Bulging biceps, tag teams, marathon sessions, tattoos, bears, Eastern Europeans, Brazilians…
Yes, my friends, it must be Davis Cup!
World Group 2008 – Semifinal
Argentina v Russia, 3 – 2
Tarpischev’s doubles trick couldn’t shake off del Potro.
Spain v USA, 4 – 1
America’s rich Davis Cup history gets blown to bits when a tie is contested on clay. Against Spain.
World Group, Play-offs 2008
Chile v Australia, 3 – 2
Gonzo distracted the Aussies with his chest.
Great Britain v Austria, 2-3
For British newbie Bogdanovic, playing in front of the home crowd at AELTC caused some performance anxiety against Peya.
Switzerland v Belgium, 4 – 1
The dream team of R-Fed and S-Waw cleaned up.
Croatia v Brazil, 4 – 1
Save for a clutch doubles match by Melo and Sa, Croatia takes all the matches.
Israel v Peru, 4 – 1
Harel Levy, Andy Ram, Noam Okun, and the Smurf-esque Dudi Sela all did the home crowd proud.
Netherlands v South Korea, 3 – 2
Hyung-Taik Lee swept his singles matches, but it wasn’t enough.
Romania v India, 4 – 1
As expected, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi win their doubles match.
Slovak Republic v Serbia, 1 – 4
Novak Djokovic kept his clothes on.