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DC: ToJo def Blake 6-4 6-2 3-6 6-3

Lee
09-21-2007, 05:45 PM
Quite a performance by ToJo.

keqtqiadv
09-21-2007, 05:45 PM
:worship::worship::worship::worship::worship:

Deboogle!.
09-21-2007, 05:46 PM
quite a serving "display" by James :yeah:

scarecrows
09-21-2007, 05:46 PM
somehow i was expecting this, Blake always fails to deliver in davis Cup

doubles could be the key in this tie

Fumus
09-21-2007, 05:46 PM
Blake!!!!! ! !!!!!! ! !! !! !!!

:retard: :mad:

Psh, whatever B-boys will win tomorrow and then Andy will smoke Tojo...but god damnnit blake.

Voo de Mar
09-21-2007, 05:47 PM
Blake useless in important matches as always :hatoff:

World Beater
09-21-2007, 05:47 PM
if this gets to a 5th rubber, the betting odds should be very good for pim pim.

some money to be made there.

Fee
09-21-2007, 05:48 PM
I'm sure someone on this forum once said that it doesn't matter how this tie looked on paper, anything could happen, and US fans need to take the Swedes seriously.

MusicMyst
09-21-2007, 05:48 PM
Blake. :tape: :tape: :tape:

Congrats to ToJo. He's a nice guy who always seems to get short shrift from commentators with regard to his grand slam record. :worship:

Allure
09-21-2007, 05:50 PM
:dance: Blake sucks.

JimmyV
09-21-2007, 05:50 PM
Any time its a big match you can count on James to disappoint.

tangerine_dream
09-21-2007, 05:51 PM
James :help: Once again he proves to be the weakest link.

It's really frustrating how someone in the top ten can be such an unreliable No. 2 player for the DC team.

Mechlan
09-21-2007, 05:52 PM
Blake. :help:

cobalt60
09-21-2007, 05:55 PM
somehow i was expecting this, Blake always fails to deliver in davis Cup

doubles could be the key in this tie

Yep.

Voo de Mar
09-21-2007, 05:58 PM
James :help: Once again he proves to be the weakest link.


This is more adequate pic ;)

selyoink
09-21-2007, 05:58 PM
Blake in a pressure situation is almost always a guaranteed loss. Maybe if it was in the US he could've pulled this one out. He continues to solidify his claim as one of the worst big match players in the Open Era.

Whoever wins the doubles will win the tie. Roddick will win his singles on Sunday but Blake won't.

Donny
09-21-2007, 05:58 PM
^ What's wrong with James -- that nice lil' blow in the ear from Andy would've motivated some of us lots.

But, anyway, GEEZ James. Unfortunately, this is NOT a surprising loss for him.

Not to worry, Bryans are money tomorrow and Andy will clinch it on Sunday. And then a Bryan in the dead rubber?

TMJordan
09-21-2007, 05:58 PM
This tie tie will be decided in the doubles :)

Bjorkman :rocker2:

mangoes
09-21-2007, 05:59 PM
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: No surprises here.........Blake does as expected for Davis Cup:rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
09-21-2007, 05:59 PM
This is more adequate pic ;):spit: :worship:

Winston's Human
09-21-2007, 06:00 PM
And then a Bryan in the dead rubber?

Actually, James plays quite well in dead rubbers.

Psichogauchovna
09-21-2007, 06:00 PM
well done! :smoke:

gogogirl
09-21-2007, 06:01 PM
All,

It is a great win for Thomas, and at 32 years of age. James just beat him @ Indy. I said to myself then that it could have gone either way in the two sets.

His serve was mos' def' on. He served better than James in this one. When J. B. had those two break points, Thomas saved them big time. His serve really did rule the day. Plus - the crowd probably helped him.

James was sluggish in the first and second sets, it would seem. He really does need to work on his serving. In Sydney earlier this year, he was serving great - wasn't he? I've said for years, he and his coach need to work more on his serving. He didn't do too bad at the Cinci tourney, either. His second serve was on. But, neither is consistent.

I know J.B. will be disappointed w/this loss. I still say that the reason the first half of the year sucked for him was because of that poor performance he served up in the Czech Republic. That situation affected James big time. Remember, folks were criticizing the fact that he showed up late and what not? I think in his mind, he made up for it though against Spain. He can't feel too bad, for Thomas was on his game all of the way. And good for him.

I can appreciate it when a player nets a first win over an opponent, and I don't care if the one beat was James and/or an American. May the best player on the day enjoy the success of the win.

TheBoiledEgg
09-21-2007, 06:08 PM
Tojo indoors is 10 times the player he is elsewhere.

simply brilliant stuff Thomas !!!!!!!!!!!

Andre♥
09-21-2007, 06:21 PM
It's so funny how Americans are so convinced that Bryans are going to beat on their worst surface a multiple doubles GS champion and the US Open champion for sure... :lol:

If Aspelin was able to beat them with Knowle, why can't him do it at home with Bjorkman?

Dimonator133
09-21-2007, 06:24 PM
horrible loss

but:

1) Bryans will win doubles

2) Even if they lose, USA will win

Roddick will take care of TJ

Blake will bounce back against PPJ


I'm not guaranteeing it or anything, but I feel good about all three of those.

7.2%
09-21-2007, 06:25 PM
Well played ToJo!

Götet is the shit. ;)

DrJules
09-21-2007, 06:25 PM
Considering that Tojo is a former grand slam winner and beat David Nalbandian in the previous round are posters being unfair on Blake?

Earlier Roddick took 2 tie breaks to beat a player who has not played a tour match for 8 months.

Andre♥
09-21-2007, 06:27 PM
Earlier Roddick took 2 tie breaks to beat a player who has not played a tour match for 8 months.

But who has the best serve in the circuit and they were playing on the fastest surface ever...

LoveFifteen
09-21-2007, 06:28 PM
Thank God we have the Bryan brothers. :help:

I feel cheap and dirty rooting for them because they seem like total tools.

DrJules
09-21-2007, 06:29 PM
horrible loss

but:

1) Bryans will win doubles

2) Even if they lose, USA will win

Roddick will take care of TJ

Blake will bounce back against PPJ


I'm not guaranteeing it or anything, but I feel good about all three of those.

Realistically true.

The Swedes lost this tie the day they choose the surface.

Everybody but Mats Wilander knows play US play on clay. McEnroe certainly considers it a mistake:


http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2007-09-20/303.php

Andre♥
09-21-2007, 06:29 PM
It will be so funny when the Bryans are taking to school tomorrow... :haha:

Andre♥
09-21-2007, 06:31 PM
Realistically true.

The Swedes lost this tie the day they choose the surface.

Everybody but Mats Wilander knows play US play on clay. McEnroe certainly considers it a mistake:


http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2007-09-20/303.php

Pim Pim and Tojo on clay? :lol:

Roddick and Blake suck on clay, but they would still be better than them.

Wait they could use Bjorkman, who barely won a match on clay this season besides Roland Garros! :lol:

Ah and clay is Bryan's best surface! :lol:

Clay = 5-0 for USA

shotgun
09-21-2007, 06:32 PM
The USA are most likely still winning this tie, but have to give credit to ToJo. He had already been vital for Sweden in both of their previous ties (beat Mirnyi in Belarus and then Nalbandian), and now he upsets Blake.

TheBoiledEgg
09-21-2007, 06:34 PM
Realistically true.

The Swedes lost this tie the day they choose the surface.

Everybody but Mats Wilander knows play US play on clay. McEnroe certainly considers it a mistake:


http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2007-09-20/303.php

Swedes indoors are something else.
who else could go to the Ice Rink in Minsk and beat Belarus.

TMJordan
09-21-2007, 06:34 PM
Andre :worship:

LoveFifteen
09-21-2007, 06:34 PM
It will be so funny when the Bryans are taking to school tomorrow... :haha:

Looks like someone else could use a few lessons in school, too. :unsure:

jasmin
09-21-2007, 06:37 PM
Blake needs to get his head together. IMO he has so much talent.

I'm glad Blake has a contract with Nike but if anything he should go before Roger...

I don't see how Blake could ever be up there with the top five players but for this flawed point system because it seems he can only win most of the time when there's no pressure.

Deboogle!.
09-21-2007, 06:45 PM
It's so funny how Americans are so convinced that Bryans are going to beat on their worst surface a multiple doubles GS champion and the US Open champion for sure... :lol:

If Aspelin was able to beat them with Knowle, why can't him do it at home with Bjorkman?By all accounts, the Bryans didn't play well in that USO match, it's not like they were "schooled" as you so eloquently put it. No one's saying they're an assured win but I think it'd be fair to expect them to have learned from their mistakes at the USO and since when is indoors their "worst" surface? Maybe relatively speaking, but I would find it laughable if someone said they're bad on this surface.
But who has the best serve in the circuit and they were playing on the fastest surface ever...It's NOT the "fastest surface ever" - said so by the US team themselves, they were actually expecting faster :shrug:
Considering that Tojo is a former grand slam winner and beat David Nalbandian in the previous round are posters being unfair on Blake?

Earlier Roddick took 2 tie breaks to beat a player who has not played a tour match for 8 months.I can only speak for myself but it's not the fact that ToJo won, it's the fact that James played so poorly. When someone doublefaults on breakpoints and doublefaults 11 times in a match and barely serves over 50%, it's kinda impossible not to say that person played badly irrespective of what happened on the other side of the court :lol:

nobama
09-21-2007, 07:04 PM
It's so funny how Americans are so convinced that Bryans are going to beat on their worst surface a multiple doubles GS champion and the US Open champion for sure... :lol:

If Aspelin was able to beat them with Knowle, why can't him do it at home with Bjorkman?
Yeah I'm not so sure why it's automatic that the Bryans will win tomorrow.

cobalt60
09-21-2007, 07:06 PM
Why am I not surprised.

MisterQ
09-21-2007, 07:14 PM
Wow, ToJo really took it to Blake in this match! His return (especially on the backhand) was on fire, and he had his strategy down perfectly.

World Beater
09-21-2007, 07:16 PM
for some reason, the americans suck indoors.

intuitively, they should be monsters with roddick's serve and james power off the ground.

its a mystery to me why these guys have played poorly in the past during the indoor season.

But pim pim is better than roddick indoors and tojo is a top 10 indoor player also. like eggy said, the swedes with the russians and croats are the best indoors.

Donny
09-21-2007, 07:30 PM
It's so funny how Americans are so convinced that Bryans are going to beat on their worst surface a multiple doubles GS champion and the US Open champion for sure... :lol:

If Aspelin was able to beat them with Knowle, why can't him do it at home with Bjorkman?
:rolleyes: Because, unlike the Bryans, Bjork and Asp 1) both play on the same side of the court, making it an unnatural fit; 2) haven't played together for a decade; 3) feature a Bjorkman who has aged much (and not had great results) in the past year; and 4) from reports, haven't even practiced much together this week.

Not saying that it cannot happen, but Bryans are a HUGE favorite in this match despite the homefield/home crowd advantage.

DrJules
09-21-2007, 07:36 PM
for some reason, the americans suck indoors.

intuitively, they should be monsters with roddick's serve and james power off the ground.

its a mystery to me why these guys have played poorly in the past during the indoor season.

But pim pim is better than roddick indoors and tojo is a top 10 indoor player also. like eggy said, the swedes with the russians and croats are the best indoors.

Possibly low bounces (unlike high bounces on hard courts) and returning serve.

Xman
09-21-2007, 07:52 PM
First of all; Sweden wiil win the double!

And second of all, why do people think Pim Pim is going to play after today?

And Johansson is better indoors than Roddick!

Tommy_Vercetti
09-21-2007, 08:02 PM
Blake is the King of the dead rubbers.

He has a padded record against juniors in Davis Cup from back during all those YEARS when he was getting picked for the team despite the fact that he wasn't even one of the top 10 ranked Americans. I wonder if any team in history has actually passed over 10+ other players that were higher ranked than their pick. I would guess not even close to that number were ever passed over. Then again, it's Blake were talking about. He's the guy that signed a multi-million dollar contract when he turned pro without having even been an NCAA champion in college.

Deboogle!.
09-21-2007, 08:09 PM
And Johansson is better indoors than Roddick!Not saying Roddick would beat him here at Davis Cup. But really, he's better?

Roddick:

Carpet: .727 (24-9)
Indoor: .730 (76-28)
4 titlesJohansson:

Carpet: .635 (66-38)
Indoor: .603 (120-79)
5 titlesindoor h2h: 2-0 Roddick

I mean, really, is that better? Neither won a Masters indoors. Sure Johansson has played more on it but he's also 7 years older. Again I'm not saying this means Roddick will win should they play Sunday, but at least produce some kind of facts to support your opinion? :shrug: :scratch:

Bilbo
09-21-2007, 08:20 PM
ToJo :yeah:

dwynn10
09-21-2007, 08:38 PM
This is more adequate pic ;)

Is that a racist insinuation in your attached image? Disgusting :( Yeah, Blake, as much a fan as I am, has so far shown that he's not champion material. But his skin color has nothing to do with it.

Deboogle!.
09-21-2007, 08:41 PM
Is that a racist insinuation in your attached image? Disgusting :( Yeah, Blake, as much a fan as I am, has so far shown that he's not champion material. But his skin color has nothing to do with it.no it wasn't. Look at the little graphic in tangerine_dream's signature - the graphic was made by someone at the Bryan Brothers' official website. they had a different one when Mardy Fish played, etc. Has nothing to do with race, the person who made the graphic did so as a way to support the US team, including James. :)

kaylee
09-21-2007, 08:44 PM
Why do I come into this thread? It depresses me what a load of pessimists.

dwynn10
09-21-2007, 08:48 PM
no it wasn't. Look at the little graphic in tangerine_dream's signature - the graphic was made by someone at the Bryan Brothers' official website. they had a different one when Mardy Fish played, etc. Has nothing to do with race, the person who made the graphic did so as a way to support the US team, including James. :)

Actually, I was responding to Voo De Mar's post with an attached image showing three supposedly white smiley faces holding an American flag righ side up and a black smiley face holding the flag upside down. The intent of the post and the image seems pretty clear to me.

keqtqiadv
09-21-2007, 08:49 PM
http://yelims5.free.fr/Violence/Violence06.gif

tangerine_dream
09-21-2007, 08:51 PM
Actually, I was responding to Voo De Mar's post with an attached image showing three supposedly white smiley faces holding an American flag righ side up and a black smiley face holding the flag upside down. The intent of the post and the image seems pretty clear to me.
GTFOH. Not even Al Sharpton would find that little graphic to be racist.

scarecrows
09-21-2007, 08:53 PM
This is more adequate pic ;)

:haha: good one

alfonsojose
09-21-2007, 08:55 PM
Tojo :rocker2:

Deboogle!.
09-21-2007, 08:57 PM
Actually, I was responding to Voo De Mar's post with an attached image showing three supposedly white smiley faces holding an American flag righ side up and a black smiley face holding the flag upside down. The intent of the post and the image seems pretty clear to me.My point was that he took an already-existing image and altered it. If it had been Andy who put on a pussy performance time and time again in Davis Cup, he would've done the one of Andy. That image already existed with a little African-American character holding an American flag - it was made by US Tennis fans to depict the current Davis Cup team - Blake included. Voo de Mar simply altered the image to reflect Blake's continued disappointing play.

see: look at the original: http://img2.menstennisforums.com/790/teamusa06.gif

ChinoRios4Ever
09-21-2007, 08:59 PM
expected win by ToJo

Black Adam
09-21-2007, 09:00 PM
Earlier Roddick took 2 tie breaks to beat a player who has not played a tour match for 8 months.
Pim Pim is a big server and good volleyer in an indoor fast court, so no surprise that he is involved in tie breakers. Roddick is just the better returner of the two(but not a great one in general) which explains how he came out on top by winning a few key return points.


AS for James no words:o Have you noticed that the majority of USA's wins are Doubles by Bryans and 2 Roddick singles. Fish and Blake really need to stand up.

Deboogle!.
09-21-2007, 09:01 PM
Fish and Blake really need to stand up.Hopefully soon Querrey and/or Isner will be experienced enough to step up.

MCL
09-21-2007, 09:13 PM
:haha: Blake

if only it'd gone to a 5th set :tape:

Albop
09-21-2007, 09:14 PM
:banana:

well done ToJo :)

Voo de Mar
09-21-2007, 09:15 PM
Is that a racist insinuation in your attached image? Disgusting :( Yeah, Blake, as much a fan as I am, has so far shown that he's not champion material. But his skin color has nothing to do with it.

:mad: :o
I was afraid that it would be interpreted this way by someone. Blake is one of my favourite players and your suspicion is completely wrong. I'm not a teeenage fanboy and when I'm dissapointed that so extremely talented player like Blake loses important matches in a bad style I'm critical about him. This time I was critical in an "artistic" view. That's all. Sorry dwynn10 if I put you out of the way.
Thank you Deboogle!. for reasonable explanation :wavey:

dwynn10
09-21-2007, 09:27 PM
:mad: :o
I was afraid that it would be interpreted this way by someone. Blake is one of my favourite players and your suspicion is completely wrong. I'm not a teeenage fanboy and when I'm dissapointed that so extremely talented player like Blake loses important matches in a bad style I'm critical about him. This time I was critical in an "artistic" view. That's all. Sorry dwynn10 if I put you out of the way.
Thank you Deboogle!. for reasonable explanation :wavey:

Ok, I'm sorry for jumping to conclusion, something I'm not prone to do often :o . Thank you for the explanation, and, please, let us move on!

gusman890
09-21-2007, 09:34 PM
Blake is like Eric Gagne when it comes to pressure.

Marek.
09-21-2007, 10:37 PM
Can't say I didn't expect this. Hopefully the Bryans can get the win tomorrow.

GlennMirnyi
09-21-2007, 10:49 PM
Tojo! :worship:

Rogiman
09-21-2007, 11:38 PM
Is that a racist insinuation in your attached image? Disgusting :( Yeah, Blake, as much a fan as I am, has so far shown that he's not champion material. But his skin color has nothing to do with it.:retard:

Next time he'll find a drawing of James as the white, blond guy he really is.

Bad Religion
09-21-2007, 11:46 PM
Good job ToJoke :yeah:

Flake showing how much he sucks

World Beater
09-22-2007, 12:11 AM
:retard:

Next time he'll find a drawing of James as the white, blond guy he really is.

:lol:

mangoes
09-22-2007, 12:36 AM
I taped the match earlier and just watched it. Blake's whole attitude and demeanor from the start of the match was very negative. He didn't put up much of a fight in this match. Really pathetic from Blake. At this point, I don't see how Querry could do any worse than Blake:( If he knows that the pressure of DC isn't for him, step down.

Johnny Groove
09-22-2007, 12:52 AM
Seriously, is Isner unavailable? If the court is as slick as it is, he shouldnt have a problem throwing down aces and playing tbs :shrug:

silverwhite
09-22-2007, 12:54 AM
It's so funny how Americans are so convinced that Bryans are going to beat on their worst surface a multiple doubles GS champion and the US Open champion for sure... :lol:

If Aspelin was able to beat them with Knowle, why can't him do it at home with Bjorkman?

Yup. Doubles is definitely not in the bag for the US. Only problem is that Aspelin and Bjorkman haven't played together in months so it remains to be seen how long they take to gel.

mangoes
09-22-2007, 12:54 AM
Seriously, is Isner unavailable? If the court is as slick as it is, he shouldnt have a problem throwing down aces and playing tbs :shrug:

True...........but, Blake is the top 10 player:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

There will obviously be a lot of pressure on the Bryan brothers tomorrow. Hopefully, they'll pull through.

Sunset of Age
09-22-2007, 12:58 AM
Couldn't watch this match, of course, BAH.

But whatever the cause, I HAVE TO LAUGH at Mr. Blake :o.
Congrats to his opponent, of course! :yeah:

Johnny Groove
09-22-2007, 12:58 AM
True...........but, Blake is the top 10 player:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

There will obviously be a lot of pressure on the Bryan brothers tomorrow. Hopefully, they'll pull through.

Blake is a top 10 player very sporadically. But whenver a pressure situation comes up like DC or a 5th set, he ALWAYS crumbles :o

He barely beat Santoro :lol:

The brothers should get the W, but Bjorkman/Aspelin are not clowns, not in the least. If they lose, we might be screwed.

the swedes will be up 2-1. Roddick will bitchslap Tojo, then we have Blake in a live 5th rubber in a hostile environment :help:

mangoes
09-22-2007, 01:32 AM
Blake is a top 10 player very sporadically. But whenver a pressure situation comes up like DC or a 5th set, he ALWAYS crumbles :o

He barely beat Santoro :lol:

The brothers should get the W, but Bjorkman/Aspelin are not clowns, not in the least. If they lose, we might be screwed.

the swedes will be up 2-1. Roddick will bitchslap Tojo, then we have Blake in a live 5th rubber in a hostile environment :help:

We're on the same page here:D I also agree that the Bryan's may be in for a tough one tomorrow :(

Xman
09-22-2007, 02:00 AM
Not saying Roddick would beat him here at Davis Cup. But really, he's better?

Roddick:

Carpet: .727 (24-9)
Indoor: .730 (76-28)
4 titlesJohansson:

Carpet: .635 (66-38)
Indoor: .603 (120-79)
5 titlesindoor h2h: 2-0 Roddick

I mean, really, is that better? Neither won a Masters indoors. Sure Johansson has played more on it but he's also 7 years older. Again I'm not saying this means Roddick will win should they play Sunday, but at least produce some kind of facts to support your opinion? :shrug: :scratch:

Why do you name random stats?
Their indoor and carpet record Im just going to ignore.
Head 2 heads would seem to be right to look at, but then you have to look at when they met and where.

You cant possiply say Roddick has beaten Johansson when his at his best. If so then you dont follow Tomas as close as I have done.

I was just basing my prediction on my personal opinion and nothing else. Ive not seen Johansson as good as today for many years. And this carpet is soo good to Johanssons serve,and yes it may not be as powerful as Roddicks, but theres more to a serve than power.

Deboogle!.
09-22-2007, 02:22 AM
Seriously, is Isner unavailable? If the court is as slick as it is, he shouldnt have a problem throwing down aces and playing tbs :shrug:Isner is there with the team as a practice partner. I agree that he would've probably done as well as James did if not better because James's serve was absolutely pathetic today
Why do you name random stats?
Their indoor and carpet record Im just going to ignore.
Head 2 heads would seem to be right to look at, but then you have to look at when they met and where.

You cant possiply say Roddick has beaten Johansson when his at his best. If so then you dont follow Tomas as close as I have done.

I was just basing my prediction on my personal opinion and nothing else. Ive not seen Johansson as good as today for many years. And this carpet is soo good to Johanssons serve,and yes it may not be as powerful as Roddicks, but theres more to a serve than power.At least stats are objectively verifiable :lol: But you answered my question - you based your opinion on just your opinion and no objectively verifiable facts - as long as you admit that, I'm cool with it :lol: You said he's a better indoor player, I said based on what? Your answer is your own opinion just based on following Johansson. Okay then :lol:

Merton
09-22-2007, 04:40 AM
Predictably pathetic from James but respect for ToJo, he delivers in DC even though it has been a very tough year for him.

Now the doubles match is critical for the Swedes, they need the win to guarantee that there will be a deciding 5th tie.

krystlel
09-22-2007, 06:51 AM
Good performance from Johansson, both in the serving and returning departments. These fast indoor courts really suit his game.

As for Blake, he really struggled with his serve. Far too many double faults.

Allure
09-22-2007, 06:54 AM
Why can't Blake play like he did at the USO? :rolleyes: And on the other hand, DC brings out the best tennis of Roddick.

Malul
09-22-2007, 09:24 AM
sweden always win against USA in gothenburg,get used to it,cut your hair and get a job!

Jaap
09-22-2007, 09:24 AM
Blake sucks.

star
09-22-2007, 01:18 PM
I was so proud of TJ. What a match for him to play!

It's so hard for me in DC. I want the U.S. to win and I try to cheer for them, but I always wind up cheering for the players I like best, and I like the Swedish players so much.

gogogirl
09-22-2007, 06:05 PM
Hey All,

Again, I'm struck by the fact that some here don't seem to know tennis. James made three finals this summer and won one. It was more than what Thomas did. On the other hand, I am a fan of the sport of tennis first, and what I gathered after yesterday's match was that Thomas was on fire, served great and played better because of those facts. James had beaten Thomas the previous two times they played. His served was better in the third and fourth sets, but over all, Thomas was king of the day on serve.

Instead of some congratulating a player that played better, got his first win over James, they's rather bash James. Their reasoning is that because it was Davis Cup, he choked or whateva. How asinine! He won his two matches against Spain. The point is, one player has to win and one has to lose. Both couldn't have won. So how do you square that fact? James got out played.

Though some seem too slow to see it, by bashing James all over the place, you really aren't giving Thomas the props and praise he deserves. He's won a slam, and he is no slouch. Where are the percentages really in intentionally and repeatedly over looking the fact that Thomas was on his game yesterday? Is James the only player that is supposed to win every time he steps on the court? And if so, and a player is placed on such a pedestal, why play the sport? No one can win them all.

The astute thing to do is to enjoy the matches, the game and the spirit, and not spend so much wasted time trying to slam a player that simply got out played in front of his opponent's home crowd.

groundstroke
09-22-2007, 07:06 PM
Ouch.. Bit of a trashing there.