Nicolas Kiefer def. Gilles Simon 6-7(4) 6-3 7-6(5) to reach Toronto final [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Nicolas Kiefer def. Gilles Simon 6-7(4) 6-3 7-6(5) to reach Toronto final

Alonsofz
07-27-2008, 12:09 AM
Great match from both, and very entertaining. :yeah: Kiefer, who served for the first set at *5-4 and was break up at the third set, used a lot of drop shots, which were very useful. ;)

Andre♥
07-27-2008, 12:10 AM
Great drop shot + lob combo by Kiefer in the last point :worship:

Allegretto
07-27-2008, 12:10 AM
Nice stuff from Colin, despite the choking.

martinatreue
07-27-2008, 12:11 AM
Kiwi :)

MIMIC
07-27-2008, 12:11 AM
Wish I could have seen this match :(

octatennis
07-27-2008, 12:11 AM
nice display of tennis from kiefer although choked couples of times. congrats kiwi.

scoobs
07-27-2008, 12:12 AM
There was some good stuff in there, but I have to think Kiefer should have got through that a lot more easily that he did.

Clearly Simon was knackered.

Grinder
07-27-2008, 12:13 AM
Shocking to see gutsy play under pressure from Nick. Great result for Kiefer and makes up for his loooong title drought.

Best result of the week. :worship:

Clydey
07-27-2008, 12:14 AM
Kiefer really crawled over the finish line. Thought he'd never get there. Pleased he won, though. He was the better player.

TankingTheSet
07-27-2008, 12:15 AM
Shocking to see gutsy play under pressure from Nick. Great result for Kiefer and makes up for his loooong title drought.


Lost final #13478374 tomorrow?

oranges
07-27-2008, 12:15 AM
I'm really happy for him. Not as impressive today as against Blake, but good enough :yeah: First MS final well-deserved, some great tennis on the path :woohoo:

Corey Feldman
07-27-2008, 12:15 AM
German tennis is alive and kicking!

should be a good final v Murray

maf
07-27-2008, 12:16 AM
Clearly Simond was dead tired, but good enough play from Kiefer, good luck in the final.

Nice last point by the way.

BigJohn
07-27-2008, 12:16 AM
Great match, happy for Kiefer. And so zen in his post-match on court interview too!

Tom Paulman
07-27-2008, 12:17 AM
should be a good final v Murray

Hopefully it will be.

tae04
07-27-2008, 12:17 AM
Eww at Kiefer making the finals

*Viva Chile*
07-27-2008, 12:18 AM
Tennis won today :yeah:

Auf gets Kiwi über den endgültigen :D

prima donna
07-27-2008, 12:18 AM
Hahahahaha.

shotgun
07-27-2008, 12:19 AM
Kiefah :yeah:

Hopefully Nadal and Murray have a very long match tonight so that Kiefer at least has some chances tomorrow.

TMJordan
07-27-2008, 12:19 AM
Nice job by Kiefer. Simon fought as hard as he could and you gotta tip your hat to him. The better player did win today.

HoistDaColors
07-27-2008, 12:19 AM
some patches of the match were great and some were just a pile of dung. whatever it lacked in quality, it compensated in drama though: Simon not giving up and Kiefer getting tight. Thank you Kiefer for not repeating the performance of the Seppi match in Hamburg and thank you Simon for getting a second wind in that third set to make an entertaining finish.

Kiefer's drop shots :hearts: Simon's call challenges :help:

krystlel
07-27-2008, 12:20 AM
Good to see Kiefer coming through right at the end where it had looked like he was getting tight. Third set TB was the highlight of the match and well played from both players. There were a lot of long rallies which made for nervous viewing and Kiefer looked very tentative on the forehand at times but both players played some excellent defense.

First AMS final for Kiefer, I would have thought that he would have already made one before but he hasn't.

RafaTheBest
07-27-2008, 12:20 AM
Rafa will make quick work of him tomorrow.

fabolous
07-27-2008, 12:20 AM
i didn't know it was his first masters series final ever.

thanks kiwi, glad he got through.

ReturnWinner
07-27-2008, 12:20 AM
good match ,happy Kiefer could win after wasting some many chances in both first and third set.but unfortunately he will likely lost in the final whoever he plays (either murry or pig boy)

Yappa
07-27-2008, 12:21 AM
This was a horrible match!
But who cares?? Kiefer won this fuck... match!!

I was sooo sure that he would pull another Seppi. :mad:

Kiefer + drop shots + lobs = :hearts:

The amount of UEs was ridiculously high, but then again, it was Kiefer who had to do most of the work. At the end of the match I was cursing him for still going for the winners instead of just playing the ball back to the other side of the court.

His bh return wasn't even half as good as against Blake. He'll have to do a lot better tomorrow to stand even slightly of a chance.

federernadalfan
07-27-2008, 12:21 AM
good win for kiefer and well done to simon for coming this far in the tourny

savesthedizzle
07-27-2008, 12:21 AM
Kiwi! :rocker2:

Of course I don't get to see this match until it's aired AFTER the other SF :rolleyes:

Gilles has had a great run these last few weeks but he has to be feeling completely spent. :awww:

Looking forward to seeing this match-up again in Cincy :lol:

Pixie
07-27-2008, 12:21 AM
Good to see Kiefer back.

He mixed up a lot his game playing smart tennis. The most surprising is how well he played on big points and made his luck.

Kudos to simon for two great weeks for him. It's amazing how much he was able to retrieve considering he was worn out. Plus the way he managed to bounce back every time he lost a big point.

I took a bet Kiefer could come back to the top ten last end of the year, it doesn't sound absurd right now.

Neely
07-27-2008, 12:22 AM
Kiwi clearly got tight and was close to choke away the match, and he should say thanks to Simon for missing this easy smash which would have put his serve under pressure at 15-30.

Then Kiefer really played some good points until the end. I'm glad he could still win despite showing weaknesses in such clutch situations to hold the break, to serve out the set and such. But it was never going to be easy for him because such player types like Simon generally aren't good for Kiefer's game.

:hatoff: to Simon, he seemed to be fatigued, still played a good match and showed desire.

2moretogo
07-27-2008, 12:22 AM
Simon was dead tired, Kiefer is going to have going to lose tomorrow badly. Nothing much was working besides the drop shots really.

AndyUK
07-27-2008, 12:28 AM
Can't say I had a good time watching that but well done to Kiefer. Quite unbelieveable that it is his first Masters Series final at 31. Simon was really tired, he'll be back though.

GlennMirnyi
07-27-2008, 12:28 AM
Thanks Kiwi for taking this pusher prick out.

Now man up Murray.

ouch
07-27-2008, 12:31 AM
:) Great win!!!

I have to admit that I didn´t see the last two points - I had to close my eyes because I feared the worst - but when I reopened my eyes and read the results ... well that was :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

TMJordan
07-27-2008, 12:34 AM
Thanks Kiwi for taking this pusher prick out.

Now man up Murray.

What exactly makes him a prick? I'd like to know.

Tutu
07-27-2008, 12:36 AM
:tears: So gutted for Gilles. He fought so hard and was down breaks in both first and second but he fought back and, well Im fucking proud of him. He'll be back though.. I knew he wouldn't of played Cincy for sure if he had gotten into the final but I dunno now.. I hope he does because I want to see him get revenge over Kiefer but if he's physically and mentally spent I think it will be better to take a break. Well dont though Gilles and im sure there will be many more Finals for you. Allez Poussin. :sad:

n3gative
07-27-2008, 12:43 AM
Kiefer/Simon already matched up for the 1st round at cincy too heh

knight_ley
07-27-2008, 12:44 AM
:woohoo:

rolandgarros
07-27-2008, 12:49 AM
Is this the Kiwi's 75th TMS? and first time to TMS final?

Jens
07-27-2008, 12:51 AM
Kiwi :worship:

Great matchpoint! Win the title now you hero! :worship:

Neely
07-27-2008, 12:55 AM
Is this the Kiwi's 75th TMS? and first time to TMS final?
I'm not sure whether it is exactly the 75th, but it's somewhere at 73, 74, 75, 76 or so. Yes, first time to a Masters final.

Ilovetheblues_86
07-27-2008, 01:49 AM
What exactly makes him a prick? I'd like to know.

Simon played well last time but today he was only passing the ball. I Glenn likes agressive tennis.

finishingmove
07-27-2008, 01:51 AM
Colin Farrell to win on sunday :cool:

Stensland
07-27-2008, 02:07 AM
that scoreline looks scary to me, i'd have thought kiwi would've been able to win more comfortably to be honest. but anyways, thank god he got the W.

chances in the final: slim to none, given that rafa is likely to be his opponent.

Guy Haines
07-27-2008, 02:20 AM
Congrats to Kiefer, who deserves a final at this level (and that's all he'll get). He's a terrific (maddening!) gamer, which is more than you can say for the people, great or not, Gilles has been beating this week. It's also admirable to see Kiefer's hunger when so many players at his not so old age are already shells.

Gilles: :hug: Harder to celebrate an amazing couple of weeks when the loss is rough. A real shame that it had to be so close. But it may good for him in the long run that he didn't make the final. If he bounces back as the year continues, he'll be hungrier than if he'd made the final. :hatoff: to him for an inspired run these past few weeks. All the lazy haters are blind to his fighting spirit.

That said, it's a rough situation for Simon to face Kiefer again immediately. Kiwi is the kind of :devil: who would savor handing a player on a hot streak back-to-back losses. 2008 already is as good as I could have hoped for Simon. The hot streak may be over but he just needs to keep building as he has been for years -- his climb up the rankings has been very steady.

knight_ley
07-27-2008, 02:46 AM
:woohoo:

HotSpot_vol2
07-27-2008, 03:27 AM
:worship::worship::worship::worship:

Sunset of Age
07-27-2008, 03:39 AM
Entertaining match, but most definitely NOT a good one. The stats on UEs speak for themselves... :help:

I am happy that Kiefer won this one, as the guy is 31 year old, and he just reached the first Master's final of his career (and 99% chance it will be his last...) - and not just because of that, but because of his creative and attacking game even more. :yeah: Too bad the fellow is such a headcase! :(

No doubt he will get slaughtered by Raf tomorrow, but who cares? I don't think it will bother Nicolas at all, he's just happy to have made it that far for the first time in his career!

Simon will have plenty of chances still to get there - even if I happen to think that his ultra-defensive playing style is indeed a disgrace to to the game of tennis. :angel: Hopefully he'll be able to improve his game in the future. Great run, btw. :hug:

fast_clay
07-27-2008, 03:48 AM
keifer

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Warrior
07-27-2008, 03:56 AM
Great match from both, and very entertaining. :yeah: Kiefer, who served for the first set at *5-4 and was break up at the third set, used a lot of drop shots, which were very useful. ;)

Typical Kiefer

Neely
07-27-2008, 04:10 AM
Entertaining match, but most definitely NOT a good one. The stats on UEs speak for themselves... :help:
The Murray vs Nadal match was better overall, just because it was a better shotmaking by both players. But given it was Kiefer vs Simon, taking into account their respective playing styles and other intangibles, it was a more than above average quality match which showed many parts of tennis, dropshot, lob, volleys, good baseline defense, good winners, drama, fear of choking.

But it had plenty of lows, too. I didn't see that much at all in the Murray/Nadal match.

FairWeatherFan
07-27-2008, 04:15 AM
Well done Kiefer, especially when he has struggled with injuries over the last couple of years.

And nice to see his all-round game beat that pusher Simon. :p

Sunset of Age
07-27-2008, 04:19 AM
The Murray vs Nadal match was better overall, just because it was a better shotmaking by both players. But given it was Kiefer vs Simon, taking into account their respective playing styles and other intangibles, it was a more than above average quality match which showed many parts of tennis, dropshot, lob, volleys, good baseline defense, good winners, drama, fear of choking.

But it had plenty of lows, too. I didn't see that much at all in the Murray/Nadal match.

Well, just because the Murray/Nadal match had numerous numbers of wonderful shotmaking and NO CHOKING, I thought that to be a far better match than the one between Kiefer/Simon.
Not that that means that I didn't enjoy the latter as well, but I don't think one can disagree on the fact that quality-wise, it was by far an inferior match...

Anyways, I am happy for Kiefer! :D

ChinoRios4Ever
07-27-2008, 04:36 AM
good one kiwi

Blarghman
07-27-2008, 06:41 AM
I really gained some respect for Simon from this match. I don't remember having seen him play before this week, but I was impressed in all four matches with his consistency. I'm glad Kiefer won in terms of an actual exhibition of tennis, but I still felt bad for Gilles for losing. It seemed like there were going to be a few times in the third set that he would disappear completely, but he kept fighting on, so good on him. Still, Kiefer has looked really great when I've seen him this week, so he definitely deserved to make the final.

I thought that this match was more entertaining in the emotional and suspenseful way than the Murray-Nadal match, it felt to me much more up in the air than the later match, with Simon just refusing to go down. He just wouldn't go away!

So, basically, I want Simon to do well in the future, I just don't want to have to watch it. :)

Lucinda
07-27-2008, 09:07 AM
I'm bummed that Simon lost, but he kinda looked relieved... like he was glad he could finally have a day of rest.

Eden
07-27-2008, 10:00 AM
Congrats to Kiwi for reaching his 1st Masters final ever and the 1st tournament final since St. Petersburg 2005 :yeah: His last tournament victory was in Hongkong in 2000.

He had the chances to win the match against Simon way easier and it has to be seen how much he has left in the tank for the final after this 3 hours SF.

Too bad that his performances in the tournament will probably get lost under all the recent Nadal mania, but it's a great achievement for a player who was forced out of the game for 1 year to have such a success in the later days of his career.

Credit also to Simon for his incredible run :hatoff:

Halba
07-27-2008, 10:27 AM
Congrats to Kiefer, who deserves a final at this level (and that's all he'll get). He's a terrific (maddening!) gamer, which is more than you can say for the people, great or not, Gilles has been beating this week. It's also admirable to see Kiefer's hunger when so many players at his not so old age are already shells.

like federer at 27, berdych at 23, falby at 27, hewitt 27, ferrero 27, roddick 26?

all these players r washed up. the game has passed them by.

Sheepy
07-27-2008, 10:29 AM
Congrats Kiefer :yeah:

horizon
07-27-2008, 12:21 PM
My God,there has never been a player who irritated me more than Simon. His primary goal is to bring the worst out of his oponents

JolánGagó
07-27-2008, 02:07 PM
like federer at 27, berdych at 23, falby at 27, hewitt 27, ferrero 27, roddick 26?

all these players r washed up. the game has passed them by.

With all due respect, Berdych does not belong in that list, he could only dream to some day achieve what any of the other had at some point in their careers.

Sunset of Age
07-27-2008, 02:25 PM
like federer at 27, berdych at 23, falby at 27, hewitt 27, ferrero 27, roddick 26?

all these players r washed up. the game has passed them by.

Yeah, obviously... a fellow that reached the semifinal of one GS and the final of two others is definitely... washed up. :rolleyes:

jonny84
07-27-2008, 02:31 PM
Good win for Kiefer. Nice to see him reach a AMS final after so many attempts.

bavaria100
07-27-2008, 03:44 PM
I'm very happy for Kiwi. His first ever Masters final. :woohoo: :woohoo:

tangerine_dream
07-27-2008, 05:43 PM
Any particular reason why Kiwi grabbed his balls in that last set? He didn't just make an adjustment, he grabbed and held them for a long time. Even Brad and Chris were laughing about it.