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Maryse
04-19-2005, 09:24 AM
Do you think France could win ?
It won't be on clay, and if Marat Safin plays well, I'm not sure that the French could won this QF.

Choupi
04-19-2005, 09:33 AM
Let's wait and see what happens... You said it yourself, IF Marat plays well. That says it all. But there are other factors to take into account. As where it's gonna take place for example...I have no pronostics. But I hope that our Frechies will play the best they can and give the best they have in store! If they do that, even if they lose, I'll be satisfied! :D

Adman
04-19-2005, 02:51 PM
Lets hope that France can WIN!!

adele
04-22-2005, 10:34 AM
Go Russia!!! ;)

David Kenzie
04-27-2005, 05:00 PM
The tie will be played on clay with Roland Garros balls

Les Russes optent pour la terre

C'est une petite surprise : la demi-finale de Coupe Davis entre la Russie et la France (15-17 juillet) se disputera à Moscou, sur terre battue couverte. Ce sera donc en quelque sorte un "remake" de la finale 2002, jouée au Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy.


La Russie ont donc opté pour la terre battue pour recevoir la France. Avec Marat Safin, Mikhaïl Youzhny, Nikolay Davydenko et Igor Andreev, elle possède dans ses rangs quatre joueurs performants sur cette surface.

On s'attendait toutefois à un choix plus "classique", les Russes ayant l'habitude de jouer sur un revêtement en dur dans le stade olympique de Moscou.

Cette décision semble donc aussi avoir été prise dans l'optique de contrarier les Français. Certes, les "Bleus" ont éliminé au premier tour la Suède sur terre, à Strasbourg. Mais beaucoup de joueurs tricolores ont été à la peine sur ce revêtement depuis le début de la saison.

Des balles françaises

Paul-Henri Mathieu, le héros du premier tour, Sébastien Grosjean, finaliste à Houston, et Richard Gasquet, demi-finaliste à Monte-Carlo, ont toutefois réussi de belles performances sur la surface ocre.

Par ailleurs, les balles utilisées pour cette rencontre Russie-France seront des... "Roland-Garros". Il y aura décidément de la revanche dans l'air, puisqu'on se souvient évidemment de la finale 2002, disputée à Bercy sur terre battue, et perdue par la France 3/2 lors d'un cinquième match décisif haletant entre Mikhaïl Youzhny et Paul-Henri Mathieu.

ClaycourtaZzZz.
05-14-2005, 09:40 PM
France2 is showing it, right?

Choupi
05-18-2005, 10:21 AM
France 2 and France 3, as well as Sport+. :)

silverwhite
05-23-2005, 08:36 AM
I don't know if Paulo can handle playing Youzhny again. :scared: But based on current form, the captain will probably yield Safin and Davydenko.

delsa
05-25-2005, 06:31 AM
I don't know if Paulo can handle playing Youzhny again. :scared: But based on current form, the captain will probably yield Safin and Davydenko.
I think that he'll actually take it as a good opportunity for revenge and showing he has progressed so Paulo would love playing against Youzny... But you're right Youzny might not even play so...
Do you think that Richard Gasquet could make it into the French Davis cup team?

silverwhite
05-28-2005, 08:12 AM
I think that he'll actually take it as a good opportunity for revenge and showing he has progressed so Paulo would love playing against Youzny... But you're right Youzny might not even play so...
Do you think that Richard Gasquet could make it into the French Davis team?

Just saw your message. :p There's a good chance Richard will make the Davis Cup team, but he probably won't be playing (like Monfils against Sweden). For him to play, Forget would have to replace either Grosjean or Paulo, his #1 player or the player who has won the team some crucial matches.

delsa
06-01-2005, 07:18 AM
Maybe at that time he will be the #1 player! ;) :cool: But if the situation stays the same you're right it's unlikely that he'll get the chance to play...But i think he'll be in the team too...

Maryse
06-01-2005, 09:56 PM
Guy Forget said that if he had to take his decision right now ( it was during the third round of Roland Garros), Gasquet would be part of the team, but he didn"t say if he would make him play or just ask him to be the fifth player.

However, things are going to be very difficult for the French, because even though it will be on clay (on which Mathieu and Gasquet can play very well), Davydenko is showing that he can play good on clay, with his semifinal in Roland Garros.

Enfin, bonne chance aux français !!!! :)

ys
06-03-2005, 03:32 PM
It is shaping up as an extremely interesting match, it seems. Gasquet could be the France best hope, I just question his best-of-five pedigree a little bit at this point..

delsa
06-04-2005, 05:39 PM
It is shaping up as an extremely interesting match, it seems. Gasquet could be the France best hope, I just question his best-of-five pedigree a little bit at this point..

Yes that's the major question about him. Actually that could play against him for a potential selection because can Guy Forget risk to select him if he's never won a best-of-five sets match ever before? (But Monfils hadn't and he was still selected so who knows?...)
He's still got Wimbledon to proove himself although it's not on clay. So we'll see...

drf716
06-20-2005, 05:02 AM
since marat is officially not playing, i'm worried!

ys
06-20-2005, 04:43 PM
since marat is officially not playing, i'm worried!

It is not official yet.

marifline
06-20-2005, 11:41 PM
Richard will be playing I'm sure. Forget seems to have already made the decision..but who will be the other simple player ? Seb or Paulo ? That is the questions...both deserves it and both would be disapointed if the won't :sad:

ys
06-22-2005, 04:40 PM
With Marat out and Davydenko injured things surely don't look great now..

Dream
06-23-2005, 08:34 PM
OMG!!! That's a catastrophe!
Marat and Kolya are injured, who will play then?
Misha ana Igor? Nice guys, but it will be too much for them! Just hope that Kolya will recover (cos Marat will definitely not :sad: ).
Who else can play for Russian team? Retired players (Kafelnikov, Tarpishev himself lol) or juniors?
That's the end!
But I have the tickets for all the matches and I'll try to support our guys as much as I can!
GO, RUSSIA!!! DAVAI!!!

marifline
06-23-2005, 10:30 PM
the revenge will have a strange taste without Safin and Davydenko...not the same thing...but for sure, more chance to go trought

silverwhite
06-24-2005, 06:11 PM
Q. You said you will need some treatment for your knee. Does it mean maybe you could skip the Davis Cup?

MARAT SAFIN: No, no. No chance. I will be there. I know the French people, they are hoping for the best. But there is no chance. You have to deal with me (smiling).

blamethebloom
06-25-2005, 10:00 PM
Q. You said you will need some treatment for your knee. Does it mean maybe you could skip the Davis Cup?

MARAT SAFIN: No, no. No chance. I will be there. I know the French people, they are hoping for the best. But there is no chance. You have to deal with me (smiling).


THank GOD!!!

Dream
06-26-2005, 08:27 AM
Yeah, I've already seen this interview. I'm so happy about it!!!
See you guys in Moscow!

mer
06-26-2005, 01:05 PM
Yeah, I've already seen this interview. I'm so happy about it!!!
See you guys in Moscow!

Will you be happy if Marat screw up US hardcourt season for the sake of the DC ? :rolleyes:

drf716
06-27-2005, 03:35 AM
Will you be happy if Marat screw up US hardcourt season for the sake of the DC ? :rolleyes:
that is tough i don't know well MARAT KNOWS BEST but apparently not

Lila
06-28-2005, 05:06 PM
I think he should skip DC. But he wants to do it, so...we can't stop him.

linus
06-29-2005, 08:25 AM
nothing i could decide which to support, its so hard, maybe i need a trip and back on the 17th, july, maybe

{Annie}
06-29-2005, 03:42 PM
It just became official. Marat's official site says it. He WILL NOT play DC in Moscow in July...:((((((((((((((((

{Annie}
06-29-2005, 03:44 PM
OMG!!! That's a catastrophe!
Marat and Kolya are injured, who will play then?
Misha ana Igor? Nice guys, but it will be too much for them! Just hope that Kolya will recover (cos Marat will definitely not :sad: ).
Who else can play for Russian team? Retired players (Kafelnikov, Tarpishev himself lol) or juniors?
That's the end!
But I have the tickets for all the matches and I'll try to support our guys as much as I can!
GO, RUSSIA!!! DAVAI!!!

Dream I feel for you!!!!!!! I have tickets for all 3 days too and now it won't be the same without Marat :( I just hope Kolya recovers...I guess Tursunov will come in as the 4th player now

mad1town
06-29-2005, 06:06 PM
What about Dmitry Tursunov?

ys
06-29-2005, 07:06 PM
I do think that Safin's withdrawal does mean that Davydenko is in.

ys
06-29-2005, 07:07 PM
No, Tursunov won't play. It's clay, and he does not really want to play for Russia. Russians will bring some youngster.

Dream
06-30-2005, 09:28 PM
Well, of course, Tursunov won't play! He never plays for Russia :(
Marat... It seems he won't play, too :sad: (though he promised to!)
So we have Misha, Kolya (injured), Igor (injured also - remember his match vs Roddick... poor guy :sad: ) and :confused: maybe some young guy? We have good juniors. BTW, does there have to be 4 players in the team?

fanancic
07-01-2005, 11:23 AM
Allez la France!!!

Dream
07-01-2005, 12:36 PM
DAVAI, ROSSIYA!!!

mad1town
07-01-2005, 10:44 PM
[QUOTE=Dream]Well, of course, Tursunov won't play! He never plays for Russia :( QUOTE]


I get the impression that the Russian tennis federation totally ignores Tursunov. 2 years ago after he made it to the 3rd round of the US Open upsetting Guga (before his latest back injury)...he wasn't even offered a wildcard to the Moscow open.

They may not like him since he applied for US citizenship...which is silly.

Viveletennis
07-02-2005, 10:02 AM
Grosjean told Guy Forget that he wouldn't play against Russia
:sad:

silverwhite
07-02-2005, 11:33 AM
No.... :sad:

More pressure on Paulo and Richard now. :scared:

Choupi
07-02-2005, 05:57 PM
While commenting today's Wimby semi, Forget confirmed that Grosjean wouldn't be part of the team against Russia, because he had withdrawn. And he added that he'll announce the names of the players officially on Monday.

Dream
07-02-2005, 10:07 PM
I get the impression that the Russian tennis federation totally ignores Tursunov. 2 years ago after he made it to the 3rd round of the US Open upsetting Guga (before his latest back injury)...he wasn't even offered a wildcard to the Moscow open.
They may not like him since he applied for US citizenship...which is silly.

I've heared he WAS invited to the team several times, but he refused...

P.S. I don't like him for applying for US citizinship...


Waining for the announcement of the players... Both Russian and French

esther
07-03-2005, 05:51 AM
*sigh* hope that decision doesnt cost the team.

{Annie}
07-04-2005, 12:57 PM
I do think that Safin's withdrawal does mean that Davydenko is in.

Nope.. :sad: doesn't mean it. There has been talks that Tarpischev is bringing in 2 juniors since Marat and Kolya will not be playing. God help us!!!! :rolleyes: :worship:

*julie*
07-04-2005, 01:27 PM
L'équipe.fr 04/07/2005
Tennis-Coupe Davis : Marat Safin confirmé


Le Russe Marat Safin jouera le quart de finale de coupe Davis face à la France du 15 au 17 juillet prochain à Moscou.

Malgré une blessure au genou gauche, le récent vainqueur de l'Open d'Australie a sa place dans l'équipe. Pour l'accompagner, le capitaine russe Shamil Tarpishchev a nommé le demi-finaliste de Roland-Garros, Nikolaï Davydenko, Mikhaïl Youzhny, héro de la coupe Davis 2002, Igor Andreev et Teimuraz Gabashvili, 207ème joueur mondial.

Côté Français, Guy Forget a sélectionné le numéro un français Richard Gasquet, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Arnaud Clément et Michaël Llodra après le forfait de Sébastien Grosjean pour fatigue.

Les deux équipes ne se sont pas rencontrées depuis que la Russie avait battu la France lors de la finale de 2002.

So it's official. Safin will play as well as Davydenko.

Russia: Safin Davydenko Youzhny Andreev Gabashvili
France: Gasquet Mathieu Clément Llodra and we still don't know the 5th player

Maybe Forget should call Santoro as the 5th man :rolleyes:

{Annie}
07-04-2005, 02:34 PM
Well it's confirmed by Tarpischev who's been insinuating too much on this...so won't believe it till I see it on the official site LOL...however according to the rules you can change the players one day before...so I wouldnt be surprised if Shamil is playing mind games with the French and will announce a totally different team on the 14th..arghghgh

Dream
07-04-2005, 04:12 PM
I've just read this news about Marat. Sounds cool, but everything's changing every day! I don't even know, believe it or not...

girL_
07-04-2005, 05:34 PM
...and again: we can never be sure about Marat:) I will believe he's in only when I see him on court!

Chris_JCF
07-04-2005, 11:35 PM
Gasquet vs. Safin?

Thatd be interesting.

{Annie}
07-05-2005, 10:23 AM
Gasquet vs. Safin?

Thatd be interesting.

Not on clay when Marat is injured :rolleyes: More of a nightmare actually :sad:

Chris_JCF
07-05-2005, 11:59 AM
Marats injured? Since when?

Nimomunz
07-05-2005, 07:19 PM
Marats injured? Since when?
wher have you been????? :rolleyes:

Chris_JCF
07-05-2005, 07:33 PM
...playing tennis most probably.

drf716
07-06-2005, 04:42 AM
Teimuraz Gabashvili why him? is he the next highest ranked player in russia?

-SaFiinsBabY-
07-06-2005, 10:07 AM
For all who don't believe the news ;)

On the official site (www.daviscup.com) he ish't on the list :wavey:

*julie*
07-06-2005, 10:30 AM
L'équipe
06/07/2005
Tennis - Coupe Davis : Forfait de Safin


Le Russe Marat Safin est forfait pour le quart de finale de la compétition face à la France, programmé du 15 au 17 juillet sur terre battue intérieure à Moscou. Le numéro 1 de la sélection russe subira, en effet, une opération au genou le 7 juillet.

«Le genou de Marat Safin est actuellement examiné par le professeur Maurilio Marchacci à Bologne, en Italie», explique le communiqué. Et d'ajouter : «Après l'opération, il commencera sa préparation en vue de l'US Open, et il sera contraint de manquer le match de Coupe Davis contre la France».

Safin, N.5 mondial et vainqueur de l'Open d'Australie en début d'année, souffre de ce genou depuis plus de deux mois. Le capitaine de l'équipe de Russie de Coupe Davis, Shamil Tarpishchev, avait sélectionné lundi pour recevoir la France Nikolai Davydenko, Mikhail Youzhny et Teimuraz Gabashvili. Il devrait remplacer Safin par Igor Andreev.

Davydenko est cependant douteux. Le N.7 mondial a dû abandonner mardi au premier tour du tournoi de Gstaad à cause d'une blessure au poignet droit.
Cette blessure avait déjà contraint le récent demi-finaliste à Roland-Garros à abandonner au deuxième tour à Wimbledon le 22 juin face au Suédois Jonas Bjorkman.

This article confirms that Safin won't play the DC. He will be operated tomorrow. After his operation he will start his preparation for the US open. The article also says that he should be replaced by Andreev.

Chris_JCF
07-06-2005, 03:17 PM
From what ive seen of Andreev I doubt he could do much.

Suzi
07-06-2005, 03:30 PM
From what ive seen of Andreev I doubt he could do much.

your prob right :tape:

suomi
07-07-2005, 10:39 AM
Will Davydenko play? I've heard he has some problems...

Deea
07-07-2005, 01:02 PM
No matter who plays in both teams I hope Russia wins! And I also hope that romania wins so that one of the quarterfinals will be between romania and russia...that would be great!!!! Good luck Russia (Marat, hope you get well soon!) and Romania!

delsa
07-09-2005, 11:14 AM
No matter who plays in both teams I hope Russia wins! And I also hope that romania wins so that one of the quarterfinals will be between romania and russia...that would be great!!!! Good luck Russia (Marat, hope you get well soon!) and Romania!
Well, i'm for France and Croatia so completely the opposite...! he he :p :devil: :lol:
So... Ajmo Croatia! Allez France! Bonne chance! Good luck! etc...will be what i'll be shouting in front of my tv this week-end :yeah:

Ome
07-09-2005, 11:39 AM
I am "SO" looking forward to this!!

Allez France!! :bounce:
Paulo & Richard :D

KoOlMaNsEaN
07-09-2005, 11:03 PM
Allez France

sry igor but i like phm more

Marine
07-12-2005, 12:12 PM
If Russians can get pics (internet etc) of the players at training, please post them here or give us the links

Thanks :)

zovet
07-13-2005, 05:27 PM
france to win @1.85 at gamebookers, i think they will win:
Why?
-it's on clay
-gasquet is playing, do you forget his performance against federer during monaco trip
-PHM is very motived on davis cup
-Marat is out
-davy is uncertain to play
-Youzny is not a specialist of clay
-and andreev ? I think is the principal element for russie, because he's playing very well on clay

So wait and see

But ALLEZ LA FRANCE!!!!!

Truc
07-13-2005, 05:52 PM
Forget said today he thinks that Youzhny is going to play with Davydenko in the singles. Youzhny was watching all the practice sessions of Gasquet.
He said all French players are fit and he's quite happy with the way they were playing this week (although at the beginning, it was very tough to play on clay after Wimbledon). He's also very satisfied with the doubles combinations they tried this week during the training and the fact that he has more than one option for the doubles.

(mp3-interview from the French website (http://www.fft.fr/cd2005/Russie-France/default.asp?page=3) of the tie. Sorry, it's not very interesting, but better than nothing.)

TheBoiledEgg
07-13-2005, 05:54 PM
will Forget put up PHM vs Misha

Misha will do him again and make it 4-0 in H2H ;)
just a case of who brainfarts the least.

delsa
07-13-2005, 05:57 PM
It will be very close i think no matter who wins. 3-2 or 2-3. I still think the Russians are the favorites too.

Deea
07-14-2005, 10:45 AM
Go Russia! I hope they win! No matter the score!

Truc
07-14-2005, 11:11 AM
Igor Andreev (RUS) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Igor Andreev/Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v Arnaud Clement/Michael Llodra (FRA)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Igor Andreev (RUS) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)

delsa
07-14-2005, 11:27 AM
Igor Andreev (RUS) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Igor Andreev/Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v Arnaud Clement/Michael Llodra (FRA)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Igor Andreev (RUS) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
So...Igor Andreev is like...the Russian team leader? That's exactly what Tarpischev hinted he'd do... ;) And the DC debutant Gasquet will have to outbreak the hostilities for his first ever DC match... :scared:

Truc
07-14-2005, 12:06 PM
Yes, it will be a tough match for Richard for his first Davis Cup appearance. With Andreev you never know what to expect. There will be so much pressure for Richard, I have a bad feeling about this match.

I like this tie, all players are quite unpredictable and "inconstant" (?), it should be very interesting. I'm for France, but if Russia wins this tie, it will be OK because they really have a strong team with Safin and they deserve to be in the semi-finals or in the finals.

delsa
07-14-2005, 01:11 PM
Yes, it will be a tough match for Richard for his first Davis Cup appearance. With Andreev you never know what to expect. There will be so much pressure for Richard, I have a bad feeling about this match.

I like this tie, all players are quite unpredictable and "inconstant" (?), it should be very interesting. I'm for France, but if Russia wins this tie, it will be OK because they really have a strong team with Safin and they deserve to be in the semi-finals or in the finals.
Yeah. This tie looks to be very interesting and full of suspense (2-3 or 3-2)now because it is so hard to predict just seeing the teams on paper but it may end up being a 5-0 or even 4-1 victory of either of the side, who knows?
Let's wait and see...
I'm for France too! :yeah: And the only thing we should say now is: may the best team of the w-e win! I'll be ok if the best team of the w-e win, if the one who wants to win more and fights more wins wether it is the Russian or the French team. And i hope tennis and stylish play will be the real winners... ;)
But i don't agree with you: no team deserve to win on what players they have on paper so who cares if the Russian team is stronger with Safin (who moreover will not play...)?
It's on the court that you know who deserve to win...So you can't say that before the tie hasn't even started...

delsa
07-14-2005, 01:49 PM
Pics are coming at last! Previously posted by *Julie* and Skeiji on other threads... ;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/01.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/02.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/03.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/04.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/05.jpg

And daviscup.com articles that weren't posted here:

Davydenko's wrist causing headaches for Russia
12 Jul 2005 - Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia - Chris Bowers

With three days to go before Russia and France play for a place in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinals, the health of Nikolay Davydenko's wrist is still causing concern among the Russian camp.

Already missing Marat Safin, who is taking four weeks off to let a knee inflammation heal, the Russians are heavily dependent on Davydenko, who was a semifinalist at Roland Garros and whose position of fifth in the ATP Champions Race testifies to the fact that he is having the best year of his career.

Davydenko withdrew from his second round match at Wimbledon against Jonas Björkman because of an inflammation in his left wrist. He rested the wrist before heading to Gstaad, where, after taking the first set 6-1 in his first round match against Sargis Sargsian, the problem flared up again.

"Nikolay will be ready to play on Friday," said Russia's captain Shamil Tarpischev, who, having celebrated Russia's Fed Cup semifinal triumph over the USA last weekend, is looking to become the first captain of any nation to steer his country to Fed Cup and Davis Cup success in the same year.

But the confidence from the players was less convincing. Mikhail Youzhny, who is expected to play second singles behind Davydenko or first ahead of Igor Andreev if Davydenko can't play, said: "I don't know who's going to be in the team. Marat has an injury, and we don't know about Nikolay's injury."

Davydenko himself said: "The doctors have said it needs a few more days of rehabilitation. I should be fit to play Friday, but we'll see."

Davydenko's problem presents a further headache for Tarpischev, who was at pains to stress that "Marat Safin is not out of the team, he has never refused to play for Russia, he is just injured".

But Safin played on all three days of Russia's first round win against Chile, and his absence inevitably prompted the question about who would represent Russia in the doubles. "Davydenko and Andreev have played together on the tour," said Tarpischev, "but it could also be Youzhny and anybody else."

If Russia's injury problems are adding to France's attractiveness with the bookmakers (some of whom are making France favourites to lift the Davis Cup in December), the French captain Guy Forget is taking no notice. The master tactician is still talking about Russia being the favourites, and talks about his own team as a "team of the future", with Richard Gasquet playing his first Davis Cup match on Friday, and Gaël Monfils brought along for the experience.

Even without Sebastien Grosjean, who is on holiday with his family to recover from an intense French Open and Wimbledon period, France look to have a strong team, with Gasquet and Paul-Henri Mathieu likely to play singles, and the doubles specialist Michael Llodra certain to team up on Saturday with Arnaud Clement, who is sporting a new severely cropped haircut in Moscow. "I like it because I like the feel of the hair grease on my hands," Clement joked at a news conference on Tuesday.

At that conference, Russia's journalists inevitably wanted to probe Mathieu about facing Youzhny, the man who came back from two sets down to beat the Davis Cup debutant Frenchman in the fifth and decisive rubber of the 2002 final. "It's no big deal," said Mathieu, "that was three years ago, and I've played Mikhail since then." Yes, but he has a 0-3 head-to-head against Youzhny, and their only meeting since the 2002 final ended in victory for Youzhny after Mathieu had again taken the opening set.

The speculation as to who will play will end on Thursday lunchtime when the draw is made. But Youzhny added a note of caution for those looking to pre-judge the tie: "I tell you," he said, "I think everybody from our team and everybody from the French team can beat everybody in this match."

plus audio interviews:
Nikolay Davydenko (http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_4152_mp3.MP3)
Richard Gasquet (http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_4153_mp3.MP3)



Gasquet set for Davis Cup debut
14 Jul 2005 - Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RUS - Chris Bowers

Ten years after appearing on the cover of France's leading tennis magazine as the nine-year-old hope of French tennis, 19-year-old Richard Gasquet is finally set to make his Davis Cup debut. Gasquet opens against Russia's Igor Andreev in a Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal for which the draw reads:

Igor Andreev (RUS) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Igor Andreev/Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v Arnaud Clement/Michael Llodra (FRA)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Igor Andreev (RUS) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)

For many, Gasquet's first appearance in tennis's premier team competition was an inevitability, but Gasquet has come through a rough couple of years since announcing his presence as a 16-year-old at the 2002 Monte Carlo Masters, where he thrilled local fans with a three-sets win over Franco Squillari, then ranked 51.

This year he has been one of only three players to have beaten Roger Federer, that also coming at Monte Carlo, where his win from match point down announced that he had put behind him a troublesome period which saw a series of injuries, two changes of coach, chicken pox, and a few classic teenage problems of graduating from childhood to adulthood.

With Andreev's name first out of the pot at Thursday's draw in Moscow's Olympic Stadium, Gasquet is well set to give France a winning start, if he can justify his ranking of 17, compared to Andreev's of 46. Their one previous match, won by Andreev on the grass of London's Queen's Club last year, is of little consequence given the strides Gasquet has made this year.

The only surprise in the draw was that Andreev was nominated in place of the higher-ranked Mikhail Youzhny (27th), but the feeling among the several dozen journalists attending the tie in Moscow is that Russia's captain Shamil Tarpischev may well be holding Youzhny back for a possible fifth rubber against Paul-Henri Mathieu, the man he beat from two sets down to give Russia its first and so far only Davis Cup title in a dramatic final in Paris three years ago.

But for that to happen, Nikolay Davydenko will have to play both his singles, and his presence on the opening day is something of a gamble by Tarpischev. Davydenko may be the world No 7, and his Champions Race position of 5th testifies to the fact that 2005 is the best year of his career. But the French Open semifinalist has retired from his last two matches - in Wimbledon and Gstaad - with an inflammation to his right wrist. "I may have some pain," he said after the draw, "but I'm sure I can get through one match. Then we'll see."

Davydenko, playing his first Davis Cup tie as Russian No. 1 due to the absence through injury of Marat Safin, tests his wrist in the second of the opening day's singles against Paul-Henri Mathieu, the Frenchman who despite being ranked just 57th has won his last three Davis Cup matches , defeating Carlos Moya, Joachim Johansson and Thomas Johansson.

If Davydenko can't play on Sunday, then Youzhny will be needed against Gasquet, unless Tarpischev brings in the Davis Cup rookie Teimuraz Gabashvili, a 20-year-old with a ranking of 211.

France's captain Guy Forget continues to say Russia is a slight favourite, though it's hard to believe him looking at the draw. Forget has the one clear advantage in the presence of the experienced Clément and Llodra in the doubles, as Youzhny and Andreev have never played together. But Forget believes Davydenko and Andreev - a regular pairing on the tour - will face the French on Saturday, assuming Davydenko's wrist comes through Friday's test.

It could be that the destination of this quarterfinal rests with how a few tendons in Davydenko's right arm behave over the next three days.

And the audio interviews to go with it:
Nikolay Davydenko audio interview (http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_4174_mp3.MP3)
Richard Gasquet audio interview (http://http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_4175_mp3.MP3)

;)

delsa
07-14-2005, 02:28 PM
Davydenko ready to play through pain against France

MOSCOW, Thursday July 14, 10:40 PM (Reuters) - Nikolay Davydenko is prepared to play through pain to underpin Russia's bid to topple France in the Davis Cup quarter-finals on Friday.
The world number seven, nursing a wrist injury, will play number one for Russia after Australian Open champion Marat Safin pulled out of the squad with a knee injury.

"The wrist is better," Davydenko said after Thursday's draw which pits him against Paul-Henri Mathieu on Friday.

Russian number two Igor Andreev plays French teenager Richard Gasquet.

"I'm going into the match with Mathieu intending to finish it and not only to finish it but to win it," said Davydenko, who retired from his last two matches because of the injury.

"I'm going to give it all on Friday and we'll see what happens after that."

Gasquet will be making his Davis Cup debut on clay at Moscow's Olympic Stadium. The 19-year-old reached the world's top 20 for the first time after winning his maiden ATP title in Nottingham last month.

He has posted some impressive victories this season, including beating world number one Roger Federer on clay in the Monte Carlo Masters.

"Of course right now I feel a bit nervous, but tomorrow when I step on the court I'm sure I'll be ready to fight," said the French number one.

France captain Guy Forget backed Gasquet.

"The ones who are playing singles have the best results on clay this season," said Forget.

"I think it's the wisest choice. It seems logical."


RUSSIA SURPRISE

Meanwhile, Russia captain Shamil Tarpishchev surprised observers when he picked Davydenko over 2002 Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny.

"The fact is that every one of our players is ready to play but we decided to go with Andreev and Davydenko to make it more difficult for our opponents and at the same time to give our team more options," Tarpishchev said.

The tie is the first meeting between the two nations since the 2002 final when Youzhny came from two sets down to beat Mathieu in the deciding fifth rubber in Paris to clinch Russia's first Davis Cup title.

Forget, a losing captain in 2002, was philosophical about that defeat.

"Of course, it is still a big memory for us but a lot of things have happened since," he said.

"It was a great sporting event which we lost in a fair manner and we all, including myself, have learnt from it. But now we have a new team which has a bright future."

delsa
07-14-2005, 02:35 PM
I'm going to flood this thread with articles :devil: :

Davis Cup Preview: France at Russia
Posted on July 14, 2005

The Davis Cup quarterfinals begin this weekend and Tennis-X will preview one tie each day leading to the beginning of play on Friday. Squaring off in the quarterfinals this weekend are the Netherlands at the Slovak Republic, Argentina at Australia, France at Russia, and Romania at Croatia:

France at Russia
Site: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia
Surface: Clay indoors
Ball Type: Roland Garros French Open

When the two powerhouse nations face off Friday at Olympic Stadium it will be more noteworthy who is not in attendance rather than who is competing on the indoor red clay.

Marat Safin is out after electing to have knee surgery, and Nikolay Davydenko, who has emerged as Russia's claycourt specialist, is iffy with a wrist injury. France's Sebastien Grosjean is skipping the tie citing exhaustion.

"I feel tired, both physically and mentally," Grosjean told L'Equipe. "I need a break."

Russian captain Shamil Tarpishchev is playing Davydenko's injury close to his chest.

"We'll wait until Thursday's draw to decide who is going to play," Tarpishchev said regarding the French Open semifinalist.

Davydenko retired during his match at Wimbledon with the wrist, but says it is merely inflammation and not ligament damage.

"I'll be ready to play come Friday and unlike Wimbledon, I'll finish the match no matter what," Davydenko said. "I can promise you that."

The injuries could leave Russia struggling with the "B"-team of Mikhail Youzhny and Igor Andreev.

France's captain Guy Forget is expected to unveil talented 19-year-old breakout player Richard Gasquet in his Davis Cup debut, alongside choke-artist Paul-Henri Mathieu, a questionable choice over veteran Arnaud Clement or former No. 1-ranked junior Gael "Force" Monfils. Clement and Michael Llodra are likely to fill the Saturday doubles role for France.

For a player making his Davis Cup debut, Gasquet is in the unique position of virtually controlling the outcome of the tie. The teen is 1-0 versus Davydenko, beating him this year on clay at Monte Carlo, 0-1 versus Youzhny in a meeting that took place 2-1/2 years ago, and 0-1 versus Andreev with a meeting last year on grass at Queen's.

In the previous meeting of the two countries, in the 2002 final, France's Mathieu choked a 2-0 sets lead against Youzhny in the fifth and deciding singles rubber.

Russia won its lone Davis Cup title in 2002, while France has won three during the Open Era in 2001, '96, and '91.

from Tennis-X.com

delsa
07-14-2005, 02:50 PM
Last pics from daviscup.com:

http://img304.imageshack.us/img304/3858/lesrusses7bj.png

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_4185_gallery.JPG

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_4186_gallery.JPG

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_4188_gallery.JPG

http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/1423/nono0sz.png

http://img304.imageshack.us/img304/6863/mikanono2uk.png

silverwhite
07-14-2005, 03:00 PM
France's captain Guy Forget is expected to unveil talented 19-year-old breakout player Richard Gasquet in his Davis Cup debut, alongside choke-artist Paul-Henri Mathieu, a questionable choice over veteran Arnaud Clement or former No. 1-ranked junior Gael "Force" Monfils. Clement and Michael Llodra are likely to fill the Saturday doubles role for France.


:fiery:

delsa
07-14-2005, 03:21 PM
:fiery:
"choke-artist"... I know. They're quite mean and the choice is not questionable considering his last DC results, his love for this competition, his behaviour in DC, his ranking and the higher-ranked players he was able to beat (and they want to replace him with Clément...on current form *hum* :rolleyes: or monfils who is inexperienced and less good (...not really good actually...) on clay... :rolleyes:-again) so... Keep cool ;)
Who cares what they think?... It's only on July 17th that we'll know if it was a good choice or not... ;)

Truc
07-14-2005, 03:54 PM
Thanks for the articles, delsa, I havn't read the other threads.
Some comments are indeed curious. Clément instead of Mathieu. :retard:
I found this one pretty strange too:
"RUSSIA SURPRISE
Russia captain Shamil Tarpishchev surprised observers when he picked Davydenko over 2002 Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny."
Was it really an option? I was sure Davydenko was going to be in the team.

There are some more pics of the press conference here (http://tennisclub.wtatour.ru/DavisCup/RusFr_PressConf_Photos.htm). They all look completely bored.

*julie*
07-15-2005, 12:14 AM
:fiery:

Stupid journalists. :mad:

tennisman.
07-15-2005, 09:32 AM
Do they play on clay?

SwiSha
07-15-2005, 09:57 AM
allez richy

oneandonlyhsn
07-15-2005, 10:08 AM
Do they play on clay?

yep :D

SwiSha
07-15-2005, 10:09 AM
1-0* Richy

SwiSha
07-15-2005, 10:13 AM
2 bps richy

SwiSha
07-15-2005, 10:13 AM
2*-0 Richy

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:16 AM
3 bps igor

SwiSha
07-15-2005, 10:16 AM
3 bps igor

SwiSha
07-15-2005, 10:16 AM
2-1* Richy

oneandonlyhsn
07-15-2005, 10:17 AM
Anyone willing to do a PBP?

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:19 AM
igor 15-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:19 AM
igor 30-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:19 AM
igor 40-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:20 AM
igor 40-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:20 AM
igor 2-2*

oneandonlyhsn
07-15-2005, 10:21 AM
:worship: Thanks micky

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:22 AM
Richy 15-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:22 AM
Richy 30-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:22 AM
Richy 40-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:23 AM
Richy 3-2*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:25 AM
Igor 0-15

SwiSha
07-15-2005, 10:25 AM
allez richy break him

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:26 AM
Igor 15-15

SwiSha
07-15-2005, 10:26 AM
15 all

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:26 AM
igor 30-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:27 AM
igor 40-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:28 AM
igor 40-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:28 AM
igor deuce

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:28 AM
adv igor

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:29 AM
igor 3-3*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:30 AM
richy 15-0

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:30 AM
richy 30-0

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:31 AM
richy 40-0

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:32 AM
richy 40-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:32 AM
ace
richy 4-3*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:34 AM
igor 0-15 mishit into air

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:34 AM
igor 0-30 bh long

girL_
07-15-2005, 10:34 AM
omg I dunno what to do!!! I'm so nervous!!! I'm cheering for Russia, but Richy.... ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I don't want him to lose either! :aww:

AceMaan
07-15-2005, 10:34 AM
0-30...c'mon break now Gas-kid!

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:35 AM
igor 15-30 ace

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:36 AM
igor 30-30 bh wide

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:36 AM
igor 40-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:37 AM
igor 4-4*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:38 AM
richy 15-0 return netted
richy 30-0 ace

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:38 AM
richy 30-15 df

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:39 AM
richy 30-30
richy 40-30

girL_
07-15-2005, 10:39 AM
nice speed, richy!

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:40 AM
richy 5-4*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:42 AM
igor 15-0

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:42 AM
igor 15-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:43 AM
igor 30-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:44 AM
igor 30-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:45 AM
igor 30-40
sp richy

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:45 AM
deuce

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:47 AM
adv richy
2nd sp

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:47 AM
first set to richy 6-4

silverwhite
07-15-2005, 10:48 AM
Allez, Richard! :D

dismey
07-15-2005, 10:48 AM
Richy!! :kiss:

Suzi
07-15-2005, 10:48 AM
:cool: :woohoo:

(no offence igor :p )

SwiSha
07-15-2005, 10:49 AM
nice richy

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:50 AM
richy 0-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:50 AM
richy 15-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:51 AM
richy 30-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:52 AM
richy 30-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:52 AM
richy 40-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:53 AM
richy 1-0*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:54 AM
igor 0-15 excellent bh

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:54 AM
igor 0-30 fh netted

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:55 AM
igor 0-40 fh long

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:55 AM
igor 15-40

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:56 AM
igor 30-40
can he save one more?

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:57 AM
nope
igor 0-2*

SwiSha
07-15-2005, 10:57 AM
good work richy

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:57 AM
richy 15-0

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:58 AM
richy 15-15 df

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:58 AM
richy 15-30 fh into net

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 10:59 AM
richy 30-30 bh winner

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:00 AM
richy 40-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:00 AM
richy 3-0*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:02 AM
commentators can't stop praising gasquet. Said he's shown more talent than Federer did at 19

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:03 AM
igor 0-15

silverwhite
07-15-2005, 11:03 AM
commentators can't stop praising gasquet. Said he's shown more talent than Federer did at 19

No, they didn't. They said equal or more.

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:03 AM
igor 15-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:04 AM
igor 40-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:05 AM
igor 40-30 bh winner

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:05 AM
igor holds 1-3*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:06 AM
No, they didn't. They said equal or more.

So they did, right? :)

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:06 AM
Richy 30-0

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:07 AM
richy 40-0

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:08 AM
richy 4-1*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:09 AM
igor 0-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:09 AM
igor 15-15 ace

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:10 AM
igor 30-15

silverwhite
07-15-2005, 11:10 AM
So they did, right? :)

There is a difference, however slight. :p

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:11 AM
igor 40-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:11 AM
igor 40-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:12 AM
igor holds 2-4*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:13 AM
richy 15-0

girL_
07-15-2005, 11:13 AM
igor :rocker2:

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:14 AM
richy 30-15

dijus
07-15-2005, 11:14 AM
Thanks for live - comment :) :worship:

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:15 AM
richy 30-30 df, his 6th

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:15 AM
richy 40-30 fh long

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:16 AM
richy holds, 5-2*

dismey
07-15-2005, 11:16 AM
too many dfs richy :confused: :confused:

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:18 AM
igor 15-0

silverwhite
07-15-2005, 11:18 AM
too many dfs richy :confused: :confused:

Yeah. He hasn't been serving as well as he could. But good enough so far. :)

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:18 AM
igor 30-0 bh long

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:19 AM
igor 30-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:19 AM
igor 40-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:19 AM
igor 40-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:20 AM
igor holds 3-5*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:21 AM
richy 15-0 some help from the net

Deivid23
07-15-2005, 11:22 AM
Gasquet with a fist pump after a lucky netcord lol :shrug:

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:22 AM
richy 30-0 fh into net

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:23 AM
richy 40-0 bh winner

dismey
07-15-2005, 11:23 AM
Yeah. He hasn't been serving as well as he could. But good enough so far. :)

Maybe he's a bit nervous for his debut :D

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:23 AM
richy 6-3

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:26 AM
igor 0-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:27 AM
igor 0-30 df

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:27 AM
igor 15-30 bh netted

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:28 AM
igor 30-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:28 AM
igor 30-40

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:29 AM
deuce

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:29 AM
adv igor

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:30 AM
igor 1-0*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:32 AM
richy 30-0

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:32 AM
richy 40-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:33 AM
richy holds, 1-1*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:33 AM
igor 0-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:35 AM
igor 0-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:35 AM
Richy has called for trainer

tennisman.
07-15-2005, 11:37 AM
Richy has called for trainer


Whats the problem?

silverwhite
07-15-2005, 11:38 AM
Oh dear. :( Hope it's not too serious.

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:38 AM
seems like a problem with his right wrist

silverwhite
07-15-2005, 11:38 AM
Whats the problem?

Wrist. :(

tennisman.
07-15-2005, 11:39 AM
Can he continue?

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:39 AM
play is going to resume at 0-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:40 AM
igor 0-40

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:41 AM
igor 15-40 bh into net

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:42 AM
richy breaks
*2-1

tennisman.
07-15-2005, 11:42 AM
Is he playing normal or does the injury bother him?

AceMaan
07-15-2005, 11:43 AM
looks like a bit of gamesmanship from the young Gas-kid

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:43 AM
Richy 15-0
Doesn't seem bothered by injury

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:44 AM
Richy 30-0

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:44 AM
richy 40-0

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:45 AM
richy holds, 3-1*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:45 AM
igor 15-0

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:46 AM
igor 30-0

SwiSha
07-15-2005, 11:46 AM
finish him off richy

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:46 AM
igor 40-0

Deivid23
07-15-2005, 11:47 AM
Is he playing normal or does the injury bother him?

It does bother him, he rushes into net now constantly, doesn´t want exchanges from baseline, I think he can´t hit his fh properly

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:47 AM
igor holds, 2-3*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:49 AM
richy 0-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:49 AM
richy 15-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:49 AM
richy 30-15

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:50 AM
richy 30-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:51 AM
richy 40-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:51 AM
deuce

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:52 AM
bp for Igor

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:53 AM
deuce
adv igor

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:54 AM
deuce no.3

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:55 AM
adv richy

Deivid23
07-15-2005, 11:55 AM
lol, Andreev is dumb, Gasquet can´t hit his fh and he keeps punishing Richard´s bh :shrug:

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:56 AM
richy holds, 4-2*

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:57 AM
igor 0-15
0-30 df

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:57 AM
igor 15-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:57 AM
igor 30-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:58 AM
igor 40-30

mickymouse
07-15-2005, 11:59 AM
igor holds, 3-4*

SwiSha
07-15-2005, 12:00 PM
2 more games richy