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Acapulco - Last Stop on the South American Tour

*Ljubica*
01-26-2006, 07:25 PM
Well most Forums seem to have already started their cheering threads for next week - so thought we should too :) Juan is playing the four back-to-back tournaments on the Latin American circuit - starting with Viña del Mar, - followed by Buenos Aires, Brazil and Acapulco. This is Juan's favourite part of the year - playing in his own part of the world on his favourite surface - and it's where he should make up some of his best points. So Vamos Juan :bounce:

On a personal note. - as some people here will know - I'm going in for surgery next Tuesday (31st Jaunuary). I should only be away for a few days (and will try and take a lap-top into Hospital with me if they allow it :p ) - but if I can't update things here next week I apologise in advance. Things should be back to normal for Buenos Aires.

Fergie
01-29-2006, 01:16 AM
I saw today Juan in his practice and I have to say that he is so sweet :hearts: ... He was very nice with the people there and gave to me one of his tennis balls practice :D

Tough first round for Juan, vamos! :bounce:

Main Draw

(1) GAUDIO, Gaston ARG v (WC) PARADA, Felipe CHI
ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP v RAMIREZ HIDALGO, Ruben ESP
CAPDEVILLE, Paul CHI v VENTURA, Santiago ESP
MONACO, Juan ARG v (6) MONTANES, Albert ESP

(3) ACASUSO, Jose ARG v NAVARRO PASTOR, Ivan ESP
Qualifier v HORNA, Luis PER
(WC) AGUILAR, Jorge CHI v (WC) HORMAZABAL, Guillermo CHI
Qualifier v (7) BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG

(5) MASSU, Nicolas CHI v DANIEL, Marcos BRA
Qualifier v MARIN, Juan Antonio CRC
Qualifier v BEHREND, Tomas GER
VICENTE, Fernando ESP v (4) CALLERI, Agustin ARG

(8) PASHANSKI, Boris SCG v SARETTA, Flavio BRA
DI MAURO, Alessio ITA v GARCIA, Adrian CHI
DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG v PORTAS, Albert ESP
MAZARAKIS, Vasilis GRE v (2) GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI

*Ljubica*
01-29-2006, 08:32 AM
Thanks for the draw Laura - and also for the news :) I'm glad that you like Juan and I hope you have a wonderful week of fun and tennis in Viña :hug: If you manage to get any photos, or see any of Juan's matches and you have the time - we would be thrilled to share them!

Björki
01-29-2006, 10:52 AM
Vamos Pico :bounce:

Fergie
01-29-2006, 11:45 AM
Thanks for the draw Laura - and also for the news :) I'm glad that you like Juan and I hope you have a wonderful week of fun and tennis in Viña :hug: If you manage to get any photos, or see any of Juan's matches and you have the time - we would be thrilled to share them!
I want to kill myself because yesterday I was so closed with Juan and my camera was without battery :mad: ... But I'll go today again for pics, that's for sure :)

*Ljubica*
01-29-2006, 12:36 PM
I want to kill myself because yesterday I was so closed with Juan and my camera was without battery :mad: ... But I'll go today again for pics, that's for sure :)
:hug: Thanks - and have loads of fun :)

Björki
01-29-2006, 04:32 PM
(1)Cermak/Friedl vs Pashanski/Ramirez-Hidalgo
Almagro/Gimeno-Travier vs Monatanes/Portas

(3) Garcia-Lopez/Horna vs Berlocq/Tenconi
Marin/Vicente vs Behrend/Daniel

(WC)Aguilar/Parada vs Monaco/Del Porto
Capdeville/Garcia vs (4)Calleri/Etlis

Mazarkis/Navarro Pastor vs (WC)Cuadrado/Harboe
Saretta/Ventura vs (2)Acasuso/Prieto

*Ljubica*
01-30-2006, 06:25 AM
Thanks Peggy. Here is today's OOP. Buena suerte Juan :)

Court 1
Matches Start At 1:30 PM
Juan MONACO ARG vs Albert MONTANES ESP
followed by
Juan Martin DEL POTRO ARG vs Albert PORTAS ESP
NOT BEFORE 5:30 PM
Jorge AGUILAR CHI vs Guillermo HORMAZABAL CHI

*Ljubica*
01-30-2006, 06:55 PM
Juan lost :sad: The score was 4-6, 2-6. I know he had no points to defend but I am really disappointed wth this result - these are the players he should be beating and the matches he should be winning :sad: Ah well - can't be helped :shrug:

Sommarsverige
01-30-2006, 08:49 PM
Poor Pico :( :hug:

justClaudia
01-30-2006, 09:31 PM
Juan lost :sad: The score was 4-6, 2-6. I know he had no points to defend but I am really disappointed wth this result - these are the players he should be beating and the matches he should be winning :sad: Ah well - can't be helped :shrug:


Exactly - he could and should have won to Albert. :(
It is disappointing....... :sad:

Fergie
01-31-2006, 12:46 AM
Juan :sad:

*Ljubica*
01-31-2006, 06:41 AM
Today's OOP. Juan plays doubles with del Potro.

Centre Court

1:30 PM
A Di Mauro vs A Garcia

4:00 PM
P Capdeville vs S Ventura

Followed by
J Aguilar/F Parada vs J del Potro/J Mónaco

10:00 PM
F Gonzalez vs V Mazarakis

Björki
01-31-2006, 07:02 AM
Juan :(

*Ljubica*
01-31-2006, 08:20 AM
Juan :(
From what I understand, Montanes played extremely well - just one of those days when he could do nothing wrong - so maybe we are being too hard!

Björki
01-31-2006, 08:34 AM
we are not hard just sad for him :)

*Ljubica*
01-31-2006, 12:44 PM
we are not hard just sad for him :)
i was hard just after the loss - and I admit it :o

Fergie
01-31-2006, 03:33 PM
From what I understand, Montanes played extremely well - just one of those days when he could do nothing wrong - so maybe we are being too hard!
You're right ... Albert played the perfect match and Juan played his best but wasn't enough :sad:

Good luck in doubles! :bounce:

*Ljubica*
02-03-2006, 12:24 PM
Hi - sorry for my absence the last few days as I was in Hospital. See no one has posted that Juan had to retire from his doubles match through injury :sad: I don't have many detalis so far - but will let you know when I do. He now has a couple of weeks to rest before the Buenos Aires tournament so hope that will be sufficient for recovery.

Fergie
02-03-2006, 02:44 PM
When I saw his practice Juan had a bit of pain in his leg ... I hope he is ok :sad:

*Ljubica*
02-03-2006, 04:31 PM
When I saw his practice Juan had a bit of pain in his leg ... I hope he is ok :sad:
:sad: If you hear anything else while you are at the tourney - please let us now. I hope it was just a precautionary withdrawal from the doubles (he doesn't usually play doubles anyway) - to make sure he is 100% fit for the rest of the South American tournaments.

Fergie
02-04-2006, 04:37 AM
I'll try to find some news of Juan tomorrow :)

*Ljubica*
02-04-2006, 11:32 AM
I'll try to find some news of Juan tomorrow :)
Thanks :hug: and have fun at the tennis.

Fergie
02-04-2006, 11:55 AM
Thanks :hug: and have fun at the tennis.
Thanks :hug:

*Ljubica*
02-11-2006, 09:54 PM
Juan has recovered sufficiently to play in his home tournament in Buenos Aires, which starts on Monday 13th February. He will play Patito Starace from Italy in the 1st round. The main draw is not officially available yet so I only know Juan's draw at the moment ;) I will post the whole thing tomorrow morning as I am going to bed now - unless someone else is online later than me tonight!!!! Vamos Juan :)

DhammaTiger
02-11-2006, 09:57 PM
Vamos Juan:wavey:

*Ljubica*
02-11-2006, 10:07 PM
OK - here is the entire draw before I fall asleep..............Juan's part of the draw is really hard (Chela, Horna, Ferrero :sad: ) - but hope he can win at least 1 match here. He lost in the first round last year so has no points to defend.

(1)Nalbandian (ARG) vs Martín (ESP)
Pashanski (SER) vs (WC) Brzezicki (ARG)
Behrend (ALE) vs Berlocq (ARG)
Vicente (ESP) vs (6) Volandri (ITA)

(4) Acasuso (ARG) vs Montañés (ESP)
() No definido () vs () No definido ()
Marín (CRC) vs Sabau (RUM)
Calleri (ARG) vs (7) Serra (FRA)

(8) Chela (ARG) vs Horna (PER)
Mónaco (ARG) vs Starace (ITA)
(WC) Kuerten (BRA) vs Saretta (BRA)
(WC) Del Potro (ARG) vs (3) Ferrero (ESP)

(5) Moya (ESP) vs Qualifier
Daniel (BRA) vs Massú (CHI)
() No definido () vs () No definido ()
Vanek (CHE) vs (2) Coria (ARG)

Fergie
02-12-2006, 02:53 AM
Tough draw :sad: ... Vamos Juan! :bounce:

*Ljubica*
02-12-2006, 11:15 AM
Tough draw :sad: ... Vamos Juan! :bounce:
He always gets a tough draw :devil: So does Massu :sad: Makes me mad when you see how easy someone like Nalbandian has got it :mad:

Anyway - no point in whingeing - if he is good enough he will make it through, and if he loses he will learn from it and it will make him stronger. Juan will also play in doubles this week with Juan-Martin del Potro. Here is the draw:-

(1) Cermak (CHE) / Friedl (CHE) vs Skoch (CHE) / Vanek (CHE)
Montañés (ESP) / Portas (ESP) vs Berlocq (ARG) / Starace (ITA)
(3)García (ARG) / Prieto (ARG) vs Almagro (ESP) / Cibulec (CHE)
Del Potro (ARG) / Mónaco (ARG) vs Martín (ESP) / Vicente (ESP)

(WC) Massa (ARG) / Mayer (ARG) vs Serra (FRA) / Patience (FRA)
Di Mauro (ITA) / Volandri (ITA) vs (4) Calleri (ARG) / Etlis (ARG)
Daniel (BRA) / Saretta (BRA) vs Mazarakis (GRE) / Pashanski (SER)
Ferrero (ESP) / Ventura (ESP) vs (2)Fyrstenberg (POL) / Matkowski (POL)

Fergie
02-12-2006, 11:54 AM
He always gets a tough draw :devil: So does Massu :sad: Makes me mad when you see how easy someone like Nalbandian has got it :mad:
Yeah poor boys :sad: ... But they also need play and win this matchs, are better for they confidence :)

Good luck in doubles Juan! :yeah:

Sommarsverige
02-12-2006, 08:08 PM
Vamos Pico :yeah:

*Ljubica*
02-12-2006, 08:54 PM
Monday OOP

Centre Court

11.30am
Gorka Fraile (ESP) vs Martin Vassallo Arguello (ARG)
not before 2pm
Juan Pablo Brzezicki (ARG) vs Boris Pashanski (SCG)
next
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) vs Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
not before 7.30pm
Guillermo Coria (ARG) vs Jiri Vanek (CZE)
next
Juan Monaco (ARG) vs Potito Starace (ITA)

That's about 2.00am European time - so I'll have to say Vamos Juan - and find out the result on Tuesday morning!!

Fergie
02-12-2006, 11:28 PM
I hope they show the match here ... Vamos Juan!!! :bounce:

justClaudia
02-13-2006, 12:53 AM
That's about 2.00am European time - so I'll have to say Vamos Juan - and find out the result on Tuesday morning!!

Yeah same here. Anyway, Vamos Juanito!! :bounce:

Björki
02-13-2006, 10:27 AM
Vamos Pico :D

Fergie
02-13-2006, 11:33 PM
Finally TyC will show the match here :) ... Vamos Juan! :bounce:

*Ljubica*
02-14-2006, 06:27 AM
Well - he lost :devil: 3-6, 3-6. And this time I am not upset -I am ANGRY! I'm told he played "without a brain". This is supposedly his best part of the season - on clay and at home against someone like Starace :rolleyes: How stupid can you get :devil: And I know I've been knocked for saying this kind of thing before - but I have no excuses and no sympathy for this type of performance - if someone is injured, then it's different - but if they are healthy there are no excuses for a loss like this - he must start getting his head together and FAST :devil: OK - rant over.

Today's OOP for doubles:-

Cancha 3

12:30
Ramírez Hidalgo, Rubén (ESP) vs. (Q) Prodon, Eric (FRA)

No antes de las 15
(Q) Vassallo Arguello, Martín (ARG) vs. Mello, Ricardo (BRA)

No antes de las 17
(WC) Del Potro, Juan Martín (ARG) / Mónaco, Juan (ARG) vs. Martín, Alberto (ESP) / Vicente, Fernando (ESP)

lau
02-14-2006, 12:56 PM
Rosie :hug:
I went to sleep after the 1st set and it didn´t look good at all :sad:

*Ljubica*
02-14-2006, 01:01 PM
Rosie :hug:
I went to sleep after the 1st set and it didn´t look good at all :sad:
I was asleep throughout the whole match - seems it was much better that way :devil:

bovenbuuf
02-14-2006, 02:28 PM
Wow Rosie, that are some heavy words..but well you are right. We always hope for the best and if there is a change of winning, certainly when you are playing in your homecountry, you probably expect a bit more.

Sommarsverige
02-14-2006, 10:06 PM
Well - he lost :devil: 3-6, 3-6. And this time I am not upset -I am ANGRY! I'm told he played "without a brain". This is supposedly his best part of the season - on clay and at home against someone like Starace :rolleyes: How stupid can you get :devil: And I know I've been knocked for saying this kind of thing before - but I have no excuses and no sympathy for this type of performance - if someone is injured, then it's different - but if they are healthy there are no excuses for a loss like this - he must start getting his head together and FAST :devil: OK - rant over.

Today's OOP for doubles:-

Cancha 3

12:30
Ramírez Hidalgo, Rubén (ESP) vs. (Q) Prodon, Eric (FRA)

No antes de las 15
(Q) Vassallo Arguello, Martín (ARG) vs. Mello, Ricardo (BRA)

No antes de las 17
(WC) Del Potro, Juan Martín (ARG) / Mónaco, Juan (ARG) vs. Martín, Alberto (ESP) / Vicente, Fernando (ESP)

Well, I always have problems being so hard against my favourite players - but I have to admit you are right :yeah:
I don´t know what´s wrong with Juan, probably you know more about it, but I have been waiting for his big breakthrough since almost 2 years and nothing happened so far :(

I haven´t seen him playing for a while now (last time was actually in Stockholm), but it would be interesting to know if he did many mistakes or whatelse was the reason for this? According to the result, he cannot have fought either :confused: And this would be quite strange in front of your home crowd and on your favourite surface...

justClaudia
02-14-2006, 11:48 PM
You girls are right. Juan needs to wake up, and fast. Clay is his suface, he can't loose matches like he did. Besides he was home, he should have been extra motivated. But he wasn't....go figure. :retard:

Oh btw, good luck to both Juanitos on doubles.:)

*Ljubica*
02-15-2006, 06:18 AM
Well, I always have problems being so hard against my favourite players - but I have to admit you are right :yeah:
I don´t know what´s wrong with Juan, probably you know more about it, but I have been waiting for his big breakthrough since almost 2 years and nothing happened so far :(

I haven´t seen him playing for a while now (last time was actually in Stockholm), but it would be interesting to know if he did many mistakes or whatelse was the reason for this? According to the result, he cannot have fought either :confused: And this would be quite strange in front of your home crowd and on your favourite surface...
The only time he really fought was half way through the second set when he played really well for a few games, but by then it was too late :sad: From what I've heard, it seems his main problem was lack of patience - Starace isn't a particularly good player - he's just one of these clay court specialists who stands at the the back of the court and hits balls back at you all day with no variation :rolleyes: and seems Juanito got bored and tried to change the pace by running into the net more, and that really isn't his natural game so he lost :sad: Having said that, I know the plan with Juan is to make him serve bigger and volley more and become more of an all-court player, and I also know that he has been told not to expect too many wins this year as he changes his game style (a bit like Coria last year when Perlas made him play all the European hard court tourneys and become less of a clay court player), so perhaps these kind of results are expected. Changing a game style is never easy and will bring some bad results in the short term before things start to improve.

As for playing at home, - he actually lost in the first round in Bs As last year, and I think he could he one of these players who don't like to play at home because of the extra pressure and expectations. Maybe next year I'll get him in Marseille and Rotterdam instead :p

As for being hard - I guess I just can't help it :p In my own opinion, you can support a player without being so obsessive that you hail every win as an amazing "thrashing" (even when they play an unknown) but totally ignore every loss :rolleyes: . Criticism and discussion are healthy and I never say anything here that I wouldn't say to someone's face ;) Btw Birte - off topic, but are you going to Stockholm again this year? :)

Finally - they lost the doubles 6-3, 3-6, 7-10. Sounds like a close match.

NicoFan
02-15-2006, 07:21 PM
Well - he lost :devil: 3-6, 3-6. And this time I am not upset -I am ANGRY! I'm told he played "without a brain". This is supposedly his best part of the season - on clay and at home against someone like Starace :rolleyes: How stupid can you get :devil: And I know I've been knocked for saying this kind of thing before - but I have no excuses and no sympathy for this type of performance - if someone is injured, then it's different - but if they are healthy there are no excuses for a loss like this - he must start getting his head together and FAST :devil: OK - rant over.


I know how you feel Rosie. :hug:

I've watched Juan in person when he's come to the US Open, and I really don't understand these losses. :shrug:

He's got all the natural talent a player could ask for.

I don't follow him as much as you all do.

Is it coaching? Or like you said here, just lack of being able to think out on the court? Or like of patience like in this match?

Hopefully he can turn it around, because I really believe this is a kid that could be in the top 40.

*Ljubica*
02-15-2006, 08:31 PM
I know how you feel Rosie. :hug:

I've watched Juan in person when he's come to the US Open, and I really don't understand these losses. :shrug:

He's got all the natural talent a player could ask for.

I don't follow him as much as you all do.

Is it coaching? Or like you said here, just lack of being able to think out on the court? Or like of patience like in this match?

Hopefully he can turn it around, because I really believe this is a kid that could be in the top 40.
Well when you saw him I would say it was mainly coaching (or lack of it) :p He used to work with Luis Lobo who is a great coach and a really nice guy, - don't get me wrong - I love him to bits - but he was coaching Zabaleta as well, and has many other outside, business interests, and I honestly feel Juan did not get the amount of time and one-to-one training and coaching that he needed as an up-and-coming youngster in 2004/5. He was still very young and somewhat "star-struck" by the bright lights and the nightlife and having fun ;) and in my opinion it was detrimental to his development as a serious contender.

Since he started working with Eduardo at the very end of 2005, his performances and his mental attitude have improved and I really do think things have made a turn for the better, - but no matter how good a coach is they can't wave a magic wand and change things overnight. That kind of thing needs time and patience, and as they've only worked together for 8 full weeks it's too early to see any great improvements in technique. They are aiming to end this year Top 50 and to aim on working more on Juan's serve and net game so he can be more of a threat on all surfaces, not just clay, - but, again, those kind of changes take time, and they are not expecting anything great to happen until 2007, so we must be patient.

As for the mental side - well, let's just say that Juan is young and like most young guys he isn't very patient or take the time to think things through very well :p and that is a problem that he can only fix himself, in his own way and in his own time

It's great to see you here anyway Lynn :hug: - please feel free to stop by whenever you want :)

NicoFan
02-15-2006, 08:43 PM
Well when you saw him I would say it was mainly coaching (or lack of it) :p He used to work with Luis Lobo who is a great coach and a really nice guy, - don't get me wrong - I love him to bits - but he was coaching Zabaleta as well, and has many other outside, business interests, and I honestly feel Juan dd not get the amount of time and one-to-one training and coaching that he needed as an up-and-coming youngster in 2004/5. He was still very young and somewhat "star-struck" by the bright lights and the nightlife and having fun ;) and in my opinion it was detrimental to his development as a serious contender.

Since he started working with Eduardo at the very end of 2005, his performances and his mental attitude have improved and I really do think things have made a turn for the better, - but no matter how good a coach is they can't wave a magic wand and change things overnight. That kind of thing needs time and patience, and as they've only worked together for 8 full weeks it's too early to see any great improvements in technique. They are aiming to end this yearTop 50 and to aim on working more on Juan's serve and net game so he can be more of a threat on all surfaces, not just clay, - but, again, those kind of changes take time, and they are not expecting anything great to happen until 2007, so we must be patient.

As for the mental side - well, let's just say that Juan is young and like most young guys he isn't very patient :p and that is a problem that he can only fix himself, in his own way and in his own time

It's great to see you here anyway Lynn :hug: - please feel free to stop by whenever you want :)

I didn't realize Eduardo was coaching him. That will be definitely good for him, and yes, it will take time for the coaching to take some effect. And top 50 is a good goal.

I can't blame him for wanting to have fun. And its not just the young players...many an older guy out there (and you and I can name many of them) that still party more than they concentrate on tennis. ;)

We'll just have to be patient. Most of the guys don't really bloom until they're 22-23. Its not like the women's side. But he probably does need to be yelled at now and again to keep him in line. :lol:

lau
02-15-2006, 08:46 PM
:o Sorry people if this is a silly question.... I didn´t (or didn´t remember) Juan changed coach by the end 2005...what Eduardo are you talking about? :o

*Ljubica*
02-15-2006, 08:49 PM
I didn't realize Eduardo was coaching him. That will be definitely good for him, and yes, it will take time for the coaching to take some effect. And top 50 is a good goal.

I can't blame him for wanting to have fun. And its not just the young players...many an older guy out there (and you and I can name many of them) that still party more than they concentrate on tennis. ;)

We'll just have to be patient. Most of the guys don't really bloom until they're 22-23. Its not like the women's side. But he probably does need to be yelled at now and again to keep him in line. :lol:
Absolutely - most of the guys party, and to be fair on Juan he does work and practice very hard as well, and is ambitious to succeed. As for the shouting - well Eduardo doesn't shout at anybody - he just isn't the fiery, shouting type - but Juan does have a regular girlfriend so maybe we can get her to nag him from time to time and keep him in line :p

*Ljubica*
02-15-2006, 08:52 PM
:o Sorry people if this is a silly question.... I didn´t (or didn´t remember) Juan changed coach by the end 2005...what Eduardo are you talking about? :o
Oh sorry - Infantino - formerly with Nalbandian and Gaudio. And it's not a silly question at all :)

lau
02-15-2006, 08:55 PM
Oh sorry - Infantino - formerly with Nalbandian and Gaudio. And it's not a silly question at all :)
:lol: I thought so, but I was not sure at all :p
Thanks for answering, Rosie. I like Infantino. :)

*Ljubica*
02-15-2006, 09:18 PM
:lol: I thought so, but I was not sure at all :p
Thanks for answering, Rosie. I like Infantino. :)
You're welcome - I like him too - he's a sweetie :) He and Juan come from the same hometown and he has known Juan since he was a young child - so I guess that is a good thing for stability and trust in their relationship.

Sommarsverige
02-15-2006, 09:38 PM
The only time he really fought was half way through the second set when he played really well for a few games, but by then it was too late :sad: From what I've heard, it seems his main problem was lack of patience - Starace isn't a particularly good player - he's just one of these clay court specialists who stands at the the back of the court and hits balls back at you all day with no variation :rolleyes: and seems Juanito got bored and tried to change the pace by running into the net more, and that really isn't his natural game so he lost :sad: Having said that, I know the plan with Juan is to make him serve bigger and volley more and become more of an all-court player, and I also know that he has been told not to expect too many wins this year as he changes his game style (a bit like Coria last year when Perlas made him play all the European hard court tourneys and become less of a clay court player), so perhaps these kind of results are expected. Changing a game style is never easy and will bring some bad results in the short term before things start to improve.

As for playing at home, - he actually lost in the first round in Bs As last year, and I think he could he one of these players who don't like to play at home because of the extra pressure and expectations. Maybe next year I'll get him in Marseille and Rotterdam instead :p

As for being hard - I guess I just can't help it :p In my own opinion, you can support a player without being so obsessive that you hail every win as an amazing "thrashing" (even when they play an unknown) but totally ignore every loss :rolleyes: . Criticism and discussion are healthy and I never say anything here that I wouldn't say to someone's face ;) Btw Birte - off topic, but are you going to Stockholm again this year? :)

Finally - they lost the doubles 6-3, 3-6, 7-10. Sounds like a close match.

Thanks for the detailed analysis, Rosie :hug: I really hope the change in strategy will show success soon, because I am so much looking forward to see Juan becoming a great tennis player and hopefully winning the big tournaments in the future :worship:

Concerning Stockholm I am still very frustrated, because my boss put a meeting in that week and not only in that week, also in the middle of that week :devil: Anyway, I have to be at that meeting (as there is also a meeting during Båstad, where I definitely will try to get off !!!), but I am also very sure that I will be going to Stockholm before or after the meeting (so until tuesday or from thursday). So I will be there for sure, but probably not the whole time :( Will you go to Stockholm again? But anyway, I am quite sure to meet you before somewhere during the wonderful European claycourt season ;)

*Ljubica*
02-19-2006, 11:30 AM
Here is the draw for Brazil. It seems OK - could be a lot worse - though I am quite scared that the qualifier Juan plays in the 1st round will be his good friend Juan-Martin del Potro :eek: I really hope that won't happen.

(1)Gastón Gaudio (ARG) vs Q/LL
Mariano Zabaleta (ARG) vs Razvan Sabau (ROM)
Juan Antonio Marin (CRC) vs Ricardo Mello (BRA)
Tomas Behrend (GER) vs (8)Boris Pashanski (SCG)

(3)Filippo Volandri (ITA) vs Kevin Kim (USA)
Albert Montanes (ESP) vs Jiri Vanek (CZE)
Gustavo Kurten (BRA) vs Andre Ghem (BRA)
Luis Horna (PUR) vs (7)Alberto Martin (ESP)

(5)Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) vs Q/LL
Potito Starace (ITA) vs Q/LL
Juan Mónaco (ARG) vs Q/LL
Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) vs (4)Florent Serra (FRA)

(6)Nicolas Massu (CHI) vs Marco Daniel (BRA)
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) vs Fernando Vicente (ESP)
Andre Sa (BRA) vs Q/LL
Flavio Saretta (BRA) vs (2)Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)

Fergie
02-19-2006, 12:26 PM
Vamos Juan, it's time to win some matchs! ;)

Björki
02-19-2006, 01:34 PM
Vamos Juan :bounce:
Win at least one match :yeah:

Neely
02-19-2006, 02:13 PM
If he wins his first round, he has a good look on winning the 2nd round as well :yeah:

*Ljubica*
02-19-2006, 02:17 PM
Here is the doubles' draw. I remain undecided about whether playing doubles all the time is really a good idea for someone who should be concentrating all their efforts on raising their singles' ranking :confused: But I guess it is more practice (and more money :p ) for those who don't make it to the latter stages of the singles'.

(1)CERMAK, Frantisek CZE/ FRIEDL, Leos CZE vs
BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG/ STARACE, Potito ITA

HORNA, Luis PER/ MASSU, Nicolas CHI vs
(WC)KUERTEN, Gustavo BRA/ SÁ, André BRA

(3)FYRSTENBERG, Mariusz POL/ MATKOWSKI, Marcin POL vs
FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP/ VENTURA, Santiago ESP

MARTIN, Alberto ESP/ VICENTE, Fernando ESP vs
MONTANES, Albert ESP vs PORTAS, Albert ESP

SKOCH, David CZE/ VANEK, Jiri CZE vs
PATIENCE, Olivier FRA/ SERRA, Florent FRA

DANIEL, Marcos BRA/ MONACO, Juan ARG vs
(4)DLOUHY, Lukas CZE/ VIZNER, Pavel CZE

MAZARAKIS, Vasilis GRE/ PASHANSKI, Boris SCG vs
BEHREND, Tomas GER/ CIBULEC, Tomas CZE

(WC)MELLO, Ricardo BRA/ SARETTA, Flávio BRA vs
(2)GARCIA, Martin ARG/ PRIETO, Sebastian ARG

*Ljubica*
02-20-2006, 06:22 AM
Juan does not play singles until tomorrow (Tuesday), but he and Marcos Daniel play their doubles' match today. Here is the OOP:-

Court 2

14h30 / 17h30 GMT
Ivan Navarro Pastor (ESP) vs. Olivier Patience (FRA)
Not before 17h00
Marcos Daniel (BRA)/Juan Monaco (ARG) vs. Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)/Pavel Vizner (CZE)

Fergie
02-20-2006, 10:59 AM
Good luck Juan and Marcos! :yeah:

Fergie
02-20-2006, 11:00 PM
(4)Dlouhy/Vizner d Daniel/Monaco 63 64 :(

*Ljubica*
02-21-2006, 06:18 AM
Didn't I just tell you that of all the quallies Juan could get in this "Mickey Mouse" tournament - he would get Juan Martin del Potro :rolleyes: I just had a "feeling" - and I know he will lose :sad Anyway - here is the OOP.


Quadra 1
17h30 GMT
Juan Monaco (ARG) vs. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
Followed by
Filippo Volandri (ITA) vs. Kevin Kim (USA)
Followed by
Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
Followed by
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs. André Sá (BRA)

lau
02-21-2006, 12:24 PM
Why Juanma in 1st round??... :( :sad:

Neely
02-21-2006, 02:59 PM
I will not be here at the time of the match, but I hope Juan Monaco is having a great match! I heard a lot of good things about del Potro already, but I haven't seen him yet playing.

justClaudia
02-21-2006, 04:22 PM
Oh damn, bad bad draw.:( Poor Juan.
Anyway I just hope he plays a good match. Rosie :hug: it is possible. Be positive, dear.

*Ljubica*
02-21-2006, 07:51 PM
Claudia - you were right and I was wrong - and never so happy to be wrong! Juan won 7-5, 7-5. It was a very long, hard, close match, and took about the same time as Gastón's 3-set match even though it was only two sets! It was very hot and humid evidently - and I am very proud of Juan :) Congratulations :bounce:

Corina2605
02-21-2006, 08:05 PM
Congrats Juan, never easy to play someone who you consider as "brother" ...

Good luck for the next round :)

Sommarsverige
02-21-2006, 08:19 PM
Wow, I am happy and surprised ;)

Congrats Juan :clap2:

Björki
02-21-2006, 09:13 PM
Well done Juan :bigclap:

justClaudia
02-21-2006, 11:43 PM
Claudia - you were right and I was wrong - and never so happy to be wrong! Juan won 7-5, 7-5. It was a very long, hard, close match, and took about the same time as Gastón's 3-set match even though it was only two sets! It was very hot and humid evidently - and I am very proud of Juan :) Congratulations :bounce:

Wow! I got to say, now that is over, that I'm a but surprised with this result. I was expecting 3 sets. Haven't seen any stats, nothing from the match, but the final score. But I'm sure this was a great one to see.

Rosie, you can only be proud of your kid. He was great today. Well done, Juan. :rocker2:

Neely
02-22-2006, 12:06 AM
Good job :) :yeah:

2nd round against Serra hopefully will be a good one. Serra had a few good runs lately storming into the finals or even catching a title on ATP level, but I think there could be bigger obstacles. Lets see

Fergie
02-22-2006, 01:43 AM
Well done Juan, a good win! :yeah:

*Ljubica*
02-22-2006, 06:27 AM
Juan plays again tomorrow. As Neely says Serra will be hard - but I think the weather conditions will slightly favour Juan - I'm told by a friend at the tournamernt that the Europeans just aren't dealing with the humidity at all! I know I wouldn't be able to stand it! Anyway - good luck to Juan - if he wins it would be great - if he loses I am still proud of him after yesterday. Here is the OOP:-

Quadra 2 - 14h30 / 17h30 GMT
Juan Mónaco (ARG) vs. Florent Serra (FRA)
Não antes das 17h00
Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) vs. Potito Starace (ITA)
Frantisek Cermak (TCH)/Leos Friedl (TCH) vs. Carlos Berlocq (ARG)/Potito Starace (ITA)
Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL)/Marcin Matkowski (POL) vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)/Salvador Ventura (ESP)

Fergie
02-22-2006, 02:12 PM
Vamos Juan! :bounce:

NicoFan
02-22-2006, 06:58 PM
Wow...what a decisive win for JUAN!!! :woohoo:

Way to kick butt!

:bounce:

So very proud of him!

*Ljubica*
02-22-2006, 07:02 PM
Yes - very decisive win for Juan :bounce: He won 6-1, 6-1 :bigclap: We were all a bit edgy on the Scoring Thread in case the scoreboard had got the result wrong again :eek: -but that would be too cruel and sad! So well done Juan - he is in the quarter finals now - anything else is a bonus and I am proud of him :)

Neely
02-22-2006, 07:38 PM
lol, so easy :)
well done :worship:

Fergie
02-22-2006, 08:20 PM
Great result Juan, well done! :D

Björki
02-22-2006, 08:48 PM
:woohoo: what a great result. well done Pico :bigclap:

*Ljubica*
02-23-2006, 06:41 AM
Here is today's OOP. Must say I am glad that Juan keeps on being scheduled first - as any later would be difficult for me to follow because of the time difference! Chela will be hard, though strangely Juan has a 2-0 winning record against him and also beat him in an exhibition just before Christmas :) The only time Chela has ever beaten him was on hard courts in qualifying for the Madrid Masters' last year. Of course I hope Juan can win again today - but if not - a quarter final is a great result and I will be pleased and proud either way.

Quadra central - 16h30 / 19h30 GMT
Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) vs. Juan Mónaco (ARG)
Não antes das 18h30
Nicolas Massu (CHI) vs. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Não antes das 20h30
Frantisek Cermak (TCH)/Leos Friedl (TCH) vs. Gustavo Kuerten (BRA)/André Sá (BRA)

lau
02-23-2006, 02:17 PM
Buena Suerte, Juan!! :bounce:

Fergie
02-23-2006, 04:58 PM
Vamos Juan, you can do it!!! :bounce:

alexito
02-23-2006, 07:54 PM
now juan in brasil vs chela

alexito
02-23-2006, 07:57 PM
monaco vs chela in brasil

Björki
02-23-2006, 08:16 PM
thanks so much alexito36. Cute pics :)

alexito
02-23-2006, 08:46 PM
juan won 1st set 63

Neely
02-23-2006, 08:46 PM
Thanks alexito! :yeah:

First set is in the bag, 6-3!

lau
02-23-2006, 09:24 PM
:woohoo: Well done Juan!! :yeah: :bounce:

*Ljubica*
02-23-2006, 09:28 PM
6-3, 6-2 :bounce: great result. Well done Juan :) Alexito - thanks a million for the pictures :hug: Do you mind if I put a couple of them in the picture thread too? Thanks.

alexito
02-23-2006, 09:30 PM
juan monaco def juan chela 63 62

alexito
02-23-2006, 09:33 PM
congratulations juan, good work!!!!!!!!!!!

*Ljubica*
02-23-2006, 09:41 PM
Alexito - that fall looked hard :sad: Was Juan OK? Was he injured at all?

alexito
02-23-2006, 09:44 PM
Alexito - that fall looked hard :sad: Was Juan OK? Was he injured at all?

juan wonnnnnnnnnnn
juan play perfect.

lau
02-23-2006, 09:46 PM
juan wonnnnnnnnnnn
juan play perfect.
Se lastimó en la caida?

Corina2605
02-23-2006, 10:12 PM
Congrats to Juan. I like both Juans very much, so it was a difficult match-up for me. Good luck to Juan in the semifinal :)

alexito
02-23-2006, 10:19 PM
Se lastimó en la caida?

al principio asusto porque no se movia, pero despues se levanto como si nada, solo se ensucio un poco, siguio jugando como si nada, y le dio una paliza a chela, jugo espetacularmente.

lau
02-23-2006, 11:01 PM
al principio asusto porque no se movia, pero despues se levanto como si nada, solo se ensucio un poco, siguio jugando como si nada, y le dio una paliza a chela, jugo espetacularmente.
Rosie, Alexito says that in the first moments it was a little scary because when he was in the floor he was not moving. But then he got up as if nothing happened and continued playing. He also says he kicked Chela´s ass :lol: (not those words, but... :p ) and played incredible :)

Gracias esta vez por la información, Alexito! :)

Fergie
02-23-2006, 11:37 PM
Well done Juan, another great result! :woohoo:

alexito
02-24-2006, 12:27 AM
Rosie, Alexito says that in the first moments it was a little scary because when he was in the floor he was not moving. But then he got up as if nothing happened and continued playing. He also says he kicked Chela´s ass :lol: (not those words, but... :p ) and played incredible :)

Gracias esta vez por la información, Alexito! :)

menos mal que aclaraste que nunca dije "ass", soy un niño educadito :p

Björki
02-24-2006, 07:08 AM
congrats Juan :bigclap:
good luck for the semis.

*Ljubica*
02-24-2006, 11:20 AM
Thanks for the reassurance on the fall alexito and Lau :hug: Here is the OOP for tonight. Sadly for me, it will be really late European time, - so guess I will just have to sleep with my fingers crossed and find out the result in the moring!! Win or lose- this semi final is a great achievement though, and I am more than satisfied with the way this tournaent has gone :)

Central Court
Matches starting at 5.00 PM / 8.00 PM GMT
Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)/Pavel Vizner (CZE) vs Martin Garcia (ARG)/Sebastian Prieto (ARG)
Not Before 6.30 PM
Olivier Patience (FRA) vs. Alberto Martin (ESP)
Not Before 8.30 PM
Juan Monaco (ARG) vs. Nicolas Massu (CHI)
Followed by
Gustavo Kuerten (BRA)/André Sá (BRA) vs. Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL)/Marcin Matkowski (POL)

alexito
02-24-2006, 11:26 AM
juan vs nico 8:30pm? mmmmm I don't believe tycsport show this match. friday night only show futbol

*Ljubica*
02-24-2006, 11:40 AM
Here is a report from the local newspaper in Juan's hometown of Tandil http://www.tandilportandil.com.ar/leerdeportes.asp?id=10682

With Forcefulness Juan Mónaco eliminates Chela.

The man from Tandil, Juan Mónaco, played a tremendous match and beat Juan-Ignacio Chela 6-3, 6-2, thus reaching the semifinals of the tournament in Costa do Sauipe, that takes place on clay and gives $380,000 in prize money as well as ATP ranking points.

The man from Tandil is now the only Argentine remaining in Brazil and will play Nicolas Massu in the semifinal. Mónaco started well with great concentration, he played well from the back of the court. In this way he managed to break Chela's service to take the first game of the match. Chela played very erratically at the beginning and was well beaten by the power of the Tandilense who was quickly leading 3-0. The man from Buenos Aires hit back in the 4th game, held his own serve and broke back to make the score 3-2. Nevertheless, "Pico" Mónaco was better in the long duels from the back of the court and managed to break back straightaway to take his lead to 4-2. Then both held their own service games, but Mónaco managed to hold off a brave attempt by Chela when he was serving for the set, and he took the 1st set 6-3.

The beginning of the second set was different and much more even, until Mónaco began to open up the court with some good angles. "Pico" was the better player and soon managed to get the break and went into a 3-1 lead. From that point, Chela committed many errors and the outcome was not long in coming. The Tandilense took the second set 6-2 and progrsssed to the semi final.

*Ljubica*
02-24-2006, 12:13 PM
Here is a nice one from Clarins http://www.clarin.com/diario/2006/02/24/deportes/d-07201.htm

TENNIS: THE TANDILENSE IS IN THE SEMIFINALS WITHOUT LOSING A SET

Mónaco prolonged his good week by beating Chela 6-3, 6-1 and now faces the Chilean Nicolas Massú, who he has beaten on the two occasions they have played each other.

Sharp and more motivated than we have seen him for a long time, Juan Mónaco defeated Juan-Ignacio Chela 6-3, 6-2 in an all Argentine quarterfinal in Costa do Sauipe ($380,000 on clay). The next adversary of the man from Tandilense will be the Chilean Nicholas Massú, who is the sixth favourite.
In one week of impeccable results, and without losing one set, Mónaco is harvesting the fruits of his work with his coach Eduardo Infantino, after several months of irregular results that saw him drop to Number 77 in the rankings. Yesterday, against Number 5 seed Chela, he played with a drive and ambition which will doubtless pay more dividends in his tennis future. After taking an early 3-0 lead in the first set, when Chela recovered to get back to 2-3, Mónaco did not become perturbed and immdiately broke back to take the set. In the second set he was even more forceful, with breaks in both t he third and fifth games. Giving credit to Chela, he did not give up, saved a match point on his own serve and stretched the match a little, though it did not prevent his opponent beating him for a 3rd time on the ATP tour - each time without any problems. This will be the 4th time Mónaco has reached a semifinal on the circuit, the others being Sopot and Palermo in 2004, and Casablanca in 2005 (where he reached the final). His opponent will be Massú. The Olympic champion comes beat the Spaniard Nicholas Almagro 7-6 (7-4) and 6-3, but although the Chilean has greater results and ranking, the records favour the Argentine, who has defeated him twice, here in Brazil in 2004 and in Bastad the same year.

*Ljubica*
02-24-2006, 12:42 PM
I haven't bothered to translate these as they are not so different from the other two - but here are links to two other reports about the match http://www.eleco.com.ar/selarticulo.asp?idarticulo=77799
http://www.infobae.com/notas/nota.php?Idx=239536&IdxSeccion=100706

They both say Juan had great "drive and initiative" and suprised Chela with his extremely high level of play :) They both also mention how good his focus and concentration were.

Fergie
02-24-2006, 04:18 PM
Good luck Juan today! :yeah:

justClaudia
02-24-2006, 05:52 PM
Well done, Juan. And good luck in the semis. :bounce:

Hangdog
02-24-2006, 08:16 PM
My congratulations to Juan and his best fans :hug:. Pico is on the fire I see! :)

Well, there have gone only about 4 months since the day I stayed near Juan and we had a discussion about French tennis. And since that time he’s had a good luck (yes, I think such an experience should bring only positive moments) to meet on the court all my best tennis favorites – firstly Clément and Grosjean in Australia and then he beat Serra there in Brazil :cool:.

I had a good luck to watch last Juan’s match (of ATP tournaments) of the previous season - loss against Verdasco and one of his first matches of this season – loss against Grosjean. The progress is clear. In the end of October Juan had absolutely no chances against Verdasco. Yes, he tried hard and even won a set if I’m not wrong, but Verdasco did that match with such an ease like he spent the minimum of the efforts. In January Juan’s rival was Grosjean – much more experienced man, ex-player of top 10. Even though Juan didn’t win a set I was really glad to see his game and his good form. It was absolutely another guy (except fires in his eyes telling about his strong wish to win, to show something good on court =). There was a number single moments and games where he played absolutely not worse than Sébastien, especially in the first set.

I’m do glad to see such an improvement of this guy :yeah:. Vamos Juan! :bounce:

As usually special thanks to Juan’s godmother Rosie for all the info/articles/pictures :worship:. Rosie, I have a question about the next thing:
Juan plays again tomorrow. As Neely says Serra will be hard - but I think the weather conditions will slightly favour Juan - I'm told by a friend at the tournamernt that the Europeans just aren't dealing with the humidity at all! I know I wouldn't be able to stand it!
Were those words about "the Europeans" directly about Serra or just about all the Europeans of the tournament (some of them like Patience seem to feel themselves pretty comfortable there)? I'm just worried about Florent and the only info I got (from Portugese.. hmmm.. :rolleyes: ) is that he was slack and not so active like he usually is..

*Ljubica*
02-24-2006, 08:59 PM
Dearest Irina :hug: - how nice to see you here again- and thanks for all the positive things you say about Juan. I do agree that Juan has improved a lot in the past few months. Of course I was not at the Verdasco match with you, but I was at the match against Chela in the Madrid Masters' qualifying which took place the week before St. Petersburg, and I remember posting here that Juan was simply awful in that match! In fact I got some criticism for that here - but I always try to be honest. Since then I know that he and Eduardo have worked really hard on his fitness and his strategies. and most importantly, on the mental aspect such as concentration and self-belief, and when I saw the Grosjean match on Eurosport I was also really impressed by the way he had improved in such a short space of time. I also have a friend who was in Sydney and in Melbourne and saw the Clement and Lisnard matches live, and he was full of priase for Juan :)

I have no illusions about tonight - he has a winning record over Massu, but Massu is a vastly more experienced player (especially in the latter stages of tournaments when the stakes are high!) and I hear he is playing well this week. He had a drop in form last year, but that was due to injuries - it was not the real Nico - and he is too good a player to be as low in the rankings as he is, and it will be hard for Juan. But whatever the result tonight - I really feel the hard work is beginning to pay off and have high hopes for the rest of the clay court season.

As for the "European" comment Irina - it was directed at ALL the Europeans there - not just Serra. My friend is aways teasing me because I can't stand the heat and burn easily in the sun - and he was telling me I would never stand to be in Brazil because the conditions would kill me as they do "all Europeans". I agree that Patience is doing well though - I guess perhaps he is the exception that proves the rule - I actually know nothing about him.....perhaps he has spent some time in South America? I don't know :confused: But if I hear any news of Serra from my friend I will gladly let you know, though I doubt he will be seeing him anymore this week now he is out of the tournament.

Anyway - nice to see you here again :hug: Take care.

alexito
02-25-2006, 01:33 AM
now, juan play with massu
juan win 1st set 6 2!!!!!!!!!!!

alexito
02-25-2006, 02:19 AM
piko lost 2nd set 62 :sad:

alexito
02-25-2006, 03:32 AM
piko lost 3rd set 5 7 and match :sad:

justClaudia
02-25-2006, 04:07 AM
Yeah he did. And that's too bad, but expected. Nico is way too experienced, and Pico was even able to took a set from him. But still was a great tournament for Juan. He went a bit more far then I expected him to. In the end I think he has all the motives to proud of himself. And so should we.

Well done Juanito. :yeah:

Björki
02-25-2006, 07:53 AM
:sad: it was so close

*Ljubica*
02-25-2006, 08:15 AM
I am sad but it was great experience for him - well done for such a great tournament Juan. Here is a match report:-

http://www.tandilportandil.com.ar/leerdeportes.asp?id=10724


Mónaco was almost in the Final.

The Tandilense Juan Mónaco wasted excellent chances to be in the Final at Costa do Sauipe, but finally lost 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to the Chilean Nicholas Massú. The tournament takes place on clay and gives $380,000 dollars in prize money and ATP ranking points.

The Tandilense started well. He broke the Chilean's serve in the first game and also in the third. Later it became harder for him to maintain his level. Pico needed forty minutes to win the first set of the encounter. But it was not just down to him, the Chilean was making many mistakes, and having lost the 1st set 6-2 he sensed he was being beaten. At the beginning of the 2nd set, the Argentine held his serve and almost broke Massu's service game, but with a supreme effort the Chilean managed to hold. Massu remained solid in the second set, and this was the key that made the difference and he took the 2nd set 6-2. after 47 minutes.

The third and decisive set was the most event of all. Each player held his own serve, and they both knew that even one error could end their participation in the event. The Tandilense actually held ihs serve more easily while Massu had more problems holding. Neither player gave But in the 11th game, the Chilean broke Pico and then held his own serve to reach the final, and the head-to-head between the two is now 2-1 to Mónaco. Pico had previously defeated him in Brazil and in Bastad both in 2004.

justClaudia
02-26-2006, 01:49 AM
Thanks Rosie. :hug: He was really close.

Corina2605
02-26-2006, 07:21 PM
It's sad Juan lost, but he did play a great tournament, we should be proud of him! Good luck to Juan in Mexico next week!

Fergie
02-27-2006, 12:19 AM
Acapulco draw

(1) CORIA, Guillermo ARG v Qualifier
PASHANSKI, Boris SCG v MINAR, Ivo CZE
BEHREND, Tomas GER v VANEK, Jiri CZE
MONACO, Juan ARG v (7) CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG

(3) MOYA, Carlos ESP v (WC) GALLARDO VALLES, Miguel MEX
MONTANES, Albert ESP v (WC) DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG
Qualifier v VICENTE, Fernando ESP
(WC) GONZALEZ, Santiago MEX v (5) ACASUSO, Jose ARG

(6) SERRA, Florent FRA v Qualifier
HORNA, Luis PER v DLOUHY, Lukas CZE
CALLERI, Agustin ARG v LAPENTTI, Nicolas ECU
MARTIN, Alberto ESP v (4) VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA

(8) MASSU, Nicolas CHI v BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG
KIM, Kevin USA v DANIEL, Marcos BRA
STARACE, Potito ITA v SABAU, Razvan ROM
Qualifier v (2) GAUDIO, Gaston ARG

Nice 1st round! :angel:

*Ljubica*
02-27-2006, 06:04 AM
Thanks for the draw Laura - I couldn't stay up any longer and wait for it last night! Chela again :eek: that's bizarre!! Looks like a hard draw to me - some excellent players here - I just hope Juan doesn't take the 1st round for granted - Chela is an excellent player - that head-to-head has to change sometime! Good Luck Juan :)

Björki
02-27-2006, 06:44 AM
Vamos Juan. Hope he can beat Chela again.

Björki
02-28-2006, 06:40 AM
no antes 12:00 PM

Juan MONACO (ARG) vs. Juan Ignacio CHELA (ARG)

Rosie will it be on time for our game? I am so bad in time zones :D

*Ljubica*
02-28-2006, 09:34 AM
no antes 12:00 PM

Juan MONACO (ARG) vs. Juan Ignacio CHELA (ARG)

Rosie will it be on time for our game? I am so bad in time zones :D
Yes Peggy - Mexico is 6 hours behind London, so it will be 6.00pm for me and 7.00pm for you. And I am not so good at time zones either - but I find this World Clock thing very useful - here is a link that might help you :) http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

Action Jackson
02-28-2006, 09:36 AM
Then there is the site below which is very helpful.

www.worldtimeserver.com

Björki
02-28-2006, 09:37 AM
Thanks Rosie and GWH :yeah:

So I can follow the scores today.

Vamos Juan :bounce:

*Ljubica*
02-28-2006, 10:10 AM
Juan is also playing doubles in Mexico - with Agustin Calleri - ther play last on Court 4 against Martin and Montanes from Spain. Here is the draw:-

1) Cernak/Friedl Cze/Cze v Mazarakis/Pashanski Gre/Scg
Brzezicki/Chela Arg/Arg v Skioch/Vanek Cze /Cze
4) Dlouhy/Vizner Cze /Cze v Cibulec/Minar Cze /Cze
Calleri/Mónaco Arg/Arg v Martin/Montanes Esp/Esp
Garcia/Horna Arg /Per v Berlocq/Phillips Arg/USA
WC Daniel/Gonzalez Bra/Mex v 3) Fyrstenberg/Matkowsi Pol/Pol
WC Echagarry/Gallardo Mex /Mex v Serra/Vicente Fra/Esp
Starace/Volandri Ita/Ita v 2) Acasuso/Prieto Arg /Arg

Fergie
02-28-2006, 03:38 PM
Vamos Juan! :bounce:

alexito
02-28-2006, 08:36 PM
piko win 1st set 6 4!!!!!!!!!!!
and in 2nd set piko 4 2!!!!!!!!!

*Ljubica*
02-28-2006, 08:37 PM
piko win 1st set 6 4!!!!!!!!!!!
and in 2nd set piko 4 2!!!!!!!!!
The stupid scoreboard is :banghead: :fiery:

alexito
02-28-2006, 08:43 PM
The stupid scoreboard is :banghead: :fiery:

all scoreboard live are bad, dubai, las vegas and acapulco.

Björki
02-28-2006, 08:44 PM
all scoreboard live are bad, dubai, las vegas and acapulco.

:devil:

vamos Juan

Neely
02-28-2006, 09:12 PM
I think he won 6-4 6-3 :yeah:
great job! :)

alexito
02-28-2006, 09:14 PM
yes pikooooooooooo
congratulations

*Ljubica*
02-28-2006, 09:15 PM
I think he won 6-4 6-3 :yeah:
great job! :)
Well - I think he won - but I've heard 3 different scores now :haha: Still - as long as he won - does it matter! :p

Btw - Juan will not be participating in Indian Wells quallies - he has played 8 weeks out of the last 9 and has a place in the Main Draw of Miami - so this is holiday time unless he gets an alternate place in the Main Draw which would seem unlikely.

*Ljubica*
02-28-2006, 09:35 PM
Actually he lost :sad: Retired with cramps in the final set. Score was 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 3-0, retired

Neely
02-28-2006, 09:50 PM
Actually he lost :sad: Retired with cramps in the final set. Score was 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 3-0, retired
:sobbing: Unreal... I was shocked when I saw the result on livescores.com changed all of a sudden! :eek: :banghead:

That's yet another lesson not to 'celebrate'/or be sure about a result too early in tournaments with no regularly/reliably updated live scores and not rely too much on what people tell you or believe to know/having heard unless they are trustful or have otherwise good sources; or you saw it with your own eyes :sad:

added: actually I should have known better because during tournaments without real live scorebaord, livescore.com often only spies in tennis forums what scores people give and so it's not very reliable, even when a webpage like them publishes early scores of such a tournament.

*Ljubica*
02-28-2006, 10:12 PM
:sobbing: Unreal... I was shocked when I saw the result on livescores.com changed all of a sudden! :eek: :banghead:

That's yet another lesson not to 'celebrate'/or be sure about a result too early in tournaments with no regularly/reliably updated live scores and not rely too much on what people tell you or believe to know/having heard unless they are trustful or have otherwise good sources; or you saw it with your own eyes :sad:

added: actually I should have known better because during tournaments without real live scorebaord, livescore.com often only spies in tennis forums what scores people give and so it's not very reliable, even when a webpage like them publishes early scores of such a tournament.
Yes - well - it wasn't your fault - I just can't believe that so-called professional organisations and tournaments can't get their act together with these damned live scoreboards - it is disgraceful. Anyway - it's not the end of the world - and as long as the "injury" was only cramp - then no harm done. Juan was leading in the 2nd set - he obviously had his chances - but sounds like he just blew it :rolleyes: So I am not sad - if you can't hold your serve to win a match then maybe you didn't deserve to win that match in the first place. Juan had a long week last week -I think he is tired - he needs a week or so off to recharge before Miami and the European season.

Fergie
02-28-2006, 11:09 PM
Ah Juan :sad:

Björki
03-01-2006, 06:41 AM
Calleri/Monaco d Martin/Montanes 76(6) 76(3)

*Ljubica*
03-01-2006, 09:38 AM
Calleri/Monaco d Martin/Montanes 76(6) 76(3)
Nice to see Juan coud play again later in the day. Whenever anyone retires from a match it is always a little scary - but at least it seems that cramps were the only reason for the retirement against Chela - so that is good.

Corina2605
03-01-2006, 10:04 AM
This is really strange, but I don't see Juan and Agustin in the doubles draw anymore... The first round opponents of Martin/Montanes are now Lapentti/Roitman..????? Strange, strange...

I am sorry about Juan's loss. I hope he is okay and enjoys some days off at home now :)