I just woke up and checked out daviscup.org to see what's transpiring in the ties around the world (told you I'm a fan!) and I saw some of the wackiest matchups I think I ever have seen in my years of following the cup:
Mikhail Youzhny vs. Phillip Petzschner: Who? The story hasn't been updated yet, but from what I did see, it said Tommy Haas wasn't "feeling well."
Jonas Bjorkman vs. Andy Roddick: What? In the first match of the day, when the U.S. can clinch the tie? Note to Mats Wilander: The year is 2007, not 1997, back when Jonas might have had a chance. On behalf of the U.S., we thank you for this gift to clinch the tie. You'd think Thomas Johansson would've been jonesing to get back on the court after the clinic he put on against James Blake. By the time I get through typing this sentence, Bjorkman-Roddick should be over and Andy should be over on the sideline hugging P-Mac.
Novak Djokovic vs. Chris Guccione: Huh? The story says Lleyton Hewitt woke up with a "viral infection." First, why was he playing doubles yesterday, when it's obvious you needed him for singles? Djokovic-Hewitt was gonna be the best matchup of the whole weekend. Too bad it's not happening. And Tennis Australia, you should rethink how things are going: with your program and John Fitzgerald as captain. He's made some weird decisions in the past, like if I remember correctly, sitting Todd Woodbridge from playing doubles, which makes no sense at all.
Oh, and Andy's up two sets to none on Jonas, with three break points in the third, so I guess I was a little off in my estimate of the match time, but not much.
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