Sarajevo Round One: K.Carlsen (7) d. G.Rusedski 6-4 7-5

Agassi Aces
03-13-2007, 10:29 PM
Poor old Greg loses on his return to competition in Sarajevo!!! But John Lloyd has confirmed Greg will be selected for Davis Cup next month!!!

Rusedski promised Davis Cup spot
By Simon Austin

Rusedski starred in the victory against Ukraine in November
Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd says Greg Rusedski will definitely be in his squad for next month's tie against the Netherlands.

Rusedski, 33, has slipped to 245 in the world rankings and last season hinted he could be on the brink of retirement.

But Lloyd persuaded him to compete in a Challenger level tournament this week ahead of the Netherlands tie in April.

Lloyd told BBC Sport: "Greg is in the squad, definitely. He's someone I have a lot of faith in."

Rusedski has not played since losing in the second round of a Challenger in Ukraine on 13 November.

But he played a crucial role in Britain's Davis Cup win over Ukraine in September by beating Sergiy Stakhovsky in five sets in the opening rubber.

Lloyd said: "The thing about Greg is he's such a good competitor, as he showed last year against the Ukraine, when he played an unbelievable match.

"We need people who will go out there, fight their arses off and go for it."

Rusedski's willingness to play in the Sarajevo Challenger this week shows his commitment to the Davis Cup, said Lloyd.

"For him, someone who is used to playing with the big boys, going a league or two down is admirable," he said.

"In the singles, Tim and Andy are the obvious candidates"
John Lloyd

Lloyd is set to name the strongest GB squad seen for many years for the tie at Birmingham's NEC Arena.

Tim Henman will be returning from a two-and-a-half year Davis Cup exile, Andy Murray is ranked 14 in the world and his brother Jamie is ranked 43 in doubles.

Lloyd said: "When I took on the captaincy (in August 2006) I had one exceptional player maturing fast, but I was looking round for other players.

"Now we have a lot of flexibility. In the singles, Tim and Andy are the obvious candidates at the moment.

"But if there was an injury or something happened during the match, Greg is someone with experience who could be thrown in at the deep end.

Andy Murray
Tim Henman
Jamie Murray
Greg Rusedski
plus one other

"Then there's the doubles. You've got Andy and Jamie and Tim is playing this week with Andy (in Indian Wells).

"Tim with anybody is a very, very accomplished doubles player. And Tim and Greg have got an unbelievable Davis Cup doubles record.

"Greg is a very good utility man, if I can put it that way. It just gives me a lot more options."

Lloyd said he has "a good idea" of the combinations he would like to put out in Birmingham, but that the final choices "will be entirely based on form throughout practice and the state of the match".

And the GB captain said he was not concerned by Rusedski's lack of match practice.

"As long as Greg gets a couple of matches, he'll bounce back quickly," he said.

"The older players take a lot less time to get back than the younger players.

"When you've been around as long as Greg, it's not as if you're searching for your game after a lay-off.

"He hasn't suddenly forgotten how to play."

Horatio Caine
03-13-2007, 10:46 PM
Carlsen wasn't a nice match for Greg really...not easy to return his serve :awww:

I think if Greg's serve and volleys can be sharpened up in the space of a few weeks, I'd gladly put him in DC doubles. It's not like we should be desperate for the Saturday rubber, and I could certainly see us winning the doubles with Greg anyway :shrug:

03-13-2007, 10:47 PM
Oh well. He'll limp on through DC and probably get a WC for Queens and Wimbledon and then that'll be that.

Voo de Mar
03-14-2007, 01:03 AM
Carlsen's first win over Rusedski in seven meetings.

03-14-2007, 10:27 AM
Carlsen's first win over Rusedski in seven meetings.

:o Just what I thought He even beat Carlsen in the Ukraine at the end of last year
If he's fit Greg is still good enough for the Davis Cup team :yeah:

03-14-2007, 10:32 AM
Wow. Kens still playing

Blue Heart24
03-14-2007, 02:08 PM

Shrinking Violet
03-14-2007, 03:02 PM
Well, lets hope that Andy and Tim stay fit for the DC tie or else it could be interesting to see Greg playing singles.

I hope he gets a few more matches in soon. I don't know if he's down for anymore challengers, or at least going to be playing doubles to get some matches in. Shame to see him go out like this, but he'll get his WC's in the grasscourt season and go with his head held high.

03-14-2007, 03:30 PM
no suprise. i know it was only greg's first match of the season and that he, fingers crossed, should improve. but having him in the DC squad is an absolute joke, he hasnt earned his placed. james auckland should play instead of him

03-14-2007, 07:47 PM
Oh well. He'll limp on through DC and probably get a WC for Queens and Wimbledon and then that'll be that.

The guy is 33, been injured several times and is still giving it his all. Give him some credit. douchebag

03-14-2007, 10:01 PM
:yeah: :cool: Kens :rocker2: