July 28, 2015

ITF Announces Draw for Davis Cup World Group Play-Offs

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(July 21, 2015) The Draw for the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs was held on Tuesday at the ITF headquarters in London. The World Group play-offs will take place on 18-20 September alongside the World Group semifinals.

 

The winning nations in the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2016 World Group, while the losing nations will compete in their respective Zone Group I events in 2016.

 

In the World Group semifinals, Great Britain will be at home to Australia, and Belgium will be at home to Argentina.

 

Seeds for the draw were based on the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 20 July.

 

The draw is as follows:

 

2015 World Group play-offs (18-20 September)

 

India (c) v Czech Republic (s)
Switzerland (s) (c) v Netherlands
Russia (c) v Italy (s)
Uzbekistan (c) (*) v USA (s)
Colombia (c) v Japan (s)
Dominican Republic (c) (*) v Germany (s)
Brazil (c) v Croatia (s)
Poland (c) v Slovakia (s)

 

(s) denotes seeded nation

(c) denotes choice of ground

(*) denotes choice of ground determined by lot

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Davis Cup Results

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(July 19, 2015) The ITF has announced the final results for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinals and Zone Group ties on 17-19 July. A total of 28 ties have been held this week.

 

In the World Group semifinals, on 18-20 September, Great Britain will be at home to Australia, and Belgium will be at home to Argentina. The venues will be confirmed in early August.

 

The World Group play-offs will also be held on 18-20 September. The Draw for the World Group play-offs will take place at the ITF offices in London at 10:00 (09:00 GMT) on Tuesday 21 July. The eight seeds will be based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of Monday 20 July.

 

The nations competing in the World Group play-offs are:

 

World Group first round losing nations: Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and USA.

 

Zone Group I second round winning nations: Colombia, Dominican Republic, India, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and Uzbekistan.

 

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

 

GREAT BRITAIN defeated FRANCE 3-1

Venue: The Queen’s Club, London, GBR (grass – outdoor)


Gilles Simon (FRA) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 64 61

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 75 76(10) 62
Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR) d. Nicolas Mahut/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 46 63 76(5) 61
Andy Murray (GBR) d. Gilles Simon (FRA) 46 76(5) 63 60

James Ward (GBR) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) – not played

 

AUSTRALIA defeated KAZAKHSTAN 3-2

Venue: Marrara Sporting Complex, Darwin, AUS (grass – outdoor)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d. Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 64 63 63

Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) d. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 76(5) 67(2) 76(5) 64
Samuel Groth/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 64 76(4) 62
Samuel Groth (AUS) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 76(6) 46 76(6)

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 76(2) 62 63

 

ARGENTINA defeated SERBIA 4-1

Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – indoor)


Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 64 62 61
Federico Delbonis (ARG) d. Viktor Troicki (SRB) 26 26 64 64 62

Carlos Berlocq/Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Viktor Troicki/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) 62 64 61
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) d. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 61 64
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) d. Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 61 3-0 ret.

 

BELGIUM defeated CANADA 5-0

Venue: Sportpark Krokodiel, Middelkerke (Ostend), BEL (clay – outdoor)
Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Frank Dancevic (CAN) 36 61 75 63

David Goffin (BEL) d. Filip Peliwo (CAN) 64 64 62
Ruben Bemelmans/Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) d. Daniel Nestor/Adil Shamasdin (CAN) 75 36 64 63
Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) d. Frank Dancevic (CAN) 26 62 63

Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Filip Peliwo (CAN) 64 63

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I 2ND ROUND

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC defeated ECUADOR 3-2

Venue: Santo Domingo Tennis Club, Santo Domingo, DOM (clay – outdoor)


Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) d. Ivan Endara (ECU) 36 62 46 62 64
Gonzalo Escobar (ECU) d. Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) 62 64 63

Victor Estrella Burgos/Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) d. Emilio Gomez/Roberto Quiroz (ECU) 63 46 63 64

Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) d. Gonzalo Escobar (ECU) 46 76(3) 62 60
Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Roberto Cid (DOM) 62 64

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA GROUP I 2ND ROUND

 

UZBEKISTAN defeated KOREA, REPUBLIC 3-2

Venue: Olympic Tennis School, Tashkent, UZB (clay – outdoor)

 

Chung Hyeon (KOR) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 67(6) 64 63 76(5)

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Hong Seong Chan (KOR) 62 62 63
Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Nam Ji Sung/Song Min-Kyu (KOR) 62 75 76(3)

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Chung Hyeon (KOR) 61 1-0 ret.

Hong Seong Chan (KOR) d. Temur Ismailov (UZB) 75 46 63

 

INDIA defeated NEW ZEALAND 3-2

Venue: Wilding Park Tennis Centre, Christchurch, NZL (hard – indoor)


Michael Venus (NZL) d. Somdev Devvarman (IND) 46 46 63 63 61

Yuki Bhambri (IND) d. Jose Statham (NZL) 62 61 63
Marcus Daniell/Artem Sitak (NZL) d. Rohan Bopanna/Saketh Myneni (IND) 63 76(1) 63
Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Marcus Daniell (NZL) 64 64 64

Yuki Bhambri (IND) d. Michael Venus (NZL) 62 62 63

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I 2ND ROUND

 

RUSSIA defeated SPAIN 3-2

Venue: Fetisov Arena, Vladivostok, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Tommy Robredo (ESP) d. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 62 63 63
Pablo Andujar (ESP) d. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 63 63 62

Evgeny Donskoy/Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) d. Marc Lopez/David Marrero (ESP) 46 76(3) 57 75 64

Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) d. Tommy Robredo (ESP) 63 57 62 76(3)

Andrey Rublev (RUS) d. Pablo Andujar (ESP) 64 76(4) 63

NETHERLANDS defeated AUSTRIA 3-2

Venue: Tennis Stadium Kitzbuhel, Kitzbuhel, AUT (clay – outdoor)


Thiemo de Bakker (NED) d. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 63 46 67(5) 63 64
Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) d. Robin Haase (NED) 63 64 57 75
Robin Haase/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) d. Oliver Marach/Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 63 76(4) 76(5)

Robin Haase (NED) d. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 64 76(4) 63

Oliver Marach (AUT) d. Jesse Huta Galung (NED) 63 63

SLOVAKIA defeated ROMANIA 3-2

Venue: Tenis Club IDU, Constanta, ROU (clay – outdoor)


Marius Copil (ROU) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 76(5) 67(6) 64 76(10)
Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Adrian Ungur (ROU) 64 62 60
Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay (SVK) d. Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) 75 63 63

Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Marius Copil (ROU) 76(3) 63 63

Adrian Ungur (ROU) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 64 64

POLAND defeated UKRAINE 3-1

Venue: Azoty Arena, Szczecin, POL (hard – indoor)


Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 63 64 76(2)

Michal Przysiezny (POL) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(5) 64 64
Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Alexandr Dolgopolov/Denys Molchanov (UKR) 63 62 76(6)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 61 76(3) 36 63

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) – not played

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I 1ST ROUND PLAY-OFFS

 

ISRAEL defeated SLOVENIA 3-2

Venue: Drive Inn Arena, Tel Aviv, ISR (hard – indoor)


Dudi Sela (ISR) d. Nik Razborsek (SLO) 61 63 62
Amir Weintraub (ISR) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 63 62 16 67(3) 64

Ben Patael/Dudi Sela (ISR) d. Aljaz Radinski/Grega Zemlja (SLO) 61 62 64
Aljaz Radinski (SLO) d. Ben Patael (ISR) 64 46 63

Nik Razborsek (SLO) d. Amir Weintraub (ISR) w/o

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II 2ND ROUND

 

VENEZUELA defeated EL SALVADOR 3-2

Venue: Cancha Oscar E Payot, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)

 

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. David Souto (VEN) 62 62 63
Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) d. Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 63 62 60
Luis David Martinez/David Souto (VEN) d. Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 75 64 64
Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) 62 67(3) 64 63
David Souto (VEN) d. Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 60 61 0-0 ret.

 

CHILE defeated MEXICO 5-0

Venue: Coliseo Monumental la Tortuga de Talcahuano, Talcahuano, CHI (clay – indoor)

 

Juan Carlos Saez (CHI) d. Lucas Gomez (MEX) 46 60 57 76(0) 61
Christian Garin (CHI) d. Tigre Hank (MEX) 64 64 62

Nicolas Jarry/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Daniel Garza/Gerardo Lopez Villasenor (MEX) 61 64 64
Juan Carlos Saez (CHI) d. Tigre Hank (MEX) 64 62

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Gerardo Lopez Villasenor (MEX) 62 61

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

PUERTO RICO defeated COSTA RICA 5-0

Venue: Centro de Tenis Honda, Bayamon, PUR (hard – outdoor)

 

Alex Llompart (PUR) d. Ignaci Roca (CRC) 61 76(1) 62
Alex Diaz (PUR) d. Pablo Nunez (CRC) 64 67(6) 61 64

Eric Diaz/Alex Llompart (PUR) d. Daniel Gutierrez/Julian Saborio (CRC) 76(4) 63 61
Christian Garay (PUR) d. Julian Saborio (CRC) 75 61

Alex Diaz (PUR) d. Ignaci Roca (CRC) 63 75

PERU level with BOLIVIA 2-2

Venue: Club Terrazas de Miraflores, Lima, PER (clay – outdoor)

 

Federico Zeballos (BOL) d. Duilio Beretta (PER) 64 76(4) 26 36 64

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Juan Pablo Varillas Patino Samudio (PER) 57 64 63 76(3)

Duilio Beretta/Jorge Brian Panta (PER) d. Hugo Dellien/Federico Zeballos (BOL) 76(5) 61 46 57 64

Duilio Beretta (PER) d. Hugo Dellien (BOL) 64 62 67(2) 06 61

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Rodrigo Banzer (BOL) 75 46 67(5) 63 0-0 – play to resume at 10am (3pm GMT)

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II 2ND ROUND

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated PHILIPPINES 3-1

Venue: Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts, Kaohsiung City, TPE (hard – outdoor)

 

Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) d. Jeson Patrombon (PHI) 62 62 61

Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) d. Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) 62 62 61
Treat Huey/Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Peng Hsien-Yin/Lee Hsin-Han (TPE) 63 76(4) 76(3)

Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) d. Ruben Gonzales (PHI) 62 62 64

Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) v Patrick-John Tierro (PHI)not played

PAKISTAN defeated INDONESIA 3-1 (14-16 JULY)

Venue: Gelora Bung Karno Tennis Stadium, Jakarta, INA (hard – outdoor)

 

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Aditya Hari Sasongko (INA) 26 63 75 60

Samir Iftikhar (PAK) d. David Agung Susanto (INA) 36 67(3) 64 75 60

Christopher Rungkat/Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (INA) d. Mohammed Abid Ali Khan Akbar/Aqeel Khan (PAK) 46 75 63 36 63

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. David Agung Susanto (INA) 60 76(2) 06 62

Aditya Hari Sasongko (INA) v Samir Iftikhar (PAK) – not played

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

SRI LANKA defeated LEBANON 3-2

Venue: Sri Lanka Tennis Association, Colombo, SRI (clay – outdoor)

 

Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) d. Jad Ballout (LIB) 63 62 2-1 ret.
Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Hady Habib (LIB) 75 63 63

Giovani Samaha/Hady Habib (LIB) d. Harshana Godamanna/Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) 76(4) 26 63 36 63
Hady Habib (LIB) d. Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) 75 64 46 46 63

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Giovani Samaha (LIB) 63 62 63

 

KUWAIT defeated IRAN 3-1

Venue: OPT Tennis Club, Tehran, IRI (clay – outdoor)


Shahin Khaledan (IRI) d. Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) 46 62 60 75
Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) d. Mohsen Hossein Zade (IRI) 26 76(2) 63 64
Mohammad Ghareeb/Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) d. Shahin Khaledan/Anoosha Shahgholi (IRI) 76(4) 61 60
Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) d. Mohsen Hossein Zade (IRI) 60 76(1) 46 62

Shahin Khaledan (IRI) v Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) – not played

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II 2ND ROUND

 

BELARUS defeated TURKEY 3-2

Venue: Garanti Koza Wos Arena, Istanbul, TUR (hard – outdoor)


Marsel Ilhan (TUR) d. Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 67(8) 46 63 62 97
Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) d. Cem Ilkel (TUR) 63 62 26 75
Sergey Betov/Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. Baris Erguden/Anil Yuksel (TUR) 62 61 64

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 67(6) 63 63 62
Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Cem Ilkel (TUR) 62 76(5) 36 76(5)

 

PORTUGAL defeated FINLAND 4-1

Venue: Clube de Tenis de Viana, Viana do Castelo, POR (clay – outdoor)


Joao Sousa (POR) d. Henrik Sillanpaa (FIN) 60 62 60
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Rui Machado (POR) 61 36 64 63

Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR) d. Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 36 76(5) 63 64
Joao Sousa (POR) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 63 63 64

Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR) d. Micke Kontinen 36 61 60

 

HUNGARY defeated BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA 3-2

Venue: Siofok KC, Siofok, HUN (clay – outdoor)


Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Tomislav Brkic (BIH) 62 63 36 46 63
Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Peter Nagy (HUN) 46 64 63 63

Mirza Basic/Amer Delic (BIH) d. Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) 36 76(8) 64 60

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Mirza Basic (BIH) 67(3) 61 63 62

Peter Nagy (HUN) d. Tomislav Brkic (BIH) 64 63 63

BULGARIA defeated LUXEMBOURG 5-0

Venue: Tennis Club Howald, Luxembourg City, LUX (clay – outdoor)


Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 63 63 61
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Gilles Kremer (LUX) 61 62 64

Grigor Dimitrov/Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Gilles Kremer/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 63 64 64
Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 62
Tihomir Grozdanov (BUL) d. Alex Knaff (LUX) 63 57 64

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

SOUTH AFRICA defeated IRELAND 5-0

Venue: Irene Country Club, Centurion, RSA (hard – outdoor)
Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) d. James McGee (IRL) 76(0) 16 63 64

Tucker Vorster (RSA) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 61 67(4) 76(5) 64
Dean O’Brien/Ruan Roelofse (RSA) d. James Cluskey/David O’Hare (IRL) 76(4) 64 63
Tucker Vorster (RSA) d. James McGee (IRL) 61 75

Ruan Roelofse (RSA) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 64 63

 

MONACO defeated MOROCCO 3-1

Venue: Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, MON (clay – outdoor)


Yassine Idmbarek (MAR) d. Benjamin Balleret (MON) 76(4) 64 16 76(5)
Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Lamine Ouahab (MAR) 16 61 62 64
Romain Arneodo/Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Lamine Ouahab/Younes Rachidi (MAR) 60 67(7) 64 62
Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Lamine Ouahab (MAR) 75 46 63 64

Romain Arneodo (MON) v Yassine Idmbarek (MAR) – not played

ZIMBABWE defeated MOLDOVA 5-0

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare, ZIM (Hard – outdoor)


Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM) d. Maxim Bulat (MDA) 61 62 61

Benjamin Lock (ZIM) d. Dmitrii Baskov (MDA) 62 60 62
Mark Fynn/Courtney John Lock (ZIM) d. Dmitri Baskov/Andrei Soltoianu (MDA) 75 57 76(6) 63

Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM) d. Andrei Soltoianu (MDA) 64 62

Benjamin Lock (ZIM) d. Egor Matvievici (MDA) 61 60

 

LATVIA defeated MADAGASCAR 3-2

Venue: Liepajas Tenisa Sporta Skola, Liepaja, LAT (clay – outdoor)


Martins Podzus (LAT) d. Jacob Rasolondrazana (MAD) 61 62 76(5)

Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD) d. Mikelis Libietis (LAT) 62 63 76(4)
Mikelis Libietis/Janis Podzus (LAT) d. Tony Rajobelina/Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD) 61 64 62
Martins Podzus (LAT) d. Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD) 26 62 46 76(6) 64

Jean-Jacques Rakotohasy (MAD) d. Janis Podzus (LAT) 63 62

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Great Britain Clinches Place in Davis Cup Semifinal

 

By Ros Satar

(July 19, 2015) LONDON, UK – In a rollercoaster race to the finish, Andy Murray overcame the worst possible start in the fourth rubber to clinch Great Britain’s place in the Davis Cup quarter-final against France.

 

From the outset though, it looked as though the crowds would be getting their money’s worth as a sluggish looking Murray floundered early against a far fresher looking Gilles Simon at the start of the first set.

 

The Frenchman seemed completely impenetrable on his serve, attacking well and out maneuvering Murray at every turn as he quickly consolidated an early break before wrapping up the first set.

 

While it was imperative that Murray got off to a quick start, getting broken in the first game of the second set was not in the plan, and there was many a furrowed British brow, as he struggled to stay with the Frenchman who was getting the better of the ling rallies, and at one stage reduced Murray to sink to his knees in despair. Even when he did get the break back, the Brit looked too exhausted to even bring forth a fist-pump, despite the crowd willing him on, yet somehow he consolidated.

 

Even in the tie-break, it looked as through the French were running away with it, with a 4-1 lead, but a couple of lacklustre points from Simon put Murray right back in it. Leveling the set saw a bit of a reaction, but there was still an awfully long way for him to go.

 

Murray was on the attack though, racing through the third set now that the momentum was shifting towards this side of the English Channel. But a bad slip after being broken at the start of the fourth set put the French at a disadvantage. Simon had already taken a tumble when his knee gave way as he landed from a serve, but after rolling his ankle, his movement was impaired as the fourth set got away from him completely. That being said, it took Murray four match points to wind up the tie 4-6, 7-6(5, 6-3, 6-0 and for Great Britain to win 3-1.

 

Of course once again the doubles was the pivotal point, no matter how many times team captains want to play it down, and at one stage it must have felt as though the entire tie was France versus The Murray family.

 

French team captain Arnaud Clement said: “It was every time a little push from the British team, a little bit more solid. A lot of sets during this weekend, just can see one or two points are missing and maybe can change but it was always in the same for the British team. So it’s just the British was a little bit more solid than us, and deserve this win.”

 

Leon Smith said: “It’s incredible how he find a way to dig as deep as he can. It is phenomenal what he finds within himself, a set and a break down and that tiebreak, 4-1 down but he fights and he fights and he fights and after a couple of those long brutal rallies, to be able to get up and serve again, ready for the next point. I was sitting there thinking this is why he does the hard work, those moments when he digs into his dark places of training and he finds a way to do it because his legs and his heart have been conditioned to do it, and he does it better than anyone. I have nothing but immense respect.”

 

For Murray it will be another tough battle to go deep at the US Open, and then face two if not three vital matches, if Britain are to keep their hopes of a place in their first Davis Cup final since 1936.

 

He said: “The memories that you have from those matches, like playing Glasgow earlier in the year, I mean I’m sure the whole team would agree the atmosphere was absolutely unbelievable there. You don’t get that in any other event, so you have a lot of memories from the Davis Cup and that’s one of the reasons you’re passionate to play.”

 

Great Britain will now play host to Australia, who fought back from 2-0 down against Kazakhstan in September, following the US Open.

 

Ros Satar is a British sports journalist covering tennis, and can also be found at Britwatch Sports.

 

 

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Brits Serve Up a 2-1 Lead Going into Last Day of Davis Cup Quarterfinal

By Ros Satar

(July 18, 2015) LONDON, UK – Great Britain gave themselves the best chance of advancing in the Davis Cup since the 1980’s after they beat the French to set up a 2-1 lead going into the final day.

 

Although Britain had nominated doubles specialists Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot, there was a widely held consensus that in order for the Brits to give themselves the best possible chance, Andy Murray had to play.

 

Yet he himself had said that he would have to be very honest with the team about how he felt after a long European swing, which saw him win his first titles on clay, Queen’s and then bowing out at the semi-final stage of Wimbledon.

 

His older brother Jamie had the best success of his career to date, making the Wimbledon men’s doubles final with his Australian partner John Peers. He, along with Inglot had paired up in Glasgow earlier in the year, but lost to the Bryan Brothers in a close affair against the United States.

 

Right down to the wire, the decision was made that the Murray brothers would face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut in Saturday’s pivotal rubber, and early on it looked as though this might not be the wisest choice, as Andy Murray was broken in the opening game of the match, the French not relinquishing the advantage.

 

The second set was a much tighter affair between the sides, with the Brits finally earning their first break point to hit the front for the first time in the match, and with a far more boisterous crowd than yesterday, the atmosphere was electric as Britain leveled.

 

There was drama to come through, as the court has had very little time to recover to be ready for the tie, and over the course of the two days the players have been taking tumbles. The younger Murray had already tweaked his groin in his first match, and an awkward slip rendered him face down in the grass, not to mention some embarrassingly painful looking manipulation afterward.

 

Yet as the pair battled through a tense tie-break to secure a 2-1 lead, Murray minor was leaping around pumped and getting the crowd behind him. It must have worked as the brothers quickly notched up a 5-0 lead, with the French registering a game on the board, and even pushing Jamie’s serve to a break point, before the doubles specialist stole the day with the final winner on match point – final score 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-1

 

It was a subdued Arnaud Clement who met with the press to defend his choices, and of course he can field Richard Gasquet in place of Gilles Simon tomorrow for the fourth rubber, leaving Tsonga to face James Ward if it comes to a fifth rubber.

 

Definitely not subdued was Jamie Murray whose confidence after his Wimbledon run spilled over as he made the most of being chief speaker after today’s result.

 

He said: “I think the crowd were great from first to the last point. Obviously that tie-break proved critical. I don’t really even remember much about it to be honest other than Andy getting that serve back and Mahut diving, and turning round and seeing Andy six feet off the ground. But you know, that’s the thing [about] home support – it’s brilliant to have it and I think as long as we’re playing home ties, everyone that’s coming to watch us should be there and cheering as loud as they can and trying to help the players, because it does really help us to perform as best we possibly can.”

 

Andy now has to try and get himself in gear for the earlier start on Sunday, especially with mixed reports about weather closing in, although no one wants this to push through into next week.

 

He said: “Got to make sure tonight conserve as much energy as possible, go back, recover properly. Get a good night’s sleep and hopefully come out tomorrow and feel good when I get up. Obviously right now after that match, it’s hard not to feel good.

 

“But I’ve also played matches where you do have a massive high, a massive adrenalin rush during the match and in the evening you can feel quite fatigued as well. I’ve been through that before. Just deal with whatever cards I’m dealt tomorrow when I wake up and hopefully play a good match.”

 

The final day starts with Murray facing either Richard Gasquet or Gilles Simon in the fourth rubber, and if it comes down to a fifth and decisive rubber, James Ward will face Tsonga.

 

Ros Satar is a British sports journalist covering tennis, and can also be found at Britwatch Sports.

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Andy Murray Levels Great Britain versus France Davis Cup Tie at 1-1

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By Ros Satar

(July 17, 2015) LONDON, UK – It was always going to be a tough ask for James Ward to tackle France’s highest ranked singles player (mind you, they are all stacked one after the other in the rankings).

 

With the fans kitted out in red and blue T-shirts, it was les Bleus who took first blood, as Gilles Simon edged past Ward in the first two sets with a single break, just having to up the level of intensity a little.

 

The third set was a runaway though by French standards as Simon closed out the first rubber comfortably under two hours, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.

 

The Frenchman is no stranger to these courts this year, having reached the semi-finals here earlier this year, before going on to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

 

Ward had no option really but to praise his some-time hitting partner as ‘crafty’. He said: “He hits the ball very flat and moves very well, so even if guys are serving well, he returns well, he makes a lot of balls. And he’s pretty crafty, he puts the ball in places that are not always easy to attack from.”

 

The disappointment was evident in his body-language as he admitted that he and tea, captain Leon Smith had agreed upon tactics for the game, that just hadn’t worked out well today.

 

Ward said: “The guy moves very well, and even when I feel like I’m being aggressive, you can’t go too much because he gets a lot of balls back. And as I say it was very windy, it was moving around a lot there, so to time the ball perfect is very difficult. Sometimes you’re more worried about getting the ball in than trying to go for a winner and close to the line because the margins are small.”

 

So it was left to Andy Murray to level the tie, with a competitive first set just edged as Jo-Wilfred Tsonga went off the boil, spraying some wild forehands generously around the court.

 

There was a hope for the French though, as Tsonga broke at the start of the second set, and as the pair battled into a second set tie-break it looked again as though the French had the upper hand.

 

A strong fight-back from Murray saw them swap set points between them until finally an unforced error from Tsonga put the Brits in a commanding 2 set to love lead. From there it seemed to get away from Tsonga very quickly, with a nervy serve out by Murray at the end to level the tie.

 

He said: “I thought I did well. I mean the atmosphere helps. The crowd was great today, especially the important moments and yeah I was happy with the job I did today. I didn’t feel like I played amazing. I played some good shots at important times but it was very tough conditions today. It was extremely windy on the court today and swirling around a lot so it wasn’t easy to play very well.”

 

It remains to be seen what possible permutations come out for either teams for what is sure to be the pivotal doubles rubber on Saturday.

Ros Satar is a British sports journalist covering tennis, and can also be found at Britwatch Sports.

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French Pull Surprise at Davis Cup Draw Versus Great Britain

 

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By Ros Satar

LONDON, UK – The BNP Paribas offices in Central London played host to the draw ceremony for the Davis Cup quarter-final tie between Great Britain and France

 

France perhaps pulled off the biggest surprise of all by announcing that the French No. 1 and No. 2 would be Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, leaving Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet off the side.

 

The British team were predictably in good spirits, laughing at in-jokes, and explaining away the strength in depth that the French have got, and always acknowledging that at any time, team captain Arnaud Clement could change his mind.

 

James Ward has the task of starting the whole tie off, and with a close history between his coach and Simon’s, the pair probably know their games inside out.

 

“I know him better than the other guys, I practice with him a lot so he knows my game just as well as I know his. I just need to stay aggressive and try and play my game and not worry too much about him, and yeah see how we get on.”

 

Simon agreed when asked in the French team’s press conference, adding: “I know what to expect, it will be hard but I think it will be a good match.”

 

The main focus of course is on Murray, who admitted yesterday that it had taken a few days to get over the Wimbledon semi-final loss to Roger Federer. But within the banter of the team, he was able to put his finger on what to expect when he plays the second rubber on Friday.

 

“He’s an explosive player, he can serve big, he can get to the net quickly, he can be dangerous,” he said. “The things that I’ll look for is to try and play a very consistent match from start to finish. If his level drops at times where he makes a few errors, try to capitalize on that, but he’s a tough tough guy to beat on this surface.”

 

There is always the option of adding Andy to the doubles mix, instead of Dominic Inglot who had to struggle to get fit in time for Wimbledon, and a lot will now depend on how that first rubber kicks off.

 

But one thing was clear – this was a team effort, and not a chance for Andy only to fill any hole in his trophy cabinet.

 

He said: “I wouldn’t say winning this year is the chance of the lifetime because we’re playing against a great team. It’s not like this is an amazing opportunity because the draw has opened up, this is an easy match or we have an easy path through to the final. It is extremely tough tie, beating the States was hard as well, and yeah it’s an opportunity obviously, but opportunity of a lifetime for me personally, no I don’t agree with that at all.”

 

As part of the team effort, the team are altogether in a hotel, fostering the team spirit we have seen when they greet the press for these draw conferences. Equally, the French team are just as motivated after their loss to the Swiss last year in the final.

 

The tie will start on Friday – James Ward v Gilles Simon followed by Andy Murray versus Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The doubles is expected to be Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot versus Nicolas Mahut and Richard Gasquet, with the reverse singles on Sunday starting with Murray versus Simon.

 

Ros Satar is a British sports journalist covering tennis, and can also be found at Britwatch Sports.

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Fighting talk from the French and the British ahead of the Davis Cup Quarterfinal

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By Ros Satar

LONDON, England – Arnaud Clement fields a team of players who believes can handle any surface thrown at them, as he prepares to face Great Britain at home at Queen’s club for the quarter-final of the Davis Cup.

 

The team comprising of Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Nicholas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert met with the press ahead of the draw, to talk about their preparations.

 

Last year’s finalists may be more traditionally associated with the clay of Roland Garros, but their players are no slouches on the grass, as team captain

 

Arnaud Clement explained: “You know for our team, to play on grass, hard court, indoor court or clay court it’s almost the same. My players are good on all surface and reach finals and won tournaments on all the surface all over the world so for us, I think they chose grass because it’s the best surface for Great Britain.”

 

He may have some early injury worries, as Gilles Simon was spotted limping off court an hour before the press conference, although he played down questions about his condition joking that he was in great shape and had not wanted to play anymore.

 

Conditions have veered between bouts of rain and sun making the rested courts at Queen’s probably a little slick.

 

Gasquet, who bowed out to eventual champion Novak Djokovic after a five set quarter-final against recently crowned French Open champion Stan Wawrinka gave himself a well-earned rest ahead of the tie.

 

He said: “I stopped three days and started again yesterday. I’m feeling great. I like to play on grass and playing well. And I’m in great shape now and ready for the weekend.”

 

With two of the British team also in the latter stages of the tournament, team Captain Leon Smith was quick to point out that no matter how much match research and planning he or Clement had done, it would all come down to the three days, saying: “The players are so well known. Anyway you can plan as much as you want but it will be much more down to what happens on the day and trying to react. These guys are trying to do the most important part, which is playing. It’s going to be up to us to do the best as possible on the day.”

 

That being said, the nature of Andy Murray’s defeat at the hands of Roger Federer on perhaps a flawless day of serving still was weighing heavy on his mind.

 

He said: “I still thought about it most days, yeah. I did say at the time, the guy served over 80% the first and third set. That’s won’t happen to me for the rest of the year.

 

“You have to look at the match and see what’s happened and analyse it a little bit and look at the tournament as a whole, and Queen’s as well and think about those things and see what I can do better in the future. It doesn’t take one day, there’s a lot of preparation goes into those events and you need to take your time. When you are finished you need to analyse what’s gone right and wrong and things you can do to improve in the future.”

 

There was far less bravado from the British side, but their camaraderie and results over the past few ties have helped make them a formidable unite when combined.

 

Murray continued: “I would say in the last couple of years, everyone’s played their part and all of the matches that have been played, obviously James has won some big singles marches. Even though Jamie and Dom didn’t get the win in Glasgow, they played a great match against the Bryan bros and I think over the last couple of years we’ve had some great performances and I think this is our level now, as a team, and this weekend is going to be a tough ask against four top grass court players. They’re all really really good players, it’s going to be a tough challenge for us but we have an opportunity win it with playing our best level.”

 

The draw will take place on Thursday, with play starting at Queen’s Club London on Friday.

 

Ros Satar is a British sports journalist covering tennis, and can also be found at Britwatch Sports.

 

 

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Decision of the Davis Cup Committee on eligibility appeals – Aljaz Bedene, Maxim Dubarenco and Dustin Brown

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Decision of the Davis Cup Committee on eligibility appeals

 

From the ITF: (May 30, 2015) The Davis Cup Committee met on Saturday, 30 May, 2015 at Roland Garros. The Committee considered three Eligibility Request appeals from nations, following the introduction of the new Eligibility Rule for Davis Cup and Fed Cup that restricts players from competing in the competitions for more than one country during their careers. This rule, approved by the ITF Annual General Meeting in September 2014 by a 93 per cent margin, came into effect on 1 January 2015.

 

The Committee rejected the appeals by the Lawn Tennis Association for Aljaz Bedene, and by the Belarus Tennis Association for Maxim Dubarenco because they did not meet either the existing or former criteria of the eligibility rule.

 

The Committee upheld the appeal by the Deutscher Tennis Bund (DTB) on behalf of Dustin Brown. The Committee agreed that Brown had met all of the criteria for eligibility under the previous rule before 31 December 2014 and agreed with the DTB that their administrative error in not filing for eligibility ahead of the deadline should not preclude Brown from representing Germany in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.

 

The LTA and Belarus Tennis Association can appeal the decisions of the Davis Cup Committee to the ITF Board of Directors.

 

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Queens Club to Host Great Britain versus France Davis Cup Tie in July

(April 21, 2015) Great Britain will be hosting the upcoming Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal between against France on grass at The Queen’s Club in West London the weekend of July 17-19. This is the first time Great Britain has played France in Davis Cup since 1992.

Leon Smith, Captain of Great Britain’s Davis Cup Team, said: “Queen’s Club will be a unique and special venue for this quarterfinal tie against a very strong French team. Our British team have all had very good results as individuals at Queen’s Club, in particular Andy Murray having won the event on three occasions. The grass courts at Queen’s are some of the best in the world and our team will look to use the courts and the passionate home crowd to full advantage. The atmosphere and crowd support will be vital.”

World No. 3 Andy Murray commented: “Queen’s will be a perfect venue for our quarterfinal match against France. I’ve been playing at Queen’s for ten years now so I feel very at home there as do the rest of the British team, so it’s a great choice. Fingers crossed it’s a memorable summer for British tennis.”

The final day of the Davis Cup tie will take place exactly four weeks after the final of the Aegon Championships. This will be the first time since 1990 that The Queen’s Club has hosted Davis Cup, when Great Britain then took on France in a World Group Play-Off.

Great Britain defeated the United States 3-2 in the World Group first round, while France beat Germany 3-2. The winner will advance to the semifinals to be held the weekend after the U. S. Open.

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Davis Cup Results for March 8, 2015

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(March 8, 2015) The ITF has announced the final results for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round and Zone Group ties held on 6-8 March. A total of 33 ties have taken place this weekend. The World Group first round tie between Argentina and Brazil will recommence on Monday 9 March at 11am (2pm GMT) after bad light stopped play on Sunday.

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

FRANCE defeated GERMANY 3-2

Venue: Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, GER (hard – indoor)

 

Gilles Simon (FRA) d. Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 76(4) 26 67(1) 62 108

Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 75 76(4)

Julien Benneteau/Nicolas Mahut (FRA) d. Benjamin Becker/Andre Begemann (GER) 64 63 62

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. Gilles Simon (FRA) 76(5) 64

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) d. Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 76(6) 63

 

GREAT BRITAIN defeated USA 3-2

Venue: Emirates Arena, Glasgow, GBR (hard – indoor)

 

Andy Murray (GBR) d.  Donald Young (USA) 61 61 46 62

James Ward (GBR) d. John Isner (USA) 67(4) 57 63 76(3) 1513

Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) d. Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR) 63 62 36 67(8) 97

Andy Murray (GBR) d. John Isner (USA) 76(4) 63 76(4)

Donald Young (USA) d. James Ward (GBR) 57 1-0 ret.

 

AUSTRALIA defeated CZECH REPUBLIC 3-2

Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoor)

 

Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 46 26 75 75 63

Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. Jiri Vesely (CZE) 64 63 76(5)

Adam Pavlasek/Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. Samuel Groth/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 16 76(2) 36 76(4) 62

Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 76(4) 63 76(5)

Jan Mertl (CZE) d. Samuel Groth (AUS) 63 62

 

KAZAKHSTAN defeated ITALY 3-2

Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, KAZ (hard – indoor)

 

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 76(6) 61 62

Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 63 63 67(5) 62

Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 76(4) 63 67(13) 64

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 76(8) 60 64

Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) d. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 76(5) 36 46 63 75

 

ARGENTINA level with BRAZIL 2-2

Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)

 

Joao Souza (BRA) d. Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 64 36 57 63 62

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 64 63 16 63

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) d. Carlos Berlocq/Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (ARG) 75 63 64

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Joao Souza (BRA) 76(4) 76(5) 57 57 1513

Federico Delbonis (ARG) leads Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 63 0-0 – play to resume at 11am (2pm GMT)

 

SERBIA defeated CROATIA 5-0

Venue: Kraljevo Sports Centre, Kraljevo, SRB (hard – indoor)

 

Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Mate Delic (CRO) 63 62 64

Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Borna Coric (CRO) 46 16 63 62 61

Novak Djokovic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) d. Marin Draganja/Franko Skugor (CRO) 63 64 61

Filip Krajinovic (SRB) d. Franko Skugor (CRO) 64 62

Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Mate Delic (CRO) 64 63

 

CANADA defeated JAPAN 3-2

Venue: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, CAN (hard – indoor)

 

Milos Raonic (CAN) d. Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 62 61 62
Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 64 76(5) 63
Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. Go Soeda/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 75 26 63 36 63
Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Milos Raonic (CAN) 36 63 64 26 64
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. Go Soeda (JPN) 75 63 64

 

BELGIUM defeated SWITZERLAND 3-2

Venue: Country Hall du Sart Tilman, Liege, BEL (hard – indoor)

 

Henri Laaksonen (SUI) d. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 16 67(6) 64 60 62

Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Michael Lammer (SUI) 63 61 63

Ruben Bemelmans/Niels Desein (BEL) d. Adrien Bossel/Michael Lammer (SUI) 16 63 62 62

Henri Laaksonen (SUI) d. Steve Darcis (BEL) 63 36 36 76(5) 61

David Goffin (BEL) d. Adrien Bossel (SUI) 64 60 64

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC defeated BARBADOS 3-2

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

 

Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) d. Seanon Williams (BAR) 61 61 61

Darian King (BAR) d. Jose Hernandez (DOM) 61 63 60

Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) d. Victor Estrella Burgos/Jose Hernandez (DOM) 64 62 62

Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) d. Darian King (BAR) 64 64 62

Jose Hernandez (DOM) d. Haydn Lewis (BAR) 57 61 62 62

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

COLOMBIA defeated URUGUAY 3-2

Venue: Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club, Montevideo, URU (clay – outdoor)

 

Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) d. Pablo Cuevas (URU) 26 64 46 61 64

Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Martin Cuevas (URU) 76(1) 36 63 63

Martin Cuevas/Pablo Cuevas (URU) d. Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) 64 36 76(1) 64

Pablo Cuevas (URU) d. Santiago Giraldo (COL) 62 63 63

Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) d. Martin Cuevas (URU) 64 63 61

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

KOREA, REP. defeated THAILAND 3-2

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

 

Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) d. Danai Udomchoke (THA) 62 61 76(2)

Chung Hyeon (KOR) d. Warit Sornbutnark (THA) 60 75 63

Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) d. Nam Ji Sung/Song Min-Kyu (KOR) 64 36 57 76(3) 64

Chung Hyeon (KOR) d. Danai Udomchoke (THA) 64 61 61

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) d. Nam Ji Sung (KOR) 64 63

 

NEW ZEALAND defeated CHINA, P.R. 4-1

Venue: ASB Tennis Arena, Auckland, NZL (hard – outdoor)

 

Wu Di (CHN) d. Jose Statham (NZL) 26 76(5) 76(0) 26 63

Michael Venus (NZL) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 61 64 36 67(3) 97

Marcus Daniell/Artem Sitak (NZL) d. Li Zhe/Zhang Ze (CHN) 67(3) 67(4) 76(1) 63 62

Jose Statham (NZL) d. Li Zhe (CHN) 63 64 64

Michael Venus (NZL) d. Wang Chuhan (CHN) 36 76(2) 64

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

RUSSIA defeated DENMARK 4-1

Venue: Sport Complex Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg, Novy Urengoy, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 26 63 62 76(5)

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) d. Martin Pedersen (DEN) 61 64 75

Konstantin Kravchuk/Andrey Rublev (RUS) d. Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 61 36 63 64

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 75 63 62

Andrey Rublev (RUS) d. Martin Pedersen (DEN) 64 63

 

AUSTRIA defeated SWEDEN 3-2

Venue: Idrottshuset Orebro, Orebro, SWE (hard – indoor)

 

Elias Ymer (SWE) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 64 63 36 26 63

Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) d. Christian Lindell (SWE) 63 64 62

Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt (SWE) d. Jurgen Melzer/Alexander Peya (AUT) 64 76(8) 63

Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) d. Elias Ymer (SWE) 64 76(6) 63

Gerald Melzer (AUT) d. Christian Lindell (SWE) 61 61 63

 

SLOVAKIA defeated SLOVENIA 5-0

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

 

Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 75 63 64

Norbert Gombos (SVK) d. Tom Kocevar-Desman (SLO) 62 64 76(3)

Martin Klizan/Igor Zelenay (SVK) d. Tom Kocevar-Desman/Grega Zemlja (SLO) 63 64 64

Martin Klizan (SVK) v Tom Kocevar-Desman (SLO) 61 76(0)

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Mike Urbanija (SLO) 63 62

 

ROMANIA defeated ISRAEL 5-0

Venue: Sala Transilvania, Sibiu, ROU (hard – indoor)

 

Adrian Ungur (ROU) d. Bar Tzuf Botzer (ISR) 75 63 60

Marius Copil (ROU) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 67(3) 76(3) 64 62

Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) d. Bar Tzuf Botzer/Edan Leshem (ISR) 63 64 64

Adrian Ungur (ROU) d. Edan Leshem (ISR) 64 62

Marius Copil (ROU) d. Bar Tzuf Botzer (ISR) 76(3) 63

 

POLAND defeated LITHUANIA 3-2

Venue: Orlen Arena, Plock, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Lukasz Kubot (POL) 62 64 63

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(3) 63 64

Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Ricardas Berankis/Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 64 64 76(1)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 63 64 62

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) d. Kamil Majchrzak (POL) 64 63

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

VENEZUELA defeated COSTA RICA 5-0

Venue: Cancha Oswaldo Merlin, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)

 

David Souto (VEN) d. Julian Saborio (CRC) 63 76(4) 63

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) d. Ignaci Roca (CRC) 75 36 61 62

Luis David Martinez/Roberto Maytin (VEN) d. Pablo Nunez/Alvaro Daniel Riveros (CRC) 62 61 62

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) d. Pablo Nunez (CRC) 62 60

Luis David Martinez (VEN) d. Ignaci Roca (CRC) 63 61

 

EL SALVADOR defeated PUERTO RICO 3-2

Venue: Palmas del Mar Tennis Club, Humacao, PUR (hard – outdoor)

 

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Gabriel Flores Ruiz (PUR) 62 61 60

Alex Llompart (PUR) d. Rafa Orantes (ESA) 62 60 62

Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) d. Alex Llompart/Gabriel Montilla (PUR) 62 61 62

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Alex Llompart (PUR) 63 62 61

Christian Garay (PUR) d. Alberto Emmanuel Alvarado Larin (ESA) 62 63

 

MEXICO defeated BOLIVIA 3-1

Venue: Cancha Estadio Lorenzo Molina Casares, Merida, MEX (hard – outdoor)

 

Daniel Garza (MEX) d. Federico Zeballos (BOL) 62 62 60

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Tigre Hank (MEX) 76(2) 26 64 61

Daniel Garza/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) d. Rodrigo Banzer/Federico Zeballos (BOL) 46 63 64 62

Daniel Garza (MEX) d. Hugo Dellien (BOL) 63 62 36 63
Tigre Hank (MEX) v Federico Zeballos (BOL) not played

 

CHILE defeated PERU 5-0

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

 

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Duilio Beretta (PER) 46 67(3) 61 76(2) 108

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) d. Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio (PER) 62 62 36 76(3)

Gonzalo Lama/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Sergio Galdos/Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio (PER) 64 36 64 75

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) d. Duilio Vallebuona (PER) 75 62

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio (PER) 62 62

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated LEBANON 5-0

Venue: Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts, Kaohsiung City, TPE (hard – outdoor)

 

Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) d. Ibrahim Abou Chahine (LIB) 60 60 61

Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) d. Karim Alayli (LIB) 60 61 61

Ho Chih-Jen/Wang Chieh-Fu (TPE) d. Karim Alayli/Nour Nehme (LIB) 61 64 62

Wang Chieh-Fu (TPE) d. Nour Nehme (LIB) 60 62

Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) d. Ibrahim Abou Chahine (LIB) 60 60

 

PHILIPPINES defeated SRI LANKA 5-0

Venue: Valle Verde Country Club, Pasig, PHI (clay – indoor)

 

Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) d. Harshana Godamanna (SRI) 57 36 64 60 63

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) 63 62 61

Francis Casey Alcantara/Treat Huey (PHI) d. Sharmal Dissanayake/Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) 36 63 62 64

Treat Huey (PHI) d. Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) 61 36 61

Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) d. Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) 62 63

 

INDONESIA defeated IRAN 5-0

Venue: Bukit Asam Tennis Court, Palembang, INA (hard – outdoor)

 

Christopher Rungkat (INA) d. Shahin Khaledan (IRI) 62 61 60

Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (INA) d. Anoosha Shahgholi (IRI) 63 61 60

Christopher Rungkat/David Agung Susanto (INA) d. Amirvala Madanchi/Anoosha Shahgholi (IRI) 60 64 61

David Agung Susanto (INA) d. Mohsen Hossein Zade (IRI) 64 64

Aditya Hari Sasongko (INA) d. Shahin Khaledan (IRI) 62 61

 

PAKISTAN defeated KUWAIT 3-2

Venue: Sri Lanka Tennis Association, Colombo, SRI (clay – outdoor)

 

Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Naser Al Obaidly (KUW) 61 60 62

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 64 61 61

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Hassan Al Mousa/Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 63 36 63 61

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) d. Mohammad Abid Ali Khan Akbar (PAK) 67(5) 63 16 63 62

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Dawood Sayed Hashim (KUW) 62 61 62

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

TURKEY defeated SOUTH AFRICA 3-2

Venue: Mersin Tenis Kompleksi, Mersin, TUR (hard – indoor)

 

Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) d. Cem Ilkel (TUR) 61 64 67(5) 61

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) d. Tucker Vorster (RSA) 64 63 75

Raven Klaasen/Ruan Roelofse (RSA) d. Marsel Ilhan/Cem Ilkel (TUR) 63 62 67(5) 46 63

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) v Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) 62 64 67(5) 46 86

Cem Ilkel (TUR) d. Ruan Roelofse (RSA) 76(11) 67(4) 57 76(5) 64

 

BELARUS defeated IRELAND 5-0

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

 

Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 64 67(3) 76(4) 62

Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Daniel Glancy (IRL) 62 63 63

Siarhei Betov/Alexander Bury (BLR) d. James Cluskey/David O’Hare (IRL) 76(7) 57 63 64

Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 76(6) 62

Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) d. Daniel Glancy (IRL) 62 60

 

PORTUGAL defeated MOROCCO 4-1

Venue: Centro Desportivo do Jamor, Cruz Quebrada, POR (hard – indoor)

 

Joao Sousa (POR) d. Yassine Idmbarek (MAR) 60 60 62

Rui Machado (POR) v Lamine Ouahab (MAR) 62 64 64

Frederico Ferreira Silva/Joao Sousa (POR) d. Lamine Ouahab/Younes Rachidi (MAR) 76(6) 60 61

Lamine Ouahab (MAR) d. Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR) 76(5) 64

Joao Domingues (POR) d. Mehdi Jdi (MAR) 62 75

 

FINLAND defeated MONACO 3-2

Venue: Monte Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, MON (clay – outdoor)

 

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Romain Arneodo (MON) 61 64 63

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Micke Kontinen (FIN) 62 26 62 64

Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Romain Arneodo/Benjamin Balleret (MON) 76(2) 67(4) 67(1) 64 75

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Benjamin Balleret (MON) 61 62 76(4)

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Henrik Sillanpaa (FIN) 16 64 62

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA defeated ZIMBABWE 4-1

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare, ZIM (hard – outdoor)

 

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM) 63 63 76(6)

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Benjamin Lock (ZIM) 63 76(1) 63

Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) d. Wayne Black/Mark Fynn (ZIM) 63 36 63 64

Tomislav Brkic (BIH) d. Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM) 67(4) 76(4) 75

Benjamin Lock (ZIM) d. Nerman Fatic (BIH) 63 ret.

 

HUNGARY defeated MOLDOVA 4-1

Venue: Gyor Varosi Egyetemi Csarnok, Gyor, HUN (hard – indoor)

 

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Gabor Borsos (HUN) 63 62 75

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Andrei Ciumac (MDA) 60 62 63

Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) d. Radu Albot/Andrei Ciumac (MDA) 76(4) 36 46 76(6) 86

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Radu Albot (MDA) 62 61 62

Gabor Borsos (HUN) v Maxim Bulat (MDA) 60 63

 

LUXEMBOURG defeated MADAGSCAR 3-2

Venue: Centre National de Tennis, Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX (hard – indoor)

 

Gilles Muller (LUX) d. Jacob Rasolondrazana (MAD) 60 63 62

Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 67(2) 64 62 1-1 ret. (twisted right ankle)

Gilles Muller/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) d. Tony Rajaobelina/Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD) 64 67(4) 64 62

Gilles Muller (LUX) d. Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD) 76(4) 62 62

Lofo Ramiaramanana (MAD) d. Gilles Kremer (LUX) 64 36 63

 

BULGARIA defeated LATVIA 4-1

Tenisa Centrs Lielupe, Jurmala, LAT (hard – indoor)

 

Martins Podzus (LAT) d. Alexandar Lazov (BUL) 63 75 75

Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) d. Janis Podzus (LAT) 64 36 63 16 1210

Tihomir Grozdanov/Ilia Kushev (BUL) d. Janis Podzus/Martins Podzus (LAT) 36 26 64 75 61

Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) d. Martins Podzus (LAT) 76(6) 57 62 64

Alexandar Lazov (BUL) d. Rudolfs Mednis (LAT) 64 61

 

In the World Group quarterfinals, on 17-19 July, Great Britain will be at home to France, Australia will host Kazakhstan, Belgium will play at home against Canada, while Serbia will play the winner of the tie between Argentina and Brazil. The deadline for confirmation of the quarterfinal venues is 7 April.

 

The fourth rubber of the tie between Argentina and Brazil was the longest Davis Cup singles rubber in history and the second longest singles match of all time. Leonardo Mayer (ARG) defeated Joao Souza (BRA) 76(4) 76(5) 57 57 1513 in six hours 43 minutes.

 

The eight World Group first round losers will contest the World Group play-offs on 18-20 September, where they will be joined by the eight winners of the Zone Group I second round ties on 17-19 July (NB Colombia has already won its second round tie). The draw for the World Group play-offs will be held at the ITF in London on Tuesday 21 July.

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