November 25, 2015

Czech Republic Rallies to Defend Fed Cup Title

(November 15, 2015) Defending champion Czech Republic rebounded from 1-2 down on Sunday to claim their fourth Fed Cup title in five years in Prague against Russia in the O2 Arena.

In the first match on Sunday, Maria Sharapova put Russia a match away from the Fed Cup crown when she rallied from a set down to defeat Petra Kvitova 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Karolina Pliskova kept the home county’s hopes alive, besting Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-4 to level the tie at 2-2.

In the fifth and deciding rubber, the Czech pair of Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova came back against the Russian team Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to defend the Fed Cup title to win the tie 3-2.

The Czechs with a total of 9 Fed Cup titles, trail only the United States (17) on the all-time list. Russian and the Czech Republic last met in a Fed Cup final in 2011, with the Czech claiming victory 3-2.



Venue: O2 Arena, Prague (hard – indoors)

Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 26 61 61

Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 63 64

Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 36 64 62

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 63 64

Karolina Pliskova/Barbora Strycova (CZE) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova/Elena Vesnina (RUS) 46 63 62


Fed Cup Final Draw

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(November 13, 2015) The Czech Republic plays host to Russia in Prague this weekend for the Fed Cup title. The Czech Republic and Russia have played each other five times in Fed Cup play, with the Czech Republic leading 3-2 advantage. They last met in the 2011 Fed Cup final when the Czech Republic beat Russia 32 to win its eighth Fed Cup title.

The Czech Republic has won the women’s team event eight times, second behind the United States with 17 titles.

This is the Czech Republic’s 10th Fed Cup Final. They are 8-1 win-loss record in Fed Cup Finals.

Russia hopes to capture its 5th Fed Cup title. They last won the event in 2008 beating Spain in Madrid.




Venue: O2 Arena, Prague (hard – indoors)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Maria Sharapova (RUS)

Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Maria Sharapova (RUS)

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Lucie Safarova/Barbora Strycova (CZE) v Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS)


Czech Republic Versus Russia Fed Cup Final Coverage on Tennis Channel This Weekend

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(November 12, 2015) LOS ANGELES Tennis Channel will have exclusive, live coverage of the Czech Republic’s and Russia’s Fed Cup championship in Prague, Czech Republic, this weekend, with comprehensive telecasts Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15. Five-time major winner Maria Sharapova of Russia will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova after having recently lost to the Czech star at the WTA Finals two weeks ago. Sharapova has the career upper hand, though, holding a 6-4 record against Kvitova.
The final  between reigning Fed Cup titlist Czech Republic and Russia will consist of two singles matches on Saturday, and two singles matches and the doubles match Sunday. Tennis Channel will carry all matches, beginning at 8a.m. ET on Saturday and 6 a.m. ET on Sunday.
The Czech Republic and Russia have faced each other five times in Fed Cup play, with the Czech Republic holding a 3-2 advantage. The most recent competition between the two countries took place in the 2011 Fed Cup championship, when the Czech Republic upset Russia32to win its eighth Fed Cup title. The Czech Republic, with eight titles, is the second-most successful nation on the all-time list of Fed Cup champions, behind only the United States (17).
Tennis Channel’s Fed Cup Final coverage is as follows (all time ET):
Saturday, Nov. 14:
8a.m. –Live Singles #1
10a.m. –Live Singles #2
Sunday, Nov. 15:
6a.m. –Live Singles #3
11a.m. –Singles #4*
(*Digital-subscription service Tennis Channel Plus will carry the doubles match live following Sunday’s singles play, at approximately 11 a.m. ET)
The Czech Republic enters this weekend’s matchup after an impressive 3-1 semifinal victory over France in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Defending Fed Cup champion Czech Republic has not lost a final since 1986, when it competed as Czechoslovakia. The Czech team is captained by Petr Pala and features Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova.
Russia earned its spot in this weekend’s matchup after an impressive 3-2 victory over Germany in its semifinal round, and is in its first final since 2013. The Russians dominated the mid-2000s with two sets of separate back-to-back championships in 2004 and 2005, and again in 2007 and 2008. Russia’s team is captained by Anastasia Myskina and features Sharapova, Ekaterina Makarova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina.

Czech Republic clinches Fed Cup semifinal spot after defeating Canada 4-0

Czech Rep clinches semis berth

By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

(February 8, 2015) QUEBEC CITY – Karolina Pliskova beat Gabriela Dabrowski in two sets on the second day of the World Group first round tie between Czech Republic and Canada to give and insurmountable 3-0 lead to the visiting team. Top-ranked Czech Republic now reaches its 7th straight World Group semifinal against France, who came back from 0-2 to defeat Italy in the deciding doubles match.

Following their respective performances on Day One, No. 22 Pliskova came out as the heavy favorite against the 183rd-ranked Canadian; except from a few tense moments in the last game, the tall Czech was almost flawless against Abanda in the first match of the tie. Things looked different early on though, as Dabrowski stormed to a 4-1 lead. The Canadian, who likes to mix up her game with slices, spins and surprise visits to the net, seemed to keep Pliskova guessing, leading to numerous unforced errors from the Czech. With her superior power from the baseline and an increased focus, the Czech nevertheless managed to steady the ship to win five consecutive games and the set 6-4: ”I just tried to move my legs more and make less unforced errors,” she mentioned.

Pliskova never looked back in the second set, dominating Dabrowski from start to finish and reeling off 11 of the last 13 games of the match to win 6-4, 6-2 and get the third point for her team. In her first ever Fed Cup matches, the Czech was almost perfect, getting broken only twice and hitting over 50 winners in two matches.

Ranked No. 1 in the world and winner of three of the past four Fed Cup crowns, Czech Republic is the team to beat in this year’s event: ”We have so many players in the top 100, so many options compared to other teams, it makes it tough to beat us,” Pliskova concluded in her on-court interview. This resonated to the Canadian team, who was playing without their only top 100 singles player, No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard.

France, who miraculously got out of a 0-2 deficit against Italy, awaits Czech Republic for a spot in the finals. On the other hand, Canada will have to defend their World Group spot against either Switzerland, the United States, Romania or the Netherlands; the draw will be made in the upcoming weeks.

In the dead rubber doubles, Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Denisa Allertova defeated Canadians Françoise Abanda and Gabriela Dabrowski 6-1, 7-6.


Czech Republic Takes Commanding 2-0 Lead against Canada after Day One of Fed Cup

Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova

By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

(February 7, 2015) QUEBEC CITY – Despite some spirited efforts by the local players, there we no surprises on the first day of the Fed Cup World Group first round between Canada and Czech Republic played in Quebec City. Karolina Pliskova and Tereza Smitkova respectively defeated Françoise Abanda and Gabriela Dabrowski in two sets to give the number-one ranked Czech Republic a commanding lead after Day One.

On paper, the matches seemed quite uneven: Pliskova, 22nd, was ranked over 200 spotS higher than 18-year-old Abanda, while Smitkova (62nd) had the clear edge over Dabrowski (185th). In the end, while the winner somewhat never was in doubt, both Canadians fought well to keep the hopes alive and play patches of inspired tennis.

In the first set of her match against Abanda, Pliskova showed the hard-hitting tennis that has led to her impressive rise in the rankings. Never worried on serve, she had eight break chances, converted two of them, and sailed to a solid 6-2 win. The second set was much closer, as Abanda started to hold more comfortably, helped by the errors creeping in Pliskova’s return games. The Czech was the first to obtain breaks points at 2-2 when she stormed to a 0-40 lead, but the young Canadian leveled to deuce. While Abanda saved yet another break point, the Czech’s 12th of the match, she couldn’t save the 13th as Pliskova took a 3-2 lead.

After four comfortable holds, where Abanda raised her intensity level to the delight of the crowd, the Czech showed her first signs of nerves when serving for her first ever Fed Cup win. After failing to convert two match points, Pliskova gave Abanda her first (and only) break chance of the match. Despite her serving woes (the Czech served 4 doubles in that last game only), Pliskova fired an ace out wide to level things at deuce. After hitting a double fault on her fourth match point, the tall Czech found a way to settle down and close out the 6-2 6-4 win to give her country a 1-0 lead in the tie. Asked in her post-match interview about the numerous double faults in that last game, Pliskova replied: ”I had no idea what I was doing in that game, I was shaking”.

Tereza Smitkova and Gabriela Dabrowski stepped on court a few minutes later: the two players knew each other well after exchanging a pair of very lopsided wins in the past two years. The Canadian looked sharp in the first game and broke right away, but the Czech then reeled off six straight games to take a quick 6-1 lead in barely 20 minutes. While Dabrowski was showing off good hands and craftiness, the hard-hitting of the Czech combined with the fast courts led to the Canadian being often too defensive and overpowered.

The second set followed a similar pattern when Dabrowski took a 2-0 lead, by mixing up the rhythm with slices, higher balls and surprise visits to the net. Despite being broken for 2-1, Dabrowski then had a break point of her own, which she couldn’t convert and then an easy sitter on game point on her own serve at 2-2, which she missed in the net. After saving yet another break point at 3-2 to hold, the Czech never looked back and hit a series of flashy winners in the last two games to get the 6-1 6-2 win.

It was also Smitkova’s first ever Fed Cup win and for the Czech, the key was to be aggressive. ”She is a good defender and has good volleys, the Czech mentioned about her opponent. I had to stay focused and aggressive all match long”. It was also Smitkova’s first ever Fed Cup win, and it gives the Czechs a solid lead going into tomorrow’s matches. Asked on the importance of her win, Smitkova added: ”It was very important to get a 2-0 lead today, but we are focused on getting the third and final point early on tomorrow”.

Karolina Pliskova, a strong favorite, will be hoping to seal the deal and lead her team to the World Group semifinals in the first match against Dabrowski tomorrow, which will start at 1pm ET. If a fourth match is required, Abanda would then face Smitkova, while the deciding doubles match would feature Dabrowski and Sharon Fichman facing Lucie Hradecka and Denisa Allertova.

Follow live twitter updates from the Canada- Czech Republic tie on @TennisNewsTPN throughout the weekend.


Newcomers Highlight Canada – Czech Republic Fed Cup World Group tie in Quebec City

2014 team (L-R, Valerie Tetreault, Stephanie Dubois, Rene Simpson Collins, Sharon Fichman and Aleksandra Wozniak)

From 2014 (L-R, Valerie Tetreault, Stephanie Dubois, Rene Simpson Collins, Sharon Fichman and Aleksandra Wozniak)

By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

(February 6, 2015) QUEBEC CITY – The official draw for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie between Canada and Czech Republic took place Friday in Quebec City, and the singles matches will feature four newcomers on that stage.

Local hopes will rely on Gabriela Dabrowski, who is a regular doubles player on the team but has yet to play a singles match in Fed Cup, and Françoise Abanda, who just turned 18 and will play her first ever tie. On the first day, they will respectively face Tereza Smitkova and Karolina Pliskova, the highest ranked player of the weekend, as both will also be playing their first ever Fed Cup matches. After the reversed singles on Sunday, Dabrowski should pair with Sharon Fichman, while Lucie Hradecka and Denisa Allertova are on the board for the Czechs in the necessity of a deciding doubles match.

Both teams are missing their top players: the Czechs, who have won three of the past four titles and are the number one team in the Fed Cup ranking, are playing with only one of their five players ranked in the WTA top 50 (Pliskova). Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Klara Koukalova, regular attendees of numerous ties in the past few years, have all decided not to attend this encounter.

On the Canadian side, the big missing piece is 7th-ranked Eugenie Bouchard. The local star kept the fans on the edge of their seat before announcing her absence only late this week. Bouchard, who played a crucial role in leading Canada to the World Group for the first time by going undefeated against Serbia and Slovakia in 2014, decided to focus on training with her newly announced coach, Sam Sumyk, in preparation of the Antwerp tournament. Her spot on the team was given to Charlotte Robillard-Millette, 16 years old, who is quickly rising up in the junior rankings and has reached the Junior Australian Open quarterfinals just a week ago. Another noticeable absentee on the Canadian squad is veteran Aleksandra Wozniak, the second best-ranked player of the country and holder of multiple Canadian Fed Cup records, who is nursing the shoulder injury which has been bothering her for multiple years.

Matches will be played both days at 1pm Eastern Time at PEPS on the campus of Laval University, location of the National Bank Cup (formerly known as the Bell Challenge), an International tournament played in September. The winning team will face the winners of the Italy-France tie in April in the World Group semifinals.


Event Representing Canada Representing Czech Republic
1st Singles Rubber – Saturday February 7, 1 p.m. ET Francoise Abanda Karolina Pliskova
2nd Singles Rubber – Saturday February 7 Gabriela Dabrowski Tereza Smitkova
3rd Singles Rubber – Sunday, February 8, 1 p.m. ET Gabriela Dabrowski Karolina Pliskova
4th Singles Rubber – Sunday, February 8 Francoise Abanda Tereza Smitkova
Doubles Rubber – Sunday, February 8 Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman Denisa Allertova/Lucie Hradecka

Follow live twitter updates from the Canada- Czech Republic tie on @TennisNewsTPN throughout the week.


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:




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



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



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





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



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


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



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





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.



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






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




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



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





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




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





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



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)



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




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



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.




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)