2004, 09:16 PM
Ohhh that´s so nice of him!!!!I hope ESPN show the Paola´s match again just to see him!!!!! :lol:
VAMOS DAVID!!! :yippee:

crigazzio
06-03-2004, 09:19 PM
This is how Bs As streets looked like yesterday morning. Very unusual, there's usually football matches there ;)
WOW!!! is really rare all this!!!
well, David deserve it!!! :worship:

Tricky_Forehand
06-03-2004, 10:00 PM
Ohhh that´s so nice of him!!!!I hope ESPN show the Paola´s match again just to see him!!!!! :lol:
VAMOS DAVID!!! :yippee:

:lol: I was thinking the same thing :)

Raquel
06-03-2004, 11:52 PM
Good Luck David, we are all behind you :hug: :bounce: I am very nervous already!!

Rosie, have a great time! :)

Ma. Estefania
06-04-2004, 04:05 AM
Suerte contra Gaudio, David!!!! :kiss:

sigmagirl91
06-04-2004, 11:55 AM
Vamos David...

Chloe le Bopper
06-04-2004, 01:39 PM
I posted this in another thread but I thought I would add it here because you guys would understand my frustration at the bias the US commentators have towards Nalby:

Arrgh...I'm home on my lunch break and started watching the Tivoed Nalbandian Guga match and the first thing that I hear is Dick Enberg talking about how Nalby is a man of few words and unlike other Spanish speaking players has not bothered to learn English? Wha??? I guess I must have dreamed the English portions of his press conferences. He and Pat are so biased against David that it's not even funny. Why don't Dick and Pat just wear "I Hate David" t-shirts - at least that would be honest instead of the crap that they are spouting when they are calling the match.
Very true about the "I Hate David" Tshirts. I put them on mute for have of the Safin match, because I got tired of hearing what an immense talent Safin is, and how much this Nalbandian guy blows.:rolleyes:

As for his English.... he spoke broken English 2 years ago at the Wimbledon finals and has improved since then. Thanks for paying attention, ESPN

jazz_girl
06-04-2004, 03:11 PM
Well David, congratulations for reaching RG SF! In all honesty, I didn't even think he was gonna pass Gasquet, but he played amazingly well! And he did his best in today's match, but Gaudio was too much, and he deserved to win.
Now let's think about Halle and what he can do in Wibledon!
VAMOS DAVID!!!!!

Tricky_Forehand
06-04-2004, 03:13 PM
:bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

David just didn't have the fight in him today that needed to be there. Gaston is in the damn zone apparently. I don't believe that David shouldn't have been nervous due to being in a SF before. This is his least favorite surface and he was expected to win today so he had a lot of pressure. I know that he normally thrives on pressure but there is such a thing as too much.

He still had a great tournament and I hope that this SF doesn't linger with him too long. I hope that he takes the fine and doesn't do the press conference. He doesn't need to be asked dumb ass questions.

chelsea
06-04-2004, 03:41 PM
Although it might be a sad loss, I have to say Congratulations to David for a good run in Roland Garros. He should be proud of making the semifinal on his worse surface.
Better luck next time, David :hug:

Good luck with the rest of the 2004 season! :)

novanora
06-04-2004, 04:26 PM
David.........tell us......what about your backhand today:sad:
After beating Safin and Guga, it's so pity for you not to get further. Maybe you missed Wimby too much, and want to back there earlier. To tell the truth,you really have a great Clay season this year!! But we have to wait more for your big champion :banghead:

Ma. Estefania
06-04-2004, 04:32 PM
Oh David :sobbing:

More than angry with him, I'm sad....I can't believe yet how solid Gaudio played, I had never ever seen him like that, and unfortunately for David, Gaudio did it again ag. him.

Anyway we must keep on just as David, I'd like to read his interview transcript to know what happened, btw...that bagel at the last set...hurts.... :sad:

moonlight
06-04-2004, 04:35 PM
David :sad:

Hope you have a better result in the grass season. Vamos David!

bovenbuuf
06-04-2004, 04:45 PM
from an article today after the match..


"Nalbandian said he hurt his ribs in the quarterfinals and was hampered by the injury, especially when serving."

sorry to hear he had that kind of problem, but well I think a lot of us where wondering, normaly his first serve is aroind the 180 km/hour but now his first serve was sometimes not higher then 138km/hour, and there where not a lot of serves going trough the middle

Action Jackson
06-04-2004, 05:16 PM
Bad luck David and I am disappointed that he didn't put a better match for Gaudio, even though I was going for Gaston.

He has done well to get to the semi finals at RG, even then he will still be disrespected by many in the media and nothing he will ever do is good enough.

He was outplayed today and there will be time for him and he will win a Slam eventually in the future.

bovenbuuf
06-04-2004, 05:29 PM
yse I know GWH, but still it was very sad that he couldn't play his best tennis... And he is still young, and clay is not realy the best surface so maybe he can win another slam this year..

crigazzio
06-04-2004, 05:46 PM
I hope so Bovenbuuf!!!!
I want to see his dreams cames true!!!!
Is so sad that he can´t play his best....But now go on David, we´re with you, and i´m sure that you´ll have the glory that you deserve!!!!

VAMOS DAVID!!!

novanora
06-04-2004, 06:02 PM
ahh, i never know he got the hurt in his ribs when quarterfinal. Hope it won't make some further influence. BTW, after beating some important players, though he has a good chance of closing to the GS, i think it will be wierd for me to see he got his first GS on his poorest and most dislike surface. Think Wimby and AO will be more proper and greater for him to celebrate the final winning. Of course, if it will be allowed by the local people, US Open is also one of the best for him to win.
And congrats to Gaston, he really deserves the winning today, and wish you can even get to the peak of FO.

Aleta4
06-04-2004, 06:30 PM
Q. Was it the case today of just running into a player who is having one of the best days of his life?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I think he play very good. But also I still have my chances in the second set. Was a very difficult because I couldn't serve very good. Was a little problem with my intercostal rib. But that's fine.

Q. How will you look back on this tournament? How do you feel now, and how do you think you will feel in a week or two looking back?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I think I'm going to be much better next year here.

Q. You've had a good year here this year. Quite good, yes?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I want to try to do my best.

Q. Did you have any physical problem today? If yes, when did it happen?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I have a contracture in my intercostal rib, so the last set with Guga the other day. I try to do everything, but I still feeling.

But also I think I could have my chance in the second set to win. But Gaston, he played a very good match. In the third set, he play really good.

Q. Did it disturb you more on the serve, the injury, when you were serving?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah.

Q. Were you surprised by the way he was playing?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, no. He always play very good in clay court. So every player have to be careful with him. I think he start playing very good in the first set.

But I also have my chance in the second. Either way in the first set, I have chances to try to win the set. But, you know, sometimes you don't feeling so good, and you can't win any matches. So I'm going to try to do better next year. I'm going to practice more, try to be more concentrate on the big moments. I have to still working. That's good (smiling).

Q. What is your mindset going into Wimbledon?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I just finish here, so...

But I think we have three weeks until the Wimbledon. I'm going to play next week on grass, so I'm going to practice a little bit more than the other years. So I think I'm going to be ready to do something good.

Q. Can you explain what happened at the umpire's chair, the discussion that occurred?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: He do a very big mistake, like both of us.

But if is somebody sitting on the chair, that's the umpire, so he had to be concentrate on the game. I think that kind of mistake, that kind of mistake, it's so big, they had to have, I don't know, if is a fine or something (smiling).

But it's a very difficult moment in the match, tiebreak. He cannot do like that mistakes.

Q. When did you realize it was a mistake? Was it during the point or after the point?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: After the point. I say, "What happened?" I didn't have to return from this side. That's incredible.

Q. Are you angry with yourself for the way you played today, or are you more angry at your body for letting you down with the rib injury?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I think a little of both maybe. I don't feel today like with enough energy or enough power to keep up all the match with very, very strong legs or very strong game. Maybe was the therapy, what I do for my ribs. I'm not sure.

But I don't feel like every other days before. It's difficult to explain, but I don't know why.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish.

Q. Gaston played very well. But if you had won the second set, we don't know what would have happened.

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, yes, of course, you can never know. It's a shame. That's why you've got to seize all the opportunities whenever you have them. I was not able to do that the second set. I didn't take the opportunities, and I think he played well in the third set.

Q. You just said in English that sometimes, particularly in the third set, you didn't have a lot of energy. Is that what happened? You really didn't have enough strength, you were not as powerful as at the beginning of the match?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, yes, that might have been what happened. Sometimes you're a bit bothered during your game. Because of the treatment that I received over the two past days, maybe that -- I don't know, that just caused difficulties for me. I didn't have as much energy as I should have needed for such a match.

Q. You spoke about contractions in the intercostal ribs, that that was in particular a problem when you were serving.

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, yes, that happened in the last set with Guga. We did everything we could. Today I was feeling a little bit better. But I was still feeling pain. Of course, I knew I had to be careful. It's not easy, of course, to play that way.

Q. I'm just trying to put myself in your shoes. It's difficult to lose, but you had such a good tournament. What is your view for the French Open 2005?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, I think it was a good tournament. Of course, you always want to give your best. Even when you win a lot of matches, there are a number of things that you want to improve or that you could have done better. I think I have a good challenge before me.

Q. If you imagined playing again this match against Gaudio on clay, would you change your tactics if you could replay this match?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, I think I played the way I should have played. The only thing is that I wasn't feeling, you know, 100%. I didn't have the energy to play a five-set match.

But, well, in any case, I think the second set I didn't really control very well. I had almost won that set. That is something that I paid a heavy price for.

Q. You were talking about physical problems. I think if you won the second set, you might have found the strength in you to fight the other sets.

DAVID NALBANDIAN: You never know what would happen if I won that second set. I might have been able to, you know, finish the match.

But, of course, with a long match, you don't know what's going to happen. When the matches are very, very long, things happen, and you can't really predict what's going to happen.

I could have maybe played a long match, but I can't say how long.

Q. I didn't understand very well when you said in English what happened with the umpire. What was he saying to you? What were you saying to him?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, I said, "You can't make that sort of mistake at such a vital time. That's why you're sitting in that chair. An umpire needs to control the match."

I think it's absolutely amazing in a semifinal, second-set tiebreak, we're 5-2, that sort of thing happens.

He said, "We're all human. We can all make mistakes." But that's why he's sitting in that chair, you know. They've got to focus at that time. Because we're not talking about 15-All, we're talking about a tiebreak. All the points are extremely important. It seems to me that it's a lack of respect towards the players to make that sort of mistake.

Q. So should you have played it over?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No. I just asked, "What's going on?" I didn't really know what to do. Of course, you can replay the point, but it's not going to be the same, is it?

Q. You said that the treatment maybe made things difficult for you, you were lacking energy. What sort of treatment did you receive?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, a bit of mesotherapy, a few injections with pain killers. But I don't know what sort of effect it had. It might have had an effect on my energy. I think that really the bottom line is that Gaston played a great match.

Q. You just lost, of course. If we want to look for something positive, do you think your defeat might give you more ambition for Wimbledon?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, to do something really ambitious here next year because Wimbledon is something different. It's a different surface. I've already played in the final. I'd like to win Wimbledon, of course. Generally speaking, this French Open, I don't think I played 100%. I think I can still improve quite a bit on clay. I think that's very positive. It's very positive to have been here in the semis, knowing that I can still improve my tennis.

