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D Cup Saturday: Everybody Else

Posted by gauloises1 on September 20, 2009

Well, the two semifinals may have been clinched, but pretty much everybody else in the World Group is doing their best to keep it interesting. Apart from Serbia, who have now beaten Uzbekistan 3-0 to stay in the World Group, courtesy of Zimonjic and Tipsarevic, a maiden doubles pairing who beat Istomin and and Dustov 62 63 62

nenad janko

Such soft, shiny hair …

Despite the best efforts of Melo and Sa, the Lapentti bros, Nico and Giovanni, gave Ecuador a 2-1 lead over Brazil with a five-set doubles victory. I’m torn on this one. There’s hotties on both sides of the net, but Nico says he might not retire if Ecuador stay in the World Group, and I do love me some Nico …

lapenttis

Italy pulled off a bit of a shock today after Federer was benched for the doubles, leading Wawrinka and Chiudinelli to fly the flag.

wawrinka chiudinelli

They have consequently learned an important lesson: underestimate Potito Starace at your peril. The weaselly one teamed up with Simone Bolelli to nick the doubles rubber 64 62 76(3).

bolelli starace2

Of course, one of them will have to beat Roger Federer to win the tie, but whatever. Enjoy your moment, guys. Also looking good in blue were Les Bleus, ably represented by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra, who beat Thiemo de Bakker and Igor Sijsling in four sets 63 36 76 64.

llodra

Llodra nearly comes a cropper.

llodra tsonga2

TENNIS-DAVIS-NED-FRA

Not sure if they’re playing or celebrating, to be honest. Either works.

Sweden also notched up a 2-1 lead, with Soderling and Lindstedt beating Hanescu and Horia Tecau (apparently a thing) in straight sets to give them the edge after Hanescu’s victory over Vinciguerra yesterday.

soderling lindstedt

The Ukraine managed to pull a point back, beating Belgium in the doubles for 2-1, and Austria are currently a break up in the first set of the doubles match with Chile, which they need to win to stay in the World Group.

In “I dream of the World Group but could never get there”, Great Britain are facing an uphill struggle against Poland. Yeah … Poland. Murray, who continues to struggle with his wrist injury, stepped up for the doubles with Ross Hutchins, but they lost to Frystenberg and Matkowski 75 36 63 62. This basically means Poland are going to win, unless Dan Evans – ranked 302 in the world – can somehow win a match tomorrow. Which will not happen. Bugger it.

muzz hutch

Says it all.

9 Responses to “D Cup Saturday: Everybody Else”

  1. Bismarck said

    but dan evans – what is his nick? is it really evo? – “only” has to beat no.678 of the world, michal przysiezny. possible, no? maybe even probable?

    where is lukasz kubot btw? injured? cause he is ranked 112 and he might have been too much for evo to overcome…

  2. gauloises1 said

    Well, it sounds doable, but you’re forgetting one very important thing: this is British tennis.

    There are no limits to the extent to which we can suck and fail. Often both at the same time.

    Who knows where Kubot is? Maybe someone killed the voodoo master and he had to sink back into his grave.

  3. AmyLu said

    I’m really hoping Nico Lapentti can win tomorrow — I don’t have much faith in the younger Lapentti (and I really, really like Bellucci so that would put me in a very uncomfortable position) to win his match, and I’d love for Ecuador to be in the World Group again.

  4. gauloises1 said

    Honestly, I don’t really care about Ecuador and I *do* care about Nose Job and to a lesser extent Marcos Daniel … but I love me some Nico and if Ecuador going into the World Group keeps him from retiring, then I’m all about that.

  5. Bismarck said

    fair enough re that special brit “power”.

    was gutted (well, kinda, birdworm have washed away all other troubles and pains of the weekend) that melo/sa lost cause i really wanted nose job and the brasilians back in the world group and i don´t think they´ll get it done without that dubs point.

  6. AmyLu said

    If I hadn’t married a certain somebody (and fallen completely in love with the country after visiting), I’d be completely behind Brazil. JJ’s somewhat despondent about the fact that Ecuador has no one at all on the men’s side after the Lapentti brothers. But, his first cousin’s cousin (cousin by way of the other side of the family) is a very promising 16 year-old female player — she’s been winning matches in lower ITF events. So if Marie Elise Casares ever makes it, you heard about it here first!

  7. gauloises1 said

    Aaaaaaaand Marie Elise Casares is hereby officially adopted as a NB fave 🙂 That’s a pretty exclusive group, you know …

    I got the impression JJ didn’t like the Lapenttis much – at least not Nico – I seem to recall a twitter description of him as a “washed-up playboy”. My memory for these things is prodigious, you know.

  8. AmyLu said

    Wohoo! Very exciting for Marie Elise! According to JJ, she’s incredibly nice.

    No, he doesn’t like the Lapenttis at all — good memory. But, he roots for them in Davis Cup (and he rooted for Nico as a teen, but then he got frustrated by him, and he disagrees with the Lapenttis politically. A lot.) But, he’d like Ecuador to have a presence in tennis, and Nico Lapentti has at least given them that after Gomez’ great career. Gomez (the 1990 French Open winner) is actually the Lapentti’s uncle — which I did not know until I met JJ.

  9. naughtyT... said

    Bissy the Zombie Kubot is playing qualies in Bucharest, where his zombie powers have made him the number one seed… go figure…. or not… up to you.

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