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kfh_9118
03-04-2004, 11:12 AM
I am quite surprise that noone has started a thread for Nicolas Kiefer. I guess his big slump in the previous two years have lost him a lot of fans :sad:.

Well, with his good result in this 2 weeks, by reaching final in Memphis and now he is in QF in Scottsdale, he certainly has got back his old form, and hopefully better :D

GOOD LUCK KIWI, SHOW US WHAT YOU ARE MADE OF

Space Cowgirl
03-04-2004, 01:32 PM
I'll second that, even though I'm more a Shaker fan :wavey:

Lee
03-04-2004, 07:12 PM
I like him before his recent success ;) and he's up a few more notches after meeting him personally. But like Space Cadet, I'm more Rainer fan than Kiwi fan.

Lee
03-04-2004, 07:14 PM
Here's a pic of Kiefer after his practice last Saturday in Scottsdale. I took the pic with him but sorry I'm not comfortable showing my face here.

kfh_9118
03-05-2004, 02:24 PM
Thanks for the pic, Lee :bounce:

I was lucky too to take a pics with him in AO last January :)

Neely
03-06-2004, 01:56 AM
here is another supporter of Nicolas!

I'm glad there are still people who didn't forget him... the times have been rough, but Kiefer lifted his game and I'm sure he can be even better...

come on, Kiwi!!! :woohoo: :woohoo:

misyou25
03-06-2004, 09:47 PM
He won! Hes such a great player! Hes so lovely and likeable! Go Nico / Kiwi!

misyou25
03-06-2004, 09:48 PM
good picture by the way! I always liked him, but was more interested in michail youzhny and the belgian players. but hes great, i mean, hes a nice and sensitive/sensible/kind person

Neely
03-06-2004, 10:44 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: Kiwi!!! :banana: :banana:

Nicolas outguns Hanescu 4-6 7-5 6-4 !!!! :bounce:

great effort, Kiwi.... being down 0-1 sets and 4-5 with serve Hanescu and you got the break!!! great!! :yeah:

I'm really happy about that win!!!!! :) :) :)

Kiwi, Kiwi, Kiwi, Kiwi :banana: :banana:

kfh_9118
03-06-2004, 11:58 PM
:woohoo:
Second final in a row :bounce: :banana:

I started to like Nicolas back in 1999 (ie when he made the SF at the year-end championship), and after watching him live at Kooyong Classic (Melbourne) live in 2000, he has become my top favourite player since :)

Good luck in the final Kiwi :bounce:

misyou25
03-07-2004, 09:21 PM
come on!

Lee
03-07-2004, 09:29 PM
Go Kiwi!!!!!!!

stephB
03-07-2004, 10:12 PM
oh no! he lost :( 5-7 7-6 6-3. poor kiwi.
habs ihm so gegönnt!!!

kfh_9118
03-08-2004, 01:18 AM
Kiwi :sad: 2nd final lost in a row. Well, he did show a great fighting spirit this week, winning the second set in the SF and F after the opponents were serving for the match.

Hope his great form will continue in IW.
Good luck Kiwi :bounce:

Neely
03-08-2004, 02:53 AM
keep it up, Kiwi... don't be too disappointed because of these two final losses... great weeks, though! :woohoo:

misyou25
03-08-2004, 05:27 PM
tja, 2 finals, that's quite good

misyou25
03-08-2004, 05:34 PM
Kiwi verpasst ersten Sieg

Trotz einer Energieleistung hat Nicolas Kiefer seinen ersten Turniersieg 2004 verpasst. Deutschlands derzeit bester Tennisprofi verlor das Finale der mit 380.000 Dollar dotierten Veranstaltung in Scottsdale/Arizona gegen den Amerikaner Vince Spadea mit 5:7, 7:6 (7:5), 3:6 und wartet weiter auf das erste Erfolgserlebnis dieses Jahres.

Alles zum Turnier in Scottsdale
Nicolas Kiefer: "Brauche Matches, Matches, Matches"
Treffen Sie...Nicolas Kiefer



Allerdings war der 26 Jahre alte Holzmindener gehandicapt in sein zweites Saison-Finale innerhalb von zwei Wochen gegangen. Blutige Blasen an beiden Füßen hatten ihn schon bei seinem 4:6, 7:5, 6:4 im Halbfinale über den Rumänen Victor Hanescu arg behindert. Spadea war durch ein 6:7 (5:7), 6:4, 6:3 gegen seinen top-gesetzten Landsmann Andy Roddick ins Endspiel eingezogen.

Verzicht auf Doppel-Einsatz mit Moodie

Am liebsten wäre Kiefer nach seinem Finaleinzug auf Händen vom Hartplatz gelaufen. «Ich konnte kaum stehen, so brannten mir die Sohlen. Meine Socken war total blutverschmiert», erzählte der deutsche Daviscupspieler. Nach dem ersten Satz, in dem der Weltranglisten-46. mit 4:1 geführt hatte, musste er eine Auszeit nehmen, um die Füße zu salben und zu tapen.

«In diesem Moment war ich völlig deprimiert. Erst gebe ich einen gewonnen geglaubten Satz ab, dann diese gesundheitlichen Probleme. Außerdem fühlte ich mich elendig schlapp, da ich die Nacht zuvor kaum geschlafen hatte. Einen Augenblick habe ich resigniert, dann sagte ich mir aber: Man, reiß dich zusammen und sei ein ganzer Kerl», schilderte Kiefer seine Gefühle in der kritischen Phase des Duells. Um das Finale nicht zu gefährden, verzichtete er danach auf den Doppel-Einsatz, wo er sich mit Wesley Moodie (Südafrika) anschickte, zum vierten Mal in seiner Karriere in ein Endspiel vorzustoßen.

Kiefer will weiter kämpfen

Nicolas Kiefer offenbare Tugenden, an die schon kaum noch einer geglaubt habe, frohlockte Trainer Thomas Hogstedt. «Spielerisch hat er in dieser Woche nicht so überzeugt. Aber wie er die Matches mit eisernem Willen für sich entschieden hat, war imponierend. Er hat auf dem Platz gefightet wie ein deutscher Schäferhund und war bissig wie ein Löwe», schwärmte der schwedische Coach und behauptete, sein Schützling habe jetzt fast wieder das Leistungsvermögen von vor vier Jahren, als er in der Weltrangliste bis auf Rang vier geklettert war.

Erstmals gelang es Kiefer, bei zwei aufeinander folgenden Turnieren ins Finale einzuziehen. Sechs Turniere gewann er bislang, das letzte im Oktober 2000 in Hongkong. Vor 14 Tagen in Memphis war Kiefer dem Schweden Joachim Johansson unterlegen. Kiefer will weiter kämpfen: «Mich hatten schon viele abgeschrieben. Doch ich lasse mich nicht unterkriegen, das habe ich wieder bewiesen.»
by eurosport.de

kfh_9118
03-11-2004, 03:08 AM
Indian Wells draw for Nicolas Kiefer:

1R: vs Flavia Saretta
2R: vs Vincent Spadea :eek:

Good luck Kiwi, hope you can pass Flavia, then a revenge time against Vincent

:bounce:

misyou25
03-11-2004, 06:48 PM
gogo:-)

misyou25
03-21-2004, 07:06 PM
aren't here any fans?

Neely
03-21-2004, 07:09 PM
aren't here any fans?
or course here are fans :)

Good luck for next week, Kiwi! :bounce: :yeah:

misyou25
03-24-2004, 02:48 PM
he has a tough draw. 2nd round against rainer

kfh_9118
03-25-2004, 10:17 AM
Nico won his first round match :bounce:

next victim will be Rainer :p

Good luck Kiwi :bounce:

Space Cowgirl
03-25-2004, 01:00 PM
Next match could be interesting. Sorry Nicolas, but I hope you lose!

misyou25
03-26-2004, 12:11 PM
good luck kiwi. I hope it will be an interesting match. Will it come on german tv?

misyou25
03-27-2004, 12:01 AM
come on nico! 6-4 for you against rainer!

kfh_9118
03-27-2004, 07:25 AM
Nico defeated Rainer :woohoo:
Well done Nicolas, extremely close match, glad he won that one :D

Next victim: Robby Ginepri :p

C'mon Kiwi, repeat your victory against Robby few weeks ago :bounce:
Good luck

misyou25
03-27-2004, 01:03 PM
victim..... who will be the victim... i hope not nico. Good luck (and don't have bloody feet) !

kfh_9118
03-29-2004, 02:38 AM
Nicolas Kiefer def. Robby Ginepri 7-6(3) 3-6 6-4 :woohoo:

Another close match by Kiwi, glad he won this one :bounce:

Next opponent: Sebastien Grosjean
Good luck Nico :bounce:

Space Cowgirl
03-29-2004, 10:06 AM
Good show, Kiwi!

misyou25
03-29-2004, 12:19 PM
oh god. grosjean....... he's though

kfh_9118
03-30-2004, 10:32 PM
oh god. grosjean....... he's though

Not tough enough for Nicolas :p
Kiwi won 6-4 6-2 :banana: :woohoo: Well done, Nico to be in the QF of Tier I :cool:

Next match will be against (3) Coria

Good luck :bounce: :bounce:

Neely
03-31-2004, 04:34 AM
fucking great win over Grosjean, Kiwi!! :) :banana: :banana: :banana:

KIWI KIWI KIWI KIWI KIWI KIWI KIWI KIWI KIWI KIWI KIWI KIWI

A bit lucky the 1st set, winning the set with the only break point opportunity, but the 2nd set was well deserved then.

THAT WAS IMPRESSIVE!!!! :woohoo: :woohoo:
:bounce: :bounce:

go out and kick some serious ass Kiwi... now against Coria ;)
du kannst es schaffen! :yeah:

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Ich glaube, dass Kiwi dieses Jahr die Rolle von Rainer übernehmen will. 2003 war Shaker der Deutsche, der für die ganzen Überraschungen gesorgt hat und bisher hat Kiwi wirklich ganz gut überzeugt, wenn man mal Indian Wells und den Beginn des Jahres weglässt. :)
wooooohooooooooooo

kfh_9118
03-31-2004, 11:03 AM
Thanks for the photos, Neely :D

I really hope that Nicolas will crack Top 32 in the ranking before RG, so he will be seeded again in a GS :bounce:

misyou25
03-31-2004, 08:51 PM
I hope he will get the final and win it, goddamit...

kfh_9118
03-31-2004, 11:02 PM
Kiwi lost to Coria in QF Miami 3-6 3-6 :sad: :mad:

But overall a very good and promising result from Nico :woohoo: Hope he can continue playing like that. Does anyone know where he will play after this? I am really hope he can play few more tournaments before RG and has good result so can be seeded in RG :cool:

Neely
04-01-2004, 02:35 AM
yeah, too bad he lost today :sad:

actually it wasn't a good loss, but I really see the positive things in achieving this quarter final and I'm glad he went so far.

don't lose faith in Kiwi!! :bounce: :bounce:

misyou25
04-01-2004, 12:41 PM
i don't think he played bad.. coria is though..

Space Cowgirl
04-01-2004, 01:54 PM
i don't think he played bad.. coria is though..


I thought Kiefer played totally crap for at least half the match! He was doing fine until he was serving at 3-4 in the first set. Then he seemed to lose the plot until well into the second set. Some of his unforced errors were awful. And Coria didn't even play particularly well (didn't have to, really).
Oh well, everyone has a bad day. Let's hope he keeps his good form for the Davis Cup next week

joanbalcells
04-01-2004, 09:53 PM
http://www.tennis.info/images/Nasdaq4/10Wed/Kiefer5251.jpg

http://www.tennis.info/images/Nasdaq4/10Wed/Kiefer5250.jpg

For all those who admire Nico from all angles ;)

Great period of tennis from Nico at the moment. He really seems to have renewed determination to win these tough matches.

kfh_9118
04-01-2004, 11:11 PM
:eek: thanks for the photos. He must be very frustated during the match :sad:
Good luck next tourney, Kiwi :)

misyou25
04-02-2004, 11:21 AM
thnaks for the pics

misyou25
04-02-2004, 11:24 AM
to space cadet:
I think it was a mentall game. He was a bit scared of coria, his ranking (donno why) and that just didn't work out for nico, sometimes you have such opponents you can't really beat them for many games. I think their kind of play doesn't get well together at all......

Neely
04-02-2004, 05:21 PM
Oh well, everyone has a bad day. Let's hope he keeps his good form for the Davis Cup next week
do you know who's going to play singles for Germany? Kiefer and Haas? or Schüttler?
probably the doubles will be Kiefer/Schüttler, right?

I didn't hear anything yet. If you or someone else knows, tell me/us then. Tnx.

Lee
04-02-2004, 06:26 PM
do you know who's going to play singles for Germany? Kiefer and Haas? or Schüttler?
probably the doubles will be Kiefer/Schüttler, right?

I didn't hear anything yet. If you or someone else knows, tell me/us then. Tnx.

Team captain, Patrik Kuhnen, only announced Waske is added to the team as back up for doubles. He probably wants to see how Haas, Kiefer and Schuettler perform in practice. I think all 3 players will have the chance to play singles.

Neely
04-03-2004, 11:43 PM
Waske? okay, all right, I'm looking forward to the Davis Cup matches... they simply have to beat Israel, not matter who's going to play.

misyou25
04-07-2004, 03:54 PM
you're right

Neely
04-09-2004, 06:38 PM
hello, all Kiwi fans! :wavey:

Kiwi won his Davis Cup match against Harel Levy from Isreal 6-2 7-5 6-3 :) :bounce: :banana:

After Kiwi's match there was a TV interview on the court for the viewers and for the crowd, together with Germany's team captain Patrick Kühnen and Nicolas Kiefer.

First, Kiefer thanked the crowd who cheered to Schüttler and him during their matches and he also especially mentioned and thanked all his supporters worldwide for their faith and confidence in him :worship:

He said that he appreciates the support very much and is glad that his real fans stuck with him all the time, even at times when he couldn't win much, did not have much success or lost many matches.

As the interviewer asked him what mistakes he made in the past because he wasn't as successful as he is this year so far, Kiwi immediately refused to give an answer to this question and said "I don't wanna start talking about the past, I'm not looking back, I'm looking forward to the future, that's the only thing that counts for me. I hope I can have many more good results this year, that's my goal and not thinking about the past. With my new coach I'm certainly on a good way and my previous results prove that" :D
(well done, Kiwi... good reaction :yeah: )

He was also asked what he thinks about slashers or people severely criticising him all the time. "I don't care about those people who can do nothing else then criticising, but of course, I'm able to take critics if it's justified, too."

At the beginning of the interview, he also made a little joke that he hopes lots of people will come on Sunday as well. "I know, there are probably lots of Easter eggs to find/collect on Sunday, but nevertheless, I hope you all have again time to come here supporting us." :lol: :D

Again Kiwi showed two different faces before/during the match and after it. He didn't look happy about his game during the match and he scolded himself for missed opportunities. But after the match was over, he was in good mood, kinda relaxed and smiling. :)

:woohoo:

Lee
04-09-2004, 07:04 PM
Thanks Neely for all the live scores and re-cap. Kiwi is really sweet when he's not playing on court.

kek
04-09-2004, 11:35 PM
Thanks Neely for the interview. It is hard to find information about Nicolas in the States. It was nice of Nicolas to acknowledge his fans worldwide :) I was just at Miami and have taken tons of pictures of Nicolas.


Here is the link http://www.ofoto.com/BrowsePhotos.jsp?&collid=296473674103&page=1&sort_order=0


Hopefully, it will without having to input a password etc.

Neely
04-10-2004, 12:17 AM
Hi Kek :wavey:
never noticed you here around, but I'm glad you found the way here to Kiwi's forum :-)

(BTW, the link didn't work. Error message: The page you're looking for is not available. Maybe you can attach a selection of some pics to your post so we all can see it. In case you didn't figure out yet how it works --> click on "go advanced" and "manage attachments")

kek
04-10-2004, 12:34 AM
I don't post much. I tend to lurk :p This would be easier since I have way too many of Nicolas for attachments and don't know what people might want to see.

www.ofoto.com email is: karen@danze-davis.com and my passowrd is: 1prafter


I have albums from several years, but for Nicolas pictures look in Miami 2003,2004 and Houston 2003.

Enjoy.

kek
04-10-2004, 12:39 AM
I'll post a few more...

Fee
04-10-2004, 02:01 AM
Thanks Neely for the interview recap. It's just great to hear this attitude from Nic. I think it will help him stay successful throughout the year.

kfh_9118
04-10-2004, 02:15 AM
Thanks Neely for the Nicolas' interview :D It's really great to know that he appreciated all his fans worldwide for staying with him all these years. I am glad I never lost faith in Nicolas. Finally it pays off now, he is in great form this year, and hopefully it will continue throughout the years. Thanks Kiwi for not disappointing us :worship:

Great photos there, kek :D And thanks for visiting this thread. Glad that we have quite a few true Nicolas supporters in this board :D

Neely, do you know if Nicolas will play in any tournament next week, or maybe he will have a week off before the TMS?

misyou25
04-12-2004, 02:29 PM
has somebody seen the sport on saturday evening, when the german davis cup team came to play football? :-) very cute, nico was the only one who made a goal

Neely
04-12-2004, 03:25 PM
very cute, nico was the only one who made a goal
no, it was Schüttler who scored the only goal ;)

misyou25
04-13-2004, 12:43 PM
oh, shit:-)

Neely
04-19-2004, 11:44 AM
Kiefer outfucks Arazi 6-3 6-3 on clay! :woohoo: :woohoo:

win some more matches, Kiwi! :yeah: :D

kfh_9118
04-19-2004, 12:05 PM
Kiwi :woohoo:

Well done, Nico :)
If I remember correctly, he will face Coria in the second round.
C'mon Kiwi, get your revenge this time :fiery:

Lee
04-19-2004, 04:54 PM
Kiwi :woohoo:

Well done, Nico :)
If I remember correctly, he will face Coria in the second round.
C'mon Kiwi, get your revenge this time :fiery:

Coria has to win his 1st round match first.

Neely
04-19-2004, 07:42 PM
If I remember correctly, he will face Coria in the second round.
oh nooooooooooooooo :eek: :eek: :eek:

damn it :banghead: :banghead: I didn't even look so far in the draw who would be Kiwi's opponent in the next round

Coria!!! :eek: :banghead:

let's stay for real, anything better than a 3-6 4-6 loss would be a surprise :rolleyes:

kfh_9118
04-20-2004, 03:53 AM
Coria won his first round match against Enqvist easily :(

C'mon Kiefer, you can do better this time :bounce:

Neely
04-21-2004, 11:51 AM
no chance for Nicolas! :banghead:
Coria simply too good

JMG
05-02-2004, 11:01 AM
So the draw is out for Rome:

Kiefer - Volandri
and
Kiefer / Schuettler - Clement / Zimonjic

Both are difficult, but I think Kiwi will beat Volandri, allthough it's on clay.

It's a good chance, that we can see it on TV against the No. 1 Italian player.

Tricky_Forehand
05-02-2004, 01:32 PM
I wasn't too happy with this draw but any draw for Nicolas on clay is not likely to be a good one :)

Neely
05-03-2004, 01:07 AM
for me, it would really be a big surprise if Kiwi could beat Volandri. Volandri is much better on clay and made a strong run at this tournament last year on home court advantage.

only chance for Nicolas might be taking advantage that Volandri didn't play much because of his injury (if I remember correctly, Volandri's match in Monaco was the 1st one after his injury break). Maybe he catches Volandri on a bad day.

Good luck, Nicolas! :) :bounce:

Neely
05-04-2004, 09:44 PM
okay, Kiwi lost to Volandri 4-6 6-0 0-6 :sad:

and a pathetic week for German tennis comes to an end already on Tuesday.
That really very bad, no German made the 2nd round :sad:

kfh_9118
05-05-2004, 04:33 AM
Kiwi :sobbing: :crying2: :hysteric: :smash:

Better luck next week

misyou25
05-07-2004, 06:25 PM
go kiwi (kiwi is in australian english new zealand:-) )

Neely
05-09-2004, 01:53 AM
hmmm, Nicolas in his Hamburg 1st round match against Youzhny

Youzhny had two 1st round exits in a row now, but exactly that could be the danger because one might say "Youzhny is due for a win some time". But Nicolas not much better the last matches either. :rolleyes:

:sad:

Tricky_Forehand
05-09-2004, 02:40 AM
It's bad enough that he sucks on clay (which happens to be my favorite surface :) ) but the draws that he's been getting are even worse :rolleyes: .

True, that Mikhail has been struggling too but he's also better on the red clay.

I guess if there's a positive spin here it's that Nicolas doesn't have any points to defend :p

Neely
05-09-2004, 01:00 PM
lol, I don't like clay too much when I'm playing tennis myself, I don't move well and sometimes it really pisses me off... I'm not playing regularly in a club but in Germany you find almost only claycourts outdoor, you hardly can find anything else and I really don't like that. Some people are shaking their heads in disbelief when I'm playing indoor on a carpet or hardcourt in summer when the sun is shining, but that's the way it is *g*

kfh_9118
05-10-2004, 11:20 AM
I honestly believe Kiefer still has a good chance to win against Michail (maybe the crowd advantage :angel: ). It will be nice if both Rainer and Nicolas can win and meet in the 2nd Rd again :banana:

Tricky_Forehand
05-10-2004, 07:04 PM
The stress that a Nicolas vs. Rainer match would bring though :sad: :)

Neely
05-11-2004, 08:29 PM
oh noooooooooooooo... Nicolas just lost to Youzhny in three sets... to be honest, I think we all knew it will be hard but it's always disappointing to see him losing... :sad:

I hope Nicolas will see a win soon or another surface ---> clay not good for his game.

and at least he didn't surrender when Youzhny was serving for the match, these are the positive things I will keep in mind for his next match.

Good luck next time, Nicolas!!! :bounce:

damn, we were talking about the stress a Kiefer vs Schüttler match would bring and now we don't see anybody of these two in the next round :sad: :sad: :banghead:

Tricky_Forehand
05-11-2004, 08:58 PM
Nicolas :sad: :sad:

He must be counting down the days till he can get back on the grass. Especially Halle :D ;) . His favorite surface is my least favorite to watch Tennis on :) :p

Neely
05-11-2004, 10:26 PM
I agree, for watching0 matches clay is a good surface, mostly because of the much longer points... but for me, supporting Kiefer, Schüttler, Haas, Hewitt and all the guys, claycourt is, well, sometimes frustrating :rolleyes:

JMG
05-12-2004, 03:19 PM
So maybe Kiwi is a seeded player in Roland Garros. That could help him.

But hopefully he will play also the second week of the grass-season and maybe after Wimbledon in Newport, because L.A. is only two weeks after Wimbledon this year, so he could come one week earlier to play Newport. :devil:

Neely
05-14-2004, 03:12 AM
look what I've discovered about Kiwi on http://www1.ndr.de/ndr_pages_std/0,2570,OID357232,00.html :D
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"(...)
Fan: Nicolas Kiefer outet sich in diesen Tagen als Eishockey-Fan. Der 26-Jährige lief am Donnerstag im Players Center innerhalb von 30 Minuten mit drei verschiedenen Trikots herum. Am Ende favorisierte der Holzmindener das Hemd vom DEL-Club Hamburg Freezers.
(...)"
_______________________________________


OMG OMG OMG!!! :) :) :) :) :worship: :worship:

Kiwi as an icehockey fan!!!!! and wearing three different shirts of hockey clubs within a span of only 30 minutes! :) :yeah:

I don't like icehockey very much, but I think Nicolas' action changing his outfit so often was very very cool :cool: :bounce:

NICOLAS!! :hug: :clap2:

GREAT SHOW!!! :woohoo:

Neely
05-18-2004, 03:57 PM
:yippee:

KIEFER wins against Stepanek 7-6[4] 6-3 :banana: :banana: :banana:

I'm really very happy for Kiwi now to finally get another needed win on clay now. He played quite well against Youzhny in Hamburg, but now he won a match!

He can't win against good claycourters, but it was a really very solid job beating Stepanek whose record on clay is at least very respectable!

too bad TV tuned out at the beginning of the 2nd set and also a bad fact of Kiwi's game was that he could earn a lot of break points opportunities, but he didn't convert them well. Only 4/17 :mad: well, anyway, a win is a win now! ;)

looking at the stats, Kiwi served quite well, 80% 1st winning percentages, 55% 1st serves in, 5 aces and 3 of them came in the most important moment... namely in the 1st set tiebreak!!! :) :) :)

furthermore, my impression was that Stepanek was not really good from the baseline, he did not have the shots to pressure Kiwi. If Nicolas could only reduce the numbers of unforced errors :rolleyes: :rolleyes: the results would have been much clearer, but I think the 2nd se was quite well, except the already mentioned weakness on break point conversions. Kiwi won the 2nd set with two breaks in front, well done!

:bounce: Kiwi!!! :hug: :smooch: :clap2:

that was a big "COME ON!" from my side!!!!!!!!!!!!

:yeah: :yeah: :D

Tricky_Forehand
05-18-2004, 06:12 PM
I was SO happy to see that he won in straights!! :bounce:

Even if it wasn't as easy as it looked ;)

Neely
05-19-2004, 11:07 PM
OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! :banghead: :banghead:

I just read the news that Kiwi is out of singles tomorrow because he feels a little pain in his wrist :eek: :eek: :eek:

noooooooo, please, no injury!!! :sad: :sad: :sad: :rolleyes:

he said, if he has to play, he could be ready for doubles tomorrow, but not for singles :rolleyes:

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/sid/120532.jpg

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Haas spielt gegen Chile beim World Team Cup

Wegen einer leichten Handgelenksverletzung von Nicolas Kiefer kehrt Thomas Haas beim World Team Cup in die deutsche Tennis-Auswahl zurück. Teamchef Patrik Kühnen nominierte Haas für das entscheidenden Gruppenspiel gegen Chile als zweiten Einzelspieler neben Rainer Schüttler.

Kiefer will zumindest im Doppel an der Seite von Schüttler gegen den Titelverteidiger antreten. Der Sieger der Partie zieht in das Finale ein. Wie Kiefer in Düsseldorf erklärte, habe er die Probleme erstmals im Doppel gegen Tschechien gespürt. 'Ich hoffe und bete über Nacht, dass es besser wird und nach den Einzeln 2:0 steht', sagte Kiefer, der am rechten Handgelenk schon einmal einen Ermüdungsbruch erlitten hat und auch mit Blick auf die bevorstehenden French Open eine schlimmere Blessur vermeiden möchte.

Kühnen betonte, Haas habe nach seiner Einzel-Niederlage zum Auftakt gegen den Spanier Albert Costa hart an sich gearbeitet. Gegen Tschechien war der Olympia-Zweite nur Zuschauer. 'Er hat absolut die Chance, sein Einzel zu gewinnen. Chile wird ein harter Brocken, aber das ist ein gewünschter Zustand. Da brauche ich jeden Spieler mit hundertprozentigem Einsatz', betonte Kühnen. Für Chile treten der in Düsseldorf in elf Spielen noch ungeschlagene Fernando Gonzalez und Nicolas Massu im Einzel und voraussichtlich auch im Doppel an.

Schüttler betonte, die deutsche Auswahl wolle erstmals seit 1998 das Endspiel erreichen. 'Für die Mannschaft wäre es sehr wichtig. Deutschland ist schon lange reif für den Titel, ich hoffe, wir holen ihn jetzt', sagte die deutsche Nummer eins.

Schüttler wurde für sein herausragendes Tennis-Jahr 2003 geehrt. Die Herren-Profi-Vereininung ATP zeichnete den 28 Jahre alten Korbacher als den am meisten verbesserten Spieler der Vorsaison aus. Den Preis, eine Kristall-Trophäe, überreichte ATP-Europa-Chef Horst Klosterkemper. Schüttler belegte bei der Abstimmung unter seinen Spielerkollegen klar Platz eins. 'Deshalb ist es eine besondere Auszeichnung, auf die ich stolz bin', sagte er.

Im vergangenen Jahr hatte Schüttler bei den Australian Open erstmals ein Grand-Slam-Finale erreicht und stand beim abschließenden Masters Cup der acht besten Profis im Halbfinale. Als einzigem Spieler gelang ihm bei allen vier Grand-Slam-Wettbewerben zumindest der Einzug in das Achtelfinale, bei den Turnieren in Tokio und Lyon holte sich Schüttler die Titel. Das Champions Race beendete er als Sechster und verbesserte sich damit zum neunten Mal nacheinander in der Rangliste. Dies hat kein anderer aktiver Spieler geschafft.

http://sport.rtl.de/sportartikel/tennis/tennis_840_374885.php

I'm glad at least they say that it is only a light and not a severe injury!

Kiefer already had some problems with his wrist in his career so far, but I hope he will be ready and fine for RG next week.

Hopefully it's only a precautionary measure or a reason to let Haas play in singles.... :sad:

Neely
05-19-2004, 11:19 PM
http://de.sports.yahoo.com/040519/14/pui.html

Ausgerechnet im entscheidenden Spiel um den Gruppensieg beim ARAG World Team Cup muss das deutsche Tennis-Team auf Nicolas Kiefer verzichten. Der 26-Jährige muss wegen einer Handgelenksverletzung auf einen Einzeleinsatz gegen Chile am Donnerstag verzichten. Für Kiefer soll Tommy Haas das zweite Einzel neben Spitzenspieler Rainer Schüttler bestreiten. Kiefer kommt lediglich im Doppel zum Einsatz, aber auch nur, wenn ein Trainingstest vor dem Match positiv ausfällt.

"Nicolas kam nach dem Doppel gegen Tschechien am Dienstag zu mir und sagte, er habe wieder Schmerzen im Handgelenk. Wir wollen kein Risiko eingehen und gegen Chile unbedingt gewinnen und deshalb spielt Tommy Haas im Einzel", erklärte Kapitän Patrik Kühnen. Der frühere Daviscupsieger war mit seinem Schützling am Mittwoch im Krankenhaus zu einer Kernspintomographie.

Die Probleme im Handgelenk sind für Kiefer nichts neues, bereits zweimal hatte der Hannoveraner einen Ermüdungsbruch an der Schlaghand. Seit einem halben Jahr hatte er allerdings keinerlei Schmerzen mehr an der Stelle verspürt.

oh no, the article says he even had an MRI today! I hope it doesn't show any demage in his wrist :rolleyes: :eek: :sad:

JMG
05-21-2004, 12:57 PM
I think his draw is ok, because he can win one match. But he is no. 33 in RG, so he could change his draw position easily, if a seeded player has to cancel RG.

The head-to-head says 0-0, but I think Kiefer lost to Ascione in straight sets in the qualifying of Paris (Indoor) 2003.

Neely
05-21-2004, 04:19 PM
The head-to-head says 0-0, but I think Kiefer lost to Ascione in straight sets in the qualifying of Paris (Indoor) 2003.
yes, that's right... Kiwi lost to Ascione 4-6 2-6 :rolleyes:

I hope he can win it, but Ascione remains of course dangerous although he didn't win that much in the past, but the same is true for Kiwi as well :sad:

I'll be content with one win and making the life hard for Federer would be enough then. More is not possible, I think he will meet Federer and everything but a clear (straight set loss) would be a BIG surprise.

Good luck, Kiwi :bounce: I hope the wrist is okay! :)

Tricky_Forehand
05-21-2004, 07:27 PM
I also thought he had played Ascione. Glad to see that my mind wasn't just getting confused :) . Not happy about the 2nd round but it's important that he gets past the 1st round and that the wrist is ok.

He worked his ass off to get back to where he is. I don't want to see another injury take that away :sad: :sad:

Neely
05-22-2004, 11:55 PM
some pics from Düsseldorf! :)

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/dpa/20040520/10/4258362492.jpghttp://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap/20040518/15/3767009137.jpg
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap/20040518/15/3350586810.jpghttp://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap/20040518/15/2157800562.jpg

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

kfh_9118
05-23-2004, 07:30 AM
Thanks for the photos Neely :)

I don't like Nico's draw in RG. Tough first round and if he survives, Roger in the second :sad: :mad:

Well, let's hope he can win a match and give a good fight against Roger.

kfh_9118
05-25-2004, 01:44 PM
Nicolas Kiefer (GER) def. Thierry Ascione (FRA) 6-3 6-2 6-2 :woohoo:

Good luck against Roger, Kiwi :bounce:
Please give a good fight against Roger

Neely
05-25-2004, 02:04 PM
yeah, Kiwi won!!! :) :) :) :) :clap2:

good job in three sets :yeah:

JMG
05-26-2004, 05:50 PM
:mad:

Kiwi / Schuettler - Chela / Gaudio 6-0 3-6 3-6

Who can explain that?

Kiwi is out of the tournament tomorrow! He should play mixed, but that won't happen in the next 200 years :mad: :rolleyes:

Neely
05-27-2004, 08:25 AM
nobody can explain that, on Eurosport they showed about a 60 second report of this match and they said that Rainer was more and more bad after the 1st set and that Kiefer prepared for his matchup against Federer. So they blamed Rainer for the win, but without seeing more nobody can say if this is right.

I think more that Chela and Gaudio were caught with their heads still somewhere else while Kiefer und Schüttler started well from the beginning.

Tricky_Forehand
05-27-2004, 11:20 AM
I'm not as willing to write off Nicolas today as everyone else seems to be. Yes, Roger is obviously playing well most of the time but, if I remember right, he's never won on Chartier. That's apparently part of the reason why he was put on Lenglen in the first round to decrease some of the pressure. I'm fully aware that clay is Nicolas's worst surface but to think that he's going to just roll over to Roger is disrespectful to Nicolas and how he's been playing since March.

Also, the last time that he & Roger played...he was injured in the Final of Halle so I don't put much stock in that result. These two have never met on clay so I don't think anything is a given. I'm hoping that Nicolas woke up with fight in him this morning and doesn't listen to any negative feedback.

I expect a good match today. Win or lose.

Go Nicolas!! :bounce:

kfh_9118
05-27-2004, 02:30 PM
Nicolas lost to Roger 3-6 4-6 6-7(6)

Not a bad performance from Kiwi overall. Many deuces and Nicolas wasted so many BP opportunities. I just wished he could win that third set after having 2 set points in the tiebreak :sad:

Hope Nicolas will have great results in grass court season (really really hoping he will be seeded in Wimbledon to avoid bad draw as in RG this week :mad: )

Good luck Nicolas :bounce:

Neely
05-27-2004, 02:36 PM
I expect a good match today. Win or lose.
I, for my part, had really great fun watching it and Nicolas had many superb points also.

Sure, he did go just 3 of 15 ( :mad: ) on break point conversions (Roger 6 of 13), that shows that he didn't take his chances but it also shows that he earned a lot of points! It's not easy to get so many break points on serve Federer.

Federer was struggling with his serve, but also Nicolas too many times :sad:

total points was 125 to 110 in favor of Roger. Pretty close considering that Nicolas lost 3-6 4-6 6-7(6)

another prove for me that the match was not as bad for Nicolas as the score would indicate.

a bad thing towards the end of the match was for sure that Nicolas double faulted on his set point. Sure, it is very controversial and we will never know, but maybe it would have been the right strategy just to get it in and then try to make the point. On the other hand, just an inch closer to the line, his serve would have been an ace because Federer could have never reached it :shrug:

bad end for Kiwi with two double faults, but the rest of the match and his great play, the fact that he didn't lose 6-2 6-2 6-2 preponderated for me and that's the positive thing I will take out of this match :)

:clap2: :clap2:

Neely
05-28-2004, 11:54 AM
...
Federer eine Nummer zu groß für Kiefer
Do 27 Mai, 16:22 Uhr

Ursprünglich waren sieben deutsche Herren beim wichtigsten Sandplatz-Turnier der Saison an den Start gegangen, wo Kiefer zum ersten Mal überhaupt in die dritte Runde hätte einziehen können. Doch Federer, die Nummer eins der Weltrangliste, war für ihn eine Nummer zu groß. Nach 2:31 Stunden machte der 22 Jahre alte Schweizer mit dem zweiten Matchball auf dem nur zur Hälfte gefüllten Court Central alles klar, mit einem Doppelfehler schenkte ihm Kiefer den letzten Punkt zum 6:8 im Tiebreak.

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/sid/120984.jpg

Kiefer begann nervös und gab prompt zweimal seinen Aufschlag ab, aber er kämpfte sich von 1:4 auf 3:4 wieder heran. Mit einem Doppelfehler schenkte der 26-Jährige seinem Gegner den ersten Satz, dann aber riskierte er mehr und spielte gut. Mit einem Break zum 4:3 ging er im zweiten Satz sogar in Führung, doch immer wenn es eng wurde, schaltete Federer einen Gang höher. "Ich habe alles versucht, aber er war einfach zu gut", gestand Kiefer danach. Im dritten Satz kämpfte er sich nach einem abgewehrten Matchball (bei 4:5) in den Tiebreak und ging sogar 6:4 in Führung, aber beide Satzbälle vergab er übernervös.

Neely
05-31-2004, 09:32 PM
another article about Kiwi :)
Davis Cup captain Patrick Kühnen is very happy with the development of Kiwi's play :yippee:
too bad that Rainer is struggling so much at the moment :sad:
also Florian Mayer and Tommy Haas are mentioned positively :D

http://de.sports.yahoo.com/040528/27/sg8.html
Daviscup-Chef Kühnen lobt gereiften Kiefer

Paris (dpa) - Die Mission von Patrik Kühnen bei den French Open in Paris ist bereits beendet. Der Daviscup-Kapitän sah wie bei den Australian Open im Januar alle sieben deutschen Herren schon vor der dritten Runde scheitern.

Dennoch darf der 38-Jährige optimistisch Richtung Aufstiegsspiel gegen die Slowakei im September blicken. Aufsteiger Florian Mayer ist eine Option für Zukunft, und bei Nicolas Kiefer zeigt die Formkurve steil nach oben. Beim Zweitrunden-Aus gegen den Weltranglistenersten Roger Federer zeigte der Holzmindener das beste Sandplatz-Match seiner Karriere.

«Nicolas ist gereift», sagte Kühnen. «Mir hat trotz der Niederlage gegen Federer gefallen, wie er versucht hat, das Heft in die Hand zu nehmen, auch wenn es mal daneben geht.» Kiefer spielte aggressives Tennis wie in seinen besten Tagen, als er im Januar 2000 bis auf Position vier der Weltrangliste kletterte. «Seine Ansprache, seine Präsenz auf dem Platz ist viel besser. Kiwi muss emotional spielen, um gut zu spielen», meinte Kühnen.

Ein Grund für die Wandlung des in den letzten Jahren an sich selbst (ver-)zweifelnden Kiefer ist sein neuer Coach. «Ich bin froh, dass er in Thomas Hogstedt einen Trainer hat, der es versteht, seine Talente rauszukitzeln», sagte Kühnen. Kiefer, der wohl auch aus Trotz gegenüber seinen Kritikern zu lange an Farid Bentaous festgehalten hatte, sieht die seit einem halben Jahr laufende Zusammenarbeit mit dem ruhigen Schweden als «junge, frische Beziehung».

Sie trug in kürzester Zeit Früchte. Denn Anfang des Jahres stand der 26 Jahre alte Kiefer jeweils auf Hartplatz im Finale von Memphis und Scottsdale. «Ich weiß, dass mein aggressives Spiel der richtige Weg ist. Das steht jetzt wie eine Wand hinter mir. Ich kann nicht mehr zurück. Die Vergangenheit ist abgehakt.» Zurück blickt er nur noch kopfschüttelnd: «Mit den letzten Jahren kann man mich nicht mehr vergleichen. Da bin ich auf dem Platz rumgedackelt und wusste nicht, wo ich den Ball hinspielen sollte.»

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/dpa/20040528/10/642585039.jpg

Für Kühnen sind solche Erkenntnisse auch das Ergebnis langer Gespräche. Sein Sorgenkind ist inzwischen Rainer Schüttler, der in Paris die zehnte Auftaktpleite in diesem Jahr kassierte. «Er hat im vergangenen Jahr Unmenschliches geleistet. Man muss dem Spieler in so einer Situation dann auch den Mut geben, seinen Weg so weiter zu verfolgen, wie er das bisher getan hat», meinte Kühnen. Thomas Haas, der gegen Titelverteidiger Juan Carlos Ferrero ausschied, sieht er auf einem guten Weg: «Dass es nach dem Sieg in Houston nicht so weitergeht, damit musste Tommy auch selbst rechnen. Es war eine sehr gute Bestandsaufnahme für ihn.»

Für eine Überraschung sorgte in Paris einmal mehr Florian Mayer, der in Runde eins den chilenischen Team-Weltmeister Fernando Gonzalez ausschaltete. «Das hat viele angenehm überrascht, mich auch. Es macht Spaß, ihm zuzuschauen», sagte Kühnen, der sich zu einer möglichen Daviscup-Einladung noch nicht äußern wollte. «Man muss abwarten, was bis September passiert. Ich wünsche mir, dass er so weiter macht, dass er in Ruhe reifen und sich entwickeln kann.»

As always, for translations go to http://babelfish.altavista.com/ and enter the URL or copy and paste the text for translation. Altavista Babelfish should provide you a good enough translation to understand the article ;)

LET'S ROCK, Kiwi... :)

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additionally to the posted links of the images in last articles, I've also saved the last few pictures as attachments that they don't get lost one time when Yahoo deletes the pics from their webspace... would be too bad to lose them :angel: :D

Neely
06-02-2004, 12:23 AM
YES KIWI, go for the grass season!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
COME ON!!! :woohoo:

Kiefer setzt auf Rasensaison

«Ich habe keine Zeit mehr zu verlieren. Ich will ganz nach oben. Und ich will dann auch dort bleiben», sagt Kiefer, der bei den French Open als letzter deutscher Spieler gegen Weltmeister und Branchenführer Roger Federer in Runde zwei ausgeschieden war (3:6, 4:6, 6:7). Mit seiner couragierten, mutigen und respektlosen Vorstellung im Duell mit dem Ausnahmekönner machte Kiefer sich selbst und auch seinem neuen Trainer Thomas Hogstedt Mut für die nächsten Monate im Wanderzirkus. «Schon in der Rasensaison», so Kiefer, «traue ich mir etwas Besonderes zu.»

Hogstedt leitet Wende ein

Seit der Schwede Hogstedt das Kommando in Kiefers Umfeld übernommen hat, geht es rapide aufwärts mit dem Hannoveraner, der in der fortlaufenden Weltrangliste schon bis auf Platz 34 geklettert ist und der in der Jahreswertung 2004 sogar auf Platz 23 notiert. Ähnlich wie in seinen allerersten Monaten als Profi, damals noch unter der Regie von Klaus Hofsäss, vertraut Kiefer seinen ureigensten Stärken: Dem schnellen, aggressiven, zupackenden Spiel ohne Schnörkel. Und seinen starken Returns, die sogar Federer gewaltig zusetzten. «Wer nichts riskiert, gewinnt auch nichts», sagt sich Kiefer wieder und will am liebsten gar nicht mehr zurückblicken zu seinen Katastrophenvorstellungen ohne Herz und Mumm und inneres Feuer. «Rumgedackelt» sei er über die Courts, «das war nur noch zum Weglaufen.»

Davis Cup-Teamchef Patrik Kühnen kann kaum fassen, «welche Entwicklung Kiwi durchgemacht hat. Vor einem Jahr, hier in Paris, da hatte ich ihn eigentlich schon aufgegeben. So wie er da gespielt hat, das war nicht mehr er selbst», sagt Kühnen. «Dass er noch mal die Kurve gekriegt hat, und zwar richtig, ist um so schöner.» Nutze Kiefer sein «Riesentalent», «so Kühnen, »dann ist noch viel zu erwarten von ihm. Er ist im besten Profialter.«

Klare Worte

Schonungslos hatte Hogstedt im vergangenen Herbst Kiefer klargemacht, dass er sein Spiel und seine Einstellung »radikal verändern« und »wieder lernen« müsse. »So einen Job kann man nur antreten, wenn man das Gefühl hat: Der Spieler läßt sich auf eine Partnerschaft ein.« Während Kiefers vorheriger Weggefährte Farid Bentaous, ein junger Tunesier ohne Erfahrung im Proficircuit, nicht einmal ohne Genehmigung seines Chefs Spielbewertungen vornehmen durfte, präsentierte sich der ausgebuffte Hogstedt sofort als selbstbewussster Kopf mit klaren Vorstellungen.

Offen für andere Sichtweisen

»Er hat mir ganz schön unverblümt gesagt, was alles nicht bei mir stimmt«, erinnert sich Kiefer, »das tat weh. Aber das war auch gut so.« Mit Hogstedt fand Kiefer auch wieder zu einer Offenheit für andere Sichtweisen, nachdem er Jahre lang nur sich selbst und manchmal auch seiner zu stark Einfluß nehmenden Familie vertraut hatte. Im Frühjahr habe er beispielsweise länger mit Andre Agassi über Erfolgswege im Tennis gesprochen, sagte Kiefer in Paris: »Sein Rat war klar: Wenn du selbst deine Chancen suchst, wenn du selbst etwas unternimmst auf dem Platz, dann wirst du wieder gewinnen.«

Die Zeit drängt

Aus dem grauen Mittelfeld der Tennistabelle hat sich Kiefer schon wieder in Regionen vorgespielt, die das Leben als Profi versüßen und etwa direkte Hauptfeldplätze in allen großen Turnierfeldern garantieren. Doch Kiefer gibt sich nicht mit netten Platzierungen und Finalteilnahmen wie etwa in Memphis und Scottsdale in dieser Saison zufrieden: »Ich muss einfach mehr aus mir machen«, sagt er, »und das so schnell wie möglich.« Sich auf ein unbestimmtes Morgen zu vertrösten, ist Kiefers Sache nicht mehr: »Dazu bin ich schon zu alt.«

translation: http://babelfish.altavista.com/

Jim Jones
06-02-2004, 12:36 AM
Kiefer is a talented player having won like 6 titles on main tour. He was able to make a successful transition from juniors where he won a few grand slam titles unlike his compatriot Daniel Elsner who is near the 100 top ranked players mark but that's praticularly it, too bad.

Neely
06-09-2004, 11:02 PM
as a sidenote...

maybe some of you remember that picture:

http://membres.lycos.fr/neelyb/sonst/kiefer/Kiefer9.jpg
:haha: :haha:

looks funny somehow *g* :D
the picture is from his 2nd Davis Cup singles against Israel in April. He had very huge troubles defeating Noam Okun 6-2 6-7(2) 7-6(3) and was angry with himself and broke this racket.
He was also close to get defaulted in this match and his behaviour wasn't the best in this match.

He also broke a racket against Youzhny at 2-2 in the third set in his TMS Hamburg match.

And his self-critical comment after the match was:
(http://sport.ard.de/sp/spiel_spass/zitate/zitate2004_05.jhtml)

"Schumi fährt sein Auto ja auch nicht gegen die Wand, wenn was passiert."

He said that Schumacher also doesn't drive his car against a wall, so he shouldn't break his racket.

:lol: That was a good quote :) :clap2:
I found it some days ago....

Neely
06-10-2004, 09:17 PM
Zwischen Kiefer und Bjorkman entwickelte sich in diesem Achtelfinale eines der kuriosesten Spiele der Turniergeschichte. Der Vorjahresfinalist breakte zum 2:1, transportierte den Vorsprung und hatte bei 5:3 Satzball. Bjorkman wehrte den mit einem As ab, machte das Spiel und nahm prompt dem Deutschen bei der letzten Gelegenheit dessen Aufschlag zum 5:5 ab. Bei 5:6 servierte Kiefer bei Satzball Bjorkman einen Doppelfehler und Durchgang eins war weg. (Foto: pmk)
Wer jedoch gedacht hatte, der Sieger von 1999 würde nun den Kopf hängen lassen, staunte im ersten Spiel des zweiten Satzes.Kiefer nahm dem Doppelspezialisten mühelos den Aufschlag ab und brachte anschließend den eigenen zu Null durch. "Ich habe meinen Aufschlag ein wenig verändert und dann lief es auch besser", erklärte er später. "Normal" lief auch dieser Satz nicht ab, denn zum 2:2 schaffte Bjorkman das Rebreak - um sofort wieder sein Servcie abzugeben. Diesmal nahm Kiefer das Geschenk an und brachte das Break zum 6:4 durch.

Im dritten Durchgang beschenkten sich die Protagonisten reichlich gegenseitig: Bjorkman vergab bei 1:0 einen Breakball, Kiefer bei 1:1 gleich deren fünf. Auch den sechsten bei 2:2 - Bjorkman hatte einen Doppelfehler serviert - ließ er aus. Im achten Spiel hatte zur Abwechslung der Schwede Breakball, rückte zum Netz auf, schien den Punkt sicher zu haben, als der Deutsche einen Bilderbuch-Lob auspackte, der zwei Zentimeter vor der Grundlinie im Feld landete: 4:4. Danach ging alles ganz schnell. Ein Vorhandpassierball des Deutschen, ein Volleyfehler des Schweden, ein glänzender Return Kiefers und eine krachende Vorhand die Linie entlang brachten endlich das Break. Ungefährdet erreichte letztendlich der Publikumsliebling das Ziel zum 6:4. "Dafür trainieren wir, um vor so einer Kulisse zu spielen", lobte der Sieger die Zuschauer. "Sie hatten einen großen Anteil an meinem großen Sieg."

Der Sieg stimmte Kiefer umso glücklicher, weil er sich "gar nicht so wohl fühlte auf dem Platz". Er sei nie 100-prozentig dabei gewesen. "Das liegt an dem Konditionstraining in der Vorwoche. Da habe ich meine Basis verbessert und spüre das noch deutlich." Fürs Viertelfinale gegen Rainer Schüttler glaubt Kiefer "besser spielen zu müssen als heute. Und ich muss mehr ans Netz gehen". Aber zunächst wollte er "den Sieg von heute in Ruhe genießen".

english version of the article
Kiefer, Schuttler clash in quarter-finals

Nicolas Kiefer pleased a packed and patriotic Center Court crowd with a dramatic 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Jonas Bjorkman. Last year´s finalist now takes on compatriot Rainer Schuttler, who booked his first-ever ticket to the GERRY WEBER OPEN quarter-finals at the expense of Joachim Johansson. His tight 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory also spelled a sweet revenge for the early Australian Open exit courtesy of the Swede.

“It was very close match,” second seed Schuttler said afterwards. “It´s good to know that I can still beat youngsters like him.” Both players served extremely well in the first set, and it was not before the tiebreak that Schuttler got the better of the 21-year-old Swede (7-5). Johansson looked unimpressed but committed a string of unforced errors during the seventh match of the second set. Schuttler used his experience to break and put the issue beyond doubt in his next two service games. (picture: pmk)
Schuttler said he is looking forward to a potential finals clash with Roger Federer, the defending GWO and Wimbledon champion who has not lost in any of his last 14 matches on grass.

“I would love to play him in the final,” Schuttler said. “He´s certainly the favourite but I´m sure there are days he gets up on the wrong side of the bed, too.”

Next up, however, is a all-German clash with fellow fan favourite Nicolas Kiefer. The German wasted a set point that helped Bjorkman to erase an early 5-3 deficit. The Swede won four straight games to clinch the first set, 7-5, when Kiefer double faulted under pressure.

Kiefer raced to an early 2-0 lead but Bjorkman levelled immediately. The German broke again in the fifth game and eventually carried on to win the set, 6-4.

In the third set, Bjorkman (one) and Kiefer (six) squandered several chances to break before the encounter took a decisive turn. Down 4-3, Kiefer saved another break point in impressive fashion when he surprised Bjorkman with a brave top-spin volley. Two good serves allowed him to hold, and he used the momentum to break the Swede to love in the next game. A nice forehand volley on the first match point then kicked off standing ovations among the 12,000 spectators.

“I wasn´t playing at 100 percent,” said Kiefer. “I can´t recall how many break points I wasted today. But the fantastic fans helped me to turn it around. Playing in front of a sell-out crowd is the dream of every player, so I really have to give them credit.”

http://gerryweber-open.de/1212.php
http://gerryweber-open.de/469_1213.php

:bounce: http://www.mysmilie.de/smilies/froehlich/2/img/024.gif http://www.mysmilie.de/smilies/froehlich/2/img/024.gif

Neely
06-10-2004, 09:34 PM
interview after his match against Jonas:

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Sie haben den ersten Satz verloren, nachdem Sie klar in Führung lagen. Es war vermutlich richtig hart, wieder zurück zu kommen, oder?
Ja, das war nicht leicht. Ich habe mich die ganze Zeit auf dem Platz nicht so wohl gefühlt, ich war nicht 100 Prozent da. Ich hatte so viele Chancen, habe aber einfach nicht mein Spiel gefunden. Ich versuche das für morgen zu ändern. Das gleiche gilt für meinen Aufschlag. Glücklicherweise habe ich am Ende besser aufgeschlagen, und das ist es schließlich, was zählt. Außerdem hat mit das Publikum enorm geholfen.
Was war der Grund, dass Sie im ersten Satz nicht 100 Prozent geben konnten?
Das war nicht nur im ersten Satz, sondern im ganzen Match. Ich fühlte mich einfach nicht so gut, das passiert eben manchmal. Ich habe versucht, das zu ändern und mich auf mein Spiel zu konzentrieren, besonders auf meine Parade-Schläge, die mir heute aber nicht so gelungen sind. Ich habe eigentlich nicht schlecht aufgeschlagen, meine Returns waren auch ok, aber einige dieser wichtigen Schläge haben in den wichtigen Situationen nicht geklappt. Glücklicherweise habe ich dann etwas an meinem Aufschlag verändert, und ab dem zweiten Satz ging es etwas besser.

Nächste Runde gegen Rainer. Was für ein Match erwarten Sie?
Wir haben schon ein paar Mal auf der Tour gegeneinander gespielt. Das letzte Mal in Miami habe ich gewonnen. Rainer hat im letzten Jahr eine sensationelle Saison gespielt, aber auch ich habe mein Spiel verbessert, ich bewege ich viel besser und bin selbstbewusster. Wir kennen uns wirklich gut und wissen, auch, wie wir gegeneinander spielen müssen. Es ist immer schwierig, gegen eine Freund zu spielen, aber natürlich werde ich trotzdem versuchen, ihn zu schlagen. Erstmal bin ich jetzt glücklich, die Viertelfinals erreicht zu haben. Morgen ist ein anderer Tag, und sicherlich wird es ein nettes Match.

Haben Sie einen so harten Kampf heute erwartet?
Natürlich, wir bevorzugen beide ein ähnliches Spiel. Er schlägt sehr gut und returniert hervorragend, und man muss jede Chance nutzen, die sich bietet. Heute habe ich einige nicht genutzt, aber am Ende doch im richtigen Moment zugeschlagen. Die Hilfe der Zuschauer war enorm wichtig. Es ist ein Traum, vor ausverkauftem Haus mit einer solchen Unterstützung spielen zu können. Ich hatte einige Mal Blickkontakt mit Gerry Weber, und der war auch mit vollem Herz dabei.

Ist es wahrscheinlich, Sie am Sonntag im Finale wiederzusehen?
Das ist ein weiter Weg. Diese Turnier gibt es jetzt im zwölften Jahr, und es ist das stärkste Teilnehmerfeld überhaupt. Das zeigt, wie etabliert das Turnier ist und was Ralf Weber und sein Team in den letzten Jahren geleistet haben. Erstmal spiele ich das Match morgen, dann sehen wir weiter.

Was war an den letzten Wochen für Sie besonders positiv?
Ich kann mich wieder auf meine Parade-Schläge verlassen, in wichtigen Situationen kann ich hohes Risiko gehen und darauf vertrauen, dass die klappen. Ich bin einfach wieder gut drauf, und das macht mich selbstbewusst. Im ersten Satz führte ich schon 5:3, dann habe ich nicht nur die Konzentration und den Rhythmus verloren, sondern auch den ganzen Satz. Aber ich bin zurückgekommen, das ist entscheidend. Die anderen Spieler wissen, sie können nicht sicher sein zu gewinnen, wenn ich unten bin. Ich kann immer zurückschlagen.

http://gerryweber-open.de/1214.php

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english version:

You lost the first set after you were clearly in the lead. It was really tough to come back, wasn’t it?
Yes. It wasn’t easy. I didn’t feel very good on the court the whole time, wasn’t 100 percent on the court. I had so many chances but I couldn’t find my best game. I try to change this for tomorrow. I had the same problems with my serve. Fortunately I served much better in the end, and that’s what counts to win. And not to forget: The spectators helped me a lot.
What was the reason that you were not able to go 100 percent in the first set?
Not only in the first set, but the whole match. I simply felt not well and that happens someday. I tried to keep on focussing on my game, especially on my big shots, which did not succeed today. I generally served well, my returns were ok, but some of my big shots failed in important situations. Fortunately I changed something with my service from the second set on, and it went better.

Next round against Rainer. What kind of match do you expect?
We met each other a few times on the tour. Last time in Miami I won. Rainer had a great season last year, but I also have improved my game: I´m moving better on the court and I have more confidence. We really know very much how to play against each other. It’s always hard to play against a friend, but we both have to. Of course I will try everything to beat him. At first I’m happy to be in the quarters. Tomorrow is another day, and for sure it’s gonna be a nice match.

Did you expect this hard fight today?
Of course, we both play the same kind of tennis. He serves and returns pretty good, and you’ve to take any change he permits. Today I failed to take my opportunities, but in the end I took them in the right moment. But the spectator’s help was so pleasant. It’s like a dream to play in a sold-out stadium like today and they were all supporting me. Gerry Weber and me, we looked at each other quite often during the match, and he was as excited as me.

Is it likely to see you back in the final on Sunday?
That is a long run. This tournament exists 12 years and this year it´s the strongest field ever. That shows how established the tournament is, and it shows the achievement of Ralf Weber and his team. So let’s first play the match tomorrow, then we’ll see.

What are the positive developments during the last weeks for you?
I can trust in my big shots in general, in important situations I can risk to trust on them. I’m up again, and that makes me confident. In the first set I was 5:3 in the lead and lost not only concentration and rhythm but the set, too. But I came back, that’s important. The other players know that they can’t be sure to win if I’m down. I’m able to come back everytime.

http://gerryweber-open.de/1215.php

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:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

Tricky_Forehand
06-10-2004, 11:08 PM
Where did you find those pics?

Neely
06-11-2004, 12:26 AM
Where did you find those pics?
in the sports section on the homepage of the German TV station that was broadcasting today (and until Sunday)

JMG
06-11-2004, 02:54 PM
How could that happen??? Your return was crap. The whole game!
I can't believe it.

Hopefully we will see him in Nottingham.

Neely
06-11-2004, 03:08 PM
Kiwi lost to Rainer 3-6 6-7(2) :sad: :sad:

no celebration today, it was a bad match. I expected a much better match, but I can't have it all :shrug: ;)


How could that happen??? Your return was crap. The whole game!
I can't believe it.

Hopefully we will see him in Nottingham.
yes, completely agree.
He didn't return as well as against Bjorkman today.
Even on Rainer's serve he couldn't win many points, that was not good today.

Kiwi seemed not to be present on the court today, he was not as emotional as against Bjorkman, he seemed not to have enough fun on the court.

IMO he was clearly inhibited playing tennis today and didn't feel comfortable on the court.

Sure, Rainer played an almost perfect match, but Kiwi could have done much more better than he did. :sad: :rolleyes:

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Anyway, the match against Bjorkman was cool and I hope his improvement continues :yeah:

great week! :clap2:

now good luck for Tommy and Rainer!!! :bigclap: :bigclap:

JMG
06-11-2004, 06:24 PM
Damn it! Kiefer won't play in Nottingham :mad:
(he says on his website)

It's every year the same, he is physically down after Halle. :o

It was a great chance to win a tournament in Nottingham and now we have to wait until Wimbledon. :(

JMG
06-14-2004, 08:26 PM
Nicolas will fly on Tuesday to London, so he has a lot of time to prepare for the tournament.
Another good thing is that he is no. 33 in the entry so that he has to be seeded.
There are still a few dangerous opponents like Haas, but Wimbledon should become a successful tournament for him.

Neely
06-14-2004, 11:12 PM
that's good news :clap2:
thanks JMG :D

Neely
06-16-2004, 03:51 PM
Nicolas seeded at 29 :D
:clap2: :clap2:

please make a good run in Wimbledon, Nicolas!

Tricky_Forehand
06-16-2004, 06:57 PM
I knew that he would be seeded around #29 or #30. It was a nice thing to see when I got up this morning :) :) :yeah:

I don't normally like the 32 seeds but I can make an exception for Nicolas ;)

JMG
06-17-2004, 02:15 PM
Why is Kiefer not in the doubles draw? Maybe he is totally focused on the singles.
But the draw is crap! 1st round against one of the best players on grass in the past, then he could face Santoro (you all know the h2h) and then Federer!
So the 3rd round would be ok for me! Good luck!!!!

kfh_9118
06-17-2004, 03:05 PM
very tough draw for Kiefer :mad:

Good luck Kiwi :bounce:

Neely
06-17-2004, 04:10 PM
he gets unlucky again and again with the draw
2nd time now he has Federer near him :banghead:

and as JMG said, Thomas Johansson is one of the best players on grass with a very good record on grass... even the 1st round is very difficult

oh Kiwi :sad: :hug: :rolleyes:

(BTW, Rainer's and Tommy's draw are also no walkaway :o )

Tricky_Forehand
06-17-2004, 05:38 PM
He FINALLY gets seeded for the first time in ages and he still gets a crap draw :mad: .

I think a tough first round might be good for him because he won't take his oponent easily like I think he did with Elseneer last year.

Nicolas will be fine. He can do it!! :yeah: :bounce:

Neely
06-20-2004, 08:57 PM
Best of luck, Kiwi!
Srichaphan did it against Johansson, so let's hope you can do it, too.... but you have to be at your best then :rolleyes:

Come ON!!!!!!!!!!

Tricky_Forehand
06-20-2004, 10:07 PM
Go Kiwi!!! It may take him 4 sets but I know he can do it!!!!! :D :D :D

Neely
06-20-2004, 10:57 PM
very tough nut to crack for Kiwi... I have a small bad feeling because TJ is very good on grass :rolleyes:

Tricky_Forehand
06-21-2004, 01:48 AM
This Wimbledon already sucks for me so I have to stay as positive as I possibly can :)

Tricky_Forehand
06-21-2004, 04:17 PM
These rain delays have screwed Kiwi all up!!! :mad: :mad: :mad:

He was up a break in the 3rd but then they came back out & he was broken. Then he was serving that dreaded 4-5 game and (of course!!) lost his serve and the set!! I had a feeling that it would go 4 but I forgot to add in the rain as a factor. Kiwi just need to hang on to his concentration and finish it off.

6-4 6-4 4-6

30 ALL, on serve in the 4th, Kiwi serving at 0-1

C'mon Kiwi!!!

kfh_9118
06-21-2004, 04:55 PM
Nico just lost the fourth set 3-6 :mad:

Now into the final set :scared:
Please fight, Kiwi :fiery:

Tricky_Forehand
06-21-2004, 05:39 PM
This rain is throwing him off!! :mad: :mad: :mad:

I don't mean to take any credit away from his opponent because he's good as well but we also know how fragile Kiwi's concentration can be. And these rain delays are exposing that weakness.

MissPovaFan
06-21-2004, 06:04 PM
Latest Score:- Nicolas Kiefer v Thomas Johansson 6-4 6-4 4-6 3-6 2-2 (Kiefer Serving)

Balaenopteramusculus
06-21-2004, 06:38 PM
Omg he lost after leading 2-0 in sets and being up a break in third :banghead: typical Kiefer. :rolleyes: Now I've got a question to those who saw the match.Did he tank that 5th set or what?His stats were dramaticaly bad. :smash:

JMG
06-21-2004, 06:58 PM
Das war echt zum kotzen grade, Mehr kann ich dazu nich mehr sagen.

Neely
06-21-2004, 07:23 PM
OMG, what the fuck happened here.... I left the house as he was up 2-0 sets and a break and coming back I see that he lost... I'm completely shocked right now :smash: :smash: :smash:

:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

fucking rain delays, he was playing superb tennis exactly as needed against Johansson during the first two sets!

he started so well what I was seeing on TV and when I came back home he lost... oh noooooooooooooooo :o

Tricky_Forehand
06-21-2004, 11:55 PM
VERY disappointed in Kiwi :sad: :sad: :sad:

Going by the SB it seemed like the "old Nicolas" showed up. The one that when he gets down stays down and refuses to fight. He's not a natural fighter so he has to work on it and it's not always going to be there. I wish I knew why he through away that 5th. I'm sure he could've made a run if he really wanted to.

I just hope he pulls himself back together in time for LA because he has SF points to defend and he's worked too hard to get to 33 to drop back to the 50s.

Neely
06-22-2004, 12:09 AM
that fifth set was really bad, I saw a few points in a short recap on TV and he seemed to having lost his patience and tried many stupid shots.

I don't know why he lost his rhythm so badly and allowed Johansson to get back into this match... as we all know the final result now, I know it's cheap to say after all that that "I had a bad feeling" as I left knowing that the match was delayed due to rain, but it is somehow true... :rolleyes: Kiwi also wasn't happy about that, you could see this by his reaction as he said to the chair umpire "it isn't raining at all" because he wanted to continue as he was very hot in this moment just after breaking Johansson for *3-2 in third set.

Well, the 5th set was really bad then (at the beginning of it was 4th rain delay, delays included the match lasted almost 6 hours and 30 minutes) and the worst thing that could happen actually happened: Kiwi seemed to have lost his complete confidence and belief and as a consequence he stopped fighting and just let the match go by as he probably knew that Johansson won't let him off the hook anymore. :rolleyes:


Okay, enough of that... I will hope for matches with a better end now for Kiwi :D


Nicolas :smooch: ;) :bigclap: :yeah:

Tricky_Forehand
07-05-2004, 07:55 AM
Happy 27th Birthday to Kiwi :aparty: :aparty:

It's hard to believe that he's already 27. Then again, I'm 26 and I started to follow his career in '95 :D .

Neely
07-05-2004, 09:12 AM
:bounce: :bounce: Happy Birthday, Kiwi!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

kfh_9118
07-06-2004, 05:58 AM
Happy Birthday, Nico :woohoo:

Hope he will have a great tennis career for many years to come :angel:

Neely
07-06-2004, 06:15 PM
Hope he will have a great tennis career for many years to come :angel:
:yeah: :yeah:

glad to see you coming here again! :hug: :hug:

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from Kiwi's official homepage!
Seit Tagen fällt mir, wann immer ich auf meine Homepage clicke, der Eintrag von "Kiwi's last match" ins Auge. Der muß weg, schnellstens. Da muß eine positivere Meldung hin!

L.A., Indy, Toronto, Cinncinati - vier Wochen, in denen ich die Weichen wieder auf positive Nachrichten stellen möchte. In den USA habe ich ja auch im Frühjahr ein gutes Pflaster für mich vorgefunden oder korrekter gesagt, einen guten Hartplatz. Zudem fliege ich vor der deutschen Kälte weg.

Wie habe ich Wimbledon verarbeitet? Erst einmal, in dem ich ein paar tage total ausgespannt, das Handy ausgelassen und keinen Tennisschläger angefaßt habe. Die Pause tat gut. Dann aber habe ich mich wieder ins Konditionstraining gestürzt.

Gestern dann eine ruhige, aber sehr schöne Geburtstagsfeier. Danke für die Wünsche, die auch hier im Gästebuch eingetragen wurden und bis bald!

Euer KIWI

for the non-German speakers:

Kiwi is saying that
- he wants to have to disappear the bad news in the "last match" section ASAP, in other words, he wants to get a win ;)
- when going to the US tournaments, he is hoping to continue at this point where he ended (two finals in a row)
- he is glad he can espace the cold weather in Germany
- after his Wimbledon loss he relaxed a few days, switched off his mobile phone and didn't take a racket in his hands for some days
- after that he picked up his practise again
- he had a quiet, but a very nice birthday
- he thanks all the people for the wishes and those who signed his guestbook to wish him a happy birthday!

:yeah: :clap2: :clap2: Kiwi :D :) :woohoo:

kfh_9118
07-07-2004, 07:19 AM
:yeah: :yeah:

glad to see you coming here again! :hug: :hug:

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from Kiwi's official homepage!


for the non-German speakers:

Kiwi is saying that
- he wants to have to disappear the bad news in the "last match" section ASAP, in other words, he wants to get a win ;)
- when going to the US tournaments, he is hoping to continue at this point where he ended (two finals in a row)
- he is glad he can espace the cold weather in Germany
- after his Wimbledon loss he relaxed a few days, switched off his mobile phone and didn't take a racket in his hands for some days
- after that he picked up his practise again
- he had a quiet, but a very nice birthday
- he thanks all the people for the wishes and those who signed his guestbook to wish him a happy birthday!

:yeah: :clap2: :clap2: Kiwi :D :) :woohoo:

Thanks for the Kiwi's news Neely :hug:
Sorry, I just read your PM yesterday, have been very busy lately with my work.

Hope Nico can put away his lost in Wimbledon (must be a very tough lost for him :sad: ), and get a good result again next week (I assume he will play in german next week).

Go Go KIWI :bounce:

kfh_9118
07-07-2004, 07:28 AM
Ok, just found out that Nico will play in LA next week :bounce:

Good luck to him :)

Neely
07-08-2004, 12:58 AM
Kiefer: "Florian Mayer hat es sich verdient"

Wimbledon lief bei Ihnen so gar nicht nach Wunsch - bittere Erst-Runden-Niederlage gegen Thomas Johansson. Haben Sie die Pleite schon verdaut?

Nicolas Kiefer: Das hat schon ein paar Tage gedauert - ich habe die Nächte danach auch nicht gut geschlafen, weil ich mir viele Gedanken gemacht habe. Das war nicht einfach, aber das sind Dinge, die einfach passieren. Es war schwer zu akzeptieren, aber ich muss dadurch. Das hat mich maßlos geärgert, weil mir so etwas noch nie passiert ist. Jetzt weiß ich leider, dass so etwas doch möglich ist.

Und woran lag es? Waren es die Regenunterbrechungen?

Kiefer: Nein! Es war mehr das Allgemeine. Ich war innerlich sehr unruhig und habe mich körperlich nicht wohl gefühlt. Ich will nicht sagen, dass die Pause mich aus dem Rhythmus gebarcht hatte, denn ich habe die ersten zwei Sätze super Tennis gespielt. Danach habe ich aber nicht mehr zu meinem Spiel gefunden. Ich habe ihm dann einfach das Spiel überlassen und deswegen auch verloren. Ich war vor allem enttäuscht und ärgerlich über die Art und Weise, wie ich verloren habe. Besonders dumm war es natürlich, dass dies gerade in Wimbledon passiert ist.

Wie gehen Sie damit um?

Kiefer: Ich habe versucht, das abzuhaken. Ich habe eine Woche komplett Pause gemacht, das Handy abgeschaltet und zu Hause Sachen gemacht, die ich sonst nicht mache - viel entspannt und viel geschlafen. Seit ein paar Tage mache ich wieder Konditionstraining und jetzt geht es auch mit dem Tennis wieder los.

Ziehen Sie aus diesem Match ihre speziellen Lehren?

Kiefer: Na klar! Ich habe viel daraus gelernt. Man muss einfach bis zum letzten Punkt durchspielen. Und ich hatte einfach meine Konzentration verloren - aber für mich ist das abgehakt. Ich schaue jetzt wieder nach vorne. Es war das erste Spiel in diesem Jahr, was ich so dumm verloren habe, aber das ist auch anderen schon passiert.

Eigentlich lief das erste halbe Jahr 2004 aber ganz gut für Sie. Wie fällt ihre Bilanz für 2004 bisher aus?

Kiefer: Ich habe gemerkt, dass sich viel in meinem Spiel getan hat. Der Wille, der Einsatz, die Leidenschaft sind wieder da. Sicherlich wird es auch wieder kleinere Rückschläge geben. Aber so lang es steitg bergauf geht, bin ich auf dem richtigen Weg. Die Arbeit läuft gut und ich finde wieder zu meinem alten Spiel. Von daher ist es schon ein positives erstes halbes Jahr für mich gewesen. Darauf ausruhen kann und darf ich mich aber nicht. Und jetzt versuche ich noch einmal etwas zu reißen.

Wie geht es jetzt weiter? Mit den Olympischen Spielen und den US Open gibt es noch zwei große Highlights.

Kiefer: Mitte der Woche geht es nach Amerika - Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Toronto, Cincinnati - dann komme ich für Olympia wieder nach Europa und da geht es zurück in die USA zu den US Open. (Mehr zu Nicolas Kiefer auf www.nicolaskiefer.de)

Sind die Olympischen Spiele etwas Besonderes für Sie?

Kiefer: Auf jeden Fall. Es ist ein absolutes Highlight, weil es nur alle vier Jahre stattfindet. Das habe ich schon in Sydney gemerkt - das war traumhaft. Von daher ist es ein geiles Gefühl und ich freue mich riesig darauf. Aber vorher stehen erst einmal die anderen Turniere auf dem Programm und die sind auch sehr wichtig.

Was sind die Ziele für Athen - eine Medaille?

Kiefer: So weit denke ich noch gar nicht. Erst einmal liegen die Turniere in Amerika an. Toronto und Cincinnati sind auch Masters-Turniere. Träume darf man natürlich haben - und ein Traum ist es natürlich, eine Medaille mit nach Hause zu nehmen.

In Athen werden auch Tommy Haas, Rainer Schüttler und Florian Mayer dabei sein. Was sagen Sie zu der Leistung von Florian Mayer?

Kiefer: Das finde ich super. Das ist auch für das deutsche Tennis klasse. Es ist doch fantastisch, dass wieder ein neues deutsches Gesicht dabei ist. Er hat es sich verdient. Er hat hart gearbeitet und das ist das Ergebnis. Das ist bei jedem Sportler so, wenn man arbeitet, zahlt sich irgendwannn in Ergebnissen aus. Mich freut es für ihn und für das deutsche Tennis. Besser kann es doch gar nicht sein.

Haben Sie denn auch mit Ihm in Wimbledon gesprochen?

Kiefer: Na klar - auch schon vorher. Seit Januar ist er Woche für Woche auf der Tour dabei und da ist es doch selbstverständlich, dass man miteinander spricht. Für ihn ist sicherlich mit der Teilnahme an den Olympischen Spielen ein weiterer Traum in Erfüllung gegangen. Außerdem ist es auch gut für das Davis-Cup-Team - da haben wir jetzt noch einen weiteren Spieler dabei. Es ist optimal für ihn gelaufen.

Wichtig ist nur, dass er nicht abhebt, aber Mayer macht eine sehr zurückhaltenden und bescheidenen Eindruck.

Kiefer: So wie ich ihn kenne, ist er ein ganz lockerer und witziger Typ. Er ist bodenständig und das ist auch das Entscheidende. Mich freut es, dass er das geschafft - und auch so schnell.

Kiwi said many positive things about Mayer, that his success was deserved. :worship:
Also he spoke again about the 1st round Wimbledon defeat (mentioning the things he also did on his homepage) and about the Olympics, what he considers as another highlight of the season: dreaming is allowed to win a medal, but it's difficult.
Despite that bad loss against Johansson, he still sees the 1st half of 2004 as an improvement.

Go on, Kiwi!! :clap2: :yeah:

Neely
07-12-2004, 04:36 PM
good luck against Hrbaty, Kiwi!!!!!!!! :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:

BEAT HIM, you need that win!!! COME ON!!

JMG
07-13-2004, 07:44 AM
oh no it's 7-6 4-6 and the third set will be tough. I expected a win in straight sets :(

kfh_9118
07-13-2004, 08:24 AM
Kiefer won 6-2 in the final set :)

Well done, Kiwi
Good luck next round ;)

JMG
07-13-2004, 08:34 AM
:worship:

Kiefer - Hrbaty 7-6(0!) 4-6 6-2


That's a great start into the day. I was afraid, because he started the 3rd set going over deuce, but he showed, that everything is possible in that tournament.

The next round is a must-win, good luck!

Doubles:
Kiefer / Srichaphan - Ginepri / Parrott

Neely
07-13-2004, 08:47 AM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

:banana: :banana: Kiwi outguns Hrbaty 7-6(0) 4-6 6-2 :banana: :banana:

he was on a total roll to close out this match, he was down 5-1 in the 2nd set and from there on he only allowed Hrbaty three more game in the rest of this match. :worship: :worship:

GOOD RESULT, I was very scared of Hrbaty!!!!!!!!
but Hrbaty couldn't do much since his great beginning of the year.... so glad that Kiwi won!!!


@Katherine
I hope you give us some little report :D
I'm sure you were watching this match :yeah: even more glad that Kiwi won!!!

Neely
07-13-2004, 02:15 PM
Kiefer erreicht in Los Angeles die zweite Runde
Di 13 Jul, 11:55 Uhr

Nicolas Kiefer hat beim ATP-Turnier im kalifornischen Los Angeles die zweite Runde erreicht. Der Hannoveraner setzte sich in seinem Auftaktmatch der mit 380.000 Dollar dotierten Veranstaltung mit 7:6 (7:0), 4:6, 6:2 gegen den Slowaken Dominik Hrbaty durch. Nächster Gegner des 26-Jährigen ist Qualifikant Glenn Weiner aus den USA, der in drei Durchgängen den Koreaner Hyung-Talk Lee bezwang.

Im Los Angeles Tennis Center, wo in Boris Becker (1994) und Michael Stich (1995) bereits zwei Deutsche den Titel holen konnten, geht auch Tommy Haas an den Start. Der Hamburger trifft in der Abend-Session (ab 4.30 Uhr MESZ) auf den US-Amerikaner Robby Ginepri.

Agassi denkt nicht ans Aufhören

Altmeister Andre Agassi, der am Dienstag in Los Angeles im Auftaktmatch gegen seinen US-Landsmann Alex Bogomolov den 800. Sieg seiner Karriere anpeilte, widersprach derweil Gerüchten, er wolle nach den US Open im September zurücktreten. "So denke ich nicht", erklärte der 34-Jährige: "Ich denke von Tag zu Tag, und im Moment habe ich das Gefühl, wieder topfit zu sein." Auch seine viel diskutierte Absage in Wimbledon sei kein Hinweis auf einen bevorstehenden Rücktritt gewesen: "In meinem Alter braucht man öfter Pausen, und in Wimbledon wäre ich nicht fit gewesen."

Wimbledon-Aus inzwischen verkraftet

Auch Kiefer war in Wimbledon zumindest mental nicht auf der Höhe, doch inzwischen hat er seine frustrierende Auftaktniederlage gegen den Schweden Thomas Johansson, als er das Match nach einer 2: 0-Satzführung noch aus der Hand gab, nach eigenem Bekunden verdaut. "Es hat aber schon ein paar Tage gedauert", gab der 27-Jährige zu: "Ich habe eine Woche lang komplett Pause gemacht, das Handy abgeschaltet und zu Hause Sachen gemacht, die ich sonst nicht mache."

Im Anschluss an Los Angeles spielt Nicolas Kiefer die Turniere in Indianapolis, Toronto und Cincinnati, danach kehrt er wegen der Olympischen Spiele in Athen nach Europa zurück, ehe unmittelbar nach Olympia die US Open in New York auf dem Programm stehen. In Athen hat sich Kiefer viel vorgenommen: "Olympia ist das absolute Highlight, ich freue mich riesig darauf. Ein Traum von mir ist es natürlich, eine Medaille mit nach Hause zu nehmen."

let's go on, don't lose to Weiner now! :mad: :fiery:
he should be careful, Weiner has beaten Lee...

Neely
07-13-2004, 09:18 PM
damn, Rusedski looks dangerous in Kiwi's quarter :mad: :banghead:

Rusedski just made meat of Dent and won a tournament last week :banghead: :rolleyes:

if they both make the quarterfinal, Kiwi does not run the best record against Dent, just 3-5 :banghead:

Neely
07-14-2004, 11:31 PM
:banana: :bounce: Kiwi won 6-4 7-5 against Weiner! :banana: :banana:

:D :D :D

I was very nervous at the match started and as he was down an early break, but I'm glad that he could finish it in two sets.
from the scoreboard it didn't look like an easy match :rolleyes:

for his next opponent, he must improve! But he can do it! :yeah:
Yeah, come on!!!! :clap2: :clap2:

kfh_9118
07-15-2004, 12:03 AM
:woohoo: Kiwi :woohoo:

Well done, and good luck next round :)

JMG
07-15-2004, 07:27 AM
After coming back in the first set, I wondered that he need so long to win the second. But now he has the chance to show that he can do it better. I think Rusedski is always dangerous because of his serve, but from the baseline there are worlds between them, like Mayer would say. :D

fleemke²
07-16-2004, 10:04 AM
Good luck against Greg Nicholas :)

kfh_9118
07-16-2004, 03:29 PM
It'll be a tough test for Kiwi against Greg :scared: If he can get pass this match, the chance is looking good in the SF.

GO KIWI, keep the good results in USA going on :bounce:

Neely
07-16-2004, 05:04 PM
please beat Greg, Kiwi!!!! :yeah: :bounce:

Neely
07-17-2004, 01:47 AM
our dearest Kiwi DOWNED Rusedski 6-1 6-4 :D :D :bounce:

:smooch:

great result!!! :yeah:

now go on, don't stop! Fight! :fiery:

Neely
07-17-2004, 04:56 AM
some picture from Yahoo and GettyImages...

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040717/capt.camb10907170107.los_angeles_camb109.jpg
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040717/capt.camb11007170106.los_angeles_camb110.jpghttp://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040715/capt.ksd10307150229.los_angeles_ksd103.jpg

Neely
07-17-2004, 04:59 AM
a few others from GettyImages...


yes, Kiwi!! :D show me your fist pump :bounce: :bounce:

kfh_9118
07-17-2004, 02:00 PM
:woohoo: Kiwi :woohoo:

Thanks for the photo, Neely ;)

Neely
07-18-2004, 06:14 AM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! KIWI!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

He did it!!! http://www.mysmilie.de/smilies/froehlich/img/010.gifhttp://www.mysmilie.de/smilies/froehlich/img/010.gifhttp://www.mysmilie.de/smilies/froehlich/img/010.gif


:banana: :banana: Kiwi wins 3-6 6-2 6-4 against Morrison!!!! :banana: :banana:

:clap2: :clap2: one hell of a week! :D

Neely
07-18-2004, 06:15 AM
Go and get the final now!!!! :yeah:

C'MON!!!

JMG
07-18-2004, 10:00 AM
YEAH what a week. I don't want to see him loosing against Haas now. come on KIEFER

kfh_9118
07-18-2004, 04:12 PM
Go go Kiwi

Please get your first title this year tomorrow :)
Good luck

misyou25
07-18-2004, 05:03 PM
good luck! beat haas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neely
07-19-2004, 01:06 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad:
it was not meant to be, Kiwi lost to Tommy 6-7(6) 4-6

anyway good week and better than a 1st round loss! :D :banana:

keep it up! :yeah:

kfh_9118
07-19-2004, 03:57 AM
Kiwi :bigcry:

Another lost in the final :fiery:
Well, it will be tougher next week, keep playing your best, Nico :)

JMG
07-19-2004, 07:09 AM
Let's look at Indianapolis: Probably against Karlovic in Round 2 :devil:
What a tough match and than against Haas :mad: in round 3. I don't see a big chance for another SF or more. :rolleyes:

But during the last week I thought that he should play doubles with Grosjean again and now he does in Indianapolis! He won the title in LA 2002 with him. :wavey:

So I hope for a good draw especially in Toronto and Cincinnati and that they will show Kiefer in German TV then and not Haas or Schüttler. :)

Neely
07-20-2004, 12:25 AM
OMG, this really sucks that Haas is again near him in the draw :o :rolleyes:

kek
07-20-2004, 02:34 AM
Well Tommy withdrew from a hip injury so the only one standing Nicolas's way early on is Spadea providing Nicolas can beat Karlovic. Spadea is not going to be easy but he isn't 100% healthy so that is in Nicolas's favor.

Neely
07-20-2004, 04:25 AM
Well Tommy withdrew from a hip injury so the only one standing Nicolas's way early on is Spadea providing Nicolas can beat Karlovic. Spadea is not going to be easy but he isn't 100% healthy so that is in Nicolas's favor.
thanks for this information, didn't notice it at all before I read your message.

Well, Kiefer beating Karlovic will be difficult enough for Kiwi :rolleyes:
I'll hope the best!

misyou25
07-20-2004, 11:32 AM
ehmmm... a bit late, but... Happy Birthday!

Neely
07-21-2004, 11:01 PM
Kiwi OUTGUNS Karlovic 6-0 7-6(0) :woohoo:


well, the 1st set was a blowout as Karlovic's 1st serve percentage was very low... Kiwi was back with a break in the 2nd set early, broke back, broke again and was serving for the match... but the choked and got broken back by Karlovic. He needed a tiebreak to win the 2nd set and the match then.

But at least I'm glad that this tiebreak was a bit more relaxed than Rainer's today against Seppi :lol: :rolls:

all in all, well done, Kiwi!!! :bounce:

he has a big chance now to win his 2nd match too! TAKE THIS CHANCE! :clap2:

User ID 4783
07-22-2004, 07:50 AM
Super Kiwi :yeah:

JMG
07-22-2004, 08:09 PM
Nice win for the best German player.


Kiefer - de Voest 6-1 7-5


So one to go and we will probably have the chance to see him on Eurosport, but not live. :rolleyes:

Neely
07-22-2004, 09:28 PM
glad that he got this one... :clap2: :clap2: it was a must-win match for him...

the next match against the winner of Bogomolov Jr./Srichaphan will be more difficult!

Kiwi leads the H2H against Srichaphan 2-1, but both wins are coming from 1999, where Kiefer played his best tennis and Srichaphan was a class above him. In 2003, Srichaphan defeated Kiwi in a blowout :rolleyes:

2003 Long Island, Srichaphan 6-0 6-2
1999 Tokyo Outdoor Kiefer 2-6 3-6
1999 Hong Kong, Kiefer 1-6 4-6


Kiwi leads the H2H against Bogomolov Jr. 2-0, but also Bogie is a different player this year than he was back in 2002/2003 and one win from 2003 was extremely close.

2003 Tokyo, Kiefer 5-7 6-7(7)
2002 Los Angeles, Kiefer 3-6 3-6


No matter who his opponent his, he should better be on his game!

Neely
07-24-2004, 04:57 AM
:bounce: :bounce: Kiwi def. Paradorn 7-6(7) 7-6(5) :woohoo: :woohoo:

ONE HELL OF A MATCH FROM BOTH PLAYERS :eek:


if you don't have the time to read through the scoring thread, here is a short summary how the match was going:

- Kiwi broken at *1-2 for 1-3* but got the break right back
- Kiwi was behind 2-6 in the tiebreaker but Paradorn double faulted away two set points and Kiwi was able to come back
- Kiwi saved again another set point at *6-7 for Paradorn, and was holding both serves
- the Pardorn sent a shot long, game 1st set Kiefer!
- good start for Kiwi in the 2nd set, got an early break for *3-1, but was broken right back to 3-2*
- Kiwi broke again to make it *5-3 with the chance to serve out the match!
- but was again broken and Paradorn stayed in this match :banghead:
- he saved another dangerous situation at 5-5 30-30 with a brilliant play they said to make it 40-30 instead of 30-40
- this is how the 2nd set tiebreak was going: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=662715&postcount=167


The commentator on the radio said that this will be one memorable match and one of the best they ever saw there in Indy despite both players had over 60 unforced errors, but that's not such a great surprise considering that they played much more than 200 points.

Match duration: 2 hours 35 minutes (and this was just a two setter)
the first set lasted about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

BTW, the first seven games went over UNCOUNTABLE DEUCES on both players' serves, I don't remember how long these games lastes, but it must have been about 50 minutes or even more.


Congrats, Kiwi!!! :smooch: :D :rocker2:
I'm proud of you! :hug:

:hug: to Paradorn, he was also responsible to make it a great match and he is a classy guy, even in defeat! :worship:

Tricky_Forehand
07-24-2004, 08:45 AM
The week isn't over yet but I have to say how very proud of Kiwi that I am. I know that I'm sounding like a broken record but Nicolas is showing the type of fight that I knew he had in him but hasn't showed for so long. Fighting doesn't come easy for Kiwi. I'm only worried about how much more he may have left to give. I'll be proud of him regardless of how this weekend ends.

GO KIWI!!

Neely
07-24-2004, 04:17 PM
Kiefer: "It wasn't easy conditions out there. Yesterday it was very hot and humid. Tonight wasn't that warm but the balls were heavy and you feel it in your body and I didn't have energy and didn't have the power but I just have to work hard day by day and that is my goal and this is what I'm working for. I took my chances and I was fighting and staying in there the whole time and that's the reason I won."

(On converting one of 14 break points in the first set) "I had to try and take my chances. I was down 3-1 and I was in every game. I had so many break chances and I kept thinking I could still do it. This is one strength I got back and I'm fighting for every point. I probably could have saved one hour if I converted those break points."

(on coming back in tie-break) "I was down 2-6 in the tie-break and then I come back to win 9-7. Last week against Tommy I was up 5-1 in the tie-break and then I lost 8-6. So you never know what's going to happen."

(On playing Carraz) "He has a very good serve and I have to return very well against him."

Carraz: "I knew I was fresh after only playing a few matches the last couple of weeks. Physically and mentally I'm fresh and ready to play a lot of matches, that's why I'm ready to play four matches this week."

(On playing Kiefer or Srichaphan) "Those players are used to playing in semifinals and they have big wins. They have been in the Top 10 and I have nothing to lose. I'm going to take my chances."


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from Yahoo Germany


Kiefer erreicht Halbfinale von Indianapolis
Sa 24 Jul, 10:26 Uhr

Beim ATP-Turnier in Indianapolis bleibt Nicolas Kiefer im Titelrennen. Im Viertelfinale bezwang der 27 Jahre alte Hannoveraner den an Nummer vier gesetzten Thailänder Paradorn Srichaphan in einem "Marathon-Match" von 2:33 Stunden mit 7:6 (9:7), 7:6 (7:5).

In der Vorschlussrunde am Samstagabend trifft der an Nummer zwölf eingestufte Daviscupspieler sechs Tage nach seiner Endspiel-Niederlage von Los Angeles gegen Tommy Haas auf den ungesetzten Franzosen Gregory Carraz, der sich gegen den Israeli Noam Okun mit 4:6, 6:3, 6:2 durchsetzte. Das zweite Semifinale bestreiten US-Titelverteidiger Andy Roddick (6:2, 6:3 gegen den Slowaken Dominik Hrbaty) und der Kroate Ivan Ljubicic (5:7, 7:5, 6:2 gegen den Franzosen Sebastien Grosjean).

"Hätte es mir leichter machen können"

Kiefer ärgerte sich nach seinem Erfolg gegen den aufschlagschwachen Asiaten über insgesamt 15 vergebene Break-Chancen: "Ich hätte es mir viel leichter machen können. Hätte ich die Break-Punkte genutzt, hätte das Match eine Stunde weniger gedauert."

Fehlende Konsequenz glich der Niedersachse besonders im Tiebreak des ersten Satzes mit Kampfgeist aus. Denn Srichaphan hatte zunächst vier Satzbälle in Folge und danach noch eine weitere Chance zur Satzführung, ehe Kiefer sich nach insgesamt 90 Minuten den ersten Durchgang schließlich holte. Im zweiten Satz schlug Kiefer bei 5:3 zum Matchgewinn auf, doch Srichaphan gelang der Aufschlagdurchbruch. Der Thailänder erzwang damit einen weiteren Tiebreak, in dem allerdings wiederum Kiefer die Oberhand behielt.


they write "aufschlagschwach" :banghead: how fucking retarded they are! :eek:
Paradorn didn't have his best serving day, but his serve is still good enough and by far not weak.

Jogy
07-24-2004, 04:39 PM
that is wrong I think. Going by your picture, Srichaphan had a 1st serve % of 60% and has had a highest serve of 132mph.
That is not so weak that you can call this "weak serve" like they did in this article. That is stupid!

Neely
07-24-2004, 04:51 PM
these guys who write these articles often don't know jack shit about tennis :banghead:

Neely
07-24-2004, 11:02 PM
:bounce: :bounce: Kiefer def. Carraz 6-2 6-2 :woohoo:

another final!!!!!!!! :D :worship:


Best of luck in the final against Andy!!! :clap2:

snoop
07-25-2004, 11:31 AM
:bounce: :D

Come on Kiwi, take the title :yippee:

JMG
07-25-2004, 09:01 PM
That 2-6 3-6 was a bad surprise for me. I really thought it's going to be a tight match. :mad:

But it looks like he is still looking for his first title in the US, because Long Island is new on his list right after Athens. I'm sure that he has not listed Long Island on his hp 2 weeks ago.

I'm sure he will make his 5th final at least this year. There are so many chances:
Tor, Cinc, Athens, L.I., USO, Shanghai?, Tokyo?, Wien?, Paris, St.Petersburg?, Madrid; they are all on his surface so let's go Kiwi!!!

And defeat Safin! :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

Neely
07-25-2004, 09:09 PM
completely agree with everything you said, JMG!

and the four finals and two finals in two weeks now is really very good and a good achievement. It's a plesure to see him going so far in tournaments again.

:clap2: :clap2:

Jogy
07-26-2004, 01:17 AM
from his homepage!

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25.07.2004 : ...und trotzdem glücklich
Wer hätte nach Wimbledon gedacht, dass ich in den beiden Folgeturnieren zwei Mal ins Finale komme? Natürlich ist es beschissen, dass ich gegen Andy Roddick verloren habe, aber ich hatte einfach keine Chance und bin trotzdem mit dem Turnierverlauf zufrieden.

Irgendwie bin ich nicht ins Spiel gekommen. Noch bis 30 Minuten vor Spielbeginn hatte es geregnet und so hatte ich nur kurz Zeit, mich mit meinem Coach einzuschlagen. Gleich zu Spielbeginn kam das Break, dem ich dann immer nachgelaufen bin. Da ich zudem schlecht returniert habe, war einfach nichts auszurichten.

Jetzt geht es direkt zum Flieger und ab nach Toronto. Andere Bälle und - so wird erzählt - ein ganz langsamer Belag. Da muß ich gleich trainieren. Wohl am Dienstag muß ich dann ran. Marat Safin ist natürlich eine harte Nuss zum Auftakt. Aber egal. ich gehe mit einem positiven Gefühl ins Turnier.

Im Doppel trete ich mit Rainer Schüttler an. Es ist unser letzter Test vor Athen.

Okay, ich muß los, sonst fliegt das Ding ohne mich ab! Aber eines noch zum Schluß: Danke für die super Unterstützung hier im Gästebuch!

Euer KIWI

__________________________________________________ ___

completely agree with all he said... nevertheless it's his seventh lost final in a row now, he can be proud of himself and I think it's also right of him to admit that he didn't have a real chance to win against Roddick. I believe that makes you dealing better with the loss than thinking about how many chances you missed if this match was much more closer.


Keep up the good work, Kiwi! :)

Neely
07-26-2004, 01:59 AM
to conclude the chapter of the RCA Championships in Indianapolis, here are some pictures of Kiwi from www.****************...


:inlove: :clap2: ;) Kiwi! :angel:

Fee
07-26-2004, 03:33 AM
Neely, can you translate his entry for us please? I would love to hear what he has to say. He's had two very good weeks and I feel he just ran out of gas today against Andy, and Andy woke up a little bit for this match too. I hope that a day off will be enough rest for him to put up a great fight against Safin.

kfh_9118
07-26-2004, 04:12 AM
Well done Kiwi :bigclap:

I am so proud of him despite losing the final. I honestly didn't believe he would be in another final last week judging from the draw.

Of course Tommy's withdrawal ease his path :)

Keep it going Kiwi :bounce:

Space Cowgirl
07-26-2004, 12:47 PM
Neely, can you translate his entry for us please? I would love to hear what he has to say. He's had two very good weeks and I feel he just ran out of gas today against Andy, and Andy woke up a little bit for this match too. I hope that a day off will be enough rest for him to put up a great fight against Safin.

Fee, I can do a translation for you (hope you don't mind, Neely!)

"25.07.2004 : ...and despite this, happy
Who would have thought after Wimbledon that I would get to the final in my following two tournaments? Of course it is crap that I lost to Roddick, but I didn't have a chance [against him] and despite [the loss] I am satisfied with how the tournament went. I could not find my way into the game. Up to 30 minutes before the match began it had been raining, so I only had a limited time to warm up with my coach. I was broken near the start of the match, from then on I was constantly playing catchup. My returns were also poor.
Now I'm off to catch my flight to Toronto. Different balls and - so it's said - a slower surface. I need to get training straightaway [on it]. I play on Tuesday. Safin is obviously a difficult opponent, but I'm heading in to the tournament with a positive outlook
In doubles I'm playing with Rainer Schüttler ( :D ). It's our last test before Athens
OK, gotta go, otherwise I'll miss my flight! One final thing: thank you all for your great support in the guestbook here!"


It's a rough translation, not word-for-word, as a lot of German phrases just can't be translated into English, but I've got the overall sense. I think it's so cool that Kiwi updates his homepage so often. Wish Rainer was as "fleissig" :(

Neely
07-26-2004, 03:14 PM
Fee, I can do a translation for you (hope you don't mind, Neely!)
no, of course not! :hug:
you have the advantage that English is your 1st language over me :yeah:

Of course Tommy's withdrawal ease his path.
yeah, but withdrawing is the minimum thing Tommy can do to the favor of Kiwi :smash: :(
he won the final against him so he should be glad that he got his 2nd tournament this year already and not make it difficult again for Kiwi ;)

Fee
07-26-2004, 05:27 PM
Thanks SpaceCadet. That is a pretty good thing to hear from Nic. He sounds genuinely upbeat, not just feeding us a story. I think he has a solid chance against Safin if he has his energy and his legs feel good. Fingers crossed for him.

Neely
07-28-2004, 03:41 AM
Vierte Finalniederlage frustriert Nicolas Kiefer
http://www.handelsblatt.com/pshb/fn/relhbi/sfn/buildhbi/bmc/cn_hnavi/bmc/cn_artikel_sport/strucid/PAGE_200015/pageid/PAGE_200271/docid/124415/SH/0/depot/0/

Nachdem Nicolas Kiefer sein viertes Finale in diesem Jahr verloren hat, zeigt sich der 27-Jährige selbst kritisch: "Gegen solche Gegner muss man halt eine Schippe drauflegen, und das ist mir heute nicht gelungen."

"Es wird allmählich langweilig", kommentierte Nicolas Kiefer seine Finalniederlage von Indianapolis gegen Titelverteidiger Andy Roddick (USA). Mit 2:6 und 3:6 verlor er das vierte Finale in diesem Jahr: "Jedesmal sage ich: nächstes Mal, und dann klappt es doch wieder nicht."

Muss eine Schippe drauflegen

Memphis, Scottsdale, Los Angeles, Indianapolis - vier Finals und vier Niederlagen auf dem Weg zum heißersehnten ersten Turniersieg seit Oktober 2000. In Indianapolis war es der 21-jährige Andy Roddick, der Kiefer in nur 58 Minuten als Verlierer vom Platz schickte. "Gegen solche Gegner muss man halt eine Schippe drauflegen, und das ist mir heute nicht gelungen", stellte Kiefer nüchtern fest.

Selbstkritik war früher nicht gerade seine Stärke, es ist nicht der einzige Aspekt, den Kiefer geändert hat. Kampf, Leidenschaft, Engagement, Emotionen, all das ist in sein Spiel zurückgekehrt und hat den sensiblen und eigenwilligen Niedersachsen wieder zu einem echten Spitzenmann der Branche gemacht. "Natürlich bin ich enttäuscht, weil ich wirklich gerne mal wieder so ein Ding gewinnen möchte", sagte er nach der Pleite gegen Roddick: "Aber bis zum Finale habe ich gut gespielt, und das stimmt mich positiv."

Kiefer fühlt sich in Nordamerika wohl

Auf den nordamerikanischen Hartplätzen fühlt sich Kiefer besonders wohl, und so will er den Schwung der letzten Monate auch ins sechste Masters-Turnier des Jahres in dieser Woche in Toronto mitnehmen. Der Auftaktgegner Marat Safin ist ein harter Brocken, bei den US Open 2002 verlor Kiefer gegen den Russen ein episches Fünfsatzmatch in der ersten Runde.

Bis Athen ohne Trainer unterwegs

Die Reise nach Toronto trat Kiefer am Sonntagabend nur in Begleitung seines Physiotherapeuten Ralf Nonnemann an. Sein Coach Thomas Hogstedt, dem seit Anfang des Jahres ein großer Anteil an dem gelungenen Comeback gebührt, ist wegen einer privaten Angelegenheit für zwei Wochen in seine schwedische Heimat geflogen. Kiefer schob möglichen Spekulationen um einen erneuten Trainerwechsel gleich einen Riegel vor: "Dieser Termin stand seit Januar fest. Thomas und ich treffen uns in Athen wieder."

Bis dahin will sich der 27-Jährige als sein eigener Reiseleiter probieren: "Ich finde es gut, mal alles selber regeln zu müssen, das ist wieder eine ganz neue Erfahrung." Schließlich sei Branchenprimus Roger Federer seit Jahresbeginn ohne Coach unterwegs, was seiner Form ja nicht unbedingt geschadet habe.

Green Card ist noch nicht beantragt

In der kommenden Woche steht gleich das nächste Masters in Cincinnati auf dem Programm. Anschließend kehrt Kiefer wegen der Olympischen Spiele in Athen nach Europa zurück, um dann Ende August bei den US Open wieder in New York aufzuschlagen. "Schade, dass Olympia nicht in den USA ist, hier fühle ich mich richtig wohl", sagt er, fügt aber schnell hinzu, dass er keinerlei Ambitionen hat, seinen Wohnsitz nach Übersee zu verlegen: "Eine Green Card habe ich noch nicht beantragt."

wow, good to know that Kiwi is without coach until the Olympic games, I didn't know that before I read this article! :eek:

he further says:
- comments his final loss as "it's getter rather boring", meaning it's nothing new to him losing all these finals
- he said he should have raised his game against Roddick but he was not able to
- played well until the final
- he's looking forward how it feels travelling without coach and managing some things on his own, like Federer since the beginning of this year
- even though he feels comfortable on US hardcourt soil, he is not planning to emigrate to the USA ;)



Good luck against Safin! :bounce: :yeah:

Neely
07-28-2004, 10:55 PM
:banana: Kiwi defeats Marat 6-7(3) 6-4 7-6(2) :eek: :clap2: :clap2: :banana:

very good effort, Kiwi!!!! :worship: :worship: :inlove:

:woohoo:

it was just a 1st round win, but the opponent for you (and also from Marat's view) was not easy and this win give confidence and it's a good sign that Kiwi was able to overcome the disappointment of seven consecutive lost finals (four in this year already :sad: ).

Also it helps some fuckers to shut up who have no more imagination than saying Kiwi just can win against "no-name players" like Carraz, Weiner, de Voest and gets lucky with his draw, because now Kiwi has beaten a bigger name with Marat.

this 1st round win meant a lot and it was important for him to overcome the memories of the US Open 2002 match as Marat came away pulling out the 5th set tiebreaker. Now Kiwi won the desisive set tiebreak!


For Marat I hope he is winning next week then, because I like him too and he can play better than he was able to show us... but at the moment, I'm just so glad for Kiwi! :clap2:

Neely
07-29-2004, 02:06 AM
...

Nicolas Kiefer - July 28

(partial transcript)

What was the difference you thought in the match today? It seemed like both of you took turns being in control.

A. Well, I mean, I had a great start. I was up very quick 4-1 and then at this point I knew it's not going to be over because he's a great fighter and he showed it also today. He came back. I played a terrible tie-breaker, made three or four very easy mistakes and this shouldn't happen. I mean, when I do this, I could save maybe much more time but you never how it's going to be then. Second set he was up a break to zero but with me I try to stay in focus and fight for every ball, and that's the reason why I won also this set and the third set. I never gave up. This is my strengths, what I get back now, and I'm working very hard and you can just win by fighting and that's what I do at the moment. And especially at the big points I played great tennis today, and with this I'm very happy.

Q. Have you been having more fun on the court in the last year or so?

A. When you win, it makes it much easier. No, but, I mean, last year I changed my coach and we worked a lot together, we talked a lot together, and this helps also. And of course when you win, you get much more confidence and it makes it easier and at this stage, I mean, when it's very close, you don't think, you just do it. Before maybe sometime when you were injured or here or there you just -- you don't know what to do. But at the moment I feel very comfortable on the court. I move good. Sometimes maybe I could adjust a little bit more my legs to the ball but it's small things I can still improve, and there is my goal for the season.

Q. Nicolas, what's it like playing against somebody who is as unpredictable at Marat?

A. Yeah. It's not easy. I mean, he's shooting all over the court and most of the time the ball it goes in so it was very tough. I just had to focus on my games and then just mix it up at his games a little bit and then that's the reason why I broke him. That's the reason why I won.

Q. Both of you seemed to really make mistakes and then recover from them and it seemed like in the end he made the mistakes in the end and you didn't. Did you feel that out there today that this really was balanced in who not necessarily could hit winners but avoid making mistakes?

A. No. I see totally different. I made him making the mistakes. I mean, first, you have to try to make this and then when I had my chances I was going for winners and this I think, if you're smart enough, you see it and you do it.

Q. Could you just talk a little bit more about that third set because, like, that was so back and forth and then when you went into the tie-breaker it was roadrunner, you just shot away with it?

A. Well, I mean, as I said, it's not easy to play against Marat because, I mean, my serves came, they went pretty easy every time and his serves, they were very tough every time we went over 30 all or deuce. I mean, sometimes it went very easy but, as I said, in these playoffs you don't get so many chances but if you have a chance, you have to take them, and this is what I did.

Q. How confident are you right now in relation to the last few years? How are you feeling?

A. Compared to last year, very good because I didn't play here.

kfh_9118
07-29-2004, 06:56 AM
Well done Kiwi :bigclap:

Good luck next round ;)

JMG
07-29-2004, 09:41 PM
Kiefer - Ferrer 6-3 6-1

an easy win with 3 breaks in the 2nd set. I watched Ferrer - Larose on tv and I saw that he wouldn't have a chance against Kiefer.

So go on Kiwi for another final!!! :devil:

kfh_9118
07-30-2004, 05:01 AM
Kiwi def. Moya 6-4 2-6 6-4 :bounce:

Another QF for Nicolas :cool:

JMG
07-30-2004, 02:56 PM
He reached only one Masters SF in his career (Montreal), so it's time for another!!!

With a win against Melzer, he would be in the entry top 20. Melzer is difficult to play, but Kiefer has always defeated him before and so I have a good feeling for that match.

come on Kiwi

kfh_9118
08-01-2004, 09:57 AM
Kiwi lost to Andy again in the SF 5-7 3-6 :mad:

At least the score looked better than last week.
Bravo to Nicolas for his very good performance in US hardcourt tourneys :bigclap:

Btw, where is Neely? He hasn't online for a few days now :confused:

EHendrick
08-05-2004, 05:10 AM
Terrible draw in Cincy. I really wanted Keifer to win against Andy. :sad:

snoop
08-05-2004, 10:57 AM
Btw, where is Neely? He hasn't online for a few days now :confused:
maybe she is trying to eliminate Roddick :shrug:


the Andy matches really suck :( but I am sure he will win at least one set the next time :p

kfh_9118
08-05-2004, 03:30 PM
Three time losses to Roddick in a row :fiery:

Hope Kiefer will continue his good form in Olympics and US Open :bounce:

sol
08-05-2004, 03:51 PM
Kiwi is improving, but Roddick is a great player. I hope, Nicolas has better draw in the next events, and to continue advancing in the Indesit ATP Race. He can come back to Asia, after the US Open, where he has obtained some good results a couples of years ago.
Go Kiefer! :wavey:

sam
08-07-2004, 03:47 PM
Roddick :fiery:

Neely
08-09-2004, 06:05 PM
Three time losses to Roddick in a row :fiery:
Kiwi is improving, but Roddick is a great player.
yeah, that's bad losing three times to the same playing within a few days, but not many players can beat Roddick and unfortunately Kiwi is not yet among those. At least his last two matches have been MUCH closer than his match at the RCA Championships where he was without any chance.
He had many break points but couldn't convert any. There are several players who have just one or even no break points against Roddick in the whole match, so Kiwi did pretty well and if he keeps on playing like that it will be only a matter of time when he breaks Roddick for the first time. But IMO first preference for him is still to consolidate his own service game. I didn't see his last matches, but going by the stats of the livescores of Canada and Cincinnati TMS, his service performance already improved dramatically, but still, especially from the Canada TMS I have the feeling that his own service games need to be more dominant. If he can improve in this category I'll like his chances that he can win against many more opponents (except God himself = Federer :p ) on hardcourt because he is running a very good tiebreak record this season at 14-8, too. He was just even or even negative in 2002 (5-11) so that's already a good improvement :D

knight_ley
08-09-2004, 06:31 PM
I just wanted to pop in and say hello! I just found this thread / forum like two days ago and I'm thrilled to have found so many Kiefer fans! I'm in the USA so pretty much everyone I know cheers solely for Roddick which is has sucked terribly the last few weeks with just me cheering for Kiefer and everyone else going for Andy. Ugh.
But anway! I wanted to say hello and I hope to have a lot of fun here with some other fans!!!!
I'm planning on going up to the US Open since I live only 2 hours away so I hope to get to see Nicolas play there!

* mary

Neely
08-09-2004, 08:44 PM
Welcome, simpleternity!
yeah, there are many fans in this thread who didn't forget Nicolas :yeah: :clap2:

Space Cowgirl
08-10-2004, 04:05 PM
Hi Neely, welcome back! Let's hope Kiefer is going to be ok health-wise for the Olympics

sol
08-10-2004, 04:32 PM
Hi Neely, welcome back! Let's hope Kiefer is going to be ok health-wise for the Olympics
Yeah.. good luck to him :wavey:

Go for a medal, Kiwi... :hearts:

Neely
08-10-2004, 06:18 PM
Kiwi writes on his homepage that he is looking forward to the Olympics. His goal is being better than in 2000, when he had a 1st round exit (lol, well, I also hope that he achieves that :lol: )
He is glad that he will have the opportunity to enjoy the whole Olympic environment and he will also look for other events and athletes. For example, he will be cheering for Franzi van Almsick and Hannah Stockbauer (swimming), for the German women's soccer team, and for the German handball team.

His inflamation of the middle ear and his cold he caught in the States (because of the air-conditionings) is already getting better with the medicaments he got from the doctor and he writes the the doctor even advised him to eat a lot of ice-cream ;)

Kiwi will have a single room in Athens that nobody is in danger that he is passing his virus to somebody.

I hope Kiwi will have a good Olympics and I hope that TV shows a lot of tennis then :clap2:

kek
08-10-2004, 07:42 PM
I don't post much, but always read here. Thank you Neely for providing translations from his homepage. For us non german speakers, the translations are horrible and I never know exactly what he is saying.

Good to know he is feeling better and surely he will get past the 1st round unless he gets Andy in the 1st rnd :rolleyes:

sol
08-10-2004, 08:00 PM
Gehen Sie Kiwi. Sie werden sich bald erholen. Hoffentlich :hug:

tangerine_dream
08-11-2004, 05:01 PM
I am going to TD Waterhouse for two days!!! :banana: I hope I get to see Kiwi while I'm there. :bounce:

BTW, does Nicolas actually go by "Kiwi" or is that just a tennis fan nickname bestowed upon him? :)

Neely
08-11-2004, 08:45 PM
BTW, does Nicolas actually go by "Kiwi" or is that just a tennis fan nickname bestowed upon him? :)
I don't really get the meaning of the word "bestowed" (no dictionary in my reach at the moment), but this is more than just a "tennis fan nickname" and he likes it, so don't be afraid to use it... it's a nickname since many years that became sort of his 2nd name and most friends, teammates (and I'm sure many other players also) call him like that. This nickname is nothing bad for him, he agrees with it and he doesn't feel offended by it if you call him that way so don't be shy to use it. Also if you look at his homepage he even signs his entries with "euer Kiwi". Therefore, if he wouldn't like he wouldn't use it. But still I also like calling him by his true name Nicolas, last year when I was at Halle I shouted to him a few times "good luck, Nicolas" and not "good luck, Kiwi" when I saw him walking around before one of his matches. But if you use his first name and not his nickname, be careful to pronounce it the French way, spoken "Nicola", and neglect the 's' ;)

EHendrick
08-12-2004, 09:16 PM
What do some people who know more about Kiwi and tennis think about his draw for the Olympics?
p.s. thanks so much for the translations. with using online translators, it comes out :cuckoo:!

Tangy, if you take pictures, would you post them please? Kiwi :hearts:

Neely
08-12-2004, 11:28 PM
12.08.2004 : Olympia: Kiwi beginnt gegen Georgier Labadze
Nicolas Kiefer ist beim Olympischen Tennisturnier Nr. 14 der Setzliste und trifft in der ersten Runde auf den 23-jährigen Georgier Irakli Labadze, aktuell Nr. 56 im Champions Race. Kiwi, der sich im Olympischen Dorf sichtlich wohl fühlt, hat noch immer leichte Probleme mit den Nachwirkungen seiner Mittelohrentzündung und trainierte am Donnerstag nur kurz mit seinem Trainer Thomas Hogstedt.
they write that Kiwi feels very comfortable in the Olympic Village, but that he still has a few problems with the after-effects of his cold and inflamation of the middle ear. Therefore, he just practised for a short time on Thursday with his coach Thomas Hogstedt.


What do some people who know more about Kiwi and tennis think about his draw for the Olympics?
so you're basically asking what people think about his draw?
well, I think that his draw could have come much worse. Sure is Labadze not one of the easiest non-seeded players, but Labadze didn't have good results for a very long time and there are also many stronger opponents than him. Also a possible 2nd round match up against either Carraz or Baghdatis is not too bad. I think he can live with this draw, it's not bad and could have come much worse.

EHendrick
08-13-2004, 05:33 AM
thanks, I just wanted some opinions.

Neely
08-13-2004, 10:24 AM
Nicolas juggling with a few rackets :)

http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_4318_gallery.JPG
:inlove: :drool: :angel:

yeah, Kiwi! :clap2: :D ;)
:woohoo:


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for the archive and for the sake of this thread some GettyImages pics of the CanadaTMS and Cincinnati TMS :)

Neely
08-13-2004, 10:24 AM
Kiefer will now play Voltchkov. That's tricky opponent who can play quite well, especially for his country, just check out his Davis Cup record) :rolleyes:

but still, I would say, it's a solvable task for Nicolas....

Labadze withdraws, replaced by Voltchkov
Irakli Labadze (GEO) has withdrawn from the Tennis Event due to a wrist injury.

He is replaced in the men's singles draw by Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR), who will face No. 14 seed Nicolas Kiefer in the first round.

tangerine_dream
08-13-2004, 06:29 PM
Thanks for the info, Neely! :)

Here's a new pic of Kiwi practicing for the Olympics. :hearts:

http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_4336_gallery.JPG

knight_ley
08-13-2004, 11:04 PM
But still I also like calling him by his true name Nicolas, last year when I was at Halle I shouted to him a few times "good luck, Nicolas" and not "good luck, Kiwi" when I saw him walking around before one of his matches. But if you use his first name and not his nickname, be careful to pronounce it the French way, spoken "Nicola", and neglect the 's' ;)

WOW! I never knew that's how you pronounced his name! I always said "nicolas"... Thanks for the info!

EHendrick
08-14-2004, 07:40 AM
Thank you for the pics, tangy and neely. :worship: very good ones.
I was thinking how it would be so awful if by some chance he made it to the semi-finals only to meet Roddick again. But then I remembered that both semifinal losers can play for bronze! I am trying to keep my hopes down so I'm not disappointed, but I would love for him to go far here. It seems to mean a lot to him. with a little luck...

Neely
08-14-2004, 03:18 PM
Kiefer will play his 1st round match on court 5, the 2nd match of the day.
Before his match there is a women's match scheduled starting at 10:00 so I think he should start playing between 11 and 12:00 o'clock.

Hopefully he is fit and his cold doesn't affect him too much anymore... :clap2:


____________________

later on the same day, it looks like Rainer and Kiwi will play their first doubles match on the same court, #5, against the Rumanian team.
It's scheduled to start not before 17:00 o'clock.

knight_ley
08-14-2004, 03:58 PM
GOOD LUCK KIEFER!!!!! I cannot wait till he starts tomorrow! I just hope they show him at least once here in the States.... :)

EHendrick
08-14-2004, 09:19 PM
"MIRROR ON-LINE ONE: The more "Frankfurter general Zeitung" called you in that time more "Sportler with the worst image in Deutschland". How did you create it that you are judged now many more positively? Kiefer: I became looser openly and. In addition I co-operate now with a medium advisor - there I make no secret from it. Some expression from at that time I would not make today no more. MIRROR ON-LINE ONE: For example? Kiefer: Oh, at that time there were things, to those I somehow clean-slipped. Everything did not go so fast, there knew I at all, what happens. But such errors happen. I am now 27 years old and from it learned."

This was a translation of a new article up at the official site. I was wondering, does anyone know why his image was bad in the past? just curious...

Neely
08-15-2004, 12:08 AM
well, this topic could probably fill many pages... for most people, Kiefer's bad image was existent since right of the beginning of his career, but at the beginning he could overshadow most of it with wins and good results.
Kiefer is a person who is very -I don't know the correct translation, but I think the English word that matches it best is- reclusive. I would not say shy or quiet, but he can be difficult to approach and he prefers to be alone and completely seal off himself from the rest. To many people he is just a miracle and he was saying many times that only his best friends and his family know how he really is ("If you know me closely, you have no problems with me at all"). Something like that can be easily misinterpreted by many people.
Also keep in mind that Kiefer while playing a tennis match and his behaviour on-court is quite contradictive to what he is in private life. He can make it quite easy for not so well-informed spectators who don't know jackshit about his personality or about his backgrounds to hate him: he is breaking rackets, his is abusing balls, he is swearing, he is rudely arguing with the refs/linespersons, he doesn't mind getting the crowd against his side, he shows no interest, he may be a bad loser from time to time... now you could probably say that most of these things listed were equally true for Boris Becker who was almost the whole nation's darling and yes, you are right, but despite Becker's tempter in his matches, he had the sort of humour and charisma to make people forgive him more and he had the best successes early in his career on his side; something that definitely helped him because it's less likely that a winner guy who was one of the best German athletes at this time has such a bad image like it was reputed on Kiefer. Kiefer, on the other hand, IMO was never somebody who had a good contact with the media and he was never somebody who knew how to sell himself the best way possible when talking to the media. Becker wasn't a very eloquent guy either (he often almost stattered, was searching for words, or used many filling words like "äh"), but he understood well how to relax the atmosphere of an interview, he was good for fun or for some funny remarks.

Well, as you see in all that written above, combined with the missing achievements in his career after 2000, Kiefer made it easy and offered quite a lot of working surface for all his haters, doubters and maybe even neutral people.


I will list you, in my opinion, the most important factors why Kiwi was for many people somebody with a bad image, or as the newspaper said it in 2001, why he was titulated as "the athlete with the worst image in Germany":

- he has the reputation to be "advice-resistent", meaning he tends to not accepting advices from people who want to tell him something good
- had a catfight and heavy quarrel with Boris Becker as Becker was captain of the Davis Cup team
- he left the Mercedes Benz Junior Team for young promising German tennis talents which was founded by Becker and which was interpreted as a personal insult to Becker
- he got blown off the court by Becker in 1999 at Wimbledon in straight sets and didn't give enough credit to Becker's play; something that is not very clever and that created many enemies among the German people and media
- throughout his career he changed his coaches and managers like other people change their daily shirt; this only aggravated and confirmed people who thought he is untouchable for advices and that it's almost impossible to coach him or to work together with him
- in his bad years, he had many bad losses, many lethargic and pathetic matches
- he was not enough self-critical with his own game and his person, he often blamed other things, he often blandished bad matches, he did not admit enough mistakes
- he didn't scrutinize/question his being as a tennis pro on the tour closely enough; he used to hang around on the Tour some years without the impression and without people letting know that he wants to get out of this hole.
- for some time he didn't show interest in the Davis Cup at all, for most people of course unacceptable
- he withdraw from the Davis Cup ties in 1999/2000 against Romania and the Netherlands, something what was against heavily critizised in public, he almost completely broke up with the German tennis federation at that time, due to that unpatriotic behaviour he was close to be disqualified for the Olympic Games 2000.
- he did not only lose many (important) Davis Cup matches, but he lost most matches in a pathetic way, something that is your death if you're playing for a success-spoiled country like Germany that was once used to the great success of Becker, Stich, Kühnen, Steeb etc.... not having 100% support on your side in Davis Cup is sort of the worst thing that can happen to you; he couldn't persuade people he was at least trying even when losing and he failed to regain lost bonus
- most of the points mentioned above, esp. the handling of the media and saying some stupid things

you see, it's quite a big patchwork of reasons (and I'm sure I forgot some points) that contributed to give him a bad image, but with the way the current year is going, I think that he is on a very good way to neutralize most of these points with good news about him and if you're watching a Kiefer match in 2004, you most likely see a different player playing tennis than some years ago. The turning point clearly came at the end of 2003, with his new coach, Thomas Hogstedt. Somehow Hogstedt must have found a way to directly address and tell Kiefer what he is doing wrong and even more importantly, Kiefer accepts him and realised that his coach is right.


For me, he is a very good person with a good heart and exciting tennis :) :clap2: I'm supporting him since many years and even though I had almost completely cut down all my expectations because of his drought of success in the years 2001, 2002 and 2003, he has recently given me great hope that he can still be sussessful tennis player who has not unlearnt how to win and his many good matches and results this year so far are a kind of reward he is giving to me and lots of other fans for supporting him even in bad times :)


okay, go on Kiwi!!! :rocker2: :clap2: :woohoo:

EHendrick
08-15-2004, 11:27 AM
don't have time to read your post yet, neely, as there are live matches going on, but had to come here to say
KIWI!! :woohoo: You have achieved your goal of not exiting 1st round!! Now please set a higher one! :lol: :bigclap:

EHendrick
08-15-2004, 12:02 PM
Wow. I daresay, this makes him quite an interesting personality and more three-dimensional in my mind. It makes me like him even more and realize what a great year he's had, knowing about his past. Thank you so much for taking the time to write that! I am thinking I should learn some German, because it's so awesome that he updates his site himself!! I think it's great that he does this and I want so much to be able to understand what he writes. And it must be so cool to have been a fan and witnessed the comeback!!! I am pretty new to tennis, so as with all my favorite tennis players, I wish I had been a fan earlier.

Kiwi :hug:

Neely
08-15-2004, 05:37 PM
Kiefer completely dominated Voltchkov in his 1st round match at the Olympic games! :rocker2:

Kiefer def. Voltchkov 6-2 6-4 :banana:

some people might say now that Voltchkov is just hanging around on the tour, but he can be quite dangerous and has alreay upset lots of good players and he has a very good record in Davis Cup playing for his country with 34-17.

And Kiefer trailed the h2h 0-2 against him and never won a set, so a straight set win now over such an opponent, plus doing it better than back in 2000, is quite an improvement for him :yeah: :D

go on Kiwi!!! have no mercy with Baghdatis in the next round :devil:

Neely
08-15-2004, 05:47 PM
from the official Athens homepage:

Men's Singles : Nicolas KIEFER (GER) 15 Aug. 2004


ATHENS, 15 August - Comments from Nicolas KIEFER (GER) after defeating Vladimir VOLTCHKOV (BLR) 6-2, 6-4.

Nicolas KIEFER (GER)

On the match:

"I had a good serve and a good return. The conditions were not the best, because of the air and the humidity, but I'm very satisfied and I hope that my win will help the other German players psychologically."

On having to play Doubles in the afternoon:

"I don't mind because that way I'll have tomorrow as a day off."

ONS mm/sub

sol
08-15-2004, 09:22 PM
Go Kiwi :yeah: :wavey: Congrats :kiss: :bounce: :hug: :D
Thanks for the news, Neely! :D

knight_ley
08-15-2004, 10:32 PM
ahh he won! that is so great! go kiwi! :worship:

Neely
08-15-2004, 11:09 PM
cool, on Yahoo Germany I just found an interesting off-court picture of Kiwi playing cards with some other athletes ;)

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap/20040810/10/4007081041.jpg

look at his poker face :devil: ;) :rocker2: :p


also be sure not to miss the Mayer and Kiefer pic at Florian's thread: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=702696&postcount=96

BTW, I read in a German article that Mayer attended Kiwi's match today and some weeks ago I posted an article where Kiwi said that Mayer deserved his success this year so far and especially at Wimbledon and he was full of compliments about Florian and his good achiemvents.

So putting some pieces together, I guess that these two could have become quite good friends since they got to know each other closer and since Florian is playing on the ATP main tour this year. :D

Tricky_Forehand
08-16-2004, 01:25 AM
Good start by Kiwi today!! The stats don't show a great match but he got the job done :clap2:

Space Cowgirl
08-16-2004, 01:52 PM
Message for Neely (and other German/Austrian-based Kiwi fans), check out this week's "Bunte" magazine (you know that gossip rag), there's a pic of a topless Kiwi in it, he looks quite :eek: !

rrfnpump
08-16-2004, 09:50 PM
Could somebody scan it? ;)

knight_ley
08-17-2004, 12:44 AM
yes scanning it would be wonderful for those of us unlucky enough to be outside of Germany

EHendrick
08-17-2004, 02:06 AM
yes scanning it would be wonderful for those of us unlucky enough to be outside of Germany

LOL. so true! unlucky us. :sad: If the German media are as saturated with Kiwi news as the American media are with Roddick, I would think I had died and gone to heaven. :angel::D

Neely
08-17-2004, 02:31 AM
thanks for that hint, SpaceCadet! :yeah:
so, do you have a scanner? would you scan it for us?


If the German media are as saturated with Kiwi news as the American media are with Roddick, I would think I had died and gone to heaven. :angel::D
no, unfortunately I have to say that are not too saturated at all :o
I guess there are by far not as many articles, pictures and stuff about Kiwi in German media like about Roddick in the US :rolleyes:


Good start by Kiwi today!! The stats don't show a great match but he got the job done :clap2:
yes, I thought the same and I know what you mean, but actually the unforced error count for ANY(most of all) match seem way too high and I doubt that this is correct, probably another error by the Athens site :rolleyes: :shrug:

Neely
08-17-2004, 01:29 PM
:D Kiwi def. Baghdatis 6-2 3-6 6-3 :clap2: :clap2: :banana: after 2 hours 17 minutes

that was plenty of hard work and not so easy... I was already a bit scared because I didn't know what to expect from Baghdatis :scared:

according to the stats on the site, Kiwi went just 4 of 17 on break point conversions
his opponent was 2 for 6.

but again, I'm not so sure if we can trust the number of unforced errors. They counted 63 for Baghdatis and 47 for Kiwi. That makes together 110 unforced errors in one match :rolleyes: :banghead:
I don't believe that as all matches have such a high count.

sol
08-17-2004, 02:48 PM
3 sets. This seemed tough. It doesn't care. Go Kiwi!. Congrats!
http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/liebe/love-smiley-020.gif
http://www.smiliegenerator.de/smiley-flag/smiley-2268.png

Neely
08-17-2004, 02:57 PM
BTW, I don't like the next round vs Youzhny at all :banghead: :banghead:

Youzhny can be very dangerous for the play of Kiwi, I don't have a good feeling to be honest because I know Youzhny on a good day can play amazing tennis (but also he can play really pathetically on a bad one) and he's the kind of player who is dangerous for Nicolas... Kiwi trails the h2h 0-2 and among one of these lost matches is a defeat of this year in Hamburg on clay.

Also Youzhny is sort of a "German nemesis" since he eliminated Kiefer, Burgsmüller and Mayer in a row in his first three matches at Hamburg TMS this year :(

I hope that Kiwi has a very good day against Youzhny, because I got the feeling that his match today wasn't the best (he lost serve to Baghdatis twice, Youzhny could punish that even more), but the important thing for today is that he still won even when he probably was not playing his best tennis.


please Kiwi, go on and beat Misha! :yeah: :clap2:
time for a revenche! :devil:

sol
08-17-2004, 03:13 PM
Yeah! :yeah:. I didn’t have noticed that. http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/fragend/confused-smiley-017.gif Youzhny is a very dangerous player http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/fragend/confused-smiley-011.gif. We'll see. Hopefully. Go Kiwi! :wavey: :bounce:

Space Cowgirl
08-17-2004, 03:36 PM
LOL. so true! unlucky us. :sad: If the German media are as saturated with Kiwi news as the American media are with Roddick, I would think I had died and gone to heaven. :angel::D

Haha, how did I know that I'd get requests to scan in the Kiwi article! :D
There is a scanner in my office, I'll try to scan it in on the sly. Hopefully nobody will spot me! I'll try to do it tomorrow. There's a text with it, though, so I can't guarantee the quality of how it will turn out.
So I hope you all can hold your collective breath until tomorrow! :cool:

Space Cowgirl
08-17-2004, 03:37 PM
:D [B][SIZE=3]I'm not so sure if we can trust the number of unforced errors. They counted 63 for Baghdatis and 47 for Kiwi. That makes together 110 unforced errors in one match :rolleyes: :banghead:
I don't believe that as all matches have such a high count.

Neely, did you see the stats for UEs in Rainer's match yesterday? His alone was something like 80+ :eek:

WaynesWorld
08-17-2004, 04:36 PM
Congratulations Kiwi!!!! :worship: :bigclap:
Yeah, it will be tough against Youzhny but anyway I´m pretty optimistic ;) Gooooooooooooo Kiwi!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yeah:

Neely
08-17-2004, 05:00 PM
http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/fragend/confused-smiley-017.gif Youzhny is a very dangerous player http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/fragend/confused-smiley-011.gif.
you don't believe me he's a threat? I've seen him playing superb... but I've also seen him playing pathetically... as I said above
as I'm always saying, one of the most inconsistent players going around

Haha, how did I know that I'd get requests to scan in the Kiwi article! :D
There is a scanner in my office, I'll try to scan it in on the sly. Hopefully nobody will spot me! I'll try to do it tomorrow. There's a text with it, though, so I can't guarantee the quality of how it will turn out.
So I hope you all can hold your collective breath until tomorrow! :cool:
yeah, try your best :yeah:
but I hope you are able to provide us something with quality :fiery: :mad: ... ;) :p


Neely, did you see the stats for UEs in Rainer's match yesterday? His alone was something like 80+ :eek:
yes, that's totally :cuckoo: :cuckoo:

sol
08-17-2004, 05:05 PM
you don't believe me? I've seen him playing superb... but I've also seen him playing pathetically... as I said above

Yes I do. I believe in you ;) . I have seen him play as well :confused: . However, I have faith in Kiwi.. :D

Neely
08-17-2004, 07:10 PM
and more good news: Rainer/Kiwi def. Arthurs/Woodbridge 7-6(6) 6-3 :banana: :D

I thought this was the end, because Arthurs and Woodbridge are a good doubles normally, glad I was proved wrong...

okay, Kiwi... I hope you are fresh for tomorrow's(?) singles match against Misha!

rrfnpump
08-17-2004, 08:42 PM
Kiwi is playing great!!! Didnt expect the win in doubles......:yeah:

knight_ley
08-18-2004, 12:06 AM
We will just all have to send Kiwi as much positive energy we can for his match tomorrow... He will need the support... Go Kiwi!!!

Neely
08-18-2004, 02:55 AM
Kühnen nicht zufrieden

Von Teamchef Patrik Kühnen musste er sich vorhalten lassen, dass er sich von dem abgezockten Junior im zweiten Satz zu sehr unter Druck setzen ließ: "Ich hätte ihn gern offensiver gesehen, denn immer, wenn er das Spiel bestimmt hat, war er am Drücker."

Gegen Juschni verlor Kiefer zwei Mal auf Sand, zuletzt beim Masters-Turnier in Hamburg. "Aber seit Mai ist viel passiert mit meinem Spiel. Es wird nicht einfach, aber machbar", sagte Kiefer, der über große Müdigkeit klagte. "Durch die vielen Medikamente, die ich wegen meiner Mittelohrentzündung genommen habe, ist mein Körper geschwächt. Aber morgen ist ein neuer Tag."
this article says that Kühnen was not happy about the play of Kiwi. He would have liked to see him more active and he critisized him for being too passive and for being pressured too much by his opponent, especially during the 2nd set.

Kiwi says he feels tired because he got a lot of medicaments the last days because of his cold and inflamation of the middle ear. He rates the match against Youzhny as a difficult one, but not impossible. He says that since May, when Youzhny has beaten him on clay, in his game has changed a lot. "Tomorrow will be new day".


yeah, I hope so, and I hope he is fit and not too tired to win against Youzhy! :clap2:


Men's Singles : Nicolas KIEFER(GER) 17 Aug. 2004
ATHENS, 17 August - Comments from Nicolas KIEFER (GER) after his win 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 over Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP).

Nicolas KIEFER (GER)
On the match:

"I'm very happy I managed to come back in the third set. I'm very tired because I have played a lot of matches this summer. Due to that, I have some problems with my feet and I'm also recovering from a cold. I try to sleep as much as possible so I can give 100 percent again.

"I have a better psychology on court than I had before. My strokes are more confident and especially my serve. I can rely on it more now.

"It doesn't matter if you lose in the first, second or third round. The actual tournament starts with the semi-finals."

On the Olympic Village:

"It's fun living with all the other athletes. It's a tremendous experience to be able to represent my country."

On the dress code:

"I don't mind it. It's easier to recognise the people of your team."

Space Cowgirl
08-18-2004, 10:38 AM
I've scanned in the pic onto my hard drive but for some reason I can't upload it here :mad: . I don't know why, since it's in .jpg format and the file isn't too big either. I'll try again later

Jogy
08-18-2004, 11:20 AM
good luck, Kiwi
last German remaining in singles :sad:

Neely
08-18-2004, 12:17 PM
@SpaceCadet
no problem, try your best and hopefully the attachment is working ;)
and if not email me the scanned picture and maybe I know what's up with this pic

Space Cowgirl
08-18-2004, 12:20 PM
Neely, I've tried everything and am stumped. It's not that I get an error message. When I enter the file extension of my hard drive where the jpg is stored, the screen goes blank. I've tried with other jpgs that I have and it works fine. What is your email, I'll send it to you