I mean, ya gotta believe, right? Isn't that how the saying goes?
Anyway, I'd like to say congratulations to the Spanish Davis Cup team, which made it to the finals by beating the U.S. squad 4-1. Despite the scoreline, I don't think that's completely reflective of how things really went down in that tie. The stronger team did win, but I think there were some chinks in the armor. But if you can't capitalize on that, you find yourself heading home.
The U.S. team can take some positives from this, and I think the key thing is that the rotation just got a little deeper: If I'm Patrick McEnroe, I'd feel good about my team, as Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey performed better than anyone could have expected. I can't think of a tougher situation for those guys to be in, but they stepped up and played well.
It ended up being a little too much Rafael Nadal in the end, though? Is it even possible to beat him on clay? I thought the best shot would be to try and blast him off, but that's not the way to go about it, obviously!
Well, it was a great tie all-around with some great tennis, some heartbreak, some moments of joy: everything that makes Davis Cup the best thing going for me!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.