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Martin-Kafelnikov (Spoiler )

Post by yse.. » Thu, 28 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Very comfortable win by Yevgeni, 6:2, 7:6, 6:2.
Well within two hours.
Rare thing in his matches, not a single break of his serve.
He must have been serving really well.
Being out in doubles he has a day off before
playing Haas, meaning he will be well rested.
I don't think Tommy has much of a chance..

Sergei

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Martin-Kafelnikov (Spoiler )

Post by Gerar » Thu, 28 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Very comfortable win by Yevgeni, 6:2, 7:6, 6:2. Well within two hours.

Damn!  I was going to record that, hoping there would be at least a 4
setter.  I would also have to favor Zhenya here, he's been to the the AO SF
before and knows what to do.  I think he'll beat Haas but not as easily as
he disposed of Martin.  Today's win may have been a bit too easy [I am
beginning to sense bad karma about this win].  Enky vs. Zhenya in the
final?

Sergei,

Kak vy pozhivayete?

 
 
 

Martin-Kafelnikov (Spoiler )

Post by yse.. » Fri, 29 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:


> > Very comfortable win by Yevgeni, 6:2, 7:6, 6:2. Well within two hours.

> Damn!  I was going to record that, hoping there would be at least a 4
> setter.  I would also have to favor Zhenya here, he's been to the the AO SF
> before and knows what to do.  I think he'll beat Haas but not as easily as
> he disposed of Martin.  Today's win may have been a bit too easy [I am
> beginning to sense bad karma about this win].  Enky vs. Zhenya in the
> final?

We'll know it tonight. Haas can surprise. I hope he won't.
Enqvist really plays some awesome tennis, but his winning streak is
becoming way too long..

Quote:
> Kak vy pozhivayete?

Spasibo, horosho. Vy?

Sergei

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Martin-Kafelnikov (Spoiler )

Post by Gerar » Fri, 29 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Enqvist really plays some awesome tennis, but his winning streak is
> becoming way too long.

It looks like you are seeing some bad karma on Thomas' part.  Well, Thomas
is the hottest player right now knocking off the '98 US Open finalists but
what goes up must come down.    

Quote:
>Vy?

Tak sebe.  Nu, ya khotchy sprosit': znayete li Vy, imya-otchestvo
Kafelnikova?  Vladimirovich, pravda li?  
 
 
 

Martin-Kafelnikov (Spoiler )

Post by Lai Leo » Fri, 29 Jan 1999 04:00:00

: > Enqvist really plays some awesome tennis, but his winning streak is
: > becoming way too long.

: It looks like you are seeing some bad karma on Thomas' part.  Well, Thomas
: is the hottest player right now knocking off the '98 US Open finalists but
: what goes up must come down.    

        If Kafelnikov makes it to the final, it is likely that Enqvist
will come through in winning the whole thing, as least based on their
head-to-head. Yevgeny fares better against attacking players. However,
he often get out-slugged by player stick to the baseline, particularly
Enqvist.

 
 
 

Martin-Kafelnikov (Spoiler )

Post by yse.. » Sat, 30 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:


> > Enqvist really plays some awesome tennis, but his winning streak is
> > becoming way too long.

> It looks like you are seeing some bad karma on Thomas' part.  Well, Thomas
> is the hottest player right now knocking off the '98 US Open finalists but
> what goes up must come down.

Yeah, right. Anyway, Haas - first. It is interesting, that the next tournament
is Marseille, where Enqvist is a defending champion and Yevgeni - a runner-up.

Quote:

> >Vy?

> Tak sebe.  Nu, ya khotchy sprosit': znayete li Vy, imya-otchestvo
> Kafelnikova?  Vladimirovich, pravda li?

Soglasno www.ausopen.org, Alexandrovich.

Sergei

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Martin-Kafelnikov (Spoiler )

Post by yse.. » Sat, 30 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:



> : > Enqvist really plays some awesome tennis, but his winning streak is
> : > becoming way too long.

> : It looks like you are seeing some bad karma on Thomas' part.  Well, Thomas
> : is the hottest player right now knocking off the '98 US Open finalists but
> : what goes up must come down.

>    If Kafelnikov makes it to the final, it is likely that Enqvist
> will come through in winning the whole thing, as least based on their
> head-to-head. Yevgeny fares better against attacking players. However,
> he often get out-slugged by player stick to the baseline, particularly
> Enqvist.

This is simply not true. He hates playing big servers, like Sampras,
Ivanisevic Krajicek, look at his record with those guys, while he likes
playing baseliners like Agassi or Rios. He always looks sort of intimidated
when a guy serves big and goes to the net.

Sergei

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Martin-Kafelnikov (Spoiler )

Post by Gerar » Sat, 30 Jan 1999 04:00:00



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> He always looks sort of intimidated when a guy serves big and goes to the net.

Yeah sometimes, but I did see him beat Rusedski in the Paris Open in '97
and he did beat Henman also indoors.  Moreover, he beat Becker on grass in
Germany, how's that?

I see what your saying though. In general net rushers bother him more than
baseliners.  Considering Zhenya's record against Enqvist (4-2 Enqvist
leading), I hope Kafelnikov throws some other strategy into the mix may be
a bit more s-v.  If Enqvist is pounding his first serve and returning well,
Yevgeniy will have to dig pretty deep mentally to weather it out and try to
hang in there.  If not we have a short final.  

 
 
 

Martin-Kafelnikov (Spoiler )

Post by Nemanja Dundjerovi » Sat, 30 Jan 1999 04:00:00

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> > He always looks sort of intimidated when a guy serves big and goes to the net.

> Yeah sometimes, but I did see him beat Rusedski in the Paris Open in '97
> and he did beat Henman also indoors.  Moreover, he beat Becker on grass in
> Germany, how's that?

> I see what your saying though. In general net rushers bother him more than
> baseliners.  Considering Zhenya's record against Enqvist (4-2 Enqvist
> leading), I hope Kafelnikov throws some other strategy into the mix may be
> a bit more s-v.  If Enqvist is pounding his first serve and returning well,
> Yevgeniy will have to dig pretty deep mentally to weather it out and try to
> hang in there.  If not we have a short final.

I think, all things being equal, that Enqvist is a better player than
Kafelnikov. If he comes in with confidence, I think the best we can hope
for is three relatively close sets, with a 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 scoreline, or
similar. It's up to Kafelnikov to raise his game level by 1) varying the
shot selection and 2) using the short court to make Enqvist move
forward. If he plays his regular game, it'll be over quickly.
BTW, I didn't realise you were on such intimate terms with Yevgeny,
Gerard - "Zhenya"??!?

Nemanja

 
 
 

Martin-Kafelnikov (Spoiler )

Post by yse.. » Sat, 30 Jan 1999 04:00:00



?
? ? He always looks sort of intimidated when a guy serves big and goes to the
net.
?
? Yeah sometimes, but I did see him beat Rusedski in the Paris Open in '97
? and he did beat Henman also indoors.  Moreover, he beat Becker on grass in
? Germany, how's that?
?
? I see what your saying though. In general net rushers bother him more than
? baseliners.  Considering Zhenya's record against Enqvist (4-2 Enqvist
? leading), I hope Kafelnikov throws some other strategy into the mix may be
? a bit more s-v.  If Enqvist is pounding his first serve and returning well,
? Yevgeniy will have to dig pretty deep mentally to weather it out and try to
? hang in there.  If not we have a short final.

I think it is not going to be a short one. I watched YK in QF and SF and he
seems to playing very good tactically at the moment. Enqvist's first serve is
not even close to the one from Sampras or Ivanisevic, so Kafelnikov with his
excellent returns will have chances to break. As to Serve/volley, well,
Enqvist's victories over Lapentti and Rosset don't say much about that, but
his matches vs Aussies showed that he is very good against serve and volley
players at the moment. I think that the key for him ( YK ) is to hold his
serve in the first set, don't give Enqvist a quick break to get on a roll. I
believe, that was Agassi who said that with Thomas usually  hitting so close
to the lines, even slight nervousness/ tiredness can greatly affect his game
and it seems to be true.

Sergei

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Martin-Kafelnikov (Spoiler )

Post by Gerar » Tue, 02 Feb 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> It's up to Kafelnikov to raise his game level by 1) varying the
> shot selection and 2) using the short court to make Enqvist move
> forward.

I give you my compliments well predicted.

Quote:
>If he plays his regular game, it'll be over quickly.

Almost but Yevgeniy hung in there mentally, while Enqvist wheels fell off
the wagon.

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>I didn't realise you were on such intimate terms with Yevgeny, Gerard - "Zhenya"??!?

I was in Moscow during the '94 Davis Cup final and EVERY Russian fan called
him Zhenya.  The papers and the whole mass media did too.  In his matches
against the Edberg and Larsson the fans all screamed "Zhen-ya! Zhen-ya!
Zhen-ya!" for encouragement.  If I ever met the guy I would probably call
him Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich.