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Image is Everything: D Cup Quarter-finals

Posted by gauloises1 on July 12, 2010

Because nothing generates quite so much fantastic photoage as Davis Cup. You know it to be true.

sorry but ive to say i fcking won davis cup!omg

Pretty sure I could snap him like a twig. A twig.

Marin’s left arm makes a desperate bid for freedom.

Get the man a Big Mac, a big drink and a big vuvuzela.

“Did I leave the gas on …?”

This is not the face I’ve missed.

This is the face I’ve missed.

Put it away, Nole. Or I will come to Serbia and show you where to … never mind.

“Mr. President. What the hell.”

Nothing beats a good old-fashioned Serbian love huddle.

Eduardo Schwank looking in no way ridiculous.

Eduardo Schwank being no way ridiculous.

Kind of impossible to dislike Gael when he finds himself on this planet long enough to win a big match.

Tipsy wants a cuddle. No-one on this earth can blame him.

They shoot horses, don’t they?

Premature celebrating.

Yeah, Youzh better run.

Having beaten Spain at tennis, France take them on at the art of the manly hug. And win.

Have him caramelised and sent to my room.

Nole Major and Nole Minor.

Look who showed up to ‘help’.

“I’m a little lamb who’s lost in the woods …”

Kolya contemplates the many tragedies of life.

Shamil contemplates finding another job.

You’re not helping.

Homoerotic celebrations: must try harder.

Posted in david ferrer, david nalbandian, davis cup, eduardo schwank, gael monfils, gilles simon, horacio zeballos, igor andreev, ivan ljubicic, janko tipsarevic, julien benneteau, marin cilic, markko djokovic, michael llodra, mikhail youzhny, nenad zimonjic, novak djokovic | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

D Cup: France 3, Germany 0

Posted by gauloises1 on March 7, 2010

Congratulations to la belle France. And I do mean exactly that. They were probably the most attractive squad of any nation playing this weekend and will be picspammed accordingly.

In amongst that lot: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra. Easily the nation with the greatest strength in depth (aside from Spain, obviously), they’ve all too often suffered meltdowns and embarrassing defeats in the past. But it was plain sailing this weekend, after Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled off singles victories against Philipp Kohlschreiber and Benjamin Becker on Friday to put France 2-0 up.

… ably supported from the bench by Gasquet and Gilles, of course:

With Arnaud Clement not on the squad, it was up to Davis Cup debutante Julien Benneteau to partner Michael Llodra in today’s doubles and he was really impressive. Apart from a third-set wobble, the pair fairly cruised against a German pair who never looked like winning.

After they finally closed the match out at 75 in the fourth, the whole team celebrated awesomely. I’ll just let the pictures tell the story …

OK, that was a lot of pictures. But come on, how often do you get to see all these guys so happy? You carry on with your bad selves, Team France. They’ll meet either (probably) Spain or Switzerland next, so they’d better enjoy it while they can …

R1 – G.MONFILS (FRA) def. P.KOHLSCHREIBER (GER)
6-1  6-4  7-6(5)
R2 – J.TSONGA (FRA) def. B.BECKER (GER)
6-3  6-2  6-7(2)  6-3
R3 – J.BENNETEAU / M.LLODRA (FRA) def. C.KAS / P.KOHLSCHREIBER (GER)
6-1  6-4  1-6  7-5

Posted in davis cup, gael monfils, gilles simon, jo-wilfried tsonga, julien benneteau, michael llodra, richard gasquet | Tagged: , , , , , , | 16 Comments »

Image is Everything: D Cup Sunday

Posted by gauloises1 on September 20, 2009

I can’t believe it’s time for my final Davis Cup picspam. God, I love this event so much. It should be played every weekend.

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“My work here is done,” he seems to say.

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Happiness is a champagne-soaked Belgian.

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I’m a sucker for behind-the-curtain photos.

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I’m also a sucker for Jo.

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Back to the dustbin of tennis history with you, Thiemo de Bakker.

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Allez Les Bleus.

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Murray searches for an escape hatch to another country.

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Pole dance.

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That’s pretty much how I reacted to the GB-Poland results.

Except without the laughing. And my hair’s not as shiny.

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If there was a Crazy Cup, Serbia would win it hands down.

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I feel as if I’ve interrupted Robin’s dance routine.

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Gratuitous ass shot #1.

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Gratuitous ass shot #2.

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Bless you, Somdev.

SOUTH AFRICA INDIA DAVIS CUP TENNIS

Yuki’s eyebrows really deserve a picspam of their own.

Posted in andy murray, christophe rochus, davis cup, janko tipsarevic, jerzy janowicz, jo-wilfried tsonga, julien benneteau, michael llodra, michel przysieny, nenad zimonjic, novak djokovic, olivier rochus, robin soderling, roger federer, somdev devvarman, steve darcis, thiemo de bakker, tomas berdych, viktor troicki, yuki bhambri | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

D Cup Sunday: Who’s Staying Up, Who’s Going Down

Posted by gauloises1 on September 20, 2009

So what was the craic today? In the dead rubbers remaining of the semi-finals, both defeated nations salvaged some pride and a point, with Lovro Zovko defeating Lukas Dlouhy and Feliciano Lopez losing to Harel Levy in a result I deem genuinely Harel-arious.

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Andy Ram thinks it’s funny.

The other nation who were 3-0 up, Serbia, humourlessly crushed Uzbekistan 5-0 courtesy of Troicki and Bozoljac, showing a Federeresque lack of mercy. Speaking of Federer, he did his bit for the land of cuckoo clocks, overcoming a rain delay and the awesome powers of Potito Starace to seal the deal for Switzerland 3-1. Fognini won a dead rubber, by which point Fed was presumably in a hot bubble bath. Quite right too, as after the match Roger revealed he has been struggling with a leg injury since the US Open final. Hopefully nothing a little time off won’t fix.

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France won their tie with the Netherlands 4-1. And by my calculations, at least 2.5 of said points were contributed by a certain Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He backed up victories in Friday’s singles and yesterday’s doubles with a four-set victory over the bizarrely inspired Thiemo de Bakker to take the tie 3-1, with Jezza popping up handily to make it 4-1 over Huta Guleng. All of which is good, as it would be both sadness and madness for France not to be in the World Group.

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A hearty “well done” to Belgium, who held off a very determined challenge from the Ukraine. After Stakhovsky beat Malisse (yeah, he still plays, apparently) 63 36 06 61 63, it was all up to Steve Darcis, who delivered a comprehensive beatdown on Sergiy Bubka 62 61 60 to keep Belgium in the World Group. Like it. I mean, how often does Steve Darcis get to be the hero? I’m betting that even if you include his self-penned comic book series, The Heroic Exploits of Steve Darcis, the answer is still “rarely if ever”.

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Robin Soderling was the hero for Sweden, beating Hanescu 75 61 60 to bounce Romania out of the World Group.

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I wish Mats was proud of me.

Huge congratulations have to go to India, though. They’ve been out of the World Group since 1998, and now they’re back, thanks to a victory by Somdev Devvaman, who beat Rik de Voest of South Africa 36 67(3) 76(5) 62 64. Devvaman came back from two sets and a break down in a match that lasted nearly five hours, and Davis Cup virgin Yuki Bhambri put the cherry on top by winning the dead rubber in three sets. Great stuff.

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I don’t know why this makes me happy, but it does.

Oh wait – the ‘boks lost. That’s why.

As of now, it looks like Ecuador will also be in the World Group, with Nico Lapentti just one set away from securing the tie against Marcos Daniel. Jurgen Melzer has split sets with Massu in his bid to keep Austria’s chances alive. Fun scoreboards still.

Posted in andy ram, davis cup, gael monfils, jo-wilfried tsonga, julien benneteau, michael llodra, potito starace, robin soderling, roger federer, somdev devvarman, steve darcis, yuki bhambri | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »