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Nico & the DC

takuma
09-22-2008, 11:20 AM
Our man rules the DC!Thanks to Nico, Ecuador advances to the 1st group of the American zone.
Yesterday the match lasted more than 5 hours, Nico recovered from 0-2 and managed to secure a win. He kept his head cool during the most important points (see the ties).
Grande Nico!

Here's an article from tenisecuador.com, sorry but no time to translate it atm, but the essentials are in bold ;)

"Una vez mas el credito ecuatoriano Nicolas Lapentti da una nueva satisfaccion a Ecuador, despues de estar 2 sets abajo, el guayaquileño remonto y vencio al paraguayo Ramón Delgado, por 3-6 4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4, en cinco horas y 15 minutos de partido, por la serie valida por un cupo al Grupo uno de la Zona Americana, de esta manera el equipo tricolor vuelve a la Zona uno despues de dos años de ausencia.

Terminado el partido de Lapentti Ecuador sacó una ventaja inalcanzable de 3-1 y convirtió en trámite el último choque de la serie entre el paraguayo Gustavo Ramírez y el ecuatoriano Carlos Avellán.

Paraguay se enfrentó a Ecuador en un polideportivo cubierto de Lambaré, municipio cercano a Asunción, con capacidad para 1.200 espectadores y que esta noche estuvo repleto durante las cinco horas y 20 minutos que duró el partido.
Delgado se puso 2-0 arriba en el marcador al imponerse con un juego impecable, con sobriedad y brillantes devoluciones al pasillo de dobles. Parecía que iba bien al evitar el peloteo con el que el ecuatoriano resolvía casisiempre a su favor.

Pero Lapentti también supo imponer su estrategia y llevó a su rival al juego que le convenía y, con una gran entrega física, asestó certeros golpes para adjudicarse las siguientes dos mangas a través de 'tie break'.

El paraguayo llevó al extremo la disputa de sus puntos, mientras que Lapentti trató de ser más efectivo para adjudicarse rápidamente sus servicios.

El desgaste físico pesó más en Delgado, quien en el quinto set comenzó a cometer errores no forzados, lo cual fue capitalizado por Lapentti para acomodar las bolas fuera del alcance del paraguayo, aunque a esas alturas el partido estaba para cualquiera.

Lapentti, de 32 años, sacó a relucir su frialdad en los momentos críticos y sentenció el triunfo al romper el servicio al paraguayo para el 6-4 del quinto set.

"Son partidos de Copa Davis, que son especiales por todo lo que significó remontar un partido de dos a cero en contra", afirmó el favorito del equipo ecuatoriano, al recordar que "hace mucho que he levantado un partido así".

Lapentti también contribuyó al segundo punto de Ecuador en el encuentro que hizo pareja con Carlos Avellán para derrotar el sábado a los paraguayos Ramón Delgado y Gustavo Ramírez por 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 y 7-5.

Delgado, de 32 años, había logrado el empate transitorio al imponerse el viernes a Julio César Campozano por 6-3, 6-1 y 6-1, después de Lapentti se impusiera a Juan Carlos Ramírez por 6-3. 6-1 y 6-0.

Con el resultado de hoy el guayaquileño, suma su victoria # 55 (37 en singles y 18 en dobles) superando de esta manera a Andrés Guzman, jugador con el cuál compartiera este record, de esta manera Lapentti es el jugador ecuatoriano con mas triunfos en Copa Davis representando a nuestro pais."
El mártes 23 de septiembre, será el sorteo de la Copa Davis 2009 en la ciudad de Madrid, alli se conocera el rival que tendra nuestro pais en la Zona Americana uno.

Ecuador junto a Perú, Uruguay, Colombia, Brasil y Canada buscaran en el 2009 subir al grupo mundial."


after: www.tenisecuador.com
[http://www.tenisecuador.com/Nicolas-Lapentti-con-drama-da-punto-de-triunfo-a-Ecuador.html]

harryh_ec
09-22-2008, 06:29 PM
Yesss!!!!! :) He even faced a MP on Delgado's serve in the fourth set... I wish him the best on European indoor season... GL Nicolas!!!

guille&tati4life
09-23-2008, 12:12 PM
Nico :worship: great comeback

takuma
04-07-2009, 12:43 PM
No updates Sep. 2008..hmm..ok, let's just say we were too happy to see Lapentti brothers destroying Canada to post in here ;)
For those who are interested there are some tenis pro backstage vids from this event to watch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVxwe8bvx6M&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctHlyz-cjms&feature=player_embedded
Chauu
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just noticed the vids are no longer available (sorry) :(

takuma
05-08-2009, 03:51 PM
http://cdn.peru.com/deportes/sgc/davis2009/2009/05/07/3e180646-4b7e-40c4-bb5f-b6faf14f98e6.jpg?1241797724303
DC tie v Peru, May 2009
Ecuador leads 2-0, both brothers won their matches, both in same configuration of games t.i.: 6-2 6-3 7-5 (Gio) and 6-2 7-5 6-3 (Nicky). Well done boyz, tomorrow doubles. Vamos
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btw: another dc pic in the pictures section

Nastasie
09-18-2009, 03:58 AM
I was hoping I'd find at least one interview with Nico while he was here in Brazil!

Here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBha2AQYHqs

He has a very thick accent, but his Portuguese is pretty good. I know most here don't speak Portuguese, but at least it's an opportunity to watch him in a press conference. :p (If anyone wants a translation, I'd be happy to provide one, though he doesn't say anything exactly fascinating).

Btw, in all the news sites they are saying this might be his last appearance as a pro. He said there's a good chance he won't play anymore next year, especially if they lose this tie...:sad:

I wish I could go, but they chose to hold the tie way down south, really far from where I live. :/

duong
09-18-2009, 06:55 AM
Btw, in all the news sites they are saying this might be his last appearance as a pro. He said there's a good chance he won't play anymore next year, especially if they lose this tie...:sad:

yes they say that on Davis Cup website as well,

but did mean it could be his last professional match or only his last Davis Cup match (in case Ecuador loses) ?

mayagaller
09-18-2009, 01:34 PM
That's how I understand it - he didn't seem to say anything about specific about ending his career in general but quitting playing DC if Ecuador doesn't advance to the World Group.

Still, totally :( that he thinks about quitting, one way or the other!

Nastasie
09-19-2009, 04:39 AM
yes they say that on Davis Cup website as well,

but did mean it could be his last professional match or only his last Davis Cup match (in case Ecuador loses) ?

I thought his statement was a bit confusing. He said he was going to play a couple of tourneys in South America and evaluate his motivation to continue, but it wasn't clear if that depended on winning the tie or not.

But today, during the match, a reporter interviewed his mother, and she said that Nico's plan is to retire this year if they lose the tie...

Kezzi
09-19-2009, 09:57 AM
I also read that Nico thinks about retiring in general if they lose the tie. I so hope he doesn't. :awww:
He has to come back to NL first, he canceled 2 times in 1 year. :sad:
But hopefully he'll stay to coach that young player mentioned on his website once and travel with him or maybe travel with Giova once in a while... Then we still have chances to see him. :)

Kezzi
09-20-2009, 09:34 PM
I'm watching livescores now... it's 6-4, 2-1, 40-15 on Nico's serve.
Hope he keeps it up, so we can still see our boy play next year. :bounce:

edit:
2nd set: 6-4, vamooooooos! :woohoo:
3rd set: 1-6 :help:
4rd set: Vamos Nico!!!! :banana: And please win it, don't do what your famous for! :unsure:

Will have to look that up tomorrow though, I'm too tired to wait for it, it's 0:35 here. :yawn:

Kezzi
09-21-2009, 11:32 AM
Nico won the match in style, 5 sets of course. :p
2-6, 8-6, to complete my post above. ;)

Yay, Ecuador in the world group! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

mayagaller
09-21-2009, 01:24 PM
This is fantastic. I'm glad that Ecuador's win over Canada two rounds ago didn't go to waste. ;)

Nicoooooooo :worship:

Jule81
09-21-2009, 05:10 PM
:worship:incredible...there´s nothing more to say!!!:worship:

Corina2605
09-22-2009, 08:24 PM
Congrats to Team Ecuador (and especially family Lapentti) on winning this tie :) I think it is sooo amazing how Nico fights for his country, really impressive!

I am also happy that Nico will play another year :)

Kezzi
09-23-2009, 12:50 PM
Next year they will play in Croatia.
I have to see if I can go, but I'll start saving right now. :D

Kezzi
09-23-2009, 05:36 PM
From the DC website:
Following Nicolas Lapentti’s heroics in Porto Alegre, Ecuador faces a trip to Croatia, the 2005 champion. Lapentti, who has now played a total of 93 Davis Cup rubbers, added his name to the history books against Brazil by winning his 13th five-set singles match in the competition, surpassing Frenchman Henri Cochet’s previous record.
Too funny he's so into playing 5-set matches :lol:

Kezzi
09-23-2009, 07:27 PM
Video of the celebration after Nico's match with a short interview in a language I don't know. :p
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q976a0A20kA
It's so cute when he's hugging his mother, their parents are so happy in this video :D

Caio_Brasil
09-25-2009, 03:30 AM
Nico is so awesome it lacks words to describe. I posted 50 videos of the tie and he is on the vast majority of them :yeah:

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=caioswim&view=videos

Here is my picture with him. I tried it first time Friday night, almost 1 AM when everyone had left the stadium for more than pne hour. I took with Giovanni and Marcaccio, and when Nico appeared the camera failed. The guy with him, someone of the team, told him he would be back in 5 minutes and so he told me. I tried to fix the camera but their van had to leave so he didn't come back.

On Saturday I stayed there again waiting long time when everyone had left, and when he showed up he said "Ah, ahora sí :)" like asking if this time it would work, smiling of course. I'm glad I managed to get this pic :yeah:

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/6484/s1052253.jpg

Here is the one with Giovanni, another great guy who earned a fan on the weekend

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/3306/s1052126.jpg

I'll come with pictures of the matches, it's just a mather of time :yeah:

And this weekend I'll be watching Nico again as he will play a Brazilian Interclubs in São Paulo, where I live now :)

Nastasie
09-25-2009, 04:09 AM
Video of the celebration after Nico's match with a short interview in a language I don't know. :p
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q976a0A20kA
It's so cute when he's hugging his mother, their parents are so happy in this video :D

It's in Portuguese (his Portuguese is pretty good, despite Guga's protests to the contrary :P). It was very cute because he was keeping it together right until he hugged his mom, then he started crying. My daughter's comment was: "Aaww, he's a momma's boy!" :lol:

I thought the whole family was really awesome, I was totally okay with losing to them.:worship:

Nastasie
09-25-2009, 04:12 AM
Nico is so awesome it lacks words to describe. I posted 50 videos of the tie and he is on the vast majority of them :yeah:

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=caioswim&view=videos

Here is my picture with him. I tried it first time Friday night, almost 1 AM when everyone had left the stadium for more than pne hour. I took with Giovanni and Marcaccio, and when Nico appeared the camera failed. The guy with him, someone of the team, told him he would be back in 5 minutes and so he told me. I tried to fix the camera but their van had to leave so he didn't come back.

On Saturday I stayed there again waiting long time when everyone had left, and when he showed up he said "Ah, ahora sí :)" like asking if this time it would work, smiling of course. I'm glad I managed to get this pic :yeah:

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/6484/s1052253.jpg

Here is the one with Giovanni, another great guy who earned a fan on the weekend

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/3306/s1052126.jpg

I'll come with pictures of the matches, it's just a mather of time :yeah:

And this weekend I'll be watching Nico again as he will play a Brazilian Interclubs in São Paulo, where I live now :)

That is awesome, Caio, thanks so much for posting all those videos, they look great!
*sigh* Too bad I can't go (what a time to get sick, ugh), but enjoy Nico's awesomeness on my behalf!

Kezzi
09-25-2009, 07:52 AM
It's in Portuguese (his Portuguese is pretty good, despite Guga's protests to the contrary :P). It was very cute because he was keeping it together right until he hugged his mom, then he started crying. My daughter's comment was: "Aaww, he's a momma's boy!" :lol:

I thought the whole family was really awesome, I was totally okay with losing to them.:worship:
Your daughter's comment is hilarious. :lol:
I think the whole family is always so cute, they really support each other. :)
Too funny how his dad is holding the flag behind him when he gives that interview. :p

I hope they'll travel to Croatia with them, I'm seriously thinking about going, because they won't get any closer... There has to be some major thing that weekend otherwise I don't think anyone can stop me from going. ;)

Kezzi
09-25-2009, 07:58 AM
Nico is so awesome it lacks words to describe. I posted 50 videos of the tie and he is on the vast majority of them :yeah:

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=caioswim&view=videos

Here is my picture with him. I tried it first time Friday night, almost 1 AM when everyone had left the stadium for more than pne hour. I took with Giovanni and Marcaccio, and when Nico appeared the camera failed. The guy with him, someone of the team, told him he would be back in 5 minutes and so he told me. I tried to fix the camera but their van had to leave so he didn't come back.

On Saturday I stayed there again waiting long time when everyone had left, and when he showed up he said "Ah, ahora sí :)" like asking if this time it would work, smiling of course. I'm glad I managed to get this pic :yeah:

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/6484/s1052253.jpg

Here is the one with Giovanni, another great guy who earned a fan on the weekend

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/3306/s1052126.jpg

I'll come with pictures of the matches, it's just a mather of time :yeah:

And this weekend I'll be watching Nico again as he will play a Brazilian Interclubs in São Paulo, where I live now :)
Those are incredible pics! And you get to see him once again... I'm jealous. :p Really cool that Nico remembered you. :)
After reading how nice they are, I'm definitely going to the tie in Croatia!!
Would also be great to experience the DC with Ecuador too, that way I saw both 'my' teams in action at least once. France (with Clément, Grosjean, Llodra) is the other one, been there a few years ago in Germany.
And hopefully I can finally see Nico play one of his legendary five sets. :lol:

Kezzi
01-07-2010, 09:40 PM
Anyone having plans to go to Croatia? :D

Me and Jule do, I hope we can manage! :bounce:

Caio_Brasil
01-11-2010, 01:42 PM
Anyone having plans to go to Croatia? :D

Me and Jule do, I hope we can manage! :bounce:

:worship:

I can't go to Europe this soon :lol: but I count on you both to do the cheering for them, I did it silently in Porto Alegre and it worked.

Kezzi
01-11-2010, 01:52 PM
:worship:

I can't go to Europe this soon :lol: but I count on you both to do the cheering for them, I did it silently in Porto Alegre and it worked.
We've had the same problem for years, couldn't go to Ecuador/South America for the weekend. :lol:

And I don't know if I will cheer silently, think not, because the excitement has to come out at some point. :p I will bring my huge-"where did you get that?!"-flag. (That was the first thing Giova asked when I asked him to sign it in Halle and he was so impressed, he didn't notice he was writing on the wrong side. :rolls: I also didn't notice, but hey, it's not my country flag. ;) )
I'll let Nico write on the wrong side too, if it hangs in my room, there's no Dutchie who'll notice the bird is looking the wrong way. :tape:

edit: update, we booked flights & hotel, we're only waiting to buy tickets now. Didn't inform you guys we actually managed to arrange everything for real. ;)

@Caio: Is it easy to meet them outside the stadium? Don't know how it is in Croatia, but with the France - Germany tie it was easy to wait too. Even though it included some yelling at Clément to make him notice there were people waiting, lol.

Caio_Brasil
01-13-2010, 04:51 PM
In Porto Alegre it was very easy, although it took a long time :lol: but I suppose it depends on how the Stadium/access to the players area is. In my case their gate was very close to the fans one and all I had to do was waiting for them to leave. There barely was seccurity left at past midnight.

Of course they winning at least one rubber of the day makes it easier, they can be great guys but who knows what would their mood be like after losing two five set matches to the big servers :scared:

Good luck there!

Kezzi
01-13-2010, 04:58 PM
They can't be mad at two cute girls with a huge Ecudorian flag. ;)
Thanks for the info, I hope in Croatia it will also be waiting only and nothing more difficult. :p

Caio_Brasil
01-14-2010, 12:45 AM
Just post the picture of both cute girls and everything will be fine :yeah:

Kezzi
02-19-2010, 06:49 PM
Nico is looking forward to the tie: http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=16728
Me too, my tickets arrived this week. :bounce:
We have good seats, in the middle of first row on the long side. :D (And I think opposite of umpire and players, but I'm not 100% sure.)

Caio_Brasil
03-03-2010, 11:15 PM
Vaaaaaamosssssssss.

Have fun there girls :wavey:

Kezzi
03-04-2010, 07:09 PM
Thanks! We do have a great hotel close to the stadium :D
And we already saw lots of DC decorations in the city.

takuma
03-15-2010, 11:11 PM
hey girls,peeps in here waiting for some stories from your croatian DC trip!or was it so boring that there's nothing to tell?(kidding):p

Kezzi
03-15-2010, 11:34 PM
I'm so sorry! Haven't finished the report yet, it's been a busy week. :)

Well, I'm not good at match reports, so I never do them. :o But I can say the matches weren't as easy for the Croatians as the score lines showed. All Ecuadorians played well, the Croatians just played better.
My new discovery is Ivan Endara. I liked to see him play and I love his attitude. He was so motivated and focused on team spirit. He even tried to arrange to get all Ecuador fans there together sitting behind the team. Worked pretty well, cause the first day we got to sit courtside (!!!) with 2 French girls also supporting Ecuador and Giova in particular. These got tickets somehow, so the rest of the days they could sit there. We joined two other Ecuador fans, but we all 4 left our actual seats to sit behind the Ecuador team on the stands. Very cool! And it was no problem, cause the stadium was never full.
And the Lapentti family is just lovely, the mom and dad are so supportive and very friendly. Nico's girlfriend was also there, she's really nice too. And she looks stunning! They're such a beautiful couple. :)
I have to say that mom and dad Lapentti look great too! And again, extremely nice. Smiling all the time to us fans. Even on the last day. Nico's dad even asked me after the last match if I managed to get a pic with Nico. (I did, we waited after the match on Saturday). Got a pic with Nico and one with Ivan. I also asked Julio and Ivan to sign my flag. Giova was already on there from the tourney in Halle last year, but he signed on the wrong side. So I wanted the rest on the right side of the flag, but Ivan disagreed. Julio already signed on the spot I wanted him to sign, so when I asked Ivan I thought it would go just as well. But no, Ivan insisted on signing on the same side as Giova, didn't matter to him it was the wrong side. :lol: Didn't get Nico to sign on Saturday, cause he was already in the bus so didn't want to bother him again. On Sunday when Jule noticed he was signing for little kids, of course I ran over and asked him to sign my flag too. He did, even smiling with it. :)

That was about all, I wanted to write a more detailed report at first. If I ever do, I'll post it, but now that I've written this, my urge to add all minor details disappeared. :p

You'll have to wait a little longer for the pics tho, cause I took a lot. I'm still sorting them, unfortunately a lot of them are blurry already. :(

Oh, Julio's parents were there also, even in the same hotel. They smiled all the time, but we didn't talk to them as they don't speak English and we don't speak Spanish. :) Linesmen were in that hotel too... So many justified complaining over calls from Ecuador that I had the idea to poison them at breakfast. :lol:

takuma
03-17-2010, 09:17 PM
Thanks so much!Glad it all went ok for you girls, with the seats and flag signing.Truly die-hard supporters!Too bad about the score, but frankly we all kinda expected it to end this way...Can't wait for your pix, blurry or not ;)

Caio_Brasil
03-29-2010, 02:48 PM
Thanks a lot for sharing, good story :)

Hope this wasn't one of the last DC's for Nico.