Re: Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R: Slovak Republic at Portugal (March 4-6, 2011)
Seriously, I love Machado, but his mental lapses on Davis Cup are just epic. He is potentially better than Gil, but mentally, he keeps struggling to stay focused while playing Davis Cup. After getting humiliated by Sektic last season, almost losing once again at home to Klizan after being up 2-0 in sets shows that he gets too nervous to be a confident choice to play Davis Cup. Fortunately, Klizan is an inconsistent and inexperienced kid. An experienced player would have beaten Machado in the 5th set, with 3 bps at 4-4. We have Tavares, who is a solid player and deserves to have a shot to play a live rubber. I would make a bold statement and put Tavares in the 4th rubber. If he beats Lacko, that would give him a huge confident boost. If he loses, Gil will 95% sure beat Klizan in the 5th rubber and give us the win anyway.
*JOÃO SOUSA* *GASTÃO ELIAS* *FREDERICO GIL* *PEDRO SOUSA* *RUI MACHADO*