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Hardcourt Season Begins...Wishing For Wins In Washington!!

NicoFan
07-30-2005, 02:52 PM
Yeay - NICO is coming to my home land!!! I can't wait to see him next week!!! Camera is ready, I'm ready, hope he's ready!

Hoping for a good draw, but no matter, he can use this tournament to get used to the hardcourts.

Its been almost a year since I've seen him...I'm dancing.... :banana:

+alonso
07-30-2005, 05:24 PM
:eek: Awesome ! ! I wanna see nico too.. hope he's ok and he gets a good draw :p Congrats nicof ;)

*Ljubica*
07-30-2005, 05:45 PM
Enjoy yourself Nico :)

Fergie
07-30-2005, 06:30 PM
And will Nico play finally here? :eek:

Vamos Nico, good luck!!! :bounce:

NicoFan
07-30-2005, 07:15 PM
Well, Nico better play in Washington...why wouldn't he?

He's on the entry list.

He only comes to the States a couple of times a year, and this year he missed IW and Miami - I'll be so bummed if he skips Washington. I never get to see him. I haven't seen him since last US Open, and I've been counting the days until l see him. :sad:

The article in Radio Cooperativa said he will play next in Washington also.

Fergie
07-30-2005, 07:18 PM
The commentators said that probably Nico will not play here ... But I didn't read anything about this from Nico, so I don't know ;)

But I prefer that Nico don't play, he needs a bit of rest :)

+alonso
07-30-2005, 08:06 PM
yes me too. sorry nicof :hug: but nico is soo tired :eek: i dunno if he's gonna play in washington

NicoFan
07-30-2005, 08:16 PM
No no no no no no.

Nico has to play in Washington.

I want to see him.

Why doesn't Nico like us here? We're sooo good to him when he comes...everyone loves him. Last year at the US Open, nobody was rooting for his opponents, everyone was rooting for Nico. But he still rarely comes here.

And he needs to get ready for the hardcourts - how can he do well in Montreal and Cincy if he hasn't played a tournament on hardcourts? All these other players will have 2-3 tournaments on hardcourts already when they get to Montreal.

I feel like crying.

+alonso
07-30-2005, 08:21 PM
:lol: :hug: it's not that! i'm only saying that nico probably wont gonna play washington coz he's tired :wavey: i know you will love him and USA too :hug: :lol: :p

Sparko1030
07-30-2005, 08:26 PM
:hug: Hang in there Nicofan. This is the first we've heard about him not playing in Washington. He probably is beat after Kitz so if he pulls out I'm sure that is why. But hopefully he is feeling well and you'll get to see him!

NicoFan
07-30-2005, 08:27 PM
:lol: :hug: it's not that! i'm only saying that nico probably wont gonna play washington coz he's tired :wavey: i know you will love him and USA too :hug: :lol: :p

I know...its just that I was counting the days to see him. :sad:

He is tired, and probably needs the week off.

I wish that I lived in Europe. He plays there 80% of the time. And he never skips one of those tournaments (except the grass in England).

Or lived in Chile - cuz then I could see him on TV.

Here in the States - he never comes to our tournaments, and he's rarely on TV here. So I never see him... :sad:

It would be nice to see him every now and again instead of just following his matches on a live ticker.

*Ljubica*
07-30-2005, 08:39 PM
Cheer up Nico :hug: Perhaps he'll come to the States after all - nothing has been said definately, - and if he pulls out I'm sure it will be for the very best reasons - to look after his health. And if he doesn't play Washington - he won't be alone in having no hardcourt practice before the Masters' events - David hasn't played any ATP tourneys since Wimbledon (only Davis Cup), and Marat and Roger Federer haven't played any tournaments either - so he'll be in good company.

+alonso
07-30-2005, 08:58 PM
(1) RODDICK, Andy USA v Bye
LAPENTTI, Giovanni ECU v MAHUT, Nicolas FRA
(WC) BAKER, Brian USA v Qualifier
Bye v (14) CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG

(11) RUSEDSKI, Greg GBR v Bye
CARRAZ, Gregory FRA v Qualifier
CARLSEN, Kenneth DEN v KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO
Bye v (7) MIRNYI, Max BLR

(3) HENMAN, Tim GBR v Bye
MOODIE, Wesley RSA v Qualifier
FALLA, Alejandro COL v GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA
Bye v (13) SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn THA

(12) BECK, Karol SVK v Bye
KIM, Kevin USA v GINEPRI, Robby USA
(WC) PHILIPPOUSSIS, Mark AUS v HORNA, Luis PER
Bye v (5) HRBATY, Dominik SVK

(6) KIEFER, Nicolas GER v Bye
LAPENTTI, Nicolas ECU v CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA
MULLER, Gilles LUX v SANGUINETTI, Davide ITA
Bye v (9) MASSU, Nicolas CHI

(16) ZIB, Tomas CZE v Bye
BJORKMAN, Jonas SWE v MORRISON, Jeff USA
LISNARD, Jean-Rene FRA v BLAKE, James USA
Bye v (4) STEPANEK, Radek CZE

(8) GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA v Bye
POPP, Alexander GER v PHAU, Bjorn GER
ARTHURS, Wayne AUS v Qualifier
Bye v (10) BERDYCH, Tomas CZE

(15) MELLO, Ricardo BRA v Bye
(WC) REYNOLDS, Bobby USA v (WC) CLAYTON, Alex USA
HERNYCH, Jan CZE v Qualifier
Bye v (2) AGASSI, Andre USA

:banana:

+alonso
07-30-2005, 09:00 PM
I know...its just that I was counting the days to see him. :sad:

He is tired, and probably needs the week off.

I wish that I lived in Europe. He plays there 80% of the time. And he never skips one of those tournaments (except the grass in England).

Or lived in Chile - cuz then I could see him on TV.

Here in the States - he never comes to our tournaments, and he's rarely on TV here. So I never see him... :sad:

It would be nice to see him every now and again instead of just following his matches on a live ticker.


:hug: Yes :hug: hey in the future ask me about live stream :) i had a very good ones for Kitz ;)

:hug: So sorry

NicoFan
07-30-2005, 09:14 PM
Lol! I will ask you about live streams in the future Alonso - just hope my computer connection is fast enough to see it.

I'm just being a big 'ol baby here... ;) ...just feeling sorry for myself rather than thinking about Nico's health.

Of course, if he's tired, he should pull out. I don't want to see him injured again. That's the number one thing that's most important.

And its only two weeks until Cincy, and I'm going for 5 days there so will see him a lot in practice, in singles, and in doubles (with Fena I hope!).

After seeing this draw, he'll want to drop out...lol! Muller is kicking butt in LA. Seems to have gotten a career infusion after beating Rafa at Wimbledon... ;)

And you're right Rosie about his not being alone - lots of guys not playing or playing on clay since Wimbledon.

As long as Nico can kick it in on hardcourts by the Pilot Pen, he should be all set for the US Open.

NicoFan
07-31-2005, 11:22 AM
Nico definitely is playing in Washington!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

From latercera.cl:

"The high temperatures in Austria were the main causes of the physical inconveniences of the viñamarino, but was ruled out that there was something more serious, for which will travel today bound for Washington.

According to his father, Manuel, "the time difference will permit to him to arrive today to the United States, for which will have enough time of rest. Besides, he is free in the first round and will debut Wednesday"".

NicoFan
07-31-2005, 01:59 PM
He's also playing doubles with his amigo Luis:

(1) BRYAN, Bob USA/BRYAN, Mike USA v. GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA/HRBATY, Dominik SVK
HANLEY, Paul AUS/HUSS, Stephen AUS v. (WC) ATAS, Joey USA/SCOTT, Matt CAN

(3) BHUPATHI, Mahesh IND/DAMM, Martin CZE v. MOODIE, Wesley RSA/ZIB, Tomas CZE
(WC) GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA/OUDSEMA, Scott USA v. BECK, Karol SVK/BERDYCH, Tomas CZE

HERNYCH, Jan CZE/KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO v. KOENIG, Robbie RSA/THOMAS, Jim USA
HORNA, Luis PER/MASSU, Nicolas CHI v. (4) KNOWLES, Mark BAH/STEPANEK, Radek CZE

ERLICH, Jonathan ISR/RAM, Andy ISR v. KERR, Jordan AUS/OLIVER, Graydon USA
PALMER, Jared USA/PARROTT, Travis USA v. (2) BLACK, Wayne ZIM/ULLYETT, Kevin ZIM

+alonso
07-31-2005, 06:22 PM
YAYY! :D good to know ;) Vamos nico entonces :wavey:

Sparko1030
07-31-2005, 06:22 PM
Very happy that Nico is OK and it was just the heat and that you'll get to see him afterall Nicofan! :wavey:

*Ljubica*
07-31-2005, 06:44 PM
Very happy for you Nico :) Enjoy every moment!

NicoFan
07-31-2005, 10:30 PM
Watching Muller play Andre - he'll be tough for Nico.

Muller is a leftie and has a nice forehand.

When his first serve goes in, watch out. But fortunately it doesn't go in much.

Muller is slow though. When Andre runs him around and gets a rally going, Andre almost always wins it.

Hoping that Muller will be tired - he looks tired out there right now and the commentators just talked about it. He's really putting everything out there for this match with Andre - hope he has nothing left for DC. And then he's going to have to take the red eye to DC tonight - jet leg, time change. Then play against Davide on Tuesday. And its going to be really really really hot in Washington this week - mid-90s F (like 40-41 C??? not sure that's right). Though the matches start late at 4:00.

Though doesn't really matter - would be nice if Nico could win, but really looking at this tournament for him to get back on the hardcourts, get the feel again, and get some good practice time in.

And hope he doesn't practice just with the other clay court players. Made me loca in US Open that he would only practice with the clay court players. He needs to practice with the hardcourt players...much better practice for playing on hardcourts...lol!

Fergie
08-01-2005, 12:46 AM
Watching Muller play Andre - he'll be tough for Nico.

Muller is a leftie and has a nice forehand.

Like Verdasco ... And have a good slice too ;)

Good to know that Nico finally will play ... Vamos!!! :bounce:

*Ljubica*
08-01-2005, 04:41 PM
And hope he doesn't practice just with the other clay court players. Made me loca in US Open that he would only practice with the clay court players. He needs to practice with the hardcourt players...much better practice for playing on hardcourts...lol!

Guess he is like most of the other South Americans - they all tend to practice with each other - I suppose they just feel more comfortable that way being with their friends, and also having the common language. I am sure he'll be fine :)

NicoFan
08-01-2005, 04:41 PM
Like Verdasco ... And have a good slice too ;)

Good to know that Nico finally will play ... Vamos!!! :bounce:

I was thinking that about Verdasco - Nico's just faced a leftie.

Yeah, its taken Nico awhile to get to play in Washington.. ;)

NicoFan
08-01-2005, 04:46 PM
Guess he is like most of the other South Americans - they all tend to practice with each other - I suppose they just feel more comfortable that way being with their friends, and also having the common language. I am sure he'll be fine :)

At the Olympics, Nico practiced with Andy - and looked what happened...lol! I was hoping that after that he would start to do that more frequently, but everytime I saw him at the US Open last year at practice, it was with another clay court player. :eek:

But you're right...comfort level.

Same with coaches...was hoping that Nico would break away from the South American coaches but its not to be - Gaby will come back after the US Open - great coach but would be nice for him to get a different perspective for a year - someone that can help him with hardcourts.

*Ljubica*
08-01-2005, 05:05 PM
At the Olympics, Nico practiced with Andy - and looked what happened...lol! I was hoping that after that he would start to do that more frequently, but everytime I saw him at the US Open last year at practice, it was with another clay court player. :eek:

But you're right...comfort level.

Same with coaches...was hoping that Nico would break away from the South American coaches but its not to be - Gaby will come back after the US Open - great coach but would be nice for him to get a different perspective for a year - someone that can help him with hardcourts.

South American coaches are the best ;) No seriously - I can't obviously speak for Nico, but most of the South American players I know have more than just a working relationship with their coaches. They all go out together, have dinner together, spend a lot of time socialising together - so I guess it's only natural to "stick to their own" where they feel more comfortable and relaxed, which is obviously very important during big tournaments and when you spend a long time away from home and loved ones. Gaby was David's coach when he reached the Wimbledon Final in 2002 so guess he knows a fair bit about fast court play ;)

NicoFan
08-01-2005, 05:58 PM
South American coaches are the best ;) No seriously - I can't obviously speak for Nico, but most of the South American players I know have more than just a working relationship with their coaches. They all go out together, have dinner together, spend a lot of time socialising together - so I guess it's only natural to "stick to their own" where they feel more comfortable and relaxed, which is obviously very important during big tournaments and when you spend a long time away from home and loved ones. Gaby was David's coach when he reached the Wimbledon Final in 2002 so guess he knows a fair bit about fast court play ;)

I agree, they are great, and Gaby is one of the very best. :worship:

Just thought Nico could use a different perspective. Even though it wouldn't help him as much with hardcourts and before I found out that he was going back with Gaby, I was hoping for someone from Spain because obviously their programs have had such great results with players from all different countries.

Of course, he would have to listen to them... ;) ...he admitted one of his biggest problems is not listening to his coaches.

*Ljubica*
08-01-2005, 07:45 PM
Of course, he would have to listen to them... ;) ...he admitted one of his biggest problems is not listening to his coaches.

Do any of them :rolleyes: I personally don't know how these coaches do their jobs...........when their player wins then people are generally full of praise for the player and forget about the coach - but as soon as they start losing then people want to sack the coach :devil: They are the most patient people on earth in my opinion - especially the ones who work with South American players!! I have my own little Argentine coaches appreciation society..................Gaby Markus, Franco Davin, Eduardo Infantino, Hernan Gumy, Horacio de la Peña, Luis Lobo..............tennis would not be the same without them!!! :)

NicoFan
08-02-2005, 12:29 AM
Buena suerte to Nico and Luis in doubles on Tuesday! :bounce:

Stadium
Matches Start At: 4:00 PM

Kevin KIM (USA) vs Robby GINEPRI (USA)
NOT BEFORE 5:30 PM
Mark PHILIPPOUSSIS (AUS) vs Luis HORNA (PER)
NOT BEFORE 7:00 PM
Andy RODDICK (USA) vs Giovanni LAPENTTI (ECU)
followed by
Tim HENMAN (GBR) vs Wesley MOODIE (RSA)


Grandstand
Matches Start At: 4:00 PM

Nicolas LAPENTTI (ECU) vs Arnaud CLEMENT (FRA)
followed by
Gilles MULLER (LUX) vs Davide SANGUINETTI (ITA)
followed by
Kenneth CARLSEN (DEN) or Ivo KARLOVIC (CRO) vs Max MIRNYI (BLR)
followed by
Mark KNOWLES (BAH)/Radek STEPANEK (CZE) vs Luis HORNA (PER)/Nicolas MASSU (CHI)

Fergie
08-02-2005, 12:44 AM
Vamos Nico y Lucho!!! :bounce:

Sparko1030
08-02-2005, 04:22 AM
Good Luck to Nico and Luis in their doubles match tomorrow! :hatoff:

NicoFan
08-03-2005, 12:56 AM
Nico's match against Muller will be the first match in the main stadium at 4:00 p.m. Washington time.

