Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by pound cat, Feb 11, 2005.
Really? Interesting. Get Federer's
Bruno Agostinelli, new to the pros after winning the decider in the Davis Cup for Peru, has started the long path of earning ATP points:
Having been in the NCAA, he didn't have any until weeks ago.
Let's hope for a WC in Montreal, he deserves it!
been using since AO, i think.
Granby Men's Singles
Fin. M. Raonic 6 1
Y. Sugita 7 6
Fin. T. Widom 7 6
B. Agostinelli 6 4
Fin. J. De Armas 5 4
P. Polansky 7 6
Too bad, Polansky the only winner among the Canadians.
Canadian WCs for Rogers
Frank Dancevic, Peter Polansky et Frédéric Niemeyer get WCs into the main draw.
Pierre-Ludovic Duclos, Bruno Agostinelli, Milos Raonic et Vasek Pospisil get WC for the Qs.
I'm sorry to see Bruno Agostinelli didn't get an entry in the main draw, in the end he saved the team (and the country, tennis-wise) in the Davis Cup in the 5th match with Peru.
I understand he will have to pay his dues in the pros and get a better ATP ranking, but I'm sure something could have been done as a special case.
Let's hope he'll qualify anyway.
I know Niemeyer is an old vet and Davis Cup warrior, but does he still need a WC. He should have done what Nestor did, and stop accepting them. Guys like Ranoic and Popisil should get the 3rd Canadian WC
If only the canadians had a player, like the GOAT Rusedski .Then tennis would be very popular in canada.
too bad he went British, now canadians hate him
Bruno Agostinelli in the main draw of Rogers
Perhaps we haven't been lobbying for nothing here
Bruno Agostinelli got a WC to the main draw.
Agostinelli sera du tableau principal
Great thinking, Tennis Canada and Rogers organizers!
Montreal: Polansky vs Agostinelli
Two Canadians to fight it out in the 1st round
Polansky vs Agostinelli
the winner to play Djokovic
not bad a pay for a day's work
Canada's Answer to Alex Bogdanovic
FYI: Frederic Niemeyer is 1-11 at the Canadian Open while England's Alex Bogdanovic is 0-8 at Wimbledon.
Let's celebrate Frederic Niemeyer
Frederic Niemeyer has been for many years a top (and at times the top) Canadian player, and a stalwart member of our Davis Cup team.
This is probably a dream for him, to play in his farewell tournament the top player in the world, in front of the home crowd, on center court in Montreal, where he has spent so many hours training.
Bravo, Frederic, and thanks!
Nice to have Yahoo talking about him:
Canada’s Frederic Niemeyer advances in Montreal
MONTREAL (AP)—Frederic Niemeyer, a Canadian ranked No. 487, enjoyed an upset before a home crowd Monday by defeating Russia’s Igor Kunitsyn 7-5, 6-1 in the first round of the Rogers Cup.
Niemeyer will not have long to enjoy his victory over his No. 39-ranked opponent. He next faces Roger Federer, who will be playing his first match since winning Wimbledon on July 6.
“It will be an honor to play Roger in front of this crowd,” said Niemeyer, a 33-year-old Quebecer playing his final season of professional tennis. “He’s the greatest player of all time, so to finish against him will be special. Or to beat him.”
Federer has been off the tour to attend to the July 23 birth of his twin daughters. Niemeyer lost to the top-ranked Swiss 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in 1998.
“I also played a tournament when my daughter was 2 weeks, and I didn’t sleep very much that week,” Niemeyer said. “He has two (kids), so hopefully he doesn’t sleep at all.”
Niemeyer rallied to make it 5-5 in the first set and was up 40-love when he hit his left knee with his racket on an overhead volley.
“I was like, ‘Please, don’t end like this,”’ he said. “The pain was very sharp at first, but it slowly went away.”
Niemeyer recovered to go up 6-5 and closed out the set 7-5. He surrendered only 15 points and lost only one game in the second set.
“In previous years, I was trying to impress or trying to prove too much or trying to play too well,” he said. “But I actually never played too well here.”
In another first-round match, Croatia’s Marin Cilic failed to take advantage of his booming serve and lost to Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1.
The 6-foot-6 Cilic, seeded 14th, made only 50 percent of his first serves. This was the second straight hardcourt tournament that Cilic did not win a match. He lost to No. 153 Somdev Devvarman of India in Washington last week.
Germany’s Rainer Schuettler defeated Florent Serra of France 6-4, 6-0. Schuettler will face seventh-seeded Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France in the second round.
Russia’s Igor Andreev advanced when countryman Dmitry Tursonov quit with the score 5-5 in the first set because of an injured left ankle.
What probably is his final interview as a playing pro:
There's a good picture of him and an article in French here:
that'd be like a dream come true for Frederic and a spectacle to see.
Great to see at leas two Canadians into the second round I hope Frank can pull it off tonight. I like his chances against Simon, if he gets his serve and attacking game going he could give Simon a very hard time. Dancevic seems to have more problems with the power baseliners like Tursonov or Safin types than he does with the grinders like Simon. It looks like this is going to be Simon's first hardcourt match this summer and he hasn't been on top form lately, hopefully this has the makings of an upset.
Great showing in a Canadian fiesta by Milos Raonic against Gonzo
I feel Milos Raonic really came of age in this great match.
After beating two very respectable top 100 players, Gabashvili and Llodra, in the qualifying, this was to be a night of proof by fire against a great pro such as Fernando Gonzalez.
The atmosphere on the court 1 in Montreal was amazing, with a large influx of late spectators coming in from the Federer Niemeyer on centre court, all of them stunned by the composure, serving and the hitting of this new kid on the block for most of them, confronting a very dangerous veteran and staying with him and beating him in long exchanges.
Standing ovations for Raonic, chants by Chilean supporters, it was all very hot, one of the best nights I remember in Canadian tennis.
Raonic's slice was way better than I remembered it to be and very effective. I was surprised to see how clever he was in using it in taking Gonzalez's pace and moving him around.
Surprisingly good volleying (except on that unlucky one in the TB of the 2nd set, when he gave the match away:-[).
Let's hope he and Tennis Canada will know how to use the momentum.
Interview in English after Gonzalez
Interview after beating Llodra:
An article/interview in French on his victory:
What a performance by Raonic! Really thought he played an extremely intelligent match. His mental composure for someone 18 years old is unbelievable. I'd love to hook my 14 year old son with whoever coaches Raonic to see if some of this mental fortitude skills might take hold. Rock solid performance by the kid last night.
Raonic wins Futures in Thailand, goes to #486
After wining two Q rounds and barely being beaten by F. Gonzalez in Montreal, the 18-year-old Canadian went to #511. Now, he's at #486 after winning a Futures (and being the runnerup in another):
Watch Mauresmo-Wozniak on Center Court at USO
11 AM today, great matchup for us Canadians.
Both Wozniak and Dubois have performed well in the 1st round at the Open.
Wow, first win in a Grand Slam for Dubois. She's a nice kid, congrats. The match vs Cirstea in the next round should be a hot one.
Woohoo!!! Wozniak is through 2nd round beating Mauresmo.
Good luck, Frederic!
Good luck, Frederic,
and thank you for competing for Canada and for the memories!
Canadian tennis player Frederic Niemeyer sits in the stands at Centre Court at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, Thursday, Nov., 19, 2009, following a press conference announcing his retirement from tennis.
It's great to see that Frederic will continue as a Tennis Canada coach for our best young hope, Milos Raonic:
Niemeyer accepte un poste d'entraîneur
As an American who loves Canada, I'm happy for Canadian tennis.....and, as a little bit of a Seinfeld fan from the 90s, I'm happy there's going to be a professional tennis player named Milos!
Another game for Milos! Yesss!
Raonic will be are next great hope for sure.kids a beast hopefully can gain a little more footspeed and conditioning and look out ATP, top 10 canuck on the way.
Thanks for the effort Freddy now teach those volleys to the kids at rexall.
CCNM don't forget about the trader Greg and the greatest doubles player in the world Daniel Nestor.
Good luck to this Raonic kid. Besides Niemeyer & F. Dancevic, who else has come out of Canada?
Who is milos raonic, I haven't heard of him even though i live in toronto. I mean is he top 1000 player or a junior?
Carling Bassett, Helen Kilessi
oh you know just Mary Pierce and Greg Rusedski and Jesse Levine
Valerie Tetreault on center court of the AO with Clijsters!
Valerie Tetrault has progressed in leaps and bounds lately. Now she qualified for the main draw of the AO!
And what better reward than to meet the reigning USO champion, Kim Clijsters, on center court, on opening day:
This is the first time in a long time, I think, that we have 3 Canadian women in the main draw of a GS. Too bad Frank Dancevic hasn't performed well this past year. I wonder what is going on? Is he injured? He wasn't even of the Qs.
INDIAN WELLS 1000
CANADIANS IN OTTAWA/MONTREAL
Rds is showing both the first semi and the final LIVE 3pm
TSN 2nd semi 7 pm LIVE
Rogers Cup 2010 Toronto: Uninspired Scheduling for Raonic
I support the organizing committee for giving WCs to all the Canadians who got them.
However, scheduling Milos Raonic to play against Victor Hanescu at 11AM on grandstand wasn't the most brilliant move.
I mean, why deny the Canadian hopeful the support of the gallery? At that time of the day, so early in the tournament, it was expected the stands to be mostly empty, which they were.
Have they forgotten the enthusiastic support they got from the evening crowd for Raonic in the match one year ago in Montreal against Gonzalez?
Even later in the day would have been better.
Great sequence for Rebecca Marino
Great performance for Rebecca Marino of Canada at the USO. She qualified easily for the main draw at the USO, after 3 rounds:
then today for the first time in her young career (only 19) she won a match in a main draw in a GS. It was a tough encounter:
R. Marino 6 4 7
K. Pervak 4 6 5
against someone placed 100 places above her, but I think the satisfaction is even greater.
Tall great-looking young lady from Vancouver:
I had the pleasure of talking to her mom two years ago in Montreal, while she was in training here. Great progress!
Even better news: most probably she will be playing next round on one of the main courts, against Venus Williams!
So we'll be able to see her at work.
Well, now Rebecca needs a proper Facebook page
Rebecca Marino on Ashe with VW
She's playing great for the moment:
Very appreciative comments from Tracy Austin, who seems to know well the Canadian (as she should, as we're paying her for years as a commentator at the Open here )
"This girl must have some serious game" says the US commentator.
"VW is outaced by the Canadian."
Very honorable final result:
R. Marino 6 3
V.Williams 7 6
But if you improve your movement, Rebecca, esp the first-step and on the BH, this may be much better
Watch Canada DC match LIVE today!!
Canada Ecuador DC match
17:00 EST Polansky - Garcia (Davis Cup: Canada - Dominican Republic)
19:30 EST Raonic - Estrella (Davis Cup: Canada - Dominican Republic)
Raonic: from Q's in QF's!
Raonic beats another Russian!
For me, they're all Russians!
Canadian qualifier Milos Raonic advanced to his first ATP World Tour quarter-finals with a 6-7(8), 7-6(9), 6-3 win over seventh seed Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine in just under two hours and 30 minutes. Raonic, who recorded his first ATP World Tour win over Igor Kunitsyn on Tuesday, hit 15 aces and won 71 per cent of service points.
You can see the stats here:
M Raonic defeats (7) S Stakhovsky
67(eight) 76(9) 63
Stakhovsky is #31 and in form!!
Next for him: other Russians:
Now, this one will be for sure shown on the Web!!
Anyway, he's going to jump into the top 200, over 40 ranking places!!
See for yesterday, after beating Kunitsyn (in French):
and for today:
Raonic plays Andreev (who beat Davydenko) in his first ATP QF
LIVE 6AM EST at
Raonic qualifies in Japan!!
Milos Raonic beats another top 100 player!:
Fin. M. Ilhan 6 3
M. Raonic 7 6
He's 7 out of 8 in his last matches (including Q's)
Milos Raonic nouveau numéro 1 canadien dans 2 semaines!
He's going to play Florent Serra in the 1st main draw round:
I give him a good chance there!
Anyway, Milos's going to be in the #180s in another week!
No, Ukrainians are not Russianss for historic reasons I won't bother explaining here.
Raonic b. Serra, to play Nadal!!
Raonic b. Serra, to play Nadal!!
And I give him a chance there
Nadal will next meet Canadian qualifier Milos Raonic, who hit 22 aces
past Florent Serra of France in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win in one hour and 43
minutes. Raonic, 19, also saved six of seven break points.
Raonic will be getting next week to something like #150, from #237 where
he was two weeks ago.
Nadal Raonic LIVE
it should start this night about 2.30AM EST
(3 matches before them, starting at noon local time)
Would love it watch it. Too bad it starts 4am in the maritimes but I guess I'm perfectly content checking out the results on tsn tomorrow morning
Raonic next week
He didn't get in the Q in Shanghai (too late at #150 ...), so he plays this challenger:
BTW, he played very well with Nadal, I was impressed.
Hits a quite flat ball from both sides (Nadal didn't like it), very effective volleys. His 2HBH is more effective in cross than DTL for the time being.
Not too much straight S-V (perhaps less confident on his first step into the court), but a lot of 1-2s.
He had 3-4 BP against Nadal, didn't materialize.
Very heavy serving, when accurate was deadly against Nadal (225Km/h).
The only prob: movement to his left, to be expected being this tall
Needs lots of work there, on the motion.
Raonic continues his winning ways
A challenger, this (better than sitting around, and he needs more points anyway):
Tashkent Men's Singles
13:14 GMT October 12
Fin. E. Kirillov 2 3
M. Raonic 6 6
Fin. V. Pospisil 6 6
Alex. Kudryavtsev 4 3
Both Canadians won
Raonic is here:
#155 Raonic, Milos (CAN) 320 45 22
Raonic beats (2) seed in Tashkent Challenger, now in QF
Fin. M. Raonic 6 7
S. Devvarman 4 6
Beats the Indian flag-bearer and another top-100:
Somdev Devvarman, who won the Commonwealth Games singles gold medal in Delhi last week, is up to a career-high No. 95 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings and is the second seed in Tashkent this week. The Indian will attempt to win his second ATP Challenger Tour title in two months after victory in Izmir.
Karol Beck is tough, but ...
At least 25 ATP points (about 2 ranking places, where he is)
Feature Q & A with Raonic on the ATP site
Dancevic b. Dimitrov
Always good to beat Dimitrov
Nestor and Zimonjic go separate ways
Well, thanks to Zimonjic for his part in the victories
Good luck to both of them!
Good victory for Dancevic
Challenger Rennes QF
A. Clement 7 4 4
F. Dancevic 6 6 6
Clement is never a comfortable opponent.
Rebecca Marino wins again!
Great end of the year for Daniel Nestor!!
Congratulations go to Daniel Nestor for winning again the Master's Cup, this time with Zimonjic!!
See their final interview:
Too bad they split, but welcome to Max Mirnyi to the fold!
Hey Marius, thanks for posting these updates! It's not easy finding some of this stuff, especially during hockey season.
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