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Davis Cup Results for March 8, 2015

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

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

FRANCE defeated GERMANY 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

GREAT BRITAIN defeated USA 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

AUSTRALIA defeated CZECH REPUBLIC 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

KAZAKHSTAN defeated ITALY 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

ARGENTINA level with BRAZIL 2-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

SERBIA defeated CROATIA 5-0

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

CANADA defeated JAPAN 3-2

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

 

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

 

BELGIUM defeated SWITZERLAND 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC defeated BARBADOS 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

COLOMBIA defeated URUGUAY 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

KOREA, REP. defeated THAILAND 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

RUSSIA defeated DENMARK 4-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

AUSTRIA defeated SWEDEN 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

SLOVAKIA defeated SLOVENIA 5-0

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

ROMANIA defeated ISRAEL 5-0

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

POLAND defeated LITHUANIA 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

VENEZUELA defeated COSTA RICA 5-0

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

EL SALVADOR defeated PUERTO RICO 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

MEXICO defeated BOLIVIA 3-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

CHILE defeated PERU 5-0

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated LEBANON 5-0

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

PHILIPPINES defeated SRI LANKA 5-0

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

INDONESIA defeated IRAN 5-0

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

PAKISTAN defeated KUWAIT 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

TURKEY defeated SOUTH AFRICA 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

BELARUS defeated IRELAND 5-0

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

PORTUGAL defeated MOROCCO 4-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

FINLAND defeated MONACO 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA defeated ZIMBABWE 4-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

HUNGARY defeated MOLDOVA 4-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

LUXEMBOURG defeated MADAGSCAR 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

BULGARIA defeated LATVIA 4-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Davis Cup Results for September 12, 2014

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WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

FRANCE leads CZECH REPUBLIC 2-0

Venue: Roland Garros, Paris, FRA (clay – outdoor)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 63 62 63
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 62 62 63
Julien Benneteau/Gael Monfils (FRA) v Radek Stepanek/Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

 

SWITZERLAND leads ITALY 2-0

Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)
Roger Federer (SUI) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 76(5) 64 64
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 62 63 62
Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Paolo Lorenzi/Andreas Seppi (ITA)

Roger Federer (SUI) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

SERBIA leads INDIA 2-0

Venue: KSLTA Tennis Stadium, Bangalore, IND (hard – outdoor)

 

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) d. Yuki Bhambri (IND) 63 62 75
Filip Krajinovic (SRB) d. Somdev Devvarman (IND) 61 46 63 62

Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes (IND) v Ilija Bozoljac/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

Somdev Devvarman (IND) v Dusan Lajovic (SRB)

Yuki Bhambri (IND) v Filip Krajinovic (SRB)

 

BRAZIL level with SPAIN 1-1

Venue: Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida, Sao Paulo, BRA (clay – indoor)

 

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) 60 61 63
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Pablo Andujar (ESP) 36 67(6) 64 75 63

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) v Marc Lopez/David Marrero (ESP)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Pablo Andujar (ESP)

 

 

ISRAEL level with ARGENTINA 1-1

Venue: Sunrise Tennis Club, Sunrise, FL, USA (hard – outdoor)

 

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Bar Tzuf Botzer (ISR) 64 36 62 61

Dudi Sela (ISR) d. Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 63 67(5) 62 62
Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) v Federico Delbonis/Horacio Zeballos (ARG)

Dudi Sela (ISR) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Bar Tzuf Botzer (ISR) v Carlos Berlocq (ARG)

 

CANADA leads COLOMBIA 2-0

Venue: Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Canada (hard – indoor)

 

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. Santiago Giraldo (COL) 63 76(2) 63
Milos Raonic (CAN) d. Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) 63 63 62
Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL)
Milos Raonic (CAN) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)

 

 

USA leads SLOVAKIA 2-0

Venue: Sears Centre Arena, Chicago, IL, USA (hard – indoor)

 

John Isner (USA) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 76(5) 64 62
Sam Querrey (USA) d. Martin Klizan (SVK) 76(6) 63 63
Mike Bryan/Bob Bryan (USA) v Lukas Lacko/Michal Mertinak (SVK)
John Isner (USA) v Martin Klizan (SVK)
Sam Querrey (USA) v Norbert Gombos (SVK)

 

AUSTRALIA leads UZBEKISTAN 2-0

Venue: Cottesloe Tennis Club, Perth, AUS (grass – outdoor)

 

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 64 75 64

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 64 64 62
Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB)

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Denis Istomin (UZB)

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Farrukh Dustov (UZB)

NETHERLANDS level with CROATIA 1-1

Venue: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, NED (clay – indoor)

 

Mate Delic (CRO) d. Igor Sijsling (NED) 46 64 75 62

Robin Haase (NED) d. Borna Coric (CRO) 76(4) 61 64
Thiemo de Bakker/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) v Marin Cilic/Marin Draganja (CRO)

Robin Haase (NED) v Mate Delic (CRO)

Igor Sijsling (NED) v Borna Coric (CRO)

 

UKRAINE level with BELGIUM 1-1

Venue: Tere Tennis Centre, Tallinn, EST (hard – indoor)

 

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Steve Darcis (BEL) 67(5) 64 62 62
David Goffin (BEL) d. Illya Marchenko (UKR) 76(1) 63 61
Sergei Bubka/Denys Molchanov (UKR) v Ruben Bemelmans/Olivier Rochus (BEL)
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v David Goffin (BEL)
Illya Marchenko (UKR) v Steve Darcis (BEL)

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I – SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

URUGUAY leads VENEZUELA 2-0
Venue: Cancha Central, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)

Pablo Cuevas (URU) d. Jesus Bandres (VEN) 63 62 61
Martin Cuevas (URU) d. Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) 75 62 63
Luis David Martinez/Roberto Maytin (VEN) v Martin Cuevas/Pablo Cuevas (URU)
Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Pablo Cuevas (URU)
Jesus Bandres (VEN) v Martin Cuevas (URU)

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I – FIRST ROUND PLAY-OFF

KOREA, REPUBLIC leads CHINESE TAIPEI 2-0
Venue: Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts, Kaohsiung City, TPE (hard – outdoor)

Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) d. Hung Jui Chen (TPE) 62 62 60
Chung Hyeon (KOR) d. Wang Chieh Fu (TPE) 64 75 62
Chen Ti/Peng Hsien Yin (TPE) v Cho Min Hyeok/Nam Jisung (KOR)
Hung Jui Chen (TPE) v Chung Hyeon (KOR)
Wang Chieh Fu (TPE) v Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR)

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I – FIRST ROUND PLAY-OFF

ROMANIA level with SWEDEN 1-1
Venue: Arenele BNR, Bucharest, ROU (clay – outdoor)

Christian Lindell (SWE) d. Adrian Ungur (ROU) 75 76(2) 64
Marius Copil (ROU) d. Elias Ymer (SWE) 62 63 62
Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) v Isak Arvidsson/Johan Brunstrom (SWE)
Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Elias Ymer (SWE)
Marius Copil (ROU) v Christian Lindell (SWE)

AUSTRIA leads LATVIA 2-0
Venue: Vidzemes Olimpiskaos Centrs, Valmiera, LAT (hard – indoor)

Martin Fischer (AUT) d. Andis Juska (LAT) 63 63 62
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) d. Janis Podzus (LAT) 63 61 64
Ernests Gulbis/Mikelis Libietis (LAT) v Philipp Oswald/Alexander Peya (AUT)
Andis Juska (LAT) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Janis Podzus (LAT) v Martin Fischer (AUT)


EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I – SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

RUSSIA leads PORTUGAL 2-0
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoor)

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) d. Gastao Elias (POR) 62 64 64
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) d. Joao Sousa (POR) 76(7) 64 36 61
Konstantin Kravchuk/Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR)
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) v Joao Sousa (POR)
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) v Gastao Elias (POR)

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II – THIRD ROUND

BARBADOS level with MEXICO 1-1
Venue: National Tennis Centre, St Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)

Tigre Hank (MEX) d. Haydn Lewis (BAR) 75 64 63
Darian King (BAR) d. Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) 64 64 62
Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX)
Darian King (BAR) v Tigre Hank (MEX)
Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX)

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II – THIRD ROUND

THAILAND leads PAKISTAN 2-0
Venue: The National Tennis Development Center, Nonthaburi, THA (hard – outdoor)

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Aisam Qureshi (PAK) 36 63 63 62
Danai Udomchoke (THA) d. Samir Iftikhar (PAK) 60 64 61
Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) v Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK)
Danai Udomchoke (THA) v Aisam Qureshi (PAK)
Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Samir Iftikhar (PAK)

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II – THIRD ROUND

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA level with LITHUANIA 1-1
Venue: Mojmilo Sports Hall, Sarajevo, BIH (hard – indoor)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Mirza Basic (BIH) 57 36 64 64 64
Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 67(5) 61 61 1-0 ret.
Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) v Lukas Mugevicius/Dovydas Sakinis (LTU)
Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Ricardas Berankis (LTU)
Mirza Basic (BIH) v Laurynas Grigelis (LTU)

DENMARK level with MOLDOVA 1-1
Venue: Bramdrupdam Hallerne, Kolding, DEN (carpet – indoor)

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Martin Pedersen (DEN) 75 63 62
Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) 62 62 63
Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Radu Albot/Andrei Ciumac (MDA)
Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Radu Albot (MDA)
Martin Pedersen (DEN) v Maxim Dubarenco (MDA)

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Draws announced for Davis Cup World Group Semifinals, Play-offs, and Zone Group ties

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(September 11, 2014) The ITF has announced the draws for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and Zone Group ties taking place on 12-14 September.

 

The winners of the two semifinals will contest the 2014 World Group Final on 21-23 November. The winners of the eight World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2015 World Group, while the losers will contest their respective Zone Group I competition in 2015.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

FRANCE v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: Roland Garros, Paris, FRA (clay – outdoor)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Julien Benneteau/Gael Monfils (FRA) v Radek Stepanek/Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

 

SWITZERLAND v ITALY

Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)
Roger Federer (SUI) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Paolo Lorenzi/Andreas Seppi (ITA)

Roger Federer (SUI) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

INDIA v SERBIA

Venue: KSLTA Tennis Stadium, Bangalore, IND (hard – outdoor)

 

Yuki Bhambri (IND) v Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
Somdev Devvarman (IND) v Filip Krajinovic (SRB)

Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes (IND) v Ilija Bozoljac/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

Somdev Devvarman (IND) v Dusan Lajovic (SRB)

Yuki Bhambri (IND) v Filip Krajinovic (SRB)

 

BRAZIL v SPAIN

Venue: Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida, Sao Paulo, BRA (clay – indoor)

 

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Pablo Andujar (ESP)

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) v Marc Lopez/David Marrero (ESP)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Pablo Andujar (ESP)

 

 

ISRAEL v ARGENTINA

Venue: Sunrise Tennis Club, Sunrise, FL, USA (hard – outdoor)

 

Bar Tzuf Botzer (ISR) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Dudi Sela (ISR) v Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) v Federico Delbonis/Horacio Zeballos (ARG)

Dudi Sela (ISR) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Bar Tzuf Botzer (ISR) v Carlos Berlocq (ARG)

 

CANADA v COLOMBIA

Venue: Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Canada (hard – indoor)

 

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Milos Raonic (CAN) v Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)
Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL)
Milos Raonic (CAN) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)

 

 

USA v SLOVAKIA

Venue: Sears Centre Arena, Chicago, IL, USA (hard – indoor)

 

John Isner (USA) v Norbert Gombos (SVK)
Sam Querrey (USA) v Martin Klizan (SVK)
Mike Bryan/Bob Bryan (USA) v Lukas Lacko/Michal Mertinak (SVK)
John Isner (USA) v Martin Klizan (SVK)
Sam Querrey (USA) v Norbert Gombos (SVK)

 

AUSTRALIA v UZBEKISTAN

Venue: Cottesloe Tennis Club, Perth, AUS (grass – outdoor)

 

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Denis Istomin (UZB)

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Farrukh Dustov (UZB)
Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB)

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Denis Istomin (UZB)

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Farrukh Dustov (UZB)

NETHERLANDS v CROATIA

Venue: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, NED (clay – indoor)

 

Igor Sijsling (NED) v Mate Delic (CRO)

Robin Haase (NED) v Borna Coric (CRO)
Thiemo de Bakker/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) v Marin Cilic/Marin Draganja (CRO)

Robin Haase (NED) v Mate Delic (CRO)

Igor Sijsling (NED) v Borna Coric (CRO)

 

UKRAINE v BELGIUM

Venue: Tere Tennis Centre, Tallinn, EST (hard – indoor)

 

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v Steve Darcis (BEL)
Illya Marchenko (UKR) v David Goffin (BEL)
Sergei Bubka/Denys Molchanov (UKR) v Ruben Bemelmans/Olivier Rochus (BEL)
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v David Goffin (BEL)
Illya Marchenko (UKR) v Steve Darcis (BEL)

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I – SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

VENEZUELA v URUGUAY
Venue: Cancha Central, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)

Jesus Bandres (VEN) v Pablo Cuevas (URU)
Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Martin Cuevas (URU)
Luis David Martinez/Roberto Maytin (VEN) v Martin Cuevas/Pablo Cuevas (URU)
Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Pablo Cuevas (URU)
Jesus Bandres (VEN) v Martin Cuevas (URU)

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I – FIRST ROUND PLAY-OFF

CHINESE TAIPEI v KOREA, REPUBLIC
Venue: Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts, Kaohsiung City, TPE (hard – outdoor)

Hung Jui Chen (TPE) v Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR)
Wang Chieh Fu (TPE) v Chung Hyeon (KOR)
Chen Ti/Peng Hsien Yin (TPE) v Cho Min Hyeok/Nam Jisung (KOR)
Hung Jui Chen (TPE) v Chung Hyeon (KOR)
Wang Chieh Fu (TPE) v Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR)

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I – FIRST ROUND PLAY-OFF

ROMANIA v SWEDEN
Venue: Arenele BNR, Bucharest, ROU (clay – outdoor)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Christian Lindell (SWE)
Marius Copil (ROU) v Elias Ymer (SWE)
Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) v Isak Arvidsson/Johan Brunstrom (SWE)
Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Elias Ymer (SWE)
Marius Copil (ROU) v Christian Lindell (SWE)

LATVIA v AUSTRIA
Venue: Vidzemes Olimpiskaos Centrs, Valmiera, LAT (hard – indoor)

Andis Juska (LAT) v Martin Fischer (AUT)
Janis Podzus (LAT) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Ernests Gulbis/Mikelis Libietis (LAT) v Philipp Oswald/Alexander Peya (AUT)
Andis Juska (LAT) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Janis Podzus (LAT) v Martin Fischer (AUT)


EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I – SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

RUSSIA v PORTUGAL
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoor)

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) v Gastao Elias (POR)
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) v Joao Sousa (POR)
Konstantin Kravchuk/Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR)
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) v Joao Sousa (POR)
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) v Gastao Elias (POR)

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II – THIRD ROUND

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

Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Tigre Hank (MEX)
Darian King (BAR) v Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX)
Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX)
Darian King (BAR) v Tigre Hank (MEX)
Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX)

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II – THIRD ROUND

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

Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Aisam Qureshi (PAK)
Danai Udomchoke (THA) v Samir Iftikhar (PAK)
Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) v Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK)
Danai Udomchoke (THA) v Aisam Qureshi (PAK)
Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Samir Iftikhar (PAK)

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II – THIRD ROUND

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

Mirza Basic (BIH) v Ricardas Berankis (LTU)
Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Laurynas Grigelis (LTU)
Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) v Lukas Mugevicius/Dovydas Sakinis (LTU)
Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Ricardas Berankis (LTU)
Mirza Basic (BIH) v Laurynas Grigelis (LTU)

DENMARK v MOLDOVA
Venue: Bramdrupdam Hallerne, Kolding, DEN (carpet – indoor)

Martin Pedersen (DEN) v Radu Albot (MDA)
Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Maxim Dubarenco (MDA)
Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Radu Albot/Andrei Ciumac (MDA)
Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Radu Albot (MDA)
Martin Pedersen (DEN) v Maxim Dubarenco (MDA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Italy will face Switzerland next.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Davis Cup Results:

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated JAPAN 5-0

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

FRANCE defeated GERMANY 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

ITALY defeated GREAT BRITAIN 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

SWITZERLAND defeated KAZAKHSTAN 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

BRAZIL defeated ECUADOR 3-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

COLOMBIA defeated DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 4-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

UZBEKISTAN defeated CHINA, P.R. 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

INDIA defeated KOREA, REPUBLIC 3-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

CROATIA defeated POLAND 3-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

ISRAEL defeated SLOVENIA 3-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

UKRAINE defeated SWEDEN 4-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

SLOVAK REPUBLIC defeated AUSTRIA 4-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

BARBADOS defeated EL SALVADOR 4-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

MEXICO defeated PERU 3-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

 

CHILE defeated PARAGUAY 5-0

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

BOLIVIA defeated GUATEMALA 3-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

PAKISTAN defeated PHILIPPINES 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

THAILAND defeated KUWAIT 4-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

 

SRI LANKA defeated VIETNAM 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

LITHUANIA defeated SOUTH AFRICA 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA defeated FINLAND 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

MOLDOVA defeated BELARUS 4-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

DENMARK defeated LUXEMBOURG 5-0

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

MONACO defeated NORWAY 5-0

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

BULGARIA defeated GREECE 4-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

IRELAND defeated EGYPT 3-2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

MOROCCO defeated CYPRUS 4-1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Davis Cup Draws Asia/Oceania Zone Group II

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(February 13, 2014) The ITF has announced the draws for the two 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group II first round ties taking place on 14-16 February.

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

VIETNAM v PAKISTAN

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

 

Quang-Huy Ngo (VIE) v Aqeel Khan (PAK)

Hoang Thien Nguyen (VIE) v Muhammad Abid (PAK)

Trinh Linh Giang/Quoc Khanh Le (VIE) v Aqeel Khan/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)

Hoang Thien Nguyen (VIE) v Aqeel Khan (PAK)

Quang-Huy Ngo (VIE) v Muhammad Abid (PAK)

 

 

THAILAND v HONG KONG, CHINA

Venue: Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club, Phuket, THA (hard – indoor)

 

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) v Phillip King (HKG)

Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA) v Ognian Kolev (HKG)

Pruchya Isarow/Nuttanon Kadchapanan (THA) v Phillip King/Ognian Kolev (HKG)

Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA) v Phillip King (HKG)

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) v Ognian Kolev (HKG)

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Wimbledon Draws Announced – Nadal and Federer Could Meet in the Quarters

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(June 21, 2013) Defending Wimbledon champion and third seed Roger Federer could face No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Championships. The draws for Wimbledon were completed on Friday morning. Federer and Nadal are in the same half of the draw as second seed Andy Murray.

The top half of the Gentlemen’s draw has No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and fourth seed Davis Ferrer.

Potential Gentlemen’s quarterfinals: Djokovic against No.7 Tomas Berdych; Ferrer vs. No. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro, Murray against No.6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nadal vs. Federer.

 

As for the Ladies, potential match-ups for the quarterfinals: No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 7 Angelique Kerber, No. 6 Li Na vs. No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 8 Petra Kvitova vs. No. 2 Victoria Azarenka and No. 3 Maria Sharapova against No. 5 Sara Errani.

 

Gentlemen’s Singles Draw

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] vs Florian Mayer (GER)
Bobby Reynolds (USA) vs Steve Johnson (USA)
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) vs Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
Ryan Harrison (USA) vs Jeremy Chardy (FRA) [28]
Gilles Simon (FRA) [19] vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) vs Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Wayne Odesnik (USA) vs Jimmy Wang (TPE)
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs Tommy Haas (GER) [13]
Richard Gasquet (FRA) [9] vs Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) vs Go Soeda (JPN)
James Blake (USA) vs Thiemo De Bakker (NED)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Sam Querrey (USA) [21]
Kevin Anderson (RSA) [27] vs Olivier Rochus (BEL)
Philipp Petzschner (GER) vs Michal Przysiezny (POL)
Daniel Brands (GER) vs Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
Martin Klizan (SVK) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7]

David Ferrer (ESP) [4] vs Martin Alund (ARG)
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) vs Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS)
Horacio Zeballos (ARG) vs Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Gastao Elias (POR) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) [26]
Milos Raonic (CAN) [17] vs Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
Alex Kuznetsov (USA) vs Igor Sijsling (NED)
James Duckworth (AUS) vs Denis Kudla (USA)
Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [16]
Kei Nishikori (JPN) [12] vs Matthew Ebden (AUS)
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs Aljaz Bedene (SLO)
Michael Llodra (FRA) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA) [23]
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [29] vs Simone Bolelli (ITA)
Grega Zemlja (SLO) vs Michael Russell (USA)
Guido Pella (ARG) vs Jesse Levine (CAN)
Albert Ramos (ESP) vs Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [8]

Rafael Nadal (ESP) [5] vs Steve Darcis (BEL)
Lukasz Kubot (POL) vs Igor Andreev (RUS)
Stephane Robert (FRA) vs Alejandro Falla (COL)
Adrian Ungur (ROU) vs Benoit Paire (FRA) [25]
John Isner (USA) [18] vs Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)
Pablo Andujar (ESP) vs Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
Dustin Brown (GER) vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) [11]
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) [15] vs Jurgen Zopp (EST)
Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs Guillaume Rufin (FRA)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Matt Reid (AUS)
Kyle Edmund (GBR) vs Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [24]
Fabio Fognini (ITA) [30] vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Julian Reister (GER) vs Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
Victor Hanescu (ROU) vs Roger Federer (SUI) [3]

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [6] vs David Goffin (BEL)
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs Xavier Malisse (BEL)
Tobias Kamke (GER) vs Julien Benneteau (FRA) [31]
Juan Monaco (ARG) [22] vs Bastian Knittel (GER)
Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs Rajeevs Ram (USA)
Kenny De Schepper (FRA) vs Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs Marin Cilic (CRO) [10]
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) [14] vs Viktor Troicki (SRB)
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) vs Albert Montanes (ESP)
Marc Gicquel (FRA) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Robin Haase (NED) vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [20]
Tommy Robredo (ESP) [32] vs Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs Jan Hajek (CZE)
James Ward (GBR) vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Benjamin Becker (GER) vs Andy Murray (GBR) [2]

 

Ladies’ Singles Draw

Serena Williams (USA) [1] vs Mandy Minella (LUX)
Caroline Garcia (FRA) vs Jie Zheng (CHN)
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) vs Carina Witthoeft (GER)
Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) vs Tamira Paszek (AUT) [28]
Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] vs Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Elena Vesnina (RUS) vs Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)
Olga Puchkova (RUS) vs Arantxa Rus (NED)
Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) vs Samantha Stosur (AUS) [14]
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) [10] vLaura Robson (GBR)
Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) vs Julia Goerges (GER)
Ayumi Morita (JPN) vs Marina Erakovic (NZL)
A.Medina Garrigues (ESP) vs Shuai Peng (CHN) [24]
Romina Oprandi (SUI) [31] vs Alison Riske (USA)
Mallory Burdette (USA) vs Urszula Radwanska (POL)
Kaia Kanepi (EST) vs Tara Moore (GBR)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) vs Angelique Kerber (GER) [7]

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4] vs Yvonne Meusburger (AUT)
Timea Babos (HUN) vs Mathilde Johansson (FRA)
Heather Watson (GBR) vs Madison Keys (USA)
Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs Mona Barthel (GER) [30]
A.Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [21] vs Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)
B.Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) vs Petra Martic (CRO)
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs Nadia Petrova (RUS) [13]
Roberta Vinci (ITA) [11] vs Chanelle Scheepers (RSA)
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) vs Jana Cepelova (SVK)
M.Torro-Flor (ESP) vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) vs Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [18]
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) [32] vs Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Nina Bratchikova (RUS) vs Annika Beck (GER)
Olga Govortsova (BLR) vs Simona Halep (ROU)
Michaella Krajicek (NED) vs Na Li (CHN) [6]

Sara Errani (ITA) [5] vs Monica Puig (PUR)
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs Misaki Doi (JPN)
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) vs Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
Eva Birnerova (CZE) vs Varvara Lepchenko (USA) [26]
Sloane Stephens (USA) [17] vs Jamie Hampton (USA)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs Andrea Petkovic (GER)
Petra Cetkovska (CZE) vs Donna Vekic (CRO)
E.Cabeza Candela (ESP) vs Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [9]
Marion Bartoli (FRA) [15] vs Elina Svitolina (UKR)
Christina McHale (USA) vs Alexa Glatch (USA)
Camila Giorgi (ITA) vs Samantha Murray (GBR)
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) vs Sorana Cirstea (ROU) [22]
Lucie Safarova (CZE) [27] vs Lauren Davis (USA)
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) vs Karin Knapp (ITA)
M.Larcher De Brito (POR) vs Melanie Oudin (USA)
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs Maria Sharapova (RUS) [3]

Petra Kvitova (CZE) [8] vs Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
Kiki Bertens (NED) vs Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) vs Anne Keothavong (GBR)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) vs Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [25]
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [19] vs Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
Virginie Razzano (FRA) vs Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [12]
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [16] vs Johanna Konta (GBR)
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) vs Vesna Dolonc (SRB)
Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) vs Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) vs Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) [20]
Alize Cornet (FRA) [29] vs Vania King (USA)
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) vs Tatjana Maria (GER)
Elena Baltacha (GBR) vs Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
Maria Joao Koehler (POR) vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [2]

Wimbledon begins on June 24.

 

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Djokovic and Nadal on the Same Side of Roland Garros Draw

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(May 24, 2013) No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal are on a collision course to meet in the semifinals of the French Open as both men are on the same side of the draw.  Last year Nadal defeated Djokovic in the final for his seventh Roland Garros crown. On Friday morning at the Museum of the French Tennis Federation in Paris, the draws for the second tennis major of the year were held.

Djokovic will face David Goffin in the opening round, second seed Roger Federer will play a qualifier while Nadal will face off against Daniel Brands.

As for the women, No. 1 Serena Williams  coming into Roland Garros on a 24-match winning streak, opens up against Anna Tatishvilli with two seed  and defending champion Maria Sharapova taking on Su-Wei Hsieh. No. 3 seed Victoria Azarenka, on Sharapova’s half of the draw begins her quest against Elena Vesninia.

Williams who won Roland Garros back in 2002, lost her first round match in Paris last year to No. 111 Virginie Razzano, the only time, the American has ever lost in the first round a of a “Grand Slam” event.

Possible Men’s quarterfinals:

No. 1 Djokovic vs No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic

No. 3 Rafael Nadal vs No. 7 Richard Gasquet,

No. 4 David Ferrer vs No. 5 Tomas Berdych,

No. 2 Roger Federer vs No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Men’s Draw

1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v David Goffin (Belgium)

Ivan Dodig (Croatia) v Guido Pella (Argentina)

Alex Kuznetsov (U.S.) v Lucas Pouille (France)

Alejandro Falla (Colombia) v 26-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)

22-Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) v Dmitry Tursunov (Russia)

Bernard Tomic (Australia) v Victor Hanescu (Romania)

Simone Bolelli (Italy) v Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan)

Qualifier v 16-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany)

12-Tommy Haas (Germany) v Guillaume Ruffin (France)

Qualifier v Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain)

Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) v Ryan Harrison (U.S.)

Carlos Berlocq (Argentina) v 19-John Isner (U.S.)

29-Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) v Pablo Andujar (Spain)

Federico Delbonis (Argentina) v Qualifier

Fernando Verdasco (Spain) v Marc Gicquel (France)

Nicolas Mahut (France) v 8-Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia)

3-Rafael Nadal (Spain) v Daniel Brands (Germany)

Martin Klizan (Slovakia) v Michael Russell (U.S.)

Qualifier v Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic)

Qualifier v 27-Fabio Fognini (Italy)

24-Benoit Paire (France) v Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus)

Lukasz Kubot (Poland) v Qualifier

Grega Zemlja (Slovenia) v Santiago Giraldo (Colombia)

Jesse Levine (Canada) v 13-Kei Nishikori (Japan)

9-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) v Thiemo de Bakker (Netherlands)

Qualifier v Horacio Zeballos (Argentina)

Kenny de Schepper (France) v Robin Haase (Netherlands)

Albert Ramos (Spain) v 21-Jerzy Janowicz (Poland)

28-Florian Mayer (Germany) v Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan)

Florent Serra (France) v Nikolay Davydenko (Russia)

Qualifier v Qualifier

Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine) v 7-Richard Gasquet (France)

5-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) v Gael Monfils (France)

Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) v Rogerio Dutra Silva (Brazil)

Igor Sijsling (Netherlands) v Juergen Melzer (Austria)

Jurgen Zopp (Estonia) v 32-Tommy Robredo (Spain)

20-Andrea Seppi (Italy) v Leonardo Mayer (Argentina)

Blaz Kavcic (Slovenia) v Qualifier

Martin Alund (Argentina) v Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France)

Qualifier v 11-Nicolas Almagro (Spain)

14-Milos Raonic (Canada) v Xavier Malisse (Belgium)

Qualifier v Michael Llodra (France)

Qualifier v Evgeny Donskoy (Russia)

Qualifier v 23-Kevin Anderson (South Africa)

31-Marcel Granollers (Spain) v Feliciano Lopez (Spain)

Joao Sousa (Portugal) v Go Soeda (Japan)

Qualifier v Albert Montanes (Spain)

Marinko Matosevic (Australia) v 4-David Ferrer (Spain)

6-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) v Aljaz Bedene (Slovenia)

Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (France)

Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) v Gilles Muller (Luxembourg)

Benjamin Becker (Germany) v 25-Jeremy Chardy (France)

17-Juan Monaco (Argentina) v Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spain)

Viktor Troicki (Serbia) v James Blake (U.S.)

Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) v Nick Kyrgios (Australia)

Philipp Petzschner (Germany) v 10-Marin Cilic (Croatia)

15-Gilles Simon (France) v Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)

Adrian Mannarino (France) v Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay)

Jan Hacek (Czech Republic) v Qualifier

Lukas Lacko (Slovakia) v 18-Sam Querrey (U.S.)

30-Julien Benneteau (France) v Ricardas Berankis (Lithuania)

Tobias Kamke (Germany) v Paolo Lorenzi (Italy)

Qualifier v Qualifier

Qualifier v 2-Roger Federer (Switzerland)

 

Possible Women’s quarterfinals:

No. 1 Serena Williams vs No. 8 Angelique Kerber

No. 2 Maria Sharapova vs No. 7 Petra Kvitova

No. 3 Victoria Azarenka vs No. 6 Li Na

No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska vs Sara Errani

Women’s Draw

1-Serena Williams (U.S.) v Anna Tatishvili (Georgia)

Qualifier v Caroline Garcia (France)

Monica Niculescu (Romania) v Johanna Larsson (Sweden)

Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) v 26-Sorana Cirstea (Romania)

19-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) v Andrea Hlavackova (Czech

Republic)

Petra Cetkovska (Czech Republic) v Olga Pushkova (Russia)

Qualifier v Qualifier

Stephanie Foretz-Gacon (France) v 15-Roberta Vinci (Italy)

10-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) v Laura Robson (Britain)

Qualifier v Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia)

Pauline Parmentier (France) v Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) v 22-Ekaterina Makarova (Russia)

29-Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia)

Romina Oprandi (Switzerland) v Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)

Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) v Christina McHale (U.S.)

Mona Barthel (Germany) v 8-Angelique Kerber (Germany)

4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) v Shahar Peer (Israel)

Mallory Burdette (U.S.) v Donna Vekic (Croatia)

Qualifier v Mandy Minella (Luxembourg)

Urszula Radwanska (Poland) v 30-Venus Williams (U.S.)

24-Julia Goerges (Germany) v Qualifier

Virginie Razzano (France) v Claire Feuerstein (France)

Chanelle Scheepers (South Africa) v Mathilde Johansson (France)

Petra Martic (Croatia) v 14-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)

11-Nadia Petrova (Russia) v Monica Puig (Puerto Rico)

Madison Keys (U.S.) v Misaki Doi (Japan)

Irena Pavlovic (France) v Shelby Rogers (U.S.)

Simona Halep (Romania) v 20-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain)

32-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) v Sofia Arvidsson (Sweden)

Maria-Teresa Torro Flores (Spain) v Qualifier

Ayumi Morita (Japan) v Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan)

Arantxa Rus (Netherlands) v 5-Sara Errani (Italy)

16-Li Na (China) v Annabel Medina-Garrigues (Spain)

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (U.S.) v Lourdes Dominguez Lino (Spain)

Tatjana Maria (Germany) v Qualifier

Coco Vandeweghe (U.S.) v 27-Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)

23-Klara Zakopalova (Czech Republic) v Kaia Kanepi (Estonia)

Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) v Heather Watson (Britain)

Ashleigh Barty (Australia) v Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic)

Nina Bratchikova (Portugal) v 12-Maria Kirilenko (Russia)

13-Marion Bartoli (France) v Olga Govortsova (Belarus)

Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) v Qualifier

Melinda Czink (Hungary) v Francesca Schiavone (Italy)

Flavia Pennetta (Italy) v 21-Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium)

31-Alize Cornet (France) v Maria Joao Koehler (Portugal)

Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania) v Silvia Soler-Espinosa (Spain)

Qualifier v Annika Beck (Germany)

Elena Vesnina (Russia) v 3-Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)

7-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) v Aravane Rezai (France)

Peng Shuai (China) v Camila Giorgi (Italy)

Qualifier v Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium)

Jamie Hampton (U.S) v 25-Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)

18-Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) v Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia)

Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) v Garbine Muguruza (Spain)

Kristina Mladenovic (France) v Lauren Davis (U.S.)

Kimiko Date-Krumm (Japan) v 9-Samantha Stosur (Australia)

16-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) v Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine)

Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) v Elena Baltacha (Britain)

Qualifier v Alexandra Cadantu (Romania)

Karin Knapp (Italy) v 17-Sloane Stephens (U.S.)

28-Tamira Paszek (Austria) v Melanie Oudin (U.S.)

Zheng Jie (China) v Vesna Dolonc (Serbia)

Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) v Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria)

Hsieh Su-Wei (Taiwan) v 2-Maria Sharapova (Russia)

The tournament begins on Sunday.

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Serena and Venus Williams Win to Wrap Up Fed Cup World Group Spot for the U.S.

 

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Venus Williams

By Nathalie Narcisse

(April 21, 2013) DELRAY BEACH, Florida – On a day where tennis legend Chris Evert was lauded for Federation Cup accomplishments, it was fitting that dynamic duo, Serena and Venus Williams carried their matches to prevent the U.S. from slipping out of the world group.

In the first match at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, Serena crushed Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson 6-2, 6-1 while Venus hung tough against Johanna Larsson 6-3,7-5 to permit the Americans to compete for the Federation Cup title in 2014.

After Serena’s victory Saturday evening placed the U.S. on even terms with Sweden, captain Mary Joe Fernandez was hoping to maintain the momentum. The world number one did not disappoint.

In the early stages of the opening set, the sun seemed to be Serena’s biggest nemesis. She fought off three break points before finally putting a period on a long third game.

Subsequently, Serena manufactured triple break point and capitalized for 3-1. Then, with an ace, the world number one consolidated for 4-1. Serena went on to break Arvidsson a second time to bed the initial set.

Serena captured seven consecutive games before Arvidsson ultimately held in the sixth game of the second set to avoid posting a bagel. However, it was only a temporary reprieve. Soon, with her tenth ace, Serena arrived at triple match point. The world number one finished the proceedings with an unreturnable serve.

Overall a good performance by Serena considering the match lasted only 57 minutes, with 35 winners and 22 unforced errors. The third game in the first set was critical. Serena stated “if she had won that game, it would have been a tougher score or a different match. It was important for me to stay focused and fight for every point”.

While Serena does not use on court coaching with her WTA matches, she appreciates the support when it comes to team competition “it feels good, it’s different when you do call your coach on court. . .I take everything in, I just try to be like a sponge and listen”.

Since the sun was bothersome for both players, Arvidsson emphasized it was not a factor in her defeat “[Serena] was just too good. She showed why she’s number one”.

Serena was glad to see big sister in the position to seal the tie for the U.S. “Venus is a veteran and a great player. I hope she does really well”.

According to Fernandez, Venus was a “last minute decision . . after the warm-up today”, the gamble paid off.

Subsequent to a double fault to donate the opening game to Larsson, Venus regained her footing by promptly breaking herself. Later on, the American struck a forehand down the line winner up triple break point to capture he third successive game for 3-1. Despite being challenged, Venus consolidated for 4-1 and maintained the one break edge to finish off the first set.

Larsson warded off 0-40 to ultimately guard serve for 3-2 in the second set. Yet, with Larsson’s forehand pass landing long, Venus had her fifth break chance of the set. She converted when the Swede flubbed a backhand.

Soon with a hold at love, Venus raced to a 5-3 lead. However, with a love game of her own, the Swede forced Venus to serve out the match.

With a third double fault in the tenth game at 0-40, Venus opened the door for Larsson as the second set was now at 5 all.

Still, the American plugged away to regain the advantage. Serving for the tie the second time around, Venus went to nine deuces, had four double faults, salvaged three break points before striking gold on her eighth match point.

This was the maiden meeting between Venus and Larsson. The Swede was not surprised by the substitution “Sofia played a really good match yesterday. . .I was prepared mentally to play Venus. . .I was struggling the whole match to find a good rhythm. . I really tried to keep fighting”.

Despite the outcome, the Swedish coach felt “it’s the best experience you can ever have. [Johanna and Sofia] can keep [their] head up and be very proud. . .go back home with a lot of experience to use the rest of the year”.

After seeing a myriad of match points evaporate, Venus expressed “I was trying to stay focused. . .the game was very competitive, we were both going for the lines and missing them closely”.

Venus had not played Fed Cup singles since 2007. Ironically, the last time was also in South Florida. Moreover, Venus had never previously clinched the tie for her nation. The American cited “it’s a different kind of pressure being on a team, you just want to do more. I wanted to be out there”.

Venus felt a sense of relief wrapping thing up in straight sets “I needed it to be over in two. Mary Joe needed it to be over in two. She was having a heart attack on the sidelines”.

Now, the Americans will wait until next season to work together again in this format. Fernandez acknowledged “that’s the hardest thing about Fed Cup, the scheduling and how long it takes between the ties. You start building a chemistry with the team, a lot of bonding and you push each other. It’s fun. . .we’re still going to be watching each other, supporting each other. . .and we’ll regroup February of next year”.

With so many niggling physical issues, Fernandez withdrew her team from the doubles match. So, USA win over Sweden by a mark of 3-2.

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Serena Williams Squares World Group Play-Off Tie versus Sweden

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By Nathalie Narcisse

 

(April 20, 2013) DELRAY BEACH. Florida – After a three-hour setback due to showers at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, Serena Williams sauntered on court to face Swede Johanna Larsson. The world No. 1 dusted off her opponent 6-2, 6-2 to knot the tie between the two nations.

This was the first meeting between these two players. With Sofia Arvidsson vanquishing Sloane Stephens in the opening rubber, it was Williams’ job to prevent the U.S. team from going into a 2-0 hole.

Although, this was Williams’ seventh tie compared to Larsson’s thirty third, the difference though was that Williams was undefeated in Fed Cup play 11-0 and not to mention double digit majors titles.

Subsequent to Larsson’s double fault, Williams had double break point. With a crosscourt backhand winner, the American converted and swiftly consolidated for 3-0.

Despite a grueling game, Larsson guarded serve to stay one break behind at 3-1. Quickly, Williams coasted on serve to arrive at 5-2.

By provoking miscues from Larsson, Williams had double set point. With a backhand down the line winner, Williams bedded the first set.

The second set was not a cakewalk for Williams. In the opening game, the American’s mistakes on serve found her staring at 15-40. As usual, Williams selected the right serves to bail herself out of trouble. Her second time serving, Williams fended off another break point to keep her nose in front, 2-1.

While Larsson competed better, the unforced errors by Williams also began to mount. But, in the fourth game, two double faults by the Swede helped Williams to eventually get to deuce. Soon, with a forehand winner, the American had break point and later Williams pocketed the game for 3-1.

After comfortably getting to 5-2, the American captured another break to close out the match.

Considering the firepower on the American side, Swedish captain Lars-Anders Wahlgren is ecstatic with the performance of his players so far “it’s a little bit of a surprise for the Swedish team, it’s 1-1. I always believe in my girls. I was hoping for even 2-0”.

Despite the outcome, Larsson felt it was a great experience to battle a player of Williams’ caliber “it’s definitely an experience for me today. I had a lot of fun. . .I had a few chances. . When you play those players who are extremely aggressive, you really need to take your chances. . .I did my best and I was fighting the whole match”.

While for other competitors being down 0-1 in team play may cause some angst, Williams stated “I don’t feel pressure. Not this time around. . .I feel even though we didn’t win our first match, we have a really good team”.

Williams agreed that the second set was much tougher “I think she played a lot better. I think I also made more errors. She’s a really good player. She’s a professional. You can’t get on this level without being solid”.

Certainly, a different atmosphere and sensation representing yourself versus one’s country. Williams commented “I just try to fight and do the best I can. I’m here for my team. I’m here to give 100 percent”.

With Williams’ win, captain Mary Joe Fernandez was finally able to breathe “it was big for Serena to get a quick start. I thought the first match could have gone either way. Sloane had opportunities and wasn’t able to capitalize. . .conditions were tough and the rain delay sort of slowed her down because she had the momentum”.

A lot on the line tomorrow. Does Fernandez believe that Stephens will require tactical, mental support or both? Fernandez replied “every time you step on the court it’s a chance to get better and improve. When you have a few ups and down, you have to mentally get a little bit stronger. It helps when you are tactically sound and clear on what you need to do. So, I try to support and give as clear advice as I can on what I see out there and hope that works”.

The first match on Sunday afternoon will feature Williams against Arvidsson, followed by Stephens versus Larsson and will culminate with doubles play. The U.S. pair of Venus Williams and Vavara Lepchenko will collide with Larsson and Arvidsson.

Nathalie Narcisse is in Delray Beach covering the Fed Cup tie for Tennis Panorama News as media. Follow her twitter updates on @TennisNewsTPN.

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Arvidsson Stops Stephens to Give Sweden 1-0 Lead in World Group Play-Offs

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Sofia Arvidsson

By Nathalie Narcisse

(April 20, 1013) DELRAY BEACH, Florida – The U.S. took on Sweden on hardcourt at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in the World Group Play-Offs.  In the initial match on Saturday, Swedish veteran Sofia Arvidsson, playing her 48th tie, recorded her 34th singles victory.  Arvidsson prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 over twenty-year-old Sloane Stephens who was contesting her maiden live rubber.

Florida has been the United States’ Federation Cup lucky charm.  In three prior visits to the Sunshine State, 1995 versus Austria, 2005 and 2007 against Belgium, the Americans never relinquished a match.  With Floridians, Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams on hand, the Stars and Stripes were viewed as runway favorites.

Stephens seemed overwhelmed from the get-go.  As a result of a slew of miscues, the American surrendered her serve in the opening game.  Arvidsson went on to consolidate for 2-0.

Later on, the Swede dropped serve at love to permit Stephens to knot the first set at 2.  Soon with a hold, Stephens had a 3-2 lead.

However, a consistent opponent and 21 unforced errors turned out to be Stephens’ undoing.  Arvidsson broke for the third time for 5-4, then went on to easily serve out the opening set.

Stephens managed to reverse the tide in the second set.  Despite permitting a 3-0 advantage to melt away, Stephens cleaned up the stats sheet with a positive ratio of winners to unforced errors.  The American broke her rival at 5-4 to push the match into a final set.

The hot and humid conditions permitted both players to invoke the heat rule.  During that respite, a light drizzle came down which further postponed the deciding set.

The interlude appeared to squash Stephens’ momentum.  By committing a double fault, the American gifted Arvidsson double break point to start the set.  With Stephens dumping a forehand into the net, Arvidsson captured the break.  The Swede secured the four consecutive games as Stephens littered the court with mistakes.

In the sixth game, as Stephens’ forehand volley landed on her side of the net,  Arvidsson sealed her third break of the set to convert on her fourth match point opportunity.

Head-to-head, Arvidsson and Stephens split their two previous matches.  Unlike Brisbane earlier this year where Stephens “was dictating the points”, Arvidsson stated. “I tried to be aggressive.  That’s when I won my points”.

The rain was welcomed by Arvidsson “first set was really hard, I was kind of tired in the second.  I think the break was good for me.  It was a little cooler when we came out”.

For Arvidsson the opening match was crucial “first match is always important.  You want to win and put a lot of pressure on the other team.  [Particularly] with Serena a very big favorite in the second match”.

Stephens was disappointed with the result “she played really good tennis.  It was definitely tough conditions.  I thought I played pretty well.  It’s unfortunate that I didn’t get my first Fed Cup live rubber win at this home tie”.

Stephens admitted the pressure was not being the “lead off match.  I think it was playing my first live rubber at home. . .this is the most pressure and anxiety I’ve had since Australia. . .I didn’t want to let my team down”.

Still Stephens is trying to be positive “I’m going to go out for my team, hope Serena wins her match and we can start up with a bang tomorrow again. . . A lot to learn. . .my next tie I’ll definitely know what to expect”.

This is the fifth showdown between these two countries, the U.S. lead Sweden 3-1.  The latter triumphed at their ultimate meeting in 1988.  Sweden is vying to regain world group status for the first time since 2003.

Nathalie Narcisse is in Delray Beach covering the Fed Cup tie for Tennis Panorama News as media. Follow her twitter updates on @TennisNewsTPN.

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