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Mario goes Down Under :aplot: AJMO Mario at Brisbane, Sydney and the AO!

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jitterbug
12-16-2008, 08:11 AM
Only three weeks to go before the start of the new season - fingers crossed that Mario is fit, healthy and happy! :D

He's done pretty well over 2008, finishing the year ranked #36 despite various injury scares throughout the year. He made the Wimbledon quarterfinals (l. to Federer) and the finals of Marseilles (l. to Murray).

With a new coach (Ivica :D) in his corner, I think we're all pretty curious to see how 2009 will pan out for him. Good luck Mario!

MARIO'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN SERIES SCHEDULE

January 4-11
Brisbane International, Brisbane

January 11-17
Medibank International, Sydney

January 19 - February 1
Australian Open, Melbourne

oranges
12-16-2008, 06:45 PM
Thanks for the schedule :hug: Can't wait. It's time for a fit, healthy and happy year :D

MissT
12-16-2008, 11:21 PM
Good luck to Mario,I want him back stronger than in 2006

jitterbug
12-17-2008, 12:18 AM
I'm going to be at the Sydney tournament (:hearts:) so hopefully Mario will be there and not withdraw!

MissT
12-17-2008, 10:44 AM
I'm going to be at the Sydney tournament (:hearts:) so hopefully Mario will be there and not withdraw!

Hey its a gread news,I hope you can post some pictures of mario ;)

amdany
12-17-2008, 04:24 PM
Hey its a gread news,I hope you can post some pictures of mario ;)

I'm sure she will, Z. is a fantastic photographer:D;)

oranges
12-17-2008, 05:24 PM
I'm going to be at the Sydney tournament (:hearts:) so hopefully Mario will be there and not withdraw!

Lucky you. He's announced for Zagreb Indoors, so I should be able to catch him here.

jitterbug
12-18-2008, 02:24 AM
Z. is a fantastic photographer:D;)

:o :smooch: what a nice thing to say!

If I get any photos of him, I will share them for sure :D

MissT
12-18-2008, 02:48 PM
Lucky you. He's announced for Zagreb Indoors, so I should be able to catch him here.

Yu are Lucky guys,I can't see Mario until Roland Garros

oranges
12-18-2008, 10:39 PM
Yu are Lucky guys,I can't see Mario until Roland Garros

Together, we cover his matches all over the globe :D
I'm actually hoping he'll have a deep enough run at AO, even though that would probably mean no Zagreb which is the very next week.

Juli_V
12-19-2008, 08:24 PM
Ajmo Mario!! :D Best of luck for him in this next season. I can't wait to see him reaching the Top 10. :hearts:

MissT
12-19-2008, 09:25 PM
Together, we cover his matches all over the globe :D
I'm actually hoping he'll have a deep enough run at AO, even though that would probably mean no Zagreb which is the very next week.

That cool from you,I hope you'll can post some pics and give us some useful infos about the upcoming tournaments

Jadranka
12-25-2008, 10:26 AM
Good luck Mario :worship: :worship:


Idemo do kraja :rocker2:

petar_pan
12-26-2008, 07:13 PM
I just wish good health to Mario for next year,that's all he needs.
AJMO MARIO.

jitterbug
01-01-2009, 02:21 AM
Happy new year, Mario fans :)

oranges
01-01-2009, 01:39 PM
Happy new year, Mario fans :)

:wavey: Happy New Year and have a good time at the Aussie Series

Brownie
01-01-2009, 04:22 PM
Good luck to Mario in Australia:banana: I'm really looking forward to seeing him play:D

liz-bj
01-01-2009, 09:13 PM
Happy new year, Mario fans :)

Happy new year to you and to all the fans around the world! :D :hug:
And my best wishes to Mario, like petar_pan said, I wish good health to Mario for this year,that's all he needs :hug:

Ivanatis
01-01-2009, 09:59 PM
AJMO Mario, good luck for 2009 :music:

jitterbug
01-02-2009, 10:37 AM
The Brisbane main draw will be released tomorrow at about noon local time.. Here's to an easy draw for Mario! :dance:

MissT
01-02-2009, 01:38 PM
I hope he'll get an easy draw for Brisbane
AJMO MARIO :D

Davodus
01-02-2009, 01:56 PM
i watched him hit up for a while today
he wasn't really hitting that well, a lot into the net and he was getting pretty angry
but i hope thats now out of the way and good form can replace it :)

PinkFeatherBoa
01-02-2009, 05:50 PM
Thanks for the info, Davodus.

I hope much success and good health for Mario this year!

jitterbug
01-03-2009, 04:49 AM
Mario will play a qualifier in the first round of Brisbane :D

Main draw: http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/mds1.pdf

oranges
01-03-2009, 05:10 AM
Not a bad draw. Verdasco/Fish from seeds in his quarter.

Davodus
01-03-2009, 06:43 AM
i think a good draw, he can easily beat verdasco and fish if he plays well

petar_pan
01-03-2009, 10:24 AM
it will be semis,if his health well.but also if djokovic lost against gulbis that will be title or final.

jitterbug
01-04-2009, 03:10 AM
Mario is playing with PHM in the Brisbane doubles! :rocker2:

Bottom half:

GICQUEL, Marc (FRA)/TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) v ANCIC, Mario (CRO)/MATHIEU, Paul-Henri (FRA)
BENNETEAU, Julien (FRA)/ LLODRA, Michael (FRA) v ASPELIN, Simon (SWE)/VIZNER, Pavel (CZE)
KNOWLE, Julian (AUT)/MELZER, Jurgen (AUT) v MURRAY, Jamie (GBR)/VEMIC, Dusan (SRB)
PARROTT, Travis (USA)/POLASEK, Filip (SVK) v MELO, Marcelo (BRA)/SA, Andre (BRA)

oranges
01-04-2009, 03:58 AM
Oh, I want to see that match against Tsonga/Gicquel

Davodus
01-04-2009, 04:33 AM
i hope i can go and see him in doubles and singles
heres some photos i took in brisbane
http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/8626/mario1of1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/8393/mario2in9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/5286/mario3mm7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/2226/mario4jg3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

jitterbug
01-04-2009, 04:40 AM
Thanks for the photos! :)

oranges
01-04-2009, 04:54 AM
Thanks, Davodus. Keep us informed if you see him in practice :wavey:

amdany
01-04-2009, 06:47 AM
Thanks For The Pics:)

jitterbug
01-04-2009, 07:19 AM
Mario's doubles match will be played on Show Court 1 not before 6pm AEST on Monday :)

kanok02
01-04-2009, 08:30 AM
thanks for the pics and update inform..Happy new year to all Mario's fan club
" Healthy and good form all the year " Super Mario"

petar_pan
01-04-2009, 12:51 PM
thanks man

jitterbug
01-05-2009, 07:49 AM
They're on court! Mario and Paulo to receive :)

oranges
01-05-2009, 07:57 AM
Is there a stream of it? The one on atdhe.tv I was watching Marcos on is not showing anything right now :sad:

jitterbug
01-05-2009, 08:07 AM
I can't find one :sad: I have no idea if Court 1 has cameras.

oranges
01-05-2009, 08:15 AM
They have a break, 4:3 and serving :D

jitterbug
01-05-2009, 08:36 AM
Broken to lose the first set 5-7 :bigcry:

Ajmo/allez in the next one :D

jitterbug
01-05-2009, 08:40 AM
... and Mario and Paulo broke in the first game of the second set :dance:

oranges
01-05-2009, 08:42 AM
Ajmo/allez is working for the time being, a break to start the second :) Fingers crossed for a few more first serves in, they're worse then Marin so far :p

jitterbug
01-05-2009, 08:55 AM
48% first serves in, oh dear :rolls:

oranges
01-05-2009, 08:59 AM
48% first serves in, oh dear :rolls:

They've improved since I checked, it was 45 :lol: Mario now serving aces on 2nd serve, followed by DF. I want to see the match :bigcry:

jitterbug
01-05-2009, 09:08 AM
Serving for the second set :scared:

I want to watch this too, dammit :lol: Plus Ernests and Mario in the singles tomorrow :armed:

jitterbug
01-05-2009, 09:11 AM
6:4 :woohoo:

Match tiebreak now :armed:

jitterbug
01-05-2009, 09:16 AM
Minibroken twice :sobbing: I'll stop livescoring now.

oranges
01-05-2009, 09:17 AM
They did it :bounce:
Since we can't see it, I'll happily conclude they're playing well if they keep their serve in doubles with those numbers and add a break to it. :)
Erno is on Center Court tomorrow and there's bound to be a stream, but I'm afraid we'll have to wait for the 2nd round to see Mario in action :mad:

oranges
01-05-2009, 09:19 AM
I hate match tiebreaks. 6:1 :o

jitterbug
01-05-2009, 09:23 AM
They already lost 10:4 :awww:

Good luck in the singles :rocker2:

oranges
01-05-2009, 09:24 AM
Lost it 10:4 :bigcry:

linus
01-05-2009, 11:16 AM
I am coming, dears and my Mario :rocker:

kanok02
01-05-2009, 11:25 AM
I am coming, dears and my Mario :rocker:

Welcome home :angel: and nice to see you again.. long time no see :wavey:

petar_pan
01-05-2009, 12:48 PM
that was good practice for singles,mario just needs good health,quality he has.

jitterbug
01-06-2009, 05:58 AM
Third set tiebreak against Amer :help:

Jelena_78
01-06-2009, 06:03 AM
This is so close :help:

jitterbug
01-06-2009, 06:09 AM
Amer double-faulted twice in the tiebreak - it must be painful to be his fan right now...

Mario won :hearts: 7-6(2) 6-7(4) 7-6(8)

oranges
01-06-2009, 06:09 AM
Pfew, that was close. Ajmo Mario :rocker2: Verdasco next

Jelena_78
01-06-2009, 06:13 AM
Mario won :hearts: 7-6(2) 6-7(4) 7-6(8)

:clap2:

ataptc
01-06-2009, 06:17 AM
Good luck to Mario this year and in Brisbane this week! :D

SelvenluvJo
01-06-2009, 07:52 AM
good win!Mario!!!

rosespower
01-06-2009, 09:27 AM
OMG I hope this year will be a healthy year for Mario:) Good luck! I hope I will see him play in australia before The AO....if not....I hope at least at the AO to see smth of him:)
:wavey: all around here

MissT
01-06-2009, 10:39 AM
Good Win Mario :D
I Hope it will be a semi Final between him and Ernests Gulbis

linus
01-06-2009, 12:57 PM
OMG... what three tiebreaks :eek: :lol:

Ajmo Mario !! :rocker:

petar_pan
01-06-2009, 01:04 PM
the biggest thing in today win is that mario kept on the field for 3 hours from 14 until 17 hours(very very hot weather).
so he is good physical.

jitterbug
01-06-2009, 01:13 PM
He's playing his second round match against Verdasco not before 1.30pm on Wednesday :) they're scheduled on Court 1.

oranges
01-06-2009, 01:19 PM
Does that mean only livescores again? Please say no or I'll tear my hair out.

jitterbug
01-06-2009, 01:33 PM
Does that mean only livescores again? Please say no or I'll tear my hair out.

Well.... If you hop on a flight to Brisbane now you can make it just in time for warmup..

But other than that - yes, it's livescores only :awww:

oranges
01-06-2009, 01:55 PM
:bigcry: I was hoping against all odds. They're supposed to start the coverage of evening matches tomorrow according to one of the Aussies in the livestreams thread, but adding a few Court 1 matches was a stretch. I'll come to hate mixed events, I always miss a bunch of matches I want to see because they often cover only the Central Court and it's shared by girls. :fiery:

chabela
01-06-2009, 02:25 PM
OMG 7-6(2) 6-7(4) 7-6(6)!!!! :eek::eek::eek: it was not a match for the fainthearted jijiji ;) . Good begining of the year.



I hope MARIO can def Fernando


DALE MARIO!!!!!

liz-bj
01-06-2009, 02:37 PM
well done Mario!, I hope next match be easier

amdany
01-06-2009, 03:27 PM
yep let's hope for an easier match against verdasco! congrats on this win :worship:

Brownie
01-06-2009, 05:24 PM
Great win Mario:banana:


Best of luck against Verdasco:yippee: So bummed there is no livestream:(

MissT
01-06-2009, 05:47 PM
I Hope he will win tomorrow against verdasco
AJMO MARIO

lor3
01-07-2009, 05:53 AM
he lost the first set 6-2 hope he can win in 3!!!

jitterbug
01-07-2009, 06:12 AM
Broken in the second :( now serving to stay in the match at 2*-5.

jitterbug
01-07-2009, 06:20 AM
2:6 3:6 :bigcry:

See you in Sydney Mario :awww: hopefully Ferr was just too good today and there's nothing wrong with Mario, health-wise.

linus
01-07-2009, 06:46 AM
2:6 3:6 :bigcry:

See you in Sydney Mario :awww: hopefully Ferr was just too good today and there's nothing wrong with Mario, health-wise.
Dear.... big big hug to you :hug:

Mario... take care for the first... :hug:

jitterbug
01-07-2009, 06:53 AM
Tosee dear :hug: not a good day for my favourites today...

linus
01-07-2009, 07:07 AM
Tosee dear :hug: not a good day for my favourites today...
I see, kiss you dear, what a day for the start while put confidence on the next :smooch:

jitterbug
01-07-2009, 09:12 AM
It depresses me that Mario won fewer games off Verdasco than Bernard Tomic did :o

Better luck next time, Mario!

--Aussie--
01-07-2009, 09:33 AM
This is big suprise...62 63 :eek:
WTF?
I didn't say anything but I honestly think that working with his brother is not good decision. I could never get why Sanja Ancic never didi anything big and problem was not in her, I know that..:confused:
Hopefully Mario and Ivica can together ''kill'' these my worlds. GL in Sydney! This is soo far from TOP 10! :mad:

MissT
01-07-2009, 09:53 AM
Bad win for Super Mario
Let's hope he'll do better in Sydney

petar_pan
01-07-2009, 11:27 AM
in my opinion he was just too tired from match day before and he don't have enough matches in last too years.everything is ok.

liz-bj
01-07-2009, 12:29 PM
it is the beginning of the season... good luck in the next tournament

amdany
01-07-2009, 02:04 PM
:sad: good luck in sydney mario!

oranges
01-07-2009, 02:28 PM
:bigcry: We didn't even get to see him. Better luck in Sydney

Davodus
01-07-2009, 02:52 PM
i saw the match for most of it
verdasco hit a billion winners or unreturned shots
he was playing so bloody well, it pissed me off :mad:
mario looked a little tired, probably from his long first round, but really verdasco was on fire

oranges
01-10-2009, 11:37 AM
Mario's quarter in Sydney

(WC) Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) vs Bye
Andreas SEPPI (ITA) vs Paul-Henri MATHIEU (FRA)
Mario ANCIC (CRO) vs Qualifer
Jurgen MELZER (AUT) vs Tommy ROBREDO (ESP)

jitterbug
01-10-2009, 12:12 PM
I met Mario today, but photos will have to wait until tomorrow - I'm so tired :yawn:

oranges
01-10-2009, 12:15 PM
Lucky you, tell us everything :p

jitterbug
01-11-2009, 07:02 AM
Mario will play against Malisse :eek: I'm nervous - Malisse has been playing so well in the qualies!

Ajmo Mario - I will be there to cheer on you tomorrow :rocker2:

jitterbug
01-11-2009, 07:05 AM
Lucky you, tell us everything :p

Nothing special :p I was watching Jarkko practice with Nalbandian and also Melo/Sa vs Matkowski/Fyrstenberg and Mario strolled in because he was scheduled to use the courts after that. Hardly anyone was around and the ones who were didn't seem to notice him.

So I went up to him and asked if I could have a photo, and he agreed.

I stood next to him, and Kristen from MTF, who's taking the picture, exclaimed: "Whoaaaa.. Height difference."

And I was like, "I know - hobbit :o"

(For the record, my height is 160cm :o)

So I moved around to his right side where the ground's a bit higher (hey, anything counts :p) and Mario sort of leant down a bit so our heads could at least get into the same frame :o :lol:

oranges
01-11-2009, 09:17 AM
:lol: It's difficult not to look tiny standing next to him, at least for our gender. Hope you have a great time, with some nice Mario wins to add to it :D
Malisse first you say :scratch: They haven't played in quite some time. Time to avenge that loss in Adelaide, ajmo :rocker2:

oranges
01-11-2009, 09:57 AM
He's playing the last match on center court on Monday, with one men's match and 3 by ladies before that, so probably not before at least 5 PM local time or 7 AM CET

jitterbug
01-11-2009, 11:04 AM
Sydney always underestimates how slow the ladies' matches are :o I have a nasty feeling we won't be done well until late at night, unless somebody retires.

Davodus
01-11-2009, 12:06 PM
i met mario in brisbane as well!
my sister got a photo, and she is really short as well, and i was taking it, so i had problems getting them both in

luckily for me, i am 6ft 2, so i didnt feel tiny :) :p

HoistDaColors
01-11-2009, 08:04 PM
first round against venomous malisse. :mad: good luck mario!

an interview with mario. scroll down the video list.
http://www.medibankinternational.com.au/audio-video

oranges
01-12-2009, 06:02 AM
I got up at 7AM after days of not sleeping much and no stream now :awww: On the bright side, he was broken in the first game and rebroke for 2:2 :yippee:

oranges
01-12-2009, 06:25 AM
Lost the first set 6:4 :sad: Come on Mario, you can win it. Zahira is there cheering you :D

Ivanatis
01-12-2009, 07:01 AM
Mario :music:

turn it round man

oranges
01-12-2009, 07:33 AM
:yippee: 7:6 in the second, should have served it out earlier, but I'm not complaining either way

petar_pan
01-12-2009, 07:34 AM
it's 1-1 now.did you find some stream?

oranges
01-12-2009, 07:36 AM
Nope, it seems there are again no streams for evening matches.

oranges
01-12-2009, 07:37 AM
Woot, a break at the beginning of 3rd. Keep it up Mario.

petar_pan
01-12-2009, 07:39 AM
Nope, it seems there are again no streams for evening matches.

shit.can you give me a link please?

oranges
01-12-2009, 07:43 AM
shit.can you give me a link please?

There are links on atdhe and channelsurfing, but they're not showing anything now. Betting sites are also covering it but nothing now. I'm just watching the scoreboard from the ATP site.

petar_pan
01-12-2009, 07:45 AM
There are links on atdhe and channelsurfing, but they're not showing anything now. Betting sites are also covering it but nothing now. I'm just watching the scoreboard from the ATP site.

how to watcha on betting sites?it's seems to me that needs to pay something.

oranges
01-12-2009, 07:49 AM
how to watcha on betting sites?it's seems to me that needs to pay something.

At the time I registered, that was all that was needed and I can still watch without giving any credit card info. Apparently, they changed the policy and now you need to give that info when registering and presumably make a small deposit, a couple of Euros, but it's still free to watch then, they won't charge you for it.

petar_pan
01-12-2009, 07:54 AM
opa that is good thing.

oranges
01-12-2009, 07:58 AM
4:2, two more games and we're there, ajmooo :rocker2:

petar_pan
01-12-2009, 08:01 AM
cilic is in top 20 for first time!!!!i saw now,that is great thing.acctually he is 20,karlovic 26,ancic 35,ljubicic 55.

oranges
01-12-2009, 08:06 AM
3 MPs, take one of them :bounce::bounce:

oranges
01-12-2009, 08:07 AM
4:6 7:6 6:3, well done Mario :D

petar_pan
01-12-2009, 08:08 AM
ancic won,bravo for him.it should to be 62 in second.but never mind,he will have one day rest.

Davodus
01-12-2009, 08:19 AM
well done mario! keep it up

--Aussie--
01-12-2009, 09:09 AM
Nice win Mario, keep going! :bounce:

jitterbug
01-12-2009, 09:37 AM
Lost the first set 6:4 :sad: Come on Mario, you can win it. Zahira is there cheering you :D

I was there for the whole match - every single excruciating moment of it :worship: recap and photos later, I gotta go get something to eat :hysteric:

pookykiki
01-12-2009, 10:57 AM
It was a stressful match to watch on the scoreboard but he made it! :woohoo: Bravo Mario!

linus
01-12-2009, 10:59 AM
woo.... brave Mario :cool: keep it up !!

linus
01-12-2009, 11:00 AM
I was there for the whole match - every single excruciating moment of it :worship: recap and photos later, I gotta go get something to eat :hysteric:
hei dear, pls smile :lol:

jitterbug
01-12-2009, 11:53 AM
Whew, what can I say! :lol:

I wandered to the practice courts after watching a doubles match. I turned around and Mario was right behind me! He looked like he was in a hurry and took off his shirt :aplot: before hitting with Ivica. My guess is that he didn't realise that Safina's match would end so quickly and put off warming up until it was too late.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3444/3190511855_4c8ac8e83e.jpg?v=0

A crowd of fans started to form. Mario shot looks at them several times and he left via the gate at the other end of the court - which leads straight into the players' compound. Some of the fans exclaimed out loud: "How rude!" but - honestly - that dude's got a match on Centre Court now :rolleyes: Give him a break.

For the first set of the match, Malisse couldn't put a foot wrong. He ripped winners left and right, and his groundstrokes were so heavy. You could hear the thump! as the ball comes off his racquet and Mario's shots sounded so feeble in comparison.

Mario started serving better in the second set and Malisse lost his way for a while before he reverted to his crazy ripping-winners self just in time to break Mario when he served for the second set at 5-4.

The tiebreak was insane :hysteric: Mario had what looked like two clean down-the-line winners that were called out :armed: I was about to :timebomb: when he finally won the tiebreak after what felt like a bajillion set points :unsure:

Malisse just went kaboom after losing the second set and he never got back into it mentally. Mario's the one who could do no wrong in the third set: he served and volleyed more frequently (stop this ridiculous baseline rallying, Mario, no-one can pass you at the net and you know it :rolleyes:) and had some crazy winners.

When he finally converted the match point I was like :eek: :worship: :banana: :sobbing: aaaah, and he threw his sweatband to some kids behind his chair :lol:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3126/3190515857_199d9a4e68.jpg?v=0

Check out the rest of the photos here! http://www.flickr.com/photos/paifairuz/sets/72157612479287820/

oranges
01-12-2009, 12:08 PM
:worship: Thanks a million for the report.

Glad to hear he's reverted to his adorable, net-playing self :D

amdany
01-12-2009, 04:07 PM
thanks for the report Z and for the pics:angel:

Brownie
01-12-2009, 04:21 PM
Sounds like it was quite the nerve-wracking match!! Thanks for the report & pics:)

There's a Mario interview on the Sydney website: http://www.medibankinternational.com.au/audio-video

petar_pan
01-12-2009, 05:26 PM
it's always nice when mario reverse a match.when is he healthy and in fitness i just know that he will reverse against any player except today's first four.

Kat!
01-13-2009, 03:00 AM
Malisse just went kaboom after losing the second set and he never got back into it mentally. Mario's the one who could do no wrong in the third set: he served and volleyed more frequently (stop this ridiculous baseline rallying, Mario, no-one can pass you at the net and you know it :rolleyes:) and had some crazy winners.

Thanks for your report! I remember watching his match in Brisbane (against Verdasco) and he tried to rally with Verdasco... it was so frustrating! Serve and volley for him would be a lot better, although.... I have bad memories of his match at Aus Open (a couple of years ago now, I think) against David Ferrer. Ferrer would hit passing shots constantly and Mario could do nothing about them! ARGH.

ataptc
01-13-2009, 04:15 AM
Thanks Za for the report :) Mario faces Robredo next

babyblue
01-13-2009, 08:49 AM
^^It's my first time to post a message here
I believe he's going to win Robredo!

babyblue
01-13-2009, 08:54 AM
It's wonderful to see him get back to the court.
He's awesome!

petar_pan
01-13-2009, 11:17 AM
mario said on the video interview yesterday on sidney's tournaments web site that he is healthy and in the best fitness of his career so can win against verdasco from baseline(he was soo great on ao 2007 from baseline),he just need matches.

petar_pan
01-13-2009, 11:20 AM
also he was great from baseline in spring 2006(beat robredo on RG,than robredo was in super form(he had the most wins on clay),and robredo was career best no. 7)).

petar_pan
01-13-2009, 11:22 AM
i am so glad that he said that because if he is soo fitness like ao 2007 he can beat almost anybody from baseline.

Elena A.
01-13-2009, 11:30 AM
i am so glad that he said that because if he is soo fitness like ao 2007 he can beat almost anybody from baseline.
why have you made three posts mate?you could easily just put it all in one:worship:;)
anyways, he is in great fitness no doubt, but he just lacks matches, and his top physical form is maybe here, but his top game has yet to be developed trough real action on court....anyhow, step by step, if he'll stay healthy, then everything else will come.just that darn health, made him so much problems....I can just imagine what success he'd have in last two years if he was non-stop healthy, he'd be in top 5 for sure!Lets see what he'll bring to the game in future.Wish him all the best!

SelvenluvJo
01-13-2009, 03:51 PM
good luck tomorrow vs Robredo

petar_pan
01-13-2009, 05:28 PM
why have you made three posts mate?you could easily just put it all in one:worship:;)
anyways, he is in great fitness no doubt, but he just lacks matches, and his top physical form is maybe here, but his top game has yet to be developed trough real action on court....anyhow, step by step, if he'll stay healthy, then everything else will come.just that darn health, made him so much problems....I can just imagine what success he'd have in last two years if he was non-stop healthy, he'd be in top 5 for sure!Lets see what he'll bring to the game in future.Wish him all the best!

yes.

PinkFeatherBoa
01-13-2009, 07:27 PM
Z, thanks for the report (& pictures) on Mario's match. Great to hear he was serve/volleying. :drool: Please keep doing that, Mario.

Good luck to Mario against Robredo. Hope he puts in another good performance!

oranges
01-14-2009, 01:07 AM
Takes the first set 6:2 :hatoff: I love watching the scoreboard and imagining what's going on :p

Brownie
01-14-2009, 01:11 AM
Takes the first set 6:2 :hatoff: I love watching the scoreboard and imagining what's going on :p
Great, isn't it;)

Nice first set for Mario:yeah:

petar_pan
01-14-2009, 01:15 AM
mario won first set 6:2.very very nice.

Brownie
01-14-2009, 01:35 AM
Serving for the match! Come on Mario:bounce:

oranges
01-14-2009, 01:36 AM
Wow, 5:1 in the 2nd and serving :yippee:

Brownie
01-14-2009, 01:37 AM
Mario wins 6-2 6-1! SOLID:worship::worship:

oranges
01-14-2009, 01:38 AM
6:2 6:1, job done in an hour :cool:
Djoker next, how likely that one would have no coverage?

Brownie
01-14-2009, 01:40 AM
Seriously...every match this week I've especially wanted to watch has had no livestream:ras:

oranges
01-14-2009, 01:42 AM
Seriously...every match this week I've especially wanted to watch has had no livestream:ras:

There was none for Richie last night either as I've gathered, I had to catch some sleep finally.

lor3
01-14-2009, 01:49 AM
wow great score!

petar_pan
01-14-2009, 02:01 AM
great score.it seems that mario was right when telling he is in good fitness.he just need health.

babyblue
01-14-2009, 04:40 AM
Amazing!>_<
Good job Mario!

valexie03
01-14-2009, 06:18 AM
Great performance :worship: Good luck in the next round :cool:

--Aussie--
01-14-2009, 09:28 AM
Fantastic win! :bounce: GL against Nole!

MissT
01-14-2009, 10:35 AM
AJMO MARIO
Hope he can Beat The Djoker :D

Elena A.
01-14-2009, 12:07 PM
Well,I think he isn't on the level yet to beat Nole when he's playing his top game, but we all know when Nole's not to motivated to go all the way, he can be beaten easier then in-a-final Nole, IYKWIM.So, tomorrow 9,30 am,I'm getting ready for some Ancic time baby!!It's been SOOOOO FLONG since I watched Aussie Open heat matches of him!And those are good memories!So good luck to Ancic, and give it all tomorrow pal!

PinkFeatherBoa
01-14-2009, 02:46 PM
Impressive scoreline. :yeah:

Hope he has a good match against Nole, too (and that we can actually watch this one- stupid mixed tournaments :rolleyes:).
Ajmo Mario!

amdany
01-14-2009, 04:12 PM
I'll be at work with no internet access tomorrow:(, cheer him loud for me guys!

jitterbug
01-14-2009, 10:09 PM
Yay, well done!

petar_pan
01-15-2009, 07:34 AM
live stream:


www.channelsurfing.net

Jelena_78
01-15-2009, 12:11 PM
:scratch: Where are Mario's fans? :awww:

I'll be at work with no internet access tomorrow:(, cheer him loud for me guys!

Oh, ok, you have a good reason :p ;)
He started great, with a break in the opening game. At 3:1 he had 7 BPs to increase his lead, but Nole held, and that was crucial for the 1st set. Djoko won 4 more games to take it 6:3. Similar in the 2nd. Mario had 5 BPs in the second game, Nole held, and made a break in the next...

3:6 4:6

Good luck at AO Mario! :hug:

croat123
01-15-2009, 03:29 PM
1 of 15 on bps :o
really had a chance for a big win there, but instead the scoreline was routine :sad:

Elena A.
01-15-2009, 03:38 PM
i only watched last two games, well, he cheared himself bigtime hoping for a turnaround, when nole was serving for a match, like he always does, but i don't know what he was doing earlier in the match.anyhow, he maybe choked a bit, but move on, another match to add this year.health, health, health, and nothing more!he'll be alright!

PinkFeatherBoa
01-16-2009, 01:47 AM
Didn't get to watch beyond the 1st rain delay (1st set and a couple of games I think?) but overall it was pretty disappointing, can't say that he didn't get his chances but Nole was pretty solid. That BP conversion rate is :o, though.

Yes, I agree at least he's fully fit and healthy. :yeah: Hopefully he can have a decent AO!

oranges
01-16-2009, 01:55 AM
I watched the entire match and drank unbelievable amounts of coffee to stay awake during those rain delays (had to see some matches that were during the night here too). On the bright side, he looks in very good shape and it's probably the most important thing for now, but I really hope that strategy is not what he intends to play at AO. I was seriously pissed at times :lol: FFS come forward at least when you hit a return that blows him off court and he scrambles to even get his racket on it, if for some strange reason you don't mix it up even without such opportunities.

What can say, I'm starved for some Mario acrobatics :D What little he played since Wimbledon, he hasn't really been himself and looked more fit for bed than the court. It's great to see him fit and healthy again, but you're an all-courter who grew up playing S/V. Good to see he has his chances against the likes of Djokovic just baseline rallying, but you played RG QF playing your game, surely you can do it on hard, pliiiiiiiz :help:

oranges
01-16-2009, 02:11 AM
Just saw the draw for AO, Mario's quarter

NADAL, Rafael ESP [1] v ROCHUS, Christophe BEL
SERRA, Florent FRA v KARANUSIC, Roko CRO
SCHWANK, Eduardo ARG v HAAS, Tommy GER
QUALIFIER v TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS [29]

GASQUET, Richard FRA [24] v JUNQUEIRA, Diego ARG
SPADEA, Vincent USA v ISTOMIN, Denis UZB (W)
CANAS, Guillermo ARG v KIEFER, Nicolas GER
HEWITT, Lleyton AUS v GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI [13]

MONFILS, Gael FRA [12] v VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS v KOUBEK, Stefan AUT
GOLUBEV, Andrey KAZ v FOGNINI, Fabio ITA
MASSU, Nicolas CHI v ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP [17]

KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO [25] v GIMENO-TRAVER, Daniel ESP
VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA v ANCIC, Mario CRO
GUCCIONE, Chris AUS v DEVILDER, Nicolas FRA
ANDUJAR, Pablo ESP v SIMON, Gilles FRA [6]

Not too bad, he'll need to kick Karlovic's butt in 2nd round.

ataptc
01-16-2009, 03:48 AM
Better luck in the AO I hope, playing his S/V game :)

Davodus
01-16-2009, 02:32 PM
no longer against volandri
probably qualifier/lucky loser now?

SelvenluvJo
01-16-2009, 04:27 PM
yes,Now,R1 will plays Q/LL!
[25] Karlovic vs Gimeno-Traver
Q vs Ancic
Guccione vs Devilder
Andujar vs [6] Simon

Good luck mario in AO!!!
AJMO!

valexie03
01-16-2009, 05:11 PM
He should make it to at least the 3rd round :devil:

croat123
01-16-2009, 05:20 PM
I think it's a good draw. Sad to see mario and ivo play so early though :(

amdany
01-16-2009, 07:22 PM
good luck Mario!

petar_pan
01-16-2009, 11:12 PM
mario can reach quaters.but must have play agressive.

oranges
01-17-2009, 06:49 AM
Odesnik instead of Volandri in R1

Elena A.
01-18-2009, 07:02 PM
if both ivo and mario go through in the second round, i'm most certanly of opinion it'll be end for mario, unfortunately, i think he's still not in a peak of his form, and yet has to develop his game and confidence, like he's at the some kind of a beginning.

oranges
01-18-2009, 08:31 PM
No way is he losing to Ivo in a best of five

liz-bj
01-18-2009, 09:08 PM
No way is he losing to Ivo in a best of five

I agree...

Good luck in AO

Elena A.
01-18-2009, 10:43 PM
No way is he losing to Ivo in a best of five
Actually,considering their well known not getting along and Ivo's motivation to kick theirs(fellows in a DC team)***, I actually think Ivo might be the winner in that clash.
Last time they played on hard court,in Zagreb Indoors Open, Karlovic beat Ancic, easily.
I would ofcourse want Mario to win, but lets take it round by round.For both of them.

oranges
01-19-2009, 01:40 AM
I don't think Ivo has 5 wins over top 50 players in any GS in all the years and Mario isn't going to be one of them, no discussion ;)
BTW, two TBs is hardly easily. You must be mistaking it with Mario's win in Stockholm 6:2 6:3 or something like that. :p

Elena A.
01-19-2009, 04:23 PM
I don't think Ivo has 5 wins over top 50 players in any GS in all the years and Mario isn't going to be one of them, no discussion ;)
BTW, two TBs is hardly easily. You must be mistaking it with Mario's win in Stockholm 6:2 6:3 or something like that. :p

Karlovic beat Mario in Zagreb Indoors,well it was 2 years ago though, and yes it was 7:6, 7:6..And yes Ivo is really bad in GS, but he had great last season, with wins over Federer and Djokovic.
I know Mario is the better player, no doubt there, but considering his yet to be found form, and their rivalry I wouldn't put my money on Ancic like for sure.
We'll see.Today he's playing his first round, good luck to him!I hope it won't start like 5am!

petar_pan
01-19-2009, 06:17 PM
well,mario was worst player in that time than he is today.also here ia s rivalry.iir is very har to broke ivo's service.and one more thing,ivo always goinig in 13. game and it is more easily to win in 3,than in 5 on that way.so only for this last resaon ivo is not soo good on GS and DC,like he is on other tournaments.HE CAN'T BREAK A OPPONENT.

petar_pan
01-19-2009, 06:19 PM
but you must have full respect for him.and also it is doubt will ivo pass 1st round.

Elena A.
01-19-2009, 07:13 PM
well,mario was worst player in that time than he is today.also here ia s rivalry.iir is very har to broke ivo's service.and one more thing,ivo always goinig in 13. game and it is more easily to win in 3,than in 5 on that way.so only for this last resaon ivo is not soo good on GS and DC,like he is on other tournaments.HE CAN'T BREAK A OPPONENT.

Actually, last year Ivo won 3 tournaments, and all of them with wins like 6:something.Also when Ivo won Stockholm he won it with 6:3 3:6 6:1....and many other wins where it wasn't 7:6 7:6 win, so that's changed.He mos def like everybody on tour can break the opponent.And actually Mario was in better form in 2006 when he lost to Ivo then he is today.
But we'll see.
I'm chearing for Mario ofcourse.

:wavey:

petar_pan
01-19-2009, 09:16 PM
Actually, last year Ivo won 3 tournaments, and all of them with wins like 6:something.Also when Ivo won Stockholm he won it with 6:3 3:6 6:1....and many other wins where it wasn't 7:6 7:6 win, so that's changed.He mos def like everybody on tour can break the opponent.And actually Mario was in better form in 2006 when he lost to Ivo then he is today.
But we'll see.
I'm chearing for Mario ofcourse.

:wavey:

sorry,but i am right.maybe he can better break now than he was but that is a small difference.ivo won just one tournament in 2008,he won 3 in 2007.mario wsan't in better form,because in that match 2006 he was really play bad (i watched that match on tv).
mario was play really good from mai of that year.

Elena A.
01-19-2009, 11:03 PM
sorry,but i am right.maybe he can better break now than he was but that is a small difference.ivo won just one tournament in 2008,he won 3 in 2007.mario wsan't in better form,because in that match 2006 he was really play bad (i watched that match on tv).
mario was play really good from mai of that year.

oh yes, he won three tournaments in 07' indeed, but still continued to improve his form in 08'.
Anyhow I was trying to say not when he won those tournaments but how he did, and emphasize the wins with 6:something.
That was my point, and that's the fact, showing he indeed can break others. Infact that's not even the case, cause ANYONE ON TOUR CAN BREAK WHAT EVER OPPONENT.
As Ivo came into top 20 last year, he mos def proved he improved and can break anybody.
Mario was in much better form in 2006 then now.
Heck, we don't even know in which form he is now, but with just three matches in a year, or so, his form is yet to be developed.
And Mario played bad in 06 Zagreb match, as in many matches in his career.But Ivo played well, and basicly outplayed Mario.
So that can happen again.
Mario is the favorite just because of his better success in Grand Slams in general.

petar_pan
01-20-2009, 12:19 AM
mario got first.

oranges
01-20-2009, 01:01 AM
..and the second

petar_pan
01-20-2009, 03:16 AM
...and the match.
7:5,6:4,4:6,6:2.
nexti is ivo.that will be great.

oranges
01-20-2009, 08:31 AM
Good job :yeah: though I'm still raising eyebrows at the length of some sets, hope it's the scoreboard going wild again, rather than indication they were rallying every point to eternity

Davodus
01-20-2009, 12:31 PM
ajmo mario :cool:
im going to be at the AO on thursday
so unless he is on a main court, i will watch his match :)

petar_pan
01-20-2009, 12:51 PM
ajmo mario :cool:
im going to be at the AO on thursday
so unless he is on a main court, i will watch his match :)

lucky you.i would be very happy that i am on AO,becuse i am from croatia.

Davodus
01-20-2009, 03:01 PM
so are you going for mario or ivo?
if mario, i'll throw in some cheers for you :p

petar_pan
01-20-2009, 03:26 PM
no,unfortunately i am in cratia right now,but i thin i really can go down under on next AO.

Elena A.
01-20-2009, 06:10 PM
ajmo mario :cool:
im going to be at the AO on thursday
so unless he is on a main court, i will watch his match :)
hum, i wrote a post, then deleted it by mistake...so basicly I tried to say take a lot of pictures of Mario for us!!And chear him loudly!!

liz-bj
01-20-2009, 09:41 PM
ajmo mario :cool:
im going to be at the AO on thursday
so unless he is on a main court, i will watch his match :)

Lucky you, I wish I could be there :rolleyes:
Take some pictures if you can :p

linus
01-21-2009, 02:06 AM
Ajmo Mario, focus and play it good :rocker2:

oranges
01-21-2009, 11:47 AM
They play the second match on Court 2 (one ladies match before), meaning we get to see Mario :yippee: Ajmoooo :rocker:

--Aussie--
01-21-2009, 03:08 PM
GL Mario! :bounce:

SelvenluvJo
01-21-2009, 03:23 PM
Ajmo!Mario tomorrow

Elena A.
01-21-2009, 08:54 PM
They play the second match on Court 2 (one ladies match before), meaning we get to see Mario :yippee: Ajmoooo :rocker:

We get to see Mario where?HTV is not airing this, as not any match from Aussie, cause they decided to cut back, and not buy the rights from Melbourne.
So we have Eurosport, but I think they'll be airing from Margaret Court and Rod Laver Arena, not from Court 2.Am I wrong?I certanly hope so!

oranges
01-21-2009, 08:56 PM
^^ I'll post a link to a stream when the match starts, there were two places that showed Court 2 in previous days

oranges
01-21-2009, 09:10 PM
For some reason, nothing happens when I click on the hyperlink icon (or edit and save for that matter )so you'll have to cut and paste it, but these should work

http://atdhe.net/live-tv-2483.html
http://www.rojadirecta.com/canal/australian_open_4.htm

petar_pan
01-21-2009, 09:24 PM
and this one:
www.channelsurfing.net

oranges
01-22-2009, 02:11 AM
Mario breaks for a 4:3 lead :yeah:

oranges
01-22-2009, 02:38 AM
.. only to play two terrible service games and lose the set 7:5 :(

oranges
01-22-2009, 03:15 AM
Am I the only one watching this or is everyone too busy to post. Break for 6:5 lead, serving for set, ajmo Mario :bounce:

liz-bj
01-22-2009, 03:20 AM
:wavey: I'm watching the livescore
Finally won the second set 7:5 go Mario!:D

oranges
01-22-2009, 03:23 AM
Why not the stream? Do you need a link?

petar_pan
01-22-2009, 03:32 AM
www.atdhe.net
ajmo mario

liz-bj
01-22-2009, 03:53 AM
Thank you! :worship:

liz-bj
01-22-2009, 04:00 AM
Mario... :awww:

oranges
01-22-2009, 04:02 AM
Ivo actually earned this break by hitting three winners to go 0:40.
Ajmo Mario, hits a creaming FH return winner for 30 all

oranges
01-22-2009, 04:25 AM
15:40, break now

oranges
01-22-2009, 04:40 AM
:woohoo: breaks from 40:0, serving for set

petar_pan
01-22-2009, 04:42 AM
mario serving for 2:2.

HoistDaColors
01-22-2009, 04:45 AM
:wavey: everyone...

been watching for awhile. set point :rocker2:

edit: fifth set is yours mario!

oranges
01-22-2009, 04:46 AM
Fifth set here we come...

oranges
01-22-2009, 04:46 AM
Those volleys are not the vintage Mario yet, but boy is it nice to see them :D

petar_pan
01-22-2009, 04:47 AM
it's 2:2.now mario should to win.he is good in 5., karlovic isn't.

oranges
01-22-2009, 04:47 AM
:wavey: everyone...

been watching for awhile. set point :rocker2:

edit: fifth set is yours mario!

We keep meeting in various cheering threads :D :wavey:

liz-bj
01-22-2009, 04:47 AM
6:4 :p good luck in the fifth :hug:

HoistDaColors
01-22-2009, 04:50 AM
We keep meeting in various cheering threads :D :wavey:

I have very diverse love for different players (mainly the frenchies). :D


break chance here and quickly snuff away :mad:

oranges
01-22-2009, 05:15 AM
2 more BPs, fingers crossed

HoistDaColors
01-22-2009, 05:15 AM
victory getting close. :rocker2:

oooo that looked like it was on the line. :eek:

oranges
01-22-2009, 05:16 AM
Yeeeesss, he attacks and forces the error. 4:3 and serving.

HoistDaColors
01-22-2009, 05:20 AM
wazzup motherbrother!

get this slugfest over with. c'mon mario.

oranges
01-22-2009, 05:20 AM
One more to go :rocker:

maiden
01-22-2009, 05:23 AM
c'mon Mario :scared:

HoistDaColors
01-22-2009, 05:23 AM
Gsm

oranges
01-22-2009, 05:24 AM
:rocker2: Mario, those returns :worship:

HoistDaColors
01-22-2009, 05:47 AM
gracious ivo. :D

good fight mario :worship:

no more matches today for me as I try to normalize my circadian rhythm. :wavey: adios

linus
01-22-2009, 08:05 AM
OMG... it made me so nervous while watching one set after the other :eek: brave Mario :rocker2:

liz-bj
01-22-2009, 05:28 PM
well done, good luck against Simon

amdany
01-22-2009, 05:49 PM
well done Mario, looks like it was a thrilling match!! good luck against Gillou!!

petar_pan
01-22-2009, 06:14 PM
bravo for win,but tahat was too bad performance.

--Aussie--
01-22-2009, 08:59 PM
Mario! :bounce: Simon will be really hard with his fantastic returns.

Brownie
01-23-2009, 03:21 AM
Mario is 2nd up on Court Arena on Saturday...probably around 13:00 local time.

oranges
01-23-2009, 09:16 AM
bravo for win,but tahat was too bad performance.

Aside for giving that first set, it was not bad. For a change, he played an allcourt game, which is what he needs to play if he's to win over higher ranked guys (not that he has any need not to play it against anyone), won over 70 percent net points, returned superbly. Not too shabby at all.

petar_pan
01-23-2009, 12:47 PM
with this baseline play he will collects just games against simon,unfortunately.
but he can win with service-volleys,but his ball must be deeper and stronger when he running on net because simon is very quick and has great passing.i think simon will win.

petar_pan
01-23-2009, 12:51 PM
returns,play on net,service was good.
baseline(today the most you need when you play tennis) was really poor.balls like that simon will convert in winners easily.

oranges
01-23-2009, 01:05 PM
returns,play on net,service was good.
baseline(today the most you need when you play tennis) was really poor.balls like that simon will convert in winners easily.

Well, you don't get much rhythm playing Karlo. He stood his ground against Djokovic from the baseline, except when he needed to convert those BPs ;) I'm not willing to give up on the match with Simon, even though he's not yet as sharp as when in top form. This is a GS after all, he tends to find a gear or two more when playing slams compared to small tournies or masters.

petar_pan
01-23-2009, 01:20 PM
yes you are right,he played good from baseline against djokovic but with that balls on service-line he can do nothing.this match was fullof rhythm (he had just 2-3 winners from baseline against karlovic).i am wooried thas he has enough power because of mono.what do you think abot that question?

oranges
01-23-2009, 01:30 PM
yes you are right,he played good from baseline against djokovic but with that balls on service-line he can do nothing.this match was fullof rhythm (he had just 2-3 winners from baseline against karlovic).i am wooried thas he has enough power because of mono.what do you think abot that question?

He looks in excellent shape to me. The last match was a 5-setter, but not that long :shrug:

petar_pan
01-23-2009, 01:58 PM
QORECTION:

yes you are right.he played good DEEP BALLS from baseline against djokovic, but with that balls on service-line AGAINST KARLOVIC he can do nothing.this match was full of rhythm (he had just 2-3 winners from baseline against karlovic(eeeeej!!!)).(i think you understud previous post but maybe it wasn't soo clear from me).

valexie03
01-23-2009, 02:12 PM
Simon will be a real challenge http://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Surpris/stress-ronge-les-ongles-95.gif but I think Mario will prevail :cool:

oranges
01-23-2009, 03:09 PM
QORECTION:

yes you are right.he played good DEEP BALLS from baseline against djokovic, but with that balls on service-line AGAINST KARLOVIC he can do nothing.this match was full of rhythm (he had just 2-3 winners from baseline against karlovic(eeeeej!!!)).(i think you understud previous post but maybe it wasn't soo clear from me).

Ah, you meant he doesn't have enough power for groundies, I really don't think so.

We'll have to wait and see how it goes against Simon. Hoping for the best, it's certainly not beyond him if he plays well. Second week would be huge for him as a start of the season, some nice points and a good confidence boost. Even if not, I'm happy he's healthy and playing (as long as he doesn't enter the living-strictly-on-the-baseline mode :lol:). Form and confidence will come then and with them good results.

rosespower
01-23-2009, 06:58 PM
:bounce:

My only hope!

PinkFeatherBoa
01-23-2009, 10:19 PM
Good luck tonight Mario. Play nice winning tennis, please. ;)

Looking forward to another sleepless night watching!

liz-bj
01-24-2009, 01:03 AM
damn livestream, I cant watch the match, anyone has a link, please?

petar_pan
01-24-2009, 01:06 AM
about that DEEP BALLS i was talking about.YES,that's good old mario.

petar_pan
01-24-2009, 01:07 AM
www.atdhe.net

oranges
01-24-2009, 01:15 AM
Or http://channelsurfing.net/ Margaret court link

Trading breaks early on. Hold now Mario