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The "Well, Serving at 34% is OK if you beat Roger" 2008 Cheering Thread (Fall)!

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Deboogle!.
12-29-2007, 04:32 AM
:eek: It's that time already! Mardy opened his 2008 season with a win over Bopanna 6-2 6-4 in the Hopman Cup :D


Let's hope for a good start to the 2008 season! :banana:

And Mardy's wearing K-Swiss clothes now :eek:

otowngurl86apa
12-29-2007, 12:28 PM
Your quickness really amazes me Deb! :worship: Or maybe, if I didn't go to bed so early, I would have seen that last night!
I really like the new clothes!! And starting off the year with a win is always great :)

Deboogle!.
12-29-2007, 05:31 PM
Well, being on the West Coast helps ;) :lol:

K-Swiss is also sponsoring Haas this year, so I guess they're trying to get into the tennis world. Cool :)

GollyLou
12-29-2007, 08:55 PM
First win of the season!!! Hopefully he can repeat last year.

I am getting day one of Hopman on Monday. Makes no sense, but Mardy on my tv!!!! :banana:

Deboogle!.
12-31-2007, 04:07 AM
Mardy and the mixed doubles got a walkover today b/c Berdych is sick. So yay Team USA they're 2-0 in their group :)

otowngurl86apa
01-01-2008, 05:51 PM
Starting off good!!

Deb, did you happen to save the pics of Mardy and Stacey at the NYE ball that were posted in GM? They won't load for me at all.

Deboogle!.
01-01-2008, 05:54 PM
I didn't save them :awww: but my guess is that it's just that his site is down temporarily, hopefully it'll come back :)

otowngurl86apa
01-02-2008, 01:30 AM
It did, and they're back! :)

Deboogle!.
01-02-2008, 01:40 AM
:yeah:

ataptc
01-02-2008, 02:18 AM
:yeah:

otowngurl86apa
01-02-2008, 06:45 PM
:yeah:

otowngurl86apa
01-03-2008, 02:11 AM
For anyone who has it, Mardy's match is about to start on TTC!

Deboogle!.
01-03-2008, 02:17 AM
:banana:I'm so excited to finally see Mardy play a match, and LIVE!

otowngurl86apa
01-03-2008, 02:20 AM
Me too! It's ridiculous how much I have been looking forward to this all day!! :dance:

Deboogle!.
01-03-2008, 02:22 AM
I know huh! I mean now that I think about it, I don't even remember the last time I watched mardy play live on tv:lol: it's gotta be months and months!

otowngurl86apa
01-03-2008, 02:25 AM
US Open was the last time that I can remember. The Robredo match, because I watched it at work and was yelling at the tv a lot... it was pretty embarrassing actually :lol:

Deboogle!.
01-03-2008, 02:29 AM
Yeah, and I was in Italy for the whole US Open (not that I am complaining about being in italy!!!!), so i didn't see it..... i really can't remember the last time :lol: oh well, it will be fixed tonight :banana:

otowngurl86apa
01-03-2008, 02:58 AM
No, I wouldn't complain about that either! And it's not so much making me happy that Mardy's on my tv anymore. I love how the start the broadcast off with "Mardy has been serving great this week" then he does just the opposite :rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
01-03-2008, 03:24 AM
OMG I know right :sobbing: clearly the off-season did nothing for his first serve :help:

snaillyyy
01-03-2008, 03:34 AM
I am still amazed we are getting him live and a whole match :lol: can't believe it. Now if he could just go find where he left his first serve we would be absolutely thrilled ;)

Deboogle!.
01-03-2008, 04:40 AM
ay yai yai the end of that 2nd set :lol: :sobbing: But nice fighting and composure in the end :)

Anyone know who the guy was sitting with Stacey? Is it whichever hack he has coaching him now? :tape: :sobbing:

oh and, Mardy, PLEASE SHAVE THANKS :scared:

ataptc
01-03-2008, 05:07 AM
I get the matches on my tv but they're delayed.. Well, at least it's better than nothing!

snaillyyy
01-03-2008, 12:25 PM
ay yai yai the end of that 2nd set :lol: :sobbing: But nice fighting and composure in the end :)

Anyone know who the guy was sitting with Stacey? Is it whichever hack he has coaching him now? :tape: :sobbing:

oh and, Mardy, PLEASE SHAVE THANKS :scared:

Deb, Glad I decided to tape it before I went to sleep, I am now curious :p :lol:
and yes ABSOLUTELY on the shaving.

otowngurl86apa
01-03-2008, 04:12 PM
The end of the 2nd set was stressful! I'm glad he pulled it through!

That is not the same guy (his name was Bo). This guy is new. And there was also a guy with a clip board sitting on Stacey's other side.

otowngurl86apa
01-03-2008, 04:29 PM
Pictures :)

otowngurl86apa
01-03-2008, 04:31 PM
Last post from me for a while!

Deboogle!.
01-03-2008, 06:08 PM
Why last post for a while? :( Thanks for the pics though :)

No that guy is definitely not Bo, I've seen Bo play tennis here in LA. Maybe he hired a REAL coach :eek: :tape:

otowngurl86apa
01-03-2008, 06:36 PM
By a while I meant like 2 hours haha Since I had posted 3 times in a row, I thought I'd take a break when I got to work. Trying to cut down on my MTF addiction. And clearly it's not working.

You think!? :eek:

Deboogle!.
01-03-2008, 06:47 PM
OH OH OH hahaha good, i thought that meant we weren't gonna hear from you for 5 months or something :lol:

I dunno, we can hope :eek:

otowngurl86apa
01-03-2008, 06:50 PM
Nope haha! You're not getting rid of me that easily!! :lol:

Last time I looked on his atptennis.com profile it had Bo listed as his coach... hmm maybe I should check again. Yeah it still has Bo listed as his coach.

Deboogle!.
01-03-2008, 07:51 PM
okay good :p Mardy's forum needs all the people it can get :D :lol:

Yeah, the ATP site is a slow updater. Maybe it was just a friend of theirs or something :sobbing:

otowngurl86apa
01-03-2008, 08:17 PM
Very true :D

That it is, as is Mardy's site, which is still on last season. So I'm just going to keep telling myself that he is a new, real coach, until I hear otherwise. It makes me feel better anyway :lol:

GollyLou
01-03-2008, 08:26 PM
No that guy is definitely not Bo, I've seen Bo play tennis here in LA. Maybe he hired a REAL coach :eek: :tape:

i should not be typing but NO WAY. :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek: :eek: that would be like the world ending.

the hair has grown on me. :sobbing:

otowngurl86apa
01-04-2008, 02:51 PM
The hair doesn't bother me any more either

Mardy lost his singles match 6-2, 6-7, 7-6. But him and Serena won the mixed doubles 7-6, 6-2.

otowngurl86apa
01-04-2008, 03:21 PM
Few more pics :)

Deboogle!.
01-04-2008, 04:46 PM
Wow, much tighter than I would've expected against Novak. Hopefully that's a good sign for him for things to come :)

ataptc
01-04-2008, 05:16 PM
Heard that Novak was pretty tired in the 2nd and 3rd sets.. But yeah I hope Mardy does well this year :)

otowngurl86apa
01-04-2008, 05:54 PM
Novak hurt his shoulder in the 2nd set, and was pretty sluggish for the 3rd set, but Mardy never stopped fighting. I didn't watch all of it, I woke up at the end of the first set and turned my tv off because I figured it was going to be a blowout, then I saw the score this morning and was surprised.

Deboogle!.
01-04-2008, 10:45 PM
Mardy's speech was cute. AND, the BEST news, is that he THANKED HIS COACH, who has a name! Craig Boynton(?), AND a trainer named Rory(?)

be still my incredulous heart :p

edit: I googled him, and he actually appears legit :eek: Works at Etcheberry, which means he's probably tough, and he used to be Courier's hitting partner. :eek:

snaillyyy
01-05-2008, 01:37 AM
Mardy's speech was cute. AND, the BEST news, is that he THANKED HIS COACH, who has a name! Craig Boynton(?), AND a trainer named Rory(?)

be still my incredulous heart :p

edit: I googled him, and he actually appears legit :eek: Works at Etcheberry, which means he's probably tough, and he used to be Courier's hitting partner. :eek:

:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek: :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
Glad I was sitting for this!! But good for him, hopefully it will work out to his advantage :D:D

otowngurl86apa
01-05-2008, 12:38 PM
Holy crap :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
I didn't watch the speech yet, but now I'm fast forwarding like crazy to see it before I go to work!! :( It didn't record the players speeches
He was working with Rory at the end of last season. I remember the interview before the New Haven final, he talked about his new trainer and getting fit and what not!

GollyLou
01-05-2008, 03:22 PM
Mardy's speech was cute. AND, the BEST news, is that he THANKED HIS COACH, who has a name! Craig Boynton(?), AND a trainer named Rory(?)

be still my incredulous heart :p

edit: I googled him, and he actually appears legit :eek: Works at Etcheberry, which means he's probably tough, and he used to be Courier's hitting partner. :eek:

:eek::eek::eek::eek: wow. i have no words. yay mardy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i still have it to watch, i taped it last night. :D

DartMarcus
01-06-2008, 07:26 AM
Fish faces Gilles Simon in first round in Sydney!

otowngurl86apa
01-06-2008, 05:05 PM
Monday, last on Court 6. If my calculations are right, it'll be sometime in the middle of my night. I will not be live scoring. I'm a bit on the nervous side for the match though... They've never played before.

snaillyyy
01-07-2008, 04:59 AM
Mardy is reminding me why I don't like tiebreakers :awww:

Deboogle!.
01-07-2008, 05:08 AM
honestly, i know we beat the horse dead, but THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT GETTING MORE FIRST SERVES IN.

snaillyyy
01-07-2008, 05:16 AM
and WTF with the 2nd set!!!!!

Deboogle!.
01-07-2008, 05:19 AM
Typical Mardy, unfortunately. the sad thing is he's actually serving over 50% in the set :o :help:

Deboogle!.
01-07-2008, 05:23 AM
well that bodes well for defending all those points at the AO. It'll be a painful slide down the rankings if/when he doesn't defend his QF points there.

snaillyyy
01-07-2008, 05:26 AM
I will go into my fantasy bubble and say he was still tired from the Hopman Cup. So pretty and calm in my fantasy land.

otowngurl86apa
01-07-2008, 11:58 AM
Well that's not a happy thing to wake up to :o

otowngurl86apa
01-09-2008, 12:04 PM
Found this interview today, it's pretty interesting.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/tennisNews/idUKL0654728120080109?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

otowngurl86apa
01-11-2008, 07:39 PM
Mardy's section of the draw, thanks to smucav.

RODDICK, Andy USA [6] v QUALIFIER,
YOUNG, Donald USA v BERRER, Michael GER
KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS v QUALIFIER,
QUALIFIER, v KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER [29]
NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN [24] v DANCEVIC, Frank CAN
LEVINE, Jesse USA (W) v VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
FISH, Mardy USA v PASHANSKI, Boris SRB
ZVEREV, Mischa GER v ROBREDO, Tommy ESP [11]
MOYA, Carlos ESP [16] v KOUBEK, Stefan AUT
HORNA, Luis PER v CALLERI, Agustin ARG
CAPDEVILLE, Paul CHI v KLEIN, Brydan AUS (W)
HANESCU, Victor ROU v MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA [23]
SIMON, Gilles FRA [28] v REYNOLDS, Bobby USA
CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA v SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER
SERRA, Florent FRA v MAYER, Florian GER
QUALIFIER, v NADAL, Rafael ESP [2]


Luck of the bad draw strikes again. Possibly Robredo 2nd round, Andy 4th round.

otowngurl86apa
01-13-2008, 11:50 PM
First set Mardy 6-2 :)
And gets broken right away in the 2nd :o
Second set 6-3 :)

This is what I'm going instead of studying ;)

otowngurl86apa
01-14-2008, 01:01 AM
So Luke Jensen just said that Kelly Jones is there coaching Mardy :scratch:
Lost the 3rd 3-6 :o

Deboogle!.
01-14-2008, 01:20 AM
KELLY JONES? again?!!?!? that would be fantastic if that were true....

otowngurl86apa
01-14-2008, 01:22 AM
Uh huh! Luke said he would be interviewing him next set... they're in the next set... let's talk please!!

Deboogle!.
01-14-2008, 01:24 AM
:eek: interesting :eek: I was in the kitchen getting dinner together with my mom (parentals are visiting :lol: ), that's why I missed Luke the first time around. Let's talk indeed! :rocker2:

otowngurl86apa
01-14-2008, 01:28 AM
It wasn't much, just like 30 seconds of Luke saying that Mardy's serve was not working :rolleyes: I know, I'm all anxious now. But they're not gonna leave this Jankovic match to go talk to Kelly Jones. Although it would make me very happy :p

Deboogle!.
01-14-2008, 01:31 AM
Wow, mardy's serve wasn't working? that NEVER happens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, I'd rather hear from Kelly Jones than see this too, because this match is frustrating me :mad::p

Deboogle!.
01-14-2008, 01:34 AM
yay mardy won!

oh, they called his coach Craig Boynton..... :scratch:

otowngurl86apa
01-14-2008, 01:35 AM
I know, it's hard to believe.
Glad I'm not the only one! And I'm certainly glad that they switched over to let us see him win :) YAY!!

Deboogle!.
01-14-2008, 03:18 AM
couple pics :)

Fee
01-14-2008, 04:40 AM
Craig Boynton is the person that was with him at Hopman Cup. I'm pretty sure he mentioned him in his speech at the trophy ceremony.

Deboogle!.
01-14-2008, 04:41 AM
Yeah he did (we discussed it in here at the time). That's why the mention of Kelly Jones was confusing. Luke Jensen just must have misspoken.

Fee
01-14-2008, 04:44 AM
Ohhhhhhhhhhh... I see. Well, Luke is sitting in the sun for hours at a time... ;)

DartMarcus
01-14-2008, 11:17 AM
He faces Robredo in 2nd round.
Mardy, win or you will be in the end of top 100!!!

ataptc
01-14-2008, 12:56 PM
C'mon Mardy :dance:

Deboogle!.
01-14-2008, 05:28 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/notebook?page=notebook/tennis010813

Lady luck: Mardy Fish and his fiancée, Stacey Gardner, a model who appears on the game show "Deal or No Deal," have set a September wedding date. Fish, who beat Serbia's Boris Pashanski in four sets Monday, said his Davis Cup pals intend to host a bachelor party for him in Las Vegas, another sign of the vaunted unity on that team. Gardner isn't going to open cash-stuffed briefcases forever, though -- she holds a law degree and might go into sports law, Fish said.

Fish made his best Australian Open showing last year, when he fell to close friend Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals, and he hopes to defend those rankings points. He said he hasn't made up his mind whether he will compete in the Beijing Olympics this summer if he qualifies. A silver medalist four years ago in Athens, Fish said he is somewhat hesitant to make the lengthy trip in the middle of the U.S. hard-court season, so close to the U.S. Open.

otowngurl86apa
01-14-2008, 06:48 PM
yay mardy won!

oh, they called his coach Craig Boynton..... :scratch:

I completely missed this post, and them saying that last night! Yay for winning and thanks for the pics :D

Deboogle!.
01-14-2008, 10:05 PM
Sure :p here's one more :p

otowngurl86apa
01-14-2008, 10:31 PM
Well that's attractive :lol:

Deboogle!.
01-14-2008, 10:33 PM
:rolls:

otowngurl86apa
01-15-2008, 06:54 PM
:D
Mardy's second on Vodafone today. Let's hope it goes better than last time they played!

otowngurl86apa
01-16-2008, 02:04 AM
So I'm watching on ESPN360.com, and Mardy is yelling at himself about not getting any first serves in. First step: acknowledge there's a problem.

Deboogle!.
01-16-2008, 02:14 AM
Only 3 years or so too late :o :tape:

otowngurl86apa
01-16-2008, 02:16 AM
Seriously. :o
First set 6-1 Mardy :)

They just said that Bo is his coach. Really, an official statement on this would be great. Although they did say that Bo took over in July 2007, so maybe they just don't have updated info. :scratch:

Deboogle!.
01-16-2008, 02:51 AM
That's my guess (that they don't have updated info) - Mardy himself called Craig Boynton his coach, so I'll believe mardy on this one :lol:

in other good news, this is about the best I've seen Mardy play in quite a while!
of course then he gets broken .......

otowngurl86apa
01-16-2008, 02:53 AM
Good plan haha

I know, he actually looks confident out there! Fired up and ready to go! :D

otowngurl86apa
01-16-2008, 03:18 AM
Holy crap a straight set win!!! :bigclap: :dance:

Deboogle!.
01-16-2008, 03:32 AM
Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot!

GollyLou
01-16-2008, 05:44 AM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO MARDY GO!

That is actually a terrifyingly good score.

Deboogle!.
01-16-2008, 05:45 AM
Well, Robredo did play pretty poorly, ok very poorly. But still Mardy did play well!

GollyLou
01-16-2008, 06:05 AM
:ras: :ras: :ras:

As long as he won. :D

snaillyyy
01-16-2008, 09:23 AM
Mardy :banana: :banana:

otowngurl86apa
01-16-2008, 12:23 PM
I just watched his interview with PMac and Fowler. They kept asking him about Stacey and he would get all shy and quiet. Too cute!

Q. How do you rate this Grand Slam win with other Grand Slam wins you've had in terms of ease?

MARDY FISH: In terms of ease?

Q. Well it looked easy on the scoreboard.

MARDY FISH: Tommy makes you play a lot of balls. This was definitely one of the best matches I've played at a Grand Slam. In a pretty good spot, considering I've got quite a few points to defend here and, you know, I just tried to, you know, I tried to shorten the points as much as I could.

I was real successful doing that. I mean, the Lubicic match was real nice last year, but I'm not sure I played quite as good as I did today.

Q. I remember the look on your face at the US Open last year after the Robredo loss when you had big chances. It seemed like today you focused the whole time and didn't let anything get away from you.

MARDY FISH: Yeah, you keep in the back of your mind. I think Sverev two days ago was up a break maybe three times in the third set and two sets to love. You keep that in mind after I lost a break early in the third, you know, with new balls, nonetheless, to serve with new balls, which is my favorite game to serve at.

Like I said, he makes you play so many balls and you're just off just a little bit. You get tight in that spot, and luckily, I was obviously a little nervous to wanting to close it out quickly. You know, wanting to, you know, rectify the loss at the US Open. That was obviously a pretty devastating loss for me, being up 4‑1 in the fifth, serving for the third, you know a few spots there that I could have pulled out, could have pulled myself through and didn't.

You know, this was a pretty nice revenge, I guess.

Q. So your attacking game just worked all day today, huh?

MARDY FISH: Yeah, you know, I guess the court speed is pretty medium‑paced. You know, he's got big swings off both sides. Obviously plays much better on slow courts than he does on fast courts. He's made the quarterfinals three times at the French, so obviously when he has time he does extremely well.

I just tried to take away as much time as I could from him, make the court as quick as I could, make the court as quick as I could with my groundstrokes, hit my groundstrokes low and going through the court instead of spinny.

I might have spun the ball little too much on my forehand at the Open, especially with a quick surface there. That worked out well.

Q. Are you concerned about the pepper spray incident last night?

MARDY FISH: Huh‑uh, I'm not.

The only time I ever heard about it was in the newspaper, and I didn't really read it.

Q. So it doesn't dent your idea of the tournament?

MARDY FISH: Huh‑uh, I love this tournament.

Q. Obviously you play around the world. The crowd here, is it something particular about the crowds in particular in the outside courts in terms of is there an edge or something about them that's a little bit different than elsewhere? I'm trying to get to the bottom of how it gets to this stage.

MARDY FISH: I think the Australian fans are extremely knowledgeable. You know, I think they understand a good match, a good matchup when they see it. You know, I think, you know, they're ‑‑ there's a lot more, you know, different types of cultures that come out to this tournament.

You know, I was looking forward to it last year, playing Wayne Arthus in the third round on the Margaret Court. We walked out there and it was electric, and, you know, it's pretty ‑‑ you know, you just don't see that anywhere else, I don't think. In Slams, at least.

You know, and they love their tennis down here. They love their sports down here, period. Tennis is the thing right now, I guess.

Q. Is there a flip side to that? Do you feel there's an edge where it can get over the top, or do you think it's great to have that as an advantage?

MARDY FISH: No, I think that tennis players in general like to play, myself included, like to play in front of, you know, fans that know what they're doing, know what they're watching, know what they're clapping for instead of just clapping for double faults and things like.

I don't think, you know, they don't do that here. You know, I think they understand the moment a lot. You know, it's just a testament to ‑‑ and even the Hopman Cup, played that the first week. It was packed every day. So they get great crowds here. They get into the match, which is fun for us.

Q. Are you playing the best tennis of your career at the moment?

MARDY FISH: I think maybe that was certainly one of the best matches I've ever played. You know, I don't think I would have said that after the first round, but it was a lot bigger ‑‑ it was a pretty big difference playing on Court 19 and one of the biggest courts in the world. It's much easier to play out there in Vodafone and having not much to lose.

You know, I felt like it was ‑‑ today was just, you know, was a nice matchup for me. If I could execute, then I liked my chances pretty well. That was the case.

Q. How did you feel about the Davis Cup when that happened and the U.S. won?

MARDY FISH: Obviously I was pretty ‑‑ it was a pretty emotional time for everybody. You know, it was a long time coming for, you know, for us. We felt like all ‑‑ you know, a bunch of us had been on the team since 2001, 2002, so it was, you know, seven, six‑, seven‑year process.

Just watching the guys and being on the team but not on the team and watching the guys win. You know, being able to run out there and share it with them was pretty special.

Q. How would you describe this current generation of American players who are probably not as high profile as the Agassi/Sampras period?

MARDY FISH: I wasn't around, you know. I wasn't around tennis much during that generation you just mentioned, but I know that we're all extremely close. We all root for each other. We all go to dinner almost every night together. We're in the locker room talking to the Bryans before their match.

They're playing extremely well and they're extremely confident, and obviously they're by far the best team in the world.

You know, Andy can beat anyone, James can beat anyone whenever they choose, and we're all rooting for each other. We're all extremely close.

Q. Do you feel less pressure here than you do in New York?

MARDY FISH: Yeah. I mean, you know, I love the heat. Growing up in Florida. But, you know, obviously it's always hot. The weather today was picture perfect. I was golfing weather, is what I call it back home.

A little bit ‑‑ 75 degrees and sunny and not much wind is pretty ideal to play in, so I was pretty comfortable out there today.

You know, I do love the weather here. You know, it's a long ways from home, but, you know. But it's, in my opinion, maybe the closest that we have to, you know, the closest to the States in that the people are extremely nice here and extremely accommodating in all the tournaments.

You know, the hotel is close to the courts, and they've got great restaurants over there at the Crown, and it almost feels like home for us here, but away from home, obviously.

You know, New York is such a fast‑paced tournament, and, you know, I'm kind of a small‑town boy.

So a lot of that attention, you know, might not suit me as well as it, you know, as well as not much attention at all does down here.

Q. You've been on the stuff enough now, the surface. They've changed it from Perth and here. Does it beat your body up a little bit less than the other stuff used to?

MARDY FISH: You know, I can't ‑‑ I haven't had any injuries and my body feels fine. That's really all I can say. I mean, you know, at first I thought the surface was slow, you know, and once the heat gets on it and once the sun hits it, you know, the balls start moving throughout court pretty well.

You know, I really think it's a surface for, you know, for all ‑‑ ‑ you know, for anyone, you know: Clay courters and serve and volleyers. You can make a case for both sides and say it's slow enough that Nadal's got a good shot here and it's fast enough to where Andy's got a real good shot here.

Q. Some of the guys have been saying that maybe the bounce is maybe a little too low for the clay court guys, but you don't think that's true?

MARDY FISH: I liked that today. I tried to keep the ball low against someone who likes the ball pretty high, and I think Tommy played well on Rebound Ace. Made quarters here last year, so he obviously likes the ball up a little bit.

You don't really ‑‑ it was such a long time ago. You know, a year is a long time to kind of try to remember how Rebound Ace played. Obviously I liked it. I've done well here in the past, and I was sad to see it go. But this court, as of now, seems fine. Ask me next round, though. Ask me when I lose.

Q. Is speed overrated compared to bounce in terms of the effect it has on players who like different surfaces?

MARDY FISH: No, I think that's a pretty personal case for ‑‑ you know, a case‑by‑case basis for all players. But I think ‑‑ I like a fast court.

I don't really care if it bounces high or low. You know, if it stays through the court, that's great for me, and, you know, I feel like that does it, you know, it does it here.

Q. Is there a measurable difference between this surface and the US Open?

MARDY FISH: Yeah, I mean, I think most of the ‑‑

Q. Is it a lot or just a little?

MARDY FISH: I think most of the difference is in the balls, to be honest. This surface is a little more gritty, a little more sandy. You can tell US Open surface is a lot smoother. It's a different ball. The ball stays a lot smaller.

Here these balls get huge, you know, after 7, 8, 9 games. They get real big to where, you know, it's tough to hit the ball through the court.

You know, especially if you're playing on a windy day and you're on the wrong side into the wind. It's tough to move the ball through the court.

At the US Open it plays much faster, the balls are smaller. I think the US Open plays a lot ‑‑ plays right into the hands of the Americans.

Q. Nieminen drives a lot of guys nuts. What's your history with him?

MARDY FISH: My history is I've never played him in a pro tournament. Actually played him two tournaments in a row in juniors in 1999. That's a long time ago, nine years ago, so obviously he's been around obviously as long as I have. We've seen each other play quite a few times.

Lefties are always difficult. He's going to make a lot of balls, like today, and, you know, I'm going to have to stay on top of him for sure.

GollyLou
01-16-2008, 07:38 PM
I just watched his interview with PMac and Fowler. They kept asking him about Stacey and he would get all shy and quiet. Too cute!

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. I wish there was a clip. :awww:

otowngurl86apa
01-16-2008, 07:41 PM
If I was skilled enough, I would make one for you. I might be able to record it with my camera and do something that way, if you want. It probably won't look good though :shrug:

Deboogle!.
01-16-2008, 08:14 PM
it was cute. especially at the end when fowler said "If you like Deal or No Deal, look for Case #2" and mardy just sat there sheepishly:lol:

:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

BACHELORS ONLY: Andy Roddick is already planning for good friend Mardy Fish's bachelor party, even though the wedding is eight months away. He wasn't about to divulge details, though.

"I like his fiancee and I want to stay on her good side, I think," Roddick said.

Fish, however, won't have any input.

"Absolutely none," Roddick said. "That's against the rules. That's against guy code."

Fish got engaged in November to Stacey Gardner, a California lawyer and one of the briefcase models on NBC's "Deal Or No Deal" game show. They are planning to be married in September.

In 1999, Fish lived with Roddick's family in Boca Raton, Fla., for a year during high school. They played on the tennis and basketball teams together.

Fish turned 26 last month, and Roddick considers him an old man. Roddick doesn't turn 26 until August.

"He goes to bed at nine and wakes up at five in the morning and he's engaged," Roddick said. "So it's Grandpa Fish."

Both won second-round matches Wednesday and could meet in the fourth round. Fish lost to Roddick in the Australian quarter-finals last year.

otowngurl86apa
01-16-2008, 09:45 PM
:lol::lol:
That's too funny. Grandpa Fish haha

ataptc
01-17-2008, 08:26 AM
:lol:


Mardy winning = :yippee:

tennis2018
01-17-2008, 05:50 PM
gotta watch Deal Or No Deal to see who is model#2

ataptc
01-18-2008, 03:30 PM
Mardy AND Andy won't get to meet each other after all :sad:

otowngurl86apa
01-18-2008, 06:36 PM
:(

Deboogle!.
01-18-2008, 06:46 PM
It wouldn't be so bad if he wasn't playing well and in control and then completely imploded and fell apart b/c of an argument with an umpire. Reminds me of a few years ago that AO match he lost

otowngurl86apa
01-18-2008, 06:56 PM
Yeah, and for something that did not affect the outcome of the match at all... until he let it, that is :rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
01-18-2008, 07:30 PM
What was he warned for in the first place, do you know?

otowngurl86apa
01-18-2008, 07:33 PM
He tapped the ball over to Niemenin's side and it hit a line judge. They never showed it hitting her, but Darren and Chris both said it barely touched her, and that she should have moved away, which was Mardy's point too.

Deboogle!.
01-18-2008, 07:37 PM
oh right now i remember (I was half asleep when they showed it during andy's match), thanks.

so did he tap the ball in anger or just, i'm done with my serve here are the balls back...?

either way, this has always been one of mardy's downfalls, like i said i think it was in 2003 at the AO when almost the same thing happened (think it was a line call there, but same effect in the end)

otowngurl86apa
01-18-2008, 07:40 PM
THe way it looked to me, he just tapped it. But I was half asleep too, so I could have been more malicious than it looked at the time.

It is, he cannot let things go. He was still pissed 4 games later, and really, it was not that big of a deal.

Deboogle!.
01-18-2008, 07:47 PM
sigh

otowngurl86apa
01-18-2008, 07:53 PM
Yep. DO you know what he saw the trainer for? I think I slept through that part, because I don't remember seeing it.

Deboogle!.
01-18-2008, 08:02 PM
Nope, but hopefully not his wrist.... I only woke up halfway through Andy's match... which I wish I hadn't even seen that :lol: Hopefully he's ok though :awww:

otowngurl86apa
01-18-2008, 08:06 PM
The pictures showed his foot propped up on his bench, so it wasn't the wrist. I don't think it was major, I was just curious.
Yeah, you aren't the only one :rolleyes:

otowngurl86apa
02-10-2008, 03:32 PM
Delray Beach starts tomorrow... Mardy's got a qualifier in the first round and is playing doubles with Mark Knowles?! Very interesting. Have they ever played together before?

Deboogle!.
02-13-2008, 12:15 AM
Doubt it!

He won his first match though :D

otowngurl86apa
02-13-2008, 12:23 AM
Woot! Only took all day haha :)

ataptc
02-13-2008, 12:28 AM
It's a start :)

snaillyyy
02-13-2008, 12:37 AM
Mardy :dance:

Deboogle!.
02-13-2008, 01:13 AM
Best news is that he didn't face a BP - granted he played a total nobody, but that's never stopped Mardy from being :retard: on serve before :p

snaillyyy
02-13-2008, 01:18 AM
WOW! that is impressive for Mardy right now :p

otowngurl86apa
02-13-2008, 01:31 AM
Very impressive. No double's either.

otowngurl86apa
02-13-2008, 11:56 PM
Mardy and Mark just won their doubles match, 1-6, 7-5, 10-5

Deboogle!.
02-14-2008, 01:03 AM
:yeah:

ataptc
02-14-2008, 03:47 AM
:dance:

Deboogle!.
02-14-2008, 03:50 AM
he'll play Ivan Navarro tomorrow - who despite being Spanish is actually a good serve-volleyer. cmon :bounce:

otowngurl86apa
02-14-2008, 06:39 PM
Well this match is going well :o :help:

pieross
02-14-2008, 06:50 PM
the 1st set just horriable!
i wonder what mardy is doing..is he sleeping?
the 1st serve just got 44% :help:

otowngurl86apa
02-14-2008, 06:53 PM
Yeah.... just... yeah...

pieross
02-14-2008, 07:00 PM
the bad thing still going on...
2nd set looks a bit of better but not enough!

otowngurl86apa
02-14-2008, 07:02 PM
My live score keeps freezing... although that's probably not a bad thing right now. Navarro isn't even serving better than Mardy, so I really don't get what the problem is. I guess it's that he is holding more than Mardy. :rolleyes:

pieross
02-14-2008, 07:05 PM
i hope the problem is the court,cos'the match between robby and russell got a lot of DF...
well mardy finally save the serve game..so scared!

otowngurl86apa
02-14-2008, 07:07 PM
Yeah, maybe it's the conditions... but he didn't seem bothered by them the other day. Who knows. At least he held!

Ugh. Up a break, then lost it.

GollyLou
02-14-2008, 08:42 PM
Well he FINALLY won. :o

otowngurl86apa
02-14-2008, 08:44 PM
I'm going to try and be positive about this... he fought back!? :rolleyes:

pieross
02-14-2008, 08:47 PM
yeah,thats really need to used FINALLY word...
tough match...scared me to death..
the game always break and then lost..
the serve in the 3rd set looks well...

GollyLou
02-14-2008, 08:49 PM
I'm going to try and be positive about this... he fought back!? :rolleyes:

:lol: Definitely a glass half full approach.

Deboogle!.
02-15-2008, 12:20 AM
um... yay? :o

otowngurl86apa
02-15-2008, 12:22 AM
That's the spirit!

But really... he needs to pick it up tomorrow because I don't want to have to sit through that again.

He won 2 matches in one day! Just won the doubles match, in straight sets.

snaillyyy
02-16-2008, 12:57 AM
:tape::help::retard::tape::help::retard:

Deboogle!.
02-16-2008, 01:36 AM
Yeah, serving 41% for a match will help you win :help::retard:

ataptc
02-16-2008, 09:01 AM
When will he ever change :help:

Deboogle!.
02-16-2008, 02:36 PM
I'm beginning to think never.. and god, this is something that would be so easy to work on, that's why it makes such little sense!

Deboogle!.
02-16-2008, 11:05 PM
today in the doubles, his knee was fairly heavily taped. they said he was having some patella tendinitis problems affecting his movement and serve pushoff and that it was bothering him in his match yesterday too :o

ataptc
02-17-2008, 11:58 AM
oh man, not injuries again too :help:

otowngurl86apa
02-17-2008, 02:40 PM
Yeah I see that... I just got home and am watching what I taped. Ugh. :o

otowngurl86apa
02-19-2008, 11:09 PM
It's bad when I'm excited that Mardy won a match serving 52%, right? OH well, a win's a win! IN straight sets too

Deboogle!.
02-20-2008, 12:13 AM
well, 52% is better than 41% :o :lol::sobbing:

otowngurl86apa
02-20-2008, 12:17 AM
True, it's a small improvement :rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
02-20-2008, 12:32 AM
baby steps, baby steps :tape:

otowngurl86apa
02-20-2008, 12:35 AM
Yep. I'm interested to see how the doubles match is going to go...

otowngurl86apa
02-21-2008, 08:56 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/tiebreak_fish.asp
He's too cute! I didn't know which thread to post this in, so this one won haha

Also, I ventured over to AR.com today and there is a picture of Mardy from his match the other day by a fan. The shorts are much better than the ones posted in the picture thread.
Edit: Here's a link to the pic http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k90/riacanilao/CIMG1059.jpg

Deboogle!.
02-22-2008, 12:15 AM
Mardy served 63%..... *faints*

otowngurl86apa
02-22-2008, 12:25 AM
Holy crap. I watched the first set on live score... then went out to dinner. Glad things got better after that!!

snaillyyy
02-22-2008, 12:51 AM
Mardy served 63%..... *faints*
For a minute I thought you typed that backwards :eek:

Deboogle!.
02-22-2008, 01:42 AM
:haha:

otowngurl86apa
02-22-2008, 11:39 AM
I love and hate Andy/Mardy matches. Hopefully it won't be as one-sided as the last one.

Deboogle!.
02-22-2008, 02:15 PM
:sobbing:

otowngurl86apa
02-22-2008, 04:16 PM
:hug: I'm with ya

ataptc
02-23-2008, 03:02 AM
Mardy served 63%..... *faints*
:eek: This is too much to take

Deboogle!.
02-23-2008, 05:35 AM
:sobbing:

and they'll likely play again next week :sobbing:

otowngurl86apa
02-23-2008, 12:15 PM
:bigcry:

Deboogle!.
02-23-2008, 03:53 PM
:sobbing:

otowngurl86apa
02-23-2008, 06:06 PM
Pictures, even though they aren't happy :(

otowngurl86apa
02-26-2008, 09:30 PM
So I'm about to leave for my night class, and I'm incredibly unhappy about the way Mardy's match is going right now :o Just dropped the first set in a breaker

Deboogle!.
02-26-2008, 09:46 PM
:speakles:

otowngurl86apa
02-26-2008, 11:04 PM
And I come back and he's still playing... really Mardy? really? Although I guess if he wasn't that'd mean that he lost... so nevermind.

Mardy won, 6-2 in the 3rd.

Deboogle!.
02-27-2008, 01:30 AM
well that's good. but i hate the draw so much :sobbing:

otowngurl86apa
02-27-2008, 01:31 AM
I know, me too :sobbing:

ataptc
02-27-2008, 04:47 AM
Just saw the draw. Argh.

otowngurl86apa
02-29-2008, 01:41 AM
:awww:

Deboogle!.
02-29-2008, 01:48 AM
:sobbing:

ataptc
02-29-2008, 01:55 PM
42% first serve again :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
02-29-2008, 02:04 PM
Andy even said the reason why this match was easier was b/c mardy didn't serve as well :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
03-12-2008, 02:28 AM
Mardy got a WC into Indian Wells..... he's almost out of the top 100 :sobbing:

He plays Florian Mayer in the first round - if it's on Friday I'll be able to go. If not, he'll just have to win so I can see his 2nd round against Andreev....

otowngurl86apa
03-12-2008, 02:30 AM
I thought he could get direct entry since enough people pulled out? Not that that's the point. :sobbing:

Oh cooool! I hope you get to go, so then maybe you can give him a few helpful hints ;)

Deboogle!.
03-12-2008, 02:35 AM
Oh that's right he did HAAHAH :smash: thanks;)

I'd love to ;) I wish I'd have the guts to be able to ask him in a press conference why his first serve % is always so low :o :haha: :lol:

otowngurl86apa
03-12-2008, 11:46 AM
Haha that'd be really funny... and I can kinda see him getting up and walking out :lol:

otowngurl86apa
03-14-2008, 01:21 AM
Mardy's the last match on Stadium 1 tomorrow night. Have fun if you get to go Deb! :)

Deboogle!.
03-14-2008, 01:30 AM
I'm here in IW but that's about the worst time they could have scheduled his match :sobbing: I'll never make it that late :lol: I'm not even sure if I can get on stadium court at night (or at all for that matter) I'll have to see. Well i'll try to find him warming up beforehand anyway. And he'll just have to win so i can definitely see his 2nd match :p

otowngurl86apa
03-14-2008, 12:05 PM
Seriously, even if I could find some way to watch it, there's NO way I'm going to be able to stay awake that late to see it! :( Good luck trying to find him ;)

otowngurl86apa
03-15-2008, 01:56 PM
He won! 7-5, 6-4.
Did you get to see it Deb?

Deboogle!.
03-15-2008, 02:43 PM
No :awww: I was on the grounds watching some other stuff and left right as he was breaking at 5all... but i did see him warm up a couple hours beforehand :) The fact that he won is most excellent (Well I'll get to try again to see him tomorrow for one;)) but also b/c the conditions were AWFUL, cold and windy.

ataptc
03-16-2008, 03:47 PM
Good job :D

otowngurl86apa
03-16-2008, 03:50 PM
That is awesome, that he can win in those conditions. Let's hope he keeps it up!

otowngurl86apa
03-17-2008, 04:28 AM
I stayed up to watch, and I sure am glad I did! I like what I saw :D
6-4, 6-3 :dance:

Deboogle!.
03-17-2008, 05:37 AM
It was awful out there :sobbing: I was out there til he broke the first time in the 2nd. I must say, I was really really impressed with his play, especially his patience and smart approaches; also his energy was good and he was pumping himself up. He's gotta do it more often now.

GollyLou
03-17-2008, 07:51 AM
Mardy! :woohoo: :woohoo:

otowngurl86apa
03-17-2008, 04:15 PM
It was awful out there :sobbing: I was out there til he broke the first time in the 2nd. I must say, I was really really impressed with his play, especially his patience and smart approaches; also his energy was good and he was pumping himself up. He's gotta do it more often now.
I bet it was, people looked like they were going skiing, not to a tennis match!
I definitely liked what I saw! Too bad I won't be able to watch any more of his matches :(

snaillyyy
03-17-2008, 10:04 PM
:rocker: Mardy

Deboogle!.
03-18-2008, 03:13 AM
I'm home, I have pics of Mardy from last night's match and a couple practices, I'll link them whenever I find the time to get them posted :sobbing:

otowngurl86apa
03-18-2008, 12:23 PM
:awww: Can't wait to see them, whenever you get them up!

snaillyyy
03-19-2008, 03:04 AM
Wow, have to say I didn't expect this win:o, but will still take it :) :)

Deboogle!.
03-19-2008, 03:04 AM
holy shit, Mardy beat Davydenko 6-3 6-2 :eek:

I mean he played well against Andreev, but whoa, on a slow surface and at night when it's colder and even slower :eek:

otowngurl86apa
03-19-2008, 03:05 AM
:D :hearts: :bounce: :bigclap: :yippee:
6-3, 6-2

otowngurl86apa
03-19-2008, 03:06 AM
Haha I love how we all posted at the same time. I totally wasn't expecting this at all, but seems like he came out firing :D

Deboogle!.
03-19-2008, 03:08 AM
Exactly :p

Re had it on tv and said he was doing really well in the rallies :D

snaillyyy
03-19-2008, 03:09 AM
That's good to hear.

otowngurl86apa
03-19-2008, 03:10 AM
Awesome :)

Deboogle!.
03-19-2008, 05:29 AM
pics from friday when mardy warmed up before his match near the end of this set :)
http://www.flickr.com/gp/9850214@N03/CMe983

snaillyyy
03-19-2008, 10:43 AM
Thanks Deb :kiss: they all look great! :D

otowngurl86apa
03-19-2008, 11:50 AM
Thanks Deb!

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Must be excited to beat a guy like Nikolay and to do it so convincingly tonight.
MARDY FISH: Yeah, absolutely. You know, I felt like I played well. I felt like I stayed aggressive. My game is kind of tailored to obviously playing aggressive and staying aggressive, and if I can -- if I play well, I really feel like I can play really well, because I'm always pushing and I'm always going, and I'm always kind of nagging at him, you know, not really giving him much opportunity to take control of points and stuff.
Obviously he's pretty comfortable with dictating play, and obviously doesn't come in much. But he's very comfortable with moving side to side and moving in. I really feel like I took that away from him today, and turned it right around on him.

Q. These courts are allegedly pretty slow, though. It's not easy to play and attack every return, right?
MARDY FISH: Well, they are slow. They are a slow hardcourt. It's, you know, not ideal. I think it's a little bit slower than Australia, and Australia is a little bit faster than these, you know. But I was able to play well down there, played a few good matches down there, too.
I think again, like I say, you know, if I stay aggressive and I stay on top of my game plan and play well at the same time, I feel like I can really play well and beat some great players.

Q. So it's also a matter of getting off to a good start, huh?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, I played him one time in Miami and I was down 4-0 before I knew it. I got back to maybe 4-All, or pretty close to that, and ended up losing 5 and 4 or something.
You know, wasn't really ever into the match and didn't really feel like I had a chance. Obviously starting out pretty well and going up 5-1. Obviously would have been nice to win that 6-1 in the first set, but get one set under my belt. It gives you a little bit of confidence to know that obviously if he you can win one set you can win another one and you can beat someone like that.

Q. So it must have been nice not to face Andy Roddick?
MARDY FISH: Well, we tend to play some good matches. We've played a few good matches over the years. Yeah, we don't like to play -- we don't like to play each other too much, because we played each another enough this year. Unless it's a final. Second round is not very much fun.

Q. So Lleyton isn't a completely dissimilar player from Davydenko, but he's got mentally little bit better resumé, right? Backhand is tough?
MARDY FISH: Backhand is obviously very good. Yeah, it's a similar style. I think Lleyton defends, likes to defend better than Davydenko does. His backhand is one of the best in the game and is always, you know, always will be, for as long as he plays, I think, solid as a rock.
I really feel like, you know, whoever I go up against, I like my chances with my backhand against theirs. He might be a guy that I might want to change the pattern up here and there.
You know, I think from the baseline, he's -- he's obviously got -- he's got better groundstrokes than I do, for sure. But my forehand is starting to come around and starting to feel pretty confident. When it does, you know, I can hit it real, well like tonight, and try to dictate play. I'll try to do the same thing.

Q. So you're going to have to attack. You're going to have to come in. The approach shots have to be terrific against him, huh?
MARDY FISH: Well, he's human. He's not going to hit a winner on every passing shot. We played a long time ago one time, practiced with him a few times, and, yeah, he obviously returns extremely well. Almost like a nemesis-type player for a player like me.
He likes to defend. You know, his returns are some of his best attributes. You know, so it's one of those matches where you've got to hold serve as many times as you can. Obviously you're going to get a few looks. He's not going to blow you away with his serve, but he's extremely solid from almost every aspect on the court.

Q. Olympics this year. Andy pulling out kind of opens up some opportunities. Can you give us your thoughts about the Olympics and maybe getting back there and trying to do one better?
MARDY FISH: I've obviously got a great deal of memories from the Olympics in 2004. I can completely understand where he's coming from.
There's, you know, arguably 13 tournaments that are bigger than that in the entire year. Obviously it only comes around every four years, but, you know, for us, points-wise and -- there's 13 other tournaments that are bigger.
We could have a long conversation about, you know, what Slam would you rather win or a gold medal or what tournament would you rather win here and there. We don't have time for that. But, you know, the US Open is a pretty big deal for Andy and for, you know, for a lot of the Americans.
You know, he really wants to win that second Slam, and so I can understand that. From my point of view, I've got a lot of work to do just to even get in the tournament, so I haven't really thought about it too much.

Q. You still sound like you are a up in the air, Mardy.
MARDY FISH: I mean, I need to -- I need to win a lot more, win a bunch more matches before. I'm not sure when the deadline is. I haven't checked, but I think probably around the French Open. I remember it being last time. So I need to do a lot from now till there just to even think about it. But obviously it's an awesome -- it was an awesome experience.
You know, I had a great time, and I got my silver medal in my safe at home. You can't take that away from me.

Q. Can you share some of your other memories, other highlights of the whole experience?
MARDY FISH: We had a lot of -- met a lot of awesome people. Tried to meet just about everybody on the American side that we could in the Village. Andy and I were the only tennis players from the States that stayed there in the Village. They had like a downstairs like kind of underground place where you could go with computers all over the place and TVs where we could -- like, closed circuit TVs where we could watch any event that was going on. Anywhere from fencing to any of those sports that they give medals out to. (laughter.)
So, you know, we could watch anything, women's volleyball, whatever. Everybody would go down there if we knew there was a USA against Costa Rica basketball game. We'd go down there and everyone would be there from the American -- from the U.S., and we'd be all watching and just hanging out.
It was an awesome time, especially going with Andy, because he had just won the US Open the year before so he was pretty well known. So he's easy to have people come up and talk to us.

Q. Who are some of the people in other sports that you met at the Olympics that you still keep in touch were?
MARDY FISH: Still keep in touch with one gymnast, Blaine Wilson, this guy, real nice guy. He does a charity event I do every year. I'm trying to think. Rulon Gardner was a big tennis fan. He came out to all the matches.
I don't keep in touch with him, but there were just a certain few that you hung out with a lot that you just saw a lot that just happened to be kind of on the same schedule.
Bunch of the water polo guys were awesome to hang out with. You know, I didn't keep in touch with too many of them, but they were -- everybody was extremely nice and extremely humble.

Q. What do you think it would be like if Roger Federer hung out in the Village in Beijing?
MARDY FISH: Well, everybody kind of came -- we had Venus Williams on the team, as well, at that time, and she stayed in the hotel. But she came in one afternoon and ate lunch with us in the athletes' lunch place, whatever we call it, and she was having a hard time walking around without, you know, without having to sign an autograph every 10 seconds.
So I imagine that he probably -- I read something that he wants to probably stay in a hotel. I imagine that would be probably a pretty good idea for him.

Deboogle!.
03-20-2008, 02:40 AM
More pics :D
http://www.flickr.com/gp/9850214@N03/0f7339

otowngurl86apa
03-20-2008, 02:43 AM
Yaaaay! Oh the track suit :)
He's making me a bit nervous right now...

Deboogle!.
03-20-2008, 03:20 AM
yes ;) that's the last of them so you can make that post in your group if you want :)

and Mardy you fucking stud, great win over Lleyton!!!!! :worship:

otowngurl86apa
03-20-2008, 03:21 AM
Thanks Deb :) I'll do it tomorrow!

Holy shit. Amazing :)

Deboogle!.
03-20-2008, 03:22 AM
According to Re he had 55 winners to 30 from Lleyton and he was playing really really well (but had 64 UEs :lol: ) :eek:

snaillyyy
03-20-2008, 03:23 AM
Awesome Mardy!:worship: Love you!!

otowngurl86apa
03-20-2008, 03:24 AM
Who is this guy!? haha I love it! :D

Deboogle!.
03-20-2008, 03:24 AM
I dunno but I sure hope he stays around for a long time :p

Tytta!.
03-20-2008, 03:25 AM
Holy shit so good to watch this :worship:

Deboogle!.
03-20-2008, 03:35 AM
:ras:

DartMarcus
03-20-2008, 05:03 AM
Fish Is Coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ataptc
03-20-2008, 08:59 AM
:eek: Is this Mardy-mr-42%-first-serves we are talking about? :D :worship:

otowngurl86apa
03-20-2008, 12:31 PM
:)

Tytta!.
03-20-2008, 02:34 PM
:ras:

I love you too. :D

:eek: Is this Mardy-mr-42%-first-serves we are talking about? :D :worship:

:haha:

He served really well yesterday. :angel:

Deboogle!.
03-20-2008, 03:24 PM
Yeah he actually made it over 50% :eek:


PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 19, 2008


Mardy Fish

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Two of the biggest back-to-back wins of your career maybe.
MARDY FISH: Ummm, I put together a few nice wins in Cincinnati that year, but these two are right up there for sure.

Q. Lleyton, getting Lleyton in a third-set tiebreak is pretty tough, Mardy. He's pretty tough.
MARDY FISH: Yeah, funny thing, too, is I joked with Kelly, my coach, earlier this week when we were practicing. We play a lot of practice tiebreakers, practice tiebreakers and stuff when we're almost done. Five minutes left and we'll play a tiebreaker.
I hadn't won a tiebreaker the entire year, practice or match. :eek: :eek: I knew that, and we actually sat down and had a conversation about it. You know, why do you think this? Why do you think it's like this? :yeah:
Obviously in practice, you know, you're practicing. But in a match, I hadn't won one in a match. I was probably 0-4, 0-3, something like that. Couple big sets, and one big one in Australia against Nieminen. We sat down and had a nice conversation about some of the things I need to focus on during it. For whatever reason, I was just, you know, was maybe a little content with getting to the tiebreak and then saying, Okay this is a crapshoot. It might go my way and might not. I don't think that's the right way to do it.
We focused on making first serves and staying aggressive, and that was the case. :D

Q. So you played first sets good. Well, you couldn't serve it out, it wasn't a great game, but you managed to get your way through it. Second set he kind of climbs on you. What do you think going into the third set?
MARDY FISH: I'm thinking, Let's keep holding serves as many times as we can. I had a nice look in the second set in the first game and couldn't capitalize on that one.
Then from then on out, from that first game, I don't think I got to deuce the entire match. So he was really, really solid. I mean, I'd like to check his unforced errors in the second and third set, because they could not have been very high.
I think, you know, I felt like he took a lot of pace off his ball, little bit of pace off his ball, and was content with trying to see if I could make the necessary errors to lose serve so he could keep staying solid on his serve games.
You know, I played well enough on my serve games in the third set to, you know, to get into the tiebreak. You know, it was obviously pretty nice to serve first in that set, so I had a chance at 5-4 and chance at 6-5, even though I think I only won one point in both of those games.
But he was very solid, and, you know, it's a nice win.

Q. James was saying more or less you're a confidence player. Obviously that's a big element for anyone at this level. But do you feel like you are a confidence player, that you really need that to bring out your best stuff?
MARDY FISH: Yeah. You know, and I really feel like when I do play well and when I really put things together, you know, I can beat a lot of players.
I haven't necessarily put together back to back to back, you know, wins. I've beaten players, but, you know, have struggled around the next round or what have you. So, yeah, a lot of it is the serve. I haven't necessarily served particularly well this week.
You know, I am hitting my groundstrokes extremely well. I feel very confident with my forehand, which is, you know, something a little bit different from what I feel usually.
My backhand feels as great, as good as it's ever been. Yeah, confidence is a key for everybody.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about your next round?
MARDY FISH: Yeah. David is someone I've played only one time, seems like a long time ago in 2003 in the quarterfinals of Cincinnati. You have a huge bug on your leg. :spit: :haha:

Q. On your notepad. What kind of bug is it? (laughter.)
MARDY FISH: And now it's on your leg. I lost my train of thought. Nalbandian. I was serving extremely well then. I do remember it that week. Better than most weeks that I've played on tour, because, you know, of my result there.
I remember the score: It was 7-6, 6-3, one break in the second set. He's a player that makes a lot of balls. He plays off confidence, as well. You know, someone who is obviously, you know, once he gets deep into a tournament he's extremely tough to beat, especially in the end of last year with him winning Madrid and then Paris and having a great end of the year.
He's been in these situations a lot more times than I have, so he will be a tough opponent for sure.

Q. Have you started entertaining the idea of winning this tournament?
MARDY FISH: No, that's a long way to go, a lot of top 10 players to beat before I start thinking about that. I feel confident and I feel -- I feel great healthwise, which is a nice thing to be. Last year here I was struggling with my shoulder, so it's nice to feel healthy and have a day off tomorrow and go again on Friday.

Q. The two Americans still here in the tournament pretty much from the same area.
MARDY FISH: Pretty much, yeah, same street.

Q. Okay. What's the scene like down there? Is it an advantage having, you know, a world class player?
MARDY FISH: Absolutely. We've got a pretty nice Davis Cup team down there with the Bryans and James and I. We've got a lot of young guys, a lot of hungry young players. Kuznetsov, Isner, Sweeting, guys like that that work extremely hard. We all have a great time down there, practicing in the morning, playing a little golf sometimes in the afternoon, basically using our weeks off as, you know, as time to have fun.
I mean, these are the guys that we spend most of our time with now. Most of my friends from high school and things like that don't live in Tampa. Actually none of them do. So we all kind of hone in on each other.

Q. Does that push you a little bit, having the elite level of players there?
MARDY FISH: Sure, I came through with James playing the challengers and the tour events and had sort of the same timeline that he did. Seeing him have such a great year in 2005 and 2006 and 2007, you know, he's been in the top 10 for a long time now.
And, yeah, that drives you. You know, you see him doing so well, you see a great friend doing so well, and you want to be there right there with him. I want to help out with Davis Cup and I want to give Patrick another option. You know, as does Sam Querrey and Robby Ginepri and all these other guys. They all push us, for sure.

Q. You worked with Kelly before, and then you worked with some other coaches and came back to Kelly. What's it like when you come back to a guy you've worked with before? Is that dynamic different, or...
MARDY FISH: The reason that we split was not, you know, because we weren't working well together. It was, you know, Todd retired and he had helped a little bit, you know, while he was still playing. He had helped some of the other younger guys: James, myself, and Robby. It really felt like it was an opportunity that I didn't really want to pass up, to try at least.
You know, we gave it a try, and, you know, it didn't work out. You know, it was great. You know, made my first and only quarterfinal of a Slam and he changed my forehand and helped me with my serve and he did some great things for me.
Kelly is a great fit because, A, he's in Tampa, so we're always there during the practice week. It was tough for Todd to be there during the practice weeks. I'd either have to go there, he'd have to come there, come to Tampa. With him having such a young family, that was hard.
Obviously in the off weeks I'd like to be home more than I'd like to be on the road.
So Kelly -- it was, you know, a perfect fit because he knows my game so well. I had some great results. I've never been higher ranked than with him. I was 17 in the world when he was my coach, and we've had some great results.
So, you know, he was eager to help. We started out very slow, you know. We started out just on the practice weeks and, you know, just we kind of timed it and said, We're just going to do a couple weeks here, we're going to do a couple days there, not overdo it.
His brother-in-law, Craig Boynton who went to Australia with me is at Saddle Brook and works at Saddle Brook, so he's there every day. It's an awesome fit for me now, for sure. :D

Q. Not to be a wise guy, but let me put you on the spot: Mardy Fish to win the Pacific Life Open: Deal or no deal? :spit: :o :help: :tape:
MARDY FISH: I'll take a deal, but who knows? :lol:

Q. You seemed a little frustrated with some of the officiating in tonight's game, match. Comment on that a little bit. It seemed at one point it almost could even affect your game a little bit.
MARDY FISH: Well, it has in the past affected my game. I think it was pretty will documented that in Australia I struggled with an umpire's call. It wasn't a line call, but a call that they made, and I went down 40-Love and got a code violation for hitting a ball, which I shouldn't have gotten.
They said that, you know, in the press they said that that was the reason that I lost. I actually came back and won that game, had break points in the next game, won the next game and he held and then I lost my serve. So it didn't really affect me.
I've come a long way. Believe me, I've played quite I few matches where it's affected me to where I've definitely lost matches because of it. I'm well aware of it. You know, I've had a lot of experience with it. It's a comforting feeling for us, and especially for me, when we have ShotSpot, because we know if we're wrong.
Look, I could be wrong on every one of those, but I feel like I'm right. You know, so I could just challenge it and there you go, and it's a moot point.
You know, tonight's case, you know, I felt like a few calls -- there wasn't any calls, thank God there wasn't any calls that were, you know, just had to do with, you know, was -- I got a bad call and lost a game or lost serve because of it.
You know, it was a first serve here or second serve there or, you know, forehand at 15-All. So it wasn't too big, and I tried to keep my focus.

Q. Do you think bashing a ball up into the stands is like a no-harm, who-does-it-hurt kind of situation?
MARDY FISH: As far as getting a code violation for it?

Q. Yeah.
MARDY FISH: Yeah, I do. I mean, you're not really harming anyone. They can just pull the ball out of their pocket and throw it back in.
You know, if you're having a nice match and there's no -- there's nothing going on, extracurricular stuff going on as far as the players or interaction with the refs and stuff, I don't see why, you know, why they need to get involved with something like that, something as minuscule as that.
But, you know, if it's the rule, it's the rule. I'm fine with that. It's just you step over that line one more time. I've done times where I've hit a ball out, gotten a code violation, forgotten about it. Two hours later I've thrown the racquet down and I get a point penalty. That's happened actually this year, so...

Q. You feel the same way about cracking a racquet?
MARDY FISH: No, I mean, that's -- you're trying -- there are young fans out there, and, you know, you're trying to be a role model as best you can as well, and it's obviously not something you want to show.

Tytta!.
03-20-2008, 03:48 PM
:haha: :cuckoo:

Obrigada Debs :smooch:

dulkogi
03-20-2008, 05:08 PM
Good job mar!

ataptc
03-21-2008, 09:10 AM
Q. Lleyton, getting Lleyton in a third-set tiebreak is pretty tough, Mardy. He's pretty tough.
MARDY FISH: Yeah, funny thing, too, is I joked with Kelly, my coach, earlier this week when we were practicing. We play a lot of practice tiebreakers, practice tiebreakers and stuff when we're almost done. Five minutes left and we'll play a tiebreaker.
I hadn't won a tiebreaker the entire year, practice or match. :eek: :eek: I knew that, and we actually sat down and had a conversation about it. You know, why do you think this? Why do you think it's like this? :yeah:
Obviously in practice, you know, you're practicing. But in a match, I hadn't won one in a match. I was probably 0-4, 0-3, something like that. Couple big sets, and one big one in Australia against Nieminen. We sat down and had a nice conversation about some of the things I need to focus on during it. For whatever reason, I was just, you know, was maybe a little content with getting to the tiebreak and then saying, Okay this is a crapshoot. It might go my way and might not. I don't think that's the right way to do it.
We focused on making first serves and staying aggressive, and that was the case. :D

Q. You worked with Kelly before, and then you worked with some other coaches and came back to Kelly. What's it like when you come back to a guy you've worked with before? Is that dynamic different, or...
MARDY FISH: The reason that we split was not, you know, because we weren't working well together. It was, you know, Todd retired and he had helped a little bit, you know, while he was still playing. He had helped some of the other younger guys: James, myself, and Robby. It really felt like it was an opportunity that I didn't really want to pass up, to try at least.
You know, we gave it a try, and, you know, it didn't work out. You know, it was great. You know, made my first and only quarterfinal of a Slam and he changed my forehand and helped me with my serve and he did some great things for me.
Kelly is a great fit because, A, he's in Tampa, so we're always there during the practice week. It was tough for Todd to be there during the practice weeks. I'd either have to go there, he'd have to come there, come to Tampa. With him having such a young family, that was hard.
Obviously in the off weeks I'd like to be home more than I'd like to be on the road.
So Kelly -- it was, you know, a perfect fit because he knows my game so well. I had some great results. I've never been higher ranked than with him. I was 17 in the world when he was my coach, and we've had some great results.
So, you know, he was eager to help. We started out very slow, you know. We started out just on the practice weeks and, you know, just we kind of timed it and said, We're just going to do a couple weeks here, we're going to do a couple days there, not overdo it.
His brother-in-law, Craig Boynton who went to Australia with me is at Saddle Brook and works at Saddle Brook, so he's there every day. It's an awesome fit for me now, for sure. :D
:D

Tytta!.
03-21-2008, 09:08 PM
Mardy 63, 13 winners and 15 UEs :)

otowngurl86apa
03-21-2008, 09:10 PM
Fought back from a break down :)

Deboogle!.
03-21-2008, 09:10 PM
:tape: keep it upppppppppppppppp

otowngurl86apa
03-21-2008, 09:11 PM
Please!!!!

otowngurl86apa
03-21-2008, 10:15 PM
Anyone watching this, because my live score froze in the middle of the TB :(

usagirl19
03-21-2008, 10:20 PM
Mine's frozen too. At 4-3 Fish! Ahh!

Deboogle!.
03-21-2008, 10:24 PM
Mardy lost the 2nd

otowngurl86apa
03-21-2008, 10:25 PM
Thanks Deb

Tytta!.
03-21-2008, 10:28 PM
63 67(5) 22

otowngurl86apa
03-21-2008, 10:29 PM
Thanks, it works again!

Tytta!.
03-21-2008, 11:12 PM
HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

63 67(5) 76(4) what a great win for Mardy! :woohoo: He played really well! :D

otowngurl86apa
03-21-2008, 11:13 PM
Very good to hear that!! :) That was close!

Tytta!.
03-21-2008, 11:14 PM
61 winners and 40 UE. I will take that. :cool:

otowngurl86apa
03-21-2008, 11:22 PM
Most definitely :) I hate not being able to watch this :(

Tytta!.
03-21-2008, 11:26 PM
:awww: :hug:

otowngurl86apa
03-21-2008, 11:33 PM
:hug:

Pics :)

Deboogle!.
03-22-2008, 12:02 AM
wow awesome :D I'm mad I didn't tape it :smash:

Tytta!.
03-22-2008, 12:03 AM
Never in doubt. :D :D :D

otowngurl86apa
03-22-2008, 12:31 AM
:)

I don't know the last time there were this many Mardy pictures! It'd probably help if I attached the pics... OOps!

Tytta!.
03-22-2008, 12:34 AM
Pretty stuff :inlove:

otowngurl86apa
03-22-2008, 12:35 AM
He looks so excited :D

Tytta!.
03-22-2008, 12:36 AM
He was having fun out there. :)

Deboogle!.
03-22-2008, 01:22 AM
awwwwwwwwwwww his reaction after winning :awww:

otowngurl86apa
03-22-2008, 02:03 AM
More cuteness :hearts:

Tytta!.
03-22-2008, 02:05 AM
:D Thanks

Deboogle!.
03-22-2008, 02:31 AM
There's a torrent at www.tennistorrents.com :D

otowngurl86apa
03-22-2008, 02:34 AM
I have no idea what that means, but cool :)

Deboogle!.
03-22-2008, 02:36 AM
it means you can download the match! :p

otowngurl86apa
03-22-2008, 02:38 AM
Awesome! I will certainly have to look into that... I'm going to have to read the directions or something, the whole torrent thing confuses me

Deboogle!.
03-22-2008, 02:49 AM
Yeah it can be a bit confusing but once you figure it out they are really the best way to get matches (and lots of other stuff;):o :lol: )

I can answer any questions you have if you want :)

otowngurl86apa
03-22-2008, 02:52 AM
Haha, cool! I'll work on trying to figure it out this week :D Thanks!

snaillyyy
03-22-2008, 04:40 AM
:eek::worship::worship::worship: wow!!! and those pictures when he won :awww:

ataptc
03-22-2008, 12:48 PM
Mardy you are my hero :worship: I noticed he doesn't tape his left wrist anymore :)

But next round :awww:

Tytta!.
03-22-2008, 12:51 PM
torrents win at life.

oh and bring on Roger, superMardee is on fire :smoke: :sobbing:

otowngurl86apa
03-22-2008, 08:17 PM
For the torrent challenged ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fj7Zk-b-tI Interview
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvZ29GeegCc highlights

Tytta!.
03-22-2008, 08:21 PM
Thanks! :D

otowngurl86apa
03-22-2008, 08:38 PM
:D

I won't be home for the match tonight, so GO MARDY! Make it a good one!

Tytta!.
03-22-2008, 08:42 PM
:hug:

Kate87
03-22-2008, 10:16 PM
*2-0 up :D

VAMOS MARDY!

Tytta!.
03-22-2008, 10:19 PM
3-0* :smoke: