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DCCrisis Center: Doubles! 12/01/2007 - 8:58 AM


Howdy, and as James Blake woud say, "How you like me now??????"

I caught a surprising amount of the Davis Cup action last night, considering the circumstances (family birthday party with all the trimmings -  "away game" no less), buit am still looking forward to reading Steve Tignor's deep take over at Concrete Elbow. Meanwhile, here are some of my random thoughts on yesterday's action:

I thought Dmitry Tursunov was not really ready to play last night; he seemed passive and, at least on televsion, he did not look very confident or comfortable. In Davis Cup, whether home or away but most especially away, it's an enormous asset to act like you own that court, either with a punk-walk or a regal, Federer-esque slouch. Dmitry looked a little like a guy in the Wal-Mart parking lot who forget where he parked the KIA; then he wandered up to the service notch looking as if he were thinking: Hmmm. . . this is kind of nuts, but hail - let's see what happens. . .

What happened was: Andy Roddick stepped up and played exactly the kind of match he is know for in Davis Cup, and to which his game is suited.  He took command of the court (and this is so important in that chaotic and noisy crucible of DC), and he used his best weapons in the most straightforward and guileless fashion - he was Roger Clemens, coming at you with the fastball, and to hail with all the split-fingered or knuckle-grip garbage. For my part, I was happy to see a demonstration of serve-based tennis, and the kind of logic and structure it imposes on a match. And  Andy was danged lucky he  had that serve to protect his game when he missed so many break-point opportunities against Tursunov in the first half of the match.

Andy showed great poise (the biggest danger for him, going in, was being over-pumped, and exploding right before our eyes in a supernova of monster forehand errors and scorching double faults). It happens, you know. But he showed just the right emotional timbre and modulated self-control that the occasion demanded.

As for Blake, well, for some strange reason, probably having to do with the fashionably-blue court and his style, I kept thinking I was watching a hockey game, with the bald dude in the red Willie Nelson bandana dinging the pipes left and right. And at times Blake played those pipes like wind-chimes (somebody remind me to describe a Texas Wind Chime sometime). Blake, like Roddick, seemed well-prepared, emotionally, for what the night would bring. He did not play above his head, or produce lucky, one-off Davis Cup gem. His performance was balanced and in some ways typical, in the bad bits as well as the good.

When Blake broke Youzhny in the third set to serve for it at 5-4, he had to confront his history as a player, warts and all. He kissed the warts on the nose, playing a horrible match-game to let Youzhny back into the contest. But then, like a man who has faced the worst in himself and vowed not to allow it to define him, he kept his poise and focus admirably. That hiccup at such a critical moment suggests that Blake hasn't resolved all his issues yet, but he is getting better at damage control.

But all in all, it was a fine performance under very dificult circumstances, because one of the great underlying motifs of this Davis Cup final was that the pressure was all on the US. So far so good. Today, the Bryans face a wonderful opportunity to clinch the Cup for the US. You can call and/or comment on th doubles here, and I'll be back tomorrow.

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Posted by tina 12/01/2007 at 09:22 AM

Well, contrarian that I am, I am still going to hope for some freak turnaround.

Dmitry was a disappointment, and while I do like Blake, I was really pulling for Misha, and was just certain that he'd pull it out in five. But I guess I just like to torture myself. And still, you never know in tennis, perhaps especially in Davis Cup, where normal tour head-to heads don't necessarily mean anything. I like surprises most of all.

Posted by Tari 12/01/2007 at 09:24 AM

Good morning, Pete. :) And a belated happy birthday to Luke.

And a nod to my cuddly Roger Clemens! Woohoo.

Good on the boys from the U.S.A. :) Very enjoyable matches, especially Blake's...

Go Bryans. Go GVGirl!

Posted by tina 12/01/2007 at 09:25 AM

p.s. that photo makes me want to Go-Go dance in a Lenin mask.

Posted by rudy3 12/01/2007 at 09:41 AM

I hate to use the words "in the bag" cause in sport anything can happen...

But with The Bryans in there today, its hard not to think, its time to polish the cup.


Posted by Or 12/01/2007 at 09:50 AM

The Bryans will clinch it, they aren't known for their mental instability or for having an off day. Those are rare and far between.

I, personaly, can't wait for the dead rubbers. Hopefully Isner and Young will get their turn.

Posted by marron 12/01/2007 at 10:36 AM

Nice post, Pete. Love your description of Andy exploding. That was my biggest fear - he gets TOO pumped and goes BOOM. He's such a jittery jivey kind of kid as it is....

Things are looking good for the US team. Go Bryans!

Posted by Snoo Foo 12/01/2007 at 10:48 AM

"a guy in the Wal-Mart parking lot who forget where he parked the KIA" too funny. and too true.

yeah that jimmy/misha match, that was fun to watch.

prediction: tarpi puts in maratski and kafelnikov for dubs.

Posted by Andrew 12/01/2007 at 10:51 AM

Tari: Roger Clemens = cuddly? Hmmmmmmmm....

This is kinda like Federer - Gonzalez: we know what we're expecting, but the opposition may have something up there sleeves. I'd still like to see a USA win, but having Roddick be the one to clinch it wouldn't be a tragedy.

Posted by Tari 12/01/2007 at 11:01 AM

Good point, Andrew. Andy clinching it would be fun. ;-)

And...oh, yeah...cuddly:,_Roger/gallery/1109600/

Posted by JR 12/01/2007 at 11:06 AM

How did unlimited challenges arrive in DC? It was nice to see that none of the players came close to abusing this. On the contrary...

Posted by JR 12/01/2007 at 11:11 AM

I know Snoo was kidding, but COULD Marat be substituted (was he even there)? I can't keep track of these DC changes.

Posted by Schwab 12/01/2007 at 11:14 AM

The Bryan Brothers have the rare opportunity to clinch a tie for the US even though they managed to do it against Spain earlier this year in Winston Salem. Majority of the time they are playing with the tie squared at 1.

Andrew and Tari,
I rather see the Bryans clinch it 'cuz they are always bailing the single players out of trouble in previous ties.

Posted by Snoo Foo 12/01/2007 at 11:19 AM

yeah the bbros have been the linchpin of the team.

Posted by Tari 12/01/2007 at 11:25 AM

Ok, I'm fickle. I've flipflopped and now want the Bryans to clinch it. I'm staying put.

Posted by marron 12/01/2007 at 11:31 AM

Oh, yes, a happy belated Happy Birthday to Cowboy Luke!

Posted by marron 12/01/2007 at 11:32 AM

Oops, too many 'happy's' in there. Sheesh.

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 11:44 AM

hey that's true: happy birthday to lil cowboy Luke!!

He's a Sagittarius, no? So, he must be running around all day long full of energy and curiosity... Sometime I wish I were 5 again!!!!!

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 11:45 AM

yes typo "sometimes", sorry: actually I write and speak English like a 5-year old...

Posted by Ruth 12/01/2007 at 11:45 AM

In the middle of the Roddick match, I got a call from my USO buddy, and I bet her a small sum that the USA would sweep Russia. Strangely, instead of questionaing my being so confident about a win from James, she asked me if I was SURE that the Bryan boys would win their match.

Well, I went to the ITF statistics page and looked the losses by Bob and Mike (in the past couple years) to non-specialist, non-seasoned doubles teams. And even though I saw losses to teams like Fish/Blake, Acasuso/Karlovic, Caleri/Gonzo, Gimelstob/Humphries, Lindstedt(?)/Nieminem etc, I'm still counting on collecting on my wager tonight! :)

Posted by Schwab 12/01/2007 at 11:54 AM

Collect your winnings today from your USO buddy. The losses that you said in your post was regular season events but this match is the last for the Bryans this year and the chance to clinch it for US makes it sweeter.

Posted by Pierre 12/01/2007 at 11:55 AM

Scoreline from my match this morning.

I lose the first set 6-1. OK.

I go up 4-0 in the second set.

After some activity that I can't seem to remember, I then find myself behind 5-4 with my opponent serving.

I then proceed to win the set 7-5. I don't even know how I did it.

Then we play a tiebreaker, because we are running out of time, which I win 7-5. I don't know whether to feel happy or disgusted.

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 11:58 AM

by the way has anyone seen this:

Justine Hénin inaugurated her school in Belgium yesterday. It's called "Justine N1" :

In this other article they talk about all her business activities, I was surprised to see that she's quite Justine-the-Mogul.

She bought a 45% stake in a company called Covadis which is organizing the Women Tennis Trophy and Legends Cup as well as other stuff. She also has stakes in a stadium complex called the "spiroudôme" in Charleroi, Wallonia. (It's a funny name: Spirou is a cartoon character....

Posted by Andrew 12/01/2007 at 12:19 PM

JR: count me as not a fan of unlimited challenges.

I didn't think they were abused in the matches I saw, as such, but Blake was regularly challenging Youzhny service winners, and a few others, which were all shown to be landing dead on the line.

I wouldn't object to more challenges (say 5 per set), or make the challenge system at the Davis Cup (umpire based).

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 12:31 PM

yes absolutely, "uncomfortable" is one of the best word to describe Tursunov's demeanour last night. I don't know why because I did not feel the atmosphere to be "hostile" or too Yankee-fighting-the-ennemies kind of moment (ok I know, I was not there on the court so it's easy for me to say that) and besides the Cali-Russian knows how to play Roddick and his at home on the West coast. By comparison, Davydenko was the one looking at ease, like he was having a good time, beaming with his lovely wife at his side. Well as you say on your shores: go figure....

I think Youzhny deserves some kudos as well, he did a good job it was one of the best match of the ENTIRE hardcourt season in my opinion. His combativity and good spirit should be underscorred a bit more.

I thought Captain America and his acolytes were hysterical. Great, funny stuff.

Posted by codepoke 12/01/2007 at 12:36 PM

Funniest line from yesterday goes to Beth:
"while in his present form - Andy could make coffee nervous"

Andy owning the court was great. I love it when a man finds his niche. And I'm glad it's not GS Finals. I'd still like Federer to specialize there.

> Well, I went to the ITF statistics page and looked the losses by Bob and Mike (in the past couple years) to non-specialist, non-seasoned doubles teams.

Thank you, Ruth!

The thing with doubles is it's a crap-shoot. The best player wins in singles a lot more often than wins in doubles. The Bryan's are great because they adapt well to the changing doubles landscape. Suddenly someone's hot, or the other team is clicking, or you're not communicating with your partner today or whatever. Things just happen so fast that a streaky hot hand means a lot more in doubles than in singles. Doubles is NEVER in the bag.

Just saying.

Posted by Bismarck - reasonable and prudent 12/01/2007 at 12:48 PM

not the DC final i had hoped for.

Posted by 12/01/2007 at 12:56 PM

"not the DC final i had hoped for."

Yeah, same here. I'm still hoping for a miracle, Russia winning the doubles and then clinching the cup tomorrow, but I'm not holding my breath.

Good on Blake, tho'.

Posted by CL 12/01/2007 at 12:58 PM

Bismarck - I think you need to drop the 'reasonable and prudent.' Because reasonable and prudent plus gloomy is sort of like a traveling insurance salesman.... :-)

Well I'm glad for Roddick and Blake and also glad that there seemed to be a pretty full house. That's good for American tennis. A little sad for Youz - he is one of my real favorites. I sort of hope the BB lose if only to make tomorrow a little more exciting. If it IS 2 dead rubbers tomorrow, who do you think the Russians will play? I hope it is the very cute blond who seemed to be part of their team. Hey, if you can't have great tennis, at least you can tennis. ;-))

Posted by abbey 12/01/2007 at 01:01 PM

do we already know who among the russians will play the doubles? would it make much of a difference? i think the bryans will clinch the cup today.

cl, igor? i flove igor.

Posted by 12/01/2007 at 01:03 PM

"I hope it is the very cute blond who seemed to be part of their team."

Igor Andreev? Does anyone know if Korolev was there?

Posted by Ruth 12/01/2007 at 01:34 PM

OK, Schwab, I'll collect my winnings and use them to buy two cups of Starbucks whatever when I'm in NYC with my nieces and grandnieces tomorrow and Monday! :)

Incidentally, the full transcripts of yesterday's post-match pressers are posted on the FastScripts site. Very interesting comments by Tursunov on how he played a "passive" match and how he lost it rather than Andy winning it. So, why be passive in a DC final????

Posted by Bismarck 12/01/2007 at 01:40 PM

(your comment made me think of death of a salesman somehow.)
funny enough i had decided to drop it just after my last post.
feels good to have your approval on this though. ;)

not the biggest fan of misha but i like him a gazillion times more than blake.
and i´m not a fan of 3-0 DC finals.
and no fan of the US team (andy is their only "asset" as far as likeability in bissy´s eyes is concidered, BBB (bryan, bryan and blake are just meh! for me)
so... all in all yesterday wasn´t my day, jejeje. good thing i fell asleep early on.

but after the floppy finish of the YEC i´m only mildly disturbed by this DC affair.
just hoping that the australian tennis swing starts monday. hee.

Posted by 12/01/2007 at 01:48 PM

"andy is their only "asset" as far as likeability in bissy´s eyes is concidered"

Heh. Roddick's the one I like the least. But all the Ruskies are more likable in my eyes than the Americans.

Posted by Ruth 12/01/2007 at 01:49 PM

I was (and probably still may be) in favor of the unlimited use of Hawkeye challenges (as JR is and Mary Carillo and many others are/were); but over the past several months, I've seen some matches which make me think that such a policy could become as annoying to me as those cascading disruptive intentional fouls during the last minutes of basketball games.

Some players have shrugged (or smiled) and challenged calls -- even when they obviously knew they'd be overruled -- just because they still had two challenges left in a set. I'd hate to see those players in an unlimited-challenge setting!

Even TMF has been guilty of this type of "What the heck, it's there, so I'll use it" attitude, and he joked that the "silly challenge rule" (which he says he dislikes) just gives the player a chance to catch his breath and, I suppose, delay the match unnecessarily. Frankly, right now, I'm rather ambivalent about the whole thing.

Posted by FedFan_2007 12/01/2007 at 01:54 PM

Blake is still Fed's turkey.

Posted by ad 12/01/2007 at 01:59 PM

I feel just a touch ambivalent about today's doubles because it would be fun to have at least one of tomorrow's matches matter and I'm not a huge Bryans fan. But go USA anyway!

Posted by 12/01/2007 at 02:03 PM

"Blake is still Fed's turkey."

... and Roddick isn't?

Posted by codepoke 12/01/2007 at 02:13 PM

I used to have too much in common with Blake to like him. Now I have too much in common with him *not* to like him.

Blake is a mobile player with excellent defensive skills, but who seems to be afraid to trust them. He can hit the defensive moonball, but never will. It looks for the world like he believes his opponent can kill him from anywhere on the court at any time. When playing these super-foes he must strike first, even when the strike itself is probably the gifting of a point.


I'm going with the "he's too smart" explanation, mostly for the self-flattery it allows. ;-)

More often than not, your best entrepreneurs are in the "very bright" range of society, not the genius range. They're smart enough to get where they need to be to rake in the money, but not so smart they swamp themselves with pessimistic foresight into the reasons they're bound to fail.

Blake outsmarts himself by imagining his opponents are all Federeresque in their magical shot-making ability, when actually even Federer is not all Blake's mind seems to make him.

I've got to like a guy whose blue-colored glasses transform everyone into a looming TMF, but who still gets out there every day and plays the best he can against himself and his unreal opponents.

Posted by Tari 12/01/2007 at 02:13 PM

Bissy! Wondered where you went yesterday. Only "mildly disturbed" is a decent day, then! ;-)

Posted by Bismarck 12/01/2007 at 02:32 PM

hey Tari!
yeah, i guess so. ;)
it´s not bad that andy wins a DC. but bb&b? ugh.

Posted by Tari 12/01/2007 at 02:35 PM

I like that theory, codepoke. ;)

Posted by jbradhunter 12/01/2007 at 02:49 PM

who are the Bryans playing? for sure

Posted by CL 12/01/2007 at 02:51 PM

codepoke - the theory that is yours, (as Pythonistas might say), is much too deep for me. I think Blake plays the way he does because, despite his obvious off-court intelligence, on court, he is just not very bright. (Though I would never say that about;-)) but Blake can't seem to put together the fact that going for clean winners 100% of the time is not a winning strategy...despite the fact that it has been repeatedly proven to him that it is not. Also, I think that he just plain LIKES playing that way...not the losing part... but the whacking each ball as hard as he can way. Because lets, face it, when you connect and do hit a winner, it is a GREAT feeling.

Bismarck - Thank you. You may proceed. ;-)) And "Death of the Insurance Salesman," also works. More Stoppard than Miller though, I think.

Posted by RedClaw 12/01/2007 at 03:03 PM

Ewww, Death of a Salesman is so bleak it's just terrible.

Posted by Bismarck 12/01/2007 at 03:18 PM

bleak > bland

Posted by CL 12/01/2007 at 03:23 PM

Wait Bismarck - my math pictorial nomenclature skills...never really strong to begin with.... have completely deserted me hear. Are you saying DOTS is more bleak that bland or bleak is greater than bland as in 5>4, or that it is blandly bleak? So confused.

Yours Very Truly,
Willy L.

PS if Willy Loman was a tennis player, who would he be? Kafelnikov?

Posted by CL 12/01/2007 at 03:30 PM

And I don't know who the cute blond Russian is either. Maybe a hitting partner for the team a la Isner/Young? But I do hope we get to see him play. What the hail.

Posted by tina 12/01/2007 at 03:34 PM

I also hate the thought of a 3-0 tie. Maybe the Bryans will have a sudden remembrance of Carson, California in '05, when they lost to Ancic/Ljubicic. I'm really not down with chest bumping - or Uncle Sam, Captain America, and Statue of Liberty costumes. Where's Abe Lincoln? Now that, I'd approve of.

Posted by Snoo Foo 12/01/2007 at 03:34 PM

Hello? the cute blond russian is Nikolay Davydenko!

Posted by Snoo Foo 12/01/2007 at 03:37 PM

whoo whoo, tetka igor! mercifully sans babushka! at least I get some I candy while the bryans massacre them. but hey if hott sauce and florence jean can get a set off them (right?) then who knows...

Posted by Bismarck 12/01/2007 at 03:39 PM


maybe my english is not good enough...
is bleak something like uncomfortable/hopeless/dreary? or is it boring?
i meant bleak is greater than bland.
but now i´m confused myself.

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 03:41 PM

I'm a bit ashamed to admit it but it's going to be the first match of the bryans bro I'm going to see and watch...

how come they can be similar twins, while one is a lefty and the other one right-handed?

o Nikolay looks like Calimero, just out of the nest.

Posted by Or 12/01/2007 at 03:41 PM

Anyone got a link other than channelsurfing? It's just CRAWLING.

Posted by Snoo Foo 12/01/2007 at 03:43 PM

Russia's chances are bleak.

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 03:43 PM

the commentator saying that one of the reasons Tarpishev might have left Davydenko out of the singles is because of the gambling probe...who is this guy? just SHUT UP!!

Posted by tina 12/01/2007 at 03:43 PM

No, Bismarck, your definition of bleak is absolutely correct. Generally depressing, and definitely hopeless.

Posted by Snoo Foo 12/01/2007 at 03:45 PM

TOF it's what's called mirror-image twins.

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 03:49 PM

1-1 the Russians holding the fort so far. just realised, the "blond" Andreev is a very kissable guy...

Posted by Bismarck 12/01/2007 at 03:49 PM

thanks tina.

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 03:50 PM

a misshit for Davydenko???? let the disingeneous talk begin......

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 03:51 PM

"mirror-image twins": never knew it even existed. thanks snoo!

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 03:53 PM

Andreev is quite good at the net woooohoooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Snoo Foo 12/01/2007 at 03:55 PM

man every time I see kolya he looks even impossibly tinier and frailer than the last time. He better fatten up over xmas or there won't be anything left by melbourne.

Posted by jb 12/01/2007 at 03:55 PM

oh dear - igor's lovely locks seem to be hidden with an alarmingly LARGE headband.

As much as I'd like tomorrows matches to mean something - I can't do anything but root for the Bryans. They've been stalwart deavis cup players, and have been steadily winning for years. They deserve to clinch this.

and excuse me, but CUDDLY = CLEMONS simply does not compute. But I'm from Boston....:)

Posted by Snoo Foo 12/01/2007 at 03:57 PM

the headband is a major improvement over the aunt jemima scarf.

Posted by CL 12/01/2007 at 04:00 PM

Okay - got it now - it WAS/is Andreev... and now that I see him up close, it seems he is a mite challenged in the chin department, although maybe the giant headband just makes it seem that way. And in anycase, makes him the perfect partner of DavyD who is follicle and height challenged. **Ducks flying Rograin bottle from Snoo***

Bismarck - equally confused, but yes that is exactly what bleak means - I JUST now figured out that you were saying, (I think), that bleak is better than bland? Oy.

DavyD is quite the volleyer.

Posted by jb 12/01/2007 at 04:00 PM

happily - i missed the aunt jemima scarf!

and i'm NOT in favour of unlimited challenges - precisely for the reasons Ruth psted above. 3 - 5 / set for davis. 3 / set for slams; i'm ok with that. because like everything else, the players would learn to use it to get do-overs, and interupt their opponents.

Posted by jb 12/01/2007 at 04:01 PM

bleak has more charecter than bland.

Posted by TennisEsq 12/01/2007 at 04:06 PM

"I didn't expect such good volleying from Andreev." --Jimmy Arias

Goodness gracious, Jimmy Arias's commentating has reached Tracy Austin proportions.

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 04:07 PM

4-4 the Russians still holding the fort....

Posted by jb 12/01/2007 at 04:09 PM

if i were facing andreev's forhand at the net - i guarantee i'd be ducking madly.

which is why i'm not a professional tennis player i guess...

also - the bryans actually bounce in perfect tandem. they must make other players nuts.

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 04:12 PM

actually Andreev's headband is not to bad, before that he had this sort of white night cap during the USO which looked as if he had his underwear (his "culotte") on his head.

ha, Roddick devouring his nails.

Brynas winning the match = "foregone conclusion"????? at 5-4 ???.this commentator #¤%&/((&%#""

Posted by jb 12/01/2007 at 04:15 PM

Agreed ToF - this match is certainly not a gimmee. SOmetimes I think its harder for the Bryans to play doubles in Davis cup - as their game is the same, but they never meet teams they're used to playing.

listening to davis cup radio - you can hear the crowd roaring etc - but festive actually. Like listening to the baseball on the radio and watching it. (Though they seem to be a point behind - lol!)

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 04:17 PM

6-6 we have a tiebreak!!!!!

Posted by jb 12/01/2007 at 04:18 PM

ok - arias sounds surprised that the bryans are 'going to go for it'... er, did he think they'd decfline the tie breaker?

Posted by TennisEsq 12/01/2007 at 04:21 PM

I wish I had Kolya's metabolism. If I did, I could eat anything I wanted. (ice cream, mashed potatoes, ding dongs, chips, hot dogs . . .)

Posted by Or 12/01/2007 at 04:22 PM

Ohhhh, finally - a stream.

And the Bryans are down a minibreak, yikes.

Posted by Snoo Foo 12/01/2007 at 04:22 PM

tennisesq, I think you'd have to have his metabolism AND play 130 atp matches a year.

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 04:24 PM

roddick screaming like a gorilla..............

Posted by jb 12/01/2007 at 04:24 PM

yeah - but I think kolya does a good bit of working out too!

oh dear - kolya lost both his points.

crap - i can't even watch davis cup without angst. I'm SUCH a bad competitor....

Posted by TennisEsq 12/01/2007 at 04:24 PM

Then forget it, Kolya can keep his metabolism.

Posted by TennisEsq 12/01/2007 at 04:25 PM

Ew, speak of the devil. Tracy Austin in the house.

Posted by jb 12/01/2007 at 04:26 PM

good choice tennisesq!

Posted by Or 12/01/2007 at 04:26 PM

JB - why are you just listening to the radio?

This link seem to work just fine for me now.

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 04:27 PM

jb: right now I'm stressing a lot too!

Posted by TennisEsq 12/01/2007 at 04:27 PM

lol, yeah jb. I think depression and stress have also contributed to Kolya's weight loss.

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 04:29 PM

hum it's Nikolay missing all his returns in the net.

Posted by Or 12/01/2007 at 04:29 PM

I'm surprised there aren't more vetren American players in the crowds (that we've seen).

Where are Pete, Andre, Jim, Jmac? Are they there?

Posted by Christopher 12/01/2007 at 04:29 PM

I really hope the bros clinch it but the chest bump is just annoying. Now that it shows up in almost every picture of them, its time has passed.

Posted by Snoo Foo 12/01/2007 at 04:31 PM

member when wotsit jensen busted his jaw head bumpbing his brother after they won the RG?

Posted by CL 12/01/2007 at 04:34 PM

Andy certainly is fascinated by his nails. Maybe he needs to date a manicurist.

Posted by Snoo Foo 12/01/2007 at 04:36 PM

maybe a-rod's manicurist can find robby a colorist.

Posted by Snoo Foo 12/01/2007 at 04:36 PM

maybe a-rod's manicurist can find robby a colorist.

Posted by Heidi 12/01/2007 at 04:38 PM

Hey all. OK, so it's not just me thinking Kolya is looking thin. Oh dear, just tried to save that overhead. You can see why he wasn't put in on singles -- he doesn't look sharp.

I thought this one was going to be the Bryans but nota steamroll. I think I'm right.

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 04:40 PM

3-1 ouch

Posted by dcfan 12/01/2007 at 04:44 PM

I laugh at all those who thought the Russians had a chance of beating the Americans on us soil. wishful thinking! :D

I am so pumped for the USA team, they are the best davis cup team around! Gooo bob and mike!!!

Posted by skip1515 12/01/2007 at 04:47 PM


I haven't heard anyone say anything, but I've seen Billie Jean and Pancho Segura in the crowd.

Why oh why hasn't Leif interviewed either of them? That'd be super interesting.

Posted by tina 12/01/2007 at 04:48 PM

Maybe Andy should just give in and start smoking. Every time they show him going at his nails, I think perhaps he is a super-secret closet smoker, like Jackie O.

I'm cold out here on, how did Pete put it. "Lawn Guyland". So I'm changing my preferred Go-Go costume to a Russian brown bear. With a Lenin mask.

At least the chest-bumping has been kept to a minimum - because it's been closer than the Bryans probably expected.

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 04:50 PM

like yesterday deuce number 325

Posted by The Original French(ie) 12/01/2007 at 04:53 PM

ANDREEV = ACEMAN !!!!! 3-4

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