Q. Did it make a difference to you playing against another Argentine player?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: When you go on the court, it doesn't matter who you're playing against, you just want to win. I don't think really that had an effect at all, knowing that he was a fellow countryman, that had no effect at all. Gaston was just playing very well.

The second set was very important. But I think your country of origin, no, that didn't really cross my mind.

Q. Don't you lose energy or a fighting spirit knowing that he's an Argentine?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, no, no, for sure.

:bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: not another injury :help:

Raquel
06-04-2004, 06:32 PM
:sad: Hi everyone, hope you are OK. Today was disappointing but well done David on getting to the semis and good luck on the grass :hug:

*Ljubica*
06-04-2004, 07:36 PM
Well yes of course I am sad - very sad - but I am still proud of David for what he has achieved this week in Roland Garros. The match was not so good - bad weather, not so much atmosphere, and David obviously hampered by the rib injury - but - of course, being our David he will never whinge or use that as an excuse. I am not sad that I came back to Paris to see his semi-final loss - supporting a player means being with them in the bad times as well as the good - they need their fans more then. Congrats to Gaston - he is so happy it is touching to see - and I wish him all the very best in the final.

Love from Rosie in Paris

Action Jackson
06-04-2004, 07:39 PM
Thanks for that Rosie, I bet David appreciated the support and of course fans have to be there for the good and bad, well I should know that myself and I do.

That was a very good achievement to reach the semis and now David needs to ready for the next challenges.

Chloe le Bopper
06-05-2004, 03:04 AM
I had a meeting this morning, and could only follow the match until 5all in the second set. I was pretty deflated at that point, as much as I get over tennis these days. But then I went to my meeting and had a good time volunteering and was just totally over it by the end of the day. So, it's all good ;)

RG was his worst slam and he posted a semifinal result there, which is awesome. In time hopefully people will forget about the bagel, forget about how much he was outplayed, and just see the SF in that slot.... which will go nicely with the other three, once he does it in Australia.

I really don't see him winning a slam this year, he still has areas to improve, but maybe next year or the year after he'll catch a break. If not, that's okay too. As long as he keeps going out there and trying, it's all good ;)

I was dissapointed at the reaction in GM towards David, but I'm glad to see that is not the case in here :kiss:

yixiang
06-05-2004, 06:53 AM
well, well, well, game over!!!!! :sad: :sad: :sad:

but l'm still proud of david. he has done what should be done and achieved what should be achieved. he is now the most dangerous rival on the tour.

God will bless you, david!

Chloe le Bopper
06-05-2004, 07:10 AM
I finally saw the match. Meh. David really didn't play well at all, but Gaudio did. I don't think it would have mattered. David *should* have won a set, but I think that would have been it. There was not going to be a Gaudio meltdown today, and he's more comfortable on clay than David. So, there you have it. David by no means tanked the third, despite what those tools in GM seem to think. He was still running balls down by my eyes. He just didn't have it between the ears anymore.

Tricky_Forehand
06-05-2004, 07:54 AM
Makes me hesitate in whether I should check out the GM board. I felt the same way you did, Rebecca, when I actually saw the match. It's true that David didn't have a lot of fight left in him but he was sure as hell trying as hard as he could.

I'm proud of him!! :D

sigmagirl91
06-05-2004, 03:53 PM
I had a meeting this morning, and could only follow the match until 5all in the second set. I was pretty deflated at that point, as much as I get over tennis these days. But then I went to my meeting and had a good time volunteering and was just totally over it by the end of the day. So, it's all good ;)

RG was his worst slam and he posted a semifinal result there, which is awesome. In time hopefully people will forget about the bagel, forget about how much he was outplayed, and just see the SF in that slot.... which will go nicely with the other three, once he does it in Australia.

I really don't see him winning a slam this year, he still has areas to improve, but maybe next year or the year after he'll catch a break. If not, that's okay too. As long as he keeps going out there and trying, it's all good ;)

I was dissapointed at the reaction in GM towards David, but I'm glad to see that is not the case in here :kiss:

Of course, I expected the GM to be hyper-critical. As you already know, they are always that way toward him.
And, if you haven't noticed, they have two multi-page threads devoted to him and him only, which, as you noted before, turned into a lust-fest unbeknownst to everyone on there.... :o

sigmagirl91
06-05-2004, 03:58 PM
he still has areas to improve

I agree. That serve still needs improvement, for one. And he also needs to learn to control those nerves. When he does that, he can close out more matches and win more tourneys.

Chloe le Bopper
06-05-2004, 04:24 PM
Of course, I expected the GM to be hyper-critical. As you already know, they are always that way toward him.
And, if you haven't noticed, they have two multi-page threads devoted to him and him only, which, as you noted before, turned into a lust-fest unbeknownst to everyone on there.... :o
That one thread has to be one of the most rapidly growing in thread history ;) It has almost 600 posts and has been around for what, a week?

sigmagirl91
06-05-2004, 04:31 PM
Yes, a week. Pathetic, isn't it?

Chloe le Bopper
06-06-2004, 12:20 AM
Who knew he was so popular? ;)

Tricky_Forehand
06-06-2004, 12:36 AM
What thread am I missing that is so popular??

jazz_girl
06-06-2004, 01:20 AM
There are several threads! LOL
I think they're talking about the one called: Why do they call David fat...?

jazz_girl
06-06-2004, 03:20 AM
David said: "I'll be back next year and I will win RG"
"I didn't play at my 100% here and it's good to know that without being at my best I can get that far. I have a nice challenge for next year."
"Aquí no jugué al ciento por ciento y es bueno saber que, sin estar en mi máximo nivel, puedo llegar tan lejos. Para el año que viene tengo un lindo desafío".

BTW, there are a lot of rumors about the umpire (Egli) won't work in the circuit again after the mistake he made during the match...

Ma. Estefania
06-06-2004, 03:25 AM
Specifically what mistake?

Tricky_Forehand
06-06-2004, 04:03 AM
BTW, there are a lot of rumors about the umpire (Egli) won't work in the circuit again after the mistake he made during the match...

:eek: He's been around for quite a while too. He may have ruined his own career in one fell swoop then.

sigmagirl91
06-06-2004, 04:30 AM
There are several threads! LOL
I think they're talking about the one called: Why do they call David fat...?

Yes, that's the one....it's almost 600 posts long....

Chloe le Bopper
06-06-2004, 05:27 AM
Too bad. That ump was sort of cute

Tricky_Forehand
06-06-2004, 06:42 AM
There are several threads! LOL
I think they're talking about the one called: Why do they call David fat...?

Ahhh...ok. That one was starting to annoy me so I took it off my subscriptions. I know that most of it was in good fun but it still irritated me :) .

Fedex
06-06-2004, 08:25 AM
:sad: :bigcry: David!! Well, he DID have a great clay season and a great RG, so he has much to be proud of :) He was simply outplayed , and i just wish Gaston the best of luck in the final against Coria. I cant stand it if he wins!! Henman had outplayed him for the 1st 2 sets and Choked :( I dont want to see Coria take Roger over the #1 spot in the champions race thats for sure!

bovenbuuf
06-06-2004, 09:00 AM
Specifically what mistake?

During hte tiebreak in the second set, I think it was somewhere at at 4-2, Gaudio started to serve.. and Egli gave the point to Gaudio and then it became 5-2.. but then David went to Egli and told him he made a big mistake. Gaudio served at the wrong side, and David wanted to have a let, but Egli told that the point was been made, and that he was human aswel, and that it just was a mistake...David thought that the mistake was huge, because that is the job of the umpire, sit there and keep the score and see that they serve at the good side... and that the mistake was even bigger because it was in a tiebreak.

Ma. Estefania
06-06-2004, 09:55 PM
Thanx for the explanation.