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09-22-2008 11:17 PM
GollyLou
Re: The "Slip-Sliding to Spain to Try Their Best" 2008 Davis Cup Thread!!

omfg

It was good to see Andy sitting with the team during the dead rubber. He seemed in good spirits. Him and Mardy were throwing sweets at the rest of the team and the people in the boxes.

I have some photos but I was way at the back of the bullring. Las Ventas was so awesome, but really not good for a tennis match simply because if you're in the boxes/at the bottom of the tier 1 level seats then you can't see the lines, and if you're further back than that then you're so far away from the court.
09-22-2008 11:11 PM
Kate87
Re: The "Slip-Sliding to Spain to Try Their Best" 2008 Davis Cup Thread!!

I dunno it looked real but I don't know

EDIT: a few pics from sunday
09-22-2008 11:04 PM
tangerine_dream
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Quote:
“Well ... considering Ferrer blew me off the court in Shanghai last year, I thought it was a pretty good result,” Roddick said. “And Nadal? I mean, come on ... it’s Nadal. On clay. You guys remember the French Open, right? I got more games from him than (Nicolas) Almagro and (Fernando) Verdasco did put together in Paris.”

“Hey, did you guys write about how I won a set off Nadal?” Querrey asked the gaggle of reporters assembled.

“Yeah, Sam, thanks for warming Rafa up for me,” Roddick responded. “I wouldn’t have wanted him to have been under par or anything.”

“Maybe doubles is where I should have been playing all along,” said Fish, whose singles record in Davis Cup is just below .500.

When asked if American tennis fans would have to wait another 12 years for the next U.S. Davis Cup triumph, McEnroe said, “Naw, of course not. Ten at the most.”
Please tell me this is for real. Isn't Bleacher Report a bloggers newssource?
09-22-2008 10:50 PM
Kate87
Re: The "Slip-Sliding to Spain to Try Their Best" 2008 Davis Cup Thread!!

since we don't have the press conferences I think I will post this article with quotes

U.S. Davis Cup Team: It Could Have Been Worse


In a press conference following their 4-1 defeat at the hands of Spain, the defending champion U.S. Davis Cup team sought to emphasize the positives.

“Hey, it’s one more than John got in 2000 when they went to Spain,” said captain Patrick McEnroe, referring to his elder brother, who as the Davis Cup skipper was on the receiving end of a shutout against a Spanish team equally adept on the surface eight years ago.

Even when compared to the 3-2 defeat they endured against in the 2004 finals, the younger McEnroe and team stalwart Andy Roddick found reasons to be positive.

“In the first three singles matches of this year’s tie, we won a total of three sets, which is two more than we won at that juncture four years ago,” McEnroe pointed out.

“Yeah, and I doubled my sets total,” Roddick immediately added.
The 26-year-old American stressed how tough it has been to recover momentum following his mid-season injuries that kept him out of Roland Garros.

However, he had more difficulty when asked more detailed questions, such as how he let his five-set tussle with David Ferrer on Friday slip away, a win that could have even the score at one-apiece. He was equally tested in naming the positives he could take from his blowout loss against Nadal on Sunday.

“Well ... considering Ferrer blew me off the court in Shanghai last year, I thought it was a pretty good result,” Roddick said. “And Nadal? I mean, come on ... it’s Nadal. On clay. You guys remember the French Open, right?


“I got more games from him than (Nicolas) Almagro and (Fernando) Verdasco did put together in Paris.”


At this point, Roddick’s teammate, Sam Querrey, a late substitute for an unavailable James Blake, interjected.

“Hey, did you guys write about how I won a set off Nadal?” Querrey asked the gaggle of reporters assembled.

“Yeah, Sam, thanks for warming Rafa up for me,” Roddick responded. “I wouldn’t have wanted him to have been under par or anything.”


Mardy Fish, another late substitute — he for Bob Bryan — teamed with Mike Bryan to score the Americans’ only point of the tie, a five-set victory over Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez. This was perhaps the reason why Fish’s enthusiasm at the post-tie press conference appeared the most genuine.

“Maybe doubles is where I should have been playing all along,” said Fish, whose singles record in Davis Cup is just below .500.

“I mean, not that Bob is going to start getting injured more often in the future. And not that I would have anything to do with it if he did ..." he said, his voice trailing off at the end.


McEnroe then asked those present at the conference if they could recall a time — “any time at all,” he said — in the past decade or so in which the Spanish Davis Cup team had lost a tie at home and on clay in the past decade.

“Exactly my point,” McEnroe said after several moments of silence. “Asking us why we can’t beat Spain on clay is a bit like asking us why we can’t beat the Red Wings in Detroit. On their field of choice, it’s like playing an entirely different game.”

McEnroe hoped to use his remarks to preemptively silence those who will question why the Americans can’t win seem to win latter-round ties on clay, often faltering against nations such as Spain and Russia on the surface.

Last year, having drawn both of those nations at home in the United States, the Americans swept to their first Davis Cup title in a dozen years. Though they would face the Spanish team at home should they play next years, an away match with Russia looms again, as would one with Argentina should the two teams play one another.

Having relied on mostly the same squad of Roddick, Blake, and the Bryan brothers in the past several years, McEnroe declined to comment as to whether there would be any lineup changes after the strong performances of Querrey and Fish during the weekend.

He also expressed confidence in the next Davis Cup season, regardless of any hypothetical showdowns with a clay-loving team. When asked if American tennis fans would have to wait another 12 years for the next U.S. Davis Cup triumph, McEnroe said, “Naw, of course not.”

“Ten at the most.”


http://bleacherreport.com/articles/6...ave-been-worse
09-22-2008 06:27 PM
Tytta!.
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09-22-2008 06:24 PM
Deboogle!.
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oh my god.
09-22-2008 06:14 PM
Kate87
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daviscup.com
09-22-2008 05:59 PM
Deboogle!.
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WHERE IS THAT FROM KATAKATE? What idiot reporter would make that kind of blatantly horrific grammatical mistake
09-22-2008 05:41 PM
Kate87
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Having struggled with the mostly Spanish fans on Friday, Roddick got them on side when he raised his hands as if to ask them to cheer for a missed first serve during the third set. The fans responded by good-naturedly chanting “Roddick, Roddick” and the American player smiled up at the stands.

“Yeah, they’re only going to do that if your getting your butt kicked,” said a good-natured Roddick afterwards .
09-22-2008 05:27 PM
Raina
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You're welcome Tangy!

They were chanting RODDICK! RODDICK! RODDICK!
09-22-2008 04:59 PM
tangerine_dream
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Thanks for those, Raina Nice pic of Andy and Rafa together, we don't get to see many of those.

btw, does anybody know what the Madrid crowd was chanting at Andy when he was serving 2-4 in the third? Andy lifted his arms and the crowd started chanting either "Andy" or "Roddick" or something else I couldn't make it out. It was a nice moment.

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Originally Posted by Raina View Post
Roddick and McEnroe to split
Eurosport | Sun, Sep 21, 20:14
US Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe will not continue as Andy Roddick's stand-in coach. "Patrick has Davis Cup, he is in charge of player development, he is going to have three baby girls under two years old running around his house, so he doesn't need another baby," Roddick said.
Andy

I think PMac served as a great coach stand-in for Andy. He knows Andy and his game so well and they have a good relationship. It'll be interesting to see who Andy takes on full-time.
09-22-2008 04:05 PM
Raina
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09-22-2008 04:02 PM
Raina
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Entry No. 4 – Sunday, Sept. 21


I thought, overall, it was a great weekend. I think that both teams played very fair, played very hard, but with respect for the opposition.

I think that’s very important because I don’t think you need to play games to play hard and play well. I think both teams did that. We did that last year when we beat them at home, and they were respectful of the situation and we were respectful of them doing what they did here.

But for our team, I think we’ve made progress on clay – I think we played some good clay-court tennis here in the singles and the doubles.

Obviously, Spain is maybe the best team in the world on clay, so we acquitted ourselves quite well in every match. We had chances in every match except for first match today. So, overall, I think there are a lot of positives for us.

I sure hope that we’re back in the Davis Cup final again. I think a lot of it has to do with the draw, and getting some important home matches.

Certainly, I’d be surprised if it’s 12 more years before we win again. With the guys that we have on the team, and Sam joining showing us the way that he’s capable of playing in big matches, I won’t predict how long, but it’s not going to be 12 years.

I plan to be around as Davis Cup captain for a little bit longer, that’s for sure. I doubt I’ll be around for 12 years so I hope we can get another one off while I’m still around.

A lot of people have asked me about my coaching relationship with Andy Roddick. I’ll always do whatever I can to help him just as I would do with any of these guys if they ask for my advice or counsel. I think Andy has some ideas about looking for a coach.

Maybe not full-time, but part-time I can help him as a coach when he comes to New York or some events.

But obviously with my other responsibilities, it would be hard for me to be a full-time coach. I don’t think my wife would go for that anyway! That’s the most important, and I think he understands that.

We’ll continue to exchange thoughts, but Andy always knows what’s most important for what he needs and what he wants. I think Andy needs to commit to a certain style, and if he does, he has a couple of really good years ahead of him.
09-22-2008 04:00 PM
Raina
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Roddick and McEnroe to split
Eurosport | Sun, Sep 21, 20:14
US Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe will not continue as Andy Roddick's stand-in coach. "Patrick has Davis Cup, he is in charge of player development, he is going to have three baby girls under two years old running around his house, so he doesn't need another baby," Roddick said.
09-21-2008 10:51 PM
tennis lover
Re: The "Slip-Sliding to Spain to Try Their Best" 2008 Davis Cup Thread!!

ouch, looks like it was a rough day at the office for Andy. I didn't see it but I'm sure he went out there and gave 100% and from what I've read Nadal played briliantly and no-one would have got near him. I'm pleased with the effort the team gave this weekend.
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