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Nolby
11-20-2009, 06:29 AM
http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/273526930/414212ebaa15.jpg

Tweets by RSoderling past 24 hours (http://twitter.com/Rsoderling )



"Tomorrow i'll be wearing my new suit. it only happens like once a year, so I'll upload a photo of this unique occasion for you guys." about 9 hours ago (http://twitter.com/RSoderling/status/5869706714)from web
'just downloaded the starbux finder app for my iPhone." about 9 hours ago (http://twitter.com/RSoderling/status/5869634427)from webThat is Robin's Twitter profile picture. :worship::worship::worship:
Can't wait to see how he is going to look dressed up in the Barclays Champions suit. This is the big press day and all the 8 Elite players will be taking the Tour Challenge photo and going through all the other English press crap.

Again, this has just been an amazing season for this great guy! I wish Robin the best of luck, especially in getting through the borish press rituals today. :)

DanaKz
11-20-2009, 08:03 AM
http://i.eurosport.se/2009/06/08/526198-4439206-317-238.jpg

http://www.eurosport.se/tennis/atp-tour/2009/soderling-till-london_sto2126121/story.shtml

Robin ready for London - Norman believes in success

Andy Roddick to cancel the ATP finals. This means that the world nian Robin Soderling go to London. "It's an experience just being in place, it proves that Robin has delivered," said South coach Lings Magnus Norman, who says that Tibro son is mentally most alert in the entire starting field.

Robin Soderling had to reach the final of the Paris Masters to qualify for the ATP finals in London. But that dream broke when the Swede fell in the quarterfinals against Novak Djokovic. On Tuesday, however, was good news for Tibro Son.

According to Pelle Hjertqvist, South Ling agent, Andy Roddick canceled his plans for the ATP finals.
Roddick has pulled out. It is a wonderful thing for Robin and Swedish tennis. You just have to congratulate, they have done a fantastic job, says Hjertqvist to eurosport.se. South Lings coach Magnus Norman is obviously satisfied.

- It's an experience just to be in place, there are only few players are having. It's a cool tournament and this is confirmation that Robin delivers. It feels really cool, "said South coach Lings Magnus Norman to eurosport.se.



South Ling? :confused::D

Nolby
11-20-2009, 09:00 AM
South Ling? :confused::D

:lol:

It didn't make any sense to me until you pointed it out. I've made the corrections. Curse those language translators! :rolleyes:

gam_jonte
11-20-2009, 11:37 AM
So ShamWoW, are you swedish? or are you using google translation for Magnus blogg and eurosport news? :)

Nolby
11-20-2009, 03:30 PM
So ShamWoW, are you swedish? or are you using google translation for Magnus blogg and eurosport news? :)

What makes you think I'm trying to pass myself off as Swedish. :lol: Robin is my favorite player and I want others to appreciate him (i.e. I'm a fan). Is everyone else on this thread Swedish and is that a prerequisite?

Here he is in his putting on his suit for the Barclay ATP WTF photo sessions today. This is from Twitter at http://twitter.com/Rsoderling

http://i47.tinypic.com/2eaugjm.jpg
"here's me pretending to know how to tie a tie. good thing my coach has many talents, including tie knowledge."

Nolby
11-20-2009, 04:00 PM
Barclays Elite Eight Group Photos

http://i47.tinypic.com/33a5og0.jpg

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/02yPeYR2Kkfga/1000x.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/ed/fullj.c2e9f971dd76d9a96c2b4613e51d66bd/c2e9f971dd76d9a96c2b4613e51d66bd-getty-tennis-atp-masters.jpg

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0bWK6KsaHV0Et/1000x.jpg

Orka_n
11-20-2009, 04:30 PM
Thanks for posting. Great stuff.
I honestly believe Soderling can get to the SF in the WTF. He usually beats Davy if he plays good, and Nadal is a joke nowadays. Nole will be a tall task but regardless... Soderlegend only needs to keep his shit together, and he has a great shot.

Getta
11-20-2009, 06:43 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/57/fullj.67a819c6924daf8b6f71546f1ac279cb/67a819c6924daf8b6f71546f1ac279cb-getty-93026638jf032_barclays_atp_.jpg
Getty Images

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/0e/fullj.850c761b3e06e88ae7f8d3a125424c68/850c761b3e06e88ae7f8d3a125424c68-getty-93026638jf019_barclays_atp_.jpg
Getty Images

gam_jonte
11-20-2009, 08:12 PM
What makes you think I'm trying to pass myself off as Swedish. :lol: Robin is my favorite player and I want others to appreciate him (i.e. I'm a fan). Is everyone else on this thread Swedish and is that a prerequisite?

haha, no. :) But what lead me to belive that you might be Swedish was because you linked to answermyquestionsjerk.se and i really didn't know many non-swedes knew of that page or could read it in another language :P

Björki
11-20-2009, 09:31 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/ef/fullj.fd134741490079d0d85a7f1a19f18ca2/fd134741490079d0d85a7f1a19f18ca2-getty-tennis-atp-masters.jpg

Nolby
11-21-2009, 03:40 AM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/57/fullj.67a819c6924daf8b6f71546f1ac279cb/67a819c6924daf8b6f71546f1ac279cb-getty-93026638jf032_barclays_atp_.jpg
Getty Images

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/0e/fullj.850c761b3e06e88ae7f8d3a125424c68/850c761b3e06e88ae7f8d3a125424c68-getty-93026638jf019_barclays_atp_.jpg
Getty Images


Those are fantastic photos of Robin! Thank you! :)

Ilovetheblues_86
11-21-2009, 03:45 AM
:secret: Getta has a crush in Söderling.

Nolby
11-21-2009, 03:53 AM
What makes you think I'm trying to pass myself off as Swedish. :lol: Robin is my favorite player and I want others to appreciate him (i.e. I'm a fan). Is everyone else on this thread Swedish and is that a prerequisite?

haha, no. :) But what lead me to belive that you might be Swedish was because you linked to answermyquestionsjerk.se and i really didn't know many non-swedes knew of that page or could read it in another language :P

:lol:
Yea, what happened is that I stumbled upon the Magnus Norman blog, read about their almost disastrous plane trip to London, and other tidbits that I couldn't find anywhere else. I was astounded and happy to find it and had to share them. Those not living in Sweden are completely ignnorant of this information. It is not getting reported at all.

Magnus also had a link to Eurosport.se in one of his blog entries and then I found all those articles, which again have information and details on Robin that just are not available if you do News searches on Robin. To me, it was like stumbling upon gold. I had no idea how his elbow was doing, who he was practicing with, how his energy was holding up, what he thought of getting to the WTFs and so on. I don't know why the non-Swedish media is so ambivalent towards him, but we don't get anything other than the basics.

Yea, I'm using Google translator and then trying to make the articles read more smoothly by interpreting a better sentence structure. Some of the stuff comes out real funny. One article translated by Google literally quoted Robin as saying "My elbow fu**cking hurts!" :lol:

Nolby
11-21-2009, 04:11 AM
:secret: Getta has a crush in Söderling.

Those photos and the one posted by Bjorki are keepers. He is the dashing "Soderking" now whether people like it or not. :worship: So fun to see him crashing the WTFs and the grudging respect he is finally getting from the haters. What an amazing year it has been for Robin....and at age 24-25 no less...the stuff movies are made of. Oh, it would be so cool if he could make the semis, finals or win it. I think it is doable.

DanaKz
11-21-2009, 04:23 AM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/ef/fullj.fd134741490079d0d85a7f1a19f18ca2/fd134741490079d0d85a7f1a19f18ca2-getty-tennis-atp-masters.jpg

Oh my... Oh my god!!!!
This picture is absolutely AWESOME!!!!:eek: He looks fabulous here! :hearts:
Guess who is test hottest guy on this WTF in my opinion? :inlove:

SweTennis
11-21-2009, 04:19 PM
Now when Robin has established as a top ten player and is participating in the WTF it must be a good time to create a forum, and not only a tiny thread. There we could create threads with everything necessary, like pics, videos and stuff. I don't know how to do, but we need a forum! :)

Nolby
11-21-2009, 07:48 PM
Now when Robin has established as a top ten player and is participating in the WTF it must be a good time to create a forum, and not only a tiny thread. There we could create threads with everything necessary, like pics, videos and stuff. I don't know how to do, but we need a forum! :)

There are players who have never entered the Top 40 that have Message Boards. How did they get Message Boards? Who made that decision and why? Is it hard for them to create a Message Board? I mean, WTF??!!:confused:

What do we need to do? Robin is a top 10 player. He's been top 30 for years. His twitter followers have quadrupled in the past 4 months. He is talked about in General Messages constantly and his fan base is growing fast.

I'm going to look and bump any thread in "Feedback/Complaints" and add my complaint on this. It is insulting and disrespectful. We can keep complaining and bumping the thread until someone listens, but we shouldn't have to go that far. They should have fixed this issue a long time ago.

This is not a question of "yes" or "no" and it's not open to a vote. The MTF has been sloppy and doesn't have a Message Board for one of the World Tour Finalists. Need I say anymore?

Getta
11-21-2009, 07:56 PM
I'm going to look and bump any thread in "Feedback/Complaints" and add my complaint on this. It is insulting and disrespectful. We can keep complaining and bumping the thread until someone listens, but we shouldn't have to go that far. They should have fixed this issue a long time ago.

This is not a question of "yes" or "no" and it's not open to a vote. The MTF has been sloppy and doesn't have a Message Board for one of the World Tour Finalists. Need I say anymore?

making your vote (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153253) count

Nolby
11-21-2009, 08:11 PM
Day 2 London
November 21, 2009 by Robin's coach, Magnus Norman
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/dag-2-london/

Today I began to feel that the Masters is approaching. The traditional photography and the "roundtable" interviews were carried out today around lunchtime. Before that Robin and I drove a taxi to the gym. Got a little post workout today as well.

We played tennis in the O2 Arena today for the first time between 17-18. Pretty nice track. A little hard to run on and the bounce was quite low. But overall a very good course that I think will fit most. In the morning Robin trained with Andy Murray at 13.00 on the same runway.

A lovely dinner with former tennis player Johan Carlsson in the evening. Johan saddled on after retiring from tennis and has a successful business career. That is impressive!
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/files/2009/11/masters-11-300x225.jpg
The traditional photo shoot

http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/files/2009/11/masters-2-300x225.jpg

http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/files/2009/11/masters-3-300x225.jpg
Decent media go-around

Nolby
11-21-2009, 08:13 PM
making your vote (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153253) count

Getta, I'm new here. Do you have any idea what we can do? No vote should be necessary at this point. It is absurd he doesn't have a Message Board.
===

EDIT: So new, I just figured out you had a link to where I need to go on the word "vote". :lol:

I''m voting "Yes" and bumping the thread. Thank you!!!

Cloudygirl
11-21-2009, 08:48 PM
Why on earth doesn't Soderling have his own forum :(

Nolby
11-21-2009, 09:00 PM
Why on earth doesn't Soderling have his own forum :(

I voted and I noticed you did too, Cloudygirl!! Thanks! Danakz just voted too. We've got 45 votes for "Yes" up there. Is a certain amount needed or is it just based on someone finally listening?

This could be trivia. Who is the only top 10 player never to have a message board on MTF. Shameful!

Here is the link again:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153253&page=2

Vote for Robin Soderling Message Board. (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153253&page=2)

KingSodaPop
11-21-2009, 09:11 PM
I'm voting for his to get his own Forum too. This is total crap! Thanks for the links.

Truc
11-21-2009, 09:19 PM
It's not a matter of rankings only, Stepanek has no forum either and he is top 15.
Robin's thread was not active enough in the past, that's why he had only a thread so far.

But don't worry, you'll definitely get your forum this time. They usually create all the new player message boards at once after the request polls are closed.

Cloudygirl
11-21-2009, 09:29 PM
OMG I'm outraged how can sexy the MTF legend not have his own subforum either. He needs one just for his love life. This must be remedied ;)

Aaric
11-21-2009, 10:30 PM
Hi all :wavey:
Another robin fan frustrated about the subforum thing here :(
I follow Robin since RG, and last week when i tought it was time to post in his subforum, I just couldn find it, cause he only has A thread :rolleyes: Unbelievable

Sommarsverige
11-21-2009, 11:12 PM
Thanks for posting all these great pics of Robin :yeah:

And I can only agree...can´t believe either that Robin doesn´t have his own forum!!

Heja Robin in London :worship:

Nolby
11-21-2009, 11:31 PM
It's not a matter of rankings only, Stepanek has no forum either and he is top 15.
Robin's thread was not active enough in the past, that's why he had only a thread so far.

But don't worry, you'll definitely get your forum this time. They usually create all the new player message boards at once after the request polls are closed.

Thanks for heads up, Truc. But "the squeakiest wheel gets the most grease." Keep voting for Robin and don't become complascent taking it for granted he will get one:

Vote for Robin Soderling Message Board. (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153253&page=2)

The reason his thread hasn't been active enough is noboby can believe when they enter the Sweden Forum there isn't a Message Board for Robin and then they don't even look for a thread. The reason people don't vote more for him is they probably don't think a player of Robin's caliber and ranking needs to even have a request so they take no action. I noticed that all the other "Player Message Board requests" we're for players I've barely heard of.

I bet that is the same problem for Radek. Sexy doesn't have a Message Board either?! :eek:

I'll vote for him too. He is one of the most entertaining players on tour. And the ladies (Vadisova, Hingis, etc.) love him. That blows the mind. The following players do have Message Boards for some reason:

-Eduardo Schwank (Argentina, current rank #137, career high ranking #50) :o
-Evgeny Korolev (Russia, career ranking #52, which is also highest ranking) :smash:

-Jan-Michael Gambill (US, current ranking #908, highest career #14 in 2001):shout:

-Agustin Calleri (Argentina, current rank #394, highest career #16 in 2003) :eek:
-Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain, current rank #42, which is also highest ranking) :smash:

-Mariano Zabaleta (Argentina, current rank #311, highest career #21 in 2000):mad:

Ok, I've only gone through 4 country Forums and I think one gets the gist...

Nolby
11-21-2009, 11:46 PM
OMG I'm outraged how can sexy the MTF legend not have his own subforum either. He needs one just for his love life. This must be remedied ;)

Sexy is a legend....:worship:my mind is blown! How can THIS guy not have a Message Board:

http://www.womenstennisblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/stepanek-bachelorrrrrrrrrrrrr.jpg

The poor women on MTF must be starving for a Pics thread. :lol:
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Cloudygirl, I just added a new request for Radek to get his own Player Message Board. Please vote (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=154502) ! http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=154502

I also added a message and a link to the request in the Stepanek thread in the Czech Republic Forum.

Nolby
11-22-2009, 12:38 AM
Day 3 London
November 21, 2009 by Magnus Norman, coach of Robin Soderling
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/dag-3-london/

Fairly quiet day today. Trained at 13.00 with Andy Murray. Team Soderling is a couple of people fewer than Team Murray to say the least ... On his side of the coaching staff we noticed 2 tennis coaches, 1 physical coach, 1 physio, 1 dietician (I think) and 1 more helper ...

After the practice I had a nice chat with the ever pleasant journalist, Tobbe Ostberg of TT and in the evening I had a little "personal time" in the gym ..

Early in the morning workout tomorrow.

We are ready!
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/files/2009/11/masters-12.jpg
O2 Arena seen from the players lounge

http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/files/2009/11/masters-21.jpg
O2 Arena as seen from the side of the runway

Ilovetheblues_86
11-22-2009, 01:04 AM
Ehe he hasn´t a forum because Robin wasnt much of a media man, but I agree he deserves a forum because next year this thread will have many posts and also if he wins a forum the multiple threads will increase the number of posts, making it worthwhile.
I can see Robin having more than 1000 posts next year which is enough for a forum eh.

Nolby
11-22-2009, 01:11 AM
Norman: "Group B a Difficult One for Robin"
19/11/2009 - 19:07
Eurosport Sweden
http://www.eurosport.se/tennis/atp-tour/2009/inte-omojligt-for-robin_sto2128116/story.shtml

http://i.eurosport.se/2009/10/08/550999-6849765-317-238.jpg

Robin Soderling got the toughest possible lottery in ATP finals in London - at least if you look at the players who are in form. "Both Djokovic and Davydenko are in top form, so we feel that Robin's group is stronger in terms of form for this tournament," said coach Magnus Norman to eurosport.se.

Robin Soderling was drawn into group B along with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Nikolay Davydenko. A tough task for the Swede, but not impossible according to coach Magnus Norman.

Robin beat both Davydenko and Nadal the last they met and played a good match against Djokovic. Both Djokovic and Davydenko are in top form, so Norman believes Robin's group is tougher as of this time.

"So it's a tough group, but no match is impossible," added the coach. In Paris, Soderling lost to the Serb Djokovic, who is also the defending Champion in the ATP finals, and is in great shape.

"First and foremost, we focus not only on Djokovic, because Nadal and Davydenko are also difficult opponents. But one can't fail to notice the singularity of Djokovic, his strengths include the fact that he makes few mistakes, moves well and he hits the ball with extremely strong pace. I think Robin had a good 'game plan' against him in their past match, but unfortunately, he played two loose games at the end of the match."

Soderling and Norman have not discussed any tactics yet, nor have they set any goals for the tournament.

"There are several days left and there is all the time in the world to look torwards the match on Monday. We will take everything one match at a time and avoid looking ahead too much."

The ATP finals take place between 22-29 of November and it is divided into two groups. In Group A are Roger Federer, Fernando Verdasco, (http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=sv&tl=en&u=http://www.eurosport.se/tennis/person_prs22638.shtml&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&usg=ALkJrhgTtEUjmKao8N3FJhO2b7QSHaWWrw) Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray.

"You can only speculate on how it would have been if Robin had ended up in the other group. But as you can see from the past few weeks both del Potro and Verdasco have seemed a little tired. Federer's loss in Bercy also puts some question marks about his form, even though we know he can immediately snap back into form too. Murray playing at home will be a tough match for anyone."

Fredrik Jönsson - eurosport.se

swedes_rule
11-22-2009, 03:23 AM
thanks everyone for all the pics and articles!!! :D
i see a lot of new names posting here and its very exciting for a life-long robin fan like me :)

KOM IGEN ROBIN!!!!

Nolby
11-22-2009, 04:32 AM
thanks everyone for all the pics and articles!!! :D
i see a lot of new names posting here and its very exciting for a life-long robin fan like me :)

KOM IGEN ROBIN!!!!

:clap2::bigclap:

Hi Swedes_Rule. The observations by you and Ilovetheblues_86 are spot on!!

This is how out of control "Sod Fever" is becoming. I checked YouTube for anything posted in the last 24 hours on Robin hoping to find videos of him practicing with Murray and Federer. Instead, I found this loving tribute created from a fan with a new blog on Robin, and it appears they are from Spain too! :cool:

The new Robin Blog is at: http://soderling-tenis.blogspot.com/

The new video is entitled "El tenista Robin Soderling"

4U398XhZKJs

Björki
11-22-2009, 10:44 AM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/f4/fullj.84da54c93ec22aeba5822346a927740c/84da54c93ec22aeba5822346a927740c-getty-93026638jf035_barclays_atp_.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/55/fullj.08827300d1c713f1c4df0da2640c9102/08827300d1c713f1c4df0da2640c9102-getty-93026638jf033_barclays_atp_.jpg

swedes_rule
11-22-2009, 12:47 PM
thanks for the pics peggy :hug:

Aaric
11-22-2009, 01:50 PM
Hi, Andy :wavey:

So nice to meet here a fellow Stani's fan. :D

Hi, it´s also nice to see you around here :)

DanaKz
11-22-2009, 03:52 PM
Ok ShamWoW, I'll vote for Radek too.
Did you work for Obama's campaign? :lol:

*Ljubica*
11-22-2009, 05:08 PM
:wavey: I have already voted in the thread to get Robin a Forum - but just came over here to show solidarity. People have been trying to get Robin his own place for a while now - hopefully (as truc says) this time it will be successful.

And good luck to him in the match at WTF tomorrow.

Nolby
11-22-2009, 06:40 PM
Ok ShamWoW, I'll vote for Radek too.
Did you work for Obama's campaign? :lol:
:lol:

I promote under appreciated, intelligent underground bands...that's where that comes from and maybe why I find myself promoting Robin and desiring that he be appreciated. I've been defending him for a long time too, just not on the MTF, so it's pretty natural at this point.

Now as regards Radek, I thought he already was appreciated, so that is confusing. I know people make fun of him, but I always took it in a kind way and that he was admired. And I thought he had a strong fan base. So that just surprises me. Sorry for the crusade mode yesterday....I got a little too fired up.

Go Robin!!! :worship::worship::worship:

Vote for Robin Soderling Message Board. (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153253&page=2)

Aaric
11-22-2009, 08:36 PM
:clap2::bigclap:

Hi Swedes_Rule. The observations by you and Ilovetheblues_86 are spot on!!

This is how out of control "Sod Fever" is becoming. I checked YouTube for anything posted in the last 24 hours on Robin hoping to find videos of him practicing with Murray and Federer. Instead, I found this loving tribute created from a fan with a new blog on Robin, and it appears they are from Spain too! :cool:

The new Robin Blog is at: http://soderling-tenis.blogspot.com/

The new video is entitled "El tenista Robin Soderling"

4U398XhZKJs

Omg that blogger writes like a kid :lol::hug:

Nolby
11-22-2009, 09:38 PM
Omg that blogger writes like a kid :lol::hug:

I'd put big money on that one. :rolls:

Hey, it's a start! And he/she is from Spain too, I think, which is unexpected. The video isn't half bad although I have no idea why they used that last picture to end it. Random? :lol:

You can tell it comes from the heart though. That matters!

Nolby
11-23-2009, 12:56 AM
Day 4 London (http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=sv&tl=en&u=http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/dag-4-london/&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&usg=ALkJrhjZnuifBUIXnF51gphyfifFEeoW5g)
November 22, 2009 by Magnus Norman
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/


We preserved our energy today. One light tennis workout with me in the morning and then a light workout at the gym in the afternoon. Fidde (Another coach for Robin) came down and got his passport which was great!


Robin was going to go for a walk on the streets of London also in the afternoon. It is also the first time I am out relaxing the past couple of days. 11 in the morning we will meet and then have a late match at 2:15 pm. As regards Blåstället (Swedish football team) ... In the Morning is the war!

http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/files/2009/11/masters-13.jpg
Big Ben

http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/files/2009/11/masters-22.jpg
In the vicinity of where we live

Nolby
11-23-2009, 01:51 AM
Allez Robin in tomorrow's match against Rafa!!!!*** :bounce::bigclap::clap2::worship::worship: :worship::clap2::bigclap::bounce:

Some Robin and Jenni (his girlfriend) pictures to celebrate his hard earned debut in the WTFs:

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_HfmprG0ESDQ/SuNkgDZrJ4I/AAAAAAAAAPw/ebsBZFmqFYY/18997536.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_HfmprG0ESDQ/SuNghOT7T0I/AAAAAAAAAMs/0fpn485hX7M/31599300.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_HfmprG0ESDQ/SuNi8cw0GFI/AAAAAAAAAOc/ru2vZpsNhlM/s512/24595016.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_HfmprG0ESDQ/SuNj8j7ASxI/AAAAAAAAAPU/QkkcJJs01w0/20203932.jpg


***But I am a big Rafa fan as well, note my name "Sodal", so please have some mercy on Rafa tomorrow!

Etern
11-23-2009, 10:03 AM
The cat looks so evil :lol:

Nolby
11-23-2009, 10:04 AM
BUS ON THEM, ROBIN!
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from Aftonbladet, Published: 2009-11-22
Stefan Holm (stefan.holm@aftonbladet.se?subject=BUSS PÅ DEM, ROBIN!)

Soderling to play the lead role in Star Wars

Can a Swedish man play the main role in the tennis version of Star Wars?
Sure.
Bus on them, Robin Soderling.

The 25-year-old is the first Swedish man since 2000 to play the Masters Finals, which starts at the O2 Arena in London today.

Large?
No, it's gigantic.

A player may receive a wildcard into a Grand Slam tournament and serve home the title, as Goran Ivanisevic at Wimbledon in 2001.

The ATP finals, there is room for some bang. It's a showdown between this year's eight best tennis players.

Robin Soderling is one of them, even if it required a cancellation due to the knee injury Andy Roddick suffered for him to get a regular spot in the tournament.

He has earned the spot and I'm sure we'll see him in the Masters Finals again next year.

He Will Show What He Can Do

The best thing about Soderling is that he has belief in himself. I saw it last last night, when I studied the results from the official photo shoot, a series of images with suit-clad superstars.

Roger Federer smiles, Rafael Nadal smiles, Fernando Verdasco smiles, Novak Djokovic smiles, yes, even Nikolay Davydenko smiles.

Robin Soderling?

He shows the same appearance with a look that can cause a heart attack. He is not in London to smile on demand, and he is not content to just be part of the exclusive company. He is there to show what he can do.

Djokovic and Murray Make Up Strong Field

Soderling does not care that the other participants have higher rankings, greater price cabinets, fatter wallets and more respectable names. He did not devote any thought to that, he only has winning statistics on two of the other players in the field, Davydenko and Verdasco.

Since the French Open, the Swede has played 46 matches and, despite a troublesome elbow, he has only lost eleven of them. It has made him more feared than respected.

On a fast indoor surface, there is not a player in the world who look forward to face Robin Soderling.
The Masters Finals may be, for the fans of the Swede, much more fun than many predict.

I think Djokovic and Andy Murray will fight for the title, but I will not be surprised if the Swede will make it to the finals. Davydenko was able to get to the finals last year; Soderling can succeed with the same field in 2009. There is every reason to look forward to tomorrow's opening match against Rafael Nadal.

Bus on them, Robin Soderling.

Nolby
11-23-2009, 10:16 AM
The cat looks so evil :lol:

She is all of that and then some! :lol: And she is sitting on my lap right now as I write on my laptop. Her name is Athena. Here she is watching a down the line backhand winner by Robin off a live stream. She is one of Robin's biggest fans as I think you can see here:


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:secret: Actually, I just caught her yawning, but believe me, she is a menace. She has shut off my laptop 100s of times (because it is warm for her belly) while I've been in the middle of doing things in her 9 months life so far.

*Ljubica*
11-23-2009, 11:02 AM
Cats :inlove: beautiful - I have 5 of them :inlove: And they are all evil too :lol: But I wouldn't be without them. Yes - that is one of my "boys" on my avvie :)

Sadly I have to work today, so can only be at the O2 tonight for Novak's match, - but I will try and leave early and catch as much of Robin's match on TV as I can before I have to leave for the evening session. Til then, I have to get back to work as I'm not supposed to be on the Internet in working hours :o My dream will be to see Robin v Novak on Wednesday afternoon at O2 - so please wish me luck.

Bye for now :wavey:

Nolby
11-23-2009, 11:32 AM
Cats :inlove: beautiful - I have 5 of them :inlove: And they are all evil too :lol: But I wouldn't be without them. Yes - that is one of my "boys" on my avvie :)

Sadly I have to work today, so can only be at the O2 tonight for Novak's match, - but I will try and leave early and catch as much of Robin's match on TV as I can before I have to leave for the evening session. Til then, I have to get back to work as I'm not supposed to be on the Internet in working hours :o My dream will be to see Robin v Novak on Wednesday afternoon at O2 - so please wish me luck.

Bye for now :wavey:

Beautiful tuxedo kitty, Ljubica! Five kitties??!! Oh my!! It must be like having little gremlins in the household. I have two of them. The other one is a black Maine Coon kitty named Phoebe and she isn't as michievous as Athena is although she likes knocking my keys, change and wallet off the counters when she doesn't get attention. Athena is always up to some cat mischief. I don't know what I would do if I had 5 just like her. Phoebe looks a little like the cat that owns Jenni, Robin's girlfriend (they do own us, even though we like to think we in charge):

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Today, my favorite three players all play! As you can see from my Sig, Nole gets my support against every other player in the ATP other than Robin, who honestly has been #1 for me for awhile. Rafa gets my support in every match other than ones against Nole and Soderking. So today's match with Sod and Rafa is going to be hard on me because I like both players a ton, but I'll have no problems cheering my lungs out for Nole over Davydenko. The recent Nole/Sod matches featured my two favorite players and we're not much fun to watch because I felt bad for Robin. But I was able to regroup the next day and cheer Nole on to titles both times so that made me very happy. I hate it when they play though, I must admit. But for today:

GO SODERKING!!!! :clap2::clap2::clap2: (and take it a little easy on Rafa :))
GO NOLE!!!! :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

SwedSerbia
11-23-2009, 12:18 PM
Good luck today Robin! Robin have every chances to beat Rafa today, i´m soo wanna see Robin and Nole going through this group! KOM IGEN, IDEMOO!

*Ljubica*
11-23-2009, 12:21 PM
Just popping in again when I should be working :o The pic of Jenni and her cat is awesome. Jenni is very beautiful, and having met her a few times along the way at tournaments, I can vouch that she is a very nice person as well. She and Robin always seem a very happy and grounded couple.

As for my 5 :cat: Well I started with 2, - the others just adopted me. They were all rescue cats who had at one time been strays or ill-treated in some way :sad: None of them are pedigree - but they are beautiful to me. I have 3 ginger boys (Sasha, Wilby and Henry), the chap in my avvie (his name is Frodo), and one girl who is tabby and rules her brothers with a feisty rod of iron! Her name is Liljana. I change my avvie fairly regularly so they all get a chance to "star"! And you are so right - they definately "own" us and not the other way around.

As for tennis players - well Nole is my Number 1, - closely followed by his compatriot Janko. Then I like a big group of others, and Robin is pretty high on that list :D I also like Davydenko too as you will see.

Anyway - I really must get on with some work now - as my office can monitor Internet use :o Usually I'm pretty good when at work, but I think the excitement of going off to live tennis tonight is ruining my concentration. :o

Been good getting to know you - and your :cat:

Hope to catch up later.

FlameOn
11-23-2009, 12:30 PM
Soderling has excellent chances against Rafa, this cannot be underestimated. I think the surface will also highly suit Soderling. :D

Getta
11-23-2009, 12:33 PM
She is all of that and then some! :lol: And she is sitting on my lap right now as I write on my laptop. Her name is Athena.

:eek:

I have a siamese cat too and we live in Athena (Athens in Greek; Athena, goddess of wisdom, was the patron goddess of Athens).


AND I hope Robin and Rafa from this group go through to the semi-finals. :angel:


Cats :inlove: beautiful - I have 5 of them :inlove:

Rose, I only have four cats (a girl and three boys). :D

Nolby
11-23-2009, 01:13 PM
:eek:

I have a siamese cat too and we live in Athena (Athens in Greek; Athena, goddess of wisdom, was the patron goddess of Athens).

AND I hope Robin and Rafa from this group go through to the semi-finals. :angel:

Rose, I only have four cats (a girl and three boys). :D

I named her "Athena" because I've had 6 cats in my life (always in groups of two; these two I have now are 9 months and 1 years old), and it was pretty clear from the start that she was the most inquisitive and probably the most intelligent cat I've owned. Is your Siamese really bright too? I got her and Phoebe that "Undercover Mouse" toy which has been their favorite toy:

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Athena has destroyed two of them now. She actually figured out how the toy was working and got curious about the engine running it and dismantled it. She is like a surgeon with her toys, analyzing them and taking them apart with extreme curiosity. I've never seen anything like it. I travel for work, and she was able to go outdoors from a young age and never get lost and come right back when I called her. :)

This Group B really presents a dilemma for me. I really don't care about any of the players in Group A, but in Group B three of the four players are my absolute favorites (Nalbandian is my other player; can't wait to see him play the exhibitions in Argentina in December - love Julia's blog!!!).

I'm hoping Davydenko goes 0-3. If either Robin, Nole or Rafa make it to the Semis, I will cheer for them over any of the players in Group A. I'd prefer Sod and Nole to make it, but any combo of the three will do. I can tell you this much. I do not like having my favorites take each other out, so I was hoping that at least one of them would've been in the A group. :(

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Cloudygirl
11-23-2009, 01:21 PM
when in December is Nalby playing exos? I miss him so much.

Nolby
11-23-2009, 01:50 PM
Just popping in again when I should be working :o The pic of Jenni and her cat is awesome. Jenni is very beautiful, and having met her a few times along the way at tournaments, I can vouch that she is a very nice person as well. She and Robin always seem a very happy and grounded couple.

Hi Ljubica/Rose,

That is soooo cool that you've met them. I've been following Jenni and Robin on twitter for quite some time now and she always posts such intelligent and interesting tweets and puts up fantastic photos. You really get a feel for how she and Robin are as people and I have to confess that this has been a big factor in why I've come to like Robin so much. I already respected his game quite a bit, being a Nalbandian fan and watching those two have some epic matches in the past and I like the brainy players like Nalby, Sod and Nole. Jenni is studying to take her bar exam, right? One thing about Robin that you have to really respect is the fact that reporters mention Nole and Sod as being the most intelligent players on tour, and that Robin could date a super model like all the other players, but he chose an extremely intelligent and independent woman for his girlfriend. That to me says a ton about his character.

As for my 5 :cat: Well I started with 2, - the others just adopted me. They were all rescue cats who had at one time been strays or ill-treated in some way :sad: None of them are pedigree - but they are beautiful to me. I have 3 ginger boys (Sasha, Wilby and Henry), the chap in my avvie (his name is Frodo), and one girl who is tabby and rules her brothers with a feisty rod of iron! Her name is Liljana. I change my avvie fairly regularly so they all get a chance to "star"! And you are so right - they definately "own" us and not the other way around.

My first adult kitty cat, Furrball, passed away at 15 years of age due to Liver failure in January. She was a highway kitty who adopted me in 1994. She chose me out as a kitten and she was a soulmate, no doubt. Gremlin was my black short-haired boy cat that was also a rescue kitty. He passed away a year and a half ago. :sad: I read about Siamese cats being different and I got Athena in February at 12 weeks old. She has been really challenging as she is the "feisty rod of iron" type like your girl Liljana. :)

I purposely went for cats that would probably be different in pussanality than Furrball because I didn't want them to be comparable in my own head. It definitely worked as these two are nothing like cats I've had in the past, and so I've been able to take them on their own terms. I love what you you have done with the rescue kitties though and I believe in doing that. I just didn't want the two new cats to come into my life the way the last two did. The "Maine Coon" cat is wonderful in every way that one reads about. She chirps and trills instead of meowing and talks all the time. She is really large, but has tiny high pitched voice and I've never had a cat that was this good natured before. She wants everyone in the house to be happy all the time and demonstrates an amazing amount of sentience.

As for tennis players - well Nole is my Number 1, - closely followed by his compatriot Janko. Then I like a big group of others, and Robin is pretty high on that list :D I also like Davydenko too as you will see.

Nalbandian and Rafa we're my players for years, and then when Nole came along, he took over as #1 for me in 2008. I admire everything about Nole, he is such a charismatic individual and one that speaks his truth. But after the US Open in 2008, he stopped being himself and got real defensive and uptight and that is how Robin started to become my favorite, especially after Nalby called it year with the operation in May. Robin has all the characteristics I respect: intelligence, independence, kindness, you know, the same things Nole has. Now Nole has started to be himself again the past few months, so I am feeling great about him again too. Rafa is David's great friend, and I came to learn through being a David fan that Rafa is extremely kind, generous, courageous and has a wonderful heart. David really admires Rafa and I became a fan of Rafa via my following of David.

Anyway - I really must get on with some work now - as my office can monitor Internet use :o Usually I'm pretty good when at work, but I think the excitement of going off to live tennis tonight is ruining my concentration. :o

:lol:

Been good getting to know you - and your :cat:

Hope to catch up later.[/quote]

It's been great learning about your favorite players and cats too, Rose! Thank you! Here is to Nole and Soderking today. :yeah:


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Nolby
11-23-2009, 01:55 PM
when in December is Nalby playing exos? I miss him so much.

Julia's great blog: http://www.vamosdavid.com/

She and I we're big friends in the old David Nalbandian forum web page. Now Julia has the best David site on the web.

Uh, oh... David missed a tennis clinic he was supposed to do on Friday. I hope that doesn't mean his progress is not going as well as expected. :confused:

Getta
11-23-2009, 02:00 PM
when in December is Nalby playing exos? I miss him so much.

unless something huge changes, David will play the Copa San Juan Minero (December 12-13) and Copa Argentina (December 17-20).

Julia's blog (http://www.vamosdavid.com/) is the most reliable source about all things concerning David.

Getta
11-23-2009, 02:27 PM
Is your Siamese really bright too?

all siamese cats are extremely bright. :shrug: :p she's the only girl among three boys (a persian, a black short-haired and the third one is identical to that of Rose' avy).

Nolby
11-23-2009, 03:24 PM
all siamese cats are extremely bright. :shrug: :p she's the only girl among three boys (a persian, a black short-haired and the third one is identical to that of Rose' avy).


:lol:

You know how you read about something and think you understand it, but you don't REALLY understand it until you experience it? Well, that has been my story with my siamese cat, Athena, named after the Goddess of Wisdom of course. She has challenged the heck out of me. I was used to having laid back kitties because of my last two cats that passed away recently. My girlfriend had three (now two) very aggresive cats and when she brought them with her on a trip, they would bulldoze my two wussie cats around. Now Athena is the type that will never let that happen again. :worship:

My last two kitties that passed away recently. :tears: Furrball is the grey and white kittie; Gremlin is the black shorthair - (as I am writing this Athena is walking all over my hands as I type and I am pushing her off the laptop for the 10,000th time so she doesn't walk on the power switch again; I work remotely via RD and VPN and she has gotten me in trouble.....:mad:):

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_HfmprG0ESDQ/SwqoU9FyfDI/AAAAAAAAAQs/D26XLOEcwsk/furrball.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_HfmprG0ESDQ/SwqoXKcwuXI/AAAAAAAAAQw/n3qrc772uaU/gremlin.jpg

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Nolby
11-23-2009, 03:32 PM
This is why Robin needs a Message Board, Mods. We are talking about kitties, Jenni, the match, Nalby, etc... all at the same time!!!

Robin is up 6-4, 2-2 on serve!!!! He is looking sharp!

Live stream: http://www.fromsport.com/video-119779.html


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Nolby
11-23-2009, 03:39 PM
Will this game ever end!!!! 2-2 10 minute service game. C'mon Robin!

Nolby
11-23-2009, 03:42 PM
Uhhhhh....he finally held serve after a 12 minute service game. 6-4, 3-2. He almost gave that one away. Phew!!

Nolby
11-23-2009, 03:54 PM
I like the black outfit and the blue towel over his head for his changeover ritual. :lol: 6-4, 4-3 30-30

C'mon Robin! Get the break and end the match!!!! :clap2:

SweTennis
11-23-2009, 04:11 PM
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeees! Yippie! :) Straight sets 4-4. So happy right now. Very well done Robin, winning over Nadal and taking the group lead. Very proud of him.

TMJordan
11-23-2009, 04:12 PM
:yeah:

DanaKz
11-23-2009, 04:12 PM
ROBIIIIIIIIIN!!!!!!!!!!
Let's dance ladies and gentlemen, let's dance!!!!

Nolby
11-23-2009, 04:13 PM
:worship::worship::worship::worship::worship: :worship::worship:

Soderking

:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

Aaric
11-23-2009, 04:14 PM
Robin :bounce:
Very good match, with some incredible angles and using his strength :yeah:

DanaKz
11-23-2009, 04:16 PM
ROBIIIIIIIN!!!!!!!
I am so happy!!!!
Where are yiu, all of them who said about sweet revenge from Rafa? Eat it!!

DanaKz
11-23-2009, 04:18 PM
And now I am ready for punishment!
Hit me! I thought Robin will lose...

Ilovetheblues_86
11-23-2009, 04:23 PM
Sodal made the thread alive, he was what we needed for a forum. :bigclap:

DanaKz
11-23-2009, 04:26 PM
Forum for Robin! Forum for Robin! Come on!!!!

*Ljubica*
11-23-2009, 04:26 PM
It was great reading back about your kitties Sodal, - and all the other posts here.

Wish I had time to answer more fully now, but I just got home from work in time to watch the final part of Robin's match, and now I have to head off to the O2 with my hair still wet from the shower :o Will do my best to reply more fully tomorrow, as I know it will be far too late when I get home tonight and I have to be up early for work tomorrow.

Anyway - from what I saw of the match - Robin was awesome, and I am so happy for his win.

Love to all here and their kitties :cat:

And - yes - of course we need a Forum.

Bye for now :wavey:

DanaKz
11-23-2009, 04:28 PM
My congratulation for all Sodafans!!!!

Nolby
11-23-2009, 04:29 PM
ROBIIIIIIIIIN!!!!!!!!!!
Let's dance ladies and gentlemen, let's dance!!!!

He's the real deal! This ain't no fluke! That is 200 extra points!! As of right now

#8 Verdasco (loses): 3300
#9 Soderling (wins): 3210

200 extra points and $190,000 in the bank account. Lucky Robin! :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

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SwedSerbia
11-23-2009, 04:30 PM
Fan va härligt Robin!!

:worship:

Nolby
11-23-2009, 04:37 PM
SHHHHHHHH!!!!!! GENIUS AT WORK!!!!!

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Nolby
11-23-2009, 04:47 PM
Sodal made the thread alive, he was what we needed for a forum. :bigclap:

Thanks, man! I've been doing this for Robin for months so I've had much practice. :lol:

Just not at the MTF...long story....

Vote for Robin Soderling Message Board. (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153253&page=2)

9nxGF5IRTHg

Nidhogg
11-23-2009, 05:22 PM
Robin should have shaken of whatever tensions he might have had now. Let's hope the elbow won't start to bother him later on either.

Nice to see all this talk about cats as well. I have my black food-crazed lady, Elsa, sleeping right next to me where I'm sitting. She's been around since 1989. Tisbe is out running somewhere. It's easy to keep track on her age, as she was born on the fifth of May 2005. 050505.

Ilovetheblues_86
11-23-2009, 05:57 PM
It's awfully considerate of you to think of me here
And I'm much obliged to you for making it clear
That I'm not here.


Eh. Great begin of song.

Nolby
11-23-2009, 06:20 PM
It's awfully considerate of you to think of me here
And I'm much obliged to you for making it clear
That I'm not here.


Eh. Great begin of song.

I went looking for a thread a few days where I could post my post-punk tastes (Chameleons UK, Go-Betweens, Interpol, Joy Divison, etc.) and found an old thread that was close to what I needed (we have the Prog Rock and Electronica, but nothing for Post-Punk indie). The last song listed on the thread was a Syd Barrett tune by you.

I love Syd Barrett and old Pink Floyd. I thought you'd get a kick out of that one. :lol:

Love Atom Heart Mother, btw...

Sunset of Age
11-23-2009, 06:26 PM
:wavey: Congrats Söderling fans! :hatoff:

Sad for Rafa's loss (though very deservedly so :o), but kudos to Robin for keeping his cool and finally getting that 'his RG victory was only a fluke'-monkey off his back. Great victory for him, he'll get tons of good vibes from this for his upcoming matches.

Oooooh, and what a nice thread this is. I see cats (:hearts:), I see music (:worship:). Hope you guys don't mind it if I join in more often. :D

And YES, Robin really DESERVES a forum of his own by now, how the hell isn't it already there??? :mad:

Nolby
11-23-2009, 06:40 PM
:wavey: Congrats Söderling fans! :hatoff:

Sad for Rafa's loss (though very deservedly so :o), but kudos to Robin for keeping his cool and finally getting that 'his RG victory was only a fluke'-monkey off his back. Great victory for him, he'll get tons of good vibes from this for his upcoming matches.

Oooooh, and what a nice thread this is. I see cats (:hearts:), I see music (:worship:). Hope you guys don't mind it if I join in more often. :D

And YES, Robin really DESERVES a forum of his own by now, how the hell isn't it already there??? :mad:
Bonnie/Karin,

Most of us in here love Rafa, Nole and Sod like you I've found. Read the last two several pages on cats and how we back all these great players like you do.

The General Messages area it's a different story. :eek:

You are super cool and thanks so much for the "Congrats". I think "Getta" said she wants Robin and Rafa to win Group B. Obviously, this could easily happen. Someone had to win and someone had to lose. My nails (or lack of them) are proof enough that that match was tight as heck and Rafa played a quality match. Good deal and thanks for voting for Robin's forum! :yeah:

p.s. I just posted a Syd Barret tune for ILovetheBlues_86. More psychedelic than progressive although the genres all do tend to blend in. I'm enjoying Porcupine Tree. I downloaded a few tunes from SoulSeek as per your recommendations. :music::banana:

Lots of cat lovers here too. :cat::wavey:

Best!

Ilovetheblues_86
11-23-2009, 07:03 PM
I went looking for a thread a few days where I could post my post-punk tastes (Chameleons UK, Go-Betweens, Interpol, Joy Divison, etc.) and found an old thread that was close to what I needed (we have the Prog Rock and Electronica, but nothing for Post-Punk indie). The last song listed on the thread was a Syd Barrett tune by you.

I love Syd Barrett and old Pink Floyd. I thought you'd get a kick out of that one. :lol:

Love Atom Heart Mother, btw...

Oh I see. I adore Pink Floyd as a whole, but Syd is definetely a gem between them, a guy that couldn´t afford living a normal life because of so much creativity he had.

Post-punk is adroable as almost the leaders of those bands are inteligent people trying to express by the music. I only listened to full allbums of the mainstream ones, though, like Joy Division, The Cure, Siouxise and the Banshees, Echo & the Bunnymen and Interpol. :yeah:

Sunset of Age
11-23-2009, 07:05 PM
You are super cool and thanks so much for the "Congrats". I think "Getta" said she wants Robin and Rafa to win Group B. Obviously, this could easily happen. Someone had to win and someone had to lose. My nails (or lack of them) are proof enough that that match was tight as heck and Rafa played a quality match. Good deal and thanks for voting for Robin's forum! :yeah:

Well thankees! :hug:
I fully agree with Getta, I'd like to see Rafa and Robin come through, too. But as I don't mind Djokovic and Davidenko either, I'd say, may the BEST of them manage. ;)
Don't agree with you that it can happen 'easily'. The 'easily' part I mean. ;) And I don't think Rafa played a good match either - his serve sucked, and in all he was hitting the ball much too short plenty of times and his movement is far from what it used to be back in 2008 and the first half of 2009. In general, I think he's just been out-of-form this second half of the year... :sad:
But I don't want to take anything away from Robin, let that be clear. His victory was deserved, the better player won. It just happens at times, it's a sport! :)


p.s. I just posted a Syd Barret tune for ILovetheBlues_86. More psychedelic than progressive although the genres all do tend to blend in. I'm enjoying Porcupine Tree. I downloaded a few tunes from SoulSeek as per your recommendations. :music::banana:

Very nice! And yes who doesn't love dear old Syd... RIP. :sad:

Lots of cat lovers here too. :cat::wavey:

I am a massive cat lover, but unfortunately I am allergic to them. Major mistake by Mother Nature! :(
Your Athena looks like one perfect Aristocat. :hearts: :worship:

Laters! :wavey:

Nolby
11-23-2009, 08:05 PM
It was great reading back about your kitties Sodal, - and all the other posts here.

Wish I had time to answer more fully now, but I just got home from work in time to watch the final part of Robin's match, and now I have to head off to the O2 with my hair still wet from the shower :o Will do my best to reply more fully tomorrow, as I know it will be far too late when I get home tonight and I have to be up early for work tomorrow.

Anyway - from what I saw of the match - Robin was awesome, and I am so happy for his win.

Love to all here and their kitties :cat:

And - yes - of course we need a Forum.

Bye for now :wavey:
Rose,

Here are the highlights from the match so you can watch when you are not tired. You are sooo lucky to get to see Nole tonight at the O2!! :woohoo:

7iNAIegNjNM

Good luck to Nole, Rose! The Doubles match is about half-way over and I'm getting charged up for my second favorite player to make this day a wonderful one! I'll pop into the Serbia Forum, where Nole has a Message Board and say "hi" in his cheering thread and hopefully talk to you soon about your five cats in Nole's chat thread.

Vote for Robin Soderling Message Board. (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153253&page=2)

BTW, Robin has 59 votes now! :yippee:

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww34/mooraie/Gifs/GS_b48b652fce589d42fa45edb2aef48b54.png

Nolby
11-23-2009, 08:27 PM
Geeez, I was scraping for articles on Robin by looking up Swedish newspapers a day ago. Check this out: (http://www.daylife.com/search?q=Robin+Soderling)

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0bFj93W6lH706/610x.jpg

Nolby
11-23-2009, 08:51 PM
Well thankees! :hug:
I fully agree with Getta, I'd like to see Rafa and Robin come through, too. But as I don't mind Djokovic and Davidenko either, I'd say, may the BEST of them manage. ;)
Don't agree with you that it can happen 'easily'. The 'easily' part I mean. ;) And I don't think Rafa played a good match either - his serve sucked, and in all he was hitting the ball much too short plenty of times and his movement is far from what it used to be back in 2008 and the first half of 2009. In general, I think he's just been out-of-form this second half of the year... :sad:
But I don't want to take anything away from Robin, let that be clear. His victory was deserved, the better player won. It just happens at times, it's a sport! :)



Very nice! And yes who doesn't love dear old Syd... RIP. :sad:



I am a massive cat lover, but unfortunately I am allergic to them. Major mistake by Mother Nature! :(
Your Athena looks like one perfect Aristocat. :hearts: :worship:

Laters! :wavey:
Yea, I'm not sure I've seen any player in great form other than Nole during the indoor season to be honest. That must be why Nalby always takes advantage during this time of year. He seems to improve and the other players don't look comfortable indoors. Robin looked a lot sharper at the French Open too, but what is starting to happen for him now is that his mental toughness and confidence are riding high. He now finds a way to win instead of finding a way to lose. You can see it in face, maybe the first time when he played Federer at the U.S. Open. He expects himself to win. He expects himself to pull out of jams and lets go of bad breaks and moves forward. It's not so much his level of play as of late as it is his presence.

Lest we forget, Robin took out Davydenko who had just won the Masters title at Shanghai in Paris, took Nole to three sets in Paris winning the second set 6-1, defeated Tsonga 6-3, 6-3 in the Shanghai Masters, and has done all of this while having an elbow injury so severe he had to withdraw from the Stockholm Open in the Semis, and missed two weeks of tennis including having to take a 0 pointer for not playing the ATP 500 in Valencia. So everyone is banged up and injured it seems, and I would think Nole would be getting a little tired too. It's been a really odd year.

Always great to have a rational chat, Karin!
:wavey:

Orka_n
11-23-2009, 09:28 PM
Today is a good day to be a Soderfan. :)
If this link has already been posted, I'm sorry... but this video from the WTF homepage is really neat :D
http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2009/Finals-Vignettes/London-Finals-2009-Soderling-Vignette-2-min.aspx

Sommarsverige
11-23-2009, 09:33 PM
Wow, there has been a lot of action in this thread today :yeah:

Even if I also like Rafa a lot, I am very happy for Robin! What a great result for Robin and it shows even more how deserved his place in the Masters is! I so wish Robin will have great chances against his next opponents as well, that would be great :yeah:

I also really like the fact that this thread has become a chat, tournament, picture and so on thread!!! If we don´t get a forum where we can have different threads, we have to make it like that!!

And big welcome to some famous posters from other forums here :) Welcome here, Karin and Rose :wavey:

I also have to admit: I was never a very big Robin fan in the past, and am still not his biggest fan today, but I really, really think he has changed a lot in the nearer past and I think big credit for this goes to his lovely coach ;)
So now when Robin has success, I am not only happy for Magnus anymore, but also for Robin :yeah:

And I also agree to what some people here said that Robin and Jenni are a lovely couple! Honestly in the past Robin had many barbie doll-girls, but it seems also there he has changed and Jenni seems like such a nice girl (I am also following her and Robin on twitter!)

So, good luck for the next matches, Robin :yeah:

Etern
11-23-2009, 09:45 PM
She is all of that and then some! :lol: And she is sitting on my lap right now as I write on my laptop. Her name is Athena. Here she is watching a down the line backhand winner by Robin off a live stream. She is one of Robin's biggest fans as I think you can see here:


http://lh6.ggpht.com/_HfmprG0ESDQ/St_OlLo6-8I/AAAAAAAAAJI/Scij9TcQwJA/Athena%20on%20Computer.jpg

:secret: Actually, I just caught her yawning, but believe me, she is a menace. She has shut off my laptop 100s of times (because it is warm for her belly) while I've been in the middle of doing things in her 9 months life so far.

Atleast she is a fan of Robin ;) My cat have a habit of changing windows when I look at tennis on the computer, I guess she prefers nature programs :scratch:

Nolby
11-23-2009, 11:20 PM
Atleast she is a fan of Robin ;) My cat have a habit of changing windows when I look at tennis on the computer, I guess she prefers nature programs :scratch:

I think most cats prefer windows over laptops. My past kitties and my Maine Coon have never messed with my laptop. The Siamese cats want to have their bellies warm though as they originate from warm climates. This is from the Siamese Breeds page (http://www.kkoe.net/en/navigation/breeds/siam.htm) at http://www.kkoe.net/en/navigation/breeds/siam.htm

"Siamese are no outdoor cats, they like a cosy warm place - their normal body temperature is 1°C higher than in other cats. They like to sleep on top of radiators, the television or the computer, or anything which creates heat.

Siamese love their owners and demand attention and affection, they enjoy riding on their shoulders or cuddling on their knees, or to cuddle in bed under a warm blanket."

Nolby
11-23-2009, 11:38 PM
Today is a good day to be a Soderfan. :)
If this link has already been posted, I'm sorry... but this video from the WTF homepage is really neat :D
http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2009/Finals-Vignettes/London-Finals-2009-Soderling-Vignette-2-min.aspx

Orka_n, that is a fantastic video! One of the best, most professional one's I've seen on Robin. Noone has posted that video and I've never seen it before. Thank you! :worship:

Ilovetheblues_86
11-23-2009, 11:52 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39754000/jpg/_39754079_soderling300245.jpg

Oh, the old times.
His hair reminds mine when I was 15, very wavey.

Nolby
11-24-2009, 12:40 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39754000/jpg/_39754079_soderling300245.jpg

Oh, the old times.
His hair reminds mine when I was 15, very wavey.
Against Henman in the 3rd Round at Wimbledon in 2003, which was his breakout year:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39220000/jpg/_39220626_robin_23pa.jpg

Nolby
11-24-2009, 06:17 AM
Tweets from Robin and Jenni Before and After Victory
Note: I don't know if this will change soon, as Robin's following has quadrupled since June, but Jenni and Robin will respond to fan tweets occasionally (especially Jenni) and one of our MTFers got a reply yesterday from Jenni. Very cool!! All photos below we're listed with respective tweets.

Jenni Mostrom
Jenni: (Sunday) Don't look to the approval of others for your mental stability.

Jenni: (about 17 hours ago (http://twitter.com/jennimostrom/status/5973585507)from TwitPic (http://twitpic.com/) ): Taking the speedboat to the O2

http://i47.tinypic.com/23wqvyp.png

Robin: (about 15 hours ago (http://twitter.com/RSoderling/status/5975300745)from Tweetie (http://www.atebits.com/)): Magnus & Nicke watching the @Bryanbros (http://twitter.com/Bryanbros) Doubles


http://i48.tinypic.com/iqxx12.jpg

Jenni: (about 15 hours ago (http://twitter.com/jennimostrom/status/5975488444)from Tweetie (http://www.atebits.com/) ): Sitting in Robins changing room waiting for the match to start.

http://i48.tinypic.com/10r0o50.jpg

Jenni: (about 13 hours ago (http://twitter.com/jennimostrom/status/5980131759)from Tweetie (http://www.atebits.com/) ) Good spirit in the player box :-)

http://i46.tinypic.com/2jbs3sl.jpg

Jenni (about 12 hours ago (http://twitter.com/jennimostrom/status/5981672389)from web in reply to dinaber (http://twitter.com/dinaber/status/5980352139)) : @dinaber (http://twitter.com/dinaber) thank you! from both of us


dinaber wrote:
-@RSoderling (http://twitter.com/RSoderling) Good luck for your match ! you're the man ! I'm so impatient to see you on the court.
-JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA !!!!! Bravo Robin !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-@jennimostrom (http://twitter.com/jennimostrom) JAAAA !!! I'm so happy about Robin's victory !! He was the master ! and you were very pretty ;) good job !
-@RSoderling (http://twitter.com/RSoderling) just woaw ! it was better than Roland Garros.... You were THE BOSS ! I'm so happy for you, thx for this wonderful time !
-@RSoderling (http://twitter.com/RSoderling) Tack ! Tack ! Tack !! It was amazing. I'm so confident about the tournament. Team Söderling is the best team !! Congrats ! )


Robin: (about 7 hours ago (http://twitter.com/RSoderling/status/5990657733)from web ) This is for everyone. Thanks for all your support, I really appreciate it.

Nolby
11-24-2009, 07:11 AM
Soderling Impressive in ATP Finals Debut
London, England

by ATP Staff | 23.11

http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/News/Tennis/2009/Tournament/Finals-Monday-Soderling-Beats-Nadal-Again.aspx (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/News/Tennis/2009/Tournament/Finals-Monday-Soderling-Beats-Nadal-Again.aspx)

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/01aa7tL1UU7Go/610x.jpg

Sweden’s Robin Soderling (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Players/SA49.aspx) repeated his Roland Garros (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Roland-Garros.aspx) success over Rafael Nadal (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Players/N409.aspx) Monday, defeating the Spaniard 6-4, 6-4 in the first Group B match of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/London-Finals.aspx), staged at The O2 in south-east London.

Soderling’s triumph both denies Nadal his 400th tour-level match win and seriously hinders the Mallorcan’s prospects of defending his ATP World Tour Champion crown this season.

World No. 1 Roger Federer (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Players/F324.aspx) increased his lead to 1,145 points over Nadal after his hard-fought victory against Fernando Verdasco (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Players/V306.aspx) Monday and could now be just one win away from reclaiming the year-end No. 1 spot in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings – a position he held for four years between 2004-2007.

Nadal can now only gain a maximum of 1,300 points, should he win his remaining two round-robin matches and clinch the title, meaning Federer would need to either win just one more round-robin match, or go 1-2 in round-robin play and reach the final to finish as ATP World Tour Champion.

A frankly honest Nadal said afterwards that he thinks the contest is virtually over. “I think the chances I have are not to be No. 1. My level right now I think is not to be No. 1.”

Federer is looking to become only the second player in the history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings to have held, lost and then regained the ATP World Tour Champion title. Ivan Lendl (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Players/L018.aspx) held the year-end No. 1 South African Airways ATP Ranking between 1985-87, then finished second behind Mats Wilander (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Players/W023.aspx) in 1988, before reclaiming the top spot at the end of 1989.

Following Soderling’s victory over Nadal in the fourth round at Roland Garros (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Roland-Garros.aspx), and the Tibro native’s renowned prowess on indoor hard-courts, much was expected of him in his fifth meeting with Nadal. He did not disappoint, employing a high-risk strategy of keeping the points short by going for winners – a tactic that paid dividents the majority of the match.

“I think I was hitting the ball well today,” assessed Soderling. “And I think that's kind of a little bit how I have to play against Rafa to have a chance to beat him. It's tough to keep on playing these long rallies every time, because he's a great fighter, and he's moving really well. So I tried to keep the points short, and it worked today.”
Soderling took advantage of a slow start by the World No. 2 to quickly establish a 3-0 lead, but could not hold the Spaniard at bay for long as he hit back to level at 3-3. With the pressure mounting at the close of the set, though, Nadal could not rein in his errors and a forehand long saw him surrender the first set.

Nadal looked to be back on track as he engineered an early service break in the second set by catching Soderling out at the net and smashing the ball past him. However, more errors from the Spaniard let him down in the following game as Soderling levelled and it was the Swede who broke decisively, hitting a stinging backhand winner cross court to earn match point in the 10th game and converting as Nadal mis-timed his backhand after 98 minutes.

“Well, I felt pretty good,” said Soderling. “For me it's always tough. Every first round match in every tournament for me is the toughest one. So I was a little bit nervous in the beginning. But I got off to a very good start with an early break, so that helped me a lot.”

The 23-year-old Nadal was bidding for his 400th tour-level match win and currently sits on a 399-89 mark. He was also denied the milestone win in a semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Players/D643.aspx) at the BNP Paribas Masters (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Paris.aspx) in Paris (Bercy) two weeks ago.

“I think I didn't play really bad. I played okay,” assessed Nadal. “But in the important moments, I didn't have the necessary calm, so I had few mistakes. He is a big player on this surface, so [it] is difficult. If you are not completely calm and playing very well in that moment, it's really difficult to win, and today I didn't play in this way in those moments.

The reigning Australian Open (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Australian-Open.aspx) champion has been hindered in the second part of the season by knee tendonitis, which forced him to relinquish his Wimbledon (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Wimbledon.aspx) title defence, and an abdominal strain picked up on the North American hard courts. He has not won an ATP World Tour title since May, when he defeated Novak Djokovic (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Players/D643.aspx) in the final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.

“I am working really hard to come back at my best level,” said the left-hander.” I think I'm not far away from my best level. But I need little bit more confidence and more calm in those moments. This year is going to be extremely hard to finish really well. But I’m going to work very hard to start next year very good. I believe in myself, that I can come back playing really well next year.”

The 25-year-old Soderling – a late replacement for the injured Andy Roddick (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Players/R485.aspx) - earned his place in the season finale for the first time, largely due to his runner-up finish at Roland Garros (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Roland-Garros.aspx) (l. to Federer) – his first appearance in a major final. The World No. 9, coached by countryman Magnus Norman (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Players/N250.aspx), also won his fourth ATP World Tour title at the Catella Swedish Open (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Bastad.aspx) (d. Monaco) in Bastad and has compiled a 48-19 match record.

Soderling is the first Swede to compete at the year-end championship since Thomas Johansson (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Players/J129.aspx) came in as an alternate in 2002. Thomas Enqvist (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/Tennis/Players/E113.aspx) was the last Swede to qualify and play at least three round-robin matches in 1999.

Nolby
11-24-2009, 07:57 AM
Robin's Post Match Interview (http://www.tennistv.com/tennistv/robin-soderling-london-20091123_2252222_1883767) (Video):

http://www.tennistv.com/tennistv/robin-soderling-london-20091123_2252222_1883767

http://i46.tinypic.com/hral1v.jpg

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/05LI5bufdv9lt/610x.jpg

Nolby
11-24-2009, 08:26 AM
Day 5 London (http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=sv&tl=en&u=http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/dag-5-london/&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&usg=ALkJrhhWQr5FfS-M4e1TXbbrDMFmUYWJvw)
November 24, 2009 by Magnus Norman
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/files/2009/03/magnusblog1.jpg

Now we will not take anything for granted despite the victory today. 2 matches left in the group and these are the 2 most difficult matches left in my eyes, they both may be the most in form and strongest players.

But let us return to the day game for a while. A little tense early in the day but the start of the match was really nice. Good move to start the match strongly and take a 3-0 lead quite comfortably. Despite the eventual 3-3 score, I felt as if Robin had things in gear in the first set.

2nd set was much tougher. Nadal rebuffed all attacks on his own serve and the hold of serve to 3-2 was the other key to the match.

Tomorrow awaits a quiet day with light exercise before difficult match on Wednesday again. The difficulty in these matches was confirmed by witnessing the tournament's best match so far between Davydenko and Djokovic.

Good to see both T Jackson and J Bjorkman in place in their roles as the race leader. Talked a little with them after the match. We heard!

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/06NvgRo3tX6L7/610x.jpg

Etern
11-24-2009, 08:44 AM
Thanks for all the info and pics. Today he was on the front page of my morning paper, before RG I can't even remeber a single time when tennis made the front page :lol:

Nolby
11-24-2009, 09:10 AM
Thanks for all the info and pics. Today he was on the front page of my morning paper, before RG I can't even remeber a single time when tennis made the front page :lol:

Hi Etern,

What newspaper do you get? I noticed several good articles and two decent editorial articles in Expressen at http://www.expressen.se/

One editorial is making the argument that Robin is making fantastic strides and could beat Fed now; the counter editorial saying this win doesn't say much about his play because Nadal's game is poor. The other paper I've looked at is Aftonbladet at http://www.aftonbladet.se/. Again, multiple articles with multiple points of view including thoughts from Stefan Edberg. :yeah:

http://gfx.aftonbladet-cdn.se/multimedia/dynamic/01078/24s10-3_jpg_1078445l.jpg
Stefan Edberg

"He has a Golden Opportunity"
Edberg impressed by Soderling

Of all the Swedish tennis star is the only Björn Borg and Stefan Edberg who won the Masters Finals.

Should Robin Soderling become the third member of the exclusive society?

- He has a gold position, "said Edberg to Sportbladet.

25-year-old from Tibro began ATP finals by beating Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-4.

Stefan Edberg is impressed - but hardly surprised.

- It's great to win, but I'm not really surprised. Nadal has not looked so good since he came back from injury and Robin have nothing to lose. To enter the reserve is a perfect situation, "he says.

"Not inconceivable"
The former world number one believes that the victory against the Spanish world number two was just beginning to Robin Soderling show. Edberg does not exclude the Swede, who had a regular place since the knee injury Andy Roddick has postponed, win the whole tournament.

- It is not inconceivable. Chances are, even if there are many matches to be played. He continues to play at the top of his capacity, he has a gold position this week. There is no player that stands out. (Roger) Federer has not acclaimed market and (Andy) Murray can feel the pressure from the home crowd. (Novak) Djokovic is the one who has played the best. It feels like this could go really well, "says Stefan Edberg.

If Robin Soderling not win Masters Finals this year are legendary convinced that the 25-year-old West Gothlander may be new opportunities in the future.

- Yes, he has many good years ahead, "says Stefan Edberg.
http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/tennis/article6176131.ab

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I hate to admit this, but the coverage is just miles better and more interesting in the Swedish papers. They actually analyze and break down the matches whereas the stuff you find by Reuters or even the ATP World Tour web site just report the facts and add the typical quotes that athletes make. Is there any paper you might recommend off this list or am I already looking at the best ones:

http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/sweden.htm

Actually, I can find some editorial content off some blogs, like Peter Bodo published one today, but the angles are always from a Nadal fan's point of view and they paint Robin so two dimensionally that they are not worth posting here.

Bodo's first paragraph making an analogy portraying Robin as a wolf and Rafa as an elk (titled "The World Class Scowl"):

"The faces today said it all, as far as I was concerned. There was Robin Soderling, crouched low to receive Rafael Nadal's serve at match point, the trace of a smile on his lips, eyes alert and glittery in the manner of an opportunistic wolf staring at an elk calf."

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/index.html

I'm sooo sick of this crap! :(

*Ljubica*
11-24-2009, 05:28 PM
:wavey:

Sorry I haven't been here sooner today. I had 3 hours sleep last night after I got home from O2, - and have been at work all day, so I'm positively shattered now :zzz:

But just had to pop in and say I have tomorrow off work so I'll be at O2 again to see Novak v Robin. I'm so happy they scheduled them in the afternoon session, as I'm busy tomorrow night.

Anyway - my dream scenario is Novak and Robin qualifying, so this match will be hard for me. Of course Nole is my Number 1, but I can't cheer against Robin :sad: so I just want to sit back and enjoy the match. Am meeting up with some girls from Novak's Forum and thoroughly looking forward to the match.

Enjoy it everyone :wavey:

Aaric
11-24-2009, 06:01 PM
:wavey:

Sorry I haven't been here sooner today. I had 3 hours sleep last night after I got home from O2, - and have been at work all day, so I'm positively shattered now :zzz:

But just had to pop in and say I have tomorrow off work so I'll be at O2 again to see Novak v Robin. I'm so happy they scheduled them in the afternoon session, as I'm busy tomorrow night.

Anyway - my dream scenario is Novak and Robin qualifying, so this match will be hard for me. Of course Nole is my Number 1, but I can't cheer against Robin :sad: so I just want to sit back and enjoy the match. Am meeting up with some girls from Novak's Forum and thoroughly looking forward to the match.

Enjoy it everyone :wavey:

Same than me, it´s a shame one of them has to lose :sobbing:

Ilovetheblues_86
11-24-2009, 07:11 PM
If Robin defeats Djokovic I think both will advance.

DanaKz
11-24-2009, 07:34 PM
Djokovic was good with Denko. It will be tough.

Nolby
11-25-2009, 02:55 AM
Robin's On Court Interview After 1rst RR Victory over Nadal

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Nolby
11-25-2009, 03:05 AM
:wavey:

Sorry I haven't been here sooner today. I had 3 hours sleep last night after I got home from O2, - and have been at work all day, so I'm positively shattered now :zzz:

But just had to pop in and say I have tomorrow off work so I'll be at O2 again to see Novak v Robin. I'm so happy they scheduled them in the afternoon session, as I'm busy tomorrow night.

Anyway - my dream scenario is Novak and Robin qualifying, so this match will be hard for me. Of course Nole is my Number 1, but I can't cheer against Robin :sad: so I just want to sit back and enjoy the match. Am meeting up with some girls from Novak's Forum and thoroughly looking forward to the match.

Enjoy it everyone :wavey:

Same than me, it´s a shame one of them has to lose :sobbing:

Make it three with me. These are my two favorite players. I've hated watching their last two matches. I had to keep turning it off and walking away. You know how you get used to watching the match from the point of view of your favorite player? When your two favorites play, you find yourself switching from one player point of view to the other, and the one winning seems like a bad dude for beating the other. That last match almost made me ill.

Nole's taken the last two, so obviously I want Robin to take this one. But I don't like seeing either of them lose either. This whole week has been tough in that way.... :sobbing: I was so hoping one of my three favorite players (Rafa is also one of faves) would end up in a separate group. I hardly watched any of the tennis yesterday, although it looked like two quality matches we're played.

Rose, I envy you getting to see them play at the O2! If you're going to see your two faves face off, that is definitely the way to do it. Have fun today!! :wavey:

Nolby
11-25-2009, 03:46 AM
Day 6 London (http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=sv&tl=en&u=http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/dag-6-london/&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&usg=ALkJrhiwxu8DCSQ6H8zIBMm9gOubmOl__Q)
November 24, 2009 by Magnus Norman
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The day between matches is often quite calm. Especially so here, at the end of the season, I think. The training is currently out of gym time as that kind of overwork can not accommodate itself over time. It is more important to preserve one's energy.

We chose to go to Queens for a workout today. Away from the O2 arena for one day. Peace and quiet. Hopefully, we will remain in London a few days and then it might be nice to break off a bit. We trained tennis about 45 minutes and then we we're in the gym and did various exercises for about 30 minutes.

A funny question raised from this week is how the players get to and from the stadium. Namely, by boat on the Thames! Yes, that's right. It takes about 25 minutes and is actually quite cozy. Traffic in London is just impossible, and one does not know really how convenient using a boat is, so of course it is absolutely the best option.
Match is at 14:15 in the morning again.

There are some things that need to be tweaked a little after the last match against Novak. It is nevertheless clear that this will be a tough match. Perhaps right now the toughest task you can have (playing Novak) if you are playing tennis.

On the Blåkläder (football team) again! In the evening, do I go to see Arsenal play the Champions League at the Emirates Stadium! We heard!

http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/files/2009/11/masters-31.jpg
Transportation to the O2 Arena

http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/files/2009/11/masters-14.jpg
In Queens the grass runways are clear for Wimbledon. A fantastic sight!

DanaKz
11-25-2009, 04:45 AM
Thank you so much for Magnus' blog :)

Nolby
11-25-2009, 05:26 AM
Thank you so much for Magnus' blog :)

You're welcome, DanaKz! There is so much material right now, it is tough to discern what to post. But I like the feel of the Magnus blog, and I was a fan of Magnus when he played too.

I like your avi picture. Once again, a cat (a big one I'm guessing) as a charm. A theme here at this time it seems. :D Do you own any kitties, DanaKz?

Robin should have shaken of whatever tensions he might have had now. Let's hope the elbow won't start to bother him later on either.

Nice to see all this talk about cats as well. I have my black food-crazed lady, Elsa, sleeping right next to me where I'm sitting. She's been around since 1989. Tisbe is out running somewhere. It's easy to keep track on her age, as she was born on the fifth of May 2005. 050505.

Nidhogg, if you get this before the match today, please show us a picture of Elsa and/or Tisbe. It seemed like it brought good luck before the first RR match. So Elsa is 20 years old!!! :worship: Furrball only lived to be 15. I had an outdoor cat as a pet as a kid that lived to 19. Do you feed herr anything special? I was afraid that maybe the junk food (Fancy Feast) that my former cats ate was what caused them both to develop hyperthyroidism. I've been trying to feed the two new ones only natural cat food, but they go crazy for the "junk food" brands when I let them try it.

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Ok, more stuff:

Robin vs. Novak preview of match: (http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/News/Tennis/2009/Tournament/Finals-Wednesday-Preview.aspx)

http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/News/Tennis/2009/Tournament/Finals-Wednesday-Preview.aspx

Current Standings (http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2009/605/mds.pdf) (Notice that Robin is currently #1 in Group B because he won his match 2 sets to 0...this could be very important later in the week.)

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2009/605/mds.pdf

DanaKz
11-25-2009, 06:06 AM
I like your avi picture. Once again, a cat (a big one I'm guessing) as a charm. A theme here at this time it seems. :D Do you own any kitties, DanaKz?



:D No, I don't. I love cats but my landlady doesn't allow pets in her house.
That's why my kittie live with parents right now.
About my av - it's Jo Tsonga's pendant, he allways wears it on matchs :)

swedes_rule
11-25-2009, 08:13 AM
thanks everyone for all the pics/interview/news/articles etc!
I cant keep up with this thread at the moment - i get home from work and theres a million new posts! its brilliant!!!

kom igen robin against nole today!!!

swedes_rule
11-25-2009, 08:15 AM
PS - thought id continue the cat theme and put a pic of my gorgeous little kitty in my avatar :)

Etern
11-25-2009, 10:47 AM
Hi Etern,

What newspaper do you get? I noticed several good articles and two decent editorial articles in Expressen at http://www.expressen.se/

One editorial is making the argument that Robin is making fantastic strides and could beat Fed now; the counter editorial saying this win doesn't say much about his play because Nadal's game is poor. The other paper I've looked at is Aftonbladet at http://www.aftonbladet.se/. Again, multiple articles with multiple points of view including thoughts from Stefan Edberg. :yeah:

http://gfx.aftonbladet-cdn.se/multimedia/dynamic/01078/24s10-3_jpg_1078445l.jpg
Stefan Edberg

"He has a Golden Opportunity"
Edberg impressed by Soderling

Of all the Swedish tennis star is the only Björn Borg and Stefan Edberg who won the Masters Finals.

Should Robin Soderling become the third member of the exclusive society?

- He has a gold position, "said Edberg to Sportbladet.

25-year-old from Tibro began ATP finals by beating Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-4.

Stefan Edberg is impressed - but hardly surprised.

- It's great to win, but I'm not really surprised. Nadal has not looked so good since he came back from injury and Robin have nothing to lose. To enter the reserve is a perfect situation, "he says.

"Not inconceivable"
The former world number one believes that the victory against the Spanish world number two was just beginning to Robin Soderling show. Edberg does not exclude the Swede, who had a regular place since the knee injury Andy Roddick has postponed, win the whole tournament.

- It is not inconceivable. Chances are, even if there are many matches to be played. He continues to play at the top of his capacity, he has a gold position this week. There is no player that stands out. (Roger) Federer has not acclaimed market and (Andy) Murray can feel the pressure from the home crowd. (Novak) Djokovic is the one who has played the best. It feels like this could go really well, "says Stefan Edberg.

If Robin Soderling not win Masters Finals this year are legendary convinced that the 25-year-old West Gothlander may be new opportunities in the future.

- Yes, he has many good years ahead, "says Stefan Edberg.
http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/tennis/article6176131.ab

================


I hate to admit this, but the coverage is just miles better and more interesting in the Swedish papers. They actually analyze and break down the matches whereas the stuff you find by Reuters or even the ATP World Tour web site just report the facts and add the typical quotes that athletes make. Is there any paper you might recommend off this list or am I already looking at the best ones:

http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/sweden.htm

Actually, I can find some editorial content off some blogs, like Peter Bodo published one today, but the angles are always from a Nadal fan's point of view and they paint Robin so two dimensionally that they are not worth posting here.

Bodo's first paragraph making an analogy portraying Robin as a wolf and Rafa as an elk (titled "The World Class Scowl"):

"The faces today said it all, as far as I was concerned. There was Robin Soderling, crouched low to receive Rafael Nadal's serve at match point, the trace of a smile on his lips, eyes alert and glittery in the manner of an opportunistic wolf staring at an elk calf."

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/index.html

I'm sooo sick of this crap! :(

Hi there!

I get Svenska Dagbladet (http://www.svd.se), it's one of the two big morning papers in Sweden. Before Robin's success they were the only newspaper that wrote about tennis in Sweden. Since they have the tradition to write about it I still think they have some of the most interesting storys about tennis in swedish media. A cute article I just found: http://www.svd.se/sportspel/nyheter/artikel_3844675.svd

For me it's nice to read about it in the swedish media because here we think Robin is more important than Nadal so most articles are from his point of view :lol:

Nolby
11-25-2009, 11:45 AM
:D No, I don't. I love cats but my landlady doesn't allow pets in her house.
That's why my kittie live with parents right now.
About my av - it's Jo Tsonga's pendant, he allways wears it on matchs :)

Is that a cougar, DanaKz? Do you know why Tsonga uses it as a charm? Cougars represent swiftness of movement and speed and striking quickly which is something Jo-Willy has shown great skill at doing in his game.

This is where a chat thread would be really good. I want to go off topic without visiting Jo-Willy's Forum and ask you how he is doing this week? (I should do that, but right now we want to demonstrate why we need a Message Board :angel: ). He must be frustrated given the fact that all the injuries in Shanghai and Paris made it seem likely one of the players would retire after a match or two. I was thinking that Del Potro wasn't going to go more than a match or two since he hasn't played more than a couple of matches without retiring since the U.S. Open. Especially after he lost his first match. But he seems to be holding up fine now. On the WTA side, their Finals event was a war of attrition and both alternates got to play. Oh well! JW gets $70,000 for just showing up to be ready as an alternate.

