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Old 08-18-2004, 04:52 PM   #256
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I’m bitterly disappointed. Mind you those pictures…. <ins>random private thoughts</ins>

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Old 08-18-2004, 05:03 PM   #257
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Awww, Kiwi, you too???? Federer went out, clearing the way for Roddick, but that didn't work out. So then the path was cleared for Kiwi to finally win something bit big Micha denies him. Poor Kiwi. Congrats to Micha, though.

And good luck to Kiwi in doubles. It's not over yet.
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Kiefer still has doubles tho... We cannot give up on him yet
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Kiefer still has doubles tho... We cannot give up on him yet
yay, Kiwi won the doubles with Rainer against Erlich/Ram 2-6 6-2 6-2

I didn't expect them to beat Erlich/Ram because this team is a very good doubles with lots of titles and successes on the tour.

and I don't know what happened that Erlich/Ram lost the 2nd and 3rd set so clear after starting out good, but somehow Kiwi and Schüttler managed to do it!

after Kiwi lost today in singles against Youzhny, he has a great success in doubles today. I hope he gets more power at the side of Rainer because he said a few times that he felt so tired.
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yay, Kiwi won the doubles with Rainer against Erlich/Ram 2-6 6-2 6-2
They're in semis .. Go for the Gold!!
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another nice picture of Nicolas, this time credit goes to GermanBoy, who is mainly at WTAWorld and who showed me this picture


Kiwi badly needed some water to cool off his hot body not bad, isn't it?
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article says that Kiwi was too flat to be able beating Youzhny, he was very disappointed after his loss to Youzhny, but now he is licking blood because he sees the chance for a medal in doubles


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Nicolas Kiefer: Im Einzel ausgeschieden, im Doppel stark

Athen - Am Nachmittag unter Tränen, am Abend mit Rainer Schüttler auf den Spuren von Boris Becker und Michael Stich.

Nicolas Kiefer erlebte am Mittwoch beim olympischen Tennisturnier in Athen ein Wechselbad der Gefühle. Erst der Frust über das Ausscheiden im Achtelfinale des Einzels, aber dann der Triumph im Doppel.

Nach dem 2:6, 6:2, 6:2 über die Israelis Jonathan Erlich und Andy Ram im Viertelfinale spielen Kiefer/Schüttler um eine Olympiamedaille und können damit eine deutsche Tradition fortsetzen. Becker/Stich hatten 1992 Gold gewonnen, David Prinosil und Marc Goellner 1996 Bronze.

Im Halbfinale treffen Kiefer und Schüttler auf das indische Weltklassedoppel Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes. Selbst bei einer Niederlage hätten sie immer noch im "kleinen Finale" die Chance auf Bronze. Kiefer und Schüttler können sich so doch noch ihren Traum vom Edelmetall erfüllen. "Das ist doch das Ziel eines jeden Sportlers", sagte Kiefer.

Im Einzel bitter enttäuscht

Dabei hatte er nur rund vier Stunden zuvor eine große Enttäuschung hinnehmen müssen. "Ich habe viele bittere Niederlagen erlebt, dies ist eine der schlimmsten", sagte der 27-Jährige mit stockender Stimme und TRänen in den Augen nach seinem 2:6, 6:3, 2:6 gegen den Russen Michail Juschni. Die Kraft hatte nach gerade überstandener Mittelohr-Entzündung nicht gereicht, die Power war nicht da, und "50 Prozent reichen gegen so einen Mann eben nicht".

Kiefer ist allerdings nicht der einzige, der seine olympischen Ambitionen begraben musste. Der an Nummer zwei gesetzte Andy Roddick (USA) verlor einen Tag nach dem grandiosen Match gegen Tommy Haas gegen den Chilenen Fernando Gonzalez mit 4:6, 4:6.

Damit sind die Nummer eins und zwei der Welt in Athen nicht mehr dabei, nachdem der Schweizer Roger Federer am Vortag gegen den Tschechen Tomas Berdych verloren hatte. Im Dameneinzel beendete Sydney-Siegerin Venus Williams ihr Olympia 2004 durch ein 4:6, 4:6 gegen die Französin Mary Pierce.

Kiefer gegen Juschni saft- und kraftlos

Saft- und kraftlos schlich Kiefer gegen Juschni im ersten Satz über den Platz, da halfen auch die Anfeuerungen der etwa 100 deutschen Fans nicht. Der Russe hatte die Wahl gewonnen und sich für Rückschlag entschieden, eine gute Entscheidung des 22-Jährigen, der Kiefer sofort den Aufschlag abnahm.

Der Deutsche kam in der Folge nie ins Spiel. Er verschlug reihenweise einfache Bälle, seine Volleys landeten nur selten im Feld des Gegners, dafür umso öfter im Netz. Auch mit seinen Grundschlägen war er fast nie in der Lage, den 41. im Champions Race unter Druck zu setzen. Im zweiten Satz kam er zwar besser ins Spiel, fiel aber nach vergebenen Breakchancen zum Beginn des dritten Durchgangs wieder in die Fehler vom ersten Satz zurück.

Schon nach seinem mühsamen Zweitrundensieg gegen den Zyprioten Marcos Baghdatis hatte Kiefer über körperliche Beschwerden geklagt: "Ich bin todmüde und habe extrem schwere Beine, mein Körper spürt die Belastungen der letzten Wochen und die vielen Medikamente."

Er habe aber keinen Moment an Aufgabe gedacht, Olympia sei schließlich nur alle vier Jahre: "Das hier ist einzigartig, ich genieße die Atmosphäre im Olympischen Dorf und möchte auf jeden Fall versuchen, so lange wie möglich hier zu bleiben."
the bolded part says: Kiefer already complained about physical problems after his troublesome 2nd round victory against Baghdatis: "I'm tired as hell and I have extremely heavy legs, my body feels the impact of the last weeks and the medicaments".
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the bolded part says: Kiefer already complained about physical problems after his troublesome 2nd round victory against Baghdatis: "I'm tired as hell and I have extremely heavy legs, my body feels the impact of the last weeks and the medicaments".
Thanks for the article, Neely.

I hope Kiwi and Rainer can win a medal in doubles. However, I wish ..this effort doesn't affect his aspirations for the USO.
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Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Kief!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Neely, I find that article a little bit worrisome. Well a lot actually. I would like for him to be able to do well in the Olympics and do well at the USO, but if I had to choose, I would rather have him well rested and ready for the USO, I think.
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I'd rather have him win a medal... the olympics only come once every 4 years, and the next time they come around he'll be 31... so i think if he can get a medal now, he should try as hard as he can... the uso comes every year... that's just my take on it :/ i think he can still do good at the uso, but yea... i want to see him take home a medal.
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Good luck in double, Kiwi

Glad to find out so many Kiefer fans out there. I have been very busy lately and don't have time to visit this board, and now boooommmm we are up to page 18

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Neely, I find that article a little bit worrisome. Well a lot actually. I would like for him to be able to do well in the Olympics and do well at the USO, but if I had to choose, I would rather have him well rested and ready for the USO, I think.
yeah, that's right... there are pros and cons for both things. A medal from the Olympics would be possibly something outstanding in the collection of every tennis player among all other trophies because the Olympic tennis event can be regarded as quite "valorised" because of its scarcity value as you don't have the chance to achieve that every year; furthermore it's a part of the world's biggest sports event since mankind and the memory you take home from something like that should be even more amazing if you get a medal. On the other hand, Kiwi is also badly in need for a good Grand Slam results since long time, his best Grand Slam result of the last years was in Wimbledon 2001 when he reached the 4th round
If nothing else helps he has to pull out of the TD Waterhouse Cup to get a full week off what should be enough to cure all/most ailments.

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Er habe aber keinen Moment an Aufgabe gedacht, Olympia sei schließlich nur alle vier Jahre: "Das hier ist einzigartig, ich genieße die Atmosphäre im Olympischen Dorf und möchte auf jeden Fall versuchen, so lange wie möglich hier zu bleiben."
He didn't think of pulling out at any time [probably they mean after his loss to Youzhny], Olympics is only every four years. "That's unique here, I enjoy the atmosphere in the Olympic village and I want to try in any case to be here as long as possible."
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Neely, I find that article a little bit worrisome. Well a lot actually. I would like for him to be able to do well in the Olympics and do well at the USO, but if I had to choose, I would rather have him well rested and ready for the USO, I think.
I don't think there is anything to worry about, Fee. Kiefer really really wanted to win a medal, I think that the US Open was until now maybe less important. It's such a pity he ran out of gas due to the illness and meeting Youzhny on one of his good days . When I saw Roddick had been knocked out, I thought, 'Kiwi, this is such a huge opportunity!', but alas it was not to be.
However, a doubles medal would mean just as much. Go for it!
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Kiwi/Rainer beats Bhupathi / Paes 6-2 6-3 Congrats!
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