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French wanted to face Sampras

French captain pleased Agassi not coming, disappointed Sampras staying away
By MICHAEL McDONOUGH
Associated Press Writer
September 12, 2002


VERSAILLES, France (AP) -- France's Davis Cup captain knows all about Pete Sampras' struggles on clay, and now Guy Forget is a bit disappointed the U.S. Open champion won't be playing for the United States.

``At one stage, I almost hoped he (Sampras) would come,'' Forget said Thursday. ``He might have messed up and played a mediocre match.''

Sampras extended his record of Grand Slam singles titles to 14 by winning the U.S. Open last Sunday. He then told U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe he wasn't ready to play against defending champion France at Roland Garros, home of the French Open.

Sampras lost in the first round of this year's French Open, and has never advanced past the semifinals on its red clay surface.

``Sampras sometimes loses control on clay when he's not feeling confident,'' Forget said.

Forget hoped Sampras would draw big crowds to Roland Garros, where France last played the United States in the 1932 final. France won that match 3-2, but trails the United States 6-7 overall.

Andre Agassi, who won the 1999 French Open, also declined to play for the United States. That works to France's advantage.

``Yes,'' Forget said. ``We know his ability to play on clay.''

McEnroe's team consists of Andy Roddick, James Blake, Todd Martin and Mardy Fish. The French team includes Sebastien Grosjean, Arnaud Clement, Fabrice Santoro and Mickael Llodra.

``For Agassi, it was predictable (that he wouldn't come) -- he had said so for a long time,'' Forget said of the U.S. Open runner-up. ``For Sampras, it was a bit more surprising.''

The United States has won the Davis Cup 31 times, more than any other nation, but hasn't taken the title since 1995. France, the defending champion, has won nine times.
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Some mean stuff to say.
Will people never stop trashing Pete?

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Well he is entitled to his opinion, but ouch.

Then again, i have a feeling that Sampras wont lose sleep over this one now

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LOL!!!!!!!!!!! go Forget!!!!!!! thanks for the laugh Egg.

Q. When you've played as few matches as you have over the last two, three months, did you ever lack motivation to go out and practice?

ANDY RODDICK: Motivation? No. I enjoy what I do. I enjoy what I do. You know, I've never been one to, you know, blow off practice or, you know, do anything like that.

You know, I'd be lying if I said I'm looking forward to practicing the next two days as opposed to playing here. That part is gonna suck...(2010 Aegon Championships)
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something tells me that Roddick will be the key player for this tie...Blake can hold his own, and the doubles match seems to be exciting, how Andy will react to the public and clay seems to be the X-factor in here..
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Ace Tracker, Roddick's big serves will be muted on the clay. i think it's all up to James, in both singles and doubles. go James!!

Q. When you've played as few matches as you have over the last two, three months, did you ever lack motivation to go out and practice?

ANDY RODDICK: Motivation? No. I enjoy what I do. I enjoy what I do. You know, I've never been one to, you know, blow off practice or, you know, do anything like that.

You know, I'd be lying if I said I'm looking forward to practicing the next two days as opposed to playing here. That part is gonna suck...(2010 Aegon Championships)
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Forget Guy Forget!

Has everyone except true tennis fans like me forgotten what Pete Sampras did in the 1995 Davis Cup Final in Moscow, Russia on a slow red clay court? Sampras single handedly won the Davis Cup for America in heroic fashion with thrilling but extremely grueling wins over Yevegeny Kafelnikov and Andrei Chesnokov! And Sampras also led America to victory in the doubles, too. Remember that Eggy?

But Sampras never got over the fact that hardly anyone paid attention to one of the greatest achievements in his illustrous career! And that's why he's given the Davis Cup the cold shoulder for most of the past 6 years.

If Sampras was in Paris to play the Davis Cup semifinals, it would receive alot more attention than it will get. That's for sure.

But I don't think Pete wanted to go all the way to Paris to play quick as a cat players like Grosjean and Clement on slow red clay!

Todd Martin and Mardy Fish? I'd rather have John McEnroe and any American player playing doubles!

Ace Tracker, Blake can hold his own in Davis Cup? Really? Roddick has proven he can win Davis Cup matches. Blake hasn't. But I hope he can. But Grosjean and Clement are going to be tough to beat on red clay.

If Patrick McEnroe had only played Roddick in the Davis Cup last year in Switzerland, I think the U.S. team would have won that Tie, too! But he just let this devastating young gun sit on the bench!

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Zhenya has a complex playing Pete, as well as a few others

French are much better on the dirt, Pete is 100 times worse then he was in mid-90's when he at least some progress at RG.
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Egg,

that was my beef with good ol' Kafel. Sometimes I felt he thought too much of Sampras to give himself a chance. I remember watching a match and Sampras was literally trashing Kafelnikov at one point YK just gave up He would just let Pete hit winners, after winner, after winner...
that's just to show us what a mental block can do to a player* and even to this day...I don't think I have ever seen anyone do that (???) at least not a top player.
(maybe Patty when she plays Anna Kournikova )


btw, I know what I'm about to say may sound crude...but it was so bad that I wouldn't be surprised if Pete had him do honorary blowjobs after the match
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Ace Tracker, Blake can hold his own in Davis Cup? Really? Roddick has proven he can win Davis Cup matches. Blake hasn't. But I hope he can. But Grosjean and Clement are going to be tough to beat on red clay.

If Patrick McEnroe had only played Roddick in the Davis Cup last year in Switzerland, I think the U.S. team would have won that Tie, too! But he just let this devastating young gun sit on the bench!
The cat - in order for Andy to have helped the USA beat the Swiss that year, he would have had to have beaten Federer in singles.

Seeing as he has yet to manage a three set victory against Federer (0-2), I am curious what justifies your reasoning for thinking that he would have won a 5 setter in a high pressure situation, with zero experience? Don't let Federer's current form fool you. He has everything Roddick has, and then some. And I'm not meaning to insult Roddick, I'm just telling it like how I see it.

Furthermore, Blake, like Roddick - is unbeaten in Davis Cup play. Blake, like ROddick - has not had to play a high ranked opponent. So I see no reason to think Blake is questionable, but Roddick isn't.

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Oh no! i will have to cheer against andy for the first time of my life! Oh unless Andy wins his 2 matches and we win the other 3!

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Good counterpoints Becca! And you did it in a nice way, too!

But Roddick and Blake are in for very tough matches against Clement and Grosjean on clay! I hope they can handle it.

Dahveed, you can root for Roddick to win his 2 singles matches, and still root for France to win the Tie!

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Blake can hold his own in Davis Cup? Really? Roddick has proven he can win Davis Cup matches. Blake hasn't. But I hope he can. But Grosjean and Clement are going to be tough to beat on red clay.
where the hell do you get your information from? Blake has a winning Davis Cup record! of course he should be included in the team. Roddick with his one-dimensional game is more of a liability than anything else. and Sampras will not risk losing another match -- he's gonna quit tennis any day now. you heard it here first.
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TC, I never said Blake shouldn't be on the team. Of course he should. But it was Roddick who held up so well against Spain in the Davis Cup earlier this year. Unfortunately the great one (Sampras) dropped the ball in his match against Correjta. But Roddick bailed him out big time! Let's face it. Both Roddick and Blake are going to be under tremendous pressure to win. But the good thing is the U.S. Davis Cup team is turning the page on Sampras and Agassi as far as playing Davis Cup goes. And unless someone comes out of nowhere to challenge Roddick and Blake the next couple of years, the Davis Cup team will be built around Roddick and Blake for the forseeable future. And it should be. Now if they only had a fine doubles team!

It should be interesting to see how Blake performs in this Davis Cup Tie in France on clay. The pressure will be on. And the Americans need the doubles point. That's for sure. The formula to win is to split the singles and win the doubles.

And Sampras won't be retiring anytime soon, TC. If he does, I'll eat my hat! Although it would be a story book ending! Pete Sampras thinks he has one more Wimbledon title run in him. I think he might have another big Wimbledon in him, too. But I think he should skip the clay court season next year. It only fouls up his game!

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I don't really think Blake and Roddick *should* feel under tremendous pressure.

The French team is the overwhelming favourite here - on pretty much any surface. They have more depth, all their players can bring it on in singles, as well as doubles. Not to mention that it is at home, in Roland Garros. Grosjean has already proven he can play well in front of a partisan crowd in Roland Garros, and the rest are experienced Davis Cup players.

Roddick, Blake etc should go in and try their best - but they shouldn't feel pressure - they aren't the faves in the slightest.

The French team has everything on them, IMO.

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