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Marius_Hancu
04-30-2005, 06:33 AM
OK, let's create the thread ASAP, in order to have people posting results in it:-)

The news is that Fed is out with plantar fasciitis.
ARod is (1), the main draw is out:
http://www.telecomitaliamasters.it/public/SM.pdf
and Gasquet (1, in Q), won his first match in Q.

Marius_Hancu
04-30-2005, 06:45 AM
Several first round matchups:

ARod Rusedski
Coria Gonzalez
Fish Schuettler
Nadal Youzhnyi
Pavel Canas
Kiefer Haas
O. Rochus Ljubicic
Agassi Di Mauro
Verdasco Davydenko
Safin Novak
Gaudio Beck

Grinder
04-30-2005, 07:07 AM
Those are some tough first round matches, especially Kiefer vs. Haas. German tennis fans must be pretty angry with the fact that their two best players are playing each other in the first round. I think Roddick should be able to beat Rusedski, because both are big servers, but Roddick has a better baseline game than Rusedski does. I think he’ll lose in the second round to Albert Costa. Coria vs. Fernando Gonzalez are another very tough first round match up. Coria’s consistency should probably not have any trouble with Gonzalez’s explosiveness. I think Rochus should be able to tear Ljubicic apart just like he did recently at Monte Carlo. I think Davydenko will defeat Verdasco, I haven’t been very impressed with Verdasco or Feliciano Lopez on clay thus far. Safin will have a tough match against Novak, but I think he will pull through to the second round, where he will lose to the Russian clay courter Igor Andreev.

DashaandSafin
04-30-2005, 07:56 AM
Give me a break Roddick losing to Costa...Coria should be able to beat gonzo...but a bad first round...Ljubicic is a 50/50...hes been cold lately. And Safin is also a 50/50 to go further than the 3rd rnd.

Max G.
04-30-2005, 03:22 PM
Gasquet would be a horrible first-round draw for somebody - he's gonna be a qualifier, unless he manages to lose to Oscar Hernandez...

He could potentially play Costa in the first round - that would be a monster first-round match. Alternatively, he could draw Massu in round 1, or Robredo - those could be awesome matches too. I'm sure Robredo is crossing his fingers and hoping not to get Gasquet - though having just gotten to the final in Estoril, he's definitely playing at a high enough level to take down Gasquet. Gasquet might also wind up playing Andreev in round 1.

Holy carp this is going to be a crazy tournament.

Max G.
04-30-2005, 03:23 PM
Also a great first round - Kuerten-Henman! That should be classic.

pound cat
04-30-2005, 04:34 PM
Kuerten=Henman would be guaranteed to be great if Guga was enitrely recovered form his 2 surgeries which doesn't seem to be the case. As John Barrett said (ESPN Brit commentator) "He's a shadow of his former self. & it's very hard to watch"

splink779
04-30-2005, 07:58 PM
Roddick will crush Rusedski. Did anyone see them play in the Aussie Open. You could say Roddick was playing super, or that Rusedski was playing badly, but I'd say it was a combo of both. BG was commentating that match and it was pretty funny how much he was critiqueing Rusedski.

USCfan
04-30-2005, 08:01 PM
That's because he really wanted Rusedski to win...

Max G.
04-30-2005, 08:59 PM
Kuerten=Henman would be guaranteed to be great if Guga was enitrely recovered form his 2 surgeries which doesn't seem to be the case. As John Barrett said (ESPN Brit commentator) "He's a shadow of his former self. & it's very hard to watch"

That's true. Actually, looking back, it wouldn't be a good match no matter what - if Guga was back in full form it would just be no contest, Henman wouldn't be able to keep up with him. And if he's not playing well - well, what's the fun in watching a player who's not playing up to his standards for okay play?

big ted
05-01-2005, 12:46 AM
even an injured guga is a world top 30 player and good enough to beat anyone especially on clay including federer

pound cat
05-01-2005, 02:28 PM
DashaandSafin your name is a blast from the past. Alas, they aren't an item anymore.

Marius_Hancu
05-01-2005, 02:49 PM
Gasquet plays Srichaphan (WC) first round ...

MEN'S QUALIFYING

Qualifying Round
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) d. Santiago Ventura (ESP) 62 62
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Alberto Martin (ESP) 63 46 64
Victor Hanescu (ROM) d. Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) 76 (4) 46 63
Julien Benneteau (FRA) d. Lars Burgsmuller (GER) 64 61
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) d. Gilles Simon (FRA) 64 62
Juan Monaco (ARG) d. Peter Wessels (NED) 63 36 63
Albert Montanes (ESP) d. Olivier Patience (FRA) 36 61 3-0 rit.
Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Oscar Hernandez (ESP) 67 (3) 61 60

YEMntFtb
05-01-2005, 03:07 PM
Let's go Coria!

rhubarb
05-01-2005, 03:18 PM
Gasquet's playing Srichaphan first. Agassi has Di Mauro. Second round might be interesting ;)

rhubarb
05-01-2005, 03:19 PM
even an injured guga is a world top 30 player and good enough to beat anyone especially on clay including federer

Well, why hasn't he done that the last few weeks then?

Misiti99
05-01-2005, 03:27 PM
The way the Qualifiers were Fed in...makes things veryyy interesting...Almagro/Andreev...who knows...
Costa/Montanes...Definitely a three setter ill put money on it...
and Wawrinka may get through to face the winner of Roddick/Montanes/Costa.
Idk we will see..
any thoughts on Stepanek/Ancic...
who knows..and te most interesting part of the draw is Moya's section...
he looks like he should get thru to the quarters easy...but he's hurt...so we may have a Florian Mayer or Rainer Schuettler in the Quarters....who knows

gugafanatic
05-01-2005, 03:47 PM
Kuerten=Henman would be guaranteed to be great if Guga was enitrely recovered form his 2 surgeries which doesn't seem to be the case. As John Barrett said (ESPN Brit commentator) "He's a shadow of his former self. & it's very hard to watch"

Clearly John Barret doesnt have a clue of Guga's current progress considering hes long injury lay-off. After hes second hip op and rehab, Guga feels he is able to play at high intensity "pain-free". Hes lack of match practice have contributed to hes losses to Ancic and Martin, however hes movement and fitness seemed encouraging. Guga belives if hes body continues to respond the way it has after surgery, he can play at the level that made him former world no 1. Just give him some time, I am sure he will be 100% for the FO. Furthermore he made the Q-finals at the French last yr, with no expectations infact he injured himself during Barcelona and was playing through pain in many matches. Guga has the shots and class to unfold any player, hes a delight to watch and a TRICHAMPION of RG. Pls dont write off hes chances.

devila
05-01-2005, 09:52 PM
Gasquet whispers "You won't get special treatment from me. Retire, Andre" to Agassi.
Pat McEnroe's shaking like crazy.

Come on Horna or Seppi or Gaudio or David Ferrer.
Beat Joachim "Clay King/Top 10 Talent" Johansson. The Joachim Hype bandwagon's
incredibly pathetic.

verdasco67
05-01-2005, 11:08 PM
upset predictions (for now) = gasquet d srichaphan, starace d moya (retire)

Marius_Hancu
05-01-2005, 11:11 PM
Gasquet's playing Srichaphan first. Agassi has Di Mauro. Second round might be interesting ;)

Right, my eyes slipped one round:-)

Marius_Hancu
05-02-2005, 04:49 AM
A. Roddick 6 6
G. Rusedski 4 2
OK, good start for ARod, next Costa, a little bit tougher on clay.

F. Verdasco 6 7
N. Davydenko 3 5
Very good result for Verdasco, he confirms his form this year, next Berdych, which doesn't play too well.

R. Mello 4 3
D. Hrbaty 6 6
Next Robredo for Hrbaty, much tougher.

gustavo33
05-02-2005, 06:01 AM
agassi 7-5 in the 1st set

Marius_Hancu
05-02-2005, 07:11 AM
agassi 7-5 in the 1st set

A. di Mauro 5 2
A. Agassi 7 6

Agassi's ready for probably Gasquet:-)

Marius_Hancu
05-02-2005, 07:32 AM
Gasquet is running roughshod over Srichaphan 4-0!
Henman 63 with Guga.
Wawrinka 61 with Berdych is doesn't seem to be able to do anything this year.

TwistServe
05-02-2005, 07:33 AM
Gasquet is showing Paradorn how to do a 1handed backhand.

Edit: Gasquet is about to begal Paradorn

Marius_Hancu
05-02-2005, 07:34 AM
Anything shown in US?

gugafanatic
05-02-2005, 07:43 AM
Guga is in trouble!! This would really hurt, another early exit

swedechris
05-02-2005, 07:46 AM
Gasquet's playing Srichaphan first. Agassi has Di Mauro. Second round might be interesting ;)


this will be some match .. new gen. against the old..
go agassi.. my heart goes out to this guy .. but my mind says no can do. not on clay . :(

TwistServe
05-02-2005, 07:50 AM
Wow gasquet looks liek he's going to double begal Paradorn Srichaphan!

gugafanatic
05-02-2005, 07:51 AM
Gasquet is on the verge of doing the double bagle. Shame on you Paradorn.

Marius_Hancu
05-02-2005, 07:55 AM
Gasquet is on the verge of doing the double bagle. Shame on you Paradorn.

bagel, guys:-)

TwistServe
05-02-2005, 07:57 AM
bagel, guys:-)

You sure it's not Begal?

gugafanatic
05-02-2005, 07:58 AM
kuerten is out, 4-3 and a break to Henman. Anyone watching this match, is Henman dominating or Guga just not making any impact with hes shots??.

@wright
05-02-2005, 08:18 AM
Ouch, Guga not back then?

Marius_Hancu
05-02-2005, 08:21 AM
You sure it's not Begal?

Guess it's a bagel twisted as a zero:-)

check this old story:
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Henin-Hardenne opens with double-bagel win
Oakland Tribune, January, 2004 by John Pye - ASSOCIATED PRESS
new

Save a personal copy of this article and quickly find it again with Furl.net. Get started now. (It's free.)

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne had an easy opening match in the Australian Open on earlier today, overpowering 15-year-old Olivia Lukaszewicz 6-0, 6-0.

Marius_Hancu
05-02-2005, 08:22 AM
Ouch, Guga not back then?

Nope, 63 63 for Tim.

Marius_Hancu
05-02-2005, 08:26 AM
This is pretty much the day:

Fin. A. Roddick 6 6
G. Rusedski 4 2

Fin. F. Verdasco 6 7
N. Davydenko 3 5

Fin. R. Mello 4 3
D. Hrbaty 6 6

Fin. A. Costa 6 6
A. Montanes 4 4

Fin. N. Almagro 3 6 6
I. Andreev 6 4 1

Fin. V. Hanescu 6 3 6
J. Melzer 4 6 3

Fin. A. di Mauro 5 2
A. Agassi 7 6

Fin. K. Carlsen 3 2
S. Grosjean 6 6

Fin. J. Monaco 6 6
R. Soderling 3 2

Fin. R. Gasquet 6 6
P. Srichaphan 0 2

Fin. S. Wawrinka 6 6
T. Berdych 1 4

Fin. T. Henman 6 6
G. Kuerten 3 3

Great wins for Hanescu (Q), Almagro and Monaco and Wawrinka (20yrs old).

Costa's next for Roddick, good test for both.
But the great attraction will be of course Gasquet Agassi.

Marius_Hancu
05-02-2005, 09:18 AM
Roddick lost 5lbs for clay:
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http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylc=X3oDMTBpb3M3YzRkBF9TAzk1ODYyNTg0BHNlYwN0 bQ--?slug=ap-italianopen&prov=ap&type=lgns

Roddick said he worked on his conditioning more than usual in the offseason and lost about 5 pounds, specifically to improve his clay-court game.

``I was a little heavy, which really affects you, especially on clay,'' he said. ``I feel as good as I ever have coming over here on the clay. This is the most prepared I've been.''
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this is what I advised too:-)

Marius_Hancu
05-02-2005, 09:21 AM
From the Rome site:
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02/05/2005 16:50 - ITALIANS WARM TO NICOLAS ALMAGRO

Spanish qualifier Nicolas Almagro made a lot of friends among the packed stands of court number four on Monday with a mature performance of high quality tennis.

After losing the first set against Russian Igor Andreev he came back and hit a purple patch in the deciding six games, leaving the Italian spectators in raptures with seemingly effortless winners from all parts of the court.
He faced break point at 0-1 down in the third set but battled back with a backhand down-the-line passing shot which will probably go down as the best shot of the first day. Clearly delighted, he subsequently unleashed a stream of winners, finishing the match in a matter of minutes 36 64 61 and booking himself a second round match, probably against another Russian: Marat Safin.

Andreev, ATP number 36, will be a significant scalp for the improving 20-year-old Spaniard, who broke into the top 100 for the first time last year. He will however want to be in contention even with the likes of Safin, number two seed in Rome, if he wants to be remembered by more than the tennis fanatics of the outside courts of the Foro Italico stadium.

But even so, dozens of Italians learned the name Almagro today and several will come back to see him play again, possibly on Wednesday.

TwistServe
05-03-2005, 07:20 AM
Wow robredo out to beneneteau 6-1, 6-0.. what a joke

rhubarb
05-03-2005, 07:26 AM
Safin is looking a bit wobbly too. Served for the first set, only to be broken and lose it on the tb. He has a break in the second, but I really wouldn't be surprised if he loses in two.

Another one bit the dust: Santoro took care of Nalbandian.

Bummer. I'm not sure there will be too many top players left for me to see by the time I get to Rome.

Marius_Hancu
05-03-2005, 07:57 AM
Quite a surprise, Santoro outfoxed Nalbandian ...
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03/05/2005 17:45 - NALBANDIAN FALLS AT FIRST HURDLE


Fabrice Santoro of France has beaten last year's finalist David Nalbandian 64 16 64 on court number one.
The number eight seed, who has been plagued by injury throughout his career, had been expected to do well after winnig his third career title last week in Munich.
But Santoro, a finalist in Tunis though better known as a doubles player, proved too consistent for the Argentine. The Tahiti-born Frenchman will play the winner of italy's wildcard Davide Sanguinetti and Max Mirnyi in the second round.

Vlad
05-03-2005, 08:12 AM
Marat came back strong in the second and third sets against Novak and won it 6-7, 6-1, 6-1. In the first set he was up 5-2 but then disappeared for the rest of the set.. lost concentration?
Anyway, it was a good recovery in the second set.

TwistServe
05-03-2005, 08:47 AM
Nadal dominating every point as always.. man Nadal has really turned out to be somethign this year... up on Youzhny 6-0

Jonnyf
05-03-2005, 08:51 AM
roddick out of doubles lost 6,2 6,0

Grinder
05-03-2005, 12:51 PM
Wow, big upset. Carlos Moya goes out to the Italian Wildcard Potito Starace 6-4 7-6 (9-7)

VamosRafa
05-03-2005, 01:12 PM
Wow, big upset. Carlos Moya goes out to the Italian Wildcard Potito Starace 6-4 7-6 (9-7)

I watched the beginning of it, and Carlos wasn't playing too badly, but he has a shoulder injury and was taking pace off his serves. Apparently he hasn't been practicing either. He pulled out of Estoril with the injury, and contemplated pulling out here. It's probably good that he rests it before Hamburg.

VamosRafa
05-03-2005, 01:16 PM
BTW, what do you think of Nike's decision to put enlarged Swooshes on everything. I'm surprised they didn't paint some swooshes on Rafa's legs, to go along with the one on his back, front, and capris. And it was the same with Moya. Check out the photos:

http://vamosrafael.smugmug.com/photos/21174033-M.jpg

http://vamosrafael.smugmug.com/photos/21174019-M.jpg

http://vamosrafael.smugmug.com/photos/21175077-M.jpg

Grinder
05-03-2005, 01:27 PM
Haha, those are ugly. They really ruin a lot of the style, especially the huge one on the back of Nadal. I think a nice small logo can look nice, but that's overdoing it. Also, didn't Felix Mantilla get into Rome? He is a great clay courter, as is Alex Corretja. I'm calling for Gasquet to upset Agassi (unfortunately) 6-4 6-2 and for Costa to defeat Roddick 3-6 7-6 6-3.

VamosRafa
05-03-2005, 01:34 PM
There's some reason they are putting those huge swooshes on there. They look almost like iron-on patches. Look at the one on Nadal's leg. I can't believe they are going to start selling items with that big a swoosh on them.

pound cat
05-03-2005, 01:47 PM
Great match between Gonzo/Coria. Too bad Coria won, he wins the worst sportsman award ...twice in a row he ignored the oponent at the net. Once when he lost (Nadal) & this time when he won. He's a pr***

Marius_Hancu
05-03-2005, 03:35 PM
Great match between Gonzo/Coria. Too bad Coria won, he wins the worst sportsman award ...twice in a row he ignored the oponent at the net. Once when he lost (Nadal) & this time when he won. He's a pr***

Not shaking hands at the end? If so, very poor behavior ...

splink779
05-03-2005, 05:09 PM
He shook hands with Nadal at Monte-Carlo, I just checked.

VamosRafa
05-03-2005, 05:22 PM
He shook hands with Nadal at Monte-Carlo, I just checked.

Yes he did. It wasn't the friendliest exchange, but it wasn't bad either. To the extent there was poor sportsmanship, it had to do with his wanting to stop play for rain, and complaining about this and that. It wasn't that bad, but he was pretty irritated in general.

Marius_Hancu
05-04-2005, 02:32 AM
Agassi on Nadal and what not:
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http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylc=X3oDMTBpb3M3YzRkBF9TAzk1ODYyNTg0BHNlYwN0 bQ--?slug=ap-romemasters&prov=ap&type=lgns

Andre Agassi has yet to play Nadal, but the eight-time Grand Slam winner has taken notice.

``He has a phenomenal forehand when he's set, moves unbelievable, and is a great competitor,'' Agassi said.

Nadal is the first left-hander ranked in the top 10 in five years.

``You just don't see it as often. Everything is backwards. He hits the inside-out lefty forehand nasty,'' Agassi said. ``He plays a real physical game, similar to how (Thomas) Muster used to play, but defends the backhand way better, passes much better and while his serve doesn't seem to be tremendously effective, it is.''
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pound cat
05-04-2005, 03:52 AM
splink779 i guess if you call walking by briskly with your arm outstretched, touching Nadal's fingertips, and not looking at him shaking hands I guess he shook hands. But it's not what shaking hands at the net is in tennis is to me.

andre'smom
05-04-2005, 05:36 AM
Pound Cat you watch the game Gonzo-Coria?
Gonzo did something that brough the crowd to its feet...and Gonzo took his hat off to the crowd...then Coria hit a great shot and took his hat off to the crowd too.
Players are saying that Gonzo tries to get the crowd on his side...they get annoyed.
Anyone who watch this game, can give me some details?
Coria is 5-0 with Gonzo very thigh matches.
can a player get over loosing to same guy so many times......

Marius_Hancu
05-04-2005, 05:51 AM
Henman started well with Massu 6 3
Agassi same with Gasquet 6-2

Good results for
Roddick b. Costa (a former FO champion), next Verdasco ...
Coria b. Kiefer 6-1 6-1!!!

splink779
05-04-2005, 06:36 AM
splink779 i guess if you call walking by briskly with your arm outstretched, touching Nadal's fingertips, and not looking at him shaking hands I guess he shook hands. But it's not what shaking hands at the net is in tennis is to me.

They grasped each other's hands. I understand that Coria may be seen as a jerk in other instances but players do exactly this all the time.

splink779
05-04-2005, 06:39 AM
I really thought Gasquet would pull through here. But it looks like Henman beat Massu pretty handily. Is he back to his French Open form?

montx
05-04-2005, 07:03 AM
Ljubicic might do it

gugafanatic
05-04-2005, 07:06 AM
Henman has beaten Massu and Kuerten two players returning from injury lay-off, he is always going to struggle against an in-form clay court specialist over 5 sets.

Ben42
05-04-2005, 08:56 AM
Davide Sanguinetti d. F. Santoro 6-3, 7-5. Another good win for the aged Sanguinetti since switching to an O3.

Steve F.
05-04-2005, 09:32 AM
andre'smom - that would be "brought the crowd to its feet" --
For a second, I was wondering what the heck they were doing to some poor bird trapped on the court...

gugafanatic
05-04-2005, 09:37 AM
Nadal looking good.

Double bagle for Juan Monaco, welll done Canas.

TwistServe
05-04-2005, 09:42 AM
Jaun Monaco earns the prize! I haven't seen a double begal in professional tennis in hmm.. forever!

VamosRafa
05-04-2005, 12:14 PM
I'm watching Almagro/Safin now. I've heard a lot about this young Spaniard, and he's giving Marat fits and starts. He's totally dictating play. He won the first set 6-4, breaking Marat.

He then was broken himself, but then broke back. Marat just smashed a racquet. A little while ago he got a warning for an audible obscenity.

Safin had a few break chances in that game, but Almagro held, 2-1 in the second.

If he keeps playing this well, he has a good chance of winning this match.

He's got a one-handed backhand, which is pretty good. But he's another Spaniard with an amazing forehand. He also serves well.

VamosRafa
05-04-2005, 12:18 PM
I really thought Gasquet would pull through here. But it looks like Henman beat Massu pretty handily. Is he back to his French Open form?

Henman looked good in that match, but Massu was less than impressive. He's still recovering his form from injury.

Free_Martha
05-04-2005, 12:32 PM
Nice to see there's no love lost between the rat and the cat.

VamosRafa
05-04-2005, 12:32 PM
This match is very entertaining. Safin finally broke Almagro, but now is having save BP's on his own serve.

Almagro just broke, after Safin did a stupid attempt at a drop shot.

Almagro is outplaying Safin.

I just love the Britsh commentator. He just said, "The frightening thing is that there are 14 Spaniards better than this one."

He's 101 in the world, taking on No. 4.

Free_Martha
05-04-2005, 12:33 PM
You'd think Safin would be happy that Santoro is out and play great here.

VamosRafa
05-04-2005, 12:39 PM
You'd think Safin would be happy that Santoro is out and play great here.

He's not playing badly. He's getting beaten by the better player at the moment.

This kid isn't going to be 101 much longer, if he keeps playing like this. But I've heard he's the next "big player" in Spain. He's playing like it.

Almagro has another BP. Beautiful winner by Almagro.

He broke. Leads 5-3 in second set.

Commentator: "Rafael Nadal better look out. His countryman is on his heels."

VamosRafa
05-04-2005, 12:45 PM
Another beautiful winner by Almagro. Two points away from victory.

3 matchpoints for Almagro.

What composure. I'm impressed.

He won.

6-4, 6-3. He deserved it. He's 19, and he outplayed Safin, especially from the back court. The commentators are beside themselves over him, saying it's the performance of the tournament so far.

Vlad
05-04-2005, 12:54 PM
Almagro won 7 matches in his life... Beating safin Means pretty much nothing cause he either plays like crap or even better tanks. Until he beats someone a little more worthy than we can talk about him.. 19 is not all that young..

TwistServe
05-04-2005, 12:58 PM
Almagro won 7 matches in his life... Beating safin Means pretty much nothing cause he either plays like crap or even better tanks. Until he beats someone a little more worthy than we can talk about him.. 19 is not all that young..

Almagro is a great player that hasn't been able to show his potential.. He keeps getting setup against top 10 players.. Last year he took Coria to 3 sets and barely lost in Hamburg.

Vlad
05-04-2005, 01:01 PM
Well, once again, until he beats a WORTHY opponent, not Safin than we can talk about his true potential. Winning 7 carrer matches at 19 is not a whole lot..

pound cat
05-04-2005, 01:09 PM
Almagro hit great groundies, served really well, and converted his break point chances and Marat didn't. Safin had many UE's, his first serve failed him and he was pushed around the court. I wish Safin would come into matches with some sort of game plan, none being in evidence to-day.

Marius_Hancu
05-04-2005, 01:40 PM
Great matches tomorrow:

Guillermo Coria (ARG) vs Davide SANGUINETTI (ITA)
Andre Agassi (USA) vs Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Andy Roddick (USA) vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Guillermo Canas (ARG)

Alberto Martin (ESP) vs Luis Horna (PER)
Tim Henman (GBR) vs Dominik Hrbaty (SVK)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
David Ferrer (ESP) vs Gaston Gaudio (ARG)

Coria should have an easy match.

Andre, interesting, he should be able to move enough Ljubicic on this stuff to destabilize him.

Canas and Nadal, v. interesting, both in great form today.
Almagro, a great chance now.

VamosRafa
05-04-2005, 01:48 PM
Well, once again, until he beats a WORTHY opponent, not Safin than we can talk about his true potential. Winning 7 carrer matches at 19 is not a whole lot..

It isn't, but he played very well today, and as I said, Marat didn't play badly. It was true Marat didn't have a clue how to deal with Almagro, who was dictating play throughout the match. But Almagro won the match more than Safin lost it, IMO. He was hitting unbelievable winners. It was though he had morphed into Gasquet for the match -- only the winners were coming off the forehand side.

BTW, the Gasquet match is about to be replayed, so I should catch it. But the commentators have been saying that Richard was very nervous in the match, he rushed too much and seemed overawed by the occasion.

Vlad
05-04-2005, 01:53 PM
Since AO Marat simply doesn't have a clue what he is doing on the court. I am not saying Almagro did not deserve to win this match, since he won he probably did, but to compare someone's level based on how they did against Safin is not the most accurate way to go. Safin has been losing to pretty much everyone in the top 150 in his carier. You put an average sattelite clay courter right now to play Safin and I would put my money on that Sattelite player... When Marat is playing badly he is playing really terrible it is not even funny. I don't think there has ever been any top player who can play as crappy as Safin for a long period of time.

VamosRafa
05-04-2005, 01:56 PM
Since AO Marat simply doesn't have a clue what he is doing on the court. I am not saying Almagro did not deserve to win this match, since he won he probably did, but to compare someone's level based on how they did against Safin is not the most accurate way to go. Safin has been losing to pretty much everyone in the top 150 in his carier. You put an average sattelite clay courter right now to play Safin and I would put my money on that Sattelite player... When Marat is playing badly he is playing really terrible it is not even funny. I don't think there has ever been any top player who can play as crappy as Safin for a long period of time.

You may be right on that. This is the first time I've ever seen Almagro play (for obvious reasons, given his lack of ATP matches), but it was impressive. Maybe against someone else, he wouldn't have looked quite so good. Guess we'll find out tomorrow.

gugafanatic
05-04-2005, 02:24 PM
You may be right on that. This is the first time I've ever seen Almagro play (for obvious reasons, given his lack of ATP matches), but it was impressive. Maybe against someone else, he wouldn't have looked quite so good. Guess we'll find out tomorrow.

I can assure you that Almagro is no one-hit wonder. He came to life last yr, in the FO first rd taking Guga to five sets. Guga played hes best tennis at the FO last yr, yet Almagro conistently out-played him for large periods of the match. Furthermore to say, he has not fulfilled hes potential is slightly harsh as he is only 19 and broke the top 100. He will be a dangerous floater at RG.

VamosRafa
05-04-2005, 02:33 PM
As I said, I've been hearing great things about Almagro, primarily because of the heavily Spanish population on the Nadal site. They've been saying for a long time that he's due to breakthrough. And maybe he will.

lagranwilly
05-04-2005, 02:55 PM
I saw him playing at the Atp Buenos Aires.I also saw him ,but on TV, on last years' Barcelona and RG.His playing is pretty similar as Gonzales.Not too much thinking ,always trying to hit harder each ball,little brains.If he is very accurate,he can win the game easily just as he did with Safin,but that's very unprobable to do always.
I don't think he has the talent to be a top10,i don't even think he can get to the place Gonzales is.Also i see that Fernando has a stronger mind than Almagro,although he is still very young.Perhaps he changes a little bit his game,with more strategy and less Unforced Errors and i have to change my opinion.However,i don't see Almagro becoming a very important player,that's my bet

DashaandSafin
05-04-2005, 03:34 PM
Marat plays when he feels like playing. When he feels like playing 95% of the time he wins.

VamosRafa
05-04-2005, 04:13 PM
Marat plays when he feels like playing. When he feels like playing 95% of the time he wins.

And that is supposed to impress us? You've been hard on Nadal at times, and I respect your opinion as you've made some good points, but one thing about Nadal is you don't have to worry about whether he wants to play. He gives 100% at all times. It's too bad Safin doesn't do the same.

But I'm not even sure Marat would have won today if he "felt like playing" as you say. I think it may have gone 3 sets, but Almagro was a man on a mission, and only a very serious Marat could have stopped it.

andre'smom
05-04-2005, 04:52 PM
Thank you, Steve F for correcting me.
My son is laughing at me.....He says that I have some nerve to be writting here,
but I love tennis and I learn so much about the sport by reading here. I can't help it if somtimes I want to say something.
ha ha ha that was funny....
Thanks again.

gugafanatic
05-04-2005, 05:33 PM
If Nadal wins Rome and RG, then surely he will overtake Fed in the ATP CHAMPIONS RACE??????

VamosRafa
05-04-2005, 05:44 PM
Jaun Monaco earns the prize! I haven't seen a double begal in professional tennis in hmm.. forever!

From Bob Larson's Men's Pro Tennis today:

How rare are double bagels on the ATP? We show one last year: at Dubai, Carraz beat a wildcard without loss of a game. Plus a couple of 6-0 6-0 results in doubles. For some reason, they're more common this year: Vincent Spadea did it to David Sanchez at Auckland, and Nicolas Kiefer victimized Sargis Sargsian at Indian Wells. So this is #3.

DashaandSafin
05-04-2005, 05:48 PM
No its not supposed to impress you. Im just saying that while Almagro is sweating his *** off the night before...Marats probably having a drinking party and sex. We've witnessed the genius of this giant Marat....def Fed in AO 2005....def Sampras Finals USO. We all know the supreme talent is there it just seems like marat does not care. While most players work out everday for hours and hours, Marat works minimally.

gugafanatic
05-04-2005, 05:56 PM
No its not supposed to impress you. Im just saying that while Almagro is sweating his *** off the night before...Marats probably having a drinking party and sex. We've witnessed the genius of this giant Marat....def Fed in AO 2005....def Sampras Finals USO. We all know the supreme talent is there it just seems like marat does not care. While most players work out everday for hours and hours, Marat works minimally.

I am fed up of people constantly talking about Safins lack of commitment and desire. If he is a party animal and not 100% prepared for matches then he doesnt deserve to be on the ATP tour. I really doubt hes ability, and suspect hes not that talented if hes losing to mediocre players in early rds. He is no way the most naturally talented player on the tour because if he was, he would consitently produce good results like: Fed, Nadal, Hewitt, Roddick. He is overrated and a disgrace to the tennis world.

Noelle
05-04-2005, 07:15 PM
I think talent and consistently good results might not always come together. One has to have the hunger/desire to win. That's possibly what could make the difference between being year-end number 1 and being just another top 10 player, all other things being equal.

SydW
05-05-2005, 12:04 AM
No its not supposed to impress you. Im just saying that while Almagro is sweating his *** off the night before...Marats probably having a drinking party and sex. We've witnessed the genius of this giant Marat....def Fed in AO 2005....def Sampras Finals USO. We all know the supreme talent is there it just seems like marat does not care. While most players work out everday for hours and hours, Marat works minimally.

When he is winning and beat some good players, he sure cares and is committed to work hard or claimed he had been working hard, once he loses, it's all because he doesn't care.

Perfect logic.

Almagro outplayed Safin, I don't know why is that a surprise, the kid can play and we saw that in last year RG. Safin was OUTPLAYED. How hard is that to understand and about time his fans stop painting this image of Marat having life outside tennis, win or lose doesn't matter crap. There are other players who can manage both equally well.

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 03:49 AM
Coria just bagelled Sanguinetti in the first set.
He seems to be on a roll.
Let's see him with Roddick/Verdasco.

ClayCourter
05-05-2005, 05:19 AM
Agassi is up a break, leading 5-3...

DashaandSafin
05-05-2005, 05:52 AM
Well to all you people out there...i guess Jmac dosent deserve to play professional tennis either.

DashaandSafin
05-05-2005, 05:54 AM
Oh wait why not throw all the other headcases in there too...conners..natase to name a few

ClayCourter
05-05-2005, 06:38 AM
Agassi in the QF's!

Ben42
05-05-2005, 06:45 AM
Well to all you people out there...i guess Jmac dosent deserve to play professional tennis either.

You can question JMac's commitment to practice and fitness during his career, but nobody can question his mental toughness and will to win. I don't remember him ever tanking a match or seeming not to care during a match the way Safin does.

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 07:22 AM
Verdasco just broke ARod 43.
Tough match.

norcal
05-05-2005, 07:32 AM
Verdasco just broke ARod 43.
Tough match.
Where are you getting the score Marius? The live scoring on the Roma site no worky for me.

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 07:35 AM
Where are you getting the score Marius? The live scoring on the Roma site no worky for me.

Looking at the Roma site.

But check this one:
http://www.livescore.com/tennis.dll?page=home
looks like ARod broke back ...

TwistServe
05-05-2005, 07:37 AM
Looking at the Roma site.

But check this one:
http://www.livescore.com/tennis.dll?page=home
looks like ARod broke back ...

Live score for rome is a little goffy but I finally got it to work.. it wasn't updating tho.. its 6-5 Roddick is ahead and Verdasco is serving.. Roddick manage to break back on 1 breakpoint

norcal
05-05-2005, 07:38 AM
Looking at the Roma site.

But check this one:
http://www.livescore.com/tennis.dll?page=home
looks like ARod broke back ...
You are the man Marius. I thank you, my employer does not.

Ben42
05-05-2005, 07:44 AM
Live scoring is pretty messed up for me. I finally got it to connect to the server, but now it keeps going back to a previous score. Updates are really slow.

Looks like Roddick is in control of the 1st set tie-break though. Took it 7-1.

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 07:45 AM
great breaker for ARod 71

lefty10spro
05-05-2005, 07:46 AM
Roddick wins the first set tiebreak 7-1. Verdasco very poor body language since not being able to hold serve up 5-4 and 40-15

Vlad
05-05-2005, 07:49 AM
You can get all the comments to this match here..


http://www.eurosport.com/home/pages/v4/l0/s57/e7340/live_lng0_spo57_evt7340.shtml


Verdasco apparently did not return a single Roddick's serve in tiebreak...

Vlad
05-05-2005, 07:49 AM
Now, you can stick a fork in Verdasco.. he is done..
Roddick will roll in the second set..

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 08:08 AM
ARod's better on defense: 1/7 for Almagro in BPs, while ARod's 2/4, and on 2nd server percentage. This is a good sign for him.

federerhoogenbandfan
05-05-2005, 08:31 AM
It looks like Agassi is playing well. I did not think much of his performance in Houston but apparently he is getting more comfortable on the clay. What happened in the game Roddick broke Verdasco from 40-15 down, did Verdasco choke or what happened?

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 08:37 AM
It looks like Agassi is playing well. I did not think much of his performance in Houston but apparently he is getting more comfortable on the clay. What happened in the game Roddick broke Verdasco from 40-15 down, did Verdasco choke or what happened?

Hopefully those watching it live will tell us.
Just watching the score here.
Verdasco broke back, shows some character. 76 56, getting into another TB ...

Vlad
05-05-2005, 08:40 AM
This match had been very weird.. Roddick lost his serve in the first set leading 40-0... then Verdasco gave it back after he was up 40-15... Roddick dominated tiebreak with his serve..
In the second set, I thought Verdasco would collapse after disappointing first set and an early break but he fought well to my surprise and pulled out of 0-40 couple of times to hold.. Verdasco saved 3 matchpoints at 3-5.. Roddick lost his focus and serve after he served for the match at 5-4..
now we have a tiebreak..

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 08:53 AM
Now, you can stick a fork in Verdasco.. he is done..
Roddick will roll in the second set..

Verdasco heard you, woke up, now he's up a break in the 3rd ...

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 08:55 AM
Now let's see how much character ARod shows, he's in the straights now ... 0-2 in the 3rd ...

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 08:56 AM
Almagro fights well with Stepanek, which is a very experienced guy. Tied at 1 in sets. Let's see, betting on Almagro.

Vlad
05-05-2005, 08:56 AM
I know and I am glad he fought and won that set. I did not expect that. Now it looks like Roddick is having a melt down... What a whacky match! Does anyone record this?

federerhoogenbandfan
05-05-2005, 09:03 AM
It sounds like a male rematch of the Sharapova-Serena match from the Aussie Open semis, a chokeaholic.

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 09:08 AM
It sounds like a male rematch of the Sharapova-Serena match from the Aussie Open semis, a chokeaholic.

stats are very close for both ... Verdasco's having 74 vs 71% on 1st though .... could be significant ...

federerhoogenbandfan
05-05-2005, 09:10 AM
What are the % points won on second serve?

Vlad
05-05-2005, 09:14 AM
Roddick won 39% and Fernando won 38%...

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 09:16 AM
Should be over, 52 for Verdasco, but let's hope ARod doesn't give up.

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 09:22 AM
OK, 5 4 for Verdasco soon, will he choke serving for it?

Guess he didn't.

VamosRafa
05-05-2005, 09:41 AM
From Roma site:

Andy Roddick's generosity could have cost him his third round match and a shot at the Rome Tennis Masters on Thursday.

Serving at 5-4 and one set up, the number one seed seemed to have won. His opponent, Spain's Fernando Verdasco, thought the match was over and approached the net to shake Roddick's hand.

But Roddick did not want to win as the result of what he thought was a bad line call on Verdasco's serve, so he effectively gave away the point and the match continued.

Verdasco subsequently saved more match points, broke Roddick's serve for the first time in the tournament and went on to win the match 67 76 64.

"I have to thank him, he is a great sportsman," Verdasco said after the match. "He probably thought it wouldn't change the match. But that gave me a chance to win. That's tennis"

Slow motion replays of the match point show that Roddick's decision was probably the right one.

Verdasco goes on to play Argentine number nine seed Guillermo Coria in the quarter final.

Kevin Patrick
05-05-2005, 09:52 AM
I really don't agree with players making their own calls. Like Phil Dent said to John McEnroe at the '77 French, "This is the pros, sonny. We play the calls."
Where/when do you draw the line at sportsmanship & common sense? What if Verdasco didn't return the favor on a close call on crucial point? Bad calls are a part of the game, unless there is some standardized electronic calling, it's best not to get involved.

Ronaldo
05-05-2005, 09:56 AM
Its match point, just do the right thing

VamosRafa
05-05-2005, 10:17 AM
Its match point, just do the right thing

I agree. Nadal did the same thing on matchpoint against Calleri in Brasil, and ended up playing another set (although he did win it).

That also was on clay, and I think when a player can clearly see the mark, he/she should speak up. In fact, that happened in a few matches yesterday, although not on such a crucial point. The player conceded the call was erroneous, without making the chair get out of his chair. It's different on a hardcourt, where you could tell yourself that you aren't sure or whatever. But if you can clearly see the mark, and you know the call was wrong, it must be harder to let it go.

edberg505
05-05-2005, 10:25 AM
Well, I think that if the call is clearly wrong the player should correct the line judge. Like the infamous Capriati vs. Serena match at the U.S. Open. I just think that's plain wrong.

Vlad
05-05-2005, 10:25 AM
Hey VamosRafael, looks like Almagro lost to Stepanek today. Too bad he couldn't back up his win against Safin yesterday. Stepanek is mostly a fast court player, serving and volleying and chipping and charging a lot. He has flat strokes on most shots and Almagro should have handled him today. See, this is exactly what I was talking about yesterday, you can't judge someone plays when they beat Safin. Perhaps any other top 10 player then yes but not Marat.
Almagro needs to make a string of good wins against worthy opponents in order to be considered great future player. So far he has not been able to do just that.

Vlad
05-05-2005, 10:33 AM
Gaudio is in tanking mode today, winning just 1 game so far out of 11 played against Ferrer.. too bad cause he is good player to watch with his sweet backhand...

VamosRafa
05-05-2005, 10:56 AM
Hey VamosRafael, looks like Almagro lost to Stepanek today. Too bad he couldn't back up his win against Safin yesterday. Stepanek is mostly a fast court player, serving and volleying and chipping and charging a lot. He has flat strokes on most shots and Almagro should have handled him today. See, this is exactly what I was talking about yesterday, you can't judge someone plays when they beat Safin. Perhaps any other top 10 player then yes but not Marat.
Almagro needs to make a string of good wins against worthy opponents in order to be considered great future player. So far he has not been able to do just that.

I don't disagree. He did win the first set, but Stepanek has been having a decent season on clay. He reached the semis in Barcelona.

nn
05-05-2005, 11:07 AM
man Andy should not have done this.. but on this forum people think he is crap!! how many will agree now that he has done nobody will do knowing his opponent might come back. hatss off to Andy or anybody even playing USTA matches to do such thing...

Camilio Pascual
05-05-2005, 11:34 AM
Now let's see how much character ARod shows, he's in the straights now ... 0-2 in the 3rd ...

Very prophetic remark, though I suspect you meant a win would show great character. This worked out even better to see how much character he has.

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 06:06 PM
man Andy should not have done this.. but on this forum people think he is crap!! how many will agree now that he has done nobody will do knowing his opponent might come back. hatss off to Andy or anybody even playing USTA matches to do such thing...

no question this was a very sportsmanlike gesture on his part.

Marius_Hancu
05-05-2005, 06:35 PM
The Spaniards are back in force in this tourney: 4 in the QF.
Only 1 Argentine (Coria). Hrbaty, Stepanek and Agassi are filling the mix.

Agassi is the best American on clay for how many years now? Great for him, not great news wrt the new US generations.

Marius_Hancu
05-06-2005, 08:38 AM
Stepanek leading Nadal 7-5!!!

First serve: Step 75% Nad 59%
BP: Step 2/4, Nad 1/3

is Stepanek playing well, or what?
I don't see the match, just the score ...

Grimjack
05-06-2005, 08:46 AM
Nadal breaks to start the 2nd. Looks like a match.

Grimjack
05-06-2005, 08:58 AM
Never mind what I said about this looking like a match. Stepanek came to Earth.

4-0 Nadal now. Yikes.

Grimjack
05-06-2005, 09:35 AM
Damn, this thing is turning ugly in a hurry.

Marius_Hancu
05-06-2005, 09:36 AM
Damn, this thing is turning ugly in a hurry.

right, guess Nadal needed to be woken up.

VamosRafa
05-06-2005, 10:15 AM
I watched most of the first set, before going to work. Radek was playing SO well. He was serving well, putting pressure on Rafa's serve. Doing a lot of S&V, which isn't Rafa's favorite style of game to face. I knew if Stepanek kept playing like that, Rafa was in for a long one.

Rafa then focused and broke, and was broken when he served out the match. Radek played unbelievable tennis, according to the folks in Brasil who were watching it. He was getting under Rafa's skin and he broke him to take the match. A Brazilian commentator said it was probably the best set Radek had ever played -- but I haven't seen the whole thing yet.

But after that, Rafa dug in, and never looked back apparently. Radek won only two more games, although apparently he did twist his foot later in the second set, and that was bothering him a bit. Although he didn't call a trainer (at least not that we know of).

It was a great effort by him in the first set, that's for sure. But it probably was good for Rafa to be tested a bit. He was nearly flawless in the Canas match yesterday -- it's one of the best matches I've seen him play.

Grinder
05-06-2005, 11:48 AM
Wow, Verdasco capitlized his only break point opportunity against Coria and took the first set 6-3. Verdasco versus Agassi would be a good match, I haven't seen much from Verdasco just yet, what type of game does he play? Can he beat Agassi?

VamosRafa
05-06-2005, 12:06 PM
Wow, Verdasco capitlized his only break point opportunity against Coria and took the first set 6-3. Verdasco versus Agassi would be a good match, I haven't seen much from Verdasco just yet, what type of game does he play? Can he beat Agassi?

Possibly. His biggest problem has been lack of consistency. He's a baseliner (no surprises there). He's left-handed, and his forehand is huge, but he misses the shot as much as he makes it, generally.

In Miami, both Roddick and Nadal said that consistency is the only thing holding him back from moving to the top.

For some reason, Roddick's game doesn't match up well to Fernando's. He gives Roddick quite a bit of trouble, as we've seen. On the other hand, Rafa loves playing Verdasco. It becomes a forehand fest, with Rafa feeding off Fernando's pace. Rafa generally wins the rallies because he's more accurate with his shots. The same may be true with Agassi, although he doesn't have the same ad that Rafa has with being a lefty against Fernando.

I wouldn't count Coria out yet -- the match is pretty close, and Coria just broke.

Grinder
05-06-2005, 01:17 PM
Yep, you're right. Coria won the match after breaking Verdasco three times in the deciding third set. 3-6 6-3 6-3

VamosRafa
05-06-2005, 07:05 PM
That's one thing that's predictable about Verdasco. -- his unpredictability.

But Coria has a terrible record against Agassi, except that memorable win by Coria at RG. Wasn't that when the President came in?

I'm watching Nadal/Stepanek now. And Stepanek deserved the first set win, certainly.

I think some of you are right; if Rafa is faced with a really good S&V player, such as perhaps Henman, and certainly a Pat Rafter, he will struggle. Now, he may find a way to overcome it, but it's something that, at age 18, he hasn't dealt with much. But we are going to see lots of players trying S&V against him now, I think.

I just heard the monkey comment, and JB said "that no one likes to be made to look like a monkey on court, and that's what Stepanek is doing to Nadal, which is tough to do."

And to be honest, he passed Nadal with some great shots. I'm not sure the monkey reference was the best one possible, but knowing the outcome of the match, I'm not too upset. *lol* I have a sense that some great things will be said about Nadal later.

Max G.
05-06-2005, 08:27 PM
But Coria has a terrible record against Agassi, except that memorable win by Coria at RG. Wasn't that when the President came in?

No, I think the Bill Clinton incident was with Grosjean.

Anyhow - every single time they've played on hardcourts, Agassi has won.

The ONE time they played on clay, Coria won.

I don't think the head-to-head reveals much, at the moment, besides the fact that Agassi is clearly a better hardcourt player. I don't think that it is a good predictor of claycourt matches, since we know that Coria is a level better on clay than he is on the other surfaces.

I think I will put in my vote for Coria outsteadying Agassi in this one.

VamosRafa
05-06-2005, 08:38 PM
As for the rest of the Nadal match, I can let others speak to it more, but it was a matter of Rafa figuring out that Radek was going to S&V, and go for drop shots. So he moved in more, and was able to run down shots he couldn't before. He adjusted, but Radek didn't. But it was a far more interesting match than his earlier ones.

Grinder
05-07-2005, 05:32 AM
Impressive, Ferrer won the first set 6-4 after being down a break at 4-2. Now he's up 3-2 in the second set. It's still to early to count Nadal out however, knowing him he'll probably win the set 6-3 and the third 6-0.

gugafanatic
05-07-2005, 05:58 AM
Ferrer just lost 4 games in a row to lose the second set. Hes held serve in the third set though, 1-0.

gugafanatic
05-07-2005, 06:33 AM
He just won, 6-4 in the third. Sure to be tired in the final though.

gugafanatic
05-07-2005, 06:36 AM
ignore the above post, Ferrer just saved 2 M.P's

gugafanatic
05-07-2005, 06:38 AM
Ferrer breaks back 5-5. Nadal is disgusted!! . Ferrer is really pumped up right now. No one seems to want to hold serve.

tylerchadwick
05-07-2005, 06:39 AM
wish i could see it. just got the tennis channel and had to leave town for mothers' day. stuck watching streaming scores on the website.

Grinder
05-07-2005, 06:39 AM
Looks like Ferrer is about to be broken once again.

Grinder
05-07-2005, 06:46 AM
Nadal just closed it out 7-5 in the third.

VamosRafa
05-07-2005, 06:56 AM
It was an exciting match to watch. You didn't know who would finally win in the end. Ferrer outplayed Nadal at times, but Nadal didn't give up, and that's why he ended up winning. He also served better in the last two sets, and cut down his UE's. But Ferrer's form was stunning at times.

gustavo33
05-07-2005, 08:22 AM
agassi is also looking stunning at times

verdasco67
05-07-2005, 08:36 AM
It was an exciting match to watch. You didn't know who would finally win in the end. Ferrer outplayed Nadal at times, but Nadal didn't give up, and that's why he ended up winning. He also served better in the last two sets, and cut down his UE's. But Ferrer's form was stunning at times.

ferrer had no fear on big points he really went for them! if you ask me he deserved the match more than nadal.

the_arod
05-07-2005, 08:39 AM
it's not about who deserves to win it's about who wins. This is a truth everythime and everywhere.

verdasco67
05-07-2005, 08:43 AM
well ferrer is just unlucky...nadal came up with some great shots...too good.

VamosRafa
05-07-2005, 11:20 AM
The good news for Rafa is that he was able to scrap out two wins that really tested him, especially against Ferrer. Hrbaty played one of the best sets of his life, but Rafa figured out what to do, and was fine after that. But he won the Ferrer match because of tenacity, with a little help from Ferrer. As brilliant as he was at times, he also missed some easy shots.

Coria will be a tough test for Nadal, as Rafa's looking a bit tired to me. And I think Coria is playing better now than he did in Monte Carlo.