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So the Davis Cup World Group 2003 is complete and includes France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, the USA, Romania, Belgium, Russia, Great Britain, Sweden, Croatia, Germany, Argentina and Australia...(I hope I'm not missing anyone :))

Davis Cup ties have been known for not respecting a particular player rankings or fame, and the country where the ties are held, and consequently the surface the game is played on, are huge compensating factors, sometimes, or even most of the times, deciding the fate of ties that on paper should have been tighter...

Argentina, Spain, Romania and Brazil, are formidable opponents on clay, and could do some damage on hardcourts as well, but have a huge weakness on grass (Nalbandian notwthstanding :rolleyes:) , and a tie away from home on faster courts could reveal to be too tough to handle...

The same problem could be encountered by the US, Great Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands and to a lesser extend, Croatia, as these countries favour more fast courts and dread a slow clay court...I don't see Blake or Roddick being favoured in Buenos Aires for example, and in the Croatian case, much of the results will depend on how healthy Ivanisevic will be at the time...

France, Russia and to a lesser extend Germany, are teams that could perform well on any court, and with luck and the right draw and surface choices could go deeper in the draw. Much of the German results will depend on how healthy and commited Haas and Kiefer will be for Davis Cup. But if any of these countries draws Great Britain (with Henman and Rusedski) in Wimbledon, or Spain on clay, for example, they could be out soon and fast.

Australia, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Switzerland, are more peculiar teams in a sense that they both have an outstanding player who could perform well at any place, but a weaker second player that could be their Acchiles's heel. The Aussies have a slight advantage, as Wayne Arthurs is a more fearsome player on grass or hardcourts than Kratochvil, Uihlrach or O. Rochus could be at any other surface.

In the end, it's a wide open Davis Cup once again, one where the luck of the draw and the place and venues will be even more important than rankings themselves...
 

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France and Russia will be top 2 seeds :)

can't wait for the draw :)

hoping for Spain vs GB and seeing Ferrero play Henman on clay as it will never ever happen a ATP tour event unless Henman drops to 30ish
 

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btw if USA comes with Blake, Roddick, Sampras & Martin (knowing that Agassi wont play), they can beat anyone anywhere (with the exception of France, Spain & Argentina on clay)
 

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hoping for Spain vs GB and seeing Ferrero play Henman on clay as it will never ever happen a ATP tour event unless Henman drops to 30ish
omg this would be a treat :D

I will once again be rooting for Spain (hopefully they will play the USA again and bring them back to Barcelona ;) ), and Argentina (the only thing that held me rooting for them this year was Kafelnikov). After those two teams, the Frence :kiss:

The plus side to Argentina losing this year, was that at least they have several years of contention ahead of them. Chela, Gaudio, and David are all under 25. Canas is 26, but seemingly gets better with age.

I would love for Spain and Argentina to play each other :D


btw if USA comes with Blake, Roddick, Sampras & Martin (knowing that Agassi wont play), they can beat anyone anywhere (with the exception of France, Spain & Argentina on clay)
I still think that Roger Federer - I mean Switzerland ;) - could take them out :D
 

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Rebecca said:
I also think that the brits, with a healthy Tim and Greg, would beat the US on grass ;)
PMac would have to totally lose his mind to choose grass if they have to play Britian. Of course, in the event that he has no choice--:D.

I would love it if Spain played all of their ties at home again. Spainards on clay :drool:
 

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Granted, Roger did it when the US team didn't have Blake, and a less experienced Roddick(who was a mere bench warmer that tie).

But I still beleive he could turn the trick :) On any surface. As much as I like Blake, and respect that Roddick has some game, I think he is better than both. In doubles as well.


Can you imagine if Pmac chose to play Britain on grass? :D I suppose that they would put britain on hard courts, but even then it is iffy. That would be a tough first round.

When does the draw come out?
 

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I wouldn't call playing GB on hardcourt iffy. THe US has loads of firepower on their side, and Pete took out Rusedski at the US Open this year. Roddick and Blake both have games to beat Henman and/or Rusedski on a good day, but I think doubles, and Sampras are there keys to winning that tie if they do infact meet.
 

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:) :)
 

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Ryan said:
I wouldn't call playing GB on hardcourt iffy. THe US has loads of firepower on their side, and Pete took out Rusedski at the US Open this year. Roddick and Blake both have games to beat Henman and/or Rusedski on a good day, but I think doubles, and Sampras are there keys to winning that tie if they do infact meet.
I said "iffy", not that I thought GB would win :p

Greg's choking problem, and mental block against Pete for sure have escallated 10 fold since the US Open experience :eek:

However, I think that Greg could take out both Roddick and Blake if he had a really on day. Tim would give them a good match as well, assuming he didn't play like ass.

There are certaintly teams they would rather draw in round one, no?
 

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I hope GBR get a good draw so we can finally win a match in the main draw!:rolleyes:
 

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btw if USA comes with Blake, Roddick, Sampras & Martin (knowing that Agassi wont play), they can beat anyone anywhere (with the exception of France, Spain & Argentina on clay)
Errr, didn't Sampras lost to Corretja at home on grass this year? He wasn't in form but Alex didn't exactly had a great year either. Sampras and Martin are gonna be a year older next year.

Roddick hasn't perform well when playing outside North America. He's a big threat playing on American soil.

I think Moya will be back on the Spain team next year, or I hope. Spain will be able to play well on clay and hard court. France is still the team to beat, since they have numerous choices of players for different surfaces.
 
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