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frula08
07-04-2005, 01:57 PM
Any body when they start training, and when they are leaving to australia?, and if anybody knows something else put it here.

sigmagirl91
07-04-2005, 04:14 PM
The DC begins 7/15, so I imagine they will fly out the weekend before to get themselves acclimated to everything.

RogiFan88
07-04-2005, 04:32 PM
I am hoping ARG can defeat AUS -- a tall order but there's always hope!

gooner88
07-04-2005, 04:57 PM
Thanks for the updates everyone. :)

bovenbuuf
07-05-2005, 10:32 AM
wel for the Aussies it seems that Phili is out, so far Hewitt, Arthurs, Peter Luczak and Chris Guccione are in the team.

Think Argentina still has a good change

jazz_girl
07-05-2005, 12:43 PM
Philippoussis is out. So this will be the Australian team: Hewitt, Arthurs, Guccione and Luczak.
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pagina.jsp?pagId=1008219
Like in the series against the Czechs, Coria was the first singlist to start training. With a blister he started training with the doblists. Puerta is suffering with a sore throat and Nalbandian joins the team today. Also today, Mancini will give a formal list of 4 players, however the official list will be given after the training sessions in Australia.

sophia_c
07-05-2005, 03:44 PM
Philippoussis is out. So this will be the Australian team: Hewitt, Arthurs, Guccione and Luczak.
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pagina.jsp?pagId=1008219
Like in the series against the Czechs, Coria was the first singlist to start training. With a blister he started training with the doblists. Puerta is suffering with a sore throat and Nalbandian joins the team today. Also today, Mancini will give a formal list of 4 players, however the official list will be given after the training sessions in Australia.


This news has to give them the best chance ever...

justClaudia
07-05-2005, 07:05 PM
This news has to give them the best chance ever...


:yeah:

jazz_girl
07-05-2005, 07:28 PM
Actually, Mancini wanted Philippoussis to play and not Arthurs cause according to him, Wayne is more consistant.

jazz_girl
07-05-2005, 07:47 PM
Many news!!!!
The team confirmed so far is: David, Guillermo and Etlis. Then, Mancini will confirm who's gonna play: if Mariano or Rodriguez.
They will all be going to Australia tomorrow. And they'll start training in the Olympic Stadium on Friday.
There was a press conference today, with the whole team, and Mancini said that he's well aware that Australia is the favourite, however Argentina will give them a battle. He also confirmed Coria and David for the singles, and he'll decide the doubles team in Sydney. But it will be built by two of these three guys: Etlis, Rodriguez or Puerta.
David said: "without Philippoussis and Woodbridge, Australia is not the same. They always inspire respect. Besides, it's possible that Hewitt plays singles and doubles, so that should make him tired."
Coria said: "My aspiration is to beat Hewitt...or at least make him tired. We're not favourites, but we have chances."
http://www.clarin.com/diario/2005/07/05/um/m-1008441.htm

justClaudia
07-05-2005, 07:52 PM
Thanks Jazz ;)

Coria said something very right..we're not favorites,but we have chances :yeah:

That's the spirit!

crazy_nanine
07-05-2005, 08:10 PM
Thanks very much Jazz. :)

I think Argentina has good chances to win this if they played reaaaally well, i mean their best. Best of luck to Argentina :yeah:

jazz_girl
07-05-2005, 08:18 PM
I think we have a chance as well! :)

gooner88
07-05-2005, 08:36 PM
Thanks for the news Jazz. :)
Good luck Nalbo and Argentina. :yeah:

jazz_girl
07-05-2005, 08:57 PM
According to the Australian Captain, Arthurs and Hewitt will define all the matches. Guccione and Luczak will go as support.

sophia_c
07-05-2005, 09:16 PM
According to the Australian Captain, Arthurs and Hewitt will define all the matches. Guccione and Luczak will go as support.

I just saw that on one of the Australian sites...well if Arthurs and Hewitt are the lead players...they may play doubles too...they will be tired I guess..... so that makes it all more possible for Argentina :)

jazz_girl
07-06-2005, 01:14 PM
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pagina.jsp?pagId=1008725
David: "The crowd is very respectful, but the Davis Cup is different to any other tournament. What sometimes bothers is Hewitt's attitudes during a match".
Coria: "I'll try to beat Hewitt, but if I can't, at least I want to make him tired because he'll surely play the three days. That way, Nalbandian will have more chances to beat him"

jazz_girl
07-06-2005, 01:54 PM
Coria: "How to beat Hewitt? Putting on a Federer mask...Although today, David has a better game than Hewitt"
:haha:

gooner88
07-06-2005, 03:23 PM
Coria: "How to beat Hewitt? Putting on a Federer mask...Although today, David has a better game than Hewitt"
:haha:

:haha: :haha: :haha:
Great one from Coria. :yeah:

Kiank
07-06-2005, 06:50 PM
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pagina.jsp?pagId=1008725
David: "The crowd is very respectful, but the Davis Cup is different to any other tournament. What sometimes bothers is Hewitt's attitudes during a match".
Coria: "I'll try to beat Hewitt, but if I can't, at least I want to make him tired because he'll surely play the three days. That way, Nalbandian will have more chances to beat him"

I'm always a bit disappointed with David's complaining about Hewitt's attitude, to say the least. Previously he said in one of his interviews that "Hewitt was not a gentleman on the court". To be honest, I noticed nothing extraordinary in Hewitt's behaviour during their meetings in 2002 and 2005. He said nice words to David after the matches and was polite in his interviews. As for his usual "com'on!!!" , it's Hewitt's trademark, and everybody's got used to it, so nothing to be bothered about.
I remember one of Federer's fans complaining about David's attitude on Fed's forums - after David had beat Federer for the fifth time at the US Open - that David was always shouting "Vamos!" right in Federer's face.

jazz_girl
07-06-2005, 07:04 PM
Well, I guess that it does bother him, otherwise he wouldn't be saying it. Besides, he's not the only player complaining. From the top of my head I also remember: Zabaleta, Chela, Calleri, Coria, Cañas...And I don't think it's just the C'mons, it's the whole thing. Although in DC that's gonna happen a lot and he knows it, he won't put that as an excuse.

sophia_c
07-06-2005, 07:29 PM
The problems stem from when they were all junior players...and Hewitt was not so pleasant...so there is a lot of history there....

Its also nice to see Coria has a sense of humour...although David needs no Federer mask...he is very capable...we just have to wait and see now...

jazz_girl
07-06-2005, 07:43 PM
David said that he's confident because it was a very tight match in the last AO, and he already knows how the crowd's gonna act, so it won't be a problem for him.

Kiank
07-06-2005, 08:14 PM
David said that he's confident because it was a very tight match in the last AO, and he already knows how the crowd's gonna act, so it won't be a problem for him.
It was a tight match indeed, and David lost basically because of the miserable start. If he can get Hewitt this time, the win will boost his confidence for the rest of the year; as a result we can look forward to a strong and truly successful hard court season. To win, however, he will have to be prepared mentally more than anything else: be focused, play his own game and not think about so-called "Hewitt's behaviour". Look how silent Hewitt is when playing Federer, after all - so a lot depends on David.

sophia_c
07-06-2005, 08:23 PM
Well I think David really impressed during the last tie in Buenos Aires...this is very special to him and all the Argentine players...he know what is expected of him and as a team member I doubt he will allow anything to distract him from his job...

gooner88
07-06-2005, 08:29 PM
It was a tight match indeed, and David lost basically because of the miserable start. If he can get Hewitt this time, the win will boost his confidence for the rest of the year; as a result we can look forward to a strong and truly successful hard court season. To win, however, he will have to be prepared mentally more than anything else: be focused, play his own game and not think about so-called "Hewitt's behaviour". Look how silent Hewitt is when playing Federer, after all - so a lot depends on David.

I agree.
He needs to be fully focused on the job and not be influenced by whatever Hewitt does.
That Aussie Open loss was a heartbreaker and Nalbo can definitely beat Hewitt this time, even though it's on grass because he can beat any player on any surface.

justClaudia
07-06-2005, 08:34 PM
Well I think David really impressed during the last tie in Buenos Aires...this is very special to him and all the Argentine players...he know what is expected of him and as a team member I doubt he will allow anything to distract him from his job...

I agree.
I believe they are 100% focused on this,and I also think they can succed...It's gone be complicated it's grass...blá blá blá..all true.

But I really think they want to win this,and are there to do their best ;)

jazz_girl
07-06-2005, 08:58 PM
Well I think David really impressed during the last tie in Buenos Aires...this is very special to him and all the Argentine players...he know what is expected of him and as a team member I doubt he will allow anything to distract him from his job...
Well, David was amazing in the last tie! And he was feeling terribly bad for the hepatic problem, so he even played with dizzyness and a terrible heat! I have no idea how he did it, but that gives you an idea of how much he wants this. Even Mancini said that after losing the first set, David was the one calming him down instead of the other way around :lol: Luli said he was surprised with David's confidence. And also, he's the one in the team who's won the most matches for the DC. He only lost 1, if I remember correctly, and it was the first singles match he played in the DC against Kafelnikov in Russia, so it's not so bad at all :) I have faith in him.

jazz_girl
07-06-2005, 09:00 PM
I think Australia is overconfident, and that's gonna be good for us IMO

gooner88
07-06-2005, 09:03 PM
I think Australia is overconfident, and that's gonna be good for us IMO

Definitely!
Remember the Olympic vote today, Paris were the favourites and sounded overconfident. But London won!
As you said Nalbo has a fantastic Davis Cup record, he loves the big stage and he can lead Argentina to victory.

jazz_girl
07-06-2005, 09:07 PM
He loves being in charge! I still remember his doubles match with Willy and David yelling at him all kinds of indications :lol:
And the guys are definitly giving all the responsabilities to him, Coria said that he expects David to win all his matches, otherwise they won't be able ton win. And David said he doesn't feel the pressure, that he likes it. I hope he's right!

jazz_girl
07-06-2005, 09:20 PM
Here's his DC record. He didn't lose to Kafelnikov, it was against Marat:
2002 In Russia on carpet Semifinal
R3 with Arnold def. Safin/Kafelnikov by 6-4 6-4 5-7 3-6 19-17 (the longest match ever played in the Guiness Record ;) )
R4 lost to Safin by 6-7(3) 7-6(5) 0-6 3-6
2003 in Buenos Aires on clay 1st Round
R2 def. Burgsmuller by 6-1 7-6(4) 7-5
R3 with Arnold def. Kohlmann/Schuettler by 6-1 0-6 4-6 6-1 6-2
2003 in Buenos Aires on clay QF
R1 def. Davydenko by 6-2 6-2 7-5
R3 with Arnold def. Kafelnikov/Youzhny by 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-3
2004 in Marocco on Hard Indoors 1st Round
R2 def. Arazi by 4-6 6-1 7-5 2-1 RET (with an ankle injury)
2005 in Argentina on clay 1st Round
R1 def. Novak by 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4
R3 with Cañas def. Hernych/Zib by 6-3 4-6 6-1 6-2

frula08
07-06-2005, 10:05 PM
i think that david loves davis cup, he played injured in agadir in 2004 (and that was why he was 2 months out of the tour), but this series is very very hard, maybe some of you doesnt know or doesnt remember that hewitt won US open in doubles in 2000, so he is a good doubles player, but i think that he is going to be tired if he plays the three days, so maybe argentina can take some advantages of that.
and we need coria to win at least one match.

Kristen
07-07-2005, 04:32 AM
Hi Everyone :)

I was thinking about this last night... don't know why I didn't mention it earlier... but, since I'll be going to the Davis Cup, and to a training session or two (I'll take photos. Not that I'm a major fan of the guys but because I dislike the Aussies! LOL) sooo.....

If anyone wants to send any emails/messages of support to David and the others, feel free to PM me and I'll print them out and pass them on, at the training session. I'll probably go on the Tuesday or Wednesday, so send them by Monday night, Aussie Eastern Standard time please :D (I think that means "Sunday night for the rest of the world")

See you :wavey:
Kristen.

sigmagirl91
07-07-2005, 11:26 AM
Thanks, Kristen.

jazz_girl
07-07-2005, 12:10 PM
Thank you Kristen :)

Kristen
07-07-2005, 05:06 PM
Not a problem :yeah:
Alternatively, if the David fans are as hopeless as PimPim fans (LOL!) I can get a card and put your names on it if it's easier :)

Just let me know what you guys like, I'm happy to do either / both. :wavey:

crazy_nanine
07-07-2005, 11:52 PM
Coria: "How to beat Hewitt? Putting on a Federer mask...Although today, David has a better game than Hewitt"
:haha:

:haha: funny Coria
seeing Australian team very confident makes me more optimistic that Argentina can win....I just hope that Argentina doesn't underestimate Australia even a bit after Woodbridge and Philippoussis are out and consider the Australian team veeery tough with or without those 2 guys.
good luck Argentina

jazz_girl
07-10-2005, 02:39 AM
Mancini:
"It would be very good if Nalbandian could open the series against Wayne Arthurs"
"The court is very fast but not just because it is grass, but because the built the court a while ago, so they let it settle and be faster, and the balls are pretty light"

sigmagirl91
07-10-2005, 02:58 AM
Mancini:
"It would be very good if Nalbandian could open the series against Wayne Arthurs"
"The court is very fast but not just because it is grass, but because the built the court a while ago, so they let it settle and be faster, and the balls are pretty light"


Oh, great...thanks-I think.

jazz_girl
07-11-2005, 12:28 PM
In La Nación it says that since yesterday it rained so much in Sydney, the guys played some football in an indoor court, and then went to make some sightseeing. But David decided to stay in the hotel. In the afternoon all the guys got together and made a ver hard training session.
Mancini said that he'll say who's the last member of the team during Wednesday diner party.

jazz_girl
07-11-2005, 01:06 PM
http://www.clarin.com/diario/2005/07/11/deportes/d-01601.htm
Argentina smiles and plays its game in Australia
"I have the couple in my head. I just have to get convinced". The same doubt that he's been having since he left Buenos Aires last wednesday, is still in his head. The Argentine Davis Cup team has been training since saturday here in Australia(friday in Argentina) and the time spent in Australia hasn't helped the Argentine Captain much to ease his doubts away, he still not sure on whether to choose Mariano Puerta to play doubles with Nalbandian or Etlis or that Martín Rodriguez takes his place to play with Etlis.

Luli's idea was to evaluate Puerta's adaptation to grass, here in Sydney. However, the court that they're been using so far hasn't helped much. White City complex, in Passington, it's not what it used to be. Their grass courts have humidity under the surface and they end up being very slow comparing them to the Sydney International Tennis Centre ones, where the series will take place.

There were two practces that, with the players tiredness for the trip and the time change, were little useful. To make things worse, on sunday it rain and there was no place to play tennis. When the weather's bad: Football!, claimed the players. They found a closed place in an artifical grass court and everyone played. Lightly, like Mancini asked them, and with joked to Iván Gutierrez (Coria's PT) and Diego Rivas (DC Kinesiologist) for reacieving all the goals.

And that's how the team is. That confidence dosis in being able to beat Australia which started in Buenos Aires, grew when they put a foot in Sydney and the general good mood is contagious. At lunch time, the Argentine table looked much more to a La Boca cantine than to an elegant Four Seasons hotel restaurant. The waiters had to put several tables together so the players could fit, and some of their friend and family (like Carla Coria and Sol Puerta), and the Argentine tecnical team. One table apart from them there was the Australian Team: John Fiztgerald -the captain- with Hewitt, Arthurs, Guccione and Luczak. There, you couldn't even hear a fly.

Without being able to play tennis, all the Argentine team members decided to have the afternoon free. They took some sightseeing and then at 6pm they had an espontanous gym reunion in the hotel. Etlis and Rodriguez were the first ones to get in, and while they walk in the machine they were saying "the singlists are training hard!". The Coria arrived and while he trained with his PT, he admired Rodriguez's bounces, and he told him "go on like that, you look like a kid". Nalbandian joined them with a short with 1 thousand colors. The VIP hotel guests that were in the gym couldn't believe what they were seeing. And even less when Adriana Campos (the secretary in charge of the team's agenda) joined them with a thermus and a "mate".

The good mood in the team is not the same as the whether for the next hours in Sydney. The sunday rain could last to wednesday. And that would be a shame because on monday the Argentine team has schedule they're first meeting with the court in which the series will take place. The team needs to play tennis on the fast grass courts of the Sydney International Tennis Centre and Mancini needs to see them in action to make the last conclusions. The series against Australia is getting closer. And we have to go on with this good mood.

crazy_nanine
07-11-2005, 01:59 PM
Good to hear they're in a good mood and enjoying themselves...hope this will boost their confidence.

gooner88
07-11-2005, 02:11 PM
Thanks for the article Jazz. :)
Excellent as always!
Not surprised by the poor weather in Sydney; it's winter there after all. It's sooo hot here in London today!
Love the story about the Argentine and Aussie teams in the restaurant. :lol:
Imagine if Chela was there aswell. :tape:

jazz_girl
07-11-2005, 04:31 PM
We're always noisy in restaurants! It's something we can't help! :lol:

Soda
07-11-2005, 05:07 PM
''The waiters had to put several tables together so the players could fit''...c'mon...if you have puerta and nalbandian in the same restaurant you for sure need an extra table man.....
and this way i got to the ''0,1 k'' (that would be 100 posts tiff) thank you.

Action Jackson
07-11-2005, 05:08 PM
We're always noisy in restaurants! It's something we can't help! :lol:

It's natural for Argentines to be noisy.

sigmagirl91
07-11-2005, 10:10 PM
''The waiters had to put several tables together so the players could fit''...c'mon...if you have puerta and nalbandian in the same restaurant you for sure need an extra table man.....
and this way i got to the ''0,1 k'' (that would be 100 posts tiff) thank you.

I know what .1 K means, Soda. I ain't dumb. :o

Kristen
07-12-2005, 08:08 AM
OMG Mr Nalbandian :worship:
Saw him, had a couple of brief words, and got a picture today. He's great, when he gets the ball in :lol: :yeah:

sigmagirl91
07-12-2005, 11:35 AM
OMG Mr Nalbandian :worship:
Saw him, had a couple of brief words, and got a picture today. He's great, when he gets the ball in :lol: :yeah:

:lol:
He's great when he KEEPS it in too ;)

jazz_girl
07-12-2005, 12:12 PM
:lol: That's great Kristen :)

jazz_girl
07-12-2005, 01:04 PM
http://www.lanacion.com.ar/720593
Nalbandian: An ace on grass
With just 23 years old, David Nalbandian is the man with more DC experience of the five members Alberto Mancini called to the challenge against Australia in the next Davis Cup QF, which start will be next friday. With a record of 8 wins and just one defeat, against Marat Safin, in Moscow, in his bebut in 2002, there's also the capacity the cordobes posseses to perform on grass, something that also shows in his recent Wimbledon QF, and in his final in 2002 against Hewitt and made him the first Argentine finalist in the All England.

Today, with a wide experience in the circuit, Nalbandian is, with Guillermo Coria, one of the two aces of the national team. With an amazing naturality, he moves from one side to the other in the central court of the Sydney International Tennis Centre, but when he talks to the press, Nalbandian leaves his individualism aside and shows his team spirit.

-David, for all your grass records, do you feel like carrying the flag in this team?
-We all have to give our best to win the series. It's complicated. Even if I have the best results on grass, each one of them must give the best to win it, because with just one player there's nothing we can do. Guillermo (Coria) has been playing well and I have a lot of faith in him, and the doubles, due to Woodbridge's retirement, it's even better for us. We have to tighten up for that point.

-In march, when the rival was known and it was Australia, there was some talking about grass and the bothering it usually provokes in the Argentine players. Beyond the inconvenients for the court's state, the five of you seem confortable, with a different attitude.
-We're fine, knowing they're more favourite than us. It's a tough series, but we have a lot of possibilities. We know that playing on grass is not the best for us, but we have a very good team that can win.

-A quiz in the local TV assures that Australia is just favourite by 53%. Do you agree?
-Just 53%?! I would say 60%

-Wally Masur, one of the responsables of the local team, said that your presence and Coria's it's a whole dilemma for Australia.
-Masur shows the same respect we have towards them. If it were in some other surface, we would be the favourites, but grass makes them more favourites to them. I can't deny the respect we have for them. They've showed they're great players and Australia, in its history, won many times the DC. We shouldn't underestimate them. I also think that the crowd will play a great role in the series.

-Personally, who much is this series worth to you knowing you had an irregular year?
-It's important. Even more because the DC is something all of us want to win. I think we should take advantage of all the opportunities. Even if this year we didn't have the ideal draw to win it, I think we shouldn't let our chances go away. We're in the QF and (Mark) Philippoussis and Woodbridge are out, something we didn't think it could happen. If we can take advantage of it, it's better.

-What's your season analysis?
-I had a great Wimbledon and that allowed me to recover some confidence I had lost. I come here quite well for the Davis Cup, which always gives you an extra motivation.

-I'll take a little bit further in the past. What happened to you in Hallem in the match you were disqualified against Schuettler?
-I was mad, I was tired and the chip in my head blocked. After that I felt badly, I went home, and took a few days off. I think it was good to me to stop and rest.

-The fact that you and Coria are here without coaches, has a especial meaning?
-No, I think we have Luli (Mancini) and a great tecnical team. It wasn't necessary that the people that's usually with me would come too, knowing the distance they have to travel to come to Australia.

-You played two important matches against Hewitt. One was the Wimbledon final, on grass, and another one here, this year in the Australian Open in which you lost by very little. What do you have to do to beat him?
-He's a very tough guy. In january it could have been to anyone of us. The key point in Australia is him, and I think he has more possibilities to win his two matches than we have to beat him. But we'll have to win both points and the doubles. And if we can edge Hewitt out, the better.

-That's the key then? Both Arthurs points and the doubles?
-I think so. It's easier to win the doubles than to take a point off of Hewitt.

jazz_girl
07-12-2005, 01:12 PM
Etlis, a strong candidate for the doubles
Even if the captain Alberto Mancini doesn't want to talk till the wednesday dinner and say who the other singlist will be, the last practice session could give us a hint: Gastón Etlis trained with Martín Rodriguez and with David Nalbandian, which would put Mariano Puerta aside.

For now they're just guesses which doesn't affect the team's mood. The five players came here knowing one of them wouldn't play, and even Puerta commented that if he wasn't part of the team he would leave on thursday to participate in the Amersfoort tournament.

The practice started with Nalbandian and Coria making some rallies, and when it was time for the doubles, he went to White City, and there he trained with the Junior Leonardo Mayer, the Argentine team sparring.

jazz_girl
07-12-2005, 01:19 PM
Coria:
-Is Hewitt unbeatablen on grass and as a local?
—If you put on a Federer mask, no (laughs). That's the only unbeatable. I trust in David beating Hewitt, he's got a better game than him. I'll put on a fight and if I can't make it, at least I'll try to make him tired, because he'll be playing the three days.

-You praise David a lot.
—Yes, but not just on grass. He's a very complete player and cand destroy you in any surface. He's very respected in the circuit. That's why it's so important he's ours, Argentine.

jazz_girl
07-12-2005, 01:39 PM
David said that he felt really confortable playing doubles with Puerta and Etlis. But he knows Etlis better cause they've played a tournament together.
Etlis: "I'm sure Nalbandian will play it, unless he doesn't want to or if he's too tired to play on friday."
The court is in a bad state, the grass hasn't been cut and it was too humid. David thinks they will cut it to make it faster on friday.

jazz_girl
07-12-2005, 02:18 PM
http://www.clarin.com/diario/2005/07/12/deportes/d-05201.htm
There's a couple
On monday there was a revelation day in Australia. Because finally, after 4 days, the argentine team could put a foot on the Sydney International Tennis Centre court. And also because the captain, Alberto Mancini gave some clear signs of the doubles team, an enigma yet to be resolved.

Nalbandian and Coria started practicing for 60 minutes, and getting used to the court. And what bothered them the most wasn't the grass, but the sun. You can see it from the front in one side, and in the other everything is shadows and the reflection is strong. "I don't see even a line" started Nalbandian. "I can't see anything from here" said Coria. While they played tennis. Coria, with a lot of enthusiasm, showed in every ball that his performance in Wimbledon wasn't a fluke. It was half an hour of warming up and the rest to play. Nalbandian gave a lesson of how to play with slice. The court is much slower than they thought it was gonna be, and the ball couldn't even bounce with the cordobes's effects.

There were a lot of rallies and praises("good one, Willy", said David; "Perfect David", said Guillermo) and there was even a luxury from Coria with a great Willy and a winner which made some curious Australians who were present applaud him.

Their turn was over and they wanted to play some more. So why the local Arthurs took his time to practice with Luczak, Nalbandian ran to other minor hardcourt to practice wth Etlis and Mayer, the Junior sparring.

The second hour the Argentine team had for the main court, Mancini took it for the doubles (Coria went to train with Mayer). They started with Nalbandian and Puerta against Etlis-Rodriguez. Since David and Etlis were the ones playing the best, Luli decided to put them together. That's the couple that's been in Luli's head for a while. So Puerta would be out of the team, and in case Mancini decides Nalbandian shouldn't play on saturday, he would choose a couple that knows each other really well: Etlis-Rodriguez.

The training time was coming to an end and the "I don't see anything" was very common to here among the four players in the court. A volley from Etlis bounced very near the line and they asked Mancini to tell them if it was good or not. But Mancini following their complaints said: "I didn't see anything. Besides, if I say something, you'll say I have a favourite"

gooner88
07-12-2005, 04:46 PM
http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,15897478%255E23216,00.html

Argentine cold war heats up
By Margie McDonald
12jul05
SIX months ago and it was a bit of argy-bargy, a few heated comments and even some spitting.

And when David Nalbandian and Lleyton Hewitt crossed paths on a tennis court again yesterday, the air was distinctly cool - and it had nothing to do with Sydney's mid-winter temperatures.

Argentina's leading player and Australia's top man were keeping their distance.

When the pair last met it was the quarter-final of the Australian Open, and Hewitt won a tough five-setter in quite theatrical circumstances.

Bad blood had been simmering in the lead-up to the match after another Argentine, Juan Ignacio Chela, spat at the ground in front of Hewitt during their third-round match.

After Nalbandian's fourth-round win over countryman Guillermo Coria to set up the quarter-final with Hewitt, he said the Australian's yelled "C'mon's" and his fist-punching gestures were wearing thin.

Then, at a change of ends in their match, the two bumped into each other as if spoiling for a fight.

Fast forward to Sydney's International Tennis Centre at Olympic Park yesterday in the lead-up to this weekend's quarter-final and it seems there is still no love lost between the pair.

It was the first time both the Australian and Argentine camps had practised on the portable grass court, specially laid in February for the cup tie against Austria which Australia won 5-0. Singles players Wayne Arthurs and Hewitt had just finished a hard session of serving and were exchanging groundstrokes at full pace.

Nalbandian and Coria sauntered on to the rear of the court with the rest of their entourage and stopped to watch.

Aware they were being observed, Hewitt and Arthurs wrapped things up and came over to collect their gear from the courtside chairs. Australia captain John Fitzgerald and coach Wally Masur shook a few hands and nodded hello to the visitors.

But Hewitt, Arthurs, Nalbandian and Coria exchanged no glances, words, winks or nods. They were never within arm's reach.

Hewitt was busy towelling himself down as he left the court, stopping to sign the baseball cap of a young fan.

Coria and Nalbandian then set about their own practice session on the very un-South American surface.

Nalbandian, the world No.10 and a finalist against Hewitt at Wimbledon in 2002, moved to the net and enticed Coria to keep firing forehands and backhands full pelt at him. He responded with a succession of crisp and well-placed volleys.

Coria, the world No.15, served deep to the corners nearly every time and sent Nalbandian scrambling.

Fitzgerald and Masur made themselves available to answer questions but the Argentinians needed to be convinced to speak but then cancelled their media conference anyway.

This weekend's tie starts with two opening singles on Friday, the doubles on Saturday and the reverse singles on Sunday.

Hewitt is the world No.2 and Arthurs the No.77 but the Argentinians, both top-20 players, have strong claim to favouritism.

But Fitzgerald, who pronounced the Argentinians "a fantastic team", was having nothing to do with the word underdogs.

"On paper it's an exciting match-up. When you weigh everything up, you take into consideration the home court, playing in Australia on a surface we chose, and the quality of both teams, it will be three days of amazing tennis," Fitzgerald said.

sophia_c
07-12-2005, 07:55 PM
Its certainly something to look forward to...I can't wait for the guys to woop Australia's ass....

crazy_nanine
07-12-2005, 10:17 PM
wow!! too many articles and interviews...thanks very much Jazz and Gooner:)
and yes Sophia looks like it's going to be a very interesting tie...guess we'll just wait and see what will happen

Action Jackson
07-13-2005, 09:42 AM
Well I decided to travel to Sydney to watch this tie, though I wasn't sure of going due to an ongoing ankle problem and whether I was able to fly or not, but that was sorted.

Yesterday, was a bit of a blur. Coria and Nalbandian were playing singles, and Nalbandian had the slight better of it, there were this schoolkids everywhere just making some noise.

It was funny as there was a tournament going on at the complex, then Nalbandian just goes onto one of the Rebound Ace courts and starts hitting serves, then the kids were all around waiting for him to finish, but they ended up moving to another court.

The Argentines seemed in a fairly relaxed mood, Coria once he finished, was a ballboy for when Nalle, Puerta, Etlis and Rodriguez were playing doubles. The junior Mayer was just there for the experience.

The court looks very ordinary and there is a muddy patch at the end of one of the baselines, this one because of the weather and two, the sun doesn't get on that side of the court. They should just use some peat or hay and cover that side of the court.

After they finished they posed for a few photos with fans. I didn't stick around too long for the Aussies, but I was happy to see Lucszak play, both he and Hewitt were slipping around, but that was very common.

Today, was a much better day weather wise, though that created some problem as the shadows are quite big and one end is baked in sun and the other it's hard to see the ball. They had the big fans at the end, where the court was crap and they were still going on as the Argentines trained, in an attempt to dry the court at that end.

It's funny to see Puerta hit those heavy forehands on grass, and Coria was doing his little tricks with the racquet. Nalbandian was joking around a lot of the time. It was a laugh seeing the manager hit a few volleys, while the guys were waiting to come onto play.

The court isn't the best and Coria said as much when being interviewed after training, they have a large support crew and for those who care Carla Coria is here, and so is Mrs Puerta.

One thing after the training, they decided to see if they could the W in the Wilson sign in the upper section from the court and I think Coria and Nalbandian managed it, and they were very pleased with themselves.

I just hope Nalbandian plays the first match.

Choupi
07-13-2005, 09:58 AM
Enjoy yourself in Sydney GWH. Good news that your ankle finally let you travel. :) Just hope the weather will keep on being wise! :rolleyes:

Kristen
07-13-2005, 11:32 AM
2 pics from DC on Tuesday. Thanks GWH! I should have stopped talking to the dude when the pic was taken :haha: ah well. The "faceless Kristen" version is in the DC thread. :wavey:

Choupi
07-13-2005, 11:38 AM
Thanks for the pix Kristen! :) As I've said to GWH, keep having fun too! ;)

sigmagirl91
07-13-2005, 11:39 AM
Thank you, Kristen. Those were nice pics.

jazz_girl
07-13-2005, 12:07 PM
Thanks so much for the pics Kristen! It's so nice to see your face! :)
And George, thank you so much for the report! I hope your ankle doesn't bother you that much and you can have a great time :yeah:

jazz_girl
07-13-2005, 12:43 PM
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pagina.jsp?pagId=1013086
"If it's necessary I'll play the three days"
He's the Wild card for the duel against Australia for the Davis Cup QF. Not just for being the best one that adapts on grass, but because of the great temperament he shows every time he has to represent Argentina. Eight victories and just one defeat in the Davis show that David Nalbandian doesn't feel the pressure to wear the blue and white shirt.
-What feelings do you experience when you play the DC?
-The Davis is different to everything, even more to us, the tennis players always compete individually. The pressure is bigger because you represent the country.

-Can it be compared to an Olympic Game?
—No, the Davis can't be compared to anything. We're four or faive players here who are mentalized with our thing. In the Olympics there are thousand of sportsmen living in the Olympic Village. Personally, I prefer the Davis.

-This year you played against Hewitt in Australia, how much do you think that the crowd support could influence?
-I don't think there will be any problems. The Australian crowd is very respectful, although logically they'll be cheering for their country. In that match they behaved correctly. The one that sometimes bothers with his attiyudes inside the court is Hewitt, but we have to put up with it and go on focused.
—And do you put up with it?
—Yes, the only thing I can do is to keep focused in the match.

—Would you like to be in the doubles as well?
-Obviously, I'm up to playing the three days if it's necessary. I still have hopes cause Luli hasn't decided yet.

-How good are the Mark Philippoussis and Todd Woodbridge's withdrawals?
—Very good. Philippoussis is a very complicated player on grass and Woodbridge is a fenomenon: he won Wimbledon 9 times.

-Did it help you to play Wimbledon just a while before to adapt on grass?
-Yes, Guillermo and I gained a lot of confidence, we realised that we can play in the same level to anyone.

-Coria said that if he can't beat Hewitt, at least he'll try to get him tired so when you get him...
—(laughs) I think Guillermo can beat Hewitt, he's a class level player.

—What should Argentina do to get to SF?
-First, we have to assure the points Hewitt doesn't play in and the try to beat him, who's the toughest rival. We should be very aware during the whole series and take advantage of every chance we can get.

In the first semester of the year, David had good and bad performances. However, thanks to the Wimbledon QF, the unquillense was able to be back in the top ten.

-Which are your goals for the rest of the year?
-In the first place, I want to win the Davis Cup, that's my biggest goal. I'd also like to be among the first five again and qualify for the Masters. Since I'm not defending many points till the end of the year, I have many chances.

-Which tournament will you be playing after the series with Australia?
-I'll be back in the Montreal Master Series (starts on the 8/8). I want to be prepared for the rest of the year in the fast surfaces.

-McEnroes said you were fat, did that bother you?
-No, not at all. Actually, I don't care since they're personal opinions and I respect them.

—What do you think of the moment Federer is going through? You're one of the players that has a good H2H against him (5-2 to David)
-It's unbelievable what he's doing, with just 23 years old he won almost everything he played. He's in a superlative level. It's been a long time since I played him, I'd like to and I think I can beat him again.

-Back to the Davis, if you beat Australia, are you almost champions?
-No, but it's the toughest rival you can get away from home and that would be a very important step. We have a lot of confidence.

jazz_girl
07-13-2005, 01:27 PM
Coria interview:
http://www.lanacion.com.ar/720877
-Knowing your successful career with David Nalbandian as juniors, what does it remind you of?
-More than anything, when we won the Nagoya World Cup in 1996, or the Sunshine Cup in the USA. It's very nice to be all of us together. This is different, we're all rooting for the same thing and I hope some day I could play doubles with him, like in the old days.

-After so many bad things in the Argentine tennis, is good to listen that two class players like you get along so well.
-With David we've known each other since we were kids. It's different when you're with an older player: there can be jelousy or envy. Each one of us lives his life, but when we play for the DC, David and I root for the same thing. There are several competitions we live as tennis players. Besides, in the Davis we could do so much when we played together in Moroccom when it also happened in Buenos Aires. I love training with David because he's a player that gives you rythm, he never loses a ball. I learn a lot from the things he knows to do on grass, a surface in which I admire the best like David, Federer and Roddick.

-So, can we think that you and David talk about the DC as a goal?
-Not just talk, we think in winning it. It's a shame we weren't able to play the Olympics together in Athens. Before the start of the season we sat together to plan the year and among the goals both of us had the Davis Cup there.

jazz_girl
07-13-2005, 01:45 PM
Apparently Mancini said that the official team will be: Nalbandian, Coria, Etlis and Puerta :retard: Rodriguez is out. David will be playing doubles on saturday with Etlis or Puerta, that will be decided on saturday.
Rodriguez will be retiring this year, since he hasn't gotten good results.

gooner88
07-13-2005, 02:43 PM
Have a great time in Sydney GWH. :) Look forward to reading your match reports.
Thanks for the great pics Kristen. :)
Loved reading the Nalbo interview. The goals that he has set for the rest of the year are good ones. The U.S Open and making Shanghai are challenging but definitely reachable for Nalbo if he can rediscover his best form.
A good performance in Oz could give Nalbo alot of confidence for the hardcourt summer.

jazz_girl
07-13-2005, 05:34 PM
http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,15920128%255E23216,00.html
Nalbandian spells doubles trouble
ARGENTINE captain Alberto Mancini is considering unleashing ironhorse David Nalbandian on a depleted Australian team in all three days of a compelling Davis Cup quarter-final.

Plotting to upset the 28-time champions without retired Todd Woodbridge and injured Mark Philippoussis, Mancini is wrestling with the notion of using Nalbandian with Gaston Etlis in doubles instead of Martin Rodriguez.

If Wimbledon singles finalist Nalbandian is spirited into doubles duty, he will be assigned a similar workload to world No.2 Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs who are also confronted with the possibility of playing three matches in as many days.

Rodriguez regularly partners Etlis and reached the Australian Open semi-finals last season. Currently out of the four-man team, Rodriguez could still be drafted into the Argentine unit before the draw.

But practice form strongly suggests Nalbandian is a leading candidate to retain the doubles role he shared with Guillermo Canas in a 5-0 thumping of the Czech Republic in Buenos Aires in March.
Canas is unavailable as he counters an ATP anti-doping investigation after an irregularity was found in a sample taken in Acapulco in April.

Nalbandian has been named with Guillermo Coria, French Open runner-up Mariano Puerta and Etlis, but the rugged baseliner is clearly the pivot of an awesome outfit.

Shattered by the loss of good friend and world No.8 Canas, who feared playing in Sydney would lead to an Australian protest, Nalbandian covets a famous victory.

"Australia have two important losses with the retirement of Todd Woodbridge and injury of Mark Philippoussis," he said. "It will be up to us to take advantage of it and taking our chances there."

Asked by Argentine reporters what he expected from the traditionally sporting Australian Davis Cup crowds in the wake of his light collision with Hewitt at the Australian Open, Nalbandian said he hoped there would be no hostility.

"I do not wait for anything bad," he said as he prepares to face Arthurs tomorrow in the opening day singles.

Nalbandian stretched Hewitt in a magnificent Australian Open quarter-final in January, but is yet to down the world No.2 in three meetings.

Action Jackson
07-13-2005, 06:12 PM
Enjoy yourself in Sydney GWH. Good news that your ankle finally let you travel. :) Just hope the weather will keep on being wise! :rolleyes:

So far, everything is as good as can be, a few strange moments, but once the tie is over. I'll be looking forward to leaving.

justClaudia
07-13-2005, 07:30 PM
Have a good time in Australia GWH.

Kristen nice pics ;) Thanks for sharing with us.

jazz_girl
07-13-2005, 08:16 PM
I was just watching tv and showing an interview with David, and also some footage from the practice session, especially the doubles. Anyway, the journalist wanted to know what David thought about the tie result, and since she knew David was not gonna answer it, she tried to formulate the question in another way, but David ased her: Wait, you want to know what the result it's gonna be? -yeah, but you're not gonna say it! _why not??? We're gonna win by 3-2! And then he started laughing really hard and all the people around him as well, cause they were not expecting that :lol: I wasn't expecting it either! He also said that if he has to lose to Hewitt it's ok, as long as they win the tie :)

Choupi
07-13-2005, 08:44 PM
So far, everything is as good as can be, a few strange moments, but once the tie is over. I'll be looking forward to leaving.
You definitely don't appreciate Sydney, don't you? Strange moments, like seeing you post at such a late time! :eek: I hope it's because you partied a big part of the night and not because you couldn't let your insomnias in Tasmania! ;) Anyway, Have fun as much as you can. :)

Gigan
07-13-2005, 09:24 PM
SPORTING NEWS

http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,1658,5026706,00.jpg

STRIKE weapon . . . Argentina's David Nalbandian may be used on all three days against Australia in the Davis Cup quarter-final.


Argentina plans to start Nalbandian all three days
Leo Schlink in Sydney, tennis
14jul05
ARGENTINE captain Alberto Mancini is considering unleashing David Nalbandian on a depleted Australian team in all three days of a compelling Davis Cup quarter-final.



Plotting to upset the 28-time champion without retired Todd Woodbridge and injured Mark Philippoussis, Mancini is wrestling with the notion of using Nalbandian with Gaston Etlis in doubles instead of Martin Rodriguez.

If Wimbledon singles finalist Nalbandian is spirited into doubles duty, he will be assigned a similar workload to world No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs who are also confronted with the possibility of playing three matches in as many days.

Rodriguez regularly partners Etlis and reached the Australian Open semi-finals last season.

Currently out of the four-man team, Rodriguez could still be drafted into the Argentine unit before the draw.

But practice form strongly suggests Nalbandian is a leading candidate to retain the doubles role he shared with Guillermo Canas in a 5-0 thumping of the Czech Republic in Buenos Aires in March.

Canas is unavailable as he counters an ATP anti-doping investigation after an irregularity was found in a sample taken in Acapulco in April.

Nalbandian has been named with Guillermo Coria, French Open runner-up Mariano Puerta and Etlis, but the rugged baseliner is clearly the pivot of an awesome outfit.

Shattered by the loss of good friend and world No. 8 Canas, who feared playing in Sydney would lead to an Australian protest, Nalbandian covets a famous victory.

"Australia have two important losses with the retirement of Woodbridge and injury of Philippoussis," he said. "It will be up to us to take advantage of it and taking our chances there."

Asked what he expected from the Australian crowds in the wake of his light collision with Hewitt at the Australian Open, Nalbandian said he hoped there would be no hostility. "I do not wait for anything bad," he said as he prepared to face Arthurs tomorrow in the opening day singles.

Nalbandian stretched Hewitt in a magnificent Australian Open quarter-final in January, but has yet to down the Australian in three meetings, including the 2002 Wimbledon final.

French Open runner-up Coria will face Hewitt tomorrow, having lost the pair's only clash.

But both the Argentine singles guns hold head-to-head edges over Arthurs. Coria shaded the Victorian 7-6, 7-5 on Houston clay three years ago, while Nalbandian leads 2-1 after winning at Wimbledon three years ago.

Meanwhile, Tony Roche, the Australian coach of Roger Federer, says Hewitt need not despair in his quest to knock the world No. 1 off his perch.

Hewitt has lost his last eight matches against Federer who clinically dismantled him in straight sets at Wimbledon.

But despite watching Federer romp to a 58-3 win-loss record in 2005, Roche does not believe he is invincible.

Asked if he thought Hewitt could ever conquer Federer again, Roche said : "Oh yes. When you're the No. 2 player in the world you've got a chance to beat anybody."

But Roche also had a chilling warning for pretenders to Federer's throne.

"Roger feels he can improve more. He's got a lot of work to do on certain parts of his game and that's what he's looking for," he said.
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 12:25 AM
The Australian

July 14, 2005 Thursday All-round Country Edition

SECTION: SPORT; Pg. 31

LENGTH: 211 words

HEADLINE: Fanatics hit a chord

SOURCE: MATP

BYLINE: Margie McDonald

BODY:
IF David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria are not looking forward to again facing Lleyton Hewitt's "C'mon" warcry, they should heed a warning and invest in earplugs.

The travelling band of yellow T-shirted Australian sports buffs known as The Fanatics has been penning some special tunes and choruses just for the Argentinians.

Some 140 Fanatics will be in the centre court stands cheering on the Australian team tomorrow.

Spectators can expect to hear the old Monty Python hit Sit On My Face altered to fit the letter 'P' between the consonant and vowel in the first word, in reference to the spitting incident between Lleyton Hewitt and Juan Ignatio Chela at the Australian Open in January.

The Fanatics also have a few tunes for the absent Guillermo Canas, who withdrew from Wimbledon and the Davis Cup because of an ATP investigation into a positive test for a diuretic in February.

Fanatics founder Warren Livingstone said he knew the jingles might provoke some anger in the Argentine camp.

"We try not to get under their skin. It's not what we're about. It is primarily to entertain but also to be there for Lleyton," Livingstone said.

The Fanatics have been courtside for all of Hewitt's 19 cup ties since he debuted against the USA in 1999.

:rolleyes:

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 01:54 AM
The draw has been made and this is the OOP:
Friday:
Hewitt vs Coria
Arthurs vs Nalbandian

Saturday
Arthurs/Hewitt vs Nalbandian/Puerta :retard:

Sunday
Hewitt vs Nalbandian
Arthurs vs Coria

Gigan
07-14-2005, 01:56 AM
Nalbandian guns for Aussies
Leo Schlink
14jul05

ARGENTINE captain Alberto Mancini is considering unleashing ironhorse David Nalbandian on a depleted Australian team in all three days of a compelling Davis Cup quarter-final.

Plotting to upset the 28-time champion without retired Todd Woodbridge and injured Mark Philippoussis, Mancini is wrestling with the notion of using Nalbandian with Gaston Etlis in doubles instead of Martin Rodriguez.
If Wimbledon singles finalist Nalbandian is spirited into doubles duty, he will be assigned a similar workload to world No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs, who are also facing the possibility of playing three matches in as many days.

Rodriguez regularly partners Etlis and reached the Australian Open semi-finals last season. Currently out of the four-man team, Rodriguez could still be drafted into the Argentine unit before the draw. But practice form strongly suggests Nalbandian is a leading candidate to retain the doubles role he shared with Guillermo Canas in a 5-0 thumping of the Czech Republic in Buenos Aires in March.

Canas is unavailable as he counters an ATP anti-doping investigation after an irregularity was found in a sample taken in Acapulco in April.

Nalbandian has been named with Guillermo Coria, French Open runner-up Mariano Puerta and Etlis, but the rugged baseliner is clearly the pivot of an awesome outfit.

"They (Australia) have two important losses with the retirement of Todd Woodbridge and injury of Mark Philippoussis," Nalbandian said. "It will be up to us to take advantage of it and taking our chances there."

Asked by Argentine reporters what he expected from the traditionally sporting Australian Davis Cup crowds in the wake of his light collision with Hewitt at the Australian Open, Nalbandian said he hoped there would be no hostility. "I do not wait for anything bad," he said as he prepares to face Arthurs tomorrow in the opening day singles. "I hope that no (there is no hostility)."

Nalbandian stretched Hewitt in a magnificent Australian Open quarter-final in January, but is yet to down the world No. 2 in three meetings, including the 2002 Wimbledon final.

French Open runner-up Coria will face Hewitt tomorrow, having lost the pair's only clash. The Argentine singles guns hold a head-to-head edge over Arthurs. Coria shaded the Victorian 7-6 7-5 on Houston clay three years ago, while Nalbandian leads 2-1 after narrowly surviving the left-hander at Wimbledon three years ago.

Australia has Chris Guccione and Peter Luczak on call, while Puerta is Argentina's safety net.

The winner will play either the Slovak Republic or the Netherlands in September's semis.
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Choupi
07-14-2005, 06:40 AM
Thanks everybody for the updates. I won't be online for the 1st day so I'm wishing good luck to David and Coria- enjoy this 'cause you won't see this often!!!! :devil: :o - and I hope the decision to join Mariano to David for the doubles won't be a bad one...Vamos Mariano! :D Anybody who's gonna follow the matches, either on tv, or on a scoreboard, or from th stands -lucky ones!- please, cheer loud for me! ;)

Action Jackson
07-14-2005, 07:03 AM
Today was just a short session from both teams, the Argentines were on first and it was Coria and Nalbandian again, when I came in I saw Etlis and Rodriguez hitting on one of the Rebound Ace courts, but it wasn't very serious, more a hit and giggle.

Just like I thought, the Hewitt match will be the first one and both teams weren't giving away much in the press conference. Some journo asked Coria a question and he said "I don't speak English", then Nalle was asked a question and then smiled and said the same thing as Coria.

They were a bit more serious today, and at least the fan and the heater wasn't needed today, into drying that fodder patch at the end of the court. I saw that Puerta was named in the doubles, though I doubt whether he'll play and if he did, it would be scary. He is moving quite well, but he needs to flatten his shots out a bit, he hits it well, but not just not for the grass.

Leo Mayer got on the court and had a hit when they were playing doubles, and he seems to be enjoying his trip to Australia and I think he can do some good things in the future. One thing I noticed that there wasn't much communication between the Aussies and the Argentines when they passed each other, then again I don't expect warm embraces, but it was different from some other DC ties I have seen.

The Hewitt clan were spying on the Argentines and when Nalle looked up, they were staring at each other, and no there was nobody behind them. As for Hewitt, the groundsmen weren't too keen on him, as he and Arthurs had these shoes with little spikes, that were ripping up the court, which means more work for them, whereas the Argentines have been wearing flat sole shoes.

The Argentines aren't that impressed from the court, then again it has got better than before, and the shade, sun, shadow should be fun, it's the same for both teams. Carla and the ladies were out in the sun. Mancini was helping Puerta with his backhand, and Coria and Puerta didn't seem to talk to each other, something I noticed, but it's not like when one player went in one direction and the other went elsewhere.

They mowed the court today and will mow it again in the morning, cover it tonight and then put this fertiliser on it to green it up among other things. There was a scene where the players were coming out, this one guy had these great pics of Coria and Hewitt and wanted signatures and had been waiting a while, he was just about to leave and then Coria turned around and signed it and was impressed by the pic.

The journalists covering it, where getting ready to leave and were in the courtesy cars, then they all piled out and ran over to interview Nalle. One thing they didn't have huge amounts of fans, but all of the Argentines have been fine in that regard so far.

Hewitt decided to drive the car himself, when he left and he left from the normal enterance and not the special one. The irony Luczak was the hitting partner for the Argentine 2002 DC tie against Australia, now he is in the team against the Argentines. I hope if it's a dead rubber, he plays instead of Chris "Ronald McDonald" Guccione.

Choupi
07-14-2005, 07:13 AM
Thanks for the report! Glad to notice you can also pay attention to the ladies! ;)

Action Jackson
07-14-2005, 07:22 AM
I was too busy looking after things Choupi.

Choupi
07-14-2005, 07:54 AM
:) At least, you've noticed that Carla and the other ladies were searching for the sun! ;)

Fedex
07-14-2005, 10:54 AM
Today was just a short session from both teams, the Argentines were on first and it was Coria and Nalbandian again, when I came in I saw Etlis and Rodriguez hitting on one of the Rebound Ace courts, but it wasn't very serious, more a hit and giggle.

Just like I thought, the Hewitt match will be the first one and both teams weren't giving away much in the press conference. Some journo asked Coria a question and he said "I don't speak English", then Nalle was asked a question and then smiled and said the same thing as Coria.

They were a bit more serious today, and at least the fan and the heater wasn't needed today, into drying that fodder patch at the end of the court. I saw that Puerta was named in the doubles, though I doubt whether he'll play and if he did, it would be scary. He is moving quite well, but he needs to flatten his shots out a bit, he hits it well, but not just not for the grass.

Leo Mayer got on the court and had a hit when they were playing doubles, and he seems to be enjoying his trip to Australia and I think he can do some good things in the future. One thing I noticed that there wasn't much communication between the Aussies and the Argentines when they passed each other, then again I don't expect warm embraces, but it was different from some other DC ties I have seen.

The Hewitt clan were spying on the Argentines and when Nalle looked up, they were staring at each other, and no there was nobody behind them. As for Hewitt, the groundsmen weren't too keen on him, as he and Arthurs had these shoes with little spikes, that were ripping up the court, which means more work for them, whereas the Argentines have been wearing flat sole shoes.

The Argentines aren't that impressed from the court, then again it has got better than before, and the shade, sun, shadow should be fun, it's the same for both teams. Carla and the ladies were out in the sun. Mancini was helping Puerta with his backhand, and Coria and Puerta didn't seem to talk to each other, something I noticed, but it's not like when one player went in one direction and the other went elsewhere.

They mowed the court today and will mow it again in the morning, cover it tonight and then put this fertiliser on it to green it up among other things. There was a scene where the players were coming out, this one guy had these great pics of Coria and Hewitt and wanted signatures and had been waiting a while, he was just about to leave and then Coria turned around and signed it and was impressed by the pic.

The journalists covering it, where getting ready to leave and were in the courtesy cars, then they all piled out and ran over to interview Nalle. One thing they didn't have huge amounts of fans, but all of the Argentines have been fine in that regard so far.

Hewitt decided to drive the car himself, when he left and he left from the normal enterance and not the special one. The irony Luczak was the hitting partner for the Argentine 2002 DC tie against Australia, now he is in the team against the Argentines. I hope if it's a dead rubber, he plays instead of Chris "Ronald McDonald" Guccione.
Nice report, GWH.

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 12:38 PM
Nalbandian, Coria: United for an ilusion
http://www.clarin.com/diario/2005/07/14/deportes/d-1013627.htm
Those two. Since they were very young they made the Argentine tennis dream. When they were a bit older they changed promises for realities. Together they seem to powered by that obsession of the Davis Cup. Those two, David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria, Guillermo Coria and David Nalbandian. They travelled the world together when they were kids, but putting them together in the Davis Cup was almost mission impossible. Nalbandian had made his debut in the 2002 SF against Russia and two years had to be spent for him to share the team with Coria. Gustavo Luza had that honor when he was still the captain and sent them to the court to beat Morocco in Agadir by a confortable 5-0, during the DC 2004 first round. Both of them were absent because of injury for the Belarus QF. But this year their unior is much stronger. With Alberto Mancini as the captain, they were the lead for the Argentine victory over the Czech Republic in Buenos Aires, and nowadays they share the same ilusion in Sydney, looking for the SF of the famous salad bowl.

Nalbandian says: "I love playing the Davis. I like being part of a team, I enjoy it"
Coria says: "The feeling of being in a team is different to everything. I've always said that what I lived in Buenos Aires against the Czech Republic was the nicest experienced in my life"

Nalbandian recognizes that Australia at home was the worst rival they could get. Coria assures that without a doubt he's against his Davis biggest challenge. Grass is also a rival to beat.

"I like grass. I had never played before, except in juniors, before Wimbledon 2002, but I felt confortable from the start. My game adapts well and I can surprise many with several shots" (Nalbandian)

"I've dedicated a lot of time watching Federer, Hewitt, even David, to get some things from them and being able to apply them. I'm starting to like grass, I even think I'm liking it better than hardcourts" (Coria)

-Is it better for Argentina than Australia playing the series immediatly after Wimbledon?
-To us it's an advantage because we're here adapted. It would have been very different to come here after playing on clay. So they would have had a extra help over us (Nalbandian)

-It was great to me because I was able to play several matches and I felt really well. If I repeat my performance against Malisse I can make a surprise here (Coria)

-How to beat Hewitt?
-Uhhh, I don't know that much. I have nothing to lose against him I hope he doubts a little, and leaves me some space (Coria)

-And you David, can you beat Hewitt?
-Hewitt is very tough. This year in Australia I was very close, and it escape me from very little. And we don't have to focused just on him. There's the douvles and the matches against Arthurs (Nalbandian)

Just like when they practice, they throw praises from one to the other. Nalbandian says that Coria "is playing very well, I have a lot of faith in him". Coria assures that Nalbandian "has the game to beat Hewitt". And they also talk about the pressures.

"I don't have any pressures for having a bigger responsability in the team or that you call me the best on grass. I like it. And I'm the first one that wants to play in the singles and doubles" (Nalbandian)

"Maybe I felt the pressure of having to adapt on grass. Until I realized that thinking too much about it was playing against me. And now things are much better" (Coria)

-And if Argentina beats Australia...
-All the rivals will look at us in a different way and we're gonna be the serious candidates for the title (Nalbandian)

-We won't stop till we get the title (Coria)

Those two. Nalbandian and Coria, Coria and Nalbandian. When they were kids they had the goal of winning a Grand Slam, being among the top ten and getting the Davis Cup. Now, together they power the last mission: that the Salad Bowl can rest in Buenos Aires some day.

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 12:54 PM
Puerta on David:
"Es fantástico estar al lado de un tipo que juega tan bien"
"It's fantastic to be next to a guy that plays so well"

That's what he said after their doubles practice session

gooner88
07-14-2005, 01:01 PM
I'm a bit surprised that Puerta's playing with Nalbo in the doubles.
Puerta's got a bad record on grass, but maybe Nalbo's experience and presence will inspire Puerta to play well.
Vamos Nalbo and Argentina, you can do it. :yeah:

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 01:06 PM
David:
"I am completly sure of what this team can do and I have a lot of confidence that we can end the first day with a 2-0 in our favour" Wow :eek:
"Estoy muy seguro de lo que puede hacer este equipo y tengo mucha confianza en que podemos terminar 2-0 en la primera jornada".
Arthurs:
"I'm terribly surprised about Mancini's decision of including Puerta in the doubles, it's something that we really didn't imagine"
Me sorprendió muchísimo la decisión de Mancini de incluir a Puerta en el dobles; realmente es algo que no imaginábamos

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 01:42 PM
http://www.lanacion.com.ar/721199
A great teams spirit
"do you know what's the best thing? that one of the five of us will have to be out of the team, and there's not gonna be any problem at all..." In the middle of a photo shoot for La Nación, Mariano Puerta, finalist of Roland Garros and who was one of the candidates to be out of the tea, he threw the keys of the road to walk in Australia. What could have been a dramma before, today is something normal. And that's a change that should be widly valued.

There are no recents memories of a captain calling 5 players for a series like Mancini did it this time. That's why, that unity concept, together with that famous Montecarlo letter which put an end to Gustavo Luza's run, showed at its best after Guillermo Cañas's withdrawal because of a doping process.

As oppossed to other opportunities, no one showed his back. There was an idea, of travelling with Coria, Nalbandian, Cañas and Puerta; it had to be changed and Gastón Etlis stepped in, and Martín Rodriguez had to be out. And to think for the best: without vedettism or conveniences.

That's why, this weeks was a highlight in every sense. Because of this we could see Nalbandian more relaxed than ever, talking about his Play Sation 2 qualities and reliving his junior days, and being there in every moment for the Junior Leonardo Mayer. Cañuli, like everyone calls him, just like in the days when Nalbandian and Coria were the sparrings, he's become the center of the jokes. It's the prize you have to pay for being the newbie, in tennis, when they enter the Davis World.

But in this very open Argentine team, everybody had their time to have a good time. There was a lot of good mood in the hotel's gym, in where Luli Mancini released his stress during an hour in the bike, at the same time the massuer was in charge of preparing the "mates" to fight the cold off during the practices.

That same cold was away during sunday when they played a football match and Mancini hit Diego Rivas(kinesiololgist) while playing. Rivas was also a victim of Nalbandian during the endless play station marathons at night.

There was talking about thinking about the best and that was able to see during the training sessions. All the team was there for the other and there was always an advice at sight to make things better or modify some incorrect movement.

The same thing, the good willingness to be there at time and get together in the lobby to go out together and have dinner every night, without getting mad for Nalbandian's late arrivals, always the last one and running to get to the rest of the team.

And then, being true to their word, being there and taking the groupal picture in the Opera or the bridge, something that in other times it was a torture. "These are memories for life", said Mancini, a photo fan, after the photo shoot was over.

With a different style and with a low profile, this group tried to write a different history. At least, seeing it from the outside, it was a huge first step. The ideal is to keep this example up, no matter the result, with time. This will be the best way to set aside the individualism that the tennis has in its genes.

gooner88
07-14-2005, 01:57 PM
http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,15926835%255E23216,00.html

Nalbandian plays down grass
By Robert Smith
14jul05
DAVID Nalbandian, Argentina's big hope of upsetting favourite Australia on its preferred grass surface, believes the South Americans can prevail in their Davis Cup quarter-final this weekend.


Argentina's top player faces Australia's second-ranked Wayne Arthurs in tomorrow's second singles match and then pairs with French Open finalist Mariano Puerta in the pivotal doubles rubber against Lleyton Hewitt and Arthurs on Saturday.

Australia's world No.2 Hewitt leads off the tie against Guillermo Coria.

Argentinean players traditionally have an aversion to playing on grass.


Nalbandian went down in straight sets to Hewitt in the 2002 Wimbledon final on grass and much depends on 23-year-old Nalbandian to get Argentina across the line this weekend.

"It's not the best surface for us, but it's great for us coming here from the grass-court season, and everybody is coming from Wimbledon after playing on grass for a month, so it's good for everybody," Nalbandian said, playing down the perceived Argentinean weakness.

"I feel comfortable on grass, I feel good, so I think we have a little chance to win this series and I believe in this team that we can win it.

"Guillermo (Coria) is playing Lleyton on Friday and we hope to win that point. We wish to finish on Friday at 2-0."

Even though Australia is down to the bare bones with Mark Philippoussis unavailable through injury and doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge now retired, it has a major weapon in Hewitt.

Hewitt goes into his 20th Cup tie with an Australian record 26-5 winning singles record and is down for potentially three matches this weekend depending on the overall state of the tie.

"It's not bad to lead off with a player who I think it's fair to say that outside of Roger Federer is the best grass courter in the world . . . he's a good man to have in your side," Australia captain John Fitzgerald said after today's draw.

Hewitt has never lost a match to Nalbandian (3-0), Coria (1-0) and Puerta (1-0), but Nalbandian has beaten Arthurs twice in three meetings and Coria has won their only meeting.

"If I can go out there and get the job done then it could put a lot of pressure on Nalbandian coming into the second match," Hewitt said on his first match with Coria.

"If I can go out there and get a good start for Australia then he's (Nalbandian) got to come out against Wayne, who really lifts in Davis Cup, and I think this court is going to suit Wayne out there.

"If Wayne can keep attacking on that kind of court it's going to be hard to hit some passing shots against him."

Arthurs, so often in the wings behind Hewitt and Philippoussis in Davis Cup, gets a big opportunity to improve on his 9-3 singles record, playing on his conducive grass surface which accentuates his left-handed swinging serve.

"I think the times I've played singles with Lleyton I've always played second and I think our record speaks for itself... when Lleyton's played first it's always been a win for Australia," Arthurs said.

"I always look forward to representing my country and playing the elite players of the game and I regard Nalbandian as one of those players.

"I learnt from my match with him at Wimbledon three years ago (lost in four sets with two tiebreakers).

"He came up then a little unknown, and now that I've watched him play I can put my game to effect a little bit more easier than that time three years ago."

The winner of this weekend's tie takes on either the Slovak Republic or the Netherlands in the September 23-25 semi-finals.

crazy_nanine
07-14-2005, 02:08 PM
It's really so nice that every one is enjoying being part of the team...and this team spirit is unbelievable:) and it looks that David and everybody in the team is soo relaxed and confident (hope not overconfident;)) they can win with this spirit for sure...VAMOS ARGENTINA!!

gooner88
07-14-2005, 02:18 PM
http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=13281#audio

There's an audio interview with Mancini on the bottom of the page.
He talks about Nalbo and why he picked Puerta to play in the doubles.

crazy_nanine
07-14-2005, 02:42 PM
anybody know when will the matches start?

Action Jackson
07-14-2005, 02:46 PM
http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=13281#audio

There's an audio interview with Mancini on the bottom of the page.
He talks about Nalbo and why he picked Puerta to play in the doubles.

Well, he wasn't giving too much away and neither was Fitzgerald.

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 02:55 PM
anybody know when will the matches start?
They'll be starting in 10 hours. At 9pm (Argentina time)

crazy_nanine
07-14-2005, 03:00 PM
Thanks Jazz:)

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 08:38 PM
4 hours to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

justClaudia
07-14-2005, 08:41 PM
Good luck to them!!

Here comes the :banana:..dancing for David,and the Argentine Team of course!

sophia_c
07-14-2005, 08:44 PM
4 hours to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We won't have coverage here...I intend to stay awake for it..or maybe sleep and get up very early for me......will you be helping out with the scores?...say yes....

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 08:53 PM
I already told my sister to leave me the computer at 9, let's hope she keeps her promise! :)

justClaudia
07-14-2005, 08:58 PM
I'll have to count on you Jazzita as well :lol:...if I can make it :rolleyes:

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 09:02 PM
I'll do all my best to be here informing you :)
The first match will start in exactly 4 hours and it will be Hewitt vs Coria, then David will be playing against Arthurs. I'm soooooooooooo anxious! I soooooooooo hope David can win his match, otherwise we're screwed!

justClaudia
07-14-2005, 09:07 PM
And we thank you for that :hug:

I'm anxious as well, but i think David will win his match...now Coria vs Hewitt :rolleyes: Guillermo is gonna have a hard one...maybe I'm wrong :o

gooner88
07-14-2005, 09:10 PM
I have faith in Nalbo. :)
The matches start at 1am here; the time difference from Oz to here is always bad. I hope the Hewitt-Coria match is long so I can catch some of Nalbo's match, if I can wake up early.

sophia_c
07-14-2005, 09:11 PM
I agree Claudia...but fingers crossed.....

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 09:15 PM
Coria's been playing some great tennis in the last few days, and he's starting to like grass a lot. Yesterday he even said he wished the match was played that day cause he was playing indcredibly well. I don't think he can beat Hewitt, but with his new gain confidence on grass, I'm sure he'll put up a fight!

sophia_c
07-14-2005, 09:17 PM
Coria's been playing some great tennis in the last few days, and he's starting to like grass a lot. Yesterday he even said he wished the match was played that day cause he was playing indcredibly well. I don't think he can beat Hewitt, but with his new gain confidence on grass, I'm sure he'll put up a fight!

I hope so Jime...I really want Argentina to beat Australia...its a personal thing now :mad: ....they have to do it....I do think they will....they have every chance....

justClaudia
07-14-2005, 09:18 PM
Davis is the only time of the year that i cross my fingers for Guille :lol:

Ok seriously..Guillermo sure can play well on grass, like Jazz said he'll put up a good fight :yeah:

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 09:22 PM
David said that after today he expects the tie to be 2-0, I'm not that optimistic!!! :lol: I'll be happy with 1-1

justClaudia
07-14-2005, 09:24 PM
David said that after today he expects the tie to be 2-0, I'm not that optimistic!!! :lol: I'll be happy with 1-1

Isn't he an optimistic guy? :lol:

1-1 would be good for me as well.

sophia_c
07-14-2005, 09:28 PM
Isn't he an optimistic guy? :lol:

1-1 would be good for me as well.

Thay have to be confident....thats half the battle against the Aussies....our guys will do it..I am confident too!!! ;)

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 09:32 PM
have you read the articles I translated today? they all seem in a great mood and they're very confident! :)

justClaudia
07-14-2005, 09:35 PM
They seem to be in a great and a confident mood, yeah.

And yes I agree with you Sophia,that's half the battle ;)

Guys, because I'm not sure if i can come tomorow...I'm saying goodbye for a while,I'm going on vacations for 15 days :)

Take care of yourselfs :hug:

And Vamos Argentina!

jazz_girl
07-14-2005, 09:38 PM
Have a great time Claudia! :)

sigmagirl91
07-14-2005, 10:03 PM
They seem to be in a great and a confident mood, yeah.

And yes I agree with you Sophia,that's half the battle ;)

Guys, because I'm not sure if i can come tomorow...I'm saying goodbye for a while,I'm going on vacations for 15 days :)

Take care of yourselfs :hug:

And Vamos Argentina!

Have a great time!!

justClaudia
07-14-2005, 11:29 PM
Thanks girls :hug:

I still around...I'm never tired of this place:lol:
Wonder how I'm gonna handle 15 days without MTF and my computer? :rolleyes:

:wavey:

sigmagirl91
07-14-2005, 11:54 PM
Thanks girls :hug:

I still around...I'm never tired of this place:lol:
Wonder how I'm gonna handle 15 days without MTF and my computer? :rolleyes:

:wavey:

You'll die.

justClaudia
07-15-2005, 12:11 AM
You'll die.


:lol:

That can happen...unless i find something really entertaining to do,crossing my fingers :angel:

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 12:57 AM
So, apparently the court is still muddy and they can't play on it, so it's been delayed for 30 minutes. The ceremony will start in half hour and then the first match :rolleyes:

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:05 AM
There an Argentine journalist in Australia and she's been always present in the DC matches, and she cannot believe how confidents the guys are. She's talked to Guillermo and David a hundred times, and she knows when they're telling the truth and when not, and she's amazed by David and Guillermo's confidence. She told that it was the first time ever than a player (David) ventured a result like he did, and that Guillermo's feeling very confortable on the surface, and he's sure he can beat Hewitt. He's also happy cause no one is paying any attention to him, so he's very happy and realxed being the underdog, and he knows he can beat Hewitt. He even said that "Thank God Chela's not here, otherwise no one would be even watching me" :lol: Anyway, she also said that since thursday the guys have been feeling really, really well, and completly sure they can make it.
It's hard to believe and I'm happy to hear it! Let's hope the court can dry fast so we can see the matches :)

RogiFan88
07-15-2005, 01:17 AM
Wow, it's starting already? I forgot it was in Australia... duh!

VAMOS, ARGENTINA!!!

The guys look so happy in their pix!! Hope it translates to the court too!!

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:19 AM
The court has been dried and now they're preparing everything for the ceremony.

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:21 AM
ball boys coming in

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:22 AM
The guys are in!

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:27 AM
The anthems have been played

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:30 AM
warming up

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 01:41 AM
So, apparently the court is still muddy and they can't play on it, so it's been delayed for 30 minutes. The ceremony will start in half hour and then the first match :rolleyes:

So I've heard.

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:42 AM
And now there's a signal problem and we can't see anything :mad:

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 01:44 AM
And now there's a signal problem and we can't see anything :mad:

:shrug: Figures....

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:45 AM
Hewitt vs Coria
1-0*
30-40
still can't see it

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:46 AM
*1-1

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:49 AM
2-1*

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 01:50 AM
Go to live scoring, Jime. I have it up now.
15-0 Coria.

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:51 AM
*2-2

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 01:52 AM
0-15 to Coria. Break him, Guille.

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 01:53 AM
15-15
15-30...get a bp.

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 01:53 AM
30-30...please get to bp.

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 01:54 AM
40-30....get to deuce.

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 01:55 AM
Deuce :)

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:55 AM
deuce!

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:55 AM
BP!

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:56 AM
deuce :sad:

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:58 AM
Guille Broke!!! I'm gonna faint! :banana:

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 01:59 AM
2-3*

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 02:01 AM
4-2!!!

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 02:02 AM
*2-4

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 02:04 AM
And 30-all. Can we make a new thread? Don't want to clog this one up, in the event that Argentina advances this weekend.

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 02:14 AM
3-4*

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 02:19 AM
*3-5

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 02:23 AM
4-5*

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 02:27 AM
Back on serve now. *5-5, Hewitt serving.

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 02:27 AM
*5-5 :mad:

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 02:29 AM
Yes....:mad:

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 02:30 AM
6-5*

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 02:30 AM
Hewitt holds for 6-5. Hold, Guille...what happened?

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 02:34 AM
6-6 Tie break

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 02:35 AM
deuce?

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 02:42 AM
They're in the TB now. Changeover, Coria serving still.

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 02:43 AM
4-3 Coria.
Break him, Guille.

sophia_c
07-15-2005, 02:47 AM
I just woke up....its good to see Coria fight....

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 02:47 AM
AUS won the first set 7-6 (5).

sophia_c
07-15-2005, 02:48 AM
It looks like he is doing what he said he would....

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 02:49 AM
7-6 :sad:

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 02:49 AM
It looks like he is doing what he said he would....

What? He lost the first set after being up a break-and serving for the opening set. He let that one go, big time.

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 02:55 AM
7-6 *1-0

sophia_c
07-15-2005, 02:55 AM
What? He lost the first set after being up a break-and serving for the opening set. He let that one go, big time.


Nooooo.....if he can't win it....he would at least try his best to wear him down....do you have the privilage of seeing the match live??? or are you doing what the rest of us are doing and watching live score???...why do you have to be so bloody rude all the time??...even in the middle of the night....amazing....

tennyfan
07-15-2005, 03:00 AM
Sophia, I do think he's wearing Hewitt down. The match has already gone on 1:19 and this is grass. The first set was close, and many times Hewitt had to really fight to hold his serve. Vamos Argentina! Hang in for the long haul, Guille.

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 03:01 AM
7-6 2-0*

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 03:06 AM
Nooooo.....if he can't win it....he would at least try his best to wear him down....do you have the privilage of seeing the match live??? or are you doing what the rest of us are doing and watching live score???...why do you have to be so bloody rude all the time??...even in the middle of the night....amazing....

Sorry if you see it differently, but I'm calling it as it is.

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 03:09 AM
We can finally see the match now! :)

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 03:09 AM
*2-1

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 03:12 AM
3-1*

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 03:12 AM
15-0 to Coria..come on....

sophia_c
07-15-2005, 03:13 AM
Sorry if you see it differently, but I'm calling it as it is.

Well you are such an :angel: try to tone down the sarcastic comments...it only works on new people here....you know the ones that are happy to find a place to share their views and then never come back.....

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 03:14 AM
Well you are such an :angel: try to tone down the sarcastic comments...it only works on new people here....you know the ones that are happy to find a place to share their views and then never come back.....

Ok, I'll save it just for them!!!

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 03:15 AM
*4-1

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 03:23 AM
5-1*

sophia_c
07-15-2005, 03:24 AM
Grrrrrr...this is not what we wanted....

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 03:25 AM
Coria's struggling mightily on serve.

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 03:26 AM
7-6 6-1 *0-0

sophia_c
07-15-2005, 03:27 AM
Damn....6-1....c'mon Coria....

sophia_c
07-15-2005, 03:30 AM
Ladies...I will close my eyes for a while before David's match...I have to be officially up in 2 1/2 hours.....

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 03:31 AM
1-0*

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 03:31 AM
Ladies...I will close my eyes for a while before David's match...I have to be officially up in 2 1/2 hours.....

I'll just go to bed and put this out of my mind.

sophia_c
07-15-2005, 04:02 AM
is this a fightback?...c'mon.....more of the same please...

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 04:05 AM
7-6 6-1 1-6 1-1*

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 04:07 AM
*1-2

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 04:08 AM
7-6(5) 6-1 1-6 *1-2

Hewitt to serve....

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 04:14 AM
2-2*

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 04:14 AM
0-15....WTF?

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 04:15 AM
0-30....What the hell is going on? Come on, Coria, pick it up!!!

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 04:15 AM
Egads...0-40...bad service game.

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 04:16 AM
*3-2

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 04:18 AM
So Hewitt breaks? UGH....

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 04:29 AM
*5-2

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 04:29 AM
Hewitt serving for the match!!

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 04:37 AM
Australia leads 1-0
VAMOS DAVID!!!

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 04:37 AM
Really...vamos. Too bad I won't be up for this one. I really wish this had taken place earlier.

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 04:56 AM
David's in the court!

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 04:56 AM
OK...I must go now. It's getting late, and I have to be in "hell" tomorrow.

psichogaucho
07-15-2005, 05:01 AM
vamos David! :bounce:

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 05:01 AM
Good night Tiff!

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:01 AM
Vamos!!!

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:02 AM
OK...the match looks like it's about to start. Wayne Arthurs to serve....

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:02 AM
Good night Tiff!

Nighty night.

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 05:16 AM
Arthurs vs Nalbandian
1-2*

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 05:19 AM
*1-3

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:19 AM
Good start, David!!!

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:20 AM
15-0 Arthurs serving
15-15...David's playing and returning well....

psichogaucho
07-15-2005, 05:22 AM
three aces... 3-2...

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 05:24 AM
2-3*

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 05:25 AM
*2-4

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:26 AM
0-15 Arthurs serving
15-15

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 05:28 AM
3-4*

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:28 AM
Please hold, David!!! PLEEEEASE!!!

psichogaucho
07-15-2005, 05:39 AM
6-3 :bounce:
*I'm falling asleep...*

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:40 AM
I'm ready to go to bed soon. Talk to you all later. At least David won the first set!

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:41 AM
And he's leading 15-0 on serve...
OK..he's at 40-0 now....

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:42 AM
40-15...come on, David...hold.

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:43 AM
David holds.
6-3 1-0*

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 05:44 AM
6-3 1-0* for David

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:45 AM
30-15 Arthurs serving.

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:45 AM
30-30...Arthurs's serve must be crappy today.

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:46 AM
40-30 Arthurs....

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 05:47 AM
Get him to deuce, David....
6-3 *1-1

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 05:49 AM
2-1*

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 05:52 AM
*2-2

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 05:55 AM
3-2*

psichogaucho
07-15-2005, 05:56 AM
:yawn: 3-2...

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 06:00 AM
*3-3

sophia_c
07-15-2005, 06:07 AM
Your still here!!! and David is doing well...

psichogaucho
07-15-2005, 06:08 AM
4-3

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 06:08 AM
4-3*

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 06:15 AM
*4-4

gooner88
07-15-2005, 06:16 AM
Good Morning everyone!
Good start from Nalbo to take the first set, 4-4 in the second.

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 06:18 AM
5-4*

psichogaucho
07-15-2005, 06:18 AM
5-4

gooner88
07-15-2005, 06:19 AM
From the scoreline he seems to be playing well.
How is he playing Jazz?

gooner88
07-15-2005, 06:31 AM
Arthurs broke for a 6-5 lead. :mad:
Looks like it's gonna be a late night/early morning for everyone.

psichogaucho
07-15-2005, 06:35 AM
tie break...

gooner88
07-15-2005, 06:36 AM
Nalbo breaks back immediately!
6-6, second set TB.

psichogaucho
07-15-2005, 06:48 AM
10-8 :bounce:

gooner88
07-15-2005, 06:49 AM
Yessssssssssssss!
Nalbo takes it, he's 2-0 up.
I'm proud of the way he's fighting. :)

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 06:51 AM
6-3 7-6

gooner88
07-15-2005, 06:53 AM
Bloody rain :mad:
Glad Nalbo clinched the second set before the rain, although it gives Arthurs more time to regroup.
Vamos Nalbo!

psichogaucho
07-15-2005, 06:53 AM
crap, rain delay.... :mad:
it's almost 3 am here :yawn:

sigmagirl91
07-15-2005, 06:54 AM
I'm really going to bed now. Will check back later for results. Hope David pulls this out.

psichogaucho
07-15-2005, 06:54 AM
grass...rain...is it Wimbledon? :lol:

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 06:56 AM
David will win the match no matter what. In fact I think this rain delay is good for David cause his level dropped a bit in the last set.
But it's 3am here and I need to sleep! I hope this is over soon because I'm very sleepy and I have a terrible headache!

jazz_girl
07-15-2005, 06:58 AM
grass...rain...is it Wimbledon? :lol:
It looks like it...the worst part is that today's matches started half hour later because they were drying the grass (there wasn't any rain in the last 3 days) I don't even wanna think how long it's gonna take now :mad: