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DC Play-offs: Volandri def Robredo, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3

hanabishi
09-22-2006, 01:21 PM
Italy 1-0 up

mangoes
09-22-2006, 01:22 PM
Congrats to Volandri, but I really expected more from Robredo. I'm guessing the burden will again fall on Rafa's shoulders........

TheBoiledEgg
09-22-2006, 01:25 PM
Gimp goes down easily :rolleyes:

time to dump this gimp for good.

Action Jackson
09-22-2006, 01:26 PM
Good the tie goes to the 3rd day at least.

It'd be fantastic to see Seppi win, but it won't happen.

Jimnik
09-22-2006, 01:28 PM
As long as Italy can win all the non-Nadal matches, who knows?

Jim Jones
09-22-2006, 01:29 PM
Italy have a good doubles team. It could be 2-1 to them by the end of Saturday.

MariaV
09-22-2006, 01:30 PM
Yeah poor Rafael, I wonder if they still make him play the dubs tomorrow too. :(
And Tommy, Tommy! :(

~EMiLiTA~
09-22-2006, 01:30 PM
i expect italy to win the doubles...and they could possibly win the other non-nadal singles too so who knows

kiro
09-22-2006, 01:32 PM
Gimp goes down easily :rolleyes:

time to dump this gimp for good.

Ditto.

Action Jackson
09-22-2006, 01:32 PM
I just wish Seppi was in better form at the moment, though I hope he shows the DC spirit lke he did last year.

Rogiman
09-22-2006, 01:33 PM
Wow, beating world #7 must be quite a confidence boost for Volandri :rolleyes:

TheBoiledEgg
09-22-2006, 01:37 PM
Robredo is a joke compared to previous Spanish guys

like Costa, Corretja, Moya, Ferrero and now Nadal.

he might be top 10 but has he ever won when it counts ?

PoderShileno
09-22-2006, 01:37 PM
:haha: boredo

Action Jackson
09-22-2006, 01:39 PM
Robredo is a joke compared to previous Spanish guys

like Costa, Corretja, Moya, Ferrero and now Nadal.

he might be top 10 but has he ever won when it counts ?

You forgot Bruguera, Carlos Costa, Berasategui and Mantilla.

hitchhiker
09-22-2006, 01:47 PM
i hope the world #7 plays on the 3rd day. Then Italy have a chance

Deivid23
09-22-2006, 01:58 PM
Thanks for nothing Muñoz, Emilio and Tommy :help:

shotgun
09-22-2006, 02:02 PM
Volandri :yeah:

Action Jackson
09-22-2006, 02:03 PM
i hope the world #7 plays on the 3rd day. Then Italy have a chance

I fancy Seppi chances over Boredo more than I do, say if he played Ferrer.

d.anyb.oy
09-22-2006, 02:08 PM
Damn, he couldn't even get a set.

Oh well, Nadal will have to save the day once again.

Alvarillo
09-22-2006, 02:12 PM
Thanks for nothing Muñoz, Emilio and Tommy :help:

Tendrán la culpa ahora el presidente y el capitán ... :tape:
Vamops que tu tienes un Top-10, ganador de un Masters en tierra, Finalista del Godó y haciendo la temporada de su vida y no lo pones no?

pitonisas lolas muchas veo yo por aquí !

la culpa en todo caso la tendrá el jugador por haber jugado a un nivel bastante bastante inferior al demostrado!

MrJ
09-22-2006, 02:12 PM
Well done Volandri!!

What an upset to beat the world no. 7. :cool:

Deivid23
09-22-2006, 02:15 PM
Tendrán la culpa ahora el presidente y el capitán ... :tape:
Vamops que tu tienes un Top-10, ganador de un Masters en tierra, Finalista del Godó y haciendo la temporada de su vida y no lo pones no?

pitonisas lolas muchas veo yo por aquí !

la culpa en todo caso la tendrá el jugador por haber jugado a un nivel bastante bastante inferior al demostrado!

Contigo ni voy a discutir pq no te gustaba Jordi Arrese y te gustaba la decisión d Muñoz, así que ahora coje y apechuga. Dichosos los tiempos en q no valian los rankings y se seleccionaba según el momento y la forma en como encajaba el juego de cada jugador con los rivales :rolleyes:

Alvarillo
09-22-2006, 02:21 PM
Contigo ni voy a discutir pq no te gustaba Jordi Arrese y te gustaba la decisión d Muñoz, así que ahora coje y apechuga. Dichosos los tiempos en q no valian los rankings y se seleccionaba según el momento y la forma en como encajaba el juego de cada jugador con los rivales :rolleyes:

no es discutir, es simplemente una opinión diferente a la tuya ... :rolleyes:
Corretja en 2003 estaba en una forma uffff increible!

Deivid23
09-22-2006, 02:24 PM
Corretja en 2003 estaba en una forma uffff increible!

Eres tan tonto q criticas al mejor capitán que has conocido :shrug:

Alvarillo
09-22-2006, 02:30 PM
Eres tan tonto q criticas al mejor capitán que has conocido :shrug:

y tu tienes la profundidad de un charco que no eres capaz de dialogar sin insultar ;)
anda y que te den chaval, que no me va la vida en el capitan
vete tu con tu arresse y tuj verdad absoluta x ahi

Deivid23
09-22-2006, 02:32 PM
y tu tienes la profundidad de un charco que no eres capaz de dialogar sin insultar ;)
anda y que te den chaval, que no me va la vida en el capitan
vete tu con tu arresse y tuj verdad absoluta x ahi

Me aburren un poco los diálogos d besugos... q bien lo ha hecho Emilio que ha seleccionado a Nadal, ¿no? Grande... :D

Fergie
09-22-2006, 02:34 PM
Tommy :help:

Merton
09-22-2006, 04:02 PM
Congrats Volandri, the funny thing is that he plays this year when most probably it will not matter and he didn't play last year at home when it could make a big difference.

It is a bit surprising that Emilio chose Robredo given that he appears to be out of form. I guess being a young captain he goes for the politically correct, high seed selection. It will be very interesting to see if he goes with Robredo on a live fifth match.

Deivid23
09-22-2006, 04:21 PM
It is a bit surprising that Emilio chose Robredo given that he appears to be out of form. I guess being a young captain he goes for the politically correct, high seed selection. It will be very interesting to see if he goes with Robredo on a live fifth match.


Not a surprise at all, cause he´s not a brave guy as Arrese was. Or maybe he thought making 3 games against Youzhny in his last match was good enough :o

LaTenista
09-22-2006, 04:26 PM
Not a surprise at all, cause he´s not a brave guy as Arrese was. Or maybe he thought making 3 games against Youzhny in his last match was good enough :o

:spit: :sobbing: I don't even think he should play the doubles now.

Merton
09-22-2006, 04:29 PM
Not a surprise at all, cause he´s not a brave guy as Arrese was. Or maybe he thought making 3 games against Youzhny in his last match was good enough :o

Based on current form, the safe choice would be Ferrer and the risky choice would be Verdasco, especially given the match up. Lets see what he decides on Sunday.

EDIT: I mean Verdasco appears a bad match up for Volandri, but he can blow mentally, hence the risk.

Deivid23
09-22-2006, 04:42 PM
Based on current form, the safe choice would be Ferrer and the risky choice would be Verdasco, especially given the match up. Lets see what he decides on Sunday.

EDIT: I mean Verdasco appears a bad match up for Volandri, but he can blow mentally, hence the risk.

Ferrer should have been picked, anyway I wasn´t expecting that, Arrese and Avendaño are not here any more. Even my little cousin can work as a captain that way, he can also read up the rankings

dylan24
09-22-2006, 05:18 PM
nice going tommy girl
you and haas are both jokes
and i will refer to both of you losers
as tommy girl from now on

GlennMirnyi
09-22-2006, 05:20 PM
Robredo is the worst top 10 ever. HUGE JOKE!

Neverstopfightin
09-22-2006, 05:40 PM
Robredo is the worst top 10 ever. HUGE JOKE!

Did you mean Mirnyi is never gonna reach top 10 ?? :awww:

Pfloyd
09-22-2006, 05:47 PM
Hmmmm,

Thats pretty embarrasing for Robredo...Losing to Udmonchoke, not good....

PamV
09-22-2006, 05:49 PM
Robredo is a joke compared to previous Spanish guys

like Costa, Corretja, Moya, Ferrero and now Nadal.

he might be top 10 but has he ever won when it counts ?

He did win Hamburg.

GlennMirnyi
09-22-2006, 05:54 PM
Did you mean Mirnyi is never gonna reach top 10 ?? :awww:

He's not being discussed moron. Here we are discussing about Robredo losing to a player that serves WTA-level. About him being a moonballer and the worst player ever to be top 10. About a choker that can't make winners, or even a half-decent volley.
If I wanted to discuss about a player that single-handedly has been carrying Belarus in the WG since 2004 and took the country to the DC SF in that year, then we would be talking about Mirnyi.

GlennMirnyi
09-22-2006, 05:55 PM
Hmmmm,

Thats pretty embarrasing for Robredo...Losing to Udmonchoke, not good....

Manuel, what drugs are you taking? Spain is playing Italy!!! :rolleyes:

Super-Fabio
09-22-2006, 06:02 PM
Great win, Filippo!

jenanun
09-22-2006, 06:13 PM
Robredo is the worst top 10 ever. HUGE JOKE!


what ?!?!?!?!

i m totally shocked you said robredo, not rafa!!!!!!!!!

GlennMirnyi
09-22-2006, 06:21 PM
what ?!?!?!?!

i m totally shocked you said robredo, not rafa!!!!!!!!!

Nadal's the worst #2, not the worst top10. When Stepanek and Robredo are in the top ten, I'd must be taking some heavy stuff to believe Nadal to be worst than those two.

bavaria100
09-22-2006, 07:39 PM
Am I crazy, or did Robredo really lose all 4 of his Davis Cup matches this year? :o :tape:

DrJules
09-22-2006, 07:45 PM
I hope Robredo does not come to the year end masters and lose all his matches in straight sets because he does seem to struggle most of the time in big occasions. He did manage to take advantage of a favourable draw in Hamburg, but does seem to fail regularly on big occasions.

LaTenista
09-22-2006, 09:09 PM
Nadal's the worst #2, not the worst top10. When Stepanek and Robredo are in the top ten, I'd must be taking some heavy stuff to believe Nadal to be worst than those two.

:shrug: I thought the common consensus around here is that Tommy Haas was the worst #2 in the Open Era.

As for Robredo winning Hamburg, Nadal and Federer were not there and Ferrer give wrapped the title for his friend. :tape:

ufokart
09-22-2006, 09:11 PM
Volandri :bounce: :bounce:

Sjengster
09-22-2006, 09:13 PM
:shrug: I thought the common consensus around here is that Tommy Haas was the worst #2 in the Open Era.

As for Robredo winning Hamburg, Nadal and Federer were not there and Ferrer give wrapped the title for his friend. :tape:

That was only the first-set tiebreak in which he blew the 6-1 lead you know, not a third set one with five straight matchpoints or anything. :p

GlennMirnyi
09-22-2006, 10:50 PM
:shrug: I thought the common consensus around here is that Tommy Haas was the worst #2 in the Open Era.

As for Robredo winning Hamburg, Nadal and Federer were not there and Ferrer give wrapped the title for his friend. :tape:

Gimme some of that stuff you're taking... Haas is one of the most talented players ever to pick up a racket. Him being mentally deficient is another thing, not related to his technique.

LaTenista
09-22-2006, 11:04 PM
Gimme some of that stuff you're taking... Haas is one of the most talented players ever to pick up a racket. Him being mentally deficient is another thing, not related to his technique.

I believe there's a thread (started a long time ago) about Tommy...I was merely stating that a lot of people here think that way. As for me, life is too short to decide who the worst anything is...

Nando_L
09-22-2006, 11:46 PM
Great job Pippo :yeah:

*Viva Chile*
09-23-2006, 12:28 AM
Good job Filippo "Serve King" Volandri :yeah: :p

jole
09-23-2006, 01:43 AM
Was Tommy playing injured physically, injured mentally (:p), or just out played? OR A PERMUTATION OF THE ABOVE?

ANT0N!0
09-23-2006, 02:01 AM
Great triumph! I thought Spain was going to end the day with a 2-0 lead, Robredo and Nadal were the clear favourites today. Volandri did a great job in defeating Robredo to give Spain the early lead and the first rubber. Unfortunately, I don't think Italy stands a chance... Nadal, almost certainly, will win v/s Pippo and Robredo should defeat Seppi as well. In my opinion, Italy has a better doubles team and they might win but, as i previously said..they don't stand a chance of winning the remaining singles matches.

I'll be waiting for a miracle! :p

Forza Italiaaa!

Nando_L
09-23-2006, 02:04 AM
Good job Filippo "Serve King" Volandri :yeah: :p

:lol:

NaDALiTa
09-23-2006, 02:05 AM
Ferrer should replace Robredo, it's crazy he is completely out of his shoes and the captain make him play three matches !!!!! :mad:

bavaria100
09-23-2006, 02:14 AM
I think there are only three, but yes, he really did. :o Just... :o

I thought Robredo and Ferrer teamed up for the doubles rubber in Belarus, but I'm not sure of that anymore. Anyways, Tommy's DC record is already bad as it is.

hablovah19
09-23-2006, 05:22 AM
I miss the good old days when ferrero used to play davis cup. :sad:
get it together, JCF :hug:

Robredo, ugh :o :smash:

Clara Bow
09-23-2006, 05:33 AM
Seriously, no offense to Robredo- but he is suffering a crisis of confidence right now. And I think that Ferrer should be rewarded for his last two years of doing well. I hope they play David on Sunday.

Argenbrit
09-23-2006, 06:32 AM
Tommy :eek:

~EMiLiTA~
09-23-2006, 06:33 AM
please just put ferrer in for the 5th rubber, tommy has too many mental issues

leng jai
09-23-2006, 06:48 AM
Gimme some of that stuff you're taking... Haas is one of the most talented players ever to pick up a racket. Him being mentally deficient is another thing, not related to his technique.


Agreed. Theres not a shot in the book that he doesn't have. I'd put Haas, Safin and Federer as the most talented players of this era. Out of the three Haas has the worst mental, not to mention that shoulder injury he had at the peak of his career. Federer's had it really lucky in that he has had a full opportunity to reach his potential due to the fact he has had no bad injuries whatsoever. Safin could have been so much more if he stayed injury free as well.

Clara Bow
09-23-2006, 06:48 AM
please just put ferrer in for the 5th rubber, tommy has too many mental issues


Oh I agree tenfold. :) Seriously, Ferrer should play- he does not tend to give away matches in three sets the way Tommy has lately.

Am I the only one thinking how interesting it would be if they had Almagro on the team and if he could play a rubber on his favorite surface and maybe from that get the "Wilanders" to do better in other tournaments? He has a good serve and in my (albeit rather poor) opinnion does have aspects of his game that could transfer well to harder surfaces if he ever got his act together.

~EMiLiTA~
09-23-2006, 06:56 AM
Nico is probably not quite ready for DC yet, given the other players that Spain has...although if their 2nd top player loses in straight sets, who knows :rolleyes:

but i think once nico has matured a bit, he could be given a chance in a year or 2 for sure...he just needs to work on his mental side and get some more solid, consistent results

Clara Bow
09-23-2006, 07:10 AM
Nico is probably not quite ready for DC yet, given the other players that Spain has...although if their 2nd top player loses in straight sets, who knows :rolleyes:

but i think once nico has matured a bit, he could be given a chance in a year or 2 for sure...he just needs to work on his mental side and get some more solid, consistent results


I do agree that he needs to work on his mental game- and how! But am I alone in my lala land in thinking that he actually has the tools and the talent to go beyond clay if he can ever set his mind to it?

~EMiLiTA~
09-23-2006, 07:56 AM
yes if he got his act together there is no reason he couldn't do well on hardcourts

Action Jackson
09-23-2006, 08:03 AM
Gimme some of that stuff you're taking... Haas is one of the most talented players ever to pick up a racket. Him being mentally deficient is another thing, not related to his technique.

Do you seriously need me to explain it to you?

Luna
09-23-2006, 08:42 AM
OMG.Big surprise from Robredo :rolleyes:

sweeticecream
09-23-2006, 10:34 AM
OMG.Big surprise from Robredo :rolleyes:
No surprise just from Robredo... :devil:

http://www.abc.es/20060923/deportes-tenis/tommy-robredo-sigue-talla_200609230242.html

Tommy Robredo continues without giving the size and the Cup Davis is complicated

ELOY FRANCISCO ARGUS. SANTANDER what promised to be a mere procedure has itself complicated enough. To begin, the qualifying round before Italy for maintain the category in the World Group closed the first day with an unexpected tie. Itself it will not be able to decide to Sunday and leaves, in transit, many uncertainties in the air for the party of double of this afternoon, from the 13.30. And the fact is that Tommy Robredo returned to give not the size in the Cup Davis. The best moment of its professional career lives. It has conquered two tournaments this year, among them the Masters of Hamburg. Is the seventh player of the world. It has many ballots to be classified for the Masters of end of season. You praise them on its play not to stop producing and, nevertheless, once more came itself down before the responsibility to defend the colors of Spain. Tommy carries already four consecutive routs in the Davis and always against rival a lot worse classified that he. Yesterday fell before Filipo Volandri (number 38 of the world) for 6-3, 7-5 and 6-3 in 2 hours and 28 minutes. It lost in three sets, being shown incapable of being aimed neither a sleeve despite play at home, with the public to favor and in its surface preferred. It offered a sad image: descolocado, lost and without rhythm. At no time was capable to carry the initiative and lost its remove always very quick. The danger of the double Sad event that passes to be the continued room in its list of failures in Cup Davis. This same year, in the first round, in Belarus, being the 14 of the world tripped before Mirnyi (32) and Voltchkov (301) and in 2004, in the end before United States, when was the 13 of the ranking could not be imposed on Mardy Fish (37) in a party without significance, but that was the end of festival. With these worrying antecedents and knowing that Tommy was incapable of gaining last year to Volandri in the two occasions in which they were crossed -Palermo and Umag, both in clay-, the decision of Emilio Sánchez Vicar of including the of gerona was logic, but risked. And not less it risked is the double one of today. According to it predicted, the point by couples, that is fancied decisive in these moments, they should defend it Verdasco and Robredo. It is an unpublished duet, save a very little pleasing experience in The fertile plain (second round), little coached, less empathized and losing. Tommy Robredo carries a very poor balance of a triumph and three routs in this modality in the Davis. It has lost being the couple of Juan Carlos Ferrero (before United States, set against the Bryan, in a sit-in of the coaches) and of Rafael Nadal (against Holland and the Czech Republic). Verdasco only has disputed for the moment a qualifying round and, joining forces with Feliciano López, lost in Belarus. It seen it seen, does not seem logical that three of the points of the qualifying round fall in the racquet of Robredo, above all after the varapalo and the consequences of the same one. Al respect, Emilio Sánchez Vicar should be presented the possibility to vary the double one. Even, although the exhaustion of Nadal in the qualifying round of a year ago in Tower of the Greek was a motive of polemics, should not rule out the opportunity to include in the double one to Rafa. The couple Nadal-Verdasco played last year in Stuttgart (land) and was a semifinalist. They form a duet with projection and, on the role, of more guarantees than any another of the practical. And, besides, that of Manacor barely eroded yesterday. The famous hurricane "Gordon" that so many pages has filled in the media not passed through Santander, or al less barely has been noted its presence by these lands. But the one that yes that was presented in The Mary magdalene was the "Hurricane Nadal" and Andreas Seppi became its victim. A 6-0 at the outset left the clear things. Then, the loss of a "break" permitted that the Italian was situated with an advantage of 1-4. Mayfly resulted. Five continued play put the 6-4 of the second sends. And three more
-eight of a tacada-, the 3-0 that conducted al triumph al number one Spaniard, al better player of the world on land beaten, al 6-3 final. If an insurance of life can include itself as Nadal, ¿why to do experiments?
(freetranslation.com)

~EMiLiTA~
09-23-2006, 11:23 AM
No surprise just from Robredo... :devil:

http://www.abc.es/20060923/deportes-tenis/tommy-robredo-sigue-talla_200609230242.html

Tommy Robredo continues without giving the size and the Cup Davis is complicated

ELOY FRANCISCO ARGUS. SANTANDER what promised to be a mere procedure has itself complicated enough. To begin, the qualifying round before Italy for maintain the category in the World Group closed the first day with an unexpected tie. Itself it will not be able to decide to Sunday and leaves, in transit, many uncertainties in the air for the party of double of this afternoon, from the 13.30. And the fact is that Tommy Robredo returned to give not the size in the Cup Davis. The best moment of its professional career lives. It has conquered two tournaments this year, among them the Masters of Hamburg. Is the seventh player of the world. It has many ballots to be classified for the Masters of end of season. You praise them on its play not to stop producing and, nevertheless, once more came itself down before the responsibility to defend the colors of Spain. Tommy carries already four consecutive routs in the Davis and always against rival a lot worse classified that he. Yesterday fell before Filipo Volandri (number 38 of the world) for 6-3, 7-5 and 6-3 in 2 hours and 28 minutes. It lost in three sets, being shown incapable of being aimed neither a sleeve despite play at home, with the public to favor and in its surface preferred. It offered a sad image: descolocado, lost and without rhythm. At no time was capable to carry the initiative and lost its remove always very quick. The danger of the double Sad event that passes to be the continued room in its list of failures in Cup Davis. This same year, in the first round, in Belarus, being the 14 of the world tripped before Mirnyi (32) and Voltchkov (301) and in 2004, in the end before United States, when was the 13 of the ranking could not be imposed on Mardy Fish (37) in a party without significance, but that was the end of festival. With these worrying antecedents and knowing that Tommy was incapable of gaining last year to Volandri in the two occasions in which they were crossed -Palermo and Umag, both in clay-, the decision of Emilio Sánchez Vicar of including the of gerona was logic, but risked. And not less it risked is the double one of today. According to it predicted, the point by couples, that is fancied decisive in these moments, they should defend it Verdasco and Robredo. It is an unpublished duet, save a very little pleasing experience in The fertile plain (second round), little coached, less empathized and losing. Tommy Robredo carries a very poor balance of a triumph and three routs in this modality in the Davis. It has lost being the couple of Juan Carlos Ferrero (before United States, set against the Bryan, in a sit-in of the coaches) and of Rafael Nadal (against Holland and the Czech Republic). Verdasco only has disputed for the moment a qualifying round and, joining forces with Feliciano López, lost in Belarus. It seen it seen, does not seem logical that three of the points of the qualifying round fall in the racquet of Robredo, above all after the varapalo and the consequences of the same one. Al respect, Emilio Sánchez Vicar should be presented the possibility to vary the double one. Even, although the exhaustion of Nadal in the qualifying round of a year ago in Tower of the Greek was a motive of polemics, should not rule out the opportunity to include in the double one to Rafa. The couple Nadal-Verdasco played last year in Stuttgart (land) and was a semifinalist. They form a duet with projection and, on the role, of more guarantees than any another of the practical. And, besides, that of Manacor barely eroded yesterday. The famous hurricane "Gordon" that so many pages has filled in the media not passed through Santander, or al less barely has been noted its presence by these lands. But the one that yes that was presented in The Mary magdalene was the "Hurricane Nadal" and Andreas Seppi became its victim. A 6-0 at the outset left the clear things. Then, the loss of a "break" permitted that the Italian was situated with an advantage of 1-4. Mayfly resulted. Five continued play put the 6-4 of the second sends. And three more
-eight of a tacada-, the 3-0 that conducted al triumph al number one Spaniard, al better player of the world on land beaten, al 6-3 final. If an insurance of life can include itself as Nadal, ¿why to do experiments?
(freetranslation.com)

wow, i just read the original spanish article and it's definitely very derogatory towards tommy.

if anyone wants a proper translation of the article, i can do it for u

Neverstopfightin
09-23-2006, 11:58 AM
As it was expected after day 1 Robredo won't play the doubles match . Nadal-Verdasco is the pair.

Castafiore
09-23-2006, 12:07 PM
Nadal and Verdasco? Interesting choice! Have they ever played doubles together?

I hope that we will get to see Ferrer play.

~EMiLiTA~
09-23-2006, 12:42 PM
nadal and verdasco played in stuttgart last year and got to the semis (losing to robredo/hood ironically lol)

i wonder if they will put tommy back in the singles tomorrow...i guess if the rubber is dead by then it won't matter anyway

sweeticecream
09-23-2006, 02:53 PM
wow, i just read the original spanish article and it's definitely very derogatory towards tommy.

if anyone wants a proper translation of the article, i can do it for u
Yes, for me please!
Thanks in advance :wavey:

musefanatic
09-23-2006, 04:10 PM
Oh my god Tommy! :eek: What happened, this is almost as shocking as the loss to Youzhny at the US Open.

~EMiLiTA~
09-23-2006, 04:26 PM
ok, here is my quick translation of the article. personally i think it is a bit too derogatory towards tommy but anyway..

Tommy Robredo continues to not live up to expectations and the Davis Cup gets more complicated

What had promised to be a mere formality has become quite complicated. To start with, the world group playoff against Italy was unexpectedly tied at the end of the first day. It would not be decided until Sunday and thus leaves a lot of things up in the air regarding the doubles match this afternoon from 13.30.

And Tommy Robredo once again did not live up to expectations. He is having his best year on the professional circuit and has won 2 tournaments this year, including the Hamburg Masters. He is 7 in the world and has a huge possbility of making the Masters Cup. His game has received a lot of praise yet, once again, he crumbled under the responsibility of playing for Spain.

Tommy has had 4 consecutive defeats in the Davis Cup and always against opponents much more lowly ranked than himself. Yesterday he fell to Filippo Volandri (number 38 in the world) 6-3 7-5 6-3 in 2 hours and 28 minutes. He lost in straight sets, unable to take even one set despite playing at home, with the crowd in his favour and on his favourite surface. He was a sorry sight: out of place, lost and unable to find a rhythm. He was never able to take the initiative and always lost his serve very early.

The danger of the doubles

A sad event that is the fourth consecutive one in his list of Davis Cup failures. This same year in the first round against Belarus, when he was 14 in the world, he fell to Mirnyi (#32) and Voltchkov (#301) and in 2004 in the final against the USA, when he was 13 in the world, he couldn't beat Mardy Fish in a dead rubber, though it was the last match.

With this worrying history, and knowing Tommy couldn't beat Volandri last year in the 2 times they met (Palermo and Umag, both on clay), Emilio Sanchez Vicario's decision to count on the player fron Gerona was logical, but risky.

The the doubles today is no less risky. According to what is planned, the team rubber, decisive in moments such as these, will be played by Verdasco and Robredo. An inexperienced pairing, except for a less than pleasing experience in Las Vegas (2nd round). It is a losing pair that0 have hardly trained together and do not get on that well.

Tommy Robredo has a very poor win-loss record in Davis Cup doubles. He lost playing with Juan Carlos Ferrero (against the USA's Bryans amidst what was a coaching fiasco) and with Rafael Nadal (against Holland and Czech Republic). Verdasco has so far only played in one tie, teaming up with Feliciano Lopez, and losing, in Belarus.

In light of this, it doesn't seem logical that 3 of the tie's rubbers should be played by Robredo, especially after his disappointing results. On this matter, Emilio Sanchez Vicario should consider the possibility of changing the doubles pairing. Although Nadal's fatigue in last year's tie in Torre del Greco was seen as controversial, he should not discount the chance to put Rafa into the doubles. The Nadal-Verdasco pairing played last year in Stuttgart (clay) and was a semifinalist. They form a formidable team and, on paper, have more guarantee of winning than any of the other possible match-ups.

And, what's more, Manacor native hardly raised a sweat yesterday. The famous hurricane Gordon, which has filled so many pages in the press lately, did not hit Santander, or at least its effect was hardly noticed here. But what did show up in La Magdalena was "Hurricane Nadal" and Andreas Seppi was his victim.

A 6-0 in the first set showed he meant business. Later, a break of serve meant the Italian lead 4-1. It was short-lived. 5 consecutive games gave Nadal the second set 6-4. And three more - meaning 8 in total - a 3-0 which lead Spain's number 1 and the world's best claycourter, to victory, 6-3 in the third. If you have a "life insurance" like Nadal, why bother to experiment?

Neverstopfightin
09-23-2006, 04:42 PM
ok, here is my quick translation of the article. personally i think it is a bit too derogatory towards tommy but anyway..

If you think that article is derogatory read this one :lol: ( written after Youzhny defeated Robredo at US Open )

http://www.elmundo.es/elmundodeporte/especiales/2006/08/usopen/sinred/dia8.html

OMG , this man seems to hate Robredo :lol:

~EMiLiTA~
09-23-2006, 04:49 PM
yes that one is nasty, though i do agree with what they say about the rankings. i have always said he does not deserve to be in the top 5 (as he was at the time of the article). i realise his die-hard fans will cry me down, but it is true.

one thing the article got wrong though, was saying he has never beaten federer. he did beat him at the hopman cup in 2002. i was at the match supporting tommy at the time. obviously it's not a proper ATP match and it was before federer became FEDERER but still..

joeb_uk
09-23-2006, 06:30 PM
Volandri, Nadal :) Should be interesting. If that match goes ahead? I havent seen which is first.

propi
09-23-2006, 06:40 PM
Reporters here are just stupid... When they write about any sport out of football his level of knowledge is simply awful. You can't expect all Spanish players to be Nadal. Tommy's defeat shouldn't surprise that much given the fact he's not played since US open, his form is not great at the moment and he's always had "unexpected" defeats from time to time and Volandri comes from reaching a clay final in Bucarest and is a good clay player.

Once again Tommy not talented, not a worthy top 10, blah, blah, blah :yawn:
Vamos Tommy :bounce:

Merton
09-23-2006, 07:25 PM
It appears as if people suddenly woke up, saw the Robredo score and started throwing stones at him. I am not a fan, but it was Emilio's mistake to choose an out of form Robredo for the first match of the tie.

sweeticecream
09-23-2006, 08:25 PM
Thanks a lot for your translation, Emilita :worship:
Watching the things neutrally, I must say that the reporter of that article would be right though I love Tommy Robredo incl. all of his weak points. :devil: