I just heard this now and wasn't sure where to put it.
Argentina Davis Cup captain Gustavo Luza has selected Guillermo Coria, David Nalbandian, Agustin Calleri and Lucas Arnold for the quarter-final tie in Belarus from 9-11 April.
Vamos David and Argentina it will be good to see them playing against Voltchkov and they will need him to play well on the very fast surface.
03-21-2004, 10:32 AM
You're so right!!!!
I think they will be great matches to watch, after all Voltchkov said I wanna see the results in court!
03-21-2004, 10:42 AM
It will be very tough for them in Belarus for sure. The court will be very fast and it can be a very intimidating place.
Nalbandian is the better carpet player than Coria and does play better against bigger servers than Coria does. It will be him and Mirnyi on the first day and if David can win that match, then Argentina's victory chances are much higher.
03-21-2004, 10:47 AM
I think David plays great under pressure, chances are he'll do fine and as you said he's the one that plays better in fast surfaces, so we really need him. I'm so anxious but this series!
03-21-2004, 10:53 AM
Mirnyi is their main player and if David can beat him, and I am not sure about Coria and Voltchkov especially if Coria starts complaining about the line calls the crowd will be very loud against him and that could effect him either in a good or a bad way.
03-21-2004, 10:59 AM
The crowd is always a key factor, I hope they're prepared for it. It was different in Morocco, I don't think people were really that interested in the matches. In fact, I remember the Moroccan crowd cheering for their football team in the middle of the Calleri's match, because they heard on the radio that they made a goal in some championship.
Belarus will be the real test IMHO.
03-21-2004, 11:07 AM
Morocco well without Younes they knew they were in huge trouble and Arazi retiring on the first day, then there was absolutely no chance for them.
It will be a huge test in Belarus, hopefully there will be nothing like the Gaudio incident leading 5-1 in the 5th set v Kafelnikov and ridiculous overrule against him on his match point, which changed the shape of the tie.
03-21-2004, 11:13 AM
You should have seen Younes that day!!! I think it was during Coria's match when he went to the audience to see with them, and no one was paying attention to the match, the few people that was there went to where he was to ask him for an autograph. Argentina was already leading 3-0 by then, so they didn't care much about it.
Let's see how they do in Belarus. I'll be waking up very early! 7am for a Sunday(especially in a holiday!)it's quite early...But I know a lot of people that will do that too! LOL!
03-21-2004, 11:21 AM
Of course jazz, you do nearly anything for the cause ie getting up early and there is plenty of time to sleep when you are dead anyway.
03-21-2004, 11:25 AM
LOL!!! You're right!
Hey, I woke up at 5am in my vacations in January, I was at the beach, but the AO was more important, so 7 am is not that bad after all! LOL!
03-21-2004, 11:34 AM
jazz, I understand totally. I am like that when the World Cup is on, no matter where I am in the world I don't work during those 5 weeks and only close friends can contact me.
An ex-girlfriend of mine is still pissed off with me, when I told her months in advance I won't be around during the WC and I won't have anything to say that doesn't relate to football.
03-21-2004, 11:42 AM
LOL!!! I know a lot of people that would do that because of football. I have an example in my family: my dad! LOL! I must admit that even though I'm not a football fan at all, I follow the World Cup. The last one was in 2002 if I remember correctly, and there was a match at 3am and I had a final that same day, but that wasn't a problem for me. I went to bed at 9pm, woke up at 3am and after the match was over I review the subject so I would be prepared for the test. The bad thing is that Argentina lost(I think it was against Holland...)and I was soooooo sad and depressed, but I still got a good grade. Anyway, I did this for football, even though I'm not a fan, imagine what I would do for tennis!
I'm sorry for this ramble, I don't know what's wrong with me today! LOL!!!
03-21-2004, 11:47 AM
1998 was the loss to the Netherlands actually.
I have done a lot of interesting things some would say a bit strange when it comes to tennis. Example I remember every mens French Open final for 22 years, and I am not that old.
Then there was the time I was supposed to go somewhere semi-important actually do my military service, I had some money left over so I was allegedly sick when I had to do the tests, then I put it off so I could travel down to the Aust Open.
03-21-2004, 12:07 PM
Oh ok, I told you I don't like football! LOL!!! I know Argentina lost, I don't remember to whom!
Wow! I can't believe you did that! You didn't get caught?
I think a lot of us (most of us in this forum!) would do crazy things because of tennis...
03-21-2004, 12:13 PM
No, the defence department never sent the letter to my dad's house. Then I was travelling for a few years and when I went back, they must have forgotten about me fortunately.
As I said before for the cause people will do some interesting things. Though if I was in Argentina I am not sure if I would want to go to Belarus though.
03-21-2004, 12:20 PM
Well, I don't know if I would go to Belarus(If I had the money for it!) it's such a different culture, it would be hard for sure...
03-21-2004, 12:22 PM
Then again it would only be for a week, plus the visas can be very expensive as well.
Different cultures and experiences help make the world what is, it would be horrible if we were all the same.
03-21-2004, 12:25 PM
Well I seriously considered going to Belarus, but the timing of it, - just before my trip to Monte Carlo, - made things a bit difficult, - and getting Visas to go there is an absolute nightmare too, even though I have realtives there which should in theory make it easier (but actually doesn't :sad: ). So I will once again be glued to the "live scoring" on the Net, although the time difference means the matches are on at quite civilised times for me here - 10.00am on Sunday and mid-day the rest of the time.
It is true that it will be a very hard tie, - and a lot will depend on David's match against Max Mirnyi. I saw them play each other in Bercy a couple of years ago - it was a VERY close match - played on an outside court late at night in front of very few spectators, - but such excellent quality. The fast carpet surface there will be VERY fast, - and personally I don't see Coria beating Max (or even Voltchkov) on that surface, so it's probably all down to David and the doubles team. I know Coria beat Max in IW, but everyone is saying that it's a very slow hard-court there, so probably not a good example to use. Voltchkov is a very flashy player and very "up and down" - getting to finals and semi-finals one day, and then losing in the first round of challengers the next, so I just hope he has a bad week-end when he plays Argentina. Have to say that both he and Mirnyi do get very fired up for DC though, and they're an excellent quality doubles pairing who are good friends and play together a lot, - so, as I said - it won't be easy.
03-21-2004, 12:30 PM
Of course, I love learning from different cultures, but I didn't mean it in that way. As you said it's just one week, in fact just three days, and it would be really hard to get all the paper work in so little time. I so want Argentina to win this one!!! If we win, then I'll defenitly will go see the SF, I only have to take a bus to get to the court ;)
03-21-2004, 12:35 PM
Then again there is the Calleri/Arnold pairing as well. They seem to play together quite well and as inconsistent and frustrating as Calleri can be, he seems to lift his game for DC.
He took out Ferrero in his own country in his 1st singles match and played well in the doubles as well, so that will be vital as well.
Coria is far from a sure thing in the singles, that is why it's imperative that David plays and if he does he has to beat Mirnyi on the 1st day.
This tie could easily come down to the last match and that would mean David playing or if Coria isn't up to it, then maybe Calleri. I just hope they can get through.
03-21-2004, 12:37 PM
We have to admit that Coria is getting better and had a really good week in IW. But as Rosie said, I don't see him doing that well in a fast surface, I hope I'm wrong and he can win it. But our teams is getting to know each other and getting along great, which I think it's a plus. I think no one can be sure who's gonna win this, it's gonna be really close and I love that! I'll have to do a lot of yoga those days not to end up in the hospital because of stress!
03-21-2004, 12:40 PM
well I think you can manage without the yogo Jazz:)
03-21-2004, 12:41 PM
OMG - can you imagine the DC tie coming down to the last rubber, and Calleri playing in a tense 5-setter to decide it? I love Calleri to pieces, - but his 5-set record is not good - I don't know who would be having the heart attack first - us or him :p
03-21-2004, 12:43 PM
so lets hope that David wins both his matches
03-21-2004, 12:46 PM
03-21-2004, 12:49 PM
Calleri is 0-7 in 5 setters and I saw the Canas match live he blew this year.
I would worry about some of the members of this board if it came down to that.
03-22-2004, 09:16 PM
frustrating as Calleri can be, he seems to lift his game for DC
He took out Ferrero in his own country in his 1st singles match and played well in the doubles as well, so that will be vital as well...
I agree, he's a totally different player when it comes to  davis cup, he totally floored Ferrero that day, on CLAY IN Spain!
They have a solid team, I hate to say it but Coria is the weakest link, If David can win his matches, Calleri and Lucas are a good doubles team, I hope they hold up well against Max and Voltchkov.