The Davis Cup teams were announced for the upcoming World Group Semifinals, which start on September 19th.
ARGENTINA v RUSSIA
Venue: Estadio Parque Roca, Buenos Aires (clay – outdoors)
Juan Martin Del Potro
Captain: Alberto Mancini
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev
To all the Crazy Elf fans (I'm looking at you, gauloises), you'll get your JMDP fix soon. I think this is the more interesting matchup. Can Igor continue his solid run through the hard court season and transfer that onto his favorite surface? Watching him play Fed, didn't you get the sense that he was the Russian Rafa? Ohh! New nickname alert! This tie will be very competitive, but based on that lineup, I'm going to have to go with Russian.
SPAIN v USA
Venue: Plaza de Toros Las Ventas, Madrid (clay – indoors)
Captain: Emilio Sanchez
Sam Querrey (tbc)
Captain: Patrick McEnroe
This one is going to be a blowout, folks. I mean, do you REALLy see Andy Roddick and Sam Querrey taking two matches over Rafa and Dahveed on clay? Please. Heck, you wonder if it would have been smarter to take Blake simply because the guy plays risky big shot tennis and can hit through the court. Sure he misses, but what if he doesn't? What about Robby Ginepri or Wayne Odesnik? Both had outstanding runs at RG.
Nah. The Yankees are toast here no matter what. The defense of the Davis Cup ends here.