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Davis Cup 2005

Steffi
02-27-2005, 01:19 PM
Andre play next week in Croatia! Go Andre! :worship:

Steffi
02-27-2005, 02:03 PM
Andre play next week in Croatia! Go Andre! :worship:


Sorry, he play in the Usa!

Official team nominations are in:
USA v CROATIA
Carson, CA, USA (hard – outdoors)

USA
Andy Roddick
Andre Agassi
Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
Captain: Patrick McEnroe

Croatia
Ivan Ljubicic
Mario Ancic
Roko Karanusic
Zeljko Krajan
Captain: Nikola Pilic

Agassi Fan
02-28-2005, 08:15 PM
Ljubicic is playing very well, it will be a hard match against Andre....

suus21
02-28-2005, 11:20 PM
It's in LA and Andre will win, I think he's playing just one match

AgassiDomination
03-01-2005, 12:01 AM
Yah, I think Andre can take Ivan.

Gigan
03-01-2005, 01:04 AM
Davis Cup looks to Agassi appeal
By Mark Hodgkinson
(Filed: 01/03/2005)



The tennis world is falling over itself to welcome Andre Agassi back to the Davis Cup, with the American returning after a five-year absence. .....
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As John McEnroe said earlier this season when discussing the Davis Cup: "Tennis players are innately selfish - they have to be".

As a former Davis Cup player and captain, McEnroe knows more than most that devotion to the national cause can possibly harm solo success.

It is also worth noting that Agassi was only persuaded to return when Patrick McEnroe, the United States captain, made a special trip to the player's home in Las Vegas and told him that his commitment need not be total. If they win the World Group first round, against Croatia in California, Agassi can pick and choose his ties.
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever:wavey:

Deboogle!.
03-01-2005, 01:14 AM
Some of us will be there, we will cheer extra hard for Andre :D

paige
03-01-2005, 08:30 AM
Some of us will be there, we will cheer extra hard for Andre :D

Can you give an extra wooooo to each cheer for me? ;)

Agassi Fan
03-01-2005, 11:57 AM
For me too, plaese. :-)

Gigan
03-01-2005, 12:09 PM
My heart's with you, guys...

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Deboogle!.
03-01-2005, 02:49 PM
sure, three extra "woooooo"s for Paige, Agassi Fan, and Gigan ;)

suus21
03-01-2005, 04:09 PM
And a kiss from me

paige
03-01-2005, 04:58 PM
sure, three extra "woooooo"s for Paige, Agassi Fan, and Gigan ;)

Security: "I'm sorry ma'am, we're gonna have to throw you out for excessive wooing."
Andre: "It's OK. Let the girl woo."

BTW, Deb, you DON'T have to do my extra woo for that other singles dude. ;)

Deboogle!.
03-01-2005, 05:00 PM
Security: "I'm sorry ma'am, we're gonna have to throw you out for excessive wooing."
Andre: "It's OK. Let the girl woo."

:lol: :haha:

BTW, Deb, you DON'T have to do my extra woo for that other singles dude. ;)

Oh, yes, I think I do :angel:

Gigan
03-01-2005, 06:40 PM
The schedule is Attached:



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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

paige
03-01-2005, 08:15 PM
Oh, yes, I think I do :angel:

No really, I think you're confusing that with another word that rhymes, boooo! (Although NEVER during Davis Cup!) :)

Golfnduck
03-01-2005, 11:31 PM
GOOOOOOOOOOOOO ANDRE!!!!! :bigclap:

Gigan
03-02-2005, 12:37 AM
Tennis


Agassi lifts U.S. Davis Cup hopes

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Veteran American star fills a key team need
After saying he was done playing Davis Cup in 2000, Andre Agassi has been convinced to compete for the U.S. team vs. Croatia this weekend. Agassi's return is largely due to the influence of U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe, says Bud Collins of NBCSports.com.
COMMENTARY
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NBC Sports
Updated: 7:14 p.m. ET March 1, 2005Better than pennies - even euros - from heaven is the landing of Andre Agassi on the U.S. Davis Cup team, just in time for the first-round series against troublesome Croatia this weekend at Carson, Calif.

Father Timeless
Agassi's the answer to U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe's prayers (perhaps even his pleading, certainly his lobbying).

Agassi is doing something he said he wouldn't do again.

Agassi, last seen in the red-white-and blue five years ago, in 3-2 victories over Zimbabwe and the Czech Republic, said that was enough: 4 starts, 4 singles wins.

He'd done his duty over the years, prying the U.S. out of the wilderness of relegation as an 18-year-old rookie in 1988, then playing a positive role (11-2 in singles) during the last three Cup grabs of 1990, '92, and '95.

But he felt that the pressure of Davis Cup -- the greatest pressure in tennis -- and the preparation needed were too demanding on him as he aged.

Hoping for better memories
The journey to Zimbabwe immediately following his second Australian Open title, and illness there as he beat Byron Black, took its toll.

He didn't win another tournament in 2000.

Andre decided not to do for former Davis Cup captain John McEnroe what he's doing for the kid brother successor.

Obviously he prefers Patrick's stewardship to John's, although he wouldn't say so.

Agassi, impressed by Patrick's low key but firm handling of the team, the esprit de corps that he has fostered, clearly wants to be part of another Cup success that would end a decade-long American drought.

It's the second driest spell ever for the Yanks, shut out between 1902 and 1913, as well as from 1926 to 1937.

In 1995 injury kept Andre out of the final, the 3-2 win over Russia in Moscow.

Andre the best option
Considering the capriciousness of Davis Cup, Andre's presence doesn't guarantee champagne from the 105-year-old sterling tub Dec. 4 when the long campaign of four rounds concludes.

But his body on court at Carson, Calif. (a Los Angeles suburb) the first weekend in March certainly enhances U.S. chances for a bright start against the Croats, 4-1 victors over the U.S. two years ago in Zagreb.

Despite the closeness and commitment of his U.S. team, captain Patrick McEnroe was peering into a big cavity at the second singles behind Andy Roddick.

Maybe two singles' wins by Roddick, plus a win by the Bryan twins -- Bob and Mike in doubles play -- gets the U.S. on to the next round.

But the chances at that looked dicey.

Huge-serving Ivan Ljubicic had beaten the U.S. practically single-handed in 2003 (two singles and a doubles win), accounting for 122 points on aces or service winners.

And 6-foot-5 inch, 20-year-old Mario Ancic, who pushed Roddick in a tough Wimbledon semifinal is constantly improving.

Agassi fills need
Who would have played second fiddle to Roddick if Agassi hadn't said yes?

Somebody from a less-than-reassuring lot: Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, James Blake, Taylor Dent, or Vinnie Spadea.

Agassi isn't the lock he once was, but he makes the captain, McEnroe, and new USTA President Franklin Johnson, sleep less fitfully.

Since Roddick hasn't been too sensational lately, pulling out of the Memphis semifinals with a leg injury, the presence of Agassi is all the more comforting.

If both Roddick and Agassi find high gear, reveries of a Cup after all these thirsting years are not unrealistic.

However, there's many a pain between the lip and champagne.

Davis Cup is the least formal precinct in tennis.

If the U.S. gets past Croatia, the next round will be July 15-17 against the Belarus-Romania survivor.

Home against Romania or at Belarus.

Agassi, on the outside looking in, has been warmed by the camaraderie of the American team.

"It's something I never experienced in all the teams I played on,” he said.

He also was taken by captain Patrick McEnroe's understanding manner, and the assurance that Agassi would be expected to play only in the rounds that he chooses.

Closing in on his 35th birthday (April 29), Agassi will be the oldest Davis Cup U.S. singles starter since Arthur Ashe, who at 35 split his singles matches in the semifinal win over Sweden in 1978.

Bill Larned, 39 in 1911, is the elder in singles among American Cuppers, but who knows?

If Father Timeless enjoys the work, he may stick around long enough to supplant Larned.

© 2005 MSNBC Interactive

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

tangerine_dream
03-02-2005, 02:44 AM
Gee, you think these guys are excited? :scratch: ;)

Deboogle!.
03-02-2005, 02:56 AM
THEY're excited? I couldn't fall asleep til 2am last night! :lol:

Agassi Fan
03-02-2005, 10:09 AM
Gee, you think these guys are excited? :scratch: ;)

Thanks for the pics! :)

Steffi
03-02-2005, 10:20 AM
When USA win the Davis Cup (final), and Andre play now just one match, they give gold for Andre too??

Gigan
03-02-2005, 05:13 PM
Thursday, March 3, 2005 12:41 AM


Agassi back to bolster US’ hopes in Davis Cup

CARSON, California—Andre Agassi is still able to carve out time to play for his country.


Agassi, a member of three US Davis Cup champions, will join Andy Roddick and the doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan as they try to end America’s losing streak.


The United States faces Croatia in the opening round in Carson, with matches beginning Friday and running through the weekend. The Americans haven’t won the Cup since 1995, their longest drought in 68 years.


Agassi, approaching 35 and a family man who likes to spend time with wife Steffi Graf and their two kids, obviously feels the team spirit again.


“I think that when you get older, your capacity to embrace special moments grows,” Agassi said Tuesday. “I certainly feel that way this week.


“Coming here, I even requested from the home front a few extra days to be able to enjoy being around the guys and getting to know them better. That speaks to my enthusiasm about this environment and how much I’ve missed it.”


Agassi, who turns 35 in April, obviously is having fun around his younger teammates.


“I feel like I’m still learning from these guys, which is a good feeling,” he said.


Asked what he’s learning, Agassi grinned, shook his head and said, “I can’t really say what I want to say. I’m learning a lot.”


Roddick chimed in, “He’s just trying to be nice.” Agassi hesitated to commit to Davis Cup because he was unsure whether he would be able to play all the rounds if the United States advances. Team captain Patrick McEnroe, however, convinced him he could play whenever his schedule—and family life—permitted.


Then Agassi had to talk to the other team members. “For me, it was about making a phone call to all of the guys and hearing it from them, if it was something that they feel wouldn’t undermine their goals or the team spirit,” he said.


“And when I got that support it was the best of both worlds for me. It allows me to be a part of it again.”


His teammates certainly are pleased. “We’re ecstatic about it,” Roddick said. “We knew it was a possibility and we always hoped that possibility would become a reality. I know myself, Bob and Mike, we all really idolized this guy growing up, so now it’s pretty surreal.


“We are excited. Anything that we can get to help our cause and reach our ultimate goal of winning this thing is great.”


Agassi is 30-5 in Davis Cup play, and this will be his 10th time on the American team.


Croatia, which eliminated the United States in the first round in 2003 in Zagreb, will be led by Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic. They likely will play doubles as well as singles.
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Gigan
03-02-2005, 05:17 PM
World Sports - AFP


Agassi in Davis Cup comeback

31 minutes ago World Sports - AFP



LONDON (AFP) - Andre Agassi returns to Davis Cup action after a five year absence when the United States play Croatia in their first round World Group tie from Friday to Sunday.

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Agassi joins Andy Roddick and the doubles tandem of Bob and Mike Bryan in an outdoor tie in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson.


Croatia will be led by Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic, who won the bronze medal in men's doubles at the 2004 Olympics.


Ancic also reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon (news - web sites) last year, losing a four-set match to Roddick.


In the only previous meeting, Croatia beat America 4-1 in the first round in 2003.


Agassi, 34, boasts a 30-5 singles record in the Davis Cup. He made his Davis Cup debut in 1988 and helped the United States to titles in 1990, 1992 and 1995.


The eight-time Grand Slam champion stopped playing Davis Cup in 2000 to concentrate on the Grand Slams.


The United States have won the Davis Cup a record 31 times, but their last victory in the international team tennis competition came in 1995. Last year, the Americans lost 3-2 to Spain in the final.

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Gigan
03-02-2005, 05:21 PM
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Members of the 2005 U.S. Davis Cup team Andre Agassi, left, team coach Patrick McEnroe, second from left-background, Andy Roddick, third from left-foreground, Mike Bryan, fourth from left, and Bob Bryan attend a news conference Monday, March 1, 2005, in Carson, Calif. Also present but not shown in photograph is teammate Taylor Dent.
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Gigan
03-02-2005, 05:22 PM
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Andre Agassi, a member of the 2005 U.S. Davis Cup team, speaks during a news conference Monday, March 1, 2005, in Carson, Calif. Agassi will play in the Americans' first-round match against Croatia on March 4-6 at Carson, Calif.

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Gigan
03-02-2005, 05:46 PM
02 Mar 2005 - The Home Depot Center, Carson, Los Angeles, CA, USA - Richard Evans
Roddick ecstatic at playing alongside his idol Andre Agassi
"We’re ecstatic about it.”

Andy Roddick, blunt and to the point as usual, summed up the US Davis Cup team’s reaction to having Andre Agassi in their midst when the squad gathered for practice at Carson, California.

Patrick McEnroe’s team will meet Croatia this week end at The Home Depot Center in a contest that might have seen the Americans start as underdogs had not Agassi’s agreement to play for the first time since 2000 tilted the odds back toward the home side.

Croatia, captained by Niki Pilic as they were when the US lost to them in 2003 without the injured Roddick, will be led by the in-form Ivan Ljubicic who has already reached four finals on the ATP circuit this year and the talented Mario Ancic. Both are capable of beating anyone on their day – as Ancic proved when he upset Roger Federer on the Centre Court at Wimbledon in 2002 – and, as in any closely contested tie, the doubles will be crucial.

Here the US should have the advantage because the Bryan twins, Bob and Mike, have an amazing Davis Cup record. Not only have they remained unbeaten in the five rubbers they have played but have yet to drop a set in Davis Cup.

Saturday will see the Bryans have their moment in the spotlight but, for the world at large, the interest will rest solidly on Agassi, an athlete who has already ear-marked a place for himself amongst those destined to be called the greatest of all time.

He returned to Davis Cup play only when McEnroe flew to Las Vegas for a long dinner on his way home from the Australian Open. The US captain was determined to allay Agassi’s fears about over committing himself and insisted that he would not be forced to play every tie. He was also at pains to make Agassi realize he would not be upsetting the team spirit that McEnroe had done so much to foster amongst his young squad.

Agassi, who had just flown in from his amazing trip to Dubai where he and Federer played an exhibition 360 metres in the air on a helicopter pad, addressed both issues in his usual down to earth manner.

“I knew I couldn’t play the entire year and I just didn’t want to play conveniently,” he said.

“For me it was about making a phone call to all of the guys and hearing it from them; if it was something they felt wouldn’t undermine their goals and the team spirit. And when I got that support it was the best of both worlds for me.”

Agassi, who first played Davis Cup in 1988 and will now, at 34 years and 10 months, be the oldest man since Arthur Ashe in 1978 to represent America, was asked what specific memories he brought with him.

“You remember all the Davis Cup matches you ever played,” he said. “That’s what separates Davis Cup from everything else. And, you know, I feel I’m still learning from these guys which is a good feeling.”

Roddick expressed his own feelings just as clearly. “I know myself, Bob and Mike, we all really idolised this guy growing up so now it’s pretty surreal. We’re excited.”

The crowd will feel the same way as the oldest Davis Cup nation takes on one of the newest in a duel that promises to provide drama to match the star power of the contestants.
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paige
03-02-2005, 08:32 PM
It seems like we've been waiting for this forever.

And what a long week!!!!

Deboogle!.
03-02-2005, 09:02 PM
And what a long week!!!!

ARGH! I KNOW :banghead:

karenpoon
03-03-2005, 02:58 PM
more pics

suus21
03-03-2005, 05:26 PM
I want to see the schedule!

Deboogle!.
03-03-2005, 09:20 PM
Andre plays first tomorrow :)

Golfnduck
03-03-2005, 09:26 PM
GOOOOO ANDRE :bigclap: :worship: :rocker:

suus21
03-03-2005, 11:27 PM
of course he plays first :)
can we follow live scores tomorrow?

tangerine_dream
03-03-2005, 11:32 PM
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Ljubicic, Croatia a tough draw for United States in Davis Cup

BY CHARLES BRICKER
South Florida Sun-Sentinel


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (KRT) - Ivan Ljubicic, the tall, shaved-head Croatian who is just a few booming serves from cracking tennis' top 10, finally arrived in Carson, Calif., for this weekend's Davis Cup match, and there were undoubtedly a lot of Americans hoping the delay has thrown off his game.

In truth, it probably won't have much effect, if any. Ljubicic has known hard times, and hard times for him is not a missed plane connection in Milan, Italy, on the way from Dubai.

It's escaping war-torn Bosnia in 1992 at age 13, taking the last flight out and having to temporarily leave his father behind, then being shipped off to Italy to train with other junior players while his friends and classmates at home remained under the constant threat of death.

There's a lot of Jake LaMotta in Ljubicic, a man who keeps coming at you no matter how many punches he takes and who has seen a lot of life for someone 25 years old. He's also a man with a quick wit.

He left a roomful of reporters laughing in 2001 when, after making the Ericsson Open as a lucky loser and upsetting Magnus Norman and Carlos Moya in the main draw, he briefly compared himself to Andre Agassi, his next opponent at Key Biscayne.

"We have the same haircut," said Ljubicic, smiling.

He lost to Agassi in the quarterfinals, but five months later he got his revenge in the first round of the Canadian Open. On Friday, he and the other bald head in this closely matched contest will play for a third time.

"The hair is the same. It's just a few years later," Ljubicic said after a practice session with his teammates.

A few years and a lot of maturity. Ljubicic has risen to No. 14 in the rankings on the strength of a 20-6 record and four runner-up finishes in six events this year. Three of those losses were to world No. 1 Roger Federer, the last a three-set final in Dubai on Sunday.

Even with Andy Roddick and Agassi, who is playing Davis Cup for the first time in five years, the United States is wary of this Croatian team. Ljubicic is playing the best tennis of his career, and Mario Ancic (13-5), the last player to beat Federer at Wimbledon, was runner-up at Scottsdale last Sunday.

It has taken Ljubicic longer than most top pros to have great success but, as he explained, "Every person is different. Everyone is maturing in his time. I just feel like my time is coming now. There have been times in the past when I couldn't focus on tennis."

He acknowledges that some of his schoolmates were killed in Bosnia. "That is life," he said, philosophically. "Even today, people are dying all over the world."

He was born in Banja Luka, which was the Serbian capital. It was not a safe place for Croatians, regardless of age. It took six months for Ljubicic's father, Marko, to get out. But he arrived safely and soon after sent his son to Italy to improve his tennis.

The Croatians could be at a disadvantage against the United States because they lack the depth of a separate doubles team, which could require Ljubicic and Ancic to play best-of-5 set matches all three days.

But that might be meaningless. Ljubicic and Ancic aren't a couple of counter-punching clay courters. Win or lose, their points are over quickly, and there certainly won't be many long rallies in the doubles. Both of them, with Roddick, are among the top five players on the ATP Tour in aces.

The United States will get a strong psychological lift by playing at home in front of an audience that will be waving American flags and chanting. The Croatians could get a major boost, too, by the presence of 2001 Wimbledon winner and countryman Goran Ivanisevic, who is now retired.

"He's thinking very seriously of flying to California," Ljubicic said. You only have to ask Ljubicic to find out how much Ivanisevic means not only to the Davis Cup team but to all Croatian sports.

Ivanisevic won his only Grand Slam by beating Patrick Rafter on a Monday after the scheduled Sunday final was rained out.

"On that day I was in Gstaad, Switzerland, playing a first-round match against Federer. I watched the Wimbledon final on TV and then a half-hour later went out and beat Roger. I cried the whole fifth set watching Goran. It was very emotional. I'm telling you, no one could have beaten me that day."

Friday against Agassi, Ljubicic will be in a match of opposites. His brute strength vs. Agassi's finesse. His relative youth against Agassi's 34 years. And his 130 mph serves against Agassi's crisp returns.

They might have the same haircut, but the similarities stop there.

Deboogle!.
03-04-2005, 12:20 AM
of course he plays first :)
can we follow live scores tomorrow?

Yep, www.daviscup.com :)

Of course, I'll be there, so I can't help much during the match ;);) :woohoo:

Gigan
03-04-2005, 12:51 AM
03 Mar 2005 - The Home Depot Center, Carson, Los Angeles, CA, USA - Chris

Agassi to open his coming back party
The draw for USA v CRO has been made in Carson and Andre Agassi will face in-form Ivan Ljubicic in Friday's first rubber:

Andre Agassi (USA) v Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Andy Roddick (USA) v Mario Ancic (CRO)
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) v Mario Ancic/Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Andy Roddick (USA) v Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Andre Agassi (USA) v Mario Ancic (CRO)

The waiting is almost over for Andre Agassi’s much-heralded return to Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. At one o’clock on Friday afternoon California time, Agassi will open the USA’s 2005 campaign with potentially one of the toughest matches he has played in the competition he first graced in 1988.

Four years and 11 months since he last played in the competition – a mere 12 miles (20km) away at the Los Angeles Forum – the ninth-ranked Agassi takes on the in-form Ivan Ljubicic in the opening match of the USA v Croatia first round tie.
When the draw was made in September, the USA looked to have a tricky but relatively comfortable passage into the quarterfinals, and when Agassi announced last month that he would be answering the call of his teammates to return to the competition, the 31-time champion nation seemed to have the dream team.

But in recent weeks Croatia’s two leading players, Ljubicic and Mario Ancic, have hit some of the form of their lives. Ancic was a finalist in Scottsdale last weekend following up on semifinal showings in Marseille and Rotterdam, and is now up to 23rd in the rankings. Ljubicic has been in four finals this year, losing three of them to the runaway world No 1 Roger Federer, two of them in very close three-setters, and is now ranked 14th. With Ljubicic and Ancic having won the Olympic bronze medal last August, the tie ought to be very close as long as both Croats last their matches on all three days.

Agassi is aware that he will have to earn his coming-back party, and keep open the chance of a fourth Davis Cup title (officially he only has two, as he missed the final of the last US title in 1995). “This is what it’s about,” he said. “I’m not out here because it’s a foregone conclusion that I’ll win or lose, I’m out here to try to get this team to get through this, and that’s going to require me to find a way to beat Ljubicic first. It’s not going to be an easy task, but nobody ever told me it was going to be easy. He has a big serve; I think his backhand is as good a one-handed backhand as you see out there; he competes well. He’s obviously playing confident right now, and that makes all those weapons even more dangerous.”

The opening day’s singles promise to be highly contrasting on a hard court that all the players say has been playing more slowly than the courts they have played on in recent weeks (Agassi and Ljubicic have come from Dubai, Roddick and Ancic from the American hard courts). While Agassi and Ljubicic will hit a lot from the baseline, the second singles between Roddick and Ancic promises to be a battle of the big servers.

Roddick says the ankle injury that caused him to withdraw from the semifinals in Memphis two weeks ago is now completely healed, and unlike Ancic he has the luxury of a break on Saturday when America’s identical twins, Bob and Mike Bryan, put their flawless unbeaten five-match Davis Cup record on the line.

The match is being played on an outdoor hardcourt at a new facility, the Home Depot centre, in the suburb of Carson, about 15 miles (25km) from the centre of Los Angeles.
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Gigan
03-04-2005, 01:03 AM
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Agassi Is Enjoying His Newfound Role

He seems to be having the time of his life playing the grizzled mentor to his Davis Cup compatriots.

DAVIS CUP TENNIS TOURNAMENT

AGASSI ANDRE

By Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer


This is how rough it has been for Andre Agassi, getting reacquainted with the Davis Cup drill after nearly five years: Agassi already had spent 10 days away from wife Steffi Graf and their two children because of a globe-trotting journey, to Dubai for an ATP tour event and to Southern California for the upcoming first round of Davis Cup matches against Croatia, starting Friday in Carson.

He apparently made an unusual appeal to Graf.

"When you get older, your capacity to embrace special moments grows. I certainly feel that way this week," Agassi said Tuesday.

" … I even requested from the home front a few extra days to be able to enjoy being around the guys and get to know them better. That speaks to my enthusiasm about this environment and how much I've missed it.

"It's something I'm really looking forward to, and I hope it's not the last time."

Agassi wasn't wallowing in nostalgia during a news conference at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

If anything, he seemed annoyed when asked if these matches would be more special because it could be "kind of the end" of his career.

"That's what you think, that I'm at the end of my career," said Agassi, who will be 35 in April.

That was a rare flash of mild irritation at an upbeat session with captain Patrick McEnroe and teammates Bob and Mike Bryan, Taylor Dent and Andy Roddick, who reported that his recently injured ankle was fine. Agassi teased Roddick. One of the players coughed when asked about the air quality in Carson, and a couple chimed in when Agassi said he was "still learning" from the guys.

Like what?

"Nothing, he's just being nice," Dent said.

Roddick echoed Dent, saying: "He's just trying to be nice."

Said Agassi: "I can't say what I really want to say. I'm learning a lot."

They all laughed and for a moment they seemed more like fraternity brothers having a good time than professional tennis players.

Which is what McEnroe had been hoping for when he spent so much time trying to convince Agassi to return.

Agassi has jumped into the team concept with both feet. So much for readjustment. He could have had a day off after the Dubai trip, having lost to Roger Federer in the semifinals, but he impressed McEnroe on Monday with a workout lasting almost two hours. Then the team dynamic became evident at a group meal.

"There's not a lot I have to do," McEnroe said.

"At the team dinner, Andre just sort of held court. It was fun for me."

The Bryans quizzed him, curious about how many times Agassi had won matches without losing a game.

According to McEnroe, Mike told Agassi that when he played him at the U.S. Open once, he could barely walk after losing the first set.

And Agassi, displaying his encyclopedic knowledge of his matches, started talking about once losing the first seven points against Hyung-Taik Lee and going on to win, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0, at the Australian Open.

"Andre is the new guy and he's been talking to us a lot about stories from the past, great moments we have from watching him on TV," Bob Bryan said.

Though McEnroe had put together a close-knit team without Agassi, the chemistry was maintained when Agassi called all of the players on the 2004 squad, which lost in the final to Spain in December, to discuss his decision before he announced he would return to the fold.

Agassi was a favorite of the Bryans when they were growing up, and his association with Roddick goes back several years. Roddick was his practice partner the last time Agassi played Davis Cup, in 2000 in the quarterfinals against the Czech Republic at the Forum.

The kid showed he could take it, on the court and off.

"Well, there's a difference if he's hard on you and if he's treating you poorly," Roddick said. "It's not poorly if you enjoy it. Definitely as a 17-year-old, he liked to ride me a little bit, but I loved it. It was kind of his way to see if I could overcome it a little bit, and I always had a blast with it."

Membership on the Davis Cup team, even as a practice partner, had its privileges. Roddick was one of the few at the official team hotel, and he was living large.

"It was fun. I was 17, staying at the Ritz in L.A.," Roddick said. "I had my own chef."

Now that got Agassi's attention. "What happened? Why aren't we staying at the Ritz this time?" he asked.

Said Roddick with a smile: "You and Pete [Sampras] took off for a while, so it sort of just dropped down."




Officials said that a couple hundred tickets are still available for all three days, and can be obtained at the Home Depot Center box office, ticketmaster.com or any Ticketmaster outlet.

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
03-04-2005, 01:09 AM
http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2005-03/16506320.jpg



MAY I? Andre Agassi got permission from his wife Steffi Graf to hang out with the boys.
(Ric Francis / AP)

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Agassi Fan
03-04-2005, 10:14 AM
Thanks for all the news, and great pics! :-)

Agassi Fan
03-04-2005, 10:24 AM
Look Roddick's shoes. :-)

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RickDaStick
03-04-2005, 01:34 PM
Ivan vs Andre Agassi to open, 4.3.2005.
Ivan and Andre Agassi will play opening match of the Davis Cup's first round tie between USA and Croatia today at 10 p.m. CET. Mario Ančić will face Andy Roddick in the second match of the day.

Winner of eight Grad Slam titles against quadruple ATP finalist this season, and three in a row. Ivan saw Agassi's form in Dubai, he even wanted to play him, but it wasn't meant to be. So, they'll play each other five days later.

- Agassi doesn't run for every single ball any more. Not even at return if the ball is close to the line. But once the rally starts, he's as dangerous as ever. He moves one, two steps inside the court and starts dictating tempo – says Ivan, who's glad to see Agassi back in USA team.

- I always long to play against the best. If you're professional, a true athlete, you want to play against the best of the best, that's what's the best in sport. I'm truly happy that Andre is back in Davis Cup. It's a big deal for tennis as a sport, for American tennis, ITF and Davis Cup. For everybody. Andre is a great player and I'll enjoy the match.

Ivan also added:

- Americans are favorites. Things could change if we win both rubbers today. I've been playing good tennis in the last couple of months and I'm quite confident. But, I repeat, we're not favorites. Roddick played great until his injury, Andre was good in Dubai. This will definitely be the best first round tie. Besides, Mario is also in great shape. I think it'll be very interesting.

American journalist Charles Bricker compared Ivan to boxer Jake LaMotto considering what Ivan went through in his life. "The man keeps coming back, no matter the punches he takes. With 25 he went through a lot"…

Ivan and Andre third time. They are tied at 1-1.

Agassi Fan
03-04-2005, 02:00 PM
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Ljubicic, Croatia a tough draw for United States in Davis Cup

BY CHARLES BRICKER
South Florida Sun-Sentinel


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (KRT) - Ivan Ljubicic, the tall, shaved-head Croatian who is just a few booming serves from cracking tennis' top 10, finally arrived in Carson, Calif., for this weekend's Davis Cup match, and there were undoubtedly a lot of Americans hoping the delay has thrown off his game.

In truth, it probably won't have much effect, if any. Ljubicic has known hard times, and hard times for him is not a missed plane connection in Milan, Italy, on the way from Dubai.

It's escaping war-torn Bosnia in 1992 at age 13, taking the last flight out and having to temporarily leave his father behind, then being shipped off to Italy to train with other junior players while his friends and classmates at home remained under the constant threat of death.

There's a lot of Jake LaMotta in Ljubicic, a man who keeps coming at you no matter how many punches he takes and who has seen a lot of life for someone 25 years old. He's also a man with a quick wit.

He left a roomful of reporters laughing in 2001 when, after making the Ericsson Open as a lucky loser and upsetting Magnus Norman and Carlos Moya in the main draw, he briefly compared himself to Andre Agassi, his next opponent at Key Biscayne.

"We have the same haircut," said Ljubicic, smiling.

He lost to Agassi in the quarterfinals, but five months later he got his revenge in the first round of the Canadian Open. On Friday, he and the other bald head in this closely matched contest will play for a third time.

"The hair is the same. It's just a few years later," Ljubicic said after a practice session with his teammates.

A few years and a lot of maturity. Ljubicic has risen to No. 14 in the rankings on the strength of a 20-6 record and four runner-up finishes in six events this year. Three of those losses were to world No. 1 Roger Federer, the last a three-set final in Dubai on Sunday.

Even with Andy Roddick and Agassi, who is playing Davis Cup for the first time in five years, the United States is wary of this Croatian team. Ljubicic is playing the best tennis of his career, and Mario Ancic (13-5), the last player to beat Federer at Wimbledon, was runner-up at Scottsdale last Sunday.

It has taken Ljubicic longer than most top pros to have great success but, as he explained, "Every person is different. Everyone is maturing in his time. I just feel like my time is coming now. There have been times in the past when I couldn't focus on tennis."

He acknowledges that some of his schoolmates were killed in Bosnia. "That is life," he said, philosophically. "Even today, people are dying all over the world."

He was born in Banja Luka, which was the Serbian capital. It was not a safe place for Croatians, regardless of age. It took six months for Ljubicic's father, Marko, to get out. But he arrived safely and soon after sent his son to Italy to improve his tennis.

The Croatians could be at a disadvantage against the United States because they lack the depth of a separate doubles team, which could require Ljubicic and Ancic to play best-of-5 set matches all three days.

But that might be meaningless. Ljubicic and Ancic aren't a couple of counter-punching clay courters. Win or lose, their points are over quickly, and there certainly won't be many long rallies in the doubles. Both of them, with Roddick, are among the top five players on the ATP Tour in aces.

The United States will get a strong psychological lift by playing at home in front of an audience that will be waving American flags and chanting. The Croatians could get a major boost, too, by the presence of 2001 Wimbledon winner and countryman Goran Ivanisevic, who is now retired.

"He's thinking very seriously of flying to California," Ljubicic said. You only have to ask Ljubicic to find out how much Ivanisevic means not only to the Davis Cup team but to all Croatian sports.

Ivanisevic won his only Grand Slam by beating Patrick Rafter on a Monday after the scheduled Sunday final was rained out.

"On that day I was in Gstaad, Switzerland, playing a first-round match against Federer. I watched the Wimbledon final on TV and then a half-hour later went out and beat Roger. I cried the whole fifth set watching Goran. It was very emotional. I'm telling you, no one could have beaten me that day."

Friday against Agassi, Ljubicic will be in a match of opposites. His brute strength vs. Agassi's finesse. His relative youth against Agassi's 34 years. And his 130 mph serves against Agassi's crisp returns.

They might have the same haircut, but the similarities stop there.


"We have the same haircut," said Ljubicic, smiling.

:haha::haha:

Gigan
03-04-2005, 02:48 PM
Audio interview Andre Agassi:

http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsaudio.asp?id=13156

you can download file here

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_3742_mp3.MP3

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Steffi
03-04-2005, 08:54 PM
Audio interview Andre Agassi:

http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsaudio.asp?id=13156

you can download file here

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_3742_mp3.MP3

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For me didnt works! :-(((( :confused:

Gigan
03-04-2005, 09:05 PM
For me didnt works! :-(((( :confused:
yes, now it does not work for me too.. :confused:
something with server...
try again later


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Gigan
03-04-2005, 09:07 PM
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_3758_gallery.JPG

Andre Agassi (USA) will face Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) in opening match in Carson, CA

Andre will win!

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Steffi
03-04-2005, 09:10 PM
yes, now it does not work for me too.. :confused:
something with server...
try again later


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ok thanks.

What do you think, Andre play now???

suus21
03-04-2005, 09:17 PM
it has to begin right now

Steffi
03-04-2005, 09:21 PM
it has to begin right now


You can see in the tv??

suus21
03-04-2005, 09:22 PM
no

Steffi
03-04-2005, 09:28 PM
no

I cant see too.-(

Go Andre! :)

Steffi
03-04-2005, 09:36 PM
4-2 for Ljubibcic:-(((

Steffi
03-04-2005, 09:47 PM
5-3 :-(((((

Steffi
03-04-2005, 09:49 PM
6-3 .-((( with 2 breaks! :-(((

suus21
03-04-2005, 09:59 PM
the man is struggling again

suus21
03-04-2005, 10:33 PM
come on Andre

suus21
03-04-2005, 11:14 PM
agassi the loser

I♥PsY@Mus!c
03-04-2005, 11:32 PM
Feel sad for you,I think PMac shouldn't be so passionate to invite you. :awww:
Now focus on your atp matches. :)

Gigan
03-05-2005, 01:18 AM
Ljubicic defeats Agassi for 1-0 Lead
After the hype, the fall!

Andre Agassi knew his return to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas after a four-year absence wouldn’t necessarily be a triumphant homecoming, but he surely didn’t expect such an out-of-sorts performance from himself.

Agassi lost to Croatia’s top player Ivan Ljubicic, the Croat playing thoughtful, controlled and confident tennis in difficult conditions to win 63 76(0) 63. But while this continues a good year for him, he was assisted by one of Agassi’s worst performances in his 36 Davis Cup singles matches.

On a day of fluctuating weather, in which a gusting wind made it feel very cool whenever the sun went behind the intermittent cloud, Agassi smiled almost jubilantly as the teams were introduced to the crowd before the first rubber. But once he began hitting the ball, it was clear he was struggling to find the middle of his racket.

In a soporific first set, countless Agassi shots he would normally make either dropped short or floated long, many of them off the frame. While he peppered the Ljubicic backhand, the Croat was happy to mix up his shots, alternating looping topspin, which forced Agassi to play high balls outside his comfort zone, and heavy slice to challenge the American to generate his own pace.

Agassi won just four points in the first three games, but when he broke back for 3-4, it looked like a sleepy start was behind him. He was then broken again as Ljubicic took the first set 6-3, but the most costly service break of the match came near the sharp end of the second set.

After saving two break points in the third game, Agassi suddenly began mixing up his shots. Instead of hitting safely down the middle, he went for more angles, and threw in the occasional dropshot. The effect was almost immediate, as he broke Ljubicic in the sixth game and then held for 5-2. It was a perfect base from which to turn the tables on the in-form Croat, but when he served for the set, his strokes deserted him, and Ljubicic was right back. And as if a sign that Agassi’s chance had gone, Ljubicic raced through the tiebreak without dropping a point.

The game in which Ljubicic broke mid-way through the third set involved a controversial line call, when the umpire didn’t hear a call of out but still awarded the point to Ljubicic. Though harsh on Agassi, the incident might have fired him up, and in the next game he had three break back points. He had another at 5-4, but Ljubicic was not going to let the match get away, and the Croat won on his 13th ace in two hours six minutes.

“I played a great match,” said Ljubicic, “maybe one of the best ever in Davis Cup. I’m really pleased to win in three because it wasn’t easy at all. He couldn’t find the rhythm, but I understand that completely because he needed a lot of feeling to play well, so I mixed it up, and it was windy as well.”

Agassi effectively agreed. “I needed that match to continue for another hour before I would have settled in, and that would have required me to win the second set. But I was useless, to be quite honest, as far as being clear on what was going on out there.”

The irony for the US is that Agassi’s return to the American team was supposed to lessen the pressure on Andy Roddick, but he now finds himself having to beat Mario Ancic in the second singles of the opening day.

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AgassiFan
03-05-2005, 03:39 AM
Does anyone have match statistics?

I'll be damned if Andre'sw winner/unforced error ratio isn't 1:2 or close to that. Unacceptable for Andre's style of play.

kwan
03-05-2005, 03:58 AM
This is by far the worst match I've seen Andre play in like 5 years. He looked like an amateur out there. Good job to Lubicic, but he really did not impress me much as Andre disappointed. If the US need Andre to win a 5th match, Ancic is not going to be any easier.

I think Andre hated the slow court. You add the wind factor to the equation and Lubicic's big first serves, and it was clear it wasn't going to be Andre's day.

Deboogle!.
03-05-2005, 07:27 AM
Andre? hating a slow court????? He's like master of the slow hardcourt (see his records at AO and TMS Miami!!)

He was just off his game from the first ball. He was reaching for everything. it was really deflating for us to be out there watching :(

Ljubicic played really well - credit to him, but he couldn't get a read on Ljubicic's serve at all and he had much trouble holding and he was just not hitting well at all. Very disappointing :(

suus21
03-05-2005, 02:38 PM
all four losses this year in straight sets...anyone saw it on tv? If so what had Brad Gilbert to say about Andre?

suus21
03-05-2005, 02:40 PM
and Andre likes the court a little bit faster I think.

Gigan
03-05-2005, 03:13 PM
What Andre said:


Ljubicic downs Agassi, but Roddick puts US level against Croatia

Fri Mar 4,10:34 PM ET World Sports - AFP



LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Croatian Ivan Ljubic spoiled Andre Agassi's Davis Cup return, but Andy Roddick made sure the United States finished the first day of their World Group first-round tie with honours even at one match apiece.


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Ljubicic, one of the hottest players on the ATP tour this year with four finals appearances, defeated eight-time Grand Slam champion Agassi 6-3, 7-6 (7/0), 6-3.


"Today I played a great match," Ljubicic said. "Everything was going my way. My confidence is very high. The second serve was really kicking up. I was moving really good. I was making him play a lot of balls so he couldn't find a way to win the match from the baseline."


His victory moved unfancied Croatia a step toward an upset in the best-of-five match tie, but then world number three Roddick stepped in.


Roddick, the 2003 US Open champion, downed Mario Ancic 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to salvage a first day point.


The United States own the most titles of any country in the annual international tournament with 31, but are trying to end a 10-year Davis Cup drought.


Roddick was on the US team that fell to Spain in last year's final. But Agassi, whose 30 Davis Cup singles titles put him second on the US all-time list behind John McEnroe, hadn't played in the competition since 2000.


On Saturday, the US doubles powerhouse duo of twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan will try to extend the hosts' lead.


Ljubicic and Ancic, who captured doubles bronze at the Athens Olympics, are slated to play doubles for Croatia, although captain Nikki Pilic could decide to make substitutions to keep them fresh for the reverse singles on Sunday, when Ancic will face Agassi and Roddick will take on Ljubicic.


Ljubicic, 25, is having a career year. He has reached three finals in the past three weeks and his confidence showed against an uncharacteristically tentative Agassi.


"I just never settled in," Agassi said. "I got what I deserved out there.


"I was pretty uncomfortable," he added. "His shots were bouncing pretty aggressively off the court. The wind wasn't very predictable."


Ljubicic fired 18 aces, including two to end the match, and maneuvered his six-foot-four-inch frame around the court with ease and effectiveness.


"He couldn't find the rhythm," Ljubicic said. "He likes to hit the ball very clean and nicely, so I tried to mix up my serve and the game from the baseline as well. It was windy as well - it wasn't easy at all."


Ljubicic rallied from 5-2 down in the second set, breaking Agassi in the ninth game and going on to force the tiebreaker, in which the American failed to earn a point.


"I could have relaxed a little bit there in the second set, had I just served out the set, I played a very mediocre game there," Agassi said. "It was a painful performance."

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Gigan
03-05-2005, 03:15 PM
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Gigan
03-05-2005, 03:20 PM
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United States' Andre Agassi (news) scractces his head after losing a game to Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic (news) during the frist round match of Davis Cup at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Friday, Mach 4, 2005. Ljubicic won, 6-3, 7-6 (0), 6-3. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

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Actor Kevin Costner (news), right, and his wife Christine Baumgartner watch United States' Andre Agassi take on Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic during the first set of their frist round match of Davis Cup at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Friday, Mach 4, 2005.(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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Gigan
03-05-2005, 03:25 PM
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Andre Agassi (news), of the U.S., serves to Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic (news) during their first round singles match at Davis Cup tennis in Carson, California March 4, 2005. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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Fans with faces painted with the United States' flag cheer for Andre Agassi (news) as he takes on Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic (news) during the first-round match of Davis Cup at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Friday, Mach 4, 2005. Ljubicic defeated Agassi, 6-3, 7-6(7-0), 6-3. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

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A U.S. tennis fan watches Andre Agassi (news) of the U.S. lose 6-3 7-6 (6-0) 6-3 to Ivan Ljubicic (news) of Croatia during first round Davis Cup Tennis in Carson, California, March 4, 2005. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson R

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kwan
03-05-2005, 04:27 PM
Andre? hating a slow court????? He's like master of the slow hardcourt (see his records at AO and TMS Miami!!)

He was just off his game from the first ball. He was reaching for everything. it was really deflating for us to be out there watching :(

Ljubicic played really well - credit to him, but he couldn't get a read on Ljubicic's serve at all and he had much trouble holding and he was just not hitting well at all. Very disappointing :(

Actually if you were listening to John McEnroe and Cliff Drysdale during the telecast of the match, they mentioned that Andre and Patrick had a disagreement on the surface choice and the balls that would be used. Patrick has chosen the surface and balls for this tie because he felt it suited Andy Roddick's game the best. Andre thought the faster surface would benefit the entire team better. Andre's game is more suited to a little bit faster surface and faster balls. That surface they're playing on is much slower than the Rebound Ace at the AO.

Deboogle!.
03-05-2005, 05:43 PM
That surface they're playing on is much slower than the Rebound Ace at the AO.

Well, I was there, and I saw how it played, and I don't agree. Maybe they did have a disagreement, but the choices were made BEFORE Andre was a part of the team. Heck, we had our tickets to the matches before Andre was a part of the team.

I really think that the surface had nothing to do with the outcome of the match. That is my honest opinion. If Andre had played to his capabilities, he would have won and I didn't see the surface as a problem. He was uncomfortable out there and Ljubicic played great.

Andre has won titles and beaten good players on every surface imaginable from red clay to grass and carpet and everything in between. I think he has shown that surface is not that much of an issue for him, especially the variances of hardcourt. Miami is always known as the slowest HC in the US and Andre won that like 248029480928 times. I do not buy for a second that the surface had anything to do with how Andre played - especially considering he had almost a full week of practices on it. He has been around too long and done too many great things for a little disagreement over a slight change in surface. As for the bal, it's the US Open ball that they use... so, that makes absolutely no sense that he had a problem with it.

Gigan
03-05-2005, 07:52 PM
2005 WORLD GROUP - First Round
USA vs. Croatia
Carson, California
Croatia - 1
USA - 0
I. LJUBICIC/A. Agassi
6-3, 7-6, 6-3

An interview with:
ANDRE AGASSI

RANDY WALKER: We'll start with
questions for Andre.
Q. Were you finding it a little difficult to
read his game out there?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I was pretty
uncomfortable from the get. I mean, his shots
were bouncing pretty aggressively off the court.
The wind wasn't very predictable in that stadium. It
was moving left to right. I never sort of got
comfortable hitting to the thick of the court.
I tried to play too close to the lines at
times, and then other times when I laid off of it, it
just sort of hung there. Just never settled in. I got
what I deserved out there.
Q. You've taken a lot of pains in your
career to play the right amount of matches. Is
match toughness at all, sort of match
preparedness, an issue for you right now in
competing out there?
ANDRE AGASSI: I don't know. Open for suggestions.

Q. Was there ever a stretch where you
started to feel like you were into it or was it just
trying to work your way into the match?
ANDRE AGASSI: I think it's possible I
could have relaxed a little bit there in the second
had I just, you know, served out the set. I played a
very mediocre game there. I played a terrible
game when I broke back in the first, serving with
new balls, and I just threw away three, four errors
that game.
It was a painful performance.
Q. You spoke yesterday of losses in
Davis Cup play staying with you for a long
time. As you're on the court, kind of seeing
how it's going, are you feeling like you're
letting the team down? Do you have a team
mentality in your mind?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, sure you do. It
means a lot to you, to be out there. The highs are
pretty high, and the lows are pretty low. You know,
it's easy to feel like you let the team down. I mean,
at the end of the day we still got to figure out a way
to get through the tie. Thank goodness we have
Andy on the team.
Q. Can you comment on the crowd?
Kind of a raucous crowd in Davis Cup play.
What do you hear when you're out there and do
you like that aspect of it?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, normally. I
mean, listen, when you're comfortable out there,
you don't care what's going on. And when you're
not comfortable, you care about everything. You
know, today was one of those days I just never got
settled, never got comfortable. So, yeah, it was
just frustrating. You're trying hard to figure things
out, and sometimes you wonder if you're just trying
too hard, it's just about relaxing. Other times, you
know, you don't know if you need to be more
aggressive.
I was useless, to be quite honest, as far as
being clear on what was going on out there. On
top of it, Ljubicic is playing good. Yeah, I mean, I
needed that match to continue for another hour
before I would have settled in, and that would have
required me to win the second set, then maybe
things could have shaped up a little bit. But they
certainly didn't.
Q. You went over to Darren once and
Patrick went over to him twice. What exactly
were you looking for? Was it something on the
backhand side or just a quick tip on how to get
into it? What was it there?
ANDRE AGASSI: Nice luxury in Davis
Cup to have coaching. You know, my game
wasn't settled, I wasn't comfortable. I didn't know if
I should be stepping more forward on his shots,
sort of being more aggressive, or back up a little bit
and let myself relax into it. I didn't know if I should
move forward on his second serve, move back. I
mean, it was -- yeah, I mean, there's not a whole
lot else I can say except I was looking for anything
to sort of feel that sense of rhythm out there.
It's important for me that my average shot
is effective, that the meat and potatoes shot is
getting me a look at taking the lead in the point. I
wasn't feeling that out there. I didn't know if it was
because I wasn't hitting it big enough or I was
trying to hit it too big and not putting a clean swing
on the ball. You know, I mean, I still don't know, to
be honest.
Q. This court was resurfaced before
this match, I assume at the dictates of the US
team. They chose to make it very slow. In
making it very slow, might they also have acted
to hinder your chances by making the court so
rough that Ljubicic's serve bounced more high
maybe than it otherwise would?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, listen, it's not an
ideal court for me specifically. But I think they
made a good decision. They're focused on the
best player on the team, and that's definitely Andy.
You know, Andy's playing perfectly out there in a
situation like that. His serve's very hard to deal
with. He likes it slow. And the Bryan boys can
pretty much get the job done on any surface.
So, you know, I mean, it's not ideal for me
to play in that thick of conditions, and that high
bouncing. I try to take the ball early. When the
ball is jumping, it gives me less margin. But I think
it was a good decision. I hope that's the case as
this weekend unfolds.
Q. You hadn't played him in quite a
while. How much of a disadvantage do you
think that was? Do you think he did anything
that surprised you or pretty much did he play
how you expected?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, I mean, I
watched him play a lot. The match we played a
few years ago was, yeah, not very telling on a
whole lot.
You know, credit to him, he's playing
confident and he's doing everything he needs to do
to win so many matches that he's playing. You
know, I'm frustrated that I didn't make him do a
whole lot. But he did everything he needed to. I'm
sure he had another level or two from there.
Q. Obviously out on the court a lot of
things can go good, a lot of things can go bad.
Is there anything more frustrating than just not
getting your rhythm, not getting into the flow of
the match?
ANDRE AGASSI: No, nothing's more
frustrating than that. You know, when you
understand where your game is and what you
need to be focused on and how things are playing
out, sometimes it can boil down to a shot or two,
either on your racquet or your opponent's, and
somehow you can live with that. But, you know,
when you're out there sort of feeling, you know,
less than comfortable, it's very frustrating.
Q. So if you broke through when you
were charging back in the second set, that
changes the match?
ANDRE AGASSI: I don't know. I don't
know. Sure would have liked my chances to figure
things out had I relaxed a little bit, got a little bit
more pressure on him. But, yeah, there was
nothing going on out there that would have
suggested that I was on the verge of playing great
tennis.
Q. Can you talk about the overrule at
2-3. Seemed to be a fair amount of confusion.
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah. The linesman
called it out. The umpire didn't hear the call,
played it as deuce.
I said, "But the linesman said it was out."
Then he said, "Well, in that case I'm
overruling it."
I said, "Great, at least we're playing two
because the linesman called it out, got my racquet
on the ball, play two on that."
He says, "Well, I don't think the call
interfered with your shot."
I said, "But you didn't even hear the call.
How can you say it didn't interfere with my shot?
You're the only person that didn't hear the call."
So I thought that was a bit dodgey of a
call. I did think the ball was good, but the call was
still made. That, you know, got him back to deuce.
I helped him break me from there.
Q. Obviously it's harder to take a loss
when you're playing for a team. On the other
hand, is this a time when you can sort of look
to the team to help lift your spirits as you look
forward to the next match?
ANDRE AGASSI: I think, you know,
winning always helps. I mean, but at the end of
the day, you're here to help the team. I'll have to --
you know, I might be called on to do that again on
Sunday. I sure hope to do it better.
But, yeah, I'd like to not be needed on
Sunday, to be quite honest. It would be nice if we
could have Andy take care of business and the
doubles. But that's three matches away. I got to
be ready for the fifth. I'll do everything in my power
to do that.
Q. Is it possible at this point in your
career that you could put too much pressure
on yourself in a match, possibly surrounding
too much hype in your return to the team, so
many people expecting you to put a W on the
board?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I don't mind what
would be perceived as pressure, sort of the
expectation of me playing. It's more about my own
perspective going out there. It certainly does
matter to me a lot. Any time you care about
something greatly, you put more pressure on
yourself. You would think as you get older you get
more equipped to deal with that. But I'm putting up
a good argument for it to be the opposite, you
know. I don't know what else to say about that.

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Golfnduck
03-05-2005, 08:02 PM
Thanks for the interview Gigan :hug:

Gigan
03-05-2005, 08:03 PM
An interview with:
IVAN LJUBICIC
THE MODERATOR: We'll begin with
questions in English.
Q. You said out there afterwards that
three finals in three weeks, coming in here, are
you just right now really relaxed and just going
with that?
IVAN LJUBICIC: Just play my game. I
mean, obviously my game now is much better than
it was maybe before. But obviously these three
finals helped because of the confidence. I also
know that Andre did the same tournament as me
last week, so nobody had advantage here like
zones, time zones, and stuff.
I played great match, I think maybe one of
the best ever at the Davis Cup. I'm really pleased
to win in three because wasn't easy out there at all.
Obviously, I do feel a little bit fatigued, so was very
good for me to get out of there in three.

Q. Besides the fact you played really
well, he just seemed kind of lost.
IVAN LJUBICIC: He couldn't find the
rhythm. But I understand him completely because
he need a lot of rhythm, he need a lot of nice
feeling to play well. Here today was very difficult.
The court is really slow. You know, you can use
the rotations a lot. He doesn't. So he likes to, you
know, hit the ball very clean and nicely. So I tried
to mix up my serve and the game from the
baseline as well. It was windy as well. Wasn't
easy at all.
So probably the most difficult conditions for
him to play on because obviously he couldn't play
his game.

Q. Do you suppose they might have
Croatia?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I mean, I have been to
be honest. Like if I play against Croatia, I don't
know what I would put. Probably the clay would be
the best. But, obviously, the States, I think they
never put the clay in the history of the Davis Cup.
And they don't have definitely the players to play
on clay.
So because we have -- like we like the
similar things, it's really tricky to find a good
solution. Obviously, I think, yes, today the court
helped me more than Andre. But we'll see after
Sunday's matches, I mean, who is actually the one
who used the court better. I mean, it's just one
match, so...

Q. When you practiced on this court,
did you sense immediately that this was a court
that was going to be favorable for your game?
IVAN LJUBICIC: No. I mean, I don't like
it. It's not like I like it. It's just that I like it probably
better than Andre. But I don't like it. It's a lot of
running and it's a lot of playing. I prefer to play
short points. Here it's not really easy.

Q. Can you remember back the last
time you played Andre, he was a totally
different player?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I think I'm actually the
different one here because when we played four
years ago, I was 22 and I was coming up. You
know, I was pretty impressed actually with him, the
way he played. I mean, Andre was Andre. You
know, when you're a kid, you watched tennis, you
see Andre, and then suddenly you find him on the
other side of the net.
But now, being No. 14 in the world, you
can't be surprised by anyone. So it's just different
now. I just take every match as a match. And I did
play well today.
Q. You stepped away several times
after you heard outcries from the crowd.
IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, I mean, you --
especially it's problem with the serve. You can't
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serve when somebody's shouting at you or anyone
else. I think even Andre had difficulties to
concentrate because you're just not used to it.
Q. In the last game, you served an ace
to go ahead 40-30. Somebody in the crowd
very audibly cried out, "Go home, Steffi." Do
you remember hearing that?
IVAN LJUBICIC: Yes.
Q. How did you respond to that? What
was your reaction?
IVAN LJUBICIC: That was ugly. That has
nothing to do with the sport. It's just embarrassing,
I think.
Q. You obviously noticed that Andre
never got into his rhythm. Do you feel at all
maybe he put too much pressure on himself
coming into this match?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I have a lot problems
with myself, I couldn't think of him, what kind of
pressure he has. But definitely was not normal
match for him, because he didn't play for Davis
Cup for five years. He might put a lot of pressure.
But, I mean, he won so many matches. It's not like
he can't cope with the pressure.
Q. Does he still look like the same
player that he was four years ago?
IVAN LJUBICIC: For me it's very difficult
to say because I was looking at him with a different
eyes than I'm looking at him right now. I mean, I
don't think it's fair to say, "Yes, he is the same,"
because probably he's not. But he's still, I mean,
great player. You have to play best tennis to beat
him - not only me, but a lot of guys out there. He
just lost to Roger a couple times this year, so it
means that he is still very good player.
Q. Do you remember the first time you
saw Andre?
IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, I definitely
remember first time I walked on court to play
against him in Miami. That was night session,
quarterfinal. Was huge for me. I was 3-1 up, then
rain came down. We continued the day after, and
he killed me the day after. But I remember the
feeling just, you know, hitting the ball, the warm-up.
I was like, "Jesus Christ, what is this?" I mean, he
was definitely using that. You know, he was very
fast, warming up in the second. Suddenly I found
myself playing the match, and it was great feeling.
Q. Has Andre in the years since you
played him lost any edge, any of his
explosiveness?
IVAN LJUBICIC: Again, it's the same
question as before. For me it's difficult to say. But,
you know, a lot of guys improved actually since
then. Again, I mean, I think he is obviously a little
slower than he used to be. But he's still great
player. I mean, I still see him capable to win
something important this year. So it is possible.
Obviously, it's not as certain as couple years ago,
few years ago, but he still can win an important
tournament.

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Gigan
03-05-2005, 10:41 PM
Agassi Looks to Roddick to Revive US Squad

3/5/05 1:32 AM





By Jason Brown, USTA.com

Carson, CA -- Down but not out following a straight set, 6-3, 7-6(0), 6-3 loss to Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic in the first match of the Davis Cup World Group First Round that put the United States in a 0-1 deficit, Andre Agassi pinned his hopes to Andy Roddick and the Bryan brothers to accomplish what he could not.

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Agassi lost just his sixth match in Davis Cup play.
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Disappointed and frustrated with an inability to hit his “meat and potatoes” shots against an in-form player that would have kept the American in the match and strengthened his will, Agassi lamented, “I got what I deserved out there.”
Serving for the second set at 5-3, Agassi couldn’t finish off Croatia’s top singles player, ultimately, an untimely missed opportunity that led to Ljubicic reeling off seven consecutive points in a runaway tie-break.

“I think it’s possible I could have relaxed a little bit there in the second had I just served out the set, said Agassi, who dropped to 30-6 in Davis Cup play, and is scheduled to play Mario Ancic in the final rubber on Sunday.

“I played a very mediocre game there. I played a terrible game when I broke back in the first, serving with new balls, and I just threw away three, four errors that game. It was a painful performance.”

Even with a pair of strong tennis minds on the US sidelines, Captain Patrick McEnroe and personal coach Darren Cahill, Agassi was never able to find needed rhythm, the power of his shots and range of attack.

“Nice luxury in Davis Cup, to have coaching,” said Agassi.

“My game wasn’t settled, I wasn’t comfortable. I didn’t know if I should be stepping more forward on his shots, sort of being more aggressive, or back up a little bit and let myself relax into it.

I didn’t know if I should move forward on his second serves, move back. There’s not a whole lot else I can say except I was looking for anything to sort of feel that sense of rhythm out there.

I didn’t know if it was because I wasn’t hitting it big enough or I was trying to hit it too big and putting a clean swing on the ball. I still don’t know, to be honest.”

Roddick matched up against Ancic, the hard-serving second singles player, on the back end of Friday’s double-header, and will suit up in two of the next three matches for the United States.

The boisterous 22-year-old, 14-5 in his Davis Cup singles career, is riding a two-match losing streak dating back to the 2004 World Group Final in Seville, Spain.

Before that, the top American had carried the team with six consecutive victories, all straight set triumphs, in wins over Sweden, Austria and the Slovak Republic.

Agassi will now play the role of cheerleader for the next three matches, supporting his teammates from the US bench.

“I’d like not to be needed on Sunday, to be quite honest” said Agassi. “It would be nice if we could have Andy take care of business and the doubles. But that’s three matches away.

“I got to be ready for the fifth. I’ll do everything in my power to do that.”

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kwan
03-06-2005, 04:12 AM
Well, I was there, and I saw how it played, and I don't agree. Maybe they did have a disagreement, but the choices were made BEFORE Andre was a part of the team. Heck, we had our tickets to the matches before Andre was a part of the team.

I really think that the surface had nothing to do with the outcome of the match. That is my honest opinion. If Andre had played to his capabilities, he would have won and I didn't see the surface as a problem. He was uncomfortable out there and Ljubicic played great.

Andre has won titles and beaten good players on every surface imaginable from red clay to grass and carpet and everything in between. I think he has shown that surface is not that much of an issue for him, especially the variances of hardcourt. Miami is always known as the slowest HC in the US and Andre won that like 248029480928 times. I do not buy for a second that the surface had anything to do with how Andre played - especially considering he had almost a full week of practices on it. He has been around too long and done too many great things for a little disagreement over a slight change in surface. As for the bal, it's the US Open ball that they use... so, that makes absolutely no sense that he had a problem with it.

Well glad you were there. Must have been a blast to see all those live matches and experience the DC atmosphere, but if you read the interview you would see what I and everyone else is talking about. Andre said it himself:

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, listen, it's not an
ideal court for me specifically. But I think they
made a good decision. They're focused on the
best player on the team, and that's definitely Andy.
You know, Andy's playing perfectly out there in a
situation like that. His serve's very hard to deal
with. He likes it slow. And the Bryan boys can
pretty much get the job done on any surface.
So, you know, I mean, it's not ideal for me
to play in that thick of conditions, and that high
bouncing. I try to take the ball early. When the
ball is jumping, it gives me less margin. But I think
it was a good decision. I hope that's the case as
this weekend unfolds.


Basically the court was just not the best for him. It's not the only reason he lost that match, but it was definitely a contributing factor.

Deboogle!.
03-06-2005, 04:51 AM
And I'm saying that I disagree, I don't think the court contributed to the loss. I'm saying that I think Andre is good enough and professional enough to be able to handle a court that might not be quite to his perfect liking but certainly still well within a court that he can play well on. He was off his game. Part of that may have been the wind - which is surprising b/c usually Andre plays well in blustery conditions, part of it may have been the nerves and jitters of not playing DC in so long and having all the hype and attention around his return. That's certainly understandable. A large part of it was that Ljubicic played GREAT and gave Andre no rhythm, especially on his serve. it's my opinion that these all had much much much more to do with his loss than the court. As I said, he had plenty of time to adjust to the court and it's not like it was clay or grass or a surface where he maybe isn't QUITE as comfortable as a nice medium hardcourt.

AgassiFan
03-06-2005, 05:18 PM
Does anyone have match statistics?

.

Is there anybody posting on this forum who is capable of listing/linking to MATCH STATISTICS - or are you all mere blind homers who couldn't be bothered to do so in a DAVIS CUP match thread?!

Geez.

Action Jackson
03-06-2005, 05:22 PM
Is there anybody posting on this forum who is capable of listing/linking to MATCH STATISTICS - or are you all mere blind homers who couldn't be bothered to do so in a DAVIS CUP match thread?!

Geez.

Just because I like you.

Go to www.daviscup.com

Click on live scoring

Go to the US vs Croatia match

Then where it says rubber, it has arrows and then it'll go to the 1st match and the stats are there.

AgassiFan
03-06-2005, 05:56 PM
Just because I like you.

Go to www.daviscup.com

Click on live scoring

Go to the US vs Croatia match

Then where it says rubber, it has arrows and then it'll go to the 1st match and the stats are there.





Much obliged, GWH. Where are the winner and UE totals, though?




-55% 1st serve is not going to work when you have a weak serve.

-Allowing your opponent to win 64% of points off his 2nd serve (gettting ***** by kick-serves on the backhand side...fire Cahill right now)? Conceeding the match right there.

-2 for 8 bp conversion is better than 0 for 8 obviously, but it's still not good enough since only 1 one of them was saved by an unreturnable serve.

Deboogle!.
03-06-2005, 09:24 PM
Where are the winner and UE totals, though?

Sadly, I've never seen them for DC matches unless they're shown on tv.

-55% 1st serve is not going to work when you have a weak serve.

Nope this was definitely one of Andre's problems on Friday. We commented on it during the match. Ljubicic also stood way far back on his serves, just to get the point in play.

-Allowing your opponent to win 64% of points off his 2nd serve (gettting ***** by kick-serves on the backhand side...fire Cahill right now)? Conceeding the match right there.

I don't see how this is Cahill's fault, but ok. Andre didn't return well at all.

But Andre's biggest problem of all was off the ground. He was just off on his timing, it looked like he was reaching for every shot, and Ljubicic was just going for everything. He got very tight or something serving for the 2nd set and missed a couple of shots that he probably almost never misses. But it's over, what left is there to say.

suus21
03-06-2005, 11:26 PM
he will win today I'm sure and that will boost him for next week.

kwan
03-07-2005, 12:13 AM
And I'm saying that I disagree, I don't think the court contributed to the loss. I'm saying that I think Andre is good enough and professional enough to be able to handle a court that might not be quite to his perfect liking but certainly still well within a court that he can play well on. He was off his game. Part of that may have been the wind - which is surprising b/c usually Andre plays well in blustery conditions, part of it may have been the nerves and jitters of not playing DC in so long and having all the hype and attention around his return. That's certainly understandable. A large part of it was that Ljubicic played GREAT and gave Andre no rhythm, especially on his serve. it's my opinion that these all had much much much more to do with his loss than the court. As I said, he had plenty of time to adjust to the court and it's not like it was clay or grass or a surface where he maybe isn't QUITE as comfortable as a nice medium hardcourt.

I am not quite sure how to understand your stance. Andre said it himself, before and after the match: He DID NOT like that court. You want to disagree with the person involved in the match?

We all know Andre can play well on any surface if he works his way through it. That is not the point. The point is that you add a hot opponent, windy conditions and a surface he was not in favor of, and which he had no prior match play on, and what you have is a less than comfortable and therefore not quite as effective Agassi. That's it.

Gigan
03-07-2005, 11:52 AM
painful article guys:


Ljubicic deals dream team a painful defeat


It's about pain.

Ivan Ljubicic played through pain and Croatia upset the United States in the opening round of the 2005 Davis Cup.



Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi and twins Bob and Mike Bryan have to deal with the pain of Davis Cup defeat.

It's a drastic, dramatic and, well, painful turnaround for the U.S., which unexpectedly finds itself on the outside looking in on the Davis Cup.

How far (and hard) the mighty have fallen.

It was only three months ago when the U.S. played Spain in the 2004 Davis Cup championship round.

We have a proprietary feeling about this competition, having won a record 31 times.

However, we have not been good enough to win since 1995.

The team was excited and confident when Patrick McEnroe, the captain, talked Agassi, the ancient warrior at 35, into signing on for the competition over the weekend at Home Depot Center in Carson.

Agassi plus Roddick playing singles and the Bryans for doubles presented a formidable lineup.

So they said.

"It's a Dream Team," saluted a British radio commentator.

The dreams became night terrors when the U.S. was knocked out for the first time when it hosted a first-round match in the 105 years there has been competition for the cup donated by Harvard student Dwight Filley Davis.

The pain began to seep in Friday when 25-year-old Ljubicic knocked off Agassi.

"It was a painful performance," Agassi said.

This was only the beginning.

Ljubicic and Mario Ancic caused some more pain on Saturday when they defeated Bryan and Bryan.

Bad became worse Sunday afternoon when Roddick won the opening set against Ljubicic and then proceeded to get thumped, 6-3, 7-6 (13-11), 6-7 (7-9) and 6-2, as Ljubicic completed his over-the-top weekend performance.

That was it. Croatia, No. 11 on the world Davis Cup list, had defeated the U.S., ranked No. 4.

In such cases, there is an urge to tweak the loser, to point out he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, to accuse him of running out of gas, etc.

Yes, 22-year-old Roddick was unable to move Ljubicic around the court. That's because Ljubicic was too good. He's at the top of his game and he quite probably would have handled anyone in the world over the weekend.

"He pulled a clean sheet," the British broadcaster said. "That's a soccer term for a shutout."

The U.S. thought it could short-sheet him because he played a heavy schedule coming into the Davis Cup round, because he played three days in a row, because of the quality of the U.S. team and because the festive Davis Cup home crowd at Home Depot Center figured to add energy to Roddick and his associates.

Ljubicic did not disagree.

"I really, when I came here, was thinking if I could just win one singles, just to keep up the momentum and just to keep the confidence," he said.

His confidence now is beyond up.

"It is amazing," he said.

Way beyond up.

"I think I can beat anyone in the world," he said.

None of this seemed in the works when Roddick saw his 5-2 tiebreaker slip away after the fourth set. He then toughened up and won, 9-7.

"Wow," one fan said, shaking his head in amazement.

Another spectator, this one named Agassi, had an extremely happy smile when he returned to the locker room to start getting ready for a match he ultimately would not play.

It was wow the rest of the way. Only the wow was for Ljubicic. He would tweak his right knee before the match was over, requiring medical treatment, and never miss a beat.

That's how it is when your sheets are clean and you game is impeccable.

Amazing? "Incredible," Ljubicic said.

That was not said with a flush of arrogance. It was an expression of how excited and pleased he was to polish off Agassi, Roddick, Bryan and Bryan. And to do it in the United States on a court that had been refurbished specifically for Roddick, the No. 1 U.S. player.

Ljubicic's high was more than balanced by low of the U.S. team.

Asked if he could share his feelings, Roddick clearly would have preferred to crawl under a rock.

"Probably not in words so you would understand," he said.

The comment was not bitter. It was the taste of Davis Cup defeat that was bitter.

"It's tough to describe," Roddick said.

He tried.

"Really, really bad," he said.

This was not a Ljubicic-had-a-sore-knee-but-it-was-Roddick-who-broke-down match. It was Roddick battling and battling but just not having enough to deal with Ljubicic's game.

Roddick was asked to compare losing as an individual to losing as a member of the U.S. team.

"There's no worse feeling than losing a match in Davis Cup in our sport, you know, especially when your teammates are counting on you," he said.

Your teammates and your country.

That's hard. That's painful.

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Agassi Fan
03-07-2005, 04:33 PM
Congrats to Ljubicic. He is great in this year.

I am so sorry for Andre, and the ohter guys.

Steffi
03-07-2005, 04:57 PM
Im so said, but Ivan was great!

Gigan
03-07-2005, 06:22 PM
Last Updated: Monday, 7 March, 2005, 16:36 GMT

McEnroe unsure on Agassi future

Croatia surprise US

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US Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe does not know if Andre Agassi will be in his team when they play their World Group qualifier in September.
Agassi returned to the team for the first time in five years for the first-round tie against Croatia.

But the 34-year-old was beaten by Ivan Ljubicic in the first rubber as Croatia stunned the hosts 3-2.

McEnroe said: "I think he was excited to be back but we'll see what happens in the next six months."

McEnroe had met Agassi in person to try and persuade him to return to the American team.

However, the eight-time Grand Slam champion would only commit to the tie against Croatia.

The US, finalists in 2004, were widely expected to move into the quarter-finals after being drawn at home, but the in-form Ljubicic led his side to a memorable win.

He won both his singles matches, against Agassi and Andy Roddick, and teamed up with Mario Ancic to beat established American pair Bob and Mike Bryan.

The Croat said Agassi had been magnanimous in defeat.

"After the match (against Roddick), Andre came in our locker room, and he said that he was privileged to watch this match," he said.

"He said to us to enjoy this moment, because it doesn't last forever.

"I really appreciate that from him, and I think he's a great person.

"And he showed that again - he's just incredible."

In the quarter-finals in July, Croatia host Romania before a possible semi-final against Russia or France.

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
03-07-2005, 07:33 PM
hope this is last painful story
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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Gigan
03-08-2005, 12:24 AM
Davis Cup: Ljubicic beats Roddick to oust U.S.
The United States' quest to ...
Updated: Mar. 7, 2005, 2:01 AM ET


By Matthew Cronin
Special to ESPN.com
U.S. fans know all about the multiple basketball Dream Teams. Some found Olympic glory; others went down to ignominious defeats.



When it counted, Ivan Ljubicic came up with the big plays.


But U.S tennis dream teams -- like the 1992 squad of John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Andre Agassi -- have been few and far between in the Open Era (1968) and when they have appeared, they've put up resounding victories.


Not so with 2005 Davis Cup dream team of Agassi, Andy Roddick and Bob and Mike Bryan that went to Carson, Calif., and was stunned 3-2 by the irrepressible Ivan Ljubicic and Croatia. It was the first time in the 105 years of U.S. Davis Cup history that the Americans have lost a first-round home tie.


For all intents and purposes, they fell to one man, the once unremarkable and now very accomplished Ljubicic, who shocked Roddick 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11), 6-7 (7), 6-2 in the clincher, and in two previous days work, had buried eight-time Grand Slam champion Agassi and teamed with Mario Ancic to hand the Bryans their first Davis Cup defeat.


All that pre-tie talk about the U.S. dream team traveling to Russia in September and Argentina in December to chop down the other big boys became forgotten idle chatter.


All the U.S. team was left with was a lot of hurt and what ifs.


"There's no worse feeling than losing a match in Davis Cup in our sport, especially when your teammates are counting on you," Roddick said. "I wouldn't have put money on [Ljubicic winning all three matches]," Roddick said. "But I knew coming in we probably had one of the toughest first-round draws. We definitely did not take these guys lightly and knew that we had our work cut out for us."


McEnroe liked his team's fight but clearly seemed shaken about being unable to take this squad further.


"It hurts a lot," McEnroe said. "After getting in the final last year, starting off at home with our best team, it's disappointing. I certainly didn't expect it. But in saying that, you've got to tip your hat to them, especially to Ljubicic."


Ljubicic was better than good, he was flat-out great when it counted, fighting off numerous set and break points all weekend long, coming up with big serves, backhand passing shots and unreachable forehands when he needed it. The tall, quiet, yet totally lethal Croat has won six straight matches against the United States, including when he won all three of his matches in 2003 when Croatia defeated the Americans in Zagreb.


But 2005 was a much more impressive feat.


"It's a huge difference," Ljubicic said. "With all respect [I beat] James Blake and Mardy Fish in 2003. That's nothing compared with Agassi, Roddick and the Bryans in L.A. It's incredible."


That was supposed to be Roddick out there being the stopper for his team, the guy who would push the tie until the fifth and final match and allow Agassi a shot at redemption after Friday's disaster.


But just like in Seville, Spain, when Roddick fell in two hard-fought contests to Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya, Roddick won a lot of small points and not enough big ones. As good as Roddick has been at times over the past three months, he showed a lot of vulnerability in big matches, losing three out of four Davis Cup matches and a tight defeat to Lleyton Hewitt in the Australian Open semifinals.


As Agassi said on Friday, Roddick, 22, is the United States' main guy. If Roddick can't get it done at home with the best group he has ever had surrounding him, the United States is going to have little chance of winning its first Cup since 1995 next year.


"Andy's still learning and I really like the improvements he's making," McEnroe said. "But you can see with a guy like Ljubicic who's 25 and coming into his own that's he's playing smart shots on the big points. Andy needs to learn to do more of that."


Agassi will be 35 years old next month and with his back and hip constantly bothering him (he recently took a shot of cortisone to be able to get back on court) it's doubtful he'll play at all next year, much less the United States' next Davis Cup match, a World Group play-off in September.


"We have to wait a pretty long time to go at it again, which is disappointing," Roddick said. "We felt like we had a pretty good opportunity, and we were so excited. [That it might be Agassi's last Cup appearance] is definitely sad."


Sad, too, that they potentially lose the benefit of Agassi helping mentor the younger players. So where does the U.S. team go from here without the legendary Agassi, who turned out not to be much of a help anyway? It's back to the drawing board for McEnroe, who has signed as captain through 2006. He has a legitimate yet struggling world top-three player in Roddick. A fairly young top-three doubles team in the Bryans except they haven't won a Grand Slam title in nearly two years and Mike is dealing with a sore hip. With Taylor Dent, Mardy Fish, James Blake and Robby Ginepri yet to break through, McEnroe doesn't have a slam dunk No. 2 singles player. That's been his teams' biggest problem since he took over in 2001.


On Sunday, after the loss to Croatia, there didn't appear to be a clear answer.


"That's a big question," McEnroe said. "There's quite a bit of time between now and the relegation match to see what sort of things shake out. It's the same old story. If you take Andre out of that part of the equation, James will have a full year, see what he can do. Taylor has made some improvements. Maybe he can keep going. Mardy, he's struggled so far this year. Robby has had some decent results.


"But there's not one guy who has stepped up. I'm sure we would all love to see more than one step up to that next level. But the jury's out."


Matthew Cronin, the managing editor of Inside Tennis Magazine, is a regular contributor to ESPN.com.

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:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:

Agassi Fan
03-09-2005, 10:54 AM
I hope this was Andre's last DC.