But let me give you a few reasons why I think DC is great, just based on this past weekend alone:
• It rewards the little guys: The World Group kicked off with a lot of countries featuring no top tenners. That can work out OK in Davis Cup: Look at Kazakhstan's win over the Tomas Berdych-led Czech Republic, in Ostrava no less!
• The road can be friendly sometimes: Aside from Andrey Golubev and Kazakhstan's shocking victory, how about the U.S. getting it done in Chile on clay? Granted, this isn't a Chilean team that used to feature two top-10 players, but a win on your least favorite surface away from home is always good.
• What's better viewing than a live fifth rubber?: Probably one of the most tense situations in pro tennis is the live rubber to determine a tie. Philipp Petzschner came through against Ivo Karlovic to seal Germany's win over Croatia—another road win for a team.
• The stars come out: You're not always going to see all of the big guys out there, but Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick and Robin Soderling are nothing to sneeze at!
• Smells like team spirit: It's great to see guys that are fighting for the same thing on a week-to-week basis put that aside for national pride and glory.
Davis Cup: There's nothing like it!
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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.