Mikhail Youzhny comes back from down 2 sets to love and wins the decisive 5th match to give Russia the victory. As TheBoiledEgg put it, "Today, he became a man, a great man." This could be the jump-start that he needs to become a solid top-20 player.
Yevgeny Kafelnikov can now go out on a high note. He said he would retire if Russia won. He may now do just that. He has accomplished everything he ever wanted to do in tennis, including reaching #1, winning 2 slams, an Olympic gold medal and now the Davis Cup.
Marat Safin has been the star of the team, with a singles record of 6-1. 2002 was almost a year to forget for him until the last few weeks. He did not wins a title until the last Masters event in Paris. Then he went 0-3 at the Masters Cup. But now winning the Davis Cup has made it all worthwhile. This may be a sign of good things to come for 2003.
Congrats again! :bounce:
12-01-2002, 08:54 PM
Congrats, Russia! :bounce::bounce::bounce:
Congrats Mikhail, especially :)
You have no idea how excited I was to see this!
12-01-2002, 08:54 PM
what an amaing result for russia!! congrats!!
12-01-2002, 09:01 PM
Great post Darkheart! :)
Congrats Russia! 2002 Davis Cup Champions!WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:
Misha!:angel: You are my hero!:D Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
12-01-2002, 09:07 PM
I can't believe it! :eek: I left the internet when Youzhny was down 2 sets to love and getting whipped! But he turned it around after I stopped following it on the internet! My reverse psychology worked again! :bounce:
And I'm especially happy for Youzhny who lost his father in september. His family, all of Russia and all Russian tennis fans should be very proud! :)
By the way, congrats to Russia on winning the Davis Cup for the very first time! :bounce:
12-01-2002, 09:07 PM
WOOOOOOOOOWWWW!!! RUSSIA WONN!!!!!!
MARAT! MISHA!!! LUVVV YOUUUU!!!
Congrats Misha for that wonderful , courageous and never-give-up attitude to win the match and the cup for Russia... It was truly unforgettable....
And Marat, for showing and playing his best tennis when he has to carry the burden of being 1-2 behind in the 4th rubber.. He was so vocal and encouraging to misha throughout Misha's match that he is truly the pillar of the Russian team and he deserved to win the MVP award of the Final..... :D
Finally, congrats to Yevgeny for finally fufilling his life-long dream, well, it is going to be bittersweet .. Is he going to retire now? Whatever decision he is going to make, congrats to him for being 3rd time lucky and winning the Dsvis cup finally...
Russian Rally: Youzhny Fights Back From Two Set Deficit To Lead Russia To First Davis Cup Title
By Richard Pagliaro
The thousands of frenzied French fans were screaming and stomping in unison, causing a sound so loud it seemed to shake the seats of the Palais Omnisports in Paris today.
The anticipation of France's seemingly inevitable victory celebration created a resounding roar from the French faithful as Paul-Henri Mathieu took a two sets to love lead over Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in the fifth-and decisive match of the Davis Cup final.
The sound echoing through Youzhny's ears was nearly as ominous as the bright blare of the scoreboard signaling both the deep deficit the 32nd-ranked Russian face and the dissipating dreams of a nation eager to claim its first Davis Cup championship.
Playing in the first live Davis Cup match of his career, Youzhny found himself confronting his demise in a match with his team on the edge of elimination. Faced with a foreboding future, Youzhny could take no solace in the past. He was alone on the court and stood as a solitary figure in history: no man had ever rallied from a two sets to love deficit in the fifth match of a Davis Cup final.
It was then that the 20-year-old Moscow native stared down impending oblivion with undying optimism. Silencing the shrieks of self-doubt in his head and the screaming spectators in the process, Youzhny proceeded to produce one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the 102-year-old Davis Cup competition.
Fighting back with fierce desire, Youzhny rallied for a 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 triumph over Mathieu to lift Russia to its first Davis Cup championship in history.
The victory was a stirring climax to an improbable comeback that saw the Russians rally from a 1-2 deficit on the final day of play to dethrone defending Davis Cup champion France with a 3-2 victory.
Marat Safin set the stage for Youzhny's heroics by sweeping Sebastien 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (13-11) in the first of the day's reverse singles that evened the tie at 2-2.
With one match to determine the Davis Cup championship, Russian Davis Cup captain Shamil Tarpischev turned to the untested youngster Youzhny to replace veteran Yevgeny Kafelnikov for the decisive match.
Initially, it was a decision that appeared Tarpischev would regret as Mathieu stormed out to a two sets to love lead. Though Youzhny came back to secure the third set, 6-3, Mathieu was two games from clinching the Cup as he stepped up to serve with a 4-2 lead in the fourth set.
Just when it appeared Youzhny's hopes of victory were history, he launched his inspired march toward making history. Digging down deep to find the focus within himself, Youzhny broke back for 3-4 then held to even the set at 4-4.
Both players held until the 11th game when Mathieu could not convert a game point and Youzhny came back to break for a 6-5 lead. He served out the set at 7-5 to level the match at two sets apiece.
The decisive set featured several swings in momentum as Youzhny raced out to a 3-1 lead before Mathieu responded with a two-game run to level the set, 3-3. Undeterred, Youzhny broke back for a 4-3 lead then held at love for 5-3.
Two games later, with his heart racing at a pace to rival the speed of his serve, Youzhny calmly stepped to the service line, quieted his breathing and completed a breathtaking victory. Holding at love to clinch Russia's first Davis Cup championship, Youzhny pumped his fists repeatedly in an explosion of emotion after scoring a stunning comeback triumph.
Seven years ago, a 13-year-old Youzhny served as a ball boy for the Davis Cup final staged in Moscow between Russia and the United States. He watched Pete Sampras account for all three points in the Americans' 3-2 victory and later posed for photos with U.S. team members Sampras, Todd Martin and Jim Courier.
Today, Youzhny starred as the subject of the victory photos. His match point moment lasted a few seconds, the memory of the moment will last a lifetime.
12-01-2002, 10:36 PM
:eek: Wow, amazing! Misha is the only man to ever come back from a 2 sets to love deficit in a DC final! He is in the history books. Congrats Misha!
12-01-2002, 10:49 PM
Watched the matches and I think they should make Boris Yeltsin an honourary member of the Russian DC team.:D
Boris clapped throughout all the matches from beginning to end like the energiser bunny:drool: . Then when Mikhail Youzhny won the final rubber Yeltsin climbed over the railings, barging past his wife (ignoring her pleas to calm down it looked like) and made his way down to the court like a man possessed. :D It was the funniest thing I had seen in ages - Boris certainly likes his tennis!.
Russia won the Davis Cup for the first time on Sunday after 20-year-old Mikhail Youzhny, a late substitute in the deciding singles, staged an astonishing comeback to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4.
In a showdown between two of the most inexperienced players ever to feature in the title match, Youzhny recovered his nerve after two dreadful sets to claw his way back into the contest, dousing Mathieu's fire and the passion of the Parisian crowd.
Youzhny, a ballboy the last time his country appeared in a final in 1995, was brought in by Russian coach Shamil Tarpischev to replace former world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov in a risky gamble which proved a masterstroke.
Not since 1964 has a team come back from 2-1 down in a final to win the title and Youzhny, like Mathieu aged 20, is the first player to come from two sets down in the final singles to win the Davis Cup.
As Mathieu hit a return of service out to give Youzhny victory on his first match point, the Russian team swamped the clay court to embrace their hero and about 1,500 Russian fans, many crying, roared themselves hoarse in the stands.
Former president Boris Yeltsin, who had watched every match from a front row seat, hauled himself over the barrier and marched on to the court, first to give a bearhug to Tarpischev and then to every member of the team, lingering with Kafelnikov to exchange a few words.
"I was in the mood for victory," Yeltsin said. "Youzhny has a very strong character and is a fighter. I am the talisman."
Tarpischev did not believe Kafelnikov, who was thrashed in the opening singles and lost with Marat Safin in Saturday's doubles, was in the right physical or mental state of mind to play the decider. Safin, however, paid tribute to his team mate. "Yevgeny has done so much for Russian tennis, we deserved this title," he said.
In Sunday's first reverse singles, Safin battered Sebastien Grosjean into submission 6-3 6-2 7-6 to level the tie at 2-2, an exhausted Safin keeping Russian Cup hopes alive by winning a thrilling third set tiebreak 13-11.
Youzhny had played just five previous Davis Cup singles, losing four of them.
Unfortunately for Russian hopes Youzhny froze on the big stage in the first two sets as Mathieu picked off his second serve, before his superlative backhand brought him back into the match in the third set.
The fourth set featured a spate of breaks of serve but Youzhny's speed around the court continually frustrated Mathieu and he drew level at two sets all on his first set point.
Breaks of serve continued in the fifth set but Youzhny came out on top as the noise in the Bercy stadium reached almost dangerous levels. Youzhny carried on going for his shots right to the end and Mathieu acknowledged that the Russian deserved his victory because of his courage.
"When I was two sets down I decided to carry on playing my game and see what happened," said Youzhny.
12-01-2002, 11:13 PM
Wow! Way to go Misha!
What a wonderful final this one.
Too bad someone thought it wouldnt be interesting and decided to take off the previous plans to broadcast. :rolleyes:
Each minute it passes I feel more like killing someone. :mad:
CONGRATS RUSSIA! :bounce:
12-01-2002, 11:19 PM
CONGRATTSSSS RUSSIA!!!!!!:D :D
YAYYY!! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS *sing*
Misha! MARAT!:o YOU ARE MY HEROS!
12-01-2002, 11:20 PM
That was the most amazing thing I've ever seen!!! I CAN"T BELIEVE IT!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!! MISHA WAS GREAT, SUPERB, BEST!!! That is a WONDERFUL MOMENT OF RUSSIAN HISTORY!!! I congratulate Misha, Marat, Zhenya, Andrey, Shamil, Boris, Denis!!!
You are THE BEST IN THE WORLD GUYS!!! YOU ARE A TEAM!!
12-01-2002, 11:22 PM
Youzhny the Star in Most Dramatic End to Year Possible
Tennis doesn’t get much better than this, in fact it’s hard to think of any sporting spectacle that could exceed this final day for drama. Russia claimed its first-ever Davis Cup by BNP Paribas title when Mikael Youzhny made his own piece of history, becoming the first man in the 102 years of the competition to win a live fifth rubber in the final from two sets adrift.
It was a remarkable achievement for the 20-year-old, who looked down and out after dropping his serve four times in the first 12 games. At 0-3 in the second set he held his head in his towel at the change of ends, and looked close to tears. His team-mates shouted encouragement, Russia’s captain Shamil Tarpishev suggested one or two things he might try, but Youzhny was facing a humiliation in only his second live Davis Cup rubber. His silky, flowing groundstrokes were no match for the raw power of Mathieu, and it looked more of a mismatch than the dramatic conclusion of the tennis year it was to become.
Yet three hours later, Youzhny was Russia’s hero, the unlikely but proud winner 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 in four hours 26 minutes. He was feted by his Russian team-mates plus the country’s most prominent tennis fan, ex-president Boris Yeltsin. Safin described the feeling as being “better than sex”, and Yevgeny Kafelnikov said he would think a few more days before deciding whether to carry out his threat to retire.
But the conclusion of the Davis Cup belonged to Youzhny and his remarkable turnaround. Crucial to it was that he held his serve twice after falling 3-6 0-4 behind, and started taking the ball earlier at the start of the third set. He broke Mathieu early, but the Frenchman – who at 20 made it the youngest live fifth rubber in a Davis Cup final since 1985 – broke straight back to love. Even when Youzhny broke again for 4-2, Mathieu still had the match very much in his grasp.
But by then Youzhny was realising that Mathieu was vulnerable to changes of pace. The judicious use of the slice started reaping more rewards, and Mathieu started to look less potent. He still broke for 4-2, and France again looked to be heading to a 10th Davis Cup title, but Youznhy wasn’t finished, and broke straight back.
Still Mathieu seemed to be in the better position, and at 4-5 deuce he was just two points from victory. But Youzhny’s nerve held, and when he broke again for 6-5 and served out the set, the momentum had really turned.
Youzhny broke in the third game of the final set to take the lead for the first time, but Mathieu was back level at 3-3. But at 4-4 Youzhny sealed the decisive break, and served out the victory to love. It left Mathieu in tears, but one 20-year-old star was always going to be born in this final match of the tennis year, and his name is Mikael Youznhy.
12-01-2002, 11:24 PM
Kafelnikov sends 'ego to Siberia' to get win
PARIS (Reuters) -- Faced with the toughest decision of his tennis career, Yevgeny Kafelnikov "sent his ego to Siberia" and stepped aside to let a younger man grab Davis Cup glory.
Russia's most successful player has won $22 million in prize money, two Grand Slam tournaments and an Olympic gold medal, but what he always wanted was to guide his country to their first Cup title.
This year, as his career went into a slide, he repeatedly said his one goal was the Davis Cup and he vowed he would retire, at just 28, if Russia won the final in Paris.
But reality has a nasty habit of upsetting the best-laid plans and Kafelnikov could not have experienced a more bitter-sweet weekend in his life than in the French capital.
After a shattering defeat in his opening singles at the Cup final, Kafelnikov also lost the doubles on Saturday. Everyone in the Bercy stadium could see he was out of form, mentally and physically, and his side's Achilles heel.
When the team returned to their hotel there was a meeting of coaches, players and team followers and it was agreed, with Kafelnikov's support, that Mikhail Youzhny should play the deciding singles against Paul-Henri Mathieu.
In one of the great comebacks in Davis Cup history, the 20-year-old battled back from two sets down to win.
"My ego was saying I should play but I realized that Mikhail would give a better effort than I could," said Kafelnikov.
"It was tough but I did everything for the best interests of the team. I am proud of what I did -- I sent my ego back to Siberia.
"Sometimes you have got to put your personal ambitions somewhere else."
Sitting on the sidelines, Kafelnikov looked distracted throughout the final singles and he seemed unwilling to join the scrum as the Russians swamped Youzhny at the end of the match.
"Believe me, when you are trying to support your team mate as much as possible, you run out of energy," he explained.
The Muscovite will announce his final decision about whether to retire next week. "I am very much enjoying the moment right now but I do respect what I said before," he said.
Safin said he believed Kafelnikov would stay on another year, partly because he enjoys the Davis Cup so much.
"He brings big support for the team and he is very important for us and tennis in Russia.
"Tennis is his life and his career and he loves it."
12-01-2002, 11:25 PM
Thank you Misha!!! Marat, Yevgeny, everybody!!! We are proud of you, Russia is proud of you, Russians never give up!!!! Thank you so much so much!!! So many expressions......... Feelings, can't just express them all......... I think I'm going to lose my voice tomorrow.....
12-01-2002, 11:37 PM
Ooh, thank you Jessi! :) That has a special place on my wall :)
12-02-2002, 12:42 AM
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to all the guys!
Marat for becoming a true leader of the team, Misha for stepping up when it was mostly needed and to Zhenya for showing his maturity, experience and pushing Russia to this trophey for the last 10 years!!!!
We love you all!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)
12-02-2002, 12:54 AM
:D Love this from Marat!
Safin described the feeling as being “better than sex”
Congratulations, Russia, Misha, Marat and Yevy!!!!! What a great way to end the year!! :bounce: ;)
They deserve to win!! Esp. Misha!!!
12-02-2002, 03:18 AM
More pics in the Russian forum!
12-02-2002, 03:23 AM
Congrats team Russia!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :) :D
I would like to ask to Youzhny if he's surprised of what he achieved today. How much are you surprised? Before the match, what was your feeling?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: You know, before this match, when I go to warm up, I didn't really know if I would play last match. But I was good. I try play my best tennis. First two sets, it was not so good, but after I play like I can play.
Can you say what was your emotion at the last point of the match?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: No. It was no emotion. I don't understand what's happens. I just know we're winning. I was very glad after the match.
Marat, how is the taste of this victory compared to the US Open?
MARAT SAFIN: It's two completely different stories. I mean, when I won the US Open, I couldn't believe that I could beat Pete Sampras in the finals. I was still too young to win that kind of tournament. I was so happy, but I didn't know how to enjoy it. Right away I had to fly to Tashkent to play another tournament.
This victory, you know, it's a team tournament. We won, we're basically the world champions this year. We have nothing, I don't have to go to any tournaments, I don't have to rush, I don't have to do anything next week, so I have to enjoy. I will enjoy, of course.
I want to congratulate all my team, all the players. They deserve it. Yevgeny, he played great. He saved so many times the Russian team. Our captain, he was great. He was perfect. He was supporting us during all the match. Thank you very much.
Of course, Mikhail for today's victory that basically nobody expect that he could win after two sets 2-Love down. He surprised I think even himself. He showed that he's a real man, he's a Russian man, he knows how to fight, he knows how to come out of such a difficult situation. Thanks a lot for the victory.
I'm so happy, I'm so glad. I cannot describe what I'm feeling right now. It's just something that is just so great, it's the best. Better than sex, you can say that (smiling).
Yevgeny, you were not very supportive during Mikhail's match. Can you tell us why? We saw you speaking a lot on the phone, not paying much attention.
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: To be honest, I was paying too much attention. Maybe I talk once or twice during the time.
Believe me, when you are trying to support your fellow teammate as much as you can, sometimes you're running out of energy. That's what's probably happened during my first match when Marat played. He played a tough match against Grosjean. Second match, I at least knew that we're going to be here for long, long match. That doesn't mean on my mimics that I wasn't supporting Mikhail. I was trying to do it as best as I could. Sometimes you're unable because you're sitting on the bench.
Yevgeny, you say a few weeks ago if you win the Davis Cup...
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: So the final statement will be made through next week.
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Yes. Let me explain once again. It's very enjoyable moment for me right now. I do respect what I said before. Like I told you, the final decision will be made throughout next week.
You won the Davis Cup final with two very, very young players. What does it mean for the future, Youzhny and Safin, to have two players like this 20 and 20 years old?
MARAT SAFIN: 22 (laughter).
Is such a difficult question. We didn't think so far already what was going to happen in the future. We just want to enjoy the moment. I think it's great to have two young players, but still I don't think Yevgeny is still too old. 28 years old, it's just the beginning of your career (smiling).
I think he will stay for another year. He will join us on the team and bring a lot of support for the Russian tennis. He's very important for us and for tennis in Russia. I think he will make a decision to stay one more year, just enjoy the moment. Anyway, he has nothing to do because he dedicate himself during already more than 20 years for tennis. I think it's his life and his job, and he loves it. I think he will stay and welcome very much Mikhail with such great success, that he give the opportunity to whole Davis Cup.
We're looking forward for the future. Of course, you have to enjoy first of all this victory and then to think about next year, next matches of Davis Cup.
Yevgeny, was it a difficult situation to give your place to Misha or not?
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: It depends from which angle you're going to look at it. Probably my ego was saying that I should play, but realistically I felt like he was going to give the best effort than I could. You know, lately he was playing well, and I wasn't.
It was tough, but I did everything for the best interest of the team. You know, right now I'm proud what I have decided. It's definitely best team effort that we probably see.
You're not a little bit disappointed after all your efforts for the past in Russia? You've won, but is it disappointing to have not been actually playing at the final moment of victory?
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: You could say that. Like I told, you know, my ego is now somewhere probably back in Siberia. It's in the best interests of the team I did. It's in the best interests of the team. You know, that's why it's a team competition. Sometimes you've got to put your personal ambition somewhere else, where no one wants to see that. That's what happened.
12-02-2002, 06:43 AM
Thanks for the photos. I love Marat :)
CONGRATS RUSSIA! :D
12-02-2002, 07:31 AM
Did ya best France...everyone's still proud of you.
we know you just lost to let kafelnikov retire happy :)
12-02-2002, 07:50 AM
Awesome win :)
Congratulations to Team Russia: the captain Shamil Tarpischev, Marat, Misha, Zhenia and Andrei, all other members of the team :)
Their road to victory and this Davis Cup Final will go to the history books :)
Yesterday was a great day for Russian tennis and the future certainly now looks brighter than a couple of days ago :)
Best wishes to everybody who supported the team!
We are the champions!!!!!! :D
12-02-2002, 07:56 AM
CONGRATULATIONS RUSSIA! :bounce: :D :bounce:
12-02-2002, 07:56 AM
A nice article from www.bbc.co.uk
A fittingly thrilling finale
By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport Online in Paris
It was inconceivable that a Davis Cup final that had twisted and turned its way through two and a half days of high drama should end in banality.
But few, and not even the devoted Russian fans inside the Paris-Bercy stadium, would have predicted the astonishing events that unfolded.
After his epic five-set triumph which clinched Russia's first ever Davis Cup, Mikhail Youzhny received a hug from former president Boris Yeltsin.
Youzhny's popularity in his home country will have soared to such an extent that if a vote were to take place now, the 20-year-old might well become one of Yeltsin's successors.
It all began so ominously for Youzhny - stepping on to the court looking every bit as young as his 20 years before tamely dropping the first two sets.
Perhaps he had read his profile in the official event guide which described him as having "no Davis Cup results to speak of" before stating that his one win was "inconsequential".
But the Davis Cup has a habit of throwing up unlikely heroes.
Last year it was France's Nicolas Escude who almost single-handedly beat Australia on grass to upset the odds.
This year, it looked as if Davis Cup debutant Paul-Henri Mathieu would take the plaudits.
The 20 year old played magnificently to lead 6-3 6-2 and such was his dominance, the cacophonous French fans broke into a celebratory rendition of La Marseillaise.
But Youzhny refused to surrender.
He clawed back the deficit by taking the third set and the Russian bench, previously subdued, sparked into life.
The tide turns
With Marat Safin playing chief cheerleader, even Russia's captain Shamil Tarpischev, who had remained stoically calm in preceding matches, leapt to his feet to argue a questionable line call.
It was all too much for poor Mathieu, and as the youngster wilted, so the partisan crowd began to lose heart and voice.
And when Youzhny levelled the match at two sets all, the chants of the Russian fans drowned out those of the French for the first time in three days.
Yeltsin, who did not leave his seat throughout over eight hours of play on Sunday, clasped his hands and waved them in gleeful appreciation.
And at the centre of it all, Youzhny rode the wave of euphoria - exhorting the crowd to lift their voices and celebrating every point won as if it were the last.
When that point came it was difficult to tell who was happiest.
A shell-shocked Mathieu was momentarily hidden among a stampede of ecstatic Russians and as the crowd parted, the French team had already closed ranks around the 20 year old.
Those who recognise the extraordinary talent of Mathieu will hope he can recover from the heartbreak of seeing his chance of becoming his nation's latest sporting hero slip agonisingly by.
For Youzhny, all that is left is to wonder whether anything he achieves in a career which could span another 10 years can ever eclipse his efforts on Sunday.
Not that that was on his mind as he joined senior team-mates Safin and Kafelnikov in taking possession of the cavernous Davis Cup trophy - before filling it with champagne and kicking off what will be one long and raucous party.
Any more pics of the Davis Cup Win of the Russian team plz???
:) :) :)
12-03-2002, 07:23 AM
Originally posted by pcabenojar
With Marat Safin playing chief cheerleader, even Russia's captain Shamil Tarpischev, who had remained stoically calm in preceding matches, leapt to his feet to argue a questionable line call.
Marat? chief cheerleader?
I got a funny mental picture...:D :D :D
12-03-2002, 08:06 AM
He was really great in prodding Misha on during that last match. Standing up and clapping and making hand gestures and eye contact. I think he's basically a good guy, even putting his arm around one of the older Russian guys whilst talking and smiling... :)
And yes Mrs. B, Marat is a nice guy. :D :D :D I'm glad you noticed, aside from the fact that he plays unbelievable tennis, its the second best thing I like about him. It's nice that a person who's not a fan, get to notice it!!! :D :D :D
12-03-2002, 11:58 AM
Congratulations to Russia, especially Mikhail, that was such a great comeback...who know what it could do for his career in the future!
12-03-2002, 08:32 PM
From Mirror, UK..
"The Parisian crowd was almost beserk with joy, assuming that the rubber was dans le sac, and how someone so young and inexperienced, playing in front of a violently partisan crowd, could summon the strength of will to turn things round I have no idea.
I suppose it's that inexplicable tungsten core of self-belief that makes the difference between good and great. It's the difference, to be blunt, between being Tim Henman and being capable of winning a Grand Slam title."
12-03-2002, 09:21 PM
awwwww... I love this pic with Marat, Escude and Paul-Henri!!!! :) they are so cute!!! (except Escude!! ewww)
Thx for all these pics!!! ;) btw, where all you find those?!
12-03-2002, 09:36 PM
Reaction to a Memorable Weekend
The 2002 Final of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is already being hailed as one of the greatest ever, and it certainly kept the capacity crowds in the Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy enthralled for three days.
Millions more were entertained throughout the world, either on the web or in one of the 158 countries to which TV pictures were beamed, as the tie, trophy, and the title of Davis Cup Champion Nation all went down to the final set of the final rubber.
You can access reports from all the rubbers in the ties section, and we also have a round-up of the action in the News section, but how did the world's media see the weekend's dramatic events?
Here we present a selection of reaction to a memorable weekend:
Press and World Reaction
Davis Cup, the most consistently dramatic event in tennis, did nothing to break the routine on Sunday, as this year’s final between France and Russia came down to the fifth set of the fifth and last match between a pair of 20-year-olds with no experience at this pressure-filled level.
Christopher Clarey, The International Herald Tribune
The Heroes of Russia
Headline in Moscow's Sport Express newspaper
The Davis Cup is Russian
Izvestia's front-page headline
The weekend also demonstrated that the Davis Cup has never been stronger or more compelling
John Parsons, the Daily Telegraph (UK)
No Grand Slam final can match the deciding encounter of the Davis Cup for tension, and this contest was always more likely to be a matter of nerve and skill.
Andrew Baker, The Daily Telegraph (UK)
The greatest-ever Davis Cup Final ( :) )
The Mirror (UK)
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our sportsmen in Paris who took part in the Davis Cup. This is a great victory for Russian sport and, first and foremost, for those who won the Davis Cup”
President Vladimir Putin
"Did I bring them luck - yes, you can say that, that I was their good luck charm"
Boris Yeltsin, self-proclaimed talisman of the Russian team who watched every ball struck during the three days and who joined the Russian Team on court to conduct the celebrations
Russian tennis team coach Shamil Tarpischev gestures as he answers journalists' question after the arrival of the Davis Cup in Moscow's Sheremetievo airport, 05 December 2002. Russia beat France to win the cup for the first time after forty years of its participation in the Davis Cup tournament. AFP PHOTO SERGEI CHIRIKOV /sc AFP/SERGEI CHIRIKOV/sc/cg
12-06-2002, 01:37 PM
Originally posted by Lily
and just a reminder to those in the US, the channel TBS will be airing part of the DC final on Dec. 20.
Are you sure? I looked for the listing and couldn't find it :(
12-06-2002, 02:34 PM
:) More pix! Lovely! I still think this is a great achievement for Russia and for the guys, esp. Misha!
[but I don't like Yeltsin -- he's too plastic for my liking -- looks like he wants to take the credit and get into every photo...]
Hi Lily!! I wish we got that DC Final!! :mad:
12-06-2002, 03:19 PM
he did have a lot to do with the win (Yeltsin)
The players met Putin today, the team presented him with the balls with which they won the Cup and Zhenya gave him his racket. Putin gave all the players some watch. They showed some footage of them having tea and talking. Putin said it was very hard both physically and mentally for him to play tennis
12-06-2002, 06:39 PM
Today on the news they showed the meeting of Mr. Putin with Misha, Marat and Zhenya. It was in the official out-of-town residence of the president. Misha was very shy, Marat was just staring at mr. Putin and Zhenya always was looking upstairs....... don't know why.... That was fun. But concerning that Misha doesn't have much experience in such meetings (particularly with the president) he was doing great. He said "I wouldn't say that it was me who had done so much for the victory. Not only our team won the DC but the WHOLE country. I'm so happy and proud that I grew up in such a beautiful country and I love it". How cute.... That was so touching =) He is great. Then the journalist asked "what's next?" Misha replied: "Just trainings and new tournaments will start again and again". and hten Marat said "The same problem for me". Isn't it cute???
Mr. Putin got Kafelnikov's racquet as a present and all guys were awarded with orders of "Russian Sport Fame". All this was very fun to watch!!!
Zhenya is still limping a little bit and he said that he doesn't know if he still stays in tennis. He will see how his leg will be going... Hope it's alright.
I've watched all this 4 times in the news!!!! Wanna see it again!!!!
12-06-2002, 08:26 PM
Originally posted by madten
Today on the news they showed the meeting of Mr. Putin with Misha, Marat and Zhenya. It was in the official out-of-town residence of the president. Misha was very shy, Marat was just staring at mr. Putin and Zhenya always was looking upstairs....... don't know why.... That was fun.
Putin, not such a big fan of tennis as Yeltsin is (or so I've heard and read). Sounds like it was an awkward meeting :o but I'm glad they are being celebrated as sports heroes :)
12-06-2002, 09:36 PM
I agree TH
12-07-2002, 10:26 PM
Putin greets victorious Russian Davis Cup team
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin
welcomed Russia's victorious Davis Cup team to the
Kremlin, praising them for bringing the country its first
title in more than 100 years of the competition.
"It's a great achievement by all of you," Putin told Marat
Safin, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Mikhail Youzhny and team
captain Shamil Tarpishchev during a private ceremony.
"Our country has taken part in the Davis Cup
competition for 40 years, but only now did we finally
manage to win it."
Russia came from behind to beat France 3-2 in a
thrilling three-day final at Bercy sports hall in Paris last
Tarpishchev replaced Kafelnikov with Youzhny for the
decisive fifth rubber, and the 20-year-old newcomer beat
Paul-Henri Mathieu in a dramatic five-setter to clinch
Russia's first Davis Cup title.
"Winning is always fun but winning such a prestigious
competition as the Davis Cup, in such a dramatic
fashion made your achievement even more significant,
more meaningful," said Putin, himself a judo black-belt.
Tarpishchev said the team was planning to take the
Davis Cup on a seven-city tour of the country.
12-07-2002, 10:29 PM
pics from Russian DC team meeting with President Putin :)