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joeb_uk 03-21-2004 06:44 PM

Mantilla Thread
 
As asked for by hitler ;)

Action Jackson 03-22-2004 05:56 AM

Re: Mantilla Thread
 
Please refer to me as GWH joeb.

It's good that Mantilla does have a few fans as he is the forgotten Spaniard. He doesn't have the girls swooning like Ferrero, Lopez or Moya, he hasn't been as successful as Corretja or Costa.

He has won 10 titles and his last one was in Rome. He has had some achilles problems this year and it has effected his play so far. Too bad the shoulder problems wrecked part of his career, but he is still a favourite of mine.

For a guy who has his best results on clay he has beaten Sampras and Hewitt on hardcourts when they were #1 and he made the QF of the Australian Open and semis in 98 French Open.

Vamos Felix get back on track for the European clay season and get some points for this year.

Action Jackson 03-22-2004 06:01 AM

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Here are some pictures in the next few posts of the unheralded Mantilla.

This was in the final of Rome against Federer.

Action Jackson 03-22-2004 06:06 AM

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More Rome pictures.

Action Jackson 03-22-2004 06:06 AM

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Felix and Roger after the match

Action Jackson 03-22-2004 06:13 AM

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Relaxing and enjoying his TMS Rome win.

joeb_uk 04-03-2004 08:17 PM

Re: Mantilla Thread
 
If anyone knows some of the tournaments felix will be playing this year, please feel free to list them here ;) thanks

joeb_uk 04-05-2004 04:18 PM

Re: Mantilla Thread
 
OK, here are the tournaments upcoming that felix should play in :) ill add results after:
April 12 - Valencia
April 19 - Monte Carlo Masters
April 26 - Barcelona
May 10 - Hamburg Masters

YoursTruly 05-01-2004 05:06 AM

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Felix is a cool guy

Action Jackson 05-06-2004 06:14 AM

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Tennis: Underdog role suits mild-mannered Mantilla

ROME : Felix Mantilla is hoping he can upset the odds and spring another surprise when he begins the defence of his Rome Masters Series title.

The unassuming Spaniard ripped up the form book last year, beating two former French Open champions, Albert Costa and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, before winning the final in straight sets against current world number one Roger Federer.

But he failed to build on that success after suffering a stomach injury and struggled for the remainder of the season with a dismal 1-10 record.

This year the mild-mannered 29-year-old hopes to have turned the corner and is raring to go in the Eternal City.

"I have some great memories from last year - it's a wonderful place to play and the atmosphere here is very special," said the softly spoken clay court specialist, who reached the semi-final at Roland Garros in 1998.

"I've had some problems with my stomach and I haven't always been able to train properly and that's very tough for any player.

"But I feel a lot better now and I just want to go out on court and play my best tennis."

Seeded 30, Mantilla admitted he was happy to be considered an outsider, just as he was last year.

"Last year I started more or less in the same position and I won the tournament," he said.

"I was perhaps better prepared then, but you never know what can happen in tennis.

"If you win a couple of matches, get into a rhythm, you can suddenly find yourself in a good position."

Mantilla, who faces American Robby Ginepri in his opening match at the Foro Italico, was barely recognisable from the man who lifted the trophy last year.

His unkempt beard has been shaved off, while his hair has blonde highlights.

"Yeah, now I look like a normal guy," he said. "I like to change my image every so often."

joeb_uk 07-05-2004 06:16 PM

Re: Mantilla Thread
 
OK during my day at wimbledon thursday (1st week) i managed to see felix for a set and half. during his first round match, i had centre court tickets, so i didnt stay to watch all the match. i had already missed the first two matches on centre court. it was nice to see felix for real, even on grass. he is a great guy as i expected, i managed to get some photos. although it was court 18, so the bars were in the way, and people also:

joeb_uk 07-05-2004 06:16 PM

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FELIX BEFORE THE MATCH

joeb_uk 07-05-2004 06:18 PM

Re: Mantilla Thread
 
FELIX SITTING DOWN:

COIN TOSS:

COIN TOSS:

SERVING:

SERVING AT THE OTHER END:

FELIX:

Gonzo Hates Me! 07-10-2004 05:31 AM

Re: Mantilla Thread
 
I know I am so lame to be posting a reply to the pictures, but I have been so out of it with tennis much of this year, :eek:

these pictures are nice, to think I searched high and low for the picture in my avatar and there were good pictures here, aie

And Felix IS better looking than all those other dudes from Spain :) ,,, what are their names again?

joeb_uk 07-16-2004 10:39 PM

Re: Mantilla Thread
 
felix has to qualify for sopot :( damn, hes now ranked around 120


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