EU G2 R2: Donskoy d. Ward 4-6 4-6 7-5 6-3 8-6 (GB 0-2 RUS) [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

EU G2 R2: Donskoy d. Ward 4-6 4-6 7-5 6-3 8-6 (GB 0-2 RUS)

Dangermouse
04-05-2013, 09:30 PM
Surely that's the tie now.

cswab22
04-05-2013, 09:31 PM
Amazing match :bowdown: GB just falling short in both matches

ProdigyEng
04-05-2013, 09:32 PM
:facepalm:

GSMnadal
04-05-2013, 09:35 PM
Sweep it up

AnnaK_4ever
04-05-2013, 09:42 PM
Didn't see the first two sets but the last three were very entertaining, lots of fun rallies and spectacular winners. Ward's BH, BH DTL in particular, is a great shot but Donskoy's BH CC is on par with it. I think it was Donskoy's court coverage and his more potent forehand that won him the match. Such a great and valuable experience for him.
The shot of the day goes to Ward though. Even two shots -- he saved two match points with absolutely ridiculous on-the-run BH CC passing shots.

HumbleTennisFan
04-05-2013, 09:45 PM
Did murray ever played in davis cup?

CooCooCachoo
04-05-2013, 09:46 PM
Donskoy was so mentally solid in the second half of the third set, even when he was a break down.

Ward played better than his ranking, like at Wimbledon last year. What is up with these Brits only being able to perform really well on home turf?

The Prince
04-05-2013, 09:49 PM
Donskoy was so mentally solid in the second half of the third set, even when he was a break down.

Ward played better than his ranking, like at Wimbledon last year. What is up with these Brits only being able to perform really well on home turf?

They can't deal with the metronomic grind of having to show up to a futures or challenger event most weeks and perform. On the big stage, they can seem deceivingly good.

The problem lies in the LTA funding system. They get paid quite handsomely with no major incentive to work harder to improve.

scoobs
04-05-2013, 09:49 PM
Did murray ever played in davis cup?

Yes, 22 matches, as it happens.

scoobs
04-05-2013, 09:51 PM
He took a guy ranked over 130 places above him to 8-6 in the fifth. He lost but that's a great effort.

It took Donskoy to dial in but once he did, he was able to bring some of the stuff that snatched a set off Murray in Indian Wells - this guy is a good player, make no mistake.

janko05
04-05-2013, 09:52 PM
shame Andy isn't with the team, but he has more important things on his mind right know I guess

Sombrerero loco
04-05-2013, 10:07 PM
zhenya :bowdown: nice comeback!!

seljanin
04-05-2013, 10:26 PM
Watched the most of this match, and I think I did the right choice of watching this instead of any of World Group matches. A rather interesting, pretty good quality match overall. Loved the way Ward saved 2 match points with those running BH CC passing shots. Actually, felt kind of sorry for Wardy, it was a great effort today, definitely didn't deserve to lose and fought very well till the end.

Russia a bit lucky to be 2-0 up after today, but the tie is pretty much over now.

MTwEeZi
04-05-2013, 10:31 PM
Donskoy always puts in a good show against the Brits.

Dangermouse
04-05-2013, 11:26 PM
The real shame is that if Andy was to play every tie, GB might well win the Davis cup.

You figure he could pretty much always win his 2 singles matches(maybe unless we were playing Serbia), and then you have both Murray's, Colin Fleming, Jonny Marray and Ken Skupski to form a doubles team from who could beat most teams.

Honestly even if Ward/Evans was the second singles player we could probably beat anybody except Serbia(Murray would need to beat Djokovic), or the USA(We'd need to beat the Bryan brothers)

TigerTim
04-05-2013, 11:50 PM
Murray would be able to dial in a win vs. all be the top 4/5 davis cup teams tbh

nole_no1
04-06-2013, 12:00 AM
The real shame is that if Andy was to play every tie, GB might well win the Davis cup.


:spit: :hug:

PorkBarrel
04-06-2013, 03:18 AM
Damn, was hoping Wardy would get it done before Donskoy woke up. Donskoy showed what he can do in the last two sets...credit to both guys.

Long way back in this tie for GB now.

Cereal Killer
04-06-2013, 07:20 AM
The real shame is that if Andy was to play every tie, GB might well win the Davis cup.

You figure he could pretty much always win his 2 singles matches(maybe unless we were playing Serbia), and then you have both Murray's, Colin Fleming, Jonny Marray and Ken Skupski to form a doubles team from who could beat most teams.

Honestly even if Ward/Evans was the second singles player we could probably beat anybody except Serbia(Murray would need to beat Djokovic), or the USA(We'd need to beat the Bryan brothers)

Yeah and if the doubles team screws it up (which is very possible) then it would all have been for nothing. It's a waste of time.

Ward and Evans did well. The result however, is very unsurprising.

chalkdust
04-06-2013, 07:30 AM
Entertaining match. Donskoy definitely one to watch.

Hypnotize
04-06-2013, 08:34 AM
Entertaining match. Donskoy definitely one to watch.
Not sure how you came to that conclusion after he was taken to 5 sets by someone like Ward. :rolleyes:

Donskoy's problem is that all his shots sit up asking to be hit which is how Ward won the first two sets. He's far too passive and didn't even look like a top 100 player for the first half of the match. Luckily for him, he started to get more balls back and Ward can always be relied on to hit an UE when you put him under pressure. When Ward got broken in the final set, he hit what he thought was an ace but didn't hear the late call. After arguing with the umpire, he then proceeded to hit a forehand several feet beyond the baseline. As limited as Donskoy's game is, he should never have been taken to 5 sets by a player like Ward.

Nathaliia
04-06-2013, 01:01 PM
Did murray ever played in davis cup?
after they lost at home to poland with murray on team, no wonder he doesnt bother anymore :cool:

Hypnotize
04-06-2013, 01:26 PM
after they lost at home to poland with murray on team, no wonder he doesnt bother anymore :cool:
And yet Dangermouse thinks GB could win the Davis Cup with Murray on the team. :haha: