Chile Wins, Germany Beats U.S. Day One at World Team Cup

Posted on May 16, 2005

Defending champion Chile opened the 2005 World Team Cup Red Group play in a winning way posting a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic. Olympic gold medalist Nicolas Massu beat Tomas “Big” Berdych 7-6(5), 6-3 while bronze medal winner Francisco Gonzalez pasted Jiri Novak 6-3, 6-1.

A “D”-level U.S. team wasn’t so fortunate against Germany losing 2-1 in the Blue Group. Tommy Haas beat up on Vincenzo Spadea 6-2, 6-4 and Nicolas Kiefer had little resistant from Jeff “Battleship” Morrison winning 6-2, 6-2. The U.S. salvaged their lone point as Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan defeated Haas and Alexander Waske 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 7-5.

On Monday, Argentina (Guillermo “El Fragile” Coria, Gaston Gaudio) will face France (Sebastien Grosjean, Michael Llodra) in the Red Group, and Sweden (Joachim “Pim Pim” Johansson , Thomas Johansson) will take on Spain (Tommy Robredo, David Ferrer) in a Blue Group battle.

The eight-nation field is split into two groups, with the winners advancing to the final Saturday.