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07-25-2002, 01:25 PM
come on boys beat the Argies and make it into the final :bounce:

Marat/Zhenya and Misha !!!!!!!!!!
not forgetting Olhovskiy (if he ever plays again ;))

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07-25-2002, 01:59 PM
Go Russia!!! :bounce:

Now that Misha is playing so solidly we have great chances :)

I doubt Olkhovski will play because he doesn't seem to have a good realtionship with Zhenya, I saw them play doubles at last years DC if I'm not mistaken they played against Sweden together and weren't a good team, didn't look like they even wanted to win, weren't supporting each other at all... well at least it looked that way.

Chloe le Bopper
07-25-2002, 03:28 PM
Good luck Russia :D

07-25-2002, 10:15 PM
Go Russia :bounce:

Hope Zhenya can unleash the indoor monster within :D

07-26-2002, 05:58 AM
Go Russia!


07-26-2002, 08:13 AM
:bounce: Go Russia!:bounce:

07-27-2002, 04:39 AM
Gooooo Russia!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

07-27-2002, 09:15 AM
ideally Russia to win and Zhenya not to retire would be just fantastic

he should win another 2 slams at least before he goes

07-28-2002, 12:42 PM
Tarpishev was the commentator on one of Zhenya's matches during Wimbledon and he said he was pretty sure that he will continue playing even after they win, he said Zhenya was saying he would retire just because he was tired

07-29-2002, 02:40 PM
I really hope that to be true, Nina :angel:

Btw, Marat & Zhenya are now starting to play doubles together in Toronto as a warm-up to DC practice. :D

08-01-2002, 07:32 PM
As the Egg said in the Toronto forum, Yevgeny's record against Caсas is getting ridiculous. Yevgeny is going to see him again in Davis Cup and I'm starting to seriously worry. Caсas & Nalbandian are having fabulous years so far.

08-04-2002, 01:36 PM
go Caсas & Nalbandian!!! not to mention Squillari, Gaudio, Acasuso, and Coria. so many Argies to choose from!!! :eek:

the cat
08-06-2002, 12:14 AM
I'm rooting for Russia to win the Cup this year! Udachi Russia! :bounce: But I'm worried about Argentina! :eek: Beating them on any surface is going to be a life and death struggle! :mad:

Somewhere, TC has a Cheshire cat grin! ;) But wouldn't it be funny if Argentina beat Russia, but America led by Andy Roddick beat Argentina in the Davis Cup Final. It could happen you know! :eek:

08-18-2002, 11:09 AM
I`m more than sure that Russia will qualify for the final. I`m that positive that I`m even going to visit the other Davis Cup tie France vs. US to examine our future opponents ;)

08-22-2002, 03:41 PM
!!! (although it's unfortunate for Canas) , read that Canas will be out of US Open cos of a stress fracture in his hand and he will also be missing the DC semi-finals....

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:( for Canas though....

08-23-2002, 10:51 AM
I'm more than confident we will make the final :D

09-13-2002, 04:31 PM
So what's the prognosis now that Zhenya has fractured his finger?

09-14-2002, 08:34 AM
i still think we'll make the final with or without Zhenya

09-14-2002, 04:19 PM

09-22-2002, 08:06 PM
It was with :)

and we're into the final :)

congrats boys :)
now go to France and win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

09-22-2002, 09:00 PM
RUSSIA RULES! :bounce::bounce:

Congrats on making the final, boys, even with only one Zhenya singles match (that doubles will go down in history!). Now let's win it all!!

11-21-2002, 03:25 AM
Bring it home, boys! :)


Ada Monroe
11-21-2002, 08:52 AM
Go babes! :D

Russia to win!

11-23-2002, 05:47 PM
Good luck to all our guys!! You are doing great! Just "soberite vse sili s mozgami i vpered"!!!! Buena SUERTE!!!

11-26-2002, 11:04 AM
And don't forget that you are THE TEAM!!!!!! (see

Go Russia! :)

11-27-2002, 10:22 AM
More positive article from :)

The Russians are coming… :)

Russia's Davis Cup team may be guilty of being brusque in press conferences, star players Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov may be accused of irreconcilable differences, however, one fact is indisputable: the Russians know how to hit the ball hard.

While Safin and Kafelnikov continue to train together like strangers in the Bercy tennis complex in Paris, mirroring the exact opposite of the "all for one, one for all" French team, their indifference towards each other has not affected their powerful games.

"He [Kafelnikov] has his friends, I have mine," he had said at the beginning of the week.

Kafelnikov, who will undergo varicose vein surgery immediately following the Davis Cup final on Monday, was not very talkative in a press conference on Tuesday but confirmed that the clay courts were "excellent". :D

Safin, on the other hand, had more to say about Paris and the French opposition, expressing his happiness of being part of such an event. "We travel 11 months together. We know everyone very well," he said. "They are nice people and we don't have to be distant from them. It's just business, a sport. You don't have to take it too seriously.

"The first match is on Friday, we can be relaxed, we can have fun. There's nothing bad," he continued. The French team is happy. We are happy. Everything is cool. Everyone is ready for the show."

Nevertheless, the Russian pair had a fantastic training session on Tuesday :), showing off their impressive serves and dynamic shots. :) Aside from Kafelnikov repeatedly stopping to talk intently on his cell phone :rolleyes:, to the dismay of Safin :D, the men are unquestionably at the top of their form.

What's a bit of rivalry between team-mates?

11-28-2002, 08:51 PM
OMG!!!!! Im getting nervious.............:eek: I'm getting very nervious about Davis Cup............. only 14 hours left.......... GOOD LUCK RUSSIA:eek: :eek: :eek: :kiss:

11-29-2002, 07:12 PM
They are tied at 1-1. Marat won, Zhenya lost :(


11-29-2002, 08:07 PM
Well, that was the worst match of the whole Davis Cup!! You should see it............ Yevgeny was ...... he was not in the match at all........ I haven't seen him like this for a long time.... Guys, you have to change something......

11-30-2002, 05:28 PM
France is ahead, 2-1. Something's got to give, and I hope it's not us :(:sad:

12-01-2002, 07:24 PM
Congrats to Zhenya, Marat and Misha. :)

Don't retire, Zhenya. (it's okay to not keep this promise :( )

Mrs. B
12-01-2002, 08:00 PM

Big hugs and kisses to Misha. So proud of you...i saw you play in Gstaad and i was really amazed by your game on clay and knew that you could pull through. You also showed your mental strenght...kudos, indeed!

Gosh, i'm so happy. Watching the matches since Friday. Esp. today, those matches were long... but worth it. :D

12-01-2002, 08:51 PM
:bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce: WE DID IT!!!!!!! :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

I can't wait to see the pictures and interviews. I see Jessi's doing her time in GM at the moment, but hopefully she will keep the steady stream of interviews, news, and pics coming this way, too. I'm sorry I wasn't around to follow the match, it sounds like it was a good one. I think good things will come not only from Misha, but from Paul-Henri as well :)

Many big hugs and kisses to Misha for pulling through. I thought after his tragedy this year with his father that he would be down and out for a long time, but he came through when his country needed him. Many congrats to you, Mikhail :)

Zhenya can retire now on a bright note. I think he's earned it, and I certainly wouldn't want to see him play if he resented playing. I will miss him dearly, but I think if he wants to leave he should leave. And I think he will. I will always regret never getting to see him play live, but it's a regret I can live with :)

Congrats again, boys. As someone else commented, Russia is just too good a country to have never won the Davis Cup.


the cat
12-01-2002, 09:15 PM
Congrats to Russia on winning the Davis Cup for the first time! :bounce: What a dramatic victory!

And I'm especially happy for all Russian tennis fans who've had to endure such tough times in recent years. I'm sure Russian born Russian tennis fans such as TBE, Nina, Fresh, ys, tenn_ace etc. are absolutely ecstatic! Congratulations! :bounce:

12-01-2002, 09:36 PM
Youzhny the Star in Most Dramatic End to Year Possible

Tennis doesn’t get much better than this, in fact it’s hard to think of any sporting spectacle that could exceed this final day for drama. Russia claimed its first-ever Davis Cup by BNP Paribas title when Mikael Youzhny made his own piece of history, becoming the first man in the 102 years of the competition to win a live fifth rubber in the final from two sets adrift.

It was a remarkable achievement for the 20-year-old, who looked down and out after dropping his serve four times in the first 12 games. At 0-3 in the second set he held his head in his towel at the change of ends, and looked close to tears. His team-mates shouted encouragement, Russia’s captain Shamil Tarpishev suggested one or two things he might try, but Youzhny was facing a humiliation in only his second live Davis Cup rubber. His silky, flowing groundstrokes were no match for the raw power of Mathieu, and it looked more of a mismatch than the dramatic conclusion of the tennis year it was to become.

Yet three hours later, Youzhny was Russia’s hero, the unlikely but proud winner 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 in four hours 26 minutes. He was feted by his Russian team-mates plus the country’s most prominent tennis fan, ex-president Boris Yeltsin. Safin described the feeling as being “better than sex”, and Yevgeny Kafelnikov said he would think a few more days before deciding whether to carry out his threat to retire.

But the conclusion of the Davis Cup belonged to Youzhny and his remarkable turnaround. Crucial to it was that he held his serve twice after falling 3-6 0-4 behind, and started taking the ball earlier at the start of the third set. He broke Mathieu early, but the Frenchman – who at 20 made it the youngest live fifth rubber in a Davis Cup final since 1985 – broke straight back to love. Even when Youzhny broke again for 4-2, Mathieu still had the match very much in his grasp.

But by then Youzhny was realising that Mathieu was vulnerable to changes of pace. The judicious use of the slice started reaping more rewards, and Mathieu started to look less potent. He still broke for 4-2, and France again looked to be heading to a 10th Davis Cup title, but Youznhy wasn’t finished, and broke straight back.

Still Mathieu seemed to be in the better position, and at 4-5 deuce he was just two points from victory. But Youzhny’s nerve held, and when he broke again for 6-5 and served out the set, the momentum had really turned.

Youzhny broke in the third game of the final set to take the lead for the first time, but Mathieu was back level at 3-3. But at 4-4 Youzhny sealed the decisive break, and served out the victory to love. It left Mathieu in tears, but one 20-year-old star was always going to be born in this final match of the tennis year, and his name is Mikael Youznhy.

:bounce: CONGRATS RUSSIA! :bounce:

12-01-2002, 09:53 PM

12-01-2002, 10:42 PM
Unbelievable!!! I say it again - UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!! WE DID IT!!! RUSSIA IS THE BEST!!! See.. dreams come true!!!
La-la-la, everyone is asleep now, but what will be going on here this morning................. OMG!!! I can't sleep!!! I'm so so so so so so so so excited!!!! A huge thanks, billions of thanks to all Russian team - you are heroes!!! We are so proud of you, Russia is proud of you!!!

12-02-2002, 01:23 AM

12-02-2002, 01:46 AM
Interview with the Russian Team

I would like to ask to Youzhny if he's surprised of what he achieved today. How much are you surprised? Before the match, what was your feeling?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: You know, before this match, when I go to warm up, I didn't really know if I would play last match. But I was good. I try play my best tennis. First two sets, it was not so good, but after I play like I can play.

Can you say what was your emotion at the last point of the match?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: No. It was no emotion. I don't understand what's happens. I just know we're winning. I was very glad after the match.

Marat, how is the taste of this victory compared to the US Open?
MARAT SAFIN: It's two completely different stories. I mean, when I won the US Open, I couldn't believe that I could beat Pete Sampras in the finals. I was still too young to win that kind of tournament. I was so happy, but I didn't know how to enjoy it. Right away I had to fly to Tashkent to play another tournament.
This victory, you know, it's a team tournament. We won, we're basically the world champions this year. We have nothing, I don't have to go to any tournaments, I don't have to rush, I don't have to do anything next week, so I have to enjoy. I will enjoy, of course.
I want to congratulate all my team, all the players. They deserve it. Yevgeny, he played great. He saved so many times the Russian team. Our captain, he was great. He was perfect. He was supporting us during all the match. Thank you very much.
Of course, Mikhail for today's victory that basically nobody expect that he could win after two sets 2-Love down. He surprised I think even himself. He showed that he's a real man, he's a Russian man, he knows how to fight, he knows how to come out of such a difficult situation. Thanks a lot for the victory.
I'm so happy, I'm so glad. I cannot describe what I'm feeling right now. It's just something that is just so great, it's the best. Better than sex, you can say that (smiling).

Yevgeny, you were not very supportive during Mikhail's match. Can you tell us why? We saw you speaking a lot on the phone, not paying much attention.
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: To be honest, I was paying too much attention. Maybe I talk once or twice during the time.
Believe me, when you are trying to support your fellow teammate as much as you can, sometimes you're running out of energy. That's what's probably happened during my first match when Marat played. He played a tough match against Grosjean. Second match, I at least knew that we're going to be here for long, long match. That doesn't mean on my mimics that I wasn't supporting Mikhail. I was trying to do it as best as I could. Sometimes you're unable because you're sitting on the bench.

Yevgeny, you say a few weeks ago if you win the Davis Cup...
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: So the final statement will be made through next week.

Next week?
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Yes. Let me explain once again. It's very enjoyable moment for me right now. I do respect what I said before. Like I told you, the final decision will be made throughout next week.

You won the Davis Cup final with two very, very young players. What does it mean for the future, Youzhny and Safin, to have two players like this 20 and 20 years old?
MARAT SAFIN: 22 (laughter).
Is such a difficult question. We didn't think so far already what was going to happen in the future. We just want to enjoy the moment. I think it's great to have two young players, but still I don't think Yevgeny is still too old. 28 years old, it's just the beginning of your career (smiling).
I think he will stay for another year. He will join us on the team and bring a lot of support for the Russian tennis. He's very important for us and for tennis in Russia. I think he will make a decision to stay one more year, just enjoy the moment. Anyway, he has nothing to do because he dedicate himself during already more than 20 years for tennis. I think it's his life and his job, and he loves it. I think he will stay and welcome very much Mikhail with such great success, that he give the opportunity to whole Davis Cup.
We're looking forward for the future. Of course, you have to enjoy first of all this victory and then to think about next year, next matches of Davis Cup.

Yevgeny, was it a difficult situation to give your place to Misha or not?
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: It depends from which angle you're going to look at it. Probably my ego was saying that I should play, but realistically I felt like he was going to give the best effort than I could. You know, lately he was playing well, and I wasn't.
It was tough, but I did everything for the best interest of the team. You know, right now I'm proud what I have decided. It's definitely best team effort that we probably see.

You're not a little bit disappointed after all your efforts for the past in Russia? You've won, but is it disappointing to have not been actually playing at the final moment of victory?
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: You could say that. Like I told, you know, my ego is now somewhere probably back in Siberia. It's in the best interests of the team I did. It's in the best interests of the team. You know, that's why it's a team competition. Sometimes you've got to put your personal ambition somewhere else, where no one wants to see that. That's what happened.


12-02-2002, 02:21 AM
Boris Yeltsin, LMAO

12-02-2002, 02:22 AM
Zhenya captures his dream :)

King Aaron
12-02-2002, 01:00 PM
Congrats Russia!! :D

12-02-2002, 03:58 PM
:bounce:, :bounce:

It felt so good..:)

And thanks, Nina, for helping me with scores..:)

And at the end another side of this victory, again coming from one of our "remarkable" journalists..

This is from Izvestia:

"Едва завершился последний, решающий одиночный поединок на стадионе "Берси", превративший 20-летнего Михаила Южного в национального героя, как Ельцин через ограждения устремился на корт. Сотрудники службы безопасности хотели было остановить отчаянного 71-летнего болельщика, но не тут-то было: слишком уж долго этот человек ждал триумфа российского тенниса. Он должен был стать одним из основных его участников"..

And this is from CNNSI:

"Within seconds of Mikhail Youzhny winning the deciding singles, Yeltsin was clambering with difficulty over a courtside barrier and marching on to the claycourt.

A couple of security guards thought about stopping him but the 71-year-old former president had come a long way, and waited a long time, for this moment of triumph and he was going to be part of it. "

Don't you just love it..

12-02-2002, 04:34 PM
:) Spasiba, Russkiye!! Great end to the tennis season!!! Thanks for that little translation -- I'll check out the isvestia.

Great pix too everyone!!

Congratulations Russia!! You did it in style!! Especially young Misha -- what a great champion and a truly nice guy!

Now I can be happy with this year...!;)

12-02-2002, 04:50 PM
ys, you're back :wavey: how was skiing?

I bought all the Russian newspapers today that mentioned the Davis Cup :o

12-02-2002, 04:54 PM
maybe CNNSI copied Izvestia :rolleyes:

btw Yeltsin was so funny to watch after Misha won, his wife tried to stop him but he pushed her aside and just climbed down from his seat, he is now healthier than ever :)

12-02-2002, 05:04 PM
Misha's interview here:

and on the same page you can find interviews of other players. Great to hear Davis Cup now means so much for Marat, before the final I watched a program about our team and they had an interview with Marat when he was about 14, they asked him if he wanted to play DC for Russia and he made a funny face expression and said "No, no I don't. I don't have time. No" He got wiser as the years went by :)

12-02-2002, 07:00 PM
Yeah, I am back :wavey:

The skiing was just great ( not as good as Davis Cup, I suppose but.. ), they had more snow in November than they are supposed to have by Christmas time, quite incredible. Especially given that I was able to check the scoreline of DC while riding the skilift ;). I even realised that I am doing more of downhill and less of carving than I usually do, just to get to the skilift quicker and check the scores again..:) But the last day, when I was checking the scores while already driving home was just agonizing.. I was checking the scores from my mail, and my friends driving the cars behind me were calling me to learn the scores too, from me..:)

Just out of desperation, last question.. Was anyone genious enough to tape the last day?

12-02-2002, 09:40 PM
Just caught a glimpse of a special TV programme dedicated to the Davis Cup victory (they made changes to TV programme). :)

A few interesting details

B. Yeltsin used to team up with Tarpischev to play doubles :) . They showed them shaking hands with another *senior* players at the net

Dinara looks much better in casual clothes than in tennis clothes. She's so cute and such a lovely girl :)

They also showed Dinara's and Marat's parents. His mother said she's very happy to be in Paris and to be able to support Marat and hug him :)

His father said there is so much fuss around Marat and Dinara and everybody just cares about their results, but he sees all the hard daily work and blood on Dinara's feet after training and how she is tired

The tribute was payed to Zhenia. Although he was not the hero of this final, he led Russia to this sensational win for almost a decade. They showed his matchpoint in Sydney :)

Misha is really shy. The reporters were waiting for him in the airport but he just answered 1 question and ran away:
Q: Have you dedicated your victory to somebody?
Misha: To my Dad

They finished it with official award ceremony and then played "We Are The Champions" showing Misha play and throw the ball into the crowd.

I dropped a tear :) a few tears, actually ;)

12-02-2002, 10:23 PM
Yeah, me too zosse....... that was so touching....... I saw it too on TV. Misha is very shy and I think he doesn't actually understand yet what he had done! I'm sure his dad would be very proud of him.

12-03-2002, 03:04 AM
ys, i don't know if you've seen this picture yet, but here it is for you in case you missed it. Thought you might like it. ;)

12-03-2002, 03:11 AM
Originally posted by zosse
Misha is really shy. The reporters were waiting for him in the airport but he just answered 1 question and ran away:
Q: Have you dedicated your victory to somebody?
Misha: To my Dad

Aww! Bless him :) zosse, sounds like that was a great program, I'm sorry I wasn't able to see it (maybe it will make it onto a commercial tennis taping somewhere . . .). I would have cried myself, I'm sure, over Zhenya, over the hard work and determination of all of the guys, over Misha's sweet shyness.

One of the few times I wish I was in Russia :sigh:

12-03-2002, 03:19 AM
Hi guys, I've found a video of Russia's DC win on a french website. I got goosebumps just from watching it. Some really amazing scenes there. Funny quote from Marat: "We're going to celebrate. I'm going to get drunk tonight, I promise! :D Here is the link.

Enjoy! :)

12-03-2002, 07:49 AM
Thanks Jessi :)

What else can you expect from Marat after such victory :D

12-03-2002, 09:34 AM

Despite narrowly losing the 2002 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final last weekend, France maintains its No. 1 position in the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking to finish first at the year-end.

After winning the Davis Cup, Russia finishes second, one place higher than in September. Top of the rankings at the end of 2001, Australia lies in third place.

:bounce: :) :bounce:

12-03-2002, 01:34 PM
Misha is the Russian hero now :) He was on Tv yesterday (on RTR right after the evening news) with Tarpishev,Fetisov and the small cup, Misha was wrapped in a Russian flag btw :) they didn't ask him much, just to say something about himself- he said: I train in Moscow, I'm 20, I don't like discos and don't party :D they also asked him wheather he had a gf and Misha said he did. The journalist was also wondering wheather Misha could beat Sampras now :confused:

Tarpishev was asked if Zhenya will retire, and shamil answered that he didn't think so, he thinks that Zhenya will take a 2 months rest and return, he just says he will retire because he's mentally tired :) He also said Marat will come to Moscow on Wednesday.

Fetisov was asked if Misha will be given any award (орден?) and he said they will discuss it :)

12-03-2002, 02:01 PM
If you have the Hero of Russia award, then why not :D

12-04-2002, 02:20 PM
Congrats Russia :) :) :)

12-05-2002, 10:29 PM
Wow!!! Just a couple of hours ago the plane landed in moscow bringing Davis Cup!!!! They put it in a safe bank and tomorrow our players will "present it" to everybody!!!! Cool!!! I can't wait to see this!!!!

12-05-2002, 10:31 PM
btw, thank you Jessi for great pics. Nice!

12-06-2002, 06:24 AM
Originally posted by Nina
Go Russia!!! :bounce:

Now that Misha is playing so solidly we have great chances :)

Great quote by Nina on 25th July :D

and he's the one who came through in the end :) :bounce: :D