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Herdwick
04-10-2009, 08:36 AM
My record is no better than Kalisita's but here goes.

And we're going and Roger has now decided to play :woohoo: so I shall enjoy it no matter what.:bounce:

Allez Nole! :armed:

Stephie Cesc
04-10-2009, 08:38 AM
Bring on Monte Carlo :armed:
I have a feeling that Nole is gonna do great in MC! Ajde Nole :dance:

ellen_
04-10-2009, 09:47 AM
Nice title! Ah yes, you're going :bounce: He'd better do good now... I'd be scared in his place :scared:

But you know what to do, print the "Reasons why Nole lost" thread and try to avoid/solve every point, and he'll be fine :angel:

Since we already had French and Serbian here, I'll shout at him in Dutch: Komaan Nole! :banana:

Herdwick
04-10-2009, 09:53 AM
:wavey:

Fear not; my intentions are strictly benign and honourable. (Anyway, I shall be chaperoned; my husband is coming too;))

Forecast is great for Monday and Tuesday. :yeah:

*Ljubica*
04-10-2009, 10:34 AM
Good luck Nole :D And have a great time Herdwick.

arm
04-10-2009, 12:13 PM
Good luck Nole :D And have a great time Herdwick.

Correction: Good luck Nole :D And have a great time with Herdwick.

:devil::rolls:

*Ljubica*
04-10-2009, 12:16 PM
Correction: Good luck Nole :D And have a great time with Herdwick.

:devil::rolls:

:lol: Not sure Herdwick's other half would appreciate that - though I'm sure she would ;)

arm
04-10-2009, 12:20 PM
:lol: Not sure Herdwick's other half would appreciate that - though I'm sure she would ;)

:lol: She is a smart woman, she'll manage. ;)

:rolls: Seriously, have a great time, Herdwick, and take some Nole pictures for us. ;)

Herdwick
04-10-2009, 12:59 PM
:haha: I am only allowed to give him warm applause and good wishes.

JP's exact words were 'I'm not having you making an arse of yourself'

arm
04-10-2009, 01:03 PM
:haha: I am only allowed to give him warm applause and good wishes.

JP's exact words were 'I'm not having you making an arse of yourself'

:haha: JP :hug:

How long will you stay? And do you leave tomorrow or on Sunday?

Herdwick
04-10-2009, 01:06 PM
Nearly a week We fly first thing Sunday.:bounce:

They even very kindly put the train times on the MCCC website

http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/4/en/event/travel2009.pdf

arm
04-10-2009, 01:11 PM
Nearly a week We fly first thing Sunday.:bounce:

They even very kindly put the train times on the MCCC website

http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/4/en/event/travel2009.pdf

That's great. :bounce:

I see you're doing the reserach. :p

I can't understand why you don't like Monaco? Is it because of the elitism and hypocrisy that define the principality? Well, that certainly annoys me as well, but it's such a beautiful place. :inlove:

Herdwick
04-10-2009, 01:19 PM
I loathe it and I don't think it's beautiful. The location is stunning but the place is devoid of anything of architectural interest or character. It's well nigh impossible to walk anywhere, it's totally artificial, grossly overpriced and populated by people of whom the kindest description I can muster is that of 'international riff-raff'. Same sort of people who live in Dubai in short.

That the tennis community to some extent identifies with, and patronises, such places is, to my mind, one of its biggest failings...

*Climbs off soapbox*

arm
04-10-2009, 01:46 PM
I loathe it and I don't think it's beautiful. The location is stunning but the place is devoid of anything of architectural interest or character. It's well nigh impossible to walk anywhere, it's totally artificial, grossly overpriced and populated by people of whom the kindest description I can muster is that of 'international riff-raff'. Same sort of people who live in Dubai in short.

That the tennis community to some extent identifies with, and patronises, such places is, to my mind, one of its biggest failings...

*Climbs off soapbox*

You could write a book explaining why you don't like Monaco. :eek: :rolls:

I do understand your point of view. :) But Nole lives there :bounce:, so it must have something good. ;)

*Ljubica*
04-10-2009, 01:58 PM
You could write a book explaining why you don't like Monaco. :eek: :rolls:

I do understand your point of view. :) But Nole lives there :bounce:, so it must have something good. ;)

No taxes :p But seriously - I do hear what Herdwick is saying, and I sympathise and agree to a certain extent, - but I can't deny a big fondness for MC. Apart from some very early trips to Roland Garros with family, it was the first "foreign" tournament I ever went to alone, and - bizarrely - the place where I first met my Argentine ex-boyfriend and we used to go there quite a lot :shrug: I took Alex there for his Birthday last year and he :inlove: it and wants to go back! I'm envious - wish I was going too :sad:

Masha91
04-10-2009, 01:58 PM
Good luck Nole, AJDE!

Radalek
04-10-2009, 01:59 PM
OK, here comes clay season and MC...What to expect from Novak?
First, I hope that inevitable loss of #3 spot won't affect him at all.It's inevitable becouse I doubt that Murray can be as bad on clay as he was last year.And he doesn't have to do much better than last year and switch will happen, either in MC or in Rome.Novak knows that and he should be already over it in his head.If that's the case then nothing will change, it doesn't matter if you are #3 or #4 draw wise...
Second, weather and his endurance...sadly we need to take this into consideration in every outdoor tournament.Spring time in Europe should suit him and I expect no troubles in next period.He definitely has some problems and I can only imagine how hard is for him to concentrate on his game when he is affected by extreme heat or high humidity or both combined...Especially with is kind of a game.I saw some article long ago about his game and thin line that he walks on trying to find exactly right measure of patience and aggression, and it summed it up perfectly.If he's too passive guys like Tsonga will kill him, if he's too aggressive he can go into huge error fest like in that Cincy final last year when he had 30 UE in first set alone against Murray (and even then he lost that set in tiebreak...)...It's a different measure of both for each of his opponents and finding the right one is very hard when your body falters and your mind is filled with thoughts like "I am feeling sick...why again...I thought I solved this...should I ask for a medical help...can I endure this..." or whatever is crossing his mind when he should be focused on his game only, and he really needs perfect focus to execute his game right.And we all know what it looks like when he is able to do it.In that surge in second set in Miami final we saw his game is out there and that he is able to produce it.Murray really couldn't do nothing much but sadly it didn't last long, he lost his focus again and it was over...
So, if there are some outside stuff that occupies his mind and he isn't physically at 100% he needs to solve it and we'll see old Novak again.He has good clay record and I hope he can do something close to what he did last year.With Rafa around I doubt that he expects some titles so semifinals and finals could do wonders about his confidence going to RG and Wimbledon after that.

Herdwick
04-10-2009, 02:00 PM
And the tax advantages are positively dazzling. I can understand it but I don't have to admire it.

But Nole is 21 and thus will not have acquired my jaundiced view of life :shrug:

Well you did ask me :lol:- each to his own I guess.

arm
04-10-2009, 02:03 PM
No taxes :p But seriously - I do hear what Herdwick is saying, and I sympathise and agree to a certain extent, - but I can't deny a big fondness for MC. Apart from some very early trips to Roland Garros with family, it was the first "foreign" tournament I ever went to alone, and - bizarrely - the place where I first met my Argentine ex-boyfriend and we used to go there quite a lot :shrug: I took Alex there for his Birthday last year and he :inlove: it and wants to go back! I'm envious - wish I was going too :sad:

I do understand what Herdwick means too. She completely has a point and I do agree ith her. :) But just like you, I can't avoid liking the place. :inlove: I believe the fact that I was there just for 8 hours or so may have an influence on me. Maybe if I spend there 2 or 3 days I'll get sick of it. :shrug: Don't know.

Herdwick
04-10-2009, 02:12 PM
:lol: It's OK people - you don't have to agree.

Curmudgeonly misanthropy doesn't suit you nice people.

*Ljubica*
04-10-2009, 02:18 PM
I do understand what Herdwick means too. She completely has a point and I do agree ith her. :) But just like you, I can't avoid liking the place. :inlove: I believe the fact that I was there just for 8 hours or so may have an influence on me. Maybe if I spend there 2 or 3 days I'll get sick of it. :shrug: Don't know.

First time I ever went there was for about 8 hours too - on a day trip when I was a child and staying in Italy with my family. I remember watching the Changing of the Guard outside the Pink Palace, and loving it :hearts: Agree there isn't so much to do unless you have endless amounts of money for designer shopping and the Casino, but I do like the "safe" and clean feel of it - you're not afraid to walk around alone like you are in London :shrug:

:lol: It's OK people - you don't have to agree.

Curmudgeonly misanthropy doesn't suit you nice people.

:lol: Admit I'm probably too much of a spoilt little Home Counties girl not to :hearts: at all those yachts :)

pica_pica
04-10-2009, 02:21 PM
Ajde Nole! Just relax and treat Murray as #3 from now on and hunt them (Rafa, Fed, Murray) all down! You're the Mr Hunter! Find your rhythm back on the slow clay!!!

arm
04-10-2009, 02:34 PM
:lol: It's OK people - you don't have to agree.

Curmudgeonly misanthropy doesn't suit you nice people.

You're missing my point. :p

I loovee disagreeing with people, and I seiously like disagreeing with you. :nerner:

Herdwick
04-10-2009, 02:49 PM
That's alright then- just so long as my position as resident misanthrope remains unchallenged :nerner:

And on reflection - it's a close thing between :explode: and :nerner: as my favourite. Mood-dependent I guess.

*Ljubica*
04-10-2009, 02:58 PM
That's alright then- just so long as my position as resident misanthrope remains unchallenged :nerner:

And on reflection - it's a close thing between :explode: and :nerner: as my favourite. Mood-dependent I guess.

I like :nerner: Comes in very useful sometimes!

arm
04-10-2009, 03:25 PM
That's alright then- just so long as my position as resident misanthrope remains unchallenged :nerner:

And on reflection - it's a close thing between :explode: and :nerner: as my favourite. Mood-dependent I guess.

I love :nerner: But :explode: scares me. :awww:

Do you agre with me when I say :angel: is Rose's smiley?

Herdwick
04-10-2009, 03:28 PM
:angel: is certainly Rosie (most of the time)

Why is :explode: scary? :confused:

And :nerner: is superb

*Ljubica*
04-10-2009, 03:33 PM
I have always been an :angel: In the School Nativity plays that was always my part, on account of the fact I was tall with blonde hair :o Thus I was stereotyped for life :awww:

arm
04-10-2009, 03:36 PM
:angel: is certainly Rosie (most of the time)

Why is :explode: scary? :confused:

And :nerner: is superb

I have always been an :angel: In the School Nativity plays that was always my part, on account of the fact I was tall with blonde hair :o Thus I was stereotyped for life :awww:

She could also be :inlove:. :rolls: I also associate it to her, somehow. :shrug: :lol:

:explode: is ugly and scary. Why? I don't know. :o

Oh my, were doing it again. Turning this thread into a chat thread when it is not supposed to be one. :o

*Ljubica*
04-10-2009, 03:48 PM
She could also be :inlove:. :rolls: I also associate it to her, somehow. :shrug: :lol:

:explode: is ugly and scary. Why? I don't know. :o

Oh my, were doing it again. Turning this thread into a chat thread when it is not supposed to be one. :o

I am only :inlove: when Miljan is near! And why not turn it into a Chat Thread? Everything else here ends up as one - seems The Triumverate can't help it :)

arm
04-10-2009, 04:13 PM
I am only :inlove: when Miljan is near! And why not turn it into a Chat Thread? Everything else here ends up as one - seems The Triumverate can't help it :)

True :rolls:

kalisita
04-10-2009, 04:43 PM
Ajde Nole! :rocker2:

Good luck! Hopefully a good tournament to kick of the clay season. Draw should come out before I even wake up tomorrow, which I love. :)

I see this has already become a "chat" thread. Fast work! :yeah: :lol:

Herdwick
04-10-2009, 04:48 PM
Sorry - guess the devil finds work for idle hands! Does Pennsylvania get Easter off?

kalisita
04-10-2009, 05:01 PM
Sorry - guess the devil finds work for idle hands! Does Pennsylvania get Easter off?

Yes. All governemnt offices and schools are closed on Good Friday and a lot of other people have it off depending upon their job. It's a nice a little break, especially if you're not particularly religious. :)

Lee
04-10-2009, 05:20 PM
back to topic. :lol:

Ajde Nole!!!!

pica_pica
04-10-2009, 05:30 PM
I have no good feeling for this tournament (but good feeling for clay season, how come?)
Prove me wrong, Nole!
I hope he's on Roger's side.

Running:Free
04-10-2009, 05:55 PM
Nole :kiss:

MC :hearts:

Lee
04-10-2009, 06:27 PM
For those who don't visit GM here, this thread is a good read. http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=141418

Lee
04-10-2009, 06:43 PM
TV schedule for US.


Tennis Channel
http://www.tennischannel.com/schedule/index.aspx

Monday, April 13
4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (live)

Tuesday, April 14
4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (live)

Wednesday, April 15
4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (live)

Thursday, April 15
4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (live) R16

Friday, April 16
4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (live) quarterfinals

Saturday, April 17
7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET (live) semifinals

Sunday, April 18
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET (live) final

That's eastern time zone and I am in pacific time zone now. DVR to rescue. :rolls:

Herdwick
04-10-2009, 06:44 PM
Indeed it is an excellent read. Thanks Lee.

Lee
04-10-2009, 06:52 PM
Indeed it is an excellent read. Thanks Lee.

You're welcome. It's like finding a needle in the haystack these days in GM. *sigh*

Herdwick
04-10-2009, 06:59 PM
I give it a cursory scan once a day or so but my expectations are low. Myriad polls on which Lilliputian will do best at RG do not thrill.

kalisita
04-10-2009, 07:07 PM
For those who don't visit GM here, this thread is a good read. http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=141418

Nice thread! Thanks for pointing it out. :)

TV schedule for US.


Tennis Channel
http://www.tennischannel.com/schedule/index.aspx

Monday, April 13
4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (live)

Tuesday, April 14
4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (live)

Wednesday, April 15
4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (live)

Thursday, April 15
4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (live) R16

Friday, April 16
4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (live) quarterfinals

Saturday, April 17
7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET (live) semifinals

Sunday, April 18
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET (live) final

That's eastern time zone and I am in pacific time zone now. DVR to rescue. :rolls:

Tennis Channel back with the Masters! :worship: Good!

arm
04-10-2009, 07:13 PM
Thanks Lee. :hug:

Lee
04-10-2009, 07:26 PM
I won't be able to cheer with everyone here unless Nole's match is the last one on court :awww:

Lee
04-10-2009, 07:29 PM
I give it a cursory scan once a day or so but my expectations are low. Myriad polls on which Lilliputian will do best at RG do not thrill.

This post sums up GM pretty well.

My god these threads are annoying. One guy posts a semi-stupid thread, then someone else posts a really stupid one to mock the first guy and suddenly all the sheep think it's cool to create 156354221 other threads. You people are like the music industry, ugh.

Anyway, Larcher De Brito.

*Ljubica*
04-10-2009, 07:40 PM
I won't be able to cheer with everyone here unless Nole's match is the last one on court :awww:

:awww: :hug: If it makes you feel any better, I'll be hoping for last match or last but one myself. I can't watch livestreams from work, and it's really hard to be on the Internet for long enough to properly follow even a scoreboard from work too, let alone chat here :shrug: So I prefer for him to have later matches when I'll already be home. We'll have to keep our fingers crossed together :)

Loved the quote from GM btw - the place is just like that these days - one troll thinks it's clever to start some silly thread, and all the others follow like lemmings leaping over a cliff :rolleyes:

Noleta
04-10-2009, 08:03 PM
Nice titel:yeah:will see in what shape he'll be both mentally and physically don't know if one week preparation will be enough:shrug:when every so called experts are doubting him at least we as fans should have more trust in him:rocker2:

shuhrat
04-10-2009, 08:11 PM
Ajde Nole!! :bounce::bounce: You can swing freely here again. :kiss:

arm
04-10-2009, 08:54 PM
Why Lee? Time zones?

Lee
04-10-2009, 09:05 PM
Raquel, that matches start at 1:30am here and by 6:30am when I can sit down and enjoy watching/chatting tennis, it will most likely be the second last or the last scheduled match.

arm
04-10-2009, 09:13 PM
Raquel, that matches start at 1:30am here and by 6:30am when I can sit down and enjoy watching/chatting tennis, it will most likely be the second last or the last scheduled match.

I see. :unsure:

Well, to me it doesn't really make a difference what time of the day it is, so I'll keep my finger crossed for you. :hug:

Running:Free
04-10-2009, 09:13 PM
First match on court is the only one I could possibly see :lol: Time zones :armed:

Lee
04-10-2009, 09:19 PM
Sorry for the off topic. :p

Timmy, has CanWest merged with Globe and Mail in Canada? On globeandmail web site the bottom saying it's part of the CTVglobemedia Publishing Corp

Running:Free
04-10-2009, 09:29 PM
Lee, CanWest took Globe and Mail under the wing circa 2007.

Lee
04-10-2009, 09:39 PM
Lee, CanWest took Globe and Mail under the wing circa 2007.

Thanks! So Canada is back to 2 big medias :p

Baghdatis#1
04-11-2009, 02:04 AM
Go Nole!

Stephie Cesc
04-11-2009, 07:01 AM
Ajde Nole!! :bounce: Time to shine in the clay court season!:banana:

*Ljubica*
04-11-2009, 09:54 AM
Waiting patiently for the draw :)

pica_pica
04-11-2009, 10:59 AM
When will the draw be out?

*Ljubica*
04-11-2009, 11:03 AM
When will the draw be out?

Within the next hour we think - it's being done right now :)

ellen_
04-11-2009, 11:04 AM
When will the draw be out?

Hopefully before I see Easter bunnies jumping on my lawn :rolleyes:

shuhrat
04-11-2009, 11:12 AM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/410/mds.pdf

Nole in Federer's half, and Verdasco, Almagro, Ferrer in his quater. :help:
He meets the winner between Benneteau and qualifier in 2nd round.

ellen_
04-11-2009, 11:12 AM
In Roger's half... :) Qualifier or Benneteau in 2nd round.

Herdwick
04-11-2009, 11:18 AM
Avoids Rafa and Giraffe :woohoo:

*Ljubica*
04-11-2009, 11:21 AM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/410/mds.pdf

Nole in Federer's half, and Verdasco, Almagro, Ferrer in his quater. :help:
He meets the winner between Benneteau and qualifier in 2nd round.

Some good clay courters there :help: :unsure:

Hopefully before I see Easter bunnies jumping on my lawn :rolleyes:

:lol: :awww: That would be too cute!

pica_pica
04-11-2009, 11:29 AM
Nole's quarter: :help: Wonder if he can enter SF at all. 3rd round Almagro (2 clay titles this year, I think?) and QF Verdasco or Ferrer.......summed up as the craziest clay-courters besides Nadal :help: So I am not happy even if he's on Fed's half

Fed's quarter: can meet Gillou who leads him 2-0 in QF. But is Gillou good on clay?

Murray's quarter: a bunch of qualifiers. Much easier path that Nole :help: The erratic Nalby and just-out-of-injury Kolya can't do much...

Rafa's quarter: I don't even need to see his quarter. He'll win the tournament anyway. But Delpo-Rafa could be fun. (Delpo ALWAYS meet Rafa in QF, why?) Gael could be something to watch too

shuhrat
04-11-2009, 11:45 AM
Nole's quarter: :help: Wonder if he can enter SF at all. 3rd round Almagro (2 clay titles this year, I think?) and QF Verdasco or Ferrer.......summed up as the craziest clay-courters besides Nadal :help: So I am not happy even if he's on Fed's half
I guess he won 1 title in Acapulco and Robredo won 2 titles.


Fed's quarter: can meet Gillou who leads him 2-0 in QF. But is Gillou good on clay?
I considered him as a clay courter in this time last year. :p He has the games on clay but I can't expect him to beat Federer here in his recent form. :confused:

Anyway heard Gasquet's pulling out yesterday but what happened to Tsonga, Gonzo? Still Jo is ill?

*Ljubica*
04-11-2009, 11:56 AM
I've decided I hate it :hysteric: And poor Janko has Monfils in the first round :rolleyes: Sadly Nadal will win it anyway - again :rolleyes: NID as they say on GM.

ellewoods
04-11-2009, 11:56 AM
Thanks for the link to that thread in GM - definitely one of the few good posts in that place :lol:

Regarding the MC draw - Nole once again has a tough path to the QFs/SFs. I hope he can do it! He seems to have the entire Spanish DC team in his quarter except, of course, Nadal. Definitely feel like Murray will overtake Nole after this tournament after seeing that draw. But doesn't matter Nole - AJDE!!

Herdwick
04-11-2009, 11:58 AM
Agree - no picnic. I still have a tendency to look at the QF onwards first; I guess those days are gone :sad:

I guess we shall watch him lose in the last 16 to Sarko on Thursday :bigcry:

Although perhaps not even that; the forecast is rubbish :banghead:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/181?&search=nice&pageSize=10&region=world

*Ljubica*
04-11-2009, 12:10 PM
Agree - no picnic. I still have a tendency to look at the QF onwards first; I guess those days are gone :sad:

I guess we shall watch him lose in the last 16 to Sarko on Thursday :bigcry:

If he ever gets that far :o Must admit I never look past the 1st round - never have :shrug: Probably the result of years supporting losers and headcases :o

shuhrat
04-11-2009, 12:19 PM
I've decided I hate it :hysteric: And poor Janko has Monfils in the first round :rolleyes: Sadly Nadal will win it anyway - again :rolleyes: NID as they say on GM.

It's for sure that I didn't see him enough to admit *the fact* because I can have a dream, someone else wins this. :smash:

Still I could be optimistic if he overcame the last match in Miami and the ranking thing.
There is one thing worrys me, he had just 1 week to adjust his game on clay not like 3~4 weeks last year. :rolleyes:

*Ljubica*
04-11-2009, 12:33 PM
It's for sure that I didn't see him enough to admit *the fact* because I can have a dream, someone else wins this. :smash:

Still I could be optimistic if he overcame the last match in Miami and the ranking thing.
There is one thing worrys me, he had just 1 week to adjust his game on clay not like 3~4 weeks last year. :rolleyes:

Well Nole is not a natural clay courter, so I think we shouldn't expect too much anyway as he tries to adjust his game to this surface :shrug: I guess he entered because he lives in MC anyway, and so it's a rare chance to play a tournament where he can stay in his own place instead of Hotels, - and if he loses early it's not like it's one of the Masters' Series events anymore, so it won't be so disastrous. :shrug:

ellewoods
04-11-2009, 12:36 PM
Well Nole is not a natural clay courter, so I think we shouldn't expect too much anyway as he tries to adjust his game to this surface :shrug: I guess he entered because he lives in MC anyway, and so it's a rare chance to play a tournament where he can stay in his own place instead of Hotels, - and if he loses early it's not like it's one of the Masters' Series events anymore, so it won't be so disastrous. :shrug:

I was under the impression MC was still a Masters event but simply that it was no longer a mandatory one?

*Ljubica*
04-11-2009, 01:02 PM
I was under the impression MC was still a Masters event but simply that it was no longer a mandatory one?

Yes you're right :) But I guess because it's not mandatory it's been a bit "downgraded" in some peoples' eyes. Guess that's what I was trying to say.

~Maya~
04-11-2009, 01:19 PM
:speakles: Awful draw.

Good luck Nole :smooch:

Running:Free
04-11-2009, 01:28 PM
Gotta make do :shrug:

(All my favourites - Ernie, Ferru, Kohli - in that half :rolleyes:)

Ajde.

pica_pica
04-11-2009, 01:38 PM
Nole...if you win, I :hug: you
if you lose in early rounds, I :hug: you
if you lose your #3, I :hug: you
You are obsessed with hugs, we fans all know it.
Just go and play your heart out!

