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X-MAN Defeats James Blake 5-7 6-4 6-4 *Delray Beach Final*

Iván
02-05-2007, 03:00 PM
X-MAN WHY CANT YOU PLAY LIKE THIS IN THE SLAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wat a comeback against a very hard player to beat In James!

Especially in THE USA!

GREAT WIN GREAT PLAYER!!

I think over 5 sets against good players Xavier must lose concentration because he can beat anyone on his day in 3 sets even the fedman.

well done:)

JuanRodriguez
02-05-2007, 03:01 PM
2 titles in one month. Xavier is really on fire! :eek: :yeah:

Now take the doubles title too!!! :D

Beforehand
02-05-2007, 03:01 PM
Eeeek! From 5-7, 3-3 to start today to 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Ouch, James.

Purple Rainbow
02-05-2007, 03:02 PM
Malisse, the king of Delray Beach!

MarliKat
02-05-2007, 03:04 PM
Woot! So happy for Xavier. Just hope he can keep it up. Especially in the slams.

Nando_L
02-05-2007, 03:04 PM
Well done, X-man! :woohoo: :banana:

Congrats :yeah:

Action Jackson
02-05-2007, 03:05 PM
James tanked so he can get to Ostrava.

Mr Delray Beach strikes again.

Hugh Jaas
02-05-2007, 03:06 PM
hopfully he can get rid of his mental meltdowns

Pea
02-05-2007, 03:06 PM
Xavier, what a fight.

Ten_Isse_Fan
02-05-2007, 03:06 PM
I'm so happy for him! :D :D :D 2 titles in one year and maybe more. I never would have wished for that a few years ago :lol: But I still always believed ;)

madmanfool
02-05-2007, 03:08 PM
He said he worked very hard in December and it's paying off. He also more mentally though. He'll never be a role model, but he's definitely stronger mentally. 2007 is the x-man's year, expect another semi at wimbledon :p You heared it Roger, stay out of his draw :)

Merton
02-05-2007, 03:08 PM
I had a feeling somthing like this would happen once the match was interupted yesterday. Congrats Malisse, now it is a good time to display some consistency. James must be looking for the closest way to Prague and then to Ostrava at this point.

JuanRodriguez
02-05-2007, 03:09 PM
Xavier's results in Delray Beach :yeah:

2005 Winner - Malisse d. Novak 7-6 (6), 6-2
2007 Winner - Malisse d. Blake 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

1999 Final - Hewitt d. Malisse 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1
2001 Final - Gambill d. Malisse 7-5, 6-4
2006 Final - Haas d. Malisse 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5)

2000 Round 2 - Sa d. Malisse 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (10)

2004 Round 1 - Rusedski d. Malisse 7-5, 4-6, 6-1

madmanfool
02-05-2007, 03:10 PM
Isn't davis cup, like next weekend? We're Monday, how early do you think he wants te be there?

Deboogle!.
02-05-2007, 03:10 PM
Xavier! :banana: :yeah: James tanked so he can get to Ostrava.huh? win or lose it takes the same amount of time and he'll the same problems getting there now, as he can't make his noon flight.Isn't davis cup, like next weekend? We're Monday, how early do you think he wants te be there?he was supposed to go out today, in about an hour, but now obviously he won't make that flight. We discussed this a lot in the thread here in GM about why James played this tournament to begin with. He shouldn't have, and now he and the US team could pay dearly.

fenomeno2111
02-05-2007, 03:10 PM
Go X-Man

betowiec
02-05-2007, 03:10 PM
2 titles in one month. Xavier is really on fire! :eek: :yeah:

Now take the doubles title too!!! :D

one in January, one in February bro

GlennMirnyi
02-05-2007, 03:13 PM
Xavier Malisse, the king of Disneyland. :worship:

Hagar
02-05-2007, 03:14 PM
James tanked so he can get to Ostrava.

Mr Delray Beach strikes again.

If he tanked, why bother to still win 4 games in the third set?

Hagar
02-05-2007, 03:14 PM
Well done, Xavier, now also win some matches in a Grand Slam, por favor!!!

JuanRodriguez
02-05-2007, 03:16 PM
one in January, one in February bro

also 2 in one month time: Chennai (7 january) - Delray Beach (5 february) ;)

CmonAussie
02-05-2007, 03:16 PM
James tanked so he can get to Ostrava.

Mr Delray Beach strikes again.


:eek: I doubt Blake tanked:confused:
...
Why would he do that ~ he loves collecting MM titles:p
...
More likely he choked;)

scoobs
02-05-2007, 03:17 PM
Did he bollocks tank - after already being forced to delay setting off for Ostrava, no question he wanted to win the damn title to make it worth the bother.

sykotique
02-05-2007, 03:25 PM
Rain made a difference. But X-Man deserved the win, because he was willing to work for it.

Action Jackson
02-05-2007, 03:28 PM
Do I really have to post smilies for people to get it about Blake and tankimg? This was such an obvious joke and most people didn't get it.

Malisse is Mr. Delray Beach and Blake has another 21 MM tournaments, where he can win 5 of them to keep his ranking where it is now at the end of the season. This one was a serious paragraph.

Too bad Malisse isn't playing Davis Cup, but Delray Beach is the 5th Slam for him and good to see he win the event even after losing in the RR stage. Schüttler played him into form.

"It's just I knew I had to win one set and I won the first set and there was no motivation anymore," said Malisse.

"It's different tennis. It's a different mentality. You win a set and what are you playing for? There's nothing to it any more."

Good to see what happens when there is something on the line.

henree
02-05-2007, 03:29 PM
:eek: I doubt Blake tanked:confused:
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Why would he do that ~ he loves collecting MM titles:p
...
More likely he choked;)
Could it be possible that Xavier was the better player. Blake never had a huge lead in this match, so I doubt this loss was a choke. I guess everytime someone wins the 1st set and loses the match its a choke right?:rolleyes:

betowiec
02-05-2007, 03:30 PM
James tanked so he can get to Ostrava.

Mr Delray Beach strikes again.

excuses again, xman cannot get any credit for this?????????
why would JB tank from a winning position?

scoobs
02-05-2007, 03:31 PM
Maybe James just came out flat and preoccupied about getting to Ostrava, Malisse came out sharp and motivated and played the better tennis?

Action Jackson
02-05-2007, 03:33 PM
excuses again, xman cannot get any credit for this?????????
why would JB tank from a winning position?

Another one who doesn't get it.

Deboogle!.
02-05-2007, 03:33 PM
Do I really have to post smilies for people to get it about Blake and tankimg? This was such an obvious joke and most people didn't get it.Obvious to you, obviously not obvious to the rest of us... maybe it wasn't funny :p

marcelwks
02-05-2007, 03:35 PM
First time in history that player who won tournament didn't win every match ? :lol:
Of course not talking about year-ending Masters Cup .

Action Jackson
02-05-2007, 03:35 PM
Obvious to you, obviously not obvious to the rest of us... maybe it wasn't funny :p

It wasn't meant to be funny. Considering I am supposed to hate all American players then why would I believe that Blake would tank a final in his own country. :)

betowiec
02-05-2007, 03:36 PM
Another one who doesn't get it.

thanks expert

Action Jackson
02-05-2007, 03:40 PM
Just to make it clear to some of the clowns in here.

It's great Malisse won, especially after losing in the RR stage, when he already had qualified. Just proves RR is a joke and in the 3rd final played, already a tournament winner was the guy who didn't win all matches.

Xavi came straight out and said the format sucked, but good for him that he won this event again. :)

Sven
02-05-2007, 03:42 PM
:woohoo: nicely done Xman
he's really improving his win-loss record in finals
congrats on your 200th match won! and what a way to do it ;)

Deivid23
02-05-2007, 03:45 PM
Do I really have to post smilies for people to get it about Blake and tankimg? This was such an obvious joke and most people didn't get it.

:lol:

Deivid23
02-05-2007, 03:54 PM
We all know Blake doesn´t care too much on Mondays, but well done Xavier

ChinoRios4Ever
02-05-2007, 03:58 PM
0 for 3 locals in finals this week

Ljubo, Nico and James :retard:

Deboogle!.
02-05-2007, 03:59 PM
0 for 3 locals in finals this week

Ljubo, Nico and James :retard:Malisse is arguably more of a local boy than James is ;) James's "local" tournament is New Haven :cool:

ChinoRios4Ever
02-05-2007, 04:03 PM
Malisse is arguably more of a local boy than James is ;) James's "local" tournament is New Haven :cool:

OMG! i forget that X is "Mr. Delray Beach"

he played at home... :o

SwiSha
02-05-2007, 04:04 PM
lol people that was an obvious joke imo by GWH..

Deboogle!.
02-05-2007, 04:07 PM
OMG! i forget that X is "Mr. Delray Beach"

he played at home... :oYeah :lol: Plus he's lived in Florida longer than James has :p

Action Jackson
02-05-2007, 04:08 PM
thanks expert

It's not your fault, that you didn't know I don't have a problem with Malisse and used his quotation about the RR format and supported what he said, plus I am not a fan of Blake. :)

yakuzaninja
02-05-2007, 04:09 PM
Blake tanking depended on how much energy he had left. I'm sure if he was a bit tired he'd tank. Anyway why can't PMac give Mardy a go at the Czechs after his good AO?

betowiec
02-05-2007, 04:10 PM
It's not your fault, that you didn't know I don't have a problem with Malisse and used his quotation about the RR format and supported what he said, plus I am not a fan of Blake. :)

well, i am not a fan of blake either, so at least we agree about one thing

Deboogle!.
02-05-2007, 04:15 PM
Anyway why can't PMac give Mardy a go at the Czechs after his good AO?Pretty sure Mardy did not travel overseas with the team, but regardless, Mardy's no better on clay than James.

He should have Michael Russell play ;)

tangerine_dream
02-05-2007, 04:24 PM
George, adding smilies to your posts would give you some much needed character. :p

Maybe James just came out flat and preoccupied about getting to Ostrava, Malisse came out sharp and motivated and played the better tennis?
Pretty much.

James :(

Snowwy
02-05-2007, 04:28 PM
James tanked so he can get to Ostrava.

Mr Delray Beach strikes again.

Wouldnt he get to Ostrava faster if he had just won the second set, or was it part of his master plan to get tired while tanking?

Bart.
02-05-2007, 04:29 PM
Xavier :yeah:

dries22
02-05-2007, 04:38 PM
fanstastic xavier :worship:

3rd tournement of the year and second victory :eek:

great job david felgate ;) :cool:

Allez-H˛
02-05-2007, 04:40 PM
Xav :cool: Now bring this form into the Slams too :lol:

Congrats on a great start of the year :yeah:

Joyce_23
02-05-2007, 04:44 PM
Congrats to Xavier, that's a good result...(and good for me since I bought him for my team this week :lol:)

Castafiore
02-05-2007, 04:59 PM
Before this year, I wrote somewhere in here that I wanted him to win a tournament...it could be a micky mouse tournament as long as he wins one.

:)
He's won two MM tournaments. Great!

Did Belgian tv show this match? Of course not. Why would they.:rolleyes:

Corey Feldman
02-05-2007, 05:00 PM
2 titles in 3 attempts this year from Xavier...
turning into a title winning machine in his old age.

and that was his fifth delray final.

its.like.that
02-05-2007, 05:20 PM
Blake sucks and Malisse is good.

What the fuck else is new? :shrug:

madmanfool
02-05-2007, 05:21 PM
Did Belgian tv show this match? Of course not. Why would they.:rolleyes:

A few days days ago in the news they showed the result from his match against Garcia-Lopez. But the foto was not Garcia-Lopez, it was Mario Ancic. Idiots, they only care about Clijsters and Henin.

Adler
02-05-2007, 05:25 PM
another double! Wow, X-man doesn't fail to amaze, no? ;)

jazar
02-05-2007, 05:36 PM
malisse leads the titles this year. surely he isnt starting to fulfil his potential?

scoobs
02-05-2007, 05:58 PM
Any pics of him with the title?

dries22
02-05-2007, 06:08 PM
Any pics of him with the title?

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070205/capt.fljw10902051731.delray_beach_tennis_fljw109.j pg

atptennis: "By also winning the doubles final (with Hugo Armando), Malisse has won the singles and doubles titles at the same event twice in the same year (Chennai). That feat was last achieved in 1996 by Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Prague and Roland Garros). :worship: "

El Legenda
02-05-2007, 06:09 PM
:haha: Blake is terrible

marcelwks
02-05-2007, 06:15 PM
Looks like Malisse finally discovers how to fulfill his potential .

dries22
02-05-2007, 06:19 PM
http://www.vrtnieuws.net/sport_master/tennis/atp_toernooien/070204_ATP_Delray_Beach_eindverslag/S_070502_MalisseVuist_a.jpg

http://www.vrtnieuws.net/sport_master/tennis/atp_toernooien/070204_ATP_Delray_Beach_eindverslag/S_070502_MalisseKnieMM_a.jpg

Kalliopeia
02-05-2007, 06:31 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070205/capt.fljw10902051731.delray_beach_tennis_fljw109.j pg



http://www.starwars.com/databank/species/arcona/img/movie_bg.jpg


Maybe it's just the angle...but they really need to stop with the trophies that look like science fiction movies. First the Alien egg that Djokovic won last year, now apparently Del Ray is Mos Eisley. :haha:

Merton
02-05-2007, 06:33 PM
Pretty sure Mardy did not travel overseas with the team, but regardless, Mardy's no better on clay than James.

He should have Michael Russell play ;)

PMac can wait until Thursday for this decision, he might do that if James turns up terrible on clay practice before the team is announced.

oscar_2424
02-05-2007, 06:35 PM
Talk about liking a tournament, Xavier is always in the finals here, freat comeback.

Corswandt
02-05-2007, 06:40 PM
This means Malisse already has as many wins over top 10 players this year as Davydenko had in the whole of 2006.

ASP0315
02-05-2007, 06:43 PM
Congrats "Mr Delray Beach". :yeah:

RickDaStick
02-05-2007, 06:43 PM
Maybe James just came out flat and preoccupied about getting to Ostrava, Malisse came out sharp and motivated and played the better tennis?

If James was so worried about Ostrava then he would of not played Delray and gone to Ostrava a week ago.

scoobs
02-05-2007, 06:45 PM
Thanks for the pics :)

Voo de Mar
02-05-2007, 07:08 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070205/capt.fljw10902051731.delray_beach_tennis_fljw109.j pg

atptennis: "By also winning the doubles final (with Hugo Armando), Malisse has won the singles and doubles titles at the same event twice in the same year (Chennai). That feat was last achieved in 1996 by Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Prague and Roland Garros). :worship: "

This is a great achievement for X-man. I'd like to see all stats of double singles-doubles winners.

rrfnpump
02-05-2007, 07:38 PM
X-Man :yeah:
keep on going

krullie
02-05-2007, 07:52 PM
Great win Xavier !

Allez
02-05-2007, 07:58 PM
That'll serve greedy Blake right! :haha: He had zero business being there in the 1st place :rolleyes:

stebs
02-05-2007, 08:11 PM
Great bit of grammar in the ATP article about the win:

No Manic Monday for Malisse in Delray


Xavier Malisse claimed his 200th career match win and second Delray Beach title in three years when he showed up sharper than James Blake when the rain-delayed final resumed Monday morning.

Appearing in his fifth Delray Beach final, Malisse trailed Blake 5-7, 3-3 when rain halted the match Sunday afternoon, leaving the players to watch the Super Bowl on TV before play was officially suspended for the day.

When play resumed Monday, Malisse broke Blake in the first game and quickly closed out the second set. He then broke Blake in the third game of the third set en route to a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory, which added to the 2005 title he won in Delray Beach.

By also winning the doubles final (with Hugo Armando), Malisse has won the singles and doubles titles at the same event twice in the same year (Chennai). That feat was last achieved in 1996 by Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Prague and Roland Garros).

Malisse becomes the third two-time winner in Delray Beach, joining Jason Stoltenberg and Jan-Michael Gambill. The victory marks his 24th match win in Delray Beach, extending his lead as the all-time winningest player at the event.
With 24 of his 200 match wins coming in Delray Beach, Malisse has won 12% of his career match wins at the event.

Earlier in the tournament Malisse lost his second round-robin match to Rainer Schuettler but still qualified for the quarterfinals due to a better percentage of sets won among the three players in his group, who all recorded one win. Malisse is the first player since David Nalbandian at the 2005 Tennis Masters Cup to win a title after losing a match in the round-robin stage.

Malisse, who won the Chennai title in the first week of the year, improved to 3-8 in career finals.

Blake, who registered his 200th career match win earlier in the tournament, was chasing his 10th career title and second title of 2007 (Sydney).

Blake was attempting to become the first top seed in the 15-year history of the tournament to win the title. Blake is the fourth No. 1 seed to lose in the final.

Blake will now scramble to get himself to the Czech Republic for the United States's first-round Davis Cup tie, which begins Friday.

Malisse, Belgium's top-ranked player, has been not been selected to play in his country's Davis Cup tie against Australia.

Metis
02-05-2007, 08:14 PM
:lol: the ATP writers are very creative.

Great win for Malisse! He's won more titles this year than all previous years together. I hope he doesn't decide that's enough for 2007. :tape:

kinglear
02-05-2007, 09:13 PM
:lol: the ATP writers are very creative.

Great win for Malisse! He's won more titles this year than all previous years together. I hope he doesn't decide that's enough for 2007. :tape:

I hope not because Malisse is really talented, it's just that he loses it mentally. He gets angry too often and too easily. Oh well James Blake. :rolleyes:

GlennMirnyi
02-05-2007, 09:40 PM
Delray is the perfect definition of a MM tournament. Mello won and Gambill won twice. :lol:

TMJordan
02-05-2007, 10:30 PM
James is a joke, I am glad the X man took him out.

rommel99
02-05-2007, 11:00 PM
yeah!! great win xavier! i mean its a small tournament but cmon, he beat nadal and chennai and now he beat blake.. two top ten in three tournaments.. its not that big atleast its something to start with! continue playing well xman!

njnetswill
02-05-2007, 11:08 PM
:eek:

kinglear
02-05-2007, 11:30 PM
Delray is the perfect definition of a MM tournament. Mello won and Gambill won twice. :lol:

What's an "MM" tournament? Does that mean lower-level? :confused:

GlennMirnyi
02-05-2007, 11:34 PM
What's an "MM" tournament? Does that mean lower-level? :confused:

Mickey-Mouse.

Tobi
02-05-2007, 11:36 PM
Congrats Xavier :)

HamburgGirl
02-05-2007, 11:37 PM
James :sad:

kinglear
02-05-2007, 11:38 PM
Mickey-Mouse.



LOL :) And it was in Florida. :angel: but a win is a win.

Warrior
02-06-2007, 12:00 AM
Well done X-Man!!!

yeahright
02-06-2007, 02:05 AM
Xavier won! :bigclap:

James lost! :bigclap:

*Viva Chile*
02-06-2007, 02:10 AM
When was the last time that a player won two tournaments in singles and doubles at the same time on a year? (and is only february yet)

TroilusCriseyde
02-06-2007, 02:13 AM
Congrats Xavier.

Deboogle!.
02-06-2007, 02:27 AM
When was the last time that a player won two tournaments in singles and doubles at the same time on a year? (and is only february yet)1996, Kafelnikov :)

http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/news/news3.asp

12% of ALL of Xavier's singles match wins come from Delray Beach! :lol:

martinatreue
02-06-2007, 02:58 AM
Xavier :woohoo:

James lost :woohoo:

Lee
02-06-2007, 03:59 AM
I believe Malisse finally found his head with the right hair style. :rocker2:

TMJordan
02-06-2007, 04:00 AM
I believe Malisse finally found his head with the right hair style. :rocker2:

I miss the greasy ponytail :sobbing:

Lee
02-06-2007, 04:02 AM
I miss the greasy ponytail :sobbing:

I miss his greasy ponytail too :awww: but he wins 2 title with short hair, I am not complaining. :sad:

TMJordan
02-06-2007, 04:04 AM
I miss his greasy ponytail too :awww: but he wins 2 title with short hair, I am not complaining. :sad:

hopefully he has his breakout year now that he changed his apperence.

but still RIP greasy ponytail :sad:

Deboogle!.
02-06-2007, 04:08 AM
Ew, I do not miss the greasy ponytail. I think he looks MUCH Better this way :D

TMJordan
02-06-2007, 04:47 AM
Ew, I do not miss the greasy ponytail. I think he looks MUCH Better this way :D

No way, the greasy pony tail made Xavier who he is. :sobbing::bigcry::tears:



You cant say you dont love this: :hearts:
http://www.sport.be/nl/images/2003/januari/bmalisse.jpg


RIP greasy ponytail :sad:

Deboogle!.
02-06-2007, 04:48 AM
You cant say you dont love this: :hearts:
http://www.sport.be/nl/images/2003/januari/bmalisse.jpg
Yes, I can. I do not love it. I prefer guys to have short hair :)

TMJordan
02-06-2007, 04:50 AM
Yes, I can. I do not love it. I prefer guys to have short hair :)

like the guy in your avatar? :p

Deboogle!.
02-06-2007, 04:51 AM
like the guy in your avatar? :pYes :) and every other guy on the face of the earth :lol: Long hair on guys is very unappealing for me, what can I say :p

TMJordan
02-06-2007, 04:54 AM
Yes :) and every other guy on the face of the earth :lol: Long hair on guys is very unappealing for me, what can I say :p

All guys with short hair eh? :p

So you must :drool: over this guy right? :p

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/photo?slug=getty-tennis-open-aus-stepanek_6_31_31_am&prov=getty

Bram
02-06-2007, 10:46 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070205/capt.fljw10902051731.delray_beach_tennis_fljw109.j pg

atptennis: "By also winning the doubles final (with Hugo Armando), Malisse has won the singles and doubles titles at the same event twice in the same year (Chennai). That feat was last achieved in 1996 by Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Prague and Roland Garros). :worship: "Wow, very impressive!!

Well done, Xavier! :D

dries22
02-06-2007, 11:19 AM
whatever happens next, this is malisses best year ever!

Apemant
02-06-2007, 01:44 PM
Deb said she likes guys with short hair, not gnomes with short hair. ;)

http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/lol.gif

Deboogle!.
02-06-2007, 02:37 PM
All guys with short hair eh? :p

So you must :drool: over this guy right? :p

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/photo?slug=getty-tennis-open-aus-stepanek_6_31_31_am&prov=getty:speakles: Just because I prefer guys to have short hair doesn't mean I find ALL guys with short hair to be attractive :haha:

Deb said she likes guys with short hair, not gnomes with short hair. ;)

... Okay, that was really rude of me. :haha: Sorry, Radek. :sobbing::spit: :rolls: :hug: