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Of Wolves and Lambs 12/02/2010 - 2:08 PM

Gilles

by Pete Bodo

I must admit, I'm still perplexed by France's decision to play Gilles Simon in the second singles slot in tomorrow's Davis Cup opener against Serbia's Novak Djokovic. In my eyes, this has given the Serbs an enormous advantage, but who knows—it may turn out to be one of the more cagey tactical decisions we've seen in the Davis Cup. But I have my reservations, for a couple of reasons.

Since winning the first match he ever played against Djokovic (Marseille, 2008), Simon lost their next four meetings. In two of those, including their most recent clash in Beijing a few weeks ago, Djokovic laid down the hammer, winning in straights. The Beijing score, 6-3, 6-2, was the most lopsided in their head-to-head career. I dunno, maybe Simon has scorched the lines and destroyed his teammates in the practice sessions arlier this week?

I've also always felt that is Simon is—how do you say this diplomatically?—a little soft (there is no way, I guess). He's a nice guy, a happy-go-lucky, lovin' life kind of guy, which is just the kind of guy who is likely to find himself in way, way over his head when the the playground turns into a battlefield. The Serbian attitude, that this Davis Cup final is a critical, life and history shaping moment, may be a bit excessive, but it signaled Serbia's deadly serious intent. Of course, that could work against them—there's no pressure worse than the demands you place on yourself—but it can also be intimidating.

Of course, not too many men have a positive head-to-head record against Djokovic. But Llodra is 1-1, and he won their last meeting. To me, that's serious psychological ammo, even though Llodra is a mere 3-3 in Davis Cup singles. But guess what? Simon has won only two Davis Cup matches, both of them dead rubbers.

Llodra, by contrast, beat Juan Monaco of Argentina and Fernando Verdasco of Spain in live rubbers in 2010, although both matches were on French soil—and indoor hard courts. Llodra also played winning doubles in those ties, and he's 6-1 overall in his last seven matches.

Also, unless that indoor surface is extremely slow, Llodra can seriously hurt you with his attacking game, and have you wondering just what degree of aggression he's going to bring to the match. Djokovic would still be a big favorite against Llodra, but the match-up would give him much more to think about and fret over.

And let's remember, Llodra is just outside the Top 20 in singles, and coming off a great week at the Masters 1000 in Paris, while Simon languishes at almost double that ranking number (42). Simon lost the last set he played in a singles tournament this  year, 6-0, and won just one match in Paris. Here's how French captain Guy Forget explained his choice: "I expect Gilles to play a great match against Novak. I expect Michael to play great doubles with Arnaud [Clement]. They’ve done so many times in the past. In my opinion, that was the best choice for the French team. The Sunday matches probably will count. That leaves me probably some more options doing it this way.”

I guess the reasoning is that if Llodra had played singles, he'd be less fresh for the crucial "swing" match, the doubles in which he'll team with Arnaud Clement to battle Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki. But while doubles certainly is more important in Davis Cup than tournament tennis, and Davis Cup singles matches are best-of-five, I would think that a guy could bounce back after a tough singles to play pretty good doubles the following day. I just don't know if the "freshness" factor warrants keeping your doubles star out of the singles.

Of course, if you're a fan of "secret weapon" strategies, Forget could always insert Llodra to play a potentially decisive fifth rubber. But then Llodra will have the opposite problem—he may have to face Tipsarevic in singles 24 hours after a potentially tough doubles match. Given that a Llodra-Tipsarevic match is a toss-up (Tipsarevic is 1-0 against Llodra, but 0-1 against Simon, which qualifies as "insufficient data"), would you want to concede the fitness/fatigue issue to your opponent?

Well, if Forget pulls this off, he'll be called a genius. And I have to confess, I asked former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe about this and he thinks Forget made the right call—keep Llodra fresh for the doubles. I still think it's unnecessarily risky, and most of all it suggests that the French may be less confident—or is it more cavalier?—than they hope or have a right to be. On paper, the tie ought to be 1-1 after the first day of play, so why view the doubles as a must-win?

So much for that. Much of the commentary leading up to the tie has focused on Serbia's opportunity to  join the elite teams that have won the Davis Cup, and on how important the tie is to Djokovic. He's certainly done nothing to downplay the stakes or the potential significance (personal, national and even international) of the tie. But the guy who's been forgotten in this Cinderella story is Gael Monfils, whom you ignore at your peril.

Opening the tie with Monfils vs. Tipsarevic gives both teams hope. The French must be pleased because on paper, Monfils ought to win that match. If he does, it might to some degree take the crowd out of play, and it certainly would put Djokovic under a fair amount of pressure when he meets Simon in the second rubber. But if you're a Serb partisan, you have to like that Tipsarevic can go out there and swing from the heels. He's the underdog, and he's got Djokovic to back him up should things turn out badly. Tipsarevic is lucky he doesn't have to hang around, watching the first match, feeling the pressure build. . . and build. Monfils is less lucky, because the crowd will be all over him, and if he doesn't get off to a good start he'll make his own life very difficult.

Monfils has only played four Davis Cup singles matches, but he's won the last three. He sometimes seeems to thrive on emotional energy, and not always the best kind—during his win over the unexpectedly tough Robert Kendrick at the U.S. Open, he busted out a sneer as he mocked the fans chanting Kendrick's name. This penchant for getting sucked into the gestalt could get him in big, big trouble in Serbia, where they probably will play a little rougher than the spectators at Flushing Meadows. Almost any acccomplished Davis Cup player will tell you that Rule No. 1 is to avoid getting into it with the crowd; stay focused, ignore the noise and hubbub. That might be hard to do in the Belgrade Arena.

Take a look at the photo of Monfils and Tipsarevic atop the news stories at the Davis Cup website (it's presently in their rotating carousel), and tell me: Does Tipsarevic, who will meet Monfils in the first match of the tie, look like he's nervous, or like he's the big, bad wolf licking his chops as he eyes the baby lamb?

For more on this tie, tune in to our latest podcast (it ought to be up not long after this post). Easy Ed McGrogan asked for our predictions. Steve Tignor and Ed called it 3-1 for Serbia. Off-line, Pat McEnroe called the same score, 3-1 and whatever happens in the meaningless match.

I'm going whole hog for Djokovic and company and calling it a sweep, 3-0. I can think of many positive ways to describe the players on the French team, and the squad in general, but "tough" isn't high on the list, and on this occasion toughness will count more than talent, strategy, or technique. And I think the decision to play Simon will hurt the French.

I see wolves and lambs in this one.


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Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 05:22 AM

I don't know, Jewell, it took me four hours to get to work Wednesday, I couldn't make it all yesterday, and only managed today via an extremely slow bus to Brixton to get the tube - and I am only trying to get from south London to another part of south London! The entire Overground network further out than New Cross Gate hasn't been running for two days, and during that time the entire Southern network has been suspended for the majority - where I'm staying looks out at the tracks past Crystal Palace and they've been literally under a foot of snow since Wednesday night. I don't want to be one of these miserable people who want to know why the transport infrastructure collapses when we have five inches of snow - but *why* does the transport infrastructure collapse when we have five inches of snow?! Even a reduced train service would be better than one which completely packs it in.

I bet you anything this wouldn't happen if we hadn't privatised the railways.

/OT socialism

So ... Davis Cup, mmm? I predict Monfils in four, and Djokovic in straights, thus giving Jason Goodall or his Serbian equivalent the opportunity to overuse the phrase "intriguingly poised" going into Saturday.

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 05:25 AM

jewell,
This seems a bit harsh to me. I mean if people have to take a bus or a train and they don't run, it's hardly their fault that they cannot go to work, isn't it?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2010/dec/02/pay-snow-absence-work

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 05:27 AM

Blame Thatcher, Gauloises!. Come on, I know you are dying to. :)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/03/2010 at 05:30 AM

Gauly! That is why I am not going anywhere.

Southern trains aren't exactly brilliant at the best of times, though, are they? Apparently it is because they have a third rail left over from some ancient Victorian railway theory which was debunked in 1906.

So yes, more investment in the infrastructure would've been a good idea! Although I don't remember British Rail being a paragon of brilliance either.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/03/2010 at 05:33 AM

Anyway complaining about it is perfectly fine, it is only describing a disrupted work journey in terms more usually used for humanitarian disasters that puts my back up. :)

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 05:39 AM

Gauloises,
Something to brighten your day. The latest "Grip" magazine is out with that special interview with Pico Mónaco they promised. Look at the pictures! There is also one of Thiemo.
Klick on the picture of the magazine to see its content. Excellent!
http://www.revistagrip.com.ar/revista.php

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 05:42 AM

"Va a por todo" = He goes for everything.

Pico twitted yesterday that he's spent some time with friends and family, at home. He has recharged the bateries and enjoyed this time.

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 05:45 AM

Well, lucky you not having to go anywhere. *grumbles*

Thanks, zenggi! I am toasty warm now :) Loving the photos of 'Pico 2.0', especially with the aviator sunglasses.

Nice photo of Thiemo, too.

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 05:50 AM

good morning, all. zenggi, my art historical friend... I linked to a painting of the frozen Thames the other day. We were chatting about the increasingly cold winters in Europe and how that relates to global warming, etc. I remembered those 18th-century paintings of ice skaters on European rivers and that got me reading about Europe's Little Ice Age and frost fairs on the Thames. So taking the long view, it is warmer.

and thanks for that link. Pico and Caro in one place... from frozen to hott, just like that. ;-)

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 05:54 AM

I'm listening to Eva Casiddy. Perfect soul-filled music for this weather.

And I found this adorable picture. Some tennis player at 14 years-old.
http://tinyurl.com/34b7kw6

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 05:57 AM

very cute picure, zenggi! wow, he hasn't changed much, apart from growing 3 feet taller...

I see on the home page that Tommy Haas won't be ready for the AO, but is not thinking of retiring and wants his daughter to see him play.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/03/2010 at 05:58 AM

Is that JMDP? That's actually quite sweet. :)

Hi Holds2Love! I think I remember reading that there was a warmer patch before the Little Ice Age - maybe even before the Black Death? I forget where, though.

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 05:59 AM

Glad to be of service to you both, gauloises and Holds2Love.
A Dutch has to do what a Dutch has to do to forget about the cold.

Thinking of that Argentinian summer...

Do you like art as well, Holds2Love? By the way my ancient mother says that this weather is like it was when she was a child. So it's the 80-year cycle. Or are we getting lazy with cars and good clothing?

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 06:00 AM

That's so cute, zenggi! And here I thought I'd seen all the photos of Delpo's awkward adolescence (and awkwarder adulthood). With tennis dad Marcelo Gomez too.

*insert fangirly lament about how much I miss that damn Elf*

Posted by Lennon 1980 12/03/2010 at 06:02 AM

Gauloises: Oh dear, my son is flying into Manchester (today) and after settling in he wants to take a train up to Scotland for a day or two. Is this going to be impossible to do given the weather conditions? He also wants to skip across to Ireland. An Indiana boy who knows his way around snow handily, but it sounds like snow is somewhat foreign to England, at least the lower part??

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/03/2010 at 06:08 AM

I think there will be some trains running, although I know East Yorkshire and north of Glasgow have been hit particularly hard. Ireland has snow as well.

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 06:08 AM

Gauloises,
I'm going to keep brighting your day, then. Juan Martín Del Potro's youth pictures.
http://tinyurl.com/3y7f48d
http://tinyurl.com/3advhnz
http://tinyurl.com/399p7jb

Also for jewell and Holds2Love of course. Not exclusive.

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 06:09 AM

Hi Lennon 1980 - I just had a quick look on a couple of websites and it looks like there are still trains running between Manchester and Edinburgh/Glasgow - it is a very reduced service though so your son might find it a little trickier than just hopping on a train. They're a lot hardier up there than they are in London though, so I'm sure he'll be fine :)

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 06:12 AM

I absolutely love those Orange Bowl photos! Such a skinny little beanpole. He really did just ... get taller. I mean, he packed on more muscle and grew a bit more hair all over, but he hasn't changed in any significant way.

Argh. I'm really hoping he can be healthy next year.

*forlorn*

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/03/2010 at 06:16 AM

I think everyone wants JMDP back & healthy. Last year was so ridiculously unlucky and unfair.

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 06:18 AM

yes, zenggi, I do like art. and tennis photos. :-) and emoticons, obviously. ;-) those pictures are great. two things though. I would die if anyone ever found pictures of me at the age of 14 and put them on the web. Or pictures of me at any age, really. so I suppose it's for the best that I'm not a brilliant tennis player. and secondly, can't help seeing those pictures of a teenage JMDP and thinking, can you imagine keeping enough groceries in the house to feed that kid?!?!

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 06:18 AM

Indeed. Never has the world no. 262's next season been anticipated so eagerly by so many.

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 06:21 AM


I'm sure Delpo will win the ATP Most Improved Player of the Year Award besides the Comeback Player of the Year Award next year.

Holds2 Love,
Good to know, thanks.

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 06:22 AM

I keep trying to read the Davis Cup preview, but keep getting distracted by things like this:

www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=9126&zoneid=25

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 06:25 AM

ok, that didn't show up as a link, so here it is...

Newcombe recalls partying with Bush in 1976
Ticker - Thursday, December 2, 2010

In an interview the Sydney Morning Herald, former No. 1 John Newcombe recalls what happened in 1976 when he was out drinking with George W. Bush, who later received a drunk-driving conviction.

“George wanted to show how a Texan could out drink an Aussie,'' Newcombe said. “It didn't quite work out the way he planned it.”—Matthew Cronin

Posted by Lennon 1980 12/03/2010 at 06:27 AM

Thanks, Gauloises, for the info. He is a hardy kind of guy and should fit in well with the Scots. I have to chuckle thinking about his Halloween costume 3 years ago. He was Sir William Wallace, complete with kilt and bloody sword. By the way, is there anyone that looks as good in a skirt as Mel Gibson? Oh wait, Russel Crowe/gladiator mode is appealing, too. Must get in the shower, duty calls. Have a great day.

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 06:28 AM

Holds2Love,
Give an enter after you post a link. It'll turn blue automatically.

It must be a tiring time for the likes of Cronin to report about that. :)

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 07:17 AM

Momo *and* Benny in the Belgrade arena, reportedly.

Exciting times.

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 07:19 AM

I found these hilarious 4-chapter videos on youtube. Juan Martín del Potro is the mistery guest in an Argentinian TV program called "Team Angels".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh-Sg05pJko
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJHHFIKKepQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svke0lU7puk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XmXAsD5yTo

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 07:28 AM

Pablo del Potro! Always brightens the day.

What gets me about those videos is that the kid he's turned up to surprise seems genuinely *not* to know that he's hitting with Delpo ...

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 07:44 AM

thanks for those videos, zenggi (and for linkage tutorial). cute kid... pablo, too. :) yeah, gauloises, I mean, who else could it be?!?

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 07:51 AM

Honestly. No porn-plumber fake 'tache and curly wig is going to cover up those acres of rippling muscle.

Posted by Jason 12/03/2010 at 07:51 AM

Pete - his thinking is to use Simon to tire out Novak on day one, with Monfils winning. 1-1.

Then to win the doubles. 2-1

Then to play Llodra Vs Tipsaravic and Monfils Vs Djokovic on day three with one win from either to take the trophy. As a player you're much less tired off a doubles going into the singles than vice versa.

That's the thought process.

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 08:01 AM

"No porn-plumber fake 'tache and curly wig is going to cover up those acres of rippling muscle."

Stop, Gauloises! What are you doing? You are going to make yourself sick!

Talking about 'taches. I found this picture in the Serbian newspaper Blic/
http://tinyurl.com/2fler4x

And Nastase is sure that Djokovic will lift the trophy. There it goes, Pete, DC is not about a nation but about a player. Even other players say so. :)
http://english.blic.rs/Sports/7159/Nastase-I-know-Djokovic-will-lift-trophy

One minute to DC Final.

Paging AM. Tennis is on, aussiemarge!

Posted by Ruth 12/03/2010 at 08:03 AM

I mentioned it on CE, and Pete alluded to it here -- the possibility that forget has seen something special and strong in Simon's playing during what I called the "scrimmages" of the past several days in Serbis and, as a result, he decided to go with the current "hot hand." If that is the ase, will it work out better than the Fed Cup MJF/Coco hot-hand decision? We gonna see, no?

Good morning, all! The snow scenes are lovely, but I'm so glad I'm in Atlanta GA where it's sunny and will be in the high 50's today. Last winter, they had one snowfall experience that was big enough to thrill the kids , but I've ordered the snow to stay away completely for, at least, my first winter here. :)

Posted by tina (ajde, Novak: handsome and talented Balkans #1, world #3, Davis Cup hero, AO 2008 titleist, reigning USO finalist, cutest butt in tennis, rapper, the face of Belgrade t-shirts, Novak water and Restaurant - don't u wish your polyglot was hott like me) 12/03/2010 at 08:09 AM

Yes, Ruth - and as I mentioned yesterday, Guy Forget is a DC hero himself, so I would expect he knows something about all this.

You're a wise woman to order the snow to stay away. I'm already in preparatory dread.

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 08:12 AM

Oh zenggi I barely scratched the surface of what I could say about Delpo :) His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad, you know.

... Why is Marat in Belgrade? Does he do *anything* except wander round random tennis tournaments these days?

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 08:12 AM

Marat!!!!

Now I'll have to watch the match!

Posted by tina (ajde, Novak: handsome and talented Balkans #1, world #3, Davis Cup hero, AO 2008 titleist, reigning USO finalist, cutest butt in tennis, rapper, the face of Belgrade t-shirts, Novak water and Restaurant - don't u wish your polyglot was hott like me) 12/03/2010 at 08:13 AM

Oh not a great start.

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 08:13 AM

Tipsy immediately goes down triple BP. Hmmm.

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 08:15 AM

blistering FH DTL to draw the error from Tipsarevich. Monfils to serve 1-0

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 08:15 AM

And broken. Needs to find a first serve from somewhere before his next attempt.

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 08:16 AM

morning folks
good start for Bambi, Tipsy feeling the pressure

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 08:16 AM

Than wasn't in the planning. Gael breaks first game.

Too much Harry Potter, gauloises. Not enough poetry for those emerald eyes. :)

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 08:21 AM

the stadium is not full , abpout 2/3's ful

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 08:21 AM

How about "his eyes are so green that had Severus Snape ever seen them, he would have been forced to dedicate his whole life to protecting and helping Delpo even though he didn't like him"?

That would have been good, actually. I bet Snape knows some good wrist-strengthening potions.

Tipsy on the board.

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 08:22 AM

Much better, Tipsy. What a weird camera angle.

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 08:25 AM

Gauloises,
Too dark hair and I keep seeing Severus as in "Love actually"

What do you think of this Elf Poem?
http://www.fairiesworld.com/poems/?p=14

3-1 for France. Tipsy to serve.

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 08:28 AM

Monfils looking sharp. One of the Barrys who is commentating says the court looks quicker today, noting that when the crowd gets in there and it warms up, it can play differently.

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 08:29 AM

Oops. Second break for Gael. This set is gone for Tipsy.

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 08:30 AM

Tipsy buries his fourth FH of the rally in the net for the double break. I've got to say, surprised by how comfortable Monfils looks out there.

"His emerald eyes, so clear and young,
at once so wise and old."

Works for me, zenggi :) I must remember to take more rambles in the woods, jewell-style.

Posted by tina (ajde, Novak: handsome and talented Balkans #1, world #3, Davis Cup hero, AO 2008 titleist, reigning USO finalist, cutest butt in tennis, rapper, the face of Belgrade t-shirts, Novak water and Restaurant - don't u wish your polyglot was hott like me) 12/03/2010 at 08:33 AM

Ah, first mention of Les Mousquetaires on my stream. Need to find a Serbian-language one, perhaps.... Or get my ass out of bed and watch on the downstairs TV --

*only the first set, only the first set, only the first set*

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 08:33 AM

Atta girl. You found the verse! Not rambling in the woods though. Ask jewell.

Novak's parents are also on court. Oh, the pressure.

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 08:36 AM

Come on, Tipsy. Win this game. You have to start serving the second set. And you must win the first game unlike what happened in the first one

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 08:41 AM

breadstick anyone?
France will serve to start the 2nd set

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 08:41 AM

6-1. That didn't take long. Tipsarevic won't go away - but Bambi looks all business out there. This could be over pdq.

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 08:41 AM

baguette?

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 08:42 AM

Tipsy doesn't listen. On to the second set. Gael to serve (with lots of confidence, I'm sure.)

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 08:44 AM

yes, the confidence has to be there. very high Allez! count in that first set.

Posted by sokol 12/03/2010 at 08:45 AM

just got to work and see Gael took the first set easy? need to go back to read the comments.

AJDE, Janko!!!

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 08:46 AM

a spectacular S & V to win the first game of the 2nd set

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 08:47 AM

dropshotting, S&V, yeah, I'd say he's feeling confident. The French bench looking pleased.

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 12/03/2010 at 08:48 AM

Morning TWibe !

Sorry to read that many are having problems with the weather and travelling to work. Not a very good start from Tipsy ... Hope that he can manage to wake up !

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 08:50 AM

Good morning, Lynne. He looked much better on that last point, and now Monfils with a couple of errors of his own.

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 08:50 AM

Winning drop-shots of the 'oh I see what you did there' variety: 3. All Monf's.

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 08:51 AM

here's a chance for Tipsy , DF

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 12/03/2010 at 08:52 AM

Holds2Love :

Perhaps I'll bring Tipsy some good luck !

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 08:53 AM

well that was a good hold by Monfils

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 12/03/2010 at 08:54 AM

... or not ...

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 08:55 AM

Tipsy with lovely touch there... was that you, Lynne?

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 12/03/2010 at 08:57 AM

Holds2Love :

I'm trying hard !

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:07 AM

Tipsy is winning a few more points on Monfils serve

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 09:09 AM

Break point Tips. A lesser Djokovic or two tries to get the crowd into it - but the Serb flubs a BH volley into the net.

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:09 AM

Tipsy volleys as well as Soderling

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:10 AM

another great droppa by Bambi, he holds

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 09:15 AM

I see Robin is getting more and more popular on TW.
I told you, sf. Only good things ahead. I'm thrilled!

Tipsy 18 winners to Gael 13. Both with 6 UFE.

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:19 AM

Tipsy is playing sloppy tennis, he's had good chances to break, but flubbed the easy shots

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:20 AM

great CC pass by Tipsy

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:23 AM

a good confidence-builder point by Tipsy, he rips a BH CC winner

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 09:23 AM

Tie-break?

From the DC website "As it happens": "Having won a nervy point at 30-30, Monfils takles some time to blow his nose. Has he got a cold? I wish I felt as good as he looks when my nose was blocked."

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:25 AM

pressure is on Tipsy to hold to stay in the set

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:31 AM

the crowd booing and whistling as Monfils goes for the towel before he serves

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 09:32 AM

It's funny watching this on mute. Is Tipsy disputing the Hawkeye call?

Posted by zenggi 12/03/2010 at 09:33 AM

Get on with it Tipsy. You are incensing the crowd. Not nice. Hawk eye is for something, isn't it?

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:33 AM

serve challenged by Monfils , the ball is on the line point to France 1-0
Tipsy is angry, the commies think Tipsy is right... a long delay between serves

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:34 AM

Tipsy blows the easy FH into the middle of the net 0-2

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:35 AM

big FH by Tipsy draws an error 1-2

Posted by gauloises 12/03/2010 at 09:36 AM

I'd just like to announce I'm still trying to work out what the hell happened in the first point of this TB ...

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 12/03/2010 at 09:40 AM

who are the comms on TTC? they don't sound like the usual suspects. in fact, they sound sane and knowledgable.

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 12/03/2010 at 09:43 AM

Annie : I was just wondering the same thing.

I can't really see any way back for Tipsy now.

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:43 AM

big serve by Bambi 3-1
M serving: second serve called out challenged, good call 2nd serve. Monfils misses an easy BH volley 3-2
T serving: 2nd serve, nice volley by Tipsy 3-3
another good volley by Tipsy 4-3
M serving: the return is called in, challenged it's just out by a hair 4-4
2nd serve, a great point Monfils dropshots, Tipsy gets there, hits another volley, Monfils chases it down hits DTL 5-4
T serving: Tipsys at the net, the pass to much for him to handle 4-6
the FH goes way out by Tipsy
TB and set to france 2-0

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:46 AM

starting the 3rd set, Tipsy misses an easy high FH volley
then gets passed DTL 0-30

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 09:46 AM

one thing to love about Davis Cup: the use of country names, rather than player's, as in, "France is challenging the call," as though the entire Republic questions Jake Garner's judgment.

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:47 AM

another bad miss on the FH side by Tipsy 15-40

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:49 AM

nice long rally won by Tipsy, after a droppa then the overhead smash

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 12/03/2010 at 09:50 AM

H2L: heehee, it's great isn't it?

David Ferrer came back down 2 sets, remember? 'cept Tipsy's no david ferrer! however, since this is DC we may get a surprise.

Posted by yello fuzzy 12/03/2010 at 09:51 AM

Tipsy fights hard to get the advantage, then misses the FH wide deuce

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 12/03/2010 at 09:52 AM

newsflash: magnus norman and soderling have split. appears to be norman's decision according to TTC. hope i'm not being redundant here. is everybody watching TTC?

Posted by Holds2Love 12/03/2010 at 09:53 AM

yes, Annie, but Ferrer is a honey badger. Although Tipsarevich is not going gently...

Posted by Master Ace 12/03/2010 at 09:54 AM

Yello Fuzzy,
Thanks for keeping TWibe up to date on DC especially with people working at their day job or in other parts of the world, out for the evening.

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