Stephie Cesc
04-11-2009, 01:39 PM
The draw is not good :shrug: But just try your best and enjoy it! ;) Good Luck!

*Ljubica*
04-11-2009, 01:40 PM
Nole...if you win, I :hug: you
if you lose in early rounds, I :hug: you
if you lose your #3, I :hug: you
You are obsessed with hugs, we fans all know it.
Just go and play your hearts out!

:awww: What a lovely post - and i totally agree - I will always support him too!

Tess Gray
04-11-2009, 01:52 PM
I was really looking forward to Monte Carlo, but now only two of my favs are playing:lol: So Nole better win this thing because I want this tournament to be a succes:armed::hug:

kalisita
04-11-2009, 02:01 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/410/mds.pdf

Nole in Federer's half, and Verdasco, Almagro, Ferrer in his quater. :help:
He meets the winner between Benneteau and qualifier in 2nd round.

:sad: Not a good draw at all. So many people good on clay. :help:

Potential matchups:
R2 Benneteau
R3 Almagro
QF Verdasco (Ferrer)
SF Federer (Robredo/Wawrinka)

:scared:

Well, Ajde Nole! :rocker2:

Noleta
04-11-2009, 02:55 PM
What a draw he got all the clay specialists in his way:eek::speakles::bigcry: he really have bad luck with the draw this year:sad: if you compare his half with the other top seeds:shout: big sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhh anyway i'm not a big fan of the clay court bacause it bacame so predictabe thanks to Rafa:rolleyes:

*Ljubica*
04-11-2009, 03:27 PM
What a draw he got all the clay specialists in his way:eek::speakles::bigcry: he really have bad luck with the draw this year:sad: if you compare his half with the other top seeds:shout: big sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhh anyway i'm not a big fan of the clay court bacause it bacame so predictabe thanks to Rafa:rolleyes:

Used to be my favourite surface - back in the days when people like Coria and Gaudio played. I loved the fact that the smaller, less physically strong guys without big serves, could win through using clever play and brain rather than power. As you say - sadly Nadal has ruined that - can't imagine someone with a graceful, pretty clay game like Gaudio winning the French now :tears:

Noleta
04-11-2009, 06:13 PM
Used to be my favourite surface - back in the days when people like Coria and Gaudio played. I loved the fact that the smaller, less physically strong guys without big serves, could win through using clever play and brain rather than power. As you say - sadly Nadal has ruined that - can't imagine someone with a graceful, pretty clay game like Gaudio winning the French now :tears:

I remember Coria:)where he is now:confused:

*Ljubica*
04-11-2009, 06:31 PM
I remember Coria:)where he is now:confused:

He had shoulder surgery I believe, - and when he came back onto the Tour he had lost his nerve and had some real psychologocal problems, mainly as a result of that famous French Open final when he was two sets up against Gaudio and lost the match. He started serving endless double faults, and slipped right down the rankings. I believe he had some marital problems too :sad: I think he's tried to make a few comebacks on the Challenger Circuit, but none very successfully, and now he seems just to do TV commentary back home in Argentina.

Noleta
04-11-2009, 10:15 PM
He had shoulder surgery I believe, - and when he came back onto the Tour he had lost his nerve and had some real psychologocal problems, mainly as a result of that famous French Open final when he was two sets up against Gaudio and lost the match. He started serving endless double faults, and slipped right down the rankings. I believe he had some marital problems too :sad: I think he's tried to make a few comebacks on the Challenger Circuit, but none very successfully, and now he seems just to do TV commentary back home in Argentina.

Looking at Dent recently you never know he still can make it into the tour:)

Noleta
04-11-2009, 11:38 PM
Anyone knows on what day Novak will be playing?

kalisita
04-11-2009, 11:48 PM
Wednesday I believe. The match schedule on the official site has 2R on that day only.

http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/1/en/oop/schedule.asp

Noleta
04-11-2009, 11:51 PM
Wednesday I believe. The match schedule on the official site has 2R on that day only.

http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/1/en/oop/schedule.asp


Thank you:)wonder on what time he will be on court if he was playing the French Beneteau:shrug:

Lee
04-12-2009, 04:24 AM
Although perhaps not even that; the forecast is rubbish :banghead:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/181?&search=nice&pageSize=10&region=world

:awww: Good luck with the weather. :awww:

Yes you're right :) But I guess because it's not mandatory it's been a bit "downgraded" in some peoples' eyes. Guess that's what I was trying to say.

Nole needs this as he only has one 500 event so far this year. He needs 3 before USO. Since he's not playing Barcelona, he has to play MC. The remaining 2 500 events before USO are Hamburg which is a post Wimbledon outdoor clay and Washington which is right before the double header of 1000 events in Montreal and Cincy. :rolleyes:

Nole...if you win, I :hug: you
if you lose in early rounds, I :hug: you
if you lose your #3, I :hug: you
You are obsessed with hugs, we fans all know it.
Just go and play your hearts out!

:yeah: Same here! (I promise I won't get mad at him during the clay season :lol: )

:sad: Not a good draw at all. So many people good on clay. :help:

Potential matchups:
R2 Benneteau
R3 Almagro
QF Verdasco (Ferrer)
SF Federer (Robredo/Wawrinka)

:scared:

Well, Ajde Nole! :rocker2:

Honestly, I don't know if there's any good draw for Nole at all these days so I am happy with him playing Benneteau who's not really playing well this year. And I hope the qualifier Benneteau will play is not one of the clay court specilists. Almagro is hurt after winning Acapulco (and that's the only clay court title he has this year) Even he is recoverd, he's definitely not in shape. And I am grateful if he makes QF this year so I don't really care who he'll face. :lol:

edit: I think Nole is more likely to play Montanes than Almagro in 3rd round :tape:

kalisita
04-12-2009, 05:03 AM
Honestly, I don't know if there's any good draw for Nole at all these days so I am happy with him playing Benneteau who's not really playing well this year. And I hope the qualifier Benneteau will play is not one of the clay court specilists. Almagro is hurt after winning Acapulco (and that's the only clay court title he has this year) Even he is recoverd, he's definitely not in shape. And I am grateful if he makes QF this year so I don't really care who he'll face. :lol:

edit: I think Nole is more likely to play Montanes than Almagro in 3rd round :tape:

That's true. I had trouble deciding what exactly would be considered a "good" tournament from Nole here. :unsure: I guess the quarters would be nice.

pica_pica
04-12-2009, 08:53 AM
Thanks for the above information about Almagro. Then I think the biggest threat to Nole is Ferrer/Verdasco.

*Ljubica*
04-12-2009, 10:23 AM
Nole needs this as he only has one 500 event so far this year. He needs 3 before USO. Since he's not playing Barcelona, he has to play MC. The remaining 2 500 events before USO are Hamburg which is a post Wimbledon outdoor clay and Washington which is right before the double header of 1000 events in Montreal and Cincy. :rolleyes:

Honestly, I don't know if there's any good draw for Nole at all these days so I am happy with him playing Benneteau who's not really playing well this year. And I hope the qualifier Benneteau will play is not one of the clay court specilists. Almagro is hurt after winning Acapulco (and that's the only clay court title he has this year) Even he is recoverd, he's definitely not in shape. And I am grateful if he makes QF this year so I don't really care who he'll face. :lol:

edit: I think Nole is more likely to play Montanes than Almagro in 3rd round :tape:

I kind of have this feeling he'll play Hamburg :shrug: He has friends there I believe, and trained for a while in Germany. I sure hope so, as I have friends there too, so could be a nice (cheap :o ) weekend break for me :)

About the draw - I agree with you, and - for the qualifiers - I hope for no clay court specialists either. My real fear would be Lapentti :unsure: who irritates the hell out of me at the best of times, and is currently beating my beloved Mikhail Youzhny, Cuevas would be scary too.

A "good" tournament would be QF I think :)

*Ljubica*
04-12-2009, 12:15 PM
Somehow I missed that Novak will also play doubles in MC - with Viktor. That will please Herdwick for sure, as they usually play doubles on outside courts where you can get much closer to the Court (:secret: and she can embarrass JP :devil: ) Here is their quarter of the draw:-

[8] COETZEE, Jeff (RSA)/KERR, Jordan (AUS) vs BYE
MELO, Marcelo (BRA)/SA, Andre (BRA) vs DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB)/TROICKI, Viktor (SRB)
LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP)/VERDASCO, Fernando (ESP) vs ANDREEV, Igor (RUS)/SAFIN, Marat (RUS)
BYE vs [4] BHUPATHI, Mahesh (IND)/KNOWLES, Mark (BAH)

It is a hard first match, but I saw them play doubles together in Bercy last year, and they're fun to watch!

pica_pica
04-12-2009, 03:53 PM
Novak playing doubles? Surprise! Hope he only plays a round or two for warm up then focus on singles

arm
04-12-2009, 04:00 PM
You go and get that title, Nole! :rocker2: :bounce:

Pretty much here must think my optimist has reached insane levels, but I do believe! :bounce:

Herdwick will give you all our good vibes! :lol: :hug:

shuhrat
04-12-2009, 04:14 PM
http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/1/en/oop/default.asp

COURT 2 Not Before 4:00 PM
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) vs N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) :banana:

kalisita
04-12-2009, 04:18 PM
I forgot that he usually does play doubles in Monte Carlo.

shuhrat
04-12-2009, 04:32 PM
One more : COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
J Benneteau (FRA) vs [Q] O Hernandez (ESP)

In this case, there is a chance that he will play 2nd round match on Tuesday?
Edit : sorry. Just found out the program of the week.

Noleta
04-12-2009, 05:28 PM
[QUOTE=shuhrat;8424267]http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/1/en/oop/default.asp

COURT 2 Not Before 4:00 PM
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) vs N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) :banana:[/QUOTE

Hope there will be a live stream available:bounce:

*Ljubica*
04-12-2009, 05:57 PM
[QUOTE=shuhrat;8424267]http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/1/en/oop/default.asp

COURT 2 Not Before 4:00 PM
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) vs N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) :banana:[/QUOTE

Hope there will be a live stream available:bounce:

I don't think from Court 2 :sad: Usually only from Court Central and the Court des Princes I think :awww:

Noleta
04-12-2009, 06:08 PM
[QUOTE=Noleta;8424729]

I don't think from Court 2 :sad: Usually only from Court Central and the Court des Princes I think :awww:

:awww: like watching doubles specially the mix ones:)

*Ljubica*
04-12-2009, 06:11 PM
[QUOTE=*Ljubica*;8424849]

:awww: like watching doubles specially the mix ones:)

Must admit I don't so much like the SERIOUS doubles' teams like the Bryans :unsure: or any team involving Max Mirnyi - far too serious for me. The only doubles "specialist" I really like is Nenad :hearts: But I do sometimes like a fun doubles' match with players like Nole who don't normally play it, and are just having fun :) There are always a few laughs along the way then.

Noleta
04-12-2009, 06:14 PM
[QUOTE=Noleta;8424886]

Must admit I don't so much like the SERIOUS doubles' teams like the Bryans :unsure: or any team involving Max Mirnyi - far too serious for me. The only doubles "specialist" I really like is Nenad :hearts: But I do sometimes like a fun doubles' match with players like Nole who don't normally play it, and are just having fun :) There are always a few laughs along the way then.

Same here:)hoping that Nole will take part in the Hopman cup next year:worship:

*Ljubica*
04-12-2009, 06:15 PM
[QUOTE=*Ljubica*;8424896]

Same here:)hoping that Nole will take part in the Hopman cup next year:worship:

That would be nice :) It certainly bought him luck in 2008 - and it's televised on Sky too :D

Noleta
04-12-2009, 06:19 PM
[QUOTE=Noleta;8424904]

That would be nice :) It certainly bought him luck in 2008 - and it's televised on Sky too :D

Shame JJ was injured or they could've won it last year:):worship: for the Sky only place to fallow Tennis unlike the Belgian tv:rolleyes::o

*Ljubica*
04-12-2009, 06:24 PM
[QUOTE=*Ljubica*;8424908]

Shame JJ was injured or they could've won it last year:):worship: for the Sky only place to fallow Tennis unlike the Belgian tv:rolleyes::o

Yes - Sky is great...... providing you press the "mute" button to hide the Murray worship :rolleyes: And tomorrow they will excel themselves because guess who will be playing on Court des Princes? Yes - it will be Radek :inlove: The Big Purple One himself - and Sky will show him - be still me beating heart :inlove: :devil:

Noleta
04-12-2009, 06:29 PM
[QUOTE=Noleta;8424924]

Yes - Sky is great...... providing you press the "mute" button to hide the Murray worship :rolleyes: And tomorrow they will excel themselves because guess who will be playing on Court des Princes? Yes - it will be Radek :inlove: The Big Purple One himself - and Sky will show him - be still me beating heart :inlove: :devil:

Yeah that:lol: i odn't think Henin nor Clijsters got the same worship like Murray does:eek::pi think the British are extremely proud when it comes to theire sport stars:shrug: humm Radek can't get it tho how he seem to attract pretty women.... Vaidisova :phe must have some hidden talents:p

*Ljubica*
04-12-2009, 06:38 PM
[QUOTE=*Ljubica*;8424942]

Yeah that:lol: i odn't think Henin nor Clijsters got the same worship like Murray does:eek::pi think the British are extremely proud when it comes to theire sport stars:shrug: humm Radek can't get it tho how he seem to attract pretty women.... Vaidisova :phe must have some hidden talents:p

I try not to think about Radek's "hidden talents" :unsure: It's not long since I ate my dinner, and I don't want to feel ill :sad: They certainly don't fall for him for his handsome face that's for sure :tape:

And - yes - the Brits are very proud of our sports' stars - too proud probably. We put way to much pressure on them, and then are very quick to shoot them down if/when they fail. I don't like Murray, but I honestly don't think he wants or likes the kind of adulation he gets here - he'd probably prefer to fly a bit more "under the radar" I think.

Noleta
04-12-2009, 06:42 PM
[QUOTE=Noleta;8424958]

I try not to think about Radek's "hidden talents" :unsure: It's not long since I ate my dinner, and I don't want to feel ill :sad: They certainly don't fall for him for his handsome face that's for sure :tape:

And - yes - the Brits are very proud of our sports' stars - too proud probably. We put way to much pressure on them, and then are very quick to shoot them down if/when they fail. I don't like Murray, but I honestly don't think he wants or likes the kind of adulation he gets here - he'd probably prefer to fly a bit more "under the radar" I think.

:lol: sorry:angel:

yeah i think probably Murray dosn't know how to handle the adulation and sorry for any of his fans but i don't think he got the personality for it either:tape:

*Ljubica*
04-12-2009, 06:44 PM
[QUOTE=*Ljubica*;8424997]

:lol: sorry:angel:

yeah i think probably Murray dosn't know how to handle the adulation and sorry for any of his fans but i don't think he got the personality for it either:tape:

I totally agree. He has no "spark" or charisma at all - his brother Jamie has much more personality and humour. Sad thing is, that Jamie doesn't really have the tennis talent of his brother :sad:

Noleta
04-12-2009, 06:50 PM
[QUOTE=Noleta;8425006]

I totally agree. He has no "spark" or charisma at all - his brother Jamie has much more personality and humour. Sad thing is, that Jamie doesn't really have the tennis talent of his brother :sad:

It does seem that way for nearly every bother/sister of a good sport person:sad:

*Ljubica*
04-12-2009, 06:53 PM
[QUOTE=*Ljubica*;8425010]

It does seem that way for nearly every bother/sister of a good sport person:sad:

Yes - if you combined the talent of one with the looks of the other, you would make a good package :)

Lee
04-12-2009, 11:53 PM
So will Nole play King Oscar instead of PHM? :lol:

kalisita
04-13-2009, 12:07 AM
So will Nole play King Oscar instead of PHM? :lol:

:bolt: Please no. :scared:

Lee
04-13-2009, 12:37 AM
I know, it's scary :scared:

savesthedizzle
04-13-2009, 12:56 AM
:rolls: :rolls: :rolls:

too funny bibcry ;) Cuse football :rolls:


I should lose bets more often ;)

Bibberz
04-13-2009, 01:05 AM
:rolls: :rolls: :rolls:

too funny bibcry ;) Cuse football :rolls:


I should lose bets more often ;)

Are you talking to me? :confused:

savesthedizzle
04-13-2009, 01:49 AM
:scratch:

I'm losing it :shrug:

ellewoods
04-13-2009, 03:40 AM
Here are Tignor's predictions for MC:

First Quarter

There’s another tennis ritual at this time of year, of course: The dominance of Rafael Nadal. Over the last four years, he’s lost a total of two matches in the lead-up to the French Open, while winning eight Masters events. Every spring we wonder if he can run the table again, and every year he comes out like a new man on clay, his recent losses forgotten, and does it again. Even those two losses, to Federer in Hamburg 2007 and Ferrero in Rome 2008, seemed fortuitous for his French Open aspirations.

There’s another element to Nadal’s dominance. He tends to use this time of year to avenge earlier hard-court losses and stop players from gaining any momentum against him. This year his quarter may afford him a chance to do this again. The top two seeds after Nadal are Juan-Martin del Potro and Gael Monfils, both of whom have beaten him in 2009. Those two are slotted to the play in the fourth round for the right to face Nadal in the quarters.

Other worthy names, but likely losers to Nadal: Hewitt, Monte Carlo resident Marat Safin, and Stepanek

Semifinalist: Nadal

Second Quarter

Andy Murray brings his 26-2 season record into Nadal’s half of the draw. With him are . . . well, not a whole lot. Davydenko, Nalbandian, and Cilic are the other three seeds here, and the only guy I can find who even remotely qualifies as a dangerous floater is Monte Carlo resident Tomas Berdych (he and Murray are 1-1, though they haven’t played since 2006).

Murray’s results on clay have been the biggest disappointment of his career so far—he trained on the stuff as a kid and has developed the patience and stamina for it in the last year. His draw in Monte Carlo gives him an excellent chance to get his clay legs underneath him and make some long-awaited strides on the surface.

Semifinalist: Murray

Third Quarter

This section is the province of the ever-more-unpredictable Monte Carlo resident and No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic. He reached the semis last year, and while these days it’s hard to tell from week to week what kind of patience level he’ll bring to the court, he should benefit from the lack of intense heat and humidity, which staggered him in Indian Wells and Key Biscayne. Djokovic’s strongest competition will likely come from one of a mini-Spanish Armada: Verdasco, Ferrer, and Almagro are all in this quarter, and all could outlast or outhit Djokovic on a good day. While Verdasco is more comfortable on hard courts, Almagro had a solid start to the year on dirt, winning in Acapulco, and Ferrer beat the Serb on the stuff in Davis Cup last month.

Semifinalist: Ferrer

Fourth Quarter

The name-brand player who got hitched over the weekend was, of course, Roger Federer. It’s been a topsy-turvy year for Federer, both professionally and personally, but in taking an 11th-hour wild card into Monte Carlo he seems to have decided that the best place for him at the moment is on the tennis court. It's hard to argue: Judging by his total lack of consistency in the U.S. last month, the more balls he hits, the better.

His quarter is not a frightening one. He could be pitted in a third-rounder against his countryman Stan Wawrinka, provided Stan can get past Igor Andreev and his vicious clay-oriented forehand. After that, Federer’s most likely quarterfinal foes will be Simon or Robredo. It’s hard to say how the world No. 2’s form will be on clay right now. He’s had his ups and downs and his share of happy distractions so far in 2009. While his backhand remains a major question mark—Simon, who beat him in Toronto last summer, could make him hit a lot of them—Federer survived many a grinder over the last three clay springs. He has been the runner-up in Monte Carlo three straight times and hasn’t lost to anyone not named Nadal here since 2005.

Semifinalist: Federer

Semifinals: Nadal d. Murray; Ferrer d. Federer

Final: Nadal d. Ferrer

redberyl
04-13-2009, 10:46 AM
Hernandez def. Benneteau 6-4 6-4
Spaniard Hernadez will be Nole's next opponent.
(It is possible that Nole meets all of the Spaniard clay specialist, if he goes into the tournemount deep. :eek:)

I watched the match a little bit, and Hernandez played quite solid.

This is Nole's first clay match this year(I don't count the DC in):p. Hope Nole can enjoy his clay season and bring us some good matches.

Ajde Nole!!! ;)

*Ljubica*
04-13-2009, 10:50 AM
Hernandez def. Benneteau 6-4 6-4
Spaniard Hernadez will be Nole's next opponent.
(It is possible that Nole meets all of the Spaniard clay specialist, if he goes into the tournemount deep. :eek:)

I watched the match a little bit, and Hernandez played quite solid.

This is Nole's first clay match this year(I don't count the DC in):p. Hope Nole can enjoy his clay season and bring us some good matches.

Ajde Nole!!! ;)

The KING Hernandez :unsure: :eek: I watched a bit of it too, - but I find that kind of typical clay court match quite boring these days :o so switched to watch Chela v Kunitsyn, because at least there is enough choking going on there to make it faintly amusing :o I sure hope Nole doesn't underestimate Hernandez - as you say, he is solid and dependable, and he is right at home on clay.

zsanika
04-13-2009, 12:48 PM
"So far so good," said the Serb Monday. "I didn't have a long time to adjust to new surface and conditions.
"But I've played Davis Cup on clay which helps me a little bit. And here I feel at home, I know these courts really well and have been training for a few days already so I feel fine."

Lee
04-13-2009, 01:56 PM
I woke up around 3:30 this morning :sobbing: and could not get back to sleep so I started watching TV. It's an amazing self-destruct by Melzer and I am such a lucky charm for him :p as I watched him lost all 9 games and the match.

Lee
04-13-2009, 02:01 PM
So will Nole play King Oscar instead of PHM? :lol:

:bolt: Please no. :scared:

I know, it's scary :scared:

Our nightmares come true :tape:

King Oscar will be a more difficult player for Nole. I hope at least the "normal" Nole shows up. That should be enough for a win vs Hernandez.

pica_pica
04-13-2009, 02:33 PM
If Nole goes deep, it could be:

(2R) Hernandez
(3R) Montanes, Almagro
(QF) Ferrer, Lopez, Verdasco
(SF) Federer, Robredo (he has 2 clay titles, what if he upset Roger?)
(F) Nadal

Spanish ARMADA! :scared: Spain's really good in producing clay beasts.

Lee
04-13-2009, 02:40 PM
Don't believe Robredo will upset Roger but I will think about that when Nole reach QF :lol:

kalisita
04-13-2009, 03:59 PM
:bigclap: Nole and Viktor won the first set of their doubles match 6-1! :bigclap:

jamjar
04-13-2009, 04:13 PM
The KING Hernandez :unsure: :eek: I watched a bit of it too, - but I find that kind of typical clay court match quite boring these days :o so switched to watch Chela v Kunitsyn, because at least there is enough choking going on there to make it faintly amusing :o I sure hope Nole doesn't underestimate Hernandez - as you say, he is solid and dependable, and he is right at home on clay.

