August 31, 2016

Davis Cup Results for July 17, 2016

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(July 17, 2016) The ITF has announced the final results from the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinals and Zone Group ties taking place on 15-17 July. A total of 28 ties have been held this weekend.

 

In the World Group semifinals, on 16-18 September, Great Britain will be at home to Argentina, and Croatia will be at home to France. The venues will be confirmed in early August.

 

The World Group play-offs will also be held on 16-18 September. The Draw for the World Group play-offs will take place at the ITF offices in London on Tuesday 19 July at 10:00 (09:00 GMT). The eight seeds will be based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of Monday 18 July.

 

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

 

World Group first round losing nations: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Poland, Switzerland.

 

Zone Group I second round winning nations: Brazil, Chile, India, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

 

 

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

 

GREAT BRITAIN defeated SERBIA 3-2

Venue: Tasmajdan Stadium, Belgrade, SRB (clay – outdoor)

 

Kyle Edmund (GBR) d. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 63 64 60

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) d. James Ward (GBR) 61 63 62

Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR) d. Filip Krajinovic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) 61 67(2) 63 64

Kyle Edmund (GBR) d. Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 63 64 76(5)

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) d. James Ward (GBR) 62 36 75

 

ARGENTINA defeated ITALY 3-1

Venue: Circolo Tennis Baratoff, Pesaro, ITA (clay – outdoor)

 

Federico Delbonis (ARG) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 76(4) 36 63 76(3)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Juan Monaco (ARG) 61 61 75

Juan Martin del Potro/Guido Pella (ARG) d. Fabio Fognini/Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 61 76(4) 36 36 64

Federico Delbonis (ARG) d. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 64 75 36 75

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Juan Monaco (ARG) – not played

 

FRANCE defeated CZECH REPUBLIC 3-1

Venue: Werk Arena, Trinec, CZE (hard – indoor)

 

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 64 36 46 76(8) 64

Lucas Pouille (FRA) d. Jiri Vesely (CZE) 76(2) 64 75

Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut (FRA) d. Lukas Rosol/Radek Stepanek (CZE) 61 36 63 46 64

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Jiri Vesely (CZE) 46 76(3) 64 75

Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Lucas Pouille (FRA) – not played

 

CROATIA defeated USA 3-2

Venue: Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, Portland, USA (hard – outdoor)

 

Jack Sock (USA) d. Marin Cilic (CRO) 46 36 63 64 64

John Isner (USA) d. Borna Coric (CRO) 64 64 63

Ivan Dodig/Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) 62 26 62 64

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. John Isner (USA) 76(9) 63 64

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Jack Sock (USA) 64 36 63 64

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

SPAIN defeated ROMANIA 4-1

Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)

 

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) d. Marius Copil (ROU) 76(4) 57 64 36 63

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Adrian Ungur (ROU) 63 62 61

Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) d. Feliciano Lopez/Marc Lopez (ESP) 36 61 16 75 63

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Florin Mergea (ROU) 64 63 62

Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) d. Adrian Ungur (ROU) 63 76(5)

 

UKRAINE defeated AUSTRIA 3-2

Venue: Campa Tennis Club, Bucha, Kiev, UKR (hard – outdoor)

 

Illya Marchenko (UKR) d. Dennis Novak (AUT) 76(3) 57 63 62

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Gerald Melzer (AUT) 63 64 63

Jurgen Melzer/Philipp Oswald (AUT) d. Denys Molchanov/Artem Smirnov (UKR) 63 76(7) 63

Jurgen Melzer (AUT) d. Illya Marchenko (UKR) 36 63 36 75 63

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Dennis Novak (AUT) 63 63 67(8) 75

 

RUSSIA defeated NETHERLANDS 4-1

Venue: National Tennis Center, Moscow, RUS (hard – outdoor)

 

Andrey Rublev (RUS) d. Robin Haase (NED) 76(2) 63 64

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) d. Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 67(3) 76(4) 64 64

Konstantin Kravchuk/Andrey Rublev (RUS) d. Robin Haase/Matwe Middelkoop (NED) 63 64 75

Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) d. Robin Haase (NED) 64 76(5)

Matwe Middelkoop (NED) d. Aslan Karatsev (RUS) 46 61 64

 

SLOVAKIA defeated HUNGARY 3-0

Venue: Europe Tennis Center, Budapest, HUN (clay – outdoor)

 

Andrej Martin (SVK) d. Peter Nagy (HUN) 64 62 64

Jozef Kovalik (SVK) d. Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 67(5) 64 76(5) 61

Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay (SVK) d. Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) 62 62 63

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) v Andrej Martin (SVK) – not played

Peter Nagy (HUN) v Jozef Kovalik (SVK) – not played

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

INDIA defeated KOREA, REP. 4-1

Venue: Chandigarh Club Limited, Chandigarh, IND (grass – outdoor)

 

Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) d. Hong Seong Chan (KOR) 63 26 63 65 ret.

Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 61 36 64 36 52 ret.

Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes (IND) d. Chung Hong/Hong Seong Chan (KOR) 63 64 64

Rohan Bopanna (IND) d. Chung Hong (KOR) 36 64 64

Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) d. Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) 63 57 76(2)

 

UZBEKISTAN defeated CHINA, P.R. 3-2

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

 

Zhang Ze (CHN) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 16 64 64 62

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Wu Di (CHN) 64 64 62

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN) 64 36 63 64

Zhang Ze (CHN) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 36 75 26 61 64

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) d. Wu Di (CHN) 76(1) 63 76(5)

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

BRAZIL defeated ECUADOR 3-1

Venue: Arena Minas Tenis Clube, Belo Horizonte, BRA (hard – indoor)

 

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) 46 75 60 64

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Roberto Quiroz (ECU) 75 76(3) 36 63

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) d. Emilio Gomez/Roberto Quiroz (ECU) 67(4) 63 63 62

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Emilio Gomez (ECU) 76(11) 67(6) 62 75

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Roberto Quiroz (ECU) – not played

 

CHILE defeated COLOMBIA 3-1

Venue: Centro Recreacional de Ejercito Huayquique, Iquique, CHI (clay – outdoor)

 

Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Nicolas Jarry (CHI) 62 64 63

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) 62 75 60

Nicolas Jarry/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) 64 26 62 67(4) 76(5)

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Santiago Giraldo (COL) 64 5-2 def.

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) v Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) – not played

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

LITHUANIA defeated SOUTH AFRICA 3-2

Venue: Azuolynas Tennis Centre, Kaunas, LTU (clay – outdoor)

 

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) d. Tucker Vorster (RSA) 67(1) 63 63 62

Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) d. Lloyd Harris (RSA) 36 76(5) 60 64

Raven Klaasen/Ruan Roelofse (RSA) d. Laurynas Grigelis/Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 61 61 63

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) d. Lloyd Harris (RSA) 61 61 63

Tucker Vorster (RSA) d. Tadas Babelis (LTU) 63 62

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA defeated TURKEY 3-1

Venue: Javna Ustanova Za Sport, Odmor I Rekreaciju, Bihac, BIH (clay – outdoor)

 

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Cem Ilkel (TUR) 75 61 46 61

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) d. Mirza Basic (BIH) 76(9) 57 26 63 75

Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) d. Marsel Ilhan/Cem Ilkel (TUR) 62 64 61

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Marsel Ilhan (TUR) 63 60 76(5)

Mirza Basic (BIH) v Cem Ilkel (TUR) – not played

 

BELARUS defeated LATVIA 4-1

Venue: National Olympic Training Centre, Minsk, BLR (hard – outdoor)

 

Ilya Ivashka (BLR) d. Martins Podzus (LAT) 64 62 75

Yaraslau Shyla (BLR) d. Mikelis Libietis (LAT) 62 61 63

Mikelis Libietis/Martins Podzus (LAT) d. Aliaksandr Bury/Andrei Vasilevski (BLR) 36 63 64 76(2)

Ilya Ivashka (BLR) d. Janis Podzus (LAT) 62 75 60

Yaraslau Shyla (BLR) d. Rudolfs Mednis (LAT) 76(6) 63

 

DENMARK defeated FINLAND 3-2

Venue: Lyngbyhallen, Kongens Lyngby, DEN (carpet – indoor)

 

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) 76(1) 75 62

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Harri Heliovaara (FIN) 64 63 76(5)

Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Jarkko Nieminen/Patrik Niklas-Salminen (FIN) 61 63 46 46 64

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 63 36 61 76(3)

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) d. Harri Heliovaara (FIN) 46 36 76(2) 61 75

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

NORWAY defeated LUXEMBOURG 3-2

Venue: Tennis Club Cap on Line, Capellen, LUX (hard – outdoor)

 

Casper Ruud (NOR) d. Alex Knaff (LUX) 62 64 64

Viktor Durasovic (NOR) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 36 62 62

Gilles Kremer/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) d. Viktor Durasovic/Casper Ruud (NOR) 62 62 57 60

Ugo Nastasi (LUX) d. Casper Ruud (NOR) 76(5) 26 76(0) 67(4) 64

Viktor Durasovic (NOR) d. Gilles Kremer (LUX) 76(2) 63 46 46 63

 

TUNISIA defeated BULGARIA 3-2

Venue: Tennis Courts of Cité Nationale Sportive, Tunis, TUN (hard – outdoor)

 

Mohamed Aziz Dougaz (TUN) d. Aleksandar Lazov (BUL) 76(4) 64 26 75

Malek Jaziri (TUN) d. Alexandar Lazarov (BUL) 64 64 61

Malek Jaziri/Skander Mansouri (TUN) d. Alexandar Lazarov/Vasko Mladenov (BUL) 64 64 63

Vasko Mladenov (BUL) d. Moez Echargui (TUN) 67(5) 75 76(5)

Alexandar Lazarov (BUL) d. Mohamed Aziz Dougaz (TUN) 46 64 76(1)

 

MONACO defeated EGYPT 3-1

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

 

Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY) d. Benjamin Balleret (MON) 61 57 64 62

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Sherif Sabry (EGY) 67(6) 36 64 62 62

Romain Arneodo/Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Sherif Sabry/Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 61 62 62

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Youssef Hossam (EGY) 46 61 61 61

Romain Arneodo (MON) v Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY) – not played

 

GEORGIA defeated ZIMBABWE 3-2

Venue: Mziuri Tennis Club, Tbilisi, GEO (hard – outdoor)

 

Benjamin Lock (ZIM) d. George Tsivadze (GEO) 36 60 75 67(2) 64

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) d. Mark Fynn (ZIM) 63 63 62

Benjamin Lock/Courtney John Lock (ZIM) d. Nikoloz Basilashvili/Nodar Itonishvili (GEO) 36 36 76(6) 64 64

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) d. Benjamin Lock (ZIM) 63 64 62

George Tsivadze (GEO) d. Mark Fynn (ZIM) 63 75 63

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated PHILIPPINES 3-1

Venue: Philippine Columbian Association, Manila, PHI

 

Chen Ti (TPE) d. Ruben Gonzales (PHI) 62 26 62 62

Huang Liang-Chi (TPE) d. Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) 61 36 67(4) 61 10 ret.

Ruben Gonzales/Treat Huey (PHI) d. Hung Jui-Chen/Wang Chieh-Fu (TPE) 67(7) 62 63 64

Chen Ti (TPE) d. Jeson Patrombon (PHI) 36 76(4) 60 61

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Liang-Chi Huang (TPE) – not played

 

THAILAND defeated VIETNAM 5-0

Venue: The National Tennis Development Center, Nonthaburi, THA

 

Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) d. Nam Hoang Ly (VIE) 36 61 60 ret.

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) 57 62 64 62

Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) d. Nam Hoang Ly/Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) 64 64 64

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Minh Tuan Pham (VIE) 63 46 76(4)

Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) d. Dac Tien Nguyen (VIE) 60 63

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

KUWAIT defeated MALAYSIA 4-1

Venue: Kuwait Tennis Federation Center, Meshref, KUW (hard – outdoor)

 

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) d. Mohd Assri Merzuki (MAS) 76(4) 76(5) 64

Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) d. Syed Mohammad Agil Naguib (MAS) 67(7) 76(7) 63 63

Mohammad Ghareeb/Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) d. Mohd Assri Merzuki/Syed Mohammad Agil Naguib (MAS) 67(5) 63 26 64 64

Abdulrahman Alawadhi (KUW) d. Muhammad-Ashaari Bin Zainal-Abidin (MAS) 63 46 63

Hao Sheng Koay (MAS) d. Hamed Al Solaiteen (KUW) 62 76(6)

 

INDONESIA defeated SRI LANKA 5-0

Venue: Gelora Manahan Tennis Stadium Complex, Surakarta, INA (hard – outdoor)

 

David Agung Susanto (INA) d. Harshana Godamanna (SRI) 64 64 64

Christopher Rungkat (INA) d. Yasitha De Silva (SRI) 62 60 62

Christopher Rungkat/Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (INA) d. Yasitha De Silva/Harshana Godamanna (SRI) 62 63 60

Aditya Hari Sasongko (INA) d. Nishangan Nadaraja (SRI) 60 61

David Agung Susanto (INA) d. Yasitha De Silva (SRI) 63 61

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

PERU defeated MEXICO 4-1

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

 

Mauricio Echazu (PER) d. Luis Patino (MEX) 57 64 64 76(3)

Nicolas Alvarez (PER) d. Lucas Gomez (MEX) 63 64 63

Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Jorge Brian Panta/Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio (PER) 63 61 63

Mauricio Echazu (PER) d. Lucas Gomez (MEX) 62 64 63

Nicolas Alvarez (PER) d. Luis Patino (MEX) 64 67(2) 63

 

VENEZUELA defeated EL SALVADOR 3-2

Venue: Complejo Polideportivo de Cuidad Merliot, Santa Tecla, ESA (hard – outdoor)

 

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN) 61 61 75

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) d. Alejandro Gonzalez (ESA) 62 60 61

Luis David Martinez/Roberto Maytin (VEN) d. Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 64 36 63 76(4)

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) 61 62 64

Luis David Martinez (VEN) d. Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 61 75 75

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

GUATEMALA defeated URUGUAY 4-1

Venue: Federación Nacional de Tenis de Campo, Guatemala, GUA (hard – outdoor)

 

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) d. Rodrigo Arus (URU) 75 62 64

Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) d. Martin Cuevas (URU) 75 76(2) 63

Martin Cuevas/Marcel Felder (URU) d. Christopher Diaz-Figueroa/Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) 64 36 63 36 76(9)

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) d. Martin Cuevas (URU) 36 61 36 64 62

Rudy Richter (GUA) d. Santiago Maresca (URU) 76(4) 76(8)

 

PARAGUAY defeated PUERTO RICO 5-0

Venue: Court Central Victor Manuel Pecci del Club Internacional de Tenis, Asuncion, PAR (clay – outdoor)

 

Ayed Zatar (PAR) d. Sebastian Arcila (PUR) 63 46 63 61

Diego Galeano (PAR) d. Alex Diaz (PUR) 63 61 61

Diego Galeano/Ayed Zatar (PAR) d. Sebastian Arcila/Alex Diaz (PUR) 62 62 62

Bruno Britez (PAR) d. Sebastian Arcila (PUR) 61 64

Juan Borba (PAR) d. Ignacio Garcia (PUR) 61 64

 

 

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Borna Coric Beats Jack Sock to Complete Croatia Comeback from 0-2 to Send Team to Davis Cup Semis

Borna Coric

Borna Coric

(July 17, 2016) BEAVERTON, Oregon – Croatia came back from an 0-2 deficit for the first time to beat the United States 3-2 to reach the Davis Cup semifinals on Sunday at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.

Nineteen-year-old Borna Coric  ranked No. 54 in the world, beat No. 26 Jack Sock in a fifth and deciding rubber 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to seal the victory.

Croatia will host France in the semifinals September 16-18.

The United States came into day three of their Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against Croatia leading 2-1. Friday saw the U.S. get two singles wins and on Saturday the Bryan brothers lost for only their fifth time in Davis Cup play on Saturday.

Borna Coric served with confidence in the first set, Sock barely winning any points against his opponent’s serve. The Croatian went up a break but was challenged in the tenth game, having to save a break point before closing out the set 6-4.

The Croatian teen won 86 percent of first serve points and 100 percent of second serve points with three aces in the opening set.

In the second set Sock seemed to gain some momentum breaking Coric for a 4-2 lead. In the critical seventh game which lasted over 11 minutes, Sock saved five break points to hold for 5-2. He won the set 6-3.

Coric went up 3-0 to start the third set, Sock getting back on serve at 2-3 only to lose serve again to fall to 4-2. Coric held on to take a two sets to one lead by taking the third set 6-3.

Coric kept up his confidence breaking serve n the opening game of the fourth set. Sock went on a three game run. to reach 3-2. Coric made the crucial break in the ninth game and served out the match to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Jack Sock on Borna Coric: “I mean, he played a pretty solid match I thought overall. Obviously I had chances and opportunities that I didn’t really convert.

“I mean, that’s tennis. Some days it’s firing and feels great; some days they’re missing a little bit. Credit to him. He played a great match. First point to last played solid and deserved it today.”

Coric lost the second singles rubber to John Isner in straight sets on Friday and he was in a much better mood on Sunday.

“It’s completely different mood, honestly,” Coric said. “I have to be thankful for the Marin and also to the Ivan. They played unbelievable match in doubles. No one was expecting that really.

“Also Marin today winning in straight sets. He was playing for the three days. He played nine sets in two days, which is really not easy.

“To play like that today was unbelievable, and the effort from him. I was feeling good coming in the match. I was practicing a lot on the Saturday, doing some work on some things which I was not happy, you know.

“Today I was playing very good.”

What was the key to his better play on Sunday? “I think I was much more relaxed.” said Coric.  “You know, I was hitting the ball. I was going for the points. I just wasn’t waiting for him to miss, because I knew I cannot play like that because he’s going to kill me with the forehand.

“You know, that was my tactic basically, you know, just to maybe try to stay as close as I can on the line and make good tempo, which I was doing very well.”

Coric has now won ties for Croatia in back to back fifth set rubbers.

“It’s not easy to play in a fifth match obviously,” he said. “You know, I have to be honest, I like that kind of situation. I like it more than playing on the Court 27 somewhere, you know, somewhere far away from the crowd, the people.

“I just like big stage more, when it’s more important. When I have more pressure, you know, when the expectations are big, I like those occasions. I think that’s what we’re training for. That’s what I like. That’s what I enjoy.

“Obviously that’s when I play best. At least for now. I hope it’s going to stay like that.”
Earlier in the day, Cilic, who coming into Sunday had a 5-0 record against the American, would deny the U.S. from closing the tie in the reverse singles. Cilic extended his perfect record over Isner to 6-0 with a 7-6(9), 6-3, 6-4 victory forcing a fifth and deciding rubber later on Sunday.

Isner gave all credit to his opponent.

“I felt like he played pretty well, to be honest,” Isner said to media. “The first set was critical. Felt like I definitely was the better player in the first set.

“Didn’t get paid off, but that’s on me. He came up with the goods when he needed it. That gave him a lot of confidence I think. He got his legs underneath him even more after the first set as well.

“I knew it was going to be a tough task. He was going to be feeling pretty confident because he played very well yesterday in the doubles. I felt like he carried that over today in the singles.”

“I felt from the beginning of the match that John (Isner) start(ed) extremely well, Cilic said in his post-match news conference. “He was not missing much; he was very aggressive; making a lot of returns back.

“He was covering most of the court. I was, in my service games, in trouble for a lot of times in that first set. I felt that I had to be every point very focused, very aggressive as much as I can to stay in there, not to have any loose points.

“I was just hoping that I’m going to get to the tiebreak to give myself a chance there to try to do something.

“During the first set I didn’t have any opportunities on his serve, and I felt that he played probably the best set in all of our encounters from the past. That was definitely a tough task, but I stayed in there mentally. I was very, very focused.”

For Cilic this was his third straight day playing, losing his opening singles on Friday to Jack Sock, after leading 2 sets to none, pairing with Dodig to win the doubles on Saturday and winning in reverse singles on Sunday.

Asked if his doubles victory gave him some confidence for Sunday’s singles, Cilic replied: “I just took some positives out of that match. I was very emotionally involved yesterday. I was very motivated. When you are losing that kind of match like I did on Friday, things can go negatively and you can go down.

“I tried to just lift myself up with the team. I was very much emotionally focused to be positive throughout yesterday’s match, and also today I felt it helped me to lift my game in critical situations.

“Especially when you play three days in a row you can get a little bit tired also towards the end and you can miss some balls that you are not regularly missing.

“So I was trying to be very focused with those emotions to stay in there throughout all the match.”

“It’s really unbelievable,” said Croatia’s Captain Zeljko Krajan of the comeback. “We are still, I mean, I would say shocked from this win. Looking back on Friday and being 2-Love down and then playing against Bryans yesterday, didn’t look very positive for us.

“I have to say honestly after yesterday’s win I was believing we have a good chance today, because I knew that Marin and Borna are for sure going to raise their level from Friday. Friday was much tougher.

“We been here just four days, and it’s tough to have four days to prepare for these conditions and time difference and everything.

“Today I knew they going to bring the quality on the court and it would be very tough for your team to win.”

This win for Croatia marked only the fourth time that the United States lost with a 2-0 lead. They are now 157-4.

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Marin Cilic Beats John Isner to Even Davis Cup Tie at 2-2

(July 17, 2016) BEAVERTON, Oregon – The United States came into day three of their Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against Croatia leading 2-1. Friday saw the U.S. get two singles wins and on Saturday the Bryan brothers lost for only their fifth time in quarterfinal Davis Cup play on Saturday.

In the first singles rubber on Sunday at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton, Oregon, John Isner had a chance to close the tie and send the team into the semifinals in September with a win over Marin Cilic.

Cilic, who coming into the day had a 5-0 record against the American, would deny the U.S. from closing the tie. Cilic extended his perfect record over Isner to 6-0 with a 7-6(9), 6-3, 6-4 victory forcing a fifth and deciding rubber later on Sunday.

Isner gave all credit to his opponent.

“I felt like he played pretty well, to be honest,” Isner said to media. “The first set was critical. Felt like I definitely was the better player in the first set.

“Didn’t get paid off, but that’s on me. He came up with the goods when he needed it. That gave him a lot of confidence I think. He got his legs underneath him even more after the first set as well.

“I knew it was going to be a tough task. He was going to be feeling pretty confident because he played very well yesterday in the doubles. I felt like he carried that over today in the singles.”

“I felt from the beginning of the match that John (Isner) start(ed) extremely well, Cilic said in his post-match news conference. “He was not missing much; he was very aggressive; making a lot of returns back.

“He was covering most of the court. I was, in my service games, in trouble for a lot of times in that first set. I felt that I had to be every point very focused, very aggressive as much as I can to stay in there, not to have any loose points.

“I was just hoping that I’m going to get to the tiebreak to give myself a chance there to try to do something.

“During the first set I didn’t have any opportunities on his serve, and I felt that he played probably the best set in all of our encounters from the past. That was definitely a tough task, but I stayed in there mentally. I was very, very focused.”

For Cilic this was his third straight day playing, losing his opening singles on Friday to Jack Sock, after leading 2 sets to none, pairing with Dodig to win the doubles on Saturday and winning in reverse singles on Sunday.

Asked if his doubles victory gave him some confidence for Sunday’s singles, Cilic replied: “I just took some positives out of that match. I was very emotionally involved yesterday. I was very motivated. When you are losing that kind of match like I did on Friday, things can go negatively and you can go down.

“I tried to just lift myself up with the team. I was very much emotionally focused to be positive throughout yesterday’s match, and also today I felt it helped me to lift my game in critical situations.

“Especially when you play three days in a row you can get a little bit tired also towards the end and you can miss some balls that you are not regularly missing.

“So I was trying to be very focused with those emotions to stay in there throughout all the match.”

Croatia has never come back from 0-2 down to win a Davis Cup tie.

Scheduled to play in the final match are No. 26 Jack Sock for the US and No. 54 Borna Coric for Croatia. This will be the second time they have played each other. Sock beat Coric in straight sets at the French Open last year.

The winner of this tie will play France in the Davis Cup semifinal September 16-18.

 

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Cilic and Dodig Stun Bryan Brothers to Keep Croatia Alive in Davis Cup Quarterfinal

Marin Cilic

Marin Cilic

(July 16, 2016) BEAVERTON, Oregon – Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig spoiled team USA’s potential semifinal clinching party, when Croatia handed the Bryan brothers only their fifth loss in Davis Cup play 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 16 minutes on Saturday. The Croatians stay alive in the tie down 1-2 going into Sunday play.

The United States came into the day leading 2-0 after two singles victories on Friday hoping to seal a spot in the Davis Cup semifinals with the all-time doubles winners in Davis Cup and tennis history in the Bryan brothers. Team Croatia had other ideas.

Team Croatia substituted one Marin for another before the doubles rubber began. Cilic took Draganja’s place to play with Dodig. Croatia’s captain said they were thinking about the substitution on Friday night. Croatia came out firing, breaking serve at love tin the third game to go up 2-1, consoldating for 3-1. They broke again in the seventh game for 5-2 and closed out he set 6-2.

In the second set, the Bryans could not take advantage of a break point in the second game. Bryans break Dodig at 15 to tkae 4-2 lead, and get to Cilic to claim the set 6-2 to even up the match. The Bryans improved their play in the second set, whereas Cilic’s play fell off. The Bryans improved their first serve percentage, hit more winners and making only two unforced errors.

In set three, the Bryans squandered break points in Croatia’s opening service game but one felt the momentum was still on the Bryan’s side. That changed in the third game when Cilic hit a return of serve winner to break for 2-1. Croatia broke Bob Bryan’s serve for 4-1, but the Americans bounced back returning the favor for 2-4. Back to back to back breaks of serve gave Croatia a 5-2 lead which they served out 6-2 to go up two sets to one.
The Croatians hit 16 winners, while the US hit only five in the set. The visiting team broke serve three times in the third set.

The Bryans held on to a multi deuce game to open the fourth set, and fended off a break point in heir second service game.

Croatia broke serve at 15 in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and made the break hold up and served out the match for the win 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

The Bryan Brothers

The Bryan Brothers

For  the Bryans, this was only their fifth loss in a Davis Cup tie, all coming on home soil.   They have a 24-5 record in Davis Cup. They talked about the loss in their post match news conference:

“We just didn’t execute from — I think started off with the serve,” said Bob Bryan. “Weren’t making a lot of first serves. Weren’t getting them in trouble from the start. They started returning well and gaining confidence. They just kind of outplayed us in ever aspect of the game today.

“That’s really on us. Started turning the momentum around after the first set. Had some break points. I had a good look at a second serve forehand that I should have hit a little bit harder. I just kind of pushed it. That would’ve been a good opportunity to really keep the foot on the gas, so I wish I could have had that one back.

“But those guys are two good players. That’s the type of match that we have to play at the top of our game to take them out. We just didn’t do it. That has nothing to do with anything but ourselves. We take responsibility for that.”

“I mean, you know, you can serve well in practice,” said Mike Bryan. “When you get out there it’s a different monster when there is adrenaline and crowd and pressure.

“Obviously I think I was speeding up. When you speed up your motion you don’t get your toss up, and it’s a whole chain reaction.

“If I could have held that first game, got settled in the match, got some confidence in my serve, I think it could have been a little different.

“Credit to them. They made some good returns. Dodig hit a couple backhand winners. Once you get behind the eight ball you start thinking about it a little bit.”

Cilic made a major impact in the match. “Cilic is dangerous,” Bob Bryan added. “He brings great returns and some nasty groundies and his serve is pretty strong.”

“The difference was that Marin and Ivan played I would say really unbelievable tennis today,” said Croatian captain Zeljko Krajan. “Both just are on the top of their game, and Marin played the best doubles match of his life.

“Even though it’s against Bryans, just tough when he is serving the way he is and returning and everything is coming back and from the baseline there was no mistakes. I would say I don’t know who would beat them on a day like this when they play.

“Maybe just the Bryans didn’t play the best match of their life, but it was just too tough for them today to face these opponents.”

“Me and Ivan played few times also in Davis Cup; we played in Olympics in 2012,” Cilic said. “We played there really well. But we know that when we are on a good day we can play amazing tennis.

“That was today the case. We came up to the match with good tactics, good mindset, and we knew that if we play well that we are going to be able to beat them.

“Obviously the positive thing was that even I have beaten Bryans before and Ivan did also I guess few times, so that was a mindset that was giving us good strategy and we were able to prepare good for the match.”

Croatia was six for ten on break points, hitting 53 winners with 21 unforced errors.

Sunday’s play will consist of reverse singles. Leading off will be the battle between the No. 1 players on each team – John Isner versus Marin Cilic, followed by Jack Sock against Borna Coric (if necessary).

Cilic, who is 5-0 against Isner, says despite playing doubles, he’ll be ready on Sunday.

“I feel pretty much fine,” he said. “I had nine sets in two days, but the conditions here are not too difficult. The weather is favoring the players and the fans in the stands, so it’s not too humid and not too hot. Not too demanding.

“Obviously in Davis Cup it’s more bit tougher dealing with emotions as you are a little bit more pumped up and adrenaline kicks you in when you start the matches. That can take some energy. I feel pretty much fine.

“I played today great, and tomorrow I feel I’m going to be in good shape, too.”

Cilic talked about his tough five-set losses, to Sock on Friday and to Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

“I was thinking a little bit after yesterday’s loss that I was maybe a little bit mentally drained from my loss from Wimbledon,” he said. “It still left a small mark in me and I wasn’t as, you know, emotionally pumped as today, which is obviously giving me good sensation for playing and good feeling. I can lift my game when I’m playing like this.

“I usually enjoy to play in Davis Cup because the team atmosphere, the energy, lifts my game up. Hopefully tomorrow I can do the same.”

The winner of this tie will play the winner of the Czech Republic/France tie in September in the Davis Cup semifinals.

The last time the United States won the Davis Cup was in 2007 in Portland.

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Jack Sock Rallies From Two Sets Down to Beat Marin Cilic; John Isner Also Wins, Gives USA 2-0 Lead in Davis Cup Quarterfinal

Jack Sock

Jack Sock

(July 15, 2016) BEAVERTON, Oregon – The United States is off to a 2-0 lead against Croatia in quarterfinal action in Davis Cup play on Friday at  the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton, Oregon.

In the first rubber of the United States versus Croatia Davis Cup quarterfinal, 2014 US Open champion and No. 12 Marin Cilic took on No. 26 Jack Sock.

Sock rallied from two sets down to beat Cilic  4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to give the USA a 1-0 lead.

The first set saw little difference between both competitors, but Cilic sealed the break in the tenth game to claim the set 6-4.

The second set saw Cilic took advantage of three break point opportunities to take the set 6-3. Sock contributed 16 errors to his opponent’s cause in the set. Cilic had a medical time out after the seventh game of the set.

Sock drastically reduced his unforced error count in the third set, making only four while upping his first serve percentage making 16/17 to win the third set 6-3.

In the fourth set both men stayed even until the the ninth game, when the 23-year-old American broke serve at 30. Sock served out the set to even the match at 2-sets all.

