MCENROE’S DAVIS CUP PREVIEWS
from Blackrock Tour of Champions
USA vs. SWEDEN
“I think that if the United States plays up to its ability, which is always a question, then I think they have a lot more firepower. Certainly they have an edge in the doubles; you’ve got guys that have played together for a long time but also Bjorkman is one of the best doubles players around. I think it would have been better for Sweden if they had played on clay but their guys play better on a fast court so that’s definitely taking a chance because both of our guys, Roddick and Blake play better on a hard court. So I feel like they played into our hands really. I’d be surprised if we didn’t win pretty comfortably, really. I know Johansson has had some good results in the past on hard courts but Roddick just destroyed him at The Open and it’s hard to see Sweden winning three matches.
I’m a little bit tight for my brother just because he’s being doing it for a while and hasn’t won it yet and the pressure’s on. But I think that the cards have fallen for him this year and playing Sweden there is difficult but it’s better than playing Argentina down in Argentina. He’s had some pretty good things happen and now if we get to the finals we’ll probably play at home so I think it looks good for us.
GREAT BRITAIN vs. CROATIA
“I think it’s a good way for Tim Henman to end his career and hopefully he’ll go out in style. It’s a good way for him to go out at Wimbledon without actually playing Wimbledon. He did the best he could in his career, he came close to doing something a lot of people think he should have done. He had that one great chance the year that Goran won it and I think he got the most out of his ability. I think he should be proud of what he did and I think he knows he maximised what he had. He wasn’t as gifted physically as others and didn’t have all the tools, so he did really well.
“I’m not that familiar with Marin Cilic, and Ivan Ljubicic isn’t playing as well as he has been in the past. I would be surprised if Britain didn’t win, although it would have been a lot tougher if Croatia had their full team out. It’s not the same as playing Croatia on grass with (Ivo) Karlovic and (Mario) Ancic. It’s fallen for the British a little like how it’s fallen for the States. I think Henman will finish on a high. Ljubicic isn’t a gimme match, but I think Tim will enjoy the experience and be able to use the crowd more than he did at Wimbledon.”
Interesting he picks a SF and a world group play-off match to preview. What about that all important other SF Germany vs Russia?
still topic of the week is Henmans retirement so guess he had to say a word or 2 about that
Well so far as USA-Sweden 1-1, GB - Croatia 2-0