Davis Cup SFs: Murray Leads GBR Against AUS; Federer, Nadal In Playoff Action
by Staff | September 17th, 2015, 3:02 pm
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This weekend marks the semifinal round of the World Group as well as the World Group Playoffs. Andy Murray leads Great Britain as they host Australia. Argentina travels to Belgium.

The visiting Australian’s will be without Nick Kyrgios, but will rely on Thanasi Kokkinakis.

“It’ll be a tough match against Kokkinakis,” said Murray. “I’ve practised with him and watched him a lot, so I know his game better than I do a lot of the younger guys. He’s a pretty explosive player, but it’ll be a tough one for him as well. The atmosphere would be challenging for them. That’s something they have to deal with and hopefully something that will give us a boost.”

“It should be a great challenge for me,” said Kokkinakis. “He’s a great player and to play him on home ground here in Glasgow will be a huge challenge for me. I’m not sure whether knowing him well helps or hinders. I think he knows my game and I know his, although I’ve seen a bit more of him than he has of me.”

In the playoffs, teams looking to return to the World Group are Switzerland and the USA. John Isner is passing on playing for America while both Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka are on the Swiss squad who take on Netherlands.

Federer is cautious about going from outdoor hardcourt at the US Open to a slick indoor surface.

“People don’t realise,” said Federer, “They think it’s just about the surface [change] or whether it’s indoors or outdoors, but actually the balls play a big part in it. It was the idea of Stan, myself and Severin to decide to play with the same balls as at the US Open.

“Maybe it flies a little bit more here – it’s a bit more altitude than in New York – but the surface speed is kind of similar. It’s indoors but then again the US Open was not windy at all so from that standpoint it isn’t much of a change.”

And Federer’s rival Rafael Nadal is also in action, but at the zonal playoff as he leads a stocked Spanish team against Denmark.

By rule, top players must play Davis Cup in three of four years to be eligible for the Rio Olympics next summer.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS
Great Britain (c) v Australia
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, GBR – hard (indoors)
Friday
R1: Andy Murray (GBR) v Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)
R2: Dan Evans (GBR) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)
Saturday
R3: Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR) v Sam Groth/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Sunday
R4: Andy Murray (GBR) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)
R5: Dan Evans (GBR) v Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)

Belgium (c) v Argentina (s)
Forest National, Brussels, BEL – hard (indoors)
Friday
R1: David Goffin (Bel) v Federico Delbonis (Arg)
R2: Steve Darcis (Bel) v Leonardo Mayer (Arg)
Saturday
R3: Rubens Bemelmans and Kimmer Coppejans (Bel) v Carlos Berlocq and Diego Schwartzman
Sunday
R4: David Goffin (Bel) v Leonardo Mayer (Arg)
R5: Steve Darcis (Bel) v Federico Delbonis (Arg)

BELGIUM AND GREAT BRITAIN LOOK TO END BARREN RUN…
Belgium and Great Britain are both bidding to end a lengthy wait for a place in the Davis Cup Final. Belgium is looking for its first Final since 1904 when, in its debut year in the competition, it lost to British Isles 5-0, while Great Britain is seeking a place in the Davis Cup Final for the first time since 1978, when it lost 4-1 to USA. By contrast, Argentina last reached the Final in 2011 and Australia won its last appearance in the title decider in 2003.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING?
Australia is in the most familiar territory of the four semifinalists, having won the Davis Cup on 28 occasions, most recently in Melbourne 12 years ago. Though Great Britain has won the title on 9 occasions, it has been 79 years since its last triumph in 1936. Argentina and Belgium have never won the Davis Cup.

GREAT BRITAIN DOMINATING FELLOW GRAND SLAM NATIONS?
Great Britain is bidding to become the first nation to defeat the 3 other Grand Slam nations in consecutive ties since it defeated Australia, USA and France en route to winning the Davis Cup title in 1933. By defeating USA in the first round and France in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinal with Australia, Great Britain has become the first Grand Slam nation to face the 3 other Grand Slam nations in consecutive ties since France faced USA, Australia and Great Britain in back-to-back ties in 1989-1990.

UNSEEDED NATIONS…
Australia, Belgium and Great Britain have ensured that 3 unseeded nations feature in the World Group semifinals for the first time in World Group history. Croatia (2005) and Serbia (2010) are the only unseeded nations to win the Davis Cup. Two unseeded nations have contested the Final on 2 occasions – in 2005 (Croatia d. Slovak Republic) and 2010 (Serbia d. France).

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS
India (c) v Czech Republic (s)
R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium, New Delhi, IND (hard – outdoors)
Friday
R1: Yuki Bhambri (IND) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)
R2: Somdev Devvarman (IND) v Jiri Vesely (CZE)
Saturday
R3: Rohan Bopanna / Leander Paes (IND) v Adam Pavlasek / Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Sunday
R4: Yuki Bhambri (IND) v Jiri Vesely (CZE)
R5: Somdev Devvarman (IND) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

Switzerland (s) (c) v Netherlands
Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoors)
Friday
R1: Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Thiemo de Bakker (NED)
R2: Roger Federer (SUI) v Jesse Huta Galung (NED)
Saturday
R3: Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Matwe Middelkoop/Tim van Rijthoven (NED)
Sunday
R4: Roger Federer (SUI) v Thiemo de Bakker (NED)
R5: Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Jesse Huta Galung (NED)

Russia (c) v Italy (s)
Sports Palace ‘Baikal-Arena’, Irkutsk, RUS (hard – indoors)
R1: Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)
R2: Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Saturday
R3: Evgeny Donskoy/Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) v Paolo Lorenzi/Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Sunday
R4: Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)
R5: Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

Uzbekistan (c)* v USA (s)
Olympic Tennis School, Tashkent, UZB (clay – outdoors)
Friday
R1: Denis Istomin (UZB) v Steve Johnson (USA)
R2: Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Jack Sock (USA)
Saturday
R3: Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) v Steve Johnson/Sam Querrey (USA)
Sunday
R4: Denis Istomin (UZB) v Jack Sock (USA)
R5: Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Steve Johnson (USA)

Colombia (c) v Japan (s)
Club Campestre, Pereira, COL (clay – outdoors)
Friday
R1: Santiago Giraldo (Col) v Taro Daniel (Jpn)
R2: Alejandro Falla (Col) v Kei Nishikori (Jpn)
Saturday
R3: Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (Col) v Yoshihito Nishioka/Yasutaka Uchiyama (Jpn)
Sunday
R4: Santiago Giraldo (Col) v Kei Nishikori (Jpn)
R5: Alejandro Falla (Col) v Taro Daniel (Jpn)

Dominican Republic (c)* v Germany (s)
Centro Nacional de Tenis Parque del Este, Santo Domingo, DOM (hard – outdoors)
Friday
R1: Victor Estrella Burgos (Dom) v Benjamin Becker (Ger)
R2: Jose Hernandez Fernandez (Dom) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger)
Saturday
R3: Roberto Cid/Jose Olivares (Dom) v Dustin Brown/Philipp Petzschner
Sunday
R4: Victor Estrella Burgos (Dom) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger)
R5: Jose Hernandez Fernandez (Dom) v Benjamin Becker (Ger)

Brazil (c) v Croatia (s)
Costao do Santinho Resort, Florianopolis, BRA (clay – outdoors)
Friday
R1: Thomaz Bellucci (Bra) v Mate Delic (Cro)
R2: Joao Souza (Bra) v Borna Coric (Cro)
Saturday
R3: Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares v Ivan Dodig/Franko Skugor
Sunday:
R4: Thomaz Bellucci (Bra) v Borna Coric (Cro)
R5: Joao Souza (Bra) v Mate Delic (Cro)

Poland (c) v Slovakia (s)
Gdynia Arena, Gdynia, POL (hard – indoors)
Friday
R1: Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Martin Klizan (SVK)
R2: Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Norbert Gombos (SVK)
Saturday
R3: Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay (SVK)
Sunday
R4: Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Martin Klizan (SVK)
R5: Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Norbert Gombos (SVK)

——
Denmark v Spain
Europe/Africa Group I Play-Off:
Friday
R1: Mikael Torpegaard (Den) v Rafael Nadal (Esp)
R2: Frederik Nielsen (Den) v David Ferrer (Esp)
Saturday
R3: Frederik Nielsen/Thomas Kromann v Roberto Bautista Agut/Fernando Verdasco
Sunday
R4: Frederik Nielsen (Den) v Rafael Nadal (Esp)
R5: Mikael Torpegaard (Den) v David Ferrer (Esp)


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121 Comments for Davis Cup SFs: Murray Leads GBR Against AUS; Federer, Nadal In Playoff Action

J-Kath Says:

C’mon Andy and lads – work your magic in Glasgow….it’s a tough city they’ll love your 100% effort – Andy will lead but please don’t let him play the doubles as well….


Colin Says:

I’m not too optimistic about this tie. Ward does become a different person when he plays Davis Cup, but even so I think he’ll have his hands full with Tomic, who has experience at Slams playing top people.

Now Bernard has graciously decided to make himself available, I wonder if his father will accompany him. If so, Tomic Sr had better curb his fondness for head butting people he doesn’t agree with. North of the border, a head butt is known as a Glasgow Kiss!

On BBC Radio recently , Pat Cash expressed astonishment at John Peers not even being present. He could have been brought as cover in case of injuries, I suppose. The point Cash made was, Peers knows Jamie Murray’s game very well, and could brief his colleagues accordingly.

I can see Andy playing multiple matches again, and running himself to a standstill.


Colin Says:

What am I gibbering about? Ward isn’t playing,and Dan Evans is replacing him. Otherwise I feel about the same degree, or lack, of confidence.


Margot Says:

I don’t think Andy is playing the doubles. I think it’s Dom and Jamie.
I think Kyle is injured which is why they’re playing Dan-the-absent-man.
Come on Team GB!


RZ Says:

Go Team GB!!!!

Hopefully Dan Evans can bring the magic that saw him get to the 4th round of the US Open 2 years ago.


RZ Says:

@Margot – keep in mind that sometimes the line-up changes during the tie. As of right now, Jamie and Dom are expected to play doubles. But the final decision will come after tomorrow’s matches. The fact that Andy lost earlier than expected at the US Open means that he’s more likely to be put into doubles if the team feels that he’s needed there. It might come down to how Jamie feels too, and who he’s rather play with, having been the last team member to have left NYC.


RZ Says:

On a somewhat related note, here are Bernard Tomic and Sam Groth try playing bagpipes. They don’t do too badly though they seem to get tired pretty fast. http://www.changeovertennis.com/here-is-bernard-tomic-playing-bagpipes/


Wog Boy Says:

C’mon Aussie C’mon…not quite tennis song but still…C’mon Aussie C’mon


J-Kath Says:

Margot – There is a lot of talk about the doubles – if Evans loses (or even Andy himself – God forbid) – it’s more likely than not that Andy will play the doubles!!!!!!!!—talk about spoiling your own career (or am I over the top with that…).

Wog Boy – Forget Glasgow, I’ve sent you to Coventry!


Wog Boy Says:

What’s in Coventry? Any nice pubs?


J-Kath Says:

Of course sweetie pie – but you will be lucky if you are not put in the town square and belted with sour beer, rotten apples and – because I’m hoping for the best for you – don’t want to tell you what could happen thereafter ….the mind boggles

Good bye Wog Boy – sorri it all has to end this way…….


J-Kath Says:

Switzerland v Netherlands
Roger plays singles against player ranked 436
Stan plays single against 144 ranked player
Roger and Stan play doubles against players ranked 563 and 1,1180.

Will anyone turn up to watch?


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

In that case I’ll rather give it a miss..I can have a beer somwhere else.


Wog Boy Says:

Just watching Todd Woodbridge report from Glasgow and he is certain that Andy will join brother Jamie and play doubles.


Purcell Says:

I’d turn up as I quite like to see Stan and Rog play irrespective of their opponents.


RZ Says:

@J-Kath – I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dutch end up cheering more loudly for the Swiss team than their own. I think similar to Purcell’s reaction, a lot of tennis fans will show up for the opportunity to watch Fed and Stan plan.


J-Kath Says:

You have a point Purcell – but only if it is a wee bit competitive.


Wog Boy Says:

Question for my British friends who want to physically harm me, what kind of HC surface is in Glasgow, fast, medium fast, high bounce, low bounce..?


J-Kath Says:

Wog Boy – Sending you to Coventry means ignoring you. However – Surface is medium fast – bounce – not sure.


Aman Says:

Nadal is playing………. That’s a big bonus for us… Vamos rafa…


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy/J-Kath my hubby is from Coventry its a city in the West Midlands,the saying does indeed mean to ignore somebody,but it actually means to be sent to prison used in the civil war,to keep quiet or you will be sent to Coventry,a useless bit of information lol,anyway yeah looking forward to some DC tennis,and seeing my two favorites back in action after early USO losses,have been enjoying all the amazing tourist sites in Glastonbury this week,so my postings only been sporadic….


Colin Says:

For Brits, the doubles situation in Davis Cup is frustrating. In Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot we have two fine and experienced players, but on the Tour they both play with non-British partners, so they aren’t quite comfortable playing with each other. Andy and Jamie obviously blend well, and have I think won a couple of tournaments, so If Jamie /Dominic lose their match, Andy will probably play in the last doubles.

Gypsy Gal, have you seen Coventry Cathedral (I haven’t)? I do know Coventry was really pounded in the Blitz and the people there get very irritated by all the media coverage that implies London was the only place bombed. Even my rural County, Herefordshire, received one bomb – probably from a German plane that got lost on the way to Coventry or Bristol.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Colin yes ive been to Coventry Cathedral hubbys cousin got married there,indeed it was bombed badly during the Blitz,hubby does get irritated by that media coverage,there was also a public house that was bombed called the Red Lion that lost the top,Coventry has alot of History it was also where Lady Godiva got famous for bearing all….


jane Says:

andy having no probs with 4-k


Margot Says:

Well…the Aussie tactic of keeping Andy on court for hours and so wearing him out, really worked….not.
Flawless from Andy.


FedExpress Says:

fed starting where he left at the us open final.

Wasting BPs like there is no tomorrow


RZ Says:

@Gypsal, Colin, J-Kath, and Wog Boy – I’ve always liked hearing the Coventry Carol at Christmas (though not too often as it’s one of the more melancholy carols). It was apparently originally performed in the Coventry Cathedral.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lpiQ4IPzEE


RZ Says:

^Sorry GG, I accidentally deleted some of the letters in your name


FedExpress Says:

he break. at last


FedExpress Says:

how slow is the court


FedExpress Says:

fed needs vacation and vacation needs fed


FedExpress Says:

fed and BPs dont get along


Colin Says:

Looks like Tomic is going to beat Evans in straight sets. This will dent Leon Smith’s reputation as a canny Davis Cup captain.


chris ford1 Says:

Young Guns Report –

Dominic Thiem became the fourth player born in the 1990s to win three or more ATP World Tour titles, joining Raonic (6), Dimitrov (4) and Bernard Tomic(3).
And Milos at the USO just became the 1st to get 200 match wins of the players born after 1990.
Yes, yes, each of the Big 4 did better at comparable age, lacking a Big 4 standing in THEIR way. But that was then, this is now. (Though Djoker is 2 1/2 years out from being born in the 1990.)


Colin Says:

Did I – just maybe – speak too soon? Evans took the third set in a tiebreak.


RZ Says:

@Colin – keep speaking!!! :-)


Margot Says:

@RZ
You and Markus are allowed to watch, as it isn’t Andy playing…;)
Andy was blooming amazing btw.


RZ Says:

@Margot – I’m allowed to watch Davis Cup even if Andy is playing. I watched it live when they were in San Diego last January and got to see both Andy and Wardsy win their matches. :-)


Margot Says:

RZ
Hmm…the committee will consider your request and get back to you in due course….;)


Margot Says:

Evans lost as expected. All down to Andy as per usual.
Expect now it will be Murray and Murray in the doubles.


jane Says:

i read that evans acquitted himself very well though versus tomic; true margot? so will andy have to play tomic now in the last rubber? i believe he’s won their matches easily in the past so that’s a good sign.


Margot Says:

I expect so jane, unless Evans can beat 4xK.


Daniel Says:

Hope Murray takes this DC and it create a similar effect as was with Novak. He also got married this year, added a new coach and has a baby to arrive early Fevruary. Seema next tear everything will be in place for him to start winnung Slams again.


chris ford1 Says:

Daniel – Indeed.
The discussion seems to be how Djoker will fare against Fed next year, or if some “Young Gun” will challenge Nole. Completely omitted from most of these speculative pieces are the fortunes of Muzz and Rafa.
OK, Rafa is looking as bad as Fed looked in 2013 – but it is way premature to write him off. And Andy Murray is off the marquee spotlight for 2015 by the thinnest of margins. Took it close with Nole in Australia, really improved on clay and was just beaten out at Roland Garros, was downed at Wimbledon by Fed playing in a zone like Wawrinka did at RG. Got 2 Masters 1000s so far, is a threat for the 4 remaining big events of the year. Based on that, Muzz for sure will be trying to challenge Nole, get payback on Fed somewhere…

And best of luck to Andy at Davis Cup. He has brought 2 of the 3 most craved titles to the British tennis scene. The Gold Medal at Home in London, the Wimbledon title. And now the 3rd big thing awaits….a British victory in Davis Cup.


jane Says:

daniel, it’s certainly possible. andy may be a little distracted just before/after the birth, but by wimbledon, for sure, if not the french, all should be settled and well into place for him to focus on tennis and winning.

i wonder, is amelie coming back for andy next year? or will he be working solely with bjorkman?

also, does anyone know when the olympics is? is it between wimbledon and the us open, like before?

——-

chrisford1, i also think, besides andy and rafa, that people are ignoring stan, and yet his results at the slams this year were arguably second to novak’s.

stan went SF, W, QF, SF

fed went R32, QF, F, F

andy went F, SF, SF, R16

rafa went QF, QF, R64, R32

i know stan will be older, but he and magnus have been shrewd about effort/scheduling, peaking for the slams. there’s no reason to think they won’t do the same next year. he’s the only one out of the four listed there who didn’t have one lost at a slam pre-QFs. murray came very close too.


Wog Boy Says:

jane, I think Amelie is coming back, she just knocked back offer to be French DC captain, why would she do that unless she is continuing with Andy?


Ben Pronin Says:

I’ve been saying Murray this whole time! I have no idea why people are overlooking him to threaten Djokovic. They played each other 5 times this year, I think? 2 slams. Murray gave himself plenty of opportunities. It’s not impossible for him to get some more wins next year.

I still don’t know what to expect from Nadal. The similarities between this year and Federer’s 2013 aren’t really the same.


Wog Boy Says:

RZ,
Thanks, although in my denomination we celebrate Christmas differently (and different date) I always enjoyed Christmas carols, and that time of the year, though Christmas these days is so heavily commercialized that almost lost it’s purpose and meaning.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Thanks RZ that is truely beautiful….


Gypsy Gal Says:

^Im actually Pagan so i dont celebrate Christmas as such but something called Yule which is between 21st and 23rd December^….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy/RZ I wish i knew how to do links as theres a song called Sadness by Enigma which is one of the most haunting and beautiful songs ive ever heard….


Wog Boy Says:

GG,
Try like this, press quickly on the link, it will show you few symbols, one of the is “copy”, press “copy” then go back on thread and in an empty “comment box” just touch the screen and you will end up with message “paste”, touch the paste and the link you copied will come out, then just “submit comment”. This is if you are using mobile phone or tablet, I haven’t been using my PC for ages so I don’t know how to do it by using PC. Hope it is not confusing, it took me ages to learn, I am not quite the sharpest knife in the draw:(


Wog Boy Says:

I found it and I’ll do it for you, it looks great, I can’t listen (it is on mute) since my better half is asleep next to me and she will kick my ass for keep waking her up with my mobile phone, she is fed up with waking up and checking what’s going on on TX first thing in the morning, but I can’t help it, it’s called addiction((
Here it is:
http://youtu.be/FfRAiTtOVEY


Wog Boy Says:

^^^. should say “she is fed up with ME waking up ..”


Gypsy Gal Says:

Thanks for the info Wogboy,i will give it a try at some point when ive some time to spare and am a bit less tired than i am now,im on a laptop,been busy seeing the sites of Glastonbury this week the tor,the chalice well,Avebury Stones,been to stonehenge too,its all very beautiful and spiritual,would love to actually post some pictures to show you….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy thanks its beautiful say no more,that song sends shivers up my spine :)….


Gypsy Gal Says:

LOL Wogboy my other half is exactly the same….


jane Says:

very cool link mat4, thanks for sharing!

also wog boy thanks for info re: amelie.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy many thanks for that video,i will try what you said when i have some time,did you listen to the song,what did you think??….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Mat4 thanks for the link,its fantastic that we are in the company of three all time greats,i just dont get why some feel the need to knock any one in favour of the other or others,ce la vie….


J-Kath Says:

Gypsy Gal

Have had loads of computer problems so did not get back to you on Coventry – yes, Civil War roots – don’t know if your hubbie encountered it at school? — evidently it is/was still used here in Scotland as a punishment…..

to GG and Margot – Feeling resentful that Andy is again having to play doubles……


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi J-Kath hubbys fortunatly never encountered anything like that he missed alot of school when he was younger as he had a hernia hes 54 now,dont know about his family though,as theyve never brought it up?but Coventry has alot of history,like Scotland which has both good and bad….

Anyway yeah Andy always has to do things the hard way(sigh),some players always get the sh*tty end of the stick….


Margot Says:

Me too Kath. You’d think with all the money the LTA has they could bring on other players. I mean if Judy can produce two grand slam champs, WTH is going on with the LTA?
Meanwhile…Castle…:( :( :( Don’t want to turn the sound down either, the noise from the stadium is wonderful!


Margot Says:

Rumours circulated by Lloyd, that Andy’s got back problem.
Bloody well hope its not true. Bloody Davis Cup!


J-Kath Says:

The voice to whom one is forced to listen – has said it twice – but maybe the context is that Andy wasn’t well enuf on Wed. to join the Brit pack for the pre-match dinner —- so maybe a bit of flu


Margot Says:

Absolutely fabulous doubles match.
Well done Team Murray…oops team GB I mean!


J-Kath Says:

Yes Margot – Let’s hope it doesn’t cost too much.
For anyone who is interested Roger & Ch. lost the doubles…..


Margot Says:

Yes, Kath do hope Andy’s got enough in the tank for Thomas The Tank Engine because I cannot, in my wildest dreams, see Evo beat 4xK.


Margot Says:

Just checked that Kath. Does Rog not play doubles with Stan usually?


J-Kath Says:

Margot -And our friend Andrew Castle when asked if it wouldn’t be too much for Andy to play at a winning level v Tomic – said words to the effect – why shouldn’t he – he will have his ice bath and massage etc. etc.

Nobody asking how might this huge effort affect Andy afterwards win or no win …that is what “pi..s.s me off.


J-Kath Says:

Yes, usually with Stan but Stan withdrew on grounds of exhaustion …
…Stan scheduled to play a singles tomorrow – if memory serves me right – article posted above if I’ve posted properly


Margot Says:

Kath: Andrew Castle …..words fail me…….
Lol Stan is exhausted? He’s a mere child when compared to Fed…;)


J-Kath Says:

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/501744/serb-raises-bar.html

If I’ve got it right – a slightly different article on Nole – assume Jane will know.


Emily Says:

This may be the 1st time Stan has withdrawn from doubles after playing singles in Davis Cup. He hasn’t missed a tie for 10 years until the 1st one this year, and I think he’s earned the right to say I’m going to take a break today.

Even though he pulled out, I do think him and Rog would have won considering it was a close match. BTW, do mere children beat Novak in a slam final ;)


jane Says:

looking good for the GB team to take the DC title this season; i can’t see either the argentines or the belgians beating them. v. close now…


J-Kath Says:

Emily – I do agree with you – I really value Stan and consider he has been holding the fort for Switzerland until it was “political” for him to be supported.

I think the “shock” if you can call it that is that the Fed. could not make the win without Stan’s support…given what seems to be less than robust opposition.


Colin Says:

I certainly can’t argue with the low opinion of Andrew Castle. Sue Barker is merely boring, but he is actively annoying. It’s sad that Barker is such a bore (she drains the life from any discussion) because she has got credentials, having won a Slam, the FO, and having been briefly ranked No 2 in the world, I think.

By the way, did you guys see the hilarious moment when Hewitt tried to do a Bryan style chest bump with Sam Groth? Not a good idea. He bounced off him as if he’d run into a wall, and nearly fell over.

Andy should win today. Even the Aussie websites said Tomic was exhausted at the end of his match with Evans, so he can’t be super-fit. Even a tired Andy should see him off.

Another bit of trivia – does anyone know what Amelie has named her son?


M Says:

@Colin – the little one’s name is Aaron

http://www.allsportsnews.co.uk/news/tennis/35638/amelie-mauresmo-reveals-name-of-baby-son-via-social-media

he appears to have feet like Roger :-)

Speaking of the Fed, he & Marco lost in doubles today to the Nederland boys.

Andy Murray won his doubles match with brother Jamie; speaking of mamas, @judmoo is proud today:

https://twitter.com/judmoo/status/645297647679598592/photo/1

But absent a schedule change, AMuzz is slated to play singles again in the 4th rubber v. Tomic (unless the Australian captain decides to replace Tomic with Hewitt).

That’ll be interesting.


J-Kath Says:

Yes Colin, the Bryan Bros Bang – was really funny – poor Hewitt he nearly splashed onto the floor.

I don’t want Andy Murray to play anybody today – Leon should stick James Ward in – why not, he’d be fresher than either Hewitt or Tomic and Andy.


Margot Says:

Sue Barker has a completely OTT enthusiasm for everything, which is very tiring.
Think you would have to lock Andy in the locker room to stop him playing TBH.


J-Kath Says:

Know what you mean Margot – but, he’s reportedly said that he’s pretty worn out…..maybe Andrew Castle can keep on loading in the ice.

Fingers crossed that I can see the match on TV this afternoon and N. Ireland features kite flying or another “must see” instead.


Gypsy Gal Says:

M thanks for the info,Aron is a cute name,i wouldnt bet against Amelie asking Judy to be a godmother or Andy a godfather,and Judy,Amelie and Kim all shopping together for baby clothes….


jatin Says:

Its such a joy to see Fed playing again.
Playing against bekkar :)


J-Kath Says:

Hurrah – Our programming is showing the DC – UK v Australia. Fingers crossed for Andy.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Jatin ;)….


Margot Says:

Hoorah Kath indeedy!


Colin Says:

Tomic played very well in that first set, and Andy is obviously tired, but what the commentators aren’t mentioning is Tomic’s physical state. He was exhausted at the end of the match with Evans, so if this goes five sets he could well be the one to crack.


Margot Says:

Yay! Andy Murray! No-one like him!
Now, Kath he can go and celebrate and then have a well-deserved rest.
Love yer Andyxxxxxxxxxxx


Colin Says:

Some excellent tennis. and a good win for Andy. I hope Argentina wins the other semi, as that would mean the final would be somewhere in Britain. If Belgium win, they get to play at home and will probably choose clay.

With Argentina so close to the final, how galling it must be for DelPo that he’s had to sit at home and watch.


J-Kath Says:

Yeppi Margot – Only used the crystals for 5 minutes…
More importantly – Andy has made approx. £2,000 over the 3 days for the children of the migrants x by what the other 2 donors have promised – pretty good.

Looking forward to a relaxing rubber 4K’s v Dan Evans.

Keep smiling. K.


the DA Says:

Fabulous win by Andy. He was clearly struggling physically after yesterday’s drama yet pulled through in straight sets. Just hope this doesn’t come back to bite him for the rest of the season. He’s play a *lot* of tennis this season.

Margot, hope ARG win so you can make it to the final.


Margot Says:

Lol DA, are you suggesting I wouldn’t travel to foreign parts? Is what I’ve heard about the drinking water really true?…..;) In fact if I stand on tippy toes I’m sure I can see Belgium :)


the DA Says:

LOL, not at all. Not many people would choose to go to Belgium (from what I’ve heard) ;)


Margot Says:

Brussels is worth a visit, beautiful Art Deco, and Bruges is lovely. Did you ever see brilliant film “In Bruges?”
But word on the street is that it might be in Antwerp, bigger stadium, and all I remember about Antwerp is the massive war memorial.


elina Says:

Well done Andy and Team Murray!


J-Kath Says:

Margot – You forgot the chocolates, cakes and beer and bound to have some topnotch French wine – gee whiz get ready to go – if I can find my passport …who knows


Gypsy Gal Says:

YAY Team GB and Andy,and a welcome topic of conversation from the Fedalovic GOAT talk,dear me tennis-x there are other player on tour beside those three,and also other things to discuss….


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath i cleanse my crystals in salt water,and leave them to charge on my windowsill in the morning sun,and i know it might sound potty but i talk to them,and hold them in my hands for the heat to generate,and sleep with them under my pillow,pendulums are also great tools for divination….


jane Says:

congrats to andy and the GB team! cheers andy fans. :)


jatin Says:

Hey Gypsy, sorry didn’t saw your post as I was watching fedex match. It was some magical display by fed with drop shots, slices, forehands , backhands etc (Just like he played those 6 rounds in the US open). It was so nice to see him smiling in the end after that heartbreaking loss. Would love to see him play like this rest of the season.
I have to take a break from tennis as well now. Would catch this forum again during shanghai.
Anyway, How are you these days ? :)


jalep Says:

Mighty Steve Darcis did it saves the day. Happy for Goffin of course.

https://twitter.com/DavisCup/status/645653048841400320/photo/1

Big Congrats to Andy Murray and team GBR fans!

From what I did see of Andy, wow, he’s just on fire in Scotland…unbeatable.

Go on, win the final, Andy!

Very happy Kokkinakis won a match in the end though ;)

Happy for Italy too… Fabio was Fabs again.

Team USA – nice win!

Kei did all he could for Japan but…don’t think it will be enough.

Thoughts and prayers for Okiegal.


J-Kath Says:

Gypsy Gal

Yep salt water and sun – it really works. – Divination – we owned a Georgian house in Edinburgh with deep dark basement – my hubbie (a geologist) and my brother-in-law “divined it” one evening and both came back up white in the gills – 6 months later we sold it (after part of the ceiling crashed on the bed 2 minutes after we left the room) – even if you don’t believe me, believe me.

Yes, in times of great stress or illness we also sleep with crystals.

I think I’ll come over one day, knock on your door and we can have a good chat…..

Jane – thanks for your good wishes to “andy fans” – its often a roller-coaster journey. I’ve often been tempted to change but Margot won’t allow it…


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin im great,ive had a lovely week in Glastonbury Sommerset,seen the Tor,the Chalice well,been to Stonehenge and Avebury,and been round the caves of Cheddar Gorge,im glad to come home for a rest though now,indeed there nobody that plays tennis quite like Roger,and i doubt we will ever see the likes again,dont know what to think regarding Rafa i just hope he remains fit to play win or lose,with no expectations anymore,but been a Brit and happy for our Andy and team GB….


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath you would be more than welcome,where ive been this week is all about all things healing in Glastonbury so ive done some for Okies hubby will crystals and a Souix drum,thats amazing i never underestimate the powers of healing when it comes to the body or mind….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Best wishes to Okiegal and her hubby,thinking of you both,PEACE AND GODDESS BLESSINGS MY DEAR EHEREAL FRIEND,MISS YOU GIRL XX….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Jalep many thanks for the link,i had no idea that winning this tie meant that team GB were in fact in the final,im absolutely delighted to say the very least cheers ;)….


RZ Says:

Yay for Team GB and also congrats to team Belgium. Hope GB can go one more and bring the Davis Cup home. As great as that would be for Andy Murray, it would be phenomenal for Jamie Murray, who was in 2 GS finals this year coming up short. I’m sure the Davis Cup would be a welcome consolation.


Humble Rafa Says:

I think the Goffin will put the pseud-British players in a coffin.


chris ford1 Says:

Good on Team Murray. Andy is one step closer to the Trifecta for himself and GB – gold medal, Wimbledon after a long British drought, now maybe Davis Cup after all these years?
With an assist, hopefully, from bro Jaimie and Ward, not Evans, playing in the DC Final.


Gypsy Gal Says:

And hopefully another GS pretty soon,an AO would be amazing after 4 defeats,that is alot of bad luck for one player….


jalep Says:

Cheers Gypsy
Sounds like a very cool adventure in Glastonbury, Stonhenge….

Here’s another great story from Davis Cup. Congrats to Poland = an achievement never done before! Great fight by Slovakia.

http://www.daviscup.com/en/news/213294.aspx


Daniel Says:

Margot,

Another Belgium city that goes unnoticed and it’s gorgeous is Gent, 30 min train from Brussels before Bruge. There is an university and a lot of young people, awesome city and not packed with tourists as Bruge is (after the movei).
Loved both but as I stopped by in Gent first it create a nice first impression pre Bruge.

Hope Andy wins DC and have a Slam winning year next, he is due for it.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep yeah it was amazing,i would recomend to anybody to put it on their bucket lists ;-)….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Andy won W for GB,however our English Football team have been so crap over the years,so winning the DC if they could do it would be amazing for this country,especially with it been a team effort and the World Cup of tennis,lets GO TEAM GB,cannot wait for the final….


Okiegal Says:

@GG 2:19……Thanks Gypsy Gal, impatiently waiting for test results……this is driving me nuts….hurry up and wait, so annoying.


jalep Says:

Ah, there you are Okiegal. Nice to hear from you.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie hello girl,i know it cant be easy,but keep your chin up my dear friend XX….


jatin Says:

Gypsy gal
Wow sounds like some great places :)
Glad you had fun there. Going for a long tour is always a good way to fresh up your mind.
As for Rafa. Lets see how he fares in shnghai.
Maybe he and his uncle are secretly working on something new ?
Who knows. But he did win his Davis cup tie match. Lets see how the rest of the season unfolds.

Okeigal
Good luck for the reports. Hope things would come out fine


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Jatin i will try to fathom out how to do links at some point,so i can post some pictures,anyway if you try google you will find some there,Glastonbury,Stonehenge,Avebury,the tor,the chalice well,cheddar gorge are amazing places and so spiritual,im as high as a kite from such a wonderfull experience,looking forward to some more tennis and Rafa with no expectations anymore,GODDESS BLESSINGS TO YOU MY DEAR ETHEREAL FRIEND ;)….

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