Serbia, Canada Win 15-13 Doubles Epics To Go Up 2-1, Turn To Djokovic, Raonic To Clinch Sunday
by Staff | April 7th, 2013, 12:24 am
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The Bryans brothers have been as reliable as taxes when it comes to the Davis Cup, but that was until this year. After two ties Bob and Mike are 0-2 losing to both in five setters, dropping their record to 20-4 in the event.

Two months after a shocking loss to Brazil, today at home in Boise, Idaho, the world No. 1s were stunned again this time by the makeshift Serbian partnership of Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac.

With USA up 2-1 and the specter of Novak Djokovic almost assuredly beating Sam Querrey first up Sunday, the Bryans desperately needed to win to have any chance of the U.S. winning. But behind some excellent serving the Serbs took the first two sets in two breakers.

The Serbs then began to slowly fall back to earth and the pressure started to show. Bozoljac, who had been serving so consistently was broken at love in third.

Then in the fourth Zimonjic faltered. And to a fifth set pressure cooker we went.

Knowing the tie hinged on the outcome of the doubles – was a struggling Viktor Troicki really going to beat John Isner is a fifth decider? – both teams squandered break chances.

Then in an instant at 13-13, in the longest final set is U.S. Davis Cup history, Bob Bryan slipped up and Serbia broke. Zimonjic, a former Slam champion doubles No. 1, doubled, duffed a volley and suddenly it was 15-40. But the 36-year-old kept his poise and served his way to victory, culminating by hitting his teams 36th ace of the match to give Serbia a 7-6(5), 7-6(1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13, win and a 2-1 lead.

“I was amazed with some shots, some points that we created, all four players, some reflexes. It was just amazing,” said Zimonjic.

“You just have to stay focused, try to enjoy as much as you can. Ilija was saying to me, ‘Keep smiling’. A couple of times I look in the crowd trying to feed off the crowd, the energy. We had great support here from Serbian fans, even though it was incredible atmosphere throughout the match. It was very fair crowd. I hope they enjoyed it as much as we did. And we certainly did.”

Serbian captain Bogdan Obradovic had the popular option of playing Djokovic in the doubles but the gamble of going with Bozoljac paid off.

“This was a very tough decision,” said Obradovic. “I spoke, of course, with all of my players. Nenad has changed his partners all the time. So it was really tough situation for him. Also in Boise to play with a player that he didn’t play for a long time. But still Nenad is a great professional. He played a great match.

“I just spoke with him. You know I have also Novak Djokovic in combination with him. Both of them are better in this moment in rankings, but still I wanted to keep them more fresh, let’s say, Novak and Viktor. It was a very tough decision for myself.”

Bozoljac is ranked 1150 in doubles, and hardly ever plays in the discipline. But against the mighty Bryans he was arguably the best player on the court, crushing serves and slapping backhand winners almost at will during the 4:43 affair.

“We have to tip our hats to those guys, obviously,” said Bob Bryan. “Thought they played really well all day. Thirty-six aces, didn’t give us much opportunity, in the fifth especially. Just one of those things. Obviously disappointed we let the team down.”

Tomorrow Djokovic will try to finish off the U.S. against Sam Querrey. Then, if necessary, it’s Isner against Troicki.

The winner of USA-SRB meets Canada-Italy which is also undecided. And that tie also had a 15-13 doubles thriller, this one won by the homestanding Canadians. Daniel Nestor teamed with youngster Vasek Pospisil to overcome Italians Fabio Fognini and Daniele Bracciali 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 15-13.

The win gave Nestor his 30th career Davis Cup doubles victory and it put Canada up 2-1.

“When you’ve played for 20 years, you’ve played in a lot of tough matches and this is one of the most grueling and most important and I feel fortunate to get a win,” said Nestor. “The last few ties for whatever reason I haven’t come through so it’s nice to help out the team.”

Canada will rely on their ace Milos Raonic tomorrow to put them into their first ever Davis Cup semifinal. Raonic will play Italian No. 1 Andreas Seppi who overcame a two set deficit to Pospisil on Friday.

Also tomorrow, up 2-1 Kazakhstan will try to close out defending champion and the Berdcyh-less Czechs. And France will send Jo-Wilfried Tsonga out to take on Juan Monaco. Despite not having Juan Martin Del Potro and an out-of-form David Nalbandian, Argentina leads the talented French, 2-1.


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84 Comments for Serbia, Canada Win 15-13 Doubles Epics To Go Up 2-1, Turn To Djokovic, Raonic To Clinch Sunday

Humble Rafa Says:

Chokey Brians lived up to their name.


the DA Says:

Posted on the wrong thread. Did anyone see that nasty ankle roll by Nole? He continued to play the point until it finished. Has medical timeout. Lots of his supporters cupping their hands in prayer. The decision to play DC might be very costly.


the DA Says:

Nole seems to be playing okay now and is up a break but it looked very bleak as this photo shows:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BHRMDVLCQAA2rA6.png:large


jane Says:

the DA, oh no. :( I didn’t see it; I have scores on in the background but I wasn’t watching. I see he just closed out set one, so I hope he can keep going. But then again, I hope it’s not to the detriment of his season!


Brando Says:

@the DA:

He’ll be fine. With the djoker re injury concern’s the motto is simple:

unless something FACTUALLY occur’s, then assume he is fine regardless of heavy breathing, slumping, stretching, rolling on the floor in supposed pain etc.

Far, far too many times has he given off the vibe that he is in excruciating pain in one moment and then the envy of Superman in the next!


Wog boy Says:

I cannot watch it either. Is he moving OK ?


jane Says:

Wog boy, I don’t know, but I am going to try to find a stream now. I assume that if the DA actually saw Nole take a “nasty ankle roll” that it’s factual. Luckily, though, Nole is uber-flexible, so I think sometimes that helps in protecting him from serious injuries. Have you seen those photos of him doing yoga, splits and so forth? It definitely pays to be that limber! Anyhow, fingers crossed that it’s nothing serious.


Ben Pronin Says:

Wow that court is fast.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Thanks, I remember during AO, Courier saying that he has never seen player streching all the the time, as Nole does. I was watching him on the bench two days ago during Viktor’s match, he kept streching all the time.


Brando Says:

Quick thoughts:

1- This tie may as well be in Belgrade- it seems to be far, far more pro Serbia than USA. A touch embarrassing considering it’s meant to be home tie.

2- Querrey is playing crap. Novak is seemingly beatable today (not at his best) and yet Sam is just making a string of error’s so far in what i have seen.

Re Novak:

He’s fine as i thought. Moving fairly fine in the long rallies.

He’s making some uncharacteristic error’s, but that may be a precautionary measure- go for winner’s rather than long rallies.


Brando Says:

LOL at the FH error by Sam there!


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

We’re not watching the same match, obviously. Novak is limping, and his FH is suffering from this rolled ankle.


mat4 Says:

Anyway, if Novak loses, I see him taking an injury rest of eight months at least…


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

I’m sorry. The match i am watching Novak is not only playing but he is leading also.

Excuse me for thinking he is fine.

I’ll save the sympathy for him when i do think there is an issue.

Until then: please yourself and complain about it to whomever!


jane Says:

Wog boy, yes, that’s true what Courier says. Even during his own match on Friday with Isner, Nole was constantly stretching, which is a good idea, as I think players can tense up when they see bombing serves coming at them and when points are generally quick stop-and-start style, like they can be when playing a big server.

It’s interesting that Sam has almost as many winners as Nole so far today; he’s also doing well at net. He has a few more UEs, but not too bad. Anyhow, they often play close matches, or at least one really tight set per match.


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

I’m not complaining, just noticing.

And of course Nole still leads: he is not playing against Rosol, but Querrey..


mat4 Says:

On a more serious note: what has Querrey got to do to be a little bit more consistent? He seems to have so much potential.


Wog boy Says:

Tom Gainey,

Thanks for that. It was nasty roll, clearly, and he was in pain.


jane Says:

Wog boy, as I said on the other thread, it’s the slow motion that really shows how he came down on that ankle. :/


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

Ah, valid point.

Haas is the problem child for him- you know the one who is what 10 years his senior?

But even then though: we all know it’s all about the weather forecast regarding nole right?

Thankfully this one is indoor’s for him…. so there won’t be any need to cry wind over this encounter!

Re 8 months break:

Don’t you usually save the conspiracy theories when something actually occurs as opposed to prematurely stating something that could turn out to be ….. utter crap?..


Brando Says:

Back Novak in this TB- Querrey will rue those missed BP.


Brando Says:

DF … Sam, Sam, Sam!


Brando Says:

2 error’s from Novak and Sam takes the set!


Ben Pronin Says:

1 set all. I miss the days when Davis Cup was at least on VS. Is that even still a channel?


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

For your information, Nole doesn’t pretend he can win against Haas, even when he loses, he does it convincingly. Just to add that paying some respect to elders is generous and so rare, oh so rare nowadays.

You’re really not in form, this evening.


Ben Pronin Says:

Stats are awful for both guys. Lots of errors. Few winners. Querrey wins the set without a single ace (biggest wtf possible). Djokovic double faulting like it’s 2010. Not really the best quality match. Amazing how much nerves DC brings out in players.


mat4 Says:

@Ben:

Novak has rolled out his right ankle, so he has problems hitting his FH.


mat4 Says:

But it seems he plays now with the energy of despair..


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

That’s great for Novak then. Losing convincingly a fine art form to master for him i am sure.

It must fill you with pride that one!

Just also to add that not being sour, not coming up with comical conspiracy theories in the face of a tough loss is also rare, so mightly rare, nowadays from certain sector’s of this forum most especially.

In the conspiracy theories regard of things though: to be fair you have always been in fine form.

Comical form if i may add as generous, somewhat cheap, praise.

Keep the good stuff coming..


Ben Pronin Says:

Mat4, yeah he’s rolling his forehand instead of attacking it. Unfortunate, too, because he probably would’ve closed out the second with the amount of opportunities he had. Nonetheless, I didn’t see anything before the ankle roll, so I have nothing to compare it to. But both guys aren’t moving well. This court is very fast. Neither one seems to be able to find his footing.


Ben Pronin Says:

3 straight aces. That’s champion stuff right there.

Outside of the fact that Djokovic should have skipped DC, his circumstances are somewhat fortunate. Fast court means long rallies are hard to muster. And he’s play Querrey, who can’t muster long rallies anywhere.

Also, probably worst case is he has to skip Monte Carlo.


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

Really sorry, but it seems to me that you are cynical or sarcastic, and, QUITE HONESTLY, REALLY, I am not so good in English and I don’t quite understand.

Yes, I like conspiracy theories from time to time (they are just so… real), but here I was just joking. And I think that since I like to joke about other players, I have the obligation to joke about Nole too.


Ben Pronin Says:

Querrey is one of the most prolific double faulters on tour? What??


jane Says:

Querrey and Nole both double faulting a lot, which is weird. Sam with 7 and Nole with 6 already. I agree Ben; this is not a pretty match.


Giles Says:

He seems to be playing pretty well considering he rolled his ankle! Drama queen!!!


mat4 Says:

@Ben:

There wasn’t much to see, it happened so soon in the match.

He tried to hit a few flat FHs, but he consistently missed the court. And the way he uses his right leg to hit DTL BH, or BH in general, he plays quite short from that side too.


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

Relax Mat4, i am just messing around a little.

It’s all good.

Your English is more than good and upto the mark.

Yes the ankle roll footage did seem bad.

Yes his FH does seem ‘shaky’ due to it (especially when he has to stretch or slide on that side).

But IMO: relax. He’s playing the match still, probably will win and regardless of it all:

Nole and team Serbia are not stupid. IF it was a major concern then he would have withdrawn especially with another match left in order to win should they need it.

I am sure he shall be fine- i hope so at least anyhow!


mat4 Says:

@Giles:

Come on… He has rolled his ankle, not injured his knee..


jane Says:

As I said on the other thread, Giles, Nole is doing what ambitious players and champions do; he is playing on through the injury.

Remember when Rafa played Delpo at Wimbledon in 2011 and he suddenly had to take a medical TO right before the tiebreak because he hurt his ankle/foot? He was grimacing and in a lot of pain. But he continued to play, probably took something for it like Nole, and he won the match. He even reached the finals.

So call Nole names, that’s fine, but perhaps look at similar incidents and compare beforehand.


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic is still playing just okay. He cut the dumb errors out of his game while Querrey didn’t and here we have a different score. I mean, this shouldn’t be surprising. But I still wouldn’t say Djokovic is playing great.

But man, I can’t get over this court. I’d love to see the top guys square off against each other on a court like this. Would the matches be just as ugly? Would they adjust and put on crazy displays? Who knows? But a Djokovic-Nadal match would certainly be fascinating. That’s why we need surface variety!


Brando Says:

@Giles:

This isn’t no drama queen stuff from Nole IMO.

He’s just getting on with it as he can and he is fine/ able enough to do so.

Alot of fuss over nothing IMO.

Of course, post match we may find out more about this. Until then he is fine.

However, Nole may bring some theatrics on court if he wins:

expect the HULK HUGAN ripping of the t-shirt if he wins after another brave heart display!:-)


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

I am not worried about Novak: he’s a pro, and he should know what he’s doing. And, I am not that spoiled: he has won a lot, and he’s due his fair share of losses.

No, I was worried about your reaction. Usually we chat quite well. I certainly didn’t want to offend you whatsoever.

Although, I still believe that teasing you about Rafa is fair game..


Brando Says:

This court seems alot faster than WTF last year IMO.

Fed would enjoy a court like this.


mat4 Says:

And I really don’t have a clue about the meaning of your post at 4.12.


jane Says:

Ben, Nole’s improved his serving a bit with a few more aces. Easy points definitely help.


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

And we still chat well, so no offense taken.

And i don’t mid the banter back and forth- a good giggle is always welcome! :-)


Ben Pronin Says:

Yeah, Djokovic’s serve has improved. Querrey’s has stayed consistently awful.


Ben Pronin Says:

Querrey is so casual it’s bugging the crap out of me. Djokovic loses the second set and goes on a tear. Querrey is getting his ass beat and there’s virtually nothing in his body language that shows me he cares.


Brando Says:

How did Querrey beat him in Paris?

He’s playing with zero self belief at the moment.


Ben Pronin Says:

Pathetic effort. He should be kicked off the team. Honestly.


jane Says:

It’s kind of similar to the Paris match or the IW match only it’s switched around this time. In those matches, Nole came out and played dominant tennis in the first set, then he took his foot off the gas and Querrey rose to the challenge and made a match of it in both cases.

In this match Nole came out eager and so did Sam, but Nole’s ankle roll took its toll on him and slowed him down, maybe even making him cautious. After Nole just focused on quick strike tennis, and didn’t extend points, which makes sense. And sometimes with his back to the wall, which he may’ve felt at the end of set 2, Nole plays his best.

Congrats to the Serbian team! And to Argentina and Czechs. Sorry about the French team, mat4.

I heard the British team had a nice win over the Russians, san Murray? Is that correct DA?

I really hope Canada can make it through.


mat4 Says:

Difficult to understand. He won the second set, played quite well, suddenly he just disappeared. Just heard Novak say that Sam had shoulder problems.


the DA Says:

@ben pronin – he’s a Californian, naturally laid back. It can be interpreted as not caring.


jane Says:

mat4, if that’s true, that’s too bad for Sam. It would definitely explain the serving problems. Usually he hits more aces than he did today.


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

Watched JWT roll over Monaco, but I knew that Simon was a big, big mistake, so I chose to skip that match. I am to old for deceptions of that nature.

I think that Clément didn’t have much choice there: Gasquet retired at the last minute, Monfils out, so to pick Simon seemed a no-brainer.


jane Says:

mat4, plus in all honestly Berloq has been playing really very well of late, so I guess his win is not that much of a surprise, although I am sure it’s still disappointing.


the DA Says:

On court Djokovic just said he wasn’t sure if he could have continued but anti-inflammatories kicked in after 2nd set. Let’s hope nothing unusual happens when they wear off.


jane Says:

the DA, do you know anything about the British team’s win?


the DA Says:

Yeah a bit. James Ward played above his ranking and knocked out Tursenov leaving the deciding rubber to Dan Evans – who beat Donskoy (ranked 80, over 200 places above him) in straight sets. Apparently it’s the first time in 80 years that GB has come from 0-2 down to win. Now they go to WG playoffs, with Andy, in Sept.


jane Says:

That’s good to hear DA: pleased for them.


Wog boy Says:

jane,mat4

Did Nole rip his shirt, you know that barbaric Balkan thing, or he only rip Sam apart.

I am really happy for those Serbs who travelled thousands of miles to cheer for their old country and No1e. I know how they feel ,how their hearts beat, I know how we feel when they come to Aussieland. Some people will never understand that feeling and I really wouldn’t like them to get to know that feeling since they would have to go through all the pains we went through since leaving our old country, and I don’t wish that to anybody.
Thank you Serbia, thank you Ziki, Ilija, Viktor and No1e for bringing happines to those Serbs from America and Canada and bringing them back to old country for a moment.
Cheers


mat4 Says:

WB:

Are you nuts? To rip a shirt with “Serbia” and the serbian coat of arms on it?..

No, he didn’t. He showed a lot of tact after the match.


jane Says:

Wog boy, I am hoping Canada win their tie, but do you know whether that means if Canada win, they will then meet Serbia, and would the Serbs come here? If so, it could mean that I could see live tennis, live Nole maybe even (!). But I am not sure how they decide where the ties are held. Do you know?

Oh, by the way, I can recall only 2 shirt-rippings by Nole. One versus Rafa and one versus Stan, both at the AO in 2 different years, both after absolute marathon matches. Do you recall others? I know he’s taken his shirt off after a win before; indeed he did that when he won his first Masters title at 19i. He shouts out a lot; usually at his box. I like Nole’s enthusiasm; I understand that some people don’t. The players all have their own ways to celebrate. Different strokes.


Wog boy Says:

On the other note, I expect Nole to pull out of MC. He cannot say he doesn’t have a reason now.


mat4 Says:

@WB:

I agree. I hope he goes and find Fed to train together. They’ll need it..


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

I am so embarrassed, I didn’t think about that:(

jane,

To my knowledge they will play in Belgrade and I hope it will be Canada.
In that case we will have two Canadian who are fluent in Serbian and one of them is Belgrade boy, Nestor(ovic) original surname, me thinks. They will be very, very wellcome in Belgrade. Considering that Raonic is of Montenegrin backround and there is more Montenegrins in Belgrade than in Montenegro there is a good chance Canada will have vocal support if we are to meet, and I think they will! Go Canada


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

With this, after injury Rafa, I don’t think they have a chance even if they play together against Rafa ..


mat4 Says:

@WB:

Yes, a match against Canada feels so… local: Nestorovic, Raonic, Dancevic, Djokovic, Tipsarevic, Zimonjic..

Hopefully there are Troicki and Pospisil..


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

It will be Slavic affair:)


jane Says:

Pospisl should be playing; he was part of the epic doubles win, and he almost beat Seppi. He should have really won, but he lost his 2 set lead. They haven’t played Frank, yet. Maybe if Milos wins (he’s just gone up 2 sets to love after nearly choking with a few double faults), then Dancevic will play the dead rubber.


jane Says:

Wog boy, it appears that Berloq ripped his shirt again, though. I just saw the picture at the DC site. LOL.

Seppi is not making it easy for Raonic; Andreas is such a good player. He’s returning Milos’ serves well!


the DA Says:

@Jane, wog boy – Nole just said in his presser that his ankle is pretty swollen and he’ll get an MRI tomorrow. He doesn’t sound hopeful for Monte Carlo. Hopefully it’ll just be something that needs a couple of weeks rest. He can afford the 600 point drop ;)


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Ahh, those naughty “ripping the shirt boys.”
Raonic dissapeared from my screen, does that mean he won?
the DA,

Thanks for update on Nole and kind words.


jane Says:

the DA, thanks so much for the update: really appreciate it. I hope he skips Monte Carlo for sure.

Also, Canada just won. Seriously this is absolutely UNHEARD of for Canadian tennis, to be in the semi-finals of the World Group. It’s just lovely for the sport in this country. I don’t even care if they win, but wow the crowd is ecstatic and this team has truly broken new ground. Very exciting. I think I have never seen Milos so excited; he even took off his shirt after the whole team danced around the court together. Exciting!


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Congrats to Canada and their fans:)

See you in Belgrade.

Ahhhh, those shirts, not again;)


jane Says:

Wog boy, the commentators were just saying that the backgrounds of Nestor and Milos makes it somehow fitting that their first foray into the World Group semis will be in Serbia. :) And Milos kept telling the crowd we need to continue to “grow this sport” so it’s just really nice to see it paying off.


jane Says:

p.s. thanks, Wog boy.


mat4 Says:

@WB:

Do you think they could play that tie in Milwaukee, especially since it is programmed right after the USO?..


mat4 Says:

@jane:

Congrats to your team!

Why are you certain they will play in Belgrade? Have they already played before?


Andrea Says:

Yay! Was awesome to watch milos close it out live. Go Canada!!!


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

If they are to choose home ground in US, then it has to be Chicago.

As for playing in Belgrade, it has to do something with home and away matches. Serbia played last two away, Belgium and USA. I am not sure how it works.


jane Says:

I am very jealous Andrea: lucky you! :)


Andrea Says:

Jane…for once I didn’t have to fly or drive for hours to watch tennis. Great atmosphere!!! And Milos is doing a fab job as a Canadian ambassador for the sport. He’s feisty! I like his attitude. Now he needs a win over a top player…..

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