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Actually, that's next Friday the 23rd. Tomorrow the China Open is on TTC.
 

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Belgium :banana:

Edit: Ops :eek:, but as I won't watch the China Open anyway (Vamos Guille!), here's my cheering for Belgium 'til next week. :p
 

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The Americans are in Belgium.

Roddick was interviewed and it seems he underestimated how small our little country is. He seemed to be surprised of the size of the town he was staying in (don't know where he's staying).
They asked him on tv here (he was really friendly) what he knew from Belgium. Roddick answered "Stella Artois".

The Belgian coach Martens said that the Belgian crowd is too polite and he urged them to get noisy and to try to get on the nerves of the Americans a bit. Bring in a small music band, cheer loudly for the Belgians. He said that it's not necessary to cheer when Roddick makes a double fault but when he mishits a ball or gives a bad return, people should cheer that because that's often due to the other player's good shot.
The radio journalist said that our chances are more limited without Malisse (that's also what the Americans said). Martens answered that this is one reason why he urged the crowd to be less polite than they usually are: we're going to need the support of the crowd but we must not forget Olivier Rochus: he's very respected and he also said that he is as talented as Federer but the only downside he has is his size.
Another bonus is that the clay court in Leuven is VERY slow. Roddick also mentionned this...he didn't like it and he hopes that by playing on it in practice that it will speed up a bit.
 

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Castafiore said:
The Americans are in Belgium.

Roddick was interviewed and it seems he underestimated how small our little country is. He seemed to be surprised of the size of the town he was staying in (don't know where he's staying).
They asked him on tv here (he was really friendly) what he knew from Belgium. Roddick answered "Stella Artois".

The Belgian coach Martens said that the Belgian crowd is too polite and he urged them to get noisy and to try to get on the nerves of the Americans a bit. Bring in a small music band, cheer loudly for the Belgians. He said that it's not necessary to cheer when Roddick makes a double fault but when he mishits a ball or gives a bad return, people should cheer that because that's often due to the other player's good shot.
The radio journalist said that our chances are more limited without Malisse (that's also what the Americans said). Martens answered that this is one reason why he urged the crowd to be less polite than they usually are: we're going to need the support of the crowd but we must not forget Olivier Rochus: he's very respected and he also said that he is as talented as Federer but the only downside he has is his size.
Another bonus is that the clay court in Leuven is VERY slow. Roddick also mentionned this...he didn't like it and he hopes that by playing on it in practice that it will speed up a bit.
Thanks for this
 

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Cheering for Belgica all the way :banana: such a shame that Malisse isn't playing but I have faith in Ollie and Chris :bounce:
 

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Give the Americans some of those french fries slathered in mayonnaisse and Belgium will win.
 

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GO USA
 

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Anyone that defeats cute little Ollie when he is playing at home is a big meanie :(
 

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Well, at least we are getting great Davis cup coverage this weekend. Six countries between ESPN and Tennis Channel.

I'd love to also see SWI vs GB and ESP vs ITA.
 

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I can't wait when I go on Sunday :D
 

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Originally Posted by Castafiore
The Americans are in Belgium.

Roddick was interviewed and it seems he underestimated how small our little country is. He seemed to be surprised of the size of the town he was staying in (don't know where he's staying).
They asked him on tv here (he was really friendly) what he knew from Belgium. Roddick answered "Stella Artois".

The Belgian coach Martens said that the Belgian crowd is too polite and he urged them to get noisy and to try to get on the nerves of the Americans a bit. Bring in a small music band, cheer loudly for the Belgians. He said that it's not necessary to cheer when Roddick makes a double fault but when he mishits a ball or gives a bad return, people should cheer that because that's often due to the other player's good shot.
The radio journalist said that our chances are more limited without Malisse (that's also what the Americans said). Martens answered that this is one reason why he urged the crowd to be less polite than they usually are: we're going to need the support of the crowd but we must not forget Olivier Rochus: he's very respected and he also said that he is as talented as Federer but the only downside he has is his size.
Another bonus is that the clay court in Leuven is VERY slow. Roddick also mentionned this...he didn't like it and he hopes that by playing on it in practice that it will speed up a bit.
Thanks for this. Roddick is always a good interview. Belgium had a great chance to take this if they had an in-form X-Man playing for them.
 

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GO USA!!!! :woohoo: :bounce:
 

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From Sportwereld.be

Roddick was asked what he knows from Belgium.
Q:What do you know of Belgium?
A: What do I know of Belgium? I do know Stella Artois
Q: You realize that Leuven is a beer city?
A: Well, that's not something I need to know at this point (before the match).


De Belgen kent hij wel, zo kreeg Olivier Rochus bijna een liefdesverklaring over zich heen. ,,Olivier is heel grappig om naar te kijken. Hij heeft trouwens al enkele keren heel goeie spelers geklopt, is zeer getalenteerd, heeft een goed balgevoel en speelt bijna als een artiest. Hij is een lust voor het oog.''
Translation:
Roddick does know the Belgians; Olivier Rochus comes close to receiving a love declaration from him: "Olivier is very funny to watch. He has beaten very good players on a couple of occassions, he's very talented , he has a good feel for the ball and he almost plays like an artist. He's sight for sore eyes."

:cool:

That complimentary note from Roddick about Ollie comes shortly after the 'cute' comment from Federer.

Martens (the coach) about the American team:
Roddick is a world class player, Blake is in the form of his life and then there are the Bryan brothers. It's going to be tough but we're not without a chance.
 
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