You know, going back to last Sunday, it's been kind of a rough stretch for the big U.S. guys out there. I mean, thank God, for Rajeev Ram and his win in Newport, right?
From Andy Roddick's tough loss to the Davis Cup devastation of Mardy Fish and James Blake, the five-setters have not been those guys' friends.
I was out of town most of last week with limited Internet access, but was following the Davis Cup news on my cell phone. I couldn't believe what I read Friday evening that Blake and Fish both lost in five to Ivo Karlovic and Marin Cilic, respectively. The scorelines show the matches were exciting, I guess, with Blake getting rallied on and Fish coming close against young gun Cilic.
But (and excuse my venting going forward) geez! How come if Roddick's not playing and you throw out two top-15-talent-level players, the squad immediately becomes an underdog? Why aren't Blake and Fish capable of coming through in clutch performances? I'm always rough on those guys, I know, (and you do, too, if you read this blog) but I just wish they would step it up when the heat is on. I consider myself fans of theirs, but it's pretty tough being one at times. I would say my belief that Blake would have a chance against Cilic in that fourth rubber was at 5 percent or less, which shouldn't be the case if you were to go by ability.
You all also know I'm a big Davis Cup fan and I just wish my home team was in a little better shape. Or was capable of pulling it together like Israel (ISRAEL!) did against Russia. Look at what Dudi Sela, Harel Levy, Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram did: Wow! It's all about how much you want it, I guess, and I wish that could've been on display in Croatia.
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.