2014/09/30

Isner, Querrey and Bryan Brothers Named to US Davis Cup Team

USDavisCup

(September 2, 2014) U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier named the team to take on the Slovak Republic in the World Group Playoff – top-ranked American and world No. 15 John Isner, world No. 57 Sam Querrey and the world’s No. 1 doubles team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.

Additionally, Captain Courier announced the practice partners for the U.S. Davis Cup team – 2014 NCAA singles champion for UCLA Marcos Giron and three-time University of Michigan All-American and Chicago native Evan King. Giron, 21, won the 2014 NCAA singles title as a junior at UCLA, finishing the year as the No. 1 college tennis player.

 

Slovakia Captain Miloslav Mecir named world No. 65 Martin Klizan, No. 84 Lukas Lacko, No. 129 Norbert Gombos, and former Top 20 doubles player Michal Mertinak to his team.

 

The best-of-five match series will be played on an indoor hard court at Sears Centre Arena, Sept. 12-14, in Hoffman Estates, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

 

Play begins on Friday, Sept. 12, at 4:00 p.m. CT, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match at 2:00 p.m. CT. The final day of play on Sunday, beginning at 12:30 p.m. CT, will feature two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

 

Share

“Papa” Roger Federer Opens with Win at Roland Garros

(May 25, 2014) No. 4 seed Roger Federer playing in his 58th straight Grand Slam event, opened his campaign for a second Roland Garros title with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 dismissing of Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko, ranked No. 87 in the world.

Federer, the 2009 French Open Champion is now 59-14 at Roland Garros equaling the number of wins by Rafael Nadal who at 59-1 in Paris, holds the record.

This is the Swiss’ first win as a father of four. “I’m happy the family is here,” Federer said.

His new set of twins, Leo and Lenny were born less than three weeks ago, while his older set of twins, Myla and Charlene with mother Mirka, were on court Philipe Chatrier watching dad in action for about 20 minutes.

Rafa (Nadal) is the favorite” to win the tournament, the 17-time major champion said, with Novak Djokovic next, “and then the rest (of us), it’s very clear.”

Federer’s opponent in the second round will be qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman of Argentina.

Share

Americans Blake and Sock Gain Second Round at US Open

 

James Blake

FLUSHING MEADOWS –  American “elder statesman” James Blake and the “new kid on the block” Jack Sock advanced to the second  round of the US Open on Monday.

In a rain interrupted match on Louis Armstrong, 32-year-old Blake defeated Lukas Lacko Slovakia 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

“It’s a good feeling,” said Blake of the win.  “You know, every time I come back here it’s still sort of the goosebumps walking out on Louis Armstrong or Arthur Ashe.  I’m excited, and I get a lot of ticket requests.  I get to see my fans and friends having a good time.  That definitely keeps my spirits up, keeps my head up throughout the whole match.

“I can’t believe that it’s been I think 12 years I have been playing here just about every year.  You know, it still doesn’t feel normal.  It’s still an incredible feeling to be here and to be doing what I dreamed of as a kid.”

Blake  who is playing the tournament as a wildcard was asked about what it will take for an American like himself or John Isner to break through and make a run against the top three players.

“ I need to worry about one match at a time,” the 32-year-old Blake said.  “I can’t worry about quarters or semis or finals right now.

“I’m still kind of scratching to get through these matches and get my confidence back and feel like I’m ready to compete.  I don’t think that will change if I’m playing someone that’s 1, 2, or 3 in the world.

“I have been fortunate enough.  I am an elder statesman.  I have been around and have won a lot of matches.  I have beaten guys 1 in the world, I’ve beaten guys that are top 3, top 4, top 5 plenty of times.  There is no reason for me to go out there and play one of players those guys and be scared.

“I think it will take an unbelievable effort.  I will have to play my best tennis.”

Jack Sock led 27th seed Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-2, 3-2 when the German retired with an illness. “I think today is definitely good for the confidence and good for the overall game and everything going into the next round,” said the young American in his second-ever win at the US Open.

“I think my serve was definitely pretty reliable when I was down.  I was down Love‑30 once or twice, down Love‑40 once.  Came up with some good serves, first‑ball combos.  I think that was definitely some turning points, not letting him get a break and not letting him get some momentum back.

The 19-year-old loves playing on the Grandstand court. “ You can’t ask for a better tournament, a better atmosphere, a better environment,” sock said.  “That grandstand court was awesome.  The fans were pretty close and really into it.  It was a great environment.  I’d love to play on there again sometime.”

Jack Sock paired with Melanie Oudin last year to win the US Open Mixed Doubles title.

Karen Pestaina is covering the US Open as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.

 

http://youtu.be/mHdIs5yHOSM

Share