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Deboogle!.
09-23-2004, 10:36 PM
Andy with Sco and Oudesma, the practice partners.... being a good mentor ;)

http://www.charleston.net/images/092304/11118_512.jpg

martirogi
09-23-2004, 10:50 PM
yes!! scoville get mentored now and make your breakthrough soon

snaillyyy
09-23-2004, 11:00 PM
awwww great picture :D :D ;) Thanks Deb :worship:

Jennay
09-23-2004, 11:27 PM
Thanks Deb :kiss:

snaillyyy
09-24-2004, 01:25 AM
Enjoy!!! :devil:

snaillyyy
09-24-2004, 01:33 AM
OOPS missed a couple ;)

andyroxmysox12191
09-24-2004, 01:46 AM
:kiss: thanks deb and carole!

superpinkone37
09-24-2004, 02:19 AM
thanks for the awesome articles Deb and thank you carole for the pictures!! :kiss:
i like seeing the guys hanging out together, its so cool that theyre all good buddies. :) cant wait for DC!! im glad andy plays first cuz at least i will know that my tape will not run out in the middle of andy's match, though mardy's might get cut off....oh well, im looking forward to it anyways :bounce:

and it looks like andy has not cut his hair, thats okay though i like it kind of longish, but im very relieved he didnt come back after his break with some new experiemnt growing on his face like last time. ;)

superpinkone37
09-24-2004, 02:24 AM
lol you are too funny amanda :lol:
but you know what i mean, andy's a tard sometimes and he thinks its a good idea to experiemnt with his facial hair and see if he can grow a beard or goatee or whatever the hell he's gonna try next :lol: ;)

Deboogle!.
09-24-2004, 02:32 AM
experiment? that is so funny! it's like, "yeah, so for my science project i grew this thing on my face... just add water and sunlight!"

OH MY GOD DEATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like a Chia Pet on his face :haha: :haha:

Deboogle!.
09-24-2004, 02:39 AM
LOL was it Naldo who made our use of "Death" quite common? It's just short for "Dying of laughter" :) :yeah:

and LMFAO *pictures a pet rock growing on Andy's chin* :haha: :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
09-24-2004, 02:49 AM
hehehe.... usually what I say in person is "I'm dying I'm dying" in between trying to breathe in the laughter LOL!

we're definitely special people here :silly: :crazy: :cuckoo: :)

superpinkone37
09-24-2004, 02:51 AM
yeah, i knew what you meant, i just enjoyed your word choice! and i agree, you'd think he would have realised he looks best clean shaven by now...

lol yeah i knew that you knew what i meant but thats funny too, your word choice lol like it was a science project :lol: lmao

superpinkone37
09-24-2004, 02:54 AM
hehehe.... usually what I say in person is "I'm dying I'm dying" in between trying to breathe in the laughter LOL!

we're definitely special people here :silly: :crazy: :cuckoo: :)

lol thats so funny that there are new phrases being used here, like that death one....its so funny whenever i see it i dunno why. like what amanda said, if someone said that like to someone on the street they would think you were gonna put some voodoo curse for them to die or something on them lol

Deboogle!.
09-24-2004, 04:48 AM
It's about Mardy... but.... hey he's part of the team too ;)
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Fish Faces Olympic Foe In Davis Cup Match
By BILL WARD wward@tampatrib.com
Published: Sep 24, 2004

TAMPA - The silver medal Mardy Fish won at this summer's Athens Games not only boosted his confidence and Association of Tennis Professionals ranking, it also earned the Tampa resident a spot on the U.S. Davis Cup squad that takes on Belarus today through Sunday in the world group semifinals.

Although Fish played some of the best tennis of his life in Athens, the Olympic match that went the furthest to secure him a place on the U.S. Davis Cup roster was a third-round victory over Belarus' Max Mirnyi.

That three-set win vaulted Fish into the quarterfinals and, coming on the heels of some mixed results before the Games, sent Fish's confidence soaring.

As things turn out, Thursday's Davis Cup draw has pitted Fish against Mirnyi, Belarus' top-rated player, in today's second match.

Fish's good friend and former high school teammate Andy Roddick will open the action in Charleston, S.C., when he faces No. 2 Belarussian Vladimir Voltchkov. ESPN2 will broadcast today's singles matches from 1:30-6 p.m.

Having recently beaten the powerful-serving Mirnyi in a high-stakes match, Fish could have a psychological advantage this time.

``It doesn't hurt to know that I can beat him,'' Fish said. ``I feel like I've played him in a similar situation - where we both really, really wanted to win - and I feel like I have the type of game to beat him.

``My returns are the best part of my game, and against his good serve that's going to be the key.''

U.S. twins Bob and Mike Bryan, 3-0 in Davis Cup play, will take on Mirnyi and Alexander Skrypko in Saturday's doubles match.

Sunday will feature reverse singles play with Roddick playing Mirnyi and Fish squaring off with Voltchkov in what could be the deciding match.

``Hopefully, Andy will wrap it up pretty convincingly,'' in his singles match today, said Fish, who is 1-2 in Davis Cup singles play, ``and I can get out there quickly and get us to a 2-0 lead.

``That's our goal.''

The downside for Fish since Athens was his second-round exit at the U.S. Open. But he says playing for his country - as he did in Athens - can make a huge difference.

And like the Olympics, the Davis Cup is an event Fish has cherished playing in since he was a kid.

``When you play for your country, it is always different,'' Fish said.

``You play for the USA and you play for your teammates. You get to sit on the sidelines and cheer the guys on.

``This is an event that I grew up personally watching on TV and thinking about playing. And to be a part of it with the whole team atmosphere is totally how I anticipated it being and total team camaraderie from everybody.''

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Tennis, Anyone?
McEnroe has overseen a U.S. Davis Cup team in transition since he took over in 2001


By John DeLong
JOURNAL REPORTER


DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. - Patrick McEnroe, Andy Roddick and the rest of the United States Davis Cup team congregated on the deck of a battleship yesterday and prepared to do battle.

The occasion was the draw for this weekend's semifinal tie between the United States and Belarus, starting with two singles matches today at the Family Circle tennis complex.

It's the first time the Americans have collectively set foot in the Carolinas since their visit to Joel Coliseum in October of 2001, when they beat India in a relegation match.

If Roddick bombs his 145-mph serves the way he did against the Indians in Winston-Salem, and if Mardy Fish and the doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan are able to take care of business in their matches, the U.S. will advance to the final for the first time since 1997.

All hands on deck were full of confidence yesterday.

"Any time we are at home, we expect to win," McEnroe said. "We're playing at home, we're playing on a surface that we like, and if we play well, we feel really good about our chances."

This, of course, is what McEnroe envisioned when he gained his first win as captain in Winston-Salem.

He had assumed the captain's role from his brother, John, in late 2000, inheriting a team in transition.

Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi had sworn off Davis Cup by that time, and Roddick was just starting to arrive as a top-level talent.

The American team that lost its first-round tie at Switzerland in February, 2001 in McEnroe's debut: Justin Gimelstob, Jan-Michael Gambil, Todd Martin and Roddick, then 18.

"The blueprint wasn't to win by a certain time," McEnroe said. "The blueprint was to put together a great team and to have guys that are inspired and want to play, and then obviously the ultimate goal is to win.... I think the key was getting all the young guys to buy in and getting all the young guys to want to play Davis Cup. Now, we've got a real good base of young players."

Roddick has become the mainstay, the leader, as his No. 2 ATP ranking would require. If he was a rising star when he came to Winston-Salem, he's a bona fide star now, with one Grand Slam title - the 2003 U.S. Open - and 12 ATP titles in the past three years.

And since he went 0-fer in this year's Grand Slam events (losing to Roger Federer in the final at Wimbledon, losing to Joachim Johansson in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, losing to Marat Safin in the quarters at the Australian Open, and losing in the second round to Olivier Mutis at the French Open), he looks at the Davis Cup as the only salvation remaining in 2004.

"We've all been close to picking up some serious hardware this year," Roddick said. "Mardy at the Olympics. The Boys in Australia. The Boys pretty much everywhere. Myself at Wimbledon. But we weren't the last people standing. So I definitely think this is by far our primary focus for the rest of this year. This would definitely help to salvage those other tournaments, for sure."

Fish has emerged from a pack of young players, including Taylor Dent, Robbie Ginepri and James Blake, who won both his singles matches in Winston-Salem, to take the No. 2 singles spot. But that's going to be a running competition for some time, especially if Blake ever returns to form after a series of injuries.

The Bryans, who were still being groomed when the team of Don Johnson and Jared Palmer played doubles in Winston-Salem, appear locked and loaded for some time in doubles. They've fallen from No. 1 in the ATP rankings to No. 6 in recent months, but McEnroe attributes that to injuries and other short-term factors.

The interesting part is, as much as McEnroe hoped to have a Davis Cup in his sights by now, he wasn't overly optimistic about winning it in 2004 at one point. When the draw came out, the Americans' path seemed extremely difficult.

The U.S. got a first-round tie at home against Austria, and took care of business easily with a 5-0 win in Uncasville, Conn. But it expected to have to go to defending champion Australia in the second round, and if it got past Australia, it was projected to play at Argentina in the semifinals.

Instead, Sweden upset Australia in the first round, and Belarus upset Argentina in the second round.

The U.S. beat Sweden 4-1 in Delray Beach, Fla., in the second round, and now finds itself playing on American soil again.

"We've been lucky," McEnroe said. "We didn't expect Australia to lose in the first round, and we certainly didn't expect Belarus to get into the semis. But that's the great thing about Davis Cup. You never know."

The U.S. hasn't won the Davis Cup since 1992. If it beats Belarus, it'll get a chance to end that drought against the winner of the other semifinal between Spain and France.

If Spain beats France, it would be the host for the Davis Cup final. If the U.S. beats Belarus and France upsets Spain, the U.S. would be the host.

If that happens, the front-runners for the final site are Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Indian Wells, Calif.; Sunrise, Fla.; and St. Louis. Winston-Salem has what amounts to a standing offer to the USTA to be the site for another Davis Cup or Fed Cup round, but Joel Coliseum is already booked for the weekend of Dec. 3-5.

McEnroe would just as soon be in Spain that weekend, anyway.

"We have to win this one first, but I would relish the challenge of playing at Spain in the final," he said. "I think that would be a tremendous event, and a tremendous challenge for the players, and they would revel in it. We know Spain is the toughest team out there. Why win it if you can't beat the best?

"But our first goal is to do what we have to do here and win."

superpinkone37
09-24-2004, 04:58 AM
thanks for the great articles once again :kiss:
mardy better not let me down....
oh and this is as much of a chance as france actually beating spain, but if they do and we get the home court advantage, the article said one of the contenders could be indian wells. that would be awesome if they had DC there....but im not goetting my hopes up. i know the chances of them picking IW, let alone france actually upsetting spain are slim....

star
09-24-2004, 02:01 PM
I thought Spain for sure had home court advantage. Didn't we play them last time in Houston?

I don't think there's been a tie between the U.S. and Spain since that one in Houston where Coretja beat Sampras in five on grass. :)

Havok
09-24-2004, 02:55 PM
If it's spain vs the US, spain gets home court advantage. The only way the US would get to play at home is if France takes out Spain, and they have a 1-0 lead.:p

Deboogle!.
09-24-2004, 03:04 PM
yea star, PMac is on crack!

"I would relish the challenge of playing at Spain in the final"

Does he really think we would have a chance in hell in Spain on clay?????!!!!!

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Serving to salvage season

BY SANDRA HARWITT

Special to The Herald


CHARLESTON, S.C. - As far as Andy Roddick is concerned, this weekend's Davis Cup semifinal tie here against Belarus is tantamount to salvaging his 2004 season.

For Roddick, getting by Belarus to reach the Davis Cup final in December against either Spain or France -- those two nations are playing the other semifinal this weekend in Alicante, Spain -- is an opportunity to make up for his shortcomings during the Grand Slam tournaments.

Roddick and teammate Mardy Fish, the recent Olympic silver medalist, will handle singles duty during the weekend, and twins Bob and Mike Bryan will be on tap for the doubles.

The Belarusian squad is led by Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov in singles, with Mirnyi initially slated to team with little-known Alexander Skrypko in doubles. Nevertheless, Voltchkov, who is recovering from an injured left wrist, is considered likely to join Mirnyi for the doubles if his wrist seems capable of withstanding the demands of playing three matches in three days.

IN GOOD POSITION

Roddick, a part-time Boca Raton resident these days, knows he's in position to deliver the U.S. team into its first Davis Cup final since 1997 -- and keep the Americans in the running for their first title since 1995 -- if things go well this weekend.

But other than pushing the cause for his country this weekend, Roddick acknowledged team and individual success are tied.

''All of us have been close to picking up some serious hardware this year, with Mardy at the Olympics, the boys [the Byran brothers, who lost in the final] in Australia, and myself at Wimbledon,'' said Roddick, who lost to world No. 1 Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final and was upset by Sweden's Joachim Johansson in the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

``So I definitely think this is by far our primary focus for the rest of the year, and this would definitely help to salvage those other tournaments.''

Roddick and Voltchkov will meet for the first time in today's opening match, and Fish and Mirnyi follow in the second in a rematch of a round-of-16 match at the Olympics -- won by Fish.

''I've played him one time, and it doesn't really get any bigger, for me, than Davis Cup and the Olympics,'' he said. ``Obviously, he wanted to win there, and I wanted to win just as bad.''

SEVERAL GOALS

For Mirnyi, who plays Davis Cup for Belarus and is a vice president of the Belarus Tennis Association, another shot at Fish is a ``great opportunity for revenge.''

But Mirnyi is thinking in grander terms. He said his team is capable of creating another Davis Cup upset this year -- Belarus scored big a year ago by narrowly beating Russia in the first round and a earning a 5-0 win against Argentina in the quarterfinals.

''The semifinal result, I guess a lot of it speaks for itself,'' Mirnyi said. ``From now on we're looking forward to accomplishing another goal, advancing another round, and this is our team spirit.''

U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe expertly guided his team through the first two rounds of Davis Cup play this year on American soil -- a 5-0 win over Austria in Uncasville, Conn., and a 4-1 victory over Sweden at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in April. And he has a simple strategy entering this weekend.

''Our goal is to make every point tough for them to win,'' McEnroe said. ``I think over the course of three days, if we make them do that, they're going to have to play extraordinary tennis to be able to have a chance.

``This is a great year for them and getting this far, and we hope it doesn't become a phenomenal year for them by getting into the finals. So we're going to try and make sure that doesn't happen.''

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Transcript: USA Team After the Draw
A transcript of the press conference with the USA Davis Cup team after the draw (credit USTA):

Q. Andy, how do you feel about playing first? Would you like to get it all started right away?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. Absolutely. Either way I would have beencomfortable with it. But you know, it'll be exciting to get out there, you know. I have been in the situation where you're waiting around before, and you know, either way, you gotta try to win three sets, so I'm excited to get out of the gates.

Q. Mardy, how do you feel with playing second and being in the waiting position?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, it doesn't -- like Andy said, you gotta win three sets, bottom line. You know, it's just a little bit different. You don't obviously know exactly when you're going to play, so it's a lot of waiting around. You know, hopefully Andy will wrap it up pretty convincingly and I can get out there early and then we can -- you know, we can hopefully try to get a 2-0 lead in the first day, and that's our goal.

Q. Andy, talk about being able to play this match in the United States at home.
ANDY RODDICK: It's great. We've been pretty fortunate throughout this whole year so far with playing home ties, and you know, obviously it's a huge event as far as crowd support and us being in our comfort zone, but that being said, you know, it puts a little bit more pressure on us, but you know, I think we're pretty excited. We were part of an away tie in the semis two years ago, and yeah, I think hopefully we'll enjoy this experience a lot more.

Q. You saw what happened with the Ryder Cup, U. S. team down quick. Quick recovery, how important is it to get off to a good start here?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. That's golf.
Q. Yeah, I know, but still it's important to get off to a good start.
ANDY RODDICK: It's definitely important to get off to a good start, and I'm excited to get us off to a good start, and that responsibility is on me right now, so I'm looking forward to it.

Q. Patrick, how hard is it, you've taken a group of guys sort of used to being individuals, and it's still an individual play, but to combine them now as a team?
PATRICK McENROE: It's not too hard when you have these guys here that love to play Davis Cup and love to play for their country and have a good time. So we try to have fun with it. We try to make the weeks as enjoyable as we can, and we've been successful doing that. And obviously I think that makes a difference in how you perform, how you play over the long haul. But obviously, you know, once the guys go out there, I just want them to play well and take care of the things that they have control over, and I think if we do that, we're playing at home on a surface that we like. If we play well, we feel really good about
our chances, but with these guys, getting them to come together as a team is just a pleasure. There's no work that really has to be done there.

Q. Patrick, were you surprised to see Skrypko up there for Saturday for them?
PATRICK McENROE: Well, as the boys -- the Bryans just said, they don't think they've ever played a team that has actually been on the board. So we're not really concerned about who's on the board. We're just concerned who shows up on the court on Saturday.

Q. Andy, what kind of crowd support would you like to see and what advice would you have for the crowd that's not used to seeing Davis Cup?
ANDY RODDICK: It's unlike any other tennis event. We're going to be excited, therefore, they should be excited. You know, we're a pretty rowdy crew as far as trying to get the crowd into it, so you know, I wouldn't hold back much if I was a fan going to Davis Cup. And I wasn't when I was a fan going to Davis Cup. I didn't hold back much.

Q. Mardy, your win over Max in Athens, does that do anything for you heading into tomorrow in terms of confidence or anything ?
MARDY FISH: Well, I mean it doesn't hurt, you know, knowing that I've played him one time, and you know, it doesn't really get any bigger than for me Davis Cup and the Olympics, you know. I mean obviously he wanted to win there and I wanted to win just as bad, so you know, I feel like I've played him in a situation and not really like a small tournament, like a situation where I know that he really, really wanted to win and so did I. And you know, it obviously helps. You know, I feel like I have the type of game that can play with him and that can beat him. My returns are some of the best parts of my game, and you know, he's got a
great serve, so that's obviously the key tomorrow for me.

Q. Mardy, what about the swings in your career? Last September you saved the bacon in Slovakia. This year you put the team in a little bit of a pickle by losing to Sweden and now here you are again. What about the ups and downs ?
MARDY FISH: I mean I don't know what to say, Bud. You know, I wanted to win. I want to win every match that I play for the United States. You know, I lost to Bjorkman in a tough four-set match, and you know, I mean he's the type of player that's very experienced in those type of situations, and I feel like now that I've played, you know, three or four matches here in singles and I feel like I'm not really a veteran, but I feel like I'm used to this type of situation, and you know, I'm definitely going to come out firing, you know. But I can't really -- I mean I played a great match in Slovakia when we really needed it, and you know, we need wins tomorrow, and hopefully we'll get two of them.

Q. Patrick, when you took over, you kind of had a blueprint and a time table for winning the Davis Cup. Could you talk about that blueprint and the fact that you're in the semis right now, where things stand with that?
PATRICK McENROE: Well, we were in the semis two years ago, had a real good chance that year. The blueprint wasn't to win by a certain time. The blueprint was to put together a great team and to have guys that are inspired to play and want to play, and obviously the ultimate goal is to win. I mean that's paramount to all the guys sitting up here. But for me the blueprint was getting guys, and hopefully young guys, that really wanted to play and want to be part of the effort, and it's not a one-year effort. It's a multi-year effort. And you know, we got close two years ago and we'd like to get one step closer after this
weekend. So I mean obviously I'm pleased with where we are now, but we've still got a lot of work to do.

Q. Patrick, you seem to really enjoy doing this. Would you like to be the captain for a lot longer or is there a limit to the tenure that you want ?

PATRICK McENROE: This is it. I'm done this year. No. I love it. It's an honor to be here, and it's one of the most enjoyable things I've done, if not the most, in tennis. There's no doubt about that. And these guys make it a pleasure to do it. They're just great guys. They love Davis Cup. So it's an honor for me to get the job and to be here, but it's just become better and better, and these guys are the whole reason for that.

Q. Andy, does the Davis Cup take on an even more special meaning for you this year now that you've gone through the season and didn't pick up another Grand Slam title? Is this the focus for you ?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. Absolutely. I think -- stop me if I'm wrong, guys, but I think all of us have been really close to picking up some serious hardware this year, with Mardy at the Olympics, the boys in Australia, and you know, the boys pretty much everywhere, and you know, myself at Wimbledon. And you know, we didn't get to the -- you know, to where we wanted to in those tournaments. I mean we had good tournaments, but we weren't the last people standing. So I definitely think this is by far our primary focus for the rest of the year, and this would definitely help to salvage those other tournaments, that's for sure.

Q. Are you coming off a cold or something? You sound a little --
ANDY RODDICK: No. My voice is just really deep.

Q. Does the fact that the American team has not won in nine years put any pressure, additional pressure as the years go by ?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't think so, because you know, for three or -- you know, since -- I've only been playing since 2001, so '96 to 2000 we really didn't have much to do with those teams, you know. It was different guys, and you know, I don't think that's really on our minds too much.

Q. Bob or Mike or whoever, you campaigned to really get on this team for quite a while. Now are you feeling like regulars and just how special is that for you ?
MIKE BRYAN: It's a special feeling. When we came on the tour, you know, we really wanted to play Davis Cup, and you know, when Pat held that carrot in front of us for a few years, and you know, it was great. Now it feels great to be part of this team, and you know, we're kind of the shoe-in right now as long as we stay on top of the game. And you know, we're having a blast, and as Andy said, this is one of our primary focuses is to win this Davis Cup. And just I think we have a great opportunity.

Q. What has been your problem? You've fallen from No. 1 to No. 7 ?
BOB BRYAN: What's our problem?
Q. Yeah.
BOB BRYAN: You know, I don't think we're as healthy this summer. You know, Mike's feeling great right now, but you know, he wasn't feeling great during the summer. That's for sure. So we were -- we were playing hard, but just coming up a little short. And I think we've improved it. You know, we're improving, and I think we're a better team this year than we were last year. And you know, we're two greats. We still have shots to finish No. 1. And you know, we don't have any points to defend this fall, Bud, so we can still pull it off, you know, and have a good fall. You know, just being healthy and we're improving. We just gotta win some of the big matches.

Q. Was there a discouragement point with Mike's hip and with your losing? Did you think you might not be playing Davis Cup ?
BOB BRYAN: Yeah. I mean we had some big goals this summer with the Olympics and the U.S. Open. And you know, those goals are gone. You know, and this is the last goal. So we're putting all of our focus into that -- into this and if we get it done here, we'll be just as happy. So you know, Davis Cup is the last hoorah. So all of our energy is into this, and winning a Davis Cup title is a good year in anyone's book.

