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Old 09-25-2004, 11:28 PM   #46
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Old 09-26-2004, 01:53 AM   #48
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With Roddick"s help, Fish begins to believe

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CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA*--*9/25/2004*--*

CHARLESTON, S.C. — You had brother Mardy experiencing a rebirth in front of 9,189 ardent Southerners. You had brother Andy bearing testimony about teamwork.

Given the affirmations both imperiously stated and subtly sent by the Americans Friday at the Family Circle Tennis Center, it seemed less a Davis Cup match than a Revival meeting.

Andy Roddick dispatched Vladimir Voltchkov 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in the first singles match of the United States" semifinal against Belarus, then was brought into the press room while Mardy Fish"s match against Max Mirnyi got under way.

Roddick delivered an opening statement before entertaining any questions. "I think it"s very, very stupid that the ITF makes us come in here and do (interviews) while our teammate is on the court," he said of the International Tennis Federation. "It"s a very, very bad rule."

The room went silent. It was like hearing Nancy Grace announce on Court TV that she thought it was a very, very stupid thing, entertaining all these questions about the Scott Peterson case before there was a verdict.

Roddick, a Boca Raton resident, is normally one of the more good-natured athletes you"ll interview. Ask him a question — no matter how silly — and he"ll give you a sound bite. The 22-year-old"s outburst simply drove home the point that the Davis Cup is not a normal competition.

It can make a trusty patriot testy.

Deadlines? Roddick didn"t want to be bothered with details. "That"s fine," he said, "but when news reports take precedence over supporting your teammate in team competition ... the ITF... talks about how great the team concept is but that takes a backseat when reporters need to put their stories in. I don"t agree with that."

Another awkward silence ensued. Reporters were getting an idea of how Voltchkov must have felt, getting pinned into all those tight corners by Roddick. Who knew his tongue could be as stinging as his serve?

The United States Tennis Association official cleared his throat. "Next question," he said.

But wait. Roddick wasn"t through.

"Sorry," he said, squinting out at his audience from his seat on the podium. And then: "Thank you."

Now that Roddick was one everybody instantly recognized. His manners are like his 150 mph serve — they help set him apart from the rest.

An ITF representative later would collar captain Patrick McEnroe and primly inform him that he needed to speak with Roddick about his outburst.

If you ask us, it was much hullabaloo about nothing.

Roddick"s play against Voltchkov left no questions unanswered. Yes, he"s fired up. Didn"t you notice that 152 mph ace he unleashed on the first point and the 155 mph serve he delivered in the last game?

Yes, he enjoys playing for his country. Couldn"t you see him working the crowd into a tizzy? Of course he is desperate to lead the United States into the final. That would explain why he couldn"t wait to get back to the court and command Fish to victory.

Mirnyi was a tall challenge for Fish and not just because he stands 6-feet-5. Mirnyi made the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in 2002. He has a serve that can be stinging.

Fish, who defeated Mirnyi on his way to the silver medal at the Athens Olympics, was coming off two dispiriting losses. He was defeated in the second round of the U.S. Open by a qualifier, Michal Tabara, and in the Round of 16 at the ATP tour stop in Delray Beach to Ricardo Mello. Not coincidentally, both times he lost his composure at critical times.

"I"ve lost some tough matches," Fish said. "There"s no hiding it."

It was vital that he keep his cool against Mirnyi. That"s where Roddick came in. He wanted to be in the stands acting as sort of a calming influence — a third eye if you will — for Fish, a good friend whom Roddick knows better than he does his two older brothers.

"It"s great," Fish said. "In the broad scheme of things, we"re playing for our country. But you know, we kind of boil it down to just a little team. We play for each other ... and, you know, that"s a good thing."

Serving for the match at 5-3, Fish fell behind 0-30. He glanced up in the stands, at his third eye, and recentered himself. Then he strung together an ace, a backhand winner and another ace. When Miryni"s return at 40-30 sailed inches long, Roddick jumped higher than Fish did.

Because Fish didn"t need to prove anything to him, it freed him to prove something to himself.

"I stayed in there and hung in there and didn"t get discouraged and pulled it out," Fish said.

He sounded like somebody who suddenly really, truly believes.
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y does everyone hav red shoes except mardy
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Nice sock line Andy!!! LOL!!!
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tangerine_dream... where did you get those pictures? especially the one with mardy and bob bryan... where mardy is uh... well i'm not really sure what he's doing to his head lol
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Old 09-27-2004, 04:31 AM   #52
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More pictures of Mardy
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NEW YORK -- Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish will play singles for the United States in next month's Davis Cup final in Spain, with twins Bob and Mike Bryan in doubles.

The best-of-five final will be held on clay Dec. 3-5 in Seville, and the United States will be trying to capture its first title since Pete Sampras led the team to the 1995 championship. The Americans have won the title a record 31 times, but this is their first appearance in the final since 1997.

Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe announced his lineup Thursday, going with the same squad that beat Belarus in the semifinals. The Americans also defeated Austria and Sweden en route to the final.

"We've got a great chemistry and camaraderie on the team," McEnroe said. "I think that's important in Davis Cup."

Spain, the Davis Cup champion in 2000, is playing in the final for the third time in five years. It will have the advantage of a home crowd and will be led by Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya, two former No. 1 players and French Open champions. Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo also are on the squad, with Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco the substitutes.

This is the same squad Spain used in the quarterfinals against the Netherlands and the semifinals against France.

"Playing against a Spanish team that includes two former world No. 1 players and two French Open champions on a clay court before 15,000 fans is the ultimate challenge and test for our team," McEnroe said. "Nothing would be sweeter and more satisfying than to win the Davis Cup in this environment and our guys are certainly excited about the opportunity that is in front of them."

Roddick, ranked No. 2, has a 14-3 Davis Cup record in singles since joining the team in 2001 and has not lost a set in six Davis Cup singles matches this year.

Fish, ranked No. 37, won the silver medal at the Athens Olympics. He has been a Davis Cup player since 2002, holding a 4-4 record.

McEnroe picked Fish over players such as Vince Spadea, who has had some success on clay.

"The bottom line is that he's the guy that gives us the best chance to win a match in the second singes match," McEnroe said of Fish.

The Bryan brothers have won 20 doubles titles as a team entering the 2004 Tennis Masters Cup in Houston. They have yet to lose a set in Davis Cup play.

The United States leads 4-2 in its series with Spain. In their last matchup, the United States won 3-1 in the 2002 Davis Cup quarterfinal in Houston. This will be the first time they have met in a final.

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Just one match, Mardy. That's all you have to do: win ONE match on clay.

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