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

Saturday, April 16, 2011

David Ferrer reaches Monte Carlo Masters 2011 Final

David Ferrer reaches Monte Carlo Masters 2011 Final

David Ferrer defeated Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-2 to reach the final of the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco.

“I’m full of confidence. I feel good physically, and also with my tennis,” Ferrer said. “I hope I’ll keep going.”

The Spaniard needed 10 minutes to held serve in his opening service game. Melzer got the break in the third and held for a 3-1 lead. When it looked like the Austrian was in control Ferrer broke back to 3-3, and won 3 more games to seal the set.

“It’s tough against him,” Melzer said. “You don’t get a lot of chances. Those you have, you have to take. I think the luck I had the last two matches, I was a little bit unlucky today with a few bad bounces on important moments. I mean, that’s tennis. You can’t always have this momentum on your side.”

Melzer was no challenge for David in the second set as the Spaniard claimed a 5-2 lead.

Ferrer sealed the win when Melzer tried a crosscourt winner and the ball looped out after clipping the net.

In the final Ferrer will play the winner of the match between Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

“I'm very pleased to be in the finals,” said Ferrer. “It can be either Rome or Monte Carlo. I'm very pleased to be in a final of a Masters 1000. I was once in Rome, and I want to do that again. I had hoped that I would feel so well [on clay]. I'm full of confidence. I feel good physically, and also with my tennis. I hope I'll keep going.”

“I was thinking at the beginning of the first games, he played a really good game, was playing very aggressive. [It was] a surprise to me,” reflected Ferrer. “Maybe the key was in my serve. I played very consistent. I didn't make mistakes. I played very regular and very focused all the match."

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Jurgen Melzer Monte Carlo Interview Friday April 15th 2011

Jurgen Melzer Monte Carlo Interview Friday April 15th 2011

J. MELZER/R. Federer 6-4, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Was it the perfect match today for you?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, it was a very good match of me. I mean, it started to turn out to be tough conditions in the end because the wind really picked up. But I think I played a really good match without any mistakes. I tried to put the ball in the court and whenever I had a chance also be aggressive.
Especially on breakpoints down, I think I played well, having the ball in the racquet and putting a lot of pressure when I actually had the chance. That was the key I think to success today.

Q. Does it have a special meaning for you to beat Federer for the first time?
JURGEN MELZER: It does. I mean, I have beaten Rafa last year. I have beaten Nole. So this was the one missing. I'm very happy I actually did it today.

Q. What did you learn? You lost three times to him last year. What was different about today's match?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, I felt like, without sounding cocky, especially when we played at the US Open, the luck was not on my side. There were a lot of key points where I felt I was unlucky. I thought, Okay, luck is going to turn. It did today. I had a few shots on the line, a few bad bounces that were going my way. You need that to beat Roger. He is such a great tennis player, you also need to have the luck on your side, and I did today.

Q. Do you think also the clay is a reason for you?
JURGEN MELZER: Of course. I mean, this also suits me. I have played a really good clay court season last year. Especially beating Almagro yesterday gave me a lot of confidence. I'm kind of climbing to the top of my game on clay. It's not Roger's most favorite surface, so this helped for sure.

Q. Is it yours?
JURGEN MELZER: It's a tough question. At the moment I would say yes (smiling).

Q. What happened with your back in the beginning?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, I played a backhand. I kind of blocked my spine. But the physio, Graham, he did a great job unblocking it. I was a little worried. But then the pain like go'd away quickly, it didn't bother me at all.

Q. How high?
JURGEN MELZER: It was up there between the shoulders.

Q. Roger missed seven breakpoint chances. He will say some of that was bad luck. Do you think some of that was your aggressive approach?
JURGEN MELZER: I think it's both ways. I mean, of course you always need some luck. Breakpoints, you take a little bit of your chance. I went for I think two forehand winners down the line. I made both of them.
But that's tennis. You have to take your chances and you have to be aggressive, especially on big occasions. I did today. I executed well.

Q. You stayed focused through all the match. Is it the difference between this match and maybe the past few weeks?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, especially after Davis Cup I kind of felt like being a little bit in a slump, not playing well, having difficulties to find the focus and the motivation. It's always nice, you know, you kind of take a cut going on clay. It's different to movement, everything. You have to really be there to rally, to actually just fight your way through a match, being ready to be there for three hours.
That's what I am at the moment. After the first match here, it was a tough one, I didn't play well. But then after that, like, playing well against Almagro, and today I was very satisfied with my game.

Q. You have a clay court specialist coming up next. What do you think of the match coming up?
JURGEN MELZER: It's going to be a tough match. He's a very good clay court player. I won the last two matches against him. So I'm going in very confident, especially the one at Roland Garros last year helps a little bit. Basically I killed him in three. This helps the confidence going into such a match. I mean, obviously I can lose tomorrow. No doubt, he's an unbelievable clay court player.
It's always nice to have won the last encounter you played. Going into tomorrow, I'm confident. I'm trying my best. We see what's going to happen.

Q. You've been asked many times about Muster, who was so successful here. Now you're in his tracks. what do you feel about it?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, this comparison has been taken place a lot of times. To be honest, we are two different persons. Of course, we're both Austrian, we're both left handed, but that's it.
I would love to have his success here, no doubt about that. He was a great clay court player. It's tough to be compared to him because I think he won 43 tournaments on clay. I won 1. That's a little difference.
I'm trying my best to actually get ready to step into his footsteps.

Q. Are the players are losing a little bit of the respect against Federer?
JURGEN MELZER: I think you always have to respect Roger. This would be lack of respect from the players if you don't respect Roger. He's a great tennis player, what he has achieved in the past... He has played tennis on such a high level that for him being 3 in the world is a downgrade, which if you think about it, it's kind of stupid.
For me, he's the greatest player that has ever played that game. As I said, for him to lose matches, it's every time a tragic. There is a lot of players out there that would love to be in his shirt going out of that locker room and being on the court.

Q. A lot of people think Nadal is unbeatable here and on clay in general. If you beat Ferrer, chances are you'll meet him in the final. What is your mental approach to that kind of game?
JURGEN MELZER: It would be great if you ask me that question tomorrow and I'm sitting here having won the semis (smiling). It's kind of tough to go one step ahead and play mentally a match against Nadal if I haven't beaten Ferrer yet.
Rafa hasn't lost a match on clay last year, I believe so, so he's the one to beat. Unfortunately, I'm not in the finals yet.

Q. You're not at the end of your career yet either. If one day you will meet your son, you will tell him first, I beat Nadal once, or you will say, I beat Federer once?
JURGEN MELZER: I cannot choose both? I'll tell him I beat Federer.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Video: Melzer Monte Carlo 2011 Friday Interview

Video: Melzer Monte Carlo 2011 Friday Interview

Jurgen Melzer addresses the media after recording his first win against Roger Federer in the quarter-finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Melzer upset Federer to reach Monte Carlo Semis

Melzer upset Federer to reach Monte Carlo Semis

Roger Federer lost 6-4 6-4 to Juergen Melzer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals.

Both players had a tough time today because of the the windy conditions but Federer was not as sharp as usual as he netted some simple forehands and a smash.

Melzer never let Federer settle, taking his two break point opportunities with gusto while limiting the Swiss’s chances to get back.

Melzer broke once in each set and sealed the victory when Federer chopped a weak forehand into the net.

“He did well and played aggressive. He didn’t give me many chances,” Federer said.

“I didn’t think I played terrible. It’s the first week of play (on clay) so I didn’t expect to play my best. It’s been a solid tournament.”

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Davis Cup: Chardy upsets Melzer, France leads Austria 1-0

Davis Cup: Chardy upsets Melzer, France leads Austria 1-0

Jeremy Chardy defeated Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 6-4, 7-5 to give France an early lead in the first round of the Davis Cup.

In the second match of the day, Stefan Koubek takes on Gilles Simon.

Chardy, who is replacing Richard Gasquet, dominated the pace of play,hit 14 aces and broke Melzer six times.

Chardy converted his second matchpoint when the Austrian sent a forehand into the net.

“I played very good today. I am happy for me and for the team,” said Chardy.

Chardy broke for 4-2 in the opening set, but Melzer broke straight back. The Frenchman broke again in the 12th game to seal the set.

Melzer was broken in the sixth game of the second set but got the break back when Chardy played an awful game at 5-3. He then made three unforced errors to concede the second set.

Chardy was broken in the 3rd game of the third set to go down 2-1, but he broke back in the following game where Melzer gifted him a double fault.

Melzer dumped a forehand into the net on Chardy’s second match point and the Frenchman secured the win in two hours 23 minutes.

Chardy praised France captain Guy Forget for preparing him to face Melzer.

“Guy gave me the right tactics, so I just had to stay focused,” Chardy said. “He told me to have a good serve and to play aggressively against Jurgen and I managed to do that.”

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Davis Cup Photos: Austria vs France - Draw Ceremony and Press Conference

Davis Cup Photos: Austria vs France - Draw Ceremony and Press Conference

Austria will host France and they will battle for a quarterfinal berth at the Davis Cup 2011... French Davis Cup team: Gilles Simon, Julien Benneteau,Jeremy Chardy,Michael Llodra, team captain Guy Forget were present at the draw ceremony on the eve of Davis Cup first round match in Vienna.

The Australian team (Jurgen Melzer,Oliver Marach, team captain Gilbert Schaller, Stefan Koubek and Martin Fischer) was there as well... Enjoy the pictures...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Video: Jurgen Melzer The Open Drive at Australian Open 2011

Video: Jurgen Melzer The Open Drive at Australian Open 2011

Jurgen Melzer answers questions in the back of the all new KIA Optima.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Australian Open: Jurgen Melzer Interview January 22nd

Australian Open: Jurgen Melzer Interview January 22nd

Jurgen Melzer d. Marcos Baghdatis 6-7, 6-2, 6-1, 4-3 (ret) in the third round of the men's singles.

Q. Can you talk about the match, how you felt after the first set, then he hurt his hand, lost his level a little bit.

JURGEN MELZER: Well, the first set was probably one of the worst sets I've played in a while. I think the level wasn't really high. Felt like I made millions of unforced errors.

I mean, I still broke first game and held serve somehow. A really shocking game at 5 4 serving for it. Double fault, easy volley mistake, easy forehand. Kind of let him back into that set.

He played well in the beginning of the second, then it felt like he I mean, at that time I felt like he wasn't hurt. But he let loose for two games actually and let me back into that set. From that point on, I felt like, okay, my game is getting better, I can go closer to the lines, go with more speed without making too many errors. I felt like I was in control of the match from that point on.

In the middle of the second, the third set, felt like he had, I don't know, something with his small finger. But to be honest, I mean, you're out there, you fight, you prepare, you want to be fit. I mean, in the end I'm happy to be through.

Q. So you felt like your level after the first set was getting better anyways?

JURGEN MELZER: Yeah, a lot better. If you look at the unforced errors, I think I made 25 in the first set and then for the rest of the match it felt like I didn't. Maybe I made 10, 15, which is okay stats considering my style of playing.

I mean, the first set I'm not happy. But I'm happy the way I fought back into that match. Luckily not luckily, but deserving of being in the fourth round.

Q. First time in the fourth round. You have to be happy about that. Getting to the stage where you're going to play someone like Murray, that has to feel good.

JURGEN MELZER: It feels good. Of course, I mean, I didn't have lots of preparation here. I was playing only Kooyong, hitting the ball well there. But you never know when you come into a tournament like this, best of five, where you're really at. The way I played the first two matches was really good. Today I was a bit nervous stepping out on court.

But in the end, playing through, happy to be in the second week.

Q. You're going to enter the top 10 for the first time. A pretty big accomplishment, given that you're 29, you've been out there for a long time.

JURGEN MELZER: It is a big accomplishment. I'm still in the tournament. I mean, it's great to be there. But right now the focus is on Andy Murray. First of all, play doubles tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to playing Andy.

Q. You played him before. Do you want to talk about that matchup.

JURGEN MELZER: He's great. I mean, he's playing well. He has his great defending skills. It's like two game plans completely different meeting each other. So, I mean, well, he killed me once here. But the other matches were all close. I was very close once beating him at the US Open when he made his run to the finals there.

I think it's more a question of how I get my game together. I'm going to be the one dictating what's going to happen. If I keep my unforced errors low, push him around, you know, get my winners, I think I have a chance to beat him.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Roger Federer into Paris Semifinals for the first time

Roger Federer into Paris Semifinals for the first time

Roger Federer beat Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 7-6 and reached the semifinals of the Paris Masters where he will play against the winner of the match between Andy Murray and Gael Monfils.

This is the first time Federer is able to make it past the quarterfinals in Paris.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a relief, because a relief is something else, but I’m pleased to be in the semis,” Federer said. “I knew it was going to be difficult because in the beginning I only had one hour of practice here. But now I feel good and I’m not too tired.”

Federe produced 18 aces and 33 winners overall.

Melzer showed a better game in the second set but wasted a mini break early in the tiebreaker and missed an easy forehand volley in the tiebreaker to give Federer a 5-4 lead.Roger set up match point with an ace and converted it with a service winner.

“I thought I played a wonderful first set, being aggressive on returns, serving really good,” Federer said.

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Jurgen Melzer Wins Title at the Bank Austria Trophy

Jurgen Melzer Wins Title at the Bank Austria Trophy

Jurgen Melzer, the defending champion, defeated Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-7 7-6 6-4 to win the Bank Austria Trophy title.

Haider-Maurer is ranked 157th and enter the main draw as a lucky loser.

Melzer and his rival reached the tiebreaker in the opening set but after a forehand from Jurgen was called long, despite hawk-eye technology showing the ball hit the baseline, Haider-Maurer took a 1 set lead.

Melzer was broken at love at the start of the second set but was able to save another break point at 2-4 down. He finally started to dominate the match when Haider-Maurer, who was serving for the match at 5-4, double-faulted twice and hit two unforced errors and Melzer broke him. From that moment on, Jurgen had the match under control.

Both players saved break points in the early stages of the final set before Melzer broke through decisively in the seventh game and went on to seal victory in two hours and 47 minutes.

“It was very, very close,” Melzer said. “I just hoped that Andy would start thinking about winning and would get nervous and that’s exactly what happened.”

“It’s the crown on my great season,” added Melzer.

“He’s among the best players in the world and played fantastic in the third set,” said Haider-Maurer.

“It’s all still a dream to me,” he added. “Obviously my next goal is getting in the top-100. When I keep playing on this level, it should be just a matter of time.”

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Melzer beats Almagro to reach Vienna final

Melzer beats Almagro to reach Vienna final

Jurgen Melzer beat Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-4 to reach the final of the Bank Austria Tennis Trophy.

Melzer will play either Andreas Haider-Maurer or Michael Berrer for the title.

Melzer used one break to win the opening set against Almagro.

The Spaniard took a 4-1 lead in the second but didn’t win another game after Melzer received treatment on a left elbow injury.

Melzer is looking to lift the trophy at the ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tennis tournament for the second straight year after defeating Marin Cilic in last year’s final.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Jurgen Melzer into Vienna quarters

Jurgen Melzer into Vienna quarters

Jurgen Melzer defeated Lukasz Kubot 7-6 7-6 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Bank Austria Trophy where he will face the winner of the match between Philipp Kohlschreiber and Tobias Kamke.

It looked like at first that Melzer started the match in better shape. He got a break but then he lost four games and found himself 5-3 down. Kubot served at 5-4 and had a set point and was not able to converted it. The players reached the tiebreaker which Melzer won.

In the second set, Melzer went 4-1 up but was not able to keep his momentum. They reached another tie breaker and Jurgen converted his first match point when Kubot netted a return.

“It was far from easy as he took many risks,” Melzer said. “I was more consistent and tried to stick to my own game.”

“I was very glad to take that opener,” he added. “From then on, I knew I had to rely on my own strengths.”

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Videos: Shanghai 2010 Thursday Interview: Melzer, Murray and Tsonga

Videos: Shanghai 2010 Thursday Interview: Melzer, Murray and Tsonga

Watch Andy Murray discussing reaching the Shanghai Rolex Masters quarterfinals.

Watch Jurgen Melzer talking about upseting Rafa Nadal in Shanghai.

In the last video, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga discusses reaching the Shanghai Rolex Masters QFs.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nadal upset by Melzer in Shanghai

Nadal upset by Melzer in Shanghai

Rafael Nadal was upset 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 by Jurgen Melzer in the third round of the Shanghai Masters.

Melzer played aggressively from the start, hitting booming forehand winners and attacking Nadal’s second serve to break him twice and capture the opening set in 40 minutes.

Nadal got into the match in the second set, breaking Melzer with a running backhand down the line and that was the only break he needed to send the match into the decider.

Melzer was able to break Nadal in the fifth game of the third set to take the lead. Rafa saved three match points on his serve, but Melzer easily put the match away on his next serve.

"I think the key was to put a lot of pressure on him," admitted Melzer. "You cannot let him play his game. You'll always be second. That play with his forehand, he's just too good.

"So I tried to take the ball early. I was serving really well, especially on big moments. I executed my game plan, which was putting a lot of pressure, especially on his forehand."

"To be honest, I learned from the last matches," Melzer added. "The first one at the Olympics was a blowout. Then I think I played a very good match [at Roland Garros] against him. Although I lost in three sets, I was very close in winning one. Clay is his best surface. I'm very happy."

"I felt slow on court," said Nadal. "I had more mistakes than usual. I played shorter than usual. [I was] a little bit more tired than usual, just physically and mentally. [I] just [want to] congratulate him. It's true, he played very aggressive, but [it] wasn't very difficult [to] play that aggressive against me today."

"I am very, very happy about what happened to me during all the year," said Nadal. "Two tournaments [remain] for me. [I will] enjoy these ones and try to play better than today."

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Roger Federer advances to US Open quarters

Roger Federer advances to US Open quarters
Roger Federer advances to US Open quarters

Roger Federer defeated Jurgen Melzer 6-3 7-6 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the 2010 US Open where he will meet Robin Soderling.

Federer got some help from the net in the second-set tiebreaker, twice hitting balls that hit the tape and trickled over to end points.

"I know I got really lucky," Federer said. "Maybe I would have won the tie-breaker anyhow. That's the way it goes. I could see he had big frustration over the two net cords. It was a good 10 minutes for me."

“Obviously, the tiebreakers are always crucial,” Federer said. “It was a tough match today, breezy. He’s a tough opponent and a close friend of mine so it was never going to be easy. I’m really relieved and happy to get through.”

“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,” said Melzer. “You couldn’t be more lucky in a tiebreaker than was in this tiebreaker.”

Melzer broke serve to open the third set but Federer broke right back to 1-1, then again to go ahead 4-2 and then saved three break points to hold for a 5-2 edge and held again to win the match.

“Haven’t lost a set, so obviously, I’m very happy,” Federer said. “It doesn’t matter too much how you play, really. I’d love to play wonderful every time I come on the court. Guys make it tough. They play and make it the way you don’t want it to be.”

"He's a great shotmaker. He was always going to hit some good stuff," said Federer about Melzer. "He was going to come up with some good returns that caught me on my back foot."

At the net after the match, Federer apologized to Melzer.

"He was sorry for the second-set tie-breaker," Melzer said.

About playing Robin Soderling, who beat Albert MontaƱes 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-3, again in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, Federer commented:
“He’s always been a dangerous player but these days he’s been able to do it consistently, at the highest level. So this is a tough draw for me, playing him in the quarters.”

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Photos: Roger Federer vs Jurgen Melzer at US Open

Photos: Roger Federer vs Jurgen Melzer at US Open

Enjoy some tennis pictures of Roger Federer of Switzerland and Jurgen Melzer of Austria during day eight of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center....

At their tennis match were many celebrities watching and enjoying their power display of tennis...

Federer defeated Melzer in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals where he will play against Robin Soderling...

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