Sunday, September 23, 2007

USA & Russia Advance To Davis Cup Final

Wow. I finally got some predictions right. German and Russia do down to the wire, and USA wins 4-1, just as I foresaw.

Think this win didn't mean a lot to Andy Roddick? With James Blake unable to play tennis, Andy handled the pressure, took care of business, and made Jonas Bjorkman, who played rather well, look rather ordinary today. He practically kissed the Teraflex after clenching the tie.

He maintains his perfect winning record of 9-0 when playing to close out a tie for team USA. The best in US Davis Cup history. And this weekend, he was perfect on serve, too.

"If you would have told me going into this weekend that I wasn't going to get broken for the entire weekend, I would have looked at you like you were a little bit nuts, a little bit crazy," Roddick said. "But I kind of found a groove. I guess I was able to just build upon what I did at the [U.S.] Open. … My serve definitely, definitely was able to bail me out at some pretty key moments this weekend."

But Bjorkman gave Andy credit for other elements of his game.

"Sometimes it doesn't look that he moves well, but he does," said Bjorkman. "Sort of the way he moves, long steps, it looks maybe sometimes not so smooth, but he's always there.

"Everyone speaks about his serve, but I think sometimes they forget about the variety of his game. He actually has good movement back from the baseline and also he makes a lot of returns. He's always been a great fighter. I think his backhand is much better now. I would say when I played him three years ago, you felt that if you came in on a good approach, it was really tough for him to make a pass. I think now he's much more confident to hit it."

So much for a one-dimensional, robotic, mindless ball basher.

I didn't watch enough of the Germany - Russia tie to say much about it, but I'm happy as hell Russia pulled it out.

We will host a Davis Cup final for the first time in forever.

Go, USA!

Match Reports
Roddick sends USA to the final
The Russians are the USA


tangerine said...

I am sooo happeeeeee! I know I shouldn't have been but I was really worried that USA and/or Russia would not pull through. I just want our guys to win DC so bad, it's virutually impossible for me to enjoy any of these matches. I'm going to be utterly useless come November.

I will be surprised if the USTA decides to go with Winston-Salem again. They've often said that they want to give different venues a shot at hosting DC and to give DC to the same venue twice in the same year would anger too many people. (although fans and the DC team would be thrilled with the decision).

Russia is such a tough team, they will be difficult to beat anywhere on any surface. Hopefully Marat will decide that he wants to climb another mountain in November.

Craig Hickman said...

I wish the US would chose grass in Houston. Don't know if Mattress Mac tore up all those grasscourts yet, but grass is the only surface we'd have an advantage on and it's warm enough there to have an outdoor event in November/December.

Winston-Salem fans were extremely enthusiastic, so I hope we go back there. But I'm with you, it's not likely.

It all depends on what Andy wants. :-)

And yes, Russia will be tough on any surface, but we have home court advantage and Roddick has a winning record over every member of their team except Andreev, who I can't imagine will be much of a factor on a fast, slick surface.

If only Blake could win a live rubber. Ugh. Well, it's at least a positive that the only two live rubbers he's won have been on American soil, so....

It will be a tough final, but we can win it.

oddman said...

Wonderful comments from Bjorkman. Thank you for posting that.