DC: Blake d. Koubek 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to give USA commanding 2-0 lead [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

DC: Blake d. Koubek 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to give USA commanding 2-0 lead

Dimonator133
02-08-2008, 07:54 PM
Blake:worship:

RickDaStick
02-08-2008, 07:54 PM
nice effort Koubek

Albop
02-08-2008, 07:54 PM
Austrians tennis players :smash: :smash: :smash: :smash:

koubek was 7-5 5-2 :o

TMJordan
02-08-2008, 07:55 PM
Today has been a bad day for tennis.

Dimonator133
02-08-2008, 07:58 PM
Today has been a bad day for tennis.

how can you say that when your avatar is Tsonganator?:shrug:

TMJordan
02-08-2008, 07:58 PM
how can you say that when your avatar is Tsonganator?:shrug:

It was never in doubt that he would win. The close matches I am talking about.

Voo de Mar
02-08-2008, 07:59 PM
Nice comeback by James :yeah: It reminds me his match against Robredo at US Open.

Jaap
02-08-2008, 08:03 PM
Expected 2-0 lead for the US.

Melzer and Koubek are two of the biggest muppets in tennis, people wasn't expecting them to win a live Davis Cup match against top 10 players were they?

TankingTheSet
02-08-2008, 08:04 PM
About Blake's record against left-handers, how long is he unbeaten now? Years?

tangerine_dream
02-08-2008, 08:06 PM
Before GWH comes in here and starts yawning about how unimpressive Blake's win is because he didn't beat a top in-form clay courter, let me just say that this win marks Blake's first DC win on clay, ever. He had lost the first set and surprisingly fought like hell to get the break in the second. For once, he won a LIVE away tie rubber. This is the same mental midget James Blake who craps out on even his best surfaces for no apparent reason. Koubek is a tough opponent for James so this is a very impressive win for him. Well done to the USA's Weakest Link. :worship:

Fee
02-08-2008, 08:10 PM
GWH won't post in here, it's not about Roddick.

gogogirl
02-08-2008, 08:12 PM
All,

Great deal for James and the US team. I saw that he and Stefan were tied at 1-1.

rocketassist
02-08-2008, 08:12 PM
Chokefest- Blake choked the first set away and then Koubek the second.

James was stronger in the end, props to him. :hatoff: He's reached an outside of US quarter final in a slam and won a key DC victory in the final, so his mind seems to be stronger than ever.

dylan24
02-08-2008, 08:15 PM
nice choke you homo koubek
austrian crowd should beat him up

Dimonator133
02-08-2008, 08:18 PM
Expected 2-0 lead for the US.


on the red stuff? I fully expected 2-0 for the Austies.

Not really, but I would not have been surprised.:devil:

Bilbo
02-08-2008, 08:37 PM
Austrians tennis players :smash: :smash: :smash: :smash:

koubek was 7-5 5-2 :o

clear as water and more foreseeable than tomorrow's date

Bilbo
02-08-2008, 08:39 PM
Melzer and Koubek are two of the biggest muppets in tennis, people wasn't expecting them to win a live Davis Cup match against top 10 players were they?

expected

i saw exactly all these things coming. i think i wrote it in the gamblers lounge when bad gambler was tempted to take austria.

kaylee
02-08-2008, 09:20 PM
well said Tangerine

Action Jackson
02-09-2008, 12:08 AM
Be proud of that effort Koubek leading 7-5 5-2 and having set points to take the 2nd and then lose the last 2 sets 2 and 2.

Blake did what he needed to do to get the W and that is all that can be expected.

Jaap summed it up pretty much about Melzer and Koubek, they lack the mental fortitude when it gets tight, it's not new.

ChinoRios4Ever
02-09-2008, 12:08 AM
too good James :yeah:

Action Jackson
02-09-2008, 12:11 AM
GWH won't post in here, it's not about Roddick.

Wrong.

jcempire
02-09-2008, 12:28 AM
Game over. bryans will close it tommorrow

GO USA

Voo de Mar
02-09-2008, 12:43 AM
Be proud of that effort Koubek leading 7-5 5-2 and having set points to take the 2nd and then lose the last 2 sets 2 and 2.



Koubek hadn't setpoint. He was six times two points away from taking the 2nd set (three times at 5:2 and three times at 5:4).

RogerFan82
02-09-2008, 12:46 AM
Well Done Blake!!! Never expected you to win on clay. :D

Action Jackson
02-09-2008, 12:52 AM
What need is there for the Afro-American in this.

http://www.daviscup.com/news/matchreport.asp?articleid=14512

In the third set, Koubek’s game dramatically lost intensity, he acted far too passively and had little to counter Blake’s unspectacular, but consistent performance. The Afro-American cruised to a 5-2 lead and closed the set on his own serve. Communication with the Austrian bench completely broke down, Koubek hardly spoke to team captain Gilbert Schaller, and the poor display silenced the home crowd.

Action Jackson
02-09-2008, 12:57 AM
Koubek hadn't setpoint. He was six times two points away from taking the 2nd set (three times at 5:2 and three times at 5:4).

Doesn't change the fact that Koubek lost the initiative in a match that he should never have and the poor communication between him and Schaller who is too nice for the job, gave more encouragement to Blake.

Voo de Mar
02-09-2008, 01:03 AM
Doesn't change the fact that Koubek lost the initiative in a match that he should never have and the poor communication between him and Schaller who is too nice for the job, gave more encouragement to Blake.

It doesn't surprise me.
I remember him as a very quiet and introvertic player (with weird inclination to play backhand from the forehand side) :)

Winston's Human
02-09-2008, 01:06 AM
What need is there for the Afro-American in this.

http://www.daviscup.com/news/matchreport.asp?articleid=14512

In the third set, Koubek’s game dramatically lost intensity, he acted far too passively and had little to counter Blake’s unspectacular, but consistent performance. The Afro-American cruised to a 5-2 lead and closed the set on his own serve. Communication with the Austrian bench completely broke down, Koubek hardly spoke to team captain Gilbert Schaller, and the poor display silenced the home crowd.

That caught my eye as well.

Action Jackson
02-09-2008, 01:07 AM
It doesn't surprise me.
I remember him as a very quiet and introvertic player (with weird inclination to play backhand from the forehand side) :)

Yes, he was an introverted guy. I mean Muster wouldn't have allowed Koubek to be a bitch, whether he'd have won, well we don't know. There are certain people that need to be handled differently. If the guy isn't doing what he should be doing, then the captain has to find the way to get his charge back on track.

He wasn't even in Australia, to check on his players. The other captains were.

Merton
02-09-2008, 01:11 AM
That was a bad match to watch, both players were horrible at the beginning, then Koubek stepped it up being just bad, then They reverted their positions. Normally I would expect a Koubek in form to prevail against James on clay but even when he was up a set and a break I just felt that the outcome would depend on who would ultimately perform worse. Congrats to James, he practically sealed the tie for the US.

The Court was horendous, it looked as if there was some type of artillery exercise completed on the ground just before this match.

Merton
02-09-2008, 01:12 AM
Yes, he was an introverted guy. I mean Muster wouldn't have allowed Koubek to be a bitch, whether he'd have won, well we don't know. There are certain people that need to be handled differently. If the guy isn't doing what he should be doing, then the captain has to find the way to get his charge back on track.

He wasn't even in Australia, to check on his players. The other captains were.

It pains me to admit it but Forget seems a good coach in this aspect.

Voo de Mar
02-09-2008, 01:16 AM
Yes, he was an introverted guy. I mean Muster wouldn't have allowed Koubek to be a bitch, whether he'd have won, well we don't know. There are certain people that need to be handled differently. If the guy isn't doing what he should be doing, then the captain has to find the way to get his charge back on track.

He wasn't even in Australia, to check on his players. The other captains were.

Maybe it wasn't necessary... Schaller hasn't many possibilites to create a strong team. Melzer & Koubek disappoint often but they are definitely the best Austrian players :shrug: An ability to motivate a player is another issue, in this department maybe Schaller is clumsy because of his character.

Action Jackson
02-09-2008, 01:21 AM
Maybe it wasn't necessary... Schaller hasn't many possibilites to create a strong team. Melzer & Koubek disappoint often but they are definitely the best Austrian players :shrug: An ability to motivate a player is another issue, in this department maybe Schaller is clumsy because of his character.

You should still go and check how the players are progressing. Mancini, Forget, Wilander, bald Belgian, Navratl (personal coach), McEnroe, Corado the Italian DC captain was there, as well as Luthi the Swiss. Lundgren and Lloyd were there as well, some with commentating, but they always went out and looked at the matches of their countrymen and squad players.

If you are going to prepare, then do it properly.

Henry Chinaski
02-09-2008, 01:35 AM
27 in a row for the lefty killer. Incredible streak.

Fee
02-09-2008, 02:54 AM
Wrong.

Color me slightly stunned. What's next, you going to post in the Perv thread instead of just lurking there every day?

Marek.
02-09-2008, 02:56 AM
While I wouldn't ever call Blake a mental giant, he has gotten mentally stronger in the past six months or so.

The Freak
02-09-2008, 03:25 AM
James was a clay wizard out there, brilliant strategy! :p
Nice comeback, that seems to be his thing lately. Can't wait for USA - France! :cool:

WhataQT
02-09-2008, 04:46 AM
WTG,team USA!

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-09-2008, 10:15 AM
Koubek blew the lead! :o