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Nole slugs it out against Wawrinka in the ROME FINALS! Forza!

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jitterbug
05-03-2008, 12:15 PM
Nole is seeded third and has a Bye in the first round. He will face the winner of Ivan Ljubicic vs Steve Darcis.

After that, he could potentially meet Juan Monaco, Igor Andreev, Hyung-Taik Lee or a qualifier. He is seeded to meet Nalbandian in the quarterfinals, but Almagro and Gonzo also lurk in that quarter.

Nole is in Fed's section of the draw :p

savesthedizzle
05-03-2008, 12:24 PM
Ljubicic again? :rolls: Didn't we just beat him in Monte Carlo? :D

I will sticky this :)

gambit84
05-03-2008, 12:28 PM
if Nalbandian survives to the match against Nico we'll have a David-Nole :crying2:

Jelena_78
05-03-2008, 12:34 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/65/Audrey_Hepburn_and_Gregory_Peck_on_Vespa_in_Roman_ Holiday_trailer.jpg

:hearts:

Ajmo Nole!!!

savesthedizzle
05-03-2008, 12:34 PM
That is one of my favorite movies :D :hearts:

jitterbug
05-03-2008, 12:41 PM
if Nalbandian survives to the match against Nico we'll have a David-Nole :crying2:

You could potentially have Cipolla-Nalbandian too :p

PennyThePenguin
05-03-2008, 12:48 PM
bye again :( I don't like this fellow. he's sneaky

gambit84
05-03-2008, 12:52 PM
bye again :( I don't like this fellow. he's sneaky

Jiat :haha:


Zahira: Nalbi Cips :hearts:

gambit84
05-03-2008, 12:53 PM
That is one of my favorite movies :D :hearts:


:yeah:

remember: if you wanna improve your italian I'm here :angel:

Manon
05-03-2008, 02:23 PM
Good draw...pretty tough but there's no wall for Novak untill SF (I hope).

*Ljubica*
05-03-2008, 05:00 PM
:wavey: Hi people! I am also here in Rome :) I saw Nole today - he seems fine and happy! Because I have to leave on Wednesday morning and he has a Bye, I probably won't get to see him play a match - but I am happy just to see him and to watch practice! It is very hot here and I am burnt very red because I am not used to it :lol: It's my birthday today, so just about to go out for dinner, so just popped in to say Ajde Nole :hug:

amdany
05-03-2008, 05:12 PM
happy b-day Rosie:hug:

Jelena_78
05-03-2008, 05:20 PM
Happy birthday Rose! :aparty: :bdaycake:

neenah
05-03-2008, 05:25 PM
Happy birthday Rose! :aparty: Glad you got to see Nole

Herdwick
05-03-2008, 05:51 PM
Happy Birthday - and what a birthday treat - lucky you. Hope he's fully recovered and raring to go. Potentially tricky draw and Fed again in the semis ..hmmm.

gambit84
05-03-2008, 06:32 PM
Happy Birthday Rose !!

http://www.zarcone.it/public/Image/happy_birthday_06.jpg

Nadie
05-03-2008, 06:55 PM
Happy birthday Rose :bdaycake: :aparty:


and Forza Nole :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2:

jitterbug
05-03-2008, 10:45 PM
Happy birthday to you, Rosie! :hug: :aparty: :banana: :bdaycake:

pookykiki
05-03-2008, 10:59 PM
http://img37.picoodle.com/img/img37/4/4/23/f_slatkinole2m_2367f8f.jpg

Nole is practising the "happy birthday song" for you Rosie :lol:
Happy Birthday and enjoy Rome!

savesthedizzle
05-03-2008, 11:58 PM
:yeah:

remember: if you wanna improve your italian I'm here :angel:

Grazie :kiss:

:wavey: Hi people! I am also here in Rome :) I saw Nole today - he seems fine and happy! Because I have to leave on Wednesday morning and he has a Bye, I probably won't get to see him play a match - but I am happy just to see him and to watch practice! It is very hot here and I am burnt very red because I am not used to it :lol: It's my birthday today, so just about to go out for dinner, so just popped in to say Ajde Nole :hug:


Happy birthday!!!!! :aparty: :D

jamjar
05-04-2008, 01:48 AM
:wavey: Hi people! I am also here in Rome :) I saw Nole today - he seems fine and happy! Because I have to leave on Wednesday morning and he has a Bye, I probably won't get to see him play a match - but I am happy just to see him and to watch practice! It is very hot here and I am burnt very red because I am not used to it :lol: It's my birthday today, so just about to go out for dinner, so just popped in to say Ajde Nole :hug:

:bounce: Happy birthday! :dance::aparty:
And have fun in Rome!

PennyThePenguin
05-04-2008, 02:15 AM
Happy Birthday Rosie!!!!! :hug: :hug:

Scotso
05-04-2008, 06:31 AM
forza Nole!

Lee
05-04-2008, 06:50 AM
A belated happy birthday to Rosie :aparty:

*Ljubica*
05-04-2008, 08:42 AM
:awww: Thank you guys :hug: I love you all :hug: I think I had a little too much wine with my dinner last night :o so not sure if I am quite ready for Nole singing :lol: But he looks so cute in that picture I will sure enjoy it :)

Off to practice now - hope to see him (and Janko and Dima!) again. But first I have to buy some batteries for my camera - when i got to the venue yesterday - they were dead :awww: Silly me!!!!

Bye for now - and thanks again :hug:

ataptc
05-04-2008, 03:32 PM
Happy belated birthday :)

aeronatasha
05-04-2008, 05:13 PM
Happy bithday Cat Lady!!:bdaycake::aparty::hug::smooch::kiss:

Here's a little article in Serbian just in case someone's interested.

Đoković: Kosi me bolest, a ne strah od poraza
Nedelja, 4. maj 2008. 17:03

Najbolji srpski teniser Novak Đoković demantovao je tvrdnje pojedinih medija da je u Monte Karlu predao finalni meč Rožeu Federeru zbog straha od poraza, a ne zbog bolesti.

"To je potpuna besmislica, jer ni sada još uvek nisam sto odsto spreman za ovako jak turnir", rekao je Đoković, koji će naredne sedmice igrati na turniru Masters serije u Rimu.

"Predaja za koju me optužuju bila bi prevara navijača. Ja jednostavno zdravlje stavljam ispred rezultata. Posle Monte Karla sam išao na preglede i lekari su mi rekli da bi mi za potpuni oporavak bila neophodna još jedna nedelja odmora. Moji navijači su od tog meča protiv Federera mnogo očekivali, ali moja karijera je tek počela i biće još dosta takvih duela", dodao je srpski as.

Treći teniser sveta odbacio je insinuacije da ima problem da izdrži pritisak važnih i jakih duela.

"Ja sam sportista, profesionalac i uvek pokušavam da pružim sto odsto svojih mogućnosti. Svakako nisam kukavica. Nema nikakve potrebe da se opravdavam i zaista me boli kada čujem priče da predajem kad god gubim važne mečeve. Svakako ne bih bio srećan ako je to reputacija koja me prati", rekao je Đoković.

Srpski teniser je objasnio da se zbog svog imuniteta često razboljeva posle dugih interkontinentalnih letova i promene vremenskih zona i klima.

"Jednostavno sam nešto osetljiviji nego većina mojih kolega i to je sve", rekao je Đoković.

(Tanjug)
http://www.mtsmondo.com/sport/vesti/text.php?vest=96044


I'd be happy to translate it, but I can't do it now, must run and meet up with my gang, we're watching snooker final tonight and cheering for Ronnie!

See ya all!:)

Jelena_78
05-04-2008, 07:12 PM
Novak talks about some media's statements that he retired in MC semifinals cause he was scared of defeat and not due to his illness...saying that's not true.
'That's nonsense, I'm not ready, not even now, for such a big tournament.'
'Retiring the way they said, and what they accused me of, would be deceiving tennis fans. I just put my health in front of results. After MC, I went on medical examination,and doctors said I needed one more week of rest for complete recovery. My fans expected a lot from that match vs Federer, but my career is just at the beginning, and there'll be more matches between us...

He denied insinuations that he had problems with dealing with the pressure of important and tough matches.

'I'm a professional sportsman, and I always try to give 100% . I'm not a coward. There's no need to justify myself, and it really hurts me when I hear stories that I give up whenever I'm about to lose important matches. I wouldn't be happy if that was reputation that went along with my name.'

Djokovic explained that because of his immunity, he often gets sick after long intercontinental flights and changing time zones and climate.

'I'm just a bit more sensitive (vulnerable) than most of my colleagues, that's all.'

