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Old 04-04-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default Europe/Africa Group I 2nd Round: Netherlands at Romania (April 5-7, 2013)

Date: 05 Apr - 07 Apr 2013
Venue: Sala Sporturilor Dumitru Popescu Colibasi, Brasov, Romania
Start times:
Day 1: 1300 (1000 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1500 (1200 hrs GMT)
Day 3: 1300 (1000 hrs GMT)
Surface: Hard (Playflex Turf 8 mm), Indoor
Ball: Dunlop Fort All Court


Netherlands

Robin Haase
Igor Sijsling
Thiemo De Bakker
Jean-Julien Rojer

Romania

Victor Hanescu
Adrian Ungur
Marius Copil
Horia Tecau

Ok what should i start with? 1st of all i REALLY don't get it why this is played on hardcourts. I mean i got it against Finland or against Denmark because our players were better in both ties no matter the surface and we would've won anyway but here the difference between hardcourts and claycourts is a big one. Sijsling is a good hardcourt player while on clay he's not having any notable results and in my opinion both Hanescu and Ungur could've beaten him. Also Haase is in a poor shape and he would've had a tough time with both Hanescu and Ungur. But indoor, Ungur will probably lose both matches and also Sijsling will be a very tough challenge for Hanescu.

The 2nd thing that i don't like about this tie it's why is Ungur playing instead of Copil? I would understand this decision on clay but on hardcourts Copil is (or at least should be) the obvious pick

If we lose this it will be all because of these bad decisions and management In my opinion we are the underdogs under these circumstances
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I agree with your assessment

Haase might prove the weak link here though.
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Group I 2nd Round: Netherlands at Romania (April 5-7, 2013)

Oranje should win this.. good luck
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Group I 2nd Round: Netherlands at Romania (April 5-7, 2013)

Haase def. Ungur 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-3
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Group I 2nd Round: Netherlands at Romania (April 5-7, 2013)

De Telegraaf (Dutch newpaper) said that Pavel wanted indoor clay, but the Romanian Federation can't afford. That's understandable, but Tiriac should have helped out, it's in his home town for God's sake.
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Group I 2nd Round: Netherlands at Romania (April 5-7, 2013)

Sijsling saved a bp at 1-2 and now he leads *4-3 break up...
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Group I 2nd Round: Netherlands at Romania (April 5-7, 2013)

Hanescu looks like he's having no chance on Sijsling's serve

4-6 *3-3 on serve so far in the 2nd set
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Group I 2nd Round: Netherlands at Romania (April 5-7, 2013)

Hanescu - Sijsling 4-6 6-7(5) Hanescu had a 4-1 and 5-3 lead in the tiebreak. Huge chance blown by him i think this is over now
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First break of the match for Hanescu comes in the 3rd set. He leads *2-1
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Group I 2nd Round: Netherlands at Romania (April 5-7, 2013)

Hanescu - Sijsling 4-6 6-7(5) 6-2. Hanescu seemed to play better in the 3rd set but Sijsling was a bit too relaxed IMO
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Group I 2nd Round: Netherlands at Romania (April 5-7, 2013)

Bp missed by Hanescu at 1-1 in te 4th set. On serve now, 4-4
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Hanescu - Sijsling 4-6 6-7(5) 6-2 7-6(5). Tough decision for the umpire to make at sp for Hanescu. Sijsling hit a very good first serve on Hanescu‘s backhand and his return landed just in by milimetres. Lucky point at such a moment of the match but Hanescu deserved it as he was the better player overall in the 4th set

Victor has all the momentum now
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Sijsling breaks in the decider *3-2 with a lucky netcord return Hanescu missed 3gp in that game
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Complete meltdown

Hanescu - Sijsling 4-6 6-7(5) 6-2 7-6(5) 2-6
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What a hero this Sijsling!

Very high quality match from both players. Strange meltdown from such an experienced player like Hanescu though.
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