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~°~Nicolas Devilder~°~

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~EMiLiTA~
04-10-2006, 11:12 AM
Just realised there is no thread here for Nicolas! So, since he just won the Monza challenger yesterday, I decided to make one for him!!

Some piccies from the tournament:

http://www.ipercafone.com/public/Monza2503S.jpg
http://www.ipercafone.com/public/Monza2910S.jpg

marineseb37
04-14-2006, 12:26 PM
Thank you Emilita, there are so much few photographs of him

Crocodile
04-29-2006, 03:34 PM
Nico reachs SF once again in the Bergamo Challenger. He's gonna play FAUREL this afternoon for a tough derby.Maybe à 100% french final against robert....

~EMiLiTA~
05-01-2006, 09:51 AM
he beat faurel in the semi and ended up winning the bergamo challenger 1-6 7-5 6-4 against eschauer :yeah:

Crocodile
05-01-2006, 05:30 PM
Thanks to his last great results Nico reachs ranking n° 140 today, and probably aims at the TOP 100 if he keep on playing so good.

~EMiLiTA~
05-02-2006, 09:18 AM
yeah...he's playing against vanek today in tunis as well...tough draw cos vanek is #2 seed, but hopefully he can do well!

Crocodile
05-04-2006, 07:42 PM
Thanks to this ranking he should enter the main draw in RG without passing through qualif or asking a WC.

~EMiLiTA~
05-05-2006, 05:13 AM
wow! do you think so? #140?

Crocodile
05-05-2006, 07:51 AM
He has to play Prague and San remo to reach the cut which may be ~120 ( some TO100 players are already WO).

Yeah you're right, it's gonna be difficult for him...

~EMiLiTA~
05-05-2006, 08:56 AM
yeah, it'll be quite tough...has he already got into prague? i know he was 2nd or 3rd on the alternates list

if he doesn't get a direct entry into RG, they should give him a WC...he's already won 2 clay challengers this year

~EMiLiTA~
09-27-2006, 02:13 PM
nice win for nicolas today in mumbai against de voest :yeah:

Via
01-10-2007, 10:54 AM
ok let me do this properly in the right thread...... a pic dedicated to irina ;)
http://viatennis.smakdesign.com.au/vtp/vtpblog/uploaded_images/syd2007devilder2-734531.jpg

Gamas
01-10-2007, 01:52 PM
Allez Devilder

Hangdog
01-11-2007, 01:50 AM
ok let me do this properly in the right thread...... a pic dedicated to irina ;)
Tremendous picture, thank you so much dear :hug:
And respect.

Yeah, allez Devilder! I hope he is better now and not going to waste his direct entry to the AO main draw.

~EMiLiTA~
01-26-2007, 03:19 AM
2 pics of Nicolas, albeit not that great, from the AO

Via
02-15-2007, 08:01 PM
would you believe it, a pic of nicolas from mainstream media, not taken by emily or me!!!

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/a4/fullj.getty-ten-brazil_open-ferrero-devilder_2_06_42_pm.jpg
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/c6/fullj.getty-ten-brazil_open-ferrero-devilder_1_59_55_pm.jpg
(EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

reason being... he played and lost to jcf in second round in brasil.

~EMiLiTA~
02-15-2007, 11:29 PM
hahaha wow Via...it's a world first! thanks for the pics!!

Hangdog
02-18-2007, 02:02 PM
There was a couple of his pictures in Brasilian press even after the first round :p
Anyway thanks for these two, they are tremendous! How nice it is, Via, that you bump into Nicolas (or his photos) so often :aplot:

Well, this week the guy is going to try the RR system on himself in Argentina - and possibly meet Ferrero again. Allez Nic'! :devil:

Via
02-18-2007, 09:32 PM
There was a couple of his pictures in Brasilian press even after the first round :p
Anyway thanks for these two, they are tremendous! How nice it is, Via, that you bump into Nicolas (or his photos) so often :aplot:

Well, this week the guy is going to try the RR system on himself in Argentina - and possibly meet Ferrero again. Allez Nic'! :devil:

:aplot: hmmm i use this smiley more than anyone else, now you've used it on me!!?? lol

come out with it now....... you are worried i'm stealing your guy !!!! :haha: silly girl :ras:

.....but thanks for the news :)

Hangdog
02-19-2007, 07:45 PM
:aplot: hmmm i use this smiley more than anyone else, now you've used it on me!!?? lol

come out with it now....... you are worried i'm stealing your guy !!!! :haha: silly girl :ras:

.....but thanks for the news :)

Let’s stop misbehaving :wavey: This is a public place after all.

After 3 hours and something of on-court clowning Devild won his match and is in Ferrero’s group now as I’ve promised… Bien bien, allez Nic’!

Via
02-19-2007, 09:23 PM
:tape:

3 hours a long match for a 3 setter. ok its clay after all.

~EMiLiTA~
02-20-2007, 12:20 AM
far out...at least he won in the end!

Sophie-d
02-20-2007, 04:39 PM
Hey...

I'm quite new here but I'm trying to catch up on everything :D !! Must say there are soo many nice photos to look at though!!!
Hope "Nico" will have a good season in 2007!!

~EMiLiTA~
02-21-2007, 01:15 AM
morning all...i have good news and bad news for u..

the bad news: nicolas lost to lapentti 3-6 6-2 3-6 (altho it's RR so he's still in it)

the good news: he and olivier won their doubles against martin/vicente 7-5 7-5 ...très bien les gars!

~EMiLiTA~
02-21-2007, 07:16 AM
shock horror! another (small) pic of Nicolas not taken by Via or me!!

http://www.copatelmex.com/galeriadefotos.php?id=11&pos=8

Via
02-21-2007, 07:56 AM
shock horror! another (small) pic of Nicolas not taken by Via or me!!

http://www.copatelmex.com/galeriadefotos.php?id=11&pos=8

his star must be on the rise ;)

he also looks really tiny in that pic :lol:

~EMiLiTA~
02-21-2007, 09:10 AM
haha well at least he's getting a bit more exposure..

btw has mtf banned posting images from other sites? because it didn't seem to work for me when i tried to post it here

delsa
02-21-2007, 08:10 PM
He beat JCF 6-1, 6-7, 0-6. :yeah:

Revenge from last week.

Via
02-21-2007, 09:42 PM
WOW big comeback, amazing scoreline

does that mean i will get to read a discussion of his match, for the first time, on 'general' ???? :lol:

~EMiLiTA~
02-21-2007, 11:28 PM
sweet mother of God he beat Ferrero! wasn't expecting that i must say!! yes Via, this could mean he gets some coveted GM attention!

Via
02-22-2007, 07:48 PM
:eek: no kidding............... nicolas went through to the quarters after lapentti pulled out, and with him and ferrero remaining in the RR group, he has advanced :haha:

this has to be his best result so far in an atp tournament??!! thanks to the wonderful invention of RR :tape:

Via
02-22-2007, 08:07 PM
nicolas's fans can read more about the story in this post on general:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=4918624&postcount=327

apparently nicolas was already on a plane leaving the country when the tournament organisers found him and got him back for the quarters :haha: :haha:

delsa
02-22-2007, 08:48 PM
Thanks for participating in the grotesque death of the RR format, Nico! :worship:

~EMiLiTA~
02-23-2007, 12:23 AM
nicolas's fans can read more about the story in this post on general:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=4918624&postcount=327

apparently nicolas was already on a plane leaving the country when the tournament organisers found him and got him back for the quarters :haha: :haha:

:spit: hilarious!!! poor guy, i guess he's so used to being out of tournaments early! great that he's in the quarters!! we might get some more piccies now :banana:

this RR format really is ridiculous though..

Hangdog
02-23-2007, 09:05 AM
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/7079/wowjm6.gif The whole MTF is chatting about Devilder… What have you been doing guys?! It’s impossible to leave you even for a few days!!! :devil:

3 hours a long match for a 3 setter. ok its clay after all.
I’d even say it’s Devilder after all. After a 4 hours 3-setter on indoors carpet 3 hours on clay is a joke. I’ve noticed his matches often go in such a hmm… protracted manner. Though not sure yet what it depends on.
Hey...

I'm quite new here but I'm trying to catch up on everything :D !! Must say there are soo many nice photos to look at though!!!
Hope "Nico" will have a good season in 2007!!
Hey Sophie! Welcome :) And thanks for your wishes to Nicolas! Er du egentlig fra Danmark?..

btw has mtf banned posting images from other sites? because it didn't seem to work for me when i tried to post it here
A wrong link possibly?

apparently nicolas was already on a plane leaving the country when the tournament organisers found him and got him back for the quarters :haha: :haha:
Don’t think it was so funny for Nicolas himself… Yes, this entire story is absolutely ridiculous. But RR or not, quarterfinal is a quarterfinal and it’s going to be a great experience! His rival is Diego Hartfield of Argentina - Central Court and so on. Allez Nic’! :devil: :devil:

Hangdog
02-23-2007, 09:11 AM
Devild’s win over JCF gave me an idea to make a sort of an honours list of Nicolas’ greatest victories. So here it goes:

19 Apr 2004 Monte Carlo (MS) – 1st round def Ivanisevic 4-6 6-2 6-2
5 Jul 2004 Scheveningen (CH) – 1st round def Gasquet 6-0 6-4
3 Jan 2005 Chennai (IS) – 1st round def Baghdatis 6-4 6-7(10) 7-6(5)
21 Feb 2005 Acapulco (IS) – 1st round def Acasuso 6-4 6-4
18 Apr 2005 Monza (CH) – 1/4 final def Djokovic 4-6 6-3 7-5
21 Feb 2007 Buenos Aires (RR) – Round Robin def Ferrero 1-6 7-6(2) 6-0

Via
02-23-2007, 10:09 AM
:lol: the superfan is back! i know it! i've been waiting :woohoo:

;)

lol at 'centre court and so on'. i'm starting to appreciate the nerves he must be feeling. maybe that's why he ran away :haha: may not be the fault of RR misleading him!

good luck nicolas!

~EMiLiTA~
02-23-2007, 01:05 PM
allez nicolas!!! :rocker2: i want a semifinal here!!

Via
02-23-2007, 10:32 PM
:awww: no semi here, sorry to bring you a disappointing score: 6-4 7-5 to hartfield... who's a local argentine, but don't think he ranks higher than nicolas. an opportunity lost! next time then... perhaps another RR tourney? :tape:

~EMiLiTA~
02-24-2007, 12:16 AM
:sobbing: oh well...still a better result than expected at this tournament

Sophie-d
02-25-2007, 05:53 PM
Too bad about the result :sad: !!!

http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/7079/wowjm6.gif Hey Sophie! Welcome :) And thanks for your wishes to Nicolas! Er du egentlig fra Danmark?..

:devil: :devil:

Ja, jeg er fra Danmark!! :D! Why is it that you can speak Danish? :D

Hangdog
02-27-2007, 05:58 PM
Hope you all are not too disappointed about the 1/4 final loss. Not that I’m happy with it myself but I think stability – in game and results - is the thing Nicolas needs first of all now. So sudden highs are also not so great on this point.

apparently nicolas was already on a plane leaving the country when the tournament organisers found him and got him back for the quarters :haha: :haha:
Last week I saw an article about this story. I’ve liked how it is described there, and it seems to be a great article about RR in general (the only bad thing it’s in Spanish lol). Maybe someone haven’t read it before and can find it interesting too so I’ll leave a link (http://www.lanacion.com.ar/deportiva/nota.asp?nota_id=885997&origen=rss).

lol at 'centre court and so on'. i'm starting to appreciate the nerves he must be feeling. maybe that's why he ran away :haha: may not be the fault of RR misleading him!
A nice idea :) Well, according my source Devild felt himself not too bad playing on centre court against local guys – at least he looked like that at his match against Brzezicki. No racket throwing or misbehaving :p

Ja, jeg er fra Danmark!! :D! Why is it that you can speak Danish? :D
Men hvorfor ikke? :D Hehe, vel, egentlig jeg bare snakker litt norsk – og det er hvorfor kan jeg prate litt svensk og dansk også. Jeg har aldri snakket med noen fra Danmark men jeg kjenner at dansk og norsk bokmål har mye sammen. Okej, snakkes i andre tråder ;)

This week Devild plays in Acapulco and he has already won his first round match against Fabio Fognini and made their head-to-head records 1-2. According the scores and statistics it was a really tough match – and another more-than-3-hours one :devil:

The second round is against Chela… Well, just wish Nicolas to have a good match.

Hangdog
02-27-2007, 06:08 PM
And the best news: Nicolas is #90 this week! :cool: And do hope after Acapulco he’ll come even higher.

A good occasion to celebrate so there are some pictures from recent matches :p

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/2407/15052454na8.jpg

:devil: :devil:

Sophie-d
02-27-2007, 06:46 PM
Men hvorfor ikke? :D Hehe, vel, egentlig jeg bare snakker litt norsk – og det er hvorfor kan jeg prate litt svensk og dansk også. Jeg har aldri snakket med noen fra Danmark men jeg kjenner at dansk og norsk bokmål har mye sammen. Okej, snakkes i andre tråder ;)
.

Ja det er da rigtigt nok...det er da også cool nok at du kan :D! Og nu har du så "snakket" lidt med én fra Danmark hehe!

Glad to hear he reached #90 (is he playing in the IW tournament)!?!?

~EMiLiTA~
02-27-2007, 11:40 PM
yes congrats to Nico on his first round win in Acapulco (and avenging Olivier's loss in qualies to Fognini for me :( )

and great to see him in the top 100 too!!

it'll be tougher against Chela for sure :scared:

and Sophie: he's down to play qualies in Indian Wells, but not Miami because he'll be playing the Barletta challenger instead

~EMiLiTA~
03-01-2007, 10:46 AM
he lost to chela 6-0 6-4 :sobbing:

so now it's on to IW qualies that start next Tues I think it is

Sophie-d
03-01-2007, 02:24 PM
Awww Nico :sad: !!!

Anyway I really hope he'll get it at the IW :bigclap: !!!!!!

Allez!!!

Sophie-d
03-16-2007, 08:13 PM
Does anyone know what the next tourny for Nico is?! Haven't heard anything since Acapulco?! :confused:

Via
03-16-2007, 11:16 PM
think he lost in the IW qualies. didn't emilita say he's playing in a challenger next?

anyway i've uploaded more piccies of nico so now it's easier to view from this link ;)

http://viatennis.smakdesign.com.au/vtp/browse.php?lookfor=player&lvalue=nicolas%20devilder

~EMiLiTA~
03-17-2007, 12:06 AM
yes he lost in qualies i think. he's playing Barletta next week. allez!

Sophie-d
03-17-2007, 11:38 AM
yes he lost in qualies i think. he's playing Barletta next week. allez!

:yeah: Thanks!!!

~EMiLiTA~
03-18-2007, 01:36 AM
yes, for anyone who wanted to know, he lost first round IW qualies:

George Bastl (SUI) d. (5)Nicolas Devilder (FRA) 6-4 6-7(5) 6-1

the Barletta draw hasn't come out yet

Sophie-d
03-19-2007, 10:53 AM
Seems that Nico is up against Rainer Eitzinger from Austria in Barletta...
I don't actually know much about this player but ALLEZ Nico ;) !

Sophie-d
03-19-2007, 06:20 PM
:banana: YAY he won! 6-3, 7-6!! :D !!
On to the text round against Andreas Stoppini! Go Nicolas! :tennis:

Sophie-d
03-21-2007, 05:02 PM
:worship: Go Nico!! He lost a set but still managed to win the match 6-4, 5-7, 7-5!!!

Keep going!! :banana:

Hangdog
03-21-2007, 08:41 PM
Igen igen, Sophie? ;)
Great that Stoppini didn’t stop Nicolas, but I have an idea that was another match of many hours. The next on the way is Ivan Navarro Pastor :devil:

A question to everyone. There have to be highlights of the first day of Barletta Challenger here (http://www.barlettaonline.net/default.asp?id=614&ins=299&page=1&cat=1). Can anyone watch it? I see nothing :(

Via
03-21-2007, 10:38 PM
the video is 25 minutes long and will take forever to download..... i'm still waiting :o :zzz:

the direct link is this: http://www.barlettaonline.net/public/2007-03-20_1g.wmv

~EMiLiTA~
03-24-2007, 03:16 AM
Barletta QF:
(6)Ivan Navarro-Pastor (ESP) d. (1)Nicolas Devilder (FRA) 7-6(2) 6-2 :(

Hangdog
03-25-2007, 08:16 PM
Still can’t believe he lost... That trofeo AngelDevil was likely to be done specially for his birthday! lol :devil:

Another Italian Challenger is for the next week.

the video is 25 minutes long and will take forever to download..... i'm still waiting :o :zzz:

the direct link is this: http://www.barlettaonline.net/public/2007-03-20_1g.wmv
Thanks a lot.
And I pass. The other videos should be in the same directory I think but again I can't check/load/watch anything. On the site, the second round video links here (http://www.barlettaonline.net/default.asp?id=620&ins=303&page=1&cat=1) and the quarterfinal one - here (http://www.barlettaonline.net/default.asp?id=620&ins=303&page=1&cat=1). Oh almighty Via, could you check it for the direct links again, please? If it doesn't take you too much time, of course.

Via
03-25-2007, 11:00 PM
Still can’t believe he lost... That trofeo AngelDevil was likely to be done specially for his birthday! lol :devil:

Another Italian Challenger is for the next week.


Thanks a lot.
And I pass. The other videos should be in the same directory I think but again I can't check/load/watch anything. On the site, the second round video links here (http://www.barlettaonline.net/default.asp?id=620&ins=303&page=1&cat=1) and the quarterfinal one - here (http://www.barlettaonline.net/default.asp?id=620&ins=303&page=1&cat=1). Oh almighty Via, could you check it for the direct links again, please? If it doesn't take you too much time, of course.

:haha: :wavey: (i must have been in charge of AngelDevil then... :devil: :angel:)

http://www.barlettaonline.net/public/2007-03-22_atp3.wmv (26 minutes)

it starts playing quickly this time with windows media player, so i guess the server was just slow last time. plus, of course, their own 'web tv' never works...

it's a 'challenger' for a reason :tape:

Sophie-d
04-10-2007, 10:38 AM
Nice to see Nico in action again! :)

He won 6-2, 6-3 over Justin Gimelstob and will face either Sam Querrey or Tommy Haas in the next round :awww:

Good luck! :worship:

Sophie-d
04-11-2007, 06:03 PM
Don't know if these pictures have been posted before but I thought they quite nice :)!

Via
04-11-2007, 10:57 PM
he's doing well! when is he playing tommy haas?

Sophie-d
04-12-2007, 08:49 AM
I think they're playing tonight...not sure what time though!? :unsure:

JBdV
04-12-2007, 09:29 AM
He's first up at the night session on the main court:

GALLERY FURNITURE STADIUM start 12:00 noon
[8]J Monaco (ARG) vs A Delic (USA)
D Hartfield (ARG) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
Not Before 5:00 PM
[Q]A Kuznetsov (USA) vs [2]J Blake (USA)

Not Before 7:00 PM
[3]T Haas (GER) vs N Devilder (FRA)

That's at 2 AM CEST
Good luck Nico :yeah:

~EMiLiTA~
04-12-2007, 03:29 PM
thanks for those pics Sophie...i'd seen the pic drinking with Olivier and co but not the others

...the match against Haas will be tough :scared:

Via
04-12-2007, 10:10 PM
he's getting more and more familiar with the big stage ;) :yeah:

~EMiLiTA~
04-13-2007, 01:53 AM
unfortunately he lost to Haas but oh well...now it's on to the Bermuda challenger I think

Sophie-d
04-13-2007, 10:38 AM
I didn't expect him to win against Hass to be honest :awww:! Hope he's able to do well in Bermuda though :)! Allez!

Via
04-13-2007, 10:20 PM
oh well then...... no other result i'd want to follow this week! how boring lol

honestly of course next week it's monte carlo that will be in the spotlight :p but best of luck nico, i hope you'll be getting too good for challengers soon ;)

~EMiLiTA~
04-14-2007, 01:44 AM
oh well then...... no other result i'd want to follow this week! how boring lol

honestly of course next week it's monte carlo that will be in the spotlight :p but best of luck nico, i hope you'll be getting too good for challengers soon ;)

lol yeah this week is pretty mickey mouse I have to say!!

I also hope Nico can get out of the Challengers soon...I guess it's good he's mixing them with other tournaments and trying to qualify for the bigger ones..if he can get some extra ranking points at the Challengers then that's good for him too

Sophie-d
04-14-2007, 11:31 AM
Sure, it'll be cool if he could start playing bigger tournies but for the moment I just hope he can gather some more points too...especially after seeing he had dropped to no. 105 on the ATP list :awww: ...

Hangdog
04-15-2007, 08:28 PM
thanks for those pics Sophie...i'd seen the pic drinking with Olivier and co but not the others
Do you have any idea when this picture was taken?

The second round of Houston is not a bad result, but well, he could take at least a set from Haas. According the statistics of both matches Nicolas had heaps of break points but won just a few of them. And in that second round match both players had an equal number of BPs, five, but you know the result. A little bit nervous game is in the air, may suppose Haas won so easily just because of his experience.

So the lack of experience of the highest level matches is the main minus of Challengers I think. As for the rest, I see nothing bad that he prefers playing at that circle, and as Emily said that's a rather good stategy of mixing challengers with some bigger tournaments. But "getting too good for challengers" is a really nice wish :)
Sure, it'll be cool if he could start playing bigger tournies but for the moment I just hope he can gather some more points too...especially after seeing he had dropped to no. 105 on the ATP list :awww: ...
Normally he's dropped so much because he had to miss Monza Challenger he won last year, so he couldn't defend his points and so on. But do hope he'll be back to the Top 100 very soon and then will also come to rewrite his highest ranking which was 81st position.

Bermuda draw is out and seems to be quite fine for Nico. Would love to see him going farer than usually this year :)

Sophie-d
04-15-2007, 08:51 PM
Do you have any idea when this picture was taken?

Normally he's dropped so much because he had to miss Monza Challenger he won last year, so he couldn't defend his points and so on. But do hope he'll be back to the Top 100 very soon and then will also come to rewrite his highest ranking which was 81st position.

I don't know about the "drinking-picture" but I belive the other pictures are from 2006! :) !!!

Aww well, I'm sure he'll succeed in getting into the top 100 again soon :cool: !!!

~EMiLiTA~
04-16-2007, 09:34 AM
The drinking pic is from 2005 or before...because i first found it in 2005.

Bonne chance à Bermuda!!

Sophie-d
04-16-2007, 09:58 AM
He's up against Razvan Sabau in the first round (I'm afraid I don't really know if he's a tough opponent or not :scratch:)!!! Allez Nico :)

Hangdog
04-17-2007, 07:35 AM
6-3 6-1 and one step closer to the aim!

Thanks for your replies about drinking picture! I was thinking for a while how to formulate the question and after all asked the wrong thing lol But now I'm pretty sure the picture was taken in 2005 so may suppose it could be connected to Monza Challenger where Olivier and Nicolas celebrated their victory in doubles.

Sophie-d
04-20-2007, 10:21 AM
He's doing great so far :dance:!! Won 7-6, 6-7, 6-0 against Andre Sa :yeah:!!
Wayne Odesnik is up next! Allez Nico (go all the way :))!

Sophie-d
04-21-2007, 08:25 AM
:kiss:! Nico WON! (6-4,3-6,6-4)!!! One step left before the final *you can do it*!!!!

He plays Mariano Zabaleta next! ALLEZ!!! :banana:!!!

Via
04-21-2007, 11:10 AM
thanks for your updates, sophie! now i'm starting to see that his matches are indeed long drawn out :)

~EMiLiTA~
04-22-2007, 07:20 AM
ohh great to see he's been doing well!!

Sophie-d
04-22-2007, 10:18 AM
:sad: He lost!!! 3-6,6-3,7-6 :awww:!!!

I guess Casablanca is next for him? Good luck :kiss:!!!

Sophie-d
04-22-2007, 10:23 AM
Btw. I found some other pictures of him...they're not very good, but it's hard to find any of him :p!!

Hangdog
04-22-2007, 08:20 PM
One picture from Bermuda Challenger:

http://www.xlcapitalbermudaopen.bm/photos07/images/DEVILDER%20.jpg

Well, sure it's a pity Nico lost to Zabaleta, moreover it seems to be a close match but what I like in his results is stability. And the main thing for now I suppose is to keep it like that and come to RG in his best form.

Next up is Casablanca and the first round against Acasuso. Don't think Acasuso is a worse rival than Zabaleta so hope Nicolas will show great tennis and a good score :devil:

Sophie-d
04-24-2007, 08:11 PM
:awww:!!! He lost in the first round! I know it's not a "bad loss" as Acasuso was seeded as no. 2 (I think) but I'm still a bit disappointed about it :p!!!

Does anyone know what's next? :)

Via
04-25-2007, 12:44 AM
he's signed up on the alt lists of both estoril and munich next week, so i guess right now.... it's undecided where he'll turn up!

yeah not good that he can't do more upsets every now and then. he might secretly be mourning for the death of RR :p

Sophie-d
04-28-2007, 02:21 PM
Nico's playing BMW Open next week...his first match is against Guillermo Canas :eek:!!!

Allez!!!

Hangdog
04-28-2007, 08:08 PM
http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/5017/lopatapr6.gif
It will be a good improvement if he avoids a bagel this time.

Sophie-d
04-28-2007, 09:14 PM
http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/5017/lopatapr6.gif
It will be a good improvement if he avoids a bagel this time.

LOL!!! Yes I really hope he does!!! :unsure:

Via
04-28-2007, 11:54 PM
canas is in a final this week... at the very least he should be a little sore to start the next.....??? lol

~EMiLiTA~
04-29-2007, 01:47 AM
i saw that draw...it's pretty yucky...but yeah maybe Willy will be a bit tired :shrug:

Sophie-d
05-01-2007, 03:42 PM
WOW! Nico is on to the next round due to Canas retirering :eek: !!! Allez :) !!

delsa
05-01-2007, 05:47 PM
How lucky can this guy get?! :lol:

Recently he's been really lucky with this kind of things or it's only an impression?

Hangdog
05-01-2007, 07:30 PM
Hey, but at least he beat JCF at that RR tournament and here in Munich he's proved he's not going to get bagels from Canas anymore :devil:

There is a doubles match of the year tomorrow :lol:

Sophie-d
05-01-2007, 07:56 PM
Yep it must be a mix between a bit of luck and a definite improvement! He must have played well today even though he lost the first set...:) ! I think his next opponent should be an easier task (or maybe it's just cause I've never heards of him :o)!

Via
05-01-2007, 11:39 PM
i hope nicolas thinks more about his singles progress than doubles :devil:

i have yet to read a match report but didn't i sort of see it coming already? :lol: really willy shouldn't have started if he had known that he's not in shape. but perhaps nicolas was giving him more trouble than he had expected.

irina where did you find that pic on your avatar? nice one :D funny they are about the same height but nicolas looks like he's only half the size :lol:

Sophie-d
05-02-2007, 09:43 AM
He does look very petite :eek:! Have you seen the video on the BMW Open site? You can see a bit of him there :p

Well good luck Nico and Diego today :dance:!!

~EMiLiTA~
05-02-2007, 01:07 PM
what a lucky break! and now he plays summerer!

Hangdog
05-02-2007, 09:02 PM
i hope nicolas thinks more about his singles progress than doubles :devil:

i have yet to read a match report but didn't i sort of see it coming already? :lol: really willy shouldn't have started if he had known that he's not in shape. but perhaps nicolas was giving him more trouble than he had expected.

irina where did you find that pic on your avatar? nice one :D funny they are about the same height but nicolas looks like he's only half the size :lol:

Yeah, the singles progress is more important, for sure :devil:

The avatar as Sophie has mentioned is a capture of a video from the tournament (and I wonder where Arnaud was wandering while the other guys were posing for my avatar :( ). You know I'm lacking the proper skills to give you the direct link (but there must be one? :scratch: ) so I only can send you to http://videos.bmwopen.de/index.php?action=magazin and then to the video with Berdych's picture.
Btw, according to my memories they officially have not only the same height with Sebastien but the same weight too lol But you know, with those prize money of the Challenger circle you won't get too fat...

Sophie, your avatar :) Det er jo ganske fint! :yeah:

Sophie-d
05-02-2007, 09:09 PM
:D Takker! Jeg synes også selv at den er fin :lol:!

Does anyone know what time his match is?

Sophie-d
05-03-2007, 01:53 PM
Congratulations to Nico on his (6-3,7-5) win against Summerer :bigclap: !!! Allez!

Sophie-d
05-03-2007, 05:56 PM
Some pictures from today's match :)!!!

Scotso
05-03-2007, 07:52 PM
Nico :D

QF of a ATP event... nice.

Via
05-03-2007, 10:19 PM
yes, from now on, it will look less like a challenger ;)

Btw, according to my memories they officially have not only the same height with Sebastien but the same weight too lol But you know, with those prize money of the Challenger circle you won't get too fat...

:haha: :spit: you are so mean! are they all skeletons at the futures then? ok let's hope mr devilder will now start to bulk up nicely! lol

bon courage playing berdych next!

Via
05-03-2007, 11:01 PM
btw i'm afraid my bmw video screen totally crashed... i think i should let people know that my internet connection although called 'broadband' here in stupid land down under, is only 512K and slow by world standards... so there's a reason why i don't watch videos much, or even like to search around the web much, because it will just be a lot of time-wasting!!! lol

~EMiLiTA~
05-06-2007, 02:01 AM
well QF in Munich was pretty good...now it's on to Mas Palomas...i think the main draw comes out today

Hangdog
05-06-2007, 05:51 AM
well QF in Munich was pretty good...now it's on to Mas Palomas...i think the main draw comes out today
I think he's withdrawn from there. And considering the loss of the last 6 games of his previous match this withdrawal doesn't sound so positive... :unsure:
:haha: :spit: you are so mean! are they all skeletons at the futures then? ok let's hope mr devilder will now start to bulk up nicely! lol
Via :lol: Well, at least I don't know many futures players who have to go to play their matches from France to Australia, Bermuda and so on.

Ah btw, here is a quote of some Argentina's player who was blogging for ATP from Munich: "En algunos torneos hay playstations en las salas de jugadores, con televisor gigante. Se arman tremendas batallas. Moya y Nadal son grandes duelos. Ferrero tiene un gran talento. Los contragolpes de Devilder son letales." lol

~EMiLiTA~
05-06-2007, 02:40 PM
I think he's withdrawn from there. And considering the loss of the last 6 games of his previous match this withdrawal doesn't sound so positive... :unsure:

Ah btw, here is a quote of some Argentina's player who was blogging for ATP from Munich: "En algunos torneos hay playstations en las salas de jugadores, con televisor gigante. Se arman tremendas batallas. Moya y Nadal son grandes duelos. Ferrero tiene un gran talento. Los contragolpes de Devilder son letales." lol


oh did he withdraw from Mas Palomas? i haven't even checked it...maybe he didn't want to fly all the way down there. and yes, i read that comment from MVA's blog!

Via
05-07-2007, 05:59 AM
I think he's withdrawn from there. And considering the loss of the last 6 games of his previous match this withdrawal doesn't sound so positive... :unsure:

Via :lol: Well, at least I don't know many futures players who have to go to play their matches from France to Australia, Bermuda and so on.

Ah btw, here is a quote of some Argentina's player who was blogging for ATP from Munich: "En algunos torneos hay playstations en las salas de jugadores, con televisor gigante. Se arman tremendas batallas. Moya y Nadal son grandes duelos. Ferrero tiene un gran talento. Los contragolpes de Devilder son letales." lol

:mad: i can understand most of that spanish quote.... except for the last sentence!!!! :lol:

well irina, come to think of it, you aren't just mean to nicolas, you are mean to seb too, implying that his earning power and status has given him too much fat!!! :p

and no... i don't know *any* futures player at all. so nicolas' finances can't be too bad eh, given that he flied all the way from france to australia just to play qualies in sydney, and first round in melbourne. he just should feed himself better :devil:

~EMiLiTA~
05-07-2007, 06:56 AM
:mad: i can understand most of that spanish quote.... except for the last sentence!!!! :lol:

well irina, come to think of it, you aren't just mean to nicolas, you are mean to seb too, implying that his earning power and status has given him too much fat!!! :p

and no... i don't know *any* futures player at all. so nicolas' finances can't be too bad eh, given that he flied all the way from france to australia just to play qualies in sydney, and first round in melbourne. he just should feed himself better :devil:

the last Spanish sentences means: Devilder's counter attacks are lethal!!

and Via, clearly the reason why Nico flew half way round the world from France to Australia was because he was desperate to see us! it's so obvious :cool:

Via
05-08-2007, 12:07 PM
the last Spanish sentences means: Devilder's counter attacks are lethal!!
:yeah: thanks! i should have guessed that one too! :lol:

and Via, clearly the reason why Nico flew half way round the world from France to Australia was because he was desperate to see us! it's so obvious :cool:
:lol: hmm maybe it's just you dear, i didn't even know of his existence a few months ago.... :aplot:

Sophie-d
05-08-2007, 12:37 PM
Thanks for translating some of the spanish...I didn't get any of it :o !!!

Hope he'll be back in action soon...:p

Via
05-09-2007, 10:14 PM
lol i'll make an attempt at translation for you sophie (with a little help from google :angel: )

in some tournaments there are playstations in player lounges, with huge screens (televisions? lol). tremendous battles are fought. moya and nadal have great duels. ferrero has a great talent...

(and then you know the last line :D )

Sophie-d
05-10-2007, 10:32 AM
Thanks VERY much Via (and Google) :kiss:!!!

Sophie-d
05-16-2007, 11:42 AM
Nico lost in the first round in San Remo :sad:!!!!

~EMiLiTA~
05-16-2007, 12:50 PM
oh well, who cares about san remo anyway :ras: ...the more important news for today is that nico got a WC into RG! i didn't think he would need one...but he got it anyway :) let's hope he gets a good draw there!

Via
05-17-2007, 07:39 AM
RG WC :yeah:

who else's got one? i know they say luczak has got one from tennis australia. actually he's rather like nicolas in some ways! not carrying much 'fat', for one thing ;) :haha:

Hangdog
05-20-2007, 05:17 PM
:devil:
Maybe Luczak doesn’t like Swedish food lol

Well, Nico has been so much looking forward to this WC and now when he doesn’t really need it anymore they’ve finally decided to give him one (and perhaps they’re going to take it back? lol)... Ok, anyway a WC is a big honour and the main thing is that Nicolas will be in the main draw. Actually keeping his latest results in the mind I’m veeery pessimistic but still I want it sooo much to see him winning a match in singles, or better two or even better... :angel: ehhh, so what I was talking about? :o
Fingers crossed for a not too bad draw.

The other WCs went to (but seems it may be changed): Mahut, Montcourt, Roger-Vasselin, Patience, Sidorenko and ( :rolleyes: ) Eysseric.

P.S. Sorry for bringing that Spanish quote without any translation!! Actually I speak no Spanish myself, can only somehow understand it. Glad you've translated it after all.

Via
05-21-2007, 11:23 PM
i guess if they give the WC (which means something else in regular usage, but well.... :tape: ) to nicolas, then someone lower ranked, of whatever nationality, will be able to get direct entry, so it will do this guy good. they probably can't think of another deserving frenchie lol

so good luck to nico. isn't clay still a preferred surface for him? i know he got a bagel in his last match, but then, so did the RG defending champion :devil: :lol:

ahh i was excited to see a spanish quote... need a challenge sometimes! but of course the expert here is emily ;)

~EMiLiTA~
05-22-2007, 12:05 PM
just as well he's into the main draw this year. this time last year he'd lost first round qualies i think...if my memory is correct lol

Via
05-23-2007, 01:16 AM
lol looks like the wild card will be given to another frenchie, since nicolas has made it to the main draw on his own. my theory about the generosity of the FFT towards other nationalities must be misplaced! lol

~EMiLiTA~
05-23-2007, 08:43 AM
lol yes, there is no such thing as the FFT being generous towards other nationalities

Hangdog
05-23-2007, 08:56 PM
Well, hope they’ll find a worthy successor for Nico’s WC.

By the way, there was a 10 min interview with Nicolas last week on French "Radio Tennis (http://www.radio-tennis.com)". Quite a big event, no? :) He talks about this season which is, as he says, the first one when he has real chances to get directly into the main draws of big tournaments. He considers his victory over Ferrero as his most beautiful one in the beginning of the year. As for his coaches, he tells he works a lot there with Team Lagardere, he’s learnt a lot of tactical features from them and still has enough things to improve. About RG he says it’s just another tournament but yes, it’s very special in France and sure very important for him as well as for any French player. His main aim of the season is to consolidate his positions in the Top 100 and to get into the main draws of other Grand Slams. In the end Nicolas was asked to describe Marcelo Rios and he says not that Marcelo is such a huge idol for him but he was really impressed with his game. But I haven’t heard it all properly so that’s in very short, only those things I remember right now. And with my poor French a half can be wrong, e.g. maybe in fact he’s going to break into the Top 10 and win a couple of nice trophies :)

Via
05-27-2007, 12:11 AM
hey thanks irina for the report! nice to get tennis on the radio, no? :)

nicolas is such a modest guy, i'm sure you've heard right but i won't say you haven't guessed right about his secret dreams ;)

Sophie-d
05-30-2007, 09:35 PM
Here's a couple of pics. from his match against Llodra :)!!!

~EMiLiTA~
05-31-2007, 01:25 AM
too bad he lost :sobbing:

Sophie-d
06-11-2007, 07:56 PM
Good luck to Nico tomorrow!!! I know he can do it lol :yippee:!!!

Sophie-d
06-26-2007, 08:33 PM
:woohoo:!!!

A nice first round win for Nico in Wimbly :p

6-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4!! ALLEZ!

Sophie-d
06-29-2007, 05:21 PM
Some pictures from his match against Baghdatis :), just a shame that he lost!!!

*Sweet4Richard*
08-14-2007, 02:33 AM
Two pics from his first round match against Ascione in the Bronx Challenger:



http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a37/Miss_Piggy3/Bronx%20Challenger%202007/3.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a37/Miss_Piggy3/Bronx%20Challenger%202007/4.jpg

Hangdog
08-14-2007, 09:58 AM
Thanks! :yeah:
Did he really play a "not good" match? Any signs of his wrist injury?

*Sweet4Richard*
08-17-2007, 02:51 AM
Sorry once again that I didn't take more pictures for you :)

For the match, I saw really no signs of his injury. I wasn't looking too closely, but he seemed to be playing 'injury-free'.

He didn't play that well during the first set, buthe really fought back in the 2nd. I think he was down a break and then broke back when Ascione was serving for the match. Ascione seemed to really punish him with his backhand, mainly hitting clean winners that Nicolas couldn't get too.

If anything else comes back to me, I'll let you know. :)

Hangdog
08-18-2007, 07:21 PM
Thank you once again :) When it comes to Nicolas any information is highly appreciated :worship: Especially great to hear about "injury-free".

Nicolas beat Mahut today in New Haven qualies :woohoo: A few more wins before US Open would be really good! :devil:

*Sweet4Richard*
08-22-2007, 09:54 PM
I saw Nicolas today at the US Open qualies. He was watching Olivier Patience's match with Thierry Ascione for a few moments. Then I saw him later watching Ascione's match with Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Olivier Patience. I tried to get a photo of him with the guys during the Ascione match, but its pretty bad. :rolls:

He's in the white with his arm in the air explaining something. He left soon after because it started to rain.

If I got to the qualies tomorrow, which I plan too, I'll try to get better photos of him if I see him watching someone's match :wavey:

Hangdog
08-23-2007, 08:20 PM
:worship:
I'd loan you my ultra zoom camera if I could teleport it to NY lol Don't hesitate to come closer the next time, Nico only looks so ":devil:", in fact he is a kind and modest guy ;)

USO 1st round: Devilder vs Youzhny :unsure:

*Sweet4Richard*
08-26-2007, 01:29 AM
Thanks :hug: I should get closer, but he was in stands. I did manage to get two photos of him walking around watching some qualifying matches from Thursday. Not the best photo, but much better than that other one :lol:

I was running to another court so I took out the camera fast. Didn't have time to get closer, sorry. ;)

Sophie-d
08-26-2007, 07:37 AM
Thanks for your pictures :yeah:! They're really nice!!! And good luck to Nico in the US :)!

rrfnpump
09-03-2007, 07:22 PM
My Pics of Nico from the US Open

http://i2.tinypic.com/61jgxhk_th.jpg (http://i2.tinypic.com/61jgxhk.jpg) http://i8.tinypic.com/4ubsdxs_th.jpg (http://i8.tinypic.com/4ubsdxs.jpg) http://i6.tinypic.com/68949bo_th.jpg (http://i6.tinypic.com/68949bo.jpg)

From a practice session with Nico Mahut. :awww: He got crushed by Youzhny in the First Round.

Sophie-d
09-10-2007, 07:24 PM
It was a shame he lost...better luck next time!!! But DAMN those pics are HOT :hearts:!!! Thanks for posting them :yeah:!

Anne-Claire
09-12-2007, 10:19 PM
Nicolas praticing at the US OPEN 2007:

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/1805/devilderjs2.jpg

karo_em9
11-08-2007, 05:12 PM
Bonjour a tout le monde :p :o !!

i am from Argentina, and the next week Nicolas will come to play the Copa Petrobras in Buenos Aires.
i have a blog of tennis, where we follow all the tournaments challengers and futures also, since I know speak french, for what I have to do an interview to Nicolás.
and as i not know much of the life of this boy :confused: , i wanted to see if you can help me to do some questions on his career :o :o .
thank you already and I promise to reach then some photos that I will take. ;)

KARO;

Hangdog
11-08-2007, 07:28 PM
Bonjour Karo :wavey:
Interview with Nicolas is a great idea! :yeah: I've sent you a PM, check it out, please.

And sure we are looking forward to your photos :)

karo_em9
11-11-2007, 04:10 AM
Well i have news from the first match of Nicolas
He plays against Santiago Ventura from spain =P
... maybe, i'm not shure... he play tuesday.

Thanks for your help Irina!!! :)

KARO;

Ome
12-12-2007, 12:35 PM
Nicolas training with Paulo :D

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/5184/35509487os6.th.jpg (http://img228.imageshack.us/my.php?image=35509487os6.jpg)

Hangdog
12-13-2007, 05:03 AM
Looks like Nico indeed :lol: Thanks Ome :hug:
Is it possible to hear a bit more details? When? Where? (at PJB??? :scratch: ) Was it just a single practice (I mean a usual practice of members of the same club) or now they are indeed practice partners?

Ome
12-13-2007, 05:11 AM
I don't know much about the practice. I only know that it was taken on Tuesday 11/12/2007 and yes, it was at PJB judging from the logo :lol:

Via
01-05-2008, 05:10 AM
nico is one heck of a lucky guy! his original first round (sydney quali) opponent pulled out at the last minute, so the tournament found a random local guy with a racquet and ready to play, and gave that guy a wild card into the spot :tape:

true to ranking, nico disposed of him easily. :lol: hopefully he'll make the most of his luck.

Hangdog
01-05-2008, 05:43 AM
You saw Nico! :D :bounce:
Thanks for the report! Yeah, Nicolas is a man of luck :lol: Well, I was about to believe he can lose to anyone from Top 1000 on hard but fortunately that local guy wasn't classified that high, so you could enjoy such a unique phenomenon as victory of Nico on hard :p Sorry for the rain and the delayed beginning though :(

Via
01-06-2008, 02:27 AM
You saw Nico! :D :bounce:
yes, and you thought i'd be too late!!!

Thanks for the report! Yeah, Nicolas is a man of luck :lol: Well, I was about to believe he can lose to anyone from Top 1000 on hard but fortunately that local guy wasn't classified that high, so you could enjoy such a unique phenomenon as victory of Nico on hard :p Sorry for the rain and the delayed beginning though :(

a tougher match today according to the scoreline, but nico keeps rolling :cool: one more, fingers crossed

Cyril S.
01-09-2008, 12:29 PM
Thanks Via for your photos:)
Here is one from FFT Australian Open page. Don't know when it has been taken.

KathyK
01-10-2008, 09:45 AM
Australian Open qualif r.2:
Alexandre Kudryavtsev (RUS)def Nicolas Devilder (FRA)[3] 6-2 7-5 :sobbing:

Via
01-10-2008, 09:52 AM
oh noooo

ClaudiuS
02-05-2008, 11:52 PM
Pictures from Nicolas Devilder match against Carlos Berlocq 1st round of ATP Viña del Mar 2008.

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc140/casc_89/Movistar%20Open/53402313-pv.jpg
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc140/casc_89/Movistar%20Open/53402312-pv.jpg
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc140/casc_89/Movistar%20Open/53402311-pv.jpg
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc140/casc_89/Movistar%20Open/53402309-pv.jpg
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc140/casc_89/Movistar%20Open/53402308-pv.jpg
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc140/casc_89/Movistar%20Open/53402307-pv.jpg

Hangdog
02-06-2008, 04:05 AM
Muchas gracias! :bounce:
Looks like the era of that weird grey outfit is finally over :)

Ome
02-11-2008, 11:41 PM
From the Brazilian Open:

Hangdog
02-12-2008, 03:14 AM
Thank you Ome! :hug:

Nicolas has spent too much energy while staying in Australia, and now he can't get all his stuff together and win a match on his favorite clay :devil: So pictures are the only thing left to enjoy :awww:

Via
02-12-2008, 06:46 AM
Thank you Ome! :hug:

Nicolas has spent too much energy while staying in Australia, and now he can't get all his stuff together and win a match on his favorite clay :devil: So pictures are the only thing left to enjoy :awww:

what did he do? :devil:

Hangdog
03-20-2008, 08:12 PM
what did he do? :devil:
I have noticed it only now that I missed your post :o Well, you should know it better than me what he was doing in Australia :devil:
In fact I only meant that he had never been winning a match in Australia or New Caledonia (ok, maybe except once in AO qualies) but this year he won even 3 matches there. And then it took him a while to take a victory on clay :rolleyes:

As for the news, he won a tournament in France (seems he does know how to play against his countrymen!) last week, and now his new quest is for AngelDevil trofeo - next week at Barletta Challenger :devil:

CooCooCachoo
04-01-2008, 12:30 PM
http://www.openbarletta.it/public/big/nicolas%20devilder%5B1%5D.JPG

Nico in Barletta.

Via
04-01-2008, 11:01 PM
I have noticed it only now that I missed your post :o Well, you should know it better than me what he was doing in Australia :devil:
In fact I only meant that he had never been winning a match in Australia or New Caledonia (ok, maybe except once in AO qualies) but this year he won even 3 matches there. And then it took him a while to take a victory on clay :rolleyes:

As for the news, he won a tournament in France (seems he does know how to play against his countrymen!) last week, and now his new quest is for AngelDevil trofeo - next week at Barletta Challenger :devil:

:lol: what a name... suits him :devil:

:angel:

Hangdog
04-02-2008, 09:06 PM
:lol: what a name... suits him :devil:

:angel:
Absolutely.
:angel:
Also tournament's official hotel was called Nicotel :lol:
For the record he reached the semis there and this week he was stopped in the first round of another Challenger. Do hope it was just a misfire and next week in Monza he'll get his fighting spirit back :devil:

Tulipe
05-11-2008, 02:27 PM
A few pictures of Nicolas that I took in Ostrava this week. I love this "bad-boy look". Sorry, the pics are a little bit too big, but I didn't have time to resize them...

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa67/accidentaly_in_love/IMG_2375.jpg
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa67/accidentaly_in_love/IMG_2377.jpg
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa67/accidentaly_in_love/IMG_2379.jpg

Hangdog
05-11-2008, 04:11 PM
Pure ":devil:"! :lol: Well done Tulipe, lovely shots! Thanks for sharing, and the size is absolutely fine :) Did you get a chance to see him playing?

Tulipe
05-12-2008, 05:27 AM
Pure ":devil:"! :lol: Well done Tulipe, lovely shots! Thanks for sharing, and the size is absolutely fine :) Did you get a chance to see him playing?

Not too much, his opponent retired when Nicolas was leading 4:0 in the first set...

Ome
05-22-2008, 11:26 PM
Training at RG:

Hangdog
05-23-2008, 06:47 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3296/2515851903_ed3d6dd1a3_o.jpg
:rocker2: :devil:

Nicolas said (RG site article, I wish there were other interviews...) he is happy to qualify, hopes to go far in the tournament and wouldn't be glad to be placed vs Nadal (and after all he plays against Guccione in the first round).

Training at RG:
Merci :kiss: Wasn't there the third picture without watermark, too? (If it's from Iconsport)

Ome
05-23-2008, 06:57 PM
Merci :kiss: Weren't there the third picture without watermark, too? (If it's from Iconsport)

I got it via ZUMA, but yeah! There was the third picture I didn't see it at first :o

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/3387/rg3ff9.jpg

Truc
05-24-2008, 07:28 AM
Nice article about Nico in L'Equipe today:
Devilder, ventre à terre
Catalogué parmi les ouvriers du circuit, le Dacquois, seul Français à avoir survécu aux qualifs, assume sa réputation de « rat » de la terre.

VOUS CONNAISSEZ son nom, peut-être son visage. Mais vous n’êtes pas très sûr. C’est le coup classique, et il le connaît par coeur. Nicolas Devilder appartient à cette branche française de la famille tennis qui marche à l’ombre, main dans la main avec les Olivier Patience, Éric Prodon ou Thierry Ascione. Eux, c’est la bande de ceux qui ont souvent frôlé le « truc » sans jamais réussir à le capturer.
Ils tournoient autour de la centième place mondiale (Devilder, 28 ans, est 148e), parfois en dessous, le plus souvent au-delà. Leur métier, c’est de s’accrocher, pas de se plaindre. Et un jour, après avoir longtemps semé, ils récoltent. Ce jour-là, pour Devilder, est tombé hier. Il disputait cette semaine ses quinzièmes qualifications en Grand Chelem et, pour la première fois, il s’en est tiré. « Je suis vachement fier, appréciait- il. Je n’ai pas perdu un set en trois tours. » Il a fait ça tout seul, avec sa patte gauche et ses petites jambes qui ne disent jamais stop. Tout seul, sans coach. « Je suis au Team Lagardère depuis deux ans et demi et je leur dis merci parce qu’ils m’ont bien aidé l’an dernier (quand il grimpa jusqu’à la 81e place mondiale). Mais aujourd’hui, ça a bien changé. Je devais travailler avec Guillaume Peyre cette saison mais comme il avait aussi la charge de Mahut (et désormais de Gasquet), ça n’a jamais été le cas. Ce qui me chiffonne, c’est que personne ne m’a dit un mot. C’est comme ça : Lagardère, maintenant, c’est l’élite. Ça fonctionne comme une entreprise. Donc, depuis janvier, je suis tout seul. C’est la débrouille ! »
On ne niera pas qu’hier on n’a localisé personne de chez Lagardère venu faire la claque pour le petit Nicolas. « Exact, confirma-t-il. Mais y avait Carine, ma chérie, et c’est ça le plus important. » On remarqua en revanche la présence d’Olivier Patience, le vieux compagnon de bourlingue, fort bien placé pour nous toucher un mot du cas Devilder. « Nico, c’est un “ratas” de la terre battue. C’est un guerrier mais pas que ça : il a une superbe main et, s’il le sent, il peut vous coller vingt amorties dans un match. »
Qu’on le taxe de « rat » de la terre ne vexera jamais Devilder. En plus, pour brouiller les pistes, il n’aura qu’à rappeler qu’il n’a gagné qu’un match en Grand Chelem dans sa vie et que c’était l’an dernier, à… Wimbledon. « Ah ouais, contre Zabaleta, se souvient Patience. Purée, on pourrait chambrer Zabaleta jusqu’à la fin de ses jours ! » « Mais oui je suis un “rat”, on m’appelle même “Raton”, rigole Devilder. Pourquoi ça me gênerait ? C’est bien d’être le mec que les autres n’aiment pas se coltiner. Ça me va bien. »
FRÉDÉRIC BERNÈS

Truc
05-24-2008, 07:41 AM
He belongs to the category of the Patience, Prodon, Ascione, all these guys who sometimes are in the top 100, most of the time out of it, who keep trying without complaining and are awarded for their efforts at some point. For Nico, it happened yesterday. It was the 15th time he tried to qualify for a Slam and the 1st time he went through. He's very proud and stresses he hasn't lost a set in 3 rounds.
He has no coach at the moment. He's been part of the Team Lagardère for 2 1/2 years and they've helped him a lot last year when he reached his best ranking (#81). But now, it's a different story. He was supposed to work with Peyre this year, but Peyre also was in charge of Mahut, so it never happened. And it annoys him a bit nobody has said anything. That's how it works now: the Team Lagardère is for top players! Like a company. So he's been working alone since January. He has to fend for himself.
The journalist confirms there was nobody from the Team Lagardère watching him qualifying. But Nico says his gf was there, and that's the most important. His buddy Patience was also there. About Nico, he says: "He's a 'ratas' on clay. A warrior with a superb touch who can play 20 dropshots in one match."
Nico's only win in a Grand Slam so far happened in... Wimbledon. "Oh yeah, that's true, Patience says. Gosh, Zabaleta should be ashamed for the rest of his life!"
Nico doesn't mind being called a "rat" - his nickname is "raton" (which can mean young rat or racoon in French). "Nothing wrong with being the guy the others don't like to get 'lumbered' with. It's fine for me."

Hangdog
05-24-2008, 07:58 AM
I was about sending you a PM to ask isn't there some mention of Devilder in today's l'Equipe lol
Merci beaucoup Françoise!!!! :hug:
And as for the article, it's really nice indeed! :)

Nico!! :rocker2: :devil:

P.S. Ome, thanks for the third picture :wavey:

Truc
05-24-2008, 09:58 AM
You're welcome, I like these articles during the qualifying week of Roland about the less famouse guys, the Ouanna one was nice too, last year Recouderc, etc.

Can't he go back to the FFT? They're annoying too in many regards, but they wouldn't let him without a coach for months.

Hangdog
05-24-2008, 07:12 PM
Well, here I probably have a little bit different interest but I agree, these articles about less famous guys are indeed interesting. I even still remember that one about Recouderc!

As for your question, I've been wondering about the same thing for months! Lagardère was great mainly for the off-season and preparation between events. I think he anyway had to go to many tournaments without a coach.
Nicolas is a great player and he'd surely be ranked much higher if he had a good coach. But it's too expensive and he can't afford it while he is not in the Top 100. So here comes a dilemma... (There was an article on a similar topic, you can have a look: http://www.liberation.fr/actualite/sports/302064.FR.php)
I don't really know how the relations between the Federation and private clubs are going but I'm afraid they'll be barely interested in a 28 yo Top 150 player unless, again, he makes a good run in rankings.

Marine
05-26-2008, 09:18 PM
The match point (at 4.55 )
http://roland-garros.france2.fr/index-fr.php?page=videos&id_rubrique=14&id_article=106


After the match point
http://roland-garros.france2.fr/index-fr.php?page=videos&id_rubrique=14&id_article=344

Ome
05-26-2008, 11:21 PM
:angel:

Ome
05-26-2008, 11:21 PM
:wavey:

Ome
05-27-2008, 04:02 PM
Three more for Irina :hug:

Hangdog
05-27-2008, 07:25 PM
The match point (at 4.55 )
http://roland-garros.france2.fr/index-fr.php?page=videos&id_rubrique=14&id_article=106


After the match point
http://roland-garros.france2.fr/index-fr.php?page=videos&id_rubrique=14&id_article=344
Welcome to the thread! :D And thanks for the links, I've seen the interview before, but might miss the highlights.
Three more for Irina :hug:
You are a sweetheart Ome :hug: One with Jo&Co is especially great :cool:

http://www.rolandgarros.com/images/pics/large/b_035_devilder_0526.jpg
:devil: :rocker2:

Tulipe
05-27-2008, 07:50 PM
He looks so nice on that photos...I don't know which image suits him better, the devil one "I'm a bad guy and I'm playing mafia with sunglasses" as I know him from Ostrava, or this "I'm your sweetheart, kiss me good-night and tell me a fairy tale or I will have bad dreams" :haha:

Truc
05-29-2008, 07:32 AM
In L’Equipe today:
« Je ne pense pas que Nadal sache qui je suis »
« JE VAIS AFFRONTER NADAL. Ce sera la première fois que je rencontre une star sur un grand court. Ça y est, la montagne est là. Oui, j’ai peur et en même temps j’ai toujours rêvé de vivre ça au moins une fois dans ma vie. Trouver une tactique ? Tu parles… Je ne pense pas que Nadal sache qui je suis (en fait si, lire par ailleurs). Les seules vedettes qui me connaissent sont celles de ma génération avec qui j’ai grandi en minimes, en cadets, en juniors. Les Safin, Gonzalez, Ferrero, eux, quand ils me croisent dans le vestiaire, je leur dis quelque chose. Récemment, Marat est venu me voir : “Hey, ça fait plaisir ! Qu’est-ce que tu deviens depuis que tu as arrêté le tennis ?” J’ai rigolé et j’ai répondu : “Je joue toujours mais pas les mêmes tournois que toi. Moi, c’est plutôt le Challenger de Kosice.”
Est-ce que j’ai peur d’en prendre une bonne ? Je sais que ça peut arriver, mais si j’y pense je suis foutu. De toute façon, Nadal est capable de mettre des taules à Ferrer, alors, vous voyez le genre… Normalement, je ne peux pas être complètement ridicule, mais si je suis stressé, si je joue court, je vais me faire cartonner. Je me rappelle qu’à l’US Open l’an dernier j’avais été très mal quand j’avais dû affronter Youzhny. J’étais mené 6-0, 3-0 et là, je n’étais pas du tout relax (il avait perdu 6-0, 6-1, 6-2). Pourvu que ça ne me reprenne pas… »
(I don’t know why they say that Nadal actually does know who he is – ‘lire par ailleurs’ – because I didn’t find anything else in today's issue.)
I like the story when Safin asks him what he’s been doing since he has retired. :lol:

Truc
05-29-2008, 07:33 AM
And Potier in Libération about Nico:
"Devilder, c'est le même que Nadal en plus petit. Un Nadal puissance moins dix. Avec quinze centimètres de moins, quinze kilos de moins, mais le même jeu basé sur un coup droit de gaucher giclant, une très bonne main en fin de course, et beaucoup de courage. S'il arrive à entrer dans le match, à faire des rallyes de fond de court, il prendra énormément de plaisir. Ca peut-être un grand souvenir de sa carrière, même si on le voit pas gagner. Il a passé trois tour de qualif, un premier tour. Il n'a rien à perdre."
http://tennis.blogs.liberation.fr/2008/2008/05/le-programme--1.html
I have no time to translate, sorry, but Irina’s French is perfect anyway.

Via
05-29-2008, 09:07 AM
In L’Equipe today:

(I don’t know why they say that Nadal actually does know who he is – ‘lire par ailleurs’ – because I didn’t find anything else in today's issue.)
I like the story when Safin asks him what he’s been doing since he has retired. :lol:

:lol: i'm sure mr safin meant to be friendly, and tried to catch up...

Truc
05-29-2008, 02:04 PM
Dip&Co is about him today (5th day).

Truc
05-30-2008, 08:06 AM
He's such a star, another long report about him in "Un jour à Roland" yesterday:
http://roland-garros.france2.fr/index-fr.php?page=videos&id_rubrique=23&id_article=118

And "Escudé retrouve Devilder" is quite cute too (the reaction of Escudé after his first round win):
http://video.eurosport.fr/tennis/roland-garros/2008/escude-retrouve-devilder_vid74015/video.shtml

Peta Pan
05-30-2008, 08:20 AM
Oh my, he has a thread here :D I saw him for the first time against Nadal yesterday and was instantly :hearts: :inlove:

I loved his first set, running down everything... and I love that little jump in the air when he's hitting a short ball with the backhand.

Lovely pictures in here :D I look forward to looking through them :hearts:

Ome
05-30-2008, 08:22 AM
:hearts: I fell in love yesterday! :lol: And I can't get enough of his hair!!!

He played really well in the first set! Such a shame how it went down :awww: :hug:

Via
05-30-2008, 08:32 AM
:D good to know that nico is accumulating fans

during the rain delay yesterday, i checked my gallery's stats, and guess what, almost every hit was someone looking for a pic of monsieur devilder :)

but stupid google did not come up with the best pics for them :awww:

ps. a local (hong kong) commentator was comparing his style of play, with some other short players... and in one breath he reeled off two of my favourite names in the last ten years, namely rios and clement :lol:

Ome
05-30-2008, 08:36 AM
I have always loved his hair :lol: but yesterday was the first time I've ever seen his match! :D

Is is true that he pretty much played on his own (without a coach, etc.) before Team Lagardere approach him? My commentator (who seemed to be a part of Team Lagardere) mentioned how they offered to help him :scratch:

Via
05-30-2008, 08:41 AM
ome... you have to go back a few pages to read up on that, i think... my memory is pretty bad :lol:

i kinda remember he doesn't have a coach right now because TL has messed up something. then someone here was suggesting FFT should help him. anyway he's not one of the younger ones so i suppose no one is trying too hard for him.

now it's time for experts like francoise and irina to step in :p

Ome
05-30-2008, 08:41 AM
ps. a local (hong kong) commentator was comparing his style of play, with some other short players... and in one breath he reeled off two of my favourite names in the last ten years, namely rios and clement :lol:

Rios and his jumping BH :D This little jump helped a lot for these not-so-tall players :lol:

Ome
05-30-2008, 08:44 AM
ome... you have to go back a few pages to read up on that, i think... my memory is pretty bad :lol:

i kinda remember he doesn't have a coach right now because TL has messed up something. then someone here was suggesting FFT should help him. anyway he's not one of the younger ones so i suppose no one is trying too hard for him.

now it's time for experts like francoise and irina to step in :p

OK. I'll do that after saving all of his pictures :lol:

These two are the experts! :worship: And of course, Irina is Nico's expert :bounce:

Via
05-30-2008, 08:45 AM
Rios and his jumping BH :D This little jump helped a lot for these not-so-tall players :lol:

i don't know.. i seem to remember some 'experts' doubting how rios jumped up to hit the ball. he had lots of injuries, you know.

Via
05-30-2008, 08:48 AM
OK. I'll do that after saving all of his pictures :lol:

These two are the experts! :worship: And of course, Irina is Nico's expert :bounce:

well you're the expert in other players ;)

just don't quote me on anything... i can't even remember what colours arnaud's been wearing :lol:

Ome
05-30-2008, 08:53 AM
Hmmm, it helped me generating more pace on the BH side... especially when the ball bounced high above the net. I don't know about the injury, but it sure helps a shorty like me :haha: And one more thing, it scares the player on the other side of the court! :lol:

I'm an obsessed fan :o

Via
05-30-2008, 08:58 AM
Hmmm, it helped me generating more pace on the BH side... especially when the ball bounced high above the net. I don't know about the injury, but it sure helps a shorty like me :haha: And one more thing, it scares the player on the other side of the court! :lol:

I'm an obsessed fan :o

:yeah:

(i don't know anything about that personally. i used to play with a... umm one-handed backhand! haha)

anyway jokes aside, i must say that nico gave everything in that first set yesterday :worship: but rafa was a class above him :shrug:

Ome
05-30-2008, 09:02 AM
:)

Ome
05-30-2008, 09:06 AM
:yeah:

(i don't know anything about that personally. i used to play with a... umm one-handed backhand! haha)

anyway jokes aside, i must say that nico gave everything in that first set yesterday :worship: but rafa was a class above him :shrug:

It was a great first set, a few missed chances. Anyway, I love the fact that he has the ability to finish the point off at the net!! :worship:

A few more pictures...

Peta Pan
05-30-2008, 09:10 AM
:hearts: I fell in love yesterday! :lol: And I can't get enough of his hair!!!

He played really well in the first set! Such a shame how it went down :awww: :hug:
Ahh the hair :hearts: To me he has Mahut hair but is about 300 times better looking!

Hmmm, it helped me generating more pace on the BH side... especially when the ball bounced high above the net. I don't know about the injury, but it sure helps a shorty like me :haha: And one more thing, it scares the player on the other side of the court! :lol:

I'm an obsessed fan :o
I don't play tennis at all so I can't comment personally, but it does look like it's a good way to generate pace and it looks very imposing and exciting!
:yeah:

(i don't know anything about that personally. i used to play with a... umm one-handed backhand! haha)

anyway jokes aside, i must say that nico gave everything in that first set yesterday :worship: but rafa was a class above him :shrug:
I usually melt watching players with a gorgeous one-handed backhand, but Nico's double-handed jump I found delightful too :)

It was a real shame that he lost that chance he had in the 1st set. He had 1 (or 2) set points too! No doubt Nadal would still have won, but it would have been wonderful for Nicolas to take a set off him!

Hangdog
05-30-2008, 08:46 PM
The last time this thread was so active was when Nico squeezed into the quarters of that RR tournament :lol:

BTW, a news of the day: Devilder/Patience def Gicquel/Santoro 7/6(2) 7/6(7) :devil:

And now it seems that I'm going to find out how many posts I may quote at one time :o
He looks so nice on that photos...I don't know which image suits him better, the devil one "I'm a bad guy and I'm playing mafia with sunglasses" as I know him from Ostrava, or this "I'm your sweetheart, kiss me good-night and tell me a fairy tale or I will have bad dreams" :haha:
:lol: Indeed not an easy choice! Both suit him quite well =)

(I don’t know why they say that Nadal actually does know who he is – ‘lire par ailleurs’ – because I didn’t find anything else in today's issue.)
I like the story when Safin asks him what he’s been doing since he has retired. :lol:
A day before there was an interview with Nadal, though I don't remember where exactly, maybe even not in l'Equipe, where Rafa was asked whether he knows his next rival. And Rafa was like "Devilder, no? I've seen a bit of his play, one more lefty. It's going to be not too easy."
They also discussed that story about Safin in "Tennis Club" lol
He's such a star, another long report about him in "Un jour à Roland" yesterday:
http://roland-garros.france2.fr/index-fr.php?page=videos&id_rubrique=23&id_article=118

And "Escudé retrouve Devilder" is quite cute too (the reaction of Escudé after his first round win):
http://video.eurosport.fr/tennis/roland-garros/2008/escude-retrouve-devilder_vid74015/video.shtml
Yeah, looks like he's been one of the most popular French players for a couple of days! I don't know how you all manage to follow more popular guys! It's more normal when I open Google Actualités and it says there have been no articles about Devilder in the last 30 days. And when there are over 500 articles only there... That's scaring!! lol
So one more time thanks for all the articles and links! :worship: :hug:

And I have a little question. Here is Nico's post match interview: http://roland-garros.france3.fr/index-fr.php?page=videos&id_rubrique=23&id_article=656, could you tell me, please, what were Toni Nadal's words they mention? My "perfect" French doesn't really help me to get that part :p
Oh my, he has a thread here :D I saw him for the first time against Nadal yesterday and was instantly :hearts: :inlove:

:wavey: Great news! So nice to have more people here =)
:hearts: I fell in love yesterday! :lol: And I can't get enough of his hair!!!

Actually I think if I wasn't "his expert" (lol) already I'd surely fall in love as well after this match! Such a nice altitude and the ways he's started and finished the match were just awesome :worship: I think it's better to have a match against Nadal like this one at Lenglen rather than get a less tough opponent, maybe go through one more round, but never enjoy that atmosphere of the centre court. And I like Nico's phrase that the moment of stepping into that court is really exciting and thanks to the rain he's got a chance to enjoy it twice lol

And as always thanks for the pictures! Though photographers did not a really good job this time, couldn't they catch his smile?
i can't even remember what colours arnaud's been wearing :lol:
LOL I've even never been trying to remember such things!
Ahh the hair :hearts: To me he has Mahut hair but is about 300 times better looking!

It was a real shame that he lost that chance he had in the 1st set. He had 1 (or 2) set points too! No doubt Nadal would still have won, but it would have been wonderful for Nicolas to take a set off him!
Mahut hair?! Maybe the hair style is a little bit similar, but that's all. Have you ever seen him with long blonde hair? :p

Actually he's only got one chance to make a break at 4-4 and then serve for the match but he's missed it. And that made me thinking that if change RG format to best-of-1-set there would be better chances for a Frenchman to finally win it :o

Marine
05-30-2008, 10:21 PM
In french , Irina...Toni Nadal a dit que ce point (balle de break à 4/4) a beaucoup compté pour l'issue (la fin) du 1er set.
Certainement qu'il voulait dire que son point a été déterminant. Il a trop pensé à cette balle manquée.

Peta Pan
05-31-2008, 11:03 AM
Mahut hair?! Maybe the hair style is a little bit similar, but that's all. Have you ever seen him with long blonde hair? :p
:lol: Yes I saw him with the long blonde hair in pictures... but I have a severe dislike for long hair so I MUCH prefer it now :p

It was weird though, because when I first turned on the TV for this match I only saw the hair and thought "oh Nadal is playing Mahut"... then I thought "wait, Mahut was already beaten yesterday :confused: " and then Nico turned around
and I was thinking :hearts: Who is this handsome looking guy :hearts: :lol:
Actually he's only got one chance to make a break at 4-4 and then serve for the match but he's missed it. And that made me thinking that if change RG format to best-of-1-set there would be better chances for a Frenchman to finally win it :o
Ahh that was it. I got confused with the scoreline :o

Still, I was pleased for him that he put so much pressure on Nadal for the set.

Via
06-01-2008, 02:16 AM
I think it's better to have a match against Nadal like this one at Lenglen rather than get a less tough opponent, maybe go through one more round, but never enjoy that atmosphere of the centre court. And I like Nico's phrase that the moment of stepping into that court is really exciting and thanks to the rain he's got a chance to enjoy it twice lol

that's so true. knowing how nico has been trying to qualify so many times at slams, it's so rewarding for him to succeed in making two rounds in his home slam, and playing centre court no less. here's a guy who appreciates the little bright side that he's got!

Actually he's only got one chance to make a break at 4-4 and then serve for the match but he's missed it. And that made me thinking that if change RG format to best-of-1-set there would be better chances for a Frenchman to finally win it :o

:haha: but still not a win even with this format :awww: and you know i'm not just referring to nico.

btw peta for your interest! last year (2007) i watched the two nicos (the other one with similar hair as you think) in melbourne at a practice... afterwards i called out for 'nico' to sign my hat. and guess who responded? :haha: not the one you think. this nico was so modest, he never thought anyone would want his autograph :confused: lol

Hangdog
06-05-2008, 06:55 PM
In french , Irina...Toni Nadal a dit que ce point (balle de break à 4/4) a beaucoup compté pour l'issue (la fin) du 1er set.
Certainement qu'il voulait dire que son point a été déterminant. Il a trop pensé à cette balle manquée.
Merci Marine, I've just thought it might be something more important because during the match the journalist (forgot his name) spent quite a while talking to Toni Nadal.

Some news about Nicolas.
He is 128th this week (+20) :devil: On June 3rd Nico as well as other guys like Seb, Paulo, Micka, Gilles etc. took part in that famous football match at Parc des Princes. Nico's team lost 6-7 lol More details: video (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/multimedia/console/mflash.html?targetLink=/media/video/NEWS.03062008_FR_480x360_400kbps.flv&lang=fr_FR&localisIE=false), photo (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3057/2553899226_12a146813a_o.jpg).

Also there was a nice interview with Nicolas (http://www.sudouest.com/300508/reg_landes.asp?Article=300508aP2502115.xml).
He told that he joined Lagardère Team and began regularly playing ATP tournaments just a couple of years ago so he is still very fresh and motivated, and he hopes to play tennis at the highest level for a few more years. He prefers not thinking about what he's going to do after finishing his carrier but probably it'll be something about tennis, about sports for sure. And he thinks he'll move back to Landes (where his parents live) as he believes that region, South West of France, is so wonderful and has nothing to do with Paris :p

Next week he plays a Challenger in Kosice where he won in 2006 :devil:

Marine
06-05-2008, 07:19 PM
How to compare Les Landes with Paris ?? Countryside and big Town... :rolleyes:

Hangdog
06-05-2008, 07:28 PM
Not that I have something against Paris but countryside rules :)
Nico must be the same person as me who prefers nice lovely silent places to big noisy crowded cities :angel:

Via
06-06-2008, 12:58 AM
irina isn't going to tell fans here on mtf, that nico has left a message on her blog to thank her for all her efforts! (and all the love too :)) she's too modest i think! but i need not be modest for her, so here's the link ;) ;)

http://nicolasdevilder.skyrock.com/1766276404_comment_1.html

:yeah:

Ome
06-06-2008, 04:20 AM
:awww: :D

I love Nico and Irina more and more each day! :hearts:

Tulipe
06-07-2008, 10:46 PM
Irina is really too modest...we must squeeze her so she says something :D

Tomorrow the challenger in Kosice starts, Nicolas plays against Kamil Capkovic from Slovakia in the first round. Can't say I'm happy about that since I'm a fan of both...but may the best wins :bigclap:

Hangdog
06-08-2008, 06:18 PM
:eek: This thread surprises me more and more!

Via, thanks for your proclamation :lol:
You also think I should print it out and put into a frame? lol
:awww: :D

I love Nico and Irina more and more each day! :hearts:
Ome :awww: :inlove: Je t'adore!
Irina is really too modest...we must squeeze her so she says something :D

Tomorrow the challenger in Kosice starts, Nicolas plays against Kamil Capkovic from Slovakia in the first round. Can't say I'm happy about that since I'm a fan of both...but may the best wins :bigclap:
Maria :haha: :hug: I promise I'll be working on it!
So can you tell us who is Kamil Capkovic anyway? He seems to be a tall guy with a good serve who prefers playing on hard :scratch:

Marine
06-08-2008, 06:59 PM
ahahah I even didn't know you have a blog about him, that's crazy, I know so many things about you, and not that ! LOL

Nice of him anyway ! What he said is cute. :p

Hangdog
06-08-2008, 07:07 PM
Never mind, Marine lol It's just for fun, nothing special!

Tulipe
06-08-2008, 08:57 PM
So, I will try my best to describe you Kamil. Yeah, he's really tall, he's 1,98 m I think (so he usually scared me to death when he walked in, because I'm 1,65 :D) and has a good serve. He doesn't make a lot of aces, though, I'd say he has a good percentage but he doesn't take much risk so he doesn't put the serve to the lines. He's improved a lot since last year, he used to be a kind of sloth, now he plays harder and quicker. I think although he's so tall, he can play long rallies (he's not that kind of player like Querrey, Karlovic etc.). But I think still he's not too agressive and maybe he has a lack of experience, but he might do some good results in future, considering he's still quite young. Oh, and he has terrible taste in picking doubles' partners :D Off the court he's really nice guy and if he wants something from you, just close your eyes, cover your ears and run away, because if you stay and let him speak and do the pleading eyes, he will get anything he wants from you :haha: My personal experience :D

Here you have him:

http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/kamil.jpg

Tulipe
06-15-2008, 04:38 PM
So finally he managed to reach the semi-finals in Kosice. Does anyone know what is the next tournament for Nicolas, I think he doesn't play the Wimbledon qualies...

Grenouille
06-15-2008, 06:56 PM
That's bad because he has some points to defend there !

Hangdog
06-15-2008, 07:40 PM
So finally he managed to reach the semi-finals in Kosice. Does anyone know what is the next tournament for Nicolas, I think he doesn't play the Wimbledon qualies...
Now you can start blaming me again lol :o Thanks for the info about Kamil, it was a nice match! I only was scared that he'll begin talking to Nico (and you said it's dangerous!) or he'll crash the webcam one minute (his shots were dangerous as well!) and I won't be able to watch the rest of the match.

Nico doesn't play Wimbledon indeed, and I guess his participation in US Open is also a big question, he'll probably play it only if he gets directly into the main draw.
He's going to play on clay during the whole summer (mostly Challengers). Now he is in Braunschweig, plays 1st round against Junqueira. And I do hope he'll manage to win it! :devil:
That's bad because he has some points to defend there !
True, but anyway in his case there is more sense in playing a Challenger on clay rather than any tournament on grass.

Tulipe
06-15-2008, 09:10 PM
Now you can start blaming me again lol :o Thanks for the info about Kamil, it was a nice match! I only was scared that he'll begin talking to Nico (and you said it's dangerous!) or he'll crash the webcam one minute (his shots were dangerous as well!) and I won't be able to watch the rest of the match.

Nico doesn't play Wimbledon indeed, and I guess his participation in US Open is also a big question, he'll probably play it only if he gets directly into the main draw.
He's going to play on clay during the whole summer (mostly Challengers). Now he is in Braunschweig, plays 1st round against Junqueira. And I do hope he'll manage to win it! :devil:


I won't blame you :). I think Kamil doesn't speak French and as for his English, I'm not sure it's so good Nico would understand him :D At least I did understand a little bit of his Slovak and he got a prize money form from me which I wasn't allowed to give him, because he was whining how much he needs it and has to catch his plane and he was doing pleading eyes, so finally I gave it to him and then was praying the whole week nobody noticed it's missing :haha: But truly a good match, although I just saw the result, because I wasn't able to watch it as I was in Poland that day. I think Kamil's slowly improving...

Junqueira is a tricky player for the 1st round. But let's hope he'll do well in Braunschweig. I think he doesn't have many points to defend in the US Open, does he?

Hangdog
06-22-2008, 07:11 PM
Nico hadn't lost a set on his way to Braunschweig's final where he beat Roitman in the same manner 6-4 6-4 :devil: :worship: He said he is glad to win a tournament that's got such a great field, it's his first title of the year and he is absolutely happy :angel:

Next week he plays in Romania.

I think Kamil's slowly improving...

Junqueira is a tricky player for the 1st round. But let's hope he'll do well in Braunschweig. I think he doesn't have many points to defend in the US Open, does he?
Kamil seems to be a funny guy :) And you're right, he did a very good match against Nicolas, broke him a few times.

Yeah, there is nothing special to defend at the USO :tape:

Tulipe
06-22-2008, 09:12 PM
:woohoo: First title of the year! :woohoo: Let's throw some confetti! Nice to hear he's happy, let's hope it's the beginning of the better part of this season!!! Let's also hope someone else is coming to this thread, it seems we're the only fans here, Irina! :unsure:

Peta Pan
06-23-2008, 09:12 AM
Wooo I was on a weeks holiday and had a quick glance and saw that he'd made the final. So happy for him winning it!!!!

Well done Nico :banana:

Hangdog
06-23-2008, 06:36 PM
"Überglücklich" Nico:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3244/2604266055_c63b59829f_o.jpg
:angel::devil:
:woohoo: First title of the year! :woohoo: Let's throw some confetti! Nice to hear he's happy, let's hope it's the beginning of the better part of this season!!! Let's also hope someone else is coming to this thread, it seems we're the only fans here, Irina! :unsure:
Well, speaking more precisely, it's his second title of the year. He got the first one when he won a local French tournament earlier this year. Of course, it's less important but anyway I think that was a great victory too as there were represented such guys as Patience and Sidorenko.
Speaking about the better part of the season - he is back to the Top 100 this week!!! :aparty: Now he is exactly on the 100th place :devil:
And as for the rest, personally I'm really happy just not to be alone here anymore :lol:
Wooo I was on a weeks holiday and had a quick glance and saw that he'd made the final. So happy for him winning it!!!!

Well done Nico :banana:
:D :banana:

Tulipe
06-24-2008, 11:02 AM
Awww, he looks so sweet :inlove:

Peta Pan
06-24-2008, 01:30 PM
:hearts:

Awww what an adorable photo :inlove:

Tulipe
06-24-2008, 05:41 PM
Peta Pan, how can you explain that everytime we look at Nico, we just go like: "Awww!" :haha:

Peta Pan
06-25-2008, 08:17 AM
Peta Pan, how can you explain that everytime we look at Nico, we just go like: "Awww!" :haha:

:lol:

Seems he's just a awww kind of person :awww:

Tulipe
06-25-2008, 11:52 AM
http://sweb.cz/mrs.jones/display.jpg

I've found this on my computer recently...it's from 2006 Ostrava challenger. I've already forgotten how he looked with longer hair and bandana... I think now he looks younger and sweeter (awww-person :haha:), but there surely was something about that look...

Peta Pan
06-25-2008, 12:47 PM
awww :p

I like him with the bandana too :hearts: and I don't usually like long hair (although that didn't seem TOO long.

I do prefer him now though... the bandana look was from when I didn't really know who he was :sad:

He looks younger now though as you said! :awww:

Tulipe
06-29-2008, 08:16 PM
Glad you liked the pic.

Nico won in Constanta! Second challenger title in a row! That's awesome! :bigclap: Maybe time to try some bigger tournaments?

Peta Pan
06-30-2008, 08:39 AM
Glad you liked the pic.

Nico won in Constanta! Second challenger title in a row! That's awesome! :bigclap: Maybe time to try some bigger tournaments?

:yippee:

He's in such good form right now! Congratulations Nico, that's really awesome

:woohoo:

Tulipe
07-06-2008, 09:48 AM
Nicolas is in the final of Lugano challenger! Third final in a row! :bowdown: Our Nico is becoming a monster! :scared:

Tulipe
07-08-2008, 10:21 AM
Nico is ranked 83 this week! Celebrations in hell :devil:! Let's hope he'll go even further! :bounce:

Hangdog
07-12-2008, 08:33 PM
I've found this on my computer recently...it's from 2006 Ostrava challenger. I've already forgotten how he looked with longer hair and bandana... I think now he looks younger and sweeter (awww-person :haha:), but there surely was something about that look...
It's from 2005 actually :p In 2006 Nico already had short hair. Anyway thanks a lot for the picture, I've never seen it.
awww :p

I like him with the bandana too :hearts: and I don't usually like long hair (although that didn't seem TOO long.

I do prefer him now though... the bandana look was from when I didn't really know who he was :sad:

He looks younger now though as you said! :awww:
As for the longer hair and bandana, here is my favorite picture of him in that style (Scheveninger Challenger 2004):

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3281/2662170810_4163a2843f_o.jpg

And he's indeed one of not so many players who look younger than their age!
Nico is ranked 83 this week! Celebrations in hell :devil:! Let's hope he'll go even further! :bounce:
:rocker2:

And the latest news: Nicolas got lucky to get into Kitz' main draw without playing quallies but then got first seeded Seppi for the first round :mad: Though Nico must beat him anyway :p :devil:

Tulipe
07-13-2008, 09:54 AM
Hello, Irina! :wavey: Haven't heard from you for a while? Were you on holiday?

I wasn't sure which year it was, but yes, 2005 (the best year, awww). 2006 was the worst year of this challenger, so Nico couldn't play it then :lol:

Go Nico in Kitzi :bounce:

Hangdog
07-13-2008, 08:15 PM
Maria :D Sorry for leaving you alone here :o :hug: Yes, I'm on holiday at the moment though I haven't left yet, just have rarely been at home. And how is your summer going?

Maybe 2006 was Ostrava Ch.'s worst year (what happened to it?) but it was one of the best Nico's years so far - considering the number of titles he took ;) But he is not far from beating his own records and make 2008 his best year :devil:

He doesn't play tomorrow and I think it is good.

Tulipe
07-15-2008, 08:31 AM
I'm home as I've already been on holiday, so I'm just pottering around and I'm quite bored. Still no plans for holiday in Prague ;)?

I don't know exactly what happened. The 2005 was just great, but then I think the tournament in Munich, which is on ATP level, got a lower cut so all the players went there to gain more points and there was anyone playing here. Most of the players were Czech players from futures. I even didn't go there to watch that year. But in 2007 it was much better and also this year wasn't bad.

I think it will be a very chaotic week in Kitzbuhel, the forecast is pretty bad and with no play yesterday they will probably have to let them play two matches in one day if the weather is still so bad...

Hangdog
07-15-2008, 06:35 PM
Nico! :devil: Seppi withdrew so he got a lucky loser instead :lol: Maria, do you know when a player gets informed that he should play again a LL?
Anyway I hope Nicolas doesn't have troubles dealing with a cold weather. Seems today it's been a bit better (but they didn't play indoors, did they?) so hopefully weather forecasters were wrong as usually.

Ahh sorry to hear that about your home Challenger :awww: They've spoiled all fun for you! That's sad but it happens from time to time when some Challengers hardly find enough players to complete the main draw... Hopefully Ostrava is supposed to have a great future ;)

Where did you go for holiday? :)
Lovely Prague? Ehh in fact I'd prefer something with the sun, sea and beaches for this summer but we never know :lol:

Tulipe
07-16-2008, 09:19 AM
I know that if the player withdraws, the supervisor puts the lucky loser into the draw and when the player comes to the office (they usually come once a day to check), the supervisor tells him he's in. So I suppose the other player also realizes that when he comes to the office. But as I saw, some players come there often and some never :lol: Nico came to the office once, then went out on the balcony next to the office to watch some play on the court below, and there was also one French chair umpire sunbathing on the balcony. Then he went out and closed the door when Nico was still there. I was just watching that scene, I was bored at the moment in the office, so I kept on looking at Nico (what else should I do when I'm bored?) and suddenly I had the feeling something is wrong. So I was thinking: "What's wrong here?" and then it came to my mind: "He closed the door and there's no handle on the other side of the door!" :lol: So I had to go and open the door so Nico could get away from there :haha: So I understand players are afraid to come to the office if it has so dangerous places and people :D

Tulipe
07-19-2008, 10:40 AM
Well, so Nico lost to JM del Potro in the quaters. :sad: But it was a great week for him, I think. Being in the quaters of a tournament on the ATP level is something that doesn't happen to Nico every day. Just what I said, he needs to play more bigger tournaments now he's is such a good form. :bounce:

I've found this picture on the ATP website:

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/gallery/2008/kitzbuhel/kitz2.jpg

I love his T-Shirt!!! :inlove:

Hangdog
07-19-2008, 05:52 PM
So I had to go and open the door so Nico could get away from there :haha:
Thanks for saving poor Nico :lol: :worship:
Well, so Nico lost to JM del Potro in the quaters. :sad: But it was a great week for him, I think. Being in the quaters of a tournament on the ATP level is something that doesn't happen to Nico every day. Just what I said, he needs to play more bigger tournaments now he's is such a good form. :bounce:
That's surely a pity, JMDP is not an unbeatable player. Maybe Nicolas should have played more long rallies against him and wait until he retires :devil: Anyway it was nice to actually watch the match, see Nico smiling being down 0-40 at his service and sometimes even playing serve and volley game. He does improve a lot on my eyes and if he had a great coach... :awww:
I've made screenshots from his match, in case someone missed it: http://nicolasdevilder.skyrock.com/1890934345-Austrian-Open-Kitzbuhel-Austria-Terre-battue-Clay.html (on the bottom of the page).
I love his T-Shirt!!! :inlove:
Me too :D
And I also love this picture from L'Equipe:

http://www.lequipe.fr/Xml/Tennis/Titres/Media/180708_devilder.jpg

:p

Nico plays a Challenger in Poland next week, and his first round rival is Bjorn Rehnquist. I was at their last encounter and it was a :help: match, 3 sets of quallies on hard that lasted over 4 hours... Hopefully this time it will be easier for Nico :devil:

Tulipe
07-19-2008, 06:34 PM
No problem for me, I'm always around to save poor little Frenchies :lol: The pic from L'Équipe is diabolique :devil:. But the one from the ATP...I'm just thinking about what I will have for dinner. I would eat what's on the plate at first, and then I would eat Nico :drool:

Good luck for next week!

Hangdog
07-21-2008, 06:32 PM
#71 :rocker2:
I'm just thinking about what I will have for dinner. I would eat what's on the plate at first, and then I would eat Nico :drool:
Nah :devil: It must be a delicious desert but it's ever a greater pleasure to enjoy him alive :D
:lol: at your signature about Kubot! His coach is a way hotter than Lukasz himself :p

Tulipe
07-21-2008, 06:54 PM
#71 :rocker2:

Nah :devil: It must be a delicious desert but it's ever a greater pleasure to enjoy him alive :D
:lol: at your signature about Kubot! His coach is a way hotter than Lukasz himself :p

Yeah, keep it up, our little devil! :devil:

But reportedly Lukasz took his girlfriend from his coach... and I understand her, I don't like his coach :lol: But that quote is really hilarious! :lol:

Hangdog
07-22-2008, 06:19 PM
lol Yeah, the quote is hilarious. Well, I don't know, I took a few pictures of Kubot and his coach 2 years ago and the only thing I can say for sure is that his coach was more photogenic :p Though maybe now he has a different coach.

To not stay off-topic, Nico was leading today 3/0 and then the Swede retired.

And a picture specially for Maria ;)

Tulipe
07-22-2008, 07:25 PM
Aww, yummy yummy yummy!!! :drool: He reminds me of the hungry French students at school cantine when I was in France :)

Tulipe
07-22-2008, 07:32 PM
I've found a pic, too...it's one from Ostrava I've forgotten about. It's something like...I don't know...an in-depth study of his haircut :p

146615

Hangdog
07-22-2008, 07:44 PM
I've found a pic, too...it's one from Ostrava I've forgotten about. It's something like...I don't know...an in-depth study of his haircut :p

146615
":devil:" look at Younes (who I think had beaten him a couple of weeks before Ostrava) :haha:

Tulipe
07-27-2008, 12:08 PM
:devil: Nico won the Poznań challenger. He beat Björn Phau 7-5, 6-0 in the final! :devil:

Peta Pan
07-27-2008, 01:18 PM
Wow, how awesome is he?? :yippee:

He's winning so many challengers these days :bounce:

What will his ranking be now?

Nathaliia
07-27-2008, 02:45 PM
I hope Irina had a safe trip to Tampere.

As for Nicolas, he should move to 64th place.

Tulipe
07-27-2008, 02:49 PM
I'm not good at Maths, so I just estimated 65... I will see how close I was. :D

Anyways, Nico had withdrawn from next week's tournament due to left shoulder injury, but he hasn't got any points to defend until the US Open.

Tulipe
08-04-2008, 01:54 PM
Ah, est-ce que je suis toute seule ici? C'est si triste sans Irina! J'espere qu'elle serait bientot de retour! :)

And I just realized I estimated Nico's ranking very well, he really is no. 65! I should get a better mark from Maths, it's just not fair that I have what I have with such talent :devil:

Hangdog
08-05-2008, 05:10 PM
:haha: Mais tu sais, je suis toujours là à ton service :hug: Je crois que c'est bien triste surtout sans notre petit Nico :awww:

Well done Maria :worship: Personally I can never get how you calculate players rankings (though at the same time I've always been good at math :devil: ). Have you read latest news on Nico's coach?