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David in the Desert - the Dubai Cheering Thread

*Ljubica*
02-25-2006, 03:54 PM
Here are the Draws for the Dubai tournament - both singles and doubles. Good Luck David!

Singles

(1)Roger Federer (SUI) vs Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
Omar Bahrouzyan (UAE) vs Mohammed Al Ghareeb (KUW)
Robin Vik (CZE) vs Q
Cristophe Rochus (BEL) vs (8)Tomas Berdych (CZE)

(3)Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs Marat Safin (RUS)
Olivier Rochus (BEL) vs Fabrice Santoro (FRA)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Igor Andreev (RUS)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs (6)Dominik Hrbaty (SVK)

(5)David Ferrer (ESP) vs Rainer Schuettler (GER)
Daniele Bracciali (ITA) vs Q
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Bjorn Phau (GER)
Greg Rusedski (GBR) vs (4)Andre Agassi (USA)

(7)Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Q
Tim Henman (GBR) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Wesley Moodie (RSA) vs Q
Paul Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs (2)Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Doubles

(1) Knowles/Nestor - Allegro/Federer
Pala/Suk - Schüttler/Youzhny
(3) Santoro/Zimonjic - (WC) El Aynaoui/Safin
(WC) Al Ghareeb/Bahrouzyan - Berdych/Stepanek
Vik/Wawrinka - Rochus/Rochus
Andreev/Davydenko - (4) Damm/Paes
Ferrer/Seppi - Lopez/Nadal
Bhupathi/Moodie - (2) Hanley/Ullyett

Btw - stupid question - is there actually a desert in Dubai? :confused:

LaTenista
02-25-2006, 07:02 PM
:wavey: Thanks Rosie

Yes, I watched the women's final from Dubai today and the commentators were calling it a desert kingdom.

This has got to be by far the strongest draw at a non slam or Masters event. I really wish I could go to Dubai. :sad:

*fingers crossed* I hope there's a live stream at least.

*Ljubica*
02-25-2006, 08:01 PM
:wavey: Thanks Rosie

Yes, I watched the women's final from Dubai today and the commentators were calling it a desert kingdom.

This has got to be by far the strongest draw at a non slam or Masters event. I really wish I could go to Dubai. :sad:

*fingers crossed* I hope there's a live stream at least.
Yes - Dubai always has a great field - loads of people play there - mainly because they pay huge amounts of money :) The appearance fees for someone like Safin or Agassi will be enormous, even if they lose first round. I've heard good reports about the tournament itself and the organisation, athough I've never been there and it's never appealed to me much to be honest. A girlfriend of mine went a couple of years ago, and she said it wasn't the "easiest place for a lone, blonde, female traveller" - and it put me off a lot :p

Sue
02-26-2006, 10:44 AM
Hi Rosie and Isa....love your new avatars!
Wishing Good Luck to David....and so good to see Marat playing again!
Here's a pic of David to put us in the mood for cheering him on....like we need an excuse ;-)

Sue
02-26-2006, 10:50 AM
Just found an even more appropriate picture in the circumstances..... :-)))

*Ljubica*
02-26-2006, 10:51 AM
Hi Rosie and Isa....love your new avatars!
Wishing Good Luck to David....and so good to see Marat playing again!
Here's a pic of David to put us in the mood for cheering him on....like we need an excuse ;-)
Thanks - I thought it was time I properly introduced Caspar to the world. He is such a sweetie :hug:

Fergie
02-26-2006, 05:06 PM
Monday Order of Play

Center Court (02.00 PM) :

David Ferrer vs Rainer Schuettler

Vamos David! :bounce:

alisia
02-26-2006, 05:12 PM
Yikes he will be a very busy boy tomorrow not only does he play his singles match but also his doubles match is scheduled for last match on court 1.

alisia
02-26-2006, 05:17 PM
Sue thanks for pics especially the one of him with Marat ~ there are a couple of good ones on the Rotterdam thread from tennistory. :eek:

Eléa
02-27-2006, 09:30 AM
I try to follow the match but the scoreboard doesn't work :sad:
Vamos David!!!

*Ljubica*
02-27-2006, 12:01 PM
He lost 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 :sad: In retrospect I am not sure if skipping the South American clay court season for the hard courts was a good idea. I guess he wanted to try it (Coria, Ferrero and Nalbandian did last year too), - but they were all back on the clay this season. Maybe he should go back to the clay next year and pick up some easy points in some of the "Mickey Mouse" tourneys in Chile and Brazil instead of struggling against the more experienced hard court players in Europe. Ah well - good luck in the doubles David - my lunchtime is over and I have to get back to work now.

LaTenista
02-27-2006, 01:05 PM
:crying2: Seeing this loss for David has got to be one of the most horrible ways to start a Monday morning.

:sad: The doubles looks like it would be highly entertaining (Lopez is such a clown). Vamos chicos!

~EMiLiTA~
02-27-2006, 01:11 PM
:bigcry:

i also think he would have been better off back in south america, but maybe he wanted to *try* and develop his game on hardcourts. unfortunately he didn't get much of a chance to do that since he lost twice in the first round and once in the second round :(

better luck in the doubles. ánimo!

LaTenista
02-27-2006, 02:20 PM
Let's not forget this was his first outdoor match in a month - a necessary evil I think as he needs to be in form for Indian Wells & Miami.

:secret: But perhaps he would have been better off going to Las Vegas.

RogiFan88
02-27-2006, 02:35 PM
Just found an even more appropriate picture in the circumstances..... :-)))

Nice pic, Sue! Of course they know each other, they train at the same club in Valencia! ;)

Pobre de David, fine time for Rainer to win a match... why is it always vs. Spanish boys????? Too bad David didn't play his dbles BEFORE his sgles, if only for the matchplay...

FerrersLinda
02-27-2006, 03:17 PM
:sad: What the ......? :confused:
David, what's going on?

I'm kinda hoping that he hasn't recovered from his flu yet. Because if this is his form for this year I'm scared for him at Indian Wells and Miami. I still think his choice to skip the clay-courts and go for hard was a smart one. He has proven last year that he can do well on hard. I don't have a clue what's going on last couple of tourneys tho.

Great picture Sue. I love it....... my two favorites in one picture. Double the flavor. ;) Guess I'll be cheering for Marat.

B.t.w. Anybody going to the Miami tournament? I will be volunteering there if I can find an affordable place to stay at.

Hi Caspar :wavey:

alisia
02-27-2006, 03:30 PM
He definately made the right decision to play the hard courts & not go onto the South American clay. Lets just hope he is still suffering from the flu & not a loss of form. :sad:
What makes me laugh is how they have a thread dedicated to when Rainer wins a match! Ironically on Sky they tend to compare him alot to good old Rainer which is not a good thing.

*Ljubica*
02-27-2006, 04:17 PM
He definately made the right decision to play the hard courts & not go onto the South American clay. Lets just hope he is still suffering from the flu & not a loss of form. :sad:
What makes me laugh is how they have a thread dedicated to when Rainer wins a match! Ironically on Sky they tend to compare him alot to good old Rainer which is not a good thing.
Poor Rainer :sad: That thread was started a year or so ago by his biggest fans when he lost so many matches and dropped like a stone in the rankings. it was a kind of semi-ironic, depreciating thing - bless them - actually l like Rainer - have to admit :)

LaTenista
02-27-2006, 04:37 PM
Ferrer/Seppi lost the doubles to Feli/Rafa 3-6, 5-7. :sad:

LaTenista
02-27-2006, 04:44 PM
Great picture Sue. I love it....... my two favorites in one picture. Double the flavor. ;) Guess I'll be cheering for Marat.

B.t.w. Anybody going to the Miami tournament? I will be volunteering there if I can find an affordable place to stay at.

I agree, fab pic Sue. :yeah:

I've been to Miami but never the tournament. :( My birthday always falls on the cusp of Indian Wells & Miami (it's March 18) I can never decide between the two which one to attend and then I always just settle to watching them both on TV. :rolleyes:

Can I ask where you live Linda? I'm in a suburb north of Cincy, only 10 minutes from the Masters event. :secret: I play at the same site when tournaments aren't held there.

FerrersLinda
02-27-2006, 08:21 PM
I agree, fab pic Sue. :yeah:

I've been to Miami but never the tournament. :( My birthday always falls on the cusp of Indian Wells & Miami (it's March 18) I can never decide between the two which one to attend and then I always just settle to watching them both on TV. :rolleyes:

Can I ask where you live Linda? I'm in a suburb north of Cincy, only 10 minutes from the Masters event. :secret: I play at the same site when tournaments aren't held there.

I live in sunny Costa Rica. Nowhere near the beach though. I'm right smack in the middle of the country in Alajuela. Did go to the beach yesterday (two hour drive) and got a nice sunburn on my back. :( Costa Rica is nice but not to great if your a tennisfan. No tournaments here except for a juniors one that's actually quite good. If all you want to do is play tennis, it's great here. I play almost every day. B.t.w. I'm not Costa Rican, I'm a Dutchie.

Also this year instead of celebrating your birthday at home, I think you should choose Miami and help me cheer David on! :D I'll buy you a cake, I promise! :bdaycake:

Sue
02-27-2006, 08:24 PM
I'm echoing Lindas thoughts and hoping that Davids loss in the singles is due to still feeling under the weather because of the flu..........losing to Feli and Rafa is no disgrace though. Lets hope its onwards and upwards for the rest of the year!
Vamos!!

FerrersLinda
02-27-2006, 08:38 PM
I'm echoing Lindas thoughts and hoping that Davids loss in the singles is due to still feeling under the weather because of the flu..........losing to Feli and Rafa is no disgrace though. Lets hope its onwards and upwards for the rest of the year!
Vamos!!


Absolutely Sue. :clap2: We know he can play on hardcourts ..... even this year, he did good at the AO.
VAMOS DAVID LEVANTESE :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

alisia
02-27-2006, 08:51 PM
This is a match report of the inside tennis site

On a baking hot sunny afternoon here in Dubai, Rainer Schuettler fought off a determined final set comeback by David Ferrer, seeded 5, to advance to the second round with a 6-2 3-6 7-5 victory.

The German who had lost narrowly to Brit Andy Murray last week in Memphis from a winning position, got off to a good start breaking the Ferrer serve twice in the opening set; the first came in the sixth game when the Spaniard could do nothing but watch as a topspin lob sailed over his head and landed in. A second break secured the set for the German as Ferrer struggling to find his consistency netted his forehand attempting to go down the line. The Spaniard got himself to break point on the opening Schuettler serve, but when he lost that point his frustration boiled over and he hurled his racquet into the back-stop. He didn't stop there as he proceeded to smash his racquet after missing three more break points in that game. Following the obligatory code violation from the umpire, Ferrer lost his opportunity that game as Schuettler held serve.

The German then engineered a 0-30 score on the Ferrer service game, but when the Spaniard then won three consecutive points, Schuettler received a code violation of his own for audible obscenity. That seemed to unsettle the German as he proceeded to lose his serve in the next game aided by a sublime backhand half volley pass down the line by the resurgent Spaniard. A second break of the German's serve in the ninth game gave Ferrer the second set.

In the final set, Schuettler raced to a 4-1 lead breaking Ferrer twice, in the third and fifth game. However, the second ranked Spaniard fought his way back into the match with some aggressive play breaking the Schuettler serve twice to level at 4-4, the second break achieved with a running whipped-up forehand crosscourt winner that clipped the sideline. With both men holding serve, it was Ferrer's nerve that cracked first serving at 5-5 when he dropped his serve to love in a disasterous game consisting of two consecutive double faults giving the German the much needed break gift wrapped. Schuettler took the match on his third match point with a forehand winner.

A relieved Schuettler said after the match; "After losing to Murray last week in Memphis when I was winning the match, it was important for me to turn things around. It feels very good finishing off such a match." Schuettler was unsure how he let a double break lead slip in the third set; "Maybe I gave him the chance to play well because I was too defensive. At the end I was fighting, trying to win."