Davis Cup First Round Preview: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori In Action
by Staff | March 3rd, 2016, 10:23 pm
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The first round of the 2016 Davis Cup gets underway Friday across the globe. Among the many stars in action include Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Djokovic joins his Serbian team as they welcome Kazakhstan. The last time Djokovic played he retired with an eye infection which he says is in the past.

“I am fit to play and I am glad to be able to say it because I was a bit skeptical the first few days after arriving from Dubai,” Djokovic said.

“This eye infection occurred to me for the first time in my life. The training went very well and hopefully I will be able to play at my best on Friday.”

Murray will play his first match since the Australian Open final and the birth of his daughter. He and Team GB begin their title defense at home against Kei Nishikori and Japan.

“I think one of the reasons I’m here this year is because I really want to try and do it again, after experiencing it last year,” said Murray. “I never thought we would be able to do it but then when we did it was like ‘why not, why can’t we do it again?’

“I thought the ties last year were unbelievable. I enjoyed every one of them, the atmosphere was great. It was tough at times physically and mentally at the times of year that the ties were coming but I think everyone on the team loved that whole experience of winning and I think we would all love to try to do it again.

“But the best way to do that is not thinking that far ahead. We could lose this tie, it’s a really tough match to win, they have a really good team. We need to just concentrate on this one. With the help of the crowd, everyone in this team I think has always performed really well in Davis Cup. If everyone does that we can get through this one and who knows what will happen?”

Should Serbia and Great Britain win, they will collide in the quarterfinals over the summer.

Elsewhere, Australia will be without Nick Kyrgios when they play host to USA. And Yannick Noah makes his coaching debut as his French team takes on Canada who will be without Milos Raonic in Guadeloupe.

Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic will also in in Davis Cup action this weekend.

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

GREAT BRITAIN v JAPAN
Venue: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, GBR (hard – indoor)
Defending champion Great Britain opens its title defence in Birmingham when it takes on Japan in the first clash between the 2 nations since 1931. The host nation is looking to avoid becoming the 10th defending champion to lose in the first round since the Challenge Round was abolished in 1972. Should it record its 150th Davis Cup tie win and deny Japan a 2nd appearance in the World Group quarterfinals, Great Britain would progress to the last 8 for a 3rd consecutive year.

Andy Murray (GBR) v Taro Daniel (JPN)
Daniel Evans (GBR) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR) v Yoshihito Nishioka/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN)
Andy Murray (GBR) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Daniel Evans (GBR) v Taro Daniel (JPN)

SERBIA v KAZAKHSTAN
Venue: Pionir Hall, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoor)
Serbia will look to reach the quarterfinals for the 6th time in 7 years when it goes up against Kazakhstan for the first time on home soil in Belgrade. While the 2010 champions have more experience in the competition than the Kazakhs, they will need to break Kazakhstan’s consistent run in the competition that has seen it progress to the last 8 for each of the last three years.

Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)
Viktor Troicki (SRB) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
Novak Djokovic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
Viktor Troicki (SRB) v Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)

ITALY v SWITZERLAND
Venue: Adriatic Arena, Pesaro, ITA (clay – indoor)
First round losers last year, Italy and Switzerland will both be looking to bounce back with a World Group win when they go head-to-head for the 7th time in Pesaro. Italy has not defeated the 2014 champion since 1980, but Corrado Barazzutti’s team will be in confident mood for this tie given that they have won their last 5 ties on home soil. Switzerland, incidentally, was the last nation to defeat Italy on its own turf – in 2009.

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Henri Laaksonen (SUI)
Simone Bolelli/Marco Cecchinato (ITA) v Marco Chiudinelli/Henri Laaksonen (SUI)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Henri Laaksonen (SUI)

POLAND v ARGENTINA
Venue: Ergo Arena, Gdansk, POL (hard – indoor)
World Group debutant Poland will be hoping to spring an upset when the nation plays host to four-time runner-up Argentina in Gdansk. The Poles are looking to become the first nation to reach the quarterfinals on their World Group debut since Kazakhstan in 2011. The benefit of home advantage may help Poland’s cause – this is its 11th home appearance in its last 12 Davis Cup ties.

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Guido Pella (ARG)
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Carlos Berlocq/Renzo Olivo (ARG)
Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) v Guido Pella (ARG)

FRANCE v CANADA
Venue: Vélodrome Amédée Detraux, Guadeloupe, FRA (clay – outdoor)
France is looking to maintain its undefeated record against Canada when the 2 nations meet for a 3rd time in Davis Cup, this time in the scenic setting of Guadeloupe. France has lost in the first round just once in the last 14 years, while the relatively inexperienced Canada has lost at this stage in 5 of the last 7 years and is seeking just its 4th World Group win.

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Frank Dancevic (CAN)
Gilles Simon (FRA) v Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Richard Gasquet/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Philip Bester/Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Gael Monfils (FRA) v Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Gilles Simon (FRA) v Frank Dancevic (CAN)

GERMANY v CZECH REPUBLIC
Venue: TUI Arena, Hannover, GER (hard – indoor)
Germany welcomes Czech Republic to Hannover in the 15th meeting between these 2 nations, but their first since 2005. The Czechs have not defeated Germany since 1982, nor have they managed to defeat this weekend’s hosts on German soil since 1974. Even so, Czech Republic should still be considered a strong favourite for the tie, having won 12 of its last 14 ties in this competition.

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Alexander Zverev (GER) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Dustin Brown/Philipp Petzschner (GER) v Radek Stepanek/Jiri Vesely (CZE)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Alexander Zverev (GER) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

AUSTRALIA v USA
Venue: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Kooyong, AUS (grass – outdoor)
The Davis Cup’s 2 most decorated nations, Australia and USA, go head-to-head in Melbourne this weekend in their 46th meeting – but first in 17 years. The host nation is looking to reach the World Group quarterfinals in back-to-back years for the first time since 2005-06, while USA is seeking a place in its first quarterfinal in 3 years. USA has not defeated Australia on its own turf since 1982.

Samuel Groth (AUS) v John Isner (USA)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) v Jack Sock (USA)
Samuel Groth/John Peers (AUS) v Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) v John Isner (USA)
Samuel Groth (AUS) v Jack Sock (USA)

BELGIUM v CROATIA
Venue: Country Hall du Sart-Tilman, Liège, BEL (clay – indoor)
Last year’s runner-up Belgium will bid for a spot in the World Group quarterfinals in back-to-back years for the first time since 1998-99 when it takes on Croatia in Liege. The Belgians are playing host to a Davis Cup tie for the 5th time in a row while Croatia, getting used to being on the road, is playing away for the 9th time in its last 10 Davis Cup encounters. A win for Croatia this weekend would see it reach its first quarterfinal since 2012.

Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) v Marin Cilic (CRO)
David Goffin (BEL) v Borna Coric (CRO)
Ruben Bemelmans/Arthur De Greef (BEL) v Ivan Dodig/Franko Skugor (CRO)
David Goffin (BEL) v Marin Cilic (CRO)
Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) v Borna Coric (CRO)


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123 Comments for Davis Cup First Round Preview: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori In Action

jane Says:

da boyz are back in town… ;)
hope can catch a match or 2!


Van Persie Says:

1-1 Australia vs USA
Come on, Australia!!!!!


Green Lady Says:

Hope Andy isnt going to knock himself out trying to win this thing again,hes done it now,so personally id like him to focus more on winning more GS now?.


J-Kath Says:

No such luck GL…Andy’s already committed to the whole Davis Cup season…we’ve got a choice between wanting GB to win it for another year or wanting Andy to pursue his own individual career. Am watching it now — 1st set AM.


Green Lady Says:

J-Kath yeah i know unfortunatly.


RZ Says:

Andy certainly seemed to be ready to play despite having a month off.


jane Says:

rip bud collins … always such a fun commentator back in the day. really enjoy him at the us open.


jane Says:

enjoyed.*


skeezer Says:

^jane…really? Bummer. Loved his journalism and his pants. He will be sorely missed.


jane Says:

yes, skeezer: he was 86. and yeah, he did have a zany sense of style. lots of tributes and articles on him pouring out now.


J-Kath Says:

Skeezer + Jane

Tennis.com has a reasonable good article on Bud Collins……….


skeezer Says:

J-Kath
Thanks very good article. A must read for any Tennis fan. We don’t have a guy like him anymore who could make Tennis history come alive.


J-Kath Says:

Skeener: Good. Glad U enjoyed it.


Wog Boy Says:

Hopefully Nole and Ziki can win doubles so Serbia doesn’t depend on Troicki’s match last but only on Nole’s. Viktor is such an unreliable player, he managed to lose in strights:(

For Nole fans, Nole played great and eye infection is past, but shame on Serbian Tenis Federetaion, they used same surface that was used in 2010 DC final (lack of money or negligence?), just refurbished (repainted) and because of that bounce is almost nonexistent and is slower than a CC according to players.

Here are the highlights:

http://youtu.be/q5TZFqCs3CA


Wog Boy Says:

^^ on the other side, when I think about IW and Miami this court could be good preparation for Nole:)


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy

Somewhere there was a mention that Nole had a bad shoulder…any truth in that?


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

I checked Serbian sites this morning but Nole hasn’t mentioned anything about shoulder, I’ll check it later again.


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy

I thought you guys would have heard about it so didn’t make a note…if I see it again I’ll signal…I do recall words to the effect that it didn’t seem to affect him…but was evidently noticeable ….


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy
http://gulftoday.ae/portal/2bbe1c9f-b4bb-41f2-9013-9b556fda033e.aspx

WogBoy is joint article on Andy and Nole (in case it doesn’t come thru properly/
…Nole section starts by saying Nole suffered some minor problems …and shrugged off shoulder problem with his left shoulder at end of 1st sret and beginning of second. Had to seek trainer assistance.

Hopefully this will load properly for you.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Thanks for that, I watched highlights and read Nole’s after match interview but he didn’t mention shoulder and I haven’t seen it in highlights, hopefully it was just something minor.


Tennisfan Says:

Oh man Hewitt and Peers put up such a great fight but looks like the Bryans will win. I’m really hoping for a surprise replacement of Groth with Kyrgios tomorrow (granted Tomic has to win again as well) otherwise I don’t think team Aus has a chance.


Van Persie Says:

Zverev managed to push Berdych to a 5 setter. Zverev played awesome, shame that he lost. Czech will not use Berdych today for doubles, they will bring Jiri Vesely on court.


Van Persie Says:

Looking forward to seeing Nole playng doubles today, with Zimonjic. Will be a good exercise for them, as they want to play double for a medal in Rio.


jalep Says:

Van Persie -

Brown/Petzschner vs Stepanek/Vesely tody should be good! Czech Republic vs Germany is by far the most compelling competition of the World Group, imo.

Kohlschreiber’s win was huge. And what Sascha Zverev did – nothing short of heroic. That was a heartbreaking 5th set vs Berdych. Zev actually out-played Berd. Here’s the stats.

AZev on the Right and Berd on the Left:

AZGER CZETB
Aces 18 17
Double Faults 10 6
1st Serve% 97/167(58%) 102/187(54%)
1st Serve Points Won 75/97(77%) 77/102(75%)
2nd Serve% 60/70 (85%) 79/85 (92%)
2nd Serve Points Won 37/60(61%) 37/79(46%)
Break Points Won 6/16(37%) 4/10(40%)
Total Winners 32 28
Forehand Winners 17 20
Backhand Winners 13 4
Net Points Won 2/2(100%) 4/7(57%)
Forced Errors 40 52
Unforced Errors 74 77
Total Points Won 185 169
Fastest 1st Serve 223km/h/138mph 219km/h/136mph
Average 1st Serve 208km/h/129mph 201km/h/125mph
Fastest 2nd Serve 199km/h/124mph 173km/h/107mph
Average 2nd Serve 178km/h/110mph 162km/h/100mph

Poor Sascha won 16 more points than Berdych :(
I was crying when he lost!

http://daviscup.tennis-live-scores.com/scoreboard.html?lang=en


Van Persie Says:

Thank you for the stats , Jalep.
When Sascha-Berdych match started, I only hoped that the teenager will not let Thomas win easily. Sascha had his chances in the 3, he had also match point ifI remember well…was to sad to look at ghe stats afterwards.
Hope now, that Germany wins in doubles. Even if they do not, they have still their chances tomorrow, after what I saw yesterday


Van Persie Says:

Correction, Sascha had his chances in the 4 set


jalep Says:

I’ve become an Alexander Zverev fan since watching him on European hc after AO, Van Persie; but was expecting Berdych to win this DC tie in 3 competitive sets – one tie break at least. It was unbelievable when Sascha won the 2nd set, then the 3rd – my hopes were completely up for him to make it in the 4th!!

4th set was heartbreaking, I agree, but I still had hope he’d win because of his comeback after the 1st set. Here’s 4th set stats with AZev on the Left again and Berdych on the Right:

AZ GER CZE TB
Aces 3 4
Double Faults 1 1
1st Serve% 20/28(71%) 20/36(55%)
1st Serve Points Won 13/20(65%) 18/20(90%)
2nd Serve% 7/8(87%) 15/16(93%)
2nd Serve Points Won 5/7(71%) 7/15(46%)
Break Points Won 0/1(0%) 1/3(33%)
Total Winners 6 8
Forehand Winners 3 5
Backhand Winners 3 3
Net Points Won 0/0(0%) 0/0(0%)
Forced Errors 14 10
Unforced Errors 9 9
Total Points Won 29 35
Average 1st Serve 206km/h/128mph 203km/h/126mph
Fastest 2nd Serve 189km/h/117mph 173km/h/107mph
Average 2nd Serve 180km/h/112mph 161km/h/100mph

Sascha played a nervous 4th set tb, I thought. Or maybe he was worn out by then.

And I only had a dicey live stream to watch. Loved the German commentators because I can understand a enough but not too much! :)

If Stepanek and Vesely win …uhg.
I’m hoping Petzschner and Brown pull off a big win with Shots of the Day from Dreddy. Go Dreddy!


jalep Says:

Not good for Germany…
Just noticed on my live score that Berdych is taking the place of Vesely. Damn.

http://www.flashscore.com/match/UBbsIHq4/#match-summary


jalep Says:

Kohls is in for Dreddy, too.

this is going to be good!


Van Persie Says:

I expected Berdych to bi tired, equilibrate match so far


Van Persie Says:

Also like Sascha. I do not speak much about him, as I do not wanna have high hopes and then be dissapointed ;)


Van Persie Says:

Well Jalep, Germany did not so well in doubles. Hope to see Sascha tomorrow

Nole is another player in doubles. He has to practice more in this area ;)


jalep Says:

No. Not good, Van Persie. Not the result I was wanting, anyway. Didn’t even bother to watch after following score for a set. Hopefully the loss will fire up Sascha for tomorrow if he has to play.

Berdych and Kohls are scheduled first tomorrow, I think.

When Fed Cup is on, Czech Rep. is one of my favorite teams – But not so much Davis Cup Czech R.

I held off with my hype over Sascha — until after Montpellier. He was very stunning taking out Cilic. Then in Rotterdam he beat Gilles Simon – that did it!

Not at all thrilled about Nole possibly knocking himself out playing Davis Cup right now. But he’s got his priorities and knows what he’s doing…


jalep Says:

Germany shoulda left Dreddy in. At least we’d get some great highlights ;)


Van Persie Says:

Jalep,

Agree with you. Dreddy would have made the matvh more interesting. He’s like an alien among the guys from tour :)
We will see Sascha tomorrow, only if Kohly wins against Berdy…
I have no favorite for Davis Cup, not verh interested in that event,but I huess Czech Rep has the strongest team


Van Persie Says:

PS, Jalep…I was very impressed to see, that a teenager like Sascha could keep up so good with a guy from top 10 in a 5 seter. So, I admit, that he got me as fan only yesterday :)


J-Kath Says:

@ Jalep

I only like Davis Cup when Andy plays for GB. He’s already played enough Davis Cup matches to qualify to represent GB at the Olympics. Now I wish he would stop.


jalep Says:

I’m a fairly new convert to Fed Cup and Davis Cup – within the last 3 or 4 years anyway. Normally I don’t think or see tennis as a team sport. Tennis favorites don’t come from any particular country for me. But I started to appreciate the performances and level at Fed Cup first – then more recently, Davis Cup.

You get a lot of inspired performances from the unlikeliest players: no names, journey men and women. Golubev and Nedovyesov beat Nole and Nenad Z in straight sets, oh dear. WTA players can be even more surprising than usual in Fed Cup. Petra Kvitova can be almost apathetic in tour events but in Fed Cup she’s a monster.

Czech’s have that rally band – one that can carry a tune, sort of – it follows their teams around. I love it during Fed Cup – hate it during Davis Cup!!


jalep Says:

Andy Murray is completely under the spell of Davis Cup, J-Kath. I give up. Maybe clay season he’ll morph into Andreas Murreno again? I dunno.


jalep Says:

Van Persie says: “He’s like an alien among the guys from tour :) ”

That’s why I love Dreddy!
Team Germany should have given him a chance today. DC playing at home seemed to me like the perfect venue for him!

Now Kohls is shot for tomorrow.


Green Lady Says:

DC Is to tennis what the WC is to football,i love the atmosphere when its my countries team playing,or another country im pulling for,but struggle to stay interested when its anyone else.


J-Kath Says:

Yes, Jalep

Not disagreeing…Davis Cup is a passion for Andy…but not so much that his brain goes on a gap year. If GB does not win versus Japan it will be over for him…he has enuf sense left (I hope) to realise the extra pressure of having to play “recovery” matches to get them back to the world group and then, AGAIN, be the main player in the pack.


J-Kath Says:

Agree Green Lady.


Van Persie Says:

Jalep, I was disapointed, that Rasta Mann was ignored. Perhaps they will surprise us and let him play singles against Berdych. He’s fresh ;)


jalep Says:

Great idea, Van Persie. At least that would be my vote! Let Rasta Mann shine. He’d do it, too. He’s quite capable under the right circumstances :D and this is his moment. Kohls v Berdych – I’ll be very surprised if PK has enough left.

Green Lady is that you, GG? Nice new moniker ;)

Ricky Dimon has started a ‘virtual unit wager game’ going on over at tenngrand for fun. He’ll have one up for Indian Wells – pretty sure. Come check it out!

I put most of my allotted ‘units’ on Germany to beat Czech Republic LOL. So I’ll be on the bottom but I’m learning as I go.


Green Lady Says:

Jalep hi, yeah tis me,and pleased you like it thanks,all my monikors are in keeping with my real life persona,we have a green man and a green lady in my pagan faith,which is why i chose it,but ill always be honest about who i am though,CHEERS JALEP ;).


J-Kath Says:

Margo, Margo come back…nothing is forgiven because there is nothing to forgive. Hope you had a jolly.


J-Kath Says:

Apologies – Should be Margot. Past my bed-time as usual.


Wog Boy Says:

Part of me wants Serbia to lose this one, as much as it sounds strange and there is good chance they will, even if Nole wins his second match, since Troicki play’s decider. Nole doesn’t need DC matches this year and can’t do everything himself.
There is a bigger fish to fry this year.


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy – Feel the same about Andy. Only advantage is no argument that they “tried” to represent their countries in team games….automatic entrance to Olympic Game!!!.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Can you imagine if both countries win, Andy and Nole will play each other after Wimbledon on top of packed summer this year due to Olympics.


Wog Boy Says:

^^Same other players meanwhile will be seating at home or practicing, getting ready for tough next two months ahead and having quiet laugh on expense on Andy and Nole..


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “sitting”


Wog Boy Says:

Congrats to Jim Courier and boys, I enjoyed watching Jim on the sideline, he was really fired up, like if he was playing. John Isner stood his ground and defeated Tomic. Nice and very mesaured words from Jim about his boys, Courier is class act.


chrisford1 Says:

Federer was actually the atypical one in this Davis Cup business. Fairly diffident. The rest of the top players love it. Berdych and Ferrer did in Davis Cup what they couldn’t do in Slams – win it all on a big national stage.
Agree about Andy and Nole overcommitting, though. Especially with Djokovic and his planned extra doubles play in DC and the Olympics. From the looks of things, Zim and any partner aren’t going to win many critical doubles. So Novak needs to think about giving up doubles and having a lower ranked Serb take his place. Where is Tipsy BTW? IS he good for one last hurrah??


Markus Says:

Agree with CF1′s observation with regard to Federer and the Davis Cup. I don’t think he has the same zeal for it as compared with the other top players. I think he played it only so that he can add the title to his collection. I commend players like Dokovic, Murray, Berdych, Isner, Berdych, Nadal, etc…who always committed fully to the competition. I should add Roddick there although he’s retired now.


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,

Unfortunately I don’t think Tipsy will be back, though he believes he will. After two foot operations to remove tumors from his foot in 2014, he played few matches last year then had to undergo knee operation in October last year believing he will be back in January this year, but he is still recovering and still believing he will be back, hope dies last.
I wish he can finish his career on his terms, he is fighter, but..:(

You can see him in this link, just google translate, after knee operation with his wife consoling him:

http://www.telegraf.rs/sport/1799139-tipsarevic-uspesno-operisan-srpski-teniser-treci-put-pobedio-bolest


Emily Says:

More drama w/ the Aussies talking near mics, Bernie claiming to Hewitt that Kyrgios isn’t really sick and unable to play Davis Cup, especially since it looks like he’s playing Indian Wells. I feel for Bernie here b/c while he isn’t always the most motivated player on court, he has dedicated himself to DC. He was fighting against Isner and almost pushed it to a fifth.

Hopefully, Thanasi can pick up Nick’s slack and not put it all on Tomic, if just for Llyeton’s sake (who I loved watching as the coach). Well, I guess now Courier finally has a win after being coach for 3 years, I think it was b/c he wasn’t wearing a suit this time


Van Persie Says:

Jalep, even if we want to see Rasta man today, I am sure we will see Kohly..as musch as I admire Kohly’s technique intennis, he alwayshad mental issues, when he played top 10 players. I hope, that beeing at home will help him today..
Tennis is a individual sport indeed, but Davis Cup is for the teams. I would impose a rool, so that the teams are not allowed to use the same player in e matches


J-Kath Says:

Marcus

Federer possibly had a second reason for playing DC – there’s some rule that you can’t play in the Olympics if you haven’t played for your country via a recent DC…I’ll look it up when I get back…have to go out soon.


Van Persie Says:

Correction for Jalep: same player in 3 matches. Sorry for the typos :D


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Since you are good person I’ll do it.
Who can play at Olympics?:

“A player could only participate if he or she has made him- or herself available to be drafted to represent the player’s country in Davis Cup or Fed Cup for two of the following years: 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, with one of the years being either 2015 or 2016.”


Tennisfan Says:

Why can’t Tomic (and Kyrgios) go through tournaments without creating drama? Bernard’s comments were unnecessary imo and it comes off like he’s throwing teammates under the bus after losing the tie. People were appreciating the effort he’d put in over the weekend but instead of acknowledging that he made those immature comments. Disappointing behaviour as usual tbh.


Van Persie Says:

^^ Part of the charm of Australia team :)


Van Persie Says:

Jalep, Kohly is doing good so far, he broke in 1 set. MTO for Berdy


jalep Says:

Wow, Van Persie

Was typing away about Taylor and Sascha for the other thread and saw the score. Berd already has a break back chance. I don’t have a stream up to watch. And may go back to sleep if Kohly starts losing!

Go Kohly!


Van Persie Says:

Try this like, am not sure, it works there where you are:

http://live.robinwidget.com/livestreams/free-live-video-streaming-kohlschreiber-berdych-germany-czech-republic-tennis-davis-cup-265704.html

Tennis x: please delete my comment in moderation. I used there by mystake a monikor, which a use for another site. Thank you.


Van Persie Says:

Kohly plays great. He tries to push Berdy to run a lot on court, right-left…Berdy looks more tired then Kohly after his matches


jalep Says:

:) Thanks for the link!
Love the German commentators. Omg at least Kohls got the 1st set

Kohls serving ahead this 2nd set. 3-2. Berd to serve.

My brain will explode any minute. Too many matches to follow: Nole just lost the first set TB, Murray v Kei is on, Thiem is on, Goffin a set up on Cilic….


Van Persie Says:

The german commentators are really cheeky :). Do not know, if U undertand German


Van Persie Says:

2-0!!!!!! Well done Kohly


Van Persie Says:

Come on, Sascha. U can do this :)


jalep Says:

hahahhaa…Come on, Philipp – He got it and the commentators are losing it!

I know quite enough vocabulary to get the gist of what they are saying – and I can count in German. They are wonderfully animated. But I can’t tell the nuances enough to know if they are cheeky or what. Thinking I can understand Kohls very well :D. So Happy for Sascha and Kohly…

Kohls won, he did it!


Van Persie Says:

Cannot understand what is happening to Nole. If he loses the match, I will not be sad. He won DC already.


jalep Says:

…the next rubber will be intense. Sascha v Rosol. Very sorry for Berdy’s injury, seriously — that’s tough luck in a DC match like that. Will Rosol come out fired up??

Kukushkin hanging with Nole.
Goffin won the 1st set!
Kei trying to stay even with Andy.

Dominant Thiem demolished Joao Sousa in straights!


Van Persie Says:

Like you, Jalep, I am also following more matches at a time. But I will now watch at Sascha.
It would be huge for Germany, if they would win today.

Congrats to Thiem :)

Also feel sorry for Berdy. I like him.


jalep Says:

Germany v Czech Republic = I am staying with them, Van Persie. Or, maybe not!

This will kill me if Sascha loses to Rosol…


Van Persie Says:

He will get over it, if he loses…but I have a good feeling, that he wins ;)


Van Persie Says:

Please to see, that Nole won the 2 set. He would not be happy to lose at home. If Serbia wins today, I hope he will skip DC in sommer


J-Kath Says:

Wog Boy: Thanks for looking up “Olympic” entry – U are a scholar and a gentleman.

PS: Should Syria be defeated by Kaza. they will be in same position as GB if defeated by Japan. The loser(s) will have to play again in September to try to get back into the top Group.


kriket Says:

Đoković – Kukuškin 1:1 (6:7,7:6), Kukuškin playing tough
Kazakhstan leading 2:1 overall


jalep Says:

I hope you are richtig, Van Persie :)

Break point for Rosol


skeezer Says:

USA took care of the Aussies, on to the qtrs….congrats, solid win!


Van Persie Says:

4-2 for Rosol, but I am not worried, Jalep..not yet ;)


kriket Says:

double break for Kukuškin in 3rd set, 4:1 lead. Đoković struggling.


jalep Says:

Commies have said “mueder” (sp) too many times…isn’t that “tired” or fatigued in German?

:( I’m sad. Also losing big in the virtual wager game, lol…


jalep Says:

What’s up with Nole? Kukushkin playing out of his mind incredible – nothing to lose? The DC effect?


kriket Says:

Đoković – Kukuškin 67-76-46, 3:26min up until now.

Đoković has to win next 2 sets in order not to lose the match.


skeezer Says:

Nole should be crushing this guy.
And 9 DF’s so far whats up with that?


Van Persie Says:

yep Jalep, they also said he is not 100% well. Sascha told this today morning. Well, I guess my good feelings were bad :(…it is not the end of the world. It was a good experience for Sascha. Czech Rep did not win so easily.
Kohly played very good…but, as I said yesterday, Czeck Rep has the strongest team


jalep Says:

I’m not watching any tennis, skeezer.

Following lives scores only.

Still think Nole will come through. The others…my other favorites – not so much.

Was pretty sure last night that USA would play Croatia in the QF. But Goffin got my hopes up. Even if Goffin wins somehow, Coppejans will lose to Borna Coric — can’t see Kimmer winning. Belgium needs Steve Darcis.


jalep Says:

It’s true. Not the end of the world, Van Persie. Sascha has good and sensible support in his parents and brother, I’m guessing. He seems very grounded for so young. The same with Taylor Fritz. His mom played professional tennis – lots of resources in both cases.

The 5 set loss to Berdych was tough on Sascha. Must have been tough on Berdy too! Good DC matches today, even if my faves lose :) I’m a big Kei Nishikori fan.


kriket Says:

Nole leading 5:2, 4th set, Kukuškin on serve.


Van Persie Says:

Jalep, Kei is putting a great fight there. He won the 3 set, but it is difficult to play against Andy..
Am watching now at Nole. I do not want him to loose…even if I hope, he will not invest to much energy in DC this year..


Van Persie Says:

I guess our favorites will be “kaputt” for IW, Jalep. lol


kriket Says:

Đoković – Kukuškin 67,76,46,63, 5th set under way, no tie break.


jalep Says:

Whoa. David Goffin wins 😎
Ah but no way. I don’t dare hope that Kimmer Copejans can follow that up.

I’m happy, Van Persie. It’s tennis. If they go Kaput, they go… auch da leiber! de da du…whichever it is.

Kei got a set, ja. Ja, ich viesnick. hahaha – forgive me. I can’t spell at all in German.

Thank goodness Kukushkin is letting Nole win out of the goodness of his heart finally.

Elina Svitolina beat Genie B. in the Kuala Lumper Final.

Rublev has won — in the Quimper, France, Challenger Final over Paul Henri-Mathieu. Now there’s a little, bischen, chance I’ll forgive Rubles for his Boy Band aspirations.


Van Persie Says:

lol Jalep…I like your German.
Good luck for yor Kei
Byees ;)


kriket Says:

Nole up 5:2 in the 5th


chrisford1 Says:

Hmmm…in unrelated news, a couple days after pulling out of IW on injury, Sharapova’s agent said he scheduled a conference for her on Monday to make a major announcement. What’s up with Skreechy, WTA endorsement machine and highest paid female athlete on the planet???

If Nishy somehow takes out Andy, the decider will be between – in a reversal of the height disadvantage Japanese men struggle with – will be between 5’8″ Daniel Evans and 6’3″ Taro Daniel of Japan. Taro is an American with a USA dad and a Japanese mom.


kriket Says:

Đoković wins, now it’s up to Troicki.


courbon Says:

CF1: I think she will announce that she is retiring from the tennis….again new injury.She probably has enough..


RZ Says:

Yay Andy! Way to pull out the 5 setter over Nishikori after no competitive match play for a month. Man of steel.


J-Kath Says:

RZ: Well…I’m pleased he won…but I do have a few “buts” … That said, it was an incredible match and hope you saw it all.

Sorri Jalep – Kei lost …but was stunning. One of the talkie commentators said he would be a No.1. Don’t know what you think…he is often brilliant but in my view too prone to injury…and he is already the oldest of would-be’s. Yes? No?


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer 10:46………Did I read somewhere Novak was having a shoulder problem??? 9 dfs might say that he is……Can not believe that went 5 sets….


kriket Says:

Troicki leads 2-0 sets, 4:2 third set, so it looks like Serbia will manage to pull through 3:2 in the end.


RZ Says:

@J-Kath, there wouldn’t have been any buts if Andy and Leon took my advice and had Andy sit out the dubs! :-)


kriket Says:

Troicki wins Nadovyesov 3-0 (62, 63, 64) to bring victory to Serbia against Kazakhstan (3-2).


Wog Boy Says:

So it is Serbia vs UK 15-17 July in Belgrade. There is no way neither of them (Andy and Nole) will miss that match, just prior Olympics.
Nole said he didn’t feel his legs before the match even started and that he knew he will be in trouble, fans and playing for his country in Belgrade push him over the line, but Kukushkin also troubled Nole in Shanghai in 2014, there is something in his game that troubles Nole. This match lasted few minutes short of five hours. Did he really needed this before IW and Miami?


chrisford1 Says:

Courbon – That is what I thought, too. Can’t think of anything else other than she’s pregnant and will be leaving the Tour. I thought as well, until today, she would never retire out of sheer cussidness – until the Sistas were gone. ‘


Wog Boy Says:

Who would be the happy father?


J-Kath Says:

RZ – Rubbish.


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy @ 6.09pm March 5

I didn’t comment before because events took over. Now it is certain they will meet. GB likely to win the doubles with the 2 Murrays. Nole likely to win the singles….i.e. 2 matches. Andy wins against Victor. It is likely the decider will be the result of a Kyle Edwards v. Victor Troiki match. …there’s the uncertainty. What do you think?


RZ Says:

@J-Kath, not rubbish but perhaps codswallop. :-)


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

To honest I think neither of should play to start with, they won it for their countries and Olympics are far more important for both than DC, but they will play it and wear each other. I am patriotic person but became pragmatic with the ages, and trying to look at Noles career overall and he shouldn’t be playing DC matches anymore, I hope my fellow Serbians won’t attack me for saying this, I already have enough “friends” on TX;)

To answer your question, I really don’t know, playing infront of his fans in Belgrade is extra pressure on Nole as we saw against Kukushkin, with Andy will be even harder, it is open for me. Doubles are not open, that’s already 1:0 for UK, Ziminjic is well past his best and Serbia doesn’t have back up player and dragging Nole to play doubles is/was very stupid.
I only hope that Nole and Andy will not kill each other for the benefit of third person.


Wog Boy Says:

“to be honest neither of them..”


kriket Says:

Wog Boy you foget that serbian people only can see Nole play live in Davis Cup, otherwise it’s always TV, TV & more TV.
Considering how big an idol he is among Serbian youth, I imagine he wants to give them the opportunity to see him play live from time to time, and also to himself to play in front of his home crowd, given the hostility he has to deal with day in day out in worldwide tournaments.
So it might not be the best thing for him, in pragmatic terms, but there are other considerations.


mat4 Says:

Hi, WB. Not a “friend”. Just a friend.


Wog Boy Says:

Kriket,
I know that and you are, I know very well what he means to young people in Serbia and how big roll model he is over there, and rightfully so in this not so nice times for Serbia.
I am so happy for those Serbian kids from Kosmet who live in subhuman conditions and Nole brought them himself in Belgrade and paid all expenses for them to be able to watch tennis and have few days of normal life. It would be heartbreaking if he lost.


Wog Boy Says:

Hi mat4,

You were never a “friend”, you were always “the friend” my friend.


Wog Boy Says:

BTW Kriket, do you still live in Serbia?


J-Kath Says:

@Wogboy

“I only hope that Nole and Andy will not kill each other for the benefit of third person.”

Absolutely. Oh yes, Absolutely they can go for a hard 5 setter that could affect both winner and loser.

While Nole is obviously superior to Andy on
many courts, he hasn’t yet won an Olympic singles gold. So slightly more important for him.

These 5-setter Davis Cup draws can be the devil incarnate….don’t see how they can avoid it though…. they should have suspended Davis Cup encounters after the current one due to the Olympic Year.

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