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Champion number 1
06-07-2004, 02:52 PM
So far I suppose I am the only, but hopefully he will get more as he aims to get into the top 100.

2 weeks ago he was number 202 in the world, in the space of that time he has moved up all the way to number 131 which makes it so exciting for him now.

In that time he has managed to gather these results:

FRENCH OPEN

Qualification round 1: beat Werner Eschauer (Aut) 6-4 6-1
Qualification round 2: beat Miguel Gallardo (Mex) 6-3 6-0
Qualification round 3: beat Marc Lopez (Spa) 6-4 3-6 7-5

Round 1: beat Dmitry Tursonov (Rus) 6-2 6-3 6-4
Round 2: beat Sebastien Grosjean (Fra, 10) 7-6 (6) 6-3 6-4
Round 3: Lost to Marat Safin (Rus, 20) 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3 5-7 5-7

SASSUOLO CHALLENGER $25,000

Starace was a wild card entry

Round 1: beat Arnaud Di Pasquale (Fra, WC) 6-3 6-4
Round 2: beat Diego Moyano (Arg) 6-2 6-3
Quarter Finals: beat Francesco Aldi (Ita) 6-1 6-3
Semi-Finals: beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spa, 4) 3-6 7-6(8) 7-6(2)
Final: beat Alessio Di Mauro (Ita, 3) 6-2 6-3

A great run in Roland Garros and winning the challenger in Italy have made for a grand couple of weeks for Starace where he has probably won mor emoney than in his lifetime.

This week he was expected to enter the challenger event in Lugano $50,000 but has pulled out due to the tiresome couple of weeks he has had.

Champion number 1
07-05-2004, 08:13 AM
Starace has qualified for the Gstaad Open rather impressively and faces David Sanchez in the firs round... tough test for Potitio now but he needs them.

MajorcanBoy89
07-05-2004, 06:29 PM
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAA
POTITO IS RIDICULOUS PLAYER!

MajorcanBoy89
07-05-2004, 06:30 PM
BAD, BAD, VERY BAD...

Neely
07-05-2004, 07:04 PM
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAA
POTITO IS RIDICULOUS PLAYER!
BAD, BAD, VERY BAD...

@MajorcanBoy89 (aka SafriBoy89)
when will you ever learn not to act like this? :confused: :(

grow up and don't talk that badly in such a manner about other players or other people's favorites :banghead: :mad: :fiery:

_____________________

BTW, Potito won this match against Sánchez 6-2 3-6 6-3 :lol:

Sánchez :haha:
Starace :yeah:

:rolls: :p :p :p :p :p :p

Kezzi
07-05-2004, 08:00 PM
So far I suppose I am the only, but hopefully he will get more as he aims to get into the top 100

You're not the only one, I 'discovered' him about 4 months ago, he plays at the same German tennisclub as Fred does, I let my eye fall on him when I was looking at pictures from that team. And with Fred playing a lot of challengers in Italy this year I began to follow Potito's results also :) .

potito
07-07-2004, 01:18 PM
…And The Big Potito have just defeated Hanescu in Gstaad second round (3-6 7-6 7-6) :p and in the quarter finals wait for the 2003 Gstaad Champion Jiri Novak.
I guess he's going to win.

Adelante Potito

Kezzi
07-07-2004, 02:14 PM
Adelante, does that mean something like 'come on' in Italian?

I sure hope he's going to win :D .

Neely
07-07-2004, 07:03 PM
Adelante, does that mean something like 'come on' in Italian?

exactly, but as far as I know it's Spanish and means "going forward".

In Italian they say "forza", don't they? :confused:

potito
07-07-2004, 08:44 PM
exactly, but as far as I know it's Spanish and means "going forward".

In Italian they say "forza", don't they? :confused:


You're right, it's Spanish. In Italian means Avanti.

Anyway for all the italian-speaking Starace's fan, I suggest to download his interview at this link: http://www.swissopengstaad.com/presse/interviews/040707_starace_it.mp3

Allez Potitň

Kezzi
07-07-2004, 09:05 PM
So when I say Forza Potito, it's the same as I would say come on to an English speaking player? Or do I have to say avanti Potito?

potito
07-07-2004, 11:43 PM
So when I say Forza Potito, it's the same as I would say come on to an English speaking player? Or do I have to say avanti Potito?

You're right. Forza Potito is such Come on Potito, while in Spanish is Vamos and if I'm right in French is Vas y

In Dutch?

Anyway
Come on Potito
Vamos Potito
Vas y Potitň
Forza Potito

Kezzi
07-08-2004, 03:25 PM
In French you would say 'Allez Potito'. In Dutch it's 'Kom op Potito'. I can't explain how to pronounce it, sorry.

Neely
07-09-2004, 12:21 AM
go on Potito and let's eliminate Novak :cool: ;)

Neely
07-09-2004, 02:44 PM
Starace wins against Novak 6-4 6-3

Kezzi
07-09-2004, 03:14 PM
Woohoo!! He just has to win the tournament :D .
:worship: Potito :worship:

potito
07-09-2004, 11:36 PM
I don't think Potito could even win the tournament, because at this moment Rogi Federer seems like Superman (probably he's the best player I have ever seen).

If Potito plays at his best, I think he has not more than the 5% of possibilities.

But you know, sometimes miracles happens...

Forza Potito

potito
07-09-2004, 11:54 PM
It's on line a new Potito's interview. It's in Italian with translation in English.
Let's download at this link
http://www.swissopengstaad.com/presse/interviews/040709_starage_e.mp3

Neely
07-10-2004, 12:52 AM
how is his name in Italian correctly pronounced?

more like "stara-dse" or "starad-che"? Anybody who can help me with this?

potito
07-10-2004, 02:47 PM
Here's the exact pronounce of Starace: [sta'rat∫e]

The C in Starace sounds like the ch in Chair.

Kezzi
07-10-2004, 03:30 PM
I knew it :woohoo: .
Some English people think that it's like Star ace. Pretty funny name for a tennisplayer if you see it like this and don't know how to pronounce it differently :p .

Kezzi
07-10-2004, 03:44 PM
I just listened to the interview. Does Potito only speak Italian?

Champion number 1
07-10-2004, 08:13 PM
Forza Potito, this was a great tournament for him to back up his supreme success at the French Open.

His tournament panned out by beating Sanchez, Hanescu and Novak (all of which are very good players, especially Sanchez and Novak) before losing to Federer in 3 sets.

This tournament can only be a positive sign for him and soon he must join Volandri in the top 70 players in the world. Something Italy needs at the moment!

This tournament should see Starace go into the top 120 and get nearer to that milestone of top 100.

GoSandrine
07-12-2004, 07:29 AM
Potito, great tournament!!! :hearts: :banana:

potito
07-12-2004, 03:24 PM
I just listened to the interview. Does Potito only speak Italian?

As I Know, he understand English, but he doesn't speak very fluently, so he prefers to speak Italian. He gonna learn...

In the meantime, it's on line a new interview after the match with Roger Federer.
You can find it at this link:
http://www.swissopengstaad.com/presse/interviews/040710_starace_e.mp3

Neely
07-12-2004, 04:32 PM
Here's the exact pronounce of Starace: [sta'rat∫e]

The C in Starace sounds like the ch in Chair.

thanks, very good explanation! :D

Kezzi
07-12-2004, 06:50 PM
I'm hoping that his website will be ready very soon. Maybe I'll find more nice pics :hearts: and get to know a little bit more about him.
Does anyone know if Fred and Potito are friends? They know eachother from a German tennisclub where they play competition, but I don't know if they are friends.
Would be cool to see that two of my fav players get along :D .

potito
07-14-2004, 10:55 AM
:bdaycake: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, POTITO! :bdaycake:

:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

Champion number 1
07-14-2004, 01:38 PM
Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kezzi
07-14-2004, 03:14 PM
Happy Birthday!!!
:banana: :aparty: :banana: :aparty: :banana: :aparty: :banana: :aparty: :banana: :aparty: :banana: :aparty: :banana:

potito
07-15-2004, 03:35 PM
I'm hoping that his website will be ready very soon. Maybe I'll find more nice pics :hearts: and get to know a little bit more about him.


Not yet a website, but a special forum dedicated (...in Italian...) where you can find all about Potito 'JET' Starace (news, interviews, photos, etc...all by people very close to him...)

Here's the link:
http://www.tennisteen.it/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=28

mitalidas
07-15-2004, 10:28 PM
Hi everyone,

anyone else think that Potito is Adrien Brody's long-lost brother and/or separated at birth?!

I recently wrote that to Jon Wertheim (cnnsi.com/tennis) .... and he didn't post it on his column, so I guess he doesn't think its that close a resemblance. Anyone share my opinion?

Btw, Adrien Brody was the pianist in , well, "The Pianist"

Champion number 1
07-17-2004, 08:46 AM
Well done Potito in your first match of the Davis Cup... beat Enev 6-1 6-2 6-3. Forza Potito and Italia!

Kezzi
07-17-2004, 04:07 PM
Not yet a website, but a special forum dedicated (...in Italian...) where you can find all about Potito 'JET' Starace (news, interviews, photos, etc...all by people very close to him...)

His official website is coming soon, www.potitostarace.it. I just came across that on the internet. It's very difficult for me to find something about him, because I really can't read Italian. I only know Forza and Ciao :p .
And Potito, how long are you a fan? You really know a lot about him.
That brings another question up.... What does JET mean?

potito
07-18-2004, 04:34 PM
'Jet' is the nickname the Forum Administrators chose for Potito. I guess 'cause his serve and his forehand can really fly...

Anyway, while the website is under construction, you can start enjoying some Potito's pics in this thread : http://www.tennisteen.it/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=313&sid=d321e4e34ff13c3d036a0c19c4c11184

Kezzi
07-18-2004, 10:03 PM
Thank you! The pic with safin is really nice, I don't know what it is, but I love the way he looks at Safin's hand :devil: .

potito
07-19-2004, 01:13 AM
Thank you! The pic with safin is really nice, I don't know what it is, but I love the way he looks at Safin's hand :devil: .


Don't you know what happened with Safin at the Roland Garros? Really?

Well, The great Potito at his first Grand Slam, after beating Tursunov and Grosjean both in 3 sets was facing in the 3rd round the former number one Marat Safin, and he was going to win...

He was serving for the match (5-4 in the 4th set)...
...and the line-judge called a foot-fault on the match-point. :mad:
The second in 2 match, the second on a match-point; it happened with grosjean too, but that time he won. So, serve and volley with the second ball, great serve, good volley, but a miracle of Safin and was again Deuce.

And what did he do, the great Marat, in the game most important of the match, when they were 40-40???
He calls the medical aid!!! :fiery:
When the match is going to end???
When Potito is 2 points from an historical exploit???
Yes, he had a Hand Injury...

http://www.gazzetta.it/gazzetta/common/area_gazzetta/gallerie/altri_sport/2004/maggio/rolan_garros/galleria/jpg/image25.jpg

Marat seems to say: look at my blisters...
while Potito seems to think many things..... :mad: :fiery: :banghead: :smash:

Anyway, you know how the match was over (Safin won 6-7(4) 6-4 3-6 7-5 7-5). He played great, but some other times he called the medical aid (in the most delicate moments, obvious...).
A very Fair Player, no doubt about it...

Potito is still looking for take his revenge :banghead:

Champion number 1
07-19-2004, 09:13 AM
Potito got cheated then for sure. Now Potito is in Austria at the GEnerali Open with Marc Lopez in round 1... these 2 had a tough battle in qualifying for the French Open so this might be a tough matvh for Potito but I expect him to win now as he has entered a diferent level since then.

CooCooCachoo
07-19-2004, 09:57 AM
Well, I am not really a Potito fan just yet, but I do really like his game and do support him in most of his matches :) When I've seen a bit more of him, I might become a fan ;)

CooCooCachoo
07-19-2004, 10:00 AM
The earring should go though :p

Kezzi
07-19-2004, 10:30 AM
Don't you know what happened with Safin at the Roland Garros? Really?
I heard something about blisters and Safin calling the medical aid, but I watched a live scoreboard the whole match. Dutch channels always prefer to see a countryman lose, rather than broadcasting an exciting match like this one :fiery: . They never broadcasted one of Potito's matches and they just showed like 1 minute in the highlights of the day.
Potito is still looking for take his revenge
Potito will be the better player next time :D .
The earring should go though
No, it shouldn't.... :drool:

Kezzi
07-19-2004, 11:27 AM
One to watch: Potito Starace
The rising Italian star is enjoying a breakthrough year on the ATP circuit.

I noticed it on the atptennis.com homepage a minute ago :D .

CooCooCachoo
07-19-2004, 01:06 PM
Uhoh that means he is cursed. Everyone who is named One to watch on the ATP site plays like crap after ;)

Kezzi
07-19-2004, 03:06 PM
Not The great Potito :p .

Champion number 1
07-21-2004, 05:58 AM
Yeah I remember Volandri has been named on it twice and after both he went on a bad run... lol.

Hopefully not the same for Starace, well at least Potito won 76 62 yesterday over Marc Lopez... faces Tomas Berdych today, the 15th seed.

Champion number 1
07-22-2004, 05:58 AM
Maybe it is a curse... Starace has lost yesterday to Berdych 62 75. Not a good match for Starace but hopefully its just a minor dip from tiredness or whatever.

Forza Potito

Kezzi
07-25-2004, 05:31 PM
Does anyone know if he's going to play competition in Germany?

Champion number 1
07-26-2004, 07:31 AM
Wouldnt know, for now I know he enters the San Marino challenger event and faces Mantilla in round 1 and potentially faces Volandri in round 2. Tough draw for him.

Kezzi
07-26-2004, 02:34 PM
He played one day with his team in Germany. I saw it yesterday on their website. He won his singles and doubles match, but the team lost on both days.

And for San Marino: FORZA POTITO!! :)

Champion number 1
07-28-2004, 08:22 AM
Potito beat Mantilla in round 1 in 3 sets. Very good win for Starace in a tough match but now faces Volandri which is a big match for Italian standards.

Kezzi
07-28-2004, 03:29 PM
Forza Potito :D:D

Champion number 1
07-30-2004, 07:37 AM
Starace won the battle of Italy in 3 big sets. I think Potito is ready now to rule the world. If he wins this tournament he has a good chance of entering the top 100. Unfortunately too late to qualify automatically to the US Open so he still has to qualify for that anyway but it woul be great for him to be in the top 100.

Champion number 1
07-31-2004, 08:17 AM
Another win for Starace against Seppi in 3 sets and he enters the semi finals against Oliver Rochus.

Kezzi
07-31-2004, 11:56 AM
I think Potito is ready now to rule the world.
I totally agree with that! :yeah: :woohoo: :bigclap: :bounce:

I hope he doesn't have to play against Fred Hemmes in the US Open qualies, because Fred and Potito are both my favourites :rolleyes: . It would be great if they both get into the first round :D .

But for now: Forza Potito!!

Champion number 1
08-01-2004, 11:09 AM
Hehe, Potito beat Olivier Rochus in 2 sets... but it was a tough match 75 64. Now he is in the final of the San marino challenger v Armando. A big match as if he wins I think he enters the top 100. Which would be his first time.

Kezzi
08-01-2004, 05:40 PM
Well, he's in the final, he's got a chance to enter the top 100, I'm sure he's going to do his very best to win :worship: .

Forza Potito!!!

Champion number 1
08-01-2004, 06:37 PM
He won in 3. Congrats to him, its not official of course but Im sure he goes up to something like 96 or 97 in the world.

The week coming he enters the Trani challenger event and has a possibility of meeting Volandri in the semis. Another good run in this tournament could see him improve his ranking again.

Champion number 1
08-01-2004, 06:39 PM
He cant think of the semis though. He has a tough draw and he will be tired from a good week this week so you cant expect miracles.

Potito Starace (WC, 3, Ita) vs Jerome Haehnel (Fra);
qualificato vs Alex Bogdanovic (Gbr);
Ivan Navarro Pastor (Esp) vs Salvador Navarro (Esp);
Federico Browne (Arg) vs Tomas Tenconi (8, Ita);

Thats his quarter of the draw. Haehnel is such a tough round 1 match.

Champion number 1
08-02-2004, 08:09 AM
Starace is up to number 95 in the world. Woohoo!

Kezzi
08-08-2004, 06:17 PM
I just saw it on the atp website! :woohoo:

Champion number 1
08-09-2004, 08:33 AM
Starace now up to number 90 in the world after reaching the semis of the Trani challenger before losing to Volandri! This week he is resting!

july
08-09-2004, 02:05 PM
Hi everybody!I'm a Potito's fan since Roland garros 2004!I saw him playing against Safin and ,even I really like Marat, I did really want Potito to win that time! :worship:
I think he has a great talent and I hope he will show it in the next future!I'm sorry he lost against Volandri last week end :sad:
Ciao! :wavey:
Ps.Champion number 1 are you italian?Io sono di Milano!

Champion number 1
08-10-2004, 09:03 AM
Im half Italian (fathers Italian), my speaking of the language is not so great as I live in London but I understood that you are from Milano. My dad's from Roma.

Potito is easing up the rankings and hopefully by the end of the year he can enter the top 70 or so... Its good that Italy finally has a bit of a rivalry for the number 1 between he and Volandri. I hope both can be top 50 players together!

Kezzi
08-11-2004, 01:03 PM
Yeah, that would be great :D .
And everybody's said where they're from, I'm from Holland :P .

Kezzi
08-18-2004, 09:38 PM
Hey everyone! It's a bit quiet here...
I have a question.... is it just me or are there other people who can't enter Potito's official website? It says entra or something, but I can click on it as long as I want, it still doesn't work :( .

Champion number 1
08-29-2004, 01:56 PM
Starace qualified brilliantly for th US Open and now faces Popp from Germany in round 1.

Kezzi
08-29-2004, 02:39 PM
Forza Potito!!
BTW, Potito's website is really nice :D !

Kristen
08-30-2004, 09:00 AM
Hey guys! :wavey:
I've noticed Potito has been capable of some very good results this year. I was wondering how well he's been doing lately? If you see my signature, You'll notice I'm a fan of Alexanders, and I'm somewhat concerned he's gonna lose the match! lol, Alexander has had 3-4 weeks off tennis prior to Long Island, so I'm thinking that Potito might be getting to the second round :lol:

Neely
08-31-2004, 04:39 AM
well played, Starace! (star-ace ;) )

I saw his match against Popp on TV and he really played a solid match and did some intelligent things to make it hard for Popp. Too bad that Alexander couldn't fight back more, his game was too weak and Starace got much better after the 1st set.

Kezzi
08-31-2004, 03:53 PM
:woohoo: Didn't see it, but I hope Potito gets very far in the US Open :D .

Champion number 1
09-02-2004, 08:09 AM
Starace next faces O.Rochus and so it will not be easy. Rochus beat Ancic we shall not forget in round 1 but its a good chance for Starace to reach round 3 of a GS once more this year!

Champion number 1
09-03-2004, 08:31 AM
Potito fell apart in the last 2 sets, he was ahead 2-1 and then lost it Ah well, still this year has been great for him qualifying for 3 GS and getting to the second round here is still a good achievement. he will move up the rankings slightly again and has a couple more tournaments left this year. After them I hope we can look forward to a very successful 2005 from him.

Champion number 1
10-02-2004, 12:47 PM
Potito lost in the 2nd round in Sicily this week. Unlucky because he had a big match v Massu but got injured early. At least he beat Gasquet in round 1.

*Viva Chile*
12-01-2004, 02:25 AM
Hahahaha... His name sounds very funny here in Chile. I remember when Nicolas Massu played against him in Palermo... Chilean people could not believe that he is called "Potito". In Chile, "Potito" means a diminutive word for "ass", "butt" or "rear". Surely he would receive many jokes if he will come to Chile.

Champion number 1
01-03-2005, 02:25 PM
Starace faces Benneteau tonight. In the morning for Aussies I guess! This match could tell us whether last year was a one off!

Kezzi
01-03-2005, 05:15 PM
:( two of my faves against eachother, always tough too choose between them, so I won't do that :) .
I wish them both good luck, in these situations it's sad that a tennis match can't end in a tie :p ;) .

Kezzi
01-03-2005, 05:19 PM
Hahahaha... His name sounds very funny here in Chile. I remember when Nicolas Massu played against him in Palermo... Chilean people could not believe that he is called "Potito". In Chile, "Potito" means a diminutive word for "ass", "butt" or "rear". Surely he would receive many jokes if he will come to Chile.
That's funny, does Potito know that? :)

Champion number 1
01-06-2005, 05:59 PM
Starace lost, but he will be going to Chile I think lol

Anyone who supports the idea of an Italian tennis forum like some of the other big nations. Go to the error & questions forum and go to Italian tennis and say you like the idea.

Kezzi
01-06-2005, 06:04 PM
I'm already on the way to that thread :p :)

Champion number 1
01-12-2005, 09:16 AM
Potito is regaining his form again. He eased past Raemon Sluiter (sorry Kezzi) and is now in the quarters of this tournament in Auckland.

Whos he got in the quarters?

Champion number 1
01-15-2005, 06:17 PM
Starace opens in Australia against Srichaphan, not great for Potito!

Kezzi
01-16-2005, 12:52 PM
Potito is regaining his form again. He eased past Raemon Sluiter (sorry Kezzi) and is now in the quarters of this tournament in Auckland.
Doesn't matter. If two of my fave players play against eachother I don't mind who wins. It's always better to see one of my fav's staying in the tournament than none of them :p .

Kezzi
01-16-2005, 12:57 PM
Starace opens in Australia against Srichaphan, not great for Potito!
Go Potito! :bounce:
He didn't have to qualify right?

Champion number 1
01-17-2005, 10:17 AM
Nope he ddnt, but he went out in 4 against Paradorn. Great first set though.

He had an unforutnate draw on hard court. Well his season will start from after the Aussie Open really even though he did well in New Zealand.

Action Jackson
03-22-2007, 11:39 AM
Here are pics from Starace's doubles title in Acapulco with Vassallo Arguello

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/Vassalloforehand.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/Netlegends.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/DoublesGurus.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/Doublesrevoultion.jpg

Action Jackson
03-22-2007, 11:40 AM
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/MartinVandPotito.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/MartinVandStarace.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/Potitocomeback.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/MartinVandPotatoAcapulcoChamps.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/Timetocashin.jpg

Super-Fabio
03-22-2007, 07:27 PM
In the lasth month Potito played very well, and now there are a lot of tournaments on clay :yeah:

Super-Fabio
03-22-2007, 09:32 PM
Ams Miami, First Round:

Potito Starace (ITA) d. (wc)Alex Kuznetsov (USA) 6-4 7-6(4)

good performance by Poto!

scarecrows
03-22-2007, 09:33 PM
great result
I was kinda expecting it

hopefully this claycourt season will find him injury-free

Champion number 1
03-22-2007, 09:55 PM
Yes a good result on hard for Potito and hopefully he can continue to win matches.

Champion number 1
03-24-2007, 09:54 AM
Today Potito goes against Almagro and he leads 1-0 on head 2 head winning Portschach last year so Starace has some chances here :) It would be great if he can get the win, but we will see what happens.

Champion number 1
03-25-2007, 06:02 PM
Starace lost 76 63 :(

scarecrows
03-26-2007, 09:07 AM
yeah shame

it was a match where he had good chance to win on paper

Champion number 1
03-28-2007, 04:04 PM
Starace started off Napoli well. He beat Vanek in straight sets 76 64

scarecrows
03-28-2007, 05:36 PM
good win considering change of continent and surface

Super-Fabio
03-30-2007, 08:34 PM
Then, he won 46 64 64 over Montcourt, and 63 60 against Luzzi....tomorrrow in semifinal he will face Oscar Hernandez.

scarecrows
03-31-2007, 03:02 PM
Napoli is Poto's fav tournament and he looks on track to make another final

scarecrows
03-31-2007, 09:53 PM
Potito in the final of Napoli for 3d year running

should be interesting against El Aynaoui hopefully with Potito as winner

Champion number 1
03-31-2007, 10:59 PM
Great final in prospect. I think Potito can win this.

scarecrows
04-01-2007, 04:28 PM
Potito wins Napoli Challenger for the 2nd year in a row beating El Aynaoui 7-5 6-2

he defends his points from last year but now we're expecting him to gain some points in the future tournaments

Emilie85
04-01-2007, 08:36 PM
:woohoo:

Champion number 1
04-02-2007, 08:30 AM
Great tournament again from Potito. He likes this place.

scarecrows
04-11-2007, 04:57 PM
and his good run on clay continues beating Verdasco in 3 sets in the opening round of Valencia

and also good chance of making the QF as he plays Andujar next

Champion number 1
04-11-2007, 09:58 PM
Very good win against Verdasco for Potito. I am very happy with his form currently.

scarecrows
04-12-2007, 05:21 PM
Potito in quarterfinals of valencia :yeah:
interesting scoreline against Andujar 6-4 1-6 6-3

and a very good chance to reach the SF as he plays Granollers-Pujol

now the question is, will he try to reach the SF or will he tank and play Monte-Carlo qualies instead. I prefer the 1st version

Mr Brightside
04-12-2007, 08:26 PM
he should win tomorrow!a semi is a good results already but a MS is a MS :hearts:

Champion number 1
04-13-2007, 03:32 PM
Starace now in semi-finals. What a very good week for him so far and he has chances for the final. navarro in semi.

Kurthi
04-21-2007, 01:05 AM
I have found a couple of shirtless pics of Potito. Here is the link:

http://www.togon.de/gallery/index.php?cat=119

Have fun.

kurthi

Champion number 1
04-22-2007, 07:55 AM
(11)Marat Safin (RUS) vs Simone Bolelli (ITA)
Potito Starace (ITA) vs Sam Querrey (USA)
Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS) vs Vincent Spadea (USA)
(8)Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) bye


Starace's first part of the draw for Barcelona... Winnable first round, even a winnable second round. I hope he and Bolelli go through :) but then third round is difficult for either (assuming its Chela)

Champion number 1
04-24-2007, 12:59 PM
Excellent win for Potito 64 64 v Querrey... Bolelli-Safin is later.

scarecrows
04-25-2007, 12:32 PM
Potito wins the derby against Bolelli, 6-4 6-3
after losing the first 3 games all went in his direction

against Chela next, hard but not impossible

Roger Federer89
04-25-2007, 06:58 PM
Go Poto goooooo!

Champion number 1
04-25-2007, 08:55 PM
A good win for him, he showed Bolelli that hes not quite there yet and Potito is advancing in the rankings with these wins.

scarecrows
04-26-2007, 11:12 AM
Potito in Barcelona quarters, beat Chela 6-4 7-6
\
his great run on clay continues

bring on Nadal next :armed:

Champion number 1
04-26-2007, 11:14 AM
A big win today for Potito. Even if he loses to Nadal next the QF of Barcelona is a great achievement for him. His ranking should go up as will his confidence. This could be the year Potito comes of age.

Nedved Rosicky
05-08-2007, 12:36 PM
Potito won 1st round match in Rome, next will face Ferrero.
some pics from official site
Potito and Filippo
http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/3593/popsorteggioac075308ac9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
1st round match
http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/6971/popstaraceac078471cc5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/3767/popstarace2ac078471js6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Champion number 1
05-08-2007, 09:29 PM
Again the night match for Poto v Ferrero on centrale tomorrow... should be a great occasion

Champion number 1
05-09-2007, 10:30 PM
Starace's career has kick start... a very good 3 set win over Ferrero and next Davydenko... if he does somehow beat Davydenko then after is Robredo... as good a chance as any for an Italian to reach the semi-final here... go for it Potito!

However if he did lose to Davydenko Id still count it a good week. Up to 57 currently in the ranking with this win.

Champion number 1
05-10-2007, 05:55 PM
Well he has lost to Davydenko, but played very well and was beaten by Davydenko who was at the top of his game. Starace has come on a bit this year and if he can have a good RG and then play a good hard court season he should easily be in the top 50 by the end of the year. He has the abilities to be.

Champion number 1
05-19-2007, 06:54 PM
He beat Marin today in quali 1st round at Portschach and is against Tkalec to qualify tomorrow.

Champion number 1
05-21-2007, 02:35 PM
Starace beat Koubek 64 64 today in round 1... well done Potito.

delsa
05-30-2007, 10:51 PM
Now, Federer. Do your best Potito!

scarecrows
05-30-2007, 10:55 PM
shame about the draw, this Potito could have gone far

anyway let's hope that he gives Fed a hard time like in Gstaad a few years ago

Champion number 1
05-31-2007, 08:30 AM
Well I am still not overly impressed with Fed despite his win in Hamburg. I am not saying Starace will win, but he can give him a hard time if he plays to his true abilities.

Papakori
06-02-2007, 08:09 PM
A picture I took in Roland Garros :wavey:

He was training with Volandri

Champion number 1
07-09-2007, 06:15 PM
He has absolutely 0 points to defend from now to the US Open. Currently 46 in the world. He will be at a new high if he plays tournaments and does pretty well. He could even get to top 30 or near if he really excels in these tournaments.

Polgara
07-10-2007, 11:16 PM
Hi everybody :wavey:

just wanted to post some pics of Potito playing Bundesliga in Neuss last weekend. He won his two singles and played doubles together with a young Spaniard, Granolla-Pujol.

scarecrows
07-10-2007, 11:20 PM
thanks for pics

Champion number 1
07-11-2007, 09:26 AM
Good start with a victory against Hajek 76 61.

Champion number 1
07-12-2007, 05:42 PM
Unfortunately he lost to Andreev today 75 63. Difficult contest, but he should still move up the rankings to a new high.

VolandriFan
07-13-2007, 02:43 AM
Congrats Potito. I'll never forget when he beat JC at RG in 2004. Andreev is a good player.

Nedved Rosicky
07-28-2007, 12:47 PM
Potito in Kitzbuhel final, 2nd of the year.
he beats Calleri in semi, 64 75 :yeah:

Good luck in final, against Monaco or Verdasco.

Super-Fabio
07-28-2007, 01:40 PM
good job!

Roger Federer89
07-28-2007, 02:29 PM
Grandeeee potooooo!

Champion number 1
07-28-2007, 05:28 PM
Wow I go away for 2 weeks and Italian tennis explodes. Firstly Seppi finallyregains form and now Starace is a finalist here. Great result and I hope he wins his first ATP tournament and he is now shooting up the rankings.

scarecrows
09-11-2007, 06:12 PM
after Volandri's early exit in Bucharest, Potito will be the Italian no.1 on monday :D

Champion number 1
09-11-2007, 08:43 PM
Potito is also a favourtie for this tournament me thinks. A very good win today against Vliegen.

Mr Brightside
09-12-2007, 08:50 PM
Poto new italian #1 :woohoo::yeah:

Champion number 1
09-13-2007, 11:37 AM
Potito now through to QF after very good 63 63 win over Pavel

Mr Brightside
09-13-2007, 01:22 PM
:yeah:

scarecrows
09-13-2007, 01:25 PM
good win over a tough opponent

hopefully another home boy will go down tomorrow

Sandra
09-13-2007, 06:40 PM
Yes!!! Potito should beat Victor tomorrow. Forza :rocker2:

Champion number 1
09-14-2007, 04:23 PM
Starace lost to Hanescu :(

Great for Hanescu though :)

Nedved Rosicky
09-15-2007, 07:07 AM
Hanescu plays good, so did Potito, but Potito's backhand is poor compared to his strong forehand. Anyway, it's a good match. :)

joyk
09-17-2007, 03:42 PM
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c110/joyk/IMG_0223.jpghttp://i26.phohttp://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c110/joyk/IMG_0220.jpgtobucket.com/albums/c110/joyk/IMG_0222.jpghttp://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c110/joyk/IMG_0213.jpghttp://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c110/joyk/IMG_0221.jpghttp://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c110/joyk/IMG_0211.jpg

scarecrows
09-26-2007, 05:43 PM
Potito skipped Napoli challenger to prepare for the indoor season starting in Metz for him

http://it.eurosport.yahoo.com/26092007/45/atp-metz-starace-carico-per-stagione-indoor.html

rough translation

Starace is completing the prepapration for the hard courts, saturday he'll part for France where he will play the ATP tournament of Metz. "I'm training for the indoor tournaments, I'm feeling well and will train till friday and then saturday I'll part for Metz, I'm feeling confident. ". Since 2 weeks ago the tennis coming from Campania region is the new Italian no.1

"I'm happy to be the Italian no.1 and also to have entered in top 30. It's nice to be number 1 in Italy and to have an important ranking" A positive season for Potito, specially because for the first time he didnt have physical problems. "Finally a season without any problems. i should say that this winter i trained very well and the results are seen. I could play regulary and find good confidence especially on clay, my surface ".

In hard courts Starace surely could do well but he needs to improve his tennis. 'I'm convinced that in the last 2 years I've improved at least of 60% but i could do better. I need to improve on my return and especially on hard courts i need to be more aggressive. On clay I have more time, on hard I dont. ".

Mr Brightside
09-26-2007, 08:48 PM
thanks God he didn't play another challenger :o

Mr Brightside
09-29-2007, 05:45 PM
[1] ROBREDO, Tommy ESP v MAYER, Florian GER
CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA v SEPPI, Andreas ITA
QUALIFIER v GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA
KOUBEK, Stefan AUT v [6] SIMON, Gilles FRA

[4] MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA v BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
[WC] MONTCOURT, Mathieu FRA v MAHUT, Nicolas FRA
MASSU, Nicolas CHI v LAPENTTI, Nicolas ECU
SANTORO, Fabrice FRA v [8] ANDREEV, Igor RUS

[7] KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER v CALLERI, Agustin ARG
WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI v TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA
LLODRA, Michael FRA v ESCHAUER, Werner AUT
TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB v [3/WC] MURRAY, Andy GBR

[5] STARACE, Potito ITA v QUALIFIER
GICQUEL, Marc FRA v [WC] SERRA, Florent FRA
QUALIFIER v QUALIFIER
MONFILS, Gael FRA v [2] CANAS, Guillermo ARG

Mr Brightside
09-29-2007, 05:47 PM
not a bad draw i tough :shrug:

scarecrows
09-29-2007, 05:48 PM
very good draw

if he has prepared like he's saying he might make quarters

Mr Brightside
10-02-2007, 07:41 PM
Korolev def Starace 63 63

:retard:

scarecrows
10-02-2007, 07:43 PM
eh, looks like he hasnt been training that well indoors

Mr Brightside
10-06-2007, 02:58 PM
[1] DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS vs TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA
SANTORO, Fabrice FRA vs LAPENTTI, Nicolas ECU
MAHUT, Nicolas FRA vs ANDREEV, Igor RUS
QUALIFIER vs [5 WC] SAFIN, Marat RUS

[3] MURRAY, Andy GBR vs KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS
ROITMAN, Sergio ARG vs TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB
STEPANEK, Radek CZE vs [WC] GABASHVILI, Teimuraz RUS
QUALIFIER vs [7] TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS

[6] STARACE, Potito ITA vs SERRA, Florent FRA
VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL vs QUALIFIER
[WC] KUNITSYN, Igor RUS vs HARTFIELD, Diego ARG
GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA vs [4] MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA

[8] KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER vs GIMELSTOB, Justin USA
QUALIFIER vs BOLELLI, Simone ITA
BERRER, Michael GER vs ACASUSO, Jose ARG
GULBIS, Ernests LAT vs [2] YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS

Mr Brightside
10-06-2007, 02:59 PM
still a good draw :p
take advantage of this Poto :ras:
but Moscow replaced ST Petersburg?

scarecrows
10-23-2007, 03:56 PM
as you can see Petersburg is after Moscow ;)

and Poto finally won a match indoors beating Vliegen 3-6 6-4 7-6

Mr Brightside
10-23-2007, 07:43 PM
yep :lol:

finally a win but what a choke in last set :help: he was up *5-1 :tape:
Next round against Ledovskikh ....better win this :p

Mr Brightside
10-25-2007, 01:06 PM
S.Petersburg 2R

Poto def Ledovskikh 76 62

QF as last year :yeah:
Next will be the winner of Bolelli vs Verdasco.....hoping for a derby.....

Champion number 1
10-27-2007, 09:26 AM
Went out to Verdasco, but a great result.

Truc
12-08-2007, 05:31 PM
It must be old news for the Potito fans, but I just came across it...
There are a couple of nice videos about him on http://www.lecoqtennis.com/#en/reportages

Super-Fabio
12-14-2007, 12:19 PM
http://www.federtennis.it/upload/pop_AC079007.jpg
http://www.federtennis.it/upload/pop_AC079011.jpg
http://www.federtennis.it/upload/pop_AC079013.jpg

scarecrows
02-09-2008, 04:43 PM
Ivo Minar (CZE) vs (4)Potito Starace (ITA)

show all your anger for the stupid ban Potito

Mr Brightside
02-09-2008, 06:37 PM
Go Poto:woohoo:
distruggili tutti :rocker:

Mr Brightside
02-18-2008, 07:39 PM
Poto lost that match 64 46 63 :tape:
but today has beaten Pashanski 61 36 64 in Buenos Aires :rocker:

Champion number 1
02-18-2008, 09:30 PM
Yes he needs matches for sure and wins will always be great so good win Poto :)

Mr Brightside
02-20-2008, 07:29 PM
Poto def Brzecki (?:o)63 63 :)

scarecrows
02-20-2008, 09:03 PM
brzezicki ;)

very important win for his confidence

now against (hopefully) fognini :devil:

Champion number 1
02-21-2008, 03:43 PM
Very good win and now Nalbandian. Big test of his return.

Nedved Rosicky
02-23-2008, 03:23 AM
QF vs Nalbandian

http://img213.imagevenue.com/loc495/th_40505_d48c5053c22b07eed1c87a7bd8e7a39b-getty-tennis-argentina-atp-starace_122_495lo.jpg (http://img213.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=40505_d48c5053c22b07eed1c87a7bd8e7a3 9b-getty-tennis-argentina-atp-starace_122_495lo.jpg) http://img176.imagevenue.com/loc350/th_40506_8836bb2db3a58f08dd9e2aa16ed71747-getty-tennis-argentina-atp-starace_122_350lo.jpg (http://img176.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=40506_8836bb2db3a58f08dd9e2aa16ed717 47-getty-tennis-argentina-atp-starace_122_350lo.jpg)

Champion number 1
02-23-2008, 09:31 AM
Good fight even though he lost. Certainly confidence building tournament.

scarecrows
02-23-2008, 11:49 AM
hopefully 1 step better in acapulco

Mr Brightside
02-23-2008, 12:20 PM
and again the argentinian crowd was :help: :rolleyes:

VolandriFan
02-24-2008, 05:17 AM
The crowd really were huge factors in Potito and Pippo not winning.

Nedved Rosicky
02-24-2008, 05:59 AM
especially a big fan called Maradona :o

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=reu-menbuenos_airesmaradona&prov=reuters&type=lgns

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Italian tennis player Potito Starace has lambasted former idol Diego Maradona for insulting him during his quarter-final loss to Argentina’s David Nalbandian in the Buenos Aires Open.

Argentine soccer great Maradona was supporting his compatriot Nalbandian from the stands but Starace, a fan of Maradona’s former team Napoli, was appalled by his conduct.

“Maradona insulted me as soon as the match began,” Starace told Italy’s Radio Kiss Kiss on Saturday.

“Diego made me lose my head, I went to the umpire and I said to him: ‘Either you throw him out or I’ll go bash a racket in his teeth’.”

World number 35 Starace became increasingly irate during his 4-6 7-6 6-4 defeat.

“I have always been a big fan of Napoli and Maradona and before the match I told journalists I would like to meet him. But I was very disappointed by his behaviour,” he said.

“I know that at the end of the match he came down to the dressing rooms but I had already left because I was very angry.”

Maradona led his country to World Cup glory in 1986 but has caused controversy throughout his life and been dogged by drugs and health problems.

Champion number 1
02-25-2008, 11:05 AM
Embarassing from Maradona really. However Forza Poto! I wonder if Diego knew that Potito was a Napoli fan and that Maradona was an idol of his. Probably not.

scarecrows
02-26-2008, 09:21 PM
easy win against Lapentti 6-4 6-2

Luczak next

Nedved Rosicky
02-27-2008, 02:05 PM
vs Lapentti
http://img161.imagevenue.com/loc853/th_24664_3d385587d6228845380f92ccdcc02b95-getty-tennis-mexico-ita-ecu-starace-lapentti_122_853lo.jpg (http://img161.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=24664_3d385587d6228845380f92ccdcc02b 95-getty-tennis-mexico-ita-ecu-starace-lapentti_122_853lo.jpg) http://img201.imagevenue.com/loc6/th_24676_ad2fa61b6e5d88b729390eeca0496af6-getty-tennis-mexico-ita-ecu-starace-lapentti_122_6lo.jpg (http://img201.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=24676_ad2fa61b6e5d88b729390eeca0496a f6-getty-tennis-mexico-ita-ecu-starace-lapentti_122_6lo.jpg)

Champion number 1
02-28-2008, 08:37 AM
Easy win against Luczak. Its fair to say Potito is getting back to his best.

franzit
02-28-2008, 06:15 PM
Hello! I'm searching for video of atp challenger napoli 2007 final (Starace- El Aynouoi ) . May you help me ?
Thanks in advance!

Nedved Rosicky
02-29-2008, 06:34 AM
Poto lost to Nalbandian 36 36

http://img187.imagevenue.com/loc514/th_68967_215ef358fe224494fbcca957f9594354-getty-78841822cm005_abierto_mexic_122_514lo.jpg (http://img187.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=68967_215ef358fe224494fbcca957f95943 54-getty-78841822cm005_abierto_mexic_122_514lo.jpg) http://img143.imagevenue.com/loc1029/th_68974_9cfee17f1812954b11f03ced804b33c4-getty-78841822cm026_abierto_mexic_122_1029lo.jpg (http://img143.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=68974_9cfee17f1812954b11f03ced804b33 c4-getty-78841822cm026_abierto_mexic_122_1029lo.jpg) http://img238.imagevenue.com/loc125/th_68980_a0b1863c5cf1d60a0b7b01895adc99da-getty-78841822cm031_abierto_mexic_122_125lo.jpg (http://img238.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=68980_a0b1863c5cf1d60a0b7b01895adc99 da-getty-78841822cm031_abierto_mexic_122_125lo.jpg) http://img244.imagevenue.com/loc364/th_68981_capt.26ff16ce002e40dca454b398792d8ac0.mex ico_tennis_open_mxev109_122_364lo.jpg (http://img244.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=68981_capt.26ff16ce002e40dca454b3987 92d8ac0.mexico_tennis_open_mxev109_122_364lo.jpg)
http://img214.imagevenue.com/loc584/th_68982_ff5ee6d7e2ef48263a9b10a3cb343f95-getty-78841822cm004_abierto_mexic_122_584lo.jpg (http://img214.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=68982_ff5ee6d7e2ef48263a9b10a3cb343f 95-getty-78841822cm004_abierto_mexic_122_584lo.jpg)

scarecrows
03-04-2008, 09:25 PM
took advantage of the draw in Las Vegas beating Berlocq 7-6 6-0

now Melzer or Delic, either way he's gonna be crushed :sad:

VolandriFan
03-04-2008, 10:07 PM
took advantage of the draw in Las Vegas beating Berlocq 7-6 6-0

now Melzer or Delic, either way he's gonna be crushed :sad:

You really think that? Delic seems to be on his way to winning, and you'd have to give Potito at least a small chance against Amer.

Mr Brightside
03-05-2008, 12:04 PM
Finally a win on hardcourt :woohoo:
Against Delic it's not impossible :p

Mr Brightside
03-05-2008, 09:13 PM
Poto retired on 36 03 :sad:

scarecrows
03-11-2008, 09:31 PM
against Gicquel in first round, not a bad draw, then Blake

tennis2018
03-12-2008, 12:39 PM
practice @ indian wells

Nedved Rosicky
03-19-2008, 04:01 PM
http://www.gazzetta.it/Sport_Vari/Tennis/Primo_Piano/2008/03_Marzo/18/starace.shtml
finally Maradona shows his apology

scarecrows
03-20-2008, 10:17 AM
Potitio def Brzezicki 6-3 6-4 in Sunrise Challenger and now he plays Berlocq who Poto beat in Las Vegas

Mr Brightside
03-20-2008, 08:25 PM
Bravo Poto :)

Mr Brightside
03-20-2008, 09:09 PM
Poto def Berlocq 64 62 :yeah:
Next round against the winner of Grosjean/Nishikori......totally another music:o

Super-Fabio
03-21-2008, 08:14 AM
Today against Grosjean.

scarecrows
03-21-2008, 10:12 AM
hey SF, havent seen u much around lately :wavey:

Mr Brightside
03-21-2008, 08:54 PM
Poto lost 61 36 63 :hug:

Mr Brightside
03-24-2008, 08:49 PM
Miami
R1 vs Q

win a match please :)

Mr Brightside
03-26-2008, 08:14 PM
Warburg def Starace 76 62 :retard: x 10000000
now he will get a WC to play a challenger in Napoli.......on clay :retard:

scarecrows
04-03-2008, 02:48 PM
won 2nd round today against Bozoljac 7-5 6-3

QF against the winner of Rosol/Serra

Mr Brightside
04-03-2008, 03:10 PM
:zzz:

scarecrows
04-03-2008, 04:49 PM
arent you from Napoli? (or somewhere around)

Mr Brightside
04-03-2008, 07:57 PM
i'm from Caserta(not too far from Napoli)....i prefer see him in Rome next year than a boring challenger:o i would have go only if Flavio reached the semi or final:(

Mr Brightside
04-06-2008, 03:41 PM
Poto won the challenger:p congrats and now kick some asses during the clay season:p

Nedved Rosicky
04-15-2008, 06:40 AM
Valencia draw

3/WC-Tommy Robredo ESP v Albert Montanes ESP
Q-David Marrero ESP v Santiago Ventura ESP
Maximo Gonzalez ARG v Gael Monfils FRA
Simone Bolelli ITA v 8-Potito Starace ITA

runner-up points to defend :unsure:

scarecrows
04-15-2008, 04:37 PM
not a bad draw, QF is almost sure and then Boredo is not in form

Mr Brightside
04-15-2008, 04:39 PM
Poto def Bolelli 63 61

Mr Brightside
04-16-2008, 12:51 PM
R2
Poto def Monfils 75 61 :D

Nedved Rosicky
04-17-2008, 07:49 AM
struggle in 1st set, but dominate the 2nd.

scarecrows
04-17-2008, 08:32 AM
there's no better time to face Boredo, he seems off form

tennis2018
04-17-2008, 11:44 AM
nice shot & big attachment thanx

VolandriFan
04-19-2008, 07:19 AM
He cut his hair just recently! :fiery:

Champion number 1
04-20-2008, 11:39 AM
Forza Poto... after his ban he is now starting to play well again :)

Nedved Rosicky
04-21-2008, 07:13 AM
Monte Carlo
[5] David Ferrer ESP BYE
[WC] Marat Safin RUS v Xavier Malisse BEL
Q-Nicolas Lapentti ECU v Potito Starace ITA
Janko Tipsarevic SRB v [9] Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA

don't know how much the injury in last week will affect his play?
if he's fit, Lapentti seems not a big problem.

Nedved Rosicky
04-21-2008, 04:05 PM
Poto lost to Lapentti, 67 76 46 in 3hrs 20mins
really tough match, and Lapentti is more solid than i expect. (i shouldn't underestimate his current form)

unstable serve and some forehand errors cost Poto many important points. :(

good news is Poto didn't show any sign of injury.

scarecrows
04-21-2008, 04:40 PM
such a great draw he had :mad:

Mr Brightside
04-21-2008, 07:07 PM
i'm so :fiery: he had that first set in his hands :fiery:

Mr Brightside
04-30-2008, 07:40 PM
Poto lost in Barca R2 against Rafa 64 62:hug:

Champion number 1
05-01-2008, 12:38 PM
Now lets hope for a good tournament in Rome :)

scarecrows
05-08-2008, 07:09 AM
keeps losing matches that he shouldnt :(

Champion number 1
05-08-2008, 10:27 AM
To be fair, against Karlovic he may have been unlucky... and also Ivo beat Mathieu, so it shows even on this surface he is not easy to handle. That said, Poto needs to start getting his form back.

Mr Brightside
05-08-2008, 10:33 AM
he's not 100%:sad:

Champion number 1
05-13-2008, 11:13 AM
Starace through to face Nadal after Horna retired. It was 63 42 to Starace when Horna retired.

scarecrows
05-13-2008, 11:32 AM
time to get steamrolled agin

Champion number 1
05-14-2008, 05:30 PM
Lost 64 76... played a very good match. This should give Potito some confidence again, despite choking a set point with a double fault. Nadal also played quite well, so Starace did well to take this game so far, and he really got the crowd going :)

Nedved Rosicky
05-14-2008, 06:01 PM
he fights to the end, despite that :retard: DF.
and he had such confidence to make those good dropshots. :eek:
that's good to see.

scarecrows
05-14-2008, 06:52 PM
played a very good match but had an excellent chance to take it to a 3d set

even in the first set he could have gone 4-1 up and would have been easier to defend that advantage, after he got rebroken he fell apart for many games till he broke back himself in the 2nd set
if he keeps this form with a good draw he can win a few rounds at RG

Champion number 1
05-14-2008, 10:10 PM
Indeed but Potito always seems to get unlucky draws. I believe he has the ability to make the top 20-25... because he is decent on hard courts aswell. By the way, that was one of the best drop shot displays and touch tennis that I have seen from an Italian for many many years.

Over here in England the question arised, which Italian player they believed has the ability to be top 20 and they said Bolelli, but I think Starace has a really solid game, if only he could win a few more of these close matches.

scarecrows
05-15-2008, 08:36 AM
Indeed but Potito always seems to get unlucky draws. I believe he has the ability to make the top 20-25... because he is decent on hard courts aswell. By the way, that was one of the best drop shot displays and touch tennis that I have seen from an Italian for many many years.

Over here in England the question arised, which Italian player they believed has the ability to be top 20 and they said Bolelli, but I think Starace has a really solid game, if only he could win a few more of these close matches.

his hard court record is pretty bad, you hardly can make top 20 with clay courts only, unless you do well at rg and the masters and so far potito hasnt gone deep in them

Champion number 1
05-15-2008, 10:30 AM
Its starnge that his hard court record isnt good though, as his game isnt that bad for the hard courts.

scarecrows
05-23-2008, 10:56 AM
very bad first round draw but if he wins he has a great chance of a 3d round

[27] Andreev vs Starace
Young vs Ginepri

Mr Brightside
05-23-2008, 01:37 PM
:(

Champion number 1
05-23-2008, 03:17 PM
Difficult R1 draw, but should he win he can go to R4... so good luck poto :)

Nymeria
05-24-2008, 07:12 PM
That's gonna be real hard, Andreev played really good in Düsseldorf. Good luck to Potito :yeah:

Anyway, I only came to post some pics I took because I have been watching Italy in Düsseldorf.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/chiudifan/P1040049copy.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/chiudifan/P1040056copy.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/chiudifan/P1040071copy.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/chiudifan/P1040228copy.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/chiudifan/P1040232copy.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/chiudifan/P1040242copy.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v611/Yvil/082Dusseldorf/P1040211copy.jpg

scarecrows
05-28-2008, 04:30 PM
lost 6-1 6-7 6-1 6-4

very unlucky with the draw considering Hanescu and Ginepri are in R2 :(

Mr Brightside
05-28-2008, 05:17 PM
Very disappointing.

Champion number 1
07-03-2008, 06:52 PM
Starace won 2 Tbs to defeat Ferreiro and go to the QF of Lugano. You felt he needed a decent week at this challenger.

scarecrows
07-03-2008, 11:01 PM
he plays Horna next
tough to say what his motivation will be this week since there are 2 back to back ATPs to be played the next 2 weeks

I remember Seppi losing early in Torino last year and then went in the Gstaad final

Champion number 1
07-04-2008, 09:39 AM
Yeah I think Starace just needed some matches, but he will probably lose to Horna now...

Forza
07-04-2008, 01:34 PM
Thanks for the pics :worship:

Champion number 1
07-04-2008, 09:12 PM
Starace lost to Horna 76 75... not sure it was a tank, but a decent week anyway so prepare him for the clay events.

black_sheep
07-05-2008, 08:44 AM
:devil:

scarecrows
07-07-2008, 10:48 AM
old man Moya in first round

come on Potito

Mr Brightside
07-08-2008, 03:05 PM
Bastad R1: Potito Starace def Carlos Moya 6-7(4) 7-6(6) 6-4 saving a MP!:worship:

every win against Carlos is great:cool::smoke:

Champion number 1
07-08-2008, 03:08 PM
Indeed Moya may be getting on, but he is still one tough Mofo... so a good win for Poto :)

scarecrows
07-08-2008, 06:59 PM
Bastad R1: Potito Starace def Carlos Moya 6-7(4) 7-6(6) 6-4 saving a MP!:worship:

every win against Carlos is great:cool::smoke:

still that Penetta story? :lol:
I'm sure she has moved on


great win, another ex-no1 in the world in the next round, Safin
reminds me of the first time i saw Potito at RG 2004 when he lost a great chance to make the 4th round

Mr Brightside
07-08-2008, 07:14 PM
still that Penetta story? :lol:
I'm sure she has moved on


:lol: i never liked him so much so:angel: but i can't say i'm sad seeing the one who's slumping is him and not Flavia:D

Mr Brightside
07-09-2008, 01:45 PM
Go Poto:rocker: 76 32*

Mr Brightside
07-09-2008, 02:41 PM
Bastad Rd2: Potito Starace upsets Marat Safin 7-6(4) 3-6 6-4 :drool:

Champion number 1
07-09-2008, 03:49 PM
2 very good wins for Potito :)

scarecrows
07-09-2008, 04:48 PM
yay, another good win

now probably against berdych :sad:

I like them both

Mr Brightside
07-09-2008, 05:22 PM
Poto can't lose to him:(

dulkogi
07-09-2008, 07:32 PM
Go Potito!

Forza
07-10-2008, 10:13 AM
Nice info...


ATP Tour - Safin crashes to Starace

Potito Starace beat Russian Marat Safin in the second round of the Swedish Open to take his second win in a row over a former world number one at the claycourt tournament. The Italian, who beat Spain's Carlos Moya in the previous round, took advantage of Safin's lack of recent claycourt practice to win 7-6 3-6 6-4 and set up a meeting with Czech fourth seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals.

"I played as well as I could but it's tough to change surfaces in such short time," said Safin, who last week reached the Wimbledon semi-finals where he was beaten by Roger Federer.

Although losing by little against Starace, Safin struggled to find his game and threw his racket in anger several times.

scarecrows
07-11-2008, 08:04 PM
Poto can't lose to him:(

well he did :p

hopefully Berdych can take it all now

Poto has many points to defend next week