• Davis Cup tie could come down to Rosol, Laaksonen

    2/3/13 2:44 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Davis Cup tie could come down to Rosol, Laaksonen If the Czech Republic vs. Switzerland tie gets even more exciting and goes five, it will come down to Lukas Rosol and Henri Laaksonen. Stanislas Wawrinka first has to beat Tomas Berdych.

    Lukas Rosol and Henri Laaksonen will be squaring off for the first time in their careers on Sunday afternoon if the first-round Davis Cup tie between the Czech Republic and Switzerland goes the distance. It would be one of the biggest matches of either man's career.

    Rosol is by no means an established force on the ATP Tour, but he is suddenly becoming a veteran of pressure moments and memorable matches. The 73rd-ranked Czech stunned Rafael Nadal in the 2012 Wimbledon second round then in Saturday's epic doubles rubber he teamed up with Tomas Berdych to outlast Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(3), 24-22 after seven hours and two minutes.

    Laaksonen had won only a single ATP-level match in his career prior to Friday, but he turned in respectable performance against Berdych in what was his second Davis Cup rubber and first for Switzerland (previously played for Finland). The 20-year-old battled to take the third set from his heavily-favored opponent before doing down 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-1.

    On paper, Rosol is the obvious favorite--but a seven-hour doubles match cannot be considered ideal preparation. If Wawrinka can beat Berdych and send this tie to five, the stars may be aligned for Laaksonen to become a Davis Cup hero.

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Which is the bigger win : Nadal at Wimbledon or record 7+ hours doubles win in DC? I'd say the win over Nadal but DC will be more memorable if his team wins.

chr18 , 2/3/13 4:12 AM

Only for moronic Fed fans would a win over an injured Rafa count as a bigger win.

holdserve , 2/3/13 7:16 AM

This is the same moron who first claimed that Nando was his favourite player then got caught out a few days ago by saying that was djoker. No doubt the little fibber will deny ever saying that or claimed to have changed his little mind like he always denies. Cameleon!

These bandwagon jumpers are so predictable - first Soderling, then djoker, now Rosol. It says A LOT about the person Fed is to attract such fans!

Speaking of which, how about some Rosol poetry for us, crap18??

jean , 2/3/13 10:42 AM

Vamos Fer'dasco! Muy bien amigo! :)
chr18, 10/9/12 8:32 PM

Translation for jean : Very good friend!

Clearly it means by making Murray work 5 sets, Fed screwed his chances for the final and gave the Djoker an assist. Great to see my all-time fave assisting my current 2nd fave.
chr18, 1/29/13 1:14 PM

Note it says 2nd. Fed is 1st fave. :)

chr18 , 2/3/13 2:02 PM

Of course, it is obvious who is your 1st fav. It is Fed for a Fed fan.
The question is: who is your 2nd fav. Is it Djoker? No, it is the player who has a good chance of beating Rafa and at the moment it is Djoker.
Whoever beats Rafa in some match becomes your friend. If he beats Rafa in a significant number of matches, he is your 2nd fav (Djoker).
Pathetic. Just because your 1st fav cannot beat Rafa.

holdserve , 2/3/13 3:15 PM

The problem with Wawrinka is always the same, ie, when he's about to win the set or the match, he doesn't go for it but instead pulls back and plays it safe. If he can't overcome this weakness, I'm afraid he's always going to lose tight matches, and especially against the top guys. It's a pity, for he plays some beautiful attacking tennis; if he can overcome this weakness, I think he's very much of top ten material.

luckystar , 2/3/13 3:59 PM

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