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Old 02-14-2003, 04:31 AM   #460
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Michel the Lionhearted

1:1 after the first day of the meeting enter the team Allianz Suisse of Davis Cup and Holland: a result which one could more or less expect. But the assessment is more amusing for Switzerland than it does not appear to with it, in particular because Michel Kratochvil as well played never Davis Cup from there, even if it were finally inclined.

Sometimes, a defeat is worth almost as much as a victory. Michel Kratochvil lost the first part of the meeting of the first turn in Arnhem after five sets of insupportable suspense, but the 23 years Berner showed with all those which could doubt it that it had the class of a true fighter and that it could be even exceeded Davis Cup from there. After having lost accuracy the first two sets, Switzerland did not give up, but knew to justify itself almost until the euphoria. During two sets and half, Kratochvil clearly dominated the part and it is with much bad luck that it inclined finally 4:6 with the fifth set. While regretting the lost chances, especially a set point to the second set, Kratochvil had at least satisfaction to have achieved an excellent match.

The Berner allots in good part its superb performance to the duet Marc Rosset/Georges Deniau which directs the team. Rosset played its role of captain to perfection and Deniaux is an invaluable asset for the team according to him. ' I feel at ease like never before in this team of Davis Cut ', noted Kratochvil. A compliment that the Rosset captain immediately turned over to him. ' Michel showed without the shade of a doubt that he is a player of great talent in the generous heart.' His comments were less pleasant to the referees, especially principal referee Brian Earley, because they did not make conceal some particularly noisy witnesses. He is disturbed besides by the cry obstructing of a witness that Switzerland made a double fault in the decisive match point. Comment of Rosset which did not chew its words: ' Everyone was with the height of its task, except the head of the referees.'

Sixth consecutive victory for Federer

Sovereign victory on the other hand for Roger Federer who swept Raemon Sluiter of runs in three sets. As almost always matches from there Davis Cup, Bâlois shone so much so that it was almost humiliating for the Dutchman. On the eleven disputed simple last Davis Cup matches from there, Switzerland in gained ten, and since the defeat vis-a-vis the Escudé French in Neuchâtel two years ago, it did not lose never again. Considering his form, Federer undoubtedly also will dispute double Saturday, probably at the sides of George Bastl, even sy the Rosset captain does not want to be fixed yet definitively. As for the Dutchmen, they will have to wonder seriously if they want to make play Sjeng Schalcken, the standard partner of the specialist in the double Paul Haarhuis, after his match marathon against Kratochvil. Still the merit of Kratochvil which fought with such an amount of courage until the end...
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