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Safin opens against Roddick in Moscow

bellascarlett
09-21-2006, 10:11 AM
US Open Finalist Andy Roddick will take on Marat Safin the opening rubber at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Semifinal in Moscow on Friday. Mikhail Youzhny will take the No. 1 position for Russia and will face USA's James Blake in the second rubber at the Olympic Stadium.

The draw is as follows:

Marat Safin (RUS) v Andy Roddick (USA)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v James Blake (USA)
Dmitry Tursunov/Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v Andy Roddick (USA)
Marat Safin (RUS) v James Blake (USA)

What an opener! Most anticipated match-up! Let's go Marat! :bigclap:

No Davydenko. :eek: Must be tired...sucked in practice? :lol:

Horatio Caine
09-21-2006, 10:17 AM
Hmmm...the draw worked out the worst way for the Americans really. Their best chance of 1-1 was with Roddick v Youzhny and Blake v Safin.

Now the chances are they will be 0/2 after day 1...although Roddick v Safin is pretty much 50/50 :shrug:

disturb3d
09-21-2006, 10:21 AM
If it isn't injury related, I'm guessing that Davydenko wasn't feeling confident about playing two players that dominate him.

Youzhny has come off a great result, and doesn't have a horrible h2h against the US team. He is most probably the better pick.

Norrage
09-21-2006, 10:47 AM
Hmm...Interesting. No Davydenko...(he didnt really seem to care anyway)...
Just going with the players now America should win, but it's clay...This will start to get pretty interesting :)

But how good is Youzhny on clay? Hmm...I wonder.

adee-gee
09-21-2006, 10:50 AM
Should be a cracker :rocker2:

hanabishi
09-21-2006, 10:53 AM
I think the reason Davydenko isn't playing is because he hasn't won against either Blake or Roddick. His head-to-head against Blake is 0-4, and his head-to-head against Roddick is also 0-4.

I think Tarpischev made a good call here. If Youzhny is tired after playing the Friday singles and doubles, he could easily replace him with Davydenko.

BORO77
09-21-2006, 10:54 AM
davydenko is 0:4 against blake!
all of these matches were played on hard courts, but that is probably the reason why youzhny is the no1?
he is also 0:4 against Arod so we will see who will play on sunday?

in DC the h2h isnt so important imo, last year before the final hrbaty was 0:5 against ljubo but he won in the end

bellascarlett
09-21-2006, 11:11 AM
wow didn't know Davydenko had such terrible H2Hs against Blake and Roddick. All his matches against Blake were on hard though. Roddick has a win over him on clay but that was back in 2003 and in a final. Things have changed. But it's probably a mixture of things imo...fatigue...change of surface...the performance of the other Russians in practice...

scarecrows
09-21-2006, 11:15 AM
davy sucked in beijing

good choise not picking him

go Russia

ginnylegend
09-21-2006, 11:16 AM
come on Pat and the boys!

Roddick can beat Safin- remember clay is not either player's best surface. His record against the other players is very good, and he can still take his power game to slow clay and outhit them.

Blake though I don't see him winning two matches, certainly Safin is a guarantee against him.

scarecrows
09-21-2006, 11:26 AM
it will all depend on Safin's head

oz_boz
09-21-2006, 11:28 AM
it will all depend on Safin's head

Probably, and that is not a good thing to depend on :scared:

michellej
09-21-2006, 11:39 AM
Probably, and that is not a good thing to depend on :scared:


Marat's head is always just fine in DC. He loves it, especially in Moscow which he also loves. Look out Andy, you're going to get clay up your nose....or worse!

Deea
09-21-2006, 11:47 AM
:woohoo: Goooo Marat! Davai Russia! ;) I think they can win...easily...Blake on clay :haha: :haha:

Naranoc
09-21-2006, 11:56 AM
What date will the matches actual be played?

LoveFifteen
09-21-2006, 12:11 PM
Go USA! :)

I think the two teams should do everything they can to put aside lingering Cold War animosities by having Blake, Roddick, Safin and Tursunov all make love on the court!!! :hearts:

Deivid23
09-21-2006, 12:24 PM
although Roddick v Safin is pretty much 50/50 :shrug:

Hope it´s just a mistype from yours

avocadoe
09-21-2006, 12:25 PM
I was surprised to see Davydenko absented since the surface was supposedly picked for him. It's like choosing grass for USA against Chile and not having Roddick play. But given all the factors noted here, head to heads, confidence, Davydenko showing signs of too much tennis, probably better to rely on Marat to keep his head, lol. I think it will be close, all around, and exciting tie, for sure...And Davydenko can as said still play on Sunday, if he sees something in earlier matches that make him confident...

njorker
09-21-2006, 12:29 PM
US Open Finalist Andy Roddick will take on Marat Safin the opening rubber at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Semifinal in Moscow on Friday.Mikhail Youzhny will take the No. 1 position for Russia and will face USA's James Blake in the second rubber at the Olympic Stadium.

Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hitchhiker
09-21-2006, 12:29 PM
I understand why he picked Youzhny. Can't argue with results:

Monte carlo: lost first round

Munich: lost first round

Rome: lost second round

Hamburg: lost first round

French Open: lost second round BUT a very impressive victory over Sasa Tuksar in 4 sets

Vass
09-21-2006, 12:30 PM
Expected first day.

Davydenko will most probably play. On day3.

Jaap
09-21-2006, 12:32 PM
Youzhny's presence evens things up. He sucks on clay. Even Roddick and Blake are better.

bad gambler
09-21-2006, 12:35 PM
I understand why he picked Youzhny. Can't argue with results:

Monte carlo: lost first round

Munich: lost first round

Rome: lost second round

Hamburg: lost first round

French Open: lost second round BUT a very impressive victory over Sasa Tuksar in 4 sets


:lol:

Vass
09-21-2006, 12:36 PM
come on Pat and the boys!

Roddick can beat Safin- remember clay is not either player's best surface. His record against the other players is very good, and he can still take his power game to slow clay and outhit them.

:lol:
Clay is also not my best surface, that's why i'm sure that i can beat both Roddick and Safin should i ever meet them. :p

Unlike Roddick, safin is good on clay.

Bilbo
09-21-2006, 12:42 PM
Marat will rip Andy a fat one

madmanfool
09-21-2006, 12:52 PM
Davydenko is injured

Saumon
09-21-2006, 12:54 PM
Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it was to be expected :shrug: (unless Tarpi had chosen Korolev :o ). Andy should not have reached the USO final if he didn't want to meet Marat on Friday. :p

hitchhiker
09-21-2006, 12:54 PM
Davydenko is injured

injured mentally after a 0-8 record against blake & roddick

PoderShileno
09-21-2006, 01:10 PM
injured mentally after a 0-8 record against blake & roddick

:haha:

what a match...goooo rusiax :cool:

PoderShileno
09-21-2006, 01:12 PM
first day 1-1

TheBoiledEgg
09-21-2006, 01:36 PM
Hmmm...the draw worked out the worst way for the Americans really. Their best chance of 1-1 was with Roddick v Youzhny and Blake v Safin.

Now the chances are they will be 0/2 after day 1...although Roddick v Safin is pretty much 50/50 :shrug:

that couldnt happen as Duck is now US #1
day 1 is always #1 vs #2


quite like Marat opens 1st match :)
Misha early this yr wasnt in form and he was coming back from injury.

he can play some great stuff on the clay.

wondering how much clay will get into the balls after one rally :tape:

Blue Heart24
09-21-2006, 02:05 PM
Americans will be cooked!Roddick and Blake are crap on clay.....They will be hummiliated by the Russians

Carito_90
09-21-2006, 02:12 PM
Wow, awesome matches!

GO USA!

njorker
09-21-2006, 02:38 PM
http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/5391/dcdinner2sg7.png
http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/6310/maratandyho0.png

1st day DC match in one word: W O W

bluefork
09-21-2006, 02:44 PM
Does anyone know if there will be a live stream for this match?

tangerine_dream
09-21-2006, 02:47 PM
Davydenko, the only Russian in the top ten, isn't even picked to play. That's really sad. :haha:

Safin vs Roddick :hearts: :drool: This should be a good one. :devil: If Andy can beat Marat on clay in front of the Russian home crowd that would huge. I mean big. Really big. ;)

LoveFifteen
09-21-2006, 02:49 PM
http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/5391/dcdinner2sg7.png

:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

MarieS
09-21-2006, 02:56 PM
Safin vs Roddick :hearts: :drool: This should be a good one. :devil: If Andy can beat Marat on clay in front of the Russian home crowd that would huge. I mean big. Really big. ;)
:lol:
good analysis :yeah:, couldn't have said it better myself. I think it's going to be closer than most people seem to think, and Marat's never one to deal with pressure well. We shall see...I don't think I've been this excited about davis cup before :lol:.

Pigpen Stinks
09-21-2006, 03:08 PM
Davydenko, the only Russian in the top ten, isn't even picked to play. That's really sad. :haha:

Safin vs Roddick :hearts: :drool: This should be a good one. :devil: If Andy can beat Marat on clay in front of the Russian home crowd that would huge. I mean big. Really big. ;)

My guess is that coach Tarpy is pissed at Davydenko for not making Davis Cup a priority, and playing in China last week. Not to say it's the reason he's not playing tomorrow, because if he was clearly one of the two best options in singles, I think he would be playing.

There was some scuttlebutt earlier in the year about Davydenko having a falling out concerning Davis Cup, and possibly not playing. Never knew exactly what that was about, or the specific details.

Also, found it interesting in his blog last week from China that he pointed out that he wasn't thinking at all about Davis Cup, and that he was focused solely on the tournament at hand. I suspect that could have been a veiled jab concerning criticism on his decision to play in China.

Yappa
09-21-2006, 03:09 PM
Does anyone know if there will be a live stream for this match?


Probably not. :sad:

boliviana
09-21-2006, 04:30 PM
here is the tennis channel schedule . . . tennis channel should have live scores . . .

DAVIS CUP SEMIS

Argentina vs. Australia

Friday, Sept. 22
10am est, (live)
1pm est, (live)
Saturday, Sept. 23
10:30am est (live)
Sunday, Sept. 23
10am est, (live)
1pm est, (live)


USA vs. Russia

Friday, Sept. 22
8pm est, (encore)
11pm est, (encore)
Saturday, Sept 23
8pm est, (encore)
Sunday, Sept. 23
8pm est, (encore)
11pm est, (encore)

bellascarlett
09-21-2006, 04:41 PM
^ i hate that we have to get delayed coverage. that's just suffering esp with marat up first.

but i guess it's better than no coverage at all.

cmurray
09-21-2006, 04:47 PM
http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/5391/dcdinner2sg7.png
http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/6310/maratandyho0.png

1st day DC match in one word: W O W

Sweet baby Jesus. Marat. :drool: I usually think Andy is pretty good looking but he looks pretty plain standing next to Safin.


Is it unpatriotic to cheer against your country in Davis Cup???

Saumon
09-21-2006, 05:34 PM
Is it unpatriotic to cheer against your country in Davis Cup???
no, I do it all the time :p

Radek Stepanek
09-21-2006, 05:39 PM
Since the Russians are the funniest guys on tour, GO RUSSIA!!! :rocker2:

mer
09-21-2006, 05:41 PM
Marat's head is always just fine in DC. He loves it, especially in Moscow which he also loves. Look out Andy, you're going to get clay up your nose....or worse!

wrong, Marat doesn't like much to play in Moscow. Besides this time it seems he more 'has' to play than really wants to play.

Clara Bow
09-21-2006, 08:07 PM
^ i hate that we have to get delayed coverage. that's just suffering esp with marat up first.

but i guess it's better than no coverage at all.

If you are interested, they should be showing the USA/Russia matches on OLN (Outdoor Life Network) first - I am not sure if they will be live. They will then show delayed coverage of the matches on TTC.

Deboogle!.
09-21-2006, 08:09 PM
If you are interested, they should be showing the USA/Russia matches on OLN (Outdoor Life Network) first - I am not sure if they will be live. They will then show delayed coverage of the matches on TTC.not even OLN is live - they are starting at 2pm eastern :(

mangoes
09-21-2006, 08:13 PM
not even OLN is live - they are starting at 2pm eastern :(
:mad: :mad: :mad: Pity TTC doesn't have primary coverage of USA DC.

Mechlan
09-21-2006, 09:36 PM
I guess not a huge surprise when you consider Davydenko's terrible record against Roddick and Blake. Interesting stat: the last 6 sets Marat and Andy have played have gone to a tiebreak. I think this has the potential to be closer than people think. Plus of course, Davis Cup is not your ordinary match, so anything can happen :p

Kalliopeia
09-21-2006, 10:13 PM
Sweet baby Jesus. Marat. :drool: I usually think Andy is pretty good looking but he looks pretty plain standing next to Safin.


Is it unpatriotic to cheer against your country in Davis Cup???

If it is, I guess I'm unpatriotic. :D

blosson
09-21-2006, 10:21 PM
Sweet baby Jesus. Marat. :drool: I usually think Andy is pretty good looking but he looks pretty plain standing next to Safin.


and this one?

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_6013_gallery.JPG

shotgun
09-21-2006, 10:27 PM
Davydenko doesn't seem to give a crap about DC. And makes sense if we think about his personality.

Wednesday Addams
09-21-2006, 10:35 PM
More pictures from the Official Dinner and draw :p

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_6016_gallery.JPG

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_6011_gallery.JPG

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_6014_gallery.JPG

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_6012_gallery.JPG

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_6013_gallery.JPG

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_6015_gallery.JPG




http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_6075_gallery.JPG

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_6077_gallery.JPG

http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/1474/untitledbk7.png

cmurray
09-21-2006, 11:02 PM
Are you trying to kill me with all those pictures of Marat? My little heart is just going pitty pat. :)

James is pretty hot too. Damn, I love men's tennis.

cmurray
09-21-2006, 11:06 PM
and this one?

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_6013_gallery.JPG

Don't get me wrong, I still think Andy's hot...just not as hot as Marat. Then again, who is?

bluefork
09-21-2006, 11:06 PM
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_6077_gallery.JPG


Andy picking his nose. Nice. :devil:

Johnny Groove
09-22-2006, 12:02 AM
TTC showing Argentina vs. Australia instead of the Americans :rolleyes: Typical

RickDaStick
09-22-2006, 12:03 AM
Safin will win easily maybe 63 63 64

rmb6687
09-22-2006, 12:07 AM
I love when Marat laughs...AHHHHHH. And Andy...and James....and DIMA! Dear lord...hottest Davis Cup....EVER

robinhood
09-22-2006, 12:17 AM
Marat :hearts:
Blake and Roddick really pale in comparison.

drf716
09-22-2006, 01:13 AM
yes! why not make it a beauty contest :lol:

mangoes
09-22-2006, 01:29 AM
Good Luck Andy...............Just keep fighting till the end:hug: This match isn't out of your reach.

Fedever
09-22-2006, 02:58 AM
If you are interested, they should be showing the USA/Russia matches on OLN (Outdoor Life Network) first - I am not sure if they will be live. They will then show delayed coverage of the matches on TTC.


Thanks for the info. :) :wavey: My cable co. does not offer TTC and if you had not told me about OLN I would have never known to check it. Then I would have missed watching Safin play and would have been very bummed!!!!!

Can't wait! I am still going through US Open withdrawals!! :eek:

Pfloyd
09-22-2006, 02:59 AM
Vamos Safin!!!!!

partygirl
09-22-2006, 03:01 AM
Who is the prettiest...
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_6014_gallery.JPG

partygirl
09-22-2006, 03:04 AM
Who will win...
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_6015_gallery.JPG

Johnny Groove
09-22-2006, 03:20 AM
Does anybody shave? :o

partygirl
09-22-2006, 03:40 AM
really.

i expect clean faces for showtime damn it!

bellascarlett
09-22-2006, 04:05 AM
If you are interested, they should be showing the USA/Russia matches on OLN (Outdoor Life Network) first - I am not sure if they will be live. They will then show delayed coverage of the matches on TTC.

Hey thanks so much!!! :worship: I really didn't know about this. How did you? lol.

Still not live but 2pm is so much better than 8pm on a Saturday night. Thanks again! :wavey:

robinhood
09-22-2006, 04:19 AM
yes! why not make it a beauty contest :lol:

:hearts:
WE HAVE A WINNER!

njorker
09-22-2006, 04:22 AM
Sweet baby Jesus. Marat. :drool: I usually think Andy is pretty good looking but he looks pretty plain standing next to Safin.


In this pic, Andy does look like Marat's bodyguard or something. :lol:

Marat is damn sexy here, with the open-collar shirt.....damn, damn, damn!

Kalliopeia
09-22-2006, 10:47 AM
Hey thanks so much!!! :worship: I really didn't know about this. How did you? lol.

Still not live but 2pm is so much better than 8pm on a Saturday night. Thanks again! :wavey:

On tennis.com they have a page with a pretty comprehensive US tv schedule and it even tells you whether the broadcast is live or taped.