Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by westside, Jul 8, 2005.
I'd say Australia because it's gonna be played on grass
If it was played on any other surface, I'd say Argentina... But because its on grass, I'll say Australia.
Fitzy isn't too sure, nor me.
Fitzy eyes possible speed bump
By Margie McDonald
July 8, 2005
GRASS courts have slowed so much over the past decade that Australia captain John Fitzgerald believes they no longer hold the same fear for clay-courters.
The quarter-final tie against Argentina will be played on grass next week in Sydney, a surface which traditionally suited Australian players who were more used to its vagaries. But no more.
The visitors are renowned for their clay-courters, but they also boast world No.10 David Nalbandian, who reached the 2002 Wimbledon final and this year's quarter-finals, and Guillermo Coria, ranked 15, who reached the fourth round at the All England Club this year.
"We're not in for an easy time," Fitzgerald said yesterday after Australia's two singles players Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs were put through separate sessions with coach Wally Masur at White City.
It was their first hit-out since returning from their Wimbledon campaigns.
Fitzgerald said the change in grass-court preparation, particularly at the All England Club, had helped players more accustomed to slower surfaces. "Courts at Wimbledon are slower and heavier than they were 10 to 15 years ago when I was playing, very different," Fitzgerald said.
"And they've done that probably to slow the grass-court game down a little bit. But what it's also done is allowed the clay-court style players to compete on grass much more easily.
"And it's much easier for a clay-courter, who has the basics of a backcourt game, to move forward and adapt to grass a fair bit easier than a grass courter can adapt to clay."
Not only have the Australians lost some of their grass-court advantage but the loss of doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge and Mark Philippoussis has left them relying on Hewitt and Arthurs to carry the hopes.
Fitzgerald is not bitter about Woodbridge's timing in announcing his retirement during Wimbledon, two weeks ago.
"The time had come for Todd and I completely support his decision," Fitzgerald said.
However, he added that he had tried to get Woodbridge to postpone retirement until after the Davis Cup tie.
"Look, as much as we wanted him to continue, I think when you get to the stage in your career where you feel like there's no gas at all left in the tank then that's life and we all have to move on," Fitzgerald said.
"But I was hoping right up until he said he wasn't coming that he might still come."
When is this on TV and where can it be seen, anyone know?
hewitt can´t win 3 matches...I don´t think hewitt could play against coria , play the doubles and beat Nalbandian the next day. The argentinian team its more solid than the australian. But you never know...
Hewitt holds David Cup ace
By John Coomber
July 12, 2005
THIS weekend's Davis Cup quarter-final between Australia and Argentina swings on the home team's No.2 doubles player, who is ranked 867th in the world.
He was out there at the Sydney International Tennis Centre yesterday, banging away at practice balls for all he was worth, showing some pretty decent form considering his ranking.
His name is Lleyton Hewitt.
He doesn't get to play doubles very often - hence the ranking - because he's too busy being the world's No.2 in singles.
Australia are counting on him to win both his singles matches, which makes the doubles on Saturday the pivotal rubber if Australia are to avenge the 5-0 thumping the last time the teams met on clay in Buenos Aires in 2002.
The paper match-ups are intriguing.
In singles Hewitt (2) and Wayne Arthurs (76) take on David Nalbandian (10) and Guillermo Coria (15).
In doubles Hewitt (867) and Arthurs (1) face Martin Rodriguez (30) and Gaston Etlis (33).
The tie, however, is to be played not on paper but on grass, a surface the Argentines regard with deep suspicion.
Nalbandian is their best performer on it, having reached the Wimbledon singles final three years ago, where he was mown down by Hewitt in straight sets.
Rodriguez and Etlis are well regarded as a doubles combination, though there is a query over their form on grass.
They were seeded 14th at Wimbledon, the best recent guide, and lost in the second round to Zimbabweans Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett.
"We know that they can play," said team captain John Fitzgerald.
"We know they've had success on different surfaces but I don't know how comfortable they'll be on grass here. But I would assume that anyone playing doubles to that level would know how to handle the surface."
The teams had their first hitout on the Centre Court yesterday, and apart from a damp patch at the shady end, the surface looked in great shape, in contrast to the uneven paddock on which Australia dispatched Austria 5-0 in March. Four months without being moved has done wonders for the drop-in court.
Hewitt, Australia's most successful Davis Cup player with a 26-5 record in singles and 3-1 in doubles, looked sharp.
He chased ground balls relentlessly from side to side and when it came time to play a mock match, he pumped down aces on the first three points, prompting team captain John Fitzgerald to call out and ask Arthurs whether he was enjoying the hit. Fitzgerald conceded it was a difficult tie to assess.
He described Argentina as "a fantastic team".
"We have a lot of respect for them and we know it's going to be a tough tie. "When you take into consideration the home court, playing in Australia on the surface that we chose, and the quality of both teams ... I wouldn't say that either nation is an underdog."
Fitzgerald said Arthurs was fit after recovering from an ankle niggle at Wimbledon.
He said Arthurs has been in such good form over the past 12 months that even if Mark Philippoussis had been fit and available "there's a good chance we might have picked him anyway based on current form".
Hewitt is going to win this tie single handed. He is the best player in the world under Federer, after all. Plus its not like its on clay.
Hewitt vs Nalbandian will be intresting. Nalband is back in the top 10 and has proven grass court pedigree, his form is improving and he has already taken Hewitt to 5 sets at the AO. I was very suprised by the manner of Nalband's defeat against ToJo in the quarters. He seems to be playing inconsistently and missing routine shots.
I'm interested in whether Arthurs can beat either Coria or Nalbandian in singles... I think he's got a shot!
Doubles is a tossup, and Hewitt needs to win both of his singles matches.
Davis Cup is stupid, the doubles players should both be different than the singles players.
Could be a Plan
Fanatics hit a chord
BY Margie McDonald
July 14, 2005
IF David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria are not looking forward to again facing Lleyton Hewitt's "C'mon" warcry, they should heed a warning and invest in earplugs.
The travelling band of yellow T-shirted Australian sports buffs known as The Fanatics has been penning some special tunes and choruses just for the Argentinians.
Some 140 Fanatics will be in the centre court stands cheering on the Australian team tomorrow.
Spectators can expect to hear the old Monty Python hit Sit On My Face altered to fit the letter 'P' between the consonant and vowel in the first word, in reference to the spitting incident between Lleyton Hewitt and Juan Ignatio Chela at the Australian Open in January.
The Fanatics also have a few tunes for the absent Guillermo Canas, who withdrew from Wimbledon and the Davis Cup because of an ATP investigation into a positive test for a diuretic in February.
Fanatics founder Warren Livingstone said he knew the jingles might provoke some anger in the Argentine camp.
"We try not to get under their skin. It's not what we're about. It is primarily to entertain but also to be there for Lleyton," Livingstone said.
The Fanatics have been ********* for all of Hewitt's 19 cup ties since he debuted against the USA in 1999.
Just announced: Peurta and Nalbandian playing doubles, instead of specialist doubles pair.
Coria & Nalbandian singles.
Got them panicking....
Interesting. Puerta and nalby for doubles? Suddenly, Hewitt-Arthurs defeating Puerta-Nalbandian doesn't seem as difficult as defeating a doubles specialist pair...
This cements my vote for Australia.
TTC will show this Tie to-nite.
Cañas is the 2nd best argentine player on grass. He adapts better than Coria, so that would be a disadvantage for Argentina
This tie definitely will not be won with power.
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