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USA Davis Cup (2006)

Roddick consults Sampras


Eurosport - Pippa Davis - 19/09/2006 17:25



US number one Andy Roddick has consulted former tennis great Pete Sampras on how to beat Russia ahead of their Davis Cup semi-final this week in Moscow.

The last time the two country's met in the latter rounds of the Davis Cup – in the 1995 final – Sampras won all three of his matches to lead the United States to a 3-2 victory.

“I've just asked him for some advice,” Roddick told reporters.

“We played an exhibition match last week (at the World Team Tennis tournament in California) and we just had a nice chat about the Davis Cup.

“I've never been to Moscow before and obviously I wanted to know what the stadium was like and what the atmosphere was,” added the US Open finalist.

“It wasn't a long conversation, just a small talk but I appreciated all the help I could get.”

With the tie being played on a slower clay surface, Russia are considered to be the hot favourites to reach their first final since winning their maiden Davis Cup title in 2002.

“Obviously we would like the court to be a little harder,” said US captain Patrick McEnroe.

“It's a new court so it has a lot of holes in it right now and it is a bit slow but I think it will get better in the next couple of days.”

McEnroe even considers his team to be underdogs.

“It has been a long time since our last match,” he said, referring to the first round tie between the countries in 1998 when the US beat Russia 3-2 in Stone Montain Georgia.

“Obviously, playing here in Moscow makes it difficult for us. It's a tougher surface for us and it probably makes us slight underdogs, but we have enough experience on our team and it's going to be a very close match,” he added.
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Re: USA Davis Cup (2006)

Roddick seeks Sampras advice on how to beat Russia

By Gennady Fyodorov

MOSCOW, Sept 19 (Reuters) - U.S. number one Andy Roddick has consulted former tennis great Pete Sampras on how to beat Russia ahead of their Davis Cup semi-final this week in Moscow.

"I've just asked him for some advice," Roddick told reporters on Tuesday at the Olympic Sports Complex, the site of the last clash between the two countries on Moscow clay in the 1995 Davis Cup final, which the United States won 3-2.

Then, Sampras, who holds a record 14 grand slam titles, was victorious in all his three matches to power the U.S. to a record 31st Davis Cup title.

The Americans have not won the men's team competition since.

"We played an exhibition match last week (at the World Team Tennis tournament in Irvine, California) and we just had a nice chat about the Davis Cup," said U.S. Open finalist Roddick.

"I've never been to Moscow before and, obviously, I wanted to know what the stadium was like and what the atmosphere was. It wasn't a long conversation, just a small talk, but I appreciated all the help I could get."

BEAUTIFUL WOMEN

Roddick was asked what made the biggest impression on him in the Russian capital.

"I enjoy looking at the women," said the American, who is reported to be dating U.S. Open champion Maria Sharapova.

"They are all beautiful here."

On a slower clay surface, Russia are considered hot favourites to reach their first final since winning their maiden Davis Cup title in 2002.

"Obviously, we would like the court to be a little harder," said U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe. "It's a new court, so it has a lot of holes in it right now and it is a bit slow but I think it will get better in the next couple of days."

McEnroe considered his team to be underdogs.
"It has been a long time since our last match," he said, referring to the first round tie between the countries in 1998 when the U.S. beat Russia 3-2 in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

"Obviously, playing here in Moscow makes it difficult for us. It's a tougher surface for us and it probably makes us slight underdogs, but we have enough experience on our team and it's going to be a very close match," he added.
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Re: USA Davis Cup (2006)

Roddick seeks Sampras' advice on Davis Cup
With semifinal vs. Russia this week, U.S. star talks with former great


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Updated: 11:22 a.m. ET Sept 19, 2006

MOSCOW - Andy Roddick has consulted Pete Sampras on how to beat Russia with the United States' Davis Cup semifinal match coming up this week.

“I’ve just asked him for some advice,” Roddick said Tuesday at the Olympic Sports Complex, the site of the last clash between the two countries on Moscow clay in the 1995 Davis Cup final, which the United States won 3-2.

Then, Sampras, who holds a record 14 Grand Slam titles, was victorious in all his three matches to power the United States to a record 31st Davis Cup title.


The Americans have not won the men’s team competition since.

“We played an exhibition match last week (at the World Team Tennis tournament in Irvine, Calif.) and we just had a nice chat about the Davis Cup,” Roddick said.

“I’ve never been to Moscow before and, obviously, I wanted to know what the stadium was like and what the atmosphere was. It wasn’t a long conversation, just a small talk, but I appreciated all the help I could get.”

On a slower clay surface, the Russians are considered the favorites to reach their first final since winning their first Davis Cup title in 2002.

“Obviously, we would like the court to be a little harder,” said U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe. “It’s a new court, so it has a lot of holes in it right now and it is a bit slow but I think it will get better in the next couple of days.”

McEnroe considered his team to be underdogs.

“It has been a long time since our last match,” he said, referring to the first-round tie between the countries in 1998 when the U.S. beat Russia 3-2 in Stone Mountain, Ga.

“Obviously, playing here in Moscow makes it difficult for us. It’s a tougher surface for us and it probably makes us slight underdogs, but we have enough experience on our team and it’s going to be a very close match,” he added
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Re: USA Davis Cup (2006)

Roddick seeks Sampras advice on how to beat Russia
Posted at 6:23am on 20 Sep 2006

The American number one Andy Roddick has consulted former tennis great Pete Sampras on how to beat Russia ahead of their Davis Cup semi-final this week in Moscow.

Sampras won all his three matches in the 1995 final at Olympic Sports Complex clay court where the Americans won a record 31st title.

But they have not won the men's team competition since and Roddick says he appreciates all the help he can get.

Russia are considered hot favourites to reach their first final since winning their first title in 2002.

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