Heroics by Djokovic, Murray Set Up Clash; Davis Cup Wrap
by Staff | March 6th, 2016, 3:14 pm
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GREAT BRITAIN d. JAPAN 3-1
Andy Murray carries the water, winning his first singles over Tao Daniel, winning the doubles with brother Jamie, and on Sunday grinding out a five-set win over Kei Nishikori 7-5, 7-6(6), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3 to clinch it in the first Sunday singles for Britain.


“The crowd helped for sure,” Murray told BBC Sport. “Physically I struggled a little at the end of the third set and a little in fourth.” Brit captain Leon Smith said, “I am lost for words at this stage — he is a man of steel isn’t he? What Andy managed to do was astonishing since he hasn’t played since the Australian Open final.” Britain will next travel to Serbia to face world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

SERBIA d. KAZAKHSTAN 3-2
This tie took a shocking turn on Saturday when Kazakhs Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov upset world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and former doubles No. 1 Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 7-6(3), 7-5, putting Kazakhstan up 2-1. But on Sunday Djokovic worked past Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(6), 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, and Viktor Troicki defeated Nedovyesov 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to safely put Serbia into the quarterfinals.

“You made the difference and gave me the energy to come out on top and I have to thank you for that,” Djokovic told the Belgrade fans after coming back from 1-2 sets down. “I know you’ve lost your voices after five hours of cheering, you must be tired, but please stay because Viktor is playing now and needs your support to win.” And win he did. The Serbs will next host the defending champ Brits and Andy Murray.

ARGENTINA d. POLAND 3-2
The Argentines clinched it in the first Sunday singles when Leo Mayer beat No. 318-ranked Pole Michal Przysiezny 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-3. Mayer on the first day straight-setted No. 602-ranked Pole Hubert Hurkacz, and Argentine Guido Pella beat Przysiezny in straights. Argentina will next travel to Italy.

ITALY d. SWITZERLAND 5-0
No Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka made this a no-go for the Swiss. Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi weathered a five-set 7-6(14), 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 7-5 win over Marco Chiudinelli on Day 1 to start the landslide victory. Andreas Seppi won in singles, and clinched the tie in the doubles with Simone Bolleli.

The Italians will next host Argentina. “Winning [the Davis Cup], it is possible,” said Italian captain Corrado Barazzutti. “I mean, who would have thought Britain would win last year — and we beat them only the year before in Naples.”

FRANCE d. CANADA 5-0
Without No. 1 Milos Raonic, Canada’s Vasek Pospisil, Frank Dancevic nor Phil Bester could get on the board against the stacked French team, which boasted Top 10ers Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet, in addition to Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon.

All four French players played one singles match each, and in the doubles Gasquet/Tsonga beat Bester/Pospisil 7-6(4), 6-1, 7-6(4) to clinch. France will in the next round travel to the Czech Republic.

CZECH REPUBLIC d. GERMANY 3-2
German Philipp Kohlschreiber single-handedly made a tie of this one, winning his opening singles against Lukas Rosol in five 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, then on Sunday stretching it to a fifth and deciding match by beating Tomas Berdych when the Czech retired after two sets citing a hamstring injury.

In the decider Rosol overwhelmed teen Alexander Zverev who was appearing in his first tie for Germany 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. “This is a special feeling for me,” Rosol said. “I think I was a little bit more experienced than Sascha today, but he will have more experience soon too…We have a great team always. And if someone isn’t ready like Tomas today we try to do our best — this is important to have really good teammates.” The Czechs will next host France.

USA d. AUSTRALIA 3-1
The combination of Nick Kyrgios missing the tie with illness and some stunning tennis from John Isner saw the Americans advance. On Day 1 Isner beat Aussie substitute Sam Groth, but Bernard Tomic made it 1-1 with a defeat of American Jack Sock. Without Kyrgios in doubles, Aussie captain Lleyton Hewitt was almost the hero of the tie, inserting himself with John Peers, but losing to the Bryan brothers in five sets.

Isner ended it in the first match on Sunday, beating a wrist-hampered Tomic 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(4), dropping 49 aces. Tomic during the match was caught by the on-court microphones complaining to Hewitt that Krygios had faked his injury to miss the tie. The Americans will next host Croatia.

CROATIA d. BELGIUM 3-2
A heroic effort by David Goffin kept the waffles in it, in the opener beating teen riser Borna Coric 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 3-6, 6-3 and on Sunday ousting former US Open winner Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. But the fifth and deciding match was put on the shoulders of No. 122-ranked Kimmer Coppejans, who was no match for Coric, who rolled 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-2 to beat the 2015 finalists and advance to the next round at the United States.

 


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49 Comments for Heroics by Djokovic, Murray Set Up Clash; Davis Cup Wrap

jane Says:

awesome! good job guys. :)


Wog Boy Says:

Nole was so relieved after the last point that I had a feeling he almost cried when he hugged captain Obradovic:

http://youtu.be/kZ7MQByklrI


Green Lady Says:

WOW Thought Novak would crush Kuku,but if he was suffering with the shoulder it might explain it,and Andy pulling through after a Kie comeback,well done to both,without doubt the two best players on tour at the moment.

BTW Waves to Courbon ;).


J-Kath Says:

Lovely comment Green Lady


Dave Says:

Murray and Djokovic both showed amazing character today. I’m curious to know what their 5 set records are and if they have 2 of the highest winning percentages for their careers. I also have a feeling that Andy Murray is going to want to make his mark in the Davis Cup every year and break records in this section of tennis.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

I don’t know Nole’s and Andy’s five set record, but I know that certain one is not even top20 in five sets record books, that also speaks for itself.


Wog Boy Says:

First time in tennis history (Serbian tennis history) they will have chance to see two best players in the world. I guess they will play in BG Arena which hold close to 25K spectators, I wish I can be there.


RZ Says:

Both men showing why they are the two top ranked men in the world.


J-Kath Says:

RZ

Your best comment ever.


Daniel Says:

Damm, wish I could have watch those matches. Checked scores and saw both winning in five, nice effort!

Now both rest and get ready for IW, which they will plat next weekend. Anyone knows when the draw is out, 8th or 9th?


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

Honestly, I don’t see Nole playing for Serbia in the Quarter Finals. He has bigger priorities this year and I feel he wanted to play this round to guarantee that Serbia doesn’t get dropped from the main group and stays with the top 16 teams for next year. The job has been done now and he can focus on the French Open and the Olympics and other Grand Slams. Do you honestly think he will play 5 days after Wimbledon and a week before the Rogers Cup, followed by the olympics? Think of the Travelling. England to Serbia to Canada to Brazil within 4 weeks. That’s tough. Unless he skips Canada, which is a lot of points to sacrifice. It would be nice to see a great match up like that between Murray and Djokovic. But even if Djokovic says he wants to play the QF’s, I won’t believe it until I see it. I’m not trying to be negative, just how I feel.


jalep Says:

Your timing is good, Daniel. I had just been looking at the Website.

Tuesday, March 8 at 3:00pm, Stadium Plaza
3 pm is of course, Pacific Coast time.

http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/en/event-info/event-calendar

Here’s the entry list including wild card:
http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/en/players/2016-entry-list


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel, here is Nole’s match, in HD, it is in Italian, I didn’t understand it, but love Itslian passion and language:

http://youtu.be/R3Li9YI92s4


Dave Says:

Also, why didn’t Nole or Murray get any points for winning both of their singles rubbers? The ATP sight has counted both wins, but no points earned for davis cup. Do the points get added later? are there no points unless you win the Davis Cup? If anyone knows how it works, your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

There is no way Nole won’t play QF, he will rather miss Wimblendon than DC QF in Belgrade in which one Andy is coming to Belgrade (don’t have doubt about Andy). I know your reasoning and mine was the same, but now when they made QF and it is going to be played even on one leg and with one hand. I am pretty sure he will not play in Canada. From this year he is allowed to skip two masters without explanations.
One more thing Dave, if you happen to socialize with Serbians than you will learn that Serbian and “rational” don’t go together;)


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

I think Andy and Nole defended points from last year DC first round.


Dave Says:

I see your points. The last point is so true with me at times as well. The rational part doesn’t always connect with me. haha. That court in Serbia is waaaaaaaaaaay to slow. Nole is going to destroy his body playing a 5 or 6 hour match against Murray, because that’s literally how long it will go. It’s almost impossible to hit through an opponent and if you combine that Murray plays inspired tennis and wants to back up the win last year with the fact that he is even more consistent than kukushkin from the back of the court, this has disaster written all over it. I could actually see Nole losing that match no matter what form he is in, which in turn will give Murray more confidence for majors, because he would have beaten Nole in a best of 5 set match. Murray has nothing to lose and I feel like Nole doesn’t have much to gain by playing. Davis Cup is overrated in my opinion. The matches and atmosphere are incomparable, but for prestige and defending your number 1 ranking, it’s not the smartest choice.


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

I understand that they both defended points from last year, but it should still count in the race to London. I want to know why nothing shows up in the points earned for the calendar year of 2016. And Murray’s 275 points that he won in the final for the Davis Cup count for 2016? It’s the one part I find confusing.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
Latest I heard they are going to play outdoor, at recently renovated “Stadion Tašmajdan” with completly new surface and capacity of 10.500. That is oldest place of that kind literary in the heart if Belgrade recently completely rebuilt since it was basically in ruins. Very sentimental place for lot of us who gre up in Belgrade, that was the place of hokey matches, ice skating, first American wrestlers came there, rock concert, dirt motorbike and ice motorbike races, even Spanish corida (that I despise) came at that very place, and than it was left to fall apart until few years ago.

Lot of sentiments and history for us to remember.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

It could be timing, I know after every tournament they don’t add points until Monday afternoon my time which is now, you can check again later.


Dave Says:

Oh okay. I will check back later. They did add the 2 wins because it says Nole has 702 wins and is now 16 and 1 on the season. That’s great news about the court being outdoors. Any court would be better than the one they played on this week.


Anku Says:

Novak was horrendous for the first three sets. Falling all over the place and at one point, I thought he will almost pass out. Glad that he pulled through in the end. He said that he has been physically struggling for the past few days. Just hope he will be okay in time for IW..


Wog Boy Says:

This is right thread:

Staff you are wrong with this:

“This tie took a shocking turn on Saturday when Kazakhs Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov upset world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and former doubles No. 1 Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 7-6(3), 7-5, putting Kazakhstan up 2-1.”

It would be shocking if Nole (lousy doubles player) and Ziki (well past his prime) have beaten Golubev/Nedovyesov who have beaten Federer/Wawrinka last year, wasn’t that shoking?;)


Van Persie Says:

Given the fact, that QF round will be housted in Beograd, I am sure that Nole will be there…not sure, if it is good or bad…


Wog Boy Says:

^^ correction,
not “last year” it was in 2014.


Van Persie Says:

But I have to say, Serbia vs. GB with Nole and Andy would be really awesome…almost like a GS final


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

You are not wrong, last GS final was Andy vs Nole and there are two more GS before DC in which ones Andy and Nole can’t meet before final, most likely.


Van Persie Says:

WB, that’s why I am pretty sure, that both will play in Beograd…wow, it is amazing. Both are very commited when it comes to DC team. It will be the most interesting DC roud of this new century…and for once Nole will have the crowds on his side. I have to be there.


danica Says:

Oh, how nice if it’s on Tasmajdan!! That’s where I won my first little gold medal in running :). I will most likely be in Beograd in July and if that is so, I am going to that match! Seeing Nolandy in action would be awesome. :)

As for Nole’s terrible match, Kukushkin is no Simon but is a great player that can, on a good day, pretty much make life tough for most top guys. I am not surprised Nole needed five hours to beat him considering the issues with the shoulder (Saturday), thigh (Sunday) and Kukushkin inspired play.


Wog Boy Says:

Danica,

Rebuilding of Tašmajdan is about to be finished any day (week) and it will be finished since election is coming and they need few photos from the opening cerominy before election date;)

As for Kukushkin, he had inspired day, Nole had bad serving day and stupid decision to play doubles, but the worst thing was the surface, it was enormous failure, as Troicki sad after he won fifth rubber, “If Kukushkin can play on this surface all year he would be top3 player”, it was slower than CC court and ball would just sit in the air, but it is over now, I hope they learned the lesson.


danica Says:

Ah, that explains it! (the rebuilding of Tas).

Troicki said that the court was terribly slow, that it was old, the one they played on in 2010. Real shame. On the other side, Novak said that he didn’t feel his legs at all and that he is not physically and mentally in the best place. Let’s now see how IW plays out.


Wog Boy Says:

How long it takes to fly from Belgrade to LA and when Nole is due to play his first match at IW?


chrisford1 Says:

With the Olympics, a compressed regular schedule post Wimbledon & French Open, now UK vs. Serbia, I think something has got to give in Djokovic’s schedule. Especially when he is showing some signs of wear and tear. Zim needs someone he can prep with with regular practice before the Olympics and the Murray brothers happen, and good friend Novak just can’t due to other commitments. And while Nole has significantly improved in singles net play, he still isn’t a good doubles player. Troicki and Tipsarevic are better. Hmmm, Tipsarevic…..
That might be good for Janko. Less stress and wear on the knee during rehab if he does doubles – builds a team with Nenad. And the Serbs could have a better chance of Nole doing better at Olympics and DC without the doubles burden, and a doubles is better off without Novak who just can’t put in the time to improve there to where he is a threat. It’s different with Andy playing with his brother – they can win big doubles matches, win gold or DC even if Andy falters in a singles match.


courbon Says:

Danica: You have first gold medal from Tasmajdan ( First? How many more you have?? ) and I got my first ( and last…) Silver medal from Kosutnjak.-400m runing
Small world, eh?
And Wog Boy probably also have some medal in “atletics” like -”Eating 50 cevapcici on 100m run” or “Synchronized eating of Sampita and Krempita’s”…
* * * * *
Return waves to Green Lady!


Green Lady Says:

Courbon always a pleasure ;).


J-Kath Says:

Hiya Courbon – trust you’ve been looking after your daughters and not drinking too much Chateau Neuf du Pape…..


courbon Says:

J-Kath-Doing both! But, I tend to buy local wines ( Gascony ) these days…support local economy and all that.
How is everything with you? All good?
By the way, I may pop in to Belgrade for Uk-Serbia Davis cup tie in July, so I can chuck some tomatoes on that Ginger Boy…


Wog Boy Says:

Frenchie,
Actually it was “kesten pire sa slagom”, I loved it, hasn’t have it for ages, blast from the past, and buying roasted chestnut from the street vendors while the snow is falling down, another blast from the past. I have gold medals in eating both.


Wog Boy Says:

Frenchie, promise that you will go to kafana “Katun” while in Belgrade, which is few minutes walking from your home and that you will post here which night you will be there. I”ll have surprise for you:)


courbon Says:

Wog Boy-Kesten pire is my favorite dessert ever!
I grill chestnuts here , every autumn and this year I will make kesten pire ( got receipt on line ).
On different subject, I was bit like you-un patriotic, wishing Serbia to loose…That shedule in the summer can cause serious problems. Hope, Nole and team, know what they are doing…( I would skip Davis Cup, Rogers Cup and Cincinati and just do Wimby-Rio-Us Open )


courbon Says:

Wog Boy-Ok, I will go but it will be another year before I go.


J-Kath Says:

Courbon – Thanks for your good wishes. My husband died in January from a kick in the bladder by our car door. In hiding right now – keeping strange hours and drinking too much wine. Am improving though.

If you do go to Serbia…don’t waste the tomatoes take them to Andy with a dozen avocados.


courbon Says:

J-Kath-I’m so sorry to hear that.My deepest condolences


Daniel Says:

Thanks Jane and Wog Boy!

Agree with Wog Boy, think Djoko will skip Canada. Cincy is more close to USO and the one he doesn’t have. Plus he proved again and again that he can win a Slam with no tune up. Also, if he goes deep in Olympics, the fast HC surface will fit as USO Prep.

Think he skips Canada even if he is not playing DC, or if he plays it will not be to win it in a diegard attitude.

Of course this all dependa if he continues to run deep in all major tourneys (Slams and Masters).


danica Says:

Courbon,
To be honest, I don’t know how many medals I have. Not much, maybe around 10 or 12, I really can’t remember. My running days are long gone and just a fond memory :). I always loved the silver medals the most but I only ever won two. :)


Colin Says:

Those remarks about Serbians and “rational” reminds me of an old saying about Bosnians from the days when the British worried about anarchists from Eastern Europe:

One Bosnian – a genius
Two Bosnians – two lunatics
Three Bosnians – ANARCHY!

Regarding the possible Davis Cup meeting of Andy and Nole, if it happens I do hope Nole’s physical issues are over by then, so that if Andy does manage to win, there won’t be the usual chorus of “he won only because his opponent was tired/injured/possessed by demons, or whatever.


django Says:

Nole will skip Canada and hopefully cincy. He’s picking up Madrid.


danica Says:

Colin,

no excuses among the “rationals” :). Whoever shows better skills, stamina, mental toughness… on that day and wins, will be a deserving winner. Once you are on that court and ready for battle, excuses are moot.


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