It waw a dark and dreary day here in Brooklyn-land today. Now, I'm just sitting at home pecking away on the computer, reminiscing about this past weekend's Davis Cup ties. I thought some players put in some pretty big performances, among them Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Harel Levy, David Ferrer and Nicolas Kiefer.
However, I can't help but think of a few guys that really didn't step up, starting with the biggest of them all:
• Novak Djokovic: I'll give him this: He did just win a tournament on hard courts the week before, but to lose to the guy you just beat in that final, Ferrer, when you're a more-than capable clay-court player? No good, especially when you're the star of the team and its best hope to salvage something out of the tie.
• James Blake: Now Stanislas Wawrinka is a tough player, but come on! That's a bad loss when you're playing at home and you're expected to be a solid contributor to the team. I can't think of the last time Blake had a quality win in a Davis Cup tie. I think you might be seeing a bit more of Mardy Fish in the future in that number-two spot if this keeps up.
• Jurgen Melzer: If you've never seen Melzer play, do yourself a favor and catch him if you get a chance because he has every shot in the book—the dude can flat-out ball. However, there's something not right there mentally with him. His loss against Philipp Kohlschreiber was the fifth time in his career he's been up two sets to none and lost. That's real bad.
• Mats Wilander: He's not on court playing, but when your guys lose five-setters like they did at home that's gotta be on the captain. You know what's sad about the state of the Swedish Davis Cup team? I bet old Mats can get out there and fight for a spot!
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.