Cilic broke Sock with a drop volley winner in the American’s first service game of the fifth set and consolidated for a 3-0 lead to start out the fifth set. Sock bounced back with a break in the fifth game to get to 2-3.

“Well, I wasn’t very happy down 3-0,” Sock said. Once again, just stayed the course. Having such an experienced player in Jim Courier on the bench with
you, you can’t ask for much more. He just kept me level headed and kept telling me to do the right things,which I had been doing for a few sets to get back.”
In the seventh game, Sock failed to take advantage of three break points and Cilic held off the inspired American to hold for 4-3.

Sock broke through in in the eighth game, setting up a break point on a drop volley winner for break point. Cilic hit a backhand volley wide to give team USA the break and a 5-4 lead.

As the old Ringo Star song goes “It Don’t Come Easy.” Sock had to fend off two break points in the tenth game to seal the three-hour and 13 minute match win. Final score 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

What made the difference in the match for Sock?

Sock said: “I mean, I had a ton of chances in the second. I didn’t get blown off the for two sets. I was up a break twice in the second. Struggled on my serve a little bit.

“But just maybe made a few smarter decisions on the serve. Made a lot more first serves to kind of put it in
the spots where I could get forehands, start the rally.

“Returning the whole time I felt like I could get in a lot of his games. The court is slow enough I could get back
on the serve and make it neutral.

“Just stayed the course really and was lucky enough to get the win.”

For Sock this was his first match on home soil in his Davis Cup career, he talked about this win being one of his career accomplishments.

“Haven’t played a ton of five-setters in my career. Haven’t come back from two sets to love down. To do that today, in front of
the home crowd for the team, it almost feels extra special today. Maybe if I had done it in another tournament – obviously playing individually there – to do it today for the team in this, the first match to get us off to a good start, feels unreal.”

“I was just a little bit unfortunate in the beginning of the third to lose my serve at the beginning, and then Jack started to serve really well from the beginning of the third,” Cilic said.

“Obviously I think he served much, much better in the fourth and fifth set. He was not giving me too many
chances on the return games. I had a break in the fifth that’s a little bit unfortunate to lose it. I was 3-1 up, 15-Love, and easy forehand in the middle of the court.

“Yeah, a little bit disappointed with that, just to lose that opportunity of getting that lead in the fifth set to make
that extra step to closing the match.

“You know, when I gave him a chance to come back I felt that he started to play also really well. He was very aggressive. Obviously last game I had 15-40 also to come back. You know, just one point where I went for a shot, missed a little bit.

“Overall, I think he played pretty good tennis in the last three sets. It’s not that I played so bad. I felt that
maybe I could have served better today. I was not serving as good as I can. Just from the game, obviously he’s very dangerous.
He can play very, very fast tennis. He’s got big forehand, so that was I think working well for him today.”

Tennis Panorama asked U.S. Davis Cup Jim Courier about he said to Sock after he went down two sets.

“Well, the second set Jack was up a break twice and was having trouble holding serve,” Courier said.

“Both of them were for that matter.

“But I felt like Jack was in a good position once the rallies got started. He just needed to execute.
“I though he was actually playing pretty well from a tactical standpoint in the second set. He just needed to lift his level a little bit and stay in there mentally and just be there.

“We also recognize that Marin had a tough loss in Wimbledon. He had chances to take out Roger Federer. Sometimes players coming off matches where they had match point and didn’t close a player out can be a little susceptible, too.

“So I was using that as a little bit of a carrot to keep Jack in there, too. Jack stayed in there point for point and fought hard and made it physical. He did a lot of great things out there today that will hopefully carry him to new places in his career.

“First time he’s come from two sets down. I think he learned a lot about himself out there. He deserves all the credit for it. He would’ve stayed in there I am pretty sure. He started to make that transition in the last month and a half or so mentally to sticking in there a little bit better.

“Today was just a manifestation of the work he’s been doing with Troy Hahn, his coach. Today it paid off for the team; certainly paid off big for him, too.”

On a day which saw top players Simona Halep and Milos Raonic withdraw from the Olympics due to concerns about the Zika Virus, both Cilic and Sock are looking forward to participating in the Olympic Games in Rio.

“Yeah, it’s really exciting” Sock commented. As a kid you grow up watching a lot of the Olympics – not only tennis, but a lot of the sports. Kind of a bucket list for every athlete I feel like to be able to represent your country on the biggest stage possible”

“I am very excited to get down there and rep the U.S., ” Sock an excited Sock. “Hopefully I can play some good tennis and wear the
colors proud. Definitely beyond happy.”

As for Cilic, “I’m going to play. A lot of guys have concerns about that (Zika virus), but I hope it’s going to be fine.”

Coric also commented on the Olympics: “As far as I’m concerned I’m going to play. I don’t have problems with Zika. Yeah, it’s going to be great experience for me. Going to be my first Olympics. I’m really looking forward to it.

“Obviously it’s very big thing. I’m only 19 and I’m going to be already there. Not many people can say that. So I’m just very proud of that. Obviously I’m just looking forward to it”

John Isner

John Isner

In the second rubber Borna Coric had no answers to John Isner’s serve, as the American nailed 23 aces in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 win over the teenage Croatianin a minute less than two hours.

The last of Isner’s aces came on match point.

Isner said that Sock’s comeback win helped his own momentum in his match.

“Oh, it helps a lot, he said. “I’m just sitting right here and he’s down two sets to love and things aren’t looking too good. He won the third set. I saw that he had a lot of positive energy on his side.

“Then he wins that fourth set, and I’m getting really animated in the locker room in the fifth set. He was able to pull it out playing incredible tennis.

“For me, it helps a lot. I feel like it takes a bit of pressure off me as well, knowing that regardless of what I do out there on the court, we’re not going to be losing. At worst, we’ll be 1-1.

“I was in a good spot going out there today thanks to Jack.”

Coric was pretty downcast after his loss to Isner.

“I lost, he said. “That’s what happened. I didn’t use my chances in the first two sets obviously. I had many chances to break him, and then on 5-4 in both sets I played really poor game. It was basically not much to say honestly.”

The USA is 0-3 against Croatia in Davis cup play, vying for a place in the semifinal round of Davis Cup.

The U.S. is 157-3 all-time when leading 2-0 after the first day of play and 40-1 when leading 2-0 since the World Group format began in 1981.

The doubles rubber will take place on Saturday with Bob and Mike Bryan of the USA going up against Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Marin Draganja.

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Jack Sock Leads Off First Davis Cup Home Tie Against Marin Cilic

Jack Sock

(July 14, 2016) PORTLAND, Oregon – The draw for the USA versus Croatia quarterfinal Davis Cup tie took place in Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland on Thursday.

Jack Sock will lead off play Saturday against 2014 U.S. Open winner Marin Cilic. Cilic comes off a five-set loss in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon to Roger Federer, when the Croatian was leading two sets to none.

For the 23-year-old American Sock, ranked 26th in the world, this will his first Davis Cup tie played in the United States. This is the first time the U.S. has played at home since 2014.

Asked if he felt any added pressure, he said: “I mean, not necessarily any pressure.
“I’m more excited, honestly, to be playing on home soil. I love being a part of the team with these guys. They have a lot more experience than me out here.

“Yeah, I mean, maybe when I go out there, it will be a different feeling than when I played in Uzbekistan and Australia. But more excited than anything to be able to play in front of some home fans, some family and friends. Obviously playing in front of my country and these guys as well.

“Definitely more excited than nervous.”

The second match on Friday pits, No. 1 American John Isner, ranked 16th in the world, against No. 2 and No. 54 in the world, Croatian Borna Coric. They are playing each other for the first time.

The doubles rubber on Saturday will feature Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the United States against Ivan Dodigand Marin Draganja of Croatia.

Reverse singles will be played on Sunday with the No. 1’s battling in the first match, followed by the fifth rubber face-off between the No. 2’s.

Croatia comes into the tie having never lost to the United States with a 3-0 record. The U.S. last lost to Croatia in the 2009 World Group Quarterfinal in Porec, Croatia, in which Croatia won 3-2 with Cilic and Ivo Karlovic leading the team. The U.S. also played Croatia in the 2005 World Group First Round in Los Angeles and in the 2003 World Group First Round in Zagreb, Croatia.

The winner of the tie faces the winner of France-Czech Republic in the World Group semifinals.

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Davis Cup Notes and Quotes: USA vs Croatia, Pre-Draw News Conferences

(July 12, 2016) The United States plays host to Croatia in Beaverton, Oregon at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, July 15-17, on an outdoor hard court in the quarterfinal round of the World Group in Davis Cup. Tuesday saw both teams have pre-draw news conferences.

 

U.S. Captain Jim Courier, John Isner, Jack Sock, Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan took questions from the media about the Davis Cup tie. Here are a few of the highlights from the news conference:

 

On the short turnaround from Wimbledon:

JACK SOCK: Yeah, I mean, obviously we were all in

London for a while, even playing warmup tournaments,

some of the guys.

 

We were all excited to get back in the States for sure.

Our favorite time of the year is to play in front of the

home crowd here in the States.

 

Especially for me, it’s my first home tie. I played two

ties kind of far away. For me, it will be nice to play in

front of a home crowd and be on a team with all these

guys. I think we’re all looking forward to it.

 

Asked if the team could change the trend of not having a Top 10 player and still winning the Cup.

CAPTAIN COURIER: Well, I think Davis Cup is also

pretty unique in that the home-field advantage can play

a big role. We’ve played a lot of tough teams, some

home, but a lot on the road as well.

 

For us to have a chance now to play here against a

tough team in Croatia, and should we get through this

weekend, which we obviously are here to do, and hope

to, we’d have a home match against France or the

Czechs.

 

You pay your dues in Davis Cup. You go on the road

and try and get your wins, but you also earn the

chance to play at home by playing those matches, too.

Draws matter. Team chemistry and makeup matters.

We have four guys here that love to play for their

country. I have a lot of confidence in them as the

captain, which is why we’re sitting here. I believe we

can win this Davis Cup.

 

I think this year is a really good opportunity for us. We

can’t go more than one step at a time, but it certainly

looks promising if we can get through this weekend.

 

On the debate about the Davis cup format and whether it should be changed.

CAPTAIN COURIER: Davis Cup format has been a

discussion point for the players since Open tennis

began. You can go back and get quotes from Stan

Smith on the challenges that the Davis Cup schedule

puts on the players.

 

When you put it in an Olympic year, like this year, you

look at the calendar, you see why Andy Murray and

Novak Djokovic are both declining to play this week for

their countries, and they’re players who typically play a

lot of Davis Cup. You can see why those challenges

still exist in a pretty crowded calendar.

 

The new president of the ITF, Dave Haggerty, was

president of the US Tennis Association. He’s very

progressive, and I think you’ll see change. It will be

incremental change. It won’t come tomorrow. But I

think you’ll see the ball start to roll towards a new look

in Davis Cup that is a little bit more of the times.

You have to remember the Davis Cup started in 1900,

long before the Masters, long before many massive

sporting events like the Ryder Cup.

 

Davis Cup will need to change if it wants to get more

attention. It’s still a wonderful event. It will be a

tremendous event here this weekend. The people in

attendance will absolutely love it. We’ll love it. But

there will be a lot of people on the east coast of

America that won’t be aware that it’s taking place,

which is one of the things that I think a change in

format would bring for Davis Cup, more attention, not to

mention it would make more money, which for the ITF

would do wonders for the growth of the game.

I have a lot of thoughts on it. It’s on the record. You

can look up my comments from years and years and

years ago on Davis Cup. But I’m sitting here because I

love to be a part of it, even in its current format.

Davis Cup succeeds largely in spite of the format, not

because of it.

 

Asked about strategy against Croatia.

CAPTAIN COURIER: Look, it’s pretty clear what our

strengths are. Bob and Mike on the court are just so

complete. They move in sync. They make it very

difficult for other teams to hit winners. They extract a

lot of errors. Bob and Mike will do their normal dance

out there, which is a thing of beauty to watch. It’s been

incredible to be a captain and witness what they’re able

to do for us.

 

Jack and John, although the heights are a little bit

different, the style and the strengths are very similar.

Serves and forehands are the shots. They’re the ones

that will cause opponents to lose sleep.

 

That gives me great comfort as a captain because that

was my bread and butter, too. I think I have a pretty

good understanding of how they need to play and what

they do on the court well.

 

The other team, just to give you a quick overview,

Marin Cilic, big server, solid off both wings on the

ground, moves pretty well for a big guy. Obviously has

tasted sweet success at slams and tasted some

frustration last week at Wimbledon when he had three

match points against Federer.

 

How will that impact him here? We’ll only know come

Friday when he gets back on the court, because that’s

the only way to figure that out.

 

Coric, probably a better backhand than forehand.

Moves well. Very hungry, very professional for a 19-

year-old. He’s a rising star who won the fifth match for

these guys earlier this year. Has good Davis Cup

experience.

 

Not sure what we’ll face doubles-wise. We know Ivan

Dodig is a terrific doubles player. He has been one of

the top doubles players for a long time. So not sure

who he’ll match up with. Not sure what the

composition of their team will be come Thursday when

they have to tell us, because they have another player

named Skugor, who has played for them, who is also

here with them on site. So they have five players.

There is a lot of unknowables right now on the doubles

format. Cilic is a good doubles player. He could find

himself on the court on Saturday, too.

That’s my overview.

 

Asked about what he needs to do to jump up in the rankings.

JACK SOCK: That was an incredible win by Sam(Querrey). I

think everyone sitting here, everyone in this room, is

very happy for him.

 

Yeah, I mean, obviously the consistency from Novak

and those other guys at the top is what separates

them. I mean, they’re doing it week in, week out,

winning a majority of the tournaments, majority of the

slams.

 

Yeah, I mean, the skill level could be very slim and

anyone can kind of beat anyone on any given day. It’s

probably the little things, the preparation and

everything that goes into it, might be a couple levels

better, a hair better. That can make the difference.

For myself personally, obviously everyone here,

everyone’s always trying to improve and do the little

things the best they can. Doing that week in, week out

can only help us. Hopefully that gap will close sooner

than later.

 

JOHN ISNER: Jack said it. It’s about consistency.

Myself and Jack are very capable of having some very

good weeks on the tour, going deep into some big

tournaments. But these guys do it week in and week

out. That’s really what separates them from everyone

else. It’s what makes them the toughest out in tennis.

You know when you step on the court against them,

you’re going to be up against a very high level of talent

and dedication. Also these guys mentally are so

strong and have been doing it for so long, always have

a lot of confidence because they have a lot of wins

behind them.

 

It’s all about being consistent. It’s what those guys do

remarkably well. As Jack eluded to, we see these guys

in the locker room, on the practice courts. They’re

extremely professional. It’s one of the reasons they’re

top in the world, is because they do absolutely

everything right.

 

 

Team Croatia which included Captain also handled questions from the press with Captain Krajan, Marin Cilic, Borna Coric and Ivan Dodig in attendance.

Asked if members of the team remember Croatia winning the Davis Cup in 2005 and how important it was to their country.

BORNA CORIC: I’m the youngest, so I’m going to

answer first.

 

Basically I started playing even more serious when that

happen. I was very young at that time and I wasn’t

sure if I’m going to try to go pro or not. This was big

thing for the Croatia, as well, and also for me.

It gave me some boost to go forward. It was

unbelievable.

 

MARIN CILIC: Generally it has definitely huge impact

on tennis, in general, especially for a country that small

like Croatia. It was one of the country’s best

achievements in the history. So that’s definitely huge.

I think it gave also a little bit of financial help for the

young ones. Obviously winning it, it’s a big thing. It

attracted few more sponsors for the Federation and

obviously gave a little bit more opportunities for the

young ones.

 

We of course would like that it is still a bit more. But at

that time I think for the young ones was pretty good,

and they could, you know, just look up to the best guys

and follow their lead. That’s, for sure, big motivation.

 

Asked if perfect 3-0 record against the US gives the team confidence.

CAPTAIN KRAJAN: I mean, for sure it gives you

confidence when you are playing against somebody

that you are already 3-Love ahead, better than if you’re

3-Love down.

It’s different because it’s different players, different

times. It’s not the same teams. From that side it is

different.

 

Again, probably there is something that suits us playing

States. We are pretty positive about this tie also.

 

Why is the Croatian team so good?

CAPTAIN KRAJAN: I mean, simply they’re good,

they’re very good. You all know Marin, and you know

what he achieved here in the States. I think you all

remember what he did in New York.

 

You know Borna, what kind of potential. He’s one of

the youngest, best players at his age in the world.

Ivan, great singles player, winning slam in the doubles.

I think they all top players in the world. As I said, that’s

why we are strong and we are looking forward for this

tie.

 

Asked about what it feels like to be a

Grand Slam champion.

IVAN DODIG: Yeah, I think it’s really special moment

for every athlete. For us is to win Grand Slam. It’s

obviously like you feel all the work you put into it, it’s in

the end rewarded. I think every player who start to play

tennis, dreaming about big things, is to win Grand

Slam.

 

Me and Marin had this great feeling. I hope I can still

continue in doubles, do some great results. Still I’m

motivate and hope I can get more Grand Slam. As well

for all our guys here, for Marin, Borna, other Marin. I

think we have great potential and will still have great

moments, as well.

 

MARIN CILIC: Tennis is a very difficult sport looking

mentally. You are all year round going up and down

with your emotions. You’re wondering if you are going

to achieve your best potential, if you’re doing the best

things possible for yourself.

 

Obviously winning a Grand Slam is a part for yourself

that you achieve for all your career, all your life.

Everything you’ve put into it is suddenly worth it. For

me, you have different view on tennis, on your career.

You are obviously more relaxed, but as well on the

other side you are more motivated as you know your

potential, as you know what you can do, what you can

achieve.

 

To be especially in this time, in this era with great

tennis players, the ones that are breaking so many

records, it’s definitely very challenging. It carries a

bigger weight to win a Grand Slam. So it’s definitely a

huge, huge motivation for me to continue on this path.

It’s a sign for all the other guys that are not achieving

their best potential yet, you know, that they can see

with hard work, with dedication, you can of course

believe and achieve these big things.

 

 

The Official Draw Ceremony for the U.S. vs. Croatia Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal will take place at 1:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 14, at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland. The ceremony will be open to the public.

Croatia is set to play its tenth tie away from home in its last 11 Davis Cup ties, while the United States is seeking to get back to the semifinals for the first time since 2012. The U.S. last won the Davis Cup in December 2007 in Portland, Oregon.

Singles play begins at 11:30 a.m. PT on Friday, July 15, and Sunday, July 17. Doubles play begins on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. PT. Tennis Channel will have television coverage.

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Davis Cup Quarterfinals and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tennis Channel

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(July 12, 2016)  LOS ANGELES –Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus will provide complete live coverage of all Davis Cup quarterfinal competition this weekend, including the United States’ battle with Croatia in Portland, Ore. In addition, the network will televise the 2016 International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Newport, R.I., on Saturday, July 16, along with live coverage of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships’ quarterfinals, semifinals and finals throughout the weekend. Tennis Channel will also offer live coverage of the men’s tournaments in Bastad, Sweden, and Hamburg, Germany.

The U.S. Davis Cup team will return to Portland for the first time since its Davis Cup title victory over Russia in 2007. Highlighting the match-up, top-ranked American John Isner will face former US Open champion Marin Cilic after having lost to him at Wimbledon two weeks ago. Although Cilic holds a 5-0 record against Isner, the pair have never faced each other in Davis Cup play. Rounding out the United States team is Jack Sock and doubles brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, considered by many to be the greatest doubles team of all time. Tennis Channel will offer live coverage each day beginning at 3 p.m. ET, Friday, July 15; 5 p.m. ET, Saturday, July 16; and 3 p.m. ET, Sunday, July 17 (complete weekend schedule below).

In addition to televising the United States-Croatia Davis Cup matchup, Tennis Channel will offer live looks at the other Davis Cup quarterfinals this weekend. World-whiparound coverage will get underway on Friday, July 15, with the Italy-Argentina competition in Pesaro, Italy; Czech Republic-France battle in Trinec, Czech Republic; and Serbia-Britain play in Belgrade, Serbia. Among the stars set to play Davis Cup this weekend include France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Britain’s Andy Murray, Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro and Italy’s Fabio Fognini.

As part of its world-whiparound coverage, Tennis Channel will air the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Newport live Saturday, July 16, at 12:30 p.m. ET. This year’s inductees include former World No. 1 players Marat Safin and Justine Henin. In addition, 2015 Hall of Famer Amelie Mauresmo will be honored as she was unable to attend last year due to the birth of her child.

Tennis Channel Plus will offer complete, live coverage of the entire ceremony. The network will also be in Newport for live coverage of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships’ quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. American stars set to play in this weekend’s tournament include Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey, Taylor Fritz, Rajeev Ram, Donald Young and Ryan Harrison.

The network will offer live coverage of the men’s tournaments in Bastad, Sweden, and Hamburg, Germany, this weekend as well, as part of daylong telecasts beginning at 5 a.m. ET, Friday, July 15; 7 a.m. ET, Saturday, July 16; and 6 a.m. ET, Sunday, July 17.

Viewers can also catch matches in their entirety on the network’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus.

Starting times for events within Tennis Channel’s world-whiparound coverage (all time ET):

Friday, July15:
6:30 a.m. – Davis Cup: Italy v. Argentina singles
8 a.m. – Davis Cup: Czech Republic v. France singles
10 a.m. – Davis Cup: Serbia v. Britain singles
1p.m. – Hall of Fame Tennis Championships quarterfinals
3p.m. – Davis Cup: USA v. Croatia singles

Saturday, July 16:
6a.m. – Davis Cup: Czech Republic v. France doubles
9a.m. – Davis Cup: Italy v. Argentina doubles
10 a.m. – Davis Cup: Serbia v. Britain doubles
12:30p.m. – Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Induction Ceremony
2p.m. – Hall of Fame Tennis Championships semifinals
5p.m. – Davis Cup: USA v. Croatia doubles

Sunday, July 17:
6:30 a.m. – Davis Cup: Italy v. Argentina singles
7 a.m. – Davis Cup: Czech Republic v. France singles
9 a.m. – Davis Cup: Serbia v. Britain singles
3 p.m. – Davis Cup: USA v. Croatia singles / Hall of Fame Tennis Championships final

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Isner, Sock and the Bryan Brothers Named to U.S. Davis Cup Team for Quarterfinal Tie Against Croatia in Beaverton, Oregon

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 5, 2016 – The USTA and United States Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier today announced that top-ranked American and world No. 17 John Isner, world No. 26 Jack Sock and 16-time Grand Slam doubles champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will represent the U.S. in the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Quarterfinal against Croatia. The best-of-five match series will be played on a temporary outdoor hard court at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, July 15-17, in Portland, Ore.

Croatia’s Davis Cup Captain Zeljko Krajan nominated No. 13 and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, No. 50 Borna Coric, Ivan Dodig, who is ranked No. 15 in doubles, and Marin Draganja, who is a former Top 20 doubles player, to his team.

Play begins at 11:30 a.m. PT on Friday, July 15, and Sunday, July 17. Play begins on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. PT. Friday will include two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday features the two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off, followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

Tickets are available and may be purchased by visiting www.usta.com/daviscup or by calling 888-484-USTA (8782). Prices for single-day tickets for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday range from $40 to $175 per day. The USTA has partnered with the Oregon Sports Authority to bring this event to the Portland area. The USTA has also partnered with tie sponsors Delta Air Lines, Comcast Business, Nike, and the City of Beaverton, along with the following tie suppliers North American Breweries, The Juice Plus+ Company, Ponzi Vineyards and Beaverton Honda

Croatia holds a 3-0 record over the United States in Davis Cup, one of only three countries that hold a winning record over the U.S. The U.S. last faced Croatia in the 2009 World Group Quarterfinal and also faced them in 2003 and 2005. This will be the United States’ first home tie since 2014. The U.S. is 111-18 all-time in Davis Cup ties played at home.

The winner of this match advances to the World Group Semifinal, held September 16-18, for a chance to compete for the 2016 Davis Cup title.

Isner, 31, is ranked No. 17 in the current world rankings and will be competing in his 12th Davis Cup tie; he is 10-9 in singles and 2-0 in doubles. His last Davis Cup appearance came this year in the first round in Melbourne, Australia, where Isner won both of his singles matches. His biggest Davis Cup victory came in 2012, when he defeated Roger Federer in the U.S. Davis Cup team’s first-round win at Switzerland. The tallest player in U.S. Davis Cup history, at 6-foot-10, Isner made his Davis Cup debut in the 2010 World Group First Round in Serbia, where he became the first U.S. player since 2003 to compete in three live rubbers in the same tie. He also represented the U.S. in the 2012 London Olympics, reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Federer. Isner turned pro after an outstanding four-year career at the University of Georgia, leading the Bulldogs to the 2007 NCAA team title as a senior. He holds 10 career tour singles titles, the last of which came in Atlanta during the 2015 Emirates Airline US Open Series. So far this year, he has reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and the French Open and the semifinals of the ATP clay-court event in Houston. 

Sock, 23, is ranked No. 26 in the world. He made his Davis Cup debut in September 2015 in the World Group Playoff in Uzbekistan, where he won both of his singles matches to keep the U.S. Davis Cup team in the World Group for this year. Sock also competed in the Davis Cup first round this March in Australia. He reached the final of the ATP events in Auckland and Houston earlier this year and won his first ATP singles title in 2015 in Houston. Sock has also thrived in doubles, winning the 2014 Wimbledon doubles title and the 2015 Indian Wells crown with Vasek Pospisil and peaking at a career-high No. 6 in the individual doubles rankings in May 2015; he also reached the doubles quarterfinals of the 2015 French Open and 2016 Australian Open. In 2011, Sock won the US Open mixed doubles title with fellow American Melanie Oudin.

Bob and Mike Bryan, both 38, hold a 24-4 doubles record together in U.S. Davis Cup competition; the 24 wins are first all-time in U.S. Davis Cup history for a tandem. Bob and Mike, the only brothers to pair in victory for the U.S. Davis Cup team, hold the all-time Open era record of most Grand Slam men’s doubles titles (16) and ATP doubles titles (112). In addition, the Bryan brothers won the gold medal in doubles at the 2012 Olympics in London, where they completed a career Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal. The Bryans ended 2014 as the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the world for a record 10th time in 12 years.

Overall, Bob holds a 25-4 doubles record in Davis Cup competition; he is also 4-2 in singles (all dead rubbers). Mike holds a 26-4 record in Davis Cup doubles matches, playing without Bob just twice in his Davis Cup career. Bob did not compete in the 2012 first-round match at Switzerland due to the birth of his daughter, Micaela; in that case, Mike teamed with Mardy Fish to defeat 2008 Olympic doubles gold medalists Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka to clinch the tie. Mike also partnered with Fish in the 2008 semifinal against Spain. Bob played without Mike (food poisoning) in the 2010 first round in Serbia, partnering instead with Fish.

Additionally, U.S. Captain Jim Courier announced the practice partners for the U.S. Davis Cup team—former junior standout Tommy Paul and University of Illinois alum Jared Hiltzik. Paul, 19, won the 2015 French Open junior singles title, becoming the sixth American ever to win the title, and also reached the final of the junior US Open in 2015. He peaked at a career-high No. 3 in the ITF World Junior Rankings in fall 2015. As a pro, Paul captured his first career USTA Pro Circuit singles at the $10,000 Futures events in Plantation, Fla., and Sunrise, Fla., this year. Hiltzik, 21, graduated this year from the University of Illinois, where he earned three All-America honors—one of three players in program history to ever do so—and  finished his collegiate career as the eighth-winningest singles player in program history with 115 wins. He also reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament as a junior in 2014. Hiltzik won his first USTA Pro Circuit doubles title this year at the Collegiate Series event in Winston-Salem, N.C., and reached his first USTA Pro Circuit singles final last year at the $15,000 Futures in Godfrey, Ill.

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US Davis Cup Team to Host Quarterfinal Tie Versus Croatia in Beaverton, Oregon

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From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 5, 2016 – The USTA today announced that the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton, Ore., has been selected as the site for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Quarterfinal between the United States and Croatia, July 15-17.  Davis Cup will return to the greater Portland area for the first time since hosting the 2007 Davis Cup Final versus Russia, where the U.S. captured their last Davis Cup title, defeating the Russians, 4-1. Founded in 1900, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 135 nations entered in 2016.

The best-of-five match series begins on Friday, July 15, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday features the two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off, followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

The USTA will be constructing a 6,000-seat stadium around the current main court at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton. The USTA has partnered with the Oregon Sports Authority to bring this event to the Portland area.  

“Portland holds a special place in U.S. Davis Cup history when we won the title here in 2007,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President. “We are thrilled to bring world-class tennis back to the area with Beaverton as our host and help grow the game in this community. We look forward to fans filling the stands and coming out to cheer on Team USA as we try to move one step closer to the Davis Cup trophy once again.”

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, June 3, at 10 a.m. PT. An exclusive pre-sale for USTA members will take place on Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 2. From Friday, June 3, through Thursday, June 23, only three-day ticket packages will be sold at prices ranging from $90 to $500 ($30 to $166 per day), representing the greatest initial ticket value.  Beginning on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. PT and pending availability, fans will then have access to only single-day tickets for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday with prices ranging from $40 to $175 per day. Fans are encouraged to purchase three-day ticket packages to take advantage of the best prices and to ensure availability.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.usta.com/daviscup or by calling 888-484-USTA (8782).

This is the fourth time that the greater Portland area has hosted Davis Cup. Portland’s Memorial Coliseum played host to the last three ties, including the 2007 Davis Cup Final, where Andy Roddick, James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan won the last Davis Cup title for the U.S. over Russia. The Memorial Coliseum also hosted Davis Cup in 1981 and 1984, in which the U.S. won both of those match-ups against Australia.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome the return of the Davis Cup back to the Portland area following the US Davis Cup Championship match hosted here nine years ago,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO, Oregon Sports Authority. “We look forward to hosting the most prestigious tennis event in the world this coming July and we know all tennis fans in Oregon and the Northwest will be ecstatic about the opportunity to witness the best in tennis once again.”

The winner of this match advances to the World Group Semifinal, held September 16-18, for a chance to compete for the 2016 Davis Cup title.

U.S. Davis Cup Team Captain Jim Courier will select the four players to represent the United States no later than ten days prior to the event.  Croatia is likely to be led by 2014 US Open singles champion Marin Cilic, who is currently ranked No. 11 in the world.

Croatia holds a 3-0 record over the United States in Davis Cup, one of only three countries that hold a winning record over the U.S. The U.S. last faced Croatia in the 2009 World Group Quarterfinal in Porec, Croatia, in which Croatia won 3-2 with Cilic and Ivo Karlovic leading the team. The U.S. also faced Croatia in the 2005 World Group First Round in Los Angeles and in the 2003 World Group First Round in Zagreb, Croatia. This will be the United States’ first home tie since 2014 in Hoffman Estates, Ill., as the U.S. team competed on the road against Great Britain and Uzbekistan last year and faced Australia in Melbourne this year.

The site selection is subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group Quarterfinal.

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