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Old 02-12-2003, 06:46 AM   #451
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-news has it that Mikaelian has applied for a French passport & that she would play for the French Federation if asked to...

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Does hate make it easier to win?

From Ilona Scherer and marcel Siegenthaler

Zurich - 1.6 was the Berner Michel Kratochvil behind in the Daviscup against the dutch Martin Verkerk, when his captain Marc Rosset thought him to hate. Kratochvil changed the game and beat Verkerk. The orange public was pretty angry. Hate the pusher for success in sport!

"Yes, hate can release strong energies and give a certain kick to a sport." confirmed the psychotherapeut and sportfan Thomas Steiner (50). But the Zurcher warns from looking to close to the word "hate" Steiner: "It's about the kompetitive side of the hate and not about the destructive one."

The Psychotherapeut explains on an example from tennis what he means: "World-Nr. 1 Lleyton Hewitt hates his opponent during a game. He gets terribly angry about the guy on the other side of the net, wants to show him who's best. That's pushing him. But he doesn't hate the person he's playing against."

Even against the Swiss Roger Federer Hewitt produces hate feelings on the court. Despite they are actually friends. (Hmmmm are they??)

Hate also releases energies, gives a kick. Steiner sees yet an other advantage of hatefeelings during a competition. "Hate can give you courage. And this curage pushes away the fear of a loss."

On this card Marc Rosset was betting on sunday at the decisive 5th match at the score 1:6. With Success! As soon as the introverted and with losses familiar Kratochvil started to hate ("By 10000 hostile fans one has to set free agressions" so Michel yesterdey) he turned the match and won it. The entry into the quarterfinal against france was perfect!

Jakob Hlasek confirms Steiners explications: "On the court the situation for the players is like it was for the gladiators in the arena. Even Psycho tricks belong to it.

Myriam Casanova: "It's my ambition to push the ball once more over the net than my adverser. Even more explicit Patty Schnyder: "I go on the court with the clear intention: I want to beat my adverser! I want to show from the very first ball that I want to dominate the game."
That's how kompetitive hate grows.
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More from the ladies . . .


Patty Schnyder, seeded #7, is into the quarterfinals of Antwerp after defeating Denisa Chladkova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-0 in the second round, and Elke Clijsters 6-2, 6-3 in the first round.



Myriam Casanova was defeated by Kim Clijsters in the second round, 6-3, 6-2.
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Swiped from a Mario Ancic listing:

"Strong field of competitors in qualifications for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament

The organizers of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament have not just been blessed with an extremely strong field of competitors for the main tournament; former top-10 players and other great talents have also registered for the qualification tournament. For example, apart from Nicolas Kiefer and Karol Kucera, the Belgian brothers Olivier and Christophe Rochus will make their appearance in the weekend prior to the main tournament. In addition, Mario Ancic has signed up for the qualifications. Last month, this Croatian talent knocked out Sjeng Schalken during the second round of the Australian Open. The Australian Wayne Arthurs, listed 46th in the world rankings, is the highest-seeded player in the ranking. And the wildcards will be given to Jean-Julien Rojer, a Dutchman coming from Curacao.

The competitors in the qualifications are listed as follows:
1. Wayne Arthurs (AUS);
2. Feliciano Lopez (ESP);
3. Radek Stepanek (CZE);
4. Olivier Rochus (BEL);
5. Mario Ancic (CRO);
6. Nicolas Kiefer (GER);
7. Michel Kratochvil (SUI);
8. Karol Kucera (SVK);
9. Julien Boutter (FRA);
10. Bohdan Ulihrach (CZE);
11. Olivier Mutis (FRA);
12. Alexander Waske (GER);
13. Christophe Rochus (BEL);
14. Jean-Julien Rojer (HOL) - W.C.
15. wildcard;
16. wildcard.

The qualification tournament will take place on Saturday 15 and
Sunday 16 February in Hall 1 (Scheldehall) of Ahoy' Rotterdam. On
both days, the matches will begin at 10 a.m."
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Good luck Patty!!!

To bad about Michel having to retire becouse of his toe.
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I never answered you re: an article about Micha from DC last week. The article is in French -- do you still want it??



I'm just reading an article about Rosset in the Smash mag -- he says interesting things about DC in Holland before it happened: saying SUI won't have it easy vs HOL but they could make their mark there. Even if they lose the doubles, we know that Rogi can win both his singles matches and it is possible for Micha to finally make it happen in his reverse singles match.

Uncanny prognosis!!

They were still concerned about the doubles even though they won in MAR -- that was due more to the fact that the MOR dbles was weak! He said George's serve is not that strong and that they have to consider alternatives.

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Sure, RF! Good news about Michel always makes me happy

I think they should have tried Rogi & Yves for doubles, especially if they are looking for someone new. They seemed to play well at the Australian and, in hindsight, couldn't have done worse for the DC team (you know that saying, hindsight is 20/20 . . .)

Changing up the doubles pair in France could be risky. I think Rogi & Yves should play more tournaments together and see how it meshes. Wish they'd sign up for the rest of the indoor season . . .
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Hi Hackie:

This is the article in French about Mihca the lionhearted plus Rogi:

Michel Coeur de Lion
1:1 après la première journée de la rencontre entre l'équipe Allianz Suisse de Coupe Davis et la Hollande: un résultat auquel on pouvait plus ou moins s'attendre. Mais le bilan est plus réjouissant pour la Suisse qu'il n'y paraît, notamment parce que Michel Kratochvil n'a jamais aussi bien joué en Coupe Davis, même s'il s'est finalement incliné.

Parfois, une défaite vaut presque autant qu'une victoire. Michel Kratochvil a perdu la première partie de la rencontre du premier tour à Arnhem après cinq sets de suspense insoutenable, mais le Bernois de 23 ans a montré à tous ceux qui pouvaient en douter qu'il avait la classe d'un vrai lutteur et qu'il pouvait se surpasser même en Coupe Davis. Après avoir perdu de justesse les deux premiers sets, le Suisse n'a pas abandonné, mais a su se motiver presque jusqu'à l'euphorie. Pendant deux sets et demi, Kratochvil domina nettement la partie et c'est avec beaucoup de malchance qu'il s'inclina finalement 4:6 au cinquième set. Tout en regrettant les chances perdues, surtout une balle de set au deuxième set, Kratochvil eut au moins la satisfaction d'avoir accompli un excellent match.

Le Bernois attribue en bonne partie sa superbe performance au duo Marc Rosset/Georges Deniau qui dirige l'équipe. Rosset a joué son rôle de capitaine à la perfection et Deniaux est un atout précieux pour l'équipe selon lui. 'Je me sens à l'aise comme jamais auparavant dans cette équipe de Coupe Davis', a constaté Kratochvil. Un compliment que le capitaine Rosset lui a immédiatement retourné. 'Michel a montré sans l'ombre d'un doute qu'il est un joueur de grand talent au coeur généreux.' Ses commentaires ont été moins aimables à l'égard des arbitres, surtout du principal arbitre Brian Earley, parce qu'ils n'ont pas fait taire quelques spectateurs particulièrement bruyants. C'est d'ailleurs perturbé par le cri gênant d'un spectateur que le Suisse commit une double faute dans la balle de match décisive. Commentaire de Rosset qui ne mâcha pas ses mots: 'Tout le monde était à la hauteur de sa tâche, sauf le chef des arbitres.'

Sixième vicoitre consécutive pour Federer

Victoire souveraine en revanche pour Roger Federer qui balaya Raemon Sluiter du court en trois sets. Comme presque toujours en Coupe Davis, le Bâlois brilla au point que c'en fut presque humiliant pour le Hollandais. Sur les onze derniers simples disputés en Coupe Davis, le Suisse en a gagné dix, et depuis la défaite face au Français Escudé à Neuchâtel il y a deux ans, il n'a plus jamais perdu. Vu sa forme, Federer va sans doute aussi disputer le double samedi, probablement aux côtés du Vaudois George Bastl, même sie le capitaine Rosset ne veut pas encore se fixer définitivement. Quant aux Hollandais, ils devront se demander sérieusement s'ils veulent faire jouer Sjeng Schalcken, le partenaire standard du spécialiste du double Paul Haarhuis, après son match marathon contre Kratochvil. Encore le mérite de Kratochvil qui a lutté avec tant de courage jusqu'au bout ...

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Machine translation of said article:

Michel the Lionhearted

1:1 after the first day of the meeting enter the team Allianz Suisse of Davis Cup and Holland: a result which one could more or less expect. But the assessment is more amusing for Switzerland than it does not appear to with it, in particular because Michel Kratochvil as well played never Davis Cup from there, even if it were finally inclined.

Sometimes, a defeat is worth almost as much as a victory. Michel Kratochvil lost the first part of the meeting of the first turn in Arnhem after five sets of insupportable suspense, but the 23 years Berner showed with all those which could doubt it that it had the class of a true fighter and that it could be even exceeded Davis Cup from there. After having lost accuracy the first two sets, Switzerland did not give up, but knew to justify itself almost until the euphoria. During two sets and half, Kratochvil clearly dominated the part and it is with much bad luck that it inclined finally 4:6 with the fifth set. While regretting the lost chances, especially a set point to the second set, Kratochvil had at least satisfaction to have achieved an excellent match.

The Berner allots in good part its superb performance to the duet Marc Rosset/Georges Deniau which directs the team. Rosset played its role of captain to perfection and Deniaux is an invaluable asset for the team according to him. ' I feel at ease like never before in this team of Davis Cut ', noted Kratochvil. A compliment that the Rosset captain immediately turned over to him. ' Michel showed without the shade of a doubt that he is a player of great talent in the generous heart.' His comments were less pleasant to the referees, especially principal referee Brian Earley, because they did not make conceal some particularly noisy witnesses. He is disturbed besides by the cry obstructing of a witness that Switzerland made a double fault in the decisive match point. Comment of Rosset which did not chew its words: ' Everyone was with the height of its task, except the head of the referees.'

Sixth consecutive victory for Federer

Sovereign victory on the other hand for Roger Federer who swept Raemon Sluiter of runs in three sets. As almost always matches from there Davis Cup, Bâlois shone so much so that it was almost humiliating for the Dutchman. On the eleven disputed simple last Davis Cup matches from there, Switzerland in gained ten, and since the defeat vis-a-vis the Escudé French in Neuchâtel two years ago, it did not lose never again. Considering his form, Federer undoubtedly also will dispute double Saturday, probably at the sides of George Bastl, even sy the Rosset captain does not want to be fixed yet definitively. As for the Dutchmen, they will have to wonder seriously if they want to make play Sjeng Schalcken, the standard partner of the specialist in the double Paul Haarhuis, after his match marathon against Kratochvil. Still the merit of Kratochvil which fought with such an amount of courage until the end...
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Michel is not playing in Rotterdam after all

Here's the qualifying draw:

(1) Mario Ancic (CRO)
Juan Luis Tati Rascon (ESP)

Fred Hemmes Jr. (NED)
(5) Oliver Gross (GER)

(2) Olivier Mutis (FRA)
Peter Wessells (NED)

Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO)
(7) Michael Russell (USA)

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(3) Christophe Rochus (BEL)
Marc-Kevin Goellner (GER)

Yves Allergo (SUI)
(8) Dennis van Scheppingen (NED)

(4) Andrei Stoliarov (RUS)
Rogier Wassen (NED)

Renzo Furlan (ITA)
(6) Bjorn Phau (GER)
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Do you know what is wrong with him, Hackie? Any news?

Surely a "toe injury" can't be that bad
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Unless he broke his toe, no, I have no idea why he's not playing.

Maybe he just wants to revel in his glory a little longer
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Hi, Hackie!

Indeed, Krati's been on the local papers after his memorable win last weekend. Unfortunately there's no website on the Berner Anzeiger, maybe Doris can put the translation for you sometime...
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Sure, if Doris wouldn't mind doing some more translating, I won't mind reading it, LOL! I'm glad he's still happy. Perhaps a week off is just what he needs. He's next going to play in Denmark, and that draw is pretty weak, so I expect someone to come through! If not Michel, Jarkko then -- both need to win their first titles sometime!
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