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Old 10-07-2008, 02:18 PM   #751
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Aaaargh, and there was a livestream. :-/
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ORF SPORT PLUS Live: Bank Austria Tennis Trophy 2008
(Wiener Stadthalle)
Sendezeit von 15:00 bis 22:46

If this is true, then at least the end was on livestream indeed. But if they really show until 22:46, maybe they will show a replay at the end? Last match on center court is only Nestor/Zimonjic (and Petzschner/Peya on court 1) and since when are normal doubles matches on tv?
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Philipp

I thought that not going to defend his title at Rennes was a bad choice, but he's proving me wrong
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EDIT

Petzschner/Peya d. Calleri/Canas 6-3 6-4

Tomorrow afternoon he has to play Hernych already.

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Hi
I'm so glad he won!

I started following Philipp since Feb. when he played Challenger in Belgrade.

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Old 10-08-2008, 02:14 PM   #756
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The winner of Moya-Schwank next.

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Vom Partytiger über Bürojob zum Tennisprofi
Philipp Petzschner sorgte mit seinem Sieg über Wawrinka für Furore

Wien - Mit seinem Erstrundenerfolg über den topgesetzten Stanislas Wawrinka sorgte Philipp Petzschner bei der BA-TennisTrophy für die große Sensation.
Dabei war für den deutschen Qualifikanten die Karriere als Tennisprofi schon zu Ende, ehe sie überhaupt angefangen hat.
Nach frühen Erfolgen als Teenager stiegen diese dem mittlerweile 24 Jahre alten Bayreuther schnell in den Kopf.

"Hab es schludern lassen"
"Ich hab es ein bisschen schludern lassen", gesteht der sympathische Bayer, der damals seine Zeit lieber auf Partys als auf dem Trainingsplatz verbrachte.
Petzschner, der als Sohn eines Tennislehrers bereits im Alter von vier Jahren erstmals zum Schläger griff, sackte in Folge sogar soweit ab, dass er das Racket an den Nagel hing und sich nach einem Bürojob umsah.

Bürojob brachte keine Befriedigung
In diesem fand der Lebemann dann aber auch nicht seine Erfüllung. "Im Büro sitzen und herumtelefonieren war nicht wirklich befriedigend. Da macht mir Tennis spielen eindeutig mehr Spaß."
Deshalb unternahm Petzschner mit Coach Lars Übel in einer Trainingsgruppe, der unter anderem auch der Wiener Alex Peya angehört, einen neuen Anlauf.
Mit einer professionelleren Einstellung scheint die Rechnung diesmal aufzugehen. Mittlerweile ist Petzschner bereits wieder die Nummer 125 der Welt - Tendenz steigend.
Erst vor zwei Wochen stürmte er in Bangkok unter anderem mit einem Sieg über Marat Safin überraschend ins Viertelfinale.

"Hab immer gewusst, was ich kann"
"Ich habe immer gewusst, was ich kann", erklärt Petzschner, der eigentlich nur wegen Doppelpartner Alex Peya nach Wien reiste.
"Ich habe Alex gesagt, dass ich sicher nicht nur wegen dem Doppel komme. Da ich aber zuerst in Tokio spielte, bat ich die Veranstalter, dass sie mich in der Samstag-Qualifikation etwas später ansetzen."

Jetlag kein Thema für Petzschner
Diesem Wunsch kam die Turnierdirektion nach. So kam es, dass Petzschner erst um 16 Uhr am Flughafen Schwechat ankam und schon um 19 Uhr sein erstes Qualimatch bestreiten musste.
Jetlag war während der Partie trotz neun Stunden Zeitunterschieds aber kein Thema. "Wenn du am Platz stehst, bist du eh nicht müde", erklärt der Deutsche, der zum ersten Mal des Berufs wegen nach Wien kam.

Feiern in Wien
"Davor kannte ich Wien nur privat, wenn ich mit österreichischen Kollegen wie Andreas Fasching oder Christian Magg feiern ging", grinste Petzschner.
Zumindest auf diesen Teil wird Petzschner auch heuer nicht verzichten müssen. Durch den Sieg über Wawrinka hat er sich die Party diesmal auf alle Fälle verdient.
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Did he really take an office job at one time? I didn't know that.
And he says everywhere that it was the first time he played a top 10 player, so he has a 1-0 record against top 10, is that true? I thought Tommy was ranked #10 at the US Open last year.
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I doubt this office job story. I mean he never took a real break from tennis except when he was injured.

Uebel really seems to be his full time coach now. Earlier this year Uebel became coach of Robin Roshardt, so I wonder what happened with this? He is even still listed as his coach on Roshardt's ITF profile. The first time I saw Uebel on Philipp's side was in Wimbedon. Then they showed him a couple of times in Bangkok against Safin.

I read somewhere (maybe ORF or tennismagazin) that his record is 1-1 (lost against Haas) like you said, so 1-1 is probably true.

Another thing I don't understand is that many media (even the ATP site) write that he reached his first ATP quarterfinal in Bangkok, which is clearly wrong.

He has improved the points in 2008 now from 311 to 381. The direct entry for Melbourne looks possible again. The best thing would be a win over Schwank or Moya to add another 50 points. That would make it almost safe.

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Biofile: The Philipp Petzschner Interview
By Scoop Malinowski

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Philipp Petzschner, aka Picasso, in action.
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There's a thin line between genius and nuttiness on court. Philipp Petzschner has crossed that line as often as stepping over the baseline, which is where Picasso comes in.

Petzschner's blue period isn't confined to his first career Grand Slam victory over compatriot Benjaming Becker at the 2007 US Open — it's his approach to the game that earned him the nickname Picasso.

"The rest normally call me Picasso. (Why?) Because I'm pretty close between being a genius on the court and completely nut. That's what they say," Petzschner says with a smile.

Lately, the 125th-ranked German has been leaning more toward brilliance than madness. The 24-year-old Petzschner stunned top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(5), at the Bank-Austria Tennis Trophy tournament in Vienna on Tuesday. He followed that performance with a to advance to a second-round match with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over qualifier Jan Hernych today to advance to a quarterfinal match with either Carlos Moya or Eduardo Schwank.

It is the second quarterfinal in the last three events for Petzschner, who beat Marat Safin en route to the Bangkok quarterfinals last month. Petzschner, who has scored career wins over Rainer Schuettler, Florent Serra, Evgeny Korolev and Mischa Zverev sat down with Tennis Week contributor/boxing author Scoop Malinowski, whose rapid- fire interview style is the verbal equivalent of Aaron Pryor throwing bunches of punches against Alexis Arguello, for this Biofile Interview.

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 154 pounds.

Born On: March 24, 1984 in Bayreuth, Germany.

Tennis Inspirations: "My father used to play, so we had our own tennis center back in Germany. So it was pretty clear from the beginning that I start playing tennis. And I kind of liked it. So I made my hobby into a job. I enjoy it very much so it was also my inspiration."

Nicknames: "Some call me Petszchy and the rest normally call me Picasso. (Why?) Because I'm pretty close between being a genius on the court and completely nut. That's what they say [smiles]."

Hobbies/Leisure Activities: "I like to, for sure, golf. I love to play golf. The rest, just hanging around, normally take walks through the parks. I'm normally the relaxed kind of guy."

Favorite Movie: "Mean Machine."

Favorite TV Shows: "I will go for How I Met Your Mother and Prison Break."

Musical Tastes: "All kinds, but right now I'm into the German rock — Totenhosen."

Last Book Read: "Was actually 'Complete Idiot.' About a guy in his mid-thirties just making bullshit for his whole life. And just trying to build something."

First Tennis Memory: "I would go for my first junior tournament I played back in Austria and I won it with my older sister (Isabel) in mixed."

First Car: "Was a Honda Civic."

Current Car: "A BMW."

Pre-Match Feeling: "(Think about?) about what to eat in the evening [smiles]. I'm kidding. We talk before the match, with my coach. But right before the match we are normally talking about soccer or something, for sure not the tennis."

Favorite Meal: "I would go for sushi and pizza."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Vanilla."

Favorite Web Site: "It's kicker.de, it's German, about the bundesliga."

Greatest Sports Moment: "I think it was...good question...I think it was last year when I qualified and I won my first round on the Grand Slam level against Benjamin Becker (at the US Open, 2-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1). And then I was allowed to play on the Grand Stand against Tommy Haas. Had a great match, it was crowded, people went nuts in the fourth set. That was one of the best experiences I had; lost 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 5-7 in the fourth. And oh, of course, my first Davis Cup experience in Moscow in the doubles, that was also a great moment."

Most Painful Moment: "I would go for the singles the day after, Moscow Davis Cup, semifinals lost to Youzhny, four sets. We lost the match 2-3 so we couldn't advance to finals."

Favorite Tournaments: "Wimbledon and US Open."

Closest Tennis Friends: "Alexander Peya and Christopher Kas."

Funniest Players Encountered: "Dimitry Tursunov of course. Gael Monfils."

Toughest Competitors: "I would say for me it would be Fabrice Santoro. Because we have a similar kind of game. But he plays maybe a little bit smarter from time to time. I think the toughest one at the moment is Rafa for sure."

Funny Tennis Memory: "I played doubles this year with Peya in Bensancon, France. And I was with Peya (vs. Tecau/Allegro). I was playing the return at the feet and he was crossing at the net. And they straight hit him to the head and he was heading the ball like to cross-court short angle. It was a winner, we broke them with this point. And he was just lying on the floor, laughing. Nobody knew if he was hitting with the racquet or the head. He was lying on the floor, the referee was asking him, How did you do that? You played it with the racquet? He just kept on laughing. He couldn't say a word. That was the funniest thing I've seen in my life [smiles]. (So you won the point?) We won the point. We win this game. We were down 1-3 and we win the match 6-3, 6-1. So that was like the complete turnaround in the whole match [smiles]."

Embarrassing Tennis Memory: "There were none so far, I remember at least."

Favorite Players To Watch: "Federer. He's just a genius, with him it looks so elegant. So relaxed. Greatest player of all time, for me. Back then, I loved to watch Ivanisevic going crazy. And the way Edberg played, I enjoyed that also."

Best You Ever Felt On Court: "Last year against Tommy Haas second round US Open. I didn't play my best tennis. It was just such a great experience. Such a great fight. And afterwards we turned out to be friends. So much fun on the court as well. I lost but it was an amazing experience to be out there."

Last Vacation: "Was Maldives."

People Qualities Most Admired: "Honesty and humor. The most important is for sure the honesty but I couldn't spend time with people who don't have a sense of humor."

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Thanks a lot Eden

Good job. Philipp reaches another QF
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good for him.
playing really well.
why just at 24 age?
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He was a big hope when he was a Junior, but then didn't take his career very seriously, wasn't really focussing on tennis, he even considered giving up on tennis at a time. The turning point was in Wimbledon 2006 according to him, he realized he was just wasting his talent and should really give it a try again.
That's why he's such a late bloomer.

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Thanks a lot for the biofile, Eden!
I love his "funny tennis memory", but if Peya was laughing so hard that he couldn't even say a word, I don't get why the chair umpire gave them the point, it wouldn't have cracked him up if he had played the ball with his racquet.

Nice from him to mention Gaël as one of the funniest players.
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Thanks a lot for the interview, Eden

so will Philipp be playing in Tashkent next week? if he beats Moya, he'd have chances to be in Madrid as SE, I think

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No, you can only get a SE spot for a tournament of the same category.
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