Friday, February 10, 2006

Davis Cup: USA into the Quarters

February 12, 2006


"He is the leader. He's been around long enough that he's earned that right. I love his effort and I love his intensity." — Patrick McEnroe, on Andy's role as Davis Cup leader.

1st Singles: Pavel def Roddick 6-7 2-6 7-6 6-2 6-4
2nd Singles: Blake def Hanescu 6-4 7-6 6-2
Doubles: Bryan/Bryan def Hanescu/Tecau 6-2 0-0 ret.
1st Reverse Singles: Roddick def Sabau 6-3 6-3 6-2
2nd Reverse Singles: Blake def Tecau 6-1 7-5


USA 4 - Romania 1

Although Andy went into the fourth rubber looking better but still not nearly as confident and loud as in his earlier match against Pavel, he still managed to win comfortably over the defenseless Sabau in straight sets. CONGRATULATIONS TEAM USA!!!

After Andy had clinched the tie with Romania, a confident James Blake then steamrolled over Tecau in the dead rubber match 6-1 7-5.

USA will next play Chile in the quarters, to be held April 7–9 on US home turf (still to be decided). It is almost certain that the court choice will be grass.

Click here to hear Andy's post-match interview. Click here to read it.


SAP Open next


Andy is seeded No. 1 at the SAP Open again this year and his first-round opponent will be Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who last beat Andre Agassi at Delray Beach a week ago. Andy's match will begin on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00pm local time.

No. 2 seed Andre Agassi has just withdrawn from SAP with a strained back. Get well, Andre!

News Items:
• Coming up aces [SI.com]
• USA focus on last eight [daviscup.org]
• Roddick glad to just help out [New York Times]
• Tied up in knots [Tennis.com]
• Roddick and US win by a healthy margin [LA Times]
• He's well enough alone [San Diego Union-Tribune]
• Grass greener for US side against Chile [San Diego Union-Tribune]
• Roddick now has competition for top spot [TR.net]
• Questions waiting for Roddick at SAP Open [Stockton Record]
• Andy's Coaching Carousel [Tennis.com]
• What's wrong with Roddick? [SF Chronicle]

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Updated February 11, 2006


"If I puked every time I was nervous, then we'd have a lot of dirty courts." — Andy Roddick, denying that nerves played a part in his sickness during yesterday's match.

1st Singles: Pavel def Roddick 6-7 2-6 7-6 6-2 6-4
2nd Singles: Blake def Hanescu 6-4 7-6 6-2
Doubles: Bryan/Bryan def Hanescu/Tecau 6-2 0-0 ret.


USA 2 - Romania 1

The websteam of Andy's match with Pavel is now up on OLN's site!

After taking an IV drip for two hours, Andy finally sat down to talk to reporters after his loss to Pavel. You can read his interview over here. He says he'll be good to go in the reverse singles match scheduled for tomorrow. Click on the news article "A Tale of Two Roddick's" for a great rundown on what exactly happened yesterday.

Terrific job by James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan for getting the US up on Romania! You can view their matches over at OLN's site along with Roddick's.



SAP Open Draw is Released


Andy is seeded No. 1 at the SAP Open again this year and his first-round opponent will be Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who last beat Andre Agassi at Delray Beach a week ago. Andy's match will begin on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00pm local time.

News Items:
• Now we have a refreshing Cup of drama [San Diego Union-Tribune]
• Roddick's stomach problems puzzling [San Diego Union-Tribune]
• Roddick guts, no glory [San Diego Union-Tribune]
• U.S. wary of an ambush [LA Times]
• A tale of two Roddicks [Tennis.com]
• SAP Open may invigorate Roddick [Mercury News]

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Updated February 10, 2006


1st Singles:
Pavel def Roddick 6-7 2-6 7-6 6-2 6-4
2nd Singles:
Blake def Hanescu 6-4 7-6 6-2


USA 1 - Romania 1

Andy became sick in the middle of the match and began throwing up and almost fainted in the fourth. His terrific fighting spirit was on display though, even if it wasn't enough to salvage the match. Great job anyway, Andy! We know how much DC means to you.

From the Davis Cup website:
Andrei Pavel took advantage of a sick Andy Roddick to rebound from two sets down for a 67 (2) 26 76 (8) 62 64 win to give Romania a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first-round tie.

The match provided all the drama that fans could possibly expect in a Davis Cup battle, and in the end, fans had to be satisfied with the guts Roddick showed in seeing the match through, and applauding Pavel’s victory.

“It’s not about beating the No. 3 player in the world, it’s all about making the first point against USA, the biggest nation in tennis,” said the 82nd-ranked Pavel. “But winning from 2-0 down is going to go in my record, for sure, and my good memories.”

Roddick on intravenous drip

After the match it was unclear as to what exactly was Roddick’s illness, although it was revealed he was undergoing an intravenous drip and would be delayed coming to the interview room.

Roddick was on his way to victory in the third-set tiebreaker, holding his one match point at 6-7 and serving. But Roddick could only watch as Pavel sent a forehand lob over his head to even the score at 7-all.

From 4-4 in that third set tiebreaker, there were eight consecutive mini-breaks to leave the players even at 8-8. Two points later, however, Pavel took advantage of his fifth set point in the set – three came in the tiebreaker and two came on Roddick’s serve in the tenth game – to start his road to victory.

“I was saying that if Andy can keep playing like he did in the first two sets, I give it to him,” said Pavel after the match. “But he got tired a little bit after the long rallies after the third set. I think, maybe, he ate something wrong.”

“That tiebreaker was the key to the match.”

Drama abound as the US No. 1 vomits on court

Roddick was barely a factor in the fourth set, calling for a medical time-out after losing his serve in the opening game. The American vomited after the opening game of the fourth set and the opening game of the fifth set, but willed himself to come close to being a factor in the final set.

By the fifth set, Roddick was struggling through points – often bending over in-between rallies, but was still trying to win games with Pavel leading 5-1.

After holding his serve in the seventh game, Roddick broke serve when Pavel was serving for the match for the first time in the eighth game of the final set.

In the end, Roddick was unable to work his magic to break serve again in the tenth game despite staving off two match points. On the third match point, Roddick put a backhand into the net, and while Pavel celebrated his win, Roddick walked off the court with Captain Patrick McEnroe’s arms around his shoulders.

With the victory, Pavel left the 41st-ranked Victor Hanescu with the responsibility of trying to beat the 20th-ranked James Blake in the next match to end the opening day with a 2-0 lead.

From the outset, it was apparent that the match was going to be a battle as the two stayed neck-and-neck through to the first set tiebreaker.

Roddick now has an 8-7 win-loss record in career five-set matches – the last time he squandered a two-set lead in a match was when he lost to Jose Acasuso of Argentina in the second round of the 2005 French Open.

The 82nd-ranked Pavel is 8-8 in career five-set matches, but has now won all three five-set matches he’s played in Davis Cup competition.

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Updated February 9, 2006


Davis Cup draw
R1 - A.RODDICK (USA) v A.PAVEL (ROM)
R2 - J.BLAKE (USA) v V.HANESCU (ROM)
R3 - B.BRYAN / M.BRYAN (USA) v V.HANESCU / A.PAVEL (ROM)
R4 - A.RODDICK (USA) v V.HANESCU (ROM)
R5 - J.BLAKE (USA) v A.PAVEL (ROM)

Davis Cup TV schedule

U.S. viewers: don't forget to check OLN's schedule for the singles and doubles matches. According to their website, OLN is going to broadcast the first singles match TONIGHT (Friday, Feb. 10) at 9:00pm EST.

International viewers, click here to see if your local stations are carrying any of the matches.

Click here to see an interview with Andy Roddick.

Click here for the Official Davis Cup website.

GOOD LUCK BOYS!




News Items:
• Roddick turns to home for support [Palm Beach Post]
• The Davis Cup is the prize, but the persona is Roddick [New York Times]

2 comments:

ellen said...

Love your work, Tangy!
I'm really proud of Andy for this match, and hopefully he'll be feeling better for Sunday.

Go James and Bryans!!! It's now up to them to demonstrate the depth in the American team and that we don't need Andy to win all the time, that it's a really big team effort. I know they can still win so lets see it!! :)

fmodem said...

Andy's loss is shocked, I appreciate his courage and strong mind; basically he was struggling at the second half of the game but he keep holding it until the very last.

Hopefully he can regain his health and confidence by sunday. He has to trust himself more.

and Yeah, Go USA! Wish very best of the Bryans. You guys are awesome in AO 06!

Last but not least, I like this site very much too Tangerine! keep up the good work!

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