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Old 04-07-2006, 02:35 AM   #91
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talk about losing it - how amazing is it that Robby beat Sampras!!!!!!!!??? Why couldn't he have won in the actual tournament? Just goes to show that the mental pressure of winning when it counts is a problem for him....not a lack of physical ability.
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Old 04-07-2006, 03:59 AM   #92
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well, Robby did 3 things tonight that he hasn't done very much of in the past... he won a tie-break, he won a match on clay, and he beat a tennis legend! I recorded the live stream on my computer too, yay! Every match he's won this year has been in straight sets...

I agree that the pressure to win tonight probably wasn't bearing on him as much as during regular ATP matches...

And I like Francisco, but how can he feel good about what he's doing with Robby if Robby keeps losing? He's got to crack down on what's wrong with his game (like when it's littered with errors during his matches) the way Brad Gilbert did! If Robby needs to see a sports psychologist again to get his head cleared and focused, then let's do it! The whole idea of "oh, maybe next time things will fall into place" is getting a bit old and naive... let's actually crack down on some things and improve those things! And for crying out loud, Robby's first serve percentage NEEDs to go UP! None of this below 50% crap anymore...
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Old 04-07-2006, 05:25 AM   #93
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I'll be in Houston tomorrow until Sunday... I don't know where Robby will be during that time, but I may stop by Westside Tennis Club to see who's there... If I see Robby, I'll molest him with hugs and... well... pictures, of course! And if Josie is there, I might... I dunno... shoot her? She seems so sweet though, I might give her a hug too. If I see Francisco, I'll hand him... a note...

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I'll be in Houston tomorrow until Sunday... I don't know where Robby will be during that time, but I may stop by Westside Tennis Club to see who's there... If I see Robby, I'll molest him with hugs and... well... pictures, of course! And if Josie is there, I might... I dunno... shoot her? She seems so sweet though, I might give her a hug too. If I see Francisco, I'll hand him... a note...

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talk about losing it - how amazing is it that Robby beat Sampras!!!!!!!!??? Why couldn't he have won in the actual tournament? Just goes to show that the mental pressure of winning when it counts is a problem for him....not a lack of physical ability.
Yes I agree. Robby's issues about tennis are mental. He certainly has the physical ability to play tennis. I hope beating Pete, even if Pete hasn't played in a tennis tournament for years, might help Robby. It certainly won't hurt him any. And since Robby got a new trainer, why not go ahead and get a new coach
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I'll be in Houston tomorrow until Sunday... I don't know where Robby will be during that time, but I may stop by Westside Tennis Club to see who's there... If I see Robby, I'll molest him with hugs and... well... pictures, of course! And if Josie is there, I might... I dunno... shoot her? She seems so sweet though, I might give her a hug too. If I see Francisco, I'll hand him... a note...

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I hope you have a good time And it would be great if you could run into Robby get some pictures and get his head straighten out--well that last may be asking too much
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The Houston Main Draw is out now and unfortunately, it doesn't look good for Robby. His first round opponent will be Albert Montanes, a spanish clay court specialist. I don't have high hopes for this match.
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Poor Robby nothing seems to be going his way this year He is sick or his draw is bad, I just don't know what he should do But I can't honestly say I think he will get his season turned around during clay court season. It is true that he doesn't have many points to defend, but there are so many excellent clay court players around
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wow, that sucks.
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wow, that sucks.
I think you have just described Robby's whole year of tennis so far.
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After visiting Westside Tennis Club today, I did not see Robby anywhere... and believe me, I looked for him I watched some of Gilles Muller's match (he threw his racquet down after one missed point in the 2nd set and smashed it ), and I watched a few others play... I also saw James Blake's brother, Thomas, practicing there and got a few pics... As I watched Michael Russell during his match (he was like the chunkiest tennis player I've ever seen with big muscles and everything), I noticed he was wearing an Under Armour sleeveless shirt with Nike shorts, hehe!... anyways, that reminded me of how I still hadn't seen Robby yet, so I looked around again, circling the stadium to see if he was practicing on any of the courts there, but still no sign of him. I had a good time there, but it would have been a whole lot nicer if I had bumped into Robby.
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Old 04-10-2006, 05:17 AM   #103
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Okay, I thought if Robby had any chance of success against Montanes, it would be if he was scheduled during the hottest part of the day... but NOOOOOO... he had to be scheduled at the last match of the day...
Montanes is a clay court specialist, and Robby is going to have to play near perfect to win against him...

Maybe it's just me, but I think one of the main reasons Robby has consistently done poorly on clay, is because his movement on that surface is so much poorer than his movement on other surfaces. If he could learn to master his movement and rythym on clay courts, then I think he would have a lot more success on that surface... And, of course, if he just upped his first serve percentage level and reduced his unforced errors dramatically, that would help too...
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Movement on clay is all about practice. Robby is a good enough mover that some good practice on clay would be all he needs. It's not like he's slow and is thus magnified even more on clay, so hopefully he practiced on it a lot and will be ready to go tomorrow He'll be a huge favorite in Houston against Montanes, night crowds in Houston are good, so he should get nice support, maybe that will help him. But I agree, that is a very unlucky draw. I don't much like the draw in general really.

Anyway, how is Houston? I sort of miss it there sometimes. Not often. But sometimes. Glad you had a good time but sorry you didn't see Robby
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Old 04-10-2006, 05:43 AM   #105
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Houston was nice (and smoggy )... I avoided I-10 because I heard it was closed off both ways this weekend (even though I saw people driving on it |: )... Anyways, it was nice and breezy in the shade (when i was in it), but I should have brought sunscreen with me, because it was clear and sunny out the whole time, and me and the sun don't always get along after awhile ... I may try to go next year during the week if I can take off during that time.
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