February 1-3, 2013

World Group First Round

First round recap below:

Czech Republic Edges Switzerland 3-2; Canada, Raonic Upsets Spain 3-2;

USA Holds On Against Brazil 3-2; Serbia Defeats Belgium 3-2;

France Sweeps Israel 5-0; Argentina Eliminates Germany 5-0;

Italy Beats Croatia 3-2; Kazaks Advance Over Austria 3-1

Czechs Defeat Switzerland 3-1 On Berdych's Victory Over Wawrinka; Czechs Outlast Swiss in Longest Doubles in History

FEBRUARY 3, 2013 ITS Staff - In Geneva, Switzerland, World No.6 Tomas Berdych of the defending champion Czech Republic defeated Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's first reverse singles rubber 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Group where they will face Kazakstan in April. Andrey Golubev lifted Kazakhstan into the Davis Cup quarterfinals with a four-set victory over Austria's Jurgen Melzer on Sunday. Shaking off fatigue from Saturday’s epic doubles match, Berdych took advantage by breaking Wawrinka's serve three times in the match. Czechs Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol took 7 hours and 2 minutes to defeat the Swiss duo of Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 24-22 on Saturday. The fifth set alone took 3 hours and 35 minutes after Chiudinelli double-faulted on match point. The Swiss team saved 12 match points in the epic contest. The thrilling match breaks the previous record set in 1982 in a singles rubber between American John McEnroe and Swede Mats Wilander which took 6 hours and 22 minutes before McEnroe prevailed  9-7, 6-2, 15-17, 3-6, 8-6. In Davis Cup doubles play, the previous longest match was registered at 6 hours 20 minutes taking place in 2002 when Lucas Arnold and David Nalbandian of Argentina defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin of Russia 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 19-17. The tie was even at 1-1 in their best-of-five opening day. Wawrinka gave the Swiss a 1-0 lead by beating Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 but world No.6 Czech star Tomas Berdych tied the match-up with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 victory over unheralded Swiss Henri Laaksonen in the second rubber. Rosol substituted place of last year's Czech Davis Cup hero Radek Stepanek, who was forced to miss this tie because of a back injury. Seventeen-time major winner Roger Federer opted to sit out focusing instead on his off-court training program in preparation for this season’s tough spring and summer schedule.  Swiss captain Severin Luthi has confirmed Federer will return to the Davis Cup competition in the near future. 


Complete Scores: S Wawrinka (SUI) d. L Rosol (CZE) 6-4 6-3 6-4; T Berdych (CZE) d. H Laaksonen (SUI) 6-3 6-2 6-7(5) 6-1; T.Berdych / L Rosol (CZE) d. M Chiudinelli / S Wawrinka (SUI) 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-7(3) 24-22; T Berdych (CZE) d. S Wawrinka (SUI) 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6(5); H Laaksonen (SUI) d. J Vesely (CZE) 0-6 6-3 6-1

Raonic, Canada Elminates Spain 3-2; Enter Quarterfinals

Milos Raonic. sports.ndtv.com


FEBRUARY 2, 2013, VANCOUVER, CANADA: Canada is going where it has never gone before in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group competition. Canada has advanced past the first round of the World Group stage for the first time in its history after knocking off top seed Spain on Sunday. Milos Raonic won his second singles rubber of the weekend defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-4 6-2 to clinch the Canadian victory. The win sparked a huge Canadian team celebration at centre court and among the 6,000 flag-waving spectators at the Thunderbird Sports Centre who witnessed the historic day for tennis in a country better known for sporting success on ice and snow. Read whole article 


Complete Scores: M Raonic (CAN) d. A Ramos (ESP) 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 6-4; F Dancevic (CAN) d. M.Granollers (ESP) 6-1 6-2 6-2; M Granollers/M Lopez (ESP) d. D.Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 4-6 6-4 6-7(4) 6- 6-2; M Raonic (CAN) d. G Garcia Lopez (ESP) 6-3 6-4 6-2; A Ramos (ESP) d. F Dancevic (CAN) 7-5 6-4.

USA Edges Brazil 3-2; Bryans Upset by Brazilians Melo & Soares in Doubles

Marcelo Melo - Bruno Soares superesportes.com.br

FEBRUARY 3, 2013 ITS Staff, Jacksonville, Florida - World No.16 John Isner and No.20 Sam Querrey registered straight-set singles victories on Friday to put the United States ahead 2-0 against Brazil. Querrey led off the best-of-five tie with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 decision over Thomaz Bellucci on an indoor hard-court at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Isner, who dominated with his serve, defeated Thiago Alves with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory in the second rubber.  On Day 2, Brazil averted a sweep and kept their hopes alive with the stunning win in doubles cutting the American’s lead 2-1. Unknown Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares upset 13-time Grand Slam Doubles champions Mike and Bob Bryan of the United States 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the third rubber.  The identical twins lost a Davis Cup doubles rubber for the only the third time in 23 matches, and for the first time in five years.  In the final day, Bellucci won the fourth match of the tie over John Isner 26 64 67(7) 64 63 on Sunday before Sam Querrey defeated Thiago Alves 46 63 64 76(3) to clinch the tie in the fifth and decisive rubber for a 3-2 victory to advance to the quarterfinals against Serbia, 3-2 winners over Belgium.


Complete Scores: S Querrey (USA) d. T Bellucci (BRA) 6-3 6-4 6-4; J Isner (USA) d. T Alves (BRA) 6-3 7-6(4) 6-3; M Melo / B Soares (BRA) d. B Bryan / M Bryan (USA) 7-6(6) 6-7(7) 6-4 3-6 6-3; T Bellucci (BRA) d. J Isner (USA) 2-6 6-4 6-7(7) 6-4 6-3; S Querrey (USA) d. T Alves (BRA) 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6(3)

France, Serbia, Argentina, Italy Advance To Quarter-finals

In Rouen, France, world No.8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No.10 Richard Gasquet won their opening singles  Friday to give France a 2-0 lead against Israel. Tsonga defeated Amir Weintraub in four sets 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 while Gasquet followed up with a far more convincing 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win against Dudi Sela. On Saturday, Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra defeated Jonathan Erlich and Dudi Sela in straight sets 7-6 6-1 6-0 to clinch the tie. 


In Charleroi, Belgium, world No.1 and Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia cruised past Belgium’s Oliver Rochus 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to give the visitors a 2-0 lead after Viktor Troicki came from two sets down to beat David Goffin 1-6, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 in the first rubber. Satruday's doubles match saw Serbia's Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic defeat Ruben Bemelmans and Steve Darcis 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Group.

Italy 3 Croatia 2

Palavela Turin Italy

M Cilic (CRO) d. P Lorenzi (ITA) 6-1 6-7(6) 4-6 6-3 6-2

A Seppi (ITA) d. I Dodig (CRO) 6-2 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4

S Bolelli / F Fognini (ITA) d. M Cilic / I Dodig (CRO) 3-6 6-1 6-3 7-6(11)

M Cilic (CRO) d. A Seppi (ITA) 6-3 6-3 7-5

F Fognini (ITA) d. I Dodig (CRO) 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4


Serbia 3 Belgium 2

Spiroudome de Charleroi Charleroi Belgium

V Troicki (SRB) d. D Goffin (BEL) 1-6 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4

N Djokovic (SRB) d. O Rochus (BEL) 6-3 6-2 6-2

V Troicki / N Zimonjic (SRB) d. R Bemelmans / S Darcis (BEL) 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4

D Goffin (BEL) d. B Pashanski (SRB) 6-4 2-6 6-2

S Darcis (BEL) d. N Zimonjic (SRB) 6-2 6-4


France 5 Israel 0

Kindarena Rouen France

J Tsonga (FRA) d. A Weintraub (ISR) 6-3 6-3 4-6 7-5

R Gasquet (FRA) d. D Sela (ISR) 6-3 6-2 6-2

J Benneteau / M Llodra (FRA) d. J Erlich / D Sela (ISR) 7-6(3) 6-1 6-0

M Llodra (FRA) d. N Okun (ISR) 6-3 7-6(5)

R Gasquet (FRA) d. A Weintraub (ISR) 6-4 6-3


Argentina 5 Germany 0

Parque Roca Buenos Aires Argentina

C Berlocq (ARG) d. P Kohlschreiber (GER) 3-6 7-5 2-6 6-4 4-5 ret.

J Monaco (ARG) d. F Mayer (GER) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 6-4

D Nalbandian / H Zeballos (ARG) d. C Kas / T Kamke (GER) 6-1 6-4 5-7 6-2

J Monaco (ARG) d. T Kamke (GER) 6-4 7-6(2)

C Berlocq (ARG) d. C Kas (GER) 6-2 6-4


Kazakhstan 3 Austria 1

National Tennis Centre Astana Kazakhstan

A Golubev (KAZ) d. A Haider-Maurer (AUT) 7-6(2) 6-3 7-6(5)

E Korolev (KAZ) d. J Melzer (AUT) 7-6(4) 6-3 6-2

J Knowle / A Peya (AUT) d. A Golubev / Y Schukin (KAZ) 7-6(5) 6-3 7-6(3)

A Golubev (KAZ) d. J Melzer (AUT) 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-2

E Korolev (KAZ) vs A Haider-Maurer (AUT) not played

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