Herdwick
05-04-2008, 08:06 PM
Novak talks about some media's statements that he retired in MC semifinals cause he was scared of defeat and not due to his illness...saying that's not true.
'That's nonsense, I'm not ready, not even now, for such a big tournament.'
'Retiring the way they said, and what they accused me of, would be deceiving tennis fans. I just put my health in front of results. After MC, I went on medical examination,and doctors said I needed one more week of rest for complete recovery. My fans expected a lot from that match vs Federer, but my career is just at the beginning, and there'll be more matches between us...

He denied insinuations that he had problems with dealing with the pressure of important and tough matches.

'I'm a professional sportsman, and I always try to give 100% . I'm not a coward. There's no need to justify myself, and it really hurts me when I hear stories that I give up whenever I'm about to lose important matches. I wouldn't be happy if that was reputation that went along with my name.'

Djokovic explained that because of his immunity, he often gets sick after long intercontinental flights and changing time zones and climate.

'I'm just a bit more sensitive (vulnerable) than most of my colleagues, that's all.'

Thanks Jelena. We're fans here; we want very much to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Photo of the happy couple from MC

Jelena_78
05-04-2008, 08:09 PM
Photo of the happy couple from MC

Thanks for the photo :) They are :hearts:

Lee
05-04-2008, 09:44 PM
Thanks for the pic, Herdwick.

*Ljubica*
05-05-2008, 05:07 PM
Ciao from Rome :wavey:

OK - so i got to see another Nole practice today :) And I am now SERIOUSLY in love with him because he kept on telling me how "pretty" my dress was :o

:awww: He was so sweet. Janko was there too - they were talking between themselves but I didn't understand all of it - maybe a good thing! :lol:

Having a great time.

Love,

Rose
xxxx

Manon
05-05-2008, 06:45 PM
Ciao from Rome :wavey:

OK - so i got to see another Nole practice today :) And I am now SERIOUSLY in love with him because he kept on telling me how "pretty" my dress was :o

:awww: He was so sweet. Janko was there too - they were talking between themselves but I didn't understand all of it - maybe a good thing! :lol:

Having a great time.

Love,

Rose
xxxx

You were the object of their afection, I am sure:)

Happy birthday:wavey:

Herdwick
05-05-2008, 07:26 PM
Ciao from Rome :wavey:

OK - so i got to see another Nole practice today :) And I am now SERIOUSLY in love with him because he kept on telling me how "pretty" my dress was :o

:awww: He was so sweet. Janko was there too - they were talking between themselves but I didn't understand all of it - maybe a good thing! :lol:

Having a great time.

Love,

Rose
xxxx

Wow - sounds like your trip has exceeded expectations in all departments. How did he seem health-wise - apparently he's still on antibiotics and has requested a Wednesday start?

neenah
05-05-2008, 07:31 PM
Ciao from Rome :wavey:

OK - so i got to see another Nole practice today :) And I am now SERIOUSLY in love with him because he kept on telling me how "pretty" my dress was :o

:awww: He was so sweet. Janko was there too - they were talking between themselves but I didn't understand all of it - maybe a good thing! :lol:

Having a great time.

Love,

Rose
xxxx

Oh my gosh, that's great! :D Nole's adorable.

Sounds like lots of fun :hug:

Lee
05-05-2008, 08:21 PM
Ciao from Rome :wavey:

OK - so i got to see another Nole practice today :) And I am now SERIOUSLY in love with him because he kept on telling me how "pretty" my dress was :o

:awww: He was so sweet. Janko was there too - they were talking between themselves but I didn't understand all of it - maybe a good thing! :lol:

Having a great time.

Love,

Rose
xxxx


Lovely ;)

Alex999
05-06-2008, 12:32 AM
Ciao from Rome :wavey:

OK - so i got to see another Nole practice today :) And I am now SERIOUSLY in love with him because he kept on telling me how "pretty" my dress was :o

:awww: He was so sweet. Janko was there too - they were talking between themselves but I didn't understand all of it - maybe a good thing! :lol:

Having a great time.

Love,

Rose
xxxx
Don't tell me you didn't take any pics :).

*esther*
05-06-2008, 01:10 AM
Ciao from Rome :wavey:

OK - so i got to see another Nole practice today :) And I am now SERIOUSLY in love with him because he kept on telling me how "pretty" my dress was :o

:awww: He was so sweet. Janko was there too - they were talking between themselves but I didn't understand all of it - maybe a good thing! :lol:

Having a great time.

Love,

Rose
xxxx


Happy belated Birthday Rosie :bdaycake:

Glad you had a great time in Rome.:hug:

njnetswill
05-06-2008, 02:07 AM
Ciao from Rome :wavey:

OK - so i got to see another Nole practice today :) And I am now SERIOUSLY in love with him because he kept on telling me how "pretty" my dress was :o

:awww: He was so sweet. Janko was there too - they were talking between themselves but I didn't understand all of it - maybe a good thing! :lol:

Having a great time.

Love,

Rose
xxxx

Novak spoke to you :eek: *faints*

*Ljubica*
05-06-2008, 07:28 AM
Wow - sounds like your trip has exceeded expectations in all departments. How did he seem health-wise - apparently he's still on antibiotics and has requested a Wednesday start?

Hi Herdwick :wavey: Well, that's quite a hard one to answer.......... I asked Nole how he was feeling, and he said "a lot better" :) but then I guess he isn't going to tell me anything different is he ? For all he knows, I could be a hidden Press" spy" :tape: :shrug: He did look tired and quite pale I thought though :awww: He didn't seem to be having any breathing difficulties after the practice session, but then, practice isn't like a real match and you don't exert yourself so much - so again, it's hard to give an accurate answer to your question I'm afraid. I just hope he will be OK for tomorrow, even though I'll be on my way home by then and won't see the match :sad: He did make me laugh though - he is naturally such a funny guy and very easy to talk to. After commenting on my dress, he said he liked my ear-rings too :o and I just said without thinking, that he could have them if he wanted, but I didn't think they would suit him, and he thought that was really funny - so guess I made him laugh too :lol:

And - no - sorry Alex - no photos :sad: I know people think I'm crazy, but I really don't do the whole pictures thing - especially in that kind of situation where I am actually having a conversation with someone :shrug: Maybe it's because I'm older, and I feel kind of daft asking for a photo with someone 10-15 years younger! I'd be happier doing it if I had a child with me or something :shrug: Just me I guess! Sorry :hug:

Herdwick
05-06-2008, 08:35 AM
Oh lucky, lucky you - am sooo jealous. Have always thought he'd be a great laugh on a night out (and a night in for that matter.)

Nothing like starting the week with decidedly impure thoughts...

*Ljubica*
05-06-2008, 08:52 AM
Oh lucky, lucky you - am sooo jealous. Have always thought he'd be a great laugh on a night out (and a night in for that matter.)

Nothing like starting the week with decidedly impure thoughts...

:haha: Actually a night in with him sounds great for me too ;) But I have my own sweet Serbian guy at home (who has sent me an SMS every day since I got here!), so perhaps I should keep my impure thoughts away from young tennis players and onto someone more my age-group. and a bit closer to home!) No harm in dreaming though is there?:)

Enjoy your day! :hug:

Lee
05-06-2008, 02:06 PM
Thanks for info on Nole, Rosie! :hug: Have a safe trip home.

Herdwick
05-06-2008, 02:09 PM
'Tis a truth universally acknowledged that women approaching 30 are at their peak - am sure he would be appreciative. And does this suggest the UK Serb is now in favour? Guess this week has whetted your appetite, so to speak....

Currently watching Tipsy on Betfair:devil: at work - he gets better everyday too. Definitely in need of a lust emoticon today...

aeronatasha
05-06-2008, 09:05 PM
So Novak's match is the first one tomorrow. Can someone fill me in on Darcis? I only saw a few matches with him, and I don't remember them all that well..:o

What should we expect?:confused: I hope Novak comes out guns blazing :armed: and finishes this in straights. I hate it when he underestimates his opponent, breezes through in 1st set, and than start a drop shot fest in 2nd, followed by lower serve % and higher UE count. I dread his 1st or 2nd round matches, to be honest.

Lee
05-06-2008, 09:41 PM
Don't know much about Darcis.

:banghead: Too early for me as it's 4am start here. Hopefully I will have good news waiting for me when I get up tomorrow morning. :banana:

aeronatasha
05-06-2008, 09:48 PM
Thanks anyway Lee.

It's ideal for me, 1.00 PM. I'll keep you posted. ;) I just hope he does well here.

Herdwick
05-07-2008, 12:16 PM
Nobody watching?

First set not impressive; second a bit better. Darcis is not exactly too taxing though.

savesthedizzle
05-07-2008, 12:22 PM
He won 6-4 6-0 :)

I woke up a bit into the second set :lol:

Herdwick
05-07-2008, 12:26 PM
Guess a love set is always nice - wasn't worth staying up for though so you people in different times zones didn't miss much.

Herdwick
05-07-2008, 12:51 PM
And Nalbandian has just lost as well! Yippee - always makes my day.

amdany
05-07-2008, 01:34 PM
yay for the win and the bagel:worship: didn't get to watch it though...

*Ljubica*
05-07-2008, 03:02 PM
'Tis a truth universally acknowledged that women approaching 30 are at their peak - am sure he would be appreciative. And does this suggest the UK Serb is now in favour? Guess this week has whetted your appetite, so to speak....

Currently watching Tipsy on Betfair:devil: at work - he gets better everyday too. Definitely in need of a lust emoticon today...

:lol: Indeed it has :aplot: :secret: Remember it was my birthday last weekend so I'm over 30 now though - does that count? :o And as you said earlier - Nalbandian lost :bounce: Yippee!!!

OK - so I'm home - watched Nole on TV. As others have said - he did what he had to do - not such a great match - I actually expected better from Darcis......... not that I'm complaining - a nice, easy match is what Nole needs for his confidence and fitness.

Seems strange to see Rome on TV when I was on court yesterday :shrug: Ah well - such is life - soon Roland Garros :woohoo:

And in the meantime - congrats to Nole :hug:

aeronatasha
05-07-2008, 03:20 PM
Novak seemed kinda sleepy to me in that 1st set, he wasn't moving that good and missed several eaaaasy shots.

Darcis got to nervous, broke down and handed him the match, so no reason to worry there.

Lee
05-07-2008, 03:26 PM
I didn't watch first set but managed to wake up at 5 in the morning to watch the 2nd set. Not very impressive but thanks to Darcis's UEs. :p

A little too much huffing and puffing from Nole to my likes. :(

aeronatasha
05-07-2008, 06:00 PM
Well if Novak could capitalize on this early exit of Nadal's.. that would help him a lot, but he needs to tighten up his game considerably.

That was beautiful stuff from JCF, made my day..:)

savesthedizzle
05-07-2008, 06:03 PM
Well if Novak could capitalize on this early exit of Nadal's.. that would help him a lot, but he needs to tighten up his game considerably.

That was beautiful stuff from JCF, made my day..:)

It made my day too :)

*Ljubica*
05-07-2008, 07:21 PM
And mine :) Though I am far too nice to go and gloat on GM :tape: :angel:

aeronatasha
05-07-2008, 07:38 PM
I didn't see Andreev's match, what was he like?

I know he's good on clay. What do you guys think? Their match is the first one tomorrow too.

*Ljubica*
05-07-2008, 07:44 PM
I didn't see Andreev's match, what was he like?

I know he's good on clay. What do you guys think? Their match is the first one tomorrow too.

Well, I watched Andreev's first match when I was in Rome on Monday, and I think he definitely could pose a threat. He's a very solid claycourt player who trained in Valencia and moves as well as any Spaniard on clay - so he's not to be underestimated :unsure: Having said that, he hasn't had a good season so far, and seems to be lacking a bit in confidence, and gets tense at the big moments, - so I think Nole should beat him, but it will be a much harder match than today. I expect 3 sets :unsure:

aeronatasha
05-07-2008, 08:09 PM
Yeah, I have a feeling it will be tough too. Still, a great chance for Novak to do some real damage here. I'm sure he's aware of that.

Lee
05-07-2008, 08:42 PM
Well if Novak could capitalize on this early exit of Nadal's.. that would help him a lot, but he needs to tighten up his game considerably.

That was beautiful stuff from JCF, made my day..:)

I was out for my Spanish class and my jaw almost fell off when I saw the result. And I am very very happy for JCF.

I didn't see Andreev's match, what was he like?

I know he's good on clay. What do you guys think? Their match is the first one tomorrow too.

Andreev can be very dangerous if he has an ON day. If he's on, Nole really needs to up his game a lot from today to have a chance vs him.

Herdwick
05-07-2008, 08:55 PM
Was watching intermittently at work on Betfair; today's performance didn't inspire but then he wasn't pushed. Just hope he doesn't underestimate Andreev on the strength of the Dubai result. Fingers crossed.

aeronatasha
05-07-2008, 08:56 PM
I remember that Andreev-Nadal match in Valencia, but that was 3 years ago.

Now if Novak has an ON day, I won't worry much.;)

Lee
05-07-2008, 09:25 PM
GRRRR! Nole will be first on center court again.

theblejach
05-07-2008, 10:07 PM
sure he will be...

forza nole and greetz to all from a new member of this so interesting forum :)

aeronatasha
05-07-2008, 10:11 PM
Zdravo blejacu. Dobrodosao.:wavey:

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 07:40 AM
sure he will be...

forza nole and greetz to all from a new member of this so interesting forum :)

:wavey: Hello new person and welcome.

PennyThePenguin
05-08-2008, 07:45 AM
juanqui :hearts: :hearts:

:wavey: to all the newcomers! welcome and enjoy yourselves!!!

*Ljubica*
05-08-2008, 09:47 AM
sure he will be...

forza nole and greetz to all from a new member of this so interesting forum :)

Hello and welcome here :wavey:

Jelena_78
05-08-2008, 10:34 AM
Blejach kazes ;) Welcome :wavey:

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 11:08 AM
Anybody there? Off we go - and surely motivated today beyond belief with Nadal out.

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 11:13 AM
Goatee looks like it's trying to make a reappearance...still not convinced.

*Ljubica*
05-08-2008, 11:21 AM
I'm here :wavey: But I think I'm just about to collapse on the sofa with a cup of tea, and give Nole my full support instead of trying to use the PC and watch at the same time :) He looks good enough to me, goatee or not :drool: and playing pretty well too, so far - though Igor usually takes a while to warm-up in matches.

Btw - are you watching on Sky? If not, you might be pleased to hear they're saying really nice things about Nole :)

Later :wavey: Ajde Nole :)

savesthedizzle
05-08-2008, 11:27 AM
This game is so long :tape: Come on Novak!

Goatee definitely attempting a come back. :lol:

FINALLY he broke :rocker2:

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 11:43 AM
I'm here :wavey: But I think I'm just about to collapse on the sofa with a cup of tea, and give Nole my full support instead of trying to use the PC and watch at the same time :) He looks good enough to me, goatee or not :drool: and playing pretty well too, so far - though Igor usually takes a while to warm-up in matches.

Btw - are you watching on Sky? If not, you might be pleased to hear they're saying really nice things about Nole :)

Later :wavey: Ajde Nole :)

No - lucky you - am at work and sneakily watching on Betfair so have to keep flipping screens at the approach of colleagues and missing points. Nole always looks good to me and I'd love to be very nice to him :devil:

Mark Petchey was defending him to the hilt on Monday re MC w/d though so it's good to hear...

This is getting silly - who is going to now going hold serve first?

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 11:53 AM
Can't have sound here - what's he saying to the ump please?

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 12:00 PM
Yeah - 6-3. It's lonely here...

savesthedizzle
05-08-2008, 12:13 PM
Can't have sound here - what's he saying to the ump please?

I think he was discussing needed the clay to be watered down or something similar. I kind of missed it myself :lol:

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 12:21 PM
From what I am seeing this is not particularly impressive...

jitterbug
05-08-2008, 12:30 PM
The ballboy who retrieved the ball stuck in the net looks like Nole :eek:

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 12:33 PM
This is not looking good at present...am getting depressed.

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 12:44 PM
*!*!!** drop-shot!!

savesthedizzle
05-08-2008, 12:45 PM
:help:

jitterbug
05-08-2008, 12:59 PM
2 set points :help:

jitterbug
05-08-2008, 01:00 PM
Urghrhjfihh third set.

camnation
05-08-2008, 01:02 PM
Oh, Nole... :sad:

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 01:02 PM
What's wrong with him - is he sick again - he looks to be puffing a bit?

jitterbug
05-08-2008, 01:13 PM
Please take it.

camnation
05-08-2008, 01:14 PM
He takes it! :woohoo:

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 01:20 PM
Now don't lose your *****ing serve again!

jitterbug
05-08-2008, 01:27 PM
You're not gonna pass him twice in a row, Igor! :armed:

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 01:36 PM
Dig in Nole please - I know it's windy...

gambit84
05-08-2008, 01:38 PM
hold it :rocker2:

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 01:39 PM
:rolleyes::eek:

savesthedizzle
05-08-2008, 01:41 PM
Thank goodness he holds :unsure:

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 01:46 PM
Please break here - can't take another service game...

jitterbug
05-08-2008, 01:50 PM
Please serve it out successfully :unsure:

jitterbug
05-08-2008, 01:52 PM
:help:

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 01:53 PM
:banghead:

savesthedizzle
05-08-2008, 01:53 PM
Match point, take it please.

jitterbug
05-08-2008, 01:54 PM
I can't believe Igor missed that...

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 01:54 PM
Yes!!!!!! Hallelujah!!!!

savesthedizzle
05-08-2008, 01:55 PM
*wipes sweat from brow*

6-3 3-6 6-3

camnation
05-08-2008, 01:55 PM
WHEWWWWWWWWW. Relief!

jitterbug
05-08-2008, 01:55 PM
6-3 3-6 6-3

Nothing like a basket of half-eaten pretzels to start the day :rocker2:

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 01:56 PM
Dear God - that was painful. I don't want him to play Fed in this form....but at this rate don't reckon he'll get past Almagro.

gambit84
05-08-2008, 02:11 PM
good match but I remain dubious about Djoko's clay attitude

aeronatasha
05-08-2008, 02:27 PM
Where the fuck did the backhand go, Novak? I cringed each time you missed, it was miles off!
I cannot believe he managed to win in that condition. 49 UEs?!!!

Well.. I reackon he can't play this bad twice in a tow.

Good luck, you sure as hell gonna need it.

*Ljubica*
05-08-2008, 02:31 PM
Oh my :rolleyes: Here I am at home on the nicest day of the year in England, and I've just spent the past 3 hours indoors, watching that match and shouting at the screen :help: What a stressful time - I think I would have been better off at work :lol:

I am very, VERY pleased and relieved he came through that match - it was a minefield :unsure: I thought he played extremely well in patches - but it was the other patches I was worried about :sad: I'm sure he isn't 100% fit :awww:

For those who asked what he was saying to the Umpire, - he was complaining about the state of the court. Seems the court was laid quite late this year because there are building works/renovations going on at the Foro Italico, so there is too much topsoil on the courts, making it very dry and with many uneven bounces. In his interview with Sky afterwards, he said that he knew there was nothing that could be done now, - it was something that should have been addressed prior to the tournament. He also admitted it was the same for all the players.

For all the idiots on GM who talk about him being unsporting, - I loved the part when Andreev's serve was called "out" and he rubbed out the mark and said it was "good", allowing Andreev another 1st serve at a very crucial part of the match. :)

He was really sweet in his interview too - praised Andreev very highly, and he said he felt tired but "not as tired as I have in previous weeks".

And Herdwick - I would love to "very nice" to him too :) He has such a cute smile :hearts:

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 02:32 PM
Shall be interested to see the press conference...

Herdwick
05-08-2008, 02:39 PM
Oh my :rolleyes: Here I am at home on the nicest day of the year in England, and I've just spent the past 3 hours indoors, watching that match and shouting at the screen :help: What a stressful time - I think I would have been better off at work :lol:

I am very, VERY pleased and relieved he came through that match - it was a minefield :unsure: I thought he played extremely well in patches - but it was the other patches I was worried about :sad: I'm sure he isn't 100% fit :awww:

For those who asked what he was saying to the Umpire, - he was complaining about the state of the court. Seems the court was laid quite late this year because there are building works/renovations going on at the Foro Italico, so there is too much topsoil on the courts, making it very dry and with many uneven bounces. In his interview with Sky afterwards, he said that he knew there was nothing that could be done now, - it was something that should have been addressed prior to the tournament. He also admitted it was the same for all the players.

For all the idiots on GM who talk about him being unsporting, - I loved the part when Andreev's serve was called "out" and he rubbed out the mark and said it was "good", allowing Andreev another 1st serve at a very crucial part of the match. :)

He was really sweet in his interview too - praised Andreev very highly, and he said he felt tired but "not as tired as I have in previous weeks".

And Herdwick - I would love to "very nice" to him too :) He has such a cute smile :hearts:

Thanks so much for the info - however much I moan about the commentators sometimes, it's even more frustrating to be unable to have any sound at all. I was sat here at my desk squeaking throughout - got some very funny looks and had to pretend to cough. Shame I missed the i/v - I always think he comes across so well in them - let's hope Sky show it again tonight as we have been prematurely deprived of the luminous Murray.

I didn't think he looked very fit though and am worried about the Almagro match already.

*Ljubica*
05-08-2008, 02:45 PM
Thanks so much for the info - however much I moan about the commentators sometimes, it's even more frustrating to be unable to have any sound at all. I was sat here at my desk squeaking throughout - got some very funny looks and had to pretend to cough. Shame I missed the i/v - I always think he comes across so well in them - let's hope Sky show it again tonight as we have been prematurely deprived of the luminous Murray.

I didn't think he looked very fit though and am worried about the Almagro match already.

Me too :unsure: I'm not a big Almagro fan - sorry Lee :awww: They asked him about Almagro in the interview - he said he had only played him once before, in some kind of Futures match when they were both Juniors. Almagro won :rolleyes: He said he was a great player, and that clay was his strongest surface, but that he (Nole) felt confident. Guess he has to go into the match saying that though - you don't want to give your opponent extra hope :shrug:

"The luminous Murray" :rolls:

Cat123
05-08-2008, 04:09 PM
Eesh, that doesn't sound preyy. Nole, go and regroup, sleep, and re-discover your BH plase. Thanks. :cool:

aeronatasha
05-08-2008, 04:34 PM
He knows he needs to seize this opportunity.

I think he might be reacting to a kind of pressure he's not accustomed to. I also believe he's worried about possible rematch with Feds, that last encounter sure was a bitter pill to swallow.

He was (rightfully)criticized heavily after that retirement, and it hasn't left his mind imo.

He needs to prove himself (yet again). But I gotta give him credit, he sure does posses strong will power for a 20 year old. That should get him through tomorrow's ordeal.

camnation
05-08-2008, 04:39 PM
Wow, I can't believe I actually get to watch (parts of this match) on TV! I thought TSN was going to show Roger's match, but they're showing Nole right now! (Gasp) So I guess I'll get to see his "poor but not poor enough to lose" performance for myself. :angel:

Jelena_78
05-08-2008, 06:00 PM
I expected a tough one. I was busy today, I came back home at 3:0 in the third set, right in time :p (spared nerves for tomorrow :tape: )

Forza Nole! :rocker2:

foul_dwimmerlaik
05-08-2008, 06:29 PM
I thought that today's horror show was at least in part due to the wind. There was some weird-ass stats in the middle of the 2nd set, like Nole winning 48% on his first serve and 92% on the second. It must have been the wind, or else Igor has some mad returning skillz.

Either way good luck vs. Nico tomorrow.

njnetswill
05-08-2008, 09:36 PM
Almagro will be tough. If he wins, then Federer :help:

savesthedizzle
05-09-2008, 01:05 AM
Almagro will be VERY tough :scared:

aeronatasha
05-09-2008, 01:33 AM
Does anyone think Novak might tank this?

I really really hope not.

savesthedizzle
05-09-2008, 01:33 AM
I'm not afraid of him tanking, I'm afraid of him just losing :tape:

ataptc
05-09-2008, 03:48 AM
Good luck Nole :unsure:

Lee
05-09-2008, 04:27 AM
I am glad that I was VERY busy during the 3rd set. (They started the 3rd set when I got up this morning) Otherwise, I would be tearing my hair off.

Trying to be the bottle is half full, it'll be a win/win situation for me tomorrow :tape:

Herdwick
05-09-2008, 07:10 AM
Can't believe he'll tank this; with Rafa out this is a massive chance for him and he knows it. Unfortunately am not convinced his form is good enough at present to make the most of it. On top form I think he could give Fed real trouble on clay but today:(:shrug:

And they've scheduled the damn match at 8pm on a Friday night:mad: so I'll miss it - don't they realise we have lives?

Björki
05-09-2008, 07:27 AM
Nole you better beat AlmUgro today :rocker2:

*Ljubica*
05-09-2008, 10:38 AM
Can't believe he'll tank this; with Rafa out this is a massive chance for him and he knows it. Unfortunately am not convinced his form is good enough at present to make the most of it. On top form I think he could give Fed real trouble on clay but today:(:shrug:

And they've scheduled the damn match at 8pm on a Friday night:mad: so I'll miss it - don't they realise we have lives?

I agree with what you say, - no way Nole would tank, but I am very nervous about the whole thing. I fear an Almagro victory and endless ghastly gloating on GM :unsure:

And - don't worry - I don't have a life on a Friday night :lol: so I will be glued to my TV screen, screaming and scaring the cats :lol:

Herdwick
05-09-2008, 10:57 AM
Morning - just - am so pissed off. Working from home today specially as well - thought he'd be guaranteed the pm slot as all his other matches have been. Fear a traumatic evening probably looms but do have ray of hope that the golden opportunity of Rafa's early demise will awaken his killer instinct.

Slightly OT - it's been annoying me for a while as who Almagro resembles and now it's come to me - Sarkozy!!

amdany
05-09-2008, 11:20 AM
Morning - just - am so pissed off. Working from home today specially as well - thought he'd be guaranteed the pm slot as all his other matches have been. Fear a traumatic evening probably looms but do have ray of hope that the golden opportunity of Rafa's early demise will awaken his killer instinct.

Slightly OT - it's been annoying me for a while as who Almagro resembles and now it's come to me - Sarkozy!!

:bolt:

*Ljubica*
05-09-2008, 11:42 AM
Morning - just - am so pissed off. Working from home today specially as well - thought he'd be guaranteed the pm slot as all his other matches have been. Fear a traumatic evening probably looms but do have ray of hope that the golden opportunity of Rafa's early demise will awaken his killer instinct.

Slightly OT - it's been annoying me for a while as who Almagro resembles and now it's come to me - Sarkozy!!

Sarkozy :lol: :rolls: Guess you could be right - never thought of it that way though!

As for the evening match - I guess it was inevitable :shrug: The Italians seems to try and be fair and make sure that everyone has at least one night match, and Nole hasn't had one yet.......... :shrug: Can't you be "unavoidably detained" at home and get out of whatever it is you're meant to be doing?

jitterbug
05-09-2008, 11:49 AM
Don't Sarkozy him :sobbing: I actually find Almagro attractive, thank you very much.

Herdwick
05-09-2008, 11:49 AM
Sarkozy :lol: :rolls: Guess you could be right - never thought of it that way though!

As for the evening match - I guess it was inevitable :shrug: The Italians seems to try and be fair and make sure that everyone has at least one night match, and Nole hasn't had one yet.......... :shrug: Can't you be "unavoidably detained" at home and get out of whatever it is you're meant to be doing?

Well have just seen him in profile and he's even got the nose - it's rather disturbing.

Ashamed to say have just sent email to say can we meet a bit earlier cos' I don't want a late night. They're good friends (but unaware of my Nole fixation) so am sure they won't mind. Hopefully will make the 2nd set...

Herdwick
05-09-2008, 11:50 AM
Don't Sarkozy him :sobbing: I actually find Almagro attractive, thank you very much.

Sorry Carla! You won't get that out of your head...

Saumon
05-09-2008, 11:56 AM
Don't Sarkozy him :sobbing: I actually find Almagro attractive, thank you very much.

Get your eyes checked, girl. :unsure:

jitterbug
05-09-2008, 12:03 PM
Sorry Carla! You won't get that out of your head...

Carla Bruni looks better at 40 than I did at 20 :devil: I wouldn't mind putting up with Sarkozy if I could look like her - that's why toyboys were invented.

*Ljubica*
05-09-2008, 12:09 PM
Carla Bruni looks better at 40 than I did at 20 :devil: I wouldn't mind putting up with Sarkozy if I could look like her - that's why toyboys were invented.

:lol: Carla looks better than most of us at any age to be honest :shrug: I don't think I could put up with him though - not even in return for her beauty.

jitterbug
05-09-2008, 12:14 PM
LMAO the AMStv commentator just called Mo Lahyani "Mohammad Ali" :lol:

*Ljubica*
05-09-2008, 12:30 PM
LMAO the AMStv commentator just called Mo Lahyani "Mohammad Ali" :lol:

:rolls: :lol: And I thought the Brit commentators were bad :rolls:

Herdwick
05-09-2008, 12:52 PM
Can't believe the empty seats in Rome - it's QF for heaven's sake! Shall definitely go next year - I know some of you exalted souls here do not have to buy tickets but looks like even plebian creatures such as I might get into the FI without problems. Can anyone confirm this please?

*Ljubica*
05-09-2008, 02:20 PM
Can't believe the empty seats in Rome - it's QF for heaven's sake! Shall definitely go next year - I know some of you exalted souls here do not have to buy tickets but looks like even plebian creatures such as I might get into the FI without problems. Can anyone confirm this please?

:lol: Yes - of course! Tickets go on sale online from about January on the tournament website. The final rounds (final and semis) sell out within the first month or so, but you can buy earlier rounds right up until about a month before on Central Court, and even on the day for grounds passes. They won't send them out abroad, but you can pick them up onsite at the Box Office with no problem :) Oh - and to be honest - the empty seats you see are mostly all Hospitality/Sponsors Guests etc :rolleyes: The "real" people sit further back like they do at Roland Garros and Madrid.

Aha - now time for Sexy Radek on my TV :hearts:

Lee
05-09-2008, 03:42 PM
Don't Sarkozy him :sobbing: I actually find Almagro attractive, thank you very much.

:hug: :hug: He's cute. :awww:

Sorry Carla! You won't get that out of your head...

Get your eyes checked, girl. :unsure:

:nerner:

LMAO the AMStv commentator just called Mo Lahyani "Mohammad Ali" :lol:

Love his drawl!!! :lol: Still regret a bit not moved a little so he would run me down in Indian Wells. :rolls:

*Ljubica*
05-09-2008, 04:34 PM
Well have just seen him in profile and he's even got the nose - it's rather disturbing.

Ashamed to say have just sent email to say can we meet a bit earlier cos' I don't want a late night. They're good friends (but unaware of my Nole fixation) so am sure they won't mind. Hopefully will make the 2nd set...

Don't be ashamed - I would have done the same :tape: I actually saw Alex last night, and will again tomorrow, - but Friday is his "boy's night out", and I was mightily relieved about that as I can watch Nole undisturbed :lol:

But - what about Sexy Radek? :inlove: Roger and Nadal both gone from the draw :unsure: Hope Nole doesn't mess it up now. But why - oh why - did Sky keep on showing close-ups of Radek spitting while I was sitting there eating my beans on toast :help:

*Ljubica*
05-09-2008, 07:26 PM
OK - rant time :fiery: All day, Sky TV have been showing tennis - every atch in it's entirety :rolleyes: But because the matches were all too long, they overran their slot, so now they're taking an hour's scheduled break to show some fishing programme :fiery: Novak is on court and I have some pre-recorded fishing programme on my screen :banghead: I may well kill someone :devil:

savesthedizzle
05-09-2008, 07:26 PM
:armed: That really sucks :(

Lee
05-09-2008, 07:47 PM
OK - rant time :fiery: All day, Sky TV have been showing tennis - every atch in it's entirety :rolleyes: But because the matches were all too long, they overran their slot, so now they're taking an hour's scheduled break to show some fishing programme :fiery: Novak is on court and I have some pre-recorded fishing programme on my screen :banghead: I may well kill someone :devil:

:eek: :armed:

:hug: Rosie :hug:


You can blame Roddick too. :tape:

savesthedizzle
05-09-2008, 07:54 PM
Novak won 6-1 1-0 ret. :sad:

I do not mind Almagro so I hope he'll be alright for Roland Garros. :awww:

*Ljubica*
05-09-2008, 07:59 PM
Well I got to see it (what there was of it :sad: ) on bet365 eventually - but it wasn't the same :awww: The quality of that really sucks sometimes :sad: Glad Nole got through of course - but I hate it when a player is sick or injured - even one like Almagro, who I can't be hypocritical and profess to like. So sorry for him Lee, and I hope he makes a full and complete recovery :hug:

Good luck tomorrow Nole :hug: Sky are now just about to show it on tape delay, so best go and watch it again :lol:

Alex999
05-09-2008, 08:07 PM
Super Nole. I'm so happy. He was awesome in the first set. I hope Almagro is OK.
:worship::bounce::bigclap::smooch::hug::dance::dri nk::woohoo::hatoff::rocker2::music::couple::aparty ::dance::bounce:

Lee
05-09-2008, 08:13 PM
Thanks Rosie :hug:

Wrist injury really sucks for one handed backhand player. :sobbing:

Lee
05-09-2008, 08:14 PM
Hope to see a great match between Nola and Sexy tomorrow.

aeronatasha
05-09-2008, 08:15 PM
I'm sure Fed's exit gave Novak a much needed boost.

He was excellent tonight.

Let's hope he keeps it up!!

*Ljubica*
05-09-2008, 08:43 PM
I'm sure Fed's exit gave Novak a much needed boost.

He was excellent tonight.

Let's hope he keeps it up!!

Indeed, he came out firing, and even if Almagro had not been injured, I think he would have won playing at that level :)

*Ljubica*
05-09-2008, 09:14 PM
Here is the OOP for tomorrow :) Ajde Nole :hug:

not before 2:00 pm
[6] A. Roddick (USA) vs S. Wawrinka (SUI)
R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [3] N. Djokovic (SRB)
[1] B. Bryan (USA)/M. Bryan (USA) vs [7] J. Bjorkman (SWE)/K. Ullyett (ZIM)

jitterbug
05-09-2008, 09:26 PM
I want a Stani-Nole final. If anybody spoils that I will be very, very upset :devil: :devil:

camnation
05-09-2008, 09:37 PM
I want a Stani-Nole final.
So picky. :p I'll take a Nole-Anyone final. ;)

gambit84
05-09-2008, 09:45 PM
now Nole has to win. No one could be a tough opponent for him

*Ljubica*
05-09-2008, 10:09 PM
So picky. :p I'll take a Nole-Anyone final. ;)

:lol: Well I'm not so keen on Roddick, and I'm kind of indifferent to Stan :shrug: so I guess I could be picky and say I'd slightly prefer to have Stan in the Final.............. but as long as Nole wins it, I don't care so much :) Oh - the MTF haters will be so bitter and twisted if he wins another Masters' Series :tape: But guess we mustn't get ahead of ourselves - Sexy will be tough - so tough :unsure: Just hope he's a bit tired after all his long matches this week.

Scotso
05-10-2008, 04:27 AM
now Nole has to win. No one could be a tough opponent for him

he better :mad:

njnetswill
05-10-2008, 04:56 AM
I really do not want to see Roddick win a clay TMS. That would be so wrong.

So with that in mind, go Stan. :yeah:

And Novak obviously. :p

Last meeting, as all remember:

2007 USO RD2: 6-7(4) 7-6(5) 5-7 7-5 7-6(2)

:help:

*Ljubica*
05-10-2008, 12:51 PM
Match is about to start and I am scared :unsure: Come on Nole :hug:

jitterbug
05-10-2008, 12:54 PM
Stan Wawrinka will be the opponent tomorrow.. Good luck against Sexy, Nole! :rocker:

Lee
05-10-2008, 12:57 PM
As long as the 2 players finished the match with no retirement, I am happy. This tournament is cursed. :mad:

Lee
05-10-2008, 01:23 PM
:o I am sorry for the people in the stadium. They haven't seen a real match yet and the SFs are almost over.

jamjar
05-10-2008, 01:44 PM
Poor Radek. Must've gotten food poisoning from the bagel.
Anyway, good luck in the final, Nole! :bigclap:

*Ljubica*
05-10-2008, 01:49 PM
I'm sorry for the crowd, but, having said that - they were appaling today (and yesterday with Almagro). Anyone could see Stepanek was unwell - he was almost vomiting on more than one occasion, and he did try to go back out there after the long break, only to almost vomit again. To boo the guy under those circumstances was dreadful - after all, what did they expect him to do? Die on court to give them their moneys worth? :rolleyes: Don't like him, but felt sorry for him - he even tried to acknowledge/thank the crowd feeling as ill as he was.

Anyway - so pleased Nole is in the Final, though I'm sure the idiot Rafa/Fed tards on MTF will find some bitter excuses, such as the fact he isn't a "real" winner because of all the retirements against him :rolleyes:

Herdwick
05-10-2008, 01:55 PM
Greetings - well what a 24 hours. Came in last night rather the worse for wear and could hardly believe my eyes. Poor Sexy - such a shame today - I do like him.

But main thing is Nole looks in awesome form now - talk about focused and the fire is back in the eyes like at the AO. And he's in Rafa's half in the Hamburg draw; would not be surprised if Rafa pulls out there so it's all looking good.

*Ljubica*
05-10-2008, 02:02 PM
Greetings - well what a 24 hours. Came in last night rather the worse for wear and could hardly believe my eyes. Poor Sexy - such a shame today - I do like him.

But main thing is Nole looks in awesome form now - talk about focused and the fire is back in the eyes like at the AO. And he's in Rafa's half in the Hamburg draw; would not be surprised if Rafa pulls out there so it's all looking good.

He's got to beat Stan first :unsure: He'll come out there tomorrow with nothing to lose, and the crowd almost certainly behind him as the underdog. Their head-to-head is only 3-2 to Nole, so it ain't over yet :unsure:

Lee
05-10-2008, 02:08 PM
The bitterness of posters in GM never cease to amaze me. *sigh*

Lee
05-10-2008, 02:12 PM
:lol: I just read Rosie wrote something like mine in GM earlier.

jitterbug
05-10-2008, 02:12 PM
I want a Stani-Nole final. If anybody spoils that I will be very, very upset :devil: :devil:

It wasn't me who voodoo-ed Andy and Radek, I swear :sobbing:

Herdwick
05-10-2008, 02:17 PM
Oh - fear not - am taking nothing for granted tomorrow - I have a high respect for Wawrinka's talent. At least Nole's probably used to the crowd being against him now; he needs to turn it to his advantage and feed off it. I do wonder if he's ever going get any crowd support again, apart from the odd few Serbs who've managed tickets. Will be interested to see how they react to him at the USO this year.

*Ljubica*
05-10-2008, 02:24 PM
:lol: I just read Rosie wrote something like mine in GM earlier.
My first post in GM since the Monte Carlo fiasco - thought I was beng very brave :lol: :unsure:

*Ljubica*
05-10-2008, 02:27 PM
Oh - fear not - am taking nothing for granted tomorrow - I have a high respect for Wawrinka's talent. At least Nole's probably used to the crowd being against him now; he needs to turn it to his advantage and feed off it. I do wonder if he's ever going get any crowd support again, apart from the odd few Serbs who've managed tickets. Will be interested to see how they react to him at the USO this year.

Sadly, the higher up the rankings you go, the less support you get from the general public, because it's only human nature to support the underdog, and also to want the longest and best match possible when you've paid money for a ticket :shrug:

I guess when Nole starts to slip down the rankings (as he inevitably will), he will get the applause, just like Federer is getting now, and people like Sampras and Navratilova did in the past. Hope that is a long time coming though :)

neenah
05-10-2008, 02:53 PM
I like Stan a lot so I don't care who wins :p All the same, good luck to Nole!

Not only do I feel bad for the fans for all the retirements and injuries and such, but also for the players. What's up? :shrug:

Lee
05-10-2008, 03:32 PM
I like Stan a lot so I don't care who wins :p All the same, good luck to Nole!

I said something similar for Nole/Almagro match. :tape: :unsure:

Not only do I feel bad for the fans for all the retirements and injuries and such, but also for the players. What's up? :shrug:

It's scary that clay court season is far from over and the wear and tear already piled up for players.

gambit84
05-10-2008, 03:58 PM
I'm disappointed of the "match" but sometimes happens :o
Sexy Radek the kamikaze :tape: yesterday he completed the mission, today wasn't important :lol:

camnation
05-10-2008, 05:46 PM
Good luck in the final Nole! :wavey:

aeronatasha
05-10-2008, 06:29 PM
I haven't seen the match.:( Well, the set anyway..

It was supposed to start round 4pm, and I was rushing home, only to hear Steps retired.

That's a shame. I'm glad Novak won it easily, but I hate seeing a player in pain..

Good luck tomorrow, Nole, Stan's gonna be a tough cookie..

How was Novak serving today, can someone describe the match for me? Thanks guys!

Herdwick
05-10-2008, 06:43 PM
Pretty much flawless performance from Nole; served well, returned superbly but TBH Radek didn't offer much of challenge.

Scotso
05-10-2008, 07:24 PM
It wasn't me who voodoo-ed Andy and Radek, I swear :sobbing:

It was me. :shrug:

Lee
05-10-2008, 10:17 PM
A pretty good post match interview IMO

http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/PopNews.asp?LNG=EN&IDNews=395

Novak Djokovic after his win over Radek Stepanek in post match press conference

Q. Could you ever imagine getting through the quarters and semis and playing two sets?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, honestly, not in an event like this. But these are the circumstances and this is sports. Anything can happen, you know.
I think this is another reason and another showing that the season is really tough, especially this year because of the Olympics.
The players are not getting injured for nothing, you know? There is a big reason why they're having these difficulties. I understand that because I was in that situation many times.
But for me the most important thing is that I have done everything that I planned to do before the matches, last night's match and today's match.
I'm happy with my performances so far, so hopefully tomorrow I can get a big victory.

Q. Did you know beforehand that Radek had a problem?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, I didn't know anything about his troubles.

Q. Is it kind of difficult to prepare for a final when you've had short matches? In a strange way, would you have preferred to have played a complete match?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think my first two matches were okay. I think especially the second one against Andreev was a really long match. I think it helped me in the way that I get used to the court and atmosphere and everything in general, so I was really ready.
I got to the match against Almagro, you know, a little bit tired, but I think I was playing really well. It was good that I didn't have such a long match against him last night, because otherwise we would finish really late in the night, and who knows what will happen today.
You know, these are these things are part of the sport. You just have to deal with them.

Q. (From Italian) Do you think something could have been done in order to prevent this problem by not planning the Olympics or the schedule so tight around the Olympic Games?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, you know, now if we start talking about that I think it will be taking a long time. We are all trying to make this sport more popular and better. We're all working for the good of the sport.
Especially the players in the top and the ones who are playing a lot of the matches are not happy with the schedule this year. That's certainly a task to talk about because of the really tight schedule of the Masters Series events.
We're all aware of the fact that the Olympics are making it even more difficult, but this is something that we will need to talk about in the future. I'm not criticizing anybody, but it's just very important to take care about the players, because you don't want to have these kind of situations at big events, the players retiring in the semifinals and the quarterfinals after one set.
The stadium was not even filled up and suddenly one of the players retired, so I don't think that the tournament director or the crowd or anybody wants to see that.

Q. Do you ever remember in a tournament to have two players not playing against you, or is this the first time, retiring against you?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No. First time.

Q. Which sort of pressure would be tomorrow on your shoulder, because you are now a big favorite? You can say whatever you want about Wawrinka. Everybody has a lot of respect for him, but without No. 1 and No. 2...
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Sure. No, of course. As the third player of the world you always have a certain does of responsibility and expectations behind your back, especially in these cases, in these matches in the big events when you play players who are lower ranked than you.
It's normal that the people expect. And considering the results recently in last couple of months, I would be certainly the favorite in the final.
Again, I don't want to underestimate anybody. It's finals, and he absolutely deserve to be there. This is the event that all the best players in the world are playing, so saying it again: he deserves to be in the final, and the better will win.
But I feel physically great and mentally as well ready. Hopefully, you know, I can stay at the high level of performance.

Q. (From Italian) We've seen that today Stepanek wasn't well and he retired because of an injury. But on the other hand, he was here with his girlfriend. Do you think the presence of someone close to you be can be an advantage or a disadvantage to you?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: This is something that is differential on every person. You can't say that it's good or bad or advantage or disadvantage, because every person has something else that is suitable to his personality, to his life, to his career, for his job.
So I can't really give an answer to that question. I like to be surrounded with the people that I really care about. I always like to have a lot of people around me, because in that way I feel better. I feel more relax and I feel more support, supportive.
But on the other hand, there are tournaments that I want to be alone. A lot of person has a different opinion.

Q. What's your idea about Federer after your match in Melbourne and he lost so many times in different situations?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, you know, I was saying before, this is absolutely a normal thing, because after so many years of dominance and winning 90% of the major events on the tour, it's normal that in one point of your career you start to play worse a little bit.
But he's still the No. 1 player of the world and he still has the highest possible goals and he still wants to stay there. He still had pretty good results, you know, satisfying results in this year.
Of course, not characteristic for him because everybody expects him to win every single tournament, but players and times are changing. Players started to believe more that they can win against him or any other best player on the world, on the top.
So it's going to be interesting to see in the continuation of the season if he or Rafa or myself are going to be able to remain consistent with the performance, level of performance, with the results.
Because, you know, this year is very packed, the schedule, and the Olympics are there. So it's going to be tiring. It's going to be interesting, I think, for tennis fans to see who is going to finish in the top.

Jelena_78
05-10-2008, 10:24 PM
Thanks Lee :)

Herdwick
05-10-2008, 10:36 PM
Good luck to Nole in the final. :wavey: If some people in GM complain that Nole won due to retirements well, the same could be said of Stan. Survival of the fittest is what it's about. They are the last two standing therefore they both deserve to be there.


Nole + USO fits like a glove. The crowd loved him last year I don't think it'll be any different this year. He's got the kind of showman personality Americans love, so no worries. USO will end up being Nole's favorite slam methinks. ;)

Absolutely right. And the USO is my favourite slam so if I have to pick another one for him this year that would be it. (Although I keep having sneaky thoughts of Nole beating Rafa in the RG SF, then meeting and beating Fed in the final:devil: That would be just too cruel to Fed who I also like!)

savesthedizzle
05-10-2008, 11:41 PM
Yeah I think the US crowds quite like him :shrug:

Plus if they don't, they have me to deal with :armed: :boxing: :)

*Ljubica*
05-11-2008, 10:04 AM
Thanks for the interview Lee - Nole answering everything very well as usual :)

Yes - tangerine_dream, you're probably right about the US Open thing :) It's not my favourite as you know (I would be hypocritical to say otherwise!), - but if Nole gets to love it and does well there, perhaps I will just have to try and learn to love it too :o

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 01:11 PM
Crappppppp down a break :sad:

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 01:29 PM
Stan serving for the first set :(

jitterbug
05-11-2008, 01:41 PM
Nole 1-0* in the second.. He sent a backhand way long in the first point but regrouped well after that, thank goodness. He got lucky Stan sent a backhand passing shot a few inches long in the second point to even it at 15.

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 01:41 PM
Novak's eyes just don't have that fire today :sad:

I don't know what is wrong with him I want to shake him silly. He's really annoying me.

jitterbug
05-11-2008, 01:43 PM
Nole has 8 unforced errors on his backhand already and only 2 winners... :unsure:

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 01:46 PM
Yeah, he has no fire in his eyes AND his backhand is off. :sad:

jitterbug
05-11-2008, 01:55 PM
That was an ugly game, so many unforced errors :o

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 02:01 PM
Novak. The dropshot needs to RETIRE. SEND IT AWAY.

Hold on to this break or I will come to Rome and kick your ass.

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 02:04 PM
Backhand o backhand, why have you forsaken us? :awww:

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 02:08 PM
Yes Novak, stay with forehands. You backhand is MIA, you know this. Good boy.

jeahhh!
05-11-2008, 02:18 PM
That point :hearts:

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 02:21 PM
Novak is now on the court. :lol: I'm glad he decided to come for the third set :rolls:

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 02:24 PM
Novak at the net :speakles: When did Novak Master Volleyer come from? :rolls:

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 02:35 PM
Stan seems to have the trainer out during this changeover at 3*-2 in the third

gambit84
05-11-2008, 02:36 PM
another injured player :rolls:

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 02:40 PM
another injured player :rolls:

The commentators say Stan has been getting it done all week. Just a little back rub. He's fine ;)

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 02:50 PM
Ajde Nole! :rocker2:

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 02:55 PM
I think this thread is one we're going to leave stickied up here for a while ;)

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 02:59 PM
Gsm 4-6 6-3 6-3 :d

pookykiki
05-11-2008, 03:01 PM
:worship: :woohoo: NOLE!!!! You have done it boy!
Now, I'm going to hibernate because I don't want to read the hater's comments!
Well Done Nole!

Saumon
05-11-2008, 03:02 PM
:D

Great day of tennis for me! :yippee:

Nadie
05-11-2008, 03:03 PM
Nole :woohoo: :worship:

jamjar
05-11-2008, 03:04 PM
:aparty:
Good comeback, Nole!:rocker2:

Herdwick
05-11-2008, 03:05 PM
Yeah - so happy for him. Played pretty dire for a set and a half but stil pulled it out of the bag. Marvellous first set from Wawrinka though.

uglyamerican
05-11-2008, 03:05 PM
Now, I'm going to hibernate because I don't want to read the hater's comments!


I only come to the Nole area now. We're safe in here.:cool:


Good fight. I like Stan. I'm glad our boy didn't have to serve it out.

*Ljubica*
05-11-2008, 03:14 PM
:worship: :woohoo: NOLE!!!! You have done it boy!
Now, I'm going to hibernate because I don't want to read the hater's comments!
Well Done Nole!

F*** the haters :angel: They're only jealous :hug:

And Nole :woohoo: Congratulations. Played some awesome shots after that first very shaky first set :unsure: But congrats to Stan - he played well (especially at first) - it's been a great week for him, and he seems like a nice kid, - so well done to him :)


Big :hug: for Nole - you're the best :hug:

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 03:16 PM
Stupid lady tried to make him do impressions. :armed:

Novak speaking Italian :hearts:

I understand his Italian better than the Italian lady's probably because he's not a native speaker, but man my Italian is rusty. :tape:

Herdwick
05-11-2008, 03:17 PM
Wow - Sky didn't show the presentation so watched it on Betfair - fluent Italian in his acceptance speech - am so impressed! Beat that Roger!!

jitterbug
05-11-2008, 03:18 PM
:hug: :hug: for both Stan and Nole :) a week for both of them to be proud about.

Glad Nole didn't give in to the pressure to do some more imitation :lol: :tape:

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 03:18 PM
I have the whole match recorded, perhaps I'll upload a video of the presentation to youtube later.

I am :mad: people are still trying to make him do the impressions when he says he doesn't want to. :armed:

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 03:20 PM
:hug: :hug: for both Stan and Nole :) a week for both of them to be proud about.

Glad Nole didn't give in to the pressure to do some more imitation :lol: :tape:

She wanted him to do Nastase! :rolls: Who was there, and kind of was like, go on do it, but I think Nole's response was that he can't remember Nastase ;) :lol:

Magenta
05-11-2008, 03:21 PM
Very impressed with the title but belting out the Italian was even more impressive.

jitterbug
05-11-2008, 03:23 PM
She wanted him to do Nastase! :rolls: Who was there, and kind of was like, go on do it, but I think Nole's response was that he can't remember Nastase ;) :lol:

Even the AMStv commentators were like, mehhh this is not the place for it :rolls:

*Ljubica*
05-11-2008, 03:30 PM
I have the whole match recorded, perhaps I'll upload a video of the presentation to youtube later.

I am :mad: people are still trying to make him do the impressions when he says he doesn't want to. :armed:

Oh please Jess :) Bloody Sky hardly ever show the speeches and presentation ceremonies lately :sad: We just get Mark Petchey giving us his meaningful insights into how to be a tennis Champion :rolleyes: I'd love to hear Nole speaking Italian - even though I wouldn't understand a word :o

Lee
05-11-2008, 03:43 PM
After first set, I determined it's time for me to take a shower. I came out at 3-2 2nd set and he broke Stan. :D :D :D

Lee
05-11-2008, 03:44 PM
Did anyone see how Nole HUG Sabatini? :o

gambit84
05-11-2008, 03:45 PM
have your commentators translated what Nole has sayed in Italian?
btw Pericoli asked to him to imitate someone but he answered that if he had imitated some player then they would have not speaked with him in Hamburg next week!!He seemed almost serious :o

Jelena_78
05-11-2008, 03:46 PM
Vincitore :banana:

Great week for Nole, I'm so happy for the title :D
Maybe Jelena helped him with the speech :p but it's not just the speech, seems he speeks Italian really good :inlove:
Awesome week for Stan too :)

Did he taste a bit of clay in the end?! :spit:

Gabriela :hearts:

gambit84
05-11-2008, 03:47 PM
Did anyone see how Nole HUG Sabatini? :o

passionately :p

Herdwick
05-11-2008, 03:48 PM
I have the whole match recorded, perhaps I'll upload a video of the presentation to youtube later.

I am :mad: people are still trying to make him do the impressions when he says he doesn't want to. :armed:

Seconded - please, please upload. And double-grr to the pressure for impressions.

Lee
05-11-2008, 03:49 PM
have your commentators translated what Nole has sayed in Italian?
btw Pericoli asked to him to imitate someone but he answered that if he had imitated some player then they would have not speaked with him in Hamburg next week!!He seemed almost serious :o

I am waiting for your translation :lol: The commentators know nothing about Italian :lol:

Jelena_78
05-11-2008, 03:50 PM
have your commentators translated what Nole has sayed in Italian?
btw Pericoli asked to him to imitate someone but he answered that if he had imitated some player then they would have not speaked with him in Hamburg next week!!He seemed almost serious :o

I understood everything :dance:
He looked serious to me
The way he hugged Gabriela :lol: like to all male people at the stadium...look,I'm the one who's hugging her :bounce:

Lee
05-11-2008, 03:50 PM
passionately :p

:lol: Can't blame him. Gabriela is still gorgeous!!!!

savesthedizzle
05-11-2008, 03:51 PM
have your commentators translated what Nole has sayed in Italian?
btw Pericoli asked to him to imitate someone but he answered that if he had imitated some player then they would have not speaked with him in Hamburg next week!!He seemed almost serious :o

Nooo they didn't.

:lol: Can't blame him. Gabriela is still gorgeous!!!!

Yup :hearts:


I will upload the video when I get home later tonight :)

Lee
05-11-2008, 03:59 PM
I feel sorry for Stan, not because he lost the final. He played great all week and only because he lost the final in 3 sets to Nole, he's a real mug in GM here. :o

jeahhh!
05-11-2008, 04:02 PM
Novaks Speaks Italian? I am upset I missed this :(

jitterbug
05-11-2008, 04:03 PM
Everyone's a mug in GM, so I don't really care :lol: attaching any worth to GM's opinion is like trying to pass off a pile of garbage for the Crown Jewels.

gambit84
05-11-2008, 04:05 PM
The commentators know nothing about Italian :lol:

:sad:

neenah
05-11-2008, 04:06 PM
Nole!! :rocker2:

Two MS and a GS this year. Not bad ;)

jeahhh!
05-11-2008, 04:10 PM
Ehhh in GM you need to fight back with nonsense not logic if you are going to fight at all, and don't take anything too seriously. I mean it's GM after all. ;)

Ales_Alessandra
05-11-2008, 04:36 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:
Well done Nole!!!
Good for RG! He can do great there!! keep up the good work! :yeah:

*Ljubica*
05-11-2008, 04:49 PM
I put some pics of him with Gabriela in the Pics thread :) He certainly seems to be enjoying himself :)

Raffaele - what is his Italian actually like? Does he speak it well?

Scotso
05-11-2008, 04:55 PM
Nole :rocker2:

Another major title. :yeah: Keeps racking them up.

Did anyone see how Nole HUG Sabatini? :o

That was HOT!

Gabby is gorgeous, I'd do her.

gambit84
05-11-2008, 04:57 PM
I put some pics of him with Gabriela in the Pics thread :) He certainly seems to be enjoying himself :)

Raffaele - what is his Italian actually like? Does he speak it well? very well :eek::eek:

often the foreigners have problems with articles and double characters but he speaks clear and good definitely :angel::angel:
a perfect school kid :angel:

Herdwick
05-11-2008, 05:09 PM
very well :eek::eek:

often the foreigners have problems with articles and double characters but he speaks clear and good definitely :angel::angel:
a perfect school kid :angel:

:worship::worship::worship:

He's damn near perfect - why am I not 10 years younger and stunningly beautiful...

camnation
05-11-2008, 05:20 PM
I have the whole match recorded, perhaps I'll upload a video of the presentation to youtube later.

I am :mad: people are still trying to make him do the impressions when he says he doesn't want to. :armed:
Please do, I would be forever grateful! My stupid coverage ended before the trophy presentation began. :sad:

amdany
05-11-2008, 05:22 PM
:banana:congrats Nole:banana:

njnetswill
05-11-2008, 05:23 PM
:woohoo:

Also glad it was a competitive match, for the crowd. Even if they were kind of awful sometimes.

*Ljubica*
05-11-2008, 05:25 PM
:worship::worship::worship:

He's damn near perfect - why am I not 10 years younger and stunningly beautiful...

Let's hope he likes older woman :)

Raffaele - thanks for the explanation.

foul_dwimmerlaik
05-11-2008, 05:27 PM
Yeah Nole! 4th Masters shield is very good indeed in the grand scheme of things.

He did well to adjust his game to Stan's in the middle of the 2nd using angles, coming in, not feeding him much pace. As soon as Nole tightened his game, there was only one outcome - Wawa's tactical options are too few to counter that.

Good job on weathering the storm and coming through yet again vs a player with nothing to lose. He knew that he should and must have won that, and responded accordingly. Congrads!

Herdwick
05-11-2008, 05:35 PM
Let's hope he likes older woman :)

Cast no stones please- methinks you are a similar vintage to me. OK I can give Nole almost 10 years but toyboys are in vogue now.

aeronatasha
05-11-2008, 06:07 PM
Nole!:woohoo:

Just knew it. I really wasn't worried after that 1st set, he just needed to start running a bit more. It's good these setbacks happen to him from time to time, he should remember to always be on his toes. He tends to sorta step off the gas when things are working well for him, and I believe he still has a lot to learn from Fed in that department - stay on the guy's neck until the very end.

Now I don't speak Italian, but I understand it and it was very nice hearing his speech.

That gripping hug with Gab was priceless.:worship:

I wish he mentioned people back home though (we have elections going on today, but there was a big pause in the turnout - people started pouring in again after the match has finished :lol:), but it's not a big deal.

Nice job Nole, best of luck at RG! (I don't really care about Hamburg).

uglyamerican
05-11-2008, 06:11 PM
(we have elections going on today, but there was a big pause in the turnout - people started pouring in again after the match has finished :lol:)


I read that on B92 website.


You guys really have become tennis-crazy.

but-it's-ok
05-11-2008, 06:40 PM
Well I can no longer resist the temptation to join Noles fans in here, so hello everyone I'm Di:wavey: And I know theres a few people familiar to me already on this page, hi Rose and Hamdanie:hug::hug: I missed the match but I'm going to watch the video later, and congratulations Nole:banana:

aeronatasha
05-11-2008, 06:50 PM
I read that on B92 website.


You guys really have become tennis-crazy.

That's an understatement. We are full blown crazy in every aspect you can think of. :lol:

However else (bad) it may be in Serbia, it sure is fun. And I wouldn't change it for the world.;)