Czechs Lead Swiss After Winning Longest Doubles Match In History; Canada Can’t Close Out Spain; Bryans Upset
by Staff | February 2nd, 2013, 10:07 pm

For the second time in three weeks Stan Wawrinka suffered heartbreak on the tennis court. Just two weeks after losing a 5-hour 12-10 in the fifth match at the Australian Open to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Wawrinka and his Swiss teammate Marco Chiudinelli were turned away in an historic 64 57 64 67(3) 24-22 loss to the Czech tandem Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol in the third rubber of their first round Davis Cup tie held in Geneva.

The 7-hour, 1-minute match goes down in the history books as the longest doubles match recorded, and the second longest match of any kind behind the 11-hour, 5-minute John Isner-Nicolas Mahut 2010 Wimbledon match. The epic ended with Chiudinelli double faulting on the Czech’s 13th matchpoint.

“Great doubles from MC!! Thanks for all the supporters!!!!” Warinka tweeted. “Ice bath done! Now massage and food… Lets be ready for tomorrow!!!!”

The defending champion Czechs now hold a 2-1 lead in the tie with Berdych and Wawrinka scheduled first in singles, assuming they are able to play.

“I have never played tennis that long. I like it because I now have a new experience but we still need one more point, so let’s go again Sunday,” said Berdych.

Elsewhere, Serbia (d. Belgium), France (d. Israel) and Argentina (d. Germany) already wrapped up first round wins. Argentina was helped today by former Top 10 David Nalbandian who returned to action for the first time since August.

“It’s really tough when you are such a long time [away from] the courts, but I think we both played a good match today,” Nalbandian said of his 4-set clinching doubles win with Horacio Zeballos. “We had a low in the third set but we started good in the fourth to take the match. Physically I felt good, I practiced a lot and I hope to do good on tour to be ready for the next tie.”

2012 runner-ups Spain remained alive in their tie at Canada. After dropping both singles on Friday, Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez kept Spain in the hunt with a 5-set win over Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil. Milos Raonic will try again to secure the win against Granollers tomorrow in the fourth rubber.

In Jacksonville, Brazil stunned the Bryans and team USA with a 5-set win. The duo of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares hung on for a rousing 76(6) 67(7) 64 36 63 over world No. 1s the Bryans.

“There’s no doubt that on paper that they’re a better team than us,” Soares said. “We have a good record against them. We came here today to fight, we know we play well together and we never give up. Today is just a perfect example of how good me and Marcelo can play together.

“To beat those guys you have to be 110 percent and we were 110 percent for five sets and didn’t drop for one second even in strange situations. We kept focused and without any distractions.”

On Sunday with a 2-1 lead the U.S. can clinch if John Isner can beat the struggling Thomaz Bellucci.

Also, Italy leads Croatia on their home red clay 2-1. And Kazakhstan is up 2-1 on the visiting Austrians.

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26 Comments for Czechs Lead Swiss After Winning Longest Doubles Match In History; Canada Can’t Close Out Spain; Bryans Upset

Humble Rafa Says:

Twins were in chokey mode.

scineram Says:

What? Feliciano Lopez is skipping the tie.

Thomas Says:

Berdych, on the Czechs 2-1 lead: “that’s the best possible score we could have.” LOL!

Giles Says:

Now that Spain are almost out of it, I really hope that Argentina can go all the way and win the Davis Cup!! Go Argentina!!

Skeezer Says:

Rosol strikes again!

jeff Says:

I thought Rafa is serving suspension for PEDs, no?

Giles Says:

skeezer. This time against your idol’s team. Over 7 hours – is he still standing or curled up in a whole somewhere? Lol

Giles Says:

^ hole not whole

Giles Says:

Does this loss mean relegation for the Swiss?

jane Says:

So Switzerland are out, but how do we know about relegation?

And what happens if Canada win today? Is Spain relegated?

jane Says:

Giles, Argentina have certainly come close a number of times (how many finals now? have they ever won it?); it would be nice to see them win it. Especially with Nalbandian on the team, since he’s been such a stalwart.

jane Says:

^ Then again, that applies to France too.

jane Says:

Stan and Berd played 7 hours yesterday and came back and played another 3 hours plus today. Quite the battle – over 10 hours on court in 24 hours.

Giles Says:

jane. Argentina deserves it more. It has always been Nalby’s dream to win the Davis Cup. I read somewhere that Swiss may be in relegation play offs in September. Don’t know how far that is true. Does Spain qualify for relegation? Surely not. Aren’t they still leading in the points table? I must admit I don’t know how Davis Cup works. If you find out anymore can you post please? Thanks.

jane Says:

Giles, same – I don’t really get how relegation works either. I’ll post if I read anything on it.

Giles Says:

USA and Brazil tied at 2-2. Bellucci beat Isner in a 5 setter!

Gordo Says:

Yeah, the struggling Bellucci.

Meanwhile in Vancouver – buh bye Spain

In September some interedting matches will be held to keep teams from dropping out of the world group.

Oh please let’s have Spain play Switzerland ! :)

jane Says:

Yay Canada – historical first for tennis: reaching the DC quarters.

Gordo Says:

Whoa – Alves has just taken the first set off of Querrey. Maybe Canada’s Dancevic inspired him or perhaps the USTA wants to play Spain or Switzerland and the only way that can happen is if Querrey loses! The US was up 2-0 Friday night, then the Bryans lose, then Isner loses to Bellucci in 5.

A sea of rubes in Tennessee must be going “Whu the…?” Right about now.

alison Says:

Congrats to you Jane.

alison Says:

Have to say what a great result for Andre Golubev against Melzer,i remember him pushing Rafa hard in the 1st round at the USO in 2011,and Melzer is no pushover,hes a talented player so it would be great to see him make a breakthrough.

jane Says:

Thanks alison – truly it’s just good for the profile of tennis in this country. People might sit up and take some notice. Plus we have the young slam winning junior Filip Peliwo, who I see was there with the Canadian DC team so he’ll be inspired. This was likely a key victory for Milos too; perhaps it’ll propel him as he’s been stalling of late imo. His game still needs some rounding out, but anyhow, all-in-all for Canada’s tennis profile, it’s just good new.

For anyone interested, there’s a nice summary here:

Giles Says:

jane. Didn’t know you are Canadian. Congrats on the win. I think it was inevitable – Spain losing without their stars. I think this was a very half- hearted team Corretja selected apart from the doubles team, not to take anything away from your men. Well done.

jane Says:

^ Thanks Giles. Yes, obviously a lot of Spain’s star power was lacking which opened the door for the Canadian team. But it was really Dancevic’s win that gave us the chance. He’s ranked 166 but he beat Granollers, who’s ranked in the 30s. I don’t think people expected that. We might even have a chance versus Italy next round, who knows?!

Giles Says:

jane. Who are in the Italian team? Seppi and …..?

jane Says:

Fabulous Fognini, Lorenzi, Bolleli. So probably Italy would have to upper hand? I don’t know. I think it partly depends on surface and home court. If it’s on clay, I don’t think we stand a chance.

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