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Old 02-20-2007, 01:46 AM   #1
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I see that Sergio doesn't have a thread for himself and he is a good guy who is getting his best results quite late in his career.

Good win today for Sergio defeating Acasuso 7-6 6-1 at his home event in Buenos Aires.
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On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Old 02-20-2007, 02:13 AM   #2
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nice idea GWH

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He will probably be in the top 70 next week.
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Pic from todays match.

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On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Old 02-20-2007, 05:20 AM   #5
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From Brazil in 2006.



Almost as good as Oscar with the volleys.



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On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Old 02-20-2007, 06:42 AM   #6
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"Winning here is very special. Since I started playing tennis I dream with playing in the court of the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. I was very motivated, because Chucho is one of the best players on clay. I am really happy"

"In Round Robin you have to go one match a time, having won a match and in two sets its very well, but I can't be careless".

"Physically I'm very well. Although in Chile I had a muscle tear of 17 milimeters, I went to Sauipe and I felt perfect, I recovered perfectly".

"I have been working for a long time and I have never given up, this is an award to the effort made".

"Hartfield, my next rival, is an ascending player, who got very important victories lately, plus playing in the main court will motivate us a lot"

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Thanks for that Willy, it's good to hear him so bouyant after he won and he respects baby Gaston as well.
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On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Another photo from his match against Chucho.

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There´s a short interview in Ole. I can´t translate it now, but I post it here in case I can´t find it online later (it happened to me more than once ).

Mejor tenista que pianista

El verdugo de Chucho el lunes estudió piano hasta los 12. Metalero confeso, cuenta que va invicto ¡con Nadal!


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Año 1992. Un sábado a las 11. La prueba era en Promúsica. "Si la pasaba, me becaban y empezaba la proyección. Es grosso entrar ahí", explica Sergio Roitman. En vez de ir al examen de piano, eligió cumplir el pedido de su profe de tenis y dar una especie de exhibición para chicos. "Ahí fue el quiebre, se inclinó la balanza". Porque Sergio Roitman, el sorpresivo vencedor de José Acasuso el lunes por la noche, debió haber sido músico. "Estudié piano clásico de los 6 a los 12. Debería haber sido concertista. Mi viejo, Hugo, toca muy bien. Empecé tarde con el tenis, y me cebé. Mis viejos ya vendieron el último piano".

De adolescente, terminaron las lecciones de piano pero no murió el músico. "Es raro, porque soy metalero a morir. A los 15 andaba vestido de negro, pelo largo, iba a recitales: Her-

mética, Malón, Horcas... Me movía con un grupo de amigos más grandes. Ahora sigo heavy pero incorporé cositas: Morcheeba, Skay, algo más tranquilo. Poner play y chau".

En los ratos libres, Escopeta toca la batería. "Hacía la mímica y un día le dije a mi viejo: ¡Quiero la batería! Fuimos a una fábrica en la loma del culo y la compré. La armé y ya tocaba, sin estudiar nada. Soy zurdo para tocarla. Me gusta mucho la música, disfruto ir a un pub y ver a una banda en vivo...". Con los viajes, se dio el lujo de ver a Judas Priest "en un barcito tan grande como esta sala. Vi a Scorpions, toca en teatritos chiquitos. ¿Seguir una carrera musical? No sé, tengo ganas de hacer tantas cosas cuando deje...".

Hoy se ocupa de otras cuestiones: "Estoy medio socio con un amigo, Her-

nán, que es el que me hace las remeras". Sí, esas que exportan símbolos argentinos. "Voy a cualquier lado con la vaca y te dicen: ''Loco, qué bueno está''. El estudio de diseño la tiene atada". La marca se llama NoBrand (nobrand.com.ar) y los íconos son una vaca, el mate, el Che, un choripán... "Hay como 60, el viejo bondi, Borges, Sandro, el Obelisco. Fui a comer con Sabatini, le dije y se copó: la haremos con los típicos rulitos, y también a Vilas con vincha".

Sin embargo, el tenis manda. Tras años de lucha en challengers, por fin parece haber pegado el salto a los 27 años. "No tuve apoyo de juvenil, tampoco era bueno como para tenerlo. Pero nunca dudé de mí. Hay una persona muy especial (prefiere no nombrarla) que me bancó en todas. Ella y su familia; la mía y mi ex coach Alejandro Lombardo. Muy poca gente en el ambiente vale la pena".

—¿Qué te faltaba?

—El tenis creo que estuvo siempre, cambié el físico. Faltaba un poco de madurez. En los challengers, tanta ansiedad por querer salir te deforma un poco el juego; si no te vas rápido, y yo no lo hice, fuiste. Hoy mi tenis da para alto nivel.

Jugando con Nadal. Roitman tiene un récord envidiable contra... Rafael Nadal. "Voy 2-0 contra él. Le gané una final en Cherburgo, Francia; Creo que Rafa tenía ocho años", bromea. "El otro fue en la qualy de Mallorca, él tenía 15. El flaco estaba deprimido porque venía de perder dos finales. Nene, ¿qué te pasa? ''Tengo miedo de no definir las finales'', me dijo. Pero tomátelas, flaco".

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Roitman played very well, and he is going to go on climbing the rankings...
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Would someone please translate the Roitman article?
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Would someone please translate the Roitman article?
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OK, here it is. It was a little difficult because there is a lot of slang in it , so you´ll see a lot of things between brackets.
He has got a site, too http://www.sergioroitman.com.ar/


Better tennis player than pianist

Chucho´s executioner on Monday, studied piano until 12 years old. Confessed ‘metalero’ (rock metal fan), says he never lost ¡against Nadal!

JORGE VIALE jviale@ole.com.ar

Year 1992. A Saturday, 11 am. The audition was in Promúsica (a musical instruments store). “If I passed, I would have been awarded (scholarship?) and the projection started there. It´s something big going in there”, Sergio Roitman explains. Instead of going to the piano audition, he chose to do what his tennis professor asked for and give something like a tennis exhibition for kids. “That was the turning point”. Because Sergio Roitman, the surprisingly defeater of José Acasuso Monday night, should have been a musician. “I studied classical piano from 6 to 12. I should have been soloist/classical pianist. My old man, Hugo, plays very good. I started late with tennis and ‘me cebé’ (something like ‘I got exited/enthusiastic’) My parents already sold the last piano”.

As a teenager, the piano lessons ended, but the musician didn´t die. “It´s weird, because I´m ‘metalero’ till death. At 15 I wore black, long hair, went to concerts: Hermética, Malón, Horcas… I hung out with an older group of friends. Now I continue being heavy, but I incorporated little things: Morcheeba, Skay, something more calmed. Press play and that´s it.”

In the free time, ‘Escopeta’ plays drums. “I did the mimic and one day I told my old man: I want my drums! We went to a factory ‘en la loma del culo’ ( literally, in the butt´s hillock It´s a common expression that means something is very far away) and I bought it. I put them together and I already played, without studying anything. I´m left handed to play it. I like a lot music, I enjoy going to a pub and listening to a live band…” With the trips, he had the privilege of listening to Judas Priest “in a little boat as big as this room. I saw Scorpions in little theaters. Pursuing a musical career? I don´t know, I want to do many things when I retire…”

Today he takes care of other things: “I´m partner with a friend, Hernán, who is the one that makes me the shirts”. Yes, those ones that export Argentine symbols. “I go anywhere with the cow and they tell you: “Man, that´s cool” The design firm know what they do. (he says ‘la tiene atada’, which literally means ‘having it tied’, which is used when someone is in control or know very well what he does, etc)” The brand´s name is NoBrand (nobrand.com.ar) and the icons are a cow, the mate, Che (Guevara), a choripan… “There are like 60, the old ‘bondi’(bus), Borges, Sandro, the Obelisk. We went to have dinner with Sabatini, I told her and she liked the idea: we´ll make her with the typical curls and Vilas with the headband”.

Despite that, tennis is what matters. After years fighting in challengers, it seems that at last he made the big step at 27. “I had no support as junior, I was not good enough to receive it anyway. But I never doubted about myself. There´s a very special person (I prefer not to mention her) that supported me through everything. She and her family; mine and my ex coach, Alejandro Lombardo. Very few people in tennis worth it (it´s a little difficult to translate this I hope you understand it…)

-What was missing?

-I think the tennis was always present, I changed my physic. I was missing a little of experience/wisdom. In challengers, such anxiety to go out and play distorts a little the game; if you don´t leave quickly and I didn´t, you are done. Today my tennis is for a high level.

Playing with Nadal. Roitman has got an enviable head to head against… Rafael Nadal. “I´m 2-0 against him. I defeated him in a final in Cherbourg, France; I think that Rafa was 8”, he jokes. “The other one was in the qualification to Mallorca, he was 15. The guy was depressed because he came from losing two finals. Kid, what´s wrong? ‘I´m afraid of not being able of winning finals’, he told me. But ‘tomatelas, flaco’ (I´m sure there must be a similar expression in English…, in this case it´s something like saying stop whining, stop exaggerating, etc )”.

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