Davis Cup SFs: Andy Murray v Juan Martin Del Potro Friday; Rafael Nadal Travels To India
by Staff | September 15th, 2016, 6:32 pm

It’s a big Davis Cup semifinal weekend coming up. In the World Group, Andy Murray and his British team will host Argentina while the France travels to Croatia.

In the Friday opener, Murray will battle Juan Martin del Potro in a rematch of their gold medal match in Rio last month.

“It will be a very tough match. We obviously had a great battle in Rio. It was four hours, lots of ups and downs, a lot of momentum shifts and was mentally and physically a very draining match,” Murray said.

“I think both of us were pretty tired afterwards, and emotional. I think that showed in how we were right after the final point. It will be another intense atmosphere here and I’m looking forward to it.”

Del Potro is playing his first Davis Cup tie since 2012.

“I will try to do a different match to what I did in Rio,” del Potro said. “It’s going to be really tough, a tough moment for me against Andy. It’s never easy here but I am looking forward to doing a surprise.

“I will be fresh tomorrow and I know how my level is at this moment so I will try to be aggressive all the time and I will try and change the result from the Rio match. We will see if I can get the first point for my team.”

Kyle Edmund was the pick for Leon Smith over Dan Evans for the second rubber against Guido Pella.

In Croatia, quarterfinal hero Borna Coric will face Richard Gasquet in the first rubber followed by Marin Cilic against Lucas Pouille.

“My preparations for the tie have been less than ideal because my knee flared up after the Olympic Games in Rio,” Coric said.

“I made the most of the last few days and we will see how it goes. I was in two minds whether to play at all but it’s the Davis Cup semifinal and I just had to take the risk.”

“I would have preferred to play second on the opening day but I am still looking forward to the clash with Gasquet. I have never played against him so I have some homework to do in order to come up with the right game-plan.”

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils were both unavailable for the tie.

In the playoff round, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer lead a high-powered Spanish team against India on the hard courts in New Delhi. Nadal takes on Ramkumar Ramanathan in the opener; Ferrer will be facing Saketh Myneni in the second.

Rafael Nadal (ESP) Photo: Rahul Goyal
15 Sep 2016Jaideep Ghosh
Rafael Nadal will look to maintain his Davis Cup by BNP Paribas singles winning streak and help his country earn promotion back to the World Group when he opens proceedings against India

The Spanish Davis Cup by BNP Paribas team look to be in confident mood for the World Group play-off against India and it’s hardly surprising given the heavy artillery they have brought to New Delhi.

When the draw was completed at the team hotel on Thursday afternoon, the contrasting body languages were quite evident. While the Indian players, especially the younger ones, were pretty keen to take a look at who they were playing, the Spaniards’ interest was piqued more by the ornate elephant-shaped boxes from which the names were being drawn.

For the record, Spanish No. 1 Nadal takes on India’s No. 2 Ramkumar Ramanathan in the opening singles, while David Ferrer will be facing Saketh Myneni in the second match.

The doubles on Saturday pits French Open champions Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez against Leander Paes and Myneni.

Spain are here on a mission. It is now two years to the month that they have been out of the World Group, which is something they just cannot digest. Going to Germany in 2014, and then losing to Brazil in a tie they were absolutely sure they would win sent them packing out of the World Group and they have stayed out since.

This is something of a surprise for the side which has won the coveted Davis Cup five times.

“It’s an extremely uphill battle for us,” says Indian team captain Anand Amritraj. “We are playing probably one of the two or three best teams in the world.

“The draw makes no difference, whether Nadal plays the first or not. In Davis Cup, the number one plays the number two, so it really doesn’t matter who plays first.”

Kei Nishikori and Japan will host the Ukraine and the Australians will be led by Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic against Slovakia.

Great Britain (c) (s) v Argentina (s)
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, GBR – hard (indoors)
Andy Murray vs Juan Martin del Potro
Kyle Edmund vs Guido Pella

Andy Murray/Jamie Murray vs Federico Delbonis/Leonardo Mayer

Andy Murray vs Guido Pella
Kyle Edmund vs Juan Martin del Potro

Croatia (c) v France (s)
Kresimir Cosic Hall, Zadar, CRO – hard (indoors)
Borna Coric vs Richard Gasquet
Marin Cilic vs Lucas Pouille

Ivan Dodig/Marin Draganja vs Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut

Marin Cilic vs Richard Gasquet
Borna Coric vs Lucas Pouille

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46 Comments for Davis Cup SFs: Andy Murray v Juan Martin Del Potro Friday; Rafael Nadal Travels To India

AndyMira Says:

Good luck Rafa and the gang..On paper..Rafa should win easily..but under the paper..Rafa can give us his fans a heart attack by missing a simple forehand on the net and lose the match!Honestly,don’t dare and don’t want to predict anything anymore..Just play Rafa,just play..

Btw..Andy vs DelPo is going to be explosive!Hope Emirates Arena can withstand the ROARRR that surely will come soon..As much as i love DelPo and want him to win..i gotta go with Andy again..Can’t wait to see their match..It’s going to be an interesting 3 days..


D.F. Says:

I think del Porto has him this time…

Willow Says:

Personally i dont think Delpo has the legs for five sets against a top player like Andy, he beat Novak and Rafa in the Olympics back to back which was amazing dont get me wrong, but these results tend to be the exception rather than the norm, its not something he does on a consistent basis, and over 5 sets is a different animal to over 3, hes most likely to beat an elite player in one round, and lose to a lesser player in the next round ….

Giles Says:

Rafa not playing today. Stomach bug. 😖

Okiegal Says:

Stomach bug……well too bad. He needs matches…..

Colin Says:

Murray leading 2 sets to 1. He looks tired, more so than Delpo,but it’s anyone’s match, really.

FedExpress Says:

delpo should have won by now

AndyMira Says:

Congrats DelPo..Amazing perfomance and very strong mentally considering he played in Scotland..As for Andy..it’s very clear that he’s very tired and it effect his sharpness today..Although i’m very curious why Andy didn’t lashed his BH or FH DTL more often to cut the point shorts and save his energy,not only for today but for the next two days as well..But full credit to Andy for his fighting spirits..That what’s the true champion does..

Giles Says:

AM. Rafa pulled out as a precautionary measure. No need to worry. He might play dubs tomorrow

Daniel Says:

Wow, looks like Depo really likes playing under argentinian flag. Nice for him to win a five set match against Murray. He has vicotries over everytip player this year except Stan, or did they play before USO this year?

Willow Says:

Delpo beat Stan at Wimbledon ….

Willow Says:

Nothing surprises me with Delpo, he can play amazingly well like Rio or today against Murray, and he could lose next round to a nobody, so i wouldnt be surprised to see him lose the next rubber, sorry to be negative, but hes a difficult player to root for, who can be consistent or inconsistent depending on which guy shows up ….

chrisford1 Says:

Juan Martin’s win was Huge! Huge! It’s great to see, because I think it moves Delpo into the discussion of the best players of his era, even though he doesn’t have the stats the Big 4 and Stan accumulated in many extra years of playing healthy. Even Nadal, who never came close to the injury time lost and recuperation time Delpo did.
He can beat anyone, and people know the last 8 years would have had many more Delpo titles if he had the time the others had.

For Andy, Stan, Movak, and Rafa – all Delpos victims since the Olympics – no shame in losing to the Big Guy.

Argentina has a good doubles team. This Davis Cup stage is now very interesting!

Andy Murray may also be hitting the wall. Tired, and he looks it. He is no longer chasing Djokovic for #1 this year. it may be time to skip the Asian Tour and rest up for Paris and London.

chrisford1 Says:

A lot of people find Delpo exceptionally easy to cheer for, Willow. Even if they like Novak, Andy, Rafa, or Federer (back in his day….)

Wog Boy Says:

Where are those to call Andy or Delpo cheaters for having their legs massaged during this match…oh yes, they were injured not tired, their names are not Nole, I see..

One more thing, Delpo should be given credit and more respect and congratulated for beating Andy infront of 8.000 Scots who adored and fanatically cheered Andy and not saying he can’t beat Andy over 5 sets (this was five setter over five hours), or he is losing to nobody next round, because he can beat anybody with his game and is not losing to nobody next round, easy to check his results this year after almost two years injury break:


Are the players Delpo lost to nobodies? I wouldn’t call them so, but the ones he has beaten are well, the best in the game and he best them all but Roger, that’s not fluke but bloody quolity play by big man, his FH las night (my time) was carving the court like a birthday cake, until I fell a sleep.

Congrats to Delpo, commiserations to Andy and his fans (particularly JK who is in Glasgow:(

Wog Boy Says:


Just look at his results this year, he is a freak, to do this things after slmost two years away from tennis, when even he believed at one stage he won’t be playing anymore is amasing. He is a champion not just game wise but mentally, you have to be strong to to fight five hours in Glasgow, he kept his cool even had a reason to be filthy when he lost second set after crowd roared prematurely to celebrate Andy’s match point though point wasn’t over, ball was still in the game.

Wog Boy Says:

^^^Andy’s set point

AndyMira Says:

I hope Andy can hold on this last couple of days,and after DC,please go somewhere..take Kim and Sophia..rest as much as he needed..free his mind and fresh his body..after that,choose carefully which tournament he need to participate..Now,it’s very clear more and more that his participation in Cincy only gave him trouble instead of advantage..Oh Andy me lad!Why oh why you’re so stubborn..

Ahfi Says:

Wow, I see that some people have a tough time recognizing how great players people like Delpo and Stan are. They may not be considered among the top 4 but the fact is they are here to stay, unless injury takes them out.

Willow Says:

It would seem some missed the point of my post, for starters Chris Ford 1 i never claimed otherwise, yes indeed he is easy to cheer for whomever you like, and i like him too ….

Wogboy secondly if you read the context of my post, i meant he can be frustrating to follow given his lack of consistency, and i didnt mean nobodies quite as literally as you would think, sometimes though he can beat a top player like at W, then flame out in the next round to a lesser player you would expect him to beat handily, but Rio was fantastic, and so was yesterday,so hopefully it continues like that for Delpo ….

Willow Says:

I Doubt Kyle Edmund has much chance against Delpo, although much would depend on Delpo physically i suppose, especially after yesterdays match i would think hes pretty spent, but i will pull for Kyle if thats alright with people here, as i am a Brit jeez ….

Willow Says:

And Ahfi who brought Stan up on this thread other than you ? ….

And Wogboy i never said a word about Novak cheating ….

Van Persie Says:

Congrats to DelPo! Always liked this guy.Have not seen the match and looks like I have missed something.

Travis Bickle Says:

The latest batch of WADA’s leaked info, i.e. athletes who were given permissions to use banned performance-enhancing drugs in order to treat their various illnesses:

Nicola Adams (Great Britain), boxing, Olympic gold medalist
Laura Trott (Great Britain), cycling, double gold medalist
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (Great Britain), swimming, silver medalist
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Great Britain), rowing, silver medalist

First cyclists Froome and Sir Wiggins, and now all these other sports – it really appears that most successful British athletes are very sick folks who need many banned drugs to make them healthy… they are literally rising from deathbeds to win medals for Great Britain!

Colin Says:

Travis Bickle, you are not the first person anywhere to misuse the word “literally”, and I’m sure you won’t be the last.

Also, who is Sir Wiggins? The title of a knight uses only the Christian name.

Giles Says:

Well done Spain. Back in the World Group where you belong.
Vamos Armada!

Willow Says:

Yeah im not Spanish, but because im a Nadal fan im pretty pleased, team GB face an uphill battle, Murray will most likely win his match, but cant see Kyle beating Delpo ….

Travis Bickle Says:


Thanks for commenting on my grammar and proper usage of knight titles in a sentence.

However, since you didn’t comment on the substance of my post, I take it you agree with me that the best British athletes are really really sick people who would take all kinds of (potentially dangerous) performance-enhancing drugs to win medals for their country!

Did you know that 53 out of the total number 366 British athletes in Rio Olympic used banned drugs? Of course legally by being granted WADA’a therapeutic use exemption. I AM NOT implying any cheating here – we all know cheating is beneath British athletes, some among them are even knights!
And most of these 53 are the top athletes, medal winning ones…

Wog Boy Says:


Add on your list Bethanie Mattek-Sands, won gold in mix doubles, the man who prescribed her drugs is well known for saying that he workd with “thousands of steroid using athletes” , former bodybuilder himself, Dr Eric Serrano…but that’s or legal…they have WADA approval to use PED.

Khb Says:

Nick Kyrgios says “I’m not trying to do a Novak at the U.S. Open.
I’m not playing with blood coming out of my nose”.

Nick, no one cares because you’lll never be great.
Sure, you’re the honest hero! No fakeness from you, dear.
Just quit tennis along with Fed.
You stated that you’ll play basketball in 4 years.
You can play the sanctimonious clown in that sport too. Lmao

AndyMira Says:

Yes Giles..Well done Rafa and friends..

Yes Willow..Like you,happy with Murray Bros win..but maybe Kyle can bring ‘magic’ again?Who knows?Crazy things sometimes happen in sports..

Colin Says:

TB, you said MOST of the successful British athletes were doped, and you named exactly six people.

GB won a total of 67 medals (27 Gold, 23 Silver, 17 Bronze).

I don’t think 6 out of 67 can be interpreted as “most of”, even allowing for Trott getting 2 Golds.

Look at the continuing arguments about Sharapova. They are not about the actual drugs; they are about her (and her team’s)absurdly inefficient and casual handling of the situation. Here, I am talking only of arithmetic, not of degrees of honesty.

To support your sweeping condemnation of GB athletes, you’d need to list all the 53 people you mention, with details. I doubt you are that obsessive.

Wog Boy Says:

53 British Olympians are (were) on drugs…though officially legally…the question is where do you draw the line? You would be screaming your head off if there is 53 Russians on drugs Colin, wouldn’t you?


lakie Says:

53 olympians were on drugs? I don’t think we can say that. What is claimed is that 53 olympians were granted TUEs. It must be remembered that PEDs are not manufactured as PEDs but are actually meant for therapeutic use for diseases/medical or surgical conditions. For instance, blood transfusion for surgery or thalassaemia.
When used for diseases/conditions, it is legitimate use and TUEs are granted. Used without any disease or medical condition, it is PEDs

mat4 Says:

It’s easy to find the Fancy Bears — a simple google search will do the trick.

Then, the documents are there.

The effects of the substances taken by both Serena and Venus are well known. I find a few testimonies by cycle riders about it.

Colin Says:

Wog Boy, no I wouldn’t, I would be giving a fatalistic shrug, because surely we all assume that lots of Russians (not to mention Chinese or Ukrainians)are on drugs.

At least nobody’s accused Andy Murray of being on anything.
Not yet! With limited movement, he’s just beaten Pella, and somewhat unexpectedly Delpo isn’t coming on for the decider, so Dan Evans could and should beat Muller.

Giles Says:

Muller? ^^

J-Kath Says:


Glad Andy not accused of drugs – for safety (not yet). But you are wrong about Andy’s playing today – his movement was not limited – not that I saw (or another 8,000 people). In fairness, perhaps it was a mix – his opponent was trying everything but the kitchen sink – so was pretty depressed that Andy actually came back from having his…”what’it” sorted and could walk jiggingly along on two legs. All Andy had to do was hold his nerve because the match was over and done despite some majestic forehands from the wee Argentinian.

I couldn’t stay for Dan’s match – I had to be back home (as I am) for tomorrow morning and Sunday public transport in liberated Scotland still needs attention.

Obviously I’d have liked our Team to win but Andy’s initial loss to DelPo was key. Funnily enuf, I agree with those of you have said DelPo is not consistent….but then I join the rest of you and say he needs more time (still part of his game is brilliant – but – yes I’ve a doubt, while recognising he is serious competition.

DAVIS CUP was brilliant, absolutely brilliant…the atmosphere – to some degree it didn’t matter who was cheering whom – there was a man with a foghorn voice behing me – now I will need an implant…..what could I say, he was ANDY’s biggest fans – and blow me he came from England.

Wog Boy Says:

“When used for diseases/conditions, it is legitimate use and TUEs are granted.”

But also, “The experts recognize that athletes often abuse these privileges.”

53 is significant number considering they are top athletes, it would be good to see percentage of these in other teams like China, Russia etc.

Who are doctors who gives diagnosis, where are they from, and how is it approved?

Too many questions without answers and lots of possibilities to abuse privileges..

What is the procedure and why WADA kept quiet about those exemptions until it was forced to come out clean?

Last but not least, if you can’t function without help of drugs you shouldn’t be competing but choose some other profession, since you can use substances that others are not allowed, you can test positive on these ones, but that’s ok since you are exempt, that’s unfair advantage.

lakie Says:

Why do Wog boy and TB feel TUEs are granted only for chronic conditions? That they are taken on an ongoing basis so these athletes are deemed to be not able to function without the help of drugs? I am sure all the top tennis stars are human and have required TUEs sometime or the other simply because they aren’t invulnerable and are subject to injuries and infections.
Most of the TUEs are granted on a short term basis for athletes recovering from surgery or some acute ailment when they are ill/injured/recovering (not playing). Only a few like Djokovic might require TUEs on an ongoing basis. Djokovic suffers from breathing problems/asthma. I am sure Wog boy would not want Djok to take up some other profession.

Wog Boy Says:

Wrong, Nole doesn’t suffer from asthma nor he ever had, try harder, as I said, why WADA doesn’t list all athletes who used PED with their approval per team so we could see which country has them and how many of them?
So far Nole is not on the list published by Fancy Bear.

Wog Boy Says:

Just to finish, sent it prematurely, no need for Nole to to take some other profession since he hasn been using any drugs nor needed them to solve his health problems, he did it legal way, no need for approval from corrupted WADA, he wouldn’t get one anyway since he is not qualified for one ..by birth.

If Fancy Bears come out with him on the list I’ll personaly ask him to take up some other profession, I promise..and he’ll listen to, I know it..

J-Kath Says:

Wog Boy:

Not contesting anything or suggesting either …but why “would he (Novak) not get one anyway since he is not qualified for one ….by birth?”

Wog Boy Says:


It sounds more convincing and dramatic;)

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