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Davis Cup - USA v GB

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For the first time since 1935 Great Britain has beaten the United States of America in the Davis Cup. Well done Team GB. We did it in the USA

 

Italy in the 1/4 finals, again away, on clay ;)

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Well done James Ward! If only he could play like that more consistently.

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Well done James Ward! If only he could play like that more consistently.

Too many GB players have lost to weaker opponents under the pressure created by the David Cup. Ward seems to thrive on it.

With Murray in the team you're 2-0 up against all but the very best countries and just need to win one more.

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With Murray in the team you're 2-0 up against all but the very best countries and just need to win one more.

And that's been the problem. I believe Murray was reluctant to commit to the Davis Cup just because there wasn't a good enough No.2 to capitalise on his performances.

If Ward can hold form, Italy have to be beatable.

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Italy are beatable, we would never win in doubles v USA, but we can get a decent result v Italy

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Well if we can beat the Italians, we'd be in a semi against the Swiss (can't see Kazakhstan beating them). You'd imagine that would be a bridge too far but imagine how much of a step forward that is for us.

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Well if we can beat the Italians, we'd be in a semi against the Swiss (can't see Kazakhstan beating them). You'd imagine that would be a bridge too far but imagine how much of a step forward that is for us.

Okay, counting unhatched chickens here as regards Italy, but Murray can (on his day) beat Federer or Wawrinka.

 

But if either of those also lost to another British player, it would be a colossal shock. 

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A win is a win, and Ward's victory was a terrific result.

 

I'd have to say that US tennis is in a shocking state if those guys are their best players though, when you think of the great US men's players of the very recent past.

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A win is a win, and Ward's victory was a terrific result.

 

I'd have to say that US tennis is in a shocking state if those guys are their best players though, when you think of the great US men's players of the very recent past.

It wasn't long ago the USA weren't bothered if a couple of their top players couldn't play Davis Cup, as the next rank down were pretty useful too. 

 

Their only top player missing from last weekend's tie was John Isner (World #13), who probably wasn't too happy that his team chose to play on clay, as he has a big weapon in his serve.

 

The same applies to Australia, whose top ranked player is still Lleyton Hewitt (World #40, not far off his age).

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