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Davis Cup Semifinals

jole
09-22-2005, 04:47 PM
Friday:
R1 - K.BECK (SVK) vs G.CORIA (ARG)
R2 - D.HRBATY (SVK) vs D.NALBANDIAN (ARG)

Saturday:
R3 - K.BECK / M.MERTINAK (SVK) vs D.NALBANDIAN / M.PUERTA (ARG)

Sunday:
R4 - D.HRBATY (SVK) vs G.CORIA (ARG)
R5 - K.BECK (SVK) vs D.NALBANDIAN (ARG)

Basically we have to win one of the first two matches on Friday to give ourselves a good shot. Comebacks can happen, but Argentina is too talented to get into much of a hole.

Scotso
09-22-2005, 08:47 PM
5-0 Slovakia.

Vamos.

Scotso
09-22-2005, 11:39 PM
22 Sep 2005 - Sibamac Arena, National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK. - Chris Bowers

Beck launches Slovak bid to make history

Draws seldom have a major impact on the outcome of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas ties, but Argentina arguably has more to be happy about after the draw ceremony in Bratislava left the semifinal line-up between the Slovak Republic and Argentina as:

Karol Beck (SVK) v Guillermo Coria (ARG)
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) v David Nalbandian (ARG)
Karol Beck/Michal Mertinak (SVK) v David Nalbandian/Mariano Puerta (ARG)
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) v Guillermo Coria (ARG)
Karol Beck (SVK) v David Nalbandian (ARG)

The favourites on the basis of their superior rankings, Argentina’s Achilles heel looked most likely to be if Slovakia’s top player Dominik Hrbaty beat David Nalbandian, and Guillermo Coria then got nervous against a free-swinging Karol Beck. As it is, Coria will not have to wait, and Beck won’t be able to swing as freely when the pair open the Slovaks’ first-ever Davis Cup semifinal at three o’clock local time on Friday afternoon.

Despite occasional mutterings about the speed of the rubberised hardcourt laid in the Sibamac Arena at the National Tennis Centre, Argentina’s players seem to be well-focused on what is a tricky assignment. Coria has been striking the ball well in practice, and his relations with Gaston Gaudio, which were somehwt strained when the two represented Argentina at the World Team Cup in May, seem professionally cordial. Gaudio, the 2004 Roland Garros champion and current world No. 11 who isn’t scheduled to play here such is the strength of the visitors’ line-up, said: “My job is to support the team, and to play if necessary.”

Such a coherence of purpose is down in large part to the influence of Argentina’s captain Alberto Mancini. Voted in by the players last year, the former top-tenner has moulded four disparate characters into a unit pulling in one direction. His players are certainly having fun in Bratislava, and it will take a massive effort from the 48th-ranked Beck to upset the eighth-ranked Coria, who was a finalist in Beijing last Sunday, only losing to the world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in a final set.

Assuming Coria wins, Dominik Hrbaty will face major pressure when he faces Argentina’s hero from the quarterfinal in Sydney, David Nalbandian. If the Slovaks are to upset the only non-European nation left in the 2005 World Group, Hrbaty must beat Nalbandian. The 27-year-old Slovak – ranked 19th to Nalbandian’s 9th – seemed nervous at the draw ceremony, but said he doesn’t mind waiting for the Beck-Coria match to run its course.

“I’m used to waiting,” he says, “it’s the same as at a Grand Slam when you have a men’s match before you, that can take from 1˝ to five hours. I’ve been a professional for 10 years on the circuit and I know what to do, it’s not a big deal for me.”

Maybe not, but 10 years on the tour tells him how much momentum the team winning the first rubber can have. He also knows that with the Slovak Republic blessed with three home draws so far in 2005 – and a possible home final depending on the outcome in Split – this could be his only opportunity of playing in a Davis Cup final.

There were no surprises in the doubles nominations. Slovakia’s captain Milos Mecir has stuck with the combination of Beck and Michal Mertinak which has won both his country’s doubles rubbers so far this year, while Mancini resumes the successful pairing he discovered at the quarterfinal in Sydney, Nalbandian teaming up with the French Open runner-up Mariano Puerta.

Scotso
09-22-2005, 11:39 PM
I'm going to put some pictures of Dominik from the DC website in the picture thread.

khyber
09-23-2005, 01:50 AM
Comebacks can happen, but Argentina is too talented to get into much of a hole.
Is the "hole" comment a reference to Dom's infamous shirt? :devil: Good luck guys, it will be tough.

jole
09-23-2005, 02:29 AM
Is the "hole" comment a reference to Dom's infamous shirt? :devil: Good luck guys, it will be tough.

Maybe! :p

Thanks man, definitely won't be easy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Jeff
09-23-2005, 05:38 AM
This is definetly going to be a tough tie, but playing in their home stadium should give them an advantage.

Scotso
09-23-2005, 04:05 PM
Karol won his match :bounce:

So now it's Dominik's turn! I have to go for a while, so you guys need to get online to go cheer for him in the DC threads! I stayed much much longer than I should have to follow Karol, but I hope I'll be back in time to see the end of Dominik's win!

Go Dom!

jole
09-23-2005, 06:10 PM
Tight as hell match here. Dominik was just up a break in the third....but he blew it.

Scotso
09-23-2005, 06:28 PM
You can do it, Dominik :bounce:

Jeff
09-23-2005, 06:39 PM
Karol won :eek:

Honestly I had this gut feeling he would win. If Dominik wins today...phew, what a relief for the rest of the few days, as Dominik should be able to take out Coria on hard, as well.

Com'on Dominik :clap2:

Scotso
09-23-2005, 06:40 PM
6-3 5-7 5-7 :(

fight Dominik!

Scotso
09-23-2005, 07:16 PM
:crying2:

This isn't great for Slovakia. They really need to win the doubles, or it will be a very tough day on Sunday.

jole
09-23-2005, 07:37 PM
Yup, Saturday is gonna be huge. I think we can do it tho, as long as they adjust to Puerta's heavy topspin.

Danika
09-23-2005, 11:05 PM
Aww no poor Dominik that really sucks that he lost!!And yay KarolBeckFan Lets all hope that Karol and Michal can win there doubles match!And poor Karol im sure he has alotte of pressure going in that match!And then Karol has to play again Sunday!And that match could be the deciding match!Poor Karol!!!

Scotso
09-24-2005, 02:44 AM
I'm sure they can handle the pressure. C'mon!

Jeff
09-24-2005, 06:23 AM
I bet practically all my vCash on Dominik today, hence my lack of it :p

Scotso
09-24-2005, 02:04 PM
I bet practically all my vCash on Dominik today, hence my lack of it :p

I was going to do the same but I forgot. Lucky me.

MonikaVa
09-24-2005, 05:35 PM
Aww no poor Dominik that really sucks that he lost!!And yay KarolBeckFan Lets all hope that Karol and Michal can win there doubles match!And poor Karol im sure he has alotte of pressure going in that match!And then Karol has to play again Sunday!And that match could be the deciding match!Poor Karol!!!

Being at the doubles today I can only say that Karol played just great.
Slovakia is leading the tie 2:1. I hope Domino gives his maximum (as he always does in DC matches) and sents Coria back home.

me_luv_Dommy
09-24-2005, 06:04 PM
yup yup!! Go the Slovaks!!

Scotso
09-24-2005, 06:17 PM
Go Slovakia!

I'm sure that Dominik will finish them off, now! :D

Danika
09-24-2005, 11:26 PM
The doubles was a great win for the Slovakian team!!!Now lets hope that Dominik can win his match and if he cant lets hope that Karol can win his match!Good luck Dom and Karol!!!!

jole
09-25-2005, 03:06 AM
Omfg, I just found out my friend who doesn't even like tennis all that much has The Tennis Channel!! Tomorrow morning I am gonna go to his house and watch it for a while. :D

Scotso
09-25-2005, 04:43 AM
Omfg, I just found out my friend who doesn't even like tennis all that much has The Tennis Channel!! Tomorrow morning I am gonna go to his house and watch it for a while. :D

You must kill him and lay claim to this prize.

Much like Hrbaty will slaughter Gaudio.

me_luv_Dommy
09-25-2005, 09:37 AM
Wish that Dommy will wrap this up. Well done guys!!!

Scotso
09-25-2005, 03:18 PM
SLOVAKIA WINS!!!!!!

Dominik Hrbaty def. Guillermo Coria 7-6(2) 6-2 6-3 :bounce: :woohoo: :worship: :aparty:

me_luv_Dommy
09-25-2005, 04:42 PM
:woohoo: Yes!!!! Great job guys!!! Congratulations to everyone!! I'm soooooo happy with this ^^ Next is Croatia!!! But there's nothing to be scared of.

jole
09-25-2005, 05:49 PM
You must kill him and lay claim to this prize.

Much like Hrbaty will slaughter Gaudio.

Oh, I did. :p

jole
09-25-2005, 05:58 PM
Holy shit, I'm so happy they wonnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!

At the beginning of this year, it would have been hard to predict Slovakia would be in the finals, but they have showed the world what they are made of. :D

Papakori
09-25-2005, 06:06 PM
:yippee:

khyber
09-25-2005, 06:46 PM
Omfg, I just found out my friend who doesn't even like tennis all that much has The Tennis Channel!! Tomorrow morning I am gonna go to his house and watch it for a while. :DHey, I'm so glad that you finally found a TTC connection! :worship: I never would have thought they could do it, but great for the Slovaks. I was at the US/Croatia tie and the Croats will be hard to beat. Who has the home court advantage?

Scotso
09-25-2005, 07:56 PM
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_4987_gallery.JPG

Dominik doesn't look as good as Karol ;)

There are more pictures on that site I'll post later if no one else does.

Scotso
09-25-2005, 10:19 PM
Slovaks set up historic final with Croatia
DavisCup.com

The Slovak Republic is into its first Davis Cup final! The 12-year-old nation will take on the 14-year-old Croatia in a final over the first weekend of December that no-one could have predicted at the start of the year.

Slovakia’s hero was Dominik Hrbaty, whose near-faultless third-day display secured his country its first-ever final when he beat Argentina’s Guillermo Coria 76(2) 62 63 to send 4,000 spectators in the Sibamac Arena wild with delight. Cries of “Domino Domino” rang out around the facility built with Government money as a vote of confidence in Slovak tennis – an investment that’s looking better and better value with every Davis Cup round the Slovaks play!

The score is a little harsh on Coria, who from the outset showed that he meant business, and played a vastly better match than on the opening day, when he lost in straight sets to Karol Beck. But on all the big points the force was with Hrbaty, and there’s no question the Slovaks were the better team over the three days of competition.

Two big forehands on the first point of the match showed that Coria was up for the fight, and when he broke in the third game, the prospect of a live fifth rubber was very real. But Hrbaty was also playing at the top of his game, leaving Coria no margin for error, and in the sixth game the Slovak broke back.

The tennis was of the highest quality with plenty of rallies of 20+ strokes that used every square centimetre of the court, and it took a couple of audacious dropshots from Coria to disrupt Hrbaty’s rhythm. They helped him to break in the seventh game, but when he came to serve for the set at 5-4 Hrbaty again found his best form. The first five points of the tiebreak all went with serve, but then Coria put a forehand into the tramlines, and Hrbaty won the next three points to end an outstanding 63-minute set.

Coria seemed to have steadied the ship at the start of the second when he held his first two service games, but there were virtually no errors coming from the Hrbaty racket, and Coria’s serve was constantly under pressure. That pressure told in the fifth game when Hrbaty broke, in the seventh he broke again, and after an hour and 36 minutes Hrbaty hit a wonderfully disguised down-the-line forehand to take a two-sets lead.

Surely Hrbaty couldn’t keep up this level! But he could, and the pressure he exerted on the Argentinian’s serve brought a double-fault for the Slovak to break for 2-1. Coria had his chance to get the break back when he led 15-40 on the Slovak’s serve at 4-3, but Hrbaty threw down four unreturnable serves to hold for 5-3, and then broke Coria for the sixth time in the match, a netted forehand from Coria creating Slovakia’s moment of history.

“It was the best atmosphere I’ve ever played in,” said Hrbaty on court after his win. “All the people were cheering for me, and I didn’t want to disappoint them. I played really well right up to the last point, and I’m really happy for my team-mates and all the people. It’s one of the best moments for me and my team-mates, and I’ll always remember the atmosphere.”

In the dead fifth rubber, Mariano Puerta retired with a wrist injury against Karol Kucera, the Slovak leading 46 63 21, completing a 4-1 victory for the Slovaks, who celebrated by shaving their heads. All that was, except Captain Miloslav Mecir, who scarpered from the building very quickly, no doubt fearing his head would be shaved too!

The Slovak Republic will have home advantage for December’s final.

Danika
09-25-2005, 10:28 PM
I am so happy that Dominik won his match!!!!!!!This is really Amazing!!I cant believe they won!!!!Now I hope they can win in the finales!!!