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*Davis Cup Play Offs* ~~VAMOS~~

Carlita
09-21-2005, 08:54 PM
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:banana:¡VAMOS!:banana:

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¡BUENA SUERTE ESPAÑA!

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Carlita
09-21-2005, 09:00 PM
Sporting Club Oplonti, Torre del Greco, Italy
Stadium Capacity: 4000
23 September - 25 September 2005
Day 1: 1100hrs (GMT 0900hrs)
Day 2: 1400hrs (GMT 1200hrs)
Day 3: 1100hrs (GMT 0900hrs)
Surface: Clay (Red Clay) - Outdoors
Ball Type: Pro Penn ATP


Bracciali/Galimberti/Starace/Seppi

Nadal/Ferrer/Ferrero/Lopez

Anyone knows who'll play doubles for Spain?? :shrug:

Carlita
09-21-2005, 09:07 PM
Diario de Mallorca
http://www.diariodemallorca.es/media/fotos/noticias/500x350/2005-09-28_IMG_2005-09-21_01:02:37_x54de01.jpg

Nadal vuelve a ser el referente de un equipo español que se jugará la permanencia sobre tierra.

Saumon
09-21-2005, 09:21 PM
that's an old pic

Carlita
09-21-2005, 09:26 PM
no es importante, it's cute and was with a recent article :p

El mallorquín y Ferrero se ejercitan en tierra tras jugar en pista rápida en China

EFE. TORRE DEL GRECO (ITALIA).

Corrado Barazzutti, capitán de Italia en la Copa Davis, que este fin de semana se enfrenta a España, reconoció ayer que cree que no podrán ganar ninguno de los dos partidos que disputará el mallorquín Rafel Nadal y apuntó que espera ganar los otros dos individuales y el dobles.
Nadal y Juan Carlos Ferrero, que llegaron juntos a Italia, se ejercitaron ayer en solitario para preparar sus choques de individuales por espacio de unas dos horas. Ambos jugadores pisaron por primera vez la arcilla italiana tras jugar sobre cemento en el Abierto de China. Por la tarde, el equipo español al completo trabajó el partido de dobles, con Nadal y Feliciano López por un lado y Ferrero y David Ferrer, por otro.
"Se les ve muy motivados", comentó Jordi Arrese, uno de los capitanes, sobre los transalpinos. "Pero nosotros sólo pensamos en nuestros jugadores y, sin menospreciar a los italianos, es evidente que somos favoritos", agregó.
"Contra España, que considero la más fuerte del mundo, daremos todo, pero no creo que logremos quitar uno de los puntos a Nadal. Debemos, por tanto, apuntar sobre el segundo individual y sobre el partido de dobles", comentó Barazzutti.
El capitán italiano consideró que sus convocados están en forma: "Tengo mucha confianza en el juego de (Potito) Starace, pues es un jugador que en casa rinde muchísimo. Siempre ha dado el máximo en los partidos por equipos y, como los restantes, estoy seguro de que lo volverá a dar".

"Muy motivados"

"He pensado en este equipo joven ya que estoy convencido de que, más allá del resultado final, hay que pensar también en el futuro. Deben adquirir experiencia y construir un equipo nacional ganador para los próximos años. Nuestros jugadores están todos en gran forma y muy motivados", justificó Barazzutti.
Sobre la nueva pista central de Torre del Greco, construida para la ocasión, dijo: "Es fantástica y el campo de juego perfecto". Asimismo, defendió su decisión de jugar en tierra batida, superficie en la que España está considerada la mejor del mundo: "Un terreno de juego distinto no habría favorecido más a nuestro equipo, pues nuestros rivales saben jugar un óptimo tenis sobre todas las superficies".
"No olvidemos que España ganó el pasado año la Copa Davis y está aquí, para jugarse la permanencia, porque en Eslovaquia no estaba Nadal", añadió.
Barazzutti tampoco dudó en solicitar públicamente ayuda a los aficionados locales: "El público representa el valor añadido en encuentros de este tipo y puede ser de gran ayuda al equipo italiano".

veyonce
09-22-2005, 02:07 AM
20.9.2005

http://www.as.com/comunes/2005/davis05_itaesp/images/ferrero_nadal.jpg

Carlita
09-22-2005, 06:01 AM
Gosh, :lol: they take up the entire screen! hahahaha!

more here:

http://www.italiaspagna2005.com/index.asp

:D

Carlita
09-22-2005, 12:43 PM
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)
Potito Starace (ITA) v Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Daniele Bracciali/Giorgio Galimberti (ITA) v Feliciano Lopez/Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Potito Starace (ITA) v Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)

Eruwen
09-22-2005, 12:53 PM
Great pics! :yeah:


*sigh* Men and color coordination :lol:

Carlita
09-22-2005, 01:04 PM
*sigh* Men and color coordination :lol: :scratch: what did I miss??:lol:

ataptc
09-22-2005, 04:39 PM
Vamos Rafa and Spain! :bounce:

Thanks for all those huge pics! :D

MariaV
09-22-2005, 07:29 PM
VAMOS ESPANA!!!!!! :bigclap: :bounce: :yippee:
Thanks for all the pics guys. :D

lilfairyprincess
09-22-2005, 11:36 PM
those pics are great!!
i never thot the tight shirt would grow on me but it actually has!! of course
when rafa is shirt-less thats also fine by me;)

veyonce
09-23-2005, 02:54 AM
20.9.2005

veyonce
09-23-2005, 02:55 AM
From 21.9.2005


Excerpts from the article
Maradona Jr meets Nadal
21 September 2005

Rafael Nadal: "It is true - the Spanish champion has said - have been a greatest fan of Maradona, he has been the sportsman that I have admired when I was small. It is beautiful to know that Diego jr. has my same age, 19 years".

veyonce
09-23-2005, 03:27 AM
22.9.2005

Carlita
09-23-2005, 06:18 AM
http://smileys.******************/cat/18/18_1_37.gif¡VAMOS JUANQUI Y RAFA!http://smileys.******************/cat/18/18_1_37.gif

Cris
09-23-2005, 09:20 AM
iVamos Rafa! :bounce:

iBuena Suerte España! :yippee:

adelaide
09-23-2005, 02:04 PM
he just started and he's down 0-2....

Eruwen
09-23-2005, 02:14 PM
:eek: What the hell is going on there?!


Wake up cariño!

freesbee
09-23-2005, 02:34 PM
4-3* :)

Vamos http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v378/freyamaenhout/smileys/Amario.gif!!

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rue
09-23-2005, 02:39 PM
He's now up 5-3. :bigclap:

freesbee
09-23-2005, 02:44 PM
won first set 6-3 :woohoo:

Eruwen
09-23-2005, 02:46 PM
:woohoo:


Go go go! :bounce:

freesbee
09-23-2005, 02:53 PM
He broke already!!! :D :banana: *1-0

RogiFan88
09-23-2005, 02:53 PM
Vamos, Rafa, you have to save Spain!!!! [still crying over Juanqui's loss... ]

Carlita
09-23-2005, 02:57 PM
:bounce: well, SOMEONE woke up!!! VAMOS! We need this point!!! HOP

NINA_BCN
09-23-2005, 03:20 PM
¡¡¡Vamos Rafitaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! :bounce:

Carlita
09-23-2005, 04:17 PM
:woohoo: yeeeeeeeah!! :woohoo: 6-3 6-2 6-1 :woohoo:

Cris
09-23-2005, 04:36 PM
:woohoo:

Bravo Rafa!!! :bounce:

Juanqui :awww: :hug:

MariaV
09-23-2005, 05:33 PM
BIEN HECHO RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yeah: GREAT GREAT!!!!!!!! VAMOS!!!!!!!!!! :bigclap: :bounce: :yippee: :banana: :bigclap: :bounce: :yippee: :banana:

MariaV
09-23-2005, 07:33 PM
Pics from the DC site.
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_4687_gallery.JPG
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_4686_gallery.JPG

Saumon
09-23-2005, 07:45 PM
why doesnt he wear the red tight shirt? :tape: he's scared because Diego Jr will **** him?? :o :devil:

Carlita
09-23-2005, 08:09 PM
why doesnt he wear the red tight shirt? :tape: he's scared because Diego Jr will **** him?? :o :devil:oh please!!! :lol: as if! :p

Ti-Anne
09-23-2005, 08:25 PM
:inlove: :hearts: :drool:

ataptc
09-24-2005, 12:23 AM
:woohoo: Vamos Rafa! :D

ataptc
09-24-2005, 12:24 AM
why doesnt he wear the red tight shirt? :tape: he's scared because Diego Jr will **** him?? :o :devil:
:lol: I am so glad he's not wearing it :banana:

veyonce
09-24-2005, 03:47 AM
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http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-09-23T170410Z_01_GSP18D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-ITALY.jpg

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http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-09-23T164235Z_01_GSP15D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-ITALY.jpg

veyonce
09-24-2005, 06:53 AM
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Cris
09-24-2005, 12:19 PM
Great pics! :worship:

iVamos Rafa y Feli! :bounce:

Nene
09-24-2005, 12:23 PM
vamos :bounce:

Carlita
09-24-2005, 12:42 PM
http://smileys.******************/cat/18/18_1_37.gifyaaaaaaaaaay Rafa and Fer got a break!! *3-2 :bounce: VAMOS

freesbee
09-24-2005, 12:51 PM
phew they held!! vamos!!!!!!!!! :woohoo:

NINA_BCN
09-24-2005, 01:07 PM
6-4 :woohoo: 1st set for Spain!!!!!!!!!!

Carlita
09-24-2005, 01:14 PM
:woohoo: yeeeeeeeeeah!!! VAMOS CARIÑOS :woohoo:

Cris
09-24-2005, 01:58 PM
iVamos! :bounce:

RogiFan88
09-24-2005, 02:24 PM
VAMOS, ESPANA, you must win this doubles match! Wake up Feli!

Carlita
09-24-2005, 02:27 PM
:eek: oh no! what's happened?? I'm gone for 2 seconds and they've lost the second set and are a break behind!!! :eek:


http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/wtf.gif


http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/party/party0019.gifWAKE UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPhttp://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/party/party0018.gif

freesbee
09-24-2005, 03:16 PM
c'mon babies!!!! you are NOT losing to those guys!

Vamos! :bounce: :clap2:

Carlita
09-24-2005, 03:29 PM
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5th seeeeeeeeet now GET TO WORK!:mad:

Cris
09-24-2005, 03:31 PM
They won the 4th set: 6-4 :woohoo:

iVamos! :bounce:

veyonce
09-24-2005, 03:39 PM
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-09-24T144724Z_01_GSP02D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-ITALY.jpg

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-09-24T143848Z_01_GSP01D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-ITALY.jpg

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-09-24T152908Z_01_GSP07D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-ITALY.jpg

freesbee
09-24-2005, 03:48 PM
nice pics! :D

vamos!!! it's only one break!

NINA_BCN
09-24-2005, 03:49 PM
¡¡¡¡Vamooooooooossssssssss!!!!! :bounce:

freesbee
09-24-2005, 03:52 PM
THEY BROKE BACK!!!! :woohoo:

Saumon
09-24-2005, 04:05 PM
ohh they both wear the tight shirt, i :hearts: when they look like twins :p

freesbee
09-24-2005, 04:24 PM
*5-6 Rafa on serve

oh carlos this is killing me

Carlita
09-24-2005, 04:26 PM
ohh they both wear the tight shirt, i :hearts: when they look like twins :p:unsure: me no likey Feli in tight shirt with straight hair :bolt:

VAMOOOOOOOOOOOS

freesbee
09-24-2005, 04:29 PM
does this mean TB? or not? I don't know

freesbee
09-24-2005, 04:31 PM
never mind:lol: I got my answer ;)

Carlita
09-24-2005, 04:31 PM
:lol: only tie breaks at the US Open.....vamooooooooooooooooooos

Cris
09-24-2005, 04:33 PM
No TB.

Nice pics! :hearts: :hearts:

Carlita
09-24-2005, 04:36 PM
Someone means business here!!! Feliiiiii :lol:

http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/NAP102092412_1024x768.jpg

:unsure: ohoh, I say, hairstraightner thingie :haha:
http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/NAP103092412_1024x768.jpg

Carlita
09-24-2005, 04:38 PM
Feli HOLD!!!! :bounce: VAMOS!! hophophop

freesbee
09-24-2005, 04:41 PM
oh my carlos, he needs to get advice about his hair!!!

7-7 now :scared:

NINA_BCN
09-24-2005, 04:46 PM
8-7 :scared:

freesbee
09-24-2005, 04:51 PM
they lost 7-9 :sad:

Carlita
09-24-2005, 04:54 PM
oh my carlos, he needs to get advice about his hair!!!he should just leave the hairstraightner thingie alone! :lol:

Saumon
09-24-2005, 04:54 PM
stupid day... russia and now spain :hysteric:

btw is that feli's undie line that you can see on one of the pics? :confused:

Carlita
09-24-2005, 04:55 PM
:crying2: boohoo!!!! :hysteric:

I hope Rafa will feel okay tomorrow after this long match!! And than JC better finish it.....

HOP CHICOS!!! HOP!

Carlita
09-24-2005, 04:56 PM
btw is that feli's undie line that you can see on one of the pics? :confused:

it would be if he was wearing any!! :lol:


He's wearing ehm....what do they call them? :shrug:Jockstrap? or something like that.... :rolleyes: very eh...comfy :haha:

freesbee
09-24-2005, 04:59 PM
feli is scaring me with his latest err... looks :scared: :o

Cris
09-24-2005, 05:02 PM
Rafa and Feli :sad: :sad: :sad:

Carlita
09-24-2005, 05:05 PM
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_4789_gallery.JPG

Saumon
09-24-2005, 05:11 PM
it would be if he was wearing any!! :lol:


He's wearing ehm....what do they call them? :shrug:Jockstrap? or something like that.... :rolleyes: very eh...comfy :haha:
I see... :eek: :eek: :haha:
you should show those pics to alfonso :aplot: :devil:

NINA_BCN
09-24-2005, 05:17 PM
it would be if he was wearing any!! :lol:


He's wearing ehm....what do they call them? :shrug:Jockstrap? or something like that.... :rolleyes: very eh...comfy :haha:

:aplot: I won't show any pic of that. :devil:

Carlita
09-24-2005, 05:18 PM
Alfonso can find his own :ras:

NINA_BCN
09-24-2005, 05:39 PM
Alfonso can find his own :ras:

I was refering to a x-rated pic, not to a Feli's pic. :o

veyonce
09-24-2005, 05:49 PM
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-09-24T172241Z_01_GSP12D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-ITALY.jpg

Carlita
09-24-2005, 05:52 PM
I was refering to a x-rated pic, not to a Feli's pic. :oi was answering saumon ;)

NINA_BCN
09-24-2005, 06:09 PM
i was answering saumon ;)

Ok! :hug:

LaTenista
09-24-2005, 06:12 PM
Yikes, even Rafa's hair is looking a bit messy/tangled. You must brush your hair and be careful when putting your bandana on!

Saumon
09-24-2005, 10:09 PM
Yikes, even Rafa's hair is looking a bit messy/tangled. You must brush your hair and be careful when putting your bandana on!
he should staighten it :tape:

Carlita
09-24-2005, 10:19 PM
he should staighten it :tape:NO FUCKING NANDO!!! :bolt:

freesbee
09-24-2005, 10:23 PM
he should staighten it :tape:

don't mention that word saumon!! don't give him any ideas :o :lol: :hug:

Saumon
09-24-2005, 10:41 PM
http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/NAP102092412_1024x768.jpg

Lalo: Hey Rafa!! we said we would BOTH straighten our hair to really look like twins!! http://www.yelims.com/IPB/Invision-Board-France-106.gif
Wilco: Not even in your dreams Feli! No need to yell at me! http://www.yelims.com/IPB/Invision-Board-France-195.gif http://www.yelims.com/IPB/Invision-Board-France-368.gif

veyonce
09-25-2005, 03:32 AM
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-09-24T174749Z_01_GSP14D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-ITALY.jpg

Cris
09-25-2005, 08:42 AM
Great pic! :cool:

iVamos Rafa! :bounce:

Carlita
09-25-2005, 10:17 AM
6-1 *2-1 :woohoo: goooooooo Rafa!!

Carlita
09-25-2005, 12:01 PM
Rafaaaaaaaaaa http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/wtf.gifFOCUS!!! :boxing: VAMOS! :bounce:

freesbee
09-25-2005, 12:20 PM
he broke :woohoo: hold now!

Carlita
09-25-2005, 12:33 PM
:woohoo: go rafa go! :bounce:

Saumon
09-25-2005, 12:45 PM
match point! :p

Cris
09-25-2005, 12:56 PM
Rafa!!! :woohoo:

Saumon
09-25-2005, 01:00 PM
who will play now? juan carlos? :unsure:

Carlita
09-25-2005, 01:00 PM
http://smileys.******************/cat/36/36_20_6.gifYAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!! THANKS RAFA! :worship:

Now who's next?? :unsure:

Carlita
09-25-2005, 01:01 PM
Spanish papers said: 2-2? Ferrer plays :shrug:

Saumon
09-25-2005, 01:13 PM
Summer vacation? :scratch:
:secret: we are in autumn now ;)

Saumon
09-25-2005, 01:13 PM
Ferrer or Ferrero? that is the question :lol:

Carlita
09-25-2005, 01:25 PM
Juanqui it is!! :bounce: VAMOS!!!!!!!

Saumon
09-25-2005, 01:31 PM
Me is :scared:
Mehopes Juanito has enough confidence to win :unsure:

veyonce
09-25-2005, 01:35 PM
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-09-25T111702Z_01_GSP03D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-ITALY.jpg

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-09-25T110450Z_01_GSP02D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-ITALY.jpg

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http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-09-25T131723Z_01_GSP07D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-ITALY.jpg

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-09-25T132417Z_01_GSP08D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-ITALY.jpg

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-09-25T132619Z_01_GSP09D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-ITALY.jpg

http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/NAP104092507_800x600.jpg

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Saumon
09-25-2005, 01:49 PM
3 matches, 3 different shirts... but all of them were red :lol:

btw it was a great idea to wear a yellow bandana! :yeah:

Cris
09-25-2005, 01:56 PM
Thanks for the pics! :hug:

Juanqui leads 5-3. Vamos! :bounce:

adelaide
09-25-2005, 03:27 PM
:woohoo: JC WON!

Cris
09-25-2005, 03:47 PM
Bravo Juanqui! :woohoo:

España!!! :banana:

MariaV
09-25-2005, 04:35 PM
WELL DONE RAFA & JC!!!!!! :bigclap: :yippee: :banana: :bounce: :bigclap: :yippee: :banana: :bounce:

ayena
09-25-2005, 05:51 PM
:bounce: :bounce: Great job!!! :bounce: :bounce:

adelaide
09-25-2005, 07:21 PM
What's Rafael's next tourney?? :confused: is he taking time off until Masters Madrid?

LaTenista
09-25-2005, 08:11 PM
What's Rafael's next tourney?? :confused: is he taking time off until Masters Madrid?

He has the next two weeks off, then Vienna, Madrid, Basel, Paris, week off, Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai.

I love your avatar BTW.

Neely
09-26-2005, 12:15 AM
Congrats Spain and Rafa for winning the tie and contributing two wins to that!!! :yeah:

I know I'm late for this, but I was too busy with my German team winning a thriller in Czech Republic so I just realized what was going on between Italy and Spain! :eek:

Good that they had Rafa and that JC closed the tie with a good win after his first day let down! :yeah:

ataptc
09-26-2005, 04:18 AM
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-09-24T174749Z_01_GSP14D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-ITALY.jpg
I love that pic.. I wish it was bigger so I could use it as a wallpaper..

ataptc
09-26-2005, 05:09 AM
:woohoo: Back to the world group!!!! :D It would have been disastrous if the champoins were relegated a year after they became champs!

Nene
09-30-2005, 01:35 PM
yep!! Sorry for my late congratulations... Rafa loves his country deeply!! :yeah:

MariaV
09-22-2006, 12:55 PM
Hello! Yet another relegation match vs Italy, this time in Santander! Rafa vs Seppi up soon, Tommy R. lost to Pippo, too bad! Vamos Rafael! :bounce: :bigclap: :yippee:

Carlita
09-22-2006, 02:08 PM
:bounce: vamos Little Man!! Make it 1-1 por favoooooooooooooooooooor :bounce:

MariaV
09-22-2006, 03:47 PM
Phew Rafael! 6-0 6-4 6-3. He definitely took his time again but got it done in three sets! :lol:
Match time 2 h 33 min.

Xristos
09-22-2006, 03:51 PM
What was Rafa wearing please??

MariaV
09-22-2006, 04:27 PM
Rafa was wearing red & yellow Spanish colours. Check out the pics thread. :wavey:
22 Sep 2006 - Real Sociedad de Tenis la Magdalena, Santander, Spain - Eleanor Preston - ESP v ITA
Nadal gets Spain back on track

Rafael Nadal calmed the nerves of the home side by beating Andreas Seppi60 64 63 to bring Spain level with Italy at one point apiece in its Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off tie in Santander.

Nadal, the world No.2, walked onto the beachside court with his team still reeling from Filippo Volandri’s straight sets victory over Tommy Robredo in the opening rubber and knowing that defeat to Seppi would put Spain on the brink of relegation from the World Group. Within minutes he had restored the crowd’s faith in its players by racing to the first set 60, and though Seppi eventually made him work hard for his win, Nadal’s first Davis Cup match in front of his home crowd in nearly two years proved to be a happy return for the 20-year-old Mallorcan.

Seppi struggled bravely, but Nadal too good

Seppi did not allow the two-time Roland Garros champion to have things all his own way though. He broke the Nadal serve in the opening game of the second set and, for long stretches, kept pace with arguably the world’s best clay court player. Nadal had to bide his time until late in the second set before breaking back, but when he did so and went on to go two sets up, the match effectively moved permanently beyond Seppi’s reach. The Italian fought obstinately but he and his small band of supporters were eventually drowned out by an increasingly boisterous Spanish crowd, anxious to show Nadal its noisy appreciation.

Nadal, who wore the red and yellow of the Spanish flag right down to his wristbands, rewarded their loyalty by putting on something of a show early in the third set, covering the court with sometimes miraculous ease and firing winners past Seppi, each one punctuated with his trademark leaping and fist pumping. Seppi showed admirable resolve by breaking back, but at 3-4 down his serve once more buckled under relentless pressure from Nadal. Seppi mustered two break-points in the final game but Nadal would not be denied, sealing victory after two hours and 33 minutes with a delicate dropshot.

Italy off to an ideal start

Earlier, Volandri had got his team off to an ideal start with a 63 75 63 win over a below-par Robredo. Volandri put one of his most inspired Davis Cup performances to upset the form book and quieten the crowd. He seemed to react far better to the circumstances, putting Robredo under pressure from the first ball to the last and taking advantage of nervous, stuttering tennis from the Spaniard.

With the tie now certain to go into a third day, much now rests on Saturday’s doubles, which is scheduled to feature Danielle Bracciali and Giorgio Galimberti for Italy against Robredo and Fernando Verdasco. However, under the ITF’s Davis Cup rules, both captains can change their doubles pairings up until an hour before the start of play, which leaves Spain’s Emilio Sanchez and Italy’s Corrado Barazzutti with some thinking to do. Sanchez may feel Spain has a stronger chance of winning the middle rubber if Nadal plays alongside either Robredo or Verdasco; Barazzutti, however, may be more inclined to stick with his established doubles team – Bracciali and Galimberti have not lost any of the four ties they have played together.

Saturday will also see a special ceremony on court in Santander as Spain says goodbye to faithful Davis Cup servant Alex Corretja, who will hope to mark his official retirement by watching his successors push Spain within sight of victory and nearer World Group safety.
http://www.daviscup.com/news/matchreport.asp?id=13857

MariaV
09-23-2006, 02:50 PM
Phew Rafael! Rafa played with Fernando Verdasco and they won 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-6 (4) :D :D
Now get some rest for tomorrow and finish this tie! :bounce: :yippee: :banana: :bigclap:

MariaV
09-23-2006, 07:42 PM
Just for Ania when she gets back. ;)

23 Sep 2006 - Real Sociedad de Tenis la Magdalena, Santander, Spain - Eleanor Preston - ESP v ITA

Spain takes the doubles

Nadal replaces Robredo and leads Spain to doubles win

Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco put in a performance full of dynamic exuberance to beat Giorgio Galimberti and Daniele Bracciali 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 in Saturday’s doubles and give Spain a 2-1 lead over Italy in its Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off.

“It was a very impressive match and very emotional,” said Nadal.” It’s much better to go to bed with 2-1 up than 2-1 down. It gives us confidence for tomorrow.”

Nadal was called in by Spanish captain Emilio Sanchez as a replacement for Tommy Robredo, who had appeared out-of-sorts in losing to Filippo Volandri in Friday’s opening singles rubber. It proved to be a master stroke.

“They combined well because when one was down the other one was up,” said Spanish captain Emilio Sanchez. “Rafa controls his energy very well because he’s played a lot of important matches with his emotions. I was trying to control Fernando a little more because I didn’t want him to get over-excited because then you play bad. He’s more expressive in a way.”

Nadal and Verdasco bring energy to the court

Nadal and Verdasco had never previously played Davis Cup doubles together – though they did reach the semi-finals of the ATP Tour event in Stuttgart in July 2005 on their only previous doubles foray – but appeared to gel immediately. Bouncing around between points and frequently exhorting each other with shouts, fist pumps, high fives and even chest bumps, Nadal and Verdasco were a collective bundle of energy from the first point.

“Fernando played a very complete match,” said Nadal. “He returned the ball unbelievable when the other guys were serving. This was a very important match for us because we had a lot of losses in doubles this year.”

Verdasco had never played in front of his home crowd in Davis Cup before and afterwards said he was inspired by the occasion. “For me it was so motivating, and such a good feeling and sensation,” said Verdasco. “It was a new and special experience and I’m so happy that I started with a victory.”

Galimberti and Bracciali were by far the more established team and had never been beaten in Davis Cup play, yet they appeared overwhelmed early on. The Spanish duo broke Bracciali’s serve in the opening game to set the tone for the first set. While Nadal is undoubtedly the star of the show in Santander – where he is playing his first Davis Cup tie at home since the 2004 final – Spain owed its doubles victory as much to Verdasco as to the two-time Roland Garros champion. While Nadal’s groundstrokes were predictably potent, Verdasco served well and dominated the net with agile aggression.

Italians fight back

The high octane tennis which the Spanish produced in the first set was always likely to suffer a dip and when their energy levels dropped a notch in the second set, Bracciali and Galimberti pounced to temporarily quell the crowd and their opponents. The Italians’ efforts in leveling the match at a set all served only to galvanise Nadal and Verdasco once more, though, and the home side recovered the dynamism of the first set to go two sets to one ahead.

The momentum appeared to switch again at the start of the fourth set, with Italy becoming more aggressive and producing their best passage of play of the match to run up a 5-2 lead, yet Nadal and Verdasco did not stay subdued for long. They broke to 15 when Galimberti served to level the match, bounding back to their seats as though barely able to contain themselves. Verdasco had to survive a few anxious moments on his serve at 4-5 but it was his aggression and perseverance which secured victory for Spain after Nadal had taken them to the tiebreaker.

Spanish celebrate

After Nadal put away the winning volley, Verdasco jumped into the 20-year-old’s arms with such force that he knocked Nadal over backwards onto the court, and the pair remained locked in an embrace, covering themselves in red clay as the capacity crowd roared its approval.

Nadal will return to action for the reverse singles on Sunday, and could win the tie for Spain and secure his nation’s place in the World Group next year if he beats Volandri in the opening rubber.

“Now I have the chance to win the tie (but) I’m going to have a very difficult match,” said Nadal. “Volandri is playing very good with lots of confidence so I will have to play a very good match tomorrow.”

If Volandri manages to pull off another upset, then Sanchez will have to decide whether to keep faith with Robredo for the second singles rubber against Andreas Seppi or replace him with either Verdasco or David Ferrer. Under the ITF’s Davis Cup rules, Sanchez has until ten minutes before the scheduled start of the fifth rubber to make a decision.

Nadal will be anxious to put the tie beyond doubt by then, saving Sanchez from a selection dilemma and giving himself a triumphant homecoming at the same time.


http://www.daviscup.com/news/matchreport.asp?id=13882

MariaV
09-23-2006, 07:51 PM
UPDATE1-Nadal and Verdasco put Spain 2-1 up against Italy

Sat Sep 23, 2006 6:50 PM BST
(Adds quotes)

SANTANDER, Spain, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Spain seized control of their Davis Cup world group playoff against Italy on Saturday as Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco prevailed over Daniele Bracciali and Giorgio Galimberti.

Nadal and Verdasco were pushed all the way before winning the doubles 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-6 to put Spain 2-1 up going into Sunday's reverse singles rubbers.

Spanish captain Emilio Sanchez Vicario altered his scheduled doubles pairing by replacing Tommy Robredo with Nadal, after Robredo lost in straight sets to Filippo Volandri in the opening singles rubber on Friday.

The change seemed to have the right effect as the pumped-up Spaniards stormed into an early lead supported by a raucous 10,000 crowd who appeared undeterred by a blustery wind on the outdoor court.

World number two Nadal went off the boil in the second set, however, as the Italians twice broke his serve to level at a set apiece.

A break midway through the third set put the home side ahead once again and the fourth set went to a tiebreak when Spain fought back from 5-2 down to level at 6-6.

Two errors from Verdasco helped Italy to close from 4-0 down to 5-4 in the tiebreak but two volleys at the net from Nadal gave Spain victory in just over three hours.

"Nadal and Verdasco combined well because when one was down the other one was up," said Sanchez Vicario.

"Rafael controls his energy very well because he's played in a lot of important, emotional matches. I was trying to control Fernando a little more to stop him from getting over-excited because then you play badly. He's more expressive in a way."

Spain can secure their place in the 2007 world group if the French Open champion can overcome Volandri in the opening singles rubber on Sunday.

"It was a very emotional match and it's much better to go to bed 2-1 up rather than 2-1 down. It gives us confidence for tomorrow," said Nadal. :D

"Now I have the chance to win the tie but Volandri is playing with a lot of confidence so I will have to be really on top of my game."
(Writing by Mark Elkington in Madrid)

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=tennisnews&storyID=2006-09-23T174748Z_01_L23797068_RTRIDST_0_SPORT-TENNIS-DAVIS-SPAIN-UPDATE-1-PICTURE.XML

Johnny Groove
09-24-2006, 12:54 AM
damn, Nando too? Rafa is such a slut :o ;) :aplot:

MariaV
09-24-2006, 01:26 PM
Blaze you :devil:! :lol:

Rafa beat Pippo Volandri 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3! :banana. :yippee: :bounce: :bigclap:
Bien hecho Rafael! :yeah: Spain stays in the World Group. :D

Ti-Anne
09-24-2006, 03:13 PM
:bigclap: :yeah: ENHORABUENA ARMADA ! :yippee: :worship:
AAAWWW RAFAEL ... :inlove:

MariaV
09-24-2006, 07:24 PM
To all the lurkers here! :wavey:
24 Sep 2006 - Real Sociedad de Tenis la Magdalena, Santander, Spain - Eleanor Preston

Nadal ensures Spain's World Group survival

Rafael Nadal needed three hours and 15 minutes to beat Filippo Volandri 36 75 63 63 and give Spain an unassailable 3-1 lead over Italy in its Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off tie in Santander. It is the second year in succession that Italy has been denied a place in the elite, 16-team division of the competition by Spain.

In the final rubber, David Ferrer made the final score 4-1 for Spain after he completed a routine 62 62 win over Andreas Seppi.

Italy return to Europe/Africa Zone Group I

Nadal’s hard-fought victory, during which he narrowly escaped from going two sets down to the Italian, means Spain will play in the World Group next season. Italy, meanwhile, remains in Europe/Africa Zone Group One. It will be a small consolation for Italian captain Corrado Barazzutti and his men that, if they reach the play-offs again next year, they will not have to face Spain again – under the ITF’s Davis Cup rules teams cannot play each other three years in succession.

It might all have been different had Volandri made good on his one-set lead, carved out with a combination of sustained aggression from the Italian and some uncharacteristic errors from Nadal. With Nadal appearing drained after playing on the first two days of the tie, Volandri was by far the fresher, more focused player during most of the first two sets. After a see-saw second set, Volandri fashioned 0-30 on the Nadal serve and seemed poised to silence those who had come to this picturesque corner of the northern Spanish coast expecting to see a cakewalk for Spain. Nadal spotted the danger, though, and roused himself into a surge of energy, firing off a string of winners to hold serve and build a momentum which saw him reel off four games on the bounce to turn a perilous position into a lead. When he beat his chest in celebration, it seemed like a war cry.

A lone Italian trumpeter played O Sole Mio

From being a subdued and listless figure early in the match, by the time he was a break up in the third set; Nadal looked far more like the World’s No.2 and the winner of back-to-back Roland Garros titles. After more than two and a half hours of tennis, he was two sets to one up and the crowd, which had been largely silenced by anxiety over the scoreline early in the match, returned to its noisy, boisterous adulation of the 20-year-old Mallorcan. Only a lone Italian trumpeter playing a mournful version of ‘O Sole Mio’ broke through the wall of Spanish noise.

The trumpet player was applauded for his efforts, as was Volandri. The 25-year-old, who is currently ranked 38 in the world, made the tie a lot closer than many had predicted by beating Tommy Robredo in straight sets in the opening rubber on Friday and produced another nerveless performance against Nadal. The Spaniard, however, has now won a record 62 consecutive singles matches on clay, stretching back to April 2005, and once again he proved irresistible on his favourite surface.

“It was really emotional today. It was a very tough match because Volandri plays very good. We are very happy for the victory. We are in the World Group and that’s very important for Spain," said Nadal.

“The match was complicated a lot when I lost the first set and then he had points on my serve, but (then) I played a little bit more aggressive and a bit more inside the court, and that was decisive. Everybody helped me a lot, the public supported me a lot. I want to say thank-you to everybody," added the Spaniard.

Nadal takes a lap of honour

It was all Volandri could do to keep the scoreline respectable in the fourth set. When Nadal sealed victory, he threw his racket in the air before embracing Spanish captain Emilio Sanchez and doing a lap of honour, high-fiving lucky fans in the front row as he went.

http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=13898

MariaV
09-24-2006, 07:28 PM
24 Sep 2006 - Real Sociedad de Tenis la Magdalena, Santander, Spain - Eleanor Preston

Spain hopes for a good draw in 2007

Rafael Nadal will be keeping his fingers and toes crossed on Thursday when the draw gets underway at the historic Foro Italico in Rome to decide the fate of the top 16 nations in the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.

Having sealed victory for Spain by winning all three of his matches in its Play-off against Italy in Santander over the weekend, Nadal secured his team’s place amongst the elite World Group of the competition. Now he must wait, along with everyone else, to see if fate is going to be kind to him and his teammates.

“We will try the best but we will hope the draw was a little better than the last year,” said Nadal, after securing the winning point with a four-set victory over Italy’s Filippo Volandri. “We will see. We are in the World Group and that is very important for Spain.”

Spain Number Two in Davis Cup Rankings

Spanish captain Emilio Sanchez’s gifted squad, which has included Tommy Robredo, Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco and David Ferrer as well as Nadal this year, is currently ranked No.2 in the Davis Cup rankings and is likely to be seeded in Thursday’s draw. However, as the Spanish know very well, being seeded is no guarantee of success. In the first round in February this year, when the team was without Nadal, Spain was beaten 4-1 on an indoor court in Belarus. The previous year it was beaten in the first round by Slovak Republic.

Nadal’s obvious love of playing for his country could be Sanchez’s trump card in 2007 though, especially if Spain secure home ties or are made to play on clay. Nadal has not been beaten on the surface in 62 matches – his last defeat on clay came in April 2005.
“We can play at a very high level on normal surfaces like clay and hard court but our level drops a lot if we have to play on fast indoor carpet like Belarus used this year,” warned Sanchez.


Nadal and Verdasco a dynamic and aggressive doubles pairing
Sanchez might have solved Spain’s problem of finding a reliable doubles team, having opted to partner Nadal with Verdasco in Santander for the first time in Davis Cup, a gamble that paid off in spectacular style. The pair gelled well and proved to be a dynamic and aggressive doubles pairing, one capable of stopping the run of defeats Spain had suffered in doubles rubbers. Before this weekend, Spain had lost doubles rubbers in four successive Davis Cup ties and hadn’t won a doubles point since September 2004. The team Nadal and Verdasco beat in Santander, Giorgio Galimberti and Daniele Bracciali, had never previously lost a Davis Cup match together.

“I’m very glad that they got together. They compensated well for each other,” said Sanchez, who made the decision to replace Robredo with Nadal in the doubles on Friday night, but only told Verdasco first thing on Saturday morning, hours before he was due on court. “They’re very young so it’s an option of course. But we have other players as well and we have to see with whom they play better and with whom they play more often on the tour.”

Italy return to Europe/Africa Zone Group One

If Spain has good reason to be optimistic then Italy can at least be reassured that it is likely to be seeded in the draw for the Europe/Africa Zone Group One, though Italian captain Corrado Barazzutti will be another with his eyes and ears on Thursday’s draw. Even with the protection of a seeding, which would give the team a first round bye before playing in April, Italy could still find itself up against the likes of Great Britain, Israel, Luxembourg, Mexico or Korea, amongst others. At least Barazzutti knows that if Italy gets to a World Group play-off this time next year, his team is certain to avoid playing Spain for the third year in succession. A special Davis Cup rule ensures teams cannot play off against each other more than two years’ running.

Barazzutti, like Nadal, will have to wait until Thursday to see if there is more good news coming his way.

http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=13910

Jogg
09-24-2006, 07:30 PM
Well done Rafa :bigclap: :banana:

MariaV
09-24-2006, 07:47 PM
UPDATE 2-Nadal puts Spain into 2007 Davis Cup world group
Sun Sep 24, 2006 4:37 PM BST
(Adds final rubber)

SANTANDER, Spain, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal secured Spain's place in the world group of the Davis Cup for 2007 by beating Italian number one Filippo Volandri 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3 with a typically combative display on Sunday.

Nadal's win gave Spain an unassailable lead and David Ferrer beat Andreas Seppi 6-2 6-2 in the final singles rubber reduced to the best of three sets, to complete a 4-1 playoff victory.

Spain's world number two sought to play down his contribution, however, despite having beaten Seppi on Friday in the second singles rubber and helping Fernando Verdasco to win the doubles on Saturday, before overcoming Volandri.

"It was a team effort, no one is special in this group. Circumstances dictated that I played three matches but the team is everything," Nadal told Spanish state television.

Rain delayed the start of play on Sunday by half-an-hour and dampened the spirits of the home crowd who failed to find their voice after Volandri started strongly.

Perhaps showing the effects of having played tough encounters over the previous two days, Nadal looked sluggish early on.

The 25-year-old Volandri, ranked 36 places below Nadal, had not played since seeing off Tommy Robredo in straight sets on Friday morning and confidently moved the Spaniard round the court.

Errors from the French Open champion cost him three breaks of serve in the first set and his opponent continued to look sharper in the second.

After an exchange of breaks midway through the second set a fierce baseline drive from Nadal gave him the crucial break in the 11th game. It proved the turning point and he served out to win 7-5.

Volandri dropped his next two service games at the start of the third and the reinvigorated Nadal was rarely troubled thereafter as errors crept into Volandri's game.

Nadal cruised to victory in the fourth set to wrap up the decisive point in just over three hours and 15 minutes.

"It was clear that I didn't start very well and Volandri was controlling the court quite easily at first," Nadal added.

"I started playing my shots longer and mixed it up a bit more which allowed me to take control and this changed the nature of the match."

(Writing by Mark Elkington in Madrid)

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=2006-09-24T153424Z_01_L24821819_RTRIDST_0_SPORT-TENNIS-DAVIS-SPAIN-UPDATE-2-PICTURE.XML&archived=False

Johnny Groove
09-24-2006, 08:35 PM
Rafa!!!!! :yeah:

veyonce
09-25-2006, 03:19 AM
Reuters

Nadal puts Spain into 2007 Davis Cup world group

SANTANDER, Spain (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal secured Spain's place in the world group of the Davis Cup for 2007 by beating Italian number one Filippo Volandri 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3 with a typically combative display on Sunday.

Nadal's win gave Spain an unassailable lead and David Ferrer beat Andreas Seppi 6-2 6-2 in the final singles rubber reduced to the best of three sets, to complete a 4-1 playoff victory.

Spain's world number two sought to play down his contribution, however, despite having beaten Seppi on Friday in the second singles rubber and helping Fernando Verdasco to win the doubles on Saturday, before overcoming Volandri.

"It was a team effort, no one is special in this group. Circumstances dictated that I played three matches but the team is everything," Nadal told Spanish state television.

Rain delayed the start of play on Sunday by half-an-hour and dampened the spirits of the home crowd who failed to find their voice after Volandri started strongly.

Perhaps showing the effects of having played tough encounters over the previous two days, Nadal looked sluggish early on.

The 25-year-old Volandri, ranked 36 places below Nadal, had not played since seeing off Tommy Robredo in straight sets on Friday morning and confidently moved the Spaniard round the court.

Errors from the French Open champion cost him three breaks of serve in the first set and his opponent continued to look sharper in the second.

After an exchange of breaks midway through the second set a fierce baseline drive from Nadal gave him the crucial break in the 11th game. It proved the turning point and he served out to win 7-5.

Volandri dropped his next two service games at the start of the third and the reinvigorated Nadal was rarely troubled thereafter as errors crept into Volandri's game.

Nadal cruised to victory in the fourth set to wrap up the decisive point in just over three hours and 15 minutes.

"It was clear that I didn't start very well and Volandri was controlling the court quite easily at first," Nadal added.

"I started playing my shots longer and mixed it up a bit more which allowed me to take control and this changed the nature of the match."

(Writing by Mark Elkington in Madrid)

Updated on Sunday, Sep 24, 2006 11:54 am EDT

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=AvcU8kOildukOciSx3Iwx944v7YF?slug=reu-davisspainsundaydc&prov=reuters&type=lgns

mallorn
10-03-2006, 08:40 PM
Just for Ania when she gets back. ;)
:kiss: :kiss: :kiss:


I actually watched the tie! :cool: There was satellite TV and I had Sports Italia or whatever the name is. I didn't understand much (the commentary was in Italian, duh) and I missed the beginnings of all the matches :p :lol: but I did see Rafa all three times. How nerve-racking was the Volandri match? I started to watch it at 3-6, 6-5 and I couldn't believe the score. :o Or the fact that they had Rafa play three times again! :fiery: That's precisely what Arrese got so much flak for. :rolleyes:

I guess all's well that ends well, but they really must find someone else to play the doubles in future. :(

Spain really hasn't had much luck with first round draws recently, and now they'll have to play an away tie on a (most likely) very fast surface again. Grrr.

Thanks for all the articles, guys! :hug: I've got lots of catching up to do, but unfortunately I'm swamped with work. :(

MariaV
10-04-2006, 11:00 AM
ANIA!!!!!!! :bigclap: :bounce: :yippee: Welcome back dear! :smooch: :hug:

Yeah, as I predicted Rafa ended up playing all 3 matches. :rolleyes:
And he MIGHT not play vs SUI next year, but note this may be just a misquote, from tennis-x.
Federer, Nadal Show Davis Cup Not a Priority Anymore

by Richard Vach

Where world No. 1 Roger Federer and muscle-bound No. 2 Rafael Nadal go, so goes tennis fandom, including “fringe” tennis fans.

The 2007 Davis Cup was drawn last week, including the exciting first-round match-up such of Switzerland vs. Spain.

Federer and Nadal’s response?

“Eh.”

The rest of international sports’ response to Davis Cup?

“Eh.”

Why should international sports fans care about the Davis Cup, which is already bypassed annually by U.S. sports outlets, when tennis itself doesn’t even care about the Davis Cup?

Federer hasn’t played in a World Group match in over two years, explaining that his quest for the No. 1 ranking and additional Slam titles precludes him for extending himself for one weekend a few times a year. His one concession over the last two years has been swooping in at the end of the year during the World Group Playoffs to save the Swiss team from being bumped out of the elite group into zonal play.

Nadal for his part watches the way Federer goes about his business very closely. Nadal also wants to be No. 1 one day, and Rog has shown the Spaniard the way — blowing off the Davis Cup.

“I don’t know if I’ll play,” Nadal said Monday. “Normally, I don’t play the first round and at this moment I don’t know if I will.”

Nadal peaked in Davis Cup too early, in 2004 capturing the title in his very first year of competing for Spain, playing in all four ties and beating the U.S. in the final at Sevilla on clay. He’s already climbed the mountain. Insert cliche here.

With two French Open titles in the bag, Nadal knows what is important to his legacy — Slam titles, and lots of them.

“My aim is to play well at every tournament,” Nadal said.”But, given what it stands for, the one I would really like to do well in is Wimbledon…I’m still young and I have to keep working hard so that one day I will have the chance to become No. 1.”

It may not seem like it should be the ATP’s concern (they still don’t list the Davis Cup weeks on their yearly calendar, as if it didn’t exist), but the 105-year-old event, the largest international competition in world sport, is being squeezed by the tour’s want for players to compete at more events, while somehow remaining fresh for the Slams, and somewhere fitting in Davis Cup.

The Davis Cup is in danger of going the way of the women’s Fed Cup — the annual weeks where the players pony-up injuries or plead “exhaustion,” and B- and C-level players compete (bad that is unless you’re Kirsten Flipkens, and you suddenly get to take center stage as one of Belgium’s “top players”).

If the fantasy “Commissioner of Tennis” title did exist, and John McEnroe were at the helm, he’d be chewing someone’s ass over tennis treating it’s premier international competition like Mia Hewitt treats a diaper.

You want to watch Tommy Robredo vs. Stan Wawrinka in February, or Rog vs. Rafa? Which is better for tennis?

Roger Federer is responsible for Davis Cup. Rafael Nadal is responsible for Davis Cup. The International Tennis Federation is responsible, the ATP is responsible. Because with the increased physical and scheduling demands on the top players and no one being responsible for Davis Cup — with just the hope that players feel some patriotic duty to participate — it ain’t workin’ anymore.

(Ed. Note: Reportedly the Associated Press had misquoted Nadal, who said he wasn’t sure Federer would play, but that he would play. We are still waiting for a confirmation.)

http://wwwtennis-x.com/vachblog/2006-10-03/7.php

mallorn
10-05-2006, 07:49 PM
Hi Maria! :D :smooch:

Yeah, that quote doesn't sound right, according to Spanish speakers on VB.com Rafa said it was Roger who doesn't usually play the first round. :shrug:

mallorn
10-07-2006, 02:48 PM
I finally managed to read everything concerning DC play-offs here and on VB.com and this quote seems even stranger to me now, since Rafa said DC is his favourite competition. :shrug:

I'd like to post three translations by Nou.amic of VB.com.

This one is pretty old now, from before the tie, but it has some good Rafa-quotes.
At your service, Nadal

Without lifting a racquet, Rafael was acclaimed a clear winner on his first visit to Asturias. He arrived from Madrid with just enough time to give a press conference and attend the Asturian Tennis Federation annual gala. The Federation president, Manuel Galé, praised Nadal to the skies not for his tennis skills, which also merit it, but for his quality as a human being. "He is a real gentleman," the president summed him up.

Before handing over to Nadal, Galé suggested that this would not be his last visit to Asturias, "where he will come back to fish, his great passion, and for something else that he knows about". Galé was referring, of course, to the Luanco Tenis Playa (exhibition tournament played on the beach). Three years ago, just before his tennis exploded on to the world stage, Rafael Nadal had agreed to come but an injury prevented him from coming and he promised to come on the same terms as had been agreed for 2004.

"Manolo insists that I had agreed to come back last year or this year, but I remember that I only agreed to come back 'one day'," explained Nadal. "I always keep my promises and I trust I will be able to keep this one. I cannot say when because I have a lot of commitments. When the schedule is right and the conditions are favourable, I'll play in the Luanco Tenis Playa."

A couple of weeks ago, in the very same room where Nadal was yesterday, the 'Principe de Asturias' Award for Sport, for which Nadal was one of the closest final candidates, was decided. "I would love to win the 'Principe de Asturias' Award because it is the most important one we have here in Spain. This year, the Spanish basketball team really deserved it, I thoroughly enjoyed watching them."

As he does not like setting himself long term goals, at the moment Nadal is only thinking of the Davis Cup tie for world group permanency, against Italy, in Santander. Not about the Masters Series Madrid, nor Shanghai, nor next season's Grand Slams: "My aim is to be a better player, to be ready and prepared to win each tournament. But I never become blinded or put myself under pressure in the long term, whether it's for Roland Garros or Wimbledon."

Logically, he hopes to be number one some day, but insists that he is not obsessed about Roger Federer, whom he recognizes as the best right now: "The ATP ranking points and our respective curriculums say it all. Perhaps at 20 I have more titles than he had at that age but I'm sure that I won't be anywhere near his total when I'm 24 or 25."

He insists that his modesty is not just a pose: "I have got my feet on the ground because I know where I come from and how important it is to work hard and maintain the desire to play." For this very reason, he does not feel ill at ease at events like yesterday's in Oviedo: "It is not just at a gala like the Asturian Federation one. At any moment, after a match or a practice session I spend 10 or 15 minute, however long is needed, signing autographs. I think people go away happy and they see me as an approachable person, which is what I am. I sometimes see people on television who seem to be from another planet. All I want is for people to see me as the same as any other person."

Original in Spanish:
http://www.lne.es/secciones/noticia.jsp?pNumEjemplar=1401&pIdSeccion=47&pIdNoticia=443689


This one has me worried that some people would like to see Rafa play three matches in each tie. :(
Joan Balcells was half of the sensational winning doubles pair that upset the highly fancied Australians in the 2000 Davis Cup final in Barcelona.

Interview | Joan Balcells

"A partner has to be found for Rafael"

By J. MARGALEF (BARCELONA)

What did you think of the Nadal-Verdasco doubles partnership against Italy?

.- I think they did well, they had a perfect understanding. Emilio Sánchez made the right choice.

They don't seem to be a stable partnership. Do you think the Davis Cup team needs a specific fixed doubles pair, even although it is made up of lower ranking players?

.- I don't think that would be a solution because you can't go into a Davis Cup tie with two low ranking players to play the doubles. If one of the singles players got injured, you could be putting the singles results in jeopardy.

Does that mean that what's needed is for Rafa Nadal to play the singles and the doubles... and that a doubles partner be found to complement him?

.- Rafa Nadal is the number one, the team leader, a real force in tennis and a force of nature. He is capable of playing not one but two Davis Cup ties in one week and his being one half of the doubles pair is unquestionable. The problem is finding a partner with whom he has a good understanding.

Does that mean that they need to look for a new Joan Balcells?

.- My case was obvious: I was a player who had a good understanding with my partner. But they didn't choose me just because I played doubles well, at the time I was in the world's top 50 and could perfectly well have played the singles.

Is there a special key to doing well in the doubles?

.- I think that playing at home counts for a lot, you have a 90% chance of winning. When playing away from home there's the pressure exerted by the home crowd, the type of surface.

Have you any player in mind at the moment to be that complement needed in the doubles?

.- It is not easy to give a name, but Feliciano López might be the best. [Hmmm... :unsure:]

Original in Spanish:
http://www.as.com/articulo/deporte/Joan/Balcells/Hay/buscarle/pareja/Rafael/dasmasB00/20060927dasdaimas_2/Tes/
And this one is a very nice recap of the players' reactions after they won the tie. :)
"If only you could have us back again; we are very happy here"

The players and captain thanked the public for their reception and support in Santander and said they would like to return to play another Davis Cup tie there

Everyone went wild when the last point was won. The public rose to their feet, Nadal jumped with joy, threw his racquet in the air and hugged the team captain, Emilio Sánchez Vicario. Moments later, he climbed on to one of the refrigerators to celebrate his victory over Volandri - and with it permanency in the Davis Cup World Group - with his fellow team members and his family. After returning to the centre of the court and receiving the public's applause, Rafael Nadal started to do the round of the whole front row, authorities included, to receive congratulations and share his happiness with them all. [He had a funny hat on during the round. :p ]

Soon after that, the whole Spanish team came on court to thank the fans for the support they had received from the terracing and let them know that they would like to return to Santander to play another Davis Cup tie.

"If only you could have us back here again; we are very happy here," said Rafa Nadal, the first to take the microphone and address the public. "Santander is a beautiful place," he added. The Spanish number one described the victory as "incredible" and admitted that he had had "very difficult moments".

With shouts of "Tommy, Tommy, Tommy", the public tried to cheer up Robredo who apologised for his defeat on the first day which had complicated things against the Italians. "On the first day I couldn't do what Rafa has done today, but I hope to learn from him," he said, which drew him a friendly reprimand from Nadal and the following reply from Robredo: "We have a ranking in the locker room and Rafa is the messiest in the team," he said in jest. [So nothing has changed. :o :lol:]

David Ferrer was more forthright in his thanks to the public: "You're marvellous," he said, "we have had an incredible experience here. I hope next year we play in Spain again and I wish it could be in Santander," he added.

Fernando Verdasco, whose performance was decisive in winning the doubles, :worship: was one of the players who received most applause. "Thank you for the support you have given us, without you it would have been impossible to make the come back in the fourth set of the doubles, which was decisive for the play off."

Last of all, the team captain, Emilio Sánchez Vicario, thanked the public and the officials of the Real Club de Tenis de La Magdalena for the treatment they had received. "We have been very comfortable here; let's see if we can come back here to play the final."

Original in Spanish:
http://www.eldiariomontanes.es/prensa/20060925/deportes/ojala-acojais-veces-aqui_20060925.html

mallorn
11-16-2006, 06:12 PM
Yeah, that quote doesn't sound right, according to Spanish speakers on VB.com Rafa said it was Roger who doesn't usually play the first round. :shrug:
Sorry to quote myself, but like I said then, it was a mistake and Rafa never said he wouldn't play.

Here's a confirmation from BBC Sport:

Nadal keen to play in Davis Cup

Rafael Nadal has committed to playing in Spain's Davis Cup match against Switzerland next February.

Reports suggested the world number two may miss the first round tie in Geneva.

But Nadal said he was keen to play, adding: "It's going to be a difficult - Switzerland have a good team - but we will do our best."

Switzerland's world number one Roger Federer, who trails Nadal 6-2 in their head-to-head encounters, will not be playing in the match.

In recent years, Federer has allowed room in his schedule for one Davis Cup series per season and has twice missed the first round.

The hosts will be represented by Stanislas Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, Yves Allegro, and Michael Lammer in the tie against the Spaniards.

Spain have a stronger team on paper, but Nadal said: "Every time you play away it is a lot more difficult than playing at home."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6154460.stm

Johnny Groove
01-28-2007, 11:02 PM
DC :banana:

mallorn
01-29-2007, 09:04 PM
Hopefully. :unsure:

Raf had a scan in Manacor and his doctor in Barcelona was supposed to be sent the results and say if it was ok for him to play. They said on Spanish TV the results would be announced tomorrow.

Rafa said he was better but still felt pain when crouching.

guga2120
01-29-2007, 10:20 PM
it sucks to see him keep getting hurt the way he does. I hope he is ok.


He needs to start training different or something b/c it is happening to often.

NicoFan
01-29-2007, 10:24 PM
Hopefully. :unsure:

Raf had a scan in Manacor and his doctor in Barcelona was supposed to be sent the results and say if it was ok for him to play. They said on Spanish TV the results would be announced tomorrow.

Rafa said he was better but still felt pain when crouching.

Gracias for the info. :hug:

I hope he's okay. :scared:

If he's not 100%, he shouldn't play although I know the fans going want to see him.

Mimi
01-30-2007, 03:19 AM
rafa loves his country so much, even this davis cup takes up so much energy of him and may affect his performances in singles, he is still willing to play, and thats why i love him so much :worship:

mallorn
01-30-2007, 12:38 PM
Rafa is going to have another test today and a final decision will be announced tomorrow, but he looks likely to play atm.

Check out rn.com for pictures. ;) http://www.rafaelnadal.com/english/en/articles/article_165.html



Jonathan, you're using my avvie! :D :yippee:

Tess Gray
01-30-2007, 04:46 PM
Well, I guess now we'll have to wait for the other tests they're gonna do.. But at least the injury isn't too bad :)

yana
01-30-2007, 06:03 PM
i wanna see him playing in DC. he really enjoy playing with his spanish team friends and I think it will be good for his mentality.

Johnny Groove
01-31-2007, 12:01 AM
Rafa is going to have another test today and a final decision will be announced tomorrow, but he looks likely to play atm.

Check out rn.com for pictures. ;) http://www.rafaelnadal.com/english/en/articles/article_165.html



Jonathan, you're using my avvie! :D :yippee:

i might use the other one for IW and Miami :kiss: :banana:

MariaV
02-02-2007, 12:09 PM
:bigwave: Just felt like posting. ;) But seems there's still no certainty. :shrug:

Nadal should be fit for Davis Cup tie
Thu Feb 1, 2007 11:57 AM GMT

MADRID, Feb 1 (Reuters) - World number two Rafael Nadal should be fit for Spain's Davis Cup World Group tie against Switzerland this month despite picking up an injury in the Australian Open.

The 20-year-old sustained a minor thigh strain during his marathon five-set victory over Andy Murray in the fourth round in Melbourne and struggled for form as he was steamrollered by losing finalist Fernando Gonzalez in the quarter-finals.

"He has a small strain at the back of his leg, but is recovering well," Spanish Tennis Federation doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro was quoted as saying in the sports daily AS on Thursday.

"He is training pretty well although he has got a few niggles but he is making good progress and we really hope that he will be at 100 percent for the Davis Cup."

World number one Roger Federer has said he will not be playing for Switzerland in the tie which takes place in Geneva from Feb. 9-11.

If fit, Nadal will be accompanied by David Ferrer, Fernando Velasco :haha: and Feliciano Lopez.

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=2007-02-01T115719Z_01_L01748109_RTRIDST_0_TENNIS-DAVIS-SPAIN-NADAL.XML

Sunset of Age
02-02-2007, 12:23 PM
Maria, thanks for posting!

I guess he'll be allright to play DC - but still it worries me how injury-prone he lately is. If he'd have to choose between playing and fully healing, I think he should skip DC, love-of-country be dammed (Feds isn't showing up anyway, so it shouldn't be a problem for Spain at all, eh?).

Oh well. Don't mind me, I'm in a moody mood. :angel:

NicoFan
02-02-2007, 12:46 PM
I guess he'll be allright to play DC - but still it worries me how injury-prone he lately is. If he'd have to choose between playing and fully healing, I think he should skip DC, love-of-country be dammed (Feds isn't showing up anyway, so it shouldn't be a problem for Spain at all, eh?).

Oh well. Don't mind me, I'm in a moody mood. :angel:

Don't worry - I'm in a grumpy mood myself this week. :lol:

I agree - I want Rafa to save himself for regular play. :yeah:

And also worried about all these injuries. :sad: I can't help but thinking that something isn't right about the way he's training if he's getting all these injuries.

Xristos
02-02-2007, 01:20 PM
Any new pics? Whats the surface? Who they playing?

Sunset of Age
02-02-2007, 01:29 PM
And also worried about all these injuries. :sad: I can't help but thinking that something isn't right about the way he's training if he's getting all these injuries.

Some quite recent piccies of him make me think... he's been partying too much, maybe? :devil:
No, just kidding, I really believe Rafa deserves his bit of fun! :angel:

But indeed - I hate to say it, but if Rafa indeed wants to become #1, he should concentrate on the really important tournaments and perhaps also change his training schedule. The rate of his injuries is really bothering me. Didn't he mention only taking four days off after the past season (a fact Fed could hardly believe, if I recall correctly)? And practicing some 1000 serves within a few days?
That's pretty harsh...!

Well, let's just keep up our spirits and hope all will be well.

NaDALiTa
02-02-2007, 01:32 PM
They'll play at the Geneva Palexpo on carpet (taraflex) .The spanish team is composed by Rafa, David Ferrer,Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez.

We still don't who is gonna play who, we'll know it next week.I hope Rafa will play also on Sunday i want to see him live :angel:

RogiFan88
02-02-2007, 03:53 PM
some Spanish articles today:

Tenis | Copa Davis
NADAL PADECE UNA SOBRECARGA EN EL GLÚTEO, PERO PODRÁ JUGAR EN LA DAVIS CONTRA SUIZA
Se tomará la decisión definitiva mañana por la mañana después de conocer los resultados de la última prueba realizada.
TOCADO. El tenista mallorquín volvió tocado del Abierto de Australia.
(AP)
30.01.2007
EP (MADRID)

Rafael Nadal padece una sobrecarga en el glúteo de la pierna izquierda, aunque su participación en el equipo español de la Copa Davis, que se enfrentará a Suiza en Ginebra del 9 al 11 de febrero próximos, en principio "no corre peligro", según reveló la resonancia practicada ayer en el Hospital de Palma de Mallorca.

Los resultados fueron enviados anoche a Barcelona para que fueran analizados por el médico de la Real Federación Española de Tenis, el doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, para tener una segunda opinión sobre el estado físico del jugador mallorquín.

El primer parte médico revela una "sobrecarga a nivel de la inserción del glúteo medio de la pierna izquierda", aunque hoy Nadal se someterá una prueba complementaria y una revisión médica, tras las que se volverá a estudiar la salud del jugador mallorquín.

Según fuentes de su entorno, la participación de Nadal en la primera eliminatoria de la Copa Davis en Suiza "no corre peligro", aunque se tomará la decisión definitiva mañana por la mañana después de conocer los resultados de la última prueba realizada.

Nadal cayó eliminado en los cuartos de final del reciente Abierto de Australia, primer 'Grand Slam' de la temporada, contra el chileno Fernando González, finalista del torneo, en un encuentro en el que el balear confesó haber jugado mermado por sus molestias en el glúteo.
http://www.as.com/articulo/Deporte/Nadal/padece/sobrecarga/gluteo/podra/jugar/Davis/Suiza/dasmasB00/20070130dasdasmas_3/Tes/

Tenis | Lesionado
NADAL: "CONFÍO EN JUGAR LA COPA DAVIS ANTE SUIZA"
La resonancia magnética a la que se sometió Rafa Nadal el lunes en Mallorca desveló que sufre "una sobrecarga a nivel de la inserción del glúteo medio de su pierna izquierda". Todo apunta a que no es grave y estará en Suiza. Hoy, la solución.
VICTORIOSO. Esta imagen se puede repetir en Suiza entre los días 9 y 12 de febrero en la Copa Davis.
(REUTERS)
31.01.2007
JESÚS MÍNGUEZ

Las posibilidades de que Rafa Nadal esté presente en la eliminatoria de Copa Davis que mide a España con a Suiza la semana próxima (9-11 de febrero) aumentan. Ayer se conocieron los resultados de la resonancia magnética que le practicaron el lunes en el Hospital de Palma de Mallorca y que pudo analizar ya el doctor de la Federación Española, Ángel Ruiz Cotorro. El diagnóstico confirma que el número uno del equipo español sufre una "sobrecarga a nivel de la inserción del glúteo medio de su pierna izquierda". En cualquier caso, la decisión definitiva se aplaza a la mañana de hoy, ya que se decidió someterle a unas pruebas complementarias para asegurarse de que jugar sobre el taraflex del Palexpo de Ginebra no será contraproducente. Forzar demasiado la máquina sobre pista rápida podría pasar una factura cara a estas alturas de campaña.

Optimismo.
El mensaje que transmitió el tenista, y también desde la Federación, es que la participación de Nadal no corre peligro. Emilio Sánchez Vicario, capitán del equipo, esperaba una contestación definitiva, y mantenía el optimismo. "Yo lo veo bien", afirmó, aunque por si acaso ya ha realizado gestiones para conocer la disponibilidad de otros jugadores, ya que Tommy Robredo (el hipotético número dos del equipo si se mira el ránking de la ATP) anunció en Australia que prefería descansar.

"Aunque el diagnóstico no es definitivo, parece que la lesión no es importante", refrendó ayer el propio tenista, que ya en Melbourne quiso tranquilizar a los aficionados. "Tengo que esperar los resultados finales, pero confío en estar en la eliminatoria en Suiza. Siempre he dicho que la Copa Davis es una prioridad para mí", afirmó ayer Nadal desde Mallorca. Así pues, todo parece indicar que el mallorquín estará disponible para buscar el pase en primera ronda del Grupo Mundial, algo que no se consigue desde hace dos años.

Sin Federer
. En los pasados días, Emilio Sánchez Vicario confirmó que el equipo español que se medirá a los suizos en esta primera ronda de la Copa Davis será el formado por Rafa Nadal, David Ferrer, Feliciano López y Fernando Verdasco. López y Verdasco formarán la pareja de dobles. Feliciano ha jugado tres partidos de dobles en la Copa Davis con España y aún no conoce la victoria, mientras que Verdasco ha ganado uno y perdido el otro.

Los suizos, por su parte, no contarán con la presencia del "genio" Roger Federer, que hizo pública su intención de no forzar la máquina en este primer tramo de la temporada, motivo por el cual no tomará parte en la eliminatoria de la Copa Davis ante los españoles. Severine Luthi, capitán del equipo helvético, ha convocado para esta eliminatoria a Stanislas Wawrinka (al que Nadal eliminó con un triple 6-2 en la tercera ronda del pasado Abierto de Australia), Marco Chiudinelli (número 137 del ránking ATP), George Bastl (176) e Yves Allegro (44 en el de dobles).

Nadal cayó eliminado en los cuartos de final de Australia ante el chileno Fernando González, encuentro que el balear jugó mermado por sus molestias en el glúteo. Antes había caído en la primera ronda del torneo de Sydney al retirarse en la primera ronda ante el australiano Chris Guccione y llegó a semifinales en Chennai, cayendo ante el belga Xavier Malisse. Todo apunta a que hoy se confirmará oficialmente su participación en la eliminatoria de la Davis ante Suiza.
http://www.as.com/articulo/deporte/Nadal/Confio/jugar/Copa/Davis/Suiza/dasmasB00/20070131dasdaimas_1/Tes/

Tenis | Copa Davis
SE ESPERA QUE NADAL "ESTÉ AL CIEN POR CIEN PARA LA DAVIS"
El médico de la Federación Española de Tenis, Angel Ruiz Cotorro, confirmó hoy que el tenista español Rafael Nadal, "evoluciona bien de su lesión (sufrida en el reciente Abierto de Australia)", y que salvo contratiempos de última hora, estará en condiciones de jugar la Copa Davis ante Suiza
PINTA BIEN. Todo parece indicar que el número uno español estará en la eliminatoria ante Suiza.
(AP)
31.01.2007
EFE (PALMA DE MALLORCA)

Ruiz Cotorro declaró hoy a IB3 Radio que Nadal sufre "una pequeña sobrecarga en la articulación posterior", aunque considera que la evolución "será positiva".

"Está entrenando bastante bien, con molestias, pero yo le veo que lleva una buena evolución en el tratamiento, así que realmente esperamos que esté al cien por cien para jugar la Copa Davis", señaló el facultativo.

Nadal, que hoy se ejercitaba por primera vez en una pista tras la lesión sufrida en el Abierto de Australia, también confirmó su mejoría, y dijo que se sentía "en principio bien".

La selección de España se enfrentará a Suiza en la primera ronda del Grupo Mundial de la Copa Davis en calidad de visitante del 9 al 11 de febrero próximos. http://www.as.com/articulo/Deporte/espera/Nadal/cien/cien/Davis/dasmasB00/20070131dasdasmas_3/Tes/

Tenis | Copa Davis (Eliminatoria en Suiza)
EL MÉDICO CONFIRMA LA PARTICIPACIÓN DE NADAL
Rafa ya se entrenó ayer de cara a la Copa Davis
MEJORA. Rafael Nadal tiene molestias poco preocupantes.
(AP)
01.02.2007
EFE (PALMA DE MALLORCA)

Angel Ruiz Cotorro, médico de la Federación Española de Tenis, confirmó ayer que Rafael Nadal, "evoluciona bien de su lesión" y que salvo contratiempos de última hora, estará en condiciones de jugar la próxima eliminatoria de Copa Davis ante Suiza, del 9 al 11 de febrero.

Ruiz Cotorro declaró que Nadal sufre "una pequeña sobrecarga en la articulación posterior", aunque considera que la evolución "será positiva". "Está entrenándose bastante bien, aún tiene algunas molestias, pero yo le veo que lleva una buena evolución en el tratamiento, así que realmente esperamos que esté al ciento por ciento para jugar la Copa Davis", señaló el facultativo.

Se entrenó.
Nadal, que ayer se ejercitó por primera vez en una pista tras la lesión sufrida en el Abierto de Australia, también confirmó su mejoría, y dijo que se sentía "en principio bien. Ahora toca pensar en superar la primera ronda".

España se enfrentará a Suiza en la primera ronda del Grupo Mundial de la Davis en calidad de visitante del 9 al 11 de febrero en Ginebra, con moqueta como superficie de juego.

Siempre es difícil ganar fuera de casa en la Davis, pero los jugadores españoles no tendrán que enfrentarse a Roger Federer, que ha renunciado a disputar la eliminatoria y, sin él, baja mucho el equipo suizo, que estará formado por Stanislas Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, Yves Allegro y Stephane Bohli.

Feliciano cae a la primera
Feliciano López cayó en la primera ronda del Torneo de Zagreb (Croacia) ante el austríaco Stefan Koubek en tres sets por 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) y 6-4, tras casi dos horas de partido. Con su eliminación el torneo se queda sin españoles, toda vez que Fernando Verdasco, cabeza de serie número 5, perdió el lunes ante Marc Gicquel, francés de origen tunecino, por 6-4 y 7-6 (9/7). Feliciano y Verdasco formarán previsiblemente la pareja española de dobles que se enfrentará a Suiza, mientras que Rafa Nadal y David Ferrer jugarán los individuales.
http://www.as.com/articulo/deporte/medico/confirma/participacion/Nadal/dasmasB00/20070201dasdaimas_4/Tes/

Denise
02-02-2007, 04:57 PM
Go Rafa :banana:

Sunset of Age
02-02-2007, 05:14 PM
Thanks a lot, RogiFan88!

Vamos Rafa... but do keep yourself healthy this time, no? :angel:

MariaV
02-05-2007, 12:10 PM
Gracias RogiFan! :hug:
I will be able to see some of the SUI vs ESP tie on my Russian tennis channel, bless them! :D

Sunset of Age
02-05-2007, 12:43 PM
Gracias RogiFan! :hug:
I will be able to see some of the SUI vs ESP tie on my Russian tennis channel, bless them! :D

I'll be depending on Betfair.com to see it... but have high hopes as that site hasn't let me down on watching matches lately. :worship:

VAMOS ESPANA!

RogiFan88
02-05-2007, 03:08 PM
Gracias RogiFan! :hug:
I will be able to see some of the SUI vs ESP tie on my Russian tennis channel, bless them! :D

не за что! ;)

mallorn
02-06-2007, 01:56 PM
Any new pics? Whats the surface? Who they playing?
They're playing on a wooden court. :o No, seriously. It's Taraflex laid on a wooden surface, and it's faster than the surface in Belarus, according to Sanchez.

AFP News brief

Nadal fit for Davis Cup after leg injury

World number two Rafael Nadal says he is fully fit again ahead of Spain's opening leg Davis Cup tie against Switzerland in Geneva later this week.

"I'm fine. I'm 100 percent good and I was practicing over the last week in Majorca," the 20 year-old Spaniard said in a pre-match press conference here.

Nadal limped out of the Australian Open on January 24 after a straight sets defeat against Chilean Fernando Gonzalez.

Spanish team coach Emilio Sanchez said Nadal had strained a muscle in his left leg.

"I expect three points, it doesn't matter from whom," Sanchez said.

"Rafa is a great competitor and he will give 100 percent and make life difficult for the Swiss players. But I hope the other Spanish players do the same," he added.

Nadal said he played his best tennis in Melbourne in his third round straight sets victory over Stanislaw Wawrinka, who will be leading the Swiss in Geneva in the absence of world number one Roger Federer.

Federer had already announced last November that he would not be taking part in the Davis Cup first round while he concentrated on his personal career.

Nadal, who has suffered from chequered form in recent months, said he fully understood Federer's decision.

"For us it's maybe better if Federer is not here. I know if Federer were here it would be better for the show," Nadal said, pointing to Spain's fragile Davis Cup record away from home.

"With Federer it would be worst but without him it's going to be tough too."

"For me one of my goals always is the Davis Cup. For me it's a very special competition, it's one of my favourites."

http://www.france24.com/france24Public/en/administration/afp-news.html?id=070206140059.ldbxikwk&cat=null

MariaV
02-08-2007, 11:56 AM
Rafa to open. I hope he can at least crush Chiudi as quickly as possible. VAMOS!!!! :banana: :bounce: :bigclap:

Nadal looks to give Spain flying start
Rafael Nadal will look to give Spain a winning start against Switzerland in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie against Switzerland in Geneva. The world No. 2 takes on Marco Chiudinelli in Friday's opening rubber.

The full draw is as follows:

Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) v Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v David Ferrer (ESP)
Yves Allegro/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Feliciano Lopez/Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) v id Ferrer (ESP)

More to follow...

http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=14013

NicoFan
02-08-2007, 04:59 PM
VAMOS RAFA! KICK BUTT! :fiery:

And por favor, stay healthy.... :hug:

RogiFan88
02-08-2007, 10:12 PM
ESP will most definitely beat SUI this round.

Stan badly tore ligaments in his R knee during practice today and will be out of action for about three months. He will undergo an operation on Friday. :sad:

So, it's safe to say it will be ESP vs. ? in QF in April.

MariaV
02-08-2007, 10:36 PM
Yeah, I hope so RogiFan. Btw GREAT Dancevic avvy! :hearts: :D Are you a Canadian?
Here the news on Stan the man. It's unfortunate of course but I cannot say I'm too devastated. :o

Wawrinka out of Switzerland v Spain tie

08 Feb 2007 - Geneva Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland - Marco Keller

Switzerland's hopes to create a surprise in the first-round of the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas against Spain received a huge blow when Stanislas Wawrinka suffered a serious knee injury in the last practice session and he will miss the tie.

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal will open the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie for the favourites in Geneva against Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli. In the second tie, Stanislas Wawrinka was due to face David Ferrer.

Instead, Wawrinka will undergo surgery on Friday and is expected to be out of competition for ten to twelve weeks. Despite being understandably very disappointed, he keeps confidence in his teammates:
"I am fully behind my colleagues and have utmost faith in them. I also count on the support of the public in Geneva and promise to come back even stronger for the next tie."

Bohli the likely replacement

Switzerland now has only two choices to replace Wawrinka. Doubles specialist Yves Allegro, who does not have a singles ranking, and much more likely, Stéphane Bohli. The 23-year-old from Geneva is currently ranked No. 278 and has played almost entirely on the Challenger circuit. He only has two matches on the ATP tour under his belt in his entire career, two losses to Nicolas Escudé and Andrei Pavel.

Bohli, who knows all the other players well, had only joined the team as a substitute for more experienced George Bastl, who had declined selection because of lack of form. Last weekend, the rookie had a special christening: His blonde hair was dyed by the other players and his body hair was shaved. "I am very well integrated", he said with a huge smile.

Nadal fit

Nadal has fully recovered from the thigh problem that prevented him from playing to his full potential in his Australian Open quarterfinal against Chilean Fernando Gonzalez. The youngest-ever winner of the prestigious team trophy - when Spain lifted its second title in 2004, Nadal was just 18 years and 187 days old - has a special feeling for the Davis Cup: "It gives me special emotions, emotions that I don't find in other tournaments. It's one of my big goals."

Since winning on home soil against the likes of Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and the Bryan twins, in the 2004 Final, Spain has suffered first-round losses on quick surfaces in the Slovak Republic and Belarus, but secured its spot among the Top 16 nations by beating Italy twice in the playoffs.

Swiss choose fast surface

The Swiss have opted for a very rapid surface, too. "It's extremely quick," Ferrer acknowledged after Thursday's draw ceremony which was held in the presence of ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. Spain’s captain Emilio Sanchez hopes to avoid the "negative three-peat." "We have to start to win abroad as well. We have very good players who have adapted well."

Wawrinka's injury added to the absence of Roger Federer, who misses the first round for the third straight year because right now the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas isn't his top priority, is a big challenge for the other Swiss players.
Especially for Chiudinelli, Federer's friend from school days. Before news of Wawrinka's injury, the 25-year-old was already looking forward to the big occasion: "I will be slightly nervous but then I should be fine. It will be very important to start well into the match."

Chiudinelli's comeback

Chiudinelli might only be the world’s No.137, but he can't be underestimated and has made one of the most impressive comebacks recently. In May 2006, he had dropped as low as No. 795 because of several injuries but since then he has shown signs of better form. For instance, he qualified for the US and Australian Opens, going on to reach the third round in New York after eliminating Feliciano Lopez. Chiudinelli doesn't have a "killer shot" but is solid all over the court and is also known to rise to big occasions. He is ready for Friday: "I will play a bit more aggressively than normal. Of course, it would be nice to give Switzerland the lead."

Wawrinka will also be replaced in Saturday's doubles. Chiudinelli or Bohli will now partner Yves Allegro , while Spain have named the left-handed duo of Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco. Although the Spanish team could change, Switzerland could enter this match with a slight psychological advantage: Allegro defeated the Spaniards last week in Zagreb, partnering Fabrice Santoro. The Swiss doubles specialist doesn't want to read too much into that match: "Of course, I prefer to have won that match but here it will be different and very close."

There was further bad news for the Swiss from the final practice session: Captain Severin Lüthi also got a ligament injury but will at least be able to sit on the chair on the weekend.


http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=14013

Johnny Groove
02-09-2007, 12:39 AM
Rafa :bigclap:

Get some quick-court exp. before Marseille

MariaV
02-09-2007, 11:35 AM
Rafa also got injured last night according to the reports. No idea how serious it is. Verdasco is playing instead. :sad: :tears: :sobbing: :crying2:

Edit: Injured Nadal in late Davis Cup pull-out
Fri Feb 9, 2007 12:13 PM GMT

By Mark Ledsom

GENEVA, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Spanish world number two Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the opening rubber of his country's Davis Cup World Group first round tie with Switzerland, after straining a muscle in training.

Nadal's withdrawal was announced by tournament officials just half an hour before he was due to face Swiss number three Marco Chiudinelli in Friday's first singles match.

Nadal's place will be taken by world number 33 Fernando Verdasco who was originally due to contest only Saturday's doubles rubber alongside Feliciano Lopez.

It was not clear whether Nadal would be fit enough to play in Sunday's reverse singles.

Switzerland were hit by a similar blow on Thursday when their top-seeded player Stanislas Wawrinka was forced to withdraw after tearing a knee ligament in training.

The Swiss were already having to do without world number one Roger Federer, who decided to skip the opening round to concentrate on his own career.

Wawrinka, who was due to play Friday's second singles rubber against Spanish world number 15 David Ferrer, has been replaced by Stephane Bohli -- a Davis Cup debutant who has never won a match on the ATP circuit.

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=2007-02-09T121338Z_01_L08451808_RTRIDST_0_TENNIS-DAVIS-SWITZERLAND-NADAL.XML&WTmodLoc=Tennis-C1-Headline-1

Let's hope it's not serious.

The Pro
02-09-2007, 12:28 PM
I feel sorry for those with tickets. :sad:

I hope Fernando puts on a good show to make up for the loss of Rafa and Wawrinka.

MariaV
02-09-2007, 12:46 PM
Fer down 0-2 sets soon already but Deivid reported that Rafa said he's OK now, he had a flu with high fever so there was no need to risk.
Uhh, I didn't get to check the Spanish articles last night. :o

mallorn
02-09-2007, 03:12 PM
I had to go out for a while and now I see the thread about Rafa pulling out disappeared from GM - whatever happened there? :confused:

MariaV
02-09-2007, 03:59 PM
I had to go out for a while and now I see the thread about Rafa pulling out disappeared from GM - whatever happened there? :confused:

Ania, Carlita must've deleted it. You missed my fight with Mikey. :o :o :o At least I didn't get banned. ;)

I watched Marat and now Igor vs Gonzo. Talk to you later. :wavey:

mallorn
02-09-2007, 06:59 PM
Oooh, did it get so bad? :eek: :o I only saw the beginning of the fight. He didn't get banned again though, did he? :eek:

From the official site:
Chiudinelli gives hosts shock lead

Marco Chiudinelli has given Switzerland the early lead in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie against Spain. The 25-year-old defeated Fernando Verdasco 63 64 36 76(2). The second match of the first day will be played by Stephane Bohli and David Ferrer.

Last-minute call-up for Verdasco

Verdasco had been a late replacement for Rafael Nadal, who sustained a muscle strain in Friday's practice. And the lefthander, who reached the fourth round at last year’s Wimbledon, struggled to come to terms with the fast surface in Geneva’s Palexpo. Chiudinelli got the early break to go 2-0 up and then conserved the advantage without major trouble. In the second set, Chiudinelli once again got a break to lead 3-2 after three extremely big gifts from the 23-year-old Spaniard, and then held on to his serve.

Verdasco had a reasonable explanation for starting slow: "I only found out an hour before the match that I would have to play. I was sleeping in my room, was woken up, took my tee shirts and came to the court. Of course, it was hard to focus in the beginning."

Spanish captain Emilio Sanchez looked rather worried when Verdasco was in big trouble again in the third set, being 0-30 down at 3-3. But then the winner of the 2004 Valencia tournament raised his game and won the next three games. He was also greatly helped by Chiudinelli, who committed three consecutive double faults on the way to losing his sole service game of the match.

"This had never happened to me before," Chiudinelli admitted, "actually, it basically never happens in men's professional tennis. I lost my confidence then for a while, but luckily was able to regroup."

Chiudinelli extremely focused

After a slow start in the fourth set, the Swiss came close to a break several times, missing one chance each at 3-2, 4-3 and a first match point at 5-4. In the tiebreak, Chiudinelli was extremely focused, gained five match points at 6-1 and then concluded with his 12th ace of the match, number eight in the last set alone. "He served unbelievably well during this set and was the better player in the tiebreak," Verdasco admitted.

In fact, despite a ranking difference of 104 spots, Chiudinelli’s victory was well deserved. He created more break chances, converting only two of nine (Verdasco: one of five), and kept the number of unforced errors down (19 to Verdasco’s 47). "I am very happy and also a bit proud of my performance. It wasn't easy because I was preparing for some weeks to play Nadal and was also looking forward to that. I am very pleased how I handled the change in their line-up."

It was Chiudinelli’s third win in his fourth Davis Cup by BNP Paribas encounter, but his first victory in a live rubber. He has performed a rare feat in younger Swiss history: he is only the fifth player in this millennium to win a live singles rubber, the others being Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Michel Kratochvil, and George Bastl. Chiudinelli doesn't want to overestimate this fact: "It sounds very good but the millennium is still young, too.”

http://www.daviscup.com/news/matchreport.asp?id=14049

MariaV
02-09-2007, 07:02 PM
:lol: No Ania, he didn't get banned either. Umm, actually I didn't think it got that bad but Carlita obviously decided to delete Mike's insults. He got to saying Dinara Safina is an idiot and I didn't think it was polite, Mikey had claimed he was one of the most polite guys on MTF. :lol: So you didn't miss much really. :lol:
Let's hope Rafa will be fine for Sunday. :D

And poor Fernando. With the DC you gotta be ready to play any time though. :hug:
And didn't some Spanish & Swiss media say they decided to replace Rafa last night already? Some said the decision was made an hour before the match. It's all so confusing tbh.

mallorn
02-10-2007, 08:45 PM
^^ As far as I know, the replacement was a last minute decision and Nando was still in bed when they told him he would play. :o I was very surprised when I read that - why wasn't the whole team there? Very irresponsible both on his and the captain's part, if you ask me.

He and Feli did a good job today though. :yeah:
Spain win epic doubles to lead Swiss 2-1

(adds Spanish quotes, details, Nadal injury latest)

By Mark Ledsom

GENEVA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez beat Switzerland's Marco Chiudinelli and Yves Allegro in a gruelling doubles encounter to give Spain a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup world group first-round tie.

The Spanish left-handers came back from two sets to one down to win 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-1 12-10 in four hours 48 minutes.

"I feel tired, but very happy," said Verdasco. "We had to fight a lot and it's a great present for us to win the match because in the past there have been a lot of matches where we fought just as hard but still lost."

The hosts, without absent world number one Roger Federer and injured Swiss number two Stanislas Wawrinka, were in command until Chiudinelli's serve was broken twice in the fourth set.

A further break, this time of Allegro's serve, then put the Spanish 4-3 ahead, but the Swiss clawed their way back with an immediate break.

With no tiebreak possible in the final set, a lengthy test of nerves ensued and it was the home side who eventually gave way as the Spanish grabbed what proved to be the decisive break in the set's 21st game.

"There's not much to say, we're very disappointed," Allegro told reporters. "I think all four of us were playing well but by the fifth set I just wasn't returning at all."

The depleted Swiss now face a daunting task on Sunday with reserve Stephane Bohli due to face world number 33 Verdasco in the day's opening singles.

Bohli, 23, ranked 278th in the world, was drafted in when Wawrinka tore knee ligaments in training on Thursday.

Sunday's second singles is between Chiudinelli and world number 15 David Ferrer.

"If Stephane manages to win, I will be ready," said Chiudinelli. "I will try my best but for sure there will be some fatigue after playing for around seven hours in the last two days."

Spain will have to finish the job on Sunday without the services of world number two Rafael Nadal.

Spanish captain Emilio Sanchez said on Saturday Nadal would take no part in the tie after pulling out with a thigh muscle injury shortly before Friday's opening rubber.

"He is definitely out, and I have heard that he may not play at next week's tournament in Marseille either," Sanchez said.

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-6407366,00.html

MariaV
02-11-2007, 04:43 PM
Yep Ania, that's what they said in the article you posted above. But some media said the decision had been made the night before. :shrug:
Anyway, well done chicos! :yeah: :banana: :yippee: :bigclap: :bounce:

NaDALiTa
02-11-2007, 07:56 PM
Hey, i'm back from the Davis Cup it was wonderful, i'm very disappointed that Rafa couldn't play, but i was close to him for the last two days and he seemed quite healthy and happy :) :) ,i've also took a pic with him i'll post it soon!!!

The double match was incredible i've shouted my voice hoarse :lol: :lol:

NicoFan
02-12-2007, 12:53 AM
Yeay for you! :hug:

I'm so glad that at least you got to see him.

He looked so cute in the pcitures rooting the other guys on too. :yeah:

yana
02-14-2007, 05:26 PM
I must share this with you. Carlos, a guy from Vamos Brigade went to the DC with a spanish flag on that it was written (in spanish, of course): Vamos Brigade loves your famous ass

Here's Rafa's reaction (from Carlos blog): "I forgot to tell you that he has seen the flag. He fixed it, first he could not get it, than he was laughing and pointed it out to his neighbour (i think it was Feli)" :lol:

Sunset of Age
02-14-2007, 05:40 PM
I must share this with you. Carlos, a guy from Vamos Brigade went to the DC with a spanish flag on that it was written (in spanish, of course): Vamos Brigade loves your famous ass


I know, it's just me, but I don't consider this very 'classy'... :rolleyes:

Sorry, I might be overreacting for a bit - but I rather see Rafa's fans admiring him for his TENNIS than for his physical assets. Never mind me, though.

mallorn
02-14-2007, 08:26 PM
I know, it's just me, but I don't consider this very 'classy'... :rolleyes:
Yet you don't mind the very classy "jokes" about Rafa being a pig and about him f***ing on the beach which were posted on the great, bashing-free forum that is MTF. :rolleyes:

Clearly Rafa isn't classy either, since he actually started the famous ass joke and laughed at the flag, as reported by another person too.
Sorry, I might be overreacting for a bit - but I rather see Rafa's fans admiring him for his TENNIS than for his physical assets. Never mind me, though.
This isn't the first time I've seen you patronise other Rafa fans like this. Believe me, there are very many people on other sites who appreciate him first and foremost as a tennis player - maybe you don’t know them well enough to see it.

Even if some people do admire his butt more than his forehand, it's their right and no harm done. So maybe you should take your own advice and chill… and don't be so quick to judge.

liisa
02-14-2007, 08:37 PM
Although I'm the author of an infamous "f**ck on the beach" comment, I admit I'm impressed with your post, Mallorn. I wish my responses were that brilliant, but for the time being I'm only able to make comments like in the Girlfriend thread. Sad.:sad: (don't look for sarcasm in this post, it's not there this time.)

yana
02-14-2007, 08:49 PM
Clearly Rafa isn't classy either, since he actually started the famous ass joke and laughed at the flag, as reported by another person too.

:worship: mallorn

better be funny and friendly than classy and boring like...:devil:

mallorn
02-14-2007, 08:49 PM
Although I'm the author of an infamous "f**ck on the beach" comment, I admit I'm impressed with your post, Mallorn. I wish my responses were that brilliant, but for the time being I'm only able to make comments like in the Girlfriend thread. Sad.:sad: (don't look for sarcasm in this post, it's not there this time.)
:lol: I'm sure you'd do great if you ventured out of the GF thread :p (don't look for sarcasm in this post, it's not there this time).

Patxy
02-14-2007, 08:58 PM
:worship: mallorn

better be funny and friendly than classy and boring like...:devil:

Speaking about REAL funny and friendly people...http://vamosbrigade.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/icon_clap.gif

Luis Horna plays ‘play station’ with Rafael Nadal

Peru's number one, Luis Horna, admitted having a "very good" relationship with Spaniard Rafael Nadal, number two of the ranking, with whom he uses to play ‘play station’ everytime they meet by chance at the tournaments.

"Rafael is a very asequible, nice and humble person for a player of his age", said Horna during an interview today Wednesday, reported by EFE.

Peruvian tennis player, who won the first point for his country during the recent tie played against Venezuela, added that he has ate with Nadal and they have played football on ‘play station’.

"But he always beat me, he is a great player".
http://www.rpp.com.pe/portada/deportes/65677_1.php

Rafa, I miss you so bad. Watching last year's TMS Rome Highlights doesn't help at all... :sad: :sad: :sad:

Castafiore
02-14-2007, 10:14 PM
Yet you don't mind the very classy "jokes" about Rafa being a pig and about him f***ing on the beach which were posted on the great, bashing-free forum that is MTF. :rolleyes:
Excellent point, Ania!
In fact, that entire post was great. Could not have said this any better.

Sunset of Age
02-15-2007, 12:18 AM
Yet you don't mind the very classy "jokes" about Rafa being a pig and about him f***ing on the beach which were posted on the great, bashing-free forum that is MTF. :rolleyes:

If you ever took the time and actually *read* what I've posted in that infamous thread, you'd know I always *defend* Rafa there. I guess you missed my "Rabbit Cooker"-thread as well?

And about him doing 'whatsoever on the beach' - I don't think I ever made a negative remark about that, as I think that's the most natural thing any nice 20-year old bloke would do with his girlfriend.

Clearly Rafa isn't classy either, since he actually started the famous ass joke and laughed at the flag, as reported by another person too.

However different could he react in such an embarrasing situation? He just reacted as one is expected to do. Again, pretty natural, and very understandable.

This isn't the first time I've seen you patronise other Rafa fans like this. Believe me, there are very many people on other sites who appreciate him first and foremost as a tennis player - maybe you don’t know them well enough to see it.

We're all entitled to our own opinion, at least that's what I believe.
I'm not patronising, I'm just pointing out - and no-one is obliged to agree.

Even if some people do admire his butt more than his forehand, it's their right and no harm done. So maybe you should take your own advice and chill… and don't be so quick to judge.

Very true - but I happen to think it does harm in the end. Just my own opinion, as I said. And yes, I am able to 'chill' very well, as I mentioned already in my post, as I said 'it's just me'.

No harm done as far as I'm concerned. :wavey:

sondraj06
02-15-2007, 02:22 AM
Clay buster, why do you go around searching out Nadal fans just to give them your rousing opinion about their conduct concerning him, are you really his mother.

MariaV
02-15-2007, 12:31 PM
Everyone chilled now, ladies? :eek: :cool:
I'll only say that we need Rafa on court and playing inspired tennis again soon! :sad:

mallorn
02-15-2007, 05:54 PM
If you ever took the time and actually *read* what I've posted in that infamous thread, you'd know I always *defend* Rafa there. I guess you missed my "Rabbit Cooker"-thread as well?
I'm sorry, I didn't realise you using the :worship: and :haha: smilies and wanting to goodrep people in that thread was your idea of defending Rafa. I got the impression you had a rather good time there. Silly me. :o

No, I didn't miss your rabbit cooker thread. Did you start it to piss off Roger fans? To gloat about Roger's losses and injuries? Are rabbits considered dirty animals in your culture? Guess not. So your thread isn't really comparable here.
And about him doing 'whatsoever on the beach' - I don't think I ever made a negative remark about that, as I think that's the most natural thing any nice 20-year old bloke would do with his girlfriend.
That's my point exactly - you didn't think there was anything wrong with the crude remark, yet you found the famous ass flag not classy. (Are you saying what I think you're saying - it's the most natural thing to f*** on the beach in full public view? :eek: )
However different could he react in such an embarrasing situation? He just reacted as one is expected to do. Again, pretty natural, and very understandable.
He could've ignored it or frowned, simple as that. No one put a gun to his head and told him to laugh.

BTW, IMO a lot of people may be misinterpreting the famous ass joke. Here's what I think happened. When Rafa was in Oz, his wedgies were discussed in several online newspapers and on national TV (fact). He must've been told about it (my speculation) and when he talked about the injury, he made the comment in a rather defiant way, as if to say, 'I know what you've written about me' (my impression) and only started to smile when the reporters burst out laughing (fact). If I'm right and that's what he was referring to, he might have actually felt good about the flag - hey, these people like me, even with my wedgies, and they have a good sense of humour about them.
We're all entitled to our own opinion, at least that's what I believe.
I'm not patronising, I'm just pointing out - and no-one is obliged to agree.
The thing is, all I've ever seen you point out are negative things about Rafa fans, which makes your remarks come across as patronising. You've called Rafa fans mentally-challenged fangirlies, tards etc. who are only interested in Rafa's body. You're overgeneralising. Have you ever been to the tennis part of VB.com, or did you just visit the GF thread? There are many fans who analyse his game rather than his girlfriend. That is not to say that there aren't any shallow fans, but that's not the whole truth. You're prejudiced against the whole site because some fans dream of having Rafa as their boyfriend (BTW how is that worse than people fantasising about Rafa being Roger's/Carlos's/Feli's etc. boyfriend?) and you fail to acknowledge the fantastic people who work their not-so-famous-asses off to post the latest translations, articles, pictures, videos and fan experiences and keep the fellow Rafa-fans updated. Maybe I'm being unfair, maybe I have missed your posts where you say something positive about Rafa's fans on other forums - if so, please link me, and I'll be very happy to admit I'm wrong on this.
Very true - but I happen to think it does harm in the end. Just my own opinion, as I said. And yes, I am able to 'chill' very well, as I mentioned already in my post, as I said 'it's just me'.
Since we're giving personal opinions, I happen to think Rafa would be more hurt if he knew that some people called him a pig than if he knew that some teenage girls daydreamed about him. Just a hunch.

You wrote "I feel free to speak my mind as anyone" - that's true for me too, you know. ;) I don't agree with you, and I'm saying so, giving my arguments. It's nothing personal - just an exchange of opinions. :wavey:

Hi Maria! :wavey: It's really chilly where I am. ;) http://vamosbrigade.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/winter.gif

yana
02-15-2007, 06:48 PM
Damn, Mallorn, you're so rational and so good with the words. I'm happy that Rafa has such celebral fans. :wavey:


Have you ever been to the tennis part of VB.com, or did you just visit the GF thread? There are many fans who analyse his game rather than his girlfriend. That is not to say that there aren't any shallow fans, but that's not the whole truth. You're prejudiced against the whole site because some fans dream of having Rafa as their boyfriend (BTW how is that worse than people fantasising about Rafa being Roger's/Carlos's/Feli's etc. boyfriend?) and you fail to acknowledge the fantastic people who work their not-so-famous-asses off to post the latest translations, articles, pictures, videos and fan experiences and keep the fellow Rafa-fans updated.

So true, the most updated site, better than the official one. :worship:

sondraj06
02-15-2007, 07:48 PM
I have to agree, if it weren't for those shallow fans that claybuster appors so deeply I wouldn't have half the information or understand half the interviews, because I don't speak multiply language. And if all we cared about was his looks why would his fans stay up to ungodly hours to to sit on a computer sending out good vibes so our boy wins a match, then have to get up the next morning and drag ourselves to work. if we didn't care about the tennis. I think a lot of male celebrities and athlete are hot, shit I don't interrupt my sleep to see them. I think David Beckhem is hot, but could care less if he wins. I think it's quit shallow to think just because some one has a crush on a public figure that they aren't interested whatever got them that way i.E Rafa's tennis. I am a tennis fan first, that's what made me notice him, personally didn't think he was all that cute when I first saw him play Roger in the FO final, but his game brought me around. Now I'm an huge fan and love him for all aspects of his game.

Johnny Groove
02-15-2007, 11:45 PM
Ania :eek: Cant we all be friends? :hug:

NicoFan
02-16-2007, 01:00 AM
Why is there fighting in Rafa's board? :confused: :sad:

I'm not reading the posts.

If a person doesn't like Rafa, they shouldn't be here. :shrug:

sondraj06
02-16-2007, 01:41 AM
Why is there fighting in Rafa's board? :confused: :sad:

I'm not reading the posts.

If a person doesn't like Rafa, they shouldn't be here. :shrug:

No it wasn't about people not liking Rafa, it was about people not liking Rafa fans. :wavey:

MariaV
02-16-2007, 07:23 AM
Ania :eek: Cant we all be friends? :hug:

Jonathan! :hug: :hug:

And Ania yes, it's still cold here and they say it will be even colder again next week. :help: :help:

Mimi
02-16-2007, 07:47 AM
i can't imagine how cold it is in Europe coz we just experienced the hottest winter ever, we have 24 degree cesius, all my beautiful winter coats are wasted, you know, i am getting fat so quickly that i fear that my fat body cannot fit into the old winter clothes next year :mad: :mad:
Jonathan! :hug: :hug:

And Ania yes, it's still cold here and they say it will be even colder again next week. :help: :help:

mallorn
02-16-2007, 08:25 AM
^^ :lol: Mimi, I'd gladly swap places with you.

Back to DC news…

From Think Spain:
Spain to face USA in Davis Cup quarters

Rafael Nadal, who had to sit out last weekend's Davis Cup tie against Switzerland through injury, has admitted that he is concerned about Spain's chances when they take on the USA away from home in the quarter finals at the start of April.

"I see the tie against the USA as very difficult and complicated," he said. "The doubles is almost impossible for us and they've got Andy Roddick and James Blake. It's the sort of draw where we could end up losing all five points. But playing against such opponents and away from home, we'll be under less pressure and that could help us. We've got a chance, but they're the clear favourites."

The world number two went on to express the hope that the surface chosen for the next round will not be taraflex, the surface his team-mates struggled on in Geneva over the weekend, and which Nadal described as: "A surface we understand badly. But it's an issue which has a complicated solution. Although the truth is that many on the circuit, including a number of top players, are against this surface because it's very dangerous. And what's more, the tennis it produces is very bad."

http://www.thinkspain.com/news-spain/12620

From Sun-Sentinel.com:
Eschewing grass may come back to bite Americans
Published February 16, 2007

At first glance it looks as if the USTA made a mistake in hastily assigning the U.S. Davis Cup quarterfinal to an indoor hardcourt at Winston-Salem, N.C.

On second glance, the fact that captain Patrick McEnroe is satisfied with the surface should make anyone more comfortable. But I'm still not convinced this match against Spain (April 6-8) shouldn't be on grass.

At any rate, there's nothing left to do but revisit the question after the matches, which begin five days after the Sony Ericsson Open men's final on Key Biscayne.

This is the first time anyone can recall the USTA awarding a Davis Cup site before the previous match. Officials normally start taking bids from host cities after an American victory. But the turnaround time, less than two months between matches, was so short they had to move quickly.

Plus, Winston-Salem, which hosted a qualifying match between the United States and India in 2001, has been lobbying hard to be a Davis Cup host for a long time, and the Southern Section of the USTA is bursting with tennis players.

Tickets went on sale to USTA members Thursday and will be available to the general public Monday. They'll probably open up the upper deck of the Lawrence Joel Coliseum to seat about 9,500 and ought to easily sell it out with four top-10 players on court: Americans Andy Roddick and James Blake and Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo.

The Americans also have the Bryan twins, who are the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the world.

It's unclear if it was imperative that the United States lock into a site before the first-round win over the Czech Republic last weekend. But if the quarterfinal site needed to be determined that early, they could not have put this on grass, because there was no way of knowing if Switzerland would defeat Spain over the weekend.

No one wants to play Roger Federer on any surface, but you particularly wouldn't throw Roddick and Blake against him on grass. The points and matches would be short enough to allow Federer to play doubles as well -- almost a guaranteed three points.

I would give the Americans a slight edge against Spain, but I would rate the chances stronger on grass than on hardcourt.

Nadal is no longer a liability on grass after beating Andre Agassi and Marcos Baghdatis last season to reach the Wimbledon final. But grass is Robredo's worst surface. The only time he has reached the third round at Wimbledon was four years ago against Roddick, and he lost in straight sets.

As for doubles, the Bryans are defending Wimbledon champions, and the highest individually ranked Spanish doubles player is Fernando Verdasco at No. 73. That's the equivalent of about 300 in the singles rankings.

Blake is 3-0 vs. Nadal, all on hardcourt, and Roddick is 7-0 vs. Robredo, though they haven't played since 2004. Roddick still rates the favorite in that matchup, but Robredo, now No. 7, is a much-improved player.

Roddick and Nadal are 1-1 but have not played since 2004, which is ancient history for Nadal. Blake is 3-2 against Robredo, and the last time they played, on an indoor hardcourt at the Masters Cup in Shanghai in November, Robredo won in split sets.

It's true that grass isn't that good for Blake, who won only one of the last 13 games in losing to Max Mirnyi at last year's Wimbledon. But the twins are 11-1 in their past 12 Wimbledon matches and won the title in 2006, and no one needs a refresher course on Roddick's ability on grass.

The surface is a close call, but I would have held out for grass.

Charles Bricker can be reached at cbricker@sun-sentinel.com.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/columnists/sfl-spbricker16feb16,0,4754646.column

Johnny Groove
02-16-2007, 07:38 PM
dont take anything tennis related written by the sun-sentinel seriously :o

and i HATE this DC matchup!:sad:

NicoFan
02-16-2007, 10:24 PM
No it wasn't about people not liking Rafa, it was about people not liking Rafa fans. :wavey:

:o

Okay - I should have read the posts first. :lol:

MariaV
02-20-2007, 10:09 AM
Seems to be a fun tie ahead. :D

Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Davis Cup is hot ticket

More than 11,000 3-day books sold on first day, officials say

By John Delong
JOURNAL REPORTER

Andy Roddick and the rest of the United States Davis Cup team want to play in front of a packed house at Joel Coliseum in April.

They're well on their way to getting their wish.

Tickets for the quarterfinal tie between the U.S. and Spain went on sale to the public yesterday, and they sold at such a brisk pace that USTA officials chose to open the entire upper deck and put additional tickets on sale.

As of last night, more than 11,000 three-day books had been sold, including all 6,400 in the lower deck. That left about 3,000 upper-deck seats available, with Joel Coliseum configured to hold 14,400 for tennis.

Bucky Dame, the director of Joel Coliseum, summed up the reaction of local organizers succinctly.

"Wow," Dame said. "What more can you say than, 'Wow.'

"This has been beyond all our expectations for the first day, and we know the USTA people are as happy as can be. In this business you don't want to talk about selling out just yet, but based on today, the potential is there. One thing we know already, it's going to be rocking."

Jeff Ryan, the USTA's director of team events, made the decision to open the entire upper deck after sales began so briskly yesterday morning. All remaining tickets are priced at $60 for the three-day book.

"Just watching the ticket orders come in this morning, it was amazing," Ryan said. "This shows there are people who are excited and ready to wrap their hands around this. And that's what the guys want.

That's what Andy and all the guys told me in the Czech Republic. They said, 'Sell it out for us. You know, we need a good crowd. This is going to be a big, tough tie, so give it your best.'

"To have the sheer volume of business right out of the gate like this has been nothing but impressive. And now our goal is to accommodate even more fans at an even more-affordable price."

The United States beat the Czech Republic earlier this month to advance. Captain Patrick McEnroe has already said that, barring injuries, his lineup will remain the same against Spain. Roddick, ranked No. 4 in the world, and No. 6 James Blake will play singles. Bob and Mike Bryan will play doubles.

Spain, which features No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal and two other players ranked in the top 15, beat Switzerland in the first round.

The tie is scheduled for April 6-8, with two singles matches on Friday, a doubles match on Saturday, and two reverse singles matches on Sunday.

The USTA limited tickets to the lower bowl when the U.S. beat India in a relegation match in 2001, in the only previous Davis Cup tie at Joel Coliseum.

From the time that Winston-Salem was selected as the host for the quarterfinals, Don Flow, the chairman of the Winston-Salem Organizing Committee, pushed the USTA to sell tickets to the upper deck, too. When a USTA pre-sale last week sold out in four hours and then the public sale started strong yesterday, the decision was made to offer upper-deck tickets at $90 and $60, and the $90 seats quickly sold out.

"Don has said he wants to make a statement to the USTA and show everyone that Winston-Salem can support major events in a big way, and he's done that and then some," Ryan said.

This will be the first meeting between the nations since Spain beat the U.S. in the 2004 Davis Cup final in Seville, Spain. More than 27,000 attended that tie daily.

"The last time we were in Spain, there were 27,000 people there a day," Ryan said. "I think Don knows that, recognizes that, and in his own way, realizing the capacity limitations of Joel Coliseum, wants to go sell that out and say, 'See, we can do the same thing you can.' It may not be the same number on a piece of paper, but the statement is, we can sell out a big facility for our neck of the woods in this country, and we can support our U.S. team."

Tickets will remain on sale until the arena is sold out. They can still be ordered at the Joel Coliseum box office or by calling 1-888-484-8782. The USTA does not determine specific seat locations at the time of purchase, and mails tickets at a later date.

The USTA has traditionally put single-session tickets on sale if any three-day books go unsold, but that is not in the works yet.

"We haven't even discussed that yet," Dame said. "In 2001, we didn't even think about that until a week or two before the matches. Obviously, if we sell out the three-day books, there won't be any single-day sales."

http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ/MGArticle/WSJ_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1149193288593&path=rss

Xristos
02-20-2007, 12:55 PM
Where is the tie being played?

mallorn
02-20-2007, 08:06 PM
^^ Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

mallorn
03-27-2007, 03:53 PM
Rafa won't be playing the tie against the USA. The Spanish team will be Robredo, Ferrero, Lopez and Verdasco.

This article in Spanish says something about foot problems since Dubai, no idea what that's about. :shrug: :scared:

http://www.emol.com/noticias/deportes/detalle/detallenoticias.asp?idnoticia=250639

tangerine_dream
03-27-2007, 05:24 PM
Nooooooooooo :sad: Rafa must play. I bought tickets to see him and Andy play. :bigcry: I demand his foot get better immediately. :fiery:

mallorn
03-27-2007, 07:12 PM
Oh, that's awfully unlucky for you, Tangy. :sad: :hug:

I don't know what to make of this foot pain/injury. I know he plays with some pain in his left foot most of the time and there doesn't seem to be anything to be done to cure it completely - the insoles only help so much. If it did get worse in Dubai it would be really worrisome, and it would mean that playing on hard is even more risky for him than I thought. With the clay season just round the corner, I really don't want to hear about any injuries. :(
Nadal to miss Spain's Davis Cup match

Associated Press

MADRID, Spain (AP) - Rafael Nadal will skip Spain's Davis Cup quarterfinal match against the United States next month because of a lingering foot injury.

The second-ranked Nadal was left off the team for the April 6-8 match against the Americans in Winston-Salem, N.C., Spanish Tennis Federation spokesman Pedro Hernandez said Tuesday.

Nadal missed four months last year because of an injury to his right foot, and the problem resurfaced this month in Dubai.

Playing on hard courts in the United States might aggravate it, so the team's captain and doctors decided to leave Nadal off the squad, Hernandez said.

David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco will make up the team.

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/6615358

MariaV
03-27-2007, 07:15 PM
Aniaaaaaa!!!!!!! How are you doing dear?

mallorn
03-27-2007, 07:16 PM
Hi Masha! :D

I'm doing all right, a bit busy again, you?

MariaV
03-27-2007, 07:18 PM
Busy too, we're working ppl after all, ya know. ;)
Feeling kinda better already. I had some nasty virus for 2 weeks. And the weather got better here.
But I'm gonna sleep during the Rafa vs JMDP match. I haven't really got much sleep lately. :( Hope to see Rafa during the weekend. :angel:

mallorn
03-27-2007, 07:26 PM
Oh, you had a virus too, poor thing. :hug: Glad you're better now.

I'm sleeping through Rafa's match too, have to get up early. :( Hopefully tomorrow we'll get better news than today. :rolleyes:

MariaV
03-27-2007, 07:28 PM
Yeah I hope Rafa's foot is OK.
See you around! :hug: :hug:

the_natural
03-28-2007, 12:26 AM
Dang, i hope rafa gets better, id like to see him win miami then take a break. Maybe they left him out because he reaggravated it but hes stable now, but theres a risk of it playing up again should he go from miami to the DC play offs which would jeopardise his Clay court season. The swiss made an excuse for federer, the spaniards should be allowed to do the same for Rafa considering he actually needs this break.

tangerine_dream
04-14-2007, 10:00 PM
This just goes to show what a big impact Nadal had on DC last weekend even though he wasn't there. :lol:

http://journalnow.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ/MGArticle/WSJ_ColumnistArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1173350618454
Spain's Davis Cup team could have used the No. 2 player in the world

By John Delong
JOURNAL COLUMNIST
Saturday, April 7, 2007

Mr. Rafael Nadal
Somewhere relaxing
Manacor, Mallorca, Spain

Dear Rafa,

Greetings from Winston-Salem, N.C., where the United States won both singles rubbers yesterday to take a 2-0 lead over your Spanish Davis Cup teammates in the quarterfinal tie you decided to pull out of last week.

Just writing to say we all wish you were here.

Sorry you couldn't make it.

But thanks, anyway.

Really and sincerely, thank you so much. Thank you for being the No. 2 player in the world and helping sell the tickets and making it the largest crowd at a Davis Cup tie in the U.S. in the last 17 years. They announced a sellout of 14,453, and outside of some empty seats in the top few rows of one section in the upper deck, that was pretty close to accurate.

Thank you so much for going to the Wimbledon final last year and scaring the Americans into picking an indoor hardcourt and coming here instead of heading elsewhere to play on grass again, as they usually do in these situations. The only other time the U.S. has played a home tie against Spain on anything other than grass, Clark Graebner was playing Juan Gisbert in 1968.

Thanks for losing to James Blake in the past on various hardcourts so that the decision to come to Winston-Salem was even easier. Nobody would like Blake's odds against you on grass, but here at Joel Coliseum on an indoor hardcourt, a win was feasible.

Thank you for beating Andy Roddick so badly in Indian Wells that this tie got hyped as the biggest tie on American soil since, oh, maybe 1992 when the U.S. beat Switzerland to win the Davis Cup in Fort Worth. That's why fans from 48 states were here, according to ticket order forms, even when you weren't.

Thanks for giving everyone here several weeks of electric anticipation before you made it public that you weren't coming, regardless of when you knew you were going to rest up for the clay-court season. Shattered dreams are better than no dreams, at least here in Winston-Salem.

And those who want to see the U.S. win its first Davis Cup since 1995 pass along their thanks for not showing up, because this one is over and the U.S. is on to the semifinals as soon as the Bryan brothers take care of business in doubles this afternoon.

Make no mistake, Rafa, most of the people who bought up all the tickets within two weeks were hoping to see you come to Winston-Salem. Even the biggest diehard American tennis fans, including the Net Heads, wanted to see you up close and personal. You've got that rock-star icon aura, Rafa. The folks around here are used to seeing low-key, laid-back, no-charisma athletes like Tim Duncan, not you. On the court, you're still not Roger Federer, but off it you're John, Paul, George and Ringo all rolled into one, and you know it. :rolls:

And make no mistake, most of the people here don't really hold it against you for not coming even if this foot injury stuff still sounds really dubious. They know the deal. They know you've got the clay-court season to get ready for, and they understand that if you were ever going to skip a Davis Cup tie, now's the time - in April, on an indoor hardcourt surface that the Americans doctored perfectly to their liking, in a year when the draw plays out so badly that Spain wouldn't have had that great a chance of winning the Davis Cup anyway. :cool:

They know that the Davis Cup format is drawing criticism from all over, and they understand that maybe it will be good for all in the long run if you and Federer and other top players eventually force the International Tennis Federation to come up with a feasible format alternative.

Hey, the weather turned really cold here yesterday, so a lot of folks in Winston-Salem would have rather been on a sunny beach on your beautiful island, too. Mallorca in the spring, with your sore feet propped up - truly, Rafa, nobody would begrudge you that if they really thought about it.

You did miss some pretty good stuff, though.

You missed Blake playing with great emotion and regaining his confidence and routing your teammate Tommy Robredo, who as you know has a terrible Davis Cup record and probably wouldn't have been here had you shown up.

You missed a passionate news conference afterward as Blake talked about his family and how he considered his teammates brothers and how strong the bond is among the U.S. team, how committed they are to winning the Davis Cup this year. Blake said some nice things about you, by the way. Wished you were here, but understood why you weren't.

You missed seeing Fernando Verdasco jump out to a 5-2 lead in the first set against Roddick, only to see Roddick roar back for an easy and emphatic straight-sets win.

And you missed having a good smoke with David Ferrer back near the loading dock. Ferrer didn't play yesterday, and he took at least two smoking breaks while Robredo and Verdasco were getting stomped inside by Americans with healthy feet.

Which leads to another thing you probably need to know in case you ever come to Winston-Salem some day.

Winston-Salem is an old tobacco town. Winston and Salem, smoke 'em if you got em. This is not the American town that is known for its witches. That's Salem, Mass. When your teammates got here they were under the mistaken impression that this place was haunted, and that apparently made them a little spooked.

We're not haunted.

We're just sad you're not here. :sad:

But we say thanks, anyway.

RogiRafaFan86
04-10-2008, 09:27 PM
*bump*

Since Rafa's playing in this QF tie. He's up first tomorrow against Kiefer.

Getta
04-10-2008, 09:33 PM
Thanks. :)

*bump*

Since Rafa's playing in this SF tie. He's up first tomorrow against Kiefer.

QF tie. ;)

Getta
04-10-2008, 09:43 PM
GERMANY vs SPAIN
Venue: AWD Dome, Bremen, Germany (hard - indoors)

Friday
Nicolas Kiefer vs. Rafael Nadal
Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. David Ferrer

Saturday
P.Kohlschreiber/P.Petzschner vs. F.Lopez/F.Verdasco

Sunday
Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. Rafael Nadal
Nicolas Kiefer vs. David Ferrer

Luvyoyoma1954@co
04-11-2008, 03:20 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by GermanBoy
Nadal is no longer a rookie on the tour. I am not a fan of his and therefore I will be delighted to see him having problems and hopefully drop in the rankings in future. He is no Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt or Marat Safin, players that should be challenging Roger Federer and be No. 2 in the rankings.


Should be perhaps, but are not and do not appear to be headed that way in the future.

Getta
04-11-2008, 07:59 PM
GERMANY vs SPAIN
Venue: AWD Dome, Bremen, Germany (hard - indoors)

Friday
Nicolas Kiefer vs. Rafael Nadal
Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. David Ferrer

Saturday
P.Kohlschreiber/P.Petzschner vs. F.Lopez/F.Verdasco

Sunday
Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. Rafael Nadal
Nicolas Kiefer vs. David Ferrer


R.Nadal def. N.Kiefer 7-6 6-0 6-3.
D.Ferrer de. P.Kohlschreiber 6-7(3) 6-3 6-4 6-2.

Spain leads 2-0 now. :rocker2:

Sean.J.S.
04-12-2008, 05:06 AM
Congrats to Rafa and David. :bigclap:

raven gypsy
04-12-2008, 04:55 PM
And Feli/Verdasco lock the tie for Spain.

Their 4 and 1/2 encounter ended in a 5th set tiebreak that they won 12-10.

It sounds like it was an entertaining encounter (by those who got to see it);)

Rafa supposedly very animated when they won.

VAMOS! Should be interesting if they play US. :wavey:

Metis
04-12-2008, 08:49 PM
from the doubles today :D

http://espn-i.starwave.com/media/apphoto/27e57fec-0787-472f-b090-2447b2dc0d4a.jpg

Mimi
04-14-2008, 07:16 AM
what i admire the Spanishs the most is that they are ver patriotic :worship::D

Luvyoyoma1954@co
04-14-2008, 08:30 AM
Hopefully we will be able to get the doubles match on DVD soon. Fel and Verdasco must of been unbelievable to watch. If anyone finds it available please let me know. :wavey::wavey::wavey:

hayazaki
04-14-2008, 08:45 AM
what i admire the Spanishs the most is that they are ver patriotic :worship::D

Yes, you're absolutely right, they're very patriotic.

josie
04-14-2008, 02:35 PM
Hopefully we will be able to get the doubles match on DVD soon. Fel and Verdasco must of been unbelievable to watch. If anyone finds it available please let me know. :wavey::wavey::wavey:

hi Luvyoyoma1954@co,
The full doubles match can be downloaded from here:
thepiratebay.org/tor/4133384/Davis_Cup_2008_QF_-_Kohlschreiber_Petzschner_(GER)_vs_Lopez_Verd

thanks to Four:Love
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=6874052#post6874052

Luvyoyoma1954@co
04-14-2008, 06:41 PM
hi Luvyoyoma1954@co,
The full doubles match can be downloaded from here:
thepiratebay.org/tor/4133384/Davis_Cup_2008_QF_-_Kohlschreiber_Petzschner_(GER)_vs_Lopez_Verd

thanks to Four:Love
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=6874052#post6874052

Thank you so much Josie. I am downloading it through UTorrent as I type. I also found 4 other Nadal's and a Coria. How did you know about this site??

Really, Thank you. I am going to enjoy all of them so much. :wavey::wavey: