May 6, 2016

Belgium and Great Britain Advance to Davis Cup Final; Davis Cup Results for September 20, 2015

(September 20, 2015) The ITF has announced the final results for the Davis Cup World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and Zone Group ties taking place on 18-20 September.

 

Belgium will host the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final against Great Britain on 27-29 November, after Belgium defeated Argentina 3-2, and Great Britain defeated Australia 3-2 in the semifinals. The deadline for confirmation of the Final venue is Monday 28 September.

 

Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Switzerland and USA will all contest the 2016 World Group after victories in the World Group play-offs. The eight losers of the World Group play-offs, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, India, Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia and Uzbekistan, will all contest their respective Zone Group I competitions in 2016.

 

The Draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the ITF AGM in Santiago, Chile on Wednesday 23 September at 19:00 local time (22:00 GMT). The Draw will be streamed live on www.daviscup.com [Note: it may not be possible to hold all the Zone Group draws for the Americas and Europe/Africa as there are still further ties to be played in these regions.]

 

The seeds for the 2016 Davis Cup Draw will be announced on Monday 21 September. The top two seeds in the 2016 World Group will be the two finalists from 2015, while the remaining seeds will be based on the new Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 21 September.

 

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

GREAT BRITAIN defeated AUSTRALIA 3-2

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

 

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 63 60 63

Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. Daniel Evans (GBR) 63 76(2) 67(4) 64

Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR) d. Samuel Groth/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 46 63 64 67(6) 64

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Bernard Tomic (AUS) 75 63 62

Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) d. Daniel Evans (GBR) 75 64

 

BELGIUM defeated ARGENTINA 3-2

Venue: Forest National, Brussels, BEL (hard – indoor)

 

David Goffin (BEL) d. Federico Delbonis (ARG) 75 76(3) 63

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Steve Darcis (BEL) 76(5) 76(1) 46 63

Carlos Berlocq/Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Ruben Bemelmans/Steve Darcis (BEL) 62 76(2) 57 76(5)

David Goffin (BEL) d. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 63 62 61

Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Federico Delbonis (ARG) 64 26 75 76(3)

 

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated INDIA 3-1

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

 

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Yuki Bhambri (IND) 62 61 75

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Jiri Vesely (CZE) 76(3) 64 63

Adam Pavlasek/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes (IND) 75 62 62

Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. Yuki Bhambri (IND) 63 75 62

Somdev Devvarman (IND) v Lukas Rosol (CZE) – not played

 

SWITZERLAND defeated NETHERLANDS 4-1

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

 

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 26 63 46 63 75

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Jesse Huta Galung (NED) 63 64 63

Thiemo de Bakker/Matwe Middelkoop (NED) d. Marco Chiudinelli/Roger Federer (SUI) 76(7) 46 46 64 61

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 63 62 64

Henri Laaksonen (SUI) d. Tim Van Rijthoven (NED) 76(11) 63

 

ITALY defeated RUSSIA 4-1

Venue: Sports Palace ‘Baikal-Arena’, Irkutsk, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 76(2) 61 63

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 76(8) 62 62

Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Evgeny Donskoy/Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) 75 26 76(5) 76(2)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 76(4) 63 76(5)

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) d. Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) 64 76(3)

 

USA defeated UZBEKISTAN 3-1

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

 

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Steve Johnson (USA) 61 36 76(5) 67(3) 75

Jack Sock (USA) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 75 63 62

Steve Johnson/Sam Querrey (USA) d. Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) 63 62 62

Jack Sock (USA) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 62 26 64 64

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Steve Johnson (USA) – not played

 

JAPAN defeated COLOMBIA 3-2

Venue: Club Campestre, Pereira, COL (clay – outdoor)

 

Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 63 36 16 64

Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Alejandro Falla (COL) 76(3) 76(1) 75

Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) d. Yoshihito Nishioka/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 67(4) 62 63 62

Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Santiago Giraldo (COL) 64 62 76(3)

Taro Daniel (JPN) d. Alejandro Falla (COL) 76(3) 63 62

 

GERMANY defeated DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 4-1

Venue: Centro Nacional De Tenis Parque Del Este, Santo Domingo, DOM (hard – outdoor)

 

Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) d. Dustin Brown (GER) 64 57 76(3) 76(5)

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) 61 63 61

Philipp Kohlschreiber/Philipp Petzschner (GER) d. Victor Estrella Burgos/Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) 63 62 63

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) 64 61 62

Benjamin Becker (GER) d. Roberto Cid (DOM) 64 76(4)

 

CROATIA defeated BRAZIL 3-1

Venue: Costao do Santinho Resort, Florianopolis, BRA (clay – outdoor)

 

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Mate Delic (CRO) 61 64 36 64

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Joao Souza (BRA) 64 76(5) 61

Ivan Dodig/Franko Skugor (CRO) d. Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) 60 36 76(2) 76(3)

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 62 46 76(4) 40

Joao Souza (BRA) v Mate Delic (CRO) – not played

 

POLAND defeated SLOVAKIA 3-2

Venue: Gdynia Arena, Gdynia, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 64 64 64

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 76(1) 64 67(5) 62

Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay (SVK) 63 64 64

Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 63 76(4) 63

Michal Przysiezny (POL) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 63 64 64

 

 

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

 

SPAIN defeated DENMARK 5-0

Venue: Odense Idrætshal, Odense, DEN (hard – indoor)

 

Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) 64 63 62

David Ferrer (ESP) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 61 75 62

Rafael Nadal/Fernando Verdasco (ESP) d. Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 64 36 76(4) 64

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 63 64

David Ferrer (ESP) d. Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) 61 63

 

UKRAINE defeated LITHUANIA 4-1

Venue: Siemens Arena, Vilnius, LTU (hard – indoor)

 

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Vladyslav Manafov (UKR) 64 62 62

Illya Marchenko (UKR) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 60 61 67(5) 46 63

Illya Marchenko/Denys Molchanov (UKR) d. Ricardas Berankis/Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(4) 67(3) 64 62

Illya Marchenko (UKR) d. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 75 62 62

Marat Deviatiarov (UKR) d. Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 61 63

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

CHINA, P.R. defeated THAILAND 5-0

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

 

Ze Zhang (CHN) d. Warit Sornbutnark (THA) 61 60 60

Di Wu (CHN) d. Pruchya Isarow (THA) 76(6) 62 62

Mao-Xin Gong/Zhe Li (CHN) d. Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) 76(6) 26 76(3) 10  ret.

Ze Zhang (CHN) d. Pruchya Isarow (THA) 64 61

Zhe Li (CHN) d. Warit Sornbutnark (THA) 61 60

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I 1ST ROUND RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

ECUADOR defeated BARBADOS 3-2

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

 

Darian King (BAR) d. Ivan Endara (ECU) 64 64 62

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Haydn Lewis (BAR) 61 76(1) 64

Gonzalo Escobar/Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Darian King/Russell Moseley (BAR) 63 64 61

Darian King (BAR) d. Emilio Gomez (ECU) 75 76(3) 61

Gonzalo Escobar (ECU) d. Seanon Williams (BAR) 62 61 60

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFFS

 

PORTUGAL defeated BELARUS 3-2

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

 

Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Joao Sousa (POR) 06 16 62 62 64

Gastao Elias (POR) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 63 76(3) 75

Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR) d. Sergey Betov/Max Mirnyi (BLR) 76(3) 46 63 67(5) 63

Joao Sousa (POR) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 61 61 64

Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Rui Machado (POR) 67(3) 61 64

 

HUNGARY defeated BULGARIA 3-2

Venue: Bulgarian National Tennis Center, Sofia, BUL (clay – outdoor)

 

Peter Nagy (HUN) d. Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) 64 60 63

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) 63 61 61

Tihomir Grozdanov/Aleksandar Lazov (BUL) d. Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) 26 76(3) 64 46 61

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Aleksandar Lazov (BUL) 63 64 62

Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) d. Gabor Borsos (HUN) 62 67(2) 62

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

 

PAKISTAN defeated CHINESE TAIPEI 3-2

Venue: Ulusal Tenis Egitim Merkezi Tennis Club, Izmir, TUR (hard – outdoor)

 

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Jui-Chen Hung (TPE) 57 64 61 64

Jimmy Wang (TPE) d. Samir Iftikhar (PAK) 63 62 60

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Chieh-Fu Wang/Jimmy Wang (TPE) 62 63 36 63

Chieh-Fu Wang (TPE) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 67(2) 62 76(5) 16 63

Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Jui-Chen Hung (TPE) 76(3) 46 64 63

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

 

CHILE defeated VENEZUELA 5-0

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

 

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) 64 61 75

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN) 64 63 63

Christian Garin/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Luis David Martinez/Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) 76(0) 64 76(2)

Juan Carlos Saez (CHI) d. Miguel Angel Este (VEN) 63 62

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN) 61 63

 

 

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Davis Cup Results for September 19, 2015

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(September 19, 2015) The ITF has announced the latest results for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and Zone Group ties taking place on 18-20 September. A total of 18 ties will be held this weekend.

 

The winners of the two semifinals will contest the 2015 World Group Final on 27-29 November. The winners of the eight World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2016 World Group, while the losers will contest their respective Zone Group I competition in 2016.

 

The Draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the ITF AGM in Santiago, Chile on Wednesday 23 September at 19:00 local time (22:00 GMT).

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

GREAT BRITAIN leads AUSTRALIA 2-1

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

 

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 63 60 63

Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. Daniel Evans (GBR) 63 76(2) 67(4) 64

Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR) d. Samuel Groth/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 46 63 64 67(6) 64

Andy Murray (GBR) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Daniel Evans (GBR) v Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)

 

ARGENTINA leads BELGIUM 2-1

Venue: Forest National, Brussels, BEL (hard – indoor)

 

David Goffin (BEL) d. Federico Delbonis (ARG) 75 76(3) 63

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Steve Darcis (BEL) 76(5) 76(1) 46 63

Carlos Berlocq/Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Ruben Bemelmans/Steve Darcis (BEL) 62 76(2) 57 76(5)

David Goffin (BEL) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Steve Darcis (BEL) v Federico Delbonis (ARG)

 

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC leads INDIA 2-1

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

 

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Yuki Bhambri (IND) 62 61 75

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Jiri Vesely (CZE) 76(3) 64 63

Adam Pavlasek/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes (IND) 75 62 62

Yuki Bhambri (IND) v Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Somdev Devvarman (IND) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

 

SWITZERLAND leads NETHERLANDS 2-1

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

 

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 26 63 46 63 75

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Jesse Huta Galung (NED) 63 64 63

Matwe Middelkoop/Thiemo de Bakker (NED) d. Roger Federer/Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) 76(7) 46 46 64 61

Roger Federer (SUI) v Thiemo de Bakker (NED)

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Jesse Huta Galung (NED)

 

ITALY leads RUSSIA 2-1

Venue: Sports Palace ‘Baikal-Arena’, Irkutsk, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 76(2) 61 63

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 76(8) 62 62

Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Evgeny Donskoy/Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) 75 26 76(5) 76(2)

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)

Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

 

USA leads UZBEKISTAN 2-1

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

 

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Steve Johnson (USA) 61 36 76(5) 67(3) 75

Jack Sock (USA) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 75 63 62

Steve Johnson/Sam Querrey (USA) d. Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) 63 62 62

Denis Istomin (UZB) v Jack Sock (USA)

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Steve Johnson (USA)

 

COLOMBIA leads JAPAN 2-1

Venue: Club Campestre, Pereira, COL (clay – outdoor)

 

Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 63 36 16 64

Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Alejandro Falla (COL) 76(3) 76(1) 75

Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) d. Yoshihito Nishioka/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 67(4) 62 63 62

Santiago Giraldo (COL) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)

Alejandro Falla (COL) v Taro Daniel (JPN)

 

GERMANY leads DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2-1

Venue: Centro Nacional De Tenis Parque Del Este, Santo Domingo, DOM (hard – outdoor)

 

Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) d. Dustin Brown (GER) 64 57 76(3) 76(5)

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) 61 63 61

Philipp Kohlschreiber/Philipp Petzschner (GER) d. Victor Estrella Burgos/Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) 63 62 63

Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) v Dustin Brown (GER)

 

CROATIA leads BRAZIL 2-1

Venue: Costao do Santinho Resort, Florianopolis, BRA (clay – outdoor)

 

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Mate Delic (CRO) 61 64 36 64

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Joao Souza (BRA) 64 76(5) 61

Ivan Dodig/Franko Skugor (CRO) d. Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) 60 36 76(2) 76(3)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Borna Coric (CRO)

Joao Souza (BRA) v Mate Delic (CRO)

 

POLAND leads SLOVAKIA 2-1

Venue: Gdynia Arena, Gdynia, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 64 64 64

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 76(1) 64 67(5) 62

Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay (SVK) 63 64 64

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Martin Klizan (SVK)

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Norbert Gombos (SVK)

 

 

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

 

SPAIN defeated DENMARK 3-0

Venue: Odense Idrætshal, Odense, DEN (hard – indoor)

 

Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) 64 63 62

David Ferrer (ESP) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 61 75 62

Rafael Nadal/Fernando Verdasco (ESP) d. Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 64 36 76(4) 64

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) v David Ferrer (ESP)

 

UKRAINE leads LITHUANIA 2-1

Venue: Siemens Arena, Vilnius, LTU (hard – indoor)

 

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Vladyslav Manafov (UKR) 64 62 62

Illya Marchenko (UKR) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 60 61 67(5) 46 63

Illya Marchenko/Denys Molchanov (UKR) d. Ricardas Berankis/Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(4) 67(3) 64 62

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) v Illya Marchenko (UKR)

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) v Vladyslav Manafov (UKR)

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I RELEGATION PLAY-OFF

 

CHINA, P.R. defeated THAILAND 3-0

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

 

Ze Zhang (CHN) d. Warit Sornbutnark (THA) 61 60 60

Di Wu (CHN) d. Pruchya Isarow (THA) 76(6) 62 62

Mao-Xin Gong/Zhe Li (CHN) d. Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) 76(6) 26 76(3) 10  ret.

Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Ze Zhang (CHN)

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) v Di Wu (CHN)

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I 1ST ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

ECUADOR leads BARBADOS 2-1

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

 

Darian King (BAR) d. Ivan Endara (ECU) 64 64 62

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Haydn Lewis (BAR) 61 76(1) 64

Gonzalo Escobar/Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Darian King/Russell Moseley (BAR) 63 64 61

Darian King (BAR) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)

Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Ivan Endara (ECU)

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFFS

 

PORTUGAL leads BELARUS 2-1

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

 

Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Joao Sousa (POR) 06 16 62 62 64

Gastao Elias (POR) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 63 76(3) 75

Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR) d. Sergey Betov/Max Mirnyi (BLR) 76(3) 46 63 67(5) 63

Joao Sousa (POR) v Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR)

Gastao Elias (POR) v Egor Gerasimov (BLR)

 

HUNGARY leads BULGARIA 2-1

Venue: Bulgarian National Tennis Center, Sofia, BUL (clay – outdoor)

 

Peter Nagy (HUN) d. Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) 64 60 63

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) 63 61 61

Tihomir Grozdanov/Aleksandar Lazov (BUL) d. Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) 26 76(3) 64 46 61

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) v Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) v Peter Nagy (HUN)

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFFS

 

PAKISTAN leads CHINESE TAIPEI 2-1

Venue: Ulusal Tenis Egitim Merkezi Tennis Club, Izmir, TUR (hard – outdoor)

 

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Jui-Chen Hung (TPE) 57 64 61 64

Jimmy Wang (TPE) d. Samir Iftikhar (PAK) 63 62 60

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Chieh-Fu Wang/Jimmy Wang (TPE) 62 63 36 63

Aqeel Khan (PAK) v Jimmy Wang (TPE)

Samir Iftikhar (PAK) v Jui-Chen Hung (TPE)

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFFS

 

CHILE defeated VENEZUELA 3-0

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

 

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) 64 61 75

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN) 64 63 63

Christian Garin/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Luis David Martinez/Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) 76(0) 64 76(2)

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) v Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN)

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) v Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN)

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Davis Cup Results for September 18, 2015

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(September 18, 2015) The ITF has announced the latest results for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and Zone Group ties taking place on 18-20 September. A total of 18 ties will be held this weekend.

 

The winners of the two semifinals will contest the 2015 World Group Final on 27-29 November. The winners of the eight World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2016 World Group, while the losers will contest their respective Zone Group I competition in 2016.

 

The Draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the ITF AGM in Santiago, Chile on Wednesday 23 September at 19:00 local time (22:00 GMT).

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINAL

 

GREAT BRITAIN level with AUSTRALIA 1-1

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

 

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 63 60 63

Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. Daniel Evans (GBR) 63 76(2) 67(4) 64

Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR) v Samuel Groth/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Andy Murray (GBR) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Daniel Evans (GBR) v Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)

 

BELGIUM level with ARGENTINA 1-1

Venue: Forest National, Brussels, BEL (hard – indoor)

 

David Goffin (BEL) d. Federico Delbonis (ARG) 75 76(3) 63

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Steve Darcis (BEL) 76(5) 76(1) 46 63

Ruben Bemelmans/Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) v Carlos Berlocq/Diego Schwartzman (ARG)

David Goffin (BEL) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Steve Darcis (BEL) v Federico Delbonis (ARG)

 

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFs

 

INDIA level with CZECH REPUBLIC 1-1

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

 

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Yuki Bhambri (IND) 62 61 75

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Jiri Vesely (CZE) 76(3) 64 63

Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes (IND) v Adam Pavlasek/Radek Stepanek (CZE)

Yuki Bhambri (IND) v Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Somdev Devvarman (IND) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

 

SWITZERLAND leads NETHERLANDS 2-0

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

 

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 26 63 46 63 75

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Jesse Huta Galung (NED) 63 64 63

Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Matwe Middelkoop/Tim Van Rijthoven (NED)

Roger Federer (SUI) v Thiemo de Bakker (NED)

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Jesse Huta Galung (NED)

 

RUSSIA level with ITALY 1-1

Venue: Sports Palace ‘Baikal-Arena’, Irkutsk, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 76(2) 61 63

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 76(8) 62 62

Evgeny Donskoy/Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) v Paolo Lorenzi/Andreas Seppi (ITA)

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)

Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

 

UZBEKISTAN level with USA 1-1

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

 

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Steve Johnson (USA) 61 36 76(5) 67(3) 75

Jack Sock (USA) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 75 63 62

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) v Steve Johnson/Sam Querrey (USA)

Denis Istomin (UZB) v Jack Sock (USA)

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Steve Johnson (USA)

 

COLOMBIA level with JAPAN 1-1

Venue: Club Campestre, Pereira, COL (clay – outdoor)

 

Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 63 36 16 64

Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Alejandro Falla (COL) 76(3) 76(1) 75

Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) v Yoshihito Nishioka/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN)

Santiago Giraldo (COL) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)

Alejandro Falla (COL) v Taro Daniel (JPN)

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC level with GERMANY 1-1

Venue: Centro Nacional De Tenis Parque Del Este, Santo Domingo, DOM (hard – outdoor)

 

Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) d. Dustin Brown (GER) 64 57 76(3) 76(5)

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) 61 63 61

Roberto Cid/Jose Olivares (DOM) v Dustin Brown/Philipp Petzschner (GER)

Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) v Dustin Brown (GER)

 

BRAZIL leads CROATIA 1-0

Venue: Costao do Santinho Resort, Florianopolis, BRA (clay – outdoor)

 

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Mate Delic (CRO) 61 64 36 64

Joao Souza (BRA) v Borna Coric (CRO) 46 67(5) 1-4 play suspended due to rain

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) v Ivan Dodig/Franko Skugor (CRO)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Borna Coric (CRO)

Joao Souza (BRA) v Mate Delic (CRO)

 

POLAND level with SLOVAKIA 1-1

Venue: Gdynia Arena, Gdynia, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 64 64 64

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 76(1) 64 67(5) 62

Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay (SVK)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Martin Klizan (SVK)

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Norbert Gombos (SVK)

 

 

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

 

SPAIN leads DENMARK 2-0

Venue: Odense Idrætshal, , DEN (hard – indoor)

 

Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) 64 63 62

David Ferrer (ESP) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 61 75 62

Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Roberto Bautista Agut/Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) v David Ferrer (ESP)

 

LITHUANIA level with UKRAINE 1-1

Venue: Siemens Arena, Vilnius, LTU (hard – indoor)

 

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Vladyslav Manafov (UKR) 64 62 62

Illya Marchenko (UKR) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 60 61 67(5) 46 63

Lukas Mugevicius/Dovydas Sakinis (LTU) v Marat Deviatiarov/Denys Molchanov (UKR)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) v Illya Marchenko (UKR)

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) v Vladyslav Manafov (UKR)

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I RELEGATION PLAY-OFF

 

CHINA, P.R. leads THAILAND 2-0

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

 

Ze Zhang (CHN) d. Warit Sornbutnark (THA) 61 60 60

Di Wu (CHN) d. Pruchya Isarow (THA) 76(6) 62 62

Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) v Mao-Xin Gong/Zhe Li (CHN)

Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Ze Zhang (CHN)

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) v Di Wu (CHN)

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I 1ST ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

BARBADOS level with ECUADOR 1-1

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

Darian King (BAR) d. Ivan Endara (ECU) 64 64 62

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Haydn Lewis (BAR) 61 76(1) 64

Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Gonzalo Escobar/Emilio Gomez (ECU)

Darian King (BAR) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)

Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Ivan Endara (ECU)

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFFS

 

PORTUGAL level with BELARUS 1-1

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

 

Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Joao Sousa (POR) 06 16 62 62 64

Gastao Elias (POR) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 63 76(3) 75

Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR) v Sergey Betov/Max Mirnyi (BLR)

Joao Sousa (POR) v Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR)

Gastao Elias (POR) v Egor Gerasimov (BLR)

 

HUNGARY leads BULGARIA 2-0

Venue: Bulgarian National Tennis Center, Sofia, BUL (clay – outdoor)

 

Peter Nagy (HUN) d. Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) 64 60 63

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) 63 61 61

Tihomir Grozdanov/Aleksandar Lazov (BUL) v Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN)

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) v Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) v Peter Nagy (HUN)

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

 

PAKISTAN level with CHINESE TAIPEI 1-1

Venue: Ulusal Tenis Egitim Merkezi Tennis Club, Izmir, TUR (hard – outdoor)

 

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Jui-Chen Hung (TPE) 57 64 61 64

Jimmy Wang (TPE) d. Samir Iftikhar (PAK) 63 62 60

Mohammad Abid Ali Khan Akbar/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) v Chieh-Fu Wang/Cheng-Yu Yu (TPE)

Aqeel Khan (PAK) v Jimmy Wang (TPE)

Samir Iftikhar (PAK) v Jui-Chen Hung (TPE)

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

 

CHILE leads VENEZUELA 2-0

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

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) 64 61 75

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN) 64 63 63

Christian Garin/Juan Carlos Saez (CHI) v Luis David Martinez (VEN)

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) v Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN)

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) v Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN)

 

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Draws Announced for Davis Cup World Group Semifinals and Playoffs, and Zone Group Ties

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(September 17, 2015) 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 18-20 September. A total of 18 ties will be held this weekend.

 

The winners of the two semifinals will contest the 2015 World Group Final on 27-29 November. The winners of the eight World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2016 World Group, while the losers will contest their respective Zone Group I competition in 2016.

 

The Draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the ITF AGM in Santiago, Chile on Wednesday 23 September at 19:00 local time (22:00 GMT).

 

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

GREAT BRITAIN v AUSTRALIA

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

 

Andy Murray (GBR) v Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)

Daniel Evans (GBR) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR) v Samuel Groth/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Andy Murray (GBR) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Daniel Evans (GBR) v Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)

 

BELGIUM v ARGENTINA

Venue: Forest National, Brussels, BEL (hard – indoor)

 

David Goffin (BEL) v Federico Delbonis (ARG)

Steve Darcis (BEL) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Ruben Bemelmans/Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) v Carlos Berlocq/Diego Schwartzman (ARG)

David Goffin (BEL) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Steve Darcis (BEL) v Federico Delbonis (ARG)

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

INDIA v CZECH REPUBLIC

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

 

Yuki Bhambri (IND) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

Somdev Devvarman (IND) v Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes (IND) v Adam Pavlasek/Radek Stepanek (CZE)

Yuki Bhambri (IND) v Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Somdev Devvarman (IND) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

 

SWITZERLAND v NETHERLANDS

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

 

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Thiemo de Bakker (NED)

Roger Federer (SUI) v Jesse Huta Galung (NED)

Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Matwe Middelkoop/Tim Van Rijthoven (NED)

Roger Federer (SUI) v Thiemo de Bakker (NED)

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Jesse Huta Galung (NED)

 

RUSSIA v ITALY

Venue: Sports Palace ‘Baikal-Arena’, Irkutsk, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)

Evgeny Donskoy/Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) v Paolo Lorenzi/Andreas Seppi (ITA)

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)

Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

 

UZBEKISTAN v USA

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

 

Denis Istomin (UZB) v Steve Johnson (USA)

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Jack Sock (USA)

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) v Steve Johnson/Sam Querrey (USA)

Denis Istomin (UZB) v Jack Sock (USA)

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Steve Johnson (USA)

 

COLOMBIA v JAPAN

Venue: Club Campestre, Pereira, COL (clay – outdoor)

 

Santiago Giraldo (COL) v Taro Daniel (JPN)

Alejandro Falla (COL) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)

Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) v Yoshihito Nishioka/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN)

Santiago Giraldo (COL) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)

Alejandro Falla (COL) v Taro Daniel (JPN)

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC v GERMANY

Venue: Centro Nacional De Tenis Parque Del Este, Santo Domingo, DOM (hard – outdoor)

 

Benjamin Becker (GER) v Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)

Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

Roberto Cid/Jose Olivares (DOM) v Dustin Brown/Philipp Petzschner (GER)

Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) v Benjamin Becker (GER)

 

BRAZIL v CROATIA

Venue: Costao do Santinho Resort, Florianopolis, BRA (clay – outdoor)

 

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Mate Delic (CRO)

Joao Souza (BRA) v Borna Coric (CRO)

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) v Ivan Dodig/Franko Skugor (CRO)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Borna Coric (CRO)

Joao Souza (BRA) v Mate Delic (CRO)

 

POLAND v SLOVAKIA

Venue: Gdynia Arena, Gdynia, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Martin Klizan (SVK)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Norbert Gombos (SVK)

Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay (SVK)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Martin Klizan (SVK)

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Norbert Gombos (SVK)

 

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

 

DENMARK v SPAIN

Venue: Odense Idrætshal, DEN (hard – indoor)

 

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) v Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v David Ferrer (ESP)

Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Roberto Bautista Agut/Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) v David Ferrer (ESP)

 

LITHUANIA v UKRAINE

Venue: Siemens Arena, Vilnius, LTU (hard – indoor)

 

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) v Vladyslav Manafov (UKR)

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) v Illya Marchenko (UKR)

Lukas Mugevicius/Dovydas Sakinis (LTU) v Marat Deviatiarov/Denys Molchanov (UKR)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) v Illya Marchenko (UKR)

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) v Vladyslav Manafov (UKR)

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I RELEGATION PLAY-OFF

 

THAILAND v CHINA, P.R.

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

 

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) v Ze Zhang (CHN)

Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Di Wu (CHN)

Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) v Mao-Xin Gong/Zhe Li (CHN)

Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Ze Zhang (CHN)

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) v Di Wu (CHN)

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I 1ST ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

BARBADOS v ECUADOR

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

 

Darian King (BAR) v Ivan Endara (ECU)

Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)

Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Gonzalo Escobar/Emilio Gomez (ECU)

Darian King (BAR) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)

Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Ivan Endara (ECU)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

 

PORTUGAL v BELARUS

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

 

Joao Sousa (POR) v Egor Gerasimov (BLR)

Gastao Elias (POR) v Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR)

Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR) v Sergey Betov/Max Mirnyi (BLR)

Joao Sousa (POR) v Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR)

Gastao Elias (POR) v Egor Gerasimov (BLR)

 

BULGARIA v HUNGARY

Venue: Bulgarian National Tennis Center, Sofia, BUL (clay – outdoor)

 

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) v Peter Nagy (HUN)

Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) v Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

Tihomir Grozdanov/Aleksandar Lazov (BUL) v Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN)

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) v Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) v Peter Nagy (HUN)

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

 

PAKISTAN v CHINESE TAIPEI

Venue: Ulusal Tenis Egitim Merkezi Tennis Club, Izmir, TUR (hard – outdoor)

 

Aqeel Khan (PAK) v Jui-Chen Hung (TPE)

Samir Iftikhar (PAK) v Jimmy Wang (TPE)

Mohammad Abid Ali Khan Akbar/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) v Chieh-Fu Wang/Cheng-Yu Yu (TPE)

Aqeel Khan (PAK) v Jimmy Wang (TPE)

Samir Iftikhar (PAK) v Jui-Chen Hung (TPE)

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

 

CHILE v VENEZUELA

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

 

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) v Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN)

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) v Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN)

Christian Garin/Luis David Martinez (CHI) v Jordi Munoz-Abreu/Juan Carlos Saez (VEN)

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) v Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN)

Juan Carlos Saez (CHI) v Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN)

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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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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

Sofia Arvidsson

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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