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Old 01-11-2008, 07:51 AM   #91
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Now the Finnish tennis federation has confirmed that the tie against South Africa in April will be played in Helsinki, at the Tali tennis center. They will renew the surface of the indoor court before the tie so that it will be even slower than what it is now. I'll be going to that tie definitely. The tickets go to sale on 19 February.

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Now the Finnish tennis federation has confirmed that the tie against South Africa in April will be played in Helsinki, at the Tali tennis center. They will renew the surface of the indoor court before the tie so that it will be even slower than what it is now. I'll be going to that tie definitely. The tickets go to sale on 19 February.

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http://www.tennis.fi/main.site?actio...id=3027&ngid=3

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Thanks for this. Hopefully I can get a fairly reasonable flight, and then I will almost certainly come to the tie with the boys.
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I bought yesterday my tickets for the Davis Cup tie against Finland in Helsinki. I will be there all three days.

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Tali Tennis Center, Helsinki
Stadium Capacity: 1500
11 April - 13 April 2008
Day 1: 1500 hrs (1200 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1400 hrs (1100 hrs GMT)
Day 3: 1300 hrs (1000 hrs GMT)
Surface: Hard (Greenset) - Indoors
Ball Type: Dunlop Fort All Court

Finland
Jarkko Nieminen
Juho Paukku
Timo Nieminen
Henri Kontinen

South Africa
Kevin Anderson
Rik de Voest
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Jeff Coetzee
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Friday (April 11)
Juho Paukku (FIN) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Rik de Voest (RSA)

Saturday (April 12)
Henri Kontinen/Timo Nieminen (FIN) vs Jeff Coetzee/Wesley Moodie (RSA)

Sunday (April 13)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA)
Juho Paukku (FIN) vs Rik de Voest (RSA)
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Earlier in the day, Kev won 60 64 76(5) against Paukku, then Rik lost 4 3 and 5 to Nieminen. All to play for in the doubles tomorrow, good luck boys.
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I was today at Helsinki to watch the matches. It was great! And Jeff Coetzee got a one new fan of me. ;-) But now it's too late to write more... I need some sleep so I can stay awake during the doubles. I'll write an report and post some pics tomorrow evening. =)

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JC & Wes got the win today 46 61 64 62 to put SA 2-1 up. Hopefully Kev and Rik can both bring out the wins tomorrow.
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Supertennis.co.za - SA win doubles after scare

Overcoming an early shock in front of an enthusiastic, capacity crowd at the Tali Tennis Centre, the well-tuned doubles combination of Wesley Moodie and Jeff Coetzee gave South Africa what could prove a decisive 2-1 lead in the Euro-Africa Group 2 Davis Cup tie in Helsinki on Saturday afternoon.

Moodie and Coetzee, the ATP's fifth-most successful doubles combination this year, took the loss of the first set in their stride against Jarkko Nieminen and Henri Kontinen and ran out comfortable 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-2 winners in the end.

"This was possibly the pivotal match of the entire tie," said South African team captain, John-Laffnie de Jager from Helsinki. "We're taking nothing for granted, but we should be able to win at least one of the two reverse singles matches and tie up the match."

In a game between the respective countries' number one players, South Africa's Kevin Anderson faces the formidable 26th world-ranked Nieminen on Sunday, followed by a scheduled match between Rik de Voest and Juho Paukko.

Anderson and Nieminen both won their opening matches in straight sets on Friday. The winner of the tie in Helsinki will face either Denmark or Luxembourg in a continuation of a quest to gain promotion to the Davis Cup's Euro-Africa Group 1 next year.
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Denmark are 3-0 up against Luxembourg, so if SA wins tomorrow, they play Denmark in July. In 2003, SA played Denmark in Denmark, so therefore the tie would be a home one for the boys.
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My apologies, but I don't have time to write full report of the Finland vs. South Africa tie today. I'll do it tomorrow (if the matches don't last long) or on Monday. But here are some of the best things...

I went to the tennis hall on Friday thinking that I won't support either team but just enjoy good tennis. That didn't happen... I ended up supporting mostly South Africa. I was very glad that Kevin Anderson beat Juho Paukku. But I was also glad that Jarkko Nieminen beat Rik de Voest. That's because now we'll have a live rubber on Sunday.

The first thing good happened after the matches on Friday. I wanted to get autographs from the SA players. I first got one from Kevin and then from Jeff Coetzee. I also wished Jeff good luck for the doubles and said that I'm looking forward that match. He was very very nice and said that if I'd clap for them during doubles he would hit a nice shot for me. I of course told him that I would support them.

Then today at the doubles match I supported Jeff and Wesley Moodie. Not too loudly, because I didn't want to look too unpatriotic. As you know they ended up winning in four sets. After the match I went to stand next to the SA team because I wanted an autograph from Wesley. But he had to do an interview... So surprisingly Jeff came to me and gave one of his (used) shirts to me. I was so surprised! I couldn't have expected anything like that. But now I have a team South Africa shirt. =)

I'll get you some photos soon... It's getting late again and I need to get sleep before tomorrow.

But Jeff is absolutely one of my favourite players now!!!

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Anderson d. Nieminen 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-3
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Davis Cup Finland vs. South Africa
Helsinki, Finland
11-13 April, 2008

Here’s a report of my Davis Cup weekend in Helsinki. I also took some pics but my camera is not that good for photographing indoors without a flash. So most of the pics were very messy. Some of adequate ones you can find from here:

http://www.delphine.org/~toni/davis/...mall#slideshow


Friday 11 April

I arrived to the Tali Tennis Centre just before the start of the first match. I decided to go sit on the seats behind the South African team although there the seats were not that comfortable than on the other side of the court. The first match featured Kevin Anderson and Juho Paukku. Kevin has had some impressive results lately so I was looking forward to see him play. And he did play well, although this was the first time he was playing in Davis Cup. Juho was nervous in the first set and couldn’t hold his serve. And Kevin was serving very efficiently. The rest of the SA team (captain John-Laffnie de Jager, Jeff Coetzee, Wesley Moodie, Rik de Voest and two other guys) were supporting Kevin loudly. The stands were full (over thousand spectators) but the support for Juho was not that enthusiastic. Before coming to the tie I had thought that I would just enjoy the matches and not support either team over the other. That didn’t happen… I was supporting much more South Africa, not loudly, but clapping for points they won. I didn’t want to look too unpatriotic, so I didn’t shout anything aloud to the players. ;-) After Kevin took the first set easily, Juho started to play better. Not enough to beat Kevin but at least the last two sets were more competitive and nicer to watch. I think Kevin faced only two break points during the whole match. I can very easily see that Kevin can soon reach at least top 50 ranking. He serves well and despite his height (2.0 m) he moves well on the court.

Kevin Anderson (RSA) def. Juho Paukku (FIN) 6-0, 6-4, 7-6(5)


In the second match there was again a clear difference between the players in their level of play. Jarkko Nieminen has finally recovered from the virus infection he had two months ago and he was clearly better than Rik de Voest. The spectators were now supporting Jarkko loudly. Rik didn’t play badly, it was just that Jarkko played better than him. The SA team supported Rik (as did I), but in the end I was glad that Jarkko won. Now we’ll have at least one live rubber on Sunday.

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) def. Rik de Voest (RSA) 6-4, 6-3, 7-5


After the second match the SA team remained by the court so I went to ask some autographs. I first got one from Kevin Anderson and congratulated him from the nice win. He seems like a nice boy, maybe a bit shy. Then I asked an autograph from Jeff Coetzee. I also wished Jeff good luck for the doubles and said that I'm looking forward that match. He was very very nice and said that if I'd clap for them during doubles he would hit a nice shot for me. I of course told him that I would support them. I didn’t ask for more autographs because the other players were busy with interviews with the media. I’ll have time to ask those tomorrow or Sunday.


Saturday 12 April

Today I went to sit closer to the court so that Jeff can see that I’m supporting them. :-) The stands were not full for the doubles, mainly because it was beautiful spring day outside and lots of people wanted to enjoy the sunny weather. The Finnish team of Jarkko Nieminen and Henri Kontinen started the match well. Henri is only 17 years old but he has some promise. He’s not afraid to take chances with his shots. I guess Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie were a bit surprised about that and the Finnish team took the first set when they managed to break Jeff once. I was not worried about the South Africans. I knew that they would hold or improve their level while I assumed that at least Henri can’t play on that level for long. And that’s exactly what happened. After the first set Henri couldn’t hold his serve at all and also Jarkko was more in trouble. So in the end, a good win for Jeff and Wesley in four sets. I enjoyed the match. There were some superb rallies. Wesley was serving well and Jeff did hit some awesome shots, like one between his legs when he chased a lob. After the match I went to stand next to the SA team because I wanted an autograph from Wesley. But he had to do an interview for TV first. So surprisingly Jeff came to me and gave one of his (used) shirts to me. I was so surprised! I couldn't have expected anything like that. But now I have a team South Africa shirt. :-) And I did get the autograph from Wesley and congratulated him for the win. He seemed like a very nice guy, too. I’m now a fan of both of them, especially Jeff. ;-)

Jeff Coetzee & Wesley Moodie (RSA) def. Henri Kontinen & Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2


Sunday 13 April

I went to sit on the same place I was yesterday. The first match was between Jarkko Nieminen and Kevin Anderson. I had a feeling that it could be a long match. They both started well, maybe in the first set Kevin wasn’t serving as well as in his first match. But they had some nice rallies. In the end Jarkko won the first set. The second set started even and both played well. When Jarkko was serving at 3-4, the chair umpire overruled a long ball. Jarkko got very angry for that because it gave Kevin a break point. He even yelled some not so nice words to the umpire. There were throughout the match some bad calls from the young line umpires, and I can understand that it’s frustrating to the players. Anyway, Kevin won the break point and served convincingly to take the second set. After that incident Jarkko was not playing well at all in the third set. He seemed slow and frustrated. It could be also because he hasn’t been able to practice well after the virus infection. So the third set went easily to Kevin. In the fourth set Jarkko played a bit better but so did Kevin, who served very well. Kevin hadn’t showed any emotions during the match but when he finally won the fourth set and clinched the tie for South Africa, he jumped in the air hands high and had the biggest smile on his face. :-) The whole SA team had supported him throughout the match and came on court to congratulate him. The match had been quite long (over 2.5 hours) so I had to take a walk before the final match to stretch my legs. Thus, I didn’t have a chance to say anything to the SA players, they were too busy talking to each other and I didn’t want to interrupt them.

Kevin Anderson (RSA) def. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3


The fifth rubber featured Henri Kontinen and Rik de Voest. The SA team clearly had had confidence in Kevin in the previous match because they all stayed sitting courtside throughout the match. So Rik hadn’t warmed up at all before his match and there was only a 20 minutes break between the matches. On the other hand, Henri had nothing to lose and he started very well, just like in doubles yesterday. In the first set Rik hit lots of unforced errors, no doubt because he had been sitting almost three hours still before the match. So, the first set went to Henri. There had been full stands in the first match, but only maybe half of them stayed to watch this. In the second set Rik started to find his shots again and Henri couldn’t continue his high level from the first set. Both of the players were very relaxed throughout the match, so it was nice to watch, although they didn’t play that good tennis. Rik was joking with the other SA players during changeovers. In the end Rik won the second and third sets and gave South Africa a 4-1 win over Finland. Jeff and Wesley had already left during the match (I guess they had a plane to catch) so I didn’t have a chance to congratulate them. But I did congratulate Rik for his win and got his autograph. He seemed like a nice guy, as well, smiling a lot and supported his team-mates enthusiastically whole weekend. In the end I had a very nice time at the Davis Cup tie. I hope that in the future I can see the South African team in action again. :-)

Rik de Voest (RSA) def Henri Kontinen (FIN) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
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