Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Davis Cup Update - Team Nominations

Ahead of his debut as Argentina's Davis Cup captain, Martin Jaite hasn't made a secret of his line-up for the first tie. And there really was no need to - after Juan Martin Del Potro's decision to not play, the Argentine team for Bamberg was pretty clear, anyway. So already before the start of the Australian Open, Jaite officially announced his team: David Nalbandian, Juan Monaco, Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank.

Today, Germany's captain Patrick Kühnen followed suit - but his nominations include a surprise. Apart from Florian Mayer, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Philipp Petzschner, Kühnen has also nominated Tommy Haas. It's the first time since 2007 that Haas will be part of Germany's Davis Cup team. Kühnen on his surprise choice:
Tommy is fit and has shown himself to be in great form in Melbourne. His potential is beyond question and apart from that he brings a tremendous amount of experience to the table.
While Kühnen is aware that Argentina is the favourite to win this tie, he intends to make the most of the home advantage and the "enthusiastic crowd" at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, including the fan club of the local first-league basketball team (which has been supplied with free tickets in return for its support). Still, they'll be up against the equally enthusiastic and very vocal Argentine fans. But Kühnen remains optimistic:
In Davis Cup, we've proven again and again that we can be competitive, playing against the top nations. So why not against Argentina?
(Source.)

14 comments:

  1. That seems a strange line-up for Germany. So who's going to play doubles, with no Kas? Petzschner and Kohlschreiber?

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  2. Yeah, I guess it's going to be the two Philipps. And this line-up is definitely a surprise.

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  3. So... Haas' great performance at the AO consisted of beating Denis Kudla (yes, who??) in R1. In 4 sets. Then he met Nadal...

    I rather hope they do play him. Maybe it's because they aren't too sure of Kohlschreiber's fitness, and want to have a backup option. But, as Istabraq points out, what about the doubles?

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  4. The two Philipps. They've played together before, also in DC.

    Haas played well against Rafa, I saw that match. He does have a lot of experience and he can be valuable for the German team, also as a motivator. And who knows, Kühnen could decide to play him against David in a possible fifth rubber.

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  5. And I might add that though it's been a while, Haas did very well against David in the past.

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  6. Tough tie but is it really possible that the singles for Germany wont be Mayer and Kohli and that Tommy will jump in.

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  7. As I've said, I think it could happen in case there's a live fifth rubber.

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  8. Might happen if Mayer puts in a poor performance on the first day, or plays a five setter and gets tired.

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  9. Well, I think Kühnen will want to rely on him for the reverse singles because he'll play either Chela or Pico and Mayer has a great record against both.

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  10. Oh yeah, Mayer would definitely be good against Chela with his dropshots.

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  11. On that basis, Krystle, maybe Jaite should have nominated Federico Delbonis! In the last two years he has played Mayer twice, both times on clay, without dropping a single set.

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  12. Well, Jaite would've preferred a different line-up, we all know that.

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  13. In www.infobae.com there is an article about some David´s word to the press today. Hope you can read it !! Bye !!

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  14. Yeah, I've seen it. I'll translate it tomorrow. ;)

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