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Hooopppp Schwiiiizzzz!!

Doris Loeffel
01-28-2003, 01:48 PM
Here's the DC team for Switzerland:

Roger Federer
Michel Kratochvil
George Bastl
Yves Allegro (possible doubles partner for Roger - they did pretty good at the AO)

Yves Allegro got the spot from Ivo Heuberger who isn't a 100 % fit. Plus he's a good alternate as a doubles partner for Roger.

Hooopppp Schwiiizzz!!

Nymeria
01-30-2003, 08:21 PM
Come on Switserland!!!! Hope see you win!!!!!

TennisHack
01-31-2003, 01:32 AM
HOPPPPPPP SUISSE!!!! :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

Go Swissies!! We'll be cheering for you!!

RogiFan
02-03-2003, 01:21 AM
:D JA, HOPP, SCHWEIZ!!!

Go, Swissies, go!!

;)

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 01:45 PM
Go go Swissies!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

ILR
02-03-2003, 04:30 PM
lol ;) Swissies :p :bounce: you can do it :)

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 08:48 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

Gonzo Hates Me!
02-04-2003, 11:33 PM
Throw head to heads out the window!

PLAY WITH ALL DIVINITY SWISSLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RogiFan
02-07-2003, 02:19 AM
:) :D OK, Swissies!!!

HOPP Rogi, Micha, George, Yves, Marc [whoever is playing!]!!! :D

TennisHack
02-07-2003, 03:54 AM
GO GO SWISSIES! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

Mrs. B
02-07-2003, 06:09 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

GOOD LUCK, SWITZERLAND!!!

GO, SWISSIES!!!!!!!!!!

:D

Nymeria
02-07-2003, 07:28 AM
Grrr. today I can't see the first match, and maybe only a little part of the second match...... Just because of school :sad:
And I'm not sure if they show the match of tomorrow at tv, because of the world championship speedskating.... But happily I will be in Arnhem at Sunday, I can't wait..... Come on Switserland!!!! Good luck today!!!!!!

Doris Loeffel
08-26-2003, 09:51 AM
Hmmm starting to wonder who's going to be the second player (besides Roger) for the tie against Aussiland

Lindsayfan
08-26-2003, 10:54 AM
i think Rosset will play the second singles and also the doubles.Maybe Stanislas will get in the team,after his great results of last few weeks.

Doris Loeffel
08-27-2003, 12:45 PM
And it's confirmed Stanislas got into the Davis Cup-Team.

Here's the translations from the Blick report:

Daviscup levy (hope that's the right word) for Wawrinka

Biel - The two trounament wins from Stanislas Wawrinka lately have not been hidden by the unioncheefs. Now the 18 year old recieved a levy for the Davis Cup semifinal in Australia.

The swiss Davis Cup team will travel with Roger Federer, Michel Kratochvil, George Bastl, Ivo Heuberger and Yves Allegro to Melbourne for the semifinal against Australia (19. - 21. September)

For the first time the team captain Marc Rosset naminated with the agreement of the other players the Waadtländer Stanislas Wawrinka. With the levy Rosset reacts to the continious increase, the actual French Open Junior Champ showed during the past two weeks with his two challanger titles in San Benedetto and Geneva.

As also teamleader Roger Federer in 1998 against Tschechien shall now also Wawrinka, climbed up to 175 in the rankings, be integrated in the team.

well all I say is good joyce!!

and

Hooooppppp Schwiiiiizzzzz!!

Lindsayfan
08-27-2003, 12:48 PM
he chose basically all swiss players!!just 4 will be in the team though,so stanislas will be more a hitting partner.neway good luck to switzerland!

Doris Loeffel
08-27-2003, 01:07 PM
Well guess he plans also for the future...

I mean Ivo and George won't play for ever (and aren't in great form nowadays anyways)
Still a big questionmark behind Michel and Yves hasn't proven much either so I can understand this move

Lindsayfan
08-27-2003, 01:18 PM
i still think Rosset will play the doubles with Rogi and maybe Michel the singles...of course switzerland has to win the 2 rogi's singles and the doubles cos i doubt that michel or ivo or anyone else can beat hewitt or philippoussis.

Lindsayfan
09-06-2003, 10:34 AM
the swiss team will leave for australia tomorrow,so they'll have 2 full weeks of practising there.

Doris Loeffel
09-08-2003, 12:17 PM
Guess Roger and Michel will follow them during this week

Lindsayfan
09-09-2003, 08:02 PM
swiss team practising in Melbourne(i apologize for pics's size but EQ site doesnt allow me to click on them to enlarge :fiery: )

Stanislas

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_73462-9103105102.jpg

Bastl and Heuberger

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_45451-9103101502.jpg

the whole team

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_651-9103100802.jpg

coach Deniau talking to Stan and Bastl

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_96277-9103102002.jpg

Lindsayfan
09-10-2003, 09:03 PM
From ABC Australia:

Swiss team begins Davis Cup preparations

The majority of the Swiss Davis Cup team has arrived in Melbourne, ahead of its semi-final tie against Australia later this month.

The Swiss team began its preparations for the September 19-21 tie today with an indoor training session.

Lynch pin and world number three Roger Federer will arrive tomorrow (Thursday).

Federer is expected to play in both the singles and doubles rubbers.

Swiss coach Georges Deniau says he will thrive on the pressure.

"Well I think he likes really to play singles and doubles," he said.

"It's not especially a pressure. He's like that, he does his best, and he has done very well for the last years and we hope it will carry on."

RogiFan
09-10-2003, 09:20 PM
:wavey: thanks Lindsayfan, for updating us on the DC! Wow, Rogi will be in OZ tomorrow!!

HOPP SCHWEIZ!

Wish we could all be there to cheer on the Swissies!!

Hope Rogi's up to it!
:angel:

Doris Loeffel
09-11-2003, 08:46 AM
Thanks Lindsayfan

hey where did you get the pics from??

Lindsayfan
09-11-2003, 10:45 AM
the small ones are from a swiss site called EQ images.you cant enlarge them though :fiery:

these bigger r from Newspix

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13368745.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13368743.jpg

Doris Loeffel
09-11-2003, 12:10 PM
Thanks

Lindsayfan
09-11-2003, 03:33 PM
Georges and Rogi

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_23024-11103103402.jpg

Rogi

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_99699-11103102502.jpg

Rogi and Michel at the airport

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_45804-10103233302.jpg

Mrs. B
09-11-2003, 07:41 PM
Hopp Schwiiizzz!!!

Doris Loeffel
09-11-2003, 08:04 PM
Yes Hooopppp Schwiiiizzzz!!

Lindsayfan
09-11-2003, 08:11 PM
Allez la Suisse! :bounce: Forza Svizzera! :bounce:

Wimbledon finalists begin preparations for Davis Cup face-off
By Linda Pearce, Karen Lyon
September 12, 2003

Mark Philippoussis has a cough and, through Roger Federer, Switzerland has the sniff of an upset in next week's Davis Cup semi-final. Both Wimbledon finalists arrived at Melbourne Park yesterday to begin preparing for Friday's rematch, with Swiss captain Marc Rosset declaring that although Australia deserved its overall favouritism, "a guy like Roger is able to win two matches and so then we'll see".

Having arrived on Wednesday from California, Philippoussis practised twice with 2002 Wimbledon junior champion Todd Reid under the supervision of captain John Fitzgerald and coach Wally Masur, dismissing his persistent coughing as "some phlegm . . . that will be gone in a couple of days".

Federer, who flew in at about 4am yesterday from Basle, where he retreated for several days after losing in the fourth round of the US Open, hit for about 90 minutes with Michel Kratochvil, the world No. 127 favoured for the second singles spot.

Federer, who will also play doubles, admitted he would need some time to adjust to the Rebound Ace surface that is slightly slower than a New York-style hardcourt, as well as to the Australian balls and the cool and windy weather, but claimed to be undaunted by the load he will carry next weekend.

"I'm used to the situation and I don't feel any extra pressure," said the world No. 3, who has lost just one set in his past nine Davis Cup singles matches.

"For me the most important (thing) is that we have a good team spirit and I feel good and then I think the tennis follows. It's still far away from the tie, so I still have to get used to Australia a little bit."

So, in some respects, do the Australians, who have not played at home since crushing Britain in Sydney in February. Spearhead Lleyton Hewitt is due in to complete the squad tomorrow. The owner of a new $3.2 million lakeside mansion is already in Adelaide, and the suspicion is that tonight he will be in Brisbane to watch his beloved Crows.

The two-time grand slam champion showed glimpses of his old self at Flushing Meadows before suffering a hip flexor injury, and is famously quick to settle on a new surface. The same, according to Fitzgerald, goes for Philippoussis, who said he had "cleared his mind to get ready for this" in the San Diego surf before returning to Williamstown for the first time since reaching the Wimbledon final.

"It was obviously an important step in my tennis career so far," Philippoussis said of his All England Club performance.

"I've had a sniff at the title and I know what it is all about, and I have been there on the last Sunday and it feels good to be there, so now I'm looking forward to going all the way."

It was Federer who did so, with two almost perfect matches to end the championships and fulfil his glorious potential at last.

"I feel much better, much more in control of what I'm doing on the court," Federer said. "More confident, obviously. Obviously, I am the Wimbledon champion, I am the one to beat a little bit, next to a few other guys, but hardcourt (tennis) can be tough for me, so I'm really looking forward to the end of the season coming up."

Before then, there is a Davis Cup to be won, and a finals appearance would count as Switzerland's second, Australia's 47th. Yet despite his belief that Rebound Ace will slightly favour the hosts, doubles candidate Wayne Arthurs rejected the notion that Australia deserved to be more than a mild favourite.

"I wouldn't say we are overwhelming favourites but having the home tie obviously gives you a little bit of favouritism," Arthurs said. "It is very big for us. Obviously, if we win this we have another home tie in Melbourne and we're all fired up for it.

"I think it's going to be a very close tie, because Roger Federer is playing very well; obviously, Lleyton and Mark are going to have their work cut out beating him."

Lindsayfan
09-11-2003, 11:14 PM
did you know that there is an official site for swiss DC team? :eek: I found it out 10 minutes ago LOL
here the link: http://www.mytennis.ch/daviscup/index.cfm?dom=2

it's in french but there's also a german version.
there are some anecdots and facts about the swiss team in melbourne,interviews etc.it seems interesting! ;)

Mrs. B
09-12-2003, 08:35 AM
yeah, as i am a member of Swiss tennis (i have a license) they emailed me and gave me a link to this new site...

Mrs. B
09-12-2003, 08:41 AM
this pic is so poignant...

Lindsayfan
09-12-2003, 08:55 AM
:sad: :sad:

Lindsayfan
09-13-2003, 10:40 AM
http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_31791-13103092503.jpg

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_40848-13103095002.jpg

Lindsayfan
09-14-2003, 09:17 AM
a very nice article about Rogi!

Swiss bank on stylish Federer
September 14, 2003

Long before he was a star, Roger Federer was a very good Davis Cup player, writes Linda Pearce.

'Roger Federer. He's supposed to be the next great player," the cover of an American tennis magazine announced earlier this year. "So what's he waiting for?"

Wimbledon, as it happens, where Federer's answer was so commanding in his successive defeats of Andy Roddick and Mark Philippoussis that the tennis world unanimously hailed its next superstar.

At last, a performance worthy of his sublime talent. Finally, evidence that the signs of genius recognised long ago by his Australian mentor, the late Peter Carter, were genuine. Yet it is significant, and this week pertinent, that for all the grand slam failures that preceded Federer's momentous coming-of-age, the pressures of Davis Cup play had not proved equally burdensome.

As a 17-year-old in 1999, Federer struggled in his first two ties before upstaging Philippoussis to open the first round in Zurich the following year. After combining with Lorenzo Manta to take the doubles, it took fellow teenager Lleyton Hewitt four sets in the reverse singles to force a live fifth rubber won by a hobbling Philippoussis in what would be his last tie for three years.

Since then, Federer has won 12 of his 13 Davis Cup singles matches, and lost just one set in the past nine. Like Hewitt, he is always available, usually playing doubles as well. Indeed, so keen is Federer that he admitted post-Roddick at Wimbledon back in July that, "I'm thinking a little bit already about that upcoming match in Davis Cup, you know".

Now that the Wimbledon trophy is back home in Basle, he is thinking about it a lot. For a semi-final that starts at Rod Laver Arena on Friday, the world No. 3 arrived on Thursday, more than two days before the Australian No. 1.

"I came here early to join the team and just get used to the conditions," he said, emphasising his Lleyton-like commitment to national duty.

"That's why I'm playing for my country; that's why I'm coming here early to prepare, and I just enjoy playing in a team because it can get quite lonely sometimes on the tour. Here you are together . . . with a team, with players and coaches, and I really enjoy it. So I'm proud to play for Switzerland."

Swiss captain Marc Rosset is thrilled to have him, for with Federer - and a doubles assistant - lies the only chance of an upset and a historic second finals appearance.

For all that Martina Hingis achieved, Rosset and Jakob Hlasek had been Switzerland's most successful male players. The landlocked country of banks, watches and cuckoo clocks has won the America's Cup, and adores ice hockey and skiing, but two of its biggest sports stars are athlete Andre Bucher and orienteerer Simone Luder.

And now there is Federer, the second child of Robert, a chemical technician, and Lynette, a native South African, who introduced their only son to tennis at the age of eight. In no time, he was hurling racquets about and behaving badly, which is hard to imagine these days, for there are few more relaxed or pleasant players in the game.

Indeed, one of the few times he has lost control of his emotions was during the on-court Wimbledon presentation, when his blubbering set off a chain reaction that included Martina Navratilova and Kim Clijsters while they sat watching from the locker room preparing to play doubles finals. The tears were not what Federer had wanted, but were nothing he could help.

"I knew I had the game, you know," said Federer later. "I always believed." Even so, the expectation is that, with the pressure valve unscrewed, the full force of his majestic talents will now be unleashed.

Federer is the only player to have won a title on every surface this year, and is considered the best-equipped to win all four grand slam titles. His is an all-court game, equal parts finesse and force. He is also something of a throwback to more graceful days, with his fluid single-handed strokes and cat-like movement to the net. "The guy has everything, but he can still improve everything," says his coach, Peter Lundgren.

Temperament is what has betrayed Federer most, and while he has sometimes lacked grit, he's known for being refreshingly balanced and relaxed. As rain soaked New York last month, Federer and partner, Miroslava Vavrinec, took in The Man of La Mancha and Lion King musicals.

"He's one of the most popular people in Switzerland. He's easygoing, he's not a star," said team manager Daniel Monin this week. "He's a nice guy and a very, very good person," added Rosset. "I think he loves Davis Cup."

rogicomel
09-15-2003, 03:58 AM
Great article, thx...

Doris Loeffel
09-15-2003, 10:20 AM
I've signed in to this site too - even though I'm not a swiss tennis member...

star
09-15-2003, 12:47 PM
Thanks for that site. I've signed up.

I think Federer has the ability to deliver 3 rubbers for the Swiss. It is a very difficult choice for me because I have always loved the Aussie team just for their Davis Cup spirit. But, I am awed by the way Federer can deliver for the Swiss.

Lindsayfan
09-15-2003, 03:45 PM
what is Rogi filming? :p

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_21907-15103125603.jpg

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_93319-15103142804.jpg

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_73082-15103143304.jpg

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_37826-15103123604.jpg

Mrs. B
09-16-2003, 07:44 AM
he's making a home movie with Marc! ;)

Mrs. B
09-16-2003, 07:47 AM
light moments during their training... :hearts:

Doris Loeffel
09-16-2003, 09:38 AM
3 more nights ;)

Good luck guys

rogicomel
09-16-2003, 09:58 AM
Seems like their having good times!! Hopefully they'll take the smiles home......

Lindsayfan
09-16-2003, 10:32 AM
Mrs B. where did you get these pix from?

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/p_30131-16103123203.jpg

Lindsayfan
09-16-2003, 10:38 AM
I luv this one! Stanislas is so cute! :inlove:

http://www.mytennis.ch/daviscup/upload//images/bildgalerie/03_AUS-SUI_Bild6.jpg

Mrs. B
09-16-2003, 10:49 AM
i just love the expression on his teammates' faces! so full of warmth and support for their rookie mate! :hearts:

Thanks, Val. Have you checked tennisaustralia.com.au? they got great pics from the players...

Lindsayfan
09-16-2003, 11:05 AM
nope i didnt check it,gonna do it!thanks! ;)
I usually check EQ site (even tho pix r so small),Newspix (but lately they have pix only from aussie players) and swiss tennis site.

star
09-16-2003, 02:21 PM
Nice pictures. I liked the last one especially.

Lindsayfan
09-16-2003, 10:40 PM
Swiss fear injuries in cold tie

By Linda Pearce
September 17, 2003

Swiss captain Marc Rosset fears Melbourne's September chill could jeopardise player safety during this week's Davis Cup semi-final, and believes Rod Laver Arena's retractable roof should be closed at night to minimise the injury risk.

Switzerland's team, led by Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, has been surprised by Melbourne's cold and windy weather since its arrival from warmer northern hemisphere ports about a week ago.

It has prompted Rosset to question the roof policy and the International Tennis Federation's approval of Australia's request for an outdoor tie.

The Swiss have already complained to Portuguese referee Jorge Dias, who confirmed the subject would be discussed at today's captains' meeting with Rosset and John Fitzgerald, the pair having already spoken informally.

Both teams must agree to change the tie to an indoor event, and as recently as Monday the Australians were sticking with their preference for the cold outdoors - the players, including Lleyton Hewitt, believing it provides their best chance of toppling Federer, the smooth-stroking world No. 3.

"At the moment, the reality is that it's an outdoor event, and we have to try to do our best to play outdoors," said Diaz, who said there was no minimum temperature trigger for a roof closure.

"The tie was requested as an outdoor event on Rebound Ace in Melbourne. We have a mobile roof and we'll use it if it rains."

The weather bureau yesterday forecast a temperature of about 14 degrees at 7pm on Friday, about 20 minutes after the start of the second singles match, dropping to 12 degrees within two hours.

The weather is expected to improve over the weekend, with maximum temperatures of 20 and 19 expected for Saturday and Sunday, up from 17 with the chance of showers on Friday.

That may help to appease Rosset, who expressed surprise at the federation's sanction. He said the uncertainty of some matches being played at night, and others during the day, and with the roof open or closed for rain, had complicated both teams' preparations.

"It would have been easier for everybody, even for the Australia team, I think, to play indoors," Rosset said. "I just hope that nobody is going to get injured because I think it's a pity if one of the top player(s) in the world get injured during the tie.

"When it's 17 degrees during the day, it's a good chance to be even colder at night and I think that for the spectators it's not nice, either, and for the players it's quite tough to play, and there is a good chance that you can do a sprint or run on the ball and get injured just by the weather conditions."

Rosset then quipped that the Swiss should have the option of staging an outdoor tie at home next February in the depths of the European winter. "Minus 10 degrees," he said with the prompting of Federer, his likely doubles partner. "I think ITF would agree also."

Federer said he had been surprised by the cold, and the wind chill, and emphasised the importance of a thorough warm-up.

"I'm just going to play, roof open or closed, and it's not going to change anything, so we'll see," he said. "The tie is supposed to play outdoors; I'm ready to play outdoors. If it's indoors, I play indoors."

Otherwise, the Swiss preparation is progressing as planned, after some initial jet lag. "I found the rhythm and I'm playing well," said Federer, who is due to play Mark Philippoussis on day one. "There's just the last few practice sessions left now and I'm ready to go."

RogiFan
09-17-2003, 02:26 AM
Mrs B. where did you get these pix from?

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/p_30131-16103123203.jpg

Keep those lovely piccies coming, girls!

Rogi's so lovely... :angel:

Lindsayfan
09-17-2003, 08:40 AM
yes they r making a movie! :p

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_41847-17103102604.jpg

Stanislas :hearts:

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/p_65279-17103103004.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13414315.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13413734.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13413733.jpg

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_58161-17103085705.jpg

LOL! :p

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_98470-17103034503.jpg

http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_78467-17103040503.jpg

Lindsayfan
09-17-2003, 09:47 AM
LMAO :haha:

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030917/capt.1063787529.australia_switzerland_davis_cup_me l101.jpg

Mrs. B
09-17-2003, 11:09 AM
what kind of a shot was that? :eek:

:D

Doris Loeffel
09-17-2003, 11:44 AM
Hopefully we don't see that one too often over the weekend ;) hehe

rogicomel
09-18-2003, 01:53 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030917/capt.1063787529.australia_switzerland_davis_cup_me l101.jpg

Now I know Rogi is good in football. He might have scored a goal if he was in a football match with that 'shot'!

cheliste
09-18-2003, 07:17 AM
Now I know Rogi is good in football. He might have scored a goal if he was in a football match with that 'shot'!

:lol: A header! That's what I'm missing in my football club!
Anyway, thanks everyone for the pictures! 23 1/2 hours to go!
Goodluck to the team!

Doris Loeffel
09-18-2003, 09:26 AM
And here's the shedule

Australien – Schweiz

Freitag, 15 Uhr (7 Uhr Schweizer Zeit): Lleyton Hewitt - Michel Kratochvil. - Nicht vor 18.30 Uhr (10.30): Mark Philippoussis - Roger Federer.
Samstag, 14.45 Uhr (6.45): Eröffnungszeremonie, anschliessend Wayne Arthurs/Todd Woodbridge - Federer/Marc Rosset.

Sonntag, 15 Uhr: Hewitt - Federer. - nto before 18.30 Uhr: Philippoussis - Kratochvil.

Lindsayfan
09-18-2003, 09:34 AM
http://www.eqimages.ch/archive/t_82979-18103085506.jpg




Australia and Switzerland Square Off Down Under


When Australia and Switzerland meet in the semifinals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas at the famed Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne it will be a clash of the titans. These two countries are proud Davis Cup nations and they bring together players who have deep respect for what this, the world's greatest annual team competition in sport, is all about.

It will be the third meeting between Australia and Switzerland. The previous two were won by Australia. In 1930 the legendary Jack Crawford led Australia to a 5-0 victory and then in 2000 the tie went down to the wire. Mark Philippoussis defeated George Bastl 64 in the fifth set of the fifth rubber to secure a 3-2 victory. It promises to be a cliff-hanger again.

This semifinal tie will open with Australia’s No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt taking on the Swiss No. 2 Michel Kratochvil followed by a replay of this year's Wimbledon final between Philippoussis and Roger Federer. The doubles rubber on the second day has Todd Woodbridge, in his record-equalling 28th tie for Australia, and Wayne Arthurs taking on Federer and Swiss captain Marc Rosset. The reverse singles on the third day has Hewitt against Federer and once again it will be Philippoussis playing the final rubber, but this time against Kratochvil.

Both captains are of the belief that more is made out of the draw than necessary when it comes to a potential outcome.

"If I had to lean one way I think I am happy that Lleyton is playing first. He has had so much experience in recent days. If he can get on the board and have a victory over Michel in the first match, that will revert the pressure on to Roger a lot, I think, and the whole Swiss team, and the other small factor is that Roger has to play second, then back up for doubles and then is first on the third day," said Australian captain John Fitzgerald.

"But I think it (draw) is overrated and I don't think it will have a bearing on the outcome of the match. The necessity to win this tie is to play well."

Rosset concurred and suggested the "draw is not making any difference on the teams", but he did concede that if there is a disadvantage it was only a small one for Federer who is playing three matches in three days. However, Rosset is very quick to point out that he is a young guy who is used to playing matches after matches.

The one unusual aspect of this tie is the fact that Rosset has taken himself from being a non-playing captain to being a playing captain.

"I have to nominate four names and I put myself next to Roger just for the picture, it look nice I guess, but we will see on the Friday night, what happens after the singles," said Rosset. "We have to take risks, we are not the favourite in this tie so we have to try some options to win a point. It is the third time already (being a playing captain) and I playing Davis Cup for 13 years, so I think I am quite ready."

Hewitt says that he played well in the first few matches at the US Open and says the confidence has returned. He has the experience of playing quite a few first-up Davis Cup matches.

"Normally I handle the situation pretty well," said Hewitt. "I have only played him once, in the final of Tokyo nearly two years ago. I have a lot of respect for his game but I am going to concentrate more on my game and if I have to change anything while I am out there, then Fitzy and I will work on that while I am out there."

Philippoussis believes he has learnt a lot from the Wimbledon final he played against Federer. He said that he must try not to allow Federer to take control and be a front-runner. Philippoussis is not know for his fast starts but says he will have to jump to a good start and keep the pressure on.

"Obviously he is known for his serve and its all about handling that weapon," said Federer. "I did that quite well in the past. I think a lot of people are looking forward to this match, myself as well, so it's going to be a nice one and hopefully it's going to be a full stadium, see how many Swiss turn up and how loud they are going to be."

The opening rubber between Hewitt and Kratochvil will start at 3.00pm local time on Friday.

rogicomel
09-18-2003, 09:39 AM
Reading the news makes me nervous...... Hop Suisse!!!

Lindsayfan
09-18-2003, 09:44 AM
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Doris Loeffel
09-18-2003, 04:49 PM
Well this just needs a last

Gooooo Michel gooooo
gooooo Roger gooooo
gooooo Roger/Marc allleeezzz
gooooo Roger
gooooo Michel
not to forget the rest of the team
George, Ivo, Yves, Stanislas, Georges, Steve, Frank etall!!

Hoooppppp Schwiiiizzz
Good luck guys!!

Lindsayfan
09-18-2003, 06:32 PM
Hoppp Schweiz!!!! :bounce:
Allez la Suisse!!!! :bounce:
Forza Svizzera!!!! :bounce:

Lindsayfan
09-18-2003, 07:48 PM
Rogi's so sweet in this pic! :hearts:

http://www.daviscup.org/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1679_gallery.JPG

Jorge
09-19-2003, 01:05 AM
Good luck to the swiss team :yeah:

rogicomel
09-19-2003, 01:37 AM
Wow! Red head band! I love it.

Only a few hours left........

RogiFan
09-19-2003, 04:17 AM
HOPP SCHWEIZ!!

ALLEZ LA SUISSE!

GO SWITZERLAND, GO!

HOPP ROGI!

ALLEZ MICHA!

:angel:

Love the red headband too! and Rogi always is an angel :angel: what a cutie!!

rogicomel
09-19-2003, 08:20 AM
:sad: So, when is Rogi going to take on Scud? Aus leads by 1-0. :sad: :sad:

cheliste
09-19-2003, 09:10 AM
Come on Rogi, don't let the pressure get to you. Just play your game and focus. GOOO ROGER!!! :)

rogicomel
09-19-2003, 09:46 AM
Come on Ninja, take the Scud out!!!!!!

Doris Loeffel
09-19-2003, 12:51 PM
Keep going that way guys!!
Allleezzzzz you can make it!!

Goood luck for tomorrows doubles!!

Lindsayfan
09-19-2003, 12:55 PM
1-1 as we expected!

Good Luck for the doubles tomorrow!! it will be the key of the success!! :cool:

JonBcn
09-19-2003, 01:28 PM
So, who's getting up at 7am for the doubles?

It all hinges on tomorrow...I'm nervous already!

Mrs. B
09-19-2003, 02:11 PM
Moi! ;) saw Micha's last set this morning, couldn't open my eyes at 7. :( Well i didn't miss Roger's match. i'll sleep earlier tonight...

:bounce: Hopp Roger & Marc!!!!

cheliste
09-19-2003, 03:29 PM
Doubles tomorrow and it's making me more nervous thinking how critical it can be!
Go Roger and Marc!!! :)

Mrs. B
09-19-2003, 09:50 PM
love this pic. Tennis Swan Lake!

Mrs. B
09-20-2003, 11:46 AM
too bad on that doubles...scheisse!!! :mad:

:sad:

C'mon, Roger! C'mon Krati! :bounce: :bounce:

Chloe le Bopper
09-20-2003, 12:16 PM
I mean this in the nicest way possible when I say that I agree with TBE and perhaps Rossett playing himself on Sunday wouldn't be such a terrible idea... although I think TBE was kidding :) Nothing against Krat, but he's been out all summer.

Lindsayfan
09-21-2003, 09:01 AM
Rogiiiii,how you could lose being up 2 sets to love?! :sad: :sad: :sad:

Mrs. B
09-21-2003, 09:41 AM
he was so good on those 2 you'd think he'd win it in 3...:(

too much overkill on those fh's making those ue's. df's too.

and Hewitt...he just doesn't give up. Roger did. :sad:

star
09-21-2003, 02:29 PM
Mrs. B.... That was a lovely photo. Roger has amazing extension that any dancer or gymnast would envy.

No shame to Roger here. He played a grueling schedule. He had to have the pressure the whole tie resting on his shoulders. He had to win three matches in order for the Swiss to win the Davis Cup. The Australians had a deeper team.

Even Lleyton said that in the second set there was not a player on earth that Roger could not have beaten. He said that what kept him going was that he knew that Roger might run out of gas because of playing so much.

Roger participated in one of the great Davis Cup matches of all time. He came out on the losing side, but the statistics were very close. Only a few points separated them. Had the match been played in Switzerland, the outcome might have been different.

Roger can hold his head high, imo. :)

Mrs. B
09-21-2003, 04:08 PM
so true, star. The Fed Ex had the burden on his young shoulder to deliver for his country. And playing 13 sets in 3 days is a lot for anyone. The groin injury didn't help to his cause. Had that match been played here...

Kopf hoch, he really did well to bring Switzerland this far in the Davis Cup! Well done, Roger! His tennis is still the best out there. Those first two sets are proof of his brilliance on the court.

and well done to the Aussies! They're a great team, indeed.

star
09-21-2003, 04:13 PM
Stimmt dass. Kopf hoch. :)