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AntennA 03-04-2004 08:14 AM

Olivier Rochus
 
article from the Courier, an Australian newspaper:


Three weeks off but Scud still playing like he's on holidays
Tennis

Wednesday, 3 March 2004

Mark Philippoussis found a three-week break from tournaments had failed to restore his winning form as he lost in the first round of the Dubai Open yesterday.

Philippoussis was playing his first match since losing heavily in both his Davis Cup singles matches in Australia's first-round loss to Sweden in Adelaide last month.
He was beaten 6-2, 7-6 by Belgium's Olivier Rochus.
Afterwards, Philippoussis said his treatment by the Australian media since the Davis Cup had made him consider leaving the game, but only briefly.

"For a split second I wanted to get out of the game and then I woke up and came to my senses and realised that that's what I do," he said.
However, he said the media attention had forced him to flee to Los Angeles after the Davis Cup defeat, where he joined girlfriend Delta Goodrem.
"It was a pretty tough month for me in January, pretty hectic and very frustrating because I love Australia, I love my country so much, and these things happen and make you just want to get away and leave your country to get away from something like that," he said. "When you're put under a microscope like that 24-7, on and off the court, it's very tough.
"I'm a very private person. When I'm on the court, I do my best and give 110 per cent. When I'm off the court, I'm a young guy trying to live my life."
Philippoussis had his chances in Dubai, but paid the ultimate penalty when he missed a set point in the second set.

Standing 30cm taller than Rochus, Philippoussis had a great advantage in power, but was unable to impose it upon the shortest man on the tour.
Rochus returned Philippoussis's famous serve superbly in the first set, but the second depended on a tight tie-break in which the Aussie seemed to be escaping from trouble when he led by seven points to six. But when he advanced to the net behind a faded forehand, Rochus covered the width of the court and struck a wonderful backhand pass cross-court.

Three points later Philippoussis mistimed an ambitious backhand to concede a mini-break and Rochus closed it out with a tidy second serve which Philippoussis failed to return.
"It's just great," Rochus said. "I knew I had to make him run. He has a very good serve and I had to return as many balls as possible, try to get into the rallies and make him move. It worked."


Meanwhile, Tim Henman went from defeating the world No1 Roger Federer in his last tournament to losing 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) to a man ranked 149 in the world, Tomas Zib. The British No1 tried to impose an attacking game at every opportunity, but found the Czech qualifier resilient in slowish night conditions.

The key moments came after Henman had broken serve to lead 2-1 in the final set, but was unable to consolidate. By the tie-breaker Henman was under the greater pressure and mini-breaks in the third and the seventh points were enough to see the man from Prague go through.

BelgianGirl 03-05-2004 09:16 AM

Re: Olivier Rochus
 
Thanks :)

prifriends 03-06-2004 12:03 AM

Re: Olivier Rochus
 
nice article thanks!!!

misyou25 03-06-2004 11:03 AM

Re: Olivier Rochus
 
yes thanks.. i'm just fed up with peolpe who always say something because of ollies high.. I dont think its an disadvantage (?is that the right word) for him. He plays good, also against popp, safin, roddick,...

CooCooCachoo 03-06-2004 05:30 PM

Re: Olivier Rochus
 
I think his size might actually make him more likeable for the most players, for some weird reason.

BelgianGirl 03-06-2004 09:30 PM

Re: Olivier Rochus
 
I think most players don't like to lose against a 'little' guy. Especially thos tall guys like Safin,...
I think that's quite amusing, actually! :p
(And those big guys also seem to forget that Ollie is one of the best returners in the game! That's why he often plays those good matches against big servers I think.)

I'm sure his height is a disadvantage for some things (especially his serve), but it makes him very fast and moveable on the other hand...

misyou25 03-06-2004 09:45 PM

Re: Olivier Rochus
 
well, i think for his height and also for a 6' player hes serving great. I mean, big guys, there are a few who dont serve well or only play good because of their height. if they wherent such tall and smaller like rochus, they wouldnt play tennis as well as olli. hes so talented and a good player!

jumi 03-06-2004 09:49 PM

Re: Olivier Rochus
 
yeah, it does make him move faster, but he could move as fast as he is now with the hight of Hewitt for example...and his serve would improve drastically:) still, I have to agree with CooCoo - that's what a lot of people like him for...

prifriends 03-07-2004 12:10 AM

Re: Olivier Rochus
 
i think he is proving that height it's not the only thing that matters!!!!!!! ;)

misyou25 03-07-2004 12:19 AM

Re: Olivier Rochus
 
yes. hes great

fleemkeČ 03-08-2004 08:54 PM

Re: Olivier Rochus
 
:D

zoeziepoezie 03-08-2004 09:42 PM

Oli is a little boy but a great player :D !

misyou25 05-22-2004 03:07 PM

Re: Olivier Rochus
 
steph: i just contacted one who runs a page of olli and asked him for a picture of pierre...

Elleke 07-06-2004 11:06 AM

Re: Olivier Rochus
 
:( he's slipping away in the rankings :sad:, please come on Olli, you're better than your rankings says!

BelgianGirl 07-07-2004 12:57 PM

Re: Olivier Rochus
 
I'm sure he'll get up again. He's just been a bit unlucky with his draws and had some injuries lately. Good thing is he doesn't have much to defend next year! :D

Come on, Ollie!! We really want to see you win again! :bounce: :kiss: :bounce:


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