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Old 08-08-2007, 03:50 AM   #31
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Pics of me with Dmitry, Jonas & Jarkko:


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Thanks for the reports

I like your style of writing, it's really nice to read. The parts about Jarkko are very much appreciated, nice photo you had with him
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Thanks for writing, I enjoy reading your reports Nice pictures too, especially the one with Jarkko
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WEDNESDAY

Okay, so we got there early, thought it would rain but it didn’t.
I watched practices: Davydenko & Ferrer, Hewitt, Roddick, Djokovic & Zimonjic. The last two were so funny; Djokovic kept missing volleys and his coach was saying to the crowd something like, “I train him for so long and he misses so many easy volleys!” Novak seems to be in good humor when he’s not on the court, a likeable guy. He signed for me =)
Robredo vs. Hrbaty was the first match I watched. It wasn’t so bad, but I felt the rallies were short and rather uninteresting. Next I watched a bit of Murray and Fognini. Fognini was on fire, but Murray was, as my mom stated in a funny fashion, “Boring.” All he did was complain, yell in his coach’s direction – in fact, it wasn’t a very good match. But Fognini had some nice, nice shots. He signed for me and Murray was just a wreck. His brother looked kind of sad for him.
I waited for Safin to sign again, and I missed out by a bit. Not much.
Bjorkman, however, did sign the picture of him and me. J He was really nice.
I saw the end of Wawrinka and Youzhny, and also a few games in the middle. Youzhny is just such a great shot-maker! I also met someone I thought was an MTF/WTAWorld member – and it sucks, because this made me not find the person I was actually looking for. Oh well, maybe tomorrow.
I watched Nestor and Knowles practicing, on a court adjacent to Tursunov and Wassen. Tursunov is fun to watch shirtless. Or to watch period. He has a temper, in a soft, strange way. He signed the picture of us.
Nestor and Knowles are really nice guys. They were playing out nice points and stuff. Knowles said he’s had athlete’s foot for a year; he threw his shoe off after the practice, saying it was burning. I wanted a picture with both of them, but they left separately – so I got one with Canadian hero Nestor J His wife (?) took it for us. She said to me, “Why do you want one with him for?” and I said, “Because he’s a great doubles player…?” and she said, “He’s okay” or something. Nestor was faking anger towards her, it was really funny to watch. It was cute!
I saw Damm and Paes practice (I got Paes to sign for me) and then through this I was coming and going from Davydenko and Nieminen. It was a good match – long rallies, and all. Nieminen looked so frustrated when he couldn’t close out the second set. The crowd was really into it. I just loved watching this match-up – it was like two of the same people playing against each other. It was great. The match point was also quite something, I forget why though. Poor Jarkko looked crushed…
At this point, I watched Fyrstenberg and Matkowski against Djokovic and Zimonjic. It was a good match – there were big serves and good volleys. The Poles were playing good doubles – approaching the net a lot, and trying to be aggressive. It worked well, to an extent. They were only broken once in each set, but once is enough, I imagine… I felt bad for the Poles, though. It’s hard to watch two good teams face off in the first round, you know? I left around the second set.
Next up was Dancevic and Odesnik. Let me start off by saying that it was a good match – long rallies, big serves. The crowd was into it in the second set when I arrived, but God, there was nothing like that third set. Let me tell you, I’ve never experienced that sort of atmosphere before. Every point, people would cheer – if he had won it, they’d cheer loudly – if he had lost it, it’d be that encouraging “You can do better than that” sort of clap. There was no movement during the points, at all – at least, late in the set, anyways. The tension was so thick. It was AMAZING. I couldn’t sit down, I stood up. We were jumping up and down where I was. Frank, who I love because he is always so calm, was getting pumped up towards the end. He signed for everyone that wanted one, and he looked really happy. It was such a great match. Possibly match of the week.
Next I came back to see the end of Bjorkman & Mirnyi against Tursunov & Wassen. It was good; Max Mirnyi had an invited guest with a dog in her bag. It was… weird! But anyways, it was really good doubles – too bad it was on at the same time as Frank.
Nestor & Knowles vs. Berdych & Kiefer was moved to Center Court, which angered us. So we were looking at ALL the people leaving and asked them if they would give us their tickets (since they were leaving). Three old ladies were, and they had tickets in the sixth row!! So we go in, and we end up in the first round behind the players. It was so awesome!! It was an amazing doubles match with a few really long rallies and such. It was so nice to be so up close, I could see Nestor and Knowles talking and their faces and wow!
Then he had his 600th Doubles Win celebration, with champagne and the ballboys had signs that said “Felicitations Daniel 600”. It was so cute!! I was so glad to be able to witness this achievement!
Next, we had supper as we watched the last match of the day, Baghdatis and Haase. The Greeks were present here, I can say that much!! But the match was good. It was unfortunate that Haase played well throughout, but just came up short on big points. In the third, he just completely lost it at the end. He saved a few match points miraculously, but at 5-1 down, it was hard to envisage a comeback for him.
We went home and will go back tomorrow. I hope to meet the forum member there tomorrow for real this time! Some really interesting matches are going on. I am livid, however, that Aspelin and Knowle are on center court, because I will not get to watch it. It’s cool for them, but I was looking forward to it…
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Any pics with Fed or Nadal.
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Old 08-09-2007, 11:39 AM   #37
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Once the tourney's over, I'll upload all/most of my pics that I took.
I've got a few of Nadal doubles, Federer I must have one... not sure that I do though
But none WITH them, dang, you'd have to be lucky to get that with the crowds around them @_@
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Wow, thats alot of writing. I can tell you're having a blast mate

Too bad Kei couldn't go deeper in this tourney, otherwise it'll be like having a special reporter on site haha.
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Cool thanks for sharing. Enjoy the rest of the week's tennis
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VolcanicTennis you're the best Your reports are way beyond what we read in the papers! You're a real tennis fan and understand what the fans want to know. mentennis forum should hire you to write reports at the USO
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Once the tourney's over, I'll upload all/most of my pics that I took.
I've got a few of Nadal doubles, Federer I must have one... not sure that I do though
But none WITH them, dang, you'd have to be lucky to get that with the crowds around them @_@
I did...
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Then you're very lucky
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So we got there fairly early again, and I walked around a bunch before settling down on Banque National Court to watch Youzhny play Davydenko. It was a good match: they had really long rallies, and they were evenly matched in the sense that they have fairly similar games. Then I walked around a bit more, and I got pictures taken with Aspelin & Knowle, which was really sweet. I watched Bhupathi & Vizner play against Nestor & Knowles on the practice court, as I was watching Hanley & Ullyett warm up. I love their warm up: they practice every doubles situation that might come up. Cross-court rallies, parallel rallies, and then they volleys in parallel, and then cross-court volleys, really a nice warm up for a doubles player. When they left I got my photo taken with them (but my eyes were closed…) and the coach said, “That’s worth a lot of money now!” It was really funny.
I went back to watch Djokovic nail Nalbandian in the second set, and I also saw the MTF member there. Djokovic was playing really well, you know, but I felt bad for David.
Next, I watched Hrbaty and Hewitt. You know, it was a good match: Hrbaty has a nice game and Hewitt, well, you know, he’s a fighter, but his balls weren’t deep or penetrating today. But he managed to find a way: God knows how!
I left in the middle to go watch Djokovic and Zimonjic play Hanley and Ullyett. The first set was really great, nice plays from both sides. Hanley and Ullyett are just such an impressive display of doubles tennis. I spent most of the second set standing up because I was waiting for Nieminen to finish his practice (him and Melzer were playing soccer with their coaches over the net… really strange) so that he could sign the picture of us together. He did, and by the time he did the doubles match was over. It was a good one, though!
I came back to see my mom, and told her that Federer/Allegro vs. Bryan brothers was now on Center Court, much to our disappointment. But everyone was leaving, so I went to get tickets from three old men. So we went to watch that, and it was good doubles. You know, I thought Allegro and Federer played really well, all things considered. But the Bryan brothers move in unison, they’re really great.
I left in the middle to go see our Canadian hero play. I got there at 4-4 in the first set. We hadn’t heard any cheers from Center Court, so I figured that he was losing. But it was tied. He got broken for the set, though, and that’s when the crowd started to get wild.
We started to cheer him on after every point, in fact it got to the point where we’d cheer him on between serves. It was WILD. It was the best tennis match I’ve ever been to because of the atmosphere. “Go Frank Go!” was the cheer of the crowd. He got pumped up, too, because of us. Poor Verdasco was graceful except for that one eruption in the second set that got him booed. I mean, we weren’t mean to him, he has to understand we’d back our Canadian guy over him. Him winning was just amazing, he sent us into elation. It just such great fun.
But after hist match, both doubles were taken off the schedule due to walkovers, and so we left to go home.
I was just so disappointed I didn’t get to see Aspelin & Knowle play, they were so nice to me. I was even more disappointed that they lost their match, they’re such great guys… I hope that they can get some good wins in the next weeks, I hope they have a good season =) Paul & Kevin too, just such nice guys, I hope they can get out of their minor slump…
This week has made me realize that, really, all the players are really nice guys. All of them signed, none of them were mean, they're all really friendly people. I've been converted a fan of many players, in fact, I'll have to revamp my signature
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FRIDAY

So today was the last day. We left late, and got there with time to spare.
They were taking away the stuff from the practice courts (the ice things for water, the recycling bins, the scoreboards). It marked the end of the tournament, really; the night before they had removed all wiring and cameras from the Banque Nationale Court. It saddened me in a way to realize my week was over.
But, it wasn’t really over: three matches remained.
We didn’t need to wait long for Hanley, Ullyett, Knowles and Nestor to arrive on court. They were so cute, all matching and stuff. We sat in front of the same people we had been in front of all week, and as usual they didn’t shut up. Gah, I have a funny story about those idiots later on. Hanley & Ullyett’s coach was sitting nearby, and kept saying stuff to his players, but I couldn’t understand it. I figured he was Australian, but maybe he’s from Zimbabwe? I don’t really know. When he spoke to me yesterday, he sounded Australian. Hm.
The match itself was good. The crowd was asleep, though, and applauded only for Nestor’s points, obviously. But Paul and Kevin were playing amazing. They hit a number of winning returns, and made a number of points using the I formation. They really have that down to an art: it’s amazing to watch them use the I formation as often as they do. The first set was so tight; in fact, the set point was rather lucky (but I don’t remember way, unfortunately).
Nestor and Knowles played well throughout, but their opponents were just one notch higher. Even the crowd’s attempts to get them into the match were all in vain. I felt bad for Paul and Kevin though: in their first match, they were against the crowd since they were playing Djokovic, and again today against the crowd. However, they just play amazingly! They’re great fun to watch. My mom, their coach and me were the only ones applauding their winners for the most part
We were in the first row behind the players, but we still couldn’t understand a word of their strategy. It’s almost as if they whisper, don’t hear each other but still understand what’s going on. Or, you know, after 14 years, Knowles and Nestor have developed ESP. Their lips barely move when they speak, it’s as if they weren’t speaking at all. We were quite amazed at this.
When Paul and Kevin won, Kevin’s arms went up in the air. He was really, really happy about the win: it was visible. Maybe a turn-around win for their season, which has been average so far?
Knowles looked disheartened when he lost, and left before Nestor – they both signed a number of autographs, though. That was nice. Paul and Kevin signed the picture of us which was great, and I wish I had had the guts to tell them how amazing they played, but alas I didn’t have the guts.
So, the first match was a success: a closely contested doubles match that featured great doubles play.
Bjorkman, Mirnyi, Erlich and Ram arrived quite soon after the other match ended. People flooded in from center court, since Roddick had just lost to Djokovic at that time.
Mirnyi played awful at the start. Couldn’t get a first serve in, didn’t get any returns in, missed a lot of volleys. Jonas had a lot of pressure on his shoulders. They did get some bad breaks, though, on sudden-death deuce points. Erlich and Ram were cheered on loudly (and obnoxiously… cheering on Ues) by these four Israeli women. I remember one of them from last year, she was cheering on Shahar Peer, and she was so annoying. Again today. Even at 5-1, she was cheering on Mirnyi’s mistakes.
The crowd was pro-Max and Jonas, though, and were cheering them on whenever something seemed to come together.
In the second set, things came together more. Less mistakes from Mirnyi, Jonas was very solid, Erlich & Ram quite aggressive. Jonas missed a volley at 5-5 Deuce, though, and that was the one that really decided the match. Had he not missed it (and it wasn’t a hard one either) they may have won. It’s ironic, in a way: Jonas was solid the entire way, but he wasn’t solid on the one that “counted the most”.
There was quite something on Match Point. Erlich hits a ball on a second serve point, and it was good, but it was called long, and they replayed the point. Bjorkman was complaining, saying it was out and that now it should be deuce. But alas, they replayed the point. And Erlich got a first serve. It was kind of unfair, I guess, but I wasn’t on the right end to judge the ball.
I got Erlich to sign for me, but Ram was talking to people from the Embassy (? I couldn’t understand them even if they spoke English) so I couldn’t get his. The crowd, that hadn’t really cheered them on too much, cheered for them a lot when they left. They appreciated it (well, Ram at least)
The last match of the day was entertaining. Paes & Damm against Bhupathi & Vizner. For such a shrimp, Paes has an attitude. He’s very… dominant. Damm is a perfect partner because he just listens and follows what Paes says; he doesn’t mind being bossed around. But he would annoy me, I guess. I just don’t like his personality much, he started hitting balls as hard as he could at one point because he was mad that they missed break points or something, and missed Bhupathi’s face by an inch. I was in shock!
Damm & Paes are up and down, you know, in their temperament. And Bhupathi and Vizner are always on the same level. In the first set, they saved eight set points before winning it in a tiebreaker! It was really amazing.
The second set went by so fast I didn’t see it go by at all.
The annoying people behind me were talking about the two Indians facing off, and then one of them said they were Hindou, and then the other person said, “Well they can’t have two nationalities.” It was hard to retain laughter… but then they actually started discussing where Hindou people came from. “What country starts with H?” it was really, really funny, but also insulting – thank God that neither of the players spoke French. Then they threw native Indians in there, for God knows what reason. Gah, some people are just ignorant. But it was quite funny.
The match tiebreaker was good. Mahesh and Pavel were up 6-3, then lost multiple points in a row to get to 6-8. Paes was pumped up, he yelled out many times in joy (but it was so vicious it seemed like anger…!) when he yells out “out”, by the way, he scares the hell out of me…
Then the next point was PIVOTAL. It was a long rally – they actually had a lot of long rallies in the match – and Damm gets a smash which he mishits a bit and it goes near the line. Now, I was right near it, and I thought it was just inside the line, but Pavel didn’t hit it and let it go. Now, this confused me, and apparently the umpire. The lines judge, a young woman, said it was good, BUT the umpire overruled it. Correction the ball was out. 7-8. Paes just LOST it. Damm accompanied him in arguing but… You can’t top Leander, folks. He was yelling at the umpire and questioning the lines judge. Poor girl. “DID YOU CALL IT GOOD?” I mean, it was good, I think. But he just lost it. Worst time possible to lose it, too. Pavel and Mahesh won the next points really well, and then won the match. They looked so happy, I was happy for them. Paes and Damm argued for minutes after the handshake.
The drama there was amazing, you know, amazing quality drama. The match was good, but overall, I think that the first match was the best of the day – it was a very high quality encounter.
Match of the week for me was Dancevic & Verdasco, and in doubles, the first quarterfinal today.
It was a great week, overall: I got a lot of autographs from players. Nadal, Nieminen, Tursunov, Bjorkman, Mirnyi, Knowles, Nestor, Ullyett, Hanley, Wassen, Gonzalez, Ljubicic, Soderling, Knowle, Aspelin, Paes, Bhupathi, Vizner, Davydenko, Fognini, Jamie Murray, Lee, Fyrstenberg, Matkowski, Erlich, Zimonjic… That’s about it. I got a lot of doubles specialists, though, they’re really nice guys. Actually, all of them are really nice, and I am a fan of most players now. I just have a few that are my favorites, you know, that I wish more luck to than the rest! Haha.
I also got my pictures taken with Nieminen, Bjorkman, Mirnyi, Tursunov, Knowle&Aspelin, Nestor, Hanley&Ullyett. Before the week started, I couldn’t mutter a word to a player, now I’m able to ask for pictures, so I’m proud of myself. Maybe next year, I’ll be able to ask players questions. Still not at that level yet
If I had one disappointment about the tournament, it was that I didn’t get to see Aspelin & Knowle play (and that they lost second round, that was sad, because I wished them well at my tournament) and that I had trouble seeing matches, because I was always tempted by practice courts and such. But I enjoyed my time at the Roger’s Cup thoroughly, it was definitely awesome, and the week passed by so slowly, I got to savour each and every moment. =)
Thanks for reading, everyone. =)
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Simon Aspelin & Julian Knowle: 2007 U.S. Open Champions!!!!
Jurgen Melzer & Philipp Petzschner: 2010 Wimbledon Champions!!!
Canadian Heroes: Frank Dancevic & Milos Raonic
Elite Squad: Marat Safin - Andy Roddick - Richard Gasquet - Jérémy Chardy - Philipp Petzschner - Tommy Robredo - Marin Cilic - Juan Martin Del Potro - Dmitry Tursunov - Mikhail Youzhny - Ivan Ljubicic - Juan Monaco - Jurgen Melzer - Fernando Gonzalez
Doubles Specialists: Simon Aspelin - Julian Knowle - Max Mirnyi - Paul Hanley - Jamie Murray - Mark Knowles - Mahesh Bhupathi - Mariusz Fyrstenberg - Marcin Matkowski - Daniel Nestor- Nenad Zimonjic - Andy Ram
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