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Team GB Vs '2005 Davis Cup Winners' Croatia / GB Def. Croatia 4-1

JustJames
04-11-2007, 11:06 AM
Obviously GB have been handed a very hard tie...but...to be the best you must beat the best..soo... :D

The only positive spin is that GB will play this tie at home, giving them stadia, crowd and surface advantage.

The first question is...What surface should GB lay down?

I originally thought grass, because Ljubo hasn't had much success on it, but they also have Ancic and Karlovic so it is a two sided coin...

Hmm..alot to think about..

But overall looking forward to a great tie :D

MissPovaFan
04-11-2007, 12:28 PM
I think it all depends on whether Ancic is fit or not - if he's not then I'd definitely go for grass, otherwise maybe a slow hard court?

I think Ljubicic should win both his singles and then it depends on whether Ancic is fit or not. I'd back Henman to beat Karlovic but not Ancic. I'd back us to win the doubles though as they haven't got any doubles specialists whereas we have Jamie Murray.

jitterbug
04-11-2007, 12:31 PM
A Ljubo/Ancic team could be deadly if Ancic is fit though.. Lloyd might have to take a gamble and field Murray/Murray for the doubles.

MissPovaFan
04-11-2007, 12:33 PM
A Ljubo/Ancic team could be deadly if Ancic is fit though.. Lloyd might have to take a gamble and field Murray/Murray for the doubles.

Yep if Ancic is fit then Murray/Murray is a must!

JustJames
04-11-2007, 12:44 PM
I think it all depends on whether Ancic is fit or not - if he's not then I'd definitely go for grass, otherwise maybe a slow hard court?

I think Ljubicic should win both his singles and then it depends on whether Ancic is fit or not. I'd back Henman to beat Karlovic but not Ancic. I'd back us to win the doubles though as they haven't got any doubles specialists whereas we have Jamie Murray.

You don't think that Murray would be capable of beating Ljubicic on a slow hard or grass court? Both bad surfaces for Ljubicic, but especially on a slower court, Murray would probably be able to grind out a victory due to the longer rallies.

Yes I agree with you about Ancic/Henman. Ancic beat a much healthier and younger Tim at Wimbledon, so I doubt Tim would fair any better now...

MissPovaFan
04-11-2007, 12:48 PM
You don't think that Murray would be capable of beating Ljubicic on a slow hard or grass court? Both bad surfaces for Ljubicic, but especially on a slower court, Murray would probably be able to grind out a victory due to the longer rallies.

Yes I agree with you about Ancic/Henman. Ancic beat a much healthier and younger Tim at Wimbledon, so I doubt Tim would fair any better now...

I think any Murray-Ljubicic match is pretty much 50-50 on any surface to be honest. The slower the better for Murray I guess. I don't understand Ljubicic's failure on the grass at all though as he has the game for it.

Yeah I can't see Henman beating either of the top two Croats and that's on any surface sadly.

I think we need Murray on top form and a lot of luck. It may be that we are reliant on Murray winning three matches unless Karlovic plays and then I'd back Henman.

JustJames
04-11-2007, 02:20 PM
I think any Murray-Ljubicic match is pretty much 50-50 on any surface to be honest. The slower the better for Murray I guess. I don't understand Ljubicic's failure on the grass at all though as he has the game for it.

Yeah I can't see Henman beating either of the top two Croats and that's on any surface sadly.

I think we need Murray on top form and a lot of luck. It may be that we are reliant on Murray winning three matches unless Karlovic plays and then I'd back Henman.

Yea it's pretty confusing..although it's the same as Safin's failure on grass. Big serve, groudstrokes...but still atrocious :lol:

So if we were very optimistic and said that Murray would win both his matches, and the doubles could go either way, in some ways we are hoping that Ancic isn't fit or injured...which is not something I particularly want to wish upon any player..but it would be helpful ;)

jazar
04-11-2007, 05:21 PM
dear god no, its going to be murray/ljubicic. they better have some loud air horns for that match, cos most of the crowd will fall asleep.

heres my prediction as a truly patriotic and unbiased brit, croatia will whip our guys sorry asses

Duncan
04-11-2007, 10:17 PM
GB to win 3-2

johnnylad
04-13-2007, 09:03 AM
Jazar's predictions in the last match vs Netherlands were to my liking!

More of the same GB!

jazar
04-13-2007, 11:36 AM
Jazar's predictions in the last match vs Netherlands were to my liking!

More of the same GB!

those predictions were more in hope. there was nevern any doubt of beating the dutch. the croatians are more talented than the dutch and more talented than us

johnnylad
04-15-2007, 03:44 PM
you hoped that Sluiter would bt Murray and Haase would beat Tim.

right

jazar
04-15-2007, 04:52 PM
you hoped that Sluiter would bt Murray and Haase would beat Tim.

right

yes cos i hoped murray would lose cos i absolutely despise him and i hoped henman would lose to make the tie more interesting

JustJames
09-12-2007, 04:06 PM
Only 9 more days until the tie begins... :banana:
Team GB's prospects are actually looking a lot brighter now that Ancic and Karlovic have made themselves unavailable..

Score predictions please...?

I will punt with 3-2 to GB [after going 3-0 up.. :angel: ]

JustJames
09-12-2007, 04:23 PM
Another interesting question..

Who should be played with Jamie in the dubs? Obvious answer = Andy, but is his wrist capable of three matches in three days should it be a close tie..?

Duncan
09-12-2007, 10:20 PM
Another interesting question..

Who should be played with Jamie in the dubs? Obvious answer = Andy, but is his wrist capable of three matches in three days should it be a close tie..?



Andy will play with Jamie. If they somehow win the first 2 then Jamie and Andy will take it home. His wrist is A ok now and he will only use it as an excuse if he loses. It's all in his head now the problem with the wrist.

jazar
09-14-2007, 07:15 PM
the croatians will be stringing their rackets on a pacific stringing machine

JustJames
09-14-2007, 07:39 PM
the croatians will be stringing their rackets on a pacific stringing machine

Is this meant to be a joke? :scratch: [or do you just know the stringer..?!]


P.S It's 'racquets'... Use the English version!

jazar
09-14-2007, 09:26 PM
Is this meant to be a joke? :scratch: [or do you just know the stringer..?!]


P.S It's 'racquets'... Use the English version!

its no joke. i know the stringing machine

ae wowww
09-15-2007, 03:55 PM
Is this meant to be a joke? :scratch: [or do you just know the stringer..?!]


P.S It's 'racquets'... Use the English version!

Incorrect, racket and racquet are simply alternatives in the English language.

JustJames
09-15-2007, 06:14 PM
Incorrect, racket and racquet are simply alternatives in the English language.

Yes but Americans tend to use the shortened/simpler version, so therefore it would be nicer if we could stick to the other one.. :p

jazar
09-16-2007, 06:46 PM
the croatians will be stringing their rackets on a pacific stringing machine

this information has subsequently changed. they now won't be using a pacific stringing machine

Cat123
09-20-2007, 09:04 AM
24 hours (ok, 25!) to go!!! I'm excited haha! I need to do some actual work today so I don't feel guilty about sitting around all weekend watching tennis!

JustJames
09-21-2007, 11:14 AM
Everyone enjoying it so far..? :scared:

jazar
09-21-2007, 08:37 PM
croatia suck without ljubicic

Cat123
09-22-2007, 11:40 AM
I was working in the VIP lounge at Wimbledon as a waitress yesterday, the atmosphere was amazing. I would have given anything to be courtside but alas it wasn't to be! All the players families were in the restaurant, it was weird! I nearly walked into Judy haha!

I'm in the library because our internet isn't working. Need to run home now and watch Tim & Jamie kick butt!

jazar
09-22-2007, 06:34 PM
can't wait to find out who gets to beat us in the world group first round

Cat123
09-23-2007, 12:32 PM
Have some faith!! Although, I don't have much hope either...

Yesterday's match was excellent! Although I couldn't watch half of it, I was hiding! :lol: Go Timmy & Jimmy!! :D

jazar
09-23-2007, 02:30 PM
Have some faith!! Although, I don't have much hope either...

what is there to have faith in?

Cat123
09-23-2007, 03:34 PM
Shh! Leave me in my happy little world of denial.

Jamie played admirably :)

jazar
09-23-2007, 04:18 PM
well, i'm sure another admirable peformance by him will easily win us the world group first round

JustJames
09-23-2007, 06:30 PM
well, i'm sure another admirable peformance by him will easily win us the world group first round

That's the spirit! :p

Cat123
09-23-2007, 10:58 PM
Okay, I realise we don't have about 10 high ranked players to choose from like, I don't know, Spain. But there is nothing at ALL wrong in giving the boys the benefit of positive thinking. Alright?! ;)