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Old 05-28-2005, 12:36 PM   #46
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Good luck Kiwi, please please beat Andreev
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Good Luck Kiwi please beat Andreev...
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Having to stop at 4 ALL in the 4th (probably because of darkness) ...this can't make Kiwi a happy man.

He's probably already frustrated with getting broken those times in the 3rd
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Too bad that Kiwi couldn't win in time. He was down in the third set the whole time but he still tried and he chances to break back again and again, but Andreev held.

Before the fourth set Kiwi already talked to the ref about when the match is going to be suspended. I think he felt that he was hitting the ball worse and to me it looked as if he wanted the suspension more than Andreev who didn't seem to share his view about that with the ref or the supervisor. The good thing is that Kiwi at least managed to hold his serves, like Andreev. Kiwi saved 15-40 twice, and in the last game of Andreev before the match was finally suspended he had two break points and I think if he had broken at that time they would have allowed him a few more minutes while trying to serve it out.

Andreev's forehand seemed to become more dangerous the longer the match lasts, not a good sign IMO. Towards the end, especially in the last game as Kiwi made a few really bad bad erros, I think that he was gesticulating that he has troubles to focus the ball properly because it was already very dark (on TV pictures it still looked quite okay, but I think that's not exactly reality because what we see on the screens should be articifially brightened?!). Just too bad he couldn't break at this moment when Andreev was serving at 3-4, but at the same time we must be lucky that Kiwi was not broken before already!

Hmmmmmmm... how comes I have a bad feeling for this match tomorrow? maybe some bad experiences with matches that got delayed.... I hope I'm wrong though and that he finds a way to close it out in the fourth.

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Also not to forget that the 2nd set tiebreak was a nice present already... Andreev had set point on own serve at 7*-6 and then Kiwi took two points off his service and finished his own set point with a strong service winner or ace (don't remember anymore).
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Also not to forget that the 2nd set tiebreak was a nice present already... Andreev had set point on own serve at 7*-6 and then Kiwi took two points off his service and finished his own set point with a strong service winner or ace (don't remember anymore).
With a strong service winner.

I have a bad feeling, too. I think Kiwi has to win it in 4, otherwise it could become a match like it was in Wimbledon for him (against Johansson).
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I was glad the match was suspended since the momentum looked like it was going to Andreev. I wish Nicolas would have broken to serve out the match. But it's on serve and that's a good thing especially when he was down several break points in the 4th.

He only needs 2 games to win tomorrow to get in the 4th round! He can do it.

I agree, if he loses this set, I think it's over And don't get me thinking about Wimby last year. I sat through that match in cold and rain to see him lose. The pathetic performance I ever seen. Let's hope for a different result tomorrow and a positive fighting Kiwi tomorrow.
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On the positive side it was really great to see that Kiwi's level of play is much higher than in this loss against Johansson or against Grosjean in Hamburg. The longer the match lasted he seemed to hit his more powerful shots worse and worse from the baseline, but he also showed some strong shots and he seemed to have confidence in some winners, especially on his forehand. It was a huge difference for me compared to the Grosjean match where he just played too restrained. And especially no ton of really pathetic backhand errors like at Hamburg, could still get better, but it's just much more solid so far and it's good to see that improvements took place

As for his 1st serve percentage, a bit higher would do him good and of course it would make it easier for him. But if his first serve is in, it looks quite good and the speed seems also okay for me.


If I understood the commentators correctly, they mentioned that the weather forecast looks a bit windy tomorrow? Damn, I hope it's not or not much, I don't think he will feel too comfortable with these conditions
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Of course I haven't seen any matches of Nicolas since Grosjean and at that I fast forwarded most of it due to horrible play. I'm glad he is going for his shots but when the time is right. I don't want him going for his shots and committing tons of unforced errors. His serve needs to be better tomorrow but hopefully, he will only need one service game tomorrow

I wish he would post something on his website on how he felt how he played so far or something so we know what is going on inside of his head

Again, I won't be able to follow it because I won my match today and in the quarters. Now it's turn to win his.
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hopefully this will help Kiwi and he can regroup...

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Hey guys!!! here are some pictures from the first half of Kiwi's match vs. Andreev...

these are all from the webcam on RG's official site
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more from the webcam...
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other's from different places
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