USA vs. Sweden [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

USA vs. Sweden

Pages : [1] 2 3

Aphex
04-05-2004, 07:52 PM
How about this scenario. A tired Roddick loses to a pumped up Enqvist. A sly Björkman beats a nervous Fish. Tomas Johansson puts in a chock surprise performance à la AO 02 along with a rock-solid Bjösse to beat the Bryans. Hence US-Swe 0-3. Pat the Mac is so stunned he puts up himself and Courier for the reverse singles, thus defaulting. Final score: 0-5.

:wavey: Americans

COME ON!
Bring on the trashtalk!

TheBoiledEgg
04-05-2004, 08:51 PM
doing a Kevin Keegan "I'd just LUV it if the Swedes beat the Yanks. just LUV it" :devil:

doubles could be a prob now without Pim Pim :(

Aphex
04-05-2004, 09:46 PM
Well, you never know when it comes to Thomas Johansson. He's usually bad or mediocre, then every other year, out of the blue, he wins back to back tournies, a TMS(AMS? Super 9? Why can't they stick with a name?) or even a major. :)

Aphex
04-05-2004, 09:50 PM
So, I mean, he can probably pick a great doubles performance from his unpredictable wizard's hat. ;)

Deboogle!.
04-05-2004, 10:07 PM
Ummm.... I don't really think that's going to happen. The American guys get pumped up about DC just as much as the Swedes do. It's on Andy's and Mardy's home turf - everyone both of them know will be there. The Bryans are playing great right now...

it'll be a close tie, to be sure, but 0-5? lol I don't see that happening ;)

Aphex
04-05-2004, 10:22 PM
Ahh... The pressure is gonna get to them. Families, friends, their high-school mates, the USTA, the media, the general public, everybody expects to them to win. And if, no :p , when things starts to go wrong the first day, the PRESSURE will make them nervous and force them to mistakes. Sweden will see their raised finger of weakness and grab the whole hand.

Deboogle!.
04-05-2004, 11:15 PM
No, everybody expects it to be a tough tie. Every article on it has mentioned the fact that Andy has trouble with two of the more likely singles players and that Mardy hasn't been playing well in his past couple of tourneys.

As for pressure, Andy, Mardy, and the Bryans have all proved in the recent past that they can handle pressure. I'll give you examples if you can't remember on your own ;)

Aphex
04-05-2004, 11:34 PM
But this is a new kind of pressure (:help: ). Now, they, at least Roddick and Fish, are virtually playing in their own backyard. People are counting on them. And if, no :p , when things go wrong, they'll be more nervous than EVER before. :D

Deboogle!.
04-06-2004, 12:23 AM
uh.... you obviously know nothing about either of them then, and that's all I'll say.

I'm not saying they'll win all their matches, I'm just saying if they lose it won't be due to pressure.

Aphex
04-06-2004, 12:51 AM
Come on Bunk, I'm just doing some good-spirited trash-talking here ;) no need to get upset. I'm really an :angel:

J. Corwin
04-06-2004, 12:52 AM
I think they'll rise to occasion instead of break down when facing pressure.

Deboogle!.
04-06-2004, 01:16 AM
Come on Bunk, I'm just doing some good-spirited trash-talking here ;) no need to get upset. I'm really an :angel:

Oh I'm not upset... it just so happens that Andy and Mardy are my current two favorite singles players and the Bryans are my fave doubles team so I'm quite pumped about getting to see them all play in DC (and yay for it being televised!) and I'm defending my faves to your attacks :armed: LMFAO

and yes, Jace, that's what I was trying to say;)

Aphex
04-06-2004, 02:11 AM
Honestly, right now I'm hoping that all swedish injuries won't cause Björkman to play all singles and the doubles rubber by himself. Perhaps, Wilander and Nyström can pick up their rackets. :rolleyes: Or maybe not.

Tennis Fool
04-06-2004, 03:25 AM
Question, why do you think Agassi nor Pete ever got excited about DC :confused:

Deboogle!.
04-06-2004, 04:16 AM
A couple things IMO

-both a little selfish, wanted to win slams, etc. etc. Maybe they saw DC as an inconvenience and just didn't care enough to put their own careers in jeopardy.

-no real team unity.... the team we have now are all very close friends. They truly care about each other, enjoy being with each other, support each other, motivate each other, etc. I have a feeling Andy in particular would not be quite as committed to DC were he not playing with his buddies (in fact, he's said almost as much). And, whether it ends up to be a good decision or a bad one, I think this whole concept is part of the reason PMac went with Mardy over Vince. Agassi and Sampras simply did not have this. Perhaps it was because they had to consistently compete with each other on huge stages, major finals, etc., and it prevented them from being close. I'm not sure, but it seems like a factor to me.

Aleksa's Laydee
04-06-2004, 09:57 AM
i hope thomas and bjorkman win their matches but mardy to win his too so im kinda stuck in the middle as i wanna see sweden win as i love the swedes but don't wanna see mardy lose either. so 3-2 with bjorkman, thomas and bjorkman (again) winning their singles and mardy winning his!! :angel: :D

Kristen
04-06-2004, 10:42 AM
i hope thomas and bjorkman win their matches but mardy to win his too so im kinda stuck in the middle as i wanna see sweden win as i love the swedes but don't wanna see mardy lose either. so 3-2 with bjorkman, thomas and bjorkman (again) winning their singles and mardy winning his!! :angel: :D

I understand your predicament! My mate Christina is a big Scud/Swedes fan so she had issues in February! Me however, I don't care for Australians or Americans. If Sweden were to beat the americans it'd be almost as sweet as when they beat my country! LOL, the only thing I'd miss would be the media taking back all the comments about how marvellous tennis *in the home country* is!

I wouldn't mind if they put Robin Soderling in to play Fish. Robin's capable of amazing things, and I have every confidence that Jonas can defeat Andy. But Mardy... Mardy's so good he's a major pain in the ass for me (Yes, I'm a Moya fan). And I think the Bryans V Jonas/whoever should be fairly even. Bjorkman, J./Woodbridge T. df Bryans 76 (7-3), 7-5. BEFORE anyone has a go at this stat, YES I realise this is a different doubles combo to what will be in Davis Cup, but I like to think that Jonas often carries Todd. And I know the way Jonas plays. If he stays cool (mentally) throughout the match, he should be able to lift whoever he plays with. Regardless of the outcome, it'll be an awesome tie, and seriously... they already beat Australia in front of me, and avoided relegation! What more could I want :cool:

Head to Head
Jonas V Andy 2-3
2004 Miami TMS, Hard -R32 Roddick 6 4 3 6 6 3
2004 Doha, Hard-R16 Bjorkman 3 6 4 6
2003 Paris TMS, Carpet-Q Roddick 7 5 7 6
2003 Wimbledon, Grass-Q Roddick 6 4 6 2 6 4
2002 Nottingham, Grass, R32 Bjorkman 5 7 5 7

Jonas V Fish 0-1
2003 Nottingham, Grass-SF Fish 6 7 6 3 6 4

Enqvist V Roddick 2-1
2004 Memphis, Hard-Q Enqvist 6 7 3 6
2003 IW TMS, Hard-R64 Roddick 6 4 6 4
2001 Stuttgart TMS, Hard-R16 Enqvist 3 6 7 6 6 7

Enqvist V Fish 0-2-this one worries me a little.
2003 Stockholm, Hard-S Fish 6 4 7 5
2001 Scottsdale, Hard-R16 Fish 6 2 5 7 6 4

Deboogle!.
04-06-2004, 03:52 PM
Is there any word yet on Enqvist's foot and if he's going to play?

Aphex
04-06-2004, 04:47 PM
Question, why do you think Agassi nor Pete ever got excited about DC :confused:
Pete stated in an interview(American Tennis mag?) a year or two ago that the lack of props after his heroics in Moscow 95, his best performance ever according to himself, made him lose interest in DC. But he still played after, so who knows? Perhaps the nutty, drunk and unsportmanly crowd in Gothenburg 97 killed the last spark?

Andre is probably to stuck up in his singles legacy right now to bother with DC.
:scratch:

Fumus
04-06-2004, 04:59 PM
I think the Swedes are in trouble without my boy Joachim...

0-5? :bs:

Aphex
04-06-2004, 06:51 PM
0-5? :bs:
Hey now, what on earth would make you say that? ;)

Aphex
04-06-2004, 06:53 PM
SWEDISH MEATBALLS COMING RIGHT UP!!!!!! :devil: :dance: :lol:
Is that assistant coach Jocke Nyström you're talking about? :confused:

Deboogle!.
04-06-2004, 07:07 PM
Davis Cup Preview: Sweden at U.S.

Posted on April 07, 2004

This weekend features the Davis Cup quarterfinals, with Sweden at the U.S., Argentina at Belarus, France at Switzerland, and the Netherlands at Spain. Each day this week Tennis-X will preview one of the quarterfinal ties, leading to the beginning of the first day of singles play on Friday:

Sweden at U.S.
Site: Delray Beach Tennis Centre, Delray Beach, Florida, USA
Surface: Hard (Plexipave) - Outdoors
Ball Type: Wilson US Open Extra Duty High Visibility Felt

While the U.S. would seem the favorites in this tie, at home and fronting former No. 1 Andy Roddick and the current No. 1 doubles tandem of Bob and Mike Bryan, this match-up against Sweden was more of a coin flip. At least until Joachim Johansson pulled with a strained shoulder and back.

The Swedes have been racking up tour wins of late against the Americans, and are a formidable squad in rookie Robin Soderling, who recently reached the final at Marseille (l. to Hrbaty), and at the end of last year at Stockholm (l. to Fish); veteran Thomas Enqvist, who beat Roddick earlier this year at Memphis; and veteran doubles specialist Jonas Bjorkman, who beat Roddick earlier this year at Doha. That's a lot of beating on Andy Roddick, who remains nonplussed.

"It's a huge goal of mine to help our team win Davis Cup," Roddick said. "I mean, I've been a fan ever since I went to a tie when I was younger. So it's definitely a priority in my tennis life, that's for sure."

Swedish captain Mats Wilander was going to go with the team of Bjorkman-Johansson in doubles, coming off their stunning win over Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in their opening-round upset over Australia, but now may replace Johansson with another Johansson in Thomas Johansson. That's a lot of Johansson for Wilander to tap into.

Now Wilander must choose between Enqvist, Soderling, and Bjorkman for the singles. Enqvist has a 2-1 career mark against Roddick, but trails U.S. No. 2 Mardy Fish 0-2 in their encounters, a big reason for U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe choosing The Fish over the hot-handed Vince Spadea. The rookie Soderling has never faced Roddick, and is 0-1 versus Fish. Bjorkman will be a surprise pick in singles since he will need to be fresh for the doubles, but says he is ready for double duty.

"They're all open," Wilander said. "There's so much that can happen. I don't fancy telling anyone early that I believe (someone is) going to play or not. It's better that everyone works toward the same goal and everybody's ready to play on Friday...The matchups don't matter. It's a very even match."

Pat Mac still sees a tough fight ahead, even with the Swedish reshuffling.

"It's going to be a very tough match," McEnroe said. "Mats has a lot of options. I'm going with our two best guns. If we play our best, we have a pretty good shot."

The Americans have chosen a slow hardcourt surface, which will give Roddick more time to set up his booming forehand, and may or may not hamper the serve-and-volley game of Fish.

"It's a relatively slow hardcourt," McEnroe said. "We feel like it's our best surface. It should be the way we want it to be. For the Swedes, it's probably their favorite surface as well."

The Swedes are pumped after their 4-1 upset over the defending champion Swedes in the opening round, and like the U.S. are now seen as a squad of young guns that can compete with the more experienced squads.

"It's nice to get a win like that," Wilander said. "Away we're more of a team, less distractions. They feel like they have played enough that they are able to beat anybody. In Davis Cup, the rankings are thrown out the window. I think any time we play we are the favorites. I think we have a pretty good shot."

The singles match-ups will be announced on Thursday.

Aphex
04-06-2004, 07:15 PM
I think any time we play we are the favorites.

What? Come on Mats don't add fuel to the fire. :rolleyes:


I think we have a pretty good shot."



That's correct on the other hand. :cool:

Sorry about bad quotation.

Deboogle!.
04-06-2004, 10:24 PM
Sweden, U.S. feel confident

By Jamey Eisenberg, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 6, 2004



DELRAY BEACH -- Jonas Bjorkman said he has fond memories of the 1997 Davis Cup when Sweden "whacked" the United States 5-0 in the World Group final.

The Americans, led by Pete Sampras and Michael Chang, went into Sweden as the favorites but left disheartened when the Swedes were crowned champions behind the surprising play of Bjorkman and Magnus Larsson.

"It was a matchup that we knew we had a chance," Bjorkman said during Monday's Davis Cup news conference. "We all managed to play well at the right time. We came up with an awesome win that everyone enjoyed."

Bjorkman and the Swedish team hope for a repeat Friday when the U.S. and Sweden open their best-of-5 Davis Cup quarterfinal matchup at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.

Like 1997, the last time the teams met, Sweden feels it can pull off another upset even though the match is on American soil and the U.S. has the No. 2 player in the world in Andy Roddick. Roddick is the ATP Tour's leader in matches won this year and is coming off a championship at the Nasdaq-100 Open.

"We always feel like we're going to win the Davis Cup," Sweden captain Mats Wilander said. "It doesn't matter where or against who. The fact they have one of the better players in the world I don't think scares us that much. In Davis Cup, it's just one match."

The U.S. team also is confident, holding a 7-3 series edge against Sweden and a 4-0 advantage on American soil.

Roddick, of Boca Raton, said its his goal to lead the Americans to their first Davis Cup title since 1995. He was excused from Monday's team practice and media session but is expected to practice today. U.S. Captain Patrick McEnroe said Roddick was tired and not still bothered by the stomach problems he had before facing Coria.

Roddick is just 3-2 against Bjorkman, including a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win last week in the third round of the Nasdaq-100 Open, and 1-2 against Thomas Enqvist.

Mardy Fish, the other U.S. singles player, has done much better against Sweden's roster, going 2-0 against Enqvist and 1-0 each against Bjorkman and Robin Soderling.

"I've had some success against those guys," said Fish, a former Boca Prep student. "Hopefully I'll keep doing it."

With Bob and Mike Bryan, the No. 1-ranked doubles team, McEnroe likes the U.S. in this matchup.

"I feel like with the talent and the players we have on our team, if we play well, we'll be in good shape," McEnroe said.

Wilander, meanwhile, still hasn't finalized his roster with Joachim Johansson out with a shoulder injury. Bjorkman is expected to play singles and doubles, while Enqvist likely will be the other singles player. Either Soderling or Thomas Johansson could be the other doubles player, but Wilander is not saying yet.

Kristen
04-07-2004, 05:03 AM
I keep forgetting Sweden are actually playing Davis Cup this weekend, I just keep hearing about glorified Americans. Then again, I should be used to it by now. I'm just grateful I'm not an american Swedish fan. Can't imagine the torture of watching tv and having those commentators worshipping Roddick *though I dare say it may be more about Fish this weekend*.

Have a good easter all, don't eat too much chocolate! :)

Kristen
04-07-2004, 05:54 AM
http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=12837

There's an interview with Thomas Enqvist and Goooo(ld)Fish! here.
By the siounds of things, Thomas is ready to play. Also, an article on Mats and McEnroe. The article gives me more reason to like Mats, and to look at McEnroe the way I look at my Aussies! LOL!! But American fans will like it I'm sure :rolleyes: LOL kidding... enjoy :)
I'm just happy Thomas sounds happy! :wavey:

Aphex
04-07-2004, 07:17 AM
No. That is what the Americans will reduce the Swedish team to once they're done with them. Hehehe. :devil:

I guess I counter with the American national dish beef-jerky. The Swedes are gonna smoke your guys dry :devil:

:smoke:

Aphex
04-07-2004, 07:18 AM
Wish I had some swedish press I could post. Maybe later.

Action Jackson
04-07-2004, 07:22 AM
I guess I counter with the American national dish beef-jerky. The Swedes are gonna smoke your guys dry :devil:

:smoke:

No, the national dish is grits and a fat steak cooked in fat rolled in fat.

I remember the last time the press and fans majorly underestimated the Swedes remember 1984.

Action Jackson
04-07-2004, 07:23 AM
Wish I had some swedish press I could post. Maybe later.

I am looking for some now.

Action Jackson
04-07-2004, 07:30 AM
WILANDER KEEPING AN OPEN MIND
Swedish tennis captain Mats Wilander has admitted that anybody could be named in his team to face the United States in the quarter finals of the Davis Cup.

The Swedes booked their place in the second round following a first round victory over last year's winners Australia and will come face to face with the United States at Delray Beach, Florida on Friday.

Wilander is set to announce his side on Thursday but will definitely be without Joachim Johansson who is suffering with a shoulder and back injury.

"There is so much that can happen and I don't fancy telling anyone early that you are going to play, I think it's better that everyone works towards the same goal and everybody is ready to play on Friday morning," Wilander told the Davis Cup website.

"There are so many cases like getting injured on Thursday night, or Wednesday after hard practice. So, no I haven't really thought about it."

And Swedish player Thomas Enqvist revealed that the captain's decision to keep the team open was a boost to the side.

"We have a deep team which is always a good thing," Enqvist said.

"We are not depending on one or two players which is always good in the Davis Cup, so I think our confidence level is pretty high.

"Obviously we know this is a very, very tough tie, but it feels good."

USA captain Patrick McEnroe admitted that the opposition would be challenging but his side have added confidence with playing on home turf.

"Playing at home we like our chances, we're feeling comfortable," McEnroe told daviscup.com.

"We know we have to go out and play well. Sweden has a lot of experience.

"They've played a lot of tough matches at home and on the road, the win in Australia was a great win for them.

"I don't think it will affect them negatively, hopefully it will affect us in a more positive way."

Aphex
04-07-2004, 08:10 AM
Ok, I found a huge one in Svenska Dagbladet, www.svd.se. It will take me a while to translate though. And the translation would be far from perfect.

Aphex
04-07-2004, 08:47 AM
From Svenska Dagbladet 7/4-04, www.svd.se, by Jonas Arnesen.

Easy-going practice before serious business against the USA

Delray Beach A couple of middle-aged ladies watch curiously through the fence as the swedish DC-players play soccer-tennis.
Laughs and taunts show that spirits are high.
-You don't get green grass until august says coach Mats Wilander when Laplander and assistant coach Joakim Nyström loses the ball.

The seriousness of this week-end's QF vs. USA feels like long gone, but shows when practice begins. Robin Söderling who's had a fever coughs up some phlegm but Mats cheers it's good to be ill "because then you focus better".( :lol: ). The major concern is Thomas Enqvist, or rather his left foot. It took a good beating in Miami about a week ago and is now being tested after a not so good earlier try.

-It feels better now even though it twinges in some aspects, says recent 30 year old who in all probability will share the singles duty with Jonas Björkman.
The trainers have a lot to do and even the players have a hard time keeping track of the minor injuries, something that shows when Thomas Johansson enters the court but quickly turns back.
-You have bandaged the wrong foot, he says and everybody cracks up.
It's around 30 degrees(C) in the shade and if the forecasted rain and storms won't happen the heat might be a deciding factor this week-end.
Here "Vispen"-"The Whisker" enters the picture. Yes, that's what he's called trainer Per Bergentoft who among other things whisks energy drinks for the guys.
-I've done it for ten years, he says and goes on:

Aphex
04-07-2004, 09:10 AM
-Almost everybody drinks too little. I did a survey once on 100 players who were weighed before and after match. If you drink enough you weigh the same afterwards, but only one player did, says Bergentoft and whisks another batch which he leaves in the sun.
-It should hold body-temperature. Of course the guys want cold drinks, but it's no good for your stomach, he says and talks informatively on the importance the players only drink water in the first set and later get mixtures of gradually increasing sugar levels.

Mineral tablets and re-hydration meausures? No one uses those since the ATP revealed it was suchlike "contaminated" materials that was the reason behind Rusedski's and seven other player's positive doping tests. Although not everyone buys into that explanation of the doping scandal, better to be safe than sorry.

Aphex
04-07-2004, 09:45 AM
The gusty wind blowing through the 21 courts at Delray Beach Tenniscenter means rough conditions and Thomas Enqvist, who has a small margins game, usually struggles when it's windy, even though he's been impressive in practice.
Jonas has overcome his difficulties with windy conditions.
-A lot of it is mentally. Of course, it helps I've won some matches under these (weather) circumstances, he says thinking mainly about his win over Roddick in Doha early this year.
The recently re-surfaced centrecourt, which is encompassed by as ugly as they are cold steel stands, with a capacity of 8200, is slower than a regular hardcourt since the rubber(?!) has been mixed with an extra amount of sand.
-But it has a high ball-bounce and that's good for us, says a happy Wilander.

He wasn't quite as happy when the team should enter (the Delray tennis center) for practice. The guards were uninformed (no way, they were winding the Swedes up) and for a long time refused the Swedes admission.
-They thought we were court maintenance workers (WTF! :mad: ) but still wouldn't let us enter. Finally we managed to convince them we are the Swedish DC Team.(the guards knew! they knew! they knew! arrogant American...)
The middle-aged ladies are since long headed for the club-house when the Swedes finish practising by a playfull but prestigous soccer-tennis match.
Jonas Björkman is the King of the court and easily wins together with Thomas Johansson with whom he'll play doubles come Saturday...
-I needed that, there haven't been that many tennis wins for me recently, says Thomas and laughs after his win against the coaches.

Aphex
04-07-2004, 09:51 AM
Phew, can't believe I did that. And I can't believe I didn't skip the freakin' trainer's long rant :rolleyes: . But from Aphex you get more than you want, folks. :yeah: Sorry for grammar, spelling, typos etc. Well I guess it's time to :zzz:

Kristen
04-07-2004, 11:27 AM
Thank you SOOOO much!!! :hatoff: I needed to hear the Swedish point of view desperately! Anything that wasn't a report from Florida. (I'm sick of sun-sentinel!!!) LMAO @ ToJo being happy about winning for once ^_^

Thanks again guys :)
Kristen. :wavey:

Aphex
04-07-2004, 11:34 AM
This one is from swedish news agency Tidingarnas Telegrambyrå www.tt.se. It's found in every other major swedish paper like DN, Aftonbladet, GP.
Man, the press really hates tennis in Sweden. Can't even bother to send their own reporters to Florida. It's only soccer, soccer, soccer, soccer, hockey, hockey, golf, track and field, basket, handball, bandy, floorball, women's soccer and 50 other sports before tennis. It's a wasteland! :mad:

Ohh.. here's the article:

USA confident of victory awaits in DC QF.
Not only does the US team have the worlds best doubles team and the reigning USO champ-they also have that trade-mark self-confidence.

-We have the potential to win DC this year, just like every other year, says captain Patrick McEnroe before this week-end's QF against Sweden.
USA has chosen Delray Beach, Florida, as athe venue, only a few minutes away from mega-star Andy Roddick's home in Boca Raton.
The surface is hardcourt, and although they respect the Swedes, captain McEnroe has difficulties concealing they are calculating on a win.
-We have a very good home record and we are very confident in ourselves. That's what DC is about. Sweden's win vs. Australia was very impressive, but we believe we have very good chances to win this tie, he says.

The US roster is also very impressive, despite of Andre Agassi's long time chosing not to play.
World #2 Andy Roddick and 17-rank Mardy Fish will play singles, while doubles-specialists Bob and Mike Bryan- ranked #1 in the world-intend to keep their undefeated run of DC-doubles.
We have a good foundation due to the fact we have one of the best singles-players in the world and the absolutely best doubles players in the world on the team and we play at home. It's looking good says John( sorry Patrick ;) ) McEnroe.

Sweden, which thanks to a heroic achievement eliminated Australia in february, would probably have to perform at least as well as against Oz to cope with the victory-sure Americans.
-The Swedish team is very experienced and they have played many tough matches both at home and away. We wanted a slow court with a high bounce, something that suits us well. We didn't think about what they( the Swedes) like, they can probably play on any surface.

The DC QF starts....

by Niclas Johansson/TT

Aphex
04-07-2004, 12:06 PM
Aphex is struggling with english dictionary and translation to balance the view, only for your pleasure, folks ;)

Jim Jones
04-07-2004, 01:10 PM
Thomas Johannsson is a lousy doubles player & I don't know why he was selected. He could have been there as an alternate & replace Enqvist, Bjorkman or Soderling if they were injured prior to the matches. Simon Aspelin is more solid in doubles & should have been chosen.

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 03:36 PM
Bjorkman_Girl, there is plenty of mention of the Swedish team in US Press. All of the South Florida papers have published articles about them. Just gotta look around.

I must say though, they're not painting Mats in too wonderful a light. I obviously can't say whether it's true or not, but he's coming off as a pretty arrogant guy about the whole thing lol

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 03:43 PM
For example.... and this isn't even a US press article, it's the AFP out of France:

"It's a very, very even match," said Wilander, who picked up seven Grand Slam titles during his career. "We always feel we're going to win in Davis Cup, it doesn't matter where or against who. We're playing against one of the better players in the world and I don't think it scares us that much."

Lots of quotes like that lol

star
04-07-2004, 03:52 PM
Thomas Johannsson is a lousy doubles player & I don't know why he was selected. He could have been there as an alternate & replace Enqvist, Bjorkman or Soderling if they were injured prior to the matches. Simon Aspelin is more solid in doubles & should have been chosen.

I think Mats is looking for as many people who can play singles as possible. Enqvist has a hurt foor and we don't know how it will hold up.

SWEDEN SWEDEN SWEDEN

I've got to get some blue and yellow color effects before this weekend. :)

star
04-07-2004, 03:53 PM
Bjorkman_Girl, there is plenty of mention of the Swedish team in US Press. All of the South Florida papers have published articles about them. Just gotta look around.

I must say though, they're not painting Mats in too wonderful a light. I obviously can't say whether it's true or not, but he's coming off as a pretty arrogant guy about the whole thing lol

Never say so, Bunk!!!!! ;)

Would you post those articles here please. pretty please..

with cherries on top....

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 04:02 PM
For you star? Sure :) First here are quotes from the other day, sorry, they only put up Team USA
------

Quotes from U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe and team members

4/7/04 12:54 PM





Quotes from U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe and team members Mardy Fish, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan during their meeint with the press Monday in Delray Beach, FL in anticipation of the USA vs Sweden Davis Cup quarterfinal, April 9-11 at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center.

PATRICK MCENROE OPENING STATEMENT
Andy Roddick will not be at the press conference today. He’ll be available to you all tomorrow. I spoke to him this morning. I decided to give him the day off due to a couple of tough weeks at the NASDAQ. He’s at home, but he’ll be joining the team later tonight.

MCENROE ON THE SPEED OF THE COURT
We want it relatively slow and it is playing pretty slow and bouncing pretty high. I think it suits us pretty well and obviously they can play on pretty much anything. I think it’s the surface we were hoping to get and now we just have to get out and play.

MCENROE ON RODDICK’S CONDITION
Well he’s fine. I spoke to him yesterday and he said he had a little bit of that (upset stomach) at the beginning of the match, but as the match went on, he felt fine. He’s obviously just tired and when I spoke to him this morning I said - as much as I love all you guys in the press, I said "I think they’ll survive without seeing you today” and he said, “Well, I want to make sure that they know I am available tomorrow.” So he’ll be out tomorrow and probably have an easy practice at some point during the day.

MCENROE ON THE HOME CONDITIONS AND THE CROWD
Well, we obviously have a good record at home, so we’re confident and that’s what the Davis Cup is about. Being able to get the fans into the match and certainly we played in plenty of places when they’ve been against us. I think for all of these guys up here, it played a key role in winning the match at Bratislava last year. For us, it was a big stepping-stone for this team - how to win a match on the road on clay. So we’re certainly playing at home and we like our chances and we’re comfortable. We know we have to go out and play well. Sweden has lots of experience, and they’ve played in a lot of tough matches both at home and on the road. Winning at Australia was a great win for them. So I don’t it is going to effect them negatively.

MARDY FISH ON REACHING THE FINAL IN DELRAY LAST YEAR
It was a year ago so I don’t remember it that much, but I remember it being a slower than a normal hard court. This is a little bit slower than that, so maybe it’s a step down from that, but, yeah, I’m very comfortable playing on this court.

BOB BRYAN ON DAVIS CUP BEING LIKE COLLEGE TENNIS
“We have fun playing in the team atmosphere. Obviously, Davis Cup is on a much bigger scale than college tennis. Davis Cup is the biggest thing in our sport as far as the team aspect goes.

MCENROE ON HAVING DOUBLES SPECIALISTS - THE BRYANS - VERSUS SINGLES PLAYERS
I prefer to have the best team that can help us win the match and these guys are the best team that we have to win the doubles match. If one of your players gets injured on Friday, you’ve lost the match. I think you have to just deal with that. I feel like having these guys on the team and how good they’re playing and what a strong team they are outweighs the other option, which is putting in a team of two singles players in doubles. And obviously I had difficulty making a decision couple of years ago, but these guys have elevated their game to where they’re the No. 1 doubles team in the world. Having five dominant players instead of four? That’s what makes Davis Cup interesting. That is the decision the captain has to make for each country. In the long run it will benefit us if we can have a fifth player. Why not, let’s do it. I don’t think it’s going to happen. My job would be much easier if I could have eight guys. It helps the countries that have more depth.

MCENROE ON SWEDEN’S POSSIBLE LINE-UP
I’m not really worried about what he said as much as I respect Mats as a player and a captain, I’m just concerned with our team, I feel that with the talent and players we have with our team if we play well, we will be in good shape. Obviously playing at home is to our advantage but that doesn’t mean a lot. I just concern myself with how we’re playing. And, if we play well, I like my chances.

ON WORKING HARD TO BECOME DAVIS CUP CHAMPIONS AGAIN
These guys are working harder than I am. They are the ones out there on the court. You need good players, you need great players to be in there. We have the No. 1 doubles team in the world, we have the No. 2 singles player and another top twenty singles player and a lot of other guys as well that could step in. So we have a pretty good base. Do we feel like we have to win to say we are back? I guess, I think we can reasonably say now we have a very good chance to win it every year. By no means are we the clear favorite. When you look at Spain or France, who has done well the last couple of years, Russia, I don’t think there is one team who is the clear favorite every year. There is too much depth. I think we set the stage for the next number of years, we’re certainly going to be in the hunt every year. To me, that was my goal, to come in and to try to get a team that could potentially win it every year.

MIKE BRYAN ON JONAS BJORKMAN’S DOUBLES PLAY
First of all he’s a great athlete and he moves very well. You know when Woodbridge or whoever he’s playing with gets the return low, and he just jumps in the middle. He’s got a great return, probably one of the best in the game, especially his backhand. He does everything well, he makes the right decisions at the right time and he’s a veteran and he has won a couple of Grand Slams. He is a good, tough player.

FISH ON WHETHER HE HAD PLAYED PRANKS ON ANDY WHILE LIVING AT HIS HOUSE
It was tough to do it because it was at his house. I was scared of his dad. I was scared of Jerry Roddick. I didn’t want to do anything wrong and get kicked out of the house.

FISH ON BASKETBALL PROWESS OF ANDY RODDICK WHEN IN HIGH SCHOOL
Andy sat on the bench a lot and when he did get in, he missed lay ups.

FISH ON EXTRA PRESSURE OF PLAYING NEAR HOME
No, not really, I’m just excited to have them get to come and watch me play, a lot of my friends especially, my family gets to see me play once in a while. My Dad enjoys Davis Cup.

FISH ON HIS CURRENT FORM
I had a bunch of good weeks after Australia. Made the finals in San Jose, the semis in Memphis and the round of 16 at Indian Wells, losing to the guy who won the tournament those three events. I’m pretty excited to be here and excited to be given the opportunity.

FISH ON HIS RECORD VS. THE SWEDES (Fish has a combined 6-1 record vs. Swedes Thomas Enqvist, Jonas Bjorkman, Robin Soderling and Joachim Johansson)
I think that’s kind of out the window. I never played them in Davis Cup. The results from Davis Cup, I think, have nothing to do with some of the tournaments. It’s not the same type of atmosphere. It’s not the same type of match. I’ve had some success against them and hopefully it will continue.

MCENROE ON WHETHER FISH’S RECORD AGAINST SWEDES PLAYED A ROLE IN PICKING MARDY
He’s got the best record overall, I mean, that’s No. 1. I mean it’s pretty simple in that sense. He’s ranked the highest. I think Mardy has had a great last six months and has been in the finals of a couple of big tournaments, especially Cincinnati last year. Talent wise, he’s got a lot of game and a lot of potential and he’s already ranked in the top 20. I don’t think results against one player - it’s not who played best one week. You have to take a lot of things into account.

MCENROE ON RODDICK’S COMMITMENT TO DAVIS CUP
We are extremely lucky that he is as committed to Davis Cup as he is. He gets very, very excited about playing. He gets along with everyone and he loves the team atmosphere. He was born with that and certainly his parents instilled that in him when he was a kid. He really has an enthusiasm for Davis Cup. Even when I talked to him this morning and yesterday, he said I want to come in there and it’s Davis Cup all the way, I’m ready to go. He’s really one of the team.

MCENROE ON THE CHANCES OF THE TEAM THIS WEEKEND
As I said earlier, it’s about us being ready. If we’re ready and we play well, I like our chances. If we play well, they’re going to have to deal with that as opposed to us dealing with who they put out there.

FISH ON HE AND RODDICK TALKING ABOUT BEING PRO TENNIS PLAYERS WHEN THEY WERE TEENAGERS LIVING AT THE RODDICK HOME IN BOCA RATON
We really didn’t talk much about tennis period. We weren’t expecting to be top 20 or No. 1 in the world. We were more interested in going to the movies and going on dates and stuff like that than winning a tournament.

FISH ON WHO HE HAS COMING TO THE MATCHES
I have my whole family coming - grandparents, aunts and uncles who never get to watch me play. Some buddies, probably 20 people or so.

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 04:04 PM
Andy Roddick Transcript

4/7/04 12:38 PM





April 6, 2004

Q; How do you feel today?
A; I feel fine. I had a full day to myself yesterday. I’m feeling chipper.

Q; What did you do yesterday?
A: I did a whole lot of nothing. It involved sitting by the pool behind my house and hanging out some friends. That was pretty much it.

Q: Any champagne?
A: No we still have business to take care of this week.

Q: I was reading in the transcript from NASDAQ, there was some reference or something that you were going to made Brad Gilbert do?
A: It’s along the lines of skydiving.

Q: Has he done it?
A: No, but I will let you know when he does.

Q: What stood out from when Mardy lived with you?
A: There was a daily battle in the morning. I would get up and stretch in the morning, because I grew really fast and had a back problem. So my dad thought it was a good idea, his whole idea was treating Mardy just the same way he would treat anybody else living in his house. So he would drag Mardy out of bed at 6:00 in the morning. Him and my dad would have issues with that every morning.

Q: He said he was afraid of your dad?
A: I’m afraid of my dad.

Q: Can you talk about the schedule you have, with this coming right after the NASDAQ. Is it expected a lot of you guys?
A: Yes, but we have been talking about this for years. We have the toughest scheduled of any sport. 10 1/2 month season. Constant travel week after week and there is not a whole not being to try and prevent or correct. It’s just the cards you are dealt. You know what you have to do. We have a lot of say in what we do play. If you really try and go after it and play a significant amount, you are going to be on the court a lot.

Q: In a week like this, that you have three days to get ready. Do you want to have the same practice sessions or do you want to build to a peak by Thursday?
A: It’s seems pretty easy for me having three days. Normally for a Davis Cup tie you are here Saturday and Sunday. I will have a light hit today, probably play some sets tomorrow, and tone it down on Thursday before I have to go Friday.

Q: What did you and Mardy joke about as youngsters?
A: The thing we joke about was taking full scholarships to Montana State and winning a tennis championship. I was trying to convince them of Nebraska and Mardy was trying to convince us of Minnesota. But I don’t remember us talking about something this big.

Q: Mardy didn’t have anything nice to say about your basketball skills.
A: I got so tight when it was a game it was a joke. One on one I was fine I can handle most people. I got up off the bench I stoned a couple. He’s definitely not lying. He’s good. He doesn’t like to do any of the dirty work. He likes sitting outside and spotting up and making shots. I go in and try to get rebounds and do some of the little stuff. He is definitely not off. There is a reason I’m playing tennis right now.

Q: Can Mardy dunk?
A: I don’t think he can dunk.

Q: Can he jump?
A: I don’t know it’s been a long time since we played basketball.

Q: Is there one thing about the Davis Cup that you would like to change maybe the scheduling?
A: There is a lot of stuff you can look at. Some of the Spanish guys and Australian guys have said if you win the Davis Cup you have two months before you start again. I don’t know if it would be more crucial or more exciting if you played it every two years or you played two matches in the first year and the final in the second year. There is definitely a reason it’s done the way it is. I’m sure they have big board meeting and they look at a lot more scenarios than I can think of on the spot.

There is a lot of different ways to look at it. When I was a tennis fan, I was an intense tennis fan so it was easy for me to follow it. As for the casual sports fan I’m not sure, I have never been in that position.

Q: Were you surprised that Joachim Johansson is not here because of injury?
A: It was surprising, but at the same time it’s good for us but not for the fact that he is a good player. But now we know who the exact four guys are going to be. The boys can prepare better for doubles and it’s not so much a guessing game its just one more option that got taken away from them.

Q: Do you think Thomas Johansson will play with Bjorkman?
A: I don’t know I guess they were practicing together yesterday. The thing about the Swedish team is that they have interchangeable parts. They are probably testing it out as well. I’m fairly confident that they don’t have their minds made up either.

Q: If you were on Dave Letterman, and had to come up with to 10 reasons you like the Davis Cup?
Just name a couple?
A: I love the team atmosphere, its obviously up there. I love going through this process with people. I love being around. If we do get to the pinnacle one day it would be great to share it with those guys.

Q: Do you feel Patrick McEnroe’s passion for Davis Cup?
A: He has become very hands on, he just doesn’t show up in a shirt and tie. He is involved week in and week out. He keeps contact with the player through out the year. He knows about all of the younger players coming up. He has taken not only the role of Davis Cup captain but wants to be hands on in every way even through out the year.

Q: Have you seen Donald Young play?
A: I have not seen him play but I heard he is pretty nasty. I meet him in Connecticut but I haven’t hit with him or see him yet.

Q: Think he’ll get a chance to hit with the Davis Cup team soon?
A: He’s 14 so it might be a little young still. I’m sure he will definitely get that opportunity. My first time was when I was 17 with the 2000 team with Agassi and Sampras and Johnny Mac was the captain, O’Brien and Palmer.

Q: What kind of impact did that have?
A: It was awesome. I was already a little further along than some of the younger guys we had as our practice partners. I actually played Agassi two weeks before at the NASDAQ. It was amazing to actually sit there and listen to some of the locker room conversations these guys were having. I don’t know if I said three words that week. I was so tight. It was definitely a cool experience.

Q: Are you guys on track to win the Davis Cup soon?
A: I think we are on track, it’s just a matter of getting it done. I think there a lot of more things of getting on track than; obviously winning is the ultimate goal. Were on track as far as having committed players who are ready to play. Consistency within the team, all for one attitude, people aren’t getting pissed off if they are not selected.

Q: Do you see this as a great showcase for you in your hometown?
A: It’s not about me this week, that’s the whole part about the Davis Cup, it s about the team this week. If we get to three points than I’m happy if I win matches or lose matches.

Q: What’s your thoughts on Davis Cup fans getting loud and crazy?
A: I’m all for it, I always have been fans going nuts. I don’t want fans coming in and sitting on their hand that’s for sure. Even Sunday at the NASDAQ there was a huge Argentine contingent. They weren’t for me, but I can sit back an appreciate it. That’s an awesome atmosphere to play in, either way. The Davis Cup really promotes that kind of cheering, so it’s going to fun.

Q: If the USA wins and Argentina wins, what would be your thoughts on possibly playing Argentina in Argentina?
A: It will be very though to play against Argentina, my guess is that we will play on clay. I just hope we get there. We have a lot of tennis to play before we get there.

star
04-07-2004, 04:05 PM
:lol:

I meant the articles about MATS!!!

Not PAT..... :p

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 04:06 PM
Sweden, U.S. feel confident

By Jamey Eisenberg, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 6, 2004



DELRAY BEACH -- Jonas Bjorkman said he has fond memories of the 1997 Davis Cup when Sweden "whacked" the United States 5-0 in the World Group final.

The Americans, led by Pete Sampras and Michael Chang, went into Sweden as the favorites but left disheartened when the Swedes were crowned champions behind the surprising play of Bjorkman and Magnus Larsson.

"It was a matchup that we knew we had a chance," Bjorkman said during Monday's Davis Cup news conference. "We all managed to play well at the right time. We came up with an awesome win that everyone enjoyed."

Bjorkman and the Swedish team hope for a repeat Friday when the U.S. and Sweden open their best-of-5 Davis Cup quarterfinal matchup at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.

Like 1997, the last time the teams met, Sweden feels it can pull off another upset even though the match is on American soil and the U.S. has the No. 2 player in the world in Andy Roddick. Roddick is the ATP Tour's leader in matches won this year and is coming off a championship at the Nasdaq-100 Open.

"We always feel like we're going to win the Davis Cup," Sweden captain Mats Wilander said. "It doesn't matter where or against who. The fact they have one of the better players in the world I don't think scares us that much. In Davis Cup, it's just one match."

The U.S. team also is confident, holding a 7-3 series edge against Sweden and a 4-0 advantage on American soil.

Roddick, of Boca Raton, said its his goal to lead the Americans to their first Davis Cup title since 1995. He was excused from Monday's team practice and media session but is expected to practice today. U.S. Captain Patrick McEnroe said Roddick was tired and not still bothered by the stomach problems he had before facing Coria.

Roddick is just 3-2 against Bjorkman, including a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win last week in the third round of the Nasdaq-100 Open, and 1-2 against Thomas Enqvist.

Mardy Fish, the other U.S. singles player, has done much better against Sweden's roster, going 2-0 against Enqvist and 1-0 each against Bjorkman and Robin Soderling.

"I've had some success against those guys," said Fish, a former Boca Prep student. "Hopefully I'll keep doing it."

With Bob and Mike Bryan, the No. 1-ranked doubles team, McEnroe likes the U.S. in this matchup.

"I feel like with the talent and the players we have on our team, if we play well, we'll be in good shape," McEnroe said.

Wilander, meanwhile, still hasn't finalized his roster with Joachim Johansson out with a shoulder injury. Bjorkman is expected to play singles and doubles, while Enqvist likely will be the other singles player. Either Soderling or Thomas Johansson could be the other doubles player, but Wilander is not saying yet.

star
04-07-2004, 04:06 PM
MATS!!!

Not ANDY....

:p :p

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 04:07 PM
Wilander whispers Swede nothings

By Charles Bricker
Staff Writer
Posted April 6 2004

DELRAY BEACH · Mats Wilander, captain of the Swedish Davis Cup team, arrived at the Delray Beach Tennis Center on Monday and was his usual affable self.

But he's not turning over any hole cards until he has to.

Deprived of one-half of his doubles team by shoulder and back injuries to young Joachim Johansson, Wilander refused to say who he will now pair with his veteran, Jonas Bjorkman.

It could be Thomas Johansson, the 2002 Australian Open singles champion who was brought into the four-man squad to replace Joachim Johansson. Or it could be 30-year-old Thomas Enqvist, whose serve at least approximates the speed Wilander got from his injured ingénue.

Both teams practiced for the first time on the newly-laid hardcourt at the Delray Beach Tennis Center stadium and, though it was deliberately slowed appreciably by the USTA, both sides seemed happy with the speed.

"It's slow, but not too slow," said Bjorkman, who may have to play all three days because of Johansson's injury. Johansson also was a candidate to play one of the two first-day singles.

Despite his age, 32, Bjorkman could be the fittest of the Swedes.

In the first round of Davis Cup last year, he played 15 sets in three days against Brazil, winning all matches, including the deciding five-setter over Gustavo Kuerten on Sunday.

Bjorkman has played all three days nine times in his career -- two singles and a doubles -- though in four of those ties his third match was a dead rubber, meaning one team had already won the required three matches.

All players attended the news conference except U.S. No. 1 Andy Roddick, who was given the day off after winning the Masters Series event at Key Biscayne on Sunday.

Roddick defeated Guillermo Coria with a slightly unsettled stomach, but his trainer, Doug Spreen, said he woke up Monday without any physical problems.

"He's fine -- he's obviously just tired," U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said.

Both coaches weren't in a complimentary mood. Wilander said his team isn't "scared" because its playing against the No. 2 player in the world.

Later, McEnroe told reporters he wasn't worried about who plays what for Sweden, and that his team was concentrating on what they do.

star
04-07-2004, 04:08 PM
Still..... what is the article that made you think Mats was arrogant?

Because he said that Sweden was always confident in Davis Cup?

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 04:08 PM
Breathe! :p I'm posting it ALL!
------

BRICKER: Swedes need alternate Johansson
Published April 7, 2004


DELRAY BEACH · After a one-day chill-out following his victory in the Nasdaq-100 Open final, Andy Roddick reported for work at the Davis Cup site, looking full of energy.

Chipper was the word he used Tuesday. "I did a whole lot of nothing. I spent the day at the pool and hanging out with friends," Roddick said before going on the Delray Beach Tennis Center stadium court for a light one-hour hit with Amer Delic, a young player from Jacksonville.

Roddick called the injury withdrawal of Joachim Johansson from the Swedish team "surprising, but at the same time good for us. Now we kind of know what four guys we're going to play. It's not so much of a guessing game."

The No. 1 change will be in the doubles. Johansson, who had teamed with Jonas Bjorkman to defeat Australia in the first round of Davis Cup in February, will be missed.

Bjorkman will probably pair with Thomas Johansson, with whom he's competed in two Davis Cup ties, losing both, in 2002 to Tim Henman/Greg Rusedski of Britain and to Yevgeny Kafelnikov/Marat Safin of Russia. Both matches went five sets. The two are practicing as a doubles team here.

Thomas Johansson is not having a good year with a 7-7 record with first-round losses at Scottsdale (to Vince Spadea) and at Key Biscayne (to Nikolay Davydenko), but at 28 he's a veteran player.

"I'm hitting the ball OK, but not as great as 2002," Johansson said, recalling the year he won the Australian Open. He's unlikely to play singles.

Baby talk

At age 32, Bjorkman is not only the oldest player in the U.S.-Sweden tie, but the only father, and his 1½-year old son, Max, has affected his tennis.

Jonas is admittedly a player who took defeats much too hard -- "more than I should have." And things did not go well for him after he reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open in 1997 and followed that with a quarterfinal finish at the Australian Open in 1998. He began losing a lot of first-round matches in Slams and his ranking fell from a high of No. 4 to the 60-70 range.

His game, however, has picked up the past two years and his ranking is back up to No. 27, highest it has been in a long time, and he credits a lot of that to his son.

Something significant happened to him after his round-of-32 loss to Roddick at Key Biscayne two weeks ago. "This was a very hard loss for me to take," Bjorkman said.

But when he got back to his hotel and to his wife, Petra, and son, the world seemed to be more right for him.

"Just looking at my son's smile, it was hard to remember the last time I didn't let a defeat like this stay with me," he said.

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 04:10 PM
This one....
----
Swedes: Bring on Roddick

Captain Mats Wilander insists the prospect of facing the No. 2-ranked player in the world `doesn't scare us that much.'

BY SANDRA HARWITT

Special to The Herald


DELRAY BEACH - Often, when a foreign team travels to play in a Davis Cup tie, it does do so with enough humility to accept the underdog role.

But it seems the Swedish squad that will take on the United States this weekend at the Delray Beach Tennis Center has checked its modesty at the door.

Captained by Mats Wilander, the Swede who won seven Grand Slam titles during his career, the team of No. 27 Jonas Bjorkman, No. 49 Robin Soderling, No. 62 Thomas Enqvist and the 2002 Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson arrived in tropical South Florida with an icy Swedish determination.

While Bjorkman, 32, is the highest-ranked singles player on his team, he might be relegated to doubles, his strong suit, in the tie. Wilander said Monday that he would decide on a lineup later.

Even with the loss of the recently red-hot Joachim Johansson, who won his first title at Memphis in February but headed back to Sweden to nurse shoulder and back injuries, the Swedes are comfortable about their chances to move into the semifinals against Argentina or Belarus.

''I think it's a very, very even match,'' Wilander said.. ``We always feel we're going to win in Davis Cup, it doesn't matter where or against who. We're playing against one of the better players in the world [No. 2 Andy Roddick], and I don't think it scares us that much.''

One reason that the Swedes, who have won seven Davis Cup titles, are talking a good game is that they orchestrated a 4-1 first-round upset over host Australia, the Davis Cup defending champion, in Adelaide, in February.

''Our team has a good confidence level every time we go into Davis Cup,'' said Enqvist, the 1999 Australian Open finalist who is expected to play singles. ``I think when we come together, we have a good chance to beat any team. We showed that in Australia.''

NO LONGER 'THE' SPORT

In truth, tennis no longer commands the attention it did in Sweden when Bjorn Borg, Stefan Edberg and Wilander won a combined 24 Grand Slam trophies, a run that began with Borg's 1974 French Open success and ended with Edberg's U.S. Open victory in 1992.

Nowadays, hockey reigns supreme in Sweden, and other sports such as golf have nudged tennis from the stature it once enjoyed.

Even a sport such as Floor Bandy, a game that is a close cousin to hockey without the ice, garners more attention than tennis in the Scandinavian nation.

''I think there's more competition, there's more sports we're interested in,'' Wilander said. ``You lose kids to rollerblading and skateboarding and you always lost kids to hockey. I think Davis Cup is still big -- it's the biggest tennis event of the year in Sweden.

``Unless you have someone winning Wimbledon, which might be up there close, but I still think playing Davis Cup is ahead of anything that any player does individually.''

star
04-07-2004, 04:10 PM
awwwwwwww..... Jonas............. :hearts: He's such a MAN. :)

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 04:11 PM
as opposed to what, such a WOman? :haha:

star
04-07-2004, 04:13 PM
:p

As opposed to a BOY

Aleksa's Laydee
04-07-2004, 06:17 PM
Jonas V Fish 0-1
Could be a close match!!
Enqvist V Roddick 2-1
i like.. no i love this head to head :)
Enqvist V Fish 0-2
don't mind this one either but hope enqvist is still okay to play with his sore foot!?

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 06:32 PM
Jonas V Fish 0-1
Could be a close match!!
Enqvist V Roddick 2-1
i like.. no i love this head to head :)
Enqvist V Fish 0-2
don't mind this one either but hope enqvist is still okay to play with his sore foot!?

But, head to heads can be very misleading. Enqvist/Roddick for example. The first match they played was extremely close 3-setter. The second match they played, on outdoor hards mind you, Andy won 4 and 4 and the Memphis match was a tiebreak and then one break of serve on the day Andy hurt his back. Do you really think Andy will take 2 losses in a row to him? I don't. Jonas will be more a problem for Andy, IMO.

as for Mardy's record against Swedes, they're great... but, don't forget two of his wins against Swedish players were actually IN sweden.

Another thing to remember is that these are best-of-5 matches. Changes the whole landscape!

Aleksa's Laydee
04-07-2004, 06:47 PM
yeh good point. mardy will cause problems as he beat robin to take the title in sweden the end of last season and jonas's match with roddick the other week was quite close.

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 06:53 PM
Plus, as Mardy said, everything else sort of goes out the window. I think only Andy and Jonas have played in a best-of-5 match (to my recollection anyway), and that was at Wimbledon I believe, with Andy winning in straights. But with Davis Cup the motivation is totally different and makes it a lot harder to say.

With this tie, I feel like you have no clear-cut winner in the intangibles department, I don't think. both teams are very talented, and have great team unity. Home advantage, and for the singles players, REALLY home advantage lol would tip the hat to the US guys' favor, but that didn't help the Aussies (though let us keep in mind that Mark might as well not have shown up - whereas I cannot see that happening to either of the US singles players lol). The surface doesn't really favor either team.... so I'm finding this one quite impossible to call!

Maia
04-07-2004, 06:57 PM
So, I'm not here for a couple of days, and when I get back everyone's changed their avatars... They look good, btw!!!!

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 07:00 PM
hahaha yea..... we kind of had fun on the Andy board ;) Tangy is the photoshop avatar Mistress ;)

Aphex
04-07-2004, 07:35 PM
I think Mats and Pat should decide the tie with a match of their own. I mean they sure like talkin' it so why not act it as well?

star
04-07-2004, 07:43 PM
That would be ok with me. I'm putting my money on Mats. :)

star
04-07-2004, 07:44 PM
And Aphex.... Isn't the American National Dish... Hot dogs and apple pie. I think so. :)

star
04-07-2004, 07:46 PM
Anyway, what Mats said was right. The Swedes have a great Davis Cup tradition and have come through when most didn't expect them to. He's got the veterans on there with the young ones to teach them how to handle D.C. pressure and D.C. crowds.

For sure, this American crowd is going to be a lot rowdier than were the Australians. The older guys know all about handling that sort of crowd.

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 08:25 PM
I don't think the crowd will be an issue for the Swedish guys in terms of bothering them, I think if the crowd has any affect at all it would be to pump UP the American guys.

Aphex
04-08-2004, 12:11 AM
And Aphex.... Isn't the American National Dish... Hot dogs and apple pie. I think so. :) At the same time? :eek:

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 12:37 AM
U.S. vs. Sweden Davis Cup Quarterfinals: Preview
Sweden at USA

Site: Delray Beach Tennis Center, Delray Beach, Florida, USA
Surface: Hard (Plexipave) - Outdoors
Ball Type: Wilson US Open Extra Duty High Visibility Felt

by Greg Laub, USTA.com

The journey to recapture the Davis Cup continues for U.S. Captain Patrick McEnroe and his talented young Davis Cup team.

With a trip to the 2004 Davis Cup semifinals on the line, the United States will take on Sweden this weekend at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. It will be the 11th time the two nations have played since they first met back in 1946, with the U.S. winning seven of the previous 10 meetings. However, it was the Swedes who came away victorious in the most recent tie, when they beat the U.S. in the 1997 Final in Gothenburg.

That was the last time the U.S. has reached the Davis Cup Final, and the six-year drought – their longest stretch in 70 years – has Captain McEnroe’s team hungry for revenge.
The 2004 Davis Cup quarterfinal marks the 255th tie in the illustrious history of the United States since competition began at the Longwood Cricket Club in 1900. Overall, the United States has a record of 196-58 in Davis Cup play and an incredible 102-14 mark when playing at home.


Head-to-Head History

While the U.S. has won seven of the 10 ties over Sweden, it really is much less lopsided than that, especially in more recent years. Following five straight wins by the U.S., the Swedes have actually won three of the last five ties.
In 1946, 1951 and 1954, the U.S. dominated Sweden, winning 5-0 in all three ties (all Finals), and then continued to get past Sweden with 3-2 victories in 1978 and 1982. But then in the 1984 Final in Gothenburg, Stefan Edberg and Wilander surprised a strong U.S. team that was led by Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe and coached by Arthur Ashe. Connors’ loss to Wilander was the last Davis Cup match Jimmy would play.

Eight years later, in 1992, the U.S. managed to avenge that loss with a semifinal win in Minneapolis, as newcomers Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi joined John McEnroe and Jim Courier in the assault on a Wilander-less Swedish team. The Americans went on to win their second-to-last title that year against Switzerland.

The Swedes answered back with some revenge of their own, taking out the U.S. in the 1994 semifinals, even after the U.S. had built a 2-0 lead after day one. A doubles loss followed by an injury to Sampras and a loss by Todd Martin in the last rubber gave Stefan Edberg and Magnus Larsson a trip to the Final, which they won over Russia.

The very next year was a repeat of 1992 and 1994, this time with the U.S. beating Sweden in the semifinals and going on to win the Final, with the Russians losing a second straight year. That marked the 32nd – and last – Davis Cup crown the U.S. has won in their prestigious history.
The U.S. wouldn’t reach another Final again until they lost to Sweden in 1997 in Gothenburg, and they haven’t reached one since. Meanwhile, after their 1995 loss to the U.S., Sweden pulled together to reach the Final in 1996 and won back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998.

Since 1998, Sweden hasn’t reached the Finals either, and this is the first time the two nations have faced each other since that 1997 meeting.

The Match-up

This year looks to be a closer contest than it appears on paper. While the U.S. does boast the world’s No. 3 singles player and the world’s best doubles team, Sweden has quite a talented team themselves, even with Joachim Johansson pulling out with a strained shoulder and back.
Wilander was going to go with the team of Bjorkman-Johansson in doubles, fresh off an upset over Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in their first-round Davis Cup win against Australia. But now he may replace Johansson with another Johansson -- Thomas (no relation).

He’ll also have to choose between Enqvist, Bjorkman and the rookie Soderling for singles. While Enqvist has had recent success against Roddick, he hasn't beaten Fish in two tries. Soderling and Bjorkman are 0-1 against Fish (now you know why McEnroe picked Mardy for this round), and while Bjorkman has beaten Roddick this year, he has lost three of five overall, including a loss to Andy last last week in the third round of the Nasdaq-100 Open. Not to mention that he is also slated to play doubles on Saturday.

"They're all open," Wilander said. "There's so much that can happen. I don't fancy telling anyone early. The matchups don't matter. It's a very even match."

"Mats has a lot of options,” McEnroe added. “I'm going with our two best guns. If we play our best, we have a pretty good shot."

McEnroe tried to increase his team’s chances by picking the Plexicave court surface – a slow, hard court, which should allow Roddick more time to set up his dominating forehand.

"We feel like it's our best surface,” McEnroe said. “It should be the way we want it to be. For the Swedes, it's probably their favorite surface, as well."

The draws will be announced on Thursday.



The Big Guns

Roddick

Roddick will be focal point No. 1 of this tie, being that he is the highest-ranked player by far in the arena, as well as the fact that he grew up in nearby Boca Raton. Another reason is that his Davis Cup challengers could very well be an opponent or two who have played well against the red-hot world No. 3.
The 2003 US Open champion is 26-5 this season, and two of those losses have been straight-set exits. Ironically, both players who beat Andy in straight sets are on the Swedish squad (Enqvist in the quarterfinals at Memphis, and Bjorkman in the second round at Doha). But Roddick was injured in Memphis, and that tournament wasn't the same as Davis Cup competition.

“It's a huge goal of mine to help our team win Davis Cup,'' Roddick said last Sunday after winning the Nasdaq-100 Open. "I mean, I've been a fan ever since I went to a tie when I was younger. So it's definitely a priority in my tennis life, that's for sure.''

McEnroe said he hopes this round of Davis Cup is as exciting for Roddick as the first one against Austria was, when he broke the world record for the fastest serve ever. McEnroe gave Roddick a day off from the media on Monday, and Andy gave his own press conference on Tuesday to make up for it.

"He's fine. He's obviously just tired,'' McEnroe said. "We're extremely lucky that he's as committed as he is to Davis Cup. He gets very, very excited about playing. He gets along with all of us very well. And he loves the team atmosphere and the team format. He was born with that, or certainly his parents instilled that in him when he was a kid.''

Sweden’s captain doesn’t give much credence to Roddick’s world ranking.

"The fact they have one of the better players in the world I don't think scares us that much,'' Wilander said. "In Davis Cup, it's just one match.''

"You have to get that 10,000-mph serve back,'' Enqvist said. "If you do that, then you have a chance.''

Wilander, who retired before Roddick turned pro, said he has his own way of not losing to Roddick: “I made sure I was born in 1964.”

Bryan Brothers

The other focal point will be the No. 1 tandem in doubles, Mike and Bob Bryan. They are 2-0 in Davis Cup competition and won their first Grand Slam doubles crown at the 2003 French Open and 16 other titles together.
Last week they took home the ATP award for best doubles team, and that voting obviously didn’t include this year’s record, which is remarkable. They are 27-5 with three titles in five finals appearances so far this season.



Conclusion

With Roddick playing twice and the Bryan brothers once, that means the Swedes must find a way to force at least one loss of those three while still beating Fish twice. Being that Fish has a 4-0 record against the entire Swedish team (3-0 in the last year), both tasks look daunting. If Sweden doesn't steal one of the matches on Friday, they will face elimination against the Bryan brothers on Saturday and could very easily be playing out the string on Sunday. That has to be their motivation, and they have to look at Friday as a must-split day.

Knowing this, McEnroe is best suited to play Roddick first, to put the pressure on. Then the first match will have Sweden thinking that they have to either beat Roddick or pin all their hopes on the second match. Both are probably too much pressure, but like Wilander said, in Davis Cup, there's so much that can happen.

star
04-08-2004, 01:35 AM
At the same time? :eek:

One following the other. :)

But... .maybe at the same time. We have iron stomachs.


We don't have those delicate foods like Lutefisk and Blood Sausage etc.

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 01:38 AM
We don't have those delicate foods like Lutefisk and Blood Sausage etc.

:haha:

Aphex
04-08-2004, 02:53 AM
I can't think of any American food worse than lutfisk so I guess you won this one :bowdown: Lutfisk is probably the worst food in the world :o

Action Jackson
04-08-2004, 03:17 AM
I can't think of any American food worse than lutfisk so I guess you won this one :bowdown: Lutfisk is probably the worst food in the world :o

Helt enig med deg, kanskje surströmming eller hakarl islensk råtenhai e verre eller som dårleg som lutfisk.

FryslanBoppe
04-08-2004, 04:25 AM
Here is one report from Sportal, it's only a brief one
www.sportal.nu

Björkman om DC-kvarten
7. april 2004 13:38

Jonas Björkman skickar ut positiva vibbar inför helgens Davis Cup-kvartsfinal mot USA. Underlaget passar svenskarna perfekt, enligt Björkman. "Vi vill inte ha det för snabbt", säger han.

Robin Söderling och Thomas Enqvist är tillbaka i full träning efter sina småskador och Björkman känner sig i storform. Läget är med andra ord kanon i svensklägret inför helgens kvartsfinal i Delray Beach, Florida.

Underlaget, hardcourt Plexipave, som amerikanerna bestämt passar Sverige perfekt, enligt Björkman.

- Det har varit mycket snack här om hur amerikanerna gjort allt för att få fram ett långsammare underlag som ska passa oss illa. Men vi vill inte ha det för snabbt, vilket däremot Mardy Fish vill, säger Björkman enligt SVT Text.

Han fortsätter:

- Så det känns som att det amerikanerna jobbat så hårt på att få till vår nackdel faktiskt passar oss perfekt.


The translation of this is not word for word, so forgive me Swedish isn't my first language.

Jonas Björkman is sounding out positive vibes before the weekends Davis Cup quarter final against the USA. According to Björkman the surface suits the Swedes perfectly. "We don't want it too fast", said Björkman.

Robin Söderling och Thomas Enqvist are back in full training after their minor injuries and Björkman feels that he is in good form. In other words there is a great feeling in the Swedish camp before the weekends quarter final in Delray Beach.

"The Plexipave surface that was chosen by the Americans, suits us perfectly" according to Björkman.

"There was a lot of talk here about how the Americans have made an attempt to use a slower surface that isn't as suitable for us. We don't want it too quick, which on the other hand that Mardy Fish would" said Björkman to STV text.

He continues on, that it seems that the Americans have worked so hard to our advantage, actually it suits us perfectly.

star
04-08-2004, 05:33 AM
He continues on, that it seems that the Americans have worked so hard to our advantage, actually it suits us perfectly.

Cute! ;)

:woohoo:

SWEDEN SWEDEN SWEDEN

:woohoo:

star
04-08-2004, 05:34 AM
And thank you :kiss: Fryslan Boppe.

It was a wonderful translation. What is your first language, btw?

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 05:55 AM
yea I didn't understand that as soon as I heard it was going to be slower. I'd think they'd want something fast like Decoturf... it sort of doesn't make sense. But, hopefully PMac knows what he's doing :) then again, Andy just had pretty good success on a pretty slow hardcourt ;)

Action Jackson
04-08-2004, 06:38 AM
Tusen takk FryslanBoppe. I have found another Swedish article and I will post it here and the translation, of course word for word isnt possible or makes sense.

www.gp.se

Wilander väntar sig tuff kvart

TENNIS: För en vecka sedan hade Mats Wilander mycket att fundera på.
Joachim "Pim-Pim" Johansson som lämnade återbud till Davis Cup och många småskador. Men nu börjar tron växa igen.

Han ser belåten ut där han står i den brännheta solen på Davis Cup-arenan i Delray Beach på östkusten i Florida. Davis Cup-kaptenen Mats Wilander säger inte mycket, springer och samlar upp bollar på banan och skickar dem vidare till spelarna. Ett och annat uppmuntrande ord kommer, och med jämna mellanrum vänder han ansiktet mot solen och njuter en liten stund.

- Det lär väl bli lika tufft som det var i Australien senast. Men jag tror alltid att vi har en bra chans att vinna. Det har inte förändrats för att "Pim-Pim" lämnade återbud. Även om han hade varit med är det inte säkert att han hade fått spela.

- Visst, han vann ATP-turneringen i Memphis. Det var inomhus, att jämföra det med spel utomhus, här i blåsiga Florida, det är som att jämföra bandy och ishockey, säger Wilander.

När Sverige vann över Australien spelade Joachim Johansson dubbeln ihop med Jonas Björkman. Nu talar mycket för att Thomas Johansson tar den platsen.

- De har ju spelat bra tillsammans tidigare. Thomas har sett het ut på träning, lite upp och ner, men när det fungerar för honom är han vass. Vi får se, jag bestämmer mig en timma före lottningen (i dag).

Wilander ser laddad ut, verkar lugn. Resonerar kring styrkan i USA:s lag. Topprankade Andy Roddick, som vann en ATP-titel i Miami förra veckan, samt Mardy Fish, som tog sin första titel under Stockholm Open i fjol.

- Roddick har verkligen rätt Davis Cup-mentalitet och Fish är inte heller att leka med. Vi har kört rätt hårt nu under tre dagar och killarna känner inte av skadorna så mycket längre. Björkman är det inga bekymmer med överhuvud taget och det är viktigt. Jag tror trots allt att vi har en fördel av bortaplan.
Varför tror du det?

- Det är mycket större uppståndelse kring spelarna hemma i Sverige. Här får vi vara ifred mycket, pressen blir mindre. Vi har skitkul tillsammans och känslan just nu är bara positiv.
REBECCA HEDIN
Delray Beach, FL


Approximate English translation here.

In the past week Mats Wilander has had much to ponder about

Joachim "Pim-Pim" Johansson withdrawing from the Davis Cup and many minor injuries. But now the belief begins to grow again.

He seems satisfied standing out there in the burning heat of the Davis Cup venue in Delray Beach on the east coast of Florida. Mats Wilander doesn't say much, running and gathering up balls from the court and sending them onto the players. A little bit of everything, encouraging words come out, and with regular intervals he wanders face against the sun and enjoys a little moment.

It will surely be as tough as it was in Australia the last time. But I always think we have a good chance of winning. It hasn't changed because Pim-Pim" withdrew. It wasn't sure that he would have played, even if he was here.

Certainly, he won the ATP tournament in Memphis. It was indoors and to compare that with playing outdoors in windy Florida, it's like comparing bandy and ice hockey said Wilander.

When Sweden won over Australia, Joachim Johansson played doubles together with Jonas Björkman. Now there has been much talk that Thomas Johansson will take his place.

They have already played well together. Thomas has looked excited in training, little up and down, but when comes to focusing for him, he is sharp. We shall see, I will determine it an hour before the draw.

Wilander looks prepared, and seems calm. The reasoning around the big guns in the US team. The top ranked Andy Roddick, who won a ATP title in Miami last week, and Mardy Fish who took his first title in the Stockholm Open last year.

Roddick really has the right Davis Cup mentality, and Fish is not one to messed with. We have to work really hard now in these three days and the guys won't feel the injuries so much longer. Björkman doesn't have any worries with the overhead and it's important. I think despite everything, that we have an advantage in being the away team.

Why do you think that?
It is much bigger stir around the players at home in Sweden. Here we are alone more, there is less press. We have really cool times together and the feeling now is only positive.

J. Corwin
04-08-2004, 10:24 AM
yea I didn't understand that as soon as I heard it was going to be slower. I'd think they'd want something fast like Decoturf... it sort of doesn't make sense. But, hopefully PMac knows what he's doing :) then again, Andy just had pretty good success on a pretty slow hardcourt ;)

The Swede guys do really well on fast hardcourt too. I would venture a guess that is why PMac chose a slower hardcourt. ;) lol.

Thomas for example does really well on indoor hardcourts (fastest surfact perhaps only behind carpet and has more consistent bounce than grass).

So it's a "pick surface that both teams are best at" or "pick a surface that both teams are still good at, but should maybe give the U.S. a lil advantage because of the environment" lol.

Aphex
04-08-2004, 01:48 PM
Thx for the articles FryslanBoppe, George WH and Bunk there were a couple of more in today's SvD. I'm just gonna muster the energy...

Aphex
04-08-2004, 03:51 PM
Here's the first one, from SvD, www.svd.se, by Jonas Arnesen.

Mardy Fish- sink or swim?

Delray Beach: USA has home advantage, the world #1 Roddick(he's #2 dammit!) and the world's best doubles team.
Sweden has a more complete team.
Slight advantage for the Swedes in this week-end's uncertain DC QF. :yeah:

There are mainly three reasons as to why Sweden has a great chance to reach a SF vs. the winner between Belarus and Argentina:
-The home-team hasn't taken advantage of their right to chose surface. They've chosen a slow hardcourt with high ball-bounce which suits the Swedes perfectly. Albeit it favours Andy Roddick- his DC record on hardcourts is 7-0- but not second singles man Mardy Fish.
- Fish plays under huge pressure. Many says he should've been sidestepped for in form Vince Spadea och now last years' Stockholm Open-champion has to show he's not only picked because he's Roddick's best mate.( :lol: harsh words) A great strain on the 22 year old who made his DC debut only last year and has only won one of three singles played.
-USA in the brothers Bryan has a clear-cut doubles outfit, something which is very risky since the DC-teams only are four players. If Roddick or Fish are injured captain Patrick McEnroe will have two play one of the brothers in singles and none of them are even close to the Swedes' standard.(Do they play singles at all?)

Mats Wilander has a much more favourable position since all his four players can be utilised in both singles and doubles(Robin Söderling? doubles? when and where did he play?)
At the draw this afternoon Mats will announce his team and after having followed practice for five days I'll be surprised if not Sweden will play Thomas Enqvist and Jonas Björkman in singles and Björkman/ Thomas Johansson in doubles.
Robin Söderling?
No, he has been ill and in practice we've seen more ill-tempered outbursts than great play from the 19 year old.

Why Björkman instead of Johansson in singles?(higher ranking? :rolleyes: )
Perhaps this is the only question mark of the team selection. What speaks in favour of Jonas is the fact that he unlike Thomas is accustomed to playing every day during DC and the fact he has played his best on such occassions.
Thomas, who plays in his first DC tie in two years, isn't a regular doubles-player on the Tour and would probably benefit from focusing solely on Saturday's doubles encounter with the Bryans.

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 04:07 PM
LOL Mardy was not picked because he's Andy's best friend (he's NOT Andy's best friend anyway)... and are they forgetting what singles win he did have? He had the biggest one of all under the MOST pressure, on clay!!

The Bryans do play singles sometimes. I think Bob is the better player, but I don't think either of them is ranked in the top 100. Especially when you're dealing with a doubles player like Jonas, I think PMac would've been crazy to pick 2 singles players and stick them together. Blake/Fish have had decent results this year but they're still new playing together and haven't beaten a top team I don't think. Roddick/Fish have played a little doubles in the past but haven't had a whole lot of success, plus then that'd be having Andy play all three days and Andy doesn't want to turn Team USA into something like Team Fed (Switzerland). If you have the #1 doubles team in the world, you'd be crazy not to put them in, IMO

Kristen
04-08-2004, 04:18 PM
Especially when you're dealing with a doubles player like Jonas, I think PMac would've been crazy to pick 2 singles players and stick them together. Blake/Fish have had decent results this year but they're still new playing together and haven't beaten a top team I don't think. If you have the #1 doubles team in the world, you'd be crazy not to put them in, IMO

LMAO bunk :) Your post reminds me of the great choices of the Aussies in the final a couple of years back. Who beat us...France? Putting in Hewitt and Rafter for Doubles was it? Putting Wayne Arthurs in for the deciding tie? I forget... maybe they were during different years. For a second there I forgot there's an important DC tie this weekend! ;) I was enjoying that Aussie loss waaay too much! OMG this would be SO much easier *in a way* if it was USA vs Aussie. Rest assured I would be leaning towards cheering for the Americans (except doubles). Anyway, I just want my guys to avoid the bagel... a couple of 5 setters would be great, and maintaining their great attitudes - as well as losing their health issues! (check out jonas' site, his latest news section. I knew nothing about ToJo's knee).

Kristen.

Aphex
04-08-2004, 04:20 PM
Without Pim-pim the doubles rubber is yours. The singles will decide. :(

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 04:21 PM
Oh Kristen I do not think the tie will be 5-0, in either direction mind you. I think Andy could lose one of his matches (tho, I must say I don't see him losing them both), and I could see Mardy losing at least one of his. I think the tie will be 3-2, in whose favor I am not sure.

And what is wrong with Johansson's knee??

Aphex
04-08-2004, 04:24 PM
McDonld's is the worst resautarant chain in the world. So our guys will kick yours into the arms of Ronald McDonald :p (No that would probably against the Geneva convention. And overly cruel. That Ronald is one scary clown :eek: )

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 06:26 PM
The Draw

The draw is as follows:

Mardy FISH (USA) v Jonas BJORKMAN (SWE)
Andy RODDICK (USA) v Thomas ENQVIST (SWE)

Mike BRYAN/Bob BRYAN (USA) v Jonas BJORKMAN/Thomas JOHANSSON (SWE)

Andy RODDICK (USA) v Jonas BJORKMAN (SWE)
Mardy FISH (USA) v Thomas ENQVIST (SWE)

Aleksa's Laydee
04-08-2004, 06:45 PM
The Draw

The draw is as follows:

Mardy FISH (USA) v Jonas BJORKMAN (SWE)
Andy RODDICK (USA) v Thomas ENQVIST (SWE)

Mike BRYAN/Bob BRYAN (USA) v Jonas BJORKMAN/Thomas JOHANSSON (SWE)

Andy RODDICK (USA) v Jonas BJORKMAN (SWE)
Mardy FISH (USA) v Thomas ENQVIST (SWE)

oh no i'm split mardy and jonas :help: :shrug:

then mardy and thomas :help: :shrug:
but the swedes for the doubles and thomas and jonas v roddick!!! :bigclap: :bounce:

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 08:08 PM
LOL!! Well..... sorry, can't help ya

J. Corwin
04-08-2004, 09:14 PM
ESPN2 is covering this while ESPN is covering B&L Championships..and there will be some overlap time. Gah!

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 11:04 PM
I wonder if there will be any live scoring available online somewhere? :scratch:

oh yea!! daviscup.com has kickass live scoring!!

Kristen
04-09-2004, 01:48 PM
Not sure about the knee. Jonas said it in an interview, that the knee is fine now... lol, I feel out of the loop not knowing ;) Ahhh my Bronco's beat the Roosters tonight in NRL *meathead footballers with no protective gear - except Darren Lockyer... he's no meathead.. he's fiiine :) Go Swedes... if im not here in the next few days, it's because I don't want to get too emotional and possibly say something I might regret! **friggin americans!** <- that I don't regret ;) I'll say it again when the Olympics are here! hehehe poor mardyfishfan, such a predicament!

Action Jackson
04-09-2004, 01:49 PM
BG, well at least you got some articles from the Swedish side now, don't worry about becoming emotional, you are a TV star now.

star
04-09-2004, 01:52 PM
oh no i'm split mardy and jonas :help: :shrug:

then mardy and thomas :help: :shrug:
but the swedes for the doubles and thomas and jonas v roddick!!! :bigclap: :bounce:

My advice is to commit to the Swedes. :)

I've got those torn feelings too, but the Swedes need all the cheering they can get.

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 01:52 PM
oh yea!! daviscup.com has kickass live scoring!!

its live on sky sports over here yay :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 01:54 PM
My advice is to commit to the Swedes. :)

I've got those torn feelings too, but the Swedes need all the cheering they can get.

yeh good point but if mardy loses then he may not get picked again and that would be a shame for him and i wont get to see him on tv!! but i do tonight oh i can't wait!!! :D :D

Kristen
04-09-2004, 02:09 PM
BG, well at least you got some articles from the Swedish side now, don't worry about becoming emotional, you are a TV star now.
mmm good point you have :cool: ^_^ I figure that, after Australia, anything that happens here is a bonus. My highlight was that Jonas really kicked ass on Aussie soil in what will be his last tie vs Aus, on my home soil.

and mardyfishfan... I doubt mardy will be overlooked in future... that guy is pretty awesome, plus, spadea will be finished soon enough (sounds cruel, but he's 30 right?) and besides... the swedes are all 32 :eek: (I like an older man...to support on the court), 30, 29... then 20 i think. EEK! they're all old farts but seriously, jonas is a gentleman, and thomas did grow on me in adelaide airport :D but, I can totally understand rooting for Mardy :p :eek:

OMG George... I just got a little teary eyed at seeing the DC tie pic of Sweden/america. Because little tojo's in it :angel: If only Robin had white shorts on! It cracks me up that they had the pics taken on the beach, with a sandcastle! :) That pic of Jonas (http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_2794_gallery.JPG) looks bizarre! (its not his racquet!). It looks like he's turned to the peroxide again... *sigh*

Deboogle!.
04-09-2004, 02:31 PM
its live on sky sports over here yay :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

We get the singles live too (4 hrs worth anyway) today, but tangerine is a big girl and has to work all day so she'll probably have to follow the live scoring online lol

Action Jackson
04-09-2004, 03:09 PM
mmm good point you have :cool: ^_^ I figure that, after Australia, anything that happens here is a bonus. My highlight was that Jonas really kicked ass on Aussie soil in what will be his last tie vs Aus, on my home soil.

OMG George... I just got a little teary eyed at seeing the DC tie pic of Sweden/america. Because little tojo's in it :angel: If only Robin had white shorts on! It cracks me up that they had the pics taken on the beach, with a sandcastle! :) That pic of Jonas (http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_2794_gallery.JPG) looks bizarre! (its not his racquet!). It looks like he's turned to the peroxide again... *sigh*

Good to see you can look at it that way, the tie will be interesting nevertheless and all the pressure is on the USA and not the Swedes. Wilander and Jocke will have them primed up for a big effort and they won't lose because of lack of preparation, it will be because they have been outplayed.

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 03:26 PM
We get the singles live too (4 hrs worth anyway) today, but tangerine is a big girl and has to work all day so she'll probably have to follow the live scoring online lol

lol!!

Deboogle!.
04-09-2004, 04:04 PM
:ras:

hey I'm just looking out for my fellow masshole, tangybabe!!

Carito_90
04-09-2004, 06:23 PM
Duh i'm tired of waiting.. when are the matches going to start?

GO USA! =)

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:13 PM
mardy and jonas are warming up now :D

Aphex
04-09-2004, 07:15 PM
:boxing: :tennis:

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:16 PM
jonas is serving
come on mardy and jonas!!

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:17 PM
and its started 15-15

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:20 PM
ah super point from mardy, great volley 15-30
great long forehand setting up 15-40 two break points!!!
30-40 forehand into the alleyway
and joans missed the volley 1-0 usa

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:20 PM
ah super point from mardy, great volley 15-30
great long forehand setting up 15-40 two break points!!!
30-40 forehand into the alleyway
and jonas missed the volley 1-0 usa

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:21 PM
whoops sent that twice got a lil excited!
what an ace :D mardy

star
04-09-2004, 07:23 PM
Thanks for the detailed updates, MFF :kiss: :)

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:26 PM
break back point for jonas!!
good serve to save it
and then theres another bp
saved by an ace! and another to take him to advantage
well done fish 2-0

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:27 PM
Thanks for the detailed updates, MFF :kiss: :)

hehe thought as i am watching it i may as well be some use! :D

star
04-09-2004, 07:27 PM
Jonas! :(

But at least he put pressure on Mardy's serve.

star
04-09-2004, 07:28 PM
hehe thought as i am watching it i may as well be some use! :D

You are of great use. even if you are cheering for the wrong person. :p

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:28 PM
so your cheering for jonas then? are you watching it?

oxy
04-09-2004, 07:31 PM
rain stopped play

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 07:35 PM
good a bit of rain
Jonas can wake up now :)

Heja Jonas, got to beat the 70's porn star.

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:36 PM
jonas is doin good, hes 10years older than mardy so you cant expect him to kick his butt. im torn between both of them!! i lov the swedes and mardy! :shrug:

star
04-09-2004, 07:36 PM
so your cheering for jonas then? are you watching it?

Nope. I'm at work.

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:37 PM
good a bit of rain
Jonas can wake up now :)

Heja Jonas, got to beat the 70's porn star.


:eek: are u calling mardy a porn star :eek:

star
04-09-2004, 07:38 PM
jonas is doin good, hes 10years older than mardy so you cant expect him to kick his butt. im torn between both of them!! i lov the swedes and mardy! :shrug:

I like Andy. I don't usually cheer for U.S. players. Mardy seems ok too although the paying for fans to cheer at the USO left a bad taste in my mouth. I would want the U.S. to win, but they are playing Sweden and Sweden is always my favorite D.C. team.

I also cheer for the Netherlands in D.C. for some preverted reason.

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 07:38 PM
:eek: are u calling mardy a porn star :eek:
:devil:
he looks like one :wavey:

star
04-09-2004, 07:40 PM
:eek: are u calling mardy a porn star :eek:


TBE always has to have a derrogatory name for players he cheers against. My experience is that TBE has more fun cheering against players than for players. But, I could be all wrong about that.

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:40 PM
Nope. I'm at work.

so your glad im here giving you the details :lol:

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 07:42 PM
TBE always has to have a derrogatory name for players he cheers against. My experience is that TBE has more fun cheering against players than for players. But, I could be all wrong about that.

i even have names for ones i do like :devil:

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:43 PM
:devil:
he looks like one :wavey:

no!! lol hes very fit!! :hearts:

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 07:43 PM
we got repeat of US vs AUT :zzz: how boring

couldnt they bring us some of today's action ???

Mr Intensity
04-09-2004, 07:44 PM
Guys, how bad is the rain? Will we be waiting long?

star
04-09-2004, 07:44 PM
:hug: We can be in misery together. I was going to go home for lunch and catch a bit of it, but now it's raining. :fiery:

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:44 PM
i even have names for ones i do like :devil:

hmmm care to tell us?? :smash:

star
04-09-2004, 07:45 PM
i even have names for ones i do like :devil:

derrogatory ones?

I guess you are always calling Carlos "careless" but that is more like excusing his bad play so I don't count that one.

Lee
04-09-2004, 07:45 PM
Guys, how bad is the rain? Will we be waiting long?

Should resume soon but can't guarantee that players won't be sent away in another 2 games.

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:47 PM
Should resume soon but can't guarantee that players won't be sent away in another 2 games.

how doya know it will resume soon?

Lee
04-09-2004, 07:50 PM
how doya know it will resume soon?

somewhere in the broadcast but it may change before the players are back.

Lee
04-09-2004, 07:54 PM
Oops, it looks the weather is getting worse than better. So, not likely have any live action soon.

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 07:54 PM
hmmmm wish it would resume now...this replay is boring!

Lee
04-09-2004, 07:58 PM
Cliffy said the public announcer of play will resume in 5 minutes but Cliffy definitely has no confidence at all.

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:00 PM
whos cliffy?

Lee
04-09-2004, 08:04 PM
ESPN commentator, the network in US showing the tie.

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 08:06 PM
hmmmm wish it would resume now...this replay is boring!

How could you say the chance to see the great Duckboy in action again is boring mardyfishfan :eek: Actually I'm watching "EastEnders" instead!!!! Dot Cotton is vastly preferable to Roddick whichever way you look at it!!!

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 08:06 PM
watching the US vs AUT tie and Roddick vs Koubek
and guess what.......
my 20 month son comes into room and says "Duck Duck" :haha:

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:07 PM
watching the US vs AUT tie and Roddick vs Koubek
and guess what.......
my 20 month son comes into room and says "Duck Duck" :haha:

aaaw how sweet! hehe

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 08:07 PM
they gonna restart in 5-10 mins

Lee
04-09-2004, 08:08 PM
watching the US vs AUT tie and Roddick vs Koubek
and guess what.......
my 20 month son comes into room and says "Duck Duck" :haha:

:haha: TBE, you're such a great dad.

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:09 PM
How could you say the chance to see the great Duckboy in action again is boring mardyfishfan :eek: Actually I'm watching "EastEnders" instead!!!! Dot Cotton is vastly preferable to Roddick whichever way you look at it!!!

yeh i can see what you mean with dot! but again (lil) dennis is much much better than both roddick and dot - yummmy :D

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 08:09 PM
watching the US vs AUT tie and Roddick vs Koubek
and guess what.......
my 20 month son comes into room and says "Duck Duck" :haha:

LOL! You're training the boy well!!!

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 08:10 PM
yeh i can see what you mean with dot! but again (lil) dennis is much much better than both roddick and dot - yummmy :D

Yes - I agree - Dennis is very high on my "yummy" list too- right up there with Dr. Kovac from "ER" but not quite so high as David!!

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:14 PM
Yes - I agree - Dennis is very high on my "yummy" list too- right up there with Dr. Kovac from "ER" but not quite so high as David!!

so im guessing davids top for you list?

davids on my list too, not sure what number tho, so many players, so yummy hehe :D

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:15 PM
stoped raining!
players out!!
must go record! *runs*

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 08:18 PM
so im guessing davids top for you list?

davids on my list too, not sure what number tho, so many players, so yummy hehe :D

Absolutely - about the only tennis player on my list actually!

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 08:19 PM
go Jonas, need to hold here

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:21 PM
really - theres so many yummy ones out there tho!!

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:23 PM
come on jonas

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 08:23 PM
really - theres so many yummy ones out there tho!!

I'm a "one man woman" :p

Lee
04-09-2004, 08:23 PM
Jonas doesn't have much chance if he doesn't pick up his serve and volley.

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 08:25 PM
u girls stop drooling ;)

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:25 PM
I'm a "one man woman" :p

hehe... i tried.. but failed!! have you met david?

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 08:27 PM
hehe... i tried.. but failed!! have you met david?

Yes I have met him - but we had better stop drooling or the guys here will get upset :p Come on Jonas!!

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:29 PM
u girls stop drooling ;)

its very hard! i'm not watchin the match at the mo but when i do i wont stop drooling :o

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:31 PM
Yes I have met him - but we had better stop drooling or the guys here will get upset :p Come on Jonas!!

thats kool, when did you meet him? i came face to face with him after he's been practicing, sweating and i was nearly on the floor *fainted* he was so nice! hehe

ok last thing bout david now... maybe :angel:

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 08:32 PM
Fish *3-2

Jonas time to break back

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:35 PM
aaw jonas is being run about a bit... come on :)

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:36 PM
ah great shot jonas 30-30

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 08:39 PM
Jonas 0-30 with DF :mad:

not clever

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:39 PM
nooo 2-4
0-30 :( jonas!!!

Lee
04-09-2004, 08:41 PM
:rolleyes: Mal, please stick to commentating the match, not how great was your career vs Bjorkman.

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 08:42 PM
great drop shot Jonas :)
holds 3-4

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:42 PM
ah super drop shot jonas!!

star
04-09-2004, 08:44 PM
:rolleyes: Mal, please stick to commentating the match, not how great was your career vs Bjorkman.

Yeah.. that's getting annoying. How long ago was that? Like 10 years?


I say we should all cheer for the one with the shortest shorts. :)

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:44 PM
:rolleyes: Mal, please stick to commentating the match, not how great was your career vs Bjorkman.

lol that must be interesting i don't think!

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:45 PM
i got a great plan.. as im stuck between the two of them.. i shall cheer for who evers losing :D hehe

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 08:47 PM
nooo 2-4
0-30 :( jonas!!!

I sent you a PM mardyfishfan so we don't drool here anymore!! But I must ask - why are you called mardyfishfan, and supporting Jonas :confused:

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 08:51 PM
cos she wants Sweden to win ;)

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 08:52 PM
hi just replieing to it!
ok well i love mardy fish but i love the swedes too, jonas is so great and so's thomas e so im kinda stuck. the swedes were my first (love if you put it like that) and mardys grown on me
its all confusin like me! :D
30-0 mardy

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 08:53 PM
cos she wants Sweden to win ;)

OK - fair enough - obviously a lady with good taste!!! Ar least Jonas is playing better now - hope he can come back 15-30 now.

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 08:54 PM
pffffff Fish

Heja Sverige :)

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 08:57 PM
linesman :rolleyes:

what an idiot......... stop being a Kenny :smash:

Lee
04-09-2004, 08:58 PM
The worst line call I've ever seen. And there's no way the players will have any confidence in that linesman.

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 08:59 PM
4-6 :mad:

come on Jonas, step it up

Havok
04-09-2004, 08:59 PM
uh, why is the scoreboard stuck???

Havok
04-09-2004, 08:59 PM
ok then mevermind. can someone tell me what happened with the line call?

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 09:00 PM
Hmmm - come on Jonas - fight back. Jobber pa, jobber pa, jobber pa :)

By the way - have just noticed how much Patrick McEnroe is annoying me - he must go on my "hate" list too :devil:

Lee
04-09-2004, 09:02 PM
lol that must be interesting i don't think!

Malivai Washington proudly said he never lost to Bjorkman. Cliffy asked him how many matches they played and he said, 'couldn't remember, about 2 or 3' and unless I missed junior records or exhibition, etc, etc. Their official head to head is 1-0 :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 09:04 PM
cos she wants Sweden to win ;)

yeh i do!! and that lino BIAST (if thats how u spell it) it was blanantly out
this means war COME ON JONAS :mad:

Dirk
04-09-2004, 09:04 PM
Mali is the man. :)

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 09:07 PM
Jonas breaks :D :)
2-0 :)

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 09:07 PM
YAY Jonas!!! Heja Sverige :worship:

Lee
04-09-2004, 09:08 PM
He better hold serve now. 0-30!

Lee
04-09-2004, 09:09 PM
Concentrate Jonas :smash:

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 09:10 PM
Nooooo - 0-40 :sad:

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 09:10 PM
rebreak :mad:

Jonas :fiery:

Havok
04-09-2004, 09:11 PM
LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!:haha: lets go Fish, win it i straights. don't waste any time

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 09:12 PM
yay jonas my man!!! hehehehe

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 09:13 PM
oh jonas you need to hold ur serve :(

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 09:18 PM
yes great service game jonas!!! 3-2

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 09:23 PM
yes!!!!!!!!!!jonas 4-2

HOLD NOW HOLD HOLD HOLD

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 09:23 PM
Jonas breaks again 4-2 :D

this time dont mess up :fiery:

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 09:24 PM
Come on Jonas!!

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 09:25 PM
yesss 5-2!!1

Lee
04-09-2004, 09:26 PM
Jonas hold 5-2! :bounce:

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 09:26 PM
rosie did you get my PM as i hope it got to you, as its the first PM that i sent! lol

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 09:30 PM
serve it out Jonas :)
5-3

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 09:30 PM
rosie did you get my PM as i hope it got to you, as its the first PM that i sent! lol

Yes thanks - and look forward to seeing you over at our Group when you have the time!! Good Luck with your exams btw :)

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 09:31 PM
aaw thanks!

come on jonas don't 'choke'!!

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 09:32 PM
0-30 :mad:
30-30 :) 2 more pls

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 09:33 PM
ace and set point

YESSSSSSSSSSS 2nd set!!!!!!!!!!

Lee
04-09-2004, 09:33 PM
:banana: Jonas

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 09:33 PM
ACE !!!!!!!!!!

S & V and 6-3 :banana:

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 09:34 PM
Yes - well done Jonas :worship: For one horrible moment I thought he was going to choke then.

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 09:42 PM
aaw hes so sweet, listen to his interview on daviscup.com
his accent! lol so great :D

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 09:43 PM
yes he broke!!!

Lee
04-09-2004, 09:43 PM
Great point on bp and Jonas breaks Fish in 3rd set.

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 09:43 PM
Jonas breaks 2-1

Fish trying to do rat-a-tat-tats with Jonas at net :tape:

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 09:46 PM
Yes - come on Jonas - keep this up.

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 09:47 PM
3-1 :yeah:

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 09:49 PM
3-2 now!

*Ljubica*
04-09-2004, 09:54 PM
OK folks - I have to go off-line now - please give Jonas some extra cheers from me :) No doubt talk to you all somewhere tomorrow!

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 09:54 PM
Jonas held 4-2 :)

another great net point and Jonas came out on top again :D :)

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 09:54 PM
bye Rosie :wavey: :kiss:

andyroxmysox12191
04-09-2004, 09:55 PM
4-2 Jonas.....come on mardy....hold!!

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 09:55 PM
yay go jonas.. yup we'l cheer for him from you

bye bye!

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 09:57 PM
Jonas breaks again *5-2 :woohoo: :D

croat123
04-09-2004, 09:59 PM
Jonas broke again :banana: and mcenroe was so overconfident too...

5*-2 hold now :cool:

croat123
04-09-2004, 09:59 PM
yay go jonas.. yup we'l cheer for him from you

bye bye!
why are you cheering for jonas over mardy?

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 10:00 PM
mardys lost the plot :(
jonas experience taking over!
2 points away from 2-1 lead in sets :)

Dirk
04-09-2004, 10:00 PM
Jonas is amazing at the net. I knew he would pick up his game and Fish would drop off. I HOPE SEE MARDY HAVE A MELTDOWN. :rolls:

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 10:01 PM
6-2 :banana:

Heja Sverige !!!!!!!!!!

doing great :D

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 10:01 PM
why are you cheering for jonas over mardy?

hehe coz i'm cheering for the person thats losing as im stuck between mardy and the swedes! well i don't want either to lose. its confusing :D :p

jonas got 2nd set!! now go mardy!

croat123
04-09-2004, 10:02 PM
jonas cruising now! :D

croat123
04-09-2004, 10:02 PM
hehe coz i'm cheering for the person thats losing as im stuck between mardy and the swedes! well i don't want either to lose. its confusing :D :p

jonas got 2nd set!! now go mardy!
;)

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 10:02 PM
Jonas is amazing at the net. I knew he would pick up his game and Fish would drop off. I HOPE SEE MARDY HAVE A MELTDOWN. :rolls:


:eek: why??? don't you want mardy to win??

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 10:04 PM
;)

also i know that andy will nearly 100% win his matches so hav to cheer for the swedes to win some matches!

carole
04-09-2004, 10:05 PM
I always vote the underdog (except for when Juan Carlos or Sébastien or playing :D )
...that makes me cheering for Sweden this time :P

Dirk
04-09-2004, 10:07 PM
No I like Mardy he is fun to watch but I like Jonas's game more. I have a thing for double's specialists who are also very good in singles.

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 10:12 PM
the commentators coming out with some "fish puns" :tape: :haha:

Jonas saved 3 bp's and has GP
and held 1-1 :D :)

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 10:13 PM
1-1!! come on you 2 hehe someone win i wann cheer for thomas in the next match!!

carole
04-09-2004, 10:18 PM
LoL
his name is "M Fish" on scoreboards

...


Mmmmmmm, Fish!

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 10:22 PM
2-2 :)
now break him Jonas :)

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 10:23 PM
damn rain again :fiery: :mad:

Billabong
04-09-2004, 10:32 PM
Cmon Jonas :banana:! Thanks for the scores guys:D!

Lee
04-09-2004, 10:35 PM
Play resume but it's very windy now!

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 10:38 PM
bad call :(
dont lose it mardy
even heavier rain now :(

Lee
04-09-2004, 10:39 PM
This rain delay will be a while.

Aleksa's Laydee
04-09-2004, 10:42 PM
yup we are goin to be here a longggggggggg time :mad: :sad:

TheBoiledEgg
04-09-2004, 10:42 PM
Jonas should have broken :mad:
pfffff@rain

Deboogle!.
04-09-2004, 10:44 PM
awwwwww it's a South Florida afternoon rainstorm...

this ain't never gonna finish :o

Zorro
04-09-2004, 10:52 PM
When does rain stop?

star
04-09-2004, 10:55 PM
LoL
his name is "M Fish" on scoreboards

...


Mmmmmmm, Fish!

Yum! :lick:

star
04-09-2004, 10:56 PM
No I like Mardy he is fun to watch but I like Jonas's game more. I have a thing for double's specialists who are also very good in singles.

Jonas is lovely to watch, isn't he?

That knifed volley cross court was gorgeous. It's one of the few points I saw.