Indian Wells R2: Ancic def Benneteau 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-3 [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Indian Wells R2: Ancic def Benneteau 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-3

jonas
03-13-2010, 11:49 PM
A rollercoaster really. No high standards – it was all about the heart.

Ancic was outplayed in the first (trailed 1-5). The croat then rushes to 5-0 in the second, only to lose six straight games. :help:

Julien served for the match at 6-5, but, of course, Ancic never gives in. He turns it around and clinches the TB after some great play.

Didn't think Ancic would had the stamina in the third, but he really went for it and started attacking more, while Benneteau dropped a notch.

Went up a double break again in the third: *4-1. Julien breaks back after an easy FH error from Ancic (way to many UE in this match), but the croat fights his way to victory.

He's still a bit slow slow and his timing is sometimes way off. Too up and down and he needs more practice in these kind of tight match situations.

But. What an amazing fighting spirit and a great win! This should really boost Ancic's self confidence. :worship:

Doubt he can come back to top 20, am just hoping he can stay healthy for the whole season.

samanosuke
03-13-2010, 11:52 PM
Amazing !!!!!!!!

tennismaster882001
03-13-2010, 11:52 PM
Respect Mario! :worship:

asmazif
03-13-2010, 11:52 PM
so great you're back man, you showed heart today. :D

shaggy
03-13-2010, 11:52 PM
what a fighter, what a spirit, what a player!
Super Mario Ančić is back!!!

croat123
03-13-2010, 11:53 PM
huge fight from mario. he needs to clean up his game on his own serve quite a bit. great returning though, really took it to his opponent. beating a top40 player this soon into his comeback is a great sign. mario still has the best volleys out there...some of his low backhand pick ups were amazing

tyruk14
03-13-2010, 11:53 PM
I'm behind Ancic right now. Such a talented guy. Decent hands at the net, mixes it up with some S&V on occasion. Great win for him.

Deathless Mortal
03-13-2010, 11:53 PM
I'm really really glad he won :D
I didn't think before the match he will win, but as I watched the match, I realized he actually could. :worship:
It's great to have him back and I really hope he stays healthy and gets to his highest level. :yeah:

oranges
03-13-2010, 11:54 PM
Awesome win, I'm so happy for him. :bounce:

Fedexex
03-13-2010, 11:55 PM
amazing:hearts::worship:

Bashak
03-13-2010, 11:55 PM
complete drama this match. congrats Ancic, :hug: Benneteau.

How long can a player use protected ranking? Anybody knows?

jonas
03-13-2010, 11:55 PM
complete drama this match. congrats Ancic, :hug: Benneteau.

How long can a player use protected ranking? Anybody knows?

I think it's for eight tournaments or nine months - whichever occurs first.

TennisOnWood
03-13-2010, 11:56 PM
Bravo Mario :worship::worship::worship:

croat123
03-13-2010, 11:57 PM
mario showed flashes of what he is capable of today...especially on the return. hopefully he can rest up for his next match and just go out and give his best effort. rafa's game wouldn't suit mario even if mario was at 100%.

Fee
03-13-2010, 11:57 PM
I think the PR rule is 8 tournaments within 9 months, so he's got a while to get his numbers back up.

Probably have Nadal next, on Monday. Yikes, but he's picked up points and money this week and that's always a good thing.

FlameOn
03-14-2010, 12:00 AM
Mario. :hearts:

He's an amazing ballstriker.

Jelena_78
03-14-2010, 12:01 AM
it was all about the heart.

am just hoping he can stay healthy for the whole season.

Amazing !!!!!!!!

what a fighter, what a spirit, what a player!
Super Mario Ančić is back!!!

:worship: :worship:

Bravo Mario!!! :D

sheva07
03-14-2010, 12:01 AM
Choke fest. But good to see Mario back.

crystaleyesd
03-14-2010, 12:02 AM
Was almost tearing up at the end :lol:

So unbelievably happy for him, if anyone deserves this, it's him. I think he CAN make the top 20 again. I saw flashes of the old Mario in his game, and once he gets his consistency and self-confidence back and stops that choking, he'll fly up the rankings (yes, I'm optimistic, but as a Mario fan, you kinda have to be!)

Deathless Mortal
03-14-2010, 12:05 AM
Was almost tearing up at the end :lol:

So unbelievably happy for him, if anyone deserves this, it's him. I think he CAN make the top 20 again. I saw flashes of the old Mario in his game, and once he gets his consistency and self-confidence back and stops that choking, he'll fly up the rankings (yes, I'm optimistic, but as a Mario fan, you kinda have to be!)

I agree with you. I mean, if in his first ATP tournament after like 10 months he beats #37 in the world, then why even doubt this? Plus, it's Mario, he is the biggest fighter on the tour and he can surely do it.

croat123
03-14-2010, 12:05 AM
I think the PR rule is 8 tournaments within 9 months, so he's got a while to get his numbers back up.

Probably have Nadal next, on Monday. Yikes, but he's picked up points and money this week and that's always a good thing.
i want to say this is the first PR he used...he has a WC to miami. does anyone know if the wc he took for a futures event counts toward his maximum number of wcs?
also, it'll be interesting to see whether he will use his PR on RG and assumes that Wimbledon will give him a wc (barring a miracle run these next three weeks)

samanosuke
03-14-2010, 12:14 AM
Choke fest. But good to see Mario back.

It's stupid to talk about choking when someone didn't play an ATP tournament for 12 months

El Legenda
03-14-2010, 12:15 AM
awful awful match, the people that showed up for this choke fest should get their money back + plus another $100 for wasting the time to watch it.

jonas
03-14-2010, 12:15 AM
i want to say this is the first PR he used...he has a WC to miami. does anyone know if the wc he took for a futures event counts toward his maximum number of wcs?
also, it'll be interesting to see whether he will use his PR on RG and assumes that Wimbledon will give him a wc (barring a miracle run these next three weeks)

If you've been injured for at least six months you can accept six WC to ATP tournaments in a calender year. The future WC doesn't count.

TankingTheSet
03-14-2010, 12:17 AM
Benneteau should have tanked the second set when down 0-5, his chances of taking the third and taking the match would have been great.

ChinoRios4Ever
03-14-2010, 12:18 AM
fighter this Mario, welcome back :yeah:

samanosuke
03-14-2010, 12:18 AM
awful awful match, the people that showed up for this choke fest should get their money back + plus another $100 for wasting the time to watch it.



And what did you expect from a player who didn't play serious match for hole year and from a player who is usual pathetic ??? To be honest Mario played better then I expected . He had some really good points

MrChopin
03-14-2010, 12:21 AM
Yes! Yes!

minh
03-14-2010, 12:23 AM
Great Mario, happy happy happy

Corey Feldman
03-14-2010, 12:24 AM
i hope Benneteau chokes on a chicken bone

but WD Mario :yeah:

marquez
03-14-2010, 12:24 AM
awful match

Jomp1
03-14-2010, 12:33 AM
Not much of a show but I'm glad to see Mario back. :worship:

Voo de Mar
03-14-2010, 12:39 AM
Interesting, Benneteau was probably overexcited with a possibility to win first time in career from 0:5 down in a set :lol:

rocketassist
03-14-2010, 01:11 AM
:yeah: good stuff.

Chiakifug
03-14-2010, 01:14 AM
:bigclap:

Doomach777
03-14-2010, 08:10 AM
ma to care, to smo cekali!!! :D
Nadal is falling down :D

abraxas21
03-14-2010, 09:06 AM
i'm getting tired of all these yugoslav players with their 'ic'-ending surnamnes... dunno why.

Team_Roddick
03-14-2010, 09:50 AM
Still long way ahead of Mario. ;)

Certinfy
03-14-2010, 09:51 AM
Time to beat Nadal :yeah: :o

KarlyM
03-14-2010, 09:58 AM
YES! :bigclap: I'm very happy for Mario. :)

Yves.
03-14-2010, 10:12 AM
Super Mario is back!

crystaleyesd
03-14-2010, 10:22 AM
i'm getting tired of all these yugoslav players with their 'ic'-ending surnamnes... dunno why.

Ancic was tearing it up way before Djokovic and Cilic had even turned pro. But of course, you knew that, right? :rolleyes:

And also? "Yugoslav"? :rolleyes: x 10

Puschkin
03-14-2010, 10:31 AM
Good to see Mario back, but I am afraid Nadal will eat him.

Tutu
03-14-2010, 03:51 PM
MARIO. :bowdown: That was amazing.

samanosuke
03-14-2010, 04:10 PM
Good to see Mario back, but I am afraid Nadal will eat him.

That's also my fear but anyway this is great result for him

Vida
03-14-2010, 04:16 PM
saw a bit of the 2nd set last night. at that point ancic look very weary but got it through in the TB. yeah its good to have him back, frankly I thought he was gone for good.

Certinfy
03-14-2010, 04:19 PM
Can't believe only a few weeks ago he was playing future events :o And yh I also thought he was gone for good.

NAkebujiandan
03-14-2010, 04:43 PM
Come on,Super Mario

Machiavelli
03-15-2010, 09:12 AM
Expected win tbh, Benneteau has no game for him;

Almost 0% chances against Parrera; but good to see him back on the tour, hope he is fully fit and ready for the grass season and Davis Cup;

MariaV
03-15-2010, 09:15 AM
Very happy for Mario! :bounce: :bigclap:

Ibracadabra
03-15-2010, 09:33 AM
What? is that really how the match panned out? lol

Turquoise
03-15-2010, 10:08 AM
Nice to see Super Mario back. Hope he stays healthy and has a fruitful comeback to the ATP tour. All the best to him.