Davis Cup Quarterfinals: Federer, Wawrinka Lead Favored Swiss; Murray Sick In Italy
by Staff | April 3rd, 2014, 10:53 pm
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Round Two of the Davis Cup gets underway Friday with quarterfinal play featuring a trio of Grand Slam champions.

Roger Federer and Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka continue their march toward an elusive title as their Swiss team host Kazakhstan in Geneva.

“I think it can feel strange for everybody when you have Roger on the team and he is No. 2 in the tie,” said Wawrinka. “It’s just because I played so well at the beginning of the season winning my first Grand Slam – I know that’s my ranking and I deserve it because I’m playing really good and I’m happy with that.

“Roger is back playing good tennis, he is confident, and I’m sure he’ll play amazing tennis the rest of the year, so I’m sure it’s going to be tough to stay No. 1, but that’s not my goal. My goal is to play well and make some great results and to win the tie.”


Andy Murray has a stomach virus but is expected to play tomorrow on the red clay of Naples when his Team GB takes on Italy. A strong Italian team is led by veterans Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi who will be tough to beat on the home dirt.

“Andy’s got some sort of virus which has made him feel pretty poorly over the last 24 hours in particular,” said GB Captain Leon Smith. “It is important to give him a lot of rest and recovery. That’s why he didn’t attend the draw, to spend time with the doctor and stay at the hotel away from the rest of the group.

“Hopefully he can be fit and play a big part in the weekend, which I’m sure he will. He’s a fighter and obviously desperate to play so looks like he will be OK.”

Both Kei Nishikori and Tomas Berdych will be absent for the Japan-Czech Republic tie in Tokyo. And a depleted German squad will travel to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and France.

JAPAN v CZECH REPUBLIC
Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoor)
Head-to-head: 1-1
These two nations have met twice before, but not since 1935. Japan won their first meeting 3-2 in 1930 before Czechoslovakia gained revenge with a 4-1 victory in 1935. Both meetings took place in Prague.

Two-time defending champion Czech Republic continues its title defence with an away tie against Japan – the first meeting between the two nations since 1935. Czech Republic is looking to extend its nation-record winning streak to 11 straight ties and move into equal 3rd place behind USA (17) and Algeria (14) for the most consecutive Davis Cup tie wins. Japan, meanwhile, is bidding to make the most of its first World Group quarterfinal and earn a landmark spot in the semifinals.

Tatsuma Ito (JPN) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Taro Daniel (JPN) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) v Radek Stepanek/Jiri Vesely (CZE)
Tatsuma Ito (JPN) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Taro Daniel (JPN) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)

FRANCE v GERMANY
Venue: Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy, FRA (hard – indoor)
Head-to-head: France leads 7-2
France and Germany meet for a 10th time. France has won the last 6 meetings between the two sides, including all 4 of their World Group meetings. Germany is looking to defeat France for the first time since 1938, and the first time ever on away soil.

Julien Benneteau (FRA) v Tobias Kamke (GER)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Peter Gojowczyk (GER)
Michael Llodra/Gael Monfils (FRA) v Andre Begemann/Tobias Kamke (GER)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Tobias Kamke (GER)
Julien Benneteau (FRA) v Peter Gojowczyk (GER)

ITALY v GREAT BRITAIN
Venue: Tennis Club Napoli, Naples, ITA (clay – outdoor)
Head-to-head: Italy leads 11-4
Great Britain is bidding to reach the World Group semifinals for the first time since 1981 when it takes on Italy in Naples, while the host nation is looking to reach the last 4 in the competition for the first time since finishing a runner-up to Sweden in 1998. Italy has won 10 of its last 11 meetings with Great Britain but this is the first clash between the two teams since 1984.

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v James Ward (GBR)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Andy Murray (GBR)
Simone Bolelli/Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Colin Fleming/Ross Hutchins (GBR)
Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Andy Murray (GBR)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v James Ward (GBR)

SWITZERLAND v KAZAKHSTAN
Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)
Head-to-head: Kazakhstan leads 1-0
Switzerland is looking to avenge its 5-0 defeat to Kazakhstan in their only previous meeting in 2010 as the two teams do battle in Geneva. Switzerland is bidding to progress to its first World Group semifinal since 2003, while Kazakhstan is hoping to surpass its best Davis Cup result by winning its first quarterfinal in 3 attempts since earning promotion to the World Group in 2011.

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Andrey Golubev (KAZ)
Roger Federer (SUI) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Evgeny Korolev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
Roger Federer (SUI) v Andrey Golubev (KAZ)


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111 Comments for Davis Cup Quarterfinals: Federer, Wawrinka Lead Favored Swiss; Murray Sick In Italy

metan Says:

Wow, this is going to be a proper place for Andy to launch an attack at Rafa season. Come on all Andy fans, you must cheer him up and wish him good health.

Sad for Japan that Kei is not in, but it is good for his hip. Hope he will fully recover at clay season. Takes your time Kei. ♡


Colin Says:

Damn!
I was looking forward to the clay season because it means I can watch some tennis without interrupting (or abandoning)my night’s sleep, and now this happens.

So much for “sunny Italy”.

Although Andy will get more time to recover fitness, the schedule will be telescoped, and if he plays doubles, he could have to come on court twice in one day. On the other hand, if he doesn’t play doubles, Colin Fleming will have his regular partner Ross Hutchins, who in turn may still be a little rusty technically after his long absence with lymphoma.


Giles Says:

Kazakhs 1-0. Wow!!


the DA Says:

lol Stan. What was that? You’re putting a strain on your new bromance. Can’t wait for Roger’s presser ;P

As expected, Fognini took the first rubber. Ward put up a decent fight and stretched him to 4 sets. Now I guess we’ll see how well or unwell Muzz is.


RZ Says:

Colin, I watched Fleming and Hutchins play at Indian Wells, and Hutchins played really well. I was surprised at how much he’s filled out (he had looked really thin toward the end of last year in some pics) and was serving and hitting pretty hard.


RZ Says:

The DA – surprising result for sure! I hope the Swiss team can get it together for the rest of the tie.


Giles Says:

Wawa climbing onto the umpire’s chair and waving the racquet at him!!
#Shameful


Hippy Chic Says:

When done to Golubev,Stan is clearly not the same player that won the AO ATM,Golubev has the game to trouble the top players,as he did against Rafa at the USO in the opening round in 2011,even though Rafa still won the match in straight sets..


Hippy Chic Says:

^Sorry should be well done^.


SG1 Says:

Davis Cup seems to provide more upsets than the day-in day-out world of the pro tour. Players often exhibit grit and skill when playing for their country that they can’t find during regular tennis events. This is why Davis Cup is intriguing. We don’t get to watch (or see) near enough of it up here in the frosty north.


Translated Age Says:

One journeyman beating another is not that big of a surprise.

Stan’s had his 15 minutes of fame.

Coming back to earth again.


skeezer Says:

Fed rights the ship 1-1 DC.
#righteous


Giles Says:

Wawa in press “You are going to call all the world’s sports psychologists to understand why I lost that match”. Lol
#StanTheSham


nadalista Says:

Poor Stan, appears he is having trouble handling the pressure.


the DA Says:

Wow, just wow. Gojowczyk just took out Jo Willy in 5 sets. The guy could barely move due to cramping but still made Jo run all over the place. Once again Davis Cup makes a mockery of rankings. This guy could seriously play but can’t make headway on the regular tour.

If France have blown this rare opportunity to make the final of DC without facing Spain/Serbia – they will never live it down. It’s still winnable but what a mountain to climb now.


contador Says:

LOL, Translated Age. “one journeyman beating another”… Andrey Golubev – i think he is still young enough…nah, he going in the direction of journeyman. I still have hopes for WAWA. Beefy boy, Margot;s nickname for him, cannot go down in history as a journeyman having won AO. But I would not think of Pim Pim Johanson as a j-man with his record, either. Much of this is just personal preference/opinion. ; )


metan Says:

Roger needs to teach wawa how to handle a pressure. Here we go, Roger asks wawa, I heard you are a player, I am the coach!!


Humble Rafa Says:

“I played well but the other guy not so much.” comment is coming soon.


harry Says:

@Conty: great to see you posting again!


Klaas Says:

Ivanisevic after winning his one GS: “I will always be a champion now”.

I might add: no number of sour couch potatoes can take that away from him or Stan the man.


madmax Says:

Giles Says:
Wawa climbing onto the umpire’s chair and waving the racquet at him!!
#Shameful

April 4th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

giles, am interested why you are following Switzerland at all? It does you no favours.

Stan is indeed having a bit of a dip, but I don’t think that will stop him from being successful this year. He just needs to bide his time a little more. 15 minutes of fame? Don’t be ridiculous, who ever said that. Stan is a great player, always on the cusp of a big drama, always there as a potential winner. He has some of the best shots in the game. Should never be under estimated.

Good luck to Switzerland in DC.


the DA Says:

Andy overcomes a break deficit in the 3rd to beat Seppi in straight sets. They just announced the doubles teams: Murray/Fleming v Fognini/ Bolelli. :-o

Now that’s a family sized popcorn match. Both teams have everything to play for. Drama guaranteed.


Giles Says:

madmax. This is Davis Cup – FYI I am following all the teams, not that I need to explain anything to you!
C’mon Kazakhstan!!


the DA Says:

lol, Swiss team down a set. Golubev playing like he’s Top 5, Wawa all out of sorts (again). Davis Cup drama, love it.


madmax Says:

Giles Says:
madmax. This is Davis Cup – FYI I am following all the teams, not that I need to explain anything to you!
C’mon Kazakhstan!!

April 5th, 2014 at 7:49 am.

You don’t have to answer. I am just amazed how gripped you are by players who aren’t your “thing”. If you are into Murray, why don’t you comment on how he is doing?

Personally, I think that Murray will get back into the top 5 very soon. It is strange how the rankings have changed over the last couple of weeks, and also how well Roger has done to go up 4 spaces!

Well done Fed!

Giles, I was just interested. The difficulty here is that you get defensive all the time. If you are following Davis Cup, where are your other comments about the other teams? Try not to get defensive all of the time.


madmax Says:

Giles, you are following davis cup. I don’t normally, but who do you think will win? Have you got a bet on any of the teams?


madmax Says:

I read what Skeezer was supposed to say Giles. Thanks for the heads up.

“skeezer Says:
Giles,
I laugh every time you accuse the whole tennis fan community of being in “camps”. Stan, on known Tour journeyman beat Rafa in the finals of a Slam. Get over it.
#childish

April 3rd, 2014 at 11:15 am

Giles, Skeezer didn’t say that stan was a journeyman per se, he was saying that people like yourself were referring to him as a journey man. That is pretty obvious to me. What is less obvious is why you would want to start a word war with someone who absolutely does not believe this and has stated so.


Giles Says:

madmax. You can offer any interpretation you like but his post is there for all to see.
Had enough now. Watching GB v Italy.


A Tango Lad Says:

Oh dear. Roger and Stan have lost in doubles.

I’m not sure that I would bet on Team Suisse to win DC right now with the way they are playing.

I just hope Roger is not too hard on Stan.

Hopp Suisse.


Giles Says:

madmax. I am watching GB v Italy live on TV. Andy has been playing very well so far and I think he will go deep in the upcoming CC season. I don’t watch streams, but just follow live scores. The Swiss lost the dubs quite unexpectedly, I might add so this makes for a very interesting tie. Both fed and Wawa will surely be tired for tomorrow’s singles but so will Golubev. The only fresh player will be the fourth guy. So, let’s see what happens.


madmax Says:

yes. Just seen the loss of the swiss. Listened to the interview from the Kazak captain who said they “deliberately attacked Wawinka today”, after interviewer asked if this is what they did. Kazak said they knew was low on confidence from his previous loss, so really wanted to bring him down.

Nevertheless, a close fought tie. Be proud Swiss! Heads up and go into the reverse singles tomorrow, tired but ready to fight.

Giles, come on! You know as well as anyone here that you can write something down and it can be misinterpreted. Why make a smoke screen here. No one things that Stan is anything but a great player who can rattle anyone’s feathers.


Rita Says:

Poor Swiss :(. Such high hopes yet I don’t think they’ll get through! Also since some of the players for Kazakhstan are fill-ins from Russia, a win probably isn’t on the same patriotism level for them as it is for the Swiss.

The Kazakhs played well though so they definitely deserved the win in this match but it’s so unfortunate how the same Fedrinka that made it to IW semis played quite poorly today.

Stan always puts so much heart into this tournament but it’s tragic how he struggles to translate that into his level of play. Let’s hope he’s able to do that tommorow though!

But of course, may the best team win!


Slice Tennis Says:

“he was saying that people like yourself were referring to him as a journey man. That is pretty obvious to me.”

Is it so obvious to you ?
Can you please show his post where he says people like Giles were referring to Wawa as a journeyman ?


Alexandra Says:

It seems DC is the perfect place for the lesser known players. The swiss were made out the big favourites, and look what happens. Too bad for Fed that Stan is out of sorts at the moment. He clearly hasn’t adjusted to being a slam winner. People expect more of him now, it was okay to have his ups and downs before but not anymore when he gets all the advantages of being a slam champion, which he takes with great pleasure.
Amazing first day from the germans, no one expected those kind of results against the french.


Giles Says:

ST. The fed ites love making up stories, misinterpreting, pleading ignorance, backtracking, etc etc. Awaiting madmax’ response to you.


Slice Tennis Says:

“The fed ites love making up stories, misinterpreting, pleading ignorance, backtracking, etc etc.”

Very True Giles.

That was proven and established.

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2014-03-07/15038.php#comment-524522

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2014-03-07/15038.php#comment-524552

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2014-03-09/15050.php#comment-524632


Margot Says:

OMG Andy wins a painfully grinding singles, then a far-too-exciting doubles. Played magic, magic tennis in the second set though, ably partnered by Colin.
Go Team GB!


A Tango Lad Says:

With Spain and Serbia out of DC and Berdych unavailable for the Czechs, this is Roger’s big chance to add a missing piece to his legacy.

Perhaps the pressure is wearing on him. He has played so much tennis lately.


the DA Says:

Margot, it was terrific despite the lapse in the 4th. Great tennis. Love doubles and especially seeing Andy in the zone with Colin. Some outrageous shots came off his racquet today.

Just wish there was a little more time to rest before taking on Fog.


Slice Tennis Says:

Murray played really well. Looked sharp and moved freely.


Skeezer Says:

Stan imo WAS a journeyman most of his career. Was he an elite player? Not untill he beat Rafa to win a Slam. That is an elite feat, winning a Slam.
Whats a journeymen player? Where is the line drawn? It’s subjective. Ben says below top 50. Someone says never seeded in a draw(lol). Regardless, there is no line on what a joirneyman is, so I gave an opinion. However, whay is pretty darn clear is whay an elite player is. We all know fir sure the top 4-5 are. There consistent results say so.
@madmax
You can disagree with my opinion, I don’t have a problem with it if u do. I realize we are not a “camp” that has to agree on everything. All good ;)


A Tango Lad Says:

Roger and Wawrinka have lost their last four Davis Cup doubles matches together. Stan in Davis Cup doubles overall: 3-11.

Roger said he isn’t too disappointed because they still got it in their own hands. He’s convinced Stan will play well tomorrow.

I hope people don’t think that this means Roger is implying that Stan didn’t play well today. That would be unfortunate. English is not Roger’s first language.


Margot Says:

@The DA
Very good to see Andy at the net in the dubs too. fab volleys and angled dinks over the net. Was way too far back against Seppi. Was shouting at him to move forward!
Andy’s new coach should obviously be me….;)


Slice Tennis Says:

I don’t think Federer can blame Stan the (Journey)Man here.
Federer’s serve misfired at crucial junctures including both the tie breaks.


Slice Tennis Says:

Giles Says:
“Awaiting madmax’ response to you.”

I don’t think she will show up here now.
LMAO
#Exposed


A Tango Lad Says:

Name me one player old enough to be a journeyman (say over 25) never seeded in a major (32 seeds) who wouldn’t be considered a journeyman then.

I for one see nothing wrong with such a view.


Hippy Chic Says:

Yay Team GB,and great to see Andy playing that well again,i hope hes now finding his best form,and takes it into the other tournies??


Hippy Chic Says:

JMO But i always believed a journeyman to be a player whos never made much impression in the landscape of mens tennis,ie a player that goes from tourney to tourney losing early,struggling to qualify for the main draws,a player not even in the top 100,but definetly not a player ranked in the top 10/20,whom i would call an acomplished player just not an elite player,after all there are many very good players on the tour Berdych,Tsonga,Ferrer,Gasquet that are or have been very solid,its just they never won a GS,only a select few do win the GS,still JMO..


contador Says:

You are so right, Margot. It seems he enjoys playing from way back and against many players that works. Seppi is way back there too. Andy is notches above dear Seppi as tennis players go. This is a guess, I missed Davis Cup matches and opted to sleep in ; ) . Anyway my guess is Andy, Nole, Rafa, and at least when he was younger, Federer, all like that grinding contest. Pounding the ball from way back is fun – Kimberly could describe it better than me. Thing is, Andy is in a losing battle when he does that versus Rafa or Nole. Watch how Tigger aka Pogoserve, aka Dolgopolov beat Rafa. I was so proud of Pogoserve! He has been taking a set off Rafa, is unintimidated by Rafa’s style of play, and seriously believed he could beat the great Nadal – his strategy worked on that day. He absolutely refused to be pushed back. Helps to have crazy, quick reflexes for that :D :D !!

Yeah, so I have been thinking how Andy can beat Nole and Rafa…lols …Be sure and get in touch with me when you get the coaching call….

What was sad for me was how miserably Dolgopolov played at IW versus Federer. But that is only the 2nd time he has actually faced Feddy on a big stage. Pogoserve needs a completely different plan and mindset in that situation. ( i think they do some informal hitting together in Dubai – rumor has it)


Margot Says:

@conty
Ah, buy, but, but, when Andy plays against Nole/Fed/Rafa he does adopt a far more aggressive stance.
eg last time he played Rafa, first set and a half against Nole. He knows he can’t “out grind” them so he takes risks. Clearly his mind set is defensive but he can play more aggressively, and when he does he is very effective, which makes it so darn infuriating as a fan!


Hippy Chic Says:

Heres hoping Murray the Magnificent is not too knackered,and can finish the job against Fabio tomorrow,come on Murray lets go,and lets go team GB ;))..


contador Says:

Yes Margot, he tries and he know how to beat them but he loses something mentally or spiritually? when playing Nole (too many times, imo) and starts missing first serves, losing confidence, gets pushed too far back – though he knows it is a bad idea = he is frustrated during the match, I am frustrated during his matches…

Yes, Murray beating Rafa in Tokyo, was it? That was the first time I had any belief in Andy’s own belief in himself. He has played Rafa very well, but not often enough for me :D

Nole – forget it. Bad call or whatever – he can’t slip back into some bad place when ***t happens. He has the game and knows the way to beat them, Nole, Fed, Rafa.

Nole displayed some freakishly great tennis the way he beat Rafa in Miami. Nole has improved the way he dictates, can change directions and execute his plan; the shots were hitting where he wanted. I expect uncle tony and Rafa are working out how to counter the moves right now somewhere on a clay court or in their sleep!


contador Says:

These guys for the most part really do make each other better and in doing so, create monsters…greedy, GOATS.

Except stubborn Federer, that is. No, no, he played with the same racquet until the bitter end. Finally he changes and voila, his back hand has renewed power. But it took him too long to make the change, I say, with my powers of hindsight, lol. as if I know…

Anyway Federer is doing great now but I still have to question the recovery time when required to play at the level he needs in the majors. Maybe the latest advances in medical science can help with recovery time ;)


Hippy Chic Says:

I think Andy is not too far off his best,and he matches up well with Novak,and Andy when he reaches that level again which im sure he will,means trouble for Novak hopefully?never have i seen Novak look so lost as he did in the Wimbledon final last year,sadly Andy lost his mojo after that due to his back,but hopefully now hes getting his groove back??


Margot Says:

@conty
Yes, b4 those two slams and the gold, I would be agreeing with you, and softly sobbing…..
But not now! He knows how to do it, and will do again.
Don’t think we can discount 1) how problematic his back has been for what 18 months? and 2) how long it will take him, if ever, to feel fully confident about it.
@Hippychicky
Yay! Go Murray the Magnificent indeedy!


Giles Says:

“Maybe the latest advances in medical science can help with recovery time”. Hmmm. No need for that, just ask joker, he has found the answer with the EGG!!
#Superman


Hippy Chic Says:

Margot agree Andy hasnt been at his best due to his back since he won Wimbledon last year,and thats not an excuse its a fact,hes not a player that takes time off lightly,and hes facing Novak and other players now as a 2 time GS champion,and not a player whos there to make up the numbers,when hes fit hes confident,and thats bad news for any player,obviously not saying he will always beat Novak,but hes a very different player now..


contador Says:

Okay Margot, I am with you :D You have to be very proud of him!

His back seems good now, doesn’t it? Well, I did get to watch a couple of his Miami matches.

Nole and Andy know how to beat Nadal and Federer, it is a matter of having the confidence and be physically and mentally up for it on the day – it is not easy.


Hippy Chic Says:

2011 Tokoyo was the last time Rafa and Andy played each other,they are both my favorite players in that order,so i would like for them to be on opposite sides for a chance of meeting in some finals..


contador Says:

Yeah, that was it Hippy Chic, Tokyo 2011. Impressive how Andy took charge in that match…but the Rafa loyalists will be saying Rafa was injured. Perhaps he was, but Andy showed belief and initiative, which gave me hope.

As margot points out, we are all past that after Andy got the gold medal, won US Open, and Wimby.

What is up with all the back surgeries? Tiger Woods, Chris Froome, Andy Murray… maybe Nadal, next? his back is bothering him. I just want more details. Whatever they are having done appears to be working. Froome is a cyclist on team Sky who won the Tour de France last year – rides for U.K. – just curious about these things. ;p :p you know, from a medical standpoint.


Hippy Chic Says:

The irony for me is that i enjoy watching Rafa more on the HCs,clay is niether here nor there really,HCs make him more aggressive going for his shots more,last year was some of the best HC tennis i have ever seen him play,i hope he carries on playing that type of tennis on HCs this year too?


Humble Rafa Says:

Blame Stan train is getting ready to leave the station.

#goat embarrassment#


madmax Says:

@madmax
You can disagree with my opinion, I don’t have a problem with it if u do. I realize we are not a “camp” that has to agree on everything. All good ;)

April 5th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Skeezer, was defending you. Agreed with you. Now Giles and ST have got things all mixed up. It’s all good as you say.
ST and giles, not getting into your twisting of words. Really. Enough. Get back to the tennis. If you think Skeezer twists things then that’s your mind. Not mine. He is great. We all know that.


madmax Says:

Watched the DC with Murray and camp. Thought it would go down to he wire, but pulled it back in the final set. Italy were in with a chance at one point.

And now, today, Swiss play again. With renewed vigour I hope. Lots of confidence needed on their side.

I did even give Kasak a chance. Did anyone? These players I guess have nothing to lose and therefore, go for broke.

Stan and Fed were obviously stunned at the onslaught. I don’t think it should be described as a crash though. Anything in a tie break is close to the wire.

Good luck swiss!


mikael Says:

Personally, I don’t know what psychological focus Stan would have in his next match — Kukushkin IMO didn’t seem to have that much weapons compared to Golubev but he has lost to him before. I hope for a miracle that Stan wins, and maybe think of himself as the underdog against everyone in DC. This has been quite painful to watch.


Hippy Chic Says:

I cant Roger losing to Golubev,or Stan to Kukushkin,IMO the Swiss Team will take this still 3-2,but they have made things difficult for themselves..


Colin Says:

Andy and Fognini will be on court soon. I just looked at a weather report for Naples, and it should be sunny today. In the morning the wind is expected to register gusts of 13 mph. Is that strong enough to cause problems?

Regarding the state of the court, I was imagining what would happen if Nole were playing there, and tried to do one of his “splits” slides on that damaged patch. He’d injure himself.

Meanwhile, Andy should beat Fognini and wrap up the tie, but I dare say he’ll give us a few anxious moments as usual. Fognini can play, but doesn’t seem what you’d call gritty, mentally.


Colin Says:

Oh, that other tie, with -what’s his name? – Federer: According to what I read yesterday, the Kazakh guys are sort of hired mercenaries, born in Russia, Ukraine and so on, who have been offered the chance of playing for Kazakhstan when they haven’t got facilities back home.

Still, look at the Australian and Canadian players with names ending in “ic”!


Hippy Chic Says:

Fantastic stuff already from Murray and Fognini already after only two games,in a hostile atmosphere..


Hippy Chic Says:

Come on Andy whats going on?you were 3-1 in that 1st set,i go for a shower come back and you lose the set jeez?


Hippy Chic Says:

Oh dear i didnt see that one coming,all credit to Fabio for out playing Andy,it looks bleak now for team GB,i cant see Seppi losing to Evans,i will hope for the best but it looks like a lost cause now #gutted :((((….


Margot Says:

Oh Andy. :( Just a match too far at the mo., on top of a stomach bug.
Now can Wardy….??? Lol don’t bet your house on it!


Hippy Chic Says:

Sorry meant James Ward not Dan Evans….


Giles Says:

Feel sorry for Andy and GB. Can James pull a rabbit out of the hat? Looks like playing for 3 consecutive days was too much for Andy and took its toll.


Colin Says:

On the BBC website, where I’ve been watching, there is excellent analysis from Dominic Inglot, a fine doubles player with a posh, plummy voice such as BBC tennis commentators used to have. He said Andy gets the momentum on his shots from the body core, by swivelling, but Fognini does it with the arms, so he uses much less energy. Andy is missing Monte Carlo to train for the FO, which means he’ll be seeking to improve that core strength.

Fognini at his best is superb on clay. His drop shots constantly left the fast-moving Murray standing. I think on this form Fabio would likely have beaten even a fit Andy on this surface.

I can’t see GB winning the tie unless there is a major meltdown on the part of Seppi, though Ward might take a set.


Margot Says:

@Colin
Heard that and I too thought it very interesting.
I think Foggy is terrific on clay, really pleasurable to watch. Was just damned annoyed he was playing Andy!


Slice Tennis Says:

“ST and giles, not getting into your twisting of words.”

Can you please show the post to support your claim ?

“If you think Skeezer twists things then that’s your mind.”

For a change he did not twist anything regarding Stan the journeyman. He claimed that Stan was a journeyman and stood by his funny claim. It was you who tried to twist things and ended up with egg on your face….LMAO


Slice Tennis Says:

“He said Andy gets the momentum on his shots from the body core, by swivelling, but Fognini does it with the arms, so he uses much less energy.”

Interesting point. Getting the body more into the shot is a an old fashioned technique suited more for playing with heavy wooden racquets. With today lighter graphite ones usage of body is not required much. Both Federer and Rafa use less of the body and more of their arms into their shots. This helps them to change directions and control the spin in a better way.
The game of tennis is completely different with the advancement in technology and it requires a different set of skill and technique to be successful. None of the top players these days have the strength on their arms and shoulders like Laver. None of the current top players can handle a heavy wooden racquet. But none of the older players had the stamina and footwork and strong wrists which the present ones posses.


Hippy Chic Says:

Well the Swiss team managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat,and team GB managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory,tennis is a funny old game,and its tough been a fan sometimes,Liverpool FC managed to grab another 3 points in what was a poor game,with poor refereeing discisions,and so remaining top of the league in the Premiership title race,so thats cheered me up at least….


A Tango Lad Says:

Hopp Suisse!!!

Looking good for Davis Cup this year!

Thankful Spain is not waiting around the corner. I’m thinking Roger is too! Haha!

Italy next!


skeezer Says:

“For a change he did not twist anything regarding Stan the journeyman.”
Yep, re; twisting is the only thing you’re good at.
#chubbycheckerlives


Humble Rafa Says:

The Swiss Tanker didn’t tank when it mattered. I have to tell my amigo, Nico The Tanker, who tanks every time.


Skeezer Says:

How can you be called a tanker when you don’t tank?
#badcomedy
#HRjealousyatrikesagain
#watchFeds100forTherapy


skeezer Says:

Oh geeee, the swiss with the Maestro pull out a “one for the ages” comeback, and the Rafafanatics are nowhere to be seen in congratulations. LMAO.
#jealousycontinues
#theGOAT@32answerswhenhedoesn’tneedtoo
#silenceisgolden
#clutchtalksBSwalks
#trashtalkusually=cowardiceActs


harry Says:

Fed tweets: “Merci a tout le monde pour ce soutien incroyable ce week-end! Amazing crowd here in #geneva See you all in September? pic.twitter.com/OrQDbzMg95″


harry Says:

Ha ha! really funny tweet from the Stanimal ;)
https://twitter.com/djub22/status/452894184677322752


harry Says:

I just love Stan’s tweets; this one was posted a few days ago:
https://twitter.com/stanwawrinka/status/451423492588974080/photo/1


Okiegal Says:

There were no holes in the Swiss Cheese today….congrats to them…..they got it together for DC!! Good for them. Congrats to there loyal fans!!


Okiegal Says:

^^^^^ before the English police get all over me…I know it should be “their” and not there!!


Okiegal Says:

Roger’s question to Stan….”Whose your Daddy?”


Hippy Chic Says:

Skeezer@April 6th 9.48pm i posted congrats to the Swiss Team on the other thread….


Colin Says:

Before the weekend I said I hoped Murray had a good DC tie, as it would give him confidence, which is what he needs right now, so I wonder how he feels now! It’s a situation where Lendl’s input would have been a great help.

Aha, Okiegal, the English Police are still on the alert! You mean “who’s your Daddy?”


madmax Says:

Funny Colin :)


Okiegal Says:

@Colin

I saw the error of my ways after it was too late! I do know better….who’s the goat and whose GOAT is this?? Is that the correct way?? Tee hee!! Have a good day!!


Translated Age Says:

Colin, you should have used a comma after your phrase, “Before the weekend”.

Also, “I said I hoped” should be “I had said I hope”.

I hope this helps!


Translated Age Says:

Poor behaviour from Stanimal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKyysK4m3r0

Climbing up the chair umpire’s ladder and cracking his racquet against the umpire’s chair is poor form.

Should have been a penalty.


Okiegal Says:

I think Stan has let success go to his head a bit. He’s been having a go at the officials a lot lately…which causes his game to suffer,imo!!


Translated Age Says:

His Davis Cup record has never been that great. Somewhat journeyman like one might say.

In fact, outside AO, what has he won?


tweener Says:

Congrats to Czech, Switzerland, France and Italy to get through.

I was really thinking GB will edge Italy, but back to back matches were too much for andy to cope. Had it been a GB win, I was wondering what surface they would have opted against the swiss back home….GRASS??…. considering andy is good on grass.

The czechs were lucky not to play kei as he is looking too good atm.

Both france and the swiss were casual at the beginning probably due to complacency.

I think winning a GS has gone the wrong way for stan….I think its affecting him mentally that people now are expecting good show from him everytime he steps on the court. He was playing lot better being a underdog.

Swiss vs Italians will be interesting….the swiss better not chose clay.


Giles Says:

TA. He is the Swiss #1 after all! Lol


Translated Age Says:

Yesterday morning Stan tweeted:

“A person who is nice to you BUT not to the waiter is NOT a nice person.”

Well, I just hope that Stan not comparing waiter with chair umpire. Don’t you?

Or do you.


Translated Age Says:

I would just like to thank the moderator for quickly publishing my moderated posts (even if this one does not see the light of day).

I will try harder to stay within the posted rules while still providing some counter points from a differing view as well as friendly banter. Not always so easy!!!

Your job as moderator is also not so easy.

Thank-you. :)


madmax Says:

Roger’s consistency and longevity in the game is the most impressive of any player. He is utterly brilliant. How can anyone compare to that?

Stan didn’t let success go to his head. He has been on the brink of a ‘major’ breakthrough for a number of years. The difficulty now is staying there. I believe he needs to work on telling himself that he deserves to be where he is.

Come on Stan!


Colin Says:

Translated Age, you are wrong. I did the saying and the hoping at the same time, before the weekend, so both are past tense. The only way it would be “I hope” would be if I were quoting myself, as if I were a third person. I’m not royalty, though of course I should be!

Madmax – Fed’s “consistency”. What consistency? That is what he’s lost,as veterans do. If he were consistent he wouldn’t have lost to Nishikori, would he? Roger can still play brilliantly on occasions, but he can’t do so whenever he wants to.


Slice Tennis Says:

skeezer Says:
“Maestro pull out a “one for the ages” comeback”

The team of world no.3 and 4 struggling and closely beating the nobodies is definitely one for the ages.
LMAO.

“and the Rafafanatics are nowhere to be seen in congratulations”

LMAO. Don’t cry.
And did you congratulate the three other teams who won the quarters ?
LOL


Translated Age Says:

“but he can’t do so whenever he wants to.”

Colin, you have a hanging preposition which could easily have been avoided.

Exactly who is to be congratulated? Roger and Stan would make sense only if they read the commenta which they don’t. Why would you congratulate the fans? What have they achieved that deserves congratulations?

Nor do I don’t recall seeing said poster congratulate all of the lovely Rafans when Rafa wins but he must or he wouldn’t have the audacity to criticize others of doing the same now, would he.


Translated Age Says:

Also Colin, a comma is warranted after your phrase “If he were consistent”.


Translated Age Says:

Quite frankly, I don’t understand how Federer’s loss to Nishikori on its own has anything to do with Federer’s consisetncy as of late. It was but one match.

He lost to Gasquet in 2005 and Murray twice in 2006 when Murray was outside of the Top 30.

In 2007, he lost twice on hard court to No. 60 Canas, No. 53 Volandri and Nalbandian twice while he was not in the Top 20.

As Tignor pointed out:

“I thought Wednesday night’s match was more about Nishikori finding his game than it was Federer losing his. It seemed to me that Federer, up a set, was ambushed by Nishikori’s steadily rising aggression and accuracy through the last two.”

“Isner and Nishikori each finished their upsets on their return games, with shots that Federer could have done nothing about, at any age.”

Preach it, Mr. Tignor.


Okiegal Says:

I think Stan has gotten a little big headed after his slam win. What player has ever climbed upon the umpires chair and then given it a whack with the racket?? He acts as though…..Hey, I just won a major (after a few years I might add)……don’t mess with me……he’s acting like a brat, imo.

@Madmax

We have a difference of opinion, that’s all…..


Margot Says:

Lol TA
#ShootsRootsLeaves


Hippy Chic Says:

Stan deserves to be where he is,hes worked hard for his success,so its uncaracteristic of him to actually lose it like that,usually such a quiet unassuming man,i do like the guy,but im just wondering if hes strugling with the new found status of been a GS champion?

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