France vs Sweden:
I had never seen Pimpim Johansson (yeah I don't "go out" much I know!) but got to see him play twice this weekend. For whatever reason I thought he had a 2-handed backhand so it was a nice surprise to see he has a decent one-hander.
He even made a beautiful sliced backhand passing-shot down the line against Grosjean today, you sure don't see the slice used that way too often, the commentators said it was a Ken Rosewall-like shot.
His serve is what you know it is but the groundstrokes aren't that impressive at least not regular enough for clay.
Thomas Johansson played well while Grosjean was clearly not back at his best yet. On the other hand Paul-Henri Mathieu was very impressive, he has played the South American clay season and although he did not do particularly well there it probably helped. When he is healthy and confident he can be really dangerous.
I wasn't too confident before the doubles but even if Jonas Bjorkman is #1 in doubles his Davis Cup doubles results have been so-so lately.
The surprise of this match was that Arnaud Clément came out on fire, hitting great returns and even many aces. After disappointing in the semi-final in Spain last year I guess he has won back his Davis Cup warrior tag. Too bad his singles ranking has dropped so much.
By the way, ToJo is looking so different with his current hairdo than when he won the Australian Open, don't you think?
Mats Wilander and Guy Forget exchanged a few smiles and signs at some brilliant or lucky shots, I know they are pals on the senior tour and all but it's quite unusual to see some complicity between 2 captains during matches.
And I'm glad that all French players finally were wearing blue shirts. Geez why did it take them so many years.
Next is Russia in Russia. It's hard to know who will be in good form in July but against Safin, Youzhny, Davydenko and Andreev, that cannot be easy. Wonder what surface they'll chose.
Apart from that, did you see that Romania came back from 2/1 down to beat Belarus? It's not too often the team that loses the doubles still win the tie.
And I'm glad Greg decided to stick to Davis Cup even without Tim.
Well, I hope Andy beats Ivan. Not that I care for Roddick, I actually like Ljubicic but I don't want Agassi's Davis Cup comeback to be a fiasco. Let's give him a chance to square off with Baby Goran.