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LET'S GET THE MOMENTUM BACK!!! **the KIWI in St Petersburg thread **

knight_ley
10-19-2005, 10:40 PM
Let's see Kiwi do some damage on the tennis courts again!!!!

:yeah:

Neely
10-20-2005, 01:08 PM
I don't know if he will be there and what about his visa? :shrug:

Tennisqueen
10-20-2005, 02:02 PM
I don't know if he will be there and what about his visa? :shrug:
He got it. :)

Neely
10-20-2005, 02:05 PM
Ah cool, now that I look on his homepage I see! :) :angel:

JMG
10-20-2005, 02:54 PM
He has no real injury, so I want to see him fighting for two weeks. After Paris he has enough time to sleep. 5 matches to go.

knight_ley
10-20-2005, 07:14 PM
Yes, let's hope he takes these last two weeks by storm and then had a nice break and comes back next year with a vengence :yeah:

Neely
10-21-2005, 11:52 AM
The entry list in St Petersburg doesn't look too difficult. Comparable to Moscow I would say. Every result helps.

JMG
10-23-2005, 04:51 PM
He doesn't play on Monday. :(

So he starts on Tuesday against G.Garcia-Lopez, which is a real must-win.

knight_ley
10-24-2005, 02:19 AM
Here's the full main draw :)

(1) Davydenko (RUS)
Dlouhy (CZE)

Goldstein (USA)
Burgsmuller (GER)


(WC) Davletshin (RUS)
Melzer (AUT)

Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
(5) Kiefer (GER)


(4) Youzhny (RUS)
Beck (SVK)

(WC) Kunitsyn (RUS)
Saulnier (FRA)


Serra (FRA)
(Q) Bjorkman (SWE)

Vik (CZE)
(6) Nieminen (FIN)


(8) Verdasco (ESP)
(WC) Philippoussis (AUS)

(Q) Gabashvili (RUS)
Monaco (ARG)


Popp (GER)
(Q) Stakhovsky (UKR)

Carlsen (DEN)
(3) Mirnyi (BLR)


(7) Rusedski (GBR)
Tursunov (RUS)

Minar (CZE)
Kim (USA)


(Q) Vanek (CZE)
Pavel (ROM)

Kohlschreiber (GER)
(2) Johansson (SWE)

knight_ley
10-24-2005, 10:10 PM
Tuesday Order Of Play

Central court :: 15:00
Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs. (5) Kiefer (GER)

bavaria100
10-24-2005, 11:15 PM
Good luck Kiwi!

kiwifan80
10-25-2005, 05:15 AM
Good Luck Nicolas!!!!

urbanjae
10-25-2005, 05:29 AM
GO KIWI!!!

Neely
10-25-2005, 09:44 AM
Go Kiwi and have a good start for this tournament! :yeah:
(must be seen as a must-win match of course)

kiwifan80
10-25-2005, 08:01 PM
Kiwi won 6-3 3-6 6-4, glad he came back after dropping the second. Good fighting:) hopefully he'll improve in the up-coming rounds

knight_ley
10-25-2005, 09:12 PM
:woohoo:

Neely
10-25-2005, 10:03 PM
Garcia-Lopez can post some upsets from time to time, but I'm glad it didn't happen this time. I don't know, but it looks like it was a difficult match for Kiwi, going by the scoreline. I like Melzer also, but I hope Kiwi improves and can beat him too.

knight_ley
10-25-2005, 10:08 PM
Wednesday Order of PLay

Center Court -- Matches Start At 15:00

Sergiy STAKHOVSKY (UKR) vs Kenneth CARLSEN (DEN)
followed by

Jurgen MELZER (AUT) vs Nicolas KIEFER (GER)

kiwifan80
10-26-2005, 04:34 AM
Good Luck against Melzer!!!!!

nicolette
10-26-2005, 03:49 PM
go nicoooooo

sol
10-26-2005, 06:19 PM
Good Luck against Melzer!!!!!

Done :)

3-6 6-3 7-5 :)

Neely
10-26-2005, 06:30 PM
I can't be so happy about that result as usual, but the result is also important for Kiwi. Same it would have been for Jürgen, but I think he can imagine better things than losing to somebody he was 0-4 before on Austrian National Holiday... :sad:

kiwiteami
10-26-2005, 10:38 PM
I don,t know what is wrong with him.Those matches should be simple and he is making them very hard.I was at work,with my hiptop,looking at the live score and screaming.He must have been scared of the snow that he saw! lol.He is always on my case about how I live in a country with snow and lots of it..! lol

Neely
10-26-2005, 11:24 PM
I just saw the last few games on the scoreboard after I came home. And I was like "oh noooo, don't lose this service game now" when I saw a deuce on Kiwi's serve at 4-3 in the third set. On one hand, I also like Jürgen a lot, on the other one, I didn't want Kiwi to lose; so I was in a difficult situation...

Next opponent now is Davydenko, ouch... that could become difficult! Good thing for Kiwi before this match is that Davydenko's form level was downwards the last months since his great summer.

knight_ley
10-26-2005, 11:50 PM
:banana:

knight_ley
10-27-2005, 12:36 AM
Here are some pictures :)

kiwifan80
10-27-2005, 12:52 AM
I don,t know what is wrong with him.Those matches should be simple and he is making them very hard.I was at work,with my hiptop,looking at the live score and screaming.He must have been scared of the snow that he saw! lol.He is always on my case about how I live in a country with snow and lots of it..! lol

They should be simple, but don't forget what happened two weeks ago. It's hard to mentally recover from that. I'm just glad he's gotten this far, he's had to really fight. Prowd of u, Kiwi :) !!!!!!!!

Has he evr played Davydenko(sp)?

kiwifan80
10-27-2005, 12:54 AM
Thanx alot for the pics:)

knight_ley
10-27-2005, 01:01 AM
They should be simple, but don't forget what happened two weeks ago. It's hard to mentally recover from that. I'm just glad he's gotten this far, he's had to really fight. Prowd of u, Kiwi :) !!!!!!!!

Has he evr played Davydenko(sp)?

Nope they've never played before...

kiwifan80
10-27-2005, 01:52 AM
K thanx, hope he gets a good start tomorrow

bavaria100
10-27-2005, 05:08 PM
Kiwi has been struggling throughout the tournament and I think that he still hasn´t got over the final in Moscow, at least not completely. If he faces Davydenko, he has a good shot at making the semis. I´m more worried about Youzhny (if they should face each other). He has been playing really well and destroyed Saulnier 6-1, 6-1.

knight_ley
10-27-2005, 11:30 PM
Kiwi vs Davydenko will start at 19.00 on Center Court tomorrow. Auf Gehts Kiwi! :dance:

JMG
10-28-2005, 05:13 PM
Kiefer d. Davydenko 6-1 6-1 :D

Now against Robin Vik, a must-win in the semis again as in Moscow. :yeah:

knight_ley
10-28-2005, 05:22 PM
FANTASTIC WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:woohoo:

Another semi-final for Kiwi !!!!! :bounce: Kiwi's never played Vik before... Let's hope for another performance like today!!!!!

:aparty:

Neely
10-28-2005, 05:25 PM
Kiefer d. Davydenko 6-1 6-1 :D

Now against Robin Vik, a must-win in the semis again as in Moscow. :yeah:
GREAT!!! A good result and so clear?! In the online stream I saw that Davydenko played awfully and made lots of errors and there have been some easy points for Kiwi. I didn't see what was going on between Youzhny and Vik, looks a bit strange, but normally Vik is a must-win match and I hope Kiwi can deliver this win! :yeah: Good result!!

kiwiteami
10-28-2005, 05:31 PM
I am at work right now and very happy that he won so easily.he has a very good chance to win this tournament and we don't want to see him with a plate again too.

white&blue
10-28-2005, 05:34 PM
6-1, 6-1 vs top10 player :worship:

knight_ley
10-28-2005, 06:45 PM
pictures from today's match :hearts:

kiwifan80
10-28-2005, 08:32 PM
Wow!! Very impressive. This is a really convincing win. This should do alot for his confidence. Good Luck against Vic:) :yeah:

rrfnpump
10-28-2005, 08:45 PM
:banana: :banana:

kiwifan80
10-28-2005, 08:48 PM
UPDATE 2-Davydenko and Youzhny upset in St Petersburg

ST PETERSBURG, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Russia's top two players Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny tumbled out in the St Petersburg Open quarter-finals on Friday.

Top seed Davydenko surrendered to fifth-seeded German Nicolas Kiefer 6-1 6-1 while defending champion Youzhny lost to unfancied Czech Robin Vik 1-6 6-4 6-2.

Youzhny, who has complained of a sore back throughout the week, led 6-1 4-1 when Vik started his comeback.

Vik reeled off five successive games to level the match before breaking the fourth-seeded Russian in the sixth game of the final set for a 4-2 lead with a clean backhand down the line.

The Czech secured a deserved victory two games later to advance to an ATP semi-final for the first time in his career.

"For sure, this is the best result of my life," said a beaming Vik, who had won only five matches on the ATP Tour this year before coming to St Petersburg and lost in the first round of his last four tournaments.



LUCKY VIK

Vik admitted, however, that he got lucky with Youzhny's injury.

"I think he was going on to win 6-1 6-2 before he hurt his back," he said.

"I got a little lucky, I was given a chance to get back into the match and I grabbed it."

Vik now takes on Kiefer, who dismantled Davydenko in 55 minutes.

The Russian world number eight was dumbfounded about his defeat.

"He started pressing me right from the start and I just couldn't do anything to combat his aggression. He simply gave me no chance today," said Davydenko.

Kiefer, who also reached the Kremlin Cup final earlier this month, said: "I started off well and I saw he was a little bit down on himself, so I tried to press him even more.

"I played very good tennis in Moscow and I was very disappointed to lose in the final there but today was a different story."

The German, who lost to Igor Andreev in the Moscow final, added: "It's never easy to play Russians in Russia.

"I'm just glad there are no more Russians left here."

Earlier, second seed Thomas Johansson also battled through to the last four with a 6-2 7-6 win over seventh seed Greg Rusedski.

After winning the first set in just 24 minutes, the Swede broke Rusedski in the 11th game of the second to take a 6-5 lead and serve for the match.

But the 32-year-old Briton, a semi-finalist here last year, saved a match point with a powerful forehand before breaking back to force the tiebreak.

Johansson would not be denied, however, saving three set points on his own serve before clinching victory at the second opportunity with a backhand cross-court after 86 minutes.

The former Australian Open champion, who won here in 1997, will face Spanish eighth seed Fernando Verdasco who defeated unseeded Dane Kenneth Carlsen 6-4 6-2.

kiwiteami
10-28-2005, 09:38 PM
Who the hell is Vik? I never heard about him!! Anyway,yes very aggressive today.he has to continue that way.I bought last week the french tennis mag.They were talking about davis cup and that they (France) will now ace germany in february.They are pretty confident about winning (whatever!).However,they sais about Nicolas,even though he is half french and that his grand mother lives there with other relatives too,dON'T expect him to be sentimental ,not aggressive cause..it won,t happen!

kiwifan80
10-28-2005, 10:03 PM
GREAT!!! A good result and so clear?! In the online stream I saw that Davydenko played awfully and made lots of errors and there have been some easy points for Kiwi. I didn't see what was going on between Youzhny and Vik, looks a bit strange, but normally Vik is a must-win match and I hope Kiwi can deliver this win! :yeah: Good result!!

Do u or anybody happen to have the link to the live stream. I really want to see Kiwi play tomorrow. Didn't even know this was available this tournament :)

kiwifan80
10-28-2005, 10:13 PM
Who the hell is Vik? I never heard about him!! Anyway,yes very aggressive today.he has to continue that way.I bought last week the french tennis mag.They were talking about davis cup and that they (France) will now ace germany in february.They are pretty confident about winning (whatever!).However,they sais about Nicolas,even though he is half french and that his grand mother lives there with other relatives too,dON'T expect him to be sentimental ,not aggressive cause..it won,t happen!

Good to here. Looks like even the ATP site duzn't know much on him either :shrug: http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/default2.asp?playersearch=vik

bavaria100
10-29-2005, 01:10 AM
Wow, a very impressive result. Now he has to beat Vik and I´m sure he will. Good luck Kiwi!

Hangdog
10-29-2005, 02:36 AM
A nice picture of Nicolas dated 25th October:
http://www.nevasport.ru/photo/spbopen/b_IMG_6357.jpg
And there were some other pics and details in my reports (and about that Vik too). Well, I don't know if that guy Robin Vik is very tired after his match against Youzhny but if he is not absolutely exhausted it will be the tough match for Kiefer against him because these days in SPb Nicolas also shows not his the best form although he wins... Anyway the next match promises to be very interesting.

knight_ley
10-29-2005, 06:29 AM
Lovely picture!! :inlove:


Saturday Order of Play
Central court == 14:00
(5) Kiefer (GER) vs. Vik (CZE

kfh_9118
10-29-2005, 12:30 PM
Kiwi def. R.Vik 6-3 6-4 :woohoo: :bounce:

Another final for Kiwi :cool: Hope he will go one better this time ;)

JMG
10-29-2005, 01:15 PM
I expected a better score, but at least he has won. :yeah: I hope he'll play Verdasco now.

rrfnpump
10-29-2005, 01:15 PM
yes :D
another final in Russia!
win it this time Kiwi and dont choke!


:woohoo:

knight_ley
10-29-2005, 01:52 PM
:aparty: Auf Gehts Kiwi !!!! :aparty:

Neely
10-29-2005, 02:09 PM
Very good and another final reached! :clap2: :bounce:

I hope he'll play Verdasco now.
Better not, I don't want again an Andreev game style :scared: just with better serve and lefty forehand. Only advantage I could see in playing Verdasco is that he seems to be more erratic from time to time.

bavaria100
10-29-2005, 02:16 PM
:bigclap: Kiwi!!! :bigclap: He reached another final. I just hope that he doesn´t have another mental breakdown like in Moscow. :scared: It would be horrible if he fails to win a final once again.

knight_ley
10-29-2005, 02:46 PM
Kiwi will face ToJo in the final. Their head to head is 3-3. Good luck Kiwi !!!

Here are three pictures from today's match :)

rrfnpump
10-29-2005, 03:01 PM
Kiwi vs ToJo matches are always :scared: :crazy: :cuckoo:

knight_ley
10-29-2005, 07:00 PM
SUNDAY'S ORDER OF PLAY !!!!!!!
Center Court -- Matches Start At 14:00

SINGLES FINAL

Nicolas KIEFER (GER)
vs
Thomas JOHANSSON (SWE)

kiwifan80
10-29-2005, 08:27 PM
I really hope he wins tomorrow :angel: Is anybody watching the final online? If so please give me the url

Sambuca
10-29-2005, 08:58 PM
what are difficults against Johansson in this match for Nicolas?

knight_ley
10-29-2005, 09:05 PM
I really hope he wins tomorrow :angel: Is anybody watching the final online? If so please give me the url

I will not be watching this one at all... live feed or scoreboard. For Moscow I started watching when it was like 4-1 in the 2nd set and we all know what happened there so I am convinced I am bad luck. Mary will be sleeping till everything is said and done so she cannot jinx him :angel:

kiwifan80
10-29-2005, 11:42 PM
From the St. Petersburg Official website:

1st round:

http://www.filehigh.com/serve/6879/54892.jpg
http://www.filehigh.com/serve/6879/54890.jpg
http://www.filehigh.com/serve/6879/54889.jpg


Semis:

http://www.filehigh.com/serve/6879/54893.jpghttp://www.filehigh.com/serve/6879/54894.jpg

http://www.filehigh.com/serve/6879/54895.jpghttp://www.filehigh.com/serve/6879/54897.jpg

kiwifan80
10-29-2005, 11:52 PM
I will not be watching this one at all... live feed or scoreboard. For Moscow I started watching when it was like 4-1 in the 2nd set and we all know what happened there so I am convinced I am bad luck. Mary will be sleeping till everything is said and done so she cannot jinx him :angel:

:lol: okay whatever works

urbanjae
10-30-2005, 02:18 AM
I will not be watching this one at all... live feed or scoreboard. For Moscow I started watching when it was like 4-1 in the 2nd set and we all know what happened there so I am convinced I am bad luck. Mary will be sleeping till everything is said and done so she cannot jinx him :angel:

OMG, ME TOO! For Moscow I thought I'd launch the live scoreboard while I was getting ready for church, and when I did at first, he was winning. Then, well, same thing happened here. So no live scoring for me either tomorrow. I'll just find out when I get home tomorrow night lol ;) :lol:

knight_ley
10-30-2005, 02:51 AM
OMG, ME TOO! For Moscow I thought I'd launch the live scoreboard while I was getting ready for church, and when I did at first, he was winning. Then, well, same thing happened here. So no live scoring for me either tomorrow. I'll just find out when I get home tomorrow night lol ;) :lol:

Amanda, you and I must stick together :yeah:

kfh_9118
10-30-2005, 12:52 PM
Kiwi lost 4-6 2-6 :bigcry: :sad:

I didn't follow the score until the second set. But seems that he blew so many BP opportunities and struggling to hold his serves.

Although I am sad now, but I am accepting this lost much better than the last one in Moscow. Today, ToJo is better than Kiwi I suppose while in Moscow, Kiwi really blew the match :mad:

Hope he will cope with this lost alright and won't affect his confidence in the future.

Please Kiwi, get a title in 2006 :angel:

Neely
10-30-2005, 12:58 PM
Exactly! From what I saw Kiwi didn't take his chances. I saw once 0-40, and at least one more time 0-30. And there was a chance for Kiefer to break Johansson in almost every service game of the 2nd set because he had a lot of single break point opportunities as well :sad: At least he tried until the end and worked for his chances, but couldn't convert them.

This final losing streak is a big handicap now :sad: I would go as far as calling it a "jinx" to win his 7th career title. And next time please no more Grillotti on the chair, just jinxes it more ;) :lol:

Neely
10-30-2005, 12:59 PM
Please Kiwi, get a title in 2006 :angel:
come on, one more tournament left in 2005 ;) :angel:

kiwiteami
10-30-2005, 01:04 PM
I am sorry but when you are about to break so many times at 0-40,i call this choking.johansson is a very good player but still nicolas had his chances,he didn't take them.he must be very pissed off right now and i would stay away from him for at least...a week.lol.just one week to go before his vacation

JMG
10-30-2005, 01:10 PM
Kiwi the softy... :rolleyes:

I can feel a loss against Robredo next week in the 2nd round.

btw: The last time he won a main draw match in an indoor Masters Series(Stutgart,Madrid,Paris) was....1998.

rrfnpump
10-30-2005, 01:15 PM
:( :rolleyes: :sobbing:
not a good scoreline!

and another chance wasted for a title

zethand
10-30-2005, 01:30 PM
Oh no Kiwi :sad:

knight_ley
10-30-2005, 01:53 PM
Ugh. Is it bad that I'm not even sad anymore? I just see a score in a final and I'm like "Yup..." :banghead:

Let's hope either in Paris or in 2006 this final losing streak ends... We've all been waiting long enough!!!!!

:hug: Kiwi :hug:

kiwifan80
10-30-2005, 04:35 PM
I really normally wouldn't care that much that he lost in a final vs a good player. I'm just really worried about his mentality now. I just hope he still believes( as much as we do) that he can win more titles and be a much better player(as he's been in the past) :sad:

Keep on truckn Kiwi!!!!!!!

Hangdog
10-30-2005, 04:39 PM
Exactly! From what I saw Kiwi didn't take his chances. I saw once 0-40, and at least one more time 0-30. And there was a chance for Kiefer to break Johansson in almost every service game of the 2nd set because he had a lot of single break point opportunities as well :sad: At least he tried until the end and worked for his chances, but couldn't convert them.

Well, I've seen the match. Nicolas seemed quite tired... Yes, there was 0-40 and several times 0-30. But then - all the times - Kiwi couldn't get ToJo's serve although it was about 170-180 km/h... and Thomas somethimes did such aces 2-3 times in a row.

http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/1732/t26oe.jpg

kiwiteami
10-30-2005, 04:55 PM
Well, I've seen the match. Nicolas seemed quite tired... Yes, there was 0-40 and several times 0-30. But then - all the times - Kiwi couldn't get ToJo's serve although it was about 170-180 km/h... and Thomas somethimes did such aces 2-3 times in a row.

http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/1732/t26oe.jpg

If you saw the match,can you tell me what he is doing on his back on central court?

Space Cowgirl
10-30-2005, 04:57 PM
damn Kiwi :banghead: , if he doesn't break this finals losing streak soon he will become a genuine headcase (or more of one!)

knight_ley
10-30-2005, 05:54 PM
another pic.... :sad:

I♥PsY@Mus!c
10-30-2005, 06:44 PM
Hopeless case. :help: Even he is doomed to lose,the score could be better than that. :banghead: But Johansson is a good player,so next time I hope Kiwi will play against some choker in the final. :)

Neely
10-30-2005, 07:13 PM
If you saw the match,can you tell me what he is doing on his back on central court?
I think this pic was taken after he tried to dive beyond the baseline for smash of Johansson.

kiwiteami
10-30-2005, 07:38 PM
I think this pic was taken after he tried to dive beyond the baseline for smash of Johansson.

Thanks for the info.thank god that he didn't get hurt.

Neely
10-30-2005, 07:58 PM
Kiwi made another huge jump in the rankings thanks to this week and reaching the final. He should come out as #23 in Entry Rankings tomorrow.

He was near #40 before Moscow, so this improvement is quite good and he at least made use out of the scenario that basically he could only gain points this autumn because he didn't play this stretch of the season last year.

knight_ley
10-30-2005, 08:25 PM
Kiwi made another huge jump in the rankings thanks to this week and reaching the final. He should come out as #23 in Entry Rankings tomorrow.

He was near #40 before Moscow, so this improvement is quite good and he at least made use out of the scenario that basically he could only gain points this autumn because he didn't play this stretch of the season last year.


:eek: That is wonderful news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bavaria100
10-30-2005, 08:44 PM
That´s a very bad score. I´m not even surprised by this result. :o At least he makes a big jump in the rankings and if he doesn´t win a title this year, I´m sure that he´ll win one next year. Every streak ends, I just hope that it won´t take another 5 years till this negative streak is over. :scared:

kiwiteami
10-30-2005, 10:51 PM
If only he could finish the year in the top 20,it would be great for him and we would be all very happy.

bavaria100
10-30-2005, 11:07 PM
If only he could finish the year in the top 20,it would be great for him and we would be all very happy.

Even if that won´t happen, he will surely finish the year as the best german tennis player. That´s also a great accomplishment and a boost for next year. I´m sure that Haas would be happy if he had Kiwi´s results this year.