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JUANQUI's Davis Cup 2003

RogiFan
01-23-2003, 09:34 PM
Hi guys:

So far the Spanish papers say that Ferrero, Corretja, Costa and Moya will be in the DC in Sevilla Feb 7-9 vs. Belgium

Balcells will not be playing doubles w Alex because he didn't do very well so far this season but he may participate in future rounds

So Costa will be Alex's doubles partner although they are not counting out Carlos

The only real fixed player is Juanqui who has shown great form this year in Sydney and in AO QF

During this round they'll be playing in a brand new facility seating 5,000 people and which they hope can be used for Olympic Games 2012 [competing vs Madrid!]

The surface will be clay and the Belgian players will be Malisse, Vliegen, and the Rochus bros

During this round of the DC, there will be a special Homage to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario!





;) ;)

Layla
01-23-2003, 09:52 PM
Thanks for all this info RF! :)

VAMOS!

Oh, I would kill to be able to see a match between Juanqui and Olivier Rochus. :) That would be heavenly.

I like the Belgians, too bad they have to cancel each other out in the first round. :(

And Sevilla is a much, much more beautiful town than Madrid. ;)

RogiFan
01-23-2003, 10:07 PM
Here's the Catedral de Sevilla, the 3rd largest Christian church in the world -- it's huge!!

http://www.sol.com/monumentos/images/catedral21.jpg

pretty soon the oranges will be ripening...;)

RogiFan
01-23-2003, 10:11 PM
Here is one festival Sevilla is famous for: the Feria de Abril:

http://sevilla.abc.es/feriadeabril/images/lol5.jpg

Vera
01-23-2003, 11:59 PM
Thanks RF :kiss:

So I wonder how's the partnership of Albert and Alex. Since they are buddy, should have no communication problem. I like these 4 potential picks :D. Would be good if we get to watch a match :(.

That church is one beautiful piece of art.

RogiFan
01-24-2003, 12:28 AM
Here is a must-see monumento en Sevilla -- Los Reales Alcazares -- absolutely beautiful Moorish palace right in the heart of Seville:

http://sevilla.abc.es/guiasevilla/documentos/guiasev/images/Yeser.jpg

[this is a little tour of Sevilla for you! it is definitely one of my favourite cities in Spain]

RogiFan
01-24-2003, 12:32 AM
I just have to post the most beautiful bullring in Spain -- La Maestranza -- in the style of Andalusian architecture [bullfighting originated in the S of Spain, in a small town called Ronda, not too far from Sevilla]

http://sevilla.abc.es/guiasevilla/documentos/guiasev/images/Maes2n2.jpg

RogiFan
01-24-2003, 12:35 AM
this is what it looks like from the air -- it's gigantic! in the bullfighting area called El Arenal -- lots of neat narrow streets and tapas bars plus the Guadalquivir river leading to the sea -- from where Columbus set sail for the New World!

http://sevilla.abc.es/guiasevilla/documentos/guiasev/images/Maes4n2.jpg

Chloe le Bopper
01-24-2003, 12:57 AM
Thanks for all the information :)

I had a feeling they would pick those 4 - I really couldn't see it any other way :o

TennisHack
01-24-2003, 01:17 AM
Oooh, thanks so much for all the pictures, RF!! A few of my friends and I were just talking about their plans to study abroad next year. One of them has applied to a program at the Sorbenne! :eek: For a year. I'm so jealous of her . . . . and now you post beautiful pictures of Spain, too!

I really want to see this DC tie, but I'll have to settle for USA vs Croata -- good enough for me, two of my faves in Blake & Ancic. And now that Ancic's starting to play near his potential, it should also be a happening tie :D

Chloe le Bopper
01-24-2003, 02:33 AM
TH - If the USA and Spain win, you will get to "settle" for their quarterfinal too :)

Scotso
01-24-2003, 02:51 AM
Why would they put Corretja/Costa in doubles?

IMO, Ferrero/Robredo would be a better choice... or maybe Portas/Robredo that did well at the Aussie.

Anyway, vamos Juan Carlos y Espana!

Chloe le Bopper
01-24-2003, 03:18 AM
Ferrero/Robredo, who have had next to NO success in doubles as opposed to Costa and Corretja who even won an Olympic medal together?

Think "objectively" for a second.

Costa/Corretja is the right choice.

Chloe le Bopper
01-24-2003, 03:19 AM
As for Portas and Robredo - they are neither proven as a doubles pair, nor experienced in Davis Cup.

Furthermore, if they don't use Costa or Corretja for singles they are better back singles players, than the two above would be.

RogiFan
01-24-2003, 03:48 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Oooh, thanks so much for all the pictures, RF!! A few of my friends and I were just talking about their plans to study abroad next year. One of them has applied to a program at the Sorbenne! :eek: For a year. I'm so jealous of her . . . . and now you post beautiful pictures of Spain, too!

I really want to see this DC tie, but I'll have to settle for USA vs Croata -- good enough for me, two of my faves in Blake & Ancic. And now that Ancic's starting to play near his potential, it should also be a happening tie :D

Is this the "Junior Year" abroad? Do you mean the "Sorbonne" in Paris? Spain is so beautiful -- Valencia was my chosen city [plus Montpellier in France].

Hackie if you want to reduce any of my pix, go ahead and do it -- they are quite big and take so long to download. I may have to do sth about it. I plan to post more pix later.

Did you never want to study abroad too? It's a real eyeopener [I hate hyphens btw -- too clunky!] -- great experience!

Well, VAMOS VIVI Y PAOLA!!!!

Buenas noches a todos y a todas!!:angel:

TennisHack
01-24-2003, 03:52 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
TH - If the USA and Spain win, you will get to "settle" for their quarterfinal too :)

LOL, that's the one shining aspect of Croatia losing to Andy & co + James -- watching Juanqui and the Spaniards kick their asses :D

Vera
01-24-2003, 03:55 AM
That overhead shot of the bullring is amazing :eek: so beautiful. Red bricks and orange clay, and I love European cities which look so colorful.

RogiFan
01-24-2003, 04:01 AM
Originally posted by Vera
That overhead shot of the bullring is amazing :eek: so beautiful. Red bricks and orange clay, and I love European cities which look so colorful.

Yeah, isn't it gorgeous! Sevilla is a very colourful city -- very lively and friendly! Everywhere you look is eyecatching. And the people are so nice to look at too!

Speaking of Spanish... Vivi and Paola just won the 1st set 6-4 off the Venus sisters. VAMOS!!!!

I was supposed to go to bed already! They s be on TV now.
:angel:

Vera
01-24-2003, 04:09 AM
Really! Then I should go watch it then, if there's any chance to watch the Willy lose. I can't believe they really aren't showing the Men SF on TV (they replayed last nite's Lady SF this morning when I checked). Now Juanqui didn't get to SF and it ain't so bad :).

Thanks for the pix and pls post more :D.

RogiFan
01-24-2003, 04:34 PM
:) Rather quiet today...

The Spanish Tennis Federation will honour Arantxa on Feb. 8 of the DC in Sevilla -- to recognize her huge contribution to tennis

She won the prestigious premio Príncipe de Asturias de Deportes in 1998, 29 singles titles, including 3 Grand Slams (3 French Open and 1 US Open) & 67 doubles titles, plus 4 Olympic medals: 2 silver and 2 bronze and helped Spain win Fed Cup 5 times

Arantxa was surely the BEST Spanish tennis player to date! In Spain she is a "superstar" acc. to Alex!!

Felicitaciones, Arantxa!! ;)

Chloe le Bopper
01-24-2003, 05:09 PM
Tennishack - not only will you get to watch it, you will get to hear Pat and whoever commentates for him as he coaches, go on and on about Roddick's GREAT record against Spaniards *smirk*

Vera
01-24-2003, 07:22 PM
I think it's great that Juanqui's next tournament is Davis Cup. He never really smile much on court. But the last time he was on court, I felt that he really isn't enjoy much of tennis at that moment, the wear and tear is on his face. So hopefully, Davis Cup will bring back some great memory and the joy of tennis for him and give him some boosting. Besides, I'm sure he'll enjoy the opportunity to be around with the armada and have fun on and off court :).

RogiFan
01-24-2003, 07:31 PM
Originally posted by Vera
I think it's great that Juanqui's next tournament is Davis Cup. He never really smile much on court. But the last time he was on court, I felt that he really isn't enjoy much of tennis at that moment, the wear and tear is on his face. So hopefully, Davis Cup will bring back some great memory and the joy of tennis for him and give him some boosting. Besides, I'm sure he'll enjoy the opportunity to be around with the armada and have fun on and off court :).

Hi Vera and Lee!

And you know Juanqui LOVES to play in Spain, so that will motivate him and boost his morale! Wish I could be there! Hmm... any of those Air Canada seat sales to Madrid?? Then I could take the highspeed train down to Sevilla from Madrid and be there in a couple of hours, then stay in my usual hotel... :p ;)

TennisHack
01-24-2003, 07:49 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Tennishack - not only will you get to watch it, you will get to hear Pat and whoever commentates for him as he coaches, go on and on about Roddick's GREAT record against Spaniards *smirk*

I think its usually Cliffy & Mal Washington who do the DC ties since PMac is having anyuerisms on court :D And since Cliffy likes Juan Carlos now . . . :D . . . it'll just be Mal "Marat is a Mental Midget" Washington who'll be crowing.

I can't wait :D

TennisHack
01-24-2003, 07:51 PM
Originally posted by Vera
I think it's great that Juanqui's next tournament is Davis Cup. He never really smile much on court. But the last time he was on court, I felt that he really isn't enjoy much of tennis at that moment, the wear and tear is on his face. So hopefully, Davis Cup will bring back some great memory and the joy of tennis for him and give him some boosting. Besides, I'm sure he'll enjoy the opportunity to be around with the armada and have fun on and off court :).

Well, he's getting a week of rest before training with his best-buddy teammates for Davis Cup, so that'll help as well :) I'm sure the guys will do their fair share of fun and funny things in the next few weeks, and hopefully we'll get to hear about them! :)

I like that his next tourney is DC because he always has so much fun on court. Like RF says, he loves playing in Spain and playing *for* Spain, so it'll be nice to see him relaxing and having fun and being patriotic all at once :)

RogiFan
01-24-2003, 08:24 PM
:) For those of you who've seen those historical DC00 final matches between ESP/AUS, how would you evaluate the Spanish supporters in Barcelona?? I'm very curious to hear your opinions on their behaviour. ;)

TennisHack
01-24-2003, 08:30 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
:) For those of you who've seen those historical DC00 final matches between ESP/AUS, how would you evaluate the Spanish supporters in Barcelona?? I'm very curious to hear your opinions on their behaviour. ;)

Well, I've just seen the one, epic match against Potatoman, but the crowd was huge, and loud, and supportive and cheering. Should I bump up the DC 2000 thread so you can reread my breathless post-match analysis? ;) They were chanting "Ferrero" for the whole match, and dancing and singing when he won :)

RogiFan
01-24-2003, 08:49 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Well, I've just seen the one, epic match against Potatoman, but the crowd was huge, and loud, and supportive and cheering. Should I bump up the DC 2000 thread so you can reread my breathless post-match analysis? ;) They were chanting "Ferrero" for the whole match, and dancing and singing when he won :)

I would be v interested in your post-match analysis, Hackie!

TennisHack
01-24-2003, 08:53 PM
All right then, I just bumped up the thread -- it's the "We're going to learn a lot about Juan Carlos Ferrero in the next 20 minutes" one.

Enjoy :)

Chloe le Bopper
01-27-2003, 05:12 PM
Well they were pretty hard on Hewitt - but eh

I don't see why tennis crowds shouldn't be like that - it was a wonderful atmosphere IMO, and crowds dont' deter Hewitt anyhow.

I think the Aussie team bitched about that a little more than they needed to:p

RogiFan
01-27-2003, 10:16 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Well they were pretty hard on Hewitt - but eh

I don't see why tennis crowds shouldn't be like that - it was a wonderful atmosphere IMO, and crowds dont' deter Hewitt anyhow.

I think the Aussie team bitched about that a little more than they needed to:p

I agree w all your comments, Rebecca.

Last year in the DC02 1st rd Spain d ?? can't remember now, was it Uzbekistan? in Albacete or Zaragoza [I must check the venue on the DC site]... but anyway, the important point is, the DC team invited Anabel Medina Garrigues, the young Spanish player who injured her leg last year at the AO when playing Monica, and was out ALL year -- to watch them play. I thought that was a very thoughtful gesture on their part since she was unable to play most of 2002. It was really unfortunate that she got injured right at the beginning of the year because she could be one of Spain's new players -- they will desperately need good young women players after Arantxa and Conchita.

Those Spanish guys are always doing nice things! ;) :D

Nacho
01-28-2003, 11:34 AM
Originally posted by Layla

And Sevilla is a much, much more beautiful town than Madrid. ;)

Ahem... I'll fake I didn't read that... *cough*

RogiFan
01-28-2003, 03:15 PM
Originally posted by Nacho
Ahem... I'll fake I didn't read that... *cough*

Lo sentimos, Nacho!

Both cities are beautiful in their own way -- Madrid very stately and Sevilla very dynamic and Southern.

Guys, here's some info from Nacho:

Just look at the 2002 clay court points:

1. Albert Costa 1700
2. Juan Carlos Ferrero 1505
3. Carlos Moya 1375
4. Alex Corretja 1155
5. Marat Safin 1010
6. Gaston Gaudio 1003
7. Jose Acasuso 835
8. Andre Agassi 825
9. Guillermo Cañas 795
10. Tommy Haas 780

So this is probably the best claycourt team ever -- VAMOS ESPANA!! :D http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/flags/spain.gif

RogiFan
01-28-2003, 04:33 PM
:D to get us in the mood for DC!

Leo7
01-28-2003, 09:37 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
I agree w all your comments, Rebecca.

Last year in the DC02 1st rd Spain d ?? can't remember now, was it Uzbekistan? in Albacete or Zaragoza [I must check the venue on the DC site]... but anyway, the important point is, the DC team invited Anabel Medina Garrigues, the young Spanish player who injured her leg last year at the AO when playing Monica, and was out ALL year -- to watch them play. I thought that was a very thoughtful gesture on their part since she was unable to play most of 2002. It was really unfortunate that she got injured right at the beginning of the year because she could be one of Spain's new players -- they will desperately need good young women players after Arantxa and Conchita.

Those Spanish guys are always doing nice things! ;) :D

last year Spain beat Morocco in the 1st round tie.

awww that was so thoughtful of the Spanish boys. i saw that match when Anabel injured herself at the AO, it was really unfortunate. :( is she playing again?

Nacho
01-28-2003, 09:41 PM
Anabel is trying to come back, but it's not being easy for her. She hasn't won a wta match since last year, and is struggling in challengers. She's ranked now below 500's...

RogiFan
01-28-2003, 09:43 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
last year Spain beat Morocco in the 1st round tie.

awww that was so thoughtful of the Spanish boys. i saw that match when Anabel injured herself at the AO, it was really unfortunate. :( is she playing again?

Hi Leo!

Yeah, Anabel is slowly getting back into the season but it will take her a while... too bad! I hope she can gain her confidence back and start playing well.

RogiFan
01-28-2003, 10:07 PM
Time for more pix of Sevilla: La Torre de Oro at night -- this is where the Spanish apparently stored all the gold they plundered from the New World...

http://www.donquijote.org/phototour/sevilla/006.jpg

Leo7
01-29-2003, 12:01 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
Hi Leo!

Yeah, Anabel is slowly getting back into the season but it will take her a while... too bad! I hope she can gain her confidence back and start playing well.

thanks for the update, Nacho and RF. i hope Anabel can make a comeback too b/c from what i saw at last year's AO she is very talented and determined. and i like her fiery attitude. :)

RogiFan
02-03-2003, 08:11 PM
:) Hola, chicas y chicos!

Update:

Today the Spanish DC team practised in the brand-new tennis facility in Sevilla, which had its inaugural opening by the Andalucia Tourisma and Sports council.

They're feeling good and are confident although they are not dismissing the Belgians.

Moya said the people of Sevilla always support them and will be there 100% to help the team win.

Yesterday, Moya, Corretja, Costa and the coaches arrived in Sevilla from Barcelona. Juanqui and his coach drove in from Valencia and arrived later!

The 3 players are looking forward to playing in Sevilla, where, says Costa, the people are very hot-blooded and will certainly keep their spirits up! He also said Sevilla is an enchanting, beautiful city. Costa also said they'll probably be screaming the whole time [oh, oh, just like Barcelona00 all over again!!!]. Moya's feeling good about winning this round and says it's a good year for the Spaniards because of the schedule.

Moya also commented on the warm sunny weather of Sevilla since it was cold in Barcelona... the great climate will help a lot, he said!

Funny that Juanqui arrives separately and later... :p

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 08:58 PM
Head to heads:

Ferrero vs Malisse

Never met


Ferrero vs O. Rochus

Never met


Ferrero vs C. Rochus

Never met


Ferrero vs Vliegen

Never met


==============================================

Moya vs Malisse

1999 -- TMS Indian Wells (Hard), R16 -- Moya 6-4, 6-3


Moya vs O. Rochus

2002 -- Bastad (Clay), R32 -- Moya 6-3, 6-4


Moya vs C. Rochus

Never met


Moya vs Vliegen

Never met

John.Charles
02-03-2003, 10:22 PM
a la ferrero

Vera
02-04-2003, 03:08 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
:) Hola, chicas y chicos!

Update:

Today the Spanish DC team practised in the brand-new tennis facility in Sevilla, which had its inaugural opening by the Andalucia Tourisma and Sports council.

They're feeling good and are confident although they are not dismissing the Belgians.

Moya said the people of Sevilla always support them and will be there 100% to help the team win.

Yesterday, Moya, Corretja, Costa and the coaches arrived in Sevilla from Barcelona. Juanqui and his coach drove in from Valencia and arrived later!

The 3 players are looking forward to playing in Sevilla, where, says Costa, the people are very hot-blooded and will certainly keep their spirits up! He also said Sevilla is an enchanting, beautiful city. Costa also said they'll probably be screaming the whole time [oh, oh, just like Barcelona00 all over again!!!]. Moya's feeling good about winning this round and says it's a good year for the Spaniards because of the schedule.

Moya also commented on the warm sunny weather of Sevilla since it was cold in Barcelona... the great climate will help a lot, he said!

Funny that Juanqui arrives separately and later... :p

RF :wavey: thanks for the translation. So I look it up on the map and Villena is not so far from Seville, well, compared to Barca. Wonder who's driving :D.

RogiFan
02-04-2003, 02:16 PM
Originally posted by Vera
RF :wavey: thanks for the translation. So I look it up on the map and Villena is not so far from Seville, well, compared to Barca. Wonder who's driving :D.

Hi Vera,

You s have your arm looked at -- doesn't sound good that it still hurts! I often have a sore arm from using the computer constantly -- and I don't even have time to have it checked out -- I guess I s listen to myself here!!:p

Valencia, which is not far from Villena, is a little over 600 km from Sevilla so it w take them about 6 hrs to get there -- or perhaps less time, since everyone drives SO fast in Europe -- in France I drove at 130 km/hr and EVERYONE was passing me on the highway!!! So... be careful, Juanqui! ;)

RogiFan
02-04-2003, 02:21 PM
:) a TINY pic of Juanqui signing autographs in Sevilla:

http://elmundodeporte.elmundo.es/elmundodeporte/imagenes/2003/02/03/1044310714.jpg

RogiFan
02-04-2003, 02:26 PM
:) same pic but bigger and B&W!

http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/mundo-img/20030204a/_archivo55_photo_10_1_1_20030204_0h9qt5xi.jpg.jpg

RogiFan
02-04-2003, 02:29 PM
alex albert carlos

http://www.elperiodico.com/EDICION/ED030203/CAS/FOTOS/CARP02/f027oh01.jpg

Leo7
02-04-2003, 09:47 PM
thanks for the piccies, RF. :)

RogiFan
02-05-2003, 02:01 PM
another pic for you -- press conference:

http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/mundo-img/20030205a/_archivo55_photo_10_1_1_20030205_0h9sla1i.jpg.jpg

Juanqui said he's 100%, better than in OZ! Says it's great in Sevilla, loves the clay, which is fast! Last time Spain played in Sevilla was 1980 and they won vs. Holland 4-1!! If they win their rounds until the semis, they could possibly play at home where they are the favourites... but let's not get ahead of ourselves, guys!! One step at a time, say the coaches!!;)

Chloe le Bopper
02-05-2003, 10:13 PM
Thanks for the pictures :)

Question - if Croatia beat the USA, who gets the home tie: Croatia or Spain?

Chloe le Bopper
02-05-2003, 10:14 PM
They are seeded for either Russia or Argentina in the semis, correct? Russia is the seed I believe, but if both win their first ties then Argentina gets Russia at home...

Vera
02-05-2003, 10:17 PM
no idea how DC works.

Just posted this in chat thread, but it should be here:

RogiFan
02-06-2003, 01:57 AM
:) Juanqui looks a bit bashful in that pic Vera!!

Looks like they will do the draw tomorrow [Thursday] at the Hotel Hesperia where the players are staying in Sevilla. I believe that Malisse will play Moya though first, on Friday.

;) Buena suerte Charly!

RogiFan
02-06-2003, 12:07 PM
:) OK here's the schedule:

ORDEN DE PARTIDOS:

Friday, 7 de febrero:

-11:00 .

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO (Esp) - Christophe Rochus (Bel).

CARLOS MOYA (Esp) - Xavier Malisse (Bel).

Saturday, 8 de febrero:

-13:35 .

ALEX CORRETJA/ALBERT COSTA (Esp) - Olivier Rochus/Kristof Vliegen (Bel).

Sunday, 9 de febrero:

-11:35 .

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO (Esp) - Xavier Malisse (Bel).

CARLOS MOYA (Esp) - Christophe Rochus (Bel).

;)

TennisHack
02-06-2003, 04:32 PM
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1152_gallery.JPG


Spain v Belgium: Spaniards Put Big Guns Out

Clay court ace Juan Carlos Ferrero will lead off a strong Spanish challenge in the 2003 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas on Friday, taking on Christophe Rochus of Belgium in the opening singles rubber of their first-round World Group tie in Seville.

Thursday’s draw in the Andalucian city also matched up former French Open champion Carlos Moya with Belgian number one Xavier Malisse in the second singles on Friday.

Albert Costa will partner Alex Corretja in the doubles against Kristof Vliegen and Olivier Rochus on Saturday, with the reverse singles set for Sunday.

Spain, winners of the competition in 2000, have an awesome line-up on clay and they will start as overwhelming favourites to take the first-round tie against the Belgians.

Ferrero, Moya and Costa, the reigning French Open champion, are all ranked in the top 10, while Corretja is one of the wiliest clay-court campaigners around.

The three-man coaching team in charge of the Spanish set-up have dubbed 2003 the year of the “Reconquista” of the title won in such spectacular style with their final victory over Australian in Barcelona in 2000.

“Whoever we play on clay we believe we’re the favourites,” Jordi Arrese, one of the coaches, said in the build-up to the tie.

“We also believe we have a team capable of winning the Davis Cup but it’s important that we go step by step.”

Belgium are not so comfortable on the red dirt but they will come into the tie with their confidence high after making it through the Euro/African Zone Group 1 and World Group Play-offs last year to make it back into the elite. Malisse and Olivier Rochus led them to the all-important 4-1 victory away to Zimbabwe in Harare.

The winner of this tie will take on either Croatia or the United States in the next round.

That provides a major incentive for the Spanish, who have good and bad experiences of recent ties against the Americans.

In 2000, Spain handed a U.S. team, captained by John McEnroe, a 5-0 drubbing in Santander on their way to taking the title.

Last year it was the Americans who emerged triumphant, although Corretja did manage to beat Pete Sampras in his singles rubber in what was a huge upset on a Houston grasscourt.

This match provides the third meeting between the two nations and the first for almost half a century.

Spain took the spoils in the first clash in 1930 in Antwerp, with Belgium claiming victory in the second tie in Barcelona in 1956.

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 02:06 AM
:) Bueno, VAMOS, ESPANA!!!! http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/flags/spain.gif

All European and Brit Spain fans unite! Please keep us updated with the scores!!!

I won't be around til late [!!!:mad: ] tomorrow...

Go, Juanqui, "lider" of the DC team!!!;)

Sjengster: lol your comments re: Moya's looks!! Seems more people think he's the REAL Spanish pinup boy, not Corretja nor Ferrero! I saw Moya on an ad for some kind of candy or sth on one of those sandwich boards in Sevilla a couple of yrs ago!! He has his own cologne too. ;)

Layla
02-07-2003, 09:19 AM
The match between Juanqui and Christophe Rochus just started.

VAMOS JUANQUI Y ESPANA! http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/blob_red.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/x164.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/blob_red.gif

Layla
02-07-2003, 09:42 AM
Juanqui won the first set 6-3! :bounce:

I don't know why I bother posting the scores in the DC forum. I'm all alone here. :(

Layla
02-07-2003, 10:05 AM
Juanqui won the second set 6-2! :bounce:

Keep going! :kiss:

Layla
02-07-2003, 11:15 AM
Juanqui won 6-3 6-2 7-5! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Congrats darling! :kiss:

He had some problems in the 3rd set when Christophe even served for the set, but he broke back and proceeded to win while avoiding the tie-break. :)

TennisHack
02-07-2003, 01:20 PM
Ferrero puts Spain in front in Seville
Juan Carlos Ferrero made short work of Belgium’s Christophe Rochus to claim a 63 62 75 victory on a bitterly cold morning in Seville on Friday and get Spain’s 2003 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas campaign off to a perfect start.

Ferrero took the first two sets in just 55 minutes with some dashing tennis from the back of a slow outdoor clay court and while the third set proved more troublesome, Rochus missing one set point, the world number three completed the win in one hour 45 minutes.

Rochus, surprisingly chosen for the singles ahead of his higher-ranked brother Olivier, did manage to cause Ferrero some problems briefly at the start and again at the end of the match.

The 24-year-old Belgian took Ferrero to deuce on his opening service game and again in game five, upsetting the Spaniard’s rhythm with a couple of astute drop shots.

Rochus was unable to keep up the pressure, however, as Ferrero began to find the sort of form that took him through to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open earlier this year.

His first real chance came in the sixth game, when Rochus fought back from 0-30 down only to slice a forehand well wide and hand his opponent a break point.

Ferrero looked to have missed the opportunity as Rochus ran him round the court but the Spaniard managed to reach a deep put-away and produced a lob that the Belgian missed high to his backhand.

That gave Ferrero a 4-2 lead and he made no mistakes in keeping hold of that advantage to take the set in 31 minutes.

Ferrero broke immediately at the start of the second set and seemed anxious to get the job done quickly as he improved that to 4-1.

Rochus got a break back in the next but two arrowed Ferrero forehands took him 5-2 up and he clinched the second set in a brisk 24 minutes.

Rochus played his best tennis in the third set and his persistence finally paid off in game six as he got his nose in front for the first time with a 4-2 lead. He then consolidated for 5-2 with an emphatic love service game.

Ferrero held his nerve to stay in the set in game eight and was rewarded in the next, the Belgian putting a simple overhead into the net to hand his opponent a chance to get the break back.

Ferrero then saved a set point in game 10, managing to return a Rochus smash back down the line for an unlikely winner before getting back level at 5-5. With the crowd now stamping their feet and cheering he moved 6-5 ahead with a break.

Rochus was still fighting and he forced three deuces as he attempted to stay in the match in game 12 but eventually he put a limp crosscourt backhand into the net to give Ferrero the third set in 50 minutes.

Spain have their sights set firmly on a repeat of their 2000 Davis Cup triumph and they have an immensely strong clay-court line-up at their disposal for this first round tie.

To bring the scores back level, Belgium’s number one player Xavier Malisse will have to beat Carlos Moya, the former French Open champion, in the second singles later on Friday.

Spain can then call on Albert Costa and Alex Corretja for the doubles on Saturday, when they are scheduled to meet Olivier Rochus and Kristof Vliegen. The reverse singles are set for Sunday.

Leo7
02-07-2003, 01:22 PM
Congrats Juanqui!! Vamos Spain!! :bounce:

http://www.daviscup.org/shared/medialibrary/image/homearticle/DC_1197_homearticle.JPG

Moyke leads the X-Man 1-0 but there is a rain delay now in Seville. :fiery:

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 07:06 PM
http://estaticos.elmundo.es/elmundodeporte/imagenes/2003/02/07/1044610681.jpg

Felicitaciones, Espana!! 2-0!! Great start, Juanqui and Carlos!!!

Funny hair, though...:p

This morning in Sevilla it was 17 C and sunny... before the rain! Well, it IS still winter there...

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 07:27 PM
http://www.as.com/impresa/media/200302/07/20030207dasdai_16_I_LCO.jpg

Xavier doing a spot of bullfighting!! [Sevilla has the most beautiful bullring I've ever seen!!] Lucky Xaxa!!;)

P.S. El Mundo Deporte will have LIVE scores, that is, live commentary Sat. 13.35h and Sun. 11.30h - en espanol, por supuesto! I'll try and catch it.

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 07:36 PM
:) interesante...

Malisse visited the Real Maestranza bullring in Sevilla and he's interested in bullfighting! He was a privileged visitor and tried on a matador's cape and kind of played torero! Interestingly, his new GF is CARMEN, a girl from MADRID!! When in Madrid he didn't get the chance to see his fave futbol team Real Madrid -- his fave futbolistas: Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Zinedine Zidane, por supuesto!!

Neat info! ;)

TennisHack
02-07-2003, 07:43 PM
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RogiFan
02-07-2003, 07:49 PM
:D the captain of the Belgian team Steven Martens told C Rochus that he has to be the "Belgian Mosquito"! He has to try and bite that Spanish Mosquito!! all in humour... ;) the Belgian boys did some sightseeing... fun!! wish I was there!!!

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 07:53 PM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap_photo/20030207/all/l736000.jpg

VAMOS!!

Nice pix Hackie!

TennisHack
02-07-2003, 07:54 PM
Spanish fans on site! :bounce:

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1215_gallery.JPG

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 08:22 PM
:) has anyone posted these articles?

Ferrero puts Spain in front in Seville reuters

Juan Carlos Ferrero made short work of Belgium’s Christophe Rochus to claim a 63 62 75 victory on a bitterly cold morning in Seville on Friday and get Spain’s 2003 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas campaign off to a perfect start.

Ferrero took the first two sets in just 55 minutes with some dashing tennis from the back of a slow outdoor clay court and while the third set proved more troublesome, Rochus missing one set point, the world number three completed the win in one hour 45 minutes.

Rochus, surprisingly chosen for the singles ahead of his higher-ranked brother Olivier, did manage to cause Ferrero some problems briefly at the start and again at the end of the match.

The 24-year-old Belgian took Ferrero to deuce on his opening service game and again in game five, upsetting the Spaniard’s rhythm with a couple of astute drop shots.

Rochus was unable to keep up the pressure, however, as Ferrero began to find the sort of form that took him through to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open earlier this year.

His first real chance came in the sixth game, when Rochus fought back from 0-30 down only to slice a forehand well wide and hand his opponent a break point.

Ferrero looked to have missed the opportunity as Rochus ran him round the court but the Spaniard managed to reach a deep put-away and produced a lob that the Belgian missed high to his backhand.

That gave Ferrero a 4-2 lead and he made no mistakes in keeping hold of that advantage to take the set in 31 minutes.

Ferrero broke immediately at the start of the second set and seemed anxious to get the job done quickly as he improved that to 4-1.

Rochus got a break back in the next but two arrowed Ferrero forehands took him 5-2 up and he clinched the second set in a brisk 24 minutes.

Rochus played his best tennis in the third set and his persistence finally paid off in game six as he got his nose in front for the first time with a 4-2 lead. He then consolidated for 5-2 with an emphatic love service game.

Ferrero held his nerve to stay in the set in game eight and was rewarded in the next, the Belgian putting a simple overhead into the net to hand his opponent a chance to get the break back.

Ferrero then saved a set point in game 10, managing to return a Rochus smash back down the line for an unlikely winner before getting back level at 5-5. With the crowd now stamping their feet and cheering he moved 6-5 ahead with a break.

Rochus was still fighting and he forced three deuces as he attempted to stay in the match in game 12 but eventually he put a limp crosscourt backhand into the net to give Ferrero the third set in 50 minutes.

Spain have their sights set firmly on a repeat of their 2000 Davis Cup triumph and they have an immensely strong clay-court line-up at their disposal for this first round tie.

To bring the scores back level, Belgium’s number one player Xavier Malisse will have to beat Carlos Moya, the former French Open champion, in the second singles later on Friday.

Spain can then call on Albert Costa and Alex Corretja for the doubles on Saturday, when they are scheduled to meet Olivier Rochus and Kristof Vliegen. The reverse singles are set for Sunday.

VAMOS, ALEX Y ALBERT!!! DON'T FORGET THE ARANTXA HOMMAGE SAT.

TennisHack
02-07-2003, 08:30 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap_photo/20030207/all/l736000.jpg



I FINALLY figured out why this picture looks so strange to me -- no wristbands! A new look for him? ;)

Chloe le Bopper
02-07-2003, 09:13 PM
He'll look far better in a month once that trim grows out ;)

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 09:54 PM
http://www.lequipe.fr/Xml/Tennis/Dossiers/Media/0702_ferrero_reuters.jpg

ElMundoDeporte for live commentary Sat and Sun...;)

Kat!
02-08-2003, 01:20 AM
anyone posted this pic???

http://www.juanqui.net/03dc1/08.jpg

Leo7
02-08-2003, 01:27 AM
thanks for the pic, kat. what's Juanqui looking at? lol

Kat!
02-08-2003, 03:31 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I FINALLY figured out why this picture looks so strange to me -- no wristbands! A new look for him? ;)

You sure it's not because of his new hairdo :D

I definitely have reservations about this haircut...... LOL

Vera
02-08-2003, 03:52 AM
His new hairdo looks so so. He really does change his hair for every tourney :D. It's amazing that he can look different every other weeks :).

Hi Kat. Wanna say your new pics from Sydney and Melbourne are great (those new one on your website). How do you take that photo of the sky as background? Errrr, more like how do you get so close to him to take that pic :D?

Vera
02-08-2003, 03:58 AM
Can't be sure if this is from this tie cos they sometimes use stock photo, but this is what they use for today's DC article:

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 04:44 AM
Originally posted by tvkat
You sure it's not because of his new hairdo :D

I definitely have reservations about this haircut...... LOL

I'm sure its not because of the hair. His arm looks huge in that photo, and the omnipresent wrist band isn't here :o

Kat!
02-08-2003, 07:37 AM
vera, that pic was taken after his practice I think...

sydney's practice courts aren't very big - and you can really get up close to see them - so usually after practice heaps of ppl go up and ask for autographs and stuff ... and the players usually oblige cos there were no security guys :D (YAY) and they can't run away LOL.....

but something funny - when Andy Roddick came out to practice one day, he put a towel over his head so nobody could recognise him so that he won't get hassled for autographs!!! :D

Nacho
02-08-2003, 10:50 AM
not sure if this one has been already posted

Nacho
02-08-2003, 10:52 AM
another one

Nacho
02-08-2003, 10:53 AM
shaking hands

Nacho
02-08-2003, 10:55 AM
press conference

Chloe le Bopper
02-08-2003, 11:14 AM
That press conference picture - they always take those at the worst times, eh?

Its like "hands approaching face: *snap* *snap* *snap*" and "appears that he might scratch his nose: *snap* *snap*"

And the hair looks fine when it's not flat ;)

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 03:43 PM
LOL at Becca :D

I didn't realize Christophe was that tall! I thought he was just as short as his brother.

Thanks for the pics, Nacho :)

RogiFan
02-08-2003, 03:53 PM
:D YAY SPAIN BEAT BEL IN DOBLES IN CINCO SETS!!! 86 in the 5th!! AY-yi-yi! SPAIN WINS THE TIE 3-0!!!!:bounce: :) :cool: :angel: :D

RogiFan
02-08-2003, 04:03 PM
FELICITACIONES, ESPANA!!!

Hooray, Spain d Belgium!!!

Congratulations Juanqui, Carlos, Alex and Albert!

You're the BEST DC team!!! A REAL TEAM!!!
Yay, Spain won for Arantxa!!!!
Spain is the best!!!!

http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/flags/spain.gif

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 05:50 PM
Spain Wins Doubles Thriller To Reach Quarterfinals

Olivier Rochus and Kristof Vliegen fought tooth and nail for Belgium on Saturday, but they could not prevent Alex Corretja and Albert Costa claiming a thrilling 64 46 63 36 86 win that sent the host nation through to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas with an unbeatable 3-0 lead.

The Belgian pair came back from two-sets-to-one down to lead 2-0 and 5-4 with a service break in the decider, but ultimately they failed to take their chances and Corretja and Costa left the court to the sounds of 5,000 fans singing “I Will Survive” to celebrate a memorable win.

After the cold and rain of the first day, when victories for Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya gave Spain their 2-0 lead, it was a relief for all concerned when the sun came out for day two of the tie. The Spanish supporters crammed into the newly built Olympic tennis facility in the Andalucian capital were certainly appreciative as they started to give their team the raucous support they’ve been used to in recent years.

The tall, thin Vliegen and the diminutive Rochus together make up an odd couple on court but they soon showed they could pose serious problems for the Spaniards as they broke the Corretja serve in game one. Spain hit straight back and after another exchange of breaks it was the home team who edged ahead, Corretja becoming the first player to hold his serve in game five after coming through six deuces.

Spain built on that narrow advantage in the next game as they broke the Vliegen serve for the second time in the match for 4-2, Corretja providing an elegant backhand winner on the third break point. Belgium hit back to break Costa in the next and draw level in game eight when Rochus held his serve for the first time.

Corretja was beginning to dominate the match, though, and he held serve comfortably to put Spain 5-4 ahead. Rochus then missed an easy backhand to give Spain two set points in the next, with one proving to be enough thanks to another Rochus error.

Belgium responded well to that setback, breaking Corretja early in the second set for a 2-1 lead and consolidating thanks to strong serving from Vliegen. Spain recovered but Belgium clawed their way ahead once again in game nine, Costa missing a volley to give the visitors a chance after four deuces and Rochus pouncing. That gave the Belgians the edge at 5-4 and Rochus made no mistake in serving out for 6-4 in 49 minutes.

Spain dominated the third set, racing into a 3-0 lead as Corretja and Costa regained their poise to put their side two sets to one ahead in 44 minutes.

Belgium were on the brink of losing the tie but the pressure brought out the best in Rochus and Vliegen, who stormed into a 5-0 lead in the fourth, eventually taking the set 6-3 in 49 minutes after stemming a brief Spanish revival.

Corretja and Costa came back from 2-0 down at the start of the fifth, but a Belgium win was in sight as Vliegen produced a booming return of the Corretja serve to set up break point and a 5-4 lead. Vliegen couldn’t take his chance when serving for the match, however, and the Belgians paid the price for that missed opportunity as Spain hit back.

Rochus did manage to hold in game 12 but Vliegen once again failed on his next service game as the match entered its fifth hour. Costa hit a sublime winner down the line to set up match point and a tired Rochus netted an easy volley to hand the match to Spain.

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 05:53 PM
Pictures:

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1284_gallery.JPG
Albert Costa & Alex Corretja celebrate victory


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Shaking hands


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Olivier Rochus & Kristof Vliegen


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Costa & Corretja


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The Spanish & Belgian teams


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Rochus & Vliegen

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 07:21 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
That press conference picture - they always take those at the worst times, eh?

Its like "hands approaching face: *snap* *snap* *snap*" and "appears that he might scratch his nose: *snap* *snap*"

has now been forever immortalized on my website :D

Vera
02-09-2003, 01:16 AM
Thanks Nacho for the photos. And happy birthday, btw :).

Lee
02-09-2003, 07:32 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
LOL at Becca :D

I didn't realize Christophe was that tall! I thought he was just as short as his brother.

Thanks for the pics, Nacho :)

Officially, he is 2" taller than his bro

Leo7
02-09-2003, 04:03 PM
09 Feb 2003, Deportivo Tenis Olimpico, Seville, Spain , Laura Urrutia

Spain Completes 5-0 Victory Over Belgium
Spain showed no mercy to Belgium on the final day of their first-round Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie on Sunday, with Juan Carlos Ferrero blasting past Kristof Vliegen 6-1 6-4 and Carlos Moya seeing off Christophe Rochus with a quicksmart 6-2 6-2.

Those comfortable singles wins completed a predictable 5-0 victory for Spain, who possess what is without doubt the strongest clay-court line-up in the world.

Ferrero kicked off the proceedings on Friday with an equally effective 6-3 6-2 7-5 victory over Christophe Rochus, who was surprisingly chosen ahead of his brother Olivier for the opening day’s singles. Moya then claimed a second straight-sets win over the Belgian number one Xavier Malisse 7-6 6-1 7-6 to make it 2-0.

Belgium’s best chance of gaining a point was in the doubles but despite a valiant struggle from Olivier Rochus and Vliegen the Spanish pairing of Alex Corretja and Albert Costa secured victory in a five-set thriller 6-4 4-6 6-3 3-6 8-6.
That left the visitors playing for pride on Sunday, but Vliegen and Rochus could find no answer to the pace and precision of the Spaniards.

Vliegen managed to hold his first service game against Ferrero but thereafter the world number three was unstoppable, as he controlled the game from the back of the court. The Spaniard gained his first break in game four and repeated the trick in the sixth as he chased down three attempted winners from Vliegen to force an error on the volley.

By the seventh game Vliegen was looking anxious to get out of the set and Ferrero capitalised on three simple forehand errors to take it in just 20 minutes.
Vliegen lost his serve at the start of the second and although his game improved as the match continued he was never able to threaten the Ferrero serve as the Spanish number one completed victory in 52 minutes.

If anything, Moya was even more impressive, as his wheeling forehand simply cut Rochus to ribbons. The Spaniard reached a drop shot and produced a delicately struck winner to break his opponent in the opening game, and he stretched the lead to 5-2 as he cracked back a weak second serve on the crucial point in game seven.

Rochus had two break points in the next but he eventually piled a backhand into the net to hand Moya the set in 23 minutes. Moya broke again at the start of the second and that was pretty much the match sewn up.

Rochus was quickly 4-1 behind and even when he managed to break the Moya serve for 2-4, the Spaniard hit straight back and served out at 5-2, rattling off three aces to clinch the win in 57 minutes.

Spain will face either Croatia or the United States in a home quarter-final that is likely to be played in Valencia on clay.

“If it’s Croatia they have two big servers but on a clay court we should be able to counter that tactic,” a confident Ferrero said. "We'll put up a great wall to stop them.

“The United States are a strong rival but we should be stronger.”

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:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

RogiFan
02-09-2003, 04:55 PM
:bounce: :D :)

SPAIN RULES!!!!!

FELICITACIONES, JUANQUI, CARLOS, ALEX, ALBERT!!!;) :angel:

ILR
02-09-2003, 04:56 PM
yay :D Spain win too :bounce:

Vera
02-10-2003, 10:24 PM
Have we seen this one yet?

Vera
02-10-2003, 10:26 PM
He's way back there, me think!

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 12:43 AM
Originally posted by Vera
He's way back there, me think!

Nice pix, Vera!! How's the weather in Vancouver??

Juanqui said: We're not afraid of anyone, not even on hard court. This is the best team we've had yet!!

OK, Juanqui, let's hope you don't eat your words!! :p

Vera
02-11-2003, 01:21 AM
Hi RF :wavey:

This is one of the warmest winter ever here. No snow at all and it's Feb already. The past week and today is sunny and like about 8-10 degree outside. I was wearing my shortsleeves T-shirt this afternoon (well, after swimming and a really hot shower, I'm not that strong normally :o ). It's kinda weird cos my friend just emailed me some pictures of snow at her home, she lives in Austin, Texas :eek:. I did experience snow before in Texas so it's not totally unheard of. But to think that Vancouver is warmer than the south is pretty, urrrrrrrr, weird.

I wish they have more of those celebration photos, those are cute. Juanqui did say that. Just really hope that they get to see Argentina instead of Russia. Maybe he won't be afraid, but I will, that's if they have to face an indoor carpet court with the Russians standing on the other side. But let's not worry about that since they'll have to past the Croats first. Do you go to Spain every year? If they have the final in Spain this year, would you be going? I wonder if it's even possible to get a DC final ticket.

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 02:13 AM
Originally posted by Vera
Hi RF :wavey:

This is one of the warmest winter ever here. No snow at all and it's Feb already. The past week and today is sunny and like about 8-10 degree outside. I was wearing my shortsleeves T-shirt this afternoon (well, after swimming and a really hot shower, I'm not that strong normally :o ). It's kinda weird cos my friend just emailed me some pictures of snow at her home, she lives in Austin, Texas :eek:. I did experience snow before in Texas so it's not totally unheard of. But to think that Vancouver is warmer than the south is pretty, urrrrrrrr, weird.

I wish they have more of those celebration photos, those are cute. Juanqui did say that. Just really hope that they get to see Argentina instead of Russia. Maybe he won't be afraid, but I will, that's if they have to face an indoor carpet court with the Russians standing on the other side. But let's not worry about that since they'll have to past the Croats first. Do you go to Spain every year? If they have the final in Spain this year, would you be going? I wonder if it's even possible to get a DC final ticket.

Vera:

No I don't go to Spain every year but I wish I could! If I had someone to stay w, that w help! I w love to see Spain play DC in Spain, esp Valencia, where I studied and lived! It w be a dream!! I w become one of those "unruly" Spanish fans!!

Wow, warm in Van! It's so cold and windy and damp here now! YUK! Juanqui's b-day soon!!

He really wants to be part of the DC in Apr but it's up to the Sp Tennis Fed'n...

Moya hit a betwe-the-legs shot and everyone shouted "Torero, torero!!" He loved being compared to a bullfighter!!

Oh and Malisse's Sp GF Carmen was hit in the head by Corretja's ball and she had to go to the hospital!! I think she was knocked out for a bit!

They called the reverse singles, which lasted less than 2 hrs, an exquisite dessert!! After the long doubles, which was the main course and the first singles, which was the appetizer!!

They said Ferrero and Moya pulled out all their weapons to play high-level tennis! Vliegen looked like he thought clay was only for growing potatoes, they said!!!

Funny Spanish people!! I love them so much!! Les quiero muchisimo!! ;)

Chloe le Bopper
02-11-2003, 02:23 AM
He really wants to be part of the DC in Apr but it's up to the Sp Tennis Fed'n...

:confused: rrr, why would that even be a question?

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 02:56 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
:confused: rrr, why would that even be a question?

Yeah, who knows? Why w they NOT play Juanqui, the No 1 player in Spain, at home, on clay, in Valencia??!!! :p

Seems silly to me!

I need to win the lottery or sth to be able to go to Spain for DC!!! Mind you, you need connections to get the tickets first! They sell out really fast in Spain from what I hear!

Vera
02-11-2003, 04:57 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
They called the reverse singles, which lasted less than 2 hrs, an exquisite dessert!! After the long doubles, which was the main course and the first singles, which was the appetizer!!
What a delicious spanish dinner :drool: .

Vliegen looked like he thought clay was only for growing potatoes, they said!!!


lol. Pretty sure that "Potato" won't grow on clay :p.

Vera
02-11-2003, 04:59 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
Yeah, who knows? Why w they NOT play Juanqui, the No 1 player in Spain, at home, on clay, in Valencia??!!! :p


Let's hope this won't happen. But back in 2000, they didn't play their #1 player Alex in the Single, in the final, in Alex's hometown, on clay. So who knows.

Lee
02-11-2003, 06:07 AM
More DC pic. I don't think the fans here will get tired of these.

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-09T151017Z_01_MDP05D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-DAVIS-SPAIN.jpghttp://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-09T150529Z_01_MDP03D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-DAVIS-SPAIN.jpg

Lee
02-11-2003, 06:14 AM
It looks like Corretja elbowed down Costa here. :p
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-08T164125Z_01_MDP02D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-DAVIS-SPAIN.jpg

Chloe le Bopper
02-11-2003, 07:34 AM
I believe that they were saving Corretja for the doubles and in case he was needed, the fifth rubber.

As opposed to putting the pressure of 3 matches on his shoulders.

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 01:11 PM
Originally posted by Lee
It looks like Corretja elbowed down Costa here. :p
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-08T164125Z_01_MDP02D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-DAVIS-SPAIN.jpg

LOLOL!! Great stuff :D

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 04:32 PM
Originally posted by Vera
What a delicious spanish dinner :drool: .



lol. Pretty sure that "Potato" won't grow on clay :p.

lol, Vera!! I love your comments!!! That's a good one!!:D

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 04:44 PM
:) I think tomorrow Spain's Tennis Federation will decide whether Valencia will be the venue for the QF in Spain!!! Vamos a ver!!

Also, Spain is already thinking about CRO and their big bombers, Goran, Ivan... and now, Mario [whose claim to fame was Rogi's undoing at Wimby02... which we want to forget!]... the Spanish call him "Son of Goran" like everyone else!

They are also hoping that ARG beats RUS so that they can play the Argies at home rather than have to go to RUS to play the Russkies on a fast indoor surface!

Looking even further ahead... if Spain reaches the Finals, they w hope that either FRA or SWE wins so they can play either of them at home... better than if SUI or AUS wins, in which case, ESP w have to play them away... esp in AUS where they'll most likely choose GRASS!!!

I don't like to think THAT far ahead... let's just concentrate on beating the Croats -- that'll be tough enough... although at least they won't have the boisterous Croatian crowds behind them (which USA complained about!). :p

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 04:56 PM
:) A few more words from the Spanish press:

ESP is the best team on clay, no doubt about it: 2 clay champs and 2 clay finalists and 3 top-10s and 1 top-20.

BUT they have their objectives: to consolidate and improve their doubles team AND, more importantly, to be able to win on OTHER SURFACES and AWAY from home.


FIN!
;)

Vera
02-11-2003, 07:13 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
I believe that they were saving Corretja for the doubles and in case he was needed, the fifth rubber.

As opposed to putting the pressure of 3 matches on his shoulders.

True. But Alex's record against the Aussies were also mentioned as one of the reasons. Anyhow...I hope Juanqui's in the team, but if he isn't, it would be okay as long as Spain wins the next tie. I'm sure he won't be left out too often. Well, in fact, he did play Younes last year in DC, maybe head-to-head is not a considering factor :p. And his record against Ljubicic is better :p than Moya's :o , at least they have to consider him first before Carlos ;) .

I know some of you (or most) don't like Ivan, but I like him, maybe bcos of his background, having to go thru adversity at young age. It makes a person to learn to put things in perspective a lot earlier than others (say those real spoiled brat). I like ppl who's really passionate for their country. Here's what I read that he said after the win:

''This felt really good to win all three matches,'' he said. ''As our highest-ranked player, I felt the pressure, the expectations to do that. In 1997 against Finland, yes Finland, I lost all three. My teammates wouldn't talk to me. I cried on the plane ride home. This is better. That was sad.'' Ah, his teammates then were a little mean.

Anyhow, another month and a half before the next tie. We'll see.

BTW, RF, thanks for translating the spanish news for us.

Leo7
02-12-2003, 02:28 AM
If Spain plays Argentina in the semis, which i think will happen, which surface should they choose? the Argentines are soo good on clay (probably the 2nd best clay nation in tennis) so would it be wiser to pick a faster surface? Juanqui, Carlos, and Alex are better hard court players than most of the Argentines, methinks. what do you guys think?

Scotso
02-12-2003, 02:31 AM
Go undefeated Juanqui :D

Chloe le Bopper
02-12-2003, 02:53 AM
Thanks for the Ivan quote, Vera. I don't root for him, but I do find his story very interesting :)


If Spain plays Argentina in the semis, which i think will happen, which surface should they choose? the Argentines are soo good on clay (probably the 2nd best clay nation in tennis) so would it be wiser to pick a faster surface? Juanqui, Carlos, and Alex are better hard court players than most of the Argentines, methinks. what do you guys think?

Leo - Canas, Chela and Nalbandian are ALL better on faster surfaces then on clay. The only true "clay courter" on the team imo, is Gaudio, and even he has potential to do better on other surfaces. Furthermore, once he steps on the court for Davis Cup he's a whole new player.

If this semi was to happen, Spain should select the surface according to their strengths, and not to Argentina's weaknesses. They are far to similar to do that.

RogiFan
02-24-2003, 05:59 PM
Hola!

It has been confirmed:

Spain v Croatia
Club Tenis Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Outdoor Clay
Stadium Capacity: 7,500

OK, anyone going??? If I won the lottery, I'd go!

Pls, Juanqui, be all better by then! ;)

maratski
02-25-2003, 08:03 AM
Good luck Spain :bounce:

Too bad I won't get coverage of this tie.

kiro
02-25-2003, 08:06 AM
So Juanqui will play this tie at home :)
Good luck to the Armanda ;)

RogiFan
02-26-2003, 07:36 PM
:) Latest news from Espain:

Looks like Goran's injury may keep him out of the DC tie in Valencia vs. Spain... ;)