Pictures Davis Cup Quarterfinal 1999

On Friday, Xavier Malisse had to play Lorenzo Manta of Switserland in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup He easily defeated his opponent in three sets: 6-4, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4) Christophe Van Garsse defeated Roger Federer in five sets: 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 so Belgium took a 2-0 lead On Saturday Xavier was due to play doubles with Filip Dewulf, but Christophe Rochus replaced him. 
This is a picture from the practise session before the match Dewulf and Rochus lost to Rosset/Manta in four sets, so after day 2, it was 2-1 for Belgium I got the chance to talk a little bit with Xavier and he signed my ticket...  
Nice to know: Xavier knows this site, has even visited it and knew my name !!! On Sunday he had to face Roger Federer... It was very hot at the Primerose Club in Brussels. 
4000 Belgian fans came there to encourage Xavier! The noisy crowd helped Xavier to overcome difficult moments . After each set he won, they were singing their joy! (including me) Xavier returns to serve... 
He's 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 5-3 up... but very tired and exhausted! Xavier wasted 3 matchpoints, so it came to a tie-break! 
He took his 4th matchpoint with an ace, and can't believe he won... BELGIUM REACHED THE SEMIFINALS !!!! The other players and the coach Gabriel Gonzales storm to Xavier...  And the press was also there...  
(it was a bit chaotical!)  Christophe Van Garsse was there with the champagne.. 
He almost forgot he had to play a match afterwards (which he never finished)  We should almost forget the crowd... 
They are having a big party too!  Afterwards the players and their coach thank the noisy public. 'Thanks to the fans we are in semi-finals', said coach 'Gabi' Gonzales.

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