June 28, 2017

Gemany Completes 4-1 win over Spain in Davis Cup


By Florian Heer

(February 2, 2014) FRANKFURT, GERMANY – Final day of the first round Davis Cup tie in Frankfurt and Team Germany ran out of players for the last two singles matches. Only Daniel Brands was nominated to take on Roberto Bautista-Agut for the single dead rubber on Sunday. It was officially announced by Team captain Carsten Arriens that Tommy Haas, Florian Mayer and Philipp Kohlschreiber were injured. The spectators in the Fraport Arena answered with catcalls and the following match was played in a weird atmosphere.

Nonetheless the encounter between Brands and Bautista became an interesting affair with tennis on a very high level. In the end it was the German, who had the advantage in the decisive moments. Brands won the first set in the tie-break and gained the only break of the match in the tenth game of the second frame winning 7-6, 6-4 after 80 minutes.


“I tried to do my best and put some effort into winning one point for Spain,” Bautista-Agut said afterwards. “Nonetheless it was very difficult for me to go on court today. It was like having zero motivation, as we are still disappointed,” the Spaniard added. “All of our players gave their best but the German team was very strong throughout weekend,” Team Captain Carlos Moya said. “Of course we are disappointed as we wanted to win but there is still an opponent who also has a word to say and Germany played very well,” Moya stated.

Due to the missing third rubber, the German fans were also disappointed and as a consequence the president of the German Tennis Federation, Karl Altenburg, announced that there will be show match in Frankfurt in summer as a compensation for today’s ticket holders.


“I really can understand that the fans are angry,” team captain Carsten Arriens told the press after he had been barracked by the fans inside the arena. “I’ll think about the things, which happened in the arena in the next couple of days. We were really surprised by the reactions from the spectators and maybe we also underestimated the situation. Nonetheless I hope that the positive aspects from Friday and Saturday will remain the dominant facts for the fans. I do not want to embellish the situation but Tommy, Flo and Philipp did a great job the last two days and that’s what I want to point out. Unfortunately all three are injured,” Arriens tried to explain. “We had two fantastic days here in Frankfurt and I really want to thank the spectators for creating a great atmosphere and their support, it was something special for me, too, having the tie played in my hometown” the captain said. A very successful weekend for the German team has come to an end but today’s occurrences will probably leave a bland aftertaste.

Germany will play France the first weekend in April for a chance to make the Davis Cup semifinals.


Defending Champion Andy Murray Moves into US Open Fourth Round

Andy Murray

(September 1, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY- Andy Murray, the defending US Open champion had a tight first set but then rolled over his opponent Florian Mayer 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-2. It was last year where he began the first man from Great Britain to win a major since 1936.

Murray moves into the fourth found with the win.

“I was struggling breathing for most of the match,” Murray said.  “I just went to the toilet.  It was quite a long set.  When it’s that humid, you tend to try and take on as much fluid as you can.

Murray will play Denis Istomin next. “Technically he’s very sound,” said the Scot.  “He’s a good player.  He hits the ball very flat.  He served extremely well today I think in his match.  I saw some of the stats at the end.

“Yeah, he’s played well.  He had a very good match with Novak in Montréal.  He’s had some good wins this week, as well.”

Tomas Berdych cincy


No. 5 Tomas Berdych routed No. 31 seed Julien Benneteau 6-0, 6-3, 6-2. The Czech has not lost a set so far this US Open.

“Today it was good,” Berdych said.  “It was a bit hot, a bit humid, but otherwise tennis was good, you know.

“Finally I managed to stay focused from the first point till the last.  You know, didn’t do any ups and downs, just took all my chances that I had, and win in straight sets.”

He’ll play Stanislas Wawrinka in the round of 16. Wawrinka beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (7).

“He’s a great player, really strong player, powerful player,” Wawrinka said to Berdych.

“It’s always tough to play against him.  Usually we had some great battle together.  I need to adapt a little bit my game, because he’s so powerful, so I need to change a little bit.

“Yeah, you know, he’s not really happy to play against me.  He doesn’t like my game.  We practice a few times together.  I know if I’m if fit and if I play well, I have some chance.”

Lleyton Hewitt, US Open Champion 11 years ago is now in the fourth round of Flushing Meadows. He took out Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6‑3, 7‑6, 3‑6, 6‑1. It’s the first time since 2006, the Australian has made the fourth round of the US Open.


“I came out aggressive at the start and I played well right at the start to get up that early break,” Hewitt said.  “That was sort of the telling point for that first set really.

“I served a lot better today, as well; hit my spots well.  Even my second serve, whenever I was under pressure I didn’t give him too many chances to run around and take second cuts on my second serve, which was positive.”