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Let's discuss Max playing for Belarus DC team here! :banana: :banana: :banana:


World Group Play-offs line-up complete
Brazil, Peru, Japan, Korea, Great Britain, Israel, Slovak Republic and Serbia, have booked their places in Wednesday's World Group play-off draw, after winning their respective Group I second round ties .

They will be joined by the eight losers from February's World Group first round ties: Chile, Romania, Croatia, Australia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus and Austria. The draw for the eight ties will take place at 1000 GMT on Wednesday 11 April at the ITF's headquarters.

Eight nations will be seeded according to the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Rankings which will be published on Tuesday 10 April.

The World Group play-off ties will take place on 21-23 September, the same weekend as the World Group semifinals

I hope for a good play-off draw for Belarus :bowdown: :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown: preferably at home :lol:
 

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more news from daviscup.com

Seeds announced for World Group Play-offs
The seeded nations have been announced for the draw for the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-offs that will take place on Wednesday 11 April at the ITF Offices in London at 11:00 (10:00 GMT). The seeds are based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 9 April.

The eight seeds are:

1. Croatia
2. Australia :devil:
3. Slovak Republic
4. Belarus ;) :cool: :smoke:
5. Chile
6. Romania
7. Czech Republic
8. Austria

The eight seeded nations will each be drawn against one of the following unseeded nations (listed in alphabetical order):

1. Brazil
2. Great Britain
3. Israel
4. Japan
5. Korea, Rep.
6. Peru
7. Serbia
8. Switzerland

:scared: please no Serbia, GB and Switzerland :help: :bolt:
 

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Play-off Draw :devil:

Australia (s) v Serbia (c)*
Austria (s) (c) v Brazil
Belarus (s) v Peru (c)*
Chile (s) v Israel (c)*
Croatia (s) v Great Britain (c)*
Czech Republic (s) (c) v Switzerland
Romania (s) v Japan (c)*
Slovak Republic (s) (c)* v Korea, Rep.



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I won't make any predictions right now because there are more than 6 months left before DC play-off, but some things really get me worried.

First, I had very painfull memories about the last trip of Belarussian DC team to South hemisphere. :devil: All these acclimatization troubles didn't allow Max show his best during the tie vs. Australia. Peru seems to me not better with all these altitudes and climat.
Second, Peru will choose clay. Although Max reached Master QF on clay last year and has beat Horna on clay twice I prefer to watch our Beast playing on taraphlex :secret: in Minsk :lol: :aplot:
And third, the last but not the least. I see the only way for Belarus to keep WG place - Max should win both his singles, as well as doubles. Voltchkov + clay = :help: even now, when Vova's play leaves much and much to be desired. :banghead: :mad:
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Well, Peru won't play in the altitude. It's not a very decent country, and they always play at the same place, in the Asia resort, that's in a beach. Altitude would only help Max.
2 points are safe for Belarus: Max against Miranda (very weak player) and the doubles point (both Peruvians can't hit a decent volley to save their lives). The next point probably won't come from Vladimir, unfortunately. He sucks big on clay and the match against Horna will be just training for the Peruvian. Max will have to dig deep and defeat Horna. Two points must be considered: Max is no clown on clay, and Horna can't return big serves, adding to the equation that Horna gets injured all the time. The other point is that September isn't hot in SA, in general. Temperatures should be decent for play.
 

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Gu :wavey: aren't you going to Peru? :p :p :p :angel:
it is not that far from Brazil right? ;)
 

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Gu :wavey: aren't you going to Peru? :p :p :p :angel:
it is not that far from Brazil right? ;)
Porto Alegre - Lima is about 4500 km apart... that's about 2 times the distance from Moscow to Paris. :eek: Everything here is far... If Belarus went to Argentina, I'd go, but Peru? :bolt:
 

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Porto Alegre - Lima is about 4500 km apart... that's about 2 times the distance from Moscow to Paris. :eek: Everything here is far... If Belarus went to Argentina, I'd go, but Peru? :bolt:
:awww: well, I have no idea what is the distance from Moscow to Lima, but only the tickets there cost about 2000 $, so no DC in Peru for me :sad: :bigcry: :crying2: :sobbing: :tears:
what a stupid draw :smash: :mad:
 

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The ITF has announced the team nominations for the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Semifinals, Play-offs to be played on 21-23 September.

PERU v BELARUS
Venue: Rinconada Country Club, Lima, Peru (clay – outdoors)

PERU
Luis Horna
Ivan Miranda
Matias Silva
Mauricio Echazu
Captain: Jaime Yzaga

BELARUS
Max Mirnyi
Vladimir Voltchkov
Andrei Karatchenia
Uladzimir Ignatik
Captain: Dmitry Tatur


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Some DC news from kp.by

Belarussian team is preparing for the tie on clay courts of Bollettieri academy in Bradenton. They chose it to warm up because Florida and Lima are in the same time zone :scratch: and also because Max studied in the Bollettieri academy and has friendly relations, so the team has all the conditions for practise :yeah:

Max and Andrei Karatchenia arrived to Florida just after US Open, meanwhile Vlad Volthckov played (and won :banana: ) futures in Germany. Vlad Ignatik takes part in junior event in Kentucky and is going to join the team a little later. But as his mother told reporters, he isn't ready enough to play decisive matches at DC, because he even is not ATP player yet, but only a junior of great promise.

The team is going to start off to Lima on September, 16.

The court is situated not in highland but on 400 m altitude.
 

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Good luck guys! Let's hope Vova's success in futures and Max's in mixed US Open will bring them the energy they need to win this!!! :rocker2:
 

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more info from Belarussian media

from interview of Belarussian team captian Dmitry Tatur:

Ignatic and Karatchenia were choosen as team #3 and #4 because of their success at junior Roland Garros. Although Max and Vova will play again leader roles in DC, depending on the situation Andrei may play doubles because of his super doubles performance @ RG

-Max results in singles are falling down worrying

-Max had a very strong psychological stress :eek: :eek: :eek: after his lost to Soderling in DC tie against Sweden when he had 2 matchballs. His US Open run gives a hope; he played perfect against Bagdatis and against Grosjean he just wasn't physical fresh enough. It was very hot in NY and very difficult him to play with all-times net advances under these weather conditions.

- And what about Voltchkov?
-Voltchkov had a very efficient training in Spain. He is in good condition after that and has already won two futures in Moscow and Germany
 

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Max Mirnyi: "We respect the team Peru"

The Belarussian #1 Max Mirnyi presented respect to Peruvian team and added he didn't care about the clay surface, where the Davis Cup duel would be played.

"We have much respect to the Peruvian team, especially to their two first players (Luis Horna and Iván Miranda). It is going to be a very hard match. I am not worried about playing against Lucho (Horna). Davis Cup results do not depend on a single player, but of the effort of all the team", said Mirnyi, the star of Belarus, on the pre-DC conference east Tuesday at the Rinconada Country Club

Mirnyi,1,95 m high, and one of the best doubles players of the world (#12 ATP), said he cared neitgher about playing on clay nor the public. "We are familiar to play on all type of surface..." :unsure:, emphasized the new mixed doubles champion of the U.S. Open 2007.

On the other hand, the experienced Vladimir Voltchkov, #463 singles ATP and Belarussian number two, commented: "since three months I haven't hit a ball on hard surface :). I am ready to play on clay".

The youngster Uladzimir Ignatik, who took part in the last Inka Bowl event in Lima, and Andrei Karatchenia, #3, were also optimistic.

Team captain Dmitry Tatur assured his team is prepared to defend the place in th World Group of Davis Cup




hehe, it is funny to translate from Spanish :p :p
 

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:spit: one more article

from La Republica

Mirnyi:
"Much respect to Peru and I do not believe Horna alone is the player to win the tie. The winner will be decided on Sunday ".

When you see him practising it's impossible not to feel a mixture of fear and admiration. With almost two meters' height (1,95 to be exact), severe face and owner of an extraordinary forehand, Max Mirnyi stands out against his team partners of Belarus DC team by the impressive force of hitting the ball.
From the day when our country knew that Belarus would be the last stumbling block to enter the DC World Group, all the glances aimed at him. Although Mirnyi's nowadays position in the ranking of professional tennis players is like 97, some time ago he was top 20 in singles and number 1 in doubles.

"I am not scared of public"
During the yesterday press-conference of Belarus DC team at the Rinconada Country Club most of the questions were directed to Mirnyi, who answered very calmly, clarifying that his nickname "the Beast" is left only for on-court.
"We respect Peruvain team. It's going to be a very difficult opponent, especially matches against their two first players and because there is so much expectation here, but we are calm", assured Mirnyi.
"I am not worried about match against Horna, no doubts that will be very hard and I will need to apply more energies, but all the team condition me. Davis Cup is a team game, for that reason I like to play it. Venues of play are different, no doubts the local spectators are able to influence much on result, but it is necessary to know how to handle it ", he added.
Mirnyi finally talked about the surface where the tie will be held. He didn't consider playing on clay as a disadvantage for Belarus team, although fast surface is more habitual. "The court is very good, the game becomes slower on the clay, a ball bounce is unpredictable, but we are here for training. I think winner won't be decided till Sunday ", sentenced the tennis player.

Champions doubles?
Although the captain of Belarus, Dmitri Tatur, hasn't confirm yet who will play doubles on Saturday, everything aims that Max Mirnyi and the young Andrei Karatchenia (doubles winner of Junior Roland Garros with Italian Thomas Fabbiano) will be selected to face the Peruvian pair.
Vladimir Voltchkov, Belarussian #2, said: "I have been training for this tie for the last three months and I haven't hit a ball on a hard court". Belarus now has to defend its place in World Group, since they lost in the previous round to Sweden (3-2). If they lose this one, they would descend to Group I







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