Saturday, September 17, 2011

Davis Cup Semifinal - Day 2

UpdateII
A clip of Djokovic, David and Del Potro training today:




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Update
Juan Ignacio Chela and Juan Monaco have lost the doubles rubber against Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic, who prevailed 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-2.
So the tie will be decided in the reverse singles tomorrow. First up at 2pm local time: Juan Martin Del Potro against Novak Djokovic. And then, in what could very well be the decisive fifth rubber, David against Janko Tipsarevic.

Meanwhile in Cordoba, Spain's Lopez/Verdasco lost the doubles against Llodra/Tsonga. Which, after day two of the semifinals, leaves both Argentina and Spain with a 2-1 lead.


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After David and Juan Martin Del Potro did a great job yesterday, getting a 2-0 lead for Argentina, today it's time for Juan Ignacio Chela and Juan Monaco to take to the court at the Belgrade Arena. Time for the doubles rubber.
According to the draw, they were scheduled to face Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic. But Tipsarevic had problems with his ankle during the match against Del Potro yesterday. And today, Zimonjic practiced with Viktor Troicki (source).
Edit: It has just been confirmed - Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic will play for Serbia.
So there's going to be another last-minute change to Serbia's line-up. Not the worst thing that could've happened, as far as the Argentine team is concerned (though Troicki and Zimonjic have played doubles together in Davis Cup before).
Can "El Torino" and "Pico" perhaps seal the deal for Argentina already today? We'll find out.

30 comments:

  1. I kind of want to watch David play again tomorrow, so I'm not sure what result I want today, lol.

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  2. the most dangerous at Tipsarovic is his serve

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  3. They have to really pick on Troicki today.He doesnt look confident.

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  4. no, Tipsarovic, I think about tomorrows probably key match, because serbs are the favorite in double and in the match Djokovic vs Del Potro. But everything will depend if Djokovic will be really ready tomorrow, Nadal had no problem playing yesterday.

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  5. Why do they almost keep playing the same song during the break?

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  6. It sings about how they love playing for the Serbian team.

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  7. Monaco is good but Chela is the weak side of the double team.

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  8. Thanks Adrian for the info, I understand now

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  9. Wow,Zimonjic the one breaking down a little bit.

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  10. Ashot, I guess Tipsarevic's ankle might be the bigger factor here.

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  11. Tough to hold serve when your Chela,no free points.

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  12. Looks like were speeding towards Sunday.

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  13. where is Noubar, I hope he hasn't drunk too much yesterday :D

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  14. right Julia, I almost forgot about that.

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  15. Djokovic and Tipsarevic both trained today. So it looks like the Sunday matches will take place as planned.

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  16. I kind of thought the Serbs would win the doubles today. Now so much depends on Nole's back and Tipsy's ankle. If Nole isn't 100 percent and Delpo plays like he did when he won the US Open, the big guy can definitely win. Somehow, though, I think it's going to come down to David. Nole looked awfully good in the 4th set against Nadal on Monday. Too many unknowns to really predict. The saving grace is that David can beat Janko whether he's hurting or not. Does anybody know if there are any Vamos Daviders in Belgrade?

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  17. Bibi is there, as far as I know.

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  18. At least if the Delpo match goes south,we know the Davis Cup gladiator will get a chance to nick the tie.I was surprised to see that the only match they ever had was the one at AO,Davids biggest comeback or Jankos biggest choke(depends how you look at it),so its tough to reed from that match what could happen.I think Janko plays similar to David but David just does everything he does a little better.Im going David in 4.

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  19. Well, back at the AO it was the heat that got the better of Tipsarevic. Not going to happen tomorrow.

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  20. That was the 4 and 5 set.

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  21. I think it also played a role for how the third set ended. The way he totally collapsed afterwards he couldn't have been at 100% at the end of the third.

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  22. I have recently seen the 3rd, 4th and 5th set of that match and it's right that the 4th and 5th set was because of the heat. The third set was quite competitive and Tipsarevic was playing well until the last few games. When Nalbandian saved the matchpoints at 5-4, suddenly Tipsarevic began having trouble with the heat. Tipsarevic got the 6th game that 3rd set by pure luck because he wasnt moving anymore. So he indeed wasn't at 100% at the end of the third.

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  23. Tipsarevic is a tough character to read.He retires all the time,especially in GS events and best of 5 matches.The thing he did against Seppi was very unsportsmanlike conduct.I think he just throws in the towel when he goes down in a match or loses a big lead or something.Also hes been in some suspicious matches.Then again he always sounds very smart and nice off the court,also very funny.All in all I cant make my up my mind about him,a very unique character.

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  24. if nalbandian plays at the level he played against troicki then tipsarevic will get his ass kicked very very badly indeed
    when nalby is on he is the best player in the world for my money

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  25. Andvari, maybe he realised that didn't have another one or two sets in himself and that's why wasting those MPs was even more of a disaster for him.

    Adrian, same can be said about some of the Argentine players. Having been part of suspicious matches, that is. Not to mention the various doping cases... The "La Legion" generation really were/are no angels. Except for David and his clean record.

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  26. Tipsa seems like a good match up for David.Hes not gonna blow him of the court,he will give him a lot of rhythm.Davids got the better volleys and ground game.I would give Tipsa the edge in the serve department tho.When it comes to players on,I would have to go with Fed being the best player in the world.Maybe not against David,but against the rest of the field,when he goes into god mode...unbeatable.Maybe 2nd Safin(if we can count players who were a part of this era),3 Djokovic,and 4 David.

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  27. While all the talk centers on the likelihood of a David-Janko decider in Rubber 5, wouldn't it be nice if Delpo could play like he did in the 2009 US Open and beat Nole. Sure would save all of us a lot of stress. Part of me wants that, and the other part wants David to be the hero and win it at the end.

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  28. I just think that Delpo playing the absolute best he's capable of right now still won't be enough if it's "SuperNole 2011" on the other side of the net. His only chance is Nole being tired/unfit/latently injured.

    But yeah, I'm also not sure what to hope for. For the exact same reasons... ;)

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  29. adrian no way is god mod safin and djokovic are better than davids god mode

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