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Bogdan Obradovic: What he said, really meant and definitely didn’t


Bogdan Obradovic

What he said:

“And you know what, if that happens, I’ll be a minister!”

Bogdan Obradovic jokes that Novak Djokovic is so popular in Serbia that he could easily be President.

“There is a joke in Serbia. Actually, it’s not a joke. It’s a fact. Ask any man, woman or kid and they will tell you Novak must be the president. Even the president will say, ‘OK, I am ready to vacate my chair for Novak’.”

The non-playing captain of his country’s Davis Cup team is in Bangalore where India play them for a spot in the World Group.

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It was in 2001 at the US Open that Obradovic predicted (to a Serbian reporter) that Djokovic would be World No. 1 someday and win the American title.

“I told him that we have one kid back home and he is going to be No. 1 and win the singles title at the US Open one day. That interview was broadcast on Serbian national television. Many people laughed at me. Today, they smile.
You know Novak was junior World No. 1 at 14. He won the European championships. Now you may wonder how a European champion can be called a world champion. Let me tell you. It’s a funny story. Actually, even Americans and Canadians and Australians used to play in the European championships. It’s funny, I know. So, to me, Novak was the No. 1 junior in the world.”

On Djokovic’s elasticity:

“The good thing was that he was naturally elastic. So we developed an exercise regimen and made sure we didn’t destroy that aspect of his body. Look, most tennis players are strong and powerful. But they are not agile. They don’t possess elastic energy. This is not American Football or rugby. In tennis, you need to have elastic energy. By using your elastic energy, you tend to spend less energy during matches. This helps you recover faster. No one knows your tank capacity; how much gasoline you have. I can tell you Novak spends less energy than any other player on the Tour. That’s why is so fit. That’s why he is No. 1.”

What he really meant:

 “A minister ministers and that’s what I’ll do. After all, haven’t I been ministering to him for years?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Machiavellian, ain’t I?”

Manolo Santana: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Manolo Santana Roller Blades Over Argentinean Davis Cup Hopes

What he said (via Tennis.com):

“We are superior on clay, grass, hard courts and, if necessary, even on roller skates.”

Spanish tennis great, Manolo Santana, holds out no hope for Argentina when they face Spain in the year-ending Davis Cup final beginning December 2, 2011.

Rafael Nadal leads the home surge to the team title.

Santana said:

From 0 to 10, I would give Argentina a 2 to win Davis Cup and that’s being nice. Spain is clearly superior to Argentina. We are playing at home with a large audience. We are superior on clay, grass, hard courts and, if necessary, even on roller skates. I am optimistic. I think they will win 4-1 or 3-2, unless something unforeseen happens.

The Argentineans will rely on magic from Juan Martin Del Potro and David Nalbandian to pull off an upset.

Speaking to Yahoo! Euro Sports, Sanatana wrote off Del Potro’s chances, saying, “I think Rafa today is far superior to Del Potro. Del Potro went a long time without playing. In Valencia, where I saw him play, he wasn’t very accurate. I don’t believe he’s going to arrive in perfect form.”

What he really meant:

“Mano O Mano, we’re better and we’ll roll them over—come what may.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“It’s Davis Cup. Anything can happen, anytime.”

David Lloyd: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


VILNIUS, LITHUANIA - MARCH 05:  Team GB (L-R) ... 

What he said:

"If you look at Nadal, Djokovic and Federer when they come on the court, they have a demeanour.They are exceptionally well-dressed and clean-shaven. Andy doesn’t come on like that."

David Lloyd, former English Davis Cup captain, feels that Andy Murray lacks an on-court presence unlike his rivals, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

What he really meant:

“I really don’t feel a beard suits Murray but since I’m not qualified to talk about fashion sense, I’ll just link that to his lack of Grand Slam wins.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I love Bjorn Borg.”

Somdev Devvarman’s brave fight in vain: India lose 1-4 to Serbia


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If there were any doubts that Somdev Devvarman is the rightful inheritor to Leander Paes’ mantle in the Davis Cup , they were put to rest by his stellar display at Novi Sad against defending champions Serbia.

Novak Djokovic—the World No.3 and architect of the successful Serbian title run last year—opted out of the first round tie. India were hit hard by Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi’s withdrawals due to injuries. The doubles point was considered to be in the bag with the duo around.

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Serbian celebrations,”Imbeciles” and awards galore


BELGRADE, SERBIA - DECEMBER 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia takes his top off after defeating Gael Monfils of France during day three of the Davis Cup Tennis Final at the Begrade Arena on December 5, 2010 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Djokovic is now truly bold, beautiful and bald. He capped a marvellous 2010 by leading Serbia to its first ever Davis Cup championship in front of a raucous, baying and partisan home crowd in Belgrade.

The Davis Cup always manages to evoke strong emotions; incredible comebacks are the need of the hour and happen more often than not.

This year’s final was no stranger to drama either. The score was even-stevens after the first day’s play. The top seeds on either side, Djokovic and Monfils justified their ranking and clinched wins over their less acclaimed opponents,Simon (6-3 6-1 7-5) and Tipsarevic (6-1 7-6(4),6-0)  respectively.

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Somdev’s Sanam,Mission 2018, Maradona’s showboating and Davis Cup teams


GUANGZHOU, CHINA - NOVEMBER 22: Devvarman Sk and Sanam Krishan Singh of India celebrate winning the gold medal during the medal ceremony of the Men's Doubles Final tennis match at Aoti Tennis Centre during day ten of the 16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010 on November 22, 2010 in Guangzhou, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

Somdev Devvarman carries the hopes of a billion on his lean, sinewy frame. Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are aging warriors. They will soon be gone.

But Somdev is undaunted at the prospect of stepping into the boots of these stalwarts. He has etched his mark in the Davis Cup. The Guangzhou Asian Games saw him pick up a rich haul of three medals, two gold in singles and men’s doubles and a bronze in the team event. His singles gold at the CWG pales in comparison. The clinical manner in which the Indian demolished Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-1, 6-2 augurs well for India’s Davis Cup aspirations.

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Tennis Bytes: Somdev rises to 94, a shorter ATP tour?


DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 10: Gold medal winner Devvarman Somdev of India kisses his medal after defeating Greg Jones of Australia at RK Khanna Tennis Stadium during day seven of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 10, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Somdev is hitting his stride and new heights on the ATP tour.

His ranking has risen to 94, his best ever on the ATP tour.

Somdev has been hovering in and out of the top 100 for the past few  months.

A ranking within the top 100 will ensure automatic entry into the majors allowing him to skip the grind of qualifying rounds.

Devvarman recently clinched the men’s singles gold at the CommonWealth Games in New Delhi, justifying his top seeding.

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India’s Davis Cup hopes dented by unkind draw, Serbia loom large


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India’s chances of progressing further in the Davis Cup World Group were dealt a severe blow by an unkind draw.

India have to contend with top seeds Serbia in the first round to be played in the first week of March, next year.

The Serbs have Djokovic, Tipsarevic , Troicki and Ninad Zemonjic in their ranks.

The Indians can count on Paes and Bhupathi to win their doubles rubber but the other two points will have to come from Bopanna and Somdev Devvarman.

Somdev is capable of springing a surprise but the dice are heavily loaded in the Serbians’ favour.

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World Group For Davis Cup 2011 – Part 1


BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 06:  Spanish players Feliciano Lopez (L), David Ferrer,  Fernando Verdasco (C) Rafael Nadal (2R) and team captain Albert Costa celebrate with the Davis Cup trophy at the end of the final match between Spain and Czech Republic at the Palau Sant Jordi stadium on December 6, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

The draw for next year’s Davis Cup is scheduled to take place in Brussels on the 22nd of September, 2010.

Sixteen nations play the World Group of the Davis Cup every year, eight seeded and the other eight unseeded.

The two finalists of the previous year’s edition help form the two halves of the draw.

A quick look at the eight top teams in the World Group for Davis Cup 2011.

Quote of the day:
Criticism is prejudice made plausible. – H. L. Mencken

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Tennis, boxing, cricket and wrestling: Indian sport makes waves


ADELAIDE - SEPTEMBER 22:  Rohan Bopanna of India in action during his 3-6, 5-7 loss to Scott Draper of Australia in the third days play in the Davis Cup World Group Qualifying Tie between Australia and India being played at Memorial Drive in Adelaide, Australia on September 22nd, 2002. (Photo by Nick Wilson/Getty Images)

India take on Brazil on Friday the 17th of September , 2010 at Chennai on hard-courts in the Davis Cup World Group playoffs.

The first day’s play features two singles matches : Thomas Bellucci versus Rohan Bopanna & Somdev Devverman versus Ricardo Mello.

Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi take on Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo on Saturday in a crucial doubles encounter.

The reverse singles will be played on Sunday.

Suffice to say, at least two singles matches will need to be clinched for India to progress to the next round.

The weight of Indian expectations rest on Somdev’s shoulders. Bopanna is not favoured to win either of his singles.

Can Somdev pull it off? The Indian tennis fraternity certainly hope so.

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