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Europe/Africa Zone Group II 3rd Round: Monaco at Latvia (September 21-23, 2007)

jitterbug
08-19-2007, 10:00 AM
Dates: 21 - 23 September 2007
Venue: Lielupe Tennis Centre, Jurmala, Latvia
Surface: Carpet ;)

Play is tentatively scheduled to start at 11am GMT on all three days.

Tie details here (http://www.daviscup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100009010).

jitterbug
09-13-2007, 04:56 PM
Official Team Nominations

Latvia
1) Ernests GULBIS
2) Andis JUSKA
3) Deniss PAVLOVS
4) Karlis LEJNIEKS

Monaco
1) Benjamin BALLERET
2) Jean-Rene LISNARD
3) Guillaume COUILLARD
4) Thomas DROUET

Nadie
09-13-2007, 05:31 PM
Good luck Latvia :rocker2:

Nando_L
09-15-2007, 08:29 AM
Go Latvia :yeah:

Labamba
09-20-2007, 01:11 PM
R1 - E.GULBIS (LAT) v J.LISNARD (MON)
R2 - A.JUSKA (LAT) v B.BALLERET (MON)

R3 - E.GULBIS / D.PAVLOVS (LAT) v G.COUILLARD / T.DROUET (MON)

R4 - E.GULBIS (LAT) v B.BALLERET (MON)
R5 - A.JUSKA (LAT) v J.LISNARD (MON)

good luck Latvia :rocker2:

jitterbug
09-21-2007, 04:20 AM
The tie's being shown on LTV7.

Good luck Latvia! :rocker2:

Bad Religion
09-21-2007, 04:49 AM
Jean Rene :bowdown:

Labamba
09-21-2007, 12:38 PM
Gulbis def. Lisnard 6-1 ret.

jitterbug
09-21-2007, 01:37 PM
I think Juska won the first set of his match :scratch:

jitterbug
09-21-2007, 02:29 PM
Juska def Balleret 6-4 6-4 7-5 :bounce:

Latvia 2-0!!! :rocker2:

Nadie
09-21-2007, 07:43 PM
:banana: Go Latvia! :bounce: :yeah:

Labamba
09-21-2007, 08:36 PM
Latvia will go to Group I :banana:

seljanin
09-22-2007, 08:46 AM
Yep, we will! :worship: History is to be made today! :woohoo:

No problems at all in this tie. Our carpet is way too fast for Monaco players. Balleret tried some nice mixing up yesterday with occasional serve-and-volley attempts, but he didn't look very comfortable at the net. Juska fired down numerous aces, no idea how many, but there were around 2-3 each game. Slice serve in the deuce court was his best shot yesterday for sure :)

A real pity that Lisnard picked up that injury :sad: Hope he gets well soon!

jitterbug
09-22-2007, 10:18 AM
Thank you for the recap :wavey:

seljanin
09-22-2007, 11:52 AM
Damn, today is the first day in 4-5 years when I don't attend our home Davis cup matches in arena :( Work, work, work... :sad: At least they are showing it live on TV! :yeah:

Gulbis/Pavlovs just lost 1st set to Balleret/Couillard 3:6 (a break of serve at 3:4, Pavlovs service). Very close match so far.

jitterbug
09-22-2007, 12:03 PM
Work on a Saturday? That's a shame.

Come back stronger! Latvia haven't lost a doubles rubber yet this year! :bounce:

seljanin
09-22-2007, 12:12 PM
Yeah, but we are struggling in Pavlovs' service games today. It was such a tough hold at 1:1 with several breakpoints for Monaco team.

Actually I wouldn't be very upset if Latvia lost today. Sounds odd, but in that occasion Ernests would play one more match tomorrow, and we in Latvia are seeing Ernests' game so seldom that each match he's playing is like a tennis-fest around here :)

3:2 Latvia leading in 2nd set, no breaks yet.

jitterbug
09-22-2007, 12:19 PM
Yeah, but we are struggling in Pavlovs' service games today. It was such a tough hold at 1:1 with several breakpoints for Monaco team.

Actually I wouldn't be very upset if Latvia lost today. Sounds odd, but in that occasion Ernests would play one more match tomorrow, and we in Latvia are seeing Ernests' game so seldom that each match he's playing is like a tennis-fest around here :)

3:2 Latvia leading in 2nd set, no breaks yet.

I can see the logic behind that :lol:

If you guys win today then Pavlovs and Lejnieks would play tomorrow, I guess?

seljanin
09-22-2007, 12:26 PM
I think so. Our captain always chooses No 3 and/or No 4 for already decided rubber's matches.

5:4 Latvia leading in 2nd set, no breaks yet, but Monaco is looking slightly better.

seljanin
09-22-2007, 12:42 PM
Ok, so we won the 2nd set 7:5 :)

We already had 2 BP at 5:4, but they were wasted. Now at 6:5 Monaco guys made 2 UE, 1 DF and we won the set with a looping ball, which Balleret wrongly left.

jitterbug
09-22-2007, 12:44 PM
Is the crowd in the arena very big? :D

seljanin
09-22-2007, 12:50 PM
Surprisingly it's not, and it is quite a puzzle for me. Arena was crowded in april vs Bulgaria, but now there are more empty seets than the occupied ones :/

3rd set: Latvia won 6:3 (broke at 4:3).

jitterbug
09-22-2007, 01:21 PM
Surprisingly it's not, and it is quite a puzzle for me. Arena was crowded in april vs Bulgaria, but now there are more empty seets than the occupied ones :/

3rd set: Latvia won 6:3 (broke at 4:3).

I wish I'm in the arena :sobbing:

seljanin
09-22-2007, 01:41 PM
Yeah, me too.

4th set: Monaco leading 3:4 on serve.

seljanin
09-22-2007, 02:11 PM
Game, Set, Match!

Gulbis/Pavlovs 3:6, 7:5, 6:3, 7:5

We are the group I team now! :woohoo: Unbelievable! I'm so happy! :yeah:

jitterbug
09-22-2007, 02:13 PM
Congratulations!! :D :D

Labamba
09-22-2007, 05:25 PM
well done Latvia :aparty: :bounce:

Nadie
09-22-2007, 06:54 PM
Congrats :yeah: :aparty: :woohoo: :woohoo:

kada starpiba
09-23-2007, 11:33 AM
Lejnieks- Balleret 3 3

kada starpiba
09-23-2007, 11:58 AM
Lejnieks 76 (4) first set

jitterbug
09-23-2007, 12:05 PM
Is Deniss P playing the next dead rubber?

kada starpiba
09-23-2007, 12:06 PM
Is Deniss P playing the next dead rubber?

I'm not sure, but it looks like Juska will play

jitterbug
09-23-2007, 12:13 PM
I'm not sure, but it looks like Juska will play

Thank you :D do you know if there are video highlights of Friday's and Saturday's matches online somewhere? I tried tvnet but no luck.

kada starpiba
09-23-2007, 12:16 PM
http://www.esports.lv/teniss/21092007-fotogalerija_latvija_-_monako there is a lot of pictures, but no idea about videos Lejnikes 5-2

kada starpiba
09-23-2007, 12:21 PM
Lejnieks Balleret 76 62 and Latvia 4-0 up.

jitterbug
09-23-2007, 12:22 PM
Good one! :yeah: thank you :)

kada starpiba
09-23-2007, 01:45 PM
Juska 4-6

jitterbug
09-23-2007, 01:54 PM
The DC website lists Juska as playing against Lisnard. I thought he's injured? :scratch:

jitterbug
09-23-2007, 03:21 PM
Juska def Couillard :banana:

seljanin
09-23-2007, 06:35 PM
Lejnieks :yeah: Great play and supereffort! He's made some great progress over the year.

Juška was shaky today. Started off brilliantly - 7 aces in first 2 service games (won a game with a poker of aces at 1:1), but then started to struggle big time and lost his serve at 4:4 and a set with an awful dropshot - the ball didn't even make a net, despite he was standing half a meter from it... The 2nd set... well, I thought he's going to lose, nothing was working: 1st serve was off, Couillard kept constantly slicing the ball back (even with FH), and Andis kept making errors on easy shots. Fortunately he didn't go a break down, despite having to save lots of BPs. And then came the key moment of the match at 3:3 and 30/30 (Couillard serving), when Andis won the point with a beautiful angled backhand winner. From this moment the flow of the match changed, and Andis led us to a whitewash victory :yeah:

Group I :woohoo: