Murray, Aussies Stun in Davis Cup Wins; ATP/WTA Weekend Winners
by Staff | July 19th, 2015, 9:31 pm
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It will be Great Britain hosting Australia (featuring former Wimbledon winners Andy Murray and Lleyton Hewitt) and Belgium hosting Argentina after the completion of the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals over the weekend:


Great Britain d. France 3-1
Gilles Simon took charge of the tie for France in the opening match against James Ward, but from then on it was the Andy Murray show. Murray opened with a straight-set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in the Saturday doubles teamed with brother Jamie to beat Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut from a set down, then in the first Sunday singles beat Simon from a set down 6-0 in the fourth.

“When you look at history you see how long it’s been since we have been there, it gives you an idea of how difficult a thing it is to do,” said a tearful Murray after sending Britain into the semifinals against Australia, who also saw through an emotional win. “We also went thought a period where we had Tim [Henman] and Greg [Rusedski] who were two Top 10 players and we never won a World Group match, so that shows you how difficult it is to do. To go into the [semifinals] in September with an opportunity there is fantastic.”

Australia d. Kazakhstan 3-2

Australian men’s tennis is experiencing a new, and some would say embarrassing, era with players such as Bernard Tomic and  Nick Kyrgios supplying more theatrics than wins — which is perhaps why veteran and former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt needed to step in and right the Aussie ship in classic “C’mon!” fashion on Sunday.

With Australia trailing 0-2 after the first day with losses by Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, Hewitt won the Saturday doubles with veteran journeyman Sam Groth before Groth won the Sunday opening singles, and Hewitt clinched it in the fifth match with a straight set win over No. 115-ranked Aleksandr Nedovyesov (who has beaten Kyrgios on Friday).

“I love the backs-to-the-wall situation and we had to rally together to get the win,” said Hewitt, who saw the Aussies come back from 0-2 down in a Davis Cup match for the first time in 76 years. “You don’t get opportunities like this very often. This is what dreams are made of. The last three or four years, Davis Cup has been as big as any grand slam for me personally.”

Argentina d. Serbia 4-1
Without No. 1 Novak Djokovic playing for Serbia, it was a cakewalk for the Argentines on clay in Buenos Aires as Leo Mayer and Federico Delbonis (coming from two sets down to beat Viktor Troicki) won the opening singles, and Mayer and Carlos Berlocq clinched it in the Saturday doubles.

“In some ties in the past we had four Top 20 players in the world,” said Argentine coach Mariano Hood, noting the team was without top players Juan Martin del Potro and Juan monaco due to injuries. “I remember one time we had [Guillermo] Coria, [David] Nalbandian, [Gaston] Gaudio, [Guillermo] Canas. Today we don’t have this kind of team, but we have a team who really knows what we want and has unbelievable team spirit. We are very proud of that.”

Belgium d. Canada 5-0
The injured Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil for Canada meant the Canucks could front no players in the Top 200 in singles. And it showed. David Goffin and Steve Darcis won the opening Friday singles, and clinched it in the Saturday doubles behind
Ruben Bemelmans and Kimmer Coppejans.

“Even though we were favorites we worked hard,” said Belgian captain Johan van Herck on seeing his squad into the semis for the first time in 16 years. “We were really professional. It’s a team effort and that’s the most important.”

ATP AND WTA EVENTS

‘Rampras’ Downs Karlovic to Claim 2nd ATP Newport Title

Call him the “Indian Pete Sampras” or “Rampras” due to his game’s cosmetic similarities to the former No. 1 — but first call him the two-time Newport champion Rajeev Ram.

The American on Sunday won his second career title at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Rhode Island with a 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(2) win over No. 2 seed Ivo Karlovic. “To say that I felt like I’d be the winner at the end of the week…I had no idea,” said the unseeded Ram, who saved a match point in the first round against top seed John Isner, and two match points in the quarterfinals.

It was the second straight loss in the Newport final for Karlovic, who last year fell to Lleyton Hewitt. Ram entered the event ranked No. 161 and had failed to qualify to ATP main draws in four attempts in 2015.

Schmiedlove Gains Revenge, Beat Errani for WTA Bucharest Crown

No. 7-seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia upset top-seeded Sara Errani 7-6(3), 6-3 on Sunday for the BRD Bucharest Open crown in Romania.

It was sweet revenge for Schmiedlova who earlier this year was denied the title at the Rio Open in Rio de Janeiro by Errani. “I still cannot believe I won, because it was a really tough match and Sara Errani is an amazing player,” said Schmiedlova on winning her second career title after Katowice earlier this year. “I knew it would be tough to focus on each point today because we would have really, really long rallies.”

The victory in the final was the first Top 20 win for Schmiedlova. “My crosscourt backhand is probably my strongest shot, but I was playing to her forehand sometimes today because I was trying to change it to down the line sometimes,” the Slovak said of her game plan. “I’m just happy it worked.”

Sweden’s Larsson Wins Maiden WTA Title in Bastad

No. 7-seeded Johanna Larsson defeated defending champion and No. 4 seed Mona Barthel 6-3, 7-6(2) to win the Collector Swedish Open on Sunday in Bastad.

“Coming into this tournament I had not won many matches,” said Larsson, who was 0-3 career against Barthel entering the final. “But I tried to just play my game and stick with my topspin, which is my strength out there. In the end of the match I don’t know how it happened, but I won the last point.”

Larsson was also 0-3 in career finals entering the Bastad championship match. Following the singles final she became the first player to win both the singles and doubles at a WTA event this year, teaming with Kiki Bertens to top Tatjana Maria and Olga Savchuk 7-5, 6-4.

Top-seeded Serena Williams withdrew from the tournament after her opening-round win citing elbow pain.

 


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28 Comments for Murray, Aussies Stun in Davis Cup Wins; ATP/WTA Weekend Winners

RZ Says:

Congrats to all the winners!

Good call by Team Australia to put Lleyton Hewitt in the final tie. No one relishes the fight than he does.

Nice win for Larsson on home soil.


Wog Boy Says:

Sam Groth, man with limited skills but great heart showed those with the great skills but rabbit heart how to play and respect green and gold jersey, no need to say anything about Hewitt, when it comes to DC and representing his country he is miles ahead of the rest, but still, without Groth’s win Hewitt wouldn’t have his match. I have to commend Wally Masur for chosing them to play, always loved his insightful and knowledgeable commentary but he proved to be good DC captain too, maybe they should keep him longer than next year and Hewitt can work with him for a while instead jumping into drivers aftet AO 2016.
If those spoiled players (Tomic and Kyrgios) can put their acts together they can make really formidable team for SF against GB and maybe go all the way to win DC.


Margot Says:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/33590682

Andy’s “take.”
“Heading for the beach?” Doesn’t usually “do” holidays so must be really knackered!


Colin Says:

Margot, I was amazed that Andy managed to pull the match out of the fire, because he seemed completely exhausted.

US Open, then Davis Cup again, in quick succession. How’s that going to leave him when the WTF comes round?

If Australia play the “bad boys” against GB, I doubt that we’ll win. Ward tries his best in Davis Cup, but I can’t see him beating one of the young Aussies, and the Murray brothers would have a tough time with Hewitt and Groth.

By the way, did you see the on-court interview with Andy where Annabelle Croft, referring to the fall he took against Tsonga, asked “How’s the groin?” He replied “You oughtn’t to be asking me questions like that, Annabelle”, but I think he missed a better comeback. He ought to have said, aimiably, “Fine, thanks – how’s yours?”


calmdownplease Says:

` I doubt that we’ll win. Ward tries his best in Davis Cup, but I can’t see him beating one of the young Aussies, and the Murray brothers would have a tough time with Hewitt and Groth..`

Huh?
I think we are favourites for that one actually.
Ward has got a shot against one of the newbies, if they are off somehow which is a def possibility
Groth and Hewitt don’t exactly strike me with fear either
Hope Andy won’t have to do 3 in a row again
it looked rather painful!


RZ Says:

@Margot – it’s well deserved. He probably hadn’t played so many matches in the past up to this point since he hadn’t done as well on the clay.

Unfortunately the DC tournament begins a few days after I leave the area, otherwise I would have gone to cheer on Andy.


Margot Says:

@RZ
Don’t know where it’ll be yet. Could be Glasgow, best choice, but more likely Birmingham International Arena. More seats.


jane Says:

Congrats to all the winners; the GB / Aussie tie should be a cracker, but edge to GB methinks.


RZ Says:

@Margot – sorry, I meant the summer tournament in Washington, DC (should have realized DC also means Davis Cup!). Though if I had the time and funds to travel to the UK for the next Davis Cup tie, I would love to do that!


Margot Says:

Of course RZ. I know you are American, I just thought you might be travelling in Europe.
At the mo, for me, DC means Davis Cup, lol!


Colin Says:

@CDP – I certainly hope you’re right. It’s true that the young Aussies can disappoint, but they can also play very well on occasions, particularly Kyrgios, who we know can be very dangerous when he’s in the mood.

Captain’s choice will be important, and I wouldn’t like to be in Wally Masur’s shoes!

In retrospect I wonder if it was a good idea to play the recent tie at Queen’ Club. It would seem the court hadn’t had time to recover from the club’s own tournament, and several players, both French and British, probably still feel sore as a result. How is the court in Birmingham? Glasgow might be best.


Margot Says:

Colin, it’s indoor. Only possibility in Uk mid September.


chris ford1 Says:

Wog boy – If I was the Aussie Tennis Federation, I would not touch Tomic the Tank Machine with a ten foot pole. Best he stays booted off the team unless perhaps he shows sometime down the road he has had a serious attitude adjustment.
In America, we are familiar with enormously talented players that nevertheless are players that detract from team success and are always traded away after they wear out their welcome. They are called “Cancers on the team’s prospects”.
Well, you can’t trade him away to Bosnia, Germany, or Croatia along with his thug dad (I’d be dreaming though, if I was Australian, of a Coric for Tomic swap. if the Croats were insane enough to do it).
Given that, that you can’t get rid of the guy – Tomic richly merits his ban from Davis Cup, ouster from and cut off of funds from the Federation for him and his sister.


jane Says:

Indoor on grass Margot? SW19 then?


mat4 Says:

Australia has a potentially mighty DC team. From what I have seen, 4K, imho, will probably be a top ten player, Kyrgios a top 20, Tomic could be a top 20.

But right now, it is too early, and they still have to grow. In all honesty, I believe that Kyrgios is more hype that substance, and that 4K will be a better player. Although, you never know… but a few years ago, I remember when Tomic was labelled the next big thing after his run at WB, when he lost in four close sets to Novak, and, since then, nothing has changed much.

To be a top ten player demands a certain force of character, a certain education too, and I don’t believe Kyrgios has it.

On the other side, I was very impressed by 4K match against Novak in Paris, when he showed that he is the complete package. It’s not only a serve, but a well rounded game. Let’s not forget he’s only 19, but he shows the will to learn and improve, and his demeanour outside the court, in the interview room, is charming.

I have found be my next fav, I guess.


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,

Everybody on TX knows how much I “like” Tomic, I agree with you, but Wally Masur still counts on Tomic.
Any surface but clay suits both equally, Aussies love grass and medium fast court (O2) would suit Kokkinakis (not so much grass), at this moment I don’t see Aussie who can beat Andy but I don’t see Ward beating any of top Aussie players either so it would come down to doubles, but keep in mind that things can change by the time Septembar comes, more so in favour of Aussies than Brits since they have bigger choice of players who can raise their form for the occasion.


mat4 Says:

@jane:

I think it would be wiser to play at the O2 Arena, where 1K serve is not devastating, but his return remains a liability. On grass, a great serving day and anything is possible.


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,

Nole 4K match at FO was a gem.


sienna Says:

0 and 1 at O2………


mat4 Says:

@WB:

Yes, it was an excellent match. Meanwhile, I checked their matches in 2015, and we can see that the difference in wins is negligible, and that the difference in points is the product of a deep run at WB.

The only thing that bothers me a bit about 4K is his height — it could be too much, although the cases of Cilic and Berdych could prove the contrary.


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,

He already has enough muscles to support his height, he just needs to work on his cordination since he grew up quickly. He is stronger and fitter than Kyrgios, Kyrgios has got quicker hands and he is faster. At this stage 4K is more suitable for slow to medium fast HC with higher bounce and clay (IMHO), since he needs more time for his shots, he doesn’t have that whipping shot like Kyrgios, but he can develop his game for grass same way Nole did, he looks like a good lisener and learner and very coachable young player (turne 19 three months ago).
I like him even more since he listed Marat Safin as his idol:)


jane Says:

that’s true mat4; i hadn’t thought of the O2 for some reason.


Margot Says:

Unlikely to be the O2. Glasgow or Birmingham would be my guess.. Not grass in the UK in late Sptember jane!
@Wog Boy
Well, strength in depth didn’t really advantage the French, did it…;)


Wog Boy Says:

@Margot,
Agree, but do you think Andy is going to play three days in a row again right after USO and risk being tierd third day? I watched first three sets against Simon, if Simon managed to win second set (he had a break) I don’t think Andy would’ve won the match.
Talks ng about strength in depth again, it did matter two years ago in the final of DC, Serbia had Nole and he won all his matches but to no avail since we didn’t had a second quolity player and Czechs had strenght in depth and won DC. I still think doubles are going to decide the winner and if Andy plays doubles again it can backfire, since he looked wasted against Simon..
Anyway, I’ll cheer Aussies, this could be great boost for young players and future of Aussie tennis.


Jock-KatH Says:

@ “Glasgow Evening News” – “Politicians rally behind Andy Murray’s call to bring Davis Cup to EMIRATES”

Me thinks it will be difficult to ignore wishes of GB’s main player.


Margot Says:

@Wog Boy
Inglot is a really good doubles player and, if Leon has any sense, he’ll get Jamie and Dom to start practising together NOW!
I was right next to Dom at Queens, another seriously tall player. 6’4″? Is taller than Andy.
@Kat
Glasgow would be a huge boost to the team. If it is, can you get there?


Jock-KatH Says:

I’m trying to get there Margo – if I can get coverage for hubby. Also not certain I can get tickets as even though tickets should be available on the web – there is expected to be huge queues for them in Glasgow. Will certainly try.

Agree with you re. Jamie and Dom – absolutely must happen – unless they want to kill off the golden egg.


RZ Says:

@Margot, Wog Boy, and Jock-KatH – the difficulty is that Jamie and Dom have different partners that they’ll be playing with during the fall season. Dom seems to have been switching partners this past year so he may be available, but I highly doubt that Jamie is ditching John Peers anytime soon (nor should he; they’ve been very successful together). So unless there’s a tournament where Peers isn’t going to play, I don’t see Jamie and Dom getting much practice in together during the fall.

The two did play great this year against the Bryans. Last year, Dom played doubles with Colin Fleming in the Davis Cup first round (versus the Bryans again). Colin played well but Dom just was just a bundle of nerves, probably because it was his first Davis Cup tie (I think). But if he plays the way he did in the last tie, it should be good. Groth and Hewitt are decent doubles players, but they are not doubles specialists.

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