2014/04/19

Switzerland, France and Italy Stage Comebacks to Clinch Berths in Davis Cup Semis

(April 6, 2014) France, Italy and the Czech Republic each had to rally from 1-2 down going into Sunday’s play in Davis Cup and each team won their final two rubbers to join the Czech Republic in the semifinals which will take place September 12-14.

France came back from a 0-2 deficit on Friday to beat Germany, closing out the tie on Sunday with wins from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils. It’s only the eighth time in Davis Cup history that a team has come back from being down two matches to none. They will face the Czech Republic in the semifinals who beat Japan 5-0.

Tsonga dominated Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Tsonga hit 45 winners in the match.

Gael Monfils sealed the win for France, beating Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-2. Monfils won the first five games of the match and shut out his opponent in the second set tiebreak.

Team Italy came into Sunday’s play down 1-2. An inspired Fabio Fognini beat Wimbledon champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to level the tie at 2-2. Andreas Seppi completed the comeback by topping James Ward 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

It will be the first time in 16 years that Italy has reached the semifinals of Davis Cup. Italy has won the Davis Cup only once, back in 1976.

Italy will face Switzerland next.

Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer won their matches on Sunday to seal Switzerland’s win over a game Kazakhstan team 3-2.

Wawrinka leveled the tie at 2-2 with Kazakhstan rallying to beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 for his first point of the weekend. The Australian Open champion lost his opening singles match to Golubev and the doubles where he teamed up with Federer. The Swiss did not allow any break points during the match.

For the first time in his career, Roger Federer played a live fifth rubber in a Davis Cup tie. No. 4 Federer held back No.  64 Andrey Golubev 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-

For Switzerland, they have sealed a berth in their first Davis Cup semifinal in 11 years. They’ll play Italy at home for a chance to reach the final.

 

The nations competing in the World Group play-offs which take place the same weekend as the semifinals are:

World Group first round losing nations: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and USA.

Zone Group I second round winning nations: Brazil, Croatia, Colombia, India, Israel, Slovak Republic, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The draw for the play-offs will take place on Tuesday.

Davis Cup Results:

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated JAPAN 5-0

Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoor)

 

Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 67(5) 76(5) 61 75

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 64 36 46 62

Lukas Rosol/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 64 64 64

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 63 36 64

Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 64

 

FRANCE defeated GERMANY 3-2

Venue: Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy, FRA (hard – indoor)

 

Tobias Kamke (GER) d. Julien Benneteau (FRA) 76(8) 63 62

Peter Gojowczyk (GER) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 57 76(3) 36 76(8) 86

Julien Benneteau/Michael Llodra (FRA) d. Andre Begemann/Tobias Kamke (GER) 61 76(5) 46 75

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Tobias Kamke (GER) 63 62 64

Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 61 76(0) 62

 

ITALY defeated GREAT BRITAIN 3-2

Venue: Tennis Club Napoli, Naples, ITA (clay – outdoor)

 

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 26 64 61

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 64 75 63

Colin Fleming/Andy Murray (GBR) d. Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) 63 62 36 75

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Andy Murray (GBR) 63 63 64

Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 63 64

 

SWITZERLAND defeated KAZAKHSTAN 3-2

Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)

 

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) d. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 76(5) 62 36 76(5)

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 64 64 62

Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) d. Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 64 76(5) 46 76(6)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 67(4) 64 64 64

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 76(0) 62 63

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

BRAZIL defeated ECUADOR 3-1

Venue: Francisco Segura Cano, Guayaquil, ECU (clay – outdoor)

 

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU) 64 26 64 64

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Guilherme Clezar (BRA) 67(3) 64 1-1 ret.

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) d. Gonzalo Escobar/Giovanni Lapentti (ECU) 62 60 63

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Emilio Gomez (ECU) 64 67(10) 61 61

Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU) v Guilherme Clezar (BRA) – not played

 

COLOMBIA defeated DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 4-1

Venue: Estadio de Tenis “Alvaro Carlos Jordan”, Cali, COL (clay – outdoor)

 

Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Jose Hernandez (DOM) 62 46 64 67(3) 62

Alejandro Falla (COL) d. Victor Estrella (DOM) 46 62 57 62 62

Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) d. Victor Estrella/Jose Hernandez (DOM) 63 62 64

Peter Bertran (DOM) d. Robert Farah (COL) 26 61 64

Juan-Sebastian Cabal (COL) d. Jose Olivares (DOM) 60 61
ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

UZBEKISTAN defeated CHINA, P.R. 3-2

Venue: Tianjin Tennis Center, Tianjin, CHN (hard – outdoor)

 

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 64 46 36 63 64

Wu Di (CHN) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 16 76(4) 76(4) 36 97

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN) 64 62 62

Wu Di (CHN) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 16 75 63 75

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 62 16 63 67(4) 63

 

INDIA defeated KOREA, REPUBLIC 3-1

Venue: Spo1 Tennis Courts, Busan, KOR (hard – outdoor)

 

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Chung Hyeon (KOR) 76(4) 76(3) 64

Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) d. Sanam Singh (IND) 76(5) 64 64

Rohan Bopanna/Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Lee Hyung-Taik/Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 76(4) 57 76(2) 63

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 64 57 63 61

Chung Hyeon (KOR) v Sanam Singh (IND) – not played

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

CROATIA defeated POLAND 3-1

Venue: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 61 64 64

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 26 62 75 57 64

Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Marin Draganja/Mate Pavic (CRO) 67(1) 76(4) 46 76(2) 64

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 36 67(5) 64 61 63

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Borna Coric (CRO) – not played

 

ISRAEL defeated SLOVENIA 3-1

Venue: SRC Marina Portoroz, SLO (clay – outdoor)

 

Amir Weintraub (ISR) d. Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 46 75 63 36 64

Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 63 64 64

Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) d. Blaz Rola/Grega Zemlja (SLO) 76(7) 46 76(5) 63

Dudi Sela (ISR) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 62 67(5) 60 62

Blaz Rola (SLO) v Amir Weintraub (ISR) – not played

 

UKRAINE defeated SWEDEN 4-1

Venue: Baltiska Hallen, Malmo, SWE (hard – indoor)

 

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Johan Brunstrom (SWE) 64 64 57 36 1311

Artem Smirnov (UKR) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 64 61 62

Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt (SWE) d. Sergei Bubka/Denys Molchanov (UKR) 76(4) 67(6) 36 64 108

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 76(5) 76(4) 64

Sergei Bubka (UKR) d. Robert Lindstedt (SWE) 57 76(3) ret.

 

SLOVAK REPUBLIC defeated AUSTRIA 4-1

Venue: Aegon Arena, National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (hard – indoor)

 

Norbert Gombos (SVK) d. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 64 36 63 64

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 76(3) 46 46 62 63

Martin Klizan/Michal Mertinak (SVK) d. Alexander Peya/Dominic Thiem (AUT) 67(4) 36 76(5) 64 64

Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 76(5) 75

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Gerald Melzer (AUT) 46 63 62

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

BARBADOS defeated EL SALVADOR 4-1

Venue: National Tennis Centre, St Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)

 

Darian King (BAR) d. Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 61 63 63

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Haydn Lewis (BAR) 76 (5) 57 64 76(1)

Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) d. Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 26 64 76(9) ret.

Darian King (BAR) d. Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) 60 1-0 ret.

Seanon Williams (BAR) d. Salvador Andres Bolanos (ESA) 62 67(5) 76(8)

 

MEXICO defeated PERU 3-1

Venue: Club Britania Zavaleta, Puebla, MEX (hard – outdoor)

 

Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Mauricio Echazu (PER) 63 46 76(2) 64

Duilio Beretta (PER) d. Cesar Ramirez (MEX) 26 64 26 61 62

Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Sergio Galdos/Rodrigo Sanchez (PER) 62 61 61

Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Duilio Beretta (PER) 63 76(2) 46 63

Cesar Ramirez (MEX) v Mauricio Echazu (PER) – not played

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

 

CHILE defeated PARAGUAY 5-0

Venue: Club Palestino, Santiago, CHI (clay – outdoor)

 

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Juan Borba (PAR) 63 60 61

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Gustavo Ramirez (PAR) 46 63 60 63

