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Bjorkman def. Levy 0-6 6-4 6-3 7-6(6)

Voo de Mar
02-10-2008, 02:59 PM
Sweden wins 3-2

Bjorkman is amazing. Sweden should found a monument for him.

Julio1974
02-10-2008, 03:00 PM
Great news for Argentina !!!

scarecrows
02-10-2008, 03:01 PM
experience prevailed

Shabazza
02-10-2008, 03:02 PM
Man after the first set, I thought this was over. Nice comeback from Björkman, but that first set....:tape:

JMG
02-10-2008, 03:03 PM
:woohoo: €

Björkman hit some ridiculous errors, but a win is a win. :D

Voo de Mar
02-10-2008, 03:10 PM
Bjorkman's 469th win in the pro-career but first after losing first set 0-6 :spit:

RonE
02-10-2008, 03:14 PM
Dammit Harel :(

Well done to the Swedes.

Burrow
02-10-2008, 03:19 PM
I admire Bjorkman for the things he can do at his age, Sweden should be really proud of this guy.

scarecrows
02-10-2008, 03:22 PM
:woohoo: €

Björkman hit some ridiculous errors, but a win is a win. :D

feeling good about that bug in the betting site,eh?

Tobi
02-10-2008, 03:25 PM
Well done Jonas :worship:

Levy had BPs to go break up early in 2nd set,didnt follow after that.

Great fight Jonas :yeah:

Allegretto
02-10-2008, 03:27 PM
Bjorkman is a legend. :bowdown:

Nathaliia
02-10-2008, 03:28 PM
Beating Levy isn't anything extraordinary :spit: (sorry) but indeed, well done Bjorkman.

Grunge
02-10-2008, 03:30 PM
Yes! This means Serbia will be in the first pot in the draw for play out -> so we probably get easier opponent :)

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-10-2008, 03:51 PM
Congrats Bjorkman! :)

Bilbo
02-10-2008, 03:57 PM
expected one

jonny84
02-10-2008, 04:15 PM
Nice comeback for Bjorkman, and well done to him for ensuring Sweeden go through.

Albop
02-10-2008, 04:41 PM
Well done bjokrman :)

Sommarsverige
02-10-2008, 05:00 PM
Great, great work, Jonas :bounce: :bounce:

So happy Sweden is through...though I am very sure they will loose the next round in Argentina...

Clara Bow
02-10-2008, 05:15 PM
I read that Jonas has had a great attitude during this tie and has really enjoyed the atmosphere. He even asked if he could get some of the music that they were playing during the changeovers, etc.

Nice win for Jonas and hope to see Israel at this stage again next year.

Or Levy
02-10-2008, 06:15 PM
The part about the music was hilarious, we're talking standard Israeli music here, all in Hebrew. He really liked it, wanted a copy on the CD, said it was "perfect for Tennis" (?? :-) and wanted the organizers of the Sweden Open to play it in the change-overs. Good stuff.

He had such nice things to say about the crowds, how playing in front of that crowd made him feel 20 years old. He signed for the kids. He gained a lot of fans in Israel this week.

Blue Heart24
02-10-2008, 06:16 PM
Jonas :worship: :)

Tommy fan
02-10-2008, 06:27 PM
Harel :sad: :sad:


But what can I say? Jonas :worship: :worship:
The Swedish team desrves it.. They played so well in this tie (And Tojo really surprised me..!) and they are great people as well, I'm glad they came here, and the crowd knew to appriciate it too.

Nathaliia
02-10-2008, 06:29 PM
I've heard the crowd misbehaved a lot :eek: Nice words from Jonas then :worship:

cobalt60
02-10-2008, 06:30 PM
The part about the music was hilarious, we're talking standard Israeli music here, all in Hebrew. He really liked it, wanted a copy on the CD, said it was "perfect for Tennis" (?? :-) and wanted the organizers of the Sweden Open to play it in the change-overs. Good stuff.

He had such nice things to say about the crowds, how playing in front of that crowd made him feel 20 years old. He signed for the kids. He gained a lot of fans in Israel this week.

Anytime I have seen him live at a tennis tournie- he is always lovely :yeah:
Still wish Harel had pulled it out but congrats to the Swedish team :hatoff:

Merton
02-10-2008, 06:32 PM
Congrats to Sweden, they will stay in the World Group but this is the end of the road for them. Israel pulled off an excellent effort, I hope they can stay in the World Group.

Tommy fan
02-10-2008, 06:34 PM
Anytime I have seen him live at a tennis tournie- he is always lovely :yeah:
Still wish Harel had pulled it out but congrats to the Swedish team :hatoff:

Although I saw him only here, I must say I agree..
He signed to everybodyeven after he lost (Against Sela) and he was very very nice and funny! :worship:

Voo de Mar
02-10-2008, 06:39 PM
It's sad that ToJo and Bjorki haven't successors in Sweden :sad:

Corey Feldman
02-10-2008, 06:44 PM
It's sad that ToJo and Bjorki haven't successors in Sweden :sad:Will Vinciguerra ever come back ?

ChinoRios4Ever
02-10-2008, 07:03 PM
I hope Chile vs Israel in september in WC playoffs, i want revenge :fiery:

jazar
02-10-2008, 07:38 PM
theres life in the old dog yet

Or Levy
02-10-2008, 07:42 PM
I've heard the crowd misbehaved a lot :eek: Nice words from Jonas then :worship:

The crowd misbehaved against Russia, we were perfect angels to the Swedes, Bjorkman and Thomas had nothing but great things to say, Bjorkman even said that he would have groaned to Sharapova if it was him in the Israeli crowd, because she groans way too much!

He made a lot of fans, the Sweedes lived up to the streotype though, cool and collected.

::worship::worship:

Or Levy
02-10-2008, 07:46 PM
We have some very passable countries to play in order to remain in the World group, but some can be a disaster - Chile would be a NIGHTMARE, Gonzo would be hell-bent on revenge, and the crowd? Oi.

Roger's Switzerland in Switzerland? Nuff said. The thought of Israel playing Switzerland is more than bareble if it was in Israel, I would gladly lose the tie 4:1to see Roger kicking Dudi's ass 5 ft away from me :) But Alas, not to be.

Aphex
02-10-2008, 07:55 PM
It's sad that ToJo and Bjorki haven't successors in Sweden :sad: What are you talking about? We have awesome 25 years somethings, ranked 200+ somethings, been on Future and Challenger tour forever, Prpic and Ryderstedt, ready to take over. :D;)

We're so dead when Tojo and Bjösse retire. :o

Still great stuff from "Gubbalandslaget"! :worship:

Archer16
02-10-2008, 08:00 PM
Congratulations to the charming Swedes. The Russians could have learned a thing or two from them.
It still hurts though :sad: Sweden at home (and as it turned out, without their #1 player) was the best draw we could have gotten, I don't know when this kind of opportunity will present itself again.
If only he'd served out the 4th set or taken the TB... I really fancied his chances for a 5th, Bjorkman started to look tired.

It's sad that ToJo and Bjorki haven't successors in Sweden :sad:
What about (the currently injured) Soderling?

We have some very passable countries to play in order to remain in the World group, but some can be a disaster - Chile would be a NIGHTMARE, Gonzo would be hell-bent on revenge, and the crowd? Oi.

Roger's Switzerland in Switzerland? Nuff said. The thought of Israel playing Switzerland is more than bareble if it was in Israel, I would gladly lose the tie 4:1to see Roger kicking Dudi's ass 5 ft away from me :) But Alas, not to be.
You really think he'd bother to show up for this?

JMG
02-10-2008, 08:01 PM
The crowd misbehaved against Russia, we were perfect angels to the Swedes, Bjorkman and Thomas had nothing but great things to say, Bjorkman even said that he would have groaned to Sharapova if it was him in the Israeli crowd, because she groans way too much!

He made a lot of fans, the Sweedes lived up to the streotype though, cool and collected.

::worship::worship:

They were celebrating 1st serve errors quite often. ;)

acionescu
02-10-2008, 08:18 PM
You really think he'd bother to show up for this?

Maybe, he showed in Romania 3 years ago and beat us alone! :worship:

Dimonator133
02-10-2008, 08:45 PM
Clutch by the veteran Swede:bowdown:


this was the only tie that went to a deciding 5th rubber, right? Did any in the non-world groups?

Or Levy
02-10-2008, 08:57 PM
They were celebrating 1st serve errors quite often. ;)

Oh, come on now :) That doesn't count!:p

We were actually clapping on the good shots of the Swedes, at least on Friday and Saturday, I wasn't there today.

I think Roger would have to show up, it is not unthinkable for Dudi to take a match vs. Stan, and Harel/Noam and Dudi can take out Bohali, for sure. Along with the doubles point, we could be favorite to win.

Horatio Caine
02-10-2008, 09:05 PM
I would have expected him to win, but the victory is all the more impressive since this is his second match in 3 months. Jonas :worship:

Horatio Caine
02-10-2008, 09:06 PM
Will Vinciguerra ever come back ?

Don't think so.

Horatio Caine
02-10-2008, 09:09 PM
it is not unthinkable for Dudi to take a match vs. Stan

Don't think he'd win that...he still has some way to go before he can challenge more often for wins against the better players.

Or Levy
02-10-2008, 09:44 PM
Don't think he'd win that...he still has some way to go before he can challenge more often for wins against the better players.

Agreed. But I wouldn't rule out an upset, I mean - Dudi beat Gonzo, I can see him beating Stan. Who would have thought Tipsy would take Roger to 5 sets? Those things can happen, and Davis cup, especially, has a life of its own.

But yea, not in Switzerland, and should this ever happen, the Swiss would be insane not to choose clay.

Voo de Mar
02-10-2008, 11:36 PM
What about (the currently injured) Soderling?



I'm afraid he isn't from the level of ToJo and Bjorkman :o :D

Andre♥
02-10-2008, 11:46 PM
Jonas :worship:

calvinhobbes
02-11-2008, 12:25 AM
Clutch by the veteran Swede:bowdown:


this was the only tie that went to a deciding 5th rubber, right? Did any in the non-world groups?

Two hours ago, Colombia-Uruguay. 3-2

Clara Bow
02-11-2008, 03:55 AM
What are you talking about? We have awesome 25 years somethings, ranked 200+ somethings, been on Future and Challenger tour forever, Prpic and Ryderstedt, ready to take over. :D;)

We're so dead when Tojo and Bjösse retire. :o

Still great stuff from "Gubbalandslaget"! :worship:

:lol: Does Sweden have anyone coming up in the juniors? If not, why the lack of new Swedes? Not as much money for development, the law of averages in terms of them having a small population as a country is catching up with them , etc.?

Ceri
02-11-2008, 04:18 AM
Beating Levy isn't anything extraordinary :spit: (sorry) but indeed, well done Bjorkman.
Not a run of the mill victory either though at his age, is it...
Well done Jonas :D

Aphex
02-11-2008, 05:02 AM
:lol: Does Sweden have anyone coming up in the juniors? No. If not, why the lack of new Swedes? The last DC captain decided on the brilliant idea, juniors shouldn't play abroad until they were 14, thus leaving Sweden's best a couple of years to catch up with the rest of Europe. For some reason Vinci, Toad and Pimpim made it anyway.:confused: Not as much money for development, the law of averages in terms of them having a small population as a country is catching up with them , etc.? Swedish fed has only debts.:o That small country argument is so old. I think tradition, culture and education is more important. The Czecj republic always had decent players for example. Sweden has messed up their culture and education when it comes to tennis I think.

Or Levy
02-11-2008, 07:17 AM
Mats talked about it a little bit when he was here, he said the Swede teens are more interested in other sports now, I think he treated this tie a little bit like the swan song of the current team.

I'll see if I can find the interview.

NyGeL
02-11-2008, 06:32 PM
great, now we will receive Sweden :)

Sommarsverige
02-11-2008, 06:50 PM
I am very, very happy about what ToJo and Bjösse have achieved and I really take my hat for them :hatoff:

But on the other hand, like Aphex wrote, I am really, really worried about the future of the Swedish tennis :( It is just so sad to see how many top players they had only like 10 years ago and now there is nothing :sad:
I know that guys like Magnus Norman really try to change the thinking of the Tennis Association and that he tries to motivate younger players himself (he often writes about it in his blog), but I am quite sure it will take a long time, if ever, until Sweden will have several good players again...

Björki
02-11-2008, 06:53 PM
Jonas :worship:

tangerine_dream
02-11-2008, 07:52 PM
Congrats to the Swedes, great win for them. :bigclap:

We're so dead when Tojo and Bjösse retire. :o
It's a shame to see many countries with a rich tennis history seemingly abandon the game over the years. We've heard the excuses why USA is no longer as dominant but what are Australia's, Great Britain's, and the Swede's reasons?

Action Jackson
02-12-2008, 03:14 AM
No. The last DC captain decided on the brilliant idea, juniors shouldn't play abroad until they were 14, thus leaving Sweden's best a couple of years to catch up with the rest of Europe. For some reason Vinci, Toad and Pimpim made it anyway.:confused: Swedish fed has only debts.:o That small country argument is so old. I think tradition, culture and education is more important. The Czecj republic always had decent players for example. Sweden has messed up their culture and education when it comes to tennis I think.

Well they don't have anyone to look up to and also it was hard after the golden generation because everyone was compared to them.

Vinci, too many injury problems and mental issues. The Toad is talented, but limited for sure.

The Fed is broke, they had the cash, though not sure where it went and there plenty of facilities around to play.

Remember this comment. "De spelar utan hjärna" Vad det gäller dagens svenska tennis är Carlsson kritisk. - Det lilla jag sett är svensk tennis en stor katastrof och jag vill anklaga tränarna för det. Redan 1990 när jag la av ville de komma ifrån det vi varit bäst på i alla tider. Det verkade som om tränarna ville se tysk tennis, att slå hårdare och spela utan hjärna. - Japaner, tyskar, spanjorer och argentinare kollade på oss när vi var som bäst och nu spelar de svensk tennis mycket mer än vad vi gör. Många av dagens bästa spelare spelar likt vad vi gjorde tidigare. Sampras, Agassi, Federer. Fy f-n vad de spelar tekniskt.