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Queens R1: Safin def. Ward 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Okonsky
06-09-2008, 05:50 PM
Marat back on track?

fast_clay
06-09-2008, 05:51 PM
'serve volley marat' made a few appearances today... was pretty classy...

dodoboy
06-09-2008, 05:52 PM
This crowd suck :o

I miss the french crowd.

They didn't care at a.ll, they do know he is British right :rolleyes:

Close in the last game :(

Sunset of Age
06-09-2008, 05:52 PM
Hee! Marat dished out a breadstick! :D

TheBoiledEgg
06-09-2008, 05:54 PM
a win and the usual struggle for Marat :)
what else is new.

Grinder
06-09-2008, 05:54 PM
Ward looks like he has some talent, his game looks like it would be better adapted to a slower hard court/clay. He was doing a good job moving the ball around and making Safin hit a lot of shots on the run until he lost his consistency midway through the third set. This might be enough for him to get a WC to Wimbledon. Was definitely more impressed by Ward than Goodall.

Burrow
06-09-2008, 05:54 PM
The guy was amazing in the first set, but then he kind of slipped back a little bit and Safin got a little bt better. Not a great match for Safin overall.

Clydey
06-09-2008, 05:54 PM
Was impressed with Ward. Hopefully Safin can get a few wins here and build on that. It's a shame that his rank has slipped so dramatically.

fast_clay
06-09-2008, 05:57 PM
This crowd suck :o

I miss the french crowd.

They didn't care at a.ll, they do know he is British right :rolleyes:

Close in the last game :(


its hard to clap when your holding prawn sandwiches
its hard to yell with a mouthfull of pimms
cheering is against the sprit of the game

Okonsky
06-09-2008, 05:59 PM
Ward looks like he has some talent, his game looks like it would be better adapted to a slower hard court/clay. He was doing a good job moving the ball around and making Safin hit a lot of shots on the run until he lost his consistency midway through the third set. This might be enough for him to get a WC to Wimbledon. Was definitely more impressed by Ward than Goodall.

Very true. First set were just amazing. On the other hand Safin (as fast clay said) served well and played serve-volley exellent. Maybe Ward has got to much respect for Safin, especially in 3rd.

ASP0315
06-09-2008, 06:08 PM
lucky one Marat.
good job though.

scoobs
06-09-2008, 06:10 PM
Ward was pretty good - you could see he trains out of Spain though, perhaps clay would have been his surface of choice for this match.

He played pretty well but tried to play it like a clay court match on grass and once Safin took control of the rally it was either winner or UE from Safin that decided it.

scoobs
06-09-2008, 06:11 PM
Queens crowd are way too passive - get behind the players FFS - Ward comes out knowing he has to break to save the match - the crowd titter a bit of polite applause and a lone voice bravely calls out "Come on James"

In Paris they may not fill the stands until teatime but at least the ones that are there give their players some oomph to latch onto.

Minotaur
06-09-2008, 06:14 PM
Marat played shite tennis

Still GB has nobody to back up Murray, Ward is another miserable player

davis
06-09-2008, 06:21 PM
Marat didn't take his opponent serious and had to lose the first set to discover that Ward can actually play tennis as well. The usual problem Mr. Safin has with guys outside the Top 100...:rolleyes:

Set 2 was good grass court tennis by Marat. The rest - well, he can be happy he's in round 2. Now up your game against Gonzo, please! Davai!

TheBrainiac
06-09-2008, 06:22 PM
England is a gentle country ... they wont yell at their guy's opponents

MariaV
06-09-2008, 06:23 PM
Oh yeah, at least Safin got the W and didn't embarrass himself completely. :D

embellish
06-09-2008, 06:28 PM
Oh yeah, at least Safin got the W and didn't embarrass himself completely. :D

:lol: That was pretty much my thinking.

tennisfan444
06-09-2008, 06:33 PM
:)

Horatio Caine
06-09-2008, 06:36 PM
Ward's one set dedicated to his biggest fan, jazar. :p

Actually I was quite impressed with some of what he showed today...if he continues to work hard, I can see him being a bit of a "journeyman" within the top 150, making isolated appearances in the lower end of the top 100. He's a little raw, but hopefully a half-decent coach can point him in the right direction.

scoobs
06-09-2008, 06:37 PM
Ward's one set dedicated to his biggest fan, jazar. :p

Actually I was quite impressed with some of what he showed today...if he continues to work hard, I can see him being a bit of a "journeyman" within the top 100. He's a little raw, but hopefully a half-decent coach can point him in the right direction.
Top 100-150 journeyman would be a result for British mens tennis :)

Okonsky
06-09-2008, 06:51 PM
I like English crowd. Always quiet, respectful. I mean, I can't stand football atmosphere in tennis courts.

dodoboy
06-09-2008, 06:57 PM
Queens crowd are way too passive - get behind the players FFS - Ward comes out knowing he has to break to save the match - the crowd titter a bit of polite applause and a lone voice bravely calls out "Come on James"

In Paris they may not fill the stands until teatime but at least the ones that are there give their players some oomph to latch onto.

exactly!

James could have done with some hype.

luxsword
06-09-2008, 08:13 PM
:dance:

seljanin
06-09-2008, 08:18 PM
I like English crowd. Always quiet, respectful. I mean, I can't stand football atmosphere in tennis courts.

You know, I can only second that :yeah: Same thoughts here.

scoobs
06-09-2008, 08:20 PM
Well I don't think we need mad football chanting or Davis Cup atmosphere or anything - just, you know, applause, get behind him a bit at the crucial points.

Half of them had gone to sleep.

Spes
06-09-2008, 09:10 PM
Great job Dinara.

flexeter
06-09-2008, 09:23 PM
pretty much expected even after Ward winning the first set...Safin had to get used to the surface...Ward already played some matches

A_Skywalker
06-09-2008, 09:51 PM
I like the english crowd too, they are respectful, not like the french.

wally1
06-09-2008, 09:56 PM
I like English crowd. Always quiet, respectful. I mean, I can't stand football atmosphere in tennis courts.I agree, it's a nice change of pace after RG. Watch the tennis, politely applaud the good shots - nothing wrong with that.

StevoTG
06-09-2008, 10:07 PM
Ward looks like he could make the top 100. Didn't learn too much about Marat, I suppose in March he may have lost this sort of match so he should be feeling positive at the moment.

With regards to the atmosphere, I do love the DC type atmosphere but it's good to have variety. This crowd may be more subdued, but you still get the feeling that they appreciate the tennis and the players.

Henry Chinaski
06-09-2008, 10:18 PM
queens crowd seem like corporate twats who tolerate a bit of tennis to obscure the fact that they're there to indulge in a bit of professional arse kissing (sometimes referred to a social networking)

ward said in the post-match interview he's aiming for the top 100 this time next year and that he can get to "the very top". at least he's thinking positively.

The_Beast
06-09-2008, 10:21 PM
Good match for Marat and his confidence :)Nice backhand from J.Ward

TMJordan
06-09-2008, 10:21 PM
ward said in the post-match interview he's aiming for the top 100 this time next year and that he can get to "the very top". at least he's thinking positively.

Who the fuck is Ward?

JustJames
06-09-2008, 10:33 PM
Who the fuck is Ward?

A 21 year old British tennis player ranked inside the Top 500. Check out his profile on either the ITF or ATP tennis websites. :)

I highly doubt that that was the response you wanted but bravo on the depth and intellectualness you are so consistent in displaying. Ward has every right to aim for the top and doesn't deserve to have some cretin belittle his comments just because he hasn't quite achieved them as of yet.

TMJordan
06-09-2008, 10:34 PM
A 21 year old British tennis player ranked inside the Top 500. Check out his profile on either the ITF or ATP tennis websites. :)

I highly doubt that that was the response you wanted but bravo on the depth and intellectualness you are so consistent in displaying. Ward has every right to aim for the top and doesn't deserve to have some cretin belittle his comments just because he hasn't quite achieved them as of yet.

:hug:

Jimnik
06-09-2008, 11:24 PM
I guess JCF's advice wasn't enough to see Ward through.

Good to see him in another ATP event. I guess he deserves a Wimby WC as much as any other Brit.

Johnny Groove
06-09-2008, 11:26 PM
I like English crowd. Always quiet, respectful. I mean, I can't stand football atmosphere in tennis courts.

I feel differently.

The British crowd and the Queens crow especially really piss me off. If you're going to be at a match, cheer for someone. Dont just sit there with your cuppa and politely applaud from time to time while assosciating with your business people :rolleyes:

Tennis is a sport, not an aristocrasy.

Rogieva
06-09-2008, 11:30 PM
well done Marat

yet another british hopeless. along with Bogo and chav Goodall

Svetlana.
06-10-2008, 05:53 AM
How could Marat loose a first set :confused:

Nathaliia
06-10-2008, 12:40 PM
Ward wasn't actually bad, but I must say when Safin started to play a bit quicker and more carefully, there was nothing the Brit could do. Yet a long way for him to go.

leng jai
06-10-2008, 12:44 PM
Ward wasn't actually bad, but I must say when Safin started to play a bit quicker and more carefully, there was nothing the Brit could do. Yet a long way for him to go.

Thats no surprise, according to MTF Safin is the GOAT when he feels like it.

Burrow
06-10-2008, 12:46 PM
Coming from you who thinks tommy haas is a fucking legend.

Nathaliia
06-10-2008, 12:48 PM
Thats no surprise, according to MTF Safin is the GOAT when he feels like it.
It's hard to be a goat against Ward, but gotta admit overall it was true in that match ;)

And as for the British crowd, when Ward was blowing setpoints, several people shouted 'come on James,' even one journalist did :haha:

groundstroke
06-10-2008, 12:48 PM
Marat was serve and volleying a lot more, however he was outclassed in the first set.

Burrow
06-10-2008, 12:49 PM
I agree, it's a nice change of pace after RG. Watch the tennis, politely applaud the good shots - nothing wrong with that.

Queens club people are all posh snobs, fact.

Safin also hit a couple of backhand screamers where their was very little applause at all.

They need to drive from the court in their Bentley's and go watch some bowls.

Burrow
06-10-2008, 12:50 PM
Marat was serve and volleying a lot more, however he was outclassed in the first set.

Watch some older clips, he has always done quite a bit of serve volley over the course of a match.

Ales_Alessandra
06-10-2008, 12:55 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: