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Friday OOP and related ramblings

Fee
08-20-2004, 05:51 PM
Schedule of Play for Friday, August 20th

Quarterfinals Session 1

Stadium Court - Matches 1 Start at 1:00pm
Travis Parrott (USA)/Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs. Rick Leach (USA)/Brian Macphie(USA)
Followed By - Cyril Saulnier (FRA) vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Followed By - Raemon Sluiter (NED) vs. Robby Ginepri (USA)


Grandstand Court - Matches Start at 3:00pm
Martin Garcia (ARG)/Sebastian Prieto (ARG) vs. Jordan Kerr (AUS)/Jim Thomas (USA)


Quarterfinals Session 2

Stadium Court - Matches Start at 7:00pm
Andre Agassi (USA) vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Followed by - Gilles Muller (LUX) vs. Michel Kratochvil (SUI)

Aleksa's Laydee
08-20-2004, 07:33 PM
Goooooooooo Robby!!!

Gigan
08-20-2004, 08:25 PM
Go, go Andre!!!

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

lovin_lleyton
08-20-2004, 08:45 PM
Lleyton leads Saulnier, 6-3, 1-1!!
GO LLEYTON!! :bigclap:

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 08:54 PM
come on lleyton.. 1/13 from break points , geez

Fergie
08-20-2004, 08:55 PM
Go Lleyton, Go Andre :bounce:

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 09:14 PM
Damn, lleyton got broken

Fee
08-20-2004, 09:30 PM
Wow, Llegs lost the second set. Better wake up dude!

Neely
08-20-2004, 09:54 PM
double fault Saulnier and deuce on Saulnier's serve at *4-5

Neely
08-20-2004, 09:57 PM
Saulnier holds

now Lleyton under pressure at 30-30 and 5-5

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 09:59 PM
Damn , this is getting tense

Neely
08-20-2004, 10:01 PM
6-5* Hewitt

Neely
08-20-2004, 10:02 PM
Damn , this is getting tense
yes, going by watching the scoreboard this looks like a very intense match :scared:
I hope for Lleyton coming through, but looks like Saulnier is in pretty good form lately, I remember very well his match in LA against Haas, just a few points decided and Haas was in really good top form at this time and went on to win the whole tournament

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 10:03 PM
why cant lleyton make any inroads to his serve? he must be serving really big

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 10:04 PM
OMG, final set breaker... COME ON LLEYTON!!! DONT GIVE UP!!!!!!!!

Neely
08-20-2004, 10:05 PM
Saulnier holds serve...

six games all, third set, tiebreak

you can start praying, a 3rd set tiebreak is most likely a roll of dice lottery unlike your name is Federer or Roddick

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 10:05 PM
i guess saulnier has the upper hand

Neely
08-20-2004, 10:05 PM
why cant lleyton make any inroads to his serve? he must be serving really big
yes, Saulnier can do that, good server I would say

but Lleyton's serve also looks really good today, at least the percentage and the number of aces

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 10:06 PM
he is serving really huge neely, lleyton didnt even get close to a break point in the last 2 sets!

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 10:07 PM
I am not convinced, he double fauled 2 times in a game to hand over the break in the 2nd set

Neely
08-20-2004, 10:07 PM
3-2* Hewitt
no mini-breaks yet

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 10:08 PM
Damn it...come on fellow adelaidian!!!!!!!!come on rocky!

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 10:08 PM
I think one mini break might decide it..

Neely
08-20-2004, 10:09 PM
he is serving really huge neely, lleyton didnt even get close to a break point in the last 2 sets!
OMG, yes you're totally right... I just switched throught the "receiving points won" in set 2 and 3 and Lleyton just scored a few points on Saulnier's serve :eek: :scared:
didn't notice that earlier because I just joined the scoreboard mid-way the 3rd set

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 10:10 PM
5-2 lleyton? wtf the scoreboard just said 3-3

Neely
08-20-2004, 10:10 PM
6-3* match points Lleyton

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 10:10 PM
6-3, match point rocky llegs!

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 10:11 PM
6-5 OMG...

Neely
08-20-2004, 10:11 PM
*6-5 one match point on own serve now, take it!

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 10:13 PM
NOW I CAN BREATHE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHH HE WINS

Neely
08-20-2004, 10:13 PM
he did it! :clap2: :worship:

Neely
08-20-2004, 10:13 PM
Hewitt def. Saulnier 6-3 3-6 7-6(5) :banana: :banana:

C'MON! big fist pump, Lleyton! yeah ;) :clap2:

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 10:15 PM
GEEZ that was tight match, i have seen saulnier before, that guy can manufacture huge shots in both wings, lleyton never had a fair dinkum shot at his serve because he was going for his 2nd serve and not faulting either. geez i hope he stays away from lleyton in the US open draw

Hagar
08-20-2004, 10:22 PM
WTG, Lleyton! This Saulnier guy seems to be dangerous.
What will Lleyton's ranking be? Ferrero is only 5 points ahead of him.

Port_Power
08-20-2004, 10:56 PM
Lleyton will be ahead of ferrero as well as henman i think, because he is not defending his points here. So he should move to 6th in the world and if he can do better than andre, should move to 5th. And coria wont be playing us open, so maybe rocky llegs can be seeded 4th for US open :)

Gigan
08-20-2004, 10:58 PM
Come, come to papa lleyton!
And good luck!
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Socket
08-20-2004, 11:49 PM
OK, I'm back from the Legg Mason with my match report for Hewitt/Saulnier. Everything people said about Saulnier in their posts here is correct. He was hitting great from both wings, and really going for everything. He hits very hard, and routinely made first serves in the mid 120s. It was amazing how many Lleyton actually got back, but he was on his heels after that in the point.

Once again, I would have guessed that Lleyton's first serve percentage was lower than the stats say. But, except for the second set, he hit aces or SWs at the right times. Most of those aces weren't fast serves, but were placement serves, where he got Saulnier to lean the wrong way and hit a serve in the 100s or 110s. Believe it or not, he had a first serve ace that was clocked at something like 85 mph, but that was a slice serve that just painted the line. He also hit some tremendous volleys and one of his trademark lobs that the crowd loved.

Saulnier's aggression made it hard for Lleyton to make any inroads into his service game for the last two sets, but Saulnier's game doesn't have a big margin of error to it, and he got visibly tight at about 4-4 in the third set. I was figuring that, if Lleyton could get into a TB, his big match experience would pull him out, and that's exactly what happened. Lleyton kept his head, raised his level of play, and Saulnier's level of play really went south. He seem to alternate during the TB between playing much conservatively than he had been (not going for the lines) and going for too much too early. Really seemed to have no sense of how to construct the points. You could tell he was out of sorts when he forgot to change sides at 4-2.

In contrast, Lleyton's level of play really went up during the TB to where it had been during the first set and that was that. He made some really, really great returns on Saulnier's serve and his serving was excellent. It was a classic example of the mentally stronger player winning in the end over a physically stronger player. All in all, a very enjoyable match to watch. Congrats to Lleyton, and I wish him the best of luck in his SF tomorrow!

Fee
08-20-2004, 11:56 PM
Excellent report Socket. Thanks!

sol
08-21-2004, 12:00 AM
Thanks for the report, Socket! :wavey: :D
Is the scoreboard working now?.

Socket
08-21-2004, 12:07 AM
You're both welcome! I just noticed that both Lleyton and Saulnier won 107 points in the match, which goes to show not only how tight the match was, but also that Lleyton won the match by winning the RIGHT points.

I should also add that the line calling was quite poor, and Lleyton got more bad calls than Saulnier did, and at much more crucial times. He might have won in straight sets if the line judges had bothered to open their eyes.

Neely
08-21-2004, 12:53 AM
well done, Robby :yeah:

playwithmybanan
08-21-2004, 01:09 AM
Agassi's only got 10 more points than hewitt right now, and he made the semis of this tournament last year, so hewitt's already past him. I haven't done the numbers, but the only way I see Agassi staying ahead is if hewitt loses either in the semis or the finals, and agassi will have to make the finals to gain any points at all.

This all hinges on the calendar from last year, since I'm expecting the washington points to drop off. If it's a week off, then it might take another week for this stuff to set in and take effect.

Socket
08-21-2004, 01:19 AM
I don't know when the Legg Mason points come off, but the rankings this Monday will be used for US Open seedings.

Port_Power
08-21-2004, 01:23 AM
Great report mate, how about lleytons unforced error count?

Socket
08-21-2004, 01:50 AM
Great report mate, how about lleytons unforced error count?

My impression was that his UEs (and winners) were relatively low. Included in his UE count would be a few horrible calls, I mean the kind of stuff that EVERYBODY in the stadium except the line judge knows was a wrong call.

Should be a very interesting match against Ginepri tomorrow. Lleyton is 3-0 against him, with 2 wins on harcourt (including the infamous double bagel at Cincy after the interview fiasco), but from what I've seen of Ginepri this week, he's playing pretty well.

Gigan
08-21-2004, 02:18 AM
Andre def Mathieu 6-4, 6-4!!!!

Who is next? Michel Kratochvil (SUI) or Gilles Muller (LUX)?

Go Andre!!!
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swellde
08-21-2004, 03:24 AM
Concerning the seedings and D.C. points, I'm almost positive they already fell of the rankings in late July when the tournament was played last year so whoever does better between Agassi and Hewitt will get the higher ranking.

Gigan
08-21-2004, 04:53 AM
Andre def Mathieu 6-4, 6-4!!!!

Who is next? Michel Kratochvil (SUI) or Gilles Muller (LUX)?




Next is Gilles Muller,

Go Andre!!!

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