Originally Posted by <Lt*Alonso*Cl>
I'm very confident about our result in QF's
We all know Nico plays way to different during DC ties
So Blake & Roddick can say whatever they want, they still don't have the same "garra" and just a few teams can play with all their heart for its country
The Americans don't have the same "garra" as the Chileans. I saw Chile celebrating after their win - they were so excited. For the Americans, it was like - oh yeah right, we're supposed to run around the court with the flag for the cameras.
And the way I figure it – Chile is the underdog in this matchup – a slight underdog on indoor hard and very much the underdog on grass.
The thing that makes the US so strong is:
2) The depth of the US team
4) Home crowd
On indoor hard, Andy is great. The rest of the US team is excellent – James, Robby, and maybe Taylor, and of course, the Bryans in doubles
But once they choose grass, they lose the rest of the US team – no James, no Robby – Fernando is much better on grass than either of them. And Taylor – I really like Taylor so don't enjoy saying negative things about him, but he's always sooooo out of shape, refuses to move into an all around type game, and can be a total space cadet out there likes he's on another planet. Would anyone in their right mind but their hopes on Taylor? The answer is obviously no.
So on grass, that only leaves Andy and the Bryans. Formidable to be sure. But what if any of those three men get injured? I hope they don't – I would never wish an injury on my most hated player let alone players like Andy and the Bryans (I'm not a fan of the Bryans – they make me insane with that silly collegiate chest bump, but again, would never wish an injury on them, and I love Andy so definitely would never wish an injury on him either).
But injuries happen. Sickness happens. People have off days.
If that were to happen, then all of a sudden, the field is level, and to be honest, if its Andy that gets injured or sick, then Fernando becomes the best grass player out there for the singles. The Bryans can't win it by themselves, and we all know Nico's heart for Davis Cup – he could definitely take his match against a James or Robby.
Plus, the grass they are going to play on will be different than Wimbledon grass. Just like hardcourt has slow, medium, and fast, and plays differently, ditto grass. It won't throw Andy off, but definitely could throw the Bryans off.
So let them choose grass. If no one gets injured or sick for the Americans, then yes, they will be on to the SFs. But if something happens and Andy or the Bryans aren't at their best, it’s a whole different ball game.
But that's just my humble opinion – and I could be wrong.