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Leading the revolt against the revolting moderation: Rafachat vol 56

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tennizen
05-18-2010, 02:58 PM
TT talk:zzz:

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 02:59 PM
Hi Hema :kiss:

tennizen
05-18-2010, 03:01 PM
Mikey, I saw you used Andreea's line in the match thread:D

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 03:02 PM
i always thought that about Madrid, Hema .. it is a crap tournament

so are Roma and Monte Carlo

tennizen
05-18-2010, 03:03 PM
The entire clay season is crap, Mikey:hug:

acionescu
05-18-2010, 03:04 PM
yes, but when i say it, doesn't sound like sour grapes :D

I bet Hamburg was awsome, no, Mike? Well, except 2008 :hug:

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 03:05 PM
Roger Garros is... alright

tennizen
05-18-2010, 03:13 PM
Betty deleted:D

Betty
05-18-2010, 03:15 PM
i didnt read back;) i thought they talked abt fed lost vs rafa:awww:
that one was my favourite..also AO 09:p

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 03:19 PM
Was it really http://www.milanmania.com/images/smilies/nunu.gif

Betty
05-18-2010, 03:21 PM
http://www.milanmania.com/images/smilies/nunu.gif
http://www.milanmania.com/images/smilies/nunu.gifhttp://www.milanmania.com/images/smilies/nunu.gif
and so?

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 03:24 PM
hooligan Betty appears

hide the snooker cue's

:scared:

Betty
05-18-2010, 03:26 PM
hide yr ass:devil:


hooligan?..a sweet soul as me:awww:

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 04:22 PM
Baltacha v Sorana

tough one for Adam

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 04:28 PM
Tues. at 8:30 is the next game for those two teams. So 1:30am I think for you.
remind myself for later

rocketassist
05-18-2010, 04:53 PM
yes, but when i say it, doesn't sound like sour grapes :D

I bet Hamburg was awsome, no, Mike? Well, except 2008 :hug:

Hamburg was a great tournament with history- $$$$$ won out.

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 04:58 PM
Baltacha 6-3 2-0 over Sorana so far

sensational

dal
05-18-2010, 05:03 PM
:wavey:

:woohoo: the thesis is done :woohoo:


:banana:

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 05:05 PM
Baltach broken back

dal did you know there was no volcano blast in Iceland, was just Betty with too many beans

bokehlicious
05-18-2010, 05:34 PM
I wish Wimbledon was just in the corner... *sigh*

acionescu
05-18-2010, 05:57 PM
Hamburg was a great tournament with history- $$$$$ won out.

Thank you deeply for popping up from time to time to tell us how it is and what we didn't know :yeah:

Minn
05-18-2010, 05:59 PM
remind myself for later :kiss:

:woohoo: the thesis is done :woohoo:
:rocker2:

Hilde, I hope your physical test goes well tomorrow.

Bibberz
05-18-2010, 06:07 PM
for our favorite Fed fanboy:

http://www.vamosbrigade.com/images/animations/whiff.gif

:worship::worship::worship::worship:

But did you see my singles score? :haha: :haha: :haha:

:hug: Mine wasn't anything to brag about either. :lol:

I don't see it that way. He just posted in his usual style, i'm sure that if he had even the slighest idea that he could get banned he wouldn't do that to Jess.

Yup. Pablin didn't do anything out of the ordinary for him. That ban is laughable.

i have to send too? :scared:

Don't worry. This is clay. We can do clay.

acionescu
05-18-2010, 06:24 PM
Don't worry. This is clay. We can do clay.

Rafito will show us the way :rocker2:









:bigcry: :bigcry:

I saw the results, actually i had a lot more correct picks for the 2nd round but unfortunately 1 sole correct pick doesn't get you through usually :awww: :o

Merton
05-18-2010, 06:39 PM
I badly need a vacation.

acionescu
05-18-2010, 06:41 PM
Who doesn't? I'd like one of about 261 days/year

dal
05-18-2010, 07:00 PM
:rocker2:


one small problem i can't make myself upload it :o :tape::smash:

l_mac
05-18-2010, 07:00 PM
Boggo lost :tears:

dal
05-18-2010, 07:02 PM
Baltach broken back

dal did you know there was no volcano blast in Iceland, was just Betty with too many beans

mikey ruuuun:bolt:

Merton
05-18-2010, 07:02 PM
People still attempt to read Bodo?

I read it only when somebody here gives a reference, so you can imagine the last time I read Bozzo.

I'm having a medical check-up of some sort tomorrow which requires me to eat very lightly in the days leading up to it. I'm HUNGRY. :sad:

Hopefully the exam turns out ok :fights off the tempation to post a picture of some awesome dessert:

I noticed most Nadal fangirls seem to have lesbian tendencies... :aplot: :hearts: :D

Noted for future reference :D

One thing is certain, people would have to pay me a considerable amount of real cash to be a moderator on MTF.

People don't give a damn when one poster is temporarily banned for a detail but they get outraged when a friend gets a similar treatement and then, they go moaning about moderators not being consistent.

Having said that, I don't read the TT part of the forum so, I don't have an opinion on this particular ban.


There is no way I would do it either, it would just take time and effort to keep mistakes and injustices at a minimum.

I wish Wimbledon was just in the corner... *sigh*

It is :D

Merton
05-18-2010, 07:05 PM
Who doesn't? I'd like one of about 261 days/year

Yes but some days you need a vacation more than others. This is such a day.

Boggo lost :tears:

:hug: :hug:

acionescu
05-18-2010, 07:05 PM
Boggo lost :tears:

:eek: Extra-ordinary occurence :eek: :hug:

acionescu
05-18-2010, 07:07 PM
is the damn OOP out? :sobbing:

-Evita-
05-18-2010, 07:15 PM
:eek: Extra-ordinary occurence :eek: :hug:

:lol:

is the damn OOP out? :sobbing:

In case you are referring to the RG OOP, it'll be posted soon :)

acionescu
05-18-2010, 07:32 PM
Evita, I am learning the flags with Petru. How exactly would you name the Latvian flag's colour? :scratch:

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 07:33 PM
NID Boggo, would have liked him to at least stay in so i could pick against him in TT tomorrow, sure fire point :cool:

Gaudio won, so did Baltacha over Sorana

l_mac
05-18-2010, 07:35 PM
Mikey :(

Evita, I am learning the flags with Petru. How exactly would you name the Latvian flag's colour? :scratch:


I would call it maroon.

acionescu
05-18-2010, 07:35 PM
ionescu petru

-Evita-
05-18-2010, 07:35 PM
Evita, I am learning the flags with Petru. How exactly would you name the Latvian flag's colour? :scratch:

I think the English word is maroon. We usually just say "the red-white-red flag" in Latvian because we don't have a good word for the color. It's supposed to be the color of blood.

l_mac
05-18-2010, 07:36 PM
ionescu petru

letting him type?

acionescu
05-18-2010, 07:37 PM
yep :cool:

acionescu
05-18-2010, 07:38 PM
yes, it's not marron in Romanian either. It's more like "grena" which is something between dark red and maroon and it's true that it's the colour of dried blood....

-Evita-
05-18-2010, 07:40 PM
yep :cool:

And he knows how to type his name? By himself? :eek:

bokehlicious
05-18-2010, 07:41 PM
I think it's "grenat" in French so probably "grena" in Romanian... :o

acionescu
05-18-2010, 07:42 PM
Not only he typed his name but he also clicked to post without help or indication :cool:

-Evita-
05-18-2010, 07:43 PM
Linda, I don't think I've expressed my happiness about your new avatar yet :inlove:

acionescu
05-18-2010, 07:44 PM
I think it's "grenat" in French so probably "grena" in Romanian... :o

Exactly, it's the garnet's colour, as in the semiprecious stone.

-Evita-
05-18-2010, 07:46 PM
Not only he typed his name but he also clicked to post without help or indication :cool:

That's probably because he's seen you do it a thousand times :lol: But seriously, it's great that he knows the letters already, I don't think my nephews would be able to do that.

acionescu
05-18-2010, 07:48 PM
Linda, I don't think I've expressed my happiness about your new avatar yet :inlove:

I was reading in a hurry this post and I understood that you are waiting for Linda to express her hapiness for your new avatar :rolls: :o

-Evita-
05-18-2010, 07:49 PM
I was reading in a hurry this post and I understood that you are waiting for Linda to express her hapiness for your new avatara :rolls: :o

:spit: No, I know better than that :o

My 10000th post is coming up :banana: Or is it already this one? :D

l_mac
05-18-2010, 07:49 PM
Linda, I don't think I've expressed my happiness about your new avatar yet :inlove:

:)

acionescu
05-18-2010, 07:50 PM
That's probably because he's seen you do it a thousand times :lol: But seriously, it's great that he knows the letters already, I don't think my nephews would be able to do that.

He knows them almost all. he doesn't recognise G, H, V, J, Y, Z

l_mac
05-18-2010, 07:52 PM
Oh Rafa. You are such a pretty girl.

His new fb profile pic:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=211428&d=1274208731

acionescu
05-18-2010, 07:59 PM
LOL :o

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 08:03 PM
what did you's think of Rafa's atp pic with the lipstick on

Snoo Foo
05-18-2010, 08:03 PM
:wavey: HI PETRU :wavey:

-Evita-
05-18-2010, 08:08 PM
Here's a pic from when my nephews turned 5: http://i50.tinypic.com/npfguw.jpg

acionescu
05-18-2010, 08:09 PM
already having his good night milk :)

Snoo Foo
05-18-2010, 08:10 PM
when i had short hair i had the same haircut as the nephew on the right. cost me 70 bucks at the chelsea hotel.

acionescu
05-18-2010, 08:10 PM
:hearts:

elessar
05-18-2010, 08:10 PM
I think it's "grenat" in French so probably "grena" in Romanian... :o
Looks more "Bordeaux" to me :D (color of wine)

acionescu
05-18-2010, 08:10 PM
what did you's think of Rafa's atp pic with the lipstick on

photoshopped

Snoo Foo
05-18-2010, 08:11 PM
what's the difference between burgundy and bordeaux?

edit: and "bordeux" too, for that matter :scratch:

elessar
05-18-2010, 08:14 PM
what's the difference between burgundy and bordeaux?
Bordeaux is a tad darker.

edit: and "bordeux" too, for that matter :scratch:
:confused:

-Evita-
05-18-2010, 08:16 PM
One more: http://i45.tinypic.com/xppuo3.jpg

bokehlicious
05-18-2010, 08:16 PM
Looks more "Bordeaux" to me :D (color of wine)

To me bordeaux and grenat are pretty much alike :shrug: Well, until some years ago I thought bordeaux was some dark blue, like the Girondins de Bordeaux jersey :tape: :p

Snoo Foo
05-18-2010, 08:20 PM
we need xristos

Snoo Foo
05-18-2010, 08:22 PM
One more: http://i45.tinypic.com/xppuo3.jpg

:inlove: the eyes :inlove:

acionescu
05-18-2010, 08:24 PM
She is very beautiful :inlove:

elessar
05-18-2010, 08:27 PM
To me bordeaux and grenat are pretty much alike :shrug: Well, until some years ago I thought bordeaux was some dark blue, like the Girondins de Bordeaux jersey :tape: :p
:lol::tape:
we need xristos
Exactly what I thought when I read this: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourgogne_%28couleur%29

l_mac
05-18-2010, 08:32 PM
I would say it's carmine, or maybe sangria.


http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=211429&d=1274211094

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 08:34 PM
can your niece walk yet Evita?

acionescu
05-18-2010, 08:35 PM
rather burgundy :scratch:

Snoo Foo
05-18-2010, 08:36 PM
i thought chestnut was brown

tennizen
05-18-2010, 08:36 PM
Looks like Rosewood to me:unsure:

l_mac
05-18-2010, 08:38 PM
Color used for Latvian flag is defined as "carmine-red". It means something dark brick red.

:sport:

http://flagspot.net/flags/lv.html

Snoo Foo
05-18-2010, 08:38 PM
once my friend sent his mother a mother's day card but he accidentally wrote his own address on the envelope so when he got it back in the mail he thought his mother had returned it to him unopened and he didn't speak to her for months

-Evita-
05-18-2010, 08:39 PM
I would say it's carmine, or maybe sangria.

Sangria must be the right one (because of the name) :lol: But I like maroon best.

can your niece walk yet Evita?

Of course. Didn't you see the first picture? She even plays tennis! :p

Snoo Foo
05-18-2010, 08:41 PM
http://www.freewebs.com/laverneandshirley/carmine.jpg

:drool: carmine :drool:

tennizen
05-18-2010, 08:42 PM
Evita, your niece is really cute:lol:

Andreea, was Petru born in 2005 or 2006?

acionescu
05-18-2010, 08:43 PM
January 2005. Why?

tennizen
05-18-2010, 08:46 PM
January 2005. Why?

I just saw my nephews in India. I was trying to compare him with the older one. He was born in Feb 2006.

acionescu
05-18-2010, 08:50 PM
:speakles: what is that avatar, tennizen? :spit:

-Evita-
05-18-2010, 08:53 PM
Someone registered on MTF in 2002 made her first post today :worship: It was in Gulbis forum about a graphic :rolls:

tennizen
05-18-2010, 08:53 PM
:rocker2:

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 09:07 PM
wonder if they will hold that little paris exho thing they had last year with Federer, nadal, clement,wawrinka

bokehlicious
05-18-2010, 09:11 PM
Mikey mate, wanted to rep you for that "if Nadal doesn't win RG 2 years in a row he's no bjorn borg, I'll tell you that!" :haha: :haha:

Saumon
05-18-2010, 09:14 PM
wonder if they will hold that little paris exho thing they had last year with Federer, nadal, clement,wawrinka

they will (http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2010/20100515_183259_federer-et-consorts-a-rueil.html)

acionescu
05-18-2010, 09:22 PM
Didn't he win RG two years in a row like......trice? :scratch:

Impressive achievement, btw :bowdown:

Corey Feldman
05-18-2010, 09:22 PM
JMate stop getting me into trouble here:o

thx Gab, yes... and there is Roddick

Minn
05-18-2010, 09:56 PM
Not only he typed his name but he also clicked to post without help or indication :cool:Tell him we think he did a good job, Andreea. Another MTFer in the making. :)

once my friend sent his mother a mother's day card but he accidentally wrote his own address on the envelope so when he got it back in the mail he thought his mother had returned it to him unopened and he didn't speak to her for months:lol:

http://www.freewebs.com/laverneandshirley/carmine.jpg

:drool: carmine :drool::lol:

Cute kids, Evita.

-Evita-
05-18-2010, 10:51 PM
So Jess won't play RG doubles after all :hug: :sad:

savesthedizzle
05-18-2010, 11:13 PM
So Jess won't play RG doubles after all :hug: :sad:

Let's just say the mods really fucking lied to some of us.

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 12:58 AM
getting ready for some Boston C's

something called nba draft lottery on, hmm wonder who will win the rollover jackpot

savesthedizzle
05-19-2010, 12:59 AM
getting ready for some Boston C's

something called nba draft lottery on, hmm wonder who will win the rollover jackpot

The NBA DRAFT LOTTERY is the only thing keeping me relatively happy today. :lol:

Hope my team gets the #1 pick :dance:

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 01:03 AM
are Syracuse NBA team Jess? or is that college basket

savesthedizzle
05-19-2010, 01:08 AM
are Syracuse NBA team Jess? or is that college basket

Syracuse is college :)

BUT, a player from Syracuse will most likely be drafted #5, so whoever gets that place is *most likely* where he will go, so I am interested in that :)

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 01:10 AM
Rondo!

Minn
05-19-2010, 01:37 AM
Let's just say the mods really fucking lied to some of us.:awww: I'm glad it at least got shortened.

getting ready for some Boston C's

something called nba draft lottery on, hmm wonder who will win the rollover jackpot:D I'm watching hockey. :D

Jess, :(. They didn't get the first pick.

savesthedizzle
05-19-2010, 01:52 AM
:awww: I'm glad it at least got shortened.

:D I'm watching hockey. :D

Jess, :(. They didn't get the first pick.

Nope, they got screwed. :sad: It's the theme of the day.

Bibberz
05-19-2010, 01:59 AM
Everybody just shut the fuck up about the NBA. :mad:

Let's talk about something else.

OMG, did you hear that Pablin got banned? :eek: What did he do? Did he deserve it? Did the mods overreact? Was anyone other than Pablo adversely affected by this ban?

Discuss.

savesthedizzle
05-19-2010, 02:01 AM
Everybody just shut the fuck up about the NBA. :mad:

Let's talk about something else.

OMG, did you hear that Pablin got banned? :eek: What did he do? Did he deserve it? Did the mods overreact? Was anyone other than Pablo adversely affected by this ban?

Discuss.

I cannot respond to this. I can't speak my mind anymore because of this stupid red button.

Bibberz
05-19-2010, 02:10 AM
http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/2633/torontoraptorsmascotfal.gif

I would not have thought it possible, but...this cheers me up. :D

Every time. :D It gets me every time. :D

His mouth. :haha: :haha: :haha:

Minn
05-19-2010, 02:11 AM
Everybody just shut the fuck up about the NBA. :mad:

Let's talk about something else.

OMG, did you hear that Pablin got banned? :eek: What did he do? Did he deserve it? Did the mods overreact? Was anyone other than Pablo adversely affected by this ban?

Discuss.:hug: BD.

I cannot respond to this. I can't speak my mind anymore because of this stupid red button. Yeah, that must be hard. It sounds like it has been an up-and-down day for you, Jess.


I would not have thought it possible, but...this cheers me up. :D

Every time. :D It gets me every time. :D

His mouth. :haha: :haha: :haha: :lol:

savesthedizzle
05-19-2010, 02:12 AM
That did cheer me up :hug: :rolls:

savesthedizzle
05-19-2010, 02:13 AM
:hug: BD.

Yeah, that must be hard. It sounds like it has been an up-and-down day for you, Jess.

:lol:

Yes. I was warned to bite my tongue :sad: They're watching me :sad:

Minn
05-19-2010, 02:23 AM
:scared:

Your chance to be a rebel and you've been forewarned not to be. :(

acionescu
05-19-2010, 06:02 AM
Seriously, Pablo still banned? :o

savesthedizzle
05-19-2010, 06:04 AM
Seriously, Pablo still banned? :o

Yes, they will uphold his ban. It sucks, but... oh well. He did know not to talk about FiBeR. His timing could not have been worse. I suffer most of all. But :shrug: OH WELL :)

acionescu
05-19-2010, 06:08 AM
I think it's outrageous, he was clearly joking ...

These are the same mods that told me that being called "a fucking asshole" is within The MTF habits? Respect! :yeah:

savesthedizzle
05-19-2010, 06:09 AM
I think it's outrageous, he was clearly joking ...

These are the same mods that told me that being called "a fucking asshole" is within The MTF habits? Respect! :yeah:

Did they really? :o

JolánGagó
05-19-2010, 09:49 AM
I think it's outrageous, he was clearly joking ...

These are the same mods that told me that being called "a fucking asshole" is within The MTF habits? Respect! :yeah:

and I gather the same that infracted me for telling someone to go wankin over his Soda's poster :lol:

Metis
05-19-2010, 10:30 AM
I missed the color debate :sad:



I just made the mistake of reading Bodo's latest offering (I tend to ignore it most of the time). It just merits repeating: BODO is a clown.

and in case George should feel like responding: Yes, I know that water is wet.

I wish you hadn't mentioned it at all because I felt compelled to read it. :mad:

I think 'clown' is too mild an epithet for that guy.



for our favorite Fed fanboy:

http://www.vamosbrigade.com/images/animations/whiff.gif

You can thank me later.

:rolls:

Nureyev would be proud :worship:



TT talk:zzz:

This!

Fortunately it seems most people here are failing miserably in RG TT, so there won't be much spamming for the next 2 weeks. :D




Oh Rafa. You are such a pretty girl.

His new fb profile pic:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=211428&d=1274208731

:spit:

Remember that photo of top 10 ATP players' faces photoshopped on the heads of the Desperate Housewives? Eva Langoria had never looked prettier. :worship: :lol:

I wish I could find that photo. It must be somewhere in that old FunnyFotos thread that got removed due to the high number of posts. :sad:

acionescu
05-19-2010, 10:39 AM
Speaking of TT, stunning showing by BD and I(or me) in doubles today :worship: :worship:

acionescu
05-19-2010, 10:41 AM
Claire, Gab, who are these? :scared: :scared: :cuckoo:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1279525/Igor--Grichka-Bogdanoff-French-twins-unrecognisable-plastic-surgery.html

scoobs
05-19-2010, 10:42 AM
LORD.

They look like Zig and Zag :)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_83KHvkhE3So/ST1NAMnEWXI/AAAAAAAAARU/BGOPpSy9YZw/s400/zig+and+zag.jpg

-Evita-
05-19-2010, 10:48 AM
I wish you hadn't mentioned it at all because I felt compelled to read it. :mad:

I think 'clown' is too mild an epithet for that guy.

And still no one has posted a link to the article :lol: I don't read other tennis sites except MTF so I don't remember where he can be found at :o

Fortunately it seems most people here are failing miserably in RG TT, so there won't be much spamming for the next 2 weeks. :D

You couldn't be more wrong - Andreea, Mikey and BD start the qualies today :p

Speaking of TT, stunning showing by BD and I(or me) in doubles today :worship: :worship:

"me" because it follows the preposition "by", i.e. it's the object in the sentence. You use "I" when it's the subject.

Metis
05-19-2010, 10:55 AM
Claire, Gab, who are these? :scared: :scared: :cuckoo:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1279525/Igor--Grichka-Bogdanoff-French-twins-unrecognisable-plastic-surgery.html

:speakles: :speakles: :speakles:


And still no one has posted a link to the article :lol: I don't read other tennis sites except MTF so I don't remember where he can be found at :o

Here it is:

http://espn.go.com/sports/tennis/blog/_/name/bodo_peter/id/5194396/rafa-master-minors



You couldn't be more wrong - Andreea, Mikey and BD start the qualies today :p

I predict early losses. :devil:

Metis
05-19-2010, 10:58 AM
:spit:


Their stretched faces echo the look of socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein, dubbed the 'bride of Wildenstein'.

The 63-year-old has earned the nickname her obsessive approach to surgery which has left her with incredibly strange features.

The ex-wife of late billionaire Alec Wildenstein has undergone at least seven face lifts and drastic eye reconstruction surgery and received collagen injections to her lips, cheeks and chin.

During her marriage to Alec, the socialite began to fear her husband was losing interest in her and, inspired by his love for cats, began altering her face to make her appear more feline.


http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/05/19/article-0-066C6E190000044D-60_233x423.jpg

elessar
05-19-2010, 11:00 AM
Claire, Gab, who are these? :scared: :scared: :cuckoo:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1279525/Igor--Grichka-Bogdanoff-French-twins-unrecognisable-plastic-surgery.html
No idea :lol:

Betty
05-19-2010, 11:01 AM
"me" because it follows the preposition "by", i.e. it's the object in the sentence. You use "I" when it's the subject.

read mike it and learn;)

hi all..:wavey:

bokehlicious
05-19-2010, 11:03 AM
You don't know them Claire? Famous sort of mad scientists... :unsure: :D

-Evita-
05-19-2010, 11:05 AM
Here it is:

http://espn.go.com/sports/tennis/blog/_/name/bodo_peter/id/5194396/rafa-master-minors

Thanks. I don't think that's a great article :lol: But I noticed the same grammar thing that Andreea just wrote: "it isn't such a bad deal for we ordinary schmoes, either." It's not correct, is it? It should be "us", right? :scared: I mean, I'd have to relearn my whole English :speakles:

Action Jackson
05-19-2010, 11:16 AM
Evita, there is a TT question for you.

JM, when are you going to the Netherlands?

bokehlicious
05-19-2010, 11:17 AM
From June 11 to 14, George... :cool: :smoke: :D

Action Jackson
05-19-2010, 11:23 AM
Hope you don't have problems with the altitude. Must be happy about SC Bern winning the Swiss league? Do you hate them as much as I do RM, Inter and Man U?

bokehlicious
05-19-2010, 11:26 AM
Hope you don't have problems with the altitude. Must be happy about SC Bern winning the Swiss league? Do you hate them as much as I do RM, Inter and Man U?

What problems would I have with the altitude? Because A'dam in under sea level? :o :lol:

I'd rather have Geneva to win the finals (French speaking teams haven't won it in decades) :o but SCB is ok, I adore their coach Larry Hurras, what a legend :worship: :) most teams I hate are in the second league actually (since I'm a Lausanne HC fan) :angel: :D

elessar
05-19-2010, 11:30 AM
You don't know them Claire? Famous sort of mad scientists... :unsure: :D
I knew their faces but I've never heard of the TV show :unsure:

Action Jackson
05-19-2010, 11:32 AM
What are the big rivalries in the Swiss league? I mean I know the FC Basel and Grasshoppers in football, but Basel are shit at hockey.

Lausanne HC didn't get promoted?

bokehlicious
05-19-2010, 11:35 AM
I knew their faces but I've never heard of the TV show :unsure:

Anytime there's some prime time show merely referring to some scientific topic they invite the Bogdanov brothers... :tape: :D

What are the big rivalries in the Swiss league? I mean I know the FC Basel and Grasshoppers in football, but Basel are shit at hockey.

Lausanne HC didn't get promoted?

Rivalries are between the big guns: Bern, Zurich, Lugano, Davos and Kloten.

Grasshoppers are not that good anymore in footie, the rivalries are now spread between Zurich, Bern and Basel.

No, LHC lost the 7th game :sad:, taking the 2-3 when there was only 2 minutes remaining.

Action Jackson
05-19-2010, 12:18 PM
For some reason they have this exho from Paris live on TV here.

elessar
05-19-2010, 12:29 PM
For some reason they have this exho from Paris live on TV here.
I almost went there :o Probably would too if I had any money left :tape:

Action Jackson
05-19-2010, 12:32 PM
Seems like a lovely day there though grasshopper, even though I hate exhos.

elessar
05-19-2010, 12:40 PM
Seems like a lovely day there though grasshopper, even though I hate exhos.
It's finally sunny but it's still only 19° or so :o If I blink very fast when I look at the Seine I can almost pretend I'm on a sunny vacation somewhere near the ocean :awww:

elessar
05-19-2010, 12:40 PM
Villa going to Barcelona :scared:

acionescu
05-19-2010, 12:43 PM
i'd wish I was in Paris too dreaming about Romanian Black Sea :inlove:

bokehlicious
05-19-2010, 12:44 PM
So Mourinho will wait till Sunday to say he's heading to RM? :confused:

Betty
05-19-2010, 12:45 PM
yes:bigcry:

bokehlicious
05-19-2010, 12:49 PM
yes:bigcry:

:hug: he's changing for a classy club, it's not like he was going to coach AC Milan or Barcelona :o

Action Jackson
05-19-2010, 12:50 PM
Villa going to Barcelona :scared:

Old news Stade Francais fan, at the same time there is a bit of deadwood they need to get a rid of.

A big Swede and the French rugby winger as for the Special One, let him do his job and then after Sunday, it will be revealed.

Betty
05-19-2010, 12:51 PM
not a secret george
he shows he can win in campionato now want show he can do it in the liga too

then he ll back in ..London:p

Saumon
05-19-2010, 12:52 PM
Claire, Gab, who are these? :scared: :scared: :cuckoo:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1279525/Igor--Grichka-Bogdanoff-French-twins-unrecognisable-plastic-surgery.html
I saw them on the street once. :scared: You can't miss them :tape:
I almost went there :o Probably would too if I had any money left :tape:
The tix are sooo expensive for that exho. It's near my grandparents place, I pass by the Country Club when I go visit them. Last year they had invited me and my sister for lunch, I think it was the day Rafa and Roger were playing (or was it the day Marat was playing? :scratch: ), it was a mess in the area.

When we were little, my other sister's imaginary friend lived across the street from that country club but one day they destroyed his house. :tears:

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 12:53 PM
he better win on Sunday night Bet

45 years is a long time :p

Action Jackson
05-19-2010, 12:54 PM
Special One is loved in England, the media love him big time. Pretty much he only says positive things about his time there and the Mourinho puppet is a champion.

Peta Pan
05-19-2010, 12:55 PM
:wavey:
Linda, I don't think I've expressed my happiness about your new avatar yet :inlove:
I have been meaning to mention it too... I mean, (almost) anything would be better than the previous Toad picture, but this one is lovely... as is the sig :hearts:
http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/2633/torontoraptorsmascotfal.gif

I would not have thought it possible, but...this cheers me up. :D

Every time. :D It gets me every time. :D

His mouth. :haha: :haha: :haha:
I love your enthusiasm over this gif. I've seen you post it a few times now so I laugh not only at the actual gif, but also at your happiness about the gif :lol:
"me" because it follows the preposition "by", i.e. it's the object in the sentence. You use "I" when it's the subject.
I feel like such a crap native English speaker because I have never known what the deal with I v me is :tape: I will probably still get it wrong...
For some reason they have this exho from Paris live on TV here.
They are? What is with that? I'm not tempted to watch at all, but I don't understand why we would get an exho live on TV

bokehlicious
05-19-2010, 12:58 PM
I was afraid Mourinho would go to Man City... :o

Action Jackson
05-19-2010, 12:58 PM
Stani and Ali are on at the moment Peta. I am watching Schwank and Beck at the moment, while I am waiting for some files to convert.

Peta Pan
05-19-2010, 12:58 PM
I kind hope Inter can win for you on Sunday Betty :hug:

To start with I was too gutted over Barca's loss, but now we've won the league I'm feeling a lot happier over the situation and I'd like them to win :yeah:

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 12:59 PM
hopefully see some of that Paris thing later or tomorrow, remember it last year Fed squashing Wawrinka on his way to the historic Championship 2 weeks later :cool:

Peta Pan
05-19-2010, 12:59 PM
Stani and Ali are on at the moment Peta. I am watching Schwank and Beck at the moment, while I am waiting for some files to convert.

Hmmm, ok. Well not even Stani's arse can tempt me to watch if it's against Tsonga :p I'll pass

acionescu
05-19-2010, 01:03 PM
vamos Inter :rocker2:

elessar
05-19-2010, 01:05 PM
hopefully see some of that Paris thing later or tomorrow, remember it last year Fed squashing Wawrinka on his way to the historic Championship 2 weeks later :cool:
Funny, I remember Rafito getting broken twice by Clement on his way to losing a set to Dabul at RG and then 3 to Toad :D

Action Jackson
05-19-2010, 01:06 PM
Good that Schwank has rebuilt his game, but he really shouldn't be letting Beck get to a tiebreaker.

Bet the chick qualie match on Gaudio's court will go to 31-29 in the 3rd.

dal
05-19-2010, 01:08 PM
Villa going to Barcelona :scared:

:dance::banana:


he better win on Sunday night Bet

45 years is a long time :p

i don't really care who wins.. i want to watch a good match :D with some good Mou scenes :drool:

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 01:18 PM
Dabul, Claire? :p

Peta Pan
05-19-2010, 01:18 PM
i don't really care who wins.. i want to watch a good match :D with some good Mou scenes :drool:
I don't care about how good the match is cos I won't be awake to watch it.... and I don't share the enthusiasm of Betty or you for Mourinho either :unsure: - I guess your good taste had to end somewhere :p )

elessar
05-19-2010, 01:20 PM
Dabul, Claire? :p
Yep :D http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/24052009/58/french-open-nadal-loses-world-number-109.html

acionescu
05-19-2010, 01:21 PM
Dabul, Claire? :p

Montanes, Mike?

acionescu
05-19-2010, 01:22 PM
Funny how only Rafito's exhos count :inlove:

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 01:22 PM
haha, i honestly didnt know that

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 01:24 PM
Montanes, Mike?dont mock the Roland Garros champion, Andreea

Betty
05-19-2010, 01:38 PM
Kubot Michael
http://wol.ly/wp-content/uploads/struzzo.jpg

Betty
05-19-2010, 01:41 PM
:
i don't really care who wins.. i want to watch a good match :D with some good Mou scenes :drool:

go out:ras:

andy,peta:hug:

Peta Pan
05-19-2010, 01:52 PM
Kubot Michael
http://wol.ly/wp-content/uploads/struzzo.jpg

:haha: This ostrich freaks me out, but I love it :lol:


I picked Kubot to start with too... Peggy kind of made me change :p

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 01:53 PM
another one of my fine picks.. and v-bets :o

Betty
05-19-2010, 01:57 PM
peta that sco boy never listen me,i said potito + 2 :awww:
:p

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 02:01 PM
come here Betty

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:sFEH29rG3ESwCM:http://www.rightoncue.co.uk/images/roc36.JPG

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 02:02 PM
take those BP's Kubo!!

Betty
05-19-2010, 02:06 PM
come here Betty

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:sFEH29rG3ESwCM:http://www.rightoncue.co.uk/images/roc36.JPG
for snooker..
u know i can beat u with it too;):devil:

for..
i send JM to u;):angel::p

Peta Pan
05-19-2010, 02:06 PM
peta that sco boy never listen me,i said potito + 2 :awww:
:p

take those BP's Kubo!!

Oh shit, he's up a break in the 2nd, maybe we were wrong after all :unsure:

-Evita-
05-19-2010, 02:07 PM
A nice article about Ernests: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/atptour/7737319/Ernests-Gulbis-see-the-ATP-Tour-as-just-fun-and-games.html

Betty
05-19-2010, 02:07 PM
he ll lose i know:awww:
:devil:;)

acionescu
05-19-2010, 02:16 PM
i never read one single article about Ernests without the wealth being mentioned. This is so annoying and poor really :(

tennizen
05-19-2010, 02:19 PM
i never read one single article about Ernests without the wealth being mentioned. This is so annoying and poor really :(

It's almost as if they are all jealous:lol: But nice article anyway:yeah:

Betty
05-19-2010, 02:19 PM
damn 3-3 and 30-40 mug kubot:(

dal
05-19-2010, 02:40 PM
go out:ras:

andy,peta:hug:

u know i bring you good luck :p

as you wish :shrug:


I don't care about how good the match is cos I won't be awake to watch it.... and I don't share the enthusiasm of Betty or you for Mourinho either :unsure: - I guess your good taste had to end somewhere :p )

what can i say i have a thing for older charming guys :unsure::aplot:

let me enjoy him for a couple more days before he goes to RM :rolleyes::o

-Evita-
05-19-2010, 03:00 PM
I am astonished :eek: I just found this site: http://www.1188.lv/karte360/ It gives you a chance to virtually walk through Riga in 3D :eek: And you can switch to English in the right corner.

acionescu
05-19-2010, 04:37 PM
Who is gonna open the RG thread? :unsure: Adam again? :bounce:

elessar
05-19-2010, 04:40 PM
I am astonished :eek: I just found this site: http://www.1188.lv/karte360/ It gives you a chance to virtually walk through Riga in 3D :eek: And you can switch to English in the right corner.
It's pretty nice actually, I've just had a walk through Latvijas Universitāte looks pretty good :yeah:

-Evita-
05-19-2010, 05:02 PM
It's pretty nice actually, I've just had a walk through Latvijas Universitāte looks pretty good :yeah:

I didn't know you could walk inside it :worship: Too bad you can't go up to the third floor, that's where the computer science department is.

Snoo Foo
05-19-2010, 05:22 PM
:wavey: hello bisexuals & unisexuals :wavey:

-Evita-
05-19-2010, 05:30 PM
Drama in the TT thread :rolleyes:

acionescu
05-19-2010, 05:46 PM
Yep :rolleyes: :hug:

adee-gee
05-19-2010, 05:46 PM
Who is gonna open the RG thread? :unsure: Adam again? :bounce:
I think that would be a wise idea, for Rafa's sake.

Who opened it last year? :tears:

acionescu
05-19-2010, 05:47 PM
Hema? :(

acionescu
05-19-2010, 05:49 PM
:eek: Metis :eek:

tennizen
05-19-2010, 05:49 PM
What? I didn't open it last year:sad:

Snoo Foo
05-19-2010, 05:49 PM
one of the most hilarious and massively popular reports in the history of TT

:secret: not so much :bolt:

this all backfired badly on The Victim

acionescu
05-19-2010, 05:53 PM
I thought it was your wrong doing, Hema, you're the only one I see capable of such meaness :(

tennizen
05-19-2010, 05:57 PM
I thought it was your wrong doing, Hema, you're the only one I see capable of such meaness :(

People have such short memory. In 2008, I lead Rafa to his best FO win ever , FO-Wimbledon double and also Rafa's first USO semi:rolleyes:

-Evita-
05-19-2010, 05:59 PM
Yep :rolleyes: :hug:

:hug:

:secret: not so much :bolt:

this all backfired badly on The Victim

Where is the quote from?

Snoo Foo
05-19-2010, 06:07 PM
Where is the quote from?

this bombshell (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9931011&postcount=228)

tennizen
05-19-2010, 06:09 PM
this bombshell (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9931011&postcount=228)

:haha: :eek::rocker2:

I love such passionate pleas. I should have written one for Claire when she was banned.

Betty
05-19-2010, 06:13 PM
i read evi:o:hug:

acionescu
05-19-2010, 06:14 PM
sound laughable but she's spot on in everything she says.

l_mac
05-19-2010, 06:16 PM
The only thing I agree with from that ridiculous "interview" post is that it is questionable whether "bisexual" is an insult. edit: not the only thing: I also agree with the part about FiBeR being far, far more insulting about the people he has issue with than they are about him. Carlita is usually a really good moderator, IMO, but she is ridiculous about him. The part about Excalibur being enraged the rules weren't bent for him makes me LOL.

-Evita-
05-19-2010, 06:17 PM
i read evi:o:hug:

Thanks :hug: Is that Francy in your avatar? Do you have a bigger pic? :D

l_mac
05-19-2010, 06:17 PM
sound laughable but she's spot on in everything she says.

No, she's not.

tennizen
05-19-2010, 06:18 PM
sound laughable but she's spot on in everything she says.

Based on what I read here, I can guess the ban was really unfair but she sounds as if he has been placed in prison:cuckoo:

Betty
05-19-2010, 06:19 PM
managers cheating, players (TOP players) asking managers about their rival picks (begginer managers) and changing their picks in a final according to the differences they need, etc.


:bigcry:cheat in tt too:bigcry:
pretty sure pablo wrote it:p

l_mac
05-19-2010, 06:21 PM
DelPo out till November? :eek: I wonder if he'll ever come back.

I'm so tired.

Betty
05-19-2010, 06:22 PM
Thanks :hug: Is that Francy in your avatar? Do you have a bigger pic? :D

yes;)

Snoo Foo
05-19-2010, 06:24 PM
do the top tt players really cheat? i'm so naive :awww:

it's ok to call anyone and everyone a retard up and down the boulevard (it's even endorsed :retard:) but call some tender soul a bisexual and it's curtains for you

l_mac
05-19-2010, 06:24 PM
managers cheating, players (TOP players) asking managers about their rival picks (begginer managers) and changing their picks in a final according to the differences they need, etc.


:bigcry:cheat in tt too:bigcry:
pretty sure pablo wrote it:p

Not at any tournament I've ever managed. And, tbh, if he knew that people were cheating he should have informed the TT board so that player could have been suspended. Sour grapes. Lots of people get harsh bans. I think I missed TT RG last year because I couldn't play qualies as they fell during the "war criminal" ban.

acionescu
05-19-2010, 06:28 PM
No, she's not.

Well, maybe I didn't express myself correctly, she's right about what matters to me: that bisexual is not an insult, that mods made a mistake and tried after that to justify it, that the one who complained is not much better and people dind't report him and it was their usual way of dealing anyway and about mods inconsistency.
I really don't care about TT in this situation and I don't aprove allowing a banned poster to play but if it's true that the mods played with Pablo and (especially) Jess nerves - you're unbanned, no you're not - that's another low from them.

-Evita-
05-19-2010, 06:29 PM
Not at any tournament I've ever managed. And, tbh, if he knew that people were cheating he should have informed the TT board so that player could have been suspended. Sour grapes. Lots of people get harsh bans. I think I missed TT RG last year because I couldn't play qualies as they fell during the "war criminal" ban.

Exactly. And I haven't come across any cheaters or cheater-wannabe's either.

Linda, did you read the TT RG thread? Do you think it's usually the players or the managers who ask the board for an exception to be made in some tournament?

Betty
05-19-2010, 06:31 PM
snoo.... edit u read;)

Betty
05-19-2010, 06:38 PM
abt the q in tt board..adam said there is the discussion but from who?who take the final decision?

sexy lamamba:drool::hearts:?

acionescu
05-19-2010, 06:40 PM
sexy lamamba:drool::hearts:?



http://images.free-extras.com/pics/b/black_mamba_snake-53.jpg :scared: :unsure: :p

l_mac
05-19-2010, 06:41 PM
Exactly. And I haven't come across any cheaters or cheater-wannabe's either.

Linda, did you read the TT RG thread? Do you think it's usually the players or the managers who ask the board for an exception to be made in some tournament?

If the player has a problem with the manager's decision then they are the ones who should ask. I ask questions when it's something I'm not sure of (like when I was the one who made the mistake with Marat Pure at AO this year :bigcry:) I just read the thread, and I have sympathy for Jess (although if I had been her I wouldn't have waited for Excalibur's ban to be lifted I would have just gone with another partner) I hope she and Tomek can get in.

l_mac
05-19-2010, 06:42 PM
abt the q in tt board..adam said there is the discussion but from who?who take the final decision?

sexy lamamba:drool::hearts:?

Gavnich, keq, Labamba and Adam are the board (is Jess also on the board?)

-Evita-
05-19-2010, 06:45 PM
If the player has a problem with the manager's decision then they are the ones who should ask. I ask questions when it's something I'm not sure of (like when I was the one who made the mistake with Marat Pure at AO this year :bigcry:) I just read the thread, and I have sympathy for Jess (although if I had been her I wouldn't have waited for Excalibur's ban to be lifted I would have just gone with another partner) I hope she and Tomek can get in.

That's what I thought, the player should be the one to ask. Jess apparently was waiting for Alex or me to ask, she described it as a "burden" :rolleyes: As if managing a Grand Slam wasn't a bigger burden :rolleyes:

Gavnich, keq, Labamba and Adam are the board (is Jess also on the board?)

Yes, she is.

Minn
05-19-2010, 06:46 PM
Thanks. I don't think that's a great article :lol: But I noticed the same grammar thing that Andreea just wrote: "it isn't such a bad deal for we ordinary schmoes, either." It's not correct, is it? It should be "us", right? :scared: I mean, I'd have to relearn my whole English :speakles: Yes, it should be "us". Your explanation of me vs. I is correct.

Those plastic surgery people look awful.

Although TT means nothing to me, I also feel bad for Jess. She's upset and disappointed and seems to feel misled and that's difficult.

I feel bad for Pablo too if he was told the ban would be lifted and then at the last moment it was not.

I'm not complaining about the mods themselves as I've had very little to do with them (and would mostly like to keep it that way).

Betty
05-19-2010, 06:47 PM
http://images.free-extras.com/pics/b/black_mamba_snake-53.jpg :scared: :unsure: :p
:bolt::lol:
u saw his pic;)

i didn tknow it linda:lol:let imagine what adam could think abt it:p

Minn
05-19-2010, 06:49 PM
That's what I thought, the player should be the one to ask. Jess apparently was waiting for Alex or me to ask, she described it as a "burden" :rolleyes: As if managing a Grand Slam wasn't a bigger burden :rolleyes: I just read some of those posts. I don't think that Jess meant "burden" in that way. She meant it more as a legal type of word as in "the burden of proof". It means whose role it is to do a particular job.

l_mac
05-19-2010, 06:49 PM
That's what I thought, the player should be the one to ask. Jess apparently was waiting for Alex or me to ask, she described it as a "burden" :rolleyes: As if managing a Grand Slam wasn't a bigger burden :rolleyes:


She meant burden as in responsibility, rather than a stress.

-Evita-
05-19-2010, 06:52 PM
I just read some of those posts. I don't think that Jess meant "burden" in that way. She meant it more as a legal type of word as in "the burden of proof". It means whose role it is to do a particular job.

She meant burden as in responsibility, rather than a stress.

Oh :scratch: Well, she was wrong anyway.

acionescu
05-19-2010, 06:53 PM
BD :smash: Kuku and Delgado sure picks? :p

Bibberz
05-19-2010, 07:00 PM
BD :smash: Kuku and Delgado sure picks? :p

I take full responsibility for Kuku. :o

Ramon Delgado, however, is and always will be a legend. I don't know what happened in his match. Someone clearly cheated him. I blame Zirconek and Carlita. :(

How 'bout my boy Witten, though? :D

l_mac
05-19-2010, 07:04 PM
WHat a moron:

While we're all sitting around, drumming our fingers on the table, waiting for the draw of Roland Garros to be made, let's take care of a few housekeeping chores. For those of you who are in tennis for the long haul (rather than merely until the retirement of that Spanish dude who makes you swoon and wonder, what's Shakira got that I don't have?), I have a new book to recommend: Tie Breaker, by Eleanor Dwight (Scala/ACC distribution).

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2010/05/tie-breaker-by-pete-bodo----while-were-all-sitting-around-drumming-our-fingers-on-the-table-waiting-for-the-draw-of-roland.html

Hema's favourite wrote a much better Madrid wrap up than Bodo did (shocker!)

They say that married couples begin to resemble each other as they get older. Can it also be true of tennis rivals, who spend so much time in the same rarefied air, far above the rest of us? At their peaks, Borg and McEnroe each sported long locks and headbands. By the end of his career, Pete Sampras was beginning to catch up to Andre Agassi in the hair-loss department. If anything, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have gone their predecessors one better. Standing next to each other during the trophy ceremony in Madrid on Sunday, these two 20-somethings from Western Europe, each 6-foot-1, each smiling thinly and politely for the cameras, each with hair that has been tamed and trimmed from its youthful overabundance, looked more like big brother and little brother than they did hated combatants.

Watching them, I wondered whether this might be the beginning of a new, mellower, let-bygones-be-bygones stage of their rivalry, one that Borg and McEnroe never had a chance to reach, and one that, as we found out at the Hit for Haiti in Indian Wells in March, was never in the cards for Agassi and Sampras. After all, the driving dynamic behind Federer vs. Nadal for all these years was the fact that each wanted to win on the other guy’s Grand Slam turf—Federer at the French and Nadal at Wimbledon. Now, for the first time, that dynamic doesn’t exist. Even Nadal’s sincere words to Federer after this final—basically, “Congratulations on winning the Australian Open. You are amazing”—had a sort of, ‘At this point, there’s no need to belabor the fact that we respect each other,’ feel to them.

Thankfully, rivalries are just what they sound like: They can be friendly, but the core of the relationship is always adversarial. Even though Federer has a French and Nadal has a Wimbledon, the edge between them lives on, as it must. Nadal wants to add titles to his resume while he has the chance, while Federer, at the most basic level, doesn’t want to see Nadal pad his winning record against him even more. (If you thought Federer didn’t have any more reasons to be motivated, try to imagine the putative greatest of all time contemplating a career head-to-head with Nadal that continues at its current pace and ends up being something like 18 to 9 in Rafa’s favor. There’s some motivation.) You could see the edge between before the Madrid final, and hear a little more of it in their press conferences afterward.

From the first time I saw a 16-year-old Nadal play at the U.S. Open in—was it really this long ago?—2003, he has made a point of controlling the tempo of the match, and it begins even before the first ball of the warm-up is hit. Even then, when he was nothing more than a rookie prospect making his Open debut, he took whatever time he needed to concoct his fitness drinks on the sideline before the coin toss. While the chair umpire and his opponent waited somewhat impatiently at the net, he then took a couple of seconds to gingerly align his two water bottles in whatever mysterious configuration he needed them to be in. I remember being surprised, slightly annoyed, but in the end impressed by the kid’s willfulness. He made you take notice of him for more than just his forehand.

Nadal has never deviated from this ritual, and in the seven years since that Open I can remember only one time when he was the first player out to the net for the coin toss—last year against Federer in Madrid, when he may have decided that, with the effort he’d needed to put in to win his semifinal over Novak Djokovic the previous day, he needed to get the blood flowing right away. Aside from that day, Federer, like everyone else, has been the one kept waiting, awkwardly, hands behind his back, looking around aimlessly, while Nadal sits and sucks down a tube of energy gel (I’m guessing someone here can tell me what it is). Yesterday, Federer came prepared to do something about it. Rather than wait at the net, he stayed in his own chair until he saw Nadal make his move.

This spared Federer the wait with the umpire, but the larger point is that Nadal was still in control of the tempo, and Federer was still, whatever his status as the greatest player of all time, the one who had to react to what his opponent was doing. And this carried over into the match, where Nadal, as always, dictated the match’s pace. Whether you find his various tics irritating, or whether or not he’s taking too much time—obviously, he shouldn’t be allowed to do this—it’s difficult to play against someone who plays more slowly than you like to play. By the time the serve gets to you, you’re just a little more anxious than normal. Owning the tempo is not a small thing in a tennis match.

That’s not why Nadal has beaten Federer 14 times, or why he beat him yesterday. But the reason he did is related. Maybe it’s because they hadn’t played in a year and I’d forgotten exactly how their rallies typically unfold, but I was amazed at how efficient Nadal was at tilting them in his favor right from the first ball. When he’s been asked in the past about what he does differently against Federer, Nadal typically, and blandly, says something along the lines of “be more aggressive.” Specifically, he wants the points to take place from his forehand to Federer’s one-handed backhand, and not the other way around. With this in mind, Nadal forces the action and plays with more urgency against Federer than he does against anyone else. Of course, Federer wants to do the same thing as Nadal, and he did control his share of rallies, but Nadal can do more with his two-hander from deeper in the court than Federer typically can with his one-hander. At 1-1 in the first set yesterday, Nadal broke with a heavy backhand up the line, and he continued to hit it well, especially crosscourt, all match.

The bottom line is that on clay (and on other surfaces to a degree), Federer must come out of his comfort zone more often than Nadal if he’s going to make anything happen in a rally. He has to find an extreme crosscourt angle with his backhand, or, as the match progresses, he must go to the drop shot more and more. Federer hits the drop shot well, and contrary to what we’ve been told, he’s been using it for years—remember the vicious backspinner he hit against Safin late in their classic semi in Australia in 2005? But the drop shot will always be a risk, no matter who is trying it, and it will never win you a match the way a serve or a forehand can. Up 4-2 in the second-set tiebreaker, Federer missed what at first glance appeared to be an easy drop shot into the net, one that was almost certainly going to be a winner. He was disgusted with himself, and, judging by the way he played the rest of the breaker, he couldn’t get it out of his head. But the fact is, the judgment and touch needed to place a drop shot perfectly—and against Nadal they must all be close to perfect—will always make it a dicey shot to try under the pressure of a tiebreaker, and one you don't want to have to rely on.

The changes of pace that Nadal threw in were less reactive and more assured—more pro-active—than Federer’s. Down 15-40 in the first set, Nadal won the point by hitting, for the first time in the match, a kick second serve out wide to Federer’s forehand. On important points, Nadal was able to nail his first serve up the T after having sent a dozen straight out wide; his first ace of the match didn’t come until the second set, but it came when he needed it, on game point at 2-2. And at 5-6, 40-30 in the second set, Nadal won the game by suddenly and surprisingly drilling his forehand up the line instead of crosscourt. On clay, at least, Nadal has an uncanny way of staying one step ahead of Federer, from the coin toss to the clinching tiebreaker.

Afterward, Federer said that, fair or not, their clay-court seasons would be judged on the French Open alone. Nadal disagreed, understandably loath to say that the three titles he’d just won were meaningless. Federer is at a stage in his career when he can treat the Masters as a way to set himself up for the majors, for history. He wants to use his energy to go hard for the ones that everyone will remember. For Nadal, the Masters are a big part of what will be his legacy; he’s going to retire as the all-time winner of them. Beyond that, I’ve always believed there’s more to tennis than the Slams, because, well, there’s more to tennis than the Slams. Why are all of these other tournaments played, otherwise? Why shouldn’t they be enjoyed in their own right, with our total attention and commitment, and not just as appetizers for four tournaments that cover a mere eight weeks of the year? I’ve always liked Nadal’s attitude: Go for the win every time you set foot on a court, give every fan in every venue a chance to see you put yourself on the line, and honor them by celebrating and being equally proud of every win, no matter where it takes place. This, no doubt, is not as practical in the long run as the dour old Lendl-Sampras mantra, “Only the majors matter.” But look at it from a fan’s perspective. For us, as viewers who like to watch tennis more than four times a year, Nadal’s passion for every match offers a lot more entertainment and satisfaction.

Let me return to the two rivals on the victory stand, looking a little like brothers. Why choose between them at this point? Here you had the greatest men’s Grand Slam winner in history next to the greatest Masters Series winner. Here you had two guys who keep coming back coming back coming back, even as the contenders/pretenders below them fade into the woodwork. If they’re starting to look more alike as time goes on, that may be because, as they continue to defy the odds of tennis gravity year after year, Federer and Nadal both keep looking better and better to us.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2010/05/brothers-to-the-death.html

acionescu
05-19-2010, 07:05 PM
A clay legend already :worship: :worship:

adee-gee
05-19-2010, 07:05 PM
I fell asleep somewhere in between TT drama and that article.

Betty
05-19-2010, 07:06 PM
adam :hug:see u with pablo avt is strange:p

acionescu
05-19-2010, 07:11 PM
OMG, Mike just changed his MSN name :haha: :haha:

tennizen
05-19-2010, 07:17 PM
Tignor:inlove::inlove:

Perotta thinks Fed gained a lot out of Madrid.

http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/features.aspx?articleid=5478&zoneid=9

Betty
05-19-2010, 07:35 PM
OMG, Mike just changed his MSN name :haha: :haha:

and u didnt get it;)

acionescu
05-19-2010, 07:51 PM
i got it, i even spoke with him before you did

-Evita-
05-19-2010, 08:22 PM
I just had a terrifying thought - how much worse this TT drama would have been if ghan hadn't quit TT :speakles: :haha:

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 08:30 PM
this is for Hema

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I am astonished :eek: I just found this site: http://www.1188.lv/karte360/ It gives you a chance to virtually walk through Riga in 3D :eek: And you can switch to English in the right corner.liked it :) i'd like one of those for scotland to see some things

acionescu
05-19-2010, 08:30 PM
we are all very lucky indeed :o

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 08:56 PM
2-0 Boston C's :cool: pity i fell asleep in 3rd quarter

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 09:07 PM
hope Evita is ok with her managering duties :hug:

star
05-19-2010, 09:24 PM
WHat a moron:



Hema's favourite wrote a much better Madrid wrap up than Bodo did (shocker!)

Good to know Rafa still irritates Feddie. :) :) :)

There's an article in the NYT about Haute Stoner Cuisine. :unsure:

I want the Snoo to go and try this out. Crif Dogs in the East Village, which makes a deep-fried cheese steak hot dog;

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/dining/19pot.html?pagewanted=3&adxnnl=1&ref=general&src=me&adxnnlx=1274299948-YBoxjFtko2cXgZdNj0ODFQ

Minn
05-19-2010, 09:25 PM
hope Evita is ok with her managering duties :hug: Yes, and that Jess is okay.

star
05-19-2010, 09:40 PM
I hope joy returns to everyone's life.

:music:

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 09:47 PM
I wish you'd be shut up going on about Nadal and laughing at Federer

;)

Ilovetheblues_86
05-19-2010, 09:53 PM
So Andrea are you friends with Glenn Mirnyi at facebook?
:worship:

-Evita-
05-19-2010, 09:54 PM
hope Evita is ok with her managering duties :hug:

Thanks, I am perfectly fine, it's not my first TT drama :lol: Although I'm not sure how I got sucked into it at all.

Smoke944
05-19-2010, 09:59 PM
I never before realized how serious TT is on this site :eek:

star
05-19-2010, 10:07 PM
I wish you'd be shut up going on about Nadal and laughing at Federer

;)

Ahh. That is my joy. :) :)

I haven't laughed about Feddie for days. I'm sure he'll give me some new material in a couple of weeks or so. :rocker2:

star
05-19-2010, 10:08 PM
I never before realized how serious TT is on this site :eek:

Deadly.

You'd think there was money involved. :lol:

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 10:19 PM
i can feel for Jess tho, its cruel to be #1 and not get into the biggest tournament

that sudaca Pablo, he has alot to pay for.

adee-gee
05-19-2010, 10:33 PM
liked it :) i'd like one of those for scotland to see some things
The neds on the walls outside every council estate? :unsure:
i can feel for Jess tho, its cruel to be #1 and not get into the biggest tournament
RG is bigger than Wimbledon? :eek:

I don't remember seeing sympathy from you for Rafito when he had to pull out of Wimbly :sad:

Corey Feldman
05-19-2010, 10:36 PM
all kinds of ways to plan a robbery with that map thing, Adam ;)

i was sure Rafa would play Wimby, he wasnt so bad in Roland Garros, he would be fine in Wimbledon. i go by everything Federer says

adee-gee
05-19-2010, 10:39 PM
i go by everything Federer says
This explains a lot :p

adee-gee
05-19-2010, 10:41 PM
I want to check Maryhill :inlove:

Minn
05-19-2010, 11:30 PM
all kinds of ways to plan a robbery with that map thing, Adam ;) :eek: :lol:

I didn't check out that link of Evita's. Is it a lot different from Google streetview?

Bibberz
05-19-2010, 11:36 PM
Mmmmm, yes, I've heard about this Mary Hill...

2QbOcy3iqhQ

Getta
05-20-2010, 12:50 AM
A nice article about Ernests: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/atptour/7737319/Ernests-Gulbis-see-the-ATP-Tour-as-just-fun-and-games.html

something i just came across while looking for something else.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aB2V4eG20&feature=player_embedded


he's a real little cutie-pie. :D

Corey Feldman
05-20-2010, 03:08 AM
50 hardest men on television on Sky 2 was brilliant

C U's later