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Somalian Refugee blogs from Stockholm (THRILLING REPORT ON PIMPIM !!!)

Nathaliia
10-11-2006, 12:33 PM
Tennistic story from the central court :rocker2:

As Adam Chadaj swayed gently through the corridor and emptish auditorium started to be filled with the human tribe, the gentlemen Nieminen and Llodra began their battle. The Frenchman Llodra was more remarkable at the beginning not only because of his eye-killing wild orange shoes. Big, clever serves supported by the next shot were enough against Nieminen in the first game. Soon we got acknowledged the left-handed Finn can send the 200 km/h service with the ease of saying 'whooa', but Llodra managed to respond to it somehow. Ergo, the ball exchanges were more interesting, and most of them won by Nieminen, who got the backing of fellow Scandinavian spectators. Throughout the first games it was easy to notice all the advantages and disadvantages of the match played indoors on the fast surface. On behalf of the first ones we shall put wonderful Llodra's service, just like Nieminen's reflex and spirited topspin. While the second ones were the breaks between first and second serve longer than rallies.
At the lead 3-2 Llodra had the breakpoint thankfully to tasty volleys. Still, Nieminen defended himself with even more delicious passing shots in next points. Encouraged Finn continued his streak, to go ahead with 4-3 after stylish breaking his opponent. The very high-leveled set ending didn't change much in the scoreline, Nieminen won 6-4. Short medical treatment for Llodra's left arm before the last game couldn't have affected it much.
Nevertheless, already at the beginning of second set the Frenchman's face expressed the deep thought: 'I'm on a lose, would love to step outta here, but I'm playing doubs with big Wayno today, so I'm not allowed'. That famous of killing a bird player in the act of desperation and due to lack of flying objects indoors tried to repeat the witty manevre on the lineswoman but even at this he didn't succeed. After the one man show, Nieminen won the second set also 6-4.

Labamba
10-11-2006, 01:47 PM
Thanks for the report :yeah:

Jarkko :clap2:

star
10-11-2006, 02:06 PM
Thanks for the report!

Nathaliia
10-11-2006, 04:11 PM
Srichaphan - O. Rochus

Swedish people love coming to Thailand and Paradorn Srichaphan loves coming to Stockholm, where he usually plays well. The Thai had today at the hotel's breakfast a hard deal against a coffee machine. His matchup with Hercules Poirot's compatriot and height sharer Olivier Rochus wasn't supposed to be easier.

Srichaphan was leading the exchanges, and the small Belgian managed to keep ball in charge - affording a winner sometimes, sometimes getting an opponent's unforced error as a gift. Was quite rich in the gifts, so broke for 2-1. Srichaphan appeared as a player who has strong shots, but not finishing one. Seeks power in regularity from the baseline, but misses his targets. Finally - runs a lot, but only on the account of energy waste. Clever Rochus realized his rival was in a lull, so kept on playing 'whatever' quality shots, to make him throw away. This is how Olivier Rochus grabbed the first set 6-2. Srichaphan's brother didn't look like in seventh heaven.

The second set started with the eye of the Thai-ger not sharpened still, so its owner finished the first service game with two doublefaults. Perhaps it made the Belgian feel relaxed, because he lost the break right away. At the same time, Srichaphan's game went on a rise, as he was backed *Very good Para, very good!' by someone from tournament's organization. When leading 3-2, he gave us a lesson how to blow the points, and breakpoints in particular (wasted for of them, lost game in the consequence). This could have been a turnover, as soon Rochus broke and shouted 'come on'. No way, they just started to treat the services like a WTA doubles team does. No surprise the set's winner was decided in a Thai-break and we witnessed the third set.

All of those who decided to watch it and thought that have already seen everything, surely didn't count some spectacular defends from 15-40 or 0-40. Like the score shows (6-2 Rochus), one player was more successful in it that the other.

Nathaliia
10-11-2006, 04:25 PM
Few sentences of Söderling - Björkman (because it's not worth more)

'One hour Söderling' - said a press office's man and departed in a search of Nieminen. Should have stayed to see how wrong he was. Söderling won in 49 minutes. The score - 6-0 6-2.

Massacre can be a good word to describe what considered as not world's nicest Söderling did to fan's favourite Björkman in this all-Swedish confrontation. If the older one, blogging from this week Björkman tried to play a shot, most likely it was netted. If the younger winner was to play a pass, it landed in the court, and even next to the line. Only at the beginning of the second set the more experienced Swede was trying to catch up in the match - as the score shows: unsuccessfully.

And later Philipp Petzschner scared away the children who innocently were asking him for autographs. Yeah... it was definitely the most dangerous action during Söderling - Björkman battle.

Lee
10-11-2006, 05:46 PM
Great blog :yeah:

gulzhan
10-11-2006, 06:37 PM
Awesome, Nathalie! :worship: Waiting for more! :devil: But don't overshadow Marat! :angel:

MariaV
10-11-2006, 06:40 PM
Thanks Nathii! :yeah:

Ome
10-11-2006, 06:43 PM
Thanks Nathii :smooch:

Have a great time there :wavey:

Hangdog
10-11-2006, 07:58 PM
Tennistic story from the central court :rocker2:

Was Llodra shouting "M*rde!" and actively arguing with umpire as he had been doing at two his previous matches?

Nathii, keep having a great time there at that absolutely lovely tournament of one of the most wonderful cities in the world... *sigh*

Nathaliia
10-11-2006, 08:14 PM
well, one doubles match took out the chance from me to see full singles hits on central court... but what is going on at the moment in the stands for Johansson is just unbelievable!!! i've never heard SUCH a support and though after Fyrstenberg - Moya I've heard everything.

Well, sorry for focusing on tennis but in my life for websites I've written enough of what players are eating. To those who it might concern, Mnaco had today for breakfast whole big plate of grilled sausages.

Nathaliia
10-11-2006, 08:45 PM
General impression on Johansson - Nadal tie-break.

Imagine bunch of homeys in identical hockey shirts. Imagine that people are let into auditorium after either beers or champagne. Imagine wooden stands to be jumped on and make incredible noise. Try to listen to such noise. Imagine the claps after the player nets his first service. Then think of a player whistled down while jumping and intimidately shouting 'vamos'. Easy? Welcome to Stockholm. Nadal was even scared to check his socks and did it only once in the tie-break. Cold and calm as ice Pim Pim Johansson, led to the fighting spirit of spirits by musical company, managed to deal with everything that was bad. The injuries. The opponent. Guess who's back... back again... Pim Pim's back... tell a friend.

guess who's back
guess who's back
guess who's back...

MariaV
10-11-2006, 08:47 PM
LOL Nathii! :lol:

TMJordan
10-11-2006, 08:49 PM
:yeah:

Nathaliia
10-11-2006, 08:51 PM
LOL Nathii! :lol:

Just tell me what you want to have reported and tomorrow I'm for your disposition for the whole day, same on Friday. I'm just incredibly lost and upset that my folks lost in doubles and now there's no one that I know with the exception of Tour manager and my ex boyfriend.

Sunset of Age
10-11-2006, 08:53 PM
Just tell me what you want to have reported and tomorrow I'm for your disposition for the whole day, same on Friday. I'm just incredibly lost and upset that my folks lost in doubles and now there's no one that I know with the exception of Tour manager and my ex boyfriend.

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Thanks for your blog, BTW. Awesome read.
PS: you said in some other thread that Rafa had a hard night? What had happened?

Nathaliia
10-11-2006, 08:57 PM
PS: you said in some other thread that Rafa had a hard night? What had happened?

I can't speak as I haven't been there and I'm not about to spread gossips, sorry. Just suggested what could have helped him lose when seeking the reasons of the failure.

Sunset of Age
10-11-2006, 08:59 PM
I can't speak as I haven't been there and I'm not about to spread gossips, sorry. Just suggested what could have helped him lose when seeking the reasons of the failure.

okay, no problem, here.
Hope he's alright. Well, most obviously - NOT.

alfonsojose
10-11-2006, 09:10 PM
Nat :D

Sorry if this is a bit :topic:, but why did u choose the "Somalian Refugee" username? It's soo :sad:

ReservoirCat
10-11-2006, 09:25 PM
Guess who's back... back again... Pim Pim's back... tell a friend.

guess who's back
guess who's back
guess who's back...

:lol:

The Real Slim Pim Pim.:cool:

Tres bon blog.:hatoff:

Nathaliia
10-11-2006, 09:55 PM
Nat :D

Sorry if this is a bit :topic:, but why did u choose the "Somalian Refugee" username? It's soo :sad:

I didn't want it to be funny, it had to be sad because the situation in Africa is sad and good to have a reminder for a week or so.

But I don't want to talk about it.

I don't want to talk about this / that... what a poor blogger, sheesh. At this very moment I'm sitting at the railway station and have no plans for the rest of the night. Would have had them if I wasn't chained to my big bag which even can't be given to deposit as I don't have 40 kronor in change.

Blah :devil: tell me what you want to know about tennis from today. No too hardcore offcourts :unsure:

Nathaliia
10-11-2006, 09:58 PM
Awesome, Nathalie! :worship: Waiting for more! :devil: But don't overshadow Marat! :angel:
Well I could write about all that stuff that Marat writes, let's just concentrate on tennis :) BTW I'll translate to you one day my favourite offcourt text that I've ever written and was published ... about practise sessions :lol:
Was Llodra shouting "M*rde!" and actively arguing with umpire as he had been doing at two his previous matches?

Nathii, keep having a great time there at that absolutely lovely tournament of one of the most wonderful cities in the world... *sigh*

No... he didn't shout anything, he looked very very resigned. True, the city is more than wonderful. I am surprised even if expected something like this.

Merton
10-12-2006, 12:57 AM
Thanks for the reports Nathii:D

Aphex
10-12-2006, 07:07 AM
:D So you saw the ice-hocket guys?

Nathaliia
10-12-2006, 10:20 AM
:D So you saw the ice-hocket guys?

Which one of them were you :aplot:

looking forward to repetition tomorrow :devil: next time I must sit next to them so maybe they show me on TV

Nathaliia
10-12-2006, 12:48 PM
Nieminen - Gicquel

Nieminen is the type of player who even at early scheduled matches receives in Stockholm ovation like a solist in La Scala. He shouldn' be so popular in France, minding that after Michael Llodra he took out Marc Gicquel.

We could have feared the level of this Nieminen's match wouldn't reach his first rounder, because the Finn easily adjust the style to opponents. And Gicquel (for no reliable reason Romano Grilotti kept calling him 'Zickel') didn't have a skyrocket start. By the time passing, the actions developed on both sides. The baseline was occupied more than we can expect from these players. Maybe in a tribute to Albert Costa, who sat on V.I.P. stand. 'Nieminen won the first set because was able to play outstanding shots, while Gicquel choked badly - so the score couldn't be different' - summed up Costa.

How true. The Finn should consider changing his name to Mr Killer 'The Risky' Shot. His shot playing style is like: 'sheeshhh, I couldn't already care less *rolleyes*'. It can drive supporters nuts at unforced errors , but also makes unforgettable impression whenever he hits a winner. When needed, Nieminen is one of the most enjoyable players to watch, and gave us a trial of it today.

Nathaliia
10-12-2006, 02:25 PM
Like a sex machine (Lopez - Ferrer) - title comes from James Brown's song played during the break

Before the match Feliciano Lopez's new coach, Albert Costa, was careful in speaking about his charge's chances. Unnecessarily. Even if the more feminine of two long-haired Spaniards is in the worse shape, he is also less injured. Ferrer suffered of a left knee injury.

Voices of experts from tournament's organization stated that Ferrer should have won even on one leg, but this is how we solve the eternal problem of English grammar, why we use in exchange 'should have won' and 'won'. In the first set, Lopez was hitting so many balls outside the court (volleys in particular) that somebody finally told him he's playing singles and not doubles. So that's why he started the beat that poor net so ruthlessly... but it didn't happen until the third set. Ferrer didn't have problems with taking the first set 6-3. He changed his shirt from white into red (hello Xristos) which wasn't so lucky. His game level went dramatically down. He tried to beat Lopez not in scorelines but in number of balls targeted outside the line. Believe me... it didn't make the match more fascinating.

In the third set Lopez's serve began to function better, what completely buried his opponent and compatriot. And even the luck and the umpire was on his side. Lopez broke for 2-1, Ferrer in revenge almost broke his racquet. And it was the end of his power demonstration in the match. Final score - Feliciano Lopez 3-6 6-3 6-2 (or correct me heh....). Overall, the most thrilling episode of this bummer was when Simon Greul started to sing 'I don't feel like dancing' to prevent himself from yawning. Let's wait if he sings with equally high voice tembre in the match against James Blake!

FerrersLinda
10-12-2006, 02:38 PM
Thanks for the report Nathii.:worship:

Nathaliia
10-12-2006, 04:06 PM
TAKE ME OUT!!! (Blake - Greul)

I've noticed nobody feels like reading too long reports and it's very well, because I don't feel like writing a lot. Before the match Greul was singing and Blake listening to Ipod (wondering if to Greul's voice recorded). The German in choosing repertuar should include 'Take me out' by Franz Ferdinand. This is what he asked for with most of his shots, though. Blake was playing for 60% in his own service games and 40% in the German's ones. Everybody already knows how the American is able to perform (against Nieminen or PimPim shouldn't be so easy anyway, I suppose), so let's concentrate on Greul. If you haven't seen him live playing shots, but you saw a frog jumping, that's like the same - in a matter of technics. (read: alert! extra lessons at even Florian Mayer needed). Most of all, that would be it. As for Berdych before his match, he seems more to be worried with why new Madrid hotel is so far, than with his today's match.

CooCooCachoo
10-12-2006, 04:28 PM
Like a sex machine (Lopez - Ferrer) - title comes from James Brown's song played during the break

Before the match Feliciano Lopez's new coach, Albert Costa, was careful in speaking about his charge's chances. Unnecessarily. Even if the more feminine of two long-haired Spaniards is in the worse shape, he is also less injured. Ferrer suffered of a left knee injury.

Voices of experts from tournament's organization stated that Ferrer should have won even on one leg, but this is how we solve the eternal problem of English grammar, why we use in exchange 'should have won' and 'won'. In the first set, Lopez was hitting so many balls outside the court (volleys in particular) that somebody finally told him he's playing singles and not doubles. So that's why he started the beat that poor net so ruthlessly... but it didn't happen until the third set. Ferrer didn't have problems with taking the first set 6-3. He changed his shirt from white into red (hello Xristos) which wasn't so lucky. His game level went dramatically down. He tried to beat Lopez not in scorelines but in number of balls targeted outside the line. Believe me... it didn't make the match more fascinating.

In the third set Lopez's serve began to function better, what completely buried his opponent and compatriot. And even the luck and the umpire was on his side. Lopez broke for 2-1, Ferrer in revenge almost broke his racquet. And it was the end of his power demonstration in the match. Final score - Feliciano Lopez 3-6 6-3 6-2 (or correct me heh....). Overall, the most thrilling episode of this bummer was when Simon Greul started to sing 'I don't feel like dancing' to prevent himself from yawning. Let's wait if he sings with equally high voice tembre in the match against James Blake!

Sounds like it was a fascinating match :lol:

Aphex
10-12-2006, 04:52 PM
Which one of them were you :aplot:

:lol:

Nathaliia
10-12-2006, 05:39 PM
:lol:

i know, you were that big fat guy who shouted pjiiiiiiiim-pjiiiiiiim haha... it actually took me some time to figure what they're screaming.

right now no such circus on Vinci...

karl fazer.... class candies.... my food :p

Nathaliia
10-12-2006, 06:13 PM
this third set ruined my plan for a great blog entry from the last singles match from today :( and maybe even Berdych wins :awww:

haha... my blog is almost as popular in GMs as Björkman's but it's Björkman who is giving an interview here

Nathaliia
10-12-2006, 07:43 PM
I still know what you did last summer. (BERDYCH - VINCIGUERRA)

Let's start with the essential stuff for any kind of further thoughts development. We need to answer the basical question asked in livescore thread, who was Vinciguerra. The 25-yeared Swede already knows how a tournament victory tastes like. He also leads 4-0 with Safin in h2h (defeated him 3 times on hard and once on carpet) and defeated Federer twice. Bothered by terrible injuries during most of his career, instead of becoming an invalide, like it was predicted, wants to come back to sport on a competition level. Recently it's clay considered as his best surface, but was successful on other ones as well. In the last tournament's start reached a final in Dusseldorf (lost to Korolev). It was already many weeks ago.

Now let's clear the dilemma of Xristos - Berdych was wearing red shirt with some black stuff.

I don't know if you like sequels, because the Swedish crowd kind of does. After PimPim's Godzilla comeback, they hoped for the 2nd part of a Cindirella man, instead received Scream 2. And the screaming ones were spectators themselves (okay, let's be honest... Berdych sometimes too). Vinciguerra started surprisingly well, while the Czech remained kind of sleepy (to admit, the air at the players lounge was thick... so it could have affected - Vinci stayed outside). Swedish Wild Card managed to get a break at the beginning, so PimPim-patterned saga continued. Even if Vinciguerra had problems with holding his services at times, always was able to save himself with an ace or a winning service (yes). Serve considered as rather a weak point of his was crucial in many difficult moments. Instead, Vinci really should get himself a volley. Blah. But not from Nadal. The ending of the set still belonged to the local favourite. The crowd was as enthusiastic as during yesterday's meeting, but still expressed admiration towards the national player with stepping loudly on wooden stairs.
It was really funny when Vinciguerra fought like crazy, using all the tricks known from claycourts, with slipping on plexipave (sp?) staying ahead. Had less power in long rallies, though could afford a smoking winner. Berdych was regular, but not as regular as this opponent. What could have been counted as Berdych's unforced error, infact might have been caused by short, slow cross from Vinciguerra. The Czech barely could handle such shots.
Euphoria was close in the second set. Vinciguerra was leading with a break, but Berdych managed to take it back in the very last moment, soon taking on the lead himself and winning the set 7-5.
Thinking that the last set will be fluctuating around 6-0 for the favourite was excused by the first balls of the last set. The Swede looked resign, but only for a moment. He was fighting not only for a win in this one match, but maybe for his whole career. And nothing tastes like reaching a quaterfinal in front of home public, after long, long, long months of rehalibilitation and humilitation.
Tie-break in the deciding set was really close. The crowd was reacting hysterically when Vinciguerra's volleys were missing the lines by few centimetres. So did Berdych, after one of umpire's decisions (the Czech was harmed once, let's agree - it was in the game when he was broken in the first set, but not in the last game of the match). He shouted to the umpire, the blood in a 21-yeared boy was boiling and he reacted by throwing the ball to the ceiling (it's not a small hall, by the way). Few matchpoints were saved by the Swede with incredible services. But one of them didn't manage to be.

Berdych won the match in three sets and finally agreed on Nieminen's endless beggings to play doubles with him in Madrid. At least, that's the unofficial version. :p

Nathaliia
10-13-2006, 10:54 AM
It was fun yesterday after Mc Enroe's match... everybody was throwing the seat pads on the court for no apparent (I think...) reason.

It was also the last career match of Landsberg. Most likely he won't come back at the age of 47.

Labamba
10-13-2006, 11:02 AM
great report :yeah:

Berdych won the match in three sets and finally agreed on Nieminen's endless beggings to play doubles with him in Madrid. At least, that's the unofficial version. :p

:lol:

Nathaliia
10-13-2006, 11:15 AM
So you don't want match reports but lounge reports :ras: Like the one that at this moment Rochus is packing to his mouth few fudges at the same time, and his coaches sing very loudly and one of them rolled a poster to sing through it? :)

Lol... the Belgian guys are very nice and funny. Awww... terribly laughing at something on the web. Maybe my reports :p

KrisJB
10-13-2006, 11:42 AM
Hi Nathi, It's JamesB from Polish sportsboard forum (we talked in Szczecin during Zabaleta's battle) ;). Can you write some comments about James Blake? How does he behave, is he so calm as we can see in TV coverages? Have you had any opportunity to talk to him? Is he a big-headed or a nice person? Please greet him from me and tell James that I am (possibly) his greatest fan from Poland and I am looking forward to his coming to Szczecin one day as we will make the best welcome he has ever seen :))).

gulzhan
10-13-2006, 12:04 PM
Great report, Nathii! :yeah: Thanks o lot! :)

Nathaliia
10-13-2006, 12:21 PM
Hi Nathi, It's JamesB from Polish sportsboard forum (we talked in Szczecin during Zabaleta's battle) ;). Can you write some comments about James Blake? How does he behave, is he so calm as we can see in TV coverages? Have you had any opportunity to talk to him? Is he a big-headed or a nice person? Please greet him from me and tell James that I am (possibly) his greatest fan from Poland and I am looking forward to his coming to Szczecin one day as we will make the best welcome he has ever seen :))).

Hi Kris,
James Blake hasn't been really tested yet, perhaps will get today against the fighter Rochus. Actually I think I chatted with everybody here except Söderling and Blake. James is always listening to ipod so it's not nice to distrub him... but my ex bf who works here chatted to him and says he's an incredibly nice and intelligent person. Yes, Blake is a calm guy... just today gave me such a look, expessing 'omg.... and what's THAT? :help:' but maybe it was because i entered the stand with a sandwich heh :)
best greetings... if he wins, I will try to pass the hello from you.

Nathaliia
10-13-2006, 12:36 PM
NIEMINEN - LOPEZ

Looks like some Finns arrived in Stockholm because the doping on balls won by Nieminen was even stronger than it used to be. The left-handed fudge stealer from Scandinavia won 8 first points and was absolutely dominant at the beginning. Looked like he came out on court motivated, contrary to Lopez who needed time, just like yesterday, to catch up with the game. In the next games of the set we saw a really good battle, and as always - even if Nieminen had some temporary problems with service (like coming from 40-0 to deuce, or something like that) he's always focused enough to look for his business. He knew one break was enoygh to win the set.

At the beginning of second set Lopez was lucky. Great shots on both sides, but the Spaniard started to try stronger variants and was overplaying the Finn for a while. Looked like we were going to have a third set. But nothing is impossible for Jarkko and backing him spectators - he broke back at the very last moment, and came back to the disposition from the beginning of the match. Nieminen looks really reliable. Not that I'm against Lopez ex lege, but it was rather sure the match was to finish in straight sets and the winner was also known before it even started.

Nathaliia
10-13-2006, 12:49 PM
ROCHUS AND VLIEGEN ON ATP FORMAT CHANGES

Like most of players, they have an official and unofficial answer to this question. The official - it is great, it attracts sponsors, you don't have to go home when you lose a match! Just nt being sure how it will look in practise, it should be tested, but the idea of changes is fine. Of course there are always the players who will complain.

Unofficial - It's not fair that if Nadal loses, he stays still in the competition and still can redeem himself. It's hard for us to beat a good player two time in a row. Now when we do, it's a great success for us and such a star should go home. The changes are good only for few players, they will be winning now everything.
Rochus adds: I'm in players council, they havent asked us anything about this idea, but they want to change the format. They don't even know how it will be exactly looking like, we don't know either so it's really hard to predict how it will develop, but who loses - should go home.
Vliegen (asked in additional about doubles revolution that was a success after all) - I barely play doubles, I don't really care about what they do to the doubles. But they didn't ask us anything about the new singles formula yet either.

Action Jackson
10-13-2006, 12:55 PM
Interesting that Rochus who is on the Council hasn't been asked, good to see unilateral decisions at work here.

JMG
10-13-2006, 12:56 PM
Thanks Somi for the reports. :yeah:

Nathaliia
10-13-2006, 03:16 PM
Calling me Somi - :lol: :yeah:

There will be no report on Blake - Rochus because I lost my bag with cosmetics and had to go back to the hotel. It was not found by cleaning stuff (I hope somebody enjoys my perfums from Gucci, eye-shadows from Saint Laurent etc. :cuckoo: )

Nathaliia
10-13-2006, 04:14 PM
FIRST SET OF PIMPIM - VLIEGEN
Two equal players on court. Both atmosphere and local player's shape are down comparing to beating Nadal day. Johansson had then a horse day, today is only average. Both players seek power in serves, forehands and volleys (yes). Some errors forced and unforced make the match less interesting than other ones from this event. The hockey fans are here as well today, only not so loud as the last time. However, I have seen Aphex - he's the one who growls all the time 'bring back Söderling finally'.

Suddenly I decided to not to support Söderling but will be definitely for Berdych. This is because I'm scheduled for an exclusive interview with him and only in case he wins... ewww. (I mean, he'd be sad if he lost) Berdman is a nice guy, maybe I shall see what interesting things he has to say. If you fancy any questions to him, feel free to post. And if not, you have to rely on mine, heh.
Condition is one, he has to win. He promised to make it quick :)

KrisJB
10-13-2006, 05:37 PM
Oh Nathi, what a pity you weren't able to follow James match. As I read it was tremendous with thrilling rallies and very high level of play. I am still looking forward to your conversation with James and asking him:

- are you a catholic?
- would you like to visit Poland one day?
- do you know any foreign languages?

Nathaliia
10-13-2006, 06:16 PM
Oh Nathi, what a pity you weren't able to follow James match. As I read it was tremendous with thrilling rallies and very high level of play. I am still looking forward to your conversation with James and asking him:

- are you a catholic?
- would you like to visit Poland one day?
- do you know any foreign languages?

Maybe next year... somewhere, somehow. I am so sorry to disappoint you - you don't have an interview with James and I don't have my expensive cosmetics. I guess it's like the same :tears:

Nathaliia
10-13-2006, 06:54 PM
A SERVE IN NEED IS SERVE INDEED (thank you Placebo and PimPim)

At first, forgive me as it is difficult to catch up with all my thought both on the match and tonight's meeting with scarecrows, while Kristof Vliegen has just bumped into the lounge and kicked the table (with water, flower, papers on it) with a power of Johansson's service. Knockout for the furniture. Then he started to turn over the chairs and growling in French. No, he didn't win this match.

In the first set Johansson (most likely not related to Scarlett) seemed like believing in his own greatness and fame bursting out of the stream of beating Nadal. Vliegen was motivated and really trusting in himself. The match was deciding between the equal players, the Belgian was more lucky at the last balls of tie-break. Amount of forced and unforced errors didn't make the battle world's most fascinating, while the stand hockey team needed to boost up with some hmm... gear.

In the second and third set happened something what might appear as a total upset and a fixed match for some of more enlightened tennis forum members, because a low ranked player beat someone from high positions.
Though PimPim reminded himself times of greatness. Not at the very moment, he even managed to lose one serve (Vliegen was playing well and Swede's balls were too long... sheesh really no pun intended). When the Belgian was to serve for match, Johansson concentrated. He was really focused. He didn't seem to realize the upgrowing noise. Was closing eyes or looking at the sky (didn't see much as it was covered by the roof :tape: ). It did impress Vliegen who got scared and personally choked. In the tie-break Vliegen kept on serving his killing shots, but what if Johansson was playing back not only killing, but also bodyburning returns? That was the key to the victory - good return and concentration helped to play the way the Swede wanted. People on the stands were crazy. The just played song 'Pump it' by Black Eyed Peas and sung by gathered at the stadium got the new meaning.

In the third set Vliegen was accused of smoking something. Perhaps because his service was so smoking. Sent accurately where it should have been sent - as a mixture of kickout and idea (and sometimes power). Things were on their way to tie-break. Not when it was 5-6 0-40 for the Swede. It was unbelievable, but he served 4 aces or winning serves in a row. In such monumentum. But on a side, because I am not Swedish, I can tell you that the 'ace' from the second serve on 15-40 was out. I was sitting just above it. Vliegen knew it wasn't a good ball. He leaned the hands on the hips and stood like this for entire minute. The umpire didn't change the opinion. Soon the emotional game was over.
Tie-break was not any better - but finally we solved the mystery of Vinciguerra's volley or rather the lack of it. All skills at this direction were given in addition to his compatriot for today. Not only his risky (close my eyes go ball go hit the line) returns, but also volleys helped to build the 6-3 advantage. Ecstatic doping immediately turned into equally ecstating boo when Vliegen threw the ball into the stands to show his disappointment. Then PimPim served another strong stuff, but Vliegen managed to play back somehow. PimPim was to volley. And he saw himself celebrating. Volleyed it out. Started to choke. But in the end got himself in one piece together, while his opponent fell apart. And this is how it looked like.

Nathaliia
10-13-2006, 07:13 PM
PS. it was my last report... i could afford some resume, but not willing to explore ofcourts or repeating myself. Well, Söderling proved he is in the best shape between players here, wouldn't be surprised if he won this tournament if didn't choke.

Have a nice day and such.... I'm leaving tomorrow :wavey:

CooCooCachoo
10-14-2006, 08:09 AM
It was fun yesterday after Mc Enroe's match... everybody was throwing the seat pads on the court for no apparent (I think...) reason.

It was also the last career match of Landsberg. Most likely he won't come back at the age of 47.

:sad:

katica
10-15-2006, 07:34 AM
thank you nathii for all the reports :hatoff: !
:hug:

Nathaliia
10-15-2006, 03:12 PM
no problem :) scarecrows was to report from semifinals but I guess they fascinated him so much that he forgot all the words, needed for descrpitons :p

:wavey:

scarecrows
10-17-2006, 01:33 PM
Blake ruled, the others didnt

Pim-Pim choked

that's it :shrug: