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This is as good time as any to start this and this post below from blackgirltennis got me thinking about this. Seems someone is going over the top here. While Roddick is good in the DC environment, he is far from the best player in that.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=6314626&postcount=57

This is quite a difficult question, when the variables are added. Taking into account the results, then the quality of opposition has to be looked at.

It's hard for guys like Hrbaty who since Kucera retired hasn't had a decent number 2 player or to follow that through with Roger Federer who hasn't played that much, but there were times when he carried the side by himself.

Also who is likely to be the man to stand up and deliver the big win away from home on a consistent basis either to win the tie or to keep them in the hunt for victory.

Then there is the factor a lot of these players have to play doubles as well, not so in Roddick's case, but definitely in the others.
 

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Confess now whoever picked Roddick.

It was blackgirltennis. Never in doubt.
 

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Nah it was blackgirltennis. Tangy will be the second vote.
 

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Ljubicic's run in 2005 almost single-handedly carrying Croatia in the final was hugely impressive especially since he won all of his singles and doubles rubbers, except for the match against Hrbaty in the final. Defeating USA (Roddick, Agassi and Bryans) away from home was a huge upset winning three matches that they weren't favoured to win.

Then you've got Hewitt who has won many important matches over the years away from home. He hasn't been as good in DC in recent years but over a career, he has to be one of the best. He hasn't had to play doubles much though.
 

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Bryans should be in the poll, especially Bob who's also won a couple of singles rubbers. They now have a 13-1 record in Davis Cup and are arguably USA's biggest asset, especially in away ties where they're still unbeaten.
 

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That 11-1 in 2005 was really impressive :worship:
 

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Ljubicic by far, Roddick isn't even close.
 
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DC records:

Nalbandian 20-6, 77%
Hewitt 34-11, 76%
Federer 33-11, 75%
Roddick 26-9, 74%
Ljubicic 36-18, 67%
Safin 29-18, 62%
Hrbaty 30-22, 58%

But I think there's more to it than just results, Davis Cup is also about team spirit and loyalty. Clearly this is where Roddick, Ljubicic and Safin score bonus points. Federer hasn't always been there to help his team even for all those home ties that Switzerland had recently. Nalbandian is loyal but he doesn't seem to have that personality that helps lift his team-mates the way Safin does.
 

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Gotta be Hewitt. He always manages to find great form in Davis Cup matches, and even when he's pushed into 5 set matches against quality opponents, you can never count him out in Davis Cup. And his win to loss record suggests that as well.
 

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Hewitt and then Nalbandian.
 
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