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Davis Cup relegation tie: Australia v Belgium 2-3

Hewitt(AUS) def. Bemelmans(BEL) 7-6(4) 7-5 2-6 6-4

O. Rochus(BEL) def. Ball(AUS) 6-4 6-4 7-6(5)

Hewitt/Hanley(AUS) def. O.Rochus/R. Bemelmans(BEL) 6-1 6-2 6-4

O. Rochus(BEL) def. P. Luczak(AUS) 7-6(8) 6-4 6-7(0) 7-6(2)

S. Darcis(BEL) def. C. Ball(AUS) 7-6(4) 6-3 6-4

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Re: Davis Cup relegation tie: Australia v Belgium 1-1

Interesting how Hewitt struggled so much with Bemelmans. Belgium must surely fancy their chances of forcing a live 5th rubber...
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Re: Davis Cup relegation tie: Australia v Belgium 1-1

Lleyton said he was rusty from not playing many matches and he got fatigued by the end of the match but was able to pull it out. Bemelmans has a big serve so that score isn't surprising. Lleyton has a good H2H and is a good match-up with Olli, so Belgium needs to win the doubles to have a true chance I believe.

Darcis, who is possibly the most injury prone player in the game, has a partially torn rotator cuff and may or may not be available for the doubles tie.
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Re: Davis Cup relegation tie: Australia v Belgium 1-1

Darcis surely won't be playing. It doesn't really change Belgium's chances in the doubles anyway, unless Desein/Bemelmans have useful credentials that I don't know about. Certainly Rochus isn't a strong doubles player.

If Hewitt plays well he can punish Rochus all day, yes...but if he is rusty and lethargic he'll be vulnerable, whether he has a dominant head-to-head or not.
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Re: Davis Cup relegation tie: Australia v Belgium 1-1

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Darcis surely won't be playing. It doesn't really change Belgium's chances in the doubles anyway, unless Desein/Bemelmans have useful credentials that I don't know about. Certainly Rochus isn't a strong doubles player.

If Hewitt plays well he can punish Rochus all day, yes...but if he is rusty and lethargic he'll be vulnerable, whether he has a dominant head-to-head or not.
As far as I read, Bemelmans will play the doubles if Darcis can't go. Steve actually is a decent doubles player. Bemelmans has a big serve and OK volleys, Olli is a good mover and decent volleyer also, although he doesn't have true doubles instincts. They actually are a decent team, IMO. I don't know about Hewitt/Hanley, I didn't think Hanley was that good at this point and Lleyton is likely still tired. I'm guessing he'll still play, and yes Australia would be the heavy favorite.

You are right about Lleyton v Rochus though, if Rusty is rusty, then Olli will take advantage of that. But I cannot see Lleyton losing that, not at home. If he's fit enough to give his all I think he wins. If it comes down to a fifth rubber things will get interesting so it's going to be a very important doubles point tomorrow.

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Re: Davis Cup relegation tie: Australia v Belgium 1-1

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Darcis surely won't be playing. It doesn't really change Belgium's chances in the doubles anyway, unless Desein/Bemelmans have useful credentials that I don't know about. Certainly Rochus isn't a strong doubles player.

If Hewitt plays well he can punish Rochus all day, yes...but if he is rusty and lethargic he'll be vulnerable, whether he has a dominant head-to-head or not.
Rochus is a Slam winner in doubles.
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Re: Davis Cup relegation tie: Australia v Belgium 1-1

Malisse and Norman didn't want to play or are injured? Those two and I think even Vliegen would have been a help in doubles.
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Re: Davis Cup relegation tie: Australia v Belgium 1-1

I didn't know Olli was a slam winner in doubles, but I have seen him play doubles and he's good for a singles player. Moves well around the net, decent volleys, decent positioning, it's just obvious he's not a doubles player. But he's a pretty good doubles players, and Bemelmans is also pretty good so together they are a decent team. I can see them beating the Aussie pair but they are certainly the big underdog and I don't expect it.
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Malisse and Norman didn't want to play or are injured? Those two and I think even Vliegen would have been a help in doubles.
Didn't want to play, Malisse for personal reasons and Norman because he's still pissed of for the NON-selection last tie.

Rochus/Bemelmans will be a very interesting pair. Rochus surely is a very good doubles player and he's in a very good shape and he loves this fast surface. For the first time in 2 years I think Belgium has a good shot to win against a favourite opponent, but still Australia is the favorite.

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The choice of a really fast surface is a little odd no? For Oli the faster the better with that low, flat ball of his, and on a slower high-bounce court he'd be killed by Ball's service angles.
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I doubt they gave even one thought of consideration to anyone but Hewitt in the choice of surface.
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Re: Davis Cup relegation tie: Australia v Belgium 2-1

Hanley/Hewitt put a smackdown in the doubles, and now Lleyton is in position to send Australia back in the world group for the first time since 2007 with a victory over Rochus in first reverse rubber.
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If [Hewitt's] fit enough to give his all I think he wins.
It doesn't matter if Lleyton is fit enough. It's Davis Cup. He'll give it everything he's got. Regardless.

Nice to see the Aussies pull out the doubles rubber, though. They're always so much more fun back in the World Group.

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It doesn't matter if Lleyton is fit enough. It's Davis Cup. He'll give it everything he's got. Regardless.

Nice to see the Aussies pull out the doubles rubber, though. They're always so much more fun back in the World Group.
That's very true about Lleyton. When it comes to playing for his country, rain sleet or snow, he'll be there giving it his all. That's why I like Lleyton, he doesn't make excuses and always has the effort.

I would also enjoy Australia in the world group so hopefully Lleyton can beat Olli, it would mean so much for him I'm sure and also could spur better things in his personal career.
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