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Forum: General Messages   04-08-2013, 05:37 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,298
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: GB come from 2 rubbers down, sink Russia 3-2

Absolutely no way on this Earth would Glasgow be an appropriate venue for any potential home tie in September. The last bunch of ties were difficult to market and generate public interest, hence the...
Forum: General Messages   04-07-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,298
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: GB come from 2 rubbers down, sink Russia 3-2

To answer the debate on WG qualifying and WG itself:

It is crazy to say that GBR are 'guaranteed' a place in the World Group 2014, but the odds are definitely in their favour in September,...
Forum: General Messages   04-07-2013, 06:48 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,298
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: GB come from 2 rubbers down, sink Russia 3-2

That is BEYOND unbelievable!

Ward and Evans should have been very proud of their efforts on Friday, but to come out and each win today was fantastic! The tie was effectively dead at 0-2 - really...
Forum: General Messages   11-24-2012, 08:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,233
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: Nalbandian to play at least until Miami, calendar depending on Davis Cup outcome

Shame that Argentina couldn't win the Davis Cup in 2012 - the draw opened up for them to reach the final, although I guess that there were no guarantees they'd beat Spain.

Very difficult in 2013....
Forum: General Messages   11-18-2012, 07:04 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 16,793
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: DC Final : Stepanek def. Almagro 6-4 7-6(0) 3-6 6-3 (Czechs win the Davis Cup)

Incredible! Brilliant that the Czech Republic wins the Davis Cup! Berdych has been brilliant all year in the singles (except against Ferrer today), and Stepanek a rock in the doubles. What a story...
Forum: Doubles Forum   11-17-2012, 06:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,889
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: Davis Cup F: Berdych/Stepanek (CZE) def Granollers/Lopez (ESP) 3-6 7-5 7-5 6-3

Very well done by the Czech guys today.

So far the tie has followed the script, but Spain deserve particular credit for an inspired performance by Almagro yesterday, and decent tennis by Lopez...
Forum: General Messages   11-17-2012, 06:08 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,434
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: Roger Federer's 2013 schedule revealed

Interesting schedule.

He is clearly ensuring that he doesn't overplay - generally a good decision, as to he is more prone to injury at his age.

Also the decision to avoid playing Basel is, as...
Forum: General Messages   10-25-2012, 08:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 808
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: Valencia R2: Almagro def. Querrey 6-4, 6-7(4-7), 6-0

Almagro should have dusted this off in straight sets, although I'm pleasantly surprised that he managed to avoid a customary meltdown after squandering such a winning position.

Could have done...
Forum: General Messages   10-25-2012, 08:18 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,294
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: Kremlin Cup 2013: Will Nadal and Djokovic refuse from 7-digits appropriations?

Don't see any of the top 4 committing to it, unless a truly obscene amount of money is offered (and even then I'm still doubtful).

The event immediately follows Shanghai, and precedes 500 events...
Forum: General Messages   10-25-2012, 08:07 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,246
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: Matosevic #1 Australian (dethrones Tomic)

Very well deserved for Matosevic! :yeah:

Tomic has had a horrific last few months, but Matosevic deserves huge credit for turning his career around. He stagnated for several years inside the top...
Forum: General Messages   09-17-2012, 09:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,642
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: Metz R1: Blake def. Olivetti 6-2, 7-6

Unless Olivetti has improved much since February, I can't say that I really rated him. A top professional player in Fish had no business losing to him.

His serve is lethal...when it actually goes...
Forum: General Messages   09-17-2012, 09:15 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,542
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: What are the odds Murray finishes 2012 #1...

His real Achilles heal has been a poor showing in the Masters events this year - the very events he used to favour. Yes, three of them are on clay, but he performed poorly in IW, Toronto and Cincy...
Forum: General Messages   09-17-2012, 09:04 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,542
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: What are the odds Murray finishes 2012 #1...


The current gap on Djokovic is 3,180pts, with 4,410pts remaining (two Masters, WTF, two 500 events minus 90pts) for Murray to win.

Murray isn't going to blitz the remainder of the...
Forum: General Messages   09-13-2012, 07:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 654
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: WWW Davis cup SF: Spain-USA

Yep, exactly.

USA are in a strong position with the doubles, as per usual.

But they'll struggle to get a point out of the other four rubbers.

Almagro is an obvious target - at least for...
Forum: General Messages   09-13-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,314
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: WWW Davis cup SF: Argentina-Czech Rep.

Berdych/Stepanek on Saturday is about as certain as death and taxes.

I am also expecting Rosol to play tomorrow. The Czechs have nothing much to gain by playing Stepanek in best-of-5 singles on...
Forum: General Messages   09-13-2012, 07:07 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,379
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: Del Potro to Play Davis Cup SF This Weekend Against His Doctor's Advice

Admirable decision, but perhaps unwise long-term, as others have suggested.

However, it does also send a very strong message to the Czechs - Del Potro almost inferring that he needs to play to...
Forum: General Messages   09-11-2012, 05:29 AM
Replies: 984
Views: 86,667
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: USO Final: Murray beats Djokovic 7-6(10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaah! :worship:

Great job Andy! What a way to win! Boy did he earn it!

Two sets up to two sets all. :scared: Couldn't contemplate his mental state if he'd lost from...
Forum: General Messages   09-10-2012, 07:21 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 10,997
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: 2012 Davis Cup Draw Discussion

Squeaky bum time for Argentina at the moment.

Del Potro still struggling with his wrist at the US Open - will he play this week? Nalbandian already out. Monaco with niggling problems leading up...
Forum: General Messages   09-09-2012, 07:44 PM
Replies: 343
Views: 26,177
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: WWW USO Final Murray v Djokovic

He seems to be an intelligent guy, and I'm sure he'd look back on the year and say that it is his best to date - and it clearly is.

However, he will be absolutely gutted if he doesn't win...
Forum: General Messages   09-09-2012, 07:37 PM
Replies: 343
Views: 26,177
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: WWW USO Final Murray v Djokovic

Honestly want to tip Muzza for the win, but I'm afraid my gut instinct is that Djokovic will do it. :sad:

Arthur Ashe plays reasonably slow, and the match will begin later in the day when the...
Forum: General Messages   09-09-2012, 08:25 AM
Replies: 349
Views: 22,091
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: US Open SF : Murray def. Berdych 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6 (7)

Excellent result, in laughably difficult playing conditions.

Fifth slam final for Murray - a brilliant achievement in itself. If he puts himself in enough of those situations, the chances are...
Forum: General Messages   09-06-2012, 09:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,163
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: Rogie/Djokovic/Mugray's remaining 2012 schedules...

He can lose focus yet still win. ;)

I'd expect him to win at least one out of Beijing and Shanghai. Murray probably the other.

Federer will be focusing on Basel and Paris.
Forum: General Messages   09-06-2012, 09:03 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,305
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: John Millman talking about Challenger tour & financial issues. What's not happeni

Yeah, it's a hard line.

I agree with others in that it should be a 'winners' tour. It doesn't make sense from a business perspective to pay players barely more than a 'survival rate' at the...
Forum: General Messages   09-06-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,525
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: Federer and year end number 1

Hmmmm. Even so, I'm still not 100% convinced he will play it.

He skipped the Asia tour last year, and he hasn't entered Beijing/Tokyo this year either. It is a lot of effort to make the trip just...
Forum: General Messages   08-27-2012, 09:45 AM
Replies: 1,469
Views: 88,964
Posted By Horatio Caine
Re: ATP Calender, 2014 onwards

It is tough (and frankly impossible) to please all parties.

The WTF should cap off the season - but I'm not against the season being December - September/October. :shrug:

The ATP needs to...
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