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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #60 on: January 24, 2014, 07:27 PM »
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Looking like Kyle Edmund could well play the first tie against Isner. The 19yo has won 8 matches in a row since losing his first match of 2014 in two close sets to Vasek Pospisil.

Going to need to really raise his game to give Isner a challenge but truth be told he's probably our second best player on clay right now.
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #61 on: January 24, 2014, 07:52 PM »
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Kyle has the best clay win percentage out of the  any singles players selected
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #62 on: January 24, 2014, 07:53 PM »
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Kyle has the best clay win percentage out of the  any singles players selected
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #63 on: January 24, 2014, 08:14 PM »
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Andy seems to have faith in Kyle.  It will be good for him to have to step up to the plate - whatever the outcome.
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #64 on: January 24, 2014, 09:35 PM »
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Kyle has the best clay win percentage out of the  any singles players selected
Aye but equally the vast majority of those wins are in Futures.

But then James (rarely) and Dan (never) have barely played on clay so there's not really much to compare! Kyle would probably be the most comfortable. James has won a challenger on the surface before but that was back in 2009.
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #65 on: January 24, 2014, 09:36 PM »
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Andy seems to have faith in Kyle.  It will be good for him to have to step up to the plate - whatever the outcome.
The hard choice is going to be if it comes to 2-2 and one of James or Kyle has to play the deciding match against Querrey - lot of pressure, up against it and no-one wants to be the man to lose the tie.

Of course it might not come to that depending on if Andy plays and if he's even good enough yet to beat Isner on this surface.
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #66 on: January 24, 2014, 09:36 PM »
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When I say win percentage I mean on clay only, not other surfaces.
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #67 on: January 24, 2014, 09:39 PM »
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When I say win percentage I mean on clay only, not other surfaces.
Sorry, meant to write Futures, not clay. Wasn't concentrating at all.
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #68 on: January 24, 2014, 09:41 PM »
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Sorry, meant to write Futures, not clay. Wasn't concentrating at all.

No worries mate. You are right, but I still think it will give him confidence.
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #69 on: January 24, 2014, 09:49 PM »
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No worries mate. You are right, but I still think it will give him confidence.
He gives the impression of a very calm, composed and confident player. He's effectively our wild card - it's very hard to gauge just how good he is right now. Given how he has performed on his three appearances on the main tour, it's clear he's plenty capable of going toe-to-toe with top 50 players. The only time he's been really blown away was against Janowicz, and given the surface and the latter's performances throughout that tournament, it's somewhat understandable.

If anything it would be a good challenge for Kyle and a good indicator of where he is at right now. Equally if he does lose comprehensively, I don't think it will affect him too much. He's a smart guy, and he knows how to find the positives. Whereas if James were to get thrashed, I think it would hammer his confidence a bit more.

It's a tough one for Leon, will definitely be interesting to see who he goes with. If, as people seem to believe (and I am inclined to agree), Andy does have a say in the team, then Kyle would have to be favourite given the vote of confidence Andy gave him.
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #70 on: January 24, 2014, 09:56 PM »
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Wonder if they've made the clay fast.
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #71 on: January 24, 2014, 10:35 PM »
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Why did the USA choose clay? Seems odd given that their top players are serve bots who move like wonky wheeled shopping trollies filled with cement.
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #72 on: January 24, 2014, 10:38 PM »
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Why did the USA choose clay? Seems odd given that their top players are serve bots who move like wonky wheeled shopping trollies filled with cement.
Clay can be made fast, see Sao Paulo.
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #73 on: January 24, 2014, 10:41 PM »
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Why did the USA choose clay? Seems odd given that their top players are serve bots who move like wonky wheeled shopping trollies filled with cement.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/sports/tennis/take-me-out-to-the-davis-cup-us-to-play-britain-in-baseball-park.html?_r=0

Courier said the decision to play outdoors on clay was a team one and was also because, given previous results, it was the British team’s weakest surface. Andy Murray, the reigning Wimbledon champion, missed the end of this season after back surgery, but he is expected to return to the tour in 2014 and has said that, if healthy, he will play the first round of the Davis Cup.

Murray has had great success on clay, reaching the semifinals of the Masters 1000 events in Monte Carlo and Rome, and of the French Open in 2011. But he has yet to win a major title on the surface and is more consistently dangerous on hardcourts and grass. Britain’s next best singles players — James Ward and Daniel Evans — have had more success on faster surfaces.
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Re: Davis Cup - USA vs GB Venue announced « Reply #74 on: January 24, 2014, 10:50 PM »
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Clay can be made fast, see Sao Paulo.
Ok, I,ll check him out .
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