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US OPEN: Time To Move On!!! Hopefully A New Beginning...

NicoFan
08-12-2008, 06:54 PM
Athens 2004 was a great moment, and he'll always be an Olympics gold medalist!!! :yeah: And proud that he got to go to the Olympics again, and given his poor year, that he did well to win a match and kept up with Fat Dave for a set.

But I have to be honest...I'm glad the Olympics is over. Time for Nico to move on and figure out what he'll do for the rest of his career.

In 8 days, I'll see him in my beloved New York City!!! :woohoo: Can't wait to see him... :bounce:

Hopefully, for his sake, and not being mean, but the next couple of months are critical in order to keep his career in singles going.

First, he's gotten figure out this coach thing during the US Open. He's screwed around with the coaching issue for too long. First having Pato for too long and then going coachless for too long. Every coach will be in NY - he's got to start the discussion process and get things going before he goes back to the challenger circuit, where obviously good coaches aren't hanging around.

IMO, he'll never be a top 50 player again. That ship has sailed becasue he's going to be 29 in October, and he's made such bad decisions the last couple of years that he'll never recover from that. In order to be a top player again, he had to make good decisions a year, 1 1/2 years ago.

But I really believe that he can be a 60-70 ranked player again, where he can get into all the Slams, IW and Miami, and smaller tournaments without having to qualify. He won't get into the MD's of the other Masters Series events, but he could try to qualify.

But in order to do that he has to hire a great coach that will help him on clay and hardcourts. And then fight fight fight fight fight fight fight and claw his way to wins. No more using no confidence as an excuse for losses. No more any excuses for losing.

Because if he doesn't start winning now in singles, at the end of the year, he's going to have to decide whether he's going to keep going on as a challenger journeyman or whether to try the doubles route.

Keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed for the next couple of months. I do think he still has game...he's just got to make some good decisions and get his head together.

And as usual this is all just my humble opinion. ;) :lol:

VAMOS NICO! :fiery:

Juliet
08-12-2008, 07:55 PM
I love your humble opinions, Nicofan! I happen to agree with most of them.
So sad to see Nico go, though.

NicoFan
08-13-2008, 12:00 AM
I am sad to see Nico go too. :sad: But I get tired of all the press on the Olympics. :shrug: And so much pressure. :sad:

And thanks. :lol: I don't think many people here enjoy my humble opinions though. :o :lol:

And Kid said my title is a bit dramatic. :lol: So I changed it. :lol: But in my defense, what I meant was that after he won the gold in 2004, it seemed like all the pressure to live up to the expectations that came from winning the gold was just too much for him. Not that I wouldn't have wanted to see him win the gold in 2004. :shrug: But it took over everything. And now, it's over, and time to move on, and figure out what he needs to do for the rest of his career.

kidnicky
08-13-2008, 03:15 AM
:rolls: NicoFan what a long post to initiate this thread :p and like Juliet said, I agree almost with everything, I'm also tired to see him losing and making those bad decisions, finally the olympics are over, the pressure since Athens was too much so hopefully this can make the real change that we are expecting, we need a change because we can't take this anymore and because we want the best for him :awww:

You should start interviewing coaches meanwhile he practices NF then you could tell him who are the best options for him :rolls:

Vamos Nico! It's now or never please!!! :hug:

Sparko1030
08-13-2008, 03:52 AM
I agree with most of your post too Nicofan :yeah:, although I hope you are wrong about him being able to get back in the top 50 if he makes the right choices now. He will finally be rid of that title and all the pressure from it. He did a decent job at Bejing and now its time to improve on that.

Best of Luck in NYC Nico!!! :hatoff: (and please let Nicofan take a LOT of pictures of you ;) )

NicoFan
08-13-2008, 11:18 AM
I will definitely take lots and lots of pictures!!! :) Hopefully I can watch at least one practice and one match.

And I hope he can get back into the top 50, but it's going to be tough enough getting back into the top 100. :sad: He's got to change everything just to do that. His coach, his mental game, and despite what he says, his game.

ChinoRios4Ever
08-13-2008, 06:16 PM
too bad Nico still in Beijing

i don't know till when he will stay there

he will have trouble with the jetlag in NY :shrug:

NicoFan
08-13-2008, 07:01 PM
too bad Nico still in Beijing

i don't know till when he will stay there

he will have trouble with the jetlag in NY :shrug:

I know... :sad: I don't know what he could be possibly thinking (as usual). :shrug: The US Open is always his best Slam. He needs to get there, and start practicing on the courts there. And if there is no one there, he can go up to New Haven and practice there - same type of courts at the Pilot Pen.

Another bad decision... :sad:

Maybe like Kid said, I can start interviewing coaches for him. ;) :lol: Since obviously he's in no rush to do it. :rolleyes:

kidnicky
08-14-2008, 03:45 AM
I told you NF, we need to move since he doesn't seem to be moving at all :rolls:

NicoFan
08-14-2008, 11:07 AM
He better start moving ;), because if I find him a coach, he'll be on hardcourts with an American coach (and he would be in the Americas 80% of the year and only travel to Europe for the clay season and in the Fall for the indoor hard). :lol: :lol:

Ahhhhh to dreammmmm.... :rolls:

And it is a dream because he obviously hates us here - we can't get him to leave Europe and now he won't leave Beijing to come here. :bigcry: I don't understand - he's always sooooo happy when he's here - especially in Miami - and has lots of people he knows watching him. :shrug: But he never comes here and always runs to leave. :sobbing: Well I do know why - I know it's the hardcourts... :sad:

We need to build clay courts for Nico!!! :lol:

(Although I've always felt that IW and Miami should be clay - it fits into the areas better than hardcourts and hey it's supposed to be clay season during those times...)

Juliet
08-14-2008, 06:24 PM
I think Larri Passos is avaiable! :lol::lol:

NicoFan
08-14-2008, 06:41 PM
No, not Larri! :lol:

I want a hardcourt coach. :tape: :lol:

kidnicky
08-15-2008, 02:53 AM
who cares?!?! he wouldn't choose Larri either :rolls:

NicoFan
08-16-2008, 12:32 PM
For some reason I thought that qualifying began on Wednesday - it doesn't - it begins on Tuesday.

Good thing that I checked. :lol:

So THREE more days, and I'll see Nico. :yeah: :woohoo:

Sparko1030
08-16-2008, 07:30 PM
For some reason I thought that qualifying began on Wednesday - it doesn't - it begins on Tuesday.

Good thing that I checked. :lol:

So THREE more days, and I'll see Nico. :yeah: :woohoo:

:woohoo: Nicofan!!!! You are too lucky for words :lol:

ChinoRios4Ever
08-16-2008, 09:06 PM
Nico is in NYC. :D

He arrived yesterday, no jetlag :rocker:

kidnicky
08-17-2008, 02:46 AM
finally we know he is there, thanks for the info Felipe ;)

And NicoFan is really lucky :yeah: :hug:

NicoFan
08-18-2008, 11:51 PM
Nico plays someone named Andre Miele in the first round...anyone know anything about him?

Qualifying Draw:

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/qs/r1s3.html

NicoFan
08-18-2008, 11:53 PM
Ranked 238 and has been playing a mixture of challengers and futures:

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/?playernumber=MD50

NicoFan
08-19-2008, 12:17 AM
No Nico in the OOP tomorrow so I won't see him until Wednesday :sad::

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/schedule/index.html?promo=topnav

kidnicky
08-19-2008, 03:24 AM
but you'll see him on wednesday so just one more day ;)

TommyB.
08-19-2008, 09:09 PM
I'm always pessimistic ;), but Nico's section is doable. 3rd round might be dangerous...well step by step.

Have fun NicoFan. :wavey:

kidnicky
08-20-2008, 03:22 AM
Nico is obviously playing tomorrow his first match of the qualifying round ;)

Court 7
Matches start at 11 am
J. Aubone vs M. van Gemerden

followed by
M. Brengle vs A. Jovanovic

followed by
N. Massu vs A. Miele

followed by
A. Kerber vs S. Perry

followed by
B. Jozami vs A. Glatch

VAMOOOS NICOO!!! :fiery:

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 04:17 AM
Thanks for the oop Kid :)
Have a wonderful time Nicofan! :wavey:


Good Luck tomorrow Nico!!! :hatoff: VAMOOOOOOOOS!!!

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 07:08 PM
NIco's match has begun and he is up 3-0* :bounce:

WIN THIS MATCH NICO!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

VAMOOOOOOOS!!!

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 07:18 PM
4-1*, Keep it up Nico!!!

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 07:24 PM
Deuce, on Nico's serve...please win this game Nico!!1

NicoFan
08-20-2008, 07:26 PM
Phew...he held!

5-2... :)

NicoFan
08-20-2008, 07:26 PM
:wavey: Sparko...

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 07:30 PM
he held :yeah: 5-2*

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 07:31 PM
:wavey: Nicofan! :D

NicoFan
08-20-2008, 07:32 PM
First set to NICO!!! 6-2!!!

:woohoo:

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 07:33 PM
YES!!! First set Nico!!! He breaks and takes the first set 6-2! :yeah:

Now for the 2nd please!

NicoFan
08-20-2008, 07:37 PM
I hope it's an easy 2nd set. :tape: :lol:

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 07:42 PM
1*-1

Win this match NIco, You CAN DO IT!!!

VAMOOOOOOOOOOOS!!!

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 07:43 PM
I hope it's an easy 2nd set. :tape: :lol:


me too but I have a feeling Meile will be a little tougher this set.


Nico serving, 30*-30

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 07:46 PM
NIco holds, 2-1* Good time for a break Nico ;)


I have to leave for a little bit Nicofan, but I know you'll take good care of our chico :lol:

NicoFan
08-20-2008, 07:46 PM
I will definitely take good care of him. :yeah:

NicoFan
08-20-2008, 07:58 PM
Nico broke!!

4*-2...now hold! :fiery:

NicoFan
08-20-2008, 08:04 PM
Broken back... :sad:

4-3*

NicoFan
08-20-2008, 08:07 PM
Nico broke again!!!

:bounce:

5*-3 serving for the match! :yeah:

NicoFan
08-20-2008, 08:11 PM
Nico won!!! :woohoo:

6-2, 6-3!!!

Next is Rui Machado.

VAMOS NICO! :fiery:

NicoFan
08-20-2008, 08:14 PM
FYI - Machado is 201 in the world, and mostly a challenger/futures player.

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 08:15 PM
:woohoo: NICO!!!!

Great news to come home to :yippee:
You did take good care of him Nicofan :lol:

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 08:16 PM
FYI - Machado is 201 in the world, and mostly a challenger/futures player.

If Nico plays like he did today, he should win that match too-and hopefully you'll be able to see that one :yeah:

NicoFan
08-20-2008, 08:20 PM
I did take good care of him. :yeah: :rolls:

I hope I see him too - well sort of. I know I complain about never seeing him, but to be honest, it is much more relaxing watching other players' matches. :lol:

I like watching Nico practice. :yeah: I can skip the actual matches. :lol:

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 08:23 PM
And besides, he practices shirtless, but has to play with one on so for a good view, practice is better for that too :drool: :lol:

NicoFan
08-20-2008, 08:27 PM
:rolls:

Yup, shirtless trumps a match too!!! :lol:

I'm happy here in CT, but I sure do miss living in the City during US Open time. :sad:

ChinoRios4Ever
08-20-2008, 11:13 PM
Nico :bigclap:

2 more matches :yeah:

Sparko1030
08-20-2008, 11:42 PM
:rolls:

Yup, shirtless trumps a match too!!! :lol:

I'm happy here in CT, but I sure do miss living in the City during US Open time. :sad:

Yeah, living in NYC during the USO would be a slice of heaven :) You need to live in 2 places Nicofan :lol:

kidnicky
08-21-2008, 02:37 AM
Nice win and score, Congrats Nico :yeah: Keep it going now, let's take another win :rocker2:

Have fun at the Open NF ;)

kidnicky
08-21-2008, 03:29 AM
Here it'sthe OOP for tomorrow ;)

Court 16
Matches start at 11 am

R. Fujiwara vs S. Esperon

followed by
D. Hartfield vs J. Goodall

followed by
N. Massu vs R. Machado

followed by
Y. Fedossova vs M. South

VAMOOS NICOO!!! :fiery:

FFGC
08-21-2008, 05:26 AM
:woohoo: Congrats NICO!!!!!!!!!!! :yippee:
Vamos!

Snoo Foo
08-21-2008, 06:43 AM
I took some pix here (http://s216.photobucket.com/albums/cc179/SnooFoo828/USO%20Qualleez%20Day%202/), they aren't that interesting but :shrug: I didn't see the whole match but it was good energy, lot of people rooting for Massu.

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 03:51 PM
:wavey: Nice pics Snoo Foo! thanks so much for sharing them :hatoff:

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 06:52 PM
VAMOS NICOOOOO!!!! :devil: :devil: :devil:

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 08:35 PM
Nico has lost the first set 6-2 :awww: but is up a break in the 2nd 4*-2 :yeah:


15*-40 Nico has saved one bp already, hopefully he get the next two points.....

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 08:37 PM
duece

good job saving those bp NIco, now win this game!!!!

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 08:42 PM
yeahhh!!!! *5:2!!! vamos!!!! :woohoo:

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 08:42 PM
WHEW!!! He held!!! 5-2* Break and win this set NIco!!!

VAMOOOOOOOS!!!!

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 08:44 PM
just one game..and set is yours..pleaaase,Nico!!! :worship:

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 08:44 PM
:wavey: Oksan4ik

Another killer match from Nico :lol:

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 08:47 PM
ah,damn...*5:3...

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 08:47 PM
:wavey: Oksan4ik

Another killer match from Nico :lol:

:wavey:

yeah...:unsure: Nico makes us so nervous (as usual)....:scared: :o

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 08:48 PM
5*-3, Nico serving for the set-You CAN do it Nico!!!


VAMOOOOOOOOOS!!!

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 08:49 PM
*40:15 :bowdown:

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 08:50 PM
YES!!! 2nd set Nico, 6-3! :bounce:

Now crush him in the 3rd Nico!!! :fiery:

VAMOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 08:50 PM
6:3 :bounce::bounce: VAMOS!!!

congratulations,Sparko :smooch::hug:

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 08:51 PM
6:3 :bounce::bounce: VAMOS!!!

congratulations,Sparko :smooch::hug:

Yes, congrats Oksan4ik! :hug: now Nico just has to win this next set and we have to survive it :lol:

FFGC
08-21-2008, 08:52 PM
Oksan4ik, Sparko :wavey:

6/3 http://s59.radikal.ru/i165/0808/38/a456a4156c7b.gif (http://www.radikal.ru)

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 08:57 PM
Yes, congrats Oksan4ik! :hug: now Nico just has to win this next set and we have to survive it :lol:

yeah..:o

Nico,we deserve ur win :p

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 08:57 PM
Oksan4ik, Sparko :wavey:

6/3 http://s59.radikal.ru/i165/0808/38/a456a4156c7b.gif (http://www.radikal.ru)

:hug:

you're here,Nastik :p

FFGC
08-21-2008, 08:58 PM
VAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOS Nico!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 09:01 PM
Oksan4ik, Sparko :wavey:

6/3 http://s59.radikal.ru/i165/0808/38/a456a4156c7b.gif (http://www.radikal.ru)

:bigwave: FFGC!

:scared: Nico again saved a bp on 15*-40
win this game please Nico!!!

FFGC
08-21-2008, 09:01 PM
0/2 http://s46.radikal.ru/i111/0808/1f/5e7254fa7d18.gif (http://www.radikal.ru) Nico!

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 09:01 PM
:awww: Crap, Muchado broke Nico, 0-2*


BREAK BACK NICO!!!! VAMOOOOOOOS!!!

FFGC
08-21-2008, 09:03 PM
BREAK BACK NICO!!!! VAMOOOOOOOS!!!

Please Nico, do it! http://s39.radikal.ru/i086/0808/a4/455112d2a5ce.gif (http://www.radikal.ru)

VAMOOOOOOOOS!

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 09:06 PM
oh,nooo...Nico,no...pleaseee.....:sad:

FFGC
08-21-2008, 09:07 PM
http://s13.rimg.info/dbb5a0182aa052e37827de0e2c2c0a6f.gif (http://smiles.33b.ru/smile.115447.html) Break!!!!!! So hold Nico!!!!!
VAmos!

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 09:07 PM
YES!!! Nico broke back!!! 1*-2
Now you MUST hold Nico!!

VAMOOOOOOOOOS!!!

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 09:10 PM
VAMOOOOOSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:bounce:

JUST DO IT NICO! like in the Nike advertising :worship:

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 09:11 PM
*40:15...

FFGC
08-21-2008, 09:11 PM
http://s40.radikal.ru/i089/0808/d4/a08eba28a58b.gif (http://www.radikal.ru) Nico!!!!!! VAMOS!

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 09:12 PM
2:2 :woohoo:

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 09:13 PM
Back on serve 2-2* :yeah:

Now break him again Nico, and take control of this match!!!


VAMOOOOOOS!!!

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 09:13 PM
VAMOOOOOS!!!!

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 09:14 PM
:lol: as always FFGC, you have the funniest smilies! :haha:

FFGC
08-21-2008, 09:14 PM
Break Nico! Please! DO it! You can!

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 09:15 PM
:lol: as always FFGC, you have the funniest smilies! :haha:

yeah,she really does :lol::lol:

FFGC
08-21-2008, 09:16 PM
:lol: as always FFGC, you have the funniest smilies! :haha:

http://s.rimg.info/ecdf09f72e400f62c6cb76511287fb53.gif (http://smiles.33b.ru/smile.4742.html)

FFGC
08-21-2008, 09:18 PM
Oksan4ik, Sparko :smooch: :hug:

FFGC
08-21-2008, 09:21 PM
3/3 http://s61.radikal.ru/i174/0808/f5/037133daa2c0.gif (http://www.radikal.ru)

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 09:21 PM
3-3*

Good time for a break Nico ;)

WIN THIS MATCH!!!

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 09:23 PM
it seems to me that we will have TB in this set...

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 09:27 PM
it seems to me that we will have TB in this set...

:scared: I hope not, tiebreaks are so stressful :p :lol:

Hopefully Nico can get this break here, although Machudo has A at the moment....oops, back to duece.

DO IT NICO!!! GET THE BREAK!!!

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 09:29 PM
:scared: I hope not, tiebreaks are so stressful :p :lol:

Hopefully Nico can get this break here, although Machudo has A at the moment....oops, back to duece.

DO IT NICO!!! GET THE BREAK!!!


i hope so too..they're stressful and very fast :help:

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 09:29 PM
shoot, Machado held :awww: 3*-4

Well, hold your serve now Nico :bounce:

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 09:34 PM
VAMOS!!! http://s14.rimg.info/4eb1030a89cfa0ac6f3d4487a98db348.gif (http://smiles.33b.ru/smile.118223.html)

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 09:35 PM
NOOO!!! bp for Machado again, NICO WIN THIS GAME!!!

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 09:36 PM
:sad: broken, 3-5* , Machado serving for the match...

Oh Nico, you MUST break back NOWWW!!!!

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 09:36 PM
Nico,nooooo!!!!!!!!!!you CAN do it,so DO it!!!!!!!!! http://s12.rimg.info/4acc52174d6a4249d419d83b1dd0473c.gif (http://smiles.33b.ru/smile.108835.html)

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 09:37 PM
*0:40

noooooooooooo

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 09:38 PM
http://s9.rimg.info/28e86a6aebf2b1ea846d801dbe99e4ce.gif (http://smiles.33b.ru/smile.92750.html)

FFGC
08-21-2008, 09:39 PM
3/6 http://s14.rimg.info/fbbc9ccf2d3b0c6bcd338d020738e043.gif (http://smiles.33b.ru/smile.118277.html)

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 09:39 PM
:bigcry: :sobbing: :speakles:

Well, that's its, USO is done for Nico already. :sad:

6-2,3-6,6-3

Better luck in your next tournament Nico :hug:

ChinoRios4Ever
08-21-2008, 09:39 PM
no words :sad:

Albop
08-21-2008, 09:39 PM
:sad:

Sparko1030
08-21-2008, 09:39 PM
Now wish it had gone to a tiebreak :awww:

TommyB.
08-21-2008, 09:40 PM
oh Nico...another disappointing loss :shrug:

Oksan4ik
08-21-2008, 09:40 PM
still can't believe.... http://s9.rimg.info/5551a247eb131c9c1b91a1543fdd4640.gif (http://smiles.33b.ru/smile.94153.html)

+alonso
08-21-2008, 09:43 PM
Nicoo.. this is saaaaaaaad :sad:

Oh well, regroup yourself
I still believe He will do something one day again.

ChinoRios4Ever
08-21-2008, 09:46 PM
what a disappointing year... :sad:

only DC is the one that counts in the rest of the year... the challengers are :zzz: