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Experimentee
01-13-2006, 02:52 PM
Day 1 qualifying

Darcis def Coelho

Darcis has a nice game, hits hard off both sides and has a good serve. Coelho didnt serve well, doing many DF's including one on bp and one on match point. He was way too inconsistent too, and Darcis had no trouble and was always in control.

Niemeyer def Lindahl

I only saw the 3rd set and Lindahl was the same as Coelho, he was too inexperienced and made simple errors when he should have kept the ball in play. Niemeyer was solid and that was enough for the win.

Meffert def Vinciguerra

Vinci played pretty bad, but I suppose thats to be expected as he hasnt played in a while. He was about to be bagelled in the first but then managed to fight and hold serve, then he played better in the 2nd set but still coudlnt win.

Junaid def Mertinak

Rameez was absolutely on fire. He was playing his normal serve volley game, and hitting serves, volleys, and groundstrokes very well. He looked very confident and Mertinak didnt play his best but I doubt he would have won even if he had. Michal got very frustrated and flung his racquet against the well hard. Rameez was really happy with his form at the end and thought he could make the main draw.

Udomchoke def Stakhovsky

Stakhovsky was not very impressive, he didnt have that much power on his shots and not a great serve for someone that tall. Danai played well after the first set, played a very smart game, keeping the ball low on his opponent, and got to every ball. Danai led 4-2 in the 3rd set but then gave the break back with UEs, and games went with serve until Danai finally managed to break again at 7-6 to win the match. Tammy Tanasugarn was there for most of the match to support him.

Gremelmayr def Heuberger

Ivo was in pretty bad form, he made way too many UEs. Gremelmayr has a nice baseline game and passed Ivo a lot.

Mrs. B
01-13-2006, 02:58 PM
so, did you see GWH? ;)

Experimentee
01-13-2006, 03:10 PM
Qualifying Day 2

Fleishman def Junaid

Zack played out of his mind today, being aggressive and dominating every point with hard groundstrokes from the baseline. He was great at the net too, and held serve easily all the time as Rameez couldnt touch his serve. Rameez was struggling on most of his serves, but managed to hold on to most of them, only getting broken once, in his first service game of the match. Rameez fought hard and managed to get 4-2 up in the TB, but then gave the lead away with a missed 2nd serve return, and 2 netted volleys (one was difficult as it was low, but one was high and easy). Zack then served out the TB. Rameez was really positive after the match though, he knew that he played ok but Zack was just playing the match of his life, but felt that if he'd been able to take the 2nd set, Zack couldnt have kept up that level in the 3rd. I think Fleishman finished up with 40 winners and 16 UEs, which was insane. Obviously it was a great day for him, if he played like that all the time he'd be top 50.

Smeets def Montcourt

I only saw the end of this, but Rob was playing great. He was being aggressive on the returns, hitting hard and volleying really well. He served out the match to love, with no sign of nerves at all, and finished with an ace on match point. Montcourt has solid groundstrokes with good pace on them, he has a nice game to watch.

Lu def Klec

This match was really close, Klec was more aggressive and went for more winners, but made UEs at crucial moments in the TB, and Lu was too consistent for him.

Luzzi def Vico

Luzzi was getting really fired up, and kept saying "Forza!" whenever he won a point. Vico got down an early break in the 3rd and then looked like he was tanking.

Joseph def Berrer

Joseph was playing well and hit a lot of winners in the 3rd set. He was the better player but got tight when serving for the match at 5-4 and got broken. He managed to break again though, and served out the match the 2nd time.

Experimentee
01-13-2006, 03:13 PM
so, did you see GWH? ;)

Of course, you can't miss him! :D

Bubba08
01-13-2006, 03:16 PM
Good works :yeah:

Experimentee
01-13-2006, 03:24 PM
Pics

Pavel Snobel :o :haha:
Rameez Junaid
Michal Mertinak
Danai Udomchoke

Experimentee
01-13-2006, 03:31 PM
I'll post more pics tomorrow, gotta go to bed now

CooCooCachoo
01-13-2006, 03:38 PM
Thanks :hug:

Snobel :help: :spit:

Deboogle!.
01-13-2006, 04:01 PM
Thanks!

lunahielo
01-13-2006, 04:14 PM
Thank you~! :)

joeb_uk
01-13-2006, 05:59 PM
Of course, you can't miss him! :D
Could you describe george?

*Ljubica*
01-13-2006, 09:36 PM
Thanks for the reports and pictures - enjoy your time at the AO :)

azza
01-13-2006, 10:30 PM
Rameez :):)

GonzoFan
01-13-2006, 11:49 PM
Thanks for the reports :yeah:

SwissMister1
01-13-2006, 11:57 PM
Snobel is my new hero. Wasn't there a guy who used to do the smiley face on the racquet thing before him?

Conita
01-14-2006, 12:19 AM
thanx 4 reports and pics :D

Saumon
01-14-2006, 01:53 PM
Snobel is my new hero. Wasn't there a guy who used to do the smiley face on the racquet thing before him?
hrbaty? :scratch:

Experimentee
01-14-2006, 03:01 PM
Qualifying Day 3

Bogomolov JR def Patience

The match was extremely high quality, both players playing their best. Alex hit two wicked angled shots during the match, which made Patience run into the side fence and jump over it, while trying to retrieve the ball. Then Patience pretended to walk out of the court :lol:

Fleishman def Gicquel

Zach didnt play as well as he did yesterday, he missed a lot of shots and I think had some injury problems. Gicquel didnt look very good, was slow and unathletic, and not much power.

Udomchoke def Meffert

Meffert played well and was leading by a set and 4-2 and Danai fought hard to take it to the TB, then won it and levelled the match. Danai displayed great speed and anticipation, as Meffert was really banging his groundies, and Danai would be there most of the time to get them back. In the 3rd set Meffert cramped and had to retire. Danai spent a lot of time after the match signing and taking pics with fans, and Tammy Tanasugarn, who won at the same time, was doing the same a few metres away.

Lu def Joseph

Lu was the superior player in this match, but it was really close because of Joseph's grit and fighting qualities. Lu was more aggressive than yesterday, hitting hard and close to the lines, and coming to the net to finish points. Joseph is not that tall, but strongly built, and surprisingly fast. The main feature was his scrambling, he would be running around getting to every ball, making great gets and sometimes Lu would miss the next shot. Joseph has a huge forehand when he chooses to go for a winner, but he didnt go for it very often, being content to just rally and wait for the opportunity. But this meant that Lu was the one making the play and being aggessive, and didnt often give Joseph a ball which he felt comfortable about hitting a big forehand on. On one point Joseph was scrambling all over the court, and Lu was at the net hitting great volleys but they were all coming back somehow, and on the last one Joseph dove to hit it, hit the ground and kept rolling, until he crashed hard into the fence :o Lu had to ask him if he was all right!
Lu won the 1st set easily, and was up 3-1 in the 2nd set, but played bad and lost the next 5 games. He seemed to have an injury problem with his hand or wrist, and got treatment at the end of the set. Lu was up 4-2 in the 3rd but then let that slip too. Joseph seemed to play better when he was down. Serving at 5-6 down, Joseph had a marathon game on his serve, saving about 5 match points with excellent play, hitting winners on most of them, and defending well. Whenever he got back to deuce, he'd make a bad error to give Lu an ad again, then play great to save the match point. On Lu's 5th or 6th match point, it was a great point, with Lu dominating, coming to the net, and hitting 3 great volleys which all came back, and finally putting away the 4th one. The crowd really appreciated the great match and Lesley's fighting effort.

Snobel def Luzzi

Snobel played really well, he used the whole court with lots of angled shots and played lots of tricky sliced shots. He also served well. He was serve volleying a lot on his first serve yesterday against Bollelli, but didnt really do it today. Luzzi didnt play well and looked underdone, he was up 3-1 in the 2nd set, but then called the trainer, I dont know what injury it was, but he didnt win another game after that. Snobel was really pumped up to be in the main draw. He didnt have a camp, so there was no one there for him, and he has just been walking off by himself in every match this week.

Experimentee
01-14-2006, 03:38 PM
Hrbaty was hitting with Alberto Martin, and Berdych hitting with Stepanek on the same court. Hrbaty has a new coach.

Stepanek was really funny at practice. Hrbaty and Alberto were hitting groundstrokes at each other, and Radek was on Hrbaty's side of the court, so he crossed onto one of Alberto's shots and volleyed it away, and got really pumped up, yelling "Pod, pod, pod!", then ran up to Hrbaty and high fived him :lol:
Radek also kept hitting balls at players who passed by, he hit one at Bjorkman's head, but then Jonas caught it before it hit him.

I got a pic of myself with Alberto Martin's coach :o
I was taking photos of the players, and the coach and Martin were stretching nearby. The coach said 'Take a photo of him' and pointed to Alberto, but then Alberto was like "No, no, no!", and said "I'll take a photo of you with him" and pointed to his coach. I didnt really want to because I looked bad but Alberto insisted, so I did :lol:
Martin's coach was pretty friendly and funny, he said they were hoping to win the tournament, and said Alberto could do it if he had a good draw. He looked serious when he said it but I think he must have been joking! :lol:

LilyRoseAva
01-14-2006, 03:40 PM
thanks for berdych's pics!!

Experimentee
01-14-2006, 03:43 PM
hrbaty? :scratch:

Hrbaty may do a lot of funny things, but I dont think he ever did something like that :o

Hola Mr. SK
01-14-2006, 03:56 PM
I'll post more pics tomorrow, gotta go to bed now
thanks, have a good rest!;)

Experimentee
01-14-2006, 04:24 PM
Stakhovsky, Lorenzi, Darcis, Heuberger

Tricky_Forehand
01-14-2006, 07:33 PM
Qualifying Day 3

Bogomolov JR def Patience

The match was extremely high quality, both players playing their best. Alex hit two wicked angled shots during the match, which made Patience run into the side fence and jump over it, while trying to retrieve the ball. Then Patience pretended to walk out of the court :lol:

Thank you for posting this :). Any photos?

almouchie
01-14-2006, 07:50 PM
hey thanks for pictures
i wish i was there watching the tournie

I rate Berydech very highly alongside Gasquet & b4 other teens on the circuit ( Monfils,Djokvic & others)
best of luck to all the qualies as it is tough enough to win 3 matches to reach the main draw

superpinkone37
01-14-2006, 07:55 PM
thanks! :kiss:

rosespower
01-14-2006, 08:55 PM
super photos... i have a little request actually i'm begging you to post some from here in the atp paparazzi thread.......................PLEASE!!!!!

Christina
01-14-2006, 09:16 PM
Thanks for the great pics and reports! :wavey:

Do you have any of Bolelli or Bozoljac?

Tricky_Forehand
01-15-2006, 12:08 AM
Snobel is my new hero. Wasn't there a guy who used to do the smiley face on the racquet thing before him?

Slava Dosedel :)

Plastic Bertrand
01-15-2006, 01:32 AM
Thanks for the reports and the pics and Snobel is a sex machine and that permed mullet is something to be proud of as he and Berdych will put Czech tennis back in the limelight.

linus
01-15-2006, 05:14 AM
good job :yeah:

Experimentee
01-15-2006, 07:54 AM
Funny story: During the Klec vs Lu match, Hrbaty was watching and eating chocolate, and was sometimes talking to Klec in German (Hrbaty also speaks fluent German). During the match Klec got cramps and called the trainer. Instead of the trainer, Hrbaty ran onto the court and gave Klec some chocolate for his cramps :lol:

Another story someone told me: When Niemeyer lost to Bogomolov 12-10 in the 3rd, after match point he was pretty angry and flung his racquet hard at the scoreboard, and it hit the scoreboard hard (pretty good effort as the scoreboard is really high up!). Bogomolov was celebrating, and the crowd was applauding and cheering, but when the racquet hit, it made a really loud sound, and everyone just went quiet and looked at Niemeyer :lol:

GonzoFan
01-15-2006, 08:05 AM
Great stories! :yeah: esp the first one :haha:
thanks for sharing them with us :D

Action Jackson
01-15-2006, 08:05 AM
Funny story: During the Klec vs Lu match, Hrbaty was watching and eating chocolate, and was sometimes talking to Klec in German (Hrbaty also speaks fluent German). During the match Klec got cramps and called the trainer. Instead of the trainer, Hrbaty ran onto the court and gave Klec some chocolate for his cramps :lol:

Another story someone told me: When Niemeyer lost to Bogomolov 12-10 in the 3rd, after match point he was pretty angry and flung his racquet hard at the scoreboard, and it hit the scoreboard hard (pretty good effort as the scoreboard is really high up!). Bogomolov was celebrating, and the crowd was applauding and cheering, but when the racquet hit, it made a really loud sound, and everyone just went quiet and looked at Niemeyer :lol:

Yes, that was very funny the Niemeyer incident and you saw me at the venue, did you?

Funny that Klec spoke in German to Hrbaty, when Klec is a Slovak, but strange things happen.

Hola Mr. SK
01-15-2006, 08:57 AM
Funny story: During the Klec vs Lu match, Hrbaty was watching and eating chocolate, and was sometimes talking to Klec in German (Hrbaty also speaks fluent German). During the match Klec got cramps and called the trainer. Instead of the trainer, Hrbaty ran onto the court and gave Klec some chocolate for his cramps :lol:

awesome therapy...:lol:

Kristen
01-15-2006, 09:00 AM
Funny that Klec spoke in German to Hrbaty, when Klec is a Slovak, but strange things happen.
lol, like Alberto Martin chatting with my friend and I (whilst wearing Swedish flags) in Swedish. Whoa! WTF dude.... Swedish!? ;) :hug: Hope he gets through the first round. He seems ok to me. Not that I've seen a whole lot from him, maybe 3 or 4 matches.

First Aus Open report is about to go up on my LJ (in my signature) :wavey:

CooCooCachoo
01-15-2006, 09:13 AM
Snobel is my new hero. Wasn't there a guy who used to do the smiley face on the racquet thing before him?

Slava Dosedel :rocker:

At least he had a normal hairdo :p

But Slava was a great guy and a great player. He's much missed by me :awww:

Experimentee
01-15-2006, 11:45 AM
Yes, that was very funny the Niemeyer incident and you saw me at the venue, did you?

Funny that Klec spoke in German to Hrbaty, when Klec is a Slovak, but strange things happen.

Yes I saw you a few times around the venue, you were always talking to someone ;)

I didnt know Klec was Slovak. He looks very German to me.

Action Jackson
01-15-2006, 11:49 AM
Yes I saw you a few times around the venue, you were always talking to someone ;)

I didnt know Klec was Slovak. He looks very German to me.

Was I always talking to someone? I mean I have met your brother and I saw afrowigman today, he can't go on Monday and his girlfriend will be there.

Klec plays for Germany, but he is of Slovak origin.

Experimentee
01-15-2006, 12:21 PM
Was I always talking to someone? I mean I have met your brother and I saw afrowigman today, he can't go on Monday and his girlfriend will be there.

Klec plays for Germany, but he is of Slovak origin.

You were talking to someone whenever I saw you. That must be why you meet so many people :)

My brother can't be here that much this year, he has to repeat a subject over summer and pass it this time, and its on during the AO. He was there on Saturday, saw you watching Vinciguerra and was going to come up to say hi when the set was over, since it was 5-0, but then Vinci held and he had to leave. He will be there on Tuesday when Hrbaty plays I think.

Glenn is mainly interested in watching Hrbaty so he'd only want to go on Tuesday I assume.

Experimentee
01-15-2006, 12:39 PM
Bjorkman at practice
Fleishman
Yen Hsun Lu
Ivo Klec
Michael Berrer
Lesley Joseph
Adam Chadaj

Experimentee
01-15-2006, 12:56 PM
More Pavel Snobel :hearts:
Robert Smeets
Mathieu Montcourt
Federico Luzzi

avocadoe
01-15-2006, 01:37 PM
experimentee...thanks for the reports, funny stories and pics, so lucky to be there :)

Peta Pan
01-15-2006, 02:41 PM
Thanks for the great pics and reports! :wavey:

Do you have any of Bolelli or Bozoljac?
I have some of Bozoljac :yeah: You'll have to bear with me while I sort them all out... eventually I'll have all my photos in photobucket :)

Peta Pan
01-15-2006, 02:43 PM
Nice reports here :) You've hardly been to any of the matches that I've been to! Quite strange!

:lol: @ Snobel's hair... it's unbelievable isn't it? :lol:

*Ljubica*
01-15-2006, 02:55 PM
Thanks for all the reports and pics :hug:

Tricky_Forehand
01-15-2006, 07:12 PM
Another story someone told me: When Niemeyer lost to Bogomolov 12-10 in the 3rd, after match point he was pretty angry and flung his racquet hard at the scoreboard, and it hit the scoreboard hard (pretty good effort as the scoreboard is really high up!). Bogomolov was celebrating, and the crowd was applauding and cheering, but when the racquet hit, it made a really loud sound, and everyone just went quiet and looked at Niemeyer :lol:

I like hearing that story :yeah: :D

Tricky_Forehand
01-15-2006, 07:13 PM
Slava Dosedel :rocker:

At least he had a normal hairdo :p

But Slava was a great guy and a great player. He's much missed by me :awww:

Same here

Experimentee
01-17-2006, 04:01 PM
Monday report

Ancic def Calleri

I saw the 4th set of this, both were playing pretty well, they were playing mainly form the baseline, both hitting very hard but Ancic won most of the baseline rallies as he was more consistent. He could have won the set easier as he lost opportunities on Calleri's serve, including 0-40.

Blake def Acasuso

For the first 2 sets Blake was dominating the match, and was clearly the better player. He was in control at the start of the 3rd set too, had break points on Jose's service games early on, but couldnt break. He had a bad call on the baseline on one of the break points which he wasnt happy with. Jose started playing better and managed to win the 3rd, while Blake's level went down. In the 4th set James was playing pretty badly, missing a lot, and Jose was solid. Jose was probably the better player in the 4th set, but couldnt take his opportunities to win on Blake's serve. It went to a TB and Jose played badly and Blake played some good points to win the match. At the end James went around the court high fiving his fans and signing autographs for ages.

Ferrer def Serra

This match was very high quality, both players played well and there were many great long rallies. Serra was a break up in the 4th and took an injury time out, I left at that point, then came back later and Serra had already lost the match.

Baghdatis def Gimelstob

There was a great atmosphere in this match, there was a huge group of Greeks cheering for Marcos as usual, and a few people cheering for Justin. Some American guy kept saying "Big serve, big serve!" every time Justin was serving and needed the point, and sometimes Justin obliged. Both players played ok, but not at their best. Justin made a few unnecessary dives as usual, and Marcos came up with some great passing shots. Marcos still often hits the ball short, and that allowed Justine to attack sometimes. I noticed he did that a lot last year too, and he'll need to keep good length if he is to go up further in the rankings.

Malisse def Youznhy

Malisse was pretty consistent, Youzhny was the more aggressive one and hit harder and closer to the lines, but he missed more than he made them.

Tursunov def Henman

Tursunov played really well, hitting everything really hard and serving big. He could have won in straight sets as he was 5-3 up in the first but then gave away the lead with a string of unforced errors, and lost the set. Both were returning especially well, Henman's serve was not good enough and Tursunov put many of them away. Tursunov was putting down huge serves, but Henman got most back with the floating deep return, and got into the points. Tim didnt play badly, but the only weakness was his serve. Henman played some great coutnerpunching points, but Tursunov overpowered him in most of the points.

Merton
01-17-2006, 04:05 PM
Thanks for the reports, have fun :D

Experimentee
01-19-2006, 02:32 PM
Tuesday report

Goldstein def Djokovic 6-2 1-6 6-3 6-2

In the first set Novak played like crap, and made a lot of unforced errors. Goldstein was solid and more consistent, so he won very easily. In the 2nd set Novak picked up a bit, but Goldstein went off the boil and missed all his shots. I didnt see the rest as I had to watch Hrbaty.

Hrbaty def Marach 3-6 4-6 6-2 6-1 6-3

In the first two sets Hrbaty played really bad, like he did against Serra in Adelaide. He made tons of unforced errors, and Marach was playing well. When Marach went up two sets to love, a Hrbaty fan yelled out "How fit are ya mate?" That was very apt, as in the 3rd set Hrbaty picked up his game and played like he should, and once he did that, he won easily. As the match went on Marach got tired and Hrbaty's supreme fitness showed. Hrbaty had loud vocal support from the usual group of Hrbaty fans, and we were cheering madly, doing our best to get him up, and it worked after the 2nd set :)

Davydenko def Karlovic 7-5 4-6 3-6 7-5 6-3

As you'd expect, Karlovic served bombs and Davydenko won every point from the baseline. I saw the 4th set and Davydenko wasnt touching Ivo's serve until Ivo was serving at 5-6 down, when he missed all his first serves, Davydenko got back the 2nd serves, and won the points from there.

Kiefer def Srichaphan 6-7(5) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-1 6-2

Entertaining match with a lot of good rallies and great shotmaking. Paradorn was playing well in the first two sets, and Kiefer was playing ok too. Although Paradorn won the first two sets and had a break in the 3rd, the match was closely contested and Kiefer never looked out of it. In the 3rd set Paradorn broke early for a 2-0 lead, and Kiefer thought he got a bad line call on bp. He absolutely went off at the umpire, and got a warning for audible obscenity, so I assume he swore at the umpire. He played well in the next game though, and broke back.

Experimentee
01-19-2006, 03:13 PM
Thursday report

Today was the hottest day of the tournament so far, at 35 degrees, and very sunny. It was really very uncomfortable, and a lot of the fans were suffering, and we werent even the ones playing! There was only one mens match that I saw enough to report on, but what a match!

Hrbaty def Norman 6-2 7-5 5-7 4-6 10-8

Hrbaty played pretty decently in this match, better than he did against Marach. He was wearing a normal white shirt, and dominating Norman with his groundstrokes, while Norman wasnt playing his best. Dominik went up two sets to love, and then had an early break in the 3rd, but got broken back. He broke again at 3-3. At two sets to love, and a break down, Norman picked up his play significantly, and played really well to break Hrbaty back. Serving at 5-6 down, Hrbaty faltered and made a few UEs on his serve, and was broken for the set.
It was close in the 4th set, with great tennis, but the same thing happened at the end, and Hrbaty was broken serving at 4-5. In the 5th set Hrbaty played better, was winning most of his serves easily, and had break points in all of Dick's service games. However Dick was awesome on the break points, saving all of them with big serves, amazing angled kick 2nd serves onto the ad court, and forehand and volley winners. Hrbaty had about 12 break points in the 5th set, could have been more, and only stuffed up 2 or 3 with bad errors, Dick saved the rest.
When Dick was 7-6 or 8-7 up, he was getting tired, so he called the trainer to get his thighs massaged. He didnt have any signs of cramping or injury, and was perfectly fine before and after the timeout, he just wanted a rest as it was 35 degrees and they'd been playing about 4 hours.
Thankfully Dominik didnt get distracted and kept playing well, and finally managed to win a break point at 8-8, then served it out.
Dick had a lot of support but we were very loud and vocal in cheering and singing for Dominik, and he really appreciated the support. Although I must admit the heat got to me and I didnt have energy to do anything at the end except clap whenever Dom won a point.
At the end he took off his pink shirt with holes in it, which he'd changed into in the middle of the match, and gave it to the group of Slovaks supporting him. Two hours later, he met all his supporters at the Heineken Bar and shouted drinks for everyone :D

CooCooCachoo
01-19-2006, 03:15 PM
Thanks :D

That's great from Dominik ;)

almouchie
01-19-2006, 03:18 PM
keep them coming
these are gr8 :)

Experimentee
01-19-2006, 03:56 PM
Pics of practice

Kristof Vliegen
Nicolas Almagro
Mariano Zabaleta
Richard Gasquet
Max Mirnyi
Gaston Gaudio

Experimentee
01-19-2006, 04:35 PM
Stanislas Wawrinka
Justin Gimelstob
Marcos Baghdatis
Oscar Hernandez
James Blake
Dmitry Tursunov
Tim Henman

Papakori
01-19-2006, 05:26 PM
thankyou!

jole
01-19-2006, 08:01 PM
Thursday report

Today was the hottest day of the tournament so far, at 35 degrees, and very sunny. It was really very uncomfortable, and a lot of the fans were suffering, and we werent even the ones playing! There was only one mens match that I saw enough to report on, but what a match!

Hrbaty def Norman 6-2 7-5 5-7 4-6 10-8

Hrbaty played pretty decently in this match, better than he did against Marach. He was wearing a normal white shirt, and dominating Norman with his groundstrokes, while Norman wasnt playing his best. Dominik went up two sets to love, and then had an early break in the 3rd, but got broken back. He broke again at 3-3. At two sets to love, and a break down, Norman picked up his play significantly, and played really well to break Hrbaty back. Serving at 5-6 down, Hrbaty faltered and made a few UEs on his serve, and was broken for the set.
It was close in the 4th set, with great tennis, but the same thing happened at the end, and Hrbaty was broken serving at 4-5. In the 5th set Hrbaty played better, was winning most of his serves easily, and had break points in all of Dick's service games. However Dick was awesome on the break points, saving all of them with big serves, amazing angled kick 2nd serves onto the ad court, and forehand and volley winners. Hrbaty had about 12 break points in the 5th set, could have been more, and only stuffed up 2 or 3 with bad errors, Dick saved the rest.
When Dick was 7-6 or 8-7 up, he was getting tired, so he called the trainer to get his thighs massaged. He didnt have any signs of cramping or injury, and was perfectly fine before and after the timeout, he just wanted a rest as it was 35 degrees and they'd been playing about 4 hours.
Thankfully Dominik didnt get distracted and kept playing well, and finally managed to win a break point at 8-8, then served it out.
Dick had a lot of support but we were very loud and vocal in cheering and singing for Dominik, and he really appreciated the support. Although I must admit the heat got to me and I didnt have energy to do anything at the end except clap whenever Dom won a point.
At the end he took off his pink shirt with holes in it, which he'd changed into in the middle of the match, and gave it to the group of Slovaks supporting him. Two hours later, he met all his supporters at the Heineken Bar and shouted drinks for everyone :D

Great stuff! :D :yeah:

Experimentee
01-21-2006, 03:18 PM
Today was damn hot, hottest day so far. It reached 41 degrees, and in the sun it was unbearable. Sweat was pouring off everyone, and it really felt like we were in an oven. Everyone just went into Vodafone Arena, and the queues were so long it took hours to get in, so I didnt wait. The only two matches I saw were Hrbaty-Andreev and Davydenko-Healey both on Margeret Court Arena.


Hrbaty def Andreev 1-6 6-4 6-3 2-6 6-4

OMG this match killed me, mostly from the heat but also from the tension. It was played in the hottest part of the day, when it reached 39-41 degrees, but it must have been hotter on the court. All matches were suspended on the outside courts, but this match kept going as it had already started.
Hrbaty started very slowly, making a lot of errors, and Andreev played great tennis. In the 2nd set, Hrbaty was still playing bad, but managed to hang onto his serve, and then improved his form. He had many break points, and would get himself into a winning position in the point, but then come to the net and miss the volley. He did this about 3 times on bps in the 2nd set. But he finally managed to break and win the set.
In the 3rd set Hrbaty played very well, and Andreev was getting tired because of the heat. Hrbaty took the set comfortably.
After the 3rd set because of the heat rule, they had a 10 minute break. When they came back, Andreev was refreshed, and played excellent tennis, while Hrbaty had lost his rhythm and Andreev won the set easily.
In the 5th set Hrbaty raised his level, and had bps in Andreev's first service game, but couldnt take them, then lost his own serve. He then had bps in Andreev's next service game but couldnt take them again. A lot of the time Andreev played great points or hit big serves to save them, but Hrbaty made errors on a couple. Hrbaty went down 1-4, and at this point I thought he was gone. But he held his own serve, and then they had a great game on Andreev's next service game, with Dominik hitting a lob winner on break point, the first lob he'd attempted in the match! Andreev had been getting tired in the 5th set, taking time between points to rest at the end of the court, and losing his break really knocked the wind out of his sails. He didnt play as well after that, and lacked energy, while Dominik kept getting stronger, taking the last 4 games of the match. On match point Dominik hit an ace, which wouldnt have been an ace under normal circumstances, but Andreev was completely exhausted and barely even moved to it.
Dominik really showed his fitness and fighting spirit in this match, and that was the difference between the two.

Davydenko def Healey 6-2 5-7 6-4 7-5

There was a great atmosphere in this match, with all of the crowd for Healey, but a group of about 15 Russians were there cheering and chanting for Davydenko. Davydenko played awesome tennis in the first set, his groundstrokes were so accurate, and hit many passing winners off good Healey volleys. In the 2nd set Healey played better and managed to keep holding on to his own serve, and Davydenko made a few errors at the end to lose the set. The match was close from then on, but Healey was too inexperienced and made unforced errors at crucial moments, a lot of them were crappy slices into the net, and got broken at 5-6 to lose the match.

Peta Pan
01-21-2006, 04:24 PM
Congratulations for sticking it out today.... there was no way I could have made it in there, I had trouble walking 10 steps outside today. I nearly died on Thursday in the 33 degrees :eek:

I feel so sorry for those guys having to finish that match in those conditions!!

Experimentee
01-21-2006, 04:41 PM
Yeah it was really tough. We were also cheering and supporting Dominik a lot, which took a big effort! After the match I was so red, not from sunburn but from the heat, and I had to sit in Vodafone Arena with icepacks over me for about half an hour after that. No way I am going again tomorrow, its expected to be 43 degrees!

jole
01-21-2006, 05:00 PM
Today was damn hot, hottest day so far. It reached 41 degrees, and in the sun it was unbearable. Sweat was pouring off everyone, and it really felt like we were in an oven. Everyone just went into Vodafone Arena, and the queues were so long it took hours to get in, so I didnt wait. The only two matches I saw were Hrbaty-Andreev and Davydenko-Healey both on Margeret Court Arena.


Hrbaty def Andreev 1-6 6-4 6-3 2-6 6-4

OMG this match killed me, mostly from the heat but also from the tension. It was played in the hottest part of the day, when it reached 39-41 degrees, but it must have been hotter on the court. All matches were suspended on the outside courts, but this match kept going as it had already started.
Hrbaty started very slowly, making a lot of errors, and Andreev played great tennis. In the 2nd set, Hrbaty was still playing bad, but managed to hang onto his serve, and then improved his form. He had many break points, and would get himself into a winning position in the point, but then come to the net and miss the volley. He did this about 3 times on bps in the 2nd set. But he finally managed to break and win the set.
In the 3rd set Hrbaty played very well, and Andreev was getting tired because of the heat. Hrbaty took the set comfortably.
After the 3rd set because of the heat rule, they had a 10 minute break. When they came back, Andreev was refreshed, and played excellent tennis, while Hrbaty had lost his rhythm and Andreev won the set easily.
In the 5th set Hrbaty raised his level, and had bps in Andreev's first service game, but couldnt take them, then lost his own serve. He then had bps in Andreev's next service game but couldnt take them again. A lot of the time Andreev played great points or hit big serves to save them, but Hrbaty made errors on a couple. Hrbaty went down 1-4, and at this point I thought he was gone. But he held his own serve, and then they had a great game on Andreev's next service game, with Dominik hitting a lob winner on break point, the first lob he'd attempted in the match! Andreev had been getting tired in the 5th set, taking time between points to rest at the end of the court, and losing his break really knocked the wind out of his sails. He didnt play as well after that, and lacked energy, while Dominik kept getting stronger, taking the last 4 games of the match. On match point Dominik hit an ace, which wouldnt have been an ace under normal circumstances, but Andreev was completely exhausted and barely even moved to it.
Dominik really showed his fitness and fighting spirit in this match, and that was the difference between the two.

Davydenko def Healey 6-2 5-7 6-4 7-5

There was a great atmosphere in this match, with all of the crowd for Healey, but a group of about 15 Russians were there cheering and chanting for Davydenko. Davydenko played awesome tennis in the first set, his groundstrokes were so accurate, and hit many passing winners off good Healey volleys. In the 2nd set Healey played better and managed to keep holding on to his own serve, and Davydenko made a few errors at the end to lose the set. The match was close from then on, but Healey was too inexperienced and made unforced errors at crucial moments, a lot of them were crappy slices into the net, and got broken at 5-6 to lose the match.


Thanks again! :D :yeah: :worship:

CooCooCachoo
01-21-2006, 05:24 PM
Thanks again :hug:

Brave of you to stay there :eek: These are definitely conditions favouring Hrbaty.

Via
01-21-2006, 11:23 PM
On match point Dominik hit an ace, which wouldnt have been an ace under normal circumstances, but Andreev was completely exhausted and barely even moved to it.

:lol:

i know i don't see 1/100 as much tennis this year as some of you, but i really feel that the quality of tennis isn't that great. maybe so many good players are missing, i don't know. it's hot every year anyway.

Action Jackson
01-22-2006, 12:30 AM
:lol:

i know i don't see 1/100 as much tennis this year as some of you, but i really feel that the quality of tennis isn't that great. maybe so many good players are missing, i don't know. it's hot every year anyway.

It's you actually.

I have seen more than enough good matches this year and if something is crap I am not going to say it's good.

Action Jackson
01-22-2006, 12:31 AM
Thanks for the reports Experimentee, see you on Monday then.

Kristen
01-22-2006, 02:52 AM
If you've got a ticket, play will be starting up again around/after 6pm, according to a woman who works for the tennis centre - apparently the umpire made a decision early on that there'd be no play before 6.

Alternatively, tennis info line is 0396502177. I'm at an internet cafe now, but will shop/shower and return later to get my daily fix.

Via
01-22-2006, 06:17 AM
It's you actually.

I have seen more than enough good matches this year and if something is crap I am not going to say it's good.

well then, lucky you!

pity i only have chan.7 to entertain me whole january. i get to see what they show.

but good to see a great upset just a while ago :cool:

Experimentee
01-22-2006, 01:24 PM
well then, lucky you!

pity i only have chan.7 to entertain me whole january. i get to see what they show.

but good to see a great upset just a while ago :cool:

No wonder u think the quality is bad. The days when I have stayed home and watched tennis on Channel 7, it has been crap! Channel 7 have picked the worst matches of each round to televise, usually its the ones on RLA. Who wants to see Roddick destroy Benneteau when Gaudio and Santoro are playing a great match at the same time? :mad:

I wouldnt put the tennis this year up there with the best, but its been good and I've enjoyed myself this year. I probably wont go anymore as I dont have that much money left after all I've been spending in the last month, and I will watch Dominik on tv tomorrow at least.

Experimentee
01-22-2006, 02:10 PM
Pics from matches

Novak Djokovic
Dominik Hrbaty
Paradorn Srichaphan
Nicolas Kiefer

Via
01-22-2006, 10:14 PM
No wonder u think the quality is bad. The days when I have stayed home and watched tennis on Channel 7, it has been crap! Channel 7 have picked the worst matches of each round to televise, usually its the ones on RLA. Who wants to see Roddick destroy Benneteau when Gaudio and Santoro are playing a great match at the same time? :mad:

I wouldnt put the tennis this year up there with the best, but its been good and I've enjoyed myself this year. I probably wont go anymore as I dont have that much money left after all I've been spending in the last month, and I will watch Dominik on tv tomorrow at least.

yes i know i have been brainwashed by ch.7, and the result is not good :retard:

but what do you say about an aussie open where 2 local wildcards got to 3rd round, and 33 y.o. santoro got to a quarter-final for the first time in his career? is santoro now playing better than he did 10 years ago? no i don't get to see most of the good stuff on the outside courts, but there's my logic!

that said, i've forgotten to thank you for your wonderful stories and reports. :yeah:

RogiFan88
01-22-2006, 10:43 PM
Great reports, thanks! It's nice to hear about the matches you don't get on TV, which is about 95% of them... OK, I exaggerate somewhat!! ;)

~EMiLiTA~
01-23-2006, 07:08 AM
i have been at the tournament every day since qualies but haven't had time to come online much...i'm writing this from the players lounge! but as soon as i'm home my reports and photos will be on my website...i'll let u know when they're there.

rommel99
01-23-2006, 12:05 PM
any pics of xavier malissE?

Experimentee
01-23-2006, 03:28 PM
yes i know i have been brainwashed by ch.7, and the result is not good :retard:

but what do you say about an aussie open where 2 local wildcards got to 3rd round, and 33 y.o. santoro got to a quarter-final for the first time in his career? is santoro now playing better than he did 10 years ago? no i don't get to see most of the good stuff on the outside courts, but there's my logic!

that said, i've forgotten to thank you for your wonderful stories and reports. :yeah:

Well what you said doesnt necessarily mean it was bad quality.
Santoro has played well in Grand Slams several times in his career, but this year he was in a weak section of the draw, so he got through.
Luczak is a good player and plays really well at home in Melbourne, last year he took Tojo to 5 sets in the first round, so he probably would have gone further had he got a better draw, as he did this year. He even took a set off Haas this year, who is in great form.
Healey also had a lucky draw, with Volandri, who retired and is crap on hardcourt anyway, and Delic, another WC. Last year he reached R2.
There are players who get lucky draws in all Grand Slam events, and make it further than they normally would have.
However I do agree that it hasnt been up there with previous years, but it hasnt been bad at all.

Kristen
01-25-2006, 01:58 AM
I'm done. Going back to Sydney tomorrow, but it's been great meeting you all again, and some for the first time. Looking forward to next year :)

Go Dusan Lojda + Simon Aspelin!!!!

PS. Wheelchair tennis events are coming up soon, so if you still need a tennis fix, but something slightly different, check it out :)(Sydney from next Wednesday, Melbourne following week (Ithink))

Washa Koroleva
01-25-2006, 01:11 PM
Thank you so much.

Domino
01-25-2006, 01:38 PM
Did Djokovic totally change his racquet type? It looks like he switched to an nCode, which is radically different from his head racquets from last year.

Action Jackson
01-27-2006, 03:14 AM
Exp, it was cool to meet you and your brother again too bad about the Dominator that he couldn't make the quarter finals.

Yes, lucky me Via that I don't watch the Channel 7 coverage and I can see some good matches.

~EMiLiTA~
01-29-2006, 08:27 AM
ok my photos are finally up on my site (www.geocities.com/atp_chica) and my report will be coming soon.

if there are data transfer problems, i'm sorry but i can't do anything about it. just keep checking back and it will fix itself!

Experimentee
01-31-2006, 08:09 AM
Dick Norman
Dominik Hrbaty

The Safinator
01-31-2006, 08:15 AM
Some picz from AO '06