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Indian Wells 2005

dagmar7
03-05-2005, 01:52 PM
http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/en/

The maindraw should be made Monday. I guess the men have a draw of 96, so that would mean a first round bye for Lleyton.

Last year, Ll's effort pissed me off at this tournament, so I want to see some kind of redemption.:)

:wavey: Christina! Have a great time watching the tennis live. :cool:

The Palm Springs local paper runs a special section on the tournament. Here is the link.

http://www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=events10

thelma
03-05-2005, 04:09 PM
Have fun, Christina! :dance: :cool:

Go for the title, Lleyton! :bounce:

Yasmine
03-05-2005, 05:17 PM
yes go go go Lleyton! :woohoo:

athina7
03-05-2005, 06:31 PM
I'm sure Lleyton is going to do a lot better this year. He's back on top again, where he belongs!
Good Luck Lleyton!

jule
03-06-2005, 04:52 PM
let's hope that he will get a good draw and that he will win as many matches as possible (let's hope for all matches till the final ;) :devil: )
good luck lleyton!! :)

thalle
03-06-2005, 08:07 PM
Go Lleyts!!!
Get this title and kick the hell out of them all:D

Natasc
03-07-2005, 11:25 PM
OMG
make ages that I don't listen those 'COME ON's'!!

Hew!! Once that you #2 you can just meet Rogi in final!!
Reach that in give Rogi his second defeat

Oh my...I miss you so much!!

Hey, anyone knows when he will play?

btw..Hi all :wavey:
I'm a huge fan of Hew, I just dont came here to much...but I always look the pics
Nice to met you guys ;)

dagmar7
03-08-2005, 12:56 AM
:welcome: Natasc

Great to have more fans posting here.:)

Men's competition begins on March 11. Ll will get a bye so probably a day or two after that, but I'm not sure...

The draw for the men's tournament comes out tomorrow. 1:00 Local time.:D :D

Natasc
03-08-2005, 12:58 AM
:welcome: Natasc

Great to have more fans posting here.:)

Men's competition begins on March 11. Ll will get a bye so probably a day or two after that, but I'm not sure...

The draw for the men's tournament comes out tomorrow. 1:00 Local time.:D :D
Thanks Dag ;)

And, taking the momment for ask a favor:
someone can make me a favor of PM me with the draw?

I will be out for school so..I will not see :bigcry:
Well, I think that in semis maybe wil be #2 and #4
so, hewitt and marat!! Time for a revenge :devil:

COME ON LLEYTON!!

thelma
03-08-2005, 01:06 AM
Thanks Dag ;)

And, taking the momment for ask a favor:
someone can make me a favor of PM me with the draw?

I will be out for school so..I will not see :bigcry:
Well, I think that in semis maybe wil be #2 and #4
so, hewitt and marat!! Time for a revenge :devil:

COME ON LLEYTON!!

Welcome! :wavey:

I'll try ;) But I'll have 2 exams this week.. :p

ally_014
03-08-2005, 01:10 AM
Dunno if this is true or not, but the Aussie commentators kept saying over the weekend that Lleyton was leaving for Indian Wells on Wednesday :confused: I would of thought that was cutting it a bit fine? (Maybe they meant that the tournament starts on Wednesday? It was Sandy Roberts and John Alexander after all :rolleyes: )

Anyway GOOD LUCK Lleyton! :bounce: It's a good chance to pick up some points on last year I guess :)

(And, Aussies, don't you hate it when they're playing like a day behind us...I got all excited thinking the draw would be out today but it won't be until tomorrow morning!)

ally_014
03-08-2005, 01:11 AM
Oh and hi Natasc! Welcome to LLL :hug:

Natasc
03-08-2005, 01:20 AM
Welcome! :wavey:

I'll try ;) But I'll have 2 exams this week.. :p
Oh, no problem, just do what you can

GOOD LUCKY in your exams
I will also have one, saturday.... :o
I just hope that not in Hew's match!! NOHH, if that happens, I will die :banghead: :hysteric: :timebomb:

thelma
03-08-2005, 01:22 AM
Oh, no problem, just do what you can

GOOD LUCKY in your exams
I will also have one, saturday.... :o
I just hope that not in Hew's match!! NOHH, if that happens, I will die :banghead: :hysteric: :timebomb:

Good luck! :hug:

graffiti
03-08-2005, 10:45 AM
GOOD LUCK LLEYTON! :bounce:
I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Nimomunz
03-08-2005, 07:27 PM
It wouldnt matter that he was leaving on Wed coz he has a bye and would play first on Sun or Sat! And also he doesnt have to acclimatise as th weather in Aussie and California is rather similiar this time of year!!

dagmar7
03-08-2005, 11:17 PM
The draw is out. Sorry about the pdf format. Ll has a bye and then it is Acasuso or Ginepri. Hrbaty is the seeded player in his section. In the same quarter as Agassi and Coria (who are in the same eighth if that makes sense).

Roddick is in the same half.

All in all, a reasonable draw. Not powderpuffy, but not exactly brutal either. ;) Hrbaty's been playing well to start off this year.

http://www.thedesertsun.com/assets/pdf/paclife/MMDS.pdf

Lisbeth
03-08-2005, 11:42 PM
Good luck Lleyton :)

Yasmine
03-09-2005, 08:33 AM
:yeah: thanks for the recap Dagmar :hug:

robinhood
03-09-2005, 10:04 AM
Here's to hoping for Lleyton-Andre quarterfinal!

dagmar7
03-09-2005, 01:26 PM
Yeah, Agassi and Lleyton have had some pretty close-fought, entertaining matches...so that would be good for the fans.

Not for my nerves, but the fans.

First things first though...

I was just reading that Ferrero and Moya might meet in the 2nd rd. *sighs* for JCF.

raeesa301
03-09-2005, 01:26 PM
Hot damn it feels good to be back :bounce: !!!!!!!! My computer at home is busted with a virus and the internet shut down in February because somebody (whoops) :devil: downloaded too many songs of Kazaa! So I'm posting this from school! I hope I'm posting this in the right thread and I hope you guys missed me ;) :p !

Clijsters ready for Indian Wells

Kim Clijsters continues her comeback from a wrist injury when she takes on Australian Nicole Pratt at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells on Wednesday.
The former world number one returned to action in Antwerp last month where she reached the last eight after over four months out with the problem.

The Belgian was victorious in the event in 2003 when she beat current world number one Lindsay Davenport.

Davenport, Amelie Mauresmo and Maria Sharapova top the tournament seedings.

Davenport is aiming to claim a third title after successes in 1997 and 2000.

The American, runner-up to Justine Henin-Hardenne last year, consolidated her position at the top of the rankings with a hard-fought victory over Jelena Jankovic in the final of the Dubai Open on Saturday.

Mauresmo will be playing at Indian Wells for just the third time in her career after reaching the quarter-finals last year.

Sharapova, who made her WTA Tour debut at Indiana Wells in 2002, has started 2005 in superb form, winning back-to-back titles in Tokyo and Doha and reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Elena Dementieva is seeded fourth, followed by fellow Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva, Nadia Petrova and Elena Bovina.

star
03-09-2005, 03:55 PM
Don't you know Lleyton's eyes light up when he sees Andy in his draw? He just sees a C in front of Andy's name. :)

Murkofan
03-09-2005, 06:30 PM
:wavey: Raeesa! 'Course we missed ya ;)

In case I haven't mentioned it: Kimmmmmmmmmmmmmm! :bounce:

A C in front of Roddick's name? :confused:

Socket
03-09-2005, 06:38 PM
:wavey: Raeesa! 'Course we missed ya ;)

In case I haven't mentioned it: Kimmmmmmmmmmmmmm! :bounce:

A C in front of Roddick's name? :confused:
Candy. As in taking same from a baby. :angel: :angel:

Murkofan
03-09-2005, 06:46 PM
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, okay. Thanks Marlene :kiss:

And Christina, what did I tell you about me being slow? :p Stop being so vague :p

Yasmine
03-09-2005, 07:19 PM
:wavey: everyone! Sorry I haven't been here too much lately, I've missed you lots :hug:

Puschkin
03-10-2005, 09:04 AM
On Friday, there is an exhibition to collect money for the tsunami-victims. The only top-player not mentioned in the announcement is Lleyton Hewitt. Was he omitted by mistake or did he decide not to take part? If so, why not? Does anyone know?

Socket
03-10-2005, 02:50 PM
Well, Lleyton, unlike Moya and Federer, played Davis Cup over the weekend and just flew in from Australia yesterday. He's probably still trying to get over his jetlag and wants practice time on the IW courts, that's all.

It's also possible that, since he just changed managers, that the organizers were not able to get hold of him to ask him.

roberta
03-10-2005, 11:10 PM
GOOD LUCK LLEYTON!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!! :hearts: DO YOU THINK LLEYTON AND KIM WILL CHAT IN INDIAN WELLS??? :tennis: ...WELL I THINK THAT MAYBE THEY GONNA SAY Hello TO EACH OTHER,BUT I DON´T THINK THEY ARE FRIENDS ´CAUSE LL SAID THAT THEY DON´T CHAT FOR A WHILE...(I THINK IT WAS IN A PRESS CONFERENS).
i think ll and bec are a great couple... :couple: :angel:

NOMAD
03-11-2005, 02:16 AM
:hearts: DO YOU THINK LLEYTON AND KIM WILL CHAT IN INDIAN WELLS???

Lley says that they probably will :)


Kim and Lleyton cross paths
By staff writers and wires
11mar05
FORMER grand slam lovebirds Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt have spoken publicly for the first time about their shock break-up last year.

The sporting duo, who called off their wedding in October, are appearing at the Pacific Life Open Tournament in Indian Wells, California this week - the first time they have crossed paths since the split.

Clijsters, now dating a Belgian underwear model, said yesterday she has no regrets about dumping the Aussie tennis ace.

"I made the right decision and I'm happy," Clijsters said. "I believe that if you stay positive, everything will turn out positive for both sides.

"That's the most important thing at the end of the day, that you are both happy. I think that will happen for both of us."

The 21-year-old Belgian ended her nine-month engagement to Hewitt a couple of weeks after suffering a recurrence of a wrist injury at the Belgian Open and being told she may never play tennis again.

It was a difficult time emotionally as the couple had been together for five years but she says she has now recovered.

"It's the past. I've learned so much out of those five years and it's an experience that everyone should have," Clijsters said after beating Australian Nicole Pratt 6-2 6-1 in the first round of the tournament.

"For a few weeks it was very tough but my family was there for me. Having that stability really helped me."

For Hewitt, focusing on tennis helped him pull through the difficult time.

"I came through a lot of things with everything going on off the court and played some of best tennis I have ever played," he said.

Hewitt is now engaged to Home & Awaystar Bec Cartwright and says he is happy with how things turned out.

"I feel comfortable within myself. The end of last year was a tough situation mentally for me. One of the reasons why I hold my performance at the Masters Cup in Houston last year in such high regard is that is was mentally tough as I have ever been."

Asked if it will be awkward to see Clijsters at the tournament, Hewitt said, "I don't think so. It is something I am going to have to go through. Of course it won't be like seeing any other player.

"But we both have big careers to look forward to. There is nothing I can do about it anyway. There is no bad blood or feelings.

"I haven't spoken to her for awhile but we will probably chat here."

Clijsters and Hewitt met at the Australian Open when Kim's sister Elke asked her to get Hewitt's autograph and they got engaged after a romantic boat trip around Sydney Harbour.

Clijsters reached No.1 in August 2003 without winning a major title, having lost in the finals of four grand slams.

Hewitt proposed to 19-year-old Cartwright in January, three months after the split with Clijsters.


"With Bec it is great the way things have turned out," Hewitt said. "Everything has panned out. It is good to not talk tennis all the time. She didn't know anything about tennis before I met her."

With Reuters and Agence France-Presse

Murkofan
03-11-2005, 03:28 AM
Nice quotes from both sides. I really hope they can be pleasant to each other, as it will likely be a load off both their minds.

Thanks, Picture Goddess :kiss:

star
03-11-2005, 05:10 AM
I saw Kim and Lleyton today. Not together, but pretty much at the same time. I was watching Lleyton at a practice court and was talking to a friend who was urging me to look out at the grassy area at all the amazing stars gathered there. And Kim walked by. :)

She was on the court behind Lleyton's. :)

It's all in my blog with everything else.

Lleyton looked great btw. Shirtless and on a court alone even though everyone else was doubling and tripling up.

Jackie
03-11-2005, 05:55 AM
Thanks for the update

graffiti
03-11-2005, 09:34 AM
Thanks for the info!

robinhood
03-11-2005, 08:41 PM
On Friday, there is an exhibition to collect money for the tsunami-victims. The only top-player not mentioned in the announcement is Lleyton Hewitt. Was he omitted by mistake or did he decide not to take part? If so, why not? Does anyone know?

According to the latest report I've read, Lleyton IS mentioned as a participant as is Schrichaphan. Good for them!

roberta
03-11-2005, 09:19 PM
star, you´re so lucky ´cause you saw lley...and kim,i´m so far away of them, and that´s soo :sad: it would be great to one day...see lleyton, i think that if one day i have the chance to see him,i would be like... :eek: :hearts: :drool: :woohoo: :bowdown: :crazy: ,´cause he´s my idol since a lot...time ago, (i think when he started to play pro.) sorry if i had a mistake...my english sucks.

roberta
03-11-2005, 09:24 PM
robinhood: how is possible that your join date is jan 2005 and you posted 208 times?? are you all the day long in the computer??!!!

Yasmine
03-11-2005, 09:26 PM
your english is great roberta :hug:
Yes I saw Kim once and other players I really liked now Lleyton is next on my list, not sure when tho but hopefully one day ;)

roberta
03-11-2005, 09:36 PM
your english is great roberta :hug:
Yes I saw Kim once and other players I really liked now Lleyton is next on my list, not sure when tho but hopefully one day ;)
:D thanks dancing_queen!!! :hug: i saw gaudio, cañas and moya once(´cause he always comes to argentina)and i was soo happy...so if one day i meet lleyton i could die...

robinhood
03-11-2005, 09:37 PM
robinhood: how is possible that your join date is jan 2005 and you posted 208 times?? are you all the day long in the computer??!!!

Haha! I must be, I suppose.
I just leave short posts here and there from time to time, but I didn't even notice how many times I had posted.
Thank you for reminding me.

What about you, Roberta? Only 8 times since last December so far??
You should turn on your computer more often!!
It's great to be able to share your thoughts and read others'
since we all love tennis.
In US, there isn't as much coverage of tennis as there should be,
so this board has helped me out a lot!

Jackie
03-11-2005, 11:17 PM
star, you´re so lucky ´cause you saw lley...and kim,i´m so far away of them, and that´s soo :sad: it would be great to one day...see lleyton, i think that if one day i have the chance to see him,i would be like... :eek: :hearts: :drool: :woohoo: :bowdown: :crazy: ,´cause he´s my idol since a lot...time ago, (i think when he started to play pro.) sorry if i had a mistake...my english sucks.

Your English skills are better than a lot of people who speak it as their first language

Murkofan
03-11-2005, 11:26 PM
Damn straight :p

Yasmine
03-12-2005, 09:27 AM
:wavey: everyone, Jackie are you around, when I'm here for a change? :p

lleyrules
03-12-2005, 05:50 PM
I saw Kim and Lleyton today. Not together, but pretty much at the same time. I was watching Lleyton at a practice court and was talking to a friend who was urging me to look out at the grassy area at all the amazing stars gathered there. And Kim walked by. :)

She was on the court behind Lleyton's. :)

It's all in my blog with everything else.

Lleyton looked great btw. Shirtless and on a court alone even though everyone else was doubling and tripling up.

Who else was there - who was LL practising with and who was watching him?

Yasmine
03-12-2005, 05:53 PM
a few people were there:
Roger, Safin, Andy, Lleyton, Moya, Schrichapan...
and on the womens's side: Amélie, Kim, Dementieva, Hantuchova.
;)

dagmar7
03-12-2005, 07:54 PM
It looks like it will be Ginepri, who won a close one over Acasuso.


Maybe tomorrow, I would imagine.:bounce:

Gooo Ll!:D

Thanks for all the reports, Christina. I love your blog. :angel:

Yasmine
03-12-2005, 10:11 PM
Dagmar I was about to post that;) I just checked the draw and yes Lleyton will play Ginepri. Not sure when tho tomorrow or monday I'm not sure :shrug:. Can someone help me, I am trying to put a new avatar on: not that I had enough of my teddy cow, but a pict I saw of the tsunami appeal in IW just cracks me up :lol: so I want to put it on, who would be very nice to reduce it for me :p

Socket
03-13-2005, 02:43 AM
Dagmar I was about to post that;) I just checked the draw and yes Lleyton will play Ginepri. Not sure when tho tomorrow or monday I'm not sure :shrug:. Can someone help me, I am trying to put a new avatar on: not that I had enough of my teddy cow, but a pict I saw of the tsunami appeal in IW just cracks me up :lol: so I want to put it on, who would be very nice to reduce it for me :p
He plays the second night match on Sunday. Which means I'll be up late again. And no TV coverage. :mad: :mad:

SomL.
03-13-2005, 08:41 AM
Order of Play
Pacific Life Open
Sunday 13, March 2005

Stadium 1 start 10:00 AM
C Saulnier (FRA) vs (30)T Dent (USA)
Not before 1:00 PM
(1)R Federer (SUI) vs M Fish (USA)
Not before 2:30 PM
(30)E Linetskaya (RUS) vs (2)A Mauresmo (FRA)
(4)M Safin (RUS) vs J Nieminen (FIN)
Not before 6:30 PM
K Clijsters (BEL) vs A Chakvetadze (RUS)
:devil: R Ginepri (USA) :devil: vs :angel: (2)L Hewitt (AUS) :angel:

Stadium 2 start 10:00 AM
(16)T Haas (GER) vs P Mathieu (FRA)
S Beltrame (FRA) vs (4)E Dementieva (RUS)
J Hernych (CZE) vs (20)V Spadea (USA)
(5)S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs (32)M Vento-Kabchi (VEN)
(7)C Moya (ESP) vs J Ferrero (ESP)
Clement/Levinsky vs (WC)Blake/Fish

Stadium 3 start 10:00 AM
(23)C Martinez (ESP) vs (WC)J Jackson (USA)
(Q)T Zib (CZE) vs (13)I Ljubicic (CRO)
(14)T Golovin (FRA) vs (Q)M Diaz-Oliva (ARG)
F Santoro (FRA) vs (11)J Johansson (SWE)
(4)Raymond/Stubbs vs Hantuchova/Schiavone
Pavel/Prieto vs Kerr/Oliver

Court 4 start 10:00 AM
(5)Bhupathi/Woodbridge vs Allegro/Kohlmann
(19)M Ancic (CRO) vs T Berdych (CZE)
D Ferrer (ESP) vs (27)S Grosjean (FRA)
(WC)Pennetta/Pierce vs (6)Likhovtseva/Martinez
(28)D Hrbaty (SVK) vs M Llodra (FRA)
Kiefer/Stepanek vs (WC)Grosjean/Monfils

Court 5 start 11:00 AM
(Q)M Kirilenko (RUS) vs (28)A Medina Garrigues (ESP)
G Muller (LUX) vs (25)R Stepanek (CZE)
(8)Medina Garrigues/Safina vs Garbin/Loit
Gonzalez/Melzer vs Etlis/Rodriguez

Court 6 start 10:00 AM
Knowle/Pala vs (6)Paes/Zimonjic
(24)F Lopez (ESP) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
McShea/Spears vs (2)Petrova/Shaughnessy
Erlich/Ram vs Benneteau/Lopez
(3)Bjorkman/Mirnyi vs Novak/Palmer

Court 8 start 10:00 AM
(24)I Benesova (CZE) vs (Q)R Fujiwara (JPN)
(22)J Chela (ARG) vs R Schuettler (GER)
K Carlsen (DEN) vs (14)G Canas (ARG)

Saturday 12, March 2005 (seedings before the name)

Stadium 1 start 10:00 AM
J.M Gambill (USA) vs M Fish (USA)
(3)M Sharapova (RUS) vs (WC)A Haynes (USA)
(1)L Davenport (USA) vs (WC)S Karatantcheva (BUL)
F Verdasco (ESP) vs (3)A Roddick (USA)
Not before 6:30 PM
(Q)W Arthurs (AUS) vs (9)A Agassi (USA)
A Kremer (LUX) vs (13)D Hantuchova (SVK)

Stadium 2 start 10:00 AM
(Q)S Uberoi (USA) vs (27)M Shaughnessy (USA)
(12)T Robredo (ESP) vs (WC)G Monfils (FRA)
(Q)A Clement (FRA) vs (6)T Henman (GBR)
E Loit (FRA) vs (7)N Dechy (FRA)
(5)G Coria (ARG) vs K Kim (USA)
M Mirnyi (BLR) vs (8)G Gaudio (ARG)

Stadium 3 start 10:00 AM
J Acasuso (ARG) vs R Ginepri (USA)
(Q)A Serra Zanetti (ITA) vs (6)N Petrova (RUS)
(10)D Nalbandian (ARG) vs J Monaco (ARG)
(WC)Gagliardi/Jankovic vs (3)Kuznetsova/Navratilova
(15)N Davydenko (RUS) vs (WC)J Blake (USA)
A Calleri (ARG) vs (31)P Srichaphan (THA)

Court 4 start 10:00 AM
L Lee-Waters (USA) vs (25)D Safina (RUS)
M Llodra (FRA) vs (LL)D Sanguinetti (ITA)
(11)K Sprem (CRO) vs N Vaidisova (CZE)
(32)J Melzer (AUT) vs (Q)P Goldstein (USA)
G Rusedski (GBR) vs (17)F Gonzalez (CHI)
L Cervanova (SVK) vs (20)M Pierce (FRA)

Court 5 start 10:00 AM
(Q)J Lisnard (FRA) vs G Muller (LUX)
J Nieminen (FIN) vs L Horna (PER)
(29)S Stosur (AUS) vs Y Cho (KOR)
(WC)V Kutuzova (UKR) vs (15)F Pennetta (ITA)
(17)A Frazier (USA) vs (WC)D Bedanova (CZE)
(21)A Pavel (ROM) vs (Q)G Carraz (FRA)

Court 6 start 10:00 AM
C Saulnier (FRA) vs V Hanescu (ROM)
(31)L Raymond (USA) vs (LL)A Bondarenko (UKR)
T Enqvist (SWE) vs (18)M Youzhny (RUS)
(26)J Novak (CZE) vs O Rochus (BEL)
(10)E Likhovtseva (RUS) vs J Craybas (USA)
J Bjorkman (SWE) vs (23)T Johansson (SWE)

Court 7 start 10:00 AM
A Calatrava (ESP) vs P Mathieu (FRA)
(WC)J Kirkland (USA) vs (22)M Bartoli (FRA)
(19)F Zuluaga (COL) vs M Sanchez Lorenzo (ESP)

Court 8 start 10:00 AM
(Q)R Delgado (PAR) vs J Hernych (CZE)
Mandula/Talaja vs (Q)Kirilenko/Salerni
(29)N Kiefer (GER) vs S Sargsian (ARM)
(8)Medina Garrigues/Safina vs Daniilidou/Pratt

SomL.
03-13-2005, 08:42 AM
Good luck Lleyton in second round !!! Go Lleyton against Ginepri ^_^ You can do it *_*

Gaga
03-13-2005, 04:25 PM
good luck !! :)

dagmar7
03-13-2005, 05:24 PM
Good luck to Lleyton. :worship:

A big pffff at the schedule with the back to back exes for the evening session. Marketable, maybe? but pffff... :o

Well, it looks as if Ll and Kim have got over whatever the worst of the weird/bitter/angry feelings there were, so hopefully the schedule will not affect them.

Yasmine
03-13-2005, 05:44 PM
come on Lleyton!!! :woohoo:
and also go Kim :bounce: !!! I wish them all the best although I'll be cheering in my dreams ;) :p which is probably safer for my housemates ears :devil:

dagmar7
03-13-2005, 05:47 PM
Yay for subconscious cheering. I'll have to be there in spirit too. Big day tomorrow, but an extra :worship: for them.

Yasmine
03-13-2005, 07:37 PM
hihi I would keep posting just to see the funny Safin more, :haha: it's hilarious!
and to keep on the subject, I see I'm not the only one with big days coming up ;)

thelma
03-13-2005, 11:18 PM
Order of Play
Pacific Life Open
Sunday 13, March 2005


Not before 6:30 PM
K Clijsters (BEL) vs A Chakvetadze (RUS)
:devil: R Ginepri (USA) :devil: vs :angel: (2)L Hewitt (AUS) :angel:



;)


Go Lleyton and Kim! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v661/Sally_Mander/plotting.gif

sprinterluck
03-14-2005, 03:07 AM
;)


Go Lleyton and Kim! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v661/Sally_Mander/plotting.gif

:lol: Love your smily.

It's gonna be a relatively late night tonight. The night session is yet to start as Safin's locked at 3 all in the third set of the day session.

scythe19pro
03-14-2005, 08:57 AM
This is from the Pacific life open site:

Lleyton Hewitt started off very well against Robby Ginepri in the second round of the Pacific Life Open but the American worked his way back into the match before the Australian asserted his dominance in a second set tiebreak for the match 6-2, 7-6.

Hewitt said the windy conditions certainly made things difficult. He also said being off the tour for a few weeks and then played a Davis Cup tie on grass, so to comeback on hardcourt was not easy. Ginepri was also going for his shots in the second set, he had nothing to lozse after getting beaten so handily in the first set.

Hewitt said being late at night the atmosphere was understandbly not quite the same as the recent Australian Open where he was the home country hero.

"I had to try and get myself motivated and hang in there in the second set," said Hewitt. "The wind was a real equaliser. I felt like I was a lot better player but on the scoreboard it didn't quite show."

SomL.
03-14-2005, 09:04 AM
Lleyton won 6-2/7-6(7-2). Well done Lleyton ^_^ Next round Lleyton plays on Tuesday with Llodra ^_^ Good luck Lleyton !!!!!

thelma
03-14-2005, 10:35 AM
I can't stay online by the time zone.

Congrats, Lleyton! :bounce:

Jackie
03-14-2005, 10:37 AM
Yay for subconscious cheering. I'll have to be there in spirit too. Big day tomorrow, but an extra :worship: for them.
LOL. Me too. Just can't afford to stay up all night when I have 9 hours of classes the next day

thelma
03-14-2005, 11:28 AM
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-03-14T070214Z_01_INW28D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-03-14T065923Z_01_INW29D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-03-14T065037Z_01_INW27D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg
:cool:

dagmar7
03-14-2005, 12:52 PM
Lleyton :bounce:

It sounds like a really windy night from the reports. I'm glad both Ll and Kim got through those tough second sets unscathed.

*goes to check who is up next*

I think it's Hrbaty.

Edit: Oops, it's Llodra. Good luck, Ll!:D For Tuesday, it looks like.

kim-fan
03-14-2005, 02:41 PM
well done Ll :bounce:

llodra, shouldn't be too much of a problem :)

Yasmine
03-14-2005, 03:44 PM
Pfff don't tell me he's playing a frenchie once more :rolleyes: :sad: Anyway that would be really nice if one of Kim or Lleyton could get to the final :angel: because I'm going home at the week end and the finals are the only matches I'll be able to watch :p

Socket
03-14-2005, 03:46 PM
His hair looks really nice in those photos. So does his tongue. :devil:

scythe19pro
03-14-2005, 05:56 PM
Hewitt back and so is Kim
AFP/AAP
15mar05

LLEYTON Hewitt yesterday notched his first ATP match win since the Australian Open with a straight-sets victory against American Robby Ginepri at the Indian Wells Masters in California.

After enjoying a first-round bye, the world No. 2 outclassed Ginepri 6-2 7-6 (7-2) in 1hr 33min to set up a clash with French left-hander Michael Llodra.
Hewitt's only other competitive outing since losing to Marat Safin in the Australian Open final six weeks ago was a straight-sets destruction of lowly ranked Alexander Peya in Australia's Davis Cup win against Austria in Sydney.

He is bidding to join American Michael Chang as a three-time champion in Indian Wells after his back-to-back desert triumphs in 2002-03.

World No. 1 Roger Federer opened the defence of his title yesterday with a 6-3 6-3 win against Mardy Fish.

The 23-year-old Swiss star, who is seeking his 26th career singles title, won in 70 minutes in front of a crowd of 10,000.

"I felt good right away," Federer said. "My movement was good. I just feel quicker here than at other places.

Federer has picked up in 2005 where he left off last year, winning ATP titles in Doha, Rotterdam and Dubai.

"My goal this year is to stay No. 1 in the world and try and defend Wimbledon," Federer said. "I am after titles now. I am not after semi-finals and second rounds."

Federer faces Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, who beat Czech Radek Stepanek 6-3 3-6 6-0.

The Russian assault on the women's event continued.

Elena Dementieva and Svetlana Kuznetsova both advanced, as did the next generation of Russians.

Two promising youngsters, Evgenia Linetskaya and qualifier Maria Kirilenko, blasted their way into the third round with Linetskaya scoring the biggest upset, a 2-6 6-2 7-5 win over French world No. 2 Amelie Mauresmo.

"It is so nice to see all of us doing so well," Linetskaya said. "All the Russians are coming here and there are so many of them. I was thinking to myself, `Why can't I make the same? If everybody is there, I will be there as well'."

Of five Russians competing, Anna Chakvetadze was the only one to lose, falling 6-1 7-6 (7-4) to Belgian Kim Clijsters.

"It is unbelievable," Clijsters said. "There are so many (Russians) I don't even know about but I hear about them from my sister because they play juniors.

"And there are still so many girls still practising in Russia."

roberta
03-14-2005, 07:17 PM
:lol: haha! good pics! i like the first one :p :ras: and i like the t-shirt.

Socket
03-14-2005, 10:28 PM
Hewitt back and so is Kim
AFP/AAP
15mar05

LLEYTON Hewitt yesterday notched his first ATP match win since the Australian Open with a straight-sets victory against American Robby Ginepri at the Indian Wells Masters in California.

After enjoying a first-round bye, the world No. 2 outclassed Ginepri 6-2 7-6 (7-2) in 1hr 33min to set up a clash with French left-hander Michael Llodra.
Hewitt's only other competitive outing since losing to Marat Safin in the Australian Open final six weeks ago was a straight-sets destruction of lowly ranked Alexander Peya in Australia's Davis Cup win against Austria in Sydney.

He is bidding to join American Michael Chang as a three-time champion in Indian Wells after his back-to-back desert triumphs in 2002-03.

World No. 1 Roger Federer opened the defence of his title yesterday with a 6-3 6-3 win against Mardy Fish.

The 23-year-old Swiss star, who is seeking his 26th career singles title, won in 70 minutes in front of a crowd of 10,000.

"I felt good right away," Federer said. "My movement was good. I just feel quicker here than at other places.

Federer has picked up in 2005 where he left off last year, winning ATP titles in Doha, Rotterdam and Dubai.

"My goal this year is to stay No. 1 in the world and try and defend Wimbledon," Federer said. "I am after titles now. I am not after semi-finals and second rounds."

Federer faces Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, who beat Czech Radek Stepanek 6-3 3-6 6-0.

The Russian assault on the women's event continued.

Elena Dementieva and Svetlana Kuznetsova both advanced, as did the next generation of Russians.

Two promising youngsters, Evgenia Linetskaya and qualifier Maria Kirilenko, blasted their way into the third round with Linetskaya scoring the biggest upset, a 2-6 6-2 7-5 win over French world No. 2 Amelie Mauresmo.

"It is so nice to see all of us doing so well," Linetskaya said. "All the Russians are coming here and there are so many of them. I was thinking to myself, `Why can't I make the same? If everybody is there, I will be there as well'."

Of five Russians competing, Anna Chakvetadze was the only one to lose, falling 6-1 7-6 (7-4) to Belgian Kim Clijsters.

"It is unbelievable," Clijsters said. "There are so many (Russians) I don't even know about but I hear about them from my sister because they play juniors.

"And there are still so many girls still practising in Russia."
Thanks for posting the article! :)

dagmar7
03-15-2005, 03:05 AM
Tomorrow's oop for Stadium 1. Ll up next after the glamourous blondes.

Tuesday, March 15



Stadium 1 start 10:00 AM
(14)T Golovin (FRA) vs (4)E Dementieva (RUS)
Not before 12:00 NOON
M Llodra (FRA) vs (2)L Hewitt (AUS)Not before 2:00 PM
(1)R Federer (SUI) vs G Muller (LUX)
(3)M Sharapova (RUS) vs (19)F Zuluaga (COL)
Not before 7:00 PM
(4)M Safin (RUS) vs (30)T Dent (USA)
(1)L Davenport (USA) vs (WC)V Kutuzova (UKR)

sprinterluck
03-15-2005, 04:58 AM
Posted on the Lleytonland message board. A few days ago the Herald Sun quoted Lleyton's dad, saying that Octagon would still be involved. :confused:


Hewitt reiterates he’s done with Octagon
By Matthew Cronin, tennisreporters.net

Lleyton Hewitt re-confirmed on Sunday that he had severed ties with his longtime management company, Octagon and his agent, Tom Ross. He's hired Cricket Australia commercial affairs manager Rob Aivatoglou to take on management duties.

Hewitt denied a Herald Sun report that said Octagon will still be involved. "There’s been no change," Hewitt told TennisReporters.net and The LA Times. "It’s pretty much what I said the other day. Rob will handle the day-to-day stuff and be responsible for any new deals. If someone else brings me a deal, Rob and my dad [Glynn] will look at it. Octagon has been calling my dad daily and talking to him, but things are the same."

Hewitt – who defeated Robby Ginepri 6-2, 7-6 on Sunday – said he hired Aivatoglou because he wanted more control and for his management to be "more one-on-one based and that suits my personality better. In the long run, it will be better for me on and off court."

Yasmine
03-15-2005, 07:48 AM
Finally!!! I'm gonna be able to watch the scores online for a change :woohoo: :bounce:
Thanks for the articles guys :hug:

Lisbeth
03-15-2005, 08:35 AM
Thanks for the articles :)

Though you know ( ;) ), I find it bizarre that Lleyton making a responsible business decision is portrayed as 1. news and 2. somehow slightly negative. No-one publishes articles that XYZ player appears to have absolutely no financial advice or long term plan whatsoever and is frittering away their winnings at an alarming rate! :rolleyes:

Good luck tomorrow Lleyton :)

SomL.
03-15-2005, 10:35 AM
Good luck Lleyton in third round !!!!! Go Lleyton against Llodra ^_^ Come on Lleyton You can do it ^_^

Socket
03-15-2005, 01:57 PM
Thanks for the articles :)

Though you know ( ;) ), I find it bizarre that Lleyton making a responsible business decision is portrayed as 1. news and 2. somehow slightly negative. No-one publishes articles that XYZ player appears to have absolutely no financial advice or long term plan whatsoever and is frittering away their winnings at an alarming rate! :rolleyes:

Good luck tomorrow Lleyton :)
I agree that Lleyton's changing from Tom Ross to Rob however-you-spell-his-name barely qualifies as news even on a slow news day (Guga dropping Larri as his coach after 15 years is much more newsworthy). But I think it has now evolved into a pissing battle among tennis reporters-dot-net, Tennis Week, and the Herald Sun as to who got the "exclusive" and who got the news "right" (whether Octagon is going to involved in managing Lleyton or in what role). From what I can tell, Octagon will be involved to the extent that they bring prospective contracts to Lleyton (actually, to Glynn), while Rob will provide the day-to-day management from Melbourne that Tom Ross used to provide from San Francisco.

star
03-15-2005, 02:15 PM
Guga and Lari split?

*runs to Guga forum*

sprinterluck
03-15-2005, 03:07 PM
Thanks for the articles :)

Though you know ( ;) ), I find it bizarre that Lleyton making a responsible business decision is portrayed as 1. news and 2. somehow slightly negative. No-one publishes articles that XYZ player appears to have absolutely no financial advice or long term plan whatsoever and is frittering away their winnings at an alarming rate! :rolleyes:

Good luck tomorrow Lleyton :)

It's big news because Lleyton's a tennis star, not just any player out there, and has been with Octagon for at least 8 years. His deals bring in lots of money for Octagon. These management companies and agents are so competitive with each other (IMG, Octagon, SFX) that it's actually a big scoop especially if a top star is unhappy or disatisfied with the way his management operates. I found the article somewhat negative towards Octagon and not towards Lleyton.

Socket
03-15-2005, 03:24 PM
It's big news because Lleyton's a tennis star, not just any player out there, and has been with Octagon for at least 8 years. His deals bring in lots of money for Octagon. These management companies and agents are so competitive with each other (IMG, Octagon, SFX) that it's actually a big scoop especially if a top star is unhappy or disatisfied with the way his management operates. I found the article somewhat negative towards Octagon and not towards Lleyton.
It must be upsetting to Tom Ross and Octagon not only that they lost the No. 2 tennis player in the world for daily management, but that they lost him to a former Octagon agent (which Rob A. is). Shades of Jerry Maguire! :)

sprinterluck
03-15-2005, 04:01 PM
It must be upsetting to Tom Ross and Octagon not only that they lost the No. 2 tennis player in the world for daily management, but that they lost him to a former Octagon agent (which Rob A. is). Shades of Jerry Maguire! :)

And Rob Aivatoglou (when he was with Octagon) was the agent who helped Lleyton lodge the lawsuit against the ATP in the Australian courts so if this lawsuit does continue then Aivatoglou would be better able to work out day-to-day events when the trial starts because he is in Australia and Tom Ross is in San Francisco. People at Octagon like Tom Ross and Kelly Wolf must be really upset. According to Kerrin the administrator of the Lleytonland messageboard, Kelly Wolf confirmed a report with her that Octagon is still involved. Yet we're hearing contrary reports from Lleyton's own mouth. It sounds like Octagon is trying to work a deal with Lleyton's dad to still get a piece of the pie.

sprinterluck
03-15-2005, 05:07 PM
Peter Bodo's TENNISWORLD blog from US Tennis Magazine.

Friday, March 11, 2 P.M.
Friday Feature

Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times—a great “old school” reporter despite the fact that she is neither old, a man, nor a drunk—has a nice piece on Lleyton Hewitt in today’s Times. Here’s the money quote from Hewitt: “It’s going to be different than seeing any other player. Then again, we both have big careers to look forward to and have big goals. Just do our normal thing. There’s no bad blood at all or bad feelings.”

Guess what? He wasn’t talking about Marat Safin, but about the prospect of bumping into his former fiancée, Kim Clijsters, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden during the ongoing Pacific Life Open. Hewitt has been through lots of changes lately—you can read Lisa’s full story here.

One—actually, two—of the people I feel most sorry for as all this shakes out are Tom Ross and his assistant Kelly Wolf at Octagon, the firm that until recently managed Hewitt. As Lleyton’s agent, Tom was a regular pit bull (despite his moon-faced choir-boy looks); he constantly put the best possible spin on the brilliant but antipathetic Australian lad’s intransigence and boorishness. Exasperated reporters like Hard Courts author John Feinstein wanted to hug Tom one moment for his basic understanding of the needs of the TPP (typical press pariah) and slug him the next, because he was so obviously a partisan, spinning madly and at times comically for his clients (thankfully for Tom, his stable also included gentlemen Michael Chang and Todd Martin).

You could have beaten Tom with a rubber hose and you wouldn’t have been able to extract an unkind or critical word about Lleyton or his parents (particularly father Glyn), whose contempt for the media (and the ATP) and impulse to circle the wagons at even a hint of criticism probably kept their kid (the youngest-ever world No. 1, the “Aussie battler” who helped restore his nation’s lost tennis glory) from becoming an international icon. Instead, Lleyton gets labeled “jerk” and “champion” with equal frequency. This wasn’t just because Tom knew where his bread was buttered; he’s basically a loyal, dance-with-who-brung-you kind of guy.

Tom and Kelly helped me a lot over the years—among other things, they convinced the Hewitts to let me spend the morning after Lleyton won his first U.S. Open title (over Pete Sampras) tagging along with the new star on his media rounds (Regis and Kathie Lee, Charlie Rose, et al.) on behalf of the mother ship, TENNIS Magazine—and it takes a lot to get that kind of access from the Hewitts.

In the end, what did Tom and Kelly’s loyalty get them?

Sure, at some level it’s “just business”—Tom knows that better than anyone, which is partly why he’ll quietly move on. Besides, Tom and Kelly certainly made money for—and from—Lleyton. But this still has to hurt.

On the other hand, maybe at this very moment Tom and Kelly are dancing around the Octagon suite at Indian Wells, hands in the air, crying out, “Free! Lordy Lord, free at last!”

Oh, I almost forgot. Kim won her first match at Indian Wells, and looked pretty good in the course of the 2 and 1 win over Nicole Pratt. You can check out that story here.

Lisbeth
03-15-2005, 08:51 PM
Thanks for the explanations guys :) I guess this is just not my area of interest because I couldn't actually tell you who manages most of the top players :lol:

thelma
03-15-2005, 10:05 PM
Lleyton def. Llodra 6-2 7-6 :yeah:

Well done, Lleyton! :bounce:

Turkeyballs Paco
03-15-2005, 10:09 PM
Good job! :woohoo:

Jess
03-15-2005, 10:18 PM
Thats good :bounce: Keep going Lleyts :)

Lisbeth
03-15-2005, 10:22 PM
Well done Lleyton :) I'm glad he got to play a competitive set - too many easy wins can be counterproductive.

scythe19pro
03-15-2005, 10:53 PM
Hewitt defies statistics
From correspondents in Indian Wells
March 16, 2005

LLEYTON Hewitt defeated Michael Llodra 6-2 7-6 (7-3) in the third round of the WTA and ATP Masters Series today.

Llodra lost despite firing more aces (8-7) and hammering more winners (33-31) than Hewitt, who committed just 12 unforced errors in the 89 minute match.

The 24-year-old advances to the fourth round where he will meet either Paul-Henri Mathieu or Jan Hernych.

In other matches, France's Fabrice Santoro beat Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-4, 6-2 to reach the fourth round.

Santoro had just two double faults and won 64 of 111 total points in the 73-minute match.

In the women's draw, Russian fourth seed Elena Dementieva advanced to the quarter-finals, beating France's Tatiana Golovin 2-6 6-4 6-4.

Dementieva had to rally from a set down for the second consecutive match as she bids to improve on her semi-final finish here in 2000.

"I was able to come back and I feel my game is getting better from the previous match," said Dementieva, runner-up in the French and US Opens last year.

This was Golovin's best performance in Indian Wells as she failed to get past the second round in two previous appearances.

Dementieva was one of six Russians in action today setting the stage for the possibility there could be three all-Russian quarter-finals.

"It is amazing all the Russians," she said. "I don't even know all their names, there are so many of them and they are so young. They are coming from all over Russia and not just one place."

US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova also booked a spot in the quarters, beating Japan's Rika Fujiwara 6-3 6-2.


Well done lleyton :yeah:

scythe19pro
03-15-2005, 10:56 PM
This is from Eurosport:

23:03 Hewitt will next face the winner of Mathieu v Hernych

23:02 Game ,set and match Hewitt 6-2 7-6

22:59 Double fault from Llodra, Hewitt is flying in the tie break 4-1

22:58 Good return from Hewitt for the mini break

22:56 It's a tie-break to decide the faith of the second set

22:52 Llodra holds serve

22:52 Llodra can earns easy points thanks to his serve and volley game

22:47 Llodra holds serve

22:42 Llodra serves for 5-4 but watch out for Hewitt who will take all necessary risks to break the Frenchman

22:41 Hewitt saved a break point to level at 4-4

22:35 Llodra holds serve with a love game

22:27 Hewitt levels at 2-2

22:20 Llodra holds serve saving two break points

22:15 All games are tough to earn ... They've all gone to deuce since the start of the second set

22:10 Llodra little by little starts accumulating points and forces Hewitt to play extra shots

22:00 Hewitt takes the opening set 6-2!

21:42 Double break from Hewitt! Llodra can't find his rythmn on serve

21:40 Hewitt breaks right away

21:37 Hewitt returns so deep that Llodra can't touch the ball

21:35 Unbelievable start from Hewitt!

21:32 Hewitt and Llodra met twice already and the Australian won both encounters

Socket
03-15-2005, 11:07 PM
Thanks, scythe! I can see how you got so many green dots with so few posts! :kiss:

NOMAD
03-16-2005, 05:23 AM
Thanks for the articles,scythe19pro :D

Lleyton :yippee:

Good luck in the next round against Mathieu :kiss: (a frenchie once more ;) )
P Mathieu (FRA) d J Hernych (CZE) 64 46 76(6) Saved 1 M.P.

scythe19pro
03-16-2005, 05:43 AM
This is from the Pacific life open site:

Hewitt Hurries Into Fourth Round

Lleyton Hewitt came out smoking when he played Michael Llodra. The second seed opened up a 4-0 lead in next to no time in conditions that were far better than the previous two days when strong winds constantly frustrated players. In fact Hewitt said "it was perfect conditions to play tennis".

Hewitt took the initiative from the start and kept the pressure on the French player and kept his error rate low during the one hour 29 minute match. The 6-2, 7-6 score line put Hewitt into the last 16 of the Pacific Life Open.

"I was in total control in the first set so there wasn't a whole heap of pressure, you know, serving out the first set," said Hewitt, who made only
twelve errors in the match. " The second set, obviously I played a good
tiebreak. I got off to a good start and didn't really look back from there.

"He's a flashy kind of player. He's awkward to play because you really don't know what's coming. It's more just trying to get some rhythm out there, make him play a lot of balls. He definitely picked up his game, though, in the second set."

graffiti
03-16-2005, 07:43 AM
Thanks for the articles!

And congrats Lleyton!! :bounce:

Yasmine
03-16-2005, 08:00 AM
:bounce: and he's playing another frenchie next, pfff had enough of that :bigcry:

NOMAD
03-16-2005, 02:39 PM
interview from http://www.asapsports.com
there are few more questions than the one posted at Pacific Life website ;)

PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

March 15, 2005

L. HEWITT/M. Llodra
6-2, 7-6

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton.

Q. Most of us haven't seen you since Melbourne. How have you been? What have you been working on in that period of time? I know you played Davis Cup.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, didn't do a whole heap.

Q. No?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No. I just tried to get my body right more than anything. I just took probably nearly three weeks off I reckon afterwards and slowly built it up in the gym, fitness work first before getting on the court. You know, obviously starting on grass, as well, for the Davis Cup tie in Sydney. That was always going to take, you know, a week and a half to get used to that, I guess. It was more just trying to get the motivation back as well, I guess. You know, two nights ago when I played here, it was totally different with, you know, not quite the same atmosphere and crowd that I was playing in front of throughout the Australian Open and in the Davis Cup tie, as well.

Q. You sort of kept yourself amused by doing other things, like getting engaged. But how bad was the kickback after the Aussie Open?

LLEYTON HEWITT: What do you mean? Disappointment?

Q. Yes.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, any time you lose a tournament, it's disappointing, especially to lose, you know -- or to come so close, to be in that final match. But, you know, I can look in the mirror and know I gave absolutely everything I had. So from that point of view, I got no regrets whatsoever. I know throughout December I trained as hard as I could ever train for it. You know, my body kept pulling out something special every match. You know, it took Marat to play a hell of a match and a hell of a few games there late in the third set to really turn the match on its head. From that standpoint, I wasn't that disappointed. It's only the fact that you realize that you got through six tough matches and you only had one to go more than anything.

Q. How beat up was the body after all?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I couldn't walk for a few days.

Q. Seriously?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I was struggling.

Q. There were a number of stories comparing you to Jimmy Connors in Australia. What do you make of that, comparing you as the next Jimmy Connors, as a player?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. I think ever since I came on tour, people have always, you know, said I'm similar to Connors in the way that I use the crowd to my advantage and get fired up on the court and play with a lot of emotion, you know, that never-say-die attitude that I guess Jimmy had. I don't know Jimmy that well anyway. But, you know, in that standpoint, if you're to be put in the same category as a guy like Jimmy Connors, you know, tennis-wise, you know, something to be pretty proud of, I think.

Q. How well do you know him?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know him that well, yeah. Only from an outsider.

Q. I'm from Argentina. What do you think of the next match between Argentina and Australia for the Davis Cup?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It will be a tough match. Argentina's one of the strongest nations going around. But we look forward to the challenge. You know, Australia has a rich tradition in Davis Cup. Yeah, we played in Australia, as well. We'll be waiting for it in July.

Q. How do you think the players are doing right now?

LLEYTON HEWITT: They're not doing too much wrong.

Q. Do you have a favorite player?

LLEYTON HEWITT: None of them are easy to play. You know, they're all top players. I think Coria on clay is as good as anyone going around. Gaudio, I get on probably best with Gaudio I think off the court. Nalbandian, he's just got a great game on any surface.

Q. Where is it going to be played?

LLEYTON HEWITT: In Australia, but I'm not sure where yet.

Q. That's right in the middle of your winter?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah. We'll probably put a clay court down, real slow (smiling).

Q. Would it be a gamble to play on grass that time of the year?

LLEYTON HEWITT: A little bit. I'm pretty sure it will be happening.

Q. Has what happened to you in Melbourne intensified your desire to do better, to win things?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know right at the moment. You know, I think you come from playing, you know, big matches day in, day out throughout those two weeks. The expectation and the pressure building up, you know, a month and a half or something leading into it. And then you come here and it just feels awfully relaxed. I don't know, it doesn't quite feel the same as playing in the Australian Open for me right at the moment.

Q. You're having to motivate yourself?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Probably a little bit more at the moment than I definitely have to in Australia. Yeah, obviously the adrenaline and motivation's there the whole time in Australia. I think, yeah, after having such a big run during January, you know, it's probably going to take a little bit to build it up again, I think.

Q. In the first set today you got up 40-15, then you won the set, then the second set in the tiebreaker you got up 6-3, closed it out. Are you pleased with the way you're playing on big points?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, well, the first set I wasn't -- you know, I was in total control so there wasn't a whole heap of pressure, you know, serving out the first set. The second set, obviously I played a good tiebreak. I got off to a good start and didn't really look back from there. You know, he's a flashy kind of player. He's awkward to play because you really don't know what's coming. It's more just trying to, yeah, get some rhythm out there, make him play a lot of balls. Yeah, he definitely picked up his game, though, in the second set.

Q. Conditions were far better today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, nice out there. Nearly perfect day to play tennis out there today.

Q. You only had 12 errors. That's a pretty commendable effort against him, isn't it?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, you know, he's the one trying to pull the trigger all the time, though. As I said, you know, he's a very flashy player. He comes up with some great winners and then he's going to make, you know, a lot of unforced errors as well. You just got to try to weather the storm out there against a guy like Llodra.

End of FastScripts?

thelma
03-16-2005, 02:49 PM
Thanks for the interview, articles, and pics! :kiss:

sprinterluck
03-16-2005, 03:36 PM
Hewitt advances with easy straight sets win

Patti Myers
The Desert Sun
March 16, 2005

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INDIAN WELLS - Lleyton Hewitt produces some of his best tennis in the relaxed atmosphere of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and Tuesday he kicked back with newcomer Michael Llodra, then gave him the boot with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory.
After winning his first two rounds, Llodra exited his first Pacific Life Open and Hewitt rolled into the final 16 with a shot at his third title here.

Hewitt, who is 20-5 at Indian Wells, played big on the big points, but admitted he wasn't under pressure playing in ideal conditions.

"In the first set, I was in total control so there wasn't a whole heap of pressure serving out the first set," said Hewitt, No. 2 in the world and the winner here in 2002 and 2003. "In the second set, I played a good tiebreak. I got off to a good start and didn't really look back from there."

Hewitt said he needed to pick up his game in the second set because the 24-year-old left-hander from France was mixing it up well.

"He's awkward to play because you really don't know what's coming," he said. "It's more just trying to set some rhythm out there, make him play a lot of balls. He definitely picked up his game in the second set."

Hewitt did as well and finished with a mere 12 errors in the match.

Hewitt will face Paul-Henri Mathieu in the fourth round this afternoon. They play in the third match on Stadium 2.

Mathieu defeated Jan Hernych 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(6).

star
03-16-2005, 03:43 PM
I was at the Mathieu match yesterday up in the bleachers for the shade and a guy came in and sat down behind me and to the left. I noticed he was taking notes like a coach on one of those little pads the coaches take notes on. Thought it was funny a coach would sit so far away from his player. Then I noticed he had on Nike shoes. Then I noticed no one on the court had on Nike clothing. All this "noticing" took place over several games. :lol: So then I was curious, but I didn't want to stare. So when the guy started writing again, I looked. Sure enough. It was Roger Rasheed doing his job by scouting Lleyton's next opponent. :)

sprinterluck
03-16-2005, 03:53 PM
:lol: Great story! What a shock turning around and having Lleyton's coach right next to you!

Socket
03-16-2005, 04:08 PM
Thanks for that story, Christina! It's too bad that you couldn't have a chat with "Rash", because he seems like a really nice, outgoing guy.

Yasmine
03-16-2005, 04:43 PM
Great Anecdote Christina :hug:... And yes Lleyton is playing another frenchie. But hope to read more of your stories like that, keep them coming :D I'll go to your blog now because you always give so great reports there ;)

Murkofan
03-16-2005, 08:59 PM
As Lleyton’s agent, Tom was a regular pit bull (despite his moon-faced choir-boy looks); he constantly put the best possible spin on the brilliant but antipathetic Australian lad’s intransigence and boorishness.

What a wordy sentence :p

scythe19pro
03-16-2005, 11:11 PM
lleyton won! :worship:
his first serve % was so low (only 34%) but that didn't stop him from winning 6-1 6-0
excellent job LL!

Raquel
03-16-2005, 11:16 PM
Wow Lleyton :worship: That was a real hammering!

Keep up the form in the QF Lleyt :yeah:

Socket
03-16-2005, 11:25 PM
What a wordy sentence :p
That's not the only adjective I'd use. Sounds like Bodo's upset he wasn't asked to be an usher at Lleyton and Bec's wedding. :devil:

Socket
03-16-2005, 11:26 PM
lleyton won! :worship:
his first serve % was so low (only 34%) but that didn't stop him from winning 6-1 6-0
excellent job LL!
Somebody who was watching the match said that he was really going for everything on his first serve. On the bright side, he did hit 7 aces and only 1 DF.

Lisbeth
03-17-2005, 12:00 AM
Well done Lleyton :)

Cool story, Christina :) Lleyton's team is very professional, just like Lleyton.

Gosh it must be hard to put a good spin on such boorishness as playing with disabled children and voluntarily matching your racquet auction price for the tsunami benefit ;)

thelma
03-17-2005, 12:08 AM
Thanks, Christina! :kiss:

Lleyton didn't serve well, but PHM only can win 1 game :eek:

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-03-16T232235Z_01_INW108D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-03-16T231436Z_01_INW107DX_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-03-16T231201Z_01_INW106D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg
:worship:

Socket
03-17-2005, 12:09 AM
Well done Lleyton :)

Cool story, Christina :) Lleyton's team is very professional, just like Lleyton.

Gosh it must be hard to put a good spin on such boorishness as playing with disabled children and voluntarily matching your racquet auction price for the tsunami benefit ;)
Oh, Peter Bodo is just a jerk. He likes to think he's a Pete Hamill-type "tough guy" of sportsjournalism. The state of tennis reporting is sad, and it'll get even sadder once Bud Collins retires.

Socket
03-17-2005, 12:11 AM
Oh, I love the color of Lleyton's shirt! :kiss: And today, he should have worn the shoes from the AO, because the black shoes don't match the outfit.

God, I sound like the Joan Rivers of MTF. :rolleyes:

Lisbeth
03-17-2005, 12:19 AM
:lol: I agree

NOMAD
03-17-2005, 06:31 AM
An interview with:
LLEYTON HEWITT
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton.

Q. Surprisingly easy for you today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was. You know, I played him once before on clay at the French Open. We had a tough four-set match. You know, I know he had a long match yesterday. But, you know, I just tried to get off to a good start out there today and tried to dictate play.

Yeah, we had a few tight games especially early on in the match that could have gone either way. You know, I just seemed to play the big points better than him early.

Q. Do you pay attention to scores? Do you know if someone had a tough match the night before, does that change your strategy?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. Especially a best-of-three set match. It shouldn't really worry you. All these guys, he's an extremely fit player anyway. He's been brought up on clay. He won the Davis Cup tie for them last week in France. You know, he's a gutsy competitor. He just made a lot of errors out there today.

I felt like I was dictating play well from the back of the court.

Q. Are matches against Andre still kind of special for you or is it just another match?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I probably look at it as another match more than anything. You know you're playing one of the greats down the other end. But, you know, the end of day, it's still just another match and you got to go out there and focus on your game more than anything.

You know going out there to play Andre, it's going to be a battle every time you step out on the court. I know that.

Q. A few years since you and Darren parted company, but when you play Andre, do you sense Killer's input when you're lining up against him?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Me personally, I don't notice a huge difference in Andre's game, you know, from when he was with Gilbert. I played him here back in 2000, 2001 maybe, in the semis, I think. I lost to him in three sets there.

Andre's just been such a great ball striker. He knows what he's doing pretty much out there on the court. You know, there could be little stuff, but it's not like Darren can change Andre to become a serve-volleyer like he played. You know, there may be times during a match that we don't realize that he might have helped Andre in certain areas, and I'm sure he has.

But, you know, overall Andre's just a great player with his own game. I don't think he worries too much -- he really doesn't have to change a whole heap.

Q. When you get to the very top of the game like yourself or Andre or Roger, how much of an input does the coach have in the game?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, when you get out on the court, there's not a whole heap the coach can do. You're out there. You're doing it. But, you know, obviously off the court, little areas, probably more so in practice weeks and stuff like that, that is probably the most important for me I think.

But, you know, a coach on the tour I think has to be a good mate, as well, not just a tennis coach purely because you're so one-on-one. It's not like a football team where they're looking after 40-odd guys. It's one-on-one. You've got to travel and be able to put up with that person's company the whole time.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

kim-fan
03-17-2005, 07:17 AM
well done lleyton :yeah:
and thank you for the interview :kiss:

graffiti
03-17-2005, 07:20 AM
I was at the Mathieu match yesterday up in the bleachers for the shade and a guy came in and sat down behind me and to the left. I noticed he was taking notes like a coach on one of those little pads the coaches take notes on. Thought it was funny a coach would sit so far away from his player. Then I noticed he had on Nike shoes. Then I noticed no one on the court had on Nike clothing. All this "noticing" took place over several games. :lol: So then I was curious, but I didn't want to stare. So when the guy started writing again, I looked. Sure enough. It was Roger Rasheed doing his job by scouting Lleyton's next opponent. :)


:lol: Well done, Roger!
And thanks for the story!

I was totally surprised this morning after finding out bout Ll's easy win over Mathieu :eek: What's the deal?? Was he that bad or was Ll playing great?
Anyway, it's great news!
Is Lleyton playing Andre next? I'm kinda worried about that one... :scared:

graffiti
03-17-2005, 07:22 AM
Oh, and I LOVE Ll's shirt! :hearts:

The whole outfit actually :cool:

SomL.
03-17-2005, 10:28 AM
:yeah: Well done Lleyton :yeah: :angel: Good luck Lleyton in next round :bounce:

star
03-17-2005, 03:13 PM
Lleyton was on Stadium 2 and I had a front row seat!!! :woohoo: :woohoo:

I was sure he would win, although not so easily, but I wanted to sit really close to the court to see him play because there may never be another chance for me to see Lleyton so close up. :) :) :)

The energy and effort he puts into moving on the court is amazing. I mean, we all know that, but to sit so close and experience the sound of his feet on the court and his grunting eforts. :eek: And he is the MOST fidgety person on the change over. Adjusting his wristbands, pushing his hair back behind his ears adjusting his cap, picking at his shirt, pushing back his hair, adjusting his cap, bouncing his knees, adjusting his cap, smoothing the hair on his neck, adjusting his cap, adjusting his wristbands. All of this in rapid non stop motion, knees jiggling all the while. I've known meth users not this jittery. :lol:

And he looked great!! :hearts:

Socket
03-17-2005, 03:18 PM
Lleyton was on Stadium 2 and I had a front row seat!!! :woohoo: :woohoo:

I was sure he would win, although not so easily, but I wanted to sit really close to the court to see him play because there may never be another chance for me to see Lleyton so close up. :) :) :)

The energy and effort he puts into moving on the court is amazing. I mean, we all know that, but to sit so close and experience the sound of his feet on the court and his grunting eforts. :eek: And he is the MOST fidgety person on the change over. Adjusting his wristbands, pushing his hair back behind his ears adjusting his cap, picking at his shirt, pushing back his hair, adjusting his cap, bouncing his knees, adjusting his cap, smoothing the hair on his neck, adjusting his cap, adjusting his wristbands. All of this in rapid non stop motion, knees jiggling all the while. I've known meth users not this jittery. :lol:

And he looked great!! :hearts:
Thanks for the report, Christina! Seeing Lleyton play in person is so much better than on TV! I don't think he's returning to Washington this year, unfortunately. I'm going to have to seriously think about going to the US Open this year and shelling out the big bucks for Ashe Stadium seats. :eek:

star
03-17-2005, 03:25 PM
Oh, and it's true that PHM did play like crap, but Lleyton served notice immediately that he was going to get to every single ball PHM hit and was going to make PHM work hard for every single point. Lleyton's ferocity on the court is tangible. PHM did win points and I think he even took Lleyton to deuce a few times, but he couldn't win games. He became very discouraged and even though he kept trying instead of just giving up, he was pressing and trying to do too much. He just couldn't figure out how to beat Lleyton consistently.

Also I saw Coria and Lleyton on the same court from nearly the same seat and it was interesting to compare them. Lleyton is some ways is even smaller than Coria. Of course, that could be because Lleyton looks like he is drowning in his oversized clothing. But Lleyton's feet make a lot of noise on the court and he is gasping and grunting more than Coria... or at least louder. It just seemed he was putting more effort into it than Coria. But, he didn't play any really long points like Coria played either.

The match was so one sided that I was afraid there would never be a "COME ON" from up close! :lol: But, at 3-0 in the second set, Lleyton obliged and roared a COME ON as he won the game. That was the only one. :)

Socket
03-17-2005, 04:05 PM
The Lleyton-Agassi QF is scheduled to be televised at 5 pm (Eastern) on Friday on ESPN2.

star
03-17-2005, 04:19 PM
I think all the other men's quarters are being played today. Lleyton has to play on Friday so even if he wins that means he has to turn around and play Saturday right away while everyone else has had a rest. :mad:

Socket
03-17-2005, 04:27 PM
I think all the other men's quarters are being played today. Lleyton has to play on Friday so even if he wins that means he has to turn around and play Saturday right away while everyone else has had a rest. :mad:
The top half QFs are today, the bottom half QFs are Friday. Roddick/Moya is the evening match on Friday.

Edit: I should say that I'm getting this information from the ESPN website, not the tournament website, so maybe it's not accurate.

Turkeyballs Paco
03-17-2005, 05:19 PM
Thanks star for Lleyton's match report. He is a fidgety guy.

Good luck to Lleyton against Agassi ! :bounce:

(Finally, one of his matches ESPN will play for us! )

KaseyL
03-17-2005, 06:08 PM
Lleyton was on Stadium 2 and I had a front row seat!!! :woohoo: :woohoo:

I was sure he would win, although not so easily, but I wanted to sit really close to the court to see him play because there may never be another chance for me to see Lleyton so close up. :) :) :)

The energy and effort he puts into moving on the court is amazing. I mean, we all know that, but to sit so close and experience the sound of his feet on the court and his grunting eforts. :eek: And he is the MOST fidgety person on the change over. Adjusting his wristbands, pushing his hair back behind his ears adjusting his cap, picking at his shirt, pushing back his hair, adjusting his cap, bouncing his knees, adjusting his cap, smoothing the hair on his neck, adjusting his cap, adjusting his wristbands. All of this in rapid non stop motion, knees jiggling all the while. I've known meth users not this jittery. :lol:

And he looked great!! :hearts:


Thanks for the report! :kiss: And I'm jealous;) ; such great seat! :cool:

LOL he's just terrible in adjusting anything that can be adjusted... :p
Once I stopped paying too much attention to it as it was just making me nervous otherwise... :p

sprinterluck
03-17-2005, 06:57 PM
Also I saw Coria and Lleyton on the same court from nearly the same seat and it was interesting to compare them. Lleyton is some ways is even smaller than Coria. Of course, that could be because Lleyton looks like he is drowning in his oversized clothing. But Lleyton's feet make a lot of noise on the court and he is gasping and grunting more than Coria... or at least louder. It just seemed he was putting more effort into it than Coria. But, he didn't play any really long points like Coria played either.

I'd love to see Coria play live (but of course I'd rather see Lleyton). B.Gilbert says he moves like a gazelle. I always thought Lleyton was the fastest and best mover out there, but here's what Agassi said after his 4th rd match:


Q. What about your next opponent, Lleyton?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, well, tonight was certainly a good preparation for him. Two of the fastest guys out there. I mean, I think Coria is probably the fastest guy in the world on the tennis court. But Lleyton's pretty close second there.

It's, you know, going to be another challenge for me to find a way to concentrate well enough to get the job done. You know, I'll have to put together another great match.

Q. Was Chang's speed equal to Coria or have things progressed?

ANDRE AGASSI: No, Coria -- you know, I never had the luxury of playing against some of arguably the fastest people. They say Bjorn was phenomenally fast. It's always different when you watch the pace of the ball, the time people have to get there. But Coria is the fastest, you know, I've ever played against.


I can't wait to see Agassi-Hewitt. :bounce: :yippee:

roberta
03-17-2005, 09:42 PM
this macht won´t be good for my nerves... i´m sure the macht will be great but i will be all the macht sooo :scared: BUT I BELIEVE IN LLEYTON SO...C´MON LLEYTON!!!! :yeah:

Turkeyballs Paco
03-17-2005, 11:02 PM
this macht won´t be good for my nerves... i´m sure the macht will be great but i will be all the macht sooo :scared: BUT I BELIEVE IN LLEYTON SO...C´MON LLEYTON!!!! :yeah:

Yeah, this is gonna be a tough one, I think. Hewitt has lost the last 2 matches he has played ag. Agassi. :eek:

CMON LLEYTON!!!

star
03-18-2005, 01:30 AM
I'd love to see Coria play live (but of course I'd rather see Lleyton). B.Gilbert says he moves like a gazelle. I always thought Lleyton was the fastest and best mover out there



It's different. I mean Coria flies over the court, but I don't know that he is as tactically aware as Lleyton. Lleyton has tremendous court sense. Even Agassi says he hired Cahill because he admired the sort of decisions Lleyton made on the court. I felt that Lleyton was getting to balls through determination and stuborness while I felt that Guille was simply getting to the balls. He's lighter on his feet. Still ... the sight of Lleyton streaking across the court directly for my chair is one I wil remember. Just as I'll remember Guille's racket flashing just a few feet (seemed like inches) in front of my eyes as he lunged wide for a serve.

SomL.
03-18-2005, 09:43 AM
Come on Lleyton Lleyton !!!!!!!! Kick Agassi out ^_^

KaseyL
03-18-2005, 11:19 AM
I don't know what to expect... so I give it a 50/50 :p

perrygreen
03-18-2005, 11:55 AM
Hi, it's my first visit here. Wish Lleyton all the good luck:)!

Yasmine
03-18-2005, 11:56 AM
I don't know what to expect... so I give it a 50/50 :p
not too much risk taking here Ingrid :p :devil:

dagmar7
03-18-2005, 01:44 PM
Goooo Lleyton against Agassi!!! :)

I'm glad it's the afternoon, not the night match.

*crossing fingers*

:bounce:

Socket
03-18-2005, 01:51 PM
Hi, it's my first visit here. Wish Lleyton all the good luck:)!
Welcome and enjoy your stay! :) :wavey:

perrygreen
03-18-2005, 01:53 PM
Welcome and enjoy your stay! :) :wavey:

:) Thanks.

dagmar7
03-18-2005, 02:11 PM
Yeah, welcome to the forum, perrygreen. Happy Posting! :)

jasmine(usa)
03-18-2005, 02:59 PM
Thanks star for Lleyton's match report. He is a fidgety guy.

Good luck to Lleyton against Agassi ! :bounce:

(Finally, one of his matches ESPN will play for us! )I'm happy we're getting the match, too. Good luck to Lleyts today!

star
03-18-2005, 04:24 PM
Hi, it's my first visit here. Wish Lleyton all the good luck:)!

:wavey: Welcome to the Lleyton forum. Hope you become a regular poster. :)

NOMAD
03-18-2005, 07:57 PM
Hi, it's my first visit here. Wish Lleyton all the good luck:)!
:wavey: welcome,perrygreen :D


C'mon Lleyts :bounce:

Thanks a lot for the reports,Christina :worship: The reports are so great to read. :cool:

Sunshine1
03-18-2005, 09:15 PM
Agassi just withdrew due to injury.

Socket
03-18-2005, 09:45 PM
Agassi just withdrew due to injury.
Wow. Well, good luck to Lleyton tomorrow! I think he might want some more match practice, but at least he'll be well-rested. :cool:

thelma
03-18-2005, 09:49 PM
I'm sorry for Andre :hug: but our dear Lleyton is in semis! :bounce:

NOMAD
03-18-2005, 10:07 PM
Agassi withdraws from Pacific Life Open
http://www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050318/BREAKING/50318002/1050
The Desert Sun
March 18, 2005


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INDIAN WELLS – Andre Agassi withdrew from the Pacific Life Open this afternoon, citing a painful and swollen big left toe. Agassi was to face No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinal round match at Indian Wells Tennis Garden at approximately 2 p.m.
“Last night I experienced pain and I thought it was a possible ingrown nail,’’ said Agassi, who last won the pacific Life Open in 2001 and posts a 35-15 career record in the desert with 17 appearances here. “I can’t bend it or move it and have quite a bit of pain when I maneuver it manually.”

Agassi said he felt pain all night, even when his toe rubbed up against the sheets. He propped up his foot on two pillows and said it didn’t relieve any pressure.

“I’m going to go see it it’s possibly a tendon that connects around the joint area or just a capsule of the joint,’’ he said. “All they can say is that kind of quick inflammation and swelling is a result of your body trying to protect something pretty serious. I need to get that done, which I am this afternoon.”

Agassi said when he arose this morning he was shocked at what he saw, but felt no indication of a problem when he went to bed.

“The night before a match, you’re jut trying to get your rest,’’ he said.
“Nothing you can really do about it anyhow. Thry tried to assess it for gout or any sort of infection. I thought maybe then I was bitten by something or it was some sort of infection, but they ruled that out.”

Hewitt, a two-time winner here, who has battled Agassi to 4-4 in head-to-head matches, said he was disappointed because the two have played tough matches in past meeting.

“He is always a good test for me,’’ he said. “I was looking forward to the match because I have been hitting the ball very well out there.
I have to look at the positive side as well, this just put me into another semifinals at Indian Wells.”

Tournament officials indicated that the evening match between Lindsay Davenport and Maria Sharapova would be moved to this afternoon.

Agassi is also expected to address the crowd at Indian Wells Tennis Garden prior to the Davenport-Sharapova match.


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Agassi pulls out of Indian Wells tourney

Associated Press


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Andre Agassi pulled out of his scheduled Friday afternoon match against Lleyton Hewitt because of a sore and swollen toe.

Agassi, 34, had advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pacific Life Open with a hustling 6-4, 6-1 victory over Guillermo Coria two days earlier.

Agassi said he was uncertain what the injury was, but that his left big toe began bothering him Thursday night.

"When I woke up (Friday morning), it was blown up like a balloon, twice the size. I was pretty shocked by what I saw. I can't bend it or move on it," Agassi said, explaining that the soreness was in the knuckle of the toe.

"It's just impossible for me to do anything. This is certainly not the way you want to see any tournament go, for the sake of all those involved. It's disappointing, for sure."

He was uncertain what the problem was, and was scheduled to undergo both X-rays and an MRI. He said he doesn't know when he will be able to play again.

Agassi, a former No. 1 currently ranked No. 9, said he was playing very well now and was looking forward to facing Hewitt, himself a former No. 1 who's ranked third.

"I am disappointed that Andre had to pull out today," Hewitt said. "We have had a lot of good, tough matches in the past. I have to look at the positive side as well. This just put me into another semifinals at Indian Wells."

Socket
03-18-2005, 10:23 PM
You know, when a lot of players say that they're disappointed that their opponent withdrew, I don't believe them. I think they're really just happy to get a walkover into the next round. But Lleyton is so damned competitive that when he says it, I do believe him. I honestly think he'd rather play his best during a match and lose than get a walkover. Maybe he's nuts, but I do think that's his attitude. :D

Murkofan
03-18-2005, 10:33 PM
I think he's just nuts :p

Socket
03-18-2005, 10:36 PM
And that's why I love him. :p

perrygreen
03-19-2005, 02:30 AM
What a pity:(! I seldom have a chance to see Lleyton play:sad:. Anyway, he's through to the semis and hope he will beat whoever in his way to the title.:D

star
03-19-2005, 02:51 AM
That match may have salvaged the day. Otherwise it was pretty poor. That's two successive days of poor play at this tournament :(

I actually walked out of the Davenport/Sharapova mess. ugh. At least Jonas was having a close match in the doubles on Stadium 2. But it was so cold and windy. I'm not going back tonight. I'll just watch it on tv. It's going to be cold and potentially wet. It could get really ugly. I hope they get the men's match in before it starts to rain.

Also tomorrow is dicey with the weather too.

Socket
03-19-2005, 02:58 AM
Too bad, Christina. I was thinking of you when I found out about Agassi withdrawing and then saw the beating Lindsay put on poor Maria. People who wanted to see another barnburner between Lleyton and Andre must have been pretty disappointed.

sprinterluck
03-19-2005, 03:54 AM
Lleyton's in the semis. :bounce:
Agassi would've been a good test for Lleyton to see where he's at right now against an elite player. But good thing he gets to rest up for the semis and I'm expecting him to get through to the final along with Federer. :D

star
03-19-2005, 05:47 AM
Too bad, Christina. I was thinking of you when I found out about Agassi withdrawing and then saw the beating Lindsay put on poor Maria. People who wanted to see another barnburner between Lleyton and Andre must have been pretty disappointed.

I'm pretty happy now. I've opened a bottle of Clos de Bois pinot noir and I'm watching a pretty good match on tv..... so it's nice now.

I'm sort of thinking about how I need to spend tomorrow morning getting ready to leave :)

SomL.
03-19-2005, 09:39 AM
Order of Play

Saturday, March 19, 2005
Stadium start 12 noon
(1)L Davenport (USA) vs K Clijsters (BEL)
Not before 2:00 PM
(1)R Federer (SUI) vs (14)G Canas (ARG)
:devil: (3)A Roddick (USA) :devil: vs :angel: (2)L Hewitt (AUS) :angel:
(1)Knowles/Nestor vs (7)Arthurs/Hanley

:angel: Good luck Lleyton in sami final round :angel: Go Lleyton against Andy :-) :D You can do it ;)

dagmar7
03-19-2005, 02:22 PM
Good luck to Lleyton in the semis.:D

It sounds like Andy Roddick played really well against Moya, so it should be a tough match. Lleyton certainly hasn't expended too much energy to get to this point - I trust that complacency hasn't crept in. ;)

Goooo Ll!! :bounce:

alexito
03-19-2005, 04:08 PM
lleyton win in semi, but lose in final.

perrygreen
03-19-2005, 04:10 PM
No Lleyton's match for me tommorrow:sad: ESPN here shows F1 instead of the match:fiery:. I haven't seen him play since AO:o. Anyway, best luck to Lleyton.:kiss:

star
03-19-2005, 04:15 PM
awww Perry :hug: :hug:

Where do you live?

perrygreen
03-20-2005, 12:13 AM
You are so nice Star :) . I live in Hong Kong and the coverage is absurb :(.

NOMAD
03-20-2005, 02:58 AM
Lleyton is in the final :woohoo:

Natasc
03-20-2005, 03:00 AM
OMG!!

In that third set I was: "Hew will lose. Fight Hew!! FIGHT!!"

men...I change my cap many times thinking: "Which one will give lucky for hewi?"
then..I found the one that match with him
and he WON!! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

HEW!! :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

thelma
03-20-2005, 03:01 AM
yay Lleyton!!! :woohoo:

I'm so happy!!! :dance:

thelma
03-20-2005, 03:03 AM
:worship: :worship: :worship:
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-03-20T010326Z_01_INW13D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-03-20T010112Z_01_INW112D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg
:cool:

Socket
03-20-2005, 03:11 AM
Lleyton is very acrobatic. :)

Based on what Bob Larson said earlier this week (or late last week), I believe that if Lleyton had lost the SF tonight, Andy would have taken over as No. 2. So, congratulations to Lleyton both on his win and his retaining the No. 2 spot. :worship:

NOMAD
03-20-2005, 03:17 AM
Thanks for the pics,Thelma :kiss:


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thelma
03-20-2005, 03:19 AM
Thanks for the pics,Thelma :kiss:


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:worship: :worship: :worship:

SomL.
03-20-2005, 03:33 AM
Well Lleyton !!!!!!!! Good luck Lleyton in Final round !!!!!! I wish,Lleyton wins Federer ^_^ Come on Lleyton : )

Socket
03-20-2005, 03:36 AM
Tara, how did you cap the s/b? I can't figure out how to do it. Thanks.

SomL.
03-20-2005, 03:37 AM
Order of Play

Sunday, March 20, 2005
Stadium start 11.30 a.m.
Men's Singles Final (best of five sets)
:devil: (1)R Federer (SUI) :devil: vs :angel: (2)L Hewitt (AUS) :angel:
followed by
Women's Doubles Final
(1)Ruano Pascual/Suarez vs (2)Petrova/Shaughnessy

NOMAD
03-20-2005, 03:54 AM
Tara, how did you cap the s/b? I can't figure out how to do it. Thanks.

press Ctrl + PrtScr
you can copy the whole screen of your computer
then I paste it at "paintbrush software" and edit the image

:o hope you can understand my explaination

Socket
03-20-2005, 04:00 AM
press Ctrl + PrtScr
you can copy the whole screen of your computer
then I paste it at "paintbrush software" and edit the image

:o hope you can understand my explaination
Yes, I do. Thanks very much. :)

star
03-20-2005, 04:22 AM
Well, you all saw it! It was amazing. Kimmy and Lley won on the same day! :)

Lleyton's match was so tense. I guess you know Jaslyn was there cheering him on. She seems to be around a lot more since the break up. I guess she's a loyal sis.

Honestly, it was very difficult for me. I'm sort of glad Lleyton won because it would have been harder on him to have lost. Andy can be glad that he put up a much better showing against Lleyton than he did the last two times they met. That last tiebreak. Whew!!! :eek: It was back and forth and then almost anti-climatic when Roddick lost it on his own serve.

star
03-20-2005, 04:25 AM
That shirt is much much brighter green live than in those pictures.

Also he wears some strange long undergarment under the shorts.

I love the green and black.

Socket
03-20-2005, 04:29 AM
Christina, I'm glad that you got to see the match live. Even from the s/b, you could tell it was a classic. I hope that ESPN doesn't chop out too much tonight.

I was going to ask you who was in Lleyton's posse at IW. Are his parents here or is it only Jaslyn? Hayden playing hookey from work again?

And what's this about a strange long undergarment under his shorts? I'm pretty sure that he wears bike shorts like a lot of tenns players do. Is it something else?

star
03-20-2005, 04:44 AM
Hayden.... I think that was him.... was there.

not bike shorts :confused: They are loose. White. Almost as long as his shorts but not quite. Very strange.

star
03-20-2005, 04:45 AM
I didn't realize it wasn't shown live. Well, it's great. I hope they don't chop out a lot either.

Socket
03-20-2005, 05:01 AM
Hayden.... I think that was him.... was there.

not bike shorts :confused: They are loose. White. Almost as long as his shorts but not quite. Very strange.
Hayden is the tall guy who bears a faint resemblance to Ben Affleck (some kind of jaw).

Maybe his shorts have dri-liners? I've seen men's shorts with those (although they tend to be pretty close fitting).

Anyway, thanks for the information. Hope you're going to the final tomorrow.

star
03-20-2005, 05:26 AM
Nah. It was a medium sized guy. George Lazenby was sitting next to him. Maybe they were together.

NOMAD
03-20-2005, 05:40 AM
INTERVIEWS
An interview with:


LLEYTON HEWITT

Q. It comes down to the third set breaker, then halfway through you really kind of stepped it up and took it from him. Talk about that, and the match overall.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Any time you play a third-set tiebreaker, it's a lucky door prize a little bit. You have to go out there, try to get off to a pretty good start. We were both able to do that.

I just felt like I dictated play, you know, when I needed to; I hustled when I needed to; I got those extra balls back when I needed to. You know, under the circumstances I played a pretty good tiebreak, I think.

The match as it was, he served extremely well. Had a lot of opportunities to break out there tonight. I think the first four or five early in the third set, he hit aces on every one of them. He really didn't give me too many opportunities on second serves. I don't know what the stats were, but I felt like on most of his second serves, I was, you know, winning the majority of the points out there tonight.

So, you know, I was waiting for my opportunities on the big points, and to his credit he came up with some big serves.

Q. He also talked about your general improvement over all, the last couple years. When you slipped a little bit, you went back and worked on your game. Your forehand, serve and volley are better. Do you feel that way, that you're an improved player from two years ago to now?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I think so. Yeah, I think I'm definitely playing a lot better. I think the game's probably changed. You know, it always changes. You know, I think especially Roger has taken it to a new level. That's the motivation to try to stay up in the top few guys in the world. You know, I felt like with Roger Rasheed and myself, we worked extremely hard, you know, especially probably the end of - what is it now - 2003, I think. Yeah, 2003. I've worked extremely hard to try to get back in 2004. I was able to do that. I had probably as consistent a year as I've ever had last year.

You know, I'm happy with where my game's at right at the moment. Taking the best players to play their best tennis to beat me, I think, nearly every week now. That's all I can really put on the table.

Q. You played well in a lot of big events, reached the finals. How important is it for you to get over the top and get this title?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, it's always nice to win titles. But, yeah, I'd swap it for the Aussie Open (smiling).

Yeah, it's big matches. The guys that I've lost to in the last few finals, obviously Roger has been in most of them, and Marat in the Aussie Open, you know, they've had to play some scary tennis to beat me. If I go out there and put myself on the line every time, then your chances are going to come.

But, you know, I can go out there, in all those matches I've played good tennis. It's not like I've played poorly. It's taken a hell of a player to beat me every time.

Q. Talk about Roger a little more. Last year, played him tough a few times. The last few times, he's gotten you pretty good. What type of tennis are you going to have to bring to the court? Are you going to have to switch up a little bit? Is he going to have to be down a little bit? I'm sure you talked about it with Roger Rasheed a number of times, how you're going to get over Roger Federer if he's playing at his top level.

LLEYTON HEWITT: He's always going to be a tough player to beat. His serve, he sets up the points so well for his game. He gets a high percentage of first serves in and sets it up so he can dictate play with his forehand. He's a great all-court player. He's moving exceptionally well the last year and a half, as well as anyone, I think.

Yeah, you got to try to dictate play as much as possible. Obviously his backhand, you know, is his weaker wing. But then again, that's improved out of sight in the last two years, as well.

I've got to go out there and play my game and try and make him play a lot of balls. But, you know, it's never going to be easy against Rog.

Q. Can you talk about the format, best-of-five, after playing best-of-three the whole way?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's a bit different. Yeah, it's a different from any time I've made the finals here in the past, it's always been best-of-three. I'm not sure why it's changed this year.

Q. There's consistency and there's consistency. Guys like Rogers and Andys of this world, sometime go for a bonehead shot. You never seem to make a bad decision on the tennis court.

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know about that (smiling). Oh, I make a few. Maybe they're just not quite as obvious as those guys'. But, yeah.

Q. Can you talk about Roger's (Rasheed) impact? He seems to be able to think outside the box, has an athletic background.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he does -- he's been awesome not only with me on-court, but off-court thinking, as well, for me. Physically, you know, we come both from an Australian Rules football background. That's a lot more of the training we do rather than, you know, tennis training - or the typical tennis training, I guess, which I prefer a lot more. I think it suits me a lot more.

But mindset-wise he's put a lot of hours into watching a lot of the game I think over the last year and a half. He knows it as well as anyone.

Q. You played Pete Sampras here in some big matches. You prevailed. What are the similarities in the game between Pete and Roger that you see?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, they're both awesome athletes, I think both of them. You know, both got great serves. Pete was probably a little bit bigger serve. But Roger's is more placement for his game. Different kind of forehands from the back of the court. Roger's has got a lot more spin, probably a lot heavier, whereas Pete's is a more flat kind of forehand. Slice backhand, match and match. Topspin backhand, I'd probably give the edge to Federer. But both great movers around the court. I think both of them didn't get enough credit for their movement.

Q. Andy thinks that he has improved even since Australia. You played him in the semis. Could you see that tonight? Were there obvious improvements he made?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know, for three sets in Australia, he played pretty well. It was only in the fourth set that he sort of fell away a bit. Up till then, he served big. Couple of tiebreaks in the second and third set that, you know, he was going for ridiculous second serves. You know, I was just playing the percentages once again, waiting for it to fall off.

Here tonight, yeah, he definitely served his first serve a lot better. But, then again, yeah, it's hard to say because his strength is still his serve and his big forehand. But then again, he didn't break my serve once. He broke it once for the whole match, for three long sets. Depends which area you're pinpointing.

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perrygreen
03-20-2005, 05:41 AM
Congratualations to Lleyton!:worship: What a close match Wow:eek: Good luck and put up a good fight against Federer!

NOMAD
03-20-2005, 05:43 AM
INTERVIEWS
An interview with:


ANDY RODDICK

Q. How does it feel, you battle all the way two and a half hours, 3-All in the breaker?

ANDY RODDICK: I'm disappointed, but I'm not upset because I feel like I played a really good match, and I really kind of switched up the strategy and I feel like I applied my game plan pretty well. And I think it took -- I know it took the best of Lleyton tonight.

You know, this is a lot better than I've played against him before, you know, with the exception of when I beat him at Queen's. I hit the shots I wanted to hit. You know, I just made him come up with the good stuff.

Q. Would you say the third set tiebreaker, he kind of took it at the end, or are there a couple things you thought you should have done?

ANDY RODDICK: I should have hit the last backhand pass about that much more to the right. I should have -- I hit a forehand about as well as I could have at 4-5, and he somehow got it back. I mean, I don't know if I could have hit that shot better. I pulled the trigger and I hit it exactly how I wanted to.

You know, in Australia, I put a lot of the blame on myself - deservedly so. But here I think you have to give credit where credit's due.

Q. Is there anyone in your experience on the tour who so relentlessly doesn't make a mistake in shot selection, makes you work?

ANDY RODDICK: There's guys who are consistent, but then there's guys who are consistent when running across the court as fast as they shot tracking down a ball that you've hit as hard as you can, putting it back in play in an effective position.

You know, as far as people rallying cross-court, there are a lot of guys who can do it all day, but they're not as quick as him and they don't play defense like he does.

Q. You talked about changing up your strategy. What specifically did you do out there?

ANDY RODDICK: I was playing patterns a lot better. You know, I stuck in points a little longer. I thought I was coming to the net. With the exception of the first set, I was very successful doing that. But I kept to it and I tried to really stick to it. You know, I mixed up my serve a little bit better, not just going for the huge one every time.

I can take a lot of positives out of this. Obviously, it's a loss and it's terrible, but I feel a lot better about this one than I do some others because I feel like I actually played pretty well.

Q. How tough is it to know exactly when to come into the net because he passes so well? Seems like he's baiting you sometimes to come in.

ANDY RODDICK: These are the things that make him, you know, one of the best players. I mean, the guy's, he's been No. 1 for a reason. It's tough. When you do go in, you have to make sure your approach shot has something on it. You basically have to hit every shot that much better against him. You know, that's his game and that's what makes him tough.

Q. When you look back on this match, if there's anything you could change about the way you played it, what would that be?

ANDY RODDICK: The way I played it? You know, like I said, I felt like I played pretty well. It's just a matter of, you know, I think the thing I'd change is the result, you know. I think I could have made maybe a couple more first serves in the tiebreaker, in the first set especially. But, you know, as far as anything else goes, you know, I had a strategy and I applied it. You know, I really feel like there was a lot of progress made from two months ago in Australia.

Q. Were you hitting the ball even harder tonight than you normally do?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. I don't know. I'm not sure. I mean, I felt like I was getting pretty good pace on the ball. But I didn't feel like I was just going for broke, if that's what you're asking.

Q. You've talked about this as being a non-rivalry before. He got you good in Masters Cup, outlasted you in Australia. Do you feel like you're going to turn it into a real rivalry or do you think he's still maybe a half a step above you?

ANDY RODDICK: No, there wasn't a lot between us tonight. You know, like I said, this is as good as I've pushed him, except when I beat him.

Q. You seem like you left a lot on the court tonight. Can you imagine Lleyton having enough to contend with Roger tomorrow?

ANDY RODDICK: He'll have enough. But the thing is, will he have enough to beat Roger?

You know, the schedule, it was interesting, you know, giving us days off and then putting us on two nights, then having us play three-out-of-five at 11:30 on Sunday. I might question that or I'd like to hear what went on in the scheduling room.

But it's just the way it goes. If anybody can handle it, it's Lleyton.

Q. You mentioned a lot of positives you're taking away from this tournament. What are some of them?

ANDY RODDICK: I just feel like, you know, I kind of found my game this tournament. I played some really good stuff. You know, even tonight I played pretty well. Got through my first round not with my best stuff, still found a way to get through, closed that one out. You know, I feel like, you know, a lot of parts of my game came together this week. I was approaching the net pretty well. For the most part, I volleyed great last night, kind of used it effectively as well.

Q. Does he have enough to push Roger or does Roger have to play only 85%? Does Lleyton have enough weapons to get over on Roger at this point?

ANDY RODDICK: I mean, he hasn't recently. I feel like, you know, obviously that's a little bit of a rougher match-up just because of what Roger can do with the ball, the spins and the placement and stuff. You know, that's something he does extremely well.

But, I mean, you can't count Lleyton out. You know, I mean, right now obviously Roger's the best player in the world. There's good reason for that.

Q. Could the best-of-five sets tomorrow benefit Lleyton?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't really think so, I mean, after tonight. I mean, we battled for a good two and a half hours. That's another thing that's questionable, playing two sets the whole way, then three out of five, you know, all of a sudden. I mean, if you start a tournament, you kind of want to play under the same pretenses and circumstances the whole way.

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thelma
03-20-2005, 05:53 AM
Thanks for the interview, Tara! :kiss:

http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=tennis-m/news/BCN3807446.htm

Federer, Hewitt to meet in Pac Life final

Indian Wells, CA (Sports Network) - Defending champion and top-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland and second-seeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt scored semifinal wins Saturday to advance to the final of the Pacific Life Open.

Hewitt needed more than 2 1/2 hours and battled through three tiebreakers to beat third-seeded American Andy Roddick 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4).

Both players converted just one break point in the match and Hewitt won despite Roddick's 25 aces.

Hewitt, who advanced to the semis after American Andre Agassi pulled out of their quarterfinal match with an injured left big toe, improved to 22-4 lifetime at Indian Wells. He won back-to-back titles here in 2002 and 2003.

The world No. 1 Federer needed just 72 minutes for a 6-3, 6-1 victory over 14th-seeded Guillermo Canas of Argentina. He fired seven aces and converted five of his 11 break points, while Canas managed just two aces and one break.

Federer also won the only previous meeting between the players, taking a straight-set decision against Canas in Toronto three years ago.

Federer will be seeking his 26th career title and fourth this season when he and Hewitt meet for the five-set final on Sunday.

Hewitt has lost six straight decisions to Federer, including a defeat in last year's U.S. Open final. Federer has won eight of their previous 15 meetings.

03/19 22:41:30 ET

Good luck, Lleyton! :bounce:

Gaga
03-20-2005, 07:20 PM
good luck lleyton !!

Gaga
03-20-2005, 08:27 PM
6-2 1-1 for roger ! :(

kim-fan
03-20-2005, 09:35 PM
lleyton :hug:
it's been a good tournament
one day you will kick his ass!

JeNn
03-20-2005, 09:41 PM
Roger is just a horrible, horrible match up for Lleyt

Nice tourney anway boy :D

<em>
03-20-2005, 09:58 PM
ooooh lleyton :hug:
well since i was in a win-win situation someone i like won!
but it would have been great to c lleyton win!!! he deserves another win!!! so i'll defenitly cheer again for him for his next tournament!!!! goooooooo lleyton!!
what will be his next tournament btw??

Socket
03-20-2005, 10:29 PM
Lleyton just never got into that match. I don't know what strategy he could use that would work against Roger. I just hope that he doesn't get too discouraged by these losses. Great tournament, though, that match against Roddick was a classic. I guess the good thing is that Federer is pushing Lleyton to constantly improve his game. Hope his toe is OK for Miami. I'd love to see him go deep in Miami, he usually doesn't play well there, for some reason.

PaulieM
03-21-2005, 02:01 AM
congratulations lleyton on a great match against andy and a great effort all week :bigclap:

Socket
03-21-2005, 04:40 AM
The tennisreporters<dot>net site reports that Lleyton is now "questionable" for Miami due to his toe injuries (on both feet, apparently). :sad:

NOMAD
03-21-2005, 04:43 AM
The tennisreporters<dot>net site reports that Lleyton is now "questionable" for Miami due to his toe injuries (on both feet, apparently). :sad:

oh..no... :sad: :sad: :sad: :mad:

jeanie_sin
03-21-2005, 04:58 AM
The tennisreporters<dot>net site reports that Lleyton is now "questionable" for Miami due to his toe injuries (on both feet, apparently). :sad:

hi!

he stubbed his left foot in the match against roddick, and his right foot today against roger

Lisbeth
03-21-2005, 05:07 AM
:eek: what is it with this surface and toes? Agassi damaged his somehow as well.

Get well soon Lleyton!

scythe19pro
03-21-2005, 06:25 AM
At least one good thing came out of this tournament: LL is still no. 2. I hope he'll be fit for Miami. Andy won't be able to defend his title. He'll lose in SF (to LL or Fed). If Safin reaches F and Andy loses in SF, Andy will slip to 4th. Safin has almost nothing to defend (R64). LL has R32. Good luck LL!

Yasmine
03-21-2005, 09:04 AM
The tennisreporters<dot>net site reports that Lleyton is now "questionable" for Miami due to his toe injuries (on both feet, apparently). :sad:
please get well soon lleyton! had enough of players being out for injury :eek:

star
03-21-2005, 10:19 AM
:eek: what is it with this surface and toes? Agassi damaged his somehow as well.

Get well soon Lleyton!

The surface is very grippy. I talked to some players who have played on the stadium court and they say the surface has a lot of sand/grit in it. But players do slide on it..... sometimes they slide and fall down as I've seen, but the guys who played on it don't understand how a player can slide on the court at all.

So, my theory is that they do slide, but they catch their toes/toe abruptly when they so so causing damage.... minor or major.

Truc
03-21-2005, 12:12 PM
Do you know a website where I could see the great rallye everybody is speaking about?
I already asked this question in the "General Messages", but I got no answer, so I thought maybe you already posted a link here in the LLL. I'd love to see this point.

Socket
03-21-2005, 01:59 PM
I don't want to start rumors, but gsm posted a note in GM that he heard on the Adelaide news that Lleyton might take time off to have surgery on his feet. But I have to wonder how he made that decision so quickly and without consulting several doctors. Maybe it's just a minor procedure to remove ingrown toenails or something. Anybody hear anything?

Murkofan
03-21-2005, 03:09 PM
Probably more warts :p

Turkeyballs Paco
03-21-2005, 03:39 PM
Wow, sorry to hear there's an injury or maybe surgery for Lleyton now. Hope he's back soon.

I felt really bad for him watching him play Federer yesterday. Looks like he needs to take more chances or try to do something differently for that match-up next time.

I loved that little boxing thing he did after he beat Andy, looked like he was looking at his group and air-boxing or something. It was cute.

Socket
03-21-2005, 04:09 PM
Wow, sorry to hear there's an injury or maybe surgery for Lleyton now. Hope he's back soon.

I felt really bad for him watching him play Federer yesterday. Looks like he needs to take more chances or try to do something differently for that match-up next time.

I loved that little boxing thing he did after he beat Andy, looked like he was looking at his group and air-boxing or something. It was cute.
Well, so far, other than gsm's comment, I haven't read anything to the effect that he does plan on getting surgery. But since he has so few points to defend at Miami, I won't be surprised if he withdraws.

I think that everyone's recommended game plan for Lleyton against Roger is to have Lleyton play short points and take a lot of aggressive chances, but that's so counter-intuitive to Lleyton. He almost never plays that kind of game, so changing his game so drastically for Roger is very, very difficult. He's far out of his comfort zone that way, and Roger's playing at such a great level right now that all the cards are stacked against Lleyton. I confess that I have absolutely idea what would work for Lleyton against Roger. The only winning strategy seems to be Marat's heavyweight punching, but that's not something Lleyton can do.

I did notice the air-boxing thing he did at the end of the Roddick match. It was hysterical. That match is going to be one of my all-time favorites, both players were playing great tennis.

<em>
03-21-2005, 04:13 PM
:eek: lleyton! take care of your feeth please an quicly! ;)

star
03-21-2005, 07:23 PM
I think Roddick and Safin match up better against Roger than Lleyton does.

I once read and I think it sums up the game very well, is that the goal of a tennis player is to put his opponent in a state of emergency. Lleyton put Safin and Roddick in that state of emergency with his shot making and agility. It's hard for him to get Federer out of position as he does with Safin and Roddick. Whereas Safin and Roddick can get Federer off balance sometimes with their power.

Federer didn't even really take the match seriously. He was just playing around out there.

I noticed that while Jaslyn was on the edge of her seat in the Roddick match, during the Federer match she was relaxing with her feet up on the low wall in front of her working on the tan on her legs. Maybe she was just warmer. ;)

avocadoe
03-21-2005, 07:30 PM
I disagree about Roger not taking the match seriously. When not specifically challenged he goes to the internal sphere of trying to do everything right, and gets frsutrated when he can't always. He was asked in interview and he spoke about how he had to chance things up when he saw Hewitt was not okay, and when he starting coming on at 4-1 in the third, he felt anxious because he thought here he comes, and sure enough it got more complicated. The rest of what you said about matchups is spot on.

I think Roger enjoyed the vvv long point that ended up with Lleyton sprawled and winner of the point. He was playful and light hearted about that.

star
03-21-2005, 07:32 PM
I was surprised that nobody on MTF was raving about the fabulous point Roger and Lleyton played that had both of them running all over the court and both winded afterward. The crowd was out of its mind during and after the point. It's hard to bring the Indian Wells crowd to it's feet, but that point did it. Just amazing.

star
03-21-2005, 07:35 PM
Roger was on cruise control during the entire match.

He was just being polite in his interview.

Yeah, Roger and Lleyton both enjoyed that point. It was probably a lot of fun for Roger. :D

sprinterluck
03-21-2005, 07:46 PM
I saw the match on TV and have to agree with you there that Federer was on cruise control.

It just looked too easy and at some point in the third set Federer's level seemed to drop perhaps because he was getting bored just cruising.

I don't know if Lleyton can win against Federer now. The longer he goes winless against Federer, the harder it's gonna be. He'll need to catch Federer on a really off day.

It's such a helpless feeling watching Lleyton play Federer. He just doesn't match up well to his style. Safin and Ljubicic have the game to trouble Federer, but Lleyton's defensive style isn't doing it right now. Safin in particular has the power and accuracy to sometimes get Federer out of position and on the run.

Murkofan
03-21-2005, 08:39 PM
Being aggressive is just going to have to become second nature to Ll--that, or being content to come up short every time he plays PN.

I agree that Federer was cruising. I think he probably did want to do the little things right, but he was never going to be in any trouble, and he knew it. The closest comparison I have for Ll is when he plays Henman :p Like taking candy from a baby :p

Socket
03-21-2005, 09:20 PM
Federer actually made a fairly large number of UEs (for him) for him to be on cruise control. And his first serve percentage was down. But he was superb when he needed to be, such as when saving BPs, and there was just too much for Lleyton to overcome, including what had to be a tiring match against Roddick.

BTW, to return to something more cheerful, I read somewhere that Lleyton had more forehand winners than Roddick did in their SF, which is pretty incredible, considering that Andy's FH is his most important weapon after his serve.

Chesty Larue
03-21-2005, 10:33 PM
I was surprised that nobody on MTF was raving about the fabulous point Roger and Lleyton played that had both of them running all over the court and both winded afterward. The crowd was out of its mind during and after the point. It's hard to bring the Indian Wells crowd to it's feet, but that point did it. Just amazing.

That point was completely insane! :eek: :worship: Commentators were calling it best point of the year..I agree :D

star
03-22-2005, 03:08 AM
Federer actually made a fairly large number of UEs (for him) for him to be on cruise control. And his first serve percentage was down. But he was superb when he needed to be, such as when saving BPs, and there was just too much for Lleyton to overcome, including what had to be a tiring match against Roddick.

BTW, to return to something more cheerful, I read somewhere that Lleyton had more forehand winners than Roddick did in their SF, which is pretty incredible, considering that Andy's FH is his most important weapon after his serve.

Those crazy ues are one of the reasons I think he wasn't really putting heart and soul into the match.

Lleyton's forehand was cracking against Roddick.

Something I've been thinking about: Do you like to see a thrilling close competitive matches even when the tennis might not be the best, or do you prefer to see one player with beautiful tennis but a one-sided score.

Is the competition in tennis the important thing to you, or can you just admire the tennis without really caring which person wins, and is the latter state, one that should be aspirational?

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 03:19 AM
I vote "thrilling" but I can't help admiring the sheer beauty of Federer's game when he's on ;)

As for the Roddick-Hewitt match up, I think there are two things: 1. power isn't everything which people forget. In fact, any power player should dread Lleyton because he can return, which is usually a complete shock to the power player; and 2. Lleyton really is tactically excellent. He shouldn't win tie breaks against power players (the margin of error being lower in a tie break) but he consistently does because he's clever and consistent about it.

Yoga might not be such a bad idea as part of a broader plan - fitness, flexibility and mellowness are all things Roddick could improve on. Though I am getting a bizarre picture of Ll's face if someone "saluted the sun" during a match against him :lol:

Socket
03-22-2005, 03:20 AM
Those crazy ues are one of the reasons I think he wasn't really putting heart and soul into the match.

Lleyton's forehand was cracking against Roddick.

Something I've been thinking about: Do you like to see a thrilling close competitive matches even when the tennis might not be the best, or do you prefer to see one player with beautiful tennis but a one-sided score.

Is the competition in tennis the important thing to you, or can you just admire the tennis without really caring which person wins, and is the latter state, one that should be aspirational?
For me, the former, in both cases. Lleyton is the only player I enjoy watching clobbering somebody, because he's My Boy. :worship: Otherwise, I think the one-sided matches are like watching a practice session or a how-to-play-tennis video. All power to those who like that, but I don't.

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 03:22 AM
I think Roddick and Safin match up better against Roger than Lleyton does.

I agree in theory but the head to heads don't really reflect that. (IIRC, Safin at this year's AO being the only major victory either has had over him in the last year and a bit). Still, a good reason for Lleyton to work on staying at #2 in case of SF upset in the other half ;) :lol:

Socket
03-22-2005, 03:30 AM
I agree in theory but the head to heads don't really reflect that. (IIRC, Safin at this year's AO being the only major victory either has had over him in the last year and a bit). Still, a good reason for Lleyton to work on staying at #2 in case of SF upset in the other half ;) :lol:
On paper, Lleyton matches up poorly against a lot of players that he's beaten on a consistent basis. Just goes to show how important those infamous "intangibles" are in real-life competition. And, on paper, Safin should have Federer's match record and slam trophies, but that hasn't happened, either.

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 03:34 AM
I enjoy watching Ll lay the smackdown, and I generally watch PN whenever he's playing just 'cause his game is so pretty. And 9.75 times out of 10, he's laying the smackdown :p

But other than that, I like tight matches.

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 03:37 AM
Very true, Safin is the great example of how psychology can trump raw talent.

Socket
03-22-2005, 03:37 AM
Actually, now that I think about it, I used to watch Martina Hingis every chance I got, because I enjoyed the beauty of her unique game so much, especially how well she constructed points and achieved perfect angles at just the right time. As long as I never had to listen to her speak or read her interviews, she was one of my favorite female players.

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 03:40 AM
Oh, but Martina had the funniest interviews this side of Deux's :haha: :rolls:

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 03:42 AM
I also loved Hingis's game. Pity she tried to match the power girls actually, I think it spoiled her natural game to some extent. Probably the best doubles player ever. As for some of her comments, well :unsure: but I guess I would have said some dumb things too if I'd had to give interviews in Czech at age 15 ;)

Actually, Marlene, I could probably reach Marly's ridiculous total of posts just by going through all yours and replying "true" :)

Socket
03-22-2005, 03:43 AM
I also loved Hingis's game. Pity she tried to match the power girls actually, I think it spoiled her natural game to some extent. Probably the best doubles player ever. As for some of her comments, well :unsure: but I guess I would have said some dumb things too if I'd had to give interviews in Czech at age 15 ;)

Actually, Marlene, I could probably reach Marly's ridiculous total of posts just by going through all yours and replying "true" :)
Thank you. :kiss: :hug:

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 03:44 AM
Amelie might possible disagree, Marly ;) Then again, at least Melanie wasn't holding press conferences to announce all the evil lesbians were trying to corrupt her pweshus liddle girl. In fact, come to think of it, she named her after one.

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 03:45 AM
Would anyone reply "true" to my posts? :D

Didn't think so :p

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 03:47 AM
Amelie might possible disagree, Marly ;)

Blah, Amelie, don't care about her :p And I never said that Hingis was also nice, just that her interviews were hilarious :p

Then again, at least Melanie wasn't holding press conferences to announce all the evil lesbians were trying to corrupt her pweshus liddle girl. In fact, come to think of it, she named her after one.

Yes. And Melanie had that awesome poodle 'do :p That I've just now realized Oracene has modelled her hair after! :D :p

star
03-22-2005, 03:48 AM
:lol: at the "true" part. :)

I love Martina. On and off the court. I could probably love Federer too if he was as funny and mischievous as Martina. :)

Ok.. Here's the break down I was looking for. He's got an angle of 105... I know the picutre makes it look as if his shorts are hindering his stride, but take a look... I thought this whole thing was very interesting, and I'd like to see a similar kind of analysis of Lleyton and of Federer.

http://www.somaxsports.com/RoddickServe.htm

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 03:53 AM
Ack. Roddick's service motion has always kind of freaked me out, but seeing still photos of it like that is just :eek: :tape:

star
03-22-2005, 03:59 AM
It's a great service motion. The wave of the future. Some coaches aren't even teaching the traditional behind the head motion anymore.

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 04:00 AM
The future and its coaches are welcome to it :p Still freaks me out :p

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 04:05 AM
It's certainly an effective service style. I would like to reserve judgment on whether it's a great one until I see how long the careers last of the gentlemen currently using it.

I would worry about teaching it to children until the relative injury risk can be assessed (and btw I hope it doesn't cause more injury but it does look like it could).

star
03-22-2005, 04:06 AM
It just freaks you out because of the way Andy looks when he does it. When Gael Monfils does it, it doesn't look so freaky. Andy gets his butt stuck way way out there... Maybe that helps him get the bend in his back or something.

Lisbeth
03-22-2005, 04:24 AM
Monfils freaks me out too ;) But I admit the butt thing is really strange :lol: Still, he seems to know what he's doing!

Murkofan
03-22-2005, 08:28 PM
I haven't seen Monfils play yet. :rolls: @ "Andy gets his butt stuck way out there."

cindygermanier
03-24-2005, 06:40 PM
45 were needed cut and 1 minute to finish points between hewitt- federer
vidéo : http://s37.yousendit.com/complete.aspx (click on here)