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Old 02-11-2007, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default The *RESPECT* to the Davis Cup R1 players thread

Seriously, all involved in this weekend's ties deserve a major

It's been an almost ridiculously competitive Round 1, with some incredible matches, amazing efforts from individuals and players overcoming various personal challenges. It's been an embarrassment of great tennis. I don't think anyone out there has given less than their best effort, even coming up short.

Well deserved mentions go to:

Kristof Vliegen - a heroic win over Hewitt in 5 sets, 4hrs 50 minutes, then winning the crucial 5th rubber to send Belgium through

Lleyton Hewitt - an equally heroic win over a resurgent Ollie Rochus to keep Australia alive, in 4 hours +

The German team - Excellent performances from Haas, and Kohlman/Waske to contain Ancic and Ljubicic, who both fought very hard even if they were below par this weekend.

Mergea and Tecau of Romania for defeating Clement/Llodra 11-9 in the fifth in 4 hours 37 mins

Igor Andreev, for dismantling Gonzalez to give Russia a surprising 2-0 lead in the tie, and then winning the crucial live 5th rubber in their opponents' back yard.

Massu and Gonzalez for responding superbly to level the tie, especially Gonzalez shrugging off that singles loss to defeat Safin in straight sets

Andy Roddick, for claiming his 2 points on clay away from home, defeating heavy favourite Berdych in the process - excellent result for him

Marco Chiudinelli for a totally EPIC performance against Spain all weekend, defeating Verdasco, Ferrer in the dead 5th rubber, and coming so close with Yves Allegro to winning the doubles, going down 10-12 in the fifth in just shy of 5 hours. He's a hero.

Robin Soderling for stepping up and showing his class against Belarus, winning his 2 points, including a hard-fought 4 hour 5 set win over Miryi

Juan Martin del Potro, for winning his first DC rubber, a live rubber, winning a five set match for the first time, and winning the tie for Argentina - way to debut for your country. Mentions too, to Acasuso and a returning Cañas for getting the first 2 points with excellent performances on Friday, making a potentially tricky tie suddenly look easy.

And well done to everyone else - win or lose. It's been an amazing weekend of DC tennis.

Gentlemen, we salute you all for an incredible weekend of tennis

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Old 02-11-2007, 04:28 PM   #2
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Awesome thread.

Awesome play, gentlemen!
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:30 PM   #3
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No doubt, all these guys fought their hearts for their countries this weekend.

Very impressive comeback by Soderling for saving several match points against Mirnyi and props to del Potro for winning against Melzer in five on hostile soil.
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Great post, Scoobs!
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Awesome thread.

Awesome play, gentlemen!
I second that. The Swiss went down fighting.
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Totally agree!
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Fantastic weekend.

Not over yet though.
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Default Re: The *RESPECT* to the Davis Cup R1 players thread

They all deserve respect for going out there and not just playing for themselves. Just look at the reactions when they win and lose, it becomes clear enough.
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Except Austria's subpar performance in singles, there was quite some good play paired with some surprise results in single matches or tie outcomes. Very good weekend, not boring at all
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Great thread

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Swiss and Germans deserve special mention for this weekend...I didn't expect the Germans to dismantle the Croats, and the Swiss fought to the death when most of us thought they'd crumble pretty easily Russians can join those two nations in honourable mentions, if they beat Chile...
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Major props to all the players!
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Does Federer not get a for all his hard work this weekend?
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Very nice thread
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