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el sergento
04-10-2008, 09:43 AM
Russia will start off its tie against the Czechs with Safin and Andreev playing the first singles against Berdych and Stepanek respectively.

And then Davy and Misha will play the doubles and most likely the reverse singles.

So what do you guys think, relying on Safin to open up the festivities against an in form Berdych (semis in Miami)?

It sounds like a recipe for disaster to me and I'm completely perplexed by the move. :confused:

Alexio92
04-10-2008, 09:43 AM
Davydenko is trying to play for Austria I think.

daddy
04-10-2008, 09:46 AM
Davy applied for Austrian citizenship. Anyways he does not fit in the Russian head banging and racquet smashing team.


..


Joke of course.

soyizgood
04-10-2008, 09:52 AM
Davydenko is trying to play for Austria I think.

Are there any good pros playing for Austria? At least Russia is a major power in tennis. Russia/Spain/US are practically the Big 3 now for Davis Cup.

Putting Safin (1-5) over him in singles is a slap in the face (he's #4 in the world and just won a Master's shield). Davydenko and Youzhny are the highest ranked Russians but relegated to doubles? Davydenko is not that great at the net, so maybe he's just roadkill.

Shaolin
04-10-2008, 09:55 AM
Davy would play for Mexico if they gave him an extra 5 bucks.

cough**SELLOUT**cough

daddy
04-10-2008, 09:56 AM
Are there any good pros playing for Austria? At least Russia is a major power in tennis. Russia/Spain/US are practically the Big 3 now for Davis Cup.

Putting Safin (1-5) over him in singles is a slap in the face (he's #4 in the world and just won a Master's shield). Davydenko and Youzhny are the highest ranked Russians but relegated to doubles? Davydenko is not that great at the net, so maybe he's just roadkill.

Davy is excellent double player as far as I know. He has sweet volleying skills. I do agree it is very odd that Youzhny and him are not the two single players but its Russia you know. I would not be amased if their coach is a white polar bear w/ no experience whatsoever.

hollywood9826
04-10-2008, 09:56 AM
I would rather have a consistent and hot Davy playing in the rubber match if it comes down to that.

Less pressure for Safin playin opening match. That is the thought process here I'm sure. i totally agree with that as well.

daddy
04-10-2008, 09:57 AM
Davy would play for Mexico if they gave him an extra 5 bucks.

cough**SELLOUT**cough

He is actually ukrainian and moved to Moscow to learn more. Anyways he is not satisfied with the treatment of the Russian federation and this has nothing to do with the money.

cough**JERK**cough

crazylevity
04-10-2008, 10:01 AM
Davy is excellent double player as far as I know. He has sweet volleying skills. I do agree it is very odd that Youzhny and him are not the two single players but its Russia you know. I would not be amased if their coach is a white polar bear w/ no experience whatsoever.

Russia's Davis Cup captain Shamil Tarpischev is one of the most cunning and unpredictable coaches around, but he has also the most stellar resume of all the coaches in Davis Cup. Please do read about him before calling him a white polar bear with no experience.

el sergento
04-10-2008, 10:01 AM
Davydenko is trying to play for Austria I think.

That's surprising given that Austria has some of the highest taxes in the world.

Davy and Koubek are winning the Davis cup in 2010 playing doubles from 6 feet behind the baseline.

Seriously though, Safin?? Why not just start with Andreev and Hanibal Lecto...I mean Youhznhy.

WillAlwaysLoveYouTennis
04-10-2008, 10:02 AM
I would rather have a consistent and hot Davy playing in the rubber match if it comes down to that.

Less pressure for Safin playin opening match. That is the thought process here I'm sure. i totally agree with that as well.

Maybe, but seems crazy at first glance.

daddy
04-10-2008, 10:05 AM
Russia's Davis Cup captain Shamil Tarpischev is one of the most cunning and unpredictable coaches around, but he has also the most stellar resume of all the coaches in Davis Cup. Please do read about him before calling him a white polar bear with no experience.

I called him a white polar bear ? I thought I said this about THE Russians in context about them being unpredictable ? Not him personally.

Btw I do think that much of the credit the guy has is down to the players he can pick. I wonder if he could do the same or similar with China for example.

crazylevity
04-10-2008, 10:06 AM
Davy is excellent double player as far as I know. He has sweet volleying skills. I do agree it is very odd that Youzhny and him are not the two single players but its Russia you know. I would not be amased if their coach is a white polar bear w/ no experience whatsoever.

there you go.

madmanfool
04-10-2008, 10:07 AM
maybe he is not ready, perhaps jet lag

el sergento
04-10-2008, 10:07 AM
I would rather have a consistent and hot Davy playing in the rubber match if it comes down to that.

Less pressure for Safin playin opening match. That is the thought process here I'm sure. i totally agree with that as well.

Going down 0-1 and possibly 0-2 before relying on an unproven pair in doubles sounds crazy to me. Why not just have Davy blow the wind out of a mentally weak Berdych in the opening match that way they go 1-0 and take the oppositions' top player out of the tie??

daddy
04-10-2008, 10:09 AM
there you go.

You missed a part. I said - 'but that is Russia you know. I would not be surprised ... blah blah' ...

So it ment that in Russia you can never be sure about anything.

Vlad
04-10-2008, 10:10 AM
Why?

1. Kolya only arrived in Moscow on Wednesday and only had 1 or 2 practice sessions on clay court surface. It takes him the longest to adjust to a new surface... in that way he is like Kafelnikov used to be..

2. Misha is not in good form according to coaches, Shamil and other sources.

3. Marat has been playing some good tennis in practice and is beating all of them (including Andreev)

4. Marat has excellent indoor clay court record in DC with only couple matches lost. His level in regular tournaments rarely affect his play in DC matches.

Now, you take all those reasons into consideration and that choice is not that insane afterall.

el sergento
04-10-2008, 10:11 AM
You missed a part. I said - 'but that is Russia you know. I would not be surprised ... blah blah' ...

So it ment that in Russia you can never be sure about anything.

[In a thick Russian accent] EEEEN ROSHAAAA, BALL HEEETS YUUUU!!! :)

Why?

1. Kolya only arrived in Moscow on Wednesday and only had 1 or 2 practice sessions on clay court surface. It takes him the longest to adjust to a new surface... in that way he is like Kafelnikov used to be..

2. Misha is not in good form according to coaches, Shamil and other sources.

3. Marat has been playing some good tennis in practice and is beating all of them (including Andreev)

4. Marat has excellent indoor clay court record in DC with only couple matches lost. His level in regular tournaments rarely affect his play in DC matches.

Now, you take all those reasons into consideration and that choice is not that insane afterall.

Where do you get your info, pretty interesting stuff.

DashaandSafin
04-10-2008, 10:12 AM
And he will laugh at us all when his cunning, yet unpredictable tactics succeed! All Hail Mother Russia!

crazylevity
04-10-2008, 10:17 AM
Why?

1. Kolya only arrived in Moscow on Wednesday and only had 1 or 2 practice sessions on clay court surface. It takes him the longest to adjust to a new surface... in that way he is like Kafelnikov used to be..

2. Misha is not in good form according to coaches, Shamil and other sources.

3. Marat has been playing some good tennis in practice and is beating all of them (including Andreev)

4. Marat has excellent indoor clay court record in DC with only couple matches lost. His level in regular tournaments rarely affect his play in DC matches.

Now, you take all those reasons into consideration and that choice is not that insane afterall.


Well pointed out. Point 1 is clear; Davydenko obviously would take a few days off after winning a big title. From outdoor hardcourt to indoor clay, that is some transition. Point 2: Well, from what we've seen in Miami, Youzhny isn't the calmest and most rational being around, and Tarpischev will take this into account. Point 3 is difficult to substantiate, but point 4 is the most salient. Check the ATP stats.

Ocean Drive
04-10-2008, 10:19 AM
Go Marat! Safin has always been the main man over the last 8 years pretty much, he isn't as good now due to the knee injury but it isn't unusual to still play him, stuff like this happens in sport, between Managers/Captains and their players, they have belief, faith, have thanks to certain players therefore they get a place whether deserving at the time or not, an example can be between Sir Alex Ferguson and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Solskjaer wins Man Utd the Champions league and their you go, Regular appearances owed to him for the next 8 years.

Vlad
04-10-2008, 10:19 AM
[In a thick Russian accent] EEEEN ROSHAAAA, BALL HEEETS YUUUU!!! :)



Where do you get your info, pretty interesting stuff.


There are a lot of official and not official sources on internet if you can read Russian.. ;)

btw, Kolya also said in interview today that he won't be able to be 100% on Friday anyway because he feels tired from Miami.

el sergento
04-10-2008, 10:24 AM
Well pointed out. Point 1 is clear; Davydenko obviously would take a few days off after winning a big title. From outdoor hardcourt to indoor clay, that is some transition. Point 2: Well, from what we've seen in Miami, Youzhny isn't the calmest and most rational being around, and Tarpischev will take this into account. Point 3 is difficult to substantiate, but point 4 is the most salient. Check the ATP stats.

He's 14-7 on clay and 25-9 indoor. So it's a good record but nothing spectacular, especially on clay.

Leublu tennis
04-10-2008, 10:27 AM
Davy applied for Austrian citizenship. Anyways he does not fit in the Russian head banging and racquet smashing team.


..


Joke of course.

I guess I missed the announcement. Austria? Talk about wierd. What for? Does he speak Austrian? Whats wrong with Russian citizenship? As an athlete, he can travel and live anywhere he likes. Is there a story behind this?

Vlad
04-10-2008, 10:33 AM
He's 14-7 on clay and 25-9 indoor. So it's a good record but nothing spectacular, especially on clay.


Marat Safin is 9-1 on indoor clay court in Davis Cup in singles. This excludes one more loss in dead rubber to James Blake which was meaningless.

Only official loss on that type of surface? It was to Roger Federer in 2002 in Moscow.

el sergento
04-10-2008, 10:34 AM
He's 14-7 on clay and 25-9 indoor. So it's a good record but nothing spectacular, especially on clay.

I checked the stats for the rest of the team and everyone is around .500. Safin is the only one with a solid winning record. Davy is 5-5 on clay for example.

So yeah, Safin is their main man.

soyizgood
04-10-2008, 10:34 AM
I guess I missed the announcement. Austria? Talk about wierd. What for? Does he speak Austrian? Whats wrong with Russian citizenship? As an athlete, he can travel and live anywhere he likes. Is there a story behind this?

Austrians speak German. Kolya does speak German, but he'd likely play for Germany rather than lowly Austria. In any event, I doubt he'd dump Russia. America can't even pry Sharapova from Russia despite her being Americanized.

soyizgood
04-10-2008, 10:35 AM
I checked the stats for the rest of the team and everyone is around .500. Safin is the only one with a solid winning record. Davy is 5-5 on clay for example.

So yeah, Safin is their main man.

Kolya's reached the FO semis 3 times now. I think he knows how to play on clay. I would have selected Davydenko and Andreev for singles as they both do well on clay. Safin better do well. He's already washed up, so he has PLENTY of rest for this match.

daddy
04-10-2008, 10:37 AM
I guess I missed the announcement. Austria? Talk about wierd. What for? Does he speak Austrian? Whats wrong with Russian citizenship? As an athlete, he can travel and live anywhere he likes. Is there a story behind this?

I am not really sure to be completely honest but it is not a secret he is not to happy about his citizenship. I dont know why he chose Austrian and weather he has anyone there or just established connections with their federation but the talk which is only a couple of months old was that he is due to get their citizenship and play for them in DC. I would also like to know why Austria of all places and why consider that at all so if anyone knows help is apreciated.

Vlad
04-10-2008, 10:39 AM
Kolya's reached the FO semis 3 times now. I think he knows how to play on clay. I would have selected Davydenko and Andreev for singles as they both do well on clay. Safin better do well. He's already washed up, so he has PLENTY of rest for this match.

Don't mix indoors and outdoors clay courts. Conditions are VERY different.

Shaolin
04-10-2008, 10:41 AM
He is actually ukrainian and moved to Moscow to learn more. Anyways he is not satisfied with the treatment of the Russian federation and this has nothing to do with the money.

cough**JERK**cough


He tried to play for Germany, now he's trying to play for Austria. The guy is like a door to door salesman, and he'll play for whomever pays him the most. That makes him a sellout. Sorry if you can't handle that fact and have to resort to calling me a "jerk".

Cup8489
04-10-2008, 10:43 AM
isnt jurgen melzer austrian?
i like watching him play, for some reason.

for the doubles/singles thing, davy is much better at doubles than safin, and as it has already been established, safin is damn near unbeatable on this surface in DC.

but we'll see how it goes.

daddy
04-10-2008, 10:45 AM
He tried to play for Germany, now he's trying to play for Austria. The guy is like a door to door salesman, and he'll play for whomever pays him the most. That makes him a sellout. Sorry if you can't handle that fact and have to resort to calling me a "jerk".

Apologise for the jerk thing but for me he is just running around trying to drop Russian citizenship. Why - I dont know. Aparently he speaks German so Austria and Germany were obvious choices but it seems to be more about not being a Russian than about which citizenship will he get. As for the money, I do think he has more than enough and the ATP episode with gambling and accusations hurt him very much - to the extent that people think that a guy with 20 or 30 million $$ would change citizenship for money. I just dont think this is about the money.

danb
04-10-2008, 12:13 PM
Why?

1. Kolya only arrived in Moscow on Wednesday and only had 1 or 2 practice sessions on clay court surface. It takes him the longest to adjust to a new surface... in that way he is like Kafelnikov used to be..

2. Misha is not in good form according to coaches, Shamil and other sources.

3. Marat has been playing some good tennis in practice and is beating all of them (including Andreev)

4. Marat has excellent indoor clay court record in DC with only couple matches lost. His level in regular tournaments rarely affect his play in DC matches.

Now, you take all those reasons into consideration and that choice is not that insane afterall.

Thanks mate - you seem pretty well informed. I had no clue what is going on.

TNT16
04-10-2008, 01:09 PM
Go Marat! Safin has always been the main man over the last 8 years pretty much, he isn't as good now due to the knee injury but it isn't unusual to still play him, stuff like this happens in sport, between Managers/Captains and their players, they have belief, faith, have thanks to certain players therefore they get a place whether deserving at the time or not, an example can be between Sir Alex Ferguson and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Solskjaer wins Man Utd the Champions league and their you go, Regular appearances owed to him for the next 8 years.

Correct. Safin is the Russian DC team's (and thus Tarpishev's) hero - for his role winning the DC for Russia against Argentina (06) including fifth rubber win against Acasuso.

Also he already atoned for his sins by not getting to play against Germany and against the US but still showing up to support the team.

TNT16
04-10-2008, 01:17 PM
3. Marat has been playing some good tennis in practice and is beating all of them (including Andreev).

Wow that really does mean something judging from the way Andreev played against Haas and Kohli on that surface in last year's DC semi . . . I am hoping DC will help turn Safin's thus far abysmal year around for the better.

Absolutely great news for his confidence to have been picked by Tarpishev over Davydenko and Youzhny -- and even better if he is beating them in practice!

lambielspins
04-10-2008, 01:26 PM
The Russians are complete fools and it will be all the more pleasure to see them lose. Playing big stupid washed up loser Safin over World #4, recent Masters title winner and last years French Open semifinalst on clay Davydenko. What fools, they deserve the *** whooping they will get. They have always shunned Davydenko though anyway so no surprise there, they can go ahead and get sucky results by playing losers like old washed up Safin. Enjoy boys.

unjugon
04-10-2008, 01:53 PM
What are you guys talking about?
Arenīt you aware that Davy stinks (bad) when playing Davis Cup? If I were the captain I wouldnīt play him again ever.
Though I am not the captain (thank god I am not a polar bear)

Vlad
04-10-2008, 02:01 PM
The Russians are complete fools and it will be all the more pleasure to see them lose. Playing big stupid washed up loser Safin over World #4, recent Masters title winner and last years French Open semifinalst on clay Davydenko. What fools, they deserve the *** whooping they will get. They have always shunned Davydenko though anyway so no surprise there, they can go ahead and get sucky results by playing losers like old washed up Safin. Enjoy boys.



Perhaps it is also a matter of desire... for example, Kolya first went to his home in Germany for couple days after his Miami win and therefore missed most of the practice sessions for DC. It's his choice, but I don't see much desire in him to prepare well for this tie (he himself claims he is not ready)

Marat (and Igor) has been there from day 1, practicing hard.

pound cat
04-10-2008, 02:16 PM
Please cite the article that says Davydenko is trying to play for Austria. I can't thoink of anyone moving to Austria so they could play for the Austrian DC team.

Anyone who keeps up with tennis news on Eurosport UK would know that Davydenko has been ill all week and Turpischev said he would wait until later to see if /what matches, Davydenko will play. Shamil "The fox" is the master of surprise, and the list currently on the DC site is apt to change half an hour before the first ball is hit to-morrow.

Vlad
04-10-2008, 02:38 PM
Please cite the article that says Davydenko is trying to play for Austria. I can't thoink of anyone moving to Austria so they could play for the Austrian DC team.

Anyone who keeps up with tennis news on Eurosport UK would know that Davydenko has been ill all week and Turpischev said he would wait until later to see if /what matches, Davydenko will play. Shamil "The fox" is the master of surprise, and the list currently on the DC site is apt to change half an hour before the first ball is hit to-morrow.



I don't really remember Shamil making changes half an hour before the play on Friday... if it ever did happen maybe only once or so. for Saturday and Sunday it is very possible though.

I say Marat and Igor will take the court tomorrow.

daddy
04-11-2008, 02:55 AM
Please cite the article that says Davydenko is trying to play for Austria. I can't thoink of anyone moving to Austria so they could play for the Austrian DC team.

Anyone who keeps up with tennis news on Eurosport UK would know that Davydenko has been ill all week and Turpischev said he would wait until later to see if /what matches, Davydenko will play. Shamil "The fox" is the master of surprise, and the list currently on the DC site is apt to change half an hour before the first ball is hit to-morrow.

You do not need the article becasue we are not talking about right now. This is something which is going on for more than a while. People are just not informed that much about Davydenko but I had this information at least a few months back if not more.

TNT16
04-11-2008, 05:09 AM
You do not need the article becasue we are not talking about right now. This is something which is going on for more than a while. People are just not informed that much about Davydenko but I had this information at least a few months back if not more.

He does speak German and he spent some time (years?) training in Germany - that has been in the media for some time now. I believe he has a close relative who lives there.

Austria - why not? With Melzer and Koubek the only "names" on their current DC team chances are Davydenko would be quite welcome there. Germany could be a bit more tricky in this regard.

Vlad
04-11-2008, 05:11 AM
The Russians are complete fools and it will be all the more pleasure to see them lose. Playing big stupid washed up loser Safin over World #4, recent Masters title winner and last years French Open semifinalst on clay Davydenko. What fools, they deserve the *** whooping they will get. They have always shunned Davydenko though anyway so no surprise there, they can go ahead and get sucky results by playing losers like old washed up Safin. Enjoy boys.


What you are gonna say now? ;)

l_gonzalez
04-11-2008, 05:21 AM
^^^^^ I know, i bet that guy is not gonna post for a while...

To be fair though, i did say in another thread that there was NO WAY Safin could come back from 2-0 down.

pound cat
04-11-2008, 05:35 AM
The Russians are complete fools and it will be all the more pleasure to see them lose. Playing big stupid washed up loser Safin over World #4, recent Masters title winner and last years French Open semifinalst on clay Davydenko. What fools, they deserve the *** whooping they will get. They have always shunned Davydenko though anyway so no surprise there, they can go ahead and get sucky results by playing losers like old washed up Safin. Enjoy boys.


Oh my, how embarrassing to have posted such a message. Yeah, we boys...and girls enjoyed it a whole lot. How about you?

pound cat
04-11-2008, 05:39 AM
^^^^^ I know, i bet that guy is not gonna post for a while...

To be fair though, i did say in another thread that there was NO WAY Safin could come back from 2-0 down.


But then at the end of the match you became a great Safin fan & admitted that it was due to you telepathecally advising him that he won.

More tennis watchers like you are needed.

l_gonzalez
04-11-2008, 06:15 AM
But then at the end of the match you became a great Safin fan & admitted that it was due to you telepathecally advising him that he won.

More tennis watchers like you are needed.

I am a Safin fan, have been for years. but you can't blame me for not having much faith in the guy at 2-0 down, never having come back from that position in his career and having a 1-5 record this season.

The truth is that i actually control Marat's mind and i'm just making everyone sweat. I'll make him play sublime tennis from now and bring back the glory days!!!

pound cat
04-11-2008, 07:09 AM
I am a Safin fan, have been for years. but you can't blame me for not having much faith in the guy at 2-0 down, never having come back from that position in his career and having a 1-5 record this season.

The truth is that i actually control Marat's mind and i'm just making everyone sweat. I'll make him play sublime tennis from now and bring back the glory days!!!


Oh, thank god!

Dai bozhe!!!

CyBorg
04-11-2008, 08:48 AM
People are reading too much into these things. Davydenko is a big piece to the Russian puzzle, but he's jet lagged big time.

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
04-11-2008, 01:33 PM
I think Shamil have a reason for choosing Safin over Safin. Maybe he is trying to build confidence in Safin for the long run, and expects to be the last team standing.


Davydenko will be fine and I can only guess the Russian captain knows what he's doing. :)

Shaolin
04-11-2008, 02:06 PM
I think Shamil have a reason for choosing Safin over Safin. Maybe he is trying to build confidence in Safin for the long run, and expects to be the last team standing.


Good Safin over Bad Safin?

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
04-11-2008, 02:44 PM
Good Safin over Bad Safin?


Yep :lol:

Maybe in practice this week he took note of both Marat that were on the practice courts, and decided that Davydenko would do well with the rest. Russian roulette at it's best. :twisted:


BTW,

Davydenko/Youzhny are up for the 3rd rubber.

PascalMariaFan
04-11-2008, 02:50 PM
Davy is excellent double player as far as I know. He has sweet volleying skills.LOL @ this clown.

TENNIS_IS_FUN
04-11-2008, 02:54 PM
Safin is a beast in Davis Cup matches.

JackSkellington
04-11-2008, 03:17 PM
The Russians are complete fools and it will be all the more pleasure to see them lose. Playing big stupid washed up loser Safin over World #4, recent Masters title winner and last years French Open semifinalst on clay Davydenko. What fools, they deserve the *** whooping they will get. They have always shunned Davydenko though anyway so no surprise there, they can go ahead and get sucky results by playing losers like old washed up Safin. Enjoy boys.

heh...someone knows nothing about Marat's DC results.

PascalMariaFan
04-11-2008, 03:48 PM
I wouldn't call Safin washed up. He's still the same one-dimensional player he always was, whose only ability is hitting flat cross court ground strokes.

How he's had the results he's had in the past is a testament to the poor level of professional tennis.

gj011
04-11-2008, 04:26 PM
Well people, before you continue to rant, check today's match result.

superman1
04-11-2008, 04:37 PM
Safin is a beast.

And in response to someone above, if Safin is one-dimensional, then EVERYONE is one dimensional. By your logic, even Federer is one dimensional. After all, all he does is hit the ball from the baseline, right?

tennisplayer1981
04-11-2008, 04:53 PM
I know this is old history, but didn't Germany invade Russia in WW2, and isn't Hitler from Austria? My Russian friend, despite driving a German car, says that most Russians still hold grudges against the Germans. Talk about irony.

daddy
04-11-2008, 05:08 PM
LOL @ this clown.

Is this really the first time you hear that Davydenko can play doubles ? Where have you been in last 5 years ?

Btw - the clown thing really helped you prove the point.

Mansewerz
04-11-2008, 05:19 PM
I dunno, Safin plays well in Davis cup. wouldn't it be great if it was the other way around?

Today's results made me happy.

And don't listen to PascalMariaFan, he likes to **** off many people on these boards including myself.

Fedace
04-11-2008, 05:21 PM
maybe this will propel Safin into top 5 in the world once again

kabob
04-11-2008, 05:35 PM
I guess I missed the announcement. Austria? Talk about wierd. What for? Does he speak Austrian? Whats wrong with Russian citizenship? As an athlete, he can travel and live anywhere he likes. Is there a story behind this?

According to Davydenko, his new wife and he fell in love with Austria and are purchasing or renting a home there. The training facilities are far superior and having an Austrian passport also streamlines a lot of red tape when traveling as Russian citizens need to apply for visas frequently. He's not dropping his Russian citizenship, either, he's applying for dual citizenship.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/05/22/sports/EU-SPT-TEN-Davydenko-Austrian-Citizenship.php

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/24052007/58/atp-poertschach-davydenko-wants-turn-austrian.html

"Austria was love at first sight for me. Here everything is a lot more laid-back and less complicated than in Germany."

"Also The training facilities in Austria are much better than in Russia and an Austrian passport would make travelling a lot easier for us, avoiding the visa requirements for Russian citizens."


He tried to play for Germany, now he's trying to play for Austria. The guy is like a door to door salesman, and he'll play for whomever pays him the most. That makes him a sellout. Sorry if you can't handle that fact and have to resort to calling me a "jerk".

Do you really need to fabricate such a negative story to garner attention? :rolleyes: What money is the Austrian government paying him? They neither solicited nor approved his application for citizenship. Besides, as stated in the articles above, Davy's staying a Russian citizen.

Fedace
04-11-2008, 05:39 PM
^^^Would sleeping with Nicolai be just like sleeping with a tree branch ?

daddy
04-11-2008, 05:41 PM
maybe this will propel Safin into top 5 in the world once again

Top five? Well if this was his second tournament won not 2nd match won this year, Id say so.

Fedace
04-11-2008, 05:52 PM
Top five? Well if this was his second tournament won not 2nd match won this year, Id say so.

Safin's game is all about confidence. this could be the spark he needs to propel his game to new heights. with the clay season coming up, this could the perfect start.

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
04-11-2008, 06:11 PM
Safin's game is all about confidence. this could be the spark he needs to propel his game to new heights. with the clay season coming up, this could the perfect start.

He is going to need some confidence in order to even stay in the top 100, with the little points to defend in the coming clay court season.

maneater
04-11-2008, 06:22 PM
Yaaaaayyy Go Baby! I wish they were showing it on tv tho :-(

daddy
04-12-2008, 04:12 AM
Safin's game is all about confidence. this could be the spark he needs to propel his game to new heights. with the clay season coming up, this could the perfect start.

I am not sure you reviewed all the facts here. I think that many things work against him ( form, age, work ethics, private life, mental preparation, draws in tournaments - he is low ranked and is bound to run into favourites pretty early on .. etc ) and really none that work in his favour apart from this great win on his favourite surface ( so it seems by the results ).

If you put this win on one side ( I am not sure how one win can give you enough confidence for top 5 ?? ) and everything else on the other side, you will find it very hard to expect him to be at the very top again.