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lsy
02-16-2005, 02:45 PM
I just asked Eduardo and no - he won't be playing Dubai. He will go home to Argentina tonight. He said he is still badly affected by his Dad's death and needs some time to think and be on his own.

:sad: I was just telling Nov last night it's difficult for these players to have all focus in tennis if there's something unsettled in their private life. The game is extremely competitive and they need 100% motivation/focus each time out there, it's really not easy. David just needs to find his own way to get through this though at the same realising tennis career is short. He has all it takes to be a slam winner, he should be very motivated by that.

But I'm glad to read from Rosie reports that he's surrounded by nice people. They will help him get through this difficult period.

sigmagirl91
02-16-2005, 02:49 PM
:sad: I was just telling Nov last night it's difficult for these players to have all focus in tennis if there's something unsettled in their private life. The game is extremely competitive and they need 100% motivation/focus each time out there, it's really not easy. David just needs to find his own way to get through this though at the same realising tennis career is short. He has all it takes to be a slam winner, he should be very motivated by that.

But I'm glad to read from Rosie reports that he's surrounded by nice people. They will help him get through this difficult period.

You are exactly right. Right now, what he needs to do is rest and relax, perhaps reconnect with family and friends. If he can do that, he will find the motivation to return to the tour, with all cylinders firing.

lsy
02-16-2005, 02:58 PM
You are exactly right. Right now, what he needs to do is rest and relax, perhaps reconnect with family and friends. If he can do that, he will find the motivation to return to the tour, with all cylinders firing.

yeah it's hard to say really, maybe all he needs is just one particular match or a good win in tournament, and that's all it takes. But most importantly, he must keep the faith and belief that he belongs to the top.

I'm dying to see a rematch between him and Rogi, both at their best forms!

sigmagirl91
02-16-2005, 03:02 PM
yeah it's hard to say really, maybe all he needs is just one particular match or a good win in tournament, and that's all it takes. But most importantly, he must keep the faith and belief that he belongs to the top.

I'm dying to see a rematch between him and Rogi, both at their best forms!

I would love to see a rematch between David and Rogi, believe me. Everyone would. Right now, however, it's David's time to rest, and he and his team recognize that. Sure, he would love to keep playing, hoping for the good result, but right now his mind and heart aren't in it. If that's the case, a rest period would do him some good.

lsy
02-16-2005, 03:12 PM
I would love to see a rematch between David and Rogi, believe me. Everyone would. Right now, however, it's David's time to rest, and he and his team recognize that. Sure, he would love to keep playing, hoping for the good result, but right now his mind and heart aren't in it. If that's the case, a rest period would do him some good.

yeah, very much so. Take a short break may push him to find back the drive and motivation.

Do we know when is his next planned tournament?

sigmagirl91
02-16-2005, 03:18 PM
yeah, very much so. Take a short break may push him to find back the drive and motivation.

Do we know when is his next planned tournament?

DC, then Indian Wells.

novanora
02-16-2005, 03:21 PM
Ok well I was really late at home yesterday and in the same kind of mood as Rose, so didn't post much. I was sitting next to Martijn during the match, and he was a great friend :hug:

wel what can I say...it wasn't really briljant. It was very obvious that he didn't had a good day. There was something missing, like power or something... and well Radek played Ok, with a good serve. So well not much to say about the first set I guess, it was over very quick.. best part I thought were the messages from Rosie, that really made me laugh!

The second serve he won, but well he also had to thank Radec for it, Radek didn't play that treat during the second set,his serve went down and made a lot of Double faults, that is the reason why David could break him. During the break I think Radek made 2 or 3 double faults. SO well it was good that we had this 3 set.
Still remember that I said to Martijn, hopefully it will be better....

But then in the 3 set Radek started to serve better again, with less double faults. And well like I said earlier David was missing something, so he couldn't make it. Although he did make some great points in the 3 set, but there where not enough nice points to win more games.

Was really sorry to see he lossed, but if you are really honest with the way he played yesterday he didn't deserve to win. Radek had this good serve and played decent.

And yes Rose, it was nice to meet you too :hug: Hope the picture is ok. Thanks for all the textmessages during the match and later when i was going home! You are really nice and sweet!

Hope you had a safe trip back, and well do hope we can have a chat soon again. But do know you want to have everything in order first and spend time with your boys and family. So guess we will have our chat next week!
:hug: jud, it's hard to see your fav player lose in front of u, especially this is your first to watch him play live. But just as you said, this is a good tourney, and you also meet some nice friends there, so hope still give you a good memory :D

As to his match, i only watch one shot in our sports news: his smash against Radek. You did mention he seems lacking power in the playing, now the smash which i saw is the good example. Even a smash could be so weak that let Radek to play back easily and pass him, then i can imagine his "power" in the whole match, maybe get some sense. As usually, i like his wise playing, different from those powerful guys, but that doesn't mean he should lose his killer instinct. He can't "kill" his opponent by sharp shot, involve himself in those dreadful rallies. Maybe it is related to sth happened to his life, i don't know. But whatever happen, hope David can get out quickly and refresh himself.

Not like Rosie, i DO care his ranking. I really hope his final ranking can be in top 8 this year, which shouldn't be a difficult thing to him. Why his ranking should be like 20 plus or 30 plus? that's not his level, we all know that. Remember one of his goals this year is to be in the Top 3? Good thing is he is healthy right now, maybe sth happened affected his mood, but better injury. We should trust him can overcome all this shit and kick others' butts again.

Get good rest, Jud and Rosie. and really thanks for both of your reports. :)

niko
02-16-2005, 03:23 PM
Beaten Nalbandian pleads colour blindness
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
David Nalbandian blamed temporary colour blindness on his surprise 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 first round reversal by Czech outsider Radek Stepanek at the Rotterdam Open in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

Nalbandian, the fourth seed from Argentina, was left puzzled by his inability to concentrate on the yellow tennis ball inside the Ahoy stadium.

And the Australian Open quarter-finalist could only pin the blame on what he felt was distraction from a sponsor's trademark green court background.

"The lighting is OK, but there is something strange around the stadium," said the Argentine. "I couldn't see the ball well, it was tough for me to focus."

Nalbandian struggled with his problem during a first set which Stepanek, a Milan semi-finalist this month, took with ease. But things got better for the South American seed in the second as he levelled.

"I thought the third would be mine. In the second set the visibility was better for me - but not perfect. In the third I suffered a lot of mistakes which cost me the match."

The 28th-ranked Stepanek moves into a second-round showdown with unseeded 2004 finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero, trying to recover his poise after an injury plagued 2004.

The Czech fired over 20 aces as Nalbandian's Rotterdam debut ended badly. "Nobody likes to lose," he said of his frustration.

sigmagirl91
02-16-2005, 03:25 PM
Beaten Nalbandian pleads colour blindness
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
David Nalbandian blamed temporary colour blindness on his surprise 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 first round reversal by Czech outsider Radek Stepanek at the Rotterdam Open in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

Nalbandian, the fourth seed from Argentina, was left puzzled by his inability to concentrate on the yellow tennis ball inside the Ahoy stadium.

And the Australian Open quarter-finalist could only pin the blame on what he felt was distraction from a sponsor's trademark green court background.

"The lighting is OK, but there is something strange around the stadium," said the Argentine. "I couldn't see the ball well, it was tough for me to focus."

Nalbandian struggled with his problem during a first set which Stepanek, a Milan semi-finalist this month, took with ease. But things got better for the South American seed in the second as he levelled.

"I thought the third would be mine. In the second set the visibility was better for me - but not perfect. In the third I suffered a lot of mistakes which cost me the match."

The 28th-ranked Stepanek moves into a second-round showdown with unseeded 2004 finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero, trying to recover his poise after an injury plagued 2004.

The Czech fired over 20 aces as Nalbandian's Rotterdam debut ended badly. "Nobody likes to lose," he said of his frustration.

A day late and a dollar short, as usual. This is posted in the "articles and stuff" thread, if you bothered to look. It's been discussed and analyzed. Now...what's your humble opinion?

novanora
02-16-2005, 03:33 PM
:sad: I was just telling Nov last night it's difficult for these players to have all focus in tennis if there's something unsettled in their private life. The game is extremely competitive and they need 100% motivation/focus each time out there, it's really not easy. David just needs to find his own way to get through this though at the same realising tennis career is short. He has all it takes to be a slam winner, he should be very motivated by that.

But I'm glad to read from Rosie reports that he's surrounded by nice people. They will help him get through this difficult period.
yeah, that's really sad :sad: last year is the injures, and now i even don't know what happened to him :mad: Corinna, your guess could be right. but it's frustrated. We all see his good performance in AO, enter QF is also a good achievement, he should have more confidence after that and play better in the later tourneys. That's why i am so angry and surprised to see his crappy playing in Marseille :( now Rotterdam, i even don't have chance of watching him playing then

sigmagirl91
02-16-2005, 03:38 PM
yeah, that's really sad :sad: last year is the injures, and now i even don't know what happened to him :mad: Corinna, your guess could be right. but it's frustrated. We all see his good performance in AO, enter QF is also a good achievement, he should have more confidence after that and play better in the later tourneys. That's why i am so angry and surprised to see his crappy playing in Marseille :( now Rotterdam, i even don't have chance of watching him playing then

Girls, we don't know what's going on. We can't predict how his year will turn out based on these two performances.

novanora
02-16-2005, 03:59 PM
Girls, we don't know what's going on. We can't predict how his year will turn out based on these two performances.
of course i know that, i never said his year is over or sth like that after these 2 tourneys. I just feel angry to watch his Marseille matches :smash:, his indoor hard playing like that kind of way :( . I had thought with more confidence estabished in AO, he could play well in later tourney, and i think most of us have the same thought.

lsy
02-16-2005, 04:00 PM
yeah, that's really sad :sad: last year is the injures, and now i even don't know what happened to him :mad: Corinna, your guess could be right. but it's frustrated. We all see his good performance in AO, enter QF is also a good achievement, he should have more confidence after that and play better in the later tourneys. That's why i am so angry and surprised to see his crappy playing in Marseille :( now Rotterdam, i even don't have chance of watching him playing then

:hug: I think the inconsistency in performance shows exactly his state of mind now.

sigmagirl91
02-16-2005, 04:01 PM
of course i know that, i never said his year is over or sth like that after these 2 tourneys. I just feel angry to watch his Marseille matches :smash:, his indoor hard playing :( . I had thought with more confidence estabished in AO, he could play well in later tourney, and i think most of us have the same thought.

I thought so, too, but it didn't happen that way. A couple of eager opponents and an emotionally fragile David do not a good tournament make.

jazz_girl
02-16-2005, 04:01 PM
Yeah, especially when he started well in the AO. It's happening the same to Coria, lost in 1░ in Marseille and 2░ in Rotterdam.
It's the begenning of the season, anything can happen, so let's not get desperate. Let's just hope the best for David :)

novanora
02-16-2005, 04:10 PM
Yeah, especially when he started well in the AO. It's happening the same to Coria, lost in 1░ in Marseille and 2░ in Rotterdam.
It's the begenning of the season, anything can happen, so let's not get desperate. Let's just hope the best for David :)
:sad: i hope you can understand me, i care about his ranking. I really hope he can make top 8, and come to TMC this year, coz it maybe the only chance i can watch him play live :bigcry: that's why i hope he can earn as much points as he can in every tourney he played :sobbing: yeah, i am a selfish fan :bigcry:

boliviana
02-16-2005, 04:10 PM
I know they say patience is a virtue but this is tough to watch . . . especially when you know he can do better and he knows it too.

sigmagirl91
02-16-2005, 04:12 PM
I know they say patience is a virtue but this is tough to watch . . . especially when you know he can do better and he knows it too.


Hi, boliviana. Yeah, you're right. Sometimes it's tough to watch, especially when we know he can do better. But like any loyal fan, we stick and stay.

novanora
02-16-2005, 04:19 PM
:hug: I think the inconsistency in performance shows exactly his state of mind now.
but he has too much inconsistency in a centain period, in a tourney, or even in a match. is that state of mind always flashing haunting around? :sad:

*Ljubica*
02-16-2005, 05:03 PM
Hey, I just realized that no one mentioned Javier. Hasn't he been with David the last couple of weeks? Maybe he needs him there...

Hi guys - well the reason Javier wasn't there was simple - poor guy is torn in two directions - David needs him that's true, but their Mum needs him too. Yes, she is a strong woman - but I understand she is still in deep shock and utterly devastated over the loss of her husband to whom she had been married for nearly 40 years. Javier came to the AO with David because it was a Grand Slam, and - yes- he does need him around - but then they made a family decision that it was only fair that Javier should return home to their Mother - their Father ran his own business and there are still lots of practical and financial affairs that need to be dealt with that she is not well enough to cope with, so Javier is dealing with all that kind of stuff. I'm told he should be around for Monte Carlo though.

Anyway - I am home now so time to catch upon all your posts. And yes Ilhame - I was wearing a jeans skirt with my red jumper at practice so I guess it was me you saw :) If Davd decides to play Rotterdam next year I would definately return because I liked the tournament, so hopefully I'll meet you there - or at RG.

Action Jackson
02-16-2005, 05:04 PM
Thanks for all the news Rosie, it didn't work out in a results way, but there are other more important things gained, it just mightn't be obvious at this particular moment.

sophia_c
02-16-2005, 05:11 PM
Welcome back Rose from your European trip.....oh to be part of the international jet set....sad that David lost but as its been said many times...he needs to sort his head out....and the rest will follow...he has had a devastating time and he needs our support....so...on to DC and Indian Wells.....Vamos David!!

Bj÷rki
02-16-2005, 06:26 PM
well come back Rosie. and thx for all your reports :)

jazz_girl
02-16-2005, 06:35 PM
Hi guys - well the reason Javier wasn't there was simple - poor guy is torn in two directions - David needs him that's true, but their Mum needs him too. Yes, she is a strong woman - but I understand she is still in deep shock and utterly devastated over the loss of her husband to whom she had been married for nearly 40 years. Javier came to the AO with David because it was a Grand Slam, and - yes- he does need him around - but then they made a family decision that it was only fair that Javier should return home to their Mother - their Father ran his own business and there are still lots of practical and financial affairs that need to be dealt with that she is not well enough to cope with, so Javier is dealing with all that kind of stuff. I'm told he should be around for Monte Carlo though.

Anyway - I am home now so time to catch upon all your posts. And yes Ilhame - I was wearing a jeans skirt with my red jumper at practice so I guess it was me you saw :) If Davd decides to play Rotterdam next year I would definately return because I liked the tournament, so hopefully I'll meet you there - or at RG.
I figured something like that was the reason. Thanks a lot for clearing this up :hug:
Oh, and Nova, don't worry, all of us are selfish ;)
And boiviana, I completly understand what you said :yeah:

*Ljubica*
02-16-2005, 06:40 PM
I figured something like that was the reason. Thanks a lot for clearing this up :hug:
Oh, and Nova, don't worry, all of us are selfish ;)
And boiviana, I completly understand what you said :yeah:

De nada Jazzita :hug: Actually - I need to ask you a favour if that's OK - so I may PM you later, though I'm really tired now so I might just leave it til tomorrow. Travelling and this damned fever have left me feeling pretty weak right now :sad:

jazz_girl
02-16-2005, 06:48 PM
Sure, don't worry. I was gonna PM you about some Calleri info, but maybe you already know it ;)

*Ljubica*
02-16-2005, 06:51 PM
Sure, don't worry. I was gonna PM you about some Calleri info, but maybe you already know it ;)

Do you mean the stuff about Blengino?

jazz_girl
02-16-2005, 06:57 PM
No, he said that his coach left him in the AO, without a warning and he was really p*ssed about it. Blengino was helping him in the meantime, but he's out of coach and looking for someone. He doesn't look like he's having a good time, when he was interviewed in Bs As he looked quite sad :sad:

*Ljubica*
02-16-2005, 07:10 PM
No, he said that his coach left him in the AO, without a warning and he was really p*ssed about it. Blengino was helping him in the meantime, but he's out of coach and looking for someone. He doesn't look like he's having a good time, when he was interviewed in Bs As he looked quite sad :sad:

Oh - OK - poor Agustin :sad: I knew Blengino was helping him temporarily and I thought that's what you meant. I didn't know about the other stuff - and I'll tell me friend when I speak to her tomorrow. I never did like Pablo Martin though so I don't think he's a great loss to Agustin - I met him in Vienna last year and I thought he was well weird :eek:

sigmagirl91
02-16-2005, 07:12 PM
No, he said that his coach left him in the AO, without a warning and he was really p*ssed about it. Blengino was helping him in the meantime, but he's out of coach and looking for someone. He doesn't look like he's having a good time, when he was interviewed in Bs As he looked quite sad :sad:

That's terrible. I take it he wasn't given an explanation.

jazz_girl
02-16-2005, 07:13 PM
Apparently Martin signed to train Agustin and other player, I don't remember who he was now, and he abandoned Agustin to train the other guy, although he also had problems with the other guy too.
I hope he can find a coach soon. I think he tried to make it work with de la Pe˝a, but it was too much trouble, so he was looking for someone else.

jazz_girl
02-16-2005, 07:14 PM
That's terrible. I take it he wasn't given an explanation.
He gave some, Agustin didn't mention them, but they were all crap...

sigmagirl91
02-16-2005, 07:16 PM
He gave some, Agustin didn't mention them, but they were all crap...

Figures.

Action Jackson
02-16-2005, 07:17 PM
Could he train with Markus?

sigmagirl91
02-16-2005, 07:20 PM
Hi guys - well the reason Javier wasn't there was simple - poor guy is torn in two directions - David needs him that's true, but their Mum needs him too. Yes, she is a strong woman - but I understand she is still in deep shock and utterly devastated over the loss of her husband to whom she had been married for nearly 40 years. Javier came to the AO with David because it was a Grand Slam, and - yes- he does need him around - but then they made a family decision that it was only fair that Javier should return home to their Mother - their Father ran his own business and there are still lots of practical and financial affairs that need to be dealt with that she is not well enough to cope with, so Javier is dealing with all that kind of stuff. I'm told he should be around for Monte Carlo though.

Anyway - I am home now so time to catch upon all your posts. And yes Ilhame - I was wearing a jeans skirt with my red jumper at practice so I guess it was me you saw :) If Davd decides to play Rotterdam next year I would definately return because I liked the tournament, so hopefully I'll meet you there - or at RG.

I'd figured as much, Rosie. Of course,with Javier being the oldest, his being there for mom was a more practical choice.

jazz_girl
02-16-2005, 07:26 PM
Could he train with Markus?
Maybe, I don't know. He said he doesn't want to rush to anything, and that he wants to find someone that he gets along with.

sigmagirl91
02-16-2005, 07:33 PM
Maybe, I don't know. He said he doesn't want to rush to anything, and that he wants to find someone that he gets along with.

And that's important. I hope all works out for him.

Action Jackson
02-16-2005, 07:35 PM
Maybe, I don't know. He said he doesn't want to rush to anything, and that he wants to find someone that he gets along with.

I like El Gordo I'll train him.

If I trained him, he'll be better tactically.

jazz_girl
02-16-2005, 07:43 PM
Go offer him your help. It will be hard to turn you down :)

Action Jackson
02-16-2005, 07:48 PM
Go offer him your help. It will be hard to turn you down :)

I'll have to improve my Spanish. Though his English isn't that bad. I love how he uses the translator especially when he won in Miami and the woman asked him for an interview and she said in English and he answers clearly in English, do it in Spanish.

If I knew what happened in Aus, I would have done it there.

Choupi
02-16-2005, 07:53 PM
Go offer him your help. It will be hard to turn you down :)
And most of all, remember us, poor miserable ignorant tennis fans, when you'll be a famous and looked upon trainer. ;)

Action Jackson
02-16-2005, 07:57 PM
And most of all, remember us, poor miserable ignorant tennis fans, when you'll be a famous and looked upon trainer. ;)

I actually got asked by a parent to coach a kid and I thought I couldn't do it. I think I might have to do some coaching classes.

They'll be all playing on clay if I had anything to do with it.

jazz_girl
02-16-2005, 07:58 PM
:lol:

Choupi
02-16-2005, 08:05 PM
I actually got asked by a parent to coach a kid and I thought I couldn't do it. I think I might have to do some coaching classes.

They'll be all playing on clay if I had anything to do with it.
Why am I not surprised by your answer? :rolleyes:

Action Jackson
02-16-2005, 08:08 PM
Why am I not surprised by your answer? :rolleyes:

It's the logical and the best answer, this is why. :)

niko
02-16-2005, 09:08 PM
A day late and a dollar short, as usual. This is posted in the "articles and stuff" thread, if you bothered to look. It's been discussed and analyzed. Now...what's your humble opinion?
That was my opinion!

sigmagirl91
02-16-2005, 09:22 PM
That was my opinion!

That was not YOUR opinion. It was someone else's. What is YOUR opinion?

niko
02-16-2005, 10:12 PM
That was not YOUR opinion. It was someone else's. What is YOUR opinion?
My opinion that next time David will have his own tennis balls and should hire proffesional electricians.

niko
02-16-2005, 10:16 PM
That was not YOUR opinion. It was someone else's. What is YOUR opinion?
And to make you happy and may be others, I promise never post again on David's forum.

justClaudia
02-16-2005, 10:18 PM
And to make you happy and may be others, I promise never post again on David's forum.



And we will miss you Niko....

sigmagirl91
02-16-2005, 10:38 PM
And to make you happy and may be others, I promise never post again on David's forum.

:bigwave:
Holla, dude....

Carlita
02-20-2005, 09:01 PM
:wavey: Hi everyone! I made some David pics in Rotterdam. Still scanning...will post them shortly. Here's one I took on the practice courts.

jazz_girl
02-20-2005, 09:03 PM
Thanks a lot for sharing your pics with us! :)

*Ljubica*
02-20-2005, 09:17 PM
Thanks Lady Carlita :hug: I look forward to seeing the others when you're ready. Is that you in the photo - because I remember seeing that T-shirt at practice :)

Carlita
02-20-2005, 09:28 PM
No it's not me, I was behind the camera ;)

here are some I took from the autograph/interview session. They came out a bit wrong.....too many people around me, I had to crawl in between, so I'm guessing the flashlight didn't quite reached... :sad:

jazz_girl
02-20-2005, 09:29 PM
Thanks a lot!
So, did you get to talk to him? Did you have a good time?

Bj÷rki
02-20-2005, 09:39 PM
thanks Lady_Carlita :worship: I also like the one of you and Nando :)

*Ljubica*
02-20-2005, 09:47 PM
Thanks for sharing your photos Lady Carlita. He certainly looked happy at that signing session :) I really, really hope he goes back to Roterdam next yeat - it's such a great, well-organised, successful tournament and he did seem to enjoy himself in his short time there. It would be nice if he went back next year and won a few matches and gave his Dutch fans something more to cheer about.

sigmagirl91
02-20-2005, 10:41 PM
Thanks for the pics, Sjoukje. They are great.

Carlita
02-20-2005, 11:46 PM
You're welcome! I didn't speak to him though..... And I didn't take any pics of the match he played.... too busy with Verdasco :o Maybe Ti-Anne made some???

bovenbuuf
02-21-2005, 07:08 AM
Thanks for sharing your photos Lady Carlita. He certainly looked happy at that signing session :) I really, really hope he goes back to Roterdam next yeat - it's such a great, well-organised, successful tournament and he did seem to enjoy himself in his short time there. It would be nice if he went back next year and won a few matches and gave his Dutch fans something more to cheer about.
the only reason why you want David to come back is that you then have a good reason to go back aswell to get those lovely Dutch biscuits :p

bovenbuuf
02-21-2005, 07:10 AM
but you are right Rosie, it would be great for the Dutch fans if he could come back and play a little bit better and more rounds :)

*Ljubica*
02-21-2005, 08:18 AM
the only reason why you want David to come back is that you then have a good reason to go back aswell to get those lovely Dutch biscuits :p

You know me too well ;)

NOUKY
02-21-2005, 05:21 PM
No it's not me, I was behind the camera ;)

here are some I took from the autograph/interview session. They came out a bit wrong.....too many people around me, I had to crawl in between, so I'm guessing the flashlight didn't quite reached... :sad:

Thanks so much for the pix lady carlita ;) Such a nice memory :hearts:

justClaudia
02-21-2005, 05:50 PM
Thanks Lady_Carlita :smooch: for sharing your pics with us!!

sigmagirl91
02-21-2005, 06:28 PM
the only reason why you want David to come back is that you then have a good reason to go back aswell to get those lovely Dutch biscuits :p

Nothing wrong with it. :o