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Finally, Kiwi at Indiana RCA!! Going as damn strong 2nd seed into the tournamant! ;)

Neely
07-16-2005, 02:06 AM
Rusedski [7]
bye



Lisnard
Moodie



Baghdatis
Q



bye
Carlsen [12]



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Lee [14]
bye



Kim
Karlovic



Dupuis
Popp



bye
Kiefer [2]

Neely
07-16-2005, 02:08 AM
His quarter doesn't look too bad :)

I hope he has lots of success there :) Lets hope the best! :clap2:

JMG
07-16-2005, 09:28 AM
Didn't know that he is without Högstedt for the next three weeks!

Yes, he really should repeat the final at least, would be nicer if he beat Popp in the second round. :cool:

Hannover - Der Jugendtrainer des Niedersächsischen Tennisverbandes Sascha Nensel wird in den kommenden drei Wochen die Betreuung und das Training von Tennisprofi Nicolas Kiefer übernehmen. Nensel, der erst kürzlich mit dem DTV Hannover in die 1. Bundesliga Herren 30 aufgestiegen ist, wird den Holzmindener bei Turnieren in die USA begleiten. Kiefers ständiger Coach Thomas Hogstedt muss aus persönlichen Gründen einige Wochen in seinem Heimatland Schweden verbringen.
"Ein phantastisches Angebot", freut sich Nensel, der sofort von seiner Tätigkeit im NTV freigestellt wurde.

smucav
07-17-2005, 03:54 AM
He's also playing doubles with Hrbaty:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=1989575&postcount=1

(That will cut into the days off that we discussed in the other thread.)

kek
07-17-2005, 03:55 AM
Not a bad draw. I'm glad this isn't on grass because if it was, his quarter would be a lot worse.

Let's hope for a good week :D

Neely
07-17-2005, 12:22 PM
Hannover - Der Jugendtrainer des Niedersächsischen Tennisverbandes Sascha Nensel wird in den kommenden drei Wochen die Betreuung und das Training von Tennisprofi Nicolas Kiefer übernehmen. Nensel, der erst kürzlich mit dem DTV Hannover in die 1. Bundesliga Herren 30 aufgestiegen ist, wird den Holzmindener bei Turnieren in die USA begleiten. Kiefers ständiger Coach Thomas Hogstedt muss aus persönlichen Gründen einige Wochen in seinem Heimatland Schweden verbringen.
"Ein phantastisches Angebot", freut sich Nensel, der sofort von seiner Tätigkeit im NTV freigestellt wurde.
Scheint so als würde Hogstedt immer so um die Zeit ungefähr persönliche Probleme bekommen. Letztes Jahr war auch schon mal so was, ein paar Wochen später glaub ich aber.


for others: Hogstedt will not be with Kiwi for a few weeks. Sascha Nensel will look after Kiwi for the next tree weeks.

kiwifan80
07-17-2005, 02:29 PM
Good luck on Tuesday Kiwi !!!!!!:)

Tennisqueen
07-17-2005, 09:24 PM
Scheint so als würde Hogstedt immer so um die Zeit ungefähr persönliche Probleme bekommen. Letztes Jahr war auch schon mal so was, ein paar Wochen später glaub ich aber.
lol, ich hab genau das gleiche gedacht, als ich das gelesen hab...

smucav
07-18-2005, 05:32 PM
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050718/SPORTS/507180406
RCA CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTEBOOK
Kiefer wants to stay awhile
German, now the No. 2 seed, arrives in Indianapolis early to test new blue courts.
By Mark Ambrogi
mark.ambrogi@indystar.com
July 18, 2005

Nicolas Kiefer wanted to be the first player on the freshly painted blue courts of the Indianapolis Tennis Center.

The 28-year-old German arrived Tuesday and was the first ATP Tour player to practice Wednesday for the RCA Championships, which begins today.

"I like to come in early," Kiefer said. "I like it here. I was here last year and in the final. . . . I try to enjoy it as long as I can. I came here early to prepare well."

Kiefer lost to Andy Roddick 6-2, 6-3 in last year's final.

Andre Agassi's withdrawal because of a back injury allowed Kiefer to get the No. 2 seed. Roddick is seeded No. 1.

"I think it's a very strong field," Kiefer said. "It's a shame that Andre can't come. He's still a legend and, of course, everyone wants to see him play again."

The singles winner will earn $74,250 from the $575,000 purse. The runner-up gets $43,700.

knight_ley
07-19-2005, 02:54 AM
Thanks! I just got back today from a weekend of being extremely ill and I'm so happy to come back to all this Kiwi next and interviews!!!!!!!! Auf gehts Kiwi :bounce:

kiwifan80
07-19-2005, 05:22 AM
Thanks! I just got back today from a weekend of being extremely ill and I'm so happy to come back to all this Kiwi next and interviews!!!!!!!! Auf gehts Kiwi :bounce:

Glad u're fealing better :wavey:

kiwifan80
07-19-2005, 05:25 AM
Grandstand
Matches Start At: 12:30 PM

Jeff MORRISON (USA) vs George BASTL (SUI)
followed by
Amer DELIC (USA) vs Bjorn PHAU (GER)
followed by

Dominik HRBATY (SVK)/Nicolas KIEFER (GER) vs James BLAKE (USA)/Mardy FISH (USA)
followed by
Andy MURRAY (GBR) vs Flavio SARETTA (BRA)
followed by
Greg RUSEDSKI (GBR) vs Wesley MOODIE (RSA)



A tough dubs. match tomorrow. Good Luck Nico!!!!!!!!

Neely
07-19-2005, 11:46 AM
I just hope there won't be much rain in Indy this week, or else their already very rigid schedule without rain gets pretty much rocked :(

knight_ley
07-19-2005, 09:49 PM
Glad u're fealing better :wavey:

:hug: Thanks :) It's sad that the entire time I was in there I was more worried about getting out in time to see Kiwi play than getting better lmfao. Even since that means only seeing his scores on my computer till the weekend if he's still there :p

Neely
07-20-2005, 12:26 AM
Well done Kiwi and Dommy.... They won against Fish/Blake 3-6 6-4 6-4 :)

Now on to singles tomorrow, Kiwi! :)

knight_ley
07-20-2005, 12:31 AM
:woohoo: Kiwi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :banana:

kiwifan80
07-20-2005, 02:20 AM
Such a great win, they had to play well to get past them. IMPRESSIVE!!!:)

knight_ley
07-20-2005, 04:10 AM
WEDNESDAY ORDER OF PLAY

Stadium Court
Matches Start At: 12:30PM

Paradorn SRICHAPHAN (THA) vs Gregory CARRAZ (FRA)
followed by
Andy MURRAY (GBR) vs Mardy FISH (USA)
NOT BEFORE 4:00 PM
Antony DUPUIS (FRA) vs Nicolas KIEFER (GER)

Neely
07-20-2005, 10:51 PM
Time for Kiwi on the court now!

:clap2: COME ON!!!

But I'm very excited, hopefully he starts out playing well after his long time break since Wimbledon! :unsure:

knight_ley
07-21-2005, 12:40 AM
KIWI won!!!!!!! 7-5 6-4!!!!!!!!!

:banana:

Neely
07-21-2005, 12:51 AM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, Kiwi! Well done! :woohoo: :woohoo:

I was a bit worried because the break was so long, but he solved it well and won in two sets! :) :clap2:

and a :banana: :banana: dance because the last win is already some weeks ago! :yeah:


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v111/neely99/stats/2R-KiwiDupuis_Indiana2005.jpg


Next match-up for Kiwi is Kim who has beaten Lee!

urbanjae
07-21-2005, 12:52 AM
KIWI won!!!!!!! 7-5 6-4!!!!!!!!!

:banana:

Yay Kiwi!!!! :bigclap: :yippee:

kek
07-21-2005, 01:41 AM
Great win after a break and different surface. The first match can be tricky and Dupuis can be difficult at times.

I feel confident against Kim. Looks like Nicolas will play against him in singles and doubles. The draw looks promising. Too bad Andy barely won- a loss would have help Nicolas win the title (not that I'm looking that far ahead ;) )

zethand
07-21-2005, 03:21 AM
That´s so good! Im glad Kiwi won (today and yesterday) Keep on winning Kiwi! :yippee:

jmgsdoubsprtnr
07-21-2005, 05:30 AM
i saw kiefer/hrbaty's match against fish/blake. it was a very good match. both teams played really well. i got to sit next to kiefer's coach, which was really cool. don't worry, i took pics of the doubles match (and the coach). i'll post them ASAP! :)

Neely
07-21-2005, 11:53 AM
i saw kiefer/hrbaty's match against fish/blake. it was a very good match. both teams played really well. i got to sit next to kiefer's coach, which was really cool. don't worry, i took pics of the doubles match (and the coach). i'll post them ASAP! :)
:wavey: Thanks, that would be cool! :yeah:


(Damn, I'm not going to be at home during Kiwi's match today evening until around midnight my time. Mary, if you follow the match, can you SMS me a few updates? :kiss: )

NiciSunflower
07-21-2005, 02:18 PM
I am really happy for Kiwi that he's doing so well :banana: But at the same time... Does he have to win a grand slam before they show tennis on German (free) TV? :fiery:

Neely
07-21-2005, 02:44 PM
I know, Niki... it's frustrating.... it's a joke because except the US Open we see nothing of the other events of the US Open Series. Kiefer could win five US tournaments in a row and we would see not the slightest picture of TV of that :fiery:

NiciSunflower
07-21-2005, 03:09 PM
But hey, at least we can watch "Sports-Quizzes" :lol: I think they've shown that pic of Annie Friesinger's bra for at least 65464213547 times :haha: And that other one of Cora Schumacher and that little mistake at her turtleneck shirt :rolls:

kiwifan80
07-21-2005, 06:00 PM
Very solid win :)

Space Cowgirl
07-21-2005, 07:36 PM
Yay Kiwi :dance:

knight_ley
07-21-2005, 08:50 PM
:wavey: Thanks, that would be cool! :yeah:


(Damn, I'm not going to be at home during Kiwi's match today evening until around midnight my time. Mary, if you follow the match, can you SMS me a few updates? :kiss: )


:eek: I just got home and saw this!!!! I will definately text you the score... why i am writing this i dont know cuz you'll get my messages before you see this :lol:

knight_ley
07-21-2005, 08:51 PM
KIWI defeated Kevin Kim 6-1 6-3

:woohoo:

JMG
07-21-2005, 08:57 PM
:banana:

Space Cowgirl
07-21-2005, 09:10 PM
great result, Kiwi :yeah:

jmgsdoubsprtnr
07-21-2005, 10:15 PM
come on kiwi! make it to the final again! win this time though! lol :bounce:

knight_ley
07-21-2005, 10:39 PM
Hey guys! I finally found some pictures! I love this shirt!!!!!! :yeah:

Tennisqueen
07-21-2005, 11:52 PM
:banana: KIWI IS THE BEST! :yippee: :woohoo:
lol, look at his left hand when he's playing... :D

kek
07-22-2005, 12:15 AM
Nicolas will play Friday at 7 pm. Probably against Rusedski. The tennis channel will have coverage. Unfortunately, I have a tennis match of my own at the exact time so I can't watch it live :mad:

Neely
07-22-2005, 01:11 AM
KIWI defeated Kevin Kim 6-1 6-3

:woohoo:
YESSSSSSS, Kiwi!!

Good that he didn't struggle over Kim like the homepage predicted ;) :p

... and a big fist pump and a come on!! :yeah: :angel:

Against Rusedski, Kiwi is still trailing the h2h by 4-5.
However, the last win from LA last year should give confidence for another meeting: 6-1 6-4 Kiefer it was back then!

Lets get Rusedski, Kiwi! :)

knight_ley
07-22-2005, 01:14 AM
YESSSSSSS, Kiwi!!

Good that he didn't struggle over Kim like the homepage predicted ;) :p

... and a big fist pump and a come on!! :yeah: :angel:

Against Rusedski, Kiwi is still trailing the h2h by 4-5.
However, the last win from LA last year should give confidence for another meeting: 6-1 6-4 Kiefer it was back then!

Lets get Rusedski, Kiwi! :)


:mad: i was mad with what the homepage said. everyone's gonna hate on kiwi... :mad: and he cruised thru that match, maybe he read it too :p

i have faith in kiwi's match tomorrow! he's on a roll right now! :banana: and if you need me to keep you posted, you know what to do :p :angel: :yeah:

Neely
07-22-2005, 01:40 AM
i have faith in kiwi's match tomorrow! he's on a roll right now! :banana: and if you need me to keep you posted, you know what to do :p :angel: :yeah:
I hope Rusedski is not sizzling hot and that Kiwi beats him, can be hard with him sometimes when he is serving so well, but well... lets hope he does it again ;)

On the schedule for tomorrow I saw he is not playing before 7pm Indiana time, that will be about 2am for me. I should be able to follow it if I don't fall asleep before :)


BTW, it's going to be a long day for Kiwi today. Remember he played the 2nd match of the day and he will play the last one with Hrbaty in doubles.

So his start for tomorrow playing at night isn't the worst I think.

knight_ley
07-22-2005, 02:07 AM
I hope Rusedski is not sizzling hot and that Kiwi beats him, can be hard with him sometimes when he is serving so well, but well... lets hope he does it again ;)

On the schedule for tomorrow I saw he is not playing before 7pm Indiana time, that will be about 2am for me. I should be able to follow it if I don't fall asleep before :)


BTW, it's going to be a long day for Kiwi today. Remember he played the 2nd match of the day and he will play the last one with Hrbaty in doubles.

So his start for tomorrow playing at night isn't the worst I think.

I think it is good for him too :) Good! Then I expect to speak with you during the match again :p I'll be sure to have Johnny Depp on the TV for him :p

Neely
07-22-2005, 02:08 AM
For those who didn't see it on the tournament page....
For some reason, I just discovered it myself, so maybe somebody else also didn't notice it! :lol:


http://www.rcatennis.com/TopStory.section/pages/stories25968ff3.html
The wait was worth it for Nicolas Kiefer as the German finally stepped onto court into the heat of battle to advance in his opening match Wednesday at the RCA Championships.

Bill Scott, Wednesday, July 20

INDIANAPOLIS -- The wait was worth it for Nicolas Kiefer as the German finally stepped onto court into the heat of battle to advance in his opening match Wednesday at the RCA Championships.

Early-bird Kiefer has been in steamy Indy for a week, training hard and getting his body acclimated to the summer conditions, a necessary prerequisite for victory at the hard court summer challenge.

The result of the hard work was obvious as the second seed defeated France's Antony Dupuis 7-5, 6-4.

"I came really early and tried to prepare," said Kiefer, whose last two ATP trophies were earned in long-ago 2000. "I had good practice here. It was very humid last week, much more than today."

"I was fighting the whole time in this match, I'm pleased with the way that I played. I'm a long way from my best tennis, but it's getting better."

Kiefer lost the 2004 final to Andy Roddick and is theoretically seeded for another showdown with the American on Sunday. Last year, the player they call "Kiwi" played and lost four hard court finals in the States: Scottsdale, Memphis, and Los Angeles in addition to Indy.

But disillusionment at the hard slog required does diminish the fervor for Kiefer. "Of course, it's much better when you win those events," he admitted. "But if winning another title would have been so easy, I would have done it by now.

"I played great until the end of last year when I injured my wrist. But there's no doubt - I have many years left, I'm still young," said the 28-year-old. "I have many years left, that's why I go onto the court. I still want to achieve something big."

Kiefer said that his pre-event preparation was a good investment of time. "But there's a difference between practice and a real match, the most important thing is to try and play your best shots and win."

Kiefer was joined as a winner by another player who has been struggling to find his best form, Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan, like the German an RCA losing finalist (2003).

Paradorn beat another French player, Gregory Carraz, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), then said that his own game is looking up as he strives to improve his current No. 43 after once standing ninth in the world.

The Asian has a lot of work to do after winning only one match at a Grand Slam so far this season. Paradorn improved his 2005 mark to 15-19.

"I was a little tired," said Paradorn after his win over Carraz, a 2004 semi-finalist. "I'm trying to regain my level this year. I've dropped but I've still been playing a lot of tennis. My ranking is down, but I'm still hungry.

"I still have my desire, even if people in Thailand expect me to win everything. I want to return to the Top 20."


BTW, at this tournament livescore, does somebody know a way to look at the stats after the match was played? (like it's offered at some other tournament live scoreboards)

I would like to take a rough glance at the stats if possible...

knight_ley
07-22-2005, 02:36 AM
Kiwi / Hrbaty's match vs Kim / Lee just began !!!!

kek
07-22-2005, 03:07 AM
I have faith that he will beat Greg tomorrow. Rusedski is way past his good days and those good days were way far in between, IMHO.

Neely
07-22-2005, 03:31 AM
And another win in doubles to finish off the long, but successful day for Kiwi

Dommy and Kiwi breezed through in this match like a hot knife through cold butter to defeat Kim/Lee 6-3 6-0 :yeah:

WELL DONE! CONTINUE TOMORROW! :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v111/neely99/stats/0e79917b.jpg

knight_ley
07-22-2005, 03:37 AM
:yeah: Kibaty! Such great play from them :)

jmgsdoubsprtnr
07-22-2005, 05:38 AM
fantastic! i'm so glad they won their doubles match! they're very fun to watch! :bounce:

kfh_9118
07-22-2005, 01:52 PM
I hope Kiwi will partner with Hrbaty more often (esp. in US Open). Both are my fave players :D

Neely
07-23-2005, 03:54 AM
Too bad, Kiwi lost to Rusedski 6-3 6-7(4) 4-6 :sobbing: :sobbing:


He was down too quickly by two breaks in the third set. At the end of the set he finally got looks on Rusedski's serve, but it was already too late (and Rusedski also double faulted a lot).

I don't know what it was, but it looks as if Rusedski just served too well overall and Kiwi struggled in his service games too much.

Disappointing it's over in the QF this year already, but well... nothing we can do about it, lets move on to the next tournament. Rusedski was just too good today.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v111/neely99/stats/76bb42a6.jpg


doubles still remaining, I hope they play tomorrow!

knight_ley
07-23-2005, 06:04 AM
:sad:

kfh_9118
07-23-2005, 07:51 AM
:sad:

I have so much hope that Kiwi can win the title after Andy lost today.
Too bad Kiwi lost too :bigcry:

MD for LA has been released. Kiwi has a potential to meet Greg again in QF :eek:, hope we will see revenge there :angel:

Neely
07-23-2005, 10:12 AM
MD for LA has been released. Kiwi has a potential to meet Greg again in QF :eek:, hope we will see revenge there :angel:
LA isn't going to be easier either, rather on the contrary: much harder

I hope he doesn't lose his confidence and his belief for the next tournaments! :bounce:

JMG
07-23-2005, 12:26 PM
omg How can Greg brake his serve 3 times? :( I fear in LA is Blake even more difficult to defeat than Rusedski.

kek
07-23-2005, 01:06 PM
I saw the match on tv. It was pathetic to watch. To be honest, I couldn't watch the end of the 3rd set. I stopped watching when it was 2-5.

Nicolas played well in the 1st set. He double faulted a lot in that set, always at 40-0. He showed his football skills with the tennis ball.

The second set, he had chances to break in the 1st game. He was 0-30 several times. Greg served well, but Nicolas did return well when he was on. I don't think it was Greg's serving that totally won the match. Nicolas missed a lot of volley's that he normally doesn't miss, his forehand in the net a lot. He tried to lob 3468975448 times and maybe 3 worked. Instead of lobbing Greg, hit a hard flat ball at his feet and make him hit the half volley. Tall players have a hard time bending low to get those balls instead of giving a lousy lob with a overhead smash. Just my 2 cents.

The 3rd set, the same. Greg was coming into net a lot and rushing Nicolas. He had no time to hit the shots. Even though, he said he fought in that match, he didn't fight the whole time. He was in la la land in middle of the 2nd until he broke back. Then at the beginning of the 3rd.

Maybe he was tired, woke up on the wrong side of the bed, ate some nasty american fast food, who knows but Greg didn't beat him by playing that well. Nicolas beat himself. Greg played well at times and picked up his game after the 1st set, but Nicolas had his chances. Granted, Nicolas could have been frustrated with Greg's crap balls. I call Greg the type of player, a hacker. I play in my leagues these old people sometimes who are good but can't hit proper groundstrokes (ie Greg and his chip backhand) and just hack the ball at you until you make the mistake. That drives me crazy, so I imagine with the multiple personalties of Kiwi's, it would drive him bonkers too.

It's a shame that he lost because he had a real chance here to end his title drought with Andy gone. I'm sorry but playing Ginepri or Beck in the final, would have most likely brought a title. I was looking forward to see Nicolas with the RCA dogs.

knight_ley
07-23-2005, 01:32 PM
LA isn't going to be easier either, rather on the contrary: much harder

I hope he doesn't lose his confidence and his belief for the next tournaments! :bounce:


I hope so too.................

I don't know what is going on with my phone... After every text you sent me last night I texted you back, but I don't think any of them sent. Meh.

Neely
07-23-2005, 02:12 PM
I don't know what is going on with my phone... After every text you sent me last night I texted you back, but I don't think any of them sent. Meh.
Don't worry, I think it worked fine. I got about three or four replies from you. Pardon me that I didn't send you much more frequent updates during the long third set, but I felt so :sobbing: after this bad start in the third set when Rusedski was quickly up by two breaks at the beginning. Hopefully the final result didn't spoil your evening too much :hug:

Space Cowgirl
07-23-2005, 05:59 PM
IGreg didn't beat him by playing that well. Nicolas beat himself.
This seems to happen too much for my liking.
Kiwi :(
I think this would have been one of the best opportunities to win a tournament this year, too bad he didn't take it

bavaria100
07-23-2005, 07:44 PM
I can´t believe that he lost :fiery: . I thought that Kiwi would be able to win the title after Robbys win against Andy. It´s such a shame :sad: that Kiwi is sooooo inconsistent. On one day he plays like a top 10 player, the next day he plays like an amateur. Now we have to look forward to LA, although I don´t think that Kiwi´s going to win the whole thing there, because the number of participants is much stroger than in Indy.

knight_ley
07-23-2005, 10:15 PM
Don't worry, I think it worked fine. I got about three or four replies from you. Pardon me that I didn't send you much more frequent updates during the long third set, but I felt so :sobbing: after this bad start in the third set when Rusedski was quickly up by two breaks at the beginning. Hopefully the final result didn't spoil your evening too much :hug:


Actually I knew about him losing the 2nd set before the movie began, and I didn't want to look while I was out czu I knew it would get me down if he had lost so I dind't look at my phone again till while he was driving me home... And I got sad and he was like "Well, when does he play again" and I laughed and said Monday and felt better... SO no it didn't ruin my night... Hopefully I'll catch you on MSN today :p


I'm glad you got my replies, my phone told me you didnt get them :lol: stupid phone. And I understand. I'm sorry I left you to go out. I feel like it is my fault :sad:

Neely
07-24-2005, 12:00 AM
Thanks for your input, kek. :hug: It was very much appreaciated, especially for the ones that did not have the possibility to watch this match! :yeah:

omg How can Greg brake his serve 3 times? :( I fear in LA is Blake even more difficult to defeat than Rusedski.
exactly, that's the first thing that I saw too :scared:
I was like: damn... Blake's going to be a hard one right in the first round... no more Kevin Kim or company like that!

Neely
07-24-2005, 01:49 AM
Kibaty ;) lost 6-7(2) 4-6 to Hanley/Oliver in their doubles semifinal! :sad:

They saved at least four or five match points, but at the end it wasn't enough as they never got close again to break their opponents' serve since the opening game in the first set. I followed most of the match on the scoreboard and unfortunately the stats don't show the total of the break points, but I couldn't remember any break point since the beginning of the first set and, overall, they just didn't get close enough to have important points to make it to 30-40 after 30-30 or to their own ad on deuce.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v111/neely99/stats/460ce34d.jpg


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Fee, if you read this. I know you like Graydon Oliver, so if you didn't see my posted pics of him that I made at the BMW Open in Munich this year, just tell me and I can send them to you if you are interested. :wavey:

knight_ley
07-24-2005, 01:54 AM
:bigclap: everyone use Kibaty! :lol: Let's hope they play doubles together regularly cuz I must say I love that name... :lol:

They did well... Like we saw they fought off so many match points, it is just too bad they couldnt do anything for themselves to get break points.... Such is life... No pictures with puppies this year... :sad: