2014/04/16

“Uncle Sam” Saves U.S. – Querrey helps Americans squeak past Brazil and into the Quarterfinals

 

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DAVIS CUP: “UNCLE SAM” SAVES U.S.

Querrey helps Americans squeak past Brazil and into the Quarterfinals

 

By Junior Williams

 

(February 3, 2013) JACKSONVILLE – The U.S. Davis Cup team avoided a huge upset when Sam Querrey clinched the First Round tie for the Americans over Brazil, 3-2, in a fifth and decisive rubber on Sunday at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The U.S. now moves on to the Quarterfinals and will host Serbia and world number one Novak Djokovic in Boise, Idaho.

 

Querrey, ranked number 20 in the world, defeated 141-ranked Thiago Alves, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3), becoming the first American to clinch a Davis Cup tie in a fifth and decisive rubber since 2000, when Pete Sampras defeated Slava Dosedel to defeat the Czech Republic in a World Group Quarterfinal in Los Angeles. Querrey’s second live Davis Cup singles victory came two days after he defeated Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets.

Querrey stepped up for the U.S. after John Isner, ranked number 16 in the world, fell to the No. 36-ranked Bellucci, 2-6, 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3, in Sunday’s first reverse singles match. That evened the tie at 2-2, before Querrey served up 26 aces to defeat Alves.

 

It looked as if an upset was in the making when Alves took the first set, but Querrey soon found his groove. He began to win the long rallies against Alves, and take a two sets to one lead.

 

In the fourth set, Querrey was serving for the tie at 5-4, but he failed to convert a tie point and got broken after his overhead smash went into the net, giving Alves new life and the Brazilian fans hope. Both players battled into a fourth set tiebreak, in which Alves sent a shot past the baseline to give the U.S. a 5-3 lead Querrey would not relinquish. His victory gave joy and relief to the few hometown fans who hadn’t left the match to watch the Super Bowl.

 

“You know, I was just very happy with the way I battled through it,” said Querrey. ”Didn’t strike the ball as well as on Friday, but fought through the tough points, made him play, got breaks in the second, third and fourth sets there.

 

“He broke me back, but then edged him out in a tiebreaker. I was just happy to get through it.”
U.S. Captain Jim Courier said Querrey will benefit from experiencing the Davis Cup pressure cooker. “Sometimes obstacles become opportunities, and that’s what this was today for Sam. John, we thought he was going to get through his match. We thought Bob and Mike (Bryan) were going to get through their match (on Saturday). It came down to Sam, and he stepped up when we needed him to. Sam faced some adversity at the end and played a great tiebreaker to get past not closing it out on serve. Those are learning moments for a player, things you can draw on later on in your career.”

 

“It was a good effort from everybody, particularly the Brazilians,” said Courier. “They deserve a lot of credit for pushing us and making us come up with what we had to at the end.”

 

The Brazilian Alves said he was pleased with his level of play during the tie. “So was a great match. Sam is a great player. The first set I got my chance, so I think he was a little bit tense, nervous. After that he start to

play better tennis. I fight for all the match, all the match.”

 

Brazil’s Captian Joao Zwetsch congratulated the U.S. team on its victory, but also gave praise to his players for almost coming back from down 0-2 in matches to pull off the shocker.

 

“Everybody did all the best all the week trying to win this tie” said Zwetsch. ”Everybody was like this. When I get on the court, I can feel this energy. I was feeling today. It’s different. I can say to you it’s really different.”
Top-ranked Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci did his part to push the Americans to the brink with his five-set victory over Isner. It was Bellucci’s spin and kick serves versus Isner’s power service game, which included 22 aces.

But the American also committed 81 unforced errors in the nearly three-and-a-half hour match, and appeared to run out of gas in the fifth set — with this being only his second match since skipping the Australian open with a knee injury.
“In the end, I saw that Isner was a little bit tired and I was trying to put every ball inside the court to keep him playing,” said Bellucci.
“I just couldn’t quite win the big points,” said Isner. ”It’s almost like I wanted it too badly. I just felt like I was forcing it, wasn’t going for my shots like I should. Confidence-wise I’m not even close to where I want to be.”

 

Isner also complained about the Brazilian fans, who came ready to root for their favorites with taunts and a number of noisemakers in tow: party horns, kazoos and rubber ducks. ”To be honest I don’t appreciate their fans at all. I don’t think they’re too classy at all.” Isner went on to say that the fans are not an excuse for his defeat and that Bellucci deserved to win.
U.S. Captain Courier is now setting his sights on Serbia in the Davis Cup Quarterfinals: “We’re excited. We wanted to face Serbia. We thought that would be a great test for us. They’re one of the great Davis Cup nations right now. Novak is playing again this year after taking last year off. If you want to lift this trophy, you need to beat the best teams, and that certainly is one of them.

“We look forward to the challenge. We know it will be difficult. But Boise should be a very hospitable environment for us. We’ll like the altitude there. That should work well for us. We’ll look forward to playing there.”

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US Versus Serbia Davis Cup Quarterfinal to be Held in Boise

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 3, 2013 – The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier announced today that Boise, Idaho, has been selected as the site for the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal match between the United States and Serbia, April 5-7. The matches will be played at the Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University, which will have an expected capacity of approximately 11,700.

 

The event is being organized, staged and promoted by the USTA. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in late-February. For more information, fans can call the U.S. Davis Cup hotline at (888) 484-8782 or visit www.usta.com/daviscup.

 

The best-of-five match series begins Friday, April 5, 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 includes two “reverse singles” matches, where the No. 1 players square off followed by the No. 2 players going head-to-head. All matches are best-of-five sets until one country wins three matches.

 

This will be the second consecutive home tie for the U.S. Davis Cup team after winning the 2013 World Group First Round in Jacksonville, Fla., against Brazil. This will be just the third home match as U.S. Davis Cup Captain for Courier and just the fourth home tie for the U.S. since 2009. In that time, the U.S. team has played seven road matches–all on clay. The U.S. is 110-16 all-time in Davis Cup ties played at home. Idaho is the 34th state to host a U.S. Davis Cup tie.

 

This match will mark just the second meeting between the U.S. and Serbia in Davis Cup competition. Serbia won the only meeting, 3-2, in the 2010 World Group First Round in Belgrade by a Novak Djokovic-led team. Serbia is only one of three countries to have a winning record against the U.S. Davis Cup Team.

 

Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the U.S. vs. Serbia Davis Cup match.

 

The site selection is subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation.

 

The winner of the United States and Serbia tie will play in the semifinals, September 13-15.

 

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Brazil Stays Alive As Melo and Soares Upset the Bryans in 5 Sets

 

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DAVIS CUP: BRAZIL STAYS ALIVE
Melo and Soares upset the Bryans in 5 sets; U.S. up 2-1
By Junior Williams

 

(February 2, 2013) JACKSONVILLE — On Groundhog Day here in the United States, the conventional wisdom was that the world’s top-doubles team would clinch a first round Davis Cup World Group victory and ensure a long winter for Brazil’s team.

 

But as any Brazilian will tell you — it’s actually summer south of the Equator, and it’s not over yet.

 

Serveral hours after the American weather groundhog Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow and predicted an early spring, Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares kept Brazil’s Davis Cup hopes alive by stunning Americans Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6(6), 6-7(7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, in what was a high-quality and intense match. The U.S. now leads the tie 2-1.

 

For the Bryans — who are coming off their 13th major doubles title by winning the Australian Open — Saturday’s defeat marks only their third loss in 23 career Davis Cup matches.

 

In the first set tiebreak, Brazil rebounded from a 5-1 deficit and saved three set points on the way to winning the set, shocking the hometown faithful at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

 

“It was very important for us ’cause we kept the pressure on them,” said Soares. ”You never know, it’s tough to say, but I think if they had won the first set, they would come back really strong, and then it’s really tough to hold them back.”

 

The Bryans returned the favor in the second set tiebreak by saving four set points — including one as part of a challenge resulting in deadlock at 6-6 — to even the match at a set apiece. It was during the changeover at 6-6 during the tiebreak that Bob Bryan had some words with the Brazilian bench, ratcheting up the intensity level of the match.

