Showing posts with label Jurgen Melzer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jurgen Melzer. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Jurgen Melzer US Open Interview September 6th

Jurgen Melzer US Open
Jurgen Melzer US Open Interview September 6th

Q. Chicago Bulls (referring to his hat).

JURGEN MELZER: I like the hat. I like red.

Q. Talk about Federer today. You also met him at Wimbledon. How is this different?

JURGEN MELZER: It was a completely different match today. I believe that I can win. I think everybody who saw that match saw how close it was. It's a pity that I didn't win at least one set. I think I deserved the second set. I think I was the more dangerous player. I had breakpoints. He didn't have any. You couldn't be more lucky in a tiebreaker than he was in this tiebreaker. Well, unfortunately I didn't win a set. But I can learn from the experience. First match I played him, I had no chance. Today I had my chances, I didn't take them. Hopefully in the third match I will take my chances.

Q. Your friend Petzschner said the same thing against Djokovic as far as taking chances. Have you been in touch with him?

JURGEN MELZER: Well, yeah, we're always in touch because we're good friends. But nothing particular in the last couple of days.

Q. You were talking about the tiebreaker. I saw obviously that one ball.

JURGEN MELZER: One or two or three?

Q. The one at 4 All was especially painful. You yelled after the set. I don't know if you can tell us what you were thinking.

JURGEN MELZER: I wasn't happy with my fortune. Let's put it that way.

Q. How do you get it in your mind to keep going after that set?

JURGEN MELZER: Well, I said, I'm playing great tennis. I mean, I came back once against Djokovic in the French Open. It's a big stage here. I mean, would be stupid to go out there and not try anymore. So I really fought hard. I broke him in the opening game of the second set. I had troubles holding serve against the wind. I mean, still my serve wasn't spot on against the wind, and you need that. So that's the thing I could criticize about my game today. My service against the wind was not good enough.

Q. As far as Federer and you played a lot as juniors, meeting at the age of 29, there's kind of a big gap between your juniors and pro matches. Can you comment after playing him two straight times?

JURGEN MELZER: Yeah, hopefully I'll play him another two times soon. That would mean I will get my chances to play even better than today.

Q. What did he say at the net?

JURGEN MELZER: He was sorry for the second set tiebreaker.

Q. You're wearing the cap of the Chicago Bulls. Are you a fan of this team?

JURGEN MELZER: No.


Interview from usopen.org
Photo Getty Images






Sunday, July 25, 2010

Andrey Golubev wins German Open Title

Andrey Golubev wins German Open Title
Andrey Golubev wins German Open Title

Andrey Golubev defeated Jurgen Melzer 63 75 to win the German Open Title in Hamburg, his first ATP Tour title.

Melzer has shown the best form of his career recently by reaching the Roland Garros semi-finals and was chasing his third career title but he was not able to do it.

Golubev got a single break point to claim the first set, which he controlled most of the time.

During the second set, Melzer battled hard to find his way back into the match. He created five break chances, but he was unable to convert. Golubev took his third break opportunity of the set to clinch victory, earning a €228,000 cheque as he did so.

Source ESPN
Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images


Video: Jurgen Melzer Hamburg 2010 Saturday Interview

Video: Jurgen Melzer Hamburg 2010 Saturday Interview

Jurgen Melzer discusses his semi-final win over Andreas Seppi on Saturday in Hamburg.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Watch Melzer vs Golubev Hamburg Final Online Video Streaming

Watch Melzer vs Golubev Hamburg Final Online Video Streaming

Melzer v Golubev
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Melzer vs Golubev at German Open Final

Jurgen Melzer
Melzer vs Golubev at German Open Final

Jurgen Melzer beat Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-2 and advanced to the German Open Tennis Championships final in Hamburg.

Melzer needed just 80 minutes to get past Seppi. He saved a break point in the third game and broke Seppi in the 10th game and have no problems to close the set later on. He then saved two break points in the opening game of the second set before breaking in the fourth and eighth games to seal victory.

In the final, Melzer will face Andrey Golubev, who defeated Florian Mayer 7-6 6-4 in one hour and 42 minutes.

Golubev converted two of the nine break points opportunities and saved three of the four he faced.



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Friday, July 23, 2010

Melzer vs Seppi in Hamburg semis

Melzer and Seppi into Hamburg semis

Jurgen Melzer defeated Potito Starace 6-4, 6-1 to reach the German Open Tennis Championships semifinals.

Melzer hit eight aces and dropped 10 points on serve. He will next play against Andreas Seppi, who beat Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 7-6 5-7 7-5. The Italian leads Melzer 2-1 in their head-to-head.

Bellucci hit 10 aces and saved one match point in the second set at 4-5, 30/40.

Seppi improved to a 17-18 match record on the season while Bellucci dropped to a 29-15 mark.




Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wimbledon Videos: Federer vs Melzer Highlights and Press Conference June 28th

Wimbledon Videos: Federer vs Melzer Highlights and Press Conference June 28th

Roger Federer is getting better with every match at the 2010 Wimbledon tennis championships... This time the defending champion made it past Jurgen Melzer to advance to the quarterfinals...

Enjoy some tennis highlights in the first video and Roger Federer´s Wimbledon press conference in the second....







Monday, June 28, 2010

Federer beats Melzer to reach Wimbledon Quarterfinals

Federer beats Melzer to reach Wimbledon Quarterfinals

Roger Federer defeated Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 at the All England Club to reach Wimbledon´s quarterfinals.

In the following round Federer will play against the always dangerous, Tomas Berdych.

Federer took a 3-0 lead in the opening set and although Melzer managed to break back quickly that was as close as got to the defening champion.
The Swiss broke again in the very next game and Melzer, who needed to be serving wonderfully to have any chance, was not able to do so and the first set was gone in 24 minutes.

At 1-1 in the second Melzer was 15-0 on serve when he played and missed the ball as it skidded off the baseline. Federer produced a great return and then he earned anpther break point that was able to convert.

At 4-2 Federer got the double break and during the second set he did not lose a single point behind his first serve and had no problems to close the set.

In the third set 3-3 Federer broke his opponent at love and at 3-5 Melzer saved a match point but was done with the second.

“This was a one shirt-change kind of match,” Federer commented.

“He said straight after that he hopes he does not have to wait 10 years to play me again,” said Federer refering to their previous meeting when they were juniors. “He’s a guy I know well, he’s a good friend of mine and I know him too well to play tricks against him.”

“I love guys moving in, like a Melzer today who throws in the occasional serve and volley,” he said. “You have to throw in great passing shots.

“It’s unfortunate for the game, unfortunately they’ve slowed down everything, indoors, grass. Everything has become so slow. I think that is a bit of a pity.”

“Have we become such incredible return players or can we not volley anymore or is it just a combination of slower balls, slower courts?,” he said.

“I think it’s definitely a bit of a combination of many things. If I look back, I think we definitely had many more great volley players in the game back then.

“When you do have that you are forced to move in, as well, because you don’t want to hit passing shots against a great volleyer over and over again.

“But because we don’t have that as much anymore, everybody’s content staying at the baseline. I used to, thank God, play in that era where I played against serve-and-volley players, chip-and-charge guys.”

Friday, June 4, 2010

Rafael Nadal into French Open Final after beating Melzer

Rafael Nadal into French Open Final after beating Melzer

Rafael Nadal defeated Jurgen Melzer 6-2 6-3 7-6 to advance to the French Open 2010 final where Robin Soderling was waiting for him.

Melzer played brave attacking tennis and briefly rocked Nadal with an impressive late fightback.

The Spaniard broke Melzer in the sixth game of the first set and was cruising until he dropped serve at 5-4 in the third set but steadied himself to win a tiebreak.

The final against Soderling will be very interesting and a revenge for Nadal because his only Roland Garros loss came last year thanks to Soderling.

“Believe me, if I win on Sunday, it’s going to be the last thing I think,” Nadal said about regaining the world number 1 spot. “The important thing is the tournament.”

“He’s playing at an amazing level, very aggressive,” Nadal said about Soderling. “He’s a very, very dangerous player. He’s one of the best of the world. It will be a difficult match.”



Jurgen Melzer French Open Semifinal Interview June 4th

Jurgen Melzer French Open Semifinal Interview June 4th

Jurgen Melzer

Q. How do you feel after such a game?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, of course disappointed if you lose. If you lose a semifinals in a Grand Slam, if you're not disappointed, I think you fail your job.
But I think I played a good match. It took me a while to get used to the way he played. Today it was very the weather conditions, I think, suited him more than me. His spin, it was bouncing more. It was tougher for me to control the ball when it was coming off his racquet.
For two sets I think he was way better. But then, I mean, I kept fighting; I kept my head in there. I tried whatever I could try just to get him a little worried, and I did.
At the end, I mean, when he dropped his serve to Love to go 5 All and when I was up 6 5, I think he was thinking a little bit. Not too much, but a little bit.
Then the tiebreak, it could have gone either way. I mean, losing at 8 6, it's...

Q. So that's why you lost your chance, you missed your chance at that moment?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, missing my chance, I think we played good points in the tiebreaker. I'm thinking of one when he played an unbelievable topspin lob backhand where I played a good approach.
I mean, I think on this level it's just one point here and there in the tiebreaker. But that's why he's the best clay courter.

Q. How do you see the final?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, it's tough to talk about the finals now after coming off a semifinals. I would rank Nadal as a favorite.

Photos: Rafael Nadal vs Jurgen Melzer Roland Garros semifinals

Photos: Rafael Nadal vs Jurgen Melzer Roland Garros semifinals

Rafael Nadal reached the French Open final after beating Jurgen Melzer 6-2 6-3 7-6.

In the last match of the men´s Roland Garros 2010 Nadal will face Robin Soderling, whose win over the Spaniard in last year’s fourth round was Nadal’s first Roland Garros loss.

Enjoy some tennis pictures from the semifinal match between Nadal and Melzer...
































































































Photos from Getty Images/AP


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Melzer upset Djokovic to reach French Open semis

Melzer upset Djokovic to reach French Open semis

Jurgen Melzer upset Novak Djokovic 3-6 2-6 6-2 7-6 6-4 to reach the French Open semifinals for the first time.

Melzer had never clawed back a two-set deficit before but he suddenly burst into life and eventually wore down Djokovic in a match lasting four hours and 15 minutes to earn the dubious prize of a semi-final against Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic was too consistent in the first two sets but Melzer lifted his game brilliantly to take the third set.

The Austrian snatched the fourth on a tiebreak and broke once in the ninth game of the decider before serving out for victory on his third match point.

“Just don’t go away,” Melzer said. “Just don’t make it easy for him.”

“I got back in, and … it was an open match,” he added. “I think I got a little under (Djokovic’s) skin after the third set.”

During the match Djokovic was angered by a rulings that came when Melzer was serving for the match in the fifth set at 5-4, love-15, the Serb hit a cross-court forehand that landed near a sideline and was called good by a line judge. That would have made it love-30 but the chair umpire checked the mark and overruled the call, saying the ball was out.

“There was no space between the line and the mark, and that means the ball is good. I don’t know why the chair umpire (made) that decision,” said Djokovic. “I mean, for somebody that is a chair umpire, and (with) so many years and years experience, to make such a mistake at that point is unbelievable. … Even on the TV, you could see it was good.”

Melzer lost his first match point but was able to convert another one at the end.

“Well, I just thought, ‘OK, get another one and make that one.’ Of course, it was an easy volley. I have missed a lot of these volleys in my life,” Melzer said. “I don’t like them too much.”




Source AP

Jurgen Melzer Roland Garros Tennis Interview June 2nd

Jurgen Melzer Roland Garros Tennis Interview June 2nd

Q. 6 3, 6 2, 2 0, and then what happened?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, I changed the match. Well, the only thing I told myself, It's my first quarterfinals in my life in a Grand Slam. Just don't go away. Just don't make it easy for him. Fight as much as you can, and I was I wasn't playing so bad. I just missed a lot of easy shots when I had the chance and the opportunity to finish the point.
And after that, I mean, I got back in, and at 2 All in the third it was an open match. I think I got a little under the skin after the third set.
I should win the fourth set probably earlier than I actually did, and then the fifth was just a battle.

Q. Did you feel better and better as long as the match was your sensation on the court was...
JURGEN MELZER: No, I felt slow in the beginning. Like every time he got me out of my backhand I was struggling to get any depth in my shot. I missed a lot of shots into the net, but my body just kind of got loose after two sets to love down.
Nothing to lose anyways, and then I played the match of my life.

Q. Great comeback. It was a feast for the public. The point is, the first question you almost answered, is it that you put your whole career in that, after being Love 2 down? Is it like you didn't just play just a quarterfinal Roland Garros, but it was like maybe you saw it as like the match of your life? And the second thing is when you missed that first match point on the forehand easy volley, the slice volley, how did you feel? How did you make up for yourself in your mind?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, I just thought, Okay, get another one and make that one. Of course it was an easy volley. I have missed a lot of these volleys in my life. I don't like them too much.
Well, at the end, it's just like getting to another chance and just believing you're gonna win. I think all those break points I played good points. I came in and won.
And then at the end, it's just a battle. You just I mean, of course we were both tired and everything hurt. I just got through.

Q. Did you feel you put your whole kind of career in this match?
JURGEN MELZER: That's a big sentence, put my career into a match.

Q. I think a lot of players may get to, say, 27, 28, 29, and think, My chance is never going to come. What do you think is the difference that's kept you going and believing across all these years?
JURGEN MELZER: That I'm a good tennis player. It was just a few links here and there were missing. As long as you believe in yourself I had enough as I said earlier, I have enough game or I had enough game all the time. I played good matches.
I mean, remembering the Murray match when he made the finals at the US Open, I had him there. It had to click, and then I started to believe in myself. I started to actually believe I can win those big matches.
As I said before, Vienna in the last year gave me big confidence boost winning at home. Well, then it's just the more matches you win on a high level, the more confidence you get.
For me, it was never a question of talent. It was more in the head.

Q. Did you feel stronger physically in the fifth than him?
JURGEN MELZER: I felt pretty good. It was just I didn't really lose too much energy in the first two sets, so I could throw everything into the third, fourth, and fifth.
I mean, I don't know. I can tell you tomorrow how tired I'm gonna be.

Q. Great comeback. You want to enjoy the moment more, make it longer, or you just change your mind and think about a semifinal because it's your first semifinal in Grand Slam?
JURGEN MELZER: Right now I enjoy the moment.

Q. You don't want to think about Nadal?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, I want to think about Nadal. I have still tomorrow to think about Nadal. I played the biggest match of my life just maybe an hour ago.
Of course you want to have a straight mindset when you think about Nadal. At the moment, that wouldn't be possible.

Q. At the end of the match, you turned around and you just put your hands on your hips and you stared into the end zone there. I don't want to read your mind, but it just looked like your thought was how proud you were of yourself.
JURGEN MELZER: I did it. That's what I thought. I actually did it.
I mean, those emotions that are coming through after you miss an opportunity like that on match point and then being break points down, you never know what happens if it's 5 All.
And then when this match is over, it's a relief you cannot imagine. Everybody acts different. I was just staring.

Q. Forgive me if you've been asked this before, but the charm around your neck, what is that?
JURGEN MELZER: It's a Mickey Mouse with a soccer ball. My girlfriend has the other, Minnie Mouse. (laughter.)

Q. Can you elaborate on why? Is it just a fun charm, or does it mean something more?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, it's the World Cup coming up, no? That's why I need the soccer ball. I'm a big soccer fan.
No, we just have those charms. We have been exchanging every time over the last year. It's something we always do.

Q. I don't think the mouse really expresses your personality today.
JURGEN MELZER: Probably not. But the mouse also is like they're fast, and I was fast out there.

Q. I think you wasted something like 20 break points against Djokovic. In those situations, how do you manage to keep a positive mind?
JURGEN MELZER: You always think you cannot miss so many break points. There has to be one you make, and at the end I did.
At 4 All in the fifth, I finally broke him. Of course I had a lot of opportunities that I missed, especially in the fourth set. But at the end it doesn't matter. I played a great tiebreaker, and then finally broke at 4 All.

Q. There was a famous Austrian left hander who was going to playing in the Legends today. Have you drawn any inspiration from Thomas Muster and what he achieved, especially on this surface?
JURGEN MELZER: When I was young or now?

Q. Well, either, or both, perhaps.
JURGEN MELZER: Right now, not too much. When I was young, of course. As I said, the way he was working, the way he was the professionalism that he had throughout his whole career, it's unique, and that you have to have as an idol.
But playing wise, we are so different that he was not really an idol.



Interview from RG.com



Monday, May 31, 2010

Photos: Jurgen Melzer Teimuraz Gabashvili at Roland Garros

Photos: Jurgen Melzer Teimuraz Gabashvili at Roland Garros

Jurgen Melzer’s French Open dream continued when he defeated Teimuraz Gabashvili 7-6 4-6 6-1 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of Roland Garros....

This is the first time that Melzer makes it this far in Paris and will next face Novak Djokovic for a place in the semi-finals.

Here we have some nice tennis pictures from their 4th round match for you to enjoy....





































































Photos from Getty Images/AP