Q. Patrick, what do you see as the strengths that you have to watch out for in the Belarusian team?
PATRICK McENROE: I think that, you know, they've played their best in Davis Cup, and I mean they've done that this year. Obviously they were fortunate to have their first couple matches at home and now I think -- you know, our goal is to make every point tough for them to win, and I think over the course of three days, if we make them do that, they're going to have to play extraordinary tennis to be able to have a chance. And obviously you know, they're playing singles and doubles, basically
they're two guys. So you know, as I said, this is a great year for them and getting this far, and we hope it doesn't become a phenomenal year for them by getting into the finals, so we're going to try to make sure that doesn't happen.

Q. Andy, was there shall I say a down period for you after you lost the U. S. title?
ANDY RODDICK: Was there...
Q. A down period for you after you lost your title .
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I mean obviously I wasn't happy about -- you know, I'm never happy about losing, but especially at the Open, you know, when I felt like I was playing really, really good tennis through the first four rounds, and then you know, just didn't get it done in the match that I thought I could have and should have won. But that being said, I'm not one to look back and dwell. What's done is done, and I choose to look forward, and you know, luckily -- luckily I had Davis Cup to look forward to. So you know, I didn't do as well as I should have, but you know, that's part of sports and I do understand that. So I'm excited to be here with another opportunity to go out and get -- be a part of something special. So hopefully this will help.

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Deboogle!.
09-24-2004, 03:16 PM
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Breaking speed barriers

U.S. Davis Cup hopes ride on fast-serving Roddick and his frat brothers

By PATRICK OBLEY

Staff Writer


CHARLESTON — The racket had committed its last atrocity, its final crime against humanity ... or in this case, Andy Roddick.

Roddick slammed the racket to the court, bending its head at a 90-degree angle. Two more whacks snapped its neck, ending this particularly nefarious episode of Davis Cup practice ... though most onlookers would have trouble discerning what made the practice so troublesome for the world’s No. 2 player.

“That’s the first racket I’ve smashed in my life,” Roddick said defensively when asked about the incident earlier this week.

Of course, it wasn’t the first racket Roddick had annihilated. Far from it.

Roddick’s untruth quickly unraveled in a fit of laughter when Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish whispered something facetious in his ear.

“That’s the first racket you’ve busted today, you mean,” Fish said, outing Roddick to the gathered media.

Roddick pulled his cap tight over his eyes and grumbled.

“I’m so sick of Mardy,” he said.

With that, this exceedingly young U.S. Davis Cup squad devolved into a puddle of silliness. Roddick and Fish began slapping at each other. Doubles partners Bob and Mike Bryan began whispering conspiratorially.

And team captain Patrick McEnroe shook his head and pinched the bridge of his nose.

“My goal is to get us back in the running to win the Davis Cup every year,” McEnroe said. “I think we are in that position now. We have a group of guys who are real passionate about winning this ...”

Another wave of laughter washes over the group. Fish and Roddick are at it again.

Hey, if you’re Roddick, it’s hard to maintain your composure when some smarty-pants like Fish keeps whispering “you’re a success” or “you’re so sexy” in your ear while goosing you in the side during a supposedly serious meeting with the media. But carefree and loose is the way Roddick tries to play tennis and live his life. In fact, that’s how everyone in this band of rising stars likes to roll.

Roddick will open the best-of-five semifinal match against upstart Belarus today with a singles match against Vladimir Voltchkov. Fish will follow with his match against Belarus’s top player, Max Mirnyi. Depending on today’s results, the Bryan brothers could face Mirnyi and Voltchkov in Saturday’s doubles match.

On the surface, this showdown for the chance to meet France or Spain in the Davis Cup final is a mismatch. Of course, that’s what many golf experts said when the U.S. Ryder Cup team took on the Europeans last week.

As that Ryder Cup team proved when it crashed and burned, team chemistry can be everything. Fortunately for this Davis Cup crew, everyone gets along splendidly. Imagine a bunch of frat brothers who play tennis on the side.

“Our biggest thing is that our whole team is on the same page,” Roddick said. “We all have the common goal of trying to win this together some day. I think it helps that we do get along and that we are friendly off the court. It makes these weeks a lot easier, and it makes our decisions to compete as a team a lot easier as well.”

Before arriving in Charleston for this week’s showdown, Roddick invited the entire team to his house in Austin, Tex., following the U.S. Open. There, the group just hung out and, occasionally, picked up rackets and practiced.

“Actually, they just showed up,” Roddick said, slipping back into his standup routine. “I fed them occasionally... . No, I thought it would be a good idea to get together and have some fun.”

Although he is the youngest of the group, Roddick is the unquestioned leader. On his shoulders rests the United States’ best hope for a Davis Cup title in 10 years.

"I think it says a lot about his maturity. I think it says a lot about what Davis Cup means to him, what it means to be the leader of a team," McEnroe said.

Roddick and his fellow teammates have struggled through what can only be called an off year by their lofty individual standards.

Roddick lost the world’s No. 1 ranking to a surging Roger Federer, lost a match in Cincinnati to an aging Andre Agassi and bowed out of his U.S. Open title defense in an early round. Fish, despite winning a silver medal at the Olympics, has been maddingly inconsistent. The Bryan brothers have seen their doubles ranking dive from No. 1 to No. 7 thanks to a spate of injuries.

The season could still be salvaged for all with a Davis Cup title. With a win, all of the past year’s woes would be wiped away.

“There are a lot of things I wanted, but they are just not in the cards for me this year,” Roddick said. “But one thing still alive this year is this title. This is where I’m at. This is definitely the most important thing left for me... .”

Laughter.

Fish goosed Roddick for the last time. (ok this is getting ridiculous now...:lol: ) Roddick quickly sought out the nearest exit. With luck, someone thought ahead and hid his rackets.

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Weather or not, Davis Cup goes on

AT THE CUP


The forecast calls for possible thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday, with a chance of a brush from Hurricane Jeanne early next week. But Alan Schwartz, the U.S. Tennis Association's chairman of the board and president, said the U.S.-Belarus Davis Cup semifinal will go on in Charleston, shine or rain.
"First of all, we hope for more of this nice weather," Schwartz said Thursday. "But if we have to, we'll wait until Monday."

An extended weather delay, Schwartz said, would send International Tennis Federation officials scrambling for an indoor venue in the Lowcountry. Over 27,000 tickets have been sold for the event, all but eliminating the possibility of a weather-related move barring a worst-case scenario.

WHY THE YORKTOWN?

The draw ceremony for this weekend's Davis Cup semifinal was held Thursday aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. USTA officials, who like to hold draw ceremonies in places unique to the host city, scouted three or four sites around Charleston before settling on the maritime museum.

Neither team had any objections to holding the draw aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier. Past Davis Cup draws have taken place on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, at Stone Mountain Park outside Atlanta, near the shore in Delray Beach, Fla., at the summer residence of the king of Spain, and at various American city halls.

TICKETS

Less than less than 200 single-session tickets were available as of Thursday (Family Circle Magazine Stadium capacity for the Davis Cup event is 9,600). Call 554-6060 for more information.

TV TIMES

ESPN2 television time slots for the Davis Cup: Today ñ 1:30 p.m.-6 p.m. (live); Saturday ñ 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (taped); Sunday ñ 5 p.m.-7 p.m. (taped).

ETC. ...

-- Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker will sing the National Anthem before today's first match.

-- Official Davis Cup sponsor BNP Paribas is a French banking group with offices in 85 countries and 10,000 employees in the U.S., mostly on the West Coast.

-- Today in Davis Cup history: On Sept. 24, 1993, MaliVai Washington became the second African-American to represent the U.S. in Davis Cup play (after Arthur Ashe). He defeated Mark Knowles of the Bahamas in a qualifying round in Charlotte. Washington will work with Cliff Drysdale on ESPN2's coverage of this week's U.S.-Belarus competition.

-- The U.S. has more Davis Cup titles (31) and has won more Davis Cup matches (197) than any of the other 142 countries that have participated in Davis Cup but has not won a final title since 1995. This is the longest stretch without a U.S. title since 1927-36.

-- What would it mean to the nation of Belarus if its Davis Cup team actually won a world championship? Chances are the Belarussians would add a few to their total of 210 tennis courts.

Schwartz's Tennis Corporation of America owns more courts than that. Counting Schwartz's courts, the United States has 71,000 tennis courts.

-- The USTA likes to leave a legacy where it holds it Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties. Charleston is no different. The USTA and Family Circle Tennis Center have combined to construct a 40-foot hitting wall at the Daniel Island complex.

-- About 250 kids turned out for Wednesday night's clinic with Patrick McEnroe at Moultrie Playground.

-- What's it like trying to return Andy Roddick's 150 mph serves? Davis Cup hitting partner Scoville Jenkins should know. After all, the Atlanta product was on the receiving end of a 152 mph serve in his first-round loss to Roddick at the U.S. Open. If that wasn't enough, Jenkins has seen plenty of Roddick's smoking serves this week.

"If he gets that in, I say, wow, how can I return that?" Jenkins said this week.

"If you're not there, you don't have a chance to get it back. Sometimes I guess, but most of the time I check out little things, like the toss, or where he's standing," even though Jenkins said Roddick "doesn't give it away at all."


-- Gene Sapakoff and David Caraviello

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Counting on fish

Second singles pick can take pressure off coach, team with win over Mirnyi

BY DAVID CARAVIELLO
Of The Post and Courier Staff
The highlight of Mardy Fish's promising but somewhat uneven career came in a situation not unlike the one he faces this weekend on Daniel Island. Playing as much for national pride as personal satisfaction, he beat Max Mirnyi in four sets in what eventually became a silver medal performance last month at the Athens Olympics.

The site has changed, but the opponent and the international implications remain the same as they were during that breakthrough run in Greece. Once again, it's Fish vs. Mirnyi with the world watching. The prize isn't a medal, but an edge in the Davis Cup semifinal between the United States and Belarus, and a step toward December's championship against Spain or France.

Much of the attention in this Davis Cup semifinal has revolved around Andy Roddick, the U.S. No. 1 and world No. 2, who opens play against Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus at 1:30 p.m. today at the Family Circle Tennis Center. But the wildcard for the Americans is Fish, who doesn't need to win a match -- Roddick and doubles partners Mike and Bob Bryan can do most of the heavy lifting in the best-of-five format -- yet could take plenty of pressure off U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe with a victory today over the hard-serving Mirnyi.

"It really doesn't get any bigger for me than the Davis Cup and the Olympics," said Fish, ranked No. 28, who plays Mirnyi today after the Roddick-Voltchkov match. "I feel like I've played him not in a small tournament, but in a situation where you know that he really, really wanted to win, and so did I. It obviously helps. I feel like I have the type of game that can play with him. My return is one of the best parts of my game, and Mirnyi has a great service. That's obviously the key for me."

Fish beat Mirnyi 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 at the Olympics, before losing a five-set gold medal final to Nicolas Massu of Chile. It is the only previous meeting between the two players, and one Mirnyi remembers well.

"I've known Mardy for a long time, so there's not much to be surprised about as far as the style is concerned," he said. "Davis Cup is just as important for me and my country as participation in the Olympics. So these events following one another is a good opportunity to get revenge not only at a personal level, but also for the country."

Fish's Olympic performance stands out, both because of the silver medal it produced and the mediocre results surrounding it. He's been out by the second round in five of his last seven events. Cliff Drysdale, who competed in 45 Davis Cup matches for his native South Africa and will call the action this weekend for ESPN, believes Fish has the talent to be a top-level player. But he wonders if the 23-year-old has the work ethic to match.

"He has got to make up his mind that he really wants it, and he's got to work as hard as he's ever worked," Drysdale said. "He's a very nice man, maybe too nice. I'm not sure that he really wants to bear down. He enjoys life. He's a great guy. He's a joker. He's a madman in a certain way that I really love. But he's not in good enough shape. He'll go to Saddlebrook and work out with the best in the business for a while, and then he'll bag it. He just needs to get into the best shape of his life, and needs to compare himself to some of the great physical specimens on the tour, which he is not yet."

McEnroe has been on Fish since the Olympics to stay aggressive and keep coming to the net. He believes Fish is at his best when he's constantly on the move.

"Sometimes when he gets a little frustrated, the feet get a little lackadaisical," McEnroe said. "That's something I'm trying to remind him every day, keep moving, keep getting in position. When he's in a good position and he lines up his shots, good things happen."

The only mystery regarding the order of play this week is who Belarus will pair with Mirnyi in the doubles match against the Bryans on Saturday. In Thursday's official draw, captain Sergei Teterin had his No. 1 player teamed with 18-year-old Alexander Skrypko, fueling speculation over whether Voltchkov -- who has battled a sore wrist -- could hold up to three matches in as many days.

"I'm ready to play," Voltchkov said. "Alexander is ready to play. It's up to the captain to decide who's going to go on the court."

Belarus has until one hour before Saturday's match to alter its doubles lineup, and Mirnyi said the team will meet after today's two singles matches to finalize its pairing. The Americans will believe Skrypko will play when they see him enter stadium court Saturday afternoon.

"As the Bryans just said, they don't think they've ever played a team that's actually been on the board," McEnroe said. "So we're not really concerned with who's on the board. We're just concerned with who shows up on the court on Saturday."

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Mirnyi beastly force for small nation of Belarus
By Bud Collins, Globe Correspondent | September 24, 2004

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The "Beast of Belarus" is in this lovely seaside town on a mission to enthrall his 10 million countryfolk, from President Aleksandr Lukashenko on down. That includes Mikael Pavlov, the mayor of his hometown, Minsk, plus the mob of two Belarusian journalists covering the Beast's heavy task of beating the United States on a local tennis court.

The Beast, born as Max Mirnyi 27 years ago, and grown to 6 feet 5 inches, can't win this Davis Cup semifinal, a best-of-five series, all by himself, of course. He's getting some help from another Minsk lad, Vladimir Voltchkov. But it's clear that as the Beast goes, so goes Belarus.

Can this mouse roar? Well, Belarus, a 13-year-old chip off the (Soviet) bloc, debuting in the Cup's elite World Group of 16 nations, has astounded Russia, 3-2, and Argentina, 5-0, to get to the last four, and Mirnyi says, "The pressure is on the Americans. They're at home and everybody expects them to win."

After beating Russia, Mirnyi was decorated by an elated and grateful Lukashenko with a medal for distinguished service, the country's highest honor. Voltchkov, 26, was commended, too, with a secondary order.

"We know everybody will be watching on TV," Mirnyi says. "It's a special occasion. Everything we do in Davis Cup is very much publicized, and we are proud of it. We don't have many courts or players, but interest in tennis is rising fast. Davis Cup helps."

"They're great guys, and they're having a great year," concedes US captain Patrick McEnroe, whose team eliminated Austria, 5-0, and Sweden, 4-1. "We just don't want to make it a phenomenal year for them."

What the Americans -- Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, Mike and Bob Bryan -- do want is to make Minsk meat of the visitors, and advance to the late November final against either France or Spain. Thirsting during the second-longest US drought (nine years since the last drink from the Cup), the homeboys see this team campaign as "a last hurrah." Those are the words of Mike Bryan, who shares tomorrow's doubles court with lefthanded twin Bob.

His mates nod in agreement, having been scarred and tethered in the recent US Open. Roddick, opening this afternoon against Voltchkov, was supposed to confront Roger Federer in the final, but forgot to beat No. 30 Joachim Johansson, in the quarters. Fish, No, 28, hooking up with Mirnyi in today's afterpiece, blew the Olympic gold medal to Nicolas Massu, and vanished at the Open in the second round, stiffed by qualifier Michal Tabara. Third-round losers to no-names Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut, the Bryans have skidded from No. 1 to No. 7, failing to retain their major of 2003, the French title.

Wimbledon finalist Roddick, No. 2 behind Federer, says of the season barren of majors, "We've been really close to picking up serious hardware this year, but we didn't get to where we wanted to be. We had good tournaments, but we weren't the last people standing. So I think this is, by far, our primary focus for the rest of the year. It can definitely help us to salvage those other tournaments."

Although his name, Mirnyi, means peaceful in Russian, genial Max was rebaptized "Beast" while playing in the minors a few years ago because of the ferocious way he goes at his work: slam-bang. One of the shrinking tribe of serve-and-volleyers, he forces constantly, digging in at the net.

"We're young and small," Mirnyi says of Belarus, merely in its 10th year of Cup competition. "But Davis Cup, playing for our country, brings out something extra in us."

Win or lose this weekend, the Belarusian uprising is, indeed, phenomenal for a country with only two recognized players: Mirnyi, No. 63, and Voltchkov, No. 162. Rounding out the team, teenagers Alexander Skrypko, 18, and Andrei Karatchenya, 15, are not to be found on the computer.

Dwight Davis, the Harvard kid who donated the Cup 104 years ago to promote international mingling through sport, would love these Belarusians. They're testimony that the format gives a struggling country with only two players a winning chance. The most recent duo to knock out the US were Petr Korda and Daniel Vacek of the Czech Republic in 1996, playing all the matches in a 3-2 quarterfinal decision. However, the Czechs, with a long tradition, were stocked with numerous world-class players.

Voltchkov, hoping he's fully recovered from tendinitis in his left wrist, and Mirnyi would be the first to tell you that they couldn't have done it without American help and encouragement. Brought by their fathers to the US as teenagers to nurture obvious tennis talent, Voltchkov did so in Brooklyn, Mirnyi at Nick Bollettieri's boot camp at Bradenton, Fla.

You may recall the stocky Voltchkov's meteoric Wimbledon of 2000, a qualifier spurting to the semifinals, where he gave the champ, Pete Sampras, a decent joust. That feat tied John McEnroe's 1977 record for qualifying success.

Vladimir's training regimen included regular moviehouse visits to soak up the against-the-odds flick "Gladiator." He pictured himself as an outnumbered gladiator at Wimbledon, and again this year as he was carried off the court by teammates after beating Mikhail Youzhny to clinch the victory over Russia.

The US should win, 4-1, but strange things happen in Davis Cup when guys cast aside individual identity and carry their country on their backs. Sometimes beasts take wing.

Havok
09-24-2004, 03:26 PM
Andy Roddick: Yeah. That's golf.

death:bigcry::haha::haha:

Deboogle!.
09-24-2004, 05:10 PM
Audio of Andy
http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsaudio.asp?id=12960

I'm in a public place and can't listen so I have no clue what it is or if it's anything worthwhile :)

LOL Naldo... yea sarcastic Andy out again...

I've gotta say though, there have been a ton of articles about how the US doing well at DC would help salvage the Ryder Cup problems... it's like uh....ok..... DUH :smash:

snaillyyy
09-24-2004, 05:58 PM
Well I guess Andy is in a hurry again :haha: 1st set 6-1 in 18 mins

Fumus
09-24-2004, 06:37 PM
Another serve record?

star
09-24-2004, 06:56 PM
Hey, if you’re Roddick, it’s hard to maintain your composure when some smarty-pants like Fish keeps whispering “you’re a success” or “you’re so sexy” in your ear while goosing you in the side during a supposedly serious meeting with the media.

Ain't young love grand? :inlove:


and Minsk meat...... :haha: :haha:

andyroxmysox12191
09-24-2004, 07:04 PM
:rolls: star!

RodFan08
09-24-2004, 07:09 PM
Anyone know why he's wearing that old outfit. Probably cause its the US colors, but for some reason I thought he was gonna wear a different outfit this time

tangerine_dream
09-24-2004, 07:09 PM
Does anyone know if there is there live scoring of these matches anywhere on the web?

Minsk meat :haha: brilliant!

star
09-24-2004, 07:11 PM
Tangy........ http://www.daviscup.com

155?

Was it good?

RodFan08
09-24-2004, 07:11 PM
Does anyone know if there is there live scoring of these matches anywhere on the web?

Minsk meat :haha: brilliant!

I'M not sure, but it's on TV, if u have cable :wavey:

Fumus
09-24-2004, 07:12 PM
lol Bkm..hey I am at work and I can't see the match but according to the online stats Voltchov just served a 245 kilometer(153mph, that would be the fastest serve) bomb is that possible? Ok now it says Andy just serve a 250 kilometer(155mph)...is that a new record?

RodFan08
09-24-2004, 07:13 PM
Wow it's over already:) Go Andy. Common Mardy it's u're turn:)

J. Corwin
09-24-2004, 07:13 PM
yep...the 155 was good....another service speed record! :yeah:

andyroxmysox12191
09-24-2004, 07:13 PM
:woohoo: he won. and a new record too :D i just looked over at the tv and it said 155 on the speed thingy so i didnt see it lol. had to ask carole if he set a new record :lol:

Fumus
09-24-2004, 07:16 PM
wow holy crap!! Tell Bunk to make the thread say "make that 155"...;)

tangerine_dream
09-24-2004, 07:16 PM
Thanks star. For some reason, the DC site doesn't work if I use IE but I switched to Safari and now it's working. :scratch:

Get out! Did Andy really serve 155? No way. :eek:

star
09-24-2004, 07:17 PM
I felt that set the tone for the match (serving)
He was a little nervous at first.
Tried to to put it in his strke zone and move him around a little bit

Loves the Davis Cup atmosphere

Asks if the gun was a little fast

I seem to break the record at every Davis Cup tie. You tell me

I think it's an extremely pivitol match for us. (Mardy's)

Follows what is happening in Europe.

Wouldn't mind getting a shot at France in the U.S. but also likes the idea of being an underdog in Spain.

Fumus
09-24-2004, 07:17 PM
It was working for me. I wonder if the guns are off because it say Voltchy served up a 153mph bomb.

J. Corwin
09-24-2004, 07:18 PM
He went for it like he always does at the end of a DC match. ;) There was a standing ovation! :D Sneaky DC speed guns. :devil:

star
09-24-2004, 07:18 PM
Man o man alive
Andy just served
One fifty five.

Fumus
09-24-2004, 07:19 PM
wow..just...wow.

tangerine_dream
09-24-2004, 07:21 PM
Hi bkm, haven't seen you around lately :wavey: I'm at work, so I can't watch it on TV. I'm taping it though.

He really hit 155? :eek: Holy fluck! :bowdown:

And the match stats.....holy fluck again :cool:

zero double faults
pts won on 1st serve: 91%
pts won on 2nd serve: 100%

Minsk meat is right :haha: .....Mardy! You're up. And don't choke, you *&%#$ :(

RodFan08
09-24-2004, 07:30 PM
Hi bkm, haven't seen you around lately :wavey: I'm at work, so I can't watch it on TV. I'm taping it though.

Yeah, it's been awhile. I think I needed a break. It was getting too dramatic around here, for me(mostly because of me:rolleyes: ). I felt really bad about the whole thing so I took alittle break, & now I'm happy to be posting here again:) I just hope everythings cool now. :wavey:

star
09-24-2004, 07:31 PM
:hug:

No worries. :)

Havok
09-24-2004, 07:32 PM
Andy hit a 155 mph serve?:retard: I seriously am starting to believe Gilbert when he said Andy will break the 160 mark now.:scared: I remember laughing at Brad, but I guess not anymore, by the looks of things.:o Just as long as he doesn't become an idiot and force himself to hit these huge serves in order to break records.

tangerine_dream
09-24-2004, 07:32 PM
Aww, bkm, everything's cool, don't worry :hug: Glad to have you back :D

Gladder still that Andy blazed through his match like a house on fire. I can't wait to watch it later. :banana:

:secret: still worried about Mardy....

RodFan08
09-24-2004, 07:35 PM
Aww, bkm, everything's cool, don't worry :hug: Glad to have you back :D

Gladder still that Andy blazed through his match like a house on fire. I can't wait to watch it later. :banana:

:secret: still worried about Mardy....

Thanx, I'm glad. Now that I know that, I'll deffinately be posting here more often.

Yeah Andy played great. It was fun to watch, but I missed to beginnig. Luckily, I recorded it :)

RodFan08
09-24-2004, 07:36 PM
:hug:

No worries. :)

Thanx star:):) Glad things are back to normal

Deboogle!.
09-24-2004, 07:40 PM
WOW Andy! Glad it was a good match *fingers crossed the VCR taped ok*

:dance:

star
09-24-2004, 07:43 PM
Max has on an orange Nike cap and a solid red shirt. It looks really nice.

I wish Andy would wear one of those cute hats instead of the ugly trucker thing.

star
09-24-2004, 07:44 PM
Am I the only one who finds the netheads unbearably annoying?

Deboogle!.
09-24-2004, 07:45 PM
Roddick Puts USA in Pole
Andy Roddick gave himself and his USA team the perfect start to its semi-final against Belarus by beating Vladimir Voltchkov, 61 64 64 to put the US one point ahead and a step closer to a place in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final against either France or Spain.

Roddick will be hoping his emphatic victory will set the tone for the tie in Charleston, South Carolina and give USA No.2 Mardy Fish the ideal platform from which to take on Max Mirnyi in the second match.

The American began aggressively, breaking Voltchkov in the Belarusian's opening game to put himself on the offensive immediately and buoy the spirits of the 9,500 or so US fans in the Family Circle Tennis Centre. Roddick served with his customary explosiveness, despite cool, overcast conditions and the presence of a slow-paced hard-court beneath his feet. At 1-4 down Voltchkov's serve buckled again and gave Roddick a second break and an even tighter grip on the first set.

When the American made good on his lead he was rewarded with a chorus of wild cheering from those draped in stars and stripes in the stands, and they had good reason to celebrate again when, with the help of a double fault from the Belarusian, Roddick broke the Voltchkov serve at 2-2 in the second set, calming any nerves USA team captain Patrick McEnroe might have had about the opening rubber.

Voltchkov has not played since the Olympics and the lack of match practice was evident in the sluggish start he made to the match. His level of play improved steadily throughout the three sets but, ultimately, he was powerless to stop Roddick improving his career Davis Cup by BNP Paribas win-loss record to 10-3.

The USA has not been in a Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final since 1997, when they lost to Sweden, and has not won since triumphing over Russia in 1995. This year Roddick in particular seems intent on bringing his nation its 32nd Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. After Friday's singles, the American doubles team of twins Bob and Mike Bryan are scheduled to take on Mirnyi and Alexander Skrypko on Saturday, with Roddick playing Mirnyi and Fish up against Voltchkov on Friday.

The venerable city of Charleston is hosting its first ever Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Charlestonians would dearly love to crown their historic weekend with a home win. However, they will be keeping a careful eye on the weather map during the next three days in order to monitor Hurricane Jeanne which is currently hovering offshore and could hit the South Carolina coastline as early as Sunday, the last scheduled day of the tie.

MisterQ
09-24-2004, 07:54 PM
LOL Andy is one mph short of a Category Five Hurricane.

Deboogle!.
09-24-2004, 07:55 PM
:haha: :haha:


:) love seeing him this happy

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040924/i/r2525621313.jpg

tangerine_dream
09-24-2004, 07:57 PM
LOL Andy is one mph short of a Category Five Hurricane.

Hurricane Andy indeed :D :haha:

Fumus
09-24-2004, 07:57 PM
LOL Andy is one mph short of a Category Five Hurricane.

It's pretty sad, when a tennis balls top speed is 50mph fast than your cars.

Havok
09-24-2004, 07:57 PM
Max has on an orange Nike cap and a solid red shirt. It looks really nice.

I wish Andy would wear one of those cute hats instead of the ugly trucker thing.
:ras: Embrace the trucker hat, be one with the trucker hat. It owns, simple as that. It sets him apart from the other drones.:)

and I don't even get the DC matches on tv and those fucking netheads piss me off as well.

Fumus
09-24-2004, 07:58 PM
he looks alot thinner, when I saw him in the interview I was like damn!!

Golfnduck
09-24-2004, 07:59 PM
Minsk meat is right :haha: .....Mardy! You're up. And don't choke, you *&%#$ :(
LOL!!! OMFG!!! He better not choke :mad: COME ON TEAM USA!!!

Deboogle!.
09-24-2004, 08:09 PM
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2004-09-24T200020Z_01_CHA04D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-DAVIS-US.jpg

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2004-09-24T200145Z_01_CHA05D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-DAVIS.jpg

tangerine_dream
09-24-2004, 08:15 PM
:sobbing: The new thread title

Oh, good, he's wearing his "winner's" outfit again (this is the same one he wore when he won Nasdaq and beat up on poor Jonas at DC earlier). Great victory smile in that first pic. :D

Right now, ChokaFish is holding his serve but his numbers aren't nearly as grand as Beastie's. He better watch it. Mardy :(

Deboogle!.
09-24-2004, 08:24 PM
omg I love this pic
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20040924/capt.sge.mne76.240904201041.photo00.default-271x373.jpg



Roddick quickly puts US ahead in Davis Cup tie with Belarus


CHARLESTON, United States (AFP) - Andy Roddick gave the United States a quick 1-0 lead in their Davis Cup World Group semi-final against Belarus, racing past Vladimir Voltchkov 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

The 162nd-ranked Voltchkov was no match for the world number two, who played a confident match of superior serving.


Roddick even surpassed his own record for the fastest serve, which was 152 mph (245 kph) , when he hit a 155 mph service winner to go 40-0 ahead in the final game of the match.


Voltchkov saved two of the ensuing match points, but couldn't hold off Roddick on the third.


"I felt it set the tone for the match and I got on top of him early on," Roddick said of his dominant service game. "I felt he was a little nervous early on, and I got an early break in each set. I felt like he was making a lot of errors and was having problems with his first serve."

Golfnduck
09-24-2004, 08:30 PM
Well, so far fishy isn't playing too bad. Won the 1st 7-5, two more sets boy!!!

tangerine_dream
09-24-2004, 08:33 PM
:woohoo: Mardy took the first set! His numbers are much better now, better than Beastie's. Keep it up Mardy!!! :banana:

Golfnduck
09-24-2004, 08:51 PM
5-2 Mardy to serve for the set!!

Golfnduck
09-24-2004, 08:58 PM
MARDY WON 6-2!!! :bowdown: :woohoo:

papasmurf11
09-24-2004, 09:23 PM
aww come one Mardy you need to break !

martirogi
09-24-2004, 09:45 PM
shit i forgot it was on today :mad:

Golfnduck
09-24-2004, 09:55 PM
Mardy got a break in the third, up 3-1, but down 0-30 on serve.

star
09-24-2004, 10:00 PM
I thought Andy was gonna come unglued when Mardy broke. He jumped up and punched the air with his fist,.......... but you know.... Mr. Clumsy Guy .... looked like he might fall down.

I guess he desont' feel good about his hair because he has that stupid Gilligan hat on.

Mardy under pressure now. Deuce.....

star
09-24-2004, 10:01 PM
LOL Andy is one mph short of a Category Five Hurricane.

Florida rememers Hurricane Andrew. :lol:

Golfnduck
09-24-2004, 10:02 PM
Mardy held!!! What a game!!! Andy needs a haircut!!

star
09-24-2004, 10:03 PM
Have you seen his hair??? All I've seen is that hat!

star
09-24-2004, 10:04 PM
Maybe Mardy and Andy want to grow sweetheart ponytails. :)

papasmurf11
09-24-2004, 10:05 PM
yeah it looks like one of those hats you get at a tacky tourist shop in Florida!

Golfnduck
09-24-2004, 10:20 PM
Mardy won 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3!!! GO MARDY!!! WHAT A MATCH!!!

Havok
09-24-2004, 10:20 PM
Andy's hair is that bad? Or are you all just over reacting?:p

star
09-24-2004, 10:23 PM
Mardy finally wins it. He must feel relieved. :)

star
09-24-2004, 10:27 PM
Andy's hair is that bad? Or are you all just over reacting?:p


I haven't seen the hair...... but you know, if he's thinking the hat looks better then the hair. :scared:

andyroxmysox12191
09-24-2004, 10:28 PM
i love andys hair :ras: and the trucker hat :ras: leave them alone :D ;)
and yay mardy won too :banana:
I thought Andy was gonna come unglued when Mardy broke. He jumped up and punched the air with his fist,.......... but you know.... Mr. Clumsy Guy .... looked like he might fall down.
:sobbing: thats exactly what i thought :sobbing:

J. Corwin
09-24-2004, 10:38 PM
Mardy almost gagged again but didn't choke this time. :cool:

The hair! It seems like he hasn't had a haircut since the beginning of the year almost. :scared:

superpinkone37
09-24-2004, 10:57 PM
i love andys hair :ras: and the trucker hat :ras: leave them alone :D ;)
and yay mardy won too :banana:

:sobbing: thats exactly what i thought :sobbing:

lol me too. i like his hair and the trucker hat too. :) i havent seen the matches yet cuz i was at school, but the vrc worked, thank god, i just need some time to sit down and watch. i even recorded the first three sets of mardy's match .... the part you guys are talking about where andy looks like hes gonna fall over-- was that in the first three sets? and i havent seen his hair yet either...just a tiny clip of him wearing the bucket hat thingy during mardy's match.

star
09-24-2004, 10:59 PM
I might like his hair too, but I NEVER see it!! It's always under a stupid hat or stupider cap.

I wanna see the hair!!! :bigcry:

I wanna see Mardy and Andy with matching dos!!! :rolls:

Jennay
09-24-2004, 10:59 PM
Holy fucking shit - 155mph :scared: :scared:

Andy and Mardy :yeah: Great wins for them both. :banana:

I'm glad Mardy kept his concentration in that 4th set, he could've easy gotten down on himself and lost.

France 1-0 :bigclap:

edit I love Andy's hair, how can you NOT? ;)

star
09-24-2004, 11:00 PM
lol me too. i like his hair and the trucker hat too. :) i havent seen the matches yet cuz i was at school, but the vrc worked, thank god, i just need some time to sit down and watch. i even recorded the first three sets of mardy's match .... the part you guys are talking about where andy looks like hes gonna fall over-- was that in the first three sets? and i havent seen his hair yet either...just a tiny clip of him wearing the bucket hat thingy during mardy's match.

That jumping up thing was when Mardy broke in the fourth set. Sorry. :(

Deboogle!.
09-24-2004, 11:11 PM
ARGH I hate being stupid with the VCR! Somehow I set it to tape the wrong speed so I didn't get Mardy's match :(:(:( I missed all the good stuff :smash:

Havok
09-24-2004, 11:12 PM
I haven't seen the hair...... but you know, if he's thinking the hat looks better then the hair. :scared:
Andy ALWAYS wears a hat when in the stands, no matter how good or crappy his hair is though.;)

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09-24-2004, 11:44 PM
Roddick Rolls To Davis Cup Win
By Ronald Green
09/25/2004

Stranded behind the baseline with his hands at his side, Vladimir Voltchkov watched as Andy Roddick strolled forward, paused to tug at his sleeves then hammered an overhead smash with such force it sounded like his strings would split the seams of the ball on crushing contact.


The ball bounded over the back wall and disappeared into the stands as if eager to flee the foreboding prospect of another beating from the blue Babolat racquet in Roddick's right hand.

It was set point, but it typified the tempo of the entire match: Roddick spent much of his time on court slamming shots with such effective explosiveness there was no opportunity to even offer a reply as Voltchkov was reduced to stretches of standing helplessly as another shot soared past.

The second-ranked Roddick can be so overwhelming even opponents find themselves reduced to spectator status. In a crowd-pleasing performance, Roddick slammed 14 aces, including an ace in the final game that rocked the radar gun at 155 mph — an unofficial record — to rout Voltchkov, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and give the United States a 1-0 lead in its best-of-five-match Davis Cup semifinal against Belarus at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.

The 2003 U.S. Open champion raised his Davis Cup record to 13-3, including a 10-0 mark on hard courts. It was Roddick's fifth consecutive Davis Cup victory and gave the Americans an authoritative edge in the tie. If history holds true the United States will be difficult to beat: the U.S. has won 46 straight home ties when winning the first singles match in Davis Cup competition and owns a 171-15 record when winning the opening match.

"It's definitely important to get off to a good start," Roddick said. "And I'm excited to get us off to a good start. I wanted to take a little bit of pressure off Mardy (Fish) going into his match and I feel like I did that. Hopefully, he can come out and get us a 2-0 lead. I feel that's a pivotal match for us. Mardy's been playing great this week so I'm hopeful."

Roddick's first serve was often the last word in many rallies today.

"The serve set the tone for the match," Roddick said. "I feel like I got on top early. I felt like he was a little nervous early on and I took advantage of that. I got a break each set and served really well today."

Opening the match with an emphatic ace, Roddick rolled through the first set in a mere 18 minutes.

Playing his first match since the Olympic Games, the 162nd-ranked Voltchkov looked listless in the opening set. Voltchkov dropped serve twice, his footwork was faulty and he frequently found the net with his forehand.

"He was just making errors early on and he wasn't making first serves in the first set," Roddick said. "So I was thinking he was a little tight. I was just trying to play balls out of his strike zone because he's pretty good when he gets balls in his strike zone, so I tried to do that early, move him around a little bit and came up with some errors."

Errors weren't a major part of the equation in the second set as Roddick refused to permit many rallies to occur in his service games. He held at love three times in the set and took a two set lead when Voltchkov blocked a backhand return into the net. Through two sets, Roddick ripped 13 aces and registered 24 unreturnable serves as 61 percent of the serves he struck were unreturnable. Masterfully mixing serves that exceeded 135 mph with a nasty kick serve that danced wickedly head-high, Roddick did not face a break point in the entire match. When he serves that strongly, breaking Roddick's serve is about as easy as stopping a steam roller with a squeegee.

Voltchkov became a father two months ago with the birth of his daughter, but there would be no rebirth in this match. When a Voltchkov crosscourt backhand strayed wide of the sideline in the third game of the third set, Roddick said "There it is" while striding to the sideline with a service break and a 2-1 lead in the set.

Perhaps the only object in attendance more juiced than Roddick was the radar gun that registered an unofficial record 155 mph ace off Roddick's racquet in the final game of the match. It marked the third time in three Davis Cup home ties this year Roddick has ripped a record serve.

The Wimbledon runner-up Roddick slammed an exclamation point to the United States' quarterfinal clincher over Sweden in April in Delray Beach when he struck a 152 mph serve that Jonas Bjorkman actually returned before netting a backhand a few shots later. The serve was the fastest on record, breaking the 150 mph mark Roddick registered in the United States’ sweep of Austria in February’s first-round tie, but the speed gun in Delray was consistently fast all weekend. Bjorkman, who is not a big server, hit a few serves that registered in the 130 mph-range confirming the belief of many at courtside that the speed gun was fast.

There's little doubt, Roddick is the world's fastest server, but even the man with the elastic arm seemed to suggest the gun may be firing a bit too fast in measuring service speed at domestic Davis Cup ties.

"I don't know maybe it's just a little bit of a coincidence that I've broken the record in every Davis Cup tie this year," Roddick said. "I don't know. You tell me."

At his best, Roddick can carry a crowd into a match and he did that today leaving the fans on their feet and bringing the United States one victory closer to its first Davis Cup final appearance since 1997 as the U.S. continues its quest for its first Davis Cup championship since Pete Sampras almost single handedly led the Americans to a victory over host Russia on the red clay of Moscow in 1995.

"I love Davis Cup. I still get goose bumps every time we go through the introductions and the people get really rowdy on a big point," Roddick said. "I'm playing for everyone here and not just myself."

Roddick has a rooting interest in the other semifinal, which France currently leads 1-0 over host Spain. If France and the United States both win, the U.S. would host the December 3rd-5th final. If Belarus defeats the United States, it would host the Davis Cup Final against either France or Spain.

"I was checking the scores this morning on the Internet. We're definitely interested on what's going on over there," Roddick said. "Obviously, we'd love to play at home and that happens if we play France. Plus we lost to France in the semis a couple years ago so we wouldn't mind getting a shot at them. Also, I'd look forward to being the underdogs in Spain as well so that's a good challenge for us."

tangerine_dream
09-25-2004, 12:54 AM
Guys, I'm so proud of myself :banana: I'm finally learning how to tape a Mardy Fish match: if two hours are alloted for a match, add on another hour and you won't miss anything. :yeah: This comes from my experience of accidentally cutting off the end of Mardy's matches three times because I didn't let the VCR tape longer. I'd just always assumed he'd be like Andy and finish his match in two hours or less. Now I know not to do that. ;) :lol:

I'm sorry, but these two make too cute a "couple" ;)

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040925/i/r4288974937.jpg

Andy you clumsy ox! :haha: When does he NOT trip over his own feet?
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040924/capt.chtx10609242342.dcup_belarus_us_chtx106.jpg

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 01:34 AM
And the plot thickens :angel: :devil:

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_3201_gallery.JPG

star
09-25-2004, 01:46 AM
:lol: Tangy. That was so funny! He just sorta sat down on the court. His feet went out and his butt went down.

and :inlove: Andy and Mardy! They are such a cute couple. Much better than Andy and Mandy. :devil:

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 01:49 AM
Yea this fall was especially hilarious..... unlike the one at the USO where at first it really looked like he could've gotten hurt... this one was just pure clutz LMFAO
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Fish puts Team USA on verge of Davis Cup final

BY CHARLES BRICKER

South Florida Sun-Sentinel


CHARLESTON, S.C. - (KRT) - This was the Mardy Fish the U.S. Davis Cup team had been waiting on, fighting his way Friday through a labyrinth of trip cords and land mines in a tense fourth set to beat Max Mirnyi and take the United States to within one victory of its first Davis Cup final in nine years.

Back at the team hotel, the frenetic twins Mike and Bob Bryan, who can finish off Belarus on Saturday afternoon with a win in the doubles, must have been jumping up and down on a bed and high-fiving on the way up.

"The reason they're not here at courtside," said their coach, Phil Farmer, "is because they have to conserve their energy. If they were here, they'd be going wild. They tend to get a little excited."

Actually, the Bryans presence wasn't required. There were plenty of other players, coaches, and USTA factotums in attendance, along with 9,100 pretty gleeful fans, cheering noisily inside the Family Circle Tennis Center.

The celebration began with Andy Roddick's crushing 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Vladimir Voltchkov and ended with Fish finally showing captain Patrick McEnroe the toughness expected of him in a 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 triumph that gave the U.S. a 2-0 edge.

As Fish's early momentum began to slip and the 6-foot-5, all-arms-and-legs Mirnyi began to put his serve-and-volley stamp on the match, Fish's thoughts began to linger, however, over his loss in the Davis Cup quarterfinals to Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden in April.

"I had to show Patrick I can win these matches," Fish said, his right shoulder packed in a preventative icing. And so, in one very gutsy show, Fish did the following in the final set:

_Held off two break points with an ace and a strong backhand forcing shot to stay on serve at 2-1.

_Broke to go up 3-1 with two perfectly placed service returns one off each side from deuce.

_Fought off two more break points with an ace down the middle and another into Mirnyi's backhand corner, and polished off the game from deuce with a couple of crackling service winners to go up 4-1.

_Came back from love-30 down in the final game to win the match with four consecutive points.

It seemed like one long series of crises, and the sort of crises that have doomed Fish in the past. "I came through a bunch of holes and kept my head," said Fish, who was drummed out of the U.S. Open earlier this month in a very disappointing second-round loss.

Three hours earlier, Roddick had been simply spectacular, never facing a break point and, in fact, trailing only once on his serve, at love-15 in the sixth game of the third set. :eek: :eek:

It was a snap win for Roddick against a very rusty Belarussian who had not played in more than a month because of a sprain to his left wrist. "I think actually the wrist is not a factor at all today," Voltchkov said.

His lack of recent matches, however, was. Roddick was 16-1 on serve in the opening set and only five of those 17 serves were returned. He finished with 17 aces and 54 percent of his serves for the match were unreturned. Voltchkov sounded intimidated.

But, said Roddick, "I'm not so much worried about intimidating someone as I am beating someone."

The last time the U.S. was in a final was in 1995, when Pete Sampras almost singlehandedly defeated Russia, winning both singles and pairing with Todd Martin in doubles for a 3-2 triumph.

There is also the possibility, if France defeats Spain, that the U.S. could host a Davis Cup final for the first time since defeating Switzerland 3-1 in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1992.

France leads Spain 1-0 with Fabrice Santoro down two sets to one to Juan Carlos Ferrero in a suspended match. Paul-Henri Mathieu upset Carlos Moya, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first match.

andyroxmysox12191
09-25-2004, 01:51 AM
my god they are so perfect for each other ;) :haha:
*ahem* star....please do not bring THEM into this discussion....:sad:
but mardy and andy :hearts: perfecto ;)

star
09-25-2004, 01:51 AM
This is a very peculiar picture.

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040924/capt.chtx10709242347.dcup_belarus_us_chtx107.jpg

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 01:57 AM
why is it peculiar LOL

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 02:02 AM
Well someone had a big STICK up his fat ass today..... three different times. jeez.
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Roddick gets hot over hat exchange

BY CHARLES BRICKER

South Florida Sun-Sentinel


CHARLESTON, S.C. - (KRT) - It was one of those embarrassing moments, possibly for everyone involved, in which Andy Roddick and ESPN announcers Cliff Drysdale and Mal Washington were caught making some personal remarks off-camera.

With the sound still on from the closed circuit TV sets in the press facility, you could hear Roddick complaining about USTA President Alan Schwartz wearing a Belarus cap.

Those who heard the exchange quoted Roddick as saying, "I wanted to take it off of him," though Roddick had no idea that Schwartz had made a bet with the president of the Belarus tennis federation to exchange hats briefly if the United States won the opening rubber.

"I knew Andy was upset," said Schwartz later. "But I didn't know why. I have to let him know I was only wearing it because of a bet."

Schwartz was going to phone team captain Patrick McEnroe and try to connect with Roddick to smooth things over.

It wasn't the only thing agitating Roddick on a day when he never faced a break point. "I think it's very, very stupid that the ITF makes us come in here and do press while our teammate (Mardy Fish) is on the court and while you guys are trying to cover the match as well.

"You know, to interrupt it and make you guys come in here ... it's a very, very bad rule. Sorry."

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Speed trap

If this is Davis Cup, we must be using an inflated radar gun to clock services.

After registering a 155 mph serve in his victory over Vladimir Voltchkov, Roddick knew as well as most hard-core fans that the Getronics radar gun was measuring much higher than the more regularly used radar from IDS in Jacksonville.

"Maybe it's just a coincidence that I break the record in every Davis Cup," said Roddick, quietly mocking the speed gun.

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Sit down, your honor

Charleston mayor Tom Riley was having a great time as a key host to the city's, and state's, first Davis Cup tie, but he had to be urged to sit down by Roddick in the third set.

Roddick was preparing to serve from the far end when the mayor and a half-dozen friends were still standing and talking. Roddick walked forward, calling above the din to please be seated.

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Doubles team

Will Voltchkov play doubles tomorrow, even though coach Sergei Teterin on Thursday designated Aliaksandr Skrypko? Voltchkov smiled. "I think you can read between the lines," he said. Teterin can change doubles players up to one hour before the match. Voltchkov and Mirnyi are a long-standing team. ...

Prettiest shot of the Roddick match, for Roddick: A full-cut return on a blistering serve than landed an inch inside the baseline and froze Voltchkov, who just looked at it with the racket cocked. He never took a swing. ... Prettiest shot of the Roddick match, for Voltchkov: A lunging stab volley in the final set off a cross-court pass that looked like a cold winner. ...

Conspicuously by is absence: USTA President-elect Franklin Johnson of Los Angeles.

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09-25-2004, 02:11 AM
U.S. vs. Belarus: Day One Wrap-up

9/25/04 0:47 AM


By Brad Falkner, special to USTA.com

It is modern day David vs. Goliath clash. The U.S. entered the 2004 semifinal tie as the most successful nation in Davis Cup History with 31 Davis cup titles. Belarus is swimming in uncharted waters, as they compete in their first ever world group semifinal.

And so, unsung hero Mardy Fish emerged from the giant shadow cast by U.S. number one Andy Roddick to lead the U.S. Davis Cup squad to a 2-0 first day lead over Belarus.

No stranger to the often rough and unpredictable Davis Cup currents, it was Fish’s moxie under pressure that proved pivotal in giving the Americans a commanding edge in the semifinal tie. Fish drowned Max “the Beast Mirnyi with 26 winners and 19 aces in his 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win.

In the first set, the two men stayed on served until the 11th game when Miryni netting a routine approach shot. Fish consolidated the break with a hold as a 148 mph skidded out of Mirnyi’s reach.

After cruising through the second set Fish ran into trouble early in the 3rd set when his superb serving went slightly awry. Mirnyi secured an early service brake in the second game and held throught the set, setting up the climatic fourth set.

At one game all, with Fish serving in the fourth set, the two men enthralled the sold out Family Circle Tennis Center crowd with breathtaking rallies and exquisite shot making that had both men covering the length of the court. Mirnyi garnered his first break point at 30-40, only to be denied by an ace from Fish. Fish saved yet another second break point opportunity by blasting a backhand crosscourt that an extended Mirnyi could not handle.

Fish served out the game with consecutive service winners.

Fish then broke “the Beast” in the ensuing game with a riveting forehand return of serve winner taking a 4-1 final set lead.

“I felt like that was one of the biggest games in the match right there was to keep that break," Fish said. "And you know, go up 4-1, I thought that was huge.”

Again Fish was tested on his serve in the 5th game saving two break points with 2 of his 19 aces. As Fish prepared to serve out the match in the 9th game of the fourth set he held his nerve and serve, climbing out from a love -30 hole to close out the match as a Mirnyi lob sailed just pass the baseline.

“I came through a bunch of holes and kept my head in when I was down 0-30 there in the last game and another game in that last set,” Fish added.

Up until this year, Belarus had never competed in the Davis Cup world group, let alone a Davis Cup Semifinal. Their road to Charleston started with an upset of the highly favored Russian team in Moscow, followed by 5-0 shutout of Argentina on Belarus soil.

Andy “the Giant” struck the first of several blows, opening the semifinal tie slamming a 152 mph ace up the middle, followed by a cracking 150 mph service winner. Roddick surrendered the loss of only one point on his serve during the entire 18 minute opening set.

“When you play against top players, the first thing you want to try to do is to get into a fight where it doesn’t matter anymore who’s number one or who’s number 150,” said Vladimir. “All credit to Andy, the way he started, huge serves, it was just tough to catch up in the beginning.”

Roddick controlled the contest from start to finish, forcing the 162 ranked Voltchkov into 25 unforced errors. Roddick, who has never lost a Davis Cup match at home, handcuffed Voltchkov with 18 aces, and did not face a break point the entire match. Voltchkov, who has been struggling with a left wrist injury since the Olympics, was competing in only his ninth match of 2004.

"He was just making errors early on and he wasn't making first serves in the first set," Roddick said. "So I was thinking he was a little tight. I was just trying to play balls out of his strike zone because he's pretty good when he gets balls in his strike zone, so I tried to do that early, move him around a little bit and came up with some errors."

Roddick finished the match the way he started. In the final game of the first rubber he broke his own 153 serve record with a 155 mph thunderbolt—the fastest recorded in history. Roddick held the previous record, which he set with a 153 mph ace against Paradorn Srichaphan in the quarterfinals of the Stella Artois Championships in London on June 11th.

“I think its fun for the fans,"Roddick said regarding the record. "To me it’s still a point. You know, it’s something I’ll be able to tell people one day. I’m happier about the win and about serving well overall.” .

On his second match point Roddick registered a 135 mph ace, and with it he improved his Davis Cup record to 13-3, including a 10-0 mark on hard courts. It was Roddick's fifth consecutive Davis Cup victory.

Max Mirny, who along with Voltchkov takes on the U.S. Bryan Brothers in Saturday’s doubles rubber, still remains positive about his countries chances.

“As you guys like to say over here, it aint over till that fat lady sings," Mirnyi joked. "And the fat lady hasn’t sung yet for us and hasn’t sung yet for the American team.”

The winner of the semifinal tie between the United States and Belarus will play the winner of France and Spain in December. After one day of play Paul-Henri Mathieu upset Carlos Moya to give France to a 1-0 lead over host Spain in today's Davis Cup semifinal. Play was then suspended in the second rubber as Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero and Frenchman Fabrice Santoro were in the fourth set. Darkness at 7:40 p.m. local time caused the stoppage, with former No. 1 Ferrero holding a 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 3-3 lead.

If France should upset Spain in Alicante, the US squad would host France in the final at a U.S. site to be determined.

Jennay
09-25-2004, 02:49 AM
This is a very peculiar picture.

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040924/capt.chtx10709242347.dcup_belarus_us_chtx107.jpg
:haha: I remember seeing that on TV, Andy was hitting Mardy's butt after he won ;) Another clue :D

star
09-25-2004, 03:44 AM
Well, no wonder Mardy has that expression on his face. :)

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 04:30 AM
OMG She's baaaaaaaaaaaaack! LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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With Roddick's help, Fish begins to believe
By Karen Crouse

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Saturday, September 25, 2004

CHARLESTON, S.C. — You had brother Mardy experiencing a rebirth in front of 9,189 ardent Southerners. You had brother Andy bearing testimony about teamwork. (Ummmm just DEATH. DEATH!)

Given the affirmations both imperiously stated and subtly sent by the Americans Friday at the Family Circle Tennis Center, it seemed less a Davis Cup match than a revival meeting.

Andy Roddick dispatched Vladimir Voltchkov 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in the first singles match of the United States' semifinal against Belarus, then was brought into the press room while Mardy Fish's match against Max Mirnyi got under way.

Roddick delivered an opening statement before entertaining any questions. "I think it's very, very stupid that the ITF makes us come in here and do (interviews) while our teammate is on the court," he said of the International Tennis Federation. "It's a very, very bad rule."

The room went silent. It was like hearing Nancy Grace announce on CourtTV that she thought it was a very, very stupid thing, entertaining all these questions about the Scott Peterson case before there was a verdict.

Roddick, a Boca Raton resident, is normally one of the more good-natured athletes you'll interview. Ask him a question — no matter how silly — and he'll give you a sound bite. The 22-year-old's outburst simply drove home the point that the Davis Cup is not a normal competition.

It can make a trusty patriot testy.

Deadlines? Roddick didn't want to be bothered with details. "That's fine," he said, "but when news reports take precedence over supporting your teammate in team competition . . . the ITF . . . talks about how great the team concept is but that takes a backseat when reporters need to put their stories in. I don't agree with that."

Another awkward silence ensued. Reporters were getting an idea of how Voltchkov must have felt, getting pinned into all those tight corners by Roddick. Who knew his tongue could be as stinging as his serve?

The United States Tennis Association official cleared his throat. "Next question," he said.

But wait. Roddick wasn't through.

"Sorry," he said, squinting out at his audience from his seat on the podium. And then: "Thank you."

Now that Roddick was one everybody instantly recognized. His manners are like his 150 mph serve — they help set him apart from the rest. (OMG BARF BAG please!!!)

An ITF representative later would collar captain Patrick McEnroe and primly inform him that he needed to speak with Roddick about his outburst.

If you ask us, it was much hullabaloo about nothing.

Roddick's play against Voltchkov left no questions unanswered. Yes, he's fired up. Didn't you notice that 152 mph ace he unleashed on the first point and the 155 mph serve he delivered in the last game?

Yes, he enjoys playing for his country. Couldn't you see him working the crowd into a tizzy? Of course he is desperate to lead the United States into the final. That would explain why he couldn't wait to get back to the court and command Fish to victory.

Mirnyi was a tall challenge for Fish and not just because he stands 6-feet-5. Mirnyi made the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in 2002. He has a serve that can be stinging.

Fish, who defeated Mirnyi on his way to the silver medal at the Athens Olympics, was coming off two dispiriting losses. He was defeated in the second round of the U.S. Open by a qualifier, Michal Tabara, and in the Round of 16 at the ATP tour stop in Delray Beach to Ricardo Mello. Not coincidentally, both times he lost his composure at critical times.

"I've lost some tough matches," Fish said. "There's no hiding it."

It was vital that he keep his cool against Mirnyi. That's where Roddick came in. He wanted to be in the stands acting as sort of a calming influence — a third eye if you will — for Fish, a good friend whom Roddick knows better than he does his two older brothers.

"It's great," Fish said. "In the broad scheme of things, we're playing for our country. But you know, we kind of boil it down to just a little team. We play for each other . . . and, you know, that's a good thing."

Serving for the match at 5-3, Fish fell behind 0-30. He glanced up in the stands, at his third eye, and recentered himself. Then he strung together an ace, a backhand winner and another ace. When Miryni's return at 40-30 sailed inches long, Roddick jumped higher than Fish did.

Because Fish didn't need to prove anything to him, it freed him to prove something to himself.

"I stayed in there and hung in there and didn't get discouraged and pulled it out," Fish said.

He sounded like somebody who suddenly really, truly believes.

snaillyyy
09-25-2004, 04:43 AM
Love all the articles and pics :kiss: :kiss: so much to catch up on and it has only been a few hours, I dont even want to think about all I will miss when I am gone for the next 10 days for my sisters wedding :eek: bye for now everyone :wavey:

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 05:11 AM
She's on a roll tonight! Making up for lost time I guess :lol:

I'm still :smash: myself for taping at the wrong speed, Andy's match was so boring, it sounds like Mardy/Max was so much better :mad:

Someone with a wireimage hookup has GOT to get us this pic better... how great is it!
http://web.wireimage.com/images/thumbnail/3515191.jpg
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Roddick rolls in Davis semis
By Karen Crouse

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Saturday, September 25, 2004

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The last time Andy Roddick played a Davis Cup match, Ricky Williams was a Dolphin, the Marlins were putting the finishing touches on a three-game home sweep of the Phillies and Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne weren't even gleams in a meteorologist's eye.

Yes, it's been a while since the United States' quarterfinal against Sweden.

It had been 5 1/2 months since Roddick played a nearly perfect third set against Jonas Bjorkman to clinch the U.S. victory at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Facing Vladimir Voltchkov in the first match of the United States' semifinal against Belarus, Roddick picked up where he had left off as if no time at all had passed.

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POPULAR PAGES In April, Roddick unleashed a then-record 152 mph serve on match point against Bjorkman and lost only 10 points in a 6-0 third set in the straight sets victory. On Friday afternoon he dropped one point on his serve in the first set and 10 points in 14 service games en route to a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory at the Family Tennis Center.

It really felt like the Delray Beach Tennis Center once more when Roddick uncorked a 155 mph serve in the final game, which Voltchkov got a racket on but couldn't return, to go up 40-love. It was a new record, breaking Roddick's 153 mph effort during a pre-Wimbledon tune-up in London in June.

The loud and proud USA crowd stood to applaud Roddick, who acknowledged their cheers with a stiff bow. He then promptly lost two consecutive points for just the 13th time in the match (the second time on his serve). On his third match point, Roddick posted his 18th ace to end what little suspense the match had produced.

Mardy Fish, Roddick's former Boca Prep teammate, followed his good friend onto the court and defeated Max Mirnyi 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, giving the United States a commanding 2-0 lead. The Americans need one victory in the final three matches — a doubles match today in which the United States will trot out the former No. 1 team of Mike and Bob Bryan and reverse singles matches Sunday — to advance to the final against either Spain or France.

When the United States wins its first two singles matches in Davis Cup competition, it has advanced 153 of 156 times.

"This is the worst-case scenario for us," Mirnyi said, "but you know, as you guys like to say here, it ain't over till the fat lady sings."

The fat lady probably started gargling after Roddick finished with 37 winners and 15 unforced errors. Voltchkov, who had been sidelined with a wrist injury and was playing his first competitive match since the Athens Summer Games, had 28 winners and 25 unforced errors.

After dropping the first set in 18 minutes, Voltchkov, 26, returned Roddick's serve better in the second and third sets and at least made his opponent break a sweat.

"I had a really slow start," Voltchkov said, "and all credit to Andy. The way he started — with the huge serves — it was just tough to catch up."

Voltchkov said he saw how hard Roddick was serving and balked, saying, "That's when I started to worry."

Whether it was Roddick's big serve or the Davis Cup's big stage, something cracked Voltchkov's mask of imperturbability. "He was maybe a little nervous early on," Roddick said, "and I took advantage of that."

Roddick is the No. 2 player in the world while Voltchkov's ranking has slipped to 162. So in one respect, his victory was no big deal. In another respect, it was huge: When the United States wins the first match in Davis Cup competition, it is 170-15. When it loses the first one, it is 27-43.

"I wanted to go out and take care of business and try to set the tone," Roddick said. "I wanted to set the tone with my serve, but then play solid tennis. You know, make every return."

Fish said he gained inspiration from watching Roddick. He needed all the good vibrations he got. The former Vero Beach resident and Mirnyi produced the kind of quality match you thrill to see late in the second week of a Grand Slam.

"I felt like if I could win this match," Fish said, "it's pretty close to over."

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 05:51 AM
thanks for the articles and awesome pics!! :kiss:
those ones of andy and mardy together are soooo funny. and that last wire image one looks really great-- too bad we cant get it bigger. anyways, i wish i would have watched the end of mardy's match, but i stopped recording after he lost the third set cuz i didnt wanna sit there and watch him choke it away-- though im very happy he didnt end up choking :) :)

heya
09-25-2004, 06:05 AM
But, said Roddick, "I'm not so much worried about intimidating someone as I am beating someone."
Yeah, he's so humble. That must be why he did nothing much more than serve 140+ mph & BOWED DOWN after the fastest serve.
He couldn't convert a break point 'cuz he got upset about a bad call.
I had a dream about this. It came true:
The umpire laughed at his face while Andy yelled at him like a spoiled brat.
Nice way to earn respect, Andy. :rolleyes:
Why didn't u play as well in the tourneys u should've won, Andy?
Lemme guess...he double faulted & lost a lot 'cuz he was intimidated by opponents & didn't care about his fitness/concentration!!!
That requires logic, so I wouldn't expect Andy to know that.

U won't win the Davis Cup, Andy.



Those who heard the exchange quoted Roddick as saying, "I wanted to take it off of him," though Roddick had no idea that Schwartz had made a bet with the president of the Belarus tennis federation to exchange hats briefly if the United States won the opening rubber.

"I knew Andy was upset," said Schwartz later. "But I didn't know why. I have to let him know I was only wearing it because of a bet."

Schwartz was going to phone team captain Patrick McEnroe and try to connect with Roddick to smooth things over.
Wow, he couldn't handle a hat-switch joke. Grow up, Andy Einstein.:banghead:
That's hilarious 'cuz Andy was an unfunny clown in his matches for over a year.
...complain like the world revolves him! :smash:

It wasn't the only thing agitating Roddick on a day when he never faced a break point. "I think it's very, very stupid that the ITF makes us come in here and do press while our teammate (Mardy Fish) is on the court and while you guys are trying to cover the match as well.
*vomit
Funny, he couldn't fathom (since 2000) that the media could make him answer questions quickly. Ooh, Andy's going to cry. Hug him all night, Mardy.

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 07:15 AM
yeah sorry but i gotta admit it too, andy was being a tard today, acting like a baby over stupid line calls and the whole thing over the hat and the press conferences. good thing he played well today, especially his serving, otherwise i would be very mad at him right now. and as for andy and mardy, seriously they should just let everyone know theyre together already-- its sooo obvious :p

star
09-25-2004, 01:42 PM
Too right Jennay.

Maybe they think they're gonna lose endorsements? Nah.

They must just be waiting till they sell out all those Mrs. Roddick t-shirts. :lol:

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 03:10 PM
Muchas articles ;)

btw with Ferrero winning and France putting Clement in instead of Santoro, I hope our boys are ready to get dirty in December :unsure:
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Roddick's record serve, Fish's perseverance give U.S. 2-0 lead
BY DAVID CARAVIELLO
Of The Post and Courier Staff

For Vladimir Voltchkov, there was concern almost from the moment he first set foot on stadium court. As he watched Andy Roddick boom practice serves at speeds a race car driver would envy, he began to fear the worst.

"I (saw) how hard he hit," the Belarusian said, "and then I said, 'Dude, I'm going to have to return that serve now in a couple of minutes.' That's when I started to worry." :haha:

With good reason. Roddick, the top player on the American team facing Belarus in this weekend's Davis Cup semifinal, unleashed 17 aces in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Voltchkov on Friday at the Family Circle Tennis Center. His first serve of the match was a 152 mph ace, just shy of his own world record of 153 mph -- which went down when Roddick unleashed a 155 mph serve in the final game to wild applause from the crowd of 9,189.

It was all part of a perfect day for the Americans, who took a near-insurmountable 2-0 lead in this best-of-5 semifinal when Mardy Fish outlasted Belarusian No. 1 Max Mirnyi 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. The U.S. doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan, undefeated in Davis Cup play, can secure the U.S.'s first trip to the championship in seven years with a victory in their 2:30 p.m. match today.

The U.S. is 153-3 all-time in Davis Cup competition after sweeping the first two matches. Belarus is 0-4 all-time after losing the first two.

"This is the worst-case scenario there could be for us," Mirnyi said. "But as you guys like to say over here, it ain't over until the fat lady sings. The fat lady hasn't sung yet for us, and she hasn't sung yet for the American team. There's still another two days of play."

Davis Cup competition seems to hype the already-hyperactive Roddick to a new level. In the Americans' first-round victory over Austria, he boomed an unreturnable then-record serve of 150 mph against Stefan Koubek that ricocheted off the front row of the arena and hit a female spectator in the neck (she got an ice pack, a hug, and an apology). In the quarterfinals against Sweden, he cranked out a 152 mph serve on match point that Jonas Bjorkman returned.

Roddick's most recent racket speed record was a 153 mph serve against Paradorn Srichaphan at Queen's Club in June. Voltchkov barely got a racket on Friday's record-breaker, and then rolled on the ground after unsuccessfully diving for a 135 mph ace that clinched the Americans' first win of the semifinal.

"I think it's fun for the fans," said Roddick, ranked No. 2 in the world behind Roger Federer. "To me, it's still a point. You know, it's something I'll be able to tell people about one day. But I'm happier about the win and serving well overall."

Voltchkov, who reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2000, was overwhelmed. Roddick won 41 of 45 points off his first serve, was never in danger of being broken, and lost consecutive points on serve just twice. The total performance left his opponent awestruck.

"I played Pete (Sampras) in the semis of Wimbledon. I played (Greg) Rusedski once or twice. And of course, I've practiced many times with another big server," Voltchkov said, referring to Mirnyi. "But nothing like this."

Fish did his best to follow his teammate's lead, winning seven straight games to rally from 5-4 down in the first set to take a two-set lead. He countered Mirnyi's big serve with perfectly placed return shots that often fell just beyond his opponent's reach. The final two sets were mesmerizing, full of long rallies and both players falling into holes and climbing out.

Much like the Roddick match, Fish's serve was the difference in the end. He rallied from one 0-30 deficit late in the fourth set behind two aces, and won in a deuce game. Mirnyi pulled within 3-5 and went ahead 30-0, but Fish forged ahead again behind two more aces and won the match on a long Mirnyi return. Fish finished with 19 aces, six in the final set.

"I don't know if he was fortunate or he was that good today," said Mirnyi, who converted just one of five break opportunities, as opposed to four of eight for Fish. "But every time I had a break point, he seemed to come up with an ace. There was no tendency of him hitting it one way or the other. He was mixing it up pretty well."

For Fish, 2-3 in Davis Cup singles play entering the weekend and viewed as the weak link in the U.S. lineup, Friday's win brought a degree of relief. For U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe, who has stuck by his No. 2 player, it brought a degree of vindication.

"Mardy's got a lot of game. I believe in him, and I've believed in him from the first time I saw him play," McEnroe said.

"Max played as well from the baseline as I've seen him play in the last two sets, and Mardy had to really dig deep and keep his cool and keep his composure. He did that, and in the fourth set he hit some great shots and let his talent come out. So I'm pleased with the way Mardy competed and just stayed in there."

But for Fish, any talk of personal breakthroughs is superseded by the team goal.

"I've lost some tough five-set matches, there's no hiding it," he said. "This helps my confidence, and helps us with our goal, which is to make the finals and win it. That's the biggest thing. I can put all my personal things aside for that."

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Tennis fun doesn't get much better
BY GENE SAPAKOFF
Of The Post and Courier Staff
Nutty behavior at the Family Circle Cup means a few people say "C'mon, Serena!" and a few more yell "You go, Conchita!" within the same changeover.

Not that there's anything wrong with that in a civilized society.

But Davis Cup parked in a conventional tennis lot is a Nextel Cup pole winner in the spot usually reserved for the family SUV.

The Family Circle Tennis Center during the U.S.-Belarus semifinal on Friday shook to the sound of air horns and clappers, sing-song shouts of "Bel-a-rus! Bel-a-rus!" from Minsk residents who also brought kazoos, and the Guns 'N' Roses anthem "Welcome to the Jungle" blaring over the loudspeakers. The traveling Davis Cup wacko Net Heads -- some with American flag face paint, one dressed as Lady Liberty -- banged their drums.

Then the first match started.

"From the introduction on they were going crazy, which really helps out, especially early on," said U.S. No. 1 singles star Andy Roddick. "They were really being loud and it was able to kind of get me off on a good foot."

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley presided over the ceremonial coin toss. The U.S. won.

Roddick's first serve went past Vladimir Voltchkov for a 152 mph ace.

The day went downhill from there for Belarus.

Roddick and Mardy Fish played like two guys with early dinner reservations on East Bay Street and the U.S. has a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 semifinal.

IT'S OK TO CHEER ALONG

"I don't think I've played a Davis Cup that's been louder, especially outdoors," Fish said of the near-sellout crowd of 9,189. "It was awesome for us."

Just think how loud it will get when the locals start really getting into it.

More than any other fan group on hand for Friday's doubleheader, the famously polite Lowcountry patrons stood out. They were the ones quietly watching the war of words waged by the few dozen mostly out-of-town Net Heads on one side of the court and the few dozen mostly out-of-country Belarusian fans on the other side -- as if watching an interesting movie.

The Net Heads came strong with their chants, ranging from typical ("U-S-A! U-S-A!") to creative ("Who let the Fish out!").

Pssst ... I think they want you folks to cheer along.

'PLEASANTLY UNSURPRISED'

There was something for everyone. The roar when Roddick broke the world land-speed record with a 155 mph serve was louder than when the 22-year-old heartthrob was changing shirts between games.

Roddick himself was as active a fan as anyone. Fish extolled the crowd after a fourth-set break point, prompting his teammate and former high school classmate to leap for joy and use a front-row railing as a drum set.

U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe, who praised this home court at the announcement ceremony in May, said he was "pleasantly unsurprised" by the support.

He'll like it even more today when a louder crowd helps Bob and Mike Bryan put the U.S. into the Davis Cup final for the first time since 1997.

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Fish emerging as force in tennis
BY JAMES BECK
Of The Post and Courier Staff
Yes, Charleston tennis, you can rock with the best of them. You proved that Friday afternoon.

And, yes, Mardy Fish, you can be one of the best. Actually, you may be America's best hope to challenge Roger Federer. Your game is complete. You can do it all.

That's not a knock against the man who put Charleston on the tennis map with a 155 mph serve that will be linked to this city and Family Circle Magazine Stadium for as long as it's a world record. Andy Roddick is nothing short of sensational.

But Mardy Fish! Wow!

I saw some glimpses of this Fish in the Athens Olympics. But then his head got in the way.

Against Max Mirnyi in the second match of this Davis Cup tie, Fish kept his head from start to finish. The rest took care of itself. Fish's groundstrokes may be as good as any in the game.

I'm not ignoring the heavy top-spin clay-court brigade from Europe and South America, it's just that Fish's strokes are so good, so smooth, so solid, but not exaggerated with top spin. His winners are sheer poetry.

Hey, I'm not talking about Roger Federer. I'm talking about this tall, lean Florida resident who has given the United States a huge 2-0 lead over Belarus.

Of course, one match is not a career. Tomorrow is another day.

Yet, this may have been a breakthrough match for Fish, the equivalent of Federer's global introduction to tennis in a victory over Pete Sampras three years ago at Wimbledon.

Fish showed a rocking crowd of 9,189 maturity beyond his 22 years. He split the lines on big points, not only with that wonderful backhand, but with a serve that is approaching big-time status. He's no Roddick yet, but his delivery and location are superb.

Almost every time Fish faced a crisis on his service, he came through with pinpoint accuracy. Having lost three of his last five matches while up a set and one set from victory, Fish easily could have folded again.

Charleston tennis rose to the occasion in much the same way as Fish and Roddick. The passion of this tennis town came through loud and clear all afternoon.

MCENROE A GENIUS

The slow hard court installed in Family Circle Magazine Stadium at captain Patrick McEnroe's order was perfect for his Americans, but not so perfect for Mirnyi. The slow surface allowed Fish to repeatedly pass the big Belarussian, neutralizing the best part of Mirnyi's game.

Take the volley away, and Mirnyi was practically defenseless.

OVERHITTING HURTS

Poor Vladimir Voltchkov. He tried to match Roddick in power and failed badly. Overhitting by Voltchkov opened the door to Roddick's quick straight-set vic-tory in the first match.

Voltchkov's forehand let him down, not the two-handed backhand that he had to rely on his sore left wrist. Probably because of a lack of match play, Voltchkov repeatedly failed to lift his overhit forehands over the net.

Voltchkov banged his last serve of the match at 152 mph, so Roddick went out next game and hit a 160 mph fault, then lined up his incredible 155, followed by what two serves earlier would have been a world-record 154 mph. (say what now????!!!!!!! they really have to fix these guns :lol: )

Roddick's power was simply too much for Voltchkov to handle.

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Roddick, Fish serve up 2-0 lead for Americans

U.S. star sets record with 155 mph effort

RICK BONNELL

Staff Writer


CHARLESTON - Andy Roddick might have taken longer finishing dinner Friday than he did finishing off Vladimir Voltchkov.

Ninety-three minutes after he strutted onto the court -- head bobbing, arms twitching -- Roddick sauntered off with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory to give the United States a lead against Belarus in the Davis Cup semifinals.

In the second match, Mardy Fish beat Max Mirnyi 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to push the U.S. within a victory of its first final since 1997.

Here's the measure of Roddick's dominance: Voltchkov lost as many points in his first service game (four) as Roddick lost serving over the first two sets.

This was the first time Voltchkov had faced Roddick's oppressive serve, and he knew he was cooked before the match began.

"I (thought) `How hard can he hit?' " Voltchkov recalled of the balls Roddick served in warm-ups. "And then I said, `Dude, I'm going to have to return that serve in a couple of minutes.' That's when I started to worry."

His anxiety was justified. Roddick's first serve was a 152 mph ace, and he grew stronger as the match wore on. He reached match point with a 155 mph serve -- the fastest recorded -- then won it with a 135 mph ace.

Roddick shrugged off the record serve ("To me, it's still one point.") and focused on his consistency: He never allowed Voltchkov a break point.

"I didn't get down 0-30. I think the closest was 30-30,'' Roddick said. "So I put myself into position to serve well by not putting myself under pressure a lot."

In fact, the only time Roddick looked rattled Friday was when the International Tennis Federation forced him to do media interviews while teammate and boyhood friend Fish was playing his first set.

"It's very, very stupid," Roddick said, noting he belonged at courtside, rooting for his teammate.

Maybe Roddick had a point. When he reached his seat at courtside, Fish was down 4-5 in the first set. From there, Fish won seven games in a row to win the first set and go up 4-0 in the second.

Tennis isn't a natural fit as a team sport, but Roddick, Fish and doubles specialists Mike and Bob Bryan seem intensely close.

"It's almost like he wanted to play for me," Fish said of the support Roddick offered. "We're all good friends and we're playing for each other.

"I felt like if I won this match, it's pretty close to over."

No argument there. When up 2-0, the United States has advanced 153 of 156 times in Davis Cup. This afternoon the Bryan brothers -- 3-0 in Davis Cup play -- will go for the clincher, and a meeting in December against either Spain or France. The French led 1-0 in Alicante, Spain, when play was stopped because of darkness.

"They're a great team to have in there, to put down the hammer," U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said of the Bryans.

So great that Belarus will likely change its lineup today. It had hoped to hold Voltchkov out of the doubles, to rest his previously injured wrist. But Voltchkov hinted strongly Friday that he'll team with Mirnyi today.

"I'm 100 percent,'' Voltchkov said when asked about the doubles. "I think all of us here read between the lines."


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Roddick applies heater to Belarus
By Bud Collins, Globe Correspondent | September 25, 2004

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Speeding again. But neither caught nor arrested.

That was the "Meteor Man," Andy Roddick, burning rubber tennis balls and scorching the green South Carolina pavement of Daniel Island, a remote neighborhood of Charleston, thereby spicing his credentials as the heaviest-handed server in the game.

Roddick, continuing to break the speed records of one 22-year-old Andrew Stephen Roddick, sent a 155-mile-per-hour meteor through Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus, who barely escaped serious injury by blocking the ball with his racket. That was just one of 18 service winners (accompanied by 17 aces) that Roddick, leadoff man in the United States's first-day sweep of Belarus, hailed on a "worried" Voltchkov during his 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

With a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Davis Cup semifinal, the US can make it to the November final against either Spain or France by winning today's doubles. The US last graced a final in 1995, defeating Russia in Moscow, 3-2.

Sure, Roddick was flamboyant from the moment he nailed the afternoon's first point with a 152-m.p.h. ace, to the closer, a zinger at 135. But it was Mardy Fish, with the tougher assignment -- Max Mirnyi, "the Beast of Belarus" -- who made the grander impression on the uproarious crowd of 9,189 nearly filling the intimate Family Circle Tennis Center.

Climbing out of numerous ditches in the tense fourth set, Fish creased the Beast, 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, in 2 hours 34 minutes to virtually take the overachieving Belarusians out of the picture. Only a Voltchkov-Mirnyi victory over the Bryan twins (Bob and Mike) this afternoon can keep the two-man gang going in a campaign distinguished by wins over Russia and Argentina.

A run of seven games carried Fish, the Olympic silver medalist, and an up-and-down Cup performer, from 4-5 in the opening set to 4-0 in the second. Fish was flying, and the Beast was trying -- and failing -- to kindle his characteristic bang-bang, serve-and-volley, chip-and-charge offense.

At last Mirnyi did, and the small but loud contingent of Belarusian flag-wavers was ecstatic. Though highly outnumbered, these chanters of "Bela-Rus! Bela-Rus!" even made a dent in the "USA! USA!" choruses.

Mirnyi dodged four break points in the first game of the third, and broke Fish in the next game. They banged away at each other boldly, but the Beast was definitely in business. "I started playing well enough to win, but Mardy -- either fortunate or too good -- kept serving his way out of trouble."

The fourth set was a pip, and Fish, who at midyear had been knocked by captain Patrick McEnroe for not working hard enough, made the nine-game passage one of his ups, rescuing four break points and avoiding a fifth set.

Fish's roller coasting as a Cup regular began early last year when he lost a singles match to Ivan Ljubicic, and doubles (with James Blake) to Ljubicic and Goran Ivanisevic in the defeat by Croatia at Zagreb. But one year ago, he saved the team from Slovakia in the relegation series at Bratislava, beating Karol Kozeluh after Roddick lost the first day to Dominic Hrbaty. However, five months ago, he put his mates in jeopardy again with a first-day quarterfinal loss to Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman.

"This really helps my confidence -- and the team goal -- the way I got out of those holes in the fourth," Fish said. "Those three games were huge -- the hold to 2-1, consolidating it with a break to 3-1, and holding again to 4-1."

He did it like this: two of his 19 aces to save breakers in the third game . . . three successive winning backhands to cancel Mirnyi's 40-30 lead and break him in the fourth game . . . two more aces to erase break points and preserve his serve in the fifth.

Mirnyi remained dangerous to the end, staking out a 0-30 lead in the final game. That called for more positive pounding, aces sandwiched around a backhand winner -- and a service winner as the climax.

Though Roddick was maintaining his rep as The Monster Server, his 93-minute gig wasn't nearly as exciting. Roddick's 155'er topped his record 153 against Sebastien Grosjean in June at Queen's Club in London, which had removed his 152 against Bjorkman in the April Davis Cup series, which had obliterated his 150s -- one each opposite Austrians Stefan Koubek and Jurgen Melzer -- in February appearances at Uncasville, Conn.

Voltchkov blinked as Roddick hit his prematch practice serves.

"I said to myself, `Is he kidding?' I've played Pete Sampras and Greg Rusedski, but they were nothing like this," said Voltchkov, whose high-water mark as a receiver was an 0-15 lead in the sixth game of the third set.

"I thought I was ready," said Voltchkov with a laugh. "I was 100 percent physically. I came into the match focused."

Then Roddick knocked him out of focus.

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FRIENDLY FEEL


CHARLESTON, S.C. - FRIENDLY FEEL

When Patrick McEnroe took over the US Davis Cup captaincy from his brother John in 2001, his dream was to bring together a group of players as a real team of friends. That has happened this year.

Before traveling here for the Davis Cup semifinal against Belarus, McEnroe, Mardy Fish and Bob and Mike Bryan spent last weekend bonding at Andy Roddick's home in Austin, Texas. The outing was a success and left McEnroe with only one concern: that Roddick's cleaning crew would be daunted by the mess left behind.

On Friday, Roddick even expressed concern about having to come and talk to the press after his win against Vladimir Voltchkov instead of heading straight out to the court to lend Fish moral support during his match against Max Mirnyi.

''Deadlines, that's fine, but when news reports take precedent over supporting your teammate in team competition -- I don't agree with that,'' Roddick said.

Fish was not surprised that Roddick was anxious to get out to the court and watch his match. After all, Roddick did stay behind after losing at the Olympics to cheer for Fish, who won the silver medal.

''We're all good friends, and we're playing for each other and in the broad scheme of things we're playing for our country,'' Fish said. ``I want to win, and we want to win for each other, and that's a good thing.''

McEnroe, who at the outset of taking the job tried to bring Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi into a cohesive team, acknowledged that his job is more enjoyable now that a team atmosphere exists.

''If you have fun and you work hard,'' McEnroe said, ``good things are going to happen.''

THUMBS UP

The U.S. team gave high marks to the Family Circle Tennis Centre as a venue.

''I think Charleston has a great reputation as a great tennis town, and this being the first Davis Cup match in South Carolina, I think it's been long overdue,'' McEnroe said. ``The crowd is great. It's a great facility. It's perfect for tennis.''

Added Roddick: ``People have been really excited about the Davis Cup. It's been a great experience so far. And the facility is fantastic. There's a real intimate feel to the stadium even though it's a pretty big one.''

-- SANDRA HARWITT

MisterQ
09-25-2004, 04:20 PM
forgive me if this has been discussed already:

is there any live TV coverage of the doubles? that happens today, right?

martirogi
09-25-2004, 04:25 PM
they show it at 130 in the morning

Havok
09-25-2004, 04:36 PM
Love all the articles and pics :kiss: :kiss: so much to catch up on and it has only been a few hours, I dont even want to think about all I will miss when I am gone for the next 10 days for my sisters wedding :eek: bye for now everyone :wavey:
It's your turn now.:wavey: Have a blast, I know I did.;)

Havok
09-25-2004, 04:38 PM
And if Spain and the US end up winning, maybe Andy getting the utter CRAP beaten out of him on clay at the Davis Cup finals will finally urge him to bust his ass on the dirty stuff. He regards the Davis Cup extremely high regardless of what kind of year he's having, and this year it might be even more since he wasn't able to win the big one.

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 04:49 PM
I think Spain and the US will both win, Naldo. and I hope you are right. It's kind of a foregone conclusion that US would lose to Spain on clay and that's ok, they all have plenty of time to win the Cup in their careers as long as Andy and company continue their great dedication. He needs something to kick his ass to get better on clay, maybe this will do it. I like your thinking - seeing the silver lining :yeah:

Golfnduck
09-25-2004, 05:08 PM
Hopefully Andy will practice more on clay. It will be a really tough victory for the US. I don't know how the Bryans play on clay, but not very many Americans play well on clay. Maybe we should have Andy and Agassi play singles.

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 05:10 PM
clay is the Bryans favorite surface (They won RG last year!)... but it all depends on Mike's hip and how healthy they are. I think they will do everything they can to try to have a chance to play that final, though.

Andy will be on the team no matter what.

But if PMac doesn't either try to get Andre to play (which, I do not see happening) or pick Vince, he's just really stupid. I'm sorry but Mardy, Taylor, and Robby cannot play on clay. Neither can Andy but yeah.

Golfnduck
09-25-2004, 05:52 PM
I think part of the reason why Andy plays bad on clay is a lack of confidence. He doesn't like the slick stuff so he automatically won't be as aggressive. A couple of years ago he didn't like playing on grass as much as he does now. I think that if PMac and Brad work with Andy, they might be able to boost his confidence. Andy should also work with Andre and get some tips from him. Andy has the resources to attain new skills and take his game to a higher level, he just has to use them.

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 06:16 PM
it's not part of the reason. It's the WHOLE reason. I mean Andy's game is not made for clay, he'd never win RG anyway but if he had confidence on it, his game would hold UP better. He doesn't play his best on clay because he doesn't really have the belief to go for his stuff on it.

He'll have his chance in December and next year to prove something to us.

star
09-25-2004, 06:16 PM
See, when people say Andy has never liked clay, I'm a little confused. He used to like clay. He won his first two ATP tournaments on green and red clay. I started liking him because he looked to be an American who would be good on clay. Then all of a sudden, he doesn't like clay?

Anyway, I really liked that Somax analysis of Andy's serve and the comment that he needed more flexibility in his leg entension to get better court movement stuck with me. Perhaps it is that increased flexibility that would make things easier on clay for him? It surely would make him slide more securely.

tangerine_dream
09-25-2004, 06:18 PM
Lotsa piccies. :) btw, that guy standing next to Andy---that's not Brad Gilbert, is it? :scratch:

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 06:19 PM
I don't know if you can compare Atlanta and Houston to playing with the "big boys" in Europe. Andy always does better with American crowds, first of all, and he won those tournaments without really having to play really good clay-courters.

I don't know what Somax analysis you're talking about, but you should send it to Brad :D

star
09-25-2004, 06:21 PM
Is it Ginepri?

star
09-25-2004, 06:22 PM
I don't know if you can compare Atlanta and Houston to playing with the "big boys" in Europe. Andy always does better with American crowds, first of all, and he won those tournaments without really having to play really good clay-courters.

I don't know what Somax analysis you're talking about, but you should send it to Brad :D


He won Houston beating Coria. Even a lower ranked Coria was a better opponent than Oliver Mutis. :)

You should take a look at the analysis. It's mainly about the serve and very interesting. That site isn't just about tennis but about athletic movement in general.

star
09-25-2004, 06:24 PM
Oh, and p.s. I do think that part of his mental hang up is because he is in continental Europe and feels out of his element. He needs to get over that by going to Europe and staying there for the entire clay court season.

MisterQ
09-25-2004, 06:34 PM
Even if one's game is not ideally suited for clay, there are ways to make it work. Maybe I'm overly optimistic, but I think there is hope for Andy to have success on European clay.

Tim Henman made the semis of RG this year with a game which is designed with fast surfaces in mind. Sampras also made the RG semis, and won TMS Rome. Navratilova won a couple of RGs. Even Agassi's game is not ideal for slow clay, but he made some strategic adjustments and figured out how to win in Paris.

Andy has the weapons to make the second week of some of these tournies, imo. But he needs to play more intelligently out there. His court positioning on clay is really problematic because he ends up on the defense all the time. He's never going to stalk the baseline like Andre, but he could try moving in that direction...

Nishy
09-25-2004, 06:36 PM
I started liking him because he looked to be an American who would be good on clay.
I am also the same reason as you. He also had Tarik, French coach and he was not too much American.

andyroxmysox12191
09-25-2004, 06:40 PM
thanks for the articles and pics everyone :kiss:
bye bye carole :wavey: we'll miss you! remember our deal too! ;)
i have a question....when do bob and mike actually play so i can follow it on the live scoreboard if there is one?

Golfnduck
09-25-2004, 06:45 PM
Even if one's game is not ideally suited for clay, there are ways to make it work. Maybe I'm overly optimistic, but I think there is hope for Andy to have success on European clay.

Tim Henman made the semis of RG this year with a game which is designed with fast surfaces in mind. Sampras also made the RG semis, and won TMS Rome. Navratilova won a couple of RGs. Even Agassi's game is not ideal for slow clay, but he made some strategic adjustments and figured out how to win in Paris.

Andy has the weapons to make the second week of some of these tournies, imo. But he needs to play more intelligently out there. His court positioning on clay is really problematic because he ends up on the defense all the time. He's never going to stalk the baseline like Andre, but he could try moving in that direction...
I have to agree with you. He just needs to adjust his court positioning. Even at the USO, he was getting too far behind the baseline and started playing defensively, then his game went down. To be one of the all-time greats, he needs to make the adjustments from tournament to tournament and on the different surfaces. I also agree with Star that he should stay in Europe for the entire clay court season instead of flying back and forth.

Golfnduck
09-25-2004, 06:46 PM
thanks for the articles and pics everyone :kiss:
bye bye carole :wavey: we'll miss you! remember our deal too! ;)
i have a question....when do bob and mike actually play so i can follow it on the live scoreboard if there is one?
They play at 3:30 et, I think.

star
09-25-2004, 07:02 PM
Even if one's game is not ideally suited for clay, there are ways to make it work. Maybe I'm overly optimistic, but I think there is hope for Andy to have success on European clay.

Tim Henman made the semis of RG this year with a game which is designed with fast surfaces in mind. Sampras also made the RG semis, and won TMS Rome. Navratilova won a couple of RGs. Even Agassi's game is not ideal for slow clay, but he made some strategic adjustments and figured out how to win in Paris.

Andy has the weapons to make the second week of some of these tournies, imo. But he needs to play more intelligently out there. His court positioning on clay is really problematic because he ends up on the defense all the time. He's never going to stalk the baseline like Andre, but he could try moving in that direction...

Yes. I agree.

Also, Stefan Edberg and Leconte made the finals of RG and Noah won the whole thing!

IMO, Andy should take a seminar from Higueras. :)

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 07:07 PM
the guy next to Andy that some news sources called Brad is, I think, the other US coach. I forget his name now though. Oh well, I don't know. But it's not Brad and it's not Ginepri.

Q, I totally agree with you, with everything you said (Especially court positioning). And star I agree with you as well, Andy needs to plan his clay schedule MUCH Better. Brad said that they would, I remember distinctly he said "we'll plan better next year" - so let's follow through on that :) Stay over there the whole season, it won't kill him. All that ocean-hopping has got to be detrimental. and sorry Mack, but it's time to give up Houston. Seriously.

It's very frustrating that all of us have all these ideas about how andy can play better on clay and yet they don't seem to think of them :(

MisterQ
09-25-2004, 07:10 PM
Yes. I agree.

Also, Stefan Edberg and Leconte made the finals of RG and Noah won the whole thing!

IMO, Andy should take a seminar from Higueras. :)


Good point! McEnroe, too, while we're at it (what a painful loss that was for him!).

star
09-25-2004, 07:12 PM
Yeah. I don't think Mac ever got over that one.

MisterQ
09-25-2004, 07:15 PM
If he had won that third set, I'm sure he would have ventured down to Australia every year, where he could definitely have won the career slam.

if if if... ;)

well his career was still not too shabby, lol :)

star
09-25-2004, 07:16 PM
http://www.somaxsports.com/RoddickSAL.jpg

http://www.somaxsports.com/ChangSA.jpg

We have found, when working with runners and tennis players, that for every degree you increase your stride angle, you increase your stride length (the amount of ground you cover with each stride) by two percent. This means that just a 25-degree increase in stride angle (which is easily achieved with Microfiber Reduction) would enable Roddick to cover 50% more ground with each stride on court.

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 07:16 PM
not shabby at all :) I hope that Andy can learn from some of the mistakes his predecessors made...

well the Twins aren't wasting any time. I opened the scoreboard and they're already up a break.

WOW star... please send that to Brad!! :)

star
09-25-2004, 07:17 PM
This is also an interesting observation:

Another example that demonstrates Roddick's flexibility is his internal hip rotation, as shown in the photo below. Ninety degrees of internal hip rotation is usually only found in elite breastrokers.

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 07:18 PM
interesting! I've read/heard several places that one of the reasons Andy's shoulder is so flexible is that his dad had the foresight to have him do a ton of stretching exercises when he was little.

Thanks for sharing these tidbits :kiss:

MisterQ
09-25-2004, 07:21 PM
very interesting, star, thanks for sharing that! :yeah:

star
09-25-2004, 07:22 PM
WOW star... please send that to Brad!! :)

I assume Brad already knows these things. :lol:

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 07:23 PM
I assume Brad already knows these things. :lol:

You would think.....but.... :scratch: it doesn't always seem like it :lol:

star
09-25-2004, 07:23 PM
I'd like to see the angles for Federer or for Venus Williams. Both of them look to have very good extension from the stills I see of them running.

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 07:24 PM
take out the protractor I know you have in your back pocket and figure it out :p

star
09-25-2004, 07:27 PM
Yes. Well, the same lethargy prevening me from communicating with Brad also governs this area.

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 07:32 PM
:lol:

ummm either the Bryans are playing incredibly well or Max and Vladimir are way off today... Max was just broken at love and now Bryans serving out the set at love and.... 6-1 in 23 minutes :eek:

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 07:44 PM
wow!! go bob and mike!! :)
that angle thing is really interesting star, thats really cool how they did that.
and as for andy on clay, yeah his game is not perfectly suited, but like someone said earlier, neither is henman's and he made it really far this year. yeah it helps if youre well suited for clay, but thats not all there is to do well on the stuff. confidence and well, the whole mental thing plays a bigger part IMO. i think if he has to play on clay in spain (which is how it looks like its gonna turn out) then he will play better than we have seen him play. the DC atmosphere and wanting so much to win DC and win for his team....i think if he can be a bit more patient, he can win. it will be a big challenge, but i think if he wants it really bad he can make it happen.

as for the other singles player, i dunno who mac should pick, and if mike isnt well, then we are screwed because what would mac put andy and mardy together? on clay? i guess we just have to hope for mike being 100% ....

star
09-25-2004, 07:52 PM
wow!! go bob and mike!! :)
that angle thing is really interesting star, thats really cool how they did that.
and as for andy on clay, yeah his game is not perfectly suited, but like someone said earlier, neither is henman's and he made it really far this year. yeah it helps if youre well suited for clay, but thats not all there is to do well on the stuff. confidence and well, the whole mental thing plays a bigger part IMO. i think if he has to play on clay in spain (which is how it looks like its gonna turn out) then he will play better than we have seen him play. the DC atmosphere and wanting so much to win DC and win for his team....i think if he can be a bit more patient, he can win. it will be a big challenge, but i think if he wants it really bad he can make it happen.

as for the other singles player, i dunno who mac should pick, and if mike isnt well, then we are screwed because what would mac put andy and mardy together? on clay? i guess we just have to hope for mike being 100% ....

I posted that entire article in the Mach 155 thread. You might find it informative.

I think Andy really risks emotionally overheating if he plays in Spain. Unlike Johnny Mac, Andy seems to get more reved by positive energy than by negative energy. I still remember Johnny Mac rescuing the U.S. from the depths of Zonal play by striding into Uruguay and facing down nearly mob like crowds. It was so refreshing to have him throw himself heart and soul into Davis Cup play after Connors had been such a brat about playing Davis Cup. It's sort of like Andy is now. :)

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 07:55 PM
I think Andy really risks emotionally overheating if he plays in Spain.

In what way?

I'm afraid that something similar to what JCF went through last year will happen. he will put everything he has into it, still come up short, and it will carry over to next year:unsure:

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 07:55 PM
I posted that entire article in the Mach 155 thread. You might find it informative.

thanks!! i just read it actually, and it is really informative and interesting to see how andy really does serve so fast. :)

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 07:58 PM
In what way?

I'm afraid that something similar to what JCF went through last year will happen. he will put everything he has into it, still come up short, and it will carry over to next year:unsure:

yeah i agree. i dont think we will be able to beat spain on clay, but hopefully andy will give it his all, and if thats not enough, i hope he will be encouraged to at least realize that he doesnt need to make some improvements on clay and actually work hard to make those improvements :)

star
09-25-2004, 07:59 PM
In what way?

I'm afraid that something similar to what JCF went through last year will happen. he will put everything he has into it, still come up short, and it will carry over to next year:unsure:

I think everyone has seen Andy have complete melt downs in adverse conditions. When he is really emotionally invested, I think there's a greater danger.

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 08:01 PM
sorry to interrupt the conversation but what link are you guys using to keep track of the live scoring?

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 08:01 PM
www.daviscup.com just click the live scoring button

oh ok star, gotcha. I agree :( which is why it extra concerns me that it's the very end of the year, thus making it his last "memory" of this year, plus the fact that it really shortens up the off-season for him, I just hope he'll be able to recover in time for a season where he has a real chance to win a lot.

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 08:02 PM
thanks :kiss:

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 08:03 PM
sure :) Bryans break again to take the second 6-3 and start out serving in the third :)

I'm gonna have to think of a new thread title soon:p

Havok
09-25-2004, 08:12 PM
In what way?

I'm afraid that something similar to what JCF went through last year will happen. he will put everything he has into it, still come up short, and it will carry over to next year:unsure:
The reason why Ferrero's shit ass end of 03 carried onto this year, bearing in mind his sicknesses and shit, is because his scheduling was pathetic. He was an EXTREME clay court whore and he not only won so much on clay, but also on hard. He wasn't fit enough to withstand all those matches, so he became fragile and that's the end of that. if Andy loses the DC match in Spain, he won't have the same effects as Ferrero did.

star
09-25-2004, 08:15 PM
Andy's pretty good about not dwelling on things too. That's a real strength in a tennis player.

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 08:17 PM
I know I know.... but.... I'm still worried :) What else is new? :p

Havok
09-25-2004, 08:18 PM
Deb you just worry too much, and too often.:retard: :p

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 08:41 PM
yay the bryans won!! :woohoo:

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 08:42 PM
Yes I do :)

Bryans win 61 63 75 :woohoo: I'm sure there's major celebrating in Charleson right now ;) Can't wait to see the pics of the goofy boys jubilating

So.... what should the new thread title be?

Do you guys think Andy will play the dead rubber tomorrow?

heya
09-25-2004, 08:43 PM
IMO, he laughed at himself way too much.
When he loses, he praises the other guy & says he also did his best.:rolleyes:
He should blame himself & his team.
I don't think he watches his matches to work on his game.
He'd rather cheer for other players.

He refuses to slow down his serve & change court positions on carpet, Decoturf & grass.
Practicing for 5 days isn't enough, but it's like everyone wants instant success with no help. :retard:
-drop shots (I've seen just 1 drop shop all summer)
-angles (that's a joke to him)
-important topspin backhand (nobody cares that he needs this to win slams)
-clay sliding (people are satisfied to make him avoid this)


IMO, he isn't learning from his experiences 'cuz
he's not encouraged to use variety to see what does/doesn't work.
Last year, he said he was afraid of being "schooled," so he just crushed the ball. He was too scared to rally much. It's impossible to be an elite player when he doesn't want respect for playing cleverly (prove to fans that he isn't an arrogant 155 mph server.)


I think he
1 lacks desire to work with a clay expert
2 lacks movement/fitness/endurance/courage in tough matches
3 should never lose in 2nd rds.-quarterfinals or be broken 4 or 5 times in a match.
4 should be concerned about breaking serve more
5 lacks desire to be #1.
6 doesn't expect to improve much 'cuz he's heard a lot of negative :bs:
about himself. I guess there are no real mentors.
He's only comfortable with familiar people with the same interests (even ifthey're bad).

If he's doing so well like :smash:Jim Courier & McEnroe claim,
Andy wouldn't have many undeserved losses.

star
09-25-2004, 08:53 PM
Anade Real is Spanish for Mallard. :)

But...... we can't really name the thread until we know Spain is going to win.

Jennay
09-25-2004, 09:20 PM
Great win by the Bryans, Mardy, and Andy :yeah:

Can't wait to see everyone's expression when ESPN plays it at... 1:30AM :retard: :smash:

Neely
09-25-2004, 09:22 PM
Congrats USA :D
a dominant victory without losing much time :yeah:

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 09:26 PM
yay go USA!! :woohoo:
now....france has to win three straight matches or we have to play on clay...

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 09:33 PM
their joy is so infectious!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2004-09-25T213018Z_01_CHA01D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg

Sorry Andy, but the shades have GOT to GO

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2004-09-25T213717Z_01_CHA02D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg

J. Corwin
09-25-2004, 09:44 PM
He looks like a bug with those red shades! :o :retard:

Go USA....and go France ;)

Jennay
09-25-2004, 09:50 PM
:ras: I like the shades!

Thanks for the pics Deb :hearts:

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 09:52 PM
Jace!!!!! HAHAAHAHAHAAH

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040925/capt.chtx10109252144.dcup_belarus_us_chtx101.jpg

:D:D:D
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040925/capt.chtx10209252146.dcup_belarus_us_chtx102.jpg

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 09:53 PM
lol i need a better pic of the shades to be able to comment on them.... in that pic with andy's expression and all they look stupid but im sure from the front they are probably better :)

star
09-25-2004, 09:54 PM
Pmac looks like he has breasts in that picture.......

And the Bryans........ for godsakes those shirts are BIG

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 09:56 PM
here's a better pic of the shades Danielle.

and OH MY GOD I love these pics!!!!

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 09:59 PM
ok.....the shades are ugly and have to go. :lol:

but those pictures are awesome. they all look so cute and sooo happy and excited and all that. that would be so cool to be there......those pics really show you how close they all are and how much this all means to them :) :) :)
i cant wait to see it all on tv tonight. i guess this is one time i really like pacific time cuz i dont have to stay up till 1:30 for it to start :yeah:

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 10:12 PM
um..... omg his shoes are even WORSE! :sobbing:

star
09-25-2004, 10:13 PM
Andy has nice ankles. :)

It's something we rarely get to admire because he has to wear the ankle braces..... or bracelets as Malvai called them. :lol:

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 10:16 PM
LOL true! I thought something looked funny about his feet/legs but I couldn't pinpoint it but that's it! I love the line on his calf from where the socks/braces hit... :haha:

star
09-25-2004, 10:17 PM
Well, that, and he doesn't have on socks either.

heya
09-25-2004, 10:18 PM
Excited, Bryans???????? :scared::eek:

Jennay
09-25-2004, 10:22 PM
Andy has really nice legs :lick: The sunglasses are hot ;) Cool shoes, wrong color.

So happy for the guys :):)

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 10:22 PM
LOL heya!!!!
---------------

USA Reaches First Final since 1997
Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov 61 63 75 to fire USA into the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final for the first time since 1997.

Belarus replaced Alexander Skrypko, originally nomianted to play alongside Max Mirnyi, with Vladimir Voltchkov, but it was to no avail.

The USA’s unassailable 3-0 lead means the squad, which also included singles players World No.2 Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, will either travel to Spain or take on France at home in November, with the chance to earn the nation's first Davis Cup title since 1995.

Patrick McEnroe’s team have been preaching the benefits of team work and the spirit of friendship that unites the American players and the Bryan’s win could scarcely have epitomised it more. The twins, who have never been beaten in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas play, play regularly on the ATP Tour and their natural affinity was apparent from the opening rallies onward, just as it had been when they beat Mirnyi and Voltchkov in the Olympics last month.

They raced to a 4-1 lead before breaking the Mirnyi serve to give themselves a cushion in the first set, which they wrapped up when the Fossil Watches-sponsored courtside clock showed that only 24 minutes had passed.

The pattern continued in the second set, much to the delight of the noisy Saturday afternoon crowd in the Family Circle Tennis Centre. Armed with noise sticks and in good voice, Charleston’s tennis fans provided a near-constant chorus of support for the Bryans, ably assisted by a brass band and the rest of the US team. Roddick in particular could hardly stay in his seat when the Bryans broke the Voltchkov serve to go 2-1 up and give themselves a lead in the second set, which they held on to with some smoothly delivered serve and volley which made light of the gusting winds – the first salvos of Hurricane Jeanne, which is reportedly heading Charleston’s way.

With Mirnyi and Voltchkov fought hard to keep their tremendous Davis Cup by BNP Paribas run going but ultimately, just as it had been in the singles, Belarus lost to the superior team. The squad leaves South Carolina buoyed by the fact they defeated both Russia and Argentina en route to a historic semi-final on the nation’s first year in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group.

The third set was closer than the first two but the Belarussians eventually gave in to the tremendous pressure from Bryan and Bryan. At 5-6 down Voltchkov’s serve buckled, and while he and Mirnyi saved the first match-point, they were powerless to save the second and prevent the flood of American team members on to the court.

The enduring image of the tie will be the US team engulfing the Bryans before doing a lap of honour with the American flag to rapturous cheers. “It doesn’t get any better than that,” said Mike Bryan. “I had goosebumps holding that flag up, Davis Cup is the best thing that you can do in tennis.”

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http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2004-09-25T221749Z_01_CHA03D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 10:25 PM
The enduring image of the tie will be the US team engulfing the Bryans before doing a lap of honour with the American flag to rapturous cheers. “It doesn’t get any better than that,” said Mike Bryan. “I had goosebumps holding that flag up, Davis Cup is the best thing that you can do in tennis.”
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http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2004-09-25T221749Z_01_CHA03D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg

awwwww :)

heya
09-25-2004, 10:26 PM
Pmac is milking it for all its worth. He's a WOMAN baby. :devil::timebomb:

star
09-25-2004, 10:42 PM
I was thinking last night how good it would be to have Todd Martin as Davis Cup Captain. :)

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 10:43 PM
Did you see the feature they did on him yesterday in between matches? It was either Cliff or Mal who said that he would for sure be involved with DC in some way for a long time to come. I hope so :)

J. Corwin
09-25-2004, 11:00 PM
I saw that too and I think he'd make a great captain. Sorry PMac, lol. ;)

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 11:01 PM
On the DC site there's an audio from PMac today and all he does is talk about how great and wonderful the challenge would be of playing in Spain... he is either putting on a really good show, or he's really deluded :tape:

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United States returning to Davis Cup final

BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press Writer
Saturday, September 25, 2004

(09-25) 15:51 PDT CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) --

Twins Bob and Mike Bryan led the United States into the final of the Davis Cup for the first time in seven years with a 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 win Saturday over Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus.

The victory by the Bryans, the world's seventh-ranked doubles team, set off a jubilant celebration at the Family Circle Tennis Center.

The crowd rose and chanted "USA! USA!" and members of the American team, who lost only one set in three matches over two days, formed a circle and hugged each other. Then, holding the flag, they took a victory lap around the stadium.

The Americans face the winner of the weekend's other semifinal between Spain and France. If the Spanish win, they host the finals. The Americans will host if France advances. Spain led 2-1 after Saturday's matches.

The United States has won the Davis Cup a record 31 times. But the Americans last made the finals in 1997 and last won in 1995.

Not since an 11-year gap between 1926 and 1937 has the United States gone longer without winning the Davis Cup.

The Americans built a commanding lead in the semifinals when Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish won singles matches on Friday. During his singles match against Voltchkov, Roddick had a record 155 mph serve.

"It was huge going in there 2-0 and knowing we can go in there and kind of put the hammer down," Bob Bryan said. "It's huge motivation for us."

Belarus was playing in the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time.

Facing elimination in the best-of-five match competition, Belarus captain Sergei Teterin sent Mirnyi and Voltchkov out to face the Americans. At the Thursday draw, Belarus announced that Mirnyi and Alexander Skrypko, ranked 1,384th in the world in doubles, would play the Americans.

Substituting Voltchkov, on paper, gave Belarus a better chance to extend the competition. He is ranked No. 279 in doubles. Mirnyi is ranked No. 6.

With Voltchkov serving and the Americans up 6-5 in the third set, the game went to deuce. Voltchkov netted a backhand to give the Americans the advantage, then Bob Bryan returned a forehand just beyond Voltchkov's reach to give the Americans the match.

"That was the kind of Bryan brothers doubles I like to see -- them closing the net off and just a vintage performance," said American captain Patrick McEnroe.

Mirnyi and Voltchkov played singles matches on Friday, but Mirnyi said fatigue was not a problem.

"We knew we were facing very difficult opponents and in order for us to win today, we had to do everything we can very well," Mirnyi said. "They just played better than us today and they had quick answers to what we had to present."

For the Bryan twins, the victory was a bright spot in a disappointing year.

They were the top seed at the Olympics, but were upset in the quarterfinals. The Bryans defeated Mirnyi and Voltchkov 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the Olympic competition.

Later, at the U.S. Open, the Bryans were seeded second but lost in the second round.

"Davis Cup is the best thing you can do in tennis. For us, I consider this a Grand Slam final," said Mike Bryan. "This match, you know, saved our summer. I mean, I feel great now going home."

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 11:06 PM
Well this answers my question :)
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Although the U.S. have won the match, the reverse singles will be played Sunday, weather-permitting.

McEnroe said Fish would play and Roddick could if he wanted to.

Belarus captain Sergei Teterin said he would give Mirnyi and Voltchkov a rest.

"I go tomorrow with the young guys," Teterin said of teenagers Alexander Skryko and Andrei Karatchenia.

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Well if he's gonna get some total nobody to beat up on, Andy should play :p

heya
09-25-2004, 11:06 PM
After the bitter Aussie/Switzerland losses,
Davis Cup wasn't about cheering for your country...
it was all about avoiding Andy.
Andy's supposed to be unentertaining & bad on clay!!!! :p

Too sad for the detractors. Other players got ignored.
Andy's so unloved, but people are obsessed with him; it hurts when he wins.
Teenyboppers loved Andre. 60-year-olds like Andy?! No way!:haha:

J. Corwin
09-25-2004, 11:07 PM
I can see the Bryans winning the doubles in Spain, but I don't see how Andy or Mardy (or whoever plays #2 then) can win even one match on clay in Spain against Moya and a even not so great JCF. :tape:

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 11:09 PM
heya, my mom is close to 60 and she loves Andy :)

and yea Jace, I can't see it either.... sorry PMac.

J. Corwin
09-25-2004, 11:14 PM
Well this answers my question :)
=========

Although the U.S. have won the match, the reverse singles will be played Sunday, weather-permitting.

McEnroe said Fish would play and Roddick could if he wanted to.

Belarus captain Sergei Teterin said he would give Mirnyi and Voltchkov a rest.

"I go tomorrow with the young guys," Teterin said of teenagers Alexander Skryko and Andrei Karatchenia.

==========

Well if he's gonna get some total nobody to beat up on, Andy should play :p

Play Andy play! Improve your match record and DC record! :p

OR...they can mabye let Scoville play? I mean, why not?! It'd be a great experience for him. :lol: :cool:

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 11:16 PM
No they can't let a practice partner play, I remember that issue from the tie against Austria, it has to be one of the 4-man team. I don't think Mike would play extra, so it'll either be Andy or Bob. Andy should play :cool: He could use it to like, practice his volleys and court positioning or something..... yeah, as if.

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 11:18 PM
i hope andy plays-- i mean how much of a confidence booster would it be to totally demolish some guy tomorrow. but it wouldnt be bad if they let Sco play, he could get some awesome experience from that :)

edit: oh nevermind then. if sco cant play, then i hope andy does :)

J. Corwin
09-25-2004, 11:21 PM
Oh ok yea I was thinking about that.

I think Andy will let Bob play if he wants to, cuz he's a nice guy like that. ;) But otherwise Andy will play because he's always so pumped up. And uh...go for another record breaker? ;) :angel:

Golfnduck
09-25-2004, 11:21 PM
The stride length makes a lot of sense. Andy is taller than Michael Chang so his stride length should be longer. Maybe Andy should do yoga or pilates.

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 11:24 PM
Oh ok yea I was thinking about that.

I think Andy will let Bob play if he wants to, cuz he's a nice guy like that. ;) But otherwise Andy will play because he's always so pumped up. And uh...go for another record breaker? ;) :angel:

LOL well against Austria he decided to play... I remember them saying that he's aware that he needs to play and win as much as possible if he wants to at some point get to the record DC wins stage for the US. But he does have a tourney to play next week allegedly, so he might hand it off to Bob especially knowing if they are really gonna play the young guys from Belarus.

But I still think he should play :p Add another easy W to the column, and Bob doesn't really like playing singles anyway ;) I won't be surprised to see either of their names on the scoreboard I guess lol

heya
09-25-2004, 11:41 PM
Pmc wouldn't be so useless & overexposed
without his brother John's fame.
He went on John's show. Pmc acted like he was such a great coach & DC motivator. He tried so hard to be funny, but there was silence.
John bragged that Pmc was a top 25 player.
The crowd was forced to clap (like reacting to the APPLAUSE sign).

I wish Pmc'd stop the embarrassing, delusional hype:

"He'll win the slams because the crowd & weather help him
& he'll beat that guy!"

Of course, Pmc whined later about Andy putting the USO behind him.
Blood sucking leech.
He thinks Andy reputation isn't damaged by his immature "opinions." :smash:

superpinkone37
09-25-2004, 11:43 PM
i think if bob wanted to play andy would let him. but i think andy will end up playing, and why not play an easy match and get the win? :p

heya
09-25-2004, 11:50 PM
Andy should get to Thailand.
Why spend the whole day thinking about his match record?
It's not like they'll win DC final.
He's not really superfit & mentally strong.
I think he needs to be comfortable in a strange place & play like a #1 player.
He's not a 2nd rate player, so he must play to win tourneys, not lose early again.

star
09-25-2004, 11:54 PM
Play Andy play! Improve your match record and DC record! :p

OR...they can mabye let Scoville play? I mean, why not?! It'd be a great experience for him. :lol: :cool:

That would be great........ but is he actually on the team or only an orange boy?

Deboogle!.
09-25-2004, 11:59 PM
No he's not. Only one of the four players named to the team is allowed to be substituted.

heya I can't imagine Andy leaving Charleston until after the tie is over, whoever plays. even if he lets Bob play, and even though it's a dead rubber, you know he will stay around and cheer, that's the kind of guy he is and deep down that's why you love him ;)

it might be bad weather anyway, in which case I imagine they just scrap the dead rubbers?

superpinkone37
09-26-2004, 12:01 AM
yeah i would think if theres bad weather tomorrow they would just not play the dead rubbers. but i do agree that no matter who plays the match tomorrow and will stick around. :)

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 12:03 AM
Davis Cup could be changing venues

BY CHARLES BRICKER

South Florida Sun-Sentinel


CHARLESTON, S.C. - (KRT) - The U.S. victory over Belarus, assured by the Bryan twins' doubles victory Saturday, will send team captain Patrick McEnroe to his computer today to track the final day of the Spain-France tie, which will determine whether the Americans hit the road or play at home for the Davis Cup final, Dec. 3-5 (daviscup.com)

They're a long shot, trailing 2-1 in Spain, but if France wins the reverse singles on Sunday, St. Louis will emerge as the early favorite to host the final.

Somewhere in the mix is the Office Depot Center at Sunrise, Fla., which would love to get a one-week tenant in the face of what could be a season-long NHL lockout.

But the ODC isn't alone.

The Nassau Coliseum, home of the New York Islanders, and presumably several other hockey arenas also are looking for revenue.

The USTA is not limiting its search to indoor facilities and two California cities would be candidates Indian Wells and Carson.

But an indoor arena is protection against bad weather and makes television producers a lot less anxious. Madison Square Garden, prohibitively expensive, is not an alternative.

But the ODC is.

One other site is believed to be under early study the convention center in Fort Worth, where the U.S. defeated Switzerland in 1992 the last time the United States won the Davis Cup with a home date.

Dirt ballers

If the U.S. has to go to Spain to play indoors on clay, what chance do they have against the best clay-court tennis nation in the world, which has Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero and the doubles team of Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo?

Maybe there's some history on the U.S. side. The last time the United States won the Davis Cup was in December of 1995, in Moscow on indoor clay, where Pete Sampras almost single-handedly beat the Russians.

Sampras defeated Andrei Chesnokov in the opening rubber, teams with Todd Martin to win the doubles for a 2-1 lead, then clinched the title by winning the opening singles match Sunday against Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

Despite Andy Roddick's difficulties at the French Open, he has won three clay court tournaments and holds a lifetime 43-17 mark on clay. (he's won 4 :o)

Mardy Fish is 4-8 on clay with no clay titles, but the last time the U.S. played Davis Cup on clay, in September of 2003, Fish defeated Karol Kucera in a very important match. Roddick had gone out to Dominik Hrbaty in the opening rubber against Slovakia and the U.S. needed a point to get out of the first day with a 1-1 record.

But the Bryan twins won the 2003 French Open.

Radar love

The locals got pretty excited when the electronic board displaying serving speeds produced a 152-mph reading on Roddick's opening serve on Friday against Vladimir Voltchkov.

However, this was not the radar system normally used, but instead was one clearly clocking from 8 to 10 mph faster.

If they'd put this radar gun in the hands of the South Carolina state troopers, everyone on I-95 would have been ticketed for speeding.

Second serves

That was a great effort by Fish to stabilize his match against Max Mirnyi, hold off the Belarussian's momentum, and win in four. But it's just one match.

The next step for Fish is to back that up with some consistent results. ...

Mike Bryan is hopeful of avoiding hip surgery, which probably would put him of of the final against either Spain or France, Dec. 3-5.

He's gotten some very good therapy from Roddick's personal trainer, Doug Spreen, building up muscle groups around the affected area. ... :yeah:

Several immediate past presidents were at the tie. Franklin Johnson, the President-elect for 2005-06, should have been here.

He lives in Los Angeles.

heya
09-26-2004, 12:17 AM
If he clings to his team mates too much, he needs :help:.
They won't be cheering for him when they play him. They have to spend more time improving their games too.
Dead rubbers > winning slams?
Ask them to go practice on very slow, red clay in Paris. Wait for their response.

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 12:17 AM
Well, at least MAX has a brain! Maybe we should hire him :haha:
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U.S. captain McEnroe dreams of winning in Spain
Sun 26 September, 2004 01:01

By Gene Cherry

CHARLESTON, South Carolina, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Patrick McEnroe knows it would be exciting to play a Davis Cup final at home but the U.S. team captain has a dream.

McEnroe wants to take his players to Spain and beat the 2003 Davis Cup runners-up on their favourite surface, clay.

"It would be a tremendous challenge and a tremendous opportunity to do something amazing," McEnroe told reporters after the U.S. took a winning 3-0 lead in their semi-final with Belarus thanks to a doubles victory by the Bryan twins on Saturday.

While France, who trail hosts Spain 2-1 in the other semi-final, might think McEnroe is getting ahead of himself before Sunday's reverse singles are played in Alicante, the American said he meant no offence.

The U.S. would play hosts to France in the December 3-5 final if the visitors came from behind to triumph in Alicante. Spain, though, would be at home if they won.

"I mean, I'd love to have a Davis Cup final at home," McEnroe said. "But when I saw the draw early on, and I saw what the potential was, I was excited about going to Spain for the final.


GREAT TEAM

"We know they have a great team, and so do we. I think our guys will really get up for it."

To win in Spain "wouldn't be amazing as far as a huge upset, it would be an amazing thrill for the team", McEnroe said.

"Andy (Roddick) has won tournaments on clay. I think going into a Davis Cup final where Andy knows he's gotta play two matches is a little bit different than going into say, the French Open, and...I know he'll be pumped up for that."

The Spaniards are "great clay-court players", the U.S. captain said.

"But it will be indoors, so I think that'll help us a little bit as well. And you can serve pretty big indoors, even on clay," McEnroe added, thinking of the hard-serving Roddick.

Belarus player Max Mirnyi was not so convinced about the prospects of a U.S. win if they should meet Spain.

"None of the American players have had success on clay in the past," Mirnyi said.

"I'm sure the Spaniards are aware of that, so they're going to do everything they can to play to their advantage and try to win another Davis Cup title."

heya
09-26-2004, 12:25 AM
Being pumped up doesn't mean you have clay experience. Mr. Motivator Genius :scared:
18 years experience= Ferrero
3 years = Andy/Fish

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 01:32 AM
Mr. Motivator Genius :sobbing: :haha:

superpinkone37
09-26-2004, 01:42 AM
yep after seeing more pictures of the ugly red sunglasses i have decided they are ugly and weird and do indeed make him look like a bug :p they could have been cool looking glasses but they look too big and clunky on his face-- more like goggles or something. maybe its the pictures and the angles of the photos or whatever, but whatever, i dont like the glasses on andy, he looks like a tard in them :)

andyroxmysox12191
09-26-2004, 01:46 AM
:banana: :woohoo: we're in the finals wwwweeeeee. we're gonna lose but wwwweeeeee we're in the finals! :bounce:
glad the boys are happy :D they deserve it
those glasses need to DIE!

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 01:54 AM
U.S. doubles team clinches semifinal vs. Belarus

BY RICK BONNELL

Knight Ridder Newspapers


CHARLESTON, S.C. - (KRT) - Somewhere in Spain, a groundskeeper must already be flooding the red clay courts. Just in case.

Playing magnificent power tennis, the Bryan brothers clinched the Davis Cup semifinals with a 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 doubles victory against Belarus' Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov.

Up an insurmountable 3-0 in this series, the United States will next face Spain or France in its first Davis Cup final since 1997. U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe expects Spain, up 2-1, to eliminate France and host the Americans on slow, wet clay Dec. 3-5.

"We know they're a great team, but so are we,'' McEnroe said. "It would be amazing'' to beat the Spaniards on red clay.

In fact, the Americans were pretty amazing this weekend. The U.S. team - Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish in singles, Mike and Bob Bryan in doubles - lost serve once in 10 sets. That's exceptional dominance for a team that was cobbled together over the past 18 months.

Fish was seen as the weak link, but once he upset Mirnyi in four sets Friday, the Bryans felt almost obligated to hold up their end.

"Davis Cup is the best thing you can do in tennis; it's just like a Grand Slam final,'' said Mike Bryan, the right-handed twin. "This match saved our summer; we didn't do anything before this.''

The Bryans were seeded first in the Olympics, but Mike hobbled into Athens, Greece on sore hips, and Argentineans Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu upset them. This was atonement for that loss, and they approached it with suffocating precision.

Once they fought off two break points on Mike's first service game, they never gave Belarus a sniff at a set.

The Bryans have now won all 12 sets they've played in Davis Cup

"They play a very simple game,'' said Voltchkov. "They play it straightforward, but at a very high speed.''

This might have been autumn, but the post-match celebration was the Fourth of July - flag waving, chest-bumping, group-hug hysteria.

And then reality set in, with a discussion of Spain and slow red clay and the massive challenge of facing Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero on a surface that blunts all that American power.

McEnroe said Roddick and the Bryans are sure bets to play in the final round. Fish is iffy, but far less so than he might have been three days ago.

"Mardy made a big statement,'' McEnroe said, side-stepping full endorsement. "He's got the potential to be that guy.''

superpinkone37
09-26-2004, 02:01 AM
"Mardy made a big statement,'' McEnroe said, side-stepping full endorsement. "He's got the potential to be that guy.''

......too bad mardy cant play for shit on clay...:rolleyes:

Golfnduck
09-26-2004, 03:04 AM
I wonder who PMac will take if he doesn't take Mardy? Hopefully not Spadea, he scares me :bolt:

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 03:06 AM
ya but Spadea is for sure the best US Clay court player who is willing to play davis cup. He had a better clay season than any American and his game is far more suited to it.

Jennay
09-26-2004, 03:09 AM
But leighterry don't you think Vince deserves it? He has had more consistant results than Mardy by far, and he can at least play decently on clay (if Spain wins).

Golfnduck
09-26-2004, 03:09 AM
yep after seeing more pictures of the ugly red sunglasses i have decided they are ugly and weird and do indeed make him look like a bug :p they could have been cool looking glasses but they look too big and clunky on his face-- more like goggles or something. maybe its the pictures and the angles of the photos or whatever, but whatever, i dont like the glasses on andy, he looks like a tard in them :)
LOL!!! OMFG!!! He does look like a bug!!! Take off those glasses Andy!!! Gonna blow them up :timebomb:

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 03:10 AM
stop it Jen :scared:

Golfnduck
09-26-2004, 03:10 AM
But leighterry don't you think Vince deserves it? He has had more consistant results than Mardy by far, and he can at least play decently on clay (if Spain wins).
He does deserve it. I don't have anything against Spadea, and he is the best clay courter we have another than Agassi. I just hope that they have the same type of vibe for the final no matter who makes it.

superpinkone37
09-26-2004, 03:36 AM
yeah, i will agree that vinny probably deserves it. but i dont like vinny at all and it doesnt seem like pmac and the other guys do either so im doubtful that they would pick him to play in the final.

but now that i think of it, i dont think vinny did anything on clay this season anyways. i think he got to the quarters of one clay tourney but other than that he lost in the first or second round like the rest of the american boys didnt he? correct me if im wrong though...

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 03:40 AM
No, his clay season was far from stellar. What he has in better play on clay someone like Mardy might offer in team cameraderie. Who knows? I don't see PMac going with him anyway. My guess is it will be Mardy, unless by some magical surprise he actually asks Andre and Andre actually says yes (and I can't see EITHER of those things happening quite frankly)
=====

Monte Carlo TMS, Monaco
Tennis Masters Series, 4/19/2004, O, Clay , Draw: 64


R64 Henman, Tim (GBR ) 9 7-6(5) 4-6 6-7(5)


This Event Points: 1, New Indesit ATP Race Position: 12, Prize Money: US $ 7500



Munich, Germany
International Series, 4/26/2004, O, Clay , Draw: 32


R32 Kindlmann, Dieter (GER ) 0 6-4 6-2
R16 Waske, Alexander (GER ) 0 6-3 5-7 6-7(4)


This Event Points: 3, New Indesit ATP Race Position: 13, Prize Money: US $ 6225



Rome TMS, Italy
Tennis Masters Series, 5/3/2004, O, Clay , Draw: 64


R64 Schuettler, Rainer (GER ) 19 6-2 2-6 7-5
R32 Arazi, Hicham (MAR ) 36 2-6 6-2 6-4
R16 Davydenko, Nikolay (RUS ) 29 4-6 6-3 6-4
Q Nalbandian, David (ARG ) 22 4-6 3-6


This Event Points: 25, New Indesit ATP Race Position: 15, Prize Money: US $ 52000



Hamburg TMS, Germany
Tennis Masters Series, 5/10/2004, O, Clay , Draw: 64


R64 Haas, Tommy (GER ) 45 6


This Event Points: 1, New Indesit ATP Race Position: 12, Prize Money: US $ 7500



World Team Championship, Dusseldorf, Germany
WT, 5/17/2004, O, Clay , Draw: 64


RR Philippoussis, Mark (AUS ) 64 7-6(1) 3-6 6-7(4)
RR Chela, Juan Ignacio (ARG ) 17 3-6 6-3 4-6
RR Verkerk, Martin (NED ) 40 6-7(5) 2-6


This Event Points: 0, New Indesit ATP Race Position: 15, Prize Money: US $ 21210



Roland Garros, France
Grand Slam, 5/24/2004, O, Clay , Draw: 128


R128 Serra, Florent (FRA ) 0 7-5 1-6 4-6 7-6(7) 9-7
R64 Jeanpierre, Julien (FRA ) 0 4-6 2-6 5-7

superpinkone37
09-26-2004, 03:59 AM
yeah...someone was saying vinny was better on clay and maybe he is but he didnt show it this year. and nope, i dont think pmac would pick vinny anyways. that would be awesome if andre went, but like you said, its hard to see that happening.

i think (or at least i am hoping) that the team cameraderie and the heart these guys have put into DC might be enough for the bryans to win, and perhaps a win from andy....but i dont know. i am pretty sure that spain will end up DC champs, but i am hoping for the best from our guys :)

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 04:09 AM
well we can research that lol

pure #s don't mean a whole lot but:

2002: 2-6
2003: 7-5
2004: 5-8

Yea vinny is obviously not that great on clay either.

Mardy:

2003: 4-6
2004: 0-1 (he was injured the whole euro season)

:shrug: I dunno. My guess is he will go with Mardy after his big win last year (on clay no less) and this year against Max. It's obviously to Mardy's advantage to go second in the tie. That's when he's had his biggest DC wins, going second. But that's just luck of the draw.

superpinkone37
09-26-2004, 04:26 AM
yeah, more than likely it will be mardy chosen as the number 2 singles. i just dont see pmac picking vinny-- the best thing about DC this year and the reason they have done really well is helped a lot by the fact that is is those same young guys. and mardy got the job done yesterday so pmac must be happy with that, obviously. and mardy did get that win last year on clay, so its pretty unlikely that anyone but mardy will be chosen. and its not like any of the americans are particularly good on clay, so no matter who gets chosen we are still at a disadvantage

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 04:28 AM
Yes quite true. because as bad as Mardy is, Taylor and Robby are even worse!

Havok
09-26-2004, 04:44 AM
They'll lose either way if PMac puts in Vince or Mardy. I mean might as well make Fish play in the finals of the DC since he was part of the team for most of the ties this year and helped them get back into the world group and helped them get to the finals.

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 05:34 AM
:o why is football still on :rolleyes:
=------------
TENNIS NOTEBOOK
U.S. should practice on clay
If France loses, Davis Cup final moves to Spain
By DALE ROBERTSON


America's "Dream Team" double-dribbled in the Olympics. Then America's Ryder Cup team three-putted its way to a historically lopsided defeat.


That leaves the U.S. Davis Cup team to restore a measure of sporting honor.

Unfortunately, the darned French aren't cooperating.

In Davis Cup play, the home-court advantage definitely matters.

Remember when the Americans made the Spaniards play on grass, their least favorite surface, at Westside Tennis Club two springs ago?

It appears Spain, at the expense of France, is going to have a chance to say, touché.

The Bryan twins said bye-bye to the Byelorussians in Charleston on Saturday.

But the underdog French, after having their hopes buoyed by Paul-Henri Mathieu's stunning first-day upset of Carlos Moya in Alicante, Spain, need to win both singles matches today to keep the championship tie stateside.

If Moya beats Fabrice Santoro that semi will be a wrap as well, and the United States will travel to Spain the first week of December.

Not good.

The last time the Yanks played there, in July 2000, they got skunked 5-0 on clay.

Although the final presumably will be played indoors given the dates, the Spanish are certain to construct a clay court regardless of the venue. And nothing has changed in four years.

From Andy Roddick on down, the Americans are uncomfortable on the gritty red stuff.

superpinkone37
09-26-2004, 05:38 AM
footballs still on? good, cuz my mother and aunt are watching some dumb movie and they have been saying its almost over for forever, so i would have been missing the few minutes.

star
09-26-2004, 01:27 PM
So, it's Spain. :)

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 03:00 PM
I'm taking new thread title suggestions ;)
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Belarus' big guns get day off; Roddick may as well
BY DAVID CARAVIELLO
Of The Post and Courier Staff
How about a singles match pitting Bob Bryan against Andrei Karatchenia to close out the Davis Cup semifinal between the United States and Belarus at the Family Circle Tennis Center? With the outcome already decided, it's a distinct possibility.

The Americans wrapped up a trip to the Davis Cup final Saturday, when the doubles tandem of Bob and Mike Bryan beat Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov to give the U.S. an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five competition. The lineups for today's two meaningless singles matches -- called "dead rubbers" in Davis Cup parlance -- are likely to change as a result.

The official draw has U.S. No. 1 Andy Roddick playing Mirnyi at 12:30 p.m. followed by Mardy Fish against Voltchkov. But the rules allow teams to change those lineups as late as one hour before the scheduled start time, and Belarus has indicated it will do just that.

Belarusian captain Sergei Teterin said Saturday that he would use the other two members of his team, teenagers Alexander Skrypko and Karatchenia, in today's singles matches. And U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe will give Roddick the opportunity to opt out if his top player wants to.

"I'm pretty sure Mardy will play," McEnroe said. "The only question mark would be Andy, to see how he's feeling. He's got a trip coming up where he's got to go to Bangkok, so that could factor in. And the weather, I don't know what the story is with the weather. So we'll take everything into consideration. The last time, Andy really wanted to play. And obviously, if he wants to play, he will. But we'll talk about it and see what the schedule is."

It's tradition for Davis Cup competitions to be played to their full extent, even if the outcome has already been determined; even the first Davis Cup in 1900 featured a "dead rubber" doubles match. Also, tickets for today's matches, which will be best-of-3 sets, have already been sold.

The U.S. kept its lineup intact the last time it was in this position, a 5-0 first-round victory over Austria in Uncasville, Conn., earlier this season. Prior to that event, Roddick told McEnroe that he wanted to break all the Davis Cup records held by the captain's brother, John McEnroe. Patrick's response: You're going to have to play in a lot of dead rubbers to catch up to my brother.

If Roddick opts out, the alternative is Bob Bryan, who was the No. 2 singles player on a Stanford team that won the NCAA championship in 1997. Bob Bryan is ranked No. 674 in the world in singles, and he beat Mirnyi in singles in 2003.

Skrypko, 18, plays college tennis at SMU. He is 1-5 in Davis Cup competition with a victory last year over Wayne Black of Zimbabwe. Karatchenia, 15, was on the Belarusian team in its first two rounds this year, but did not compete. Neither holds a ranking on the ATP Tour.

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Bryans show why Davis Cup works
BY GENE SAPAKOFF
Of The Post and Courier Staff
Bob and Mike Bryan are 26-year-old California twins who embraced Davis Cup -- the concept, the spirit -- while attending a U.S.-Mexico competition at age 12.

"The Boys" want a Davis Cup championship so much, they couldn't stick around the Family Circle Tennis Center on Friday to watch teammates Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish earn singles victories in the U.S.-Belarus semifinal.

Reason: They would have spent too much valuable energy cheering.

"We're laughing about it," U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe said. "But they do get super-excited."

The Bryans on Saturday put the U.S. in their first Davis Cup final since 1997 with a straight-set victory over Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov, giving the U.S. a 3-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. They prepared by relaxing in a downtown hotel suite Friday while Mirnyi and Voltchkov played singles.

"We just wanted the greatest advantage we could have," Bob Bryan said. "Those guys were out there playing and we were back at the hotel getting massages and drinking water. I mean, we were in our hotel room with the blinds closed for 24 hours.

"We were feeling great (Saturday). We woke up, got our morning puke in before Davis Cup and then went out and played."

ROLE PLAYERS ROLL

The Bryans personify why the 2004 Davis Cup team works and both the U.S. Ryder Cup team and U.S. Olympic basketball team didn't.

Charleston got a close-up look at the ultimate team-sport role players, doubles specialists who know their craft and keep winning. The Bryans are the shooters and defensive stoppers Team USA basketball coach Larry Brown needed but didn't have; McEnroe gets to pick his team and Brown doesn't.

The twins' infectious enthusiasm is half the reason why the four-man U.S Davis Cup team gets along like frat brothers on spring break.

Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton last week had the same relative talent, but not the chemistry.

Of course, winning helps. The Bryans bonded within the brotherhood during a Davis Cup qualifying round match on clay in the Slovak Republic in 2003. Going into the doubles match tied, 1-1, McEnroe gave the Bryans a pep talk.

"You're our team," the captain said, "win or lose."

The Bryans won in straight sets and the U.S. advanced, 3-2. The Bryans are now 4-0 in Davis Cup matches, 12-0 in sets.

RED, WHITE AND THROUGH

The Bryans have excitable parents, too. Dad sweats way too much to attend Davis Cup stomach grinders.

"I'm just so nervous, I can't enjoy it," said Wayne Bryan, who tracked the match with his wife Kathy via computer back home in Camarillo, Calif. "But when I have calmer moments to reflect, it's definitely fun."

Everyone in red, white and blue had a blast Saturday. Prior to the Bryans' arrival on the Davis Cup team, the U.S. went 4-12 in doubles matches using a mix of various singles players.

Saturday, the role players proved their worth as the U.S. rolled into the Davis Cup final.

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Game, set, match

U.S. secures victory in best-of-5 Davis Cup semifinal with doubles win

BY DAVID CARAVIELLO
Of The Post and Courier Staff
Bob Bryan lunged, flicking the ball just beyond his opponent's reach and triggering a celebration not seen in U.S. tennis in seven years. He dropped to his knees and screamed and suddenly his teammates were upon him, trading chest-bumps and bouncing up and down in a group hug symbolic of their ability to put team interests above their own.

In a Davis Cup season that has brought new meaning to teamwork in American tennis, it was appropriately a team that secured the United States' semifinal victory over Belarus. Twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan kept their perfect Davis Cup record intact, beating Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 before 9,427 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Saturday to send the Americans to the final of the international competition for the first time since 1997.

The victory gave the U.S. an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five semifinal, with two now meaningless singles matches still to be played today. Next stop for the Americans is the final, set for Dec. 3-5 against Spain or France, and the opportunity to end a rather mystifying nine-year Davis Cup drought.

"It feels right. It feels good," U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said. "As I've said a number of times, my goal was to get us in the mix every year and have a group of guys that you can count on who are there and committed and want to play. Obviously, we want to win it this year. We want to win it every year. But I think we can say with the squad we have now, that we can beat anybody. I'm not saying we can necessarily dominate every year, I don't know if anybody can now. But I think we have the potential to do that."

The Bryans are now 4-0 in Davis Cup competition, never having even dropped a set. Saturday, they crawled out of a 15-40 hole in the first game and never looked back, winning 52 of 64 service points from then on. As was the case in Friday's singles victories by Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, the serve was the difference -- the Bryans combined for 10 aces, compared to just three for the Belarusians.

"Knowing we could go in there and put the hammer down and end the tie was huge motivation for us," Bob Bryan said. Davis Cup competitions are referred to as ties. "Mardy stepped up really big. We felt Andy was going to win for sure. That Mardy Fish match was the big match of the tie. He played some inspiring tennis, and kind of pumped us up."

Added McEnroe: "It was the kind of Bryan brothers doubles I like to see, them being aggressive and closing the net off. It was just a vintage performance."

In 10 sets of tennis Friday and Saturday, the U.S. was broken only once, in the third set of Fish's victory over Mirnyi. Ahead 6-5 in the third set, the Bryans converted their second match point when Bob chased down a half-volley by Voltchkov, slipping it down the line past Mirnyi and sending his teammates into delirium.

The U.S. players then took a victory jog around stadium court, taking turns carrying an American flag.

"It was just so emotional," Bob Bryan said. "We're all jumping around. We're having a great time, we're all yelling, everyone was so happy. I could see it on Andy's face and on Mardy's face. The emotions and enthusiasm out there were pretty awesome."

Belarusian captain Sergei Teterin had originally paired 18-year-old Alexander Skrypko with Mirnyi for Saturday's doubles match, but inserted Voltchkov with his team facing a must-win situation. Either way, Belarus was outclassed. But they showed plenty of class afterward, giving thumbs-up to the raucous crowd as they exited the court.

"In order for us to win today, we had to do everything very well, and at times we were succeeding," Mirnyi said. "There were times when we weren't executing our shots, and unfortunately for us there were more failures today than successful results. They did a good job of capitalizing on their opportunities."

The victory continued a stellar Davis Cup run for the Bryans, who won crucial tiebreaking matches against Slovakia last season and against Sweden in Delray Beach, Fla., earlier this year. Saturday's result also helped ease the pain of missed opportunities at the U.S. Open and Olympics.

"It doesn't get any better than this," Mike Bryan said. "I though Delray was pretty fun. I thought Mohegan Sun against Slovakia was great. It just keeps getting better. Davis Cup is the best thing you can do in tennis. For us, I consider it a Grand Slam final. This match saved our summer. I feel great now going home. We had a terrible summer, but that washed off me. Running around with the flag gave me goose bumps. I got goose bumps probably 20 times out on the court today."

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Renewed emphasis on Davis Cup paying dividends for U.S.
BY DAVID CARAVIELLO
Of The Post and Courier Staff
Although a round of Davis Cup play lasts only three days, Boris Becker used to say that it took three weeks out of a player's calendar -- one week to prepare, one week to play, and one week to recover from what can be an emotionally draining international tennis experience.

Add the fact that Davis Cup is spread throughout an entire season, and a top player can have second thoughts about committing to an event that isn't always broadcast live on American television. Pete Sampras did. So did Michael Chang, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Jimmy Connors, citing everything from wear and tear to conflicts with Grand Slams to infringements upon personal time.

It's a situation that's often left the United States undermanned in a tournament many other nations treat as a priority, and is a big reason why the Americans haven't won a Davis Cup title in nine years. But this year, the top U.S. player isn't a second-line substitute, but the No. 2 player in the world. How much does Andy Roddick care about Davis Cup? He hosted a U.S. team camp before this weekend's semifinal against Belarus, and ripped the International Tennis Federation on Friday for making him attend a post-match press conference while teammate Mardy Fish was on the court.

To the top American players of today, Davis Cup is no longer something that's in the way of a larger goal. Roddick's enthusiasm is evidence of a renewed emphasis on the worldwide event, one that's producing results. Saturday's doubles victory by Bob and Mike Bryan at the Family Circle Tennis Center clinched the best-of-five semifinal victory, and sealed the Americans' first trip to the final since 1997.

"I think we're in a real good position now," U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said. "Luckily, we've got a group of guys here who are very passionate about playing and supporting the team and playing Davis Cup. The bottom line is, you've got to get the best guys to play. If you can do that, get guys who are close to the top, you've got a decent chance."

While players like Sampras, Agassi, Chang and Courier were regular Davis Cup competitors -- Agassi is second on the all-time singles victory list with 30 -- their participation in the event was never considered automatic. U.S. team rosters varied wildly even within the same Davis Cup competition; captain John McEnroe had Pete and Andre for a second-round win over the Czechs in 2000, but was forced to fall back on Chris Woodruff and Jan-Michael Gambill in a quarterfinal loss to Spain.

Younger brother Patrick has brought some stability, and will likely have the same lineup for the December final against Spain or France that he had for a quarterfinal win over Sweden and the semifinal victory over Belarus. Cliff Drysdale, who competed in 45 Davis Cup matches for his native South Africa and is calling the action this weekend for ESPN2, said Patrick has raised the profile of Davis Cup among the top American players of today.

"It means a lot more to them, and credit Patrick McEnroe for that. He's a friend of mine, so I've got a conflict here. But he's done it. It's part of what these guys consider to be the most important tournaments of the year," Drysdale said.

"There's no doubt in my mind that this group who are playing tennis now for the U.S. in Davis Cup will stay on the Davis Cup team and not come to the conclusion that did Agassi and Sampras and Connors and (John) McEnroe, the guys who preceded them, which was that if they played Davis Cup they would hurt their chances on the tour. Now, I think it does sometimes hurt their chances. But I think they will pay that price."

Patrick McEnroe believes players of the Agassi-Sampras era deserve more credit for their participation in Davis Cup, adding that they were passionate about the tournament when they agreed to play. But the players on his current roster take that passion to another level. Roddick especially thrives in Davis Cup's rock-and-roll atmosphere, and wants to own every U.S. singles record before his career is over. James Blake, a member of the 2001 team out with an injury, is in town just to watch.

"These guys want to play, and they get along with each other, which helps, and they just love playing Davis Cup," McEnroe said. "You put that together. We're not the only country that's had issues with top players playing Davis Cup, whether it's the schedule, injuries, etc. We can go on and on."

Along the way, a tournament some once considered a distraction or an afterthought has emerged as a priority.

"When you play for your country, it's always something different," Fish said. "You play for the USA, you play for your teammates, it's a little bit different than even the Olympics. You get to sit on the sideline and cheer the guys on, and it's nice to have such a good supportive cast. This has been an event that I personally grew up watching on TV and dreamed about playing in, and to be part of it and to be part of the whole team atmosphere is exactly what I had anticipated it would be."

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Bryans cruise, help U.S. put away Belarus

Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov in their doubles match to put the Americans in their first Davis Cup final since 1997.

By SANDRA HARWITT

Special to The Herald


CHARLESTON, S.C. - Being asked to play Davis Cup for America didn't come easy for Bob and Mike Bryan, who had to campaign endlessly before U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe finally gave them the nod.

But since their debut at the 2003 Davis Cup World Group Playoff in Bratislava a year ago, the brothers have proved to be an invaluable addition to the U.S.'s Davis Cup efforts.

No more so than Saturday afternoon when they carried the U.S. to its first Davis Cup final since losing to Sweden 5-0 in 1997. The Bryans provided the U.S. with an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Belarus with a 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 doubles victory against Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov.

Almost as soon as Bob Bryan hit the last point, a forehand passing shot past the lanky Mirnyi, the entire U.S. contingent -- Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, the Bryans, McEnroe and several trainers and practice partners -- were celebrating on court in front of 9,427 fans.

''It was just so emotional,'' Bob Bryan said. ``We're all jumping around. We're having a great time. We were all yelling. Everyone was so happy. I could see it in Andy's face and Mardy's face.

``The emotions out there and enthusiasm was pretty awesome.''

The Bryans, who convinced McEnroe that they would be a good addition to the Davis Cup team when they won the 2003 French Open, have now posted a 4-0 Davis Cup record.

To add to their accomplishments, the Bryans are the only doubles team in U.S. history that has won its first four Davis Cup doubles outings in straight sets.

The U.S. team's blueprint coming into the semifinal at the Family Circle Tennis Centre was to have their final berth sewn up by the end of play Saturday afternoon.

''Our goal was to get to three, and obviously as I said, it's really simple,'' McEnroe said. ``We prepared well, and the guys are obviously very up for this. After the Open, we set our sights immediately on getting ready for this, and the guys did a great job with that.''

Roddick and Fish did their part Friday by winning their singles matches to put the American squad up 2-0 on the first day of the competition.

Roddick breezed past Voltchkov 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in the opening match of the semifinal tie. Fish, who has had trouble keeping his composure in critical matches, kept his cool to outlast Mirnyi in a tighter 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 decision.

After fending off two break points at 15-40 in the opening game of the doubles match to hold on to their serve, the Bryans played strong tennis. Their athleticism and confidence far exceeded what the Belarusians were able to bring to the one-hour 32-minute match.

''It was huge going in there 2-0 knowing we can kind of put the hammer down and end the tie,'' Bob Bryan said. ``It's huge motivation for us. Mardy stepped up really big. We felt that Andy was going to win for sure, and that Mardy Fish's match was the big match of the tie, and he played some inspiring tennis and kind of pumped us up.

``Those guys did their job. We just had to go out there today and do ours.''

The United States, which will play out today's reverse singles matches for the score line, needs to wait until the other semifinal tie between Spain and France -- Spain led 2-1 going into the reverse singles today -- concludes before knowing it will play in the final.

If Spain wins, the U.S. travels to Spain for the Dec. 3-5 final. If France rebounds to win the semifinal, the U.S. will host the final.

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Davis Cup players' families divided

BY SANDRA HARWITT

Special to the Herald


CHARLESTON, S.C. - FAMILIES DIVIDED

The parents of U.S. Davis Cup players were split in their decision to travel to the matches against Belarus.

Andy Roddick's parents, Blanche and Jerry, who live in Boca Raton, and Mardy Fish's parents, Tom and Sally, who reside in Vero Beach -- all sat courtside at the Family Circle Tennis Center.

Twins Bob and Mike Bryan, however, were without a family cheering section. Apparently their parents, teaching pros Wayne and Kathy, find it makes them nervous to watch in person.

''They're really superstitious,'' said Bob Bryan, noting his parents were following the match at home in Camarillo, Calif., on the computer. ``The pressure is huge for them. They probably want it more than we do, and we want it bad.''

The Bryans initially traveled the tour with their father, Wayne, as their coach, but decided a couple of years ago to change direction.

''Actually, we kicked my dad off the tour,'' Mike Bryan said. ``He was coaching us for the first three years. We didn't have a title.''

ABROAD OK

With Spain leading France 2-1 in the weekend's other Davis Cup semifinal, U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe was working under the assumption that his team would travel to Spain for the final in December. If France rallies to win, the Americans will be home for the final.

So far this year, the U.S. team has enjoyed home-court advantage -- beating Austria in the first round in February at Uncasville, Conn.; defeating Sweden in the quarterfinals in April at the Delray Beach Tennis Center; and now taking care of Belarus in the semifinals at Charleston.

However, the prospect of playing the final abroad surprisingly does not bother McEnroe.

''I really look forward to the challenge of going to Spain,'' McEnroe said. ``I mean, I'd love to have a Davis Cup final at home, don't get me wrong. But when I saw the draw early on and I saw what the potential was, I was excited about going to Spain for the final.

``I think it would be a tremendous opportunity to do something amazing.''

RODDICK MIGHT SIT

McEnroe said he might substitute one of the Bryans for Roddick today.

``[Roddick's] got a trip coming up where he's gotta go to Bangkok. And I don't know what the story is with the weather [because of the hurricane]. We'll take everything into consideration.''

Jennay
09-26-2004, 03:15 PM
Yay, Spain.
I like the title.. and that is all I'm hoping :rolleyes:

stop it Jen :scared:

No Deb, you stop it :scared:

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 03:33 PM
this pic is so great for so many reasons :sobbing:

superpinkone37
09-26-2004, 03:52 PM
awww but that is an awesome picture :)

and thanks for the articles :kiss:

star
09-26-2004, 05:00 PM
Yay, Spain.
I like the title.. and that is all I'm hoping :rolleyes:



No Deb, you stop it :scared:

How's the hurricane, Jennay?

star
09-26-2004, 05:03 PM
yep after seeing more pictures of the ugly red sunglasses i have decided they are ugly and weird and do indeed make him look like a bug :p they could have been cool looking glasses but they look too big and clunky on his face-- more like goggles or something. maybe its the pictures and the angles of the photos or whatever, but whatever, i dont like the glasses on andy, he looks like a tard in them :)

Andy's idea of being cool is to look like a tard ...... you know.... he's too cool to look cool. :cool:

Jennay
09-26-2004, 05:05 PM
How's the hurricane, Jennay?
It's fine star, just a lot of wind.

tangerine_dream
09-26-2004, 05:06 PM
I taped the Bryan brothers last night, I'll watch it later today. Thanks for the articles and pictures, bunk. :yeah: Oh, and your post in GM to that idiot Adcourt was awesome. Can't rep you enough for that. ;)

As for a new title for this thread: can we use something that's not quite so fatalistic? I know our chances of winning against Spain in the mud is slim but I don't think we will get blitzed and who knows, maybe a miracle will occur **rubs genie bottle harder** and Mardy and Andy will turn into claycourt experts within three months' time. ;)

star
09-26-2004, 05:14 PM
As for a new title for this thread: can we use something that's not quite so fatalistic? I know our chances of winning against Spain in the mud is slim but I don't think we will get blitzed and who knows, maybe a miracle will occur **rubs genie bottle harder** and Mardy and Andy will turn into claycourt experts within three months' time. ;)

A positive title would be nice. :)

Or if not positive, something light hearted. Clay Ducks. :)

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 05:27 PM
well looks like Andy decided to give poor Skrypko a beatdown.. though based on his serve % and that he's wasting BPs left and right, methinks he's treating it more like an extended practice session ;)

If you guys have any ideas for titles for the thread just post them :) until then, fatalistic it is :p

edit: I just thought of something different. is this any better?

RodFan08
09-26-2004, 05:41 PM
I like it bunk, I like it alot:):)

Golfnduck
09-26-2004, 05:41 PM
A positive title would be nice. :)

Or if not positive, something light hearted. Clay Ducks. :)
LOL!!! CLAY DUCKS!!! Or Dirty Duckies

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 05:47 PM
The way Andy is playing this dead rubber, either Skrypko is some hidden undiscovered major talent or Andy is like not even trying at all. How did he not even get to deuce against Voltchkov, a very decent player and has had 4 BPs against this kid lol

I understand it's a dead rubber but let's not have too much fun andy ;) you've got a plane to Thailand to catch:p

Hmmmm I like Dirty Duckies too...:scratch:

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 06:00 PM
well the meaningless match is over in 54 minutes 6-4 6-2

Andy's arm must not have been feeling too good today, only 151mph and only 5 aces:p

Golfnduck
09-26-2004, 06:19 PM
He just couldn't serve in the 1st set. I bet he thought the match was gonna be a no brainer.

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 06:49 PM
well it pretty much WAS a no-brainer. I'm hoping he tried some stuff out, maybe serve-volleying, whatever. I'm sure he probably didn't but hey I Can hope :p and rain has stopped Mardy's match, I wonder if they'll even bother finishing. Andy needs to get his ass to Bangkok

His shirt looks like a pillow LMAO

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040926/capt.chtx10109261833.dcup_belaruus_chtx101.jpg

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2004-09-26T183909Z_01_CHA01D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2004-09-26T184418Z_01_CHA02D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg

LOL @ the tongue
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2004-09-26T184528Z_01_CHA03D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg

superpinkone37
09-26-2004, 06:59 PM
I taped the Bryan brothers last night, I'll watch it later today. Thanks for the articles and pictures, bunk. :yeah: Oh, and your post in GM to that idiot Adcourt was awesome. Can't rep you enough for that. ;)

As for a new title for this thread: can we use something that's not quite so fatalistic? I know our chances of winning against Spain in the mud is slim but I don't think we will get blitzed and who knows, maybe a miracle will occur **rubs genie bottle harder** and Mardy and Andy will turn into claycourt experts within three months' time. ;)

i siated up to watch the match last night and only dozed off for a few points here and there, but i only had to wait till 10:30 for it to start over here so...
but i enjoyed the match as i dont ususally get to see doubles. the best part was their reaction when they won, and how fast andy and mardy jumped onto the court. just seeing how happy they all were was great. and i decided they are all tards :p

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 07:06 PM
and i decided they are all tards :p

LOL!!!!!!!! They really ARE! What was that ridiculous knuckle-rubbing thing Andy and Mardy were doing?? :haha:

This is about as close to graceful as Andy gets, methinks

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040926/capt.chtx10309261852.dcup_belarus_us_chtx103.jpg

:haha: Caption: "USA's Andy Roddick plays to the crowd Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, before slamming a 151-mile-per-hour serve to Belarus' Alexander Skrypko during a Davis Cup semifinal in Charleston, S.C. Roddick won, 6-4, 6-2."
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040926/capt.chtx10209261902.dcup_belarus_us_chtx102.jpg

What's his problem in the last one I attached.. he looks like he's yelling at PMac lmao

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 07:35 PM
Americans ready for Spanish in Davis Cup finals

BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press Writer
Sunday, September 26, 2004


(09-26) 12:24 PDT CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) --

A trip to Spain for the Davis Cup final assured, the United States padded its margin in the semifinals against Belarus on Sunday, with Andy Roddick beating Alexander Skrypko 6-4, 6-2 to give the hosts a 4-0 lead.

Sunday's singles matches were reduced to best of three sets, because the Americans took an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five series Saturday.

The final match of the competition, between American Mardy Fish and Andrei Karatchenia of Belarus, was delayed by rain showers spun onto the coast by Hurricane Jeanne hundreds of miles away in Florida.

Roddick said the Spanish will be favored on what probably will be clay courts for the Dec. 3-5 final.

"If you look at clay-court results, we're probably the underdog," the 2003 U.S. Open champion said. "But, you know, I'm definitely going to work hard and try to get in really good shape and be ready."

The United States has won the Davis Cup a record 31 times. But the Americans last made the finals in 1997 and last won in 1995. Not since going from 1926-37 without a title has the United States gone this long without winning the Davis Cup.

Before this year, Belarus never had reached the Davis Cup semifinals.

Roddick said winning the Davis Cup has always been one of his goals.

"To know where we're nine sets from doing that, it feels pretty good," he said. "We have a little bit of time and I'm sure we'll be very anxious and ready to go when we get there."

Skrypko, an 18-year-old freshman at SMU, said the match with Roddick was the biggest of his career.

"He's a very good player and I was very excited and I was a little bit nervous," Skrypko said.

U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said he's excited about a trip to Spain.

"I'd love to have a Davis Cup final at home, don't get me wrong," he said. "But to me, when I saw the draw early on and I saw what the potential was, I was excited about going to Spain for the final."

Spain won a berth in the finals with a 4-1 semifinal victory over France. Spain led 2-1 after Saturday, and it clinched the victory when Rafael Nadal beat Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in Sunday's first match.

Spain will play for the title for the third time in five years.

McEnroe said that it felt good to return to the final.

"Feels right," he said. "I've said a number of times, you know, my goal was to get us into the mix. ... Every year have a group of guys that you can count on and that are committed and want to play."

Beating the Spanish, he said, "would be an amazing experience for us. It wouldn't be amazing as far as a huge upset, but it would be an amazing thrill for the team."

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040926/capt.chtx10509261918.dcup_belarus_us_chtx105.jpg

superpinkone37
09-26-2004, 07:40 PM
thanks for the article :kiss: and andy's hair looks long in that last picture you posted.
i like this picture that you posted a lot, too bad theres a stupid tag on it :p http://menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=23916

i love seeing these DC pics cuz andy and the other boys are always so happy and all that, is just really awesome to see :)

Deboogle!.
09-26-2004, 07:46 PM
:) you're welcome. Yes, Andy really needs a haircut, like NOW

And it looks like they've called off Mardy's match. Good, Andy, get your ass out of there before the airport is affected.

Here's a similar one to the one that has a tag

http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/CHTX101092614_1024x768.jpg

superpinkone37
09-26-2004, 07:56 PM
awww thank you for the picture :)
i dunno about the hair yet cuz i havent seen it without the hat. but if he hasnt cut it since the open then i bet its really long now. omg i had this dream one time that the DC team grew out their hair like mardy's with a ponytail and everything. you know how they all cut their hair in february, well in my dream they all grew out their hair. omg andy, just cut your hair like now!! i would just die if andy grew a ponytail...

Jennay
09-26-2004, 07:56 PM
Thanks for the articles and pics :yeah:

Jennay
09-26-2004, 07:57 PM
:haha: I doubt Andy will grow a ponytail ;) I like his hair long anyways :D