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2009 Clay Court Season - Get Ready To VAMOS!!

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Ome
04-03-2009, 03:51 PM
Our beloved clay court season is here! :banana:

All we need is a good and consistent serve from Paulo, plus a decent outfit from Adidas and we're ready to VAMOS :rocker2:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/219/477323447_2bbb51217b_m.jpg


Schedule = Road to Success ;)

1.Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
April 13-19, Monte-Carlo, Monaco

2.Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell
April 20-26, Barcelona, Spain

3.Internazionali BNL d’Italia
April 27-May 3, Rome, Italy

4.BMW Open
May 4-10, Munich, Germany

5.Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open
May 11-17, Madrid, Spain

6.Roland Garros
May 25-June 7, Paris, France

PinkFeatherBoa
04-05-2009, 11:23 PM
Really looking forward to clay season this year, hard court season has dragged on too long imo...

Vamos Paulo, this is your season to shine again. :)

tufani
04-11-2009, 12:31 PM
The Monte-Carlo draw :tape:, Paulo is in the second quarter:

[4] MURRAY, Andy GBR vs BYE
HANESCU, Victor ROU vs QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER vs BERDYCH, Tomas CZE
QUALIFIER vs [14] CILIC, Marin CRO
[12] NALBANDIAN, David ARG vs MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA
ACASUSO, Jose ARG vs GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP
KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO vs SERRA, Florent FRA
BYE vs [8] DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS

Draws are getting worse from tournament to tournament this year, don't you think? :scratch:
Okay, maybe it's just the first impression... Vamos Paulo!! :rocker2:

tufani
04-11-2009, 10:29 PM
Paulo also plays doubles here with Marc! He actually was to play MC doubles with Jeremy, but they couldn't make it to the main draw due to low rankings.

[8] COETZEE, Jeff (RSA)/KERR, Jordan (AUS) vs BYE
MELO, Marcelo (BRA)/SA, Andre (BRA) vs DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB)/TROICKI, Viktor (SRB)
LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP)/VERDASCO, Fernando (ESP) vs ANDREEV, Igor (RUS)/SAFIN, Marat (RUS)
BYE vs [4] BHUPATHI, Mahesh (IND)/KNOWLES, Mark (BAH)

[5] SOARES, Bruno (BRA)/ULLYETT, Kevin (ZIM) vs BYE
ALMAGRO, Nicolas (ESP)/FERRER, David (ESP) vs CILIC, Marin (CRO)/KIEFER, Nicolas (GER)
[WC] GICQUEL, Marc (FRA)/MATHIEU, Paul-Henri (FRA) vs ARNOLD KER, Lucas (ARG)/CUEVAS, Pablo (URU)
BYE vs [2] NESTOR, Daniel (CAN)/ZIMONJIC, Nenad (SRB)

Ome
04-12-2009, 04:16 AM
Marc is actually a decent partner, in my opinion :lol:

Nalbandian... hmmmmmmmmmmmm

I haven't been following tennis very closely this year. Where has Nalbandian been? :scratch:
Honestly, I thought Paulo could draw worse :lol:

tufani
04-12-2009, 11:46 PM
Well, Nalbandian won Sydney this year, made the semis of Buenos Aires, had a chance to beat Rafa in IW (5 MPs), but lost in the end. And then in Miami he got trashed by Troicki 1-6, 3-6. You know David, he can do great when no one expects it from him and vice versa. :shrug:
So Paulo has been training in Monte-Carlo for a week now! Lets hope he got used to the surface and it won't be a problem in his first round match.
The fact that he has no points to defend is a bit relaxing tbh. It will be absolutely great if Paulo gains some ranking points from those Masters 1000 events. :devil:
He's not sheduled to play tomorrow (I mean, on Monday), so Tuesday it is, for both singles and doubles matches, I guess :scratch:

Ome
04-13-2009, 05:34 AM
I see... I've been missing a lot :lol:

Well, I do like Nalbandian as a player, but I hope he's out of shape here :rolls:

tufani
04-13-2009, 06:54 PM
Me too, Jai :devil:

OOP for tomorrow:

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
[Q] F Fognini (ITA) vs T Berdych (CZE)
[12] D Nalbandian (ARG) vs P Mathieu (FRA)
F Lopez (ESP) vs [10] D Ferrer (ESP)
M Safin (RUS) vs [WC] L Hewitt (AUS)
[WC] M Gicquel (FRA) / P Mathieu (FRA) vs L Arnold Ker (ARG) / P Cuevas (URU)

Paulo practiced with Rafa yesterday for about an hour (11-12 AM).

Ome
04-13-2009, 07:23 PM
I hope they'll take turn to televise matches from this court as well!

Ohhh, interesting practice partner :lol: Thanks for the info, dear :)

Truc
04-13-2009, 07:39 PM
I for myself don't mind since there are livestreams of both courts (and I actually prefer the Court des Princes because I find it more fun), but they should have put his match on Center Court, it's one of the most awaited matches of the 1st round imo.

PinkFeatherBoa
04-14-2009, 11:38 AM
Vamos Paulo 2x.

I agree that it should be on Central but there are a lot of good matchups today. Oh well Court Princes has a nice atmosphere, I like that court fine for the occasion too. Paulo can have Central next round!

tufani
04-14-2009, 11:52 AM
Good luck, Paulo! :bigclap:

tufani
04-14-2009, 12:12 PM
That's an interesting start: three games - three breaks of serve. Paulo double faults on a BP again :o

I see Quiterie is on the stands :cool:

tufani
04-14-2009, 12:39 PM
Lets try to get another break in this set, Paulo. :armed: Allez! :bounce:

tufani
04-14-2009, 12:51 PM
Nalbandian takes the first set, though Paulo had some real chances to go 5-all (Nalby served 3 doubles in the last game!). Oh well, at least Paulo plays better now compared to the start of the match. Keep it up!

http://s60.radikal.ru/i169/0904/7e/a8e096095558.jpg

TheEnd
04-14-2009, 12:54 PM
first set , paulo wastes too many opportunity :o

tufani
04-14-2009, 01:14 PM
Hi Joey :wavey:

Paulo, hold your serve this time please, thank you! :p :rocker2:

tufani
04-14-2009, 01:17 PM
4-1 now, that's better! David got a bit frustrated, poor racquet :o

Allez Paulo!!

Ome
04-14-2009, 01:19 PM
Hey guys! :bigwave:

Ah, I only have dial-up internet connection at the moment. Saw a bit of the first set on TV. Wasn't that bad :lol: Nalbandian's serve is hilarious from time to time. Not that I complain ;) We sure need all the help we can get!

tufani
04-14-2009, 01:31 PM
Jai :bigwave:

:awww: You cannot see the match now?
The start of the match was really poor quality-wise from both of them, actually. It's much better now.

Yay, one set all! Keep going, Paulo, just keep going! Allez :rocker2:

http://s61.radikal.ru/i172/0904/81/5a14155d8a6a.jpg

TheEnd
04-14-2009, 01:32 PM
we get the 2nd set :devil:

http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/uploadFiles/2009-04/14_9643830_1.jpg

Ome
04-14-2009, 01:42 PM
Oh well...
At least we got a set :lol:

I wonder what's with the Frenchies today... :p

tufani
04-14-2009, 01:44 PM
I wonder what's with the Frenchies today... :p

Indeed! :confused: Not a tournament I was hoping for from them :o

We need some help from Nalby now :p

Ome
04-14-2009, 01:56 PM
Indeed! :confused: Not a tournament I was hoping for from them :o

We need some help from Nalby now :p

Some kind of strange pressure? This tournament isn't even located in France, technically :lol:

I watched Gael and Gilles earlier. They all, including Paulo, did face some decent opponents. (Same thing goes to Beck. I saw his match in Bangkok and he's very good!) But I'm a bit disappointed with how they performed considering how much time they had to prepare. Sometimes they looked bored, impatient and their shots were out of sync.

tufani
04-14-2009, 02:05 PM
Oh, it's over... But still, great effort, Paulo! :yeah:

http://s44.radikal.ru/i104/0904/32/792a3d5df18e.jpg

TheEnd
04-14-2009, 02:05 PM
lost :sad:

tufani
04-14-2009, 02:09 PM
Some kind of strange pressure? This tournament isn't even located in France, technically :lol:

I watched Gael and Gilles earlier. They all, including Paulo, did face some decent opponents. (Same thing goes to Beck. I saw his match in Bangkok and he's very good!) But I'm a bit disappointed with how they performed considering how much time they had to prepare. Sometimes they looked bored, impatient and their shots were out of sync.

Pressure? It is strange if so! :confused: More like lack of matches. Gael was awful today. I've seen just the first half of Gillou's match, he was coughing a lot. Some kind of allergy maybe? Marc and Florent are the last Frenchies standing...

Later on Paulo will play his doubles match :dance:

PinkFeatherBoa
04-14-2009, 02:41 PM
Good effort Paulo, if only he hadn't had such a poor start. :awww: He certainly looked better than in IW & Miami.

Time to get in some matches on the doubles court, need to build up the game and the confidence!

Ome
04-14-2009, 03:52 PM
Pressure? It is strange if so! :confused: More like lack of matches. Gael was awful today. I've seen just the first half of Gillou's match, he was coughing a lot. Some kind of allergy maybe? Marc and Florent are the last Frenchies standing...

Later on Paulo will play his doubles match :dance:

Just saying... The Frenchies don't seem to do well here. I blame it on some invisible pressure :lol: Honestly, I felt sleepy watching their matches. That doesn't happen very often! Maybe I also need some time to ease up to the clay court season :lol:


Good effort Paulo, if only he hadn't had such a poor start. :awww: He certainly looked better than in IW & Miami.

Time to get in some matches on the doubles court, need to build up the game and the confidence!

I agree, Jenny! And I mean both his tennis and his physical appearance :lol:
It's only a matter of time before he pulls it together. There was some great clay constructive points I saw. :)

tufani
04-14-2009, 11:22 PM
I also think that Paulo played better in Monte-Carlo compared to last month's tournaments. He badly needs some match practice to pull it all together, so some luck with the draws would be nice :p

Well, maybe it is pressure, Jai. But most of the guys had some health issues... Still, 6 out of 7 Frenchies lost their first round matches, sad tournament :sad:

Paulo and Marc won their doubles match :banana:
[WC] M Gicquel (FRA) / P Mathieu (FRA) d L Arnold Ker (ARG) / P Cuevas (URU) 76(5) 63

OOP for Wednesday:

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[7] F Verdasco (ESP) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)
A Seppi (ITA) vs [2] [WC] R Federer (SUI)
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs J Chela (ARG)
[WC] I Ljubicic (CRO) vs [5] J Del Potro (ARG)
[WC] M Gicquel (FRA) / P Mathieu (FRA) vs [2] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

PinkFeatherBoa
04-14-2009, 11:34 PM
Doubles win!!!

Marc is a good partner indeed. ;)

tufani
04-15-2009, 07:35 PM
What a fight against the second seeds! :rocker2:

http://img160.imageshack.us/img160/1097/44d762458854.jpg

tufani
04-18-2009, 12:15 PM
Barcelona draw:

[6] ROBREDO, Tommy ESP vs BYE
JUNQUEIRA, Diego ARG vs [WC] GAUDIO, Gaston ARG
GICQUEL, Marc FRA vs [WC] MARTIN, Alberto ESP
SEPPI, Andreas ITA vs [12] ANDREEV, Igor RUS
[14] SODERLING, Robin SWE vs GABASHVILI, Teimuraz RUS
GULBIS, Ernests LAT vs STARACE, Potito ITA
QUALIFIER vs QUALIFIER
BYE vs [4] FERRER, David ESP

[5, WC] GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI vs BYE
SELA, Dudi ISR vs ACASUSO, Jose ARG
QUALIFIER vs QUALIFIER
MONACO, Juan ARG vs [11, WC] SAFIN, Marat RUS
[15] BERDYCH, Tomas CZE vs VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP vs SCHWANK, Eduardo ARG
QUALIFIER vs MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA
BYE vs [2] VERDASCO, Fernando ESP

PinkFeatherBoa
04-18-2009, 06:54 PM
Thanks. Hmm, it's ok, can't look past Qualifier really. ;) :lol: Kidding, Paulo had glimpses of some nice clay court tennis in MC so I hope he can continue to improve his form here! :)

Vamos Paul

tufani
04-19-2009, 08:09 PM
Out of all qualifiers Paulo gets Lapentti. :armed:

Ome
04-21-2009, 04:19 PM
Hmmmm... he hasn't been very lucky with the draw, has he? :tape:

tufani
04-21-2009, 08:19 PM
Paulo lost :sad: His serve stats doesn't look too back though. The last four games went really fast :o

http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/8743/94047b74eeb2.jpg

PinkFeatherBoa
04-21-2009, 09:25 PM
Awww poor Paulo. Not much luck lately, indeed.

tufani
04-25-2009, 04:09 PM
Rome Masters... Another "great" draw for Paulo :tape::banghead:

[5] DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG vs BYE
HANESCU, Victor ROU vs TROICKI, Viktor SRB
QUALIFIER vs QUALIFIER
KUNITSYN, Igor RUS vs [10] WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI
[13] ROBREDO, Tommy ESP vs SAFIN, Marat RUS
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER vs BOLELLI, Simone ITA
[WC] STARACE, Potito ITA vs MONTANES, Albert ESP
BYE vs [3] DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB

[8] SIMON, Gilles FRA vs BYE
[WC] FOGNINI, Fabio ITA vs [WC] VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
QUALIFIER vs BERDYCH, Tomas CZE
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA vs [11] FERRER, David ESP
[16] STEPANEK, Radek CZE vs SERRA, Florent FRA
QUALIFIER vs LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP
QUALIFIER vs KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO
BYE vs [2] FEDERER, Roger SUI

PinkFeatherBoa
04-28-2009, 12:18 AM
Paulo plays Ferrer 3rd match after 12pm on Court 6.

I'm ready to Vamos!! If you can beat him on grass, then this match on clay is nothing for you! ;)

Ome
04-28-2009, 02:28 PM
I doubt I can fight the sleepiness to follow the scoreboard tonight :lol:

The draws have been so unkind lately :smash: ---- Well, unkind is an understatement actually :o

Puschkin
04-28-2009, 09:00 PM
As your more faithful fans are away tonigt, it is me cheering you on, Paolo. 4-2 up against Ferrer. Vamos!

Ome
04-28-2009, 09:11 PM
:wavey:

I can't believe I'm still up for the scoreboard :lol:
And I have EKG class in the morning... :yawn:

Ome
04-28-2009, 09:13 PM
Ohhhh, he won a set off Ferrer! :D

Wonder if he does the "Vamos" act today :lol:

Puschkin
04-28-2009, 09:19 PM
Ohhhh, he won a set off Ferrer!
:yeah: Just go on Paolo, don't think.

And the scoreboard stopped thinking. :mad:

Ome
04-28-2009, 09:31 PM
Hmmm, I guess it's too dark to play now, isn't it? :awww:

Puschkin
04-28-2009, 09:35 PM
Hmmm, I guess it's too dark to play now, isn't it? :awww:
That can't be the reason. It was already dark when they started.

Ome
04-28-2009, 09:37 PM
Match Suspended - Darkness :lol: :o

Puschkin
04-28-2009, 09:39 PM
Match Suspended - Darkness :lol: :o
:rolleyes: I wonder what is going on there.

Ome
04-28-2009, 09:40 PM
Not enough artificial lights on (some of) the outside courts, I suppose.

And I'm willing to bet that Ferrer was the one forcing the issue :lol: Great timing, little man :p

PinkFeatherBoa
04-28-2009, 10:28 PM
To stop at a set up, argh so frustrating...

Don't get me started on why we have 2nd round action on Centre right now. :rolleyes:

Hope Paulo can keep his momentum up tomorrow. :yeah:

tufani
04-28-2009, 11:52 PM
Oh why did they stop the match at 30-all on Paulo's serve? :mad:

Anyway, maybe it's even better that the match was suspended. Paulo can start it over and win another set. Vamos!! :rocker2:

tufani
04-28-2009, 11:54 PM
OOP for Wednesday:

CAMPO 6

Starting At: 1:00 PM
Christophe ROCHUS (BEL) vs Marin CILIC (CRO)
Paul-Henri MATHIEU (FRA) vs David FERRER (ESP) To finish 63 01

Ome
04-29-2009, 01:12 PM
Oh why did they stop the match at 30-all on Paulo's serve? :mad:


Because Ferrer is a smart and very persuasive man :p

Ome
04-29-2009, 03:44 PM
Yay, Paulo closed the unfinished business :devil: 6-3 2-6 6-2 ---- looks like a decent third set there! :yeah:

tufani
04-29-2009, 03:45 PM
:woohoo::bigclap::yippee::dance::D

http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/5655/638d26f36049.jpg

Puschkin
04-29-2009, 03:46 PM
:bowdown::woohoo:

PinkFeatherBoa
04-29-2009, 03:49 PM
This is such a busy tennis day for me, favourites all over the place ATM. :lol:

Well done Paulo, more good news for me!!! Hope he can keep it up later today against Zverev. :dance:

TheEnd
04-29-2009, 03:52 PM
paulo , good job!!!!!:cool:

Ome
04-29-2009, 04:17 PM
This is such a busy tennis day for me, favourites all over the place ATM. :lol:

Well done Paulo, more good news for me!!! Hope he can keep it up later today against Zverev. :dance:

I didn't know that he had to play another match later today! :o
Well, I shall be awake for Manchester United vs Arsenal anyway so it shouldn't be a problem here ;)

Great match practice for him then. Keep it going, Paulo! :dance:

PinkFeatherBoa
04-29-2009, 06:30 PM
He's already back out there :eek: and has an early lead...

Certainly a busy day for Paulo so far!

OMG storm brewing over Court 1. :scared:

Ome
04-29-2009, 07:46 PM
Big OUCH here! :tape:

PinkFeatherBoa
04-29-2009, 08:04 PM
Oh no Paulo, what's going on? Too much tennis today. :awww: :unsure:

Ome
04-29-2009, 08:10 PM
I don't think it's too much tennis... He's in a great shape physically :)

I guess he's just been thinking too much :hug:

Ome
04-29-2009, 08:14 PM
We kind of knew our fate after that tiebreak, didn't we? :lol:

Hang in there, P-H! :hug: Guess we'll peak in Paris then ;)

tufani
04-29-2009, 08:15 PM
Oh my God, Paulo... :awww: :sad: I guess it's good that match wasn't showed on TV. :unsure:

PinkFeatherBoa
04-29-2009, 08:22 PM
The TB sealed Paulo's fate indeed. This loss makes me want to use some of the banned melodramatic smilies, Jai. :lol: Instead I'll use :hug: for Paulo, I knew this was too perfect a tennis day to be true. :awww:

Ome
04-29-2009, 08:31 PM
I have chosen :lol: and :hug: instead...
Although the 6-0 set was screaming for something a lot more melodramatic :lol:

These past few months have been so difficult :awww:

PinkFeatherBoa
04-29-2009, 08:36 PM
Yeah but the breakthrough is on it's way, I can sense it- maybe it will come at Roland Garros, if he can get the right draw.

Ome
04-29-2009, 08:42 PM
:D :yeah:

The hard work has to pay off someday, someway, somehow :hug:
... But the sooner the better, of course :lol:

Puschkin
04-29-2009, 11:09 PM
These past few months have been so difficult :awww:
:hug: x 1 000 000.

Ome
04-30-2009, 09:28 AM
:hug: x 1 000 000.

Thank you :hug:


Paulo is - just like us - still optimistic about his situation, it seems :)
http://www.welovetennis.fr/masters-rome/11515-paul-henri-mathieu-a-quelques-centimetres-pres

"Mais je suis sur le bon chemin." :yeah:

grosjeanlol
05-02-2009, 08:33 AM
I hope he will fell good after this loss, he should have won this match.... I'm so sad for him, he has to fight again and again until he has good draws... Paulo lost his confidence, and I hope he won't play badly in Roland because people in France will not be good with him if he plays bad..

tufani
05-02-2009, 02:52 PM
The Munich draw:

[1] GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI vs BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
[WC] BRANDS, Daniel GER vs KOUBEK, Stefan AUT
NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN vs BOLELLI, Simone ITA
STARACE, Potito ITA vs [8] KUNITSYN, Igor RUS
[3] ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP vs HERNYCH, Jan CZE
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS vs MINAR, Ivo CZE
VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG vs GREMELMAYR, Denis GER
QUALIFIER vs [7] MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA

Another mysterious qualifyer. :smoke:

Ome
05-02-2009, 02:57 PM
I no long like surprises :lol:

Does this tournament give away a BMW to the winner?? If so, that should be a good motivation for Paulo! Think
about the free cool car!!!! :lol:

grosjeanlol
05-03-2009, 11:58 AM
Yes they give a BMW to the winner :D
Paulo seems to be motivated, not for the car but to be at the top.. GO GO GO PAULOOOOOOOOOOOO

PinkFeatherBoa
05-03-2009, 06:25 PM
That's quite a good section (depending on who mystery Q is :lol:).

Nice to read that he feels he is on the right path, he's got a good chance to do well in Munich now. :) Vamos Paulo- we need to build for the RG peak!

rrfnpump
05-04-2009, 12:46 AM
Paulo in Munich. ;) More pictures soon!

http://i39.tinypic.com/2pzz7ko.jpg

tufani
05-04-2009, 01:10 AM
Wow!! Thanks a lot! :bigwave: Paulo and Jim :D

PinkFeatherBoa
05-04-2009, 01:25 AM
Sunshine smile and with Jeremy= :inlove:. Thanks a lot!

tufani
05-05-2009, 09:30 AM
Q is Lamine Ouahab. Paulo plays him today at noon on Court 13 (:tape:) Allez! :bounce:

tufani
05-05-2009, 12:26 PM
:dance: :woohoo:
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/2156/e6478ca0d74c.jpg

grosjeanlol
05-05-2009, 05:10 PM
The pix is so sweet.. He's smiling, I love it !!!!

Naina
05-05-2009, 05:24 PM
I dont post here often so let me just introduce myself. I am naina. Nice to meet you guys :D.


thats a pretty good win. thank u for the pics.:D

Invisible
05-06-2009, 05:12 AM
I dont post here often so let me just introduce myself. I am naina. Nice to meet you guys :D.


thats a pretty good win. thank u for the pics.:D

:wavey: Hi Naina!!

I'm a Paulo and Rafa fan too :yeah:

You are welcome to chat with us more often :D

tufani
05-06-2009, 11:33 AM
Hi Naina! :bigwave:

Paulo gets an early break against Gremelmayr, 3-0. :bounce: There's a livestream on Bet365.

tufani
05-06-2009, 12:37 PM
Paulo played very well today, nice comfortable win. :woohoo: The Bet365 commentator said at the start of the second set, when Paulo was having some BPs on Gremelmayr's serve : "Looks like he's on a mission for lunch" :spit:

http://img360.imageshack.us/img360/1435/cf095aa6a20a.jpg

tufani
05-06-2009, 01:33 PM
http://img2.imageshack.us/img2/5156/6dd3f7dc8bcd.jpg

Paul-Henri Mathieu, the No. 7 seed from France, cruised past Algerian lucky loser Lamine Ouahab 6-3, 6-2. World No. 39 Mathieu, who was a semi-finalist (l. to Bolelli) on his debut in Munich last year, broke serve three times from seven opportunities and surrendered just 11 points on serve in the 66-minute match.

The 27-year-old Mathieu will look to win back-to-back tour-level matches for the first time since reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane (l. to Verdasco) at the start of the season when he faces Denis Gremelmayr in the second round. The German advanced when Argentine opponent Martin Vassallo Arguello retired with a lower back injury when trailing 1-5 in the first set.

atpworldtour.com (http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/1/en/news/newsarticle_3476.asp)

Ome
05-07-2009, 11:38 AM
Thanks for doing the updates, sweetie :smooch:

I didn't have the internet access for the last couple of days so I didn't see the stream :awww:

Well, lunch is always a good motivation for finishing the match quickly :rolls:

Ome
05-07-2009, 11:39 AM
I dont post here often so let me just introduce myself. I am naina. Nice to meet you guys :D.


thats a pretty good win. thank u for the pics.:D

:bigwave: Hi Naina and welcome! :hug:

tufani
05-08-2009, 11:28 AM
Thanks Fran for posting the link in Jeremy's thread, you can watch Paulo's second round match in Munich here (http://www.tennislive.tv/turniere/bmw-open/bmw-open-by-fwu-ag-gremelmayr-vs-mathieu) :wavey:

Paulo had a couple of chances to break Youzhny's serve early in the match, but missed them all. Seems like a good serving day so far! 2-all now, Vamos Paulo!! :armed: :rocker2:

Ome
05-08-2009, 12:10 PM
My internet connection is sooooo slow that I give up on the live stream :o

:awww: Poor thing. He played rather well in the first set. But there were so many chances that he didn't take...

tufani
05-08-2009, 01:35 PM
Paulo had some chances but didn't convert them, and Youzhny played really well today. Paulo is gaining some form though, which is great to see! Madrid draw will be out tonight according to the tournament's thread.

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/3797/3151131d06c9.jpg

Ome
05-08-2009, 02:51 PM
I'm happy and sad at the same time...

Happy because Paulo's shots really came together, even the serve :yeah: We can see the hard work he puts in out there.
Sad because he's still struggling to get the results he 'deserves' :awww:

If there's any justice in the world...


Oh what the heck! Just keep trying and looking gorgeous, Paulo! :lol: We're behind you all the way :rocker2:

Naina
05-08-2009, 05:28 PM
I watched and Paulo was good :D. Hopefully with more matches under his belt his game will click into place and we can see him go deep in RG:rocker:

And I agree he looked like a movie star had turned up to play tennis. The tan, the eyes the hair...:drool:

tufani
05-08-2009, 10:12 PM
I hope the results will come soon, since the game is there. :dance: The Madrid draw:

[1] NADAL, Rafael ESP vs BYE
MELZER, Jurgen AUT vs MONTANES, Albert ESP
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER vs ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP
GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP vs [13] CILIC, Marin CRO
[12] FERRER, David ESP vs QUALIFIER
LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP vs [WC] MONACO, Juan ARG
KUNITSYN, Igor RUS vs [WC] FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP
BYE vs [7] VERDASCO, Fernando ESP

[3] DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB vs BYE
[WC] HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP vs VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
SEPPI, Andreas ITA vs QUALIFIER
QUERREY, Sam USA vs [15] STEPANEK, Radek CZE
[9] TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA vs SAFIN, Marat RUS
[WC] LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO vs QUALIFIER
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA vs QUALIFIER
BYE vs [8] SIMON, Gilles FRA

Who's that Q this time? :p

Ome
05-09-2009, 02:33 AM
I watched and Paulo was good :D. Hopefully with more matches under his belt his game will click into place and we can see him go deep in RG:rocker:

And I agree he looked like a movie star had turned up to play tennis. The tan, the eyes the hair...:drool:

Another optimist! You'll fit right in around here! :bounce: ;)

I'm loving the tan :hearts:

I hope the results will come soon, since the game is there. :dance: The Madrid draw:

[1] NADAL, Rafael ESP vs BYE
MELZER, Jurgen AUT vs MONTANES, Albert ESP
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER vs ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP
GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP vs [13] CILIC, Marin CRO
[12] FERRER, David ESP vs QUALIFIER
LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP vs [WC] MONACO, Juan ARG
KUNITSYN, Igor RUS vs [WC] FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP
BYE vs [7] VERDASCO, Fernando ESP

[3] DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB vs BYE
[WC] HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP vs VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
SEPPI, Andreas ITA vs QUALIFIER
QUERREY, Sam USA vs [15] STEPANEK, Radek CZE
[9] TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA vs SAFIN, Marat RUS
[WC] LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO vs QUALIFIER
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA vs QUALIFIER
BYE vs [8] SIMON, Gilles FRA

Who's that Q this time? :p

:lol:

I really hope he gets to play Gilles. Should be interesting.

Ome
05-09-2009, 02:42 AM
From RMC:

PHM : « Il y avait quelque chose à faire »
En quart de finale du tournoi de Munich, Paul-Henri Mathieu s’est incliné face au Russe Mikhaïl Youzhny (7-5, 3-6, 6-3). Une nouvelle défaite pour le Français face à celui qui l’avait battu lors du match décisif en finale de la Coupe Davis 2002 ;

Paul-Henri Mathieu : « Je l’ai joué quelques fois depuis 2002. On ne compte plus et on pense au match présent. Ce qui s’est passé s’est passé. Aujourd’hui je n’ai pas fait un grand match, c’est dommage car je pense qu’il y avait quelque chose à faire dans ce tournoi. J’ai de bonnes sensations qui reviennent. Si je n’allais pas de mieux en mieux ce serait inquiétant car j’ai commencé très bas. Je vais essayer de faire un bon tournoi la semaine prochaine à Madrid. »

Source: http://www.rmc.fr/edito/sport/77825/phm-il-y-avait-quelque-chose-a-faire/
________

Be a little more optimistic for all of our sakes, please :p You WILL get better results soon!

PinkFeatherBoa
05-09-2009, 08:01 PM
Aww Paulo, I've only seen the 2nd rnd match so far (trying to make my way through the videos on the site :lol:) but I saw a lot of improvement already. I hope he is more positive than that suggests.

We'll have to inject in him some of our positivity. You CAN do well in Madrid, now please believe it! :)

and welcome Naina. :wavey:

tufani
05-11-2009, 12:44 AM
Fognini that is. They'll play on Tuesday, I think.

Ome
05-11-2009, 02:29 PM
Could be tricky...

Vamos, Paulo! You can definitely do it. :rocker:

Puschkin
05-11-2009, 02:30 PM
Vamos, Paulo! You can definitely do it. :rocker:
I envy you. :sad:

Ome
05-11-2009, 02:34 PM
I envy you. :sad:

:awww:

I was about to PM you a million :hug:s !!!

:hug: :hug: :hug:

PinkFeatherBoa
05-11-2009, 06:51 PM
Big :hug: to you, Puschkin. I totally feel where you're coming from.

We're (I feel it right now) very lucky to have Paulo.

Btw my morning was cheered a little earlier by seeing the lovely Paulo watching Tsonga/Safin. I really can't wait to see him again at Queens and Frenglish him. :silly:

Sorry for the off-topic (still emotionally weird today), of course I wish Paulo a great match against Fognini.

tufani
05-11-2009, 09:56 PM
Margareta :hug:

We are very lucky to have Paulo indeed, Jen. Btw, he plays tomorrow at noon on Court 5! :bounce:

Naina
05-12-2009, 09:22 AM
Good Luck Paulo:bounce: please win so I can see your cute ass on tv ;)

tufani
05-12-2009, 12:12 PM
7-6(5) first set! Fognini was up a break two times in the set and led 5-2 on a tie-break :devil: Vamos Paulo, keep it up!! :rocker2:

Ome
05-12-2009, 12:26 PM
Come on, Paulo! :D

Ome
05-12-2009, 12:58 PM
Hmmmmm, he lost the second set :bolt:

Knew this would be difficult...

tufani
05-12-2009, 01:08 PM
Broken in the third set. Paulo, remember the first one, break back!! Allez!

Ome
05-12-2009, 01:12 PM
3-0 now... The Italian dude is on a roll :lol:

Ome
05-12-2009, 01:15 PM
Paulo retired :speakles: :awww:

tufani
05-12-2009, 01:15 PM
Paulo retired... :eek: What's wrong??

tufani
05-12-2009, 01:17 PM
Gosh, I hope it's nothing serious... :awww: What could have happened there?

Ome
05-12-2009, 01:19 PM
Just hope it's not a serious injury or H1N1 flu :bolt:

I wonder if he's been having any kind of injury lately. His previous matches kind of fall in the same pattern... Having held the lead then he just lost his way in the end.

tufani
05-12-2009, 01:22 PM
He seemed a bit tired to me during his Munich match against Youzhny...

Btw, he was seen yesterday on the stands at Tsonga-Safin and Lopez-Monaco matches.

tufani
05-12-2009, 01:28 PM
The stats:

http://s46.radikal.ru/i112/0905/8d/a480a8b1789e.jpg

Hopefully there will be some short (at least) interview soon. Paulo :awww:

Ome
05-12-2009, 01:30 PM
Whatever it is, I hope he'll get better real soon :hug:

At least we know he's still enjoy tennis itself :lol:

tufani
05-12-2009, 01:33 PM
He still has some time till RG to get back in shape whatever is wrong with him... btw, he will be seeded!!

Tennis became really frustrating lately :ras:

Ome
05-12-2009, 01:40 PM
That's a good way to think of it :) Although, I'm sure we all wanted him to have a decent preparation for RG :awww:

Yep! Our boys should have done some modeling as a side job when tennis gets us all frustrated like this :p

tufani
05-12-2009, 01:48 PM
No preparation, yeah... maybe he gets some luck with the draw at last so that he'll be able to gain some momentum. Ah, just trying to stay positive.

The bad times must come to an end some day. :p

Good idea about modeling, Jai! :lol: :awww:

Ome
05-12-2009, 01:53 PM
It's good that we all stay positive here. Surely the best thing about us - Paulo fans! :dance:

Must, indeed! ;)

It would be good to the eyes, wouldn't it? :smoke:

Puschkin
05-12-2009, 01:54 PM
Tennis became really frustrating lately :ras:
I totally agree, but the degrees vary.

tufani
05-12-2009, 02:04 PM
Staying positive helps overcoming all those difficulties somehow. I'm proud to be Paulo fan :rocker2:

Oh, it would be good on the eyes for sure! :cool:

Cannot believe Roland Garros starts in two weeks! :eek:

Still no info on the reason of his retirement. :(

I totally agree, but the degrees vary.

The degrees vary, but the thing is it's still very frustrating...

Ome
05-12-2009, 02:09 PM
Now it's extra frustrating for me, not knowing what happened with Paulo :smash: And also to see Blake and FISH doing well on clay! :rolls:

I won't be able to watch any tennis for a while since I don't have a cable TV anymore and my internet is super suck! :o

tufani
05-12-2009, 02:16 PM
They just write everywhere that he retired without mentioning the reasons. Guess the press doesn't know yet.

What about RG, Jai? :eek:

Ome
05-12-2009, 02:19 PM
If only I know the right number to call... :lol:

Including RG :bigcry:

tufani
05-12-2009, 02:32 PM
http://www.sport24.com/tennis/atp/actualites/phm-jette-l-eponge-262992/

It seems he got really pissed with himself :eek: But still no info on retirement...

Oh, that's not good at all, Jai :( :hug: What's with your connection? Are you using dial-up atm?

Ome
05-12-2009, 02:39 PM
Ummm, he was too angry to play? :lol:

On a serious note, it's understandable. I could guess it's also frustrating to him. He seems to be doing everything he could (coach changing, intense training session, etc.), but it's just doesn't pay off!

It's a Lan thing. I have to share it with the whole building :help: It takes me 15 minutes to watch a 3-min video on YouTube :o

tufani
05-12-2009, 02:48 PM
Well, I wish it was the real reason and not some kind of nasty illness or injury.

Hope he has enough patience and won't go too hard on himself, all his hard work will pay off in results some day, I'm sure of that.


Oh, Jai, sounds so familiar! No chance to get a faster connection then?

Ome
05-12-2009, 02:57 PM
Paulo couldn't have stated "Anger" as the "official" reason :lol:, but yeah, better than those you mentioned!

He can never give up. We can be sure of that. :dance: This fact is always comforting to me.

Well, I could get another internet service myself. But I will have to run it pass so many people (asking for permission, etc.) but I don't really like talking to people who are in charge of the building :lol:

tufani
05-12-2009, 03:10 PM
I wish he could! :lol: Apparently he's sick and is on antibiotics :awww: (L'Equipe (http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090512_153526_mathieu-pris-de-vertiges.html))

I see... You know, sometimes I wish I wouldn't be able to watch RG since it's exams time for me :tape:

Ome
05-12-2009, 03:18 PM
That would be hilarious and very honest :lol:

Awwww, he just can't catch a break! Bad luck. Poor thing :hug: But you know what he could do... He could let me take a look at his condition! :devil: :aplot:

Fight the temptation, Olga! :lol:

PinkFeatherBoa
05-12-2009, 03:41 PM
:wavey: Quick hello, thanks for keeping the thread updated ladies, trying to limit my (non useful use) Internet time atm.

Poor Paulo, will he ever catch a break?! :awww: This certainly hasn't been ideal preperation for RG in terms of results lately but he's had bad lead up's to RG before and still done well there, so I'm still optimistic, too. Just hope that he can get over this sickness soon and be ready to fight again. The bounce-back nature of Paulo always inspires me- "He gets knocked down but he get's up again. Are you ever going to keep him down?!" :rocker2:

Ome
05-12-2009, 04:24 PM
Paulo always reminds me of the song, Tubthumping by Chumbawamba :lol: Totally his theme song! :rocker:

Ome
05-12-2009, 05:00 PM
ATP listed 'throat' as the official reason. Ah, so it's probably strep throat :hug:

Take a full course of antibiotics then, Paulo! Try not to miss any. Speedy recovery :)

tufani
05-12-2009, 05:51 PM
That would be hilarious and very honest :lol:

Awwww, he just can't catch a break! Bad luck. Poor thing :hug: But you know what he could do... He could let me take a look at his condition! :devil: :aplot:

Fight the temptation, Olga! :lol:

Oh, for sure! :lol:

This time off till RG seems like a blessing now! He can recover, regroup and get himself ready to Vamos in Paris :armed:

Jai, now I wish I were a medical student :lol: :angel:

I will try to. :crazy:

Truc
05-13-2009, 12:26 AM
I saw him training with Jérémy in the morning and I already noticed then that he was coughing a little bit. He looked OK to me during the match, though, at least during one set and a half. Then I left because Mr. Simon was finally training, so I stayed at the practice courts for a while and when I came back, it was already in the 3rd set, Paulo called the physio, they talked a little bit and he retired immediately. It felt a bit unusual coming from him. I'm sure he was not fit since I had noticed it during the training session already, but it also looked like he didn't feel like playing anymore.
The match was quite entertaining, both guys were damn inconsistent, but there were some spectacular rallies, I enjoyed the match. There were some ugly errors, but what I saw really wasn't bad. Nice fight in the TB to come back from 0-4.
There was some drama too when a line judge got injured in the 1st set because Fognini hit him unintentionally by chasing down a ball (the courts are very small, there isn't much room behind the baseline). It looked really bad, the poor man was bleeding a lot.
I uploaded some pics here, but I have more, I'll upload them later:
http://picasaweb.google.de/Trucsdetennis/TennisMadrid2

Ome
05-13-2009, 01:35 AM
Thank you so much, Fran :D

Didn't Paulo once retire in a similar situation against Santoro last year? Well, I would imagine that it's a combination of the illness AND the fact that he was already down a break in the third. No need to push his luck. And also, he knows his fans won't be too hard on him ;) :lol:

:eek: Paulo looked amazingly nice in that red shirt! Like a school boy! :rolls: :bounce: And me love the haircut! ^^

Truc
05-13-2009, 08:06 AM
Yeah, he probably could have kept playing a couple more games (people around me who didn't kow about his illness were surprised to see him retire), but thought there was no need to because he was never going to win anyway. I can understand him too if he didn't feel like being bagelled by Fognini who is quite obnoxious!

But the match actually reconciled me with Fognini who drove me nuts in his two matches against Gilles. He's annoying and really weird, but it makes him entertaining to watch. I was half-dozing during some matches, but not during Paulo-Fognini! What a rollercoaster. When one guy looked a bit in control, you knew he could always collapse 30 seconds later without any apparent reason, so it kept me awake. Jim-Chucho was much more boring.

Courteau kept saying "Allez Paulo! C'est bien, ça, Paulo!" I guess Paulo needs that, Champion did the same when I saw him in Hamburg, after every point, I find that so annoying after a while. I think I have a pic of the people with Courteau, I didn't know all of them. I thought Barbarin is Paulo's physical trainer now, but he wasn't there.
Champion was watching too at the end.

I found Paulo very error prone on his BH side, some shots were really landing in the bottom of the net. But I can't say much about his game, sorry.
It was a bit shocking to see him waste his lead when he was one break up at the beginning of the 2nd set, I was there, it was before I left for the practice courts, but I have no idea how Fognini broke back, he really looked "finished" this time and Paulo brought him back into the match somehow.

Truc
05-13-2009, 08:17 AM
But there definitely was something wrong with him, you can see a pic of him sitting on his chair in training in the morning, it was a weird moment, they were practicing normally and out of the blue, Paulo went to his chair and stayed like in the pic for ever. Without saying anything, without any warning. Courteau, Jim, Jim's coach looked a bit :confused: , everybody was waiting - and then after a while he stood up and resumed the training.
He probably felt a bit dizzy. But he doesn't say anything, so it looks weird!
He's the exact opposite of Gilles who can't stop talking and comments his every single move in training (which is a bit annoying too, I felt like telling him "Oh shut up already and focus on what you're doing!" after a while).

Ome
05-13-2009, 11:31 AM
But there definitely was something wrong with him, you can see a pic of him sitting on his chair in training in the morning, it was a weird moment, they were practicing normally and out of the blue, Paulo went to his chair and stayed like in the pic for ever. Without saying anything, without any warning. Courteau, Jim, Jim's coach looked a bit :confused: , everybody was waiting - and then after a while he stood up and resumed the training.
He probably felt a bit dizzy. But he doesn't say anything, so it looks weird!
He's the exact opposite of Gilles who can't stop talking and comments his every single move in training (which is a bit annoying too, I felt like telling him "Oh shut up already and focus on what you're doing!" after a while).

So Paulo! :lol:

It's sort of his personality, I think. He left things unsaid too many times. I like that he doesn't like to make any excuses. But there's a big down side to it. People might not understand the reason behind his decision... And that can lead to harsh criticism.

I've never seen Gilles' training, but I think I might like a talkative version more :lol:

Ome
05-13-2009, 11:41 AM
Courteau kept saying "Allez Paulo! C'est bien, ça, Paulo!" I guess Paulo needs that, Champion did the same when I saw him in Hamburg, after every point, I find that so annoying after a while. I think I have a pic of the people with Courteau, I didn't know all of them. I thought Barbarin is Paulo's physical trainer now, but he wasn't there.
Champion was watching too at the end.

I found Paulo very error prone on his BH side, some shots were really landing in the bottom of the net. But I can't say much about his game, sorry.
It was a bit shocking to see him waste his lead when he was one break up at the beginning of the 2nd set, I was there, it was before I left for the practice courts, but I have no idea how Fognini broke back, he really looked "finished" this time and Paulo brought him back into the match somehow.

Mathieu's coach also does that. It's really nice. :) Courteau :yeah:

I watched two of his matches in the past few weeks, I thought there were too many ups and downs in one match. He could come up with brilliant shots for half a set or even a set, then he would start making errors. It's a downhill from that point.


Would have been nice if Paulo still writes a dairy for his fans... :awww: :awww: I want to know what's on his mind -- ease some frustration from not knowing anything :lol:

Ome
05-13-2009, 11:59 AM
So apparently, Paulo has been sick since he left Munich. :hug:
And he also had problem with the court in Madrid.

Truc
05-13-2009, 11:59 AM
Mathieu's coach also does that. It's really nice. :) Courteau :yeah:
The funny thing is that a lot of people were doing it too, I found that really striking during his match.
Some people around me were also shouting all the time "Allez Paulo!", "Super, Paulo!" More than with the other players I've seen in Madrid.
Obviously a lot of people feel like being supportive with him during his matches. I'm not saying he was drawing a big crowd, but his few supporters were quite vocal and had this very special way to encourage him, constantly, each time he had played a great point or looked like he needed some help.

I watched two of his matches in the past few weeks, I thought there were too many ups and downs in one match. He could come up with brilliant shots for half a set or even a set, then he would start making errors. It's a downhill from that point.Exactly. "ups and downs" is the expression I was looking for yesterday evening to describe his match. But the brilliant shots are great, it's not like he has completely lost his game. He doesn't need much to turn it around. Last time I saw him was in IW and Miami and I found those matches more worrying than yesterday (especially the Murray one).

Ome
05-13-2009, 12:05 PM
The funny thing is that a lot of people were doing it too, I found that really striking during his match.
Some people around me were also shouting "Allez Paulo!", "Super, Paulo!" Much more with him than with the other players I've seen in Madrid.
Obviously a lot of people feel like being supportive with him during his matches. I'm not saying he was drawing a big crowd, but his few supporters were quite vocal and had this very special way to encourage him, all the time.

Exactly. "ups and downs" is the expression I was looking for yesterday evening to describe his match. But the brilliant shots are great, it's not like he has completely lost his game. He doesn't need much to turn it around. Last time I saw him was in IW and Miami and I found those matches more worrying than yesterday (especially the Murray one).

Imagine if "I" were there. :lol:

I have the exact same impression!

I think his shots are coming together, even his serve. Nothing is seriously wrong here, not anymore. I just hope he and Courteau can put their finger on the problem...

tufani
05-14-2009, 02:02 AM
Thanks a lot for all your reports and pictures, Fran :yeah:

Paulo plays an exhibition tournament 1er Masters Guinot-Mary Cohr next week, his opponent will be Andy Murray.

Mercredi 20 mai
A partir de 13h30
Andy Murray (GBR) - Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090513_182749_monfils-de-retour.html

PinkFeatherBoa
05-14-2009, 02:22 AM
Fran :worship: thanks for keeping an eye on Paulo for us!

Jai, I agree that it is so Paulo not to say anything about injuries/sickness :awww: but I like that about him, too.

I'm laughing about the Vocal Supporters at his match, I actually get the impression he attracts them in small, loyal groups (has been the case at Wimbledon as well). I guess us initiated ones, like to show that we know what a wonderful person and player Paulo is! It's nice to hear he's receiving this type of support- he deserves it! Also makes me feel less of a fool for being such a vocal nutter at his matches. ;) Thumbs up to Courteau for all his encouragement, as well.

I feel his game is getting there too, which is really nice and encouraging leading into RG, just need to find some darn consistency now (and fix whatever is stopping him winning with the big leads he gets). I'm so glad the serve appears to be fixed.

Good to know he's getting in more match practise at that exhibition, Bien Joué Paulo.

Ome
05-14-2009, 10:30 AM
I want to be a vocal nutter at his match, too! :awww:
Please come to Bangkok, Paulo! :rocker2:


He WILL be so rockin' in Paris! :devil:

Princesssparkle
05-14-2009, 12:32 PM
Hi all :wavey:

I'm Mireille. I've never posted here before but i'm a Paulo fan for quite sometime now.
Sad to hear he wasn't feeling well :sad:, but most important thing is that he's healthy in Paris of course!

Thanks for the pictures from Madrid. He looks so cute in that red shirt!

PinkFeatherBoa
05-14-2009, 03:30 PM
:wavey: I think I've seen you in Richard's forum before. Welcome here, Mireille. I'm Jenny.

Ome, he better go to Bangkok for you :armed:, especially as he has to go to Asia for the Shanghai Masters now, anyway.

Paris is going to be so sweet.

Ome
05-14-2009, 05:45 PM
Hi all :wavey:

I'm Mireille. I've never posted here before but i'm a Paulo fan for quite sometime now.
Sad to hear he wasn't feeling well :sad:, but most important thing is that he's healthy in Paris of course!

Thanks for the pictures from Madrid. He looks so cute in that red shirt!

Welcome Mireille :wavey: I'm Ome :) It's so nice to see you post here! :smooch:

Totally agree! :dance:

:wavey: I think I've seen you in Richard's forum before. Welcome here, Mireille. I'm Jenny.

Ome, he better go to Bangkok for you :armed:, especially as he has to go to Asia for the Shanghai Masters now, anyway.

Paris is going to be so sweet.

He and his girlfriend, too! :D City tour, free of charge :lol:

:yeah:

Princesssparkle
05-14-2009, 11:19 PM
:wavey: I think I've seen you in Richard's forum before. Welcome here, Mireille. I'm Jenny.



Welcome Mireille :wavey: I'm Ome :) It's so nice to see you post here! :smooch:






Thanks for the warm welcome Jenny & Ome! It's nice to meet other Paulo fans, sometimes I get the feeling people forgot about him :sad: I'm excited for Paris! I hope I'll get to see him there.

And Ome he definitely has to go to Bangkok, he can't resist a free city tour, can he? ;)

Ome
05-15-2009, 01:33 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome Jenny & Ome! It's nice to meet other Paulo fans, sometimes I get the feeling people forgot about him :sad: I'm excited for Paris! I hope I'll get to see him there.

And Ome he definitely has to go to Bangkok, he can't resist a free city tour, can he? ;)

Indeed... :awww: But this is a Pauloland... a land where Paulo always has the priority! :dance:

You're going to Paris?? :D

And free amazing meals, too! :lol:

Princesssparkle
05-15-2009, 11:35 AM
Indeed... :awww: But this is a Pauloland... a land where Paulo always has the priority! :dance:

You're going to Paris?? :D

And free amazing meals, too! :lol:

I like it here in Pauloland already ;)

Yes, I'm going to Paris! I will only be one day at RG, but that i'm even going is exciting enough :D I'm a little sad Richard isn't going to be there though, so I better get to see Paulo :angel:. I will make sure to take a lot of pictures for you all here ;)

Ome
05-15-2009, 12:15 PM
I like it here in Pauloland already ;)

Yes, I'm going to Paris! I will only be one day at RG, but that i'm even going is exciting enough :D I'm a little sad Richard isn't going to be there though, so I better get to see Paulo :angel:. I will make sure to take a lot of pictures for you all here ;)

I'm glad :aparty:

OhhhHHhhhh :D :D Have fun! :bounce: I love Paris!
:hug: Maybe you'll bump into Richard there. Miracle happens ;)

And thank you in advance, Mireille :kiss:

Princesssparkle
05-16-2009, 12:19 AM
I'm glad :aparty:

OhhhHHhhhh :D :D Have fun! :bounce: I love Paris!
:hug: Maybe you'll bump into Richard there. Miracle happens ;)

And thank you in advance, Mireille :kiss:

Thanks, Paris is indeed lovely!
I sure hope I'll bump into him (although that would be pretty embarrassing :lol:) but not gonna happen I think :(
And you're welcome of course! :hug:

PinkFeatherBoa
05-16-2009, 12:41 AM
Enjoy RG and Paris, Mireille. :hug: I'm jealous. ;) Hope you get to see Paulo and give him support. It's really nice to see players in their home country I think because the support there is always great.

Princesssparkle
05-16-2009, 04:47 PM
Enjoy RG and Paris, Mireille. :hug: I'm jealous. ;) Hope you get to see Paulo and give him support. It's really nice to see players in their home country I think because the support there is always great.

Thanks Jenny :hug:. If I get to see him play, I promise I'll cheer as loud as I possibly can ;) I'm really excited!
Btw, when will the Main Draw be released? Somewhere at the end of next week I guess?

Truc
05-20-2009, 01:19 PM
Friday 11.30 am.

His exho match against Andy is live on Eurosport atm. There will also be a replay tonight.

There also is a very short interview of him practicing in Roland-Garros here:
Link (mms://a988.v101995.c10199.e.vm.akamaistream.net/7/988/10199/3f97c7e6/ftvigrp.download.akamai.com/10199/horsgv/regions/siege/france3/toutlesport/rg_20090519.wmv)

Rita
05-20-2009, 10:15 PM
I was at the exho :inlove:

Princesssparkle
05-20-2009, 10:45 PM
Friday 11.30 am.

His exho match against Andy is live on Eurosport atm. There will also be a replay tonight.

There also is a very short interview of him practicing in Roland-Garros here:
Link (mms://a988.v101995.c10199.e.vm.akamaistream.net/7/988/10199/3f97c7e6/ftvigrp.download.akamai.com/10199/horsgv/regions/siege/france3/toutlesport/rg_20090519.wmv)

Thanks for the video! I read on Andy's twitter that he was practicing with Paulo and I immediately thought; I would love to see that! :inlove:

I was at the exho :inlove:

So jealous you were at the exho! Did you take pictures?

Ome
05-21-2009, 12:24 PM
I was at the exho :inlove:

Nice!! :D :D

Ome
05-21-2009, 12:25 PM
Thanks for the heads up, Fran!

I was on call yesterday, but managed to sneak out to watch the second set :lol:

PinkFeatherBoa
05-21-2009, 07:03 PM
Lucky you, Rita. :p

Tsk, tsk Ome, the things we do for Paulo. I call it "working from home" when I have a Paulo engagement- my computer is nowhere near my TV in reality. :lol:

I managed to watch most of it on Eurosport, Paulo looked in good shape (in more ways than one :hearts:).
Really hope that he can have a great Roland Garros. Unfortunately I'm going to probably miss most of RG this year though.

Rita
05-21-2009, 09:03 PM
he played quite well for the most part of course he missed some really :silly: shots at times but he was the more agressive player going for his shots and all :hatoff: i really enjoyed my time there :p
and he has lots of fangirls :rolls:
and he's such a cutie :hearts: unfortunately i'm not a good photographer :o
I'll try to upload my pictures when i have time and if there are any good ones i'll post them here :angel:

Princesssparkle
05-21-2009, 10:52 PM
No worries, I would love to see your pictures! I'm not surprised he has a lot of fangirls, he's so cute :D

PinkFeatherBoa
05-22-2009, 11:31 AM
Paulo's Quarter:

[6] RODDICK, Andy USA v [WC] JOUAN, Romain FRA
HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP v MINAR, Ivo CZE
NAVARRO, Ivan ESP v BECK, Andreas GER
GICQUEL, Marc FRA v [27] SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER

[24] MELZER, Jurgen AUT v ROITMAN, Sergio ARG
[WC] RUFIN, Guillaume FRA v SCHWANK, Eduardo ARG
[Q] v [Q]
REYNOLDS, Bobby USA v [11] MONFILS, Gael FRA

[15] BLAKE, James USA v [Q]
PAVEL, Andrei ROU v HAAS, Tommy GER
PHAU, Bjorn GER v CHARDY, Jeremy FRA
BOLELLI, Simone ITA v [19] BERDYCH, Tomas CZE

[32] MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA v [WC] RECOUDERC, Laurent FRA
GINEPRI, Robby USA v ANDUJAR, Pablo ESP
ACASUSO, Jose ARG v [Q]
MARTIN, Alberto ESP v [2] FEDERER, Roger SUI

Overly optimistic to post the whole Quarter, perhaps. ;) :lol: He hasn't been in Roger's section for a while though, makes a change from drawing Rafa or Novak. :lol:

Good luck Paulo! :rocker2:

Invisible
05-24-2009, 04:48 PM
Paulo plays tomorrow...3rd on Lenglen (after 2 WTA matches)!!

Allez/Vamos :dance:

Princesssparkle
05-25-2009, 01:45 PM
The match starts in a couple minutes! :bounce:

The Hooded Claw
05-25-2009, 02:07 PM
:smoke:

Where is everyone these days? :confused:

Paulo's a break ahead in the first. His sometime doubs partner Devilder has taken Wawrinka to five! :eek: He was a break ahead in the fourth; it's currently 4-4 final set.

Ome
05-25-2009, 02:20 PM
I'm on call most of the time :o Clinical years suck!!! :smash:

Vamos, Paulo!! :rocker2:

*still a bit down about Nico D :awww: :hug:*

The Hooded Claw
05-25-2009, 02:22 PM
I'm on call most of the time :o Clinical years suck!!! :smash:

Vamos, Paulo!! :rocker2:

*still a bit down about Nico D :awww: :hug:*

Jai :bigwave:

Nico did better than expected to be fair - I've never seen him challenge a top 30 player like that before (I remember Paulo beating him 6-0 6-2 last year).

Mel South served for the match against horrible Larcher de Screamo, failed to close it out and will probably lose :mad:

Paulo got broken and it's now back on serve.

PinkFeatherBoa
05-25-2009, 02:26 PM
:wavey:

I'm so glad Paulo got scheduled on the Bank Holiday so I could watch. :yippee:

Jai, sorry about Nico :hug:, he put in a very good fighting performance though.

Vamos Paulo. BTW backwards cap reminds me of RG06 and that Nadal match, I'm not sure why. :sobbing:

Ome
05-25-2009, 02:31 PM
Anthony and Jenny :wavey: :hug:

I didn't get to see the match but that was surely closer than I thought! :hatoff: Still, poor Nico :awww: I really wish he had a great win to boost his confidence :hug:

Funny... I don't like Larcher De Brito either :lol:

Don't let him get too close to you, Paulo! No mercy :angel:

The Hooded Claw
05-25-2009, 02:32 PM
Paulo wins the first set 6-4 :D

Ome
05-25-2009, 02:33 PM
Ohhh Jenny, what outfit does Paulo wear out there? The white one again? :lol:

PinkFeatherBoa
05-25-2009, 02:34 PM
Ohhh Jenny, what outfit does Paulo wear out there? The white one again? :lol:

Yeah, he's all in white.

Good start. :yeah:

Princesssparkle
05-25-2009, 02:37 PM
My stream just died :sad:

I'm glad he won the first set though!

The Hooded Claw
05-25-2009, 02:40 PM
deScreamo came back from losing the first set 6-0 to beat South. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

I swear, I'm not even going to follow the scores of another WTA match for a very long time. That was more painful than Anne K getting double bagelled by Safina.

Still, at least Kiefer won and Paulo is playing pretty well.

The Hooded Claw
05-25-2009, 03:17 PM
Vamos Paulo. Two sets up. I have to go, so fingers crossed I'll come back to good news :D

Ome
05-25-2009, 03:45 PM
And he won in straight sets :dance:

:bounce:

PinkFeatherBoa
05-25-2009, 03:48 PM
I love a good comfortable win. He looks in good shape, the serve didn't even bother me today.

He was really smiley in his on court interview afterwards. :hearts:

Bravo Sunshine!

Ome
05-25-2009, 03:51 PM
Whoaaaa! Mr.Sunshine is back? :D

Wish I could see the match! Envy you here, Jenny! :p And congrats for Stan :)

PinkFeatherBoa
05-25-2009, 03:59 PM
I hope so, he was Sunshiney today anyway, it must be the feeling of being at RG. I always feel like sunshine at RG. :lol:

I'm watching through a US *roxy on The Tennis Channel online streams. ;) Thanks about Stan, been a good day for my faves so far, but I'm not getting any work done, which is a bad thing. :o I sent someone to the postbox on my behalf earlier because I didn't want to miss any tennis. :lol:

So Paulo plays Ginepri or Andujar next. Hope they have a long battle in the heat. :devil:

Ome
05-25-2009, 04:12 PM
RG is very Sunshiney indeed :lol:

I just finished writing my case report :zzz: So much work to do these days and I'm on call again tomorrow, until midnight. (It's not like I'm that useful in the ward :o ) Maybe it's a blessing that I don't have RG coverage :spit:

:devil: :angel:

PinkFeatherBoa
05-25-2009, 04:18 PM
RG is very Sunshiney indeed :lol:

I just finished writing my case report :zzz: So much work to do these days. Maybe it's a blessing that I don't have RG coverage :spit:

:devil: :angel:

It probably is. ;) Good luck with all the work. :hug: I always admire anyone who can commit themselves to Medical School. :yeah:

Luckily my course is pretty flexible hours, so I can fit in tennis around the hefty workload. ;) Grand Slams are so bad for me though- I stayed home from RG this year and yet I'm still watching too much of it.

That doesn't mean Paulo shouldn't keep winning and distracting me as much as possible. :angel: The Quick matches help btw Paulo.

Ome
05-25-2009, 04:23 PM
It probably is. ;) Good luck with all the work. :hug: I always admire anyone who can commit themselves to Medical School. :yeah:

Luckily my course is pretty flexible hours, so I can fit in tennis around the hefty workload. ;) Grand Slams are so bad for me though- I stayed home from RG this year and yet I'm still watching too much of it.

That doesn't mean Paulo shouldn't keep winning and distracting me as much as possible. :angel: The Quick matches help btw Paulo.

Merci :hug:

It would be extremely nice if we can have quick matches like today --- of course, with him on the winning side :lol:

tufani
05-26-2009, 06:36 PM
:wavey:

That's a solid start, Paulo played very well! Hope he keeps it up! :yeah:

The Hooded Claw
05-28-2009, 06:07 PM
Paulo serving for the match. Deuce.

The Hooded Claw
05-28-2009, 06:12 PM
GSM Paulo, 6-2 6-3 6-4 :yeah:

Fed next then. Don't think he can take it, but Acasuso pushed him today. Hope he fights and makes it close.

No one here to cheer Paulo on? :( :tears:

Sharon
05-28-2009, 06:21 PM
Paulo! :rocker2:

That first point played when he was serving for the match :worship:
Reminded me of the shot he played against Roddick years ago

VAMOS AGAINST FED! :rocker2:

PinkFeatherBoa
05-28-2009, 06:45 PM
I missed most of the match but I did see the last few games. Really loved that 1st point of the final game, what a beauty. :drool:

Bravo Paulo, good luck against Federer!

Ome
05-29-2009, 12:48 PM
Federer :devil:

Go get him, Paulo! :lol:

tufani
05-29-2009, 07:10 PM
Our match is fourth on Chatrier Court (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/schedule12.html), after two WTA and one ATP matches. Good luck, Paulo! :bounce: :rocker2:

Princesssparkle
05-29-2009, 09:13 PM
:wavey: Hi all

I just got back from Paris, went to RG yesterday. Unfortunately I didn't get to see Paulo play but I saw him practicing for a little bit. It was difficult to get any good pictures.. there were a lot of people and the fence was bothering me. He looked great though ;) I managed to take 2 pictures, but the quality isn't that good.. I'll post them if anyone wants to see them?

Anyways, vamos Paulo!

PinkFeatherBoa
05-30-2009, 12:25 AM
Mireille, I'd like to see your pics. Glad you got to see Paulo practise and had a good time. :)

Who did you see play?

The Hooded Claw
05-30-2009, 05:31 PM
Paulo takes the first set against Fed. Well done.

tufani
05-30-2009, 05:36 PM
:wavey:

Try to keep up this level of play, Paulo!

The Hooded Claw
05-30-2009, 05:51 PM
Fed 4-1 up in the second :(

Kohli takes out Djokovic :eek: :yeah: Who saw that one coming?

HoistDaColors
05-30-2009, 07:07 PM
Fed is drawing paulo up to the net. he's giving him some short balls. c'mon paulo push it to a fifth and remember to have fun!

PinkFeatherBoa
05-30-2009, 07:59 PM
I'm so sick of tennis. Paulo :hug:

Rita
05-30-2009, 09:08 PM
:hug: to everyone here :hug:
He played a good match we should all be proud.

Naina
05-30-2009, 09:28 PM
Paulo :hug:

I love him sooooooo much :hearts:

Ome
05-31-2009, 03:37 AM
Paulo :hug: And a :hug: for us, the fans!

I only saw the first two sets because I had the patient in the OR :awww: (Darn appendicitis! :ras:)
I'd been missing the first-set Paulo so much! So inspiring.

We sure are very proud of you, Paulo! You're still rockin'! :rocker2:
Ohhhh, maybe we'll beat Fed on grass! :lol:

Puschkin
05-31-2009, 08:36 AM
Nothing to be ashamed off, Paolo! Well played, some stunning returns.

PinkFeatherBoa
05-31-2009, 03:50 PM
Yeah I was very pleased with his performance, too. Shame he got such a tough draw. Roger better be ready to go all the way, that would make me feel better about the loss. ;)

Looking forward to seeing you here on the grass, Paulo!

Princesssparkle
06-01-2009, 12:19 PM
Mireille, I'd like to see your pics. Glad you got to see Paulo practise and had a good time. :)

Who did you see play?

They are in the pictures thread now ;)

I saw the match between Bartoli-Garbin and the first set of Federer-Acasuso. After that I left Chatrier because I wanted to see Andy Roddick play (I've been a huge fan since 2003) on court 2. There was a huge line to get in.. so 2 hours later we finally got some seats and I saw the last set of Clement-Rochus, that was a really exciting match! Although I wanted Arnaud to win :sad:. While waiting in line I met a group of americans and after the Clement-Rochus match we managed to get seats all together.. A lot of people left and then all of a sudden we we're in the second row! Right behind Richard Williams :lol:. I couldn't believe how close I was to Andy! The match was really nice, he played really well and his serve is so impressive in real life :eek:. We cheered on him pretty loudly :lol: and after the match we all got his autograph :D. It was definitely one of the best days of my life!

tufani
06-13-2009, 09:09 PM
Tight schedule between Wimbledon and summer hardcourt season - Stuttgart, Hamburg and Gstaad!

tufani
07-05-2009, 12:00 AM
Paulo also is going to play doubles with Jeremy in Stuttgart. :D They have never played doubles together before.

PinkFeatherBoa
07-05-2009, 12:47 PM
Doubles with Jeremy! This I like. :rocker2:

Wish I could be in Germany. :awww: I have a good feeling about these tournaments for Paulo.

tufani
07-06-2009, 09:25 AM
Doubles with Jeremy! This I like. :rocker2:

Wish I could be in Germany. :awww: I have a good feeling about these tournaments for Paulo.

I wish we could see them playing!

Me too! Hopefully, we'll get a wonderful ending to the claycourt season 2009 :rocker2:

grosjeanlol
07-07-2009, 11:59 AM
Hi everybody !!
I may see him on his first round... I'll bring some pix

Scaevola
07-12-2009, 11:28 AM
Hi !
I'm in Stuttgart and I hope to see Paulo in his first round too.
:)

tufani
07-12-2009, 02:26 PM
Hi everybody !!
I may see him on his first round... I'll bring some pix

Hi !
I'm in Stuttgart and I hope to see Paulo in his first round too.
:)

:bigwave: Have a nice trip! :D


The draw is finally out. Youzhny again...

[6] MONTANES, Albert ESP vs QUALIFIER
TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB vs HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP
MINAR, Ivo CZE vs SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER
QUALIFIER vs [4] HANESCU, Victor ROU

[7] SANTORO, Fabrice FRA vs FOGNINI, Fabio ITA
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS vs MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA
[WC] BERRER, Michael GER vs [WC] KOUBEK, Stefan AUT
NAVARRO, Ivan ESP vs [2] DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS

Paulo and Jim got first seeds, Kubot/Marach, in their first round.

Hoping for the best. Vamos! :bounce:

grosjeanlol
07-12-2009, 03:06 PM
Do you think Paulo will play tomorrow or on Tuesday?
I live 2 hours far from Stuttgart so I can be there quickly... As he isn't seeded, can he play on Tuesday?

TheEnd
07-12-2009, 03:23 PM
YOUZHNY :o

not a good draw :o

paulo vamos!

tufani
07-12-2009, 03:31 PM
Do you think Paulo will play tomorrow or on Tuesday?
I live 2 hours far from Stuttgart so I can be there quickly... As he isn't seeded, can he play on Tuesday?

Yes, he can play on Tuesday, it depends. But usually in Stuttgart most matches from the bottom half of the draw are played on Monday, so probably Paulo will play tomorrow. The OOP for Monday will be out soon, I suppose, so that we'll know for sure.

grosjeanlol
07-12-2009, 04:36 PM
I hope Paulo will be fine until tomorrow if he plays..

tufani
07-12-2009, 08:22 PM
The OOP is out, Paulo and Jim play doubles tomorrow.

ENBW COURT
Matches Start At: 2:00 PM
Dominik MEFFERT (GER) vs Victor HANESCU (ROU)
Not Before 4:30 PM
Lukasz KUBOT (POL)/Oliver MARACH (AUT) vs Jeremy CHARDY (FRA)/Paul-Henri MATHIEU (FRA)

PinkFeatherBoa
07-12-2009, 10:20 PM
Enjoy seeing Paulo, those who are going!

I've not been much in a tennis mood lately but hopefully Paulo will play well and cheer me up. Good luck Sunshine. :)

Naina
07-13-2009, 06:19 PM
Why isnt Paulo on the order of play for tomorrow??? :confused:

tufani
07-13-2009, 06:41 PM
Paulo and Jim lost 3-6, 3-6. Hopefully it was a fun experience anyway.

Why isnt Paulo on the order of play for tomorrow??? :confused:

No idea so far. :confused:

I came across an article on tennistalk (http://www.tennistalk.com/en/blog/Ricky_Dimon/20090713/Approach_Shots:_Back_to_the_clay_before_the_U.S._O pen_Series). The author calls Paulo and Youzhny "veterans" ("fellow veterans Paul-Henri Mathieu and Mikhail Youzhny will go head-to-head"), come on!

grosjeanlol
07-13-2009, 08:58 PM
Paulo will play on Wednesday, he asked to play this day because he wasn't feeling good..

Invisible
07-15-2009, 11:33 AM
I wish these matches had started on time....I'm tired and my head hurts, but I'll try to wait :yawn: Allez/Vamos Paulo...please WIN :D

Invisible
07-15-2009, 01:11 PM
1st set to Paulo in the tie break :woohoo: He had to come back from a break down twice, but still pulled off winning the set. Now please win in straight sets so I can :zzz:

Scaevola
07-15-2009, 01:16 PM
I came back, I saw his match of double only and some entrainements. His parents were there.
I am disappointed not to have seen his first round. :/
Yes, he wasn't feeling good, he coughed a lot.

Ome
07-15-2009, 02:22 PM
Paulo :D :D

Invisible
07-15-2009, 02:22 PM
Well, the second set went kind of the opposite of the first. Paulo was up a break two different times (once serving for the match) but Youzhny broke back twice. Paulo got it done in the tiebreak though :yeah: so a 7-6(4) 7-6(4) WIN and his first over Youzhny :bigclap:

Good Luck in the 2nd Round Paulo :yippee:

tufani
07-15-2009, 02:25 PM
The first win over Youzhny! :woohoo: :bigclap: :yippee: What a match that was! :eek: Was very scared when Paulo got broken while serving was the match. :o Paulo :rocker2:

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/2876/screenshot1852.png

Ome
07-15-2009, 02:33 PM
Did you guys get to see the match? :D (I'm totally ignoring my duty in the ward right now :bolt:)

This is going to be one bad joke :o ... but thank god it's not best-of-five :lol:

Invisible
07-15-2009, 02:43 PM
Did you guys get to see the match? :D (I'm totally ignoring my duty in the ward right now :bolt:)

This is going to be one bad joke :o ... but thank god it's not best-of-five :lol:

Nope, didn't see it...just livescore.

I would like to think that if it were a best of five that we wouldn't be left heartbroken...but :unsure: :scared:

tufani
07-15-2009, 02:48 PM
Did you guys get to see the match? :D (I'm totally ignoring my duty in the ward right now :bolt:)

This is going to be one bad joke :o ... but thank god it's not best-of-five :lol:

No, unfortunately not, was unable to find a livestream (the stream worked fine for EnBW, but not for the Center :( )

You are so right, Jai! :unsure:

grosjeanlol
07-15-2009, 07:41 PM
Hi everybody !!
I just wanna say that paulo's Mum told me the match wasn't extraordinary because Youzhny was tired of the Davis Cup... And Paulo is a little ill...
Paulo was alone in Stuttgart so his parents came to support him
I hope he will get over and play the semi on saturday because it's my birthday on saturday and I would like to go there to see him !
So GO GO GO PAULO

PinkFeatherBoa
07-15-2009, 08:00 PM
Thanks for the update, hope Paulo feels better soon.

I managed to see a couple of games only since all centre court livestreams seem to be problematic for this tournament but am really pleased Paulo could finally beat Youzhny, even if Misha is not the player he used to be atm. Congrats Paulo.

tufani
07-15-2009, 09:01 PM
No wonder he looked so tired on the pics... thanks for the info!

From ATP website:
http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/9687/screenshot1853.png
ATP World Tour No. 39 Paul-Henri Mathieu snapped a four-match losing streak against Mikhail Youzhny by defeating the Russian 7-6(4), 7-6(4) on Wednesday in the first round of the MercedesCup, an ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament in Stuttgart.

Mathieu twice trailed by a break of serve in the first set, but fought back on both occasions to force a tie-break – which the Frenchman then won 7-4. A reverse of fortunes in the second set saw Mathieu twice lead by a break, before being taken to a tie-break by the resilient Youzhny. However, unlike the Russian, Mathieu was not made to pay the price for his squandered leads and won the tie-break 7-4 after two hours and 11 minutes. Youzhny had defeated Mathieu in all four of their previous meetings, most recently on clay in the Munich quarter-finals in May.

“It was a very tough match,” remarked Mathieu. “I had played him four times before and never won so I’m happy that finally I won a match against him. I wasn’t able to practice much in the last few days because I was a bit unwell and that made me more relaxed before the match, which helped."

The 27-year-old Mathieu improved to an 18-17 match record on the season, highlighted by a semi-final finish at Brisbane (l. to Verdasco) to add to his quarter-final showing in Munich. The right-hander is making his third appearance in Stuttgart and will look to reach the quarter-finals for the first time when he takes on Fabio Fognini on Thursday.

Looking ahead to his next challenge, Mathieu said: “He’s (Fognini) a tough player. He’s playing really well on clay so I think it will be again a tough match.”
atpworldtour.com (http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2009/07/Stuttgart-Wednesday-Mathieu-Ousts-2002-Champion-Youzhny.aspx)

The Hooded Claw
07-15-2009, 10:03 PM
Long time coming, that first win. :hatoff: Paul.

Fognini is a winnable second round. Go on a run, Mr. Mathieu!

PinkFeatherBoa
07-15-2009, 11:46 PM
Unusual for the ATP site to actually update on Paulo. :lol: Must be a good sign, merci for posting it, Olga.

Paulo plays 1st tomorrow, 10.15am CET. Vamos Paulo, would be nice to get something going here.

Schu
07-16-2009, 04:07 AM
Good win Paulo! Nice way to pull out a close one!

I was so excited about Gasquet's decision that i forgot to pop in and say congrats to PHM and his fans (Youzhny is far from one of my favorite players so I was particularly happy). Hope he can follow it up with a few more wins.

tufani
07-16-2009, 12:01 PM
Thanks Schu!

Paulo retired against Fognini at 4-6, 1-4 because of dizziness. :awww:

Ome
07-16-2009, 01:04 PM
Saw this coming, didn't we? :awww:

Feel better real soon, Paulo :hug:

PinkFeatherBoa
07-16-2009, 01:15 PM
I was watching the match on the poorest quality livestream ever but you could tell from the start he was just not fit to play even on bad stream. I expected this to happen, especially since he got given 1st match, was really hoping that they would have given him a later match so he had more chance of not being so ill. Poor Paulo!! :awww: I hope he's feeling better and ready to go next week in Hamburg because he was finally finding some reasonable form again.

I was glad on my stream there was only one camera angle, so at least I didn't get to see close ups of his tired, sick looking face.

Truc
07-18-2009, 12:18 PM
I'm in Hamburg today, just saw Paulo practicing with Youzhny. I asked him at the end if he feels better and he said he's OK.
He was alone, no Courteau
And I guess you already knew the answer by now since it's the question I was supposed to ask 2 years ago ^^, but I also asked him if he speaks German since he's Alsacian - no, not at all.
He was very nice, all smile.

Ome
07-18-2009, 02:16 PM
Ohhhh, a smiley, sunshiny Paulo in Hamburg! :bounce:
Thanks for the updates, Fran :D

Youzhny, huh? :aplot:

TheEnd
07-19-2009, 01:08 AM
2009 International German Open

Main Draw

[1] Gilles Simon FRA vs Bye
Qualifier vs [WC] Daniel Brands GER
Qualifier vs Qualifier
Bye vs [13] Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA

[10] Viktor Troicki SRB vs Bye
Teimuraz Gabashvili RUS vs Andreas Seppi ITA
Christophe Rochus BEL vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ESP
Bye vs [5] Stanislas Wawrinka SUI

[3] Robin Soderling SWE vs Bye
Fabio Fognini ITA vs Ivo Minar CZE
Martin Vassallo Arguello ARG vs Qualifier
Bye vs [14] Nicolas Almagro ESP

[9] Jurgen Melzer AUT vs Bye
Qualifier vs Bjorn Phau GER
Qualifier vs Maximo Gonzalez ARG
Bye vs [8] Philipp Kohlschreiber GER

[6] David Ferrer ESP vs Bye
[WC] Florian Mayer GER vs Rainer Schuettler GER
Juan Monaco ARG vs Mikhail Youzhny RUS
Bye vs [12] Jose Acasuso ARG

[16] Mischa Zverev GER vs Bye
Janko Tipsarevic SRB vs [WC] Simon Greul GER
Steve Darcis BEL vs Ivan Navarro ESP
Bye vs [4] Tommy Robredo ESP

[7] Igor Andreev RUS vs Bye
Julien Benneteau FRA vs Juan Ignacio Chela ARG
[WC] Kevin Krawietz GER vs Jan Hernych CZE
Bye vs [11] Victor Hanescu ROU

[15] Jeremy Chardy FRA vs Bye
Oscar Hernandez ESP vs Andreas Beck GER
Philipp Petzschner GER vs Florent Serra FRA
Bye vs [2] Nikolay Davydenko RUS

TheEnd
07-19-2009, 01:17 AM
Doubles with Jeremy !:devil:

allez!:rocker2:

Truc
07-19-2009, 08:58 AM
Ohhhh, a smiley, sunshiny Paulo in Hamburg! :bounce:
Thanks for the updates, Fran :DHe was smiling when I talked to him, not during his training. I saw him again later, but I've forgotten who he was practicing with this time. He seemed to train normally, I think he's fit again. His practice sessions always look so intense compared to Gilles'! Still no coach in the evening.
I'm back in Berlin, I'll go again during the week, but I don't know on which day yet.

tufani
07-19-2009, 05:56 PM
Not a bad draw in Hamburg, Korolev/Riba for the first match. Hopefully, Paulo has fully recovered from illness! He and Jim drew second seeds this time.

Thanks a lot for the info, Fran! I wonder were is Courteau then...

PinkFeatherBoa
07-19-2009, 05:57 PM
Thanks for the updates, Fran. Glad to hear he seems fine in training. I wonder where Loic is though, hope he'll be there at his matches.

tufani
07-21-2009, 03:12 PM
PHEW, that one was extremely close! :scared: Paulo was down a break in the third set, down a minibreak (1-3*) on a TB. So glad he managed to pull through! :rocker2: :woohoo:

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