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Old 04-04-2006, 03:25 PM   #61
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I like your Avatar idolwatcher1 And lets hope Robby and his coach don't loose
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:51 PM   #62
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Thanks, Mae! The avatar you see is a much lower quality version of what I originally created to use ....because of the upload limit, I had to compress it a lot!... That's why most of my avatars have been monochromatic looking... the compression is less obvious that way...

I would love it if Robby won doubles and singles at River Oaks... we'll have to wait and see
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Well doubles was shortlived

Horna / Monaco defeats Ginepri / Montana
7-5, 6-3

But Horna and Monaco are actually really good players and really good on clay. and when's the last time Francisco played? Anyway Robby will play his match tomorrow (probably at night?)... he'll play Vasilis Mazarakis
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I had a feeling that would happen... oh well... at least they didn't get clobbered, I guess.

Robby needs to improve his results during evening matches! The two singles matches he won this year (which he did in straight sets) were during the morning/noon... Ever since TMS Paris (where Robby won his morning match, and then lost his night match the next day to Gaudio), his evening matches have basically..sucked! Hope he beats Mazarakis tomorrow... I was hoping Jeff would win, actually... Mazarakis makes me think of Gremelmayr for some reason...
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Well Good Luck in the Singles Match then I was also wanting Jeff to win, but he didn't
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April 5, 2006, 12:33AM
RIVER OAKS INTERNATIONAL
Ginepri keeping up the fight
U.S. Open run raised expectations before current lull


By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

Robby Ginepri finally revealed his full potential last summer, when he won a big tournament in Indianapolis and reached the semifinals of that much bigger one in New York.

Then, rather than rest on his U.S. Open laurels, which he admittedly feared might happen, Ginepri kept grinding through the fall. More successes followed, including a trip to the semis at the Masters Series Madrid event. He left no reason to doubt the trend would carry over into 2006.

But it hasn't. Why?

"It's tough to say," Ginepri said Tuesday at the River Oaks International, where he'll play his first match today and take on Pete Sampras in an exhibition on Thursday night. "I feel I'm hitting the ball the same. But the mental side is a little off, and that's such a big part of getting to the top.

"I had a couple tough matches and didn't squeak them out, so I got a little discouraged. But I'm still working hard. That's all you can do — put your head down and keep working. These guys are still the same guys I played last year and beat. I need to remember that every time I step out there on the court. I've done this before and I can still do it."

Neither his health nor his fitness is an issue. He has a new trainer, Jamie Gable, and he insists he feels "like I'm 19 again."

Fatigue? Hardly. If anything, he's too rested because he's not playing himself into tournaments, having survived his first match just twice in seven starts.


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Ginepri beat Jurgen Melzer at the Australian Open and Kenneth Carlsen at the Nasdaq-100 Open. Otherwise, he has taken an oh-fer on the year. But you look at his scores, and you see nobody's blowing him out. The matches are littered with tiebreakers, and rarely has he lost to anybody in straight sets.

That's why can insist with a straight face, "I don't think anything's wrong. I've just got to tighten up some screws.

"I'm still (ranked) 21 in the world. If somebody tells you a year ago you're going to reach two Masters Series semifinals and a Grand Slam semifinal, but you're also going to lose (in) five first rounds, you're going to take that. There will always be a week here and week there where things don't go as well as you'd like."

Ginepri's first-round travails are a reminder of the depth of the men's tour. Everybody who has beaten the 23-year-old Georgian was ranked well below him. Of course, he got himself in that pickle by climbing as high as he did.

"You can't underestimate anybody," he said. "Respect all and fear none. It's not getting any easier, that's for sure."

Nor will it with the clay-court season starting, never mind his pending milestone encounter with Sampras in the River Oaks Stadium. He has never played the 14-time Grand Slam champion other than during Davis Cup practice sessions, and Sampras hasn't played anybody in 3 1/2 year, so Ginepri said he has no idea what to expect.


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Ginepri rolled his eyes when told that Sampras had pronounced himself "a big underdog" during a conference call earlier in the day.

Ginepri jumped at the chance to participate in Sampras' post-retirement return to the court, even if it meant he must play five days in a row here should he reach the final. That's perfectly OK. As previously noted, he needs the work, more for his brain than for his legs.

"I've always been physically fit," Ginepri said. "Preparing myself mentally has been harder for me. It's a battle I fight every day."

Australian Mark Philippoussis, on the other hand, has long struggled on both fronts. In the early stages of another comeback, the onetime U.S. Open and Wimbledon runner-up was no match for Scoville Jenkins Tuesday. Jenkins, a recent U.S. national junior champion, won 6-1, 6-3 in 59 minutes.

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Great article. Thanks for posting Fee!
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I agree Fee great article and thanks for posting it And now if Robby will as he put it "tighten up some screws"
may be he will start winning again. And of course all those screws that need tightening are all in his head a fact which I think he knows
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I'm getting the feeling Robby lost to Mazarakis, but I don't know yet... I feel this way because I think Mazarakis is a clay court specialist who made the semis of a challenger on clay...
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But Robby is a top 20 player.... even if he's crap on clay he should be beating someone whose best result is a CHALLENGER semifinal. There is a vast vast difference between the quality of play in challengers and the tour.

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did I say anywhere that Robby shouldn't be able to beat Mazarakis?? Robby being a Top 20 player has nothing to do with my feelings about his possible loss today. If Robby's results this year correlated with his ranking, then he would have beaten everybody he's lost to this year...
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did I say anywhere that Robby shouldn't be able to beat Mazarakis?? Robby being a Top 20 player has nothing to do with my feelings about his possible loss today. If Robby's results this year correlated with his ranking, then he would have beaten everybody he's lost to this year...
I have to laugh to keep from crying Everything idolwatcher1 said is true, sad but true The official site still doesn't have a score from Robby's Match. I hope it wasn't so bad that they wouldn't post it
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There is a headline on the Houston Chron website that says Mazakiris makes short work of Ginepri. Unfortunately, the link doesn't work at the moment.
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There is a headline on the Houston Chron website that says Mazakiris makes short work of Ginepri. Unfortunately, the link doesn't work at the moment.
Well I guess idolwatcher1 really knows Robby because she said she thought he would lose I don't think Robby could buy a win right now

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