Comon Switzerland

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  1. PureCarlosMoyaDrive

    PureCarlosMoyaDrive Professional

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    Can't switzerland just produce ONE good player besides Fed? I mean, when you completely rely on one guy to win all your matches, including be a one man team in doubles, it's just impossible to go all the way. I mean, almost no matter what, Federer is gonna win every singles match he plays in Davis Cup regardless of surface (cept maybe Coria or Ferrero on clay, and then still Fed, we remember Hewitt, but forget that now). I mean, put Rosset back in doubles with Fed, he's better than any other player on the swiss team. Allegro? Look like a nice guy, but comon man. Heuberger? 3-9 in singles Davis Cup? He's horrible, doesn't stand a chance regardless of player. Kratochvil? Maybe against Philippoussis he has a chance, but against anyone else? Not really, cept that one time he beat Verkerk in 2003 to win it for the Swiss, that's big time, lol.

    So can't one guy just come out of Switzerland, who can at least play doubles really well? Maybe one guy who has at least a shot at winning singles? If so, Switzerland will win the davis cup, no denying it.
     
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  2. edge

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    The population of Switzerland is less than that of New York City. There are not 2 notable ATP pros from New York City.
     
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  3. Joe Average

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    Well, the population of Switzerland is just a little more than that of Washington state, and smaller than that of Michigan and New York City (not including northern Jersey, southern Connecticut and Long Island). Perhaps Michigan can field a Davis Cup team.
     
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    Switzerland has had some very good teams in the past. They got to the Davis Cup finals in 92 with Hlasek and Rosset. Perhaps they can persuade a rising German or French star who hasn't had too much support from their native federations to defect.

    Just think if Switzerland could field a pair like Federer and (Nicolas Kiefer or Antony Dupuis).
     
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    In fact, according to some who had watched Roger/Yves double matches, Yves was actually quite good. And it wasn't always Yves fault that they lost their double matches. So it seems like this combination should be doing quite well, besides Yves and Roger were good friends for a long time and even once flatmates.

    But true that what the Swiss team lack of really is a good second single. There might be hope with last year French junior champion wawrinka. Roger is still young and hopefully his team mates will improve and one day it'll be the Swiss turn to win it.
     
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  7. calculus

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    save the best for what matters

    If Switzland can produce a double partner like Jelen ( who played double with Boris Becker in late 80s), Switzland will have a decent chance to win Davis Cup. For now, it's impossible for them to go all the way by putting the entire weight on Federer.

    On the other hand, it's good for Federer that he won't have any Davis Cup matches for the rest of the year. He can concentrate on his performance in big tournaments. It's bad that he lost the Davis Cup match to Hweitt at the end of last year. But it did give him more time to prepare for Aus Open. If Switzland won in the semi-final, Federer had to play the Davis Cup final after the Master Cup, it'd be too much for him. The loss also pumped him for revenge when he run into Hewitt in the 4th round of Aus Open. What a splendid match he played there! The scene that he bageled Hewitt in the 3rd set with the firework (celebrate Australia's national day)in the air is splendid.

    The point is that even a top-conditioned player like Federer is still human. The long schedule will put too much tear and wear on him. Even Federer has his performance cycle, he can not just pull off all his shot-making magics anytime he wants. He needs to save the best for the big occasions. What matters more to him is the quality of his performance, not the number of match he played. Frankly, I'm not so surprised that he lost to Nadal in Miami. I have been to the final of Indian Wells. The heat there was terrible, the temperature in the stadium was over 110. Regardless, Federer played 2 wonderful matches in the semi and final. But I guess his body just needed a little time-off after the long week there. Henin skipped Miami after she won in Indian Wells. That's a good decision. So I'd say Federer' loss in Miami is not too bad for him either. I'm looking forward to Federer's performance in the clay season.
     
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  8. federer2

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    Re: save the best for what matters

    I agree with you completely. I think he needs the rest.
     
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  9. Max G.

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    Yeah. The ranking schedule needs to be more accomodating towards these breaks - maybe have only 5 or 6 of the Masters Series count or something.

    ...but this is a different issue. Yeah, Switzerland needs somebody, anybody. A doubles specialist would do nicely as well.
     
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    how about the guy who beat Sampras in his last Wimbledon? Geogre Bastl?
     
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