Re: Which tie will be the most lopsided?
Let's see some other candidates...
Spain vs Italy
You knew it would be lopsided the moment the Italians chose to host Spain on clay. If that isn't enough, Italy's best player Volandri and US Open quarterfinalist Sanguinetti are missing from the Squadra Azzura.
So now Seppi and Starace are up against Nadal and either Ferrer or Ferrero. Do you fancy their chances to win a single set?
Maybe in the doubles Bracciali and Galimberti have some chance.
Switzerland vs Great Britain
Switzerland has it's strongest side, including mighty Roger who will likely be joined by Wawrinka in singles and Allegro in doubles.
Britain still Tim-less, so Rusedski and Murray will play in singles.
No less inportant... the surface is clay. Could you remind me when Britain won a tie on dirt?
Brazil vs Uruguay
The dispute between the players and the Brazilian federation is dead and buried. The best players are back, and the teams in America group 1 are allready hoping that the draw for 2006 will keep them apart from Brazil. Win over Uruguay, led by no-names like Felder and Cuevas, should be a formality for Mello, Kuerten and co.
Sweden vs India
Swedish tennis is not in good shape at the moment, but Thomas Johansson and Bjorkman should be too good for an Indian team without any decent singles player. Paes & Bhupathi, though, are favorite in doubles, so it may not be a good candidate in this poll.
Grass and the Indian climate could also help the host.
Thailand vs Indonesia
What is Thailand doing in this group 1 survival tie? It should be playing for a place in the WG this time of year!
You would think that Srichaphan and Udomchoke in singles, and Ratiwatana brothers in doubles, shouldn't be challenged by their obscured Indonesian opponents, but I suppose they thught the same before the ties against Pakistan and Japan, which they lost...
Winner: 2006 - Acapulco, Portschach, 2005 - Marseille, Valencia, Bastad, Paris Bercy, 2004 - Kitzbuhel
Runner-up: 2005 - Doha, Estoril, 2004 - Indian Wells, Hamburg, Halle, Paris Bercy
Semifinal: 2004 - Houston, Casablanca, Nottingham, Stuttgart, Cincinnati