 

 

“I felt strange Bob’s reaction” said Melo.  ”Just running, too close from me, screaming on my ear. I don’t know what’s happened like that, you know. Bob never did this before. We have really good relationship. I have him as a friend. In that moment I got in shock, How Bob did this, is not normal.”

 

Here’s Bob Bryan’s take on the situation: ”Yeah, Davis Cup is an emotional atmosphere. They got passionate after they thought they won the set. I got passionate to them. There were some words said. You know, no hard feelings, no grudges.

 

It’s Davis Cup. This sort of stuff happens all the time. It didn’t affect the outcome of the match at all. There’s no hard feelings.”

The Brazilians went on to take the third set, and the Americans battled back to win the fourth, putting the Bryans in uncharted territory: Their first ever five-setter in Davis Cup. The turning point in the fifth set was when Mike Bryan double faulted to give Brazil the break and a 5-3 lead. Brazil held serve in the following game to secure the victory, to the delight of fans wearing the green, gold and blue.

“We came here today to fight,” said Soares. ”We know we play well together. We never give up. So I think today was just a perfect example how good me and Marcelo can play together.”

 

Soares said part of Brazil’s game plan was to take away Mike Bryan’s return of serve down the middle. “Mike is one of the best returners in the game. We know we have to mix it up, take chances, serve in a spot that you don’t really feel comfortable, but you got to do it. He can hit any return anywhere. So I think what we tried to do a lot is to play the ‘I’ position and mix it up a lot.”

 

Soares called the win against the American his best ever in doubles competition.

“Beat Bryans on a Davis Cup World Group in their home. Tough to beat that. Maybe later on our career we hope to have some good wins as good as this one. But this one for me, it’s very special. It’s number one, for sure.”

 

“Hats off to the Brazilians, said Bob Bryan. I thought they served well pretty much of the four hours. A lot of high-percentage first serves. They were half-volleying well, keeping the pressure on for a long time. We didn’t get it done, and that’s our fault. We came here from Australia and gave it our best effort to get in shape and win this match, and we came up short.

“All the credit to those guys. They’ve beaten us before. They’re a good team. They’re in the mix in the big tournaments around the world. They knock on the door. They beat some other big teams as well. I’m sure we’re going to see them again for many years.”
In response to a follow-up question about the Bryans having any jet-lag or letdown after traveling from Australia, Mike Bryan said the twins felt great and were not mentally fatigued. “I don’t think we executed our best. We could have played a better match. Could have probably played a little more aggressive. But it wasn’t a factor of just winning a Grand Slam and traveling so far.”

The Americans are hoping John Isner will seal the tie when he takes on Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci in Sunday’s first singles match. A Bellucci victory would force a fifth and deciding match between Sam Querrey of the U.S. and Thiago Alves of Brazil. Querrey is ranked number 20 in the world, while Alves is ranked number 141.

 

U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier says he Isner and Querrey are “well-prepared. They come in with three sets under their belt from yesterday which is good for their

confidence, not damaging to their physical fitness. We feel confident in our chances (Sunday). We don’t underestimate the opposition. They gained a little bit of momentum. It will be our job to quell that tomorrow and snuff it out first ball.”
Courier’s counterpart, Brazilian Davis Cup Captain Joao Zwetsch, said his team is going to “come strong” on Sunday and use the doubles victory as added motivation. “We still respecting a lot the American team, like I said all the time this week,” said Zwetsch. ”But I guess we are like stronger mentally now to come (Sunday) and fight as we fight (Saturday).”

 

Junior Williams is a long-time journalist and tennis fan. At a moment’s notice he can give you a list of all the Davis Cup match-ups that would give the US home ties. He is in Jacksonville, Florida covering the Davis Cup first round World Group tie between the United States and Brazil for Tennis Panorama News.

 

 

 

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Latest Results From Davis Cup

 

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February 2, 2013  -  The Czech Republic defeated Switzerland in the doubles rubber on Saturday 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(3,) 24-22 . The doubles rubber between Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol (CZE) and Marco Chiudinelli and Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) lasted 7 hours 1 minute and is the longest Davis Cup match on record (in terms of duration). The previous longest was the fifth rubber of the 1982 World Group quarterfinal between John McEnroe (USA) and Mats Wilander (SWE), which lasted 6 hours 22 minutes.

Serbia, France and Argentina have clinched berths in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals by taking 3-0 leads.

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

CANADA leads SPAIN 2-0

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

Milos Raonic (CAN) d. Albert Ramos (ESP) 67(5) 64 64 64
Frank Dancevic (CAN) d. Marcel Granollers (ESP) 61 62 62
Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (ESP)
Milos Raonic (CAN) v Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Frank Dancevic (CAN) v Albert Ramos (ESP)

ITALY leads CROATIA 2-1

Venue: Palavela, Turin, ITA (clay – indoor)

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 61 67(6) 46 63 62

Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Ivan Dodig (CRO) 62 67(2) 64 64

Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Marin Cilic/Ivan Dodig (CRO) 36 61 63 76(11)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Marin Cilic (CRO)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Ivan Dodig (CRO)

SERBIA defeated BELGIUM 3-0

Venue: Spiroudome de Charleroi, Charleroi, BEL (clay – indoor)

Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. David Goffin (BEL) 16 36 76(5) 64 64

Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Olivier Rochus (BEL) 63 62 62

Viktor Troicki/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) d. Ruben Bemelmans/Steve Darcis (BEL) 64 64 57 64

David Goffin (BEL) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)

Olivier Rochus (BEL) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)

USA leads BRAZIL 2-1
Venue: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL, USA (hard – indoor)

Sam Querrey (USA) d. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 63 64 64

John Isner (USA) v Thiago Alves (BRA) 63 76(4) 63

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) d. Mike Bryan/Bob Bryan (USA) 76(6) 67(7) 64 36 63

John Isner (USA) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

Sam Querrey (USA) v Thiago Alves (BRA)

FRANCE defeated ISRAEL 3-0

Venue: Kindarena, Rouen, FRA (hard – indoor)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Amir Weintraub (ISR) 63 63 46 75

Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Dudi Sela (ISR) 63 62 62

Julien Benneteau/Michael Llodra (FRA) d. Jonathan Erlich/Dudi Sela (ISR) 76(3) 61 60
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Dudi Sela (ISR)

Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Amir Weintraub (ISR)

ARGENTINA defeated GERMANY 3-0

Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) d. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 36 75 62 46 4-5 ret. (left hamstring)

Juan Monaco (ARG) d. Florian Mayer (GER) 67(4) 63 63 64

David Nalbandian/Horacio Zeballos (ARG) d. Tobias Kamke/Christopher Kas (GER) 61 64 57 62

Juan Monaco (ARG) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v Florian Mayer (GER)

KAZAKHSTAN leads AUSTRIA 2-1

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

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) d. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 76(2) 63 76(5)

Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 76(4) 63 62

Julian Knowle/Alexander Peya (AUT) d. Andrey Golubev/Yuriy Schukin (KAZ) 76(5) 63 76(3)

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)

Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

CZECH REPUBLIC leads SWITZERLAND 2-1

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

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 64 63 64

Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 63 62 67(5) 61

Tomas Berdych/ Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Marco Chiudinelli/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 64 57 64 67(3) 2422

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Henri Laaksonen (SUI) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

URUGUAY leads DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2-1

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

Marcel Felder (URU) d. Roberto Cid (DOM) 63 63 62

Jose Hernandez (DOM) d. Martin Cuevas (URU) 64 61 63

Ariel Behar/Marcel Felder (URU) d. Henry Estrella/Jose Hernandez (DOM) 62 64 63

Marcel Felder (URU) v Jose Hernandez (DOM)

Martin Cuevas (URU) v Roberto Cid (DOM)

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

AUSTRALIA defeated CHINESE TAIPEI 3-0

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

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Yang Tsung-Hua (TPE) 64 64 64

Matthew Ebden (AUS) d. Chen Ti (TPE) 63 64 75

Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Lee Hsin-Han/Peng Hsien-Yin (TPE) 76(6) 64 62

Chen Ti (TPE) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Yang Tsung-Hua (TPE) v Matthew Ebden (AUS)

UZBEKISTAN defeated CHINA, P.R. 3-0

Venue: Sport Complex Pahlavon, Namangan, UZB (clay – indoor)

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Wu Di (CHN) 46 46 76(4) 75 62

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 46 76(8) 64 36 64

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Gong Mao-Xin/Zhang Ze (CHN) 63 76(4) 63

Denis Istomin (UZB) v Zhang Ze (CHN)

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Wu Di (CHN)

KOREA, REP. leads INDIA 2-1

Venue: R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium, New Delhi, IND (hard – outdoor)

Cho Min Hyeok (KOR) d. Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND) 61 60 61

Jeong Suk-Young (KOR) d. Vijayant Malik (IND) 64 75 30 ret. (Cramping)

Leander Paes/Purav Raja (IND) v Lim Yong-Kyu/ Nam Ji Sung (KOR) 64 76(5) 62

Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND) v Jeong Suk-Young (KOR)

Vijayant Malik (IND) v Cho Min Hyeok (KOR)

JAPAN defeated INDONESIA 3-0

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

Tatsuma Ito (JPN) d. Christopher Rungkat (INA) 62 62 64

Go Soeda (JPN) d. Wisnu Adi Nugroho (INA) 60 60 61

Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) d. Christopher Rungkat/Elbert Sie (INA) 64 57 26 75 62

Go Soeda (JPN) v Christopher Rungkat (INA)

Tatsuma Ito (JPN) v Wisnu Adi Nugroho (INA)

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

POLAND leads SLOVENIA 2-1
Venue: Centennial Hall, Wroclaw, POL (hard – indoor)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 63 63 75

Lukasz Kubot (POL) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 63 63 60

Blaz Kavcic/Grega Zemlja (SLO) d. Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) 63 26 62 46 1311

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Grega Zemlja (SLO)

Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Blaz Kavcic (SLO)

ROMANIA defeated DENMARK 3-0
Venue: Sala Sporturilor “Horia Demian”, Cluj Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)

Marius Copil (ROU) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 63 76(7) 64

Adrian Ungur (ROU) d. Martin Pedersen (DEN) 62 76(3) 46 46 62

Horia Tecau/Florin Mergea (ROU) d. Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 76(3) 62 64

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

Marius Copil (ROU) v Martin Pedersen (DEN)

SLOVAK REPUBLIC leads UKRAINE 2-1
Venue: TC Premier, Kremenchug, UKR (hard – indoor)

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) d. Andrej Martin (SVK) 62 62 75

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 57 76(5) 64

Filip Polasek/Igor Zelenay (SVK) d. Alexandr Dolgopolov/Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(4) 76(3) 63

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) v Lukas Lacko (SVK)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v Andrej Martin (SVK)

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

MEXICO defeated PUERTO RICO 3-0
Venue: Palmas Athletic Club, Humacao, PUR (hard – outdoor)

Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Alex Llompart (PUR) 76(7) 63 76(4)

Daniel Garza (MEX) d. Christian Garay (PUR) 62 60 63

Daniel Garza/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) d. Gilberto Alvarez/Alex Llompart (PUR) 64 67(4) 61 36 86

Alex Llompart (PUR) v Daniel Garza (MEX)

Christian Garay (PUR) v Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX)

EL SALVADOR defeated BARBADOS 3-0
Venue: Maya Country Club, Santa Tecla, ESA (clay – outdoor)

Rafael Arevalo (ESA) d. Darian King (BAR) 63 67(1) 62 64

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Anthony Marshall (BAR) 61 61 61

Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) d. Darian King/Russell Moseley (BAR) 26 63 64 62

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) v Darian King (BAR)

Rafael Arevalo (ESA) v Anthony Marshall (BAR)

VENEZUELA leads GUATEMALA 2-0
Venue: Centro Nacional de Tenis, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)

David Souto (VEN) d. Sebastien Vidal (GUA) 62 61 76(5)

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) d. Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 63 75 36 61

Piero Luisi/Luis Martinez (VEN) v Christopher Diaz-Figueroa/Sebastien Vidal (GUA)

David Souto (VEN) v Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA)

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Sebastien Vidal (GUA)

PERU defeated HAITI 3-0
Venue: Club Lawn Tennis de la Exposicion, Lima, PER (clay – outdoor)

Duilio Beretta (PER) d. Hillel Rousseau (HAI) 62 62 60

Mauricio Echazu (PER) d. Olivier Sajous (HAI) 64 63 75

Duilio Beretta/Sergio Galdos (PER) d. Joel Allen/Olivier Sajous (HAI) 76(5) 64 64

Duilio Beretta (PER) v Olivier Sajous (HAI)

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Hillel Rousseau (HAI)

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

NEW ZEALAND defeated LEBANON 4-0
Venue: Albany Tennis Park, Auckland, NZL (hard – indoor)

Daniel King-Turner (NZL) d. Michael Massih (LIB) 61 61 60

Artem Sitak (NZL) d. Karim Alayli (LIB) 62 61 60

Marcus Daniell/Daniel King-Turner (NZL) d. Ibrahim Abou Chahine/Karim Alayli (LIB) 61 61 61

Daniel King-Turner (NZL) d. Ibrahim Abou Chahine (LIB) 60 61

Artem Sitak (NZL) v Michael Massih (LIB)

PAKISTAN leads SRI LANKA 2-1

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

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) 46 61 42 ret.

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Aisam Qureshi (PAK) 76(3) 75 76(3)

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Harshana Godamann/Rajeev Rajapakse (SRI) 62 67(0) 26 63 62

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) v Aqeel Khan (PAK)

Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) v Aisam Qureshi (PAK)

THAILAND leads KUWAIT 2-1

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

Danai Udomchoke (THA) d. Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 61 61 46 46 64

Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) d. Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) 64 76(7) 36 36 61

Pruchya Isarow/Nuttanon Kadchapanan (THA) d. Mohammad Ghareeb/Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) 36 63 76(6) 76(4)

Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) v Danai Udomchoke (THA)

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) v Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA)

PHILIPPINES defeated SYRIA 3-0

Venue: Plantation Bay Resort & Spa, Lapu-Lapu, PHI (clay – outdoor)

Johnny Arcilla (PHI) d. Issam Haitham Taweel (SYR) 64 57 61 62

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Marc Abdelnour (SYR) 64 76(1) 62

Ruben Gonzales/Treat Conrad Huey (PHI) d. Marc Abdelnour/Issam Haitham Taweel (SYR) 60 63 26 62

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Issam Haitham Taweel (SYR)

Johnny Arcilla (PHI) v Marc Abdelnour (SYR)

EUROPE/AFRICA GROUP II FIRST ROUND

FINLAND leads BULGARIA 2-1
Venue: Tennis Hall “Sofia”, Sofia, BUL (hard – indoor)

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 61 61 60

Micke Kontinen (FIN) d. Alexander Lazov (BUL) 76(4) 63 64

Harri Heliovaara/Henri Kontinen (FIN) d. Grigor Dimitrov/Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) 75 61 46 26 64

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v Micke Kontinen (FIN)

Alexander Lazov (BUL) v Juho Paukku (FIN)

IRELAND leads ESTONIA 2-1

Venue: David Lloyd Riverview, Dublin, IRL (hard – indoor)

James McGee (IRL) d. Jaan Kononov (EST) 60 61 63

Vladimir Ivanov (EST) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 36 62 63 76(3)

Sam Barry/James McGee (IRL) d. Vladimir Ivanov/Marek Marksoo (EST) 64 63 36 36 97

James McGee (IRL) v Vladimir Ivanov (EST)

Sam Barry (IRL) v Jaan Kononov (EST)

LATVIA defeated TUNISIA 3-0

Venue: Cité Nationale Sportive, El Menzah, TUN (hard – outdoor)

Andis Juska (LAT) d. Mohamed Haythem Abid (TUN) 76(7) 63 60

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) d. Slim Hamza (TUN) 61 62 60

Ernests Gulbis/Andis Juska (LAT) d. Slim Hamza/Mohamed Haythem Abid (TUN) 76(6) 26 63 64

Mohamed Haythem Abid (TUN) v Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

Slim Hamza (TUN) v Andis Juska (LAT)

MONACO leads BELARUS 2-1
Venue: Monte Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, MON (clay – outdoor)

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 67(6) 61 63 63

Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) d. Jean-Rene Lisnard (MON) 64 64 60

Benjamin Balleret/Guillaume Couillard (MON) d. Max Mirnyi/Andrei Vasilevski (BLR) 76(3) 46 46 76(5) 62

Benjamin Balleret (MON) v Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR)

Jean-Rene Lisnard (MON) v Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR)

MOLDOVA leads HUNGARY 2-1

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

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 36 63 64 64

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Viktor Filipenko (HUN) 61 63 63

Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) d. Radu Albot/Andrei Ciumac (MDA) 63 62 62

Radu Albot (MDA) v Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) v Viktor Filipenko (HUN)

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA defeated LUXEMBOURG 3-0
Venue: Mojmilo Sports Hall, Sarajevo, BIH (hard – indoor)

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 64 64 60

Aldin Setkic (BIH) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 60 63

Tomislav Brkic/Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Laurent Bram/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 61 63 63

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Ugo Nastasi (LUX)

Aldin Setkic (BIH) v Mike Scheidweiler (LUX)

LITHUANIA leads CYPRUS 2-1

Venue: Siauliu Arena, Siauliai, LTU (hard – indoor)

Dovydas Sakinis (LTU) d. Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP) 62 62 16 63

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Petros Chrysochos (CYP) 61 64 60

Petros Chrysochos/Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP) d. Ricardas Berankis/Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 75 36 36 64 64

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) v Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP)

Dovydas Sakinis (LTU) v Petros Chrysochos (CYP)

PORTUGAL defeated BENIN 3-0

Venue: Club Internacional de Football, Lisbon, POR (clay – indoor)

Joao Sousa (POR) d. Loic Didavi (BEN) 61 63 60

Pedro Sousa (POR) d. Alexis Klegou (BEN) 46 61 64 62

Joao Sousa/Pedro Sousa (POR) d. Loic Didavi/Alexis Klegou (BEN) 62 61 61

Joao Sousa (POR) v Alexis Klegou (BEN)

Pedro Sousa (POR) v Loic Didavi (BEN)

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USTA to Help Refurbish Courts as Part of Davis Cup Legacy Program

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 2, 2013 – The USTA announced today that it will refurbish courts at the Clanzel T. Brown Park tennis facility in Jacksonville, Fla., as a part of the USTA’s Davis Cup Legacy program.  The program, begun more than a decade ago, is designed to leave a permanent tennis legacy in the communities which host Davis Cup ties in the United States.

 

To further develop 10 and Under Tennis and youth tennis in Jacksonville, Fla., which hosted the Davis Cup World Group First Round against Brazil, one court at Clanzel T. Brown Park will be converted into four permanent 36-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts with fencing, nets, and center straps. Seven other courts will be resurfaced and have blended lines placed on the courts to make them 60-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts. Work on this project will be commencing soon.

 

“We are having a very positive experience in Jacksonville and are pleased with the way the community has embraced tennis and the Davis Cup this week,” said David Haggerty, USTA Chairman, CEO and President.  “The USTA’s mission is to grow tennis and give all people of all ages access to the game. We are proud to work with the City of Jacksonville to achieve this goal and leave a permanent footprint in this Davis Cup town with the Davis Cup Legacy.”

 

“This is a great example of how investing in sports and entertainment can create a lasting investment for our community. More than a game, we are talking about the game of life and I am proud to enter into this new partnership to strengthen the tools and resources to refine skills and promote leadership in the next generation,” said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. “The USTA and Davis Cup Legacy program should be commended for helping the City of Jacksonville carry out this important work in our community.”

 

The $42,000 projected is jointly funded by the USTA, the USTA Florida section, and the City of Jacksonville. With a Davis Cup Legacy, USTA Professional and Community tennis partner to leave a lasting impression in communities that host Davis Cup ties. The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas First Round between the United States and Brazil takes place this weekend at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

 

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Davis Cup: High “I. Q.” For USA

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DAVIS CUP: HIGH “I.Q.” FOR U.S.

Isner, Querrey give Americans 2-0 lead over Brazil

 

By Junior Williams

 

(February 1, 2013) JACKSONVILLE – Straight sets victories by John Isner and Sam Querrey have given the United States a commanding 2-0 lead over Brazil in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

 

Isner — who skipped the Australian open due to a knee injury — showed signs of rust in his 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Thiago Alves, who’s ranked 141 in the world. The American committed 62 unforced errors in the nearly two-hour match, partly due to some spirited play from Alves, who at times surprised Isner with his return of serve and ability to win long rallies.

 

But in the end Isner was bailed out by his powerful serve. In the second set, Isner staved off two set points by firing aces and going on to hold at 5-5. He later overcame a mini-break in the second set tiebreak, and closed out the set with a pair of aces — he had 32 in all.

 

Isner — the top ranked American and number 16 in the world – took control of the third set by breaking Alves to go up 4-2, on the Brazilian’s unforced error past the baseline.

 

When asked whether the four-week layoff bothered him, Isner replied, “It wasn’t exactly pretty, but I knew that may be the case going into this match today because I’m real short on match practice, real short on practice in general. But these are the type of matches for me going forward that I need to get under my belt. But all in all I’m very happy with the outcome and glad I was able to contribute today.”

 

In the first match, Sam Querrey defeated Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. The American — whose world ranking is 20 — served 15 aces and won 96 percent of his first serve points. Early in the match, Querrey had trouble returning the Belucci’s kick serves, but the Brazilian double faulted midway through the first set to send Querrey up a break. Querrey capitalized by clinching the set as Bellucci returned his serve into the net.

 

“I feel like I played great,” said Querrey.  I was serving well, and that just makes things so much easier. I could play a little freer on his service games.I was a little nervous at the beginning.Once I got that first break, I felt like I got my feet settled and I was on a roll.

 

After that, it was all Querrey, who broke Bellucci in the first game in each of the remaining sets en route to his first Davis Cup singles victory

 

 

The number 36-ranked Bellucci said “It was not easy to play today. The court was very fast. (Querrey)  was serving very strong, very close from the lines. I didn’t play my best tennis, so I’m a little bit disappointing.

 

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The turnout for today’s matches was low, but Querrey still gave the home crowd a thumbs up.

 

“Everyone that was there did a great job. They got surprisingly loud there at the end for an arena that wasn’t full.You know, it’s still good for who was there.Hopefully tomorrow we can get more. I know sometimes it’s a little tougher on Friday with people working. Hopefully tomorrow and Sunday we can get more.”

 

Saturday, the United States will look to clinch the tie by going with Bob and Mike Bryan, who are fresh from winning the Australian Open men’s doubles championship — a record-setting 13th major title. The twins will take on top 20 doubles players Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares.”

 

A U.S. victory would send the Americans to the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals, where they would likely host Serbia. World number one Novak Djokovic and teammate Viktor Troicki won their matches against Belgium to take a 2-0 lead.

 

Junior Williams is a long-time journalist and tennis fan. At a moment’s notice he can give you a list of all the Davis Cup match-ups that would give the US home ties. He is in Jacksonville, Florida covering the Davis Cup first round World Group tie between the United States and Brazil for Tennis Panorama News.

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2013 Davis Cup World Group, Zone Group I and Zone Group II first round – Latest Results

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WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

SPAIN level with CANADA 0-0

Venue: Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, CAN (hard – indoor)
Milos Raonic (CAN) v Albert Ramos (ESP)
Frank Dancevic (CAN) v Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (ESP)
Milos Raonic (CAN) v Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Frank Dancevic (CAN) v Albert Ramos (ESP)

ITALY level with CROATIA 1-1

Venue: Palavela, Turin, ITA (clay – indoor)

 

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 61 67(6) 46 63 62

Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Ivan Dodig (CRO) 62 67(2) 64 64

Simone Bolelli/Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Nikola Mektic/Mate Pavic (CRO)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Marin Cilic (CRO)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Ivan Dodig (CRO)

 

SERBIA leads BELGIUM 2-0

Venue: Spiroudome de Charleroi, Charleroi, BEL (clay – indoor)

Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. David Goffin (BEL) 16 36 76(5) 64 64

Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Olivier Rochus (BEL) 63 62 62

Ruben Bemelmans/Steve Darcis (BEL) v Viktor Troicki/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

David Goffin (BEL) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)

Olivier Rochus (BEL) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)

 

USA leads BRAZIL 2-0
Venue: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL, USA (hard – indoor)

Sam Querrey (USA) d. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 63 64 64

John Isner (USA) v Thiago Alves (BRA) 63 76(4) 63

Mike Bryan/Bob Bryan (USA) v Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA)

John Isner (USA) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

Sam Querrey (USA) v Thiago Alves (BRA)

FRANCE leads ISRAEL 2-0

Venue: Kindarena, Rouen, FRA (hard – indoor)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Amir Weintraub (ISR) 63 63 46 64

Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Dudi Sela (ISR) 63 62 62

Julien Benneteau/Michael Llodra (FRA) v Jonathan Erlich/Dudi Sela (ISR)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Dudi Sela (ISR)

Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Amir Weintraub (ISR)

 

ARGENTINA lead GERMANY 2-0

Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)

 

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) d. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 36 75 62 46 45ret.

Juan Monaco (ARG) d. Florian Mayer (GER) 67(4) 63 63 64

David Nalbandian/Horacio Zeballos (ARG) v Christopher Kas/Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

Juan Monaco (ARG) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v Florian Mayer (GER)

 

KAZAKHSTAN leads AUSTRIA 2-0

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

 

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) d. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 76(2) 63 76(5)

Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 76(4) 63 62

Andrey Golubev/Yuriy Schukin (KAZ) v Julian Knowle/Alexander Peya (AUT)

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)

Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

 

SWITZERLAND level with CZECH REPUBLIC 1-1

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

 

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 64 63 64

Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 63 62 67(5) 61

Marco Chiudinelli/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Ivo Minar/Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Henri Laaksonen (SUI) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)
AMERICAS GROUP I

 

URUGUAY leads DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1-0

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

 

Marcel Felder (URU) d. Roberto Cid (DOM) 63 63 62

Martin Cuevas (URU) v Jose Hernandez (DOM)

Ariel Behar/Marcel Felder (URU) v Henry Estrella/Juan Berrido Fernandez (DOM)

Marcel Felder (URU) v Jose Hernandez (DOM)

Martin Cuevas (URU) v Roberto Cid (DOM)

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA GROUP I

 

AUSTRALIA leads CHINESE TAIPEI 2-0

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

 

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Yang Tsung-Hua (TPE) 64 64 64

Matthew Ebden (AUS) d. Chen Ti (TPE) 63 64 75

Peng Hsien-Yin/Lee Hsin-Han (TPE) v Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Chen Ti (TPE) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Yang Tsung-Hua (TPE) v Matthew Ebden (AUS)

 

UZBEKISTAN leads CHINA P.R. 2-0

Venue: Sport Complex Pahlavon, Namangan, UZB (clay – indoor)

 

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Wu Di (CHN) 46 46 76(4) 75 62

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 46 76(8) 64 36 64

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) v Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN)

Denis Istomin (UZB) v Zhang Ze (CHN)

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Wu Di (CHN)

 

KOREA, REPUBLIC leads INDIA 2-0

Venue: R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium, New Delhi, IND (hard – outdoor)

 

Cho Min Hyeok (KOR) d. Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND) 61 60 61

Jeong Suk-Young (KOR) d. Vijayant Malik (IND) 64 75 30 ret. (Cramping)

Leander Paes/Purav Raja (IND) v Lim Yong-Kyu/Sung Nam Ji (KOR)

Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND) v Jeong Suk-Young (KOR)

Vijayant Malik (IND) v Cho Min Hyeok (KOR)

 

JAPAN leads INDONESIA 2-0

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

 

Tatsuma Ito (JPN) d. Christopher Rungkat (INA) 62 62 64

Go Soeda (JPN) d. Wisnu Adi Nugroho (INA) 60 60 61

Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) v Ketut-Nesa Arta/Elbert Sie (INA)

Go Soeda (JPN) v Christopher Rungkat (INA)

Tatsuma Ito (JPN) v Wisnu Adi Nugroho (INA)

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA GROUP I

 

POLAND leads SLOVENIA 2-0
Venue: Centennial Hall, Wroclaw, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 63 63 75

Lukasz Kubot (POL) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 63 63 60

Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Grega Zemlja/Blaz Kavcic (SLO)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Grega Zemlja (SLO)

Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Blaz Kavcic (SLO)
ROMANIA leads DENMARK 2-0
Venue: Sala Sporturilor “Horia Demian”, Cluj Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)

 

Marius Copil (ROU) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 63 76(7) 64

Adrian Ungur (ROU) d. Martin Pedersen (DEN) 62 76(3) 46 46 62

Horia Tecau/Florin Mergea (ROU) v Frederik Nielsen/Thomas Kromann (DEN)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

Marius Copil (ROU) v Martin Pedersen (DEN)

UKRAINE level with SLOVAK REPUBLIC 1-1
Venue: TC Premier, Kremenchug, UKR (hard – indoor)

 

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) d. Andrej Martin (SVK) 62 62 75

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 57 76(5) 64

Illya Marchenko/Denys Molchanov (UKR) v Filip Polasek/Igor Zelenay (SVK)

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) v Lukas Lacko (SVK)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v Andrej Martin (SVK)

 

 

AMERICAS GROUP II

 

MEXICO leads PUERTO RICO 1-0
Venue: Palmas Athletic Club, Humacao, PUR (hard – outdoor)

 

Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Alex Llompart (PUR) 76(7) 63 76(4)

Christian Garay (PUR) v Daniel Garza (MEX)

Gilberto Alvarez/Alex Llompart (PUR) v Lucas Gomez/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)

Alex Llompart (PUR) v Daniel Garza (MEX)

Christian Garay (PUR) v Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX)
EL SALVADOR leads BARBADOS 2-0
Venue: Maya Country Club, Santa Tecla, ESA (clay – outdoor)

 

Rafael Arevalo (ESA) d. Darian King (BAR) 63 67(1) 62 64

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Anthony Marshall (BAR) 61 61 61

Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) v Darian King/Russell Moseley (BAR)

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) v Darian King (BAR)

Rafael Arevalo (ESA) v Anthony Marshall (BAR)

 

VENEZUELA leads GUATEMALA 1-0
Venue: Centro Nacional de Tenis, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)

 

David Souto (VEN) d. Sebastien Vidal (GUA) 62 61 76(5)

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA)

Piero Luisi/Luis Martinez (VEN) v Christopher Diaz-Figueroa/Sebastien Vidal (GUA)

David Souto (VEN) v Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA)

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Sebastien Vidal (GUA)

 

PERU leads HAITI 2-0
Venue: Club Lawn Tennis de la Exposicion, Lima, PER (clay – outdoor)

 

Duilio Beretta (PER) d. Hillel Rousseau (HAI) 62 62 60

Mauricio Echazu (PER) d. Olivier Sajous (HAI) 64 63 75

Duilio Beretta/Sergio Galdos (PER) v Joel Allen/Olivier Sajous (HAI)

Duilio Beretta (PER) v Olivier Sajous (HAI)

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Hillel Rousseau (HAI)

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA GROUP II

 

NEW ZEALAND leads LEBANON 2-0
Venue: Albany Tennis Park, Auckland, NZL (hard – indoor)

 

Daniel King-Turner (NZL) d. Michael Massih (LIB) 61 61 60

Artem Sitak (NZL) d. Karim Alayl (LIB) 62 61 60

Marcus Daniell/Daniel King-Turner (NZL) v Ibrahim Abou-Chahine/Karim Alayli (LIB)

Daniel King-Turner (NZL) v Karim Alayl (LIB)

Artem Sitak (NZL) v Michael Massih (LIB)

 

PAKISTAN level with SRI LANKA 1-1

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

 

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) 46 61 42 ret.

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Aisam Qureshi (PAK) 76(3) 75 76(3)

Harshana Godamann/Rajeev Rajapakse (SRI) v Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK)

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) v Aqeel Khan (PAK)

Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) v Aisam Qureshi (PAK)

 

THAILAND level with KUWAIT 1-1

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

 

Danai Udomchoke (THA) d. Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 61 61 46 46 64

Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) d. Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) 64 76(7) 36 36 61

Mohammad Ghareeb/Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) v Pruchya Isarow/Nuttanon Kadchapanan (THA)

Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) v Danai Udomchoke (THA)

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) v Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA)

 

PHILIPPINES leads SYRIA 2-0

Venue: Plantation Bay Resort & Spa, Lapu-Lapu, PHI (clay – outdoor)

 

Johnny Arcilla (PHI) d. Issam Haitham Taweel (SYR) 64 57 61 62

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Marc Abdelnour (SYR) 64 76(1) 62

Vicente Elberto Anasta/Treat Conrad Huey (PHI) v Marc Abdelnour/Majdi Salim (SYR)

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Issam Haitham Taweel (SYR)

Johnny Arcilla (PHI) v Marc Abdelnour (SYR)

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA GROUP II

 

BULGARIA level with FINLAND 1-1
Venue: Tennis Hall “Sofia”, Sofia, BUL (hard – indoor)

 

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 61 61 60

Micke Kontinen (FIN) d. Alexander Lazov (BUL) 76(4) 63 64

Tihomir Grozdanov/Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) v Harri Heliovaara/Henri Kontinen (FIN)

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v Micke Kontinen (FIN)

Alexander Lazov (BUL) v Juho Paukku (FIN)

 

IRELAND level with ESTONIA 1-1

Venue: David Lloyd Riverview, Dublin, IRL (hard – indoor)

 

James McGee (IRL) d. Jaan Kononov (EST) 60 61 63

Vladimir Ivanov (EST) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 36 62 63 76(3)

James Cluskey/Colin O’Brien (IRL) v Vladimir Ivanov/Marek Marksoo (EST)

James McGee (IRL) v Vladimir Ivanov (EST)

Sam Barry (IRL) v Jaan Kononov (EST)

 

LATVIA leads TUNISIA 2-0

Venue: Cité Nationale Sportive, El Menzah, TUN (hard – outdoor)

 

Andis Juska (LAT) d. Mohamed Haythem Abid (TUN) 76(7) 63 60

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) d. Slim Hamza (TUN) 61 62 60

Slim Hamza/Mohamed Haythem Abid (TUN) v Ernests Gulbis/Andis Juska (LAT)

Mohamed Haythem Abid (TUN) v Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

Slim Hamza (TUN) v Andis Juska (LAT)

 

MONACO level with BELARUS 1-1
Venue: Monte Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, MON (clay – outdoor)

 

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 67(6) 61 63 63

Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) d. Jean-Rene Lisnard (MON) 64 64 60

Guillaume Couillard/Thomas Oger (MON) v Max Mirnyi/Andrei Vasilevski (BLR)

Benjamin Balleret (MON) v Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR)

Jean-Rene Lisnard (MON) v Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR)

 

MOLDOVA leads HUNGARY 2-0

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

 

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 36 63 64 64

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Viktor Filipenko (HUN) 61 63 63

Radu Albot/Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) v Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN)

Radu Albot (MDA) v Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) v Viktor Filipenko (HUN)

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA leads LUXEMBOURG 2-0
Venue: Mojmilo Sports Hall, Sarajevo, BIH (hard – indoor)

 

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 64 64 60

Aldin Setkic (BIH) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 60 63

Tomislav Brkic/Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Laurent Bram/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX)

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Ugo Nastasi (LUX)

Aldin Setkic (BIH) v Mike Scheidweiler (LUX)

 

LITHUANIA leads CYPRUS 2-0

Venue: Siauliu Arena, Siauliai, LTU (hard – indoor)

 

Dovydas Sakinis (LTU) d. Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP) 62 62 16 63

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Petros Chrysochos (CYP) 61 64 60

Ricardas Berankis/Dovydas Sakinis (LTU) v Petros Chrysochos/Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) v Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP)

Dovydas Sakinis (LTU) v Petros Chrysochos (CYP)

 

PORTUGAL leads BENIN 2-0

Venue: Club Internacional de Football, Lisbon, POR (clay – indoor)

 

Joao Sousa (POR) d. Loic Didavi (BEN) 61 63 60

Pedro Sousa (POR) d. Alexis Klegou (BEN) 46 61 64 62

Joao Sousa/Pedro Sousa (POR) v Loic Didavi/Alexis Klegou (BEN)

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Davis Cup Draws for the 2013 World Group, Zone Group I and Zone Group II First Round Ties

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The ITF has announced the draws for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group, Zone Group I and Zone Group II first round ties, taking place on February 1-3.

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

CANADA v SPAIN

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

Milos Raonic (CAN) v Albert Ramos (ESP)
Frank Dancevic (CAN) v Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (ESP)
Milos Raonic (CAN) v Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Frank Dancevic (CAN) v Albert Ramos (ESP)

ITALY v CROATIA

Venue: Palavela, Turin, ITA (clay – indoor)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Marin Cilic (CRO)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Ivan Dodig (CRO)

Simone Bolelli/Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Nikola Mektic/Mate Pavic (CRO)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Marin Cilic (CRO)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Ivan Dodig (CRO)

BELGIUM v SERBIA

Venue: Spiroudome de Charleroi, Charleroi, BEL (clay – indoor)

David Goffin (BEL) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)

Olivier Rochus (BEL) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)

Ruben Bemelmans/Steve Darcis (BEL) v Viktor Troicki/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

David Goffin (BEL) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)

Olivier Rochus (BEL) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)

USA v BRAZIL
Venue: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL, USA (hard – indoor)

Sam Querrey (USA) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

John Isner (USA) v Thiago Alves (BRA)

Mike Bryan/Bob Bryan (USA) v Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA)

John Isner (USA) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

Sam Querrey (USA) v Thiago Alves (BRA)

FRANCE v ISRAEL

Venue: Kindarena, Rouen, FRA (hard – indoor)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Amir Weintraub (ISR)

Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Dudi Sela (ISR)

Julien Benneteau/Michael Llodra (FRA) v Jonathan Erlich/Dudi Sela (ISR)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Dudi Sela (ISR)

Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Amir Weintraub (ISR)

ARGENTINA v GERMANY

Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

Juan Monaco (ARG) v Florian Mayer (GER)

David Nalbandian/Horacio Zeballos (ARG) v Christopher Kas/Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

Juan Monaco (ARG) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v Florian Mayer (GER)

KAZAKHSTAN v AUSTRIA

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

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)

Andrey Golubev/Yuriy Schukin (KAZ) v Julian Knowle/Alexander Peya (AUT)

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)

Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

SWITZERLAND v CZECH REPUBLIC

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

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

Henri Laaksonen (SUI) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Marco Chiudinelli/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Ivo Minar/Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Henri Laaksonen (SUI) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

AMERICAS GROUP I

URUGUAY v DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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

Marcel Felder (URU) v Roberto Cid (DOM)

Martin Cuevas (URU) v Jose Hernandez (DOM)

Ariel Behar/Marcel Felder (URU) v Henry Estrella/Juan Berrido Fernandez (DOM)

Marcel Felder (URU) v Jose Hernandez (DOM)

Martin Cuevas (URU) v Roberto Cid (DOM)

ASIA/OCEANIA GROUP I

CHINESE TAIPEI v AUSTRALIA

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

Yang Tsung-Hua (TPE) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Chen Ti (TPE) v Matthew Ebden (AUS)

Peng Hsien-Yin/Lee Hsin-Han (TPE) v Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Chen Ti (TPE) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Yang Tsung-Hua (TPE) v Matthew Ebden (AUS)

UZBEKISTAN v CHINA P.R.

Venue: Sport Complex Pahlavon, Namangan, UZB (clay – indoor)

Denis Istomin (UZB) v Wu Di (CHN)

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Zhang Ze (CHN)

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) v Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN)

Denis Istomin (UZB) v Zhang Ze (CHN)

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Wu Di (CHN)

INDIA v KOREA, REPUBLIC

Venue: R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium, New Delhi, IND (hard – outdoor)

Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND) v Cho Min Hyeok (KOR)

Vijayant Malik (IND) v Jeong Suk-Young (KOR)

Leander Paes/Purav Raja (IND) v Lim Yong-Kyu/Sung Nam Ji (KOR)

Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND) v Jeong Suk-Young (KOR)

Vijayant Malik (IND) v Cho Min Hyeok (KOR)

JAPAN v INDONESIA

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

Tatsuma Ito (JPN) v Christopher Rungkat (INA)

Go Soeda (JPN) v Wisnu Adi Nugroho (INA)

Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) v Ketut-Nesa Arta/Elbert Sie (INA)

Go Soeda (JPN) v Christopher Rungkat (INA)

Tatsuma Ito (JPN) v Wisnu Adi Nugroho (INA)

EUROPE/AFRICA GROUP I

POLAND v SLOVENIA
Venue: Centennial Hall, Wroclaw, POL (hard – indoor)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Blaz Kavcic (SLO)

Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Grega Zemlja (SLO)

Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Grega Zemlja/Blaz Kavcic (SLO)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Grega Zemlja (SLO)

Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Blaz Kavcic (SLO)

ROMANIA v DENMARK
Venue: Sala Sporturilor “Horia Demian”, Cluj Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)

Marius Copil (ROU) v Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Martin Pedersen (DEN)

Horia Tecau/Florin Mergea (ROU) v Frederik Nielsen/Thomas Kromann (DEN)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

Marius Copil (ROU) v Martin Pedersen (DEN)

UKRAINE v SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Venue: TC Premier, Kremenchug, UKR (hard – indoor)

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) v Andrej Martin (SVK)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v Lukas Lacko (SVK)

Illya Marchenko/Denys Molchanov (UKR) v Filip Polasek/Igor Zelenay (SVK)

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) v Lukas Lacko (SVK)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v Andrej Martin (SVK)

AMERICAS GROUP II

PUERTO RICO v MEXICO
Venue: Palmas Athletic Club, Humacao, PUR (hard – outdoor)

Alex Llompart (PUR) v Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX)

Christian Garay (PUR) v Daniel Garza (MEX)

Christian Garay/Alex Llompart (PUR) v Lucas Gomez/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)

Alex Llompart (PUR) v Daniel Garza (MEX)

Christian Garay (PUR) v Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX)

EL SALVADOR v BARBADOS
Venue: Maya Country Club, Santa Tecla, ESA (clay – outdoor)

Rafael Arevalo (ESA) v Darian King (BAR)

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) v Anthony Marshall (BAR)

Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) v Darian King/Russell Moseley (BAR)

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) v Darian King (BAR)

Rafael Arevalo (ESA) v Anthony Marshall (BAR)

VENEZUELA v GUATEMALA
Venue: Centro Nacional de Tenis, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)

David Souto (VEN) v Sebastien Vidal (GUA)

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA)

Piero Luisi/Luis Martinez (VEN) v Christopher Diaz-Figueroa/Sebastien Vidal (GUA)

David Souto (VEN) v Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA)

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Sebastien Vidal (GUA)

PERU v HAITI
Venue: Club Lawn Tennis de la Exposicion, Lima, PER (clay – outdoor)

Duilio Beretta (PER) v Hillel Rousseau (HAI)

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Olivier Sajous (HAI)

Duilio Beretta/Sergio Galdos (PER) v Joel Allen/Olivier Sajous (HAI)

Duilio Beretta (PER) v Olivier Sajous (HAI)

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Hillel Rousseau (HAI)

ASIA/OCEANIA GROUP II

NEW ZEALAND v LEBANON
Venue: Albany Tennis Park, Auckland, NZL (hard – indoor)

Daniel King-Turner (NZL) v Michael Massih (LIB)

Artem Sitak (NZL) v Karim Alayl (LIB)

Marcus Daniell/Daniel King-Turner (NZL) v Ibrahim Abou-Chahine/Karim Alayli (LIB)

Daniel King-Turner (NZL) v Karim Alayl (LIB)

Artem Sitak (NZL) v Michael Massih (LIB)

SRI LANKA v PAKISTAN

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

Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) v Aqeel Khan (PAK)

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) v Aisam Qureshi (PAK)

Harshana Godamann/Rajeev Rajapakse (SRI) v Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK)

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) v Aqeel Khan (PAK)

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) v Aisam Qureshi (PAK)

KUWAIT v THAILAND

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

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) v Danai Udomchoke (THA)

Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) v Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA)

Mohammad Ghareeb/Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) v Pruchya Isarow/Nuttanon Kadchapanan (THA)

Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) v Danai Udomchoke (THA)

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) v Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA)

PHILIPPINES v SYRIA

Venue: Plantation Bay Resort & Spa, Lapu-Lapu, PHI (clay – outdoor)

Johnny Arcilla (PHI) v Issam Haitham Taweel (SYR)

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Marc Abdelnour (SYR)

Vicente Elberto Anasta/Treat Conrad Huey (PHI) v Marc Abdelnour/Majdi Salim (SYR)

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Issam Haitham Taweel (SYR)

Johnny Arcilla (PHI) v Marc Abdelnour (SYR)

EUROPE/AFRICA GROUP II

BULGARIA v FINLAND
Venue: Tennis Hall “Sofia”, Sofia, BUL (hard – indoor)

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v Juho Paukku (FIN)

Alexander Lazov (BUL) v Micke Kontinen (FIN)

Tihomir Grozdanov/Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) v Harri Heliovaara/Henri Kontinen (FIN)

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v Micke Kontinen (FIN)

Alexander Lazov (BUL) v Juho Paukku (FIN)

IRELAND v ESTONIA

Venue: David Lloyd Riverview, Dublin, IRL (hard – indoor)

James McGee (IRL) v Jaan Kononov (EST)

Sam Barry (IRL) v Vladimir Ivanov (EST)

James Cluskey/Colin O’Brien (IRL) v Vladimir Ivanov/Marek Marksoo (EST)

James McGee (IRL) v Vladimir Ivanov (EST)

Sam Barry (IRL) v Jaan Kononov (EST)

TUNISIA v LATVIA

Venue: Cité Nationale Sportive, El Menzah, TUN (hard – outdoor)

Mohamed Haythem Abid (TUN) v Andis Juska (LAT)

Slim Hamza (TUN) v Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

Slim Hamza/Mohamed Haythem Abid (TUN) v Ernests Gulbis/Andis Juska (LAT)

Mohamed Haythem Abid (TUN) v Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

Slim Hamza (TUN) v Andis Juska (LAT)

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

Benjamin Balleret (MON) v Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR)

Jean-Rene Lisnard (MON) v Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR)

Guillaume Couillard/Thomas Oger (MON) v Max Mirnyi/Andrei Vasilevski (BLR)

Benjamin Balleret (MON) v Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR)

Jean-Rene Lisnard (MON) v Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR)

MOLDOVA v HUNGARY

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

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) v Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

Radu Albot (MDA) v Viktor Filipenko (HUN)

Radu Albot/Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) v Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN)

Radu Albot (MDA) v Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) v Viktor Filipenko (HUN)

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA v LUXEMBOURG
Venue: Mojmilo Sports Hall, Sarajevo, BIH (hard – indoor)

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Mike Scheidweiler (LUX)

Aldin Setkic (BIH) v Ugo Nastasi (LUX)

Tomislav Brkic/Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Laurent Bram/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX)

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Ugo Nastasi (LUX)

Aldin Setkic (BIH) v Mike Scheidweiler (LUX)

LITHUANIA v CYPRUS

Venue: Siauliu Arena, Siauliai, LTU (hard – indoor)

Dovydas Sakinis (LTU) v Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) v Petros Chrysochos (CYP)

Ricardas Berankis/Dovydas Sakinis (LTU) v Petros Chrysochos/Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) v Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP)

Dovydas Sakinis (LTU) v Petros Chrysochos (CYP)

PORTUGAL v BENIN

Venue: Club Internacional de Football, Lisbon, POR (clay – indoor)

Joao Sousa (POR) v Loic Didavi (BEN)

Pedro Sousa (POR) v Alexis Klegou (BEN)

Joao Sousa/Pedro Sousa (POR) v Loic Didavi/Alexis Klegou (BEN)

Joao Sousa (POR) v Alexis Klegou (BEN)

Pedro Sousa (POR) v Loic Didavi (BEN)

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Isner is Ready to Lead Team USA Against Brazil in Davis Cup This Weekend

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(January 31, 2013) JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – The No. 1 tennis player representing the United States is ready to return to action this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida to lead the US against Brazil in the first round of Davis Cup World Group matches. John Isner coming back from a right knee injury which prevented him from competing in the Australia Open.

 

“We came into the week looking for clarity on John’s knee, hoping it would respond the way it has,” team captain Jim Courier explained at Thursday’s draw ceremony.

“He practiced hard every day. He’s had no setbacks.

 

“From our eyes and our medical staff’s eyes, we feel confident he’s ready and set for 10 sets of tennis if he needs to play them this weekend.”

 

“What Cap said, “ said Isner who first injured his knee when he was participating in Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia in the beginning of the year..” I had a very encouraging week of practice, which is what I was looking for. To be honest, I didn’t know how my knee was going to react when I really started to practice hard because it’s been a while.

 

“I certainly had to take some time off. Like I said, practice is going well. That was the main decision for us.

 

“My knee hasn’t been bothering me. I feel like I’m ready to go. These guys feel like I’m ready to go as well. That’s why the decision was made.”

 

Had Isner not been ready to go, Ryan Harrison would have been named to the team.

Tampa resident Isner who played for the University of Georgia is looking forward to the home tie, the first home tie for himself and Sam Querrey as  members of the Davis Cup squad.

“I’ve always flown over an ocean to go play Davis Cup. This tie I just got in my car and drove three hours,” he said. “I do feel at home here. Hopefully I can get some USA chants, but Georgia chants also would be accepted on my part.”

 

“I think this is my seventh match,” Isner added.  “Sam (Querrey) probably has played just about the same amount. We’ve always had the red stuff underneath our feet, so it’s been different to practice on hard courts during Davis Cup week.

 

“For basically our whole team, it was a pretty easy travel schedule to get here. It’s not something we’ve been accustomed to lately.

 

“For Sam and myself, this is going to be a great opportunity. We’ve never played one at home. We’re going to go out there and try to play our best.”

 

“It will be nice to have the fan support, the crowds behind us, instead of getting the boos every time you step onto the court, “ Querrey said. “It will be nice to get the home support.”

 

“It’s going to be real difficult for us here,” Brazil  Davis Cup Captain Zwetsch.

“We knew this before come here already. After we came here and saw the arena, it’s really nice and big. Probably is going to be crowded.

 

“The court is also a little fast, as we expected. But also we are already prepared for that. We are also talking about this some time before to come here during the tournaments.

 

“We did a very good preparation to face the USA team. We know that they are really good, they’re really strong. They’re going to have a great support here with the crowd. But we also have a good experience to play in these conditions. We’re expecting to do well.

 

“We’re going to fight hard to get this tie to Brazil.”

 

World No. 13 Isner will meet Brazil’s Thiago Alves, ranked No. 145 in the second singles match of the day on Friday. The first match will feature No. 22 Sam Querrey against Brazil’s top player, No. 33 Thomaz Bellucci.

 

The doubles rubber will take place on Saturday as the world’s top team ranked team of Bob and Mike Bryan will face the Brazilian pair of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares. On Sunday reverse singles will take place.

 

Isner is 5-5 in Davis Cup singles play, while Querrey is 1-5.

 

The match marks the fifth meeting between the U.S. and Brazil in Davis Cup with the Americans leading the overall series 3-1. The countries last met in Davis Cup play in 1997 in a first-round match in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. Courier played singles for the U.S. team and won two matches to lead the American team to a 4-1 win.

 

This will be the first Davis Cup competition in an American city for either Isner or Querrey. Isner is 5-5 in Davis Cup singles play while Querrey is 1-5, with all matches held outside the U.S. on clay courts.

 

This match will mark the fifth meeting between the U.S. and Brazil in Davis Cup with the U.S. leading the overall series 3-1. The US defeated Brazil in the 1997 first round in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, when Courier and Jacksonville resident MaliVai Washington led the U.S. to a 4-1 win. Brazil is playing the World Group for the first time since 2003. It has not won a World Group first round tie since 2001, when they hosted Morocco.

 

Weekend Order of Play

Friday, 2 p.m.

Singles A: Sam Querrey (USA) v. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

Singles B: John Isner (USA) v. Thiago Alves (BRA)

 

Saturday, 2 p.m.

Doubles: Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) v. Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA)

Sunday, 12 p.m.

Singles C: John Isner (USA) v. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

Singles D: Sam Querrey (USA) v. Thiago Alves (BRA)

James Blake To Be Guest Analyst For Tennis Channel’s Davis Cup Coverage This Weekend

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James Blake To Be Guest Analyst For Tennis Channel’s Davis Cup Coverage This Weekend

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2013 – American tennis player  James Blake, whose career includes a top-five ranking and 10 singles titles, will appear as a guest analyst during Tennis Channel’s exclusive first-round Davis Cup coverage this weekend. A Davis Cup team member from 2001-2003 and 2005-2009, Blake played a significant role in helping the U.S. squad capture its first cup in 12 years in 2007, and will offer his unique perspective at the competition between the Americans and initial 2013 opponent Brazil, live beginning Friday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. ET.

 

It is the first time that Blake will appear on television in an analyst’s role. He will share Tennis Channel’s booth with announcer Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) and interact with sideline reporter Ashley Fisher (@ashley_fisher75).

 

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to participate in Tennis Channel’s Davis Cup coverage,” said Blake. “There are few matches in our sport that take place in such a passionate, intense atmosphere. I’ve always loved how energized the crowds are during Davis Cup.”

 

Blake was a fixture of the U.S. Davis Cup team from 2001-2009, with the exception of 2004, which he missed for health reasons, and compiled a 21-12 record for his country. In 2007, en route to winning the championship with fellow stars Andy Roddick and twins Bob and Mike Bryan, Blake posted a 5-2 record, including two wins in the final against Russia. The team was captained by Patrick McEnroe.

 

During a professional career that begin in 1999, Blake has put together a 357-242 record and amassed 10 ATP World Tour titles, among them a 2006 championship at a Las Vegas tournament then owned and aired by Tennis Channel. That same year he reached a career-high No. 4 in the singles rankings, battling all the way into the top five after having missed extensive time in 2004 while recovering from injury and illness. In 2008 Blake competed in the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

 

Blake joins a list of tennis stars who first tested the television broadcast waters with Tennis Channel while still active as players, among them Lindsay Davenport, Justin Gimelstob, Rennae Stubbs and Corina Morariu.

 

“We couldn’t be happier to have James as part of Tennis Channel’s Davis Cup team this weekend,” said Bob Whyley, senior vice president, production, and executive producer, Tennis Channel. “We’ve been fortunate to work with a number of players while they were still on the tour, and to allow our viewers to experience the sport through people who know what it’s like to be out there right now, competing in these types of matches and against today’s players. James knows what it takes to be a Davis Cup champion, and we think he’s going to be a great guest analyst for Tennis Channel.”

 

After back-to-back singles matches beginning Friday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. ET, the U.S.-Brazil competition resumes with a doubles match Saturday, Feb. 2, also at 2 p.m. ET. The remaining back-to-back singles matches take place Sunday, Feb. 3, at 12 p.m. ET. In Davis Cup play, each of the five matches is worth one point, with the nation that wins at least three points advancing to the next round. The winner of this weekend’s first-round battle will face either Serbia or Belgium in April’s quarterfinal round.

 

In addition to live United States-Brazil action, this weekend Tennis Channel will televise the first-round matchup between defending champion Czech Republic and Switzerland.

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