“I think we have the qualities to Brazil to be right,” said captain Johan Van Herck Wednesday in the Brazilian Uberlandia in the run-up to the Davis Cup match of Belgium against Brazil. Arthur De Greef (ATP 202) plays for the first time since september 2017, and again in the Davis Cup and treasure the Belgians as an “outsider” in.
In the qualifier for the final round of the reformed Davis Cup can the Belgians do not count on David Goffin, Steve Darcis and Ruben Bemelmans. Kimmer Coppejans (ATP 195), Arthur De Greef (ATP 202) and a double duo of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen, the furniture must save.
“We must now focus on the players that are here,” said Van Herck day for the draw on Thursday. “In the past we have already proven that we’re also in spite of a few cancellations in a position to win. We need to focus on what we can control, such as the physical form of the players. I think we have the qualities to Brazil to knock.”
The Belgian team leaves nothing to chance, and has been since Saturday in Uberlandia to acclimatize. “Sunday, we are with the training started, and all players are ready”, says Van Herck, already since 2011, captain. “We are at an altitude of 900 metres, causing the ball higher and faster clash, but our two enkelspelers are used to that. They are also adapted to the surface.” The duel is on gravel finished.
Van Herck is on the Brazilians especially on his guard for Thiago Monteiro (ATP 106), last week winner of the Challengertoernooi in Punta del Este. “He is full of confidence,” said the Belgian captain. The Brazilians rely further on Rogerio Dutra Silva (ATP 135), Thiago Seyboth Wild (ATP 451) and dubbelspecialisten Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo.
Encounters in the Davis Cup are now on two days finished, and there is still but two winning sets are played. The winner of the Brazil-Belgium may go to the final round of 18 to 24 november in Madrid, where the best eighteen countries together make.
Arthur De Greef: “We are here as a outsider”
Arthur De Greef (ATP 202) plays for the first time since september 2017, and again in the Davis Cup and treasure the Belgians as an “outsider” in.
“There is no pressure,” says the 26-year-old from Brussels. “We have nothing to lose. I hope for a nice encounter. Kimmer (Coppejans, ed.) and I are ready for it. Our ambition is to win. The qualification for the final stage in Madrid would be fantastic. I believe in it, but it is a serious challenge. In these circumstances, a play is not easy”, he was referring to the height, which in Uberlandia 900 meters.
Despite up to now three defeats in four matches, feel The Greef in his sas in the new season, which he started with his new coach Kristof Vliegen. “It runs very good. Just a pity that I fell sick in Australia, so my chances are not as popular could defend in the first round of the Australian Open.”
In the doubles counts Belgium on specialists Sander Gille and Joran Fly, but Brazil has with Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo on paper much stronger in-house specialists. “I have a Sander and Joran still not much crossed, but it goes well with them and they will be ready for the doubles,” said De Greef.
For Kimmer Coppejans, in 2012 winner of Roland Garros in the junior league, is a match in the Davis Cup ago of march 2016. He has the desire. “We have a great week behind us, and I can’t wait for the matches to begin, in the hope they can win,” said the 24-year old West-Flemish. “The Brazilians are strong on the gravel, but we have our chances. Here at altitude it is different to play and we sweat even more, but actually I think it is to our advantage.”