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Old 09-22-2008, 11:20 AM   #1
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Our man rules the DC!Thanks to Nico, Ecuador advances to the 1st group of the American zone.
Yesterday the match lasted more than 5 hours, Nico recovered from 0-2 and managed to secure a win. He kept his head cool during the most important points (see the ties).
Grande Nico!

Here's an article from tenisecuador.com, sorry but no time to translate it atm, but the essentials are in bold

"Una vez mas el credito ecuatoriano Nicolas Lapentti da una nueva satisfaccion a Ecuador, despues de estar 2 sets abajo, el guayaquileño remonto y vencio al paraguayo Ramón Delgado, por 3-6 4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4, en cinco horas y 15 minutos de partido, por la serie valida por un cupo al Grupo uno de la Zona Americana, de esta manera el equipo tricolor vuelve a la Zona uno despues de dos años de ausencia.

Terminado el partido de Lapentti Ecuador sacó una ventaja inalcanzable de 3-1 y convirtió en trámite el último choque de la serie entre el paraguayo Gustavo Ramírez y el ecuatoriano Carlos Avellán.

Paraguay se enfrentó a Ecuador en un polideportivo cubierto de Lambaré, municipio cercano a Asunción, con capacidad para 1.200 espectadores y que esta noche estuvo repleto durante las cinco horas y 20 minutos que duró el partido.
Delgado se puso 2-0 arriba en el marcador al imponerse con un juego impecable, con sobriedad y brillantes devoluciones al pasillo de dobles. Parecía que iba bien al evitar el peloteo con el que el ecuatoriano resolvía casisiempre a su favor.

Pero Lapentti también supo imponer su estrategia y llevó a su rival al juego que le convenía y, con una gran entrega física, asestó certeros golpes para adjudicarse las siguientes dos mangas a través de 'tie break'.

El paraguayo llevó al extremo la disputa de sus puntos, mientras que Lapentti trató de ser más efectivo para adjudicarse rápidamente sus servicios.

El desgaste físico pesó más en Delgado, quien en el quinto set comenzó a cometer errores no forzados, lo cual fue capitalizado por Lapentti para acomodar las bolas fuera del alcance del paraguayo, aunque a esas alturas el partido estaba para cualquiera.

Lapentti, de 32 años, sacó a relucir su frialdad en los momentos críticos y sentenció el triunfo al romper el servicio al paraguayo para el 6-4 del quinto set.

"Son partidos de Copa Davis, que son especiales por todo lo que significó remontar un partido de dos a cero en contra", afirmó el favorito del equipo ecuatoriano, al recordar que "hace mucho que he levantado un partido así".

Lapentti también contribuyó al segundo punto de Ecuador en el encuentro que hizo pareja con Carlos Avellán para derrotar el sábado a los paraguayos Ramón Delgado y Gustavo Ramírez por 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 y 7-5.

Delgado, de 32 años, había logrado el empate transitorio al imponerse el viernes a Julio César Campozano por 6-3, 6-1 y 6-1, después de Lapentti se impusiera a Juan Carlos Ramírez por 6-3. 6-1 y 6-0.

Con el resultado de hoy el guayaquileño, suma su victoria # 55 (37 en singles y 18 en dobles) superando de esta manera a Andrés Guzman, jugador con el cuál compartiera este record, de esta manera Lapentti es el jugador ecuatoriano con mas triunfos en Copa Davis representando a nuestro pais."
El mártes 23 de septiembre, será el sorteo de la Copa Davis 2009 en la ciudad de Madrid, alli se conocera el rival que tendra nuestro pais en la Zona Americana uno.

Ecuador junto a Perú, Uruguay, Colombia, Brasil y Canada buscaran en el 2009 subir al grupo mundial."


after: www.tenisecuador.com
[http://www.tenisecuador.com/Nicolas-...-Ecuador.html]

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Old 09-22-2008, 06:29 PM   #2
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Yesss!!!!! He even faced a MP on Delgado's serve in the fourth set... I wish him the best on European indoor season... GL Nicolas!!!
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:12 PM   #3
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Nico great comeback
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:43 PM   #4
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No updates Sep. 2008..hmm..ok, let's just say we were too happy to see Lapentti brothers destroying Canada to post in here
For those who are interested there are some tenis pro backstage vids from this event to watch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVxwe...layer_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctHly...layer_embedded
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just noticed the vids are no longer available (sorry)

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Old 05-08-2009, 03:51 PM   #5
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DC tie v Peru, May 2009
Ecuador leads 2-0, both brothers won their matches, both in same configuration of games t.i.: 6-2 6-3 7-5 (Gio) and 6-2 7-5 6-3 (Nicky). Well done boyz, tomorrow doubles. Vamos
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Old 09-18-2009, 03:58 AM   #6
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I was hoping I'd find at least one interview with Nico while he was here in Brazil!

Here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBha2AQYHqs

He has a very thick accent, but his Portuguese is pretty good. I know most here don't speak Portuguese, but at least it's an opportunity to watch him in a press conference. (If anyone wants a translation, I'd be happy to provide one, though he doesn't say anything exactly fascinating).

Btw, in all the news sites they are saying this might be his last appearance as a pro. He said there's a good chance he won't play anymore next year, especially if they lose this tie...

I wish I could go, but they chose to hold the tie way down south, really far from where I live. :/
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Btw, in all the news sites they are saying this might be his last appearance as a pro. He said there's a good chance he won't play anymore next year, especially if they lose this tie...
yes they say that on Davis Cup website as well,

but did mean it could be his last professional match or only his last Davis Cup match (in case Ecuador loses) ?
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:34 PM   #8
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That's how I understand it - he didn't seem to say anything about specific about ending his career in general but quitting playing DC if Ecuador doesn't advance to the World Group.

Still, totally that he thinks about quitting, one way or the other!
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yes they say that on Davis Cup website as well,

but did mean it could be his last professional match or only his last Davis Cup match (in case Ecuador loses) ?
I thought his statement was a bit confusing. He said he was going to play a couple of tourneys in South America and evaluate his motivation to continue, but it wasn't clear if that depended on winning the tie or not.

But today, during the match, a reporter interviewed his mother, and she said that Nico's plan is to retire this year if they lose the tie...
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Old 09-19-2009, 09:57 AM   #10
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I also read that Nico thinks about retiring in general if they lose the tie. I so hope he doesn't.
He has to come back to NL first, he canceled 2 times in 1 year.
But hopefully he'll stay to coach that young player mentioned on his website once and travel with him or maybe travel with Giova once in a while... Then we still have chances to see him.
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I'm watching livescores now... it's 6-4, 2-1, 40-15 on Nico's serve.
Hope he keeps it up, so we can still see our boy play next year.

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2nd set: 6-4, vamooooooos!
3rd set: 1-6
4rd set: Vamos Nico!!!! And please win it, don't do what your famous for!

Will have to look that up tomorrow though, I'm too tired to wait for it, it's 0:35 here.
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Nico won the match in style, 5 sets of course.
2-6, 8-6, to complete my post above.

Yay, Ecuador in the world group!
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This is fantastic. I'm glad that Ecuador's win over Canada two rounds ago didn't go to waste.

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incredible...there´s nothing more to say!!!
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Congrats to Team Ecuador (and especially family Lapentti) on winning this tie I think it is sooo amazing how Nico fights for his country, really impressive!

I am also happy that Nico will play another year
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