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05-23-2006, 04:17 PM
This guy needs his own thread, right Kristen? :angel:

Pic from his match with Ice Ice Vinny today. :D

ae wowww
05-23-2006, 04:42 PM
After the forearm, I'm afraid the first thing that caught my eye was those two guys behind Oliver :tape:

05-23-2006, 05:44 PM
Kristen musts be smiling ;)

Marach df Spadea 6-4, 6-3

Now he and Jurgen need to keep on winning. :worship:

05-23-2006, 08:58 PM
After the forearm, I'm afraid the first thing that caught my eye was those two guys behind Oliver :tape:
Heh. His forearm's pretty cool-looking. :cool:

And he beat Vinnaay, too. Yay. :banana:

We need more pics to put in here. :D

05-24-2006, 12:31 AM
Hello hello :angel:

Ah Tangy, yet another reason why I'm one of your fans :rolls:

Yes indeed...he does deserve a thread, the only thing stopping me was the fear that if I created one, I might forget to go into the general Austrian one, thus appearing ignorant of Jürgen -which, let's face it, I have been...since I discovered Oliver :lol: also I was thinking I might be the only one in it, but this proves me wrong :yeah:

First thing I noticed about the picture - where is his ring? :aplot::lol:

I was so worried last night in the second set, when Vinnay was leading 2-0 :tape:. Extremely glad to see him come back so convincingly. alberto must be so proud :D :hatoff: Now, Gilles Simon...

05-24-2006, 02:44 AM
SLAM Sports had this to say:
Marach, a 25-year-old Austrian, planned to play in qualifying matches for the French Open in Paris this week, but slipped into the main draw after others pulled out. The 97th-ranked Marach then received a wild card for Poertschach and dominated No. 71-ranked Spadea with his strong service.

"I am relieved to finally be in the top 100," Marach said. "I tried hard to get there, and now it makes me feel comfortable on the court. I could take on Spadea without pressure."

05-24-2006, 05:38 PM
Marach beat Gilles Simon, 7-6 6-1! :woohoo:

More piccies :D

05-25-2006, 02:53 AM
:eek: Good on him. It's nice to have career high rankings, three weeks in a row :lol:
( Ahh how I love that shirt on him :tape: ) Thanks for the info Tangy! I'm a bit busy this week, so don't have enough time to do the photo/score thing. Fantastic to see him with a great second set.

Now he plays Pavel. He lost to him the last time they played, but Peta and I like to think it was to prevent friction between the two of us (with her being a massive Pavel fan). But now...bring on the friction!!! i say....

So, according to this
he has an added 40 points this week?

05-25-2006, 11:31 PM
TSN (24 May)
PORTSCHACH, Austria (Ticker) - Andrei Pavel and Oliver Marach will not be pressed into double duty Thursday at the Hypo Group Tennis International.

Pavel and Marach advanced to the quarterfinals of the $388,630 claycourt event on Wednesday, when no other matches got underway because of steady rain.

Pavel posted a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Brazilian Marcos Daniel, who had upset second-seeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the first round. The match was halted after the Romanian won the first set, and he was dominant after a lengthy delay.

He will face Marach in the round of eight Thursday after the Austrian wild card upset eighth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1. Simon had held a 6-5 lead when their encounter was interrupted.

The other six second-round matches will be played Thursday, with those winners also having to play quarterfinals later in the day. Among those who may have to win twice is top seed and defending champion Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, who was slated to play Spanish qualifier Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo on Wednesday.Andrei df Oli 64, 62.

Cyril Suk/Oliver Marach df Vince Spadea/Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 2-6, 10-3.
They next play Bhupathi/Knowle, who progressed after Chela and Horna gave a walkover (Horna - back).

(How cute is this addition to his website!?! The 'Top 100 Player' :awww: :hug: )

ae wowww
05-26-2006, 03:40 PM
Oli and Cyril through the doubles final! :D Took out Knowle/Bhupathi congrats. They were the last direct acceptance!

05-27-2006, 03:13 AM
:awww: Poor Mahesh! This is great news :) Hopefully they can take it out (and yeah, I just went and looked at who they are playing :rolls: Well, I guess either way I'll be happy. His rankings will improve, and someone I like will have won the doubles.

(I'm annoyed that Horna gave a walkover to Pavel! LOL Oli, you kill me! Yes, I'm just envious of Pavels success this week :lol: )

Here's a photo from the Pavel match. Plenty more on the GEPA website.

06-02-2006, 04:04 AM
#90 this week!
Another career high :rolls:
Jürgen is at #70 so he's catching up! :D

06-08-2006, 03:46 PM
uhh...according to the Sassuolo site (Italian challenger this week, which has had numerous errors):
Brzezicki d. Marach 1-6 6-0 6-0

No disrespect to JPB, but... unless Olivers leg was broken, I don't know how he could manage such a result. I'm hoping it's a mistake on the site, and at the least, he won some more games! "Mr Marach! You've got some 'splaining to do!"

Edit: It's his shoulder that is the problem :mad:

06-12-2006, 09:24 AM
He's in the Lugano Challenger in Switzerland. Seeded quite nicely...

(3)Marach vs Teimuraz Gabashvili

(1)Marach/Galimberti vs Frederico Gil(POR)/Diego Hartfield(ARG)

His ranking is back down to 97 this week.

06-12-2006, 11:56 AM
Hopefully it was only a minor problem that's all cleared up by now.

06-12-2006, 12:33 PM
*Insert expletive (or two) here*
I just found this on the tennisweb.at site, dated June 8. It's a result of a babelfish translation, and then me trying to fix up some sentences so they make more sense. E.g. Oliver is not an olive. You get it...:

Because of "bad movement" Oliver Marach must again say goodbye to the ATP Top 100. In the round of 16, 21,250 Euro+H Challengers was for the hurt title defender last stop.

6:1, 0:6, 0:6 against Argentine Qualifier Juan Pablo Brzezicki (ATP 256) - for Oliver Marach set to two, that ended the tournament of Sassuolo extremely unfortunately. The Austrian hurt himself in the last game of the first set: "up to then actually everything ran perfectly. I controlled the match and played great", said the Austrian number two.

Doubly hurt, Marach does not give up
"again there however unfortunately I then any poor movement made and the pain in my shoulder were", said Marach, which already 2001 shoulder problems troubled. The lengthy injury seemed to have healed completely however meanwhile long. Only later the injury devil slammed shut few minutes a second time: "I am also still umgeknöchelt(?)", avowed Marach. "therefore I had to then get a physician. He told me I should give a walkover. I did not want that however, because I thought that there still more inside and I can win. And in such a way I the portion stop then finished played." Oliver only gave up prior to the doubles match, scheduled afterwards.

Longer break for "Oli"?
Thus Marach will find himself outside the Top 100, because in the previous year he got himself in Sassuolo the title. 45 points are taken thereby in the coming week from the ranking. After present conditions the current number 90 of the world will drop back to rank 106. Whether Marach now with coming week the starting Challenger into Lugano (SUI) to the start to go can is at present still uncertain.

06-15-2006, 10:38 AM
Oli df Haehnel, 63 62
He next plays MUNOZ-DE LA NAVA, in the third round. Auf gehts :yeah:

06-15-2006, 11:46 PM
He and Galimberti won their doubles match, 17-15 in the third. Not a bad effort. Now Oliver gets to play twice in one day. Lucky, eh? Here's the Order of Play. At least their doubles opponent has to play twice as well :shrug::scratch:

06-27-2006, 01:01 PM
This guy kills me. Well, I guess he feels worse. He is getting his ass kicked by Wang. 3-1, 7-6 (good effort :yeah: ) 3-0 :tape:

EDIT: Make that 6-0. :wavey:
I thought this was my favourite tournament.

06-28-2006, 12:10 PM
This guy kills me. Well, I guess he feels worse. He is getting his ass kicked by Wang. 3-1, 7-6 (good effort :yeah: ) 3-0 :tape:

EDIT: Make that 6-0. :wavey:
I thought this was my favourite tournament.

It was my favorite until both Jurgen and Oliver lost in the first round. :banghead:

06-28-2006, 04:14 PM
It was my favorite until both Jurgen and Oliver lost in the first round. :banghead::lol: and now Peya has joined the ranks. A clean sweep! At least they have been consistent. Now, onto that challenger in Italy next week :)

06-28-2006, 04:15 PM
This guy kills me. Well, I guess he feels worse. He is getting his ass kicked by Wang. 3-1, 7-6 (good effort :yeah: ) 3-0 :tape:

EDIT: Make that 6-0. :wavey:
I thought this was my favourite tournament.
:lol: Sorry Kristen :hug:

06-28-2006, 04:27 PM
hehe I'll live ;) I'm now focusing on doubles, and Jarkko/Jonas :lol:
Here are some photos from the Wang debacle. Thanks to MJF for reminding me about the GEPA site.

06-30-2006, 02:40 PM
Burgsmuller/Marach df Seppi/Sanguinetti 57, 46, 63, 64, 64.
I had no hope during that second set :lol: I told Peta (Pan) that I was going to dump Oli as my #2 for five minutes, and put Jarkko in his place :tape: But then, I felt bad about it :retard: Great comeback. Thank goodness. I wonder what happened. Maybe Davide went a bit crazy?

They play the winner of:
(11)Lukas Dlouhy/Pavel Vizner v. Julien Benneteau/Nicolas Mahut

06-30-2006, 03:06 PM
mmm look at those legs :drool:

07-01-2006, 02:18 AM
Even Peya/Phau won in doubles today.

Only loser from Austria was Jurgen with Burgsmuller. What a match it must have been. 3 tiebreak sets. 6-7 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (3).

I believe it is on to Newport, RI, for Jurgen. Another grass tournament.
Good luck to him. He needs some wins so he can stay in the top 100.

07-04-2006, 05:51 PM
I think that, for the remainder of Wimbledon I may have to 'go back to my roots'. I can't believe that Jonas and Jarkko are still in. Jonas is in so many events :eek: it's stunning! Anyway, here are some old Oli pics...from Petrobas, in either early 2005 (unlikely) or some time before this. Sorry, I'm a bit vague :)

07-04-2006, 09:39 PM
I think that, for the remainder of Wimbledon I may have to 'go back to my roots'. I can't believe that Jonas and Jarkko are still in. Jonas is in so many events :eek: it's stunning! Anyway, here are some old Oli pics...from Petrobas, in either early 2005 (unlikely) or some time before this. Sorry, I'm a bit vague :)

Very nice pictures of Oliver :D

07-10-2006, 05:08 PM
Oli is down a break in the third set against Prpic in Bastad. Doh! Don't do a Nadal!!! (tiebreak against Roger, Wimbledon Final). Prpic is hardly Federer, and Nadal and Oli only share a similar style of shirt + good arms...but... he had such a good start to the match :scratch:

07-10-2006, 05:24 PM
Of course, as soon as the page refreshed, it showed that Oli broke back. I love it when that happens. Let's see if it happens again... (so far not. it was 0-2, now it's 4-2. Maybe Oli is taking the Federer 'time to get my act together and win this' approach :shrug: )

To try to avoid making this a scoring thread, I'll add some pictures...

Oli's rank this week: 94.
(Jurgen is 91 :tape: )
He's playing doubles with Kas, against Eleskovic and Ryderstedt (hopefully Ryderstedt's recent horrific form will help Oli, though I obviously like Michael also). If he beats Filip, he plays JCF nect. Woo!

ae wowww
07-10-2006, 06:59 PM
I just saw Oliver got a career high this week :D?

07-11-2006, 02:00 PM
In doubles, yeah:D He's doing quite well for himself it seems!
I was so busy focusing on Oli @ 94, and Jurgen @ 91, that I didn't realise Kunitsyn is 93!!! LOL How did that happen :tape: :woohoo:
Marat is #95! Ahh I like it. (Poor Marat!)

ae wowww
07-11-2006, 02:56 PM
In doubles, yeah:D He's doing quite well for himself it seems!
I was so busy focusing on Oli @ 94, and Jurgen @ 91, that I didn't realise Kunitsyn is 93!!! LOL How did that happen :tape: :woohoo:
Marat is #95! Ahh I like it. (Poor Marat!)

You see, I discard singles altogether - just assumed that the only ranking would be doubles :lol: Congrats Oliver!

07-16-2006, 07:35 AM
Let's see if he can get himself a title (Doubles, Bastad) to celebrate his 26th birthday today/Sunday :) :aparty:

07-23-2006, 02:38 PM
From the quarterfinal in Stuttgart, against Jose Acasuso. :hatoff:
Photos are from yahoo.

07-23-2006, 07:27 PM
he looks good scruffy.

07-24-2006, 03:36 AM
Definitely ;)

I think it suits him, when he doesn't shave for a few days....
Here are a couple of other scruffy photos. Also, a pic I put in the Austrian thread. I like men :devil:

07-24-2006, 05:32 AM
Definitely ;)

I think it suits him, when he doesn't shave for a few days....
Here are a couple of other scruffy photos. Also, a pic I put in the Austrian thread. I like men :devil:

Great pictures. Oliver is ranked 88 this week. Is this his highest singles ranking? Jurgen is 81. With the scedule at Kitzbuhel he will probably over take Jurgen this week. :(

07-24-2006, 01:17 PM
:eek: 88!?! :woohoo: Yeah, he had reached 90 before this, I think :D
I'm so happy! And glad to see Jurgen getting back to a lower number... He doesn't belong in the 90's. Maybe 70's at the worst. Auf gehts!!

07-24-2006, 01:37 PM
:eek: 88!?! :woohoo: Yeah, he had reached 90 before this, I think :D
I'm so happy! And glad to see Jurgen getting back to a lower number... He doesn't belong in the 90's. Maybe 70's at the worst. Auf gehts!!

Hopefully both Jurgen and Oliver can improve their rankings this week.

Kitzbuhel has never been kind to Jurgen. In fact if you remember last year was the first year he had a win there. This year he needs to improve that. There are 7 Austrians in the MD. Wow! Someone should do well.

07-24-2006, 02:28 PM
Yeah! I remember, it was like the Sydney tournament...he couldn't manage a win :awww:

In Kitz, Oli is teamed with Suk and will play Matkowski/Fyrstenberg. :tape: This is not good :lol: Come on crowd, get behind them!

ae wowww
07-24-2006, 08:38 PM
Kristen, who is Oli going out with? I can't remember what I heard.. a WTA player or something?

07-25-2006, 01:09 AM
Illinuera informs me that he is seeing Canadian (woo!), Sonya Jeyaseelan.

ae wowww
07-25-2006, 08:39 AM
Oh.. I'm sure she has a lovely personality.

07-25-2006, 12:31 PM
[QUOTE=Kristen]Illinuera informs me that he is seeing Canadian (woo!), Sonya Jeyaseelan.

He has good taste in his woman. :D

ae wowww
07-25-2006, 01:21 PM
He has good taste in his woman. :D

! Joker ! :D

07-25-2006, 01:30 PM
:ras: ;) Andrew :lol:
I probably can read between the lines, but I won't ;) Indeed, she must have a good personality... he seems to have one also. Do you remember her at all? WTA is practically non-existant for me, I know so little. I heard she lost a lot at one time. If she was a man, she'd be my ideal player!

ae wowww
07-25-2006, 01:48 PM
I don't think I've heard of her, either :D And such a typically Canadian name would've stuck in my mind, I'm sure!!

07-27-2006, 02:56 AM
Kitz pics... but I think they're from last year...
This year Eitzinger df him, 63 60. Let's focus on the next tournament ;)
Dodgy photo, but I like both players :D


08-02-2006, 02:20 AM
Nice win today by Oliver!

08-02-2006, 10:59 PM
WOW! what an effort by Oliver today, keep it going!

08-03-2006, 03:13 AM
Stunning :eek:
I didn't expect this, even if Gaudio is not so great these days :rolls:
Great start to my day :) Now... it will be interesting to see what happens in the doubles against the Austrians. Here's hoping the crowd really gets behind Kubot!! :D

Volandri is next in singles. My camera would be getting a good workout if I was there :o

08-03-2006, 04:29 AM
Article from Forbes.com
http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2006/08/02/ap2923517.htmlGaston Gaudio struggled again on clay Wednesday, losing to Austria's Oliver Marach 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the second round of Prokom Open.

Gaudio, a third-seeded Argentine who won the 2004 French Open, was up a break in the third set. But Marach recovered and went on to win the tiebreaker for the biggest victory of his eight-year career.

Marach advances to the quarterfinals against seventh-seeded Filippo Volandri of Italy, who beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Marach, ranked No. 87, won all four of his break points. Marach acknowledged the Argentine "didn't play his best tennis," but said Gaudio "had the chance to finish the match at 5-3."

Gaudio continues to play poorly on clay, his favorite surface. He's failed to successfully defend all five of the titles he won last year, including last week in Kitzbuehel.

"At the end I think I was fighting more," Marach said. "I showed more heart a little bit and that's why I win."

08-03-2006, 04:33 AM
From Sopot:
Marach the quarterfinalist

Oliver Marach became the second player to reach the quarterfinals of the Orange Prokom Open. In a very good match, the Austrian unexpectedly defeated the world's 16th player Gastona Gaudio 7/5, 6/4, 7/6.

The first set showed that the players were evenly matched. Gaudio won the first game only to lose the next two. This seemed to frustrate the Argentinean so much that he broke his racquet in two by slamming it repeatedly against the court. As it turns out this sort of outlet had a positive effect on his tennis because he won the next two games. They both held serves to 5/5, at which point Gaudio broke Marach and held to take the set.

The second, no less entertaining set was won by Oliver Marach. He broke early and held his serve to finish the set at 6/4.

The third set was truly nerve racking. Gaudio was leading 5/2 after the first seven games, and when everyone thought it was over, Oliver pulled off an amazing come back. At 5/5 Gaston held his serve and at 5/6 so did Marach. Both players were visibly nervous during the tie break, which was won 7/4 by the Austrian.

and an interview from Sopot...
"Gaudio was not playing his best tennis today. I watched him yesterday, I knew that I could win, that I would have to fight for every point but that I could do it. Gaudio had a chance to close out the match, when he was up 5/3 but I was able to break back. I knew that he was a bit down lately and I knew that this was my chance.

"My arm was so slow in the tie break, I was very nervous. I thought that here I am, a few points away from beating a French Open champion. You have thoughts like that at those moments but you have to focus, hit the ball over the net, not push it. I was pushing my serve in that last game, it was so slow, like my mother's. Gaudio made a simple mistake, and I had that lucky net point. But luck always goes both ways.

"My whole family enjoys playing tennis. I started playing when I was six. I didn't think I would be a professional player. I wasn't that good when I was younger, I was about 60th nationally at seventeen. At that time I decided to get serious, I played some good matches and my level went up. In six months I went up 400 places in the rankings. At twenty I was already 160 in the world. Then I started having chronic problems with my shoulder. I did not want it operated so it still bothers me from time to time".

ae wowww
08-03-2006, 07:01 PM
That interview from Sopot is nice :D And it's also nice to see Oli doing so well this week!

08-04-2006, 01:01 AM
That interview from Sopot is nice :D And it's also nice to see Oli doing so well this week!

Congrats to Oli this week. He is playing great all week.

He and Kubot beat Knowle/lMelzer in a close match today. I had the feeling it could go either way. I hope they now win the tournament.

08-05-2006, 06:28 AM
Damned awesome (as in 'nice') Czechs! Good players too, I'm glad Oli/Lukasz got a few matches under their belts. And speaking of doubles, nice semi-comeback from Jim in Washington! ALMOST got there!!!

08-07-2006, 04:31 PM
Current INDESIT ATP Ranking - Singles: 82
Career High INDESIT ATP Ranking - Singles: 82 (8/7/2006)

Current Stanford ATP Doubles Ranking: 40
Career High Stanford ATP Doubles Ranking: 40 (8/7/2006)

Still #2 Austrian (Jürgen is back up to #73 :yeah: )

I'll add some Sopot pics tomorrow/Wednesday :wavey:

08-07-2006, 08:30 PM
Current INDESIT ATP Ranking - Singles: 82
Career High INDESIT ATP Ranking - Singles: 82 (8/7/2006)

Current Stanford ATP Doubles Ranking: 40
Career High Stanford ATP Doubles Ranking: 40 (8/7/2006)

Still #2 Austrian (Jürgen is back up to #73 :yeah: )

I'll add some Sopot pics tomorrow/Wednesday :wavey:

Jurgen is at a career High in the ATP Doubles Ranking at: 21 (8-7-2006)

08-08-2006, 02:33 AM
Sopot has been kind to Oli's supporters :hatoff:

08-08-2006, 03:07 AM
Nimi (MTF poster) was at the kitz tourney, and had this to say...

Suk/Marach d Damm/Pala 7-6 (7) 6-4
I really only wanted to see this match due to Cyril Suk, the most ancient player on tour. Agassi is a child next to him. He looks younger than, say, Sanguinetti, but he'll be forty years old at January. He is not a bad player, though Marach did most of the work. Damm and Pala are really quite boring, Damm is a little bit more impressive, but Pala looks like he's working at an office... When you realise that these guys are two of the world's highest ranked doubles players, you can understand why doubles is not a huge success. Either way, Austria will have a tournament winner - either Marach or Koubek.
Kohlschreiber/Koubek d Suk/Marach 6-2 6-3
This match was the warm-up for the real final, as far as the crowd was concerned, but it was a really fun match. Ancient Suk was really interesting, as this is a guy who reached his highest singles rankings the year I was born! His technique is quite speciel, it's nice to watch. He also hit some nice volleys, but most of his first serves were hit below the 140 kmph mark, that is really slow!

Marach was pretty good, but nothing really speciel, he was tow to tow with Koubek on the long court, but couldn't live with Kohlschreiber on the cross court. Koubek wasn't really at his best today, after that amazing preformance in the semi-final, and Kohlschreiber was the best player on court by miles, he was so great to watch. There were a couple of points that made the crowd go crazy - both of them were made out of long net-rallies and finished with Kohlschreiber hitting an amazing cross-court passing shot on the run.

The Austrians got their wish - a local champion, and who's better to fill that spot than Koubek, the veteran?

08-09-2006, 05:23 AM
:ras: Guzman df Marach 63, 76(3). :smash:

Help me. I'm thinking along the lines of 'well, it's only a challenger result...who cares!'. :eek: Ah well... don't let it happen again. This is not the way into the top 75 :p

Andrew, who is it in your avatar? Reminds me a bit of Jaslyn Hewitt, but I think that's unlikely...maybe that British girl? It's slightly disturbing for me :lol: :wavey:

EDIT: Guzman won a title last week, defeating Vinciguerra. Makes me feel a bit better :lol:

08-10-2006, 11:03 AM
Oliver :mad:

08-13-2006, 04:13 AM
Nice pics Kristen! :)

08-20-2006, 11:41 AM
Glad you enjoyed them :wavey: (I'm glad Sopot had a decent photographer!)

This week he's (hopefully) in New Haven, for the Pilot Pen tournament. First, though, he needs to defeat Michael Berrer (GER) in the final qualifying round. He's the second match on (after a WTA match at 10am) so light shouldn't be an issue for him :yeah:

08-28-2006, 01:43 PM
US Open
Oliver Marach (AUT) vs Justin Gimelstob (USA)
If he can win this, he probably plays David Ferrer. I expect Oli would be able to defeat Gimelstob, but I expected Berrer to lose in New Haven too ;)

(15)Oliver Marach/Cyril Suk (AUT/CZE) vs Yves Allegro/Daniele Bracciali (SUI/ITA)

08-30-2006, 04:36 AM
Hopefully he can at least win a couple of doubles matches, Good Luck to Oliver at the USO!

09-22-2006, 01:54 PM
woohoo! Austria leads its World Group Play-off tie against Mexico 1-0 after Oliver Marach fought off a strong challenge from Bruno Echagaray to run out a 62 46 76(4) 63 winner in a match that lasted over four hours.
Love this last one!

09-22-2006, 03:16 PM

Sweet pictures. He looks so happy...and it's great to see Captain and Player embracing like that :) Fingers crossed for the Austrians, and that Jurgen can win #2 to put them in a good position.

09-22-2006, 04:34 PM

Sweet pictures. He looks so happy...and it's great to see Captain and Player embracing like that :) Fingers crossed for the Austrians, and that Jurgen can win #2 to put them in a good position.

Any pictures of Jurgen's win? I could not find them.

09-24-2006, 07:01 AM
Yep, added some photos to the DC thread, but I think you might have these ones already...

09-24-2006, 02:42 PM
An article from the DC site...re. Day 1.
Marach overcomes Mexican in marathon
Austria’s Oliver Marach overcame nerves to defeat the Mexican No. 1 Bruno Echagaray 62 64 76(4) 63 in a four-hour thriller in the first match of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Play-off tie at the Werzer Arena in Portschach.

Marach playing his first live rubber
As Echagaray had pointed out already, whatever the statistics said on paper was irrelevant to the battle that might unfold on court. For Marach, this match was always going to be a tough experience, the Austrian having returned to Davis Cup after three years to play his first live rubber and face the pressure of securing the all-important first point for his country.

Marach was facing a player he thought he knew very well, but the aggression from the Mexican was new territory for the 26-year-old from Graz. “Echagaray was one of the best juniors and I remember playing him back in the 2004 Mexico Futures tournament. I thought I knew his play, but of course this can change,” said Marach.

Marach had an evidently nervous but lucky run in the first set, breaking the Mexican immediately and taking the first four games to deny Echagaray any place in the match, despite a clear determination from the Mexican to fight for every point.
Echagaray’s aggression was obvious from the outset, engaging in long rallies and pushing his opponent to deuce on most occasions, before an unforced error gave Marach the advantage and ultimately the first set.

Second set to Echagaray
It could have gone the same way in the second, but Echagaray by this time was on top of his game and starting to show signs of playing like a Top Ten player, both mentally and physically, which troubled Marach. Whatever the Austrian gave his opponent, he received it straight back ten times harder. Play started to get more dirty and Marach had to rely on mixing the game up with soft shots that weren’t always that confident, teasing the ball over the net and often looking up to the skies for forgiveness.

“Oli wasn’t aggressive enough. His nerves were up and down and he kept pulling his opponent back into the game,” said captain Thomas Muster on Marach’s loss of the second set.

There was further bad luck for Marach when he had to call the trainer for treatment on his calf. “I have been on a special fitness programme for the past two weeks,” he said. “So when I got sore in my leg, that made me even more nervous.”

Tiebreak hands third set to Austria
Once again, the third set began the same way, Austria breaking first and Mexico stealing the game straight back. The turning point of the match came with the hosts leading 5-4 and 40-30, when a bad forehand volley from Marach fell a foot short of the net, a choice of shot that must have come out of sheer desperation. He chose the same unforgiving shot at 5-5 which he fortunately recovered, thanks only to an error from Echagaray.

The Austrian crowd held their breath at the beginning of the third set tiebreak, when Echagaray took the first two points after two forehands from Marach sailed over the baseline. At 2-3, Marach made the same error but out of nowhere pulled the tiebreak back to 4-all, at which point he yelled “Come on!” and punched his fist, breathing a huge sigh of relief.

“I thought I could lose at some point, of course, and that tiebreak was the moment,” Marach later said.

The match sailed away from Echagaray in the fourth set, battling against a 4-0 lead for Marach. The Mexican was struggling with soreness, after also receiving treatment from his trainer. But just as he had throughout the match, Echagaray held on to save three games from Marach before going down on the third match point for the Austrian.

Thomas Muster is not yet full of confidence that Austria will go on to win this tie. “The win was okay, just okay. I told the guys it’s going to be difficult. Look at the results in Germany and Russia, it doesn’t always go the way you think it does.”

09-27-2006, 04:56 AM
Was sorry that Oliver could not win today in Palermo. He lost to Almagro 1-6, 4-6. Must admit Almagro is playing very well now and Oliver could need time for himself after the Davis Cup.

10-09-2006, 04:07 PM
"This means nothing to me.... ohhh Viennaaaa!"

I have just changed my myspace name to 'Oli is killing me'.
He is playing Rainer Eitzinger. I've seen some good results from him in some events this year, but when I saw him play, it was painful to watch. So, although he beat Oli recently, I figured he could kick ass anyway.

Not so.

Rainer won the first set 6-2, then midway through the second (i think) Oli broke. It got back to 5-all, which is when I started to really get annoyed. Oli broke again to take it 7-5. :tape::)

Oliver plays with Cyril Suk again, against Coetzee and Wassen. It could be difficult, but they make a good team. Fingers crossed. I don't want to be singing 'Vienna' in the morning. :(

10-09-2006, 05:21 PM
There IS a Tennis God.
2-6, 7-5, 7-6. But please... no more 3 setters. Leave that irritating :bs: to Jürgen. I can tolerate it from him now. I do feel bad for Rainer though. I am delighted for Oli, but Rainer is nice.

But...three sets... that score... ugh! Who is this tennis player!? Oliver Marach, or Todd Reid (Can't think of anyone really crap that I like right now). Fingers crossed for the next round. He will certainly need some luck. :p

10-10-2006, 03:45 PM
Oli and Cyril df Coetzee/Wassen 4-6 6-1, 10-8.
They meet the winner of the doubles incl. Pala vs Koubek.

10-13-2006, 04:14 AM
VIENNA, Oct 12 (Reuters) - David Nalbandian soaked up some early pressure to defeat Austria's Oliver Marach 6-2 6-3 and reach the quarter-finals of the Vienna Open on Thursday.

Second-seeded Nalbandian had to fight off two break points in the opening game and three more at 2-2 before gaining the upper hand against an eager opponent.

A double-fault then gave the Argentine a break for 4-2, and he broke again to love to claim the set.

Marach continued to offer a strong challenge in the second set, breaking to lead 3-2 with a winning forehand. But Nalbandian recovered the break in the next game, and broke again in a lengthy eighth game when Marach netted a backhand.
Ouch. I love that backhand :(Another Vienna bites the dust for Oli, Pala/Vizner df Marach/Suk 64 62.


10-13-2006, 05:14 AM
Where have the sleeveless shirts gone? :lol::o

From the match against Rainer Eitzinger

11-01-2006, 01:50 AM
Olliver is playing a challenger in Seoul, Korea this week. Today he defeated Monroe of the USA 6-4, 6-0. He will next play Sam Wuerrey of the USA. Sam is a fast rising American who has improved 390 places in his ranking this year and is now at 138. It will be tough match for Oliver. He can do it.

01-07-2007, 05:31 AM
Marach vs Brydan Klein.
It was a bad day for Oli yesterday, but I was happy with a couple of things:

-Lotto sponsorship.
-New racquet [Wilson. No clue which one, I'm just happy it's Wilson]

He looks well. He's not playing great, not even good for him... but he hasn't played for two months (:o) so hopefully he can get his ass into gear soon.

ae wowww
01-07-2007, 09:17 AM
Oli's calves looking big! Probably that time off means he has bulked up some, got to turn it into pure muscle now! Also the clothes look quality! Good luck Oli!

01-07-2007, 11:30 AM
Yeah, they're good stuff. I'll have to stop saying "Lotto only sponsors crap players" now hey... haha... oops.

I wonder if Lotto make a sleeveless shirt. LOL They look really good on Oli.

01-07-2007, 12:08 PM
He looks well. He's not playing great, not even good for him... but he hasn't played for two months (:o) so hopefully he can get his ass into gear soon.[/QUOTE]

Sorry he is not playing well as he proved you right in his match against Kim losing 0-6, 2-6.

Have you seen Jurgen to talk to him? I hope he and Stefan do well this week.
If you can, ask Jurgen why he is not playing doubles with Julian Knowle. I feel bad for Julian because this is not the first time that Jurgen has done this. I am sure Jurgen just wants to concentrate on the singles.

Enjoy the tennis and take lots of pictures that I can use.

01-09-2007, 02:46 AM
There is an interviiew with Oliver on Tennisweb.at. Of course it is in German but you can translate it and read about him.

I found it interesting. Enjoy it.

01-11-2007, 05:41 PM
Oliver is not starting the year off very well. He lost in the 1st round of the qualifying for the Australian Open. I had high hopes for him this year.

01-13-2007, 09:15 AM
Played much better than in Sydney [new blog on myspace, I dunno if i put it in LJ yet, I'll go and check...], but yeah...still not up to scratch, especially against someone decent like Cilic.

02-05-2007, 09:52 PM
Alex Peya has replaced Oliver on the Davis Cup squad. The Coach said he had hope to wait until Wednesday after watching them both in practice, but Oliver want a decision now so he could play in a tournament if he was not chosen.

From Sport 1.at

Marach disappoints: Peya as a fourth man nominates
The last tournament week made the difference.

Which was already assumed in the last days by Alex Peyas success run with the ATP tournament by Zagreb, now reality became: The Viennese replaces olive Marach in the four-man cadre of the Public workers' union Daviscup team for on Friday the prelude match of group of worlds beginning with Argentina. “I decided the thing again through the head go to let and me due to the recent results for Peya. It has much self-assurance and at present the better chances after its successes to get one point should it be used”, justified captain and director of public workers' union sport Gilbert Schaller

04-09-2007, 07:52 AM
Oli is playing in the Casablanca Challenger (http://stevegtennis.com/results/2007/ch-casablanca.txt) this week. Here are the quarters of each event he is in.

(1)Flavio Saretta (BRA) vs (WC)Mounir El Aarej (MAR)
Lamine Ouahab (ALG) vs (q)Fabio Fognini (ITA)
(WC)Rabie Chaki (MAR) vs (q)Thierry Ascione (FRA)
(7)Oliver Marach (AUT) vs (q)Martin Alund (ARG)

(1)Lukasz Kubot/Oliver Marach (POL/AUT) vs Thiago Alves/Nathan Healey (BRA/AUS)
(WC)Rabie Chaki/Mounir El Aarej (MAR) vs Frederico Gil/Lamine Ouahab (POR/ALG)

My fingers are crossed for second round losses, at worst!

04-25-2007, 05:34 AM
He won something! :rolls:
He lost to Ascione in the second round of singles, but Oli and Lukasz took home the doubles trophy from the Casablanca challenger. It went a little something like this:
R1: (1)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. Alves/Healey (BRA/AUS) 6-1 7-5
QF: (1)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. Gil/Ouahab (POR/ALG) 6-2 6-3
SF: (1)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. Ascione/Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 6-3 6-2
Final:(1)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. (2)Mertinak/Vik (SVK/CZE) 6-3 6-3

This week he's playing in Casablanca's ATP event with Lukasz. He didn't qualify, but they won their first round.
(4)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. (WC)El Aarej/Ventura (MAR/ESP) 6-1 3-6 (10-7)

04-25-2007, 01:19 PM
He won something! :rolls:
He lost to Ascione in the second round of singles, but Oli and Lukasz took home the doubles trophy from the Casablanca challenger. It went a little something like this:
R1: (1)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. Alves/Healey (BRA/AUS) 6-1 7-5
QF: (1)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. Gil/Ouahab (POR/ALG) 6-2 6-3
SF: (1)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. Ascione/Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 6-3 6-2
Final:(1)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. (2)Mertinak/Vik (SVK/CZE) 6-3 6-3

This week he's playing in Casablanca's ATP event with Lukasz. He didn't qualify, but they won their first round.
(4)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. (WC)El Aarej/Ventura (MAR/ESP) 6-1 3-6 (10-7)

I hope he continues to have good luck in doubles. Now he needs to get his singles on a winning streak.

04-26-2007, 11:41 AM
probably interesting for oliver-fans:

on the spanish atp-site there is a picture of sergio roitman together with oliver when they went to the dinner at the casablanca tournament.

04-26-2007, 01:15 PM
Thanks yoyo! It looks like he's feeling Sergio up :tape: I'm sure it's not the case, but it amuses me all the same. http://i19.tinypic.com/33ej12f.jpg

Received news from Oli, since the Aus Open he's had a couple of coaching changes, and is now back with his Italian coach. I'm happy about this... Italian guy got results, so my fingers are crossed he can at least get ahead of Werner in singles ranking. :lol: (Nothing against Werner, I just haven't seen him play, so I can't imagine someone so unfamiliar being ahead of him.

Next up in Casablanca the guys play Llodra/Clement. My fingers are crossed the result will be like it was at the Aussie Open :tape: :wavey:

04-27-2007, 01:39 PM
OMFG. They df Clement/Llodra 62 61 (I think... anyway, something shocking like that). Ahh. Kicked ass. I don't know who they're going to play, but hopefully it'll be Alex Peya! He's in the other semi :yeah:

Action Jackson
04-27-2007, 01:41 PM
Roitman is great and good to see Oli is still battling away and what a great score in the doubles.

04-30-2007, 12:46 AM
Casablanca Final
Kerr/Skoch (AUS/CZE) d. (4)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) 7-6(4) 1-6 (10-4)

Second set looks painful, but I'm pretty happy to see them get this far. :D

04-30-2007, 12:30 PM
Tunis Challenger, Tunisia

Singles Quarter
(7)Oliver Marach (AUT) vs (q)Sasa Tuksar (CRO)
Marc Fornell (ESP) vs (WC)Wael Kilani (TUN)
Dick Norman (BEL) vs Lamine Ouahab (ALG)
(3)Alexander Peya (AUT) vs Simone Vagnozzi (ITA)

Doubles Quarter
(1)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) vs Azzaro/Vico (ITA)
Smit/van Haasteren (NED) vs Economidis/Rochus (GRE/BEL)

05-07-2007, 12:13 PM
Rankings are out, and he's up three places to 127. He's heading in the right direction. This week he and Lukasz claimed another Challenger doubles title, in Tunis. Semi-final in singles. [Bolelli won the title]

R1 (7)Oliver Marach (AUT) d. (q)Sasa Tuksar (CRO) 6-3 7-6(1)
R2 (7)Oliver Marach (AUT) d. Marc Fornell (ESP) 7-5 6-2
QF (7) Marach (AUT) d. Lamine Ouahab (ALG) 7-6(1) 2-6 6-4
SF (5)Simone Bolelli (ITA) d. (7)Oliver Marach (AUT) 7-6(5) 6-3

R1 (1)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. Azzaro/Vico (ITA) 7-6(3) 6-1
QF (1)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. Smit/van Haasteren (NED) 6-7(4) 6-2 (10-6)
SF (1)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. Norman/Tereshchuk (BEL/UKR) 6-2 6-2
F (1)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. Fornell/Ouahab (ESP/ALG) 6-2 6-2

This week he's in Prague (http://stevegtennis.com/results/2007/ch-prague.txt)for the challenger.
His quarter:
(6)Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) vs (WC)Dusan Lojda (CZE)
Robin Haase (NED) vs (q)
Oliver Marach (AUT) vs (WC)Martin Durdik (SVK)
Robin Vik (CZE) vs (3)Jan Hajek (CZE)

The doubles draw (http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2007/600/x.pdf)is not available yet.

05-25-2007, 03:20 PM
Oli lost in second round of Qualifying for RG, to Dusan Vemic. I don't recall the score. Vemic qualified. According to my theories, this makes Oli not qualifying a bit more understandable. ;) Onto the next event.

06-12-2007, 03:53 PM
Oliver is at the Lugano Challenger, Switzerland.
First Round df Sadecky 64 62.

I have no idea who that is, but I don't really care. A win is a win. Kim or Berlocq in the second round.

06-23-2007, 04:01 AM
Hi Kristen [and maybe GWH!?].
Just letting you know that Oli is into the semi-final of 'that hard-to-spell Challenger' in Germany. He'll play against Flor-or-or-orian Mayer. Mayer is ranked 37. Oliver is 146. Should be a fair fight :yeah:.

06-29-2007, 02:52 AM
No idea where he's been lately.
I couldn't find him listed on any upcoming challenger entry lists a week or so ago [he was on them, but since disappeared]. Maybe taking a break, and working on the game? Hopefully this is the case =)

Action Jackson
07-03-2007, 11:58 AM
Oli is playing in Turin and is up against Fognini.

07-04-2007, 11:16 AM
Damn Fognini! Goodbye ranking points. I wonder if he's the Italian I found charming in Adelaide one year :scratch:

07-13-2007, 02:22 PM
Siemens Open 2007
Scheveningen, Netherlands
Clay - $100,000+H

R1 -(7)Oliver Marach (AUT) d. Ivo Klec (SVK) 6-2 3-6 6-3
R2 - d. (q)Michel Koning (NED) 7-6(4) 5-7 6-2
Quarterfinal - d. (4)Olivier Patience 6-4 7-5
Semifinal - vs Dominik Meffert, a German qualifier.

07-18-2007, 01:50 AM
Marach df Vagnozzi 75 36 62 in Round 1 of Rimini. Next plays Galvani.

07-25-2007, 04:54 AM
R1(seeded 5) d. Simone Vagnozzi (ITA) 7-5 3-6 6-2
R2 d. Stefano Galvani (ITA) 6-0 6-1
QF d. Santiago Ventura (ESP) 7-6(7) 6-1
SF d. Flavio Cipolla (ITA) 6-4 6-0
F d. Daniel Kollerer (AUT) 4-6 2-0 ret.

Not great that he lost the first set of the final, or that Koellerer retired...but the money and points (particularly!) are what I see as being the most important last week. This week he was in Kitzbuhel and lost to Peya first round.

07-25-2007, 05:46 PM
Losing to Peya is not bad. Today Alex beat Youzhny for the biggest win of his career.

07-26-2007, 02:01 AM
Losing to Peya is not bad. Today Alex beat Youzhny for the biggest win of his career.

this match was amazin! he was soo agressive :eek: i hope he can keep this level

07-29-2007, 11:51 AM
"Peya used a single break to win the first set, and was serving for the match at 6-5 in the second when he dropped his serve for the first time. Peya wrapped up the victory on his second match point in the tiebreaker."

This week he's in Poland [in the doubles draw] with Kubot.

08-12-2007, 05:32 AM
August - too many first round/early losses.
His ranking is moving, but not in the right direction.

09-10-2007, 06:10 AM
Few more weeks off, then tried to qualify in Romania for the BCR tournament.
He won his first match easily, but lost to Alberto Martin A. Martin 76 (3 i think) 62.

09-15-2007, 12:45 PM
R1 (4)Marach/Mertinak (AUT/SVK) d. Hernandez/Starace (ESP/ITA) 6-3 6-3
QF (4)Marach/Mertinak (AUT/SVK) d. Navarro-Pastor/Simon (ESP/FRA) 6-4 6-4
SF (4)Marach/Mertinak (AUT/SVK) d. (1)Fyrstenberg/Matkowski (POL) 6-4 6-4
F (4)Marach/Mertinak (AUT/SVK) d. (2)Garcia/Prieto (ARG) 76 76

Sporting new hair [/fangirl].
Anyone able to shed some light on the blue 'tape' on his arm? Haven't seen this before, or is he just being creative? :tape:

09-18-2007, 06:02 AM
From Bob Larson (http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=22097)...

No. 4 seeds Oliver Marach of Austria and Michal Mertinak of the Slovak Republic defeated No. 2 seeds Martin Garcia and Sebastian Prieto of Argentina 7-6(2), 7-6(8) in Saturday's doubles final.
Marach and Mertinak teamed up for the first time and they defeated top seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in the semifinals. It was Marach's first career ATP title and the fourth for Mertinak, the second of the season (Umag).

Garcia and Prieto were appearing in their seventh career ATP final together (1-6), including their fifth (1-4) of the season. They captured the Buenos Aires title in February and were finalists in Estoril, Bastad and Sopot (all on clay).


Oliver Marach: "I'm glad we won our first title together here this week. We took the decision to play together in Bucharest like three or four weeks ago. Unfortunately I was injured before the tournament and I didn't know until a few days before the start of the event if I would be able to play. It went very well here, we beat four good teams. Today was a great match against Garcia-Prieto with a lot of great rallies. I hope that we'll play a few more events together this year and we've already decided to team-up again for a few tournaments next season."

About beating the No.1 and 2 seeds en route to the title: "We played very solid against Fyrstenberg-Matkowski and it wasn't their best day. We played our game and didn't give them the chance to come back into the match. Today it was a very close match, they broke us in the first game and we had to fight back. They played very well and I'm glad we managed to win the two tie-breaks."

09-30-2007, 01:11 AM
Both Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer are trying to qualify at Open de Moselle, Metz. Jurgen was seeded 1 while oliver was seeded 3. Good luck to both.

10-23-2007, 10:51 PM
Oliver Marach df Seppi in Lyon, France today. Keep up the winning Oliver.

10-24-2007, 10:12 AM
Thanks for posting the good news Barbara :D Very glad to see him on the winning end of a match for a change. It's been a rough season so far.

10-25-2007, 07:57 PM
sorry Kris Oliver has not allowed me to post good news two days in a row. He lost today to Falla 3-6, 2-6.

11-05-2007, 01:56 PM
Yeah Oliver!!! In Bratislava, Slovakia Marach df Ungur 6-4, 7-5. Keep on winning Oliver.

11-07-2007, 04:38 AM
Whoa! I didn't know he was playing anywhere! I'm chuffed to hear it, thanks for letting me know. Good stuff Oli [beating someone I know of].

hehe, I had already accepted the fact he might not come to Australia. I mean, he still might, it's just that his ranking is a little on the scary side. Nothing would make me happier than for him to come to Aus. But if he doesn't, let me know of some cool players who I should pay attention to. Jonas might not be there if his new baby arrives on time!

11-07-2007, 09:25 PM
I hate to make this post Kristen, but Oliver Lost to berrer 6-7 (2), 1-6.
When I saw the score for the second set, I was worried he might be hurt and it turns out he is injured.

In the doubles Falla/Marach gave a wo to Haggard/Zverev.
Reason: Marach right shoulder.

Stefan who is ranked 1 plays again tomorrow. If he reaches the semis he will once again be in the top 50.

11-08-2007, 09:12 AM
Ahh that makes me sad. I'll get over it though, and hope Oli does too. If he needs to take time off, so be it. I kind of wish he would! Playing with a bung shoulder won't help his ranking as much as losing won't help it. lol. Thanks for posting this though, it saves me a bit of searching online. Always a tiny bit nicer to hear it from a mate =)

Quick question... Do you know if I uploaded my Aus Open photos of Jurgen anywhere? I can't think. Otherwise I may just add them directly to the yahoo group. I'm deleting loads of photos from my camera and want to be sure I have them somewhere safe / accessible for others.

11-08-2007, 01:09 PM
I think you posted some in your "Is it Kristen or Kirsten" site. Check there. I am not sure how up to date it is as I will check on my other computer.

Sorry about Oliver.

By the way, I hope you enter the contest on Tennisweek.com this year. You can enter from Dec1 thru Dec 15th. I am using eastern time in the USA for starting or you would have a day advantage. Remember pick two players ranked between 100 and 300 you think will improve the most. At the moment for 2007 Tsonga is leading. He has improved by 178 places in his ranking. Hope you will enter. It is open for anyone to enter. Tennis Week is revising there web site so it may look different when you go to check it out.

11-08-2007, 02:43 PM
I checked the site and you did post a few pictures from the 2007 Ao with a promise of more to come.

That may a be a good place to put the pictures and also on the Yahoo site.

12-07-2007, 11:51 AM
Oli will start the Aussie leg of the tour in Adelaide. And guess what? I didn't know, so I don't have tickets or accommodation or leave from work! AND....they have started qualifying a day early in 2008. My flight gets in the morning of what is now Day 2 of qualifying.

*Curses. A lot.*

EDIT: I will probably change my flight. Actually, it's a given.

12-07-2007, 01:34 PM
I know you really want to be there so change your ticket today.

Hope you plan to enter my xiowa's mini contest on Tennisweek.com. REmember you get to chose 2 players ranked between 100 and 300, who have not been chosen, that you believe will improve the most in 2008. Go to Tennisweek.com, open Message Board, then Serve and Volley, look for my contest, join and enter. It is open to everyone. Checked the list so that you can pick eligible players. Hope to see you on there soon.

Tennisweek has a new format and it is great. Lots of tennis news, pictures, videos that the former site did not have.

Enjoy your tennis in Austraila. Remember to support Jurgen Melzer when you get the chance. :bigclap:

12-30-2007, 06:03 AM
Oli is playing much better than the last time I saw him! The blog has details, and will have more tonight or tomorrow. He also seems a lot happier, which is good to see! =)

12-30-2007, 12:44 PM
Oli is playing much better than the last time I saw him! The blog has details, and will have more tonight or tomorrow. He also seems a lot happier, which is good to see! =)

One more win and he will be in the main draw. I know that will make you very happy. Hopefully he can win again.

Sounds like he still needs to get more consistant in his play. These qualifying matches should help him do that.

01-01-2008, 12:02 PM
The match against Klec wasn't good. None of the qualifying matches were fantastic, but by the time he got to Monday, he was on a court with no shade, it was the hottest December day in almost a century [I think that's what the news said]. He wasn't comfortable after all the time on court the last two days, and for me... I'm happy he got to get out of the heat! Plus he would have had to play Jarkko. I would have supported him, but...it's Jarkko :) What an awesome fan hey. Anyway, he and Becker managed to get the LL spot into doubles when Ancic and Radek pulled out. Woo! Some prize money headed his way.

EDIT: His first round doubles match will be Wednesday night.
Paul Henri Mathieu vs Chris Guccione
Oliver Marach/Benjamin Becker vs [1] Leander Paes/Paul Hanley

It's a big ask to win this one, but anything can happen. I think the weather was supposed to be 33 degrees during the day, so hopefully it can cool down a little more at night. [I'm back home now. Left Adelaide this evening.]

01-01-2008, 02:39 PM
I am happy you got to see Oliver a lot. Too bad you could not stay and support him in the doubles.
Is Oliver playing in Sidney so you can see him again?

01-02-2008, 12:54 AM
He has booked his flight here, and expects to come here for qualifying, it just depends on how far he can get in doubles. But, getting the #1 seeds in the first round... it could be tricky. Still I know he can be good and wouldn't put anything past him.

01-02-2008, 12:21 PM
Woo! Oli and Becker won 7-6(0), 7-5 over #1 seeds Hanley/Paes.
Not bad. Not bad at all. Hoping the serves went in and the lobs didn't backfire :yeah:

01-02-2008, 12:32 PM
A not entirely accurate article on ATPtennis.com. Still, good to see one.

Top Seeds Fall in Adelaide; Erlich-Ram Advance
Alternates Benjamin Becker and Oliver Marach (pictured) upset top seeds Paul Hanley and Leander Paes, one of the new pairings for the ATP 2008 season, in the first round of the Next Generation Adelaide International on Wednesday.

Having replaced Mario Ancic and Radek Stepanek hours before the match, Becker and Marach managed to hold their nerve to win 7-6(0), 7-5 in one hour and 41 minutes. The pair saved eight of nine break points they faced.

01-03-2008, 01:09 AM
Some rather dodgy photos from the first round of qualifying. [I hate fences:o]

01-03-2008, 02:25 AM
Second round of qualifying, against Australian Sam Groth. No fence! But there was a forklift operating just metres away.:rolleyes:

01-03-2008, 09:46 AM
They won again! 6-4, 4-6, 10-8.
I had to get my haircut when it started. Actually, my appointment was yesterday but I completely forgot about it [so we said we were in Adelaide an extra day. They didn't care anyway :lol:]. So I checked the scores on my phone at 1-1, and the next time I looked it was 2-4. I wasn't too happy. I got home and it was 6-4! :D Then they lost the second and of course I feared the worst [I always seem to have that little bit of doubt when my players play. They can be scary to watch, even on a scoreboard]. Next time it updated, 10-8. Woo! Apparently Becker has a bit of a sore shoulder, but I'm hoping for his and Oli's sake it'll be alright.

Of course this means no Sydney for Marach. But that's alright! He's earning points and money, wooo!!

Second match on Centre Court 1. They play after Precious Hewitt [you know, noone else should have trouble with heat, but he gets evening matches], which begins at 6.30pm. I have to say though, after the conditions Oli had to deal with (and I know it's bias) I'm really glad he's getting a bit of a break with the night matches.

01-04-2008, 11:23 AM
They lost. Melo/Garcia df Becker/Marach 76(2) 61.
I think they may have had a break in the first set, but then they got off to a bad start in the tiebreak and it fell apart from there. Hopefully they wont reflect on the week too badly. They made the semi-finals of the first ATP event of the year. They collectively earned $7,650 in doubles, 75 points. The only downside is that they lost only hours after the cut-off for Sydney qualifying. Not entirely sure what Oli will do now, but I would gather he'd just go straight to Melbourne.

Hewitt lost. Nieminen *finally* won, so it wasn't a complete disaster of a night for this tennis fan. Tomorrow morning I go to the first round of Sydney qualifying. :wavey:

01-16-2008, 07:54 AM
Oli today told me he would be playing mixed doubles with Sybille Bammer, an Austrian. I was so excited for him [more chances to see him play and hopefully win :p]. He said he was nervous about it :awww:

EDIT: He plays Aspelin [SWE] and Raymond [USA]. Damn! Aspelin is :cool:, they are #2 seeds.

01-16-2008, 08:11 AM
In the mens doubles he plays with Martin Garcia. I was thinking of Adrian. Martin is 30, and currently ranked 34 in doubles. Oli is 45. hehe, how cute are these photos! Of course I would say something like that...


01-17-2008, 07:44 AM
It started out with such promise. He served an ace in his first service game... but if I'm not mistaken, he was broken three times later in the match. It was really awful to see. Both the guys dropped their heads a bit and the frenchmen fed off it. It was all over from the start of the second set.

01-21-2008, 05:37 AM
I spoke to one of the Austrian guys today, and apparently it was Sybille who wasn't keen on playing anymore.

Not cool.

01-21-2008, 12:43 PM
That is a shame. Was it terribly hot there? Makes you wonder why she agreed in the first place.

Did you ever get to talk to Jurgen? I hope you got a few pictures of him for me.

Have a safe trip home. Your blog was wonderful to read each day. Thanks for doing it.

01-21-2008, 09:23 PM
That is a shame. Was it terribly hot there? Makes you wonder why she agreed in the first place.

Did you ever get to talk to Jurgen? I hope you got a few pictures of him for me.

Have a safe trip home. Your blog was wonderful to read each day. Thanks for doing it.

No it wasn't too hot, for once. I mean it was hot, but nothing too extreme. I was annoyed, because Oli hung around all those extra days to play in the mixed doubles. He might have had time to get to a challenger somewhere if he knew earlier. I think it's pretty weak of Sybille to just decide she doesn't want to play anymore - assuming this is the correct story.

I didn't get to speak to Jurgen, I never found him training once. :lol:
I did get photos though. I got photos of Jurgen, Julian, Oli, Alex, Koubek, Koellerer, Nickolaus Moser, and Tamira Paszek. I will probably add the last two days blogs when I get home :wavey:

01-25-2008, 02:38 PM
EDIT: Out of Dallas with a sore back.

Oli plays in Dallas this week.

Also, this *see photo* outraged me recently. :lol: Did they get halfway and realise they already did Oli Rochus' bag? Meh, Marach won't notice!

02-23-2008, 10:46 AM
Qualifying [hopefully?] for Acapulco this week.

First round is against [5]Nicolas Devilder [FRA], ranked 112. They have never played on ATP level. They're the same age, and Devilder considers clay as his best surface so I guess it's likely they have played one another at some stage. Draw is here:

02-24-2008, 03:39 AM
26, 57. :ras:

Anyway, Oli and Michal are seeded #2 in the doubles draw in Acapulco. They play Brzezicki/Luczak in the first round [last direct acceptance...not that it really means anything]

EDIT: Photos from Aus Open, w' Martin Garcia.

02-28-2008, 04:44 AM
Round 1 Mens Doubles
[2]Marach/Mertinak df Brzezicki/Luczak 64 61

Match info included in attachment. :wavey:

02-29-2008, 09:23 AM
df Fognini/Volandri 61 64
Next up, in the semi-final [yay!] is Massu/Starace, who knocked out the #3 seeds. Again, statistics are attached.

03-01-2008, 05:23 AM
Into the doubles final, and will play Calleri/Horna unless they completely mess up their 4-1 lead in the second set :)

03-02-2008, 01:56 AM
SUCCESS!:aparty:Early birthday present for me! :aparty:
At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, No. 2 seeds Oliver Marach of Austria and Michal Mertinak of Slovakia defeated Agustin Calleri of Argentina and Luis Horna of Peru 6-2, 6-7(3), 10-7 to capture their second ATP title together.

Last year in the debut tournament together in Bucharest they captured the title. It was Marach's second career ATP doubles title and the fifth for Mertinak.

"We knew it was going to be a very tough match," said Marach. "Horna and Calleri were playing very well these last two weeks. We are happy with our second title together. We have only played five tournaments together and have already won two, so we are excited about that. We hope to keep playing together in the future. Next week we go to Bogota to play a Challenger and then we start playing again in Barcelona or Munich. Our favorite surface is clay so we want to try to keep winning when the European clay court season starts next month."

Mertinak added, "We had chances in the second set at 5-5 15-40 but Horna served well. At 7-4 down in the match tie-breaker we started playing a bit better the bigger points and it worked out. The match tie-breaker is decided by one or two points and I think we got lucky in the end to win this title."

Nedved Rosicky
03-02-2008, 10:49 AM
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03-05-2008, 03:24 AM
Thank you for sharing the photos! So nice to see him with another title =)

Unfortunately, he lost to a qualifier [Peralta] in Bogota [singles] 16 46. This guy, I think:

03-29-2008, 03:42 PM
He and Michal are in the final of Barletta, Italy! He should just always play on clay, it's really good for him [except in singles, which we won't talk about here ;)] I really like this outfit. I mean the colours. Not the lack of sleeves. [I'm not exactly going to complain about that though. The guy has nice arms]

04-14-2008, 08:09 AM
In Estoril qualifying round:
(3)Oliver Marach (AUT) vs. (7)Simone Vagnozzi (ITA)
If he qualifies, he will play Serra, Ascione, or another qualifier.

He is in doubles with Mertinak, they are unseeded and play #1 seeds Coetzee/Moodie. :tape: [this is not impossible, I just find it amusing that the occasional #1 seeds of other tournaments, drew the #1 seeds here]

EDIT: He qualified. 57 63 75

04-14-2008, 08:32 PM
Oliver did it. He defeated Vagnozzi 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 and will now play Sousa (POR).

I believe both Oliver and Jurgen play on Tuesday.

04-15-2008, 12:54 PM
16 36. Whoops.
Who is Sousa again? :tape: :hug:

04-16-2008, 06:30 PM
In doubles Oliver had no luck losing in the first round.
They played the #1 seeds.

Marach/Mertinak L Coetzee/Moddie 3-6, 6-7 (5)

06-25-2008, 08:10 AM
Oh my god.
When I last looked [the last few days] Olivers ranking was 196. I know it's just a number, and he can play better than the number indicates...but some numbers can really make life/your tennis career a little difficult. Ouch :sad:

07-16-2008, 10:38 AM
So there's this awesome Austrian guy [albeit with a dodgy ranking right now in singles] and apparently it's his birthday.

http://sabahkamal.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/happy-birthday-to-you.jpg 28. Getting on a bit!:p :hug:

07-17-2008, 02:57 AM
I hope he had a great day.

Have you heard if he is retirig or not. His ranking has really dropped.

I don't remember seeing his name trying to qualify for the Austrian Open. I was sure he would do that.

08-07-2008, 03:53 PM
Somebody tells him to be careful about what he eats ;)

Diarrhea problems in Samarkand challenger, and a retirement in 2nd round :worship:

08-13-2008, 11:15 AM
:tape: I guess it could be worse! Poor Oli, that's nasty!

I haven't been paying much attention lately but whilst looking up Olympic results, I see he is still playing :o [<-the face is for me, being a half-arsed fan!].

Bukhara - Uzbekistan [challenger]
R1-Oliver Marach AUT df Boy Westerhof NED 61 64
R2-Oliver Marach AUT vs Michail Elgin RUS[2]

R1-Kubot/Marach [POL/AUT 1] df Biktyaov/Nam [UZB/KOR WC] 63 76(2)
R2-Kubot/Marach [POL/AUT 1] vs Blandin & Skenderovic [FRA/CRO]

Current ATP Ranking- Singles: 414 :eek:
Current ATP Race- Singles: 232:tape:Not much worse than the last time I looked.
Current Stanford ATP Doubles Ranking: 85

09-14-2008, 02:51 PM
Oliver plays now in Szczecin, in doubles he'll face his great compatriot Dani Koellerer :D

09-17-2008, 08:04 PM
Here are some pics of Oliver I took during the match, they're not great, but you were so nice to take pics of Petzsche last time, Kristen, I was waiting for the first occasion to return the favour:

09-23-2008, 05:00 PM
:awww: Thank you so much! They're great; brought a smile to my face. haha he really needs to shave. Hopefully a trip to Australia in the summer will sort him out:D

I hadn't been paying attention. Good things happened in Poland. Mostly...
R1: (3)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. Kollerer/Moser (AUT/GER) 6-4 7-6(5)
QF: (3)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. (WC)Bednarek/Rosol (POL/CZE) 1-6 7-5 (10-7)
SF: (3)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. (2)Skoch/Zelenay (CZE/SVK) 7-6(4) 6-4
F: (ALT)Marrero/Olejniczak (ESP/POL) d. (3)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) 7-6(4) 6-3

09-23-2008, 05:08 PM
This week:
Trnava, Slovakia
Round 1
(3)Lukasz Kubot/Oliver Marach (POL/AUT) vs Tomasz Bednarek/Lukas Rosol (POL/CZE)

09-23-2008, 09:18 PM
Good luck Oliver. Is he specializing in doubles now?

09-27-2008, 02:32 PM
I'm not sure. He seems to be doing reasonably well in that department though hey ^_^ *touch wood*
R1: (3)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. Bednarek/Rosol (POL/CZE) 6-4 6-3
QF: (3)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) d. (WC)Martin/Semjan (SVK) 6-2 6-3
SF: (3)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) vs. (1)Skoch/Zelenay (CZE/SVK)

09-29-2008, 10:06 AM
Semifinal: (1)Skoch/Zelenay (CZE/SVK) d. (3)Kubot/Marach (POL/AUT) 7-6(6) 6-4
Skoch/Zelenay went on to win the title, over Koellerer/Mertinak [I'm a little sad Michal had to lose].

01-03-2009, 04:30 AM

(4)RAM, Rajeev USA vs ITO, Tatsuma JPN
SINGH, Ashutosh IND vs MARACH, Oliver AUT
SIPAEYA, Sunil Kumar IND vs (5)KUDRYAVTSEV, Alexandre RUS

He will play with Tipsarevic in doubles, they are 6th on entry list.

01-04-2009, 10:31 AM
He won his first round, but lost to Ram, 26, 46. His quarter of the doubles draw...

(4)Lipsky/Martin (USA) vs Bopanna/Cipolla (IND/ITA)
Marach/Tipsarevic (AUT/SRB) vs Andujar/Moya (ESP)

01-14-2009, 10:41 PM
Guess who I found in Melbourne yesterday :D

He's looking well, was hitting well when I saw him in practice. Hopefully he and Lukasz can pull out a win...or several.

01-31-2009, 01:22 PM
Semi-final! Not bad at all. Lots of errors in the semi, maybe they were a little rattled; I wouldn't expect to see that kind of tennis from either Oli or Lukasz. SF of a GS is a top effort.

Article featuring Nestor, after Oli/Lukasz df #1 seeds:

THE CANADIAN PRESS (http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/576025)

Melbourne, Australia – Canadian Daniel Nestor and Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic exited the Australian Open on Friday after being upset 7-5, 6-4 by Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Oliver Marach of Austria in the second round.

Nestor, who has 55 doubles titles to his credit, won the tournament in 2002 with Mark Knowles. And he won six titles with Zimonjic last year, including Wimbledon, the Rogers Cup in Toronto and the Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Kubot and Marach, together since 2006, did not play together at the ATP level last season, but reached the third round in Melbourne in 2007. "They played well, hitting the ball hard and making a lot of big shots," said Nestor, seeded first in the doubles. "We probably got a bit rattled at the end of the first set.

"It's not that we were expecting them not to play well, but it might have been too much thinking about them and not enough about playing our game and staying relaxed. They ran the table from 5-5 in the first set to 0-4 in the second, we tried to dig out of a hole but we couldn't."

Nestor, 36, and Zimonjic both became first-time fathers in December. The Toronto left-hander said the baby is waiting at home, but first he has a mixed doubles challenge with Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que.

"I have other responsibilities now, but my mixed partner has been waiting to play for a few days. I have to give it my best." "But we would have hoped to have done better."

The match lasted 98 minutes, with Nestor and Zimonjic converting just one of five break points. Their opponents were good on three of six. Nestor, in his 15th Australian Open, made the quarter-finals last year at Melbourne and the semifinals the year before. He went out in the first round the two years before that.

02-01-2009, 03:20 AM
I found an old article [and pics] of a charity event Oli was in last year. If anyone is interested, the website is: http://www.thedappp.com/index.html

Welcome to the DAPPP: Canada's Fastest Growing Charity Ping-Pong Circuit
2008 Commissioner's Cup a Smashing Success

Jamie Nicholls and the DAPPP Executive Committee are pleased to announce that the 2008 Commissioner's Cup was a great success! Both the men's and women's events saw new contenders take the title, as Oliver Marach took the men's event over Coulter Wright, and Sonja Jeyaseelan took out Lenore Hodgson on the women's side.

The DAPPP Executive Committee is very happy to announce that we were able to contribute $6,000 to Second Harvest as our charity partner for the Commissioner's Cup. See below for a quote from a letter received from Second Harvest:

On behalf of Second Harvest I would like to send out a big thank you for everything you have done for us, and our recipients. We were blown away with your donation of $6,000 (that’s enough money to provide 12,000 meals – an amazing achievement). I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed your event. So thank you again – you guys are great!

Second Harvest is a Toronto charity that distributes fresh food from those with excess to those without. (www.secondharvest.ca) The DAPPP Executive Committee hopes all of the friends of the DAPPP continue to support Second Harvest on an ongoing basis, whenever possible.

The latest rankings have been released and posted, and to see how you stack up against the competition after the Commissioner's Cup, check out the Rankings as of February 1, 2008.

The DAPPP events are a great success thanks to the efforts of its' attendees to abide by our dress code policies.The Commissioner's Cup was a great example of how this can be done to its best, and was wholeheartedly embraced by all the attendees. See Pictures for many examples of both Hilarious Formal Wear and White Clothing while on court.

02-26-2009, 03:17 PM
In Mexico Oliver continues his winning in doubles.
Kubot/Marach df Elizondo/Ramirez 6-4, 7-6

04-06-2009, 03:06 AM
Oli and Lukasz are trying to qualify for Casablanca singles. Well, Lukasz *was*, until Oli beat him in the second round 75 64. He beat Naso in round one I believe, and will play Olivier Patience [4th seed] to get into the main draw.

04-07-2009, 01:05 AM
Marach df Patience 67[4] 64 61 =)
He will now play Santiago Ventura, who was seeded 3rd in qualifying. In doubles with Lukasz, they will play the team of Devilder/C.Rochus.

Some photos of 'Olivier':

04-12-2009, 01:34 AM
Casablanca Doubles Champions, 2009 =)

Two from the final, and one from the semi [?].

05-08-2009, 01:56 AM

05-28-2009, 02:30 PM
Mens Doubles
First Round
[9]Kubot/Marach DF Montcourt/Roger-Vasselin 64 46 62

They next play Kohlmann/Waske [GER]

06-02-2009, 09:57 PM
he lost that very close :(

06-08-2009, 05:57 AM
I like Waske though, so am glad he got a little further into a tournament. I never realised he was so old [in tennis player years, anyway].

This week:
(5)Lukasz Kubot/Oliver Marach (POL/AUT) bye
Lleyton Hewitt/Andy Murray (AUS/GBR) vs Rajeev Ram/Andy Roddick (USA)
Andrei Pavel/Horia Tecau (ROU) vs (WC)Colin Fleming/Kenneth Skupski (GBR)
(2)Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) bye

07-14-2009, 01:01 PM
Well, this thread seems a good enough place for my 10,000th post [someone had too much time on their hands over the years!].

:banana:I just heard Oliver got married a little over a week ago.:bigclap: Here are a couple of photos of him and Jessie (from laola1.at; the GEPA website has more - watermarked). Lukasz Kubot was there of course. :drool::lol:

This week Oli and Lukasz are in Stuttgart, as the number 1 seeds. They defeated Chardy/Mathieu 63 63, and play the winner of [wc]Delgado/J Murray vs [wc]Greul/Kohlmann.


07-23-2009, 12:23 PM
A few pics of their match in Hamburg against Wawrinka-C. Rochus, I thought they played well. They put up some nice little choke jobs when they had to close it out, but finally got the job done - it would have been a shame if they had choked it away, as they really were the better team:
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07-27-2009, 03:56 PM
thanks for the pictures of the match on a practise courts *g*

07-23-2011, 05:19 PM

gooooooooooooo Ollie!!!!!!!!!!

Marach/Peya to meet Cermak/Polasek in the Final! :rocker:

07-25-2011, 11:09 AM

Hooray the Austrian Champions!!!
:cheerleader: :worship: :bounce: :bigclap: :yippee: :banana: :cheerleader: