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Post by sirfredperry Fri 31 Jan - 15:34

Fabulous match in world group between Kazakhstan and visitors Belgium. It went to a final set which Golubev finally took 12-10 to give K a 2-0 lead in the tie. Goffin had numerous MPs (at least five) on the Golubev serve in that final set but G held on and finally got the break at 11-10. Goffin then saved four MPs before G eventually got the match after more than four and a half hours.
  Fed - a last-minute entry for Switzerland - had a tussle with Serbia's Ilija Bozoljac (no, I'd not heard of him either) before winning 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. The Serb, serving plenty of aces, broke Fed early in the second and Rog was 2-5 down facing set point. But he then took seven games in a row and eased through in the end.
   Have said before the DC should not be played every year but there is no doubt the players who choose to play in it really give their all. Doubt the Kazakh crowd considered it was a pointless tournament when their man finally pulled through today.


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Post by hawkeye Fri 31 Jan - 15:52

That sounds like fun was had by all! Bozoljac got to 5-2 with a set point against Federer in front of what I can guess was an enthusiastic home crowd... and Fed got to win the set from that position  Very Happy

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Post by Guest Fri 31 Jan - 16:08

The big match is on later Smile

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Post by sirfredperry Fri 31 Jan - 16:17

legendkillarV2 wrote:The big match is on later Smile
Many years since GB won a world group tie. Obviously it's a bit easier now Isner is out for the USA, but with the Bryans favourite for the doubles GB has to conjure another win from somewhere assuming Andy wins his matches.

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Post by laverfan Fri 31 Jan - 16:48

2014 AO Champion, Wawrinka tied at 1 set apiece with Lajovic.

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Post by laverfan Fri 31 Jan - 17:04

Tsonga beats Hewitt in straight sets to give France a 2-0 lead.

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Post by LuvSports! Fri 31 Jan - 17:09

2-1 in sets to stan Very Happy

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Post by laverfan Fri 31 Jan - 17:11

Third-set Swiss breadstick for young Lajovic.

Very likely that Zimonjic, with his experience, and young Krajinovic in toe, can get a point on board for SRB.

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Post by laverfan Fri 31 Jan - 17:44

Lajovic wants to push this to the fifth set. clap

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Post by LuvSports! Fri 31 Jan - 18:11

stan wins Very Happy

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Post by laverfan Fri 31 Jan - 18:12

At 4-2 in 4th set TB, looked like Stan had hurt his right arm. He pushed through in TB to win it 9-7.

SUI is 2-0 in the tie.

Lajovic. clap Good to see a fight.

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Post by laverfan Fri 31 Jan - 18:16

Mayer-Lopez seems to be a good fight as well.

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Post by hawkeye Fri 31 Jan - 18:40

Wow! What a fight by Lopez. Come on Spain  Yahoo 

I want Spain to win to keep the dream of the dream Davis Cup final alive  Cool

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Post by The Special Juan Fri 31 Jan - 18:48

Gwan Florian!
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 31 Jan - 19:19

Murray v Young has just started and it looks like they're playing on treacle because the court is so slow.  Andy seems to be the aggressor for once and is making Young move a lot early doors.  Tight first game.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 31 Jan - 19:20

A little funny oddity - Murray's by far the best British player in living memory so what exactly does Leon Smith say to him whilst Jimbo Courier is talking to Young?
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 31 Jan - 19:24

Murray breaks to lead 2-0. He's already looking a class above Young and the crowd have already gone quiet (well, quiet for Americans Wink ).
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 31 Jan - 19:29

Young playing woeful tennis and Murray is giving him no freebies. 4-0.
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Post by Guest Fri 31 Jan - 19:31

Murray looking ok on the red stuff. Young the sacrificial lamb

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Post by Silver Fri 31 Jan - 19:32

The Special Juan wrote:A little funny oddity - Murray's by far the best British player in living memory so what exactly does Leon Smith say to him whilst Jimbo Courier is talking to Young?

You're never too good to be coached! Coaches and spectators can often see things that the players don't, and vice-versa. Otherwise it could just be psychological affirmation and so forth. Or perhaps just 'er...well, keep at it, Andy' Wink

Point taken though, it's still weird to see.

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Post by Guest Fri 31 Jan - 19:35

Young with a game on the board! Let's see how many he can get.

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Post by The Special Juan Fri 31 Jan - 19:36

"Donald Young is 1-11 in tour level matches on clay."
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Post by Guest Fri 31 Jan - 19:37

Great start by Murray. 6-1

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Post by The Special Juan Fri 31 Jan - 19:38

Silver wrote:
The Special Juan wrote:A little funny oddity - Murray's by far the best British player in living memory so what exactly does Leon Smith say to him whilst Jimbo Courier is talking to Young?

You're never too good to be coached! Coaches and spectators can often see things that the players don't, and vice-versa. Otherwise it could just be psychological affirmation and so forth. Or perhaps just 'er...well, keep at it, Andy' Wink

Point taken though, it's still weird to see.

"Did you watch Eastenders last night Andy?"

"Uhhhh yeah..."
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Post by Guest Fri 31 Jan - 19:41

Young opening his shoulders. This should be fun

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Post by The Special Juan Fri 31 Jan - 19:43

Right, I'll watch the rest of this when I get home.

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Post by Guest Fri 31 Jan - 19:52

Murray breaks Young in the 2nd. Looking like a formality now

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Post by Guest Fri 31 Jan - 20:01

That FH miss must've hurt Young 4-1 Murray

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Post by Guest Fri 31 Jan - 20:11

Murray takes the 2nd 6-2

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Post by JuliusHMarx Fri 31 Jan - 20:14

Did Murray play a shot left-handed a couple of games ago?

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Post by Guest Fri 31 Jan - 20:15

Not that I saw. Did something happen that I missed?

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Post by JuliusHMarx Fri 31 Jan - 20:25

At 5-1 up, the BBC text says this
"Things are getting a bit ridiculous when Murray starts playing left-handed, flipping his racquet between hands to retrieve a smash in the best tradition of Ronnie O'Sullivan."

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Post by Guest Fri 31 Jan - 20:32

I missed that one! Headscratch

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Post by laverfan Fri 31 Jan - 20:47

Spain has to rely on WTF 2013 doubles champions Verdasco/Marrero to get a point back from Haas/Brands. Kohli can seal it in the fourth, unless Bad Attitude turns up (like he did against Del Po).

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Post by laverfan Fri 31 Jan - 20:48

Berd ties it 1-1 for CZE. OK

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Post by Guest Fri 31 Jan - 20:52

GSM Murray.

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Post by sirfredperry Fri 31 Jan - 21:02

Saw the last two sets and Murray worked the Young backhand with good results. 
   Bet Switzerland were relieved, with Fed saving a set point in the second set and Stan benefiting from a double fault from his opponent which would have taken his match into a final set.

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Post by JuliusHMarx Fri 31 Jan - 21:10

Is that the same Swiss team that are favourites to win the whole thing? Smile

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Post by CaledonianCraig Fri 31 Jan - 22:15

Clearly, the key match in the GB V USA tie will be Young V Ward. In my opinion whoever wins that match will win the tie.
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Post by JuliusHMarx Fri 31 Jan - 22:19

...Stately Wayne Manor, home of Bruce Wayne and his young ward, Dick Grayson....

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Post by laverfan Fri 31 Jan - 22:36

JuliusHMarx wrote:Is that the same Swiss team that are favourites to win the whole thing? Smile

If you believe HE, yes. The Swiss duo should just be handed the trophy. Laugh

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Post by CaledonianCraig Fri 31 Jan - 22:43

Ward takes the second set on a tie-break against Sam Querrey. Back level at one set all.
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Post by MrInvisible Fri 31 Jan - 22:56

Really can't understand the reasoning for US to play this tie on clay. OK, Isner (not available - injured?) has some decent results on clay but it is certainly not the preferred surface of most of their squad. Whilst its clearly not Murray's best surface either he's hardly going to lose a singles rubber to any of their players on the surface.

Interesting to see that Federer has played for Switzerland against (a severely depleted) Serbia. The Swiss have a decent chance this year if Federer can turn up for their ties. With Spain on the brink and Serbia out early there's a real chance for the likes of France and Switzerland this year.

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Post by JuliusHMarx Sat 1 Feb - 0:12

Wow, what a turn around in the 4th!
Can Querry handle the pressure now?

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Post by Mad for Chelsea Sat 1 Feb - 0:18

Isner's decent on the stuff, and to be fair to the US when they picked the surface he was expected to be available (injured).

great fightback from Ward to take the fourth! Querrey looking a little lost at the moment, and if Ward takes this one it's hard to see a way back for the US...

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Post by TopoftheChops Sat 1 Feb - 0:34

Ward serving for the match

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Post by TopoftheChops Sat 1 Feb - 0:38

What a win from James Ward!

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Post by Guest Sat 1 Feb - 0:39

Ward played brilliantly. He deserved that - a feather in his career cap. Wish he could do that on the main tour - but well done Ward. Well done Leon Smith, Well done Murray - I am sure he gave him some advice.

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Post by Mad for Chelsea Sat 1 Feb - 0:41

beautiful tennis from Ward! As soon as he took Querrey's serve away from him (early-ish in the fourth) the American seemed to run out of ideas, and Ward runs out a fully deserved winner. He's building quite a decent record in fifth setters is Ward (now 4-2). Even better, he's tired out Querrey nicely ahead of Sunday's potentially decisive rubber against Murray (assuming the doubles don't get the job done first).

Shout out also to Leon Smith who did another great job today, both in his selections and his on-court input. Jim who? Very Happy

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Post by summerblues Sat 1 Feb - 0:42

I don't care much for DC but congrats to your boys on a great start to their weekend.

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