Djokovic, Nadal, Murray In Davis Cup Duty This Weekend
by Staff | September 13th, 2013, 10:25 am

The World Group semifinals are on tap this weekend in Davis Cup. Novak Djokovic will lead his Serbian team against Milos Raonic and the visiting Canadians.

Djokovic, who held a charity event in New York Tuesday night, a day after losing in the US Open final, isn’t concerned about the quick turnaround to Davis Cup play.

“It’s not the first time I’ve had just two days to get ready for the Davis Cup after long-haul flights,” Djokovic said. “”he 2011 experience was not a great one when I faced Del Potro in the semifinal against Argentina because I was injured, apart from being exhausted, and we lost the tie.

I am tired and jet-lagged as I couldn’t get here before Wednesday, but I am fit now and we haven’t played at home in the Davis Cup for two years. Hence I am as motivated and inspired as ever to play for my country in this team event.”

In the other semifinals Tomas Berdych and his Czech Republic squad host the Juan Martin Del Potro-less Argentina team.

“The arena make up feels great and we will try to do our best and continue this winning streak here in Prague,” said Berdych. “We thought it would be Mayer playing the second singles. His game is suited to these courts. I saw some of his match against Andy Murray at the Open and he played well but I won’t change my game; just stay focused and patient from the first point till the last.”

In the World Group playoffs, US Open champion Rafael Nadal joins Spain as they host the Ukraine and Andy Murray will represent Great Britain when they welcome Croatia.

“I arrived a little bit tired after what happened in New York but I hope to be ready for the confrontation,” said Nadal, who has never lost a Davis Cup singles rubber on clay. “It is always a challenge to change surface in a very short period of time but it is something that has happened in the past to me and I hope to adapt my game to be competitive. I have to try because I feel that it is a very important confrontation for us to stay in the World Group but hopefully I can help a little bit.”

Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (clay – indoor)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v Milos Raonic (CAN)
Ilija Bozoljac/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Milos Raonic (CAN)
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

Venue: O2 Arena, Prague, CZE (hard – indoor)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Juan Monaco (ARG)
Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Lukas Rosol/Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Carlos Berlocq/Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Juan Monaco (ARG)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Venue: Caja Magica, Madrid, ESP (clay – outdoor)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
Marc Lopez/Tommy Robredo (ESP) v Vladyslav Manafov/Denys Molchanov (UKR)
Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)

Venue: MartiniPlaza, Groningen, NED (clay – indoor)
Robin Haase (NED) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)
Thiemo de Bakker (NED) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Jesse Huta Galung/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) v Oliver Marach/Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Robin Haase (NED) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Thiemo de Bakker (NED) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

Venue: Stadion Stella Maris, Umag, CRO (clay – outdoor)
Borna Coric (CRO) v Andy Murray (GBR)
Ivan Dodig (CRO) v Daniel Evans (GBR)
Ivan Dodig/Mate Pavic (CRO) v Colin Fleming/Andy Murray (GBR)
Ivan Dodig (CRO) v Andy Murray (GBR)
Borna Coric (CRO) v Daniel Evans (GBR)

Venue: Patinoire du Littoral, Neuchatel, SUI (hard – indoor)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)
Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) v Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU)
Marco Chiudinelli/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Gonzalo Escobar/Roberto Quiroz (ECU)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU)
Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)

Venue: Ratiopharm Arena, Ulm/Neu Ulm, GER (hard – indoor)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA)
Florian Mayer (GER) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
Daniel Brands/Martin Emmrich (GER) v Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
Florian Mayer (GER) v Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA)

Venue: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, POL (clay – indoor)
Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)
Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)
Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Venue: Lotto Arena, Antwerp, BEL (clay – indoor)
Steve Darcis (BEL) v Dudi Sela (ISR)
Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Amir Weintraub (ISR)
Steve Darcis/Olivier Rochus (BEL) v Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR)
Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Dudi Sela (ISR)
Steve Darcis (BEL) v Amir Weintraub (ISR)

Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – outdoor)
Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Alejandro Falla (COL)
Go Soeda (JPN) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Kei Nishikori/Go Soeda (JPN) v Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL)
Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Go Soeda (JPN) v Alejandro Falla (COL)

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56 Comments for Djokovic, Nadal, Murray In Davis Cup Duty This Weekend

SG1 Says:

Looking at the Canada-Serbia match up, it could very well be the doubles match that swings things. Tipsy is not playing all that well. Raonic has beaten him in each of their 3 meetings. The Pospisil-Djok match seems like a foregone conclusion. This being said, maybe Pospisil bounces back and beats Tipsy. This seems to leave the doubles as the swing match. Of course this is all predicated on Raonic adapting to the red clay. If he doesn’t, the Canucks get blown away like a bunch of clay pigeons.

hawkeye Says:

Tipsy came back from 1-4 down to take the first set 7-5.

hawkeye Says:

Rafa takes out Stakhovsky 0-0-4.


SG1 Says:

Great win for Raonic in a hostile environment on his worst surface. Pospisil had 75 UE’s in 24 games. Ugly!

Steve 27 Says:

61 3 for Rafa this season and 2 bagels to a guy that dispatched the Swiss at the All England.
1 more win and Spain will remain in World Group

Kimberly Says:

I’m hearing rafa will play with marc Lopez in the dubs tomorrow

Steve 27 Says:

“Equality of awards? Men and women we play different sports”

You are been criticized for showing this review honestly. There are people who think like you in the locker room and is silent.
Certainly. They are not as direct in the face of media. Because everyone has a different sponsor. Not everyone can express their opinions openly because it can create a bad image of the face of the brand. We live in a cruel world. If you depart from the way he acts most, are seen as different. And this is not like the sponsors. It is very hard for someone who has the position of Roger, Rafa, … say something other than what is expected of them.

metan Says:

Hahaha, Stako got begel, Roger needs to send a gift for Rafa…..This time will be WTF trophy….who knows????

hawkeye Says:

Another game for MILOS!!!!!

Nestor/Pospisil for the win in doubles and Popsicle over Tipsy on Sunday and Canada into the finals!!!!


Giles Says:

Spain back in World Group. Rafa won his singles match yesterday and won the doubles with Marc Lopez.

andrea Says:

yay nestor/pospisil. what a great win. i hope we win tomorrow. epic for canada to make it to davis cup final. fingers crossed!!!

Tom Says:

Um, Canadian fans, Pospisil will have to play for the win tomorrow- 3 days in a row. He’ll be out of gas and No1e most likely make quick work against Milos. Nice effort by Canada though.

Steve 27 Says:

Hot Shot of the Day: Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez vs Molchanov/Stskhovsky

hawkeye Says:

Hope Popsicle has something left in the tank tomorrow.

That was an awesome effort from Canada, eh?

I guess everyone must figure Old man Nestor must be doping now. Oh wait, Fed’s not in DC so he’s safe (for now). Haha


hawkeye Says:

You must be a dope if you don’t dope.


SG1 Says:

Go Canucks!

patson Says:


LOL. There is a blog ‘ruansfedererblog dot com’. Since Nadal’s victory over Nole, the guy has gone bezerk in his doping accusations. He and his legion of die-hard Fed fans are more pissed than a Nole fan like me. Buahahha I find it hilarious. Nole has received his fair share of doping charges from this guy but less so than Nadal. Do check it out if you haven’t.

Steve 27 Says:

patson , the federerfans are one of the most terrorific things of the world of sport.
When his “god” lost, what is the sect as blasphemy and if you dare contradict, be careful!, The horde is transformed into a single being, a head unthinking attack you mercilessly and you look most unusual arguments ever heard
They are like Orwell’s Big Brother. Totalitarian, bullies and ruthles
This blog is the authoritative source of this

Humble Rafa Says:

People who look their country are playing this week.

Humble Rafa Says:


Humble Rafa Says:

No one appreciates my talent. One of hate sites posted this about me.

he destroyed the sport with the ping pong forehand,nasa strings,buttpicks,fake humility,pirate clothes,cheating,lying,disrespect…
i am so sick and tired of this farse from the atp just to sell products to fangirls.

Patson Says:


Hahah, well you beat my man Humble Rafa , but Nole fans don’t hate you like that bro. We’re cool ! Btw, that quote sounds like someone’s comment on that Ruan blog. If you like to see some more hate, you can check perfecttennis dot co dot uk. The guy over there thinks Nole and you are too one-dimensional. He also calls you Dull. But you are humble, you won’t mind would you ?

Skeezer Says:

If your a Nole fan I am a Taylor Swift fan.

Hate? Go to Rafa fan sites too. Plenty there ;). Every locked love fav fan group has there sh!t. No one is without bias nor favortism. Id you read here long enough, its so very easy to see.

metan Says:

Rafa safes Spain..Vamos King Rafa!!! Double winning.

Patson Says:


I’m wary of arguing with you because you always start mocking others needlessly. Call somebody names, call somebody’s shots lucky but unsubstantiated doping accusations aren’t cool. Nole fans never , yes never accuse Roger of doping. Fed fans do.

Brando Says:

@patson: great posts!

the DA Says:

@ Patson – “There is a blog ‘ruansfedererblog dot com”

I occasionally read that blog and he’s quite fair in his reviews of matches, but he seems to have lost his mind after the USO final.

Brando Says:

Re Ruansfedererblog:

Oh. my. god.

Heard of this website for the first time today. The DA mentions he occasionally reads it so I thought:

the DA is a guy of good taste, let’s check it out.


On the home page and look at the very first article and most especially the 178 comments.


I just cannot believe the sheer amount of hate fed fans have (strictly the fanatical ones) for Rafa. It’s beyond pathetic, ridiculous and just plain disgusting.

They smear the guy with all sorts of silly accusations without ANY shred of evidence and have casted him as some figure of evil. I mean this comment:

‘I sense that if his knees are shaky, the cheap shot that he is, he might lose early only so that he’ll avoid the beatdown at the hands of Novak.
I know this may sound as wishful thinking but I’ll chose to be POSITIVE. Good will win over evil when it’s all said and done.
I just know it will! :-)))’


It’s quite obvious why Fed fans seem to root for Novak since right now- in their narrow minded thinking- he’s their only hope to save ‘evil’ from reigning in the tennis world.

WOW! Just WOW!

Pure and utter insanity all because one guy beats their fav.

Here is the link for those interested in seeing this riduculous hate fest v Rafa from Fed fans. It’s pathetic but there you go:

the DA Says:

@ Brando – He used to hate Andy and had similar posts but then he started to give him credit for his wins against Federer. So I read it occasionally. This last post is so OTOP I think something snapped in his mind. I didn’t even bother to read the comments.

skeezer Says:

fabulousblog site ;)

Giles Says:

The more hate there is towards the King only means one thing, the King is winning!!

Brando Says:

@the DA:

You decided wisely to skip the comments. To say they are ridiculous would be a gross under statement.

I feel for Rafa really: he must be the most hated top 4 player in the game, despite how much he is loved at the same time.

His crime:

Beating a certain swiss player far too many times.

Sigh. No wonder Andy was hated also by that blogger!

Brando Says:


A good way of looking at it.

Slice Tennis Says:

Brando Says:
Re Ruansfedererblog:

Oh. my. god.

Read some comments.
Those people can challenge the likes of Ben and Skeezer.

skeezer Says:

^yes, I am actually light weight in comparisan, be glad you have me here :::—))). Who else better than to dump on for a Rafafanatic than Mr Skeezer @TX?

Slice Tennis Says:


I am just asking you this since you are the self proclaimed tennis expert in tennis-x.

Why Rafa’s 52 weeks ranking points is less that his race points ?

Giles Says:

Reading that blog I have come to the conclusion the fed nuts are seriously deranged. Lock them up and throw away the key!! I really pity them, hate, hate and more hate!
# VamosRafa#

Slice Tennis Says:

“I feel for Rafa really: he must be the most hated top 4 player in the game”

No need to feel for him. He is most hated bcos he is the he is the most successful against the top 4, the complete field and most importantly against the famous sheep.

The amount of hate directly depends on his form.

Looking forward to AO (the next big tournament where all the top players COOMPETE to win).

Giles Says:

skeezer the geezer. Do you think your fave will make it to London??

Slice Tennis Says:

“I have come to the conclusion the fed nuts are seriously deranged.”

Old news. You are too late.

skeezer Says:

“self proclaimed tennis expert “? not.

I don’t follow the ranking point race, for what purpose? I am sure its easily found via mr google.

Describe what a continental grip is used for and what does it look like?

skeezer Says:

Fed doesn’t deserve to be at WTF imo as of now. what has he done this year to prove it? He’d better start showing sone results

Brando Says:

Re Tennis X Rafa Haters: TBH- in that sense we are lucky. Really only Skeezer and Ben come close to being a Rafa hater but even they are not all that bad towards Rafa. Their slurs are not as ridiculous as elsewhere, not as vicious and usually cause for amusement. Once in a blue moon: they may say something nice about Rafa. Same with other players: Fed, Nole or Muzza- the hate level is very low on TX in comparison to some other sites. TX is very amatuer in comparison to other sites when it comes to hating on players. Thankfully so of course!

Brando Says:

@Skeezer: 11.47 agreed. I want a top draw Fed at WTF. A Fed who is a genuine contender. This Fed will get what Rafa got at WTF 09′: a 0-3 in RR. Not a good thing to see as a fan, trust me. Right now if I were a Fed fan I’d be hoping he improves rather than worry about WTF. He’ll be slaughtered by the top 7 on this form so he needs to improve ASAP. It’s possible for him to do so: indoor courts suit him best right now.

Slice Tennis Says:

Such a dumb question even for your standards.
Even a 5 yr old kid can answer your question with the help of googe.
You cannot answer my question so easily with the help of google. It requires some knowledge. I knew you wont answer that.

skeezer Says:

^ then why didn’t u answer it?

Tennis for Life Says:

Slice tennis
great job. Skeezer is exposed.

Steve 27 Says:

More hate means more titles, victories and money

James Says:

“Nadal must not be allowed to win the AO next year. That would be utter disaster.”

from ruansfedererblog! :D Damn! made me laugh my arse off

Many Fed fans seem to be extremely disappointed with Novak for failing to stop Nadal from winning yet another slam. Nole may have lost some of his fake fans.

Brando Says:


LMFAO: they make me laugh for sure though!

I feel sorry for Nole though: the loudest cheer he hears when he wins is not from his real fans but the fake fans.

Then when he suffers a lose especially to evil incarnate Mr Rafael Nadal he then has to suffer to gross anger and disappointment from his so called ….er…

LOL: poor guy cannot win either way with those phony bandwagon jumpers!

Patson Says:


Nole will win. He’ll lose a few but he’ll win a few as well. Cometh Oz open 2014, Nole will regain his form. He hired that Polish dude for good reason. Do not underestimate Nole, he has ambitions to achieve greater heights.

Now coming back to that Ruan blog, I always go to his blog for a good laugh. It cracks me up when I see him portraying Nadal as the Sith Lord Vader. Calling these folks even “Nole’s fake fans” is wrong. Fake or not fake, they are not Nole’s fans. I as a Nole fan was not pissed at my hero. He didn’t play well on key moments, and he lost. End of story. A new day, a new dawn for Nole. There is always a next time. This is how a Nole fan thinks.

Steve 27 Says:

Patson, Djokovic in Australia is nearly unbeatable, only Rafa and Andy could defeat him the next year. But is only a small margin which separates these 3 guys.

metan Says:

Hi Patson,,

it sounds great tennis x has another Nole fans here,,,and your sense of humor kinda of Courbon,,,
Hope Nole can defends AO and start to planning ala Rafa defends RG…it will make tennis interesting. Nile is capable,,,this DC brings enough positive energy for him, remember the moment he got DC 2010 and 2011 he was awesome…

Brando Says:


Agree re Nole: As others have mentioned already, at the AO he is a beast.

Easy fav their for sure!

Giles Says:

@ Brando. The real beast will be joining joker in AO 2014! Lol

SG1 Says:

Laver and Sampras are the true GOAT. Now that this issue has been solved, Fed fans and Rafa fans can finally get along.

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