Djokovic, Nalbandian Heroics: Davis Cup Wrap
by Staff | March 7th, 2010, 7:37 pm

Spain d. Switzerland 4-1

It looked to be a match after Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka took the opening singles on Friday over Nicolas Almagro, but then it became the David Ferrer show. Ferrer evened the tie at 1-1 on Friday with a win over Marco Chiudinelli, then after the Spanish pair of Marc Granollers/Tommy Robredo defeated Yves Allegro/Wawrinka in doubles, Ferrer capped the tie Sunday recording a decisive 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 win over a spent Wawrinka.
France d. Germany 4-1

The French doubles squad of Julien Benneteau/Michael Llodra finished a 3-0 whitewash of the Germans on Saturday, beating the team of Christopher Kas/Philipp Kohlschreiber in four sets to earn a hosting bid against Spain in the quarterfinals. In the opening singles on Friday, Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recorded wins over Kohlschreiber and Benjamin Becker respectively.

Russia d. India 3-2

The legendary doubles tandem of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi kept the Indians in this tie and extended it to a third day, but the Russian firepower in singles was too much. Igor Kunitsyn and Mikhail Youzhny put Russia up 2-0 on Friday, topping Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna respectively. Bhupathi-Paes easily won the Saturday doubles, but then Youzhny sealed the win with an easy straight-set win over the weapon-challenged Devvarman.

Argentina d. Sweden 3-2

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.

Croatia d. Ecuador 5-0

The home-country Croatians eased past Ecuador’s Lapentti brothers, with Croats Ivo Karlovic and Marin Cilic doing the heavy lifting in both singles and doubles. On the opening day Karlovic defeated Nicolas Lapentti in four sets, and Cilic beat Giovanni Lapentti in straight sets. The Croats then clinched in the Saturday doubles in straight sets.

Serbia d. U.S. 3-1

Novak Djokovic’s fitness and scrambling trumped John Isner’s big serving as the Serb’s advanced into the quarterfinals after a marathon five-set singles in the first match on Sunday. Serbia entered Sunday leading 2-1 after sweeping the singles, but the Americans put a doubles point on the board when Bob Bryan and Isner (subbing for an ill Mike Bryan) defeated Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic. But three matches in three days proved too many for Isner, who succumbed to Djokovic’s court coverage 6-4 in the fifth set. Serbia will next face Croatia in a first-time meeting, with the home country to be determined.

Czech Republic d. Belgium 4-1

Belgium was roughed up 3-0 on their home court as Czechs Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek did the damage in both singles and doubles. The Czech swept to a 2-0 lead on Friday when Berdych defeated Olivier Rochus and Stepanek beat Xavier Malisse, both in straight sets. The Czechs clinched in the Saturday doubles after Berdych/Stepanek straight-setted Steve Darcis and Rochus.

Chile leads Israel 2-1

Israel wins the Sunday doubles in the tie that started a day late due to the Chilean earthquake. Chile’s Nicolas Massu and Fernando Gonzalez won the opening Saturday singles against Dudi Sela and Harel Levy respectively before Israel’s Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram put their country on the board with a 6-0 in the fifth victory over Jorge Aguilar and Paul Capdeville. The final singles will be Gonzalez vs. Sela, and Massu vs. Levy.

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62 Comments for Djokovic, Nalbandian Heroics: Davis Cup Wrap

Daniel2 Says:

Nalbandian is the man! there isn’t any other player that would have done what Nalby do to try to win a “lousy” Davis cup tie. I wonder what mr. Peter Bodo will have to say about him now.

Fot Says:

I say this again….the teams that go really deep in DC are the ones (basically) who have separate single players from the double’s team. It makes a big difference to have your single players having to only concentrate on the ‘single’ match or have your double’s team concentrating on just the double’s match vs a single player having to play both doubles and singles. It’s tough to do that on 3 consecutive days 4/5 times a year to win the entire DC. Yes, Stan played a great first round single’s match; then had to come back the next day for the double’s; then the next day for another single match. Same with Isner for the US. It wears you out. That’s why Spain is so tough. They are a ‘deep’ TEAM. DC isn’t won by the best ‘singles’ player; or the best’ double’s team’…but the best TEAM together.

jane Says:

Fot, I think you make a good point about having a separate doubles team, because even if your doubles team loses, it still preserves the strength of the singles players to come in and get the wins. Makes sense! p.s. I am happy that you’re so excited for Fed’s return. It seems like a long time since he played, and I guess it has been since the AO, so that’s a bit of a wait for his fans.

sar Says:

When will they decide where Serbia/Croatia play?

jane Says:

sar, I think I read that they’re playing in Croatia, but I may be mistaken. Also, did you see the sweet picture of Djoko and Troicki at the ATP site? Djoko looks so happy, relieved and proud; for me, it’s nice to see that smile.

Duro Says:

sar, 05.-07. July, Split, Croatia.

OllyK Says:

Congrats Duro and Serbian fans!! Yesterday was fabulous in Arena. Great match! And 15000 ppl on stands cheering their heart out! I lost my voice from screaming! :) Just like on soccer game! Much much better that I expected! Congrats, Belgrade, I think our “boys” are satisfied!
And I want to thank Novak for all he did for us…He gave last atom of strength for his country! And those tears at the end made me cry like a baby…Although, I am not sure if I was crying cause I was happy or cause I felt sorry for him..I don’t expect him to do anything on IW.. :( I just want him to rest and be fresh for Miami! He deserved it!
About Isner..WOW! He fought really hard! And 3 days in a row! Americans should be very proud! He says he wants to be in top 10 at the end of the year..Well, I really think he will be! His serve and forehand are lethal weapons!!!
Next – Croatia in SPLIT…I don’t like it, I don’t like it at all…If they chose Zagreb it would’ve been much better for us! :/

MARGOT, if you are reading this – YOU WERE RIGHT! I almost fainted… :) he is a veeery good looking kid and very polite! I’m not sure how his Jelena manages to be that cool!! :)


I was expecting Djovokic to win in straight sets, but what was I thinking? This is Davis Cup. He didn’t play his best, but it was still an incredible win. I heard he is getting together with Brad Gilbert to write a sequel to Winning Ugly.

I do give some credit to Isner who kept the pressure on the whole match. It was remarkable watching someone 6’9″ playing extended baseline rallies on clay. He never gave up and forced Djoker to win it.

I couldn’t believe the chair gave Djoker a point penalty. It was deserved, but it took a lot of balls to do that. Fortunately, nobody over reacted to the penalty.

At one point Djoker missed 5 consecutive serves. Gimelstob on Tennis Channel said there are some “serious technical flaws” in his serve. Shiras concurred and said he isn’t getting enough bend in his elbow. Roddick called in to say he was watching the match and said his elbow looks to low on the serve.

I have no idea how the Djoker is going to do at Indian Wells. The Davis Cup win could leave him emotionally drained or it could be a load off his shoulders. He’s not playing well and his serve is a mess, but he is still winning every match(7 in a row?).

margot Says:

Duro, sar OllyK and all Serbian fans: many congratulations on the win. But also well done to the Young Americans. Really gave a good fight.
OllyK: am so glad you got up close and personal! Go Girl!

Ben Pronin Says:

he needs to bring his arm up more on the backswing. He takes it down and then when he goes up his arm is still hanging back. He hits the ball almost directly above his head every time. No wonder he’s having problems. He didn’t always keep his arm so low. He should practice tossing the ball further out in front, too, because it’ll force him to get his arm up faster.

Duro Says:

Olly, lucky you. Scrappy Nole keeps winning… Jelena cool? Did you see these gorgeous girls in Dubai cheering for him? Well, she pulled one by her hair yelling: “He’s mine, he’s mine!”! She’s a beast when someone smiles or likes her Nole. You better watch out! :-)!

Duro Says:

Margot, thank you! I’m Montenegrin, not exactly a Serbian fan, but very close to it and a fan of Novak Djokovic, that’s for sure! He comes from the land of the love… The Noleland! Cheers, Margot!

Duro Says:

And where is contador? Countess, hellooooo! Where are you, girl? Your Erny got a title finally and you disappeared!? Went to celebrate with him?

skeezerweezer Says:


“He should practice tossing the ball further out in front, too, because it’ll force him to get his arm up faster.”

Exactly, no great toss, no great serve…

But, hey he is ranked # 2, so his serve overall can’t be that bad, but Nole, toss more in front dude! Ha!

skeezerweezer Says:


Props to for giving Isner some credit also. I know there are a lot of Nole fans up here, including myself, but Isner is showing he can play with the big boys and be a factor. He is still very young, and no doubt has advantages of being 6’9″. But maturity is showing when a guy that big can stay in baseline rallies with one of the top groundie hitters of today’s game…..and on clay?

Duro Says:

skeezer, I’m Duro. How do yo do?

OllyK Says:

Thanks, Margot! :)
Duro..really? Are you kidding?! I didn’t know that happened in Dubai?!! But, I understand her, I think I would act the same if I were her. :) She shouldn’t worry about me! I’m 7 years older than him and married. :P (my husband thinks that my obsession with Nole is veeery funny but he hates and doesn’t watch tennis mostly because of him, I think! :D)He is a great kid, really! He talks with everyone who wants to talk to him! When I said that I am situated in Dubai most of the time, he told me: “See you around, then!” :) Well, see you around, Nole! :) Maybe one day I’ll introduce you to him, Duro, who knows! :P

stu Says:

*shock* Olly you _SPOKE_ to him? that was enough to get me started commenting on this website!!

Duro Says:

Ollyyyyyyyy!!! Of course I was kidding! I have the same problem with my wife, but lucky me, Nole’s a guy, so… If I was fan of Maria Sh. or Ana I. she would have leave me by now… She’s even mocking me and making faces saying: “Jane this, Jane that…” imitating my conversation with her, ha ha ha. You, at least, have a problem because of the actual guy, unlike myself, who has it because of the virtual world and a tennis itself.

Olly, nice of you. I’ll remember that! Srećan 8. Mart, Olja!

Duro Says:

stu!!! Are you stu from Tennistalk??? Is it you, girl?

OllyK Says:

Yes, stu, yeees….Touched his hand and spoke to him!!!! Hehe! I met some press ppl on Saturday and and they introduced me to him yesterday before the match! Can you imagine how persuasive and boring I was?!! :)

OllyK Says:

I, Duro, hvala, nice of you, too! :)

stu Says:

Hi Duro! Are you enjoying this phase of Nole’s supremacy? :P
I know, I know – his serve needs a LOT of work but I really thought everything else was clicking in his match against Isner!

OllyK, you have been wayyy too quit about that! details please!

madmax Says:


I think you must be some kind of filmstar, you walk in very high circles, my friend!


stu has posted here a few times, a few months ago, he came over and we had a bit of a chat, so i assume he is the same stu at TT –

Hi stu!

stu Says:


Hello madmax!

Duro Says:

It must be “shut the up”, stu from Tennistalk! I missed you, cause I couldn’t log in there, stu. Glad to see you, here. Stay and come more often!

I’m not enjoying it very much, cause he doesn’t play well, but he fights, and that is almost equally important, too.

Cheers, stu. See you around, but not after few months, as Maxi pointed out!

Duro Says:

Maxi, you’re always here, so I’m not worrying about you. As long as your Fedex plays, you’ll be around to praise him and fight if necessary. You’ve been doing it lately on Tennistalk… Maxi, don’t. It’s pointless. Just come here, I’ll defend you, if needed! In Novak I trust, but I love my friends! Even if they adore Federer Roger, The Maestro of the game (mine and Nole’s worse sports enemy)!

OllyK Says:

stu, you should come here (you are invited! :P) and you will probably meet Nole if he is here at that time, trust me! :) You don’t have to do much.. :) You just need to know where to look for him. :P He is walking and talking normally, without bodyguards and all..for example, they played match in local mall before DC started (I didn’t know that, that is why I wasn’t there :P) and everyone could take a picture with him and exchange a few sentences..he is a normal person, not acting like a star at all. That is why kids adore him!!
These press ppl (one of them is my sisters friend from highschool) were really nice. That one gave me his press-card and with other one I entered to backstage like I’m one of them! Hehe..And then I just approached to Nole, said who I am and told that I am his biiiig fan, that I don’t have nails and that I look older (probably ;) because of him! :D He just smiled and told me that he’ll give his best to save my nails in future! :) And blah blah… :D
Maxi…no, I think if I was a moviestar I would drink coffee every morning on the last floor of Le reve! :P

jane Says:

“Maybe one day I’ll introduce you to him, Duro, who knows!” OllyK – can this go double for me, pretty please? I have not seen any pro tennis players up close but I want to see some on-court action and ideally some practices too. Were you formally introduced to Novak? How? You must have some good connections.

Duro – I am sorry your wife mocks yours and my conversations. LOL. My husband occasionally rolls his eyes when I mention my friend from Noleland, a.k.a., the land of love. ; )

jane Says:

Sorry OllyK – just read how you managed to meet him in your message @ 1:40. Still, how nice that you got a press card! Funny about the nails too. I would like to have mine back. : /

stu Says:

I can’t believe it was so hard to pry that information out of you! I would be shouting it from the rooftops! And whenever you remember more details that make up the blah and blah, you know where to spill!

Now I have to see those pics!

Duro – looks like I have no choice, considering the Nole fan brigade has moved here now! :) Nice to see that you are still holding the fort!

OllyK Says:

jane, it is a deal! Some day you should plan to come to Serbia Open…Trust me, 99,99% is a chance that you will meet him! :)

Fot Says:

Hey Jane! Yes I’m glad Roger is back playing. And one day I would like to see him play in person (something I have yet to experience).

But congratulations on your Nole winning DC this weekend.

Now to get ready for the next Hatti fundraiser hit this coming week. I remember when Roger and Agassi played one of these type matches earlier, it was really funny. I’m sure we’ll see something like that again this week. Pete and Rafa are kind of ‘quiet’ but Agassi and Roger will bring out the laughter, I’m sure.

Duro Says:

Jane, ha ha ha!!! lucky me, it’s almost only you that has a female name here, or I would have some additional problems… Who would have thought that Madmax, contador, stu are all girls!? So I’m kind of posting undercover!

Duro Says:

stu, a brigade is never too big! Allez alleeez…
I will hold the fort as long as I breathe… In Novak we trust! Number 1 is our flag!

Nina Says:

I’m really proud of Nole, he gave it all on the DC and managed to pass over Isner who showed real maturity and talent. Novak made a tremendous effort that could cost him some at IW, but hopefully he will keep this winning streak. I’m Spanish but I’m rooting for Serbia all the way. Ajde!
@Congrats to Duro, Jane, Sar, Olly and all the Serbs and Nole fans…

jane Says:

Duro – undercover, lol!

Fot – yes, I hope I can watch the new event; is it for Haiti or Chile? I cannot remember. Either way, it would be great to see.

OllyK – I think it would be great to visit a number of countries, and Serbia would be one of them. You know, they say vampire legends come from there, and I love vampires. >:-}

Nina – first Serbia has to beat Croatia…I forget who’s on that team, Cilic obviously, and Ljubicic? Anyhow, should be competitive.

Cheers all!

Duro Says:

Nina, way to go! Thanks for the congrats and correct “ajde”! Ole, ole, ole, ole, Novak’s hot hot hot! Your Spanish contribution to the cheering repertoire…

Duro Says:

Jane, if OllyK doesn’t mind, I’ll make a slight correction to your post. Vampire legends come from Romania, not Serbia. Neighboring countries, though…

OllyK Says:

stu, I was in a shock till now, that is why I wasn’t shouting.. :) And I still can’t believe I touched the hand which makes such a beautiful shots! :) Eventually “blah blah” thing will be replaced with real words, I think! :P
jane, please let me know if you are planning to visit Serbia and I’ll show you (or tell you where to look for) the place from which those legends about vampires come from! :) Speaking of which – did you watch our most famous vampire horror movie “The She-Butterfly” from 1973…It is the scariest , creepiest movie I’ve ever watched although I love vampires…If you haven’t watched it yet, please do, cause you’ll see why those legends are related to us! :)
Nina, thanks! Congrats to you too, since you are Nole fan! He really made us proud! His fighting spirit should never be under question again!! Ajde, Noleee! :)

OllyK Says:

Duro, I think I know what jane “heard”.. :) Dracula is from Romania and vampires are from Serbia.. :D Sava Savanovic is guilty. :D I heard that story many times from foreign people.. And it is ok, why not! :)

Kimmi Says:

OllyK, I enjoyed your story. And very funny about the nails. hahaha.

jane Says:

OllyK – WOW – you’ve actually hit on a vampire movie I haven’t seen, so I will definitely seek it out and try to watch it.

Duro – would love to go to Romania too, and many eastern European countries one day. I heard a legend once about a Serbian soldier vampire, a really old one that was taken as a real “case” study way back when.

OllyK Says:

I’m glad Kimmi and I hope that it will be continued… :))
jane, I’ve just tried to find download links for that movie and I’ve found some..You should try to look under “Leptirica” (The She-Butterfly in Serbian) and you’ll find it. And I’ve found English subtitles,, you will be able to watch it! :) Be careful – you will think twice before you decide to come to Serbia after watching! :P

sar Says:

I would love to to the the Serbian Open someday.

OllyK, I know what you mean about being star struck. I saw FeLo a couple of feet away from me and just about fell over. I was nervous standing next to Andy Roddick and Sam Querrey on center court for the coin toss. These players have a more profound effect on me than say, a movie star.

OllyK Says:

sar, it would be great if all of us, Nole fans, could get together on Serbia Open and cheer for our champ!!
Yes, tennis players have very special aura! It is not easy to describe the feeling…Coin toss on cener court?! I would be veery nervous, too…you are a brave girl! :)

contador Says:

good lord, lord duro! do you really imagine i could pull myself away from tennis-x for good?

celebrating with erno. ha-ha-ha…..don’t i wish!

no, no. must keep my day job.

but huge congratulations to NOLEE!! and to all nolee fans, including my curiously unpatriotic self. not that i don’t like isner, i just prefer djoko. same has gone for roddick v federer. i always have cheered for federer…nothing really to do with patriotsim, all to do with how each plays the game…and of course, looks how one looks whilst playing tennis…..hey i’m human. ( okay one exception. i confess cheering quite a bit for roddick last wimbledon-very mixed feelings on that one)

in federer v roddick’s case…the looks part is shallowly decided upon hair and perspiration management….

as for nolee and indian wells, well, nolee fans, you no doubt all realize how close he can possibly get to #1. it’s obvious. and i cheer for his reaching #1. he’s gonna do it. it’s his destiny.

(however) being the huge roger federer fan i am, madmax, fot, skeezer, kimmi, huh, i am kinda thinking federer may be facing some *recompense* where novak djokovic is concerned. you know, the final 07 and semi-final 09 at the us open? recompense in the form of passing federer in the ranking before federer passes the samprass record. OH NO!! not that i am hoping such a thing. but i COULD happen. couldn’t it?

and ernie could win another atp title, of any kind…oh puhleese, dear god.

and i can’t wait for indian wells!


margot Says:

Duro@2.36: it’s smoke and mirrors in this virtual world we inhabit and I suspect we’re all shape shifters……..
FOT: pick your Federer tournament wisely, one he badly wants to defend probably. I saw him play Delboy at O2 and was very disappointed.

Duro Says:

Oh, boy… These are my words, countess: “It’s his destiny”. God bless you for that.

Duro Says:

Margot, indeed. But, as less as better…

Duro Says:

Olly and Jane, you know so much about vampires… This is why it’s not a wonder that only female mosquitoes suck blood.

These stories you were referring at come from the East Serbia, inhabited with people originated From Romania (Olly knows about it. Vlasi, right Olly?) This area is rather “paganic” in their customs; so, considering the nearness of the Romanian border and their legends of Count Dracula from Transylvania, it’s normal that some of those influences are present in that part of the country.

As far as this marvelous film is concerned, I don’t think Jane could find it anywhere. Maybe in some kinotheque in Belgrade, but non-synchronized in English, so what benefit would it bring? Plus, it’s very old, very very hard to find. Jane, you could see some sequences on Youtube. Type “Leptirica”.

OllyK Says:

Duro, hahaha, yes, we are soo dangerous! :D
You are right about Vlasi! :) But here you can find the story which, I believe, Jane heard (just scroll a little bit down, “TWO FAMOUS VAMPIRE CASES IN HISTORY”):

And, I found “Leptirica” on torrent, so it can be downloaded and I found English subtitles on! I think that will be enough for one Vampire-fan like Jane! :))

Of course, In No1-le we trust! :)

stu Says:

Nole fangirls (and Duro):

Have you seen this yet?

OllyK Says:

haha, stu..well, he didn’t hug meeee! :( Now, I’m worried! :D

Duro Says:

In Nole, in Nole, not in vampires!

Duro Says:

IW draw: Novak-Čilić; Nadal-Davydenko; Federer-Roddick; Murray-Soderling…

Novak-Nadal; Federer-Murray…



In Novak we trust! Ajde No1-le, ole-ole-ole, ole-ole-ole, ole-ole-ole!

OllyK Says:

GREAT DRAW FOR NOLE, Duro!!!! The BEST possible, I think! Now, I’m relieved! And I like your anticipation very much!!! Ajde, Noleeee! :)

sar Says:

I like this draw but I don’t know how exhausted Djokovic is. He did say it’s hard to fix his serve if he is doing tournaments. OK Davis Cup was a must but please allow time to fix your serve. Please Nole fix your schedule.

jane Says:

OllyK – thank you! I will download it this weekend and watch it.

Duro – I hope you are right, and LLTK owes you some cash :)

stu – did you mean fang-girls or fangirls. LOL. Just kidding. I like the “serial hugging” link.

margot – indeed. Shape-shifters R Us. (But I really am female, honest. And I love being female. Woot, off topic, for Kathryn Bigelow, whom I’ve loved since “Strange Days”.)

OllyK Says:

jane, u’re welcome! :)I’m not sure if this is forbidden, but this is the easiest way! Single link:

Enjoy your movie during the break in cheering for Nole! :)

margot Says:

jane: yeah! Go Hurt Locker!

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