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lovemario
08-28-2005, 12:56 AM
So here's an article from yesterday's newspaper,mario talking about us open!

Mario Ančić in nice mood for the us open
*Mario Ančić waits for the us open in nice mood. Two third rounds at tournaments of masters series helped to build up good form and confidence,although there is an impression that he could have done more in canada.
-Mario:Yes,it was really good,although too bad for montreal. It was a real chance,the dreaw was open,but I lost to rusedski. He went to semifinal beating hrbaty,with whom I have positive score(more wins).No…don't wanna talk about what would happen if it happen (I hope the expression is sth like that). I lost and that's the end of the story. Against hewitt in cin. I couldn't have done anything,he served and returned fenomenally.I collected a great number of matches,situation is completely different to the one last year.

*Last year playing balun(soccer) in hvar cost him a lot. He twisted his ancle,came to NY unready,although he won an olympic medal with ivan,which was won more on strenght and great desire.
-Mario: It turns out that us open doesn't suit me,but it's not like that.It's just circumstances. I lost twice in 5 sets,to novak and hrbaty.Actually i had to retire when I played hrbaty cause of cramps,and against novak I came back from 0:2 to 2:2.It took me little.I won't talk about what happened last year,I wasn't ready.
*As opposite to now?
-Mario:That's right. I have a huge motiv of erasing that zero(of matches won there)
*The Korean is already a veteran,and hasn't been succesful this year…
-Mario:That doesn't mean anything,grand slams are an inspiration to everybody.He's dangerous,has a good hand,talent.If I'm not in completely,it could be tough. That's why I'm careful,serious.
*He' happy with the new coach F.Rosengren
-Mario: He's a big worker and a professional.We are getting to know each other,talk a lot about tennis.We have the same vision about how I should play.
*At the end we spoke about goran and his possible comeback to dc team if croatia beats russia and enters the final
-Mario:Of course,we would all like to see him back in the team.Besides,Ithink it would be a nice gesture.But we'll talk about it when the time comes. We have a lot of running to do before the final.

Éowyn
08-28-2005, 01:00 AM
thanks sweetie :)

linus
08-28-2005, 01:09 AM
oh, i read it just like he was speaking besides me :hug:

omg, i need to listen to his audios now :lol:

thanks :worship:

Éowyn
08-28-2005, 01:12 AM
you're obsessed iwth his audios

lovemario
08-28-2005, 01:21 AM
His voice gives me tingles :hug:

Éowyn
08-28-2005, 01:41 AM
His voice gives me tingles :hug:

it gives everyone tingles no?

lovemario
08-28-2005, 01:48 AM
it gives everyone tingles no?

I don't know about everyone,I know about me :haha:

Éowyn
08-28-2005, 01:49 AM
well me too :) :p

linus
08-28-2005, 01:52 AM
my mum too :lol:

lovemario
08-28-2005, 01:55 AM
well me too :) :p
good to know :lol:

Éowyn
08-28-2005, 02:15 AM
see it is everyone :lol: he's just too good for us all

_pyromatic
08-28-2005, 05:37 AM
it gives everyone tingles no?

That's because his voice is so deep it make the computer vibrate ;)

ataptc
08-28-2005, 08:05 AM
That's because his voice is so deep it make the computer vibrate ;)
:lol:

Thanks for the article :hug:

lovemario
08-28-2005, 05:14 PM
These are some mario quotes from his interviews and articles about him


-This is the article where the ''hat'' picture with goran is,when he started playing atp tour,17 years old:
''I could have stayed in juniors,win couple of grand slams,I think I made better choice becoming a professional.This year wasn't for nothing,I 've strenghtened,realized where I am and what I have to do to fulfill my goals.If I had stayed in juniors,I would have covered some weakness in my game and everything would be wonderful''

''Goran was always,I mean always my rolemodel.I always watched him and was nervous because of him,felt like I was on court.I'm extremely grateful to him,he gave me the opportunity to train with him,to learn from him.He helped me a lot and I will never be able to pay him back.Till now I haven't thought that we could play against each other.That's an interesting possibility.I didn't have to think about that before.It would be weird,but I would try to play fair,then who wins! I would serve him an ace!'' :lol:


-At the end of 2003,about the whole season:
''I give myself +2''
''After 1/8 at aus.open and winning challenger in hamburg,I can't be satisfied with the rest. Till the end. I had a lot of chances,I played a lot of close matches.Most of them I lost. That's what is important in the end,result is the only measure,not whether I played good or not (that is what I'm always saying,dear mario) Who will ask you if you lost.I should have done more.''



-Conference after he lost to pavel in dc:
''Of course I'm angry to have lost,cause I was in the match the whole tome,attacked and I think I have played one of my best matches lately. It wasn't enough,but we are moving on. It's all on Ljubo now to bring us the first point,so that we can make up what we lost tomorrow in doubles.''

''Of courseI'm optimistic.I need to have a good rest,tomorrow is a new day,nothing is lost.''



-After the first title win in rosmalen:
''I was really selfconfident on court,played good from first to last point,specially on the most important points,which gives me even more selfconfidence. I controled the match and that's a good feeling.'' :yeah:

''Last year I played great in wimbledon after reaching the semifinal here,I hope to ontinue the tradition this year.'' :tears:

''I didn't want to lose my third final.How would that look?'' :D


-After beating rusedski at superset tennis:
''I played good tennis and knew that one game would be enough,where I could put few returns together.I had no problems holding my serve,I took a lot points from him. Even if we went to tiebreak, I think I would be in advantage.''

About the money won there:
''Anyway I don't know what to do with them,didn't have a chance to think about it. I don't have too many demands,unless if it's about tennis.'' :worship:
*In tennis he wants everything


-About tennis players,are they preoccupied with tennis too much,travel all the time:
''First of all you have to be a persin.It's not like I'm gonna turn into robot.We are normal people who like to have fun, see new things,meet new people.''


-About losing to coria in rosmalen 2004:
''I broke a racket after a long time.When? In the locker-room.
Only one racket? ''I remembered the wimbledon coming,so I stopped,otherwise I would have stayed without rackets. :lol: It wouldn't be convenient day before wimbledon!'' :haha:


-Would he like to see goran as dc captain:
''That would be nice.When he was there 4 years ago,it was great,amazing atmosphere. Didn't matter that the opponents were easy,we had 15-0 wins and celebrated.''


-After beating monfils at wim:
''Samurai was easy on his legs today''(reffering to himself,some joke with cro journalists,about how samurai can do what he wants when he wants,as opposite to the udomchoke match)
''I felt really good. I controlled my serve without problems,on the other hand I had a lot time to develop my game,cause his first serve percentage wasn't good.If you give him time you'll see that he's very fast,but made him nervous with constant pressure. It was a job done professionally.''

-After he lost to lopez:
''I've never made 15 doubles in my life.I don't know what happened I felt good played good till today.When I lose like this don't know what to say.
Of course I'm nervous when I make 15 double foults.I didn't know what to do. Suddenly everything I did till today,the way I played and won,nothing was right.Serve and volley is my ''forca''(his expression,meaning strenght).When that doesn't work,don't know what to do. And he played great,didn't give me chance,he was hitting every shot in. It's easy to play when you have 2-0 sets.'' :tears:

''You know what you can do when you don't serve good on grass,when you serve 15df,you can go f*** yourself.'' :shrug:

''It's been a while since I felt so bad after a match.'' :crying2:

pryss
08-28-2005, 07:14 PM
thanks lovemario :hug:

linus
08-28-2005, 09:34 PM
:worship: thanks

Éowyn
08-28-2005, 11:33 PM
That's because his voice is so deep it make the computer vibrate ;)

:lol:

lovemario
08-28-2005, 11:58 PM
:worship: thanks

:hug:

Éowyn
08-29-2005, 12:04 AM
:p

lovemario
08-29-2005, 12:21 AM
:p
Is that for me dear?
So you hate the quotes so much,ha or is it sth else :lol: :lol:

Éowyn
08-29-2005, 01:00 AM
Is that for me dear?
So you hate the quotes so much,ha or is it sth else :lol: :lol:
:p is a nice smiley it's what mario did to me he went :p

:ras: is an evil smiley

but :p is nice

now peoples go see this article here about the kiddies
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/scn-sa-tennis5aug28,0,7164232.story?coll=stam-news-local-headlines

now tell me
Alexa Glatch, 15, and the seventh-ranked junior in the world, coached some younger players on one side of Court 4 while Mario Ancic, 19, worked with kids on the other end.

when did mario go back in time and become 19 again?

RogiNie
08-29-2005, 08:44 AM
thanks lovemario! :hug:

vero
08-29-2005, 09:11 AM
thank you so much dear lovemario for the article and all the quotes :kiss: :kiss:

vero
08-29-2005, 09:15 AM
when did mario go back in time and become 19 again?
:haha: they seem to know very well :lol: the tennis and especially who is Mario :aplot:

Éowyn
08-30-2005, 12:05 AM
yes they know him so well they took back in time and made him 19 again

lovemario
08-30-2005, 12:39 AM
They checked the facts before writing the article :mad:
Or maybe mario seemed like 19 to them and wrote it :scratch:

I'm getting tired of the sentence ''ancic beat federer in wim 2002'' like that's the only sentence in his bio :mad:
mario you need to do sth big soon :bounce:

Éowyn
08-30-2005, 12:59 AM
not in the bio on ajmo mario though :p we have a classy bio :)

lovemario
08-30-2005, 09:07 AM
not in the bio on ajmo mario though :p we have a classy bio :)

I know dear :p maybe you should email it to them :lol:

vero
08-30-2005, 09:38 AM
They checked the facts before writing the article :mad:
completely agree with you !!



Or maybe mario seemed like 19 to them and wrote it :scratch:
:lol: :lol:



I'm getting tired of the sentence ''ancic beat federer in wim 2002'' like that's the only sentence in his bio :mad:

So do i :(

Éowyn
08-30-2005, 03:47 PM
I know dear :p maybe you should email it to them :lol:

hehe maybe if we ever get to the top of the search engines (or even figure out where we are on google) then people will come to us looking for his bio!

lovemario
12-23-2005, 09:14 PM
So here is the article I said before that I would translate!


The article from Mario's home town newspapers Slobodna Dalmacija (10.12.2005.)
(unfortunatelly, there's no link to this article :( with the pics that I was talking abt before, they decided not to put online this particular article :mad: )

-About the final match against Mertinak:
I can't even describe how nervous I was when we walked out on court. It's hard to explain that. A huge imperative, it's the last match, we're at the end of the road. I couldn't get the break in the first set although I had many chances, but tie-break was perfect. After I had won the 2nd set, it was easier, but I knew I couldn't relax 'cause there were lot of turnarounds in DC, in the final, too. I had in front of my eyes the match where Youzhny came from 0:2 against Mathieu. When I served for the match, I eliminated all emotins from my head, was just thinking of how to finish the match off. First two points were most important, I didn't even know how long it all lasted, I read in the papers afterwards. Supporters were loud, I was ready to wait as long as it takes for everything to settle down. I knew I would get the point if I hit the first serve in, and that's how it was.

-Did all the loses from this year(from DC) wonder around his head, how did he feel abt that?
I knew it was all or nothing. I didn't look at it from my perspective, but from the perspective of the entire team. The thoughts were positive, all I could think about was what to do to win. I keep repeating it's a team's victory. It's normal that I didn't feel like happiest man when I lose, but you have to accept it. The other guys played better in those match, I would give my maximum in the doubles. When I'm in the national team, the team is all that matters. I don't think abt the defeats, it was important that we moved ahead into the next rounds.

-Abt some defeats this year and before those ''that he was not suppose to lose'', abt hard moments:
There were a lot of hard moments which I overcame with more work. Some unexplainable defeats when I was crossing from junior to senior tennis. And this year too. Arthurs in Scottsdale, Lopez in Wim., Tursunov in Paris where I was still in the run for the masters cup. I won't even mention Pavel in Split.
It holds you for one day, then you go on. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. This is not a team sport, so wins and defeats you have to take and handle by yourself. Pressure can be huge…You learn to deal with it with time.

-But there are awards too. Like olympic medal last year (for last year's welcoming he was in NY, but it has all been compensated this year):
Of course, it's what you dream about, every athlete carries it in himself. Ever since Goran's welcoming in Split four years ago, I kinda wanted it to happen to me some day, too. Especially 'cause Goran is so close to me. We are a small country, but we have great athletes and to deserve that kind of treatment, you have to sth really big. So we became world champions. In Bratislava, I still wasn't aware of how big it was, this thing that we have done.

-Could it be a turning point in his career?
I think it can affect your confidence. The fact is that I've always improved, went ahead, it will continue that way. Bronze from Athens was a big stimulus for Ljubo, it helped him a lot. I hope that this will to me, too, for that little step. I can't say that I've done little till now by entering the top 20. I was #17 in the world, and of course that doesn't satisfy me. I'm going to the top, next destination is top 10, and what's in the end - who can know that. I have a solid season behind me, without too many oscilations. I think that it's all a matter of physical preparation now. I have to get stronger, improve my footwork. It's unbeliveable how tired I felt on the last tournament in Paris.

-What is the top for Mario Ancic?(he laughed) Winning Wimbledon? (laughed again) I know he has it in him, but will the stars be on his side?
There's no doubt that you have to be lucky too. It's enough to remember Goran in 2001, when it started to rain in Wimbledon, when he played against Henman. You have to be a big player to do that. I think I'm capable of it and think that puzzles will come to its place some day.
Some object me for not going to the net more often,as if I don't know that's my game and that I have good volleys. I trained with Edberg last two days in Sweden. You know what kind of player he was, he says that in today's conditions you can't rush at the net on every point. On every other, maybe.

-Lots of ppl came to ask for his autograph, hasn't turned down anyone, media interest is huge, and all the receptions he has to go to:
It's part of business. Ever since I was 14, I was getting use to it, ever since I became European champion. It's not a problem, I'll respond to everyone, but there are boundaries. If I have to expone myself, it will be for tennis only. Privacy is important to me as well as to anyone else. I'm not planning to use my popularity, or to go to places just to be seen. I haven't before, won't now.

-Most wanted bachelor(in Croatia)?
If I am, I don't see myself like that. It's all just one day fun. I've never let secondary things to burden me, I would just turn away and continue training. Tennis is my life. It had became after the Eur.champion title, when I saw I was the best. In the beginning it was just a game. I would come home from school, do my homework and ran outside. Tennis, football, swimming, waterpolo…just like other kids.

-Pics from family album show that sport was always in his blood( just for the info, there are pics of him in the sea, on the snow, with other boys when he was Hajduk's Junior, pic of him in the army - which I didn't knew he went to, pic of him in karate kimono…)
What ever you mention, I have played it. There are few things that I haven't tried. Two months of karate, 6 months in Hajduk, in the summer I would swimm and play waterpolo, when professor Bezelj worked with me-I trained basketball, I started to ski early. Unfortunatelly I skied last time when I was 12 years old. We use to go every year. First Ivica couldn't do it anymore, then me. Tennis overtook it. I would love to ski again, but it's dangerous. I'm thinking of trying ski running. It difficult, but not dangerous.

-Street Put Firula hasn't seen wilder child, and skinnier, I suppose?
I was unstopable, it was easiest to let me go outside. Especially up there, in Turjaci, at my grandparents, there's nature as much as you want. I had huge energy, I had to use it and that's why I ended in sport so early.

-First tennis steps?
I don't remember, but I remember the first tournament I had won. It was a club one, I was 10 years old, I beat Dino Čeba in the final.

-Comparisons with Goran were inevitable, although he tried to avoid it. Other than tennis talent, what connects them is the same passion for braking racquets. Today he's different, at least on court.
What? I broke one in Bratislava, too. I'm still teperamental, emotins take over me, but I've learnt to control myself. I think I've calmed down during the time I worked with Bob Brett. At 13-14, I was really wild, I was pretty close to being kicked out of European championship.

-Today he enjoys two things. Tennis is one, and the other?
Studying law! I know that most people don't take me seriously and ask why I'm doing it. I'm third year now. I don't know what's gonna happen, I'm only 21. Whatever I do, I'm dedicated to it. I've always been like that.

linus
12-24-2005, 04:14 AM
a good interview i ever seen :yeah:

thanks :worship:

a smart guy while a little bit unconfident :hug:

In a word, i enjoy his answers all :yeah:

but but ...dear Mario why to speak of Paulo's mistery again :eek: :lol:

and take it easy, i would never be one of Dog Packs to dig you :aplot:

and god wishes to your law study, I will try my best to over you since it is impossible for me to achieve it on tennis court :wavey:

lovemario
12-26-2005, 12:25 AM
but but ...dear Mario why to speak of Paulo's mistery again :eek: :lol:

and take it easy, i would never be one of Dog Packs to dig you :aplot:


:haha:

lovemario
12-26-2005, 01:02 AM
Article from Tena:

Christmas in Ancic family

Q: Do you have any special customs for Christmas?
Mama Nilda: Yes, we have. We have a new member in our family, daughter of Ivica, but we'll still spend Christmas in Turjaci(village near Split) where the parents of my husband live. We spend it there ever since the kids were small and Christmas there is special.

Q: During his match in Bratislava, Mario kept kissing the cross on the necklace round his neck. How important is the religion in your family?
Mama Nilda: It's very important. I often tell Mario that, when he's on the tournaments and we're not around, only God can watch over him. The necklace he wears around his neck and never takes it of, was blessed by John Paul II when he received the tennis national team during his visit to Split. Mario hasn't wore it till then, but after I got it back, he never took it of again

Q:How do you feel abt the upcoming holidays?
No matter how hard I train, win matches, travel, I live for the end of the year when the family gathers and we celebrate Christmas. It's special when it's celebrated with your closest.

Q: This year there are more reasons to celebrate 'cause of great tennis year. Have you lived up to your expectations?
Yes, of course. I've finished among top 20, I'm at #17(I think they twisted his words a bit :rolleyes: ), we recently became the world champions. I had a great season, didn't have medical problems or bigger sports injuries.

Q: Even though you're concentrted on next season, lets go back to Bratislava. The destiny of the whole team was in your hands. How do you handle that kind of pressure and responsibility?
It's a big thing to win the trophy among 130 countries that entered the competition, only 12th country to win it. Abt the pressure, I was positive from the beginning and concentrated on the win. I have to admit that I was nervous in the beginning, but while playing, things got under my control. In tennis, it's not over 'til it's over, anything can change.

Q: How did you prepare for the match? Did you pray, especially since we heard that your uncle, the priest, was in Bratislava too?
I don't have real preparations in those cases, in those 15 min. between matches, I'm usually not aware if I'll be able to win. I visualize the match in my head, I cross myself before coming out on the court and start the game.

Q: Persons that you love were on the stands. Your parents, brother, cousins… Who's eyes do you look for in the audience?
I get so carried away with the match that I forget who's on the stands. Sometimes I don't even hear them yelling my name, even if it can be pretty loud.

Q: Who is your tennis rolemodel? By your temperamental style of playing, I would say Goran Ivanisevic.
I see Goran as a friend, who was of course in a certain way a rolemodel to me when I was young. We played together at the Olympics in Sydney when I was 15, and we're from the same city…Goran has helped me whenever he could and proved to me many times that, other than he's a great tennis player, is a very good man too.

Q: Just like Goran, you show your emotions on the court, and when you're mad, you throw racquets. What is that feling like?
Ha,ha… The way of expressing anger on the court is individual and it's all up to player how he manages it. When everything is black in front of your eyes and you collect this imense anger inside yourself, sometimes it's good to brake your racquet to get rid of the stress :haha: With years, I'm yelling more, unfortunatell; curse sometimes, but brake racquets less.
But I have broken a lot of them during my career, ha ha…

Q: Lots of top class athletes can thank their parents for their success, who help them a lot. How much do you have to thank to your father and is he strict like some other fathers are to their children?
My parents have always stood beside me and helped me with everything I have done. I chose tennis myself, mostly 'cause of my brother. Today when I think abt it, it seems to me that, if he had chosen karate or handball, I would have started the same as him. In Split they used to call me, that little one, brother of Ivo, who plays good tennis and out of who sth good could come out some day. When my father saw the talent in me, he did everything to help me get to be professional athlete. Same happened with my brother, and with my sister. Even though tennis is an individual sport, there's someone behind every successful tennis player.
What I like abt my father is that he would always tell me the truth, however it was and that has helped me to learn healthy habits. It wasn't always easy to hear that, so there were tears too sometimes, and broken racquets…

Q: Have you ever considered leaving professional tennis?
No, never although there were some really hard moments.

Q: You father is meritorious for your professional career, and your mother for your good education.
Mum was always a person in behind, she and Dad complemented each other well. We are the result: my brother has finished Economy, I stuly Law and my sister who's the best student in language highschool in Split, and who has a good tennis career ahead of her. Mum always jumped in when was necessairy, she took care of our health and obligations.

Q: Last year, your mother suddenly got sick, but a sit seems, it's all behind you today. How did you handle that?
When that happened, I was in Paris and I have to admit that I got really scared. I was in the end of a tournament and didn't know exactly what was going on.
Of course, it was a shock to me and couldn't wait to come back to Split, where doctors calmed me down assuring me that she would be ok. Fortunately, that's what happened.

Q: You started playing tennis because of your brother. Did your sister do the same thing because of you?
You could say that. She's following tennis footsteps. But, unlike me, she's had a lot of injuries that caused problems for her at the beginning of the year, which she started of good. She has a great desire to succeed, same as me, so I hope that some day we'll be able to make a good double in Grand Slams.

Q: Although you're only 22, we almost never see you at parties. Do you even go out?
I'm very attached to my family, and abt going out, it would be the best if I showed you my schedule for next year that is already filled till the end, who's rhytm is sth like this: 2 days in Split, then a month away. But still, I go out with my friends, go to family launches…

Q: Have you ever regreted missing teenage parties because of sport?
It has always beed said in my family that being top class athlete means having some things and losing others. I have never regreted it, because when I look at it today, I do the same things as my friends. I have no regrets about anything

Q: Ivan Lj. revealed to us that he had a great support from his wife moving up the rankings, who has waited for him for years. Do you have a similar story?
Ivan is married and he can say that Aida was his second half. When I get into a situation like that, I'll probably say the same, that my wife( :scared: ) has waited for me.

Q: Do you even have time for love life?
Yes, when you organise yourself good, you have enough time for everything.

Q: Your mother said in the beginning of this interview that you are a very modest young man who hasn't threated himself with some expensive things or clothes. What do you spend your money on?
I'm not into designer clothes or new cars, or expensive watches. I don't think abt those things. I like to spend my money on a lunch with my friends and some things that I need. For ex. I bought camera, a laptop…

Q: To send e-mails to your better half, like Ivan did to Aida?
Is that some kind of provocation? Ha ha

linus
12-26-2005, 03:32 AM
woo thanks again :worship:

after the whole morning classes, out of tire it makes me :yeah:

I agree with him that when we are at best youth, we need to put ourselves into learning and figure-shaping. and from my families, i get so many supports too so i can understand Mario. Of course we have our own close friends even with bfs or gfs, but we still need to learn to listen to our families also. Maybe seems that we would lose some life which other young kids are living but who can tell how much of it is worthy not bad? I think not ourselves, but families who give you true love always :angel:

no matter whether to be top player, it is nice to see that Mario has his own happy life. On the way to play tennis better, Mario is expected to control himself better, just like a butterfly, breaking out of cocoon. I still waiting for his matches deserved on court :angel:

last week, when I opened one of his videos' bag in my pc, so suddenly, the one lost to Hewitt playing on which made me wanna tear again, god bless I held it coz I know not only myself turn stronger but also Mario would be. Time fast, time works !!

vero
12-26-2005, 01:49 PM
:banana: great !! :D
Thanks a lot sweetie Goga for these great interviews :kiss: :kiss: :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

They are so interesting (the most interesting since a long time, maybe even the best I ever read) !!! It's the first time I read Mario's talking that much abt him : personal life, chilhood, family, study, etc...
*can't be happier* :D

lovemario
12-27-2005, 12:02 AM
I really liked them, esp the one from Slob.Dalm. glad you did too :D

So much we find out from them

lovemario
12-27-2005, 05:29 PM
My Mum bought the magazine Gloria, and Mario is in it again, demonstrating the meals for Christmas and there are great pics of the whole family (Sanja looks great there :D ), but me no have scanner to scan it :(

linus
12-28-2005, 11:24 AM
My Mum bought the magazine Gloria, and Mario is in it again, demonstrating the meals for Christmas and there are great pics of the whole family (Sanja looks great there :D ), but me no have scanner to scan it :(
dont worry :hug:

vero
12-28-2005, 01:12 PM
I really liked them, esp the one from Slob.Dalm. glad you did too :D

So much we find out from them
Exactly ! I can't even pull out a part that I prefer or whatever ...

But to have a look on the upcoming season, I like the way he answered to the questions concerning the fact that dc final match could be a turning point in his career and what would be the top for him, he looks very confident abt what he could achieve in the next :D

vero
12-28-2005, 01:18 PM
My Mum bought the magazine Gloria, and Mario is in it again, demonstrating the meals for Christmas and there are great pics of the whole family (Sanja looks great there :D ), but me no have scanner to scan it :(
Is there any website for this mag where we could find the pics ? :shrug: Anyway, don't feel sorry sweetie, you do already so much for us ! :hug:

MariaV
12-28-2005, 01:28 PM
Thanks a lot for translating the interviews lovemario! :hug: Very nice interviews indeed. :D
Let's hope the DC win was the confidence boost he needed.

lovemario
12-28-2005, 06:13 PM
Is there any website for this mag where we could find the pics ? :shrug:
Yes, but they don't post all articles, and again have chose not to put this one. :awww:

This is the cover of the magazine, the little guy in the bottom left is Mario :lol:

http://img350.imageshack.us/img350/856/cover5724on.jpg

Anyway, don't feel sorry sweetie, you do already so much for us ! :hug:

Me - mtf's intl. corresponder for Croatia :haha:

This is a bit weird (cool weird) after all: Ancic won...Ancic lost...and nth else abt him, to come to this- to have him in the papers every day, with so much great stuff, me a bit excited :p

vero
12-29-2005, 12:23 PM
Yes, but they don't post all articles, and again have chose not to put this one. :awww:
:(


This is the cover of the magazine, the little guy in the bottom left is Mario :lol:

http://img350.imageshack.us/img350/856/cover5724on.jpg
yep :) (btw, is it Dado Prso on the main pic ?)


Me - mtf's intl. corresponder for Croatia :haha:
Exactly !! ;)


This is a bit weird (cool weird) after all: Ancic won...Ancic lost...and nth else abt him, to come to this- to have him in the papers every day, with so much great stuff, me a bit excited :p
That must be great indeed !

lovemario
12-29-2005, 05:19 PM
(btw, is it Dado Prso on the main pic ?)
Yeps, the former player of Monaco ;)


That must be great indeed!
YES :banana:

vero
12-30-2005, 02:08 PM
Yeps, the former player of Monaco ;)
It seemed to me it was him, but I wasn't sure... anyway, the cover would have been better if it was Mario on the main pic ! but football always comes first, right ? :rolleyes:



YES :banana:
Just to check, are you a happy girl ? :lol:

lovemario
12-30-2005, 06:09 PM
It seemed to me it was him, but I wasn't sure... anyway, the cover would have been better if it was Mario on the main pic ! but football always comes first, right ? :rolleyes:
Of course :rolleyes:

Mario is so much hotter than Dado, oh well their loss!


Just to check, are you a happy girl ? :lol

http://yelims2.free.fr/Fete/Ballons.gif

Always girl (except when I' depressed :lol: )

lovemario
12-30-2005, 06:12 PM
Here are just some interesting Mario's answers from some recent interviews:

Q: Was crossing yourself after the final point your thank to God or part of a usual ritual?
Mario: I crossed myself before the match and that in the end was spontaneous. Usually I cross myself before every match. Lots of ppl asked me why I didn't catch the Cro flag in the end when someone threw it. I didn't even see it from all the excitement in that moment, 'cause Ljubo flew to hug me right away. I barely managed to throw the racquet to the fans.


Q: This was your best year on the Tour. Everyone wishes you continue that way?
It's only shame that the last part of the season was a bit weak. The reason is tiredness and some bad luck with injuries. Of course I want the next year to be even better. I turn myself to new obligations, to AO first of all.

Q: You have a lot trainings and are third year law school, do you even have time for anything else?
Mario: This is quite a difficult period 'cause of preparations, but it's all a matter of good organisation. In sports, you have to work a lot. But you still find time for different things. I manage time to read a book :angel: , to learn for school, I like to watch good movie :angel:, I watch DVD on laptop, specially when I'm travelling. I watch all genres, but I like comedies:angel: I like to listen to music, our singers mostly (then says some of them which none of you probably ever heard of :p )

Q: What do you like to read?
Mario: I like historical novels.

Q: You use to said that you don't have a special type of girl you like, that she just has to be smart and funny. On your reception in Split girls were screaming when you came on the stage. What do you say abt that? Do you have a gf?
Mario: Ajme no…I'll answer only the first question. This with the (girl)fans just goes with the win. It's normal. It's not so big news for me. I've been out there since I was 14.

Q: So atb the gf, should we not write abt her or should I write available?
Mario: A joooj, could we skip that question?
Q: OK
Mario: I'm just the same regular guy. I have my old friends, longtime friends, I don't think abt those kind of things. I think I have a normal life.

Q: On your reception you wore an elegant suit (traditional Dalmatian suit). What do you like to wear outside special occasions? :aplot: Do you like shopping?
Mario: Nooo! I like usual sport style, nth special, and in special occasions I thingk it's decent to wear a suit :angel:

Carlita
12-30-2005, 06:27 PM
:wavey: hola a todos! I have that Gloria here, would you like me to scan it?

lovemario
12-30-2005, 06:47 PM
Of course Mummy :kiss:

Carlita
12-30-2005, 07:28 PM
*scanning as we speak*

lovemario
12-30-2005, 07:52 PM
:banana: ;)

lovemario
12-30-2005, 08:11 PM
More from Mario in Australia:

Croatian Ancic eyes top ten tennis spot

December 30, 2005 - 5:44PM
Croatian Mario Ancic, hailed a national hero for winning his country a first Davis Cup a month ago, is determined a fast start in Adelaide will propel him into tennis' top 10.
"I think this year (2006) can be a big step," said the fourth seed for the Adelaide International starting Monday.
"I'm here (ranked) in the top 20s, but hopefully top 15, top 10.
"Of course, it's easy to say some kind of a number but the main thing is how to achieve that.
"That is what I am most thinking of, how to develop my game and how to put it in the big letters.
"I can play on all surfaces, I have all the strokes - it's a matter of putting them together.
"It just comes to really small things now."
The 21-year-old sprained an ankle two days after arriving in Adelaide last year and missed the annual tournament.
He rates the ever-strengthening Memorial Drive event, this year boasting Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis, Domink Hrbaty and James Blake, as a fine prelude to the Australian Open.
"That was really disappointing, last year with no Davis Cup I had almost a month, five weeks to prepare," Ancic said.
"Then you come here and second day twist your ankle, and the first tournament you can forget."
His year started on a low, but ended with career-high earnings and a starring role in Croatia's Davis Cup victory, winning the fifth rubber in straight sets over Slovakia's Michal Mertinak.
"Even if I have much more success in the future, I think we will always cherish this one, the first one," Ancic said of winning the cup.
"In my young career to achieve this, it's a great memory.
"Hopefully I can take a lot of positive things from that and take it to my individual career."
Ancic struggled to comprehend the magnitude of Croatia's cup triumph on Slovak soil.
"It is tough describing it in words," he said.

linus
12-30-2005, 11:54 PM
thanks

funny :lol:

vero
12-31-2005, 01:27 PM
Here are just some interesting Mario's answers from some recent interviews:
More from Mario in Australia:
thanks a lot sweetie :kiss: :kiss:


I manage time to read a book :angel: , to learn for school, I like to watch good movie :angel: , I watch DVD on laptop, specially when I'm travelling. I watch all genres, but I like comedies :angel: I like to listen to music
*wonders why put an :angel: after read a book and comedies* :p :lol:

lovemario
12-31-2005, 05:38 PM
*whistles* Knew you'd know it :p :hug:

vero
01-01-2006, 08:16 AM
yeps ;) me good sis :angel: ( :lol: )

linus
01-17-2006, 11:31 AM
i found it from Aussie site: No Time to Dwell for Croatians (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2006-01-17/200601171137456233247.html)

in my eyes, what he said is nice to listen, while maybe it is still long for the thoughts to lead his real actions :aplot:

vero
01-17-2006, 06:57 PM
i found it from Aussie site: No Time to Dwell for Croatians (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2006-01-17/200601171137456233247.html)

in my eyes, what he said is nice to listen, while maybe it is still long for the thoughts to lead his real actions :aplot:
yes, I've just read it too... nice to see media pay more and more attention to him now. And he said it gave him more confidence, so hopefully it'll have direct repercussion on his results :D

linus
01-18-2006, 03:14 AM
maybe the effect the confidence brought needs more time to achieve :angel:

vero
01-18-2006, 09:34 AM
probably dear ;) but it seems what he's doing at the moment is quite good, so maybe things will come faster than you expect :)

MariaV
01-18-2006, 09:39 AM
Yay chicas, Mario's interview is up!!!!!!! :D
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2006-01-18/200601181137570282438.html
Not much but at least something. :D

Mario Ancic
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
M. ANCIC/J. Hernych

6‑1, 6‑4, 6‑4

Q. Another straight‑sets win. Why are you playing so well?

MARIO ANCIC: I think I started off extremely well and was really playing my game throughout the whole match and coming in a lot, playing a lot of volleys. Played twice with Jan before. Both very tough matches. I knew the game plan. And, you know, I'm happy with the way I executed.

Q. Yourself and Ivan have won in straight sets today. Do you feel Croatian tennis is riding a bit of a wave of success after Davis Cup?

MARIO ANCIC: Yeah, for sure it helps. I think it started even before. It was already for two, three years, me, Ivan and Karlovic were, you know, three Croatians in top hundred. Ivan had such a great year last year, and for sure all our three is in a good form and trying to play better. Helps in Davis Cup.

Q. Do you feed off of each other's successes?

MARIO ANCIC: Yeah, I mean, we are a small country and we are all happy for each other. It's much nicer that there is even more of us in top hundred. Two guys who are close hopefully can come in. We have second junior in the world, and hopefully there gonna be lot of us so we can stay long time in the top of world's tennis.

Q. Do you think winning the Davis Cup has helped even more feed the sport in Croatia?

MARIO ANCIC: Yeah, of course. Yes, because it's such a big result. Lot of people are, you know, buying racquets and starting to play like as well as when Goran won Wimbledon and when Goran was top, was lot of people just picking up racquets and started practicing before because of him. Of course it helps picking up tennis in Croatia.

But we are really a sport nation, had a lot of huge stars since. Doesn't matter young or old, we are all doing some kind of sport.

Q. What do you think about the situation with the captain place, the situation about the team?

MARIO ANCIC: The situation about team is great. We have playing captain. Ivan would be playing captain for this match against Austria. After match, we will see, speak with Goran.

And, you know, I mean, we all agree about that. I think the most important is to keep this team spirit, and I think we all have that, and willingness to win. We have extremely tough first round. We are all professionals and we are going to try to do our best.

Q. You and Ivan have played doubles in the past. Is there a reason why you haven't lined up for this year's tournament to focus on your singles?

MARIO ANCIC: Yeah, little bit. But we had such a long year last year because of Davis Cup. I was immediately after, like couple days after the Davis Cup, we started to prepare for new season. This 15 days which we have was really heavy work. Then again we started in ‑‑ Ivan started in Chennai. I started in Adelaide. Had a good week last week. I think was better for both of us just because we played a lot of tennis and a lot of fitness with it. Is maybe better to have this day off tomorrow than go out and try to play doubles.
But usually we always play, and it was just because of that.

vero
01-18-2006, 09:44 AM
opps, I've just posted it on the AO thread! :lol: well doesn't matter...we'll just have it twice, so there's no excuse not to read it ! :lol:

MariaV
01-18-2006, 09:50 AM
Yeah, it's OK vero. :lol: Now people can read it where they want. :)
Btw I really hope they can talk some sense into Goran.

lovemario
01-18-2006, 10:58 AM
Thanks girls, I'm glad he's talking this way now :D

lovemario
01-29-2006, 08:17 PM
Mario a bit abt everything :p :

Abt AO and loss to Ferrer:

''In that match I had some problems with the wind and with my eye, but all credits to Ferrer, he played really good. He's a good player, that's a fact. Besides, he almost qualified for the Masters last year.''

This is the first time that Mario is playing an ATP tournament in Croatia:

''I haven't had the chance to play at Croatian Indoors because in the nineties, I was too young. I followed matches on tv. Now I finally get to be on the court. So far, I've played here only Challengers and Futures, this is going to be a special feeling. I've played in front of home crowd in DC,I don't doubt it'll be the same in front of this audience, too.''

Mario thinks it's a pretty strong tournament:

''The tournament is pretty strong, there's Henman, Gasquet, Lopez, Murray, Štepanek and other great indoor players. But we have our aduts too. There are 4 of us in the main draw, maybe some of our guys will pass qualies.''

The surface suits to us and we could make good results(Croats):

''I think I'm in good form, I hope I'll present myself good to zagreb audience. In any case, I'll try, same as in other tournaments, to be as agressive as I can. If it works, it could turn out good.''

janje17
01-30-2006, 12:13 AM
Mario a bit abt everything :p :

Abt AO and loss to Ferrer:

''In that match I had some problems with the wind and with my eye, but all credits to Ferrer, he played really good. He's a good player, that's a fact. Besides, he almost qualified for the Masters last year.''

This is the first time that Mario is playing an ATP tournament in Croatia:

''I haven't had the chance to play at Croatian Indoors because in the nineties, I was too young. I followed matches on tv. Now I finally get to be on the court. So far, I've played here only Challengers and Futures, this is going to be a special feeling. I've played in front of home crowd in DC,I don't doubt it'll be the same in front of this audience, too.''

Mario thinks it's a pretty strong tournament:

''The tournament is pretty strong, there's Henman, Gasquet, Lopez, Murray, Štepanek and other great indoor players. But we have our aduts too. There are 4 of us in the main draw, maybe some of our guys will pass qualies.''

The surface suits to us and we could make good results(Croats):

''I think I'm in good form, I hope I'll present myself good to zagreb audience. In any case, I'll try, same as in other tournaments, to be as agressive as I can. If it works, it could turn out good.''

sounds like a good tournament with good players, are you going lovemario??? which city are you from anyway??

vero
02-01-2006, 12:57 PM
The surface suits to us and we could make good results(Croats):

''I think I'm in good form, I hope I'll present myself good to zagreb audience. In any case, I'll try, same as in other tournaments, to be as agressive as I can. If it works, it could turn out good.''
hopefully he's gonna be right ! :angel:

Lou_Lou_Ferrero
02-07-2006, 09:10 PM
just been reading all the articles/interviews from the beginning!! thanks to everyone who posted and translated- it's wonderful to read so much.

lovemario
02-08-2006, 05:25 PM
:D Glad you like them.

Lou_Lou_Ferrero
02-08-2006, 05:50 PM
:D Glad you like them.

they're brilliant! he seems so normal and i like that he likes to read books; he's obviously a clever boy, what with the Law degree on the side. and he clearly has a great sense of humour..... all in all my perfick man!! :devil: :devil:

lovemario
02-08-2006, 06:44 PM
Mine too, but I can't keep saying that anymore, ppl will kill me. If he could only be real (close, I mean) :devil:

lovemario
02-09-2006, 05:26 PM
From the official site:

Ancic to begin Croatia's defence

It was Mario Ancic who won the match that handed Croatia its Davis Cup triumph in December, and it is Ancic who will begin his country's defence of the title in Graz on Friday.

The full draw for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie between Austria and Croatia in Graz is:

Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v Mario Ancic (CRO)
Stefan Koubek (AUT) v Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Julian Knowle/Alexander Peya (AUT) v Mario Ancic/Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Stefan Koubek (AUT) v Mario Ancic (CRO)

Ljubicic straight into new role

Ivan Ljubicic will get his chance to sit on court as a playing captain before he actually takes to the court as a player following the draw for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie between Austria and Croatia. Austrian No. 1 Jurgen Melzer and Croatian No.2 Mario Ancic will open the proceedings on Friday with Ljubicic’s match against Austrian No. 2 Stefan Koubek following. Matches start at 1300 local time.

It will be the first match for the holders since that great weekend in Bratislava in December when Croatia defeated Slovak Republic to win its first Davis Cup, one of the biggest, maybe the biggest, sports trophy in Croatian history:

"Since we know the feeling, feeling of the champions we want to hold on as long as possible", said Ljubicic.

Ljubicic will sit on court for the first set or set and a half while Ancic is playing:

"We have some combinations, and we'll talk about it tonight. Anyway, I don’t think [it] is a big deal, most of the time we play alone and need to find our solutions alone".

Tough choice for Muster

The biggest talk before the draw was who would play the second singles for Austria. Austrian captain and playing legend Thomas Muster made the decision on Thursday morning, choosing Stefan Koubek over Oliver Marach:

"Yes, it was a difficult decision, and it took me a while, at the end it was Koubek. I don’t want to go public, just let the players know on time. This is my decision, and my responsibility".

Playing conditions, as far as Muster is concerned are perfect:

"Just what we wanted, the rest is up to us to make the most of it. It's not easy to talk about the favourites, every tie starts at 50-50 and after every match it changes. I would say that we will be much smarter on Friday evening".

Jurgen Melzer is happy to play first:

“It's easy to prepare than to watch and be excited if the first match goes for four hours. Also, with a win I'd like to think it will put more pressure on Ljubicic, less on Stefan".
Zagreb repeat

Ljubicic defeated Koubek last week in the final at the ATP Tour event in Zagreb, but insists, it will have no reference to the match they play on Friday:

"It will be a completely different match. Different surface, different atmosphere, different surroundings. Like we never played before".

The Croatian No. 1 has no problems with the speed of the clay court:
"We expected [the court surface] to be extremely slow", but had something to say about some things that surround the tie:

"Locker room, if you can call it that is definitely not World Group standard, and possibly the worst I have seen. Apart from that, everything else is fine. I would have liked to play first, and then concentrate on coaching, but you have to take it as it comes".

Ancic ready

Mario Ancic is ready.First couple days he had minor groin injury problems, but he was fine on Thursday:

"I came two days before even, and adapted well. We are here to fight for the win. Nothing else matters. Only the win. Austria will be a difficult opponent, but we hope to continue our great Davis Cup run.”

Julian Knowle and Alexander Peya will face Ancic and Ljubicic in Saturday’s doubles rubber, while Sunday sees the reverse singles with the two best ranked players for each country, Melzer and Ljubicic playing first, followed by Koubek and Ancic.

Mashik
02-09-2006, 05:37 PM
Thank's dear! :smooch:
What're the injury problems :eek: :confused:

lovemario
02-09-2006, 06:24 PM
I have no idea what was that about, I only heard it just now, but guess it's settled now :)

Mashik
02-09-2006, 06:35 PM
I have no idea what was that about, I only heard it just now, but guess it's settled now :)
I hope. It's no time fro injury! :)

vero
02-10-2006, 09:25 AM
Yeah, hope this groin injury is all over now!! :scared:

linus
02-10-2006, 06:29 PM
after DC 1R, the 1st rubber, a wonderful win :D

http://www.daviscup.com/news/matchreport.asp?id=13618

lovemario
02-10-2006, 09:21 PM
Yeah, thanks linus :kiss:
Yeah, hope this groin injury is all over now!! :scared:

Guess it is, hehe


:yippee: :cuckoo:, I know

linus
02-11-2006, 08:24 AM
it made me fun from Melzer ''It is very tough. Whenever I had a break point, he served an ace.'' :lol:

for me at least, his win this rubber is the best among his DC career by now :yeah:

vero
02-11-2006, 10:18 AM
Guess it is, hehe
seems so yeah!! :D

vero
02-11-2006, 10:21 AM
for me at least, his win this rubber is the best among his DC career by now :yeah:
or at least one of the greatest yeah :)

lovemario
02-11-2006, 08:38 PM
I love the report :D

Defending champions Croatia book their place in quarterfinals

Croatia’s invincible partnership of Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic defeated opponents Austria in today’s doubles, to bring defending champions Croatia to a 3-0 lead and with it a place in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinals.

Croatia became the first defending champion in the last three years to win its opening tie in the subsequent year’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. And it took another thriller and another great comeback to do it.

Ancic and Ljubicic came from two sets to love down to beat Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer 36 36 64 64 86 in 4 hours, 5 minutes . On Friday, Ancic had also won the opening rubber against Jurgen Melzer, from two sets down.

For the first two sets it was a one-way street. Knowle and Melzer dominated the first set, twice breaking Mario Ancic. They got an early break in the second set (again Ancic) to take a two sets lead. And even better, they played great tennis, losing only 6 points on first serve.

"We never lost hope. It happened to us before, and we managed to come back. When we got the feel on the return I knew everything was possible, even though they took the first two sets".

Both Ljubicic and Ancic never lost their nerve. All they needed was a break through. It happened in the tenth game of the third set, when Melzer lost serve, and the Austrian did so again at the same stage of the fourth set. But that was only the start of the thrills. More was to come as it went right to the wire.

Croatia drew first blood in the fifth breaking Melzer in the sixth game but Ancic dropped serve at 5-3. Two points away from the match, the Croats made two volley mistakes, two great returns by Melzer and Knowle getting Austria back into the match.

The Austrians saved two match points in the 12th game. The first was brilliant: a fantastic volley pickup by Knowle off a great Ancic return that would have been good enough to win most points, but not this one. Knowle and Melzer got out of jail, and then had break point on Ancic’s serve. Ancic made a big reflex volley, and the danger was passed. From 40-0, Melzer dropped five points in the next game and with it, the match.

"It's tough to swallow. It was the most disappointing Davis Cup weekend in my career. Twice, twice I was up two sets to love. To lose both after eight and a half hours on the court, that's really, really tough. [The] break point that Ancic saved at 6-6 was unbelievable, I dont think he will ever do that [again]. Never. But, it's tennis. Got to hold the head high, what does not kill you, can only make you stronger".

Austrian captain Thomas Muster was disappointed by the outcome, and when asked what went wrong he gave a straight answer:

"We did not win the last point. Just that. Croatia is 3-0 up, it should have been 2-1 for Austria, but that's life.:haha: please! Mistakes? If I had to do it all over again, I would choose the same team, but I'm disapointed with the performance of Stefan Koubek."

Ivan Ljubicic, Croatian player-captain thought that the Austrians made a wrong choice of surface.

"Result will tell you everything. I know it's easier to talk now, but it was too slow for the home players. Jurgen Melzer is a better player of faster surface, Koubek also. And the doubles team".
Mario Ancic played two tough five setters, winning both from two sets to love down.

"After the deciding rubber in the Bratislava final, this was my best Davis cup performance. By far. Even though we lost the first two sets I was always confident. All we needed was better returning. And that finally came in the third set".

Ivan Ljubicic was the playing captain for the first and maybe the only time. And the only Croatian playing captain since the existence of the World Group…and the only winning one.

"It's a nice feeling, but not realistic to last. We are waiting for Goran Ivanisevic. We hope that Goran will say - yes".

Ljubicic and Ancic will take a well-deserved rest on Sunday, Stefan Koubek will play Ivan Cerovic in the first dead rubber, the second match will feature Alexander Peya and the No.1 junior in the world, Marin Cilic. :p

linus
02-12-2006, 04:05 AM
:) Marin too late for me coz today is one of our traditional festivals, papa should ask me to go to bed early. Wish Stefan loses his match in 2 sets :angel:

lovemario
02-12-2006, 10:19 AM
Poor Stefan :devil:

PS: yes, I've noticed that all of a sudden our time zone difference wasn't visible, seems you've been stayin' up all night :p :cool:

linus
02-12-2006, 10:52 AM
or win in 2 sets :p

truly, i stayed Friday up for DC 1st day wholly while yesterday mainly for Torino :lol:

today seems i need to go to bed early but i will care for Marin for some while i think :angel:

lovemario
02-12-2006, 11:34 AM
or win in 2 sets :p


:ras: :angel:

vero
02-12-2006, 07:15 PM
I love the report
me too! :)

But I wonder, from Mario or Ivan, who says this (I personally think it's Ivan): "We never lost hope. It happened to us before, and we managed to come back. When we got the feel on the return I knew everything was possible, even though they took the first two sets".
I know that's not really important, I mean that just shows the spirit of the team, but then I always like to know who says what :p

vero
02-12-2006, 10:01 PM
Last article to end this great weekend :) and have a look ahead of quarterfinal against Argentina.

Croatia to continue title defence at home

Croatia defeated Austria 3-2 to reach the World Group quarterfinals of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. The title-holders finished off Austria in two days, relegating Sunday’s dead rubbers to best of three sets.

Alexander Peya beat Ivan Cerovic in a tight three setter, 46 62 64, breaking early in the second and third set, while Stefan Koubek defeated former junior No.1 Marin Cilic 61 75.

The first two days were crucial for the outcome of the tie. The Croatians came out on top, after two dramatic rubbers were taken to five sets. Both went Croatia's way. Ivan Ljubicic, Croatia’s playing captain said when the draw for the first round was announced, that "it was always going to be a tough, very tough tie". It was possibly the toughest since the first round in 2005, where a dramatic win against USA in Carson opened the door for Croatia, and they took it – all the way to the top.

Even though the holders were through to the quarterfinals after the first two days, Ljubicic did not become complacent. "It was not a clear win by any means, we always knew it will be difficult, but as holders we did not want to go out in the first round. We felt Croatia has a better team, we came here to win".

And win they did. 2003 and 2004 winners, Australia and Spain, went out in their first rounds as defending champions, and it was tough going for Croatia, coming back from two sets to love down on two occasions. Ljubicic praised the efforts of Mario Ancic. "To come back from a long way and win both [his rubbers] shows the strength of character - he was great". :D


Five-setters too much for Austria

Mario Ancic was, at least according to the Austrian's, the weakest link. Austria’s strategy was to take two points from Ancic, and steal the third point in the doubles. But it all fell apart on Friday in the first match. Ancic came back to defeat Jurgen Melzer in five sets, after a dramatic match that lasted four hours and 31 minutes. That possibly shattered the home dreams.

Alex Antonitsch, former Austrian Davis Cup player sees the problem in finishing matches. "Melzer has that problem, he was up two sets to love against Guillermo Coria in Wimbledon, and also against Robby Ginepri in Davis cup".

Ljubicic later made short work of Stefan Koubek, and that left Austria in deep water. For two sets on Saturday the home team was anticipating a Sunday decider. Once again, they came up short. Jurgen Melzer and Julian Knowle lost in five, after dominating the first two sets. Knowle knew the feeling. "The break point at 6-6 in the fifth set…Ancic plays a great, almost unbelievable reflex volley :worship: , just like Todd Woodbridge when we played against Australia. It was also on a break point, we lost the fifth set 7-5".


Croatia looks forward to Argentina

The champions go through to meet Argentina at home. "Croatia has a great team, I will never like to play at their home", says Antonitsch. The first time these two nations met, in Buenos Aires at the 2002 World Group quarterfinal, the tie was decided in the fifth rubber (Gaston Gaudio defeated Ivo Karlovic 64 64 62). Argentina won both rubbers on the first day, took the first two sets in the doubles, before Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Ljubicic staged a comeback to win 86 in the fifth, and Ljubicic squared the match on Sunday against Juan Ignacio Chela.

Croatia has won its last six Davis Cup ties, and now Ivan Ljubicic has a chance to break Croatia’s records for most wins. After the weekend in Graz, he is level with Goran Ivanisevic in almost all categories. Ljubicic has won 33 rubbers, 20 singles and 13 doubles. He is also undefeated in doubles with Ivanisevic (6-0), and Mario Ancic (6-0), and stands at 15-1 in singles matches this season.

With the host city and the venue yet to be decided in April’s quarterfinal, Ivan Ljubicic is not getting carried away. "First we want to celebrate our win in Graz. Yes, we have some unfinished business against Argentina and hope to square that".

Mario Ancic was not in Buenos Aires, but since then he has made some big strides, finishing off the Davis Cup final in Bratislava and playing two great matches in Graz.
"It does not matter where we play in Croatia, as long as the surface is to our liking".

One thing will not change, and you can bet on it. It will be fast, very fast.

lovemario
02-12-2006, 11:17 PM
But I wonder, from Mario or Ivan, who says this (I personally think it's Ivan): "We never lost hope. It happened to us before, and we managed to come back. When we got the feel on the return I knew everything was possible, even though they took the first two sets".
I know that's not really important, I mean that just shows the spirit of the team, but then I always like to know who says what :p
I understand :D :hug:

I've checked in Cro article and it's not completely the same, but it was Mario who said sth very similar, so I believe it was him. :angel:


And I love Mario's response to Melzer's how Mario ''played unbeliveable volley on bp in 5th set, and that he'll probably never play it like that and never has'', Mario said: ''he obviously hasn't seen me play any doubles'' :) :)


Great article! :)
One thing will not change, and you can bet on it. It will be fast, very fast.

You can bet you ass on it! :cool: :angel:

vero
02-13-2006, 07:17 PM
I understand :D :hug:

I've checked in Cro article and it's not completely the same, but it was Mario who said sth very similar, so I believe it was him. :angel:
Okay, I see :)


And I love Mario's response to Melzer's how Mario ''played unbeliveable volley on bp in 5th set, and that he'll probably never play it like that and never has'', Mario said: ''he obviously hasn't seen me play any doubles'' :) :)
Mario said that? wow, good reply Mario! :devil:


You can bet you ass on it! :cool: :angel:
They'll probably be pretty happy to return on that kind of surfaces :)

lovemario
02-22-2006, 08:35 PM
Haven't you seen this? :p

Although it does look a bit different knowing today's outcome, but still;

Interview on the official site of Abn Amro Tournament

‘Why can’t we win the Davis Cup all over again?’

Mario Ancic is on a roll. Last December, the 21-year-old Croat helped his country to secure its first Davis Cup victory ever by winning the deciding match in the final against Slovakia. As a result, he’s started the 2006 season brimming with confidence. So far, he’s reached the final in Auckland, where he was beaten by Jarkko Nieminen, and in Marseille, where he lost to Arnaud Clément. He’s up against the Frenchman again on Wednesday.(I guess they meant, the Fin)

It looked like a fun party after you’d won the Davis Cup. Was it?
“It was fantastic! There were 60,000 people waiting for us - they went completely crazy. Croatia is just a small country and sport is very important to us. It was the first Davis Cup victory in our short history. Although tennis can be quite a solitary sport, this victory was attributable to the team and shared by the entire nation. The impact is enormous.”

Did you manage to take some time off after the Davis Cup match?
“No – if you reach the Davis Cup final, you know you’ll be off to Australia as soon as you’re finished. There’s no time to relax. I’m actually squashing 24 months of tennis into a single season. This will be an important year for me, so I have to make sure that I stay fit. Provided I plan things properly, I should get enough rest. I very much look forward to playing in Rotterdam and have planned a week off as soon as the tournament is over. Although I’d planned to take another week off after Miami, I have to play a Davis Cup match. Which I wouldn’t miss for all the tea in China.”:haha:

Are you tired at the moment?
“I still feel comparatively fit and fresh, which is astonishing. Particularly if you consider that I played a tough Davis Cup match on clay before reaching the final in Marseille.”

You started the year well and reached the final in Auckland and Marseille. Has winning the Davis Cup boosted your confidence?
“It’s certainly helped. However, I also play more aggressively than before and come to the net more often. Although I tend to take more risk, I find it suits my game well.”

Last year, you were coached by Rohan Goetzke, who has since joined the Dutch tennis association. You have worked with Fredrik Rosengren of Sweden since August. Are you still in touch with Goetzke?
“I speak to him regularly – after the David Cup victory here in Rotterdam, for example. He’s a first-class coach. His involvement in the Dutch tennis association is excellent news for all talented Dutch players. When it comes to improving young players, no-one can compete with Rohan. And I should know.”

You play well when you’re in the Netherlands. You won your first ever ATP title in Rosmalen and reached last year’s semifinal here in Rotterdam.
“I frequently trained with Rohan in Amsterdam. I’m used to being here and feel very much at home. My game is particularly well suited to indoor courts and grass.”

You’re playing Jarkko Nieminen today – a repeat of the final in Auckland. A tough draw?
“Whereas I’ve played a lot of tennis in recent weeks, Jarkko has had more time to recover. He’s a tough player, and makes very few mistakes. Although he easily beat me in Auckland, Rotterdam is on the other side of the world. Provided I play aggressive tennis and come into the net, I am in with a chance.”

You are 21 years old. Last year, you indicated that you wanted to win an ATP title, which you’ve meanwhile done. What are your objectives for 2006?
“I can think of many other challenges. I may have won my first ATP title, but I’m keen to win some more. I’d also love to win the Davis Cup again. To achieve these goals, I have to stay healthy. So that’s also an important objective."

linus
02-23-2006, 02:14 AM
thanks dear :hug:

so fun that China (tea, silk, vessel and so on) has so many extended meanings :aplot:

lovemario
02-23-2006, 08:29 PM
so fun that China (tea, silk, vessel and so on) has so many extended meanings :aplot:

:lol:

As China is a synonym for much or big, Croatia could be synonym for small :lol:

linus
02-23-2006, 11:23 PM
:lol:

kanok02
02-24-2006, 06:46 AM
thanks for your nice translation "lovemario" , I think it very best interview that I have read before..

lovemario
02-24-2006, 08:02 PM
You're welcome, glad you like it and welcome to Mario's forum :wavey:

_pyromatic
02-25-2006, 09:18 PM
thanks dear :hug:

so fun that China (tea, silk, vessel and so on) has so many extended meanings :aplot:

That's a pretty common phrase over here. I guess ya'll have a lot of tea :shrug: :p

linus
02-26-2006, 04:14 AM
That's a pretty common phrase over here. I guess ya'll have a lot of tea :shrug: :p
thanks, Sarah :)

really i didnt know it before though i heard some stories about Chinese tea in western countries :p seems Mario said that doesnt mean he understands Chinese tea well :lol:

you are right, nearly all kinds of tea in the world :cool:

_pyromatic
02-26-2006, 06:42 PM
From the SI Mailbag (Bob and Mike Bryan are answering questions for some reason...):
Didn't you find it strange that Mario Ancic didn't acknowledge the passing of Pat Morita after his Davis Cup win, considering his sensei Miyagi was instrumental in getting him to this point? I mean, Ancic was waxing on like nobody's business, and he didn't care to mention the man who taught him the crane kick! Just curious what your thoughts are.

[Ed: This letter is premised on the eerie similarity between Ancic and Daniel LaRussa, Ralph Macchio's character in Karate Kid.]

Mike: Nice. Daniel-san.

Bob: That's a good one. Ancic does look like him!

:lol:

lovemario
02-27-2006, 08:58 PM
:lol: <== for the question, answer, not so much funny. But what does this question has to do with Bryans :scratch: or whoever asked just wanted a laugh at someone's elses expense

btw, watched all Karate Kid movies probably 10 times :D

lovemario
03-23-2006, 12:53 PM
SAME AGAIN FOR MANCINI

Argentina look set to name an unchanged squad for their Davis Cup quarter-final against Croatia after Gaston Gaudio withdrew from contention.

Gaudio is not thought to be in peak condition and does not relish the challenge posed by the fast surfaces in Zagreb, where the Argentina side will play between April 7-9.

That means coach Alberto Mancini will stick with the same party that hammered Sweden 5-0 in Buenos Aires, with David Nalbandian, Juan Ignacio Chela, Agustin Calleri and Jose Acasuso all set to be retained.

Mancini, in an interview with www.ole.com.ar, was in confident mood, citing last year's quarter-final appearance in Australia as a source of inspiration.

"We have a chance to beat Croatia. After what we did in Australia, nothing is impossible.

"It'll be a crucial match, but I think the key will be in the doubles match and the duels against Mario Ancic.

"I always dream of winning the Davis Cup."

Think not :nerner:

Mashik
03-23-2006, 01:04 PM
he-he.. Naive Mancini :p
He may continue dreaming... :ras: :lol:

lovemario
03-23-2006, 01:09 PM
Yeah, I didn't want to be too harsh, so I thought :nerner: is enough, but I agree with you, :ras: looks better :lol:

lovemario
03-23-2006, 01:17 PM
Nadal & Murray to play at Queen's

Nadal won just one of his three matches on grass last season
World number two Rafael Nadal will make his Stella Artois Championship debut at London's Queen's Club from 12-18 June.
The 19-year-old Spaniard will join the likes of Andy Murray and defending champion Andy Roddick in the draw.

"The Stella Artois is a very important and traditional tournament and I like a lot to play on grass," said Nadal.

"I need to improve, I want to improve, and to be able to stay in London and play on grass before Wimbledon is a very good opportunity for me."

The Spaniard played the Halle tournament in Germany last year, losing to Alex Waske in the first round, and went down to Gilles Muller in the second round of Wimbledon two weeks later.

Nadal, who has made a two-year commitment to the Queen's Club event, will line up alongside Murray, Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, James Blake and Ivan Ljubicic.

Roddick said: "I have some fond memories of the Stella Artois over the last few years and I look forward to going back to defend my title.

"I always enjoy going to such a special place to play on grass."

Murray made a breakthrough at last year's tournament, beating Santiago Ventura for his first ATP Tour victory and then seeing off Taylor Dent.

The Scot's run came to an end in a dramatic third-round encounter with Thomas Johansson.


OMG, so many great names are coming to Queens this year :eek: will be so much tougher for Mario, and it's one of my favourite tournaments :sad:
Mario will prove that he's better than those guys on grass, right? :angel:

Mashik
03-23-2006, 01:18 PM
Yeah, I didn't want to be too harsh, so I thought :nerner: is enough, but I agree with you, :ras: looks better :lol:
:yeah:
But the best is: :ras: :nerner: http://www.x-pfoto.altnet.ru/smiles/bee.gif http://mirsofta-game.ru/images/ts.gif http://mirsofta-game.ru/images/ham.gif
:haha:
OK, that's all from me :angel:
I just want Croatia to win :worship:

lovemario
03-23-2006, 01:21 PM
:haha: :haha:

nice job finding them all :lol:

Goga too only wants Cro to win, even Mario against Nalby :angel:

can't wait :D

Mashik
03-23-2006, 01:27 PM
:haha: :haha:

nice job finding them all :lol:

Goga too only wants Cro to win, even Mario against Nalby :angel:

can't wait :D
Me too. :bounce: Though I won't see matches on TV. :sad:
But you'll not let me die without Mario, right? :aplot: :lol:

vero
03-23-2006, 01:28 PM
Thanks for the articles :kiss:

Though I'm not thinking of DC yet, I think it'll be a huge encounter!

lovemario
03-23-2006, 01:29 PM
Me too. :bounce: Though I won't see matches on TV. :sad:
But you'll not let me die without Mario, right? :aplot: :lol:

Promise :angel: I promise to watch it for all of you who can't watch it:angel:

...but dear, see you in Moscow in the final :D :wavey:

lovemario
03-23-2006, 01:31 PM
Though I'm not thinking of DC yet, I think it'll be a huge encounter!

I know, bit I'm thinking of it :p

And probably no one but me thinks of Queens :lol: but I can't help it :angel:

Mashik
03-23-2006, 01:45 PM
Promise :angel: I promise to watch it for all of you who can't watch it:angel:

...but dear, see you in Moscow in the final :D :wavey:
:haha: Thenk you, dear! It'll help a lot! :lol:

See you in Moscow in the final for sure! ;)
Finally, I'll see Mario, and closer than anybody else from us! :p

And probably no one but me thinks of Queens
I think :angel: My fav grass tournament :)

vero
03-23-2006, 09:47 PM
I know, bit I'm thinking of it :p

And probably no one but me thinks of Queens :lol: but I can't help it :angel:
:lol: I think so yes... though now with this article, you've made me think of DC tie :aplot:
But no, have to focus on Miami first :angel:

lovemario
03-24-2006, 02:39 PM
Right :angel:

So think so clearly always :p how could I ever categorise you as :devil: then :angel:

vero
03-25-2006, 08:55 AM
:hug: sweetie
But you know how hard it is to stay in :angel: land and sometimes, in spite of constant efforts :p , I too can't prevent me from slipping away from it :aplot: Maybe at least sometimes I manage to stay in :angel: land for a lil while :lol:

lovemario
03-27-2006, 01:51 PM
:hug: sweetie
But you know how hard it is to stay in :angel: land and sometimes, in spite of constant efforts :p , I too can't prevent me from slipping away from it :aplot: Maybe at least sometimes I manage to stay in :angel: land for a lil while :lol:

Sure we know, just ask Tosee :p :devil:

linus
03-28-2006, 09:11 AM
shaking me AH? :lol:

vero
03-28-2006, 08:51 PM
Sure we know, just ask Tosee :p :devil:
:lol: Poor tosee... when I think how much I'm teasing her! :hug:

linus
03-28-2006, 11:23 PM
:lol: Poor tosee... when I think how much I'm teasing her! :hug:
what you have done to me? :aplot:

silly kitty
03-29-2006, 08:32 AM
Mashik,those smilies are really funny,but the best of the best is the third one!:lol:

lovemario
03-29-2006, 09:17 AM
Tosee, pls forgive us for tesing you so much :o :hug: :hug: but you're our lil sis and we're intitled to :angel:

lovemario
03-29-2006, 09:19 AM
Croatian duo coast into quarters

Florida, Mar 29: Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic, two big-serving Croatians, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open on Tuesday (28th March.)

Ljubicic progressed with a straight sets win over Christophe Rochus of Belgium while Ancic booked his place in the last eight also in straight sets, with victory over Nikolay Davydenko.

22nd seed Mario Ancic faced the fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko on Tuesday with at stake, a place in the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100.

Russian Davydenko was favourite to take the match, but he found his big-serving Croatian opponent quite a handful.

Ancic had lost both their previous encounters, but this time around the 21-year-old had the edge.

He took the first set 7-5, and then the second 6-4, serving nine aces in all to progress to his first quarterfinal berth in a Masters Series event.

Ancic was joined in the last eight by his compatriot Ivan Ljubicic.

The number six seed hit 13 aces on his way to beating Christophe Rochus of Belgium 6-3, 6-1 in just 55 minutes.

The victory was Ljubicic's 23rd of the year, second only to Roger Federer's 24.

Ljubicic will next play unseeded Agustin Calleri of Argentina. He beat number 16 Nicolas Kiefer of Germany 3-6 6-3 7-5.

lovemario
03-29-2006, 09:20 AM
Tennis - Croatian pair power into Miami quarter-finals


Miami (ANTARA News) - Croatian Davis Cup team mates Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic stormed into the Nasdaq-100 Open quarter-finals with the minimum of fuss on Tuesday.

Ancic upset Russian fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko 7-5 6-4 while sixth seed Ljubicic, the interim Croatian Davis Cup playing captain, swept past Belgian Christophe Rochus 6-3 6-1.

Ancic, ranked 23rd, polished his record to 18-7 this season after reaching finals in Auckland and Marseille.

This one just cause of the title, I love it! :p

vero
03-29-2006, 11:01 AM
Thanks dear :kiss: And yes, nice title ;)

MariaV
03-29-2006, 11:08 AM
Very nice. :D

lovemario
04-10-2006, 03:17 PM
Ok, I think it doesn't make much sense for me to translate that article before cause it was all pretty muchabt DC ( :sad: ), ...BUT...:lol: Mario had an interview for this Croatian showbizz or whatever show where he spoke abt Doris, clothes, things outside tennis, my sister taped it so I'll have that for you by the end of the week...if you're interested :angel:

linus
04-10-2006, 03:23 PM
ignore anything about DC now :devil:

well, part of it is so welcomed and i had better ignore some part of it then :lol:

lovemario
04-10-2006, 03:39 PM
Yeah, I'd like to ignore it too :p

Oh dear, you should have seen him :lol: You know, I didn't agree with you abt his bad fashion before, but seeing him now again (he wore a sweather, sth similar to that one he wore in the pic after winning DC, promoting mineral water, I hope you recall) I think I agree with you. I mean, is that all he buys :eek:
It's not that it doesn't look good on him, but he could buy sth else for a change, that isn't callled a sweather :o
...stll...looked really cute, the smile...:inlove:

linus
04-10-2006, 03:57 PM
Yeah, I'd like to ignore it too :p

Oh dear, you should have seen him :lol: You know, I didn't agree with you abt his bad fashion before, but seeing him now again (he wore a sweather, sth similar to that one he wore in the pic after winning DC, promoting mineral water, I hope you recall) I think I agree with you. I mean, is that all he buys :eek:
It's not that it doesn't look good on him, but he could buy sth else for a change, that isn't callled a sweather :o
...stll...looked really cute, the smile...:inlove:
:haha:

why you wouldnt like to agree with me? you know, how i wish he is a good-fashion taste guy in fact. how painful i was to say he is not :aplot:

of course i wanna see it :cool: i wanna know him more though maybe i would laugh again at his bad taste plus something unnecessary about "D" :lol:

i could remind the sweater you pinned at once :p agree with you, he should have been a bit better to do, to choose, to choose not only his sweaters :aplot: for me, tennis is the most right he has chosen :angel:

his smile is priceless in this world :angel: while his eyes, esp the low eyelid really tired :o

OMG, dear Mario, forgive me, you know, God know too, i am so angel in fact ;)

vero
04-11-2006, 06:33 PM
Ok, I think it doesn't make much sense for me to translate that article before cause it was all pretty muchabt DC ( :sad: ), ...BUT...:lol: Mario had an interview for this Croatian showbizz or whatever show where he spoke abt Doris, clothes, things outside tennis, my sister taped it so I'll have that for you by the end of the week...if you're interested :angel:
Do I need to tell you that I'm interested? :p



...stll...looked really cute, the smile... :inlove:Hehe, I guess this smile helps him to be forgiven for almost everything else :angel:

silly kitty
04-12-2006, 01:39 PM
Ok, I think it doesn't make much sense for me to translate that article before cause it was all pretty muchabt DC ( :sad: ), ...BUT...:lol: Mario had an interview for this Croatian showbizz or whatever show where he spoke abt Doris, clothes, things outside tennis, my sister taped it so I'll have that for you by the end of the week...if you're interested :angel:
lovemario,J would loooove to see and hear that...

lovemario
04-12-2006, 08:43 PM
Ok girls, maybe I didn't express myself correctly, you will not see it, you will read it :angel:

my sis taped it VHS, so no way to upload it, but I'll write the transcript of the interview :p

lovemario
04-12-2006, 11:47 PM
Mario, 12.4. 2006.

>>> When I showed up on the bench on Sunday, and then left after the 2nd set, Argentin. thought that I will play the last match. We kept them in expectation till the last moment, Mario admits.

*Instead of him, S. Tuksar had his moment

>>>Saša played great, he entered the match realising that he has nothing to lose and almost beat Chela. I'm glad he showed himself in a positive sense. He is a tennis player who can definitely enter the top 100 very soon. His quality is not the question.

*Mario is recovering in Split

>>>I will be here for some time, I go to therapy, my back is improving. I don't want to force it and jeopardize my recovery, that's why I'll skip Monte Carlo, and my next tournament will be Munich, in three weeks.

*Ivan will not be the captain anymore

>>>I totally understand Ivan, it's not a simple assigment to perform. We're not playing in Dc till February, we have enough time to make a decision about a captain, no need to rush it. We need to sit one more time with Goran and try to persuade him to accept. We asked him to be with us in Düsseldorfu, so far he hasn't agreed. We can't give up on him. If he still refuses to accept it, Ivan and I will talk and see what we'll do next. To discuss the possible candidates for a new captain.

Mashik
04-12-2006, 11:56 PM
Thank's, dear :kiss:

Mario, you're a sweet clever boy! :hug: Get better soon! :)
About Goran.. Again.. No words at all! :tape: :help:

lovemario
04-13-2006, 12:14 AM
why you wouldnt like to agree with me? you know, how i wish he is a good-fashion taste guy in fact. how painful i was to say he is not :aplot:

I didn't agree with you that his fashion style was bad, it had it's ups and downs, but I didn't think it was that bad. Now I really suggest him to move away from the sweaters part in the stores :lol:

I think it's ok for men to dress up from time to time, but for every day, I like to see a nice T-shirt, maybe sport T-shirt…ok it's too late, I have no idea what I'm writing anymore :zzz:

silly kitty
04-13-2006, 06:57 AM
Ok girls, maybe I didn't express myself correctly, you will not see it, you will read it :angel:

Ok,J am looking forward to read it...;)

And thanks for this interview or whatever it is...

linus
04-13-2006, 10:04 AM
thank you Gordana for the interview, like it and it told me that I need to begin my expect from Munich :D

linus
04-13-2006, 10:20 AM
I didn't agree with you that his fashion style was bad, it had it's ups and downs, but I didn't think it was that bad. Now I really suggest him to move away from the sweaters part in the stores :lol:

I think it's ok for men to dress up from time to time, but for every day, I like to see a nice T-shirt, maybe sport T-shirt…ok it's too late, I have no idea what I'm writing anymore :zzz:
wish you good night for the last :p

yea, in my eyes, Mario himself would like to be a bit nice, no matter fashional or not :) to steal my mama's words, needs an expert to lead him :lol:

agree with you. but this kind of affairs is hard to do :aplot: if you cant get any sense about it from around or put some time to follow it, really hard to do :lol:

while time is ahead with so much, maybe Mario would... :angel:

vero
04-13-2006, 01:51 PM
Thanks Goga for this interview :kiss: glad to have some fresh news :) though wish they were better of course :angel:

lovemario
04-13-2006, 09:09 PM
Mario's interview for Croatian TV show, 9.4.2006.


We don't know much about your personal life, how do you manage to hide it from public?

>>> I travel a lot, it's much easier that way because I'm not here all the time, I know that my professional life is interesting, but I also want to keep my privacy for myself, when I come home, I want to be able to spent time with my family, friends and enjoy it.

Your ideal girl type?

>>> I don't know, there's just that chemistry (naughty smile) and a way when you find someone and you think that you can spend the rest of your life with that person.

What knocks you off with females?

>>> A girl who is honest, sincere, has a sense of humour, there are plenty of things, it's just that chemistry that happens.

After the Olympic Games in Athens, people connected you to Mirna Jukić, can you tell us sth about that?

>>> Next question, please.

We don't know much about your relationship with 'D', will you reveal anything to us?

>>> It's not that people don't know much about her, they know…she studies Pharmacy, we know each other a long time now, we respect each other, we have similar view of life, I don't want to go into details now, like I said before, I want to keep that part for myself.

What's your attitude towards girls who go after rich guys, cause of their money and did you ever have an experience with that kind of girls?

>>> No, I've never had any experience with those kind of girls, as for what I think about it; this is a free, democratic country, I guess that anyone can do whatever they feel is the best for them.

When we see you in public, you're usually wearing suits, you're formally dressed. Do you think that a suit makes a man what he is?

>>> No, it's just that I was in those kind of situations, formal receptions and occasions, and I think that for those kind of places it's best to wear a suit.

We heard that your nickaname is 'Fast', can you tell us what that means and where did you get it?

>>> I have no idea, this is the first time that I've heard of that, but I guess peope give you all kind of nickanames.


Now that I read it, he didn't reveal much again :aplot:, he's just a guy who doesn't like to talk much about himself :shrug: :p

Jadranka
04-14-2006, 11:36 AM
Thx a lot :hug:

linus
04-14-2006, 12:08 PM
thanks for the interview once again, Gordana :smooch:

OMG, he of course wouldnt like to tell this reporter anything coz sounded he hadnt nice questions :aplot: and he or she :p

maybe we can test something to get nice questions ready first :devil:

btw, i prefer to see him wearing suits at least now, pls Mario :devil:

as for his those chemitry things, OMG, dear Mario, need to tell you, chemistry lasts not long at all, it changes from time to time :devil:

linus
04-14-2006, 12:11 PM
Your ideal girl type?

>>> I don't know, there's just that chemistry (naughty smile) and a way when you find someone and you think that you can spend the rest of your life with that person.
:lol:

just a kind of ideal answer, not serious enough :aplot:

vero
04-14-2006, 12:18 PM
Thanks a lot dear :kiss:



>>> I travel a lot, it's much easier that way because I'm not here all the time, I know that my professional life is interesting, but I also want to keep my privacy for myself, when I come home, I want to be able to spent time with my family, friends and enjoy it.
Wise guy :angel:



>>> she studies Pharmacy
So this explains chemistry! :haha: (just kidding of course :p )



We heard that your nickaname is 'Fast', can you tell us what that means and where did you get it?

>>> I have no idea, this is the first time that I've heard of that, but I guess peope give you all kind of nickanames.[/B]
'Fast' :lol: Never heard of this one... And to me, Chunchi or Cuki are a lot more fun :p

vero
04-14-2006, 12:22 PM
as for his those chemitry things, OMG, dear Mario, need to tell you, chemistry lasts not long at all, it changes from time to time :devil:
:haha: Tosee :devil:

linus
04-14-2006, 12:27 PM
So this(Pharmacy) explains chemistry! :haha: (just kidding of course :p
:lol:
a nice explanation, at least i like :aplot:

you see, if Pharmacy girl makes him chemistry, of course we Teacher girls would make him back a right road, and Law girl would make him understand what is allowed by our law indeed, and maybe we need a Psychology girl to make his mind clear enough :devil:

vero
04-14-2006, 01:36 PM
:haha:

silly kitty
04-14-2006, 04:23 PM
OMG,thank you sooooo much,Gordana...:smooch:

Your ideal girl type?

>>> I don't know, there's just that chemistry (naughty smile) and a way when you find someone and you think that you can spend the rest of your life with that person.


:lol:
just a kind of ideal answer, not serious enough :aplot:
Use those 75%(35%-50%),Tosee...;)

as for his those chemitry things, OMG, dear Mario, need to tell you, chemistry lasts not long at all, it changes from time to time :devil:
J think this chemistry is "romantic chemistry"...:inlove:and that it has nothing with that kind of "chemistry" you have in mind,Tosee:devil:...J know,me and my romantic "theories" again...:rolleyes:

lovemario
04-14-2006, 10:12 PM
OMG, he of course wouldnt like to tell this reporter anything coz sounded he hadnt nice questions :aplot: and he or she :p
of course it was a girl ;)

maybe we can test something to get nice questions ready first :devil:

hehe, yeah :p


as for his those chemitry things, OMG, dear Mario, need to tell you, chemistry lasts not long at all, it changes from time to time :devil:

We hope for that :devil: :haha:

lovemario
04-14-2006, 10:14 PM
:lol:

just a kind of ideal answer, not serious enough :aplot:

Too diplomatic :aplot: :p

So this explains chemistry!
I think so too :haha:

lovemario
04-14-2006, 10:16 PM
:lol:
you see, if Pharmacy girl makes him chemistry, of course we Teacher girls would make him back a right road, and Law girl would make him understand what is allowed by our law indeed, and maybe we need a Psychology girl to make his mind clear enough :devil:

What a coincidence, I've always wanted to study psychology too :angel:
But I think we need a specialist for this particular case :lol:

vero
04-15-2006, 09:28 AM
http://yelims4.free.fr/MDR/MDR99.gif

So that's why you're 'studying' him :devil: When will you be ready to work with this 'case'? :aplot: http://yelims4.free.fr/MDR/MDR33.gif

linus
04-15-2006, 02:40 PM
ready to wait for order from lady of business :devil:

lovemario
04-15-2006, 05:16 PM
http://yelims4.free.fr/MDR/MDR99.gif

So that's why you're 'studying' him :devil:

Of course :angel:
When will you be ready to work with this 'case'? :aplot: http://yelims4.free.fr/MDR/MDR33.gif
Any time is fine with me :angel: how about right away :devil:

vero
04-17-2006, 08:35 AM
I think clay court season is perfect for that kind of 'work' :angel: :devil:

:lol:

lovemario
04-17-2006, 06:36 PM
Yeah, not much else to do :aplot: :haha:

poofball
04-17-2006, 10:20 PM
has anyone read this or have access to it? T_T

http://pro xy.espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=11224

(minus the space in the word pro xy)

vero
04-18-2006, 11:57 AM
Yeah, not much else to do :aplot: :haha:
Goga :devil:

vero
04-18-2006, 12:04 PM
has anyone read this or have access to it? T_T

http://pro xy.espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=11224

(minus the space in the word pro xy)
I don't :awww:
So yes, if someone has access to this, pls... I too am interesting :p

sandystarlet
04-18-2006, 08:16 PM
Here's the ESPN Chat. Nothing too interesting :shrug:

Enjoy!

Welcome to The Show! On Tuesday, tennis star Mario Ancic will stop by to chat!
Ancic reached the quarterfinals of the NASDAQ-100 Open earlier today with a win over World No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko, his sixth career win against a Top 10 player, and it pushed him into his first career ATP Masters Series quarterfinal. He will play either Radek Stepanek or David Nalbandian for a spot in the semifinals on Wednesday.
The Croatian-born Ancic led his country to its first-ever Davis Cup title last year. In 2006, Ancic has reached a pair of ATP finals, finishing as the runner-up in Auckland and Marseille.
Send your questions now and join Mario in The Show on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET!

Buzzmaster: Hellooooooooo! Tennis, anyone? Mario Ancic will be here shortly!

Buzzmaster: Mario will be here at approximately 3:15 ET. Keep your questions coming!

Buzzmaster: Mario won his match this morning! 7-5 6-4 over World No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko!



Tim (Pittsburgh): Then what is he doing coming to a chat? GO PARTY!



Batch (Boston): He wants to fly to Boston I'll take him out to Bell In Hand and show him how to celebrate Happy Hour style



Tim (Mason, OH): Buzz you need a afternoon hour long block everyday to...

Buzzmaster: I could use an hour-long afternoon nap ..



Tim (ATL): What'd ya have for lunch Buzz... we're dying to know...

Buzzmaster: Ham and cheese samich in the caf .. not too exciting. Did have a rice krispie treat for dessert though.



Robby V. (Switzerland): Will he come? I have so many things to say to Mario.

Buzzmaster: Yes, he will be here. Any minute.

Mario Ancic: Hello! I'm happy to be here!



Jess (Michigan): Which major will you win first? And I know it's ''will'' because you have the talent!

Mario Ancic: I think Wimbledon! They are all great, but I grew up watching Goran and some great matches at Wimbledon. We got to see live matches growing up so that was always my favorite. But I can play on all surfaces.



Jason (Orlando): What is your favorite shot to make in a match?

Mario Ancic: A volley!



Shabana Insaf (Springfield, MO: You have the game to be a top ten player. What do you think you can do to make that happen in reality?

Mario Ancic: I'm working on being more solid and cutting down on my unforced errors. I have a good game but I have too many unforced errors sometimes. Today was an unbelievable victory for me. Davydenko moves very well on the court. It was a great win for me.



Abid (Fredericton, NB Canada): What is your most memorable match or proudest moment as a pro tennis player?

Mario Ancic: Today was great but over the last couple years I have had some great wins. I'm in the quarterfinals here so I want to go as far as I can but I have to play some more great players.



Robby V. (Switzerland): Mario, many wishes of good fortune following your great success! Will you celebrate by dancing tonight?

Mario Ancic: I'll try to wait and couple days! My birthday is coming soon!



Allan (Philadelphia): Congratulations on your big win today Mario. We have heard a lot of players comment on the instant replay, what is your take on this?

Mario Ancic: I think for the crowd it looks like they really like it. They are really into it. There were two calls in my match today and I welcome anything that helps our sport be better.



Abid (Fredericton, NB Canada): How big of an influence has Goran been to your success?

Mario Ancic: He had a big big influence on me. We are from the same town and he really helped me as a player. He is such a great guy to be around. He made it a very easy transition for me. We are still friends today and in contact.



Igor, Brazil: Mario u have a excelent backhand stroke! Who do u think has the most beutiful one??

Mario Ancic: The best backhand stroke in tennis right now is Ljubicic, Roger, Gasquet, etc. Safin and Nalbandian have nice two-handed backhands. I'm happy that you think I have a nice backhand.



Tom, Lincoln, RI: What player has the most difficult serve to return?

Mario Ancic: Karlovic!

Mario Ancic: I don't even have to think about that one.



Fritz (La Jolla, CA): Do you follow Ivanisevic's legendary diet?

Mario Ancic: Not that I know of!



Abid (Fredericton, NB Canada): If you had the chance to play one retired player from the past, who would it be?

Mario Ancic: There are so many great champions. Pete Sampras was on top just as I was coming up. We never played against each other. I would have loved the chance But I give all the credit to past legends and what they did for our sport.



Tim (Mason, OH): Im sure you have traveled a lot, what country has the best looking women?

Mario Ancic: Croatia! Come and see!



Sweta (Georgia): Hi Mario. First of all, congratulations on your upset win today. Also, I know you tend to have a mostly serve-volley game (but still have good baseline strokes). Would you like to see the more serve-and-volleyers in the game? Who else do you think serves & volleys well?

Mario Ancic: Yes, I would like to see more serve and volleyers in the game. It helps grow the different styles of the game and brings better things to the game. It's good to have different styles out there. At the moment, the courts are pretty slow and it is tough to play that way.



Abid (Fredericton, NB Canada): Are you getting excited to watch the World Cup this year?

Mario Ancic: Very!

Mario Ancic: I hope to see most of the matches. I watch it as much as I can.

Mario Ancic: I am also watching the NCAA Tournament! I watch almost all sports. I was rooting for North Carolina until they lost. Now I'm just enjoying how much these final four teams are fighting to win.



Minden, NV: Who is your favorite tennis player?

Mario Ancic: At the moment it is Roger Federer.



Tom (DC): As a follow up to Fritz, I was under the impression that Ivanisevic eats several servings of fava beans daily, as it is supposed to make him more nimble. Did he teach you that? Any diet tips?

Mario Ancic: I don't have any special diet. I'm also not sure Goran did that. But maybe. I eat light foods before a match.



Tom (DC): What is your opinion of the deuce? Would you prefer sudden death? (Not literally!)

Mario Ancic: I prefer having deuce. I think that is something traditional in the game and that is the way our sport is played.



Abid (Fredericton, NB Canada): I'm going to Europe this summer. Are there any good clubs I should go to while I'm in Croatia?

Mario Ancic: You should go to the south coast. You will find everything!

Thanks for taking the time to chat! I appreciate you sticking around and asking questions. I'll try to keep winning for you! Take care!

Jadranka
04-18-2006, 08:38 PM
Here's the ESPN Chat. Nothing too interesting :shrug:

Enjoy!



Tim (Mason, OH): Im sure you have traveled a lot, what country has the best looking women?

Mario Ancic: Croatia! Come and see!


Oh Mario, hehe :) :devil: :o

lovemario
04-18-2006, 08:42 PM
Hey poofball :wavey: thanks for this, I couldn't open it either, so thanks to Sandy :wavey: and I think it's very interesting, it's always nice to read latest from Mario :)

vero
04-20-2006, 08:55 AM
Thanks a lot Sandy :kiss: That's right we don't learn anything new, but it's still nice to read it :)

poofball
04-24-2006, 10:36 PM
thankies ^^

linus
05-17-2006, 10:21 AM
from Hamburg Round 1, Eurosport :

{ANCIC FINDS IT TOUGH

Twelfth seed Mario Ancic found his passage into the second round rather difficult despite what seemed like, on paper, a comfortable victory over Alexander Waske.

The Croat won 6-2 7-5, but judging by the volume of his scream of delight as he won the match with a smash, this was by no means an easy win.

Ancic took the first set easily enough, but the German qualifier on the other side of the net proved himself a worthy opponent in the second, as he matched Ancic all the way.

The Croat's temper threatened to get the better of him on a number of occasions, but he eventually kept his cool to break Waske and take the set and match to progress into the next round where he will meet Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Garcia-Lopez of Spain had earlier had it easy against Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, going through 6-0 6-4. }

celcius
05-17-2006, 12:16 PM
Thanks for the post.

vero
05-18-2006, 07:53 AM
thanks linus :kiss:

linus
05-18-2006, 04:49 PM
thanks linus :kiss:
and you wanna thank me again then :aplot:

another report from Eurosport after match vs Blake :cool:

{Croatia's Mario Ancic recovered from a set and a break to edge out 5th seed James Blake 4-6 7-5 7-6 and reach Hamburg Masters quarter-finals. Ancic, who also made a spectacular comebackl last week against Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in Rome,profited from Blake's nerves to make the difference.

Blake started the match with his confidence back, after beating Carlos Moya in the first round, and it showed as the American had the early break taking the ball early and outplaying Croatia's number two player.

The American went on hitting amazing backhand winners that allowed him to break Ancic in the third game of the second set.

However, Ancic knew he was able to turn things around. He proved it beating Spain's Ramirez Hidalgo in Rome coming back from a 5-1 deficit in the second set.

Ancic managed to return and make Blake run right and left as he was serving for the match. Blake's nerves made the difference and the Croatian broke back to take the set 7-5.

The same story unfold in the deciding set, with Blake making the early break.

Blake, who has risen to number seven in the world, served for the match at 5-4 in the final set but Ancic broke back and won the tiebreak with his 10th ace of the contest. }

and they show this pic, enjoyable too :D

http://i.eurosport.com/2006/05/18/278936-1092333-458-238.jpg

Mashik
05-18-2006, 04:52 PM
Thank you twice linus :hug: (I didn't thank you after the firs one :o :lol: )

linus
05-18-2006, 05:43 PM
Thank you twice linus :hug: (I didn't thank you after the firs one :o :lol: )
maybe i will get a 3rd then :lol:


the interview text after knock-out Blake :D

Hamburg, 18 May 2006

Press Conference with MARIO ANCIC

Ancic - Blake 4:6, 7:5, 7:6 (3)

Q: Congratulations on a wonderful match. Firstly, how did you manage to recover twice and secondly how do you play such attacking tennis on slow clay?

ANCIC: I think it was a great match. No. 1, it was both aggressive from me and James. We both tried to win a point, not just somebody is giving easy mistakes and I think it was a really nice match to watch. I had a couple of times last week and this week that I had to go back from when I was losing. I am that kind of person that will fight to the end. Even today when James served for the match, I felt I still have a chance because, No. 1, it's clay and No.2, I felt that throughout the whole match I had a lot of chances to be back in the game; at breakpoints, I had 0:30 I think twice. So, I just fight till the end and see what can happen. In these moments I was playing really solid, really the way I needed to play and I'm really happy with my performance today.

Q: It was a bit like the Davis Cup performance. Have you drawn strength from that match?

ANCIC: Yes, of course. You get much more confident. That was the toughest situation I have ever been to. It was so tough mentally and I knew that in this unbelievable tough situation I came out as a winner. Because I was a highly ranked player, I was really expected to win. So, it gave me a lot of confidence and, of course, a lot of self-belief.

Q: Some thoughts on your match?

ANCIC: For me the most important is now … we played so long yesterday and a very long match today, it is very important to feel physically fit, which I am, but I have to do everything now, from massage, drink a lot, therapies. I played against both of them. They really have a similar style of playing and I the main focus is on me, the way, that I come up to the level that I think I can.

Q: James gave you a lot of credit and said it was a fantastic performance. What did you think of the way he played?

ANCIC: I think he played an unbelievable match. It was really aggressive tennis from both of the guys on clay. You could see a lot of winners, a lot of great points, lots of coming to the net, lots of great passings. I think he played really well. Throughout the whole match it was 50:50; I was up a break, he was up a break. I had breakpoints. It was all the time something going on and it was a really close match. I'm really happy and lucky that I went through. It was unbelievable. For me the most important points was at 4:3 when I served 2 aces. That was unbelievable because until that stage I didn't get so many free points. He was returning unbelievable, putting a lot of pressure on my second serve. It was really two points, coming so easy in this tough situation in the tiebreak, was maybe the key of the whole match. In such an unbelievable match, with both guys playing great, it comes to one or two balls. Today it was my serve I think that decided.

Q: You have been on the Tour for quite a while. You had your first big success in Wimbledon when you beat Federer. Do you feel that you took another step this year and if so, what made you reach the next level?

ANCIC: Of course, I've been around, but we can't I'm 22 this year. I came very young to the Tour. I was really a lot in the highlight because of that win. Coming with 18, played an unbelievable match, was a great thing to me and great for anybody else. After Goran won Wimbledon, next year the other Croatian came and then repeat, but there were so many things I still had to learn. There was a lot of things I had to develop. No. 1 is still as a tennis player. There were so many shots that I had to work on and develop to come to the stage that me as a 1.96 guy can play aggressive on these slower surfaces and winning these matches. Because all the guys are very solid. They don't give you anything. No. 2 I was not physically ready. I was really, like I said 1.96, skinny and today in men's powerful tennis you have to have a lot of strength. Of course lungs for running but as well in the gym to develop. When I see my pictures of 4 years ago, I was like a tree (laughs). It's really tough to play like this. With all this together it has to combine. I worked really hard. Hopefully I can keep on developing. That's what I'm looking for.

Q: Do you see it as a positive effect that you have experience in winning tournaments in Hamburg?

ANCIC: I mean, it's nice. I think I played great last year as well. That was my first big Super 9 victory on clay. I beat Florian Mayer and Gonzalez which was unbelievable confidence for me. So, I was looking forward to come here. I had a great week in Rome. I was pretty positive that I can play good here. So that was good for my self-belief.

Q: Where will you finish this week?

ANCIC: I don't know.

Q: Do you see yourself as one of the favourites now?

ANCIC: Favourites. There is no favourites in the quarter finals of a Super 9 anymore. It's such a competitive Tour. You still have to play, you still have to come up the big level and that's the only concern that I really have.

Q: You are of course your own person now but we do remember you used to make contact with Goran after matches. Does that ever happen now?

ANCIC: Yes, still. I still talk with him, I get SMS from him. Even though he maybe stopped for the newspapers, he can still be on the Tour. We are still in touch a lot. Like I always said, we have had a great relationship since I was 10. It didn't change anything. Even though they always ask me, or ask him, for can I be next him, he always took that pressure away of me. I as well think, I'm my own person. He knows that and we always had a nice relationship.

Q: What is the situation with the Davis Cup captaincy now?

ANCIC: We will se. Ivan was for two ties. Now we lost. We are done for this. Hopefully we can find the smartest man, somebody, who can really carry us from next year. Still, we have a great team. We have a very young team. Ivan is 27 this year, he is the oldest. So I think we can hopefully all develop better and better. And with some new names, with some juniors, we can influence them and they can join us and hopefully we can rise Croatian tennis and repeat last year. I believe it.

this interview video down info to check here (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=3515531&postcount=286)

Mashik
05-18-2006, 05:57 PM
For the 3d time: THANK YOU, dear :D :kiss:

Now about Mario...
I am that kind of person that will fight to the end.
Now everybody really can see it ;) :yeah:
I was up a break, he was up a break
And it describes the whole match :lol:
me as a 1.96 guy
That is the news! I though he's 195! So our baby is still growning up ;)
When I see my pictures of 4 years ago, I was like a tree
Very sweet and hot tree :) :lol:

linus
05-18-2006, 06:33 PM
:aplot: right, as if it was a big chance for Mario to say out many things stored in his mind for a long time :devil:

i have to spend more time tomorrow to read then absorb it :cool:

celcius
05-18-2006, 10:02 PM
Thanks so much linus for the article!

The tree comment was the best :) .

linus
05-19-2006, 02:10 AM
wish us happy here day by day :hug:

well, report from ATP site :)

{Croat Mario Ancic moved into the quarterfinals of an ATP Masters Series event for the third time this season with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(4) win over James Blake in Hamburg on Thursday.

In Miami earlier this season, the 22-year-old hard-hitting defeated Kevin Kim, Florent Serra and Nikolay Davydenko before falling to David Nalbandian. Last week in Rome, Ancic defeated Luis Horna in the opening round and then saved three match points in each of his two following matches (against Serra and Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo) to reach the quarterfinals where he would succumb to Nalbandian once again.

Ancic, who is 24-10 on the season, reached a career-high ATP INDESIT Ranking of No.13 this week. He will next battle Nikolay Davydenko. }

the frontpage pic to see gallery thread :cool:

kanok02
05-19-2006, 08:46 AM
some credit from Blake interview :devil:

Hamburg, 18 May 2006
Press Conference with JAMES BLAKE
Ancic - Blake 4:6, 7:5, 7:6 (3)
Q: That's a tough one to lose after coming so close.
BLAKE: Yes, it was a tough one to lose, especially when I served for it twice. He hung on. I played two pretty bad games, he played a pretty good one in that third set to get to the tiebreaker. I didn't take advantage of my opportunities.
Q: Are you criticizing yourself now or are you giving him credit?
BLAKE: No, it's not easy to play against him the way he returns. He broke me quite a few times. He played well. I feel I made a couple of errors, but he obviously fought hard. At some point he could have given in a little but he kept playing his game which is very important on clay. Another lesson learned for me. I have to do the same if I am in that situation and hopefully that will benefit me in the future. But today he taught me a lesson and he played well in the times when he needed to.
Q: It was an amazing match though, wasn't it?
BLAKE: Yes, I'm getting tired of losing amazing matches but hopefully I will win a few soon.
Q: What could you have made different?
BLAKE: I think my first serve percentage could have been higher. That would have helped a little bit. He returns very well and puts every second serve return in the court that it starts me off sometimes in trouble because he puts it so deep. Other than that I thought I played pretty well from the baseline. I made a couple of errors at important times maybe. At that point where he broke his string in the second set I could have made him hit a forehand instead of let him slice some backhands. Otherwise, he played great, especially in the second and third set, he served unbelievable. There were stretches there, when I wasn't getting any. If he is serving that well, there's not much I can do about it.

Mashik
05-19-2006, 09:03 AM
But today he taught me a lesson and he played well in the times when he needed to.
:p Learn it, James, learn it :p Mario is a great teacher :angel:
I'm getting tired of losing amazing matches
James :hug: Hope, you really win smth really amaing, but not against Mario :devil:

kanok02
05-19-2006, 09:29 AM
from BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4994724.stm

lovemario
05-19-2006, 09:49 AM
Love this interview after yesterday's match:)

I'm getting tired of losing amazing matches

So is Mario :p

vero
05-19-2006, 10:16 AM
Thanks linus and kanok for articles and interviews :kiss: :kiss:

PS: Tosee, I see you're not the only one to have a vivid imagination :aplot: Mario has a good one too :p I think I've never imagined him as a 'tree' :aplot: :lol:

linus
05-20-2006, 04:34 AM
PS: Tosee, I see you're not the only one to have a vivid imagination :aplot: Mario has a good one too :p I think I've never imagined him as a 'tree' :aplot: :lol:
Wow, lady of business finds another same thing between Mario and me :yeah: wish you to do that again and again :devil:

before early last year, he really not strong enough while now he is a bit better :p

linus
05-20-2006, 04:39 AM
well, before i go to library to study (maybe this is coming another same thing to work hard :p ) post some articles, as for the videos things, some hours later ;)

the interview after vs Davy text :)

Hamburg, 19 May 2006

Press Conference with MARIO ANCIC

Ancic - Davydenko 5:7, 7:6 (4), 6:3

{ Q: That was another hard fight coming through and win. Is that something that you need?

ANCIC: For me a win is a win, it doesn't matter how it comes. Of course, it would be nice to try and get off court a little bit faster. But these is all top ten guys and you have to expect a very hard match if you want to come out as a winner. That happened today as well. I was really struggling in the beginning, the legs were really heavy from the last two matches when I played 3 sets and in Rome as well I played quarter. So, the legs were pretty heavy. In the first set, I was a lot late on the balls. But throughout the whole match I was trying a little bit to pump myself, jumping around. Then, in the second set I wanted to be a little bit aggressive. I started looking for some more chances when I'm on the ball to put a lot of pressure on Nikolay. It paid off. When I broke, from 3 all, I started playing really good tennis and I keep it till the last point.

Q: You had a couple of lucky net calls.

ANCIC: Yes, I have to say that yes. There were maybe 3 net calls that went my way. I was really fortunate today to get these calls, but I have been really fighting hard and giving all to these games.

Q: You described it as a physical thing, sort of getting over how you feel when you first get on court and then getting through it and feeling better. But surely it must be a mental thing to a large extent as well to keep coming back?
ANCIC: Yes, I think I really showed to everybody that not only I can play good tennis to be up there with the best guys. You have to be mentally tough. In the last two weeks I've shown I've been really coming from a lot of tough situations and of course, a lot of confidence for me. It's really that you know that even if you are down a lot, when everything is not going your way, that you can still turn it around. Even better for self-belief is that I did it to Top 10 guys as well on clay, which I would not pick my first surface if I have to chose. So, of course, I showed some great tennis. I'm playing aggressive. It's been a lot of tough matches. I need to keep my body in a good shape and try to fight tomorrow.

Q: What happens on the physio's table is pretty important.

ANCIC: Yes, it's most important. This one hour after I finish here and then in the morning. The most important thing, the only focus is to prepare for the other match physically. I've been hitting a lot of balls this week, so the most important is that the body feels good, that the legs feel good. I'm a big guy playing aggressive and that kind of game takes a lot of energy from you. That's my main goal for tomorrow.

Q: Do you think you have enough energy left for another 3-setter tomorrow?

ANCIC:I don't know. Today after the first set I was really struggling with the way I was moving. I was really just trying to give it all on the court, leave my heart there. To get one break, one game and then suddenly everything changes. At the end of the match I felt fine but the most important is victory. That's what I will try to do.

Q: Who would you prefer, Ferrer or Robredo as a rival?

ANCIC:I am not too picky when you come to the semis of a Masters Series event on clay. You are having unbelievably tough opponents. And whoever wins, I know they are in great shape and want to go to the final, like I want the same. Hopefully it can be a great battle and fans can come and enjoy.

Q: Do you already consider this tournament as one of your biggest successes, playing in the semis of a Masters Series?

ANCIC: Yes, it's my first semi-final and it's on clay in Hamburg. It feels great. Of course I'm looking forward to tomorrow's match. I'm going to try to do everything and try to go even a step further if it's possible.}

linus
05-20-2006, 04:41 AM
report from ATP site :)

{ Ancic, 22, has a record of 8-2 on clay so far this year and a record of 12-3 in ATP Masters Series events. He is trying to become the first Croat to reach the final in Hamburg since Goran Ivanisevic in 1995 (l. to Medvedev).

Until this year, Ancic had never advanced beyond the fourth round of a Masters Series event. But then he reached the quarterfinals in Miami in March (l. to Nalbandian) and in Rome last week (l. to Nalbandian again). Ancic has a career record of 5-1 here. }

kanok02
05-20-2006, 02:13 PM
some from Robredo's blog

"I’ll explain the situation. After doing the interviews at the press room, getting my massage and putting some ice, I went to eat something in the restaurant and for some reason someone closed the door and locked me inside. If wasn’t for my strong arms, I would still be locked inside the restaurant and have to sleep there before my semifinal match against Mario Ancic tomorrow."

Why the key was not strong enough to lock him???? :devil:

MariaV
05-21-2006, 10:54 AM
Press Conference with MARIO ANCIC
Robredo - Ancic 7:5, 6:4

Q: You had your chances and you were probably quite close. You had breakpoints in both sets. Was it just a question of winning the big points?
ANCIC: Yes, that was it. I think if you see the score 7:5, 6:4 and then you see we played 2 hours and 5 minute, it was a lot of great rallies, great tennis. I think he took his chances and I didn’t. that’s the story when No. 12 and No. 13 in the world play in such a big match. It comes down to these couple of points. I don't think I played anything bad. I just think he made some great passings. I really think I did everything tactically today. I did really good. I was feeling the ball really good. Just on these big points he really came out with some great passings and great tennis. Even in the second set I could come back and at 4 all I had chances to serve for the second set. I think it was a really close match. Instead of that I have to give a lot of credit to Tommy. He was playing very solid. He didn't give me almost any unforced errors.

Q: Were you tired at all after all the long matches? Did that affect you at all?
ANCIC: I don't think it did affect me. I felt okay on the court. Actually I thought … When I started warming up my legs were pretty heavy, but after the match started I think I felt fine.

Q: He really does have excellent passing shots. Does that put pressure on you whenever you were thinking of coming to the net, did that sometimes make you change your mind?
ANCIC: No, I knew what I have to do to beat him and that was to be aggressive. Of course, stay at the back and look for the chance to come in. But he just came out with great passings. You talk before with the coach and you put the game plan, it was nothing really I could do differently I think. I'm really satisfied with my game. I think I had a really really good week. And I showed some great tennis. It's good for me. I think I should look this as a great week and try to learn a lot from this and try to continue to play the same level.

Q: How do you feel right now? Are you more disappointed with your loss or happy about reaching the semi-finals?
ANCIC: Of course you are not too happy after you lose. I think it was a great match. I'm really pissed that these couple of chances that I had that I did not at least take one of them. But of course after tonight I'm going to think that this is my first semi-finals of a Masters Series. I beat two top ten guys and showed some great tennis. As a sportsman, of course, you want to go the final and try to go even further.

Q: Do you think that means you have already taken a step up or will you have to do this again to prove that you have taken a step up?
ANCIC: I think this year I already have more wins over top 10 players than last year throughout the whole year. I really feel that I am improving. I'm working really hard for it. It's just that I'm showing that I can play great tennis on clay is really unbelievable confidence for me. I think there are some things I needed to work on, I think they improved a lot. As you can see so far on the results, I feel that I'm taking these steps. Of course there is more things to improve, and me as I am as a person I want to do that and try to go even higher, even better.

Mashik
05-21-2006, 12:55 PM
Thanks, Mashenka :kiss:
Mario :hug: He said exactly what I wanted to hear from him :D

kanok02
05-21-2006, 01:23 PM
Yes, I totally agree with you "Mario" Nothing to regret for your improve in two weeks....

vero
05-22-2006, 10:23 AM
Wow, lady of business finds another same thing between Mario and me :yeah: wish you to do that again and again :devil:

:lol: It mostly depends on you and him :aplot: ... and maybe on my ability to detect them as well :p


maybe this is coming another same thing to work hard :p
Unless you point them all out before, like this one! ;) :lol:

vero
05-22-2006, 10:24 AM
Thanks everyone for the nice interviews :kiss:

vero
05-22-2006, 10:26 AM
Why the key was not strong enough to lock him???? :devil:
:devil: :haha:

lovemario
05-22-2006, 11:01 AM
I'm really pissed that these couple of chances that I had that I did not at least take one of them.

really, Mario? :rolls:

thanks everyone for the interviews :kiss:

Truc
06-05-2006, 10:10 AM
Today in "L'Équipe". It's not interesting, but it's not too hard to translate for a change!« DIS MARIO, t’es plutôt…
– Footing ou vélo? Footing.
– Ivanovic ou Sharapova? Je ne veux pas répondre.
– Vin ou soda? Soda.
– Massage ou sieste? Sieste.
– Rock ou variétés? Rock.
– Split ou Zagreb? Split.
– Venus ou Serena? Question suivante!
– Mauresmo ou Pierce? Amélie.
– Ferrari ou Mercedes? Mercedes.
– Foot ou basket? Foot.
– Jeans ou costard? Ça dépend des circonstances.
– Federer ou Sampras? Je préfère regarder Roger, mais Pete est le meilleur!
– Borg ou McEnroe? Je ne les connais pas, mais j’aime le style McEnroe.
– Film d’amour ou dessin animé? Je préfère les comédies et les films d’action.
– Thé ou café? Ni l’un, ni l’autre.
– Attaque ou défense? Défense.
– US Open ou Wimbledon? Wimbledon, sans hésiter.
– Hamburger ou spaghettis? Spaghettis.
– Coupe Davis ou Grand Chelem? Pareil.
– Relax ou stressé ? Relax toujours…– Jogging or bike? – Jogging.
– Ivanovic or Sharapova? – I don't want to answer that question.
– Wine or soda? – Soda.
– Massage or siesta? – Siesta.
– Rock or pop? – Rock.
– Split or Zagreb? – Split.
– Venus or Serena? – Next question!
– Mauresmo or Pierce? – Amélie.
– Ferrari or Mercedes? – Mercedes.
– Soccer or basketball? – Soccer.
– Jeans or suit? – It depends on the context.
– Federer or Sampras? – I prefer to watch Roger, but Pete is the best!
– Borg or McEnroe? – I don't know them, but I like McEnroe's style.
– Cartoon or love story?
– I prefer the comedies and the action movies.
– Tea or coffee? – Neither nor.
– Attack or defense? – Defense.
– US Open or Wimbledon? – Wimbledon, without hesitating.
– Hamburger or spaghetti? – Spaghetti.
– Davis Cup or Grand Slam? – Same.
– Relaxed or stressed? – Always relaxed…

Jadranka
06-05-2006, 01:35 PM
Cooool :D

THX :D

linus
06-05-2006, 02:32 PM
Today in "L'Équipe". It's not interesting, but it's not too hard to translate for a change!…
salut dear :hug: nice to see you here :wavey:

it is cute :cool: i enjoy French taste, read similar things from Richie and Paulo, they both cute too :drool: while about some choices above, our Mario a bit too serious, maybe some girl was watching him and he didnt plan to bring himself troubles :devil: while i think he must take easy to enjoy those. :lol:

while, let me have a try, dears, and you? :lol:

Jogging or bike? – both.
Ivanovic or Sharapova? – neither.
Wine or soda? – neither.
Massage or siesta? – Siesta.
Rock or pop? – either but light rock is better.
Split or Zagreb? – both plus my Marin's birthplace.
Venus or Serena? – ask youself pls.
Mauresmo or Pierce? – Amélie without any doubt.
Ferrari or Mercedes? – referred to my Mario's answer.
Soccer or basketball? – no idea.
Jeans or suit? – now Jeans, when older, suit.
Federer or Sampras? – neither of them, to see my guys.
Borg or McEnroe? – no idea.
Cartoon or love story? – both. but seems my Mario and Dima have the same taste.
Tea or coffee? – Tea.
Attack or defense? – whichever when it is needed.
US Open or Wimbledon? – Wimbledon for Mario.
Hamburger or spaghetti? – Neither.
Davis Cup or Grand Slam? – GrandSlam coz Mario has got DC once.
Relaxed or stressed? – Relaxed more while Stressed a little.

Jadranka
06-05-2006, 03:44 PM
hehe why not?

Jogging or bike? – Bike
Ivanovic or Sharapova? – Ivanovic
Wine or soda? – soda
Massage or siesta? – Siesta.
Rock or pop? – rock (Bijelo Dugme 4 eveeeer)
Split or Zagreb? – Split (because > Hajduk Split)
Venus or Serena? – ...
Mauresmo or Pierce? – ...
Ferrari or Mercedes? – Mercedes
Soccer or basketball? – SOCCER!! Ajmooo Srna, Kovak, Klasnik !!!
Jeans or suit? – Jeans.
Federer or Sampras? – Federer
Borg or McEnroe? – ...
Cartoon or love story? – Horror and Comedies ;)
Tea or coffee? – tea
Attack or defense? – defense
US Open or Wimbledon? – Wimbledon
Hamburger or spaghetti? – Sarmaaaa lol
Davis Cup or Grand Slam? – Davis Cup
Relaxed or stressed? – relaxed :cool:

Mashik
06-05-2006, 06:21 PM
:lol: A great idea! Let's see if my tastes look like Mario's ;)

Jogging or bike? – bike
Ivanovic or Sharapova? – neither
Wine or soda? – soda
Massage or siesta? – siesta
Rock or pop? – either, according to my mood :)
Split or Zagreb? – Split first, Zagreb second - both ;)
Venus or Serena? – beee, neither
Mauresmo or Pierce? – neither
Ferrari or Mercedes? – Forza, Ferrari always and everywhere :D
Soccer or basketball? – basketball for sure
Jeans or suit? – Jeans
Federer or Sampras? – Sampras
Borg or McEnroe? – :shrug: McEnroe though ;)
Cartoon or love story? – Cartoon and comedies
Tea or coffee? – tea
Attack or defense? – defense
US Open or Wimbledon? – Wimbledon for Mario too, but US Open in general
Hamburger or spaghetti? – spaghetti
Davis Cup or Grand Slam? – Davis Cup
Relaxed or stressed? – Relaxed, always relaxed :p

_pyromatic
06-05-2006, 09:04 PM
– Ivanovic or Sharapova? – I don't want to answer that question.
Heh. Don't want to answer about the girlies, Mario? Hmm, if Mario is good friends with Novak, and Novak is good friends with Ana, are Ana and Mario friends then? (lol, gotta love the transitive property) Anyway, I guess that's a little awkward. :lol:

– Tea or coffee? – Neither nor.
Bad taste, honey... :rolleyes: ;)

vero
06-05-2006, 10:07 PM
Hehe :p Thanks Truc, that kind of short question/short answer interview is not that much interesting, but still pretty fun ;)

As or me:
– Jogging or bike? – Both
– Ivanovic or Sharapova? – ...
– Wine or soda? – From time to time (most of the time for familly dinner), taste a little of wine
– Massage or siesta? – why not a nice massage and then a good siesta?
– Rock or pop? – Either
– Split or Zagreb? – Split coz of Mario, as I dunno any of them
– Venus or Serena? – ...
– Mauresmo or Pierce? – Amélie without any doubt
– Ferrari or Mercedes? – Mercedes
– Soccer or basketball? – Soccer
– Jeans or suit? – Jeans
– Federer or Sampras? – Fed
– Borg or McEnroe? – ...
– Cartoon or love story? - Comedies
– Tea or coffee? – Coffee, though not often, and from time to time tea as well
– Attack or defense? – Defense
– US Open or Wimbledon? – For Mario Wimbledon, but every Grand Slam in general, with a special feeling for Roland
– Hamburger or spaghetti? – Spaghetti
– Davis Cup or Grand Slam? – Grand Slam
– Relaxed or stressed? – It depends, but rather relaxed I think

vero
06-05-2006, 10:16 PM
Hmm, if Mario is good friends with Novak, and Novak is good friends with Ana, are Ana and Mario friends then? (lol, gotta love the transitive property) Anyway, I guess that's a little awkward. :lol:
:haha:

Danika
06-05-2006, 11:20 PM
Good idea.
Jogging or bike?-Bike
Ivanovic or Sharapova?-Sharapova (She's loud but I like her)
Wine or soda?-Soda
Massage or siesta?-Siesta
Rock or pop?-Rock
Split or Zagreb?-Split
Venus or Serena?-Serena
Mauresmo or Pierce?-I like both of them the same.
Ferrari or Mercedes?-Mercedes
Soccer or basketball?-Soccer
Jeans or suit?-Jeans I dont wear suits :lol:
Federer or Sampras?-Sampras
Borg or McEnroe?-McEnroe
Cartoon or love story?-love story
Tea or coffee?-tea
Attack or defense?-Attack
US Open or Wimbledon? –Wimbledon (But I love the US Open to!)
Hamburger or spaghetti? –Hamburger
Davis Cup or Grand Slam? –Grand Slam
Relaxed or stressed? – Relaxed

lovemario
06-06-2006, 10:58 AM
Me wants, me wants :lol:

Jogging or bike?-Bike
Ivanovic or Sharapova?-Ivanović
Wine or soda?-both hehe
Massage or siesta?-massage
Rock or pop?-Rock
Split or Zagreb?-Split
Venus or Serena?-neither
Mauresmo or Pierce?-Mauresmo
Ferrari or Mercedes?-I don't care
Soccer or basketball?-Soccer, only if it has to be one of them :rolleyes:
Jeans or suit?-teachers have to be careful abt their clothing :p
Federer or Sampras?-Sampras
Borg or McEnroe?-Borg
Cartoon or love story?-Love story
Tea or coffee?-Coffee, coffe, coffee
Attack or defense?-Attack
US Open or Wimbledon? –Wimbledon
Hamburger or spaghetti? - spaghetti
Davis Cup or Grand Slam? –We have DC, now we need Grand Slam :angel:
Relaxed or stressed? -stresse usually, wants to be relaxed

MariaV
06-06-2006, 11:20 AM
Oh OK, I'll do it too then. :lol:

Jogging or bike?-Jogging :yeah:
Ivanovic or Sharapova?-Ivanovic
Wine or soda?-wine
Massage or siesta?-massage
Rock or pop?-rock
Split or Zagreb?-Split ;) :shrug:
Venus or Serena?-Venus
Mauresmo or Pierce?-Amélie :)
Ferrari or Mercedes?-I don't care either ;)
Soccer or basketball?-naah, soccer then
Jeans or suit?-jeans any time ;)
Federer or Sampras?-Federer :o
Borg or McEnroe?-Borg
Cartoon or love story?-action ;)
Tea or coffee?-tea
Attack or defense?-hmmm, both :lol:
US Open or Wimbledon?–Wimbledon :)
Hamburger or spaghetti?-spaghetti
Davis Cup or Grand Slam?–We have DC, now we need Grand Slam - YES YES YES Goga :lol: Wimbledon, here we come! :bigclap: :bounce:
Relaxed or stressed?-naah, relaxed :cool: ;)

hercegovka
06-18-2006, 06:35 PM
http://www.jutarnji.hr/clanak/art-2006,6,17,ancic_zaljubljen,31502.jl

burntbread07
06-18-2006, 08:02 PM
http://www.jutarnji.hr/clanak/art-2006,6,17,ancic_zaljubljen,31502.jl
could anyone translate? please?

I♥PsY@Mus!c
06-18-2006, 11:08 PM
– Ivanovic or Sharapova? – I don't want to answer that question.
He rocks! :aplot: Maybe he doesn't like both.
– Mauresmo or Pierce? – Amélie.
He doesn't answer any questions about WTA players but this one. :eek: But he has a very good taste to choose my Momo! :hearts:
– Attack or defense? – Defense.
Your game is much more "Attack",man! :lol:
– Davis Cup or Grand Slam? – Same.
Clever answer! :yeah:

Here are mine. :p

Jogging or bike?-bike
Ivanovic or Sharapova?-Ana much moremoremore than Shara! :nerner:
Wine or soda?-wine
Massage or siesta?-siesta
Rock or pop?-none,I prefer electronica/latin/hip hop. :music:
Split or Zagreb?-same
Venus or Serena?-Venus
Mauresmo or Pierce?-of course my avatar Amélie :drool:
Ferrari or Mercedes?-Mercedes
Soccer or basketball?-soccer
Jeans or suit?-jeans
Federer or Sampras?-both are boring. :yawn:
Borg or McEnroe?-I don't know.
Cartoon or love story?-cartoon
Tea or coffee?-same
Attack or defense?-attack more
US Open or Wimbledon?-US Open
Hamburger or spaghetti?-hamburger
Davis Cup or Grand Slam?–GS
Relaxed or stressed?-stressed

linnym
06-20-2006, 04:30 PM
hey have any of u read this....well if u have'nt here u go...

GEM, SET, MATCH MARIO ANČIĆ

In just a month he played couple of exhausting and long matches, he thrilled us with tournaments in Rome and Hamburg, with our tennis national team he won the World Team Championship, for the first time he came into the QF of the Roland Garros and he entered Top 10. In that way he joined our most famous tennis stars and his big ideals, Goran Ivanišević, Željko Franulović and Nikola Pilić. After he was defeated by Roger Federer, instead in Queens Club, tired and exhausted, he came in Split to take a rest for couple of days. The season on the grass has just began and in born town, with family and friends, it's much easier to recover.

«This last weeks all the matches had been very hard, the opponents very difficult, but I'm very satisfied with what I've done. For the first time in my career I'm among the ten best tennis players in the world and I've become the fourth guy from Split who made that. That was really my dream since I was a kid. Now all that is here and I'm truly enjoing this moments.»
*How do you feel in the morning, when you wake up?*
«I enjoy, I really enjoy, but I always have new motifs and aims. I've built my whole career step by step, when I achieve one aim, I go for another. I realized all what I was dreaming of as a child: I won the Davis cup as a member of our national team with great tennis players and my great friends, I have bronze medal from Athens which I won together with Ljubo, I came to the Top 10. Now other wishes are coming: to remain as long as it's possible in the competition, to be on the big courts, to play the big matches, maybe to win some Grand Slam tournament. We are so small nation, and I checked: only two states more have two players in Top 10, and Karlović is also here. And look just our handballers, footballers, Janica and Ivica, it's very hard to find a sport in which we don't have some big results. I'm very proud to come from Croatia because when I come abroad I feel great respect when it starts talking about our beautys, sportsmen….
*Which moments in your career are your favourite ones?*
«There are things which you remember for the whole life. When we won the Davis cup, 70 000 people came on ban Josip Jelačić Square, and in Split, on Gripe 15 000. Every sacrifice than becomes less hard. After the Olimpic games your adrenalin accrues when you hear people shouting your name…. These are things with which I can already in this age approve and it remains in my memory for ever.»
*Your mother cried during the match against Robredo. How do your parents handle with sport dramas on the court?*
«That match was exhausting, hard, I even threw up on the court, then the twitch caught me and all that was very difficult for her. They were watching all that from the stands and it was horrible for them. I am a sportsmen and in that moment I was just thinking on how to play the best it's possible and how to win that match. I didn't have time to think of some negative things. I even asked for help of physical therapist, to stretch my muscles, to tell me if I should eat or drink something…. When you have twitch it's almost impossible to run around, but in the end everything came out great.»
*You defeated Federer at the beginning of your career, but this time he was better…*
«The most important is how I played that match, and from the player like he is, you can expect incredible things, things which others can't even imagine. He's a great individual, ready to get the point from every situation, to use every single oportunity. At the same time, it's you who has to play better how the match goes on, and in this match I've shown that I can, that I know how to play…. At the time when I was still «fresh», I had my chances, there were oportunities for double break, I had 40:0, but then Federer had shown why he's such a great player.»
*And what kind of person is he?*
«Federer and his girlfriend are both wonderful and normal people. We've known each other for a long time, he's three years older than me so I've always followed him. But he stayed the same as he was at the beginning of his career.»
*Do you plan to stay some time in Split?*
«There's no time for rest. I needed two days to recover and I'm already training now. I cancelled the tournament in Queens Club, but I'm going to play the tournament in Rosmalen in Netherlands before Wimbledon, last year I've won that tournament. That's tennis season like, and if you «steal» a few days, you have to use them as good as you can.»
*And how did you use them?*
«I was sleeping a lot. My body was completely exhausted because in this past month I continually had to draw out matches, I played for three hours all the time. And the fatigue was just accumulating. That's because most of the time I spent sleeping.»
*Half of the nation is in love with you?*
«There was everything, even marriage offers, especially after the Davis cup. There were messages, different titles and SMS. That's the price of being popular and of playing good. And I'm glad that people watch us, follow our matches and cheer for us. All that is very interesting.»
*I've read that you like woman with black hair. What type of women attracts you?*
«I don't know, the most important is character. Mutually appreciation and respect is also especially important to me. For me that's my Doris.»
*Couple of words more about Doris?*
«Ok, I'll just tell you that she studies pharmacy. And I don't want to talk anymore about that.»
*Is she traveling with you in London?*
«I don't want to say anything more.»
*Even your home is in Split, you live in Monte Carlo. Do you like the town?*
«I'm often in Monte Carlo: I train there regularly in December, then in March and April. It's hard to say that Monte Carlo is my base because we go from tournament to tournament, but there's also our Ljubo, and cuople of us more.»
*Do you have time for associating with each other?*
«We associate the most when we play for the national team, but on big tournaments that's really difficult, you just don't have oportunity for that.»
*Do you have your rituals, song, favourite T-shirt?*
«No, I don't have any rituals.»
*Your brother Ivica is often with you…*
«He was for five years, but not anymore. He really helped me a lot in my career. Ivica was among the 10 best juniors, he was member of the Davis cup representation, he's Ljubo's generation, but after the injury and when I started to play good, he back out and become my accompaniment. That meant a lot to me. Ivica and I have traveled and passed lots of things together. I know that when he's watching my match, he's watching it differently than the others. Apart from that he graduated economy and now he has a family of his own.»
*And your sister Sanja?*
«She's great, she continues to progress. We wanted to play mixed doubles in Paris, but we didn't get the invitation of the organisators. Our big wish is to play mixed doubles on some Grand Slam tournament. After injuries Sanja is progressing, and besides that she's an excellent pupil in linguistic gymnasium, she handless it great. When she enters Top 100 she'll play on bigger tournaments and that's our wish.»
*You've earned a lot of money, how does man, who can buy himself everything that he wants, feels?*
«I'm very proud of everything I've made because I know that during all this years there were many sacrifices. It wasn't easy, not to me or my family, but after all man has to stay modest and appreciate real values. I'm enjoying in what I'm doing and that's it.»
*Don't you have some wishes like expensive cars?*
«No, this is right the point of everything I said. I live for this sport, I want to play it as good as I can and as longer as I can.»
*Do you answer your fans on e-mails or letters?*
«Collectors of autographs very often contact me, especially after the Olimpic games and the Davis cup. Of course, letters come too, and I answer them when I have time.»
*Do you collect articles from newspapers?*
«My mother collects that for years and puts them in photo albums: yet when Ivica won his first tournament as a child. It's nice to see it. And it will be even nicer when one day I'll go through my whole career.»
*Are you going to watch the World Championship?*
«Of course.»
*And what do you expect?*
«I'm very subjective when it talks about our national team. I believe that we can pass our group and go on.»
*Who will be your company in watching the matches?*
«I always find a company, no matter if I am in Croatia, France or on some tournament. I spent two weeks in Germany, whole country is in delirium for couple of weeks already. I can't wait for our team to start their matches.»
*Who will be the best shooter?*
«Adriano.»

kanok02
06-22-2006, 09:56 AM
some interview about wimbledon 2006 from Ivanisevic

Ivanisevic's focus on the build-up to Wimbledon this year has been somewhat distracted by his beloved Croatia's displays as the World Cup.

But it is not patriotism that is making him tip compatriot Mario Ancic to enjoy an excellent tournament at SW19.

Ancic burst to prominence when he defeated Roger Federer in straight sets in 2002 and Ivanisevic believes he could do the same again.

"He is the best serve-volleyer in the game at the moment," the 35-year-old said of Ancic.

"He has been in the semis before and he has become more aggressive and he believes he can do it."


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/5096460.stm

vero
06-24-2006, 08:24 AM
I haven't read this interview, so thanks a lot linnym :kiss: :worship:

And thanks kanok!

lovemario
06-26-2006, 10:23 AM
:cool: someone already translated this interview :p and there's an wesome pic in this magazine :drool:

I gotta buy me a scanner :angel:

lovemario
06-28-2006, 06:46 PM
Ancic the dark horse

If it's a Wimbledon dark horse you're after, then why not the man who last beat Roger Federer at SW19?

Mario Ancic, who shocked Federer in 2002's opening round, is many people's second pick for the men's title, and the Croat opened his campaign with a straight-sets win over promising Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.

That win was impressive enough but it came just three days after the Croat had successfully defended his title at the grasscourt event in Den Bosch and after he picked up an injury in the warm-up.

"I just landed funny and hurt my back," he told BBC Sport.

"Fatigue wasn't a problem but I was relieved to get through in straight sets and now I can go and get some treatment and be ready for my next match."

That will be against veteran Italian Davide Sanguinetti, but what everyone is waiting for is a potential Wimbledon rematch against Federer in the quarter-finals.

Everyone except Ancic.

Brilliant when on form, Ancic was frustratingly inconsistent in his youth - a case in point being the second-round loss to Jan Vacek which followed his sublime performance against Federer in 2002.

Now 22 and a top-10 player, Ancic believes he has learned what it takes to win major titles.

"I can only think about my next match, especially now with my back problem," he said.

"If you start looking ahead, it's dangerous, and even if I do meet Federer at this tournament, that last match doesn't matter.

"As players, you don't think about past matches because you know that if you play the next day, let alone years later, it could be a different result."


And he adds: "I'm a better player now than four years ago, but so is he."

Federer's improvement is written in the stats. Since then, the 24-year-old has won seven Grand Slams and dominated the men's game.

Ancic's progress has been much more sedate, but step by step he is beginning to fulfil the promise he first showed when reaching the Wimbledon junior final in 2000 and which led Boris Becker to describe him as the "future of tennis".

"To win back-to-back ATP titles was very important to me - everyone knows how hard that is," he said, referring to the successful defence of his title in Holland.

"But although I think I play my best tennis on grass, I think of myself as an all-rounder and I think I proved that with a good clay-court season."

Typical of the downbeat Croat, he undersells himself here because it is his form on clay, reaching the quarters in Rome and the semis in Hamburg, which is largely responsible for his current position of 10th in the world rankings.

And of course, Ancic has threatened to go all the way at Wimbledon before, shattering Tim Henman's hopes on the way to the semi-final in 2004.

"I have experience of what it's like and I know what it takes," said Ancic.

"I would love to get there again and further, but I know I have to focus on each day and see what happens."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/5122258.stm

lovemario
06-28-2006, 07:02 PM
Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Dossier: Ancic's variety of skills ideally suited to grass

Coaching Report: The last man to beat Federer in SW19 is showing the sort of form to suggest he can be a serious threat this year

Published: 28 June 2006

I went to watch Mario Ancic's match with Nicolas Almagro yesterday because Ancic can be a contender here - a real contender - and how he fared against Almagro was always going to be a good indicator of what shape he's in. It was an instructive match, highlighting the 22-year-old Croat's strengths, and a few points he'll need to bear in mind if he wants to triumph.

The bare facts of the match are that he won 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 to extend his winning streak on grass to six matches. He won five on the surface last week to win the title at the Ordina Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. That still leaves him way behind the all-time record streak of Roger Federer on grass - 42 matches - that Federer sealed yesterday.

But a run is a run, and Ancic, of course, was the last man to beat Federer on grass, way back in the first round here in 2002. Ancic won that one in straight sets, as he did yesterday, when his task was far from simple. Almagro, a powerful, talented Spaniard, is one hell of a player, and he went for broke yesterday with some ripping forehands and some great, powerful serving, which reached 136mph with one searing ace. But not only did Ancic withstand the challenge, he also overcame a fall, which hurt him, and then also needed medical intervention but came through. He was given a pill, for what I'm not sure, but obviously he wasn't feeling his best. That he still won, and in straight sets, was a big plus.

Why could he be a genuine contender? Because he has a big all-round game and is one of the very few men on the tour who have any claim to being a serve and volleyer in the truest sense. He plays this game well, because he's got big first and second serves, and he's one of the best volleyers in the world (though he won't be able to keep playing half-volleys, like he did yesterday, as the grass becomes less clean later in the tournament). He returns serve very well from both sides, and he's got a super double-handed backhand. His forehands are very flat but he's also able to put heavy spin on the ball.

A few moments from the first set illustrate why Ancic can be a danger to anyone. At 5-5, and serving, he seemed to get a little frustrated with himself for a temporary blip in his first-serve consistency. This didn't affect him as much as it would other players because his second serve is so good, it can be unplayable, as the first point in that game showed. But frustrated he was. He hit one ball into a fence in frustration, but deliberately, to release the steam. He knew he'd got himself wound up, but he let it out, in a controlled way, and won that key game. The tie-break, won with excellent variety - and power - in his serves, aces, and some key volleying, was a perfect example of his major weapons at their best.

linus
06-29-2006, 11:25 AM
God bless it does be some foresee :angel:

vero
06-29-2006, 01:25 PM
Right, Tosee :angel:

Thanks a lot Goga for these nice articles :kiss:

lovemario
06-29-2006, 08:02 PM
You're welcome :)

Sorry that I keep bringing bad news, but I read his statements from today: he woke up with stiff neck yesterday, alongside the bad back, he said he had taken a lot of pills and that today's day he'd probably spend trying to recover, no training. God, I hope he won't lose cause of that :awww: he hopes he'll recover by tomorrow :sad:

fanancic
06-29-2006, 08:18 PM
oh no!!! poor guy!! he is so unlucky this year with injuries!!! davis cup monte carlo queens...
plase!!! feel better tomorrow!!!please!!

_pyromatic
06-29-2006, 11:05 PM
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/articles/2006-06-29/200606291151610936468.html

The last man to sock it to the world number one and three-time Wimbledon king was Mario Ancic, in the first round of the 2002 Championships, so it is appropriate that the 6ft 5in Croatian should be occupying one of today's Centre Court slots. Ancic, a protege of the unforgettable Goran Ivanisevic and therefore lumbered with the nickname Little Goran, is a smart operator on the tennis turf, so all that time spent at Big Goran's knee was of benefit, enough to have seen Ancic get to the semi-finals here in 2004.

It has been a good year for Ancic. Despite suffering a shoulder injury at the quarter-final stage of the French Open, he bounced back impressively to win the grass event in Holland, which should have served to hone those serve-volley skills of his. The opposition today comes from one of Federer's Swiss Davis Cup team mates, Stanislas Wawrinka, 67th in the rankings but a fast-improving 21-year-old who has not allowed his rather confused ancestry to cloud his determination to push ahead as a professional.

The name is Polish but the lad known to all as Stan has a German father and a Swiss mother and, just in case you thought this was getting easier, Czech grandparents. Perhaps all that will serve to confuse Little Goran, but probably not enough to prevent him marching forward towards a rendezvous with the Swiss who really matters in the men's field.

The Wimbledon writers are feeling a little snarky today apparently. :lol:

kanok02
06-30-2006, 03:18 AM
Thanks alot "lovemario"..you such a good searcher ( I like when you have time to do for us :angel: )
..I like his words so much..he so smart and matual every time when he answer all these questions..even if he a young man.

HOPE he get well soon for a more tough match.. :wavey:

lovemario
06-30-2006, 10:30 PM
It's not a problem, I just write what I read in Croatian newspapers or sites, which I do anyway :)

lovemario
06-30-2006, 11:29 PM
He's not Baby Goran anymore, now he's Little Goran? :scratch:

How can he be Little Goran when he's taller than him :rolls:

SloKid
07-01-2006, 05:42 PM
Hello people! Don't know how I got lost in this part of MTF, but anyway here's an interview with Mario in a Slovenian newspaper, each week a different person gets asked the same questions.
This week it was Mario:

Mario Ančić. Fourth Split player to enter the top ten. Out of the Split quartet he is the most cultured and educated boy, who is also a succesful law student. He is the last player to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon. That's why, along with his second consecutive 's-Hertogenbosch title and other excellent results this year, that he is considered one of major threats to the tennis ruler. Title candidate? Sure, why not!

Q: Where do you live?
A: My official residence has been Monte Carlo for a while now, I have a small apartment there. When I'm in Split I live in my parents house.

Q: Which TV do you have, where and when do you watch it?
A: I have a Sony TV, I rarely watch it and if I do it's sports.

Q: Similar question: hi-fi and computer?
A: I travel with a Compaq laptop. Since ATP started giving us DVDs of our matches it comes quite handy. I also have an iPod, where I have a lot of Croatian music: Oliver, Gibonni, Prljavo Kazalište...

Q: Pets?
A: Since I'm always traveling, I would find it hard to have a pet.

Q: Watches: Now and wishes?
A: They mean nothing to me. The one on the mobile phone is enough.

Q: Jewelry?
A: I don't wear it besides the gold necklace I have since I was a child. I got it for my confirmation, and it has a cross that was blessed by Pope John Paul II and a tennis racquet, that my parents got to me, when I became the Croatian U-12 champion, on it.

Q: Clothing? Describe your style and what would it look like if there were no limits.
A: I spend most of the time in Nike sports outfits. I like to dress-up for special occasions. I think that a person shows his level of culture by the way he dresses as well.

Q: Cosmetics?
A: Only the neccessary.

Q: Car. State and wishes?
When I'm in Split I borrow my dad's Mercedes for urgent stuff.

Q: Favourite brands?
A: Nike and Hugo Boss.

Q: This year's vacation?
A: I will go to a Croatian island for a week immediately after Wimbledon.

Q: Favourite summer and winter locations?
A: Summer on Croatian islands, Brač, Hvar, Šolta...In winter I love Rogla and Kranjska Gora a lot, we used go there a lot.

Q: Where would you go if you had a weekend, week, month off and no money worries?
A: Weekend Paris, week Rome. Anything more I would go home to Split.

Q: Recreation: Where and how often?
A: Practice multiples time a day, as long as I can remember.

Q: What are you proud of?
A: My work and family.

Q: Sports: What did you train and has any of your friends of your age made it?
A: When I was I kid I trained all sorts of sports: football, basketball, waterpolo. I decided to play tennis, because our house was right next to tennis courts in Firule in because my older brother Ivica was already playing. I don't remember if any of my schoolmates made it.

Q: Where do you go for games?
A: I love going to football matches. I'm lucky that tournament are going on in cities with big football teams. This way I had a chance to see some matches of Real, Barca, Juventus, Roma...I saw some Champions League matches live as well.

Q: Are you a fan?
A: Of course, everyone from Split is a Hajduk fan.

Q: Last book, movie, cd, concert, theatre...
A: Book The Da Vinci Code. If I only I can I go to concerts of Dalmatian musicians. I attended a charity concert in Split theatre.

Q: Best food and location?
A: Home at mum's.

Q: Drink?
A: Coca-Cola

Q: What can you cook best and can you show off with it?
A: I'm stuck with fried eggs.

Q: What made you high the most in life?
A: Love. And last year when we won the WC it was cool too.

Q: Life motto?
A: You can't achieve success with hard work and giving up on some things.

Hope you enjoyed it :wavey:

linus
07-01-2006, 05:58 PM
Hello people! Don't know how I got lost in this part of MTF, but anyway here's an interview with Mario in a Slovenian newspaper, each week a different person gets asked the same questions.
This week it was Mario:
Hope you enjoyed it :wavey:
really thank you :worship: it does be nice :drool:

maybe later when we have more time, we can have our tries again, just like the things from RG :lol:

kanok02
07-01-2006, 06:19 PM
very nice interview..and confirm that how heart has he been.. :hearts: :crazy: :inlove:
thank you very much "slokid"..for share this in the good day. :angel:

JuanChuffy007
07-02-2006, 01:19 PM
wow very nice interview :D thanks for posting ;)

Q: This year's vacation?
A: I will go to a Croatian island for a week immediately after Wimbledon.

we just have to find out which island :aplot:.

lovemario
07-02-2006, 04:43 PM
Brač :p

lovemario
07-04-2006, 08:34 PM
This is the funniest thing I read all day :lol:

Ancic Did Hi. . .Er, It

Posted 7/3/2006

You’ve heard of “analysis paralysis” the syndrome that affects college professors and other types whose rallying cry is “Action is Death!” Well, I got a bad case of it today, on the worst of all days, which is (conceivably) the best day in tennis, now that the U.S. Open has busted up Super Saturday. They played the entire round-of-16 in both draws today, so to avoid having to watch one thing and miss something absolutely, positively, unbearably crucial that might have been happening somewhere else, I pretty much missed everything.

First, I wrote a long post (below), then I watched bits and pieces of everything, which is a pretty good way to end up seeing nothing, and then I got nervous and went to the bar and had a few pops.

I emerged from my self-induced miasma just in time to catch the late stages of one of the last matches of the day, Mario Ancic vs. Novak Djokovic. Actually, this turned out to be an excellent decision, which I immediately attributed to my vast experience and preternaturally accurate radar for, well, comfortable viewing, if you must know.

What with The Mighty Fashion Plate on Centre Court and Dirty Boy Rafa on Court 1, I felt reasonably sure that I would be good company at the Graveyard Court (No. 2), where the customary “Die Young and Leave a Beautiful Corpse” mandate was suspended. Sure Ancic was the favorite, but Novak The Djoker is a lock to become a player of equal caliber – with ease.

There was plenty of room in the special courtside box right reserved for press and player guests; it’s right at the corner where the players enter and leave the court, and by six in the evening it’s pleasantly shaded. Just one of Wimbledon’s handful of really superb and intimate viewing posts, if you’re lucky enough to have the right credential (like Malcolm Lowry’s Mexican pariah dogs, even press men get a bone with some meat left on it once in a blue agave moon).

Anyway, others in the box included Gavin Forbes, whose father, Gordon, wrote the best tennis memoir ever, A Handful of Summers. Gavin’s a big deal IMG operative, and he was there to hold the hand of Oliver van Lindonk, who represents Mario. And there was Ancic’s coach, Fredrik Rosengren, fighting the good fight and trying to get his charge to come into the net even more than he does. There were bunch of junior players in the box, too – you know how much kids love things that go “Boom!”, like Ancic’s serve. Plus, there were a bunch of older folks all around me in this hot zone.

I figured these had to be Ancic or Djokovic family members, by the way they kept pleading and calling out the usual encouraging phrases. I had a make on The Djoker’s folks pretty quickly. Dad looked like he’d just finished a shift in the Mr. Softee ice cream truck. He was dressed in all-white, which as you may know is compulsory at Wimbledon, although not for parents or spectators or any combination thereof. Next to him sat his wife and then a little kid I took to be Novak’s brother, who was very vocal all the way.

I saw most of the last two sets, which reminded me of Wimbledon in the heyday of the serve-and-volley game, when the likes of Brian Gottfried, Kevin Curren, Slobodan Zjivoinvic, Hank Pfister, Roscoe Tanner, Dick Stockton, Buster Mottram and others rained down thunder and occasionally made life miserable for the Big Dogs. It was just like that, except for the fact that these guys only came in sporadically (much to the frustration of Ancic’s coach, Fredrik Rosengren) were both playing from the baseline, which made it kind of weird unless that’s all you’re accustomed to seeing.

Ancic and Djokovic play a big game. They whale on the ball, try to end points quickly, and put a lot of effort into the serve. You’ll never hear it on television, but Ancic does this thing when he serves – he exhales so forcefully it comes out in a prolonged “whoooooosh”, like a train letting off steam, or a sperm whale (easy, ADM!) giving a blast. Everyone should sit very close to a court for at least one quality tennis match, because it enables you to appreciate the sheer, kinetic energy that drives the game, at least for the bangers. It’s exciting, kind of like standing right under the approach lane of a jumbo passenger jet as it comes in to land, seventy-five yards above your head.

Ancic basically toughed out the match; you could see the Djoker getting cranky and whiny as the fourth set rolled on, and they embarked on the fifth. Early in the fifth, Novak summoned the trainer for some issue having to do with his eyes. This kid always has issues, it seems, but Ancic didn’t seem to mind, so why should I? The only momentum that was broken was the Djoker’s, as a refreshed Ancic showed that his own eyes were fine; he broke Novak for 4-1 and then sat on his chest the rest of the way. The Djoker squirmed and fidgeted, but he couldn’t wriggle out of the situation and Ancic served it out.

That Mario played such a tight, controlled match, start-to-finish (he was down, two sets to one) bodes well for his quarterfinal with Roger Federer. He is, after all, the last guy to have beaten TMFP at Wimbledon. That, coupled with Ancic’s ability to impose a big game on any opponent, means Federer could be skittish, and I think the dry courts – if they are dry, and hard – will help Ancic.

The exhortations in both east-European languages were flying thick and heavy, and I noticed at the end of the match that the youngster I took for The Djoker’s brother was crying. Then something really nice happened. The entire Djokovic contingent, which consisted of about eight, got up and strolled over to congratulate a middle-aged couple who I took for Ancic’s parents (they confirmed I was right).

It was a nice end to a long day.

JuanChuffy007
07-09-2006, 10:50 AM
Brač :p

:rolls: you're good.

:lol: very cool and funny written report :D.

lovemario
07-09-2006, 05:19 PM
:rolls: you're good.


Aha :devil:

So should I organize a trip to Brač or will someone else do it? :aplot:

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:rolls: :rolls:

LilyRoseAva
07-21-2006, 10:56 PM
OK I post here the interview with mario in tennis magazine
i bought the mag when i was in stuttgart for the atp tournament :D

the scan

http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/8402/marioanciccf8.jpg

lovemario
07-21-2006, 11:46 PM
Thank you :hug:

:woohoo: I understand a lot, lol, so I didn't forget the German from school :rolls:

I didn't understand every single word (and if Jadranka is up to it, hope she'll translate it :p ) but in short:

He's so high in the rankings, does he have time for other things?; He mentions law study and how his parents always wanted him to get an education, it's hard, but he usually carries the books with him (on tournaments), says how you have to think about the future, he may or may not practise his profession…

About Ivica, what does he do now? He has a daughter who's the darling in the family now.

Q:You're not planning any children soon???? :eek: No, no.

Does he have a girlfriend? Yes, she's in Split, they know each other long time, bla, bla (we all know this :lol: )

Is it hard to travel and keep a relationship? Thank God for cell phones, and they know and understand each other well.

Does he miss his family? Of course…his father has 6 brothers and 2 sisters :eek:

Friends on the tour? Nieminen, Johansson and Sluiter.

Do they go out together? Sometimes.

Does he go to parties (at tournaments) ? No, he goes out like every 22-year-old when he's in Croatia, with his friends.

He doesn't like beer (join the club :angel: ), likes to drink a glass of wine. In pauses (at tournaments) he listens CDs, watches DVDs and sometimes watches his previous matches to see what he can improve. he prefers Croatian music, but he also likes old rock: Guns 'n Roses, U2 ( :banana: ) and Bruce S.

As a kid, he liked all sports, tried many…basketball, football, waterpolo.

Is he satisfied with his career? I'm happy the way things are. I'm improving every year, to win bronze medal and DC, at age of 22, not many people can say that.


This is too long (but good practise for my German) :lol:

This is the worst translation ever (an improvised one) :o but I'm very happy that I was able to understand it, juhuu,glad if I could help, sorry if I annoyed :wavey:

kanok02
07-22-2006, 08:19 AM
How nice you are "lovemario" for reviewed all article:wavey: :D :wavey:

vero
07-25-2006, 08:26 AM
Thanks a lot Claire for this nice interview :kiss: Plus, like Goga, a nice practice for German :cool:

JuanChuffy007
07-25-2006, 11:10 AM
Very nice article, thanks for posting ;).

And indeed a nice practice for German, but I tend to look up so many words that I don't know :o, way too many :lol:. (www.interglot.com :aplot: )

celcius
07-26-2006, 09:33 PM
Thanks for translating.

I'm only in 1st semester German, so I was suprised how many words I recognized. But then again, it's so much easier with your translation :)

Jadranka
07-27-2006, 02:13 PM
lol here the whole translation.

"Perhaps I become a lawyer"
He is 22 years young, scarcely two meters largely and firmly decided to be established in the Top Ten. Mario Ancic speaks about its study, friend and the extended family in Croatia.

Q: Mario, it runs straight very well for you, you stands in the world rank list as highly as never. There still does time for other things than tennis remain?
A: A little. I study beside law and must therefore very much learn. I have my books on the route always thereby.

Q: Isn't that arduous?
A: But, already. I often believed that I do not get it. But my parents always rebuild me. They are interested very much in the fact that I lock the study.

Q: Would you like to work later than lawyer?
A: Perhaps. Only once I must create and then times look the conclusion, what brings the life in such a way. I would like to keep myself many possibilities open.

Q: That sounds rather native.
A: One must think of the future.

Q: Your brother accompanied you some time on the route. What now does it make?
A: He married in the last year and has now a daughter.

Q: You are thus uncle.
A: Yes, and I am madly proud. The small one is the favourite of the family.

Q: But you plan still no children?
A: No, no.

Q: Do you have a girfriend?
A: Yes, she is at home in Croatia. We know and already since the childhood, were in former times neighbours.

Q: Isn't it difficult to have a relationship if you are as much on the way?
A: It goes. We know each other already for a long time and trust and completely. And fortunately there are mobile phones.

Q: Do you miss your family?
A: Naturally. All in my family have a very close relationship to each other. My father has six brothers and two sisters. Family meetings are thus always with us a large event. Unfortunately I can be mostly only Christmas thereby.

Q: Do you have friends on the route?
A: With Jarkko Nieminen and Thomas Johansson I am well friendly. I know Raemon Sluiter very well, also.

Q: Do you go out from time to time together?
A: Sometimes we go together with dinner.

Q: And on parties?
A: If I am on tournaments, I do not go celebrating. I make that, if I am at home in Croatia. There I try to be a normal 22-years old guy (lol i dont know how can i translate "Jähriger"), as my friends.

Q: What for humans private are you?
A: I try to be always honest. In addition I am humans, who do not interfere gladly in other people affairs. If someone asks me for assistance, am I there. But I would never force myself upon.

Q: In which city do you play dearest? T
A: hat is difficult. I like Munich, there I played last and next to last year. The city is very beautiful.

Q: Did you try the beer there?
A: No, I do not drink beer.

Q: No alcohol?
A: From time to time already, but not much. Perhaps times a glass red wine with dinner, that should be also very healthy.

Q: How do you drive yourself out tracing on the route?
A: I hear music or look data processing DS sometimes look at I also Aufzeihnungen of my Matches, in order to see, what I can improve.

Q:On which music do you stand?
A: I hear gladly Croatian music. Otherwise mah I the direction "old skirt". I find Guns'n Roses, U2 and Bruce Springsteen good.

Q: Did you have an occupation of dream as a child?
A: I wanted to become always sportsmen. In former times I played football, basketball and wasserball.

Q: Are you content with your career?
A: I am very lucky, as everything ran. I improved year by year, won olympic bronze medal (2000 in the double with Ivan Ljubicic, talk.) and the Davis Cup. There are not many 22-years old guy, which can maintain that from itself

vero
07-28-2006, 08:52 AM
And indeed a nice practice for German, but I tend to look up so many words that I don't know :o, way too many :lol:. (www.interglot.com :aplot: )
:rolls: First time I read it, I understood it roughly, but then, when I wanted to understand it more precisely, I looked for a bit too much words for my liking as well :rolleyes: :lol:


So thanks Jadranka for the whole translation :kiss:

kanok02
07-28-2006, 11:18 AM
thanks Jadranka for the whole translation :worship: Every time when I read his interviews, he always smart :angel:

lovemario
07-31-2006, 11:23 PM
Thanks Jadranka :)


I'm only in 1st semester German, so I was suprised how many words I recognized. But then again, it's so much easier with your translation :)
hey :wavey:

:lol: I'm not better than you, I was surprised, too :o

lovemario
08-01-2006, 11:43 PM
Man is going to Mumbai?! I didn't even know this tournament existed, is it sth new? synthetic - that's really fast, right? :devil:

Ancic confirms entry for Mumbai ATP tournament

Tuesday, August 01, 2006 19:50 IST


MUMBAI: World No. 8 Mario Ancic of Croatia has confirmed his participation in the $380,000 ATP Tour tennis event to be held at the newly laid synthetic tennis courts of the Cricket Club of India in September.

"Mario Ancic has confirmed to take part already and we are talking to a couple of more top players. But things would be clearer when the deadline for sending in entries (six weeks before its commencement) approaches," tournament director Gaurav Natekar said.

"Ancic had made it to the quarterfinals of both the French Open and Wimbledon tournaments this season and on both occasions had lost to (world number one) Roger Federer," Natekar said.

The 22-year-old, 6-foot, 5-inch Croatian has won two singles titles since turning pro in 2001 and has a career-high world ranking of number seven to his credit. He has a career singles win-loss record of 133-93.

Natekar said that six newly laid synthetic hard courts have been laid out for the event and all matches would be played under lights.

The tournament commences on September 25.

"We have not yet decided on the title sponsors for the tournament," he added.


http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1044884

linus
08-01-2006, 11:51 PM
OMG, another Asian tournament just before Tokyo, he could avoid some tough flights :lol:

without any doubt Mario could get some fresh and special national scenes there if he has enough time :aplot: a good travel resort if never been there before !!

since F1 just around, i dont think i can fly there :p

lovemario
08-01-2006, 11:53 PM
Yep, it is new tournament (:lol:, talking to myself), instead of one in Vietnam same week. So he's gonna go to India and then to Japan, or is he gonna go back to Europe???

linus
08-02-2006, 12:06 AM
for me, it wasnt that new :lol: coz at first, this tournament took place just in Shanghai, Heineken Open. it moved away since we began to apply for TMC and owned China Open :aplot:

i think Mario would stay in Asia for those two weeks. while is it possible to win both titles :aplot: :devil: too tough, whats more, without any time to enjoy himself !!

to win there for debut then stay happily for some days then withdraw from Tokyo then fly back home... :cool:

vero
08-02-2006, 08:50 AM
Thanks for the info Goga :kiss:
I agree with Tosee, I guess he won't go in Asia for a lone tournament, he probably plans to play Tokyo as well ;)

lovemario
08-02-2006, 08:42 PM
to win there for debut then stay happily for some days then withdraw from Tokyo then fly back home... :cool:
:lol: wishful thinking :p but possible, possible ;)

But wouldn't he want to go to Tokyo to defend his title? Oh, right, he didn't win one!!!:rolleyes: :devil:
Anyways, I think I've seen that Fed will be going there, so what's the point anyway :devil:

lovemario
08-02-2006, 08:42 PM
So: Mumbai-Tokyo-Stockholm-Madrid?:eek: He sure like planes then :lol:

Seriously, he'll probably skip sth (Stockholm, I'm thinking) so that he could keep track :rolls:

linus
08-03-2006, 12:52 PM
i prefer him to skip Tokyo :p but it is 99% not to happen :lol:

musicilike
08-04-2006, 06:37 AM
China open entry list:
Mario ANCIC
Michael BERRER
Nikolay DAVYDENKO
Ramon DELGADO
David FERRER
Justin GIMELSTOB
Dominik HRBATY
Ivo KARLOVIC
Nicolas KIEFER
Kevin KIM
Igor KUZNETSYN
Hyung-Taik LEE
Feliciano LOPEZ
Wesley MOODIE
Rafael NADAL
David NALBANDIAN
Bjorn PHAU
Kristian PLESS
Greg RUSEDSKI
Rainer SCHUETTLER
Vince SPADEA
Paradorn SRICHAPHAN
Y. WANG

linus
08-04-2006, 02:48 PM
thank you :)

i heard of this info some days ago while since China Open has a strange time to follow US Open, somehow felt it... whether did it tell us that Mario would miss US Open very possibly :rolleyes:

lovemario
08-04-2006, 11:18 PM
I think he signed himself for China Open in case he doesn't play at US Open or if he loses aerly and has enough time to go there. if he gets to play US Open, he'l probably cancel it :shrug:

Anyways, here's sth that I did today, practising my translation in required circumstances :lol: :


Interview for Croatian newspapers ''Jutarnji list'', July 30, 2006

''I was affraid of bigger damage''


* He spends eight hours a day in therapy…

- I want to cure this injury to be able to come back before US Open. I don't mind spending all day in therapy. Magnet, laser, electricity and all other medical 'wonders' have become part of my everyday life. I'm in treatment four hours in the morning and four in the afternoon. With the help of the doctor, I'm trying to do everything it takes to cure the knee. I also work in the gym, to be ready to come back to tennis courts.

- It's hard to say for sure when I will be ready completely, but I hope I'll be able to play US Open. But I will not risk anything. If I feel that I'm ready, I will play in America, if not, I'll skip last GS of the season. Health always comes first to me. I'm not worried, there will be other tournaments.

- I've been through many injuries and I know exactly what to do. I understand that injuries are part of what I do, even when they are not happening on tennis court. I'm not discouraged, on the contrary, I'm convinced that I'll come back even stronger.


* First time in the top ten, this year's results…

- I'm trying to improve my game every year and have better results. I'm not surprised with my results because already in January I felt that I played good. I knew that I needed some luck, some things to happen and that I'd be in the Top ten. I'm extremely proud that I've shown that I can make good results on clay, too. Many have said that I'm not a player for clay courts, but I think that I'm able to play on high level on all surfaces.

* Where did this turning point in your career happen, that from big hope you became one of the best players in the world?

- You can 'blame' it on Davis Cup. After we had won it, I was full of confidence and realized that anything is possible.

* Roger Federer defeated you in two Grand Slam quarterfinals. Do you have nightmares about him?

- No, I don't. Defeats by Federer haven't discouraged me or I feel frustrated by them cause I look at the bright side of it. If I'm to play Federer more often, that means that I'll be in last stages of tournaments, defeating best players prior to that. Federer is untouchable at the moment, but if I'm to play against him more often, I'll have more chances to beat him.

* You have beanten Federer in Wimbledon four years ago, which was a sensation. He seemed to have gotten really mad, cause since then he hasn't lost in Wimbledon.

- I have a really good relation with Federer, but when we meet, we seldom talk about tennis and I can't say whether he's still upset about that. I'm kidding, of course, Roger is a great guy, he hasn't changed since the time he started playing tennis. Since you mentioned that match, that win opened the door of tennis world for me and he became invincible. Federer is that kind of guy, decent and modest, but on court, he has no mercy for anyone.

* Let's go back to Croatian Davis Cup team. What do you think about Goran Prpic as the captain?

- He is the choice of us players. I believe that he'll do a good job with the team. Results which he achieved as a player and captain of Fed Cup team give him the right to lead DC team, too. I think we have the quality and young team where Ljubicic and Karlovic are oldest at the age of 27. We and Americans are the only two who have two Top ten players and that means something.

* You have won davis Cup and the WTC, you're inside the Tope ten, have won a medal at Olympic games. What is your next goal?

- Guess there aren't many players at the age of 22 who can say that. I'm satisfied and proud because of that. Those things are also extra motivation, I'm ready to work more and try even harder. I am satisfied with my career because I have achieved a lot, but there are more challenges. I want to stay among the best players, and the next goal is to win Grand Slam tournament.

* What is the importance of money in all that?

- I'm not in tennis for money. When I started playing tennis, I enjoyed the game and outplaying opponents, to send the ball across the net so that my opponent can't catch it. That's what I do today, too, it's the desire for the game and playing that pushes me forward. I train and play to be better, not because of the money. I've managed to earn some decent money, but that hasn't changed anything about me, I still have the same friends, I still feel the best when I'm surrounded by my family…I'm not thinking about money nor I dream of expensive cars and similar things. I don't even know what's the most expensive thing that I bought to myself, maybe laptop.

* Do you see tennis as your job or as fun?

- Tennis has become my job, but in the same time, it's fun, too. Like in any other sport, talent is important, I think that talent also means ability to work and train. It's impossible to endure all strains if you don't like tennis in the way that you see it as work and pleasure.

lovemario
08-04-2006, 11:20 PM
''Jutarnji list'', August 4, 2006

Ancic's right knee is getting better each day. Swelling is 80% smaller and he's started with easy training and straight line running from Thursday.

Mario went for a checkup to doctor in Zagreb in the evening because he didn't want to lose even half a day of therapy.

The team in rehabilitation center in Selce gained Mario's trust:

- We're working full speed. Everyone has been there for me, doing everything they can to help recover my knee as soon as possible. Situation is getting better each day.

Mario is staying in Selce till Saturday, then he'll continue his therapy ans training in Split. He'll try and compensate lost days of training with professor M. Krolo, but without any rush.

- I've been working with professor Krolo and before because of some injuries. He'll know how much I can work without going overboard. The worse would be to rush things, then all effort could go to vaste.

- My goal is to play at US Open, but not under all costs. Hard courts burden legs the most. All joints are burdened. I will go to US Open only if I'm fully prepared, without any fear that my knee won't be able to hold.

linus
08-05-2006, 12:52 AM
:woohoo: thank you :worship:

what he said really really agrees to what he has done on court :yeah:

vero
08-05-2006, 09:16 AM
Thanks a lot Goga :kiss: :smooch:
It seems the knee is getting better and better each day :) And, of course, very wise not to rush things :angel: