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ROGI's Davis Cup 2003!

RogiFan
01-23-2003, 09:55 PM
We can post news, articles and photos of Rogi and the Swissies in their Davis Cup rounds here!

You know they play Holland Feb. 7-9 in Holland!

Here's what Sjeng Schalken says:

Against Switzerland, Schalken knows that the whole team will have to be on top of their game to counter the threat of Roger Federer, Michel Kratochvil and co.

“Federer is the man to beat. He might play three rubbers and he virtually beat Morocco on his own [in a World Group qualifier last September]. He can play on clay and fast courts so we didn’t plan the surface for him, we just picked our own court for our type of game and hopefully he has a bad weekend! "Switzerland are a very solid team. Kratochvil was world ranked in juniors and now he’s proved himself to be really good in the seniors also. It’s going to be a 50-50 match.”

The Swissies said Holland will be difficult to beat but at least they'll stay in Europe. Micha said that in the World Group there are no easy opponents. It will be even more difficult with Schalken and Krajicek. Micha also said that Holland will probably choose a fast surface.

Rogi, the DC Swiss team leader thinks Holland will be one of the easier opponents and that Switzerland could get past the first round.

...more to come! ;)

TennisHack
01-24-2003, 03:44 AM
:):):) Many compliments not only for Roger, but Micha as well :)

He's right; Schalken and Krajieck doesn't make anybody's lives easier. I posted in my Michel group that I thought indoor carpet was a pretty neutral surface between the two teams -- of course Schalken and Krajieck like anything that will help their serve; Roger is an all court player and Michel was practically raised indoors.

the Netherlands is one of the easier World Group opponents, and right now I believe our Swissies have a slight edge in the overall head to head, 3-2. It's going to be a good one :D

RogiFan
01-24-2003, 03:53 AM
:) Let's hope they make it through! I watched the Juanqui-Hewitt DC00 match and later thought about Misha-P-Henri last year and how Juanqui and Misha became their country's DC heroes! So nice! What an experience for them at such a young age too! Then I thought poor Rogi may never have that experience! :(

But with the other Swissies' help, they just might do it! I would LOVE to see those DC matches from Basel01 and Casablanca02 and Moscow02!!

;)

Doris Loeffel
01-28-2003, 01:32 PM
Quote Doris Loeffel
....wouldn't be surprised when all of a sudden Yves Allegro will play doubles besides Roger as they did pretty good at AO. But then the Bastl/Federer combination wasn't bad either.....


Well it looks like I had a good nose. Yves Allégro is indeed mominated for DC. He replaces Ivo Heuberger who isn't 100 %.

With him we have an other alternative for the Doubles says DC captain Marc Rosset. Clear leader is Roger Federer. Nominated are as well Michel Kratochvil and George Bastl.

From Thursday on they'll train at the national tennis-center at Biel. On Sunday they'll head to Arnheim NL.

RogiFan
01-28-2003, 03:06 PM
:) Thanks Doris for the update! That's great Yves will be part of the DC team along w Micha and George and Rogi. So they'll start training this week and then go to Holland. Let's hope that Rogi gets back into form for DC and beyond!

;)

Doris Loeffel
01-28-2003, 03:27 PM
Especially and beyond!!

I have no doubt he'll give it all for DC.

Nymeria
01-28-2003, 04:29 PM
I can't wait till DC starts. I don't know if Dutch tv will show it (usually they do, but in the same weekend is the world championship speed skating, and at the sunday is the important soccermatch ajax-feyenoord) but at the sundays I will visit the DC.

RogiFan
01-28-2003, 04:45 PM
Originally posted by Legolas
I can't wait till DC starts. I don't know if Dutch tv will show it (usually they do, but in the same weekend is the world championship speed skating, and at the sunday is the important soccermatch ajax-feyenoord) but at the sundays I will visit the DC.

You will be there at the tournament? If so, take lots of pix for us!!

Nymeria
01-28-2003, 05:00 PM
Of course I will take a lot of pix :D :D :D

Sjengster
01-28-2003, 05:13 PM
I'm torn simply because Roger'll be playing the Sjengster - my two favourite players, why did it have to happen? Actually, it could make for a very interesting tie as it's easily the most open of all the first-round matches in the World Group.

I hope Federer and Bastl do make up the Swiss doubles team, simply because if they put Krajicek alongside another Dutch player to face them then the crowd will be able to see the only three people ever to take out Sampras at Wimby since he started his winning run, all on the same court! Imagine that...

RogiFan
01-28-2003, 05:17 PM
Originally posted by Sjengster
I'm torn simply because Roger'll be playing the Sjengster - my two favourite players, why did it have to happen? Actually, it could make for a very interesting tie as it's easily the most open of all the first-round matches in the World Group.

I hope Federer and Bastl do make up the Swiss doubles team, simply because if they put Krajicek alongside another Dutch player to face them then the crowd will be able to see the only three people ever to take out Sampras at Wimby since he started his winning run, all on the same court! Imagine that...


Yeah, that's interesting!! Are you going too?? We never get any DC stuff here... :rolleyes:

Sjengster
01-28-2003, 05:36 PM
Afraid not, I'm a Schalken fan but I'm from the UK and my weekend is rather busy. Just have to rely on the Davis Cup website as per usual I suppose - those slowly clicking scores have an agony all their own...

Nymeria
01-28-2003, 05:39 PM
It seems like I'm the only one who goes to the DC :P
Oh, I remember Meluriel also comes to Holland.

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 06:45 PM
Originally posted by Doris Loeffel
Quote Doris Loeffel
....wouldn't be surprised when all of a sudden Yves Allegro will play doubles besides Roger as they did pretty good at AO. But then the Bastl/Federer combination wasn't bad either.....


Well it looks like I had a good nose. Yves Allégro is indeed mominated for DC. He replaces Ivo Heuberger who isn't 100 %.

With him we have an other alternative for the Doubles says DC captain Marc Rosset. Clear leader is Roger Federer. Nominated are as well Michel Kratochvil and George Bastl.

From Thursday on they'll train at the national tennis-center at Biel. On Sunday they'll head to Arnheim NL.

LOL!! Good call, Doris :) After the AO I thought Yves would travel with the Swiss team as well.

Thanks for the news! :) GOOOOO SWISSIES!!!!! :bounce::bounce:

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 07:17 PM
Dutch Delight in 2003?

The Netherlands might not be everyone’s headline-pick to take home the 2003 Davis Cup, but as their number one Sjeng Schalken explained, they have huge reserves of talent and experience, as well as a secret weapon.

The Dutch hope to welcome back the fit-again Richard Krajicek, former World Number One doubles player Paul Haarhuis, as well as the swashbuckling Raemon Sluiter back into the fold for their first round World Group tie against Switzerland, February 7-9.

Schalken, for one, can’t wait.

"Davis Cup brings you to a different level," he said.

"Everybody stands right behind you when you’re at home and it’s also nice for the opponent. "I talked to Nicolas Kiefer [after the Netherlands vs. Germany tie in 2001] and other players who have played in that atmosphere. They said that it’s really fair, and for them it’s also fun to play. Switzerland will find that there’s going to be a lot of noise, but it will be very fair."

Having reached the semifinals that year without the 1996 Wimbledon Champion Krajicek, the mind boggles as to what they might achieve with him as part of the set-up for the first time in three years. As well as his serve-and-volley game, Krajicek brings a wealth of experience that clearly rubs off on the team’s younger players.

“Richard is the best player ever in Holland and if he’s fit and willing to play, of course there’s a place for him,” said Schalken.

“I was fortunate that when I was 18 or 19 that I could travel with Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis, and I could see Krajicek close-up at his top-ten level. I saw those guys every week, got used to it and I learned a lot from them. For Sluiter and other guys coming up in the team it’s really good if they can see the older ones playing and see how they prepare.”

Especially Haarhuis. The Dutchman, a winner of 54 doubles titles, might be the oldest player on tour at 36, but as Schalken reports, he is still as professional as ever.

“He’s semi-retired but there’s no one in Holland playing doubles as well as him,” said Schalken. “He still practices like a young dog - six, seven hours a day and he’s still fit.”

Against Switzerland, Schalken knows that the whole team will have to be on top of their game to counter the threat of Roger Federer, Michel Kratochvil and co.

“Federer is the man to beat. He might play three rubbers and he virtually beat Morocco on his own [in a World Group qualifier last September]. He can play on clay and fast courts so we didn’t plan the surface for him, we just picked our own court for our type of game and hopefully he has a bad weekend! "Switzerland are a very solid team. Kratochvil was world ranked in juniors and now he’s proved himself to be really good in the seniors also. It’s going to be a 50-50 match.” Thankfully for the Dutch then, they also carry a joker card in the form of Sluiter.

The 24-year-old only finished 96th in the ATP Champions Race last year, but as soon as he pulls on a Davis Cup shirt, he is a different man.

“He is our big Davis Cup hero,” said Schalken with a smile.

What is Sluiter’s secret?

“Well, his secret is that the night before the match he stands in front of the mirror, and says to himself: ‘You are going to do it tomorrow. You are going to be the man tomorrow!’

"He’s really focused in Davis Cup and it’s very tough to beat him. You have to beat him 20 times in a Davis Cup match and once he feels like the public is behind him you can’t stop him.”

And if there’s one thing the Dutch can count on, it’s that their Orange Army of fans will be right behind them throughout.

RogiFan
01-28-2003, 07:59 PM
Originally posted by Legolas
It seems like I'm the only one who goes to the DC :P
Oh, I remember Meluriel also comes to Holland.

What happened to her? She hasn't been posting lately -- I miss her! She had some fab pix of Rogi! Beautiful close-up shots of him! Reviens, Meluriel!! ;)

Nymeria
01-29-2003, 10:40 AM
I often speak to Meluriel at msn, I also asked her why she didn't post anymore. Yeah, she really had some fab pix of Rogi.

Nymeria
01-29-2003, 08:20 PM
:D I try to win tickets for the friday or saturday of the DC :D I hope I will win, then I can see Rogi another day :D

RogiFan
01-29-2003, 08:41 PM
Originally posted by Legolas
:D I try to win tickets for the friday or saturday of the DC :D I hope I will win, then I can see Rogi another day :D

Good luck!!! Hope you win! ;)

Doris Loeffel
01-30-2003, 05:08 PM
Keep the fingers crossed for you

vaiva
02-03-2003, 11:27 AM
From SportingLife (http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.dor?STORY_NAME=international_feed/03/02/03/TENNIS_Swi-Federer_Profile.html)

http://www.sportinglife.com/pictures/general/allsportfedererceleb.jpg

FEDERER REALLY MAKES THE SWISS ROLL
By John Skilbeck, PA International


Just like George Best's swaggering genius went to waste in the Northern Ireland football team, and Michael Vaughan cuts a forlorn figure as virtually the lone hope for the future in English cricket, so Roger Federer might consider himself unfortunate, from a tennis perspective, that he was born Swiss.

The Munchensteiner, who at 21 is gearing himself up for the biggest year of his tennis life - some might say make-or-break - stands out as a player ready to make the breakthrough from Grand Slam contender to champion whenever he competes.

But in those weeks when the tour veers away from the week-in week-out trials of routine tournament play, and switches emphasis to the team game, Federer has all too often been left excruciatingly to fight a destined-to-lose battle.

Cut back to Paris last December when Russia were edging out France to win the Davis Cup final. It was a match which would never have taken place if Federer had solid back-up in the Swiss team.

In February, and in Moscow, on a clay surface which the Russians chose specifically to counter Federer's threat, he crucified Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin.

The word 'beat' would not do justice to his performances in those one-sided tussles, as both were secured emphatically, for the loss of just eight games in each match, in straight sets.

He could not engineer a win in the doubles though, alongside ageing partner Marc Rosset, and the Swiss crashed out 3-2 in the first round.

It was not the first time Federer had impacted on the Davis Cup.

A year previously, and with new America coach Patrick McEnroe installed just a couple of months earlier, the then teenage Federer had knocked the mighty US out in the first round almost by himself.

As well as disposing of Todd Martin and Jan-Michael Gambill, he teamed up with little-known compatriot Lorenzo Manta to leave the Americans blushing in embarrassment at their first defeat at the opening hurdle since 1993.

Federer has become an ubiquitous presence in the tennis writers' ones-to-watch columns, but 2002 was a difficult year when it was widely expected to be spectacular.

He began well enough, collecting the title at the season-opening Sydney event and reaching finals at the Milan and Miami tournaments.

A second title followed, at the Hamburg Masters Series.

But at Wimbledon in June, a year after ending the reign of Pete Sampras, he went from hero to fall-guy after 18-year-old Croatian Mario Ancic, mentored by Goran Ivanisevic, recorded the top surprise of the first round.

That was a blow, perhaps a wake-up call too, but worse was to come in July when his first coach, the Australian Peter Carter, was killed in a car crash in South Africa.

It was a death which Federer admits was shattering, and his results consequently tailed off from then until October, losing four straight in a run which caused his ranking to crash from fourth to 11th.

He picked up his form again in Vienna where he took his title count to three, and some decent late-season results nudged his ranking up to an end-of-year sixth.

Federer was a racquet-smashing tearaway as a youth in Basle, his home town, and was ordered out of several training sessions when his volatile temperament got the better of him.

That temper is history though, and Federer is now the ice-cool figure of the men's tour.

"I realised that racket-throwing didn't help my game," he remarks.

He also followed the town's football team avidly and still does so, more often from afar than he would wish, and admits their recent Champions League adventure played a big role in his resurgent form in late 2002.

As Holland approach on the horizon, hopes are high in the Swiss camp that this year will see the Davis Cup team at least repeat their first-round win of 2001 and extend their season beyond February.

Rosset is now installed as a non-playing captain, so the place which has been his for so long, even after he hit 30 and his form slumped so badly that much of his tennis has since been played on the Challenger Tour, goes to Michel Kratochvil.

Kratochvil, who lurks just outside the world's top 50, offers sufficient quality to pose a serious threat to the likes of Richard Krajicek and Sjeng Schalken in singles play, but the smart money would again be on the doubles being decisive.

Federer has emerged from the spotlight previously focused on Martina Hingis in Swiss tennis.

And with the former women's number one player no longer sure whether she is capable of returning from a persistent foot injury, and suggesting she might not even want to play again, he can expect to stay the centre of attention.

If justification can be found for an occasional shard of limelight to shine on his Swiss team-mates, then Federer might just want to mark down November 28-30, Davis Cup final weekend, in his diary.

Doris Loeffel
02-03-2003, 11:59 AM
Well I wish it'll be soo. But first our swiss guys have to beat team holland.

Hoooppppppppppp Schwiiiiiiizzzzzzz!!

Come on Michel help Roger as hard as you can. And who ever will play doubles play your very best!!

Hooopppppp SChwiiiiizzzz

Nymeria
02-03-2003, 12:02 PM
OH, I can't wait till DC. Less as one week and i will see Roger!!!! :D

vaiva
02-03-2003, 12:58 PM
Originally posted by Legolas
OH, I can't wait till DC. Less as one week and i will see Roger!!!! :D

*burning with envy* :o

Nina
02-03-2003, 05:23 PM
ditto :o

Doris Loeffel
02-03-2003, 05:28 PM
well at least I might have a slight chance to get some TV coverage!! (Even when there's the priority to the Ski-World-Championsips held in St. Moritz right now.)

Hooooppp Schwiiiiiizzzzz!!!

RogiFan
02-03-2003, 06:49 PM
Originally posted by Legolas
OH, I can't wait till DC. Less as one week and i will see Roger!!!! :D

In less than one week you will see Roger!! Lucky you!! We expect a FULL report w photos, don't forget!!

Should be fun!

Hi Doris! How are you?;)

Vaiva, thanks for that article from Sporting Life!! :)

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 08:50 PM
Our Swissies head-to-heads :D

Federer vs Shalken

2001 -- US Open (Hard), R32 -- Federer 6-4, 7-5, 7-6
2002 -- 's-Hertogenbosch (Grass), QF -- Schalken 3-6, 7-5, 7-6


Federer vs Sluiter

2001 -- 's-Hertogenbosch (Grass), QF -- Federer 6-7, 6-4, 6-4


Federer vs Krajicek

2000 -- Vienna (Hard), QF -- Federer 6-4, 6-3
2002 -- 's-Hertogenbosch (Grass), R32 -- Federer 6-2, 7-5

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

Kratochvil vs Schalken

2001 -- Tokyo Outdoor (Hard), QF -- Kratochvil 6-3, 6-4
2002 -- TMS Hamburg (Clay), R64 -- Schalken 6-4, 6-4


Kratochvil vs Sluiter

2000 -- Houston CH (Clay), SF -- Kratochvil 6-4, 7-5
2000 -- Charleroi CH (Carpet), R16 -- Kratochvil 6-2, 7-5
2001 -- Australian Open (Hard), R128 -- Kratochvil 6-2, 6-2, 7-6


Kratochvil vs Krajicek

Never met

RogiFan
02-03-2003, 09:37 PM
:) Thanks a lot, Hackie! So sweet of you to post my request here! ;)

Doris Loeffel
02-04-2003, 12:29 PM
Verkerk replaces Kraijek who had to withdraw due to an ellbow injury.


Can't decide wether this is good or bad for the swiss team.

Hoooppp Schwiiizzzz

Nymeria
02-04-2003, 12:37 PM
I also don't know if it is good or bad for the swiss team. Verkerk is playing very well at the moment, and Krajicek never plays his best tennis in the DC. Well, it doesn't matter me, as long as Roger wins his matches ;)

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 01:07 PM
With the recent change of events, here is a new head-to-head:

Federer vs Verkerk

2002 -- Basel (carpet), R32 -- Federer 6-3, 6-3


Kratochvil vs Verkerk

Never met



Verkerk was Michel's replacement in the Basel draw last year, and I believe there were pictures of him floating around in here last year -- weird :eek: He's tough, and he just won a title on carpet out-acing arguably the best carpet player in the game today. I guess we'll have to see how the pressures of DC get to him, or if he'll even play (since Schalken & Sluiter are still in and Krajicek was probably only going to play doubles anyway).

RogiFan
02-04-2003, 02:41 PM
http://www.mytennis.ch/upload/images/2003_allegro,federer_australian_open_hoch_klein.jp g

:) Yves says he's ready for DC! He considers it an honour to play for the Swiss DC team and wants to be as successful as Lorenzo Manta was... Rogi and Marc wanted to try out Yves at the OZ Open this year... as an alternative doubles partner. He said it was like the good old days!

Well, good luck to our Swissies!!!

Micha looking for a new coach now!:p

Nymeria
02-05-2003, 08:40 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
In less than one week you will see Roger!! Lucky you!! We expect a FULL report w photos, don't forget!!



Of course I will make a lot of photos, but we don't have a good camera, I can't promiss they will be good enough to post, sorry. But I hope I can borrow a better camera of a friend of me...

Doris Loeffel
02-05-2003, 01:01 PM
Swiss TV TSR is for sure going to show DC!!

not sure about DRS yet.

Nymeria
02-05-2003, 03:47 PM
Dutch tv will show DC too!! But I know if they show evrything, because in the same weekend is world championship speedskating, and in Holland we love speedskating more as tennis... I will see, I want to see both...

Mrs. B
02-06-2003, 11:04 AM
Guess who's back just in time to help cheer for the Swissies this weekend? ;)

:wavey:

RogiFan
02-06-2003, 12:12 PM
Originally posted by Mrs. B
Guess who's back just in time to help cheer for the Swissies this weekend? ;)

:wavey:


:D :bounce: Yay!! Welcome back Mrs. B.! Gotta go for the day! See you later!

Doris Loeffel
02-06-2003, 12:12 PM
Good on you Mrs B!!!
Welcome back!!

TennisHack
02-06-2003, 01:06 PM
Mrs. B!!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

*hug* So nice to have you back with us! :)

TennisHack
02-06-2003, 04:25 PM
IT'S TIME! THE OFFICIAL DRAW IS OUT! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1153_gallery.JPG
The singles players: Sjeng Schalken/Raemon Sluiter; Roger Federer/Michel Kratochvil

Rosset Becomes Rare Playing Captain
The last time Switzerland played the Netherlands, Marc Rosset made headlines by injuring his foot in the opening rubber against Jacco Eltingh. Eight years later, Rosset has again made headlines by becoming one of the few playing captains in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.

The 32-year-old is only an occasional figure on the tour these days, but on his first outing as Davis Cup captain he has nominated himself instead of Yves Allegro, the 24-year-old who suffers the disappointment of being dropped on his first nomination.

"It was a team decision," said Rosset. "Georges Deniau is assisting me, and he and the team felt that experience in Davis Cup is very, very important. You can be a great player on the tour, but experience in Davis Cup is a big factor, I'm playing pretty well, so we decided the team is a little bit stronger with me than without me."

Rosset hasn't actually nominated himself for a playing role, opting for Roger Federer and Michel Kratochvil for the opening day's singles, and Federer partnering George Bastl in the doubles. But he says he is an option for the doubles, either with Federer or Bastl.

Rosset replacing Allegro is the only change in the Allianz Switzerland team, but at least that was voluntary. Tjerk Bogtstra, captain of the Vifit Netherlands team was forced to replace the 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek from his original line-up after the big-serving Dutchman again found his elbow giving him pain at last week's ATP event in Milan.

But in Martin Verkerk, Bogtstra has an ideal replacement. The lanky 24-year-old won his first tour title in Milan last week beating Yevgeny Kafelnikov in a close final, and comes into a team whose cohesiveness was one of the factors that saw it to the semifinals two years ago.

Verkerk looks set to make his debut in Saturday's doubles partnering the veteran Paul Haarhuis, who keeps playing largely because of the buzz he gets from Davis Cup. Many suspect Haarhuis will partner Sjeng Schalken, with whom he has a 5-1 record in Davis Cup doubles, but Haarhuis expects it will be with Verkerk, even though the two haven't played together, because Schalken as the Netherlands' top player is required for duty on days 1 and 3.

Schalken will open the tie against Switzerland's second player Michel Kratochvil. The two have played twice before, each has won once, and the match looks a 50:50 call, though Kratochvil has yet to win a live Davis Cup rubber. Much will depend on whether Schalken can tap into the fierce home support expected in the 10,000-seater Geljedrome, an impressive modern arena on the south bank of the Rhine, built on the site where in 1944 thousands of paratroopers were killed in one of the worst battles of the second world war. Schalken is very patriotic but doesn't always respond well to the extremes of home support.

If he can secure the first point, that will put the wind in the sails of his colleague Raemon Sluiter when he faces Roger Federer. The Swiss will start a clear favourite, having not lost a live world group singles rubber since Lleyton Hewitt beat him in Zurich in February 2000, but Sluiter has produced some of his best form in Davis Cup, and he will certainly make
maximum use of a passionate home crowd.

When asked for their predictions, both sides said the other team was a 55:45 favourite. That illustrates how close this tie could be. And the omen for the Swiss could be that the last time they beat the Dutch, it was the first step towards their first Davis Cup final 11 years ago.

Doris Loeffel
02-06-2003, 04:34 PM
Roger Federer not allowed to loose.

Hopping of Federer's doublepack

Arnhem - In Arnhem the Swiss Davis Cup team around leader Roger Federer faces Holand as an outsider for the first round encounter.

For the first matches tomorrow Friday there have already been sold over 9000 tickets. At the "Gelredoms" in Arnhem the ambiance will be cooking (hmmm guess there must be a better word for it just won't come to mind right now.) - agaist the swiss team especially agaist Roger Federer.

From Roger Federer two wins are expected. That he can handle this pressure he has already proven. Last year he made the needed doublepack against Russia and Morocco.

He'll met Raemon Slutier in his first match. Even though Slutier is over 70 places behind the swiss in the ranking, Roger has to be careful. Slutier is the most popular tennis-crack from holland and will with his fighting spirit also against Federer set the oranje fans on fire. Like at s'Hertogenbosch 18 month ago where Roger won pretty clouse agains Slutier in their only meeting.

And what's with Michel Kratochvil?? The swiss number 2 is looking back on a miserable serie of 10 first round losses during the last 6 month. During the first match against Sjeng Schalken he'll be the outsider.

So once again the double might decide the tie. Like in september in Morocco Federer and Bastl will form the duo, they'll met Martin Verkerk / Paul Haarhuis.

Lily
02-06-2003, 06:42 PM
Hi Mrs. B! Welcome back! :)

Originally posted by Doris Loeffel
Roger Federer not allowed to loose.

Hopping of Federer's doublepack

Arnhem - In Arnhem the Swiss Davis Cup team around leader Roger Federer faces Holand as an outsider for the first round encounter.

For the first matches tomorrow Friday there have already been sold over 9000 tickets. At the "Gelredoms" in Arnhem the ambiance will be cooking (hmmm guess there must be a better word for it just won't come to mind right now.) - agaist the swiss team especially agaist Roger Federer.

From Roger Federer two wins are expected. That he can handle this pressure he has already proven. Last year he made the needed doublepack against Russia and Morocco.

He'll met Raemon Slutier in his first match. Even though Slutier is over 70 places behind the swiss in the ranking, Roger has to be careful. Slutier is the most popular tennis-crack from holland and will with his fighting spirit also against Federer set the oranje fans on fire. Like at s'Hertogenbosch 18 month ago where Roger won pretty clouse agains Slutier in their only meeting.

And what's with Michel Kratochvil?? The swiss number 2 is looking back on a miserable serie of 10 first round losses during the last 6 month. During the first match against Sjeng Schalken he'll be the outsider.

So once again the double might decide the tie. Like in september in Morocco Federer and Bastl will form the duo, they'll met Martin Verkerk / Paul Haarhuis.

Doris

"Cooking" is a good word for what the ambiance will be like ;) :)

I think the title of the article says it all. Like the other times, its really going to depend on Rogi winning his single's matches and then the doubles. So much pressure on him, but he seems to handle it very well.

Is it better that he's playing the second match?

TennisHack
02-06-2003, 06:50 PM
Originally posted by Lily
Is it better that he's playing the second match?

Well, it depends on how you look at things.

He played second singles during the first day of play last year against Morocco . . .

Michel is up first against Schalken, and both havea 50/50 shot of winning (at least on paper). If he loses, that's added pressure on Roger to even the tie at 1-all against Mr. Davis Cup himself Raemon Sluiter. The crowd is going to be high as well -- sold out stadium, lots of Dutchies in orange cheering on their boys -- so I guess its just a wait and see prospect.

I personally would have been happier to see Roger up first, and if he won that would dampen the patriotic fervor a bit (I think) and give Michel a better grip on his match. But then, Roger defeated Morocco in Morocco under the same circumstances and pulled out a straight-sets victory over Vowel Man on his favorite surface, so he could very likely do it again.

Lily
02-06-2003, 07:12 PM
Hi TH :)

Hmmm, very interesting! think i'm like you on this one. Also would have preferred to see Rogi play first.

He can handle pressure, but its the added pressure i worry about. But this is DC after all where Rogi always does well.

(goes and finds some wood to knock on)

Vera
02-06-2003, 07:21 PM
Originally posted by Mrs. B
Guess who's back just in time to help cheer for the Swissies this weekend? ;)

:wavey:

Hi Mrs. B :wavey:

Welcome back. You must be exhausted and jetlag. Well, rest well and get ready to cheer for Rogi. :)

Come chat with us soon :kiss: .

Sjengster
02-06-2003, 07:25 PM
Yes, Roger's record is very good in Davis Cup, but that article on the DC website was wrong about him not having lost a singles match since Hewitt in 2000 - like everyone else throughout 2001, he fell to the unstoppable force that was Nicolas Escude during the quarter-final with France. Consider that, in the deciding match, Bastl had match point against Escude; that's how close Switzerland was to a semi against the Netherlands, but in his own unique and inimitable style Escude made yet another remarkable comeback, just like he did against the Sjengster and the Potato later on in the year.

I just hope he's careful in dealing with Sluiter - that man is a dangerous opponent when he's inspired in Davis Cup, as Ferrero found to his cost a couple of years ago. As for Roger vs Sjeng, I just hope it's a classic, no matter who wins.

RogiFan
02-06-2003, 09:18 PM
:bounce: :D Hi fellow Swissies supporters!

Of course the day I'm out all day is the day I have to catch up on all the news...

Anyway, let's hope they continue their winning ways!

Hmm... Micha first up, eh? Well, I have to agree w Mrs. B. and Lily... we don't want TOO much pressure on Rogi even tho he has done exceptionally well in DC on foreign soil... But he won't have too much pressure if Micha wins his match, right???

Damn, I won't be around tomorrow for most of the day either... I want to follow the scores -- are they live on the DC site? I guess so!

Hey, where's ILR?

All of you lucky ones who will be there at the tourney, pls cheer on our Swissies!!!

Doris: just got my final issue of Smash today [I say final cos I'm not sure I can afford another subscription... I'm wavering back and forth...] but the next issue has an article on Mirka, which I'm dying to read!! What to do?? Maybe my sister might help me pay for it... it costs so much for me!!

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 01:52 AM
:) Just a final HOPP SCHWEIZ! before I'm off again, for our Swiss boys!!

Mrs. B., Doris, Sjengster, Nina, Layla, everyone over the pond, pls cheer them on for us!

Doris:

My sister has convinced me to renew my SMASH mag despite the high price! She figures Rogi will do well this year and they'll have enough articles, interviews and pix to keep me happy!

I got a renewal letter from them in German and I hope I can just send them an international money order in CHF [like I did last year] to pay for the subscription!!

Can you buy this mag individually in newsstands in Schweiz??

What are: Postcheckkonto and "Auf das Bankkonto Nr. ...." and "Auf das CHF-Konto Nr. ..." mean???

Hopp boys!!
http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/flags/switz.gif

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 02:44 AM
:) Rogi said that it doesn't make any difference to him who he plays in the singles matches: Verkerk or Sluiter. He said this after the Dutch decided to play Sluiter instead of Verkerk.

Hope so, Rogi!;) Just go out there and slay them, you lion! ROAR! :D

Doris Loeffel
02-07-2003, 07:56 AM
RF
Unfortunately you can't buy the smash at the kiosk. Only way to get it is on the internet (only part of it) and having the abonnement.

Postcheckkonto - account Nr. at your Post (simmilar to a bank acconunt only that the post takes care of it.)

Auf das Bankkonto = verse it to the bank account Nr. .......

TennisHack
02-07-2003, 01:53 PM
Michel was so very close, coming back from two sets to love down and pushing for a fifth, but unfortunately he lost it . . . of course, I come by and his game automatically goes downhill, so I guess whatever good luck charms I had over Roger during the AO are gone now :sad::sad::sad:

I just hope this doesn't completely crush him :(

Mrs. B
02-07-2003, 02:23 PM
Woke up from my jetlag stupor just in time to see Michel lose that 5 setter on a double fault...:(

awwww, but he did put up a fight there, coming back from 2 sets to love down. hope he fares better on the reverse singles.

Hopp, boys. Now good luck to Roger! ALLEZ!!!!

Mrs. B
02-07-2003, 03:55 PM
Yeehhhhhey! Roger wins it in 3 straight sets!

6-2, 6-1, 6-3

Good luck on the doubles match tomorrow.

Nina
02-07-2003, 05:37 PM
:bounce: Well done Roger :)

TennisHack
02-07-2003, 07:39 PM
:D Roger That'll shut up the obnoxious oranges :D

I just finished reading all about the debacle over Michel's match, and hopefully this fire will help him defeat Sluiter in reverse singles (if Schalken is hurting they will replace him with Verkerk and not the other way around). Sounds like the crowd had a lot to do with his loss, more than the usual crowd obnoxiousness :fiery:

I'm SOOOOO pissed!

TennisHack
02-07-2003, 07:40 PM
Controversy Overshadows Finish of Fluctuating Five-Setter

A dramatic opening rubber in Arnhem ended in controversy, with Switzerland’s captain Marc Rosset and player Michel Kratochvil railing at the umpire and referee as Sjeng Schalken beat Kratochvil in five sets.

Schalken’s 6-3 7-5 1-6 4-6 6-4 victory was a remarkable contest played in good spirit between the two players, but a tiny unruly element in the passionate 10,000 crowd proved a constant irritation for the Swiss visitors, and when Kratochvil double-faulted on Schalken’s third match point as a spectator shouted during the ball toss, both player and captain went mad.

While Rosset is no stranger to expressing himself passionately, the normally mild-mannered Kratochvil slammed his racket into the ground and remained motionless with fury just inside his baseline. As the loudspeaker system blared out “It’s a Beautiful Day”, Rosset screamed at umpire Javier Moreno Perez and referee Brian Earley, ending his conversation with Earley by kicking a courtside refrigerator in frustration.

It would be wrong to blame Kratochvil’s defeat on the cry from the crowd – he played a poor final game and failed to make a first serve on the three match points he faced. But it wasn’t the first time he and Rosset had complained. On numerous occasions horns had gone off mid-point, and when Kratochvil dropped serve mid-way through the final set, the Swiss felt he should have had a replayed point after the crowd screamed out when one of his shots struck Schalken’s baseline.

After the match Kratochvil said: “I’m not a bad loser, having fought to the end, it’s just a little disappointing to lose a match and to lose that way. I know that scream clearly disturbed me. Maybe if there was no scream I would have lost the point anyway, but at least I could then shake hands knowing it’s OK. I just think we should have replayed the point.”

Schalken initially suggested Kratochvil was a bad loser, but quickly modified his stance. “I never heard a shout, but if they heard it, then there was something. I think they have a point, but these things happen.”

The highly-charged end marred an otherwise fascinating contest, which Schalken did well to win. In many ways it seemed a shock when he opened up a two-sets lead, given that Kratochvil had been much the more aggressive player early on, and when the Swiss won the third set easily and went two breaks up in the fourth, it seemed a natural reward for his greater sense of initiative.

Perhaps he was too aggressive in the first two sets. He took the ball very early, and Schalken’s best tactic was to counter-punch from the baseline and make the most of his big serve on the medium-paced carpet. He did this to perfection in getting the only break of the first set in the fourth game. He then turned round a 2-5 deficit in the second set, including saving a Kratochvil set point at 3-5. And he turned the match round in the fifth as well.

Kratochvil’s crisp strokemaking enabled him to break to love in the third game of the final set, and at 3-1 the visitors were heading for an unexpected early lead. But Kratochvil played a bad game at 3-2, and Schalken was back. With Kratochvil serving to stay in the match at 4-5, he made two unforced errors to go 0-40, and after the first match point some spectators threw celebration tennis balls onto the court thinking Schalken had won.

He hadn’t, but Kratochvil’s notorious double fault two points later sent the home supporters wild with delight, most of them probably unaware in their joy of the visiting team’s fury.

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 07:44 PM
:D :bounce: :)

Congratulations, ROGI!!! You did it!!

Poor Micha! Was it a heartbreaker?? I hate to see guys lose a long tough 5-setter... must read that post of Lee's!

VIEL GLUCK for the doppel, Rogi!! Is he playing w Rosset for sure???? They better win tomorrow!

Any LIVE scores for this match?? ;)

Thanks, everyone, for posting scores and comments -- much appreciated!

We need more photos!!!

TennisHack
02-07-2003, 07:51 PM
More photos coming your way :D

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1209_gallery.JPG
Michel's controversial loss


http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1227_gallery.JPG
Rogi holds it together :D


http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1230_gallery.JPG
Swissie fans on site! :bounce:


http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1228_gallery.JPG
Marc Rosset, trying to hold it all in

Nymeria
02-07-2003, 07:59 PM
Great match Roger!!!! Few, school finished right on time I could see Roger match on tv :D Oh, I can't wait till sunday when I will really see Roger :D

TennisHack
02-07-2003, 08:10 PM
Rosset in the Thick of Things on Opening Day as Captain

Marc Rosset's first active day as Swiss Davis Cup captain was never going to be dull, but it had enough emotion to leave him remonstrating with officials and kicking a refrigerator in frustration.

No stranger to expressing himself passionately, Rosset found himself and his No. 2 singles player Michel Kratochvil railing at the umpire and referee at the end of the opening rubber, in which the Swiss had lost to the Netherlands' top player Sjeng Schalken in five sets.

Yet at the end of the day Rosset was needed only as a towel-boy for his top player Roger Federer, who gave a veritable masterclass in demolishing Raemon Sluiter, a result which leaves this fascinating tie finely balanced after the opening day.

Schalken's 63 75 16 46 64 victory over Kratochvil was a remarkable contest played in good spirit between the two men, but a tiny unruly element in the passionate 10,000-strong crowd proved a constant irritation for the Swiss visitors, and when Kratochvil double-faulted on Schalken's third match point as a spectator shouted during the ball toss, both player and captain went mad.

The normally mild-mannered Kratochvil slammed his racket into the ground and remained motionless with fury just inside his baseline. After shaking Schalken's hand, he joined Rosset in screaming at umpire Javier Moreno Perez and Referee Brian Earley. After speaking with Earley, Rosset kicked a courtside refrigerator.

"I'm really annoyed with him," said Rosset after the second singles. "Of course there will be crowd involvement in Davis Cup but all we want is for him to be fair. There are rules in Davis Cup you can use, and he didn't use them. The last point should have been replayed."

Kratochvil was slightly more moderate. "I'm not a bad loser," he said, "but having fought to the end, it's just a little disappointing to lose a match that way. I know that scream clearly disturbed me. Maybe if there was no scream I would have lost the point anyway, but at least I could then shake hands knowing it's OK. I just think we should have replayed the point."

Though the Swiss has a case - and there were other points which involved unwelcome contributions from the stands - it would be wrong to blame his defeat on the crowd. He played a poor final game and failed to make a first serve on the three match points he faced.

The highly-charged end marred an otherwise fascinating contest, which Schalken did well to win. In many ways it seemed a shock when he opened up a two-sets lead, given that Kratochvil had been much the more aggressive player early on, and when the Swiss used his crisp strokemaking to win the third and fourth sets comfortably and go 31 up in the fifth, he looked the likely winner.

But Kratochvil played a bad game at 32, and Schalken was back. With Kratochvil serving to stay in the match at 4-5, he made two unforced errors to go 0-40, and after the first match point some spectators threw celebration tennis balls onto the court thinking Schalken had won. He hadn't, but Kratochvil's notorious double fault two points later sent the home supporters wild with delight.

There was no scope for controversy in the second singles - Federer was just too good for that, and the 62 61 63 scoreline testifies to the fact that he was everywhere.

He was two sets up after just 49 minutes, and in the opening game of the third set Sluiter was utterly demoralised by failing to win a point he had played perfectly. He ran Federer around every square centimetre of the court, and thought he had won the point with a precise backhand down the line. But with virtually the entire crowd ready to applaud the home player's court craft, Federer scurried across his baseline to conjure up a stunning crosscourt pass. Sluiter threw down his racket in resignation in a gesture which spoke volumes for the futility of his task.

The two results leave the tie level, but with the Swiss probably feeling better. Federer expended very little energy in his 85-minute match, while Schalken looked much worse than Kratochvil after their three hours 39 minutes of play. With Federer in this form, it seems vital for the Dutch to win the doubles if they are to have any chance of reaching the quarterfinals.

TennisHack
02-07-2003, 09:15 PM
The DC site is reporting that Rogi and George will play doubles tomorrow (at least, that's the way its listed in the tie details) . . .

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 09:28 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
The DC site is reporting that Rogi and George will play doubles tomorrow (at least, that's the way its listed in the tie details) . . .

Yes I noted that too! Hope it's true! I don't know about Marc playing... he's probably too rattled from today's incidents. [I hate it when people say the Spanish fans are the worst behaved! All fans are like that... ]

P.S. ROGI's looking very nice in his RED!! :drool:

Sjengster
02-07-2003, 09:44 PM
Well I must say, after all that controversy in the first match it was a pretty impressive statement from Roger to beat Sluiter as convincingly as he did, judging by the score. I didn't see it but I can just imagine that Federer cross-court pass, and Sluiter looking on in disbelief!

I must say, though, if you're supporting Switzerland you don't have much to worry about if those reports about the Sjengster looking ill and on painkillers by the end of his match are true - rather worrying for Schalken in the first few months of the year. I just might come off the fence and back the Swiss, but it all depends on how the doubles goes tomorrow.

When taking sides, I'm afraid I'm rather like a politician - after staying out of it, I eventually back the side that's winning just to make it easier rather than hope for an incredible comeback. The France-Russia final last year, on the other hand, was an exception, and I think my perseverance got its reward in the end...

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 09:50 PM
Originally posted by Sjengster
Well I must say, after all that controversy in the first match it was a pretty impressive statement from Roger to beat Sluiter as convincingly as he did, judging by the score. I didn't see it but I can just imagine that Federer cross-court pass, and Sluiter looking on in disbelief!

I must say, though, if you're supporting Switzerland you don't have much to worry about if those reports about the Sjengster looking ill and on painkillers by the end of his match are true - rather worrying for Schalken in the first few months of the year. I just might come off the fence and back the Swiss, but it all depends on how the doubles goes tomorrow.

When taking sides, I'm afraid I'm rather like a politician - after staying out of it, I eventually back the side that's winning just to make it easier rather than hope for an incredible comeback. The France-Russia final last year, on the other hand, was an exception, and I think my perseverance got its reward in the end...

Hi Sjengster!

I can only imagine all those matches of today not having any DC coverage to speak of.

What do you think about Verkerk vs. Federer on Sun. for the reverse singles??? given Verkerk's tennis as of late... ;)

Also how do you see the doubles match? Any prognostications??

ILR
02-07-2003, 09:52 PM
woo hoo forget to add my congratulations :p well done :) and of course he looks great in red,I mean what do you expect RF?;)

Sjengster
02-07-2003, 10:03 PM
Verkerk-Federer would definitely be interesting; Federer won on indoor carpet in front of his home fans, so perhaps Verkerk could do the same to him. He's certainly confident and he's serving very well, but then on the other hand Roger is also brilliant in that department and will be tough to break, so it'll all come down to a few key points, possibly in tiebreaks. But if Roger plays at the absolute top of his game, I reckon he can take it.

As for the doubles, well, Federer-Bastl has proved to be a much better combination than Federer-Rosset and they won their match against Morocco convincingly (I sometimes wonder whether, when they talk to each other, they share memories and swap notes on how they beat Sampras in successive years at Wimbledon, but perhaps they have better things to talk of...) . Haarhuis and Verkerk have never played together, but then Haarhuis is an excellent doubles player and Verkerk has the weapons and the good form, so this one is really open-ended. If the Swiss are going to win, I think Federer has to take the role of leader in the pair and inspire his team-mate to raise his level at the right moments.

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 10:03 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
woo hoo forget to add my congratulations :p well done :) and of course he looks great in red,I mean what do you expect RF?;)

Where were you today ILR?? I wasn't around for most of the day and it took me a couple of hrs to catch up w threads and posts and news!! and pix!!

yeah, right, ROGI's HOT in RED!! ;) it's my fave colour too!! RED for PASSION! OLE!!

How do you like those Spanish guys? Pretty damn good so far!!

OK ROGI and GEORGE!!! Do your worst!!

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by Sjengster
Verkerk-Federer would definitely be interesting; Federer won on indoor carpet in front of his home fans, so perhaps Verkerk could do the same to him. He's certainly confident and he's serving very well, but then on the other hand Roger is also brilliant in that department and will be tough to break, so it'll all come down to a few key points, possibly in tiebreaks. But if Roger plays at the absolute top of his game, I reckon he can take it.

As for the doubles, well it's an instant opportunity for Kratochvil to get back at the Dutch crowd by claiming to win, but he certainly mustn't let them affect him again like today. Haarhuis and Verkerk have never played together, but then Haarhuis is an excellent doubles player and Verkerk has the weapons and the good form, so this one is really open-ended. If the Swiss are going to win, I think Federer has to take the role of leader in the pair and inspire his team-mate to raise his level at the right moments.

Well said, Sjengster!! I just hope Rogi plays his best tennis -- if anything, it's simply a joy to behold! That's if you actually get to see the match, of course!

Are the matches on Brit Eurosport or SKY??

Gotta run just when it's getting fun! Typical!

ILR
02-07-2003, 10:08 PM
OK Ill explain!;) today I was at school :p then I walked to my grans house for tea and straight off to football training :p then came home did a little schoolwork and now here I am!

How do I like them?Not bad so far ;) My fave colour is red also :p

Sjengster
02-07-2003, 10:18 PM
I actually edited the post since I remembered that Bastl will be playing with Federer, not Kratochvil - at least that doesn't give the Dutch the opportunity to get on his back again.

The tie isn't being covered at all, actually - as our national broadcaster the BBC is showing Australia v GB even though they know it's hardly going to be edge-of-the-seat stuff, while Sky are doing Sweden v Brazil and I guess Eurosport don't have the rights to cover the Davis Cup.

It's a pity there's no Switzerland-Holland coverage as it must surely be the hardest one to predict the outcome of and there was certainly drama in that opening match today. Last year Sky followed the US all the way to the semis, then covered the final in Paris, but with the American draw that certainly won't be happening this time.

TennisHack
02-07-2003, 11:08 PM
Originally posted by Sjengster
I actually edited the post since I remembered that Bastl will be playing with Federer, not Kratochvil - at least that doesn't give the Dutch the opportunity to get on his back again.

Wow, I hadn't thought of it that way. The crowd is probably going to be even more relentless against Micha in the next match he plays :sad: Hopefully it will be a dead rubber and Michel can have an extra reason to disregard them. :rolleyes:

Perhaps he has more mental fortitude than I have been giving him credit for -- after all, that was a two sets to love comeback he made, and apparently his serve was 100% for one of the sets -- and he's just having trouble ending the matches a la Henin-Hardenne. I think that might be easier to tackle than just crumbling and not showing fight.

Lily
02-07-2003, 11:50 PM
Marc is right. First rule in DC is you have to be fair and if someone shouts out during a ball toss then you should replay the point.

I remember during the USA/SUI tie in '01 and it was JMG v Rogi, someone's horn sounded during a rally and they replayed the pt. That may not be the same as this incident, but its still a distraction and the pt should have been replayed. anyway....

even tho Michel lost its VERY nice to see him come back and win those 2 sets.

Rogi...a masterclass. i love that! :)

Rogi and George are a great doubles team. very good choice!

just watched the James/Mario match. James played great and both guys clapped at each others good shots. very nice spirit! i may have to start liking Mario......

so now they all must win the doubles tomorrow...Brazil, US and the Swiss!

RF- I thought the Brazilian fans are the worst behaved, but yeah, maybe all fans are like that.

RogiFan
02-08-2003, 12:50 PM
:D Yay 63 SUI!!!! Hopp!!;)

Mrs. B
02-08-2003, 02:03 PM
dammit!!!

Holland leads 2 sets to 1. Wake up Roger & George!!!!!!!!!

ALLEZ SUISSE!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

RogiFan
02-08-2003, 03:06 PM
:sad: :( SUI lost their dbles to NED!!!!! I blame Rosset for his indecision... who did Rogi practise w anyway??? Marc and George?

Now for Micha to step it up BIG TIME and not crap out! He has to save SUI! :p

Nymeria
02-08-2003, 05:04 PM
Okey, can't wait for tomorrow. Finally I will see Rogi again.
It was terrible today, I didn't know who I had to support. Roger is my favo player, but I like it to support my own country too. I did hate it to see Rogi lose, hopefully he will win tomorrow.

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 06:05 PM
Dutch Win Keeps Even Tie Finely Balanced

The widespread feeling that this tie is destined to be decided in a live fifth rubber moved a step closer to becoming reality when the Dutch discovered a new partnership in the doubles.

Playing together for the first time, Paul Haarhuis and Martin Verkerk took a set to warm up, but then played a superb match, beating Switzerland's Roger Federer and George Bastl 36 63 64 75 to give the home side a 2-1 lead going into the final day.

For much of the week, the Swiss were expecting the Dutch captain Tjerk Bogtstra to play the 37-year-old Haarhuis with his most successful doubles partner of the past three years, Sjeng Schalken, but Haarhuis always felt he would be starting a new partnership with Verkerk, the tall 22-year-old who won his first tour title a week ago in Milan, which is what happened.

And after a nervous start which saw Haarhuis face break points in his first four service games, the two gelled superbly, Verkerk's big serve and raw power proving the perfect foil to Haarhuis's solidity and court craft. At the same time, Federer, who had been sublimely impressive in his opening day singles win over Raemon Sluiter, delivered a less convincing performance and by the end was being outplayed by his partner Bastl.

There was just one break of serve in each set, and the three sets the Dutch won were all down to breaking Federer's serve. "I never got the rhythm on my serve," Federer said, and as Haarhuis and Verkerk warmed to their task, they could see this was a weakness to exploit.

The crucial stage of the match came at the end of the second set. Having broken Federer in the second game of the set, the Swiss had 15-40 on Haarhuis's serve at 4-2. Four superb points brought the Dutch back, and a few minutes later the big serves of Verkerk levelled the match.

At that stage it looked even, but Haarhuis was never to face another break point, and Verkerk never faced one in the whole of the match. Signs that Federer might wake up from his slightly lethargic performance came when he hit a stupendous passing shot running back to chase a Haarhuis lob, but by then the Swiss were 2-4 adrift, and after an hour and 50 minutes the Dutch won the third set.

The fourth set lasted an hour and had plenty of drama. The opening game had a delay of nearly 10 minutes, referee Brian Earley calling for play to be halted while a spectator who had collapsed received medical treatment. And at 2-2 Bastl was allowed to re-take a first serve which had gone long, after the umpire Javier Moreno felt he was unfairly impeded by a shout from the crowd during the ball toss.

But the Dutch were not to be knocked off course. Knowing they had to win given Federer's impressive singles record, they broke the top Swiss in the 11th game, and served out the victory in two hours 50 minutes.

"The difference was Verkerk," said the Swiss captain Marc Rosset afterwards, "I didn't expect him to play so well. I thought the Dutch were slight favourites for the doubles, but he made the difference."

Verkerk himself can't quite believe the week he's having. "I'm playing really well," he said with some understatement. "It was very nice to play with Paul, and we got to a really good level. I was serving really well, returning okay, Paul was unbelievable at the net, his service game worked well, everything was good."

Verkerk's assured Davis Cup debut makes him a hot favourite to play at least one of the reverse singles. The current nominations are Federer to open against Schalken, with the Swiss tipped to win that one, followed by a likely live fifth rubber between Sluiter and Michel Kratochvil. But most people who saw the doubles will expect Verkerk to play.

"There are some possibilities," he said. "I could play against Federer, or against Kratochvil, but maybe I'm not even playing. What's really good is that I played doubles, because I have confidence now, I know how it is with the crowd, and I'm going to be looser."

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1287_gallery.JPG

RogiFan
02-08-2003, 08:48 PM
:) Hackie, for what it's worth:

A Swiss article called Micha "Michel the Lionhearted" for his superb performance even though he lost... it was one of his best DC matches ever. They're saying he should feel satisfied that he played well. He owes this to Rosset/Deniau. Rosset said Micha is a generous, talented player... he played w great courage and heart.

As for Rogi... looks like HE was the liability!! Oh ROGI!!!! You better win your match tomorrow vs. Schalken or Verkerk [most likely]. And if he wins, then Micha has to beat Sluiter.

HOPP!!!!

Our Swissies need us!! ;)

Sjengster
02-08-2003, 09:02 PM
Yes, I was surprised to hear that it was Roger's serve that was broken in all three sets - I think it shows that even his normally cool temperament was disturbed a little by the over-enthusiastic (to put it mildly) Dutch crowd.

If he does play the Sjengster tomorrow he can count on a much tougher match than against Sluiter even if he does manage to win in straight sets, like he did in their only best-of-five-sets meeting (2001 US Open). And if it's Verkerk, well, confidence, a big serve, an indoor court and a noisy crowd all add up to a big advantage. Federer will have to be on top form, for sure.

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 09:33 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
:) Hackie, for what it's worth:

A Swiss article called Micha "Michel the Lionhearted" for his superb performance even though he lost... it was one of his best DC matches ever. They're saying he should feel satisfied that he played well. He owes this to Rosset/Deniau. Rosset said Micha is a generous, talented player... he played w great courage and heart.

Aww! :hearts::hearts::hearts:

Where is the article? I want to post it in my fan club, if you don't mind digging it up.

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 12:06 AM
And wait -- what is this about a former French coach is the new Swiss DC coach? How in the world did I miss that? :o Can someone please tell me?

Nymeria
02-09-2003, 07:15 AM
In a few minutes I will leave home to go to Arnhem. Finally I will go to DC, I can't wait :D

Mrs. B
02-09-2003, 07:38 AM
Enjoy the matches, Legolas. I'm sure whoever wins it in the end, the whole experience is memorable for you, esp. when you see Roger play his beautiful game...;)

ich drucke die Daumen für die Schweizer!!!!

HOPP SCHWIZZZZZZZZ :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Good luck to Roger & Krati...

Nina
02-09-2003, 08:27 AM
what time does the match start? CET?

Mrs. B
02-09-2003, 10:16 AM
Hi, Nina!

The match starts @ 1400h CET. I think Roger goes on first...

Layla
02-09-2003, 10:18 AM
Hi! :wavey:

The match has just begun!

Nina
02-09-2003, 11:38 AM
*fingers crossed*

Lily
02-09-2003, 12:14 PM
Rogi 7-6 6-4 5-5 (last time i checked)

since he's doing well, maybe I'll leave....

Mrs. B
02-09-2003, 12:29 PM
Yeheyyyy!!! Roger wins his rubber to tie it to 2-2

Now Michel K. has to deliver... GOOD LUCK, Krati!!!!!

You can do it. Show them you've got a big heart!!!!!!

:bounce:

Nina
02-09-2003, 03:12 PM
pics :) :hearts: ;)

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/reuters_ids/20030209/i/3856073752.jpg

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afp_photo/20030209/sge.uel82.090203132445.photo00.default-384x263.jpg

Nina
02-09-2003, 03:13 PM
:hearts:

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap_photo/20030209/all/l737650.jpg

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afp_photo/20030209/sge.uep44.090203135344.photo00.default-246x384.jpg

Nina
02-09-2003, 03:14 PM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap_photo/20030209/all/l737596.jpg

Lily
02-09-2003, 04:10 PM
omg! Michel is leading 4-1 in the 4th!

keep going Michel!!!

Mrs. B
02-09-2003, 04:12 PM
Michel wins the decisive 5th rubber for Switzerland to beat Holland!!!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

let the party begin!!!!! :D

Mrs. B
02-09-2003, 04:18 PM
CONGRATS, SWITZERLAND!!!

Congrats to Michel, Roger, to Marc Rosset for being a good captain, and to all the Swissies!!!!

Lily
02-09-2003, 04:29 PM
Congrats to the Swiss!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

Rogi, always so consistent in singles and Michel, for showing his true fighting spirit and big heart!!!! Way to go guys!!!

Thanks for the pics, Nina! :)

RogiFan
02-09-2003, 04:36 PM
:D :) :bounce:

YAY! SWITZERLAND RULES!!!! :bounce:

Both Rogi and Micha came through under tons of pressure and adversity!! I'm PROUD of you guys!!! This bodes well for future DC ties!!!

Congratulations, Swissies, George too!!!

Next up... France! ;)

Lovely pix, Nina!!

ILR
02-09-2003, 04:38 PM
dammit am I too late?:p:(

ILR
02-09-2003, 04:54 PM
Well done to the Swissies :D :bounce: Am I celebrating alone?:(;)

Nina
02-09-2003, 05:25 PM
Are they playing France at home or in France?

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 05:40 PM
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!

:bounce::bounce::bounce:

I was too nervous to get up to follow Micha's match, but I'm soooooo happy nonetheless!!!

I got to change my avatar!! :kiss: I love you, dahling!!! Congrats on your huge victory!!!! :bounce:

Nina, they play France in France . . . but let's not think of that now. LET'S CELEBRATE!!!!!

Mrs. B
02-09-2003, 05:40 PM
Kratochvil Completes Swiss Fightback Against The Dutch
Michel Kratochvil defeated Martin Verkerk 16 76(5) 76(6) 61 to seal a 3-2 victory for Switzerland over the Netherlands in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie in Arnhem. This followed Roger Federer's straight sets defeat of Sjeng Schalken in the day's opening rubber.

Kratochvil failed to earn a break point in the first two sets, but managed to snatch the second set on a tiebreak. Despite squandering an early break in the third set, he edged the tiebreak 8-6, before running away with the match.

The Swiss will be on the road again in the quarterfinals, where they face an away tie in France, 4-1 winners over Romania earlier today.

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 05:56 PM
Swiss Roll Into Quarters As Kratochvil Triumphs
Switzerland are through to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in a personal triumph for their second singles player Michel Kratochvil.

The 25-year-old from Bern came out for his sixth live Davis Cup rubber, having lost the previous five, and after Friday's five-set defeat to Sjeng Schalken there were mutterings about possible mental frailties. But in the decisive singles against the Netherlands' Martin Verkerk, Kratochvil showed tremendous nerve to overcome a horrific start and win 16 76(5) 76(6) 61.

"It's unbelievable," he said. "It's one of the biggest wins of my career, my first win at 2-2, I'm very happy. I always said I didn't have a mental weakness, but I think now even those who had doubts will forget them."

The match had immense drama, notably in the second of the two tiebreaks. It had five contentious line calls, two overrules as umpire Roland Herfel found himself in the middle of the action, and a set point played with a level of noise normally associated more with basketball than tennis.

When Kratochvil overhit a forehand at 5-4, he gave Verkerk two set points. The Swiss saved one with a big serve, and then watched in relief as a Verkerk forehand went into the tramlines.

Then with Kratochvil serving at 7-6, he waited for quiet, but it never came. So getting the nod from Herfel, he served, the Dutch thought the serve was out, but Verkerk wisely played it. When Kratochvil won the point to take a two-sets-to-one lead, the Dutch team and supporters went wild with anger.

Tjerk Bogstra said: "It's disappointing how the line calls went, the line judges weren't on our side, but we lost the match not because of that but because Martin didn't finish the tiebreaks in the second and third sets. If he'd come up with some good serves we would have won 3-0."

Though it was a pivotal point, the real turning point came in the second set. After Kratochvil had an awful start, losing the first five games and barely seeing the Verkerk serve, he finally started to get into some rallies early in the second. But still Verkerk, an expected replacement for the originally nominated Raemon Sluiter, looked the more confident player.

Two moments turned the match around. Kratochvil played superbly to save two break points at 4-4, and then won four points on the run from 3-5 adrift in the tiebreak. From then on he grew in confidence, and after taking the third set, eased into some crisp strokemaking in the fourth, dominating Verkerk the way he himself had been dominated in the first.

Verkerk can look back on a creditable Davis Cup debut, but seldom will he serve 30 aces and come off court the loser.

The win means the Swiss will travel to France for a quarterfinal against the 2001 champions. En route to that title, France beat Switzerland in the quarterfinals on an 8-6 final set in the decisive rubber, Nicolas Escude saving a match point before beating George Bastl.

Not only will the Swiss have a chance of revenge, but they have now broken a series that was beginning to become a monkey on their back. Their last three defeats have all been in live fifth rubbers, and with the confidence Kratochvil will pick up from this win, the French will have to be at full strength to beat this increasingly confident Swiss team which is no longer
reliant just on Roger Federer.

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 06:05 PM
More pictures from Roger's match. Get with it, Yahoo! We want to see the real hero of the tie! ;)

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030209/capt.1044815952netherlands_davis_cup_arn105.jpg


http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030209/capt.1044816141netherlands_davis_cup_arn107.jpg

Mrs. B
02-09-2003, 06:05 PM
Good article, Hackie! Thanks. :)

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 06:06 PM
Ahh, here we go:

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030209/capt.1044815230netherlands_davis_cup_arn109.jpg
Switzerland's Michel Kratochvil returns with a backhand in his mens single Davis Cup match against Martin Verkerk of the Netherlands at the Gelredome stadium, in Arnhem, eastern Netherlands Sunday Feb. 9, 2003.
(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Mrs. B
02-09-2003, 06:12 PM
The Swiss papers tomorrow will sing hymns of praises for Michel, and he deserves it. :)

I'm off to bed now so see you guys later. Ciao!

:wavey:

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 06:13 PM
Someone please just put them up here, then :) He definitely deserves it since he's usually just ragged on.

Goodnight, Mrs. B! Thanks again! :wavey:

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 06:31 PM
ALL RIGHT!! The DC site obliges :)

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1367_gallery.JPG


http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1366_gallery.JPG


http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1370_gallery.JPG

Nina
02-09-2003, 06:40 PM
this just appeared on Yahoo

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/reuters_ids/20030209/i/3118247666.jpg

and Russia won too :) what a lovely start to the Davis Cup :)

Nymeria
02-09-2003, 07:03 PM
A fantastic day! Roger played quiet good, some beautyfull points, and Kratochvil was good too. I enjoyed very much today in Arnhem. I couldn't make a lot of pictures, because I didn't had a good camera, and I was too far of the court, but if the pics I made are good I will post them ofcourse.

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 12:22 AM
Here's what one of the posters in the Michel fan club said (she's from Belgium):

"O my God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was incredible!!!!!!!
Today............, I will tell you what happened today.............!
Today, I went visting my grandparents and when I got home, my sister put the TV on. Suddenly, we saw that there was tennis on tv. She said to me: Leentje, its Switzerland who is playing vs the Netherlands. I said:'Ye, right, can you put on an other channel because it is always Federer who's playing and I think I saw that match'. But she waited and suddenly, I saw brown short hair ...I couldn't believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!It was Michel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!I really
couldn't believe it!!!!My sister said to me I was crazy! But I was
sooooooooooooooooooooo happy, it has been a year I really saw him playing on tv...of course, you guys hold me up to date....but to see him play was really really cool!
And I became happier happier when I saw he was winning! I yelled and said to him he could do it and he had to have faith!!! And he took my advice!!heheheheheheehehe, he won!!!!!UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!
I saw him angry when the empire said the ball was out and it was really in!!!! It was difficult for him to stay calm, his team made signs to him that it was really important he had to stay calm! And he was soooooooooooooooo happy, he jumped (he really jumped!!!)in the arms of the swiss players! He was really really happy! and me too!!!!
But the stupid people of holland, they interviewed verkerk....but I
thought they would interview Michel too but they didn't!!!! Michel
disappeared with the other players....and I really hoped he could say something.......but he didin't.....but he was really really happy! It's a good thing he won, ...for his confidence! !!!!
But I saw he was nervous....and angry he was! I hadn't expected that but there were things that were really unfair!
And I hope Belgium has noticed Michel now and people decide here that they want to show all games of Michel in the future!
The woman in Holland who gave comment on the game said that Michel is a very serious player and that he is shy! Is that true? I think she's right! He seems to me very shy, but I like that....I don't like it when players act like ...pe Roddick. My sister also said she couldn't understand that I am a fan of Michel! I got angry of course, especially when she decided to see something else on tv! He is a very special guy I think.....and I hope he will win a lot of games now in the future! When you don't give up and decide to go on, then you get the things you deserve and you can be happy!!!"

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 02:15 AM
:) Hackie

Here's an article about Micha but darn, I can't understand it! Maybe someone can help us!

Endlich Champagner für Held Kratochvil!
Micha holte in Holland den dritten Daviscup-Punkt

VON MICKE MARTENS AUS HOLLAND

ARNHEIM – Endlich, endlich sprang Michel Kratochvil über seinen Verlierer-Schatten und mit ihm das Schweizer Daviscup-Team in die Viertelfinals auswärts gegen Frankreich!

1:6, 7:6, 7:6, 6:1 im alles entscheidenden Einzel gegen die holländische Aufschlagskanone Verkerk (servierte mit bis zu 224 km/h!) – ein völlig neues Gefühl für Kratochvil. Endlich ein Held im Daviscup, endlich Sieger in einem wichtigen Match.
«Ich bin überglücklich, das ist genial», jubelte der Berner, der in der aufgeheizten Atmosphäre Emotionen zeigte wie noch nie. Aber in wichtigen Phasen auch cool blieb: Etwa, als er im zweiten Tiebreak zwei Satzbälle abwehrte und als Einziger im Stadion die Nerven behielt.

Den 1:2-Rückstand nach der Doppel-Niederlage wettgemacht hatte ein erneut souveräner Roger Federer, der seine sechste Daviscup-Partie in Serie ohne Satzverlust gestaltete. «Endlich zahlt sich aus, dass ich immer gewonnen habe», verteilte er Blumen an Kratochvil. «Der Team-Spirit hier in Holland war riesig. Jetzt ist sogar auswärts gegen Frankreich alles möglich.»

Der neue Teamgeist und die längst erhoffte Integration von «Aussenseiter» Kratochvil war der Schlüssel zum Erfolg in Arnheim. Hauptverantwortlich dafür: der neue Team-Captain Marc Rosset. «Micha hat das gezeigt, was im Daviscup zählt – ein grosses Herz und viel Mut», war der Genfer stolz auf seinen bisher so zaudernden Spieler. «Dieser Erfolg hilft ihm sicher auch für seine Einzelkarriere.»

Rossets erste Erfahrungen als Captain waren schrecklich: «Ich habe auf dem Stuhl jeden Match mitgespielt, ich bin fix und fertig. Aber es ist mir gelungen, Micha zu einer Höchstleistung zu motivieren.»
blick


ein völlig neues Gefühl für Kratochvil -- is this a NEW thing for Krati?? like a new success or hurdle??

Ich bin überglücklich, das ist genial -- I guess he's REALLY happy

Den 1:2-Rückstand nach der Doppel-Niederlage wettgemacht hatte ein erneut souveräner Roger Federer, der seine sechste Daviscup-Partie in Serie ohne Satzverlust gestaltete. -- are they saying after the doubles defeat... what about Rogi?

Rosset's singing Micha's praises again! grosses Herz -- a big heart!


:angel:

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 02:56 AM
Well, here's the machine translation from Google (with a few revisions from me, damn these languages and their gender-specific pronouns!):

Finally Champagne for hero Kratochvil!
Micha got the third Davis Cup point in Holland

OF MICKE MARTENS FROM HOLLAND

ARNHEIM -- Finally, finally Michel Kratochvil jumped over his loser shade and with it Swiss the Davis Cup team into the Quarterfinals outward against France!

1:6, 7:6, 7:6, 6:1 in all crucial single against the Dutch impact cannon Verkerk (served with up to 224 km/h!). A completely new feeling for Kratochvil. Finally a hero in the Davis Cup, finally a winner in an important match. "I am overjoyed, that am ingenious", was jubilant to the Bernese, which did not show in the heated atmosphere emotions like ever. But also remained in important phases cool: About, when he repelled two sentence balls in the second Tiebreak and kept as only in the stadium the nerves.

An again sovereign Roger Federer, who arranged its sixth Davis Cup portion in series without sentence loss, had made up for the 1:2-Rueckstand after the double defeat. "finite disburses itself that I always won", distributed he flowers at Kratochvil. "the team Spirit in Holland was enormous here. Now even outward everything is possible. against France "

The new team spirit and the integration of "outsider" Kratochvil, long expected, was the key to success in Arnheim. Main responsible for it: the new team Captain Marc Rosset. "Micha showed that, what counts in the Davis Cup? a large heart and much courage ", were that Geneva proudly on its so far so zaudernden player. "this success helps him probably also for his single career."

Rossets first experiences as Captain were terrible: "I along-played each match on the chair, am fixed and finished I. But I succeeded in motivating Micha to a maximum output." view

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 02:58 AM
:) I like what Schalken said of Rogi:

Schalken said he had nothing to be ashamed of. "I was playing better and better," he said, "but Roger does that to me. He brings out the best in me, and I was just beaten by the better player."

Here's an interesting note:

If the Dutch are looking for an omen, Switzerland's Davis Cup record in the last three years offers one. The Swiss have gone out in a live fifth rubber for the past three years, and all three teams which beat them went on to the final. Australia won in Zurich in 2000, when Mark Philippoussis beat George Bastl in five sets, and was runner-up that year; France's Nicolas Escude beat the luckless Bastl 8-6 in the fifth in the 2001 quarterfinals in Neuchatel en route to the 2001 title; and Kratochvil lost to Marat Safin in last year's first round, the first step towards Russia's first Davis Cup title. ;)

Ooh... I wish I were there!!!! What a great weekend it turned out to be! Hackie, Micha is the hero alright!!

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 02:59 AM
My favorite line, LOL:""finite disburses itself that I always won", distributed he [Rogi] flowers at Kratochvil." LOLOL!! Gotta love Google.

And :eek: Didn't know that they also called him 'Micha'! I thought that's something we started! :o

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 03:01 AM
:) more pix

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 03:04 AM
another small one

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 03:14 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
... ARNHEIM -- Finally, finally Michel Kratochvil jumped over his loser shade and with it Swiss the Davis Cup team into the Quarterfinals outward against France!

... "I am overjoyed, that am ingenious", was jubilant to the Bernese, ... About, when he repelled two sentence balls in the second Tiebreak and kept as only in the stadium the nerves.

An again sovereign Roger Federer, who arranged its sixth Davis Cup portion in series without sentence loss, ...

Rossets first experiences as Captain were terrible: "I along-played each match on the chair, am fixed and finished I. But I succeeded in motivating Micha to a maximum output." view

LOL indeed!!:p :rolleyes: I love the "repelled two sentence balls"!

have you seen this pic yet?

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 03:17 AM
I can't remember which pix were posted:

:angel:

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 03:18 AM
LOL, yes I've seen that picture and I hate it. I made this mistake of putting it in the funny pics thread in GM and now its migrated to the "potentially dirty" pictures thread . . . . but you have to have the context, the other view which is Marc spraying him.

Micha doesn't exactly look graceful in that pic :o:o:o

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 03:21 AM
another Rogi!

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 03:22 AM
one more before I go to bed and dream of ROGI...:angel: :drool:

Mrs. B
02-10-2003, 06:31 AM
Hackie's hero...:hearts:

Doris Loeffel
02-10-2003, 10:47 AM
GANZ HERZLICHEN GLUECKWUNSCH MICHEL!!!

Big big compliment Michel.
You proved me wrong. When I found out you had to play Verkerk insted of Raemon I thought sh...... And seeing you loosing the first set to this serving machinge really my only hope was you would start keep holding your serve to get at least a TB. And so you did!! And then I told (in my thoughts hey you won two TB against Agassi so why not against Verkerk!!) And you did it!! even twice (after giving up a lead)!! As for the line calls well some were really really close and hard to tell. But I think all in all it's been the same on both sides.

Then the 4th set. You managed again a break against Verkerk and you showed some really grea tennis. Gee but I was nervous till the last point was played. And even then I could hardly believe it you did it!! Really it was fantastic to watch. And I'm soooooooo happy for you that really finally you won one of those important matches!!

Here's an article from www.mytennis.ch

Michel Kratochvil - the new DavisCup hero

For the first time after almost then years the Allianz Suisse Davis Cup Team was able after beeing down 1:2 to change it into a 3:2 victory. The big hero of the swissies ;) was the bernies Michel Kratochvil, who for the first time was able to get the decisive point.

From Marcel hauck (text) and Daniela Zumbrunnen (EQ Images, Bilder) from Arnhem.

http://www.mytennis.ch/upload/images/Krati_Faust.jpg

After the Allianz Suisse Davis Dup Team has lost 3 times the important 5 match during the last 3 years ( George Bastl against Philippoussis and Escudé and Michel Kratochvil agaisnt Safin) this time the 23 year Kratochvil made it to a happy-end. After a miserable beginning he showed like on friday at his loss to Schalken fighting qualities and was able to beat the increadable serving force Mailand-winner Martin Verker in 4 sets.

Team Spirit payed off:
http://www.mytennis.ch/upload/images/Rosset,_Krati.jpg
The Allians Suisse Davis Dup team left a strong impression in Arnhem - not only playing on the court but also as a solid team with an intact teamspirit. The leading Duo Marc Rosset and Georges Deniau were obviously able to make, a already before good working collective, even closer and took care of a harmonic athmosphere.

Roger is the undoubtable teamleader, who usually is winning his singles - seven times in serie lately. On the other side it was the first time in almost then years that the swiss number two was able to win the important third point. Since 1994 (3:2 in Zimbabwe) the swiss team was never able to get rid of a 1:2 deficite. Now the burden fell from Michel Kratochvils shouldes, to finally win an important Davis-Cup match. One of the big winners of the weekend is also Marc Rosset, who as a captain made everything right and with his enthusiasm brought a lot of swing to the team. Already in 6 weeks (4.-6. april - please make it a great b'day gift for me ;) the team around Rosset and the experienced Coach Georges Deniau will face France in the quarterfinal tie.




Hoppe this is now easier to read:

Finally champagne for hero Kratochvil!
Micha won the 3 DC point in Holland

from Micke Martens from Holland

Arnheim - finally, finally Michel Kratochvil jumped over his loosing shadow and with him the swiss DavisDup team into the quartes against France in France.

1:6 7:6 7:6 6:1 in the all deciding singles against the dutch serving canon Verkerk (served up to 224 km/h) - a compleat new feeling for Kratochvil. Finally a hero in DC, finally a winner in an important Match.

"I'm really very happy, it's fantastic" said the Berner full of joy, who showed - in the heated athmosphere - emotions like never before. Put during the important points stayed cool: Like when he saved to setpoints in the second tiebreak when he keep as the only person in the whole stadium his nerves.

Roger Federer once again leveled the tie after a 1:2 deficite and won his sixth davis cup match without dropping a set. "Finally it's paying of that I've always been winning" he gave away flowers to Kratochvil (not sure if that german saying wookrs also in inglish giving flowers to someone when giving a compliment.) "The teamspirit here in holland was huge. Now everything's possible even away against France."

The new teamspirit and the long during integraion of "outsider" Kratochvil was the key to the succes in Arnhem. Mainresponsable for that: the new team-captain Marc Rosset. "Micha what counts most in DavisDup - a big heart and a lot of currage" was the Genfer proud of the once so uncertain player. "This succes will for sure help him also in his singles career."

Rosset first experiences as a captain were terrible "I've played every single match on the chair, im compleately worn out. But I was able to motivate Micha to a top performance."

Doris Loeffel
02-10-2003, 10:52 AM
Hmmm I have no clue why the pics don't show up....

Doris Loeffel
02-10-2003, 11:30 AM
looks like it was just my server playing funny

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 01:39 PM
Thanks for the great articles, Doris!! I can see the pictures just fine now . . . (and Mrs. B -- :kiss:!)

France is going to be a tough quarterfinal round, but I really like the way the team has come together. And of course, I'm still quite happy about the win, even now :)

meluriel
02-10-2003, 01:49 PM
Hellooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't speak !! I'm VERY VERY HAPPY (and very tired for sure!!lol) WE HAVE WON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah it's beautiful and unbeliveable !!! The swiss players are angels !! I likeeeeeee the swiss team !!!! MICHA IS A VERY VERY GOOD GREAT BEAUTIFUL ..... PLAYER !! ROGI IS ALWAYS TOO NICE and and and aaaaaaaaaaaaaah I'm very happy !! but badly, I have forgotten my photo apparat... :-(
yvonne, where are u?? lol I send to you the Rogi's autograph !! ahhhhhhhhhh I have respeak to Rogi!! I like him !!!!!!!!! lol
I'm dying !! I have danced with the Rogi's mother !! She is very very nice and so so so good dancer and a formidable woman !! Thanks a lot Lynette !! and thanks to all the staff of the swiss davis cup !!
Kisses
Meluriel

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 02:42 PM
:D Hi Meluriel!

You had a good time in Holland? So now you like Micha AND Rogi!! :drool:

You danced with Rogi's mother? How did you do that? Was Mirka there too and Rogi's sister Diana?

P.-S. Meluriel, j'aimerais bien t'envoyer un message prive, mais c'est pas possible. Pourquoi??? Je veux juste des details de ton weekend, c'est tout! Mais tu as mon courriel, non? ;)

meluriel
02-10-2003, 03:34 PM
Yes a very good time !!!
but I have always like Micha !! I love all the swiss players !! They are all in my heart and they are the bests !!!

Mirka was in Holland but Diana no.
And I danced with Lynette in the bar of the hotel !! We celebrated the victory of the team swiss!! It was a very nice party !!

Pour les messages, tu peux m'envoyer maintenant, c'est juste que ma boîte aux lettres étaient trop pleine !! Mais maintenant c'est bon !!

Marie

Mrs. B
02-10-2003, 03:50 PM
Hi, Marie! :wavey:

Good on you, that you were there to cheer for the Swissies, i'm sure you made a very good cheerleader, even if you were only few compared to the "oranges", but i could hear the "hopp, schwiizz" on the background as well as the ccowbells. :)

That must have been some party, because they already started it at the courtside popping champagne and spraying it to Krati and the players...

Well done! So you will also be in France, no?

:)

tschou, Doris! Verkerk was serving only aces, luckily he lost his nerve on that 4th set while Krati got stronger mentally. Gut gemacht!!! i bi stolz uf mi nachbarn! ;)

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 04:36 PM
:) Hi Mrs. B.!

Well I have to say that you returning just in time to cheer on our Swissies must have been just what the team needed!! If you were their good-luck charm, it worked and we're all so happy!! :bounce:

This Swiss/Dutch tie had to be the most tense, toughest one! And next they face the Frenchies! in France! It doesn't get any easier, does it??!:p I'm glad that Rogi now has some help. The guys really looked good in red! Let's hope some of the high is still with Rogi and Micha this week in Marseille [France!!!].

Hey, a Canadian, Melanie Turgeon, won the World Skiing Championship in St-Moritz yesterday!! WOO HOO!! SUI did well too, in women's and men's!!

Doris:

Just sent off my big fat money order for a second year of SMASH... I expect to see a lot of ROGI in it... he better start producing!! ;)

Doris Loeffel
02-10-2003, 04:51 PM
here's an other great article!!!


Quantensprung (can't translate that word by word would be quaninum jump)


the swiss Daviscup Team reached the quarters after the 3:2 victory over holland

Michel Kratochvil has chased away the "Bad Daviscup-gohsts". the Berner won in Holland against Martin Verkerk the desicive single. In the quarters the swiss will face France away.

Adrian Ruch, arnheim

At exactly 18.03 Michel Kratochvil jumped yesterday in the arms of DavisCup-Captain marc Rosset, soon afterwards the Ostermundiger got a champagne shower. A sparkling drink after a sparkling match. at the beginning of the desicive singles in the tie with holland nothing would have lead to a triumph of the Berner: Martin Verkerk, after his win in Mailand the confidence in person, opened a feltball storm over the head of Kratochvil so that he lost hearing and seeing (hmmm don't know if this expression exist in English saying that you are soo surprised that you don' know what to do.) the 24 year old dutch was mostly serving over 200 km/h and made 33 aces; including the won doubles he didn't let it come to a deuce in 21 serving games in serie.

The change started Kratochvil in the TV of the second set, when he retorned - at 5:5 - a 222 km/h fast service and afterwards finished the set with one of his own rare servicewinners. "I always kept fighting and showed him, that he has a hard live as soon as the ball is in play" said the 23 year old after he had beaten the "Canonman from Leiderdrop" 1:6 7:6(5) 7:6(6) 6:1.

Balm for the soul

The victory was balm for Kratochvils soul, who had to face a few setback in the last month. The pressure has been huge, explained the player and the captain unisono. "I am very proud of him, this victory is a big thing for his career" said Rosset. Maybe yesterday the knot really got undone. Then playingvise the Berner is far better as one could think by his ranking (ATP81). Also for the swiss team the coup of the former SCB-Junior (SCB - Schlittschuh Club Bern = a hockey club ) means a lot: The tie in Arnheim could easily be the beginning of the end of Federers one-man-show in the swiss daviscup history. Already in April Kratochvil has the chance in the quarterfinal against france, to confirme his (new) value.

Before the matches at the Gelredome there was always playing the Dire-Straits-Song " Sultans of Swing" Roger Federer proved once again in Davis cup to be the "Sultan of Swing": He beat yesterday the no 1 of the hosts, Sjeng Schalken, 7:6 (2) 6:4 7:5 and realised herewith at the team contest his sixth singels win without dropping a set in a row and that without having used all his potential. Schalken said, he was playing pretty good but Federer just was to strong. He added: "Sometimes I even enjoyed to watch how the swiss made magic shots!" Rosset even had the guts to say: "At the time we have the worldsbest Daviscup-player in our team". "I like to be in a team that lets me play a better tennis" explained the Baselbieter his fromidable showings for his country.

A unity also thanks to Deniau

On the whole the Swiss were celebraiting harmonie in Holland. The members of the crew not only padded each other on the shoulders in real but also with words and that not only after they won 3:2. Federer said, Kratochvil deserves it to be in the limelight. The Berner, who praised captain marc Rosset and Coach Georges Deniau over all spoke of a "teameffort. That's all what counts."

Deniau played apparantly a very important role during the last 10 days. Even when already 70 years old, the french found the whire to the young professionals and formed a plat. Rosset didn't undergo the urging of playing himself - the success tells him right. The Romand florished in his new role, at least he was as charming and open in Arnheim as seldom before. His enthusiasm went on to his younger teammates: Federer, Kratochvil and also George Bastel were fighting for every ball. Rossets dutsch opponent Tjerk Bogtstra complained after the match, the Genfer did provoke and influenced the umpire. Rosset ansvered salopp:"It's part of my job to help the players for me there's war out there." At least he won the first battle as a General.




A beautiful experience

Swiss-tennis-president Christine Ungricht
Adrian Ruch

"Bund" The Daviscup-team played in holland for the first time under the lead of Marc Rossets. How was your impression?

Christine Ungricht I have a huge joy, then one can see that there's harmonie and the pleyers went to work with a lot of enthusiasm. I'm glad that with Georges Deniau a Coach came to the team who's a secure value for sportive seriousness. ( I know it sounds funny but wasn't able to put it any better.)

B: Even when the relation of the former teamboss and the federation leaders aren't that good=

CU:There are ppl in the federation whe weren't happy about his return. But first whe split in cleared spirits and second Deniau came towards us before the tie against France in Newcastel and offered his hand.

B: Rosset is a playing captain. The doublerole leads to the danger that there could be missunderstandings.

CU: There are pro and contras. On one side the pressure is increasing - which's improving the pervormance on the other side it could lead to troubles in the team.

B: what preferences has Rosset as a captain?

CU According to his performances in Davis Cup he's respectet as the boss. He knows from own experience, what it needs to win. And he has good, almost loving way, to deal with the players.

B: What feelings do you have after the away win=

CU: The athmosphere was great and the tennis super. Even with a loss the Daviscup in arnheim would have been a fine experience. I'm really happy for Michel Kratochvil. That he won the desicive point is very important for him personally and for the team

B: In arnheim the swiss had the third away game in a row. What das that mean for the federations account.

CU: Of course awaygames are a debit as the travels cost a lot of monney. But we have a fond from previous homegames from which we still can feed our expenses. It would also be very important for our sponsor - Allianz Suisse - to get a plattform in Switzerland.

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 04:52 PM
Originally posted by meluriel
Yes a very good time !!!
but I have always like Micha !! I love all the swiss players !! They are all in my heart and they are the bests !!!

Mirka was in Holland but Diana no.
And I danced with Lynette in the bar of the hotel !! We celebrated the victory of the team swiss!! It was a very nice party !!

Pour les messages, tu peux m'envoyer maintenant, c'est juste que ma boîte aux lettres étaient trop pleine !! Mais maintenant c'est bon !!

Marie

Marie:

I still can't send you a PM!

Tell us, was Rogi dancing too?? The team must have been VERY happy, no??!!

Tu es vraiment chanceuse!! ;)

Doris Loeffel
02-10-2003, 04:53 PM
Good for you RF

Yes that Melanie "stole" the gold from our swiss girl...

.... still been a pretty good weekend for the swiss. DC victory

Bronce and silver in downhill!!

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 05:10 PM
Originally posted by Doris Loeffel
Good for you RF

Yes that Melanie "stole" the gold from our swiss girl...

.... still been a pretty good weekend for the swiss. DC victory

Bronce and silver in downhill!!

Thanks for those articles, Doris!! Fun reading about the Swissies!!;)

Nymeria
02-10-2003, 05:19 PM
Originally posted by meluriel
Hellooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't speak !! I'm VERY VERY HAPPY (and very tired for sure!!lol) WE HAVE WON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah it's beautiful and unbeliveable !!! The swiss players are angels !! I likeeeeeee the swiss team !!!! MICHA IS A VERY VERY GOOD GREAT BEAUTIFUL ..... PLAYER !! ROGI IS ALWAYS TOO NICE and and and aaaaaaaaaaaaaah I'm very happy !! but badly, I have forgotten my photo apparat... :-(
yvonne, where are u?? lol I send to you the Rogi's autograph !! ahhhhhhhhhh I have respeak to Rogi!! I like him !!!!!!!!! lol
I'm dying !! I have danced with the Rogi's mother !! She is very very nice and so so so good dancer and a formidable woman !! Thanks a lot Lynette !! and thanks to all the staff of the swiss davis cup !!
Kisses
Meluriel

Hey Marie. I'm here! ( I don't know if you know I changed my nickname, my other nickname was Fonky ;) ) Oh, it's good to hear you a great evening at sunday.
I enjoyed meeting you, and thanks you send me the autograph!

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 05:29 PM
:) Hi Doris! Hi Legolas!

Quantensprung = Quantum leap

Is that what is meant, Doris??

"Finally it's paying of that I've always been winning" he gave away flowers to Kratochvil (not sure if that german saying wookrs also in inglish giving flowers to someone when giving a compliment.)

Who gave Micha flowers? Rogi? Rosset?

he lost hearing and seeing (hmmm don't know if this expression exist in English saying that you are soo surprised that you don' know what to do.)

I guess they're saying that Micha was kind of in a daze that he didn't know what was happening around him...

lunchtime!;)

Doris Loeffel
02-10-2003, 05:30 PM
Hmmmm is somebody able to hear Micha's interview from the Daviscup site?

If so would you mind to post it here as I can't hear it.
Thanks.

Nymeria
02-10-2003, 05:35 PM
I will try if I can hear it now.... No, I don't hear anything, weird.

Doris Loeffel
02-10-2003, 05:42 PM
RF giving flowers to someone is just an exprecion. (Nobody gave Michel real flowers) But when you make a compliment then you give away flowers by words. It also wokrs the other way round. When you made a compliment to someone the one might answer thanks for the flowers meaning thanks for the compliment.

Loosing hearing and seeing is an other expression. But you described it pretty good.

Mrs. B
02-10-2003, 05:51 PM
Vielen Dank für die Blumen!!!

;)

Mrs. B
02-10-2003, 05:58 PM
a song for the Swissies...:)

SULTANS OF SWING

You get a shiver in the dark
It's been raining in the park but meantime
South of the river you stop and you hold everything
A band is blowing Dixie double four time
You feel all right when you hear that music ring

You step inside but you don't see too many faces
Coming in out of the rain to hear the jazz go down
Too much competition too many other places
But not too many horns can make that sound
Way on downsouth way on downsouth London town

You check out Guitar George he knows all the chords
Mind he's strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make it cry or sing
And an old guitar is all he can afford
When he gets up under the lights to play his thing

And Harry doesn't mind if he doesn't make the scene
He's got a daytime job he's doing alright
He can play honky tonk just like anything
Saving it up for Friday night
With the Sultans with the Sultans of Swing

Amd a crowd of young boys they're fooling around in the corner
Drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform soles
They don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band
It ain't what they call rock and roll
And the Sultans played Creole

And then the man he steps right up to the microphone
And says at last just as the time bell rings
'Thank you goodnight now it's time to go home'
and he makes it fast with one more thing
'We are the Sultans of Swing'
--------------------------------------------------

...check out fearless Fed, he knows all the shots!
mind he's poetry in motion, when he's in action
racket in hand, he's cool yet he's so hot
He's a Sultan of Swing, common... ;)

Nina
02-10-2003, 06:38 PM
have you seen this pic? :p

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/reuters_ids/20030209/i/52197629.jpg

Mrs. B
02-10-2003, 06:45 PM
LOL. That's a good one, Nina. :D

ILR
02-10-2003, 06:48 PM
:wavey: Mrs.B and Nina:)

lol that is a funny pic Nina and I forgot to thank you for others :D Mrs.B thats a nice song too!:)

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 07:34 PM
Hi, everyone! :wavey:

Thanks for the new pictures & articles, guys -- I can't wait to share them with the fan club! :) Another message from the Belgian girl:

"Hey!!!

I think I really saw him crying. He ran to Marc and jumped....and
when that happened, I said to my sister: 'ooooooooooooooo, he is
crying....isn't that cute?!!
He worked very hard and now, he could show what he can!' He was
really really happy! Everyone was happy except the Dutch
people....but Michel really deserved it. He played very well, his
serve was also very good. He sometimes gave really good passing shots
too! And I yelled:'whhhhhhhhhow, he is good'! And I saw that his
confidence was growing in the game, he believed in it! But the woman
on the dutch tv said: ' The only hope is that he becomes nervous...in
the past, it happened a few times with him' So I became nervous
too...It was 5-1 in the last set but Clijsters lost also from Serena
in the last set with 5-1. I said to Michel:' Stay calm, you can do
it' ....When he became angry, I was a bit afraid that he would lose
his concentration but luckily, he didn't!
I said to my friends today (lessons have started again here): Has
anybody seen Michel playing vs Verkerk? Isn't he great?..... But
nobody knows him here.....but maybe soon they will.....
I like it when he's a bit shy.....hopefully he stays like that too
..."

Still celebrating :bounce:

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 07:36 PM
Originally posted by Doris Loeffel
RF giving flowers to someone is just an exprecion. (Nobody gave Michel real flowers) But when you make a compliment then you give away flowers by words. It also wokrs the other way round. When you made a compliment to someone the one might answer thanks for the flowers meaning thanks for the compliment.

Loosing hearing and seeing is an other expression. But you described it pretty good.

Hmm, I like this expression :) So the machine translation wasn't so far off ;) In English there is an expression, "flowery speech", which is usually overwrought and dramatic and wordy, but I guess the two are pretty closely linked.

I agree with you guys, Rogi is a total sweetie, allowing Michel is time in the limelight :) Very, very generous spirit he is.

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 07:51 PM
:) Hi all!

Thanks for the explanations Doris and Hackie! Hi Mrs. B., Nina and ILR!!

Yeah, it's great how nice Rogi is w Micha! Team spirit!! Just like the Spanish team -- two great teams of fab players w big hearts! :angel: :hearts: Ahh!!!

lol again for that pic -- can't avoid it now, Hackie!!

Yeah, like the song too -- Dire Straits!!

ILR
02-10-2003, 07:57 PM
:wavey: Hi RF

new avatar?;) nice :drool:

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 07:59 PM
Originally posted by Doris Loeffel
Loosing hearing and seeing is an other expression. But you described it pretty good.

When I put these articles in my club, I said "dumbfounded."

Damn that picture :o

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 08:01 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
:wavey: Hi RF

new avatar?;) nice :drool:

Yeah pretty cute eh? :angel: :drool: It's when he beat Chang at the USO02. Just watched Rogi beat Hewitt in Miami02 Semis -- cute interview after the match too -- Rogi was SO happy and bright and cheerful and kinda playful... :drool: :drool: Snowing and blowing out there...

ILR
02-10-2003, 08:05 PM
lol I saw that match twice in the smae day the Miami one within 6 hours!It was on live then repeated lol :o I was babysitting too so I had the TV!:D He didnt put a foot wrong,one of my fave matches :D

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 08:16 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
lol I saw that match twice in the smae day the Miami one within 6 hours!It was on live then repeated lol :o I was babysitting too so I had the TV!:D He didnt put a foot wrong,one of my fave matches :D

Rogi's a total cutie IMO... It's nice to hear PMac say nice things about Rogi... and Cliffie too -- what a nice young man Rogi is, grace, talent, all the shots in the book... keep it up guys! Then Rogi signs the lens with a flourish!

So ILR, will you be able to watch Marseille on TV?? You know they show English Premier League matches on Sat. mornings here... it's ALWAYS Man U though!

Is Marie still here??

ILR
02-10-2003, 08:21 PM
lol I know he is :D:angel:

I may be able to watch Marsielle,I get most games,we have just got Italian league back :D:hearts: and yes you get more english games than us and because my uncle told me!And dont even mention Man Utd ;)

Marie?:o

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 08:38 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
lol I know he is :D:angel:

I may be able to watch Marsielle,I get most games,we have just got Italian league back :D:hearts: and yes you get more english games than us and because my uncle told me!And dont even mention Man Utd ;)

Marie?:o

Yeah she's the French/Swiss girl who danced w Rogi's Mum!!! Can you imagine?? She never answered me though about Rogi dancing... now THAT I'd like to see! I wonder which guys can actually dance... besides Corretja... well, Juanqui likes to frequent discos... and there are a lot of those in Spain... in fact, I went to one in Valencia... w a Spanish guy!! [this was years ago mind!]

Nymeria
02-10-2003, 08:41 PM
I'm very jealous Marie danced with the mother of Rogi. But I'm happy Marie asked an autograph for me and she will send it to me soon :D

ILR
02-10-2003, 08:44 PM
oooh yeh!:D lol I cant imagine it!I have no idea who will be able to dance,but Id like to find out!:p ooooh dancing with a spanish man?:D:hearts: *jealous* ;)

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 08:51 PM
Originally posted by Legolas
I'm very jealous Marie danced with the mother of Rogi. But I'm happy Marie asked an autograph for me and she will send it to me soon :D

You didn't go to the party, Legolas?? That's nice that you're getting Rogi's autograph -- it's very stylish!! He has a cool autograph!

What do you remember the most from the DC weekend?

Nymeria
02-10-2003, 08:53 PM
I couldn't go to the party, it was for the swiss fans, and I had a 'Dutch' ticket. I think I was the only one with a 'Dutch ticket' which supported switserland.
What I did remember the most of the DC weekend? It's easy, Rogi had a fantastic point in his match against Schalken. He did hit the bal between his legs, and it was really really good.

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 09:06 PM
Originally posted by Legolas
I couldn't go to the party, it was for the swiss fans, and I had a 'Dutch' ticket. I think I was the only one with a 'Dutch ticket' which supported switserland.
What I did remember the most of the DC weekend? It's easy, Rogi had a fantastic point in his match against Schalken. He did hit the bal between his legs, and it was really really good.

Yeah, I heard about that shot! Must have been fantastic!! You'll have great memories of this DC tie!! ;)

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 03:06 AM
http://a.blick.ch/PICS/HBCHDZrbOpf.jpg

Another article to translate:

Artikel vom 11. Februar 2003 / Quelle: Blick

Daviscup-Captain Marc Rosset verrät Kratochvils Erfolgsrezept
«Man muss seinen Gegenspieler hassen»

VON ILONA SCHERER

Marc Rosset und Michel Kratochvil jubeln nach dem Sieg gegen Holland.
FOTO: KEYSTONE

ARNHEIM/ZÜRICH – Er peitschte Michel Kratochvil zum Sieg im entscheidenden Einzel gegen den Holländer Martin Verkerk. BLICK sprach mit Marc Rosset (33) über seine Erfahrungen als Daviscup-Captain und Psychologe.

Sie haben in den Pausen minutenlang auf Michel eingeredet. Wie haben Sie aus Kratochvil einen Gewinner gemacht?
Marc Rosset: «Was ich ihm genau gesagt habe, bleibt eine Sache zwischen Michel und mir. Ich habe versucht, ihn zu motivieren, ihn aufzustacheln. Man muss einen gewissen Hass auf den Gegner entwickeln. Man kann die Nervosität und den Druck vergessen, wenn man sich auf diesen Hass konzentriert.»

Haben Sie das als Spieler früher auch so gemacht?
Rosset: «Mit mir hat man nicht so geredet. Ich habe selber mit mir geschimpft und mich aggressiv gemacht.»

Marc Rosset, der Psychologe?
Rosset: «Nach Casablanca war der Frust gross. Umso wichtiger war jetzt ein Erfolgserlebnis für das Team. Vor allem aber für Michel. Er befand sich in einer schwierigen Situation, aber er hat bewiesen: Er kann die Big Points machen. Daviscup-Spiele sind wahre Schlachten, da muss man 100 Prozent geben. Es sind grosse Momente in einer Karriere.»

Aber Sie haben auch gelitten…
Rosset: «Und wie! Ich habe fünf Spiele miterlebt. Das war hart. Ich hätte mir am liebsten ein Racket geschnappt. Nachher war ich ziemlich geschafft. Ich lebe noch zu sehr mit, aber mit der Erfahrung werde ich bestimmt lockerer.»

War Ihnen so heiss, dass Sie ein Hosenbein und einen Ärmel hochkrempeln mussten?
Rosset: (lacht) «Stimmt, das habe ich während dem Match gar nicht gemerkt. Erst am anderen Tag ist es mir auf einem Foto aufgefallen. Mir war einfach heiss. Das hat jedoch nichts mit Aberglaube oder einem Dresscode zu tun.»

one of these days... i'll learn german!:rolleyes:

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 03:13 AM
Here's a machine translation of a French article:

Davis Cup: Kratochvil qualifies Switzerland

Switzerland will play against France the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup, after its success 3-2 in Arnhem vis-a-vis in the Netherlands. Michel Kratochvil gave the decisive point to Swiss by beating Martin Verkerk. Previously, Roger Federer had equalized with 2-2.

Carried out 2-1 after the double of Saturday, the Swiss ones were not entitled any more to the error. Roger Federer quickly gave the two teams to equality while dominating Sjeng Schalken in three sets, 7-6 6-4 7-5.

The decisive match, between Martin Verkerk and Michel Kratochvil, badly began for Bernois, swept 6-1 with the first set. One week after having gained in Milan first tournament ATP of his career, Verkerk, 24 years, made indeed shows of a remarkable constancy and a power to the service.

Very trustful and encouraged by nearly 9000 supporteurs, the Netherlander gained easily the first set (6-1). But Kratochvil found the resources to cling. The citizen of Bern gained 2nd and 3rd handles at the end of decisive plays particularly electric: 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (8/6).

Verkerk showed the blow physically and mentally. The Dutch giant released definitively taken in the 4th set (6-1). Kratochvil could exulter, carried triumphs over it by its captain Marc Rosset.


Anxious French

Switzerland will face France at it at the time of the quarterfinals, from the 4 to April 6. A match revenge after the weekend marathon of Neuchâtel April 2001 gained with the fifth decisive match (success in five sets of Nicolas Escudé on George Bastl after having saved a match point).

"It is known that Roger Federer is very strong Davis Cup [player] from there. It is potentially one of the five best players of the world, said Guy Forget, captain of the Tricolour ones. One did not think yet of surface, they are still a little fresh. But Federer gained his larger title over beaten ground and it beat Sampras on grass thus one could move towards an intermediate surface.

"Ca will make us odd find George Deniau (note: recalled in so much quentrainor by Marc Rosset, the new Swiss captain) in the camp of opposite. It belongs to the family, one is very attached. It was still in the box of the players at the time of our victory with Melbourne in 2001. I thought that it would stop and to have it as a competitor, it is delicate. It is necessary to respect its choice by hoping that it does not prepare its players too well... "

tsr.ch with the agencies


The Country-Low-Switzerland match: 2-3

Friday:
Sjeng Schalken (PBS) beats Michel Kratochvil (Sui) 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 4-6, 6-4
Roger Federer (Sui) beats Raemon Sluiter (PBS) 6-2, 6-1, 6-3

Saturday:
Paul Haarhuis-Martin Verkerk (PBS) beat Roger Federer-George Bastl (Sui) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5

Sunday:
Roger Federer (Sui) beats Sjeng Schalken (PBS) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 7-5
Michel Kratochvil (Sui) beats Martin Verkerk (PBS) 1-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (8/6), 6-1

Lily
02-11-2003, 03:20 AM
hi all!

In the spirit of Rogi's sweetness, maybe this thread should be renamed Micha's Davis Cup 2003! He does deserve all the glory :)

Marie- your post just looks v happy! and you're right, the Swiss players are angels! :angel: they are SO beautiful! and dancing w Rogi's mother, wow! sounds like you had a FAB time! :)

Thanks for all the articles, Doris! :) So much fun reading them! learning new expressions- giving flowers. i like that!

Thanks TH for posting the messages from the Belgian girl. I've cried twice now. tears of happiness :)

:D at what Schalken said about Rogi, "Sometimes I even enjoyed to watch how the Swiss made magic shots!" he's right about that!

and RF, whats this about dancing w a Spanish guy??? please tell! ;)

oh, the Rogi/Hewitt Miami semi is just the best!! i can watch that over and over and over.....

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 03:27 AM
Originally posted by Lily
hi all!

In the spirit of Rogi's sweetness, maybe this thread should be renamed Micha's Davis Cup 2003! He does deserve all the glory :)

Marie- your post just looks v happy! and you're right, the Swiss players are angels! :angel: they are SO beautiful! and dancing w Rogi's mother, wow! sounds like you had a FAB time! :)

Thanks for all the articles, Doris! :) So much fun reading them! learning new expressions- giving flowers. i like that!

Thanks TH for posting the messages from the Belgian girl. I've cried twice now. tears of happiness :)

:D at what Schalken said about Rogi, "Sometimes I even enjoyed to watch how the Swiss made magic shots!" he's right about that!

and RF, whats this about dancing w a Spanish guy??? please tell! ;)

oh, the Rogi/Hewitt Miami semi is just the best!! i can watch that over and over and over.....

Hi Lily!

Just about to go to bed!!:angel: and dream about you-know-who! I know, this is now a Swissies DC 2003 thread, isn't it? What a team though! But I miss PL!! He's probably wishing he was part of this fab win... :(

Spanish guy?? oh that! ages ago... the guy's probably married by now and forgotten all about me!!:p

I have to send you a PM soon!

Nite nite!:angel:

Mrs. B
02-11-2003, 04:21 AM
Morning!

Been awake since 5 a.m., i was hoping i'd be back in the Swiss groove by now but i was wrong. Last night i went to bed quite early and my eyes burnt while reading some posts. oh well...at least i'm back on the scene...;)

Yes, yesterday's Bernese papers were all gushing about Krati's performance in Arnhem. :D

Doris Loeffel
02-11-2003, 07:45 AM
O.K. O.K.

Here's the translation of RF's article

Davisup captain Marc Rosset tells Kratochvils success recipie.

"One has to hate its opponent"

From ilona Scherer

Arnheim/Zurich - He pushed Michel Kratochvil to the victory in the decisive singles against the dutch Martin Verkerk. BLICK spock with Marc Rosset (33) about his experiences as Davisup-captain and psycholog.

During the breaks you were speaking to Michel for minutes. How did you tourn Kratochvil into a winner?
MR: What I told him exacly stays a matter between Michel and me. I tried to motivate him, to instigate him. One has to develop a certain hate to its opponent. One can forget the nervousity and pressure when concentrating towards this hate.

Have you been doing this as a player as well?
R: One didn't talk like this with me. I told me off myself and made me more agressive.

Marc Rosset the psychologue?
R: After Casablance there was a big frustration. That's why this experiene of success is even more important for the team. But especially for michel. He found himself in a difficult situation, but he has proven: He can make big points. Daviscup games are real battels, there you have to give 100 %. These are big moments in a carreer.

You have also suffered....
R: And how!! I lived 5 games. That was hard. I almost grabed a racked myself. Afterwards I was pretty worn out. I still live to much with it, but with the experience I'll be able to relaxe more.

Were you so hot, that you had to pull up a sleve and a trouser-leg?
R: (laughts) Right I didn't notice it during the match. Only the next day I noticed it on a picture: I just felt hot. But it has nothing to do with superstition or a dresscode.

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 04:14 PM
:) Viel danke, Doris!!!

Rosset is so right! I've been thinking about this after some of Rogi's losses -- he has to hate his opponent so much that he beats him!!! I think that's what a lot of players do mentally to focus... Juanqui has gotten pretty angry last year and that spurred him on to win. Also Alex has done the same when he beat Hewitt a couple of years ago.

And Rogi needs to be told that he CAN beat AA -- after all, just about everyone else has -- even Micha!! He has to get beyond the AA fear factor -- I just finished watching Rafter beat AA at Wimby01 Semis and you know AA was playinhg MUCH better than he has been recently -- so why can't anyone beat him then? [exc Moya] -- intimidation!!! He's not been that brilliant, imo!!

Good tactic, Marc -- it worked on Micha, try it on Rogi -- outside the DC, that is!! ;)

I forgot to add: I think Rogi s emulate Rafter: he's a superb S&V who has won 2 slams, is calm and cool out there, but easygoing, like Rogi; he manages to FOCUS on the task at hand and NEVER gives up nor shows negative body language when he's down. He's v popular w everyone, a great guy, like Rogi, gorgeous, like Rogi, and has achieved great things in his career! So, Rogi, you can too!! AND he's NOT intimidated by the likes of AA!! ;)

Nymeria
02-11-2003, 04:17 PM
I just read a dutch sportmagazine, and it says Roger is the favourite to win the tournament in Rotterdam :D I can't wait till that tournament, because then evry day there is tennis on tv :D

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 11:10 PM
Here's a team picture. You can see Rogi's hair in the back, there, and Michel is buried under the other supporters :)

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 11:11 PM
I love these high-definition pictures!

Thanks for the link, Lee!

Sjengster
02-11-2003, 11:27 PM
Originally posted by Legolas
I just read a dutch sportmagazine, and it says Roger is the favourite to win the tournament in Rotterdam :D I can't wait till that tournament, because then evry day there is tennis on tv :D

Well, having just seen Federer demolish their top two players in Holland, I'm not surprised that the Dutch press are touting him for the title. I wish that he was such a clear-cut bet to win, but we all know there's only one clear favourite in Rotterdam - one Nicolas Escude who happens to be on a 13-match winning streak here, and the last two years has narrowly beaten both Roger and Tim to take the title... :mad:

I hope that these three and the Sjengster do well enough in Rotterdam to make the semis, though with the kind of field they have it's going to be tricky, then Roger and Tim make the final as they each have individually the last two years. As to who to support from then on... well, for me that gets a little difficult.

Vera
02-12-2003, 12:08 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
:) Rosset is so right! I've been thinking about this after some of Rogi's losses -- he has to hate his opponent so much that he beats him!!! I think that's what a lot of players do mentally to focus... Juanqui has gotten pretty angry last year and that spurred him on to win. Also Alex has done the same when he beat Hewitt a couple of years ago.

And Rogi needs to be told that he CAN beat AA -- after all, just about everyone else has -- even Micha!! He has to get beyond the AA fear factor -- I just finished watching Rafter beat AA at Wimby01 Semis and you know AA was playinhg MUCH better than he has been recently -- so why can't anyone beat him then? [exc Moya] -- intimidation!!! He's not been that brilliant, imo!!

Good tactic, Marc -- it worked on Micha, try it on Rogi -- outside the DC, that is!! ;)

I forgot to add: I think Rogi s emulate Rafter: he's a superb S&V who has won 2 slams, is calm and cool out there, but easygoing, like Rogi; he manages to FOCUS on the task at hand and NEVER gives up nor shows negative body language when he's down. He's v popular w everyone, a great guy, like Rogi, gorgeous, like Rogi, and has achieved great things in his career! So, Rogi, you can too!! AND he's NOT intimidated by the likes of AA!! ;)

lol. Pat and Rogi are indeed quite alike.

I totally agree what you said about AA. Just watched that SF Wimby matches against Pat both year. What a match both played. And AA played so much better back then. I really don't understand how others can just drop a couple of level when they play AA nowadays. Isn't that's what happened in AO, when every one of his opponents played so shitty? In the final inwhich is like predetermined that AA will win the title, he seems to get nervous when Rainer up his level a little and get close. However, Rainer choked every time he seems to have AA on the edge. Oh well.

I don't get to watch both Wins that Juanqui won against AA, but I'm sure he's not intimidated. Only got to watch that one when he lost to AA in Madrid, which his serve was so inconsistent. I think he lost his match more than got outplayed.

BTW, if AA didn't chicken out at TMC, Rogi would have already registered his first win over AA. Shame on AA for being such a poor sports. But I'm quite happy that he was disheartened by his loss to Juanqui.

Can't wait for Rotterdam, it's gonna be great with some many top players. I think Rogi has a good chance, don't know about Juanqui though I hope he does well. Don't mind if Escude defends his title there though.

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 03:25 AM
Roger showing his emotions . . .

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-08T205605Z_01_ARN103DD_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-DAVIS-DUTCH.jpg

Doris Loeffel
02-12-2003, 06:49 AM
Wow where did you find this one hackie??

Sjengster
02-12-2003, 12:07 PM
Well if that's Roger showing his emotions, I'd hate to see him looking calm and controlled...

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 01:27 PM
Sjengster -- ;) I think he's crying just a bit and trying to hide it.

Doris -- found it at GoTennis. Lee unleashed a monster! :D

RogiFan
02-12-2003, 03:10 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Sjengster -- ;) I think he's crying just a bit and trying to hide it.

Doris -- found it at GoTennis. Lee unleashed a monster! :D

Good morning on this frigid day!!! Enough of winter!!! I want spring! S go to Valencia to celebrate Juanqui's birthday!

You s have seen Rogi crying his eyes out when he lost Basel01 to Henman -- saw it on the Eurosport news -- he was crying like a baby -- he turned his head away when the camera was on him... poor thing! That was the 2nd year in a row that he lost the most important final to him!! :p

Speaking of Rogi... do I want to know how he's doing vs. Ljubicic now???

RogiFan
02-12-2003, 08:53 PM
:) news from Reuters

Federer, Grosjean Cruise Through in Marseille

Wed February 12, 2003 01:16 PM ET
By Jean-Francois Rosnoblet

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - Top seed Roger Federer and crowd favorite Sebastien Grosjean cruised into the second round of the Marseille Open on Wednesday, hoping to meet in a Davis Cup dress rehearsal in Saturday's semi-finals.

Federer, topping the bill for the second time this season, needed only a set -- which he won in the tie-break -- before his opponent, Croat Ivan Ljubicic pulled out injured.

Like the rest of the field, the Swiss said he felt a little worn out after Davis Cup world group first-round matches at the weekend. Switzerland narrowly beat the Netherlands 3-2.

"Physically, I'm a little tired. I'm not on the balls too much, especially from the baseline," he said.

Grosjean, who was born in Marseille, also felt a little weary after leading France to a 4-1 victory over Romania at the weekend.

But he said he was still keen to win his home town tournament.

"The level of play is high here. You could tell by seeing the results today," he said after his 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Spaniard Alex Calatrava.

"Like in all the French tournaments, I want to shine -- probably even more so here as it's the place where I started," he added.

Switzerland and France meet in the Davis Cup quarter-finals in April and Grosjean revealed the clash would be held on hardcourt.

In their title quest, the Swiss and the Frenchman have lost dangerous rivals.

Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who beat Grosjean in the tournament's final two years ago, was beaten, 7-6, 6-4, by Belgian Olivier Rochus.

A shadow of his former self in recent months, the former world number one recently claimed he was "still a champion" but it did not show on court.

Morocco's Younes El Aynaoui, seeded fifth, was again unable to repeat his Australian Open performance.

Beaten in the first round in Milan in his first match since his epic quarter-final against Andy Roddick in Melbourne, the Moroccan lost in just an hour to Swede Jonas Bjorkman, 6-2, 6-4.

Eighth seed Tommy Robredo of Spain also crashed out but against one of the most dangerous players on the circuit on a good day, Max Mirnyi of Belarus, who won, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6.

NOTE the surface for the DC QF in France!
;)

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 09:01 PM
Apparently, France has named its surface choice -- greenset indoors, the same thing the Netherlands chose! :eek:

From the DC forum here:

"The french team of Davis Cup, which will face Switzerland with the second round from the 4 to April 6, chose to dispute this meeting on "greenset", a fast surface. "the debate lasted a little", explained the French number one Sebastien Grosjean after his victory over Alex Calatrava with the first turn Open 13 of Marseilles. "the clay was best surface, but the wounds of Arnaud Clément and Paul-Henri Mathieu made us change opinion", it added. "If one leaves on the same team that against Romania, one is more at ease on the hard one than on the clay", it concluded. This choice does not seem to disturb in addition to measurement Roger Federer, head of file of the Swiss team and head of series n°1 in Marseilles. "On greenset, I am the best player of the year. No surface surprises me, except perhaps the grass ", has it says. The choice of the place of the meeting was not announced yet."

TennisHack
02-15-2003, 06:29 PM
Trouble for the Frenchies in Davis Cup? Escude, who pulled out of Marseille this week with an injury, says Guy Foget puts too much emphasis on the Cup and he (Escude) doesn't want to sacrifice his personal career for team success.

This could have interesting bearings on the quarterfinal tie in April :D

Escude withdraws with thigh injury
Reuters

MARSEILLE, France -- Frenchman Nicolas Escude was forced to withdraw from his Marseille Open semi-final against Swede Jonas Bjorkman through injury on Saturday and put the blame on being overworked in the Davis Cup.

On Sunday, Bjorkman will take on top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland who tamed Karol Kucera in straight sets 7-6, 6-3 and is now aiming at a first win in Marseille after losing to compatriot Marc Rosset three years ago.

Escude collected a thigh injury during his quarterfinal victory over compatriot Rodolphe Cadart on Friday and decided to pull out.

The Frenchman, who will undergo medical examinations next week, said he was feeling a pain in the thigh and blamed the Davis Cup's demanding preparation for his injury.

He has called for a meeting with the team chiefs to discuss his concerns.

France beat Romania 4-1 in Bucharest last weekend to qualify for the quarter-finals of the international team event.

"I'm happy to play in the Davis Cup but I don't want it to spoil my personal career," Escude said. "We talked about it with the others guys and we will have to review the situation to avoid such mishaps in the future.

"I think there is something wrong with the preparation for the Davis Cup. We were totally ready on the D-Day and we won. But if it sidelines you for the next three weeks, it's not worth it."

Escude said he had discussed the matter with his French team mates Sebastien Grosjean and Fabrice Santoro and blamed France's coach Guy Forget for some of the problem.

"Guy has done a great job over the years but he has thought too much about the Cup itself and not enough about the players.

"We were trapped in a vicious circle of the victory. We pretended not to notice this situation but now I'm really fed up with it."

France won the Davis Cup in 2001 and reached the final last year, losing 3-2 to Russia in Paris.

"It's normal for the players to be worried about their physical shape. We must hold a meeting with the staff of the French team to make sure we can be heard."

Federer, the last seeded player left in the Marseille Open, said he would accept nothing short of success after losing to Rosset in the 2000 final.

"My aim is simple -- a win on Sunday. Three years ago it was my first final in an ATP tournament and it ended up like a nightmare as I lost 7-6 in the third set," Federer said.

"Now I want a success, the fifth of my career."

Asked about the withdrawal of Escude, the Swiss who helped his country to beat the Netherlands 3-2 last weekend, said playing in the Davis Cup was not compulsary.

"I like this event but it's true I have used up a lot of energy on it," he said. "Obviously if like the French you go all the way through to the final, it means four weekends in the year and it's quite a lot.

"We should review the calendar to see where else we could play it."

RogiFan
02-22-2003, 05:32 PM
:) DC QF news:

To be played in Toulouse on Greenset.
;)