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Davis Cup First Round Cheeeeeeering Thread

02-24-2005, 06:20 PM
In view of Feli's rather shaky performance during the past weeks, we'll definitely need a CHEEEEEEERING thread RIGHT NOW!!! :angel:

02-24-2005, 06:28 PM
Good idea!! :yeah:

Vamos!! :bounce: Where's the Feli I saw in Melbourne?? He was playing soooooooo well in that match against pimpim!

02-25-2005, 10:20 AM
Vamos Feli in the DC :woohoo:

02-25-2005, 10:24 AM
¡VAMOS! :woohoo: ¡VAMOS!

02-25-2005, 08:11 PM
come on Feli come on http://tinypic.com/vc2fc

make us proud!!


02-28-2005, 01:06 PM
DC's just around the corner and Feli's once again in the main team!

Costa, Feli, Fer, and Nico Almagro (the sparring) left Barcelona yesterday and went to Bratislava via Vienna. Rafa's coming straight from Acapulco.

here's a pic of the 3 main guys at Barcelona airport:

User id 7816
02-28-2005, 01:29 PM
go Feli, go Rafa, go Nando, go Albert, go SPANISH team, go and win!!! :bounce:
and that team has 3 lefties out of four guys, wow lefties revolution!!!:)

VAMOS guys, time to defend SPAIN's title!!!!! :woohoo:

02-28-2005, 01:33 PM
yeah I know! it's the first time in a while that there have been so many lefties in 1 team!

User id 7816
02-28-2005, 01:44 PM
yeah I bet so!:)

02-28-2005, 05:47 PM
Lefties rule! :woohoo:

¡Vamos España! :bounce:

03-02-2005, 10:48 AM
according to early statements from the coaches, Feli and Rafa will do the singles on Friday...but that could change...and they are just going to take it day by day so we don't know about doubles yet

03-02-2005, 05:03 PM
MADRID, March 2 (Reuters) - Holders Spain have lodged a formal complaint over the quality of the indoor carpet playing surface due to be used for this week's Davis Cup first round tie against Slovakia.

"Our players say they have never played on a surface like this and the regulations state it should have been used at at least three other ATP tournaments," team coach Juan Avendano told sports daily Marca.

There are only five other tournament sites with an indoor carpet surface -- Basil, Lyon, Milan, Moscow and St Petersburg -- and the Spanish players have complained about the quality of the bounce on the Bratislava court.

"The surface appears different from all the others," added Avedano. "The players say that serves were impossible to return in training. No two balls bounce the same."

International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament official Soren Frimmel will make a decision about the surface on Thursday and could insist it is relaid

03-02-2005, 07:25 PM
..........the surface. scares me. :(

but VAMOS anyway. :banana:

03-03-2005, 10:49 AM
Karol Beck (SVK) v Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) v Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Dominik Hrbaty/Michal Mertinak (SVK) v Albert Costa/Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) v Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Karol Beck (SVK) v Fernando Verdasco (ESP)



03-03-2005, 11:01 AM
Vamos España! :bounce:

Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice picture! :yeah:

03-03-2005, 12:30 PM
that pic is from the final 2003 in Melbourne...but it's nice anyway!

here are some from Bratislava:

Feliciano Lopez will begin Spain’s defence of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas on Friday, playing Karol Beck in the opening rubber of their first round tie with Slovak Republic. In a surprise move, he will be followed in the second singles by Fernando Verdasco against Dominik Hrbaty.

One of the charms of the Davis Cup is the fact that it is completely unpredictable. Rankings, Grand Slam titles, head-to-heads – they are all in the shade besides team spirit and the honour of representing the motherland.

Spain is one of the tennis super-nations. The Spaniards waited for almost eight decades for their first title, but as two-time champions (2000 and 2004) and 2003 runner-up, they are by far the most successful nation in the new millennium. On paper the titleholders should be clear favourites in this first round tie in Bratislava. The Slovak Republic is a two-time quarterfinalist that made it back to the World Group last year.

Although the Spanish Armada have proved many times that clay is not the only surface they can play on and that they are no strangers to other surfaces, they have been shocked by, and critical of, the speed of the court in the Sibamac Arena at the National Tennis Centre in Bratislava. They start their defence of the title on an express surface, even faster than grass.

“Fortunately I have strong players and our task and responsibility is to play for the one hundred Spanish fans who have come to root for us in Bratislava, and also for the thousands back home who will be watching the tie on the TV screens,” said captain Jordi Arrese.

The surface might be the main reason why Arrese gave up Rafael Nadal as a singles player. In recent weeks the teenage star, who played a key role in the last year’s final victory against the United States, has played on the slow clay courts of South America, winning back-to-back titles before joining the team after a day’s delay.

“I came here two days ago and I haven’t adapted to the surface yet. But I am fine with the captain’s decision and I have absolutely no doubts in the strengths of Feliciano and Fernando,” Nadal said. He will join forces with Albert Costa for the doubles match on Saturday, and they will play Hrbaty and Michal Mertinak.

“The ITF rules allow the host team to choose the surface. The one we chose is internationally approved. We played on a similar kind of court in the United States and there was never a single problem or complaint,” said Slovak captain Miloslav Mecir. “But we know that the Spanish team has very strong and tough players on every surface. And we are aware that the tie could go either way. This is the reason why every point will be very important for both teams.”

ITF Francesco Ricci Bitti is at this weekend’s tie. “One of the reasons I came to Bratislava is the fact I wanted to see this beautiful new complex with my very eyes. I wanted to congratulate the Slovak Tennis Association for this achievement, realized in only five years. The Slovak Republic is an important tennis nation and they definitely deserve a facility like this,” he said. The main stadium at the National Tennis Centre has a capacity of 4,100 seats and it is equipped with a closing roof similar to those at Melbourne Park, Australia.

The President was also asked about the fast surface controversy. “We received a comment about the court which we appreciate, while it could help us improve the rules. But for the time being the rules allow even faster surfaces than this one.”

User id 7816
03-03-2005, 01:10 PM
atleast Feli and Fernando have a suitable serve for this surface, so if it's working,
the slovaks might be reconsidering the surface next time ;) good luck to the spanish guys, hope they'll prove they deserve the trust!!...:bounce: VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!

03-03-2005, 08:01 PM


User id 7816
03-03-2005, 10:26 PM
hahaha :D

03-04-2005, 02:09 AM
VAMOS, FELI!!!!!!!

03-04-2005, 06:58 AM
http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/cheering.gif http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/cheering.gif http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/cheering.gif
Get that first point!!!

03-04-2005, 08:03 AM
:bigclap: Come on Feli, get that point :worship:

03-04-2005, 08:06 AM
Oh yeah, come on Feli. Vamos!

03-04-2005, 08:56 AM

http://www.terra.es/addon/img/deportes/71f908011b83bg.jpg :inlove:

Vamos Feli!!! http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/cheering.gif

03-04-2005, 12:22 PM
you go :inlove: for the guy on the left, I'll go :inlove: for the guy on the right.... Deal???? :lol: ;)

03-04-2005, 12:26 PM
http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/wtf.gif FELIIIIIIIIIIIII!!


03-04-2005, 12:28 PM
omg feli whats goin on dude?! :eek:

03-04-2005, 12:33 PM
Feli!!!! :smash: Wake up and get your ass into gear! :bounce:

03-04-2005, 12:34 PM
you go :inlove: for the guy on the left, I'll go :inlove: for the guy on the right.... Deal???? :lol: ;) Deal :lol:

03-04-2005, 12:37 PM
VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :banana:

Now kick some ass!!! :bounce:

03-04-2005, 12:41 PM
Deal :lol:
:banana: :banana: :banana:

FELIIIIIIIIIII don't let go now!!!!! :yippee:

03-04-2005, 12:45 PM
Feli plsss don't put all the pressure on Fer :unsure: WIIIIIIIIIN :rocker2:

03-04-2005, 12:48 PM
He held! *whipes sweat from forehead* :lol:

VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

03-04-2005, 12:48 PM
ok...i just turned on the livescores and i see he's down 1-4...wtf? now he's brought it back to 4-4! phew!

03-04-2005, 12:52 PM
Well, it looked worse than it was... it was only one break, thank god.

Vamos Feli!!

03-04-2005, 12:54 PM
WTF? I was watching the tv for a second... and it's 6-4 for Beck!! :awww:

Come on Feli... you can do better!!! VAMOS!

03-04-2005, 12:55 PM
feli?! what's this nonsense of losing the first set 6-4?! :(

03-04-2005, 12:55 PM
m***erf*cker! :fiery:

03-04-2005, 12:55 PM
awh seriously now f-lo whats the buzz mate?! losing first set isnt s'posed to happen!

03-04-2005, 01:04 PM
It's best of 5 though... right?

03-04-2005, 01:10 PM
m***erf*cker! :fiery::haha:

It's best of 5 though... right?
yep so "het kan nog";)

Get a move on Blondie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yippee:

03-04-2005, 01:10 PM
indeed, think positive :yeah:

03-04-2005, 01:13 PM
Argh! The score board is down! :help:

03-04-2005, 01:24 PM
i know, how annyoing is that?! :mad:

03-04-2005, 01:26 PM
what's happenin' now? my scoreboard= :silly:

03-04-2005, 01:37 PM
it's 6-5 to Beck in the second set!!! COME OOOOOOOOOOOOOOON FELI!!!! (a little Lleyton here... :rolleyes: :lol: )

03-04-2005, 01:45 PM
He lost it :sad:

Come on Feli, get your act together! Crush this guy! Vamos! :bounce:

03-04-2005, 01:48 PM
:crying2: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :crying2:

:sad: :fiery: :sad:

VAMOS FELI!!! oh boohoo!
Don't dump all the shit on your lil amigo now!!!! You can do this!!!


:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

03-04-2005, 01:49 PM
f-lo, why must u torture us so? :sad:

03-04-2005, 01:49 PM
Link to livescore of eurosport.es:

http://www.eurosport.es/home/pages/v4/l6/s57/e7329/live_lng6_spo57_evt7329_mtc106881.shtml (Feli-Beck)

¡¡¡Vamos Feliii!!!, esto está mu crudoooo :sad:

Besosss :) :)

03-04-2005, 01:53 PM
:sad: ooooooooh as if I wasn't nervous enough as it is...... :sad:

FELI FELI FELI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

03-04-2005, 02:21 PM
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh Poor FELI!!! 4-6 5-7 3-6 :bigcry:

FERNANDOOOOOOO I hope you're awake hon!!!!!!! Spain needs you!!!!! :worship:

03-04-2005, 02:22 PM
Feli :sad:

Good luck Fernando! We're counting on you! :yeah:

*moving to Fernando's forum* :lol:

03-04-2005, 02:23 PM

User id 7816
03-04-2005, 06:01 PM
ouchhhh..............:rolleyes: it's not like I'm totally slapped by the result but hey, I didnt really imagine Feli would lose it big like 0-3.... :sad: Arhhhhhh.....that mustof been bad :( :( too bad Nando couldnt make up, though he tried hard, I really hope Rafa and Costa can take a point tomoro.....I'd be interested to hear Feli's comments tho.

03-05-2005, 10:07 AM
yeah I must admit I'm a bit surprised by this scoreline. I mean, it never impossible that he'd lose because Beck is a good player and being at home on that surface was always going to be tough for Feli...but I just expected a closer scoreline...like maybe some tie-breaks and at least for Feli to have taken a set off him...straight sets like this was quite a surprise...don't know what happened to Feli...

03-05-2005, 10:26 AM
some articles from the DC site:

Beck Gives Slovaks Early Advantage

Karol Beck defeated Feliciano Lopez 64 75 63 to give Slovak Republic a 1-0 lead over defending champion Spain in their first round Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group tie.

It can get hot even when the temperature is below zero and the pavements are covered with fresh snow. But you have to be in Bratislava. While snowflakes were dancing on the streets of the Slovak capital, it was much hotter inside Sebamac Arena where the Spaniards began their defence of last year’s title.

The arena was filled to capacity, with Slovak prime minister Mikulas Dzurunda, Slovak president Ivan Gasparovic and ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti among the 4100 tennis fans.

The tie was opened by Spain's number one player Feliciano Lopez who faced the number two Slovak Karol Beck. This was only the second encounter between the two players, with Lopez the winner on the previous occasion.

Beck made a strong start, securing an early break and building a 3-0 lead in the first set. The Spaniard fought back to level at 4-4, but dropped his serve again in the tenth game to lose the set. In the second set both players held their first five service games, although Beck had to survive three break points in the ninth game. The conclusion of the set was a case of deja vu for the Spaniard, who was broken serving at 5-6, giving the Slovak a two-sets-to-love lead.

Beck maintained his rhythm in the third set, breaking in the eighth game and sealing victory in two hours 5 minutes.

After the match Beck said: "I served and returned really well today. Also Feliciano stopped rushing to the net in the third set and I think these are three major factors of my win. But I must admit that I expected a tougher battle. A three-set win is a little surprise for me."

Lopez shared his opinion, saying: “I couldn’t rely on my experience from our previous match which was almost two years ago. This time Karol played well.”

Title Is Slipping Away From the Spaniards

Spain's defence of the Davis Cup has got off to the worst possible start as the Slovak Republic leads 2-0 after the first day of play in Bratislava.

The 2004 champions went 0-2 down in their first round tie, Karol Beck defeating Feliciano Lopez 64 75 63 in the first rubber to give the hosts the early lead. In the second rubber Dominik Hrbaty proved too strong for the Spanish freshman Fernando Verdasco, the hometown hero winning 63 64 67(7) 63 to bring his country a huge advantage heading into day two.

In the second match Hrbaty, a quarterfinalist at this year’s Australian Open, lived up to the high expectations of the crowd with a strong performance against Verdasco, who was playing his first singles Davis Cup match. Hrbaty broke the Spaniard early in the first set and held his serve successfully to win it 63.

In the second set Hrbaty went 1-4 down, but managed to come back from behind, winning five consecutive games before taking the set. There were no breaks of serve in the third set, which was decided in tiebreak. Hrbaty was two points away from the match leading at 5-2, but the Spanish rookie managed to turn the breaker around, winning 9-7.

The fourth set started with one break of serve on each side, but in the eighth game Hrbaty broke once again. Even the medical treatment the Spaniard took didn’t deter the Slovak as he finished up the match, and completed a famous victory.

Dominik Hrbaty had a big smile over his face: “This was a completely different story than in two previous matches I played against Fernando Verdasco. The faster surface suits me better and I was able to take the advantage. I am very happy with the way the first day went for us.”

The Spaniards came to the press conference with more serious faces. “Dominik played very well the whole match. I tried my best but he was a better man on the court,” said Verdasco.

The Spanish title defence now hangs by a thread and they need to win the doubles rubbber on Saturday to keep themselves in this tie, and their dream of retaining the trophy alive. For the time being, that task has been assigned to Rafael Nadal and veteran Albert Costa, who are scheduled to face Hrbaty and Michal Mertinak.

Slovak captain Miroslav Mecir was happy but cautious : “I didn’t expect that we will be leading 2:0 after the first day. With the high quality of the Spanish players I was even a little bit worried that it could be the other way around. But fortunately my guys proved me wrong with their strong performances and we are in the best possible possition after the first two matches. But we are completely aware that we need three points and I haven’t forgotten the tie against Sweden in which we also took the lead and finally lost. So the work is far from being done yet.”

“We were expecting that it is going to be all square after the first day. But Slovaks showed very solid performances while my players played a little bit bellow their standards. Especially Feliciano Lopez was not at his best and besides that he had some bad luck in the second set where he had three consecutive break points. Our chances are pretty bad after the first day but we are still alive. I think we have a good chance to win doubles match on Saturday and then we will see,” was the opinion of the Spanish captain Jordi Arrese.

User id 7816
03-05-2005, 04:26 PM
I couldn’t rely on my experience from our previous match which was almost two years ago. This time Karol played well

Is that all Feli could say?? :rolleyes: ...Come on, there must be more to say after such a match that he couldnt even make a breaker! I know a lot of how the match would go depends on the atmosphere, its a rule in the DC, but I think Feli still needs to improve things about his game too, I hope he will.

03-05-2005, 10:06 PM
Pfffffffffffffffffffff 0-3

If the Netherlands win against Switzerland, it had been The Netherlands - Spain in Holland................................. And now.............................

03-06-2005, 10:26 AM
Feliiiiiiiii!!! :smash: Wake up dude! 4-0 for Mertinak :scared:

03-06-2005, 10:31 AM
http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/wtf.gif http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/wtf.gif http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/wtf.gif 6-0

Is he injured???:awww: Or he just can't be bothered??? :fiery:

03-06-2005, 10:34 AM
:eek: I'm speechless...

03-06-2005, 10:37 AM
he was bagelled in the first set :eek: TO MERTINAK!!! :eek: :eek:

W T F ?!?!?!?!

Is Feli ok? is he ill or something?

03-06-2005, 10:41 AM
Maybe he can't be bothered........ :confused: I hope that's not the case here!!!!

oh my 2-2!!! Do you think it would have hurt...winning those 2 games?! :p

03-06-2005, 10:43 AM
Mmm... maybe he needed the wake up call? I have no idea what happened... Hope he is ok! And that Spain can at least win one match!

03-06-2005, 10:46 AM
I know he might not be bothered...but even with one leg he should be able to beat this guy...or at least push him a bit!!! he still has his reputation to worry about! whether the match is live or not! Spain should at least be able to salvage 1 rubber surely?!

03-06-2005, 10:50 AM
Well we would think so!!! I mean losing to Beck or Hrbaty...well...shit happens but not MERTINAK!!!!! COME OOOOOOOOOON !!!

:fiery: FELIIIIIIIII!!! :bounce:

:lol: omg.....I'm listening to the Swedish version of Waterloo by Abba.... :haha: sounds so funny!!!

03-06-2005, 10:52 AM
Vamos Feli! :bounce: If you don't want to win it for yourself, than do it for the team, the fans... please! Don't let Spain go down 5-0 :(

03-06-2005, 11:06 AM
4-1 for Feli in the tie break! VAMOS! :bounce:

03-06-2005, 11:09 AM
He won the second set! :woohoo:

VAMOS!!! :bounce:

03-06-2005, 11:19 AM
yeah but he's now down a break in the third :rolleyes:

this is hopeless *sighs*

03-06-2005, 11:26 AM
This is a weird tie! I wonder who they'll bring out for the 5th rubber?

03-06-2005, 11:35 AM
F*cking score board :smash:

03-06-2005, 11:36 AM
maybe Costa?!

03-06-2005, 11:37 AM
well that's it...he lost 6-4 in the third :rolleyes:

03-06-2005, 11:40 AM


:sad: :sad: :sad:

03-06-2005, 11:51 AM
OMG what is happening to him!!!!!!!!! :bolt:
jeeeeezzz this is worrying me :scared:

03-06-2005, 11:55 AM
Join the club!

03-06-2005, 11:57 AM
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh I want to die :bigcry:
oh no, I want to wake him up myself, but he doesn't want that to happen lol :p I would shake him into the hospital

03-06-2005, 12:50 PM
silly boy...there's no excuse, really

03-06-2005, 05:55 PM
I am in deep shock. he lost to Mertinak :smash:

03-07-2005, 11:03 AM
tell me about it :rolleyes: best thing to do is just forget about it and pretend it didn't happen lol

Davis Cup? what Davis Cup? :scratch: Who's Mertinak? Can't say I know Karol Beck either :shrug:

User id 7816
03-07-2005, 12:11 PM
lol Emily

truly the last 2 matches didnt mean much, but still he surely didnt wanna lose to Mertinak [is this guy a top 200?]...or did he? :rolleyes:

I thought they'd let Rafa play instead, jus get some more practice for himself too.

its OVAH

bad play, but I wanna see the slovaks in Spain next year, sweet revenge.

Feli after the last match -->> :bolt:


03-07-2005, 01:01 PM
Feli after the last match -->> :bolt:

haha yeah I'll say...maybe he went off quickly to have some retail therapy

03-07-2005, 01:30 PM
he definitely needs that