Do you know who the second alternate was? There really isn't any news I can find on that.

Vote for Robin Soderling Message Board. (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153253&page=2)

Nolby
11-25-2009, 11:56 AM
thanks everyone for all the pics/interview/news/articles etc!
I cant keep up with this thread at the moment - i get home from work and theres a million new posts! its brilliant!!!

kom igen robin against nole today!!!
:yeah:

You could focus on the threads that mattered to you, if.......

Vote for Robin Soderling Message Board. (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153253&page=2)

:haha:

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww34/mooraie/Gifs/GS_b48b652fce589d42fa45edb2aef48b54.png

64 votes now!! I read that November 27 is the day they decide. This has surely got to be one of the biggest blow-out victories for a player to get a message board. Even people who say they don't like Robin are voting for it based on his accomplishments.

Nolby
11-25-2009, 12:08 PM
PS - thought id continue the cat theme and put a pic of my gorgeous little kitty in my avatar :)

She is beautiful, SR!! :hearts:

She looks like my Phoebe (my black haired Maine Coon). We have some serious cat magic going on for Robin between the avatars of Sod, SR, Dana, Rose, etc. :cat::cat::cat:

The first thing that comes to mind for cats is the quality of being independent and doing your own thing (DIY - Do it yourself). No player on tour represents that quality more than Robin imho. Nole and Nalby are also like that and it's a big reason why I respect them so much.

Nolby
11-25-2009, 12:33 PM
Actually, I can find some editorial content off some blogs, like Peter Bodo published one today, but the angles are always from a Nadal fan's point of view and they paint Robin so two dimensionally that they are not worth posting here.

Bodo's first paragraph making an analogy portraying Robin as a wolf and Rafa as an elk (titled "The World Class Scowl"):

"The faces today said it all, as far as I was concerned. There was Robin Soderling, crouched low to receive Rafael Nadal's serve at match point, the trace of a smile on his lips, eyes alert and glittery in the manner of an opportunistic wolf staring at an elk calf."

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/index.html

I'm sooo sick of this crap! :(

Hi there!

I get Svenska Dagbladet (http://www.svd.se), it's one of the two big morning papers in Sweden. Before Robin's success they were the only newspaper that wrote about tennis in Sweden. Since they have the tradition to write about it I still think they have some of the most interesting storys about tennis in swedish media. A cute article I just found: http://www.svd.se/sportspel/nyheter/artikel_3844675.svd

For me it's nice to read about it in the swedish media because here we think Robin is more important than Nadal so most articles are from his point of view :lol:

Oh, this is great!! :worship::worship:

Bodo wants to paint Robin as though he we're the Joker in a Batman movie. Robin evily smiling as he is about to take out the innocent "Elk calf". It's a friggin' sport, Bodo!! The object of the game is for Robin to go out there and give everything he has to win, not to go out there and roll over for the kindly "Elk calf". :lol: Why is it that Robin is "evil" if he wins, but if Rafa wins 81 matches in a row on clay (defeating double-digit number of players, and possibly crushing their dreams and successful endeavors in the process) he is a saint? Was he an "Elk calf" when he defeated Federer at the Australian Open this year? Crazy! :silly:

This is what I want to see. Thanks, Etern!

Soderling Gives Advice to Young Tennis Prospects
http://www.svd.se/multimedia/dynamic/00537/praorobin620_537659b.jpg
13-year student Adina Lamborn interviewed Robin Soderling.
Published: 25 November 2009, 08.52

How to become a good tennis player? Adina Lamborn, 13 years old and future prospect in the tennis world has reached ninth grade. Robin Soderling gets to answer her questions.

Many juniors are doing many different sports and will soon be "forced" to choose which one they want to be good in. I wonder if Robin believes that it is good to practice other sports than tennis, even if it really is tennis you want to eventually choose as your serious pursuit?

I've kept myself in many different sports, but when I came up in my early teens I spent my time solely on tennis. I think that other sports can make you better when you play tennis, but when you're around 13 years old, you must make a choice.


Q Is there anything you would have done differently or are you happy with your arrangement of tennis, training and leisure?

Robin: "I played a lot of tennis when I was young, perhaps I should have scaled down tennis and increased my training. It is very important to strengthen the body at an early age."

He suggests havig a physical coach help you work out three times a week when you are around 13 years old, but points out that there is no need to rush too fast, and it is a very individual thing how you do it.

Robin also talked about the proper framework:

Robin: "It Is incredibly important to be positive if you ever feel sad or demoralized. It will always get better sometime soon. If you are positive, it's much easier and faster to get back to a higher level of tennis."

As many others have said at his level, Robin stated that the most difficult and annoying thing about tennis is maintaining your skills when you do not feel in decent shape.

How to improve self-confidence?

Robin: "I make it through by thinking of the good games I have played and my own tennis when it is at its best."

Robin is better than ever now, and it was great fun to interview him when he is at its best. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Robin Soderling in today's match against Novak Djokovic in the Masters Cup.

ADINA LAMBORN, Prao

swedes_rule
11-25-2009, 01:13 PM
:yeah:

You could focus on the threads that mattered to you, if.......

Vote for Robin Soderling Message Board. (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153253&page=2)

:haha:



that was kinda the point i was making :haha: :lol:
wish i could stay up for the match tonight but i have work tomorrow and i dont think id make it...

swedes_rule
11-25-2009, 01:16 PM
She is beautiful, SR!! :hearts:

She looks like my Phoebe (my black haired Maine Coon). We have some serious cat magic going on for Robin between the avatars of Sod, SR, Dana, Rose, etc. :cat::cat::cat:




Thank You! She's not pedigree or anything special but shes very special to me. 6 years ago a family friend brought over 4 kittens that her cat had, and she jumped straight out of the box and walked over to me and sat down on my lap and purred, so she very much chose me :lol:

DanaKz
11-25-2009, 02:41 PM
Is that a cougar, DanaKz? Do you know why Tsonga uses it as a charm? Cougars represent swiftness of movement and speed and striking quickly which is something Jo-Willy has shown great skill at doing in his game.

Very true I think ;) I agree


This is where a chat thread would be really good. I want to go off topic without visiting Jo-Willy's Forum and ask you how he is doing this week? (I should do that, but right now we want to demonstrate why we need a Message Board :angel: ). He must be frustrated given the fact that all the injuries in Shanghai and Paris made it seem likely one of the players would retire after a match or two. I was thinking that Del Potro wasn't going to go more than a match or two since he hasn't played more than a couple of matches without retiring since the U.S. Open. Especially after he lost his first match. But he seems to be holding up fine now. On the WTA side, their Finals event was a war of attrition and both alternates got to play. Oh well! JW gets $70,000 for just showing up to be ready as an alternate.
Yeah, he gave interview for one french newspaper, and he said he feel it's boring to spend all days long on stadium as he must be ready to substitute someone. It has to be annoying.
I had doubts about DelPotro too but now I think noone will retire.
But money are allways good, aren't they? :devil:


Do you know who the second alternate was? There really isn't any news I can find on that.

No, never heard about it... Stepanek again? All the way from tropic islands without socks and racquets :confused: :lol:

Nolby
11-25-2009, 03:23 PM
Very true I think ;) I agree


Yeah, he gave interview for one french newspaper, and he said he feel it's boring to spend all days long on stadium as he must be ready to substitute someone. It has to be annoying.
I had doubts about DelPotro too but now I think noone will retire.
But money are allways good, aren't they? :devil:


No, never heard about it... Stepanek again? All the way from tropic islands without socks and racquets :confused: :lol:

I bet it is Steps who is the second alternate. :lol: He ended the year ranked 12th, so Gonzo should have received the first request being ranked 11th, but Gonzo looked like he was going home for the season when he retired against Del Pony in Paris.

That really sucks for JW! It must be really frustrating sitting around and seeing an opportunity to play for instant money and points be so close. Every single win gives a player 200 points, which is the equivalent of winning an ATP 250 tourney minus 50 or being in the finals of an ATP 250 plus 50. And then each win is worth $120,000, so Robin has already bagged $190,000 for one match heading into today! :devil:

Match has started... it's a nail biter as I expected. Robin is up 4-3 (on serve) in the first set. :)

Nolby
11-25-2009, 03:33 PM
Interesting that Robin wore black (protection color) against Rafa and is wearing blue (diplomacy color) against Nole.

He's looking really good on his serve. So is Nole. This has the feel of a tiebreaker. Robin can pull a surprise and take this set though.

5-4, Robin on serve....

:bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww34/mooraie/Gifs/GS_b48b652fce589d42fa45edb2aef48b54.png

Phew!!! Tough hold for 6-5. 6-6 tiebreak.... man.... C'mon Robin, now or never! :armed:

Nolby
11-25-2009, 04:02 PM
YEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


:worship::worship::worship:

Oh God! That was the tightest set I've seen in a long time!!! Phew!!!!

7-6 (5)

Who would've believed he'd be doing this 8 months ago!!! :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

That makes him 3-0 in sets now. Nole is 2-2 in sets. That will be huge down the road...

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww34/mooraie/Gifs/GS_b48b652fce589d42fa45edb2aef48b54.png

Nolby
11-25-2009, 04:20 PM
OMG!!! He breaks Nole again to go up 7-6, 4-1. :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap::bigclap: :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

7-6, 5-1

If he goes 2-0 in matches and 4-0 in sets, is he in the semis?

Björki
11-25-2009, 04:30 PM
OMG!!! He breaks Nole again to go up 7-6, 4-1. :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap::bigclap: :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

7-6, 5-1

If he goes 2-0 in matches and 4-0 in sets, is he in the semis?

If Davy loses to Nadal, he is for sure. If not I dont know :lol:

DanaKz
11-25-2009, 04:35 PM
Let's dance, ladies and gentlemen? let's dance!
SoderKing!
He made Nole look like child in second set!

Nolby
11-25-2009, 04:36 PM
:worship::worship::worship::worship::worship::wors hip::worship::worship::worship::worship::worship:: worship:

Robin wins it, 7-6 (5), 6-1!!!!!! First career victory over Nole!!!!! He is now 2-0 in matches, 4-0 in sets and I'm going to have to check all the variations, but I think he has clinched a place in the Semis.

He has now moved up to #8 in the rankings passing Verdasco with another 200 points. And another $120,000 makes his winnings $310,000!!!!

What an incomprehensibly fantastic week for Robin and Jenni!!! :woohoo::woohoo:

DanaKz
11-25-2009, 04:36 PM
My congratulations to all Sodafans!
That was amazing!

Björki
11-25-2009, 04:44 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/55/fullj.701f623f7257e4397013aa8758812e05/701f623f7257e4397013aa8758812e05-getty-91218258jm045_atp_world_tou.jpg

Ilovetheblues_86
11-25-2009, 04:44 PM
If black was protection and blue diplomacy what is white?

Nolby
11-25-2009, 04:45 PM
My congratulations to all Sodafans!
That was amazing!

I'm in shock.

Please thank Jo-Willy for the Cougar power! Our cats are sitting around saying, "we don't care that noone believes; Robin is going to win anyway!!!"

So happy right now!!! We are witnessing a 24-25 year old players breakthrough this year! That is why his celebrations are so intense. It would be the same for anyone if they we're doing things players just don't do in tennis....late bloomer....fantastic!!!

:bounce::bounce::yeah::banana::banana::banana::apa rty::aparty::rocker::rocker:

Nolby
11-25-2009, 04:47 PM
If black was protection and blue diplomacy what is white?

White is being "Open" to the world and energy. If in a great setting, it would be the most powerful. If in a setting where negative energy was dominant and being sent at you, it would be poor choice.

SweTennis
11-25-2009, 04:48 PM
Tremendously played Robin! He is now qualified for the semifinals. :)

Ilovetheblues_86
11-25-2009, 04:49 PM
Since I believe agvainst Davydenko atmosphere will be neutral or okay, he will probably wear the whitey eh?
Its important to take a set from Davy because then he can avoid Federer in the semis I guess.

Nolby
11-25-2009, 04:56 PM
Tremendously played Robin! He is now qualified for the semifinals. :)

I think he has.

Worst Case scenario for Robin:

2-1, 4-2

Best case scenarios for Nole:

2-1, 4-3 (can't beat Sod)

Best case scenario for Rafa:

2-1, 4-2 (can tie Sod, but lost to him h2h)

Best case for Davy

2-1, 5-2 (that would beat Robin's worst case scenario; but then Rafa would be 1-2 and be out of the picture and Robin would finish 2nd. Vice Versa, if Rafa beats Davy, Robin may have locked up the #1 from Group B)

Yes, he has done it!!!!!!!! :worship::worship::worship:

Nolby
11-25-2009, 05:00 PM
Since I believe agvainst Davydenko atmosphere will be neutral or okay, he will probably wear the whitey eh?
Its important to take a set from Davy because then he can avoid Federer in the semis I guess.

I'm still trying to figure out the choice for "blue" today. You know who wears blue quite a bit? Federer does. Hmmmmm......

White wouldn't be a bad choice against Kolya, I agree. But I like this blue idea. Blue is also the color of royalty and for communication, but that didn't make much sense to me...

This just hit me. Blue is the color for the throat chakra, thus why it is ties to communication and speaking. Speaking, or voice, is related to the Magician card in the Tarot. Robin was definitely the Magician today and I believe our blue-clad Fed is know as the "Magician of Precision". Anyway, he probably just woke up today and grabbed his blue shirt, but it's fun to analyze this stuff. :lol:

James Blake also wears blue a lot. Never mind! :lol:

About your second part, yes I believe winning a set locks up #1 for him. Actually, the percentages favor him being #1 regardless at this point. No other player has been perfect so far but Robin.

Ilovetheblues_86
11-25-2009, 05:06 PM
I like the blue idea, but sometimes the spell goes against the speller eh. xaxa

DanaKz
11-25-2009, 05:17 PM
About cats - do you know how we call Robin in my russian tennisfans' so-called club? "Niashka". New slang-word of mangafans for "kitten" in russian mangafans' community :lol:

Nolby
11-25-2009, 05:20 PM
I like the blue idea, but sometimes the spell goes against the speller eh. xaxa

Agreed! It is the spell combined with the timing and application of it. It is just as likely to go the other way if misguided as that is part of balance. It was the right choice for today, no doubt! :)

Boy, his whole demeanor and aura just look completely different than Monday. Same kind of victory point, but instead of the "pumped up" quality, this is more one of "relief".
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/06U519i8nHeNh/610x.jpg

Nolby
11-25-2009, 05:29 PM
About cats - do you know how we call Robin in my russian tennisfans' so-called club? "Niashka". New slang-word of mangafans for "kitten" in russian mangafans' community :lol:

:haha::haha:

We are really having an esoteric day for this breakthrough victory, eh? What is the origin for that? How did "Niashka" come about as the nickname for him? That is a fascinating "synchronicity" (I won't use the word coincidence at this point... :D).

Ok, it's obvious that quite a few of us are into esoteric studies. I'm still trying to analyze Robin's shamanic Twitter account profile picture for himself:

http://twitter.com/account/profile_image/RSoderling?hreflang=en

http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/273526930/414212ebaa15.jpg

Any ideas? :angel:

DanaKz
11-25-2009, 05:40 PM
:haha::haha:

We are really having an esoteric day for this breakthrough victory, eh? What is the origin for that? How did "Niashka" come about as the nickname for him? That is a fascinating "synchronicity" (I won't use the word coincidence at this point... :D).


Because he looks like a little bit wimsy but charming cat. :)

Ok, it's obvious that quite a few of us are into esoteric studies. I'm still trying to analyze Robin's shamanic Twitter account profile picture for himself:

http://twitter.com/account/profile_image/RSoderling?hreflang=en

http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/273526930/414212ebaa15.jpg

Any ideas? :angel:

Oh it's simple. :angel: Look here http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=8681962&postcount=836

My post after RG match with Gonza. 5-set phoenix.

Sunset of Age
11-25-2009, 05:52 PM
Hi there, Sod fans! :wavey:

CONGRATS!!!
The first one to qualify for the semis. WOW WOW WOW. :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown:

"What a show, Behold!":music:

But the BEST of all about this victory is that he kept my (and Sodal's, and Getta's) dream alive of Rafa perhaps coming through as well. That would be fantastic.

Etern
11-25-2009, 05:57 PM
Great result for Robin. Now keep the winning streak going :D

Nolby
11-25-2009, 05:58 PM
Because he looks like a little bit wimsy but charming cat. :)


Oh it's simple. :angel: Look here http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=8681962&postcount=836

My post after RG match with Gonza. 5-set phoenix.

Wow!!! Thank you!!!! :worship::worship::worship:

My brains on overload at the moment with all these symbols. I'm going to have to let it all sink in, but much is starting to make sense. A Phoenix....yes...I need time to research but I'm trying to remember a breakthrough quite like this one...When he became my favorite player I never dreamed things would go this well this quickly. I'm a little in shock! In a good way though. :D

I like the kittie explanation. Simple and funny! :lol:

Maybe Tsonga was sending his "Cougar" quick strike energy to Robin too, seeing as they both we're outsiders. This week has been unbelievable so far!!

http://i46.tinypic.com/25zhzzo.jpg

DanaKz
11-25-2009, 06:03 PM
:)

DanaKz
11-25-2009, 06:09 PM
Now I am waiting for Nishikori rise from his ashes...

Nolby
11-25-2009, 06:14 PM
Hi there, Sod fans! :wavey:

CONGRATS!!!
The first one to qualify for the semis. WOW WOW WOW. :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown:

"What a show, Behold!":music:

But the BEST of all about this victory is that he kept my (and Sodal's, and Getta's) dream alive of Rafa perhaps coming through as well. That would be fantastic.

Karin,

My mind is still spinning. That first set was the closest set and infuriating because Robin had 3 set points well before it got to the tiebreaker. And then he barely won that. So I was just exhausted, because he has been 0-5 vs. Nole so far (much like the 0-12 vs. Fed; I didn't know if he believed in himself against Nole).

And then the second set to have him just rip through it like that knowing all the while if he won it he would be in the Semis.

And yes, Rafa can still make the Semis too. He has to show some strength against Davydenko today, but he can feel comforted that he played two sets closer overall with Sod than Nole did (can't believe I'm even talking like that :D ).

Roger and Robin may meet in the finals yet! I was half joking about the idea when I paid a visit earlier...not it looks to be the most likely scenario. Unbelievable!!! :worship::worship::worship:

Best to Rafa tonight against Kolya! I may venture into Rafa chat Forum and cheer him on....not sure if I might get tossed though. :haha::haha:The Western media is stil making him out to be an "evil villain" for Rafa. :rolleyes:

Best, Karin! Quite a great week for both our main guys (Rog & Sod) so far. I'll join you in sending positive energy to Rafa to make this week really special! Then again, you know how I like Nole! :confused: Tough being Fedals and Sodals. ;)

Ilovetheblues_86
11-25-2009, 06:15 PM
My predictions this year were funny:


The best thing that could hhappen now is Soderling beat Nadal. Then he will earn his forum for sure
Soderling will make R16 in RG I´m feeling! (AT ROME MASTERS)

ARAG next step.
ROBIN WILL DEMOLISH ROUND ROBIN!!! haha this one is true, he loves Round Robin

4-6 6-2 6-0

Simon is crap in teams, he is not a clay courter, Soderling doesn´t feed him enough bals, and of course, Soderling is 1000X more man than him (off course I never tried to prove).

axaxa I was funnier in the begin of the year.

Nolby
11-25-2009, 06:19 PM
Now I am waiting for Nishikori rise from his ashes...

:haha::haha::haha:

We need to figure out what color shirt he must wear!! :haha:

Nolby
11-25-2009, 06:26 PM
Hi there, Sod fans! :wavey:

CONGRATS!!!
The first one to qualify for the semis. WOW WOW WOW. :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown:

"What a show, Behold!":music:
But the BEST of all about this victory is that he kept my (and Sodal's, and Getta's) dream alive of Rafa perhaps coming through as well. That would be fantastic.

Geeeez, I'm so spaced out I just noticed your avi picture had changed!!! OMG!!!! :haha::haha::haha:
Or maybe I didn't think something like that would exist on the planet earth. When was that taken from?! I need some sleep. I think I'm hallucinating! :crazy::crazy:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/customavatars/avatar23439_128.gif

Nolby
11-25-2009, 06:37 PM
My predictions this year were funny:

The best thing that could hhappen now is Soderling beat Nadal. Then he will earn his forum for sure
Soderling will make R16 in RG I´m feeling!
(AT ROME MASTERS)

ARAG next step.
ROBIN WILL DEMOLISH ROUND ROBIN!!!
haha this one is true, he loves Round Robin


4-6 6-2 6-0

Simon is crap in teams, he is not a clay courter, Soderling doesn´t feed him enough bals, and of course, Soderling is 1000X more man than him (off course I never tried to prove).
axaxa I was funnier in the begin of the year.

Those are actually pretty daring and spot on calls. It is amazing what has happened to him since the ARAG World Team Cup. Most people don't realize that is where it all started turning to gold for Robin. I believe he took out Querrey and did a 6-0, 6-0 against Muster. And this was before Paris...

Did you see this happening? You're right, Robin is good at Round Robins! :lol:

I need a couple of hours of sleep before Rafa plays. That was all too much! :wavey:

Congrats to Robin and all his fans!!! It still feels like a really good dream! :D

Sunset of Age
11-25-2009, 06:40 PM
Geeeez, I'm so spaced out I just noticed your avi picture had changed!!! OMG!!!! :haha::haha::haha:
Or maybe I didn't think something like that would exist on the planet earth. When was that taken from?! I need some sleep. I think I'm hallucinating! :crazy::crazy:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/customavatars/avatar23439_128.gif

:lol: I thought it would be very appropriate right now! :D

I have NO IDEA where that picture comes from, I picked it up from the net somewhere (maybe even from MTF, I can't remember), and thought it would come in handy whenever a Rafa-Robin hata tardwar appears on MTF again... :rolls:

Judging on their very young looks and hairdos, I estimate this picture to be from their very early days, perhaps from 2004/2005. :)

Nolby
11-25-2009, 06:45 PM
:lol: I thought it would be very appropriate right now! :D

I have NO IDEA where that picture comes from, I picked it up from the net somewhere (maybe even from MTF, I can't remember), and thought it would come in handy whenever a Rafa-Robin hata tardwar appears on MTF again... :rolls:

Judging on their very young looks and hairdos, I estimate this picture to be from their very early days, perhaps from 2004/2005. :)

If you go into the Nadal forum to cheer for Rafa tonight with that Avi picture, I'll come in too. :bounce:

We'll both probably get tossed! :help: :haha:

See ya later, Karin! :wavey:

Sunset of Age
11-25-2009, 06:53 PM
If you go into the Nadal forum to cheer for Rafa tonight with that Avi picture, I'll come in too. :bounce:

We'll both probably get tossed! :help: :haha:

I'm not touching that place, Tim. Been kicked out of there plenty times enough before because of being an evil, fake FEDAL fan. :devil: :devil: :devil: ;)
As you know, Fedal fans don't exist. :angel:

But I'll be cheering for Raf in the 'match discussion'-thread at GM, be sure of that! :D

Etern
11-25-2009, 07:38 PM
:lol: I thought it would be very appropriate right now! :D

I have NO IDEA where that picture comes from, I picked it up from the net somewhere (maybe even from MTF, I can't remember), and thought it would come in handy whenever a Rafa-Robin hata tardwar appears on MTF again... :rolls:

Judging on their very young looks and hairdos, I estimate this picture to be from their very early days, perhaps from 2004/2005. :)

It's from Båstad and I think it was in 2003 but I'm not 100% about that

Sunset of Age
11-25-2009, 08:39 PM
It's from Båstad and I think it was in 2003 but I'm not 100% about that

Wow, thanks. Then it is indeed a very old pic.

Aaric
11-25-2009, 08:46 PM
Hell yes, that´s the way :rocker:
Hope he also wins it against Kolya, come on Robin :rocker2:
What a great day :)

*Ljubica*
11-25-2009, 09:47 PM
:wavey: Just wanted to come over and say hi and congrats.

I was at the match this afternoon, and can't deny that I was cheering for "my boy" Nole :o But Robin was awesome and he fully deserved the win, and I'm very glad that he has qualified. Yes it is true that Nole was very tired - he's played a lot of tennis recently - winning back-to-back tournaments in Basel and Paris, also winning Beijing, - and he wasn't feeling good out there...............but take nothing away from Robin - he focussed well and served supremely, and he was by far the better player out there today.

I still hope for Nole to be able to qualify, though I think it's unlikely now :sad:

Anyway - go Robin :rocker:

PS - thought id continue the cat theme and put a pic of my gorgeous little kitty in my avatar :)

She's beautiful :inlove:

swedes_rule
11-25-2009, 10:18 PM
:worship: Robin!!!! :worship:
brilliant news to wake up to!!!

Nolby
11-26-2009, 12:23 AM
This was uploaded to YouTube today. This is the second video tribute from a fan this week. Before last week, there we're 0 "Soderling" inspirational videos.

Justice!!!! :worship::worship: :worship:

Tribute to Robin Soderling - You Raise Me Up
NiHhgmM2d54

Nolby
11-26-2009, 12:50 AM
Robin is Now Ranked 8th in the World

The good news just keeps on coming. With his victory today and 2-0 start in the WTFs, Robin has picked up 400 points. Verdasco, at 0-2, has yet to gain any points. With one match to play until the semis, here are the:

South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings Rank Player Points (closing 11/25/09)
1 Roger Federer 10,550
2 Rafael Nadal 9,205
3 Novak Djokovic 8,110
4 Andy Murray 6,830
5 Juan Martin Del Potro 6,185
6 Andy Roddick 4,410
7 Nikolay Davydenko 4,030
8 Robin Soderling 3,410
9 Fernando Verdasco 3,300
10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2,875

Sunset of Age
11-26-2009, 01:27 AM
^^ Well deserved, and a hearty :ras: to all who thought he didn't 'deserve' his entry at the WTF!

gam_jonte
11-26-2009, 01:40 AM
yes, totally agree. He really deserved his spot in WTF, it was just injuries that stopped him from making it the normal way :p just hope he can keep this up against Davy. :)

Dini
11-26-2009, 02:50 AM
Talk about taking your opportunity with both hands and succeding. I watched Robin play today (for the second time [first time was against Muller in Wimbledon R1 this year]) and I couldn't have been more impressed. Sure he wasn't always fluent in the first set but his mental fortitude spoke volumes for how Robin has improved and how patient he's become. He could have easily lost faith after seeing three set points go begging, but not THIS determined guy I saw today. The second set was just a brilliant display of his game - the whole arsenal (volleys included, which were the weakest link I thought). Djokovic may be tired, whatever... but he was playing defensively whereas Soderling was playing with the right mindset and attitude. There were Swedish people scattered around the arena, and loads of support for him, generally. :hearts: Loved hearing the "kom igen" and "snyggt" phrases from those guys or maybe it's just a bit of nostalgia kicking in. :sobbing:

I didn't take many pics of the match, simply because I was enjoying it too much. But took some pics of his lovely interview with Petchey on court from the big screens.

http://i45.tinypic.com/2dpd1v.jpg

This is the best pic I've got, unfortunately. :sad: But the heart warming smile is there I guess. :hearts:

Nolby
11-26-2009, 07:12 AM
Talk about taking your opportunity with both hands and succeding. I watched Robin play today (for the second time [first time was against Muller in Wimbledon R1 this year]) and I couldn't have been more impressed. Sure he wasn't always fluent in the first set but his mental fortitude spoke volumes for how Robin has improved and how patient he's become. He could have easily lost faith after seeing three set points go begging, but not THIS determined guy I saw today. The second set was just a brilliant display of his game - the whole arsenal (volleys included, which were the weakest link I thought). Djokovic may be tired, whatever... but he was playing defensively whereas Soderling was playing with the right mindset and attitude. There were Swedish people scattered around the arena, and loads of support for him, generally. :hearts: Loved hearing the "kom igen" and "snyggt" phrases from those guys or maybe it's just a bit of nostalgia kicking in. :sobbing:

I didn't take many pics of the match, simply because I was enjoying it too much. But took some pics of his lovely interview with Petchey on court from the big screens.

http://i45.tinypic.com/2dpd1v.jpg

This is the best pic I've got, unfortunately. :sad: But the heart warming smile is there I guess. :hearts:

This is so cool! Thanks Infini. If Robin keeps winning, watch the media do a 180 and make him a good guy. I think the "bad guys" are the dangerous floaters usually ranked 13 to 30. I'm seeing a bit of change in the media coverage after the Nole victory. Isn't that ridiculous? That was probably the best win he could have for media relations. Crazy world... Fun to see his happy face there!! Thanks!

Nolby
11-26-2009, 07:35 AM
Day 7: London
November 25, 2009 by Magnus Norman
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/


Yes! Who would have dared dreaming of this a couple of weeks ago? What if Robin had followed the tennis doctor's advice at the Stockholm Open semifinal to play despite tremendous pain in his arm: "You will understand that this is not good for your reputation. You have to think about the audience."

"To hell with you", I say at the Swedish organizers! How can a doctor give such advice to a guy who works his ass off day in and day out and always gives his best and who can barely hold his racket? I am as angry today when I think of it! No, it was very wisely done Robin, even though I know how much you were disappointed on that Saturday!

No, he had tremendous pain in his arm, and he only had a couple of weeks left to play tennis, so what he did today was extremely well done! I am very impressed. The most beautiful thing for me as a coach is that his arm is holding up very well, although he still faces tough opposition.

I thought that the first set was well played. Robin saved a break point in the third service game, and I think he got really good serves when they we're most needed. Extremely nice to win the first set tiebreak in the course of the match. In the next set, Novak really couldn't hang in there mentally and it felt like he gave up his fighting spirit quite easily.

Now we have a "rest day" before the last group stage match against Davydenko.
Hear!
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/files/2009/11/masters-15.jpg
Beautiful upload yesterday at Emirates Stadium (Magnus likes his football :))

Nolby
11-26-2009, 07:44 AM
yes, totally agree. He really deserved his spot in WTF, it was just injuries that stopped him from making it the normal way :p just hope he can keep this up against Davy. :)
Hi gam_jonte,

See the Magnus blog entry today. He seems furious with the organizers in Stockholm for putting pressure on Robin to play that Semi-Final against Baghdatis. I had no idea there was some bickering behind the scenes on that one, although the news of Robin withdrawing from a semi-final at the time really depressed me. I'm glad he made the decision that he made. It has all worked out!! :)

Nolby
11-26-2009, 08:06 AM
:wavey: Just wanted to come over and say hi and congrats.

I was at the match this afternoon, and can't deny that I was cheering for "my boy" Nole :o But Robin was awesome and he fully deserved the win, and I'm very glad that he has qualified. Yes it is true that Nole was very tired - he's played a lot of tennis recently - winning back-to-back tournaments in Basel and Paris, also winning Beijing, - and he wasn't feeling good out there...............but take nothing away from Robin - he focussed well and served supremely, and he was by far the better player out there today.

I still hope for Nole to be able to qualify, though I think it's unlikely now :sad:

Anyway - go Robin :rocker:



She's beautiful :inlove:

Rose, I just want to say I am so sorry that Nole had to lose, because as you know he is my second favorite player, and has been my favorite in the past. But I feel ok about this one because Nole was 5-0 against Robin, and the only other player Robin hasn't been able to beat besides Roger was Nole. So now it is only Roger, and that speaks volumes for how he has matured.

Now I switch to my Nole fan perspective (too many matches like that and I won't have a singular identity anymore :lol:), and Nole barely made it through winning back to back titles in Basel and Paris and came into this event exhausted. He then had that epic 3 set victory over Kolya, who has been the most dangerous player next to Nole during the indoor season. So I suspected that Nole might be a little suspect for today's match, and that if Robin was going to get this monkey off his back, this would be the day to do it. Nole hung in there and showed his poise for one of the toughest sets I've witnessed in awhile, coming back from 0-40 and three set points to get to the tiebreaker. I think he gave it all he had and when the prospect of fighting an increasingly in-form Robin came up, he decided to go for broke for the winners in the 2nd set to shorten the match and it backfired. To make a long story short, there is nothing to be ashamed about or worried about as a Nole fan. :yeah:

FlameOn
11-26-2009, 08:49 AM
I'm very happy for Robin. :D :rocker2: Let's see how much further he can go. :D

Etern
11-26-2009, 10:48 AM
Day 7: London
November 25, 2009 by Magnus Norman
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/


Yes! Who would have dared dreaming of this a couple of weeks ago? What if Robin had followed the tennis doctor's advice at the Stockholm Open semifinal to play despite tremendous pain in his arm: "You will understand that this is not good for your reputation. You have to think about the audience."

"To hell with you", I say at the Swedish organizers! How can a doctor give such advice to a guy who works his ass off day in and day out and always gives his best and who can barely hold his racket? I am as angry today when I think of it! No, it was very wisely done Robin, even though I know how much you were disappointed on that Saturday!

No, he had tremendous pain in his arm, and he only had a couple of weeks left to play tennis, so what he did today was extremely well done! I am very impressed. The most beautiful thing for me as a coach is that his arm is holding up very well, although he still faces tough opposition.

I thought that the first set was well played. Robin saved a break point in the third service game, and I think he got really good serves when they we're most needed. Extremely nice to win the first set tiebreak in the course of the match. In the next set, Novak really couldn't hang in there mentally and it felt like he gave up his fighting spirit quite easily.

Now we have a "rest day" before the last group stage match against Davydenko.
Hear!
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/files/2009/11/masters-15.jpg
Beautiful upload yesterday at Emirates Stadium (Magnus likes his football :))

Where do you get the english blog entries? Is it translated from the swedish ones? Because in the swedish one I have in my RSS-reader he "just" said something like "To hell with you" and then it's a swedish expression that's not towards the organizers, it basically doesn't mean anything.

And I think he has all the right to be angry, a doctor schould look for what's best for the patient, not what's best for the tournament.

Etern
11-26-2009, 10:50 AM
Wow, thanks. Then it is indeed a very old pic.

Yes it is. The funny thing is that Robin has changed more than Nadal, and Robin is the older one. He really looks like a lost little boy in that photo. :lol:

Nolby
11-26-2009, 12:04 PM
Where do you get the english blog entries? Is it translated from the swedish ones? Because in the swedish one I have in my RSS-reader he "just" said something like "To hell with you" and then it's a swedish expression that's not towards the organizers, it basically doesn't mean anything.

And I think he has all the right to be angry, a doctor schould look for what's best for the patient, not what's best for the tournament.

Hi Etern,

I used about three different translators for this blog, because some of the translations had Magnus saying some pretty controversial things about the withdrawal and Djokovic. The first one I used had Magnus saying in translation that Nole had a mentality that he did not like, and I couldn't imagine him saying something like that in the blog even if that was his inner feeling. So I used another translation and it came off more that he was saying that Nole lost his fighting spirit in the second set, which is something Nole acknowledged anyway. So one of the translators (Google) had Magnus writing "Fu***ck you!" to the organizers and doctor (seriously :)) and the second one I used translated it as "To hell with you", so I took that one. It's not been easy translating all these things and often I will write what I am positive is being said over the translation that doesn't make much sense.

I agree with what Magnus is saying too. What blows my mind is that I've been following Robin pretty closely for a long time, and when he pulled out of the Stockholm Semi-Final with Baghdatis, I remember it was huge because he could've gained points by winning the home tourney. I remember watching the Garcia-Lopez match in the QFs, and that he was in severe pain and had to have his elbow rubbed on every changeover and barely got through the match. I actually posted here asking if anyone had inside info on his elbow the day before he withdrew and noone knew anything. So I remember being really bummed because he also had to take a zero pointer for the ATP 500 in Valencia by withdrawing from that one and was out several weeks just hoping to feel well enough to play in Paris. :sad:

However, nothing in the news outside Sweden suggested there was any tension about his withdrawal, just the same old facts and quotes from his press conference. So I was totally clueless about the controversy until reading and translating the blog. Yes, that is so cool that Magnus stood up for Robin and stated that they did the right thing. There is no way in hell Robin would be withdrawing from getting extra points at a winnable home touney and taking 0 points in an ATP 500. Also, Robin played four weeks in a row at Kuala Lampur-->Beijing-->Shanghai-->Stockholm and got far in every tourney, so it's no wonder his elbow, which was injured in July, was hurting. The doctors advice could have put him out for the rest of the season and he wouldn't have won the Semi anyway. I guess it was super unfortunate that it was at Stockholm that he finally broke down, because I read he was hurting in Shanghai too. I think him winning Bastad earlier in the year may have put more pressure on him to "do it for the home folks" and win both country tourneys, but obviously one doesn't go out when it is that severe. I'm guessing everyone now understands and it is in the past, but this run definitely justifies his decision and I think Magnus sees justice in how everything has worked out. People won't question Robin in the future on such matters, and this run justifies everything he and Magnus have done. Good for them!!!! :yeah:

p.s. If I get something wrong, let me know. I appreciate it! :) I changed it to:


"To hell with this", I say!

Which basically isn't directed at anyone and just implies frustration. There we're extra words that made it seem he was saying it towards some group, so that is why I put in "organizers" which was a wrong guess on my part.

swedes_rule
11-26-2009, 12:42 PM
yeah some of the translators do a terrible job. i used to read magnus' blog every day but so much of it made no sense it would drive me crazy. then after robin got to french open finals his blog said something about how it was wonderful for SWEDISH tennis and the translator told me he was saying it was "wonderful for AMERICAN tennis". i gave up after that cos i figured everything i was getting was wrong! :lol:

Nolby
11-26-2009, 01:20 PM
yeah some of the translators do a terrible job. i used to read magnus' blog every day but so much of it made no sense it would drive me crazy. then after robin got to french open finals his blog said something about how it was wonderful for SWEDISH tennis and the translator told me he was saying it was "wonderful for AMERICAN tennis". i gave up after that cos i figured everything i was getting was wrong! :lol:

Yea, I know exactly what you mean. The dilemma is that I am now actually reading the Swedish newspapers to get all the details that are not in the lousy Reuters or ATP reports. I'm used to reading boring articles that don't give you any insight other than a few politically correct quotes. Now that I've found the newspapers including the one that Etern recommended, I'm just glancing at the junk stories in Reuters with no interest.

I am struggling, but enjoying the detailed content by the Swedish writers that actually care about Robin. So it's either put up junk articles that are technically correct but boring, or take chances and put up something cool with insider information like Magnus' blog, but run the risk of misquoting him or being off the mark. I only used 1 or 2 translators for all his blog entries until this one today, because they we're pretty straight-forward. But if you read his blog from today directly off the Google translator, it comes out horribly and ends up making Magnus sound like he's hating on Nole and cursing at people which I've come to realize is just "translator nonsense". :lol: You'd think translators would fail on the side of safety instead of throwing up curse words, but I'm finding that is not the case. :scratch:

Here are a few excellent examples of what you can get today. I'm putting in the translation links:

Sydsvenska Dagbladet (http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/lt.php?445)
Think of Soderling in final (http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.svd.se%2Fsportspel%2Fnyheter%2F artikel_3849017.svd&sl=sv&tl=en)
http://www.svd.se/multimedia/dynamic/00538/s_derling_538011b.jpg

Expressen (http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/lt.php?399)
Soderling praised by Björn Borg (http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.expressen.se%2Fsport%2Ftennis%2 F1.1793068%2Fsoderling-hyllas-av-bjorn-borg&sl=sv&tl=en)
http://www.expressen.se/polopoly_fs/1.1793063!slot100slotWide75ArticleFull/3447786819.jpg

Aftonbladet (http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/lt.php?381)
Future World Number One (http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aftonbladet.se%2Fsportbladet%2F tennis%2F&sl=sv&tl=en)
http://gfx.aftonbladet-cdn.se/multimedia/dynamic/01080/robin480_1080579l.jpg

*Ljubica*
11-26-2009, 05:35 PM
Rose, I just want to say I am so sorry that Nole had to lose, because as you know he is my second favorite player, and has been my favorite in the past. But I feel ok about this one because Nole was 5-0 against Robin, and the only other player Robin hasn't been able to beat besides Roger was Nole. So now it is only Roger, and that speaks volumes for how he has matured.

Now I switch to my Nole fan perspective (too many matches like that and I won't have a singular identity anymore :lol:), and Nole barely made it through winning back to back titles in Basel and Paris and came into this event exhausted. He then had that epic 3 set victory over Kolya, who has been the most dangerous player next to Nole during the indoor season. So I suspected that Nole might be a little suspect for today's match, and that if Robin was going to get this monkey off his back, this would be the day to do it. Nole hung in there and showed his poise for one of the toughest sets I've witnessed in awhile, coming back from 0-40 and three set points to get to the tiebreaker. I think he gave it all he had and when the prospect of fighting an increasingly in-form Robin came up, he decided to go for broke for the winners in the 2nd set to shorten the match and it backfired. To make a long story short, there is nothing to be ashamed about or worried about as a Nole fan.

Thank you :hug: And don't worry - I am never ashamed for being a Nole fan :D And if he beats Nadal tomorrow, I will be cheering madly for Robin to beat Kolya as easily as possible, which means both Nole and Robin will go through :D

Björki
11-26-2009, 05:35 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/c6/fullj.8b59e46b4a0aa7a5344c4f7ab873e2ba/8b59e46b4a0aa7a5344c4f7ab873e2ba-getty-91218258jm187_atp_world_tou.jpg

Etern
11-26-2009, 07:07 PM
Hi Etern,

I used about three different translators for this blog, because some of the translations had Magnus saying some pretty controversial things about the withdrawal and Djokovic. The first one I used had Magnus saying in translation that Nole had a mentality that he did not like, and I couldn't imagine him saying something like that in the blog even if that was his inner feeling. So I used another translation and it came off more that he was saying that Nole lost his fighting spirit in the second set, which is something Nole acknowledged anyway. So one of the translators (Google) had Magnus writing "Fu***ck you!" to the organizers and doctor (seriously :)) and the second one I used translated it as "To hell with you", so I took that one. It's not been easy translating all these things and often I will write what I am positive is being said over the translation that doesn't make much sense.

I agree with what Magnus is saying too. What blows my mind is that I've been following Robin pretty closely for a long time, and when he pulled out of the Stockholm Semi-Final with Baghdatis, I remember it was huge because he could've gained points by winning the home tourney. I remember watching the Garcia-Lopez match in the QFs, and that he was in severe pain and had to have his elbow rubbed on every changeover and barely got through the match. I actually posted here asking if anyone had inside info on his elbow the day before he withdrew and noone knew anything. So I remember being really bummed because he also had to take a zero pointer for the ATP 500 in Valencia by withdrawing from that one and was out several weeks just hoping to feel well enough to play in Paris. :sad:

However, nothing in the news outside Sweden suggested there was any tension about his withdrawal, just the same old facts and quotes from his press conference. So I was totally clueless about the controversy until reading and translating the blog. Yes, that is so cool that Magnus stood up for Robin and stated that they did the right thing. There is no way in hell Robin would be withdrawing from getting extra points at a winnable home touney and taking 0 points in an ATP 500. Also, Robin played four weeks in a row at Kuala Lampur-->Beijing-->Shanghai-->Stockholm and got far in every tourney, so it's no wonder his elbow, which was injured in July, was hurting. The doctors advice could have put him out for the rest of the season and he wouldn't have won the Semi anyway. I guess it was super unfortunate that it was at Stockholm that he finally broke down, because I read he was hurting in Shanghai too. I think him winning Bastad earlier in the year may have put more pressure on him to "do it for the home folks" and win both country tourneys, but obviously one doesn't go out when it is that severe. I'm guessing everyone now understands and it is in the past, but this run definitely justifies his decision and I think Magnus sees justice in how everything has worked out. People won't question Robin in the future on such matters, and this run justifies everything he and Magnus have done. Good for them!!!! :yeah:

p.s. If I get something wrong, let me know. I appreciate it! :) I changed it to:


Which basically isn't directed at anyone and just implies frustration. There we're extra words that made it seem he was saying it towards some group, so that is why I put in "organizers" which was a wrong guess on my part.

Hi :)

I know how difficult it is to use the translators, I use it alot when I follow german media. But i guess it's wrong to complain when it's free.

The google translation were great :lol: Magnus must be the last person I can think of saying that. It must have made you :confused: when you saw that. If there is something that sounds wrong in the translations I will try my best to help, my english isn't great but there are more swedes here so someone else might be able to help more.

And thanks again for all the articles, now I don't have to look around for them myself :D

Nolby
11-26-2009, 11:56 PM
Thank you :hug: And don't worry - I am never ashamed for being a Nole fan :D And if he beats Nadal tomorrow, I will be cheering madly for Robin to beat Kolya as easily as possible, which means both Nole and Robin will go through :D

Wow! After the crazy scenarios in today's Group A competition, I am finding myself pulling up Group B to see what must happen for Nole and Sod to get in. Theoretically, Sod, Nole and Kolya could all end up with 2 wins and 1 loss...........and then it would come down to sets....:eek: But compared to today's scenarios these ones are quite straight-forward.

Easiest scenario, Sod beats Kolya, 3-0; Nole beats Rafa, 2-1 (Kolya 1-2, Rafa 0-3). Rafa is already out so he doesn't have much to play for other than pride.

Right now: with matches, sets and games

1. Robin: 2-0, 4-0, 25-15
2. Kolya: 1-1, 3-2, 28-23
3. Nole: 1-1, 2-3, 23-28

So games and sets favor Kolya comfortably. If Nole does the best he can do and straight sets Rafa tomorrow:

Nole 2-1, 4-3

If Robin loses, but takes a set off Kolya:

Robin 2-1, 5-2
Kolya 2-1, 5-3

If Kolya beats Robin in straights:

Kolya 2-1, 5-2
Robin 2-1, 4-2

So Robin has to beat Kolya to get Nole into the Semis...

Robin: 3-0
Nole: 2-1
Kolya: 1-2

GO SOD, GO NOLE!!! :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0ciTaf87mi5P9/610x.jpg

By the way, with Verdasco losing today (poor guy, seriously, lost all three matches in 3 sets and lost 2 of them in tie-breakers in third set) and going 0-3,

Robin has secured the #8 Ranking (or better) for 2009!!!
(love this pic)
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/07qW7qy19JbLP/610x.jpg
AHHHHH!!! Relief!

This essentially means going into every tournament (ATP500 or Masters) where there are first round "byes" handed out for the top 8, Robin will now get a Bye to the Second Round if he maintains his ranking, even if all top 8 seeds show up.

How big is this? Robin was seeded 9th at the Shanghai Masters1000 over a month ago and had to defeat 33rd ranked Victor Hanesku on Monday in the First round to get to the Second Round where he defeated 24th ranked Almagro on Wednesday.

Giles Simon was seeded 8th, didn't have to play the First Round (got a Bye) and didn't have to play his first match until Wednesday already in the Second Round.

Nolby
11-27-2009, 12:45 AM
Hi :)

I know how difficult it is to use the translators, I use it alot when I follow german media. But i guess it's wrong to complain when it's free.

The google translation were great :lol: Magnus must be the last person I can think of saying that. It must have made you :confused: when you saw that. If there is something that sounds wrong in the translations I will try my best to help, my english isn't great but there are more swedes here so someone else might be able to help more.

And thanks again for all the articles, now I don't have to look around for them myself :D

For anyone that is curious, the Magnus Blog for Day 7 (brought to you by Google Translations (http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fanswermyquestionjerk.se%2Fmagnus%2F dag-7-london%2F&sl=sv&tl=en))

(Read from the third line down....:haha::haha::haha:)

Yea, I didn't think he would curse like that ("Fu***ck you, I say at Swedish reindeer!" Reindeer???!!! :haha:) or say this about Nole: (according to Google translation): "In others can not stand Novak really mentally it feels like and he turns down his cap quite easily."

It sounds like he is saying he can not stand Novak at all mentally and that Nole submits easily. :haha: That would be a pretty bold and asanine statement coming from the coach of a player that prior to yesterday was 0-5 vs. the 3rd ranked player in the world. (Note: he isn't saying anything close to that at all. Other translators cleared it up showing that all he was saying was that Nole lost his form and energy somewhat in the second set after a tough first set. Nole said the same thing in his press conference. :))

DanaKz
11-27-2009, 08:12 AM
Hi all..
I saw Del Potro yesterday - oh my, I think he is the toughest opponent for Soder now...

Nidhogg
11-27-2009, 09:15 AM
Nidhogg, if you get this before the match today, please show us a picture of Elsa and/or Tisbe. It seemed like it brought good luck before the first RR match. So Elsa is 20 years old!!! :worship: Furrball only lived to be 15. I had an outdoor cat as a pet as a kid that lived to 19. Do you feed herr anything special? I was afraid that maybe the junk food (Fancy Feast) that my former cats ate was what caused them both to develop hyperthyroidism. I've been trying to feed the two new ones only natural cat food, but they go crazy for the "junk food" brands when I let them try it.

I'm not that superstitious, but I'll snap a good picture of them both later on to put up here. ;)
They are both outdoor cats, and they know how to open doors by jumping up to grab the handle. They can do it even with the front door.
Elsa can eat just about anything, but she doesn't hunt anymore. Tisbe in her turn is a bit more picky but loves to hunt.

My uncle used to have a big cat, Svarten, which lived to be at least 23 years old, as he came to them as a young adult. It ruled the roost in that house over three other cats and a big lively dog, Topsy. The dog was forbidden to go up to the second floor, and if she ever put a paw up the stairs Svarten would show her the door promptly.
Topsy ate catfood along with the cats, and always tried to follow them through the cat flap. Of course she got stuck every single time, but it seems she never understood why. :lol:

The swedish reindeer is a good one. "Ren" can indeed translate to reindeer, but in this instance it's about Magnus telling the Doctor who adviced Robin to play to "Fuck off, in plain and simple swedish." ;)

Nidhogg
11-27-2009, 09:19 AM
As for Robin, both Federer and Delpo should be difficult to deal with, so I just hope his match against Davy won't be too long and grueling. I have the feeling he'll put up a good fight, as he enjoys the venue and occasion.

Nolby
11-27-2009, 11:58 AM
Hi all..
I saw Del Potro yesterday - oh my, I think he is the toughest opponent for Soder now...

Hi DanaKz,

Pick your poison: Fed or Del Pony? :lol:

Neither one is going to be easy. At least Del Pony recently wasn't in form. But the dude who won the Legg Mason over Roddick, got to the finals in Montreal and won the U.S. Open may very well be the future #1 player because he is huge, moves well, and has unbelievable power.

Here's my angle. Robin wants to win at least one set tonight, because he would rather face Del Pony as the victor of Group B in the EVENING match at 7:00 pm. It is more important in my view that Robin get rest, because the Fed match is going to be the afternoon match. If Robin loses in straight sets to Kolya, he will come in second in Group B and have to play the afternoon match on Saturday against Fed. It's not just the fact that he would have to play Fed, but that the turnaround time would be outrageously short. These organizers did Group B no favors whatsoever! So I want him to get a shot at Del Pony first, even if Del Pony's form is the best, because Robin stands a better chance if he can get enough time to recuperate for the semi.

I just read a great article in SvD with that info and I'll try and translate it for everyone.

Uggh!! Something else just hit me though. The Final is on Sunday at 2:30 pm. So maybe he would want to play the afternoon match against Fed so he could get a day to recup for the Final? If he wins the Semi in the evening on Saturday, he would be in the same boat and have to play a fresher player the next afternoon anyway. These schedulers really suck. Why didn't they schedule Robin vs. Kolya for the afternoon match today? If Kolya could just retire after 2 games and give Robin the rest of the night off and let Nole play Fed on Saturday...that would be justice.

Robin is going to have to go into this weekend with the mindset of a warrior ready to battle all weekend without rest and defy all the rules realizing the season is over and he can rest later. It's like cramming for 3 finals in 2 days...tough task no doubt...

Nolby
11-27-2009, 12:34 PM
I'm not that superstitious, but I'll snap a good picture of them both later on to put up here. ;)
They are both outdoor cats, and they know how to open doors by jumping up to grab the handle. They can do it even with the front door.
Elsa can eat just about anything, but she doesn't hunt anymore. Tisbe in her turn is a bit more picky but loves to hunt.

My uncle used to have a big cat, Svarten, which lived to be at least 23 years old, as he came to them as a young adult. It ruled the roost in that house over three other cats and a big lively dog, Topsy. The dog was forbidden to go up to the second floor, and if she ever put a paw up the stairs Svarten would show her the door promptly.
Topsy ate catfood along with the cats, and always tried to follow them through the cat flap. Of course she got stuck every single time, but it seems she never understood why. :lol:

The swedish reindeer is a good one. "Ren" can indeed translate to reindeer, but in this instance it's about Magnus telling the Doctor who adviced Robin to play to "Fuck off, in plain and simple swedish." ;)

The "outdoor cat" thing may be the key. My two childhood cats lived to 19 and 17 years of age and they we're outdoor cats as we lived out in the country.

Was your uncle's cat Svarten a Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest Cat? Those are the biggest cats. They also are known to socailize with dogs among many other bizarre characteristics that aren't atypical. What kind of a dog was Topsy? You know, it is a funny story to hear about Svarten setting the rules and the boundaries for Topsy, and I've heard a few about cat's with that kind of spirit. My last two cats we're real wussies and I had an Iguana named Scalia for quite a few years who was incredibly smart and bossed my two cats around. The lizard would crawl out of her 55 gallon tank, climb down the Christmas Tree I left next to her tank because she loved it so much, and then go after the cat food in the kitchen. If either cat tried to get near Scalia when she was eating the cat food, Scalia would whip her long lizard tail with the spikes on it at them to clear room. :lol: My cats learned to let the Iguana eat their food when Scalia was hungry.

My Phoebe is a Maine Coon and she is huge, about 9 lbs at one years of age and still growing. They grow until they are 2 years old. She is not overweight, but just big boned and broad with long whiskers, a high pitched voice that chirps instead of meows and a big brushy tail. Most Maine Coons look like Tabbys. This cat looks like her (I don't have a great scanned photo of her right now):

http://www.mainecoon.cz/album/black_maine_coon10.jpg

Wow, now thanks for the revelation about "Ren" and what that meant. Now I'm guessing as Etern said, that him saying that is not the same thing literally as it would be in English. For example, Nole shouted some kind of curse in the Paris Finals, and directly translated it was like "Fu**ck Off", but there was a thread in GM where people from Serbia we're explaining that it didn't have the same connotations as it would have in English. Is this the same kind of situation? It's more like a statement of generalized fury?

BTW, something really odd. Magnus did NOT post a daily blog for the first time since Robin got into the tourney for Day 10. There are tons of comments on that entry though and the last few are about him not posting. They must be really busy preparing for this weekend.

Nolby
11-27-2009, 01:07 PM
As for Robin, both Federer and Delpo should be difficult to deal with, so I just hope his match against Davy won't be too long and grueling. I have the feeling he'll put up a good fight, as he enjoys the venue and occasion.

Here is some news that may make it possible that Robin won't get burned out in a long and grueling match on Friday night. I am praying this one will not be epic and exhausting.

Davydenko flags up injury concern
http://betting.stanjames.com/101837/Tennis/2009-11-26/Davydenko-flags-up-injury-concern

Nikolay Davydenko admits he was starting to feel an injury during the second set of his ATP World Tour Finals win over Rafael Nadal.

The Russian's 6-1 7-6 (7-4) victory meant Spaniard Nadal was sent packing from the tournament at the group stage for the first time in three appearances.

Davydenko now moves on to Friday's game against Robert Soderling knowing he will join the Swede in the semi-finals with a win, although the 28-year-old has sounded a warning over his fitness.
Speaking after Wednesday's victory over Nadal, Davydenko revealed: "It's a round-robin, it's not like I've won the tournament.
"I showed my best tennis and we'll see if I can do the same thing on Friday.
"I have a little bit of an injury from my first match. I was starting to have pain in the second set because we were running every point, so it was good to finish it in the tie-break."

Etern
11-27-2009, 01:15 PM
"Fu***ck you, I say at Swedish reindeer!"

:haha: Well we all know how much Magnus hate the swedish reindeers :lol:

Aaric
11-27-2009, 01:32 PM
Come on Robin, good luck today !!! :)

Dini
11-27-2009, 01:41 PM
Wow this thread has come to life. :hearts: Great job Sodal, enjoyed reading your posts. :yeah: Time for a forum!!!111111!!!/ONE!!!!!!! :mad: :mad: :mad:

:p

Good luck against Denko, Robin. :rocker2:

Aaric
11-27-2009, 02:32 PM
Wow this thread has come to life. :hearts: Great job Sodal, enjoyed reading your posts. :yeah: Time for a forum!!!111111!!!/ONE!!!!!!! :mad: :mad: :mad:

:p

Good luck against Denko, Robin. :rocker2:

:lol: at your avy :yeah:

SweTennis
11-27-2009, 05:43 PM
When we now get our new forum, please think about not making so many threads 'cause it'll be messy then. :p Only create some threads.

*Ljubica*
11-27-2009, 05:46 PM
Good luck for Robin tonight :rocker: And - no - that's not just because I want Nole to qualify :D

Sodal - that cat of yours is gorgeous :inlove:

Nadine - love your avvie :hug:

Dini
11-27-2009, 05:48 PM
Thanks guys. :angel: He deserves the crown on his head after his fabulous year, no matter what happens from here on in. :p

Etern
11-27-2009, 06:48 PM
When we now get our new forum, please think about not making so many threads 'cause it'll be messy then. :p Only create some threads.

I absolutely agree, it's important to have a few threads with a clear subject (and of course a few threads now and then with something special). Otherwise it will be impossible for most users to follow.

Thanks guys. :angel: He deserves the crown on his head after his fabulous year, no matter what happens from here on in. :p

I agree with everyone else, it's a great avvie and the crown suits him well

Etern
11-27-2009, 07:11 PM
Since the cat-pictures have worked well in the other matches..

<---- My little sweetie on my parents boat (if I get it to work, damn you computer :p)

Aaric
11-27-2009, 08:25 PM
Robin´s match starts in about thirty mins :bounce:
Good luck :rocker2:

Nolby
11-27-2009, 08:44 PM
Thanks guys. :angel: He deserves the crown on his head after his fabulous year, no matter what happens from here on in. :p

At you avi (+3) :lol:

Has anyone seen this?

http://i45.tinypic.com/nqcnc8.jpg
Soderking Rules!

DanaKz
11-27-2009, 08:56 PM
Robin wears white today!!!!

Nolby
11-27-2009, 08:57 PM
Since the cat-pictures have worked well in the other matches..

<---- My little sweetie on my parents boat (if I get it to work, damn you computer :p)

She is so beautiful, Etern! :inlove: :worship:

She looks so calm and poised in a beautiful setting in that picture; sending her poised cat power to Robin tonight...the cats in the Sweden Forum again sending their amazing speed, strength, agility, focus, calm and warm fuzzy coats (in case he gets cold in air conditioned arena) to Robin for victory tonight. :)

Nolby
11-27-2009, 09:05 PM
Robin wears white today!!!!

I think that is a good move tonight. He is open to receiving positive energy. He is going to need it. ;)
Kolya wears brown... hmmm

1-1 opening set.

Tiebreaker again in the first set! 4-4. Robin is obviously not resting up for tomorrow. :lol:
These matches are tough on us!!

Oh crap!!!! Losing the first set 7-6 (4) is the last thing needed!! :banghead: :banghead:

*Ljubica*
11-27-2009, 10:00 PM
I think Kolya taking the 1st set has knocked Nole out :sad: :tears: But that doesn't mean I can't send furry, cat love to Robin. Here are my 5 :cat: Sasha, Wilby, Frodo, Henry and Liljana.

Nolby
11-27-2009, 10:31 PM
I think Kolya taking the 1st set has knocked Nole out :sad: :tears: But that doesn't mean I can't send furry, cat love to Robin. Here are my 5 :cat: Sasha, Wilby, Frodo, Henry and Liljana.

Nole is still alive, Rose.... kitties are all beautiful!! Thanks so much!!! 7 :cat: :cat: :cat: :cat: :cat: :cat: :cat: for victory!!
All the cat powers are needed in unison tonight. I couldn't imagine a tougher match. :eek:

Rose, if Robin wins then Nole is 2-1 and Kolya is 1-2 in matches. Nole is still in it. Kolya is fighting his butt off though to create the worst scenario possible: two exhausted members of Group B, minus Nole, on Saturday. :mad::mad:

C'mon cats!!! Robin please take down Kolya! For the love of tennis!!

4-4 second set...

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!! Robin takes the second set 6-4!!! He wins Group B!!! He gets to play Del Pony tomorrow evening!!!!

Now win it for Nole, Robin!!!! :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

Rose, your cats just came in gave Robin the power! :worship::worship: :worship:

P.S. I'm sorry for the half posts. I've been losing my internet connection for the past 45 minutes. I didn't even get to see the second set. I had clear everything turn off my laptop and reboot. Wierd energy tonight...

*Ljubica*
11-27-2009, 10:34 PM
Well must admit part of me almost doesn't want an exhausted Nole humiliated by Federer tomorrow and would rather he went home to rest now :o And I do like Davydenko a lot too :shrug: But so much respect to Robin for keeping on fighting when a lot of players would have given up and enjoyed more rest. By the way, according to our TV commentators, Robin will win the group whatever now :), and will therefore play JM tomorrow night.

Nolby
11-27-2009, 10:44 PM
Well must admit part of me almost doesn't want an exhausted Nole humiliated by Federer tomorrow and would rather he went home to rest now :o And I do like Davydenko a lot too :shrug: But so much respect to Robin for keeping on fighting when a lot of players would have given up and enjoyed more rest. By the way, according to our TV commentators, Robin will win the group whatever now :), and will therefore play JM tomorrow night.

Yes, this is true. Robin has wrapped up the Set Total victory by winning one set tonight. That is what he needed to do to win the group tonight. :woohoo:

This format is crazy, isn't it? All the typical tennis logic, like winning matches instead of sets, goes out the window. Same thing in the Fed-Del Pony match.

Wow, more drama in the third set! I didn't expect a match of this quality.

Love this pic!
:inlove: :inlove:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=206793&d=1259359238
Love

*Ljubica*
11-27-2009, 11:01 PM
Ah yes - the lovely Liljana. She is one very special young lady. To cut a long story short, I found her aged 6 weeks dumped in my garden, and had to hand-rear her. Then when she was just 10 months old she was run over and almost lost her back leg :sad: In fact the leg you can see in the forefront of that pic, has been completely rebuilt with something like 3 months in Hospital, and countless skin grafts. She has been the star of many Vets magazines here and is on a training video they use because of all the new methods they used to treat her.

Etern
11-27-2009, 11:08 PM
She is so beautiful, Etern! :inlove: :worship:

She looks so calm and poised in a beautiful setting in that picture; sending her poised cat power to Robin tonight...the cats in the Sweden Forum again sending their amazing speed, strength, agility, focus, calm and warm fuzzy coats (in case he gets cold in air conditioned arena) to Robin for victory tonight. :)

Sadly it didn't heöp today :(. I so wanted Robin to win, the extra 200 points would have been great for next year. But he did win the group so tomorrow I hope that he will destroy Del Potro :)

And of course, like every cat owner I love it when people compliment my cat, so thank you :)

Nolby
11-27-2009, 11:10 PM
Ah yes - the lovely Liljana. She is one very special young lady. To cut a long story short, I found her aged 6 weeks dumped in my garden, and had to hand-rear her. Then when she was just 10 months old she was run over and almost lost her back leg :sad: In fact the leg you can see in the forefront of that pic, has been completely rebuilt with something like 3 months in Hospital, and countless skin grafts. She has been the star of many Vets magazines here and is on a training video they use because of all the new methods they used to treat her.

Wow! What a story for Lijana! She is a warrior without question. I was impressed by the look of "cat peace" on her face. :inlove:

Kolya wins 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. :sad:

I'm sorry about Nole, Rose. :sobbing: But you we're saying that he doesn't need to play Fed when he is this exhausted.

I guess from a glass is half-full perspective, Robin now gets to play tomorrow night against Del Pony and wins Group A based on sets won. It's hard to feel fired up about it though. He played a solid match. Kolya has been on fire lately, as I'm sure Rafa and Nole can affirm.

DanaKz
11-27-2009, 11:12 PM
I am afraid of Del Potro, really. It will be very uncomfortable to Robin to play with him... I know, I have to be glad for semi and wins over 2 and 3 in world... But...
Oh come on, Dana, shut up! - yelling on myself

*Ljubica*
11-27-2009, 11:18 PM
Wow! What a story for Lijana! She is a warrior without question. I was impressed by the look of "cat peace" on her face. :inlove:

Kolya wins 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. :sad:

I'm sorry about Nole, Rose. :sobbing: But you we're saying that he doesn't need to play Fed when he is this exhausted.

I guess from a glass is half-full perspective, Robin now gets to play tomorrow night against Del Pony and wins Group A based on sets won. It's hard to feel fired up about it though. He played a solid match. Kolya has been on fire lately, as I'm sure Rafa and Nole can affirm.

Glad you like sweet Lily - she is definately one special lady. And she always makes me laugh, because she's the only female, yet totally bosses the other four male cats around even though they are all far bigger than her. And whereas the boys are very much attached to me, she is way more attached to my partner, and he is totally besotted by her and spoils her rotten. :lol:

As for Nole - thanks - but I'm honestly OK with it. He's had a great end to his year, and finished 2009 off with a win. He is very tired now - he needs rest and look forward to 2010.

And for Robin - I wish him all the luck in the world tomorrow.

But now it's way past my bedtime - so goodnight :wavey:

Nolby
11-27-2009, 11:31 PM
I am afraid of Del Potro, really. It will be very uncomfortable to Robin to play with him... I know, I have to be glad for semi and wins over 2 and 3 in world... But...
Oh come on, Dana, shut up! - yelling on myself

Will cat energy work against Del Pony? :confused: Del Pony is awfully strong:

http://i46.tinypic.com/eaqt0j.jpg

Nolby
11-27-2009, 11:40 PM
Glad you like sweet Lily - she is definately one special lady. And she always makes me laugh, because she's the only female, yet totally bosses the other four male cats around even though they are all far bigger than her. And whereas the boys are very much attached to me, she is way more attached to my partner, and he is totally besotted by her and spoils her rotten. :lol:

As for Nole - thanks - but I'm honestly OK with it. He's had a great end to his year, and finished 2009 off with a win. He is very tired now - he needs rest and look forward to 2010.

And for Robin - I wish him all the luck in the world tomorrow.

But now it's way past my bedtime - so goodnight :wavey:

By Rose, :wavey:

Thanks for all the great energy and support this week. Can't wait to see Nole next year!

Tim

Ilovetheblues_86
11-28-2009, 12:59 AM
I suggest blue for tomorrow and black in the final against Fed.

trickcy
11-28-2009, 04:49 AM
Good luck to Robin in the SFs.

MalwareDie
11-28-2009, 05:58 AM
Good luck to Robin. Del Mugro is one-dimensional and bad for the sport. I hope that Robin completely obliterates him.

Nolby
11-28-2009, 08:36 AM
I'll just throw this out there for what it is worth:

I have a much better feeling about this match than I had with the Kolya match going into it. In the Kolya match, Robin only needed to win a set to get the evening match, which he clearly was focused on doing in the first two sets, whereas Kolya was fighting for his life as he HAD to win the match to stay alive in the tournament. These factors made me nervous about it; in addition to the fact that a highly motivated Kolya is extremely tough (see last two matches they've played).

I think Robin goes into tonight's match with the fiercer intensity than Del Pony. Robin just barely lost and wants to win badly, he is hungrier, and Del Pony has more of a reason to feel satisfied with where he is at after beating Fed once again. If Robin goes down tonight, at least you know he will throw everything he has at Del Pony for the victory. The two have only met twice (1-1 H2H), and Del Pony has never faced an in form Soderking.

I have a good feeling about this one. I'm glad he gets the extra rest too. :yeah:

Nolby
11-28-2009, 09:05 AM
I suggest blue for tomorrow and black in the final against Fed.

You read my mind. :) Notice how he changed his mind with the white halfway through the match with Kolya and went back to black. It seemed to help for a bit.

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0cJ57zJ6gdcGV/610x.jpg


http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0gA7a5d20T7wO/610x.jpg

blu
11-28-2009, 10:34 AM
http://bluxia.blogspot.com/2001/11/robin-s0derling.html

Anya07
11-28-2009, 01:17 PM
London 2009 HERE (http://uploadbox.com/box/atp_2009)

*Ljubica*
11-28-2009, 01:21 PM
Will cat energy work against Del Pony? :confused: Del Pony is awfully strong:

http://i46.tinypic.com/eaqt0j.jpg

:awww: So sweet. I hope you don't mind I have copied that into Nole's Forum as we have a huge del Potro fan there and I know she will appreciate it :D

Nolby
11-28-2009, 01:32 PM
:awww: So sweet. I hope you don't mind I have copied that into Nole's Forum as we have a huge del Potro fan there and I know she will appreciate it :D

No problem at all, Rose. Actually, thanks! It hit me that cat vs. pony was a strange match-up of energies and that was a Do-It-Myself. I had a bad feeling I was the only one that liked it. :o :lol:

Nolby
11-28-2009, 01:37 PM
http://bluxia.blogspot.com/2001/11/robin-s0derling.html

Welcome to the Sweden Forum and Robin's thread, Blu. Welcome to MTF as well. I really like reading through your blog and like your Friday page quite a bit and all the content including the Nole and Soderking entries:

http://bluxia.blogspot.com/

Cool kitty on that page too. You're on the same wavelength:
http://i49.tinypic.com/25gb60y.jpg


Would a penguin pose a problem for a Pony? :lol:
http://i47.tinypic.com/2rpfaqa.jpg

Aaric
11-28-2009, 01:39 PM
What a shame he lost yesterday :sobbing:
Anyway, winner of the group and today against JMDP, good luck robin :rocker2:

Nolby
11-28-2009, 01:40 PM
London 2009 HERE (http://uploadbox.com/box/atp_2009)

Wow! Nice. I will give good rep! ;)

Nolby
11-28-2009, 01:43 PM
What a shame he lost yesterday :sobbing:
Anyway, winner of the group and today against JMDP, good luck robin :rocker2:

It was a bummer, especially losing that first set in a tiebreaker. Kolya was fighting for what might have been his last match of the year though, so the strong performance by Robin, considering he wasn't doing the same, may mean more than we think. Tonight, Robin plays knowing it may be his last match of the year. I feel better about that scenario. These RR things suck! I wish they would change the format into a top 16 ranked players in a normal draw format or something like that.

*Ljubica*
11-28-2009, 02:26 PM
We have a Forum :woohoo:

Thanks Carlita :hug:

Nolby
11-28-2009, 02:29 PM
:clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2:

Yea, we did it!!!!!!

Announcement: New Robin Soderling Forum
http://www.menstennisforums.com/announcement.php?f=3

:bigclap::bigclap::bigclap::drink::drink::drink::b ounce::bounce::bounce::woohoo:

Thank you, MTF Mods and Admins!!!

:worship::worship: :worship:

Nolby
11-28-2009, 02:34 PM
I absolutely agree, it's important to have a few threads with a clear subject (and of course a few threads now and then with something special). Otherwise it will be impossible for most users to follow.


Agreed! Let's start slowly and have a serious thread with news and talk of matches, schedules, etc.. We can have a chat thread for matches and chit-chat and the two won't cross. Of course a photo thread would be really cool...:)

DanaKz
11-28-2009, 02:48 PM
We have forum!!! woohooo!!!!!

*Ljubica*
11-28-2009, 02:50 PM
I agree with the idea of not having too many threads. I see a "Schedule" thread has already been started, - but I would say to start we only need one for News, one for Photos, and see how things go. I have not been coming here very long though, so will leave it all up to the long-standing members and go with the majority verdict.

DanaKz
11-28-2009, 03:01 PM
Oops... I already started new thread...

*Ljubica*
11-28-2009, 03:08 PM
Oops... I already started new thread...

:hug: I think your Introduction thread is great Dana :hug: We have one on Novak's Forum. It's a great way for people to get to know each other and make initial introduction posts. Sometimes it is quite hard to start posting in a new Forum for the first time, so it's a good way to break the ice.

Carlita
11-28-2009, 03:31 PM
does this one need a new title maybe? Or shall I merge the new cheering thread into here and keep the title of that thread?

Remember, threads can go to 5000 posts, then need to be closed by one of the supermods/admins and then part 2 can be started ;)

Nolby
11-28-2009, 03:53 PM
does this one need a new title maybe? Or shall I merge the new cheering thread into here and keep the title of that thread?

Remember, threads can go to 5000 posts, then need to be closed by one of the supermods/admins and then part 2 can be started ;)

Hmmm... this already is like a cheering thread. I started a cheering thread for the London WTFs, as they have in the Nole Forum, but maybe this would be a better place and I would personally like "Soderking Chat and Cheering" or something other than "soderling" which is kind of non-descriptive and dull.

I posted a bunch of photos from Robin's match against Davydenko last night for the London WTF thread, so I can change that title to the Photo thread.

How does that sound?

*Ljubica*
11-28-2009, 04:09 PM
Hmmm... this already is like a cheering thread. I started a cheering thread for the London WTFs, as they have in the Nole Forum, but maybe this would be a better place and I would personally like "Soderking Chat and Cheering" or something other than "soderling" which is kind of non-descriptive and dull.

I posted a bunch of photos from Robin's match against Davydenko last night for the London WTF thread, so I can change that title to the Photo thread.

How does that sound?

Sounds fine to me Tim. As for the cheering threads - well some Forums (like Nole's) have a separate cheering thread for each tournament. Others just have one thread and simply change the title for each tournament. Unless you have huge traffic in a Forum, a separate thread for each week can be come a little cluttered and cumbersome in my opinion. but if you only have one, then the thread starter has to be available to change the title for each tournament. So it depends what everyone here wants :shrug:

Nolby
11-28-2009, 04:27 PM
Sounds fine to me Tim. As for the cheering threads - well some Forums (like Nole's) have a separate cheering thread for each tournament. Others just have one thread and simply change the title for each tournament. Unless you have huge traffic in a Forum, a separate thread for each week can be come a little cluttered and cumbersome in my opinion. but if you only have one, then the thread starter has to be available to change the title for each tournament. So it depends what everyone here wants :shrug:

This sounds like the right idea, Rose. The only problem is the original thread starter hasn't posted since 2005. If one of us could change the title per tournament (or Carlita if she has the time), that would make the most sense because the fan base is just building. Maybe change the thread for now to "Soderking Takes London: Chat and Cheering thread" just for now and then change it when Chennai rolls around on January 4th?

I follow Robin on twitter and his tweets for"congrats" on victories we're routinely around 5-10. However, after his victory over Rafa and Nole this week, his "Congrats" we're in the hundreds....amazing! And as we saw this week, people are starting to post blogs and upload tribute videos to Robin on YouTube. But right now, the core fan base is still growing and the bandwagon has plenty of room. :D

Carlita
11-28-2009, 04:27 PM
well, when you've decided here, send me a pm and I can change the title no problem ;)

SweTennis
11-28-2009, 04:31 PM
Finally a new forum.:) Yes, the name has to change in this thread. soderling is not a good name for a cheering thread. Wouldn't it be best if those who have the imagination suggest names? Sodal's suggestion is nice imo.

Nolby
11-28-2009, 04:48 PM
Finally a new forum.:) Yes, the name has to change in this thread. soderling is not a good name for a cheering thread. Wouldn't it be best if those who have the imagination suggest names? Sodal's suggestion is nice imo.

Thanks, SweTennis. I think "Soderking Takes London: Chat and Cheering Thread" is pretty simple and direct for the last two days of the tourney. He has already been the major surprise of the tournament knocking out the #2 and #3 seeds in straight sets in consecutive matches. I'm open to any ideas, and I would be happy to PM Carlita with our decision if that sounds ok to everyone. :yeah:

For CloudyGirl's thead on his 2010 schedule, does anyone have any inside information other than him playing Chennai and the AO? I've looked all over the place and am not finding anything. Other fans of players, like Nole and Rafa fans, get the schedules from the official site organizers but there there is no official Soderling web site although I've heard plans are being made to release one soon.

Björki
11-28-2009, 04:50 PM
:woohoo:

Nolby
11-28-2009, 05:00 PM
OMG!!! I've been so consumed in this and have had so little faith in Kolya beating Fed, that I just noticed Kolya defeated Fed in three sets for the first time! So if Robin could just take out Del Pony tonight and get a rematch with Kolya (he is still 6-4 and 3-2 for this year), that would be sweet!!!

What a shock! Kolya's 12 match losing streak to Fed comes to an end!! :worship::worship: And on a day when the putrid organizers only gave him 14 hours to recuperate too! So Robin would not have to play a super rested Fed on Sunday. Kolya has to be pretty tired too.

Winnipeg
11-28-2009, 05:03 PM
the door is wide open for Robin to win this!

shotgun
11-28-2009, 05:19 PM
Wow, can't believe he finally got a forum. I'm not one to usually post in fan forums but I might as well start posting here seeing how difficult it was to get it. :lol:

*Ljubica*
11-28-2009, 05:33 PM
I like Tim's suggestion for the thread title name too :) I'm sure Carlita wouldn't mind changing the title now and again. She's always very helpful.

gam_jonte
11-28-2009, 06:38 PM
Well, i'm actually quite worried for tonights match since i fear DelPos power, i really really hope that Söderling has the strength to fight through this but i'm very doubtful :/ such a shame that Murray didn't get thourgh since i fancy Robins chances alot higher against him rather than DelPo. But you can't change anything so i have to hope that Söderling comes out guns blazing and get to this final now! :)

SweTennis
11-28-2009, 07:36 PM
1 hour to go. Fight Robin and good luck!

Sunset of Age
11-28-2009, 07:38 PM
Hi guys, congrats on finally getting your own forum. Was about time! :)

Best of luck to Robin in his semi. :wavey:

Ilovetheblues_86
11-28-2009, 08:04 PM
Hahahahahahaha Forum

*Ljubica*
11-28-2009, 08:20 PM
Good luck to Robin tonight :D

Winnipeg
11-28-2009, 08:43 PM
Game Time? I think so!

LETS GO ROBIN!!!