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The Bear, Davis Cup #9: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part One

20. September 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #9: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part One

It’s a beautiful fall morning in gloomy Belgrade. Euphoria is in the air. We have a real opportunity on the last day of the Davis Cup semi-finals against the heavy favorite team from Serbia led by the #1 player in the world Novak Djokovic. Today Canada will have a chance to win the tie and ascend to the Finals until the last point is played. What an opportunity to live this improbable experience. What a full day it will be. I have been fortunate to witness many exceptional tennis experiences in my life but this one will rate as one of the greatest ones ever. Can you imagine, we are leading 2-1 on Sunday morning after unbelievable twin wins of 10-8 in the fifth set?

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The Bear, Davis Cup #10: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part Two

20. September 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #10: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part Two

What a day, déjà vu, up 2-1 against Sweden in that memorable tie with Daniel losing 6-4 in the fifth set of the fifth match. Slow agonizing death, always knowing you have a chance but not feeling the momentum going exactly your way, waiting for it to change.

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The Bear, Davis Cup #8: “Everything is Possible”

12. September 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #8: “Everything is Possible”

The Bear: Hey Joker that was a tough loss at the Open on Monday night? The Joker: Well you know I have brought it on myself. In the last two finals of the grand slams at Wimbledon and the US Open I have gone 5 long sets. Taking my time in the semis and using all that energy is not the best way to be prepared physically and mentally to play Andy or Rafa for a major title.

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Davis Cup # 6 Louis Borfiga, the Quiet Leader

6. September 2013

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Davis Cup # 6 Louis Borfiga, the Quiet Leader

OC : Louis, did you ever dream that in your position you would be responsible for helping bring Canada to the semi-finals of Davis Cup? LB : Yes it was in my objectives, as you must be confident in setting your objectives so that you can transmit to the staff and the players the required belief. I just did not think it would happen so fast. OC : What made this result possible?

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The Bear, Davis Cup #5 “Davis Cup Captain Martin Laurendeau”

23. August 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #5 “Davis Cup Captain Martin Laurendeau”

OC: Marty, first of all congratulations to you and your team on what has happened to date in 2013. ML: Thanks a lot Pierre, this year has been fantastic for our team, twice reaching rounds never before attained and doing so beating higher ranked teams at home to boot, that was icing on the cake. We had a window of opportunities for our guys to grab and they did so convincingly and brilliantly. OC: How have you been preparing for this upcoming gigantic event in Belgrade? ML: This is a big contrast from the first Tie of the year, when it’s scheduled early in the calendar right after the off season and with few opportunities to get a lot of tournaments under their belts. This next one is at the end of the summer stretch and in the year’s 9th month of play, so the guys have played a lot of tennis. And they’ve had a good summer, playing a lot of matches, so it’s the best preparation really, to compete a lot. We need to ensure our guys a fresh, hungry and most importantly healthy.

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The Bear, Davis Cup #3 “Belgrade is Going To Be a Happening”

9. August 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #3 “Belgrade is Going To Be a Happening”

Montreal update ...Troicki is suspended, Tipsarevic upset in the first round, Pospisil, Roanic, Levine, Dancevic, Peliwo shine with victories. I had the opportunity to see the Canadian contingent in Montreal and they look good. The team is unified, everyone in red shirts including Milos in his first match. You can see momentum building....I can’t wait for Belgrade. I caught up in Montreal with Tennis Canada’s Alain Beaupre who is the Davis Cup Team Manager and Director, Uniprix Stadium and Quebec Professional Tennis.

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