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France vs. Netherlands Metz, FRA
Winner: France ( too much talent & depth over the Dutch)
3 - 2 France


Czech Republic vs. Brazil Ostrava, CZE
Winner: Czech Republic (No Guga and strong Czech doubles team)
4-1 Czech Republic


Spain vs. Morocco Zaragoza, Spain
Winner: Spain ( Ferrero and home factor)


U.S.A. vs. Slovak Republic Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Winner: U.S.A ( Slovak too weak without Hrbaty)
3-0 USA


Switzerland vs. Russia Moscow, RUS
Winner: Russia ( Clay and YK plus Marat :) )
3-2 Russia



Great Britain vs. Sweden Birmingham, GBR
Winner: Sweden ( A close tie)
3-2 Sweden


Croatia vs. Germany Zagreb, CRO
Winner: Croatia ( No Haas and away tie for the Germans against Ivan Lubjucic & Goran)
4-1 Croatia


Argentina vs. Australia Buenos Aires, ARG
Winner : Argentina ( No Hewitt nor Rafter )
3-0 Argentina
 

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I agree with all your tips :eek:

especially hoping for the Swedish one, but if GB win then we're gonna beat them in r2 :D
 

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I only make one change

Swiss def. Russia (even when Roger looked a bit tired yesterday!! But hey when it comes to Davis Cup our guys play their heart out!!)
 

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Eggy, u mean u want Sweden to meet Russia in the rd 2?
That will be a very nervous tie for Russia. :p

I would rather Russia meet GB instead.
 

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I know what you mean, but with Sweden we're guaranteed a home match but against GB its decided by lots.

either way it will be indoors
 

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I see your point , Eggy. Yeah, a home tie is an advantage even against Sweden especially since Yevgeny is totally in his element when he is playing at home.

Becca, I don't think your scenario will happen too. ;)
No chance, seems to me both Yevgeny and Marat are equally very committed in DC this year .
 

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I agree with all your picks too :)
 

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I would agree with all your picks too, except for the Britain v Sweden tie, all the main players in both teams are playing really well at the moment, but I think home advantage is going to count and Britain are just going to win this one, I think the doubles is going to be the crucial one.
 

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RE: Russia v Swiss

Roger might win one match but I cannot see him winning both his singles plus I can't see where they will get another point from

Johansson has a slight groin injury so he's iffy.

anyway for day 1 #2 v #1
I'd put Bjorkman v Henman
Johansson v Rusedski

doubles
Bjorkman/Johansson v Tim/Greg

day 2 #1 v #2
Enqvist v Henman
Bjorkman v Rusedski

Swedes have option .... they probably will play Enqvist v Henman as he has won last 3
Tim v Johansson is 3-0
 

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I really hope we beat the Swiss and Brits beat the Swedes. Then in quarters we play Brits, we would put them on clay too, and they are toast, while with Swedes it could backfire if Norman is fit by the match time.
 

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Russia vs Switerland

1. Safin vs Roger
2. Jewgeni vs Michel

Federer and Rosset will play doubles

and Ivo Heuberger is the captain.... taking orders from Peter Carter who isn't allowed to take the captains chair yet as he still hasn't got a swiss passport.
 

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thats good .... but would have preferred Yevgeny as match 1

GB v SWE

Henman v Bjorkman
Rusedski v Enqvist
 

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CZE v BRA

Jiri Novak v Andre Sa
Bohdan Ulihrach v Fernando Meligeni

I can see this as 3 sets to love in quick fire time
 

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France vs Netherlands

Grosjean vs Kempes
Clément vs Schalken

Doubles team: Pioline/Santoro vs Schalken/Haarhuis

Escudé's not in the french team...
 

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Funny this is the only team draw report on the official website so far...

SAFIN UP FIRST AGAINST FEDERER AS MOSCOW DRAW IS MADE

Australian Open runner-up Marat Safin will open Russia's campaign to win the 2002 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas when he faces Roger Federer in the opening rubber of the Moscow tie on Friday. Switzerland has chosen Michel Kratochvil as its second singles player, and he will take on Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the second rubber.

The opening clash between two of this season's in-form players has all the makings of a classic. It will be only the second time that Safin and Federer have met, but it was the Swiss player who prevailed at the Tennis Masters Series event in Rome when they played in the second round there last year. Psychologically this is good news for Federer, since the Russians have chosen to play on the same surface - clay - at the Olympic Stadium.

"Getting used to the clay is tough for both teams in the middle of the indoor season," Federer pointed out however. "It's going to be who's better mentally." Having already appeared in two finals this year, winning the title in Sydney and losing in Milan last weekend, Federer says that his body feels fine and he is ready to go: "confidence is as important as feeling fit."

Mental advantage could be on the side of the Russians when it comes to Friday's second match. With Switzerland choosing the rapidly improving Michel Kratochvil for singles duty, Kafelnikov has escaped a meeting with nemesis Marc Rosset, a man against whom he has a losing 4-10 record and describes as "uncomfortable" for him to play.

Kafelnikov defeated the 22-year-old Kratochvil in their only previous meeting at last year's US Open, but says the absence of Rosset "doesn't mean my match with Kratochvil will be an easy one". Kratochvil has only played one other live Davis Cup match, losing to Jan-Michael Gambill in Switzerland's first round defeat of the United States last year. He seems confident nonetheless. "It's a challenge. We're not the favorites but our team's great, we practice well this week. We have a chance to make a good result here this week."

Kafelnikov and Safin will also team up in the doubles against Federer and veteran Rosset, although the pairings could change up to one hour before play on Saturday. Likewise Sunday's scheduled meetings between Kafelnikov and Federer then Safin and Kratochvil could alter, although it seems unlikely that, barring injury, Russia would make any team changes if the tie is still live. The hosts made one change however ahead of Thursday's draw, replacing Andrei Stoliarov with 31-year-old veteran Andrei Cherkasov in their team of four.

At lot has changed - not least the name and boundaries of the host country - since these two nations last played each other, casting doubt over the significance of Switzerland's 2-0 advantage in previous encounters with Russia, or the USSR as it then was. They last met in Davos, Switzerland in 1991, with both Cherkasov and Rosset part of a tie that was won by the home team 3-2. Prior to that Russia hosted the Swiss in Donetsk in 1987, the tie slipping away from them in the decisive fifth rubber.

Kafelnikov has made it clear that bringing the Davis Cup trophy home to Russia would complete his career and rate alongside his two Grand Slam titles and Olympic Gold medal. In addition to its No. 1 player's determination, Russia, twice a finalist in the competition but never the champion, can add the chance of enough home advantage this year to help that dream become a reality.

The hosts know though that Switzerland will be a tricky opponent, with Federer capable of inspiring his teammates to great things. In last year's first round tie against the United States in Basle, the Swiss 20-year-old played some inspirational tennis, winning all three of his matches to lift his country to a 3-2 victory. Kratochvil has already been a semi-finalist in Auckland this year, while Rosset, despite his sliding ranking, has a 36-19 record in Davis Cup. Russian Captain Shamil Tarpischev is expecting some close matches in Moscow.

At stake for the winner of this tie is a quarterfinal meeting with either Great Britain or Sweden, who face off in Birmingham this weekend.





Both Yevgeny & Marat are looking so bored.... :rolleyes:
 
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