What's happening with Russian men? - Page 3 - TennisForum.com
TennisForum.com   Wagerline.com MensTennisForums.com TennisUniverse.com
TennisForum.com is the premier Women's Tennis forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.Please Register - It's Free!
Closed Thread

Old Jan 19th, 2004, 01:20 AM   #31
country flag goldenlox
Senior Member
 
goldenlox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: cyberspace
Posts: 85,818
goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute
Igor Andreev is out. Dmitry Tursunov is out.
Nikolay Davydenko won the third and forth sets from Clement.
__________________
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter....
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there
Enjoy This Moment!!
HEALTH and HAPPINESS to EVERYONE

goldenlox is offline View My Blog!  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 

Old Jan 19th, 2004, 01:45 AM   #32
country flag goldenlox
Senior Member
 
goldenlox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: cyberspace
Posts: 85,818
goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute
Nikolay Davydenko now serving 4-1 in the fifth.
Great comeback against a good player.
__________________
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter....
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there
Enjoy This Moment!!
HEALTH and HAPPINESS to EVERYONE

goldenlox is offline View My Blog!  
Old Jan 19th, 2004, 01:53 AM   #33
country flag goldenlox
Senior Member
 
goldenlox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: cyberspace
Posts: 85,818
goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute
A great comeback win for Nikolay Davydenko.
Mikhail Youzhny down a set.
__________________
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter....
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there
Enjoy This Moment!!
HEALTH and HAPPINESS to EVERYONE

goldenlox is offline View My Blog!  
Old Jan 19th, 2004, 02:10 AM   #34
country flag bubble
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Singapore
Posts: 3,497
bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold
Misha... fight...!
__________________
Go EleNa DeMeNTieVa

MaRiA kIrIlEnKo

DiNaRa SaFiNa

AnAstAsiA

NaDya

VeRa


bubble is offline View My Blog!  
Old Jan 19th, 2004, 10:17 PM   #35
country flag goldenlox
Senior Member
 
goldenlox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: cyberspace
Posts: 85,818
goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute
Marat Safin is serious about returning to the top echelon of tennis.

"I didn't come here to just make a couple of rounds," he said Monday after beating Brian Vahaly 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the Australian Open.

"I had a lot of time off the court, but I still want to play well, and I have the motivation," Safin said.

Safin was beset by injuries last year. He was ranked No. 77 after finishing at No. 3 in 2002, when he was an Australian Open runner-up.

Safin, who next plays Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, aims to be No. 1 by the end of 2004.

"There is an opportunity for everybody. I'm one of them," he said. "Why not? I have to give it a try."
__________________
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter....
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there
Enjoy This Moment!!
HEALTH and HAPPINESS to EVERYONE

goldenlox is offline View My Blog!  
Old Jan 20th, 2004, 10:04 AM   #36
country flag Sammm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: London
Posts: 6,734
Sammm has a reputation beyond repute Sammm has a reputation beyond repute Sammm has a reputation beyond repute Sammm has a reputation beyond repute Sammm has a reputation beyond repute Sammm has a reputation beyond repute Sammm has a reputation beyond repute Sammm has a reputation beyond repute Sammm has a reputation beyond repute Sammm has a reputation beyond repute Sammm has a reputation beyond repute
I have a lot of hope for Igor andreev; he was so close in his first match!
__________________
Dementieva Keothavong Clijsters V. Williams Mattek
Sammm is offline View My Blog!  
Old Jan 20th, 2004, 08:02 PM   #37
country flag goldenlox
Senior Member
 
goldenlox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: cyberspace
Posts: 85,818
goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute
Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs. Marat Safin (RUS)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs. Olivier Patience (FRA)
__________________
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter....
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there
Enjoy This Moment!!
HEALTH and HAPPINESS to EVERYONE

goldenlox is offline View My Blog!  
Old Jan 21st, 2004, 09:36 AM   #38
KV
Senior Member
 
KV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Under the deep blue sky
Posts: 198,603
KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute
Marat Qualified for the 3rd round. Good, though he's still not at his upperbest;
KV is online now View My Blog!  
Old Jan 21st, 2004, 02:50 PM   #39
country flag bubble
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Singapore
Posts: 3,497
bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold bubble is a splendid one to behold
Marat's loya l group of supporters at AO 2004

[img]http://delivery.****************/comp/2886450.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=06A 8427D802D9EDE873ED4083218FC70[/img]
__________________
Go EleNa DeMeNTieVa

MaRiA kIrIlEnKo

DiNaRa SaFiNa

AnAstAsiA

NaDya

VeRa


bubble is offline View My Blog!  
Old Jan 21st, 2004, 02:59 PM   #40
country flag tenn_ace
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 22,001
tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute
cool
__________________
Vassilissa is my girl............
tenn_ace is offline View My Blog!  
Old Jan 21st, 2004, 03:03 PM   #41
country flag tenn_ace
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 22,001
tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute tenn_ace has a reputation beyond repute
is this true that Misha has a drinking problem?

does any1 have any information? heard any rumours?... according to someone, he still can't get over his father passing away.
__________________
Vassilissa is my girl............
tenn_ace is offline View My Blog!  
Old Jan 21st, 2004, 03:39 PM   #42
country flag ys
Adrenaline junkie
 
ys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: always on the move
Posts: 21,029
ys has a reputation beyond repute ys has a reputation beyond repute ys has a reputation beyond repute ys has a reputation beyond repute ys has a reputation beyond repute ys has a reputation beyond repute ys has a reputation beyond repute ys has a reputation beyond repute ys has a reputation beyond repute ys has a reputation beyond repute ys has a reputation beyond repute
Never heard about that.. After all, he is with his brother..
__________________
"..just knowing that as long as i choose life, there is hope."

"the words “insane” and “insane person” and “lunatic” shall include every idiot, lunatic, insane person, and person non compos mentis" 1 U.S.C. §1

PLAY TENNIS!
ys is offline View My Blog!  
Old Jan 21st, 2004, 06:48 PM   #43
the cat
Senior Member
 
the cat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 17,449
the cat has a reputation beyond repute the cat has a reputation beyond repute the cat has a reputation beyond repute the cat has a reputation beyond repute the cat has a reputation beyond repute the cat has a reputation beyond repute the cat has a reputation beyond repute the cat has a reputation beyond repute the cat has a reputation beyond repute the cat has a reputation beyond repute the cat has a reputation beyond repute
tenn_ace, I want Mikhail Youzhny to have a good comeback year this year. I don't doubt that his father's tragic passing has hurt Mikhail's heart and thus his tennis. But he did play well after his father's death including his heroic tennis to help Russia win it's first ever Davis Cup title. Then he was playing well at the 2003 Australan Open and lost a 2 set lead and the fourth round match to Andy Roddick. That match did alot of damage to Misha and he hasn't been the same player since then. I haven't seen Misha play much but from what I've seen of his game he should atleast be a top 20 player and make the top ten at some point of his career. And he has one of the best one handed backhands I've ever seen!

As for Marat Safin, his third round battle with the venerable American veteran Todd Martin will be an interesting match. Only Martin isn't tired yet because it's only the third round. I see this match as a 50/50 match. I expect a 5 set extravaganza and I hope ESPN/ESPN2 shows part of this match. I can't take ESPN/ESPN2 taking up most of their airtime featuring Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick.
__________________
Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing up against your legs and jumping into your lap. - William Bennett

http://cornedbeefhash.files.wordpres...arcelona08.jpg
the cat is offline View My Blog!  
Old Jan 23rd, 2004, 09:17 AM   #44
KV
Senior Member
 
KV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Under the deep blue sky
Posts: 198,603
KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute KV has a reputation beyond repute
Safin in the 4th round of the AUS-Open. As long as he stays fit, better things to come from him.
KV is online now View My Blog!  
Old Jan 25th, 2004, 12:20 AM   #45
country flag goldenlox
Senior Member
 
goldenlox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: cyberspace
Posts: 85,818
goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute goldenlox has a reputation beyond repute
It was an evening when the champagne and vodka flowed with joyous abandon and Marat Safin's smile was as wide as the Volga. This was 2000 and the young Russian had just won his first grand slam title as a 20-year-old, demolishing Pete Sampras in the American's own backyard. His prospects appeared as dazzling as the Manhattan skyline and a championship pedigree assured.



Yet three years later he was missing at Flushing Meadows, as he had been for the 2003 French Open and Wimbledon. A wrist injury had reduced this towering bear of a man to a frustrated bit player and he entered this year's Australian Open almost forgotten, troubled and more than a little insecure.

Last year he had been forced to watch the rise of Andy Roddick, Roger Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero as a spectator while wondering, when he next stepped out on court, what would happen. "I was a little bit scared to come back on the tour," he said. "When you do not play for a long time you lose confidence. I was afraid I would not be able to read the game, that all the players would have improved and that everything would be that little bit faster than it was before."

Now it is his opponents who are beginning to worry, with Safin one match away from a possible quarter-final against Roddick next week. After four-set wins over Brian Vahaly of the United States and Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, Safin announced his re-arrival yesterday with a victory over Todd Martin, the American possessed of a game to test the patience of Job.

Martin's career is littered with more five-set set matches than most - "Well, I guess I'm very evenly matched with everybody" - and this was another DeMille epic, lasting three hours 25 minutes. It ended when Safin thundered a backhand service return beyond Martin's groping lunge for a 7-5, 1-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 win.

Safin's concentration has rarely been his strong suit and, when he lost the third set, the exit door was on its hinges. He smashed a ball into the crowd and received a warning; he made as if to eat his racket handle; and he slumped in his chair with his head between his knees as if despair had thumped him in the back and was refusing to let him rise.

"What really impressed me was that he hung in there after having the tide turn on him. Geez, he's not short on talent and he out-fired me in those last two sets," said Martin, a pro for 14 years who, with his grizzled hair, looks every day of his 33 years, going on 60. But he remains a fierce competitor.

Safin should have won the title here two years ago, losing the final to Sweden's Thomas Johansson after a performance that was as wide and wayward as his homeland. The year he won the US Open he claimed seven titles; since then he has won only three more, the last being the Paris Indoor Open in 2002. For a player of such obvious talent it is dismal.

Aside from any injuries, his temperament has been his Achilles heel. His serve is huge, and his ground strokes, particularly the two-handed backhand, are awesome. And all are matched with massive physique - 6ft 4in and 88kg (13st 12lb). If this was not enough, Safin is now beginning to learn to love the net.

"He's such a good athlete and athleticism is most effective forward in the court," said Martin, a serve-and-volleyer himself. "Having an all-court game, like Roger Federer, is the most important step towards becoming the best player you can be. For Roger it's pretty natural but Marat is moving in that direction."

There is no doubt that Safin should be in the world's top five - he was briefly No1 in 2000 - and not be left stranded as a one-slam wonder. Such are his power and talent that he can crush anybody. If he were American, and the possessor of an implacable self-belief such as Andre Agassi or Roddick, he might have swept everything before him. But there is a huge chunk of self-doubt, coupled with an almost wilful self-destruct button. The old Marat Safin might have imploded yesterday; against Martin there were encouraging signs of development. He next plays James Blake, one of four Americans left in the top half of the draw, including Agassi, Roddick and Robby Ginepri. Agassi, the title holder for three of the last four years, flicked aside Sweden's Thomas Enqvist in straight sets and Roddick's 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 third-round win over his fellow American Taylor Dent bordered on the cruel.
__________________
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter....
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there
Enjoy This Moment!!
HEALTH and HAPPINESS to EVERYONE

goldenlox is offline View My Blog!  
Closed Thread


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


Copyright (C) Verticalscope Inc
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
vBCredits v1.4 Copyright ©2007, PixelFX Studios