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soso
09-27-2004, 09:45 AM
Hello !! :D



At the end of the match Rafa against Clement embraced a wowan ? it's his mother or his aunt ? :confused:

sonia
09-27-2004, 06:07 PM
I think she's his mother, but I don't know very sure...

~EMiLiTA~
09-28-2004, 05:23 AM
I didn't see it but I'm guessing it would be his mother

kandykane
09-28-2004, 11:23 AM
does anyone have a photo of that?

Iza
02-28-2005, 08:58 AM
Davis cup this week! :banana:
Rafa's playing :woohoo: ! VAMOS ESPANA!

~EMiLiTA~
02-28-2005, 09:39 AM
can someone pls change the name of this thread...Cupa pisses me off lol...or else let's make a new thread

Iza
02-28-2005, 10:19 AM
how can u change the name of a thread?

maratgirl
02-28-2005, 01:12 PM
I think that's something only soso can do because that person started the thread

~EMiLiTA~
02-28-2005, 01:53 PM
yeah I think so too...

~EMiLiTA~
02-28-2005, 01:56 PM
btw the team left for Bratislava yesterday from Barcelona. Rafa wasn't with them cos he's going straight from Acapulco. But even though people are saying the Spaniards can win quite easily, Rafa said in a press conference that he's is quite worried about the tie and that they'll need to be at 100% to win.

RogiFan88
02-28-2005, 03:48 PM
Vamos Rafa! Confianza! ;)

Nadal worried about Davis Cup tie in Slovakia
Mon Feb 28, 2005 12:43 PM GMT

MADRID, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal is concerned about Spain's prospects in their opening Davis Cup tie in Slovakia despite enjoying early-season form himself.

"Personally I've started the year much better than I expected," said the 18-year-old after notching up back-to-back ATP titles in Brazil and Acapulco.

"I had gone off hoping to win one tournament and I've come back having won two and reached the quarter-finals in Buenos Aires against Gaston Gaudio."

But Nadal, who played a key role in Spain's victory over the United States in last year's Davis Cup final, said that the team would have to be on top form if they were to avoid a first round defeat against Slovakia this weekend.

"I'm worried because it's going to be a very difficult tie and we will have to be at 100 percent over the three days if we want to get through," he said.

"Slovakia are the favourites because they are playing at home on their own courts and the record books show that winning away from home is pretty difficult."

With Carlos Moya opting out of the Davis Cup this year to concentrate on individual tournaments and Juan Carlos Ferrero and Tommy Robredo recovering from injury, Nadal is the only survivor from last December's triumph against the United States.

The Mallorca-born player will be joined by the experienced Albert Costa - a veteran of Spain's triumph in the 2000 final against Australia - and youngsters Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez.

Former French Open champion Costa was marginally more upbeat than Nadal about Spain's chances of getting past the first round this time.

"The Slovaks are a tough team and will be more so on their own courts and in front of their home crowd but I don't doubt that we will win."

The last time Spain defended their crown in the Davis Cup they fell victim to the Netherlands in the first round.

http://today.reuters.co.uk

~EMiLiTA~
03-01-2005, 10:34 AM
the courts are faster than expected...it's not a hard court like they expected, it's a type of carpet. Rafa's going to have to adapt very quickly to it since he's been playing on clay the last 3 weeks. They say it's much faster than what Brno was last year.
For those of you that can read Spanish, here's the article...but for those that can't, that's pretty much what it's about.

Adaptación contrarreloj

La pista del Eslovaquia-España, de moqueta, es más rápida de lo esperado

Lluís Carles Pérez


01/03/05 03:00 h.¿Cuánto tiempo necesita un tenista para adaptarse bien de la tierra a la moqueta, pista rapidísima como pocas? “Depende mucho de cada jugador. Un tenista con un buen 'timing' puede adaptarse en dos días, otros necesitan siete o diez y hay gente que no lo consigue nunca, pero en general se requieren cuatro o cinco días”, contesta Juan Avendaño, capitán del equipo español con Jordi Arrese.

