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Hrbaty's attack on Roma, Go Dommy!

DeccyB123
05-01-2005, 07:31 AM
Good Luck in Rome Dommy! :bounce:

First up Mello! :devil:

DeccyB123
05-01-2005, 07:39 AM
Hrbaty's quarter of the draw:

Tim Henman (4) v Gustavo Kuerten
Nicolas Massu v Qualifier
Ricardo Mello v Dominik Hrbaty :)
Qualifier v Tommy Robredo (13)
Ivan Ljubicic (12) v Olivier Rochus
Kenneth Carlsen v Sebastien Grosjean
Qualifier v Paradorn Srichaphan
Alessio Di Mauro (WC) v Andre Agassi (6)

Biggest threat???

jole
05-01-2005, 01:04 PM
Mello isn't a bad first round at all. Ricardo certainly hasn't been winning a ton of matches of late, plus clay is not his best surface. Neither is it for Dominik, but he still knows what to do on it. :) Good luck!

jole
05-01-2005, 01:06 PM
Oh and I'd say Robredo and Rochus on clay are definitely his biggest threats. Massu and Kuerten are not playing their best lately at all, but Henman could be trouble as well. On any surface Dominik does not fare too well against serve and volleyers.

me_luv_Dommy
05-01-2005, 03:22 PM
Thanks heaps DeccyB123 for the draw ^^ Yup yup, Robredo and Henman are scary. Anyway, I hope Dommy could go through this with his big serves. The best of luck to him!!!

DeccyB123
05-02-2005, 01:38 PM
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) def. Ricardo Mello (BRA): 6-4 6-3 :woohoo:

Well done Dommy! :clap2:

jole
05-02-2005, 02:12 PM
Yay. Great to see him winning routinely over people he should beat. :)

DeccyB123
05-02-2005, 10:37 PM
David Ferrer/Dominik Hrbaty (ESP/SVK) vs Mariano Hood/Julian Knowle (ARG/AUT)

He's teaming up with an old enemy :eek:

jole
05-03-2005, 01:36 AM
I saw that! Ferrer really annoys me, but I wish them luck!

I♥PsY@Mus!c
05-03-2005, 10:30 AM
Go Dommy, :rocker2: I want to see you will play against Tommy in the next round. :D

jole
05-03-2005, 04:23 PM
Well, Benneteau d. Robredo 6-1 6-0, so Dominik will face Julien next. Strange result, but I guess Julien was playing well and Tommy was tired. Dominik is 3-0 vs. Benneteau and has beat him badly each time, including on clay in Casablanca last year. Hopefully he can make it 4-0.

jole
05-03-2005, 04:24 PM
David Ferrer/Dominik Hrbaty (ESP/SVK) d. Mariano Hood/Julian Knowle (ARG/AUT) 62 76 (3) also, so great news there!

DeccyB123
05-03-2005, 10:42 PM
Robredo and Rochus are both gone :bounce:

That leaves the door open for hrbaty :bounce:

jole
05-04-2005, 03:28 AM
Yea, some nice chances for sure. Henman and Ljubicic both worry me, despite clay not being their surface. Will be very interesting to see what happens. Massu is also somewhere in the draw, and he is dangerous on clay if he is feeling healthy.

me_luv_Dommy
05-04-2005, 11:07 AM
Sorry guys for being away. Staying in dorm for three days without internet suck. Now I've just realized that I missed so many stuff about Dommy. Anyway, good luck to Dommy against Julien. His draw is very nice now ^^ Well, I'm so surprised to see Dommy team up with Ferrer, I thought they were enemies. In fact, I don't like Ferrer that much. Whatever, good luck to them. Goooooo.....Dommy! :)

DeccyB123
05-04-2005, 12:59 PM
Hrbaty (SVK) def. Benneteau (FRA): 7-6(4) 6-0

Great Second Set! :yeah:

me_luv_Dommy
05-04-2005, 04:29 PM
Wow!!! I'm so happy!! Thanks Deccy for the updates :D Next is Henman. I can't imagine Dommy plays against Henman on clay.... Anyway, keep on movin Dommy!!! The best of luck ^^

me_luv_Dommy
05-04-2005, 05:12 PM
Dommy and Ferrer just beat Arthurs and Hanley, 7-5, 6-4. So cool! Okie, they're now very good friends ^^

I♥PsY@Mus!c
05-04-2005, 06:54 PM
6-0? :eek: Too many bagel these day. And Tommy... :o
Congrats to him and good luck to him against Henman. :D

jole
05-04-2005, 09:16 PM
Some great wins! Henman is a real step above the people he has faced before though. Great to see the second round doubles win as Arthurs/Hanley is a very difficult doubles team.

jole
05-05-2005, 03:07 PM
Hrbaty d. Henman 6-3 3-6 6-3!!!! This is a huge result for him, because he normally does really quite bad against Henman. He could have even won more easily in 2 sets, but he sort of messed around in the second.

Next is Agassi who took out Ljubicic, but I think I would rather he face Agassi than Ivan. Hopefully Dominik can repeat his 2000 Roma thrashing of Agassi.

me_luv_Dommy
05-05-2005, 03:10 PM
You're right, Joel! I hope so too ^^ Goooo.... Dommy! You have nothing to lose against Agassi, just do your best! Good luck :)

jole
05-05-2005, 04:39 PM
Here is an interview from 2000 Roma when Dominik beat Agassi.

2000 FORO ITALICO

ROME, ITALY

May 11, 2000

D. HRBATY/ A. Agassi
6-4, 6-4

An interview with:

DOMINIK HRBATY

Q. First of all, very well done. Just thinking back to last year at Roland Garros, how close did you believe then that you were to beating Agassi in the semifinal? When did you think it switched for you?

DOMINIK HRBATY: On Friday, I was really close. I think he was little bit physically down on Friday, so I had a big chance that day and I was starting to believing after the third set I won that I could go and I could beat him in five. But then we stop because of the rain and next day I had a few chances, but he was playing well and was little bit different because he was so fresh and he had sleep for a few hours. He had a rest from tennis for a few hours, so it was little bit of different story. On Saturday I was thinking little bit I could beat him, but it was tough. Like I said, he was more relaxed and not tired like on Friday.

Q. Today, I mean, did you feel you had the chance to beat him? What happened this year, you developed this new strategy against him?

DOMINIK HRBATY: There was no new strategy. Everything was the same like last year, just I played a bit better than I did last year against him. So that's the difference.

Q. What is it about his game that you like so much? You play always well when you meet.

DOMINIK HRBATY: It's tough to say because I don't think this question can anybody answer because you have some players that you like to play and you have some players you don't like to play. Everybody on the Tour has these players, and I think everybody has the players who likes and who don't like. And Andre is one of the players I like to play against him because he's playing the style, it fits in my hand. And it's like Yevgeny, I don't have to think too much and I knew quite well where he is going to play. So I don't know to answer this question, but it's like that. Maybe that's why I beat him.

Q. If you have to think about a player that you don't like to play against, because, I mean, Kafelnikov, you like; Agassi, you like; Sampras, you were close to beating. (Laughter.) Who don't you like?

DOMINIK HRBATY: My coach. No, there are some players that I don't like playing, but I don't tell. (Laughter.)

Q. Pioline?

DOMINIK HRBATY: Pioline, I play only once with him and it was very close. Maybe next time I beat him.

Q. What about Corretja or Santoro?

DOMINIK HRBATY: Corretja, Corretja I beat two times and I did not two or three times, so it depends on the day when we're playing who's playing better. So it's quite different. But Santoro, he's gave me not so good. I mean, I don't see anybody likes to play against him because he's playing two hands and he's like playing like musketeer, so he's strange game and nobody is playing like him in the Tour, so he has a very good hand and he's running very well, so it's tough. But we had really nice matches with Fabrice also, last time in Indian Wells, three hours, 6-4 in the third set. And before I think I won once, 7-6 in the third set, and I lost again once in Marseille. So we had nice games. It's tough to play well against Fabrice.

Q. How well do you think your form compared today with that in Monte Carlo, and how are the conditions on the court? Is there much difference?

DOMINIK HRBATY: Yeah, this court is little bit faster and also today we hit some rockets on the court, so the game was going to be faster. Yeah, today it's tough to compare, because today I played really well and I was just feeling the ball so well and I did not think too much about the game because Marian was telling me every changeover what the score of the ice hockey game we play in World Championships. So, I mean, I was happy that our guys won and I was fighting also for them and I was fighting on the court. I was just feeling so great, so good, and I play the great tennis today. So I don't think there is any mistake I made.

Q. When is it that you thought you might win today?

DOMINIK HRBATY: Maybe after one ball we hit in the first set really strong early, and then I start to smile, and when I start to smile on court, that means that I am relaxed and I start to play well. So when I realized I am relaxed and I am not shaking and I don't want to beat so badly, I just wanted to play nice tennis and give something good for the people. That's all I wanted to play and that's why maybe I was so relaxed. I know that's why I played well today. Sometimes if you are concentrating so much, then it's not good because you are like very stiff and you can't hit the ball. So sometimes only to smile and play for other people. That's why we are there and that's what I did today.

Q. After Monte Carlo, did you have a chance to go back to Slovakia? Did you meet, in your case, your friend, the prime minister, did you run any marathon with him?

DOMINIK HRBATY: No, I didn't run, but, you know, was funny because the people know that I do tell stories, and they are saying that, I mean, that they were happy that, you know, I said these stories. And I can say it today that I meet some friends from the ice hockey and they are playing World Championships in ice hockey. I'm a big fan of sport, any sport, and especially the Slovak guys there. So today I was -- like I said, my coach was telling me every changeover, 3-1, 3-1, 4-1, we won it. I was so excited. And I'm big fan of sports, any sports.

Q. What was the score?

DOMINIK HRBATY: 4-1, Slovakia win. It was a big game, the U.S. were the first in the group and they were really tough.

Q. When you played Andre in the past, your two games, you've had to come back from well behind, 1-6 the first time you played, and then two sets down. When you won the first set today, did you become more determined not to let any slips, to let's go from here?

DOMINIK HRBATY: Today I played well from the beginning. My coach told me that I have to start 100 percent because Andre is going to start 100 percent. So I didn't want to let him go like the few matches before that I always lost the first set or I lost two sets. I was fighting in the first set, then when I start to play well, then I just wanted to hold the serve and try to break him and it work out. So I played -- I think the first set was very important that I won, and I think then I played well. Wait, I have to tell them one more story. In Key Biscayne, when I was playing Andre, I won the third time, Juan Carlos, which he was watching the match. After the match he came to me and said "Hey, man, I thought that ping-pong is really fast game, but I don't now."

khyber
05-05-2005, 06:50 PM
Color me suprised guys. I thought Tim had been playing well in the previous matches. I only saw a little of the Andre match, but he looked good, I wouldn't put too much faith in a five year old match.

DeccyB123
05-05-2005, 10:42 PM
Hrbaty d. Henman 6-3 3-6 6-3!!!! This is a huge result for him, because he normally does really quite bad against Henman. He could have even won more easily in 2 sets, but he sort of messed around in the second.

Next is Agassi who took out Ljubicic, but I think I would rather he face Agassi than Ivan. Hopefully Dominik can repeat his 2000 Roma thrashing of Agassi.
:yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

me_luv_Dommy
05-06-2005, 04:00 AM
I hope I could watch Dommy VS. Agassi match today ^^ Still have faith in Dommy :)

DeccyB123
05-06-2005, 03:15 PM
Agassi (USA) def. Hrbaty (SVK): 6-3 6-3 :sad:

Good tourny though :yeah:

I woud have got to watch this match but they played the rugby instead :rolleyes:

jole
05-06-2005, 06:26 PM
Yea, it's a bit disappointing, but I am really pleased overall though. He had been slipping on clay lately, but this is huge for his rankings.

me_luv_Dommy
05-06-2005, 07:42 PM
Yup yup, I think he just did great enough ^^ I got to watch the match and I'm so happy to see Dommy could hit many rallies with Agassi although he always was the first who make unforced errors. 49 errors!!! That's too many to play Agassi :sad: However, there were still some nice shots. What was sad was that he was struggling with his serves, although he could break Agassi many times. . But, well, he tried his best and Agassi was too good. So, there's nothing to be regreted. I'm still proud of Dommy ^^ :worship:

By the way, I think Dommy in pink shirt is really cute ;) But the vents at the back of the first shirt is :mad: Who could do this to my Dommy :(

khyber
05-06-2005, 08:51 PM
By the way, I think Dommy in pink shirt is really cute ;) But the vents at the back of the first shirt is :mad: Who could do this to my Dommy :(It looked like the "T" back shirts that the women wear, only with an added piece of fabric. Perhaps if he had worn it backwards, showed Andre a little tit, it might have distracted him. :p

jole
05-06-2005, 10:27 PM
It looked like the "T" back shirts that the women wear, only with an added piece of fabric. Perhaps if he had worn it backwards, showed Andre a little tit, it might have distracted him. :p

lol, Steffi might be concerned!

me_luv_Dommy
05-07-2005, 02:27 AM
And he should have won....hahaha