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Marius_Hancu
05-07-2005, 06:39 AM
http://www.dtb-tennis.de/AmRothenbaum/

OK, so these are Q, thus no chance of being shown on TV:

First round:
P. Mathieu (FRA) - A. Popp (GER) 6:2 6:0
A. Calatrava (ESP) - G. Carraz (FRA) 7:6 (8) 7:5
T. Ascione (FRA) - K. Kim (USA) 7:6 (1) 6:2
D. Sanguinetti (ITA) - S. Wawrinka (SUI) 6:2 7:5
R. Gasquet (FRA) - T. Summerer (GER) 6:1 6:2
O. Hernandez (ESP) - F. Wintermantel (GER) 6:2 2:6 7:5
J. Ferrero (ESP) - G. Simon (FRA) 7:6 (11) 6:3
N. Almagro (ESP) - R. Ginepri (USA) 3:6 7:6 (3) 6:2
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) - B. Phau (GER) 7:6 (6) 6:4
C. Rochus (BEL) - S. Rieschick (GER) 7:5 6:4
A. Seppi (ITA) - F. Mantilla (ESP) 7:5 6:1

Marius_Hancu
05-07-2005, 06:41 AM
Great to see Gasquet and JCF through, JCF through a scare ...

Marius_Hancu
05-07-2005, 06:43 AM
livescoring at Hamburg:
http://213.128.155.113/livescoring/
wants Java enabled

Marius_Hancu
05-07-2005, 10:11 AM
Draw:
http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/posting/2005/414/MDS.pdf

Federer: Verdasco (!), Ferrer, Pavel/Guga/Robredo, Coria/Gonzalez/Moya, Agassi/Safin, Nadal/Gaudio

Coria: Spadea, Youzhnyi, Moya/Gonzalez (!), Federer, Agassi/Safin, Nadal/Gaudio

Agassi: F. Lopez (!), Volandri, Kiefer, Davydenko/Safin, Federer/Coria, Nadal/Gaudio

Safin: A. Martin (!), Melzer, Davydenko, Agassi, Federer/Coria, Nadal/Gaudio

Nadal: Andreev (!), Novak, Canas (!), Stepanek/Roddick, Gaudio, Federer/Coria

Gaudio: Q, Mirnyi/Costa, Ljubicic (!), Federer/Coria, Nalbandian, Nadal, Federer/Coria

Roddick: Massu, Karlovic, Stepanek (!)/Haas, Nadal, Gaudio, Federer/Coria

----

Federer and Coria have the toughest path, as they have to play each other in the quarters. At least not Nadal until F:-)

Nadal: Andreev and Canas might test him, but then no one until the final, probably.

Roddick: good draw, if Massu played as he did this year. Then he needs to get through Nadal in the QF, and that's pretty tough.

Rodzilla
05-07-2005, 10:32 AM
I'm predicting Fed/Agassi and Gaudio/Nadal semis with a Federer/Nadal final. I think Safin is getting upset by Martin in the first round. Andy has a chance of going far but he could be tested by Stepanek and then Nadal after that so we will have to wait and see if Roddick is ready to grind.

federerhoogenbandfan
05-07-2005, 03:06 PM
Roddick will lose to Massu in the 1st round I predict. If he gets by Massu he might get to his quarterfinal loss to Nadal though. Fed and Coria should play in the quarters, if Coria beats Nadal in the final today he could gain more confidence for that match, it not Fed will probably win if he is not rusty enough to be upset early.

gugafanatic
05-07-2005, 04:03 PM
Feds draw is really testing and will give an indication of hes chances at RG.

federerhoogenbandfan
05-07-2005, 04:33 PM
Well if he does look to Verdasco I will have very little expectations for him at the FO, since he obviously would be going through a huge struggle on clay if he did lose to him. Like I said Verdasco seems to only be a top 5 player, even on clay, against one one opponent, and that is Roddick. I have never seen him play that kind of tennis against anybody else, not in any of the matches I have seen him anyway, and looking at his record against top players probably not in matches I dont see either.

Even that being said Roddick should have beaten Verdasco 7-6, 6-3 since he had all those match points in the 3-5 game, and Roddick is not somebody who is a real contender at the French himself, it would be a huge upset if he even made the quarters.

gugafanatic
05-07-2005, 04:40 PM
He just took a set off one of the best clay courters in the world (Coria) and has the weapons to humble any top player on clay. Verdasco is a dangerous clay-courter, I can assure you this wont be easy for Fed as Verdasco is in good form having reached the quarters and has alot of matches under hes belt.

federerhoogenbandfan
05-07-2005, 04:54 PM
Well if he was a point away from losing 7-6, 6-3 to Roddick on clay, Fed should win comfortably if he is reasonably ready. Verdasco took a set off Coria? So what Fed took 3 sets of Coria and beat him in their only meeting last year on clay, when Coria was playing much better than he is now.

gugafanatic
05-07-2005, 06:02 PM
Federer has looked rusty on clay thus far, he stuggled to produce convincing displays against Gasquet, Montanes and Gonzales.

federerhoogenbandfan
05-07-2005, 06:11 PM
He lost to a red hot Gasquet in a match he probably should have won with all the match points he had, and a Gasquet not playing nearly as well the next round took Nadal to a tough 3-setter. I dont see how that is behind the 8-ball as much as you would like to believe.

Marius_Hancu
05-08-2005, 06:47 AM
I think this is the final Q stage (8 Qs):

Ferrero b. Hernandez 60 61
Gasquet b Sanguinetti 61 62
Rochus b. Calatrava 63 46 60
Almagro b. Mathieu 62 62
Ventura b. Garcia Lopez 36 62 63

thus Gasquet and JCF are in the main draw.

They will be tough opponents for anyone.

Steve F.
05-08-2005, 06:53 AM
Yeah, just saw that. Nice to see JCF and Gasquet made quick work of it. Mathieu must be sweating his Davis Cup chances. Looks like Sanguinetti left it all in Rome...

Grinder
05-08-2005, 11:37 AM
Gasquet is a possible and very likely 2nd round opponent for Roddick. Ferrero is playing Jurgen Melzer first round and possibly can play Safin in the second. Agassi also has to watch out for Almagro in the second round.

Marius_Hancu
05-08-2005, 01:24 PM
Fed's on tomorrow!!
-----------------------------------
Center Court starting at 11:00 CEST

Mario ANCIC (CRO) vs. Florian MAYER (GER)
followed by
Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER (GER) vs. Nicolas KIEFER (GER)
followed by
Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs. Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)
followed by
Nicolas MASSU (CHI) vs. Andy RODDICK (USA)
followed by
Tim HENMAN (GBR) vs. Lars BURGSMUELLER (GER)

Court M1 starting at 11:00 CEST
Greg RUSEDSKI (GBR) vs. Philipp PETZSCHNER (GER)
followed by
Joachim JOHANSSON (SWE) vs. Sebastien GROSJEAN (FRA)
followed by
Andrei PAVEL (ROM) vs. Gustavo KUERTEN (BRA)
followed by
Alexander WASKE (GER) vs. Tommy ROBREDO (ESP)

Court M2 starting at 11:00 CEST
Juan Ignacio CHELA (ARG) vs. Thomas JOHANSSON (SWE)
followed by
Richard GASQUET (FRA) vs. Ivo KARLOVIC (CRO)
followed by
Ivan LJUBICIC (CRO) vs. Luis HORNA (PER)
followed by
Jürgen MELZER (AUT) vs. Juan Carlos FERRERO (ESP)

Court M3 starting at 12:30 CEST
Gaston ETLIS (ARG)
Martin RODRIGUEZ (ARG) vs. Jonathan ERLICH (ISR)
Andy RAM (ISR)
followed by
Mariano HOOD (ARG)
Julian KNOWLE (AUT) vs. Cyril SUK (CZE)
Pavel VIZNER (CZE)

Court M4 starting at 11:00 CEST
Karol BECK (SVK) vs. Mikhail YOUZHNY (RUS)
followed by
Santiago VENTURA (ESP) vs. Christophe ROCHUS (BEL)
followed by
Radek STEPANEK (CZE) vs. Cyril SAULNIER (FRA)

Marius_Hancu
05-08-2005, 01:26 PM
Gasquet vs. Karlovic
now that's something!!

VictorS.
05-08-2005, 01:26 PM
Wow, that's some quality tennis for qualifying rounds. Gasquet, JCF, Almagro, Mathieu....

gugafanatic
05-08-2005, 01:29 PM
Chela is having a dissapointing season thus far. You would expect him to produce some good results during the clay sourt season.

I dont think KARLOVIC is a threat on clay, he is not a great mover and will stuggle to serve volley consistantly.

Vlad
05-08-2005, 01:38 PM
Gasquet vs. Karlovic
now that's something!!


Gasquet will thrash him..

Marius_Hancu
05-08-2005, 02:20 PM
Gasquet will thrash him..

Very probably, but will still be a show, that's what I meant:-)

VamosRafa
05-08-2005, 05:39 PM
From what we understand, Nadal is going to Hamburg tomorrow. And will decide once he gets there whether he's fit to play.

gugafanatic
05-08-2005, 05:43 PM
From what we understand, Nadal is going to Hamburg tomorrow. And will decide once he gets there whether he's fit to play.

Great news. Nice to see Nadal sitting on the fence and waiting to see how the body repsonds after that bruising 5 setter. If he skips Hambug then hes my favorite for RG.

verdasco67
05-08-2005, 07:57 PM
ferrero vs melzer should be good....if melzer is on his A-game....my prediction: ferrero in straight sets.

gugafanatic
05-09-2005, 06:32 AM
Verdasco is a set down, but hitting alot of winners. Fed is serving well from what I can see.

Rusesdki won in 3, and is likely to play compatriot Tim Henman in rd 2.

Chela finally got a win, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 against T. Johannson.

JJ miserable run on clay continues. 6-4 in the second vs Grosjean.

Guga on court lets see what he can do today!!

gustavo33
05-09-2005, 06:54 AM
guga is ripping those BH
6-2 in the 1st set

gustavo33
05-09-2005, 07:05 AM
3-0 guga in the 2nd set

gugafanatic
05-09-2005, 07:10 AM
COMEON ON Fire!!!!!!!! When he is on, he can simply crush opponents with such ease

gustavo33
05-09-2005, 07:17 AM
guga´s BH is just amazing today

GAMES SET MATCH KUERTEN

gugafanatic
05-09-2005, 07:22 AM
gustavo33 what was the difference between hes play today and previous matches against Henman and Ancic??

gustavo33
05-09-2005, 07:24 AM
i didnt watch those matches.. so i cant really tell
today, he was very agressive from the baseline...
made some good volleys.. i was very impressed with that
BH was plain amazing.. DTL and CC.. he just ripped...
his FH started slower but caught up.. he hit some great FH winners in the end
and served very well

verdasco67
05-09-2005, 08:27 AM
a-rod loosing to massu.....6-7 1-2

Marius_Hancu
05-09-2005, 09:47 AM
ARod recovered from 52 in the 3rd. Good fight.

eagle
05-09-2005, 09:54 AM
It's now 5-5 in the 3rd.

r,
eagle

Marius_Hancu
05-09-2005, 10:05 AM
Massu broke again Roddick at 65 and won.
Massu certainly played with great ambition this game.

ARod's half it's even easier, if that's possible.

Marius_Hancu
05-09-2005, 10:08 AM
Roddick: Massu, Karlovic, Stepanek (!)/Haas, Nadal, Gaudio, Federer/Coria


Roddick: good draw, if Massu played as he did this year. Then he needs to get through Nadal in the QF, and that's pretty tough.

Well, Massu played better than expected from his form this year. ARod couldn't use this great draw he had, esp as Nadal's supposed to not play.

Marius_Hancu
05-09-2005, 10:11 AM
Gasquet is a possible and very likely 2nd round opponent for Roddick.

Make it Massu. Tough match for Gasquet, with a very experienced player.

andre'smom
05-09-2005, 10:50 AM
I am glad for Massu...I think his injuries are behind...
keep it up kid!!!!!!!

federerhoogenbandfan
05-09-2005, 06:11 PM
The Massu vs Roddick was a toss up, that match could have gone either way going in, in my mind. I knew if Fed was healthy he would take Verdasco pretty comfortable and he did. No real surprises so far. Smart for Nadal to pull out.

Marius_Hancu
05-10-2005, 06:31 AM
D. Ferrer 2 6 3
T. Berdych 6 2 6

Very good result for Berdych.
Fed has been waiting for him since Athens.

federerhoogenbandfan
05-10-2005, 07:28 AM
I predict sweet revenge for Fed. He will learn what it is like to face a fresh Federer, something he did not face at the Olympics.

obackvalobasha
05-10-2005, 07:33 AM
It would be very irnic if federe loses to tomas

norcal
05-10-2005, 07:47 AM
I wanted to see Federer play Ferrer just to see Cliff Drysdale's head explode when he tries to pronounce their names. I think he would just say Roger and David!

Marius_Hancu
05-10-2005, 08:15 AM
Not a big surprise, as F. Lopez is quite good (even if not so this year)

F.Lopez 6 7
A. Agassi 2 6

Marius_Hancu
05-10-2005, 09:30 AM
News:
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Coria, the 10th seed, thrashed American Vince Spadea 6-0 6-2, showing no sign of tiredness after his five-hour defeat by Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal in the Rome Masters final on Sunday.
-------

Good result for Coria.

YEMntFtb
05-10-2005, 09:32 AM
Lets go Coria - What do you guys think, Safin wins in 3 against Martin? Gasquet in 2 against Massu....?

Vlad
05-10-2005, 12:35 PM
Marat Safin beats A. Martin 6-1, 6-0.... according to viewers, Marat played superb tennis...

gustavo33
05-10-2005, 12:44 PM
marat looked scary
hitting winners from both wings...
very dominant perfomance... the best i´ve seen him play since Aus Open...

Grinder
05-10-2005, 12:49 PM
I'm really looking forward to Kuerten/Robredo and Massu/Gasquet. Guga's game is so unpredictable at the moment. We'll also be seeing a rematch from Athens where Berdych upset Federer. I think Federer will come out early and annhilate Berdych as revenge for depriving him of Olympic Gold. Another good match is Juan Carlos Ferrero/Marat Safin, this is also tough to predict. If Safin plays like he did against Martin he shouldn't have to much of a problem against Ferrero. You never know with Safin though. A battle of two former Roland Garros champion is also going on tomorrow with Albert Costa vs. Gaston Gaudio. These are some really tough matchups for the early rounds.

grif
05-10-2005, 01:20 PM
Marat Safin beats A. Martin 6-1, 6-0.... according to viewers, Marat played superb tennis...

That is a shock. Has there ever been a more unpredictable player than Safin ?

Docalex007
05-10-2005, 01:38 PM
i don't know......the Safin win is very impressive however.

Marius_Hancu
05-10-2005, 02:48 PM
Another good match is Juan Carlos Ferrero/Marat Safin, this is also tough to predict.

Tell me about it.
4-4 career, 3-2 on clay for JCF.
Last being in Monte Carlo, taken 62 64 by JCF.

Safin has generally played well in Hamburg, thus I'll go for him.

Marius_Hancu
05-11-2005, 03:16 AM
Guga seems totally out of it:
Robredo leads: 63 30

Marius_Hancu
05-11-2005, 03:18 AM
Rusedski Henman 54 a dandy it seems

Marius_Hancu
05-11-2005, 04:03 AM
Damn motivated:

R. Federer 4
T. Berdych 1

Will play Robredo in the next round (sorry, Guga and Fed, I know you'd've liked to meet each other again).

Marius_Hancu
05-11-2005, 07:19 AM
Safin JCF 44 tight as they come
Massu broke Gasquet ...

Fed Coria QF, probably ... that's the F right there.

Marius_Hancu
05-11-2005, 07:35 AM
Massu seems back in great shape and killing Gasquet 62.

Marius_Hancu
05-11-2005, 08:11 AM
Gasquet coming back 11 in sets. Common!

Noelle
05-11-2005, 08:12 AM
Safin leads one set to love but is trailing 4-5, 0-30 in the second set. Ferrero is serving for the set.

Marius_Hancu
05-11-2005, 08:13 AM
Ferrero is serving for the second set. Safin leads one set to love.

this seems to be as good as promised.
not sure for the viewers.

Noelle
05-11-2005, 08:17 AM
Safin-Ferrero going to three sets. :) The match looks very tight. It seems like it's just a matter of who loses concentration first (like the commentators keep saying).

Steve F.
05-11-2005, 08:46 AM
Gasquet is through -- sweet

2:6 6:2 6:2

-- hey this is post #62, stop the madness

TwistServe
05-11-2005, 08:55 AM
Another Safin choke.

6-4, 4-6, 6-2.. Ferrero on top

Marius_Hancu
05-11-2005, 09:07 AM
Great victories for these guys:

Fin. I. Ljubicic 4 2
C.Rochus 6 6

Fin. R. Gasquet 2 6 6
N. Massu 6 2 2

Fin. M. Safin 6 4 2
J. C. Ferrero 4 6 6

JCF seems well back and glad to see Gasquet fighting.

federerhoogenbandfan
05-11-2005, 10:08 AM
Yeah yeah Fed, good way to take revenge on the player who denied you the Olympic Gold medal!!!

spinbalz
05-11-2005, 11:05 AM
Who Gasquet will play next?

Marius_Hancu
05-11-2005, 11:11 AM
Who Gasquet will play next?

D. Hrbaty (SVK) - R. Stepanek (CZE) 7:5 7:6 (2)
not easy, versatile player.

Marius_Hancu
05-11-2005, 11:57 AM
this is where you find the Interviews (Press Conferences):

Federer:
http://62.201.170.1/livescoring/pc/html/pc,Roger_Federer,11,1.html

Steve F.
05-11-2005, 12:32 PM
this is where you find the Interviews (Press Conferences):

Federer:
http://62.201.170.1/livescoring/pc/html/pc,Roger_Federer,11,1.html

Thanks for the link Marius
--- other good interviews there. Safin, esp.

Noelle
05-11-2005, 05:48 PM
Are those interviews available in English elsewhere, or do I have to use Babelfish? :)

Marius_Hancu
05-11-2005, 06:14 PM
Are those interviews available in English elsewhere, or do I have to use Babelfish? :)

Use the link I provided and scroll down.
They start in German and continue in English.

Noelle
05-11-2005, 06:17 PM
OK, danke!

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 02:53 AM
OK, danke!

Bitte sehr!

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 03:07 AM
Gasquet's in the QF, b. Hrabaty, the 18th in the world.
Not bad at all.

And he has the best half, with Novak and Gaudio as main opponents.

grif
05-12-2005, 04:00 AM
Henman seems to be embroiled in a dogfight with Chela. Chela's just broken for 3-1 in the 3rd set.

grif
05-12-2005, 04:38 AM
Henman loses 6-2 in 3rd set.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4538673.stm

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 04:59 AM
Henman loses 6-2 in 3rd set.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4538673.stm

Too bad:
-------
On break point, the umpire ruled a Chela second serve ace had hit the line - despite Henman's protests that he was looking at the wrong mark.
---------

rhubarb
05-12-2005, 05:02 AM
Big pity for Henman and Ferrero. Tim's not guaranteed a top 8 seeding now unless Coria loses in the next couple of rounds; Chela overtakes Ferrero to get one of the last seeding spots. They both need Hewitt to pull out.

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 05:24 AM
This tournament is quickly emptying of his favored players.
However, what a performance by Gasquet and Seppi, as a Q.

Steve F.
05-12-2005, 06:01 AM
Gasquet's in the QF, b. Hrabaty, the 18th in the world.
Not bad at all.

What a score line -- 6/1-6/2!

And he has the best half, with Novak and Gaudio as main opponents.

Just looked at what's left of the draw.
Don't want to look past Novak or Seppi, but getting past Gaudio on clay in the semis would be a huge step, at least as much a confidence boost as beating Fed. That'll be a real test. At least he doesn't have to face Grosjean in his half (who knows what that would do to his head).

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 06:27 AM
Fed should start in 5 min or whenever the Royal Theatre show ends.

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 06:33 AM
The 4 WCs (all German) lost all 1st round.
Not too much help for the tournament.
Kiefer lost before the quarters.
German tennis - not doing too good.

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 06:56 AM
Roger already broke Robredo: 31
not losing any time.

@wright
05-12-2005, 07:10 AM
First set to Federer 6-2. He really seems to be on top of his game.

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 07:17 AM
Seppi:
http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/default2.asp?playersearch=seppi
this guy is slim!

taken first set from Novak, let's see ...

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 07:49 AM
Coria Federer,
the TRUE FINAL
is on for tomorrow.

Both aren't tired from this tourney (Coria, perhaps from the last week ...). It should be great.

@wright
05-12-2005, 07:52 AM
Should be a great match, we can really measure these guys up after this match...Damn you ESPN!

Steve F.
05-12-2005, 10:53 AM
Seppi:
http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/default2.asp?playersearch=seppi
this guy is slim!

taken first set from Novak, let's see ...

Seppi took out Novak.

Good news for Gasquet is that Seppi also took out Schuettler. Hamburg crowd should definitely be pulling for Gasquet -- esp. if they already weren't for him after eliminating Hrbaty (who beat Haas in the first round). Like the way this next round looks for RG.

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 11:24 AM
A subtle changing of the guard here:

N. Davydenko (RUS) - J. Ferrero (ESP) 3:6 6:2 6:1
F. Volandri (ITA) - S. Grosjean (FRA) 6:3 6:4
R. Gasquet (FRA) - D. Hrbaty (SVK) 6:1 6:2
A. Seppi (ITA) - J. Novak (CZE) 6:3 6:4

federerhoogenbandfan
05-12-2005, 12:06 PM
A changing of the second tier in mens tennis. :)

grif
05-12-2005, 12:17 PM
Seppi took out Novak.

Good news for Gasquet is that Seppi also took out Schuettler. Hamburg crowd should definitely be pulling for Gasquet -- esp. if they already weren't for him after eliminating Hrbaty (who beat Haas in the first round). Like the way this next round looks for RG.


Seppi isn't going to be easy. His run has been impressive too - took out Mantilla and Canas amongst others.

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 12:23 PM
Seppi isn't going to be easy. His run has been impressive too - took out Mantilla and Canas amongst others.

Indeed.

It should be a match played with great ambition by both, as they realize the unique opportunity and are chomping at the bit.

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 12:24 PM
how about this, C. Rochus leading Gaudio of all by 20 in the 3rd?

after beating Ljubicic. respect to the little man!

federerhoogenbandfan
05-12-2005, 12:44 PM
Marius, where do you watch all your tennis being from Canada? Do you watch only TSN or RDS, or do you have other connections(Sattelite, etc..)

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 12:48 PM
Marius, where do you watch all your tennis being from Canada? Do you watch only TSN or RDS, or do you have other connections(Sattelite, etc..)
I am only watching the scoreline, man.

And tomorrow, if TSN will show Fed, I'll be there. Too busy otherwise.

Incredible, Rochus 51 up!

This is a tennis player all right!

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 12:50 PM
Fed's today's interview is up!
Check it at the site listed before.

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 12:52 PM
L. Paes (IND)
N. Zimonjic (SCG) -
b.
Y. Allegro (SUI)
Y. Federer (SUI)

6:4 6:2

Q: Do you feel 100 % fit now? No aches and pains? No problems with the feet?

Federer: No, still no problems, so that’s good. Otherwise, I wouldn’t play doubles. I’m feeling good.

grif
05-12-2005, 01:20 PM
Gaudio's out. An unbelievable opportunity for Gasquet or Seppi to reach the Final.

Hope that Gasquet doesn't let the pressure of expectation get to him. When he played Agassi, a lot of people were expecting Gasquet to win but he seemed overawed by the occasion and was pretty nervous.

spinbalz
05-12-2005, 04:58 PM
Any comments about seppi? How does he play, age, ranking, morphology?

gugafanatic
05-12-2005, 05:06 PM
Italy are beginning to produce some good tennis players: Seppi, Volandri and potito Starace. Both Seppi and Volandri are in the quarters of Hamburg, an impressive display from two relatively inexperienced players. I have seen Volandri play a couple of times and was very impressed with hes single handed bakchand.

Marius_Hancu
05-12-2005, 08:09 PM
Italy are beginning to produce some good tennis players: Seppi, Volandri and potito Starace. Both Seppi and Volandri are in the quarters of Hamburg, an impressive display from two relatively inexperienced players. I have seen Volandri play a couple of times and was very impressed with hes single handed bakchand.

I can only assume they are inspired by the Italian girls doing much better during the last years:-)

Steve F.
05-12-2005, 09:37 PM
Seppi isn't going to be easy. His run has been impressive too - took out Mantilla and Canas amongst others.

Don't know much about Seppi, it's true. But RG rolled Mantilla up and smoked him in Monte Carlo, maybe he's a punching bag now. Canas may be a solid win, okay, but RG also carried off two challengers before his current run, I don't think he'll be running out of gas just yet. Seppi is no Agassi. Look forward to tomorrow's matches, that's for sure.

Marius_Hancu
05-13-2005, 12:44 PM
Sorry to say, after seeing today's match, but just a confirmation that Coria simply does not have the shots to beat Federer: strong serve and FH, at least.

And he might never get a strong serve, with his shoulder. That's a pity.

And he needs same to beat Nadal too.

Fed made many mistakes, still had the right approach: aggressive, trying to keep the pressure on and having the means to do that.

Glad to see he was coming quite frequently at the net.

gugafanatic
05-13-2005, 12:51 PM
Guys like Hewitt and Coria just dont have the weapons to hurt Federer. They do not posess the serve or groundies to hurt federer and they can rarely force Fed into unforced errors as he is soo accurate.

Marius_Hancu
05-13-2005, 01:34 PM
Coria interview today:
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Q: You are in the best possible condition to judge between the form of Nadal and Federer at the moment. Who would you say is the strongest?

A: Nadal on clay is stronger than Federer, I think.
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rhubarb
05-13-2005, 01:54 PM
They mentioned the fact that Coria said this to Federer in his press conference, and he pretty much agreed with the assessment. He said he would have been surprised if Coria had suggested that he (RF) was a better claycourter than Nadal.

@wright
05-13-2005, 01:58 PM
Coria also said he thought Federer was nearly impossible to beat...

Marius_Hancu
05-13-2005, 01:59 PM
They mentioned the fact that Coria said this to Federer in his press conference, and he pretty much agreed with the assessment. He said he would have been surprised if Coria had suggested that he (RF) was a better claycourter than Nadal.

Couldn't find it in the transcript at the site.

rhubarb
05-13-2005, 02:14 PM
Couldn't find it in the transcript at the site.

Ah sorry, it was in the German version, which had a few more questions/answers than the English version, presumably because Federer does half the press conf in German anyway.

Marius_Hancu
05-13-2005, 06:43 PM
Ah sorry, it was in the German version, which had a few more questions/answers than the English version, presumably because Federer does half the press conf in German anyway.

Yes, found it:
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F: Coria sagte [Nadal, MH] sei der bessere Sandplatzspieler als Du. Was denkst Du?

A: Er hat natürlich jetzt auch dominiert. Das ist klar, dass er das
sagt. Ich habe die Masters Series nicht gewonnen. Er hat jetzt zweimal
gegen ihn im Finale verloren. Klar die Motivation in einem
Viertelfinale und im Finale ist schwer zu vergleichen. Darum
überrascht mich das nicht. Er hat viele Turniere gewonnen auf Sand
dieses Jahr. Darum ist er für mich neben Coria der große Favorit für
die French Open. Es wäre schon komisch gewesen, wenn er gesagt hätte,
ich bin noch viel besser als Nadal.
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As you can see, Fed mentions "[Nadal] and Coria are the great favorites for me in the FO. Had Coria mentioned that I am a MUCH better player [on clay] than Nadal, that would've been fun/comical."

Marius_Hancu
05-14-2005, 04:51 AM
Fed Davydenko, 22 then suddenly 63
this man Fed knows important points:-)
50 for Fed career, but this is a first on clay

already 31 for Fed in the 2nd, he wants that revenge match with Gasquet!

Marius_Hancu
05-14-2005, 05:45 AM
Gasquet's already broken Rochus 20
this might be over quickly

Steve F.
05-14-2005, 06:00 AM
Rolling now, 4-0

Steve F.
05-14-2005, 06:12 AM
RG first set, 6-1

Marius_Hancu
05-14-2005, 06:14 AM
RG seems to have an easier time breaking Rochus' serve than holding:-)

Steve F.
05-14-2005, 06:43 AM
Short and sweet --

Looks like Gasquet-Federer round 2 is on...
lots of pressure on RG now to prove round 1 wasn't a fluke

zorg
05-14-2005, 06:43 AM
RG won. He is in the finals now with Federer.

Marius_Hancu
05-14-2005, 06:45 AM
No offence to Gasquet, but he's beaten here only 2nd tier guys: Rochus, Seppi, Hrbaty, Massu, Karlovic.

Great 7 victories (with Q)

But tomorrow's wholly another game:-) and Roger will be ready.

If Gasquet gets under Roger's skin and stays there, he may win though. Which Coria couldn't do yesterday, even after breaking Roger, he could't hold those breaks.

Great to have a 3 of 5, these two guys need some real workout.

spinbalz
05-14-2005, 07:06 AM
Any idea of gasquet's ranking in the race and in the entry system next week?

Marius_Hancu
05-14-2005, 07:22 AM
Any idea of gasquet's ranking in the race and in the entry system next week?

Not sure. He was already 37 before the SF.

What with Hewitt and others not showing up, he might well be seeded at Roland Garros, even if perhaps they'd be using older date rankings.

spinbalz
05-14-2005, 07:30 AM
Marius, you read my mind like an open book, the perspective to see him seeded for the French open is what I had in my mind when I asked for his futur ranking...

Marius_Hancu
05-14-2005, 07:31 AM
Courtesy of Hops and Robert B. Waltz in rec.sport.tennis newsgroup:

>>>>> > 37 (56) 925 Gasquet, Richard*
>>>>
>>>> Which ranking would he have if he were to win SF and F respectively?

>>
>> #32 after SF and tied for #24-#27, respectively.

If Gasquet were to win the final:


24 (56) 1200 Gasquet, Richard* (830 GS/MS points)
25 (27) 1200 Grosjean, Sebastien (715 GS/MS points)
26 (26) 1200 Lopez, Feliciano (690 GS/MS points)
27 (23) 1200 Gonzalez, Fernando (505 GS/MS points)

Grinder
05-14-2005, 07:31 AM
By making the final tomorrow, Gasquet has secured himself number 31 in the ATP Entry rankings and if he wins tomorrow, he will move to number 24 in the race by gaining one more point than Mikhail Youzhny.

Hops
05-14-2005, 07:39 AM
Gasquet will be seeded, currently at #32, so he doesn't have to rely on Hewitt wd or anything.

In the Race he is now at #16; if he wins tomorrow, #12.

Marius_Hancu
05-14-2005, 07:42 AM
Gasquet will be seeded, currently at #32, so he doesn't have to rely on Hewitt wd or anything.

In the Race he is now at #16; if he wins tomorrow, #12.

Glad to see you around:-)

Hops
05-14-2005, 07:45 AM
posters here are a little less psychotic. only a little though. :-)

Jonnyf
05-14-2005, 07:49 AM
well in gasquet

grif
05-14-2005, 11:50 AM
posters here are a little less psychotic. only a little though. :-)

It's beginning to feel like r.s.t ;) Dig that avatar :)

Gasquet finally gets a published press conference! About time.

Marius_Hancu
05-15-2005, 04:30 AM
Fed ploughing thru Gasquet 3-0 ...

Marius_Hancu
05-15-2005, 04:36 AM
Gasquet starting to score some 4-2 for Fed

Grinder
05-15-2005, 05:05 AM
Gasquet up 2-1 in the second

Marius_Hancu
05-15-2005, 05:15 AM
this set much tighter, perhaps we'll have a 5 setter:-))

Grinder
05-15-2005, 05:17 AM
Federer is up 30-15 on Gasquet's serve, he looks to break

TwistServe
05-15-2005, 05:19 AM
Federer is up 30-15 on Gasquet's serve, he looks to break

You spoke way too early.. not even a break point and Gasquet closes the game

Marius_Hancu
05-15-2005, 05:39 AM
55 in the 2nd and what a great moment for Fed to break
AT LOVE
20 in sets

Grinder
05-15-2005, 05:41 AM
This match is as good as done, I don't even see Gasquet winning a set, let alone 3.

Marius_Hancu
05-15-2005, 05:57 AM
This match is as good as done, I don't even see Gasquet winning a set, let alone 3.
he definitely lost a great opp in the 2nd ... Fed too tough in those critical moments ... esp today

Marius_Hancu
05-15-2005, 06:05 PM
Roger's interview after the final:


Hamburg, 15. May 2005



Press Conference with ROGER FEDERER


Federer against Gasquet 6:3, 7:5, 7:6 (4)


Q: Straight sets, but not an easy match, was it?

A: No, as expected, he won the last one, so you can’t expect an easy match. But in the end straight sets is always convincing in my eyes. So I played a good match, I had to. He moves well and therefore I’m very happy about the way I played today.

Q: When you look back at the tournament, were there any real challenges for you?

A: I thought, the toughest moment was almost when I looked at the draw. I was really worried, because I didn’t play Rome. Then came into here and saw Verdasco to play, Ferrero and Kuerten, Berdych, many tough opponents in my section. In the end to come through without losing a set is very nice. It gives me great belief that I can also do better at the French. But at the end I came here to win the tournament, no matter what. So I’m very happy I achieved that.

Q: As so often, you served the big points well.

A: Yes, big points are always important, especially in a final like this. For this reason I call the second set the key moment for sure. I was always down in the second and in the third set, so it was tough. It was tough to break him, he is very confident. He has a fantastic backhand, which makes it hard to go into too many duels into that backhand side. But the game plan I had today was good.

Q: You came to the net a lot, certainly in the first part of the match, and you played a lot of short angles. Was that your intention, to bring him out of his comfort area?

A: Well, I didn’t feel like I did much wrong in Monte Carlo. The conditions were a little different, a little quicker. Today I definitely played more angles and used my kick serve more, maybe that is a thing I have to do more on clay, I don’t know. A match like this always helps you to look ahead. After a match like today I feel I have more options on clay. I used the drop shot more than I used to.

Q: He was taking up some quite exaggerated positions to return your serve. Is that disconcerting?

A: I saw what he did to my serve in Monte Carlo, so of course I was worried that the same thing will happen again. But I had the feeling today that it was much tougher for him to attack my serve. He was winning an unbelievable percentage on my second serve in Monte Carlo, which really surprised me, because normally I also win a lot of points on my second serve. But he took it like it was nothing. Today I think I made him think a little bit more. I see when he is moving, but I think today I got my serving right, because he didn’t break me.

Q: Do your feet still trouble you?

A: It was today the same thing that happened to me in Miami, today I also took the tape off because the tape started moving and I didn’t want it moving in the wrong place. It looked worse than it actually is. I just wanted to take it off and not take any risk.

Q: The sequence goes on with Championship wins. How difficult is it to keep it going?

A: You mean the final streak? I didn’t actually think about it too much until yesterday, when he said in the presentation, now you have 18 finals in a row. Then it reminded me. Now it’s 19. Of course I go into finals feeling well, feeling comfortable. Somehow you always know the streaks will end. You always hope it’s not gonna be today.

Q: In three weeks time it will be 20.

A: I don’t know, that is still many matches away. I have a good feeling, but good feelings don’t matter much once it starts to be over five sets for two weeks. I cannot think about aiming for the title. The last few years have been too disappointing for me at the French, so I really have to focus on the early rounds. I think once I get on the way, this is when I really start to be really dangerous at Roland Garros.

Q: Looking back on the matches this week, was the Coria match the one you took the most satisfaction from?

A: This week? Well, Berdych was nice, to get him back. I think especially also today. I mean, Coria was good, but I had the feeling today I was almost more … You see, Coria, without wanting to take anything away from what I did, but he played five sets in Rome, and he was tired, so that was maybe one of the reasons why he changed up his game. I think today was a tough match for me, just looking ahead mentally. It was a hard break, that loss in Monte Carlo against him. He gave me a sniff, and I still ended up losing, that was disappointing. I haven’t lost to too many guys lately. You always want to beat the guys who beat you back. I’m happy I got the chance after already a few weeks to get him back.