I have to admit, it’s like, 4 hours or so until the men’s final of Australian Open and I really am not all that interested. I guess I just sortof assume Rafa will dismantle Stan just like he did Roger, and that really wasn’t a very interesting match to watch. On the other hand, the match between Dominika Cibulkova and Li Na was worth watching even when it seemed like she was going to bagel because it still seemed like she could come back. She didn’t, but I was in disbelief about that. I felt that way about Roger, too, that he still had the ability to come back and take a set, but there you go.
So, do I expect Rafa to win? Yes. In 3.
SO MOVING ON, Davis Cup next weekend! Davis! Cup! I realize I didn’t say anything about last year’s final, and I feel really bad about that because it was a great final that lived up to expectations. Do you remember how it unfolded? I won’t go back to that now but just go take a look at the results and you’ll remember how exciting it was.
So now in 2014, some really great match-ups in round 1! I think the one I am most excited to watch is Germany vs Spain. I love, as you may know, the Spanish Davis Cup team. You may not know that ten years ago if you’d asked me who my tennis crush was, I would have said Guillermo Coria. Followed closely by Carlos Moya. Moya is the captain of Spain’s team now! Without Nadal and Ferrer on the team for this first tie, he’ll probably have to do some coaching. Spain is bringing Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco, well they have 2 other guys (Bautista Agut and Marrero) but I am a huge fan of Lopez and Verdasco. Facing them, Germany is bringing Kohlschreiber, Haas, F Mayer, and Daniel Brands, who I am a fan of. I think this is going to be a great battle, even though on paper Germany appears stronger.
Canada vs Japan. Canada is bringing their A-team, Raonic, Pospisil, Dancevic, Nestor. Japan is bringing Kei Nishikori. Well they also have Go Soeda, who plays better than his ranking I think, but not consistently enough to raise his ranking. Well that’s pretty obvious, really, but my point is don’t count him out. I’m really looking forward to Raonic vs Nishikori because it should be really intense. I can’t imagine Canada losing this tie, though.
I can’t imagine Czech losing their tie vs Netherlands, but if you look at the Davis Cup website, it shows Jean-Julien Rojer as having a really low singles ranking. Who cares? He’s a doubles specialist, what is with that stat on the main tie page, silly website! It’s not that I doubt the abilities of the Netherlands, it’s just that I can’t imagine Berdych-Stepanek losing. I’m a fan of Lukas Rosol, but poor guy, he’ll never get to play a rubber as long as Berdych-Stepanek are around!
Australia vs France is the other tie that I really want to see. France has some of the top talent that isn’t in Spain, and Australia has some of the best young guns around. Of course I miss Bernie Tomic, but I’m not sure the other players do… haha, hard to tell with that guy. But! Australia’s line-up is power-packed: Hewitt, Kyrgios, Kokkinakis, and well honestly I don’t know much about their 4th guy Guccione except he’s a doubles player. And they are playing against a stacked French team, Gasquet, Tsonga, Bennetteau, & Monfils. I feel like with the confidence the young Aussies should have from the AusOpen, they’ll be ready to take it to the veterans, but that is still a pretty tough hill to climb!
In Zone Group 1, the best matchup looks like Slovak vs Latvia. But there’s a bit of a dorky picture of Martin Klizan, I wonder if the players have seen their photos on the Davis Cup website? Actually I think a lot of the other matches will be interesting because they’re evenly matched, but they are mostly lower-ranked players that I don’t know that much about. Exception is India, they should sweep that tie, that’s how I feel anyway. Poland vs Russia should be good, too, but I expect close scores and high excitement in Slovak v Latvia.
ok, another post soon? not 4 months from now? I can do that!