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12-31-2005 11:06 PM
Re: Can lightening strike twice?

10-11-2005 02:06 PM
Re: Can lightening strike twice?

I would love to see Gaston do it again. I believe he has several years left in him. I hope he nabs a masters next year as well.
10-06-2005 05:18 PM
User id 7816
Re: Can lightening strike twice?

you reeeally want him to win it, hmmm???
any guess with Gaston is valid I guess. surely no pressure like this year, but for now we can only say he has a chance which is obvious, of course there's Nadal. I just hope he wont lose 6 straight games again being in a situation like this year.
10-06-2005 04:14 PM
Re: Can lightening strike twice?

Time to bump this up. Ok if Gaudio is healthy at RG next year do you think he can win it now that he doesn't have this pressure to defend the title.
05-24-2005 09:37 PM
Re: Can lightning strike twice?

i think Gaudio could beat Roger if they met in the semis but it would be a tough match maybe the toughest match he would have to play. Not that it would be my first choice of course.
05-24-2005 08:53 PM
Re: Can lightning strike twice?

I believe He can do it
Obviously, it depends on many factors:
Level of Tennis: playing at his best he is in the elite of claycourters
Experience: he already won RG
A little luck: I believe that he has a good draw. Nadal or Gasquet will arrive after one to each other eliminatory (and also after Grosjean or Stepanek). Federer is not going to arrive... and about Nalbandian or Gonzalez ...he knows how to beat both of them
Physicist: he does not seem to arrive with an as great load as others, and in addition naturally he is very strong
Self-confidence: I trust that he will have it

so .....

05-24-2005 05:25 AM
Re: Can lightning strike twice?

1 match down. 6 more to go.
05-12-2005 04:02 PM
Re: Can lightning strike twice?

Originally Posted by GeorgeWHitler
Davydenko only made 3 UEs in the last 2 sets and if that is the case then he deserved it.
Well, as I've said, I haven't seen the rest of the match, because I had to go back to work... but the 1st set had been really dominated by Ferrero. So, when I saw the final score, I figured that either Davy must have played much better than what he had done in the 1st set, or that JC had had a pb with his game. Anyway, well done to Davydenko.
The key thing is that Gaston is ready on May 23 to start playing.
I call it a "La Palissade"...but so true!
05-12-2005 03:56 PM
Action Jackson
Re: Can lightning strike twice?

Davydenko only made 3 UEs in the last 2 sets and if that is the case then he deserved it.

The key thing is that Gaston is ready on May 23 to start playing.
05-12-2005 03:54 PM
Re: Can lightning strike twice?

When I have a look at the estimation for Safin and Ferrero, given their respective latest results so far on clay, I'm a bit sceptical. I hope that the loss to Davydenko today will be a serious warning for JCF. I only saw the 1st set, the one he won rather easily. But when I saw the result, I couldn't believe it. As for Marat, well, he's able of the best as of the worst, so I'm waiting to see what's gonna happen...
05-12-2005 03:49 PM
Action Jackson
Re: Can lightning strike twice?

Roddick 3 percent is a big joke.

Anyway, it would be good if RG was as slow as Hamburg, but they changed that for a few reasons, but I just hope that Gaston is ready there and then to play some good tennis and that's all that can be asked that at RG, he leaves everything on the court as this tournament is more special than the others and therefore means no days where he can't be bothered if he misses the centre of the racquet by 0.00000000000000001mm.
05-07-2005 10:32 AM

I've just received Tennis Magazine of June. And, as you can guess, the biggest part of the content deals with RG. They have made a sort of estimation of the chances to win the tournament for some players. Here are some of their conclusions.

Federer, Nadal 7%
Coria 6,5%
Ferrero 6%
Gaston 5,5%
Safin 5%
Moya 4,5%
Kuerten 3,5%
Roddick 3%
Nalbandian 2,5%
05-06-2005 02:12 PM
Re: Can lightning strike twice?

I found Becker's views interesting. He singles out Nadal, and thinks the other favourites are Gaudio, Coria, Ferrero and Federer:

Nadal the man to beat in Paris, says Becker

May 05 2005 at 01:06PM

By Bill Barclay

London - Boris Becker knows a thing or two about winning grand slams as a teenager and he is convinced Spain's Rafael Nadal is the player to beat at the French Open.

World No 1 Roger Federer will seek to complete his grand slam collection in Paris but the Swiss has a relatively poor record on the slow clay of Roland Garros and 18-year-old Nadal is on fire.

"At the moment Nadal is a big favourite," Becker said.

"Yes, you have Argentine Gaston Gaudio, the defending champion, you have Argentine Guillermo Coria, you have Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero and you have Federer.

"Federer on clay is also a big threat so you shouldn`t overlook him. But the top player right now is Rafael Nadal."

Twenty years ago Becker took tennis by storm when he won the Queen's Club tournament and the first of three Wimbledon titles at the age of 17.

The now-retired former world number one sees more than a hint of "Boom-Boom Boris" Nadal, the Mallorcan who has won four tournaments this year including back-to-back clay titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona to break into the top 10 for the first time.

"He is better on clay than I was," laughed Becker, who never won a claycourt tournament despite accumulating 49 titles during his career.

"He is the up-and-coming new star of the tennis world and it is wonderful to see such a young kid with so much firepower and so much will to win. In a way he reminds me little bit of a young teenager in Germany 20 years ago or more.

"I am often in Spain, in Mallorca. I saw him playing four or five years ago and he had the same attitude and the same energy that he brings to his tennis right now."

One of Nadal's biggest advantages, Becker said, was that he possessed the fearlessness of youth.

"It helps to be younger and just be very much in the zone, in the moment, just thinking about the next tennis balls," said Becker at the London launch of Nobok, a company that offers fans the chance to meet sporting greats face-to-face.

"But more importantly, I think that is his attitude, his personality anyway. You cannot really switch in and out of it. He doesn't have any fear.

"He goes out and plays in front of his home crowd and wins tournaments - that's something that will follow him through his whole career."

Becker said Federer must acquire the virtue of patience in order to better his quarterfinal appearance at Roland Garros in 2001.

Otherwise the Swiss risks joining a clutch of greats like Becker, Pete Sampras and Stefan Edberg who won all the other grand slams but failed to master the exacting Paris clay.

"I guess we all have our Achilles heel. Mine was the French Open and Federer certainly hasn't won the French Open yet, though I think he has the talent. I will be very surprised once he finishes his career to read that he hasn't won the French Open.

"He's got a great ground-stroke game, he's got good legs, so I don't see any reason why he shouldn't win the French Open.

"He needs patience. Claycourt tennis is more about not making many mistakes but Federer has the game."
05-06-2005 11:12 AM
Re: Can lightening strike twice?

Originally Posted by Dirk
I really hope GWH that come RG Gaston goes out there with something to prove, because many have written him off as a fluke champion and undeserving RG winner. I really want him to do well there and win it if Roger can't. I bet 400 on him so I could make a killing if he repeats. I hope his Hamburg showing is good. I really want him to pick up another clay title this year. This Rome loss was very disturbing.
I hope he can make a good showing there again. Win it again? Quite possible. If he can remember how he did it last time, he'd be the man to beat. For now, he's the champ, although he's not playing like one. That's OK; he's got a slam, and no one can take it away from him.
05-06-2005 09:11 AM
Action Jackson
Re: Can lightening strike twice?

I don't see the need to panic, there are other more important things to think about and Dirk if you want to know what I thought of the match read the Rome thread.
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