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Analysing the 2003 Davis Cup

Ace Tracker
09-26-2002, 01:00 PM
So the Davis Cup World Group 2003 is complete and includes France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, the USA, Romania, Belgium, Russia, Great Britain, Sweden, Croatia, Germany, Argentina and Australia...(I hope I'm not missing anyone :))

Davis Cup ties have been known for not respecting a particular player rankings or fame, and the country where the ties are held, and consequently the surface the game is played on, are huge compensating factors, sometimes, or even most of the times, deciding the fate of ties that on paper should have been tighter...

Argentina, Spain, Romania and Brazil, are formidable opponents on clay, and could do some damage on hardcourts as well, but have a huge weakness on grass (Nalbandian notwthstanding :rolleyes:) , and a tie away from home on faster courts could reveal to be too tough to handle...

The same problem could be encountered by the US, Great Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands and to a lesser extend, Croatia, as these countries favour more fast courts and dread a slow clay court...I don't see Blake or Roddick being favoured in Buenos Aires for example, and in the Croatian case, much of the results will depend on how healthy Ivanisevic will be at the time...

France, Russia and to a lesser extend Germany, are teams that could perform well on any court, and with luck and the right draw and surface choices could go deeper in the draw. Much of the German results will depend on how healthy and commited Haas and Kiefer will be for Davis Cup. But if any of these countries draws Great Britain (with Henman and Rusedski) in Wimbledon, or Spain on clay, for example, they could be out soon and fast.

Australia, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Switzerland, are more peculiar teams in a sense that they both have an outstanding player who could perform well at any place, but a weaker second player that could be their Acchiles's heel. The Aussies have a slight advantage, as Wayne Arthurs is a more fearsome player on grass or hardcourts than Kratochvil, Uihlrach or O. Rochus could be at any other surface.

In the end, it's a wide open Davis Cup once again, one where the luck of the draw and the place and venues will be even more important than rankings themselves...

TheBoiledEgg
09-26-2002, 01:05 PM
France and Russia will be top 2 seeds :)

can't wait for the draw :)

hoping for Spain vs GB and seeing Ferrero play Henman on clay as it will never ever happen a ATP tour event unless Henman drops to 30ish

Nimi
09-26-2002, 01:36 PM
If Spain draws all four matches at home (praying) they will take it :)

Go Spain! Go Aus! & go France & Russia a little bit too!

Nimi
09-26-2002, 01:38 PM
btw if USA comes with Blake, Roddick, Sampras & Martin (knowing that Agassi wont play), they can beat anyone anywhere (with the exception of France, Spain & Argentina on clay)

TheBoiledEgg
09-26-2002, 01:45 PM
they won't beat us either :D
Marat will kick ass on his own

come on Pavel Ivanov, time to step into the big time :)

The Crow
09-26-2002, 02:01 PM
Home advantage will be the biggest factor

Chloe le Bopper
09-26-2002, 03:55 PM
hoping for Spain vs GB and seeing Ferrero play Henman on clay as it will never ever happen a ATP tour event unless Henman drops to 30ish

omg this would be a treat :D

I will once again be rooting for Spain (hopefully they will play the USA again and bring them back to Barcelona ;) ), and Argentina (the only thing that held me rooting for them this year was Kafelnikov). After those two teams, the Frence :kiss:

The plus side to Argentina losing this year, was that at least they have several years of contention ahead of them. Chela, Gaudio, and David are all under 25. Canas is 26, but seemingly gets better with age.

I would love for Spain and Argentina to play each other :D


btw if USA comes with Blake, Roddick, Sampras & Martin (knowing that Agassi wont play), they can beat anyone anywhere (with the exception of France, Spain & Argentina on clay)

I still think that Roger Federer - I mean Switzerland ;) - could take them out :D

Chloe le Bopper
09-26-2002, 03:56 PM
I also think that the brits, with a healthy Tim and Greg, would beat the US on grass ;)

TennisHack
09-26-2002, 04:12 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
I also think that the brits, with a healthy Tim and Greg, would beat the US on grass ;)

PMac would have to totally lose his mind to choose grass if they have to play Britian. Of course, in the event that he has no choice--:D.

I would love it if Spain played all of their ties at home again. Spainards on clay :drool:

TennisHack
09-26-2002, 04:13 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
I still think that Roger Federer - I mean Switzerland ;) - could take them out :D

LMAO, he's done it before! :D

Bubble
09-26-2002, 04:30 PM
Russia is not going to be the same without Yevgeny...... :sad:

TennisHack
09-26-2002, 04:38 PM
Let's not think of such things just yet, Bubble :sad:

Chloe le Bopper
09-26-2002, 05:27 PM
Granted, Roger did it when the US team didn't have Blake, and a less experienced Roddick(who was a mere bench warmer that tie).

But I still beleive he could turn the trick :) On any surface. As much as I like Blake, and respect that Roddick has some game, I think he is better than both. In doubles as well.


Can you imagine if Pmac chose to play Britain on grass? :D I suppose that they would put britain on hard courts, but even then it is iffy. That would be a tough first round.

When does the draw come out?

Ryan
09-26-2002, 06:32 PM
I wouldn't call playing GB on hardcourt iffy. THe US has loads of firepower on their side, and Pete took out Rusedski at the US Open this year. Roddick and Blake both have games to beat Henman and/or Rusedski on a good day, but I think doubles, and Sampras are there keys to winning that tie if they do infact meet.

Daniel
09-26-2002, 06:33 PM
:) :)

Chloe le Bopper
09-26-2002, 07:55 PM
Originally posted by Ryan
I wouldn't call playing GB on hardcourt iffy. THe US has loads of firepower on their side, and Pete took out Rusedski at the US Open this year. Roddick and Blake both have games to beat Henman and/or Rusedski on a good day, but I think doubles, and Sampras are there keys to winning that tie if they do infact meet.

I said "iffy", not that I thought GB would win :p

Greg's choking problem, and mental block against Pete for sure have escallated 10 fold since the US Open experience :eek:

However, I think that Greg could take out both Roddick and Blake if he had a really on day. Tim would give them a good match as well, assuming he didn't play like ass.

There are certaintly teams they would rather draw in round one, no?

Gambill_Rules
09-26-2002, 08:59 PM
I hope GBR get a good draw so we can finally win a match in the main draw!:rolleyes:

Chloe le Bopper
09-26-2002, 09:24 PM
Well there is always the chance of drawing a home tie against a team like Equador..

Oops, wait a second...

Vera
09-27-2002, 12:47 AM
Originally posted by Niminator
btw if USA comes with Blake, Roddick, Sampras & Martin (knowing that Agassi wont play), they can beat anyone anywhere (with the exception of France, Spain & Argentina on clay)

Errr, didn't Sampras lost to Corretja at home on grass this year? He wasn't in form but Alex didn't exactly had a great year either. Sampras and Martin are gonna be a year older next year.

Roddick hasn't perform well when playing outside North America. He's a big threat playing on American soil.

I think Moya will be back on the Spain team next year, or I hope. Spain will be able to play well on clay and hard court. France is still the team to beat, since they have numerous choices of players for different surfaces.

TheBoiledEgg
09-27-2002, 03:13 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Well there is always the chance of drawing a home tie against a team like Equador..

Oops, wait a second...

LMAO :D

They(media) were all saying an easy 5-0 win :rolleyes:

Lucas Arg
09-27-2002, 03:53 AM
I only hope Argentina plays home:)

Chloe le Bopper
09-27-2002, 04:30 AM
I hope Argentina gets to play at home too :D

Argentina vs Spain in either country :sigh: That would make may week ;) Wouldn't even have to be the finals.

Ryan
09-27-2002, 10:52 AM
Do you mean "make MY week" or "Make ME weAk"? You need english lessons Becca?:p;)

Dissident
09-27-2002, 05:14 PM
Brazil is gonna have a tough time.
The only tie among the possible ones to be played in Brazil is against Spain.
Russia would be possibly here, since we would need luck. I guess Sweden is the same too. :(
We will need Guga on top form!

Chloe le Bopper
09-27-2002, 08:48 PM
Originally posted by Ryan
Do you mean "make MY week" or "Make ME weAk"? You need english lessons Becca?:p;)

It was "make MY week". The A was a typo :p

Though I imagine that it might make me weak too :D

Doris Loeffel
09-30-2002, 10:36 AM
Hmmm O.K. our second player may not be the best (often been playing unlucky - Bastl having MP against Escude got disturbed by a stupid call - Kratochvil giving Kavel a hard time on clay etc). But fact is we don't have to fear anybody no mather on what surface home or away ;) Now that "we" found an other matching doubles player at Rogers side (after Manta said good bye) anything's possible ;) Sure it would be kind of more relaxing if the second player would win once in a while too ;)

Hooooooppppp Schwiiizz

Chloe le Bopper
09-30-2002, 11:32 AM
It must have been frusterating for Morroco , with two formidable singles players , not to be able to take out the "one man" team.

I was rooting Swiss, or I'd have been dissapointed ;)

Jackie
10-01-2002, 03:42 AM
No-one has really mentioned this, but quite often the doubles match can be the difference between winning and losing. Australia currently have both Hewitt and Woodbridge playing doubles (a #1 ranked singles player and a former #1 ranked doubles player)...then Hewitt playing singles and probably Arthurs or Draper (...or maybe Philippoussis if he recovers from his injury)....It's looking like another final (and hopefully a win) for Australia

Lucas Arg
10-01-2002, 04:36 AM
Yes, Australia has very good chances, but we have to wait to see the draw and which countries play home , or which court they choose.

Jackie
10-01-2002, 06:05 AM
I'll feel confident unless Australia have to play France

TheBoiledEgg
10-01-2002, 07:40 AM
Aus has a good chance as next yr if they are drawn to play Spain, Argentina or Brazil will be at home.
US also at home
they could draw France, Russia, Germany AWAY

AUS vs SWE will be away if they meet