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WG 05 R1: Fra-Swe

WG 05 R1: Fra-Swe He he Wilander has already started the trash talk.

Wilander is not intimidated by the clay

France has chosen clay as a surface for the DC tie vs. Sweden this spring which will be played indoors.

-They rather choose a surface that suits us badly than one that suits them the best, says DC captain Mats Wilander to SVT Sport.

-Their best player, Grosjean, isn't comfortable on clay. But they're afraid of "Pim-pim" Johansson and the fast game of Söderling, says the former clay-court specialist, and he admits his coaching is at its best on clay.

-On clay it's more about waiting for the right opportunity. Me, I went for doing as few mistakes as possible instead of pushing for a deciding shot, says Wilander modestly.

Hoping for a change of generations

Wilander counts in the six players he has to work with. Five of which ranked among the top 60: Joachim Johansson(16), Jonas Björkman(47), Thomas Johansson(48), Robin Söderling(50) and Thomas Enqvist(59), furthermore rising star Michael Ryderstedt.

But Wilander isn't quiet about his dream scenario.

-I hope Söderling and "Pim-pim" will take over now. They could play well on clay. Söderling was good in Båstad(semifinals) and away they don't have to feel the pressure.

None of the players will have the opportunity to practise on clay before the tie. But Wilander is optimistic:

-I guess the French think they will have an easier time readjusting their game to clay. But I'm not sure about that, I think it's a 50/50 chance. And serving is still an important element and in that area we're probably the stronger part.

The tie is played in Strasbourg March 4-6

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I am not that happy with clay.
Anyway I hope the Swedes will beat France anyway.
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Interesting comments by Wilander, but even a man of his considerable skill on the claycourt tactics is going to have problems trying to coach these indoor hard/carpet bash and bang players like Pim Pim and Soderling to a victory here.

I wonder who the French will play with, but at least Mats will try and liven up the tie.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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Funny stuff about Grosjean there
And all the rankings are wrong.
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Grosjean he has made the semis twice at RG. I mean I wonder who the second singles player will be. Yes, the rankings are out of synch, it will be funny seeing PimPim play on clay and Soderling allegedly has an allergy to all clay that is not Swedish.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Interesting comments by Wilander, but even a man of his considerable skill on the claycourt tactics is going to have problems trying to coach these indoor hard/carpet bash and bang players like Pim Pim and Soderling to a victory here.

I wonder who the French will play with, but at least Mats will try and liven up the tie.
For once I believe more in Söderling this time. If Wilander can keep him calm then he can do pretty good. But then again France has plenty of pretty good clay-court players.
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For once I believe more in Söderling this time. If Wilander can keep him calm then he can do pretty good. But then again France has plenty of pretty good clay-court players.
If they can't play well on clay tactically with Mats, then there are some problems.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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"None of the players will have the opportunity to practise on clay before the tie."
Well, it's not like it's against the law to go play a couple of tournies in Latin America.
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Here's Mats from the week of the draw.

Sweden drew France in DC

Unseeded Sweden drew France in the first round of DC. The tie will be played March 4-6 next year. France has home-court advantage.

- It feels a bit like France's days of glory are over, says a pretty content DC captain Mats Wilander.
The victor will meet the winner of the Russia- Chile tie.

Last time Sweden met France in DC was in the final in Malmö 1996. The French won that tie after Nicklas Kulti lost the deciding rubber in a five set thriller against Arnaud Boetsch.
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Last time Sweden met France in DC was in the final in Malmö 1996. The French won that tie after Nicklas Kulti lost the deciding rubber in a five set thriller against Arnaud Boetsch.
that was so terrible. I felt so sorry for Kulti.

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With other French fans of the Swedish team, we'll be in Strasbourg to support the Swedish team. So, I hope we'll spend a nice time there with a victory of Sweden.

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Mats stated in an interview yesterday Sweden's team will probably be Joachim and Thomas Johansson in singles, Björkman/Aspelin in doubles.
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I think Simon would really deserve to play!
He had so great results the last weeks

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france on clay is still dangerous. i think they'll win. allez la france!

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I'm for france of course !!
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