That's true, but he was also in excruciating pain :sad: and while I can see him fighting bravely for Davis Cup, it's very hard to play on the tour day in, day out with that kind of pay. I really hoped the surgery would take care of that, but it seems the pain just won't go away.
But I was also impressed by his performance today. Well done Goran! :kiss:
i swear he was wincing on every serve! but i am selfish enuf to have appreciated that he was out there making the effort. now he needs to go back to rehab and allow James and Mardy to finish spanking those boys...
He was. He said after the match that everytime he served in the last two sets he saw mice, or something colorful like that. But you could tell from his beaming face that he thought it was all worth it. Like he said yesterday, how many times do you get to play USA in front of home audience. And today was magical! :hearts:
Thanks for the Wimbledon pic TH. But I didn't think he looked much thinner. That pic is not very good. He seemed healthy and fit, well as fit as he can be under the circumstances. Notice that he survived a very long 5-setter with almost no prior match practice, so he does have stamina.
For Davis Cup, Ivanisevic Bends but Doesn't Break
By SAL ZANCA
ZAGREB, Croatia, Feb. 8 — Goran Ivanisevic's left elbow and biceps hurt. He said he thought his arm could break and he was taking painkillers throughout the match.
Yet it was the fifth set and he thought he and Ivan Ljubicic still had a chance against the American team in their Davis Cup doubles match today after being two sets down.
"When you play a match like this, you don't care if it will break," Ivanisevic said. "In the fifth set, I wouldn't stop for anything."
So he helped rally Croatia to a comeback victory over the American doubles team of James Blake and Mardy Fish, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-4, to give Croatia a 2-1 lead in the first-round Davis Cup tie. Ivanisevic and Ljubicic have won from two sets down in three of their last four Davis Cup doubles matches.
"They served great," Blake said. "They stayed positive. Goran got better as the match progressed. He served better than you could expect someone coming off an eight-month layoff. We played basically two bad games — the first one in the fourth set, and I played one at the 4-all in the fifth set."
Now this first-round tie comes down to Sunday's scheduled singles of Blake against Ljubicic followed by Fish against 18-year-old Mario Ancic. Both Fish and Ancic lost in three sets on Friday.
"Our chances are pretty good," Blake said. "Ivan has been serving great the last few days, but I still see a good chance for me and give Mardy a chance to be the hero."
Only five times since Davis Cup competition began in 1900 has the United States come back from a 2-1 deficit. The last time was in 2000 against the Czech Republic.
Blake and Fish looked to be in control early. After a little more than an hour, they had won the first two sets. And Ivanisevic looked fragile.
Ivanisevic's first service game was dreadful. He failed to get a first serve in and served two double faults as the Americans broke for a 3-1 lead. "I was so stiff, so tight," Ivanisevic said. "There was a huge pressure.
"I didn't feel the ball the first two sets," he added. "It got better at the end of the second set."
The Croatians were not broken again after the third game of the third set.
"With the serves we have, even if you are five sets down, it doesn't matter," Ljubicic said. "We never think we would lose. We know the pressure is on the other guys because we are serving so much better than anyone else."
Blake was disappointed at times with the partisan crowd, which shouted during play.
"They were calling out during points, in between first and second serves, during serves, during overheads," Blake said. "That's something I feel the referee should control and why they have the fair play rule, and I wish they would have actually done something about it."
The United States captain, Patrick McEnroe, said the referee made announcements to control the crowd in English only.
"My problem was they didn't make the announcement in Croatian," McEnroe said. "To my knowledge, maybe I missed it, but I never heard an announcement made in Croatian. I kept saying they were going to do something but they kept interfering with the players."
Blake, however, did not want to say the crowd won the match for Croatia. "I felt we lost because Ljubicic and Ivanisevic served very well, and I played a bad game at 4-all," he said. "They stayed positive the whole match and fought the whole time."
The third set went to a tie breaker as the Americans were starting to falter. The Croatians went up by 5-2 as Fish lost both his service points, including one on a double fault. The Croatians held the advantage after that.
Fish immediately lost his serve at love at the start of the fourth set and the Croatians were quickly up, 2-0. They held the break to 5-4.
After two and a half hours, the match entered the fifth set.
Ivanisevic knew that Blake was the key. "He must do something wrong," Ivanisevic said. "Yesterday he didn't do anything wrong. Today, almost three hours, he didn't do anything wrong. Nobody can do that."
Finally, at 4-4, Blake played a poor service game. He served a double fault and changed rackets. Then he netted a volley. Fish couldn't handle a shot hit at him and the Americans were down, 0-40. Blake sent a shot into the net and the Croatians led, 5-4.
Ljubicic served out the match for the Croatians' eighth doubles victory in the country's short Davis Cup history — all with Ivanisevic. The last time Croatia lost in doubles was in September 1999, when Ivanisevic did not play Davis Cup.
We will continue to simulate the season with the second Grand Slam of 2020 - Roland Garros. The draw for the events will be completely randomized. Qualifiers are randomized as well and the WCs are chosen by me.
ALL-NEW - You may only vote ONCE EVERY TWO HOURS this week AND matches are best of...
We were looking for that great QF. Federer needed to beat Tommy Robredo (LOL) and the in-form Nadal needed to beat Kohlschreiber.
But it wasnt meant to be as Tommy Robredo ate Roger Federer alive.
Where does this rank?
I mean, the year 2020 in tennis is really something else.
According to local prosecutors, Basilashvili assaulted his ex-wife in a country house near Tbilisi on May 21st. He was arrested. The court today determined he could be released on bail of ~$31K. The main hearing is scheduled on July...
So Vatutin continued to play and after he lost the point he asked umpire to check the mark. It was out and the point was awarded to Vatutin.
What makes is interesting is that Brown loses his head like that and complains for a long time - after all he is a trickster himself. Remember this?