Davis Cup time!

Davis Cup semifinals will commence tomorrow and I don’t know how close the one tie is, but the other could be very close. You know which is which, right? US vs. Spain should be a clay domination from the powerful Spanish team, while Russia vs. Argentina could quite possibly be a close one to be decided on Sunday.

 

Argentina – Russia

Two big nations in Davis Cup will clash in Buenos Aires. My initial feeling is that the Russians will struggle to gain any respect from the stands. The Argentineans will probably give them the hardest time ever, to help their own guys. Maradona certainly will. It will be played on clay and it seems that their number 2 player might be a big contribution in securing the final. Del Potro has had a phenomenal summer and there’s no reason to see the momentum going away just yet. He hasn’t only won on hard, but on clay too. Davydenko and Tursunov might not cope with him I think, Andreev could. I was impressed to see him take Federer to 5 sets on hard. Andreev’s best surface is by far clay. I think they have to play Andreev for the important 2 all match. For some reason, I think we will see what we saw in Oregon last December. The Russians will not play their best and thereby lose 4-1 or 3-0. Del Potro and Nalbandian should be able to clinch it, if not maybe Canas.

 

Spain – USA

For USA, this is probably the worst possible scenario for a Davis Cup tie ever. Spain on red clay in Madrid in a bull fighting arena is like Usain Bolt on speed and with a jet engine on his back. Spain has every single advantage going in. Their two top guys are ahead of Roddick, and Querrey…. Well he had a couple of good clay tournaments, but has he ever beaten Nadal? Someone on the US team HAS to be beat Nadal to get a win. I cannot see that happening. It has to be said though, that Roddick is slowly turning in to one of the best DC players of all time and seems to be slightly more motivated in DC than the 4 Spaniards. They beat them last year in the states, without Nadal, but clay should and probably will make the biggest difference. I think Roddick-Nadal has the potential of being a highlight, but with Bob Bryan out even the doubles looks like a hopeless cause. For a US win, Nadal has to lose a singles, Qurrey has the beat either Ferrer or Nadal, and Fish/Bryan needs to win. Possible? Naaaaah….

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