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11-19-2007 07:22 AM
Re: shanghai nono

Even in his last "chronique", Mika doesn't mention at all they won't play together next year, so I don't know... Maybe they'll think again about it and won't feel like ending on a slightly bitter note.
11-16-2007 09:51 PM
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thanks truc... no the scorelines weren't that bad, they were also the lowest ranked in the group so perhaps that made sense too.

so they weren't feeling 100% either... maybe it had something to do with their disgust with their monkey suits
11-16-2007 06:17 PM
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They were much better than Novak! They had MP, they played tons of tiebreaks...
I watched the match again today, they were not bad (while Novak was plain embarrassing).

I just realized - a little bit late - that Mika was having a sort of blog for during Shanghai:
He explains he's a bit ill since they arrived in Shanghai and he can't take any medication because of the doping tests (he'd need the authorization of an Australian organization, so it's too complicated and he doesn't take anything). He never mentions his leg injury.
He thinks it's completely stupid to play a super tie-break at the Masters Cup. He's fine with it during the year, but they should have 3 "real" sets at the TMC.
As for the matches, he always points out how close it was and how well he played himself. ^^ For example in the 2nd match, he lost only one point on his serve. So he kind of suggests Arnaud was the weak link. But Arnaud himself admits it, he was quite dejected about his performance after the first match and "disillusioned" (even though the Masters aren't so important for them, Mika says it again right away in his first entry).
11-16-2007 05:34 PM
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Maybe Novak can fly with them to a sunny place
11-16-2007 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Truc View Post
It's over, they needed Knowles-Nestor to win today to still have a chance to qualify (now Knowles-Nestor and Dlouhy-Visner both have 2 wins).
At least they're in good company--Novak lost all three of his matches, too!
11-16-2007 07:24 AM
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It's over, they needed Knowles-Nestor to win today to still have a chance to qualify (now Knowles-Nestor and Dlouhy-Visner both have 2 wins).
11-15-2007 09:09 PM
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ahh i see, shanghai is not sunny enough.

they have one last match to play on friday night against aspelin and knowle... the other guys may need to win to play in the semis, so again it's a question of motivation.
11-15-2007 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Via View Post
it's a pity but not surprising, given we've all seen how arnaud looked at a shanghai press conference!

he should have been at his yearly ski trip instead
No, in november he's in a sunny place, and in december in l'alpe d'huez... lol
Pauvre petit... lol
11-14-2007 08:33 PM
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it's a pity but not surprising, given we've all seen how arnaud looked at a shanghai press conference!

he should have been at his yearly ski trip instead

anyway if tournament entries still have a six-weeks cutoff then we will find out about adelaide (sans RR) next week. time flies.....
11-14-2007 07:51 PM
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I'm disapointed, they should have won this match.
I think they're not very motived. Just a pity.

Irina; how're u ?????
11-14-2007 04:20 PM
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Here's an article from AFP :

Les Français Arnaud Clément et Michaël Llodra se sont inclinés face à la paire tchèque Lukas Dlouhy/Pavel Vizner 3-6, 6-3, 10-5, lors de leur deuxième rencontre de poule du Masters de double, mercredi à Shanghai
Ils avaient déjà perdu lundi leur premier match au "super tie-break" face à la paire Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor, malgré le gain de la première manche et deux balles de match dans la deuxième.
Deux défaites qui ne laissaient à la paire française que des chances très théoriques d'aller encore en demi-finales.
"On a une nouvelle fois bien commencé, a commenté Michaël Llodra, mais on a fait un mauvais jeu dans la deuxième manche qui nous a coûté le set. Au super tie-break, c'est toujours un peu la loterie. Rien n'est fini, on a le mérite d'avoir gagné un set à chaque fois. Avec un concours de circonstances on peut peut-être encore aller en demies, mais pour l'instant on est spectateurs."
"J'étais peut-être un poil meilleur qu'au premier match mais encore insuffisant", a constaté pour sa part Arnaud Clément.

I'm including a Google translation which was pretty good for Google but clearly not as good as our human translators (Marine, Truc... ) :

The French Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra were
Inclined facing the Czech pair Lukas Dlouhy / Pavel
Vizner 3-6, 6-3, 10-5, in their second match
Hen's Masters double Wednesday in Shanghai
They had already lost their first match Monday at
"Super tiebreak" to pair Mark Knowles / Daniel
Nestor, despite the gain in the first round and two
Matchpoints in the second.
Two defeats, which did not leave the French pair
That very theoretical chances to go even in semi
"It was once again a good start," commented
Michael Llodra, but it was a poor game in the
Second round that has cost us the match. In super tie-
Break, it's always a bit of lottery. Nothing is
Finally, it has the merit of having won a set each
Once. With a combination of circumstances it is perhaps
Still going to be half, but for the moment it is
Spectators. "
"I was perhaps a bit better than the first match
But still not enough ", said for his part
Arnaud Clement.
11-14-2007 09:40 AM
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no luck... i guess the other teams want this more than they do

L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Vizner (CZE) d A Clement (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) 36 63 10-5 (Match TB)

match report:
11-13-2007 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by higherlaw View Post
That's us!

He looks quite dejected!

Maybe this is old news now, but I recorded the match with Knowles/Nestor and only have had time to watch up to the middle of the second set--and I'm not sure I'll watch the rest! K/N were really bad in the first set and it was obvious that could hardly stand to be on the court together . The announcer kept saying how you can only win in doubles if you have a relationship like Arnaud and Mika and that K/N didn't stand a chance with the way they were interacting...and then, they lost!

They play Dlouhy/Vizner on Wednesday.
Let's hope they win that match.
Allez Arnaud & Mika
11-13-2007 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Via View Post
kiro has posted some great pics from shanghai... and here's the link to some of arnaud and mika's which no one here should miss...
OMG, how cute can someone be?
And at the same time he looks so sad I would want to fly there and hug him
11-13-2007 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Marine View Post
Sorry Kezzi but it's not a great idea lol

They (arnaud/mika) should keep on playing together it's a good team, able to make good results, plus they're close friends et seem to have lots fun on the tour.
All the opponents will be stunned by their huge cuteness, that they will hit all double faults and unforced errrors

Ok, seriously, I agree Mika and Arnaud should stay together, they make a great team and have fun, couldn't be better in my eyes
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