06 - 08 Feb 2004
Surface: Carpet - indoors
Captain :Shamil TARPISCHEV
...I guess Marat is to Russia what Max is to Belarus ;), their only hope.
Actually Andreev is playing *really* well atm, and Im happy to see Nikolay there...GO RUSSIA!
02-01-2004, 07:39 PM
youzhny is pretty good 2
02-01-2004, 07:40 PM
excpe t 4 max and voltchkov i have no clue who the others are :confused:
02-02-2004, 03:23 PM
I didn't even know that Belarus was a country :o :p
02-02-2004, 11:06 PM
As long as we're confessing, it took me some time to realise that Belarus wasn't a different country than "Wit-Rusland" - how it's called in Dutch. But ever since I took a liking in Max, I'm aware!
Gooooo Russia and goooooo Max!
02-03-2004, 01:56 PM
ow now I see
02-03-2004, 03:20 PM
Safin doubtful for Davis Cup play vs. Belarus
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Australian Open runner-up Marat Safin might not be fit for Russia's Davis Cup World Group first-round tie against Belarus this week, team captain Shamil Tarpishchev said Tuesday.
"There's no guarantee that Safin will play," Tarpishchev said. "If he has not rehabilitated himself after Australia, there may be no point in fielding him."
Safin played 30 sets in seven matches at the Australian Open, and spent 20 hours, 58 minutes on the court in two weeks. He defeated U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals and defending Australian Open champion Andre Agassi in the semifinals, before loosing to Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the final.
"The nervous system recovers much longer than the physical one. One cannot trick nature," said Tarpishchev.
Safin returned to Moscow early Tuesday and was expected to be in Minsk on Wednesday.
Tarpishchev said he might decide whether to play Safin on Thursday, the day of the draw.
But he said that Safin was still regarded as Russia's No. 1 for the tie, starting Friday. Mikhail Youzhny was No. 2, and Nikolay Davydenko the backup singles player.
Sergei Teterin, captain of the Belarus team, said his players weren't focusing on whether or not Safin would play, but planned to "prepare for any Russian team."
Both captains said they thought chances were 50-50 for the both teams.
"There are no secrets for us about" playing the ex-Soviet republic of Belarus, Tarpishchev said. "We are from one school - the Soviet one."
Teterin agreed, saying "the match will have a friendly character."
Tarpishchev said that Belarus was likely to win the doubles as Max Mirnyi tops the doubles rankings. But in the singles, "much will depend on the quality of the players' serves."
The tie will be the first between the two former Soviet republics. Belarus will be making its debut in the World Group.
The loser of the tie will go to the World Group playoffs in September.
02-03-2004, 04:36 PM
I wasnt sure Marat would play so soon either..he said somewhere that the others have alread been in Minsk for a while practicing and that he was anxious to get down there...anway I hope the couple of days off wil be enough for him to recuperate....
Tarpishchev is such a mother goose, bless him.
02-03-2004, 04:40 PM
ugh, I bet the last thing Marat wants is another 5 setter.
02-03-2004, 07:01 PM
I don't think anyone on the belarus team pulls for 5 sets. With all due respect to Max, Marat should handle him in 4- sets, especially on carpet.
02-03-2004, 07:04 PM
Its good from Tarpishchev.
02-04-2004, 12:15 AM
I am sad Marat lost the Australian Open final. :sad: But he had nothing left for the final and he would have to be at his best to beat a great player like Roger Federer who cruised through his matches to get to the final.
It's great to see Marat play well again! :D But I hope he only plays 1 singles match against Belarus. I don't want him to play too much tennis at the beginning of the year. This is a tough Davis Cup Tie so Marat will probably have to play 2 singles matches and the doubles, too.
02-04-2004, 03:09 AM
Davis Cup Previews; ( from Tennis-X)
Posted on February 04, 2004
Tennis-X will preview two matches per day of the eight first round match-ups during the days leading to the first round World Group matches for the 2004 Davis Cup, finishing with the first ball hit on Friday. Today's features are Russia at Belarus, and Argentina at Morocco:
RUSSIA vs. BELARUS
Site: Football Manege, Minsk, BLR
Surface: Carpet indoors (Taraflex)
Ball Type: Penn ATP
Marat Safin and company enter the lair of The Beast in an interesting meeting between two countries that played as one under the flag of the Soviet Union until 1992.
Safin, fresh off his Aussie Open runner-up effort, is joined by Mikhail Youzhny, Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev, essentially the same team that won the Cup in 2002 (sans a fat Yevgeny Kafelnikov on the active roster). Playing defense will be the home Belarusians, who could turn on the offense behind Max "The Beast" Mirnyi, who has gone three sets in all three of his meetings (winning one) against Safin. Voltchkov has been a non-factor since his 2000 Wimbledon semifinal run, but could find inspiration in front of the home crowd.
"We will play without Kafelnikov for the first time in many years," Russian captain Shamil Tarpishchev said. "He will support our players as one of the team's coaches but will not play himself. There is a big difference. I still have to decide who will be our team's number two. I will finalize my decision later." You do that. Shamil then shouted, "This press conference is over!" Just kidding.
The doubles could be key in this meeting, with the formidable Mirnyi-Voltchkov for Belarus, and the Russians likely giving the overworked Safin a rest on the middle Saturday between the singles. Give the nod to the Russians, with this tie likely being decided on the final day.
RUSSIA 2003 DAVIS CUP RESULTS
d. Czech Republic 3-2, World Group 1st rd.
l. to Argentina 5-0, World Group QF
BELARUS 2003 DAVIS CUP RESULTS
d. Israel 3-2, Euro/African Group I 1st rd.
d. Zimbabwe 4-1, Euro/African Group I QF
d. Germany 3-2, World Group qualifier
02-04-2004, 07:12 AM
Weary Safin Questionable for Davis Cup
Tue Feb 3,11:56 AM ET
MINSK, Belarus - Marat Safin might not be able to play for Russia this week in the Davis Cup after his exhausting run to the Australian Open (news - web sites) final.
Safin, in a great return from a year marked by injuries, played 30 sets in seven matches at the Australian Open, losing to Wimbledon (news - web sites) champion Roger Federer in the final.
Russia faces Belarus in the opening round of World Group competition, a best-of-five event that begins Friday.
"There's no guarantee that Safin will play," Russian captain Shamil Tarpishchev said Tuesday. "If he has not rehabilitated himself after Australia, there may be no point in fielding him."
Safin returned to Moscow on Tuesday and was expected to be in Minsk on Wednesday. Tarpishchev said he might decide on Safin's availability on Thursday, the day of the draw.
"The nervous system recovers much longer than the physical one," the captain said. "One cannot trick nature."
Tarpishchev still regards Safin as Russia's No. 1 player. Mikhail Youzhny was No. 2, with Nikolay Davydenko the backup singles player.
The series will be the first between the two former Soviet republics. Belarus will be making its debut in the World Group. The loser will go to the World Group playoffs in September.
In Australia, Safin spent 20 hours, 58 minutes on the court in two weeks. He beat U.S. Open (news - web sites) champion Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals and defending champion Andre Agassi in the semifinals.
02-04-2004, 11:27 AM
I hope he doesnt play more than possibly one singles match, or the doubles.
02-04-2004, 12:39 PM
Tarpishchev recently declared that Marat WILL play. I found it in Russian media, although it did not appear else where yet.
02-05-2004, 05:33 AM
If Marat doesn't play, his team is quite screwed... so lets hope that he recovers and plays both of his singles.
02-05-2004, 09:32 AM
The team will be nothing without Marat IMO, but I have this feeling the tie might have a negative effect on him in the long run. I assume he's tired, jetlagged and needs to adjust to the surface that will be played on. Not easy!! He wants to win DC I think, but I believe it's more important at the moment to focus on himself and not on his country. Marat is Marat and I already have a feeling he'll play three matches so we'll see what will happen.
02-05-2004, 11:21 AM
Hopefully he could recover enough from the Australien Open matches.
Lets go Marat :)
02-05-2004, 01:41 PM
the draw is out (from gotennis.com )
Friday, February 6
Singles, starting 1300 GMT
Vladimir Voltchkov v Igor Andreev
Max Mirnyi v Marat Safin
Saturday, February 7
Doubles, starting at 1300 GMT
Max Mirnyi/Vladimir Voltchkov v Marat Safin/Mikhail Youzhny
Sunday, February 8
Reverse singles, starting 1100 GMT:
Max Mirniy v Igor Andreev
Vladimir Voltchkov v Marat Safin
02-05-2004, 02:56 PM
Safin returns to Davis Cup
The draw has been made for the Belarus v Russia tie, taking place in Minsk, and is as follows:
R1: Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) v Igor Andreev (RUS)
R2: Max Mirnyi (BLR) v Marat Safin (RUS)
R3: Max Mirnyi/Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) v Marat Safin/Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
R4: Max Mirnyi (BLR) v Igor Andreev (RUS)
R5: Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) v Marat Safin (RUS)
Today the draw of the first round clash between Belarus and Russia took place at the Mayor's office in Minsk in front of an audience of more than 150 dignitaries and media.
“This is a significant event that the draw is being held in the restored Minsk Town Hall, which was been constructed more than 500 years ago. I hope this historic building will bring luck to the teams” said Mikhail Pavlov, Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Mayor of Minsk City.
Referee Jorge Dias (Portugal) conducted the draw alongside representatives from both Federations. The first rubber to take place on Friday at 15:00 will be between Russia’s Igor Andreev and Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus followed by Belarus No. 1 Max Mirnyi taking on 2004 Australian Open runner-up Marat Safin.
The second day will begin with the Presentation Ceremony. After that, spectators will see the doubles rubber between Mirnyi/Volchkov and Safin/Mikhail Youzhny. On the final day Mirnyi will start against Andreev before the final rubber between Voltchkov and Safin.
“I accepted any outcome of the draw but I have no doubt that there will be some changes in the Russia team. We all know that the Russians are strong but we will battle hard and play for victory” said Belarus Captain Sergei Teterin.
Shamil Tarpischev, Russia’s Captain had a number of players that could play in the singles rubbers. “The choice of players before a match is determined by their condition. Therefore, I have chosen Igor Andreev from three equal players. As for Safin, he told me that was ready to play so I should let him fight,” said Tarpischev.
The final line-up will depend on the condition of Safin tomorrow. The former US Open Champion played the final of the Australian Open on Sunday after battling through three five-set matches en route. Despite only arriving in Minsk on Wednesday Safin announced that he was ready to take on Belarus “I am feeling perfectly well and ready to play,” Safin told journalists.
The meeting of these neighbouring countries has caused an extraordinary interest and has been taking leading positions on the pages of newspapers and TV news releases during the past two last weeks in both countries. Approximately 200 representatives of mass-media will cover this event and nearly 5,000 spectators are expected to take positions in the stands of the Football Manege. Also in attendance will be President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenka, and Boris Yeltsin, the first President of the Russian Federation, who traditionally doesn't miss any Russian Davis Cup matches.
02-06-2004, 08:52 AM
Yeah Marat will play 3 matches...
Was it a good idea of not putting Misha in the singles?
02-06-2004, 09:29 AM
You know, Vass, that Tarpischev said that all the three (meaning Misha, Nikolay and Igor) were in terrible shape, i.e. no good actually.
02-06-2004, 09:31 AM
I know Misha didn't do great in his first tournaments of the season, but I think in DC he could rise to the occasion and play well so it's foolish I guess. On the other hand Shamil always knows what he's talking about so...
Vass Elena answered your question :)
02-06-2004, 09:40 AM
Hehe, you mean it ironically, Ilhame, don't you - Shamil knowing what he's talking about :confused:
02-06-2004, 09:45 AM
shamil's a fox and has always been right about his players, whether he had positive or negative things to say
02-06-2004, 10:20 AM
3 matches??? i don't think that would be too good for him since he might not have recovered 100%... i think 2 matches is the most he should play.
02-06-2004, 10:23 AM
marat never listens to advice so he's playing 3 matches
02-06-2004, 10:25 AM
Well, maybe he's right about the player's shape, but he did make some mistakes in selecting players before.
PS: I'm so lucky! (Concerning Dementieva's questions)
02-06-2004, 12:42 PM
when he says he is ok and ready to play, he should be. (i know he is stubborn ;) )
02-06-2004, 01:34 PM
Is anybody going to come to the chat?
02-06-2004, 03:42 PM
in the first match voltchkov vs. Andreev voltchkov had to retire by 7-6 6-7 7-5 4-4
so Russia leads 1-0!
Marats match is up next! DAVAI MARAT :D
02-06-2004, 05:54 PM
argh! Russia 2 sets to 0 down 6-7,6-7
02-06-2004, 08:33 PM
he lost 6-7 6-7 6-1 6-4 9-11 :sad:
damm that he couldnt pull it off then after such a great comeback :( :mad: :sad: guess he was just too exhauted.
GREAT FIGHT Marat!
02-06-2004, 08:38 PM
On the other hand Max can bt. anybody, when he's on. Big server who often comes to the net. One hardly could blame Marat for losing a five set thriller.
02-06-2004, 09:01 PM
sure, Max is a very though opponent.
but after all this fighting its so disappointing he lost it :(
02-07-2004, 12:00 AM
He came so so close...
02-07-2004, 05:05 AM
How can a set go up to 9-11? Looks like another exhausting 5 set marathon. :o What a beating..
02-07-2004, 10:54 AM
damm. How could he lose that match ... in every statistic he was better than Max. marat hit 33 aces to Max 19, Marat broke Max 3 times while Marat got only broken once in the match, and that the end. :(
and he made 14 points more than Max in the match,.
02-07-2004, 10:55 AM
'Beast' Levels for Belarus in Savage Contest
Max 'The Beast' Mirnyi has survived a comeback from Marat Safin to put Belarus level at 1-1 with Russia overnight in Minsk.
Mirnyi won the first two sets 76(3) 76(5), but then the Australian Open runner-up fought back to level the rubber at two sets all, taking the third and fourth sets 61 64. However, it was Mirnyi who managed to hold on - just - to claim the final set 11-9, and the rubber after an epic 4 hours and 3 minutes.
Earlier, Vladimir Voltchkov had been forced to retire in his match against Igor Andreev, after injuring his right ankle, handing Russia the first point of the tie.
After Voltchkov's injury, all Belarusian hopes are now pinned on Max Mirnyi. In fact, the day’s second clash, between Mirnyi and Marat Safin, was the central duel of the tie between the leaders of both teams. Marat Safin became the 2004 Australian Open runner-up last week and confirmed his talent had not been diminished by his nine-month injury lay-off. Meanwhile Max Mirnyi achieved the best results in his career last year: 23rd place in the ATP Champions Race and the end-of year ATP World Doubles No. 1.
Relations between the two men off-court have not always been easy. However, to tell the truth, it seems this problem is now a thing of the past.
“Now we are in good relations. In Melbourne, I supported Marat and congratulated him after each winning match,” said Mirnyi.
Despite occasional personality differences, the pair share some common playing characteristics. Their games are based on powerful serves but Mirnyi plays at the net more often. Both tennis players are leading exponents of athletic tennis, so the outcome of their matches often depends on first-serve accuracy.
So it was not surprising when the second rubber between Mirnyi and Safin started with Mirnyi serving powerfully (average 1st serve speed — 200 km/h!) and if it was not possible to win a point from the serve he rushed the net and attacked anything short. Safin placed more emphasis on placement than power with his serve, although his speed average was still 172 km/h. During the first two sets, this tactic brought him 16 aces compared to Mirnyi’s 11, and Safin was also moving Mirnyi round the court well.
However, the outcome of the first two sets was resolved in tiebreaks in which Mirnyi looked much better, winning them 7-3 and 7-5 respectively. Then Safin took the initiative, breaking Mirnyi’s serve at the beginning of the third set and closing it out 61.
By the end of the fourth set Mirnyi was looking tired. In the ninth game, the Russian broke his opponent’s serve and wasted three set points in the tenth game, before finally winning the set 64.
Generally speaking, Tarpischev's decision to nominate Safin on day one was risky. One day before the rubber, Marat was looking frankly sleepy and yawned during the draw. The reason for it was an 8-hour time difference between Minsk and Melbourne. Could he survive a fifth set?
In the deciding set both players held serve relatively easily, although Safin did miss a breakpoint in the ninth game on Mirnyi’s serve. In the 17th game Safin finished with two aces to hold for 9-8. Then in the 19th, when the score was 0/30 Mirnyi won four consecutive points to hold for 10-9.
Mirnyi’s breakthrough in this marathon contest came in the 20th game of the set. A successful advance to the net saw him break Safin’s serve to clinch the set 11-9 and with it the match.
Safin confirmed afterwards that jet-lag had caused him problems: “It was difficult for me to begin the rubber because I had not yet adjusted to the time zone. Besides it is a very fast Taraflex carpet in Minsk and I have trained on it one day only. During the first two sets it was an equal game but Mirnyi had more success at the final moments. Then Max’s level dropped, and I got more used to the court.
“In the very last set, he came out on top. I think tomorrow we will beat the Belarus pair without Voltchkov and on Sunday we will win the tie.
Mirnyi said: “I expected that Voltchkov would finish his rubber with a victory. His injury was very unexpected for me. I felt a great responsibility on myself.
“At the beginning of the third set I lost concentration, and Marat successfully took advantage of it. The longer our match proceeded the more I felt a great patriotism, which helped me to win this marathon.
“The injury to Volchkov is serious enough. But it is not a crisis, it’s not a broken bone. Tomorrow I will decide who will play in the pair with Mirnyi,” said the Belarusian Captain Sergei Teterin.
With the scores level, this World Group first round tie is now sure to be live on Sunday, but it's the doubles that will take centre stage on Saturday. Play resumes at 1500 local time (1300 GMT), and live scoring will again be available.
02-07-2004, 12:06 PM
sounds terribly exhausting once more for Marat...
What's up with the 'bad relations' the article talks about?
02-07-2004, 12:12 PM
yeah poor boy.
it was when they played in 2001 and Max didnt apologize to Marat for some very luckily netshots in the match. But its good they are over it now, cause therebefore i always thought they are friends.
02-07-2004, 12:25 PM
the doubles match is about to start! DAVAI MARAT AND MISHA!!!!
02-07-2004, 12:49 PM
come on boys
02-07-2004, 02:21 PM
6/4 7/4 5/5 Come on boys, finish them off!
02-07-2004, 02:36 PM
Marat & Misha won 6-4 7-5 7-6 (7-4)
WAY TO GO BOYS :woohoo:
and saved energy for Marat ;)
02-07-2004, 04:15 PM
looks like a belarus -Russia 3-2 to me.
02-07-2004, 08:58 PM
Great win! :woohoo: Bravo Marat and Misha! :)
Go Russia! :bounce:
02-07-2004, 10:03 PM
Safin and Youzhny Put Russia in Front (from Davis Cup web site)
A straight-sets doubles victory for Marat Safin and Mikhail Youzhny over Max Mirnyi and Alexander Shvec has put Russia in the driving seat in their away tie to Belarus in Minsk.
The Russian pair were too strong for the hosts, who fielded Shvec as a replacement for the more experienced Vladimir Voltchkov following his ankle injury on Friday. Safin and Youzhny won 64 75 76(4) to give their country a 2-1 lead going into Sunday's reverse singles matches.
Vladimir Voltchkov's dramatic retirement in the first rubber against Igor Andreev yesterday left the Belarussians without one of their leaders. Voltchkov was substituted in the Belarussian pair by 31-year old Alexander Shvec, well known in Belarus for his fighting nature when playing for his country and his doubles skills.
Following the presentation ceremony, which was opened by the President of the Republic of Belarus and included a minute of silence to honor the memory of victims of yesterday's tragedy in Moscow, the Belarussians, combining well, won the first four points and the opportunity to break Safin’s serve. The breakpoint was saved and the set went with serve until the tenth game when errors from both Belarus players allowed the Russian pair to take the first set 6-4.
The Russian’s tactics were based on playing on Shvec. Mirnyi appeared tired and somewhat isolated because of the Russian tactics and struggled with his serve. After trading service breaks in the middle of the second set, Safin and Youzhny broke in the twelfth game to take the set 7-5.
In the third set tiebreak, Mirnyi’s serve again let him down and Belarus soon faced triple matchpoint. Shvec managed to save the first but a double fault from Mirnyi handed victory to Russia.
“Shvec has not played for one year and a half and it was difficult for him to play this match. It was visible that he was nervous. That is because we played on him for the whole rubber. There is a very rapid surface, therefore serve is one of the primary factors. If you lose a break it will be very difficult to recoup.” Safin said afterwards.
“We did everything we could. Taking into account, Alexander Shvec has not had match practice, we tried to play in a varied and unpredictable way. Before the tie we had never played together. Now we hope for the best. I must win my match. If it happens, we will have equal score again,” said Max Mirnyi.
02-08-2004, 10:12 AM
02-08-2004, 10:25 AM
02-08-2004, 12:30 PM
marat isn't playing Youzhny is!! hmmmm to bad that he isn't playing but a bit of rest isn't bad at all :)
02-08-2004, 12:36 PM
good decision. Marat needs the rest.
02-08-2004, 02:43 PM
oh damm! :sad: :(
Misha lost :bigcry:
02-08-2004, 07:04 PM
Rumour has it that Marat partied till 3am and therefore didn't play. There's a lot of things being said in Russian press, but I don't know how much of it is true. I don't care how tired Marat was, but he should have played.
BTW I'm seriously pissed now :sad:
02-08-2004, 07:22 PM
i hope you dont seriously think so. Remember how much crap the russian press writes... especially when he was off with injury last year (doping etc.)
I`m also pissed btw ;)
02-08-2004, 07:24 PM
is everyone pissed?
Btw, I'm pissed too.
02-08-2004, 07:26 PM
By the way, I'm pissed at the fact that he did not play. And there is no need to be angry at the press. You can never change those idiots anyway.
02-08-2004, 07:30 PM
so you have to be pissed either at Marat or Shamil T, or both.
02-08-2004, 09:51 PM
Russian press talks so much crap about Marat, just can't understand why they do this.. so I think and hope it's not true..
:sad: Too bad Misha couldn't do it.. I'm pissed too.