Week 35+36: US Open, Nis-25k, Carouge-25k, Alphen ad Rijn-15k, Zagreb-15k & Tunis-10k [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Week 35+36: US Open, Nis-25k, Carouge-25k, Alphen ad Rijn-15k, Zagreb-15k & Tunis-10k

08-19-2003, 07:17 AM
:bounce: Good luck to the Belgian Boys !!! :bounce:

08-20-2003, 07:18 PM
Vliegen - Kafelnikov (28) :rolleyes:
C Rochus - van Lottum
Malisse - O Rochus :rolleyes:

08-20-2003, 08:24 PM
So Kristof IS in the maindraw! :D Quite pathetic the Belgian press forgot about him! :rolleyes:
Maybe he can surprise Kafelnikov in the first round! :bounce:

What a stupid draw for Olivier/Xavier! :( I would really love to see them play eachother, but not in the first round of the USopen! :p

08-20-2003, 08:46 PM
OMG, what a stupid draw :fiery: :banghead:

08-21-2003, 03:55 PM

08-21-2003, 06:31 PM
Stupid draw but hey we got a Belgian boy in the second round ;)

Sorry Xavier but I hope Ollie wins this duel .. although I doubt if he can ;)

08-23-2003, 10:42 AM
There was an article about Kristof Vliegen in today's newspaper. He said his season was very hard because someone close to him died and he broke up with his girlfriend (they even had an appartment together).
He sees the USopen as a new start of his career and he thinks he has a chance against Kafelnikov! :D

I hope he can beat him! I would love to see him in the second round (at least! :p ) of his first slam!!

08-24-2003, 07:17 PM
Dominique Coene and Stefan Wauters will play at a 15.000 dollar-tournament in Alphen a/d Rijn.

Good luck boys!

08-26-2003, 12:04 PM
Alphen a/d Rijn - $15.000
R1: Denis Gremelmayr (GER) (388) vs. (14) Stefan Wauters (BEL) (443) 6-0 6-2 :sad:

still don't know if Stefan won the previous tournament in Enschede. Does anyone has a clue?

08-26-2003, 05:05 PM
Kristof started off well against Kafelnikov : 4*-3 Kristof :)

08-26-2003, 05:09 PM
RTBF2 is showing Kristof 'd match right now! :D
I'm gonna go and watch now! :p

08-26-2003, 07:17 PM
Kristof lost 6-3, 6-7, 2-6, 2-6 ! :sad:
He was playing (and especially serving) really well in the first 2 sets. Then he started having problems with his right hand and his back. His serve went down and he made much more forehand errors than before.
He had treatment for his back after the 3th set, but it didn't seem to help :sad:

I feel so sorry for him! He made lots of great points in the beginning (lot of winners!) and the crowd was really supportive for him. That injury really bothered him when he was serving/hitting forehands... :( If he would have been healthy he would have had a great chance of winning this match I think!!
If he gets healthy now and keeps playing at that level in his next tournaments he should enter the top100 soon. He could have a nice career I think! :D

08-26-2003, 07:22 PM
Match Statistics

1st Serve %------------------65 of 117 = 56 %-------------67 of 97 = 69 %
Aces---------------------------18 :cool:---------------------------1
Double Faults------------------0-------------------------------2
Unforced Errors---------------59 :(--------------------------22
Winning % on 1st Serve-----46 of 65 = 71 % --------------51 of 67 = 76 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve----21 of 52 = 40 %---------------17 of 30 = 57 %
Winners (Including Service)-52 :D --------------------------25
Break Point Conversions-----3 of 5 = 60 %-----------------6 of 10 = 60 %
Net Approaches--------------18 of 27 = 67 %---------------20 of 28 = 71 %
Total Points Won-------------96-------------------------------118
Fastest Serve----------------127 MPH------------------------121 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed---111 MPH------------------------101 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed---88 MPH-------------------------88 MPH

08-26-2003, 07:48 PM
Christophe had a really really bad loss against Van Lottum : 0-6, 2-6, 2-6 :awww: :banghead:

08-26-2003, 08:51 PM
The first set of Kristof was blasting! With his killer-service and dito forehand Kafelnikov couldn't do much against him. Lookin' at total points made, in the beginning of the match Kristof was even leading 16-2 against Yevgeni! :eek:

too bad he couldn't hold in the tie-break of the 2nd set. And from then it was both a mental and fysical struggle for Kristof. Pity he lost, but he has shown he's back in form!!!

08-26-2003, 08:59 PM
some other results:

Tunis, Tunisia F3, $10k, hard
Q1: (4) Yoann Villar (BEL) bye
Q2:(4) Yoann Villar (BEL) d. Simon Morris (GBR) 6-4 6-2 :)
R1: (q) Yoann Villar (BEL) vs (q) Marcos Conde (ESP)

R1: (1) Jakub Hasek/Leonardo Tavares (CZE/POR) d. David Luque/Yoann Villar (ESP/BEL) 6-1 6-2 :sad:

Alphen ad Rijn, $15k
R1: Dominique Coene (BEL) (502) vs (2) Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) (322)(2) 6-4 6-3 :sad:

08-26-2003, 11:25 PM
I saved some natcam captures of Kristof, if anyone is interested. :)

08-26-2003, 11:25 PM

Kafelnikov Wears Down Ace Vliegen
by Elizabeth Schatz
Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Yevgeny Kafelnikov waited patiently across the court from Belgian Kristof Vliegen like a parent waiting for an overactive child to finally fall asleep.

The 29-year-old Kafelnikov, who contemplated retiring after finishing 27th in 2002 (his lowest since 1993), chuckled and shook his head as the sparky Vliegen, 21, spent the first set winking at the crowd, raising his hands in victory, and serving ace after ace at the lumbering Russian.

Vliegen played paddle ball with Kafelnikov's serve in the first set, sending returns back that could have left smoke on the baseline. The lanky 6'4" Belgian won the first three games before being broken at 3-0. Kafelnikov, 6'3", finally held serve at 3-2, but couldn't contain the firepower of the younger Vliegen, who seemed to surprise even himself with a mix of gentle dropshots and searing backhands.

The battling blondes stayed on serve in the second set, with Vliegen scrambling for a drop shot in the sixth game and dumping it behind a stunned Kafelnikov, only to crash into the net with momentum and lose the point. He then served up an ace to win the game. Added bonus: the love of the crowd.

But Vliegen's forehand soon took on a mind of its own. When it went in, it was incredible. When it went out, it went way, way out. His mishits handed Kafelnikov the tiebreak in the second set and became an omen of what lay ahead.

Kafelnikov, who has two Grand Slam titles (French Open in 1996 and Australian Open in 1999) used his baseline power to move Vliegen side to side during the final sets, wearing down the inexperienced Belgian playing in his first US Open. Vliegen's unstoppable energy soon faded and the veteran Russian capitalized on the Vliegen's 59 unforced errors to win the match 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-2.

08-26-2003, 11:25 PM
I saved some natcam captures of Kristof, if anyone is interested. :)
Thanks a lot Layla :kiss:

08-26-2003, 11:29 PM
A few more, including the 1st set stats.

08-26-2003, 11:32 PM
Xavier Malisse def. Olivier Rochus 63 64 62

Xavier - great match :D
Ollie :sad:

08-26-2003, 11:36 PM
Olli! :sad::sad::sad: This breaks my heart. I have a few netcam pics of him as well.

08-26-2003, 11:40 PM
Xavier was playing very confident in my opinion. He was still complaining on court after making some errors, but right after that he was able to pick up again and score a winner... A fourth round match against Roddick must be something he can achieve!

Go Xavier! :D

08-27-2003, 09:21 AM
Olivier didn't play his best match I think... but Xavier was really consistent during most of the match. :)
They didn't look very happy to play eachother in that match!! :p

08-28-2003, 11:30 AM
US Open
R1 Malisse - O Rochus 6-3 6-4 6-2
R1 Van Lottum - C Rochus 6-0 6-2 6-2
R1 Kafelnikov (26) - Vliegen 3-6 7-6 (1) 6-2 6-2
R1 Malisse/Vanhoudt - Davydenko/Koubek 6-1 6-3
R1 O Rochus/Perry - Bowen/Fisher
R2 Malisse - Calleri (19)
R2 Malisse/Vanhoudt - Llodra/Santoro (6)

Alphen a/d Rijn $15.000
R1 Gremelmayer - Wauters 6-0 6-2
R1 Scheidweiler (2) - Coene 6-4 6-3

Satellite Servie
Q1 Onclin - Arsovski 6-2 6-0
Q2 Albanesi (15) - Onclin 6-3 1-0 opg.

Juniors: Clermont Ferrand
R1 De Veigy - Bemelmans (LL) 6-0 6-3
R1 Olson - Bouabane (7) 6-2 6-2
R1 Mertens (6) - Bilicki (Q) 6-2 6-0
R1 Antheunis (4) - Bouyer 6-2 6-0
R1 De Fays - Bellamy (8) 6-3 6-3
R1 Mertens/de Morree (4) BYE
R1 Lachal/Pavailler - Olson/Prospert 7-5 3-6 6-2
R2 Olson - Besancon 6-3 6-3
R2 Dehaine - Mertens (6) 6-0 6-3
R2 Antheunis (4) - Ravel (LL) 6-1 6-2
R2 De Fays - Pavailler (LL) 6-2 6-0
QF Olson - De Veigy
QF Antheunis (4) - De Bonnevie (wc)
QF De Fays - Abdukhalikov (2)
QF Bilicky/Ravel - Mertens/de Moree (4) walkover

08-28-2003, 04:53 PM
olli/Todd 36 64 1*-1 Allez!

08-29-2003, 01:25 PM
Ollie won :bounce:

08-29-2003, 06:37 PM
Yes! Xavier beats Calleri 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3!! :D :woohoo: D
I must say I was a little bit worried after that 4th set : he really gave that set away because of his temper... But he showed fighting spirit and took it in the 5th!!

Good luck in the 3th round Xaxa!!! :bounce: :kiss: :bounce:

08-29-2003, 10:26 PM
Malisse and his attitude :fiery: :mad: :rolleyes:

but I'm happy he won..... :p

08-30-2003, 09:50 AM
Xavier interview :

Q. Back with Nick.

XAVIER MALISSE: What's that?

Q. Back working with Nick?

XAVIER MALISSE: Yeah, Nick comes on the court when I'm practicing in Bradenton. Not for that long, just a couple of pointers. It's going well, you know. He's here for the matches, comes on the court for practices a little bit. It works out well. You know, he's very smart about tennis. He helps me a lot.

Q. How did you decide to reunite with him?

XAVIER MALISSE: I was kind of a little bit tired in the beginning of the season. Wasn't that good. After the French Open, I just decided to start working out again. I was hungry again for tennis. I really wanted to enjoy it again. You know, Carlos, Jan, Mark, all the guys around me with Nick. It works well. It's a good team. We have fun. We laugh a lot. We work hard.

I think I was tired in the two and a half years I've been playing. You know, I got it back.

Q. What happened in the second set?

XAVIER MALISSE: I don't know. I was 1-0 up, 2-1 with a break every time. You know, same thing. It's 4-0 up. I was thinking a little bit too much about it. Lost it a little bit for the four, five games. Started getting foot faults, too. Everything started happening in the second set. The breaker, he played well, served well. That's how it goes. If you're not on top of it, guys take advantage of it.

The good thing is I got it back on track in the third set. From then on, everything went well.

Q. Did you think for a moment it was lost?

XAVIER MALISSE: No. I mean, when you lose a breaker, it's one set all. You know, it's not a loss until you've lost the last point.

I felt good. I played a great first set. The second set, I let it slip away. But I felt like I was the better player, like I was playing well with the two breaks I had every time. You know, I felt good.

Third set I played well again. Fourth set, he served better. He played well, took some risks, hit the ball nice. You know, it's all about the fifth set. I think I played very well in the fifth set.

Q. Do you have a friendship with both Kim and Justine?

XAVIER MALISSE: Yeah, we've known each other for so long. I think I'm closer a little bit to Kim because we were in the same Federation since I was almost 11. But, you know, I traveled with Justine for the Juniors and all that stuff. So, yeah, everybody gets along.

Q. There's a general sense that because they're now at the top, so competitive with each other, that it's more difficult for them to be close friends. Is that accurate?

XAVIER MALISSE: I don't think so. I think, of course, they both want to be No. 1, they're so close. Well, Kim is No. 1 now. Justine is right there.

I think they want to win. They have a rivalry going, which is good. But I think at the end of the day, you know, they're still good friends. They still get along. They have a lot of respect for each other. I don't think there's any problem.

09-01-2003, 06:47 AM
Thx for the interview! :D

Xavier won again!!!!

US Open
R3: Xavier Malisse (BEL) d. (q)Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) 7-5 6-4 7-6(8) :D :D :D
R2: (15) Lucas Arnold/Mariano Hood (ARG) d. Todd Perry/Olivier Rochus (AUS/BEL) 6-1 6-1 :sad:
R2: (6)Michael Llodra/Fabrice Santoro (FRA) d. Xavier Malisse/Tom Vanhoudt (BEL) 6-2 6-4 :sad:

... some other results this week ...

Zagreb, Croatia F5, $10k, clay
Q1: Thomas de Duytsche (BEL) d. Tin Hinst (CRO) 6-3 6-0
Q2: Josko Topic (CRO) d. Thomas de Duytsche (BEL) 7-5 6-0

Tunis, Tunisia F3, $10k, hard
R1: (q) Yoann Villar (BEL) vs (q) Marcos Conde (ESP) 0-6, 1-6 :sad:

Carouge, Switzerland #2-Leg 1 qualifying, $25k, Clay
R1: Mattia Livraghi (ITA) d. Kevin Larock (BEL) 5-7 6-4 7-6(4)

09-02-2003, 09:42 AM
Glad to see Xavier back on winning ways :D

X-Man Cometh Back, Beats Tursunov
by Greg Laub (from: www.usopen.org (http://www.usopen.org))
Sunday, August 31, 2003

Almost three years ago, a promising young junior named Dmitry Tursunov came out of nowhere to beat the world No. 9 Greg Rusedski in the middle match of a surprise three win showing at the Kroger-St. Jude Tournament in Memphis. If anyone who saw that tournament suddenly zoomed ahead to tonight's tightly contested third round match against Xavier Malisse, the only thing that might surprise them is that he has a "Q" next to his name and not a seed number.

The thing of it is, those three wins are the only ones in his entire professional career until Monday.

This week, the Russian-turned Californian has looked like the player everyone thought he could be before injuries destroyed his development. Tonight, in jumping out to early leads in all three sets, Tursunov looked primed to win his third match of the week. But instead he fell apart for spells and made too many unforced errors at the wrong times in all three sets, and Malisse played well enough to come back and put him away in each one, winning 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(8).

The match started with Tursunov jumping out to an early 5-2 advantage in the first set. But Malisse stayed patient. He gathered himself, kept the ball in play long enough for Tursunov's aggressive style to balloon his unforced error total over 20, and turned things around quickly to get the set back on serve.

Then, at 5-5, Tursunov double-faulted to give Malisse the break, and X-Man closed out the first set on his next serve.

The second set started just like the first, with Tursunov pulling out to a big 4-1 lead before he started falling apart again, hitting unforced error after unforced error. He managed to win just two points the rest of the second set, while Malisse won five straight games for the second straight set, winning it 6-4.

Tursunov started the third game with a break and a 2-0 lead, but once again, Malisse woke up suddenly and exploded with four straight games, taking a 4-2 lead and ultimately taking the set to the exciting back-and-forth tie-breaker.

It was quite a tie-break, with both players hitting unbelievable winners and both scoring dramatic match point saves, but in the end Malisse finally finished off the Cinderella Story by a 10-8 score. It was a close tie-break, and one in which, of course, Tursunov had the early lead.


Belgian Xavier Malisse (BEL) survived a third set scare by Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) and advanced to the fourth round of the 2003 US Open.
Photo by Jonathan Fickies/usopen.org

09-04-2003, 11:12 AM
From: www.usopen.org (http://www.usopen.org)

Post-match analysis Day 10 - Andy Roddick (USA) [4] vs. Xavier Malisse (BEL)

What happened:

Andy: Andy was just brilliant, combining patience and power to beat an extremely talented player with relative ease. It's not that Malisse didn't play well, it's just that Roddick put together one of the most complete efforts we've seen all tournament. Roddick broke serve just once in each of the first two sets and not at all in the third, but that was all he needed because his own serve was absolutely dominant. Malisse managed to make a brief run towards the end, but it wasn't enough.
Xavier: The X-Man managed to stay right there with Roddick throughout the match, which is a testament to how talented of a player the Belgian is. Roddick's serve was simply untouchable, but Malisse kept pace with his own serve for the most part, and chased down more points than most players would, coming up with shots that were sure winners from Roddick. But close isn't good enough, and Andy finished him off, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(6).

Stat of the match:

Andy: Though some of his stats fell off toward the end of the match, Roddick's number's were still gaudy. Get this: Andy only lost 17 points total without a single double fault in his 18 service games. And net play? Roddick won a 20 of his 25 approach attempts, including the first 15 in a row.
Xavier: In Roddick's last three services of the third set and the tie-breaker, Malisse won 13 points, and had five break point opportunities. Looking back at the aforementioned serve stats from Roddick, that would mean that Malisse only managed four points in Roddick's previous 15 services combined. Too little too late.

Turning point:

Andy: Roddick made his statement early. Specifically, on serve at 2-1, he was volleying and keeping the ball in play long enough for Malisse to make errors, which he did, setting up the only break in the first set. After that, he blew Malisse away on his serves and all but put the match away.
Xavier: The balance of the match looked to be in the books by the third set, but suddenly Malisse found that opening in the last few games of the match, and was mini-breaking in the tie-break as well. Those five break opportunities could have been the difference in pushing Roddick into a fourth set, and the way he was suddenly figuring out Roddick's serve, who knows after that.

What's next?

Andy: Andy now will face the winner of the Sjeng Schalken and Rainer Schuettler match, which was playing next door at Louis Armstrong at the start of the evening, but did not resume after the first rain delay.
Xavier: Malisse has yet to reach the quarterfinals here, and has only advanced past this stage once in his career, but he is talented and a true fighter. His time will come.

View from the crowd:

Andy: Not only did this match start a couple hours late, but it was stopped a couple of times due to the slick grounds, once sending both men inside. That Roddick could keep his focus throughout all the breaks and play with such motivation is a true testament to his growing maturation.
Xavier: Down two sets to none and on serve late in a match that was dominated by his opponent, Malisse didn't throw in the towel, getting his act together and throwing a scare into Roddick with a late run. Then, he followed it up with a classy congratulations at the net right after the heart-breaking tie-break.

09-04-2003, 02:10 PM
Thanks! :D

Xavier played a nice match. He never gave up and was really positive on the court. He could have beaten a lot of players with this tennis, but not Andy Roddick serving like that...

I hope Xavier will start his rise on the rankings now!! :bounce: :D

09-04-2003, 03:17 PM
^Agree! Xavier played a great match last night. He improved in every set. He couldn't read Andy's serve in the first set. But, by the second and third, he handled it well. I think the service break in the second set was a bit of bad luck. Xavier got distracted by the rain and the pressure Andy was putting on his serve was too much. Other than that, Xavier's attitude was great and his aces and winners really kept him in play. I hope he continues to rise in the ranks. Good luck, Xavier!

09-06-2003, 11:50 PM
Interclub 03/09/2003 *most interesting match ups ;) *
Diest vs Primerose
Soberon - O Rochus 2-6 6-2 6-2
Creemers - Mutis 0-6 4-6
Dewulf - C Rochus 5-7 4-6
Thijs - Vliegen 1-6 2-6

Kolonie vs. Liege
Jansen - Darcis 1-6 0-6

Fayenbois vs. Tennisclub Beckhand
Varlet - Wauters 2-6 6-7
Cadart - Coene 1-6 6-2 5-7

09-07-2003, 08:54 AM
Soberon - O Rochus 2-6 6-2 6-2

09-08-2003, 07:09 PM

Idd, lil bit much surprised by the defeat too