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Old 02-09-2012, 06:05 PM   #16
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Karlovic and Zovko are your best players for doubles, surely? I suppose that neither are great returners, but both have good serves and net games. Dodig would probably be okay, but surely Veic will not be trusted?

Tough tie, but I'd give the edge to Croatia. They have chances in four of the five rubbers (with the exception of Nishikori vs. Dodig) imo, so the question is whether they can win three of them. The obvious target is the Japan #2 in singles - will be tough to beat in both matches, but it can be done. Croatia also has the edge for the doubles imo.
Zovko is a regular doubles player, so he will surely be trusted before Veic. Ivo is also a solid doubles player (defeated the Bryan bros. with his partner Moser) and his serve should help the team largely. Although Dodig played in the doubles final last Sunday in Zagreb, I think Ivo will play, there's probably a reason why he's assigned for doubles, and not Ivan.

The more I think about this, the more I think we will win except if we're 2-0 down after day1.
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:20 PM   #17
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1st match is very easy to predict.. Soeda will beat Dodig..
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:43 PM   #18
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The ITF has announced the draws for the 2012 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round ties and 24 Zone Group ties taking place on 10-12 February.

JAPAN v CROATIA
Venue: Bourbon Beans Dome, Hyogo, JPN (hard – indoors)


Go Soeda (JPN) v Ivan Dodig (CRO)
Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
Tatsuma Ito/Yuichi Sugita (JPN) v Ivo Karlovic/Lovro Zovko (CRO)
Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Ivan Dodig (CRO)
Go Soeda (JPN) v Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:21 AM   #19
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R1: Soeda def. Dodig 6-7(3) 3-6 6-4 6-3 7-5


If Ivo loses now, we can pack our bags. I just don't think it's possible that Dodig beats Nishikori on Sunday.
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R2: Karlovic def. Nishikori 6-4 6-4 6-3


I think we'll take this now, although only in the 5th rubber.
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So Zovko isn't playing after all. Dodig/Karlovic vs Ito/Sugita.
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Default Re: World Group 1st round: Croatia at Japan (February 10-12, 2012)

We are now just one point away. I think 5th rubber will be decisive.
Pitty Dodig didn't win, we would have 3:0.
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Default Re: World Group 1st round: Croatia at Japan (February 10-12, 2012)

Yes, Karlovic should get the 3rd point. I'm still hoping Dodig beats Nishikori though.
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Default Re: World Group 1st round: Croatia at Japan (February 10-12, 2012)

CROATIA defeated JAPAN 3-2
Venue: Bourbon Beans Dome, Hyogo, JPN (hard – indoors)


Go Soeda (JPN) d. Ivan Dodig (CRO) 67(3) 36 64 63 75
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 64 64 63
Ivan Dodig/Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d. Tatsuma Ito/Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 64 64 36 63
Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Ivan Dodig (CRO) 75 76(4) 63
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d. Go Soeda (JPN) 76(4) 61 64
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