Battered by Germany but still qualified for the semi-finals of the Davis Cup team France wants to keep that positive.
The disaster has not gone away to Nancy. Archie favorites against a German team decimated, deprived of all his best players because of injuries or conflicts with Captain Carsten Arriens, men Arnaud Clement had to wait until the fifth and final deciding game to rally the last square Davis Cup.
“I fail to see the negative when there is a victory because ultimately the only thing that matters was to qualify for the semifinals. What is very positive is the reaction of this group, however, ensures the successor to Guy Forget. Beyond the reaction that you saw on the court, I loved the reaction of the guys on Friday night only half an hour after the end of matches. I’ve never seen slaughtered.”
After Black Friday, marked by failures Julien Benneteau face Tobias Kamke and surprise defeat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga usually intractable when representing his country before Peter Gojowczyk, the Blues have returned back to the wall, remembering just in time they were not only stronger on paper. “W e will meet and get this win,” predicted the proud Tsonga on Friday evening.
Monfils, The Hero
At a council of war, “Arnaud gave the record straight” confided Benneteau after his success Saturday doubles alongside Michael Llodra recalled reinforcements after the announcement of the package Richard Gasquet back injury. Players could also count on the support of their illustrious elders, those of the victorious 1996 campaign Yannick Noah, Guy Forget, came very close to elimination in the semifinals after being 2-0 down by the Italy. After rotating the wind, the Blues could count on Tsonga in Sunday evening to face a tired Kamke. Without trembling, the “joker” Gael Monfils released its recent and mysterious “personal problems” then brought the decisive point against Gojowczyk. “To be honest, we did not really want to play in the fifth. This is a situation that is not easy to manage, recognized the hero of the weekend, jersey is still heavy to carry anyway. All experiences are different, but it is probably a little harder. I had no room for error. There was no second chance.”
I Do Not Say That This Is A Feat (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga)
As against Romania (first round, 1948), South Africa (fourth, 1964) and Italy (semifinals, 1996), the team of France has managed a great comeback. However, we must relativize the significance of this performance. “I do not say that this is a feat because it was the favorite of all the matches, said Tsonga. But we can say that we were mentally tough, we wrote a new page in our history. “In search of a 10th Silver Bowl, the Blues will host from 12 to 14 September the Czech Republic, double title holder. In the meantime, Tomas Berdych, away against Japan, will probably makes its return. “There is an option that can be extraordinary is playing at Roland Garros on clay advance Clement, however specifying he was still discussing with his players. I lived it in 2002 against the United States. It was extraordinary. I think it can excite more than one.” The chance of rain in Paris at this time of the year will be taken into consideration.
Where And With Whom Against The Czechs?
The other question is about what men will build his team captain. Weekend Lorraine somewhat muddied the waters. After pressing only two elements to it Mouilleron Captive against Australia (Tsonga and Gasquet), “The Key” built the victory over Germany on four men. What put things in perspective? “No,” replied dryly Clement for which the radical difference between the two episodes has not changed his view of things.