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Feña at The Boodles Challenge *Good Luck*

olimpo
06-13-2005, 07:09 PM
I thought to start a new thread for it as Fernando is playing this exhibition this week.

He'll play Davydenko tomorrow.....I don’t know at which time yet but will post the OOP as soon as I can find it.

He'll get to play 3 guaranteed matches there against N. Davydenko, D. Nalbandian and J. Johansson.

Buena suerte Feña!!! :)

*Ljubica*
06-13-2005, 07:55 PM
The match starts at 2.15pm English time. Feña is first on - then there is an exhibition (don't know who yet - possibly Roddick I think), followed by Greg Rusedski.

I'll give you a report tomorrow night when I get home.

olimpo
06-13-2005, 08:17 PM
Thank you, Rosie :wavey:

Have fun tomorrow! :)

*Ljubica*
06-13-2005, 08:27 PM
Thank you, Rosie :wavey:

Have fun tomorrow! :)

Thanks :hug: - though I have to say the weather isn't great here at the moment and the forecast isn't too good for tomorrow - so that may cause a problem :sad:

olimpo
06-13-2005, 08:33 PM
Thanks :hug: - though I have to say the weather isn't great here at the moment and the forecast isn't too good for tomorrow - so that may cause a problem :sad:

Oh so move it over here then - we have beautiful weather (sunny and not too hot) and I could see him play ;) Good luck with the weather then!

Fergie
06-14-2005, 12:34 AM
Vamos Feña! :yeah:

Björki
06-14-2005, 06:14 AM
vamos :bounce:

enqvistfan
06-14-2005, 06:48 AM
Where do you find the order of play ? Their website is not clear I think.

Anyway good luck to Fernando :)

Val

*Ljubica*
06-14-2005, 08:50 AM
Where do you find the order of play ? Their website is not clear I think.

Anyway good luck to Fernando :)

Val


No - you're right - their website is not clear - think we've got to remember they are only a tennis club not a tournament site, and they're not used to coping with fans from all over the world being interested in what is happening there!

I found out the OOP last night buy phoning them up - but if you go to their main website http://www.thechampionschallenge.com/flash/index.htm and click on the "Information" link you will find it there. It is under a headline about Rusedski starting his WImbledon campaign!!!

cobalt60
06-14-2005, 04:20 PM
Have a great time Rosie- Look forward to your reports!!

olimpo
06-14-2005, 06:28 PM
Fernando won 6-7(7) 6-4 6-4 :woohoo: :woohoo:

His next match is on Thursday when he'll play the winner of the match between David Nalbandian and Joachim Johansson.

Björki
06-14-2005, 06:39 PM
well done Fernando :)

*Ljubica*
06-14-2005, 06:49 PM
Hi guys - sorry for the delay in getting back to you - I am only just back from Stoke Park. Originally I was going to come straight home after Feña's match, (I'm not too keen on watching Rusedski who was next on court), but my friend is playing in the Jazz Band there and he persuaded me to stay for a few drinks so I've only just got home.

Anyway - I think everyone here should be proud of Fernando - he really did play well. Have to admit the start of the match was pretty shaky - he lost his opening service game, and although he managed to get the break of serve back, he then lost the tie-break :sad: His forehand was not working at all - it was really erratic, and his serve wasn't so good either. The only good shot was the backhand that remained brilliant throughout the match.

However - things improved rapidly in the 2nd set - he began to adjust to the pace and bounce of the grass court, and from then on he began to take command and played really well - much better than the 6-4 scoreline suggests.

The 3rd set could have been anyone's match to be honest - they both played well as Davydenko began to settle down again. There were a lot of long rallies (not typical grass court tennis at all), and both were serving well too. In the end, I think Feña won because he took his chances more than his opponent who was visibly beginning to tire half way thought the 3rd set. It was a good match though and played in good spirit - the crowd was packed and all seemed to enjoy it and both players did too.

So all in all, I think all Gonzalez fans should be proud of him today - he kept his head and stayed positive, even after losing such a close 1st set, and he stayed pretty focused throughout. I'm not going to lie and say he was 100% brilliant or anything - the adjustment from clay to grass is always hard and of course there were problems and mistakes - but he won and he played well and he can build from here.

I took some photos but I don't have a digital camera (only an old fashioned one), so you will have to wait for me to finish the film and get it developed before I can scan them and post them here. For those that are interested though, he was wearing navy shorts and a white shirt with navy sleeves, and a white baseball cap.

Bye for now.

NicoFan
06-14-2005, 07:07 PM
Thanks for that Rosie! So proud of him, sounds like he fought back. Like that he stayed positive and focused.

Fashion reports are always appreciated - yeay no gold shirt!!! lol! I would think that Fena would look nice in navy too (ditto Nico).

olimpo
06-14-2005, 07:13 PM
Hi Rosie, thank you so much for the great report :hug:

I have been looking for hours to find the result and was so happy that he won and now I'm even happier and very proud of him of course. :worship:

It's so lovely that you took the time to come here telling us all about his match. Thank you so much for this - it's much appreciated. :worship:

And he was wearing a white shirt for a change? How nice as some of us have become a little sick of the yellow LOL! :angel:

It sounds like you had a nice day and you are surely looking forward to David's match tomorrow. Have fun! :)

cobalt60
06-14-2005, 07:15 PM
Thank you Rosie. Nice report. Have a drink on me next time ;) And a jazz band sounds great!!!

enqvistfan
06-14-2005, 07:21 PM
thanks a lot Rosie for the report, good to now that he fought and won.

Good luck for the next match

Val

Sparko1030
06-14-2005, 09:04 PM
Thanks for the great report Rosie! Next best thing to being there. Good to hear Fena is adjusting to the grass. Keep up the good work Fernando!

Fergie
06-15-2005, 12:53 AM
Well done Feñita! :bounce:

And thanks Rosie for your great report! :worship:

*Viva Chile*
06-15-2005, 02:06 AM
Good work Feña!!!!
You CAN play in grass.... :yeah:

RogiFan88
06-15-2005, 02:35 AM
Thank you, Rosie! Sounds like you're having a wonderful time there! Lots of fun... did you mention choccies and Pims on the Nalby thread? Mmm... what's w it being so hot and sunny in UK? Well, June is a lovely month to be there, for sure!

Well done, Fena!!! Woo hoo!!

*Ljubica*
06-15-2005, 09:02 AM
Thank you, Rosie! Sounds like you're having a wonderful time there! Lots of fun... did you mention choccies and Pims on the Nalby thread? Mmm... what's w it being so hot and sunny in UK? Well, June is a lovely month to be there, for sure!

Well done, Fena!!! Woo hoo!!

LOL - well it's not hot and sunny here today - cold, windy and pouring with rain in fact! The thing about the weather here in England is that it is notoriously changeable at this time of year - I understand it will be about 27 degrees tomorrow. We kind of get used to it - freezing one day, boiling hot the next, rain at anytime!! Our best weather is actully in about October when it can be dry for weeks on end though it is also very cold by then so outdoor tennis would not be possible!!! Anyway - thanks everyone for your kind words about my report. I am going there later, but the weather is so bad the chances of David's match happening is minimal, and I doubt Feña or anyone else will be practising, - but I'll keep my eye on things. Lucikly I live so close that if the weather is really poor I can go home and just keep in touch with the Club by phone to see if there is any chance of play starting! I don't have to hang around in the Bars all day eating chocolate and drinking Pimms -though - on second thoughts....................

RogiFan88
06-15-2005, 03:44 PM
Rosie, I was in London at end October - early November and it was gorgeous! I usually get pretty good weather in UK in Sep/Oct too, my fave time of yr to visit!

revolution
06-15-2005, 05:19 PM
Well played BoomBoom! That forehand is gonna make him one to avoid at Wimbledon! I think he'll definitely improve on his 3rd round best :worship:

enqvistfan
06-15-2005, 06:33 PM
Tomorrow, Gonzalez vs J.Johansson

Buena Suerte, Fernando :)

Val

olimpo
06-15-2005, 06:45 PM
The match is scheduled for 2.15 pm local time.

Buena suerte Feña!!! :)

*Ljubica*
06-15-2005, 08:16 PM
Will do my best to report like last time but tomorrow will be more difficult because David plays afterwards so I will have to go to his practice. He played a great match today - lost to Pim-Pim but 14-16 in a final set tie-break - can't get much closer than that - I was very proud of him :)

Olimpo - just to let you know - I tried but they said there was no chance - sorry :sad:

olimpo
06-15-2005, 08:42 PM
Thanks Rose for checking for me :hug: unfortunately it's as expected.

Sounds like you had another great day and the weather luckily improved so that the matches could take place.

I hope Fernando will win tomorrow - it won't be easy but he can do it.

Vamos Fernando!!! :bigclap:

Fergie
06-16-2005, 01:28 AM
Vamos Feña, play your best tennis ... You can do it! :bounce:

Sparko1030
06-16-2005, 06:24 AM
Good Luck to Fernando tomorrow! :wavey: (and good luck in the Wimbledon draw)

*Ljubica*
06-16-2005, 08:44 AM
I honestly think Feña can beat Johansson today. He has a much better serve than David, and David forced Pim-Pim into a really close final set tie-break, so I have every confidence.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
06-16-2005, 04:42 PM
Thanks for nice report,Rosie! :kiss:
Anyone knows the result? :angel:

olimpo
06-16-2005, 04:57 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:

Fernando is in the final of the Boodles Challenge after playing and beating Davydenko again who replaced injured J. Johansson. He only needed 2 sets this time and won 6-3 6-2 :worship:

Well done Fernando and good luck for the final Saturday!!!

He’ll play Greg Rusedski, Marat Safin or Thomas Enqvist in the final.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
06-16-2005, 05:19 PM
Thanks olimpo! :kiss:
Come on Gonzo,take the "title"! :woohoo:

*Ljubica*
06-16-2005, 06:52 PM
OK guys - well first I have to admit I only saw the first set of this match. David was playing next, so I had to go and watch him practice, grab a drink, go to the bathroom - you know the sort of thing - so sorry about that! But anyway - I am pleased to report that Feña was excellent in what I saw today - no problems. His serve was working well - and all his groundstrokes too. He may have some problems playing a grass court specialist at Wimby, because he seemed to be quite hesitant on his shots whenever Davydenko tried to come into the net, - but there aren't too many of them about. He seemed realxed and very happy too :) And for the fashionistas amongst you - it was back to the yellow shirt today I'm afraid - with black shorts.

olimpo
06-16-2005, 07:10 PM
Once again thanks a lot for the report, Rosie, much appreciated :hug: .......and so good to hear that Fernando is playing so well and seems relaxed and happy :)

RogiFan88
06-17-2005, 12:53 AM
Great, Fena!! COOL! I want to see Fena doing better now for the rest of the year! VAMOS, FERNANDO!!!

Fergie
06-17-2005, 12:57 AM
Well done Feña!!! :banana:

Now take the title! ;)

+alonso
06-17-2005, 03:17 AM
Thanks Rosie for your complete report :D

Wo! :D Feña won !! Great :bounce:

Let's go..:p seems like you're playing well on grass fernando :D good ;)

Sparko1030
06-17-2005, 05:44 AM
Great news! So glad for Fena that he is winning. :yippee: And Buena Suerte in the final Saturday!

enqvistfan
06-17-2005, 05:55 AM
Do You know who'll face Fena in the final ? Still no results on the website. I hate the Boodles Website, not updated each day !! Thank you.

Val

*Ljubica*
06-17-2005, 09:12 AM
Feña will play the winner of today's match between Greg Rusedski and Thomas Enqvist. Here is a small piece for the web-site today:-

IN THE FIRST MATCH OF THE DAY FERNANDO GONZALEZ CONTINUED HIS GOOD FORM THIS WEEK, WITH ANOTHER CONVINCING WIN OVER NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO. DAVYDENKO REPLACED JOACHIM JOHANSSON WHO UNFORTUNATELY HAD TO PULL OUT WITH A VIRAL INFECTION. GONZALEZ HAS WON ALL OF HIS MATCHES THIS WEEK AT STOKE PARK CLUB, AND WAS UPBEAT ABOUT HIS WIMBLEDON CHANCES:

‘I LOST TO KARLOVIC LAST WEEK, BUT HERE EVERYDAY I HAVE GOT BETTER, AND I HOPE FOR A GOOD COUPLE OF WEEKS AT WIMBLEDON’

RESULTS THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2005
FERNANDO GONZALEZ (CHI) BT NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO (RUS) 6-3, 6-2

As for the website - as I've said before, Stoke Park is a tennis club not a tournament venue - they simply can't deal with the volume of worldwide interest a tournament like this generates - they do their best, but they don't have the staff or the resources to update regularly or have a live scoreboard like the ATP tournaments do.

olimpo
06-17-2005, 09:13 AM
Do You know who'll face Fena in the final ? l

It will be either your Thomas or Rusedski. I have sent you a PM :)

olimpo
06-17-2005, 08:05 PM
Fernando will play G. Rusedski tomorrow in the final scheduled for 2.15 pm London time.

Good luck, Fernando....you can do it!!! :bigclap:

+alonso
06-17-2005, 08:16 PM
:bounce: Feñaaaa

*Ljubica*
06-17-2005, 08:56 PM
I will be cheering for him as loud as I can :) Not sure how well the "Viva Chile" chant will go down in Stoke Park though, and as there are only 2 of us, my friend and I may have to stick to "Vamos Feña" in our very quiet English way ;)

RogiFan88
06-17-2005, 09:00 PM
Vamos, Fena, just win the Boodles!

RogiFan88
06-17-2005, 09:01 PM
...but Rosie, the CHI CHI CHI LE LE LE VIVA CHILE chant is SO much fun! I love it!

*Ljubica*
06-17-2005, 09:05 PM
...but Rosie, the CHI CHI CHI LE LE LE VIVA CHILE chant is SO much fun! I love it!


Yes - in a group it's great - but with just two of you amidst a group of Brits supporting Rusedski - :eek: Maybe if I was drunk I could do it - but I will be driving tomorrow - so just tea for me!!!!

RogiFan88
06-17-2005, 09:12 PM
I know, it's rather unseemly in England, esp in the S! ;) Hey I was just reading about "tea" in the Marat thread!

*Ljubica*
06-17-2005, 09:30 PM
I know, it's rather unseemly in England, esp in the S! ;) Hey I was just reading about "tea" in the Marat thread!


You are welcome to join me for some whenever you come to England :hug: But now it is bedtime - I have a final to watch tomorrow and two of my favourite players to watch and cheer for.................Fernando followed by David - I'm looking forward to it!!!!

olimpo
06-17-2005, 09:52 PM
I will be cheering for him as loud as I can :) Not sure how well the "Viva Chile" chant will go down in Stoke Park though, and as there are only 2 of us, my friend and I may have to stick to "Vamos Feña" in our very quiet English way ;)

Wish I could be there with you Rosie and we could try the „Viva Chile“ chant together, but you are right it’d probably be a bit too much for the rest of the audience at the Stoke Park club :lol:

But I think Fernando will also be happy when you cheer for him with “Vamos Feña”.

Have fun tomorrow and make sure that Fernando will win The Boodles ;)

RogiFan88
06-18-2005, 12:03 AM
You are welcome to join me for some whenever you come to England :hug: But now it is bedtime - I have a final to watch tomorrow and two of my favourite players to watch and cheer for.................Fernando followed by David - I'm looking forward to it!!!!

Thank you for the invitation, Rosie! UK is one of my fave destinations besides Spain! ;)

Have fun watching Fena and David!

I hope to see and cheer on both in Montreal this summer. :angel:

cobalt60
06-18-2005, 12:08 AM
Good luck to Fena in the final tomorrow. And Rogifan88 Hope to meet you in Montreal!

FelipeMIA89
06-18-2005, 12:21 AM
Come on Fernando Gonzalez!!! Vamos Chilenos!, by the way there are going to be 3 chilean participants in Wimbledon.

Fergie
06-18-2005, 12:55 AM
Go Feña, you can beat Rusedski again!!! :yeah:

And thanks Rosie for cheering for our boy ... He just love all the crowd support! :yeah:

I♥PsY@Mus!c
06-18-2005, 07:53 AM
Come on GONZO! :clap2:

FelipeMIA89
06-18-2005, 03:43 PM
Fernando Gonzalez defeated Greg Rusedski 7-6 7-6 !!!! Good job Gonzo! Now for Wimbledon.

Fergie
06-18-2005, 03:46 PM
I knew you can do it Feña!!! ... Congrats my boy! :hug:

olimpo
06-18-2005, 04:02 PM
:woohoo:

Well done, Fernando :worship: Very proud of you and keep that up for Wimby!!!

User ID 4783
06-18-2005, 06:24 PM
:clap2:

I♥PsY@Mus!c
06-18-2005, 06:26 PM
:woohoo: You rock! :rocker:

*Ljubica*
06-18-2005, 06:28 PM
He played well, he looked good - he wore yellow! I watched his practice session before the match and he was laughing and joking around and seemed very relaxed. If I am honest it wasn't the greatest match to watch (too much heavy serving for my liking), - but Fernando won it and that is all that matters.

I'm sorry I didn't see all the match - it was very hot and I can't stand the heat so I had to go out and sit in the shade for a while - either that or I would have been taken away by the Paramedics like all the other people there suffering from heat stroke - us poor English don't "do" heat so well! But I saw the 1st set and the end of the 2nd including the presentations - Fernando gave a nice speech and got a great ovation. I spoke to him briefly afterwards (and also to Horacio de la Peña) who was very happy too.

Talk to you all later - now I need a cold shower - it was soooooo hot!!

olimpo
06-18-2005, 08:24 PM
Glad you survived the heat, Rosie, and thanks a lot the nice report. You did a great job this week with being our live reporter :hug:

I hope that there will be some pictures up somewhere soon.....I can’t wait to see his happy face and the beautiful smile :hearts:

*Ljubica*
06-18-2005, 08:33 PM
Well he did a really long photo-shoot after the presentation and some interviews too - so they must appear somewhere! I didn't hear the interviews because they weren't broadcast to the public - so I assume they may have been for the Chilean Press - not sure though.

+alonso
06-18-2005, 10:33 PM
Yes, thanks a lot Rosie !! Great Job Feñaaaa :D

Tricky_Forehand
06-18-2005, 10:41 PM
I just read yesterday that he got to the Final and now I read that he won!!!

Vamos Gonzo!!! :bounce: :bounce:

RogiFan88
06-19-2005, 02:46 PM
That's fantastic news! Felicitaciones, Fena! I know it's only an exo but it's still matchplay on grass and vs. Rusedski too!

Rosie, thanks for your roving reports despite the heat -- what, heat in UK? Hope to see some pix somewhere!

Nice prep for Wimby!

Sparko1030
06-20-2005, 05:55 AM
I know its a little late but Yeay Fena!!! :banana: And thanks for the report Rosie-its really appreciated. So happy that Fernando did so well at this exhibition-I'm really exctied about his chances at Wimbledon.

enqvistfan
06-20-2005, 10:24 PM
Sorry, I'm very late to congratulate Gonzo, but I was in London that week-end, and came back yesterday evening. On sat, I visited the city and on sun, we have been around Wimbly. We saw some players but not Gonzo, unfortunately.

Well, just wanted to say thank you for winning the tournament and good luck for Wimbly !!

Thanks Rosie for your reports. And, very warm weather in London this week-end !! It doesn't rain in London, who said that ? LOL

Val