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Old 11-10-2007, 02:22 PM   #376
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He's injured according to the website (right arm), I hope he will be fine enough for the doubles final...
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Old 11-10-2007, 06:58 PM   #377
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Easy win today. Looks like he will finish the year around rank 185 in singles and 140 in doubles, with nothing to defend in the first half of next year. Hopefully he will reach singles & doubles main draws in RG and Wimbledon.
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Old 12-01-2007, 11:58 AM   #378
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Now there's the French league final with live stream

http://www.fft.fr/premiere_division/2007/?id=3260

Bondy (w/Petzschner) - Rennes

Petzschner - Vliegen, a good stream quality.

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Old 12-01-2007, 12:09 PM   #379
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What is it for a tornament?
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Old 12-01-2007, 06:27 PM   #380
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What is it for a tornament?
I already said it's the final of the French league.


They didn't win the title, but at least two good wins for Philipp. His singles match was very entertaining to watch, he completely destroyed one racket after some strange decisions by the umpire. He probably served double faults in double digit, but the rest was quite good.

AS PATTON RENNES - AS BONDY : 3-3
L'AS Patton Rennes remporte le titre de champion de France grâce à un meilleur set average.
Simple n°1 : A. Dupuis (Bondy) b. M. Gicquel (ASPR) 6/4, 7/6(2)
Simple n°2 : P. Petzschner (Bondy) b. K. Vliegen (ASPR) 6/3, 3/6, 6/4
Simple n°3 : S. Bolelli (ASPR) b. J.M. Pequery (Bondy) 6/4, 2-1 abandon
Simple n°4 : D. Meffert (ASPR) b. G. Elseneer (Bondy) 6/2, 6/1

Double n°1 : Gicquel-Zimonjic (ASPR) b. Dupuis-Elseneer (Bondy) 6/3, 6/0
Double n°2 : Petzschner-Saoudi (Bondy) b. Saulnier-Vliegen (ASPR) 3/6, 6/1, 10-8

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Old 12-02-2007, 01:48 PM   #381
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Isn't Mefert playing in Aachen?
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Isn't Mefert playing in Aachen?
I think it's no problem to play Bundesliga in the summer and french league in the winter. (If it's this what you meant.)
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:33 AM   #383
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His singles match was very entertaining to watch, he completely destroyed one racket after some strange decisions by the umpire.
I was there and the whole umpiring during his matches was very amateurish, to say the least, so he threw quite a tantrum towards the end of the Vliegen match after another bad overruling coming way too late (like "The ball 4 shots ago was out, 30-15"). People were booing him, as usual in France, it was great entertainment.

His first match on Friday was even worse in that regard. The chair umpire gave a point to Recouderc out of the blue when they clearly should have replayed the point, even Recouderc and his captain DiP were having a good laugh about the decision and Philipp started explaining the rules to the umpire. Not sure the girl was very fit in English, so it was pure comedy.
She'd been embarrassing herself during the whole match, when he was questioning a call, she was answering "Maybe... maybe...", he was fuming. I think that's why he reacted that way when he felt screwed again against Vliegen, that was a bit too much.
I didn't have a proper camera, but here are a few pics of the neverending argueing:
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:41 AM   #384
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That's a long report for an event nobody cares about ^^, but never mind, it's the off-season - and he really was fun to watch.
He was playing well considering how rusty he looked between the matches. He was coming back straight from his holiday in the Maldives and was dead tired. So the Recouderc match wasn't too pretty, but the rest was quite good. He is just great to watch in doubles. They really did a nice job to make it to the final and keep it so close with such a crappy team!
He was hanging around with Vliegen most of the time. And Meffert, of course.
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:14 PM   #385
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It must look like I "stalked" him...

The pics from the official website:
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:37 PM   #386
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Thanks for the reports and the pics, Truc.
I only saw the end of the Vliegen match.
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Thanks I think Petzschner/Vliegen would make a strong doubles team btw
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There's an article about him in the last issue of "tennis magazin":
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Here is a "translation" of the first part (my English is too limited, so I have to simplify sometimes):

Power comeback after the break
By the age of 17 he was seen as the biggest talent in German tennis since Nicolas Kiefer. But it took him a long time to manage the transition into men’s tennis. Philipp Petzschner finally showed this year what he is able of at the US Open and in Davis Cup. His goal is to play for Germany in singles too.

The man has big goals. And small ones. His goal for tonight is to win at poker. He’ll meet his training partners in the players hotel after dinner. “Five euros stake”, he says, “the winner takes it all”. Gambling has been a sensitive issue lately with the betting scandals, but “Petzsche”, like his friends and fellow players call him, likes gambling, casinos and his Playstation. It fits his image. He had a reputation for being a rebel, a “wild” guy.

Home game in Eckental
We’re in the gym of the “House of Sports”, a tennis and leisure center in Eckental, not far from Nuremberg. It’s the venue of the “Bauer Watertechnology-Cup“, a Challenger tournament with a money prize of 25 000 dollars. Petzschner, the Davis Cup rookie of Moscow and one of the newcomers of 2007, belongs to the stars of the event. Because his home town (Bayreuth) is just 15 minutes away by car and many friends of his are attending the tournament. And also because his results have thrust him into the headlines in the past few months. At the US Open, he played a great second-round match against Tommy Haas as a qualifier. Haas’ comment after the match: “He should be ranked much higher, really.” Petzschner’s performance during the Davis Cup semi-final in September against Russia, when he “carried” his injured doubles partner Alexander Waske through the match and let Germany dream of a possible final, already is a legend.

Back to the small stage in Eckental, with a few hundreds of people sitting in the stands. Too small for somebody who has experienced the big events? “No no”, Petzschner says, his baseball cap pulled tight over his eyes, “during my first match in New York this year there were even less people watching than here”. And when he is focused, the crowd isn’t important anyway. He’s concentrated on himself only.

He speaks quietly, expresses himself well, talks about him, his family, his first tennis club, the TC Fichtelgebirge built up by his father Uwe, a tennis trainer, his early successes. By the age of 17 he was European champion, stood in the juniors semi-final in Wimbledon. A few months later, he was world number 8 in the juniors ranking. The biggest talent in German tennis since Nicolas Kiefer and Daniel Elsner.

A talent he wasted according to many. People say he was arrogant and didn’t even bother to pick up the balls in training. "I see things differently", Petzschner says, "but I’m not a guy you can press into a given pattern. I’ve made early decisions which were right in my opinion." For example when he decided to warm up with a girl before the semi-final of Wimbledon. Petzschner smiles when he tells the story. Everybody thought he was crazy, not serious enough. Which was probably true, he admits it today. But it also was too easy. Other people had to work hard for things he got with ease.

The rise with Patrik Kühnen
During a football session in Halle five years ago, Roger Federer said to him: "So, you’re the guy supposedly like me: with a hell of a talent and crazy about football". A few years later, Federer was the number one. And Petzschner? He was "learning" with Patrik Kühnen, B-trainer at the time. Kühnen who "kept a lose rein" on him told him: "I just want you to fight until the end during the two hours we spend on the court." Petzschner means that’s exactly the sort of things he needs to hear. With Kühnen he achieved the feat of moving in a very short time from the 3400th to the 300th spot in the rankings. For his first showing in Metz in 2003 he reached the quarters. "As the youngest German since Tommy Haas", he remarks.

(TBC...)

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(…) But his appearance on the main tour only was a flying visit. Maybe also because of the void left by Kühnen when he became Davis Cup captain and couldn’t take care of him anymore. “I wore out a lot of coaches afterwards”, Petzschner recalls. Sometimes it wasn’t working on the human level, sometimes the coaches were expecting a discipline he wasn’t willing to follow. “When I had a craving for a steak, I ate it”, he says. To adapt – or rather: to submit – was tough for him. His idol was Goran Ivanisevic and like the Croat, he sometimes tanked a match when he didn’t feel like playing anymore.

His game wasn’t improving. At one point, Petzschner was about to give up a career which hadn’t really begun yet. The turning point was in Wimbledon 2006. He asked Klaus Langenbach whom he knew from his time at the tennis camp in Oberhaching: “Do you still believe in me? I’d like to give it another try, I don’t want to remain a journeyman ranked #190 in the world at the age of 29.” Langenbach answered: “Okay, let’s work together.” Meanwhile, the individualist is part of a group. The training group consists of 12 members (Björn Phau, Dominik Meffert and Lars Übel among others) and trains in Leverkusen in the summer and in Pulheim next to Cologne in the winter.

Very convenient since Petzschner is also living there with his girlfriend Dewi and her 6-year-old son Aziz - “in the country”. Petzschner, a family man? “Sure”, he says, “the weekend we go to the cinema or to the zoo.” And when he’s playing tournaments, he calls home every night via webcam.

Another important person in Philipp Petzschner’s life is Werner Krass, the doctor who treated him in his consulting-room of Aschaffenburg last year when he had a double torn ligament. Krass told his astonished patient: “You’re not a sportsman. Do five weeks physiotherapy with me and you will become one.” Petzschner agreed, woke up at 6 o’clock in the morning, worked out, pedaled, strengthened his condition. “I was fitter than ever” says the man with so much touch whose serve can reach 230 km/h.

How good can he get? “My goal is to play Davis Cup in singles”, Petzschner says. Robert Orlik, who is coaching him together with Langenbach and came with him to Eckental, speaks of a huge potential. He doesn’t want to set a target to reach rankingwise.

By the way, Petzschner did win that night at poker. Like so often lately. Hopefully a good omen for 2008.
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