:mad: It's not amusing when your heart stops every 8 seconds :tears:

:p :o


:bigclap: Nole and Viktor won the first set of their doubles match 6-1! :bigclap:

:bounce:

Running:Free
04-13-2009, 04:27 PM
R1 Dubs win :p :woohoo:

jamjar
04-13-2009, 04:29 PM
:woohoo:

kalisita
04-13-2009, 04:31 PM
:bounce: Nole and Viktor defeated Melo and Sa 6-1, 6-4. :bounce: I hope playing doubles gives Nole extra confidence and some extra on court practice for his matches! :)

*Ljubica*
04-13-2009, 04:32 PM
:mad: It's not amusing when your heart stops every 8 seconds :tears:

:p :o




:bounce:

Jelena :hug: Sorry! I forget you like Chela - well congrats to him and you then :D

kalisita
04-13-2009, 04:36 PM
Nole 4th on centre court tomorrow (last singles match).

http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/410/op.pdf

jamjar
04-13-2009, 04:41 PM
Jelena :hug: Sorry! I forget you like Chela - well congrats to him and you then :D

:lol: It's alright -- not many people like him. I don't mind. Less people to share him with :D

Though knowing you, I suppose you will be cheering for him in R2 against Nadal? ;) Cruel woman... :p

Lee
04-13-2009, 04:42 PM
Too bad TTC is not showing doubles. Simon and Chardy, 2 cute Frenchies on center court after Nole. :lol:

*Ljubica*
04-13-2009, 04:44 PM
:lol: It's alright -- not many people like him. I don't mind. Less people to share him with :D

Though knowing you, I suppose you will be cheering for him in R2 against Nadal? ;) Cruel woman... :p

:lol: You know me too well! I would cheer for the :devil: himself if I thought he would beat Nadal - so cheering for Chela would be a very small sacrifice, - though I do admit I don't like him so much :o Good luck to him in the next round though :p

Noleta
04-13-2009, 05:11 PM
:bounce::yeah:a win for Novak and Victor in DB :) that's a surprise:p

Is Hernandez a dangerous opponent for Novak:unsure:

*Ljubica*
04-13-2009, 05:18 PM
:bounce::yeah:a win for Novak and Victor in DB :) that's a surprise:p

Is Hernandez a dangerous opponent for Novak:unsure:

Well - he's a solid clay courter, so I guess that probably means yes :unsure: Obviously he's not in the league of the top clay guys ike Ferrer, Robredo, Almagro etc - but he works hard, he moves well, he seems to have a pretty calm temperament under pressure, and he can hit balls all day that will probably bore Nole to :zzz: I hope Nole can focus and not get stressed by his style, and just take his chances.

Noleta
04-13-2009, 05:29 PM
Well - he's a solid clay courter, so I guess that probably means yes :unsure: Obviously he's not in the league of the top clay guys ike Ferrer, Robredo, Almagro etc - but he works hard, he moves well, he seems to have a pretty calm temperament under pressure, and he can hit balls all day that will probably bore Nole to :zzz: I hope Nole can focus and not get stressed by his style, and just take his chances.

:scared: do you know the exact time of his match please:)

*Ljubica*
04-13-2009, 05:45 PM
:scared: do you know the exact time of his match please:)

Depends on how long the preceeding matches take :shrug: But if you calculate two hours for each match, plus 15 minutes between each one to change court staff etc, I would think about 4.00pm CET - but may be up to an hour later if preceeding matches drag on as clay court matches sometimes do.

Noleta
04-13-2009, 05:47 PM
Depends on how long the preceeding matches take :shrug: But if you calculate two hours for each match, plus 15 minutes between each one to change court staff etc, I would think about 4.00pm CET - but may be up to an hour later if preceeding matches drag on as clay court matches sometimes do.
ZERO SUBJECT :rolleyes:

Noleta
04-13-2009, 05:49 PM
Depends on how long the preceeding matches take :shrug: But if you calculate two hours for each match, plus 15 minutes between each one to change court staff etc, I would think about 4.00pm CET - but may be up to an hour later if preceeding matches drag on as clay court matches sometimes do.

Good timing:)at least no more late nights suffering:p can't wait :rocker: if he shows up tired then we know who to blame:devil::p

Lee
04-13-2009, 09:41 PM
Depends on how long the preceeding matches take :shrug: But if you calculate two hours for each match, plus 15 minutes between each one to change court staff etc, I would think about 4.00pm CET - but may be up to an hour later if preceeding matches drag on as clay court matches sometimes do.

But if there's a Melzdown like today, the match may last only an hour. :rolls:

Running:Free
04-14-2009, 01:17 AM
But if there's a Melzdown like today, the match may last only an hour. :rolls:

:rolls:

Ajde for tomorrow! :rocker2:

*Ljubica*
04-14-2009, 05:35 AM
Good timing:)at least no more late nights suffering:p can't wait :rocker: if he shows up tired then we know who to blame:devil::p

That damn Herdwick has a lot to answer for :lol: OK - off to work - back for the match I hope! I'm :unsure: about the KING :awww:

ellewoods
04-14-2009, 07:47 AM
nooooo, 4th on court will be approximately 2.30/3am here :sad: why couldnt he have been first?? that would have been perfect.

Guess I will have to settle for some Tipsy instead then :awww:

*Ljubica*
04-14-2009, 07:52 AM
nooooo, 4th on court will be approximately 2.30/3am here :sad: why couldnt he have been first?? that would have been perfect.

Guess I will have to settle for some Tipsy instead then :awww:

:awww: Can't please all of the people all of the time. I'm at work and desparately wishing I could see some Tipsy :hearts: So please cheer him for me.

ellewoods
04-14-2009, 09:14 AM
:awww: Can't please all of the people all of the time. I'm at work and desparately wishing I could see some Tipsy :hearts: So please cheer him for me.

I said it once and I'll say it again...timezones suck! My live coverage just dropped out because we're having a sudden hailstorm :shrug: Global warming...

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 11:28 AM
Rumours that no streams seem to work today :bigcry:

ellewoods
04-14-2009, 11:50 AM
Rumours that no streams seem to work today :bigcry:

Oh no :awww: You don't have TV coverage? Have you tried all the major ones? channelsurfing, atdhe, justin.tv and bet365?

In other relevant news, Almagro has been ousted :bounce:

asmazif
04-14-2009, 12:52 PM
And Hanescu's totally fucking up against Murray. The idiot's held twice in the entire match, broken twice and has had numerous break points...

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:02 PM
I've watched a bit of Murray. His movement on clay is impressive. :eek:

arm
04-14-2009, 01:23 PM
stream anyone?

ellewoods
04-14-2009, 01:25 PM
yay Nole next! :bounce: I got about one page of notes done during my "studying" :rolls:

Noleta
04-14-2009, 01:29 PM
He's on court Ajdee Novak:rocker:

ellewoods
04-14-2009, 01:31 PM
Yay for good timing fellow tennis players :worship:

arm
04-14-2009, 01:33 PM
He is on my tv :hearts:

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:34 PM
Forced to watch SKY sports in the end.....they are showing an interview with Novak........

arm
04-14-2009, 01:35 PM
The Portguese commentator just called him "Novak Djurkuvic" :rolls:

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:36 PM
SKY sports trying to defend their bias towards Murray by comparing themselves with Spanish media

Masha91
04-14-2009, 01:37 PM
Good luck Nole!

Noleta
04-14-2009, 01:37 PM
Forced to watch SKY sports in the end.....they are showing an interview with Novak........

I missed that :bigcry:

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:37 PM
Let's go! Ajde Nole!!!

ellewoods
04-14-2009, 01:38 PM
I'm really nervous :scared:

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:38 PM
horrible start 0-30

kalisita
04-14-2009, 01:39 PM
Here we go!

Not the greatest start. 0-30.

Noleta
04-14-2009, 01:39 PM
SKY sports trying to defend their bias towards Murray by comparing themselves with Spanish media

:rolleyes: are they trying to say he is as good as the spanish on clay:eek::p

Novak what are you doing:smash:

Noleta
04-14-2009, 01:40 PM
Here we go!

Not the greatest start. 0-30.

Guess we are used to that:lol:

arm
04-14-2009, 01:40 PM
he'll be fine. ;) Just adapting, :)

Jelena_78
04-14-2009, 01:40 PM
Hi :wavey:

I'm really nervous :scared:

Me too :unsure:

Why is he so impatient?

Ajde Nole!

he'll be fine. ;) Just adapting, :)

Optimist as always :D :hug:

Lee
04-14-2009, 01:41 PM
Morning everyone!

No sound here :( as hubby is still sleeping and I don't want to move my laptop downstair :shrug:

from 0-30 to 40-30, duece! Still no depth in his ground stroke but may be because the first 2 forehand was way long. :tape:


Ajde!

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:41 PM
1st serves % bad

kalisita
04-14-2009, 01:42 PM
Held in the end.

ellewoods
04-14-2009, 01:42 PM
Good, he held

Masha91
04-14-2009, 01:42 PM
Held, yay!

arm
04-14-2009, 01:43 PM
Lee :wavey:

ellewoods
04-14-2009, 01:45 PM
argh DSOD :banghead:

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:45 PM
:smash: dropshot

arm
04-14-2009, 01:45 PM
You really need good DS during clay season, Nole. :rolls: Start practicing.

Noleta
04-14-2009, 01:45 PM
Playing better until the DPS

Lee
04-14-2009, 01:45 PM
Oops! I forgot to bet on Nole! 2 for 2 in this tourny so far.

DSOD! Well, he waited until 2nd game :lol:

*Ljubica*
04-14-2009, 01:46 PM
What a rush home from work :rolleyes: Nole - you better win this damned thing :fiery: Good job I've got this on TV because no livestreams seem to be working today :rolleyes:

Noleta
04-14-2009, 01:46 PM
Not going to be easy but he will win if he play his game:rocker2:

kalisita
04-14-2009, 01:47 PM
Good return there. Deuce!

ellewoods
04-14-2009, 01:47 PM
I'm trying to study copyright law while commenting here and watching the match. It's proving quite difficult.

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:47 PM
Robredo ousted. So many seeds upset today.

kalisita
04-14-2009, 01:47 PM
Bp!

Lee
04-14-2009, 01:47 PM
bp

AJDE!

Noleta
04-14-2009, 01:47 PM
What a rush home from work :rolleyes: Nole - you better win this damned thing :fiery: Good job I've got this on TV because no livestreams seem to be working today :rolleyes:

Good timing:yeah: hope you had a good day at work:hug:

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:48 PM
http://www.livestreamtube.com/ch-8/

arm
04-14-2009, 01:48 PM
Rose, I missed my class to watch. :rolls:

Noleta
04-14-2009, 01:48 PM
I'm trying to study copyright law while commenting here and watching the match. It's proving quite difficult.

Multitasking:p

Good return of serve Novak:worship:

kalisita
04-14-2009, 01:48 PM
Bp#2!

Masha91
04-14-2009, 01:48 PM
Loved that return!

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:49 PM
http://www.livestreamtube.com/ch-8/
This works but it's SKY Sports, beware. They just can't stop talking about the ranking.

arm
04-14-2009, 01:49 PM
I TRY to like clay, I really do. But it's so depressing. :rolls:

Lee
04-14-2009, 01:50 PM
Robredo ousted. So many seeds upset today.

Not surprised at Monaco won but the scoreline is a bit surprising.

arm
04-14-2009, 01:50 PM
http://www.livestreamtube.com/ch-8/
This works but it's SKY Sports, beware. They just can't stop talking about the ranking.

Nice warning :yeah: :haha:

:hug:

Lee
04-14-2009, 01:51 PM
2 good 2nd serve return result in DF by Oscar. Keep up the good work.

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:51 PM
:help: so many deuces
go break Nole

Noleta
04-14-2009, 01:52 PM
This match is going to take aaaaaaaaaaaaaaages:spit: but it's Novak so i'm not complaining:angel:

arm
04-14-2009, 01:52 PM
:bolt: That woman screaming "out" scares the hell out of me. :eek:

*Ljubica*
04-14-2009, 01:52 PM
http://www.livestreamtube.com/ch-8/
This works but it's SKY Sports, beware. They just can't stop talking about the ranking.

:rolls: That's exactly what I was trying to avoid. I can hear the Sky Sports commentators on my own TV - I wanted a change from them:) Thanks anyway.

kalisita
04-14-2009, 01:52 PM
That person who is shrieking "out" is already getting on my nerves. My oh my is that an annoying sound.

ellewoods
04-14-2009, 01:53 PM
He's returning quite well so far. Some return winners and good depth on most of them! Ajde!

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:53 PM
I didn't watch much clay before......now I realize that clay is really too slow

Lee
04-14-2009, 01:53 PM
Ajde Nole! Now BREAK!

kalisita
04-14-2009, 01:54 PM
BP#3! Very nice DS by Hernandez to save it.

ellewoods
04-14-2009, 01:54 PM
That person who is shrieking "out" is already getting on my nerves. My oh my is that an annoying sound.

I concur! :smash:

*Ljubica*
04-14-2009, 01:54 PM
Clay used to be my favourite surface, but recently I've gone right off it :rolleyes: It's so damned slow and boring, and there's only ever going to be one winner on the final day anyway :shrug:

Lee
04-14-2009, 01:55 PM
Not only players need to be patient on clay. :p

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:55 PM
:help: so many deuces!!!!!

Masha91
04-14-2009, 01:55 PM
Please break now!

kalisita
04-14-2009, 01:55 PM
BP#5. Get this one Nole!

ellewoods
04-14-2009, 01:56 PM
:bounce: he did it!

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:56 PM
finally a break!!

Masha91
04-14-2009, 01:56 PM
Ajde, break now hold please!

arm
04-14-2009, 01:56 PM
Nole :haha: :kiss:

Lee
04-14-2009, 01:56 PM
Finally, Nole reacts like he won the match! :rolls:

*Ljubica*
04-14-2009, 01:56 PM
Break :bounce:

kalisita
04-14-2009, 01:57 PM
The break! Nice in the end. Nice psychological boost after such a long game and so many BPs.

Lee
04-14-2009, 01:57 PM
12' 35" this game.

Now HOLD!!! AJDE!

arm
04-14-2009, 01:57 PM
Clay used to be my favourite surface, but recently I've gone right off it :rolleyes: It's so damned slow and boring, and there's only ever going to be one winner on the final day anyway :shrug:

It's depressing. :(

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:57 PM
:smash: Andreev......losing another tie-brk and is down a brk in 3rd set

Noleta
04-14-2009, 01:57 PM
Now he need to hold his service games easy said then done:eek:

kalisita
04-14-2009, 01:58 PM
0-30! HOLD! Focus.

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:58 PM
0-30 :smash: HOLD please

Lee
04-14-2009, 01:58 PM
0-30 again :rolleyes:

*Ljubica*
04-14-2009, 01:58 PM
Do you think Hernandez will try and bore Novak into errors and submission?:rolleyes:

kalisita
04-14-2009, 01:59 PM
0-40 now. Boo!

arm
04-14-2009, 01:59 PM
Nole :mad:

Lee
04-14-2009, 01:59 PM
3 bps :help:

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 01:59 PM
:help: 0-40

arm
04-14-2009, 01:59 PM
:smash:

ellewoods
04-14-2009, 01:59 PM
dw guys, Hernandez is 10 years older than Nole...he will tire from hitting those groundstrokes sooner or later.

Masha91
04-14-2009, 02:00 PM
Oh no!

Lee
04-14-2009, 02:00 PM
Hernandez upped his game here. Good first serve and saved one.

Still haven't find his range on serve.

*sigh* back on serve

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 02:00 PM
uh-oh :tears:

arm
04-14-2009, 02:01 PM
dw guys, Hernandez is 10 years older than Nole...he will tire from hitting those groundstrokes sooner or later.

There's no doubt Nole is going to win this. :shrug:

Te question is: how is he going to do it? Please do it playing great! :bounce:

kalisita
04-14-2009, 02:01 PM
Back on serve.

First serve % is 46. Not good.

arm
04-14-2009, 02:02 PM
BTW, I need to cry for a while, I haven't done it yet. :bigcry: Simon lost! :sad:

*Ljubica*
04-14-2009, 02:02 PM
Nole :rolleyes: Don't let this boring Spanish grinder get you down. Break back now :rocker: Commentators just said Hernandez has NEVER beaten a Top 10 player - so please don't let him start now :rolleyes:

Lee
04-14-2009, 02:03 PM
BTW, I need to cry for a while, I haven't done it yet. :bigcry: Simon lost! :sad:

:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

Noleta
04-14-2009, 02:03 PM
I think he will win but maybe will struggle giving it's his first clay match:)

arm
04-14-2009, 02:04 PM
Girls, Murray lost his 2 fisrt service games an won the match i straight sets. There is no quetsion Nole is going to win this match. :shrug:

Noleta
04-14-2009, 02:04 PM
Novak is playing better when he's not serving:help:

pica_pica
04-14-2009, 02:05 PM
Ridiculous match...just like WTA...okay hold now Nole