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Copa Argentina de Tennis

jazz_girl
11-03-2004, 09:51 PM
The confirmed players are:
David Nalbandian, Gastón Gaudio, Nicolas Massu, Guillermo Cañas, Juan Ignacio Chela, Mariano Zabaleta, Agustín Calleri and Juan Monaco.
I wasn't gonna be there cause I have my finals that week, but now I'm sooooooooooooo gonna be there!
I'm so glad he didn't make it to Houston LOL!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

sigmagirl91
11-03-2004, 10:01 PM
Is this an exhibition?

jazz_girl
11-03-2004, 10:05 PM
Yes, it is! Willy Cañas won it last year and it was great.
I'm soooo happy about this! I've been wanting to see David live for a long time, so I hope I can do it now.
I didn't want to go at first cause this is my last year at school, and I have my finals, but I'll study hard the priors weeks so I can be there. I'll start studying now!!!! LOL

sigmagirl91
11-03-2004, 10:53 PM
When's this event? And, please, jazzita, get a pic with him live and in the flesh....

jazz_girl
11-04-2004, 12:13 AM
From the 16th to the 19th of Dicember. He has confirmed his prencense today! :D
I'm not sure about the pic...It will be tough, I don't know if I dare ;)

sigmagirl91
11-04-2004, 12:33 AM
Hey, if you don't, then I can always be your stand-in.....

Marc Rosset is Tall
11-04-2004, 01:31 AM
Ah what a great event this and yes jazzita you do need to get a pic with David and others as well, it won't be a problem he is very good like that.

*Ljubica*
11-04-2004, 05:14 AM
Yes Jazz - he is not scary at all! I've never had my photo taken with anyone because it's just not "me" - but good luck to you and enjoy Copa Argentina.

Action Jackson
11-04-2004, 05:18 AM
I am so jealous I would love to be in BA eating those big steaks, having a great night out and watching the tennis before my night out.

Then again I just have to be patient.

jazz_girl
11-04-2004, 09:10 AM
Thanks guys!
But it will be very difficult because unlike other events, David will be the center of attention and will be full of people...But I'll see what I can do. :)

jazz_girl
11-04-2004, 09:17 AM
I don't think I mentioned this but it's in a hardcourt, it's for the players that are working in Australia's pre-season.
I think David has very good chances of winning it.
The Alt. are Acasuso, Horna, and I don't remember the third one...

sol
11-04-2004, 09:35 AM
Have a great time there, Jime :hug:
Vamos Argentina!:D

Daniel
11-04-2004, 09:48 AM
, Vamos Gaston :drool: :clap2: Mariano :lick: and Agustin :hearts: ::hug:

novanora
11-04-2004, 12:35 PM
I don't think I mentioned this but it's in a hardcourt, it's for the players that are working in Australia's pre-season.
I think David has very good chances of winning it.
The Alt. are Acasuso, Horna, and I don't remember the third one...

:eek::eek::eek: it looks great!!!! it doesn't matter whoever win this cup, the important is all of you and argentine players can really enjoy their tennis, and have fun after a long hard season!

crigazzio
11-04-2004, 12:36 PM
Ey Jime, i´m so glad for you!!!!!
Dam it!!! I can´t go, but i know that you give us a lot of oinformation!!!!C´mon girl take all those pic that we will love to see in the forum!!!!!
Taulk to him too, and tell him that we nedd to taulk to him too LOL!!!!

jazz_girl
11-04-2004, 02:01 PM
It'll be broadcasted on ESPN+, I'll see if I can fix my cell phone so I can send you messages from the court with his score :)

novanora
11-04-2004, 02:16 PM
lol, i think this cup hasn't the live score, right? but i won't be any nervous or suffered to his score this time. :) i am sure Zabaleta will record some interesting moments of this Copa Argentina de Tennis for us to share!

bovenbuuf
11-04-2004, 02:26 PM
It'll be broadcasted on ESPN+, I'll see if I can fix my cell phone so I can send you messages from the court with his score :)
thanks Jazz, that would be great!

crigazzio
11-04-2004, 06:08 PM
Please Jazz!!!!Let us know every detail please!!!!!!! ;)

Chloe le Bopper
11-04-2004, 09:15 PM
Yes Jazz - he is not scary at all! I've never had my photo taken with anyone because it's just not "me" - but good luck to you and enjoy Copa Argentina.
I'm the same way. I like pictures OF people, but I don't feel any need to be in them. It's just not my thing. It's cool to see other people doing it though.

Listen to Rosie - he's not scary :p He's very approachable. Of course it's probably a bit easier to do that in Canada when you're at an MS and a lot of people don't really know who he is ;)

Action Jackson
11-05-2004, 02:51 AM
I'm the same way. I like pictures OF people, but I don't feel any need to be in them. It's just not my thing. It's cool to see other people doing it though.

It does depend on the person and actually I am going to have to take some more fairly soon for certain reasons, but I prefer nature and landscape shots.

Listen to Rosie - he's not scary :p He's very approachable. Of course it's probably a bit easier to do that in Canada when you're at an MS and a lot of people don't really know who he is ;)

I remember having to tell RF and a few others that David is actually very good like that with the fans, and not like the press paint him out to be.

sigmagirl91
11-05-2004, 10:30 AM
I remember having to tell RF and a few others that David is actually very good like that with the fans, and not like the press paint him out to be.

The press wants Hollywood personalities and laugh-a-minute jokesters. That's why they're puzzled by a person like David.

jazz_girl
12-15-2004, 07:50 PM
David will play :) Tha draw is out and the OOP too:
Tomorrow will play Gaudio vs Monaco and then Chela vs Calleri. On friday David will play against Zabaleta and then Gonzalez vs Acasuso.

I was not going to go on friday, but now that I think about it, I have my test at 2pm, so maybe I could and cheer David, right? ;)
Fuerza David!!!!

*Ljubica*
12-15-2004, 08:09 PM
David will play :) Tha draw is out and the OOP too:
Tomorrow will play Gaudio vs Monaco and then Chela vs Calleri. On friday David will play against Zabaleta and then Gonzalez vs Acasuso.

I was not going to go on friday, but now that I think about it, I have my test at 2pm, so maybe I could and cheer David, right? ;)
Fuerza David!!!!

Definately- I think you should go :yeah:

jazz_girl
12-15-2004, 08:12 PM
I'll call a friend to see if she wants to come with me, if not I'll go by myself. The thing is, there's a big soccer match and I doubt someone will come with me...I don't care, I'll buy the tickets tomorrow and I'll go LOL!

Choupi
12-15-2004, 08:15 PM
I'll call a friend to see if she wants to come with me, if not I'll go by myself. The thing is, there's a big soccer match and I doubt someone will come with me...I don't care, I'll buy the tickets tomorrow and I'll go LOL!

Well I don't post here very often but Jazz, you won't be alone. We'll be with you. And I really hope this will help David.

jazz_girl
12-15-2004, 08:16 PM
Thanks a lot Choupi!!!

*Ljubica*
12-15-2004, 08:18 PM
I'll call a friend to see if she wants to come with me, if not I'll go by myself. The thing is, there's a big soccer match and I doubt someone will come with me...I don't care, I'll buy the tickets tomorrow and I'll go LOL!

I've been to loads of tennis matches by myself Jazz - you'll be fine :) And I think it's really good that David has decided to get back into the swing of things straight away - good for him!

Choupi
12-15-2004, 08:22 PM
And you know what Jazz? If I were living closer to you, I would even be able to throw a sickie just to go there with you! :rolleyes:

jazz_girl
12-15-2004, 08:23 PM
I've been to tennis tournaments by myself as well, it's not too bad! The thing is, that it will be too late and I know my dad won't pick me up. The soccer match is much more important LOL! But it's ok, I'll find a way and I'll go anyway :)

jazz_girl
12-15-2004, 08:24 PM
And you know what Jazz? If I were living closer to you, I would even be able to throw a sickie just to go there with you! :rolleyes:
Awwww! You're so sweet!

*Ljubica*
12-15-2004, 08:27 PM
Make than another "sickie" from me too :) if I could!

jazz_girl
12-15-2004, 08:27 PM
Yeah!!!! I just talked to my dad and he'll get me the tickets and will pick me up after the soccer match :bounce: :bounce:
Ok, now I should go and finish studying cause will all the tennis matches I won't pass anymore tests LOL!
I won't be able to go tomorrow, but I'll watch the matches on tv and report the live scores :)

jazz_girl
12-15-2004, 08:28 PM
Make than another "sickie" from me too :) if I could!
LOL! Thanks guys :yeah:
I did that in school too...They're the best! :yeah:

*Ljubica*
12-15-2004, 08:31 PM
LOL! Thanks guys :yeah:
I did that in school too...They're the best! :yeah:

It wouldn't be the first "sickie" that I have thrown for David and I doubt it will be the last!! Don't work too hard in your studying -and it's almost bedtime here now so I shall say goodnight and sweet dreams :wavey:

crigazzio
12-15-2004, 08:32 PM
I'll call a friend to see if she wants to come with me, if not I'll go by myself. The thing is, there's a big soccer match and I doubt someone will come with me...I don't care, I'll buy the tickets tomorrow and I'll go LOL!

Girl!!! you have to go and tell us everything about it!!!
by the way is not so big match, is a little cup :p you can´t miss the David´s match, oohh i´m so glad for you!!!!!!

jazz_girl
12-15-2004, 08:33 PM
Thanks a lot guys :hug:
Good night Rosie :wavey:

jazz_girl
12-16-2004, 02:29 PM
Just so you know, David's match will be the second one on friday, first Acasuso will play Gonzalez and then David vs Mariano. Their H2H is 2-0 in favour of Mariano. They played both times in 2003.
2003 Acapulco, Clay, R16
Mexico Clay R16 Zabaleta 7 6 0 6 0 6
2003 Auckland, Hard, R32
New Zealand Hard R32 Zabaleta 6 2 6 7 3 6
What the hell happened to David in Acapulco???

novanora
12-16-2004, 05:43 PM
I'll call a friend to see if she wants to come with me, if not I'll go by myself. The thing is, there's a big soccer match and I doubt someone will come with me...I don't care, I'll buy the tickets tomorrow and I'll go LOL!
Don't worry, our hearts are always with u together :hug: enjoy the matches and cheer!

jazz_girl
12-16-2004, 07:00 PM
Hey guys, sorry if I forgot to post the draw before :o
This is the draw:
Gaudio(2) vs Monaco(7)
Chela(4) vs Calleri(6)

Nalbandian(1) vs Zabaleta(5)
Gonzalez (3) vs Acasuso(8)

novanora
12-16-2004, 07:31 PM
Hey guys, sorry if I forgot to post the draw before :o
This is the draw:
Gaudio(2) vs Monaco(7)
Chela(4) vs Calleri(6)

Nalbandian(1) vs Zabaleta(5)
Gonzalez (3) vs Acasuso(8)
sorry, jazz, is there any website of this exhibition?

jazz_girl
12-16-2004, 07:34 PM
There's no official site, but you can find some info here: www.ticketek.com.ar :)

novanora
12-16-2004, 07:38 PM
Thanks!~

jazz_girl
12-16-2004, 08:22 PM
I've got my ticket for tomorrow :banana: My dad just gave it to me, and he told me that the guy that was selling them told him that there was only 3 left. Lucky me!!! I was thinking of going directly after school and buying it before getting in, I didn't know so many people were going LOL

*Ljubica*
12-16-2004, 08:31 PM
I've got my ticket for tomorrow :banana: My dad just gave it to me, and he told me that the guy that was selling them told him that there was only 3 left. Lucky me!!! I was thinking of going directly after school and buying it before getting in, I didn't know so many people were going LOL

They're all going to cheer for our David :) I really want him to win tomorrow - it would make him and his family so happy - remember to cheer VERY loudly!

jazz_girl
12-16-2004, 10:46 PM
Yeah, I really think the crowd will be with him :)

Gigan
12-17-2004, 06:06 AM
Miércoles 17-12-04

http://www.tenniscom.com/aminisitetemporal/aaacopargentina2004/logocopaarg.jpg

SORTEO Y ORDEN DE PARTIDOS
http://www.tenniscom.com/aminisitetemporal/aaacopargentina2004/copaargconfe2004.jpg
Se llevó a cabo hoy la conferencia de prensa de lanzamiento de la 2º Copa Argentina de Tenis Peugeot, en el Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. Con la presencia de los jugadores, sponsors y periodistas se realizó el sorteo que ubicó a los cuatro tenistas que se medirán con los cabeza de serie. Luis Lobo, de Grupo NOS, extrajo los nombres para armar el cuadro final del certamen que quedó de la siguiente forma:

Nalbandian
Zabaleta

Acasuso
González

Calleri
Chela

Mónaco
Gaudio

El orden de los partidos será el siguiente:

Jueves 20 hs.
Gaudio vs. Mónaco
Cont.
Calleri vs. Chela

Viernes 20 hs.
Nalbandian vs. Zabaleta
Cont.
Acasuso vs. González

Nota: el orden del viernes puede invertirse según horario de arribo de Nalbandian desde Córdoba.




________________________________
:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

bovenbuuf
12-17-2004, 06:26 AM
thanks Gigan. Well its nice that they give David some time.. so he can prepare well for this, even if it will be very hard to do..

jazz_girl
12-17-2004, 10:29 AM
David booked a court to train with Monaco today at 11am, however he'll decide whether he plays or not today. He will talk with his mom and see how he is. If he withdraws, Horna or Squillari will replace him.

*Ljubica*
12-17-2004, 10:58 AM
David booked a court to train with Monaco today at 11am, however he'll decide whether he plays or not today. He will talk with his mom and see how he is. If he withdraws, Horna or Squillari will replace him.

As I said on the other thread, I am really sorry for you if he doesn't play Jazz, and I hope desparately for you that he does - but I also hope for him that he makes the right decision for himself if that makes sense. If he hasn't practiced or played for a week then he won't be able to play to the best of his ability, and if he lost badly then he may feel he was letting himself and his fans down which wouldn't help his state of mind at all. I'm sure his Mum and brother Javier will help him make the right decision for all concerned.

crigazzio
12-17-2004, 11:45 AM
David booked a court to train with Monaco today at 11am, however he'll decide whether he plays or not today. He will talk with his mom and see how he is. If he withdraws, Horna or Squillari will replace him.
Ohh so sorry to hear Jime, if he doesn´t play today.....But girl, he needs his times to feel better, i can understand him.....
Buit girl.....think this, even without David you´ll see a great show, yesterday was amazinnnnggg!!! Gaudio- Monaco´s match was really , really good, even Batitusta and Maradona saw the match, is a great event, and the court was almost full!!!!
Is a great show to see!!! I know that without David is not the same, but you have your ticket, so enjoy it!!!!
Of course, i hope that he decide to play today.....

Love
Ceci

jazz_girl
12-17-2004, 01:14 PM
Hey Ceci, thanks a lot for your SMS from yesterday! :)

crigazzio
12-17-2004, 03:52 PM
Hey Ceci, thanks a lot for your SMS from yesterday! :)

You´re welcome!!! ;) I´m really happy about the succes that this cup is having in Bs As!!!! The players, the people are supporting this proyect a lot!!!1 Is really nice!!!! :worship:
So jazz you anything new about David??? he´ll play??? He says something???

Kisses
C :wavey:

novanora
12-17-2004, 03:58 PM
As I said on the other thread, I am really sorry for you if he doesn't play Jazz, and I hope desparately for you that he does - but I also hope for him that he makes the right decision for himself if that makes sense. If he hasn't practiced or played for a week then he won't be able to play to the best of his ability, and if he lost badly then he may feel he was letting himself and his fans down which wouldn't help his state of mind at all. I'm sure his Mum and brother Javier will help him make the right decision for all concerned.
can't agree more, rosie ;)

and your current avatar is :hearts: :cat:
i notice quite a few posters are changing into Christmas avatar. Merry Christmas!!!

novanora
12-17-2004, 04:07 PM
Ohh so sorry to hear Jime, if he doesn´t play today.....But girl, he needs his times to feel better, i can understand him.....
Buit girl.....think this, even without David you´ll see a great show, yesterday was amazinnnnggg!!! Gaudio- Monaco´s match was really , really good, even Batitusta and Maradona saw the match, is a great event, and the court was almost full!!!!
Is a great show to see!!! I know that without David is not the same, but you have your ticket, so enjoy it!!!!
Of course, i hope that he decide to play today.....

Love
Ceci
i don't know if any non-south american country can watch this show, apparently here is totally no broadcast for it. what a pity for us :sad: i bet it must a great exhibition, and expecting for ya match report, even the live one from Jazz. Yes, enjoy it! Tennis is tennis!!

*Ljubica*
12-17-2004, 04:29 PM
can't agree more, rosie ;)

and your current avatar is :hearts: :cat:
i notice quite a few posters are changing into Christmas avatar. Merry Christmas!!!

Thanks Nova - you wouldn't believe how many nice comments and GoodReps I've had about it. I just thought it would be nice to have a festive avatar for a couple of weeks, and as David won't fit under my Christmas tree, then my lovely Sasha was the next best thing ;) Funny - I don't remember many people doing it last year, but you're right - loads of people have got Christmas avatars this year - I think it's fun.

jazz_girl
12-17-2004, 07:16 PM
I passed my exam (with my worst grade of my career :rolleyes: but I passed!) and now I'm going to the exhibition. I check online and David is still scheduled to play, so unless he retires in the last minute he will go.
Wish me luck :)

novanora
12-17-2004, 07:27 PM
Good luck. :hug:
If you arrives early, can you watch him practise?

jazz_girl
12-17-2004, 07:29 PM
I'll arrive 1/2 hour earlier, so I'm not sure he'll be practsing. Rumors are that he's been practising in Cordoba and will arrive to Bs As at the last minute, so depending on the time he arrives he'll play in the first turn or the second.

*Ljubica*
12-17-2004, 08:09 PM
I hope you have a great time Jazz - after all your hard work and all the exams - you deserve a break - and to have some fun :) Give David a huge cheer from all of us please :)

crigazzio
12-17-2004, 08:31 PM
I passed my exam (with my worst grade of my career :rolleyes: but I passed!) and now I'm going to the exhibition. I check online and David is still scheduled to play, so unless he retires in the last minute he will go.
Wish me luck :)

Congratulations for your exam girl!!!!!! :yeah:
And tonight i´ll be watching for ESPN so i´ll try to find you!!!!! ;)
Enjoy the cup, cause last night was amazing, i hope that David shows up!!!! Send him all our love, even when you don´t taulk to him, think in that and he maybe can feel it!!!! :p
Have a great night girl!!! :bounce:

crigazzio
12-17-2004, 08:39 PM
I'll arrive 1/2 hour earlier, so I'm not sure he'll be practsing. Rumors are that he's been practising in Cordoba and will arrive to Bs As at the last minute, so depending on the time he arrives he'll play in the first turn or the second.

Well he´s not there in Bs As???? so in Córdoba he was trainning with Mónaco??? I don´t understand!!!!! :confused:
In any case, i hope that you can enjoy of his great tennis!!!! :worship:

Ceci

*Ljubica*
12-18-2004, 08:53 AM
David won :bounce: :bounce: The final score was 7-6(7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), I didn't stay up I'm afraid :sad: - too tired, but there is good commentary on the tournament thread from a girl called Caroliman. I am so,soooo, very proud of him - to win under the circumstances - especially in a final set tie - break :) - now I know why I love him so much - CONGRATULATIONS David,- and I am so pleased for Jazz that she finally got to see him live and he won for her. Looking forward to the reports when you wake up Jazz :)

*Ljubica*
12-18-2004, 11:48 AM
Here is a report from last night's match, complete with my own (very poor!) translation. I didn't bother to translate the end of the article as it wasn't specifically about David. I have posted the picture from this article in the Pic thread, and the link to the article is below:-

http://msnlatino.espndeportes.espn.go.com/story?id=287512

Una batalla digna de David

En tres sets, incluyendo dos tie-breaks, Nalbandian le ganó a Mariano Zabaleta y pasó a semifinales de la Copa Argentina

Devolución a dos manos de Nalbandian (Fotobaires.com)BUENOS AIRES (ESPNdeportes.com) - Al final, tanto se repartieron el dominio, los picos y pozos en sus rendimientos, que la victoria quedó en manos de David Nalbandian, quien derrotó a Mariano Zabaleta por 7-6 (7-5), 1-6 y 7-6 (7-4), para asegurarse un lugar en las semifinales de la segunda versión de la Copa Argentina, en el mítico Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.
Ni el hecho de que entrada la madrugada del sábado todavía seguían a los raquetazos, llevó a la gente a tomar la decisión de volver a casa.

La presencia de Nalbandian y de Zabaleta, en un choque con muchas idas y venidas, motivó tanto a los fanáticos para quedarse firmes en sus asientos.

Fue un partido muy táctico entre dos jugadores que se conocen muy bien e inclusive Eduardo Infantino, ex entrenador histórico de Zabaleta, es el que dirige actualmente a Nalbandian, el mejor rankeado de los participantes en la Copa Argentina, ya que figura 9° en el listado de la ATP.

Nalbandian, el mejor argentino en canchas rápidas, remontó en el primer set y recién en el noveno set-point logró inclinar la balanza en su favor. Es que su rival, gracias a un servicio punzante en algunos momentos clave, sacó adelante situaciones muy comprometidas.

Zabaleta remontó una desventaja de 0-40 con su saque e igualó 5-5. Luego quedó 15-40 y pudo empatar 6-6. Y hasta estuvo 6-2 abajo en la muerte súbita, que finalmente quedó en poder de Nalbandian.

Acompañado por su mamá, novia y hermano, Nalbandian recibió varias voces de aliento, cinco días después de la muerte de su papá. Y les regaló una sonrisa, que se hizo esperar, pero la celebró con ganas.

Después de ese primer capítulo tan equilibrado, el top-ten bajó demasiado su nivel en el segundo, se mostró errático y no siguió forzando bien a Zabaleta sobre su pobre revés.

Aunque ya en el tercero volvió a acelerar, al punto de que no sólo ganó en el duelo de reveses cruzados, sino que hasta se impuso en intercambios de drives, donde a priori la ventaja era del perdedor.

Pero los altibajos fueron casi constantes, al punto de que Nalbandian llegó a ponerse 4-1 en el tercer set, Zabaleta lo igualó 4-4 y hasta el ex finalista de Wimbledon 2002 levantó dos posibilidades de quiebre para haber quedado 4-5. Luego mantuvieron la paridad, hasta que definieron en otro tie-break.

Así, con más emoción que tenis de primer nivel, algo lógico porque están en plena etapa de pretemporada con vistas a la gira previa al Abierto de Australia, se cerró el segundo partido del viernes, por los cuartos.

Ahora, mientras que Gastón Gaudio, el campeón de Roland Garros, enfrentará en una semifinal a Agustín Calleri, en la otra Nalbandian jugará con José Acasuso. Así, otra vez, como ocurrió el año pasado, habrá final puramente argentina. Y, obviamente, el campeón será de la casa. Para alegría de toda la gente.


TRANSLATION


Friday, 17 of December of 2004

In a great battle, in three sets - including two tie-breaks, David Nalbandian beat Mariano Zabaleta and got through to the semifinals of the Copa Argentina.

In the end, victory went to David Nalbandian, who defeated Mariano Zabaleta by 7-6 (7-5), 1-6 and 7-6 (7-4), to make sure of his place in the semifinals of the second Copa Argentina, held in the famous Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. Even though the match went into the early hours of Saturday morning, the people stayed to watch the match instead of leaving to go home. The presence of Nalbandian and Zabaleta, in a "see-saw" match with many ups and downs, kept the fans firmly in their seats.

It was a very tactical match between two players who know each other, and coach Eduardo Infantino very well, as Infantino used to train Zabaleta before working with Nalbandian, who is the highest ranked participant in the Copa Argentina, at Number 9° in the ATP rankings. Nalbandian, the best Argentinian player on fast courts, won the first Set on his ninth Set-point to gain first advantage. At 5-4 he had 3 points as Zabaleta went 0-40 down on his own service, but he recovered from this disadvantage to make the score 5-5. Nalbandian finally won the tie-break 7-5. Accompanied by his mother, girlfriend and brother, Nalbandian received much support just five days after the death of his Father, and he gave a smile to his supporters that was made in hope and showed his desire to win.

After that first even set, the top ten player lost his concentration and his level dropped in the second. He did not pressurise Zabaleta and was erratic. Although he recovered in the third set and started to play better again, it was very even with lots of rallies and Nalbandian went 4-1 ahead. But Zabaleta pulled back to 4-4 against the former Wimbledon finalist, and they maintained equality until the final set tie-break. This was played with more emotion than high-level tennis, which is not suprising because they were in the heat of a long battle and both looking towards the Australian Open next month.

crigazzio
12-18-2004, 12:18 PM
David won :bounce: :bounce: The final score was 7-6(7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), I didn't stay up I'm afraid :sad: - too tired, but there is good commentary on the tournament thread from a girl called Caroliman. I am so,soooo, very proud of him - to win under the circumstances - especially in a final set tie - break :) - now I know why I love him so much - CONGRATULATIONS David,- and I am so pleased for Jazz that she finally got to see him live and he won for her. Looking forward to the reports when you wake up Jazz :)
:worship: David did an amazing job!!!!
specially after the second set, he was out of the match the whole set, and he could lost the match, but he came back, and did a great match, and shows his great tennis.
After the match he said that he rescue his participation in the match, to return to the court after to have dispersed reason why all we know, and to have won, the crow applauded it a lot, and also encouraged it, was very good, in addition it said that it was decided, because it had already taken the commitment and because her family needed single days of tranquillity in Bs Ace. In the face one notices the wearing down and the sadness that resemblance produces loss, but the good thing is that it could handle his head, thing that is going to him to play in against, specially in Australia, and more if his mom decides not go with him, but so far!!!!! played tennis exquisite tennis .... Jazz, we waited for your late coments, because the party finished to the 01:30 a.m., so I suppose that you will sleep more ;) .You already have the tickets for tonight???? Cause in Olé says that is all sold!!!!! I´m so glad that the people suppor this proyect so much!!!!! And the players of course, all them plays like in a real tournament....so concentrated, so serious!!!! Is great.....
By the way David thanks to the crow for the support!!!! And his mom, and his girlfriends was there with him last night, of course Javier and Eduardo too.....

Kisses
Ceci

*Ljubica*
12-18-2004, 12:23 PM
Thanks Ceci :) Here is another short article I found..........with the link to the original as well.

http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pagina.jsp?pagId=889741


Nalbandian festejó despues de medianoche


David Nalbandian se quedó esta madrugada con el último encuentro de la ronda inaugural de la Copa Argentina, al derrotar ajustadamente a Mariano Zabaleta. Hoy disputará una semifinal ante José Acasuso; antes juegan Gastón Gaudio y Agustín Calleri.


El cordobés David Nalbandian, todavía afectado emocionalmente por la muerte de su padre Nolberto el domingo último, supo sacar fuerzas de flaquezas y mostró su capacidad tenística de a ratos para doblegar al tandilense Mariano Zabaleta (54° del ranking mundial), por 7-6 (7/5), 1-6 y 7-6 (7/4), luego de dos horas y 25 minutos de lucha.

Para el de Unquillo (noveno jugador del planeta) fue la primera victoria ante el Negro Zabaleta, quien lo había derrotado en Auckland y Acapulco 2003.

Esta noche, Nalbandian volverá a ver acción sobre la carpeta sintética montada en el court central del Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, ya que jugará su semifinal ante el misionero José Acasuso (68 del escalafón), quien ayer, en primer turno, despachó al chileno Fernando González (23° de las listas), por 7-6 (8/6), 3-6 y 6-3.

La otra semi la jugarán los vencedores de los encuentros del jueves: Gastón Gaudio (noveno tenista del planeta) y Agustín Calleri (58°).

TRANSLATION

The Cordoban David Nalbandian, still affected emotionally by the death of his father Norberto last Sunday, beat the player from Tandil, Mariano Zabaleta who is 54 in the world ranking, by a score of 7-6 (7/5), 1-6 and 7-6 (7/4), in a fight that lasted two hours and 25 minutes of fight.

For the player from Unquillo (Number 9 in the world), it was his first victory over Zabaleta.who had previously defeated him in Auckland and Acapulco in 2003.

Tonight, Nalbandian will return to play on the synthetic hard court of the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, against Jose Acasuso, who yesterday, in his first match, dispatched the Chilean Fernando González (Number 23 in the rankings), by a score of 7-6 (8/6), 3-6 and 6-3. The other semi will be between the winners of the two matches on Thursday: Gastón Gaudio and Agustín Calleri.

crigazzio
12-18-2004, 01:03 PM
I posted this in our group too, but for the resto of the members here....
Is true Rose he lloks tired, and is for those sad days, but even in
that way he was "happy" (is just a way to say tha he was ok) for the
suppor that he recieved from the crow, he thanks for that and the
people just screaming and was clauping for him, that was warm, and
the hug from Zabaleta too, i think he feels contention in the
tournament, from the people, the organization and the others players,
of course his family too, but i mean that he can feel ok there, cause
if he wants to do something the organization is with him and
supporting him in this difficult time.....he even give a little
interview before the match, and another after the match, but
everything with a lot of respect from the journalists!!!!
Javier Frana(a good tennis player from here, thet now is a comentator
for ESPN, was saying all the time, that is something to admire that
David was playing there, and that he is one of the greatest player of
the world, that he´s so smart when he plays, that his oponent never
can know where he´ll send the ball, he always is a surpirse, that you
can never think that David lost the match till the match is over,
cause he always fight to the end, and a lot of matches he turn the
result to his favor!!!!Well even the comentators was warm with him
yesterday...and they told that Valeria Mazza was there, and was
taulking with his mom and his girlfriend, before the match....


Kiss
Ceci

jazz_girl
12-18-2004, 01:17 PM
Thanks for your comments guys!!!
Ceci, I recieved your SMS!!! And I was constantly looking at Frana and wishing I could hear what he was saying. I got to see Valeria, but I couldn't find his family!!! Don't you know where they were sitting? Did you see his g/f? How does she look like?
I made a very long report in the exhibition thread, but I'll post it here too.

jazz_girl
12-18-2004, 01:18 PM
Well, I arrived 1/2 earlier and I got to see Zabaleta and Acasuso training in the main court. By that time, I didn't know if David was gonna play or not, and everyone was wondering the same thing. But right before Acasuso vs Gonzalez match it was confirmed and everyone started applauding really hard.

The Gonzalez vs Acasuso match was pretty even, I thought Feña was gonna win it easily, but I was mistaken. The ballboys should have listened to what I said and put on a helmet, because the balls hit everyone, even the car that the winner will take, was hit several times and I still cannot understand how the glasses didn't get broken! And a ballboy was hit really hard in the head, which made him a bit dizzy, Feña and José approached him immediatly to see if he was ok, and he was.
After the match, José had to play some points with the winners of a sub 10 and 12 tournament, and Feña said he wanted to play too, and they played a doubles. It was a really nice attitude from him, and everyone thanked him. He was treated with a lot of respect and applauses, the crowd was cheering both players eaqually.

Then, they announced the next match and the first one to enter the court was David, and crowd started yelling a lot, and cheering him. That made him stood in the middle of the court and thanked the whole crowd. He was wearing black, and to tell you the truth, he doesn't look that fat. He's obviously not a skinny person, but he's not fat at all. I couldn't believe I was actually watching David live, after all the time I followed him on tv and online. It was a great feeling.
David started very solid, and confident for the first 3 games, but then started to have so inestability problems. Even bigger than he usually has. Mariano gave him a huge fight, and I thought he could beat David. But David fought back, and won the first set, in a tie break, although he could have won it more easily. Then in the second set, he was completly gone. He won a point by the time he was 0-5, and then he had 3 break points to get 5-2 but he lost it anyway.
The third set was better, David started very solid again, and broke Mariano's serice right away, but then he was broken, and had to hold his serve till get to the tie break. I was going nuts, cause my friend, who's also a fan of his, couldn't join me to today and wanted to see him, and was constantly sending me little notes like: cheer him more, or be louder LOL. I also got info from Ceci, and some nice SMS.
Just to let you know, both players are River fans, and their archi-rival, Boca (which I am a fan of ) was playing a final, so every time they scored a goal, they crowd would cheer LOL It was very funny, but not for David and Mariano.
One thing that got to my attention, was soooo many kids cheering for David. Because as the match went on, the crowd cheered for both of them. But the kids (and me )were with David yelling things like: you're my idol, you're the best, you're the master. It was really sweet.
David led the tie break, and needed some match points to finally make it. And we he did it, the crowd was wild. He approached the net and Mariano gave him a very warm, heartful hug, that lasted for a long time, and you could see David was very touched. The reporter wanted to interview him right away, but he asked for a moment.
He started talking very slowly, not knowing what to say at first, but then let it all out. He said that he was glad that he won the match, it was complicated cause they were both in the pre-season and not a lot of match practice. But it got worse for him this week, for what happened. But he was proud and glad that he sticked to his commitment and played because that's making him well. He still finds it hard to keep in foucus during the match, cause his mind goes somewhere else, but he knows he'll move on and as days go by he'll get better. Finally he thanked the crowd and said he was glad to make his first step at home
To tell you the truth, I wanted to go out there and hug him, but I'm pretty sure I was gonna be taken to prison on somewhere else LOL!
He left the court and the crowd applauded him, and he apologised for not signing any autographs, but I think it was understandable.
Not only did I get to see him play, but I also so him win, and I'll see him again today
It was a great Xmas present from David
Well, if I remember something else, I'll post it

crigazzio
12-18-2004, 01:25 PM
Thanks for your comments guys!!!
Ceci, I recieved your SMS!!! And I was constantly looking at Frana and wishing I could hear what he was saying. I got to see Valeria, but I couldn't find his family!!! Don't you know where they were sitting? Did you see his g/f? How does she look like?
I made a very long report in the exhibition thread, but I'll post it here too.

ohhh i was so tanted to call you girl!!!! But i could imagen your face if your cell did ring ring LOL!!! so i just prefer to not do that ;)
No, they didn´t show the family or his girl.....i guees they was sitting near from Valeria Mazza, cause she taulks with them before to take her sit.....


Well, here is another news from yesterday and says exactly how David looks like, but i can´t translate i´m suck in that so I post here in spanish

9:30 | TENIS
Nalbandian derrotó a Zabaleta y es semifinalista de la Copa Argentina

En un momento delicado de su vida, David Nalbandian se quedó esta madrugada con el último encuentro de la segunda jornada de la Copa Argentina de tenis, al derrotar ajustadamente a Mariano Zabaleta, en tres sets. El tensita cordobés, todavía afectado emocionalmente por la muerte de su padre Nolberto el domingo pasado, sacó fuerzas y mostró su capacidad tenística de a ratos para doblegar al tandilense Zabaleta por 7-6 (7-5), 1-6 y 7-6 (7-4), luego de dos horas y 25 minutos de juego.
Ahora, el jugador oriundo de Unquillo se enfrentará hoy en una de las semifinales del certamen con su compatriota José Acasuso.

Choupi
12-18-2004, 01:25 PM
Thanks for your report Jazz. Your dream has come true. You have seen David live! I hope mine will come true this year in one of the tournaments I've planned to attend. :rolleyes:

jazz_girl
12-18-2004, 01:33 PM
Thanks for your report Jazz. Your dream has come true. You have seen David live! I hope mine will come true this year in one of the tournaments I've planned to attend. :rolleyes:
I've been waiting for years for this to happen, and it finally did!!! I'm absolutly sure yours will too, you'll see :)
I wanted to good rep you for all the things you've been saying, but it was that I have to spread some around before giving them to you again :hug:

jazz_girl
12-18-2004, 01:36 PM
ohhh i was so tanted to call you girl!!!! But i could imagen your face if your cell did ring ring LOL!!! so i just prefer to not do that ;)
No, they didn´t show the family or his girl.....i guees they was sitting near from Valeria Mazza, cause she taulks with them before to take her sit.....


Well, here is another news from yesterday and says exactly how David looks like, but i can´t translate i´m suck in that so I post here in spanish

9:30 | TENIS
Nalbandian derrotó a Zabaleta y es semifinalista de la Copa Argentina

En un momento delicado de su vida, David Nalbandian se quedó esta madrugada con el último encuentro de la segunda jornada de la Copa Argentina de tenis, al derrotar ajustadamente a Mariano Zabaleta, en tres sets. El tensita cordobés, todavía afectado emocionalmente por la muerte de su padre Nolberto el domingo pasado, sacó fuerzas y mostró su capacidad tenística de a ratos para doblegar al tandilense Zabaleta por 7-6 (7-5), 1-6 y 7-6 (7-4), luego de dos horas y 25 minutos de juego.
Ahora, el jugador oriundo de Unquillo se enfrentará hoy en una de las semifinales del certamen con su compatriota José Acasuso.
You should have called me!!!!! I have it on vibrator, not like some idiots that bother the player with the music! It's soooo annoying!
So if you wanna do it tonight, do it!!!! :)

crigazzio
12-18-2004, 01:39 PM
Thanks girl!!!!!!
I´ll be seeing tonight too!!! so please scream really hard, and put your arms in the air and say to me HI!!! LOL!!!!
Jazz, i´m really glad that you can go there and see David play in his first step!!!!Thanks for the details, if i see his family today i´ll send some sms, maybe you can find them in the crow....

Lot of love.
Ceci

PS ESPN doesn´t show that part where Chucho and Fena plays aggainst the kids!!!! bad bad transmition ESPN LOL!!

*Ljubica*
12-18-2004, 01:40 PM
Thanks for your report Jazz - a wonderful report about a great player and a fantastic night from a truly lovely person :) I know I've said this before, - but I am so happy for you Jazz- to finally see David in person after all your support to him for so long - and to see him win too. And Ceci - I'm sure your turn will come soon too - maybe in the Davis Cup :) And you too Choupi - hope we can meet up this year to watch Gaston at Roland Garros :)

So love to everyone in Argentina from someone who is on the other side of the world, but my heart is there with David and his family and his Team today - and always :hug:

jazz_girl
12-18-2004, 01:41 PM
They should have showed that part, it was funny :)

crigazzio
12-18-2004, 02:06 PM
Thanks for your report Jazz - a wonderful report about a great player and a fantastic night from a truly lovely person :) I know I've said this before, - but I am so happy for you Jazz- to finally see David in person after all your support to him for so long - and to see him win too. And Ceci - I'm sure your turn will come soon too - maybe in the Davis Cup :) And you too Choupi - hope we can meet up this year to watch Gaston at Roland Garros :)

So love to everyone in Argentina from someone who is on the other side of the world, but my heart is there with David and his family and his Team today - and always :hug:
Thanks for your words girl!!!!!!! :worship:
I´m not sure about the DC, I think Mancini will decide for better players in clay, and we have a lot of that.....
But someday not so far away i know i´ll see him in live!!!!! ;)
I can´t wait, but I´m glad for Jazz too, and I thank her reports and the luck of send her some sms in the middle of the match!!!!! :D
I hope he can win this cup...and i´m glad for the support that the people is giving to the cup, all the tickets was sold!!!! That´s really good, Lobo and Squillari are good doing this....And Lobo is the new trainer of zabaleta and Mónaco....

Love
Ceci

PS: Again Rose, thanks for your wisshes, and we love you too!!!!!! :wavey:

crigazzio
12-18-2004, 02:09 PM
They should have showed that part, it was funny :)

Yes!!! :sad:
But well, they showed David a lot!!! so i can forget that little mistake!!! LOL

Choupi
12-18-2004, 02:32 PM
And you too Choupi - hope we can meet up this year to watch Gaston at Roland Garros :)

Rosie, the appointment is settled... ;) The tickets are already booked... :D

jazz_girl
12-19-2004, 03:46 AM
Ok, if yesterday was good, today was even better!!!!
I went with a friend and arrived an hour later. And thank God we did that! Gastón was in the central court training with Davin, and he was shirtless!!! LOL All I have to say is: wow. My friend is still comenting on it, and now she's a Gaudio fan LOL
The match started later than stated, but in the meantime we saw Calleri training with his trainer. After that, the match started and it was good. Maradona came back today and crowd was completly happy. The atmosphere was amazing, even so, David appeared during Gastón's match and went to talk to Maradona. They were laughing and having a nice time. It was great to see David laughing again
Gastón played a very nice match, and he's getting better as days go by.
Then, after the match Gastón played with some kids that won a contest and it was sooooooooooooooooooo nice and sweet! The guy was full of patience and seemed to have a great time with the little kids, he even lent them his racquets. Then, some kids with mental disabilities played tennis with him, and he was even sweeter. I think after that, my friend completly fell for him LOL I must say, I loved it too
David's match was AMAZING! He did everything right, his service was pretty impressive, and Acasuso played a nice match. It was mainly in the baseline, but David's shots were incredible. He played a superb match, and the crowd wanted to see more of it! I was told that during David's match, Maradona was commenting on him, and said that David is ahead of the rest of the players, that Gaudio has the magic, but David has the head or something to it. It was probably one of the best matches I've seen and David took all the chances he got, he even finished the tie break with an ace
In today's interview he was better, he was laughing and making jokes. And said that he felt much more confortable in court and that he hoped all these people could be there tomorrow and on Davis Cup
I think I saw his mom, his brother Darío and a very pretty brunnet, who seemed to be Victoria
At the end of the match David seemed very happy and threw a lot of balls to the court and I saw terribly close to get one, but a girl in front of me did
Tomorrow I'll take my camera with me, and let's all hope Gastón is shirtless again LOL!

novanora
12-19-2004, 06:02 AM
YOU ARE SOOOOOOO LUCKY, Jazz!!!!!!! My greeting is late!!!!
It's so great to see he laugh again, i had thought it must needs him quite a long time to do, but finally he back to tennis, and win!!!

i love your report, Jazz!! You are enjoying what you dreams all the time!!! I saw the matches in our TV sports news yesterday, and they gave Maradona many shots. Thanks for his comments that all of us like to listen, and it's so damn right :yeah:
I can't imagine Gaston is shirtless :haha:

novanora
12-19-2004, 06:15 AM
Thanks for your report Jazz - a wonderful report about a great player and a fantastic night from a truly lovely person :) I know I've said this before, - but I am so happy for you Jazz- to finally see David in person after all your support to him for so long - and to see him win too. And Ceci - I'm sure your turn will come soon too - maybe in the Davis Cup :) And you too Choupi - hope we can meet up this year to watch Gaston at Roland Garros :)

So love to everyone in Argentina from someone who is on the other side of the world, but my heart is there with David and his family and his Team today - and always :hug:
you are all lucky, girls!!!!!! how about me??? i don't even know if i can watch him play live next year :hysteric: miserable me....:bigcry::bigcry::bigcry:

Fedex
12-19-2004, 06:49 AM
And you too Choupi - hope we can meet up this year to watch Gaston at Roland Garros :)


And hopefully you will see Gaston defend RG. :)

bovenbuuf
12-19-2004, 06:59 AM
Jazz thanks for the report! Good to hear all those nice words again. Realy think its in some kind amazing that he already feels so comfortable.

bovenbuuf
12-19-2004, 07:00 AM
you are all lucky, girls!!!!!! how about me??? i don't even know if i can watch him play live next year :hysteric: miserable me....:bigcry::bigcry::bigcry:
Ooh :hug: cheer up Nova, you will see him one day! ANd well the longer you have to wait, the more special it will be.. you probably will see him in Shanghai!

novanora
12-19-2004, 07:26 AM
Ooh :hug: cheer up Nova, you will see him one day! ANd well the longer you have to wait, the more special it will be.. you probably will see him in Shanghai!
:hug: you are so sweet, always the sweetest to me, bov!! I am not a patient one, but everything can be learned. have to wait total one year long :fiery:
Pre-wishes to u in Rotterdam! :hug:
Please, keep healthy next year, David :worship:

bovenbuuf
12-19-2004, 07:32 AM
your welcome Nova.. and yes think R'dam will be great. Seeing David and well a lot of the posters in who let the Dutch out are coming..

novanora
12-19-2004, 07:54 AM
strongly recommend David wears orange in Rotterdam :lol: part of dutch party

bovenbuuf
12-19-2004, 08:01 AM
well would be nice if he does that, altough I would suggest not to wear it if he has to play agianst Sluiter or Sjeng..

Choupi
12-19-2004, 08:04 AM
Jazz, I'm happy for you coz not only you've seen David play but win, and the 2 matches of Gaston he has won...special record I should say! And I'm not even mentioning the shirtless episode... ;)

It is the final I had dreamt of at the begining of the Copa. And I'm so happy that you're gonna see it. Whoever the winner will be, I'll be satisfied. Coz both of them would have shown that they are on the good way into the preseason...so good luck to both of them! :D

*Ljubica*
12-19-2004, 11:22 AM
Thanks for your report Jazz - and Nova - don't be sad - next year you will see our David playing in the Masters' in Shanghai :) So here is a short report from Clarins on last night's match, with the link to the original...........

http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pa...sp?pagId=890236

Dos pesados se encontrarán en la final de la Copa Argentina, a partir de las 19.30 (ESPN+), en la cancha dura del Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis. Gastón Gaudio venció 3-6, 6-3 y 6-4 a Agustín Calleri en la primera semifinal. Gaudio estaba 3-0 en el tercero con dos quiebres a favor, cuando el cordobés empezó a jugarse un poco más. El campeón de Roland Garros no pudo aprovechar para conservar la ventaja y definirlo con mayor comodidad. Ahora se encontrará en la final con David Nalbandian —el viernes a la noche venció a Mariano Zabaleta 7-6 (5), 1-6 y 7-6 (4)—, quien derrotó al misionero José Acasuso por 6-2 y 7-6 (5).

"Me sentí mucho más suelto que frente a Zabaleta. Todavía estamos todos un poco duros por la pretemporada. Eso se sumó a los problemas que tuve (NdeR: murió su padre hace una semana) ¿Objetivos de 2005? Jugar más torneos, ganar un Grand Slam y la Davis, que está pendiente", dijo David. "No jugaba acá desde la Davis con Rusia. Sentí el afecto de la gente y lo agradezco".

El campeón se llevará un Peugeot 206 de premio. A las 17.30, habrá exhibición de dobles entre Etlis-Rodríguez y Prieto-Hood.


TRANSLATION

Two big stars will be in the final of the Copa Argentina at 7.30pm tonight on the hard courts of Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. Last night Gastón Gaudio overcame Agustín Calleri 3-6, 6-3 , 6-4 in the first semifinal. Gaudio was 3-0 ahead in the third with two breaks in his favour, when the Cordoban began to take more risks. The Roland Garros champion could not take advantage of his lead to win with a greater margin. But he won through and will be in the final against David Nalbandian.

On Friday night Nalbandian beat Mariano Zabaleta 7-6 (5), 1-6 and 7-6 (4), and last night in the semis he beat Jose Acasuso 6-2, 7-6(5). After the semi-final Nalbandian said - "I felt much more relaxed today than I did when I played Zabaleta. Still we're a little stiff and out of practice because it's the pre-season. Plus, of course, my own problems didn't help" (his Father Norberto died one week ago). "My objectives for 2005 are to play more matches, win a Grand Slam and the Davis Cup", He continued "I haven't played here at home since the Davis Cup tie against Russia. I felt the affection from the people and it made me feel great". The champion will take away a Peugeot 206 car as a prize. At 5.30pm, there will be doubles' exhibition match bewteen Etlis-Rodriguez and Prieto-Hood.
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jazz_girl
12-19-2004, 12:20 PM
Thank you sooo much to everyone!!! It was the final I wanted as well. When Gastón lost the first set I thought it was gonna be Calleri's triumph, but Gastón did it! I guess he likes having Maradona there to support him :)

Action Jackson
12-19-2004, 12:22 PM
I just hope Diego doesn't take to the court.

It would be funny if you had a section of Independiente fans on one side and the River fans on the other, but from I gather the atmosphere seems to be very good and almost football like.

jazz_girl
12-19-2004, 12:31 PM
It's a great atmosphere. In fact, when they're presenting each player, they say their football club, even for the umpires LOL!

Action Jackson
12-19-2004, 12:33 PM
It's a great atmosphere. In fact, when they're presenting each player, they say their football club, even for the umpires LOL!

I think I spoke to an umpire here this year and he said he was a San Lorenzo fan, so any San Lorenzo fans besides Squillari?

In Argentina that makes sense I think and who does chubby Chela support?

jazz_girl
12-19-2004, 12:43 PM
One of the umpires was from San Lorenzo, and this guy was given the gold badge, which means he can be the umpire in GS finals from now on. The other umpire was a Ferro fan.

Action Jackson
12-19-2004, 12:48 PM
One of the umpires was from San Lorenzo, and this guy was given the gold badge, which means he can be the umpire in GS finals from now on. The other umpire was a Ferro fan.

Cool that must have been him that I spoke to, but I do want to go to the B. As tournament in the future, preferably when Gaston and Cañas are still playing.

*Ljubica*
12-19-2004, 02:23 PM
Here is a nice interview from the Cordoban newspaper "La Voz del Interior". As usual - sorry for my poor translation. Also- here is the link.............

http://www.lavozdelinterior.net/2004/1219/deportes/nota291960_1.htm


El profesional


Pudo haber puesto una excusa y no jugar, pero no, vino al Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis. Con el ánimo por el piso, David Nalbandian se sobrepuso a la muerte de su papá el domingo pasado y cumplió con el compromiso asumido. En las tribunas lo acompañó su familia: su mamá Alda, sus hermanos Darío y Javier, y su novia Victoria, todos unidos por y frente al dolor.

La faceta profesional del top 10 cordobés fue muy reconocida en la Catedral del tenis argentino. Cuando entró a la cancha para debutar ante Mariano Zabaleta (al que le ganó 7/6 (7-5), 1/6 y 7/6 (7-4), el público no lo ovacionó sino que le brindó su afecto. El “vamos David” dominó la noche, en ese ida y vuelta con el afecto de la gente, que volvió a verlo jugar en Buenos Aires después de un año y ocho meses.

No estuvo de ánimo, es cierto. Tampoco jugó en buen nivel, más bien se conectó un par de veces como para inclinar la balanza del partido, y mucho menos festejó. Pero estuvo en la cancha. Más tarde, a las 2 de la madrugada del sábado, se presentó a la conferencia de prensa y respondió responsable y medido a cada pregunta.
Mucho trabajo

“Con todo lo que viví en los últimos días fue como complicado concentrarme. Además, me siento duro por el trabajo de la pretemporada, ya que estoy haciendo algo bien intenso para no tener tantas lesiones como en la última temporada que me quitaron ritmo”, dijo el cordobés, siempre con los ojos enrojecidos y con la voz más baja de lo habitual.

Cuando Luis Lobo, ex doblista de Copa Davis y organizador del evento, le preguntó horas antes del partido sobre qué iba a hacer, David le dijo: “vengo a ganar”, a lo que "Lobito" respondió: “Si tenés esa entereza, vas a ser el número uno del mundo”.

En los momentos duros, la actitud profesional tiene un doble valor. Tal vez es parte de un homenaje íntimo a su papá, o un retorno a las fuentes en la adversidad, pero lo cierto es que vino y cumplió. Papá Norberto debe estar contento

TRANSLATION

The professional

He could have made an excuse not to play, but no, he came to Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. With his spirits low due to the death of his Father last week, David Nalbandian fulfilled his commitment. In the stands were his family - his Mother Alda, his brothers Darío and Javier, and his girfriend Victoria. They stood all together to face their pain.

The professional behaviour of the top 10 player from Cordoba was recognized in the home of Argentine tennis. When he entered the court to make his debut against Mariano Zabaleta (which he gained 7/6 (7-5), 1/6 , 7/6 (7-4), the public gave him an affectionate ovation. Cries of "Vamos David" dominated the night, with great affection from people who had come back to see him play in Buenos Aires after a year and eight months away.
He was not at his best - that is certain. He did not play to his best level and did not seem to be enjoying himself. The match finished in the early hours of Saturday, and David appeared in the press conference and responded slowly and carefully to each question. He said "What I have been through in the last days was hard and complicated. It is hard for me to concentrate. In addition, I feel tired as it is the pre-season .I am working intensively to make sure I don't have so many injuries as I did last season". The Cordoban player had eyes reddened from crying and his voice was much lower than his usual tone. When Luis Lobo, ex Davis Cup doubles player and now organiser of the event, asked him hours before the event what he was going to do, David said to him: "I'm coming to win", to which "Lobito" responded: "If that is your attitude, you're going to be number one of the world".

At the hardest moments, David's professional attitude had a double value. Perhaps it is part of his ultimate private tribute to his Father, or a return to his roots in adversity, but the certain thing is, that he came and fulfilled his promise. Norberto, his Father, must be contented

Action Jackson
12-19-2004, 02:27 PM
Thanks for that Rosie and the Spanish lessons must have worked and this event will make him even stronger and I love what Vilas said about him. "He has the capacity to make the other guy play like shit".

ataxie
12-19-2004, 09:55 PM
You can follow the score here:

http://www3.terra.com.ar/canales/tenis/tenis.html
:wavey:

Choupi
12-20-2004, 12:00 AM
I'd like to congratulate David, though he lost to Gaston 6/4 4/6 2/6.

He has made the courageous choice to take part to the Copa and has wonderfully played to reach the final. Not everybody, given the circumstances, would have been able to do as much. So congratulations David for everything... :worship:

*Ljubica*
12-20-2004, 12:24 AM
Thanks Choupi. Must admit I was really hoping David would eventually win a final. I got up to check the result and can't deny that I burst into tears when I saw the score - it would have meant so much to him - but I'm glad it was Gaston who won. Congrats to Gaston - so sorry David :sad:

jazz_girl
12-20-2004, 12:55 AM
Ok guys, I'm back. And I'm terribly sad!!!
David started well, playing a good first set, but then he wasn't precise and Gastón took advantage of it. It was a very nice match from Gastón
But I'm sad cause when David lost and he had to give the speech he indicated with his head that he couldn't make it, so the corwd applauded him even more and he started to cry It was very emotional, and then Gastón thanked the crowd and mentioned David's situation and how brave he was. Luis Lobo did the same thing and went with David out of the court.
Lobo has been taking care of David during the whole exhibition, I could see it yesterday when David was watching the prior matches and Luis hugged him and kissed him and spent all the time talking to him. The crowd was great, very respectful and thankful for his fight and spirit.
And finally, I want to congratulate Gastón for this win, he trully deserved it

*Ljubica*
12-20-2004, 05:27 AM
I'm sorry that you're so sad Jazz.......watching David lose a final is always upsetting (I've seen enough of them :sad: ), and under these circumstances it must have been heart-rending. I just hope that in time you remember all the good times of this tournament and your memories are not ruined by the end. As for David - I am sad - so very sad- that he couldn't take this final step- for him and for his family. I hope in time he looks back on this Copa Argentina as a good experience which gained him a lot of friends, respect and admiration, instead of feeling let down that he has lost yet another final :sad: The next few weeks will not be easy for him - the first "anniversary" (Christmas,Birthday etc) after a loved one has passed away are always the hardest,and David has everything to deal with in a short time.I pray that he has the strength to get through this and come back strong in 2005.

Action Jackson
12-20-2004, 05:35 AM
I can't be too happy about the particular circumstances of Gaston winning.

So I'll say I saw David breaking down and he showed great courage just turning up and playing the event. Sure it was painful for him, but this experience will make him even stronger, but I am very happy that the crowd showed him respect and as Rosie said he gained a lot of respect this week due to the courage he showed by turning up to play.

Argentine girl
12-20-2004, 06:25 AM
I want to know this tournament held in hard court or clay court.

Action Jackson
12-20-2004, 07:20 AM
Hardcourt.

Argentine girl
12-20-2004, 08:08 AM
Gaston beated my Nalbo on hard court! It is a joke. If David is in the fine condition, Gaston won't take a set from David.

Best of luck to David Nalbandian. Bodes well for 2005.

bovenbuuf
12-20-2004, 08:50 AM
Sorry to hear he lossed, but well he did a great job. To make it to the final after all what happend ..

novanora
12-20-2004, 10:05 AM
Ok guys, I'm back. And I'm terribly sad!!!
David started well, playing a good first set, but then he wasn't precise and Gastón took advantage of it. It was a very nice match from Gastón
But I'm sad cause when David lost and he had to give the speech he indicated with his head that he couldn't make it, so the corwd applauded him even more and he started to cry It was very emotional, and then Gastón thanked the crowd and mentioned David's situation and how brave he was. Luis Lobo did the same thing and went with David out of the court.
Lobo has been taking care of David during the whole exhibition, I could see it yesterday when David was watching the prior matches and Luis hugged him and kissed him and spent all the time talking to him. The crowd was great, very respectful and thankful for his fight and spirit.
And finally, I want to congratulate Gastón for this win, he trully deserved it
Jazz, sorry, it's another unprefect ending for you. Another finalist, another final curse. I know you are sad, the feeling even doubles when you watch it live. But, this is a excellent exhibition, we see much joy and happy moments for both you and him in your former match reports, that's enough. Don't let the unprefect final ruin your great experience.:hug: Keep the trust as you always do, he will do better in 2005.

And congrats to Gaston, according to Jazz, this Copa Argentina de Tennis can bring the luck to the player who win it. So it is really a good preparation for Gaston's 2005. :)

novanora
12-20-2004, 10:18 AM
Gaston beated my Nalbo on hard court! It is a joke. If David is in the fine condition, Gaston won't take a set from David.

Best of luck to David Nalbandian. Bodes well for 2005.
Sorry, Arg girl. I am not a Gaston fan. but he isn't that bad on hard court like you think. He is a talented player. If you watch some of his matches, you will feel that. Many people have the misconception that Argentinians can only play well on clay except David. In fact, many of them play well on hard court, and can even better in the future. Gaston deserves this winning, though i had strongly hoped David could win this time.

novanora
12-20-2004, 10:21 AM
Sorry to hear he lossed, but well he did a great job. To make it to the final after all what happend ..
Bov, if you watch David enter another final in Rotterdam live, bring the dutch luck to him. After Rosie and Jazz, I don't hope to see another sad girl.

jazz_girl
12-20-2004, 11:56 AM
I'm feeling better now. I just watched parts of yesterday's match and Gastón was superb. David started well, but then made a lot of errors and couldn't come back. Gastón might be a clay court especialist, but he plays really well on hardcourts. He even sent Federer to a tie break, and not many can say that. Just ask Hewitt or Roddick ;)
I think it was a very positive tournament for David in spite of the final. He gained a lot of respect and new fans, I can assure you that.
This is what Gastón said at the end:
"Quiero decir que hay que valorar mucho que David haya venido después de lo que le pasó. Quiero que todos lo aplaudamos mucho"
"I want to say that we have to value a lot David coming here after what happened to him. I want that everyone applaudes him a lot."

Björki
12-20-2004, 12:00 PM
I am back after few offline days.
It's nice to see David back on court. :)
Next time he'll beat Gaudio. Jazz I hope
you enjoyed David live (anyway).

Björki
12-20-2004, 12:01 PM
"I want to say that we have to value a lot David coming here after what happened to him. I want that everyone applaudes him a lot."
Gaston :worship:

jazz_girl
12-20-2004, 12:03 PM
Pics from yesterday:

crigazzio
12-20-2004, 12:06 PM
Ok guys, I'm back. And I'm terribly sad!!!
David started well, playing a good first set, but then he wasn't precise and Gastón took advantage of it. It was a very nice match from Gastón
But I'm sad cause when David lost and he had to give the speech he indicated with his head that he couldn't make it, so the corwd applauded him even more and he started to cry It was very emotional, and then Gastón thanked the crowd and mentioned David's situation and how brave he was. Luis Lobo did the same thing and went with David out of the court.
Lobo has been taking care of David during the whole exhibition, I could see it yesterday when David was watching the prior matches and Luis hugged him and kissed him and spent all the time talking to him. The crowd was great, very respectful and thankful for his fight and spirit.
And finally, I want to congratulate Gastón for this win, he trully deserved it


Jazz i saw him in yhe tv, was so, so sad when he started to cry!!! I just did the same, i could not help it!!!
But the ggod thing is that Lobo and the organization was with him, all the time, and they respct him a lot!!!
And Frana, taulk about him with so much proud!!!! He says great thing of David.....
I guess al the tournaments was with him, you know what i mean??? I guess he felt that everybody was warm with him.....
Well, one of my wishes for this cristmas is that in 2005 David can make it in the finals matches!!!! Cause is clear that he can rich the finals, but win that is another history.....Even with that i´m really glad, cause his streng and compromise!!!!!
Was Great see him again playing!!!!

Kisses

novanora
12-20-2004, 12:11 PM
Gastón might be a clay court especialist, but he plays really well on hardcourts. He even sent Federer to a tie break, and not many can say that. Just ask Hewitt or Roddick ;)
yes, it's a typical one....

I think it was a very positive tournament for David in spite of the final. He gained a lot of respect and new fans, I can assure you that.
This is what Gastón said at the end:
"Quiero decir que hay que valorar mucho que David haya venido después de lo que le pasó. Quiero que todos lo aplaudamos mucho"
"I want to say that we have to value a lot David coming here after what happened to him. I want that everyone applaudes him a lot."
spectators already did that to him, and even gave him more. Hope next time, you can watch him raise the trophee live, Jazz. Good memory for share.

crigazzio
12-20-2004, 12:13 PM
I'm feeling better now. I just watched parts of yesterday's match and Gastón was superb. David started well, but then made a lot of errors and couldn't come back. Gastón might be a clay court especialist, but he plays really well on hardcourts. He even sent Federer to a tie break, and not many can say that. Just ask Hewitt or Roddick ;)
I think it was a very positive tournament for David in spite of the final. He gained a lot of respect and new fans, I can assure you that.
This is what Gastón said at the end:
"Quiero decir que hay que valorar mucho que David haya venido después de lo que le pasó. Quiero que todos lo aplaudamos mucho"
"I want to say that we have to value a lot David coming here after what happened to him. I want that everyone applaudes him a lot."

Is true Jazz...Yestaerday in the tv i saw a lot of people cheering for him, lot of voices sreaming Vamos David, Fuerza, and things like that, and in the end, everybody was with him.....Was a nice tournament, for the players, and the crow....was amazing!!!! :worship:
For Lobo and the whole organization :worship:

*Ljubica*
12-20-2004, 12:20 PM
What Gaston said was lovely and I'm glad the fans applauded David. I just hope he takes positive memories away with him - not sad ones :sad: And Jazz - I'm glad you're feeling better today.

novanora
12-20-2004, 12:29 PM
Pics from yesterday:
Another dish.......don't cry, david. see, it's not useless, add it to your dishes collection, or you can use it to serve some nice fruits :lick:, and more important, the nice memory of this exhibition. :)

jazz_girl
12-20-2004, 07:04 PM
I'm feeling really well now. I only slept three hours, and because I went to the tournament I didn't have time to study, so I did it all today! I had my last two finals of the year and I passed them both! :bounce: I have no idea how I did it! LOL!!!

jazz_girl
12-20-2004, 07:11 PM
I completly forgot to mention this, but yesterday, a few minutes before the match started Eduardo Infantino sat behind me and started talking to woman there, then he disappered and I saw him with David in the VIP part talking to Luis Lobo. He looks really cute LOL

Fedex
12-20-2004, 07:26 PM
What Gaston said was lovely and I'm glad the fans applauded David. I just hope he takes positive memories away with him - not sad ones :sad: And Jazz - I'm glad you're feeling better today.
It is sad to see him lose another final, but I just hopes he takes the positives away from this experience. :)

*Ljubica*
12-20-2004, 07:40 PM
I completly forgot to mention this, but yesterday, a few minutes before the match started Eduardo Infantino sat behind me and started talking to woman there, then he disappered and I saw him with David in the VIP part talking to Luis Lobo. He looks really cute LOL

You shoud have said "hello" - he's such a sweetie :) And congrats on the exams :worship:

Iza
12-20-2004, 07:45 PM
poor David :hug:, yeah u're right he has many dishes!
Congrats Gaston :clap2:

jazz_girl
12-20-2004, 07:49 PM
I'm watching the match again, this time on tv, and I remembering things now that I forgot to mention like David's service. It has improved a lot, and he made a couple of aces with his second service. And some other with his first. I'm sure he's been working on it.
As for Infantino, I kept on looking at him like I wanted to tell him somthing, but I didn't know what to say. And he looked at me like he was expecting something lol! Next time, I guess ;)

jazz_girl
12-20-2004, 07:54 PM
Some statistics from the match:
60% first serve
23 winners
5 Double Faults
6 Aces
50 Unforces Errors

bovenbuuf
12-21-2004, 09:48 AM
thanks Jazz for all your reports that you gave!

Iza
12-21-2004, 05:59 PM
thx Jazz :kiss:

crimson
12-21-2004, 08:21 PM
Ok guys, I'm back. And I'm terribly sad!!!
David started well, playing a good first set, but then he wasn't precise and Gastón took advantage of it. It was a very nice match from Gastón
But I'm sad cause when David lost and he had to give the speech he indicated with his head that he couldn't make it, so the corwd applauded him even more and he started to cry It was very emotional, and then Gastón thanked the crowd and mentioned David's situation and how brave he was. Luis Lobo did the same thing and went with David out of the court.
Lobo has been taking care of David during the whole exhibition, I could see it yesterday when David was watching the prior matches and Luis hugged him and kissed him and spent all the time talking to him. The crowd was great, very respectful and thankful for his fight and spirit.
And finally, I want to congratulate Gastón for this win, he trully deserved it

Reading about David crying is bringing tears into my eyes too. :sad: I feel so sad for him. But I also admire how brave he has been to come here and play, and I'm glad the crowd showed their appreciation of him, that was a lovely gesture of support. And well done to Gaston for his win and being so nice to David in his speech. :hug:

Thanks jazz_girl and Rosie for all the articles.

novanora
12-21-2004, 09:48 PM
60% first serve
:lick:

23 winners
:hug:

5 Double Faults
:smash:

6 Aces
:woohoo:

50 Unforces Errors
:tape:

Jazz, :smooch:
hi, crimson :wavey: