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March 6th, 2016

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

“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.

Posted by Staff @ 3:14 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 49 Comments »

March 2nd, 2016

Tennis-X Davis Cup Picks and Pans for This Weekend

Belgium took advantage of a dream draw and opponents’ injuries to reach the final last year. This year they’re out first round.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:35 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 62 Comments »

March 1st, 2016

Kyrgios Missing Davis Cup Practices at Kooyong; Illness, Possible Injury?

“Nick has a virus,” said Aussie debut captain Lleyton Hewitt. “At the moment, he is taking it easy and trying to get over that 100% to be ready to go. I didn’t want him around the other boys if he is a bit infectious. It is more of a precaution. He will be ready.

Posted by Staff @ 10:31 am in Davis Cup, Tennis | 53 Comments »

July 19th, 2015

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

“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.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:31 pm in Tennis | 28 Comments »

March 8th, 2015

Davis Cup X-Wrap: Canada Becomes a Man, U.S. #fail

An anticipated fifth-match decider was dashed on Day 1 when John Isner fell to No. 111-ranked James Ward 15-13 in the fifth set.

Posted by Staff @ 9:59 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 15 Comments »

September 14th, 2014

Weekend Wrap: Swiss in Davis Cup Final; Venus Upset in Quebec Final

“I think I really struggled,” said Federer after a low-quality match from both players. “Fabio struggled too over the whole weekend. They were tough conditions, a pretty quick court, there were a lot of errors.”

Posted by Staff @ 7:38 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 15 Comments »

September 8th, 2013

Davis Cup Week; WTA Player Qualifies Then Gets No. 1 Seed

Notes: Jovanovski entered late and had to play the qualies, then qualified, and due to her ranking was then given the top seeding…Voskoboeva, ranked No. 77, is the No. 7 seed — spooky!…No Top 50 players in the field, why isn’t this a $100K lower-tier event?…Pulling from the event were Hsieh Su-wei, Karin Knapp and Urszula Radwanska…Former champs in the field are Begu (2012) and Krajicek (2005).

Posted by Staff @ 11:33 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | Comments Off

November 18th, 2012

Stepanek the Hero in 3-2 Czech Davis Cup Win Over Spain

“I was playing very aggressive today; I wanted be the one who is active, who is controlling the game,” Stepanek said. “It paid off, even though I lost the third set. I had no doubt I was on the way.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:41 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 44 Comments »

July 10th, 2011

Serbia Advances, U.S. Beat by Spain in Davis Cup; Wrap & Previews

Sweden was doomed without Robin Soderling, who skipped the tie to “rest,” even though that rest ends this week when he plays the ATP event in Bastad.

Posted by Staff @ 6:54 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 28 Comments »

March 6th, 2011

Dokic, Pavlyuchenkova Win Titles; Davis Cup Winners

Andy “The Closer” Roddick clinches for the U.S. in the first match on Sunday, beating Paul Capdeville in four sets. Chile got its only live point on Day One when Capdeville turned his match against John Isner into a fitness contest, beating Big John from two sets down. Roddick opened with a win over Nicolas Massu on Day One, and the Bryan brothers won the Saturday doubles point for the U.S., which will next host Spain.

Posted by Staff @ 10:22 pm in Tennis | 16 Comments »

March 6th, 2011

Real Grass Calling for U.S. Hosting Spain in Davis Cup Quarterfinals

This match will be right after Wimbledon, so hopefully Courier and the USTA don’t screw up and choose a fast hard court or indoor surface. Wherever this match is held, if the U.S. can dial back the clock to 1980 and hire someone who did groundskeeping work at Wimbledon 30 years ago, a slick old-school grasscourt will see the U.S. beating Spain.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:38 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 30 Comments »

September 19th, 2010

Fish Puts U.S. Back in Davis Cup World Group; Federer Missing

Roger Federer let Switzerland slide into obscurity, and also perhaps Federer’s chance of winning the Davis Cup before his career ends, when Switzerland was swept 5-0 by Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup World Group Playoffs. Federer ducked out of the match, citing a need for rest after losing in the semifinals of the US Open.

Posted by Staff @ 4:04 pm in Tennis | 85 Comments »

July 12th, 2010

Weekend Wrap: Davis Cup; Fish, Szavay, Rezai Win Titles

“The surface helped us a lot,” said French captain Guy Forget. “When you play the Spanish guys, they are going to give their best all the way to the end. The last time they beat us in Alicante and this makes me really happy — since 1923 finally we get to beat Spain in Davis Cup.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:57 am in Tennis | 4 Comments »

July 5th, 2010

Querrey Back to Grass at Newport: ATP/WTA Previews

(1) Querrey starts against Levine in an all-American encounter, (3) Falla faces (WC) Mahut in a tough one, and (5) Fish renews his in-country rivalry with Russell; Ram (2009) and Dent (2002) are former champs in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 12:44 pm in Tennis | 17 Comments »

April 1st, 2010

Stepanek Too Tired, Mirza Too Bothered — Tennis-X Notes

SANIA-MANIA — Sania Mirza holds a PRESS CONFERENCE in India to announce she is engaged to be married, then says “I have been in the constant glare for too long and would appreciate privacy at this very personal moment in my life.” On the schedule — another press conference next week where she will tell the media, ‘Still looking for privacy. Thanks. Will keep you guys posted.’ Her future husband, BTW, was reportedly married years back according to another women, who says he married her ‘over the phone,’ but then dumped her because she was too fat.

Posted by Staff @ 1:54 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »