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rrfnpump
12-30-2005, 10:07 AM
Kiefer has mix right
By Scott Coghlan
December 29, 2005


CONSISTENT German Nicolas Kiefer hopes a change of preparation will help him atone for the disappointment he experienced at this year's Australian Open.

Kiefer enjoyed another solid season in 2005, but made a shock first-round exit at Melbourne Park, beaten by Belgium's Olivier Rochus in five sets.

Rochus was Kiefer's nemesis, also knocking him out of his warm-up tournament in Adelaide a couple of weeks earlier.

This time around, Kiefer has elected to go with the certainty of at least three singles matches on the same surface as the Australian Open by playing in the mixed teams Hopman Cup, starting on Saturday.

He will team with Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 20, in Perth.

Kiefer, 28, said he had put in a solid preparation for Melbourne and expects the Hopman Cup to round it out.

"You have three good matches for sure against quality opponents and hopefully a fourth one," Kiefer said yesterday.

Kiefer will enter 2006 ranked 23rd in the world, having this year reached the fourth round at the French Open and US Open, and third round at Wimbledon.

Four times this year he was beaten by Roger Federer, and can claim to have taken the only set off the Swiss star at Wimbledon.

Kiefer finished the year strongly to reach finals in Moscow and St Petersburg in October.

Although defeats in those finals took his losing streak in finals to nine, he is confident his best tennis is still to come and is aiming for a return to the top 10 after being ranked as high as No.4 in 2000.

There is no sign of the wrist problems that plagued him in 2004 and some competitive performances against Federer have him believing a Grand Slam title is still within reach.

"I had a big chance to beat Roger at the US Open," Kiefer said.

"My body is better than it has been in years before and my game is coming back. If my health is okay, I can go to another level and take another step."

The Germans' first assignment is the host nation on Saturday. The tie will pit Wayne Arthurs and Kiefer against each other in singles for the first time.

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good luck Kiwi in Australia :bounce:

Neely
12-30-2005, 10:35 AM
Kiwi is staring Hopman Cup tomorrow! I hope Grönefeld is playing well after her injury, but I'm don't know how she recovered. Too bad she got injured, I'm sure with the form before her injury she had beaten every woman there.

I'm also excited about Kiwi's start to the season! :scared:
Hopefully he opens it with a win with many more to follow :angel: :D

kfh_9118
12-30-2005, 01:36 PM
I am so excited I will see Kiwi's match on TV tomorrow.

Good luck Kiwi, and of course Germany (I think Germany is a huge favourite to win this Hopman Cup). really depends on how ALG can perform after the injury.

Good luck Germany :cool:

kiwifan80
12-30-2005, 06:32 PM
Yeah I can't wait!!!!!!!! Good Luck Germany.
Hope they'll play well together

bavaria100
12-30-2005, 11:41 PM
I´m already looking forward to the new season. I just hope that he wins a title this year. My heart can´t take another choke like that one he had in Moscow.

Neely
12-31-2005, 07:45 AM
Germany def. Australia 2-1
Kiefer def. Arthurs 6-4 6-3
Grönefeld lost to Stosur 3-6 5-7
Grönefeld/Kiefer def. Stosur/Arthurs 4-6 6-3 7-6(8)

OMG, very close win!
Grönefeld lost, probably struggling too much after her injury

kfh_9118
12-31-2005, 08:03 AM
very good performance by Kiefer, esp in single, he won 100% of his first serve in :eek: :wroship: He did worry me though with the splits he did during the match. Hopefully he will be ok.

ALG played well in mixed double, in single, I expected her to lose since it's her first match after the injury, and S Stosur is not an easy opponent. I hope ALG will be able to win her single match next against ARG & NED.

Neely
12-31-2005, 08:06 AM
Did Arthurs return that shabby? Normally Kiwi doesn't have near 100% won points on 1st serve :lol: How many aces did he have, approx.?

Tricky_Forehand
12-31-2005, 08:34 AM
Don't know about anyone else but I could only follow on the SB. I didn't know that Anna-Lena had an injury till I read Neely's post. Pretty good 2nd set from here it seemed.

Yay Kiwi!!! :clap2:

And add to that...Yay Germany!! I could barely look at that SB during the tiebreak. Matter of fact, I left the room at 7-5 :)

kfh_9118
12-31-2005, 11:26 AM
Did Arthurs return that shabby? Normally Kiwi doesn't have near 100% won points on 1st serve :lol: How many aces did he have, approx.?

He served 'only' 8 aces and 5 double faults, while Wayne served 12 aces and 2 double faults. It was a pretty clean match from Kiwi (not many unforced errors from him), he held quite easily and not face a single break point on his serve. Wayne on the other hand didn't serve as good as he normally does, and his return of serve was even worse :devil:. Full statistics can be found in hopman cup website.

Although it's their first meeting, it seems that Kiwi had studied his opponent's game, and attacking Wayne's backhand all the time (baseline and volley). He got lots of free points from Wayne's backhand errors in fact.

kfh_9118
12-31-2005, 11:41 AM
Don't know about anyone else but I could only follow on the SB. I didn't know that Anna-Lena had an injury till I read Neely's post. Pretty good 2nd set from here it seemed.

Yay Kiwi!!! :clap2:

And add to that...Yay Germany!! I could barely look at that SB during the tiebreak. Matter of fact, I left the room at 7-5 :)

I was lucky enough to get coverage for Hopman Cup here in Melbourne :) I watched the full coverage. ALG started very shaky in the beginning, got broken straight away, but she started picked up her game in the end of the first set. I thought she could make it rubber set, but Stosur's serves were way too consistant and very good placed. At least ALG gave a pretty good fight in the end, and I expect her to win her next matches :angel:

Kiwi, as expected, won pretty easily, and it wasn't even a close match. I was a bit worried actually that Kiwi might get injured in that match, since he did the splits several times, and you can see he felt the pain straight after. Hopefully enough rest will make him fully recovered and get better.

Mixed double is probably the most interesting match today. I knew it's going to be a tough match, since both Stosur and Wayne are a very good double players. Kiwi admitted that he has never played mixed double in his 10 years on tour, hence he would be a bit nervous. He started serving, and got broken straight away. This is the only broken serve in the first set, and the Aussies were too good in the coordination and volleys departments.

Second set, Kiwi and ALG changed tactic, ALG was in the backhand side now and started serving first. This new tactic paid off as it seems Kiwi was much better in the forehand position. In this set, Kiwi paid a much better game, played lots of good serve return and this really helped ALG to gain her confidence back. I must admit they got a bit lucky as well from the worse play from Stosur (which played really well in the first set). Stosur lost her serves twice (consecutively) in this set and helped Germany to win this set.

Super tie break: again the weakest player was Stosur. Wayne held all his serves, and ALG really really struggled to return his serve :lol: Kiwi lost his serve once in the beginning but they got the break back from Stosur's serves. ALG played really well in this tie break, held all her serves (from my memory) and played some unbelievable lobs and return smashes from Stosur ;) The germans really fired up toward the end of the tie-break and Kiwi's huge smash directed pretty close to Stosur's body :eek: ended the match. They both looked very happy in the end.

For their next matches, I think the key matches will be whether ALG can win her match, and whether Kiwi will be fit and consistent enough to win his match. I am pretty confident though if it has to be decided by the mixed double, Germany should be able to pull a win. This win over Stosur/Arthurs will boost their confidence a lot I think :D

Neely
12-31-2005, 01:01 PM
Thanks for the reports, Henry :) Too bad I couldn't see it, I would have liked to watch it. I found the stats on the Hopman Cup homepage now.

Can you tell us if Kiwi challenged some shots with the Hawk Eye replay?

Also how strong is Dulko normally? Do you see a chance for Grönefeld to win at her current state?

kfh_9118
12-31-2005, 01:34 PM
Thanks for the reports, Henry :) Too bad I couldn't see it, I would have liked to watch it. I found the stats on the Hopman Cup homepage now.

Can you tell us if Kiwi challenged some shots with the Hawk Eye replay?

Also how strong is Dulko normally? Do you see a chance for Grönefeld to win at her current state?

No problem, Dani.

Kiwi wasn't challenging the hawk eye replay. Although several times, he seems to question the calls with the umpire, but he didn't ask for the hawkeye :confused: Maybe he is still not used to the new technology, or just forgot about it :lol:

In the mixed however, there are few occasions that ALG challenged the calls (she seems to like it, as she also did it several times in single), and the look at Kiwi's face (and eye) at the first time he saw the hawkeye was priceless. It was his serve which was called out and ALG thought it was in (hence she challenged the call), and the hawkeye showed the serve was out. Kiwi was just amazed by the hawkeye and just laughed. Now he knows this cute thing, I think he might use it in his next single match :lol: unless of course he prefers to challenge the umpire instead :lol:

As for Dulko, I am not so sure how she will perform this week. I remember last year at Hopman Cup, she didn't play well at all in the beginning of the tournament, and just started picking up her game later on during the week. IMO, ALG is probably a better player, but of course, just coming back from injury and just starting practice 10 days ago, it might be tough for ALG to win the match. If Dulko plays as bad as last year, I think ALG will have a chance to beat her even though she is still not at her best. I am predicting she will win her next 2 single matches in a tight 3 sets :angel:

Neely
12-31-2005, 05:29 PM
Yeah, don't forget to keep an eye on Kiwi if he challenges a shot next time in his matches :angel: Or if he prefers to argue with the umpire about it ;)

JMG
12-31-2005, 07:39 PM
3 days rest now. :rolleyes:

Who will be no.1 when GER and ARG have 2-1 wins? The winner of the GER/ARG game or the team, which has won more matches?

Tricky_Forehand
12-31-2005, 09:18 PM
Thank you for the reports :yeah:

Neely
01-01-2006, 11:34 AM
Who will be no.1 when GER and ARG have 2-1 wins? The winner of the GER/ARG game or the team, which has won more matches?
I also wanted to know that and looked up on Hopman Cup page about past results. And at the end of http://www.hopmancup.com.au/default.aspx?id=311&comp=xvi you see that Australia and Slovak Republic both have 2-1 wins, Australia having 7-2 matches and Slovak Republic 4-5. Slovak Republic won the h2h against Australia, but they are only 2nd. That would mean that matches won/lost count as a decider and that winning 3-0 or 2-1 can make a big difference of two matches at the end.

JMG
01-01-2006, 04:04 PM
Okay :yeah:

They have to beat Argentina. I think a 3-0 win here should be enough to make the final, but I think Grönefeld will lose again.

kiwifan80
01-01-2006, 08:11 PM
THanx for the reports. Glad he's playing well early on:)

kiwifan80
01-01-2006, 08:29 PM
From mixed and singles:)

zethand
01-01-2006, 09:20 PM
Very nice pics.. Kiwi looks happy :)

kfh_9118
01-02-2006, 08:19 AM
Gisela lost to Krajicek, as expected as Gisela didn't play well at all last year at Hopman Cup. Maybe she is not a type of player who can play in full gear in her first few matches.

From NED vs ARG matches, I would expect Germany to beat those two teams, hopefully 3-0 against ARG and 2-1 against NED.

kfh_9118
01-02-2006, 08:22 AM
I forgot to mention that in his single match against Wayne, Kiwi once hit the net umpire with his forehand and once he hit a bottle of wine belonged to the spectator :lol: He was in high spirit and pretty wild :lol:

kek
01-02-2006, 03:30 PM
Thanks for the reports and pictures. Nicolas looks happy and having fun out there.

kiwifan80
01-02-2006, 10:08 PM
From the Official site;

knight_ley
01-02-2006, 10:17 PM
i just got back :woohoo: lovely pictures :inlove: it's so sweet to have him playing again :hearts:

kfh_9118
01-04-2006, 08:17 AM
Germany lost today 1-2 to Argentina :sad: :(

But Kiwi won his single match with convincing scorelines :bigclap:
I didn't see the match as I have to work in the morning.

ALG only won 1 game :help:

It's hard for GER to be in the final now. Hopefully they can beat NED and AUS can beat ARG tomorrow. Even so, the win percentage (per sets and games) might still be in favour of NED because ALG lost very badly today :mad:

Unless GER can beat NED 3-0 tomorrow, the final chance is very slim :sad: And with ALG's performance at the moment, I doubt she can beat Krajicek tomorrow.

Neely
01-04-2006, 11:54 AM
It's incredible how Grönefeld lost her singles. I can't believe Dulko played so good, too bad ALG wasn't 100% :banghead: It would have been a big chance for Germany.

At least Kiwi won his match, so another clear win should give him confidence.

Neely
01-04-2006, 12:19 PM
I think the only scenario for Germany to advance now is that they need a 3-0 win over the Netherlands and at the same time Argentina not winning 3-0 against Australia.

JMG
01-04-2006, 02:15 PM
I think the only scenario for Germany to advance now is that they need a 3-0 win over the Netherlands and at the same time Argentina not winning 3-0 against Australia.

I think if both win 3-0, Argentina only has to lose one set more than our team. But of course, it will be difficult enough to win 3-0 with only one player in the team. :(

Neely
01-04-2006, 04:04 PM
I think if both win 3-0, Argentina only has to lose one set more than our team. But of course, it will be difficult enough to win 3-0 with only one player in the team. :(
From realistic chance we have to see that the Cup is over for the German Team. A final is still possible, but only possible if Grönefeld can come out much much better against the Netherlands. Kiefer should beat Wessels, and then to take the mixed match also.

By the way, checking the stats of Kiwi's match against Gaudio, I see that he again didn't allow a break point and his serve was really very well :)

Neely
01-05-2006, 11:47 AM
Please someone tell me that Kiwi has more likely withdrawn because they knew they would need to win 3-0 which was not possible anymore after Grönefeld lost; and not because his back injury was really that bad and forced him to forfeit!

kfh_9118
01-05-2006, 12:15 PM
Please someone tell me that Kiwi has more likely withdrawn because they knew they would need to win 3-0 which was not possible anymore after Grönefeld lost; and not because his back injury was really that bad and forced him to forfeit!

I am glad he didn't play after ALG lost her match. No point of risking another injury. He did have a bit problem with his back in his mixed double match yesterday, but it doesn't seem serious.

Not get rest Kiwi and be ready to shine in the AO.

I have a really good feeling Kiwi will do good in this year's AO :angel:

Neely
01-05-2006, 02:38 PM
Thanks for confirmation I hope you are right about the shining at the AO.

But for me it was a bit of a little blow in his preperations, because I had so much the hope that he will be able to play two relaxed tournaments prior tro the Australian Open and now he is in the same situation again like last year when he had to rest after Adelaide, couldn't go to Sydney and then caught a cold at Melbourne that forced him to stay in bed for a few days (if I remember correctly). It's not that good, but I think the back thing can be cured in this time and he should be able to practise and I think it's better than having a cold (or more severe injury, which goes without saying).

Fee
01-05-2006, 05:51 PM
Wasn't it also last year that the madman with a gun ran loose in his hotel? That was a bit unnerving, I'm sure.

Neely
01-05-2006, 09:07 PM
Wasn't it also last year that the madman with a gun ran loose in his hotel? That was a bit unnerving, I'm sure.
Yes, that happened last year also, I hope that at least that will be spared to him :scared:

kfh_9118
01-06-2006, 07:01 AM
Thanks for confirmation I hope you are right about the shining at the AO.

But for me it was a bit of a little blow in his preperations, because I had so much the hope that he will be able to play two relaxed tournaments prior tro the Australian Open and now he is in the same situation again like last year when he had to rest after Adelaide, couldn't go to Sydney and then caught a cold at Melbourne that forced him to stay in bed for a few days (if I remember correctly). It's not that good, but I think the back thing can be cured in this time and he should be able to practise and I think it's better than having a cold (or more severe injury, which goes without saying).

Did he commit to Sydney initially?
I thought his schedule is to fly to Melbourne straight after Perth :confused:

JMG
01-06-2006, 09:52 AM
Did he commit to Sydney initially?
I thought his schedule is to fly to Melbourne straight after Perth :confused:

No, he didn't commit to a tournament in week 2.

I see another 4th round coming. :yeah: But I hope for more.

Neely
01-06-2006, 12:04 PM
Oh cool, I thought he wanted to play another tournament. Well, then he doesn't miss anyway much more than he planned ;)

JMG
01-06-2006, 03:27 PM
btw Germany was the worst team at the end. :tape: ;)

Neely
01-06-2006, 10:13 PM
btw Germany was the worst team at the end. :tape: ;)
Ouch, from a favourite to win the whole tournament to bottom last :tape: :o

kfh_9118
01-07-2006, 07:34 AM
Ouch, from a favourite to win the whole tournament to bottom last :tape: :o

:o such a high expectation ended like this :lol:

But Kiwi is probably the top male player in the group :banana:

JMG
01-07-2006, 08:33 AM
:o such a high expectation ended like this :lol:

But Kiwi is probably the top male player in the group :banana:

Yes, I would say Kiwi was the best, although Wessels was 4-0 in the group + qualifying because of the withdrawals (Arthurs and Kiefer). :o

kiwiteami
01-09-2006, 12:15 PM
Nicolas will play in kooyong this week.

knight_ley
01-09-2006, 02:22 PM
auf gehts kiwi !!!!!!

kiwiteami
01-10-2006, 02:16 AM
Nicolas will be playing nalbandian.we could say that it is not a good draw but there are only 8 players i think and they are all pretty good.he has to beat the best ones to be the best.i saw him last year destroyed david on center court in indian wells,lets hope he does the same here.

Alexiana
01-10-2006, 01:06 PM
Wednesday 11 Jan 2006 (Starting at 11am. Gates Open 9am)
Roger Federer vs Tommy Haas
Andy Roddick vs Gael Monfils
Ivan Ljubicic vs Guillermo Coria
David Nalbandian vs Nicolas Kiefer

kiwifan80
01-10-2006, 07:30 PM
Good Luck nicolas!!!!!!!

kfh_9118
01-10-2006, 10:26 PM
Go Nicolas :bounce:

kfh_9118
01-11-2006, 11:12 AM
Kiwi won :woohoo: although by retirement :o

kiwiteami
01-11-2006, 12:36 PM
I am happy that he won.david is still playing his next match so what is that about?? He will be facing roddick on friday,the guy that he can't beat.well it is a new year,lets hope that it will change things.

kfh_9118
01-11-2006, 01:12 PM
Kiwi is playing superbly at the beginning of this season. Hope he will continue the form at AO.

Roddick is not playing that well now, I believe Kiwi has a very good chance to beat Roddick this time ;)

kiwifan80
01-11-2006, 01:51 PM
Great job even though it was a w/d by Nalbandian. He has played well to start the year. I don't know about this Roddick match however. Roddick killed Monfils 6-2 6-2, but Kiwi can do it

kiwiteami
01-11-2006, 01:57 PM
Kiwi is playing superbly at the beginning of this season. Hope he will continue the form at AO.

Roddick is not playing that well now, I believe Kiwi has a very good chance to beat Roddick this time ;)

I hope that you are right.he needs to attack roddick and not to stay in the back.

Alexiana
01-12-2006, 05:24 PM
I wanna see the all german final against Haas again :D :cool:

dylanny@bway.net
01-13-2006, 12:19 AM
Has anyone found any site with live scoring for this?

JMG
01-13-2006, 01:13 AM
In the "exhibition events" forum here on mtf they wrote the scores, but only for one game. :sad: Kiwi injured his ankle and retired. We have to hope now.

If he can play, he'll play Srichaphan in the 1st round.

kiwiteami
01-13-2006, 01:28 AM
Drama..drama.he is injured.he played 4 minutes and hurt his ankle.lets all hope that it is not serious and that he will play next week.

knight_ley
01-13-2006, 01:44 AM
Kiwi hurt himself today? :banghead:

kiwiteami
01-13-2006, 02:09 AM
Kiwi hurt himself today? :banghead:

Yes he did.4 minutes into the match,he was about to serve and hurt his ankle.I don't know what is going on but last year it was the criminal with a gun at his hotel and now this.he is not lucky down under.lets hope he will be fine.

bavaria100
01-13-2006, 08:10 AM
I really hope that his injury isn´t serious. He was in great form and could have made it into the 4th round at the Australian Open.

kiwiteami
01-13-2006, 05:00 PM
Ok,latest news,he is supposed to play on monday or tuesday if the ankle doesn't get hurt.the thing is he wasn't even serving,he was waiting for Andy's serve,which went into the net and Nicolas hurt himself.

On another note,he was wearing a new outfit with a new brand diadora .his shirt was way tighter..i am still drooling.lol.

JMG
01-13-2006, 05:45 PM
Maybe he will become a clay courter with Diadora. :rocker2: But at least a good choice. Maybe they saw it when he was wearing the Hannover 96 Diadora jersey. :D

kiwiteami
01-13-2006, 07:45 PM
SYes very good choice.like i said he look hotter than ever,i didn't think that it was possible..but i was wrong.lol.the tighter the shirt,the better.

zethand
01-14-2006, 03:20 PM
I like Diadora too... the design is very nice :)

kiwifan80
01-14-2006, 10:24 PM
http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2006/01/13/nicholaskiefer_wideweb__470x305,0.jpg

Kiefer rolled but not out of Open


ESPITE becoming the latest Australian Open injury scare, Germany's Nicolas Kiefer is confident the ankle he hurt yesterday at the Kooyong Classic will not keep him out of next week's grand slam.

Kiefer, who has been seeded No.21 at the Open, injured his left ankle in the second game of yesterday's semi-final against American Andy Roddick.

The German had held the opening service game of the match and, in the second point of the second game, he failed to cover enough ground to return Roddick's serve. As Kiefer pulled up he rolled his left ankle. He was attended to for almost 30 minutes on the court, having the ankle iced and strapped, but once the bandages were removed the 28-year-old forfeited the match.

Kiefer joined the tournament line-up late after agreeing to replace four-time Australian Open champion Andre Agassi, who also pulled out with ankle problems.

Kiefer is confident he'll be fit for the Open, where he will play Paradorn Srichaphan in the first round. The Thai has his own injury concerns, having pulled out of the Sydney International during the week because of a thigh injury.

"You have to be positive and, hopefully, I have two more days, and I hope my physio can help me out, everything can work out," Kiefer said.

Once ranked No.4 in the world, the German has been plagued by ankle injuries since 2000, however, it has always been his right ankle. Despite yesterday's setback, Kiefer said he was feeling well.



"My body feels good, I'm in good shape so far, and I think if everything goes the right way, I'm ready," he said.

For Roddick, yesterday's short match was not the ideal build-up to the first grand slam of the year, but the Open's No.2 seed made a quick dash to Melbourne Park for extra practice.

"Selfishly, you want to play that match just to get some form but the good news is I have another one tomorrow," Roddick said.

Roddick will now play another German, Tommy Haas, who had an upset victory over world No.1 Roger Federer on Wednesday, in today's final at Kooyong.

"You want to play against guys who are playing well going into the Open, and obviously Tommy has played great this week," Roddick said. "Win or lose is fine, I want to get out there and compete and hit some shots in a match-type atmosphere, which is good. I feel like I'm in pretty good shape and it would be nice to get out there and just play a couple of sets."

Federer - the hot favourite for next week's Open - finished his preparations at Kooyong yesterday with a three-set victory over Max Mirnyi, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). Although he was upset early in the week, the Swiss was reasonably happy with his form.

"These results don't really matter to me," he said. "I'm concerned about how I'm hitting the ball and I think I could serve better. I've tried to serve a little better today and yesterday already, but I'm still not quite satisfied."

Federer put his tardy start down to his late arrival from Doha, where he won the 34th title of his career last week.

The top seed said that with a couple more days of practice he would be "just fine".

In yesterday's other match, Ivan Ljubicic, of Croatia, defeated Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-1.

knight_ley
01-15-2006, 07:03 AM
:bounce:

Neely
01-15-2006, 11:20 AM
Cool that he plays on Tuesday, that's even more time!
I hope that Eurosport has the match on TV and that he is playing on a show court!
(but normally he should because Kiefer vs Srichaphan are too good names to be put on a little outside court with now TV coverage)

rrfnpump
01-15-2006, 01:39 PM
Go Kiwi at the Australian Open :D

I♥PsY@Mus!c
01-15-2006, 04:52 PM
I hope that injury will be alright,AO has been already without Andre and Safin, :bigcry: it is absolutely boring if Kiwi withdraw as well. :yawn: I want to see his match. :aplot: Best of luck to him! :D

knight_ley
01-15-2006, 05:57 PM
Who does Kiwi have in the first round since Paradorn is out?

JMG
01-15-2006, 06:06 PM
First Lucky Losers would be Marc Gicquel and Melle van Gemerden I think.

Neely
01-16-2006, 12:38 AM
Eurosport commentator said Kiwi is feeling "topfit". I hope he's right :yeah:
I'm already looking forward to his first match tomorrow!!! :) bring it on! :angel:

JMG
01-16-2006, 08:35 AM
Nice schedule, a match maybe at 6 am or 5 am, hopefully with "Klinky". :p :yeah:

kfh_9118
01-16-2006, 11:29 AM
Who does Kiwi have in the first round since Paradorn is out?

Has Paradorn withdrew?
Schedule still has it as Kiwi vs Paradorn :confused:

kfh_9118
01-16-2006, 11:29 AM
Btw, I going to the AO tomorrow, will give my best support to Kiwi :lol:

Neely
01-16-2006, 12:12 PM
Btw, I going to the AO tomorrow, will give my best support to Kiwi :lol:
Great, I hope you can witness a win!! :yeah:
And I hope that they show his match on TV for me...

kiwifan80
01-16-2006, 07:49 PM
Btw, I going to the AO tomorrow, will give my best support to Kiwi :lol:

I'm so jealous, have fun:) Take alot of pics:)

bavaria100
01-16-2006, 07:53 PM
Good luck Kiwi! Let´s start off the year with a win. I just hope that his foot won´t bother him. :scared: :scared: :scared:

I♥PsY@Mus!c
01-17-2006, 10:29 AM
What's this damn day? :banghead: Thank god Kiwi saved 2 mps and didn't lose in 3. :o;)
Go on Kiwi,have to see your match on TV! :aplot:

Alexiana
01-17-2006, 10:35 AM
Kiwi :yeah: Now he will face Boris Pashanski, that shouldn't be a problem hopefully :cool:

Agassi Fan
01-17-2006, 12:07 PM
Well done Kiwi!

kfh_9118
01-17-2006, 01:42 PM
What a fight from Kiwi, saving 2 MPs in the third set.

But honestly, it was an ugly match, both players played really bad, hardly hit winners, just wait for the opponents to make errors. Maybe the windy condition was one of the factor. Kiwi's match had cost me watching lots of other matches that I was planning to watch :lol:

First set: Kiwi played well until the 10th game, he had a few opportunities to get the break points, but just couldn't take the opportunities. He held his serves pretty easily (and the contrary for Paradorn) until the 11th game when Kiwi lost his serve (I guess he lost a bit of concentration there). Break back straight after that (thanks to Paradorn's double faults and bad serve). From this point, Kiwi started questioning call after call, argue with the umpires, intimidated the lines judgemen, and it really cost him the first set as he seems to lose his focus here. Down early in the tiebreak, got the mini break back, but made an unforced error on his own serve. Overall, Kiwi should take this set easily if he focussed better and took the opportunities, but he just let them slipped away :o

Second set: Paradorn played a bit better now, hit several winners (esp. the backhand winners). Both players struggled to hold serve, Kiwi had so many opportunities here (not because he was playing great, but because of Paradorn's errors after errors), but couldn't make the best of it, and his serves really let him down. Somehow, he didn't serve that fast today, and not many aces as well. He seemed to not hit the ball too hard, and up to this point, it's Paradorn controlling the match. Kiwi still argued a lots about calls (that he thought was wrong, but I think the linesman did a great job, it's just Kiwi imagining things :rolleyes: ). A couple of games in this set, kiwi was up 40-15 on his serve, but somehow manage to lost the serves :o Same as first set, Kiwi should have won this set.

Third set: I missed the first 2 games (which Kiwi lost), and he got the warning from the umpire in the second game of this set. I thought Kiwi would have given up at this point, but it seems that the warning from the umpire somehow calmed Kiwi down, and he started not to argue much and focus more on his game. He was still struggling to hold serve (again, his serves let him down), lots of game went to deuce and thankfully he still won it. On the tenth game of third set, Kiwi faced 2 match points (not consecutively) and he saved both of them with great play, and I guess this was the turning point for Kiwi, and he played a much better and cleaner game from here on. Paradorn still played pretty good in the tiebreak and was up early on. Kiwi somehow fought back to win the tie break (thanks to Paradorn bad first serve). Funny enough, while the first two sets, Kiwi should have won it, in this set, Paradorn was the one played better but Kiwi won it :lol:

Fourth set: Paradorn broke early, but Kiwi had gained his confidence back and started playing better. He started hitting big serves, good groundstrokes and less error. After down 1-4, Paradorn seemed to just let the set go and not really playing good.

Fifth set: Paradorn played a bit better than the fourth set, but Kiwi had been unstoppable and cruised to a comfortable 5-0 lead. He then lost the next 2 games and finally close the match at 6-2 :D One funny thing happening in this set when the score was 4-0, Kiwi got a point penalty from the umpire. I wasn't so sure for what reason, but I guess one of the lineswoman reported to the umpire that Kiwi tried to harrass/intimidate her by doing something (something to do with his private part). I was so funny seeing Kiwi arguing with the umpire and call the referee to the court and "holding up" his pants trying to explain something. I couldn't hear their conversation and since the accident was in the other side of the court from where I sat, I wasn't so sure what happened there. Is it just me or it's one of Kiwi's habit to making some funny stuff with his "private part"? I remember this also happens last year when he lost to Rochus.

Some notes about today's match:
* Kiwi wasn't playing good at all, his movement is still quite slow. I hope it's not because of the injury. Hope he will play much better next round
* Thankfully, Paradorn just recovered from an injury too, hence he wasn't playing his best as well today, otherwise Kiwi would have lost in straight set :tape:
* I don't quite like his new Diadora shirt, it's too tight for him. However Paradon's shirt is even tighter :lol:

His next round should be easier, hope he can make the best of it.

Sorry I didn't take any photos today because I didn't sit in the front and my camera' s zoom is not too good.

:wavey:

rrfnpump
01-17-2006, 02:09 PM
If Kiwi wants to go deep in the draw he has to switch his brain on
there is no reason for his sometimes inappropriate behaviour

anyway, nice fight and regroup, Kiwi :D

thanks for the report, kfh :hug:

kiwiteami
01-17-2006, 02:39 PM
Thanks for the report kfh.yes he does do weird stuff with his private parts and his shorts sometimes.he did that in front of me once in cincinnati and i was like..ok just play.but he is a mentalcase.lol.it is not his physical condition the problem but his head.he does like to scare people,harrass the linepeople.well at least you are never bored watching his match.and he has not been practicing ,i have a pal there and didn't see him.as for the tight shirt,i love it.

Neely
01-17-2006, 02:46 PM
Thanks for the detailed report of your impressions, Henry! :yeah:
I overslept the first and part of the 2nd set. I recorded the match, but I didn't have yet time to watch the rest.

From what I saw in the 2nd set, he had chances and chances in that set, but didn't win and then as Paradorn won the set I was thinking it was almost over. Thanksfully he got a bit lucky that Paradorn went such a high risk on his serves in the tiebreak, because I didn't have the feeling he would have won the point otherwise at this crucial situation.

BTW, I also thought that Kiwi was wrong with many calls he tried to discuss with the umpire. From TV pictures most of them looked good. And especially the point as he got the 2nd warning in the fifth set. This volley of Paradorn looked well inside the court, not even close. On TV we then got presented a close-up slomo of Kiwi's alleged "obscene gesture". It was with his back to camera, but I couldn't see anything really obscene. All I saw was that he made a strange deep step while grabbing the left leg of his pants :lol: Hard to say what his intention was with that *g* but even that lineswoman couldn't screw up that lead anymore, even though Kiwi should have won the last set 6-0 instead of 6-2.


I hope he can play better in his next match. The play itself wasn't good, at least the tournaround was allright for us.

kiwifan80
01-17-2006, 10:14 PM
Thanx for the report. I'm so relieved he won. He really had to fight hard. Next round should def. be easier.

P.S. I think the new shirt. It's a nice change, I think it looks good. Alot of guys are wearing tight shirts nowadays. Tommy Haas obviously Paradorn, Nadal, Feliciano Lopez. I always like that look compared to the loose ones like Roddick.

Anway. Please play better next match Kiwi :)!!!!!!!

JMG
01-17-2006, 10:22 PM
I fear he won't play on a show court on Thursday, because Pashanski is such an unknown name. Today Ferrer and Nieminen are only on court 6. :(

Neely
01-17-2006, 10:41 PM
I fear he won't play on a show court on Thursday, because Pashanski is such an unknown name. Today Ferrer and Nieminen are only on court 6. :(
You could be right about that, I'm worrying about the same. Pashanski is pretty unknown and I'm not sure if Kiwi's name is big enough for the tournament to make it to one of the show courts... :(

kek
01-18-2006, 12:29 AM
Thanks for all the reports. I don't like all the arguing with the lines people and losing his head mentally but can't complain since he won. However, how long can he keep it up?

If he was to meet Lleyton in a few rounds, that should be a hot tempered affair :p

kiwiteami
01-18-2006, 02:50 AM
Thanks for all the reports. I don't like all the arguing with the lines people and losing his head mentally but can't complain since he won. However, how long can he keep it up?

If he was to meet Lleyton in a few rounds, that should be a hot tempered affair :p


I saw hewitt's match and he didn't play that good.i think that he is less of a mentalcase since he became a father.if they both make it that could be a very interesting match but Nicolas better get his act together.

kek
01-18-2006, 11:38 AM
yeah, I'm not so sure if Lleyton could beat Chela.

kfh_9118
01-18-2006, 01:00 PM
Kiwi will play again on Show Court 3 on the third match. Unfortunately I won't be going tomorrow, have to get back to work :( Kiwi should be winning easily tomorrow if he played well.

Somehow, Kiwi always played on Show Court 3 at Melbourne Park. He is sure quite popular here in Melbourne, hence they always put him in the show court. I remember few year back when Kiwi was in his terrible form and not playing a seeded player, and they still put him on Show Court 3 (again) :lol:

Good luck tomorrow Kiwi.

I am not thinking more about his potential match with Lleyton. Ferrero is more worrying at the moment.

Neely
01-18-2006, 01:17 PM
Somehow, Kiwi always played on Show Court 3 at Melbourne Park. He is sure quite popular here in Melbourne, hence they always put him in the show court. I remember few year back when Kiwi was in his terrible form and not playing a seeded player, and they still put him on Show Court 3 (again) :lol:
Very good that they put him again on a show court, even he is playing no really big name this time. Maybe the schedule makers like him somehow. At least this court 3 now has not anymore that bad memory of losing to Rochus last year. He should see it more positive now after winning against Paradorn :)

I noticed there have been some people in the crowd that supported him with chants. First I thought they were some Germans, but the most chants have been in English. I also heard a few occassional ones in German that shouted "Jetzt gehts los, jetzt gehts los!"


I hope his ankle is well and that he gets quickly through this match not wasting more time than needed.

He plays after two women's matches, estimated time around 4:30 or 5am CET, I would guess.

JMG
01-18-2006, 03:41 PM
He says on sport1.de that he had "brutal pain" the whole match.

Neely
01-18-2006, 04:04 PM
He says on sport1.de that he had "brutal pain" the whole match.
I know, when I read this it sounds as if he could withdraw at any moment. I hope not so. It would be bitter if he had to withdraw again from a Grand Slam, like last year French Open :sad:

JMG
01-18-2006, 06:46 PM
I know, when I read this it sounds as if he could withdraw at any moment. I hope not so. It would be bitter if he had to withdraw again from a Grand Slam, like last year French Open :sad:

At least he always wins 3 matches before he withdraws in a Grand Slam. :D

But I'm sure he won't play Zagreb. He will say "I don't want to risk anything".

Herceg Novi
01-18-2006, 08:04 PM
this could be a chance for Boris if Nicolas is injured!
still i am sure Nenad Zimonjic gave Boris some tips as to how to play him!

bavaria100
01-18-2006, 09:14 PM
Good luck for your second round match Kiwi!

I♥PsY@Mus!c
01-18-2006, 10:29 PM
this could be a chance for Boris if Nicolas is injured!
still i am sure Nenad Zimonjic gave Boris some tips as to how to play him!
Again...you really have no place to cheer for your favourite player?! :eek::rolls:;)

Go away annoying injury! :shout: Go go go Kiwi! :rocker:

Neely
01-19-2006, 12:04 AM
Yeah, good luck! :yeah:
I hope this ankle will be fine, come on!
Can't they do something against that?! :sad:
I wish that he can move well :)

Herceg Novi
01-19-2006, 04:56 AM
pushi kurac droljo jedno

JMG
01-19-2006, 07:10 AM
Kiefer d. Pashanski 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-1

Don't know why, but they didn't show anything.

rrfnpump
01-19-2006, 07:58 AM
I also dont know why they didnt show anything of this match :(

Kiwi :D :yeah:
keep going like that

kfh_9118
01-19-2006, 09:28 AM
great he won today :D Started to worry after he lost the first set.

Next one will be a very interesting one: Kiefer vs Ferrero.
Ferrero was struggling today, so Kiwi has a good chance (hopefully) to win ;)

Can't wait for Kiwi vs Lleyton match :devil:

kiwifan80
01-19-2006, 10:00 AM
Wow I was surprised how easily he came back. I thought his injury would be too much, but aparently it wasn't bothering him at all. I'm really interested to c how he's gunna play against JCF. I think he's got a shot. Ferrero was pretty up and down today so we'll c. I hope ESPn shows @ least some it :)

kiwifan80
01-19-2006, 10:04 AM
From Today's match:

kiwifan80
01-19-2006, 10:10 AM
More from yahoo:

I♥PsY@Mus!c
01-19-2006, 12:43 PM
Congrats Kiwi! :yeah:
They must show his next match against Juan!!! :shout: Honestly I think Juan struggled and he choked at *5-3 in the 3rd while his opponent was up,he played so many ues,but didn't know what happen at the end...Juan has a chance to win again,but Kiwi will more likely beat Juan unless his injury brothers him again. :)

Neely
01-19-2006, 02:14 PM
Good that he did win!! :bounce: :woohoo:

Unfortunately I did get to see nothing of this match and so I have no impression how his movement was. It's hard to say, but at least he won and is in the third round which is an improvement to last year. Of course I want him to continue now, but Ferrero is going to be tough, especially if you allow him to control the rallies. If he can't move well, he might be in troubles for that match :(

kiwiteami
01-19-2006, 03:51 PM
Hewitt lost,if he can beat ferrero he has a good chance to go far.they better show him on tv.

rrfnpump
01-19-2006, 04:01 PM
from AAPImages

kiwiteami
01-19-2006, 04:54 PM
Oh god those last 2 pics,i am still drooling.the more he looks like crap,long hair,facial hair and all wet,the hotter i find him.lol.

knight_ley
01-19-2006, 05:56 PM
:hearts:

JMG
01-19-2006, 06:57 PM
He's got a 1654 Euro fine for his gesture in the 5th set. :lol:

Kiwi7
01-19-2006, 08:36 PM
:rolleyes: LOL

bavaria100
01-19-2006, 10:33 PM
Well done Kiwi! It´s a shame that the match wasn´t broadcasted, but I´m sure that this is going to change in the next round. So his next opponent will be Ferrero. I´m not sure what to think of him. I saw his match against Tipsarevic and he didn´t impress me at all (at times in the fourth set, he looked as if he had already given up). But still, I have to give him credit for pulling himself together and turning the match around. I think that Kiwi has a shot at winning this match, but it would be nice if he doesn´t oversleep the beginning of the match (like he did in his previous one´s).

Neely
01-20-2006, 12:21 AM
He's got a 1654 Euro fine for his gesture in the 5th set. :lol:
:lol: I would fine the lineswoman too, namely for throwing down Kiwi's towel from the chair to the floor after the game was over :angel: I'm sure she did that because she was upset because of this "gesture", whatever it should be called :shrug: What a Biaaaaaaaaaatch, she'd better never do do such things ever again if they belong to Kiefer! :smoke: :p

knight_ley
01-20-2006, 12:40 AM
Linespeople get far too rowdy when Kiwi is playing. I think we all know that he is very cool and even-tempered, and the fact that these linespeople make him out to be a complete ass is just completely uncalled for. :p

I am on Team Kiwi.

kek
01-20-2006, 12:57 AM
I think Nicolas can beat Juan Carlos. He has had some rough matches and has to be tired too. I think Nicolas will play up to the occasion and preform well.

The unshaven looks looks like crap. He must be single, because no girl would want to kiss that. The beard looks like it must itch as hell.

knight_ley
01-20-2006, 01:01 AM
I can name a few girls who would not mind ;) :angel:


i hope this match is on tv... i haven't seen kiwi on tv since uso and it would be lovely to see him this early in the season since normally in the usa we only get to see him like once or twice a year. :mad:

:bounce: auf gehts kiwi! :bounce:

kiwiteami
01-20-2006, 01:19 AM
:lol: I would fine the lineswoman too, namely for throwing down Kiwi's towel from the chair to the floor after the game was over :angel: I'm sure she did that because she was upset because of this "gesture", whatever it should be called :shrug: What a Biaaaaaaaaaatch, she'd better never do do such things ever again if they belong to Kiefer! :smoke: :p


The lineswoman threw down his towel.thank god that i wasn't there cause i would of kicked her ass after the match.DO NOT TOUCH his stuff.Look at tournaments when he is playing and same idiots are cheering for the other player but in an unpolite way,i start to scream at them.lol.i almost got into fight once with 3 idiots cheering for moya but they were so loud,my friend and i started to scream at them.lol.i think that Nicolas has a bad reputation with thelinespeople.

Fee
01-20-2006, 03:26 AM
From Today's match:

Thanks for posting these photos. I really like Nic's new Diadora clothes. :D

Space Cowgirl
01-20-2006, 07:55 PM
Going on Kiwi's latest entry on his HP, he doesn't sound too optimistic about his injury. I have a feeling that Ferrero could beat him (hopefully not, obviously!). It will be interesting to see if Eurosport will show the match, as it could clash with Tommy Haas's, and Tommy seems to be more popular with the tv producers

Kiwi7
01-21-2006, 07:56 AM
KIWI WON!! :bounce: 6-3 6-2 5-7 6-2 :woohoo:

knight_ley
01-21-2006, 08:11 AM
GREAT win by Kiwi ! AND THEY ACTUALLY SHOWED HIS MATCH ON ESPN2!!!!!!! :woohoo:

rrfnpump
01-21-2006, 08:52 AM
good win by Kiwi :D ;)
he regrouped nicely after the 2nd set
but the more I watch him play the more I am ashamed at his on-court behaviour. I mean, it seems like its getting worse with every match

Saturn66
01-21-2006, 09:15 AM
Nice win Kiefer!

kfh_9118
01-21-2006, 12:51 PM
Kiwi :woohoo: :bounce:

Good luck next round against Chela ;)

Neely
01-21-2006, 03:54 PM
:bigclap: Show me a fist pump, Kiwi!!!!!!! :woohoo: :bounce:
Incredible how intense he was again in the fourth set, it was a very interesting part of the match to watch. Kiefer came out playing the 4th set again with a bit more determination and pulled through in some strokes, especially forehand that were important points.
Very good work that he didn't rely on his only break in the fourth, but did everything to break Ferrero for a 2nd time to make things clear and not have pressure to hold serve twice more.

Did you notice he didn't play or try one proper backhand longline the whole match when engaged in the baseline rallies? :rolleyes: I just don't understand it why he doesn't try that shot, there have been so many possibilities in the backhand-backhand or backhand-forehand rallies when Ferrero had his backhand side wide open. This shows he could have a lot of more confidence in his offensive game, but he did very well to retrieve lots of shots and his defense and serving was great.

I just hope he doesn't waste his chance against Chela to reach the QF. It's hard to say what to expect from Chela, but on non-clay he has to be clearly rated as an opponent to beat.

urbanjae
01-21-2006, 04:00 PM
GREAT win by Kiwi ! AND THEY ACTUALLY SHOWED HIS MATCH ON ESPN2!!!!!!! :woohoo:

OMG YES! Like how much did they show??? It seemed like 2 hours at least. I know they started showing it before 11:30 (central) and I was finally able to stop my VCR just before 2am. I LOVE ESPN2 and Patty Mac. They win at life for showing/being nice to Kiwi haha! And that was one of the best matches I've ever seen of Kiwi's. I am so very happy for him.

So, Mary, we had like Kiwi AND Panic! last night (um, this morning), so it was an extremely good day for us! :clap2:

GO KIWI!!!!!!

JMG
01-21-2006, 04:06 PM
Nicolas Kiefer's Australian Open 2006 campaign is starting to gather momentum after a less-than-ideal preparation that saw him retire injured during both of his lead-in tournaments.

A back injury forced him out of the Hopman Cup after singles victories over Australian Wayne Arthurs and Argentine Gaston Gaudio, and a rolled ankle forced him to retire from his semi-final encounter with Andy Roddick at Kooyong.

However, after three tough matches at Melbourne Park he feels like he's building up a head of steam, with the latest of those three matches a rugged four-set win against No.15 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero on Vodafone Arena on Day Six.

The No.21 seed says it was the first time so far in the tournament that his disrupted lead-in and associated injury problems haven't affected him on-court.

"(Against Ferrero) I was much better, fitness‑wise there's no problem - everything is so far under control," Kiefer says. "I focused much more on my game, not so much on my ankle - it helped."

"Especially when I played my game … and I didn't let him play his game. I felt much more comfortable than last two matches."

Considering his faltering start to the year and his recent record at the Open - in his past three appearances he had suffered three consecutive first-round defeats - the German has done well to make it this far.

Especially when you take into account he was two sets down in his first-round encounter with Thai danger man Paradorn Srichapan, before fighting his way back for a morale-boosting win.

The toughness of his progression through the opening rounds is a positive and not a negative though, according to Kiefer.

"It gives me a lot of confidence," he says. "I'm happy that I can put some different things together in my game, what I was working on. I mean, especially on Saturday I was very happy with my serve."

"I was serving very good. Also from the baseline, I was playing much more aggressive. After a win, you feel always good."

Kiefer faces Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela in the fourth-round.

knight_ley
01-21-2006, 04:29 PM
OMG YES! Like how much did they show??? It seemed like 2 hours at least. I know they started showing it before 11:30 (central) and I was finally able to stop my VCR just before 2am. I LOVE ESPN2 and Patty Mac. They win at life for showing/being nice to Kiwi haha! And that was one of the best matches I've ever seen of Kiwi's. I am so very happy for him.

So, Mary, we had like Kiwi AND Panic! last night (um, this morning), so it was an extremely good day for us! :clap2:

GO KIWI!!!!!!

I KNOW! They showed sets 2-4. i cannot remember off hand if we got any of the first set... I haven't slept yet thanks to these drugs I'm on for my strep throat. It says on the bottle that they can make children excitable so I guess I'm a child :lol: I love how they were defending Kiwi's trash talking! Woot!

OMC Amanda! I was dying! I had Krista on the phone to let me know right before Panic! came out so I could quick switch tapes to tape them. They were AMAZING last night!!!! Now that is what they sound like live! I hope you guys loved them! I was dancing around my living room like a madwoman last night!!!! :woohoo:

Lots of German fans there cheering for Kiwi in German the entire match too. It was very great to see he has that support there! Auf Gehts Kiwi !!!!

kiwiteami
01-21-2006, 04:31 PM
OMG YES! Like how much did they show??? It seemed like 2 hours at least. I know they started showing it before 11:30 (central) and I was finally able to stop my VCR just before 2am. I LOVE ESPN2 and Patty Mac. They win at life for showing/being nice to Kiwi haha! And that was one of the best matches I've ever seen of Kiwi's. I am so very happy for him.

So, Mary, we had like Kiwi AND Panic! last night (um, this morning), so it was an extremely good day for us! :clap2:

GO KIWI!!!!!!


They showed the match on espn2 until the end which is 3am,i know i stayed up all night and i am so tired today.lol.he played well,nothing bad to say about his game.Mc enroe kept on saying that he is wacky,in your face and gets under your skin but that is his game.he said that he is smart and him questionning all the balls is Kiefer just being...Kiefer.very good win.he is fit and it showed.now Chela

knight_ley
01-21-2006, 04:46 PM
some pictures :D

urbanjae
01-21-2006, 06:11 PM
They showed the match on espn2 until the end which is 3am,i know i stayed up all night and i am so tired today.lol.he played well,nothing bad to say about his game.Mc enroe kept on saying that he is wacky,in your face and gets under your skin but that is his game.he said that he is smart and him questionning all the balls is Kiefer just being...Kiefer.very good win.he is fit and it showed.now Chela

Yeah I stayed up the whole time too; it ended 2am my time. I watched it from the first, but I didn't time how long it was so I don't know exactly how much they showed us. It was just A LOT of Kiwi and I was very happy :) That's the best I've seen him play in a long time and I loved how Patty Mac was defending Kiwi's style and saying how intelligent he is on court. I hope ESPN2 gets Mac to call all Kiwi matches instead of Gilbert.

knight_ley
01-21-2006, 07:11 PM
I hope ESPN2 gets Mac to call all Kiwi matches instead of Gilbert.
Do not get me wrong, I don't like Gilbert at ALL, but when he called the Kiwi / Agassi match from Montreal last year I was in hysterics at his comments towards Kiwi. But I think in a match that Kiwi wasn't going insane during he would be annoying... And we don't want Kiwi losing his brain right now ;) Just think Amanda, we would have never had the Mr. T Starter Kit without Gilbert ;)

Kiwi7
01-21-2006, 07:13 PM
Did you notice he didn't play or try one proper backhand longline the whole match when engaged in the baseline rallies? :rolleyes:

i was thinkin about the same during the match. :confused: he could have won many points with longline backhands. Ferrero just didn't seem to have a chance to return the ball from the other side of the court, they kept staying at the same position hitting crosscourts all the time.
btw i just came home from a match, hell i was hitting crosscourts all the time so i think i should shut up now. LOL :rolleyes: :)

AUF GEHTS KIWI!!! :D viel Erfolg gegen Chela!!

bavaria100
01-21-2006, 08:05 PM
Well done Kiwi! I´m soo sad that I didn´t get to see the match, but I´m sure that he played great. His next opponent will be Chela and I think that he can beat him. He has a great chance to make the quarters and I hope that he takes it.

kiwifan80
01-22-2006, 03:15 AM
Yeah I missed it to:( He had to play well to take out JCF. That's a pretty impressive win. I agree he does have a great chance against Chela, though I think it will be tough. Good luck KIWI!!!!:)

urbanjae
01-22-2006, 07:24 AM
Do not get me wrong, I don't like Gilbert at ALL, but when he called the Kiwi / Agassi match from Montreal last year I was in hysterics at his comments towards Kiwi. But I think in a match that Kiwi wasn't going insane during he would be annoying... And we don't want Kiwi losing his brain right now ;) Just think Amanda, we would have never had the Mr. T Starter Kit without Gilbert ;)

Ah, quite true, Mary. Where would we be had the Mr. T Starter Kit comment never been said by Gilbert? Well, he was an alright guy at that precise moment, but any other time he is annoying. Maybe he'll surprise me one day and say something else worthwhile ...

knight_ley
01-22-2006, 02:43 PM
Maybe he'll surprise me one day and say something else worthwhile ...

Don't hold your breath on that one ;)

kek
01-22-2006, 08:32 PM
I see Nicolas took my advice and shaved that scraggy beard off. Well done :worship: Bravo :worship:

I think he has a good chance against Chela-Nicolas with the win in 5 sets.

kfh_9118
01-23-2006, 02:22 AM
I see Nicolas took my advice and shaved that scraggy beard off. Well done :worship: Bravo :worship:

I think he has a good chance against Chela-Nicolas with the win in 5 sets.

He has won the first 2 sets :woohoo:
Hope he won't lose his concentration/temper again, and will close this match in straight sets.

This is probably his best chance in a GS to be in the semifinal :angel:

Good luck Kiwi, and keep fighting

kfh_9118
01-23-2006, 02:23 AM
Btw, he broke to lead 3-1 in the third set :bounce:

surfpinky
01-23-2006, 02:37 AM
kiwi!

Neely
01-23-2006, 02:56 AM
Well down, Kiwi!!!!!! :woohoo:
He closed it in straight sets, he didn't serve as well as in the match against Ferrero, but it was still good enough and I was surprsied that Chela could do nothing really bad on consistent basis to harm Kiwi from the basline.

Damn, that was a great match, I'm glad that he stayed concentrated and that he was good enough to win this tiebreak in the first.

BTW, Kiwi showed again a few backhand longlines ;) He hit a few out, but maybe he starts to have more confidence in that shot again!!!

nice was that Kiefer went over the group of Germans fans that supported him in this match and gave them a handshake to thank them for their support :yeah:

:woohoo: :bounce: :clap2: :crazy: :smoke: :D :bigclap:

kiwiteami
01-23-2006, 02:57 AM
Wow,what a performance vs Chela.i am still jumping up and down,rolling all over the carpet,screaming and yes..crying.i am so happy for him.he has worked so hard.

knight_ley
01-23-2006, 02:59 AM
I definately cried a bit myself. We've been waiting what? like six years to see him get back to a QF in a slam?

AUF GEHTS KIWI !!!!!!!!!!!!!

:crazy:

tangerine_dream
01-23-2006, 03:40 AM
Just wanted to pop in and congratulate Kiwi and his diehard fans on an excellent win over Chela today and for the making the QFs of a slam in such a long time. :banana: He was looking sharp out there, nothing Chela could do. I'm also happy to see that his hurt ankle is bandaged up, I worry that he'll reinjure himself on that sticky surface.

Good luck to Kiwi in the next round. :)

knight_ley
01-23-2006, 03:43 AM
Let the pictures begin!!!

knight_ley
01-23-2006, 03:49 AM
The last one... :inlove:

kfh_9118
01-23-2006, 03:57 AM
Kiwi :woohoo:

What a performance this week :yeah:

Gonzo Hates Me!
01-23-2006, 05:12 AM
Kiefer is GORGEOUS! And no, I am not just discovering this now. I just never said it outloud. Just always in my thoughts... anyway... is he married? Whoever has him is so lucky

Kiwi7
01-23-2006, 06:44 AM
YEAAAHHH!!!! :woohoo: soooooo happy for him! he definately made my day!! :yippee:
the only bad thing is that he's playing against Séb now... :rolleyes: but i don't care this time, it's Kiwi's GS!! :angel: :worship: LOL
can't wait to see him again! ;)

Björki
01-23-2006, 06:50 AM
well done Kiwi :yeah:

rrfnpump
01-23-2006, 07:39 AM
nice win, Kiwi :D :yeah: ;)
semi finals are very possible the way he is playing
go Kiwi go :)

and no, he is not married :p

JMG
01-23-2006, 11:15 AM
:D :D He already had 2 easier quarterfinals before, but Grosjean is beatable! I don't think Chela played bad, but Kiwi is just better than Hewitt at the moment. :D

JMG
01-23-2006, 11:18 AM
BTW, Kiwi showed again a few backhand longlines ;) He hit a few out, but maybe he starts to have more confidence in that shot again!!!


I have the impression that he can't really control that shot, maybe he shouldn't do that too often. ;)

kfh_9118
01-23-2006, 12:19 PM
Grosjean will be very tough to beat, but we all should have faith in our Kiwi :yeah:

kek
01-23-2006, 01:02 PM
What a great result and saw the match. He behaved pretty well. A foot fault a on a second serve would get me riled up too.

Grosjean could be tough. Lots of balls to hit. He is or faster than Nicolas but Nicolas has a better serve. He needs to end the points early and serve and return well. Not to much to ask is it? :p

alfonsojose
01-23-2006, 01:25 PM
Congrats, Kiwi fans :D I didn't like his behaviour but i guess he was realy excited :shrug: Anyway, Seb is going to be tough

urbanjae
01-23-2006, 02:34 PM
The last one... :inlove:

WOOT! Thanks for the pix, Mary! What a fun online Kiwi party we had last night hahaha ;) And the ESPN2 interview *SIGH*

AUF GEHTS KIWI!!! :woohoo:

bavaria100
01-23-2006, 03:02 PM
I can´t believe it that I didn´t get to see the match ( :mad: stupid school :mad: ). Anyway, congratulations to Kiwi! :yeah: It´s great to see him back in the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam after such a long time. His next opponent will be Grosjean and it will be a tough match. I hope that he makes it into the semis this time (and I´ll watch the match, even if Eurosport shows it at 2 o´clock in the morning :mad: ).

Neely
01-23-2006, 03:10 PM
Kiwi's ranking got a boost back into the top 20 (#18), winning his QF would mean he's almost top 10 again (estimation around #11 or #12).

Damn, it was really worth to fight through the injury, especially the first match was so difficult for him! :yeah:

kiwifan80
01-23-2006, 05:04 PM
Wow I'm so prowd he's in the quarters. It's been long overdue. Finally I got to c him on TV(ESPN 2). He played so well. he played a really smart match and really deserved to win. I luv those little drop volleys that he hits. He has such soft hands. He is also is moving the best I've ever seen him. He seems extremely fit.

He can take out Grosjean imo. If he keeps on playing the way he has been I can definately see him getting past this. I just hope he can serve just a bit better against Sebastian, than he did vs Chela. For a whole in the match he had trouble with his first serve percentage. Good Luck vs Grosjean :)

knight_ley
01-23-2006, 10:32 PM
WOOT! Thanks for the pix, Mary! What a fun online Kiwi party we had last night hahaha ;) And the ESPN2 interview *SIGH*

AUF GEHTS KIWI!!! :woohoo:

AMANDA! 1. i want screencaps. 2. i want to hear it. 3. I HOPE YOUR BOSS LOVES ME ENOUGH TO LET YOU BURN IT NOW FOR ME SO I DONT HAVE TO WAIT TILL THE WEEKEND!!!!!!!!! :lol:

KIWI IN ENGLISH = MARY HAPPY!

knight_ley
01-23-2006, 11:10 PM
Kiwi's post match interview from the official site.

Q. Was aggression the key to your win today?

NICOLAS KIEFER: Yeah, I mean, I played against him once. But was long, long time ago. I mean, my goal was for sure to play aggressive.

I know that I made a lot of mistakes, but that's the only chance and the only way to beat him.

Q. How have you pulled up? Feeling fine?

NICOLAS KIEFER: Yeah, I mean, most important thing is to be happy at the end of the day and to have a win under your belt. I'm sure there were many good things in my game and a few things were not so good.

But I see that still many things can happen and everything is possible. That's the most important thing and that's the key.

Q. Can you tell us what the good and bad things were in your game today?

NICOLAS KIEFER: No, I mean, I went outside, it was great that I played aggressive the whole time. I didn't care if I made mistakes or not. I mean, I had to play aggressive against this guy. That's what I did.

Of course, I had a lot of mistakes, but that's the way how it goes. If you don't make it, you can't win. On the other hand side, I didn't feel good when I was serving. But, as I said, the most important thing is to win.

Q. Where do you feel your game is at the moment compared to previous years?

NICOLAS KIEFER: Well, I mean, I can't say percentage. I mean, I would say still far away from my best. I mean, I'm happy that I won. I'm happy the way I'm playing at the moment. But still I would prefer to be injury‑free and healthy. I mean, that's the most important thing.

I mean, I work with Sascha, we worked a lot, we worked hard. We spend a lot of time on the court. I'm so happy that it pays off already now. It shows that we are on the right way. We just try to go on step by step and to work on different shots and try to improve my game.

Q. The next round you will face a Frenchman. Can you speak about each of them.

NICOLAS KIEFER: Well, I mean, Seb, everybody knows he's a great hard court player. I mean, also for Davis Cup, it's going to be interesting. It's not easy to play against him. But I think we played many times, and it's almost equal. Paul‑Henri, I never played against him.

I mean, it doesn't matter who I get, I just try to enjoy time on the court, to have fun, to go up another level.

kiwifan80
01-24-2006, 05:00 AM
From the 3rd round from Fotosports

kiwifan80
01-24-2006, 05:13 AM
Many pics from the 4th round

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/sport2.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/sport.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/spor6.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/Nicolas%20Kiefer/3.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/Nicolas%20Kiefer/2.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/Nicolas%20Kiefer/1.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/Nicolas%20Kiefer/screenshot_09.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/Nicolas%20Kiefer/screenshot_08.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/Nicolas%20Kiefer/screenshot_06.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/Nicolas%20Kiefer/screenshot_04.jpg

nicolette
01-24-2006, 07:28 AM
GO KIWIIIIIIIII !!!!!!!!


tu vas le battre grosjean .....allezzzzz

kfh_9118
01-24-2006, 11:01 AM
Kiwi will play first match on centre court tomorrow.

I was wishing they will put his match at night time, hence I can watch it live after work. Now, I can only follow the scores :mad: :fiery:

Good luck tomorrow, Kiwi. Get your first GS SF. This is probably his best chance to get to the GS SF ;)

urbanjae
01-24-2006, 02:29 PM
AMANDA! 1. i want screencaps. 2. i want to hear it. 3. I HOPE YOUR BOSS LOVES ME ENOUGH TO LET YOU BURN IT NOW FOR ME SO I DONT HAVE TO WAIT TILL THE WEEKEND!!!!!!!!! :lol:

KIWI IN ENGLISH = MARY HAPPY!

Hahaha, well my boss got to work late, so I felt bad for asking him to use his computer to work on it. So as you know, I worked on it whilst we had an online Kiwi party last night and it will be in the mail to you today! ;)

Neely
01-24-2006, 03:09 PM
Thanks for the great gallery, Kiwifan! :yeah:


Good luck to Kiwi against Grosjean today! You can beat him! :yeah: :bounce:

knight_ley
01-24-2006, 03:39 PM
Hahaha, well my boss got to work late, so I felt bad for asking him to use his computer to work on it. So as you know, I worked on it whilst we had an online Kiwi party last night and it will be in the mail to you today! ;)

:crazy: I CANNOT WAIT ! especially after seeing the screencap you took of him. I am just praying he randomly punched Brad Gilbert in the face, even though you won't tell me if he did or not :lol:

:banghead: The one day ESPN2 isn't showing tennis at 7pm! Hopefully they're going to either re-air it or maybe change their minds and show it earlier. Now that Patty Mac and Brad Gilbert are both in love with Kiwi :hearts: They must fight for coverage!!!!

Auf Gehts!!!!

kek
01-24-2006, 06:19 PM
But you know that ESPN must show the Sharapova match for all the horny guys out there, hence the coverage starts later since she is the 3rd match.

I'm glad that Nicolas is playing first up since he is fitter and can take the heat better than Seb. I think it's supposed to be hot in Melbourne again after these last couple cool days.

Neely
01-24-2006, 06:50 PM
But you know that ESPN must show the Sharapova match for all the horny guys out there, hence the coverage starts later since she is the 3rd match.

I'm glad that Nicolas is playing first up since he is fitter and can take the heat better than Seb. I think it's supposed to be hot in Melbourne again after these last couple cool days.
As long as it isn't going to be windy, I think whatever conditions should be okay for Kiwi.

On TV the commentators always said that Vodafone is supposed to be the slowest court, so Rod Laver today should be faster. I hope Kiwi gets well adopted to the bigger court and the new conditions; could be a little advantage for Grosjean at the beginning that he knows this court already from his first round.

kek
01-24-2006, 07:25 PM
Silly me, Sharapova isn't playing today. However, I can see that ESPN would rather show Kim and Martina play than Nicolas. To be honest, I would like to see that match too.

Kiwi7
01-24-2006, 07:32 PM
awwwww can't wait for the match... i suppose it's the same with all of you. ;)
i'm still dreaming of a Kiefer-Baghdatis final. :rolleyes:
Auf geht's Kiwi!!!

kiwifan80
01-24-2006, 09:08 PM
:crazy: I CANNOT WAIT ! especially after seeing the screencap you took of him. I am just praying he randomly punched Brad Gilbert in the face, even though you won't tell me if he did or not :lol:

:banghead: The one day ESPN2 isn't showing tennis at 7pm! Hopefully they're going to either re-air it or maybe change their minds and show it earlier. Now that Patty Mac and Brad Gilbert are both in love with Kiwi :hearts: They must fight for coverage!!!!

Auf Gehts!!!!


Yeah I hope they show it, but I don't think they'll start early. If they're still going after 2 and half hours, then we'll c him play, but I don't think they'll start till 10. :(

knight_ley
01-24-2006, 09:32 PM
Yeah I hope they show it, but I don't think they'll start early. If they're still going after 2 and half hours, then we'll c him play, but I don't think they'll start till 10. :(


Yea they're not starting till 10. Boo espn2. :lol: I'm sure also that after both women's matches they might go back and show some of his then cuz they have been doing that... Or in one of the other time slots they have at 2pm tomorrow afternoon. We shall see :)

Auf Gehts!!!!

kek
01-25-2006, 12:20 AM
I just read that Nicolas got fined another $3000 for language against Chela. So far $5000 for this tournament.

Any bets, on how much more he will be fined? ;)

_pyromatic
01-25-2006, 03:20 AM
Oh my god ESPN just had a huge closeup of Kiwi's crotch and they were talking about how clingy his shorts are. :haha:

kfh_9118
01-25-2006, 03:28 AM
kiwi vs seb 2 sets all

Kiwi fought back a bit in the fourth set but went down so easily in the tiebreak :bigcry: :sad: :fiery:

Hope he can regroup and take the final set. He is so close to reach his first SF GS, it will be heartbreaking if he lost this match.

Please fight back and keep your focus KIWI :fiery:

Noelle
01-25-2006, 05:10 AM
Kiwi fans! :bounce: :yeah: Kiefer played a great match, very dramatic. :) Congratulations to him for making his first GS semifinal.

Neely
01-25-2006, 05:24 AM
KIWI IS IN THE SEMIFINALS NOW :woohoo: :bounce:
he outlasted Grosjean in five close sets, 8-6 in the fifth!

Kiwi7
01-25-2006, 05:30 AM
oh yessss, he WON!! :bigclap: :worship: 6-3 0-6 6-4 6-7 (1-7) 8-6, it took 4 hours 48 mins for him to take it... :)
he's like a rollercoster, had so many ups and downs, breaks and rebreaks... and of course, some quarrels :angel: i wouldn't have been in the chair umpire's shoes LOL. oh hell I LOVE THEM BOTH, Seb was also playing so well!! :worship:

any German-speaking could help out? during the interview after the match i had the english translation and they always forgot to translate things. :( could someone tell me what he said?? i could only understand some words and that when he was asked about what he's going to do next Kiwi said he was about running for 30 minutes. LOL :devil:

auf geht's Kiwi!!!!!!!!!
AO final: Kiefer-Baghdatis ;)

kiwifan80
01-25-2006, 05:43 AM
WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRAT"S KIWI!!!!!!!

It's so hard to follow his matches cuz he duz so many things that are just so :smash: I mean he had so many mood swings as usual during the match. I couldn't even count how many times he cursed throughout the whole thing and then pumped his fist right after. And when he threw his raquet, it really disapointed me cuz he knew it would be distracting for Sebastiean. But hey- all this stuff(besides the raquet situation) is still Kiwi and I'm still one of his biggest fans. Good fighting Nicolas!!!!!!!!!! :)

Hope u're on u're best behavior in the semis :p

knight_ley
01-25-2006, 05:45 AM
:crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:

I am DEFINATELY having a party tonight!! :drink:

I am so insanely and deliriously happy right now!!!!! :bounce:

AUF GEHTS KIWI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:woohoo:

:kiss:

alexito
01-25-2006, 05:50 AM
kiefer in match vs grosjean

kfh_9118
01-25-2006, 06:34 AM
He won :woohoo:

First SF of a GS :aparty:

I can't wait to watch the match tonight and see how bad his behaviour was in this match :lol:

Good luck in SF against Roger (I think) :bounce:

kfh_9118
01-25-2006, 06:35 AM
I have a really good feeling Kiwi will do good in this year's AO :angel:

My feeling is right :woohoo:

knight_ley
01-25-2006, 06:39 AM
kiefer in match vs grosjean

:drool:

liptea
01-25-2006, 06:43 AM
NAKED KIWI. NAKED KIWI.



OMC HOT TENNIS PLAYER ALLLEERRRTTT.

urbanjae
01-25-2006, 07:08 AM
kiefer in match vs grosjean

WOW. :worship:

rrfnpump
01-25-2006, 07:16 AM
Kiwi :D :yeah: ;)
what a fight out there
when I woke up it was 6-6 in the fifth set :lol:

now probably vs Roger
Roger already beat Florian and Tommy
time for a german to get him ;)

Noelle
01-25-2006, 07:22 AM
NAKED KIWI. NAKED KIWI.



OMC HOT TENNIS PLAYER ALLLEERRRTTT.
I saw that too. ;) And I was like "Oh Kiwi wants to perform some fan service." :p

knight_ley
01-25-2006, 07:32 AM
HI! COULD I BE ANY HAPPIER? I DONT THINK SO!

:aparty:

THE PARTY CONTINUES IN WEST LAWN!!!!!!!!!!!

:drink:

:dance:

:bigclap:

Noelle
01-25-2006, 07:44 AM
Not to be impertinent, but a lot of people are calling Kiwi out on that racquet-throwing incident. :(

JMG
01-25-2006, 10:32 AM
Sascha Nensel is a real headcase. ;)

What a win !!! :banana: Now I even believe he'll reach the Masters Cup.

kek
01-25-2006, 11:35 AM
I have to admit I turned off the tv after he got down the 2nd break in the 5th. I couldn't bear to watch. I was VERY surprised that he won since he was getting pretty mental after that 2nd break.

Congrats Nicolas!!

Neely
01-25-2006, 12:19 PM
Not to be impertinent, but a lot of people are calling Kiwi out on that racquet-throwing incident. :(
Can't blame then, maybe if Grosjean did the same to Kiefer I would react the same way and make this situation responsible why he lost :shrug: I just think they are pissed off that Kiefer won it in the end and they are some among them who just can't admit it was still an unbelievable effort to win this match despite he was break down so many times and he lost in every statistical category. I wish it wouldn't have happened because it distracts many people too much from the original effort. Yes, if Kiwi would have been fair he should have replayed the point. It's a bit of the same that in football players would deny a penalty if it was a fake foul and the ref fell on it unjustifiably.

white&blue
01-25-2006, 01:17 PM
:yeah: Well done Kiwi!

I♥PsY@Mus!c
01-25-2006, 01:40 PM
Can't blame then
One of them is me! :o Yes I was glad he won the match but I still think his behaviour on court wasn't nice. :rolleyes: He shouldn't throw the racquet to give up the point anyway.He did that so I think he should admit it and give that point to Seb.Thank god Seb held that serve. :o

OK,even though he is a jerk sometimes,I still quite like him! :p In next match I hope he will kick Federer's ass! :rocker2:

kfh_9118
01-25-2006, 01:47 PM
SF: Kiefer vs Federer

Federer was struggling a bit in his last 2 matches. Hope Kiwi can continue the trend, but win in the end :p

Good luck Kiwi

urbanjae
01-25-2006, 02:34 PM
Can't blame then, maybe if Grosjean did the same to Kiefer I would react the same way and make this situation responsible why he lost :shrug: I just think they are pissed off that Kiefer won it in the end and they are some among them who just can't admit it was still an unbelievable effort to win this match despite he was break down so many times and he lost in every statistical category. I wish it wouldn't have happened because it distracts many people too much from the original effort.

I wish everyone felt as you did; I agree with you completely. I finally had to leave the other forums because I got tired of everyone talking about the racket and not how well both players did. It was an incredible match for both of them, but especially Kiwi for keeping it together like he did in that 5th set. I was concerned in the first few games, but when he broke back I knew he was going to stay in it. :bigclap:

Yes, if Kiwi would have been fair he should have replayed the point. It's a bit of the same that in football players would deny a penalty if it was a fake foul and the ref fell on it unjustifiably.

Again, I totally agree. I think it would've saved a lot of headache in the end if the point had been replayed. But I'm sure Kiwi reacted as most players would ... he was caught up in the moment, he did something he shouldn't have but he got the lucky call. A lot of people would do the same and take advantage of their good fortune in that instance. Yeah, it's bad it happened, but mistakes occur for everyone.

Besides, he had been arguing the umpire's calls the entire match ... maybe he just didn't want to argue that one and get another warning haha :shrug:

;)

AUF GEHTS KIWI!!!

knight_ley
01-25-2006, 04:27 PM
Here are some **huge** pix to make us all smile just a bit more ;)

:woohoo:

knight_ley
01-25-2006, 06:14 PM
Kiwi's post match interview from the AO site.

N. KIEFER/S. Grosjean

6‑3, 0‑6, 6‑4, 6‑7, 8‑6

Q. How did you manage to win after 4 hours and 48 minutes on court?

NICOLAS KIEFER: Well, I don't know. I mean, I just tried to stay in to keep on focusing on one or two good shots. I mean, I saw that he was tired. But, I mean, I didn't feel much better. I just tried not to show it. But it was tough.

I don't know what's happening, if we're equal again. I felt pretty bad, too.

Q. How does it feel to finally be in a semifinal of a Grand Slam?

NICOLAS KIEFER: No, I think it's great, and I'm so happy because I knew the situation. I've been so many times in the quarterfinal. This one today was my biggest one, not only because I won. Many years ago I played Escude here, I was two sets to zero up. I lost. Was tough loss. Then also at the Olympics, with four match points, serving for the gold medal, we didn't make it. So this was just great.

I mean, I'm so happy. Of course I didn't play my best tennis, but I just stayed in, focused. I was fighting like hell. It paid off in the end.

Q. Did something snap in your brain when you threw your racquet over the other side of the net?

NICOLAS KIEFER: No. I mean, everybody has to understand, there are so many emotion and so much tension. You fight for four and a half hours and it happens.

Q. How does it happen? I've never seen it before.

NICOLAS KIEFER: No?

Q. No.

NICOLAS KIEFER: I do it many times (smiling).

Q. Is it involuntary?

NICOLAS KIEFER: Just like this. I thought the ball is ‑‑ I lose this point. Then all of a sudden after he missed, the racquet went over. Of course, it's not nice, but what can I do? I'm a person with so much tension also inside. Yeah, it's cooking.

Q. Did you mean for it to go over the net?

NICOLAS KIEFER: No.

Q. We've seen players do it when the shot is out of reach, they just throw it as kind of a joke. Yours sort of went towards him.

NICOLAS KIEFER: No, not at all. I mean, we are good friends. I mean, of course, everybody wants to win. It's so tight. Yeah, there are things happening. I know it's not nice. I know it's not good. There's so much tension, so much is happening on the court. We fight for four and a half hours. It's so hot out there. Your body is gone. These are things that are happening.

Q. Did you apologize?

NICOLAS KIEFER: Of course.

Q. Would you have accepted if the supervisor said you'd lost a point?

NICOLAS KIEFER: Of course. I thought it's his point. I was surprised that I got this point, but I took it.

Q. Were you surprised because he missed the overhead or because the umpire didn't rule in his favor?

NICOLAS KIEFER: Both. I mean, I was surprised that he missed it, and I was surprised that I got the point. In my mind, I was focusing already on my service game. I thought I lost this game, so take my towel and serve. Then I saw they started discussing. I said okay.

Q. You thought you lost the point because the racquet had gone over the net?

NICOLAS KIEFER: Yes.

Q. Could you understand why Sebastien would be upset?

NICOLAS KIEFER: Of course I understand it. But I think these are things that are happening. I mean, we shouldn't talk only about this. There were so many close calls, especially in the tiebreak. I mean, first point, it's clearly out. He's not overruling it. Then I make a serve, a kick serve. It's going like high over the net. How can this ball touch the net? That's a very big question mark.

I mean, there are so many close points. Of course, also this point was close. I mean, didn't affect at all the game.

Q. Did you get distracted by that line call of the first point of the tiebreak? You seemed to lose focus after that in that tiebreak.

NICOLAS KIEFER: No, I mean, I didn't lose my focus. I mean, when I want to win, I have to play aggressive, but I couldn't make it at this stage. Then he played much better than I did. Then he deserve to win the fourth set. I mean, I had a break fifth set, couldn't hold my serve, and I was down 1‑4. But still I was thinking, because I saw how he's moving, I saw that he was getting a little tired. I said, "Just try to hang in, focus on your serve, try to do something." It paid off in the end.

Q. After such an emotional match, there's every likelihood you'll have to play the top‑ranked player in the world, how do you prepare for that?

NICOLAS KIEFER: No, I mean, these are the moments you practice for, you work hard, you do so much work on the court and also off the court. I mean, I think you can't get a better feeling like this today. I mean, tough match. Spectators were into it, supporting everybody. Of course, not easy.

I mean, at the moment I feel ‑‑ I can say I feel a little bit tired, of course. But I have two days to recover. I'm looking forward to this match against Roger. I mean, we have close matches last year. I know as long as he is in the tournament, he's playing better and better. I know also that I have to play much better than today, much better than the other days.

I'm winning my matches here because I'm fighting unbelievable, and this makes me happy. Not by playing good tennis, but by fighting.

Q. How did your ankle hold up to such a long match?

NICOLAS KIEFER: Well, I mean, I take so many painkillers. Just try not to focus on my ankle and everything. But today I was focusing on this too much. I just needed a new tape to make it new, to renew it.

Well, now everything hurts.

Q. You said through the match you were bubbling all the time. How do you keep a lid on that when things feel like they're going to explode?

NICOLAS KIEFER: Sorry?

Q. You said you were bubbling through the match.

NICOLAS KIEFER: Big time.

Q. How do you keep your emotions in check?

NICOLAS KIEFER: Take an ice towel, changeover. I don't know. I mean, first two sets was okay. But then once you get into it, it's tough to go down. I mean, it's going more, more, more. I mean, I don't know what's happening when I don't make the second match point. Everything can be possible. But I was so happy that I made it. I mean, I was already a little bit angry with myself that I didn't make the first one. Was a big chance, but couldn't make it.

rrfnpump
01-25-2006, 06:52 PM
Kiwi gets a lot of bashing at general messages
even though he reached the semis I think he lost more fans than he won

I dont care about his on-court behavior, he is a nice guy off court
but I understand the reaction of the people

I think someone (his coach) needs to tell Kiwi what going on
he possible doesnt know what he does on court
being emotional on court is great, being Kiwi on court is just too much

knight_ley
01-25-2006, 06:53 PM
:cool:

knight_ley
01-25-2006, 07:26 PM
I wish everyone felt as you did; I agree with you completely. I finally had to leave the other forums because I got tired of everyone talking about the racket and not how well both players did. It was an incredible match for both of them, but especially Kiwi for keeping it together like he did in that 5th set. I was concerned in the first few games, but when he broke back I knew he was going to stay in it. :bigclap:



Again, I totally agree. I think it would've saved a lot of headache in the end if the point had been replayed. But I'm sure Kiwi reacted as most players would ... he was caught up in the moment, he did something he shouldn't have but he got the lucky call. A lot of people would do the same and take advantage of their good fortune in that instance. Yeah, it's bad it happened, but mistakes occur for everyone.

Besides, he had been arguing the umpire's calls the entire match ... maybe he just didn't want to argue that one and get another warning haha :shrug:

;)

AUF GEHTS KIWI!!!

Amanda, every single thing in this post i agree wtih 110% and is exactly how I feel towards the entire thing. I would love to go back to GM and post more, but no one is going to listen so I really don't see the point in fighting a losing battle. Kiwi admits what he did was wrong. We know what he did was wrong. But most players woulda let it go like he did if they had the chance to get away with it. All in all I strongly believe it didn't affect the outcome of the match. As I said in GM, Grosjean still won that game and that whole fiasco got spectators who didn't have a favorite to cheer more for Grosjean so I believe it all worked against Kiwi.

I dunno....... I am so sick of it already. Bring on Federer!!!!!!!!!! WOOT! :bounce:

urbanjae
01-25-2006, 07:47 PM
Amanda, every single thing in this post i agree wtih 110% and is exactly how I feel towards the entire thing. I would love to go back to GM and post more, but no one is going to listen so I really don't see the point in fighting a losing battle. Kiwi admits what he did was wrong. We know what he did was wrong. But most players woulda let it go like he did if they had the chance to get away with it. All in all I strongly believe it didn't affect the outcome of the match. As I said in GM, Grosjean still won that game and that whole fiasco got spectators who didn't have a favorite to cheer more for Grosjean so I believe it all worked against Kiwi.

:hug: How true indeed. I think the only thing it affected was that particular game; it got Grosjean fired up and the crowd on his side and so he took advantage. Nothing else from that point on was affected by what happened except maybe for Carillo's trash-talking. The battle was fought though, Kiwi prevailed, he and Grosjean are friends, so maybe everyone will eventually get on with life and talk about the talent we see on court.

You are my tennis bff for life ;)

I dunno....... I am so sick of it already. Bring on Federer!!!!!!!!!! WOOT! :bounce:

AMEN! Bring on Federer and the early a.m. Kiwi party!!!

AlexisIII
01-25-2006, 07:50 PM
Guys can you explain me what has happened to Kiwi? The match Vs. Seb is the worst in AO. I could understand if he was making errors like Ferrer vs. Santoro. But Kiefer was not even trying to make a winner..he made very strange shots...just hoping for an error from Seb. 40% first serve is bad, but even netted serves were 170km/h...he had only several good serves in the match...most of them in the 5th set. And this bad performance after an incredible win against Chela!!!

First I thought that his leg is the reason. But he could run easily. He was just....tired....he started the match being tired....what do you think of it?

Anyway I am very happy that Kiefer made a semi....

liptea
01-25-2006, 08:30 PM
People in GM hate Jesus.

Neely
01-25-2006, 08:41 PM
One of them is me! :o Yes I was glad he won the match but I still think his behaviour on court wasn't nice. :rolleyes: He shouldn't throw the racquet to give up the point anyway.He did that so I think he should admit it and give that point to Seb.Thank god Seb held that serve. :o
No question that he had better kept his racket in his hands. Yes, for fairness reasons he should have surrendered the point. But it's wrong of the people to say he wanted to hurt Grosjean or he wanted to throw the racket AT him, and that's what I don't understand with a few.

knight_ley
01-25-2006, 08:43 PM
You are my tennis bff for life ;)

AWW!!!!!!! You are my tennis bff for life! We need tennis bff necklaces to split in half and wear like we are 8 years old ;) :p



AMEN! Bring on Federer and the early a.m. Kiwi party!!!

KIWI OR BUST!!!!!!!!!!

knight_ley
01-25-2006, 08:48 PM
No question that he had better kept his racket in his hands. Yes, for fairness reasons he should have surrendered the point. But it's wrong of the people to say he wanted to hurt Grosjean or he wanted to throw the racket AT him, and that's what I don't understand with a few.

Amen to that. I watched the tape of it again today for the first time since it actually happened cuz my mom wanted to see what all the fuss was about. The racket was no where near hitting Grosjean. It totally flies off the tv screen and clearly off the court. It didn't even land like on the court from what ESPN2 showed -- maybe they were doctoring the tape though while Mary Carillo was busy calling Kiwi a "mutt" :rolleyes: :mad: ( she better pray she never comes near me :armed: ). People need to make drama out of something and that was the perfect thing to make it out of. But like you said, that is the thing that is pissing me off. Say what you want about Kiwi, have your own opinion, but don't make up stories about how he's trying to like behead someone else. He never had any intention of hurting Grosjean and that is what bothers me. I want to sit everyone down in my living room and play them all the tape of it happening. The thing never went near Grosjean. And then people take pix taken at an aerial angle facing grosjean that make it look like the racket went right past his face when it was very high over his head and not near him.

With that said, Kiwi still is and will always be my favorite :yeah:

Neely
01-25-2006, 10:10 PM
Yeah, really a pity that this happened and that for many people there is a shadow over this great performance because of this one point :sad:

Anyway, I still like him :yeah:
That makes Kiwi so interesting :angel:

kek
01-25-2006, 11:48 PM
I think i'm going to try the racquet throwing against in my match tonight and see if I can win a few points ;) It's a clever way to win.

kiwifan80
01-26-2006, 12:21 AM
Thanx simpleternity, for the pics, I;ll add some too :)

kiwifan80
01-26-2006, 12:24 AM
And yeah Federor struggled last night and the day before, so I think Kiwi really has a big chance this time espescially. Again I hope he plays well and controls himself out there. I wonder if it will be a night match or during the day. We have to wait and see

kiwifan80
01-26-2006, 12:55 AM
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/Nicolas%20Kiefer/b_sgrosjean_nkiefer_0125_01.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/Nicolas%20Kiefer/b_nkiefer_0125_03.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/Nicolas%20Kiefer/b_nkiefer_0125_02.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/Nicolas%20Kiefer/b_nkiefer_0125_01.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/brandon888/Nicolas%20Kiefer/b_nkiefer_0123_01.jpg

Lots more pics @

http://www.isifa.com/index.php?bool_search_send=true&page=search&search_ID=&lnp=&ed=on&ilustr=on&rf=on&foto=on&st=on&searchstr=Nicolas+Kiefer

http://www.tennisphotolibrary.com/cgi-bin/tpl.pl

kiwiteami
01-26-2006, 01:33 AM
Ok,i want to give my opinion on the whole racket fiasco.sure it was a bad thing to do.but we,his fans know how he is and will support him anyway.we all know how he is on court,we accept him.he is not like that off court,far way from it.he is not playing in that hot weather to make fans,for Carillo to fall in love with him or to have lunch with the chair umpire after the match but,to win the match.As for what australian newspapers are saying about him,hello look at your Hewitt.last time that i checked he wasn't no angel.basically what i want to say is,there is a lot of players on the atp tour so if someone is not happy with him then choose another player.sure i sometimes don't agree with his behavior but he is who he is...a guy in the semis.

kiwifan80
01-26-2006, 05:53 AM
Ok,i want to give my opinion on the whole racket fiasco.sure it was a bad thing to do.but we,his fans know how he is and will support him anyway.we all know how he is on court,we accept him.he is not like that off court,far way from it.he is not playing in that hot weather to make fans,for Carillo to fall in love with him or to have lunch with the chair umpire after the match but,to win the match.As for what australian newspapers are saying about him,hello look at your Hewitt.last time that i checked he wasn't no angel.basically what i want to say is,there is a lot of players on the atp tour so if someone is not happy with him then choose another player.sure i sometimes don't agree with his behavior but he is who he is...a guy in the semis.

I agree, now we can all move on. Whatever happened... happened.

rrfnpump
01-26-2006, 08:13 AM
I am really excited :D
It be huge to see a german in the finals of a GS again
I remember getting up for Rainer

too bad I have to work tomorrow, so I can just tape the semi :(
maybe when I get up its 6-6 in the fifth again :lol:

go Kiwi go :) :yeah:

Saturn66
01-26-2006, 02:57 PM
Hope Kiefer gives a good fight against Federer .

Neely
01-26-2006, 03:13 PM
Sorry, but I don't have a good feeling for his match against Federer. He played so long in his matches, that makes it hard to believe he can play another great match. But lets see what happens...

rrfnpump
01-26-2006, 04:56 PM
die ARD überträgt das Halbfinale ab 9.30 :eek:
wahrscheinlich mit nen paar schönen Berichten über Kiwi

ich aber halte Eurosport die Treue :)

Kiwi7
01-26-2006, 05:07 PM
looks like he enjoyed his day ;)

NiciSunflower
01-26-2006, 06:23 PM
die ARD überträgt das Halbfinale ab 9.30 :eek:
wahrscheinlich mit nen paar schönen Berichten über Kiwi

ich aber halte Eurosport die Treue :)
Sieh mal einer an, also das ist es, was man als Tennisspieler tun muss, um Übertragungszeit im öffentlich-rechtlichen zu bekommen, mind. Halbfinale. :lol: Aber die werden doch bestimmt nicht komplett übertragen? Ist doch Freitag und es ist Winter, da kommt bestimmt Biathlon oder Alpin Ski oder so.

knight_ley
01-26-2006, 06:25 PM
Sorry, but I don't have a good feeling for his match against Federer. He played so long in his matches, that makes it hard to believe he can play another great match. But lets see what happens...

I am actually very excited for tonight and have a good feeling and I will tell you why. I have ZERO expectations tonight (plus there's a party going down at 330am when it comes on tv at my house!). All the other matches I knew he could win and felt he should win so I was very stressed watching them, but none of that is going through my mind tonight. I have no expectations. We all know he puts his best game out there when he is playing Federer so all I hope for is that he does the same tonight. I just want to see a great Kiwi match and I'm going to enjoy every second of it cuz this Australian Open went far and beyond all of my expectations already.

AUF GEHTS KIWI !!!!!

:aparty:

knight_ley
01-26-2006, 06:27 PM
looks like he enjoyed his day ;)

Eww those sausages look gross... but I would have still enjoyed a picnic in the park with him ;) :angel: Thanks for those pictures!

rrfnpump
01-26-2006, 06:31 PM
Sieh mal einer an, also das ist es, was man als Tennisspieler tun muss, um Übertragungszeit im öffentlich-rechtlichen zu bekommen, mind. Halbfinale. :lol: Aber die werden doch bestimmt nicht komplett übertragen? Ist doch Freitag und es ist Winter, da kommt bestimmt Biathlon oder Alpin Ski oder so.

ich glaube, Wintersport dürfte nicht viel sein
viele Sportarten haben Pause vor den olympischen Spielen (z.B. Biathlon)

ARD hat von 9.30 bis 12.00 Sendezeit eingeplant :bolt:

NiciSunflower
01-26-2006, 06:41 PM
Stimmt, Biathlon hat Pause, aber die Skispringer sind in Zakopane und Garmisch ist bei den Alpinen dran. Und die Kandahar wird doch immer gezeigt, oder?

rrfnpump
01-26-2006, 06:49 PM
Stimmt, Biathlon hat Pause, aber die Skispringer sind in Zakopane und Garmisch ist bei den Alpinen dran. Und die Kandahar wird doch immer gezeigt, oder?

http://programm.daserste.de/liste1.asp?sender=1&sdatlo=27.01.06
ARD Programm

NiciSunflower
01-26-2006, 07:04 PM
:lol: Ich glaub' dir das schon, im VT steht aber auch was von Super-G....

NiciSunflower
01-26-2006, 07:04 PM
Obwohl das glaube ich gar nicht die Kandahar ist morgen, sondern die Frauen in Cortina.

NiciSunflower
01-26-2006, 07:07 PM
OMG :eek: heribert faßbender kommentiert das morgen bei der ard :bolt:

rrfnpump
01-26-2006, 07:08 PM
:lol: Ich glaub' dir das schon, im VT steht aber auch was von Super-G....

wollt nur noch mal klarstellen :ras: :lol:

ne, ich glaube schon, dass die ARD von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute Kiwis Spiel überträgt.
Wenn es natürlich 5 Sätze gibt, könnte es allerdings sein, dass sie sich bei 5-5 im 5. oder so ausschaltet :o

NiciSunflower
01-26-2006, 07:13 PM
wollt nur noch mal klarstellen :ras: :lol:

ne, ich glaube schon, dass die ARD von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute Kiwis Spiel überträgt.
Wenn es natürlich 5 Sätze gibt, könnte es allerdings sein, dass sie sich bei 5-5 im 5. oder so ausschaltet :o
Is ja gut :lol:

dass die die übertragung aussetzen, weil's zu lange dauert, kann ich mir auch vorstellen. :rolls: aber ist auch egal, schrabnelle faßbender tu ich mir eh nicht an.

urbanjae
01-26-2006, 08:57 PM
Eww those sausages look gross... but I would have still enjoyed a picnic in the park with him ;) :angel: Thanks for those pictures!

Shouldn't he be making some bagels?? lol ;)

I'd enjoy a picnic with him anyday ... no matter what he's cooking. haha. Those are gorgeous pics!!

Space Cowgirl
01-26-2006, 09:26 PM
Auf geht's tomorrow, Kiwi!! Up to now I've been convinced he'd lose every match, ever since having to switch off my tv to go to work when he was matchpoint down against Paradorn in R1. So by my reverse psychology, he'll surprise me again and beat big Fed ;)
Will be following the scoreboard from work :( (is it only me, or is the official AO scoreboard competely crap? The pop-up one is a joke, at least on my PC. It never updates automatically and the timer is always about 40 minutes behind the actual time)
Ich drucke die Daumen für Kiwi!

bavaria100
01-26-2006, 10:28 PM
I just wanted to wish Kiwi all the best for his match against Roger. You can do it Nicolas!!!

knight_ley
01-26-2006, 11:15 PM
Shouldn't he be making some bagels?? lol ;)

CHEF KIWI RETURNS!!!!!!!

kek
01-27-2006, 12:45 AM
Makes me hungry for some bratwurst and sauerkraut :drool: AND NO TRUCKER HAT

I hate to say, I don't feel confident against Federer. I hope Nicolas proves me wrong but his last entry says anything past Federer is a bonus. Makes me think he is content just making the semi's. Plus a tired, hurt and one cranky boy = quick defeat.

However, he needs to rise up to this occasion, there is a virtual unknown waiting for him in the final and a good chance to win a slam if he can get past Federer. Why not end a 5 year title draught with a grandslam?!

Kiwi7
01-27-2006, 08:07 AM
i also have bad feelings but we know him well enough to know he won't give up. ;) may all my dreams come true as half of one did yesterday. i'm still praying for a Kiwi-Marcos final. :angel:
Go Kiwi!!! :bounce:

rrfnpump
01-27-2006, 11:41 AM
Roger Federer d. Nicolas Kiefer 63 57 60 62

he totally ran out of gas after winning the 2nd set :shrug:
too many DFs

but a great great tournament for Kiwi :drool: :yeah: :worship:
hopefully many more semis in a major to come

kfh_9118
01-27-2006, 12:04 PM
I am not too disappointed that he lost. At least he won one set :p
He clearly seems to run out of gas in the end. No more fighting from him.

But hey, our guy is in the SF of a GS for the first time :woohoo: :aparty: and to think that he faced 2 MPs and 2 sets down in the first round, this is really a big achievement and worth a celebration :aparty:

He is close to Top 10 now :woohoo: Hope he can maintain his performance in the next tournaments, and of course end his title draught :(

Neely
01-27-2006, 01:56 PM
Overall it was not bad, but in the third and fourth set he had no chance anymore. I thought he would tank the third set and try again in the fourth. Well, he did, but he was not able to put up resistence for long time. Six hours more on the court than Federer, he had to pay the toll on that. He was just too flat and too slow. The tournament was good, he already had a big success with his new coach. I hope he will continue like that for the season. He has an incredible chance of making it to the Masters Cup now :)

He will be #11 in the Entry Rankings on Monday and except an Indian Wells QF he has no significant points to defend until Roland Garros (4th round). And not to forget, his seeding will be improved and he should have a good chance to avoid playing against Federer too early again.

urbanjae
01-27-2006, 02:17 PM
I thought it was a great match by Kiwi. No, not the result we all wanted, but he obviously fought and posed a threat to Fed. I don't know how anyone could play that well after being on the court almost 5 hours the other day and having an ankle that keeps bothering him from time to time. Not to mention how well he did to get to the SF in the first place. I hope he's proud of the way he played, because I know I am. :bigclap:

Auf gehts Kiwi!!