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Update 06/01/2008 - 3:36 PM

Carlos Well, with the rain delays and what not, the Chardy match ran so long that I'm going to save my thoughts on that for tomorrow. Most of you know that he lost today to Nicolas Almagro.

Meanwhile, for those of you who haven't heard, it looks like Carlos Rodriguez, most recently the coach-for-life of the recently retired (but still French Open defending champion), Justine Henin, is probably going to coach Anna Chakvetadze.

The two worked out together in Belgium recently and Rodriguez agreed in principle, although he insisted that he won't travel. This means that Chakvetadze will have to set up shop in Belgium (she currently lives in Moscow) to get the benefit of his full-service coaching (A hat tip for this update goes to my friend Bart Lagae of the Belgian daily, De Standaard).

Have a good night everyone, see you tomorrow.

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Posted by kiwibee 06/01/2008 at 03:43 PM

Well.I guess he needed a new coaching job to avoid the distraction. Good for Chaka Khan.

Posted by svelterogue 06/01/2008 at 03:47 PM

wow, lucky anna! with her game, she and carlos would suit each other quite well. :)

i'm going to try and look into the sports section of de standaard tomorrow at my student job. thanks for the heads up, pete!

Posted by Master Ace 06/01/2008 at 04:29 PM

Even if Samantha Elin may disagree, good move for Anna C to get with Carlos and get some of his knowledge on how to deal with the power hitters. Justine may give her some advice also when Anna C is at their academy. Anna C is having an off year so they can work on some things to prepare for the 2008 US HardCourt season and/or 2009.

Posted by Sam 06/01/2008 at 04:40 PM

Master Ace: Agree that hiring Carlos is a good move for Chakvetadze.

Posted by Ruth 06/01/2008 at 05:13 PM

I'm surprised that Rodriguez has taken on another player, not because of his special relationship with Henin, but because he seemd to have a very, very full plate of other business activities on which I thought he'd be concentrating.(Several articles in the past and one in the current Tennis Mag have reported on these activities.)

I also wonder how long a coaching situation in which the coach does not travel with the relatively young player will last. Even the more mature and independent TMF got tired of the part-time, long distance arrangement with Roche.

Posted by Andrew Miller 06/01/2008 at 08:41 PM

Kind of would be happier if Henin's coach, coached Patty Snyder!

Loved watching the lefty game today - thoroughly enjoyable! - thought the difference between Patty Snyder and the top echelon is firepower and courage. Snyder played a lot of "safe ball" today to let Srebotnik back into the 2nd set (at least temporarily) and that is a No-No for a player that wants to do damage against the top contenders and emerge as one of them. Only when she pushed on the accelerator was she able to close out the match.

To be in that top echelon, she has to not only be crafty, but have her foot on the pedal, for the majority of every match.

Posted by FoT 06/01/2008 at 08:49 PM

I like Patty but I don't think she can win the 'big one'...but I do like to watch her play. People talk about the 3 Serbs coming from a small country but look at the Swiss now... They have Roger, of course, and Stan coming on and Patty with the women after having Martina. And it must be something in the water in Basel having produced Roger and Patty.

Posted by Master Ace 06/01/2008 at 10:05 PM

Switzerland also have another young lady that Patty eliminated in R64 and that is Timea Baczinsky.

Posted by FoT 06/01/2008 at 10:18 PM

Thanks for the info Master Ace. I'll have to follow her career as well!

Posted by jb 06/01/2008 at 10:57 PM

Ruth - i wonder if the other business interests are why he has said he will not travel. And perhaps he'll act more as a focused specialty coach, and she'll have a regualar coach for the bulk of the matches.

it will be interesting though to see if he can help chakha get to the next level, and stabilize her game.

Posted by palii 06/01/2008 at 11:38 PM

lets not forget the "based in basel forehand" known as Ivanovic. they may just have something in the water there...

Posted by Lleytsie 06/01/2008 at 11:57 PM

palli - you mean Pumpevic ?

Posted by kiwibee 06/01/2008 at 11:59 PM

I think Patty needs is the "killer instinct". Too bad Carlos is coaching Chaka Khan. Otherwise Patty will improve a lot more learning from him.

Posted by pollo 06/02/2008 at 02:30 AM

What is said about Carlos is not correct; there is a contract proposal for Anna to work with the Justine academy where she will have a full-time coach (NOT Carlos), nevertheless Carlos will give her advices, training plans, etc... when she is at the academy, as he does with any other players who are members of the academy.

Posted by Marian...vamos Rafa! 06/02/2008 at 02:56 AM

I loved when the comentator said "I hope Roger Federer doesn't watch Rafa play" lol

Lik someone said as well, I also believe that, barring an injury, nobody can stop him to win the 4th title at RG.

As for Verdasco not playing well against him, I think Ancic played way worse against Federer.

Carnip (or whoever the tough guy was, who posted repeatedealy acusing Rafa about being a drama queen):
a) Get a life
b) You seem to have very limited understanding about injuries and pains and such. Even so, not need to keep blabbing over and over again about an..aspirin (or w/e that pain killer was).
Oh I know that you'd be playing with so much more intensity then Nadal with blisters in your feet or with those knee injuries that didn't let him incorporate running into his training since 2005, I really believe you capabale of all that.

Posted by Andrew Miller 06/02/2008 at 12:27 PM

Wish Patty Snyder had the killer instinct also like you said! I just love her lefty game. A killer instinct would do wonders.

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