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Basel final Nalbandian vs Novak, who will win?

Action Jackson
10-30-2004, 03:58 PM
Who will win the final between Nalbandian and Novak?

If David plays, he hasn't lost a match in 3 years at Basel, the walkover doesn't count.

They have never played before and as much as I want Nalbandian to win. I think Novak will.

TheBoiledEgg
10-30-2004, 04:01 PM
I prefer it as Basel :devil:

anyway Nalby wins is ok by me :D :)

CoriaFan4ever
10-30-2004, 04:03 PM
im so much hoping for david to win, he won his last tournament there, so it would be the perfect place to win again! VAMOS DAVID!!!

jazz_girl
10-30-2004, 04:03 PM
David likes this tournament a lot, and I think he will win it. He needs a title!!!!
Well done for reaching the third final in a row here in Basel, and the second in a row this year! :yeah:

Action Jackson
10-30-2004, 04:05 PM
I wonder if this match will go 5 sets.

A big call maybe if David can win the first set, then I think he can win the title, but if he doesn't then the final blues might get a hold of him and the smiling Novak will come through.

Lee
10-30-2004, 04:06 PM
Either win is OK with me but I think it will be Novak.

~EMiLiTA~
10-30-2004, 04:10 PM
I vote for Bandy

junekidd
10-30-2004, 04:16 PM
come on David! he reached both the finals in straight two weeks! he deserves this title! :yeah:

crazillo
10-30-2004, 04:17 PM
Novak.

alfonsojose
10-30-2004, 04:21 PM
I like them both. Novak already won at Tokyo and David won here in 2002. I already forgave him for beating Rainer :hug:, so lets' go David. Still i think Novak has the edge here.

Lee
10-30-2004, 04:21 PM
That's a good one in your sig, Junekidd!

Lala186
10-30-2004, 04:38 PM
David of course! he is the best and the most cute player hehehehehe.

novanora
10-30-2004, 04:38 PM
jiri did awesome today :eek::eek: but this is Basel, david's champion starting should be at here!!

junekidd
10-30-2004, 05:12 PM
That's a good one in your sig, Junekidd!

thanks! they are not all squares on your computer? finally!!! ;)

*Ljubica*
10-30-2004, 05:15 PM
Please, please, PLEASE win this one David - I am tired of watching you lose in Finals!

Action Jackson
10-30-2004, 05:16 PM
I hope it's a good match but with David winning as he needs the points and the title as well.

jazz_girl
10-30-2004, 05:19 PM
Please, please, PLEASE win this one David - I am tired of watching you lose in Finals!
Rosie!!!! I guess this match wasn't that bad as yesterday's right? ;)
I agree with you, I'm tired of him losing in finals. But this is Basel, he likes it there!

Horatio Caine
10-30-2004, 05:30 PM
Please Jiri - win!!!

Action Jackson
10-30-2004, 05:32 PM
Please Jiri - win!!!

It doesn't matter if it was Jiri or Dave playing Henman, you know they would be the favourite. :)

Don't worry your boy should make it through to TMC.

*Ljubica*
10-30-2004, 05:42 PM
Rosie!!!! I guess this match wasn't that bad as yesterday's right? ;)
I agree with you, I'm tired of him losing in finals. But this is Basel, he likes it there!

No it wasn`t like the ghastly Schuettler match - I actually enjoyed this one :p And yes he does like it here and he is very popular and definately the crowd favourite which makes him very happy. He gave a lovely speech at the end of the match thanking all his team and his friends and supporters - almost made me cry :)

Action Jackson
10-30-2004, 05:46 PM
Thanks for the report Rosie, but I do see the old failing of not serving out the match the first time, it was fortunate that he had 2 breaks of serve.

*Ljubica*
10-30-2004, 05:49 PM
Thanks for the report Rosie, but I do see the old failing of not serving out the match the first time, it was fortunate that he had 2 breaks of serve.

Yes and he needed them - he had several break points against him to lose that second break of serve advantage - it was scary!! From what I have seen of Jiri this week he seems to get tense when serving out too - could make the match tomorrow interesting in a stressful kind of way :eek:

Action Jackson
10-30-2004, 05:52 PM
From what I have seen of Jiri this week he seems to get tense when serving out too - could make the match tomorrow interesting in a stressful kind of way :eek:

Jiri has won a title this year, something David hasn't. My Jiri Novak experience this year was when he was playing out of his mind and led Pavel 2 sets to love, and then Andrei came back and won in it 5.

David does have a good 5 set record, but that wouldn't be good for your heart though would it.

*Ljubica*
10-30-2004, 05:57 PM
Jiri has won a title this year, something David hasn't. My Jiri Novak experience this year was when he was playing out of his mind and led Pavel 2 sets to love, and then Andrei came back and won in it 5.

David does have a good 5 set record, but that wouldn't be good for your heart though would it.

I`m preparing the hip-flask of vodka for my handbag now!!! Pity they don`t let you smoke in the auditorium - the Schuettler match was driving me crazy - I got through three bags of toffees because I couldn`t have a cigarette!

Action Jackson
10-30-2004, 06:01 PM
I`m preparing the hip-flask of vodka for my handbag now!!! Pity they don`t let you smoke in the auditorium - the Schuettler match was driving me crazy - I got through three bags of toffees because I couldn`t have a cigarette!

If you were bad I wonder how Dirk Hordorff (Rainer's coach) handled it, that guy can't help but smoke a lot and from the sounds of that match, it was one of those matches.

CooCooCachoo
10-30-2004, 06:19 PM
I like both a lot :)

I think Jiri will win it, because he is the kind of player who can clinch these matches. Sometimes he loses to a nobody, but some days he can beat everyone. And this week is full of such days :)

Marc Rosset is Tall
10-30-2004, 06:27 PM
This is a very tough one to pick. David is in very good form, but forgets to play his best tennis in finals, though he has won this event before so that has to be of comfort to him.

Then there is the underrated Novak, he is always smiling and lurking around. He is tough to beat and doesn't give the match away and David will have to beat him as Novak won't give him any freebies.

I will go with David on the theory he has to win a final at some point soon.

<em>
10-30-2004, 06:29 PM
i just wanna c David win this Final...

TennisLurker
10-30-2004, 06:35 PM
2 players I like a lot, But I ll be cheering for Dave this time, Novak won a title in japan anyway.

name_change
10-30-2004, 06:55 PM
please win dave!

*Ljubica*
10-30-2004, 07:21 PM
If you were bad I wonder how Dirk Hordorff (Rainer's coach) handled it, that guy can't help but smoke a lot and from the sounds of that match, it was one of those matches.

About the same as me I think! I know he is bad because he is always asking me for my lighter..........the man should be more prepared :p

Fergie
10-30-2004, 07:44 PM
I think Jiri will win :angel:

User ID 4783
10-30-2004, 07:48 PM
Hope David will win.

Space Cowgirl
10-30-2004, 08:19 PM
I hope Nalbandian wins, but think that it will be Novak's day tomorrow

JBrocks
10-30-2004, 09:05 PM
DAVID :D

Deboogle!.
10-30-2004, 10:24 PM
This final is best-of-5 right? Didn't David take injury time-outs against Rainer yesterday? is he better?

I'm pretty indifferent to both players, so for the simple fact that David is a top 10 player and really should have a title more recently than 2 years ago, I hope he wins.

RonE
10-30-2004, 10:33 PM
Come on David :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

End the drought!!!

Horatio Caine
10-30-2004, 10:49 PM
It doesn't matter if it was Jiri or Dave playing Henman, you know they would be the favourite. :)

Don't worry your boy should make it through to TMC.


:haha: Most people are favourite against him at the moment.

The Race is getting so frighteningly close..... :)

Horatio Caine
10-30-2004, 10:51 PM
I feel sorry for david though - he deserves more titles and is doing a tremendous job in trying to reach Houston so kudos to him but I would like Jiri to win. David's time to dominate the tour will come...he is still young. If it weren't for his injuries this year he would probably be top 5 even top 3. Vamos David....al ano proximo! :)

MALALA
10-30-2004, 11:03 PM
Nalbys You can do it!!!

Fedex
10-31-2004, 12:57 AM
I hope Nalbandian wins this one, but I am voting for Novak for obvious reasons. (We all no David's record in finals). Its his match to win or lose imo, and this is one of the few tournements where he has actually had success in finals, I hope it continues tomorrow.

Gigan
10-31-2004, 01:02 AM
Finaly you will win a final!!!

Go, David!

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Purple Rainbow
10-31-2004, 04:18 AM
David has a dismal finals record, Jiri is better rested (played one game less), and David is apparently injured at his toe, so my vote goes to Novak (as does some of the little vCash I still own)!
But I wouldn't mind Nalby winning at all!

federer_roar
10-31-2004, 04:20 AM
Nalbandian looked a bit tired in the match against Schuttler and he tends to lapse in finals. But I still vote for him as he has gone through tight matches in Basel and hopfully that would help to regain confidence that he needs in the final. Maybe I just hope he wil win this.

Daniel
10-31-2004, 07:31 AM
David

Vladimir Poutine
10-31-2004, 09:52 AM
:haha: Most people are favourite against him at the moment.

The Race is getting so frighteningly close..... :)

That is so right and I agree with the closeness of the race and that is a good thing.

Onto the match today, it's fortunate that I like both players and therefore I won't be upset at whoever wins the title. For the TMC race for David's poor finals record I would like him to win here again, but Novak shouldn't underestimated and I have a feeling he will be making the victory speech today.

*Ljubica*
10-31-2004, 09:52 AM
This final is best-of-5 right? Didn't David take injury time-outs against Rainer yesterday? is he better?

I'm pretty indifferent to both players, so for the simple fact that David is a top 10 player and really should have a title more recently than 2 years ago, I hope he wins.

He is in a lot less pain than he was on Friday, but still far from 100% fit. He says he is fine, but I honestly don`t know if that is the truth or just typical male bravado :) He is hardly likely to say otherwise because that would give Jiri more confidence and put David at a disadvantage in the mental side of the game. I like Jiri a lot, but of course I want David to win - I am tired of seeing him lose in finals :sad: He loves Basel and the crowd are generally supporting him here because they know how much he loves their tournament. I`m just praying for him to win this time.

WyveN
10-31-2004, 11:14 AM
I like both players but would like David to win yet until he proves he can handle the pressure of a final it is hard to pick him against what appears to be a very confident Novak. According to him he played some of the best tennis of his life against Koubek after being down a break in the 1st and if he continues with that form I think he will win.

landoud
10-31-2004, 11:20 AM
i voted 4 david

crazillo
10-31-2004, 01:38 PM
Novak played errorless from 1-4, really.

Deboogle!.
10-31-2004, 04:37 PM
Good effort from both players but it's too bad David had to be so catty at the end. The commentators even joked he'd get booed from the stadium if he didn't clean up his act - broke 2 racquets, got a warning, and even a point penalty for getting up slowly :o Too bad it had to end that way, it was really time for him to get a title

Marc Rosset is Tall
10-31-2004, 04:38 PM
Congratulations to all those people who voted for Novak.

Aleksa's Laydee
10-31-2004, 04:40 PM
I knew jiri would win :D

Golfnduck
10-31-2004, 04:41 PM
Novak won!!!!! 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2