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Robby is the newest clay court icon?? ;););)

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Robby is sheduled to play in Austria the week before Roland Garros, where he will enter directly into the main draw :)

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Robby is playing in Barcelona on clay.

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Robby is playing in the Bermuda challenger on clay.

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Robby is playing in Houston coming off of a bicep injury.

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Robby withdrew from Miami qualifying due to injury. Not sure if this is the lingering injury he aquired during his match against Moya in the 2nd set or not...


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Robby received a wild card into the Indian Wells main draw!

In his Las Vegas blog, Robby wrote:

I want to thank the Tennis Channel for hooking me up with a wild card! It's nice to know that with the results I've had the last month that I'll be getting into tournaments again with my ranking. I'm definitely going to take a lot of positives from this week. I felt like I did a really good job of concentrating and staying focused, but today [semifinal round] I think I let my emotions get to me and that hurt my tennis. I'm going to huddle with Jose and go over the match; it's been a real plus having him here with me this week.
I'm looking forward to building on my success here in Las Vegas next week at Indian Wells.​

I can only hope that he continues his recent success, but who knows what kind of draw he will get... :shrug: So, he'll need to come with his best, and not lose focus or let his emotions get the best of him... :fiery:
 

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Re: Indian Wells & Miami

Robby helped with the men's main draw ceremony at Indian Wells:



He's playing Vince Spadea in the first round. He's unfortunately lost to Vince the last few times they've played. But my hope is that he feels his tennis (and his focus) is better than when he played him the last few times... but he's admittedly lost his focus before when playing him, so I feel that he'll have to be ALL business out there if he wants to get past him. If he loses his concentration or dwells on missed shots, I am confident that Vince will take full advantage of this, and Robby will not be advancing to the 2nd round, so he better stay focused :fiery:
 

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Robby's been playing some great tennis in recent weeks. It's so nice to have him back. :)
 

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Robby plays Carlos Moya in the 2nd round today. I just want to wish him good luck, but more than anything, I hope he stays healthy and plays good tennis! Go Robby!! :)
 

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I didn't get to see Robby's match against Moya on TV, and I was out celebrating someone's birthday when he was playing his match, so all I was able to do was look at the stats when I got home... And it was very disturbing to see that Robby had 22 break point chances and converted on only 2 of them. He had 12 chances in the deciding set alone. Definitely one of his worst conversion rates! :(

Robby has lost many of his matches in the last couple of years after having numerous break points of which he never converted on, as well as game points, and of course set points. When he allows the nerves to take hold of him, he tightens up, plays his worst tennis, and then loses the crucial points, and meanwhile, his opponents often play more relaxed and better tennis because they see him self-destructing on the other side of the net. But he has the talent to get himself in those positions in the first place!... he just really needs to relax more in the crucial moments. His only double fault of the match came in the third set... :ras:



I'm not sure what happened that Robby's arm is all taped up during the match against Moya... he didn't have his arm taped up in his previous match against Spadea. :unsure:

Robby's next stop will likely be the Miami qualifying rounds as he did not receive a wild card for that tournament's main draw.
 

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Sad that Robby will now miss Miami due to injury... This is a tournament that he has played in for the last seven consecutive years, and is one of the closest tournaments to where he lives. :sad: I hope he recovers soon... Amazing luck for Robby to finally make three consecutive semifinals only to be interruped with injury. :(
 

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Bummer, too bad for him. Hopefully he'll take the time to make sure he's 100% fit, maybe get into a challenger or something before clay season.
 

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Turns out that my thoughts were correct... Robby got injured in the 2nd set in his match against Carlos Moya at Indian Wells. When Robby began his match against Moya, he was just fine, no tape on the arm or anything. But in the 2nd set he had to call the trainer, and then he came back on court with his arm all wrapped up, as you can see in some of the photos posted above ^

According to his website, it's a bicep injury. I heard that Robby fell into the audience after running to get a ball back, and I'm not sure if this is when he got injured or not. Here is what his website posted this week:

"After sustaining a bicep injury last week at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Robby has had to pull of the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open that gets underway in Miami on Wednesday, March 26th.

Up next, Robby will be getting ready for the clay court season and will start it off with the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas, on April 14th."​


Get better soon, Robby!! :hug:
 

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Maybe this can be the clay season thread too, since there's only a few posts?

Robby's playing Houston this week but his coach is in Portugal working with Federer.... :lol:
 

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Robby will be playing his first match coming off his bicep injury. He will be playing Dudi Sela in the first round on Monday evening. His website posted last week that he was practicing with his coach in Palm Springs prior to coming to Houston. Good luck to Robby in his match on the slow clay of River Oaks!!
 

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That's interesting. So he practiced with Higueras before Houston but Higueras is now in Portugal :confused:
 

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Robby lost in the first round in Bermuda - 2 and 2 to Cuevas... ouch.
 

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Robby played in Barcelona only to exit in the first round :sad: not much new there...

I finally saw Robby in person when I went to River Oaks!! :D I bought tickets for the Monday evening session that week before I even knew who was scheduled to play, and it ended up being him!! :):hearts:

I had low expectations for him, honestly, but when I saw him come out and warm-up before his match (his match started long after 6pm when it was supposed to start because they moved a doubles match onto that court and it went to the bitter end), to me, he CLEARLY looked like the better player, and I'm not even being biased when I say this. Robby looked confident and ready to play, and Dudi Sela just seemed average in comparison at the time.

When the match started, Robby again CLEARLY looked like the better player. He was mixing up his shots very well. He played with a variety of pace and spins, and he was constructing his points very well. I was very pleased to see that he was getting off to a good start, and it wasn't looking like anything was going to stop him..........

However, things did start to change... :rolleyes: and I noticed this during the break points. ((It also began to get kind of cold there)). Believe it or not, Dudi actually came up with his best shots during those crucial points in the latter part of the first set. It was actually weird for me to watch this because I instantly became pessimistic about the outcome of this match once this started to happen. I still kept hope alive, but started to notice a downward trend. Dudi's favorite shot seemed to be his one-handed backhand, cross-court, which he would often cut at such an angle or with such pace that Robby would either not be able to reach it in time, or if he did, he was at such an awkward position that he wasn't able to do anything with it.

I honestly think this annoyed Robby, because through the whole beginning of the match, there was virtually no greatness from Dudi, but suddenly he was coming up with stuff when Robby was looking to take the first set. Although the audience was overwhelmingly on Robby's side cheering him on, whenever Dudi came up with an awesome winning shot, the audience would uproar with shock and applause- because it seemed to come out of nowhere and there was fight on both sides! Little by little, Robby's earlier strategy of mixing up his shots and spins (and being patient) was replaced with what looked to be Robby's attempt at trying to create winners of his own... Unfortunately, he was choosing the WRONG times to do this! Several times, you could see him setting up for a powerful forehand winner, when it wasn't necessary, only to smack it straight into the net- with the entire audience gasping in disbelief/disappointment. :unsure: Robby seemed equally annoyed with his inability to come up with winners when he had a nearly open court to do so. He would appear to set up his points really well, until he would try to go for his open-court winner, and he would often mishit! He even yelled to himself "have a purpose behind your shot!" as he looked downward. When it got to the tie-break, I looked at my friend and said, "this isn't good"... and apparently I was right... Robby completely dumped the first 4 points of the tie-break... had he not done this, he would have likely won that tie-break, because he almost came back in that tie-break to win it, but then he made some more unforced errors to end that set. :(

There were some uncomfortable moments in the match where Dudi would win the point, but you could hear a pin drop afterward... There was an overwhelming feeling there that people were witnessing a talented player sink in confidence and his ability to win points and turn things around. There were times in the 2nd set where various people cheered Robby's name out loud hoping to lift his spirits and help him back in the match, but he just never quite got back to where he was in the beginning of the match :sad: , and Dudi only seemed to grow in confidence. When it was over, Wayne Bryan said "Robby Ginepri everyone"... as he left the court, and everyone clapped... Robby seemed very disheartened and very aware that he let more than just himself down.

I only saw Jamie (his trainer) with him there, and they both left relatively quickly after his match was over. I do hope to see him play in the future, hopefully with a win next time though!! ;)
 

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Re: Robby on clay :\

Holy @#$% ... Robby beat Mario Ancic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(8)! And he saved two match points!

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Re: Robby on clay :\

he also beat Olivier Rochus in 3 sets and is playing Juan Monaco closely, good signs for Robby :yeah:
 

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Robby was playing on a court with no TV coverage, but TTC dispatched a cameraperson over there for the last half of the match. Conditions were a little rough, but he fought his way through in four sets.

Any word on why he was sporting the braces/supports on his right bicep & forearm?
 
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