UK VS USA - One of the best DC ties ever

UK VS USA - One of the best DC ties ever

Post by Chris Baile » Tue, 06 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Okay I know I'm going to get accused of sour grapes here but I really feel
that the UK were hard done by in the Davis Cup match and as Courier so
rightly said, the quality of tennis warranted that being a semi or the
final. Unfortunately, I knew that Greg would lose to Jim in the final set
all along because of the "who serves first" in the decider being based on
the previous set. It means that in a match like this, no matter how much
Greg wins the 4th set by, as long as he serves out to win, Courier will have
the clear advantage in leading off the decider. It made me wonder at 5-1,
whether he should have deliberately dropped so that he had 1 more chance to
break! I know this idea is under dispute as to how much advantage is given
but for me there must be a lot, lot more pressure for someone serving from
behind in every game of a deciding set and both Henman and Rusedski cracked
eventually at 5-6 and 6-7. Could the score have been 4 - 1 to the UK if
Henman and Rusedski had led off the 5th set in their respective matches
against Courier? Probably debateable anyway, Courier is one cool cookie, but
I'm sure the crowd would have had a massive impact in the break-match games
when Courier served at 4-5, 5-6 etc. And Rusedski had the misfortune of
serving in the dreaded first game of the match. If there's any time when
breaking serve is relatively easy, its then, and that gifted Courier the
first set. Congratulations to the Americans on a fine display nonetheless.
How they managed to play so well against that phenomenal crowd was
unbelievable. Do any other countries in the world give that sort of support?
I think we had a tremendous crowd but I can imagine how frustrating it must
be for the opposition. Truly exhilarating match and probably the best I've
ever seen; now if only we'd won ...

Chris

 
 
 

UK VS USA - One of the best DC ties ever

Post by Chris Baile » Wed, 07 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Sorry didn't know there was supposed to be spoiler space in this group. I
apologise if anyone read this without wanting to. Do other countries get to
watch the games after they've finished. I'd advise everyone to watch this
tie!

 
 
 

UK VS USA - One of the best DC ties ever

Post by Alison Goodal » Wed, 07 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
> Do you think Greg's loss will have any impact on the way he performs for the
> rest of the season? I think it will take him a long time to recover from such
> a loss.

Alison.

 
 
 

UK VS USA - One of the best DC ties ever

Post by Stev » Wed, 07 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Hi,

I enjoyed the matches immensely and didn't mind the home crowd cheering so
loudly.  One thing I did notice was the gentlemanness of the crowd.  I never
heard any noise during the U.S. players serves nor any applause when one of
them missed the first serve.  There wasn't much noise about double faults
either until near the end of the matches, which I think was justifiable.
Both sides were praying for double faults by then.

When U.S. plays in Paraguay and places like that, the crowd is awfully
unsporting.  I think the UK crowd was fabulous.  I would like to believe a
U.S. crowd would be as good.

 
 
 

UK VS USA - One of the best DC ties ever

Post by Gerar » Sat, 10 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> How they managed to play so well against that phenomenal crowd was
> unbelievable. Do any other countries in the world give that sort of support?

I saw it on TV and like another poster said it loud and partisan without
being obnoxious.  Becker impressed me as a guy who could overcome crowd
support.  In 1987, I saw him beat McEnroe in almost 6 hours then beat Tim
Mayotte on the final day.  My ears were ringing afterwards, people kept
pounding the rafters between points, too bad the US lost, but I'll never
forget it.

To answer your question, Tom Gorman a former capt. of the US Davis Cup team
said that Brazil was a loud country to play in.  The crowd was not rude but
he said, "you couldn't hear yourself think between points or changeovers."
Unfortunately, the experience in some Latin American countries recently
hasn't been so great, the Austria vs. Brazil tie, Mexico vs. Australia and,
of course, the US vs. Paraguay.

 
 
 

UK VS USA - One of the best DC ties ever

Post by elaine1.. » Mon, 12 Apr 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
> Okay I know I'm going to get accused of sour grapes here but I really feel
> that the UK were hard done by in the Davis Cup match and as Courier so
> rightly said, the quality of tennis warranted that being a semi or the
> final. Unfortunately, I knew that Greg would lose to Jim in the final set
> all along because of the "who serves first" in the decider being based on
> the previous set. It means that in a match like this, no matter how much
> Greg wins the 4th set by, as long as he serves out to win, Courier will have
> the clear advantage in leading off the decider. It made me wonder at 5-1,
> whether he should have deliberately dropped so that he had 1 more chance to
> break! I know this idea is under dispute as to how much advantage is given
> but for me there must be a lot, lot more pressure for someone serving from
> behind in every game of a deciding set and both Henman and Rusedski cracked
> eventually at 5-6 and 6-7. Could the score have been 4 - 1 to the UK if
> Henman and Rusedski had led off the 5th set in their respective matches
> against Courier? Probably debateable anyway, Courier is one cool cookie, but
> I'm sure the crowd would have had a massive impact in the break-match games
> when Courier served at 4-5, 5-6 etc. And Rusedski had the misfortune of
> serving in the dreaded first game of the match. If there's any time when
> breaking serve is relatively easy, its then, and that gifted Courier the
> first set. Congratulations to the Americans on a fine display nonetheless.
> How they managed to play so well against that phenomenal crowd was
> unbelievable. Do any other countries in the world give that sort of support?
> I think we had a tremendous crowd but I can imagine how frustrating it must
> be for the opposition. Truly exhilarating match and probably the best I've
> ever seen; now if only we'd won ...

> Chris

> Much was made of the atmosphere and the crowd at the recent DC tie in

Birmingham.  I think that this can be attributed to genuine tennis fans
attending the event rather than the guests on corporate hospitality so often
witnessed at Wimbledon.  I hope that a future DC ties are as well supported.
As for Wimbledon.......

Elaine

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