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Russia v Belarus

06 - 08 Feb 2004
Surface: Carpet - indoors
Belarus

Russia :
Captain :Shamil TARPISCHEV
Marat SAFIN
Nikolay DAVYDENKO
Mikhail YOUZHNY
Igor ANDREEV


Belarus:
Captain:Sergei TETERIN
Max MIRNYI
Vladimir VOLTCHKOV
Alexander SHVEC
Andrei KARATCHENIA

...I guess Marat is to Russia what Max is to Belarus , their only hope.
Actually Andreev is playing *really* well atm, and Im happy to see Nikolay there...GO RUSSIA!
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youzhny is pretty good 2

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excpe t 4 max and voltchkov i have no clue who the others are

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I didn't even know that Belarus was a country

"And how to say this one? The Russian one, doesn't have a bad one also. What is his name, the young one, the tall one? This guy, you know (laughter)? The one not playing too bad. He beat once Sampras in the finals of US Open. Do you know him (laughter)? Safin, maybe Safin? I mean, I don't know, I consider myself I don't have a bad backhand. Not super, but I'm working on it."

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As long as we're confessing, it took me some time to realise that Belarus wasn't a different country than "Wit-Rusland" - how it's called in Dutch. But ever since I took a liking in Max, I'm aware!

Gooooo Russia and goooooo Max!
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ow now I see

"And how to say this one? The Russian one, doesn't have a bad one also. What is his name, the young one, the tall one? This guy, you know (laughter)? The one not playing too bad. He beat once Sampras in the finals of US Open. Do you know him (laughter)? Safin, maybe Safin? I mean, I don't know, I consider myself I don't have a bad backhand. Not super, but I'm working on it."

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Safin doubtful for Davis Cup play vs. Belarus
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MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Australian Open runner-up Marat Safin might not be fit for Russia's Davis Cup World Group first-round tie against Belarus this week, team captain Shamil Tarpishchev said Tuesday.

"There's no guarantee that Safin will play," Tarpishchev said. "If he has not rehabilitated himself after Australia, there may be no point in fielding him."
Safin played 30 sets in seven matches at the Australian Open, and spent 20 hours, 58 minutes on the court in two weeks. He defeated U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals and defending Australian Open champion Andre Agassi in the semifinals, before loosing to Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the final.

"The nervous system recovers much longer than the physical one. One cannot trick nature," said Tarpishchev.

Safin returned to Moscow early Tuesday and was expected to be in Minsk on Wednesday.

Tarpishchev said he might decide whether to play Safin on Thursday, the day of the draw.

But he said that Safin was still regarded as Russia's No. 1 for the tie, starting Friday. Mikhail Youzhny was No. 2, and Nikolay Davydenko the backup singles player.

Sergei Teterin, captain of the Belarus team, said his players weren't focusing on whether or not Safin would play, but planned to "prepare for any Russian team."

Both captains said they thought chances were 50-50 for the both teams.

"There are no secrets for us about" playing the ex-Soviet republic of Belarus, Tarpishchev said. "We are from one school - the Soviet one."

Teterin agreed, saying "the match will have a friendly character."

Tarpishchev said that Belarus was likely to win the doubles as Max Mirnyi tops the doubles rankings. But in the singles, "much will depend on the quality of the players' serves."

The tie will be the first between the two former Soviet republics. Belarus will be making its debut in the World Group.

The loser of the tie will go to the World Group playoffs in September.
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I wasnt sure Marat would play so soon either..he said somewhere that the others have alread been in Minsk for a while practicing and that he was anxious to get down there...anway I hope the couple of days off wil be enough for him to recuperate....
Tarpishchev is such a mother goose, bless him.
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ugh, I bet the last thing Marat wants is another 5 setter.
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I don't think anyone on the belarus team pulls for 5 sets. With all due respect to Max, Marat should handle him in 4- sets, especially on carpet.

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Its good from Tarpishchev.

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I am sad Marat lost the Australian Open final. But he had nothing left for the final and he would have to be at his best to beat a great player like Roger Federer who cruised through his matches to get to the final.

It's great to see Marat play well again! But I hope he only plays 1 singles match against Belarus. I don't want him to play too much tennis at the beginning of the year. This is a tough Davis Cup Tie so Marat will probably have to play 2 singles matches and the doubles, too.

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Davis Cup Previews; ( from Tennis-X)

Posted on February 04, 2004

Tennis-X will preview two matches per day of the eight first round match-ups during the days leading to the first round World Group matches for the 2004 Davis Cup, finishing with the first ball hit on Friday. Today's features are Russia at Belarus, and Argentina at Morocco:

RUSSIA vs. BELARUS
Site: Football Manege, Minsk, BLR
Surface: Carpet indoors (Taraflex)
Ball Type: Penn ATP

Marat Safin and company enter the lair of The Beast in an interesting meeting between two countries that played as one under the flag of the Soviet Union until 1992.

Safin, fresh off his Aussie Open runner-up effort, is joined by Mikhail Youzhny, Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev, essentially the same team that won the Cup in 2002 (sans a fat Yevgeny Kafelnikov on the active roster). Playing defense will be the home Belarusians, who could turn on the offense behind Max "The Beast" Mirnyi, who has gone three sets in all three of his meetings (winning one) against Safin. Voltchkov has been a non-factor since his 2000 Wimbledon semifinal run, but could find inspiration in front of the home crowd.

"We will play without Kafelnikov for the first time in many years," Russian captain Shamil Tarpishchev said. "He will support our players as one of the team's coaches but will not play himself. There is a big difference. I still have to decide who will be our team's number two. I will finalize my decision later." You do that. Shamil then shouted, "This press conference is over!" Just kidding.

The doubles could be key in this meeting, with the formidable Mirnyi-Voltchkov for Belarus, and the Russians likely giving the overworked Safin a rest on the middle Saturday between the singles. Give the nod to the Russians, with this tie likely being decided on the final day.

RUSSIA 2003 DAVIS CUP RESULTS
d. Czech Republic 3-2, World Group 1st rd.
l. to Argentina 5-0, World Group QF

BELARUS 2003 DAVIS CUP RESULTS
d. Israel 3-2, Euro/African Group I 1st rd.
d. Zimbabwe 4-1, Euro/African Group I QF
d. Germany 3-2, World Group qualifier

Allez allez allez allez Marat !
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Weary Safin Questionable for Davis Cup
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MINSK, Belarus - Marat Safin might not be able to play for Russia this week in the Davis Cup after his exhausting run to the Australian Open (news - web sites) final.

Safin, in a great return from a year marked by injuries, played 30 sets in seven matches at the Australian Open, losing to Wimbledon (news - web sites) champion Roger Federer in the final.


Russia faces Belarus in the opening round of World Group competition, a best-of-five event that begins Friday.


"There's no guarantee that Safin will play," Russian captain Shamil Tarpishchev said Tuesday. "If he has not rehabilitated himself after Australia, there may be no point in fielding him."


Safin returned to Moscow on Tuesday and was expected to be in Minsk on Wednesday. Tarpishchev said he might decide on Safin's availability on Thursday, the day of the draw.


"The nervous system recovers much longer than the physical one," the captain said. "One cannot trick nature."


Tarpishchev still regards Safin as Russia's No. 1 player. Mikhail Youzhny was No. 2, with Nikolay Davydenko the backup singles player.


The series will be the first between the two former Soviet republics. Belarus will be making its debut in the World Group. The loser will go to the World Group playoffs in September.


In Australia, Safin spent 20 hours, 58 minutes on the court in two weeks. He beat U.S. Open (news - web sites) champion Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals and defending champion Andre Agassi in the semifinals.
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I hope he doesnt play more than possibly one singles match, or the doubles.

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