davis cup: moscow is currently the center of my universe



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Mikhail Youzhny. Marat Safin. Kolya Davydenko. Dmitry Tursunov.

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plus Nole Djokovic. and Janko Tipsarevic. all under one roof. That’s a heart attack waiting to happen.

Match-up: 2007 Davis Cup finalist Russia faces Serbia in the World Group first round tie at the Luzhniki indoor arena in Moscow. Russia has the experience (they’ve won this before) but Serbia has the momentum (with Nole taking the 2008 Australian Open singles title, Nenad Zemonjic the mixed doubles title, and Janko taking Federer to five sets).

More photos: See a few more pictures from the pre-tie press conference after the cut…

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Marat’s all smiles now after a restful off-season. He skipped the Davis Cup final as he continued to clear his head, and coach Shamil Tarpishchev called on him for this tie, clearly deeming the former World No. 1 ready to overcome the Serbs.

And while he’s not going to be in the main draw at this year’s SAP Open in San Jose, Calif., he’s committed to play an exhibition match against Pete Sampras to coincide with the tournament.

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Kolya’s had his share of troubles, too. He was shaky in the DC finals (especially that doubles match with Igor Andreev). An early-ish exit at the Australian Open took the spotlight away from him somewhat, so this is his chance to prove that he can move on.

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Look at that — Nole has a goatee again. Lovely coat of arms on those warm-ups. Here’s hoping he repeats his Davis Cup antics from last year. (And yes, the antics involve showing some skin.)

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Comments

  1. serbians like goatees? all three of them have one!

  2. Yea but Janko is the only 1 that looks cute in it! :)

  3. Ewwwwwwww I HATE Djoko’s goatee. Gross gross gross. Marat looks adorable in that smile. This tie should be a dandy!

  4. TennisFan says:

    Marat Safin is hot!

  5. Wow, never knew there was another mariam on this website that liked Janko…hmmm. thats kinda weird. But definitely, Janko is the only one that looks good in it and djoko’s goatee looks sooo bad.

  6. janko is ok, marat is the only one that looks GOOD in it.. novak.. please shave it..
    ur writing is so funny I love reading this site =P
    (marat looks so hot in those pics…)

  7. Angelique says:

    Marat has the best smile. He is so hott (with two t’s). Yes he does look really relax and happy which is a good thing.

    Goatees hate them. Canas looks ok with his. Tippy is also a cutie.

  8. Excuse me, but Janko doesn’t even HAVE a goatee. He has an actual (if somewhat scraggly) beard.

    I like the goat on Novak, it gives him a certain sinister Bond villain allure. Which reminds me: Kolya should grow one too! Wouldn’t he look just like some kind of depressed, tubercular Russian count?

  9. Janko is sick….sorry

  10. He’s not playing..

  11. Bunterette says:

    Nole needs to lose the goatee. Seventies porn star personifed

    I still so would though….god what is is about this man.

  12. Thank god nole got rid of the goatee, him and tipsy are so cute!!! go serbia

  13. I think that Kolya would look pretty with some hair.

    Marat is the pretty. Always.

    Davai Russia!

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