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Question A double for Spain

Now that Alex Corretja has withdrawn from Davis Cup until he plays better, the possibilities for the double are bigger than ever . The Spanish captains even think of including Carlos Moya or Juan Carlos Ferrero if the tie is played on hard court.

But which 2 players would you pick???

I'd pick Tommy Robredo and Rafael Nadal because Tommy plays doubles all year long for 2 years now and he plans playing with Rafael this year. Being both young it would also be a possibility for many years.

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Re: A double for Spain

Playing Ferrero in doubles would be a BAD idea.

Robredo-Nadal is, imo, a very good idea. They are playing this week, next week, and at the Australia Open. If they do well, I say "give them a chance".

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Re: A double for Spain

I'd have been interested to see Robredo and Lopez, btw, but seeing as they aren't practicing together, that isn't really an option at the moment.

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Re: A double for Spain

Having STILL not seen Nadal in action (ugggh) I cannot really comment on him, but he sounds like an excellent player, and Robredo/Nadal would probably be effective AND entertaining!
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Having STILL not seen Nadal in action (ugggh) I cannot really comment on him, but he sounds like an excellent player, and Robredo/Nadal would probably be effective AND entertaining!
He's in a bit of singles slump at the moment. Hopefully he snaps out of it.

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Having seen Tommy play dubs with Ranier in both Montreal and Bercy, well, uhhhmmm, my personal opinion is that his doubles game could use some refinement to say the very least.

I've never seen Feli play doubles, never seen Nadal play doubles, but know that Vicente plays a far better doubles game than Robredo.

Theres my vote.
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Re: A double for Spain

Lopez should definetly be one of the players due to his serve/volley
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Lopez should definetly be one of the players due to his serve/volley
Yeah... I really don't know why they don't have him playing with another Spaniard during the Australian Season. Robredo-Nadal was encouraged by the Federation, btw... it wasn't their idea, so to speak.

Any combination using those three would be the best, imo.... although I am a tad confused why they didn't try Robredo-Lopez? I say they should use those three, though, because odds are they will be playing Davis Cup singles in the future.

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Having seen Tommy play dubs with Ranier in both Montreal and Bercy, well, uhhhmmm, my personal opinion is that his doubles game could use some refinement to say the very least.

I've never seen Feli play doubles, never seen Nadal play doubles, but know that Vicente plays a far better doubles game than Robredo.

Theres my vote.
I didn't think that Robredo's doubles game was that bad? I've only seen him play once though, and I was guaging this based on the fact that he was up against one of the best doubles teams in the world (Bjorkman and Woodbridge)... and playing with Portas

Regardless... he's a better choice than Ferrero, Moya, or Costa, imo. For doubles, that is. For singles, I'd still go with Costa over him.

Man, Costa. Would you be a bit irked if you got passed over for... Robredo and Nadal?! After getting passed over in the finals last year? Damn. They should have tried Lopez with Costa

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About Vicente... he only won 8 matches in 18 doubles tournaments last year... and doesn't even have a single doubles title.

So I'm not sure that I can see any arguement in playing him... even over Nadal... who I don't really think should be playing yet (not when Lopez-Robredo was an option)

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Sitting with all five spectators at Ranier and Tommy's match in Bercy, I found myself actually chuckling over some of his shot selections and court movement. Ranier was even laughing a few times.

He played much better in Montreal than in Bercy, maybe it was just the whole coaching change, couldn't tell you, but his mind was just NOT there.
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Any combination using those three would be the best, imo.... although I am a tad confused why they didn't try Robredo-Lopez? I
They are probably scared to use Lopez again after he got thrashed in the DC doubles in Australia so badly. They probably don't realise he has the game to be a great doubles player.
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No title, but he and Ferrer were in the finals at Acapulco last year.

Fernando's problem with tennis is waking up and deciding if he feels like playing on any given day. He is exceptionally talented, but not exceptionally motivated. I am sure his federation is well aware of that, just threw out his name because he happens to be one of my favorites.
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They are probably scared to use Lopez again after he got thrashed in the DC doubles in Australia so badly. They probably don't realise he has the game to be a great doubles player.
That's too bad... I'm sure they'll consider him in the future. Heck, they might even end up using him this time around. I would hope that they would, since he'd be a better backup singles player indoors than either Nadal or Robredo would be.

Michelle... I have to be honest, and say that I've only seen Vicente play once. That was at the USO against Nadal, where Nadal kicked his butt rather soundly. Granted, this could have been one of the days he wasn't motivated to play. Though I find it surprising that he'd "let" himself get kicked by a 17 year old... but stranger things have happened.

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Re: A double for Spain

I would go with Lopez Costa

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