spadea-worst loser on the tour

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  1. gustavo33

    gustavo33 Rookie

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    just took the from MTF.. looks like vicent doesnt know how to deal with frustration
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    Local left stunned at Delray tennis championship

    By Michael Russo
    Staff Writer
    Posted September 20 2004

    DELRAY BEACH -- Mardy Fish said Ricardo Mello did "nothing special." Mario Ancic can't understand how Mello keeps beating him.

    And now, Boca Raton's Vince Spadea is mystified at how he lost to the ATP's 100th-ranked player, especially in a tournament he wanted to win so badly.

    Trying to win his hometown tournament for the first time in seven appearances, the 24th-ranked and top-seeded Spadea fell to the unseeded Mello 7-6 (2), 6-3 at the Millennium International Tennis Championships on Sunday afternoon.

    To win his first ATP event, Mello knocked off the top three seeds to earn his biggest payday, $52,000. The 5-foot-9 lefty has now won 19 of his past 21 matches, has beaten four top-30 opponents in the past three weeks and is expected to climb into the top 75.

    The 23-year-old Brazilian is on the rise, but Spadea's still wondering why.

    "That's a player I should beat," Spadea said. "He hasn't posted great results in the past, and I think he's a long way from setting any big milestones. Players like Stefan Koubek won this tournament, a player who hasn't gone [on] to win any Grand Slams. I remember a few years ago [Davide] Sanguinetti beat [Andy] Roddick in this final. Those two names have different sounds to them."

    Spadea continued, saying, "I just don't see a guy who's 5-91/2 that doesn't have an incredible weapon on any side being ... you know, I don't want this to sound like sour grapes because I was saying this before.

    "But I guess you can't measure a guy's heart or will or work ethic. That in itself can be a great weapon."

    Mello was underestimated all week. "Maybe [my opponents] thought they were going to win easily and from the beginning realized it wasn't going to be so easy," he said. "This is the best thing that could happen to me. It proves I can play against the top players and that's the level I want to play at now."

    On a day where it was over 100 degrees on the court -- two ball girls suffered heat exhaustion and fainted 30 minutes apart -- Mello rarely attacked. Instead, he dictated the match, running Spadea all over the court on virtually every rally.

    "It was more of a grind than good tennis," Spadea said. "I felt like I was running a marathon."

    Spadea became increasingly frustrated, disputing a number of line calls and yapping at chair umpire Steve Ullrich, whom he called "stoic at best." At one point in the second set, Spadea threw his racket high into the air at one of Mello's overhead shots.

    "I was a little irritable," Spadea said. "I expect to be playing better than that against a player where he's ranked. I'm trying to beat the guys above me and take care of the guys below me.

    "Nothing really existed of mine today. I was basically just a flat tennis player. It's better it happens in a match like this than the finals of a major."

    Asked how he rebounds, he said, "You just have to put your rackets back in your bag and yell it out for an hour and then get on the practice court next week and figure it out because there's a lot more tennis to be played this year."

    In the doubles final, Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek beat Gaston Etlis and Martin Rodriguez 6-0, 6-3.
     
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  2. Phil

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    I'm happy to see that throughout Vince's tantrum, his opponent managed to remain Mello. Ouch, that's bad...
     
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  3. Aus Mosis

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    One of your best Phil
     
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  4. jings

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    And he wears yellow ...

    Saw that final and Spadea was not playing that badly. That's about as ungracious a losing speech as I can recall. He was getting very irritated in the second set and you could just see Mello making the points last as long as he could as Rapper Vince was trying for too much on the longer points. Good on him - I've been impressed with Mello what I've seen of him this summer and being a leftie makes a good change.
     
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  5. Pushmaster

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    What the hell has Spadea done? I could see if he was in the top 10, and had a slam or two under his belt. So a up and coming #100 ranked player beat a #25 player, big deal. Vince, quit making excuses dude and work on your game! :roll:
     
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    Sore Looooooza!
     
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    "Nothing really existed of mine today. I was basically just a flat tennis player. It's better it happens in a match like this than the finals of a major."

    i hope he doesnt play this bad the next time he gets to the finals of a major..
     
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  8. BLiND

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    Hmm dunno I don't see much wrong with what he said... he is ranked much higher than him, so should expect to win it... but he underestimated him, and had a bad day, didn't get his mind right. He admitted that... only thing he is guilty of is underestimating how hard he has to work to beat him.
     
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  9. Deuce

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    "Nothing really existed of mine today. I was basically just a flat tennis player. It's better it happens in a match like this than the finals of a major."

    I don't see ol' Vince as needing to contemplate his potential performance in the Final of a Major anytime in the next half decade.
     
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  10. PusherMan

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    Man, I just hate it when I have to agree with Deuce.
     
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  11. Ronaldo

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    Mello is on a great streak, believe 19 and 2 the past two months.
     
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  12. pound cat

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    Spadea showed great insight into what can separate a winnner from a loser in tennis. "But I guess you can't measure a guy's heart or will or work ethic. That in itself can be a great weapon."

    Mello puns overtook the CBC commentators recently, and they were convulsed with laughter & gasping for breath as they couldn't stop with the silly Mello jokes (What';s Mello's favourite food, his favourite author, etc.) for almost 10 minutes, trying to suppress laughter at what was supposed to be a serious commentary. & the more they got carried away the more I was laughing. very unprofessional & immature but I could relate to the situation.
     
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  13. clownsuck

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    If I didn't know better, I would have assumed Spadea was ranked like number 5 from the way he talked. That is the sort of frustration he needs to talk to his coach about, not journalists. IMO.
     
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  14. norcal

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    Give Vince a break. You all just don't appreciate how truly great he is. It's not like he lost 19 straight 1st round matches or anything....oh wait...
     
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  15. borisboris

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    :oops: What a jerk. He has such a bland game and now a poor loser - no wonder America cares less for him. I agree w/ clownsuck - he should blow steam in the locker room/coach than prattle on to a journalist where your written word will follow 6' under. :evil:
     
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  16. Ronaldo

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    Mello did beat 3 players in the top 30 at Delray and Chela 1st rd at the US Open. If these guys don't have a clue how he won these matches, they should be must see video on this board.
     
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  17. @wright

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    He should have just busted out a rap and called it a day. How could he have mentioned that "finals in a major" thing and still take himself seriously, how about 3rd round at a major?
     
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  18. TwistServe

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    This is tennis.. people lose to players they shouldn't lose to all the time..
     
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  19. TwistServe

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    Spadea's game is bland yes.. but he does win and is doing pretty good for himself..

    he made it a few rounds in majors this year
     
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  20. BankOfDad

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    I just have to say that this thread was great entertainment. Can't disagree with anyone here. Maybe the guy should get off his butt and work a little harder and start having some success....or maybe not, he's comfortable so it probably won't happen.
     
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  21. johnkidd

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    I've always found Spadea to posess one of the more lethal two-handed backhands you'll ever see, so I've kind of followed him over the years after seeing him play in a Challenger in 1994. I don't really see this as sour grapes, more he realizes he blew a chance to win his second title of the year. This guy has made maybe a better comeback then Agassi did because Andre didn't lose so many matches in a row. I find this odd since there was a thread last week crticizing Moya for showing up to a tournament and losing in the first round saying he only played for the appearence money. Spadea held his seed by getting to the finals, and then seems more upset at himself for losing to someone ranked below him. Just my .02
     
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  22. ferreira

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    Yeah. Apart from the Slams and TMS titles, that is.
     
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  23. Nastase

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    Well obviously the words of a disappointed man who lost in front of the home crowd. The media interviewing players right after these types of matches will get these kind of comments. This is one of the reasons Hewitt and the ATP were at odds. An hour later Vince might have said something else (maybe). Tired of all the Spadea bashing actually. He's wacky, off-beat, colorful, enigmatic, whatever. His comeback is amazing, he's beaten nearly everybody ie: Guga, Sampras, Agassi. He also congratulated Mello after the match and admitted he got "outgrinded". Spadea aint afraidea. My 2 cents.
     
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  24. khs_tennis

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    I think he needs to stop focusing on his rapping career and focus on his tennis. That wouldn't be such a bad decision.
     
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  25. jings

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    Gangstea Spadea has come in for some stick of late I agree, but I come from a school of thought that says if you can't say something nice, then don't bother. All he had to say was something like I'm really upset I lost this thing as it's my home tournament and it's one I've wanted since I was knee high to a net post but I couldn't make it happen today ... or something like that and everyone would be cool. He's had enough practice post matches and been around long enough to have got the joke about what to say and what not to say. Sure it's in the heat of post match disappointment and we allow something for that, but he could have done better imo.
     
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  26. mistapooh

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    i hope he doesnt play this bad the next time he gets to the finals of a major..[/quote]

    hahaha
     
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