Davis Cup QF Notes: Djokovic Leads Serbia Into Boise, France Travels To Argentina
by Staff | April 4th, 2013, 9:48 pm
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The Davis Cup quarterfinals are set to begin across the globe tomorrow. Leading the way is World No. 1 Novak Djokovic who anchors his Serbian tie in a quarterfinal collision in Boise, Idaho.

“I didn’t know much until I informed myself through Google,” Djokovic said of Boise. “I have seen that there is an altitude of 800m and that goes in the favor of the American team – that’s why they chose that – because of the big serves of John Isner and Sam Querrey.

“United States are the most successful team in Davis Cup, so it’s not going to be easy,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it, I’m looking forward to go and play with my team, I always love these seven to 10 days spending with friends just representing Serbia – it’s really fantastic.”

Djokovic will be joined by Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic.

Also, a very deep French team makes the long journey to face Argentina on their red clay. France will be without Richard Gasquet who gets replaced by Gilles Simon. Argentina is without Juan Martin Del Potro but still has veteran David Nalbandian who’s looking forward to playing the French on a slower surface at home.

“They are very different,” Nalbandian said comparing the 2012 tie with France his team lost 5-0 in Lyon. “That tie was on a fast surface. We believe in our team’s ability to fight throughout the three days and anything can happen.”

Defending champions, the Czech Republic, who will be without their star Tomas Berdych due to a shoulder and Radek Stepanek is just returning from injury, visit Kazakhstan while Canada bids for a first ever Davis Cup semifinal as they welcome Italy in Vancouver.

ITF NOTES:
CANADA v ITALY – Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, CAN – hard (indoors)
Head-to-head: First meeting
* CANADA won their first ever World Group tie after defeating five-time champions Spain 3-2 in the first round in Vancouver. It was Spain’s first opening round defeat in Davis Cup since 2006.
* Canada are playing just their third World Group tie since 2004.
* Last year, Canada lost 4-1 to France in the first round. They maintained their World Group status after defeating South Africa 4-1 in the Play-offs.
* ITALY are bidding to reach the semifinals for the first time since 1998. That year they defeated Zimbabwe 5-0 in the quarterfinals en route to finishing runner-up to Sweden.
* Italy are playing a Davis Cup quarterfinal for the first time since 1998 after winning their first round tie against Croatia 3-2. Fabio Fognini clinched the deciding fifth rubber with a four-set win against Ivan Dodig.
* Italy are appearing in a World Group tie for just the third time since 2000.
* Last year, Italy lost in the first round to eventual champions Czech Republic 4-1.

Friday
R1: Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)
R2: Milos Raonic (CAN) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)

Saturday
R3: Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Daniele Bracciali/Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)
Sunday
R4: Milos Raonic (CAN) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)
R5: Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)

USA v SERBIA – Taco Bell Arena, Boise, USA (hard–indoors)
Head-to-head: Serbia lead 1-0
Serbia and USA’s only previous meeting took place in the 2010 World Group First Round in Belgrade. Novak Djokovic defeated John Isner in five sets to win the decisive fourth rubber en route to Serbia’s first Davis Cup title.
* USA are playing in their 280th tie – the most for any nation – in their 99th year of Davis Cup competition.
* USA jointly hold the record for most World Group appearances (32) with Czech Republic. Both nations have played in the World Group every year but one since its inception in 1981. USA was absent from the World Group in 1988 and has the longest unbroken streak of World Group appearances (25).
* USA defeated Brazil 3-2 in a home first round tie in Jacksonville this year. Sam Querrey won the decisive fifth rubber after Brazil had cancelled out USA’s 2-0 lead.
* SERBIA are bidding to avoid defeat in the quarterfinals for the 2nd consecutive year.
* Serbia are appearing in the quarterfinals for the 4th consecutive year. They are bidding to reach the semifinals for the 3rd time in the last 4 years
* Serbia defeated Belgium 3-2 in the first round in Charleroi after pulling up an unassailable 3-0 lead.
* Last year, Serbia lost to eventual champions Czech Republic 4-1 in the quarterfinals in Prague.

Friday
R1: John Isner (USA) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)
R2: Sam Querrey (USA) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)
Saturday
R3: Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) v Ilija Bozoljac/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)
Sunday
R4: Sam Querrey (USA) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)
R5: John Isner (USA) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)

FRANCE v ARGENTINA – Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay–outdoors)
Head-to-head: France lead 5-0
France head into this Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal with a perfect record against Argentina, but this is just the second meeting between the two sides since the World Group was introduced in 1981. France emphatically won their last meeting on hard court in Lyon, winning their 2010 World Group semifinal 5-0. Three of the four Argentines who were nominated for this tie, Juan Monaco, David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos, played in that defeat, while just one Frenchman who played in that tie, Michael Llodra, contests this tie. This will be the fifth meeting between the two nations on clay.
* FRANCE are through to the quarterfinals for a 4th consecutive year. Since 2001, France have only failed to reach the quarterfinals once, losing to Czech Republic in the first round in 2009. This is their 15th consecutive World Group appearance.
* France defeated Israel 5-0 in a home first round tie in Rouen to maintain their perfect record against the Israelis.
* Last year, France defeated Canada 4-1 in the first round in Vancouver before losing to USA 3-2 in the quarterfinals in Roquebrune.
* France have been crowned Davis Cup champion 9 times and are joint-third (with Great Britain) on the list of all-time champions, behind USA and Australia. They have also reached the final a further 6 times. Their last title win came in 2001 when they defeated Australia 3-2 on grass in Melbourne.
* ARGENTINA are through to the quarterfinals for the 12th consecutive year after defeating Germany 5-0 in the opening round. Since gaining promotion back to the World Group in 2002, the Argentines have reached the quarterfinals or better every year.
* Last year, Argentina reached the semifinals where they lost to Czech Republic 3-2 in Buenos Aires.
* Argentina are a 4-time runner-up in Davis Cup: in 1981 (l. USA), 2006 (l. Russia), 2008 (l. Spain) and 2011 (l. Spain). Argentina are the only nation to have lost 4 Davis Cup Finals without winning the title.

Friday
R1: Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
R2: Juan Monaco (ARG) v Gilles Simon (FRA)
Saturday
R3: David Nalbandian/Horacio Zeballos (ARG) v Julien Benneteau/Michael Llodra (FRA)
Sunday
R4: Juan Monaco (ARG) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
R5: Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v Gilles Simon (FRA)

KAZAKHSTAN v CZECH REPUBLIC – National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan (clay–indoors)
Head-to-head: Kazakhstan lead 1-0
Kazakhstan caused an upset in the only previous meeting between the two teams in Ostrava in 2011, winning three of the four singles rubbers to reach their first Davis Cup quarterfinal. Andrey Golubev was the hero of that encounter, defeating Jan Hajek in five sets before stunning Tomas Berdych in four sets in the first reverse singles rubber. Mikhail Kukushkin completed the triumph by defeating Hajek in the decisive rubber. This will be the first meeting between the two sides on clay. None of Kazakhstan’s four nominated players are ranked inside the top 150, while three of Czech Republic’s four singles nominees hold a Top 100 singles ranking.
* KAZAKHSTAN is through to the quarterfinals for the second time. They also reached the quarterfinals on their World Group debut in 2011.
* Kazakhstan are competing in the World Group for the 3rd consecutive year and bidding to reach the semifinals for the first time.
* Last year Kazakhstan lost in the first round to Spain 5-0. They defeated Uzbekistan 3-1 in the World Group play-offs in September.
* Defending champions CZECH REPUBLIC are making their 32nd World Group appearance, the most for any nation along with USA. They have competed in the World Group every year with the exception of 2006.
* Czech Republic are looking to extend their nation-record winning streak to 7 straight ties. By winning their first round tie, they established a new nation record by winning their 6th straight tie.
* Czech Republic won their first round tie against Switzerland 3-2 in Geneva. In the doubles rubber, Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol won the longest match in Davis Cup history in terms of duration after defeating Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli in 7 hours 1 minute. Berdych then clinched the decisive fourth rubber with victory over Wawrinka.

Friday
R1: Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v Jan Hajek (CZE)
R2: Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Saturday
R3: Evgeny Korolev/Yuriy Schukin (KAZ) v Ivo Minar/Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Sunday
R4: Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)
R5: Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v Jan Hajek (CZE)


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45 Comments for Davis Cup QF Notes: Djokovic Leads Serbia Into Boise, France Travels To Argentina

the_mind_reels Says:

Taco Bell Arena — man, I sure do love this country.


Giles Says:

Do they make gluten free tacos?


alison Says:

Giles in answer to your question,yeah they do,err why?


Giles Says:

alison. Isn’t my question obvious? Joker – gluten free!


alison Says:

Giles oh yeah sorry.


alison Says:

Blimey i feel sorry for any fan whos watching their own favorite against Isner,with those booming serves coming atcha,it gives me the yips when i think of Rafa in that 1st round match 2 years ago at the FO,not a player you want in your facorites section of the draw,feel sorry for Nole hope he gets through this match ok.


alison Says:

^Favorites not Facorites DOH^.


RZ Says:

On a different topic, it sounds as if the French Open seeding committee won’t bump Rafa up to the 4th seed. Are they crazy???

From John Wertheim’s Twitter feed: “Now heard from three people this week that it s unlikely French folks will budge on nadal ‘s seeding. Best fifth seed ever…”


RZ Says:

Alison,
Nole will be fine. He just needs to get Isner in a final set tie-break to win…


alison Says:

RZ i like Nole even if hes not one of my favorites,i just feel sorry for anybody who has to watch their favorite try and break the Isner serve.


jane Says:

Nole was very fired up today; he had a lot of support in the Taco Bel Arena.

RZ, That’s too bad. Rafa deserves to be seeded higher.


Humble Rafa Says:

Rafa Nation!

Calm down. Winners win no matter where they are ranked. I am Humble, I don’t argue with rankings. They are fair. All that matters is winning.


rogerafa Says:

A very good display by Novak against a tricky opponent. Except for that one break of serve, Novak’s game looked in very good shape. USA still have a chance if Sam can win the next match.


Wog boy Says:

Well, Nole just served gluten free tacos to Isner.

Glad to see him in a good mood playing great, he loves fast courts, such a nice and clean game, great stats, only 10 UE, net points 13/15 … Isner didn’t do much wrong, Nole was to good. Conty was right about tennis fans in Idaho, hardly half Arena (maybe 1/3 even) but quite a few Serbs, they traveled from all over America and Canada to see their man, and of course mostly from Chicago, second biggest Serbian city after Belgrade.
I still don’t see Serbia winning this one but more important for me was to see that Nole put disapointment of IW and Miami already behind and playing his best in Idaho. Way to go Nole.


Wog boy Says:

No love lost between French and Rafa;)


alison Says:

Pleased for Nole and fans that was a tricky match,but a great performance to come through against a big server like Isner in straight sets,well done.


rogerafa Says:

@ RZ

All majors except Wimbledon just follow the ATP rankings for seeding purposes. Rafa deserves to be the top seed (not just 4th) at the French Open but I do not know if any special consideration has been shown to anybody in recent memory at the other three majors. However, I do not think Rafa cares about his seeding at RG or any other clay tournament. If he plays at a high level, nobody except probably Novak can trouble him on clay.


Brando Says:

ONLY Wimby does it’s own thing regarding seedings. All other slams follow the ATP rank- so I do not know what all the fuss is about. But seeing as folks are concerned about Rafa’s rank re FO I say: worry not my friends, I highly doubt that rafa will be the one who has more problems as opposed to the top 4 with him being no. 5 during clay season. Worry for the rest, just let Rafa do his MO on the red stuff!:-)


Brando Says:

PS: Nice to see that novak can beat opponents he is expected to beat on his favorite surface still after the calamity that was v Haas. Weather permitting of course!:-)


RZ Says:

I don’t doubt that regardless of seeding, Rafa will win. I’m more concerned about the other member of the Big 4 who’ll get screwed having to play Rafa in the quarters.

It’s true that Wimbledon is the only one that usually varies from the rankings, but the other slams have the right to do so.


BadKneeRules Says:

@Brando
That’s why Rafa only plays DC matches when he feels like it. And only if they’re on clay, and preferably in Europe.
PS: Novak plays DC matches on all surfaces and altitudes.


M Says:

“No love lost between French and Rafa”

This.

I’m thinking they’re thinking it’s payback for all those years he beat a bunch of Frenchmen on his way to 7 RG titles.

Then again … he wasn’t seeded in the top 4 the first time when he beat Mariano Puerta IIRC, either, so …


M Says:

“Nice to see that novak can beat opponents he is expected to beat on his favorite surface still after the calamity that was v Haas. Weather permitting of course!:-)”

May it be windy at RG on the day Novak faces Ferru as an opponent. That’d be a nice payback for that mess the officials made of the USO semis.


Kimberly Says:

Great won by Querrey! I’m starting to believe the US can pull this off! 1-1


Wog boy Says:

^It was never the question whether US can pull it off but rather whether Serbia can do it, even Courier said that after Tipsy pulled out, I am surprised Viktor didn’t lose in three.


jane Says:

Wog boy, I was surprised by Viktor coming back in set two and winning a couple of sets. I agree about the USO always having a very good shot to win this, especially once Tipsy pulled out of the competition. With the US having the best doubles team, they are usually close-to-guaranteed that win, so they then have to win just two singles matches. They’ve got one win already, and there’s a highly probable chance Viktor will lose to Isner. Thus, even if Nole wins both of his matches, Serbia will still likely lose. Unless there is a big upset in doubles or Viktor plays a really strong match versus Isner, it seems to me like this is the US team’s tie to lose right now.

I was disappointed in Pospisl today. He had a two set lead over Seppi and then proceeded to lose three sets in a row. That was quite disappointing. I am also kind of surprised that the Canadian team left Dancevic off the playing schedule so far considering how well he did in the last round. Perhaps they’ll put him in for doubles.


jane Says:

Sorry I mean “USA” above not “USO”.


alison Says:

Brando great post,regardless of where Rafa is seeded/ranked whatever he has nothing left to prove as regards RG or CC tourneys anyway,as for the other players granted its not fair having to play him earlier than they might originally,but it is what it is,or you could look at it this way,Rafa will have to probably beat 3 of the top 4 to retain the title.


Giles Says:

Argentina 2 France 1. :-))))))))


jane Says:

I just checked the scores and was rather to surprised to see that the Serbian doubles team is up two sets to love on the USA’s Bryan brothers. Is anyone watching? It looks like it’s been tight, as both sets have gone to tiebreakers. Anything can still happen.


alison Says:

Jane the Bryans have taken the 3rd set,could be making a comeback i wonder?


jane Says:

Yes, it’s looking good for the Bryan Brothers alison; they were the expected winners all along methinks. I haven’t been watching, but I just checked the scores and it looks like the Serbian pair has still not been able to break the Bryans’ serves so that does not bode well for them in this 5th set. As I said before, anything can still happen. However, I would lean strongly towards the USA team at this point.


alison Says:

Jane yeah me too,i love the Bryan brothers.


Wog boy Says:

Well, who would have thought that?

God works in mysterious ways.

It is not over yet boys, don’t get carried away.

I missed the match, it looks like that was a hell of the battle, battle for Idaho. Good on you Ziki, good on you Ilija, miracles do happen, but not if you don’t fight for them to happen.


mat4 Says:

Congrats, WB. Watched the last games (when I saw the result), and it was a thriller. USA had two BP with Zimonjic serving for the match. Then he served two aces, Ilya Bozolyatz made a good volley, then another thrilling point with a great lob by Michael Bryan and a botched smash of Zimonjic, finally a service winner and an ace to close the match.

On the other side, my team is losing, but I hope they will manage to make the semi, too. Although I don’t trust Simon can win a match on clay.


mat4 Says:

Judging by the last games, Bozoljac was the best player on court: 20 aces, and a lot of good returns.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Many thanks, I bet the atmosphere was great too. I love to watch DC matches.
Good luck tou your and my teams tomorrow.


mat4 Says:

I remember him from a match against Roger in Wimbledon, a few years ago. He even managed to win a set. Who would think he is ranked 335… Just checked: he has already won three futures this year.


Wog boy Says:

He is a funny bugger:)
I remember that match at Wimbledon too, fans loved him.


jane Says:

I just got home to see the Serbian team pulled off a most unlikely upset. I didn’t think they would once they got entrenched in the 5th set. Congratulations to them, wow!


jane Says:

OMG! I am so happy for the Canadian doubles team; Pospisl redeemed himself by serving it out. :)


badabing Says:

Wog Boy
What a wonderful win for Ilija (336 ranking) and Nenad in the longest doubles match in DC history. Maybe Ilija will get inspired by this and take his tennis more seriously and stop following Safin’s life.


Wog boy Says:

badabing,

Wonderful win indeed, it looks like Ilija is following only one part of Safin’s life, but not the tennis part.


alison Says:

Llija is a player ive only seen play once and that was that 2nd round match against Roger at Wimbledon in 2010,other than that i dont know anything about him,so its a fantastic win for him and obviously Nenad too,hopefully this will like everyone says make him take tennis more seriously,time will tell.


the DA Says:

Uh-oh Nole took a nasty fall and hurt his ankle. Does not look good.

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