Didn't see the first two sets but the last three were very entertaining, lots of fun rallies and spectacular winners. Ward's BH, BH DTL in particular, is a great shot but Donskoy's BH CC is on par with it. I think it was Donskoy's court coverage and his more potent forehand that won him the match. Such a great and valuable experience for him.
The shot of the day goes to Ward though. Even two shots -- he saved two match points with absolutely ridiculous on-the-run BH CC passing shots.
Watched the most of this match, and I think I did the right choice of watching this instead of any of World Group matches. A rather interesting, pretty good quality match overall. Loved the way Ward saved 2 match points with those running BH CC passing shots. Actually, felt kind of sorry for Wardy, it was a great effort today, definitely didn't deserve to lose and fought very well till the end.
Russia a bit lucky to be 2-0 up after today, but the tie is pretty much over now.
ANDY RODDICK T. Haas/M. Fish/R. Stepanek/E. Gulbis/M. Llodra/J. Blake/R. Ram/S. Stakhovsky/D. Brown/N. Mahut/I. Navarro/P. Amritraj
F. Mayer/M/Youzhny/F. Fognini/J. Nieminen/L. Rosol/G. Muller/D. Brands/I. Sijsling/K. de Schepper/L. Hewitt/J. Zopp/M. Berrer/I. Karlovic/F. Nielsen/C. Guccione
Re: EU G2 R2: Donskoy d. Ward 4-6 4-6 7-5 6-3 8-6 (GB 0-2 RUS)
The real shame is that if Andy was to play every tie, GB might well win the Davis cup.
You figure he could pretty much always win his 2 singles matches(maybe unless we were playing Serbia), and then you have both Murray's, Colin Fleming, Jonny Marray and Ken Skupski to form a doubles team from who could beat most teams.
Honestly even if Ward/Evans was the second singles player we could probably beat anybody except Serbia(Murray would need to beat Djokovic), or the USA(We'd need to beat the Bryan brothers)