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Labamba
09-27-2007, 12:51 PM
2008 World Group draw

Russia (s)(c)
v
Serbia

Belgium (s)
v
Czech Republic (c)

Argentina (s)(c)
v
Great Britain

Sweden (s)
v
Israel (*)(c)

------

Korea
v
Germany (s)(*)(c)

Peru (*)(c)
v
Spain (s)

Romania (c)
v
France (s)

Austria (c)
v
USA (s)

Key
(s) = seeded nation
(c) = choice of ground
(*) = choice of ground decided by lot

Draw (pdf): http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/DC_8487_original.PDF
Choice of Ground: http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/DC_8488_original.PDF

First round venues:

Russia v Serbia: Small Sports Arena "Luzhniki", Moscow, Russia - hard (indoors)

Czech Republic v Belgium: CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic - carpet (indoors)

Argentina v Great Britain: Estadio Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, Argentina - clay (outdoors)

Israel v Sweden: Canada Stadium, Ramat Hasharon, Israel - hard (outdoors)

Germany v Korea. Rep.: Volkswagen Halle Braunschweig - clay (indoors)

Peru v Spain: Jockey Club de Peru, Lima, Peru - clay (outdoors)

Romania v France: Sala Transilvania, Sibiu, Romania - hard (indoors)

Austria v USA: Ferry Dusika Hallenstadion, Vienna, Austria - clay (indoors)

adee-gee
09-27-2007, 01:00 PM
Why are Britain not on the poll? Are you implying that we have no chance against the Argies away? :p

Seriously, Spain have a great chance.

Or Levy
09-27-2007, 01:07 PM
I love this draw, definitly (outside of Belgium) the most decent draw we could have ever hoped for. We have a chance against Sweden, especially at home.

Jaap
09-27-2007, 01:08 PM
Shitty tie for Britain. It was them and Spain we needed to avoid. Will do well to avoid 5-0. Jamie Murray is useless on clay and Andy is unproven on the red stuff. The Argies have a choice of many dopers who relish the clay, so should be simple for them.

I think Peru will clinch the Davis cup.

rocketassist
09-27-2007, 01:11 PM
I must be the only one relishing Argentina away. It's like my team going to White Hart Lane in the FA Cup. :)

We'll give it our best shot and while we'll no doubt lose, I'd like to think Murray can have another good go at Fat Dave like he did on his Wimbledon debut.

Who will Argentina play alongside him? Tim's retired, unfortunately for Willy :)

Jaap
09-27-2007, 01:13 PM
Bogdanovic vs Canas on clay. :haha: :help:

ReturnWinner
09-27-2007, 01:17 PM
Shitty tie for Britain. It was them and Spain we needed to avoid. Will do well to avoid 5-0. Jamie Murray is useless on clay and Andy is unproven on the red stuff. The Argies have a choice of many dopers who relish the clay, so should be simple for them.

I think Peru will clinch the Davis cup.
Maybe u should share your drugs of everyday with the Great Bretain team so Argentines have not an extra advantage ,asshole

rocketassist
09-27-2007, 01:17 PM
Bogdanovic vs Canas on clay. :haha: :help:

Bogdanovic will have to play because he's the only one with any talent other than Andy. Plus he's a big underdog here and he usually performs better in that role.

JMG
09-27-2007, 01:20 PM
Very good draw for Germany. :D

Ferrero Forever
09-27-2007, 01:23 PM
I like Spain's draw, Argentina's is good too. At least the world group seems alright. I completely hate Australia's draw. An away tie against Chinese Taipei is not the slightest bit interesting to me. Actually, the whole Asia/Oceania group isn't interesting at all. Since I"m not even going to worry about Australia next year, I'll be hoping Spain wins it twice as much as usual. Their draw is favourable, so theres no reason why it can't happen.

Mike Kim
09-27-2007, 01:29 PM
Russia have a very good chance, I think they will be up there.

TheBoiledEgg
09-27-2007, 01:32 PM
Austria better find a clay court at the lowest altitude there is in Austria :tape:

home draw for russia :) :) i guess it will be clay again.

keqtqiadv
09-27-2007, 01:37 PM
Romania :worship:

Andre♥
09-27-2007, 01:49 PM
I wouldn't rule out a Serbian win. If they can beat Russia (Djokovic x2 + Doubles), who knows?

Norrage
09-27-2007, 02:32 PM
Serbia and Czech are my picks (outside of the obvius ones, Russia, America etc). Serbia is awesome with Djokovic, Tipsarevic and the good doubles! Czech just as awesome. Berdych, Stepanek and also very good doubles...Very allround teams.
Most teams have just have one great player and have to rely on the great player to play the doubles well.

Maxinefilo
09-27-2007, 02:34 PM
First round for Argentina will be easy... I thinks Cañas and Pico Monaco will play the singles...
I like the draw

Julio1974
09-27-2007, 02:46 PM
The first round couldn't have been easier for Argentina. If Nalbandian gets his brain back we can get to the final.

JuanRodriguez
09-27-2007, 02:53 PM
Bad draw for Belgium... Pfft, it won't be easy to defeat the Czech Republic. They only have a chance if they can play at full strength, which means with all the top players: Malisse, Oli Rochus, Vliegen and Darcis.

Still, there are too many problems at the moment to play with all of them in one team:
- Malisse has problems with Hoferlin being the national davis cup team coach, because he is also the personal coach of Olivier Rochus
- Vliegen can't cope anymore with his former trainer Dehaes, who is now assistent coach of the Davis Cup Team
- and finally O. Rochus sent Kristof Vliegen a mobile text message that he doesn't wanna play doubles with Vliegen any more. :(

Strange things must happen if the Czechs are gonna lose this tie.

Castafiore
09-27-2007, 03:04 PM
- and finally O. Rochus sent Kristof Vliegen a mobile text message that he doesn't wanna play doubles with Vliegen any more. :(
Any idea what happened between the two, JuanRodriguez?

We'll need a lot of luck against the Czech team as it is with all the Belgian players ready, willing and able to fight hard as a team but with all the internal problems they're having? :help:

shotgun
09-27-2007, 03:05 PM
Russia-Serbia will be the most important tie of the first round. Still don't know what to make of the Serbian team as they're highly dependant on Djokovic, but they could be the surprise factor here for sure.

Argentina should make the semis at least, and then their chances from then on will mostly depend whether the Czechs are already out or not, or if they get lucky enough to face Serbia at home. Even then, a final against Germany away or against Spain at home doesn't look very good for them on paper.

For the bottom half of the draw, the Germany-Spain second round tie (to be played in Germany and most likely on indoor carpet) should be the key.

Provided that most top players play for their countries, I see Germany, Spain and Czech Republic with the best chances for the title.

JuanRodriguez
09-27-2007, 03:33 PM
Any idea what happened between the two, JuanRodriguez?

don't know exactly what happened between the two, but I read on Filip Dewulf's blog (http://blog.sport.be/thegraveyard/) that he heard from Kristof himself that he got a text message that Oli didn't wanna play doubles any more... :sad:

There is still a shot at some betterness: next week all the Belgian players will be present at the Mons Challenger. Hopefully they can sort things out with each other...

~*BGT*~
09-27-2007, 03:53 PM
It'll be USA/Russia final again. At least, France won't be playing Russia in the 1/4-final again.

Burrow
09-27-2007, 04:23 PM
Russia will win it again.

Allstar
09-27-2007, 04:40 PM
Alex Bogdanovic, Jamie Baker and Richard Bloomfield on clay? :lol: :sad:

GlennMirnyi
09-27-2007, 05:14 PM
Czechs, Germans or Russians. Even the French have a good chance.

LocoPorElTenis
09-27-2007, 05:14 PM
Argentina has a fair chance to make the final. Spain might win if Rafa commits to DC.

GlennMirnyi
09-27-2007, 05:17 PM
Spain will be put on carpet against the Germans, and then they'll cry as usual.

jonny84
09-27-2007, 05:20 PM
Looking at draw, I'd favour Spain.

It sucks that we face Argentina. It'll definitley be a clay court! :banghead:

Winston's Human
09-27-2007, 06:28 PM
Spain (if Nadal commits to playing DC).

Caio_Brasil
09-27-2007, 06:30 PM
Vamos Peru

Tommy fan
09-27-2007, 07:29 PM
Well Isreal will win the davis cup!!!
Just kidding.. I wish, but it's not goona happen.. I think spain will, they have strong team, and Nadal probably play because of the olympics

TheBoiledEgg
09-27-2007, 08:10 PM
It'll be USA/Russia final again. At least, France won't be playing Russia in the 1/4-final again.

melzer and koubek will be too much for US on clay :rolls:
if not him, no one will beat Werner Eschaeuer :tape:

Corey Feldman
09-27-2007, 08:22 PM
Argentina v Scotland

cmon lads, we left Argentina in 78 without the World Cup we deserved, lets take it in tennis, 30 years later.

TheBoiledEgg
09-27-2007, 08:27 PM
Argentina v Scotland

cmon lads, we left Argentina in 78 without the World Cup we deserved, lets take it in tennis, 30 years later.

does Archie Gemmill play tennis too :eek:

crouching
09-27-2007, 08:30 PM
I couldn't decide who will win, so I predicted the results and came up with the possible finalists...

http://www.bigbrew.plus.com/dc/dc08.jpg

So my four possible finals are:

1. Russia (c) def USA
2. Russia (c) def Germany

Russia will play on clay on both possibilities, and defeat USA or Germany.

3. Argentina (c) def USA

Argentina should squeak by USA on clay, losing one singles and the doubles, but winning three singles.

4. Germany (c) def Argentina

Germany will play on a superfast indoor surface.

jonas
09-27-2007, 08:38 PM
I love this draw, definitly (outside of Belgium) the most decent draw we could have ever hoped for. We have a chance against Sweden, especially at home.

:haha: :silly:

LocoPorElTenis
09-27-2007, 09:18 PM
:haha: :silly:

If you look at the other seeded nations, he has a point. Of course Sweden are still favorites. But then they'll have to go to the slooooooow clay in Buenos Aires :devil:

lisaplenske
09-27-2007, 09:53 PM
At least, France won't be playing Russia in the 1/4-final again.

Thank God:rolleyes: :angel:

tcorinna
09-27-2007, 10:02 PM
Romania :worship:

I totally agree ... Romania :hatoff:

Sunset of Age
09-27-2007, 10:10 PM
My bets: Spain, if Raf decides to play - and the Czechs, if not. :angel:

Farenhajt
09-27-2007, 10:45 PM
It'll be a tough tough tie for us - we really could use some luck in the draw, but hey, no use to cry :)

Nole is able to beat any Russian player on a good day, and him and Ziki as a doubles team are only getting better, so that is really gonna be the most important tie of the round AND completely open to the bitter end. If Russia gets out of the picture, then lots of things can happen, too unclear for any prediction. If on the other hand Russia gets us, then I'd bet on them for another title.

(I just hope Russian mobsters aren't into fixing Davis Cup as well...)

Jimnik
09-27-2007, 11:56 PM
Russia v Serbia
Serbia has a real shot at this. Russia needs both Davydenko and Safin to be at the top of their game if either one of them is to beat Djokovic. Having said that, even Tipsarevic will be tough to stop and Zimonjic is proving to be an exceptional doubles player. As for the surface carpet would be my guess. 3-1 to Serbia.

Czech Republic v Belgium
Probably carpet and as long as Stepanek plays there shouldn't be too much drama here. 3-0 to the Czechs.

Argentina v Great Britain
I don't think this is as one-sided as many think it will be. The Argies aren't as strong as they once were and they're relying on players who can be volatile at best. Even on clay Murray could conceivably win one of his singles rubbers, and I would expect him and his brother to win the doubles. 3-1 to the Argies.

Israel v Sweden
They always play on hard and I don't see it causing Sweden any problems unless both Soderling and one of the Johanssons are injured again. Another massive performance from Sela and Erlich/Ram should see it go the distance. 3-2 to Sweden.

Germany v Korea
They'll probably pick clay although Lee won't have a problem with that. Even without Haas it's hard to see Germany screwing this up against a one-man team who don't even have a decent doubles player to back H-T up. 3-1 to Germany.

Peru v Spain
They'll pick clay and enjoy it while it lasts. Nadal and Robredo might not bother to show up so this could see Charlie and JCF make a return to DC action. Or Almagro might be given the chance to shine. 3-0 to Spain.

Romania v France
Pavel could work another miracle and take it the distance but on clay it would take a mega-choke, even by French standards, to screw this up. Even Simon could be picked considering he just won the Bucharest title beating Hanescu in the final. 3-1 to France.

Austria v USA
Even on clay played in the freezing cold at an altitide of zero metres, it would take something even more special than Special K and Melzer to pull this off. As long as Roddick and the Bryans are as motivated as ever this should be a rare away win for them. 3-1 to USA.

Jimnik
09-28-2007, 12:05 AM
2. Russia (c) def Germany

Russia will play on clay on both possibilities, and defeat USA or Germany.

Actually Germany would have the choice and would probably pick rebound ace, like they did against the Croats.

However I personally don't think Russia will make it that far. As long as Djokovic, Tipsy and Zimonjic stay healthy I see no reason why they can't take the title beating France in Belgrade.

Stensland
09-28-2007, 12:06 AM
very nice first round for us, brilliant! :)

safinaferrero
09-28-2007, 12:08 AM
Spain Spain Spain :D

cobalt60
09-28-2007, 12:10 AM
Oh I am already looking forward to this; great draw all around :yeah:

Lee
09-28-2007, 12:23 AM
Bad draw for Belgium... Pfft, it won't be easy to defeat the Czech Republic. They only have a chance if they can play at full strength, which means with all the top players: Malisse, Oli Rochus, Vliegen and Darcis.

Still, there are too many problems at the moment to play with all of them in one team:
- Malisse has problems with Hoferlin being the national davis cup team coach, because he is also the personal coach of Olivier Rochus
- Vliegen can't cope anymore with his former trainer Dehaes, who is now assistent coach of the Davis Cup Team
- and finally O. Rochus sent Kristof Vliegen a mobile text message that he doesn't wanna play doubles with Vliegen any more. :(

Strange things must happen if the Czechs are gonna lose this tie.


This makes me wonder who's running the Belgium DC team. Olivier Rochus?

Lee
09-28-2007, 12:24 AM
Good draw for USA.

And a really tough draw for Serbia. Even they managed to get pass Russia, they are likely to face Czech Republic, another tough opponent in the World Group. Very top heavy draw.

TMJordan
09-28-2007, 01:00 AM
Czechs have everything to win it.

ChinoRios4Ever
09-28-2007, 01:41 AM
Spain d. Czech Rep. in the final

Action Jackson
09-28-2007, 05:37 AM
Ville beat me to the poll, hehe.

Vassallo Arguello and Dabul could play against the Brits in the 1st tie and they would still win.

Russia and the Serbians is the tie of the 1st round and they would have to play it on clay.

Tom Paulman
09-28-2007, 08:10 AM
Czechs have everything to win it.

No Dlouhy/Vizner anymore :rolleyes: And it's still not sure wheter Stepanek will continue playing DC

Horatio Caine
09-28-2007, 09:46 AM
I feel suicidal looking at that draw :hysteric:

Of the 2 nations that GBR simply had to avoid...

Topspin2
09-28-2007, 01:07 PM
Russia of course))))))))))

Action Jackson
09-29-2007, 03:57 PM
Good draw for USA.

And a really tough draw for Serbia. Even they managed to get pass Russia, they are likely to face Czech Republic, another tough opponent in the World Group. Very top heavy draw.

It will only be a good draw for the USA if they play Argentina in the semis.

Action Jackson
09-29-2007, 03:57 PM
No Dlouhy/Vizner anymore :rolleyes: And it's still not sure wheter Stepanek will continue playing DC

Why wouldn't Stepanek play? He hasn't had problems again has he?

jcempire
09-29-2007, 03:58 PM
USA should take it

jcempire
09-29-2007, 04:00 PM
It will only be a good draw for the USA if they play Argentina in the semis.

Not so good. But ANYWAY is OK for Bryans, Andy, And James, If they are working, any team should not be a problem.

Action Jackson
09-29-2007, 04:07 PM
Not so good. But ANYWAY is OK for Bryans, Andy, And James, If they are working, any team should not be a problem.

Drugs are bad for you. The Bryans are the only ones that would have a chance in a tie against Argentina.

Any combination of Nalbandian, Cañas, Calleri, Acasuso and Monaco are not losing 2 matches to any American player on clay at home.

Black Adam
09-29-2007, 04:36 PM
I predict
Possible semis:
Russia vs Argentina
USA vs Spain

If final is Spain-Argentina, then no matter where it is, Spain wins as long as clay King is playing.

If final is USA vs Russia, then Russia wins

If final is USA vs Argentina, Argentina wins.

If final is Russia vs Spain, Russia wins by home advantage.

I will still go with Argentina because they look likely to make Final unless some serious choking takes place.

Black Adam
09-29-2007, 04:43 PM
Actually Germany would have the choice and would probably pick rebound ace, like they did against the Croats.

However I personally don't think Russia will make it that far. As long as Djokovic, Tipsy and Zimonjic stay healthy I see no reason why they can't take the title beating France in Belgrade.
France won't make it past USA away. Llodra and Clement won't cut it vs Bryans. Gasquet ain't that great in DC and the Americans would really need to be having an off weekend for them to lose vs France on anything that isn't clay.

KitinovRules
09-29-2007, 05:35 PM
I wouldn't rule out a Serbian win. If they can beat Russia (Djokovic x2 + Doubles), who knows?

They will put Youzhny against him and it will end 5:0 for the Russians.
Remember- Youzhny has beaten Djoko twice this year.

Jaap
09-30-2007, 01:29 AM
Hark at people voting for Argentina.....the biggest chokers in sport.

Action Jackson
09-30-2007, 07:17 AM
Hark at people voting for Argentina.....the biggest chokers in sport.

2 World Cups to 1.

Jimnik
09-30-2007, 05:21 PM
France won't make it past USA away. Llodra and Clement won't cut it vs Bryans. Gasquet ain't that great in DC and the Americans would really need to be having an off weekend for them to lose vs France on anything that isn't clay.
Woops, for some reason I thought France would be at home. Indeed USA are favourites then but Gasquet could pull a few surprises.

I expect the semis will then be

Serbia v Argentina
Germany v USA

Merton
10-01-2007, 01:55 AM
Given that next year we have the Olympics and a strange schedule as a result of that, I think that deep teams have an advantage over less deep ones, hence I think that Russia, Argentina and Spain are the favourites. Looking at the draw after that, I go with Argentina since they would potentially host the Russians in the semis and they would be at home in a final against Spain/US.

Germany would be the favourite to knock out Spain at home but they would need to have all players available, and they are not a deep team.

Merton
10-01-2007, 01:57 AM
2 World Cups to 1.

Can you name something that a 40-year old football fan never saw in his entire life? :D

Alonsofz
10-01-2007, 02:29 AM
Perú

Labamba
11-28-2007, 01:45 PM
http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=14392

2008 Davis Cup first round venues announced

The full list of venues for the first round of the 2008 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group, to be played the weekend of 8-10 February, is as follows (subject to final confirmation by the ITF):

Russia v Serbia: Small Sports Arena "Luzhniki", Moscow, Russia - surface tbc (indoors)

Czech Republic v Belgium: CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic - carpet (indoors)

Argentina v Great Britain: Estadio Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, Argentina - clay (outdoors)

Israel v Sweden: Canada Stadium, Ramat Hasharon, Israel - hard (outdoors)

Germany v Korea. Rep.: Volkswagen Halle Braunschweig - clay (indoors)

Peru v Spain: details to be confirmed

Romania v France: details to be confirmed

Austria v USA: Ferry Dusika Hallenstadion, Vienna, Austria - clay (indoors)

Action Jackson
11-28-2007, 01:47 PM
Peru should play in Cusco, but they are building a venue so they can hold the event, cause the won they have is too small.

Labamba
11-28-2007, 01:48 PM
I guess the Russians still haven't been able to decide which is the best surface against Serbia...

Action Jackson
11-28-2007, 01:50 PM
They should have played outside in Murmansk.

tangerine_dream
11-28-2007, 05:18 PM
Any combination of Nalbandian, Cañas, Calleri, Acasuso and Monaco are not losing 2 matches to any American player on clay at home.
You said the same exact thing about the Czechs earlier this year. :lol:

Fumus
11-28-2007, 05:22 PM
You said the same exact thing about the Czechs earlier this year. :lol:

GWH is not the end all be all for tennis predictions, in fact he portents many things that don't actually come to fruition.

tangerine_dream
11-28-2007, 05:26 PM
GWH is not the end all be all for tennis predictions, in fact he portents many things that don't actually come to fruition.
Right, but the fact that he acts like his vast tennis knowledge is be all end all to every discussion makes it even funnier when he's wrong.

Jimnik
11-28-2007, 06:15 PM
It would be interesting to see Argentina v Spain in the final.

Do South Americans know how to lay a hard court? :p

Fumus
11-28-2007, 06:21 PM
It would be interesting to see Argentina v Spain in the final.

Do South Americans know how to lay a hard court? :p

Hard courts are just like men, atleast...that's what women tell me...lay it right the first time and you can walk all over it.

MCL
11-28-2007, 06:34 PM
maybe Spain
There are a lot of "ifs" though - if Nadal participates yearlong, if Ferrer keeps up his newer, more aggressive style, if Verdasco doesn't choke...

jazar
11-28-2007, 06:48 PM
paraguay

Action Jackson
11-29-2007, 03:18 AM
Only way Argentina is losing in the 1st round if they are disqualified.

Action Jackson
11-29-2007, 03:19 AM
GWH is not the end all be all for tennis predictions, in fact he portents many things that don't actually come to fruition.

When are you going to admit that Andy won't beat Federer anywhere outside of Kooyong again :p

Action Jackson
11-29-2007, 03:24 AM
Right, but the fact that he acts like his vast tennis knowledge is be all end all to every discussion makes it even funnier when he's wrong.

Fumus, contributes to tennis debates with something resembling analysis, he gets it wrong sometimes, like we all do. All you do is parrot some journalist writing and don't use anything resembling your own thoughts and you couldn't create a fart after 100 cans of baked beans.

Ooooh, I so hate America is your usual response, try something new.

fangirl
11-29-2007, 12:28 PM
Baby where did you get your body from?
I got it from my mama!

Labamba
12-03-2007, 09:26 AM
Peru should play in Cusco, but they are building a venue so they can hold the event, cause the won they have is too small.

They will play at the Jockey Club de Peru in Lima. On outdoor clay of course.

Rogiman
12-03-2007, 09:34 AM
With Nadal and 'Pics' Ferrer playing no one can stop Spain.

Action Jackson
12-03-2007, 09:37 AM
With Nadal and 'Pics' Ferrer playing no one can stop Spain.

Argentina at home can do it and that is a possible final.

HuaTuo
12-03-2007, 11:43 AM
Argentina at home can do it and that is a possible final.

:yeah:

Winston's Human
12-03-2007, 12:28 PM
I am not sure who would win, but a clay-court battle between Argentina and Spain would be quite exciting.

LisaKoh
12-03-2007, 08:11 PM
Great draw. My picks are Czech Republic, Argentina and France(underdog).

~*BGT*~
12-03-2007, 08:32 PM
I'm :drool: over a France/USA quarterfinal. I'm definitely planning on going. But a semi against Spain.. in Spain?! :tape: :help: I don't like our chances.

1st round

Russia
Serbia

Czech Republic
Belgium

Argentina
Great Britain :lol: I'd prefer the US's chances against the Argies

Sweden
Israel

Korea
Germany

Spain
Peru

Romania
France

Austria
USA

Quarterfinals

Russia
Czech Republic

Argentina
Sweden

Spain
Germany

USA
France

Semifinals

Argentina
Russia

Spain
USA

Final

Spain vs Argentina

Total toss-up for me. Will be most likely played on clay... both nations strength. I would love to see Nadal/Nalbandian on clay. Would be a great final imo.

Labamba
12-04-2007, 08:25 AM
http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_29916_original.PDF

The Romanian Tennis Federation has confirmed that the Sala Transilvania in Sibiu will host the 2008 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie between Romania and France on 8-10 February. The tie will be played indoors on hard court.

Jimnik
12-04-2007, 06:15 PM
I'm well surprised that Romania picked indoor hard. Hanescu surely won't like that.

DrJules
12-04-2007, 08:30 PM
I couldn't decide who will win, so I predicted the results and came up with the possible finalists...

http://www.bigbrew.plus.com/dc/dc08.jpg

So my four possible finals are:

1. Russia (c) def USA
2. Russia (c) def Germany

Russia will play on clay on both possibilities, and defeat USA or Germany.

3. Argentina (c) def USA

Argentina should squeak by USA on clay, losing one singles and the doubles, but winning three singles.

4. Germany (c) def Argentina

Germany will play on a superfast indoor surface.

Only time will tell, but expect you have accurately predicted most ties.

Argentina beating the USA in the final being the most likely.

DrJules
12-04-2007, 08:33 PM
maybe Spain
There are a lot of "ifs" though - if Nadal participates yearlong, if Ferrer keeps up his newer, more aggressive style, if Verdasco doesn't choke...

Nadal and Ferrer certainly present a highly effective pair on most surfaces. Based on current form it is hard to see them not winning, but if either is injured they look very vulnerable away from clay.

dijus
12-04-2007, 09:29 PM
Argentina vs Spain final on clay should be exciting for all of us. Let it happens.

Merton
12-05-2007, 02:58 AM
Argentina vs Spain final on clay should be exciting for all of us. Let it happens.

Why would Argentina play on clay in an hypothetical final? I mean, it would be a year away so we have no clue how the teams will be at the time but based on what we know today, indoors with Nalbandian and Calleri does not sound as a bad option.

krystlel
12-05-2007, 03:49 AM
I'm quite certain that if Spain and Argentina were going to play against each other it would not be on clay.

NinaNina19
12-05-2007, 04:07 AM
Serbia. They have great singles (Djokovic and Tipsarevic) plus they have great doubles (Zimo).

Action Jackson
12-05-2007, 10:45 AM
Why would Argentina play on clay in an hypothetical final? I mean, it would be a year away so we have no clue how the teams will be at the time but based on what we know today, indoors with Nalbandian and Calleri does not sound as a bad option.

I don't think they will play indoors. The Parque Roca complex is where they play their DC ties now and it will be full to capacity and the Argies with a 3rd string team against a full strength Spanish team took it to the last match, that won't be forgotten.

Loremaster
12-05-2007, 11:09 AM
If USA-France happens where it will be played in USA or France ?? both playing away in 1st round , if in the USA , USA can make finals easily as I don't see Rafa doing full time DC duty with his injuries , basically Spain could be out against Germany cos played on fast indoor carpet in gives big chances for Haas, Kiefer and they have decent doubles team with Waske , Haas just needs to win 2 matches and it should be done

Winston's Human
12-05-2007, 12:12 PM
A USA-France tie would be played in the USA because France hosted their last tie.

Jimnik
12-05-2007, 04:39 PM
Why would Argentina play on clay in an hypothetical final? I mean, it would be a year away so we have no clue how the teams will be at the time but based on what we know today, indoors with Nalbandian and Calleri does not sound as a bad option.
Surely Canas and Del Potro as 2nd and 3rd choices for singles and maybe Calleri for Doubles.

I don't think they will play indoors. The Parque Roca complex is where they play their DC ties now and it will be full to capacity and the Argies with a 3rd string team against a full strength Spanish team took it to the last match, that won't be forgotten.
Indoors would be ideal but a US Open style hard court could also do the trick.

Stensland
12-05-2007, 06:37 PM
woohooo, just found out that we're playing in braunschweig which is like only half an hour away from my hometown. guess i'll be going to watch the guys for the second time. i had some ticket for the tie vs. belarus and that pretty much was a disaster.

they're gonna play on clay again...

Action Jackson
12-07-2007, 11:06 AM
Willy Canas is out for the 1st round, but that won't be a problem for Argentina in this match.

Monteque
12-07-2007, 11:34 AM
US (although I expect them to win it again:) ) got a tough one.
I will bet for Russia or Argentina to the final and France or Spain for the bottom half.
Argentina-Spain in the final!!!

JM-Del-Potro
12-07-2007, 12:10 PM
If Nadal plays,I say Spain.

Otherwise I don't know why,but I think France will win the Davis Cup.

JM-Del-Potro
12-07-2007, 12:10 PM
Also Argentina is a great team.

jcempire
12-07-2007, 04:49 PM
Argentina or Russia

jcempire
12-07-2007, 04:52 PM
If Nadal plays,I say Spain.

Otherwise I don't know why,but I think France will win the Davis Cup.

LOL, France???????? Are you kidding?????

Labamba
12-13-2007, 01:40 PM
Russia finally chose indoor hard as the surface against Serbia. Here's the complete list of venues:

Russia v Serbia: Small Sports Arena "Luzhniki", Moscow, Russia - hard (indoors)

Czech Republic v Belgium: CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic - carpet (indoors)

Argentina v Great Britain: Estadio Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, Argentina - clay (outdoors)

Israel v Sweden: Canada Stadium, Ramat Hasharon, Israel - hard (outdoors)

Germany v Korea. Rep.: Volkswagen Halle Braunschweig - clay (indoors)

Peru v Spain: Jockey Club de Peru, Lima, Peru - clay (outdoors)

Romania v France: Sala Transilvania, Sibiu, Romania - hard (indoors)

Austria v USA: Ferry Dusika Hallenstadion, Vienna, Austria - clay (indoors)

Monteque
12-13-2007, 02:03 PM
LOL, France???????? Are you kidding?????

Some good players are from France, one of them in the top 10 and 6 others in the top 50 compared with US team that just have 3 players in the top 50 but wins DC 07.

Hendu
12-14-2007, 12:37 AM
It would be interesting to see Argentina v Spain in the final.

Do South Americans know how to lay a hard court? :p

Well, they have laid hard and carpet courts for exhibitions... :p

Argenina has played all the home ties on clay since their debut in DC in 1921. So a change of surface should be considered a great compliment for the Spanish team.

The choice would depend on what players are available for that hipothetical final and on what is their level of play.

But changing the surface would really have to be under consideration. After all our best player prefers faster courts, so do Cañas and Del Potro. Also Calleri is capable of playing pretty well on fast surfaces.

I don't think they will play indoors. The Parque Roca complex is where they play their DC ties now and it will be full to capacity and the Argies with a 3rd string team against a full strength Spanish team took it to the last match, that won't be forgotten.

Parque Roca is supposed to have a moving roof built soon... but with the change of Major in the city, I don't see it happening.

An indoor tie would have to be played in the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires or in the Orfeo Stadium in Córdoba (Nalbandian's land). Those are small venues, so I don't see it happening. I think is would have to be outdoors and in Parque Roca...

About the tie in Spain in 2003, well Argentina was missing Coria, Nalbandian and Cañas... but nowadays we are missing Coria and Gaudio. So the team is not much stronger than the one Argentina had for that tie. Acasuso over Zabaleta would certainly be an upgrade.

And Spain is probably stronger than in 2003 with Nadal and other 2 top tens. Still Spain was very strong then with Ferrero at the top of the ranking and Moya up there with the best.

Getting to a final again would be awesome, and in my opinion, you can't choose a more exciting final than Argentina-Spain... so I hope we get to see it.

Action Jackson
12-14-2007, 12:53 AM
Parque Roca is supposed to have a moving roof built soon... but with the change of Major in the city, I don't see it happening.

An indoor tie would have to be played in the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires or in the Orfeo Stadium in Córdoba (Nalbandian's land). Those are small venues, so I don't see it happening. I think is would have to be outdoors and in Parque Roca...

About the tie in Spain in 2003, well Argentina was missing Coria, Nalbandian and Cañas... but nowadays we are missing Coria and Gaudio. Its debatable if we have a better team to play on clay now, than we did for that tie. Acasuso over Zabaleta would certainly be an upgrade.

And Spain is probably stronger than in 2003 with Nadal and other 2 top tens. Still Spain was very strong then with Ferrero at the top of the ranking and Moya up there with the best.

Getting to a final again would be awesome, and in my opinion, you can't choose a more exciting final than Argentina-Spain... so I hope we get to see it.

Not surprised about the politics concerning the Parque Roca, but I doubt very much they'd hold the event indoors.

Spain then had Ferrero as #1 and Moya was in very good form as well, well Nadal is better than both, but elsewhere it's debatable.

It would be the final worth seeing.

Labamba
01-28-2008, 09:52 PM
Teams for the 1st round ties have to be named this week, a few have already done it:

Great Britain
Andy Murray
Jamie Murray
Jamie Baker
Alex Bogdanovic

Argentina
David Nalbandian
Juan Monaco
Agustin Calleri
Jose Acasuso

Spain
David Ferrer
Nicolas Almagro
Tommy Robredo
Fernando Verdasco

-> Nadal and Ferrero didn't want to play this round

Russia
Marat Safin
Nikolay Davydenko
Dmitry Tursunov
Mikhail Youzhny

Jimnik
01-28-2008, 10:10 PM
Didn't expect Safin to be picked but I'm certainly not complaining. Russia will have to beat Tipsy twice and maybe hope that Djokovic is a little drained from the AO.

It really is very wide open this year. Russia, Serbia, Argentina, Spain, France and even Germany all have realistic chances. But I really don't see USA retaining the title. They have to play away to pretty much all major teams this year.

Månu
01-28-2008, 10:16 PM
LOL, France???????? Are you kidding?????

French single players will be Gasquet/Tsonga (honestly it is worth Blake/Roddick) and the double team probably Clement/Llodra if Clement is fit. They are as well one of the best team and have beaten teh Brians in GS.

It's one of my favs with Spain and Russia...

Jimnik
01-28-2008, 10:23 PM
Indeed, France and Serbia are looking very strong in both singles and doubles. Djokovic, Tipsy, Zimonjic, Tsonga, Llodra and Clement all performed much better than expected in January.

Tnn74
01-28-2008, 10:54 PM
Wow.. I am glad Safin got picked :angel:
As for Spain, they definitely will be okay
for the first round tie without Rafzilla and JCF. Vamos ;)

JMG
01-29-2008, 10:57 AM
Germany
Philipp Kohlschreiber
Michael Berrer
Florian Mayer
Philipp Petzschner

Tobias Kamke is hitting partner.

Injured: Waske, Kohlmann

Truc
01-29-2008, 11:06 AM
OMG. What a joke and a slap in the face of Kiefer.

France:
Gasquet
Tsonga
Llodra
Clément

+ Simon as 5th player

(PHM out because of injury)

VolandriFan
01-29-2008, 11:06 AM
I voted for France. :angel:

Kolya
01-29-2008, 11:11 AM
France can do it.

krystlel
01-29-2008, 11:20 AM
OMG. What a joke and a slap in the face of Kiefer.
So Kiefer didn't get selected rather than not wanting to be in the team? He is surely a better pick for the second singles spot than Berrer, Mayer or Petzschner.

Not that it would make any difference to the final result though.

Truc
01-29-2008, 11:29 AM
Kiwi wrote on his website last week he was waiting for Kühnen to nominate him.
And he said in yesterday's entry he's training at the moment and is "topfit", so he's not injured.

JMG
01-29-2008, 12:19 PM
Kühnen http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/9523/trxsmly114ix8.gif

euroka1
01-29-2008, 03:17 PM
USA. With all that star power, who else?

Zaba
01-29-2008, 03:30 PM
Spain or Argentina.

Stephan
01-29-2008, 03:34 PM
Spain or Argentina.

could be :)

canas
01-29-2008, 05:05 PM
Vamos Argentina :worship:

BIGMARAT
01-29-2008, 05:39 PM
If Djokovic and Tipsarevic play for Serbia, they can win!

Dimonator133
01-29-2008, 06:37 PM
2008 World Group draw

Russia (s)(c)
v
Serbia

Belgium (s)
v
Czech Republic (c)

Argentina (s)(c)
v
Great Britain

Sweden (s)
v
Israel (*)(c)

------

Korea
v
Germany (s)(*)(c)

Peru (*)(c)
v
Spain (s)

Romania (c)
v
France (s)

Austria (c)
v
USA (s)

Key
(s) = seeded nation
(c) = choice of ground
(*) = choice of ground decided by lot

Draw (pdf): http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/DC_8487_original.PDF
Choice of Ground: http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/DC_8488_original.PDF

First round venues:

who knows. It all depends on who gets home court advantage, obviously. And I still don't understand how any of that is determined.

TMJordan
01-29-2008, 06:38 PM
Germany
Philipp Kohlschreiber
Michael Berrer
Florian Mayer
Philipp Petzschner

Tobias Kamke is hitting partner.

Injured: Waske, Kohlmann

Poor Waske :tears:

What a joke this is, no Kiefer and yes Berrer? say goodbye to your chances, Germany.

sawan66278
01-29-2008, 06:56 PM
Let's face it: with the Olympics this year, the Cup is taking on less significance. HOWEVER, Rafa not playing in the first round (which has been confirmed) is....very disappointing.

Dimonator133
01-29-2008, 07:09 PM
Let's face it: with the Olympics this year, the Cup is taking on less significance.


true, but the Olympics is well worth having the Davis Cup lose importance. We basically have 5 Majors this year. Heck I'd take Olympics over canceling the DC altogether for one year.

Plus that's the only way for U.S.A. to retain the title for another year.

Dimonator133
01-29-2008, 07:13 PM
does anyone know how home court advantage is determined for every single match and round of the DC?

Tennis-Engineer
01-29-2008, 07:35 PM
I think France and Argentina have good chance in 2008.

vidanhv
01-29-2008, 08:45 PM
Bad draw for Britain :(. It seams that Serbia will have some huge probs as well. we'll see.

vidanhv
01-29-2008, 08:49 PM
Russia finally chose indoor hard as the surface against Serbia. Here's the complete list of venues:
Not a smart decision. Nole will definitely play in Moscow, with Tipsarevic and Zimonjic in doubles, Russia may even be beaten!

l_mac
01-29-2008, 09:16 PM
does anyone know how home court advantage is determined for every single match and round of the DC?

Try the Davis Cup website :rolleyes:

Dimonator133
01-29-2008, 09:22 PM
Try the Davis Cup website :rolleyes:

i have:armed:

l_mac
01-29-2008, 09:27 PM
i have:armed:


:rolleyes:

27.CHOICE OF GROUND
(a) Choice of ground shall be determined in the following sequence:
(i) If the previous Tie between the two Nations was played on a neutral
ground, choice shall be decided by lot.
If this is not applicable, then
(ii) If the previous Tie between the two Nations was not played for any
reason, choice shall be decided by lot.
If this is not applicable, then
(iii) If one Nation has been entitled to choice for its Tie with another
Nation in the 1970 Competition, or in any later Competition, the latter
shall have choice on the occasion of the next meeting with that Nation.
If this is not applicable, then
(iv) Choice shall be decided by lot.

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/DC_8631_original.PDF

Labamba
01-29-2008, 09:33 PM
World Group first round nominations

The ITF has announced the team nominations for the first round of the 2008 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group, to be played on 8-10 February

RUSSIA v SERBIA
Venue: Small Sports Arena "Luzhniki", Moscow (hard - indoors)

Russia
Nikolay Davydenko
Mikhail Youzhny
Dmitry Tursunov
Marat Safin
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

Serbia
Novak Djokovic
Janko Tipsarevic
Viktor Troicki
Nenad Zimonjic
Captain: Bogdan Obradovic

CZECH REPUBLIC v BELGIUM
Venue: CEZ Arena, Ostrava (carpet - indoors)

Czech Republic
Tomas Berdych
Radek Stepanek
Lukas Dlouhy
Pavel Vizner
Captain: Jaroslav Navratil

Belgium
Olivier Rochus
Steve Darcis
Kristof Vliegen
Ruben Bemelmans
Captain: Julien Hoferlin

ARGENTINA v GREAT BRITAIN
Venue: Estadio Parque Roca, Buenos Aires (clay - outdoors)

Argentina
David Nalbandian
Agustin Calleri
Jose Acasuso
Sebastian Prieto
Captain: Alberto Mancini

Great Britain
Jamie Murray
Jamie Baker
Alex Bogdanovic
Ross Hutchins
Captain: John Lloyd

ISRAEL v SWEDEN
Venue: Canada Stadium, Ramat Hasharon (hard - outdoors)

Israel
Dudi Sela
Harel Levy
Andy Ram
Jonathan Erlich
Captain: Eyal Ran

Sweden
Thomas Johansson
Jonas Bjorkman
Simon Aspelin
Robert Lindstedt
Captain: Mats Wilander

GERMANY v KOREA, REP.
Venue: Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig (clay - indoors)

Germany
Philipp Kohlschreiber
Michael Berrer
Florian Mayer
Philipp Petzschner
Captain: Patrik Kuhnen

Korea, Rep.
Hyung-Taik Lee
Woong-Sun Jun
Jae-Sung An
Hyun-Joon Kim
Captain: Young-Dai Jeon

PERU v SPAIN
Venue: Jockey Club Del Peru, Lima (clay - outdoors)

Peru
Luis Horna
Ivan Miranda
Matias Silva
Mauricia Echazu
Captain: Jaime Yzaga

Spain
Tommy Robredo
Fernando Verdasco
Nicolas Almagro
Feliciano Lopez
Captain: Emilio Sanchez

ROMANIA v FRANCE
Venue: Sala Transilvania, Sibiu (hard - indoors)

Romania
Andrei Pavel
Victor Hanescu
Florin Mergea
Horia Tecau
Captain: Florin Segarceanu

France
Richard Gasquet
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Michael Llodra
Arnaud Clement
Captain: Guy Forget

AUSTRIA v USA
Venue: Ferry Dusika Hallenstadion, Vienna (clay - indoors)

Austria
Stefan Koubek
Werner Eschauer
Jurgen Melzer
Julian Knowle
Captain: Gilbert Schaller

USA
Andy Roddick
James Blake
Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
Captain: Patrick McEnroe

l_mac
01-29-2008, 09:35 PM
Does Moya not play DC anymore?

Corey Feldman
01-29-2008, 10:03 PM
Other - Scotland.

Action Jackson
01-30-2008, 02:46 AM
The Germans aren't losing to the Koreans on clay at home, no need for Kiefer this tie. He will have more matches in his system, by when the serious stuff comes around.

Action Jackson
01-31-2008, 05:18 AM
The Scots have lost their chance now.

Allure
01-31-2008, 05:23 AM
Serbia will win. Djoko can defeat four guys at once.

Corey Feldman
01-31-2008, 09:27 AM
now that Muzza is out v Argentina , i have to change ....... and say we might just scrape past them 3-2 and not 4-1.

and if we dont win the cup, Peru will.

cc2monac
01-31-2008, 10:33 AM
Romania will win it all! if not then I'm for spain...don't think russia can win it this year though for me Shamil has the best team and is the bast coach

Bibberz
01-31-2008, 10:36 AM
You've almost got that right. Yes, Serbia will win, but Tipsy is the one that can defeat four guys at once. He'll just stare them all down through those badass glasses--game, set, match.

Serbia will win. Djoko can defeat four guys at once.

Horatio Caine
01-31-2008, 10:40 AM
I previously omitted to consider France all that seriously...however, with Gasquet and Tsonga in good nick, they could go all the way to the final. Romania isn't the easiest tie, but I'd be expecting them to get 3 points out of it. Not unreasonable to think that they can get 3 points out of USA from singles. That would possibly lead to a SF home tie against Spain...which they could host on a fast indoor court. Gasquet would struggle with Ferrer and Nadal, but Tsonga, as we saw at the AO, has the power and aggression to see off Nadal, and he could certainly test Ferrer too, if he is in-form. Clement/Llodra would start as slight favourites, for me, against whichever doubles combo Spain would throw up.

Bibberz
01-31-2008, 10:54 AM
I think France could definitely take the United States....

Labamba
02-02-2008, 05:22 PM
Ferrer out of the tie against Peru, replaced by Lopez

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-7276916,00.html

Spain missing a lot of players...vamos Lucho and Peru, here's your chance :p

Action Jackson
02-03-2008, 11:57 AM
Peru will at least take it to Day 3.

Evgenij
02-03-2008, 12:18 PM
Russia of course!

Labamba
02-05-2008, 10:08 AM
Prieto to replace the injured Monaco in the Argie team: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/7224903.stm

Won't make a difference anyway, 5-0 will still be the most likely outcome.

Action Jackson
02-05-2008, 10:12 AM
Vamos Prieto.

Labamba
02-07-2008, 12:10 PM
Official team line-ups for the 1st round ties

RUSSIA v SERBIA
Venue: Small Sports Arena "Luzhniki", Moscow (hard - indoors)

Friday
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)

Saturday
Marat Safin/Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) v Novak Djokovic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

-> Safin won't play because of injury

Sunday
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)

CZECH REPUBLIC v BELGIUM
Venue: CEZ Arena, Ostrava (carpet - indoors)

Friday
Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Kristof Vliegen (BEL)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Steve Darcis (BEL)

Saturday
Lukas Dlouhy/Pavel Vizner (CZE) v Ruben Bemelmans/Olivier Rochus (BEL)

Sunday
Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Steve Darcis (BEL)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Kristof Vliegen (BEL)

ARGENTINA v GREAT BRITAIN
Venue: Estadio Parque Roca, Buenos Aires (clay - outdoors)

Friday
David Nalbandian (ARG) v Jamie Baker (GBR)
Agustin Calleri (ARG) v Alex Bogdanovic (GBR)

Saturday
Jose Acasuso/David Nalbandian (ARG) v Ross Hutchins/Jamie Murray (GBR)

Sunday
David Nalbandian (ARG) v Alex Bogdanovic (GBR)
Agustin Calleri (ARG) v Jamie Baker (GBR)

ISRAEL v SWEDEN
Venue: Canada Stadium, Ramat Hasharon (hard - outdoors)

Friday
Dudi Sela (ISR) v Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)
Harel Levy (ISR) v Thomas Johansson (SWE)

Saturday
Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) v Simon Aspelin/Robert Lindstedt (SWE)

Sunday
Dudi Sela (ISR) v Thomas Johansson (SWE)
Harel Levy (ISR) v Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)

GERMANY v KOREA, REP.
Venue: Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig (clay - indoors)

Friday
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Jae-Sung An (KOR)
Florian Mayer (GER) v Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR)

Saturday
Philipp Kohlschreiber/Philipp Petzschner (GER) v Woong-Sun Jun/Hyun-Joon Kim (KOR)

Sunday
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR)
Florian Mayer (GER) v Jae-Sung An (KOR)

PERU v SPAIN
Venue: Jockey Club Del Peru, Lima (clay - outdoors)

Friday
Luis Horna (PER) v Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Ivan Miranda (PER) v Tommy Robredo (ESP)

Saturday
Luis Horna/Ivan Miranda (PER) v Feliciano Lopez/Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Sunday
Luis Horna (PER) v Tommy Robredo (ESP)
Ivan Miranda (PER) v Nicolas Almagro (ESP)

ROMANIA v FRANCE
Venue: Sala Transilvania, Sibiu (hard - indoors)

Friday
Victor Hanescu (ROU) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Andrei Pavel (ROU) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

Saturday
Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) v Arnaud Clement/Michael Llodra (FRA)

Sunday
Andrei Pavel (ROU) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Victor Hanescu (ROU) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

AUSTRIA v USA
Venue: Ferry Dusika Hallenstadion, Vienna (clay - indoors)

Friday
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v Andy Roddick (USA)
Stefan Koubek (AUT) v James Blake (USA)

Saturday
Julian Knowle/Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v Mike Bryan/Bob Bryan (USA)

Sunday
Stefan Koubek (AUT) v Andy Roddick (USA)
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v James Blake (USA)

Labamba
02-07-2008, 12:39 PM
Israel-Sweden line-up added

chjossic
02-07-2008, 12:45 PM
I'm hoping France can do something this year with Gasquet, Tsonga in main singles and Clement/Llodra for the doubles... + the armada of French players able to back this up if necessary
but I'm tempted to vote for Spain too, they could do better depending on Rafa's priorities of course :D

Action Jackson
02-07-2008, 12:50 PM
Great stuff Ville.

Auf gehts Austria.

rocketassist
02-07-2008, 01:14 PM
Davydenko v Djokovic for the first time.

Interesting.

Labamba
02-07-2008, 01:23 PM
GERMANY v KOREA, REP.
Venue: Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig (clay - indoors)

Friday
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Jae-Sung An (KOR)
Florian Mayer (GER) v Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR)

Saturday
Philipp Kohlschreiber/Philipp Petzschner (GER) v Woong-Sun Jun/Hyun-Joon Kim (KOR)

Sunday
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR)
Florian Mayer (GER) v Jae-Sung An (KOR)

Labamba
02-07-2008, 01:57 PM
ARGENTINA v GREAT BRITAIN
Venue: Estadio Parque Roca, Buenos Aires (clay - outdoors)

Friday
David Nalbandian (ARG) v Jamie Baker (GBR)
Agustin Calleri (ARG) v Alex Bogdanovic (GBR)

Saturday
Jose Acasuso/David Nalbandian (ARG) v Ross Hutchins/Jamie Murray (GBR)

Sunday
David Nalbandian (ARG) v Alex Bogdanovic (GBR)
Agustin Calleri (ARG) v Jamie Baker (GBR)

Labamba
02-07-2008, 02:53 PM
Great stuff Ville.

Auf gehts Austria.

thanks, here you go:

AUSTRIA v USA
Venue: Ferry Dusika Hallenstadion, Vienna (clay - indoors)

Friday
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v Andy Roddick (USA)
Stefan Koubek (AUT) v James Blake (USA)

Saturday
Julian Knowle/Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v Mike Bryan/Bob Bryan (USA)

Sunday
Stefan Koubek (AUT) v Andy Roddick (USA)
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v James Blake (USA)

Jimnik
02-07-2008, 03:13 PM
Glad to see Stepanek in the line-up. I thought he was out.

Djokovic has to win all three rubbers now.

ExcaliburII
02-07-2008, 04:23 PM
I see Romania destroying France 3-0 on Saturday.

Mario000
02-07-2008, 06:06 PM
Russia or Argentina will be Davis Cup winners

Jaap
02-07-2008, 06:10 PM
As usual, many mugs vote Argentina and as usual they will be dissapointed when they choke in the semis or final......as usual.

Labamba
02-07-2008, 06:18 PM
PERU v SPAIN
Venue: Jockey Club Del Peru, Lima (clay - outdoors)

Friday
Luis Horna (PER) v Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Ivan Miranda (PER) v Tommy Robredo (ESP)

Saturday
Luis Horna/Ivan Miranda (PER) v Feliciano Lopez/Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Sunday
Luis Horna (PER) v Tommy Robredo (ESP)
Ivan Miranda (PER) v Nicolas Almagro (ESP)

Labamba
02-10-2008, 03:24 PM
So, for the QF's held in April, we're looking at the following ties:

Russia (choice of ground) v Czech Republic - clay?

Davydenko/Youzhny/Andreev/Safin or Tursunov vs Berdych/Stepanek/Dlouhy/Vizner

Argentina (choice of ground) v Sweden - clay?

Nalbandian/Monaco/Calleri/Acasuso vs Johansson/Söderling/Björkman/Aspelin

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Germany (choice of ground) v Spain - indoor carpet/hard?

Kohlschreiber/Haas/Kiefer/Petzschner or Waske vs Nadal/Ferrer/Verdasco/Lopez

France v USA (choice of ground) - indoor/outdoor hard?

Gasquet/Tsonga/Llodra/Clement vs Roddick/Blake/Bryans

Labamba
02-10-2008, 04:03 PM
all the big favourites advanced, the quarterfinals should be interesting

Argentina is the only huge favourite in April...

Labamba
02-11-2008, 02:21 PM
no surprise here...

Davis Cup - Andreev back for Czech test on clay

Russia captain Shamil Tarpishchev has confirmed that he will recall clay-court specialist Igor Andreev for the Davis Cup quarter-final with the Czech Republic in April.

Russia defeated injury-hit Serbia 3-2 in their first-round match on an indoor hard court at the weekend to set up a home tie at the Czechs which is set to be played on clay at the 6,000-seat Luzhniki arena.

Tarpishchev said the surface for the Fed Cup semi-final against the United States two weeks later had yet to be decided.

"Most definitely we'll host the Czechs on clay but for the Fed Cup we have a few options -- it depends on the players," he said.

Tarpishchev, who also coaches the Fed Cup team, expects world number three Svetlana Kuznetsova or Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova to spearhead Russia's challenge against the Americans.

This month, Florida-based Sharapova made her Fed Cup debut for Russia, leading them to a 4-1 first-round win over Israel in Tel Aviv.

"If we have Kuznetsova we'll play on clay, with Sharapova it'll be a hard court," Tarpishchev said.

"Of course, we can also make a last-minute switch depending on who the Americans will bring. If it's the Williams sisters (Serena and Venus) almost certainly we'll pick clay."

Russia's Davis Cup win over Serbia extended their winning home streak to 15 ties, dating back to their defeat by the United States in the 1995 final.

They were handed the advantage over the Serbs on Sunday when Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, suffering from a virus infection, was forced to retire against Nikolay Davydenko, handing the hosts an unbeatable 3-1 lead.

Despite Russia's record, Tarpishchev remains cautious.

"I've learned over the years not to take any match lightly," said the 59-year-old, who has led Russia to three Fed Cups and two Davis Cups since 2002 and is bidding to become the first captain to win a unique double by lifting both trophies in the same year after narrowly missing the feat last year.

"And each year the wins are getting tougher and tougher."

Jimnik
02-11-2008, 04:12 PM
Thanks Ville. Yeah no surprise over Tarpi's decisions.

Russia (choice of ground) v Czech Republic - clay?

Davydenko/Youzhny/Andreev/Safin or Tursunov vs Berdych/Stepanek/Dlouhy/Vizner
Safin over Tursunov, if he's available. Tarpi should pick Youzhny and Andreev for the first day singles and keep Davydenko ready for Berdych.

Argentina (choice of ground) v Sweden - clay?

Nalbandian/Monaco/Calleri/Acasuso vs Johansson/Söderling/Björkman/Aspelin
No doubt what the surface or winner will be. But not impossible for Sweden to take this to a 3rd day with the doubles players they have. Bjorkman should probaby get the nod for singles ahead of Johansson.

Germany (choice of ground) v Spain - indoor carpet/hard?

Kohlschreiber/Haas/Kiefer/Petzschner or Waske vs Nadal/Ferrer/Verdasco/Lopez
Is Haas really going to play? Surely Waske/Kohlmann is Germany's best doubles team. Obviously Germany should just lay the fastest carpet court they can get ahold of but I still fancy Nadal's chances against players with not much fire power. Ferrer is the obvious #2 but I don't think Verdasco is getting in ahead of Ferrero.

France v USA (choice of ground) - indoor/outdoor hard?

Gasquet/Tsonga/Llodra/Clement vs Roddick/Blake/Bryans
$$$$$ will see it played on indoor hard. Not USA's best choice but they should still edge it considering Blake's home soil and Roddick's DC records. Bryans for once will feel a little threatened by an established doubles team but they're still the favourites.

Eden
02-11-2008, 04:16 PM
Clay surface an unlikely choice for Davis Cup match
Monday February 11, 2008

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) -- The Davis Cup quarterfinal match between Germany and Spain will be played in an indoor hall in Bremen.
The German tennis federation (DFB) said Monday it still had to decide on what surface, but that clay was very unlikely to be chosen for the April 11-13 tie.

Spain has some of the best players on clay, including second-ranked Rafael Nadal. Germany chose clay for its first-round World Group tie against South Korea and struggled to win 3-2 over the weekend.

Source: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/tennis/02/11/spain.germany.davis.quarterfinals.ap/

platinum
02-12-2008, 12:47 AM
Spain

Merton
02-12-2008, 12:58 AM
"Clay surface an unlikely choice for Germany"... That could be the understatement of the year. Read that as "Germany will choose clay against Spain when hell freezes over". What to choose is an interesting problem, carpet would be the best if they knew that Nadal would play but they don't know that and it is not a favourite surface for Haas and Kohli. Most likely they will go for indoors hard.

Merton
02-12-2008, 01:11 AM
Argentina-Sweden: Argentina will go through, nothing much to say here.
Russia-Czech Republic: Russia is the favourite as long as Andreev is healthy for the tie. The Czechs have chances though.
USA-France: I thought that the French had good chances here but Bodo endorses them on ESPN, so I will go for the US. I doubt that Richard will be strong enough to withstand the pressure here and we do not know whether Tsonga will carry his AO form. The fact that the tie is indoors is very good news for Tsonga.
Germany-Spain: The most open tie imo, Germany will be the favourite as long as they have both Haas and Kohli, I doubt that Nadal will play given that the tie is held just before the start of the clay season and he avoided playing last year.

Månu
02-12-2008, 08:21 AM
Argentina-Sweden: Argentina will go through, nothing much to say here.
Russia-Czech Republic: Russia is the favourite as long as Andreev is healthy for the tie. The Czechs have chances though.
USA-France: I thought that the French had good chances here but Bodo endorses them on ESPN, so I will go for the US. I doubt that Richard will be strong enough to withstand the pressure here and we do not know whether Tsonga will carry his AO form. The fact that the tie is indoors is very good news for Tsonga.
Germany-Spain: The most open tie imo, Germany will be the favourite as long as they have both Haas and Kohli, I doubt that Nadal will play given that the tie is held just before the start of the clay season and he avoided playing last year.

Agree with the two first, but I don't see Germany going through. Haas is out of form and if he does not wake up, there is no way Kohli can win it by himself...

The France-USA can go either way, I favour a little the US but we'll see how the players look in the US tournaments prior to it. I hope there won't be any injuries.

ExcaliburII
02-12-2008, 02:29 PM
Argentina will close the tie on Saturday as usual.

Russia vs Czech should be closer.
Youzhny should demolish Stepanek, and Berdych vs Andreev should be quite close. Anyway Russia will win in the 4th rubber.

France vs Usa, Usa should win as Gasquet is an underachiever in big stages, maybe if Tsonga wins his 2 singles, plus Clement/Llodra hammering the bryans they could get through.

Spain winning or not depends on Ferrer and Nadal playing.

An Argentina vs Usa final in Argentina is very likely. If we dont win the Davis Cup this year, i think we will never do it

Jimnik
02-12-2008, 03:37 PM
Watching the Argentines celebrate on Saturday, and playing with the kids, I just couldn't help but feel this has got to be their year. They've got everything going for them now:


Home ties against all the major threats (ie Sweden, Russia, Spain, USA) - a major advantage when you have such large passionate home support.
A trully golden generation - not just a few good players but 7 in the top 50, 12 in the top 100. No need to worry about injuries/absences.
Nalbandian is peaking NOW, he's just beaten the world's top two players TWICE. No-one can stop him when he's on, which he always is for Davis Cup.
Dangerous rivals are gone - Federer and Switzerland out, Djokovic and Serbia out, Safin out (of form), Nadal weak on hard courts, Roddick weak on clay.


It's either 2008 or never for Argentina.

Action Jackson
02-27-2008, 03:31 AM
The venues have been announced for the quarter finals.

- Russians will be playing the Czechs in Moscow, huge surprise there.
- Argentina get to donkey punch the Swedes at the Parque Roca on clay.
- Germans haven't decided what surface yet, but it will be something very quick, though this would not help Kohlschreiber.

The Americans should go through against the French, but one can never tell.

Merton
02-27-2008, 03:55 AM
Given the current form of Andreev the Czechs have a real shot against Russia. As for Germany it will need both Haas and Kohli. The US is the favourite against France as Gasquet is unlikely to take the pressure in this tie.

Action Jackson
02-27-2008, 04:00 AM
They will bring out Davydenko for Berdych in the 4th match.

The Freak
02-27-2008, 04:03 AM
I'm stoked for USA-France, Tsonga and Gasquet will both be tough, I can see France up 2-0 after Day 1. But I'm hoping for an exciting 3-2 to the US! ;)

Merton
02-27-2008, 04:05 AM
They will bring out Davydenko for Berdych in the 4th match.

True, but I was thinking that the Czechs might be 3-0 up by then. I am curious to see if Navratil goes again with Berdych/Stepanek in doubles, it might well be that they are thinking about the Olympics.

~*BGT*~
02-27-2008, 04:51 AM
Watching the Argentines celebrate on Saturday, and playing with the kids, I just couldn't help but feel this has got to be their year. They've got everything going for them now:


It's either 2008 or never for Argentina.

Besides USA, France, and Spain, I hope Argentina wins soon. I was really pulling for them in the '06 final but they just came up short. The should be favored against most other nations because of the reasons you listed. I hope they continue to do well. :yeah:

I'm stoked for USA-France, Tsonga and Gasquet will both be tough, I can see France up 2-0 after Day 1. But I'm hoping for an exciting 3-2 to the US! ;)

:woohoo: And I will be there to watch it!! I will be happy no matter who wins actually, regardless of the fact that I'm American and Andy's my number 1 and James is my #4. But Gasquet is my #2 and Jo is in my top 10. I hope they do well in DC.

Action Jackson
02-27-2008, 04:53 AM
True, but I was thinking that the Czechs might be 3-0 up by then. I am curious to see if Navratil goes again with Berdych/Stepanek in doubles, it might well be that they are thinking about the Olympics.

Berdman and Stepanek have played a lot of doubles together, but the question is whether Jaro will do that on the clay.

Labamba
02-27-2008, 10:43 AM
Russia v Czech Rep
Venue: Small Sports Arena “Luzhniki”, Moscow RUS (clay - indoors)

Argentina v Sweden
Venue: Estadio Parque Roca, Buenos Aires ARG (clay - outdoors)

Germany v Spain
Venue: AWD Dome, Bremen GER (hard - indoors)

USA v France
Venue: Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem USA (hard - indoors)

Labamba
02-27-2008, 10:59 AM
Nadal has to play against Germany or he won't be eligible to play in the Beijing Olympics according to the ITF rules (as he hasn't played a DC tie since 2006).

All players must represent his/her country in any of the International Team Championships of the Federation for two of the following years – 2005, 2006, 2007 or 2008 - provided that one of those years is either 2007 or 2008.

http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=14534

Nadal to play against Germany

Spain will be able to call upon the services of three-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal to play in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal against Germany in April.

Nadal is currently competing in doubles at the ABN Amro tournament in Rotterdam as part of his preparation for the tie.

"Right now I'm with Tommy Robredo and at Indian Wells I'll go with David Ferrer to prepare for the Olympic Games and the next Davis Cup tie against Germany," Nadal said.

Nadal didn't take part in Spain's 5-0 defeat of Peru earlier this month.

l_mac
02-27-2008, 10:43 PM
Russia v Czech Rep
Venue: Small Sports Arena “Luzhniki”, Moscow RUS (clay - indoors)

Argentina v Sweden
Venue: Estadio Parque Roca, Buenos Aires ARG (clay - outdoors)

Germany v Spain
Venue: AWD Dome, Bremen GER (tbc - indoors)

USA v France
Venue: Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem USA (hard - indoors)

I read somewhere that the Germans had chosen rebound ace as the surface. I will see if I can locate the article.

edit:
Germany has picked Rebound Ace as the indoor surface for its Davis Cup quarterfinal against Spain.

The hard court surface had been used at the Australian Open until this year.

"We've had some good experience with this surface and that's why we decided to use it again in the match against Spain," Germany's Davis Cup captain Patrik Kuehnen said Wednesday.

Germany beat Croatia on the same surface in last year's first round and went on to reach the semifinals.

Second-ranked Rafael Nadal is expected to play in the April 11-13 tie in Bremen. His strongest surface is clay.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/27/sports/EU-SPT-TEN-Germany-Spain.php

Yappa
02-27-2008, 10:55 PM
Nadal has to play against Germany or he won't be eligible to play in the Beijing Olympics according to the ITF rules (as he hasn't played a DC tie since 2006).

http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=14534

Does he really need to play? Or is it enough to be part of the team and then not play due to an injury? If that's the case, then he already gained the right to play in Beijing.

Labamba
02-27-2008, 11:16 PM
Does he really need to play? Or is it enough to be part of the team and then not play due to an injury? If that's the case, then he already gained the right to play in Beijing.

The term ITF uses is represent, I'm not sure if playing is necessary. Anyway, I guess they would make somekind of exception for Nadal to be able to play in Beijing even if he missed the Germany tie. But I think he'll play, if not injured at the time.

Merton
02-28-2008, 01:14 AM
The term ITF uses is represent, I'm not sure if playing is necessary. Anyway, I guess they would make somekind of exception for Nadal to be able to play in Beijing even if he missed the Germany tie. But I think he'll play, if not injured at the time.

Nadal was part of the team last year against Switzerland, the fact that he got injured and didn't play is irrelevant I guess.

DJ Soup
02-28-2008, 04:06 AM
I predict
Possible semis:
If final is Spain-Argentina, then no matter where it is, Spain wins as long as clay King is playing.


Except Nalbandian is the Rafa Killa and is one of the best Davis players in time, much much better Davis player than his countryman Vilas in his time.
It is just because of him that Argentina really have any chances.
The problem is who would be Argentina's second man to take on mostly likely Ferrer.
Cañas is just like Ferrer except with weaker technique.
If we're locals, Chucho is a candidate.
But in all honesty I don't think Monaco has enough package to deal it.
In fact,
if Argies are locals against Spain, I think they should put up a carpet court. Indoors if we actually have any. There, Nalbandian would completely destroy any of them, and spain's hope would not rely on Nadal but on Ferrer.
We have another odd argie player (aka not clay specialist) like Del Potro, who gave Ferrer a hard time at AO even with a broken back and the pussiest serve ever.
sooo
regardless, I think Mancini, argie coach, would never consider anything else than a clay court.

ExcaliburII
02-28-2008, 04:12 AM
Argentina should play against Spain in Hardcourt.

First day lineup, Calleri and Nalbandian. Nalby destroying Ferrer, and Calleri complicating Nadal. On sunday Cañas should replace calleri to destroy Ferrer. And Nalby would trash Nadal. The doubles is a safe point for Argentina against Spain i suppose.

DJ Soup
02-28-2008, 04:23 AM
David never destroyed Ferrer.
Nalbandian vs Ferrer would be THE match.

Although at Davis we always get to see the best Nalbandian. I think he said it is more important to him than a Grand Slam.

Merton
02-28-2008, 04:33 AM
The way some people talk about Argentina-Spain is funny. It would be amusing if the Argentines went to Ostrava for the semis.

DJ Soup
02-28-2008, 04:42 AM
just because Argentina-Spain is a very attractive matchup

Labamba
03-08-2008, 11:51 AM
Germany's chances against Spain don't look great at the moment with Haas out, Kohli can't seem to beat Nadal, Kiefer not in form either...

Haas rules himself out

Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas has ruled himself out of Germany's quarterfinal tie against Spain due to his poor form. "I don't feel like one of the two best Germans," Haas said after his defeat in the first round of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships to Spaniard David Ferrer 63 60.

"It's difficult to play Davis Cup, very difficult," added Haas, who underwent another shoulder operation at the end of 2007. "I don't have enough time to recover my form. The best players should be on the team. I don't know how I will be physically in five weeks and I have got to live with that."

Haas continued, "I was slow. Germany have the home court advantage but Spain (with Rafael Nadal playing) have the ranking edge. It's obvious."

The tie will take place in the AWD Dome, Bremen on 11-13 April.

http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=14539

Loremaster
03-08-2008, 11:53 AM
With Andy in great form + Bryans, USA could make another final run

leng jai
03-08-2008, 11:55 AM
Germany look smashing at the moment.

Jimnik
03-08-2008, 12:13 PM
Germany's chances against Spain don't look great at the moment with Haas out, Kohli can't seem to beat Nadal, Kiefer not in form either...

http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=14539
Indeed, and with Lopez finding form it's looking very good for Spain at the moment. It really is a :retard: decision by the Germans to pick rebound ace. Anything other than wood or an ice rink is just suicidal against Nadal. Kiefer will most likely partner Kohli in the singles but he doesn't have enough firepower to hurt the Spaniards, look at the JCF match at the AO.

Also I'm starting to fancy the Czechs against Russia. Andreev and Youzhny have had a shit month and Safin? :tape:
Davydenko is Russia's best (only) hope but he always struggles in his first few matches on clay (after playing on hard courts). The Czechs are the biggest threat to Argentina's first Davis Cup title, which is why this tie is so crucial.

Labamba
04-01-2008, 06:27 PM
Russia v Czech Republic
Venue: Small Sports Arena “Luzhniki”, Moscow RUS (clay - indoors)

Russia
Nikolay Davydenko
Mikhail Youzhny
Dmitry Tursunov
Igor Andreev

Captain: Shamil Tarpishchev

Czech Republic
Tomas Berdych
Radek Stepanek
Lukas Dlouhy
Pavel Vizner

Captain: Jaroslav Navratil

Argentina v Sweden
Venue: Estadio Parque Roca, Buenos Aires ARG (clay - outdoors)

Argentina
David Nalbandian
Guillermo Cañas
Juan Monaco
Jose Acasuso

Captain: Alberto Mancini

Sweden
Robin Soderling
Jonas Bjorkman
Thomas Johansson
Robert Lindstedt

Captain: Mats Wilander

Germany v Spain
Venue: AWD Dome, Bremen GER (hard - indoors)

Germany
Philipp Kohlschreiber
Nicolas Kiefer
Philipp Petzschner
Michael Berrer

Captain: Patrick Kuhnen

Spain
Rafael Nadal
David Ferrer
Fernando Verdasco
Feliciano Lopez

Captain: Emilio Sanchez

USA v France
Venue: Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem USA (hard - indoors)

USA
Andy Roddick
James Blake
Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan

Captain: Patrick McEnroe

France
Richard Gasquet
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Michaël Llodra
Paul-Henri Mathieu

Captain: Guy Forget

krystlel
04-01-2008, 06:30 PM
So Clement not in the French team, therefore not playing doubles?

I guess that's okay considering they'd be up against the Bryans. I wonder who will be playing with Llodra then - whoever isn't playing the singles rubbers on the first day I would think.

Tzar
04-01-2008, 06:31 PM
Russian and Argentina will win for sure ;)

I expect Nadal, Ferrer and Lopez to win for Spain

I also hope France to give a surprise :D

Tzar
04-01-2008, 06:32 PM
So Clement not in the French team, therefore not playing doubles?

I guess that's okay considering they'd be up against the Bryans. I wonder who will be playing with Llodra then - whoever isn't playing the singles rubbers on the first day I would think.

Clement not playing is the most stupid thing they had done..

The only chance they had of beating the bryans was Clement/Llodra! :shrug:

Truc
04-01-2008, 06:39 PM
Clément will be in Salem as 5th player, Forget can still pick him, he's just keeping all his options open with that nomination (not sure PHM would have come if he was just "5th player").

Merton
04-01-2008, 06:40 PM
Probably Forget has not decided whether he will use Gasquet or PHM together with Tsonga for singles. He also has the option to go with Gasquet-Tsonga for the doubles, quite a decent pair.

Action Jackson
04-03-2008, 05:35 AM
Forget, will have some work to do for this tie, well Tsonga will be in, as for the combo of the rest, it will be interesting to see who he picks.

Andreev and Berdman just played in Miami, but that will be different come a heavy and slow claycourt in Moscow.

Merton
04-03-2008, 05:53 AM
The Czechs will need to win the tie before Sunday, the reserve singles would be Davydenko-Berdych and Andreev-Stepanek. Now that Andreev has found a decent form it is a long shot for the Czechs to win this tie.

It is interesting that Emilio Sanchez didn't pick Almagro, if it is true that Germany will hold the tie on RA. Of course his selection would make sense for an ice-fast indoors hard court but Almagro would be a legit choice besides Nadal for RA (on current form compared with Ferrer).

Action Jackson
04-06-2008, 10:52 AM
You never know with the Tarp. I reckon it will be Berdych/Andreev and Youzhny/Lips on Day 1, though anything could happen and I agree with Merton about the reverse singles.

Berdych when asked about Davis Cup.

Q. Can you look ahead to next week and the Davis Cup, Russia, what your feelings are and how that might play out?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, well, it's going to be really tough. It's going to be really hard for us, especially for me, because, I mean, to get from here to Europe and then to Russia, it's not going to be easy.

Then come after the long trip here in the States, come back and play indoor on the clay with really tough opponents from Russia, it's really not going to be easy.

Well, the atmosphere is going to be different. It's going to be team match, so I'm looking forward for that. I like all the Davis Cup ties and everything. So we'll see.

Q. How tough is their team?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, they have a lot of options. For us, we have, I think, really good just two singles players, and then depends on the doubles.

But they can put I think four or five players into the team and whatever or whoever is feeling better, has better form, he can play.

Tom Paulman
04-06-2008, 11:37 AM
I think it would be reasonable if they let Davydenko play against Berdych, looking at their H2H.

Action Jackson
04-06-2008, 11:39 AM
Well if it goes to the 4th match. Dayvdenko will be playing Berdych, this is almost guaranteed.

Jimnik
04-06-2008, 11:56 AM
Inspite of the h2h I wouldn't rule out Berdych defeating Davydenko in the reverse singles. PMK always struggles in his first few matches on a new surface whereas Berdych can make the adjustment from hard courts without a problem. If the Czechs are leading 2-1, I would bet on the upset.

In fact, I wouldn't rule out anything happening in this tie. It's Davis Cup afterall, and it's 2008.

Labamba
04-06-2008, 12:47 PM
Nadal won't have much time to adjust coming straight from Miami, so he might not play on Friday. If that happens things might get interesting in this tie with Kiefer vs Ferrer and Kohli vs Lopez/Verdasco on Day 1...Germany would have a slight chance to get a 2-0 lead.

Q. I know you still have a match to go here, but could you look ahead to next week in the Davis Cup against Germany and your thoughts on that?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, it's going to be tough for me. I going to arrive there on Tuesday night, so Wednesday and Thursday, two days only preparation.
So going to be tough. Going to be the decision of the captain put me on Friday or not. I going to try my best for arrive there with my best conditions, but we'll have a very difficult confrontation against Germany, no? Outside, for us it's always difficult for play outside.
We have a complete team. We can play singles and doubles for all four, because I think we have very good level. So we hope have chances for being in the semifinals and play finally at home after long time.

l_mac
04-06-2008, 12:50 PM
Nadal won't have much time to adjust coming straight from Miami, so he might not play on Friday. If that happens things might get interesting in this tie with Kiefer vs Ferrer and Kohli vs Lopez/Verdasco on Day 1...Germany would have a slight chance to get a 2-0 lead.

Q. I know you still have a match to go here, but could you look ahead to next week in the Davis Cup against Germany and your thoughts on that?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, it's going to be tough for me. I going to arrive there on Tuesday night, so Wednesday and Thursday, two days only preparation.
So going to be tough. Going to be the decision of the captain put me on Friday or not. I going to try my best for arrive there with my best conditions, but we'll have a very difficult confrontation against Germany, no? Outside, for us it's always difficult for play outside.
We have a complete team. We can play singles and doubles for all four, because I think we have very good level. So we hope have chances for being in the semifinals and play finally at home after long time.


When I read that part of Rafa's presser I got the impression he wouldn't be playing on Friday. Hopefully they won't need to use him.

Labamba
04-06-2008, 12:54 PM
Inspite of the h2h I wouldn't rule out Berdych defeating Davydenko in the reverse singles. PMK always struggles in his first few matches on a new surface whereas Berdych can make the adjustment from hard courts without a problem. If the Czechs are leading 2-1, I would bet on the upset.

In fact, I wouldn't rule out anything happening in this tie. It's Davis Cup afterall, and it's 2008.

I agree, Davy has never been good at changing surfaces and doesn't seem to get the best out of him in the Davis Cup atmosphere. Berdych will have a decent shot in that match. Doubles is the key to winning this tie.

Action Jackson
04-06-2008, 12:56 PM
Emilio is a clown, but I don't think Nadal should play on Day 1.

Action Jackson
04-06-2008, 12:59 PM
I agree, Davy has never been good at changing surfaces and doesn't seem to get the best out of him in the Davis Cup atmosphere. Berdych will have a decent shot in that match. Doubles is the key to winning this tie.

Day 1 will be interesting to see if they use Andreev against Berdych. I mean I'd back Andreev over Stepanek if it went to a 5th live match.

Berdych has in so many of their matches had chances to take sets and the initiative against the PMK, but hasn't done it. Then again he won his only match against Blake on the clay, could be the same here.

Berdman and Dlouhy played doubles in Miami.

Labamba
04-06-2008, 01:08 PM
The Americans are expecting to face Clement/Llodra in the doubles, Gasquet and Tsonga in the singles.

Q. Can you just talk about those potential singles matchups, Andy, with Tsonga and Gasquet?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, they're trying to say Mathieu is on the team, but Clement is on the rooming list as far as hotels go, reservations. So I think we would expect Tsonga and Gasquet.
You know, I owe Gasquet one from last year, and I look forward to that opportunity. You know, Tsonga has been ‑‑ he's been chatting a lot about this, so I'm excited to get out there and try to defend our title.

Q. How about you think you'll play Clement and Llodra?

MIKE BRYAN: Yeah.

Q. What are your feelings about them, your history a little bit?

BOB BRYAN: Yeah, I think we beat them a couple times. They beat us ‑‑ might have beat us more than we beat them. They play well against us.
Great return, good server. Just two guys that compliment each other well, so, you know, they're ‑‑ I think they'll be ready for the big match.
We played in the finals of Wimbledon and they stepped up. I don't expect an easy match at all.

Q. If he decides to kind of match them up, Tsonga and Gasquet are the last team to beat you, not at Davis Cup. Why was that a hard matchup for you guys?

MIKE BRYAN: I think it will be totally different conditions in that match. We thought when we got down to Australia it was playing extraordinarily slow with the big, heavy ball. They had a lot of time to work their magic off the baseline.
We still served 9‑6 in the final set tiebreaker. It was a heartbreaker. They can throw a lot of teams out there. I think their best team on a fast indoor court is Clement/Llodra. That's their best shot.
These guys, Gasquet and Tsonga, aren't going to have a lot of time from the baseline. That's going to hurt them. We'd rather see Gasquet and Tsonga actually.

Q. Andy spilled the beans last night. He said Clement is registered at the hotel.

BOB BRYAN: Yeah, he's out there practicing today. He's with the whole team working out. It's not a bluff, because we know it, you know. We're not going to be surprised last minute if he's on the card, you know.
They're just keeping their options open, you know, seeing who's playing better, see how the court plays. That's the bottom line. They have a lot of guys they can use.

Yappa
04-06-2008, 01:14 PM
When I read that part of Rafa's presser I got the impression he wouldn't be playing on Friday. Hopefully they won't need to use him.

Yeah, I was already thinking about Rafa possibly not playing on Friday, which is fine with me if that means that we get a somehow close tie and not a 0:5 beatdown.
He can at least be happy, that he won't have to play best of 5 today. So although we don't have another Masters Series event following next week, it made sense to turn the final into best of 3.

Labamba
04-06-2008, 04:38 PM
Tarpi bluffing or not? Who knows...

http://www.russiatoday.ru/sports/news/23114

Safin to play in Davis Cup quarter-final

Russian Davis Cup captain Shamil Tarpishchev says two-time Grand Slam winner Marat Safin will play a part in Russia’s quarter-final tie against the Czech Republic next week at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Marat Safin and Dmitry Tursunov opened Russia’s practice session almost a week before the start of the tie, both having just arrived from the Miami Masters where Safin lost his third straight opening match this year.

Safin's won just one game so far this season but remains the fans’ choice and his presence in the team after a one-year break adds to the atmosphere.

Team Captain Shamil Tarpishchev says the team’s extremely fit, so he has a rare chance to choose from a variety of top class players.

“I have to wait and see who feels more comfortable on this kind of surface, and only then I’ll make up my mind. However, I’m sure Safin will play in this tie. His appearance in the singles is a possibility because Nikolay Davydenko is still at the Miami Masters and it won't be that he'll arrive in Moscow until Tuesday," Tarpishchev said.

Meanwhile, Safin gave his own view of his recent form: “I’ve won just one official match this year - not the best of starts to the season. But I’m eager to do better, especially with the team,” he said.

Tarpishchev also gave his views on the recent emotional turmoil of Mikhail Youzhny. The Russian beat his head with a racket because of an unforced error in his match against Nicolas Almagro.

“He’s the most emotional of Russian players. I don’t see any negative tendency in that single incident. He’s willing to play for the team and hopefully will be able to,” he said.

Igor Andreev, who’s also been named in the preliminary team, will arrive in Moscow on Sunday.

The Czechs, led by world number ten Tomas Berdych and the experienced Radek Stepanek, are expected on the same day as well.

Action Jackson
04-07-2008, 04:16 AM
Tarpi is always up to something.

Svetlana.
04-07-2008, 04:45 AM
Russians during the practice on Saturday:

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http://i29.tinypic.com/zxwltg.jpg

Labamba
04-10-2008, 05:41 PM
Russia v Czech Republic
Venue: Small Sports Arena “Luzhniki”, Moscow RUS (clay - indoors)

Friday
Marat Safin (RUS) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Igor Andreev (RUS) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)

Saturday
Nikolay Davydenko/Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v Lukas Dlouhy/Pavel Vizner (CZE)

Sunday
Igor Andreev (RUS) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Marat Safin (RUS) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)

Argentina v Sweden
Venue: Estadio Parque Roca, Buenos Aires ARG (clay - outdoors)

Friday
David Nalbandian (ARG) v Thomas Johansson (SWE)
Jose Acasuso (ARG) v Robin Soderling (SWE)

Saturday
David Nalbandian/Guillermo Cañas (ARG) v Jonas Bjorkman/Robert Lindstedt (SWE)

Sunday
David Nalbandian (ARG) v Robin Soderling (SWE)
Jose Acasuso (ARG) v Thomas Johansson (SWE)

Germany v Spain
Venue: AWD Dome, Bremen GER (hard - indoors)

Friday
Nicolas Kiefer (GER) v Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v David Ferrer (ESP)

Saturday
Philipp Kohlschreiber/Philipp Petzschner (GER) v Feliciano Lopez/Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Sunday
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Nicolas Kiefer (GER) v David Ferrer (ESP)

USA v France
Venue: Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem USA (hard - indoors)

Friday
Andy Roddick (USA) v Michael Llodra (FRA)
James Blake (USA) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)

Saturday
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) v Arnaud Clement/Michael Llodra (FRA)

Sunday
Andy Roddick (USA) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
James Blake (USA) v Michael Llodra (FRA)

Merton
04-14-2008, 02:02 AM
The semi-finals are set:

Argentina-Russia
Spain-USA

Argentina and Spain are the obvious favourites but it will take some time until September so it is impossible to predict right now how the teams will be.

bad gambler
04-14-2008, 02:23 AM
Loss of form & injuries (touchwood) could all throw a spanner into the works but it looks like a Argentina/Spain final.

Lee
04-14-2008, 02:31 AM
Spain has a very good chance to reach the final. Even without Nadal and Ferrer on clay, Spain still has enough good players on clay to beat whoever USA comes up with. :tape:

DJ Soup
04-14-2008, 02:57 AM
why are everybody convinced Argentina will defeat Russia?
We only have 1 DCmonster, are we expecting David to play 10 hours 3 days again?

Luvyoyoma1954@co
04-14-2008, 03:05 AM
Spain first and Argentina second. I am positive. :wavey::wavey:

ChinoRios4Ever
04-14-2008, 03:56 AM
vamos España y olé :rocker:

Labamba
04-16-2008, 11:09 AM
The semi-finals are set:

Argentina-Russia
Spain-USA

Argentina and Spain are the obvious favourites but it will take some time until September so it is impossible to predict right now how the teams will be.

2 clay court semifinals two weeks after the US Open, should be interesting :yeah:

also the Top 3 favourites in our pre-tournament poll still in it

the final will be played either in Argentina or Russia:

Argentina vs Spain - clay or hard?
Argentina vs USA - clay

Russia vs Spain - indoor hard/carpet?
Russia vs USA - indoor clay

Hendu
07-14-2008, 12:39 AM
2 clay court semifinals two weeks after the US Open, should be interesting :yeah:

also the Top 3 favourites in our pre-tournament poll still in it

the final will be played either in Argentina or Russia:

Argentina vs Spain - clay or hard?
Argentina vs USA - clay

Russia vs Spain - indoor hard/carpet?
Russia vs USA - indoor clay

Argentina/Spain in slow carpet.

That if Argentina beats Russia... which will be extremely difficult, with many of the Argentine players struggling to get wins.

Argentina quitting clay would be an enormous compliment to the Spanish tennis. That change of surface is unprecedented, but also the right decision to make... that if Nalbandian is available of course.

Okonsky
07-14-2008, 12:57 AM
Hope Argentina.

Action Jackson
07-15-2008, 05:22 AM
If Schwank continues to play well, he could be a chance to join the team, the second singles spot behind Nalbandian is still open.

LocoPorElTenis
07-15-2008, 12:28 PM
If Schwank continues to play well, he could be a chance to join the team, the second singles spot behind Nalbandian is still open.

Long way to go until the tie, but I don't see Scwhank being the second singlist unless he makes a huge impact in the coming months. I think it is between Pico and JMDP right now.

Both Argentinian and Russian players have been struggling lately, especially on clay. It is an open tie.

Action Jackson
07-15-2008, 12:33 PM
Monaco has pneumonia and as for del Potro he has been injury prone and could break down again. Like I said the second singles spot is very open and Mancini is not a coward captain unlike Forget for example.

Jimnik
07-15-2008, 12:57 PM
It would be great to see an outdoor Davis Cup final for a change. But Argentina would be better off finding the fastest indoor carpet they can lay their hands on. I still think they'll edge Russia.

Damn
07-15-2008, 02:04 PM
Spain vs USA

19-21 September 2008, Madrid.

"Roddick and Blake are completely annihilated by Nadal. Then he returns to his beloved Manacor and goes for a swim"

Angentina vs Russia will be more entertaining.

LocoPorElTenis
07-15-2008, 02:39 PM
Monaco has pneumonia and as for del Potro he has been injury prone and could break down again. Like I said the second singles spot is very open and Mancini is not a coward captain unlike Forget for example.

Well of course if everybody's injured then he'll have to call Scwhank, but Pico will have recovered from the pneumonia by then and JMDP seems to be healthy lately.

Venle
07-15-2008, 04:15 PM
Spain and Argentina in the final. And maybe Spain wins.

I hoped France would have won, though.

Merton
07-15-2008, 09:56 PM
Argentina will need a 2nd player in singles besides Nalbandian against Russia, but it is still too soon to think how the match up will be after the US Open.

Black Adam
07-15-2008, 10:45 PM
Russia will need a moment of magic to win vs Nalbandian and co and Buenos Aires.

SheepleBuster
09-05-2008, 02:19 PM
I know Roddick and Blake are higher ranked players but Ginepri was the best clay court player for the U.S. this year. I am just baffled by Patrick McEnroe's decision. It's not like Roddick or Blake can beat Nadal on Clay, so that's 2-0 spain already. All they need is for a Ferrer, Robredo, Ferrero, or even Almagro to beat either Blake or Roddick. Blake is woeful on Clay, so why not use Ginepri instead?

Hendu
09-05-2008, 06:41 PM
I know Roddick and Blake are higher ranked players but Ginepri was the best clay court player for the U.S. this year. I am just baffled by Patrick McEnroe's decision. It's not like Roddick or Blake can beat Nadal on Clay, so that's 2-0 spain already. All they need is for a Ferrer, Robredo, Ferrero, or even Almagro to beat either Blake or Roddick. Blake is woeful on Clay, so why not use Ginepri instead?

It doesn't really matter who McEnroe picks. It won't make any difference.

Even if a miracle happens and all Spanish players get sick, the US team would have to play in Russia or Argentina, on clay...

Anyway, good luck. I hope USA wins.

Oksan4ik
09-05-2008, 06:43 PM
Spain or USA...

Action Jackson
09-22-2008, 02:59 AM
The dream final Argentina and Spain. 46 people picked Argentina before it started and 42 had picked Spain.

Hendu
09-22-2008, 03:02 AM
Argentina will need a 2nd player in singles besides Nalbandian against Russia, but it is still too soon to think how the match up will be after the US Open.

You got that right.

Nalbandian was the 2nd player...

Svetlana.
09-22-2008, 05:41 AM
Spain will win :worship: