Davis Cup regelation tie: Israel v Austria 2-3

Filo V.
09-16-2010, 06:05 PM
Sela(ISR) def. Haider-Maurer(AUT) 6-4 6-1 6-3

Melzer(AUT) def. Levy(ISR) 6-4 6-4 6-3

Erlich/Ram(ISR) def Melzer/Peya(AUT)7-6(2) 6-4 6-4

Melzer(AUT) def. Sela (ISR) 6-4 6-0 6-3

Fischer(AUT) def. Levy(ISR) 2-6 6-3 6-0 6-3

09-16-2010, 08:41 PM

09-16-2010, 09:22 PM
my baby Jürgen. :bigclap:

09-16-2010, 09:28 PM
Austria wins here

09-16-2010, 09:31 PM
Austria will win this. Still, good fight from Israel. Nice to win one match at least!

09-16-2010, 09:37 PM
Why are you writing Israel off? They could win the doubles, and then even though they'll be favorites for both singles, all the pressure will be on the Austrians.

tennis fan474
09-16-2010, 10:20 PM
Andyoni will win the doubles, they are too good at home against any team. But I'm a bit worried about Sunday, Melzer is in good shape it seems.
Overall, I don't have any doubt that Israel gonna win this tie.

Filo V.
09-17-2010, 11:48 AM
Andyoni wins the doubles point 7-6(2) 6-4 6-4 over Peya/Melzer.

The Israeli team played well, not amazing but well. The Austrians had their chances in all three sets to make a match of it but Andyoni came up with the goods on the big points. Peya isn't good enough. Austria is a one man team, and Jurgen will have to win his singles and hope that Haider-Maurer/Fischer come up big.

Horatio Caine
09-17-2010, 11:54 AM
That's a pretty disappointing scoreline imo...it isn't like Erlich & Ram, as a partnership, is at its peak. Those guys rarely play together anymore, and Erlich isn't the same player since his injuries.

Austria should still be the favourite for the tie, but obviously there is now some pressure. It doesn't help them that this is an away tie (probably with a passionate crowd?), and that Melzer does get often tight...certainly Sela will smell blood.

But if Melzer can get the job done, there is still a reasonable chance in the deciding rubber. Levy has a lot more experience, but he isn't getting any younger...and Fischer or Haider-Maurer at least have match toughness from good progress in challengers this season.

09-17-2010, 12:29 PM
Never in doubt. (Yet another) masterclass from Andyoni, who looked as good as ever. :cool:
Even the first set was one of the most lopsided tie-break sets I have ever seen. Throughout the match the Austrians were in danger of being broken on literally every service game, while our team didn't face many BPs (and the BP conversion rate doesn't even tell the whole story, as 4-5 times the Austrians had 0-30 on their serve but didn't face a BP).
Melzer didn't look like a top-10, slam winner doubles player at all. He was erratic, constantly a little late and didn't cover the net that good. He let the (great) crowd get to him.

Ram's partnership with Knowle (ironically another Austrian, who's injured and thus isn't playing this tie) this year, with Yoni still a little too low on the ranking list, haven't been a very successful one, but Andyoni will be a full-time partnership again and I expect them to have another go at the top 10.

As for the singles matches yesterday:
Dudi played second gear and didn't go for much, but he didn't need to because Maurer was bad and hit loads of forehands UEs. In particular he had trouble dealing with low balls.
Harel was okay and missed some chances in the 2nd set (0/7 BPs on two straight Melzer services games), but overall expected result there too.

Dudi can upset Melzer on Sunday if he plays his best, he had beaten better players in the past (ask Roddick, Gonzo and others), but even if that doesn't happen, I can't see Maurer beating Levy and the Israeli crowd in the decider.

09-17-2010, 12:51 PM
Austria will win this.
very :unsure:

Filo V.
09-19-2010, 04:49 PM
Austria back in the world group after a year absence.

09-19-2010, 05:04 PM
Expected ending, Peya would have destroyed Levy as well. But good for Fischer that he could play and win this match, most people expected Peya to play.

09-19-2010, 05:19 PM
Was Petzschner there?

09-19-2010, 05:26 PM
Was Petzschner there?

Petzschner is German and injured :rolleyes:

09-19-2010, 05:26 PM
:woohoo::woohoo: World group!

09-19-2010, 05:34 PM
Was Petzschner there?
Maybe as spactator. :p In case you don't know: Petzschner is German.

09-19-2010, 05:51 PM
Was Petzschner there?


He was in Mallorca for his wedding. Melzer would have attended the wedding, if Austria had won 3-0. :yeah:

Ad Wim
09-19-2010, 06:15 PM
Too bad Haider was passed and Fischer won. Haider could have won against Levy.

09-19-2010, 08:49 PM
Levy went AWOL when Fischer raised his game in the middle of the 2nd set. It was a lot like his implosion against Bjorkman in the deciding rubber in early '08, there he won the opening set 6-0 and lost the next three.
Kudos to Fischer, that was impressive for someone playing the first rubber of his life in such a crucial match with a hostile crowd. He covers the net well and has good touch.

As for the early match today, Dudi missed tons of chances in the opening set, he played better much than Melzer up to 4-all and should have taken the set. From that point on he couldn't keep up and it was no contest.