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Terra Cotta Warrior Nole to conquer Shanghai thread

Lee
11-02-2007, 01:38 AM
Show them what kind of warrior you are!!!!










sorry I know I am early but my son is working on the Terra Cotta Army project for his social studies :lol:

Magenta
11-02-2007, 01:41 AM
AJDEE!
I hope he's sorted out his famous tiebreaks so that now he can finally take a couple of Roger, but if it goes our way it shouldn't come to a tiebreak. ;)

savesthedizzle
11-02-2007, 01:42 AM
ajdeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

neenah
11-02-2007, 01:55 AM
I've only been an intense enough fan to have followed one Masters Cup before...Can someone remind me, how are the eight players divided into the groups? And how does the RR system work?

Lee
11-02-2007, 02:07 AM
I've only been an intense enough fan to have followed one Masters Cup before...Can someone remind me, how are the eight players divided into the groups? And how does the RR system work?

Top 2 seeds are put into different groups. 3rd and 4th seeds are group and one is drawn into one group while the other goes to another. And so on for 5th and 6th, 7th and 8th.

RR within the group so every player will play the other 3 players. Top player from group A will play 2nd player from group B and vice versa.

neenah
11-02-2007, 02:38 AM
Thank you!! :)

Scotso
11-02-2007, 03:55 PM
He better show up to play this time. Federer is so average lately, but Nole has blown his chances of gaining on him in the rankings.

ajde Nole!

Okonsky
11-02-2007, 10:00 PM
Novak didn't wanna fight for anything in Paris. His choisce, my R.I.P.

But Shangai will be very diferent story, you'll see.

MaryX
11-02-2007, 11:58 PM
Let's hope so ;).

silverwhite
11-07-2007, 08:01 AM
Groups are out. :cool:

1. Federer, Davydenko, Roddick, Gonzalez
2. Nadal, Djokovic, Ferrer, Gasquet

Okonsky
11-07-2007, 08:55 AM
Groups are out. :cool:

1. Federer, Davydenko, Roddick, Gonzalez
2. Nadal, Djokovic, Ferrer, Gasquet

Are you sure? If so, I'm delighted.

jitterbug
11-07-2007, 09:14 AM
Nole can win.

.. and I REFUSE TO BE A JINX. He can win, he really can! :p

Jelena_78
11-07-2007, 10:22 AM
I didn't want him to play Gasquet,but who asks me!

AJDE!:clap2: :clap2:

PennyThePenguin
11-07-2007, 10:53 AM
OH! I'd like to hear SW's take on the grouping :cool:

silverwhite
11-07-2007, 12:31 PM
OH! I'd like to hear SW's take on the grouping :cool:

:sobbing:

I'm realistic. I know Richard wouldn't win in either group so if he's going to lose, he might as well lose to Nole. Would have preferred him to lose to Nole and Roger rather than Nole and Nadal though. :p

Ajde, Nole! Try to finish top in the group! :rocker2:

Lee
11-07-2007, 02:19 PM
Wow, all players playing like s**t lately (and one who didn't even play) are all in Roger's group and...

Lossi
11-07-2007, 02:52 PM
Decent group. Let's hope he can come out on top (realistically, if he's healthy, I think he's got a very good chance against Rafa on this surface) and not have to meet Roger till the finals :lol:

foul_dwimmerlaik
11-07-2007, 04:12 PM
No clue what Nole's form is atm. On paper, he should win this group, but the Ferrer match will tell the real story. And Ferrer is a nightmarish opponent for any player whos game's even slightly off. I hope courts in Shanghai are fast.

This is really the group of death. Poor things.

MaryX
11-07-2007, 07:52 PM
No clue what Nole's form is atm. On paper, he should win this group, but the Ferrer match will tell the real story. And Ferrer is a nightmarish opponent for any player whos game's even slightly off. I hope courts in Shanghai are fast.

This is really the group of death. Poor things.

Essential question.Very good post:yeah:

If Novak shows up there in good form, he could win all matches in the group, almost routinely.If he doesn't, he'll be in real trouble.But, one thing is clear-he can't lose all tree in a row.

Lee
11-07-2007, 08:56 PM
If the court is the same as last year, it's fast. So hopefully...

savesthedizzle
11-07-2007, 11:56 PM
:unsure:

silverwhite
11-08-2007, 03:37 AM
If the court is the same as last year, it's fast. So hopefully...

ITA :p

Okonsky
11-08-2007, 11:03 PM
Ajde Nokia !

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Let's allhttp://usera.imagecave.com/Manon/spyy.gifhttp://usera.imagecave.com/Manon/lul.gifhttp://usera.imagecave.com/Manon/clapping.gif

Lee
11-11-2007, 12:38 AM
I found some articles on Chinese website. I summarised what I read about Nole's arrival.

When asked about his expectation in TMC, he answered he wanted to win. Of course, this answer was interpret differently by different reporters. Some in very negative way like his haters here and some in a more positive way. He also said that since this was the first time he's in TMC, he had nothing to lose.

He said he was very tired during the week in Paris but it's been 2 weeks after he removed his 2 wisedom teeth, he was not affected anymore. After Paris, he went to Monte Carlo to train.

They called him the funniest guy of ATP. When asked whether he would imitate anyone in Shanghai, he said he kept it a secret.

He's very tired after the long fight, all touring or promotional activities were cancelled but he asked for training facilities for the day, saying he could not wait to hit the balls.

silverwhite
11-11-2007, 02:08 AM
Here's a video of the opening ceremony:

http://video.sina.com.cn/sports/t/bn/2007-11-10/23115889.shtml

Watch what Nole does towards the end. :spit: :rolls:

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 02:15 AM
Davy didn't look amused :rolls:

Lee
11-11-2007, 02:18 AM
Interviewed after his promotional activities with Adidas. He said he had a sense of humor (which we all know) Financially, it was tough for his family to support his training in Germany. He wants to earn enough money to provide a comfortable life for his family. The pressure is great, from media and fans. Djordje is as talent as him.

silverwhite
11-11-2007, 02:21 AM
Davy didn't look amused :rolls:

There's a picture of them chatting so I'm sure Davy is alright with him. :p

silverwhite
11-11-2007, 02:26 AM
Oh yes. Some Nole fans on a Chinese tennis message board are planning a project where they get Nole to sign a flag in Shanghai, pass the flag on to someone who's going to Australia for him to sign and the flag will keep getting passed on to those who are attending tournaments that Nole's playing in. Then, they will give the flag to Nole at next year's TMC. Cute idea. :lol:

Lee
11-11-2007, 02:31 AM
Oh yes. Some Nole fans on a Chinese tennis message board are planning a project where they get Nole to sign a flag in Shanghai, pass the flag on to someone who's going to Australia for him to sign and the flag will keep getting passed on to those who are attending tournaments that Nole's playing in. Then, they will give the flag to Nole at next year's TMC. Cute idea. :lol:

There's a post here in the picture thread ;)

silverwhite
11-11-2007, 02:35 AM
From the horse's mouth. :lol:

Lee
11-11-2007, 02:43 AM
Nole’s first practice in the venue was postponed 2 hours because photo shots for his racket’s sponsor. He joked that he did not go modeling.

He practiced with his coach and 2 hitters (???) seriously for 2 hours but the practice was filled with fun moments. After warm up, he bet with his coach who could hit the ball to the white jade roof of the stadium. Unfortunately, Nole lost. He clapped for his coach but was making a face at the same time.

And not to disappoint his haters in MTF, Nole also practiced how to look miserable running to and from hitting the ball, cried out loud in misery. And when he hit a winner, he yelled out loud in celebration. And before everyone recovered from his tactics, he slumped onto a chair and pretended he could not breathe.

He was the first player practiced on the court after it’s laid. He said it’s a bit slow and soft. He said after more players practices, the court would likely be faster.

After the practice, he played football on the court. He also asked tournament staff if they could put a Serbia flag in the stadium. He said the flag would give him extra strength. He hoped he would “blossom” there (with a mysterious smile while he said).

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 02:58 AM
Merci, Lee :kiss:

Lee
11-11-2007, 03:09 AM
Merci, Lee :kiss:

de nada

AnitaOlea
11-11-2007, 03:48 AM
he seems so childish, davydenko didn't look amused AT ALL xD

AnitaOlea
11-11-2007, 04:04 AM
gracias lee

Scotso
11-11-2007, 04:08 AM
Why the hell isn't ESPN showing the matches tomorrow? That makes me so mad. :mad:

PennyThePenguin
11-11-2007, 08:10 AM
naaah. I don't think kolya looked annoyed. he was just being...kolyaish :p

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 08:12 AM
Sounds like beef goulash :hearts:

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 08:55 AM
33% first serve percentage :help:

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 09:12 AM
Break back, Nole :unsure:

PennyThePenguin
11-11-2007, 09:24 AM
what is going on :awww: *worried*

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 09:28 AM
He saved the set point, at least :unsure:

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 09:34 AM
:wavey: first set.

PennyThePenguin
11-11-2007, 09:49 AM
:awww: wake up novakito!!!

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 09:51 AM
At least he's serving first in this one..

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 09:56 AM
Please please please please.

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 09:57 AM
:(

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 10:25 AM
:tape: :help:

amdany
11-11-2007, 10:33 AM
:sad: :(

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 10:35 AM
:sad: :(

:sobbing: :hug:

foul_dwimmerlaik
11-11-2007, 10:35 AM
Well, this blows.

silverwhite
11-11-2007, 10:59 AM
Nole :sad:

What a horrid day at the TMC. :o

foul_dwimmerlaik
11-11-2007, 11:02 AM
Nole :sad:

What a horrid day at the TMC. :o
it is. Both my faves lost.

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 11:03 AM
Sucky weekend in Madrid too :fiery:

ataptc
11-11-2007, 11:04 AM
Argh :smash:

Lossi
11-11-2007, 11:05 AM
Reading this has convinced me on two points:

1) I was right not to wake up to watch the liescores.

and

2) Going into GM would be a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad idea.

silverwhite
11-11-2007, 11:09 AM
Sucky weekend in Madrid too :fiery:

Tell me about it. Worst possible final. :help:

MaryX
11-11-2007, 11:16 AM
I don't wanna go to GM, I am pissed already.I am not satisfied with the quality of RR in Madrid, and only Ana (I'm talking about Serbians) showed some fight spirit.Jelena and Nole looked both tired and pale, and I am worried about them.It will be very hard to win next two matches, I'm sorry, but no way with this kind of game :(.

Magenta
11-11-2007, 11:33 AM
AJDEEEEE.
I still have faith!

PennyThePenguin
11-11-2007, 01:55 PM
:sad: :sad: you can still do it!!! TWO MATCHES!!!! :D

Okonsky
11-11-2007, 02:11 PM
I am so sad and furious. Novak played like 155. on ATP.

Here:

Djokovic, who will next play Richard Gasquet as he tries to keep his semifinal hopes alive, paid tribute to Ferrer for his win.

"I was the favorite in this match, but he proved that he's a great player and absolutely he deserved to win.I didn't play on the level I was supposed to play, that I played throughout all this year... but I'm still not out of the chances to get to the semifinal... Mentally I felt a bit more pressure than I usually have. Obviously that had an effect on my game.

"I knew that it's not going to be an easy match. I didn't underestimate him. Obviously he was very motivated - it's even his first time in Shanghai, in the Masters Cup, and he didn't have anything to lose. You could see that he was moving really well. He was aggressive. He kind of surprised me in the start, the way he played."

kirkicica
11-11-2007, 05:17 PM
Nole :mad:
I tried to believe that his post US open game was just him being tired, and that he tanked some matches to rest for TMC.

There is still hope, but I guess I was wrong:sad::sad::sad:
congrats to David, he is really playing great lately.

MaryX
11-11-2007, 06:47 PM
I am so sad and furious. Novak played like 155. on ATP.

Nole
I tried to believe that his post US open game was just him being tired, and that he tanked some matches to rest for TMC.
There is still hope, but I guess I was wrong
congrats to David, he is really playing great lately.

Yes, you are right, I've felt this for a long time (since USO)-that something is wrong with him.But, I don't know what :shrug:.He is down, and it is not just for one tournament, it lasts for 2 months now (long period for being out of form?).I am scared that serbian mentality may be involved :shrug::sad:...And you guys know what that means :(...

Scotso
11-11-2007, 06:54 PM
Nole :mad: :help:

He's annoying me quite a bit lately with his attitude and play. He needs to get it together quickly.

foul_dwimmerlaik
11-11-2007, 07:16 PM
Yes, you are right, I've felt this for a long time (since USO)-that something is wrong with him.But, I don't know what :shrug:.He is down, and it is not just for one tournament, it lasts for 2 months now (long period for being out of form?).I am scared that serbian mentality may be involved :shrug::sad:...And you guys know what that means :(...
What do you mean, Mary? I'm new here and I'm not getting it...

jitterbug
11-11-2007, 09:40 PM
What kind of Serbian mentality? :shrug:

AnitaOlea
11-12-2007, 12:06 AM
what the hell ?? 5 am up to see THAT match.. ¬¬ he didn't play well at all, plus he looked skinny... and what was he thinking with those red shoes?? **upset**
I hope he does well in the next matches PLEASE :sad:


serbian mentality?? :shrug:

Lee
11-12-2007, 12:45 AM
It's not an excuse but I think he burnt out for the season. His singles record this year so far is 68-16/84 matches while his career record in ATP is 121-48/169 matches. So this year, he played as many matches as he has ever played in ATP before.

He should take it easy (which I doubt he can) for TMC, lots of rest afterward (I think at least 3 weeks before training again) and come back for 2008.

Lossi
11-12-2007, 02:29 AM
It's not an excuse but I think he burnt out for the season. His singles record this year so far is 68-16/84 matches while his career record in ATP is 121-48/169 matches. So this year, he played as many matches as he has ever played in ATP before.

He should take it easy (which I doubt he can) for TMC, lots of rest afterward (I think at least 3 weeks before training again) and come back for 2008.

It's very possible Lee. Perhaps a plan for next year would include a reduction in optionals, especially if he plans on defending a LOT of points from slams. I mean, if he can collect points from slams and TMSs...

Does anyone know how he feels about the Olympics?

savesthedizzle
11-12-2007, 02:35 AM
I'm sure the Olympics would be something important to him! He loves representing his country and is so proud of where he's from. I'm sure getting a medal would be really important.

Lee
11-12-2007, 02:35 AM
It's very possible Lee. Perhaps a plan for next year would include a reduction in optionals, especially if he plans on defending a LOT of points from slams. I mean, if he can collect points from slams and TMSs...

Does anyone know how he feels about the Olympics?

Look at the way he plays Davis Cup, I bet he wants the Olympic gold medal more than a Slam.

Lossi
11-12-2007, 02:52 AM
I'm sure the Olympics would be something important to him! He loves representing his country and is so proud of where he's from. I'm sure getting a medal would be really important.

Look at the way he plays Davis Cup, I bet he wants the Olympic gold medal more than a Slam.

That's what I thought. I wish someone would ask about it in an interview, it'd be nice to hear his opinion, since it it seems to differ so much between different players :)

Lee
11-12-2007, 03:50 AM
This pic says it all about his match. :o

Lossi
11-12-2007, 03:57 AM
"I have to hit the fuzzy yellow thing with a...racquet? What's a racquet?" :o

silverwhite
11-12-2007, 04:58 AM
It's not an excuse but I think he burnt out for the season. His singles record this year so far is 68-16/84 matches while his career record in ATP is 121-48/169 matches. So this year, he played as many matches as he has ever played in ATP before.

He should take it easy (which I doubt he can) for TMC, lots of rest afterward (I think at least 3 weeks before training again) and come back for 2008.

Good point. I don't think there's any harm in giving his all for the last 2-4 matches of the season though, as long as he doesn't injure himself. :shrug:

Okonsky
11-12-2007, 09:37 AM
Nole :mad: :help:

He's annoying me quite a bit lately with his attitude and play. He needs to get it together quickly.

So true:worship:

MaryX
11-12-2007, 10:10 AM
What kind of Serbian mentality?

I was little angry (which is stupid, I guess), so I said it.Generally, we use that term to describe some attributes commonly comprehended as our national attributes.Those are, for example, hospitality, sence of humour, passionate
temper (the good ones)...In this particulare case, I thought of possibility that he got lazy after all that successes, and started to enjoy it more and practice less...But, I guess I was wrong and Lee was right :shrug:.They should of planned it better :shrug:...

What do you mean, Mary? I'm new here and I'm not getting it...

I've tried to explain, hope it makes sence...
PS:Are you still in love with an idiot :)?

foul_dwimmerlaik
11-12-2007, 01:58 PM
I've tried to explain, hope it makes sence...
PS:Are you still in love with an idiot :)?
Thanks, I understood. Funny that around here they call it the "russian disease".:)

And yeah, I suppose I still am.

foul_dwimmerlaik
11-12-2007, 02:05 PM
It's not an excuse but I think he burnt out for the season. His singles record this year so far is 68-16/84 matches while his career record in ATP is 121-48/169 matches. So this year, he played as many matches as he has ever played in ATP before.

I agree. He has already achieved more than he set out for in the start of the year, way more.

MaryX
11-12-2007, 02:39 PM
Thanks, I understood. Funny that around here they call it the "russian disease".

May be, but in fact, it is "Slavonic disease", but Russia is so big, so it subtends other Slavonic countries as those from Balkan are.

I loooved the score of the last match!!!Great result!

Scotso
11-12-2007, 09:14 PM
Hopefully he spanks Gasquet. He would really have no business losing to him. At all.

Scotso
11-13-2007, 08:57 AM
Starts in a few minutes. Nole better win this match. :p

MaryX
11-13-2007, 09:04 AM
Good luck!
Allez Nole!

jitterbug
11-13-2007, 09:08 AM
Aww, Bjorkman/Mirnyi lost :awww:

jitterbug
11-13-2007, 09:13 AM
Nole :mad:

Scotso
11-13-2007, 09:20 AM
He's already struggling. :help:

Scotso
11-13-2007, 09:21 AM
Aww, Bjorkman/Mirnyi lost :awww:

I'm not a big Bjorkman fan. Something about him bugs me.

I don't really like any of the top mens doubles teams. :sad:

Scotso
11-13-2007, 09:22 AM
1-2*

:rolleyes:

jitterbug
11-13-2007, 09:31 AM
2 more break points dammit :mad:

jitterbug
11-13-2007, 09:31 AM
1-4* to Gasquet :help:

ataptc
11-13-2007, 09:35 AM
Misfiring shots everywhere :smash:

Saumon
11-13-2007, 09:41 AM
That's not a nice thing to do on my birthday, Nole. :ras:

I think I won't even bother opening the scoreboard. :rolleyes:

ataptc
11-13-2007, 09:42 AM
That's not a nice thing to do on my birthday, Nole. :ras:

I think I won't even bother opening the scoreboard. :rolleyes:
Happy Birthday! :)

Well, he did get one break back..

jitterbug
11-13-2007, 09:42 AM
He broke back for you, Gab :p

still one break down, though... :unsure:

ataptc
11-13-2007, 09:58 AM
And there goes the first set... :sad:

jitterbug
11-13-2007, 10:13 AM
.. and another break :help:

ataptc
11-13-2007, 10:23 AM
At this rate, he's last in his group :|

jitterbug
11-13-2007, 10:25 AM
He hasn't won a set yet... Ajmo Nole! :tape:

jitterbug
11-13-2007, 10:34 AM
Nole :help:

ataptc
11-13-2007, 10:37 AM
Bye Nole :awww:

jitterbug
11-13-2007, 10:39 AM
:sobbing: :hug:

ataptc
11-13-2007, 10:41 AM
According to commentators, Gasquet said to Nole at the net 'Rest well. You've played 100 matches this year'

jitterbug
11-13-2007, 10:43 AM
Awww Richie :awww:

silverwhite
11-13-2007, 10:47 AM
Nole :sad:

I was cheering for Richard but it's disappointing to hear Nole was light years away from what he was capable of. Rest up, Nole. :hug:

ataptc
11-13-2007, 10:48 AM
Awww Richie :awww:
How cute right :awww:

silverwhite
11-13-2007, 10:53 AM
Nice to know they have so much respect for each other. Nole said some complimentary things about Richard to L'Equipe too. :yeah:

Saumon
11-13-2007, 10:55 AM
What did he say? :p

It reminds me of 2002 when Safin lost on my birthday. :awww: Roger will have to lose again tomorrow to make up for that. :p

ataptc
11-13-2007, 10:56 AM
Gab :hug:

jitterbug
11-13-2007, 10:57 AM
Gab :awww: :hug:

silverwhite
11-13-2007, 11:03 AM
What did he say? :p

It reminds me of 2002 when Safin lost on my birthday. :awww: Roger will have to lose again tomorrow to make up for that. :p

« Il a eu des hauts et des bas et n’a peut-être pas été servi par les blessures dans des moments clés, juge-t-il. J’ai sûrement été plus chanceux de ce côté là, ce qui peut expliquer une ascension plus rapide. Mais il a fallu qu’il soit fort pour faire face. Je suis sûr qu’il va entrer très vite dans les cinq ou trois premiers. Il est complet, solide physiquement, il a des coups fabuleux derrière sa ligne et, en plus, il sent si bien le jeu… ».

You're evil. :armed:

ataptc
11-13-2007, 11:09 AM
Translation please?

silverwhite
11-13-2007, 11:14 AM
"He has had highs and lows and injuries at crucial moments have not helped. I have been more lucky in that aspect (i.e. injuries) and have hence been able to rise up the rankings more quickly (so modest :o). He had to be strong to face this. I'm sure he will reach the top 3 or 5 ( :help: ) soon. He has a complete game, is physically solid ( :help: ) and he has fabulous ground strokes. What's more, he reads the game well."

Very nice comments but I don't really agree with him. :o

ataptc
11-13-2007, 11:21 AM
SW being critical of Gasquet as always :lol: But yeah I agree to an extent that he can be mentally weak.

silverwhite
11-13-2007, 11:26 AM
Those comments are obviously biased since the two of them seem to be friends. :lol:

Sleepwalker64
11-13-2007, 11:28 AM
Disgusting....I don't buy "tiredness". WTF is going on with him? This is fourth consecutive loss, isn't it?
This is becoming annoying... Strange thing that Jankovic did the same, are they preparing for Hopman Cup? I just can't believe how bad he is right now.

On the other side, I would be thrilled if Gasquet can get to semifinal. I like the guy.

quuboo
11-13-2007, 11:54 AM
I feeling so badly,he make so many chinese fans down,but we will support him to the end,

Okonsky
11-13-2007, 11:57 AM
Disgusting....I don't buy "tiredness". WTF is going on with him? This is fourth consecutive loss, isn't it?
This is becoming annoying... Strange thing that Jankovic did the same, are they preparing for Hopman Cup? I just can't believe how bad he is right now.

On the other side, I would be thrilled if Gasquet can get to semifinal. I like the guy.

Totally & absolutely agree. No exuses any more. I am so furious, sad, whatever....

Wtg Gasquet:worship:

PennyThePenguin
11-13-2007, 12:17 PM
GAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH........ :(


Gab! I think we need to ban you from having birthdays :p

Herdwick
11-13-2007, 12:25 PM
Come on people - don't be too hard on him. He looks completely drained and he's lost weight. He needs a good break.

MaryX
11-13-2007, 01:23 PM
According to commentators, Gasquet said to Nole at the net 'Rest well. You've played 100 matches this year'
He is sooo nice!!! :hug: I love him even more now!

Nole!What a terrible way to finish this extraordinary season! :sad:
Come back stronger than ever!!! :hug:

savesthedizzle
11-13-2007, 01:26 PM
This season was a lot for him. It's the first year where he has gone deep in nearly every tournament, therefore making him play a heck of a lot of matches. Not only that, but he's had the pressure to be expected to go deep in a lot of tournaments, the pressure that he's expected to challenge Nadal, to go after Federer. At the end of a season, this happens. I'm not shocked. These are the best players in the world he's losing to, it's not like he's losing to Oscar Hernandez or something. Gasquet is a great player. Ferrer is a great player who is having the season of his life really. I'm not surprised. Disappointed? Of course. We aren't the only ones who expected more from Shanghai. Even haters in GM predicted him to easily get to the SF. And well, they were wrong. I guess since I am fans of both Ferrer and Gasquet, maybe that sweetened the blow a little bit. Of course Novak is my #1, but if Ferrer and Gasquet make it through to the semifinals (and if maybe someone else beats Roger in Roger's group :angel: ) I'd love that.

I think part of my ambivalence is also, like most of the players, I'm tired too :lol: I'm starting to just want the offseason here already too.

The boy needs to rest, but then he just really needs to continue working on his fitness. Yes, he's been working on that all year, but we all know it still needs improvement. Until his fitness is better, guys like Ferrer, Nadal are always going to be a problem, because he is never going to wear them down and if his game is off, they're going to take advantage. Several great opportunities this year got smashed because of fitness. Continue to work on that, continue to work on the volleys which are also still a weakness and he should be able to maintain a high level next year.

It will be difficult to have the pressure of having to defend so many points next year, and he will have to cope with this as well, but I wish him luck.

And I hope he beats Nadal in the last match just for the hell of it. :D

Lee
11-13-2007, 02:29 PM
Not much more to add to what Jess said and I said the day before. Only wish Nole luck next season. I think he's mentally tired more than physically.

Scheduling for next year will be very difficult especially with Olympics. He really needs some very good advise.

AnitaOlea
11-13-2007, 02:32 PM
:sad: poor little nole, he didn't looked like him in this match ...
we'll still love u no matter u win or lose :hug: though I still expect u crush Nadal :devil:

ataptc
11-13-2007, 03:29 PM
Good reviewing from Jess.

Personally, I can't wait for the Olympics ;)

my0118
11-13-2007, 03:48 PM
Sorry for butting in, but I uploaded Djoko's post interview, but I don't know where I post in this forum.
First of all, I feel sorry for him. I've never seen him so fragile and vapid.
Hopefully he has a good match against Nadal. :wavey:

xdQr4yyacbg

savesthedizzle
11-13-2007, 03:53 PM
Thanks for the video :hug:

:awww:

Yup basically he says what we already knew... too many matches, too much on the schedule, exhausted. :sad:

Scotso
11-13-2007, 05:53 PM
:help:

Well, I hope it is only that, that he's exhausted. Because I can't help but notice all of this started after he choked it badly against Federer in the US Open final. He's been crap lately.

He better come back next year ready to play. :p

Lee
11-13-2007, 06:29 PM
He won Vienna after USO, right?

foul_dwimmerlaik
11-13-2007, 07:49 PM
And a DC tie too, but the opposition in both cases were pretty weak.

I forced myself to watch the match on a rerun, it was awful. I like Richie, I'm glad he's still in with a chance, but seeng Novak like that was just painful. Blasting away without purpose or a reason, no variety, no point construction, no movement, he was like playing underwater. I hope it's simply exhaustion (physical, emotional, mental, whatever), not some deeper issue. I hope he gets this joy and spark back the next season. But it's no gimme.

I don't think I gonna watch the Nadal match. In Nole's current condition it can only end one way, and I'm not enough of a masochist to subject myself to that willingly.

jitterbug
11-13-2007, 07:56 PM
Sorry for butting in, but I uploaded Djoko's post interview, but I don't know where I post in this forum.
First of all, I feel sorry for him. I've never seen him so fragile and vapid.
Hopefully he has a good match against Nadal. :wavey:

xdQr4yyacbg

Thanks Mia :kiss:

Nole has a lot more pressure on him next year, when he has so much to defend. Have a good, relaxing off-season :hug:

AnitaOlea
11-13-2007, 10:29 PM
he sounds so .. down =( and it is just me or his voice sounds like he was a little sick?

silverwhite
11-13-2007, 11:28 PM
He sounds like he really needs some rest :hug:

neenah
11-14-2007, 02:26 AM
Nole. :sad: :hug:
Is there any way of him getting to the semifinal? That's the next stage...right? Once again, this is only the second TMC I follow. :p

ataptc
11-14-2007, 03:14 AM
He does sound tired :awww: :hug:

Nope there isn't, Nina

AnitaOlea
11-14-2007, 03:38 AM
Nole. :sad: :hug:
Is there any way of him getting to the semifinal? That's the next stage...right? Once again, this is only the second TMC I follow. :p

maybe if we kill david and richard? or at least injured them?? there're still options! vamos nole!

Lossi
11-14-2007, 03:44 AM
maybe if we kill david and richard? or at least injured them?? there're still options! vamos nole!

I like David and Richie :awww: Plus I don't want to see him being obliterated in semis :o

savesthedizzle
11-14-2007, 04:20 AM
I like David and Richie too.

David for only superficial reasons :hearts: :hearts:

I hate to say, it's another one of my claims to fame here on MTF.. but.. I started the David Ferrer thread. Like.. before he had a forum.. I started his thread. It's very odd because I'm not like one of his psycho fans. But... well.. I win :) And he is :hearts: so we can't do anything to him except chain him to my bed. He may eat junk food, but he has shockingly good stamina ;) :devil:

And well Gasquet, I just like his tennis. Less fun :p :lol:

Scotso
11-14-2007, 07:35 AM
I adore David. Sorry, though, Gasquet is one of the few players I just can't stand. I don't like looking at him, his shoulders scare me.

I hope Nole wins the match against Nadal, even though I'm 99% certain it won't happen. It would at least be nice for him to end his year on a high note.

Scotso
11-14-2007, 07:37 AM
He won Vienna after USO, right?

That's true, but it was also a pretty weak draw for him. Even when he's this much off his game, he's still much better than most players. He didn't face any really tough opponents there. The best player he faced was Chela, who isn't anywhere near the "top tier" of players, and he just *barely* won that match.

Scotso
11-14-2007, 07:39 AM
maybe if we kill david and richard? or at least injured them?? there're still options! vamos nole!

Kill Nadal and Gasquet. :p

MaryX
11-14-2007, 08:46 AM
Originally Posted by Scotso
Well, I hope it is only that, that he's exhausted. Because I can't help but notice all of this started after he choked it badly against Federer in the US Open final. He's been crap lately.

My thought exactly! :shrug:

Originally Posted by foul_dwimmerlaik
I hope it's simply exhaustion (physical, emotional, mental, whatever), not some deeper issue.

I have the same hope and fear.
Guys, I'm afraid for Novak.He looks tired and crashed emotionally and physically...I don't remember I've seen something like that before :shrug:.Not sure what to expect for the next season, just hope he could find the way to solve a problem, rest well in every possible way and come back as we expect and hope...

Okonsky
11-14-2007, 09:20 AM
Kill Nadal and Gasquet. :p

Federer will be enough:( I can't stand him, fat Mirka, everythink abut them, even tennis.

I don't like machines with no feelings.

silverwhite
11-14-2007, 02:54 PM
OMG. :haha: :help:

http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/NewsDetail.asp?GroupName=%CB%B5%B0%C9&dp=30&lp=1&id=6664119 (original post + picture)

Jiat and Eve should understand but I'll do a rough translation. When Nole returned to the hotel yesterday, some girl ran up to hug him and refused to let go. She was crying and asked him to marry her. Nole could only look at his coach. As he walked to the hotel door, there were other girls who ran up to hug him while his mum looked on helplessly.

Apparently, on another occasion, one girl ran up to kiss him. :help:

Lossi
11-14-2007, 03:54 PM
I like David and Richie too.

David for only superficial reasons :hearts: :hearts:

I hate to say, it's another one of my claims to fame here on MTF.. but.. I started the David Ferrer thread. Like.. before he had a forum.. I started his thread. It's very odd because I'm not like one of his psycho fans. But... well.. I win :) And he is :hearts: so we can't do anything to him except chain him to my bed. He may eat junk food, but he has shockingly good stamina ;) :devil:

And well Gasquet, I just like his tennis. Less fun :p :lol:

I like David's tennis :lol: But he also happens to be very, very pretty :hearts: :drool:

OMG. :haha: :help:

http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/NewsDetail.asp?GroupName=%CB%B5%B0%C9&dp=30&lp=1&id=6664119 (original post + picture)

Jiat and Eve should understand but I'll do a rough translation. When Nole returned to the hotel yesterday, some girl ran up to hug him and refused to let go. She was crying and asked him to marry her. Nole could only look at his coach. As he walked to the hotel door, there were other girls who ran up to hug him while his mum looked on helplessly.

Apparently, on another occasion, one girl ran up to kiss him. :help:

:speakles: :tape:

ataptc
11-14-2007, 04:01 PM
OMG. :haha: :help:

http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/NewsDetail.asp?GroupName=%CB%B5%B0%C9&dp=30&lp=1&id=6664119 (original post + picture)

Jiat and Eve should understand but I'll do a rough translation. When Nole returned to the hotel yesterday, some girl ran up to hug him and refused to let go. She was crying and asked him to marry her. Nole could only look at his coach. As he walked to the hotel door, there were other girls who ran up to hug him while his mum looked on helplessly.

Apparently, on another occasion, one girl ran up to kiss him. :help:
:rolls: :rolls: That is one insane girl.. And the rest too.. :cuckoo:

Isn't there any security? What if there are people who want to do harm? :o

Lee
11-14-2007, 04:24 PM
:rolls: :rolls: That is one insane girl.. And the rest too.. :cuckoo:

Isn't there any security? What if there are people who want to do harm? :o

I think there's security but everyone was laughing :tape:

Poor Nole.

savesthedizzle
11-14-2007, 04:49 PM
I probably seem so normal now in comparison :D

Lossi
11-14-2007, 05:03 PM
I probably seem so normal now in comparison :D

Wait till you're kitted out in you Serbian paraphanelia and we'll see :p BTW, does the shirt fit? Take a picture ;)

amdany
11-14-2007, 08:20 PM
OMG. :haha: :help:

http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/NewsDetail.asp?GroupName=%CB%B5%B0%C9&dp=30&lp=1&id=6664119 (original post + picture)

Jiat and Eve should understand but I'll do a rough translation. When Nole returned to the hotel yesterday, some girl ran up to hug him and refused to let go. She was crying and asked him to marry her. Nole could only look at his coach. As he walked to the hotel door, there were other girls who ran up to hug him while his mum looked on helplessly.

Apparently, on another occasion, one girl ran up to kiss him. :help:

:haha: :cuckoo:

AnitaOlea
11-14-2007, 09:05 PM
OMG. :haha: :help:

http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/NewsDetail.asp?GroupName=%CB%B5%B0%C9&dp=30&lp=1&id=6664119 (original post + picture)

Jiat and Eve should understand but I'll do a rough translation. When Nole returned to the hotel yesterday, some girl ran up to hug him and refused to let go. She was crying and asked him to marry her. Nole could only look at his coach. As he walked to the hotel door, there were other girls who ran up to hug him while his mum looked on helplessly.

Apparently, on another occasion, one girl ran up to kiss him. :help:

:haha: poor nole!! lol I feel so normal now... those girls are insane :cuckoo:

ataptc
11-15-2007, 02:30 AM
I think there's security but everyone was laughing :tape:

Poor Nole.
Bad security guys :lol:

Scotso
11-15-2007, 06:08 AM
I probably seem so normal now in comparison :D

Oh Jessa :hug: You'll never be considered normal :kiss: ;)

PennyThePenguin
11-15-2007, 11:08 AM
OMG. :haha: :help:

http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/NewsDetail.asp?GroupName=%CB%B5%B0%C9&dp=30&lp=1&id=6664119 (original post + picture)

Jiat and Eve should understand but I'll do a rough translation. When Nole returned to the hotel yesterday, some girl ran up to hug him and refused to let go. She was crying and asked him to marry her. Nole could only look at his coach. As he walked to the hotel door, there were other girls who ran up to hug him while his mum looked on helplessly.

Apparently, on another occasion, one girl ran up to kiss him. :help:


oh maaaan.................. only in asia do you get fans like these ;) *thinks of stampeding crowds in china, taiwan, japan and even here sometimes*

:rolls: :rolls: That is one insane girl.. And the rest too.. :cuckoo:

Isn't there any security? What if there are people who want to do harm? :o

you can never have enough security it seems. security people can be overwhelmed unfortunately :)

MaryX
11-15-2007, 11:14 AM
Nole, rest well and prepare for the next season! :hug: I'll try to forget those last results, wish you could do the same!

Sleepwalker64
11-15-2007, 12:44 PM
:haha: I must admit that I'm surprised...Never knew and didn't expect Chinese to be that :crazy:

Sleepwalker64
11-15-2007, 12:44 PM
Ok...and Hopman Cup is when? December?

Saumon
11-15-2007, 12:45 PM
oh maaaan.................. only in asia do you get fans like these ;) *thinks of stampeding crowds in china, taiwan, japan and even here sometimes*

yes :tape: :cuckoo: :p

Pics kicked Richard's ass. :eek:

Sleepwalker64
11-15-2007, 12:51 PM
Pics kicked Richard's ass. :eek:

Did he? Shit...I'm at work. Fck it Richard...:mad: I guess nothing unexpected

jitterbug
11-15-2007, 12:55 PM
Ok...and Hopman Cup is when? December?

December 29th. My birthday :p

Saumon
11-15-2007, 12:58 PM
Did he? Shit...I'm at work. Fck it Richard...:mad: I guess nothing unexpected

Double breadstick. :tape: The Spaniards reach the semi finals.

Sleepwalker64
11-15-2007, 01:09 PM
Hm...Nole and Jankovic were the worst players on MC. I hope they show us more on HC.

savesthedizzle
11-15-2007, 01:16 PM
They both played too much tennis in 2007. Both of them :rolls: They both need some rest.

That said, don't expect much out of Hopman Cup. Since it's not a real competition, just a glorified exhibition, it doesn't usually bring out the best play in players. What it will do is showcase Jelena and Nole's personalities. :shrug:

Sleepwalker64
11-15-2007, 01:18 PM
What it will do is showcase Jelena and Nole's personalities. :shrug:

And they are favorites in that category:) I don't know who is more crazy Jelena or Nole:worship:

Lossi
11-15-2007, 01:26 PM
And they are favorites in that category:) I don't know who is more crazy Jelena or Nole:worship:

Let's wait and see if Nole puts on one of Jelena's outfits, until then, Dmitry has him beaten, at least at HC ;)

ataptc
11-15-2007, 03:09 PM
And they are favorites in that category:) I don't know who is more crazy Jelena or Nole:worship:
Should be interesting ;)

ataptc
11-15-2007, 03:10 PM
December 29th. My birthday :p
Your birthday is so lateee :awww:

foul_dwimmerlaik
11-15-2007, 04:07 PM
As expected. Have a good vacation Nole, and prepare for the 2008.

kirkicica
11-15-2007, 04:10 PM
Your birthday is so lateee :awww:
or too early for the next year ;) it depends how you look at it :p
anyway I think it's just perfect!

Scotso
11-15-2007, 06:21 PM
David :drool: :rocker2:

Nole better come back ready to play next year, I'm already quite annoyed. :p

savesthedizzle
11-15-2007, 08:43 PM
And they are favorites in that category:) I don't know who is more crazy Jelena or Nole:worship:


Haha I"m not sure either ;) :p

girlscout
11-17-2007, 07:01 AM
haha so u guys know abt the crazy girls at the hotel as well!!!
i was there that day n u can imagine how shocked i was!!!! those girls just wont let go....n it was the same girls who hugged him again. not the other ones.

but we did give novak an amazing sent off. we had abt 20 people who totally blocked the crazy girls. n we made a 6 meter long banner saying 'nole is the best'. n one of our people speaks a little bit serbian!!!! so he said stuff like:"u r the pride of serbia!' to nole!!!!! he n his family were amazed!!! n nole was very very happy. his mom even took out her DV n taped it!!!!

so that was really good. n hopefully good enough for him to forget abt the crazy girls... lol

girlscout
11-17-2007, 07:12 AM
n my friend got another very interesting pic. in the front it's the girls hugging nole...n in the background u can see tommy robredo walking into the hotel....it was one funny pic. i will post it here when my friend upload it.

silverwhite
11-17-2007, 07:52 AM
haha so u guys know abt the crazy girls at the hotel as well!!!
i was there that day n u can imagine how shocked i was!!!! those girls just wont let go....n it was the same girls who hugged him again. not the other ones.

but we did give novak an amazing sent off. we had abt 20 people who totally blocked the crazy girls. n we made a 6 meter long banner saying 'nole is the best'. n one of our people speaks a little bit serbian!!!! so he said stuff like:"u r the pride of serbia!' to nole!!!!! he n his family were amazed!!! n nole was very very happy. his mom even took out her DV n taped it!!!!

so that was really good. n hopefully good enough for him to forget abt the crazy girls... lol

:worship:

Chelem
11-18-2007, 02:25 PM
Les réactions de Nole en français ;)

11 novembre 2007 : Ferrer bat Djokovic 6-4, 6-4
Novak Djokovic : "Ce n'était pas mon jour. J'étais le favori de cette rencontre mais il mérite sa victoire, même si je n'ai pas évolué au niveau qu'on attend de moi, que j'ai montré tout au long de la saison. Vous savez, la saison a été longue pour moi. Mais je ne veux pas chercher d'excuses, je suis ici depuis six jours, j'étais habitué aux conditions. Mais si je veux conserver une chance d'aller en demi-finale, il faut que je change quelque chose."

13 novembre 2007 : Gasquet bat Djokovic 6-4, 6-2
Novak Djokovic : "Une nouvelle fois malheureusement, je n'ai réussi à ne serait-ce qu'approcher mon meilleur niveau. C'est très frustrant, j'ai mal joué. Je me sentais fatigué et niveau confiance ce n'était pas vraiment ça non plus. Je suis un peu cramé. Mais bon, j'ai eu une saison incroyable. Elle a seulement été un peu trop longue pour moi. Ces deux défaites n'enlèvent rien à la saison que j'ai faite."

15 novembre 2007 : Nadal bat Djokovic 6-4, 6-4
Novak Djokovic : "J'avais des ambitions dans ce tournoi mais ce n'était pas ma semaine. J'étais trop fatigué. Finir avec 3 défaites est un peu décevant même si j'ai joué aujourd'hui le meilleur match. Mais je ne veux pas voir les choses en noir, c'était une année fantastique pour moi. Maintenant j'ai envie de passer à autre chose. J'ai besoin de repos. Je vais partir quelque part, très loin de tout le monde (rires). Je suis très motivé pour la saison prochaine pour faire encore mieux. Mon rêve c'est de gagner Wimbledon et d'être N.1 mondial. Si je ne réussis pas à atteindre ces deux buts, je vais me tuer (rires)."

;)

girlscout
11-18-2007, 06:36 PM
http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/uploadFiles/2007-11/18_6693687_1.jpg

the photo i mentioned. lol

jitterbug
11-19-2007, 01:44 AM
Ahahahahaa. Thank you :lol:

Scotso
11-19-2007, 03:50 AM
http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/uploadFiles/2007-11/18_6693687_1.jpg

the photo i mentioned. lol

:rolls:

great picture! :yeah:

poor Tommy :sad: