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|Mar-22-08|| ||Augalv: Unfortunately I didn't get my wish.|
|Mar-22-08|| ||Jim Bartle: Nope, swallowed by a Fish.|
|Apr-02-08|| ||hitman84: Fish played some great Tennis!
<Augalv>What happened to 'El Mago' Guillermo Coria ?
|Apr-02-08|| ||Augalv: I'm glad you ask <hitman84:>, that means some people still remember him.
He is still playing, -but only in Challengers- with still negative results. This year he has played five matches but won only one. I hope some day he comes back. I really miss his 'magic'.|
|Apr-03-08|| ||hitman84: <Augalv>His backhand down the line is something more than magic. I hope he returns to competitive tennis soon. |
|Nov-24-08|| ||Jim Bartle: Nalbandian is certainly an extremely talented player, but he'd be even better if he'd get rid of those extra five or ten pounds around his waist. No excuse not to be in top shape.|
Concerning Coria, seems he just lost his serve a couple of years ago, began double-faulting like crazy, and lost his confidence. Too bad, because he was great to watch, one of the fastest players I've ever seen.
Something similar has happened to pitchers in baseball, losing their control from one day to the next (Rick Ankiel, Steve Blass) and golfers who just can't hit the ball straight (Ian Baker-Finch) or make three-foot putts (Tom Watson, for a while).
|Nov-24-08|| ||Davolni: <Jim Bartle>
I guess you are talking about the armenian tennis player Tigran Nalbandian, and I guess this is not his forum.
I just found out that the armenian chess player Tigran Nalbandian studied with my best friend in Armenia in Yerevan State University and has got a Master's in History.
|Nov-24-08|| ||Jim Bartle: I was talking about the same Nalbandian as every other poster starting with the second on March 6, 2007.|
I'd be happy to learn more about Tigran N., though.
|Nov-24-08|| ||Augalv: David is going through a tough time these days. He lost the Davis Cup final to Spain. Well, he and his team. |
The supposed to be "strongest Argentine tennis team ever" was defeated by Spain without world's number one tennis player Nadal. That was a big blow to David and to every member of the Argentine team.
I think Argentina underestimated the Spanish potential. They shouldn't have claimed victory before the match against Spain. Well, actually the whole (or at least almost the whole) Argentine media did, but I didn't hear any of the Argentine players say "hey, let's not underestimate the Spanish team, just because Nadal is not playing doesn't mean we already won".
After the doubles game on Saturday Nalbandian didn't show up at the press conference after the game, and neither did he show up at the press conference after yesterday's dicisive game between Verdasco and Acassuso. Not wise IMO.
But today he did. He had his own press conference in which he apologized for any bad attitudes he might have had during the Davis Cup tournament.
Rumor has it that Nalbandian was angry at Del Potro for having gone to Shangai to play the Masters, it is said that he told Del Potro "don't go to Shangai dude, we need you here" ,but what was Del Potro supposed to do? stay in Argentina and pass up a great opportunity to play in the Shangai Masters?
Against everybody's expectations, Del Potro lost the secong game of the finals against Feliciano Lopez. Again, rumor has it that Nalbandian was even angrier at him after his defeat.
Then the doubles match was lost. Spain was ahead 2-1. To make matters worse, Del Potro coudn't play the following game on Sunday because he was injured. Acassuso took his place. During the game he managed to be ahead two sets to one, he just needed to win one more game and all it would have taken to get the cup was Nalbandian's beating Lopez in the last game. But Verdasco outplayed Acassuso in the two following sets scoring Spain's third and decisive point.
Argentine team's coach Alberto Mancini's era is over. The former top ten tennis player is probably going to be replaced by also former (but not top ten) tennis player Martin Jaite. That would definitely be good news to me.
Lesson to be drawn from this defeat: never underestimate the Spaniards.
|Nov-24-08|| ||Jim Bartle: I think Spain was a lock to win the doubles in any case. But Nalbandian played great in his singles win, and probably would have won the fifth match if it had gotten that far. Even the Spaniards were saying (after the doubles) they didn't want to have to play Nalbandian.|
I saw an awful video where an Argentine journalist (Salatino?) just verbally attacks Mancini and Acasuso after the final match. Totally unfair.
But why was Acasuso the replacement for del Potro? What happened to Caņas, who has always seemed super-solid to me, and plays well under pressure?
|Nov-25-08|| ||hitman84: What a big upset. The Spainiards beat the super solid Argentinians without Nadal!|
What a great sporting year for them!
|Nov-25-08|| ||achieve: VERY annoying indeed...|
|Nov-25-08|| ||achieve: <Hitman> I copied the thread from my forum to here, to keep my forum for the GMAN Challenge game:|
hitman84: Hi <achieve>, long time no see.
I have been very busy as I've been working and preparing [...]
What do you think about Federer? Is it all over?
<Hitman> Nice to hear from you! Yeah, you just got to pick your conversations around this place, with people you don't end up in circles with, because it's too bleedin time consuming, for starters...
<What do you think about Federer? Is it all over?> He'd do well to win another slam, but it will be a tough call... Federer definitely has started to play a lot weaker IMO, and the others smell blood; but he is the only genius out there, though the genie seems to have plopped out of the bottle.
PS - Federer DID reign supreme for a couple of years, but has been fading already back in 2006, is my personal assessment.
But the funny thing is that not even Nadal and Djokovic, nor Murray, have what it takes to rule like Fed at his best... He sure was special, and I will never forget some of the works of art he produced over the years... Never mind the 14 slams record; Federer at his best was the best ever.
Only a miracle - a rejuvenative experience, of some kind - would see him get back to his best; storm the net more at Wimbledon like he used to in 2003/4 - and win a couple more slams to boot.
|Nov-25-08|| ||Jim Bartle: Federer may have slipped a little, but not much. But Nadal, Djokovic and Murray have stepped it up big-time.|
|Nov-25-08|| ||Jim Bartle: I must admit a bias, as Caņas has been one of my favorite players for many years.|
|Nov-25-08|| ||Augalv: <I saw an awful video where an Argentine journalist (Salatino?) just verbally attacks Mancini and Acasuso after the final match. Totally unfair.>|
He even had the nerve to call Nalbandian a "maleducado" which, for those who don't understand Spanish means something like "jerk". To call Nalbandian a jerk at the post-match press conference was completely out of line.
Guillermo Slatino is one of the best examples of unprofessional sports journalism in Argentina.
<But why was Acasuso the replacement for del Potro? What happened to Caņas, who has always seemed super-solid to me, and plays well under pressure?>
<Jim> I asked myself the same question, but I guess we should ask Mancini why Caņas wasn't part of the Argentine team. Rumor had it that the reason was an alleged bad relationship between him and Nalbandian. But in an interview for an Argentine newspaper, "Willy" denied those rumors saying (although indirectly) that it was the Argentine team's coach Alberto Mancini the responsible one for not playing the Davis Cup final.
|Nov-25-08|| ||Jim Bartle: What I've seen of Argentine sports journalism is almost always extreme, either a team or player is a disgrace or the best ever. The religious fervor with which they follow Boca Juniors is really creepy.|
And I know that the US press still likes to idolize Michael Jordan, but it's like a pebble beside a boulder compared to the Maradona-worship in Argentina. (This is mainly from watching Fox Sports Latinoamerica and ESPN Internacional.)
|Nov-25-08|| ||Augalv: <What I've seen of Argentine sports journalism is almost always extreme, either a team or player is a disgrace or the best ever. The religious fervor with which they follow Boca Juniors is really creepy.
And I know that the US press still likes to idolize Michael Jordan, but it's like a pebble beside a boulder compared to the Maradona-worship in Argentina.>|
|Dec-03-08|| ||karoaper: I would think that typing for Tigran in the search box, would return TVP.|
|Dec-04-08|| ||Augalv: Want to see how King David saves his people from the abominable "pain" monster? check it out on this video:|
(video is in Spanish)
|Dec-04-08|| ||hovik2003: Ok I get it, this is Nalbandian forum page, I want to mention Michael Nalbandian also, great 19th century Armenian revolutianary poet, who was killed by tzar's secret police.|
|Dec-04-08|| ||Davolni: <hovik> <karoaper> unfortunately or maybe luckily people in this forum are talking about the tennis player Tigran Nalbandian, not the chess player from Armenia.|
|Mar-19-09|| ||Jim Bartle: <Five> match points against Nadal and still couldn't win. Won't say he choked, though, because Nadal is just a monster when behind.|
|Aug-07-09|| ||Vakus: According to ChessPro's Dortmund report, Tigran Nalbandian is now Kramnik's coach.|
|Aug-07-09|| ||Vakus: .... and i guess tennis-player's first name is David, not Tigran :P|
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