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Old 02-10-2012, 09:08 PM   #31
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I also thought about that (not the bounce but the choice of clay), but it's a team event : Fish would have been more dangerous on hard courts, and Wawrinka less good.

You can't have it all and you have to make a choice anyway
Well the Swiss team is usually good on clay, but the high bounce killed them today, especially Fed being up against Isner, who really thrives on that kind of surfaces.
A lot of folks may have forgotten it, but he even took Nadal to five sets at RG last year. The guy can surely play well on the surface, when he's ON, and he definitely was today.

Tough luck for the Swiss guys...

NB: clay with a low bounce would have been much better. That's perfectly possible, see Madrid for instance.
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:48 PM   #32
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I mean it's better to lose this match in DC than at slam but this defeat is more worrying than it looks . If Fed decided to play DC he cared for this match and when he cares defeat like this against Isner on clay is very worrying . I am not saying that Isner isn't dangerous opponent but somebody who wants to achieve biggest things shouldn't have lost to Isner this match on this occasion . It looks like Roger didn't get so easily over another Rafito scare
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:11 PM   #33
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If they lose the tie as they should the main thing lost is a small opportunity. Thinking about it, Switzerland had a shit draw, I was expecting this tie to go 3-2 anyway (even if I expected a win) and then matches against France potentially in the next round, the singles especially against Tsonga wouldn't have been such gimmes and it would have been tight anyway. It's a shame Stan couldn't close it out, for sure, but he got us in this position of being back in the world group anyway by beating Hewitt which I totally thought was beyond him so never mind. As for Fed... it's a bit unnerving but it doesn't spell doom. His reaction in his press conference was positive, the season is long, who needs DC really, etc etc.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:35 PM   #34
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A lot of folks may have forgotten it, but he even took Nadal to five sets at RG last year. The guy can surely play well on the surface, when he's ON, and he definitely was today.
I had said before the match that it would be hard : not only did Isner push Nadal to 5 sets on clay but also Djokovic in 2010 in Davis cup. I had watched this whole match against Djokovic : he had already played very well.

And Federer is far from being as good as Djokovic on the return, esp for kicked serves which bounce that high.

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NB: clay with a low bounce would have been much better. That's perfectly possible, see Madrid for instance.
easy to say but once again high bounces are not good for Fish and are quite good for Wawrinka (except that Isner's serve will also be too tough for him)

And in Davis cup, the surfaces are not made as precisely as for a tournament like Madrid : it's seldom that it fits perfectly what the locals did want.

It's not easy to make a new court in a place like that, even more with a natural surface like clay.

I remember the Belgians against Spain who wanted a quick court and found themselves with a very slow one

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If they lose the tie as they should the main thing lost is a small opportunity. Thinking about it, Switzerland had a shit draw
Much better than previous years, it was an average draw for an unseeded country like Switzerland, and they were lucky enough to play at home, next time they will have to play against the USA, they will have to play away.

Now I can't see them winning because I can't see Wawrinka beating Isner in a 5th match, with such a serve and such mental abilities (he's the second or third best in tie-breaks and Wawrinka is one of the worst ones)

Even if I remember USA against Serbia and Djokovic had a lot of difficulties against Isner, but two days before, TRoicki who is often laughed at by "MTF public opinion" had beaten Isner in 4 sets after playing a great match.

I'm very sad, for Fed (who does care about Davis cup, I'm sure) but even more for Wawrinka, because it's his main dream winning Davis cup and clearly this pressure made him tense today, and it will not get better after this catastrophic first day.
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Is there a chance Federer will be play in Australia before January 2013? I wonder if he will if Switzerland loose this tie, will they verse Australia? Is there any way? I would love his autograph and to see him play, as I just missed out on getting his autograph at the Australian Open. I think about it every day and wish I had gotten it
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he doesn't care about this tournament; he doesn't care about this tournament, he doesn't c...



I already see the critics comparing this loss to the Blake match @ the olympics.
Only thing worse is he has to come back and play tomorrow then sunday

why Roger, why?



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I would usually care more but I don't give a flying damn about Davis Cup and am devoid of any nationalistic qualities whatsoever. You can refer to me as, 'soulless'. Tennis is about one man vs one man in a tournament setting, I do like some team sports but it's just never the same.
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This was a bad loss let's not even try to sugarcoat it
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Luthi needs to get Fed/Wawa super pumped up like this


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Hopp Schwiz!!!


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Two sets to one down....
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Can't wait for Rotterdam now! WOO!
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Great. This year just gets better and better, doesn't it?
I'm sad for Roger


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Wawrinka sucked in the doubles. Roger was good and solid, until mid 4th though. Missed a few easy shots. That indoor clay court was horrendous though.

It would have been great for Roger and Stan to have won this tie for Swiss, so that they then would have guaranteed a spot in WG next year and Roger wouldn't have to play Davis Cup again this season, but they didn't. Off to the play-off, where Roger will likely be needed to carry Stan.
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Can't wait for Rotterdam now! WOO!
Chances of him playing there will surely have gone up by now.
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