La pregunta viene al caso por la inminente eliminatoria de Copa Davis. Rafa Nadal, la sensación del cuarteto español, deberá realizar en tres días una adaptación contrarreloj para medirse a partir del viernes a Eslovaquia en 1ª ronda. El manacorí, de 18 años, ha jugado sobre tierra las tres últimas semanas con un balance arrollador: dos títulos (Costa do Sauípe y Acapulco) y cuartos de final en Buenos Aires. Gaudio ha sido el único en parar al 'torbellino Nadal' durante su gira suramericana, saldada con 12 victorias –las diez últimas consecutivas– y la mencionada derrota. Resultado: Rafa tiene desde ayer su mejor ránking mundial de siempre (31º), un peldaño más en su escalada hacia cotas mucho más altas.

Procedente de México, Rafa tenía previsto llegar anoche a la fría Bratislava, donde 'Feli' López, Fernando Verdasco y Albert Costa ya comprobaron ayer en los primeros entrenamientos que la pista no es dura como se dijo en principio, sino que es una moqueta –con una capa de 'plexipave'– “que se puede levantar con la mano”.

Principal problema

“Sobre todo el primer día, Rafa debe adaptarse a la velocidad de la bola, pero no sólo él porque esto no tiene nada que ver tampoco con la pista dura de Dubai. El principal problema para adaptarse es el bote de la bola y su velocidad, que son las que marcan las diferencias. Rafa se adaptó muy bien el año pasado en Brno, pero esto es más rápido y hay que ver cómo salta a la pista. Su juego se puede adaptar a cualquier pista, pero todos tendrán problemas, incluso los eslovacos”, explica Avendaño, que coloca a Nadal en el grupo de tenistas capaces de aclimatarse en pocos días. “Es un jugador rápido y no puede llegar con mejor moral porque viene con una confianza increíble por sus dos títulos”. El capitán eslovaco, Miloslav Mecir, dijo ayer estar “impresionado” por el juego de Nadal.

Avendaño dice que hay “muchos factores” que influyen en una buena adaptación. “La calidad tiene mucho que ver, pero también el rival. Si te lo pone muy difícil, lo pagarás aunque te hayas adaptado”. Sea como sea, se impone una adaptación tan rápida como la pista de Bratislava

Blanco y Negro
03-01-2005, 08:21 PM
Are they going to show any of Spain's Davis Cup matches on the Tennis Channel?

If anyone knows when and what time that would be great.

VAMOS!

ataptc
03-02-2005, 05:57 AM
indoor carpet? feli should be alright on that surface.. I hope rafa can adjust to the surface quickly.. VAMOS SPAIN!

Iza
03-02-2005, 08:53 AM
VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!

li'l red
03-02-2005, 09:09 AM
Goodluck to Team Spain!:worship:
i hope they pull this one off.... i'm also kinda worried abt them...
playing against the home crowd could be really dangerous...
so goodluck to them :yeah:
hope spain, russia nad sweden win!

~EMiLiTA~
03-02-2005, 11:20 AM
at this stage, it'll be Rafa and Feli who play the singles on Friday. They haven't made any announcements about the doubles yet

adelaide
03-02-2005, 01:38 PM
the doubles i think will be either Lopez-Verdasco or Nadal-Costa. We shall see.

According to the post in the General Messages, they don't like the court. :( im really excited, but anxious at the same time......................

~EMiLiTA~
03-02-2005, 01:44 PM
oh? I've read some Spanish articles where they say the courts are a lot faster than they were expecting but that they don't mind them. Feli said he actually liked them :confused:

RogiFan88
03-02-2005, 02:40 PM
even the svk team were surprised w the court...

adelaide
03-02-2005, 03:03 PM
....interesting................................... ........

i don't know. i just want them to win. that is all. If they like it, then i have no complaints.

~EMiLiTA~
03-02-2005, 03:04 PM
must be one hell of a fast court!!!

Blanco y Negro
03-02-2005, 04:39 PM
EM,

What is the deal with the court surface? The opposing team is shocked by the sruface...Does the faster court benefit Feli and Fernando?

Carlita
03-02-2005, 05:01 PM
MADRID, March 2 (Reuters) - Holders Spain have lodged a formal complaint over the quality of the indoor carpet playing surface due to be used for this week's Davis Cup first round tie against Slovakia.

"Our players say they have never played on a surface like this and the regulations state it should have been used at at least three other ATP tournaments," team coach Juan Avendano told sports daily Marca.

There are only five other tournament sites with an indoor carpet surface -- Basil, Lyon, Milan, Moscow and St Petersburg -- and the Spanish players have complained about the quality of the bounce on the Bratislava court.

"The surface appears different from all the others," added Avedano. "The players say that serves were impossible to return in training. No two balls bounce the same."

International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament official Soren Frimmel will make a decision about the surface on Thursday and could insist it is relaid

adeegee
03-02-2005, 10:17 PM
I'm thinking Feliciano should definitely be no.1 pick for spain with his big serve. Then either Rafa or Fernando for the other singles spot, depending how Rafa is finding the surface after a few weeks on clay...

apparently the slovaks don't really like the surface either

Blanco y Negro
03-03-2005, 12:07 AM
Thank you for the article Carlita

VAMOS!

adelaide
03-03-2005, 01:47 AM
awww man. it's too late to get a new court it seems. :rolleyes: sigh.

i think for Friday Nando may be a better choice. but if it were to fall on the fifth match, then Rafa would be better. I don't know. I'm confused. I want them to win.

Diabolic|Scheme
03-03-2005, 04:39 AM
Im actually hoping that Fernando plays on Friday .. that way Rafa can get used to the court as well as a nice rest.

Vamos Espana!!

Carlita
03-03-2005, 06:53 AM
Well I would definetely choose Feli and for the second Fernando. He's been on the indoorcourts, and although the surface in Rotterdam was a different one and he lost a close first round match, he played pretty well :yeah:

And indeed should we need a fifth get the KillerBoy out!! hahaha!

But most important....don't care WHO plays----> WIN! Kick some Slovakian ass!! :lol:

:bounce: ¡VAMOS!

Carlita
03-03-2005, 10:47 AM
Karol Beck (SVK) v Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) v Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Dominik Hrbaty/Michal Mertinak (SVK) v Albert Costa/Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) v Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Karol Beck (SVK) v Fernando Verdasco (ESP)


¡VAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS! :bounce:

~EMiLiTA~
03-03-2005, 12:42 PM
from the draw ceremony today:

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_3675_gallery.JPG

~EMiLiTA~
03-03-2005, 12:43 PM
EM,

What is the deal with the court surface? The opposing team is shocked by the sruface...Does the faster court benefit Feli and Fernando?

I think at this stage it doesn't really benefit anyone...cos even the Slovaks are a bit shocked by it by the looks of it!!!

Carlita
03-03-2005, 12:46 PM
from the draw ceremony today:

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_3675_gallery.JPG
thanks Em!

ehm....with the way Rafa looks here... would YOU select him for the singles?! :rolleyes: :haha:

~EMiLiTA~
03-03-2005, 12:51 PM
hahaha true! he looks really old there actually! not to mention drunk

adelaide
03-03-2005, 01:02 PM
hahaha too funny.... gj rafa. :rolleyes:

Carlita
03-03-2005, 01:17 PM
hahaha true! he looks really old there actually! not to mention drunk:haha: I can here him say: DUHUHHHHHHH!!!! hihihihi

Maybe he got kicked out of his bed to be at the ceremony??? Still tired from his trip back to Europe?? :rolleyes: :p

~EMiLiTA~
03-03-2005, 01:41 PM
haha well I can't blame him actually...poor boy has had to do a lot of travelling and a lot of tennis playing too...and soon he'll be making yet another long trip to California!

Carlita
03-03-2005, 02:39 PM
true..... ooooooooooh how I hope they'll kick ass there!!!:woohoo: :devil:

roisin
03-03-2005, 08:34 PM
so rafy's playing doubles...i thought he'd be playing singles but when i think about the whole travelling thaing and that hes not used to the surface after playing so much on clay, i can understand it. hope spain kick ASS!!! :woohoo:

hi everyone btw, i dont think ive been in here before! :wavey:

RogiFan88
03-03-2005, 09:07 PM
Yeah, but Rafa looks a whole lot better than Marat did... ;)

VAMOS, ESPANA!!!

Carlita
03-03-2005, 09:58 PM
:wavey: Hi Roisin!!!!! Before you know it, you'll be all over the Armada :haha: ;) And you'll love it no doubt! :lol:

adeegee
03-03-2005, 10:40 PM
I think if it's 2-2 going into the last rubber Rafa will replace Verdasco. He's much more reliable

adelaide
03-03-2005, 10:49 PM
I think if it's 2-2 going into the last rubber Rafa will replace Verdasco. He's much more reliable

yep. rafa has dealt quite well with the whole pressure thing. :D

~EMiLiTA~
03-04-2005, 03:18 AM
Yeah, but Rafa looks a whole lot better than Marat did... ;)

VAMOS, ESPANA!!!

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_3685_gallery.JPG

are you talking about this pic?! if so, I'd tend to agree with u! he looks so seedy!

RogiFan88
03-04-2005, 03:22 AM
:p

No not that pic, this one!
;)

Carlita
03-04-2005, 08:26 AM
:p

No not that pic, this one!
;)
:haha: :haha: :haha:

Eruwen
03-04-2005, 08:44 AM
:p

No not that pic, this one!
;) Omg :eek: Did he just roll out of bed or something? :lol:

roisin
03-04-2005, 08:57 AM
i don't think he got to bed, just came in from the pub i reckon! :lol: :yeah:

Eruwen
03-04-2005, 10:12 AM
You're probably right :lol:

~EMiLiTA~
03-04-2005, 11:07 AM
:p

No not that pic, this one!
;)

http://www.mainzelahr.de/smile/froehlich/lol01.gif

OMG!!! THAT NEARLY KILLED ME!!! :haha:

~EMiLiTA~
03-04-2005, 11:08 AM
more so than the pub, i'd say he'd come directly from being with a russian prostitute or something

Iza
03-04-2005, 12:52 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :rolls: :rolls: :rolls:

Eruwen
03-04-2005, 01:21 PM
more so than the pub, i'd say he'd come directly from being with a russian prostitute or something http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/lmao.gif

Carlita
03-04-2005, 01:24 PM
more so than the pub, i'd say he'd come directly from being with a russian prostitute or something:lol:

this pic...it's so typical Marat isn't it?! :haha: You GOTTA love him!!! :hug:

ataptc
03-04-2005, 01:24 PM
:haha: :yeah:

adeegee
03-04-2005, 05:56 PM
wow spain are 2-0 down after the 1st day

disappointing from lopez he lost in straight sets to beck
verdasco lost in 4 to hrbaty

rafa/albert need to win tomorrow to keep the match alive, if they do i think rafa could be in for sunday's singles

loeliepoelie
03-04-2005, 05:57 PM
There is another pic of Marat like that on Safinator's messageboard somewhere!!! Can't find it right now... :(

RogiFan88
03-04-2005, 07:43 PM
:lol:

this pic...it's so typical Marat isn't it?! :haha: You GOTTA love him!!! :hug:

Absolutely true! Even Juanqui has said about Marat that he is disorganized and once forgot his socks or sth like... yep, that's Marat and I love him for it! ;)

adelaide
03-05-2005, 12:28 AM
wow spain are 2-0 down after the 1st day

disappointing from lopez he lost in straight sets to beck
verdasco lost in 4 to hrbaty

rafa/albert need to win tomorrow to keep the match alive, if they do i think rafa could be in for sunday's singles

we're not so good at defending our title, are we? clearly no. :sad:

well as of now i think Rafa is more concerned about his rankings than Davis Cup, cuz if DC was his priority i don't think he would have played Acapulco. I just feel sorry for Verdasco. His debut, going this way, would do little for his reputation..... :awww:

for now, for doubles, i think we have more chances of winning.

Diabolic|Scheme
03-05-2005, 04:21 AM
lol .. that Safin picture was absolute gold

Finding out that Spain were down 2 wasnt the best wake up call :( I hope Rafa plays well tomorrow!!!! The team need a win!

Carlita
03-05-2005, 07:33 AM
I just feel sorry for Verdasco. His debut, going this way, would do little for his reputation..... :awww: I don't really think Nando has to worry about his reputation, he did the best he could, fought hard but Hrbaty didn't give in and I'm guessing the court wasn't the greatest one to play on too. Had it been a different type of court, things might not have been how they are now. They have been complaining all week about this court...so under the circumstances they did the best they could. :yeah: to Nando! (and Feli)

And Rafa & Albert better be here 100%!!!But I'm sure they will! Especially now Spain is 0-2! ¡VAMOS!

adeegee
03-05-2005, 08:54 AM
Lopez's result was a lot worse than Verdasco. the surface suits Lppez much more and he got outclassed by Beck from what i hear. Verdasco had some chances against Hrbaty, who's a great DC player but couldn't take them, but he gave it his best shot

~EMiLiTA~
03-05-2005, 10:40 AM
Absolutely true! Even Juanqui has said about Marat that he is disorganized and once forgot his socks or sth like... yep, that's Marat and I love him for it! ;)

yeah...in Bangkok he left his shoes in the hotel and he only realised just before his match so someone had to go into his room and bring all his shoes to the site (cos they didn't know which ones he needed)...and the site is about 45 min from the hotel. the van got stuck in traffic (Bangkok traffic is dreadful) so in the end they ended up getting a police escort for the van containing the shoes so it could bypass the traffic and get to the tennis centre on time!!! classic!

there have also been other instances where he's forgotten his shorts and had to wear Kiefer's shorts...like that time about 4 years ago when he changed his shorts on the court :rolleyes: Marat is gold I swear!

anyway...back to Rafa...they're playing right now...I agree that if they win, he may be put in the singles tomorrow...'til an uphill task for the Spaniards now though :scared:

Carlita
03-05-2005, 11:40 AM
:bounce: VAMOS :bounce: Come on now guys!!!!!!!!! :banana:

~EMiLiTA~
03-05-2005, 12:14 PM
I just feel sorry for Verdasco. His debut, going this way, would do little for his reputation..... :awww:


I don't think it did anything bad for his reputation, if anything, I think it helped his reputation. He played very well and did far better than I was expecting him too. To take a set off Hrbaty in Slovakia on that surface in a great achievement. It's Feli whose performance was more disappointing.

Eruwen
03-05-2005, 12:22 PM
yeah...in Bangkok he left his shoes in the hotel and he only realised just before his match so someone had to go into his room and bring all his shoes to the site (cos they didn't know which ones he needed)...and the site is about 45 min from the hotel. the van got stuck in traffic (Bangkok traffic is dreadful) so in the end they ended up getting a police escort for the van containing the shoes so it could bypass the traffic and get to the tennis centre on time!!! classic! http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/lmao.gif Omg that is a classic! :lol:

Vamos Rafa and Albert!!! Please win this rubber! :bounce:

adelaide
03-05-2005, 12:59 PM
i guess that's it then? *cries*

ummm. okay now i just want all of them to do well in singles rankings.

happy thoughts.

Carlita
03-05-2005, 01:04 PM
:sad: :crying2: :bigcry: Spain........... boohoo:crying2:

~EMiLiTA~
03-05-2005, 01:10 PM
yeah...well...nothing much to say except congrats to the Slovaks...they played better in the end. Spain really needed that first rubber :(

ataptc
03-05-2005, 01:57 PM
:sad: but the slovaks did a great job

Carlita
03-05-2005, 01:58 PM
I still don't believe it!! Here I was......yelling at the Dutch for probably losing this tie...(still could happen of course) and I never really thought it might be Spain who would be "messing up" our plans of a NED-ESP second round! :sad:

Messing up isn't the right word.....but okay.... what a shitty day! :bigcry:

knight_ley
03-05-2005, 02:06 PM
there have also been other instances where he's forgotten his shorts and had to wear Kiefer's shorts...like that time about 4 years ago when he changed his shorts on the court :rolleyes: Marat is gold I swear!

:haha: I love that!!!!! :devil:



I don't even know what to say about today's results... I just woke up and am still a bit out of it.... :sad: Maybe this is a blessing in disguise, Rafa won't have to do what he did this last week and be exhausted. Maybe I'll open up some doors for him in some bigger ATP tournaments than he's ever been able to come close to winning before :angel:

*must think positive*

roisin
03-05-2005, 02:38 PM
spain :bigcry:

meh they went out 1st round in 2001 as well,the year after they won dc last time. :sad:

Björki
03-05-2005, 02:47 PM
espana :(

adeegee
03-05-2005, 03:12 PM
disappoinring. i hear slovakia just got a lot of cheap points off their serve, and spain didnt

Carlita
03-05-2005, 04:38 PM
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_3924_gallery.JPG
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_3922_gallery.JPG
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_3921_gallery.JPG

Pancakesong
03-05-2005, 07:15 PM
how sweet! it's so sad Spain lost..

roisin
03-05-2005, 08:44 PM
well all good things must come to an end don't they *sigh*
poor spain.
i still think the dc finalists should get a 1st round bye the nxt year

~EMiLiTA~
03-06-2005, 10:32 AM
cute pics!

yeah, I've also thought for many years that the champs and finalists should get a bye...it's happened once too often that they lose in the first round and it doesn't seem fair

Lenka
03-06-2005, 11:19 AM
I can´t believe they lost :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: the spectators were horrible , all the atmosphere were against Spain and again also that hard surface :mad: but at the end of the third set Rafa and Albert had a chances to win it, but in these moments the Slovakian spectators helped Slovaks SO MUCH! Even the Slovakian comentators greeted Spaniards "Welcome in the hell!" :( so what can I say to... :sad: maybe next year :sad:

~EMiLiTA~
03-06-2005, 11:49 AM
yeah...well that's to be expected I guess...the Spanish fans are the same when Spain plays at home...and last year they were lucky to be able to play 3 out of 4 ties at home including the final. I'm sure the US team felt the same in Seville as the Spaniards felt in Bratislava this weekend. In the 2000 final the Spanish crowd were terrible to the Australian team too...that's Davis Cup...

gogo_guga
03-06-2005, 06:51 PM
In my opinion, it was all Jordi Arrese's fault!!!

adelaide
03-06-2005, 07:03 PM
noo! Jordi is the man.
I'm actually glad that he is going to be offered an extended contract as Spain's DC coach.

~EMiLiTA~
03-07-2005, 12:46 PM
in this case I don't think it was Jordi's fault. I think it's just sad that so many of their top players didn't play

RogiFan88
03-08-2005, 02:51 AM
:haha: I love that!!!!! :devil:



I don't even know what to say about today's results... I just woke up and am still a bit out of it.... :sad: Maybe this is a blessing in disguise, Rafa won't have to do what he did this last week and be exhausted. Maybe I'll open up some doors for him in some bigger ATP tournaments than he's ever been able to come close to winning before :angel:

*must think positive*

Well, sorry guys but Rafa has pulled out of Indian Wells because he's exhausted fr playing [and winning] too much over the last month or so. He needs to rest up and then prepare for Miami. Too bad we won't see him on TV... but this is better for him! He expends SO much energy when he plays so let him recuperate!

Hasta Miami, Rafa!

[this info fr a Spanish paper]