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World Group Play-Offs (September 23-25, 2005)

smucav
03-29-2005, 03:13 PM
http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_7285_original.PDF
The 2005 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup World Group Play-off Draws will now take place at 12:00 (local time) on Tuesday 3 May at the ITF offices in London. Seedings for all the draws will be based on the latest ITF Fed Cup and Davis Cup Nations Rankings.
The Davis Cup World Group Play-offs will feature the eight World Group first round losers: Austria, Belarus, Chile, Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA. They will be joined by eight qualifiers from the Group I Zonal competitions. Great Britain and Germany have already qualified, with the remaining six places going to the winners of the Zonal Group I second round ties held on 29 April - 1 May.

Björki
05-03-2005, 11:15 AM
World Group Play-offs Draw
The Draw for the 2005 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-offs is taking place and appears here live from the ITF Offices in London.

The nations who will be drawn are: Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Chile, Sweden, Belarus, USA, Germany, Great Britain, India, Pakistan, Italy, Ecuador, Belgium and Canada.

Austria (s) (c) (*)
v.
Ecuador

Belarus (s)
v.
Canada (c) (*)

Chile (s) (c) (*)
v.
Pakistan

Czech Republic (s) (c)
v.
Germany

Spain (s)
v.
Italy (c)

Sweden (s)
v.
India (c)

Switzerland (s) (c)
v.
Great Britain

USA (s)
v.
Belgium (c)


(s)=Seeded nation
(c)=Choice of Ground
(*)=Choice of Ground decided by lot

The ties will be played on 23 - 25 September 2005, the same weekend as the World Group Semifinals. The winning nations in the World Group Play-offs will secure places in the 2006 World Group, while the losing nations will compete in Zonal Group I in 2006.

Horatio Caine
05-03-2005, 11:24 AM
Nooooooooooooooooooo!! Another clay tie for Great Britain....and Roger Federer??? :devil: :fiery: :sobbing: :bigcry:

Having said that we still stand a chance in the other singles rubbers and the doubles...but Wawrinka is playing well right now. Aggggggggggggggghhhhhhh!!!

Björki
05-03-2005, 11:36 AM
I am also very unhappy with the draw :( :(

TheBoiledEgg
05-03-2005, 01:29 PM
LOL@draw

wonder what surface Canada will choose as they only like fast indoors :tape:
so do Belarus :tape:

GB dead :rolls: even if no Federer, still no chance on clay.

Ollie Rochus vs Duckboy on clay :D :)
please no Malisse, play anyone else but Malisse vs Duckboy :o

Pakistan are doomed in chile, at home they'd have beaten Chile on grass.

Spain in Italy :eek: last time was embarrassing :o

Neely
05-03-2005, 07:18 PM
Germany another away draw in the WG playoffs! :fiery: :fiery: in Czech Republic against Stepanek and Novak, Berdych :( :mad:

Austria! :yeah: hehe, at home vs Ecuador! :smoke: Just put them on some fast indoor surface where Nico Lapentti can't play. I think the times that Lapentti has beaten Hewitt, Haas, Kuerten indoor are long time ago. Giovanni might be the stronger player on the fast surfaces now IMO.... anyway, if Austria blows this tie, it's a HUGE surprise for me. Hopefully Koubek is recovered until then!

Aleksa's Laydee
05-03-2005, 08:21 PM
arggggggggggggg sucky sucky draw...SWITERZLAND...FEDERER :mad: (he better not play ;))

anyways...poor sweden too, i mean they'l win but they have to travel to india :sad:

Tricky_Forehand
05-03-2005, 11:56 PM
Germany another away draw in the WG playoffs! :fiery: :fiery: in Czech Republic against Stepanek and Novak, Berdych :( :mad:

My feelings exactly! I think this was the one tie that frustrates me the most.

Austria vs. Ecuador *Not sure how to feel about this one*

Belarus vs. Canada :banghead:

Spain vs. Italy :banghead: :banghead:

Belgium vs. United States *If the States were hoping for an easy tie...I don't think they'll get one ;) *

Champion number 1
05-04-2005, 09:54 AM
Oh My god Italy have to face Spain. It will be a good tie but one we wont win.

Volandri and STarace v Ferrero and Nadal. On paper that should be 4-0 SPain already, but this match is in Italy so who knows.

JMG
05-04-2005, 10:50 AM
I'm happy that Germany got a tie where they are favourite. :)

And that Kiefer could beat them all on clay makes it even better. All in all not a big difference to the last playoff in Slovakia, only that Germany will play with the best team this time. ;)

smucav
05-04-2005, 12:22 PM
arggggggggggggg sucky sucky draw...SWITERZLAND...FEDERER :mad: (he better not play ;))
Roger's Returning To Davis Cup (http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=12844&bannerregion=)

ae wowww
05-06-2005, 12:34 PM
Great match GB vs Switzerland, if only I could go.... Will for sure record it and watch it though :D

Daniel
05-08-2005, 07:54 AM
Roger will win the tie for Switzerland :D

smucav
06-06-2005, 04:22 PM
http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_8001_original.PDFWorld Group Play-off Venues

The venues for the World Group Play-offs, to be held 23-25 September, are as follows (subject to final confirmation by the ITF):

Davis Cup 2005 World Group Play-off ties:

Belarus at Canada
Rexall Centre, Toronto, Canada
hard - outdoors

Chile v Pakistan
Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile
clay - outdoors

Germany at Czech Republic
Arena Liberec, Liberec, Czech Republic
clay - indoors

Spain at Italy
Sporting Club Oplonti, Torre del Greco, Italy
clay - outdoors

Ecuador at Austria
Werzer Arena, Portschach, Austria
hard - outdoors

Sweden at India
R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium, New Delhi, India
grass - outdoors

Great Britain at Switzerland
Geneva Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland
clay - indoors

USA at Belgium
SPORTPLAZA Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
clay - indoors

The winning nations in the World Group Play-offs will line up in the World Group in 2006, along with this year’s eight first round winners: Slovak Republic, Netherlands, Australia, Argentina, Russia, France, Romania and Croatia. The losing nations will be relegated to Zone Group I next year.

ClaycourtaZzZz.
08-09-2005, 11:26 AM
Do they show DC matches of GB on BBC?


yay Andy Murray Vs. Federer, a dream becomes true.:)
I'll be there:bounce:

stuey87
08-10-2005, 01:29 AM
Do they show DC matches of GB on BBC?


yay Andy Murray Vs. Federer, a dream becomes true.:)
I'll be there:bounce:

It'd better be on the BBC!
The squad'll be a difficult one for Bates to pick. Assuming he can't tempt Henman back to play he'll pick Rusedski, Murray, Sherwood and A.N.Other.
I'd go for James Auckland or Richard Bloomfield myself, perhaps edging towards Auckland. James is really a doubles specialist and would be able to play with Sherwood if Murray's needed for 2 gruelling 5 set singles.
I wouldn't pick Bogdanovic, not on current form anyway. If he starts a great run, qualifying and beating Federer in round 1 of the US Open then maybe :p

ClaycourtaZzZz.
08-11-2005, 04:35 PM
Is BBC normaly showing GB's DC matches?

stuey87
08-11-2005, 04:42 PM
Yeah, they showed the Israel one.

ClaycourtaZzZz.
08-11-2005, 05:32 PM
BBC1? If so, I didn't knew it:mad: I could've watched Murray:(

crazyrobert
08-12-2005, 12:25 AM
who do you think gb will pick for davis cup will murray play doubles again do you think, do you think they should put him in vs federer

crazyrobert
08-12-2005, 12:26 AM
is it true it wil be played on clay if so i am lookingg forward to seeing murray play on clay as it supposed to be his best surface

croat123
08-12-2005, 12:52 PM
why the hell would italy want to face nadal on clay :o they would have had a much better chance on grass. volandri could win both of his matches then and the doubles would decide it

stuey87
08-12-2005, 01:11 PM
why the hell would italy want to face nadal on clay :o they would have had a much better chance on grass. volandri could win both of his matches then and the doubles would decide it

That's very true. I just assumed they'd pick a fast court, it seems hopeful at best to pick clay.

ClaycourtaZzZz.
08-12-2005, 01:27 PM
Rusedski Vs. Federer
Murray Vs. Wawrinka
Not sure...Murray/..... Vs. Federer/Allegro
Murray Vs. Federer
Rusedski Vs. Wawrinka

crazyrobert
08-12-2005, 02:43 PM
i think there is a good chance that alan mackin maybe put in for the doubles as he has been playing well recently qualifing gor 2atp events and a 100k challenger and his favourite surface is clay what do you think

ClaycourtaZzZz.
08-12-2005, 03:04 PM
well, I don't realy know this guy... But it will e interesting for me what Andy want, playing 2 singles or playing 1 single and the double.... For me he isn't that fit to play may 3 five-setters...

Federer Vs. Rusedski 1-0 SUI
Murray Vs. Wawrinka, possibly 1-1
double is not sure who can win as the last time the swiss DC team played double was Vs. france last year.. I would say 2-1 SUI
Rusedski Vs. Wawrinka 2-2

Andy the final would be Murray-Federer, hopefully 3-2 GB;)

gvhvhg
08-18-2005, 08:46 AM
anyways...poor sweden too, i mean they'l win but they have to travel to india

Sorry, this is a very late reaction but I am extremely offended. What the hell is that supposed to mean huh? :mad:

Aleksa's Laydee
08-18-2005, 06:50 PM
Sorry, this is a very late reaction but I am extremely offended. What the hell is that supposed to mean huh? :mad:

i meant that me and other swedish fans were hoping that they would be drawn at home but they werent...it wasn't anything against india its against the fact its an away draw calm down :rolleyes:

Aleksa's Laydee
08-18-2005, 06:54 PM
It'd better be on the BBC!

they will :wavey:

Aleksa's Laydee
08-18-2005, 06:56 PM
Roger's Returning To Davis Cup (http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=12844&bannerregion=)

:sobbing:

stuey87
08-24-2005, 11:53 AM
http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/05/08/23/TENNIS_Column.html

This is a very nice article about the GBR-SUI tie and the problems facing Bates.

In particular the bit about "throwing another squad member - an Arvind Parmar or Alan Mackin - in for inevitable slaughter" had me smiling. Should he do that regardless of Murray's ambitions of toppling Federer? I think so.

smucav
08-30-2005, 04:25 PM
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/tennis/sfl-bricker30aug30,0,6897593.column?coll=sfla-sports-tennisAbsence of Malisse bodes well for U.S. hopes
Charles Bricker
Sports Columnist
August 30, 2005

NEW YORK · Xavier Malisse sat at an interview table Monday, less than an hour after winning his first-round match at the U.S. Open, and delivered the good news to the U.S. Davis Cup team in his usual languid manner.

Wait. Let me amend that. Let's say I'm pretty sure it's good news when Belgian captain Steve Martens dumps Malisse off the squad that will play the United States, on clay in Belgium, Sept. 23-25.

Of Belgium's three leading players, Malisse (46-33) is the only one with a career winning record on dirt. And now he's Davis Cup history, maybe for good after this less-than-amiable split.

The Belgians will go with the smurf-like Rochus brothers, 5-foot-5 Olivier and 5-7 Christophe. Both are having their best years. Both also have career losing records on clay: 50-63 for the big guy and 36-48 for his younger brother.

Not that the U.S. is in great shape for this tie, with Andre Agassi not playing and the tie on clay, a surface on which Agassi is the only accomplished American player. And if the U.S. loses, it is eliminated from the 16-nation World Group, meaning captain Patrick McEnroe's team can't compete for the Davis Cup in 2006.

But having Malisse out of the mix certainly doesn't hurt the Americans' chances. Even if Martens wanted to play the Rochus brothers in the four singles matches, why wouldn't you want to have Malisse on the squad in case one of them got hurt?

What happened, said Malisse, is simple. "I said to the Davis Cup captain I'm available to play and he didn't select me. That's basically what it comes down to."

Martens dumped Malisse because he wouldn't commit to playing Davis Cup all through 2006. He will find out, if he loses this tie to the U.S., that there is no 2006.

Malisse, who has lived in Bradenton for years and trained at Bollettieri's there, loves to play Delray Beach, where he was a finalist in 1999 and 2001. He's not keen on flying there from Australia, then flying back to Belgium "or wherever."

He hasn't discussed this controversy with the Rochus brothers because, he said, they were obviously in on the decision to leave him off the team.

Olivier is ranked 29th, Christophe 53rd and Malisse 54th. But Malisse is a very dangerous opponent. When his emotions are right, as they were when he reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2002, he can beat anyone. And he would be particularly difficult to beat on clay.

"I'm not bitter," Malisse explained. "But if they're going to turn this against me, I will be bitter. If they make it seem like I didn't want to play."

You're not going to catch McEnroe celebrating over this news, at least not publicly. When he's ready to comment, he's going to say something on the order of: "We have a great deal of respect for Xavier's game, but the Rochus brothers are having great years, and on clay they can beat anyone.''

Everyone connected with the U.S. team would feel a lot more confident about getting back into World Group if Agassi was playing. But Andre is in no position to definitely commit.

His sketchy back and sciatica problem could flare up at any time, and I'm guessing there's about a 10 percent chance Agassi will play against Belgium. You can't rule him out, but it's not probable. Even the Davis Cup team is mentally preparing itself to play without Andre for this one.

McEnroe has until Sept. 13, two days after the men's final here, to declare his team. There's no question Roddick and the doubles-playing Bryan twins will play, and the fourth spot will go to Robby Ginepri, James Blake or to Agassi.

The Rochus brothers are great runners and clever players. But they haven't been particularly brilliant on clay this year. Christophe is 10-9 and Olivier 4-8.

But they're playing at home and against a U.S. team that, aside from the 2004 French Open-winning Bryan twins, has not staggered anyone on clay.

Still, it's going to be a lot easier with Malisse out of the way.

Charles Bricker can be reached at cbricker@sun-sentinel.com.

Copyright © 2005, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

ae wowww
08-31-2005, 03:24 PM
Thanks, S. Very interesting piece-kind of surprised they left out Xav, but we'll see how it works out I suppose. Also didn't realise both Rochus brothers were ranked high than him, either!

Should be a good tie, for sure :yeah:

smucav
08-31-2005, 05:22 PM
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/tennis/sfl-opennotes31aug31,0,7264463.story?coll=sfla-sports-tennisDavis Cup controversy

Belgium's highest-seeded player, Olivier Rochus, on the controversy over Xavier Malisse playing Davis Cup against the United States, Sept. 23-25: "He didn't want to play for three years and he doesn't want to play next year. He just wants to play against the U.S. He's not respecting us and he doesn't care. Last year against Croatia, one week before he said, `I'm not playing.' If he doesn't care, why he should play this time? It's his fault."

Malisse, Belgium's best clay-court player, has been left off the team by captain Steve Martens. The tie is to be played on clay indoors in Belgium.

smucav
09-13-2005, 05:05 PM
The ITF has announced the team nominations for the Semifinals and Play-offs of the 2005 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and eight Zonal ties to be played on 23-25 September. Some team nominations are still to be confirmed and will appear on www.daviscup.com as soon as they are available.

Live scoring for all World Group ties will be available on the Davis Cup website throughout the weekend.

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

AUSTRIA v ECUADOR
Venue: Portschach, Austria (hard - outdoors)

Austria
Jurgen Melzer
Stefan Koubek
Alexander Peya
Julian Knowle
Captain: Thomas Muster

Ecuador
TBC

CANADA v BELARUS
Venue: Toronto, Canada (hard - outdoors)

Canada
TBC

Belarus
Max Mirnyi
Vladimir Voltchkov
Andrei Karatchenia
Alexander Bury
Captain: Dzmitry Tatur

CHILE v PAKISTAN
Venue: Santiago, Chile (clay - outdoors)

Chile
Fernando Gonzalez
Nicolas Massu
Adrian Garcia
Paul Capdeville
Captain: Hans Gildemeister

Pakistan
Aisam Qureshi
Aqeel Khan
Asim Shafik
Shahzad Khan
Captain: Khalid Mohammad

CZECH REPUBLIC v GERMANY
Venue: Liberec, Czech Republic (clay - indoors)

Czech Republic
Jiri Novak
Tomas Berdych
Tomas Zib
Robin Vik
Captain: Cyril Suk

Germany
Nicolas Kiefer
Tommy Haas
Rainer Schuettler
Alexander Waske
Captain: Patrik Kuhnen

ITALY v SPAIN
Venue: Torre del Greco, Italy (clay - outdoors)

Italy
Daniele Bracciali
Giorgio Galimberti
Andreas Seppi
Potito Starace
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

Spain
Rafael Nadal
David Ferrer
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Feliciano Lopez
Captain: Jordi Arrese

INDIA v SWEDEN
Venue: New Delhi, India (grass - outdoors)

India
Leander Paes (playing captain)
Mahesh Bhupathi
Prakash Amritraj
Rohan Bopanna

Sweden
Thomas Johansson
Jonas Bjorkman
Andreas Vinciguerra
Simon Aspelin
Captain: Mats Wilander

SWITZERLAND v GREAT BRITAIN
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland (clay - indoors)

Switzerland
Roger Federer
Stanislas Wawrinka
George Bastl
Yves Allegro
Captain: Severin Luthi

Great Britain
Greg Rusedski
Andrew Murray
Alan Mackin
David Sherwood
Captain: Jeremy Bates

BELGIUM v USA
Venue: Leuven, Belgium (clay - indoors)

Belgium
Olivier Rochus
Christophe Rochus
Kristof Vliegen
Steve Darcis
Captain: Steven Martens

USA
Andy Roddick
James Blake
Mike Bryan
Bob Bryan
Captain: Patrick McEnroe

TomTheNewb
09-13-2005, 09:23 PM
Blake over Ginepri...Bad choice

Is Mackin going to sacrifice a rubber or is he doing doubles with Sherwood?

nitsansh
09-13-2005, 09:38 PM
Is Mackin going to sacrifice a rubber or is he doing doubles with Sherwood?
Do you mean he's going to play Federer on Friday to keep Murray fresh for the doubles?

Aphex
09-13-2005, 09:38 PM
Sorry, this is a very late reaction but I am extremely offended. What the hell is that supposed to mean huh? :mad:
I wonder if the Swedish team will say some badly chosen words about poor people and slums again like they did in 97?

Deboogle!.
09-13-2005, 10:18 PM
Blake over Ginepri...Bad choicenot necessarily.... comparatively speaking, Blake has a much better clay record.

smucav
09-15-2005, 02:34 PM
Blake over Ginepri...Bad choiceThe reports of Robby Ginepri's demise have been greatly exaggerated:

http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2005-09-15/d.phpU.S. Davis cup captain Patrick McEnroe says don't jump the gun on the Davis Cup website showing James Blake as the No. 2 singles player, since his actual choice will be announced as late as 24 hours before the match: "According to Davis Cup rules, the country must elect four players 10 days before the match," P-Mac told Tennis-X. "Those players can be changed for any reason up to the draw ceremony, which takes place 24 hours before the match begins. Thus, my selection of the four players [Andy Roddick, James Blake, the Bryan brothers] at this point is simply a technicality."http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/12649910.htmPosted on Thu, Sep. 15, 2005
SPOTLIGHT | ON TENNIS
Blake's play leaves tough choice
Heading into its Davis Cup match later this month, the U.S. team must decide between resurgent James Blake or rising Robby Ginepri as its choice at No. 2 singles against Belgium.
BY MICHELLE KAUFMAN
mkaufman@herald.com

Andy Roddick was scheduled to train in Boca Raton this week, and, presumably, search for his ''Mojo'' before heading to Belgium to lead the U.S. Davis Cup team in group play Sept. 23 and 24. The question is, will Robby Ginepri or James Blake get the other singles spot? It will be a tough choice for captain Patrick McEnroe.

The official roster sent out by the International Tennis Federation listed Blake as the second singles player, but the final determination won't be made until next week.

Ginepri advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Open before losing to Andre Agassi. He moved up 25 spots to No. 21 in the world rankings, and is 19-3 over his past 22 matches. He won a title in Indianapolis after knocking off Roddick, Marat Safin and Taylor Dent.

Blake is ranked 34th, beat Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open and gave Agassi a thrilling five-set quarterfinal. He won the tournament at New Haven, and generally, has played better on clay than Ginepri.

Roddick, despite his first-round loss at the U.S. Open, remains a lock for the No. 1 singles slot.

''It's funny because we're all excited about Robby and James and what they're doing, but it's worth noting just that the quarters of a Slam for Andy is considered a poor result,'' McEnroe said. ``It's sort of worth reminding myself, which I've done, that Andy was in the semis of the Australian, Andy was in the finals of Wimbledon, he's been in the semis, finals, finals of Wimbledon last three years, last year was in the quarters of the Open, which was a bad tournament for him. Obviously, this year was a disappointing one for him. But Andy's level and his expectations are different than the other guys.''

McEnroe hopes the upcoming matches are therapeutic for Roddick.

``I think it will be good for him just to have something to shoot for. I think it's a positive thing. He'll be around his buddies. Hopefully, it will be something that will help him get over what's been obviously a tough couple weeks.''

Agassi declined an invitation. His sciatica could erupt at any moment, so 35-year-old Agassi is selective about when and where he plays.

McEnroe said he is encouraged by what he has seen of Ginepri and Blake in recent months, and it will come down to who is playing better next week and who matches up best against Belgians Olivier and Christophe Rochus.

''The summer's been great for both Robby and James, and it's certainly great to have both of them on board,'' McEnroe said. ``Obviously, the tough part will be that one of them won't play. But it's nice to have an extra guy there in case somebody gets banged up. I think it's a nice luxury to have at this point.''

© 2005 Herald.com and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.
http://www.miami.com

smucav
09-22-2005, 02:48 PM
Please find below the draws for the World Group Semifinals and Play-off ties of the 2005 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and the eight Zonal ties to be played on 23-25 September. Reports, scorecards, photos and interviews will be on www.daviscup.com <http://www.daviscup.com> over the weekend.

Live scoring for all World Group ties will be available on the Davis Cup website throughout the weekend.

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

AUSTRIA v ECUADOR
Venue: Portschach, Austria (hard - outdoors)
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v Giovanni Lapentti (ECU)
Stefan Koubek (AUT) v Nicolas Lapentti (ECU)
Julian Knowle/Alexander Peya (AUT) v Giovanni Lapentti/Nicolas Lapentti (ECU)
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v Nicolas Lapentti (ECU)
Stefan Koubek (AUT) v Giovanni Lapentti (ECU)

CANADA v BELARUS
Venue: Toronto, Canada (hard - outdoors)
Frank Dancevic (CAN) v Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR)
Daniel Nestor (CAN) v Max Mirnyi (BLR)
Daniel Nestor/Frederic Niemeyer (CAN) v Max Mirnyi/Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR)
Frank Dancevic (CAN) v Max Mirnyi (BLR)
Daniel Nestor (CAN) v Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR)

CHILE v PAKISTAN
Venue: Santiago, Chile (clay - outdoors)
Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) v Aqeel Khan (PAK)
Nicolas Massu (CHI) v Aisam Qureshi (PAK)
Fernando Gonzalez/Nicolas Massu (CHI) v Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK)
Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) v Aisam Qureshi (PAK)
Nicolas Massu (CHI) v Aqeel Khan (PAK)

CZECH REPUBLIC v GERMANY
Venue: Liberec, Czech Republic (clay - indoors)
Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Tommy Haas (GER)
Tomas Zib (CZE) v Nicolas Kiefer (GER)
Frantisek Cermak/Leos Friedl (CZE) v Tommy Haas/Alexander Waske (GER)
Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Nicolas Kiefer (GER)
Tomas Zib (CZE) v Tommy Haas (GER)

ITALY v SPAIN
Venue: Torre del Greco, Italy (clay - outdoors)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)
Potito Starace (ITA) v Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Daniele Bracciali/Giorgio Galimberti (ITA) v Feliciano Lopez/Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Potito Starace (ITA) v Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)

INDIA v SWEDEN
Venue: New Delhi, India (grass - outdoors)
Prakash Amritraj (IND) v Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)
Rohan Bopanna (IND) v Thomas Johansson (SWE)
Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes (IND) v Simon Aspelin/Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)
Prakash Amritraj (IND) v Thomas Johansson (SWE)
Rohan Bopanna (IND) v Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)

SWITZERLAND v GREAT BRITAIN
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland (clay - indoors)
Roger Federer (SUI) v Alan Mackin (GBR)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Andrew Murray (GBR)
Yves Allegro/Roger Federer (SUI) v Andrew Murray/Greg Rusedski (GBR)
Roger Federer (SUI) v Andrew Murray (GBR)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI v Alan Mackin (GBR)

BELGIUM v USA
Venue: Leuven, Belgium (clay - indoors)
Olivier Rochus (BEL) v James Blake (USA)
Christophe Rochus (BEL) v Andy Roddick (USA)
Olivier Rochus/Kristof Vliegen (BEL) v Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)
Olivier Rochus (BEL) v Andy Roddick (USA)
Christophe Rochus (BEL) v James Blake (USA)

stuey87
09-22-2005, 04:34 PM
Great decision Bates :yeah:
At long last we don't have the same 2 players playing 3 five set matches in 3 days :D
Good luck Alan, take it to 4 sets if you can, tax as much from the Federer body as possible to give Greg/Andy a chance in the doubles and reverse singles :banana:

Looking at the other matches I think India might beat Sweden. Bjorkman has to be careful, if he loses both his singles they'll lose the tie, because however good he is in doubles Bhupathi and Paes are an incredible Davis Cup pair (17-2 or something) and I think will triumph in that rubber.

Castafiore
09-22-2005, 05:12 PM
From a Belgian news source (VRT):

"I'm beginning with a match against James Blake and that at least brings less pressure than to open this campaign against Andy Roddick", says Olivier Rochus. "The fact that I have three matches to play is not a problem for me".

Coach Steven Martens was very happy with the preparation of the Belgian team. "I'm optimistic. I have the feeling that the Americans look down on us a bit but that's their nature. We, small Belgians, are going to fight hard for this"

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Ollie has to play three matches... :help:
Christophe against Andy Roddick? It's hard to share the optimism of Martens.
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Still, it's going to be a lot easier with Malisse out of the way. :(
I would have loved seeing Malisse play against Roddick on clay. :sad:

smucav
09-22-2005, 06:09 PM
I would have loved seeing Malisse play against Roddick on clay. :sad:Roddick won his first ATP title on clay beating Malisse in the final:

2001 Atlanta, Clay, F GA, U.S.A. Clay F Roddick 62 64

Overall Roddick v. Malisse head-to-head: 8-0 Roddick
http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/headtohead/head2head.asp?player1=Roddick%2C+Andy&player2=Malisse%2C+Xavier&playernum2=M680

smucav
09-22-2005, 06:14 PM
Looking at the other matches I think India might beat Sweden. Bjorkman has to be careful, if he loses both his singles they'll lose the tie, because however good he is in doubles Bhupathi and Paes are an incredible Davis Cup pair (17-2 or something) and I think will triumph in that rubber.I think unless the Swedes collapse in the heat, Sweden will win 4-1 or 5-0 (with the Indians slight favorites to win the doubles). Bjorkman & Johansson are both accomplished on grass (& are both very fit) & Amritraj & Bopanna are nowhere close to their levels.Great decision Bates
At long last we don't have the same 2 players playing 3 five set matches in 3 days
Good luck Alan, take it to 4 sets if you can, tax as much from the Federer body as possible to give Greg/Andy a chance in the doubles and reverse singlesAlthough Rusedski is poor on clay, wouldn't he, in his current form, have a better chance of beating Wawrinka (on day one) than Mackin? Wouldn't it be better to go into Saturday 1-1 than 0-2 down? If the Brits were 1-2 going into Sunday, they could still sub someone for Rusedski v. The Fed if he was too tired & it would still come down to Murray v. Wawrinka. With the current plan, they will surely be 0-2 down going into Saturday with everything riding on the doubles & they may not even get the chance to take it to a fifth & deciding rubber.

Castafiore
09-22-2005, 06:30 PM
Roddick won his first ATP title on clay beating Malisse in the final:

2001 Atlanta, Clay, F GA, U.S.A. Clay F Roddick 62 64

Overall Roddick v. Malisse head-to-head: 8-0 Roddick
http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/headtohead/head2head.asp?player1=Roddick%2C+Andy&player2=Malisse%2C+Xavier&playernum2=M680
Thanks for rubbing it in we don't stand much chance as it is, with or without the X-Man!

I know the matchup, but I still would love to have seen them play against each other in Belgium.

Clay is not the favorite surface of the Americans but it's not the best surface of our Belgians either.

zoltan83
09-22-2005, 07:28 PM
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Ollie has to play three matches... :help:
Christophe against Andy Roddick? It's hard to share the optimism of Martens.
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We need to trie :p

stuey87
09-22-2005, 10:37 PM
Although Rusedski is poor on clay, wouldn't he, in his current form, have a better chance of beating Wawrinka (on day one) than Mackin? Wouldn't it be better to go into Saturday 1-1 than 0-2 down? If the Brits were 1-2 going into Sunday, they could still sub someone for Rusedski v. The Fed if he was too tired & it would still come down to Murray v. Wawrinka. With the current plan, they will surely be 0-2 down going into Saturday with everything riding on the doubles & they may not even get the chance to take it to a fifth & deciding rubber.

Murray plays Wawrinka on day one. Mackin plays Federer, Greg would lose to Federer on clay anyway, so resting him makes sense. I accept Murray is a must win vs Wawrinka, but at 1-1 we'd have a chance of winning by triumphing in doubles and Rusedski vs Wawrinka (sub for Mackin).

revolution
09-22-2005, 11:01 PM
Belgium v USA

Blake is actually rather decent on clay, won a couple of challengers.

Roddick bt C Rochus
O Rochus bt Blake
Bryans win doubles
O Rochus bt Roddick
Blake bt C Rochus

So the USA still make it back to the world group, but only just.


Austria v Ecuador

I think Koubek v Nico Lapentti will be the key match there, if Stefan wins that then the Austrians have a massive advantage, but then again Melzer sucks in DC and although he's better on hard courts than clay, he could be a potential upset. If Gio pulls that off, then Koubek is under pressure. I still think Melzer will win that match though, and I think Koubek has enough to see the Austrians into a 2-0 lead. With Peya/Knowle fresh for the doubles, they will finish the job.


Czech Republic v Germany


Clay will obviously gove the Czechs the advantage here as Berdych plays well on it but choosing Zib over Novak or Stepanek is a baffling decision to me. I think Berdych will take Haas out but Kiefer will beat Zib, while the doubles will go to the Germans. I would then say Berdych to see off Kiefer but Haas is a better clay courter than Zib and will take Germany back to the World Group.


Switzerland v GB


Well our boys have an uphill struggle against Fed and co but I think we can give a good account of ourselves, we keep losing 3-2 all the time and perhaps we'll do it again. Fed will beat Mackin easily but I think Andy has the mentality and boldly I fancy him to beat Wawrinka, 1-1 after day one, but I think Fed and Allegro are too experienced doubles wise for Rusedski/Murray, and then Fed finishes Rusedski to give the Swiss the 3-1 and the victory.


India v Sweden


Playing on grass was the own goal here, as Bjorkman and ToJo love it, and they will bury the two singles matches. Paes and Bhupathi might pull off a win over the Swedish doubles side, but even if they do it won't be enough.


Italy v Spain


Perhaps if they had a DC captain with half a brain we'd be looking at a grass court match with Bracciali and Sanguinetti, but alas, no. 3-0 after the doubles to Spain, although even if it was grass I'd still take them to win.


Canada v Belarus


I would have to go with the Belarussians, Mirnyi is a decent singles player and a very good doubles player, whilst Voltchkov should win one of his rubbers and that would be enough.


Chile v Pakistan


I seriously cannot see anything other than 5-0 here.

Deboogle!.
09-22-2005, 11:18 PM
Belgium v USA

Blake is actually rather decent on clay, won a couple of challengers.

Roddick bt C Rochus
O Rochus bt Blake
Bryans win doubles
O Rochus bt Roddick
Blake bt C Rochus

So the USA still make it back to the world group, but only just.Well, I love James and all but I'm not sure if winning 2 CHALLENGER tournaments on green har-tru in the US equates to having much success on red clay. But sure with his footspeed and improved patience, he should be able to do ok and perhaps win a match. Of the two brothers, Christophe is far better on clay, no? Interesting that you have Andy and James both beating him, but both losing to Oli...

keqtqiadv
09-22-2005, 11:38 PM
Of the two brothers, Christophe is far better on clay, no? Interesting that you have Andy and James both beating him, but both losing to Oli...
I don't think so. In my vision, Oliver is better on all surfaces, and Christophe hasn't been playing well (his SFs in Hamburg and St Poelten were good moments, but after that he won only 2 matches). Maybe they are almost on same level, with Oliver taking little advantage.

revolution
09-22-2005, 11:39 PM
I don't know why Malisse isn't playing, the Belgians would have had to be favourites if he was.

Deboogle!.
09-23-2005, 01:24 AM
I don't know why Malisse isn't playing, the Belgians would have had to be favourites if he was.There's a fair amount of discord between him and the rest of the team, according to a couple of friends from Belgium.

And actually I am not so sure about that. because he would have played Andy on the first day b/c he's ranked lower than Oli, and Andy completely owns Malisse... I actually think Christophe has a better shot at beating Andy than Malisse would've, IMO.

smucav
09-23-2005, 02:06 AM
Murray plays Wawrinka on day one. Mackin plays Federer, Greg would lose to Federer on clay anyway, so resting him makes sense. I accept Murray is a must win vs Wawrinka, but at 1-1 we'd have a chance of winning by triumphing in doubles and Rusedski vs Wawrinka (sub for Mackin).I understand the plan, but think it's a risky one. In both scenarios (the one I suggested & the actual one), the Murray v. Wawrinka tie is the toss-up tie. Wouldn't it be better to go down fighting (in the fifth tie/my scenario), rather than risk not getting a chance to fight at all? If the Brits are down 0-2 going into Saturday & manage to win the doubles, the fourth (& now decisive) tie is The Fed v. a Brit to be named later. This plan leaves little (if no) margin for error (particularly when you factor in a teenager & an new doubles team).

Castafiore
09-23-2005, 07:14 AM
We need to trie :p
yes, at least we've got to let them work for their money.

In the press today:
* Roddick: is only in Belgium for the tennis. He's staying in a historic and beautiful city but he hasn't seen it yet. It's a matter of focus, I guess. He's not in Belgium to go sight-seeing. Apparently, when they're not practicing, the Americans stay in their hotel to play cards for hard cash.
* Filip Dewulf about the Rochus brothers: lousy attitude against the press. If top players like Roddick or Federer can give a press conference with a smile, why can't the Rochus brothers do the same? Olivier was yawning his way through the interview session and did no attempt to hide his boredom.
(erm...let's just all stand behind the Belgians and not be too hard on them...it's going to be tough enough as it is).
* They asked Kristof Vliegen why he isn't playing a singles match, against Roddick for example. Kristof replied that he has no real weapons on clay against Roddick and the match would be too easy for Andy. With Christophe Rochus, they're going to play it tactically: try to frustrate Andy a bit with certain shots and try to put some doubt into his head so that Olivier Rochus could have a higher chance to beat him. The Belgians seem to think that Roddick is too strong for them anyway so they're trying the David vs Goliath tactic.
* Also in the press today: "Christophe Rochus looks bored and only interested in the € 5000 he's getting from this DC event."
(Judging from the newspapers I looked in, they are quite tough on the Rochus brothers. Is the entire 'Malisse is the bad guy' routine backfiring?)
* Olivier doesn't really like the clay court in Leuven because it's not in a very good condition. A lot of weird and 'fake' bounces of the ball: hard to control.

Pea
09-23-2005, 01:15 PM
Hmm....Andreas on the Swedish team.:D

smucav
09-26-2005, 12:06 AM
Please find below the latest results for the Semifinals and Play-offs of the 2005 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and the eight Zonal ties that were played 23-25 September. Reports, scorecards, photos and interviews are available on www.daviscup.com

The 2005 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final will be between Slovak Republic and Croatia, and will be held 2-4 December in the Slovak Republic.

The seven teams that have won World Group Play-off ties so far - Austria, Belarus, Chile, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and USA - have earned their places in the 2006 World Group. They will be joined by either India or Sweden, who will finish their Play-off tie on Monday, as well as the eight nations that won first round ties this year - Argentina, Australia, Croatia, France, Netherlands, Romania, Russia and Slovak Republic.

The draw for the 2006 World Group, as well as draws for all other Zonal Groups I and II, takes place on 29 September in Paris at 12:00 local time (10:00 GMT). Nations in all groups will be seeded according to the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking, an updated version of which will be issued once the India v Sweden tie is completed.

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WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

SLOVAK REPUBLIC defeated ARGENTINA 4-1
Venue: Bratislava, Slovak Republic (hard - indoors)

Karol Beck (SVK) d. Guillermo Coria (ARG) 75 64 64
David Nalbandian (ARG) d. Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) 36 75 75 63
Karol Beck/Michal Mertinak (SVK) d. David Nalbandian/Mariano Puerta (ARG) 76(5) 75 76(5)
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) d. Guillermo Coria (ARG) 76(2) 62 63
Karol Kucera (SVK) d. Mariano Puerta (ARG) 46 63 21 ret.

CROATIA defeated RUSSIA 3-2
Venue: Split, Croatia (carpet - indoors)

Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) d. Mario Ancic (CRO) 75 64 57 64
Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) d. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 36 63 64 46 64
Mario Ancic/Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) d. Igor Andreev/Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) 62 46 76(5) 36 64
Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) d. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 63 76(6) 64
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) d. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 64 64

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

AUSTRIA defeated ECUADOR 4-1
Venue: Portschach, Austria (hard - outdoors)

Jurgen Melzer (AUT) d. Giovanni Lapentti (ECU) 61 60 62
Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) d. Stefan Koubek (AUT) 57 46 64 76(5) 75
Julian Knowle/Jurgen Melzer (AUT) d. Giovanni Lapentti/Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) 26 64 60 63
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) d. Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) 75 64 75
Stefan Koubek (AUT) d. Carlos Avellan (ECU) 63 62

BELARUS defeated CANADA 3-2
Venue: Toronto, Canada (hard - outdoors)

Frank Dancevic (CAN) d. Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) 57 64 46 76(3) 63
Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. Daniel Nestor (CAN) 67(4) 75 21 ret.
Daniel Nestor/Frederic Niemeyer (CAN) d. Max Mirnyi/Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) 75 62 36 76(6)
Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. Frank Dancevic (CAN) 46 63 64 36 64
Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) d. Frederic Niemeyer (CAN) 62 67(4) 63 64

CHILE defeated PAKISTAN 5-0
Venue: Santiago, Chile (clay - outdoors)

Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 60 60 61
Nicolas Massu (CHI) d. Aisam Qureshi (PAK) 62 76(4) 61
Fernando Gonzalez/Nicolas Massu (CHI) d. Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) 61 63 60
Paul Capdeville (CHI) d. Shahzad Khan (PAK) 60 61
Adrian Garcia (CHI) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 62 64

GERMANY defeated CZECH REPUBLIC 3-2
Venue: Liberec, Czech Republic (clay - indoors)

Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Tommy Haas (GER) 46 46 61 76(9) 63
Nicolas Kiefer (GER) d. Tomas Zib (CZE) 76(4) 46 64 62
Tommy Haas/Alexander Waske (GER) d. Frantisek Cermak/Leos Friedl (CZE) 46 75 62 26 64
Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Nicolas Kiefer (GER) 67(5) 63 26 64 75
Tommy Haas (GER) d. Tomas Zib (CZE) 67(3) 75 62 60

SPAIN defeated ITALY 3-2
Venue: Torre del Greco, Italy (clay - outdoors)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 57 36 60 63 62
Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Daniele Bracciali (ITA) 63 62 61
Daniele Bracciali/Giorgio Galimberti (ITA) d. Feliciano Lopez/Rafael Nadal (ESP) 46 64 62 46 97
Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 61 62 57 64
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) d. Daniele Bracciali (ITA) 63 60 63

SWEDEN leads INDIA 2-0
Venue: New Delhi, India (grass - outdoors)

Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) d. Prakash Amritraj (IND) 64 64 64
Thomas Johansson (SWE) d. Rohan Bopanna (IND) 76(3) 76(2) 76(4)
Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes (IND) v Simon Aspelin/Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) 36 31 unfinished; match resumes on Monday
Prakash Amritraj (IND) v Thomas Johansson (SWE)
Rohan Bopanna (IND) v Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)

SWITZERLAND defeated GREAT BRITAIN 5-0
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland (clay - indoors)

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Alan Mackin (GBR) 60 60 62
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Andrew Murray (GBR) 63 76(5) 64
Yves Allegro/Roger Federer (SUI) d. Andrew Murray/Greg Rusedski (GBR) 75 26 76(1) 62
George Bastl (SUI) d. David Sherwood (GBR) 63 60
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Alan Mackin (GBR) 75 76(5)

USA defeated BELGIUM 4-1
Venue: Leuven, Belgium (clay - indoors)

Olivier Rochus (BEL) d. James Blake (USA) 64 75 61
Andy Roddick (USA) d. Christophe Rochus (BEL) 61 62 63
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) d. Olivier Rochus/Kristof Vliegen (BEL) 63 76(2) 61 63
Andy Roddick (USA) d. Olivier Rochus (BEL) 67(4) 76(4) 76(5) 46 63
James Blake (USA) d. Steve Darcis (BEL) 75 61

nitsansh
09-26-2005, 07:18 PM
SEEDS FOR 2006 WORLD GROUP DRAW:

1/2. Croatia/Slovak Republic

3. Spain

4. Russia

5. Australia

6. France

7. Argentina

8. USA

According to the Davis Cup Regulations, the two finalist nations are seeded No. 1 and No. 2 in the World Group for the following year, and will be drawn in opposite halves of the draw. Seeds 3-8 are in accordance with the latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking.