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AMS Madrid recaps

Deivid23
10-18-2005, 07:22 AM
DAY 1

Calleri played a perfect 1st set again against Costa, who didn´t play bad at all, just was outpowered by Calleri´s misiles. 2nd set was closer but I never saw Calleri losing that one. He´s on fire and stands a great chance against Ferrer, in whose training with Verdasco on Sunday looked quite erratic and he even stopped the training session before time.

Hanescu played really well, I thought he was gonna be more rusty in his first match indoors, but he served,moved and stroke the ball pretty well. Zib played a bad first set and 2nd one was much closer, Hanescu converted his only break chance and Zib missed 2 or 3. In final game Hanescu saved himself from troubles hitting 4 aces to take the match after some dangerous returns from Zib who managed to get into deuce there.

Melzer - Spadea was a poor match, more errors and gifts than well-played points. Melzer was close to choke his win after blowing a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set, but Spadea gifted his service game at 5-4 with a couple of crazy errors. Nothing more to comment here.

Grosjean LaLo, it was a close match but finally Grosjean won simply cause he´s the far better overall. For the record, there were some groups of Spanish people in the crowd cheering for Grosjean, not only me & my friends, that was too funny, Allez Grosjeeean! lol

Novak vs Martin well Jiri is fat and completely out of form, but even with that he managed to win the first set against an erratic Beto. Martin raised his level and took the next two, when Novak was running out of gas dramatically.

I wasn´t at Haas vs Pavel and only saw a some games of Chela vs Massu, but a friend of mine went to see Haas and reported he played well though Pavel also played good tennis in 1st set and Massu couldn´t hit two fh´s in to save his life.

Verdasco vs Mathieu, I expected more from this match in terms of quality tennis but both players showed why they are two of the most inconsistent players in tour. Breaks to love/15 from both sides after 4 ue in a row, some clean winners, a couple of stunning forehands by Verdasco that made crowd crazy, chokes from both parts, typical stuff.

Henman Dent, a weird match nowadays and that was the best individual performance of the day. Henman played perfect and outclassed Dent. He reminded me old days and left me with a great taste to go home.

Action Jackson
10-18-2005, 07:25 AM
Thanks for the report and hopefully there will be more to follow.

cobalt60
10-18-2005, 11:29 AM
Thanks. Your report was great. And yeah for Henman- so good when he is on!

Puschkin
10-18-2005, 12:27 PM
Thanks, eagerly waiting for more.

Labamba
10-18-2005, 02:47 PM
Thanks for the report, it was great. :yeah:

Galaxystorm
10-18-2005, 04:30 PM
When the match Ferrer-Calleri has finished the handshake has been very cold ( in fact Calleri didn't look at David ) and when both players were shaking hands with the chair umpire it seems Calleri has told Ferrer something , but Ferrer didn't answer him . Several seconds later when both players were closing their bags Ferrer being angry has told him from a distance at least two times : " That ball was out " , and that's all ... ( I don't know if Calleri has answered him because the cameras only showed Ferrer )

The third has been a strained set with doubtful balls and protests ...

I guess Calleri and Ferrer aren't going to go to have dinner together tonight :devil:

delsa
10-18-2005, 04:38 PM
Thank you for the report Deivid. Verdasco was the better player in that match and by far. That the way i thought it looked on tv anyway.

The Henman v Dent match looked as the best from tv too. lol

Action Jackson
10-19-2005, 04:55 AM
When the match Ferrer-Calleri has finished the handshake has been very cold ( in fact Calleri didn't look at David ) and when both players were shaking hands with the chair umpire it seems Calleri has told Ferrer something , but Ferrer didn't answer him . Several seconds later when both players were closing their bags Ferrer being angry has told him from a distance at least two times : " That ball was out " , and that's all ... ( I don't know if Calleri has answered him because the cameras only showed Ferrer )

The third has been a strained set with doubtful balls and protests ...

I guess Calleri and Ferrer aren't going to go to have dinner together tonight :devil:

Calleri blew that match for sure, but yes that was a very cold handshake, even by standards of cold handshake. That's the thing in the 1st set, I thought that backhand was in, but the TMI said otherwise, then again it's not clay so that can check a mark.

I wonder if deivid was there during this match, interesting to hear what Calleri had said.

Deivid23
10-19-2005, 07:12 AM
DAY 2

Monfils-C.Rochus -> Entered in court at Rochus leading *2-1 and main difference in the match was that Monfils needs to be more agressive and attack more in these kind of courts. Both players were solid from baseline (Chris played a bit more error-free tennis) but the Belgian attacked more and better and I think he didn´t lose a point at the net from the 10-12 times he went there. Gael broke in 2nd game of 2nd set (a couple of fh winners included) but Rochus came back from *1-4 to win 5 games in a row. The smarter player won here.

Berdych-O.Rochus -> Tomas was a typhoon in first 35 mins. He didn´t miss a backhand and was hammering with amazing depth his fh and serving like a beast. Result: 6-1 2-0, nothing Olivier could do. Since there, Berdych suddenly started at serving at a lower level, his backhand started to commit tons of errors and even his fh was letting him down. He overcame several bp´s but finally at *4-3 30-0 a double fault and an easy fh error from midcourt gave Rochus the chance to break back. Rochus was the better player then and at *5-6 Berdych saved a *0-40 (fh winner dtl, fh winner cc and and ace), then another set point to go to the TB. In TB, mostly errors than well-played points and Berdych blew his biggest chance at 6-5* (match point). He returned with a deep and big bh to Rochus´ bh, who retireved it quite forced, ball bounced at midcourt and when all people thought that was gonna end on a fh winner, Berdych wanted to break the ball and send it 2 meters long from baseline. Rochus took the set on a service winner and a Berdych bh ue. No story since then, Berdych was mentally out, his bh had gone and Olivier was the better player by far.

Entered at Central Court at Calleri trailing 3-6 *1-2, but since then he played pretty well, Ferrer was running down all balls as always but Calleri was striking the ball pretty well and over powering David. I noticed Calleri didn´t say anything at Ferrer on a couple of netcords so I thought there had been some kind of affair before but I wasn´t on court. Agustín was leading 3-1* 0-30 and *4-2 but his bh started to miss and Ferrer didn´t let his chance escape, he played very solid tennis overall, though match was almost always depending on Calleri´s inspiration.

Went to Misha-Chucho. I came there at Youzhny leading 7-6 *2-3. I was told Chucho was leading 5-3 in 1st set but blew it up and Misha was up *1-0 40-0 in 2nd set but now things were even. Some stunning backhands from Youzhny were the most worthy things there, but they both missed a lot of balls. Acasuso plays 100 m behind the baseline and imo he was lucky that Youzhny pushed self-destruction button, his father was close to me and was shaking his head since final of the 2nd set when Youzhny started to commit double faults and miss easy shots. Finally at *1-1 in 3rd set, Misha committed 3 df´s in a row (a couple of them were crazy, his 2nd serves were just misiles :shrug: ), it looked to me like he was tired or angry bc something and he decided to withdraw (don´t know what he alleged he looked fine to me)

After then Kiefer - Beck it was a pretty good match, Beck was superb and Kiefer was outplayed. We lose his mind also at a doubtful call against him at a break point on Beck leading *3-2. He behaved like an ass, he was staring at the poor girl calling the left side like he was going to kill here, and he did that for a couple of minutes between point and point. When he was broken at 1-1 in 2nd set he decided to pull out (he also was running properly and didn´t notice any kind of pain signals :shrug: ).

Ferrero-Mirnyi: Max was a deserved winner, Ferrero´s ball depth is a joke and I wonder if he ever will reach a close level to the player he once was. I guess he won´t. Anyway it was funny how he dissapointed the crowd, I was laughing a lot :lol:

Verdasco-González: People said Verdasco played well but I heavily disagree, don´t know when this kid is gonna bury his brain problems. He lost that match only bc he messes it up. He was broken in 1st and 3rd set in the same way. First set: Leading 15-0 then a double fault (he made like 10-12), unbelievable point won on a fh winner dtl) 30-15 then an eeeeasy bh volley, and another df to concede the bp. 3rd set: Leading 30-0, then a double-fault and he starts shivering.... 30-30 easy fh error when point was his and all went down the river. He served like shit most part of the match and wasn´t smart enough to be more patient as 90% of the points he was working on Gonzo´s bh with his lefty topspin fh were won by him. You can´t be a top player that way, Fernando :o

PD: Some fh´s battles were just unreal, I think 3 of the points that were played from powerful Gonzo`s cc fh to Verdasco´s fh and Fer reached at time were answered with stunning fh winners dtl, those ones drove the crowd crazy, as Verdasco has a natural ability to change direction with his fh with terriphic ease. It was an entertaining match but it´s time to ask Verdasco for more, he fought (that was a good improvement) but he´s too inconsistent yet and needs badly to avoid those eternal collapses.

Castafiore
10-19-2005, 07:17 AM
Thanks, Deivid.

:woohoo: for the Rochus brothers beating Monfils and Berdych!

Action Jackson
10-19-2005, 07:19 AM
Thanks for the recaps Deivid.

So Chucho was playing from Extremadura was he? At the same time Youzhny, just defaulted? I mean Chucho can do anything on a court.

Berdych had a bit melt down and blowing a match point? Kiefer was just in a bad mood and couldn't be bothered playing?

Calleri and Froggy, there was a disputed call or something, Calleri played and won a point on a net serve, that wasn't called and in the 1st, there was a serve that was called a fault and wasn't.

Verdasco and Gonzalez, well forehands up the line to Gonzo's backhand is the smart play, but when was he known for tactical genius.

Deivid23
10-19-2005, 07:27 AM
Thanks for the recaps Deivid.

So Chucho was playing from Extremadura was he? At the same time Youzhny, just defaulted? I mean Chucho can do anything on a court.

Berdych had a bit melt down and blowing a match point? Kiefer was just in a bad mood and couldn't be bothered playing?

Calleri and Froggy, there was a disputed call or something, Calleri played and won a point on a net serve, that wasn't called and in the 1st, there was a serve that was called a fault and wasn't.

Verdasco and Gonzalez, well forehands up the line to Gonzo's backhand is the smart play, but when was he known for tactical genius.

:lol: yeah I could almost touch Acasuso on the rallies and I can´t understand Russian, but it looked to me that Youzhny was fed up and angry and didn´t want to play more. I may be wrong but he left me with that impression and the same goes to Kiefer.

When Verdasco was patient enough to punish Gonzo´s bh with his topspin cc fh points ended either on a bh error by Gonzo or in a short ball that Verdasco normally killed it. But many times Verdasco wanted to mix up directions too quickly and Gonzo took advantage of that.

Action Jackson
10-19-2005, 07:32 AM
:lol: yeah I could almost touch Acasuso on the rallies and I can´t understand Russian, but it looked to me that Youzhny was fed up and angry and didn´t want to play more. I may be wrong but he left me with that impression and the same goes to Kiefer.

When Verdasco was patient enough to punish Gonzo´s bh with his topspin cc fh points ended either on a bh error by Gonzo or in a short ball that Verdasco normally killed it. But many times Verdasco wanted to mix up directions too quickly and Gonzo took advantage of that.

If you could see the Acasuso vs Gaudio match I would be very happy to hear anything about it. Kiefer did that this year when he defaulted against Gaudio at 2-5 in the 2nd after losing the 1st set.

Tactics and Verdasco don't go together well, so do you think Moya will beat Robredo tonight?

Deivid23
10-19-2005, 07:36 AM
If you could see the Acasuso vs Gaudio match I would be very happy to hear anything about it. Kiefer did that this year when he defaulted against Gaudio at 2-5 in the 2nd after losing the 1st set.

Tactics and Verdasco don't go together well, so do you think Moya will beat Robredo tonight?

Don´t know about Charly I can´t trust him, I can´t read too much on his win against Volandri. About that Gaudio-Acasuso, I won´t be there as I will go to see Henman-Stepanek but will probably have some friends at that court, so you´ll get reported tomorrow.

Action Jackson
10-19-2005, 07:40 AM
Don´t know about Charly I can´t trust him, I can´t read too much on his win against Volandri. About that Gaudio-Acasuso, I won´t be there as I will go to see Henman-Stepanek but will probably have some friends at that court, so you´ll get reported tomorrow.

Anything on the Chucho-Gaudio match would be appreciated for sure. Henman-Stepanek will be interesting, they don't like each other that much, always makes it more interesting.

Puschkin
10-19-2005, 08:41 AM
so do you think Moya will beat Robredo tonight?
I saw both of them last week. If their Vienna form is an indication, Robredo will win.

kundalini
10-19-2005, 05:10 PM
DAY 2



Verdasco-González: People said Verdasco played well but I heavily disagree, don´t know when this kid is gonna bury his brain problems. He lost that match only bc he messes it up. He was broken in 1st and 3rd set in the same way. First set: Leading 15-0 then a double fault (he made like 10-12), unbelievable point won on a fh winner dtl) 30-15 then an eeeeasy bh volley, and another df to concede the bp. 3rd set: Leading 30-0, then a double-fault and he starts shivering.... 30-30 easy fh error when point was his and all went down the river. He served like shit most part of the match and wasn´t smart enough to be more patient as 90% of the points he was working on Gonzo´s bh with his lefty topspin fh were won by him. You can´t be a top player that way, Fernando :o

PD: Some fh´s battles were just unreal, I think 3 of the points that were played from powerful Gonzo`s cc fh to Verdasco´s fh and Fer reached at time were answered with stunning fh winners dtl, those ones drove the crowd crazy, as Verdasco has a natural ability to change direction with his fh with teriphic ease. It was an entertaining match but it´s time to ask Verdasco for more, he fighted (that was a good improvement) but he´s too inconsistent yet and needs badly to avoid those eternal collapses.

Perfect summary of that match.

Verdasco is incredible sometimes but he gave that match away. Not only were the double faults truly horrible but they destroyed his confidence and he would proceed to gift Gonzalez yet more points with unforced errors.

Peoples
10-19-2005, 05:21 PM
It's nice for Feña to receive gifts... he's given so many over the years that he just deserves them so much ;)

Deivid23
10-20-2005, 07:04 AM
DAY 3

Started with Hrbaty-Haas, it was an even match till 4-4, Haas had a break point at 4-3* but missed it (starting to shout and throwing his racket already, hey Tommy, you´re leading and so far you are the better player :shrug: ) and in the next game he collapsed, gifting his serve at 15 with 3 ue in a row. He had a 15-40 on his favour at Hrbaty´s serve the next game but Dominator came up with two aces to get into deuce and get the set. Similar situation in the 2nd set, Haas had two breakpoints (15-40) at 1-0* but Hrbaty saved them again, and that was the end for the German, who gave away his service game the next one and couldn´t hit a ball in anymore.

Went to see final games of Coria, playing very well from baseline and serving like crap, I think he made 5 double faults in the 3 games I saw him serving. Rochus played well but almost all things he does ok on a tennis court, Coria can do them better, so outcome was quite predictable.

Henman-Stepanek I expected a lot more from this match but Henman was no more the one who anhilated Dent two days ago. His returns were good and his volleys as good as always, but he didn´t have confidence on his strokes from baseline and missed too many easy shots. Stepanek didn´t impress me either.

Gaudio-Acasuso I had a friend on that court and I was calling him to give me his impressions. He said first set was pretty even. Gaudio was the better player from baseline, Acasuso was again playing 100 m behind baseline, but he served well and attacked several times the net with not too much success as he missed some easy volleys. A couple of funny things Gastón said:

"¡Si querés hablar por teléfono salite fuera!" "If you want to talk by phone, go out!" when a phone bell rang when Gaudio was about to serve. As always, some blah blah with himself and coach and some complaints to the line refs and umpire. 2nd set, looks like Gastón was mentally out and was broken 3 times.

Nadal-Hanescu, I was there for the first set. Victor played quite well, he was agressive (that is the only way to beat Nadal) and had Rafa on the ropes (leading 4-2 and later 0-3 in TB). Nadal looked as quick as always and didn´t seem to be bothered by his knees. Almost full attendance at 4 pm on a Wednesday, enough said.

I went to see Mirnyi-Puerta 2nd set and that was an entertaining match. Both players played really good in that set. Mariano looked very motivated and fit. Mirnyi played well from baseline also, overpowering Puerta in several ocasions. Puerta won the TB coming from behind with a couple of great returns and pasing-shots.

Karlovic-Roddick: Not the kind of match I fancy most but I was there. Karlovic played very well for his standards, served well, volleyed pretty well also and didn´t miss as many shots as he did last year here. Roddick was a bit angry with too many doubtful calls against him (one crucial on the TB, but I was in the opposite side so I can´t say if I saw it long or not).

Moyá-Robredo: Great first set by Tommy, Moyá raised a bit his level and was more agressive in 2nd one and Robredo was a bit clueless at Moyá´s services and slowed down a bit his rythm of winners. 3rd set again was more like 1st, and Tommy won it easily.

Action Jackson
10-20-2005, 07:11 AM
I saw both of them last week. If their Vienna form is an indication, Robredo will win.

Congrats you were right with this prediction.

Action Jackson
10-20-2005, 07:15 AM
DAY 3

Gaudio-Acasuso I had a friend on that court and I was calling him to give me his impressions. He said first set was pretty even. Gaudio was the better player from baseline, Acasuso was again playing 100 m behind baseline, but he served well and attacked several times the net with not too much success as he missed some easy volleys. A couple of funny things Gastón said:

"¡Si querés hablar por teléfono salite fuera!" "If you want to talk by phone, go out!" when a phone bell rang when Gaudio was about to serve. As always, some blah blah with himself and coach and some complaints to the line refs and umpire. 2nd set, looks like Gastón was mentally out and was broken 3 times.

Could you please post this in the Gaudio forum or could I post it there? Chucho was being aggressive, he has a very good serve, probably be the best serve of the Argentine players, though you just never know with him.

Gaudio was suffering again on court, but good win for Chucho, he will have to serve well cause Stepanek will just keep hitting short balls and drop volleys.

Peoples
10-20-2005, 07:24 PM
Thanks for the impressions Deivid. It's really the only place to get some match summaries from when you don't have coverage. Normally threads only contain cheering and not much else :(

Deivid23
10-20-2005, 11:47 PM
Could you please post this in the Gaudio forum or could I post it there? .

Sure.

DAY 4

Had some problems with my pc at home so I arrived late, Nalbandian was trailing *1-2 in 2nd set. Last 9 games he was the better player, and looked pretty sharp. Too good for TJ.

Went to see later Stepanek Acasuso 1st set, Stepanek was the better player and Acasuso didn´t play well, but even with that he managed to reach the TB. Then I went to see last games of Ginepri Davydenko (I hadn´t seen them before in the tourney). Ginepri was way too solid for Kolya, who ran out of ideas and comitted a lot of errors bc Robby retrieved a lot of balls back.

After Ginepri won I came back to see final games of Acasuso Stepanek (arrived at 1-1 in 3rd set). Things had changed and Acasuso was now the better player now. Stepanek didn´t have a chance at Chucho´s serve, Acasuso looked like he had gained confidence on his strokes but match had to be decided in final breaker. At 5-5 (TB) and serve Stepanek, Chucho hit a good passing shot, Stepanek didn´t control the volley too well but ball bounced in the middle of the line. At matchpoint, Chucho netted an easy fh from midcourt (4th ue in that TB by him). BTW, I can´t stand Stepanjerk´s behaviour on court, staring at Chucho after every point in 3rd set, was bouncing a ball like 6-7 secs while Chucho was waiting for him to be ready to return and a stupid farewell ala Agassi in front of a crowd that had cheered for Acasuso the whole match (some Argentinians there and Spanish fans normally root for Argentinians also). What an asshole he is :o

Ljubicic-Rochus, Ivan was just awesome on his serve, he didn´t conceed a deuce in 8 service games and also was sharp at his baseline strokes. Brutal display by Ljubicic, simply.

Nadal-Robredo, similar to first one, Nadal was on fire and looks completely healthy. This kid never ceases to amaze me cause I had little confidence on him playing here. But it looks like he will prove me wrong (I´ll be glad if he does).

Gonzo Coria, Gonzo played great, missed only a few shots and overpowered Coria. Easy win for the Chilean

Deivid23
10-20-2005, 11:48 PM
Ferrer-Puerta: It was the best match of the day. It looked like we were back some months ago and both players were playing on dirt. Ferrer was just superb and Peurta also played very well.

Action Jackson
10-21-2005, 04:50 AM
Quality match between Ferrer and Puerta and the Froggy was just too tough in the end and showed his usual fighting spirit and sure the crowd helped him, but he had more than enough chances in the 1st set, but a deserved to be the winner.

So Chucho had his chance and blew an easy forehand that's disappointing for sure, as I wanted to see him on TV against Nadal, but got to take chances.

Clara Bow
10-21-2005, 05:12 AM
Thanks for the reports! :) Wow- really sounds like Ivan is on fire.

Alvarillo
10-22-2005, 12:26 AM
Ferrer-Puerta: It was the best match of the day. It looked like we were back some months ago and both players were playing on dirt. Ferrer was just superb and Peurta also played very well.

yes this match has been one of the best this year !