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2010 Davis Cup Cheering Thread: SERBIA IS 2010 CHAMPION! defeats France 3-2!

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kalisita
02-23-2009, 08:14 PM
:bounce: Ajde Serbia! :bounce:

3rd year in World Group! Serbia into the SFs for first time in country's history. :rocker2:


Davis Cup Website: http://www.daviscup.com/

First up is USA! Tie info: http://www.daviscup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100014447

Serbia defeats USA 3-2 to advance to QFs!

Results:
R1: Troicki d Isner 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 7-5 6-4
R2: Djokovic d Querrey 6-2 7-6(4) 2-6 6-3
R3: B.Bryan/Isner d. Tipsarevic/Zimonjic 7-6(8) 5-7 7-6(8) 6-3
R4: Djokovic d Isner 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4
R5: Querrey d Troicki 7-5 6-2

QF tie: Serbia vs. Croatia

Tie info: http://www.daviscup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100014706

Serbia defeats Croatia 4-1 to advance to SFs!

Results:
R1: Djokovic d Ljubicic 7-6(3) 6-4 6-1
R2: Cilic d Troicki 6-4 7-5 6-2
R3: Tisparevic/Zimonjic d Cilic/Dodig 6-3 6-2 6-4
R4: Djokovic d Cilic 6-3 6-3 6-2
R5: Tipsarevic d Veic 6-2 7-6(5)

SF tie: Serbia vs Czech Republic in Serbia

Serbia defeats Czech Republic 3-2 to advance to the country's first final!

Tie info: http://www.daviscup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100014709

RESULTS:

R1: Stepanek d Troicki 4-6 6-2 6-4 6-4
R2: Tipsarevic d Berdych 7-5 6-2 2-6 7-6(5)
R3: Berdych/Stepanek d Djokovic/Zimonjic 3-6 6-1 6-4 6-1
R4: Djokovic d Berdych 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4
R5: Tipsarevic d Stepanek 6-0 7-6(6) 6-4

Final tie: Serbia v France in Serbia

tie info: http://www.daviscup.com/en/results/tie/details.aspx?tieId=100014710

RESULTS:

R1: Monfils d Tipsarevic 6-1 7-6(4) 6-0
R2: Djokovic d Simon 6-3 6-1 7-5
R3: Clement/Llodra d Zimonjic/Troicki 3-6 6-7(3) 6-4 7-5 6-4
R4: Djokovic d Monfils 6-2 6-2 6-4
R5: Troicki d Llodra 6-2 6-2 6-3

:bounce: SERBIA WINS 2010 DAVIS CUP! :bounce:

Lee
02-23-2009, 08:17 PM
Will be a tough one playing on clay vs the best team on that surface. Even with Nadal limping :tape: and Nando is out.

AJDE!!!

Herdwick
02-23-2009, 08:18 PM
Blimey - you're keen. Ritual slaughter looms here one would think...

shuhrat
02-23-2009, 08:19 PM
Ajde Nenad, Nole, Victor, Janko!! (or whoever) :armed:

play against defending team 2year in a row. :p

kalisita
02-23-2009, 08:24 PM
First up for Serbia is España. :rocker2:

Tie Information:
http://www.daviscup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100012241 (http://www.daviscup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100012241)

Parque Tematico Terra Mitica, Benidorm, Spain
Stadium Capacity: 14,000
06 March - 08 March 2009

Day 1: 1100 hrs (1000 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1300 hrs (1200 hrs GMT)
Day 3: 1100 hrs (1000 hrs GMT)

Surface: Clay (Red Clay) - Outdoors
Ball Type: Head ATP

Team Serbia: Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Viktor Troiki, Nenad Zimonjic

Team Spain: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Feliciano Lopez (Nicolas Almagro as 1st alt) http://www.rafaelnadal.com/nadal/en/news/article/rafa-is-chosen-to-play-at-the-davis-cup-tie-against-serbia

RAFA IS CHOSEN TO PLAY AT THE DAVIS CUP TIE AGAINST SERBIA

22nd of February

Rafa Nadal, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Feliciano López and Nicolás Almagro (first reserve) have been chosen as the team that will represent Spain in the first round of the Davis Cup against Serbia from the 6th to the 8th of March in Benidorm.

The Spanish Armada is scheduled to travel to Beridorm on Sunday the 1st of March to start training at the stadium that has been put in place at the "Terra Mítica" park.

“I consider this team to be capable of winning”, was the statement that Albert Costa, the new Spanish Davis Cup Capitan gave at a press conference on Saturday after revealing the complete list of players that he’s chosen to play at next month’s tie.

Serbia is “a very difficult opponent that no-one wants to play in the first round. They are a very complete team, they have the number 3 player in the world, Novak Djokovic, then Janko Tipsarevic, a dangerous but equally irregular player; Nenad Zimonjic, best doubles player in the world at the moment; and Vicktor Troiki who is still in progress. Add to that the fact that they tend to get better when they represent their own country”, completed Costa.

The good news is that "we will have the courts available to us beforehand and therefore that will allow us to prepare ourselves in advance".

In regards to Rafa, he continues to be at home in Mallorca resting his knee, just like his doctor recommended. As usual, he is happy to be part of the Davis Cup team again and will do everything in his power to help his team win next month.

Vamos España!

jchuabh
02-24-2009, 03:36 AM
I don't understand why Nole didn't throw himself into the South American swing of clay tournaments this year ahead of this tie. Or is he really not as into DC as he would like his rah-rah compatriots to believe?

Lee
02-24-2009, 03:58 AM
Nole is a better hard court player than a clay court player. Also, the European hard court season is closer to home. He should not change his schedule just because this tie will play on clay.

And look at Nadal, even he's a better clay court player, he played the European hard court instead of SA clay court before this tie.

Masha91
02-24-2009, 04:27 AM
Oh,that's a tall order playing Spain in Spain on clay. Ajde Nole and Serbia!

kalisita
02-24-2009, 04:45 AM
I don't understand why Nole didn't throw himself into the South American swing of clay tournaments this year ahead of this tie. Or is he really not as into DC as he would like his rah-rah compatriots to believe?

Nole is a better hard court player than a clay court player. Also, the European hard court season is closer to home. He should not change his schedule just because this tie will play on clay.

And look at Nadal, even he's a better clay court player, he played the European hard court instead of SA clay court before this tie.

It's a tough situation. Though there are clay events, this part of the year is seen as the early hard court season. I think most people would think he was crazy if he had played the clay swing since the "heavy hitters" of the tour are playing on hard and his best results are on hard. If you look at the teams, only Robredo and Almagro, who's an alternate, have been playing on clay. It sucks that he has to go from hard to clay to hard so fast. :sad: But, Nole is a good clay court player and I don't think he should have changed his entire schedule to fit one weekend. Hopefully, the practice during the week will make the transition easier.

jchuabh
02-24-2009, 04:47 AM
Nole is a better hard court player than a clay court player. Also, the European hard court season is closer to home. He should not change his schedule just because this tie will play on clay.

And look at Nadal, even he's a better clay court player, he played the European hard court instead of SA clay court before this tie.

Nole is no slouch on clay. What he needs is sufficient match practice on the surface, without which he might as well recuse himself from the tie instead of worsening his h2h record against Nadal.

You do know that the Spaniard has a claycourt in his own backyard, right? I mean, literally "own backyard", not just "round the corner at the local tennis club" backyard.

jchuabh
02-24-2009, 05:02 AM
Oh, also Venus is playing in South America after Dubai...think it's cos she's serious about finally filling that gap in her GS resume. Really, who cares what the other top players are doing if you have your own holy grail to pursue?

The problem with countering Nadal on clay is he, again literally, grew up on the dirt. But Nole going in "cold" on the surface while Nadal has had all this "recuperative" time to "get used to" a court that he already feels completely at home on, hah, literally, is a mistake of lamb-to-slaughter proportions.

Do excuse my excessive use of the word. Been watching too much Jaime Oliver, I guess. (Slaps self silly.)

Spirit_fire
02-24-2009, 05:16 AM
Adje Nole, Tips, Troicki, Nenad! Adje Serbia.

*Ljubica*
02-24-2009, 06:10 AM
Good luck boys :bigclap: Don't think they have much chance :sad: But hope springs eternal :)

Does anyone perchance know whether it will be the tie that Sky TV will be showing for the 1st round?

shuhrat
02-24-2009, 07:46 AM
This sounds selfish, but to me his own career is much more important than DC or something.
(except Olympics which is a more rare, short-term, international sporting event)
Even any other Serb player doesn't play on clay for DC, then why Nole has to do?
And I'm too skeptical to want to mess up his schedule for it.

Anyway I expect he shows extraordinary and passionate performance in the toughest situation. :angel:
Impossible is Nothing. :p

Herdwick
02-24-2009, 08:14 AM
Good luck boys :bigclap: Don't think they have much chance :sad: But hope springs eternal :)

Does anyone perchance know whether it will be the tie that Sky TV will be showing for the 1st round?

Sky were due to show USA-Switzerland. Assume they still will, Roger being out notwithstanding.

jchuabh
02-24-2009, 08:34 AM
Sorry if I'm not allowing this lifeless equine a decent burial...

Nadal has nothing left to prove on clay. With his eye on the US Open to complete the real Grand Slam, he should and will play all the big and not-so-big hardcourt events to give himself the edge come September. Federer would do the same with clay except that he probably knows that still wouldn't be enough with Nadal in his way at FO, besides which, he's got #14 to worry about that is far more likely to come on grass or hard.

The Spaniard really has all the aces up his sleeve vis-a-vis the other guys. Except actual tennis talent, of course...

*Ljubica*
02-24-2009, 02:30 PM
Sorry if I'm not allowing this lifeless equine a decent burial...

Nadal has nothing left to prove on clay. With his eye on the US Open to complete the real Grand Slam, he should and will play all the big and not-so-big hardcourt events to give himself the edge come September. Federer would do the same with clay except that he probably knows that still wouldn't be enough with Nadal in his way at FO, besides which, he's got #14 to worry about that is far more likely to come on grass or hard.

The Spaniard really has all the aces up his sleeve vis-a-vis the other guys. Except actual tennis talent, of course...

Did I ever tell you that I loved you my dear? :angel:

Sky were due to show USA-Switzerland. Assume they still will, Roger being out notwithstanding.

Thanks. Somehow I am not surprised :rolleyes: More Bryan Brothers and Roddick on my screen instead of Nole and Janko again :sad:

This sounds selfish, but to me his own career is much more important than DC or something.
(except Olympics which is a more rare, short-term, international sporting event)
Even any other Serb player doesn't play on clay for DC, then why Nole has to do?
And I'm too skeptical to want to mess up his schedule for it.

Anyway I expect he shows extraordinary and passionate performance in the toughest situation. :angel:
Impossible is Nothing. :p

I agree Hana. I'm not a huge DC fan at all :o and have always defended Roger when he put his own career ahead of DC in the past. These guys only have a short and finite career. and injury could end it at any time. So when they play as much as the top players, they must look after themselves imo.

pica_pica
02-24-2009, 03:09 PM
It's a pity Serbia and Spain have to play first round.....I love both teams....
I think Spain will win easy...and I hope Nole won't lose too much to Nadal (and win the other tie)
I'm thinking along this line: Nole doesn't seem to have much hot passion/ mojo/ magic/ whatever recently. Being a big patriot, he could regain some of that by devoting to Serbia. I hope this can be the turning point of this season!

kalisita
02-24-2009, 06:31 PM
The official team nominations for all the world group ties were announced today. The Serbia-Spain tie page was updated.

Spain has never met Serbia in Davis Cup, although it did play against the former Yugoslavia on eight occasions, winning six.
Spain won its third Davis Cup title last year, defeating Argentina in the final.
After both of its previous victories, Spain lost in the opening round of the following year's competition.
Serbia played in the World Group for the first time last year, losing to Russia but then defeating Slovak Republic in the play-offs to retain its status.

A sign of hope? Should make absolutely no difference, but hey, Spain did win all of three titles in Olympic years, which some people pointed to as a sign it would win in 2008.

zsanika
03-01-2009, 08:58 AM
Spain
Rafael Nadal
David Ferrer
Tommy Robredo
Feliciano Lopez
Captain: Albert Costa

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

shuhrat
03-03-2009, 04:00 PM
http://www.b92.net/news/pics/2009/03/116239410049ad38dfcdf2e822194884_big.jpg
http://www.rts.rs/page/sport/sr/story/38/Tenis/47652/%C4%90okovi%C4%87+ekskluzivno+za+RTS.html
http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/vesti.php%3Fyyyy%3D2009%26mm%3D03%26dd%3D03%26nav_ id%3D347992&prev=_t&usg=ALkJrhjaqlkdSJ4UR1QsPl5EkME50K91Tg

Thanks Google translator :p
You will wear red shirts with that blue clay court shoes? OMG!

ellen_
03-03-2009, 04:13 PM
Thanks. I don't understand a word of what he's saying in the video but I could listen to him for hours :lol: So the google translator told me they couldn't practice outside because of rain and the atmosphere in the team is good? It does seem to translate Serbian better than Latvian though, but I still don't trust that thing :p

How is Troicki doing lately btw? Are they going to prefer him to play the singles in stead of Tipsy?

:rolls: @ the blue shoes on the red clay. Although I think it would look better already if he would leave that green sweatband :tape:

*Ljubica*
03-03-2009, 04:22 PM
Thanks for the article and interview Hana. Here are a couple of pics (sadly not of Nole - just Janko and Viktor) to put us in the DC mood :) Haven't got a clue who they will choose for the second singles' player yet :shrug: I assume Janko, as Viktor isn't the best on clay :shrug: But who knows? :confused:

ellen_
03-03-2009, 04:25 PM
My my, am I the only one who thinks those are a bunch of uber-cool guys? :cool: Thanks Rose.

tangerine_dream
03-03-2009, 04:27 PM
:eek: He looks like a BOOBY!
http://www.b92.net/news/pics/2009/03/116239410049ad38dfcdf2e822194884_big.jpg


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...a blue-footed Booby bird ;)

http://www.hickerphoto.com/data/media/40/bluefooted-booby_449.jpg

In honor of Mr Q, the original Boob. :worship:

shuhrat
03-03-2009, 04:34 PM
:eek: He looks like a BOOBY!

...a blue-footed Booby bird ;)

http://www.hickerphoto.com/data/media/40/bluefooted-booby_449.jpg

In honor of Mr Q, the original Boob. :worship:
Can't stop laughing :rolls::rolls:

*Ljubica*
03-03-2009, 04:41 PM
My my, am I the only one who thinks those are a bunch of uber-cool guys? :cool: Thanks Rose.

No - there are many of us that feel the same ;) Btw - was really surprised to see you voting Nole top of your Most Liked players list on GM. I aways thought that was Ernie? :confused: I'm very pleased though!

:eek: He looks like a BOOBY!


:rolls: That really did make me laugh - thanks :hug: And he does too :o

Herdwick
03-03-2009, 04:57 PM
:haha: Such a lovely baby blue but suppose it could be worse...

I would like to apply for the job of Adidas colour coordinator: I
couldn't do worse than the current incumbent.

*Ljubica*
03-03-2009, 05:06 PM
:haha: Such a lovely baby blue but suppose it could be worse...

I would like to apply for the job of Adidas colour coordinator: I
couldn't do worse than the current incumbent.

:lol:

ellen_
03-03-2009, 05:09 PM
The booby :haha:

Rose, I'm a fan of Nole from before I even heard about Ernests but I love them both equally ;)

Herdwick, you'd go for pink shoes? :devil: Kinky!

*Ljubica*
03-03-2009, 05:14 PM
The booby :haha:

Rose, I'm a fan of Nole from before I even heard about Ernests but I love them both equally ;)

Herdwick, you'd go for pink shoes? :devil: Kinky!

:D Guess I'd just never seen you here much, until after I knew you were an Ernie fan (if that makes sense!). Will you get any TV coverage of the tie Ellen?

Herdwick
03-03-2009, 05:15 PM
I loathe pink! My mother used to dress me in pink flowery dresses when I was little - I never forgave her.

*Ljubica*
03-03-2009, 05:20 PM
I loathe pink! My mother used to dress me in pink flowery dresses when I was little - I never forgave her.

:tape: :lol: Does it surprise you to know that I love it and wear it a lot? :angel: I prefer it on me than on men though - and it's definitely not for mens' tennis shoes!

ellen_
03-03-2009, 05:26 PM
:D Guess I'd just never seen you here much, until after I knew you were an Ernie fan (if that makes sense!). Will you get any TV coverage of the tie Ellen?

I came to MTF for more news about Ernests because he didn't have an official website etc. Because I was a newbie on MTF I prefered to stay there in my little group in stead of jumping into the ocean and meet fans of other favourites of mine ;) (I'm a Rafa fan and I tried that forum first :tape: I didn't like it so I ran back to Ernie's board and didn't leave it for a while :rolls:).

I'm afraid I won't get coverage of the tie. I can watch Belgium-Poland, Czech Rep-France (which makes me a bit happy too), GB-Ukraine but no Spain-Serbia :sobbing: I looked for flights to Benidorm though, just to dream a bit... ;)

I loathe pink! My mother used to dress me in pink flowery dresses when I was little - I never forgave her.

And I totally understand that you never forgave her :lol: I didn't even want to dress my Barbies in pink :tape: So no pink for me either ;)

*Ljubica*
03-03-2009, 05:43 PM
I came to MTF for more news about Ernests because he didn't have an official website etc. Because I was a newbie on MTF I prefered to stay there in my little group in stead of jumping into the ocean and meet fans of other favourites of mine ;) (I'm a Rafa fan and I tried that forum first :tape: I didn't like it so I ran back to Ernie's board and didn't leave it for a while :rolls:).

I'm afraid I won't get coverage of the tie. I can watch Belgium-Poland, Czech Rep-France (which makes me a bit happy too), GB-Ukraine but no Spain-Serbia :sobbing: I looked for flights to Benidorm though, just to dream a bit... ;)


Yes - I totally understand. Big Forums like this can be pretty intimidating at first, and I always find it best to lurk for a long while before posting, just to get a "feel" for the place. I don't really ever go to Ernie's Forum so I don't know much about it, - but I imagine it's quite a peaceful, friendly, welcoming place. Most of the Player Forums here are to be honest - I lurk in a few (Simon's and Gaudio's for example) and they're mostly just like-minded people supporting their player and sharing their common interests. About the other place you mention :tape: Let's just say it has a bit of a reputation so I'm not surprised you didn't like it :o Each to their own though I guess :shrug: :)

shuhrat
03-03-2009, 05:51 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=194387&stc=1&d=1236106024
One more :kiss:

pica_pica
03-03-2009, 05:54 PM
Nole looks to be working hard there...
Stretching exercise? Yeah he could do good if he stretches and slides a lot on clay, no?

Nadie
03-03-2009, 05:54 PM
Of course I'm here to support Srbija in DC, as it was last year :rocker2:

Rosie, Ellen :wavey:

kalisita
03-03-2009, 06:04 PM
:haha: Such a lovely baby blue but suppose it could be worse...

I would like to apply for the job of Adidas colour coordinator: I
couldn't do worse than the current incumbent.

You should apply to be Nole's personal dresser. :aplot: As Adidas colour coordinator you may just end up spending all your time dealing with SB! :bolt:

ellen_
03-03-2009, 06:04 PM
Going from hardcourt to clay is hell :tape: At least it is for me, so he better does some stretching. But who is the man who is lifting him? :angel: I like the picture a lot btw, don't know exactly why.

Nadia :wavey: I thought you were going to Latvia? ;)

shuhrat
03-03-2009, 06:13 PM
Going from hardcourt to clay is hell :tape:
and next week going to hardcourt again. :o
But who is the man who is lifting him? :angel:
Rosie and Raine's Miljian(?). :p

Nadie
03-03-2009, 06:15 PM
Going from hardcourt to clay is hell :tape: At least it is for me, so he better does some stretching. But who is the man who is lifting him? :angel: I like the picture a lot btw, don't know exactly why.

Nadia :wavey: I thought you were going to Latvia? ;)

well, it doesn't matter, where I am going or where I am not going :p AJDE SRBIJA :bounce:

and I'm stil waiting for home tie in Belgrade :dance: :awww:

ellen_
03-03-2009, 06:20 PM
and next week going to hardcourt again. :o

My all-times-injured knees are hurting when I only think about it :help: I wish them all a lot of luck and may they be protected from injuries *crosses fingers*

Rosie and Raine's Miljian(?). :p

Quite a rhetorical question from me but it is indeed Miljan :angel: without the green shirt :awww:

shuhrat
03-03-2009, 06:29 PM
Quite a rhetorical question from me but it is indeed Miljan :angel: without the green shirt :awww:
I'm too serious when I don't need to be. :lol:

Lee
03-03-2009, 06:57 PM
:eek: He looks like a BOOBY!

In honor of Mr Q, the original Boob. :worship:

At least you mention Matt here :lol:

Lee
03-03-2009, 06:58 PM
Thanks Hana for the link

*Ljubica*
03-03-2009, 07:57 PM
I do not have words for this photo :) :p My mind is too confused :angel:

ellen_
03-03-2009, 08:00 PM
I do not have words for this photo :) :p My mind is too confused :angel:

I feel like I want to bite in Nole's tummy but I don't know why :scratch: I think we all have confused minds from time to time :angel:

Just had my first service unavailable for today :worship: I was missing it already :tape:

*Ljubica*
03-03-2009, 08:04 PM
I feel like I want to bite in Nole's tummy but I don't know why :scratch: I think we all have confused minds from time to time :angel:

Just had my first service unavailable for today :worship: I was missing it already :tape:

:lol: I just keeping on thinking about how strong Miljan must be :inlove: And how I would love to be so close and...... OK! Wandering fangirl minds stop THIS instant! :lol:

Service Unavailable :worship: :yeah:

ellen_
03-03-2009, 08:08 PM
:lol: I just keeping on thinking about how strong Miljan must be :inlove: And how I would love to be so close and...... OK! Wandering fangirl minds stop THIS instant! :lol:

Service Unavailable :worship: :yeah:

I don't want to ruin your thought but I bet I can lift Nole too :rolls:

And now it's ENOUGH with the wandering minds :lol:

*Ljubica*
03-03-2009, 08:16 PM
I don't want to ruin your thought but I bet I can lift Nole too :rolls:

And now it's ENOUGH with the wandering minds :lol:

:lol: OMG! :rolls: Now my mind really is wandering! Something tells me he may enjoy your participation more than Miljan's :lol: Anyway, my mind is now completely confused :confused: Especially after a quick visit to the Funny Fotos Thread, where there are some real freaky pics in the last page or so :eek: If you dare, go check out the ones of a half naked David Nalbandian, and a very strange looking Gael Monfils :bolt: Not to mention some bizarre ones of Marat! And a shirtless Nadal one, which you may like (but it made me feel more than a little sick :o )

I'm going to try and calm my nerves now :lol: Talk to you tomorrow sometime I'm sure :kiss:

Herdwick
03-03-2009, 08:27 PM
I feel like I want to bite in Nole's tummy but I don't know why :scratch:

:devil: Welcome to Herdwickland. I feel like that everytime I see a glimpse of Nole skin :lick:

Wandering, confused and fertile minds methinks...

Marion29520
03-03-2009, 08:41 PM
press conference
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aeronatasha
03-03-2009, 08:52 PM
:lol: I just keeping on thinking about how strong Miljan must be :inlove: And how I would love to be so close and...... OK! Wandering fangirl minds stop THIS instant! :lol:

Service Unavailable :worship: :yeah:

Yeah, as ellen said, I could lift Nole too.:lol:
It's the basic principle of leverage.;) We do that a lot on my selfdefense classes.:o
But yeah, it's a cute picture, and anyway I'm sure Miljan is actually strong.;)

Can't wait till Friday! Bring it on!

Jelena_78
03-03-2009, 10:34 PM
194416 I saw you put this already , but this is kinda larger and more clear :p

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Running:Free
03-04-2009, 12:23 AM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=194387&stc=1&d=1236106024
One more :kiss:

Ummmm....errrr...uhhhhh...

What were you saying, again? :hearts:

You should apply to be Nole's personal dresser. :aplot: As Adidas colour coordinator you may just end up spending all your time dealing with SB! :bolt:

:rolls: :yeah:

Jelena, thanks for the pictures. They're a gorgeous team :smooch:

ellewoods
03-04-2009, 06:28 AM
dfsdhfdsfhdsk so excited!!!!!!!! :bounce::bounce:

ellewoods
03-04-2009, 06:46 AM
oh btw, for the Aussies here - Fox Sports 1 is showing DC - Spain v Serbia at 12.30pm on Saturday...but obviously it's not live [damn the cricket!! :fiery:]. Then Fox Sports 2 is showing Day 2 on Sunday at 10am.

*Ljubica*
03-04-2009, 06:49 AM
Yeah, as ellen said, I could lift Nole too.:lol:
It's the basic principle of leverage.;) We do that a lot on my selfdefense classes.:o
But yeah, it's a cute picture, and anyway I'm sure Miljan is actually strong.;)

Can't wait till Friday! Bring it on!

He sure would be strong enough for me ;) At which point I had best get to work - I need to concentrate today.

And thanks for all the photos people - they ARE a gorgeous looking team :inlove:

pica_pica
03-04-2009, 07:52 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PJXCKsP ... r_embedded
Spanish team and Serbian team practising

shuhrat
03-04-2009, 09:23 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PJXCKsP ... r_embedded
Spanish team and Serbian team practising
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PJXCKsPbZ0 ;)

http://www.rtve.es/mediateca/videos/20090302/todo-listo-para-eliminatoria-davis/434490.shtml
http://www.rtve.es/mediateca/videos/20090303/por-serbia-con-nadal/436030.shtml

Nadal & Djokovic In Davis Cup Showdown (http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/1/en/news/newsarticle_2408.asp)

Masha91
03-04-2009, 09:26 AM
oh btw, for the Aussies here - Fox Sports 1 is showing DC - Spain v Serbia at 12.30pm on Saturday...but obviously it's not live [damn the cricket!! :fiery:]. Then Fox Sports 2 is showing Day 2 on Sunday at 10am.

Oh good, thanks. Wish it was live though!

ellen_
03-04-2009, 09:37 AM
Oh Lord... now it's complete, the blue shoes with the red vest :help: Can someone hide the smurf-blue shoes please? I admit - those are tough colors to make an outfit in which you don't look like a clown (Stepanek!) but jeezes, they can do better than that :tape: I would even prefer blue shorts! Although his USO shirt from 07 would fit too ;)

Jelena_78
03-04-2009, 09:45 AM
Thanks for the video links! :)

Herdwick
03-04-2009, 09:56 AM
Those shoes are truly vile.

But happily both he and Rafa look delicious. :inlove:

pica_pica
03-04-2009, 10:06 AM
NOOO.......why is Troicki waving a white cloth (flag) at the top of the stands! Stop it!

shuhrat
03-04-2009, 10:08 AM
Actually the shoes are supposed to match with blue shirts and white shorts(his RG outfits).
Maybe they didn't expect exception like davis cup. :p
In addition, unluckily Serb national colors are red shirts & white shorts. :sobbing:
So it's hard to say this is only Adidas's fault. :tape:

pica_pica
03-04-2009, 10:12 AM
And in the presser.....Serbs in white and sky blue? At first glimpse I thought I saw Argentines.......why don't they add some red into their jackets?

Marion29520
03-04-2009, 10:16 AM
http://img13.imagevenue.com/loc435/th_69037_01_122_435lo.jpg (http://img13.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=69037_01_122_435lo.jpg) http://img105.imagevenue.com/loc505/th_69053_02_122_505lo.jpg

shuhrat
03-04-2009, 10:26 AM
And in the presser.....Serbs in white and sky blue? At first glimpse I thought I saw Argentines.......why don't they add some red into their jackets?
I thought that, too.
Why did they pick sky blue which reminds them of ARG automatically and even isn't their color? :confused:
(Lotto color coordinator loves sky blue too much? ;))

Thank you, Marion29520!

*Raine
03-04-2009, 01:56 PM
and next week going to hardcourt again. :o

Rosie and Raine's Miljian(?). :p

I prefer Raine's Miljan alone.. :angel:

Peace Rose and Timmy. :wavey: :lol:

*Ljubica*
03-04-2009, 02:18 PM
Thanks for the pics and clips people - :secret: - though it makes me feel physically sick having to see even a glimpse of my tennis bete-noir anywhere :spit:

And Raine - what have I told you about this subject before - the Fitness Trainer is MINE :devil: :p

Masha91
03-04-2009, 03:09 PM
Thanks for posting the pictures and vids everyone, they're great!

kalisita
03-04-2009, 07:41 PM
ESPN article previewing the tie, which focuses on the daunting task Serbia is facing.

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/columns/story?columnist=tandon_kamakshi&page=Spain-Serbia

Vanquishing Nadal a daunting task
By Kamakshi Tandon

Of all the spectacular records Rafael Nadal holds, one of the most staggering yet least known is this: He has never lost a best-of-five-sets match on clay.

Yes, never. Not in 43 career matches, including four straight French Open victories, several Davis Cup ties and -- until 2007 -- finals of Masters events as well as selected other events like Barcelona and Stuttgart.

That immaculate record will be on the line again this week as Spain begins its Davis Cup defense on clay at home in the coastal city of Benidorm. Nadal will be on the squad, having recovered from a knee tendon problem that kept him out of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships last week.

He spent some of his unscheduled time off indulging his other sporting passion, soccer. Nadal was honored by the Mallorcan soccer team during a Spanish league match and also attended a Real Madrid game against Liverpool last week.

The break also allowed Nadal to be one of the first to arrive in Benidorm for the tie. "I feel very well, eager to defend my country," he said after a team training session over the weekend. "The court is perfect."

That will be a relief for new team captain Albert Costa, who is hoping to make a successful debut despite being handed a very tricky opener against Serbia.

After Roger Federer pulled out of Switzerland's tie against the United States, Spain versus Serbia became easily the biggest matchup of the first round. The nation that wins this weekend will be the heavy favorite to go all the way to December's final.

The Spanish Armada has not lost a home tie in nearly a decade, and showed its depth and versatility last year by winning the final on indoor hard courts against Argentina despite the absence of an injured Nadal.

Fernando Verdasco, the hero of that tie, is missing this time around, but Spain still has a strong lineup behind the returning Nadal: David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo and Feliciano Lopez. Ferrer or Robredo is likely to fill the second singles spot, and Lopez will bring his attacking skills to the doubles.

But with world No. 3 Novak Djokovic and doubles No. 4 Nenad Zimonjic, Serbia is one of the few nations that can hope to challenge the Armada. The Spaniards are aware their status as favorites depends heavily on two things: home-court advantage and the presence of Nadal.

The Serbs know it, too. Janko Tipsarevic, currently the third-ranked Serbian in singles behind Victor Troiki, sees Spain having a "60-40" or "70-30" chance thanks largely to Nadal's formidable clay record. "It is a great advantage, especially at home with 15,000 or 16,000 fans," Tipsarevic told DPA. "But if Nadal does not play, it makes a big, big difference.

"Because then we should win [Djokovic's] two singles ... and though I don't want to put pressure on Novak, [we] are the slight favorites against any doubles team put up by Spain."

But overall, percentage calculations will be less relevant to Serbia's fortunes than the physical condition of Djokovic, who is just as vital to his team as Nadal is to the Spanish side.

Winning the title in Dubai last week was a significant mental boost for Djokovic, but he was huffing and puffing during the final and had only one day off at home before having to fly to Spain for the tie. Considered suspect early in his career, his stamina re-emerged as an issue this year after he retired during his Australian Open quarterfinal against Andy Roddick because of the heat.

Coincidentally, Djokovic's opponent in the Dubai final was none other than Ferrer, but Djokovic is not expecting a repeat of last week's easy victory if the two meet again this weekend.

"David's going to be favorite in that match, to be honest, if we play against each other," said Djokovic in Dubai.

He might have been bluffing -- Tipsarevic would think so -- but it shows just what Serbia is up against: If Nadal wins his first match, as expected, a loss from Djokovic would put the Serbs down 2-0 right off the bat. (In Davis Cup ties, the top player from each team meets the second-ranked player from the opposing team in Friday's opening singles. If the contest is still alive after Saturday's doubles, the top players on each team face each other in the first match on Sunday, followed by the second-ranked players.)

When the Davis Cup draw was made last fall, Djokovic's father raised eyebrows with his farfetched accusation that things had been rigged against Serbia to prevent the young nation from making its mark in the competition.

Djokovic has stayed away from such discussions, but the pugnaciously patriotic Serb is also determined not to be daunted by the task at hand. "One thing is for sure, we are not going there to just play some good tennis," he said. "I think we have quite a young team, which can really challenge every team in the world and on every surface."

Neutral observers will be hoping that the contest stays alive until the reverse singles on Sunday, when Nadal and Djokovic could face each other in what would be the highlight of the tie.

Nadal has won 10 of their 14 meetings, including two wins on clay at Hamburg and the French Open last year that seemed to drain the Serb's energy for months afterward.

Djokovic may want to think about the curious fact that he shares a name with the only player ever to have beaten Nadal in a Davis Cup singles match: Czech Jiri Novak, who subdued the Spaniard on a fast carpet court in 2004.

But that was very early in Nadal's career. He had yet to turn 18 and had yet to play a Davis Cup match. In fact, he had yet to even play a best-of-five match on clay.

Djokovic will not want to think about what has happened since.

Herdwick
03-04-2009, 08:10 PM
:shrug: Kismet - before the draw was made.

So let's just enjoy the tennis (assuming we can see it) and then focus on IW.

tangerine_dream
03-04-2009, 09:47 PM
T
But happily both he and Rafa look delicious. :inlove:

:secret: Ohh, another Nole and Rafa fan, I thought I was the only one.

I'm looking forward to this weekend. Fireworks bonanza! :banana:

pica_pica
03-05-2009, 06:38 AM
:secret: Ohh, another Nole and Rafa fan, I thought I was the only one.

I'm looking forward to this weekend. Fireworks bonanza! :banana:

And I'm another Nole and Rafa fan.......they are numerous!

Herdwick
03-05-2009, 07:38 AM
:secret: Ohh, another Nole and Rafa fan, I thought I was the only one.

I'm looking forward to this weekend. Fireworks bonanza! :banana:

And I'm another Nole and Rafa fan.......they are numerous!

There are quite a few of us here - Rosie remains a dissenting voice but we live in hope:secret:

Roll on Friday - and please let us see it!

*Raine
03-05-2009, 08:43 AM
And in the presser.....Serbs in white and sky blue? At first glimpse I thought I saw Argentines.......why don't they add some red into their jackets?

Me too. :o

Thanks for the pics and clips people - :secret: - though it makes me feel physically sick having to see even a glimpse of my tennis bete-noir anywhere :spit:

And Raine - what have I told you about this subject before - the Fitness Trainer is MINE :devil: :p

It's your fault for making me curious on what the fitness trainer looks like. :p :armed:

ellewoods
03-05-2009, 09:08 AM
There are quite a few of us here - Rosie remains a dissenting voice but we live in hope:secret:

I'm another Nole and Rafa [and Roger but not Murray] fan. But am only a recent Rafa convert.

I'm trying to decide if I want to scrumage around for a live stream or hold out to watch it on TV. Though knowing my impatience I will need to find a live stream. Please oh please someone stream it!!

pica_pica
03-05-2009, 09:19 AM
I'm another Nole and Rafa [and Roger but not Murray] fan. But am only a recent Rafa convert.
I'm trying to decide if I want to scrumage around for a live stream or hold out to watch it on TV. Though knowing my impatience I will need to find a live stream. Please oh please someone stream it!!

Exactly the same as myself! Haha!

ellen_
03-05-2009, 09:28 AM
Okay, since it's coming-out time here... Nole-Rafa fan here too :wavey: Actually I support Spain in everything, but I have no problems with wishing them to lose this weekend :devil: I'm scared though :awww:

shuhrat
03-05-2009, 10:02 AM
Friday
David Ferrer (ESP) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
Saturday
Feliciano Lopez/Tommy Robredo (ESP) v Novak Djokovic/Nenad Zimonjic
Sunday
Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)
David Ferrer (ESP) v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

Am I the only one who thinks Victor can be a better pick than Nole in doubles? :p
If he plays doubles, I don't know how he can conserve his energy for Sunday.
Though they can change the draw before the match according to results of day1.

Running:Free
03-05-2009, 11:49 AM
Friday
David Ferrer (ESP) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
Saturday
Feliciano Lopez/Tommy Robredo (ESP) v Novak Djokovic/Nenad Zimonjic
Sunday
Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)
David Ferrer (ESP) v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

Am I the only one who thinks Victor can be a better pick than Nole in doubles? :p
If he plays doubles, I don't know how he can conserve his energy for Sunday.
Though they can change the draw before the match according to results of day1.

If Nole wins against Ferru (even with the bad clay-H2H :tape:), Janko will proceed to loose from Rafa. That would make it 1-1, on Friday. Hopefully, if Robredo/Flo have no rhythm as a team, Nole/Ziki can pull it off, which would make it 2-1. Nole will loose to Rafa on Sunday, making it 2-2. And the decider? Ferru/Tipsy :cool: Which may just be 50-50 :shrug:

Above, is a stretch of the imagination, which requires perfect conditions, super-human Serbs, and diarrhea-ridden Spaniards. Don't be shocked if it doesn't happen :o But if it does, I called it :rocker2:

Herdwick
03-05-2009, 11:50 AM
:bounce: Well we've got our wish for the potential Sunday showdown (this presupposes that he beats David tomorrow and they win the doubles:scared:)

Don't know Victor's game well enough to comment but Nole's doubles is less than stellar on occasion :rolleyes:

Certainly can't see Tipsy beating Ferrer on current form.

ellewoods
03-05-2009, 12:07 PM
I am not happy with Novak being selected to play doubles. Not happy :help:

Masha91
03-05-2009, 12:11 PM
Hmm, thanks for putting the draw on here.

pica_pica
03-05-2009, 12:12 PM
I think the Serbian captain is just being tactical putting Nole in the doubles. I think that if Nole can beat Ferrer on Fri, Victor will probably replace him to play doubles so as to give Nole time to rest for Sunday. However, if Ferrer beats Nole on Fri (it's possible, Ferrer leads Nole on clay), then maybe Nole will play doubles. Nole doesn't have a good record in doubles, but still he's the one who can control the ball better and he'll pump up to save the tie better. Nole and Zimonjic won the doubles tie against Russia, right?

Running:Free
03-05-2009, 12:14 PM
I think the Serbian captain is just being tactical putting Nole in the doubles. I think that if Nole can beat Ferrer on Fri, Victor will probably replace him to play doubles so as to give Nole time to rest for Sunday. However, if Ferrer beats Nole on Fri (it's possible, Ferrer leads Nole on clay), then maybe Nole will play doubles. Nole doesn't have a good record in doubles, but still he's the one who can control the ball better and he'll pump up to save the tie better. Nole and Zimonjic won the doubles tie against Russia, right?

Against Misha and Dima, who have absolutely no co-ordination as a team :o

Still, Nole chalked in to play doubles isn't set in stone. They can and might change it according to how Friday pans out.

shuhrat
03-05-2009, 12:19 PM
I think the Serbian captain is just being tactical putting Nole in the doubles. I think that if Nole can beat Ferrer on Fri, Victor will probably replace him to play doubles so as to give Nole time to rest for Sunday. However, if Ferrer beats Nole on Fri (it's possible, Ferrer leads Nole on clay), then maybe Nole will play doubles. Nole doesn't have a good record in doubles, but still he's the one who can control the ball better and he'll pump up to save the tie better. Nole and Zimonjic won the doubles tie against Russia, right?
Hope the first scenario comes true.

http://www.blic.rs/sports.php?id=3993
- “Nadal can’t have wanted this kind of surface. The court is concrete underneath the clay, it’s extremely hard and the ball bounces really high. The clay itself slows it down a bit, but the balls are also hard and quick. This tie will certainly not be a typical clay-court encounter,” Obradovic speaks his mind.

- “They have so far played out the pair of Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco, but the latter is now injured, so there will be some changes. We have the standard lineup with Zimonjic and Djokovic, who have proved they fit together perfectly. However, if Novak has an exhausting encounter beforehand in the singles, we may opt to substitute him with either Tipsarevic or Troicki,” says Obradovic.

Masha91
03-05-2009, 12:41 PM
Me too, we'll see.

aeronatasha
03-05-2009, 01:43 PM
:secret: Ohh, another Nole and Rafa fan, I thought I was the only one.

I'm looking forward to this weekend. Fireworks bonanza! :banana:


I like Rafa too. :) Warmed up to him a lot during last year especially.

Bring it on against Ferrer, Nole!

You can do it boy, time to break some barriers!

*Ljubica*
03-05-2009, 03:14 PM
There are quite a few of us here - Rosie remains a dissenting voice but we live in hope:secret:

Roll on Friday - and please let us see it!

Hell will freeze over first :angel: :p

So l see Nole has sweet David first - hope he can win and get the team off to a good start :)

Herdwick
03-05-2009, 04:50 PM
:bounce: Nole - David now listed on Betfair for tomorrow. Yes!

I was getting a bit worried.

tangerine_dream
03-05-2009, 05:05 PM
And I'm another Nole and Rafa fan.......they are numerous!
Numerous over here. :yeah: Practically non-existent in the Rafa forum. :sad:

There are quite a few of us here - Rosie remains a dissenting voice but we live in hope:secret:
We'll send a Borg her way to assimilate her. :angel:

Herdwick
03-05-2009, 05:18 PM
Ah - the wandering and confused minds which inhabit these pages usually make for a happy little world here. Even dislike is pretty rare and venom is positively discouraged.

The odd puckish barb slips through now and then but one is never unintentionally rude :angel:.

pica_pica
03-05-2009, 05:38 PM
Numerous over here. :yeah: Practically non-existent in the Rafa forum. :sad:




I noticed that too...that's why I seldom post there.
The chat atmosphere here is good. Every Nole fan respects other rival players.

*Ljubica*
03-05-2009, 06:58 PM
Numerous over here. :yeah: Practically non-existent in the Rafa forum. :sad:


We'll send a Borg her way to assimilate her. :angel:

:nerner: Take more than that to assimilate me my dear :devil: This lady is not for turning, as Mrs. T. once famously said :angel: Having said that, even though I do admit to disliking Rafa intensely, I can still laugh about it here with other Nole fans who don't agree with me - life's too short for too much bitterness I think :shrug:

Jelena_78
03-05-2009, 10:24 PM
Latest News on RTS

Matches will not be played on Friday!!?!

Part of the stands fell on the court...and everything is delayed at least for 1 day. That's what I heard 5 minutes ago.

shuhrat
03-05-2009, 10:59 PM
I can't wait any more. :(
Anyway hope no one was hurt.

kalisita
03-05-2009, 11:04 PM
Latest News on RTS

Matches will not be played on Friday!!?!

Part of the stands fell on the court...and everything is delayed at least for 1 day. That's what I heard 5 minutes ago.

Here's a report from bbc sport: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7924062.stm

Spain tie suspended after gales

The first day of Spain's Davis Cup tie against Serbia was postponed after strong winds damaged the purpose-built stadium in Benidorm.

Gusts of wind blew off some rows of seats and affected the whole stability of the 16,000-seat stadium, said the International Tennis Federation.

A decision will be made at 1000 GMT on whether the tie can be pushed back one day and played from Saturday to Monday.

kalisita
03-05-2009, 11:14 PM
It sounds like the stadium was hastily constructed. I think they were still building it a couple of days ago. :confused: If they don't finish until Monday, then that gives even less time to recover before IW. :mad: But, who knows how long it'll take to repair the stadium. I believe it's supposed to be very windy tomorrow as well. :sad:

In other news, here's a link to audio interviews with Nole, Janko, and Rafa from the draw day. http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsaudio.asp?articleid=15711

Masha91
03-05-2009, 11:23 PM
Thanks, hopefully, all goes well with the stadium so he can have some prime recovery time.

~Maya~
03-06-2009, 01:05 AM
If Nole wins against Ferru (even with the bad clay-H2H :tape:), Janko will proceed to loose from Rafa. That would make it 1-1, on Friday. Hopefully, if Robredo/Flo have no rhythm as a team, Nole/Ziki can pull it off, which would make it 2-1. Nole will loose to Rafa on Sunday, making it 2-2. And the decider? Ferru/Tipsy :cool: Which may just be 50-50 :shrug:

Above, is a stretch of the imagination, which requires perfect conditions, super-human Serbs, and diarrhea-ridden Spaniards. Don't be shocked if it doesn't happen :o But if it does, I called it :rocker2:

:rolls:

Lee
03-06-2009, 02:46 AM
ITF may want to check with a Feng Shui master because anything that may go wrong, went wrong. :tape:

kalisita
03-06-2009, 02:59 AM
ITF may want to check with a Feng Shui master because anything that may go wrong, went wrong. :tape:

:lol: It has been a very news worthy DC weekend. And the vast majority of the news hasn't exactly been positive. :tape:



The ITF officials on site will meet with the teams tomorrow to decide whether to push the tie back to Monday or play doubles and reverse singles on Sunday.


From tennis.com ticker: http://tennis.com/news/ticker.aspx
The Davis Cup tie between Spain and Serbia will not begin on Friday as scheduled after heavy winds overnight made the stadium unfit for use. Some of the stands have been blown away and the "whole stability" of the structure has been affected, said an ITF spokesperson.

The opening singles matches, David Ferrer vs. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal vs. Janko Tipsarevic, will take place on Saturday. Officials and team members will meet on Friday to decide whether to hold both the doubles and reverse singles on Sunday, or extend the tie by one day and play the doubles on Sunday and the reverse singles on Monday.

Djokovic is slated to play both singles and doubles for Serbia, meaning that he could have to play two matches in one day if the doubles and reverse singles were both held on Sunday.

Herdwick
03-06-2009, 08:50 AM
http://www.rtve.es/deportes/20090306/suspendida-jornada-inaugural-copa-davis-por-culpa-del-viento/244226.shtml

Damn, drat and gnashing of teeth.:mad: Why couldn't they play indoors!

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 08:50 AM
I have no words for the sheer f***ing incompetence and stupidity of anyone who planned to play an outdoor tournament in Europe at this time of year, and then obviously didn't even check that the stucture was safe enough to withstand the kind of weather that we habitually get at this time of year :rolleyes: Not only am I :mad: on a personal basis (I took today of work - I can't take Monday so I won't be able to watch it :tears: ), but it's so unfair on the players who have to move on to IW soon afterwards for an important tournament.

Yes I am :mad:

Herdwick
03-06-2009, 08:53 AM
:wavey: Morning dear - how's the blood pressure?

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 08:54 AM
:wavey: Morning dear - how's the blood pressure?

:nerner: Morning :wavey: Not good right now I'm afraid. I've only just found out (tried to get a couple of hours' housework in before I came online), and I am still f***ing furious! How about yours?

pica_pica
03-06-2009, 09:02 AM
OH what ill news for me!!!! I've been expected a good match and they are postponed!!!???? No wonder why nothing shows in the streams! #$^*))^$#@^&**!!#%^&
I won't be in time to watch Nole VS Rafa on Mon......BAD BAD BAD
and Nole has his IW title to defend.......YUCK.....
Please stop blowing......plxxxxxx.........fix the xyzabd1&%$@!$^ stadium....

Herdwick
03-06-2009, 09:03 AM
Likewise! I've just spent 2 hours cleaning the house ready for our guests and then log on to see this :explode: I think it is taking a preference for clay a little too far.

ellen_
03-06-2009, 09:07 AM
:spit: That stadium looked like it would collapse when a bird would poop on it anyway. I liked the bullfight arena more, plus it was being used for better purposes then. But I'm afraid the weather is even worse in Madrid. Man, this sucks :rolleyes: What if it rains tomorrow or Sunday?

Edit: Just checked the forecasts, it's not gonna rain anymore.

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 09:11 AM
:spit: That stadium looked like it would collapse when a bird would poop on it anyway. I liked the bullfight arena more, plus it was being used for better purposes then. But I'm afraid the weather is even worse in Madrid. Man, this sucks :rolleyes: What if it rains tomorrow or Sunday?

Why am I not surprised about the badly-built stadium? :rolleyes: Some friends of mine went to see Spain v Argentina DC semi final a few years ago. They told me the stadium was so tacky and badly-built that the staircases swayed :unsure:, and they were scared to move around :eek: As I've said several times here already - f*** the b****** Spanish :spit:

pica_pica
03-06-2009, 09:18 AM
The Davis Cup is cursed:

Israel and Sweden are playing in an empty arena with only cops watching inside and lots of protestors outside.
Spain and Serbia are playing in a ready-to-collapse stadium under hurricane like weather. Maybe they are going to play in an empty arena too. I suppose the arena is safer not having to bear the weight of like 40000 spectators? Or they should move into an indoor stadium immediately to get rid of bad weather and fragile stadium. But then that would immediately favor the Serbs and Spain might not want it.
In addition to all these ill news, we have an ill Andy Murray, injured Roger Federer, and Nalbandian, Del Potro, Soderling, whatever pulling out. USA got to be cursing about Fed's absence in what would originally be an epic tie already. More cursing to come for other ties?

ellen_
03-06-2009, 09:29 AM
The Davis Cup is cursed:

Israel and Sweden are playing in an empty arena with only cops watching inside and lots of protestors outside.
Spain and Serbia are playing in a ready-to-collapse stadium under hurricane like weather. Maybe they are going to play in an empty arena too. I suppose the arena is safer not having to bear the weight of like 40000 spectators? Or they should move into an indoor stadium immediately to get rid of bad weather and fragile stadium. But then that would immediately favor the Serbs and Spain might not want it.
In addition to all these ill news, we have an ill Andy Murray, injured Roger Federer, and Nalbandian, Del Potro, Soderling, whatever pulling out. USA got to be cursing about Fed's absence in what would originally be an epic tie already. More cursing to come for other ties?

No, we are gonna kick out Poland and win the next tie too :aparty: So we could play Serbia in Belgium in the future :angel:

I'm very curious if they can fix the stands just like that btw. It has to be safety approved tomorrow :scratch: I wouldn't set a foot on it...

pica_pica
03-06-2009, 09:31 AM
Indeed, from a very practical and safety point of view, they should really move indoor immediately.

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 09:37 AM
Indeed, from a very practical and safety point of view, they should really move indoor immediately.

But of course they won't, because an indoor stadium wouldn't be in Spain's favour at all :rolleyes:

pica_pica
03-06-2009, 09:46 AM
http://sports.sina.com.cn/t/2009-03-06/09584254689.shtml
The stadium after the storm

Herdwick
03-06-2009, 09:48 AM
Watching Safin - Crivoi at present - now can he manage to lose this?

Having found Murray's page and quickly lapsed into a coma, JP is wondering if Safin is on Twitter too. 'Now that would probably be worth reading'

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 09:52 AM
Watching Safin - Crivoi at present - now can he manage to lose this?

Having found Murray's page and quickly lapsed into a coma, JP is wondering if Safin is on Twitter too. 'Now that would probably be worth reading'

Guess I ought to try and watch some tennis and salvage my day :rolleyes: There has got to be something better on offer than GBR on TV shortly!

Herdwick
03-06-2009, 10:03 AM
Ro-Ru stream is excellent. Am quite enjoying it - always like watching Safin.

Tomas - Gilles at 1.30 too. I shall start Sexy - SB but expect to quickly lose interest.

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 10:09 AM
Ro-Ru stream is excellent. Am quite enjoying it - always like watching Safin.

Tomas - Gilles at 1.30 too. I shall start Sexy - SB but expect to quickly lose interest.

Sexy :inlove:

OK - while I'm going to go out for an hour - need to go to the Post Ofice and the Bank, and a few other things in town, and might as well do it now - the walk may calm my (still irritated) nerves - but will be back soon :wavey:

shuhrat
03-06-2009, 10:49 AM
Looks horrible than I thought. :tape:
I wonder how they can fix them all just for a day. :unsure:

Herdwick
03-06-2009, 10:55 AM
Ye gods! They can't let people sit in there! They must postpone the tie surely.

ellen_
03-06-2009, 10:57 AM
I just saw the pictures too. It looks like the upper part of the stand just flipped over or what?? It reminds me of Domino Day :scratch:

pica_pica
03-06-2009, 11:20 AM
It's lucky that nobody is hurt by a flying chair or flying metal stick! Mental!

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 11:48 AM
That stand is ridiculous - looks totally unsafe for the spectators. They should move the tie indoors surely :shrug: Or perhaps do a Sweden/Israel, and play it with no spectators?

Seems the lovely Mr. Obradovic is not so happy - this is from Nole's official webaite:-

We’re spending more times at the meetings than with the players. Everything that has been happening around this match is unexpected. First we didn’t have enough training because of the weather conditions, and now the safety of audience and players is endangered not because of the courts but because of the stands, and the start of the match is delayed. Niki Pilic hasn’t experienced this in his career. We’ll see at the meeting whether we can use training grounds and share the additional terms with the Spaniards, and then try to find clay court somewhere near Benidorm, so we can work undisturbed. All this has been disrupting our preparation for the tie, but that’s tennis, that’s sport.

ellewoods
03-06-2009, 12:08 PM
Oh god. I dont understand why they had to build a new stadium for the tie?? I thought Spain was all about the clay courts...so couldnt they have just used one of the million clay courts available in the country?? This really sucks for the players who have to rush to IW afterwards! They would have no time to readjust to hard courts and different weather conditions. Ugh.

Herdwick
03-06-2009, 12:10 PM
Certainly just as well this isn't happening in Serbia - we'd never hear the end of it otherwise.

shuhrat
03-06-2009, 12:18 PM
The Spanish tennis association RFET announced at midnight local time that play for Friday would not take place, and on Friday morning officials from the RFET and their technical advisers held a news conference in which they said continuing strong winds were preventing their technical staff starting repair work. This in turn prevents any definitive announcement about play for the rest of the weekend, although practice schedules for Friday afternoon on the practice court at the Terra Mitica park were announced.

The weather forecast for the day does envisage the winds easing, and organisers are hopeful that repair work can begin in the early afternoon.

Davis Cup rules allow for play on up to five days, so play on Monday or even Tuesday is theoretically possible. The rules also allow for a certain amount of flexibility of scheduling, so three matches on Saturday or Sunday are possible, although with Novak Djokovic due to play in three matches and daylight only until just after six o’clock in the evening, it seems unlikely that this will happen.
I don't like the option of three matches on one day at first then even it seems impossible. :spit:

pica_pica
03-06-2009, 12:29 PM
Horrible situation. All the 8 players involved have to go to IW too. Nole are the Spaniards are luckier as they got bye in the first round. But Tipsy and Troicki and Zimonjic have to play right away.
Hmmm....poor emergengy control by the organizer

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 12:29 PM
Certainly just as well this isn't happening in Serbia - we'd never hear the end of it otherwise.

Indeed - GM would be full of hate :rolleyes: But then - what's new?

GBR doing well btw :rolleyes: Goodall currently a set and a double break down to the Number 227 in the world :rolleyes: Absolutely appaling quality match.

kalisita
03-06-2009, 12:38 PM
Oh god. I dont understand why they had to build a new stadium for the tie?? I thought Spain was all about the clay courts...so couldnt they have just used one of the million clay courts available in the country?? This really sucks for the players who have to rush to IW afterwards! They would have no time to readjust to hard courts and different weather conditions. Ugh.

It seems like they picked the one city in Spain without them. :rolleyes: I didn't really follow it at the time, but I think a lot of people were wondering why they picked Benidorm for a March tie. Hopefully, they can play tomorrow.

Herdwick
03-06-2009, 12:46 PM
Must say I'd assumed Benidorm had full facilites in situ. Obviously they were desperate to play outdoors on clay but was there nothing suitable in existence in the whole of southern Spain? Why not use the bull ring in Seville rather than go to the trouble of building a whole new stadium?

Lee
03-06-2009, 01:13 PM
Watching Simon vs Birdman and follow scoreboard on Rainer vs Koubek. Both my players suck. :p

Lee
03-06-2009, 01:18 PM
It seems like they picked the one city in Spain without them. :rolleyes: I didn't really follow it at the time, but I think a lot of people were wondering why they picked Benidorm for a March tie. Hopefully, they can play tomorrow.

Would it be there's a court there but they added the extra stands so more people can watch?

ellewoods
03-06-2009, 01:25 PM
A little OT, but Lee where are you watching the France-Czech tie?

kalisita
03-06-2009, 01:26 PM
Must say I'd assumed Benidorm had full facilites in situ. Obviously they were desperate to play outdoors on clay but was there nothing suitable in existence in the whole of southern Spain? Why not use the bull ring in Seville rather than go to the trouble of building a whole new stadium?

Politcs. Gotta give everybody a chance or the bitching commences. :rolleyes: Spain hasn't played in Seville since 2004, but they've only had 2 home ties since that final. Way too soon to play there again. Who cares if it would sensible? Benidorm must have offered the most, maybe just not in terms of tennis itself.

Lee
03-06-2009, 01:30 PM
A little OT, but Lee where are you watching the France-Czech tie?

Not a good stream but at least it's there http://fr.justin.tv/abdel55

Lee
03-06-2009, 01:31 PM
Politcs. Gotta give everybody a chance or the bitching commences. :rolleyes: Spain hasn't played in Seville since 2004, but they've only had 2 home ties since that final. Way too soon to play there again. Who cares if it would sensible? Benidorm must have offered the most, maybe just not in terms of tennis itself.

I read somewhere it's picked by the players.

kalisita
03-06-2009, 01:31 PM
Would it be there's a court there but they added the extra stands so more people can watch?

I'm sure that's the case. My response was an attempt at sarcasm. Though, I'm sure there are courts with actual stadiums or stadiums that a court can be put into in Spain that may have been better choices. Especially if they can't play tomorrow either.

ellewoods
03-06-2009, 01:32 PM
Not a good stream but at least it's there http://fr.justin.tv/abdel55

Thank you! :hug: mmm Simon

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 01:35 PM
I'm still really p***ed off about the whole thing :spit: Watching Simon is always nice though - far better than this GBR rubbish on my TV :rolleyes:

Lee
03-06-2009, 01:35 PM
I'm sure that's the case. My response was an attempt at sarcasm. Though, I'm sure there are courts with actual stadiums or stadiums that a court can be put into in Spain that may have been better choices. Especially if they can't play tomorrow either.

Sorry missed the sarcasm there as I haven't had my first cup of coffee in the morning. :yawn:

ellewoods
03-06-2009, 01:42 PM
:sad: Simon

kalisita
03-06-2009, 01:48 PM
I read somewhere it's picked by the players.

My understanding is that the players, specifically Nadal and Ferrer, lobbied for Benidorm, but it's ultimately the Federation's decision. It certainly didn't have a problem going against the players wishes when it chose Madrid for the SF against the US last year. Though, with all the trouble between the Federation, or its' old president at least, it may have wanted to be as appeasing as possible this time around.

Sorry missed the sarcasm there as I haven't had my first cup of coffee in the morning. :yawn:

Well, it really wasn't very good sarcasm so it was probably easy to miss. :lol:

ellen_
03-06-2009, 01:51 PM
Not a good stream but at least it's there http://fr.justin.tv/abdel55

http://www.justin.tv/jaja5902 This one seems to be better.

Poor Gilles :awww:

ellewoods
03-06-2009, 01:54 PM
As I dont love Simon as much as I love Nole, I'm going to call it a day and sleep. See you all tomorrow for [hopefully] first day of Serbia-Spain! :wavey:

shuhrat
03-06-2009, 01:55 PM
http://www.justin.tv/jaja5902 This one seems to be better.

Poor Gilles :awww:
Thanks! Though I root for Tomas. :p
As I dont love Simon as much as I love Nole, I'm going to call it a day and sleep. See you all tomorrow for [hopefully] first day of Serbia-Spain! :wavey:
See you tomorrow! :wavey:

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 01:58 PM
As I dont love Simon as much as I love Nole, I'm going to call it a day and sleep. See you all tomorrow for [hopefully] first day of Serbia-Spain! :wavey:

Goodnight Elle :wavey:

Herdwick
03-06-2009, 02:02 PM
:wavey:

I like both Tomas and Gilles so I am determined to be happy today. Sorry if it's irritating :bounce:

Thanks Lee - that's a bit better.

kalisita
03-06-2009, 02:05 PM
Here's a report from today on the tie from El Pais. http://www.elpais.com/articulo/deportes/habra/problemas/jugar/sabado/elpepudep/20090306elpepudep_9/Tes
It's in Spanish and basically says that they expect the tie to begin tomorrow at 10 am. A meeting will be held today at 3 pm to decide when they'll play the doubles and reverse singles. The stadium should be fine, but a final inspection of it will take place tomorrow at 8 am, which is when the final decision of whether they'll play will be made. They have until Tuesday to complete the tie. The tie will be rescheduled for a later date in Spain if it can't be completed by Tuesday.

Lee
03-06-2009, 02:05 PM
http://www.justin.tv/jaja5902 This one seems to be better.

Poor Gilles :awww:

Thanks ellen

As I dont love Simon as much as I love Nole, I'm going to call it a day and sleep. See you all tomorrow for [hopefully] first day of Serbia-Spain! :wavey:

Night elle

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 02:06 PM
:wavey:

I like both Tomas and Gilles so I am determined to be happy today. Sorry if it's irritating :bounce:

:hug: Not irritating at all. I was watching Misha Youzhny for a while :hearts: The quality of Gilles/Thomas is really bad for me though I'm afraid. This UK match on TV is dire though - will be pleased when Sky starts their coverage of USA/Switzerland - at least their players are of a certain quality - these two are just like a couple I saw in a Futures in Basingstoke once :o Definitely not TV viewing.

ellen_
03-06-2009, 02:08 PM
No problem Herdwick, I read an article today called "Optimistic and happy people live longer" :bounce: The happier, the better. I'm scared for Rose now though :hug: :p

I think it's a sexy match :aplot: But I want Gilles to win :awww:

Herdwick
03-06-2009, 02:10 PM
I saw a little Youzhny too - Hanescu fair squashed.

As for the GB tie = :bolt: And I won't ask what made you go to Basingstoke :help: to watch futures.

Wonder if Nole's cross...

Lee
03-06-2009, 02:11 PM
No problem Herdwick, I read an article today called "Optimistic and happy people live longer" :bounce: The happier, the better. I'm scared for Rose now though :hug: :p

I think it's a sexy match :aplot: But I want Gilles to win :awww:

Same here.

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 02:12 PM
I saw a little Youzhny too - Hanescu fair squashed.

As for the GB tie = :bolt: And I won't ask what made you go to Basingstoke :help: to watch futures.

Wonder if Nole's cross...

Blame a girlfriend of mine who thought it might be "fun" :rolleyes: Believe me - it wasn't :devil: She lives there and I was staying with her for the weekend :shrug:
No problem Herdwick, I read an article today called "Optimistic and happy people live longer" :bounce: The happier, the better. I'm scared for Rose now though :hug: :p

I think it's a sexy match :aplot: But I want Gilles to win :awww:

:awww: Thanks for your concern - I'm sure I'll survive though :)

Lee
03-06-2009, 02:15 PM
At least you know the players in GB tie are future players. Schuettler vs Koubek, 3-3 in 3rd set and so far, nobody holds serve in the 2nd set. :tape:

Herdwick
03-06-2009, 02:19 PM
:hug: all round I think. Anyone for a creme egg?

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 02:21 PM
At least you know the players in GB tie are future players. Schuettler vs Koubek, 3-3 in 3rd set and so far, nobody holds serve in the 2nd set. :tape:

Yes - I guess there is always that - Rainer :hug: :awww:

:hug: all round I think. Anyone for a creme egg?

:lol: Strangely I 'm not a fan of creme eggs - they're a bit too sickly even for me :o But a good, old-fashioned bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk would go down a treat right now :)

Jelena_78
03-06-2009, 02:34 PM
:D

http://photos-e.ll.facebook.com/hphotos-ll-snc1/hs033.snc1/2593_55331557916_746532916_1540564_7698787_n.jpg

:hearts:

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 02:40 PM
Oh my :inlove: Nothing like a handsome man in a smart suit :hearts: Poor Viktor looks a little - erm - surprised - the picture doesn't flatter him at all - but the others look hot :inlove: Thanks :hug: :secret: I am so in love (or is it lust?)with Janko :o

savesthedizzle
03-06-2009, 02:41 PM
:D

http://photos-e.ll.facebook.com/hphotos-ll-snc1/hs033.snc1/2593_55331557916_746532916_1540564_7698787_n.jpg

:hearts:
Viktor looking angry again :rolls:

Herdwick
03-06-2009, 02:43 PM
:help: I don't think that's an awfully flattering photo of anyone, except perhaps Nenad. Tipsy looks like a serial killer, Viktor appears to be impaled in a stake and Nole resembles a photofit.

Lee
03-06-2009, 02:45 PM
Poor Viktor. :hug:

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 02:45 PM
:help: I don't think that's an awfully flattering photo of anyone, except perhaps Nenad. Tipsy looks like a serial killer, Viktor appears to be impaled in a stake and Nole resembles a photofit.

:rolls: :haha: A serial killer :eek: How could you - Janko is gorgeous :inlove:

Lee
03-06-2009, 02:45 PM
Is Filip between Nole and Janko?

Jelena_78
03-06-2009, 02:46 PM
Viktor looking angry again :rolls:

Yeah :awww: He can't hide disappointment.
He'll probably play doubles tomorrow instead of Novak.

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 02:47 PM
Yeah :awww: He can't hide he's disappointed.
He'll probably play doubles tomorrow instead of Novak.

I'm sure he will now - in fact I thought he always would - these DC captains often make "tactical changes" at the last moment.

Jelena_78
03-06-2009, 02:48 PM
Is Filip between Nole and Janko?

Yep, it's Filip :)

savesthedizzle
03-06-2009, 02:48 PM
Yeah :awww: He can't hide he's disappointed.
He'll probably play doubles tomorrow instead of Novak.

Oh, how nice of them to let him play.

This stupid tie is going to ruin his chances at IW if it goes til Tuesday and he's only in Spain as a cheerleader. Conspiracy to help Janko get Serbian #2 back. Possibly.:p

ellen_
03-06-2009, 02:48 PM
:worship: Wow :hearts:

Viktor looks a bit strange indeed :lol: And about Janko, it's lust here Rose :devil: So I'm sure it's lust for you too. Nole's eyes wide open :hearts:

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 02:51 PM
:worship: Wow :hearts:

Viktor looks a bit strange indeed :lol: And about Janko, it's lust here Rose :devil: So I'm sure it's lust for you too. Nole's eyes wide open :hearts:

Lust is good :p So now is probably not the time to admit that everyone always says that my Alex just looks like an older version of Janko :hearts: You may decide his brother isn't too old for you after all :lol:

shuhrat
03-06-2009, 02:53 PM
That picture cracked me up. :lol:
All of them look a little bit weird except Nenad.

ellen_
03-06-2009, 02:58 PM
Lust is good :p So now is probably not the time to admit that everyone always says that my Alex just looks like an older version of Janko :hearts: You may decide his brother isn't too old for you after all :lol:

:eek: I'm doubting now ;) Does he like tennis? Take him to a tournament in the near future, and I can meet you there by coincidence :aplot:

All those stubbly Serbian men are driving me crazy :lick:

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 02:58 PM
That picture cracked me up. :lol:
All of them look a little bit weird except Nenad.

Nenad is a handsome man - he never looks weird :) :hearts:

:eek: I'm doubting now ;) Does he like tennis? Take him to a tournament in the near future, and I can meet you there by coincidence :aplot:

All those stubbly Serbian men are driving me crazy :lick:

Thought that might be the case :p To be honest I don't know how Milan (the brother) feels about tennis, but my Alex hates it :rolleyes: It bores him completely - so I fear it will be the same. They're both football men.

Lee
03-06-2009, 03:03 PM
Yep, it's Filip :)

He's a cutie :lol:

Viktor looks like a kid who was sent to the principal's office and he's sulking waiting outside the principal's door. But he has every right to sulk. :hug:

Lee
03-06-2009, 03:04 PM
No hawkeye in dc ties? :o

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 03:07 PM
No hawkeye in dc ties? :o

No :rolleyes: And I've now discovered that the US tie is in some part of The States with an even bigger time difference than the usual (US Open) one, - so means I have another 3 hours of GBR/Ukraine to suffer before I get a better alternative on TV.

Dare I ask how Rainer's doing? :unsure:

Lee
03-06-2009, 03:10 PM
No :rolleyes: And I've now discovered that the US tie is in some part of The States with an even bigger time difference than the usual (US Open) one, - so means I have another 3 hours of GBR/Ukraine to suffer before I get a better alternative on TV.

Only one more hour. :angel:

Dare I ask how Rainer's doing? :unsure:

*sign* down 0-2 at least he's up a break in 3rd and no more breakfest :tape:

But 0-30 right now :scared:

Lee
03-06-2009, 03:11 PM
allez Gillou

S***

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 03:13 PM
Only one more hour. :angel:



*sign* down 0-2 at least he's up a break in 3rd and no more breakfest :tape:

But 0-30 right now :scared:

:sobbing: He'll come back - he's a fighter :) And our USA/Switzerland TV coverage doesn't start for another 3 hours :eek:

Lee
03-06-2009, 03:17 PM
:sobbing: He'll come back - he's a fighter :) And our USA/Switzerland TV coverage doesn't start for another 3 hours :eek:

He lost his break. The UEs in the match are atrocious. :tape: :sobbing:

I think it 3 hours and 45 minutes.

ellen_
03-06-2009, 03:18 PM
Thought that might be the case :p To be honest I don't know how Milan (the brother) feels about tennis, but my Alex hates it :rolleyes: It bores him completely - so I fear it will be the same. They're both football men.

Love the name already :hearts: :lol: I called my baby Milan in that dream I told about. And I'm a football fan too, perfect. :p The age shouldn't make a difference though, it's not like they're tagged or anything.

No more news yet about the tie? :scratch: I think the people there in Benidorm should know what will happen too, no?

:lol:

pica_pica
03-06-2009, 03:22 PM
from the photos in Yahoo news.......Rafa and Nole are practising with each other

pica_pica
03-06-2009, 03:26 PM
Is Filip talking to Nole in that picture...Is Nole listening to him? Nole's facial expression is interesting

Lee
03-06-2009, 03:30 PM
They have a practise match. Not sure who won though :scratch:

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 03:36 PM
Love the name already :hearts: :lol: I called my baby Milan in that dream I told about. And I'm a football fan too, perfect. :p The age shouldn't make a difference though, it's not like they're tagged or anything.

No more news yet about the tie? :scratch: I think the people there in Benidorm should know what will happen too, no?

:lol:

:lol: In Serbia there are MANY men called Milan (or a variant of it) - so you should feel right at home :)

Lee
03-06-2009, 03:50 PM
:sobbing: Gillou is falling apart. At least Rainer won a set after 999895649646058077432874837 set points.

For Europeans following US-Swiss tie, time change over the weekend here in US so Sunday's match, spring forward an hour.

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 03:52 PM
:sobbing: Gillou is falling apart. At least Rainer won a set after 999895649646058077432874837 set points.

For Europeans following US-Swiss tie, time change over the weekend here in US so Sunday's match, spring forward an hour.

Ah - OK - now I understand. Clocks don't change here until the end of March - so that explains it. Thanks.

ellen_
03-06-2009, 03:54 PM
:sobbing: Gillou is falling apart. At least Rainer won a set after 999895649646058077432874837 set points.


I'm not even watching anymore, it's too painful :sobbing: But he just broke back :banana: How long is this match going to last anyway :help:

Lee
03-06-2009, 03:55 PM
I'm not even watching anymore, it's too painful :sobbing: But he just broke back :banana: How long is this match going to last anyway :help:

To wish Gillou winning this rubber..... Forever and I need to do grocery shopping today. :help:

pica_pica
03-06-2009, 04:01 PM
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/sport/archives/2009/03/06/2003437713

Tipsarevic warns of dangers of reading


DPA , BENIDORM, SPAIN
Friday, Mar 06, 2009, Page 19
Reading a lot can be dangerous, and being too smart can lead a person to unhappiness: that is why Serb tennis player-cum-intellectual Janko Tipsarevic hit the brakes.

“I realized that I was reading too much, starting to doubt myself, life, my profession and tennis. I stopped a bit,” Tipsarevic said in an interview ahead of this weekend’s Davis Cup tie against Spain.

“That was a time in my life in which I was really crazy over reading books. I still read many, but not quite that many,” he says.

“But I don’t want to make a big fuss of this or say that I am so deep, or a philosopher. That is a part of my life, something I like doing, like others like Play Station,” Tipsarevic says.

He got into reading Nietzsche, Kant and other philosophers by following the example of his mother.

“She started to read these books, which end up driving you a little mad ... Yes, she suffered a bit,” he says.

“Anyone who reads philosophy knows the word means ‘the search for truth.’ Many of those philosophers had painful and unpleasant lives because they searched for truth. And the truth, in most books, is nothing, it’s depressing,” Tipsarevic says.

“You start to wonder why you are doing this, why you pay US$1,000 for a plane ticket. Am I happy? All those questions,” he says.

Tipsarevic is now sure that “thinking too much is not the answer.”

“Of course I would not rather be stupid. But they say being stupid is a sort of blessing, because you don’t know anything else, you don’t want anything else and you don’t need anything else,” he says.

“I was taking books too seriously,” Tipsarevic explains. “Now I am a little bit older than I was then, and I understand that you should never, ever, no matter how right the author is, read a book and completely change your life.”

“In my opinion, you should always take small things from a book to change life, and not let the book have a 100 percent influence on your life,” he says.
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*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 04:06 PM
“Of course I would not rather be stupid. But they say being stupid is a sort of blessing, because you don’t know anything else, you don’t want anything else and you don’t need anything else,” he says.



:worship:That is so true! My Mother always used to say that too "my" Janko" is a very wise man - not to mention gorgeous ;)

Lee
03-06-2009, 04:11 PM
:sobbing: Gillou

shuhrat
03-06-2009, 04:13 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090306/capt.22259e9af95247af83173c6d6206e087.aptopix_spai n_serbia_davis_cup_tennis_pw115.jpg
"Help me, help me!!" :eek:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090306/capt.7018cfc779ba434a9e2d92e7a9bbc3c6.spain_serbia _davis_cup_tennis_pw112.jpg

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 04:15 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090306/capt.22259e9af95247af83173c6d6206e087.aptopix_spai n_serbia_davis_cup_tennis_pw115.jpg
"Help me, help me!!" :eek:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090306/capt.7018cfc779ba434a9e2d92e7a9bbc3c6.spain_serbia _davis_cup_tennis_pw112.jpg

:eek: Someone seems to be strangling Viktor :eek:

ellen_
03-06-2009, 04:19 PM
Men :ras: Exaggerating all the time :lol: What are they trying to do with his arms anyway?? Make them switch places? :scratch:

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 04:22 PM
Men :ras: Exaggerating all the time :lol: What are they trying to do with his arms anyway?? Make them switch places? :scratch:

Probably just showing off to try and get some girls' attention :rolleyes: You know what men are like!?

shuhrat
03-06-2009, 04:25 PM
Rosie, if you want to see Marin. http://www.justin.tv/camposdigitales/popout
As they expected, one-sided match.
(But I like to hear Keotavong's low tone voice.)

Probably just showing off to try and get some girls' attention :rolleyes: You know what men are like!?
Exactly :p

pica_pica
03-06-2009, 04:25 PM
Victor has 4 arms :shocked:

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 04:28 PM
Rosie, if you want to see Marin. http://www.justin.tv/camposdigitales/popout
As they expected, one-sided match.
(But I like to hear Keotavong's low tone voice.)

:awww: Hana - thanks - Marin :inlove: Once more into hormone, fangirl overload :o

Lee
03-06-2009, 04:29 PM
According to the caption in Yahoo, that's stretching exercise for Viktor. I LOVE to find out who's behind though :lol:

ellen_
03-06-2009, 04:29 PM
Victor has 4 arms :shocked:

That was the first thing I thought too :lol: I was totally confused by that picture.

Probably just showing off to try and get some girls' attention :rolleyes: You know what men are like!?

It's always like that indeed. And then they act like a doofus when you ask them something :rolleyes: And what's Nole doing anyway? He's acting like a dog, ready to catch the ball :lol:

Lee
03-06-2009, 04:29 PM
Gilles and Rainer lost. May be it's good thing that Nole is not playing today.

Time to do the housewife duties. :wavey:

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 04:30 PM
That was the first thing I thought too :lol: I was totally confused by that picture.



It's always like that indeed. And then they act like a doofus when you ask them something :rolleyes: And what's Nole doing anyway? He's acting like a dog, ready to catch the ball :lol:

All men are just overgrown schoolboys at heart :)

Gilles and Rainer lost. May be it's good thing that Nole is not playing today.

Time to do the housewife duties. :wavey:

:awww: Lee - sorry for your boys :sad:

ellen_
03-06-2009, 04:55 PM
Some news..


One of the most eagerly awaited ties of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round will get under way on Saturday morning, when Spain’s David Ferrer takes on Novak Djokovic. That is subject to an early morning inspection by safety authorities at the 14,000-seater temporary stadium in the Terra Mitica theme park on the edge of Benidorm, an inspection that will hopefully be the last act in a two day series of extraordinary events.

Players, organisers and spectators were left frustrated on Friday afternoon, as glorious sunshine and gentle breezes that would have been perfect for tennis were instead used by engineers to repair damage to the stadium wrought by record strong winds on Thursday afternoon and evening. Wind speeds reached 89 km/h (55mph) late on Thursday, causing damage to some of the upper tiers of the arena.

The Spanish tennis association RFET had announced at midnight local time on Thursday night that play scheduled for Friday would not take place. On Friday morning officials and journalists arrived to find seats lying strewn around the ground, some in pieces after falls from considerable heights. The stadium was a complete no-go area until lunchtime.

Officials from the RFET and their technical advisers held a news conference in which they said continuing strong winds were preventing their technical staff starting repair work. That work began in the middle of the day, and early inspections made it clear that play could, in all probability, begin on Saturday morning. The referee, Soeren Friemel, later announced that play would begin at 10 o’clock local time on Saturday, an hour earlier than the scheduled start time for Friday, subject to an 8am safety inspection.

By starting early, organisers are clearly hoping to keep open the option of getting the tie completed in two days. Spain’s captain Albert Costa said: “The players want to finish on Sunday because they have to leave for Indian Wells, but we’ll see. It depends how the tie goes, how long the matches are, and who plays on what days. Anything can happen as we can see!”

The crucial figure in this is Novak Dokovic. He is due to play three matches, but he is at least first on court against Ferrer, so if his match is quick, he might be in a position to start the doubles. The only rule amendment for these circumstances is that captains will need to notify the referee of any changes to their doubles teams 10 minutes after the end of the second singles, not an hour before the doubles as is usual.

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday is generally good, which will be a relief to more than just Spain’s tennis community as Benidorm is not the only part of Spain suffering abnormal conditions. The capital Madrid has been under snow this week, and the winds have caused other damage along the coast, including blowing the gangway off a moored luxury cruise liner.

Davis Cup rules allow for play on up to five days, so action on Monday or even Tuesday is theoretically possible. In addition, the BNP Paribas Masters in Indian Wells doesn’t start until the middle of the week, so there is less pressure for the players to be on a plane than in most tour weeks. (:scratch: And what about the time difference??)

The match referee Soeren Friemel, who took part in the RFET’s news conference, said: “This is not about the wind being too strong for tennis. In tennis terms we could play. It is about safety of spectators and all concerned. The Spanish federation has done a great job in organising the tie, and the players are all happy with the court. These are exceptional weather conditions that could not have been predicted.”

The RFET has twice used 14,000-seater stadiums like this one which are built from scratch on a base of scaffolding. It did it first for the 2000 semifinal in Santander against the USA, and for the 2003 semifinal in Malaga versus Argentina

*Ljubica*
03-06-2009, 05:09 PM
Thanks for the info Ellen. So guess that's a 9.00am start for us in the UK :rolleyes: Not too bad I suppose, though I probably ought to get up at 8.00am and check the tie is actually going to go ahead first. If not - just go back to :zzz: for a couple of hours :)

Lee
03-06-2009, 07:29 PM
Some news..

Thanks

( And what about the time difference??)

Indian Wells is about 8 hours behind so it's not too bad. Someone mentioned before that all Spanish players have first round bye so they won't play at least until Saturday. Serbs are mostly affected as Janko and Viktor both need to play first round, so as Nenad for doubles.

Running:Free
03-06-2009, 09:26 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090306/capt.22259e9af95247af83173c6d6206e087.aptopix_spai n_serbia_davis_cup_tennis_pw115.jpg
"Help me, help me!!" :eek:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090306/capt.7018cfc779ba434a9e2d92e7a9bbc3c6.spain_serbia _davis_cup_tennis_pw112.jpg

Viktor's facial expressions are just a class above :rolls: :yeah:

The second picture :hearts: Good to see him happy.

shuhrat
03-06-2009, 10:44 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=8242047&postcount=14802
Too funny :haha::haha:

kalisita
03-06-2009, 11:16 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=8242047&postcount=14802
Too funny :haha::haha:

:lol: Very cute! Thanks for sharing. :)

tangerine_dream
03-06-2009, 11:29 PM
http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg185/yurii_o5/148494ykydt2lrfk.gif

I'm so excited about this match coming up. What time does it start tomorrow?

Alex999
03-06-2009, 11:43 PM
I just wanted to say hi to all Nole fans. I stopped posting here because I felt that there were too many evil posts about him at the time. I guess one thing I don't understand here it that so many people don't like Nole. I really like all tennis players including Roger and Rafa but I guess I'm different. Djokovicc is going to give us something special this year I fell :)

Alex999
03-06-2009, 11:48 PM
One more thing, I can't spell and I won't even bother correcting my post. I have this stupid fever that just will not go away... k, ttyl:wavey:

ellewoods
03-07-2009, 01:29 AM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=8242047&postcount=14802
Too funny :haha::haha:

:haha: :haha: omg as a nole fan i shouldnt find this so funny. but it is :p

~Maya~
03-07-2009, 01:32 AM
I just wanted to say hi to all Nole fans. I stopped posting here because I felt that there were too many evil posts about him at the time. I guess one thing I don't understand here it that so many people don't like Nole. I really like all tennis players including Roger and Rafa but I guess I'm different. Djokovicc is going to give us something special this year I fell :)

:wavey: :hug:
Hang out in Nole forum

ellewoods
03-07-2009, 01:34 AM
One more thing, I can't spell and I won't even bother correcting my post. I have this stupid fever that just will not go away... k, ttyl:wavey:

:wavey: post in here! we would love to have your company. and you can love which ever players you want to love with no judgment. also, feel better :hug:

savesthedizzle
03-07-2009, 01:56 AM
One more thing, I can't spell and I won't even bother correcting my post. I have this stupid fever that just will not go away... k, ttyl:wavey:

:hug: :hug: feel better :)

Lee
03-07-2009, 02:23 AM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=8242047&postcount=14802
Too funny :haha::haha:

:haha: :haha: :haha:

I just wanted to say hi to all Nole fans. I stopped posting here because I felt that there were too many evil posts about him at the time. I guess one thing I don't understand here it that so many people don't like Nole. I really like all tennis players including Roger and Rafa but I guess I'm different. Djokovicc is going to give us something special this year I fell :)

Miss you my fellow Calgarian! :wavey:

even though I am no longer a Calgarian exactly

One more thing, I can't spell and I won't even bother correcting my post. I have this stupid fever that just will not go away... k, ttyl:wavey:

:hug: Get well soon!

Baghdatis#1
03-07-2009, 02:57 AM
Ajde SRBIJA!
Ajde Nole!
Ajde Nenad!
Ajde Janko!
Ajde Viktor!

Jelena_78
03-07-2009, 05:56 AM
I just wanted to say hi to all Nole fans. I stopped posting here because I felt that there were too many evil posts about him at the time. I guess one thing I don't understand here it that so many people don't like Nole. I really like all tennis players including Roger and Rafa but I guess I'm different. Djokovicc is going to give us something special this year I fell :)

:wavey:

One more thing, I can't spell and I won't even bother correcting my post. I have this stupid fever that just will not go away... k, ttyl:wavey:

Get well :hug:

ellen_
03-07-2009, 07:10 AM
So... the stadium seems so be safe :scratch: Please let it be. Play starts at 9 GMT.

:bounce: Finalmente!

Livestreams available everywhere now, atdhe - channelsurfing - ...

I just wanted to say hi to all Nole fans. I stopped posting here because I felt that there were too many evil posts about him at the time. I guess one thing I don't understand here it that so many people don't like Nole. I really like all tennis players including Roger and Rafa but I guess I'm different. Djokovicc is going to give us something special this year I fell :)

Hi :wavey: Some people like tennis and appreciate all (most) of the players, and some people just follow tennis to hate particular players. That's the impression I get after being on MTF for a couple of months. I'd say, just come here to Nole's board more often because this is a very respectful board and everyone will respect your opinion. :hug: Take care. And let's hope he gives us something special this year, indeed. (Although, my first thought here was a baby :silly: Guess I'm still fangirling after 11 hours of sleep, damn it!) :lol:

Herdwick
03-07-2009, 07:25 AM
I just wanted to say hi to all Nole fans. I stopped posting here because I felt that there were too many evil posts about him at the time. I guess one thing I don't understand here it that so many people don't like Nole. I really like all tennis players including Roger and Rafa but I guess I'm different. Djokovicc is going to give us something special this year I fell :)

:wavey: Alex - long time no see. Just post here - venom and unpleasantness are not welcome. We have our differences of opinion but we remain courteous at all times. And it can be very funny on occasion...

*Ljubica*
03-07-2009, 07:58 AM
I just wanted to say hi to all Nole fans. I stopped posting here because I felt that there were too many evil posts about him at the time. I guess one thing I don't understand here it that so many people don't like Nole. I really like all tennis players including Roger and Rafa but I guess I'm different. Djokovicc is going to give us something special this year I fell :)

Alex :hug: You know you are always welcome here :kiss: Get well soon.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=8242047&postcount=14802
Too funny :haha::haha:

That was VERY clever - and even earned the guy a Good Rep from me :)

Hi :wavey: Some people like tennis and appreciate all (most) of the players, and some people just follow tennis to hate particular players.[/B] That's the impression I get after being on MTF for a couple of months. I'd say, just come here to Nole's board more often because this is a very respectful board and everyone will respect your opinion. :hug: Take care. And let's hope he gives us something special this year, indeed. (Although, my first thought here was a baby :silly: Guess I'm still fangirling after 11 hours of sleep, damn it!) :lol:

VERY wise words Ellen :hug:

Running:Free
03-07-2009, 08:01 AM
Ok, I just woke up. :scratch: Why is Bet365 showing "Event has finished." :confused:

Herdwick
03-07-2009, 08:03 AM
No links working! Help!

ellen_
03-07-2009, 08:04 AM
http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-wabuk-2.html

Red :hearts: And smurf shoes of course.

Herdwick
03-07-2009, 08:09 AM
http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-wabuk-2.html

Red :hearts: And smurf shoes of course.

Thank you :hug:

*Ljubica*
03-07-2009, 08:12 AM
Had to re-boot my whole computer to get that link to work. But - at last :woohoo:

Running:Free
03-07-2009, 08:12 AM
http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-wabuk-2.html

Red :hearts: And smurf shoes of course.

Thanks, ellen :smooch:

I think I like the smurf shoes :lol: :p They're...special

Ajde Novak.

*Ljubica*
03-07-2009, 08:16 AM
I hate this crowd already :spit: Have to watch with no sound :sad:

Herdwick
03-07-2009, 08:16 AM
Shit :banghead:

I blame the shoes.

ellen_
03-07-2009, 08:17 AM
Clay court tennis :worship: I had the possibility to enjoy it yesterday too, thanks to Belgium-Poland, but this will be just a bit better I think :dance:

:unsure: :sobbing: Break

Ground staff after 1 game? I have honestly never seen that before.

*Ljubica*
03-07-2009, 08:19 AM
I think I am going to suffer immensely :sad: I do like clay court tennis, but not when poor Nole is going to get hammered by a clay court specialist in front of a crowd of baying vultures :unsure:

Running:Free
03-07-2009, 08:21 AM
I hate this crowd already :spit: Have to watch with no sound :sad:

:spit: :lol: :hug:

Nole :awww: This is hard. Stay in there.

Herdwick
03-07-2009, 08:22 AM
Rosie - fairness makes me ask that, if this were being played in Belgrade, with similar raucous support, would you be complaining?

Running:Free
03-07-2009, 08:23 AM
Dropshot way too high.

And that's the second double :eek:

*Ljubica*
03-07-2009, 08:26 AM
Rosie - fairness makes me ask that, if this were being played in Belgrade, with similar raucous support, would you be complaining?

Actually yes :shrug: The Sgt. Wilson/Home Counties part of me means I hate crowds that behave like that whoever they are. I loathe DC mainly for that reason - cheering double faults, cheering, too much noise - I told you yesterday I was :mad: when Australia played Spain in that Final once because the crowd were so vile, and I don't support Australia at all :shrug: Guess I think tennis crowds should clap politely and say "Come On Tim" like we do in Wimbledon :o

Running:Free
03-07-2009, 08:32 AM
Ajde, double BP. Take it.

Herdwick
03-07-2009, 08:37 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Running:Free
03-07-2009, 08:38 AM
Fourth BP, it is :yeah:

He played aggressive in that game, and forced some BP's out of Ferru. Stay on offense, ajde.

ellen_
03-07-2009, 08:39 AM
Ajde! :bounce:

The thing that bothers me about that crowd is that they keep walking in the stadium during a game :rolleyes: As for the atmosphere, I'm kinda used to that from football. I love DC :hearts:

It takes me a while to concentrate on the match btw... Nole AND David at 10 in the morning :aplot:

*Ljubica*
03-07-2009, 08:40 AM
Some good play from Nole there :D

Herdwick - what have you done with your guests? Are they watching too? :)

Running:Free
03-07-2009, 08:43 AM
It takes me a while to concentrate on the match btw... Nole AND David at 10 in the morning :aplot:

I'm trying to concentrate at 4.41 in the morning :lol:

Just realized --- This start time is horrible for Lee :awww: She's going to have to pull an all-nighter if she's going to be watching :hug:

Herdwick
03-07-2009, 08:43 AM
I don't do patriotism myself but the atmosphere here is terrific with the band and the trumpeters and makes the occasion specialand different from a normal match. Goes with the territory when playing for one's country surely - I can't see anything malicious in the crowd yet.

Guests have had breakfast and are going out...:D

Running:Free
03-07-2009, 08:45 AM
:smash: Stupid time to play dropshot, he was totally in that rally.

But when is it ever not a stupid time for Nole to play the dropshot? :rolleyes:

kalisita
03-07-2009, 08:47 AM
Nole's motto: Live by the Dropshot, Die by the Dropshot! Seems like there's been a lot already and the match is just starting really. :eek: