2014/09/22

2015 Davis Cup Draw Announced

(September 18, 2014) The ITF announced the draw for the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in Dubai.

This year’s finalists France and Switzerland will both travel away to European opposition with Les Blues opening their campaign against Germany. Switzerland will travel to Belgium after David Goffin inspired his nation to retain its place in the World Group in last weekend’s play-offs.

One of the stories of the draw was the coupling of great Latin American rivals Brazil and Argentina. The tie, which will be held in Argentina, will be the first meeting between the two nations since 1980. The two sides have never met in the World Group.

For the second consecutive year, Great Britain and USA have been drawn to face each other in the first round. After colliding in San Diego this year, the two nations will meet on British soil with the visitors keen to avoid another loss to their great Davis Cup rivals.

Third and fourth seeds Czech Republic and Serbia will both begin their campaigns with home ties. The Czechs, drawn in the same half as France, will host Australia while Serbia will host neighbors Croatia.

The full draw can be found below:
World Group

First round (6-8 March)

Germany [c] v France [s]

Great Britain [c] v USA [s]

Czech Republic [s] [c] v Australia

Kazakhstan [c] [*] v Italy [s]

Argentina [s] [c] v Brazil

Serbia [s] [c] v Croatia

Canada [s] [c] v Japan

Belgium [c] v Switzerland [s]
Americas Zone Group I

First round (6-8 March)

Colombia [s] v Bye

Uruguay v Bye

Barbados [c] v Dominican Republic

Ecuador [s] v Bye
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I

First round (6-8 March)

Uzbekistan [s] v Bye

Thailand [c] v Korea, Rep.

China, P. R. v Chinese Taipei or New Zealand

India [s] v Bye
Europe/Africa Zone Group I

First round (6-8 March)

Spain [s] v Bye

Russia [c] v Denmark

Netherlands [s] v Bye

Austria v Latvia or Sweden

Slovakia [c] [*] v Slovenia

[c] Romania v Israel [s]

Poland [c] v Lithuania

Ukraine [s] v Bye
Americas Zone Group II

First round (6-8 March)

Venezuela [s] [c] [*] v Costa Rica

Puerto Rico [c] v El Salvador [s]

Mexico [s] [c] [*] v Bolivia

Chile [s] [c] v Peru
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II

First round (6-8 March)

Chinese Taipei or New Zealand [s] v Lebanon

Philippines [s] [c] v Sri Lanka

Iran v Indonesia [s] [c]

Pakistan [s] [c] v Kuwait

 

Key
[s] = Seeded nation
[c] = Choice of ground
[*] = Choice of ground decided by lot

The home nation is listed first for each tie.

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DAVIS CUP: U.S. SHUTS OUT SLOVAKIA – Isner, Querrey victories give Americans a 5-0 win in the World Group Play-off

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DAVIS CUP: U.S. SHUTS OUT SLOVAKIA
Isner, Querrey victories give Americans a 5-0 win in the World Group Play-off

By Junior Williams

(September 14, 2014) HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois – John Isner and Sam Querrey closed out the Davis Cup World-Group Play-off by winning their respective matches, giving the United States a 5-0 victory over Slovakia at Sears Center Arena in suburban Chicago.

Both matches were dead rubbers, since the U.S. clinched a spot in the World Group for 2015 courtesy of Bob and Mike Bryan’s doubles victory on Saturday.

In the first match, Isner – the No. 1 American and 16th ranked player in the world – defeated Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-0 in only 42 minutes, converting four out of eight break points and posting 22 total winners to Lacko’s four.

In the post-match interview, Isner said he was happy the match went “pretty quickly” and was looking forward to watching some football.

In the second match, Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos did his best to prevent his team from being shut out, but the world’s 126th-ranked player was outlasted by Sam Querrey 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in a hard-hitting, fast-serving contest.

After Gombos broke Querrey to win the second set — the only set Slovakia won during the three days of competition — the number-two American broke Gombos to go up 4-3 in the third set, and went on to close out the match with a service winner.

Here’s how close the match was: Querrey scored 96 points, Gombos 92.

Despite Gombos’ three defeats (including one to Isner in singles, another to the Bryans in doubles) , U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier had nothing but good things to say about the Slovak during the post-match interview, expressing how impressed he was with Gombos’ play.

The U.S. victory marks the first time the Americans shut out their opponent in a Davis Cup tie since 2012 — a first-round victory in Switzerland against a team featuring 17-time major champion Roger Federer, and Stan Wawrinka — who has since gone on to win the 2014 Australian Open.

Slovakia is now 0-3 against the U.S. in Davis Cup competition and is headed back to Europe/Africa Zone Group I. Both countries will learn about their next opponents when the Davis Cup draw for 2015 takes place Thursday in Dubai.

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Mirjana Lucic-Baroni Beats Venus Williams to Win Quebec City

(September 14, 2014) Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni won her first WTA title since 1998, beating former world No.1 Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3 to win the Quebec City tennis tournament in 83 minutes.

In the battle between 30-somethings, Lucic-Baroni 32 and Williams 34, the Croatian had last been in a final in 1998.

Lucic-Baroni reached the Wimbledon semifinals back in 1999. After a hiatus off the tour, she came back in 2007 and at the US Open reached the fourth round.

“It was so long ago, I don’t even remember what it’s like to hold a trophy in my hands,” Lucic-Baroni said. “It’s just incredible. I’m still in a little bit of shock because I was so focused today, but oh my goodness, it’s just an amazing feeling right now.”

Venus Williams who was looking to win her 46th title said: “My opponent played too well against me today. She swung as hard as she could on every shot and hit so many lines. It’s not typical that when you go for every shot they almost all go in. I think I played pretty well, but she just played better than me.”

Lucic-Baroni added the doubles crown to her titles list on Sunday, teaming with Lucie Hradecka to win the doubles, her first doubles title since 1998. For Hradecka it was her 17 WTA doubles title.

Baroni is just the second player to win the singles and doubles titles at the same event this year after Caroline Garcia in Bogotá.

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France to Host Switzerland in Davis Cup Final

 

(September 14, 2014) For the first time in 22 years, Switzerland is in the Davis Cup final. No. 1 singles player from Switzerland, Roger Federer clinched the tie versus Italy on Sunday, defeating Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (4) for an unassailable 3-1 lead in Geneva.

France will play host to Switzerland in the Davis Cup final November 21-23. France clinched their berth in the final on Saturday, winning the doubles rubber to take a 3-0 lead. They completed the tie on Sunday 4-1 over the Czech Republic at Roland Garros, site of the French Open.

“It’s nice sharing the emotions with your fans and team members,” Federer said in an on-court interview after the match.

“It was a pretty quick court, so if you’re not serving so well there are always going to be errors – it wasn’t the best performance for either of us.

“Some of the best match-ups I’ve had have been against France, but we’re very pleased to be in the final.”

The French team is looking for their first Davis Cup title since 2001, while Switzerland is seeking their first-ever Davis Cup crown.

Team France says they are ready for the challenge.

“Everybody speaks about a dream final against Switzerland, but for me the dream is just that France will be there,” said French Davis Cup captain Arnaud Clement said. “With Federer and Stan Wawrinka, It’s obviously a big contest but the important thing is that we are in the final.”

“Federer is a monument of tennis, this is a dream final,” said Richard Gasquet in press on Sunday.

“There is no need for motivation when you are in the final, but hosting Federer adds an extra something to a sumptuous final,” Julien Benneteau said.

Although not official, it’s been reported that the northern French city of Lille will host the final.

The French have a 10-2 record versus Switzerland in Davis Cup play.

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Davis Cup: U.S. Remains in the World Group, Bryan twins clinch for Americans in straight sets over Slovakia

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DAVIS CUP: U.S. REMAINS IN WORLD GROUP

Bryan twins clinch for Americans in straight sets over Slovakia

 

By Junior Williams

 

(September 13, 2014) HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois — World No. 1 doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan made quick work of Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos and Lukas Lacko, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 in one hour 16 minutes — giving the United States an unassailable 3-0 lead in the Davis Cup World Group Play-off at Sears Centre Arena in suburban Chicago, assuring the Americans will remain in the World Group in 2015.

 

Early in the first set, the Bryans broke Slovakia to go up 2-1 after Gombos hit a backhand volley wide. After that, it was full steam ahead for the U.S team, which won 21 out of 26 points at the net and 83-percent of its first-serve points.

 

Slovakia captain Miloslav Mecir went with Gombos instead of the originally scheduled doubles specialist Michal Mertinak.

 

The Bryans capped off their victory with an ace, to the delight of the U.S. fans in the crowd.

 

For Slovakia, it’s wait ’til next year as the team will once again attempt to re-join the Davis Cup elite for the first time since 2006.

The Bryans just came off winning their 16h major and 100th title by capturing the US Open doubles title said that Saturday’s win felt better than the US Open..

“It feels like it’s all part of the same summer,” Mike Bryan said.  “We had our goals, which was to win the US Open and come in here and help the team get to the World Group.
“Just feels it’s all one emotion.  We can kind of exhale and kind of enjoy it.  Yeah, when we won the Open it was great, but we shifted our focus very quickly to this tie.
“We never really relaxed.  Now we can exhale and enjoy the next couple weeks before we go over to Asia.
“But this is a really sweet feeling to finish the summer like this.”

 

Sunday’s dead rubber matches are scheduled to feature number one American John Isner versus Martin Klizan, and Sam Querrey versus Gombos. But with U.S. having clinched the tie, it is unlikely those pairings will hold.

 

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EXTRAS: After their victory, the Bryans celebrated by hitting lots of autographed balls in the crown, and also engaged in a mini-exhibition match with two of the “Team Bryan” kids. Bob and Mike’s dad Wayne Bryan served as the umpire.

 

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

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DAVIS CUP: U.S. IN CONTROL OVER SLOVAKIA Isner, Querrey lead Americans to 2-0 lead in World Group Play-off

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DAVIS CUP: U.S. IN CONTROL OVER SLOVAKIA
Isner, Querrey lead Americans to 2-0 lead in World Group Play-off
By Junior Williams

(September 12, 2014) HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois – Hours before the United States took on Slovakia at the Davis Cup World Group Play-off, U.S. captain Jim Courier was upbeat about his team’s prospects – telling a fan, “We’re ready for battle.”

Courier’s confidence in John Isner and Sam Querrey paid off, as both players achieved straight sets victories at Sears Centre Arena – giving the Americans a commanding 2-0 lead, putting them one win away from securing another year in the World Group.

Isner defeated Norbert Gombos – the 126th-ranked player in the world – 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2. Many were surprised Slovakian captain Miloslav Mecir went with Gombos in the first match instead of 86th-ranked Lukas Lacko. Gombos battled Isner early in the first set, returning the American’s powerful serves and taking him to a tiebreak. But a Gombos volley at the net came up short, giving Isner a mini-break at 6-4. The former University of Georgia Bulldog won the set after Gombos’ return of serve went long.

Isner’s serve became a more potent weapon in the second set – including a “perfect game” with four aces that put him up 5-3. The world No. 16 finished the match with 29 aces.

“Going into a match like this three-out-of-five set match, it’s not surprising that I didn’t lose my serve,” said Isner. “I’ve done that before, for sure. Always going to be the biggest part of my game and it’s going to be the part of my game that I lean on the most.”

Gombos said of the 6-foot-9 Isner, “I know that he’s serving perfect from the Eiffel Tower, you know … I never returned a serve like his because it’s quite different from like the other players because he’s really tall. The ball is bouncing so high. It’s totally different like from the other players.”

The second match between Querrey and Slovakian Martin Klizan – ranked 51st and 57th in the world, respectively — started off as quite a battle. The first set lasted 66 minutes. It was Querrey’s serve versus Klizan’s powerful groundstrokes, which were low enough to cause problems for the 6-foot-6 American.

But it was Klizan’s serve that would prove to be the Slovakian’s undoing, with eleven double faults in the match. Serving for the first set up 5-4, he was broken after double faulting to end the game. Querrey won the first set tiebreak 8-6 after staving off a set point — and winning the final three points with the help of two aces.

“It was tough,” said Querrey. “But my serve is my biggest weapon. I just buckled down and I think I hit an ace at that 5-6 point. Just put the pressure right back on (Klizan).”

The American won the match 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-3, hitting 20 aces in the process.

When asked about failing to serve out the first set up 5-4, Klizan replied: “I wasn’t nervous. I was just pissed off of the line umpire because was a huge mistake from him the first point. Could be different story then, the game. But anyway, Sam was the better player on the court and I think he was better, so he won.”

In Saturday’s doubles match, the Americans will be counting on world number ones Bob and Mike Bryan to deliver the clincher. Fresh from winning the 2014 U.S Open Championship – their 100th – title. the twins are scheduled to face Lukas Lacko and Michal Mertinak, but there’s always the possibility that captain Mecir could alter his lineup.

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

 

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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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Marin Cilic Beats Kei Nishikori for US Open Title for First Major

 

(September 8, 2014) Fourteenth seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia won his first major title by beating tenth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Monday in the US Open final.

The Croat dominated the match throughout hitting 17 aces and 38 winners during the less than two-hour match

Both players were making their Grand Slam final debuts. The last time this happened was in 1997.

The 25-year-old Cilic is only the third man other than Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to win a major since the middle of 2005.

Just a year ago Cilic missed the tournament due to a doping suspension which was later reduced.

“I mean, seems completely unreal to be called Grand Slam champion,” Cilic said. “I was dreaming about this all my life, and suddenly last four, five days everything started to change. And with my tennis especially. I started to play absolutely unbelievable starting with the fifth set with Simon. After that I had unbelievable run of the matches against these top guys. And what it means to me, it means everything. It’s just a huge accomplishment and huge moment for myself and for my team and for everybody around me who was with me all these years supporting me, believing in me and never giving up. So this is just the peak of the world.”

“I think I showed, you know, my potential I can beat anybody now,” Nishkori said. So if I can keep train hard and, you know, also practice hard, I think I have more chance coming up.”

The man from Japan defeated 5th seed Milos Raonic in the fourth round and 3rd seed Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals, both in long five-set matches. he followed the wins up by taking out the top seed Novak Djokovic in four sets.

Cilic, dismissed No. 2 seed Roger Federer in the semifinals in straight sets.

Cilic talked about the key to winning the tournament. “The key was definitely I was playing my own game and it was working extremely well. Last ten sets I played I played amazing tennis with everything, starting from serve, starting from movement, all different shots. Return with Federer. In Federer’s match was great I think overall. My performances were great.”

 

“A lot of guys are saying people would like to watch top four guys much more to extend their streak at the top and to extend their run at the Grand Slams, because, I mean, they attract the most, the fans and the TV, and everybody else,” Cilic said. “But sort of one day definitely they gonna go out and there’s gonna be a need for somebody else. I feel this time, this year — I mean, I think the guys from second line were a bit lucky because Andy Murray was also having trouble with his back; Wawrinka was up and down with his tennis after Australia; few other players were not playing at the best all the time. And Rafa is not here. So that opened a little bit the gate for everybody else. I feel it’s gonna definitely be much bigger competition from next year. I feel the guys at the top are gonna pull the other guys, too. I think the game of tennis is definitely going to evolve much more.”

“I feel, very inspirational for all the other guys out there who are, you know, working and sometimes losing motivation, having trouble to dig deep and to believe in the achievements. I would definitely feel much stronger if I would see somebody like me accomplish things like this. It sort of came out of nowhere for me. Few things clicked in just right before tournament sort of. I felt great about them, and match after match I played really good tennis. These last three matches, everything was working perfectly.”

 

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Serena Williams Three-Peats at US Open for 18th Grand Slam Title

 

(September 7, 2014) Serena Williams won her third straight US Open, sixth overall for her 18th major title by defeating tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 in 75 minutes on Sunday afternoon.

“It feels great,” Williams said. “I never thought I would have won this one six times, because I won Australian five times and Wimbledon five times. I think I only won the Open like three times; now it jumped to six.”

When she’s on her game it’s not fun to play her,” said the 24-year-old Dane . “You know, she’s so strong. She has a good serve and she puts pressure on you straightaway. You know, today I went out there and I was a little nervous. I had a game plan in mind, but it was kind of difficult at the start. I tried to push her back, but that really didn’t work for me. She really just stepped in and she was playing aggressive. She was playing better than me today.”

Williams won the tournament without losing a set.

Williams is now tied with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova at fourth on the all-time major titles list.

“Number 18. I have been trying to reach it for so long, since last year.” Williams said. “Well, since the beginning of the year. I didn’t really think would I get there. I just felt so good.”

“It means a lot to me. You know, I just could never have imagined that I would be mentioned with Chris Evert or with Martina Navratilova, because I was just a kid with a dream and a racquet. Living in Compton, you know, this never happened before. You know, I just never could have imagined that it could have ended — not ended. I’m just beginning. Well, I’m not beginning, but I could have gotten this far, you know. So it was just — I think it was — and then it was eluding me for three tournaments, I guess. But, still that’s a lot for me. I was like, you know, really excited to get it.”

Turning 33 in 19 days, Williams is the second-oldest player to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era after 33-year-old 1990 Wimbledon champion Navratilova.

Williams, who did not win any majors this year coming into the US Open she had no expectations.

“My goal was just to get past the third round, maybe the fourth round, because it was just really difficult for me in the majors, said the 33-year-old. “My goal was just to win some matches.”

She has now also equaled Evert’s 6 US Open titles won. Williams leads all active players in tournament wins with 63.

Williams and Wozniacki are good friends off the court and the Dane talked about their relationship.

“When you’re out there — we’re both competitors and we both want to win, so we’re both going to do anything possible to win the match. You know, after the match we’re friends again. You know, it’s tennis. It’s a game. But off the court we’re still — we still care equally as much about each other. It doesn’t really change.”

“It’s definitely not easy,” Williams said, “but I think we both wanted to win this. We both wanted to do the best that we could. And like I say, I’ve play against (sister) Venus, so I think that helped me a lot to be able to — if I can play against her, I can really handle anything at this point.”

“Think her results and her career says it all: 18 Grand Slam titles,” Wozniacki said. “You don’t get that unless you’re exceptional in what you do. You know, she is one of the greatest of all time. You know, to have 18 Grand Slam titles and still be the person she is is really something very rare. You know, I admire her both on and off the court. I definitely think when Serena is on her game there’s not much we can do. So, you know, I think that’s why she has so many titles that she has.”

The No. 1 player earned a record $4 million dollars for the win, $3 million for the title, plus a $1 million bonus for having won the US Open Series Bonus Challenge.

Asked what she plans to do with her prize money, Williams said: “Well, I have a really good uncle that I love a lot. I always say this. His name is Uncle Sam. I think I’m going to give him a lot of it.”

 

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