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Ad Wim
01-15-2010, 02:02 PM
Pretty decent draw. Seppi first round should be winnable and after that Lu/quali. Monfils in his part, who isn't fully fit. I expect a third round here.


Andy Murray GBR (5) Qualifier
Marc Gicquel FRA Simone Bolelli ITA
Jarkko Nieminen FIN Nick Lindahl AUS
Florent Serra FRA Jurgen Melzer AUT (28)

David Ferrer ESP (17) Andreas Seppi ITA
Qualifier Yen-Hsun Lu TPE
Daniel Koellerer AUT Qualifier
Qualifier Gael Monfils FRA (12)

silviagz
01-19-2010, 12:21 AM
When will he play? Or has he played already? THANKS!

alisia
01-19-2010, 07:58 AM
David won his first match when Gil had to retire when David was leading 6-0 6-0 2-0 :)

Ad Wim
01-19-2010, 12:49 PM
Wow, wtf was that?! Probably not a very good test, but no waste of energy either. Next up Baghdatis, very tough.

alisia
01-19-2010, 01:29 PM
Wow, wtf was that?! Probably not a very good test, but no waste of energy either. Next up Baghdatis, very tough.

dunno except I got up early to watch it & they'd already finished :rolleyes:

Sommarsverige
01-19-2010, 10:02 PM
Thanks god at least Ferru won :yeah:

I am still soooooooo disappointed about Tommys loss :sad:

alisia
01-20-2010, 09:57 AM
Thanks god at least Ferru won :yeah:

I am still soooooooo disappointed about Tommys loss :sad:

you and me both :hug:

I knew there was a reason I hated Eurosport, they took Delpo's match off just as he served for the match :fiery:

David plays Baghdatis first on Hisense & in theory it should be on TV :rolleyes:

FerrersLinda
01-20-2010, 08:20 PM
Hello:wavey:

I'm here! I've been trying to watch the AO but am starting to get a little ticked off with ESPN. I can't seem to stay up later than 8.30 and all I get to see before that are women's matches. And when I get up early in the morning they show me a repeat of a women's match or like this morning Roddick! Bwaaahaaa.:(

Hope to get to see David's match tonight. But not to confident I will.

cobalt60
01-21-2010, 12:24 AM
And I am watching a scoreboard :(

EDIT :banana: http://atdhe.net/9876/watch-australian-open-baghdatis-vs-ferrer
And the first point I see break Baggy :( Maybe the scoreboard will be better to watch :lol:

cobalt60
01-21-2010, 01:33 AM
He is playing so well; threading the lines and so much power:yeah:

cobalt60
01-21-2010, 01:43 AM
First time I have ever muted the sound because of the fans;)
And oy I can't stay up for a 4th set Daavviddd.

cobalt60
01-21-2010, 11:00 AM
Not what I wanted to wake up to.

alisia
01-21-2010, 11:03 AM
I watched the whole match & I can safely say until 4*-2 in the 3rd he wasn't so much coasting but he was in control & then one bad service game & it was game over :eek: By the end of the 3rd set he looked exhausted :awww: But once he got broke at the beginning of the 4th it was obvious Baggy was going to win :sad:

cobalt60
01-21-2010, 11:05 AM
I watched the whole match & I can safely say until 4*-2 in the 3rd he wasn't so much coasting but he was in control & then one bad service game & it was game over :eek: By the end of the 3rd set he looked exhausted :awww: But once he got broke at the beginning of the 4th it was obvious Baggy was going to win :sad:

:wavey: And he was playing so well up until then. :o

Jillian
01-21-2010, 12:48 PM
Yeah, that was a tough one for us nevermind him. Think I'll bob over and give him a hug :hug: :hug: :hug:

alisia
01-21-2010, 02:57 PM
:wavey: And he was playing so well up until then. :o

he was :p

I blame Eurosport :devil: because until they put his match on TV he was playing pretty good but he heard all the bias commentry about how it would be good for the game if Baggy returns to the top 10 & decided to give him a helping hand :fiery:

Sommarsverige
01-21-2010, 07:19 PM
I also would like to hug our chico :hug:

The tournament has hardly started and already it seems over for me...
Just glad that Pico and Fer are still there, otherwise I wouldn´t watch anything from this tourney anymore....

cobalt60
01-21-2010, 08:46 PM
I also would like to hug our chico :hug:

The tournament has hardly started and already it seems over for me...
Just glad that Pico and Fer are still there, otherwise I wouldn´t watch anything from this tourney anymore....

I have Delpo :p

Ad Wim
01-23-2010, 05:34 PM
Such a bad loss. He was playing so god damn well for the first 2,5 set. But I just knew somehow that it wasn't over when he was 2-0 up in sets. He is just better in coming back than in finishing. Ah well, the season just started, hope he keeps playing well, starting in South-Africa.

cobalt60
01-24-2010, 09:00 PM
I have Delpo :p

Not any more. Now it is Cilic.

FerrersLinda
01-14-2011, 06:32 PM
I feel another clash of the Davids coming on.:rolleyes:

AO 2011 draw

1] Nadal vs Daniel
Q vs Gimeno-Traver
Tomic vs Chardy
Falla vs [31] Lopez

[20] Isner vs Serra
Stepanek vs Q
Machado vs Giraldo
Q vs [15] Cilic

[10] Youzhny vs Ilhan
Q vs Anderson
Q vs Phau
Chela vs [22] Llodra

[27] Nalbandian vs Hewitt
Berankis vs Matosevic
Russell vs Ebden
Nieminen vs [7] Ferrer



[4] Soderling vs Starace
Q vs Q
Istomin vs Q
Mello vs [30] Bellucci

[24] Gulbis vs Becker
Dolgopolov vs Kukushkin
Seppi vs Clement
Petzschner vs [13] Tsonga

[11] Melzer vs Q
Ball vs Riba
Sela vs Del Potro
Q vs [21] Baghdatis

[32] Garcia-Lopez vs Berrer
Schwank vs Mayer
Marchenko vs Ramirez Hidalgo
Beck vs [5] Murray




[6] Berdych vs Q
Kohlschreiber vs Kamke
Harrison vs Mannarino
Q vs [28] Gasquet

[23] Davydenko vs Mayer
Fognini vs Nishikori
Zverev vs Tipsarevic
Schuettler vs [9] Verdasco

[14] Almagro vs Q
Andreev vs Volandri
Q vs Paire
Luczak vs [17] Ljubicic

[29] Troicki vs Tursunov
Dabul vs Q
Karlovic vs Dodig
Granollers vs [3] Djokovic




[8] Roddick vs Hajek
Przysiezny vs Kunitsyn
Berlocq vs Haase
Benneteau vs [26] Monaco

[19] Wawrinka vs Gabashvili
Q vs Golubev
Gil vs Cuevas
De Bakker vs [12] Monfils

[16] Fish vs Hanescu
Robredo vs Devvarman
Stakhovsky vs Brands
Kubot vs [18] Querrey

[25] Montanes vs Brown
Andujar vs Malisse
Lu vs Simon
Lacko vs [2] Federer

Sommarsverige
01-14-2011, 07:30 PM
Oh no, he has the other David near him again :(

ariel2
01-15-2011, 05:39 AM
I feel another clash of the Davids coming on.

Yeah, but it'll be best of five and Ferru will have the edge in fitness. Even though Nalby has taken off weight and seems to be playing with renewed confidence and inspiration, his fitness always remains a gray area for me. I was more worried about the best of three set battle and Ferru took that cleanly. So no worries mate about AO.

FerrersLinda
01-15-2011, 12:12 PM
@Ariel: Nalby has taken off weight? Are you sure? :p

FerrersLinda
01-17-2011, 01:56 PM
Show Court 3

11:00 AM Start
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Sophie Ferguson(AUS) vs. Petra Martic(CRO)

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Jarkko Nieminen(FIN) vs. David Ferrer(ESP)[7]

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Grega Zemlja(SLO) vs. Marcos Baghdatis(CYP)[21]

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova(RUS)[16] vs. Kirsten Flipkens(BEL)

Carol96
01-17-2011, 04:46 PM
Like Auckland 2010... I'm trying to forget 2010 AO... and that he got his wallet nicked...:(

VAMOS DAVID!!!!! :worship: You can get there my hero!

God, I adore this guy...

Sommarsverige
01-17-2011, 07:37 PM
Vamos Ferru :yeah: I am pretty sure he will win this match :worship:

FerrersLinda
01-17-2011, 08:18 PM
Vamos Ferru :yeah: I am pretty sure he will win this match :worship:

He should. And I like Jarko but David needs to win a GS so sorry for him.:cool:

alisia
01-17-2011, 08:35 PM
He should. And I like Jarko but David needs to win a GS so sorry for him.:cool:

:p

I'm not stopping up to watch him, I'm still trying to catch up with sleep from Friday :o so it's up to you to threaten/cheer/slap as required :devil:

FerrersLinda
01-18-2011, 12:07 AM
:p

I'm not stopping up to watch him, I'm still trying to catch up with sleep from Friday :o so it's up to you to threaten/cheer/slap as required :devil:

No probs, got it covered!:)

Edda
01-18-2011, 01:20 AM
Go, Ferru!

Carol96
01-18-2011, 06:52 AM
Well, first round down.... :bounce:
Michael Russell next. Interesting that for all the time those two have been on tour, they've never played eachother.

VAMOS Ferru!!! :wavey:

Sommarsverige
01-18-2011, 07:09 PM
Yeah, he won :bounce: :bounce:

Good luck for the next round :worship:

FerrersLinda
01-18-2011, 08:12 PM
I feel like David is gonna silently move through the draw and become a "surprise" semi finalist. I feel it. :)

Edda
01-19-2011, 02:04 AM
I would like to see that! Ferru is a nice guy and deserves it!

ariel2
01-19-2011, 05:49 AM
No doubts with Michael Russell. I'm already thinking about the third round encounter with Nalbandian. That one I'll be watching.

Carol96
01-19-2011, 07:42 AM
I feel like David is gonna silently move through the draw and become a "surprise" semi finalist. I feel it. :)

and

No doubts with Michael Russell. I'm already thinking about the third round encounter with Nalbandian. That one I'll be watching.

With positive attitudes like this.... why not? :cool: :wavey: We know the guy has it in him :worship:

(Me, I'll stay silent :tape: - I've opened my mouth and been a hex before :bolt::scared::help:)

emotion
01-19-2011, 02:52 PM
How the hell did he make it here? Russell, I mean

Sommarsverige
01-19-2011, 04:57 PM
I feel like David is gonna silently move through the draw and become a "surprise" semi finalist. I feel it. :)

I hope your feeling is right, Linda ;) I would love to see that coming!

alisia
01-19-2011, 06:18 PM
I feel like David is gonna silently move through the draw and become a "surprise" semi finalist. I feel it. :)

I really would love this to happen but I think Rafa may have something to say about it :awww:

Oops for Thursday

Show Court 2

11:00 AM Start
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Flavia Pennetta(ITA)[22]vs.Lourdes Dominguez Lino(ESP)
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Petra Martic(CRO)vs.Agnieszka Radwanska(POL)[12]
Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Santiago Giraldo(COL)vs.Marin Cilic(CRO)[15]
Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Michael Russell(USA)vs.David Ferrer(ESP)[7]

I may get to see some of his match :)

Sommarsverige
01-19-2011, 06:25 PM
I may get to see some of his match :)

That sounds good ;) I will probably also get up earlier and see a little of his match before work :)
Vamos Ferru :worship:

FerrersLinda
01-19-2011, 07:00 PM
:wavey:

So here I am ready to post the order of play but of course that's already been taken care off. I'm soooooooo slow.:awww:

Hmmmmmm, not sure if I'll stay awake/get up for this one.:scratch: Have a feeling it's not going to be such an interesting match. Then again, it's the seemingly uninteresting matches that David can so capably make interesting.:rolleyes: Will see what happens, last night I feel asleep on the couch during Roddicks match. It was only 8!:eek: Wonder why that happened?:p

alisia
01-19-2011, 07:10 PM
:wavey:

So here I am ready to post the order of play but of course that's already been taken care off. I'm soooooooo slow.:awww:

Hmmmmmm, not sure if I'll stay awake/get up for this one.:scratch: Have a feeling it's not going to be such an interesting match. Then again, it's the seemingly uninteresting matches that David can so capably make interesting.:rolleyes: Will see what happens, last night I feel asleep on the couch during Roddicks match. It was only 8!:eek: Wonder why that happened?:p

:devil:

I hope he doesn't make it too interesting like he kept doing in Auckland last week :rolleyes:

FerrersLinda
01-19-2011, 07:12 PM
:devil:

I hope he doesn't make it too interesting like he kept doing in Auckland last week :rolleyes:

The unbearable mind f*** that's being a Ferrer fan.:ignore:

alisia
01-20-2011, 06:02 AM
Well for a change he's playing like a proper tennis player :p

Carol96
01-20-2011, 07:34 AM
He won :bounce:

Totally mistimed the start of that one and missed it... ah well, nice news to wake up to, eh? :)

Glad he got through that one quickly. He's going to have to get his game together for R3 though as it may well be Nalby (but Berankis has taken the first set...)

"The unbearable mind f*** that's being a Ferrer fan." You said it! No one like Ferru for nearly giving a heart attack...:rolleyes:

BTW - what's Feli playing around at these days (or, rather, not)???

Carol96
01-20-2011, 08:13 AM
well, well - it WILL be Berankis! Nalby retired - (hope he's not hurt though). Adelante Ferru!

FerrersLinda
01-20-2011, 07:01 PM
Well for a change he's playing like a proper tennis player :p

Isn't that nice, haven't seen that since ... eh .... :scratch: .... 2007!:p

well, well - it WILL be Berankis! Nalby retired - (hope he's not hurt though). Adelante Ferru!

Poor Nalby ... one Happy Meal too many.:awww: But our David can certainly kick some Berankis ass. Vamos!!:clap2:

alisia
01-20-2011, 07:12 PM
Isn't that nice, haven't seen that since ... eh .... :scratch: .... 2007!:p

didn't he lose to Santoro in the 2007 Aussie Open :scratch:

Poor Nalby ... one Happy Meal too many.:awww: But our David can certainly kick some Berankis ass. Vamos!!:clap2:

I don't like him playing the wonderkids :awww:

FerrersLinda
01-20-2011, 08:15 PM
didn't he lose to Santoro in the 2007 Aussie Open :scratch:

No way, R16, fried by Mardy Fish.:rolleyes:

FerrersLinda
01-20-2011, 08:20 PM
The Santoro match was in 2006. Btw, I don't know that by head, thanks go to ATP.com.

But actually it was 2008 where he landed in the quarters against Nole. So, not seen tennis since 2008 at the AO. That better? ;)

alisia
01-20-2011, 09:28 PM
The Santoro match was in 2006. Btw, I don't know that by head, thanks go to ATP.com.

But actually it was 2008 where he landed in the quarters against Nole. So, not seen tennis since 2008 at the AO. That better? ;)

no because that ended badly even tho he reached #4 :eek:

cobalt60
01-20-2011, 11:23 PM
Alrighty! Must have been the mussels that did Nalby in.

FerrersLinda
01-20-2011, 11:51 PM
Alrighty! Must have been the mussels that did Nalby in.

Very slow working mussels.:D

Edda
01-21-2011, 02:41 AM
Congratulations on the win, Ferru! Good luck in your next match!

ariel2
01-21-2011, 05:29 AM
Nice bit of good fortune for Ferru that Nalby's not going to stand in his way. He (Ferru) didn't need the workout of 5 sets which is what I think it would have gone to. All the best to Nalby in his recovery. Hope it's not serious.

P.S. Birdshit is progressing as well. Not good. I want to see Ferru overtake him for #6 ranking. (Hope I'm not offending anyone here - Berdych's a good guy but he turns into Birdshit when he's playing any of my Spaniards.

Carol96
01-21-2011, 07:31 AM
P.S. Birdshit is progressing as well. Not good. I want to see Ferru overtake him for #6 ranking. (Hope I'm not offending anyone here - Berdych's a good guy but he turns into Birdshit when he's playing any of my Spaniards.

60 points between them... shall I go and get some of those mussels? :devil::secret: (only joking...)

alisia
01-21-2011, 06:18 PM
Oops for Saturday

Show Court 2

11:00 AM Start

Men's Doubles - 2nd Round
Feliciano Lopez(ESP) /Juan Monaco(ARG)vs.Mahesh Bhupathi(IND)[3] /Leander Paes(IND)[3]

Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Richard Berankis(LTU)vs.David Ferrer(ESP)[7]

Sommarsverige
01-21-2011, 09:35 PM
I hope this time I will be getting up for real ;)

Vamos Ferruuuuuuuuuuuuu :bounce: :bounce:

ariel2
01-22-2011, 12:50 AM
60 points between them... shall I go and get some of those mussels? :devil::secret: (only joking...)

No worries, mate. :)

FerrersLinda
01-22-2011, 12:59 AM
Have to go and pick some people up from the airport at half past 11, so great scheduling.:)

cobalt60
01-22-2011, 01:27 AM
http://atdhe.net/24297/watch-australian-open-show-court-2
Berankis broke back. This is an interesting match up.

cobalt60
01-22-2011, 01:31 AM
Woohoo david! broke back !

Edda
01-22-2011, 01:34 AM
Good luck against Berankis today, Ferru!

cobalt60
01-22-2011, 01:47 AM
He is doing great! Fun to watch. The above is the livestream to the match if you want Edda.

cobalt60
01-22-2011, 01:55 AM
Wow! Loving this night of tennis; all the youngsters that I have never seen play are on:yeah: Fantastic. Enjoying Dolgo especially! And the young canadian

cobalt60
01-22-2011, 02:17 AM
And there is the second set with an ace! 6-2 6-2 so far!

cobalt60
01-22-2011, 02:41 AM
:woohoo: 6-2 6-2 6-1 and it is his 400th career win I heard!

alisia
01-22-2011, 02:48 AM
:woohoo: 6-2 6-2 6-1 and it is his 400th career win I heard!

:worship:

cobalt60
01-22-2011, 02:50 AM
Well there was a mistake about #400 :rolls: Pirateswoop checked and said it is #360.

Carol96
01-22-2011, 08:57 AM
Well there was a mistake about #400 :rolls: Pirateswoop checked and said it is #360.

Don't worry... the 400th will come this year!(and may not take too long if he carries on this sort of roll:D) :yeah: :worship:

Nice one, Ferru! 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in 91mins :woohoo: into the last 16 we go! Raonic next!! (Then Rafa?????)

alisia
01-22-2011, 10:16 AM
David was very good last night just like he was against Russell :worship:

Edda
01-22-2011, 12:35 PM
Congratulations, Ferru! The Armada is doing great so far in Australia! Three hundred sixty match wins is still a great number. Keep up the good work, Ferru!

Sommarsverige
01-22-2011, 03:36 PM
So happy he won again :yeah: :yeah:

And I was too tired again to get up....bad me ;)

alisia
01-22-2011, 04:26 PM
So happy he won again :yeah: :yeah:

And I was too tired again to get up....bad me ;)

get up :eek: I didn't go to bed :angel: soooooo tired today tho :awww:

ariel2
01-23-2011, 02:53 AM
Nice. :woohoo:

Edda
01-23-2011, 02:58 AM
Another good day for the Armada!

iramlatif
01-23-2011, 08:25 AM
Hi all, hope all of you are having a weekend. Found interview of Ferrer regarding his next match up with Raonic. I'm enjoying watching his results this far. Am I being too optimistic if thinking he can make it to the semis? Nadal has said he's not playing his 100%..maybe this is Davids chance to progress further! Interview is pretty straightforward.

I prefer watching interviews rather than reading transcripts. You can see how a person talks and a bit of their personality shines thru. And I'm also posting this cuz I've been on this thread long enough to know that most people here adore him. Therefore click the link and enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtkj5RtxGAs Take care

alisia
01-23-2011, 10:31 AM
Oops for Monday

Hisense Arena

11:00 AM Start
Women's Singles - 4th Round
Petra Kvitova(CZE)[25]vs.Flavia Pennetta(ITA)[22]

Women's Singles - 4th Round
Iveta Benesova(CZE)vs.Vera Zvonareva(RUS)[2]

Men's Singles - 4th Round
Milos Raonic(CAN)vs.David Ferrer(ESP)[7]

Edda
01-23-2011, 12:58 PM
Go Ferru and Rafa! I would love to see Ferru progress past the fourth round. He is a good player and very tenacious. I love his fight! Perhaps because I am small, I like feisty players like David.

Edda
01-24-2011, 02:22 AM
Only Ferru and Rafa left for the Armada. I hope they win. I'm glad Dolgopolov beat Sod, but I hope the "upset virus" doesn't spread in the Top Ten to encompass Ferru, Rafa and Roger. I need someone to watch.

alisia
01-24-2011, 05:49 AM
David is in the 1/8 finals after beating Raonic 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 :worship:

Carol96
01-24-2011, 07:47 AM
Nice one Ferru!!! :wavey: And into the QFs. :bounce:

10 unforced errors!!! I'm so pleased that he's having the tournament he deserves. He's a really underestimated guy.

(I know some people think he's boring to watch, and say he just grinds out his matches - but you don't get to #7 these days by being a fluke - you have to be consistent and work and work and work: and that's what David does.) :devil:

VAMOS little fighter! :worship:

(Off topic I know, but, Dolgo was brilliant!!! Definitely another guy, with Raonic, to keep an eye on.)

Carol96
01-24-2011, 03:38 PM
Brilliant bit in Montreal Gazette about Ferru inviting Raonic to stay at his place and practice with him last year... classy guy, eh?

http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/tennis/Ferrer+potential+Canada+Raonic/4153049/story.html

Sommarsverige
01-24-2011, 07:42 PM
I am soooooooooooooo glad Ferru won and reached the quarterfinals :bounce: :bounce: He so deserves it :)

And now I really hope he will have a little chance to beat Rafa :worship: And I hope it won´t be the night match, pleaseeeeee!!!!

alisia
01-24-2011, 08:57 PM
I am soooooooooooooo glad Ferru won and reached the quarterfinals :bounce: :bounce: He so deserves it :)

And now I really hope he will have a little chance to beat Rafa :worship: And I hope it won´t be the night match, pleaseeeeee!!!!

I've booked Wednesday off work so I want it to be the night match :p

alisia
01-24-2011, 08:58 PM
Ferrer Ends Raonic Campaign

Experience and guile won out earlier on Monday as World No. 7 Ferrer ended qualifier Milos Raonic’s campaign with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 victory over the 20-year-old Canadian.

On his Australian Open debut, Raonic had beaten World No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny to become the third Canadian man in the Open Era to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam, but despite making a strong start against Ferrer, could not keep up his high level against the in-form Spaniard.

"There's a lot to learn from today and from the whole two-week experience," said Raonic. "[The] biggest thing is I'm not that far away from this level on a week to week basis. So this is a great motivational thing for the work I've done, paying off and everything. These next upcoming tournaments I feel like I can go in and do a lot of damage and keep improving my ranking a lot. So I'm going to go out there and prepare myself for each week accordingly and do as much as I can to win."

Good returning by Ferrer limited the big-serving Raonic to 15 aces in the match and enabled him to break the Canadian’s serve five times from 14 opportunities. Tiredness and inexperience took hold of Raonic in the final two sets and his unforced error count soared, finishing at 68 compared to just 10 from Ferrer, who sealed victory in two hours and 36 minutes.

"I think [it] was [a] very tough match," reflected Ferrer. "Milos I think is unbelievable player. He served really good. When I won the third set, it was more easy. He was more tired in the fourth set. I can broke him two times and I could win. But I played very, very consistent all the match. When I lost the first set, I did one mistake. It was unbelievable that one mistake can lose the set. He played really good."

Ferrer has made a perfect start to the 2011 ATP World Tour season, opening with his 10th title at the Heineken Open (d. Nalbandian) in Auckland, and currently riding an eight-match winning streak.

The 28 year old is through to the Australian Open quarter-finals for the second time, having also reached this stage in 2008 (l. to Djokovic). The right-hander posted his best Grand Slam result when he reached the semi-finals at the 2007 US Open (l. to Djokovic).

cobalt60
01-24-2011, 09:48 PM
:woohoo:

Edda
01-25-2011, 02:38 AM
Congratulations to Ferru! Kudos to Dolgopolov, too, for beating Sod!

FerrersLinda
01-25-2011, 11:56 PM
Christ, his matches need to be more difficult because I keep falling asleep during.:zzz:

Putting the alarm again. Here's hoping my baby boy will be kind to me tomorrow.:awww:

Anyway ... VAMOS David!!!!!!!!!!! He's been playing brilliant so far, much better in fact than Rafa so fingers crossed.

alisia
01-26-2011, 09:03 AM
1st set to David 6-4 against an injured Rafa :awww:

alisia
01-26-2011, 10:23 AM
David won 6-4 6-2 6-3 :worship: & will play Murray in the semi-final

Ad Wim
01-26-2011, 10:59 AM
Vamooooos! Now to your first final!

FerrersLinda
01-26-2011, 11:26 AM
Was on the couch half asleep. Not even awake enough to join Ali online. :awww:

But he won!!!!!!! Wooohoooo :woohoo:

nalbyfan
01-26-2011, 11:51 AM
Congrats Ferru, you deserved to win
Happy for you

alisia
01-26-2011, 12:17 PM
Was on the couch half asleep. Not even awake enough to join Ali online. :awww:

But he won!!!!!!! Wooohoooo :woohoo:

I wondered where you were :p

Can't believe I'm going to miss the semi :speakles: :sobbing: so I'll have to leave him in your capable hands ;)

alisia
01-26-2011, 12:31 PM
Ferrer Ends Nadal's Grand Dream

Seventh seed David Ferrer advanced to his second Grand Slam championship semi-final at the Australian Open on Wednesday, after he ended World No. 1 Rafael Nadal's quest to capture a fourth straight major title. Ferrer beat his fellow Spaniard, who was hindered by a left hamstring strain, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 during the night session.

The 28-year-old Ferrer, who reached the 2007 US Open semi-finals, will next meet fifth seed and last year's runner-up Andy Murray on Friday. Ferrer has a 9-0 record this year, which included his title success at the Heineken Open in Auckland 11 days ago.

"I played very consistently all the three sets [and] I was focused just in my game," said Ferrer. "I'm very happy with my game. I'm very confident. So I want to enjoy this moment.

"I will try to do my best [against Murray], but I need to play very consistently, [stay] very focused all the match, because Andy's a top player."

Looking ahead to the semi-final, Nadal admitted, "[David] is playing fantastic. But I think he's not the favourite. But if he keep playing like this, hopefully he can have a good chance to be in the final or win the tournament. [He] is a fantastic person [and] a close friend of mine. So I wish him all the best."

Ferrer took Nadal to eight deuces in the second game of the first set, before he converted his second break point opportunity with a powerful forehand winner. Nadal immediately broke back, hitting an angled backhand winner with Ferrer at the net. But at 1-2 the 2009 titlist called for the trainer and left the court for five minutes.

On his return to the Rod Laver Arena, Ferrer sealed his second service break with a backhand winner down the line. It then became apparent, Nadal had strapping applied to his left thigh. The Mallorcan kept battling and broke Ferrer's serve for 4-5, but was noticeably in pain when shifting his weight to his left leg. Ferrer converted his third set point opportunity when Nadal hit a forehand into the tramlines.

Ferrer slipped to 0/40 in the third game of the second set and paid the price when he fired a backhand beyond the baseline. Any hope of a Nadal comeback ended at 2-1, when gifted Ferrer three break point opportunities. Nadal saved the first with his first ace of the match, but then hit a backhand into the net. When Ferrer led 3-2, both players headed to the locker room for 10 minutes due to the Australia Day fireworks in the Melbourne skyline over the banks of the Yarra River.

The break in play didn't help Nadal. His left hamstring had tightened up on a cool evening at Melbourne Park and upon their return to the court, Ferrer broke serve for a 4-2 lead when Nadal hit a forehand wide. Two games later, Ferrer clinched the second set with a backhand winner down the line.

It was one-way traffic in the third set with Ferrer completing his third straight hold for love for a 3-0 lead. Ferrer saved two break points at 3-1 with forehand winners and one break point at 4-2, 30/40 with a bullet serve out wide, before he clinched a semi-final berth with a hold to love to complete a two-hour and 33-minute victory.

"For respect to the winner and to a friend, I prefer to talk about the match," said Nadal at the start of his press conference. "I think he played at a very high level. I just congratulate him and wish him all the best for the semi-final. I think he's doing a fantastic tournament. If he keep playing like this, he's going to have a good chance.

"It is obvious that I didn't feel at my best. I had a problem during the match, [at] the very beginning. After that, the match was almost over. Today, I really [couldn't] do more than what I did. He played at a very high level, and I wasn't able to compete against him tonight."

Nadal had been bidding to become the first player to win four straight major championships since Rod Laver completed his second Grand Slam in 1969.

cobalt60
01-26-2011, 12:31 PM
:woohoo: Could not stay up to watch but :yippee:
Too bad about Rafa though.

EDIT: That was the first notice I read of the match Ali- thanks for posting it here. There is hope for me yet when I head to the ATP website for news instead of MTF :angel: Hoping the tennis channel has the replay while I am on a mini vacation this week!

cobalt60
01-26-2011, 12:37 PM
BTW this has been a great Aussie Open for me; new players to enjoy watching ( hope they keep it up!) and of course with David going so deep :worship:

nalbyfan
01-26-2011, 12:40 PM
He won all his matches in 2011....now he can win his 11th match...
Vamos Ferru, you can do it

Carol96
01-26-2011, 12:43 PM
Firstly, I am soooo delighted, I could almost burst!!!! :bounce: :aparty:

David totally deserves this win, tinged with a bit of sadness as it is. And very concerned about Rafa apparently, like the decent guy he is... Respect, David :yeah: :worship:

I'm sorry for Rafa and I think if it had been a weaker player than David, he could still have done it, as the match report stated: "While he may have been able to take out a less fleet or less accomplished foe in a similar condition, it was an impossible task against his friend and Davis Cup teammate Ferrer, who is nearly as fast and is relentless from inside the baseline." :clap2:

I have loads of respect for Rafa as a player and a person and it is definitely in keeping that he fought on and didn't retire to gift David the win. I only hope he didn't make things worse. David kept the pressure up, pounced on everything and won fair and square. Some folks are just going to have to accept this (those who will say that D only won because Rafa was injured).

Yes, the underrated "little Spanish battler"* can play tennis. :wavey:

*to quote the AO radio commies

alisia
01-26-2011, 01:35 PM
David's full post match interview, they are really trying to make something out of what they said to eachother at the net :(
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2011-01-26/201101261296046189217.html

ariel2
01-26-2011, 03:47 PM
Firstly, I am soooo delighted, I could almost burst!!!! :bounce: :aparty:

David totally deserves this win, tinged with a bit of sadness as it is. And very concerned about Rafa apparently, like the decent guy he is... Respect, David :yeah: :worship:

I'm sorry for Rafa and I think if it had been a weaker player than David, he could still have done it, as the match report stated: "While he may have been able to take out a less fleet or less accomplished foe in a similar condition, it was an impossible task against his friend and Davis Cup teammate Ferrer, who is nearly as fast and is relentless from inside the baseline." :clap2:

I have loads of respect for Rafa as a player and a person and it is definitely in keeping that he fought on and didn't retire to gift David the win. I only hope he didn't make things worse. David kept the pressure up, pounced on everything and won fair and square. Some folks are just going to have to accept this (those who will say that D only won because Rafa was injured).

Yes, the underrated "little Spanish battler"* can play tennis. :wavey:

*to quote the AO radio commies


Well said, Carol. I'm not bothering to go to the main forum to see what's being said about Rafa and David. Off topic but Nadal made a bad choice to play in exhibitions in Doha etc. He (or his handlers) just can't say no to the money he's getting to play there. And to his credit Rafa addressed his detractors by admitting that he doesn't like the image that every time he loses it's because of an injury. He's in a rough position vis a vis the media.

But all credit goes to David. Many players would have been distracted by playing against an injured foe (let alone if foe is good friend). But David played his aggressive tennis and stayed focused. His tenacity and intensity are why I follow him and what makes him one of the best playing today. That he's a kind, beautiful, sculpted, and bronzed athlete certainly doesn't detract from the overall package. :)

David handled Raonic's monster serve and net skill so that gives me hope for his match against Murray. Whatever, it's another shot at a major and my thoughts will be with him as I sweat and writhe through every point.

ariel2
01-26-2011, 04:14 PM
David's full post match interview, they are really trying to make something out of what they said to eachother at the net :(
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2011-01-26/201101261296046189217.html

That was more like an interrogation. They really hammered him on the chat between the two at the net. And in between the hammering they still have time to ask the obvious (you play a lot of matches, do you ever get tired? ) :rolleyes: David always answers them straight and holds his ground.

alisia
01-26-2011, 04:36 PM
That was more like an interrogation. They really hammered him on the chat between the two at the net. And in between the hammering they still have time to ask the obvious (you play a lot of matches, do you ever get tired? ) :rolleyes: David always answers them straight and holds his ground.

that's nothing compared to what they did to Rafa :mad:

emotion
01-26-2011, 05:11 PM
Best chance to make a final.

chewbacca74
01-26-2011, 06:07 PM
After his win in QF, Ferrer is now ranked #6 in the ATP rankings (+1).

See: http://tennislive.free.fr

cobalt60
01-26-2011, 06:24 PM
I think both David and Rafa handled the interviews extremely well. Rafa's english has improved so much over the last couple of years.

Carol96
01-26-2011, 06:42 PM
that's nothing compared to what they did to Rafa :mad:

true... but Rafa was always going to get the s***t from this :rolleyes: and (not only) for that I feel so sorry for the guy as he's going to be faced with this for ages:rolleyes: :mad:

Rafa fought with what he had, David fought and won... It's tennis - the better guy on the day won. What the hell else were they both supposed to do? D'oh?:shrug: They are professionals and with a proper attitude to top 10 guys.

FerrersLinda
01-26-2011, 06:48 PM
They are both professionals and unfortunately for them, doing press is a part of their profession. Of course the press are sniffing a nice little angle here with neither of them telling what was said at the net. Not much else to write about with this being such a weird, nearly boring match. And I agree with Sue, they both handled the interviews really well.

In my opinion David just played rock solid. It can't have been easy playing against a wounded Rafa that obviously would have still beat a lesser player than David. Well done to David and I hope Rafa recovers swiftly. Also kudos to Rafa for finishing the match, very respectful.

Of course people will say that it was only possible for David to win because Rafa wasn't 100%. I say :shrug: He's in the semis and that's what it will say on his match record, not wether his QF opponent was fit.

Rafa's English has gotten so much better, now if only David would hire me so I can familiarize him with the wonders of past tense.:D

ariel2
01-26-2011, 07:04 PM
Rafa's pressers are getting more interesting and entertaining with each tournament especially when the "journalists" don't heed his few and far between requests to respect his privacy or stay away from a subject. I cannot believe the stupidity of these hackers. Rafa has always done an excellent job of deflecting controversial questions and with his improved English is now in a great position to make them look like idiots. His personality and humor come through.

It's also nice to see he and David tackling English grammar - David tried using modal verbs with an infinitive and almost got it. (I'm an ESL teacher and could be hired for a few shekels as well :)

FerrersLinda
01-26-2011, 07:08 PM
It's also nice to see he and David tackling English grammar - David tried using modal verbs with an infinitive and almost got it. (I'm an ESL teacher and could be hired for a few shekels as well :)

So am I!:D How cool. We could offer ATP a package deal. I'm very cheap.:devil::p

cobalt60
01-26-2011, 07:33 PM
2 teachers huh? :rolls:

FerrersLinda
01-26-2011, 07:34 PM
2 teachers huh? :rolls:

And a doc?:angel::p

alisia
01-26-2011, 07:39 PM
So am I!:D How cool. We could offer ATP a package deal. I'm very cheap.:devil::p

you mean you'd make him pay :eek:

I think you should look at coming to London with me in November ;)

cobalt60
01-26-2011, 07:42 PM
And a doc?:angel::p

Oh well; too bad I know next to nothing about "sports" medicine :p

Ali- heading back to the end of year championships again? :yeah:

alisia
01-26-2011, 07:52 PM
Oh well; too bad I know next to nothing about "sports" medicine :p

Ali- heading back to the end of year championships again? :yeah:

that's my local tourniment now :eek: shame it costs a fortune :(

FerrersLinda
01-26-2011, 08:01 PM
you mean you'd make him pay :eek:

Only a small amount.:devil:

I think you should look at coming to London with me in November ;)

I will.:D

Oh well; too bad I know next to nothing about "sports" medicine :p:

They don't need to know that.:p

that's my local tourniment now :eek: shame it costs a fortune :(

And you want me to come?:eek:

alisia
01-26-2011, 08:43 PM
Only a small amount.:devil:
I will.:D
And you want me to come?:eek:

We have 8 months to save :p

Sommarsverige
01-26-2011, 09:34 PM
First time I find time to come here today ;)
I am still so very happy for Ferrus win and even if Rafa was injured, I am sure Ferru would have given him a hard fight also if Rafa had been on a normal level.
I also have to say big credit to both players and I think they are both just too adorable :hearts: Rafa gets my biggest respect also for not giving up this match and you could see on Ferru as well how much he would have loved to play against a 100% fit Rafa.

But still, if a player deserves this big win, it surely is Ferru :yeah: He has so much heart, is such a fair player and always fights until the very last point!
He is just someone you feel very proud to be his fan and especially on a day like this :)
I am already looking forward to the match against Murray, hope our chico will have a chance there as well.

Congrats to our champion :yeah: :bounce: :banana: :yippee:

Sommarsverige
01-26-2011, 09:39 PM
Does anyone have a link to the press conference with Ferru? I mean the real interview, not just the text...would be so great :worship:

cobalt60
01-26-2011, 10:10 PM
^^ Here's a snippet; can't seem to get to the full interview. Both Rafa and David:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ0ER5ZdhKs

ariel2
01-26-2011, 11:19 PM
2 teachers huh? :rolls:

I was just testing you. Nice to see you actually read my post. Problem is I usually suffer a brain fart any time I post on MTF. :devil:

ariel2
01-26-2011, 11:24 PM
you mean you'd make him pay :eek:


Free room and board.....a nice dinner or two.....and then some in lieu of any financial compensation. You only go around once in this life. :p

Edda
01-27-2011, 01:02 AM
I have a Master's in English and taught English for a year. I would love to help David! Rafa is doing so well now. David is improving quickly, too. In exchange, he could give me some tennis lessons. (That would be hilarious! Edda The Klutz who walks into walls swinging a tennis racquet!) LOL!

alisia
01-27-2011, 06:27 PM
Oops for Friday

Rod Laver Arena

3:00 PM Start
Women's Doubles - Final
Gisela Dulko(ARG)/Flavia Pennetta(ITA)[1]vs.Victoria Azarenka(BLR)/Maria Kirilenko(RUS)[12]

Mixed Doubles - Semifinals
Bethanie Mattek-Sands(USA)/Horia Tecau(ROU)vs.Yung-Jan Chan(TPE) /Paul Hanley(AUS)

Not Before:7:30 PM
Men's Singles - Semifinals
David Ferrer(ESP)[7]vs.Andy Murray(GBR)[5]

Sommarsverige
01-27-2011, 08:36 PM
Suerte, suerte, suerte for our David :worship: :worship:

I soooooooo wish he will beat Murray tomorrow and am already very excited for that match!!!

As usual, I will be at work when he plays, but of course I will follow the live scores ;)

Vamossssssss Ferru :yeah: :worship:

Sommarsverige
01-27-2011, 08:52 PM
^^ Here's a snippet; can't seem to get to the full interview. Both Rafa and David:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ0ER5ZdhKs

Thanks so much :hug:

alisia
01-27-2011, 10:32 PM
Ferrer’s Coach Admits He “Already Had The Return Ticket”

Speaking to Marca the day after his charge had beaten Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open quarter-finals, Javier Piles revealed that he had already booked David Ferrer’s return flights home.

"He already had the ticket, but we kept changing every time he won another match. I usually buy my ticket for the Tuesday of the second week but I'm more than happy to change it and delighted to pay for it," said the Spaniard. "We never even hoped to be up here and we just need to look at the past to cherish even more how far we have come, and for him to realise how unique this opportunity is. These things don't happen very often in life."

On Thursday, Ferrer spent time relaxing ahead of the big match by playing beach tennis on Port Melbourne beach.

Edda
01-28-2011, 01:30 AM
Buena suerte, David!

FerrersLinda
01-28-2011, 08:22 AM
Holy smokes, it's early. :awww:

But he's playing great. :)

FerrersLinda
01-28-2011, 08:30 AM
:crazy::crazy::crazy:

OMG he took the last three games to win the set.:D

cobalt60
01-28-2011, 11:37 AM
:awww:

FerrersLinda
01-28-2011, 11:48 AM
:sad:

Soooooooooo close.

Edda
01-28-2011, 12:26 PM
My Austalian Open viewing has come to an end. I see no point in it now. Everyone I supported is gone, except for Kim Clijsters. I will watch, but only with muted interest. I had hoped it would be the lead in to weekend of watching my favorite players, but now it has turned out to be a feeble last hope. Women's tennis just doesn't interest me as much as men's tennis does.

Carol96
01-28-2011, 12:30 PM
:sad:

Soooooooooo close.

Oh B****r..... :sad::(

OK, David can still hold his head up and be proud of the start to the year - he might have lost today, but boy did Murray have to fight for it! Murray will have to play better against Djoko I think and David really really gave him the run around, despite the scoreline. He was onto everything and there were some Murray tantrums (and a few David moments too, I must say!) But very high quality stuff from both guys.

That was a great article from the AO website - thanks for posting it Alisia. And there's a very yummy video of him playing beach tennis too!!!

nalbyfan
01-28-2011, 01:44 PM
Sad end for David, sorry for him but he'll be N°6 on ATP ranking next monday (he topped Berdych)
Congrats anyway for his perfect 2011 season start

FerrersLinda
01-28-2011, 03:33 PM
He's gonna be hurt by this one. You could tell he wanted it so much. The main difference between this match and any of the other "Ferrer against a top 10 player" matches was that he looked like he believed in himself. He actually thought that he could beat Murray and make it to the final of a GS. And so did I! When he won those 3 straight games to win the first set, I felt like there was no way in hell Murray was ever gonna win the match.:awww:

I was all fired up.:fiery: I didn't even fall asleep during the match.:)

And eventhough none of my favorites has made it to the finals, I'm still gonna watch it. I'm sure it will be interesting tennis.:cool:

Carol96
01-28-2011, 04:48 PM
Yeah, he'll hurt .. how couldn't he for God's sake.... I was crying earlier today.

I just think and hope that he will move forward with an "OK, that's that, bugger it" attitude.

DAVID KNOWS THAT - he will move on!!!! AND WIN!!

For F*** sake I hurt, I bloody hurt - but shit, that's tennis. (sorry but it's how I feel for now)

Move on Feruu!!!

iramlatif
01-28-2011, 06:20 PM
Carol and Linda, I can completely see how you guys are disappointed in him not making the finals. I must admit I would have loved to have seen him make it. But honestly, his loss isn't affecting me that much. I am SUPER thrilled for him, he made it so deep. I really think he'll have an outstanding year. I think he can cause some serious damage in matches when faced with top 5 players. He's playing wonderful and he will continue to do so.

Have a great weekend folks.

Jillian
01-28-2011, 06:21 PM
I know the result wasn't what either David or any of us wanted but what a match and what a tournament he played. He can certainly walk away from the AO with his head held high and know that we are all so proud of him.

He couldn't have possibly wished for a much better start to the year than winning in Auckland and reach the Semi's here. I just hope he keeps going with his confidence sky high and this aggressive style of play.

So proud of him for reaching No. 6 in the world again, something that not a lot of people (other than us, of course) thought he would achieve..........................

ariel2
01-28-2011, 06:27 PM
I haven't seen the match yet so I can't yet commiserate with your frustration and disappointment Carol and Linda. But based upon the scoreline David did himself, his coach, and his fans proud. He made Murray work......hard. What happened in that third set? Murray was obviously on fire but how did David let that entire set go? I'll have my answer later if you folks are too upset to answer. :hug:

David is gutted for sure but Piles has the right attitude and will pass that on to Ferru. Look at the larger picture ladies - the more practice he gets playing the likes of Murray, Fed, Djoko, and Rafa (notice I don't put Berdych and Sod in that group) the more knowledge he takes away to use for the next time. And there WILL be a next time for a semi if he keeps playing at this level. He's # 6 now and we're approaching clay season. I hope against all the odds that he'll be able to achieve the same and more at the French Open.

cobalt60
01-28-2011, 06:35 PM
My Austalian Open viewing has come to an end. I see no point in it now. Everyone I supported is gone, except for Kim Clijsters. I will watch, but only with muted interest. I had hoped it would be the lead in to weekend of watching my favorite players, but now it has turned out to be a feeble last hope. Women's tennis just doesn't interest me as much as men's tennis does.
I am curious what Na Li will do in the women's final though.
He's gonna be hurt by this one. You could tell he wanted it so much. The main difference between this match and any of the other "Ferrer against a top 10 player" matches was that he looked like he believed in himself. He actually thought that he could beat Murray and make it to the final of a GS. And so did I! When he won those 3 straight games to win the first set, I felt like there was no way in hell Murray was ever gonna win the match.:awww:

I was all fired up.:fiery: I didn't even fall asleep during the match.:)

And eventhough none of my favorites has made it to the finals, I'm still gonna watch it. I'm sure it will be interesting tennis.:cool:

I hear ya. However I so want Nole to win this now;)

alisia
01-28-2011, 06:43 PM
I am just about to start watching the match armed with a bottle of wine :p on a shallow note he's looking yummy in black :drool:

alisia
01-28-2011, 06:45 PM
Australian Open - Ferrer rues missed chances

David Ferrer rued letting Andy Murray off the ropes in the Australian Open semi-final but exited his 33rd consecutive Grand Slam tournament satisfied he had done his best against a "very, very great player."

The 28-year-old Spaniard was one point away from taking a two-set lead over the Briton in an electric atmosphere at Rod Laver Arena, but Murray slammed the door shut with a huge serve before marching to the final with a 4-6 7-6(2) 6-1 7-6(2) victory.

"I had my chance in the set point in the second set, but in the important moments he served really well," said Ferrer, who scrambled hard all night and produced some sensational tennis before succumbing when Murray ratcheted up the pressure.

"I play little bit short sometimes in the start of the tiebreak. And really the key was the serve.

"Andy in important moments served better than me. So I can't do nothing more. I fight a lot. I tried my best game all the time, but Andy's a very, very great player."

Having outpointed one of the game's best counter-punchers for large stretches of the match, the seventh-seeded Spaniard lost his cool after the third set, kicking over a sponsor's sign in frustration after failing to break Murray's serve.

The Spaniard's fourth-set fightback from a break down set a packed Rod Laver Arena alight, but ended with a second tiebreak collapse to leave his record 74-80 in the seven-point deciders.

However, Ferrer said he was still hungry to mix it with the game's best players despite losing a second grand slam semi-final - his other one coming at the 2007 US Open.

"I am seven in the world because I play well before and now, no?" he said. "You know, Rafael (Nadal) is number one in the world because he is the best. Federer is two because he is the second best. Me, I am the seventh. Next week six."

FerrersLinda
01-29-2011, 12:02 AM
Hiya girls!:wavey:

Don't worry about me, I never let any sports event ruin my day. Okay, maybe I was a little bit ticked off by Holland losing the WC.:awww:

And I agree that David can walk away from the AO with his head held high.:hatoff:

FerrersLinda
01-29-2011, 12:05 AM
I am curious what Na Li will do in the women's final though.

I hear ya. However I so want Nole to win this now;)

I would love for Na Li to win it.:)

Much rather have Murray win but mostly I just want to watch some great tennis.:cool:

Edda
01-29-2011, 01:21 AM
I will be doing something else on Sunday. I don't like either Murray or Djokovic. I feel as though I jinxed poor David. When I first turned on the television, he had won the first set. I should have quit when I was ahead. Teaches me to get up at 3 a.m. to watch a tennis match! I told myself I'd never get up that early to watch any match again after the disaster in Rome when Juan Carlos Ferrero was beaten by Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. When will I ever learn? I'm hating life and myself today. If I can catch up on my sleep, maybe I'll feel better.

EDDA, YOU'RE AN IDIOT!

ariel2
01-29-2011, 04:37 AM
However, Ferrer said he was still hungry to mix it with the game's best players despite losing a second grand slam semi-final - his other one coming at the 2007 US Open.

Yep, that was what I was getting at in my last post. The more he tangles with these top guys the more comfortable he'll feel. He doesn't exactly have a lot of experience being in the slam semi-finals.....yet. So this match is just a means to an end. That's how I look at it and now I can sit down and root for Djoko to take out Murray. Djoko seems to have finally gotten his act together mentally while Murray is still battling with his inner demons.

Hoping for Li Na to make history.

Carol96
01-29-2011, 07:48 AM
David's recently posted on his site from the airport before his 30 hour journey home to thank everyone for their support... He's also been quoted in Spanish as saying he has nothing to reproach himself for. Indeed he hasn't and I'm glad to see that he said that, as that's the attitude he needs to take forward. :D

And yes, I really believe his game has stepped up a level - he can really take it to Rafa, Roger, Djoko etc IF he believes it also. (Yes ariel - we know he can squash Soddy OK!! Funnily enough, Melzer seems more of a problem :confused:)

alisia
01-29-2011, 10:54 AM
David's recently posted on his site from the airport before his 30 hour journey home to thank everyone for their support... He's also been quoted in Spanish as saying he has nothing to reproach himself for. Indeed he hasn't and I'm glad to see that he said that, as that's the attitude he needs to take forward. :D

And yes, I really believe his game has stepped up a level - he can really take it to Rafa, Roger, Djoko etc IF he believes it also. (Yes ariel - we know he can squash Soddy OK!! Funnily enough, Melzer seems more of a problem :confused:)

& Verdasco :scratch:

alisia
01-29-2011, 04:49 PM
David's post match interview http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2011/01/Melbourne-2011-Saturday-2-Interviews.aspx

cobalt60
01-29-2011, 05:09 PM
David's recently posted on his site from the airport before his 30 hour journey home to thank everyone for their support... He's also been quoted in Spanish as saying he has nothing to reproach himself for. Indeed he hasn't and I'm glad to see that he said that, as that's the attitude he needs to take forward. :D

And yes, I really believe his game has stepped up a level - he can really take it to Rafa, Roger, Djoko etc IF he believes it also. (Yes ariel - we know he can squash Soddy OK!! Funnily enough, Melzer seems more of a problem :confused:)

I have been a lurker there since it began:p Glad to see he is moving on. Thanks for the video link Ali.

Edda
01-30-2011, 01:12 AM
David, you did great! Congratulations on an excellent performance! Best of everything as the year progresses!

solowyn
01-30-2011, 03:52 PM
David's recently posted on his site from the airport before his 30 hour journey home to thank everyone for their support... He's also been quoted in Spanish as saying he has nothing to reproach himself for. Indeed he hasn't and I'm glad to see that he said that, as that's the attitude he needs to take forward. :D
Aww rest up, Ferru <3

When is his next tournament?

alisia
01-30-2011, 06:07 PM
Aww rest up, Ferru <3

When is his next tournament?

Rotterdam :)

cobalt60
01-30-2011, 06:30 PM
Not much rest:p

alisia
01-30-2011, 06:40 PM
Not much rest:p

at least he's not going to Jo'burg this year which means he can go home to mummy for a few days :p

cobalt60
01-30-2011, 08:19 PM
Oh that reminds me of him with those white lion cubs :inlove:

Sommarsverige
01-30-2011, 08:57 PM
Oh that reminds me of him with those white lion cubs :inlove:

I had to think of it too ;) Hope he can enjoy some nice relaxing days now & I am still so happy about the great Australian Open he had :)

FerrersLinda
01-30-2011, 11:46 PM
at least he's not going to Jo'burg this year which means he can go home to mummy for a few days :p

:eek: His hair will be even shorter come Rotterdam.:sobbing:

alisia
01-31-2011, 06:26 PM
:eek: His hair will be even shorter come Rotterdam.:sobbing:

:speakles: but it can't get any shorter :sobbing:

Edda
02-01-2011, 01:21 AM
Good luck in Rotterdam, David! Rest up and enjoy your time at home!

Carol96
02-01-2011, 07:26 AM
:speakles: but it can't get any shorter :sobbing:

I know, I know....:eek::eek: but if there's some sort of inverse Samson-principle going on here I'll personally go and shave it off a la the Serbs post DC final win!!! (Just before Roland Garros of course....then when he's won the slam he wants the most, it can grow back ;) he he)

Edda
02-01-2011, 12:26 PM
LOL! What prompted the Serbs to shave their heads anyway?

David is looking good and playing well! I was so excited that David is now world ranked number 6! Keep going, David. I'd love to see my two favorite Spaniards in the top 5. (What is my fascination for Spanish guys when I'm not even Spanish?)

alisia
01-17-2012, 01:08 AM
David's 1/8 of the draw

DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB [1] - LORENZI, Paolo ITA
GIRALDO, Santiago COL - QUALIFIER (Q)
ITO, Tatsuma JPN (W) - STARACE, Potito ITA
MAHUT, Nicolas FRA - STEPANEK, Radek CZE [29]

RAONIC, Milos CAN [23] - VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
ROSOL, Lukas CZE - PETZSCHNER, Philipp GER
STEBE, Cedrik-Marcel GER - HEWITT, Lleyton AUS (W)
HAASE, Robin NED - RODDICK, Andy USA [15]

TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB [9] - TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS
QUALIFIER (Q) - DUCKWORTH, James AUS (W)
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS - QUALIFIER (Q)
SEPPI, Andreas ITA - GASQUET, Richard FRA [17]

CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG [27] - RUSSELL, Michael USA
KUNITSYN, Igor RUS - ANDUJAR, Pablo ESP
BACHINGER, Matthias GER - SWEETING, Ryan USA
MACHADO, Rui POR - FERRER, David ESP [5]

alisia
01-17-2012, 01:10 AM
David beat Machado 6/1 6/4 6/2 in his 1st round match :)

Edda
01-17-2012, 02:19 AM
Congratulations, David!

Mae
01-17-2012, 03:24 AM
David :)

ariel2
01-17-2012, 05:58 PM
This is a tough draw for David. He's possibly got Raonic, Tipsarevic, Roddick, and then Djokovic. But Haase might take out Roddick. Hewitt is always a wild card but doesn't have the stamina anymore to deal with David. But let's face it, his chances against Djoko...... Anything can happen but......

Of all the top four to get, this is the worst matchup although Fed wouldn't be cakewalk either. Here's to hoping.

Sonja1989
01-18-2012, 08:53 PM
David :cheerleader: Best of luck during all AO. :hug:

Edda
01-19-2012, 12:56 AM
Good luck in your match against Sweeting, Ferru!

Mae
01-19-2012, 05:33 AM
Oh what a Match :scared: It took David 5 Sets to defeat Sweeting!

alisia
01-19-2012, 11:30 AM
I saw the 1st 3 sets & it wasn't the best I've seen him play but he won which is the only good thing that can be said about the match :rolleyes:

Sommarsverige
01-19-2012, 08:17 PM
I couldn't believe it was so close when I woke up
This morning!!!
But so happy he went through and already looking forward
To his next match :worship:

alisia
01-19-2012, 08:44 PM
I couldn't believe it was so close when I woke up
This morning!!!
But so happy he went through and already looking forward
To his next match :worship:

I expected him to lose, he was that bad! At least next up is Chela who should hopefully be an easier opponent :) His wrist though is very heavily strapped so I don't if that's giving him trouble or it's just precautionary :confused:

cobalt60
01-20-2012, 09:03 PM
:yeah: Watched a bit of the match- he looked weary to me but hey the guy plays all the time;)

Lucilla
01-20-2012, 10:27 PM
Congrats on the win David :worship:

And good luck in the next round :D

Edda
01-21-2012, 02:28 AM
Congratulations, David against Sweeting! I was getting worried!

The game against Chela started badly. Oh, David! Please win!

Mae
01-21-2012, 02:38 AM
Yes it did start out very badly :eek: David was down 4 to 0 :eek: But it is now tied at 4-4 :)

alisia
01-21-2012, 02:57 AM
terrible start by David, 2 df's but what a comeback from 0-4 down to win the 1st set 7/5 :worship:

Mae
01-21-2012, 04:25 AM
David won the Match in straight Sets so that was really a great come back :)

cobalt60
01-21-2012, 12:42 PM
nice

alisia
01-21-2012, 01:02 PM
nice

only if you didn't watch it :o he didn't turn up until he was 4-0* down but from then on it was relatively one way track :rolleyes:

Edda
01-22-2012, 12:03 AM
Congratulations, David! You had me scared there, Ferru!

FerrersLinda
01-22-2012, 10:35 AM
Haven't even seen a sliver of ferrerlicious tennis at the AO. :( But what a prospect: David against Richaaaaaaaaaaaaaar. :)

cobalt60
01-22-2012, 12:03 PM
Haven't even seen a sliver of ferrerlicious tennis at the AO. :( But what a prospect: David against Richaaaaaaaaaaaaaar. :)

Me too; I want a fantastic match here!

alisia
01-22-2012, 12:14 PM
Haven't even seen a sliver of ferrerlicious tennis at the AO. :( But what a prospect: David against Richaaaaaaaaaaaaaar. :)

normally I would say he's a sure thing for the 1/8 finals but he needs to play 1000x better than the other night :p

cobalt60
01-22-2012, 03:31 PM
AO is on at a terrible time for me so have hardly been able to watch any matches of those I like. Thank god for Belco and his torrents!

Sommarsverige
01-22-2012, 08:46 PM
Really crossing fingers for our chico tonight! :worship:

Will try to get up one hour earlier than I do usually for work and hope to see some of the match, vamossssss David :bounce:

alisia
01-23-2012, 05:36 AM
David won the 1st set 6-4 :)

iramlatif
01-23-2012, 06:15 AM
he is playing so well right now. I hope he can close it out and get some rest tomorrow. He'll most likely face Nole next. That match-up is going to be very difficult for David! (but I'll still support him) :)

alisia
01-23-2012, 06:19 AM
how did he lose a 3*-0 lead in the 2nd :confused: at least he managed to win the set 6-4 :)

Mae
01-23-2012, 06:39 AM
David 6-4, 6-4, and 6-1 :)

FerrersLinda
01-23-2012, 06:27 PM
He played amazing tennis! :) And poor Richaaarrr just kept fighting but that yellow ball just kept coming back with interest.

So there's Novak next. Hmmmm ...... I think he's gonna beat Djoko. I've got a feeling!

pinkkiwi72
01-23-2012, 07:46 PM
Time for David to get to the final and win - here's hoping!!

cobalt60
01-23-2012, 10:49 PM
David is a happy man. And happy = winning. In my dreams He plays Juan Martin in the final.

Edda
01-24-2012, 01:08 AM
Congratulations, Ferru on your win against Gasquet! Good luck against Djoko! Djoko is not totally unbeatable. Lleyton Hewitt managed to take a set off him. Ferru is tough and never gives up.

I would love to see a Ferru and Rafa final.

Lucilla
01-24-2012, 06:34 PM
Best of luck against Djoko, David!!! :D :cheerleader:

Sommarsverige
01-24-2012, 08:24 PM
Good luck Ferru against Nole :worship:

I so wish I could skip work tomorrow, but I fear it's
Not possible :(
So I have to stick to live scores...

Edda
01-25-2012, 12:57 AM
Best of luck, David! Win against Nole! I would love to see him take on Rafa in the final. I wonder if Juanqui will be there to support Ferru.

Mae
01-25-2012, 05:56 AM
I would love to see David defeat Nole, but honestly I don't think I will see that happen :sad: Of course I would be very happy if David would prove me wrong :)

Mae
01-25-2012, 10:59 AM
Nole in straight sets, but they at least weren't easy sets. David :sad:

Sommarsverige
01-26-2012, 08:09 PM
He lost, which was pretty much expected :(

But still, I think he played some great match from the parts I saw :yeah:

And now he can have a little rest.. :)

Naudio Spanlatine
01-27-2012, 12:24 AM
Feverr:sad:

alisia
01-13-2013, 07:09 PM
David's 1/4 of the draw

(4)David Ferrer (ESP) vs Olivier Rochus (BEL)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs (q)
(WC)John Millman (AUS) vs Tatsuma To (JPN)
Albert Ramos (ESP) vs (28)Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
(23)Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Matthew Ebden (AUS)
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) vs Adrian Ungur (ROU)
(q) vs Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
Victor Hanescu (ROU) vs (16)Kei Nishikori (JPN)
(10)Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs (q)
Daniel Gimeno Traver (ESP) vs Lukasz Kubot (POL)
Bjorn Phau (GER) vs Somdev Devvarman (IND)
Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs (24)Jerzy Janowicz (POL)
(32)Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
Edouard Roger Vasselin (FRA) vs (q)
Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs Gilles Muller (LUX)
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs (8)Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

David plays on Monday not before 5pm on Hisense Arena

Sommarsverige
01-13-2013, 07:58 PM
Vamos Ferru :bounce: :bounce:

Edda
01-14-2013, 12:04 AM
Vamos, Ferru! Good luck in your first round against Ollie Rochus! Win in Australia, David!

Sophitia36
01-14-2013, 10:30 PM
Here's a great article by someone who believes in Ferru's chances in Melbourne :)

http://blog.oregonlive.com/tennis/2013/01/australian_open_preview_why_da.html

Edda
01-14-2013, 11:49 PM
Congratulaions on your first round victory, Ferru!

Chris Kuerten
01-20-2013, 02:04 PM
David was five points away from becoming the big favorite to reach the final.

Sophitia36
01-20-2013, 02:08 PM
David was five points away from becoming the big favorite to reach the final.

Yeah... Well, if Djokovic had been eliminated, and if Ferru had gone on to the final, we would have heard endless complaints about how he's just taken advantage of the fact that someone else had beaten Djokovic in his place, and so on... :D

Chris Kuerten
01-20-2013, 02:22 PM
I couldn't care less if he won a slam by only beating players outside of the top 20 :lol:

Edda
01-21-2013, 12:20 AM
Even though I dislike Wawrinka's personality (which is to say none to speak of), he really deserved to win that match. Nole played like a turd through much of that match, but Wawrinka did his usual mental choke job. They talked of Novak's "comeback," but it was really Wawrinka's "check out."

pinkkiwi72
01-22-2013, 04:24 AM
oh my God, what a game, have to sit on the floor on a pillow, can't keep still, come on Daveed. so thrilling, and annoying at the same time. Ferrer can drive me crazy sometimes. The suspense

pinkkiwi72
01-22-2013, 05:05 AM
Unbelieveable, Ferrer won!!! Finally beaten Almagro. an hour and a half ago I turned the computer off in horror that he was going to lose. then turned it back on to find he had won the third set - classic Ferrer. first two sets he was just not there at all, his shoulders were hunched in a really strange way and he stopped 'grunting' altogether, never seen that before.

Edda
01-22-2013, 05:41 AM
Wow! I'm not going to be able to sleep the rest of the night! Congratulations, David! I'm so happy for you! The commentators were annoying me to the point that I wanted to slap them. That was a nerve-wracking match with a great ending.

iramlatif
01-22-2013, 07:59 AM
That was an amazing game. I'm glad he's thru. I was getting nervous, especially after the 2nd set. Nice to see him fight back. On to the semis!
http://spainsdaviscup.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/still-friends.jpeg

Chris Kuerten
01-22-2013, 08:20 AM
I only watched the highlights, but, wow. How Almagro still sleeps at night after doing this for the 50th time against a top player puzzles me.

Sophitia36
01-22-2013, 04:04 PM
Well, to be honest, people are exaggerating a bit the importance of the Almagro choke, and underestimating the fact that he also had to play a different Ferrer in those moments.

Almagro was tense in these moments, no doubt, and his level slumped, but Ferru also produced some great tennis at the most important times, while he was playing awfully the rest of the time.

Edda
01-23-2013, 01:27 AM
Iram,

Wow, you and me both! I was really nervous for David. I'm so glad he won!

iramlatif
01-24-2013, 09:47 AM
did anyone here watch the semifinal? He got a brutal thumping from Nole. There was absolutely nothing he could do. But the year just started! Making it to the semis here is still a great achievement. And come Monday he's ranked 4! :)

Slade
01-24-2013, 09:50 AM
Djokovic played great, but Ferrer was bad, he played better against Djokovic in 2012 AO

He should have had much better return stats and not all those UEs. I think Djokovic lost less than 10 points on serve? Should never be that bad

I doubt Ferrer is the type of person to be sad after this crushing defeat. It will give him even more motivation to keep improving his game.

Chris Kuerten
01-24-2013, 10:14 AM
Worst I've seen him play in years. My only hope was Djokovic maintaining his level of the previous matches, but he upped his game tremendously.

Mae
01-24-2013, 11:41 AM
I guess the TV in the US didn't want to see David getting beaten down because the guide said the AO was on, but it wasn't :confused: Poor David :sad:

Sophitia36
01-24-2013, 05:12 PM
Djokovic played great, but Ferrer was bad, he played better against Djokovic in 2012 AO

He should have had much better return stats and not all those UEs. I think Djokovic lost less than 10 points on serve? Should never be that bad

I doubt Ferrer is the type of person to be sad after this crushing defeat. It will give him even more motivation to keep improving his game.

Yes, after the match, he said he was going to rest and think about how to improve his game further. He congratulated Nole and got a nice answer in return :)

I couldn't see the match unfortunately. But I'm not sure I want to see the re-runs :D Maybe I'll watch for a bit, to see for myself whether Ferru was bad or Nole really good, or both.

iramlatif
01-24-2013, 07:05 PM
I dont think its worth watching. As a ferru fan u might just feel worse.

Mae, it was on ESPN. (not espn2) U should be able to watch it! Ferrer better start believing more in himself. He cant say things like "I don't belong in the top 4" He doesn't if he has that attitude!

Sophitia36
01-24-2013, 08:30 PM
I dont think its worth watching. As a ferru fan u might just feel worse.

Mae, it was on ESPN. (not espn2) U should be able to watch it! Ferrer better start believing more in himself. He cant say things like "I don't belong in the top 4" He doesn't if he has that attitude!

I'm not sure how he should act with regard to self-belief.

I mean, honestly, he is right! Why is he in the top 4? Because Nadal is injured. He doesn't say he doesn't belong in the Top 5. He's just being realistic. And for most players, I would say, alright, you need to believe in yourself and so on. But Ferrer is special. His realism and his humble behaviour seem to have worked very well for him, I believe his attitude is the main reason why he has "made the most out of what he has", as they often say.

Now, the big question mark for me is: why does Ferrer seem to lack self-belief in matches against the Big 3? Does he play badly because he doesn't believe, or does he simply play worse than usual because he faces players who have close to no weaknesses, and who are just giving him an extraordinarily hard time and preventing him from playing his usual tennis?
I think it's a difficult question to solve. It's difficult to know if a player plays badly because of his own mental problems, or if it's because of the superior level of his adversary.

iramlatif
01-24-2013, 10:55 PM
You are right Sophitia, but at the same time I don't want him to go down on himself. I dont want him to think "this is all I got and cant push anymore". ;) I guess next up for him is the latin swing. There he has quite a few points to retain...and with Rafa there too it can be worrisome!

Slade
01-24-2013, 11:05 PM
Ferrer interview (copied from Nole Fan's post):


"I couldn't do anything. I must accept this was a trashing".

"I've never lost in a slam with such a bad scoreline. Well, maybe against Rafa at RG but this has been worse. The worst loss in my career".

"It's hard for me to accept that he is so superior to me when we're only separated by three ranks".

"It's very difficult to get to a slam final, though it isn't always up to me. I always lost against the best. They're better than me, what can I say?"

Edda
01-24-2013, 11:48 PM
Yesterday was a complete disaster. I only have one player left to root for now, Roger Federer, and he is nowhere near as sharp as he once was. I feel as though I increasingly back nothing but losers anymore. Djoko has changed everything, and not for the better.

Edda
01-25-2013, 12:39 AM
I had mixed feelings about Ferru becoming number 4 at Rafa's expense. David Ferrer has had a great last couple of years, and his hard work should be rewarded, but it is sad to think that Rafa could slip even lower than number five. I just hope he will be back healthy again. I feel I wasted two weeks of my life watching this stupid tournament.

Edda
01-25-2013, 02:47 AM
The Tennis Channel is repeating this match ad nauseum. I just hope Roger wins his semi so I have something to watch on Sunday, or I will have just wasted two weeks of my life, weeks that would have been more profitably spent doing something more important. I lost a lot of sleep for nothing. I can do without the women's final completely, and I will pass on the men's if Federer doesn't make the final. Even if it is Federer, I may still put this one down as a miss. He choked away his last two finals on championship point to Djoko. I can't stand to see Djokovic gloating, thumping his chest and ripping off his shirt one more time.

Chris Kuerten
01-25-2013, 09:08 AM
Every time Ferrer steps on a tennis court is a highlight in all of our lives.

Sophitia36
01-25-2013, 09:11 AM
Ferrer interview (copied from Nole Fan's post):


"I couldn't do anything. I must accept this was a trashing".

"I've never lost in a slam with such a bad scoreline. Well, maybe against Rafa at RG but this has been worse. The worst loss in my career".

"It's hard for me to accept that he is so superior to me when we're only separated by three ranks".

"It's very difficult to get to a slam final, though it isn't always up to me. I always lost against the best. They're better than me, what can I say?"

This is very sad, but at the same time, it's true.

Really, I don't know what to think. I'd like to shame him up and say, "bloody hell, you CAN beat these players, just stop being so hard on yourself!!!" But is that true? I know he can beat them, and he HAS (people, including Ferrer himself, seem to forget that... Judging from the articles written on this semi, you would think he has zero victory against any of the Big 4!) But the question is, can he beat the kind of Djokovic we saw yesterday?

As I said, Ferrer's attitude is unusual for a high level sportsman. Usually, great champions always have some sort of arrogance about them, they can be sore losers (Rafa is...), they can get really frustrated when they lose and they are not always classy. But I truly believe that Ferrer has come this far because he's not like that. He has developed his own philosophy, the one that works for him, and it is based on being extremely realistic about his chances, even when it looks like a lack of belief.
Now maybe this was a good thing so far, and it has to change if he wants to go even higher. That's also a possibility.

You are right Sophitia, but at the same time I don't want him to go down on himself. I dont want him to think "this is all I got and cant push anymore". ;) I guess next up for him is the latin swing. There he has quite a few points to retain...and with Rafa there too it can be worrisome!

Well, he did say in his tweet that he was going to work on improving his game. So he's trying to accept this defeat and see what can be done. His post-defeats interviews are often heartbreaking because he has the ability to analyze the situation in such a realistic way, even when it's a really harsh lesson for him. But I believe he still has resources and he will try to turn this into something good.


I had mixed feelings about Ferru becoming number 4 at Rafa's expense. David Ferrer has had a great last couple of years, and his hard work should be rewarded, but it is sad to think that Rafa could slip even lower than number five. I just hope he will be back healthy again. I feel I wasted two weeks of my life watching this stupid tournament.

I have mixed feelings too, because I think that one of Ferrer's real problems is his "illegitimacy complex". At the same time, he will tell you repeatedly that if he's number 5, it's because he's better than the rest but not as good as the Top 4. But you can still see that deep inside, he's still the same guy who said "I'm the worst Top 100 player in history" and repeated the same thing every time he overcame another obstacle to enter the Top 50, Top 20, Top 10, Top 5...
So I'm afraid that being N°4, and knowing that he's there just because Nadal is injured, might actually worsen this complex.

It doesn't help that there are so many morons who keep repeating that he doesn't belong there, has "no natural talent", has already reached his limits and that kind of bullshit.

Don't feel that you have wasted your time Edda... David made the semis, that's still his best performance to date, and what he did against Nico in quarters was absolutely phenomenal. True, it's always dispiriting to end on such an anticlimax, but I don't feel so bad because my approach to the Ferrer-Djokovic match was that it would only be a bonus and a great surprise if Ferru had won, but I was expecting him to lose (not that badly, but in the end, it makes no difference).

Chris Kuerten
01-25-2013, 11:53 AM
In my opinion David is at his peak right now, this is it.

He has absolutely maxed out his potential, in any other era he would've won at least one slam, but now he is up against the best top 4 in the history of tennis.

Sophitia36
01-25-2013, 12:51 PM
In my opinion David is at his peak right now, this is it.

He has absolutely maxed out his potential, in any other era he would've won at least one slam, but now he is up against the best top 4 in the history of tennis.

You may be right, but I think he can still improve.

I don't know how much you can change these things so late in a career, but he could work on his BH in particular. He could also work on his attacking game more, I think he makes too little use of his abilities in that field.

Chris Kuerten
01-25-2013, 01:05 PM
You may be right, but I think he can still improve.

I don't know how much you can change these things so late in a career, but he could work on his BH in particular. He could also work on his attacking game more, I think he makes too little use of his abilities in that field.There's always room for improvement and maybe you're right and he will improve those things in the couple of years he has remaining on this level! I personally believe his attacking game is near perfect, he has the ability to completely dominate and obliterate the opponents ranked below him, which he even has shown against guys like Del Potro, Berdych and Tsonga. However, it's simply impossible for him to make that work against the top 4, because they won't allow him to. With all his weapons countered by superior opponents, there's not a lot he can do to change that match-up. He can't properly play an all or nothing play style where he just tries to jam every shot in the corner with his eyes closed, because he doesn't possesses that skill set nor will he be able to keep that up for an entire match.

Edda
01-26-2013, 12:31 AM
Sophitia,

You're right. I just always seem to have major sleep deprivation during the AO, which is not good for me, I know. David did a great job. Congratulations, Ferru!