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Old 06-12-2007, 03:03 AM   #121
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An interview from today's match.

Q: How did it feel?
KIEFER: There were things which just have to get back into routine. It started with general things, rituals like wrapping the grip the drinks. It was a nice feeling though, to warm up normally, play some football before the match. That was exciting. I noticed the excitement was back. I have to admit that I was a bit more nervous than usually. And I really felt some tears in my eyes when I went on the court because I did not know what to expect. I had hoped to have a good start which I succeeded in quite alright. All in all, it is a good feeling to be back. But I have to say frankly that I am disappointed to have lost.

Q: How difficult was the sliding? Was the court wet?
KIEFER: Yes, but that was the case for both of us. It was nothing to do with that. In practice I felt quite good, but practice and match is not the same thing. I realized that I still need a few matches to get back into it. Sometimes I was late to get to the ball. These are things, which will have to come back with the routine.

Q: Were you surprised that how well things went? Did you expect to have all your strokes?
KIEFER: You never forget these things. It’s just about getting back into the different rhythms. Sometimes I didn’t get to the ball early enough. Of course, serve and ground strokes are not yet the way they are supposed to be. In practice it is okay but also in practice I feel that I have phases, in which things don’t work. But that is normal after you didn’t play for one year. I have to get back into rhythm. I was ready to take on the challenge and had my chances to beat him. So, I am a bit disappointed, I did not make it.

Q: you said before that you just intend to enjoy a bit, to see how things go, but it doesn’t really work that way because you want to win?
KIEFER: Yes, the ambition is there. It was fund to play and have the support of the fans. That really gave me a kick. It is difficult to find a balance between enjoying and the ambition top win. There were a lot of close balls. To find the balance not to overpower, these things come back with time.

Q: Apart from the physical aspect, is it easier for you at this age to deal with the injury pause than at a younger stage in your career, with the experience now?
KIEFER: As one could see, you don’t forget things. But I can practice as much as I want, in the end things have to work in the matches. That wasn’t the case today. I am glad I am still playing doubles with Andrei, so I have more opportunities to play in match situations. But I think that it is easier than a few years ago.

Q: But are there some doubts left that you have to catch up with the field which went ahead?
KIEFER: No, I don’t put myself under any pressure at all. I know that I know how to play tennis. It’s just a question of time to get used to the tennis circus, the routine. Of course, I would have preferred to win. Next week I have an exhibition where I will play 3 matches. That will help.

Q: Are you pain-free?
KIEFER: Yes, everything is perfect, no pain. Actually that is the biggest victory to have overcome that difficult time.

Q: And the doctors did not say that there might me some uneasiness or pain sometimes?
KIEFER: No, nothing, fortunately everything is perfect.

Q: Can you think of Wimbledon after such a long time. What are your expectations?
KIEFER: I would have preferred to answer that question later, but now I lost singles. So, of course I have Wimbledon on my mind now. But now I am here and will play doubles, will try and work on some things to get back into the game as fast as possible. Next week I will play a few matches in England. Of course, it will be difficult to play a Grand Slam immediately. But physically I feel great. I’ll just have to try and play my game.

Q: For sure there were some nice moments last year. Were you ever tempted to say that a life without professional tennis might be attractive?
KIEFER: There were positive things, for sure, but I’ve been on the Tour since 95. It is the only thing I ever did. I travelled the world with my bags, from hotel to hotel, played tournaments and tried to get the best out of my body. When I was home during that 1 year ,it wasn’t easy. I had to get used to a normal day-to-day life. But I managed to that quite well, however I would prefer to get used to that later than sooner.

Q: So, you can’t understand someone like Kim Clijsters, who at the age of 23 said that it is too much for her and that she will quit?
KIEFER: She is a woman, wants to get married and have children. I don’t have that problem (laughs).


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Old 06-12-2007, 12:54 PM   #122
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Thx for the interview.

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Next week I will play a few matches in England. Of course, it will be difficult to play a Grand Slam immediately. But physically I feel great. I’ll just have to try and play my game.
So he'll play the Boodles Exhibition, as planned. Too bad that nobody is broadcasting it.

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Q: So, you can’t understand someone like Kim Clijsters, who at the age of 23 said that it is too much for her and that she will quit?
KIEFER: She is a woman, wants to get married and have children. I don’t have that problem (laughs).
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Funny interview, Thanx for posting it lol
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Today's Eurosport interview

Q: how satisfied are you with your comeback so far?

Kiwi: I didn`t expect to be this good after 2 months. I was gone for 1 year. I played real good matches again and won against strong opponents. But still there is a lot of work ahead.

Q: What's still missing?

Kiwi: I cannot expect things to be the way they were after such a short time. I will take another half or whole year. I need more match experience. A lot of things in practice are much better than a few weeks ago but I need more finetuning. Sometimes for example I stand not good to the ball. That`s what I have to improve. Even if there will be some lows the way goes slowly upwards only that counts

Q: Do you have to try to slow down your own exspectations after having played so well against the top players?

Kiwi: I am an ambitious sportsman and push myself. But I have to force myself into staying calm and give myself the time that I need. This was the success I had last year that I stayed calm. Ofcourse I want to be back at the top but the situation is difficult because I am not seeded at tournaments. I had this luxury before but now I have to fight myself through it. That' s the big challenge.

Q: This is the same for US Open. In 2nd round you could already meet Nikolay Davydenko, the 4th in the ranking.

Kiwi: I cannot look some rounds ahead at a grand slam anymore. I have to take it opponent after opponent and for now it's Vince Spadea. His statistik speaks for him but the matches were always close. He is an uncomfortable opponent for me because he is playing like I do. Sometimes he seems to be a bit unmotivated but suddenly he is focused again. This shouldn't interest me at all, I want to play my game.

Q: What speaks for you?

Kiwi: I can say for sure that nobody can beat me in fitness. I am sure that none of the 127 other players in New York likes to play against me because they know that I am fighting for every ball. They don`t like that and that`s my bonus. It is difficult to beat me and I can say that because I know how I practiced. I can count on my body 100 %

Q: You were always known as fit. Did you increase your fitnesstraining?

Kiwi: Usually at tournaments I want to have some peace after the matches but now I did some more practice after the matches. You learn a lot with age. I spend less time on the court but do more for my body now. Since my injury I know that I have to rethink. I learned from Andre Agassi

Q: How?

Kiwi: With growing age he focused more and more to his fitness and was successful with it. During my break I saw a lot of his matches. He is playing like I do, agressive with a lot of risk. We talked on phone a few times and he gave me confidence and told me not to give up. I hope to meet him here in New York, that would be nice.

Q: Last year you came to New York and commentated his last matches...

Kiwi: Yes, that was strange, when I stood on Center court for the first time on Thursday and practiced with Roger. One year ago I sad somewhere on top in a commentator box and talked about how to move best. Now I am back here again. Even though I realised that I am not made for talking 3 hours without break it was a great experience to change the perspective. you get to know the surroundings on a different way.

Q: You had some experiences here, for example a drive in a police car through Manhattan. It's not as exciting for a player...

Kiwi: (smiles) It's more relaxed. But Flushing Meadows kicks every player, you feel the prickling. This is the Grand Slam with the most action. You know if you go out and fight for every ball the audience will be with you. No matter against who you are playing. The US Open have this very special athmosphere nobody can top this. I already feel that I am getting excited. I have been practicing here since Monday and it should start now.

Q: You parcticed nearly always with topplayers like Andy Roddick, Novac Djokovic and Roger Federer. Did you learn something from them?

Kiwi: I wanted to know where I stand. Roger said: "When you are playing like this it doesn't count where you are in the ranking. You will be back at the top soon again" that sounds good but only the scores count. But I don`t want to put any pressure on myself I did this mistake before.

Q: Did you set yourself goals?

Kiwi: I am practicing because I want to reach something and I know that there is still a lot possible. That's why I work hard every day. If I wouldn`t have goals I would do something else. I have nothing to lose I can only win here. No matter how it looks I will fight. I know that I can beat the opponen. I only have to get back into routine everyting else will come
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an article about the Mumbai tournament http://www.hindu.com/2007/09/23/stor...2356421600.htm
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an article about the Mumbai tournament http://www.hindu.com/2007/09/23/stor...2356421600.htm
Thanks for posting it

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the 30-year-old German said that No. 69 in bold print on his black cap is not his favourite, but the reverse number of the football club ‘Hannover 96’, the non-Bundesliga Club he has been supporting for many years.
what do they mean with non-Bundesliga Club?
Probably they they mean that Kiwi already supported them when they were not yet first Bundesliga? but it is still a bit confusing...
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for all Germans: Kiwi on TV Sunday 11th Nov. 10:45 pm SWR BW!!! hope they will not question him about the betting and poisoning
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Can somebody record it and put it online like the "starquiz"? Can't get the channel...
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Can somebody record it and put it online like the "starquiz"? Can't get the channel...
I think they will have video on demand on their website http://www.swr.de/sport-im-dritten/-...k4z/index.html

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for all Germans: Kiwi on TV Sunday 11th Nov. 10:45 pm SWR BW!!! hope they will not question him about the betting and poisoning
Thanks for the notice
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here is the video from SWR http://www.swr.de/sport-im-dritten/-...2jn/index.html
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Nicolas Kiefer is Comeback King

Still in the infancy of his comeback from a 12-month injury layoff, Nicolas Kiefer is somewhat nervous as he enters the locker room of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Suddenly he feels a hand on his shoulder and hears a voice: "Good to have you back." Kiefer turns around to see Roger Federer smiling back at him. The world No. 1 had followed the German's return at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle two weeks earlier, when Kiefer surprised everybody with an impressive first-round performance against eventual champion, Czech Tomas Berdych.



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Great article! Thanks so much!
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Kiwi asked Tommy Haas to play doubles in Beijing
http://www.ftd.de/sport/tennis/news/...as/299665.html
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