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Question Im having thoughts about the US-France semi-final

The french team are sooooooo injury-prone, the only clay-courter in the team that is not currently carrying an injury is The Magician, but he is in a slump.. Llodra/Santoro might fall to Blake/Martin or Blake/Fish, James in singles can do alot of damage on clay, & Pete can defeat the injured Grosjean...
France are still my favorites, but i think the US have some chances now.

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Actually, Santoro has been having a lot of problems with his ankle lately, so you can include him the injury-prone group, unfortunately. I'm rooting for France. They're my second favorite tennis nation, after Spain.

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i'm very worried too,but fortunately there is one month to go so maybe Grosjean will be fully recovered from his injury,and honestly i dont see Blake/Martin beating Santoro/Llodra (what about Pioline for double?) on clay.

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Well Santoro just beat Harel Levy 6-2 6-2

I like Spain as well, they rock! My other fave is obviously Israel, & France & the USA than...

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Any of the french players can beat Pete on clay. Even injured Im afraid. If the match goes the distance, the chance of Sampras losing only increases.
Im hoping for the French guys to get in the spirit of Davis Cup, which they do extremely well, and go beyond their physical condition.
Blake is a dangerous guy, but I dont believe they would call Pete if it wasnt for him to play.

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GO USA! And I doubt Pete will be playing the single matches... he really sucks at the moment and it's doubly worse on clay

But go Andy and James
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that's right, Angele, no other coach would consciously play Sampras instead of better Blake, but PatMac has been kissing Pete's butt for so long that he is growing himself a moustache...
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I guess that once you call a player as Pete, you mean to put him to play.
Not that I dont agree with you, I also think Blake is better than him on clay. But then he should just call Sampras.
Thats my opinion.

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Of course the US has their chances...

But I would still be very surprised if they upset the French team.

The French team just has too much depth and talent - esp. when playing the Americans on clay.

And injury or not, Santoro has been playing pretty well lately, Grosjean still has a month to get better, etc etc - they will be ready.

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i'm pretty sure that will be Andy and Pete to play singles.Blake has no experience at this level,and i still prefer Pete playing at 50% than Blake.btw Pete's condition is improving,after he came back with Annacone he started to play better!but who will play second single apart from Grosjean?Santoro or Clement?

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i'm pretty sure that will be Andy and Pete to play singles.Blake has no experience at this level,and i still prefer Pete playing at 50% than Blake.btw Pete's condition is improving,after he came back with Annacone he started to play better!but who will play second single apart from Grosjean?Santoro or Clement?
You've got to be kidding me! Pete playing at 50% is better than Blake playing at all? James played pretty well at RG (the DC tie will be held on Court Phillipe Chartier), ten times better than Pete did. And Blake has played singles for the US team, albeit dead rubbers. I think Blake has a much better chance of winning a clay court match than Sampras, especially against the French team. Blake was toe-to-toe with Grosjean during their match at the French.

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What I meant with my last post was that then he should just NOT call Sampras.
He is too big a name to sit in the bench and watch. JMO, though.

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Yes but he would never disrespect the great Pete

What else would he have to drool over all weekend

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Tennishack: Blake has no experience at this level,dont forget that last year he was unknown!!If Pete wants to play,Mcenroe will never leave him out.if Blake will play,it's just cos Pete doesnt want to go to Davis Cup but u can be sure that if both are there,Pete will play.plus Blake has to play also double with Martin so i doubt he'll play all 3 days.btw it's early to talk about davis cup teams,Us Open performances will say who'll play.
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