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Davis Cup: GB vs Belgium 6-8 April

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Josh gave a really good account of himself against Darcis, winning one set and only losing out by the one break in the other three.

Evans repeating his performance from the last tie against a much more experienced and tougher opponent in Rochus. Going toe-to-toe atm, 6-3, 4-6, 2-2. He has so much ability, just a bit too hot and cold.

He's a joy to watch as well, so aggressive, but curbed aggression. And he's serving brilliantly, piling up the aces. Not bad for such a small guy.
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This is GB Davis cup and Wales and Northern Ireland could do with a shout too. yes

GB is made up of England, Scotland and Wales.  Add N.Ireland and it becomes the UK.
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So if we had a great player from Northern Ireland, he couldn't play for Britain in the DC? So, presumably, NI have a DC team?

I don't understand this country. I don't even know which country I live in.
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Who do Northern Irish players represent then? Ireland?

Or do Northern Irish players just not exist?
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Exactly what I asked!

This is one screwed-up country. Or is it five?
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Oh Dan.

4-2 up in the fourth set, Rochus pretty much dead, and Dan just throws it away. Lack of experience very obvious there. Huge shame because I have no doubt he would have won had it gone to 5. Had set-points in 3rd set breaker as well.
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Haven't been watching this, but shame about Dan.  However, I guess it was only to be expected against a player with Rochus's experience.  Did well to take it to four sets, and Josh too.
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The Belgians just too experienced and consistent for our guys today.
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This was always going to be a difficult tie.  Hopefully Fleming/Hutchins will win the doubles.
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Now home.

I felt that Darcis could have won the final few sets of his match fairly easily but he was just content break once each of them and then just hold serve.

Once Rochus won the 3rd set I felt it was inevitable he would win in 4, even when Dan was a break up.
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Thanks for the report Allan.
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My report from the Braehead today, quite a few empty seats but still a really good atmosphere, helped in big parts by the Uni Students keeping everyone going and Jez Green keeping them going.  We are sitting right beside them very funny.  Both Goodall and Evans played well but there is just a difference in class which everyone knew would be the case.  Shame for Evans looked like a bad line call in the tie break even Rochus was saying to the umpire that the ball was in.   Seemed to spur Evans on tho and he broke straight away but then go broken back.  Just read on here what the comms were saying about Andy, get a grip Frew McMillan Andy playing here would only disguise the fact GB are not good enough for yet for the next level, he would have won both his singles (probably) but would have wrecked his clay court preparations. What is more important Andy playing and getting Team GB to the world stages or Andy being successful, quite frankly there is no case to answer.  The only case there is to answer is from the LTA how can a country like Belgium have two top 100 players and GB cannot produce any through their system, bearing in mind that Andy's success is due to his drive and desire and the support from his family.
Sure that Flemings and Hutchins will get the win tomorrow which will make for an interesting Sunday, wonder if Leon Smith will gamble and play Flemings as a singles player, after all he's at home in Scotland, would have massive home support and would really go for it.
Will be back tommorow with a report from day two!!!!
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My report from the Braehead today, quite a few empty seats but still a really good atmosphere, helped in big parts by the Uni Students keeping everyone going and Jez Green keeping them going.  We are sitting right beside them very funny.  Both Goodall and Evans played well but there is just a difference in class which everyone knew would be the case.  Shame for Evans looked like a bad line call in the tie break even Rochus was saying to the umpire that the ball was in.   Seemed to spur Evans on tho and he broke straight away but then go broken back.  Just read on here what the comms were saying about Andy, get a grip Frew McMillan Andy playing here would only disguise the fact GB are not good enough for yet for the next level, he would have won both his singles (probably) but would have wrecked his clay court preparations. What is more important Andy playing and getting Team GB to the world stages or Andy being successful, quite frankly there is no case to answer.  The only case there is to answer is from the LTA how can a country like Belgium have two top 100 players and GB cannot produce any through their system, bearing in mind that Andy's success is due to his drive and desire and the support from his family.
Sure that Flemings and Hutchins will get the win tomorrow which will make for an interesting Sunday, wonder if Leon Smith will gamble and play Flemings as a singles player, after all he's at home in Scotland, would have massive home support and would really go for it.
Will be back tommorow with a report from day two!!!!
What would we do without the Uni Students! lol  I was wondering what Jez Green was doing there until I googled him (never done that before - quite impressive!) but he was probably doing a bit of fitness training for the team.

I suppose it was inevitable that the comms would have a dig at Andy's absence - expected better of Few McMillan though!  Can't they get it into their heads that this is a big year for Andy, and also that, really, GB aren't at World Group level yet.  At least it seems to have had the desired effect of getting our other players to step to the plate and show what they can do without Andy.

Well, this thing about the LTA has been argued about over and over again on here.  It seems no matter how much money they claim to pump into British men's tennis, we still can't seem to get another player into the top 100.  Strange though how the women can do it. Think

If Fleming and Hutchins do win, I'd like to see Fleming play the reverse singles - have never forgiven John Lloyd for not doing that in the Poland tie but insisted on playing the then woefully inexperienced Evans in the deciding rubber!  Problem is, that if he does do that, and Fleming wins, then we'd still be left with an inexperienced player in the decider - but then look what happened against Slovakia!

Look forward to your report from day 2! Smile

 
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Ta for your report MM. thumb up
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I was so angered at Frew Mc's comments re Andy, why can't he see where the GB team are at the moment and it would not be right for Andy to play with the clay season coming up, and if that stupid, stupid man keeps saying how much the LCA have done for Andy. He needs to do his homework and see that Andy's family payed for him to go to Spain and since then he has payed his own way since then. He should talk to Leon Smith who said yesterday that when Andy wins a GS what this will do for GB tennis will far out weigh what playing in this DC would do.
Thought both Josh and Dan played well against far more experienced players.
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