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bubble
Oct 18th, 2001, 12:01 PM
Just got this from CNNSI

Australia faces World Group trip to Argentina
Posted: Thursday October 18, 2001 7:21 AM


ZURICH (Reuters) -- Davis Cup finalists Australia faces a tough trip to Argentina in the first round of the 2002 World Group while France, its opponent in next month's final, stages a repeat of this year's semifinal against the Dutch.

Three of the ties in Thursday's draw -- Spain vs. Morocco, the United States vs. Slovakia and the Czech Republic vs. Brazil -- are a step into the unknown as the countries have never met before in the competition's 102-year history.

Croatia has met eighth seeds Germany only once, when it lost 4-1 in Germany at the same stage in 1995, while Switzerland travels to fifth seed Russia in February knowing it has won the two ties between the two nations.

Top seed Australia, champion 27 times, boasts hard-court specialist Lleyton Hewitt, the U.S. Open champion, and will almost certainly be forced to play on clay in Argentina.

"It's a tough draw for Australia," said former captain Neale Fraser. "Just two weeks after the Australian Open, it means going from the hard courts of Melbourne to the clay of South America.

"We had experience against Brazil and that will help."

Hewitt won both his singles in April's second round in Brazil.

Stepping forward

"Argentina has no outstanding players in the top 10 but they have a lot of even players. The tie is five months away and a lot can happen in that time and someone could step forward."

France, seeded second, beat the Netherlands 3-2 in Rotterdam in this year's other World Group semifinal and has never lost to the Dutch in eight meetings.

"It's the hazard of the draw that we play the Netherlands again," said Jean Paul Loth, a member of France's Davis Cup committee.

"It could be an advantage as we are playing them at home but the Dutch thought that (this) year and lost. We've never lost against the Dutch so the pressure will be to keep it going."

Sweden, which lost 4-1 to Australia in this year's semifinals, travels to Britain for their first clash since 1963. Britain won that tie 3-2 on grass but will be forced to play indoors in February. Sweden has won four of the six ties between them.

British captain Roger Taylor said the tie would be played in Birmingham. "It suited us playing on a faster surface the last time (against Portugal in April) and the team were happy with that. But we will discuss the surface among the players.

"There is a great atmosphere in Birmingham. The boys like to play there, they've been successful there and it feels like home."

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 18th, 2001, 12:45 PM
Swiss at home ...... go Zhenya and Marat !!!!!

They got Roger Federer

I know Rosset and Zhenya don't like each other but Marat and Marc are pretty good friends and doubles partners.

don't think Rosset will play though, more likely Kratochvil.

argentino
Oct 18th, 2001, 12:48 PM
VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">

ys
Oct 18th, 2001, 01:05 PM
TBE, where did you get that? Yevgeny and Mark are good friends, golf partners and drinking buddies.

bubble
Oct 18th, 2001, 01:36 PM
Yeah, Go Yevgeny & Marat...


Here's the complete draw...

France (s) (c)
vs
Netherlands


Brazil (s)
vs
Czech Rep. (c)



Spain (s) (c)
vs
Morocco


USA (s) (c)
vs
Slovak Rep.



Switzerland
vs
Russia (s) (c) <IMG SRC="smilies/kiss.gif" border="0">


Great Britain (c)
vs
Sweden (s)



Croatia (c)
vs
Germany (s)


Argentina (c)
vs
Australia (s)

(s): Seeded Nation.
(c): Choice of Ground.

[ October 18, 2001: Message edited by: bubble ]

Justinator
Oct 18th, 2001, 01:54 PM
The Netherlands against France again? I hope they can take revenge.

Good luck to Holland, Sweden, Russia and Croatia!

ys
Oct 18th, 2001, 01:56 PM
So we would be playing at home against all teams in our half of the draw.. Certainly the best chance we've got in years.. Just got to stay healthy, guys, and the Cup is hours.

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 18th, 2001, 02:52 PM
ys ....Yevgeny had a big argument last yr with him and they nearly came to blows , that was London 2000.

Plus he doesn't like playing him.


anyway I'm sure we will win <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

Hope we put up a clay court to negate Fed

ys
Oct 18th, 2001, 03:16 PM
It is not true, Eggy, that match was ill-tempered but offcourt they are friends, check the report on that matchKafelnikov-Rosset report (http://www.turkishdailynews.com/old_editions/02_29_00/sport2.htm#s21)

ys
Oct 18th, 2001, 03:19 PM
Claycourt would harm Kafelnikov, there is no way he could play well on clay in February. I think we should play on carpet and hope that we are just a better team ( which we certainly are ). Besides, isn't Marc having troubles with Federation? Anyways, they have Heuberger and Kratochvil, who both are quite good players..

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 18th, 2001, 03:36 PM
thanx ys for clearing that up. I knew they got on ok before that but hadn't heard anything after that incident.

Indoors would be great as well .... but Yevgeny is much better on clay than Roger .
Marat would kill all of them on the red stuff.

Ideally Yevgeny would love a rebound ace court being put down , maybe he should pay for one <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

bubble
Oct 18th, 2001, 04:20 PM
Very interesting.. Looks like Russia has many options on what surface to choose... <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

Doris Loeffel
Oct 19th, 2001, 08:20 AM
You guys forget George Bastel!!

He had some pretty good Davis-Cup matches. Even when he lost them just by a point or so. (Like the one against Escudé where he missed a ball at MP.)

O.K. It's a though draw for Switzerland. But nothing is impossible!!

Hoooopppppp Schwiiiizzzz!!!!

Lapin
Oct 20th, 2001, 12:17 AM
Go GB and Allez La France!! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

(Tickets for the Davis Cup tie GB v. Sweden in Birmingham are already on sale, Tel-:0870 9083040).

Martian KC
Oct 20th, 2001, 01:53 AM
Good luck to:
Switzerland
Spain
France
Brazil
Morocco
Russia
Sweden
Argentina
Australia
and Germany!!!!

LucasArg
Oct 20th, 2001, 05:41 PM
ARGENTINA <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">

ARGENTINA <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">

ARGENTINA <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">

Crazy Canuck
Oct 21st, 2001, 07:50 AM
Go Spain!

And Australia!

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