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Old 03-21-2012, 07:33 AM   #16
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+ Juan Ignacio Chela, who apparently won't play.

Otherwise, "ticketek" surprised us whit prizes twice expensive compared with 2011.

Maybe this time i'll see it on TV.
yup, but we should start saving for the Semifinals!
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:35 AM   #17
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The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinal and zone group ties taking place on 6-8 April. Follow all the action on the official Davis Cup by BNP Paribas websites: www.daviscup.com and www.copadavis.com.

ARGENTINA v CROATIA
Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)


Argentina
Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Monaco
David Nalbandian
Eduardo Schwank
Captain: Martin Jaite

Croatia
Marin Cilic
Ivo Karlovic
Antonio Veic
Lovro Zovko
Captain: Zeljko Krajan
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No Dodig?
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Argentina should get the job done. Realistically, they can win ANY of the five rubbers, and Croatia isn't really guaranteed anything.

Having Del Potro on the team should practically put Argentina 2-0 up, and it is interesting that he beat Karlovic and Cilic in successive matches only last week! Having DelPo back on the team is a big bonus for Argentina, and his loss to Ferrer in R4 of Miami isn't a bad thing - he has 10 days to prepare for this tie.

Monaco and Nalbandian have also showed encouraging form over the last month.

Monaco should be looking to grind out singles victories as well (although he can't afford lapses against Karlovic, in particular).

Nalbandian is likely to be rested on Friday, which should strengthen his partnership with Schwank. They would have a very good chance to win the doubles - Veic and Zovko aren't a fearsome combination. Failing that, Croatia might be relying on a potentially fatigued Karlovic, and/or Cilic's dodgy doubles skills.
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Veic and Zovko most definitely won't be playing doubles
Anyhow, yup, no chances for us whatsoever. Not even Ivo is in form now.. 5-0 or 4-1 Argentina.
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Dodig is injured (back)
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I still don't know if the 2nd singles will be Monaco or Nalbandian. I thought it was going to be David, but with Monaco's SF at Miami it will be hard to decide. I think it will depends on David.
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Jaite confirmed that Delpo and David will play on friday.
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Jaite hopes to lead 2/0 friday night....he could be right, both Cilic and Karlo are bad on clay
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It's not because Mister Nalbandianwant to win davis cup that he had to be sure to play. it's not fair. He is not playing very good since the beginning of the year and i think guy like Monaco, who juste made semi final in Monaco, must play singles with Del Potro. He deserved it. And for doubles, i would hav picked Chela and Schwank.
For Croatia, Karlovic is not good on clay but he is a good choice. Cilic a just came back from injury since few weeks and i'm not sure if he can play two times 5 setters on clay now. Dodig or Ljubicic seems to be better choices but the first one is injured (?) and the second will qtop his career in few days. I think Karlovic must play doubles too
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It's not because Mister Nalbandianwant to win davis cup that he had to be sure to play. it's not fair. He is not playing very good since the beginning of the year and i think guy like Monaco, who juste made semi final in Monaco, must play singles with Del Potro. He deserved it. And for doubles, i would hav picked Chela and Schwank.
For Croatia, Karlovic is not good on clay but he is a good choice. Cilic a just came back from injury since few weeks and i'm not sure if he can play two times 5 setters on clay now. Dodig or Ljubicic seems to be better choices but the first one is injured (?) and the second will qtop his career in few days. I think Karlovic must play doubles too
Ljubicic quit national team few years ago anyway, and Dodig is unfortunately injured (and out of form as well). Therefore, for me the most logical is Cilic and Karlovic each in 2 singles and Karlovic/Zovko in doubles. However, i'm afraid Krajan won't use Zovko although he is Croatian's best doubles player and mostly only plays in that cathegory.

Realistically, Argentina away is one of the toughest possible challenges. It would be a big suprise to win there.
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Default Re: World Group quarterfinal: Croatia at Argentina (April 6-8, 2012)

I'm a bit concerned about Nalbandian playing on the first day. It is hardly necessary. Monaco is in excellent form, and his chances of winning that opening singles are at least as good as David's. A long match wouldn't be a problem either, as Monaco wouldn't be used for the doubles.

Argentina need to careful that they don't get complacent. The worst scenario is that Nalbandian plays a long match on Friday and loses (or gets injured). Is it worth the risk?
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Default Re: World Group quarterfinal: Croatia at Argentina (April 6-8, 2012)

Karlovic replaces Zovko.
Nalbandian/Schwank vs Cilic/Karlovic
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Great,doubles GOAT playing and thats after a 5 hour mugathon yesterday.
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I wouldn't hold anything against Marin this time. For me Karlovic played below his level both on serve and on net, and Marin played better as match progressed.

Really big shame we didn't win this match, with 2-1 we'd have some chance in final day.
Despite that, great fight guys.
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