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Old 02-25-2010, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2010 1st Round: Finland at Poland (March 5-7, 2010)

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Poland and Finland are tied 2-2

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Lukasz Kubot
Michal Przysiezny
Marcin Matkowski
Mariusz Fyrstenberg
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Jarkko Nieminen
Henri Kontinen
Timo Nieminen
Harri Heliovaara
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:05 PM   #2
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2010 1st Round: Finland at Poland (March 5-7, 2010)

Winner of this tie plays South Africa (May 07-09) in second round for a place in World Group Play-Offs.

Poland would play at home against South Africa
South Africa would play at home against Finland
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2010 1st Round: Finland at Poland (March 5-7, 2010)

Polish tennis is peaking, but still Finland can spoil the fun in Sopot.
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2010 1st Round: Finland at Poland (March 5-7, 2010)

Indoor hard?

Poland is trying everything to lose and that may happen if Kontinen beats Przysiezny (tough, but possible).
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One of the best ties of the weekend.
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2010 1st Round: Finland at Poland (March 5-7, 2010)

very great matchup! But why poland did not choose clay??ß Henri K. cannot play on clay, Kubot has played a lot on clay. and Nieminen loves indoors....
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2010 1st Round: Finland at Poland (March 5-7, 2010)

Bizarre choice of surface, as others have mentioned. But maybe the decision was made before the start of the season? In which case, Kubot hadn't become the stronger player he is now, and maybe the Poles were trying to favour Przysiezny's matches (as he is a decent indoor player)?

Undoubtedly a tough tie, and one of a couple to keep a particular eye out for over the weekend. Poland with the strength in depth, but Finland still with the ability to win key rubbers (maybe Nieminen x2, and Kontinen). Poland doubles pairing obviously strong on paper, but Fyr/Kow aren't reliable.

Also may not be to Poland's advantage that Kubot did so well on the South American clay court swing (singles and doubles). Might be feeling a little tired, and he will only have a few days to adjust from clay to indoor hard courts.
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2010 1st Round: Finland at Poland (March 5-7, 2010)

Burro, we have Fyrstenberg/Matkowski doubles duo, Kow(alczyk) doesn't play To answer confusion -- we don't have venue with indoor clay court, it's very unusual at least. It's one nearby but court was installed in old hospital warehouse and there's awfully dark -- to be honest it's the only place with indoor clay in Poland I do know.

So we play on greenset, guys are working very hard tipping that kind od surface onto classic wooden basketball pitch. Our players love to play on hard as well as clay. Przysiężny won Helsinki challenger it's the biggest tournament won by Pole since 1982. Kubot made impressive results on clay but also on hard (Aussie, Beijing) and just wait for American tour

Yeah, it's obviously the best match in Group 1. I've found some stuff about it. For Polish speakers, I don't know why there is so few of them here. About matches on the Baltic: http://www.sportowefakty.pl/tenis/20...-sluzy-polakom and about Sopot http://www.sportowefakty.pl/tenis/20...ez-tenisistow/
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2010 1st Round: Finland at Poland (March 5-7, 2010)

There is a Kowalczyk? Didn't know that.

But I did mean Matkowski. And my point still stands...they are a good team, but capable of losing many doubles matches they should win. Nieminen & Kontinen wouldn't be a mug pairing either.

I think either surface (indoor hard or clay) would benefit one of your players, while hindering the other. Kubot seems to be better on clay, but Przysiezny is best on indoor hard. Doesn't really matter too much...if Kubot can maintain his form, he should still have a chance to win singles on this surface.
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You'd like to say that you'd written Kow having Matkowski in your mind? It's impressive coincidence then cuz Kowalczyk is our 5th doubles player... doesn't have any chance for Davis Cup nomination at the moment
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2010 1st Round: Finland at Poland (March 5-7, 2010)

Is it the only match in 1st Europe/Africa Group who is not being broadcasted?
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^does that mean there won't be any streams either?

what about livescores?
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2010 1st Round: Finland at Poland (March 5-7, 2010)

For Poland, i thin Kubot and Przyziezny are legitime for singles. I think Janowicz, who won a Future last week, is a good substitute. For doubles, the best player is Kubot but can the poland coach will break the duo Matkowsky - Fyrstenberg ? It's a good duo but a duo Kubot - Matkowsky (or Kubot - Fyrstenbegr) is possible too. It's like in Great Britain with Skupski - Fleming and Hutchins.
For Finland, i think actually J. Nieminen and Kontinen should play singles and doubles. Timo Nieminen, experience player in davis Cup, can be an alternative in singles but i would have picked in the team Laaksonen in place of Heliovara. Laaksonen is better double player.
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Heliövaara is a better doubles player than Laaksonen for sure and a great guy to have around for team morale. Laaksonen is better off playing futures than sitting on the bench here. Jarkko and Henkka will play everything, if there's no injuries.
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You'd like to say that you'd written Kow having Matkowski in your mind? It's impressive coincidence then cuz Kowalczyk is our 5th doubles player... doesn't have any chance for Davis Cup nomination at the moment
Yes, it was meant to be a cheap joke, based on the English word 'cow'...because Marcin isn't the fittest player on the tour.

Next time I should research some more of the country's players...


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I don't think it would be wise to give Kubot matches on Friday and Saturday (and maybe Sunday also)...tough on the body, and I don't think it would increase Poland's chances of winning the doubles. They should get the job done with Fyr/Mat anyway, and they are a proven pairing.
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