VAMOS NICO!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

+alonso
08-03-2005, 02:10 AM
where did you find the oop nicof?? thx in advance :hug: enjoy nico :lol:

+alonso
08-03-2005, 02:11 AM
oh nico is losing his doubles match right now :sad:

0-3

NicoFan
08-03-2005, 02:23 AM
They're getting destroyed in doubles :-(

Got the info off of the atp site.

NicoFan
08-03-2005, 02:24 AM
Here's the link:

http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2005/418/op.pdf

Fergie
08-03-2005, 03:07 AM
(4)Knowles/Stepanek d Horna/Massu 63 61 :sad:

Good luck tomorrow Nico!!! :bounce:

+alonso
08-03-2005, 03:41 AM
thx nicof ;) ohh he's in first place ...... ohh :( 4 Pm ...still school time :rolleyes:

Sparko1030
08-03-2005, 03:43 AM
Sorry they lost their doubles match-good practice I guess.

And Buena Suerte to Nico tomorrow against Muller! VAMOS!!! :bigwave:

Sparko1030
08-03-2005, 03:45 AM
Have a great time watching Nico tomorrow Nicofan!!! Lucky you!!! (for a change) :hatoff:

*Ljubica*
08-03-2005, 05:34 AM
Yes - have fun Nico :) I will probably be asleep before this match even starts, which is why I don't like this part of the season :sad: - but it's great for you to see him live for a change, and hope he wins for you :)

Sparko1030
08-03-2005, 10:07 PM
:tears: Nico lost 7-6(2),6-4...He played close on his first hardcourt match since coming back from his foot injury and Muller seems to be on a hot streak so don't feel too bad, but I was hoping Nicofan could see him win. Love ya Nico! :inlove:

On to Montreal!!! Practice Nico Practice!

+alonso
08-03-2005, 10:29 PM
yes he lost but against a player who made the finals last week ;) 67 46 isn't bad! :p and seems his serve was pretty good ;) 10 aces :yeah:

sorry nicof :sad:

Fergie
08-04-2005, 12:17 AM
Nice try Nico :hug:

Now it's time to take a little rest and be ready for Montreal ;)

*Ljubica*
08-04-2005, 05:21 AM
Yes - there's no shame in losing to Muller in his present great form. But sorry NicoFan - hope you are OK.

NicoFan
08-04-2005, 04:38 PM
I'm absolutely fine...lol! I saw Nico!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Even though he lost - we can all be proud of him, because he really looked good out there for his first match back on hardcourts since the Oz Open. His serve is fine, he's moving great...the only thing is that he has to get used to his timing again on hardcourts. After being on clay, its going to take him a couple of weeks to kick in, but of course, he will. The Olympics had faster hardcourts than the US Open, so we know that he can play hardcourts once he gets acclimated to them. Other than that he had a tad bit of trouble with his backhand yesterday but he'll work that out too. Returning serve very well, and Muller gave him a large number of second serves, but again, it came down to getting used to the faster surface.

And not to take anything away from Muller, because he probably would have won any way, but he was very lucky out there. I felt bad for Nico because he was working so hard but nothing went his way. Couple of shots just dribbling over the net for Muller, and 4 bad line calls went for Muller. Nico was so frustrated and ticked off. Nico even yelled at one point - he cannot be that lucky!!!

And Nico was frustrated with the surface after the first set. He was soooo funny though I don't think that he meant to be funny - there were some Chileans sitting next to me - great guys, very nice to translate everything Nico was saying out there - Nico said something like - one, two groundstrokes, and the point is over - its boring.

He loves the clay, and Nico is great at all the strategy on clay - setting up the point, angles, strategy - it must make him crazy not to be able to set up the point.

Now...can't wait for Cincy!!! :)

*Ljubica*
08-04-2005, 04:51 PM
Thanks for the report Nico. Glad you are fine and had fun despite the result.

Sparko1030
08-04-2005, 05:07 PM
Thanks for the great report Nicobug! Glad you had a good time! :wavey: