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eLterrible
07-15-2005, 06:35 PM
Ah started this a day late, but puerta + nalbandian are about to take on arthurs and hewitt.

Personally, i hope puerta does a leaping forehand right at hewitt.

Sixpointone
07-15-2005, 06:40 PM
I am so excited that just a little over an hour ago I got The Tennis Channel. So you can be certain I will be watching this match with an ear to ear grin.

dscw
07-15-2005, 07:17 PM
anyone notice that puerta is wearing Nike shoes? Doesnt he have a contract with Babolat Shoes?

ty slothrop
07-15-2005, 07:35 PM
arthurs is looking like a complete amateur, bricking volleys and overheads with aplomb. and how many returns has he actually put in play?

StraightSets
07-15-2005, 07:57 PM
Personally, i hope puerta does a leaping forehand right at hewitt.
It was the other way around... in the first set, Hewitt pumped a forehand into Puerta.

Argentina leading 7-6(6) 4-4 at the moment.

Speedy_tennis
07-15-2005, 08:06 PM
Vamosss Argentina!!!!

StraightSets
07-15-2005, 09:02 PM
Argentina clean up the rubber winning- 7-6(6) 6-4 6-3.

Tough for the Aussie to come back, one would think.

Marius_Hancu
07-15-2005, 11:05 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=reu-davisaustraliaaccusations_pi&prov=reuters&type=lgns

TheGreatBernie
07-15-2005, 11:59 PM
I'm a newfound Hewitt fan after watching that match with Coria.

With regards to the doubles match: I've never really watched a doubles match all of the way through before, but when I watched this one it seemed like they were beaning each other with the ball a lot. Intentionally it seemed. Is this common place for pro doubles or was it a result of the match between Hewitt and Coria? I hope it's the later.

Also, Wayne Arthur needs to step up his game. He's letting the Australians down. I'm rooting for the Aussies. Make some room on the Aussie Bandwagon for me, Andy Hewitt! :D

cheecl
07-16-2005, 01:43 AM
I used to be a Hewitt fan too. There's no doubt that his determination is admirable.

But with his fist pumps and 'in your face' salutes when his opponents makes mistake, he really is a very bad role model. Not a good sportsman at all.

In fact, it's just downright irritating!

Marius_Hancu
07-16-2005, 03:39 PM
Getting to a war (of shirts, at least):

Shirts inflame relations between Australia and Argentina
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=reu-davisaustraliarelations_pict&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Yours!05
07-16-2005, 04:18 PM
Getting to a war (of shirts, at least):
Shirts inflame relations between Australia and Argentina
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=reu-davisaustraliarelations_pict&prov=reuters&type=lgnsThe Fanatics were great when they first began. It has made a huge difference to Aussie teams very far from home, sometimes in some awful hole of a city, with hostile crowds, eg cricket, to have that splash of green and gold and the faint strains of Waltzing Matilda nearby. But they have branched out into non-sporting areas, see: http://www.thefanatics.com/ , attracted yobbos, primarily there for the booze, and could do with severe pruning. Their tennis contribution was great when they opposed hideously painted Swedish Vikings, with great good humour on both sides, but recently a Fanatic actually got involved in an altercation with a player. They do sometimes get help from players with seats I think.
Too big. Prune back to roots. (Somebody probably said that about Enron.)http://www.thefanatics.com/category/About_Us/321.html .

Grinder
07-16-2005, 04:54 PM
Spoiler






Nalbandian leads Hewitt 6-2 1-1

PureCarlosMoyaDrive
07-16-2005, 05:01 PM
The funniest thing about that doubles match was that undoubtedly the best player was Puerta, and the guy who choked the most for Australia was Hewitt (he was responsible for the loss of all the important points it seemed). Puerta was THE Man.

I've been all Argentina, and with Nalbandian playing the way he is (6-2 2-1 with a break), it's over for the aussies. Specially with my other boy Coria waiting in the back.....

Yours!05
07-16-2005, 05:07 PM
Spoiler








































But Hewitt beat Fed in DC from 2 sets down - so this should be cinch!:( :(
:(

westside
07-16-2005, 05:42 PM
Hewitt is playing horribly against Nalbandian. Hewitt down 6-2 6-4

Grinder
07-16-2005, 05:46 PM
Actually, from what I've heard, Hewitt is fighting exceptionally hard. It seems as if Nalbandian is playing very well.

Nalbandian is up a break in the third. 6-2 6-4 3-2

westside
07-16-2005, 05:50 PM
Nalbandian break point

federerhoogenbandfan
07-16-2005, 05:51 PM
Nalbandian almost beat Hewitt in front of a hostile Aussie crowd in the Australian Open quarters this year. I knew this would be a real challenge for Hewitt, but I did not think Nalbandian would be winning this comfortably so far. Hewitt is a fighter though, he might turn it around.

westside
07-16-2005, 05:54 PM
Hewitt saves break point and holds serve. Nalbandian leads 4-3

federerhoogenbandfan
07-16-2005, 05:56 PM
Maybe he can pull something off like he did vs Federer 2 years ago in the Davis Cup semis. Keep the hope. :)

Yours!05
07-16-2005, 05:58 PM
Hewitt is a fighter though, he might turn it around.SO off his game today and yesterday, in the dubs. Just had 2 consecutive line call shockers, against Nalbandian...

westside
07-16-2005, 05:59 PM
match point argentina

westside
07-16-2005, 06:02 PM
Hewitt saves them and hold serves. Nalbandian leads 5-4 serving for the match and a place in the semi final

westside
07-16-2005, 06:04 PM
Match point again argentina

Grinder
07-16-2005, 06:06 PM
Nalbandian wins 6-2 6-4 6-4. Very impressive result for Nalbandian!

westside
07-16-2005, 06:06 PM
Damn Nalbandian wins 6-2 6-4 6-4 and wins it for argentina

Yours!05
07-16-2005, 06:07 PM
All credit to Nalbandian. Hard to do away from home. And a gracious winning speech:)

westside
07-16-2005, 06:09 PM
Nalbandian played extremely well though and i think Argentina has a chance of winning this years davis cup

Haka Boy
07-16-2005, 06:10 PM
I'm currently visiting a mate in Australia. It was interesting to note during the commentary that the next round in the Davis Cup was being played when Hewitt’s girlfriend was due to give birth to their baby? Could it be a good reason to lose? Only a speculation on my part on account of the number of times the commentary panel have mentioned it?

Andres
07-16-2005, 06:11 PM
Great match. I can't be more proud!!
Go ARG Go !!

Yours!05
07-16-2005, 06:14 PM
I'm currently visiting a mate in Australia. It was interesting to note during the commentary that the next round in the Davis Cup was being played when Hewitt’s girlfriend was due to give birth to their baby? Could it be a good reason to lose? Only a speculation on my part on account of the number of times the commentary panel have mentioned it?Haka??? Reason to induce the baby early don't you mean?

Haka Boy
07-16-2005, 06:15 PM
Great match. I can't be more proud!!
Go ARG Go !!

So you should be proud....the Argentine players are the more deserving winners

Astennix
07-16-2005, 06:16 PM
Great win...VAMOSSSS!!

Haka Boy
07-16-2005, 06:17 PM
Haka??? Reason to induce the baby early don't you mean?


Hewitts family are so controlling Im sure they would have considered that!!!

Yours!05
07-16-2005, 06:20 PM
Hewitts family are so controlling Im sure they would have considered that!!!ROFL





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westside
07-16-2005, 07:55 PM
Luczak is playing preety well considering his ranking

Andy Hewitt
07-16-2005, 08:08 PM
Damn juicers.

BERDI4
07-16-2005, 08:38 PM
Nalbandian was THE man. Coria hasn't the game yet to play on grass. His shots are too high with topspin. It wasn't easy for him to beat Luczak. By the way, what's Luczak's ranking?

Yours!05
07-16-2005, 08:52 PM
Nalbandian was THE man. Coria hasn't the game yet to play on grass. His shots are too high with topspin. It wasn't easy for him to beat Luczak. By the way, what's Luczak's ranking?http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/default2.asp?playersearch=peter+Luczak


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divito
07-17-2005, 04:51 AM
I'm glad Nalbandian played well. Yonex vs. Yonex. :D

Still would have liked Hewitt to play better, but I like both of them so it was nice.

PureCarlosMoyaDrive
07-17-2005, 09:08 AM
I'm bout to watch Coria vs. Luczak, replay on TTC.

I wish they had let Gaston Etlis play though. He came all that way with them as a member of the team, let him get his shot out there. Coria can do stuff like this anytime, just going to rile up some more fans...

Argentina are gonna win it all, although playing away in slovakia won't be easy on SUPERFAST carpet.

Hewitt did play very badly at times, WAY too many unforced errors. But Nalbandian kept a lot of pressure on. How bout some of his drop shots/volleys? WOW. Or the backhand topspin lob off of hewitt's lob?

Andres
07-17-2005, 11:42 AM
On Superfast carpet, the singles' duo may be Nalbandian and Cañas (if allowed), IMHO

lagranwilly
07-17-2005, 12:18 PM
I don't think Mancini is gonna dismiss this great couple Puerta and Nalbandian made.
In extremely fast grass they did excellent,especially Puerta.They will be the doubles team in semis I'm sure.

nswelshman
07-17-2005, 11:32 PM
...In extremely fast grass...

Visually, you could see the grass was heavy and slow during practice and play. And the players said that as well during the press conferences'.

lagranwilly
07-18-2005, 05:06 AM
I didn't hear that.But I heard the tennis commentators saying that grass was cut very short and the court was slippery because of the wetness,and because of all these,extremely fast

lagranwilly
07-18-2005, 05:07 AM
Visually, I support this.These was what aussies were trying to get of the court to make the argentineans more uncomfortable

BERDI4
07-18-2005, 07:08 AM
The idea was to make the court very fast but I think they failed. What the rain did is make the ball bounce lower.

PureCarlosMoyaDrive
07-18-2005, 09:43 AM
The problem is that the Aussie's always lay the temporary grass over concrete, making it more solid. Wimbledon's grass is just dirt all the way down I believe, making it naturally "softer." Same thing happened in the finals in 2003 against Spain. That grass had higher bounces, giving the Spaniards just enough time to get it so close (and they should've won it.......)

Andres
07-18-2005, 10:01 AM
The idea was to make the court very fast but I think they failed. What the rain did is make the ball bounce lower.

If the ball bounces lower, the court is faster. The highest the bounce, the lowest the court.

BERDI4
07-18-2005, 01:30 PM
If the ball bounces lower, the court is faster. The highest the bounce, the lowest the court.
Not necessarily. For example rebound ace courts are the highest bouncing courts but not the slowest. There are many factors that influence in the speed.