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Quarter Finals: Australia vs Argentina, yes it'll be on grass

It looks like Mr Hinds knew something others didn't


http://www.smh.com.au/news/Tennis/S...l?oneclick=true

Sydney on alert for Argentina
By Richard Hinds
March 2, 2005


Sydney is likely to host another Davis Cup tie in July if Australia win their first-round meeting with Austria at the International Tennis Centre this week and Argentina beat the Czech Republic in Buenos Aires.

Usually, Davis Cup ties are put out to tender with all states given a chance to bid for the right to host them. However, with Australia certain to again use a grasscourt if they play Argentina, it is believed Tennis Australia will leave the portable grasscourt being used this week in Sydney rather than undertake the costly exercise of moving it elsewhere.

Climate is also a strong consideration. With the second round to be played straight after Wimbledon in July, Sydney is considered a safer bet than the southern capitals for an outdoor grasscourt tie.

Tennis Australia would not confirm the likely venue of a second-round tie. "Our major concern at the moment is winning this tie," a TA spokesman said. "We will worry about the next one after that."

However, with Australia and Argentina strong first-round favourites, Sydney could host a keenly fought second-round match, given the sometimes spiteful events at this year's Australian Open.

Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela - not selected for his country this week - was fined for spitting in the direction of Lleyton Hewitt. In another match, Hewitt and Argentine David Nalbandian brushed shoulders at a change of ends.

Australia would gain home-ground advantage against Argentina, having last played them in Buenos Aires in the first round in 2002, a 5-0 whitewash for the Argentinians. However, should the Czech Republic cause an upset, the Australians would play their second-round match away from home.

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


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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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Re: Quarter Finals: Australia vs Argentina, yes it'll be on grass

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"Our major concern at the moment is winning this tie," a TA spokesman said. "We will worry about the next one after that."
LMFAO! It's a big ask, to beat the #144 player in the world Woe is me...

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Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela - not selected for his country this week - was fined for spitting in the direction of Lleyton Hewitt. In another match, Hewitt and Argentine David Nalbandian brushed shoulders at a change of ends.
I forgot about this stuff. I think I have a similar mind set when it comes to Mr Hewitt! Poor guy, I'm sure it was unprovoked. I'll be there (with bells on) for sure.

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it is believed Tennis Australia will leave the portable grasscourt being used this week in Sydney rather than undertake the costly exercise of moving it elsewhere.
Well it cost them $250,000 to get it here in the first place. So yes, leave the damn thing where it is, and let Sydney host the next tie (take that Melbourne )

Singles... I'm thinking Nalbandian, Canas... and Coria?
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nalbandian and coria if fit probably - but a lot can change between now and July i.e. form and more so for argentinians given the depth of talent to choose from
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Re: Quarter Finals: Australia vs Argentina, yes it'll be on grass

Nalbandian and Cañas will be the singles.

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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Re: Quarter Finals: Australia vs Argentina, yes it'll be on grass

Seeing as this team is a little bit more injury prone than others, you'd think that they'd be bringing a couple of reserves with them.

Hi Mariano, this is Sydney calling, we want you here in July mate.
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Re: Quarter Finals: Australia vs Argentina, yes it'll be on grass

No Mariano has a date with the 2nd greatest clay tournament Båstad and won't be playing in Sydney.

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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They'll take 4 singles players or at worst 3 singles players barring injury it'll be Nalbandian, Cañas and Coria. I mean Gaudio won't be called up and understandably so, but if there are injuries maybe Chela and Calleri would be better choices.

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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Re: Quarter Finals: Australia vs Argentina, yes it'll be on grass

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LMFAO! It's a big ask, to beat the #144 player in the world Woe is me...
Yes, it was a tough one for sure.

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I forgot about this stuff. I think I have a similar mind set when it comes to Mr Hewitt! Poor guy, I'm sure it was unprovoked. I'll be there (with bells on) for sure.

Disclaimer: Not condoning anything! Just seeing the lighter side of Lleyton.
It was good TV.

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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No Mariano has a date with the 2nd greatest clay tournament Båstad and won't be playing in Sydney.
Well then it's settled. I'm going to Sweden.
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Well then it's settled. I'm going to Sweden.
Is that right? I would love Mariano to play here, but somehow I don't see a clay surface being installed.

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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Who said he had to play. Sitting there is good enough for me. I'm starting to sound like a wanker fan. I'll stop.

The grasscourt wasn't particularly fast during the tie vs Austria. No doubt Fitzy and co. will be on that straight away.
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http://www.smh.com.au/news/Tennis/Au...044250131.html

Aussies set to welcome Argentina to grass court
March 6, 2005 - 6:45PM

Revenge is on the agenda after Australia today set up a potentially spiteful Davis Cup quarter-final against Argentina in July.

Todd Woodbridge and rookie teenager Chris Guccione completed a 5-0 whitewash of Austria with victories in the two dead singles rubbers on the portable grasscourt at the Sydney International Tennis Centre.

With Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs enjoying a day off after helping establish an unassailable 3-0 lead in the first-round tie, Woodbridge stepped up to beat Marco Mirnegg 6-3 4-6 7-5 before Guccione debuted with a 6-3 6-4 win over Alexander Peya.

Australia's triumph atoned for a 5-0 humbling at the hands of Austria in Vienna 1989 and confirmed a much-anticipated showdown with Argentina, which will again be contested on grass in Sydney.

If ever there was a country Australia would like to hammer it is Argentina.

Apart from the bad blood between Hewitt and several of the South American contingent at this year's Australian Open, Argentina inflicted a rare 5-0 defeat on an understrength Australia in Buenos Aires in 2002.

Woodbridge, who lost a doubles cliffhanger with Arthurs 10-8 in the fifth set of that first-round claycourt tie, said he couldn't wait for another crack at the Argentines.

He recalls being forced to play the doubles "on probably the wettest claycourt I've played on" and said it was payback time.

"There was torrential rain with no covers on and then we played on it an hour and a half later. And we're going to be throwing that back at them - surface-wise and them coming down here," Woodbridge said.

"They'll be getting everything as much as they dislike as what we got over there."

Australian captain John Fitzgerald was a little more respectful, but admitted "it's a big difference having the home-court advantage".

"But you could never underestimate a team like Argentina. They're probably the second strongest nation in the world in men's tennis now."

Argentina has Guillermo Coria, David Nalbandian, Gaston Gaudio, Guillermo Canas and Juan Ignacio Chela all in the top 25.

Fans will remember Chela spitting towards Hewitt during their fiery third-round clash at the Australian Open and then Nalbandian and Hewitt bumping angrily into each other during a changeover in the quarter-finals.

Nalbandian later bit his tongue and played down the incident, but Canas publicly questioned Hewitt's sportsmanship at Melbourne Park.

There is certain to be no love lost between the two nations when they face off the week after Wimbledon.

Fitzgerald said it was vital Australia had its strongest possible line-up at the ready and was hopeful Mark Philippoussis would be back in the mix, which would relegate Wayne Arthurs to doubles duty only despite his singles heroics in this tie.

"There's four in a team, and what you want ideally is any number of players competing for four spots. That's what's healthy," Fitzgerald said.

"From Mark's point of view, we just hope he can get his body right now and start getting a lot of matches under his belt.

"That would certainly give us an added strength. He's a high-quality player and he likes this surface - and I imagine we'll play on this surface in July, so he brings a lot to the table."

Argentina booked their quarter-final berth by taking a 3-0 lead over the Czech Republic in their first-round tie in Buenos Aires.

The only other nation certain to advance from a weekend of world group fixtures around the globe is the Slovak Republic, which opened up a 3-0 advantage against depleted defending champion Spain.

The Netherlands led Switzerland, which was without world No. 1 Roger Federer, 2-1 overnight. Russia was ahead 2-1 over Chile. Belarus was up 2-1 in Romania. The US and Croatia were locked at 1-1 and France led Sweden 2-1.

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Who said he had to play. Sitting there is good enough for me. I'm starting to sound like a wanker fan. I'll stop.

The grasscourt wasn't particularly fast during the tie vs Austria. No doubt Fitzy and co. will be on that straight away.
True, I think he was at the match in Argentina and Nalbandian did thank Mariano.

Don't worry Fitzy will be making sure this court is as fast as legally possible.

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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Re: Quarter Finals: Australia vs Argentina, yes it'll be on grass

I love it they are trying to build up the heat between them. Nothing wrong with that court in Argentina when they played.

I wonder how short the grass will be, it will be more like a bowling green than a grasscourt.

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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