Djokovic Watches France Win Doubles Rubber; Serbia Looking Tispy Sunday
by Sean Randall | December 4th, 2010, 7:00 pm
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We are heading for quite a Sunday climax to the Davis Cup final. Today with the best player on either team on the sidelines, Novak Djokovic watched his Serbian squad blow a two-set lead and lose to France 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in a critical doubles point.

In front of a boisterous and at times unruly crowd in Belgrade, Vicktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic appeared to be in firm control up two sets against Arnuad Clement and Michael Llodra. But how quickly things changed.

France picked and clawed their way back into the match and after taking the third and fourth sets it was suddenly level. In the fifth, the momentum stayed with the visitors who immediately broke Zimonjic to put France ahead for good and in front of the tie 2-1. The Serb collapse was complete.

“We definitely had a lot of chances,” said Zimonjic. “I thought we were playing very good. It was little bit luck involved as well but you have to give them credit they were fighting until the end.”

Added Troicki who started far better than he finished, “Right now we feel disappointed. We had a chance we didn’t use it. I still believe we can win it tomorrow.”

Serbia also had multiple break chances up 4-3 in the fourth but they failed to convert.

Credit to France and especially to Clement for raising his level. With Djokovic playing first on Sunday they had to have that doubles win and they got it.

“It was a typical Davis Cup match with that unbelievable atmosphere,” France captain Guy Forget told Reuters. “I knew they could come back, but I knew it was going to be very, very difficult. At times, we saw unbelievable tennis.”

Meanwhile, Serbian coach Bogdan Obradovic lashed out at the Serbian line judges of all people.

“They (officials) were like a dark force out there and their lack of patriotism was astonishing,” he said to Reuters. “If they feel anything for their country they should wait for a customary second at close calls to make the right decision.”

Bogdan, did the (Serbian) officials really make your team blow a two set lead? No. That’s on you and your team. Hilarious.

And are you having second thoughts of not playing Novak? If not you should.

Going into the doubles I felt that France would come out ahead against a Djokovic-less Serbian team, but I didn’t think they’d do it in such devastating fashion. Choking a lead like that has to be a bitter pill for the Serbs to swallow. They can’t be sleeping too good tonight especially knowing that the last five countries to win the doubles point went on to win the title.

Djokovic was so close to having a chance to be the clinching hero on Sunday. Now, in some ways, the result is out of his hands. He will not be the hero.

With this confidence now crushed, Troicki, who must have harbored some hopes of playing Sunday, will surely be riding the bench the final day.

And that leaves the weight of the Serbian nation on the tattooed body of Janko Tipsarevic who is as quirky as he looks.

Can you really put your trust on Janko to win the title? Janko did win the clinching fifth rubber for Serbia in their semifinal against the Czech Republic back in September.

For France, this doubles comeback has to be absolutely inspiring. Tomorrow, Gael Monfils will get the first crack to clinch and give France their 10th Davis Cup title. Monfils has the flair for the dramatic and with all the pressure firmly on Djokovic I expect the Frenchman to be his usual crazy showman self.

Should Djokovic prevail, and I still fully expect that he will (he’s 5-0 vs. Gael and for some reason I just cannot fathom Novak losing), Forget will have a decision to make, Gilles Simon or Llodra or maybe even Clement who was the class at the end of the doubles?

Simon is a former Top 10 and a solid all-around player who’s won many big matches, but coming off a big emotional doubles win and with what’s at stake, I think if he’s 100% fit Llodra’s the guy.

As I said, in Davis Cup I like the players with the bigger serves. Llodra with his wicked lefty delivery should be able to hold easier than Tipsarevic. And Llodra’s attacking style will only further add to the pressure and nerves felt by Tipsy.

Still, I picked Serbia at the start with the hope that Janko would come out ahead in one of his matches. I thought he’d get that victory on Friday, but in tennis isn’t it best to win on Sunday?

Tennis Channel will have the final two matches starting live at 7am ET. There should be plenty of drama, nerves and excitement!


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146 Comments for Djokovic Watches France Win Doubles Rubber; Serbia Looking Tispy Sunday

funches Says:

Monfils is playing better now than I’ve ever seen – top-five quality – but I agree with Sean. I just can’t picture Djokovic losing tomorrow.

As for the fifth match, who knows? This won’t be the first Davis Cup deciding fifth match featuring average players in the last 10 years. It’s all about handling pressure.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Allez la France !


Duro Says:

Ajde Srbija! Go Serbia! Allez la Serbie!


jane Says:

I am cheering on Serbia to pull one out of the fire tomorrow! Although I like all the French players, and I am truly please to see Gael realizing his force, I really really really want Nole to have this title!!! Ajde Srbija – go go go!


thark Says:

“I saw Pat eating a banana sandwich before the match,” said Ivanisevic. “There’s no way I’m losing to a guy who eats banana sandwiches.”


evie Says:

You know, I’m pulling for Serbia even though I don’t like Nole much because it’s a Cindarella story of sorts, but comments like the one the coach made are unbelievable. He’s really calling line judges who call balls as fairly as they can “unpatriotic?” Disgraceful. Does a tough history in your country really excuse that kind of arrogance? Plus, Hawk-eye is on court, so he has no reason to whine.


Duro Says:

Novak 2:1. Didn’t lose a point on his serves. Second serve 196 km/h once. Very authoritative.


Duro Says:

3:1 Novak! Great performance!


Duro Says:

Novak 4:1. Didn’t lose a single point on his serve.


Polo Says:

Yesterday, I said Monfils is going to beat Djokovic because he is starting to show maturity on court. Well, that showboating shot on the fourth game just showed how wrong I was. Monfils still chooses to play foolishly. Games like that don’t lead to victories. What a waste!


Duro Says:

6:2 Novak. Nice effort from Gael on the last point, but only to fall badly…

1:0 Serbia.


Duro Says:

Polo, you were wrong, not Monfills.


margot Says:

Nole playing really well, serve up in 80s, hardly any UEs.
Duro, jane have you started breathing yet? Do hope Monfils doesn’t get rolled over though.
Duro, u made me laugh, complaining about the lack of depth in Serbian team! U try being British, my friend…well we’ve got Andy…and then there’s Andy…and then….
Am distracted from the beauty of the tennis by the beauty of Monfils, alas…..sigh…


Duro Says:

Hey Margot, what’s the difference really. In the end it all comes down to one player to do the job. What’s the use of Zimonjić; ranked 1, 2, 3rd in the world only to lose all his matches.

Gael is doing all he can. Not enough against Novak.


margot Says:

duro: Zimonijic has just split from Nestor, don’t know why, such a good partnership, perhaps that’s affecting him?
Whose playing for France next. On forsport they’re saying it’s not Simon.


Duro Says:

It’s not a new thing for him to be destructed. They agreed on it for quite some time now.

Novak 2:1 in the second.

If it’s not Simon, must be Llodra then.


Duro Says:

What a spectacular point! 3:2 Nole.


Duro Says:

I meant to say distracted, of course, but it was pretty much the same…


margot Says:

duro :)
Seems to me Novak is every bit as good an athlete as Gael, not so spectacular but just as good.


Kimmi Says:

ah so la monf is been run down by nole so far..c’mon la monf you are better than that!


Duro Says:

Break for Novak. 4:2 Nole, second set. 6:2; 4:2…


Kimmi Says:

Wow! nole pumped up in this match. playing every point like match point. making sure not to let la monf back in the match. cant see la monf coming back in this…


Polo Says:

Duro, I never said Monfils was wrong. I admitted I was wrong.


Duro Says:

5:2… Knowing Novak he’ll try very hard now to break again, so to serve first in the third.


Duro Says:

He he he… 6:2; 6:2.


Kimmi Says:

nole is really using the crowd in this match..

6-2 6-2 …grrrrr la monf @#$%$&!


margot Says:

Nole can do no wrong, Monfils no right today. Nole making Monfils look ordinary. Can’t see him coming back in this one.
Will be all down to the last rubber, proper Davis Cup stuff :)


Duro Says:

Wake up my American friends!!! It’s not that early, come on! North America, I mean. Canada included!


Polo Says:

I have been watching Nole giving Monfils a solid drubbing. Remarkably focused, I must say.


Duro Says:

1:0 Novak in the third. If it wan’t because of the Zimonjić yesterday and 2 sets to love squandered, Novak would be a hero in 25 minutes from now. He is, as far as I am concerned…


Polo Says:

I learned my lesson never to bet on Monfils. Still very inconsistent and lacking maturity and focus. By the time his game matures, his body won’t be there to cope up anymore. Sad. Nole is not buckling.


mat4 Says:

I think Troitzki lost the match yesterday. He was the best player on the court in the first two sets, and then, choked when victory was at hand. As usual…

Nole is destroying Gael. I noticed friday that Simon was making UE when the ball was coming through the middle, and Djoko was often using that strategy. Perhaps Tipsy could make use of it, too, but I like french chances to win better.


Duro Says:

Thank you , Polo. Classy admittance.

1 all in the third. Hawk-eyes saved La Monf from another break…


goran Says:

I am listening Davis cup radio and I can’t understand how this official oganization can be one side minded. They have two Franch comentatorws who are screeming for Freanch team like this is local Franch radio station. If this event is hosted in France, I will understand that this is result of logistic reasons. But since it is coming from Belgrade it just does not make any sence. Is it that hard to get someone more objective? They do know well that this is international competition and audiance is not only from one country!


Duro Says:

And Monfills broke Novak for the first time, out of nowhere… Hm…


margot Says:

Ah, Monfils gets a break! Do we have a match?
Glad GM is playing more aggressively but when he volleys, he volleys straight back to Nole. Obviously not too happy with that shot. Also, why is he drop shotting, Nole is too fast. Perhaps he’s been taking advice from Andy ;)


Duro Says:

And Novak broke back. Not surprised. Novak is playing fantastic.

mat4, Zimonjić lost it. He is number 3 in the world. He was expected to lead the team and win it. I blame personally him. No one expected much from Troicki. He did well, especially in the beginning.


Kimmi Says:

and nole breaks straight back..


Duro Says:

3:2 Novak.


Kimmi Says:

la monf breaks again..c’mon take the set this time.


Duro Says:

Monfills playing like obsessed. Another break for him. Novak broke his racquet. Good move.


Duro Says:

4 all, ha ha ha!!! What a match!


Duro Says:

5:4 Novak. Expect another break, people.


Duro Says:

I had a dream…


margot Says:

Gr8 3rd. Nole just 2 good! Duro u must be very proud :)
All down to last rubber, nail biting stuff.


Duro Says:

Margot, I am. Great way to finish the season. I hear Troicki is playing the fifth rubber.

Phew…


Kimmi Says:

i blink and the match is over…ah la monf. what happen to that lead? oh well, he tried and the best man won.

we are going to the decider now!!


Polo Says:

Who are playing the fifth rubber? No more predictions from me. My face still hurts from falling flat on it. I hope Nole’s fire will spread to his teammate playing the last match. Nole deserves the title for his country.


margot Says:

Troiki v. Llodra!!


margot Says:

Any thoughts, folks? Think I’d favour Llodra, though with Serbian support, who knows?


Sean Randall Says:

Very surprising to see Troicki inserted in for Tipsarevic. Llodra is in for Simon.

Originally, I thought this would be plan but coming off that loss yesterday I didn’t think Troicki would see the light of day today.

Bodanovic must have sensed something in Tispy and Troicki to make that move.

It does give Troicki a chance at redemption for yesterday. We’ll see how it pans out.

I would have stayed with Tipsy.


mat4 Says:

I am afraid Viktor will choke.


Duro Says:

Nova-Monfills 6:0 out of 6 matches. It says a lot.

Troicki apparently. Is he tired form yesterday if the match goes long…

So sad to have him or anybody else but Novak to decide the champion. Novak deserved it, he is the best player among them all, including French; he was playing fantastic, he wanted it badly and finally, among top players he gave the most to it.

Lets see now… 50:50 after all.


Sean Randall Says:

On paper Troicki still gets the edge. The question I have is if he can forget what happened yesterday and close out Llodra if given the chance.

Both guys have big serves so it will likely come down to a few breakers.

Who handles the pressure and nerves best will win. I guess I’ll tip Troicki in this one with a big assist from the crowd!


i am it Says:

Good morning, Duro and all early birds. I was able to witness some of Nole’s molestation of LaMonf, exactly the way it was supposed to be; in 2 hr. 14 min., approx. same length of time Simon took to bow to the Serbian King, LaMonf was feeling it and had to go to restroom at the end. You know where it was hurting him by then:)That’s a happy news for you, my friend.

But since you only care about Djoko, I am guessing you won’t watch Tipsy-Simon match.

Kimmi, LaMonf could not, did not, and will not try against Djoko. As simple as that. His abs can confuse ladies sometimes, not that I am suggesting you were drooling over his body than his tennis.

Margot, not all times are comedy central time. we are into some serious business here in the 5th.


i am it Says:

Duro, since there is no Simon-Tipsy, what’s your feeling about Troicki-Llodra?
I am not liking it. The occasion is too big for Troicki.


margot Says:

first break to Troicki! If he serves well, he’s got a fighting chance cos Llodra’s volleys look less then sharp to me at the mo.
Tipsi unrecognisable in that woolly hat ;)


margot Says:

i am it: Gael’s physique sure makes up for his tennis ;)


margot Says:

Oh my lord! Llodra’s volleying is pants today! If Troicki holds his nerve, Serbia has the cup!
Duro, why aren’t u here cheering your team?


i am it Says:

I am constantly reminded of Troicki of Tokyo match vs. Rafa with greater resolve. Hope he can keep up his focus and calm while closing out. The finish line is not that far.


margot Says:

i am it: where IS everyone? This is the last proper tennis match of the year and they must be all snoozing, shopping (yuk) shovelling snow or sipping champagne…Duro, sar perhaps ?


Duro Says:

I’m here again, people! Nice call from Serbia’s coach, but not as nice from France’s! I wished for Troicki to play this rubber originally. My only concern was his state after yesterday’s loss, physical state. Simon is better single player, so French choice can be fatally wrong.


Duro Says:

1:0 Serbia! Two huge steps to go! Huge, huge.


margot Says:

Hi Duro! Nice champagne? I agree re Simon, who has a good record against Troicki, but Forget seems to dislike him, so there we go. All good for serbia :)
Llodra looks really tired and, as I said, those crisp volleys are really flaky today. His game is based around them, so dearie, dearie me.


i am it Says:

First set for Serbia.
Troicki has a chance to be their national hero (for a couple of days).
Hey Margot, the lonely heart, we are here. Some like Jane, fake Djoko fans, are still sleeping or doing whatever they like to do on Sunday mornings.


Duro Says:

i am it, Jane held a torch for a numerous times when we were absent, so she should be excused. She’ll join us, I’m positive!


Duro Says:

Margot, no champagne till it’s over. Novak deserved it for one glass to be taken in his name though…


Duro Says:

When you break back, there were no break against in the first place! Bravo Viktor.

Novak denied La Monf’s breaks two times, and that’s how he won the match in the end.


margot Says:

i am it : “fake fan” that’s fighting talk!
Duro: at least for one glass, oh yes! Pity that match was not the last, Nole’s tennis there at least was in the stratosphere, this looks down-to-earth-with-a-bump!


margot Says:

This must be why nobody plays s and v anymore. Llodra’s game is so one dimensional and when its not working, alas he has no game B :(
Having said this, Troicki is playing Gr8 at the mo. Fed up with being in Nole’s shadow?


i am it Says:

Credit goes to Serbian coach Bogdan Obradovic for choosing Troicki.

Margot, fight and Jane do not mix up any more. She is a happy camper.


Duro Says:

Margot, ha ha ha… I think exactly the same, but I’ll be there to witness the history if it happens for Novak and Serbia.

I want Novak to complete his trophies: GS title, Masters Cup title, Olympic medal and now hopefully Davis Cup in the end. After that, he only has to pile those…


scineram Says:

What a fatal mistake it was to replace the fresh Simon. Even not in top form he is stable, making Troicki to win every point five times if he can.


jane Says:

“like Jane, fake Djoko fans, ” You’re kidding, right? I am here. But I am really nervous. Remember: the doubles team was up two sets yesterday… And Nole, wow. What a champ! Saw only the 3rd set as I have a cold and slept through the first two. Of course I was awake for the tensest one! All those breaks. Eeeeek. But Nole … :)


jane Says:

btw, i am it, my gloves are off, so look out.


i am it Says:

I like you better with gloves off, jane.


margot Says:

All Serbia now! Llodra whacked!
scineram: yep. fatal mistake and Forget is an a***!
jane: franne come back? No, not gonna happen this time ;) Troicki is playing out of his scull! good for him :)


Duro Says:

Hi Jane! You saved my face. I counted on you to show up.

Margot, when I said I thought exactly the same I thought of your “Pity that match was not the last, Nole’s tennis there at least was in the stratosphere, this looks down-to-earth-with-a-bump!”.

Remember, people, it’s not over yet, but if it goes the “right” way my line: “Who’s gonna be the guy with a very, very short hair to win the AO 2011″ might become real!


margot Says:

dour: Do u live in Belgrade? I’ll say “if” just so not to count chickens so, if Serbia win today, there’ll be a huge party I guess!
re AO11, I’m sure a certain curly-red-haired Scot will have something to say ;)


margot Says:

sorry, sorry! U r not “dour” at all, DURO I mean!


scineram Says:

Llodra double faults on break point, Troicki is passing him left and right from both sides. Forget totally sank his team.


i am it Says:

Troicki is 5 games away from becoming national hero; and Llodra a national villain in France.

Stats:
Total Winners: 42-24 (Troicki-Llodra)
First Serve %: 57-67
First Serve Win: 71%-47%
Aces : 3-0
Winners: 14-5
UEs : 23-20
Forced Errors: 2-12
Net Points Won: 4/5 and 8/28
Total Points Won: 75-51


Duro Says:

Margot, ha ha ha. That curly Scot has much to lose, too. He defends the final, remember.

No, I live in the Noleland. Montenegro. Novak’s family originates from Montenegro, so that’s why I call my country that.


i am it Says:

1 more down, and 4 to go.
Minutes away from national celebration in Serbia. Mourning day in France.


i am it Says:

The ultimate question at this point is if Troicki can hold his nerve a few more games and close it out.


i am it Says:

Three more games to go.


jane Says:

Llodra is mounting a strong challenge on Troicki’s service games. Troicki needs to hang on; come on Viktor! Go for insurance.

margot, funny, I never think of Murray as a red head, but I guess his hair does have a reddish hue.


margot Says:

duro: is Montenegro a country within a country then, like Wales here? I am Welsh.


i am it Says:

12 points to DC Trophy. That’s all Serbia needs.


i am it Says:

Mere 2 games (8 points) away from that coveted prize.


jane Says:

Double fault (poor Llodra) but woot! Insurance for Troicki.

margot you’re Welsh? No wonder you love etymology. :)


margot Says:

2nd break, quoting Stones “It’s all over now.”
Hope they sack Forget :(


Duro Says:

No, no, Margot. Completely independent one. Was Kingdom once, after that a Republic of former Yugoslavia, then in union with Serbia and now for last 4 years completely independent.

Nole, shave your head!!! You deserved it!


margot Says:

jane: yes :) also why I love Andy, we Celts are the original inhabitants of this “sceptred isle.”
Poor old Llodra- hero to zero within 24 hours.


jane Says:

Focus Viktor. Don’t be celebrating before it’s over. Sheesh, that was dumb of him. He better not choke now.

It was a risky call by Forget, but going on Llodra’s results in Paris, the team must’ve thought it was a good plan. Maybe he was tired from doubles, and that’s where the choice is questionable. Simon is more solid, more reliable, though, indeed.


i am it Says:

Minor glitch adds drama to the end result.


jane Says:

Viktor better not fold. OMG. Memories of yesterday abound.


Duro Says:

And look at the French bench… Gasquet, Tsonga, Simon and LLodra is playing for the pride of France. It couldn’t end differently.


i am it Says:

Four points from glory.


jane Says:

Isn’t Tsonga injured? I believe that’s why he’s not their number 1 guy. Tsonga and Monfils could be formidable and Gasquet too if he was playing well (though he tends to melt on big occasions).


i am it Says:

Serbia wins the 2010 Davis Cup and makes history.
Congratulations to Novak-Troicki and the team, all Serbian fans, and Djoko fans.


jane Says:

SSSSSSSRRRRRRRRBBBBBBBIIIIIIIIIIIIIJJJJJJJJJJJJAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Woot!!!!


jane Says:

Nothing stuck in Troicki’s trachea today; he made sure not to choke, and instead he’s come of age, and he’s having a “Verdasco” moment (I think Kimmi alluded to this yesterday).


jane Says:

Poor Llodra; were those tears? Shows how much it means to these guys. It just wasn’t his day; this indoor court is slower than the one in Paris by the looks of it, and he should’ve taken that into consideration when choosing whom to play. Better luck next time to the French team, a deep and talented one for sure.


sar Says:

I can’t believe it


dari Says:

Congratulation SRBIJA!
WAY TO GO TROICKI!!
happy for these first time dc champs.
Poor mika crying his eyes out.


