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Rocking Roland Garros!!! First Up-Qualifying!!!

NicoFan
05-16-2008, 05:34 PM
Let's hope our NICO doesn't have to play the qualifiers.

Keeping our fingers crossed!!!

VAMOS NICO!! :fiery:

Sparko1030
05-16-2008, 06:03 PM
:scared: fingers crossed!

NicoFan
05-16-2008, 08:15 PM
I didn't realize that the draw for the qualifying comes out on Monday and play starts on Tuesday. :sad: Not enough time for those other guys to withdraw. Alx was right....he'll end up playing qualifying.

So not much rest for our Nico. :sad: :sad: Poor guy... :hug:

These stupid a*sholes that know that they won't be able to play should get fined if they drop out at the last second. :(

NicoFan
05-16-2008, 08:37 PM
I know everyone has left for the weekend so I'm talking to myself. :rolls:

But next week s/b very tense for us Nico fans. Qualifying :sad: and Nico should announce a new coach... :yeah:

BTW - I'm off next Friday on vacation for a week, Lovely and Alx are going to be at RG, and Kid can't post until night. So who is going to volunteer to keep the board active during RG???? :lol:

LOVELY
05-16-2008, 11:08 PM
I think the dead line to pull out of RG is before the quallies draw is made.So Sunday is last day to withdraw I guess :shrug:

NicoFan
05-16-2008, 11:21 PM
I think the dead line to pull out of RG is before the quallies draw is made.So Sunday is last day to withdraw I guess :shrug:

Oh that's good to know. Thanks!

(It's been so long since Nico or any other favorite has had to try to get in via qualifying that I don't remember these things... :sad:)

LOVELY
05-16-2008, 11:25 PM
I'm not really sure about it too but I think it's the rule...

NicoFan
05-16-2008, 11:28 PM
When Felipe comes on tonight, he can tell us for sure. :yeah:

kidnicky
05-17-2008, 03:31 AM
oh yes, the intense air around the qualifying for RG :unsure: :lol: ... but I'm very confident after these past weeks, he'll make it to the MD even if he has to qualify, and that could help him even more :yeah:

I only wish they'd give him more days off but that's not possible it seems :o :p

are you going to be away during RG NicoFan!?! what's wrong with you?! :lol: just kidding :p

VAMOS NICO!! LET'S ROCK IN THE FRENCH CLAY!! :fiery:

NicoFan
05-18-2008, 12:21 PM
I need a vacation - sitting on the beach doing nada - not even RG can interrupt that. :)

Okay - besides wishing hoping and praying for the new coach and getting into the md, add wishing hoping and praying for Nico to play doubles in RG. :yeah: :lol:

LOVELY
05-18-2008, 12:24 PM
FYI it's 2.24pm in Paris now :)

NicoFan
05-18-2008, 12:27 PM
Thanks - 6 hour difference for me. :)

Alx
05-18-2008, 04:29 PM
BTW - I'm off next Friday on vacation for a week, Lovely and Alx are going to be at RG, and Kid can't post until night. So who is going to volunteer to keep the board active during RG???? :lol:
I'll just be at RG during next weekend so I'll be here ;)

NicoFan
05-18-2008, 11:07 PM
I'll just be at RG during next weekend so I'll be here ;)

Sorry that you won't be at RG more, but happy that you'll be here keeping the site busy! :yeah: :lol:

You, Sparko (whether she wants to or not ;) :lol:), Felipe, Fergie...

NicoFan
05-19-2008, 11:40 AM
FYI:

Qualifying draw: Monday, May 19, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Alx
05-19-2008, 11:57 AM
6 pm french time ?

NicoFan
05-19-2008, 12:15 PM
Don't know. :shrug: That's all someone posted on the Roland Garros thread.

NicoFan
05-19-2008, 12:16 PM
It has to be either Paris or London time. Probably Paris time.

Alx
05-19-2008, 12:26 PM
thanks Nicofan :hug:

NicoFan
05-19-2008, 02:02 PM
De nada.... :)

Andy Roddick withdrew but that's obviously not enough. So he misses it by three spots. :sad: :sad:

LOVELY
05-19-2008, 05:34 PM
part of Nico's draw

Nico Massu (CHI) vs Gary LUGASSY (FRA)
Alex BOGOMOLOV (USA) vs Daniel BRANDS (GER)

TommyB.
05-19-2008, 05:38 PM
part of Nico's draw

Nico Massu (CHI) vs Gary LUGASSY (FRA)
Alex BOGOMOLOV (USA) vs Daniel BRANDS (GER)

Sounds good, and possible third round?

:wavey:

LOVELY
05-19-2008, 05:47 PM
Nico Massu (CHI) vs Gary LUGASSY (FRA)
Alex BOGOMOLOV (USA) vs Daniel BRANDS (GER)

Ivan SERGEYEV (UKR) vs Augustin GENSSE (FRA)
Jesse WITTEN (USA) vs Pablo ANDUJAR (ESP) :scared:

TommyB.
05-19-2008, 05:49 PM
Thanks. Andujar is dangerous, but step by step. ;) Not a bad draw.

Alx
05-19-2008, 05:57 PM
Andujar seems to be the most dangerous player in Nico's part of the draw but there's two rounds before ;)
first, let's beat this frenchie :bounce:

LOVELY
05-19-2008, 06:32 PM
OOP (but not official)

Nico will play at 9am court 7 tomorrow

Alx
05-19-2008, 06:37 PM
9 am ? :eek:
definitely not a good time for Nico :rolls:

Alx
05-19-2008, 06:37 PM
and for Lovely neither :p :haha:

NicoFan
05-19-2008, 06:38 PM
Good draw! :yeah:

But oh no to the OOP - that's 3:00 a.m. my time. Guess I won't be getting up for the match. :awww: :lol:

VAMOS NICO - YOU CAN DO IT! :fiery:

NicoFan
05-19-2008, 06:38 PM
Lovely - are you going to the match tomorrow?

LOVELY
05-19-2008, 06:46 PM
Lovely - are you going to the match tomorrow?

Yes I go to the match :D I will probably be half asleep but I'll be there :lol:

NicoFan
05-19-2008, 06:47 PM
Yes I go to the match :D I will probably be half asleep but I'll be there :lol:

:lol:

Yeay for you!!!

Wave 'hola' to Nico for me. :lol:

ChinoRios4Ever
05-19-2008, 07:36 PM
not a good draw, i hate qualies :banghead:

Alx
05-19-2008, 07:41 PM
not a good draw, i hate qualies :banghead:
:confused:
have you ever seen Lugassy playing ? There were a loooooot of players more dangerous than him in qualies ;)

ChinoRios4Ever
05-19-2008, 07:42 PM
Not for Lugassy, it's for Andujar :scared:

Nico has to win easily his 1st 2 matches

LOVELY
05-19-2008, 07:44 PM
Andujar is the Napoli nightmare :scared:

Alx
05-19-2008, 07:48 PM
Andujar can lose before :shrug: :devil:

ChinoRios4Ever
05-19-2008, 07:50 PM
We hope so :devil:

Nico needs the points

NicoFan
05-19-2008, 11:15 PM
Well if Nico wants to go back to playing the regular circuit, he has to remember how to beat the Andujar's of the tennis world. :shrug:

kidnicky
05-20-2008, 04:48 AM
not a nice time for the match but anyway, hopefully I'll find good news first thing tomorrow morning :yeah:

Vamos Nico! Let's get this started! the way to the MD has begun! :fiery: :rocker2:

Alx
05-20-2008, 07:22 AM
I think Nico's match must be the only one not to be started yet :tape:
what an idea to schedule him at 9 am :lol:

Alx
05-20-2008, 07:24 AM
the match has started now, Lugassy serves first

(and I think that I'm going to speak alone :o)

Alx
05-20-2008, 07:36 AM
bad start for Nico, Lugassy leads 3-0

Vamooos Nicooo !!!

Alx
05-20-2008, 07:44 AM
Nico broke back :)
*2-3

Alx
05-20-2008, 07:53 AM
break for Nico !! :D
*4-3

Alx
05-20-2008, 07:59 AM
Nico won the first set 6-3 :yippee:

Alx
05-20-2008, 08:09 AM
Nico broke in the beginning of the 2nd set. He leads *2-0

Alx
05-20-2008, 08:19 AM
*4-0 :cool:

TommyB.
05-20-2008, 08:19 AM
Nico is playing already. :eek:

6-3 *4-0 :)

Alx :wavey:

TommyB.
05-20-2008, 08:41 AM
6-3 6-0 :cool:

Next is Daniel Brands from Germany.

Alx
05-20-2008, 08:52 AM
:wavey: Tommy

great score :smoke:

NicoFan
05-20-2008, 10:35 AM
:woohoo:

YEAY FOR NICO!!!

(It's very nice to sleep through the matches so you're not stressed. ;) :lol:)

Alx
05-20-2008, 11:57 AM
when you sleep, yes, but that means a big stress when you get up. You run to the computer and that always at this moment that it works very slowly...

NicoFan
05-20-2008, 12:12 PM
:lol: True.

And I like following Nico's matches...even though I feel like I'm going to have a heart attack at any moment. :rolls:

Hopefully he'll play a bit later tomorrow.

Sparko1030
05-20-2008, 12:30 PM
:yippee: great start Nico-very decisive scoreline :eek: Keep it up!!! :bounce:

ChinoRios4Ever
05-20-2008, 04:52 PM
well done :yeah:

Alx
05-20-2008, 05:29 PM
wednesday OOP
Nico plays on court 6

play start at 9am
Charlotte Rodier vs Varvara Lepchenko
Kristina Barrois vs Sunitha Rao
Margit Ruutel vs Stéphanie Vongsouthi
Emmanuelle Gagliardi vs Tatiana Poutchek
Nicolas Massu vs Daniel Brands
Evgeni Korolev vs Sébastien De Chaunac

NicoFan
05-20-2008, 05:29 PM
A much better time for me. :yeah: And for Nico too!! :lol: (Obviously more important than me... :lol:)

LOVELY
05-20-2008, 06:24 PM
back from RG :wavey:

I was late at Nico's match because of ticket problem so when I arrived , Lugassy was leading 2-0. I watched the 3rd game from outside the court and then I could enter and sit in the stands and I saw a very motivated Nico :yeah: His game is okay and the second set was really good.Lugassy couldn't do anything.

Nico is still with Nano and El Vasco (sorry NicoFan :p )

I'll be back to RG tomorrow for Nico's second round :D

NicoFan
05-20-2008, 06:48 PM
Nico is still with Nano and El Vasco (sorry NicoFan :p )



:bigcry:

Where is the new coach???????? :sad: :sad:

But maybe this means there is still hope for that American coach that I've put a request in for. :rolls:

Have fun tomorrow Lovely!!! :)

LOVELY
05-20-2008, 09:36 PM
My friend Eléa has seen Brands playing this summer in Kitzbuhel and she told me he's a tall guy with a big serve and that's it...Big server , Ace machine:scared:

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 11:57 AM
I hate women's matches. :rolleyes: :lol:

It always happens this way. All the other women's matches on the other courts are in like the 3rd or 4th matches of the days. But not Nico's court. Still the worthless women's matches in only the 2nd match.

Good grief, I hope Nico's match gets in before dark.

They should put these women's matches out in the parking lots. :rolleyes: :lol:

Alx
05-21-2008, 12:53 PM
:zzz:

TommyB.
05-21-2008, 12:53 PM
NicoFan :lol:

Yes Brands has a big serve but I wouldn't say he's an ace machine like Karlovic. And we'll play on sloooow red clay. ;)

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 01:05 PM
Nico might have problems for the first couple of Brands' serving games, but once he gets used to it, he'll be fine. :yeah: (At least I hope.... :awww:)

Alx
05-21-2008, 01:29 PM
NicoFan :lol:

Yes Brands has a big serve but I wouldn't say he's an ace machine like Karlovic. And we'll play on sloooow red clay. ;)
not so slow, the weather is sunny and it didn't rain these last days

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 03:35 PM
The women's matches are over. Finally... :lol:

VAMOS NICO - YOU CAN DO THIS!!! :fiery:

Alx
05-21-2008, 03:38 PM
:yippee:

VAMOOS NICOOO !!!

Alx
05-21-2008, 03:51 PM
the match has started
Brands on serve

Alx
05-21-2008, 03:57 PM
Brands broke :(
0-2*

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 04:01 PM
But NICO breaks back!!!

2-1*

COME ON NICO!

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 04:01 PM
Some French guy Gensse is giving Andujar a hard time.

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 04:12 PM
4-1* :sad:

COME ON NICO - FIGHT!!

:boxing:

Alx
05-21-2008, 04:14 PM
*1-4 :awww:
VAMOOOS NICOOO !!! :fiery:

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 04:18 PM
Brands is only serving at 38% - take advantage of that NICO! :fiery:

(And hold serve... :bigcry:)

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 04:18 PM
5-2* :sad:

Albop
05-21-2008, 04:21 PM
3 sps saved

deuce

Albop
05-21-2008, 04:24 PM
2-6 :help:

Alx
05-21-2008, 04:24 PM
1st set for Brands 6-2
:bigcry:

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 04:25 PM
6-2 Brands first set. :sad:

This is discouraging. All this work, and he's still doing badly in matches.

Brands is freaking 200th in the world. How can Nico come back if he can't handle a guy who is 200th in the world?

Very sad for him right now because this is not a good sign at all. :sad:

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 04:27 PM
And broken three times in one set. :sad: It's one thing if he loses because Brands is a big server. But he should be able to hold his serve... :sad:

Albop
05-21-2008, 04:29 PM
0-30 :help:

Albop
05-21-2008, 04:30 PM
2-6 0-2* :o

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 04:30 PM
Help is right.

What is he doing out there?

Now I'm starting to get pissed off... :rolleyes:

Alx
05-21-2008, 04:30 PM
break for Brands
I think I'd better not watching the scoreboard :banghead:

Albop
05-21-2008, 04:31 PM
3/12 at second serves against a big server :o

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 04:33 PM
3-0*

He should be embarrassed at this effort. No excuses to lose like this to some 200th ranked player. Sometimes I wonder if he has any pride in himself when he's on court and plays like this... :rolleyes:

Albop
05-21-2008, 04:51 PM
3-5*

MP saved

Bp now

Alx
05-21-2008, 04:53 PM
GSM Brands 6-2 6-3 in one hour :o
I have no word.... :sad:

Albop
05-21-2008, 04:53 PM
2-6 3-6 :sad:

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 04:55 PM
I'm glad that I'm going on vacation.

I don't want to hear his excuses about how he lost this match.

And I definitely don't want to hear that he's got another crappy Argentine or Chilean coach who will do nothing for his game.

I thought he was moving forward, but obviously not. :(

ChinoRios4Ever
05-21-2008, 06:08 PM
simply i cant believe this :help:

TommyB.
05-21-2008, 06:31 PM
shocking result, another setback :sad:

LOVELY
05-21-2008, 07:06 PM
Back from the match. Don't blame Nico ok? He couldn't do anything at all...Brandt's serve is really impressive but so was his shots in return too today...

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 07:18 PM
Back from the match. Don't blame Nico ok? He couldn't do anything at all...Brandt's serve is really impressive but so was his shots in return too today...

Brands might have played well, but if Nico wants to return to the regular circuit and do well, he has to beat the 200th ranked player in the world. :shrug:

I'm sad for him. It's becoming very clear that it's going to be extremely difficult for him to come back into the top 100, let alone back into the top 50. :sad:

I don't know where he goes from here. I guess just keep doing the challenger thing with some regular tournaments mixed in until he starts - if he starts - winning consistently on the regular tour again.

I admit that I'm a bit upset with him - he could have made changes in 2007 so he didn't spiral so far down, but he didn't do it. :shrug:

LOVELY
05-21-2008, 07:51 PM
Brandt played today as he never played before...It was really impressive and I'm not sure a top player could have done something against him today...
Not Nico's fault at all on that one.He fought hard and did all what he could.

LOVELY
05-21-2008, 07:53 PM
And I'm objective !!!

kidnicky
05-21-2008, 09:04 PM
this is unf*cking believable .. I followed the score and I keep repeating to myself that this was an stupid joke :o

totally agree with NicoFan and I don't agree with her after Nico's loses all the time, but if he'd have done the changes at the end of the last year, maybe we'd be seeing different results, and I mean, the other guy wasn't serving that well, Nico served horrid and it's not like a top player wouldn't have beaten that guy, those things just don't happen not even if we want to try to find an answer of why Nico lost today.

I hope he plays a challenger the next week, he better be making phone calls to get in one of those challengers :o

Nico Nico Nico :sad:

LOVELY
05-21-2008, 09:37 PM
No one of you has seen the match so how can you judge ?:shrug:... How can you say Brandt wasn't serving that well???Because of the livescore...? Because of the stats????
I was at the match !!! Brandt was really powerful today...His returns were truly amazing.Nico couldn't do anything.He did all what he could and he fought !

Please, once again don't judge something you didn't see...

And no Nico won't play any Challenger next week.

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 09:54 PM
I don't think he should play next week - I think that he should go home and figure out what he has to do and then come back in a few weeks after the grass season.

He needs to find a coach. He needs to rest a bit (he's got to be tired and physically drained playing all those challengers and traveling here there and everywhere).

Lovely - in our defense, the stats do tell a different story. :shrug: Brands was only serving at 38% at one point. And Nico kept getting broken, not able to hold his own serve. Brands is 200th for a reason. And I know Nico fought - he's been working hard lately, and has a far better attitude on court.

Bottom line is that he has to figure out how to beat these types of players if he wants to move back up.

It may be that we are all expecting too much from him now, winning matches that he's just not capable of winning anymore. :shrug: Maybe challengers are the only thing he will play from now on.

LOVELY
05-21-2008, 10:01 PM
Brandt was unbeatable today in my opinion...When he was making a double fault on his serve , the next one was a real powerful shot impossible to defend :shrug: Each time the same...
Today was his day...Probably the best match he ever played...He was really on fire.

NicoFan
05-21-2008, 10:05 PM
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that Nico's had the bad luck of getting a guy who was hot...who will of course go back to being sucky shortly thereafter. :sad:

We'll have to see who he gets for a coach, and see what happens from there....

alelysafina
05-21-2008, 10:15 PM
:sad:

ChinoRios4Ever
05-22-2008, 01:35 AM
well i feel better now seeing Lovely telling that Brands played the match of his life :sad:

anyway this is still sadly for me, poor Nico :sad:

kidnicky
05-22-2008, 03:06 AM
no excuses for me, we've seen this for almost two years now and he wants to be a top player again he should be able to beat these guys and I'm not talking about breaking the other guy's serve, I'm talking about holding his freaking serve! is not like Brandt was hitting aces during Nico's serve but anyway there's nothing else to be done now, another RG that comes and goes in a blink, I can't believe that the GS where he'd shine is the one when he's sucking more and more every year that passes by :banghead:

sorry for saying what I think, I guess that's forbidden now here :o

Sparko1030
05-22-2008, 03:26 AM
I'm sure there are reasons he lost but in reality, if he couldn't win this match, how will he ever make it back into the top 100? We can agree to disagree here, but IMO not facing the fact does not make it go away.....Nico can beat the Brandts, but he doesn't and he has to figure out how to do that again.

:hug: Nico

LOVELY
05-22-2008, 10:37 AM
no excuses for me, we've seen this for almost two years now and he wants to be a top player again he should be able to beat these guys and I'm not talking about breaking the other guy's serve, I'm talking about holding his freaking serve! is not like Brandt was hitting aces during Nico's serve but anyway there's nothing else to be done now, another RG that comes and goes in a blink, I can't believe that the GS where he'd shine is the one when he's sucking more and more every year that passes by :banghead:

sorry for saying what I think, I guess that's forbidden now here :o




Once again it was not possible to do anything yesterday. I don't try to find excuses to Nico or whatever. I was at the match. Brands played like he never played before.His forehands were truly amazing :eek:
People were :eek: each time he hit the ball.His returns were incredible, really powerful.

There's no way Nico could have hold his serve :shrug: It was impossible.The guy was on fire !
Brands is top 200 but yesterday he really played like a top 20.

I don't understand how you can make a judgement on a match you didn't see.
I don't want to argue on this forum but I've seen Nico playing on looooots of matches and when he plays crap I can say.Yesterday was different.

Too bad there's no one else who saw that match :rolleyes: Maybe I should have film the match so that you trust me...

NicoFan
05-22-2008, 11:32 AM
Both sides have points here.

In order for Nico to move back up, he's got to be able to beat the Brandts of the world. A top player would have figured out what to do with the guy by the 2nd set and taken it to him.

But then again, we've all seen these low ranked players play awesome matches now and again who are unstoppable for a match or two or three (that Japanese guy Kei who beat Blake early in the year and then basically disappeared comes to mind).

And since Lovely was there and saw that happen, then we should take her word for it. It is different in person then on the scoreboard.

Hopefully he'll get a new coach, and things will get better. He's doing the right things - playing challengers - and working hard. His attitude on court lately has been far better than in the last two years when he would just give up on court. At least he's trying again.

LOVELY
05-22-2008, 11:50 AM
Nico didn't give up yesterday ;) He fought hard and tried all what possible to do to stop that guy.

TommyB.
05-22-2008, 02:20 PM
Thanks for the report Lovely. I knew that Brands is a talented player but I never thought he would win against Nico on clay. :(

tennhack226
05-22-2008, 03:41 PM
The report was great Lovely, thanks. I agree with you that it is hard too be able to say anything about a match without actually viewing it, but that is just my humble opinion. I liked it better the year it seemed like he was playing Federer and Nadal every week; at least you could see him on TV then! :)