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The Other British Men

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I always believed he could do it, but it's the fact that he actually did that took a moment to take in! Was so afraid the 5th might slip away like the 2nd and 3rd.

Such a pity there are no points for a win like this.

Nice tweet from Steven ‏@GBtennis
He was the main reason we got back into G1 in the 1st place but this must be @jameswardrennis finest hour! #gbvrus
[ Last edit by Elena April 07, 2013, 05:09 PM ] IP Logged
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Evans breaks! 4-3 in the first.
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Beautifully done! First set 6-4
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Of the 19 sets played so far in this tie, 10 have finished 6-4.

Only two sets have been won by more than a single break, and in Singles every set has been won by a single break apart from one - where Evans won a tie-break.

Incredible how close this tie has been, given their respective rankings.
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how suprised i am I must say Ward(without injury) could be a top 50 player if he keeps this up.
Evans could also be in top 100 , no idea how he isn't already
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Dan takes 4th break point to lead 2-1 in 2nd set
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Good performance. Does this tie win (if we do win) secure us a WG Play-Off?
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Good performance. Does this tie win (if we do win) secure us a WG Play-Off?
Yes, to be played in September.
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Good performance. Does this tie win (if we do win) secure us a WG Play-Off?
Hell of a long way to go just yet. Donskoy proved he is capable of coming back after his first rubber. And Dan will probably struggle to sustain this level.

Did Dan get that break from 40-0 down?
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how suprised i am I must say Ward(without injury) could be a top 50 player if he keeps this up.
Evans could also be in top 100 , no idea how he isn't already
Dan has no consistency or motivation really, just plays UK Futures series and whilst he does win a few of them, he often struggles or loses to really low ranked players. He's definitely a big-game player, but unfortunately you need to win the small games to get to those big ones.

I think you underestimate top 50! Donskoy is a at a career high of #60, and he beat Ward with Ward nearly at his best. Ward is a top 150 player, and was before his injury. Definitely capable of rising toward the top 100, but it's not easy getting there. All of the players between 50-150 are the same - all very talented, capable of beating much better players on any given day, but lack consistency. Ward probably fits into the lower end of that bracket.

Evans down 0-40.

Donskoy breaks back.
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Had to leave the match to visit my son's for dinner. Now relying on sneaky peeks at MW to get updates - thanks guys - keep 'em coming !
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Did Dan get that break from 40-0 down?

Can't remember -it was a long game!

What Dan said:

Asked what distracts him from the gym and the training court, Evans replied: “There’s other things in life isn’t there? I’m from a pretty working-class background. The way I’ve been brought up, I’ve always been down the squash and tennis club. I’ve got a big group of friends and not all of them are coming to Davis Cup at weekends.

“It’s difficult. It’s up to me, it’s not up to anyone else. If those people are saying that [come out in the evening] then I’m the idiot who goes along with it and goes and does it.

“You've got to realise as well, [at Davis Cup] you're getting treated like a top ten player for the week. You stay in a decent hotel and have massages, everything's done for you.

"It's not like at a $10,000 event in Sunderland where you pay £70 for a hotel room and you're earning £60 when you win the first round. It's a little different.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/daviscup/9975486/Britains-Dan-Evans-says-he-is-bad-at-his-job-after-Davis-Cup-defeat-to-Russias-Dmitry-Tursunov.html
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Dan saves a couple of break points and holds 4-4

Gets a break and leads 5-4. Come on Dan!

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Holy hell, Evans breaks with a huge return on his first break point.

The tide has turned again. Evans was down BP, which would have made it 4 games in a row and left Donskoy serving for the set. Managed to dig his way out of trouble with some clutch serving and then breaks Donskoy very next game. Fine, fine margins.

Can he serve it out?
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Can he serve it out? Yes he can!
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