Duro Says:

Thank you all, guys!!! And now haircuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Serbia, The Davis Cup Champion of 2010!!!

Congratulations!!!!


i am it Says:

They are getting their heads shaved on the court?
Djoko, too, for real? That’s insane.


Ben Pronin Says:

Congratulations Serbia! Very impressed with Troicki. Great win. Still confused about the people who said Djokovic would choke.


jane Says:

Wild and wooly in Belgrade. I can’t believe Nole did that. :( I am happy he won, but now he looks like Robert De Niro at the end of “Taxi Driver”. Only in Srbija methinks. Crazy.


Duro Says:

And you didn’t believe me, i am it? We stick to our word!

And now, who’s gonna be the guy with a very, very short hair to win the AO 2011?

Novak Djokovic!!!!!!


margot Says:

Congratulations Serbia, a gr8 win! As jane says, share the prizes!
Last proper tennis till 2011 :( What will we do?
Meanwhile, great big end of year hugs to everyone who shared this last match, Duro, i am it, scineram. Good wishes to everyone with whom I’ve exchanged comments/jokes ideas on tennisx who wasn’t here today, that’s u skeeze, sar, Nina, Nims, dunbar, kimberly, conty, mem, vulcan, von – too many to mention and sorry to leave anyone out.
But special warm hugs to jane and kimmi by far the longest fellow travellers on the Murray magic bus!
Looking forward to 2011 and some gr8 tennis, especially from you Andy Murray, so hope you’re listening ;)


jane Says:

Sean, my god, your prediction abilities are through the roof. In the off season, you should go to Vegas. Go – while you’re on a roll!


jane Says:

Hugs back margot! We’ll have a break and come back ready for bigger and better from our boys. :)


i am it Says:

Head shaving celebration delays trophy presentation.
Way to celebrate !!
How many of them are getting their heads shaved, whole team? Words kept well.

=—
Hugs back to Margot. See you soon, girl.


Duro Says:

i am it, the president of the Serbian tennis association Slobodan Živojinović, Nikola Pilić, National captain Bogdan Obradović and all the players! And Niki Pilić is more than 70.

Way to go boys!!!

Unbelievable success.

Jane, the hair will grow again, don’t worry. The title is what matters. Enjoy.

Margot, thanks. My guy against yours in the AO finals.

Dari, Ben Pronin, thank you, too.

See you guys!


Kimmi Says:

congrats to serbia for winning. i missed the match..just by reading the posts here i can tell serbia won.

Great way to end the year..


Duro Says:

Sar, I am more than happy about you! You owe me a drink when I see you next time! Congrats.

A worm greeting from The Noleland!


jane Says:

The coach’s head already has 5 o’clock shadow, lol; his hair will be grown back by tomorrow by the looks of it. :) Awww they look so happy. That cup needs a team to lift it!! It’s huge. Big congrats to the Serbs, and kudos, once again, to the runners up, France.


dari Says:

Novak is one wild son of a gun! And can’t believe tipsy shaved those long locks!
I was in too lazy a mood to comment during the match, but by troicki’s match i wa just too nervous. I am so happy for him to have been able to come thru for his country.
And Congrats to runners up France.
Man, I wish I could see the video of the Serbian after party celebration!


skeezerweezer Says:

Congrats to Serbia and the Nole fans here at Tennis X :-)


skeezerweezer Says:

@margot,

tx & hugs back at ya..


mat4 Says:

I am glad I was wrong: Troitzki didn’t choke – Llodra did.

I see that Serbian players already have their hairs cut, just like they promised.


Ben Pronin Says:

Great personal DC season for Djokovic, played in all the ties and won all his matches, including doubles.

Also, again very impressed with Troicki. Coming off a heart breaker in doubles to dominate in the deciding point. Maybe he’ll have the Verdasco boost in 2011?


sar Says:

I was too nuts to comment during the match. I need to be glued to the set and concentrate. Well, somehow they did it. One of the handful of debut team winners and come from behind wins since Russia. I feel bad for the French team but now that Serbia has one, they can get the next one. They certainly have depth.


Eric Says:

Wow, picking Llodra was probably the dumbest move by a DC coach all season, which is saying something. Where were all the 5+ French players with ten times his record in singles?

Anyway, glad Serbia won! Djokovic always seemed more excited about DC than any other top-10 player, so I’m glad he has a trophy now…


sar Says:

@andy_murray Amazing effort from serbia in davis cup, no funding, poor facilities but people with big hearts, work ethic and desire, great job

Great congratulatory tweet from Murray.


jane Says:

See!? That’s why I love Andy Murray! Also Nole said this, which I thought was nice: “I have a lot of respect for the French team, especially Gael, who is a good friend.”

Nole, Murray, Monfils, they all grew up together playing juniors.


jane Says:

Words from Forget (an unfortunate or fortunate name on the occasion):

France captain Guy Forget defended his decision to select Llodra despite the left-hander having played for four and a half hours in Saturday’s draining doubles.

“We are in the final thanks to ‘Mika’ and Gael, let’s not forget that,” said Forget.

“I have never seen a guy return the ball like Troicki did today. Gael was outclassed by a stronger player. It’s so frustrating to have been so close to our goal but to lose.”


Duro Says:

What a classy statement from Murray… Way to go.

He won a part of my heart now.


Nina Says:

Hey I’m here too! I have not deserted my beloved Nole. He did so well today, I’m so proud. I never had a doubt anyway. I’d hope he would take slam finals like this though.
But now let’s cheer for him, it’s his moment, he has wanted this so much. I’m truly happy for him.
And Troiki, I had faith in him. I thought he was a better choice than Tipsy. I’m sure they decided it together. Troicki was playing great this fall winning in Moscow and putting on a great performance against Nole in the US Open, so it was all right for him to play the deciding rubber. He has enormous potential but lacks in mental fortitude. If he can play like today and be stong he will get in the top 10 soon. That’s my take.

Duro, jane, sar and fellow Nole fans…

So proud of my boy today. Just hope that he will take this winning mentality to the next season. Today he played like circa 2007-08, I know old Nole is somewhere in there. It just needs to come out in full force. 2011 will be a crucial year.

AJDE!


Nina Says:

Margot

Thanks! See ya soon. I’m cheering for Andy too! :)


Dan Martin Says:

Congrats to Serbia!


Polo Says:

Congratulations to Serbia. Congratulations to Nole and the rest of his team. Amazing determination after being down 2-1 after the doubles.


Duro Says:

Trophy collection completed for Novak: Grand Slam title, Masters Cup title, Olympic medal, Davis Cup title.

There is no tennis competition in which Novak doesn’t have a title anymore.

Pretty successful career up to now for someone who’s 23 years of age.

Lets go, champ! 2011 is yours!!!

In Novak we trust!


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Et merde ! Congrats to Serbia. They deserve it. Bad choice by Forget I think.


Nina Says:

Duro…

I go by your prediction… a guy with very short hair will win AO11. LOL.


Duro Says:

Nina, way to go! In Novak we trust!

Gregoir, Je suis nee en France. Longjumeau.

I love France very much and I’m sorry because of you, but I feel joy and only joy about it now!

Cheers, all. Gotta sleep now finally…


Danica Says:

Well, those were three awesome days! Way to spend a cold weekend in Belgrade :))). Like I said elsewhere, I’ll spend the next week or so mending my vocal cords :)). That’s how active I was in Belgrade Arena :)).

Congrats to my countrymen and congrats to France. I really feel for Llodra, he was crushed at the end. I wish him many more great seasons and a bunch of titles in doubles with our Nenad (Zimonjic).

BRAVO SERBIA!!! ;)


skeezerweezer Says:

Duro Says:

“Pretty successful career up to now for someone who’s 23 years of age.”

“DITTO” :)


Huh Says:

CONGRATS TO MRS.JANE, DURO, BEN, SAR, NINA, ‘I AM IT’ AND ALL OTHER NOLE FANS ON THEIR GUY’S SUPER SWEET DAVIS CUP VICTORY!

GREAT, GREAT AND SIMPLY GREAT!


Duro Says:

Thank you, huh. Very nice of you (as always).


Andrew Miller Says:

With the Davis Cup win, Djokovic becomes a threat to win a 2nd Australian Open title in 2011. He and the defending champ look like the favorites, with Murray and Nadal also in the mix.


stu Says:

Where is Nole’s girlfriend in all the Davis cup celebrations?


MMT Says:

stu – that is magic.


Duro Says:

Ha! That’s a real question, stu! There’s been some rumors that they are not together anymore. She’s his high school love and everything. I think it’s over.

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