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Old 12-30-2005, 09:03 PM   #316
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Hi I am Ali, and I decided to come out of the closet and be an official fan of Nico.
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Thanks Rosie, I agree that this forum, is really one of the friendliest and I always enjoy reading the posts here, and I really look forward to posting here when the season gets going next week.
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Thanks Rosie for the translation of Nico's words. Yes, I agree Lynn that the powers that be in tennis, definitely treat the Latin Americans and may I also say Spanish players second class. The monicker clay court specialist is always hung on their neck.but you never hear a Roddick or a Ljubicic, for example being labeled as a hard court or indoor specialist being. no news report is free of this disparaging phrase:clay-court specialist, or dirt-baller, when a LA or spanish player wins a match. But you know what, despite this disparagement it is the "claycourters" who are doing well on hard courts and indoors while their favoured ones cannot even play on court in the best of times. Now that the the Latins are showing their competence and real talent by dominating unequivocally the upper echelons of the ranking, they are coming out with the excuses that their are too many clay tournaments, and those should be cut down. What makes me really,really angry is that the bulk of the fans and those genuinely interested in tennis comes from Latin America and Spain, and are by far holding up the fortunes of the tennis world. The fact that in North America and English speaking countries in general, tennis is way behind the other sports in popularity among the public.
Hey Ali!!! First, glad you're a Nico fan now!! He's the best! He can yell and scream on court at times, but he's got a good heart.

And you're right - while I like someone like say Andy, he can't play clay. But instead of people saying geez he should learn to play clay, they're like well its only clay. But the clay court players are dissed when they have trouble w/the hardcourts. But like you said, they do way better on the hardcourts than the hardcourt players do on clay. Its totally annoying. And you're right about the fans. Tennis is practically a non-sport in the States - though it hasn't always been like that, it is now.
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I loved Nico's serve, he did a lot of aces!

The match was fun to watch ... Too bad that I missed the final
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Oh our poor Nico.

He lost to David 1-6, 3-6.

But the second set was closer than the score sounds - he almost broke David to make it 4 all but couldn't quite do it.

I hope he doesn't get discouraged, because he did well this weekend. It takes him time to get acclimated to hardcourts and he did so well against Z. Didn't give up and fought hard in both matches.

And I know Gaby was taking mental notes, and he and Nico after the new year will work on whatever needs improving.

Very proud of you NICO!

[Plus again, he looked totally HOT in that outfit, and that has to count for something. ]
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I was hoping for comments from Nico - maybe tomorrow.

From Radio Cooperativa:

The Chilean tennis player succumbed before the superiority of the from cordoba tennis player and he fell for 6-1 and 6-3 in the end of the Uruguay exhibition tournament.

After conquering to Mariano Zabaleta in three sets Thursday, Nicolas Massú (65º of the ATP) he felt the effort and he fell abrumadoramente before the Argentine David Nalbandian (6º) in the end of the exhibition tournament.

The national tennis player, nevertheless, managed to maintain an acceptable level along the party, what permits him to think about taking up again its better level along 2006, year that begins for the viñamarino in Auckland next January 9.

Since a beginning the problems of the Olympic champion were noted. The Chilean had serious objections with service along all he scrambles it and practically abandonment that Nalbandian took the reins of the match since a beginning.

So much it was the superiority of the Argentine that in the third play already broke the service of Massú and from there on was shown unstoppable.

Nalbandian was a waterspout and resolved the first sleeve with a more efficient tennis than bright, being remained with the triumph for 6-1 in only 34 minutes of scarce fight.

In the second chapter, the tennis of Massú was elevated. He gained in velocity and tenacious resistance opposed Nalbandian.

Although Nalbandian broke of entrance and was put quickly 3-0, maintaining the tonic of the first partial one, the pupilo of Gabriel Markus recovered and was put 2-3 thanks to a breaking in the fifth one game.

The Chilean endeavored too much and added exhaustion accumulated in the match before Zabaleta, he felt the severity of two days with matches in the body.

Nalbandian took advantage of the moment and broke of return to be put 4-2. From there on, all was for the Argentine that after 48 minutes achieved the triumph for 6-3.

For the Chilean remains the consolation of to have returned to the maximum competition with a triumph and a rout, and the to begin to take up again the sports and physical level that expects. (Cooperative.cl)
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Sorry that Nico lost - but as we said earlier - David IS the form player at the moment - so it really isn't any disgrace to lose to him. Plus Nico must have been really tired after the hard 3-setter against MZ. It will take time for him to regain full strength - both emotional and physical - but the Zabaleta match was definately a step in the right direction. Happy New Year Nico (and everyone else here of course!) and good luck in 2006!
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! FELIZ ANO NUEVO!!!!!!!!!


Wishing our NICO a very happy and successful 2006!!!!!

It was a very tough time for him from the end of 2004 through all of 2005 with injuries and a difficult comeback. Wishing him all the luck in 2006, and I know that he has the determination to comeback as well as now having an awesome team around him. I know that he'll do everything possible to make it back to the top tier of players.

To all those who remained faithful to Nico through it all as well as to all his new fans - wishing you the very best in 2006!!!

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Thanks Rosie for the translation of Nico's words. Yes, I agree Lynn that the powers that be in tennis, definitely treat the Latin Americans and may I also say Spanish players second class. The monicker clay court specialist is always hung on their neck.but you never hear a Roddick or a Ljubicic, for example being labeled as a hard court or indoor specialist being. no news report is free of this disparaging phrase:clay-court specialist, or dirt-baller, when a LA or spanish player wins a match. But you know what, despite this disparagement it is the "claycourters" who are doing well on hard courts and indoors while their favoured ones cannot even play on court in the best of times. Now that the the Latins are showing their competence and real talent by dominating unequivocally the upper echelons of the ranking, they are coming out with the excuses that their are too many clay tournaments, and those should be cut down. What makes me really,really angry is that the bulk of the fans and those genuinely interested in tennis comes from Latin America and Spain, and are by far holding up the fortunes of the tennis world. The fact that in North America and English speaking countries in general, tennis is way behind the other sports in popularity among the public.
Wow Ali...couldn't agree more with you,Lynn and Rosie. I thought perhaps it was just my imagination that this went on but its good to know I'm not the only one to feel that way. I thought I was possibly just overprotective of my favorites-who are almost all LAs or Spanish. But it doesn't matter what the rest of the tennis world thinks because as you said they are dominating and not just on the claycourt. VAMOS to all the so called "claycourters".
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! FELIZ ANO NUEVO!!!!!!!!!


Wishing our NICO a very happy and successful 2006!!!!!

It was a very tough time for him from the end of 2004 through all of 2005 with injuries and a difficult comeback. Wishing him all the luck in 2006, and I know that he has the determination to comeback as well as now having an awesome team around him. I know that he'll do everything possible to make it back to the top tier of players.

To all those who remained faithful to Nico through it all as well as to all his new fans - wishing you the very best in 2006!!!
Ditto here Nicofan!!! The best of luck this year to dear Nico!!!!
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Oh our poor Nico.

He lost to David 1-6, 3-6.
I saw the last games and Nico didn't play bad at all ... He looks a bit slow yet but needs more matchs
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Thanks for the info Fergie!

Yeah, it will take him a bit to get back into match form. He really hasn't played at all for 2 months, and in the Fall, he didn't play much.

And David has played a lot - its like he hasn't even had an offseason - so its good that Nico could stay close in the 2nd. He shouldn't be discouraged.
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And he isn't ... Nico said that the didn't play a whole match for 2 months and needs more confidence in his game, but he is working hard
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