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Old 02-22-2011, 05:15 AM   #76
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If Koubek comes we have our chances
In contrast to the panic developing on some French sites, I think your chances are as intact as ever. Nobody expects a win from the Austrian Nr2, the doubles is an open affair, but what favours France most is the fact that Jürgen will have to play three (!) matches. In fact, this time, Forget's strategy to wear out the opponent's number 1 on Friday could work well in France's favour.

Besides, it still remains to be seen how Jürgen deals with the pressure. Expextations on him are as high as they have never been before in a DC-tie.

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Would it be churlish of me to point out that Gilles has as many titles on clay as Jo, Gael, Richie, Mika and Benny put together? Yep, thought so
Not at all, but it cannot be denied that Gael is the best French clay-courter.

No one outside France considers Llodra an option on clay. And Tsonga neither. Melzer was quoted saying that Tsonga's retirement is less painful for France than Monfils'. He pointed out that France has better clay players and even named Richard.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:16 PM   #77
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Forget has selected Llodra, Gasquet, Simon & Benneteau for the Davis Cup tie v Austria.
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No surprises there - wonder who will be alternate? Forget is going to HAVE to pick a "newbie" - no one else left.

I must say and kudos to these 4 who are playing. Having to play a clay DC match in Austria right before a MAJOR hard court tournament in the U.S. is probably something none of these want to do. Several of them are coming back from injury and I'm sure would much prefer to concentrate on their own rankings than play a difficult away D.C. tie no matter how much they care about Davis Cup.

These guys are in a very tough spot - defending Davis Cup finalist potentially going out in the first round. No one better bitch if any of these guys play poorly or complain about Forget. Allez les BLues!
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Austria Jürgen Melzer, Martin Fischer, Stefan Koubek and Julian Knowle .

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No surprises there - wonder who will be alternate? Forget is going to HAVE to pick a "newbie" - no one else left.
No alt this time. They'll get only one court that's not enough to prepare 5 players according Forget. I didn't know Haider Maurer was sick so they n°2 is not great and for doubles Knowle almost not play this year which should really help our double.


- Quels joueurs avez-vous retenu pour affronter l’Autriche au premier tour ?

- J’ai retenu Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Michaël Llodra et Julien Benneteau.

- Les Bleus n’avaient pas été épargnés par les blessures l’an passé. La poisse s’abat de nouveau avec les forfaits de Gaël Monfils et Jo-Wilfried Tsonga…

- C’est vrai, une nouvelle fois, la malchance s’en mêle. Pour autant, avec les quatre garçons sélectionnés, nous avons une belle carte à jouer. Nous n’avons pas un Federer ou un Nadal en France, mais en dépit des forfaits de Gaël et de « Jo », notre réservoir nous permet d’aligner une équipe très compétitive.



- Les joueurs français sont-ils plus fragiles que les autres ? Ces derniers mois, tous ou presque ont été confrontés à des blessures…

- Ce serait sans doute intéressant de faire une étude approfondie pour savoir si nos joueurs, par rapport au nombre de matches joués, sont plus souvent blessés que les autres. L’idée m’a traversé l’esprit. Y a-t-il quelque chose que nous ne faisons pas bien ? Je n’en sais rien. Il y a aujourd’hui beaucoup de joueurs de tous pays qui se blessent, mais c’est vrai que depuis un an et demi, nous ne sommes pas épargnés.


- Cette rencontre contre l’Autriche devient aujourd’hui très compliquée compte tenu des multiples forfaits…

- Cela n’a jamais été un match facile sur le papier. J’ai toujours considéré qu’il s’agissait d’un match difficile. Aujourd’hui, il l’est encore davantage. Mais je me répète, face aux quatre garçons que j’ai retenus, s’ils évoluent à leur meilleur niveau, ni Melzer, ni le deuxième joueur autrichien, quel qu’il soit, n’aborderont leur match tranquillement.



- Avez-vous été pleinement rassuré sur l’état physique des quatre joueurs que vous avez sélectionnés ?

- J’espère que ça ira. Pour Julien (Benneteau), je pense que le plus dur est maintenant derrière lui. Mika, ça va. En ce qui concerne Richard, il a gagné son premier match de façon convaincante à Dubaï (NDLR : contre le Bulgare Dimitrov), son épaule droite qui l’avait tracassé ces dernières semaines, semble en voie de guérison. Quant à Gilles, le torticolis qui l’avait handicapé à Rotterdam semble aujourd’hui de l’histoire ancienne.



- Compte tenu de ces incertitudes, n’avez-vous pas envisagé d’emmener un cinquième joueur à Vienne ?

- Nous allons demander à un joueur ou deux de se tenir prêt au cas où. Mais il faut savoir que là-bas, nous n’aurons qu’un seul court à notre disposition. Nous allons donc essayer d’optimiser les entraînements. Nous aurions eu du mal à préparer cinq joueurs sur terre battue dans de bonnes conditions.



- Comment allez-vous gérer la transition surface dure-terre battue ?

- Nous allons évoluer en salle, où il n’y a pas de problème de soleil et de vent. C’est déjà beaucoup plus simple à appréhender.

- Que pensez-vous de l’équipe d’Autriche ?

- Ce n’est pas une équipe aussi homogène que la nôtre. Pour autant, elle est très dangereuse, car elle possède en Jürgen Melzer un leader de grand talent. Il le démontre par ses résultats depuis plus d’un an. Il vient d’intégrer le Top 10 pour la première fois de sa carrière tout récemment. Les Autrichiens possèdent également un double qui, sur le papier, apparaît très solide. Derrière, ils ont des joueurs beaucoup moins bien classés que les nôtres, mais qui, sur cette rencontre, n’auront rien à perdre. Ces joueurs, devant leur public, peuvent s’avérer très dangereux. Ils sont capables de sortir un match complet, audacieux.



- Deux mots sur le contexte très particulier de cette rencontre. Vous allez évoluer dans un hangar, à l’aéroport. C’est pour le moins curieux…

- C’est une première pour moi. C’est toujours bien de découvrir de nouvelles ambiances. Mais après avoir vécu ce que l’on a subi en Serbie, on s’attend à une ambiance plus « souple » en Autriche. Ce que je regrette, c’est que l’on ne va pas vraiment profiter de cette magnifique ville qu’est Vienne, mais en même temps, on n’est pas là pour faire du tourisme !
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No surprises there - wonder who will be alternate? Forget is going to HAVE to pick a "newbie" - no one else left.
no alternate this time. Forget says they have only one practise-court and want to use it for guys playing matches. I feel this is rather lame. I would have picked Manarino as a sparring guy, just to give him an idea about DC for the future. But I am more imaginative than Forget, it seeems.

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Austria Jürgen Melzer, Martin Fischer, Stefan Koubek and Julian Knowle.
Austrian sources report that Marach is also there, so this time the Austrians play around with an alternate.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:52 PM   #81
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Austrian sources report that Marach is also there, so this time the Austrians play around with an alternate.
Marach is more used to play on clay and surely in a better shape than Knowle but as Melzer and Knowle are good friends and already team up together they could be the double team. Anyway i think we have better chances in doubles now with a Bennet who are coming back in shape since Marseille. Fisher can do well on clay but maybe not enough vs Gilles or Richard and i prefer not to talk about Koubek. It will depends of the form of Melzer but we are still the favorite of the tie.
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no alternate this time. Forget says they have only one practise-court and want to use it for guys playing matches. I feel this is rather lame. I would have picked Manarino as a sparring guy, just to give him an idea about DC for the future. But I am more imaginative than Forget, it seeems.

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Old 02-25-2011, 04:02 PM   #83
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I'm looking forward to this tie, I hope France call put it off!

France do start as favourites but Austria can certinally win this....

I'm more happy that Gasquet will play aswell, he will be the top ranked Frenchman so he will start the tie off on Friday!

All the best to the French team!
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I'm more happy that Gasquet will play aswell, he will be the top ranked Frenchman so he will start the tie off on Friday!
Isn't the order determined by the draw?
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:41 PM   #85
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Isn't the order determined by the draw?
Isn't that how it works out?
The away nation top ranked player always starts the tie?
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The away nation top ranked player always starts the tie?
No. the only rule is n°1 vs n°2 the first day and the order of play is determined by the draw. Otherwise why a draw.

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Did anyone hear the rumor that Richard withdrawn from DC?
If that's true, I'm laughing and it's not funny. Not laughing at Richard's injury, but laughing at the fate of this French team. That's totally sucks. Now do they have a chance at all?

Chardy is his replacement.
http://sport.francetv.fr/tennis/coup...et-pour-vienne
http://www.sports.fr/cmc/scanner/ten...371.html?popup

Gilles is now the only one in the team of that 4 guys, and he's the one who said he didn't want to go in the first place, how ironic.
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hilarious Who's next ?

Richard will never come back in DC team if each time he has a titular spot he withdraw. it was the same vs spain last summer.

Jeremy is a good clay player normally he had a good run in doubles in Dubai but I doubt he can beat Melzer those days. Jeremy can also be an alternativ for doubles he could team up with Bennet or Mika.
So we should have Gilles in single and for the second spot it could depend of the training this week. If it's Llodra he would be n°1 of the team and would play the second austrian player to let Gilles vs Melzer. If it's Bennet or Chardy it's Gilles who would play the second austrian. What is the best strategy ?
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Well, technically, I think it didn't really change the scenario. The objective will still be trying to make sure they win the 2 matches against the Austrian #2 and then the double, assuming the Top 10 Melzer on clay is rather unbeatable (conservatively thinking). Just that I'm unsure of Gilles' ability on clay and Jeremy's ability to win any match these days . So it's a toss.
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I think it is better strategy to put Llodra, and then Gilles to take the hell OUT of Melzer
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