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Robby in San Jose - 2/08

16681
02-20-2008, 02:21 AM
I can't believe no one posted the thread. And Robby has already won his 1st Match :woohoo:

idolwatcher1
02-20-2008, 04:39 AM
I can't believe no one posted the thread. And Robby has already won his 1st Match :woohoo:
might as well, I guess... But as of right now, I'm still used to him exiting in the first or second round of tournaments, so I prefer to blend certain tournament threads together in case Robby is knocked out right away we don't have a bunch of empty threads. In fact, I vote to blend this thread with Memphis or Las Vegas if he shows up at one or both of those two... Right now, Robby is the 4th alternate on the Memphis QUALY entry list...

Luckily, Robby did not lose in the first round at San Jose, as I thought he might. :cool:

Last year, I decided that it might be more therapeutic for me to write notes while watching the scoreboard, instead of just watching the scoreboard, so I did that for this match. * = person serving, and smilies were added for emphasis :p...This is what I wrote:

JW* serves first to open the match
RG gets to deuce and then reaches break point
RG converts on break point to win the 1st game of the 1st set
RG* holds at love to win 2nd game
JW* serves
RG reaches 3 break points and converts on first break point to win 3rd game
RG* reaches 2 game points with ace #2
RG* converts on first game point to win 4th game- RG serving at 100% so far (wow)
JW* has 3 game points, and wins on 3rd game point to hold and win 5th game
RG* reaches game point- still with 100% first serves in :eek:
RG* finally needs a second serve, but loses the point and is brought to deuce
RG* serves ace #3 for the advantage and 2nd game point
RG* converts on game point to win the 6th game- 94% first serves (16/17)
JW* has 3 game points, and converts on the first one to win 7th game
RG* serves for the set at *5-2
RG* reaches set point at *40-30
RG* converts on set point to win 1st set, 6-2, with 87% first serves in the 1st set :)
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JW* serves first in 2nd set
RG reaches 2 break points and converts on the first one to win the 1st game of the 2nd set
RG* reaches 3 game points with 100% first serves
RG* doesn't convert on the first, the second, or the third game point (ughhh) :(
RG* misses three first serves in 2nd game
JW reaches break point and converts to win 2nd game :rolleyes:
JW* holds to win 3rd game with ace #2 of the match
RG* reaches 3 game points- first serves are now at 55% in this set
RG* converts on first game point to win 4th game
JW* serves
RG reaches break point and converts to win 5th game
RG* reaches game point and converts on it to win the 6th game- 67% first serves in (12/18)
JW* holds to win 7th game
RG* loses first point of 8th game
JW reaches 2 break points and converts on the first one to win 8th game :banghead:
JW* holds to win 9th game
RG* serves to stay in the 2nd set- as of now, 61% first serves in (14/23)
RG* wins first three points of 10th game- still no aces or double faults in this set from him
RG* converts on first game point to win 10th game
JW* serves
RG reaches duece in 11th game, twice...
JW* holds to win 11th game
RG* serves to force a tie-break- 63% first serves (17/27) as of now
RG* loses first two points of 12th game (not looking good) :rolleyes:
RG* brings it to *30-30
JW reaches break point and set point
JW converts on break point/set point to win the 2nd set, 7-5 :armed:
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JW* serves first in the 3rd set (as he did in the 1st and 2nd sets)
JW* serves an ace in the first service game of the 3rd set
JW* holds to win 1st game of the 3rd set
RG* reaches 2 game points, and converts on the second one to win 2nd game
JW* serves a double fault to open the 3rd game
RG reaches 2 break points and converts to win 3rd game
RG* serves ace #4 of the match to open 4th game
RG* serves his first double fault of the match on the very next point
RG* reaches 2 game points, and converts on the first one to win 4th game
JW* holds to win 5th game
RG* reaches game point, and converts to win 6th game
JW* serves ace #4 of the match and holds to win the 7th game
RG* begins the 8th game with his 2nd double fault of the match
RG* is quickly down two points
JW has 3 break point chances :help:
RG* miraculously saves 3 break points to bring it to deuce :speakles:
RG* reaches game point in 8th game and converts to win crucial 8th game (wow!) :worship:
JW* holds to win 9th game
RG* serves for the match at *5-4
RG* serves ace # 6 to reach match point
RG* converts on match point to win the match 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 :hug:
---GSM in 1 hour, 39 minutes

idolwatcher1
02-20-2008, 04:57 AM
After writing these notes ^ I can look back and notice the typical trends of Robby's (as if I don't know them already :lol: )

Robby will face Kristof Vliegen tomorrow afternoon. I expect Kristof to give him a really hard time, and I'd give him the edge for victory. If Kristof serves and plays well (as he has before on indoor hardcourts), he may not give Robby any room for error, and Robby still needs room for error these days, because his confidence is up and down in matches, and he usually slips up during one of his service games, which is all it takes to lose in straight sets...

Good luck to Robby!!

ShaneLiu
02-20-2008, 09:16 AM
Go Robby!

Smoke944
02-20-2008, 11:02 PM
Robby beat Vliegen 62 63 :)

16681
02-21-2008, 12:56 AM
Robby beat Vliegen 62 63 :)
Robby :woohoo: I hated that he had to play Krisof because he needs ranking points also, but not anywhere near as much as Robby does :sad:

16681
02-21-2008, 01:02 AM
After writing these notes ^ I can look back and notice the typical trends of Robby's (as if I don't know them already :lol: )

Robby will face Kristof Vliegen tomorrow afternoon. I expect Kristof to give him a really hard time, and I'd give him the edge for victory. If Kristof serves and plays well (as he has before on indoor hardcourts), he may not give Robby any room for error, and Robby still needs room for error these days, because his confidence is up and down in matches, and he usually slips up during one of his service games, which is all it takes to lose in straight sets...

Good luck to Robby!!

Come on Idolwatcher1 get your faith back :) Robby had an easy time with Kristof ;) I hate it because I like Kristof also and he needs ranking points also, but not like Robby does so :woohoo: I will be very glad to add other Tournaments to this thread, but hey I'm thinking of the "old days" when Robby stuck around in Tournaments :D Well there I probably just jinxed him big time :( :o

idolwatcher1
02-22-2008, 11:40 PM
Well there I probably just jinxed him big time :( :o
you better watch it :p

Robby currently has a 5-1 win-loss ratio this year :eek: This is the happiest I've been for him in a long time :hug: :sobbing:

Robby plays James (again) in a few hours. It's the quarterfinals this time, instead of the semifinals.

The last few times they've played each other, Robby has made errors on crucial points, while James seems to come up with "THE shot" at just the right time. I don't care what people say about James' mental toughness... when he's playing against Robby, he just stays cool (and he has all the reasons to). Robby has done miserably the past couple years, and he'll need to step it up in order to win. I don't feel it will happen tonight, but I hope Robby still plays well and stays healthy! He should be proud of the progress he's been making this month.

Let's go Robby! :)

Deboogle!.
02-23-2008, 03:11 AM
Robby beat James 2 and 2 in like 50 minutes :eek:

Fergie
02-23-2008, 03:20 AM
Robby :worship: :worship: :worship:

rege
02-23-2008, 04:42 AM
:hug: Welcome back, Robby!

DartMarcus
02-23-2008, 05:51 AM
Robby is future of american tennis:worship:

idolwatcher1
02-23-2008, 06:42 AM
I'm so proud of him making back-to-back semifinals!!... He hasn't done that since makng the semifinals at 2005 TMS Cincy and the US Open. :bigclap:

The scoreline took me by surprise, but Robby said he played some of his best:

"From start to finish the whole night was just explosive. I attacked the whole entire match. ... When you feel that good out there it's a lot easier to go for your shots and take some chances and risks. The whole night I felt comfortable out there. You wait for matches like this."

:hug:

idolwatcher1
02-23-2008, 06:46 AM
Robby will play #4 seed, Stepanek, tomorrow at 1pm (local time).

Good luck, Robby!!

idolwatcher1
02-24-2008, 02:05 AM
Since I didn't even expect him to do well in San Jose, I will take this result, no question :lol: . I hope Robby learns from this match loss against Stepanek, and just gets hungry to do even better in the tournaments ahead.

Robby kept the match under control until the 7th game of the 2nd set, where Stepanek reached his first break point of the match, and Robby was serving at 54% by that point in the set. Stepanek had superior serving during the match, and even though Robby reached 3 break points, he was unable to convert on any of them. :(

I'm glad with Robby's latest results that he's been able to get some matches under his belt... he really needed them! Hopefully, he can keep this up! :)

Deboogle!.
02-24-2008, 02:08 AM
From what people who saw the match, and what he himself said, it wasn't his serve that was the problem (he was under 50% for much of the 1st), the problem was his play from the baseline. Stepanek improved his defense as the match went on and Robby didn't take the initiative. He himself said he wasn't aggressive enough. So he has something to build on.

idolwatcher1
02-24-2008, 02:34 AM
yeah, I know... I didn't intend to suggest that Robby's serve was the reason he lost the match, but there was a contrast between his serving versus Stepanek's, who was able to win more "cheap points" (service winners & aces) than Robby was.

I've always felt that Robby draws some of his confidence from knowing that his first serves are making it in or that he's able to get some service winners in the mix so as to not put as much pressure on him during the longer points. And sometimes he plays better all-around when his confidence is higher. I think in the first set, his confidence from the previous match was carrying over, but in the 2nd set, he needed more to draw from but he wasn't getting it. He definitely lost the aggression he played with in the match against Blake, but I kind of expected that to happen... oh well...

idolwatcher1
03-01-2008, 07:00 AM
Mae, I'm counting on you to change the title of the thread to include the Las Vegas tournament ;) Apparently, Robby received a wild card for Las Vegas...

The word is that Robby has been training with Jose in Palm Springs during the week leading up to Las Vegas. If true, it's reassuring to know that he is serious about practicing and working hard to keep rising in the rankings and keep his momentum going :)

I really hope that whoever he faces in the first round, he gives it his all!