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Kooyong Classic 2005

jazz_girl
01-07-2005, 12:28 PM
Let's start cheering for David so he can defend his title! :bounce:
Official web-site: http://www.kooyongltc.asn.au/

*Ljubica*
01-07-2005, 12:36 PM
Wouldn't that be a wonderful start to the year :) I know GWH is going to this - so I hope he can cheer for David for us and give us some great live reports. VAMOS DAVID (and GWH!!)

sigmagirl91
01-07-2005, 01:45 PM
And I want to see some awesome pics. Come on, David....

jazz_girl
01-07-2005, 01:49 PM
Yeah, me too!!! I can't wait to see him in court again, and I'd love to know how he's gonna start the year...

novanora
01-07-2005, 03:01 PM
My new avatar is from his last year Kooyoo :D it will be a good warming, but i still expect AO more.....

jazz_girl
01-07-2005, 03:17 PM
Yeah, I agree. The most important thing right now is the AO!

crigazzio
01-07-2005, 07:33 PM
Is true, but this begining is a good way to start!!!!!Keep the title blonde boy!!!! ;)

crigazzio
01-07-2005, 07:34 PM
the pics in the front of the pages are really old!!!!

crigazzio
01-07-2005, 07:36 PM
"Last January's winner over Andre Agassi, DAVID NALBANDIAN (ARG - 9), is keen to return to Kooyong to defend his title. Nalbandian was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros and finalist at the Rome Master Series tournament"

This is what says in the pages of our boy!!!!!

Iza
01-07-2005, 08:49 PM
Vamos David :woohoo: ! Good thing we have a "reporter" there :lol: :yeah: gooo GWH!

Tricky_Forehand
01-07-2005, 10:02 PM
Vamos David :bounce: :bounce:

Gigan
01-08-2005, 02:31 AM
Go, David!
Make good start in 2005!
For you & for us!

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Breakaway
01-08-2005, 04:13 AM
Go David!! :bounce:

Fedex
01-08-2005, 05:24 AM
Good luck David, and this tournement should be interesting.

sigmagirl91
01-08-2005, 05:25 AM
Very interesting. If it was anything like last year, then yes, it will be indeed something to watch for.

Gonzo Hates Me!
01-08-2005, 05:35 AM
rock it David!

Björki
01-08-2005, 08:25 AM
Vamos David :bounce:

sigmagirl91
01-08-2005, 02:41 PM
Goooooo, baby....make us proud.

jazz_girl
01-08-2005, 03:32 PM
I wonder when the draw will be out...My guess is on tuesday.

sigmagirl91
01-08-2005, 03:35 PM
Probably.

Fedex
01-08-2005, 04:24 PM
I hope David gets to play the Duck.

jazz_girl
01-08-2005, 04:25 PM
:devil:

justClaudia
01-08-2005, 06:32 PM
I hope David gets to play the Duck.


Yes , Fedex I want the Duck too :fiery:
Love too see that!!

Raquel
01-08-2005, 06:32 PM
Good Luck David :cool:

I hope this can be the start of his best year ever! ;)

sigmagirl91
01-09-2005, 01:47 AM
Yes, let's hope that 2005 is a year to remember for his fans.

Action Jackson
01-09-2005, 01:49 AM
I hope David gets to play the Duck.

I just hope that neither Gaston or David is on first. As I am going straight from the airport to the tournament.

sigmagirl91
01-09-2005, 01:54 AM
I hope they are on at a decent hour.

Action Jackson
01-09-2005, 01:55 AM
I am more worried about the flight being late.

Iza
01-09-2005, 02:06 AM
let's hope you're gonna be there on timeto see David and gaston :)

sigmagirl91
01-09-2005, 02:26 AM
I'm worried that I will sleep during the matches. It's inevitable perhaps, but I was able to catch the tailend of the Roddick match last year after I got home late from work.

*Ljubica*
01-09-2005, 10:23 AM
Well I'll probably sleep through all of the matches and find out the results in the morning!! Starting at mid-night and finishing at about 7.00am isn't so good for me when I have to work :sad: And am I the only person here that DOESN'T want David to draw the Duck - at least not in the 1st match anyway? I want him to get a bit of match practice first - the Duck would be too hard for a first match.

jazz_girl
01-09-2005, 11:15 AM
Well I'll probably sleep through all of the matches and find out the results in the morning!! Starting at mid-night and finishing at about 7.00am isn't so good for me when I have to work :sad: And am I the only person here that DOESN'T want David to draw the Duck - at least not in the 1st match anyway? I want him to get a bit of match practice first - the Duck would be too hard for a first match.
I agree, it could be better if he draws Srichaphan. Even worse than the duck would be Federer...

*Ljubica*
01-09-2005, 11:25 AM
: I agree, it could be better if he draws Srichaphan. Even worse than the duck would be Federer...

:eek: :eek: Federer! Actually I kind of want him in the same group as Gaudio, Massu and Srichaphan! Then he can get some easier matches and, hopefully, a few wins behind him before he has to play Fed or Duck in the Final!!!!

jazz_girl
01-09-2005, 11:30 AM
I agree! But he will defenitly meet one of them before the final, if that's the case, I want the duck first.

*Ljubica*
01-09-2005, 11:34 AM
I agree! But he will defenitly meet one of them before the final, if that's the case, I want the duck first.

Yes I guess that's true!

jazz_girl
01-09-2005, 11:39 AM
If you think about it, everyone's tough, even the ones ranked behind him: Gaudio beat him in the Bs As final, Massu will fight till the end...and Srichaphan...even though he's in the Chennai final, I know David can beat him again :)

Björki
01-09-2005, 12:14 PM
:

:eek: :eek: Federer! Actually I kind of want him in the same group as Gaudio, Massu and Srichaphan! Then he can get some easier matches and, hopefully, a few wins behind him before he has to play Fed or Duck in the Final!!!!
that would be the best draw Rosie!!

novanora
01-09-2005, 01:09 PM
I agree, it could be better if he draws Srichaphan. Even worse than the duck would be Federer...
ah, maybe i am the only one here wants he faces Roger :p of course, i prefer they meet in the final, but i won't oppose if even earlier!! Expecting their match for so long time since last year AO QF, almost every match between them two is amazing! :woohoo:

And, everyone please don't be too serious. it's only an exhibition, a warming, an appetizer, we have better AO dinner after that. :)

jazz_girl
01-09-2005, 01:36 PM
Ok, I just finished watching Moya vs Srichaphan, and Carlos playing at his worst beat Srichaphan. I lost count of how many times Paradorn served for match, he was always up: 5-2 in the third set, but somehow Carlos managed to win it in tie break...

sophia_c
01-09-2005, 06:35 PM
Well Rose, if you have the same channels as me, which I suspect you do it looks like all we will be treated to is WTA tennis from Sydney...I checked up to Friday and so far nothing execpt the women's on Eurosport GB...so we will have to send lots of positive vibes to David when he begins 2005 on Wednesday

*Ljubica*
01-09-2005, 07:06 PM
Well Rose, if you have the same channels as me, which I suspect you do it looks like all we will be treated to is WTA tennis from Sydney...I checked up to Friday and so far nothing execpt the women's on Eurosport GB...so we will have to send lots of positive vibes to David when he begins 2005 on Wednesday

Yes Sophia - we're not getting any coverage :sad: Just have to hope GWH can send all our positive vibes to our man! Welcome back from your holiday by the way - hope you had a great time :)

lsy
01-10-2005, 09:38 AM
ah, maybe i am the only one here wants he faces Roger :p of course, i prefer they meet in the final, but i won't oppose if even earlier!! Expecting their match for so long time since last year AO QF, almost every match between them two is amazing! :woohoo:

No...you're not the only one ;) Same as you, I had been looking forward to both of them playing again for a long time but then even if they do here in Kooyong, won't get to watch it anyway :mad:


And, everyone please don't be too serious. it's only an exhibition, a warming, an appetizer, we have better AO dinner after that. :)

Totally agree!

crigazzio
01-10-2005, 12:27 PM
Here we have coverage Jazz??? Any channel will show thistournament?
Good luck David

jazz_girl
01-10-2005, 12:31 PM
Sorry Ceci, only people in Australia will be able to see this :sad:

Iza
01-10-2005, 04:40 PM
so when does the draw come out?

*Ljubica*
01-10-2005, 04:41 PM
so when does the draw come out?

Sometime tomorrow (Tuesday) we think.

Iza
01-10-2005, 04:46 PM
aha. ok thx rosie :hug:

sophia_c
01-10-2005, 08:13 PM
Hi Rose,
Thanks...I had a great time in Cape Town...it helps to have the perfect man with you though...even if he has the Mother from hell....(who was also there!!!...we stayed in their house....its a long story)...anyway its all back to normal now...back to a new term at school....today the children I teach have been crazy because of the wind!! but thats normal too!!! hopefully we will have wet play tomorrow at break and lunch...( I have playground duty and if it rains I don't)....

Anyway, on to the tennis.....I think it is just typical that we have no tennis coverage...despite paying almost £50 per month for Sky television....but anyway I need to get over this bitterness and concentrate on our guy doing his best...Heres to 2005.....

sigmagirl91
01-10-2005, 08:59 PM
Cheers, all, to a successful 2005 for our man.

Gigan
01-10-2005, 09:08 PM
here is time_table, but no names:

Sessions of play

Wednesday January 12 - 11am - approx 5.30pm
Thursday January 13 - 11am - approx 5pm
Friday January 14 - 11am - approx 5pm
Saturday January 15 1.30pm - approx 5pm

Who knows already more, plz write...
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

sigmagirl91
01-10-2005, 10:07 PM
Thanks for the time table, Gigan. The draw will be out soon enough. I hope that the matches don't start at some ghastly hour.....like, 11pm, for instance.

jazz_girl
01-10-2005, 10:51 PM
I'm terrified to find out the time difference between Australia and Argentina!!!

sigmagirl91
01-10-2005, 10:53 PM
I'm terrified to find out the time difference between Australia and Argentina!!!


14 hours.

*Ljubica*
01-11-2005, 05:15 AM
David's first match will be against Tim Henman - 3rd match on court on Wednesday. Guess that will be about 4.00pm Australian time which makes it about 4.30-5.00am English time :eek: No chance of me following that unless I catch the end when I get up at 5.30am for work. Damned time differences :devil: Jazz and Sigma - you'll probably be OK because it will still only be about midnight where you are - only the poor Europeans will suffer :sad:

novanora
01-11-2005, 05:57 AM
Wednesday, January 12th 2005

Draw

11.00am - Centre Court

Andre Agassi vs Nicolas Massu

Roger Federer vs Gaston Gaudio

Tim Henman vs David Nalbandian

Andy Roddick vs Paradorn Srichaphan

bovenbuuf
01-11-2005, 06:11 AM
wow that is really early! But well do think its a nice match to start with. A match against Tim

jazz_girl
01-11-2005, 10:29 AM
I thought he was gonna get Federer in the first round, but this is better...
Vamos David!!! Beat Tim!!!! :)

Iza
01-11-2005, 03:00 PM
VAMOS DAVID!!!!!!

jazz_girl
01-11-2005, 04:02 PM
I think David's match will start aroung 3am here, so I'm not sure if I'll stay up till so late. Do you know if someone will provide us with the live score like last year?

*Ljubica*
01-11-2005, 07:42 PM
Don't know about live scores Jazz - but I hope you enjoy the coverage if you do stay up. I would love to - but - much as I love David - I just can't do it on a work night :sad: If it was the Oz Open, if it was televised, or even if I knew there was a great live scoreboard, then I probably would get up at 3.00am- but I can't go without my sleep - I get ill without sleep very quickly :sad: - and if I fall asleep at work tomorrow then I soon won't have a job to help me afford all my tennis travels! So - good luck David - I hope for good news when I wake up tomorrow - if the other matches are long then David might still be playing when I get up - I'll sleep with my fingers crossed anyway :)

jazz_girl
01-11-2005, 09:06 PM
Hi guys!
I just found this interview in another David forum. It's from Kooyong:
http://www.kooyongltc.com.au/files/00SLKGOO8U/Press%20Conference%2011%20Jan%202005.pdf

novanora
01-12-2005, 03:03 AM
hey!! i know it's quite hard for you, but is there anybody still awake now??
i guess the match has started?

novanora
01-12-2005, 03:08 AM
ok, only me is awake....or maybe you are following the match in your dream.
the scoreboard is slow. i guess it already started, but still nothing on the s/b

sigmagirl91
01-12-2005, 03:24 AM
ok, only me is awake....or maybe you are following the match in your dream.
the scoreboard is slow. i guess it already started, but still nothing on the s/b

I don't have an update. Even when I refresh the scoreboard, I don't get anything.

novanora
01-12-2005, 04:08 AM
I don't have an update. Even when I refresh the scoreboard, I don't get anything.
hi, sig!!~~ good to see another one awake! this s/b is crappy, but as there's no live broadcast on any corner of the world, seems it's the only one we can depend on. so far, it still shows:"to be played" on this match, yes since Fed's match, over 1 hour has passed ye.....

novanora
01-12-2005, 04:41 AM
ok, the s/b sucks, and for those who are in the dreams, he lost to Henman 6-1 7-5
hope you didn't have a nightmare in your dreams.

*Ljubica*
01-12-2005, 05:05 AM
Thanks for the score Nova -glad I didn't stay up now -my dreams were more pleasant!

novanora
01-12-2005, 05:25 AM
hi, rosie! good morning!
he wants to save all his luck to AO :) that's more important

Björki
01-12-2005, 05:28 AM
what a pity David lost. :(

novanora
01-12-2005, 06:06 AM
pics today. i miss his bandana :sad:

bovenbuuf
01-12-2005, 06:08 AM
really thanks for the pics and score Nova. Sorry to see he lost, but well like you said Nova, probably is saving all his luck for the AO

novanora
01-12-2005, 06:10 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050112/capt.mel12601120631.australia_kooyong_classic_mel1 26.jpg

novanora
01-12-2005, 06:13 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050112/capt.mel12801120631.australia_kooyong_classic_mel1 28.jpg
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050112/capt.mel12501120631.australia_kooyong_classic_mel1 25.jpg

novanora
01-12-2005, 06:14 AM
really thanks for the pics and score Nova. Sorry to see he lost, but well like you said Nova, probably is saving all his luck for the AO
see, he already made a "V" gesture to us in the pic ;)

Gigan
01-12-2005, 07:12 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050112/capt.mel12601120631.australia_kooyong_classic_mel1 26.jpg
i posted this already,
hi novanora ;)

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novanora
01-12-2005, 08:58 AM
hi, gigan :bigwave: nice to see u here in the new season!!

Tomorrow's Draw

Thursday, January 13th

11.00am Centre Court

Gaston Gaudio vs David Nalbandian

Andre Agassi vs Andy Roddick

Nicolas Massu vs Ivan Ljubicic

jazz_girl
01-12-2005, 09:25 AM
David and Gastón again??? Ok David, please win this time! LOL!
I'm sorry to hear he lost. I'd like to know how he played and how he's doing emotionally, that's the most important here...

Choupi
01-12-2005, 09:52 AM
Just wanted to wish good luck to David for tomorrow...hope he'll play better than his first match...leave him the time to come back... ;)

jazz_girl
01-12-2005, 10:01 AM
Thanks Choupi :hug:

crigazzio
01-12-2005, 11:38 AM
pics today. i miss his bandana :sad:
Well i´m sad for the results, but he looks good in those pics, glad, and looks like he´s having a good time.......
VAMOS TODAVIA!!!

*Ljubica*
01-12-2005, 11:48 AM
David and Gastón again??? Ok David, please win this time! LOL!
I'm sorry to hear he lost. I'd like to know how he played and how he's doing emotionally, that's the most important here...

So would I. According to our news it was a good match - but then they are bound to say that because Henman won :devil: There is a very short report on Tim's web-site.............http://www.timhenman.org

Henman's game can be effective in Australia due to the quick playing conditions.

Tim Henman got his 2005 campaign off to the best possible start by beating defending champion David Nalbandian (ARG) 6-1 7-5 in the first round of the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Henman went into the match with a poor record against the Argentine having lost four of their previous five meetings, with his sole victory coming on the lawns of the All England Club in the fourth round at Wimbledon two years ago.

“It’s a great start to the year – just what I was looking for,” said the British number one.

“Over the years I’ve found David very difficult to play against.

“He returns serve very well and he’s deceptively effective from the baseline, so sometimes it can be difficult to execute my game plan well enough against him to get the right result.

“Beating somebody of his stature is always good for the confidence and it bodes well at the beginning of the year.”

*Ljubica*
01-12-2005, 12:18 PM
Here is part of GWH's report from another Forum about David's match at Kooyong. He generally doesn't want people "using" his reports elsewhere, - but did write a "disclaimer" saying that if Nalbandian/Federer/Gaudio fans wanted to use part of his match reports in their respective Fan Forums he would have no objection - thanks George :kiss:

Nalbandian/Henman well this performance you could tell it was David's first match of the year and he will only get better. I am not really sure how Henman played as David made plenty of schoolboy errors, especially in the 1st set and 6-1 was justified.

The second set was better and he had so many break point opportunities, but he refused to take them and when Tim was serving for the match at 5-4, then David decides to serve 3 double faults in his service game just because he is charitable.

Nalbandian will have to improve for sure and Henman now plays Federer in the semis, while Gaston and Nalbandian play tomorrow.

jazz_girl
01-12-2005, 12:22 PM
It doesn't sound promising. I hope it was only a bad day, but I'm getting worried here...I hope he can keep his head in the match from now on.
Thanks a lot for the report George!!! :hug:

*Ljubica*
01-12-2005, 12:30 PM
It doesn't sound promising. I hope it was only a bad day, but I'm getting worried here...I hope he can keep his head in the match from now on.
Thanks a lot for the report George!!! :hug:

Don't get worried Jazz :) As we said yesterday - it's only an exhibition - and even if he loses every match it isn't really the end of the world and it's all good match practice. Last year David started really well in Australia and then missed half the season - but still managed to finish the season in the Top 10 - even though he missed Wimbledon and lost early in the US Open. So if he has a disastrous Australia (which in the circumstances he might well) - it's only one small part of the season - getting himself physically and emotionally fit and well is far more important even if it takes him til March to do it!! :) James Blake has only just started playing again after losing his Father last Summer - these things take time - let's just be patient and try and be as positive as we can but not expect too much. I would personally be surprised if he wins any matches at Kooyong - but I'm not going to get worried though -it's part of life :)

jazz_girl
01-12-2005, 12:34 PM
You're right Rosie. Thanks for your post :hug:

novanora
01-12-2005, 01:01 PM
The second set was better and he had so many break point opportunities, but he refused to take them and when Tim was serving for the match at 5-4, then David decides to serve 3 double faults in his service game just because he is charitable.

:lol: yes, merciful and charitable.....
But we need a killer in AO ;)
be "cruel" to anyone you face in Melbourne Park, man.

Thanks rosie and george for the report :hatoff:

jazz_girl
01-12-2005, 01:05 PM
:lol: yes, merciful and charitable.....
But we need a killer in AO ;)
be "cruel" to anyone you face in Melbourne Park, man.

Thanks rosie and george for the report :hatoff:
He's got a big heart, hasn't he? ;)

justClaudia
01-12-2005, 05:20 PM
Awww..I'm a bit sad he lost.. I couln't be online all day,but I was thinking about his match all day long.

I think this was just a bad day.
But yeah this is only an exhibition..not the end of the world!

I hope he does better against Gaston!
Vamos David!!

jazz_girl
01-12-2005, 06:07 PM
He'll play early today, so I'll be online to follow it :)

*Ljubica*
01-12-2005, 07:23 PM
He'll play early today, so I'll be online to follow it :)

Still way after midnight for us poor Europeans :sad: - so please give him a cheer from me. If I wake up and can't get back to sleep then I may turn on the computer - but have to say that's unlikely - sleeping is never my problem - only waking up!!

Choupi
01-12-2005, 07:54 PM
Still way after midnight for us poor Europeans :sad: - so please give him a cheer from me. If I wake up and can't get back to sleep then I may turn on the computer - but have to say that's unlikely - sleeping is never my problem - only waking up!!
Oh yes Rosie, you're so right about us poor Europeans...I won't stay awake either to follow the score...I need my sleep...and don't worry, I think we are numerous to suffer the same pb...with our difficult waking up! ;) Especially in winter, it's so good in bed!!!! :rolleyes:

jazz_girl
01-12-2005, 09:41 PM
I know this has nothing to do, but Nadal will play in Bs As! I'll go to the qualies for sure, and now I'm thinking of going in the SF or maybe some other day besides the final :)

jazz_girl
01-13-2005, 12:59 AM
David beat Gastón 6-3 6-1! :)

novanora
01-13-2005, 01:06 AM
:yeah: i know it's not a good match, but he is getting better and better

jazz_girl
01-13-2005, 01:08 AM
Like everyone said: It's just an exhibition :)
But now I'm kind of looking forward to seeing him in the AO.

Gigan
01-13-2005, 01:34 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050113/capt.mel10101130214.australia_tennis_kooyong_class ic_mel101.jpg

My congratulations, David-boy!!!

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050113/capt.mel10201130214.australia_tennis_kooyong_class ic_mel102.jpg

he closes face in the end ;)
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

novanora
01-13-2005, 01:43 AM
is the below one Gaudio?

Gigan
01-13-2005, 01:45 AM
few attached


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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
01-13-2005, 01:46 AM
is the below one Gaudio?

in shame ;)


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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

RogiFan88
01-13-2005, 01:57 AM
Well done, David! [poor Gaston loses another match... ]

novanora
01-13-2005, 02:36 AM
in shame ;)

With that hat and pony tail. They look a little bit similar LOL

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-13T025200Z_01_MEL01D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-KOOYONG.jpg

*Ljubica*
01-13-2005, 05:28 AM
OK - sorry Gaston fans - you know I love him too - but I am really pleased. The first win in a new season is always hard - especially with all the problems that David has had this past few months. And - yes - we know it's only an Exhibition :devil: - but VAMOS DAVID - and very good luck to Gaston in his next match :)

Björki
01-13-2005, 05:35 AM
David beat Gastón 6-3 6-1! :)
:) well done David :woohoo:

*Ljubica*
01-13-2005, 05:43 AM
I found this quote from David about Kooyong in an article that Debstah put on GM - sorry I don't know the source but I thought it was quite good because David sounds positive.

______________________________________

Enjoying the tournament at Kooyong, Nalbandian spoke of his desire to warm up to the Australian Open in Melbourne with the best players in the world.

'I like to play three, four matches before in Australia, I think playing here at Kooyong is better than playing a tournament because you are in Melbourne, you are in Australia with the same surface, same balls, same weather, you don't have to take a plane to come back here,' he said.

sophia_c
01-13-2005, 06:35 AM
Our guy is so sensible!!!!! Actually its the best preparation for any player to be in the same city, playing on the same surface and the best thing is the fact that its an exhibition and he gets to play against the best in the word as a warm up. :) :)

Choupi
01-13-2005, 06:48 AM
Congratulations to David...though you must know I would have prefered Gaston to win...I'm glad that David has had his first win of the season...well done! :D

bovenbuuf
01-13-2005, 06:57 AM
wel good to hear he won.

bovenbuuf
01-13-2005, 09:03 AM
Ok now he has to play a match against Massu

Friday, January 14th

11.00am - Centre Court

David Nalbandian vs Nicolas Massu

Roger Federer vs Tim Henman

Ivan Ljubicic vs Gaston Gaudio

Choupi
01-13-2005, 09:03 AM
Found this on the official site of the Kooyong exhib. Some comments of David after his win over Gaston...

"Enjoying the tournament at Kooyong, Nalbandian spoke of his desire to warm up to the Australian Open in Melbourne with the best players in the world.

'I like to play three, four matches before in Australia, I think playing here at Kooyong is better than playing a tournament because you are in Melbourne, you are in Australia with the same surface, same balls, same weather, you don't have to take a plane to come back here,' he said."

Choupi
01-13-2005, 09:07 AM
And here's the friday order of play...

Friday, January 14th

11.00am - Centre Court

David Nalbandian vs Nicolas Massu

Roger Federer vs Tim Henman

Ivan Ljubicic vs Gaston Gaudio

*Ljubica*
01-13-2005, 09:18 AM
Thanks Choupi :)

*Ljubica*
01-13-2005, 09:50 AM
Here is a link to David's Press Conference at Kooyong after last night's match.

http://www.kooyongltc.com.au/files/R4OGENOP3J/NALBANDIAN%2013%20Jan%202005.pdf

jazz_girl
01-13-2005, 11:31 AM
Yay!!! It's gonna be early again! :bounce:
And thanks a lot for the interview Rosie, I'll go check it now :)

Action Jackson
01-13-2005, 11:40 AM
Just because I am here now.

I went and saw the first match between Gaudio and Nalbandian and for the 1st set it was quite a good match. David seemed to be more serious about it, but he needed to be after his first match against Henman.

Gaston started serving and had his footfaultitis again, but he started off well with 2 big backhand winners. The thing I noticed from the first 3 games was the clear improvement from yesterday, even though it was fucking hot already at 11am and of course I was out in the sun frying away, but managing to keep cool enough.

The first break for Nalle was for 2-3. It was funny Gaston hits a bad dropshot, Nalle hits a worse reply, but then he settles down and is moving well and being aggressive and showing he is better on this surface than Gaston. Gaston misses a gimmy to make it to duece.

The next service game had a very cool moment as Nalle gets back to duece with some good play, he hits a top drop volley that is backspinning towards the net, Gaston makes it and but David puts it away and then they end up on the same side of the net and shake hands.

Gaston is serving/volleying more than usual and that is usually a sign in itself ;D. He was volleying well and hitting some good winners, but I was impressed with Nalle's forehand and he was getting some very good angles and Gaston's volleying was very good in these stages, though he managed to blow easy chances at the wrong moments.

One very funny moment was a 1st serve from Gaston it was such a fault it missed the court and it went 6 rows back before bouncing, you can only laugh at such stuff like that, and then he lost serve.

Nalle is continuing on and playing very well and Gaston seemed a bit disinterested, he didn't tank at all, but a bit disinterested. He didn't hold a serve in the second set and Nalle was focused and wasn't going to let him off the hook.

It was a good and fun first set, but the 2nd one was a combination of Nalle's consistency and a bit of disinterest from Gaston, but it was good to see them play.
The right man won and the result was fair enough maybe the 1st set could have been 6-4 or 7-5 as it was fairly close, but I always felt David was in control.

taysbest
01-13-2005, 11:45 AM
Good Job for David! I always cheer for Gaston (sorry) but I was happy for David. Hopefully this will give him a boost for the AO and for the rest of the year. I hope its helped cheer him a bit too since he's had such a rough time of it lately. Vamos David!

And GWH thanks for your reports in the G.G. forum and this one too. You are such a good reporter and so many people were waiting to hear your thoughts in this match! Keep having fun on your trip. :wavey:

*Ljubica*
01-13-2005, 11:48 AM
Thanks GWH - I was going to copy the report over from Gaston's Forum - but you beat me to it! Thanks a bunch for your brilliant reports - you just put me to shame more and more that I don't do them when I'm "on Tour"! Keep up the good work and don't forget to have lots of fun in Melbourne.

And Taysbest - don't be sorry for cheering for Gaston - he's your man - that's how it shoud be - but thanks for your kind words about David :)

jazz_girl
01-13-2005, 11:49 AM
Thank you sooo much for the report George!!! :hug:
I'm glad David was consistent and focused :)
I also noticed in the stats from yesterday that he had more winners with his forehand than with his backhand, maybe he's trying to improve it...

Action Jackson
01-13-2005, 11:51 AM
I just happen to be online now, so I decided to copy them here. There are a few things and people I need to see tomorrow.

I will be at the qualies tomorrow and will post those reports at the "usual' place.

jazz_girl
01-13-2005, 11:52 AM
Rosie, I copy the interview you gave us here, it's easier to read this way :)
DAVID NALBANDIAN:
Q: David, a tough last year with injuries, how does the body feel in the early part of this
year?
A: I feel much better and at the end of last year we done many tests to see the reasons of
the injury so we found some interesting things to work and I think we had a good
December working hard. I had family problems in December so it was a little tough for
us to practice but I think we do a very good job.
Q: When you look back at last year, at the Australian Open you reached the quarter
finals and played Roger and had a pretty good chance, you pushed him a long way. Did
you feel at that time that you were set for a good year last year?
A: I think the beginning of the year for me was very good, I played very good here, I
played Australian very good. That match with Roger, we both played good tennis, I
think it was a great match and was very, very close. And then I play a Davis Cup in
Morocco, I also played very good and in the Davis Cup I twist my ankle and I start all
the injuries and then was very tough for me to come back. I play 14 tournaments in the
year so it's really, really tough to me but all the times I get in the court I play very good,
I do finals, semi finals and it was a surprise to me to be in the end of the year number
eight, number nine fighting for the Masters so with that very few tournaments it was
very good.
Q: Very encouraging result out there today as well to take into next week.
A: Yes. For me this kind of match is very important. I think we try to - I mean me,
Guston, everybody, everybody likes to play here. I feel much better than the end of last
year and I want to try and do my best for everybody here in Australia.
Q: You say you like to play here and everybody likes to play here, how is this different
from an ATP tournament, is it different atmosphere?
A: It's two different things. The best player here playing trying to win but also it's like
an exhibition so you try to play your best but also a little bit more relaxing than a
tournament and I think is better for me. I like to play three, four matches before in
Australia, I think playing here at Kooyong is better than playing a tournament because
you are in Melbourne, you are in Australia with the same surface, same balls, same
weather, you don't have to take a plane to come back here - if you play a tournament,
you play in the finals on Saturday and then you have to take a plane, you have to come
back, to arrive, to adapt a little bit to the tournament and I think for us, for the guys that
are playing here, arrive on Monday or Tuesday is much better than arrive on the
weekend.
Q: How did you find the surface today?
A: Is fast, slow?
Q: Yes.
A: No, I feel okay. I think when the balls are new maybe a little bit faster, the balls are
a little light, but then I think it's almost the same as last year. A little bit different, not
much.
Q: There has been some criticism from some of the Aussies about the courts being too
slow. Do you think that is perhaps an unnecessary criticism?
A: I don't know. I don't feel much different than last year. I don't know why they have
to change it. If some players would like to change, I hear that Hewitt talked with the
Tournament Director to try to make it faster but, I don't know, it's the Tournament
Director's decision, not the players' decision.
Q: Do you think that's fair enough for players in their own country to want the courts
designed to suit their games?
A: For Davis Cup is normal but not for a tournament. I would like to play in Argentina
Davis Cup on hard court but nobody wants to and I had to adapt to playing clay so is
not one player have the last word, the Tournament Director have the decision, they
make it whatever he wants and I think he try to do the best surface for everybody, not
just one or two.
Q: David, there's a lot of questions being asked about Roger, but I was wondering about
Roddick, how do you see his game; he is obviously one of the top players?
A: I didn't see him yet so I cannot tell you for this year.
Q: From last year. What is dangerous about playing Andy, what are the dangerous
things about his game?
A: Serve, for sure, and forehand, a very good forehand.
Q: Do players automatically go for his backhand because it is the slightly weaker side?
How do you play somebody like that when you know one side is much stronger than the
other?
A: You have to adapt your game and it's all about tactics. You have to do a good tactic
and that's it. You have to try to make it after that, of course.
Q: The other thing is when in the off-season now in December, or whatever short
off-season, when players make changes to their games maybe they are a bit stronger or
they are trying new shots, when they come here and you are playing in a warm-up
tournament, are you able to pick up those changes quickly, whether the guy is hitting
the ball harder or trying something different?
A: It's difficult. I mean, you can try everything practicing and then during the match is
different, you have more pressure and is more tougher to make different things and new
things so you have to try to improve him first, be sure whatever you want to do, and
then you try to do it in the matches.
Q: But when an opponent makes a change, can you quickly see he is trying something
different from last year?
A: Depends the change. There is a few small change and a big change so it depends.

jazz_girl
01-13-2005, 11:53 AM
I agree on the Hewitt thing :yeah:

novanora
01-13-2005, 11:56 AM
Thanks George for your report!

From the live report of some aussies this morning, i had thought it was a mediocre match. Sounds a lot errors, long time set and dull rallies. But you never can say much if you didn't see a match by your own eyes.

good to see he play a quite good match with gaston, and warming up step by step. Many thanks for that. :hatoff:

*Ljubica*
01-13-2005, 12:07 PM
Thanks for copying the interview Jazz. I am at work on my office computer and sometimes it makes simple jobs like copying from one file to another ridiculously difficult :devil:

jazz_girl
01-13-2005, 12:10 PM
;)

novanora
01-13-2005, 12:11 PM
Those journalists just asked him to make comments only on Roger and Roddick, not Henman and Gaudio??

They asked some silly questions about that, especially let he comment on Roddick's game and "dangerous" :o:rolleyes:

jazz_girl
01-13-2005, 12:14 PM
It was an obvious answer!

sigmagirl91
01-13-2005, 12:31 PM
I agree on the Hewitt thing :yeah:

I agree, and it was classy of David to keep his focus when asked such a tough question.

jazz_girl
01-13-2005, 12:34 PM
I know. He said what he thinks without being rude and without trying to please the press...

bovenbuuf
01-13-2005, 02:14 PM
GWH really thanks for the report :hug:

justClaudia
01-13-2005, 05:01 PM
GWH great report,thanks!

Can't wait to see him in AO...
And also thanks Jazz for the interview, nice answers he gave,I think he's getting more confident!