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Re: James v Robby - the davis cup thread :)
Well it's not going to be Robby b/c Robby didn't GO to Belgium.
U.S. Davis Cup Lineup To Be Roddick, Blake
By Andre Christopher
James Blake will be the U.S. Davis Cup team No. 2 when the draw is made Thursday for the Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie between the United States and Belgium. It’s not that Blake outperformed Robby Ginepri during the week of practice in Leuven. Quite simply, Blake made the trip.
In an unexpected — if not unusual — set of events, Ginepri took himself out of consideration for the No. 2 singles slot on the U.S. team in order to further prepare for the remainder of the season and recover from a breakthrough U.S. Open in which he reached his first Grand Slam tournament semifinal. During the Open, U.S. Captain Patrick McEnroe announced a squad of U.S. No. 1 Andy Roddick, Blake, Ginepri and Bryan twins Bob and Mike, the U.S. Open men’s doubles champions.
Blake and Ginepri earned their places on the squad with outstanding play during the summer, followed by remarkable performances at the U.S. Open. But in naming his squad for this Sept. 23-25 tie, which will determine whether the United States remains in the prestigious Davis Cup World Group or drops into zonal play, McEnroe said that he would not have Blake and Ginepri play a challenge match for the position. So with both players having played deep into the second week of the U.S. Open (Blake was a quarterfinalist), they questioned between themselves the merit of going from the summer-long North American hard courts to slow, indoor red clay for a week (which is what the Belgians have chosen for Davis Cup) and back to to hard courts — eventually, even, fast indoor carpet.
The players called McEnroe last weekend and asked who he would pick for the team if he had to make a decision right then. Based on their clay court records this year — Blake is 21-2, including exhibition tournaments and challengers; Ginepri is 4-5 including exhibition tournaments and qualifying — McEnroe said he would have to go with Blake. Ginepri said he would stay home, though remain willing to fly to Belgium in a pinch if injury demanded it.
“I understood,” McEnroe said at the end of practice in Leuven on Wednesday. “Look, they both had great summers. It would have been tough to come here, practice all week and then not play.”
So all that remains is to see whether Blake will open this weekend’s tie against Belgian No. 1 Olivier Rochus or if Roddick against Christophe Rochus will be the first match. The draw will be held at Leuven City Hall at 12:30 local time on Thursday.