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Davis Cup - Czech Republic vs USA - 1st round 2007

Lenka
02-06-2007, 11:11 AM
I guess everybody knows the nominations but here we are...

CZECH REPUBLIC v USA
Venue: Ostrava, Czech Republic (clay - indoors)

Czech Republic

Tomas Berdych
Lukas Dlouhy
Ivo Minar
Pavel Vizner
Captain: Jaroslav Navratil

USA

Andy Roddick
James Blake
Mike Bryan
Bob Bryan
Captain: Patrick McEnroe

Lenka
02-06-2007, 11:16 AM
a few pictures of our team...

in the middle Vizner, on the right Minar
http://imgs.idnes.cz/tenis/A070204_ELV_TRV_V.JPG

Tomas ;)
http://imgs.idnes.cz/tenis/A070204_ELV_BRDNAVRV_V.JPG

practice in CEZ Arena with Lukas Dlouhy...
http://imgs.idnes.cz/tenis/A070204_ELV_BERDDL1V_V.JPG

Lukas Dlouhy
http://imgs.idnes.cz/tenis/A070204_ELV_DL1V_V.JPG

Tomas
http://imgs.idnes.cz/tenis/A070204_ELV_BERD1V_V.JPG

http://imgs.idnes.cz/tenis/A070204_ELV_BERD2V_V.JPG

http://imgs.idnes.cz/tenis/A070204_ELV_DUEV_V.JPG

Tomas's pendolino (the train was named after Tomas) :worship:
http://imgs.idnes.cz/sporty/A070203_MIN_BERDYCH_V.JPG

http://imgs.idnes.cz/tenis/A070203_MIN_TENIS_V_V.JPG

valexie03
02-06-2007, 12:58 PM
Thanks for the pics Lenka. In the davis cup forum (USA v. Czech Rep), we were wondering what happened to other tennis players, Hernych for instance. Where are they?

Lenka
02-06-2007, 01:22 PM
Hi Valexie! :wavey: well, I don't understand it either...I would pick Hernych and other players instead of Minar or Dlouhy and Vizner, but it's decision of the captain Navratil and he should know what he does, that's all...

valexie03
02-06-2007, 01:47 PM
:bigwave: Let's hope that he made the right decision. Best of luck to the Czech team :bigclap:

Lenka
02-06-2007, 05:05 PM
Tomas Berdych, Lukas Dlouhy and Jaroslav Navratil at the press conference...
http://img.aktualne.centrum.cz/59/38/593840-chystaji-se-na-americany.jpg

Lenka
02-06-2007, 06:36 PM
practice

http://1.im.cz/n/photo//08/97/02makpm-top2sirka.jpg

Deea
02-06-2007, 09:37 PM
Tomas is so serious in the last pics. He seems very focused! ;) I hope he can take down andy! :devil: Gooo Czechs! :woohoo:

valexie03
02-07-2007, 04:10 PM
:eek: Apparently, Minar is sick :tape: :help: Are they allowed substitutes?

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=2007-02-06T183417Z_01_L06834069_RTRIDST_0_TENNIS-DAVIS-CZECH.XML&WTmodLoc=Tennis-C1-Headline-1

Lenka
02-07-2007, 04:48 PM
No no, don't worry! Minar is alright now, also the doctor confirmed that. And the captain Navratil announced today that the singles will play Tomas Berdych and Ivo Minar.

Good luck guys!!!!

valexie03
02-07-2007, 05:40 PM
Davis Cup: Roddick, Blake and Bryan brothers give U.S. edge over Czechs
2/7/2007 10:49:00 AM


OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) -A stacked U.S. Davis Cup team will face a Czech Republic team that doesn't have a player ranked in the top 10.

The Americans have No. 4 Andy Roddick, No. 6 James Blake and the top-ranked doubles pair of Bob and Mike Bryan heading into first-round play of the World Group against the Czechs this weekend.

Radek Stepanek, ranked 19th, withdrew to concentrate on the ATP Tour, and 36-year-old Pavel Vizner is making his Davis Cup debut. Ivo Minar has the flu and it is questionable to play, meaning 87th-ranked Lukas Dlouhy may see action in the second singles match alongside Tomas Berdych.

The CEZ Arena is ``a place where on paper we certainly should win the match, but we are not playing it on paper. That's sort of the beauty of Davis Cup,'' U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said.

The draw is set for Thursday, with two singles matches Friday and the doubles Saturday before the reverse singles matches Sunday.

``It is an away tie, so it is definitely not going to be easy,'' Roddick said. ``I don't think we are coming into this taking the Czech team lightly.''

The equalizer may be the clay surface, not a favorite of American players.

The U.S. team lost to Russia on clay at last year's semifinals in Moscow, and the Czechs wasted no time choosing clay when they knew they would be facing the Americans.

``The court is marvelous. It could be our advantage,'' Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil said.

Roddick lost twice on clay in Moscow, but has started strong this season. He reached the semifinals of the Australian Open before losing to top-ranked Roger Federer.

``I have won five tournaments on clay, so I know what I am doing out there a little bit,'' Roddick said. ``I think the most important thing is just to have good preparation.''

In Berdych, the Czechs have a tall, big-hitting player who has amassed a 10-2 record in Davis Cup play. Currently No. 12, he is the key player the Americans will have to beat.

``Berdych is a serious factor for them. He has beaten Roddick before,'' McEnroe said. ``If we can get a win over him, we're certainly in good shape.''

The Americans are 4-1 against the Czechs in Davis Cup play.

Go Czech Go :woohoo: :yippee: :yeah:

Tom Paulman
02-07-2007, 06:40 PM
It was in the news an hour ago that American players behave really arrogantly in Ostrava but I don't know if I can believe it.. I've seen some ppl on this board saying that Blake is pretty down to earth

Action Jackson
02-07-2007, 06:42 PM
I could believe they were arrogant.

What's Minar doing playing singles? Hajek must be still sick.

Lenka
02-07-2007, 07:46 PM
It was in the news an hour ago that American players behave really arrogantly in Ostrava but I don't know if I can believe it.. I've seen some ppl on this board saying that Blake is pretty down to earth


yeah I've seen it in the czech tv, too. but i have no experience with any american tennis player so i can't say whether they are arrogant or not. btw are you going to Ostrava? :)

Tom Paulman
02-07-2007, 07:56 PM
yeah I've seen it in the czech tv, too. but i have no experience with any american tennis player so i can't say whether they are arrogant or not. btw are you going to Ostrava? :)

Nope, too late to buy tickets :( But I'm gonna watch it on TV.

Lenka
02-07-2007, 08:01 PM
Nope, too late to buy tickets :( But I'm gonna watch it on TV.

uuhh that's a pity, i'm going only on sunday :( because friday's tickets were sold out before i found out where they are sold :(

btw are you watching football now? ;)

valexie03
02-07-2007, 08:30 PM
It was in the news an hour ago that American players behave really arrogantly in Ostrava but I don't know if I can believe it.. I've seen some ppl on this board saying that Blake is pretty down to earth

Blake is usually a real nice guy. Roddick has been on record several times expressing his dislike of Europe. Since they are favorite to win :sad: , they should be friendlier, maybe to the point of letting the Czechs win :devil:

Lenka
02-07-2007, 08:44 PM
Blake is usually a real nice guy. Roddick has been on record several times expressing his dislike of Europe. Since they are favorite to win :sad: , they should be friendlier, maybe to the point of letting the Czechs win :devil:

have you ever met them personally?

valexie03
02-08-2007, 01:18 PM
Yes I did. I chatted with him only for a few minutes.

Langers
02-08-2007, 01:32 PM
Looking forward to the Davis Cup getting underway!

Big test for Berdych this! Blake is coming off a final at Delray Beach and Roddick is No.4 in the world so will obviously be tough. The Czech Republic need him to win both rubbers if they are to win so it all depends on Tomas, let’s hope he plays well!

Lenka
02-08-2007, 03:00 PM
Yes I did. I chatted with him only for a few minutes.

with Blake or Roddick??

Lenka
02-08-2007, 03:05 PM
Americans look for first point in Ostrava
Andy Roddick will play Davis Cup newcomer Ivo Minar, ranked 158 places below him, in the first singles match in Liege on Friday. Following Thursday’s draw for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie between USA and Czech Republic, the Americans will be hoping the world No. 4 can hand them an early point.

James Blake, ranked sixth in the world, is likely to face a tougher challenge when he plays No. 12-ranked Tomas Berdych in the second rubber. The 21-year-old Berdych will look to Pavel Vizner and Lukas Dlouhy for support in the doubles, but the Czech pair will need to find a way past five-time Grand Slam doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan on Saturday.

Ivo Minar (CZE)v Andy Roddick (USA)
Tomas Berdych (CZE) v James Blake (USA)
Pavel Vizner/Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) v Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)
Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Andy Roddick (USA)
Ivo Minar (CZE) v James Blake (USA)

US playing for small piece of history


Roddick says he is prepared for his first-time meeting with Minar. "I've seen him play before, he's very aggressive and hits the ball hard. He's tough but I feel ready." Having started the season by reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open, he feels he has made the transition to clay. "There's very little time before the Davis Cup and you're in trouble if you're trying to get fit at the start of the year. But I know I can play five sets. I'm prepared physically."

Blake is also ready for the tie. "I'm confident. I've played well recently. The adrenalin always gets going for Davis Cup and I'm excited by the opportunity."

At stake over the next three days for the visiting Americans is not only a place in the World Group quarterfinals, where they would host either Spain or Switzerland, but also a small – but significant – piece of history.

If Roddick and co. can defeat Czech Republic, it will mark the first time in ten years that a US team has won a World Group tie on clay, since USA defeated Brazil in the 1997 first round. Although USA has won two Play-off ties on the surface in the intervening period, the nation has lost four more in World Group action, most recently in last year’s semifinals against eventual champions Russia, when Roddick fell to Dmitry Tursunov in an epic decisive fourth rubber.

For a team featuring two Top 10 singles players and the world’s leading doubles duo, US captain Patrick McEnroe knows there is pride on the line in Ostrava, too. Victory this weekend would be a psychological boost, and could prove to be the springboard the USA needs to go on to win its first Davis Cup title for 17 years.

Czechs can be tricky

USA leads the Czechs 4-1 in previous meetings, the first three of those being when the hosts competed under the Czechoslovakian flag. But the Czechs can be tricky opposition. The nations last played each other seven years ago in the quarterfinals in Los Angeles, when an all-star US team led by world No. 1 Andre Agassi and No. 2 Pete Sampras were taken to the deciding fifth rubber by a Czech line-up led by an inspired Jiri Novak, before Sampras clinched victory against Slava Dosedel.

Czech Republic has a habit of rising to the Davis Cup challenge, and nobody should forget that it is one of just 12 nations to have won the trophy in its 108-year history, having triumphed in 1980. They have home advantage on their side in Ostrava, and the services of world No. 12 Berdych, but it remains to be seen in the next three days if the fast-rising 21-year-old can do enough without the experienced support of Radek Stepanek to move his country on in the 2007 competition. Stepanek, ranked No. 19, has said that he represent Czech Republic in Davis Cup following a disagreement with the federation.

Czech Davis Cup captain Jaroslav Navratil has chosen Minar for singles duty over Dlouhy, even though Dlouhy, at No. 91, is ranked 71 places higher than Minar, and has previous singles experience in the competition. Minar however has the greater experience at tour level. It is a gamble that the Czech fans in the CEZ Arena this weekend will be hoping will pay off. Minar is ready for the challenge anyway: "He [Roddick] is a top player, but I know that this is Davis Cup and anything can happen. I will fight for a good result."

The Americans know this tie presents a great opportunity, and now they must take it.

valexie03
02-08-2007, 03:14 PM
with Blake or Roddick??

Blake

Tom Paulman
02-08-2007, 04:20 PM
uuhh that's a pity, i'm going only on sunday :( because friday's tickets were sold out before i found out where they are sold :(

btw are you watching football now? ;)

Nah, I don't like football at all :)
It's basically same with me, all the tickets for Friday and Sunday were sold out before I even knew they were on sale. They set the price cheap probably cause they wanted to make sure there would be an arena full of Czechs...

Lenka
02-08-2007, 07:56 PM
Nah, I don't like football at all :)
It's basically same with me, all the tickets for Friday and Sunday were sold out before I even knew they were on sale. They set the price cheap probably cause they wanted to make sure there would be an arena full of Czechs...


yeah the tickets are really pretty cheap (so even I can afford it :lol: ) but I don't mind as far as I have mine at home :p

you don't like football? that's a surprise :angel: and ice-hockey? :)

Tom Paulman
02-08-2007, 08:54 PM
you don't like football? that's a surprise :angel: and ice-hockey? :)

Only individual sports, often watch golf in TV, never played it in reality though, then sports like snowboarding and of course tennis ;)

Lenka
02-08-2007, 08:59 PM
Only individual sports, often watch golf in TV, never played it in reality though, then sports like snowboarding and of course tennis ;)

yeah tennis!! :yeah: i like also swimming :)

Lenka
02-08-2007, 09:02 PM
yesterday Tomas was announced...

Best sportsman of Olomouc region 2006 :bigclap:
http://imgs.idnes.cz/tenis/A070208_OT_TOMAS_BERDYCH_V.JPG

Lenka
02-08-2007, 09:08 PM
some pics from today's draw ceremony...

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_7021_gallery.GIF

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_7026_gallery.GIF

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_7022_gallery.GIF

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_7028_gallery.GIF

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_7027_gallery.GIF

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_7024_gallery.GIF

Fergie
02-09-2007, 01:17 AM
Go Tomas and Czech Republic!!! :bounce:

Sean.J.S.
02-09-2007, 11:58 AM
Good luck Tomas :)

Deea
02-09-2007, 12:11 PM
Tomas :dance: :dance: Be a hero! :yeah: I can hardly wait! :bounce: He has a good shot at defeating Blake imo :o

ufokart
02-09-2007, 06:33 PM
Tomas won 6-1 2-6 7-5 7-5 :bounce:

I would have prefered a straight sets win tough :p :lol:

Ashie_87
02-09-2007, 08:39 PM
:bounce: yay!

Lenka
02-09-2007, 09:17 PM
Well done guys!!! :worship: Good luck tomorrow! :)

LilyRoseAva
02-10-2007, 01:12 AM
found this on youtube
press conference > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzF3es_hFLk

Langers
02-10-2007, 02:35 AM
Well done Tomas! Great win! :yeah:

Berdych closes US advantage
In unbelievable shape today, Tomas Berdych overcame the more experienced James Blake 61 26 75 75 to put his nation level at the end of the first day of the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie between Czech Republic and USA.


Berdych played “unbelievably well”

With Roddick’s earlier win over Ivo Minar, the pressure was on the young Berdych to produce his best performance yet against the American. Trailing 0-2 in their head-to-heads prior to this encounter, the odds were certainly stacked against Berdych at the start of the day. That is, if this were not a Davis Cup tie, where as many keep saying, anything can happen, and if they were not playing on the dreaded red clay. But the clay was not the only thing that helped Berdych win – as Blake gracefully acknowledged himself, the young Czech played “unbelievably well.”

Berdych raced through the first set in just 19 minutes, giving Blake very little room to breathe or to construct a coherent strategy. But the American, known for his resilient attitude, quickly learnt his lesson and came back equally strongly in the second set, breaking early and acing his way through in 31 minutes.

The match reached its much anticipated equilibrium in the third set, with both players producing memorable winners, aces, spins and turns in a clear effort to outsmart the other. Their approach was similar – playing it point by point, never leaving any chance for the other to break.

But something happened in the 11th game, as Berdych was riding high on the energy produced by the support of the crowd and Blake began to get just a little too frustrated with his forehands starting to land in the net or outside the baseline. And while Berdych missed his first break point by netting a powerful backhand, Blake’s sixth overall double fault gave him the set and the lead soon afterwards.

The fourth set was a similar affair, starting well for Berdych but with Blake staying close behind, careful not to give his fiery opponent a chance to get the crucial advantage. The drama was played out fully in the fifth game, when a controversial line call at 15-40 on Berdych’s serve deprived Blake of a great opportunity to break, only to be given two more chances later, stopped this time by Berdych’s string of aces.

Visibly angered by the umpire ruling against him, Blake said later he felt that point could have surely turned the result in his favour but ever gracious, he also gave credit to Berdych’s aces that cut short his own ambitions. And while Blake went on to hold his serve three more times, producing winners and a high-jump smash reminiscent of Pete Sampras along the way, Berdych’s aces and accurate forehands eventually handed him the final set 75.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-10-2007, 03:01 AM
I think Tomas will beat the duck and Czech Republic will beat USA 3-2! :aplot:

Lenka
02-10-2007, 08:46 AM
I think Tomas will beat the duck and Czech Republic will beat USA 3-2! :aplot:

hope so but we must somewhere win the third point :rolleyes:

Sean.J.S.
02-10-2007, 10:52 AM
Who do I go for? Andy or Tomas? :scared:

Lenka
02-10-2007, 10:55 AM
Who do I go for? Andy or Tomas? :scared:

shall I help you to decide? ;)

I vote for Tomas! :angel:

Lenka
02-10-2007, 10:56 AM
I wonder who is gonna play the doubles today... :confused:

Fergie
02-10-2007, 02:33 PM
Dlouhy/Vizner lost 4-6 4-6 4-6 :sad:

Lenka
02-10-2007, 03:00 PM
:bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: nothing more to say :sad:

DONADANG
02-10-2007, 04:56 PM
Who do I go for? Andy or Tomas? :scared:

Just enjoy the match!

Deea
02-10-2007, 10:47 PM
Tomas can defeat Andy but what about the last match...can any of the other guys beat Blake? :shrug: I'm afraid not! :sad: :sad:

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-11-2007, 02:54 PM
I thought Tomas would have won! :bigcry:

Fergie
02-11-2007, 03:48 PM
Tomas :bigcry:

▄︻┻┳═
02-12-2007, 04:01 AM
This isn't fair, there's too much pressure on Tomas, everyone was count on him, but he's even the youngest in the team

Deea
02-12-2007, 04:07 PM
:awww: :awww: I really thought he's gonna beat Andy! *sigh* Oh well, the pressure must have been really hard to deal with...experience will make wonders for him, I'm sure of it! :)

Sean.J.S.
02-13-2007, 09:13 AM
Next tourny for Tomas?

Lenka
02-13-2007, 10:06 AM
Next tourny for Tomas?

he's got a week off and then Rotterdam ;)

Lunaris
02-13-2007, 10:56 PM
Well, what to add? Pretty expected result, a good team needs two top singles players which we lack. Until we have another dangerous player besides Tomáš there is no way how we can deal with the teams like the USA.

kinglear
02-14-2007, 08:43 PM
It's so weird to see Bob Bryan playing singles. He looks good doing it. I love the fact that he's branching out from doubles. I know that it's asking a lot for Bob Bryan to be successful as a singles player. I know he'd have to play qualies. Then again, he's probably just playing singles for the Davis Cup. Who knows, maybe he'll become newly inspired. :cool:

Lenka
03-25-2007, 08:53 PM
more pics from the tie CR - USA ... :)



Protenis Fotogalerie (http://www.protenis.cz/gv2/category.php?catid=53)

sharapower
04-01-2007, 09:09 AM
Nice pixs thank you