September 19th, 2010
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.
July 12th, 2010
“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.”
July 5th, 2010
(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.
April 1st, 2010
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.
March 7th, 2010
Argentina’s David Nalbandian was first thought too injured to participate in the Stockholm tie, but after a successful insertion in the Saturday doubles, Nalbandian played the hero in the fifth and deciding singles match, defeating Sweden’s Andreas Vinciguerra to put Argentina into the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Swede Robin Soderling forced a fifth match by defeating Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer in straight sets in the first Sunday singles. Argentina will travel to Russia for the quarterfinal encounter.
January 16th, 2010
Maria Sharapova, following her breakup with Charlie Ebersol, the son of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol, is now dating Sasha Vujacic of Slovenia, who plays guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.
December 22nd, 2009
“All the things he would have had to cover up, just logistically — how did he manage to do it? He must constantly be changing phones to cover up his tracks.” From one playa to another — big ups! Whoot Whoot! “I experienced basically the same thing,” Becker said, “and can sympathize with him.”
September 23rd, 2009
Federer has historically let the Swiss squad flounder in World Group play, then swooped in to save them from falling out of the World Group Qualifying, as he did this month. Now with a strong No. 2 player in Stan Wawrinka, Federer could have the impetus to attempt to capture his first Davis Cup for Switzerland in 2010.
September 19th, 2009
Spain, without injured Top 10 players Rafael Nadal or Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, topped Israel 3-0. In the Saturday doubles, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez and Tommy Robredo beat Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 7-6(6), 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-2.
September 17th, 2009
“It feels great to be in the semis but not satisfied because we’d like more,” Stepanek said. “We prepared as much as we could and we are looking forward to the tie. Playing Karlovic is always strange and tricky, you get no rhythm. You have few chances and you have to try and take them once they come because there are not many. There will not be much rallies so it’s important to focus all the time.”
July 12th, 2009
Israel had clinched by Saturday after Harel Levy defeated Igor Andreev and Dudi Sela decimated Mikhail Youzhny in the singles, and the standout doubles tandem of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram edged Igor Kunitsyn and former No. 1 Marat Safin in five in Safin’s final Davis Cup appearance.
July 11th, 2009
Israel clinched the tie in the Saturday doubles when Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram stopped a comeback from former No. 1 Marat Safin and Igor Kunitsyn 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(3), 4-6, 6-4.
July 9th, 2009
Can “Dr.” Ivo rain down the aces on clay? The nod goes to Croatia as Blake is 0-4 in live ties on clay and Fish has only one win in the same situation. Marin Cilic should dictate this tie, but the Bryan brothers will do their best to keep it a live tie by Sunday.
April 7th, 2009
Blake is 1-4 on clay in live-rubber Davis Cup singles matches during his career.
March 5th, 2009
“In my opinion there is no danger that the tournament will be pulled,” McLoughlin says.