Jorge Aguilar/Paul Capdeville (CHI) d. Ramon Delgado/Gustavo Ramirez (PAR) 62 64 64

Jorge Aguilar (CHI) d. Juan-Carlos Ramirez (PAR) 64 62

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Juan Borba (PAR) 62 61

 

BOLIVIA defeated GUATEMALA 3-1

Venue: Country Club Cochabamba, Cochabamba, BOL (clay – outdoor)

 

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) d. Federico Zeballos (BOL) 76(8) 76(4) 76(4)

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Andres Bucaro (GUA) 62 63 75

Hugo Dellien/Federico Zeballos (BOL) d. Andres Bucaro/Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 76(3) 75 64

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 63 36 62 46 62

Federico Zeballos (BOL) v Andres Bucaro (GUA) – not played

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

PAKISTAN defeated PHILIPPINES 3-2

Venue: Philippine Columbian Association, Manila, PHI (clay – indoor)

 

Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 75 64 64

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Samir Iftihkar (PAK) 64 63 61

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Ruben Gonzales/Treat Huey (PHI) 75 63 62

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Johnny Arcilla (PHI) 46 61 26 63 5-1 ret.

Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) 62 63 36 64

 

THAILAND defeated KUWAIT 4-1

Venue: The National Tennis Development Centre, Nonthaburi, THA (hard – outdoor)

 

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Abdulhameed Alshatti (KUW) 60 60 60

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) d. Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA) 36 76(8) 76(4) 36 75

Pruchya Isarow/Nuttanon Kadchapanan (THA) d. Hasan Al Mousa/Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 76(2) 75 63

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 62 76(12) 16 61

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) d. Ali Ghareeb (KUW) 63 64

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

 

SRI LANKA defeated VIETNAM 3-2

Venue: The 198 Tennis Club, Da Lat City, VIE (hard – outdoor)

 

Minh-Quan Do (VIE) d. Dineshkanthan Thangarajan (SRI) 63 64 64

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) 62 63 62

Sharmal Dissanayake/Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Minh-Quan Do/Quoc-Khanh Le (VIE) 64 75 63

Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) d. Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) 62 63 64

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Minh-Quan Do (VIE) 63 75 60

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

LITHUANIA defeated SOUTH AFRICA 3-2

Venue: Irene Country Club, Centurion, RSA (hard – outdoor)

 

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Jean Andersen (RSA) 63 76(2) 63

Rik de Voest (RSA) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(5) 76(3) 26 76(4)

Jean Andersen/Raven Klaasen (RSA) d. Ricardas Berankis/Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 36 63 63 76(5)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Rik de Voest (RSA) 62 64 57 75

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) d. Ruan Roelofse 76(5) 36 76(3) 64

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA defeated FINLAND 3-2

Venue: Tali Tennis Center, Helsinki, FIN (hard – indoor)

 

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 63 76(4) 64

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 36 76(3) 36 63 86

Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) 63 76(4) 62

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 75 76(1) 61

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 36 46 63 75 64

 

MOLDOVA defeated BELARUS 4-1

Venue: Manejul de Atletica Usoara, Chisinau, MDA (clay – indoor)

 

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 62 62 36 62

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 75 76(5) 63

Egor Gerasimov/Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. Andrei Ciumac/Andrei Gorban (MDA) 63 62 60

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 36 16 63 61 62

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 76(3) 76(2)

 

DENMARK defeated LUXEMBOURG 5-0

Venue: Hillerod Tennis Klub, DEN (hard – indoor)

 

Martin Pedersen (DEN) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 64 61

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 63 64 57 67(5) 61

Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Gilles Kremer/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 46 64 57 64 62

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 36 62

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) d. Christophe Tholl (LUX) 62 63

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

MONACO defeated NORWAY 5-0

Venue: Oslo Tennis Arena, Oslo, NOR (hard – indoor)

 

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 61 62 64

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Joachim Bjerke (NOR) 76(7) 63 63

Guillaume Couillard/Thomas Oger (MON) d. Stian Boretti/Erling Tveit (NOR) 62 64 63

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Joachim Bjerke (NOR) 76(5) 64

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 61 62

 

BULGARIA defeated GREECE 4-1

Venue: Ilioupoli Tennis Club, Athens, GRE (clay – outdoor)

 

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) 63 63 60

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Theodoros Angelinos (GRE) 64 63 16 63

Grigor Dimitrov/Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Alexandros Jakupovic/Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) 76(4) 62 64

Alexandros Jakupovic (GRE) d. Dinko Halachev (BUL) 76(2) 61

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Charalampos Kapogiannis (GRE) 57 60 61

 

IRELAND defeated EGYPT 3-2

Venue: Castleknock Tennis Club, Dublin, IRL (hard – indoor)

 

James McGee (IRL) d. Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY) 60 63 62

Mohamed Safwat (EGY) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 36 75 75 76(5)

Sam Barry/James Cluskey (IRL) d. Sherif Sabry/Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 62 76(6) 62

James McGee (IRL) d. Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 75 64 63

Mazen Osama (EGY) d. Daniel Glancy (IRL) 76(4) 76(5)

 

MOROCCO defeated CYPRUS 4-1

Venue: Complexe Sportif Al Amal, Casablanca, MAR (clay – outdoor)

 

Sergis Kyratzis (CYP) d. Hicham Khaddari (MAR) 26 62 61 75

Lamine Ouahab (MAR) d. Petros Chrysochos (CYP) 63 64 64

Lamine Ouahab/Mehdi Ziadi (MAR) d. Petros Chrysochos/Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP) 76(6) 61 36 46 64

Lamine Ouahab (MAR) d. Sergis Kyratzis (CYP) 60 60 60

Ayoub Chakrouni (MAR) d. Constantinos Ioannides (CYP) 63 62

 

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Czech Republic Stops Serbia to Repeat as Davis Cup Champion

 

(November 17, 2013) The Czech Republic has repeated as Davis Cup champion after defeating Serbia 3-2 in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday. In additional to titles in 2012 and this year, they also captured the crown in 1980 as Czechoslovakia.

In winning the fifth rubber to clinch the cup, Radek Stepanek became the first player in history to win consecutive live fifth singles rubbers in a Davis Cup Final. He is only the third player to win two Davis Cup Final live fifth singles rubbers, following Frenchman Henri Cochet and Great Britain’s Fred Perry.

 

For Czech captain Vladimir Safarik, he wins the Davis Cup title in his first tie as captain substituting for Jaroslav Navratil who was hospitalized with a blood clot.

 

The Serbs began day three with Novak Djokovic extending his post US Open win streak to 24 after stopping Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-2 to even the tie at 2-2.

 

The Serbs were at a disadvantage without the help of Janko Tipsarevic who could not play the tie due to a right heel injury. Also Viktor Troicki is off the tour due to a doping violation and ineligible to play.

 

Stepanek took advantage of the inexperienced Dusan Lajovic who is ranked No. 117 by demolishing him in straight sets.

 

“I don’t think words can describe it,” said Stepanek of the win. “To defend this trophy means the world for us and our country. We waited 32 years for the second title and now we are one of five countries that have been able to defend the title.

“We played in Serbia, on their surface, in front of their fantastic crowd. We made history today. I felt great on the court here since Friday and I just proved it. I’ve been Top 10 singles, Top 10 doubles, I’ve won two Grand Slams, and played the Masters in singles and doubles, but winning the Davis Cup tops it all.”

 

WORLD GROUP FINAL

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated SERBIA 3-2

Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoors)

 

Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 75 61 64

Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 63 64 63

Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Ilija Bozoljac/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) 62 64 76(4)

Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 64 76(5) 62

Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 63 61 61

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Czech Republic Take 2-1 Lead Over Serbia in Davis Cup Final

(November 16, 2013) The Czech Republic stands one win away from claiming the Davis Cup title. On Sunday the doubles rubber went to the Czech team of Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beating Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) to give the visiting team a 2-1 lead. The Czech pair is now 14-1 in Davis Cup.

Novak Djokovic will face Tomas Berdych in the opening rubber on day 3.  The Setb has only lost Should Djokovic win, it will force a fifth and deciding rubber with Radek Stepanek playing either Dusan Lajovic or Ilija Bozoljac.

Before Saturday’s doubles rubber, Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic was honored with the Davis Cup Award of Excellence by the ITF and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The award recognizes a Davis Cup player, past or present, who demonstrates a strong commitment to the spirit of the competition. The award was presented on court by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Serbian tennis great Slobodan Zivojinovic, a past recipient of the award.

 

WORLD GROUP FINAL

CZECH REPUBLIC leads SERBIA 2-1

Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoors)

 

Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 75 61 64

Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 63 64 63

Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Ilija Bozoljac/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) 62 64 76(4)

Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)

 

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Serbia and Czech Republic Tied at 1-1 in Davis Cup Final

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(November 15) Serbia and Czech Republic are even at 1-1 at the end of day 1 of the Davis Cup World Group Final in Belgrade, Serbia. Both No. 1 players for their respective countries had easy victories.

No. 2 player in the world  Novak Djokovic won for the 23rd straight time since falling to Rafael Nadal in the US Open final in September with a win over Radek Stepanek. The first set provided the only drama of the day when Djokovic was broken in the first set while serving for the set at 5-3.

Djokovic admitted that he was nervous in the first set feeling the importance to win the match over his Czech opponent.

In the second rubber of the day the Czech Republic evened the tie when Tomas Berdych dispatched world No. 117 Dusan Lajovic in Straight sets. Lajovic was a replacement for an injured Janko Tipsarevic.

 

WORLD GROUP FINAL

 

SERBIA level with CZECH REPUBLIC 1-1

Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoors)

 

Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 75 61 64

Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 63 64 63

Ilija Bozoljac/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Jan Hajek/Lukas Rosol (CZE)

Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)

 

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Tennis Channel to Air Davis Cup Final This Weekend in US

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(November 14, 2013) LOS ANGELES, -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of defending champion Czech Republic’s and Serbia’s Davis Cup final competition in Belgrade, Serbia, this weekend. Live and same-day “Instant Encore” replays will air Friday through Sunday. Highlighting the competition, World No. 6 Tomas Berdych will face World No. 2 and 2013 ATP World Tour Finals champion Novak Djokovic for the first time since Wimbledon, when Berdych fell to the Serbian during the quarterfinals. Djokovic has the career upper hand, holding a 14-2 record against the Czech Republic’s top-ranked player.

 

The competition will consist of two singles matches on Friday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. ET, followed by the doubles match Saturday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. ET. Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Sunday, Nov. 17, at 8 a.m. ET. Each of the five matches is worth one point, with the team that wins at least three points winning the Davis Cup title. Each afternoon Tennis Channel will offer an encore presentation of the day’s Davis Cup action.

 

Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) and Doug Adler will handle play-by-play responsibilities during Tennis Channel’s Davis Cup coverage this weekend, with former U.S. Davis Cup player Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) in the analyst’s role. At the end of each day’s live telecast Haber and Gimelstob will break down the matches on Tennis Channel Live, the network’s new studio show. Hall of Famer Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) will join them on the set during each afternoon’s half-hour program.

 

Coverage from Serbia’s Belgrade Arena(ET, subject to change):

Friday, Nov. 15:

10 a.m. – Live Singles #1

1 p.m. – Live Singles #2

{4:30 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1}

{7:30 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #2}

{11 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1}

 

Saturday, Nov. 16:

{6:30a.m. – Instant Encore Singles #2}

10 a.m. – Live Doubles

{3:30 p.m. – Instant Encore Doubles}

{9 p.m. – Instant Encore Doubles}

 

Sunday, Nov. 17:

8 a.m. – Live Singles #1

11 a.m. – Live Singles #2

{4:30 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1}

{9 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1}

{12a.m. – Instant Encore Singles #2}

 

The Czech Republic and Serbia have faced each other 11 times in Davis Cup play, with the Czech Republic holding a 6-5 advantage. The most recent competition was during the 2012 Davis Cup quarterfinal, when the Czech team won 4-1. However, Serbia claimed victory over the Czech Republic in the 2010 semifinals en route to capturing the nation’s first Davis Cup title.

 

Serbia enters this weekend’s championship after defeating Canada 3-2 during this year’s semifinals. The Serbian team is captained by Bogdan Obradovic and features Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Ilija Boozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic.

 

The Czech Republic enters the competition for the third time in five years after a 3-2 semifinal victory over Argentina, and is bidding to win its second-consecutive Davis Cup crown, and third title overall. The Czech Republic’s captain Jaroslav Navratil has been hospitalized with a blood clot and Vladimir Safarik will lead Berdych, Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol and Jan Hajek into the finals this weekend.

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Team Nominations for Davis Cup Final Announced

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(November 5, 2013) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final between Serbia and Czech Republic in Belgrade, Serbia on 15-17 November.

 

WORLD GROUP FINAL

SERBIA v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoors)

Serbia

Novak Djokovic

Janko Tipsarevic

Ilija Bozoljac

Nenad Zimonjic

Captain: Bogdan Obradovic

 

 

Czech Republic

Tomas Berdych

Lukas Rosol

Radek Stepanek

Jan Hajek

Captain: Jaroslav Navratil

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Czech Republic Wins Davis Cup Title Over Defending Champion Spain

 

(November 18, 2012) The Czech Republic won their first Davis Cup title as an independent nation on Sunday at home in Prague at the O2 Arena when Radek Stepanek won the fifth and deciding rubber over Spain’s Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6(0), 3-6, 6-3 to claim the victory over the defending champion three rubbers to two.

The Czechs’ only Davis Cup title came in 1980 as part of Czechoslovakia which split in 1993.

The Czechs completed a rare feat in these two weeks – the women won the Fed Cup title in the same arena. The last country to win both Fed Cup and David Cup in the same year was the United States in 1990. The Czech become the first country to win the Hopman Cup, Fed Cup and Davis Cup in the same year.

“I was dreaming about it my whole life,”  the 37th ranked Stepanek said about the win in an on-court interview.

David Ferrer kept Spain’s hopes alive in the opening rubber of the day, demolishing Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 to even the tie at 2-2. It was Berdych’s first Davis Cup loss of the year, Ferrer’s 76th match win of the year to overtake Novak Djokovic the ATP Tour.

Ferrer is unbeaten in Davis Cup since 2010.

“I’m very happy with my game,” Ferrer said. “I played very focused, very aggressive. I started really good. Maybe the key was I began really good.”

“I was always few steps behind him,” said Berdych. “He was just playing too good today.”

Stepanek broke Almagro in the 10th game to claim the first set 6-4. Stepanek missed four set point chances in the second, but claimed the set 7-6 crushing Almagro in the tiebreak 7-0.

Almagro put himself back into the match overriding a 0-40 start in the third set to capture it 6-3.

“I was playing very aggressive today.  I wanted be the one who is active, who is controlling the game,” Stepanek said. “It paid off, even though I lost the third set. I had no doubt I was on the way.”

The serve-and-volleying Czech soared to a 3-0 fourth set lead and served out the match 6-3 for the victory in the fourth much to the delight of most of the 14,500 spectators.

Stepanek at 33, became the oldest player to win a deciding fifth rubber in Davis Cup Final history. He is only the second player over the age of 30 to win a deciding fifth rubber in the Davis Cup Final. The last time this happened was 100 years ago in 1912, when 31 year-old James Parke playing for the British Isles,defeated Rodney Heath of Australasia in Melbourne.

“Davis Cup champions! That’s amazing,”  said a joyful Stepanek. “We made history today and I hope the entire nation will be celebrating with us.”

“There’s nothing more to achieve,” Berdych exclaimed. “I have nothing to say more. This is a moment we never forget.”

 

WORLD GROUP FINAL

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated SPAIN 3-2

Venue: O2 Arena, Prague (hard – indoors)

David Ferrer (ESP) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 63 64 64

Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 63 36 63 67(5) 63

Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (ESP) 36 75 75 63

David Ferrer (ESP) d. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 62 63 75

Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 64 76(0) 36 63

 

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Doubles Win Gives Czech Republic a 2-1 Lead In Davis Cup Final

(November 17, 2012) Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek paired on Saturday to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup final in Prague. The pair rallied to stop Spain’s team of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 to capture the doubles rubber.

The victory moves the Czech Republic to one win away from capturing its first Davis Cup title as an independent country since 1980 when they were part of Czechoslovakia which split in 1993.

The Spanish pair are fresh off of a title win at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Sunday’s matches will feature Spain’s David Ferrer against Berdych, followed by Nicolas Almagro versus Stepanek, if necessary. Ferrer holds a 5-3 career record against Berdych while Stepanek hold a 2-1 advantage over Almagro head-to-head.

Spain is hoping for its fourth Davis Cup crown in five years.

WORLD GROUP FINAL

CZECH REPUBLIC leads SPAIN 2-1

Venue: O2 Arena, Prague (hard – indoors)

David Ferrer (ESP) defeated Radek Stepanek (CZE) 63 64 64

Tomas Berdych (CZE) defeated Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 63 36 63 67(5) 63

Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE) defeated Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (ESP) 36 75 75 63

Tomas Berdych (CZE) versus David Ferrer (ESP)

Radek Stepanek (CZE) versus Nicolas Almagro (ESP)

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Spain and Czech Republic End Tied After Day 1 of Davis Cup Final

Spain’s David Ferrer stopped the Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 while Tomas Berdych defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to end day one of the Davis Cup final in a 1-1 tie in Prague.

Spain is trying to win its fourth David Cup title in five years while the Czech Republic is trying to win as an independent country since it was part of the former Czechoslovakia.

The doubles rubber on Saturday is scheduled to have the Czech Republic’s Ivo Minar and Lukas Rosol face Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. Speculation is that Berdych and Stepanek will play doubles for Minar and Rosol.

 

WORLD GROUP FINAL

CZECH REPUBLIC level with SPAIN 1-1

Venue: O2 Arena, Prague (hard – indoors)

 

David Ferrer (ESP) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 63 64 64

Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 63 36 63 67(5) 63

Ivo Minar/Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (ESP)

Tomas Berdych (CZE) v David Ferrer (ESP)

Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Nicolas Almagro (ESP)

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Davis Cup Final To Be Broadcast on Tennis Channel

LOS ANGELES, November 15, 2012 – Tennis Channel will provide exclusive coverage of defending champion Spain and the Czech Republic’s Davis Cup championship competition in Prague this weekend, with live and same-day “Instant Encore” replays Friday through Sunday. The countries find themselves in a rematch of the 2009 final. Spain, however, will be without former World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who led his country to a 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic three years ago. David Ferrer, World No. 5, will lead his nation as it attempts to defend its 2011 Davis Cup crown while competing for its sixth title overall.

 

The year-end championship competition will consist of two singles matches on Friday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. ET, followed by the doubles match Saturday, Nov. 17, at 8 a.m. ET. Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7 a.m. ET. Each of the five matches is worth one point, with the team that wins at least three points winning the Davis Cup title. Each evening Tennis Channel will offer an encore presentation of the day’s Davis Cup action.

 

Coverage from O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic (all times ET):

Friday, Nov. 16:

10 a.m. – Live Singles #1

1 p.m. – Live Singles #2

{4 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1}

{10 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1}

{1 a.m. – Instant Encore Singles #2}

 

Saturday, Nov. 17:

8 a.m. – Live Doubles

{11 a.m. – Instant Encore Doubles}

{8 p.m. – Instant Encore Doubles}

 

Sunday, Nov. 18:

7 a.m. – Live Singles #1

10 a.m. – Live Singles #2

{1 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1}

{8 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1}

 

Spain and the Czech Republic have faced each other six times in Davis Cup play, with the Spaniards holding a 4-2 advantage. The most recent competition was during the 2009 Davis Cup final, when Spain won 5-0. Spain enters this weekend’s championship after defeating the United States 3-1 during this year’s semifinals. The country has dominated the past decade with five Davis Cup championships since 2000, the most recent in 2011 when it beat Argentina 3-1 in Seville, Spain.

 

The Czech Republic enters the competition after a 3-2 semifinal victory over Argentina, and is chasing its first Davis Cup title since 1980, when it defeated Italy while competing as Czechoslovakia. The Czech team is captained by Jaroslav Navratil and features World No. 6 Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol and Ivo Minar.

 

The Spanish team is captained by former tennis star Alex Corretja, and features Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.

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