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View Poll Results: who plays the doubles for Croatia?
Let Mario and Ivan finish what they started 14 58.33%
Ivan and Goran: 6-0 as a team in DC doubles 9 37.50%
Goran and Mario: probly not a option on Pilic's mind but whatever 1 4.17%
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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-26-2005, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Will he or won’t he? The big story heading into the Davis Cup final between Croatia and the Slovak Republic in Bratislava is whether Goran Ivanisevic will be selected to play the doubles rubber.

The 2001 Wimbledon champion has been brought into the four-man Croatian team to replace Sasa Tuksar. But whether Croatian captain Nikki Pilic breaks up the successful partnership between Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic – who will also carry the singles load – remains to be seen.

Ljubicic and Ancic are 3-0 as a team in 2005 at Davis Cup level and in the first round upset Mike and Bob Bryan, who ended the year as the world’s No. 1 team.

Ivanisevic’s last professional appearance was a third-round singles loss to Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon in 2004. Ivanisevic last played Davis Cup in 2003, partnering Ivan Ljubicic to victory in the doubles rubber against USA. Ivanisevic and Ljubicic are unbeaten in six career Davis Cup doubles matches.

Ivanisevic is remaining guarded about his prospects of playing in the Tie. He told Davis Cup radio: “My obligation is to be ready if something happens, to maybe play doubles.”

Ljubicic has a perfect 9-0 record in singles and doubles this year after an extraordinary season. He is bidding to match John McEnroe's perfect 1982 season when he won eight singles and four doubles rubbers.

The Slovak Republic, which like Croatia, is bidding for its first Davis Cup title, will rely heavily on Dominik Hrbaty and Karol Beck. The final will be played December 2-4 in Bratislava, the Slovak Republic.
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He clearly won't replace Ivan, and putting him in doubles when Mario and Ivan have such chemistry would be absurd. I could make a snark about Mario in singles, but I won't.

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Exactly, you don't change a winning combination. I don't think anyone would reproach Ivanisevic his moment of glory with the trophy and the rest of the team even if he didn't play a role in the victory, although I remember the faint boos in Paris three years ago when Kafelnikov received his medal in the ceremony at the end, despite the fact that he contributed some good play in the doubles with Safin.

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Let Goran plays in dead rubber
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Let Goran plays in dead rubber
both ivan and i think mario said it to, it will be hard to get any croatia player to play the dead rubber, if they win on Saturday, they are running back to Croatia with the big thropy
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both ivan and i think mario said it to, it will be hard to get any croatia player to play the dead rubber, if they win on Saturday, they are running back to Croatia with the big thropy
Now, I didn't say Croatia won 3-0
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maybe playing goran in doubles may be an advantages as it gives one of the singles players mario or ivan a much needs break

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I don't know if i would like to put my faith in goran, although like almouchie says, it'll give the other a rest. I think he might be able to do it as he was pretty good in that exibition match he played a while back but then it is a five setter!

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Ivanisevic is remaining guarded about his prospects of playing in the Tie. He told Davis Cup radio: “My obligation is to be ready if something happens, to maybe play doubles.”
i think Ivanisevic words' speak for themsleves. He should be ready just in case any thing happens,But i don't think, they 'll primarily risk to change the successful working team between the younger Ancic and Ivan.

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it all also depends who Slovakia throws out there.
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yep, it's an important factor ofcourse

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Age doesn't matter much in doubles and Ivanisevic is the better player. So I'd choose him and Ljubicic.

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If Croatia goes up 2-0 after day1, they will play Goran in doubles, with the way Ivan has been able to handle Hrbaty, which would be 4th match if needed
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Age doesn't matter much in doubles and Ivanisevic is the better player. So I'd choose him and Ljubicic.posted by peoples
it'll be a matter i think, depending on singles results, meaning, if Croatia does well in singles matches, Goran might play for saving energy.but until then and unless ancic shows bad performance or something, Goran won't be an option imo.

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Play the successful combination...

Ljubo needs to get over his Masters Cup thrashing
...and Ancic actually needs to win a match

Does Hrbaty play the first rubber, or is it randomly drawn?

I was under the impression that the #1 home player plays first against the #2 away player?
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