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ALLEZ LA FRANCE!!! :)

Lindsayfan
01-23-2003, 07:58 PM
CHEERING THREAD FOR FRENCH TEAM AND THEIR SUPPORTERS! ;)

ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Lindsayfan
01-23-2003, 09:59 PM
BUMP! :bounce: :D :)

esther
01-24-2003, 06:13 AM
:D It's so soon! i'm so excited!

Lindsayfan
01-24-2003, 08:27 AM
YEAH :D and before tuesday Guy'll name his team ;) tuesday is the official nominations deadline.

maratski
01-24-2003, 06:31 PM
Bonne chance les bleus

esther
01-25-2003, 06:16 AM
well won't it be mathieu, seb, escude, santoro and llodra?
vale did u end up speaking to guy?

Lindsayfan
01-25-2003, 08:16 AM
i dunno if mathieu is totally recovered from his injury.he didnt play a match since DC final :eek:
mathieu will be in the team if he plays milan,if he doesnt then i think Guy'll leave him out.
and no...i'm not so brave to speak to him... LOL

esther
01-25-2003, 08:48 AM
LOL but u spoke to him BEFOREEE!!! that was so funny with the answering machine...
so paulo isn't definately playing milan? i was surprised he was on the entry list coz i thought he wasn't coming back until like marseilles of something.

Lindsayfan
01-25-2003, 12:39 PM
good news for the french team: Pavel is likely to not play cos he's still injured.he retired at Aus Open in his first round match vs Furlan and he isnt fully recovered yet.with Pavel we will win 4-1,without him 5-0 :D lol nooo i dont want to be nasty,poor Pavel..get well soon! :angel:

Paulo: i dunno if he really plays Milan,we have to wait tomorrow when the main draw comes out ;)

esther
01-26-2003, 07:06 AM
oh it doesn't matter who's playing, france will probably be up 3-0 after saturday neway!!! i know nothing about pavel but i guess i hope he gets better...:S lol

Lindsayfan
01-26-2003, 12:14 PM
yes france will win easily! :D

esther
01-27-2003, 06:37 AM
The team's been announced tomorrow right, so it should be:
Llodra, Santoro, Escude and Seb...Even with Arnaud and Paulo both out they don't even have to really worry!! :)

*11 More Days*

Lindsayfan
01-27-2003, 12:52 PM
Originally posted by esther
The team's been announced tomorrow right, so it should be:
Llodra, Santoro, Escude and Seb...

yes tomorrow,tuesday 28th is the deadline-

esther
01-28-2003, 09:13 AM
Hey vale when did u change ur avatar to grosjean??

The team- no surprises- Llodra, Santoro, Escude and Seb :)

Lindsayfan
01-28-2003, 09:47 AM
ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!!! :D :D :D

Lindsayfan
01-28-2003, 09:56 AM
romanian team:Andrei Pavel, Adrian Voinea, Gabriel Trifu et Victor Hanescu.

Lindsayfan
01-28-2003, 12:38 PM
Guy said that french team will practise 3 days in Roland Garros,then they'll leave for Bucharest on wednesday.and he added that he named only 4 players and not 5 as usual cos in Bucharest there is only one court :eek:

esther
01-29-2003, 05:58 AM
*not going to ask how you know that*
Let's hope that santoro doesnt get to the final of milan then i guess...he'll be EXHAUSTED!

Lindsayfan
01-29-2003, 07:40 AM
Originally posted by esther
*not going to ask how you know that*

Guy phoned me and told me :o

Let's hope that santoro doesnt get to the final of milan then i guess...he'll be EXHAUSTED!

I feel that he'll lose in first round and that he and Escude went to Milan just to get the prize money! :p

esther
01-30-2003, 04:23 AM
hehe yeah well they both lost first round so...maybe!!
well now the teams all not playign they won't be scared they'll be too tired.

esther
01-30-2003, 04:23 AM
one more week...:)

Lindsayfan
01-30-2003, 08:20 PM
ok guys sorry if i confused u but me and Julien thought the french team would start to practise on sunday in Paris after we listened to a Guy's interview.well we were wrong! LOL :p
in a romanian site i've just read (thanks to a translation-programm and thanks to romanian's similarity to italian!) that french team will arrive in Bucharest sunday night.they'll stay at Hotel Athenèè Hilton (5 stars!),they'll pay just 80 $ at night cos the hotel is gonna make a special prize for them and the draw will be on thursday in the same hotel.
Pavel is still injured but he's in a clinic in Austria where a very famous doctor is trying to help him and he still hopes to be fit enough to play :)

julien
01-30-2003, 08:23 PM
Yes, now you can wonder if french is really my mothertongue :o. I didn't hear the question of the interviewer well and I thought he said they would practice for three days before leaving two days before the tie. I was wrong :o.

*taking french lessons*

esther
01-31-2003, 05:26 AM
LOL VALE...and u say ur not a stalker...

btw, like the hotel has to make a 'special price' for them...THEY'RE RICH ENOUGH!

esther
01-31-2003, 05:36 AM
From Seb's official site:

29 janvier 2003


« Salut tout le monde. Je vous fais rapidement un petit coucou de Boca Raton parce que je vais partir à l’entraînement. Il est 9h00 pour moi (15h00 en France) et j’ai pris le temps d’envoyer un mail à Sportifsonline pour vous donner quelques nouvelles. Après mon élimination à l’Open d’Australie face à André Agassi, j’ai pris immédiatement l’avion pour rejoindre Boca. J’ai passé quatre jours à me reposer en famille et comme d’habitude, ça m’a fait énormément de bien. Concernant l’entraînement, j’ai repris lundi. Thierry (Tulasne) m’a envoyé un programme et je le suis à la lettre. Je fais de la musculation ainsi que des courses. Sinon, j’ai appris ma sélection pour la Coupe Davis. J’arrive donc sur Paris samedi. Et dimanche, on part tous ensemble en Roumanie. Voilà, je dois y aller. Avant de vous quitter, je voulais prévenir qu’on allait essayer de faire une interview demain ou vendredi. Bonne journée, salut. »


***He said he'd be in Paris on Saturday?!***

esther
01-31-2003, 05:37 AM
He's so thoughtful to his fans that he's like thinking about when he'll have time to do his interview and everything...as for arnaud who does one once a month!

Lindsayfan
01-31-2003, 09:50 AM
yes he confirms that he'd be in Paris on saturday and they'll leave for Bucharest on sunday,like i said.

esther
02-01-2003, 05:33 AM
oh ok.
well done.
:)

Lindsayfan
02-03-2003, 07:36 AM
french team arrived in Bucharest last night at 22;30 :) hopefully since today we'll have more news and pics about them.they'll practise today at "Sala polivalenta" around 11 am.
Pavel started to train again yesterday and he didnt feel any pain.


:bounce: ALLEZ LA FRANCE! :bounce:



and uhm..i'm not a stalker as esther thinks :p i just check romanian sites who r more updated than french ones :angel:

Tryphon
02-03-2003, 06:09 PM
Thanks for the "live from Romania" coverage! ;):)

Lindsayfan
02-03-2003, 07:44 PM
why french media r ignoring Davis Cup?they only talk about Open gaz de France! :( usually few days before a DC tie,there r lots of articles,pix in french websites instead this time there is NOTHING!
:mad:

Lindsayfan
02-03-2003, 08:10 PM
Seb at the airport! (sorry but it doesnt work with IMG code..dunno why)

http://www.prosport.ro/_include/photo.php?id=11573&table=article&chapter=Tenis Under Principal Article&width=100


french players arrived yesterday and looked very relaxed and tanned :eek: today they practised in the "sala polivalenta",court isnt warmed so they had 5° C and they were frozen! :mad:
Seb said Romania had definitely a chance vs France cos they play home and Pavel and Voinea r very good players,Guy said France is clearly favourite but u never know what happens in DC.Pioline is gonna make commentary for french tv :rolleyes:

Report by Vale from Bucharest! :angel:

Lindsayfan
02-03-2003, 09:29 PM
SEB!

Lindsayfan
02-03-2003, 09:30 PM
Seb again!

Lindsayfan
02-03-2003, 09:32 PM
Guy! :hearts:

Lindsayfan
02-03-2003, 09:33 PM
Mika

esther
02-04-2003, 06:04 AM
Originally posted by Lindsayfan


and uhm..i'm not a stalker as esther thinks :p i just check romanian sites who r more updated than french ones :angel: [/B]


sure...whatever...;)

esther
02-04-2003, 06:09 AM
yeah me too...still waiting for sites to start DC coverage...hopefully they'll start maybe tomorrow or thursday?? But then again, we get enough news from u vale neway...who needs french sites?!!! :p

Where did you get the last 2 Seb photos?? Was that from Romania? He looks so different. He looks so funny in that huge jacket...it's like what he wore during St Petersburg
That's a really sweet Guy pic though!! Pioline doing TV commentary?? thats weird.

lizabeth..*
02-04-2003, 06:19 AM
Thought I would add my two cents.

GO FRANCE :D

lol....Guy looks like such a cutie in that pic. I mean he is anyway but yeah. Haha...

Lindsayfan
02-04-2003, 09:33 AM
Seb is without beard..great news! :D all pix r taken from some romanian sites.yesterday Seb and Mika practised in the morning.in the afternoon Fab and Nico practised from 17 to 19 and played just few games.they did streching,and played rugby mostly.more info to come!

Vale from Bucharest :angel:

Tryphon
02-04-2003, 10:42 AM
why french media r ignoring Davis Cup?they only talk about Open gaz de France! usually few days before a DC tie,there r lots of articles,pix in french websites instead this time there is NOTHING!

Maybe because it's "only" a first round match? :fiery:

Maybe because the media has not recovered yet from the final upset? :p :D


Thanks again for the pix and infos.

The FFT site has opened its usual DC special page quite a long time in advance but they hardly update it so far. :mad:

Lindsayfan
02-04-2003, 12:32 PM
maybe cos they dont play home and cos there is Open Gaz de france to get all attention? :fiery:
puafff@FFT site & yahoo.fr :mad:

hlaure
02-04-2003, 07:18 PM
my best friend *lindsayfan* demands me to write to write, so i do it lol

hlaure
02-04-2003, 07:19 PM
youps je parle double lol

hlaure
02-04-2003, 07:20 PM
so : you say 'open gaz de france' gets all the attention ... i don't think so.. i won't see even just 1 match !!!!

hlaure
02-04-2003, 07:21 PM
and........ as i'm asked to say it....
ALLEZ LA FRANCE............... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ON EST AVEC VOUS !!!!!

hlaure
02-04-2003, 07:30 PM
or " si è con voi "....... a bit of italian this is not so bad, right ? ;-)))))))))))))))))))))))

Lindsayfan
02-04-2003, 07:30 PM
France Fired up for Third Final in a Row

They say a wounded animal is a dangerous animal, and that seems a fairly accurate summing-up of the French Davis Cup team as they prepare for their World Group first round tie in Romania, February 7-9.

Losing to Russia in defence of their Davis Cup title in Paris last November did hurt Sebastien Grosjean, Paul-Henri Mathieu and the rest, but Grosjean got away from it all afterwards, and as he explained, the loss will only serve to strengthen their team bond.

“It was really tough at the beginning and for the four or five days after,” he said. “But I went back home, I was with my wife, my daughter and my son and I spent a good time with them. I went to Orlando with my daughter, thought about something else and tried to enjoy the ‘real’ part of my life.”

It did the trick.

“You learn more when you lose,” said the Florida-based player, philosophically.

“When you win everything is fine, but when you lose you have a lot of questions for yourself and you try to improve your game."

Considering that France have already featured in three finals in the past four years, that statement might well send shivers down the spines of Andrei Pavel and his Romanian team-mates.

Not that the 24-year-old Grosjean is underestimating them. Captain Guy Forget appears to have instilled a unique sense of team spirit in his players – ensuring that they meet up 10 days in advance of each tie to prepare. The French group are probably not mega-stars in their own right but their sense of togetherness makes them almost irresistible.

“It’s going to be tough to play in Romania – they have good players,” said Grosjean.

“But we have good players too and we are really a team. In Davis Cup that can make the difference.”

Such spirit was perfectly personified by the way that every member of the French side comforted the 21-year-old Mathieu, whose heart-breaking demise against Mikhail Youzhny from two sets up, ultimately cost them the Davis Cup. The French side simply surrounded Mathieu and shared his pain. In true French musketeer style, this was a case of One For All and All For One.

Certainly Grosjean believes Mathieu has the guts and the game to come back stronger and better than before.

“He is young, he has great potential, he has won two tournaments in a row last year (Moscow and Lyon) and he’s a really, really good player,” said Grosjean. “He is going to learn a lot from that match and he wants to come back and play a lot of Davis Cup matches.”

Grosjean himself has his sights set on bettering his own performances at the Grand Slam tournaments – he has reached semifinals at the Australian Open and at Roland Garros – and to infiltrate the world’s top five for the first time.

But for the French team, there is only one goal – to make another Davis Cup final and win it, just as they did in Melbourne in 2001.

“Davis Cup is really popular in France and all the players want to do their best for the country,” said Grosjean.

“We hope that every time we start a Davis Cup match that we will win. We have played three finals in four years, which is pretty good, but we want to play more.”

Lindsayfan
02-04-2003, 08:27 PM
No news from romanian sites for today,they only talk about their players,dont really care about frenchies.no pix either,only Pavel's or Voinea's and i bet u arent interested in them!btw Pavel will play double for sure,they hope also singles (we not :p)

Vale from Bucharest :angel:

Gonzo Hates Me!
02-04-2003, 11:32 PM
Nicolas Escude est sur l'equipe, oui?! En tout cas,

bonne chance a la France!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

esther
02-05-2003, 05:25 AM
yeah Nico's in the team.
Where did u get the article vale???????
awww Seb is so sweet and diplomatic about everything

Gonzo Hates Me!
02-05-2003, 06:44 AM
Thanks!!!

Lindsayfan
02-05-2003, 09:23 AM
seb's interview is taken from DC official site

esther
02-05-2003, 09:34 AM
ohh ok

Lindsayfan
02-05-2003, 11:11 AM
french amabassador in Romania did last night a little party at Hotel Hilton for french team.today there is the press conference of romanian team at 10;45 CET and the press conference of french team at 15;00 CET

Tryphon
02-05-2003, 11:17 AM
Any news if Andrei Pavel will be able to play singles? Hope so...

Lindsayfan
02-05-2003, 11:20 AM
yes he'll play singles at 80%

Lindsayfan
02-05-2003, 05:15 PM
Guy! :kiss:

Lindsayfan
02-05-2003, 05:17 PM
french team

Lindsayfan
02-05-2003, 05:17 PM
french team again

Lindsayfan
02-05-2003, 05:19 PM
Seb

Lindsayfan
02-05-2003, 06:30 PM
finally FFT updated its site!and i translated this article! thank me pls! :angel:

Guy's words:"The scar is still a little painful, says it. I try to give me other goals to reach. Romania, it is a beautiful challenge for if required playing Switzerland at home. One is n°1 with the classification of the ITF thus one is the team to beat. It is necessary that one is very vigilant, that one does not fall asleep on our bay-trees. It is necessary that one puts the bar very high"

Seb said that the court is pretty fast,it's Gerflor-the same of Pau.the team look happy and motivated.Thirty year Santoro sets out again for a new adventure. "If one had gained in Bercy vs the Russians, I would have kept to my commitment, I would have withdrawn myself from the competition", repeat it. Escudé needs convincing successes after one frustrating January and Llodra returns in full light. "the year spent, after the final lost in double with Fabrice with Melbourne, Mickaël wondered what it was necessary that it makes to be selected, eh well it was necessary to gain!" Forget at the time of the organized press conference was ironical Wednesday afternoon by the ITF.
Indeed, success in double obtained with Open from Australia, logically reopened the doors of the team to him. But the left-handed player seems to have retained the lesson on the level of his communication. "From now on, I will say nothing any more banalities in press conference. The conneries, I reserve them for the guys of the team ", sliced Mika. A "sentence" which made howl to laugh its fellow-members .

a funny thing: the Romanian captain have affirmed that his players were worse on a court but more beautiful! :p

esther
02-06-2003, 05:26 AM
thanks for all the pics!!! they look very bored

Marilyn
02-06-2003, 08:14 AM
Originally posted by esther
they look very bored
lol
thanks Vale :)

Lindsayfan
02-06-2003, 08:51 AM
welcome back Marilyn!i hope you wont leave us again... ;)

Lindsayfan
02-06-2003, 12:44 PM
programm:

friday (h.12 CET)

Sébastien Grosjean, France - Adrian Voinea, Romania
Nicolas Escudé, France - Andrei Pavel, Romania

Saturday (h.13;30 CET)

Mickaël Llodra et Fabrice Santoro - Andrei Pavel et Gabriel Trifu


Sunday (h.12 CET)

Grosjean - Pavel
Escudé- Voinea. A

hlaure
02-06-2003, 06:21 PM
it's so bad i thought i wouldn't have courses tomorrow, but it's next week lol
pffff

hlaure
02-06-2003, 06:24 PM
une fois de plus je manque la coupe davis :-(

Lindsayfan
02-06-2003, 06:52 PM
I thought that Nico was going to play singles for sure but look at what Guy said :eek:

"I hesitated to make play Fabrice Santoro in the single cos it plays very, very well in this moment. Taraflex is probably its best surface. But it is true that the double penalizes it a little for the match of Friday. I hesitated a long time all the same between Nicolas and Fabrice for this first single."

Lindsayfan
02-06-2003, 07:31 PM
Seb and Mika!

http://www.lequipe.fr/Xml/Tennis/Dossiers/Media/coupe_davis-rou_fra_1.jpg

the team!

http://www.lequipe.fr/Xml/Tennis/Dossiers/Media/coupe_davis_fra_rou_2.jpg

prazz_m
02-07-2003, 06:28 AM
hey esther look it's working!!! anyway that's all i wanted to say for NOW

Lindsayfan
02-07-2003, 06:34 AM
hi Prazz,i'm Valeria (the friend of Esther)-nice to see u here!hopefully u'll keep posting! :wavey:

esther
02-07-2003, 06:35 AM
hey prazzyyyyy!!!! everyone say hi to prazz!! :D
LOL @ signature...

Lindsayfan
02-07-2003, 06:39 AM
esther,Msn doesnt work for me :sad:
will u follow matches online?

3 hours and half to go..ALLEZ LES BLEUS! :D

lizabeth..*
02-07-2003, 06:40 AM
Hello Praz (there you go Esther)
Tee Hee....
Would have said hello ne ways :)

esther
02-07-2003, 06:56 AM
:)

prazz_m
02-07-2003, 11:13 AM
hi everybody
do you know how happy i am that this is finaaaaaaaaalllly working?! i'm so happy...i mean i know this is the french forum thing but ferrero won!!! and grosjean's winning!! yay

Marilyn
02-07-2003, 01:29 PM
Seb won :bounce:

here are some very cute pix from the DC website:

http://www.daviscup.org/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1192_gallery.JPG

http://www.daviscup.org/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1195_gallery.JPG

http://www.daviscup.org/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1193_gallery.JPG

lol thay are all so happy :)

Marilyn
02-07-2003, 02:20 PM
and these are from yahoo.fr

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afp_photo/20030207/sge.tsv75.070203141817.photo00.default-261x384.jpg

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afp_photo/20030207/sge.tsw43.070203142158.photo00.default-384x310.jpg

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afp_photo/20030207/sge.tsx95.070203142748.photo00.default-286x384.jpg

hlaure
02-07-2003, 02:42 PM
i'm really happy to see so many australians are fans of OUR players ;-)

hi to prazz

Marilyn
02-07-2003, 03:00 PM
omg i forgot :o
hi prazz :wavey:

Scotso
02-07-2003, 05:18 PM
woohoo 2-0 :D :D :D

ALLEZ!

hlaure
02-07-2003, 05:52 PM
wow super de mener 2/0 aujourd'hui :-)

Lindsayfan
02-07-2003, 06:09 PM
WELL DONE GUYS! :D :D :D

Bonne chance for tomorrow! ;)

awwww cute the pic of Guy kissing Seb! :kiss:

Lindsayfan
02-07-2003, 06:12 PM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afp_photo/20030207/sge.tvg99.070203174025.photo00.default-384x283.jpg


http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afp_photo/20030207/sge.tvf42.070203173439.photo00.default-348x384.jpg

Lindsayfan
02-07-2003, 08:03 PM
Read this..so funny!

Lors de la présentation des équipes, le speaker officiel n’a pas ménagé ses cordes vocales. On se serait cru dans un stade de foot brésilien tant il s’attardait sur chaque nom (roumain). Les Français, eux, ont eu droit à leur second prénom. Exemples : Sébastien René Grosjean ou encore Nicolas Jean-Christophe Escudé … Mieux : Christian Bîmes a été présenté comme le président de la fédération française de football. Le speaker a rectifié cet impair en présentant ses excuses à l’intéressé.

Lindsayfan
02-07-2003, 08:06 PM
:)

Lindsayfan
02-07-2003, 09:01 PM
Marilyn,i checked DC site but didnt see the pix u posted!where did u get them?can u give me the link pls?
thanks :kiss:

:bounce: ALLEZ FAB ET MIKA! :bounce:

esther
02-08-2003, 03:49 AM
who's Christian Bîmes??
Yeah i like the picture of Guy kissing Seb...on yahoo.fr it was described as like 'guy embarrassing seb after the match' or something LOL

yeah those pics from the DC site were really cute!!

Marilyn
02-08-2003, 07:20 AM
vale the links:

http://www.daviscup.org/popup/mediagallery.asp?id=12226&current=1192

http://www.daviscup.org/popup/mediagallery.asp?id=12226&current=1195

http://www.daviscup.org/popup/mediagallery.asp?id=12226&current=1193

:D

Chloe le Bopper
02-08-2003, 07:41 AM
Allez la France :kiss:

esther
02-08-2003, 07:57 AM
hey marilyn those links dont work for me

Lindsayfan
02-08-2003, 08:29 AM
Christian Bimes is the president of FFT :o

Lindsayfan
02-08-2003, 08:34 AM
Originally posted by esther
on yahoo.fr it was described as like 'guy embarrassing seb after the match' or something LOL

well I would be very happy to be at Seb's place...:drool: :o

esther
02-08-2003, 09:25 AM
hehe ...or in guy's place...:angel:

esther
02-08-2003, 09:27 AM
why cant we quote other msgs above the last one? ...well...

'Christian Bimes is the president of FFT'

hehe...i knew that...

Marilyn
02-08-2003, 01:50 PM
Originally posted by esther
hey marilyn those links dont work for me

:confused: they work for me :confused:
anyway you've seen the pix so it doesn't really matter :p ;)

Lindsayfan
02-08-2003, 03:44 PM
THEY WON!!!!! :D :D :D


http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afp_photo/20030208/sge.uas49.080203162550.photo00.default-298x384.jpg

Lindsayfan
02-08-2003, 03:49 PM
LMAO! :p

at the end of training sessions of the team of France, preceding the meeting by the double, what a was not the surprise of the players while going to take their shower! A turbid water, even black left piping. The players had to be satisfied with some mineral water bottles to make their toilet before going to devour a good meal.

Scotso
02-08-2003, 05:28 PM
Michael is hot :hearts:

Allez la France! :D

Lindsayfan
02-08-2003, 06:22 PM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afp_photo/20030208/sge.uav13.080203164436.photo00.default-384x300.jpg

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afpji/20030208/030208173835.cfizssto0b.jpg

Lindsayfan
02-08-2003, 09:30 PM
An article from DC site! :)

With two points in the bag, the French team needed one more point in order to clinch their qualification for the quarter finals of the 2003 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.

And despite complaints from the players ranging from a painful back, or cold showers, all the players were on the court at three p.m. to hit the first balls of this doubles match.

The team that played the semifinals versus the United States in last September was reunited to try to give France the vital third point. Unlike the Parisian clay, this time the Taraflex of the Sala Polivalenta was a lot more to the liking of the recent Australian Open champions: Fabrice Santoro and Michael Llodra.

Their Romanian opponents, who brought a 7-2 win-loss record to the match, could not afford to lose and the pressure was most definitely on Pavel and Trifu’s shoulders. The match kicked off on Llodra’s serve with a double fault and two aces. The two French boys stayed focused but had a lot of trouble with the serves of the tall Trifu, who stands at 1m 93. At 2-2, Llodra was not quite as relaxed as he wanted, and found himself serving with three break points against him. These three were saved and the game with them.

In the four following games, all servers set the pace and Llodra even served an ace timed at 222 km/h. This allowed France to go ahead 5-4 and hope for an opportune break. After a shot that went long, the French were presented with a first set point, but this was saved by Pavel. However a second opportunity followed immediately and that was too much to offer to the experience of Fabrice Santoro. The first set went to 'Les Bleus' 6-4.

It was Llodra and not Santoro that started serving in the second set, which turned out to be a set that seemed a little easier for the French. Leading 1-0 and with a break opportunity, the French did not however manage to take a 2-0 lead. At 1-1 Fabrice Santoro served a love game, followed by another one by Trifu. Lots of love games and not too many points played, the set was moving fast with a third love game by Llodra.

At 3-2 the French made their move, despite the yelling of the crowd and the ringing of the cell phones. Santoro and Llodra took it up a notch by winning a fourth love game but this time on the return. The scene was reminiscent of the 2001 semi-finals in Rotterdam when Pioline-Santoro gave France the third point on Saturday night. Indeed the Romanians where not able to do much in the second set that would worry these two attacking players. It was after the third set point on Llodra’s serve that the French found themselves only a set away from qualification for the next round: the French had won the second set 6-3.

With the two first sets on their side, the French pair started off well the third set, by immediately obtaining a break opportunity. This break would not however not make its way to the country of wine and cheese. The next break opportunity came at 3-4 on Santoro’s serve. This point was erased by Forget’s Men in a beautiful manner. A poach at the net allowed Santoro to demonstrate his magical touch and catch both Romanians off balance by sending a drop-shot volley across the net.

With the score at 4-4, both teams held their serves and no risks were taken. The atmosphere was now electric and the outcome of the tie-breaker was about to determine a lot of things. Pavel served first and lost. A big confidence boost for the two Frenchmen. This mini-break was immediately lost by the French, but they however managed to gain the advantage and maintain a very high level of concentration. The advantage was not to be relinquished and the tie-breaker quickly went in favour of the visiting team, and with the victory, qualification for the quarter finals. In three matches, the French did not lose a set.

The quarterfinals in April will be versus either the Swiss or the Dutch. Regardless, the French will as usual be pumped-up, concentrated and professional.

For Guy Forget, sweet dreams in Bucharest.

esther
02-09-2003, 03:44 AM
Originally posted by Lindsayfan

For Guy Forget, sweet dreams in Bucharest. [/B]

:)
Yayayayayay- up 3-0 :) now i dont have to worry about getting up really early to check the scores from tonites matches, tomorow morning!!! Lets hope Holland wins as well

Lindsayfan
02-09-2003, 02:24 PM
FRANCE WON 4-1. Santoro lost to Hanescu and Escude beat Trifu in dead rubbers.

WELL DONE FRANCE!! :D :D :D

Lindsayfan
02-09-2003, 04:08 PM
Switzerland beat Netherlands 3-2 :(

FRANCE VS SWITZERLAND on 4/6 April aka Georges vs us :sad:

hlaure
02-09-2003, 04:50 PM
nooooooooo suisse vs us :-(