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2008 Grass court season!!! Gooooooo Kiwi!!!

kiwi10is
06-04-2008, 05:40 PM
Kiwi arrived in Halle on Tuesday. He is feeling fit again and ready to compete... here is an interview... sorry only German...

http://www.derwesten.de/nachrichten/sport/tennis/2008/6/4/news-52746295/detail.html

Lets go Kiwi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yappa
06-05-2008, 01:54 AM
Yeah, go Kiwi. I wish him an easier first round opponent than last year for his comeback match.

Yappa
06-08-2008, 12:28 AM
First opponent is Haase, a player he should defeat. Then either Youzhny or Tursunov. Reaching the QF is definitely possible.

Neely
06-08-2008, 11:30 AM
As we said the last years: Kiwis grow on grass!!!!!!! :woohoo:


First round opponent looks good at least! :yeah:

kfh_9118
06-09-2008, 01:42 PM
please win Halle, Kiwi :bounce:

Yappa
06-10-2008, 05:49 PM
Took him a little bit longer than expected. :yeah:

Next up is Youzhny. :)

Neely
06-10-2008, 08:18 PM
We couldn't watch the first set, but as soon as he broke in the 2nd set, I had a pretty good feeling that he is still going to win it!

Damn, but Youzhny is going to be difficult :(

zveeen
06-10-2008, 09:39 PM
finally a win...

good luck against Youzhny :)

JMG
06-10-2008, 09:42 PM
Ljubicic/Söderling won 6-3 7-5

No chance at all.

Yappa
06-12-2008, 01:31 AM
That doesn't bode well for Kiwi/Kohli in Beijing. :D

Third CC match against Youzhny. He needs a good serving day and a couple of UEs on Youzhny's side wouldn't hurt either.

Yappa
06-12-2008, 05:57 PM
He won against Youzhny. :yeah:

I could only watch the first set which Youzhny gifted him thanks to some terrible volley errors.

Next up is Llodra, the last match where he has a realistic chance to win.

EDIT:

btw. it would be nice if someone could record his next matches, especially a possible match against Federer.

The power supply unit of my computer died today (hopefully it didnt affect my hard discs) and it will take a couple of days until I have a new one and can record matches again.

Neely
06-13-2008, 08:59 AM
Come on Kiwi! :yeah:

Time to beat Llodra for a semifinal spot! :woohoo:

I could only watch the first set which Youzhny gifted him thanks to some terrible volley errors.
Yes, this was horrible of Youzhny. And the break in the third set was a bit lucky too because Youzhny's string tore after his serve and Kiwi won the point easily after the return because Youzhny couldn't control the ball anymore. But I would have had a good feeling for Kiwi nevertheless.

[QUOTE=Four:Love;7183740]btw. it would be nice if someone could record his next matches, especially a possible match against Federer.

The power supply unit of my computer died today (hopefully it didnt affect my hard discs) and it will take a couple of days until I have a new one and can record matches again.
No problem, I will record them all anyway.

Neely
06-13-2008, 06:00 PM
Kiwi def. Llodra 4-0 (ret.)

Next is mighty Federer! :scared: :eek:

Yappa
06-13-2008, 08:56 PM
Would be nice if he could win a set. But if he's going to lose in 3 close sets, then I'd rather see him get thrashed in 2. ;)

Lucky for me that the german office of the power unit manufacturer (ENERMAX) is in Hamburg, so I went there and they repaired it right away. :yeah:

Neely
06-14-2008, 03:13 PM
Except one close game in which he 0-40 and another break point after deuce with two or three looks on a 2nd serve, Kiwi didn't have much chance against Federer.

This was a bit too easy for my taste, but you can't do anything against that if you're not playing very well yourself and Federer has a somewhat normal form.

Kiwi's serve % much too low to have easier holds :smash:


I hope he can go to Wimbledon, keep and even improve this level of form! :yeah:

Yappa
06-14-2008, 03:33 PM
Yeah, oh well. He didn't really seem to look that disappointed and shook hands with some fans.

I somehow forgot that the digital receiver which I use for recording (still an old dbox2) has some problems with ZDF, but that match wasn't that memorable anyways. Except the fact that, as usual, ZDF's coverage gets on my nerves. Of course they had to mention Becker and the "good old times" etc. blabllabla.
I prefer the coverage of channels like DSF or Eurosport.

kiwi10is
06-15-2008, 11:43 AM
First set was a shock but in 2nd set Kiwi was playing very very well. Of course not enought to beat Federer but all the others should be careful if they meet Kiwi in this condition in Wimbledon.
Next stop Boodles. That was a good preparation last year. Hope he will get some more confidence over there. It's so good to see Kiwi playing like this and happy again.

And the best news of all: Kiwi will be seeded at No 27 in Wimbledon which means no Kiwi-Federer in 1st round over there!!!!!

Neely
06-15-2008, 10:52 PM
I prefer the coverage of channels like DSF or Eurosport.
Yes, no question that on DSF (Paulke) or Eurosport (I can stand pretty much all commentators) you at least don't have to ignore the commentary. I didn't even know this guy or pay attention to his name. Do you know if it was a known one?

Only good thing with ZDF is the better bitrate quality.

It's so good to see Kiwi playing like this and happy again.
dito, his game was really okay the whole week!
Very good to know he came over the chokes of Hamburg and Düsseldorf so well.

And the best news of all: Kiwi will be seeded at No 27 in Wimbledon which means no Kiwi-Federer in 1st round over there!!!!!
Exactly, he will avoid the big seeds for at least the first two rounds, right?
Only danger is that he draws a Karlovic, Isner or Guccione or such servers. But if he takes his returning form he showed in Halle to London, I would give him a very good chance to beat them.

Unseeded players flying under the radar that would be dangerous could be Rochus or Grosjean for example.

But let's hope the best for some solvavle match-ups.

Yappa
06-15-2008, 11:24 PM
Eberhard Figgemeier was the name of the ZDF commentator. I don't really know him.
I always have to :rolleyes: when one of those commentators from the "Öffentlich-Rechtliche" have to mention Boris Becker, which happened again for today's Final. :D
Though I have to say that Hans-Jürgen Pohmann did a pretty job good doing commentary for this year's World Team Cup.

Anyways, I hope that Premiere will once again have Eurosport commentator Oliver Faßnacht in their Wimbledon commentator team. He's one of my favorite commentators.

I didn't know that Kiwi is gonna be seeded. Good news indeed. :yeah:

kiwi10is
06-20-2008, 07:31 PM
Wimbledon Draw is out. Kiwi will play Bennetau in first round. Not too bad. But in 3rd round Rafa will be waiting. I expected an easier draw since Kiwi was seeded... :-( well... first they both have to win the first two rounds...

Neely
06-20-2008, 07:47 PM
So it's Benneteau again, I remember there was some fire between these two in their Wimbledon match some years ago :lol:

Damn, a bit too close to one of the top seeds :mad: But with a good performance there he should be able to reach at least the third round again and then everything would be a bonus and, if at all, Rafa is most beatable for him on grass.

kiwi10is
06-20-2008, 07:51 PM
yes... if he ever wants to beat Rafa he should choose gras for it or try minigolf....
and even Nishikori was close to beating Rafa in Queens last week... you never know... miracles do happen... especially in Wimbledon

and a good preparation already

Press Release, 21/06/08

Kiefer and Robredo reach the Final of The Boodles Challenge

Former world number 5 Nicolas Kiefer hit top form at The Boodles Challenge at the Stoke Park Club in Buckinghamshire today to secure a 6-1, 7-6 victory against Stanislas Wawrinka.

The German recorded his second victory of the week defeating world number 10 Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets. Keifer, who had already beaten Marcos Baghdatis earlier in the tournament, now advances to tomorrow’s Final against Tommy Robredo.

Nicolas Kiefer commented:
“So far this week everything has been really good so I can’t complain. I’m enjoying playing here on the grass and two wins in two days is a great build-up to Wimbledon. I’m coming back tomorrow; and why shouldn’t I come back?!”
Results from Friday 20th June:
N. Kiefer bt S. Wawrinka 6-1, 7-6
T. Robredo bt F. Gonzalez 7-6, 6-3
B. Bryan/M. Bryan bt R. Hutchins/J. Delgado 6-2, 6-3

first score was Kiefer-Baghdatis 6:3 7:5

Neely
06-21-2008, 01:27 PM
thanks for the update!

looks really good :yeah:

kiwi10is
06-21-2008, 09:40 PM
Kiwi won The Boodles tournament

News Release

21st June 2008



Kiefer beats Robredo and the rain in the Final of The Boodles Challenge




Nicolas Kiefer put in a superior performance in the Final of The Boodles Challenge at the Stoke Park Club today to defeat the talented Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3, 3-6, 13-11.



In his final warm-up match before Wimbledon, the German looked at ease on the grass despite the varying weather conditions and completed his third win of the week in impressive style. The match was decided in a final championship tie break which saw the German seal the title with some scintillating ground strokes.



Kiefer now goes into his first round match at Wimbledon against the Frenchman Julien Benneteau, whilst Robredo comes up against the little known Belgian Kristof Vliegen.



Nicolas Kiefer commented:

“Three wins in a row on grass is pretty good form and I feel honoured to have won the title here at The Boodles. If I can play like this at Wimbledon then who knows what can happen. I felt like I was hitting the ball really well and, despite the rain, I managed to maintain my concentration which is always a huge part of playing on grass with all the stops and starts. I love playing here and my preparation for SW19 wouldn’t be the same without it.”



only exhibition but every player came to prepare for Wimbledon so they were not joking around I guess....

Yappa
06-22-2008, 12:27 AM
Nicolas Kiefer, Boodles champion, defeats Rafael Nadal, Queen's champion. Mark my words. :D

Neely
06-23-2008, 12:07 AM
:woohoo: Great job, Kiwi! :bounce:

I couldn't spot him on the OOP for Monday, so it's going to be a Tuesday start.

Neely
06-23-2008, 11:01 PM
Kiefer with the 1st match on Court #7 tomorrow (Tuesday).

First, I have no clue if there even could be coverage (show court?). Second, because of the early I have to gamble what option channel to record and hope that I get the right one as I would not be at home until the match is finished (no rain breaks presumed).

Yappa
06-23-2008, 11:10 PM
I am recording both Wimbledon feeds. I usually take a look at the EPG overview in the morning, to know which Premiere Direkt feeds are used, but that won't help us anyways, since AFAIK Kiefer is playing on a court without any cameras. :mad:

Haas, the unseeded but more popular german player, will play on a show court. No surprise of course. (To avoid any misunderstanding, I like Haas.)

Neely
06-23-2008, 11:55 PM
I am recording both Wimbledon feeds. I usually take a look at the EPG overview in the morning, to know which Premiere Direkt feeds are used, but that won't help us anyways, since AFAIK Kiefer is playing on a court without any cameras. :mad:
Not bad, recording both feeds :yeah: And that's a good tactic with the EPG, but I can't use the EPG like that because the receiver I am using is not Premiere certified and therefore it's different for me and a bigger risk to record reliably when I'm not at home because it can make a big difference if there are 5 channels used for Formula1 or one channel for golf or whatever.

But when court #7 is not camera covered, then it's bad news anyway. I hope Kiefer wins and plays on a show court his next match.

Yappa
06-24-2008, 08:36 PM
Difficult 2nd set, but all in all a convincing win from looking at the stats. :yeah:

Next up is Martin Vassallo Arguello, a player who really shouldn't pose any problems.

Neely
06-24-2008, 09:19 PM
Very strong, Kiwi! :D :D :bounce:

zveeen
06-24-2008, 09:25 PM
well done Kiwi...

good luck in round 2 :)

JMG
06-24-2008, 09:37 PM
Did you see the interview with Bandermann? :spit: Kiwi kinda ignored the interesting question about the match three years ago.

Neely
06-24-2008, 09:40 PM
Against such an opponent he really has to force the Centre Court match-up with Nadal and I have a good hope that won't look patheticly in that match.


Did you see the interview with Bandermann? :spit: Kiwi kinda ignored the interesting question about the match three years ago.
haha really? :haha: But with Bandermann, sometimes I would also ignore some questions maybe :p he's just asking in a strange way sometimes :unsure:

I didn't see it yet, but I will fast forward through the recording and maybe get to see how it was.

Yappa
06-24-2008, 11:29 PM
Heh, Kiwi was smiling and said that today there were no problems, since it was a clear matter. :D

But what exactly happened 3 years ago? I already forgot.

Oh, and according to him Germany will win tomorrow's match against Turkey with the following score: 5:1. :D

Neely
06-24-2008, 11:41 PM
But what exactly happened 3 years ago? I already forgot.
I think it wasn't a real big thing, but enough for the match that there were some negative vibes between them. Maybe it was a discussion about a call about which I wrote in my old post http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=1867489&postcount=39

Oh, and according to him Germany will win tomorrow's match against Turkey with the following score: 5:1. :D
:scared: :unsure: :o At Halle after a match, he also picked Germany to win over Croatia by two goals, I believe. And we now know what happened :p

But let's hope he is right this time :)

Neely
06-27-2008, 01:44 AM
thanksfully no surprises today! :yeah:
Kiwi beats VA 6-0 6-1 6-3 and gets the big match against Nadal!

I don't think he will beat him, but please give him a good fight! :bounce:

kfh_9118
06-27-2008, 03:06 PM
I believe Kiwi has a chance against Nadal :angel:

kiwi10is
06-27-2008, 07:49 PM
I believe Kiwi has a chance against Nadal :angel:

If Kiwi keeps on playing his best tennis and Rafa has one of his bad days everything can happen. But I somehow don't think Rafa will have a bad day :sad:

Neely
06-27-2008, 09:58 PM
I hope Germany will win at least one match with Spain this weekend :lol:

knight_ley
06-28-2008, 12:45 AM
I hope Germany will win at least one match with Spain this weekend :lol:

:lol: I thought of you the other day when I was watching Germany play! I don't know who I'll be cheering for on Sunday since I only watch ~soccer~ once like every other year :lol:, but I know who I'll be cheering for tomorrow. :devil:

Neely
06-28-2008, 12:59 AM
:lol: I thought of you the other day when I was watching Germany play! I don't know who I'll be cheering for on Sunday since I only watch ~soccer~ once like every other year :lol:
Normally you would need to cheer for Spain in soccer(sic!). Because I have the impression they are generally the more intriguing side for rather neutral viewers and because they are the ones who deserve it more because they didn't win a big title since eternity, so they really need it this time ;)

but I know who I'll be cheering for tomorrow. :devil:
I will hope for Kiwi, of course :smoke: but I can stand Rafa pretty well, thus the expected loss isn't going to feel that bad like against most other players because he will give us some more great matches this tournament :angel:

knight_ley
06-28-2008, 01:16 AM
Normally you would need to cheer for Spain in soccer(sic!). Because I have the impression they are generally the more intriguing side for rather neutral viewers and because they are the ones who deserve it more because they didn't win a big title since eternity, so they really need it this time ;)
Since I'm not a soccer fan and really know nothing about the sport, I cheer for Spain cuz they're a beautiful team. :hearts: :lol: Sad, but true.


I will hope for Kiwi, of course :smoke: but I can stand Rafa pretty well, thus the expected loss isn't going to feel that bad like against most other players because he will give us some more great matches this tournament :angel:
I want Kiwi to play a good match and win one (or even two sets), but this Wimbledon has been TERRIBLE for me, as I'm sure you can imagine :rolleyes:, so I want someone I like to make it far in to week two, and between Kiwi & Rafa, I think we know who that candidate is. Normally I'd go in to this match not cheering for either, which I probably will be doing tomorrow since they're both favorite players of mine, but I know who I want to come out on top at the end. I've seen all my guys go out in the first four days. :sad: :mad:
**********ducks & hides**********

I can't tell you how excited I am just to see him again! I don't think he's been on American TV since the last time he played Federer at Wimbledon! :lol: And I haven't seen him in person since before that.... I'm just excited to watch him play!!!

Neely
06-28-2008, 09:46 PM
Nadal def. Kiefer 7-6(3) 6-2 6-3 :shrug:

But good to see that Kiwi could enjoy the match at the end as he got fired up for some more minutes after finally breaking Nadal the first time in the match.

He played a very intense first set, but after that you could see that his tension began to fall. Like against Nadal in the Davis Cup match. It seems to be just too tough to play like that for a longer time to force Nadal to a close set, or even win a set.

knight_ley
06-28-2008, 09:51 PM
So that just completely reminded me why I loved Kiwi. :lol: The end of the third my friend was like "See! He's trying to make you like him again!" :lol: But realistically, that started the second he walked on court. ;) He couldn't stop the inevitable, but he sure made it enjoyable... especially when he started smiling and getting the crowd involved. Let's hope he stays injury free for a long time!!! I love having him back. :)

zveeen
06-28-2008, 10:42 PM
Kiwi :hug:

HoistDaColors
06-29-2008, 01:48 AM
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm19/HoistDaColors/avatars/Avatar___Kiwi_Love_by_firstfear.gifI hope he will play many more entertaining matches for us (minus the likes of the Seppi match).