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Old 04-08-2004, 02:17 PM   #61
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Thanks for all those interviews and articles Marine and Vale!!!
havnet had much time to check myself but its good to be able to read them here!

cant be screwed translating but basically they just say Federer is NOT unbeatable and yes its sad that seb is sick lol
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it was a long long long time ago.... i seem to remember there's a lake right in the city, with lots of birds on the shore. i thought it's very beautiful then. i went to all the touristy places anyway. the mountains were also great.... they were so lush and green (so unlike the yellowish bush that we've got in aust)
i like the mountains. but just to see. i couldnt live there...i think i love our lowland with the baltic sea
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Swiss finally at home
He may have been Swiss captain for a year and a half, but it has taken until now for Marc Rosset to captain his national team in a home Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie, as Switzerland host France in Prilly.

Rosset, who beat the world No. 1 Jim Courier in the 1992 Davis Cup Final, will be hoping there are no further defeats for the world No. 1, as his side's hopes rest largely with the current world-best Roger Federer. At Thursday's draw at the Olympic Museum, Federer was like a magnet for journalists and fans, as he prepares to play his first match in Switzerland since taking over the top ranking spot in January.

Asked whether he was carrying extra pressure by being No. 1, Federer said: "It's extra pleasure. We've been on the road in Davis Cup for the past three years, so it's really nice to be back home, especially after what happened in Neuchatel against France three years ago. That defeat was probably the worst tie for me."

Federer will open what is Switzerland's first home tie since that dramatic French victory in the fifth set of the fifth rubber. His opponent will be France's hero from that tie, Nicolas Escudé, who was always nominated in this weekend's French team but will now play singles and doubles following the withdrawal through illness of Sebastien Grosjean.

"Sebastien has been letting me down in the last three matches," joked France's captain Guy Forget. "He couldn't play the fourth rubber against Switzerland in last year's quarterfinal, he was injured for the first round tie against Croatia, and now poor guy he's ill again. So it's very frustrating, but with the other guys on the team we can hold the flag really high, and I hope our team spirit will do the rest."

The only selection issue was who Rosset would nominate to play the second singles against France's Arnaud Clement. In the end he went for the 134th-ranked Heuberger over the more experienced Kratochvil. "Ivo is getting the better results," Rosset explained, "so I wanted to give him the chance against Clément where he has absolutely nothing to lose, but that still leaves the option open of using Kratochvil in the fifth match on Sunday if we need to."

Of the 11 meetings between the two nations, the French have won nine, and the good omen for them is that Switzerland's only two victories have both come on French soil. Also, after three years, a home tie is something new for the Swiss, one which revives memories of the Neuchâtel quarterfinal in which Escudé saved a match point before beating George Bastl 86 in the fifth set of the fifth rubber.

Escudé will have to tap into some of the 2001 form that saw him become the year's outstanding Davis Cup player. Unless Federer suffers an unexpected singles defeat, it seems certain France cannot win without taking the doubles, in which Escudé will partner Mickael Llodra against Federer and Yves Allegro. Assuming Federer wins his two singles, Escudé could well find himself back in the position he excels at - playing a live fifth rubber in a vital Davis Cup tie.
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this last pic is just for me...RUSSELL COUTTS doing the draw!

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Thanks for all the news and piccies! My rough translation of Nono's diary for the non French speakers - http://www.freewebs.com/arnaudclemen...cles.htm#point
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I'd be fired up if I could watch it on my television, but hell will freeze over before that happens.

Crap cable company. Seven porn channels, five spanish language channels, three tourist garbage channels, three public access government channels, one LOSER golf channel, a freaking auto racing channel and I cant get the darn tennis channel.

hi all, on a rant today.

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good to see smiles all around in the dc pics..... well wait till the matches start !!

thanks people for posting the dc stuff !!!

vale, thx for the explanation about seb/arnaud.... how sweeeeeet (says esther lol)
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thanks for the photos!
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has this been posted?

Entretien avec Arnaud Clément : "Une revanche à prendre"

(08/04 - 17h30) - N°1 de l'équipe de France, Arnaud Clément ne sous-estime pas Ivo Heuberger, 133e mondial. La revanche de Toulouse passe par une victoire de "La Clé".

Arnaud, vous allez affronter Ivo Heuberger vendredi. Que pouvez-vous dire de lui ?
C'est un joueur que je connais bien. Je ne me souviens pas l'avoir rencontré, mais je l'ai vu jouer à plusieurs reprises. Ce qui est sûr, c'est que même si plus de cent places nous séparent au classement, je le prends très au sérieux. C'est un très bon attaquant. Il sera très motivé dans sa salle, devant son public, et il va sûrement se donner à fond. On sait très bien que s'il y a une épreuve pour laquelle les écarts de classement ne sont pas importants, c'est bien la Coupe Davis. C'est un match que je prends donc très au sérieux et il va falloir, dès demain, que je joue bien pour pouvoir apporter un point.

Guy Forget compte sur vous pour ce deuxième match où vous n'avez finalement pas le droit à l'erreur. Ne ressentez-vous pas un peu de pression par rapport à ça ?
Non, absolument pas. C'est peut-être ce que vous vous dites de l'extérieur, mais quand on vit la chose au sein de l'équipe, on ne le ressent pas du tout de la même manière. Franchement, je n'ai pas une pression supplémentaire par rapport aux autres joueurs. Je suis conscient de la physionomie de la rencontre, mais je suis persuadé que Nicolas peut battre Roger (Federer) demain. Et de mon côté, ce n'est pas en jouant un tennis moyen que je battrai Heuberger. Il va falloir que je joue bien. Bien sûr, mon point sera important, mais pas plus que les autres. D'autant que, comme je le répète, j'ai confiance en Nicolas. Je sais qu'il peut battre Roger.

"La défaite de Toulouse nous avait fait mal"

Nicolas Escudé parle d'un esprit de revanche par rapport au quart de finale perdu l'an passé face à ces mêmes Suisses, à Toulouse. Est-ce aussi votre sentiment ?
C'est une défaite qui avait fait mal, mais aujourd'hui c'est du passé. On préfère se tourner vers cette rencontre qui arrive. La seule chose qui reste de l'année dernière, c'est qu'on sait qu'on avait perdu contre les Suisses et qu'on a donc une grosse revanche à prendre. Ils nous avaient battu chez nous et on a vraiment à cœur de les battre chez eux cette année.

Vous avez pris l'habitude de gagner vos matches le vendredi en Coupe Davis (NDLR : dans cette épreuve, Arnaud Clément a remporté six victoires pour… six matchs disputés le vendredi)…
J'espère que cette bonne série va continuer le plus longtemps possible et notamment demain. Mais même si Ivo Heuberger est moins fort que moi sur le papier, je m'attends à un match très dur.

"Je regarderai l'OM avant d'aller dormir"

Pensez-vous déjà à un éventuel match décisif face à Roger Federer, dimanche ?
Non, pas du tout. Pour l'instant, je suis concentré simplement sur ce qui va se passer demain (vendredi). Et encore ! Même si ça commence vraiment à monter maintenant, ça ne sert à rien de se concentrer trop vite, trop tôt. On va prendre les matchs les uns après les autres. On verra comment se passe la journée de vendredi, puis on verra samedi et enfin, éventuellement, un match contre Federer dimanche. Pour l'instant, ce n'est pas à l'ordre du jour. Il y a d'abord ce match contre Heuberger qu'il faut gagner.

Regarderez-vous le match de Coupe d'Europe de l'Olympique de Marseille ce soir ou serez-vous déjà en train de dormir ?
J'aurai le temps ! Même quand je me couche tôt, ce n'est jamais avant minuit. Je pourrai donc voir Marseille gagner avant d'aller dormir !
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btw OM won 1-0 so Arnaud,Seb and Guy are happy!
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Arnaud: It's time for revenge

(08/04 - 17h30) - The number one player in the French team, Arnaud Clement is not underestimating Ivo Heuberger, 133rd in the world.


Arnaud, you are going to play Ivo Heuberger on Friday. What can you say about him?
He's a player i know well. I don't remember meeting him, but i've seen him play several times. He isn't ranked that highly, i'm ranked about 100 places above him but i'm goign to take this match seriously. He attacks well. He will be very motivated in front of a home crowd and that will definately be a huge advantage. We know that in Davis Cup, people don't really pay attention to what you are ranked, that's the beauty of the tournament. I'll take the match seriously and hope i can play well to win a point for France.

Guy Forget is counting on you to win this second match- you don't have any room for error. Do you feel a bit of pressure because of this?
No, absolutely not. It's what you would think when you are looking at it from an outsider's perspective, but when you are actually part of the team playing, it's different. Frankly, i don't have extra pressure compared to the other players. I believe that Nicolas can beat Roger tomorow. I will have to play well too. I know that my match is important but not more than the others. But yeah, like i said, i have confidence in Nicolas. I know that he can beat Roger.

"The defeat in Toulouse is still with us."
Nicolas spoke about the notion of revenge after last year's loss in the quarters to the same Swiss team, in Toulouse. Do you feel the same way?

It was a really a painful loos, but it's over and we should be thinking of the present. The only thing about having that happen last year, is that we can look onto this tie and think about taking revenge, so its an added incentive. They beat us at home and we would love to do the same to them this year.

You have won all your matches which you have played on Friday.
(won 6/6 friday matches)

I hoe that i can continue this for tomorrow. But even though Ivo Heuberger isnt as strong as me on paper, i'm expecting a hard match.

"I'm going to watch l'OM before sleeping"

Are you thinking about a possible decisive match against Federer on Sunday?
No, not at all. For the moment, i'm concentrating on what i have to do Tomorrow (Friday). And if i thought too far ahead, it wouldn't do any good for my concentration anyway. We'll take the matches one at a time. We'll see how the day goes on Friday and then Saturday and then, eventually a match against Federer on Sunday. At the moment, it's not the main thing we're thinking about. Before that, theres a match against Heuberger to win.

Are you going to watch the Europe Olympic Cup tonight or will you be sleeping?
Nah, yeah i'll watch it, i'll have the time! When i sleep early, it's never before midnight anyway. So i can watch Marseille play before i sleep !
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LMFAO @ Nico's bald head.....
Not a good look Jesus....
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Arrrrggggghhhh! Esther! I just translated that Nono interview. I should have checked here first.

I did the first one too for any non French speakers - http://on.starblvd.net/cgi-bin/bbsms...tforum&tr=18.6
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FEDERER JUST BEAT ESCUDE

now allez ARNAUD!!!
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