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Old 06-01-2003, 03:38 PM   #16
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and the Dutch Cup finals (football). Unfortunately, my team lost Apparently the referee didn't want them to win...
Bossen ruined my weekend


well, I hope Agassi can do it somehow
but if I was a betting man I'd try to to figure out who of the spanish players is showing his best form
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Coldplay should do a gig on centre court at Roland Garros, then we'd all be catered for.
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and the Dutch Cup finals (football). Unfortunately, my team lost Apparently the referee didn't want them to win...
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ah, well i won't laugh out loud, but.....

to stick to the thread: verkerk will probably win, being the little deus ex machina he is
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I was surprised with Verkerk, considering he's usually a no-hoper and Rainer was in form.

(and the Dutch Cup final...sounds like Ajax-Feyenoord...forza Ajax! )
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(and the Dutch Cup final...sounds like Ajax-Feyenoord...forza Ajax! )
alas..... it was utrecht-feyenoord this time (but any ajax fan grins at the final result: utrecht 4 - feyenoord 1 - it really made my day!!!)

nice to see you like ajax though!
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Today was a nice day.
OK, there is only one Dutchman left, but he did win today. Verkerk beat Schuettler (who was 11 seeded) in straight sets. But I don't know if he can beat Moya (his opponent in the quarter finals). The Spanish are born on clay. On the other hand, he did beat that guy from Peru, who also seemed to be born on the clay.
I'm still not fully convinced he can make the semi-finals, but...
At the moment Verkerk has won the first set from Moya (in less than 30 minutes!), so there is hope. Especially when he can keep up the pace.

Marty (following the match through the real time scoreboard of Rolland Garros)

P.S. 1-1 in the second set.

Edit: he has won the second set too! (6-4) This cannot go wrong...
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Hello,

Verkerk beat Moya! Yay to him. However, it was a close call as the match wasn't decided until the 5th set. Verkerk won the first two easily, but he lost the 3rd and 4th set. At that point I thought he was going to lose the match. Fortunately, he fought back and decided the match at 8-6. Congrats and a terrific debut on Rolland Garros!

C ya!

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P.S. For those interested, the full score is 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 4-6, 8-6
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very very cool. i loved the roland garros website press report.

"sjeng schalken maybe...but martin verkerk!? no way!"

genuine surprise.
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very very cool. i loved the roland garros website press report.

"sjeng schalken maybe...but martin verkerk!? no way!"

genuine surprise.
Yes, but also understandable surprise. Until 1 1/2 weeks ago Verkerk hadn't won a single match in a Grand Slam tournament (not counting qualifications). Even for the Dutch he was quite unknown. OK he'd won his first ATP tournament earlier this year (Milan), but shortly after that he lost 10 matches in a row. Only recently he started to play better again (reaching the semi-finals in Sankt-Pollen (sp?) shortly before Rolland Garros).

BTW, Verkerk had made appointments to play in the Dutch tennis competition last weekend as he didn't think he would survive the weekend in Paris. I don't think he's very sorry he couldn't be here...

C ya!

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(edited for spelling mistakes)
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I saw the highlights of his match against Moya (due to time zones I decided to go to bed instead). He's got the most hilarious facial expressions ever.
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I saw the highlights of his match against Moya (due to time zones I decided to go to bed instead). He's got the most hilarious facial expressions ever.
You mean...




C ya!

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