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Davai Juan in St. Petersburg

*Ljubica*
10-22-2005, 03:45 PM
Here is the draw for the St.Petersburg tournament. Juan plays a qualifier in the 1st round - but looks likely to face either Mark P. or Fernando Verdasco (both good hard court players) in the second. Good Luck Juan :)

Davydenko (RUS)
Dlouhy (CZE)

Goldstein (USA)
Burgsmuller (GER)

Davletshin (RUS)
Melzer (AUT)

Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Kiefer (GER)

Youzhny (RUS)
Beck (SVK)

Kunitsyn (RUS)
Saulnier (FRA)

Serra (FRA)
Q1 ()

Vik (CZE)
Nieminen (FIN)

Verdasco (ESP)
Philippoussis (AUS)

Gabashvili Q2
Monaco (ARG)

Popp (GER)
Q3 ()

Carlsen (DEN)
Mirnyi (BLR)

Rusedski (GBR)
Tursunov (RUS)

Minar (CZE)
Kim (USA)

Q4 ()
Pavel (ROM)

Kohlschreiber (GER)
Johansson (SWE)

He is also participating in the doubles' draw in Russia, partnering Kevin Kim from the USA. Here is the doubles draw:-

Bjorkman (SWE)/Mirnyi (BLR) v. Dlouhy (CZE)/Vik (CZE)

Davletshin (RUS)/Kunitsyn (RUS) v. Kim (USA)/Monaco (ARG)

Aspelin (SWE)/Perry (AUS) v. Beck (SVK)/Pala (CZE)

Goldstein (USA)/Thomas (USA) v. Johansson (SWE)/Koenig (RSA)

Friedl (CZE)/Youzhny (RUS) v. Minar (CZE)/Vanek (CZE)

Knowle (AUT)/Melzer (AUT) v. Bhupathi (IND)/Damm (CZE)

Fyrstenberg (POL)/Matkowski (POL) v. Gabashvili (RUS)/Ivanov-Smolensky (RUS)

Nieminen (FIN)/Tursunov (RUS) v. Arthurs (AUS)/Hanley (AUS)

*Ljubica*
10-24-2005, 10:24 AM
Hangdog over in the St. Petersburg tournament thread is writing some really good reports of her adventures at the event. I specifically asked her to watch Juan - so here is her report. Thanks so much Hangdog - and glad that you're becoming a fan of Juan :)

...... When they were finishing their training that was Juan Monaco who came in and began his own training from the football too. So 4 previous guys left the court and Juan started to play with his two coaches. I remembered I had promised to get a photo of Monaco but with my died cam it wasn't possible. So I decided to watch his training up to the end and at least ask him for some questions. But after about 20 minutes of the training Juan and his coaches left the 2nd court and moved to the first one (an interesting detail that he change his cap to the hair stripe before the moving). Some minutes late I did the same. I created an idea to find somebody else with a camera, earn the batteries and then get a couple photos of Monaco. I had a good luck because there were two men who came to the first court and one of them held a camera in his hands. He was kind to give me his batteries so I finally got some photos of Monaco and did my mission. But Juan's training was really different and interesting so I decided to watch it up to the end anyway. Soon Jarkko came to the entrance of our court and said: "Hey guys, there is nobody else training. Go back at home!". Late that was Max Mirnyi who came to the court and sat on a chair. And he almost didn't pay any attention on Monaco.................... Juan and his coaches moved back to the second court and Max with Greg began to play. Max noticed that this court is not so fast as the second one and Greg said this court is too slow anyway....................... I left the first court and moved to the second too. Juan and his coach worked on the technical elements. Later they finished their training with the football (and had a lot of fun) and began to change their clothes right on the court. I noticed there were two other players on the first courts and seemed one of them were Pavel but I waited for Juan. One Monaco's coach went out and soon the same thing did another one. I went to the court's exit to wair there for Juan. But I realized that his second coach didn't went so far. He came back, collected the balls and gave me several of them. I didn't understand what does it mean.
- It's for me?- asked me.
- Yes, it's for you!
- Oh, gracias!
- De nada! - smiled he.
- But well, then your player must sign it.
- Ok, he'll do it. Look, he comes,- said the coach and went out.
- Hey, your coach gave me these balls, would you like to sign one? - said I to Monaco.
- Yes, of course!
- And you're Juan, right?
- Yeees, - answered he with no surence in his voice (hehe!).
- Haha, I'm genious then.
- Yeah, hehe.
- When did you come to the city, Juan?
- Oh, I did it on Friday.
- And so you had a training yesterday too?
- Yes, I do my trainings here (*so I missed him a day before*).
- And how many traings do you usually have?
- Well, usually there are two trainings.
- By the way, did you notice that the second court is not so fast like this one?
- Sorry, can you repeat?
- Well, Max Mirnyi said that this second court is faster than the first one. And how do you think?
- Oh, I don't know, not sure.
- Well... buena suerte!
- Gracias!
- De nada, - laughed his coach who returned to us.
- And do you play tomorrow, - asked me.
Juan wasn't sure but his coach knew more.
- No, not tomorrow, - answered he.
- Aha, so on Tuesday, right? And are you going to the hotel? - and the coach began to tell me who nice city St. Petersburg is that he loves it a lot and the hotel is a really gteat too. Juan who went forward waited us and wondered what we are talking about. Selv he said he likes everything around too but he hadn't visited anything except the hotel and the stadium and not sure if he is going to because it's too cold for him outside. Then coach began to study me sevaral Spanish words, then told me something else in Spanish and realized that I didn't understand, hehe. He left us again and we began to talk about Juan's next match.
- My rival is Gabashvili.
- Gabashvili?
- Yeah, do you know him? He is also Russian.
- Yes, I know but I don't very like Russian players.
- Oh, you don't like Russians?
- Yes, don't know why... And my favorites are Grosjean and Clement, - honestly answered me.
- They are good. And why do you like them? If it's because of their tennis?
- Yes! I like their game, their playing manner. Well, I like French tennis.
- Hey, let's go! - said the returned coach.
They were kidding in the doors because Juan chose the wrong closed door at first. But finally he found the right one and we left the stadium.

Another day comes.

justClaudia
10-24-2005, 01:24 PM
Good luck, Juan! :D

Björki
10-24-2005, 01:37 PM
Good luck to Juan :bounce:

Papakori
10-24-2005, 04:30 PM
good luck Juan! Thanks for the report Rosie, I am about to read it :)

*Ljubica*
10-24-2005, 05:18 PM
Don't thank me for the report - thank Hangdog - she's the one who wrote it - I just copied it over. St.Petersburg is one of my favourite cities - I love it - it's so beautiful - and I so much wish I could be there but even I have to work sometimes :sad: Anyway - here is the Order of Play for tomorrow - don't know much about Gabashvili - but he is a qualifier, so will be used to the court, and obviously will have the crowd behind him. So Vamos Juan :)

First court

15:00
Minar (CZE)
vs.
Kim (USA)
followed by
Q Gabashvili (RUS)
vs.
MONACO (ARG)

justClaudia
10-25-2005, 11:03 AM
I know nothing about that Gabashvili - but I hope Juan can beat him.
Vamos Juan! :bounce:

Corina2605
10-25-2005, 03:40 PM
Don't know a lot about this Russian guy either, but have some bad memory of him :(

Anyway, Juan won easily 6-3, 6-3, congrats :)

Papakori
10-25-2005, 05:17 PM
:yippee:

*Ljubica*
10-25-2005, 05:32 PM
I was trying to follow the live scoreboard from work - and got a bit nervous when it got stuck at 3-2 in the 2nd set and people in the scoring thread were talking about someone being injured - but luckily turned out it was just a case that the scoreboard got stuck - nothing more serious than that! So good to see Juan came through a potentially hard match against a home favourite. This is his first win with his new coach and hope it's the start of great things and a big rise up the rankings next season.

Björki
10-25-2005, 08:44 PM
:yeah:

Sommarsverige
10-25-2005, 09:15 PM
Juan :bounce:

Thanks Rosie for posting the report and Hangdog for writing it :)

It was lots of fun to read and I had to laugh at several comments ;) (like about the weather...)

Neely
10-25-2005, 10:21 PM
6-3 6-3... yes, that looks like a good and dominant scoreline
but next round will be more difficult against Verdasco :scared: :eek: But good luck, maybe surprise! ;)
(I know many of you like Nando also...)

*Ljubica*
10-26-2005, 06:14 AM
6-3 6-3... yes, that looks like a good and dominant scoreline
but next round will be more difficult against Verdasco :scared: :eek: But good luck, maybe surprise! ;)
(I know many of you like Nando also...)

Yes - I like Nando well enough - he's one of the good guys ;) - but he can be very erratic at times so I hope Juan can take advantage of that - it will be a hard match though. But they have a day off today (match will be on Thursday), so I hope he can wrap up warmly and take advantage of the opportunity to spend some time visiting some of the beautiful city of St.Petersburg - it really is a gorgeous place and I will make sure not to miss it next year.

Hangdog
10-26-2005, 06:36 AM
But they have a day off today (match will be on Thursday), so I hope he can wrap up warmly and take advantage of the opportunity to spend some time visiting some of the beautiful city of St.Petersburg - it really is a gorgeous place and I will make sure not to miss it next year.

Training is at 11am LOL. Going to visit it and give Juan your suggestions. And there is the first SNOWWWWWWWW today!!!!

*Ljubica*
10-26-2005, 10:09 AM
Training is at 11am LOL. Going to visit it and give Juan your suggestions. And there is the first SNOWWWWWWWW today!!!!

Tell him to wear a woolly hat and be brave!!

justClaudia
10-26-2005, 10:30 AM
This is his first win with his new coach and hope it's the start of great things and a big rise up the rankings next season.

:yeah:

Congrats Juan! :bounce:
And also congrats Eduardo! :)

*Ljubica*
10-26-2005, 08:27 PM
Here is tomorrow's OOP:-

Court 1

Matches Start At:
17:00

Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)
vs
Juan MONACO (ARG)

followed by

Simon ASPELIN (SWE)
Todd PERRY (AUS)
vs
Thomas JOHANSSON (SWE)
Robbie KOENIG (RSA)

alexito
10-27-2005, 03:48 PM
now play with verdasco
juan lose 1st set 57

alexito
10-27-2005, 04:01 PM
juan lose 57 36 with verdasco

Papakori
10-27-2005, 05:14 PM
:crying2:

*Ljubica*
10-27-2005, 05:21 PM
I heard it was a good, close match - and that Juan played well. He broke Nando's serve a few times in the 1st set and both sets could have gone either way. He just lacks a little experience in close matches - but that will come with time - the only way to learn is to go through different situations and experiences and learn from them. So I am not sad at all - he should have gone up a few places in the entry rankings this week and will definately not have to qualify for the Australian Open which is great.

Juan is slowly creeping closer to the quallie draw in Paris (so many withdrawals there :eek: ) - so it's still possible (though unlikely) that he will play there (we will know tomorrow). If not, then this is the end of his season - so time to go home, take some time off and then start practising for 2006. Will keep you all posted on the Paris developments.

Papakori
10-27-2005, 06:32 PM
I hope he can go to Paris because I may see him then :)

well if it is the end of the season, good luck in the Australian Hardcourt season!

Hangdog
10-27-2005, 07:31 PM
I heard it was a good, close match - and that Juan played well. He broke Nando's serve a few times in the 1st set and both sets could have gone either way. He just lacks a little experience in close matches - but that will come with time - the only way to learn is to go through different situations and experiences and learn from them. So I am not sad at all - he should have gone up a few places in the entry rankings this week and will definately not have to qualify for the Australian Open which is great.

Juan is slowly creeping closer to the quallie draw in Paris (so many withdrawals there :eek: ) - so it's still possible (though unlikely) that he will play there (we will know tomorrow). If not, then this is the end of his season - so time to go home, take some time off and then start practising for 2006. Will keep you all posted on the Paris developments.

Yes, it was a really good match (I sat there near his coaches and that was so nice to hear how they gave him advices and he answered them something too - but my Spanish is absolutely poor, I understood almost nothing). In the first set he had a lot of problems on his serve and finally lost it when it was 4-3. So then it came 5-3 and Fernando's serve that he broke. But after all he lost that set. And there was something wrong with the light so players had a 10 minutes pause. And the second set was the same, just Juan did it better on his serve and once was so close to take Nando's one. And then it was 4-3 and like in the first set Juan lost his serve again. And couldn't return then...

And I have to bring bad news, he is not going to Paris. From St. Petersburg they go to Argentina.

Tell him to wear a woolly hat and be brave!!
That day after leaving the stadion (where he had a practice) he had a massage and then was going to the hotel to have a lunch and then just resting in his room and visiting Internet.

*Ljubica*
10-27-2005, 08:19 PM
[QUOTE=Hangdog That day after leaving the stadion (where he had a practice) he had a massage and then was going to the hotel to have a lunch and then just resting in his room and visiting Internet.[/QUOTE]

Hmmm - so he never explored the city - I am disappointed :devil: You should have "kidnapped" him and given him a guided tour!!!!!

Probably a good idea you didn't understand the Spanish "encouragement" though.........it was probably rude!!!!!

Thanks for all your reports though - and I hope you enioy the rest of the St.Petersburg tournament and that you still come over and visit us here from time to time :hug:

And Gambillfan - even if you don't get to see Juan - I hope you have a great time in Paris and enjoy yourself. I've been told they would probably have to fly via Paris to get home anyway ;) - so you never know ;)

Hangdog
10-27-2005, 09:23 PM
Hmmm - so he never explored the city - I am disappointed :devil: You should have "kidnapped" him and given him a guided tour!!!!!

Thanks for all your reports though - and I hope you enioy the rest of the St.Petersburg tournament and that you still come over and visit us here from time to time :hug:

I'll kidnap him exactly the next time! =)) :devil: And I'm verrrry dissapointed too that he hasn't exploded the city. I do love my city very much, it's the best place of the world for me. And if there wasn't SPb in Russia I think I'd perhaps don't live in that country.
And I don't think I'll go there to the tournament more this year because two players I supported - Florent and Juan - both lost. And the end of the tourney I can watch on TV - no difference for me now.
And I'll exactly visit you here from time to time although can't promise to do it so often because I'm always absolutely busy (being a sportperson too and even having the beginning of the season right now)...
Buena suerte! :wavey:

*Ljubica*
10-27-2005, 09:31 PM
I'll kidnap him exactly the next time! =)) :devil: And I'm verrrry dissapointed too that he hasn't exploded the city. I do love my city very much, it's the best place of the world for me. And if there wasn't SPb in Russia I think I'd perhaps don't live in that country.
And I don't think I'll go there to the tournament more this year because two players I supported - Florent and Juan - both lost. And the end of the tourney I can watch on TV - no difference for me now.
And I'll exactly visit you here from time to time although can't promise to do it so often because I'm always absolutely busy (being a sportperson too and even having the beginning of the season right now)...
Buena suerte! :wavey:

It is a shame that you won't go to the tournament anymore - we will all miss your reports - but I understand what you mean - it is not the same once our favourites have been beaten :sad: . And hopefully next year Juan (and Florian) will return to your city and we can "kidnap" them together ;) as I would love to return to St. Petersburg myself one day soon. I guess it is hard for them to "sightsee" like a normal traveller when they visit a new place because they have to keep to their training schedules etc - it is not a holiday for them - it's work - and they have to stay focused and concentrate and not enjoy themselves too much!!!

And good luck in whatever sport it is that you do yourself

Доброй ночи и благодарит вас еще раз :wavey:

Hangdog
10-27-2005, 09:50 PM
It is a shame that you won't go to the tournament anymore - we will all miss your reports - but I understand what you mean - it is not the same once our favourites have been beaten :sad: . And hopefully next year Juan (and Florian) will return to your city and we can "kidnap" them together ;) as I would love to return to St. Petersburg myself one day soon. I guess it is hard for them to "sightsee" like a normal traveller when they visit a new place because they have to keep to their training schedules etc - it is not a holiday for them - it's work - and they have to stay focused and concentrate and not enjoy themselves too much!!!

And good luck in whatever sport it is that you do yourself

Доброй ночи и благодарит вас еще раз :wavey:

I have to write at least 3 more reports LOL. And, hey, always welcome to St. Petersburg!!!
Huh, you're right about players and their free time but those who wants find some time to visit some places - I know.
Thanks for good luck, it's always a useful thing. I do skisport - cross-county skiing.
;) Super Russian sentence! lol (don't worry I've understood what you have meant and I love you did it in Russian =) Good night to you too!

*Ljubica*
10-28-2005, 07:16 AM
Well - Juan and his advisers have decided to skip Paris. It's true that with all the withdrawals they probably would have got a place anyway - but I do understand their reasons - he would have arrived in Paris tired tonight to have to play tomorrow morning, and probably wouldn't have won anyway as it isn't his best surface! So many other players have done the same - including Karlovic and Andy Murray - such a shame - Paris will be such a devalued tournament this year :sad: Anyway - hope Juan enjoys his off-season break.

Papakori
10-28-2005, 03:36 PM
aww

Well have a good break Juan!

Good luck for the Australian Hardcourts! :)
This year has gone so quickly :eek:

justClaudia
10-28-2005, 09:08 PM
Enjoy you're break, Juan - and come back stronger. :D

Gambillfan you're right, this year was too fast. :eek: