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Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « on: February 08, 2010, 06:03 PM »
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Davis Cup squad to play Lithuania - Jamie Baker, Dan Evans, Ross Hutchins, Colin Fleming, Ken Skupski, James Ward.

That's not unexpected....
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Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #1 on: February 08, 2010, 06:32 PM »
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There are 6 players here.  Somehow I seem to recall that the Captain can only bring 4 players to the match.  I suppose 2 of these will drop out at a later date ?
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Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #2 on: February 08, 2010, 06:38 PM »
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All I'm sure all 6 will go to Lithuania with 4 going into a final squad and the other 2 being hitting partners.
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Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010, 06:48 PM »
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Ah that makes sense thanks.  I suppose if one of the main 4 gets injured then the captain has the right to use one of the remaining 2 hitting partners to make up the numbers ?
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Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #4 on: February 08, 2010, 07:02 PM »
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The final 4 can be changed up until the Thursday before the opening singles rubber.
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Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #5 on: February 08, 2010, 08:11 PM »
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Thanks.  So that means that you hope there is no injury to your Singles players after Thursday otherwise your Doubles player is going to get grilled in the Singles.
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Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #6 on: February 08, 2010, 09:34 PM »
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Well, Fleming is a competent singles player. He outplayed a guy ranked just outside of the top 300 just a few days ago.
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Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #7 on: February 08, 2010, 09:51 PM »
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Ah that is good news.  Strength in depth.  I really feel that this is the beginning of a new era for British tennis where it will become a team game in DC and not just 2 guys like Tim and Greg did.  This is the first time we have a proper Doubles team to complement the Singles players.
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Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #8 on: February 08, 2010, 11:42 PM »
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Re: Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #9 on: February 09, 2010, 11:06 PM »
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The Lithuanian number one just beat Ginepri in San Jose... unsure
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Re: Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #10 on: February 09, 2010, 11:09 PM »
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Right. Well that is 2-0 to them then.  This means that we need to beat the #2 player twice as well as winning the Doubles. Fat chance .
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Re: Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #11 on: February 09, 2010, 11:31 PM »
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Singles rankings of Lithuanian players
255 Ricardas Berankis (the guy who beat Ginepri, ranking sure to go up to about 220)
568 Laurynas Grigelis (beat WR 186 yesterday) 
865 Dovydas Sakinis

Doubles rankings of Lithuanian players
1,273 Laurynas Grigelis (but will move up to about 920 at least as he's got to the QFs of a Challenger event this week)
1,579 Ricardas Berankis

 Rolling Eyes doh Definetely not filling me with optimism...
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Re: Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #12 on: February 09, 2010, 11:45 PM »
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Thanks for the useful stats.

The problem is that the ranking doesn't tell the whole story unfortunately.  The remember the last time Andy played, his opponent played much better than his ranking suggested and even Andy (with a dodgy wrist so had to play a mostly counter punch style) had a hard time putting him away.  Evans got annihilated in both rubbers even though his ranking suggested that he should be able to win 1 of the 2 rubbers or get very close to winning 1 but it didn't happen. Evans collapsed mentally.

If their #2 player plays inspired tennis for 1 of his 2 rubbers then it will be at least 3-2 to them.  I have confidence in our Doubles team.  They have a winning mentality.   I really don't know about our Singles player.
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Re: Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #13 on: February 12, 2010, 11:58 AM »
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Doubles we should walk tbh.
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Re: Davis Cup tie away to Lithuania - March 2010 « Reply #14 on: February 19, 2010, 05:29 PM »
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article7026998.ece

Ricardas Berankis knocked out Robby Ginepri in the first round, defeated Bjorn Phau in the second and only in the quarter-finals was his run quelled, by the world No 11, Fernando Verdasco of Spain. Verdasco said: "I never saw my opponent play before today, but he's very good. He serves well, from the baseline has a good forehand and backhand - I didn't see any big weaknesses. My serve helped me out in many points during the match because some times he was more solid than me from the baseline."
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