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As the 1954 matches approach, Hoad is no problem regardless of what is said in the press. Rosewall is a harder quantity to gauge. Generally, he has been no match for Trabert, his lack of pace on service putting him at a tremendous disadvantage against Trabert's ability to advance to the net. But Rosewall has lost only once to Seixas, while beating him six times.
Hartwig is equally enigmatic. Never the favorite in a big international tournament, he is "the man most feared" by those who are expected to reach the final. He has the finest assortment of strokes in the game today, but his temperament is unreliable. Seixas has the edge on Rex, but Hartwig has beaten Trabert decisively in the last two meetings. Picking the right man to share singles with Hoad is almost impossible.
Rose, 1954 Australian National singles champion, always has a strong band of supporters ever eager to claim he is crucified by selectors?and by me?when he fails to gain a place in the Australian Davis Cup singles line-up. Early this season, Pails extolled "Rosie's" virtues in the press, finding practically all else wrong with Australian tennis. But Rose will need a lot of unexpected support to be chosen for singles. The memory of his failures against Seixas and Ted Schroeder in the Challenge Round of 1951 is strong evidence against him and there were matches overseas in 1954 when his strong left arm suddenly lost its potency at critical stages.
In doubles, Rose and Hartwig, winners at Wimbledon this year, have heavy claim to playing the Davis Cup, especially as they defeated Seixas-Trabert convincingly in the Wimbledon final. But the Sydney "twins"?Rosewall and Hoad?have also performed well. Our doubles pair will probably be the combination in best form at the time. There is little between them.
I see the outcome this way. Hoad will again defeat both Trabert and Seixas, and Rosewall will beat Seixas. At the same time I certainly don't concede the Rosewall-Trabert encounter. It is generally agreed that in 1953 Trabert played brilliantly and Rosewall had nerves on opening day.
That is not such a wide margin that it could not be reversed, but I cannot see Seixas winning one of his singles. I see the singles going Australia's way 3-1, but at the very worst 2-all and with the possibility of 4-0. Trabert and Seixas won the doubles last year?but what a start Australia's selectors gave them! I say without hesitation that this year, having two of the three world's best doubles combinations on our side, the odds are Australia's way for that often vital match.
It all adds up to an Australian win. The United States will be sending a team out to challenge us in 1955! Why not?