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Davis Cup 2016

Post by noleisthebest on Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:19 pm




WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND
4-6 MAR 2016


GREAT BRITAIN  v JAPAN, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, Great Britain
SERBIA  v KAZAKHSTAN, Pionir Hall , Belgrade, Serbia
ITALY  v SWITZERLAND, Adriatic Arena, Pesaro, Italy
POLAND  v ARGENTINA, Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland
FRANCE  v CANADA, Vélodrome Amédée Detraux, Guadeloupe, France
GERMANY  v CZECH REP. TUI, Arena, Hannover, Germany
AUSTRALIA  v USA, Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne, Australia
BELGIUM  v CROATIA, Country Hall du Sart-Tilman, Liège, Belgium



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Re: Davis Cup 2016

Post by noleisthebest on Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:56 am

Has anyone been watching Davis Cup this weekend?

I haven't seen any, but looks like it was very interesting yesterday:

Serbia-Kazakstan 1:1, Troicki complained of slow surface and dead balls, apparently they used the same old one from 2010 and painted it to death...plus after Nole finished his match, everyone left, so Troicki had to play Kuku in half empty arena where the Kasaks were louder than the Serbs.
That does not surprise me, as it's not the first time it's happened. 
Serbia is one big suburbia when it comes to tennis.
It really is a miracle we have such world class players.
Nole playing doubles with Zimonjic today.

Berdych beat Zverev in 5 sets, same as Goffin vs Coric.
Looks like the teenagers are beginning to muscle their way in.

Japan GB 1:1, France 2:0 vs B team of Canada...in Guadalupe!!! 

Italy cruising vs Z team of Switzerland. Which is actually quite annoying as we have such dull ties now with Swiss team featuring players who can't even qualify for challengers...

Yanks edging Australia 2:1.


I predict Serbia - France final.

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Re: Davis Cup 2016

Post by Tenez on Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:36 pm

No. Did not see any of it....and probably won't intend to.

It's been pretty dead tennis wise. I am following Quimper...that's how bad it is.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Mar 05, 2016 1:55 pm

Well, Quimper is not bad at all, I know Rubi is playing for the final today, hopefully it hasn't already finished Yikes

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:07 pm

hehe, can't remember last time I watched tennis at my desktop...sitting on a chair!

Serbia-Kazakhstan, doubles 0:1.

I know Golub is Russian but this Medjvesov also sounds Russian!

Nole looking nervous, I reckon his eyes are still bithering him, having trouble serving looking into light.

Idemo!!!! diva

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:14 pm

Zimonjic has a great BH!


I used to watch some iconic basketball matches in this Arena...and there is a great ice-rink next door....aaaaaah...those were the days...

It was cool growing up in Belgrade!

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:33 pm

Apparently Golub/Nedovjesov beat Federer/Wawrinka two years ago...some brilliant volleys and hands from both.

Good match!

Crowd are pathetic...sitting like zombies...only some children cheering. Grr

I feel sorry for the players.

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Re: Davis Cup 2016

Post by noleisthebest on Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:47 pm

Terrible match from Zimonjic...and Nole...

Zimonjic (injured for a long time this year) is too slow even for doubles now.

The Russians/Kazakhs were much better.

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Re: Davis Cup 2016

Post by Tenez on Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:16 pm

who won in Quimper? cannot see any result!

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:20 pm

Rubi did. 
Annoyed they didn't show that match live like they did the other semi and now the doubles Doh

So in the final tomorrow against PHM.

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Re: Davis Cup 2016

Post by Tenez on Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:25 pm

oh good on him. Stak is a tough opponent.

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Re: Davis Cup 2016

Post by luvsports! on Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:51 pm

Nishi from 2-0 down, now going to serve for the 4th! Murray looks tired.

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Re: Davis Cup 2016

Post by Tenez on Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:08 pm

Did not realise Gb was playing Japan. I 'll watch the 5th!

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Post by Tenez on Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:34 pm

You should know by now that Murray is never tired, only v Djoko. I remember that DC match v Simon at Queens last year...he was dead and burried....yetr nmanaged to run every point like the first point.

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Post by Tenez on Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:53 pm

good tennis betwween those 2..but Nishi is weak mentally.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:08 pm

I watched Nole-Kuku...5 sets & hours of pure sinew, grit and will.

Nole has crossed the line of being lean and is now looking thin. He needs to put on some weight asap.

Hopefully Troicki will won his match now.

It would bentragic if he squandered all the blood, sweat and tears Nole sowed today.

Tipsarevic would have collapsed under that pressure, Viktor has a bigger heart.

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Post by Tenez on Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:10 pm

Did nole lose? wooow!!!!

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:11 pm

Tenez wrote:Did nole lose? wooow!!!!
No, he didn't. But he was 0:1 and 1:2 down in the match.

It's 2:2 now, Troicki playing the decider, one set up.

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Post by Tenez on Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:14 pm

noleisthebest wrote:
Tenez wrote:Did nole lose? wooow!!!!
No, he didn't. But he was 0:1 and 1:2 down in the match.

It's 2:2 now, Troicki playing the decider, one set up.

Silly me!!!! Doh Thinking Djoko could lose a 5th set!!! Angry

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:33 pm

It was mighty close!

The kind of match he simply could not lose.
I watched on and off.

He played terribly with little confidence, could not unglue himself from Kuku who was breathing down his neck non-stop, and was up in the match all the time.

I have no idea how he got out of it.

It was ugly and beautiful at the same time.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:51 pm

Great win for Serbia.

So happy for Viktor who played under enormous pressure and won the deciding match in straight sets.

In 2013, when I saw Serbia play Czech Republic live in Belgrade he was not allowed to even watch the match like an ordinary spectator, while Nole was tested 5 hours by WADA during the doubles match just because he had the guts to speak out against ITF's boss.

http://ourtennisforum.forumotion.co.uk/t487-novak-tested-for-5-hours-during-doubles-davis-cup-match
Such a sweet victory for him! love

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Post by Tenez on Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:26 pm

yeah...for some reasons I can't even get excited enough to cheer my compatriots.

DC shoudl be played over 2 weeks, like a slam. I only get interested in the semis!

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:55 pm

Tenez wrote:yeah...for some reasons I can't even get excited enough to cheer my compatriots.

DC shoudl be played over 2 weeks, like  a slam. I only get interested in the semis!
T!!!!! Yikes

Is that because of Noah's ex-wife? Winking

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:08 pm

Tenez wrote:yeah...for some reasons I can't even get excited enough to cheer my compatriots.

DC shoudl be played over 2 weeks, like  a slam. I only get interested in the semis![
That's not a bad idea!

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Post by noleisthebest on Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:12 am

Tenez wrote:good tennis betwween those 2..but Nishi is weak mentally.
I told you he is silky!
No stomach for fight.

Can that change?

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Re: Davis Cup 2016

Post by noleisthebest on Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:16 am

Anyay, we have a great QF match now
Serbia vs GB in Belgrade!!!!!


I have already heard it will be played in Tasmajdan n July.

Now...that is probably the coolest part of town.
Old charm.
I may go if I'm not tied with work.


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Post by luvsports! on Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:05 am

My good mate (who works for newsweek and is just brilliant) interviewed Djoko's dad (with Djorde translating) at a restaurant in Belgrade.

Came out with some strong stuff that I will relay here.

Nitb, have djoko and his dad fallen out?

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Re: Davis Cup 2016

Post by Tenez on Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:39 am

noleisthebest wrote:
Tenez wrote:good tennis betwween those 2..but Nishi is weak mentally.
I told you he is silky!
No stomach for fight.

Can that change?

He plays better when trailing and has nothing to lose. But the main problem is his serve. That makes him fragile...mentally.

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Post by noleisthebest on Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:55 pm

luvsports! wrote:My good mate (who works for newsweek and is just brilliant) interviewed Djoko's dad (with Djorde translating) at a restaurant in Belgrade.

Came out with some strong stuff that I will relay here.

Nitb, have djoko and his dad fallen out?

I can just imagine.... Laugh

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Post by noleisthebest on Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:05 pm

Tenez wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:
Tenez wrote:good tennis betwween those 2..but Nishi is weak mentally.
I told you he is silky!
No stomach for fight.

Can that change?

He plays better when trailing and has nothing to lose. But the main problem is his serve. That makes him fragile...mentally.
i.e. - silky!

I know he is not tall, but he isn't a midget either...the serve should not be a problem for someone who can time the ball so well naturally. Ferrer is a similar size with half Nishi's talent.

When I watched him in O2 vs Nole in 2014, he had a few excellent passages of play, Nole didn't know what hit him kind of thing...but then when he levelled the score he couldn't sustain it.

So I don't know whether that's because of his fitness or lack of heart.

Maybe a bit of both.

He beat Stan and Nole back to back in 5 sets that USO 2013...so it's not that he lacks stamina.

Or maybe, there is nowhere left for him to go like with Nadal. I dunno....

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Re: Davis Cup 2016

Post by Tenez on Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:16 pm

Nishi will get better and will beat the top players regularly soon. he just needs more confidence and that will come very soon as he just turned 26. he just needs to believe and he will do so when he will be clearly better than the rest.

Problem he has over Djoko and Murray is that his shots have less margins and this is why he is mentally weaker. Had Djoko or Murray needed such thin margins they'd be no different...Those 2 know they can't beat anybody with clean shots, that's why they chose the fitness path.

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