Minus the Bryans, USA Travels to Colombia in Davis Cup; FRA v. ARG, SRB v. CZE in SF
by Staff | September 17th, 2010, 10:23 am

USA at Colombia
Site: Plaza de Toros La Santamaria , Bogota
Surface: Red clay
The 2010 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off between the United States and Colombia will take place from Friday, September 17, to Sunday, September 19, in Bogota, Colombia, at the Plaza de Toros La Santamaria on an outdoor red clay court. ADHEREL

The opening day of play in the best-of-five match series features each country’s No. 1 singles player against the No. 2 player from the opposing country. The exact order of play (which country’s No. 1 plays first) was determined at the Draw Ceremony, which was held today at the Plaza de Toros La Santamaria. The second day of competition features the pivotal doubles match. The event concludes Sunday with the “reverse singles,” starting with each country’s No. 1 player squaring off followed by the No. 2 players. Each match is best-of-five-sets until one nation wins three matches and clinches the tie. The remaining matches, if any, are played as best-of-three sets.

At 10am in Singles A it’s Mardy Fish (USA) vs. Alejandro Falla (COL), followed by Singles B featuring Sam Querrey (USA) vs. Santiago Giraldo (COL).

The Saturday doubles pairings are Ryan Harrison/John Isner (USA) vs. Robert Farah/Carlos Salamanca.

U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe is bringing a new lineup to this World Group Play-off in Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, John Isner and rising American talent Ryan Harrison. For the first time, McEnroe’s lineup will include neither Andy Roddick, James Blake nor the Bryan brothers. This will also be the last tie for McEnroe, the longtime U.S. Davis Cup captain. Currently in his 10th year as captain, McEnroe is the longest-tenured captain in U.S. Davis Cup history. He led the U.S. to its record 32nd Davis Cup title in 2007, its first title since 1995—ending the longest drought in U.S. Davis Cup history. His 16 victories rank second all-time in U.S. Davis Cup history behind Tom Gorman’s 18.

Argentina at France
Site: Palais des Sports de Gerland, Lyon
Surface: Hard
France and Argentina have met on four previous occasions and the Argentines are attempting to defeat France for the first time ever in Davis Cup. The two nations met at Roland Garros in 1952, 1955 and 1960 before the South Americans hosted the French in their last meeting in the 1982 World Group first round in Buenos Aires.

This is the opponents’ first clash on hard court. Both teams reached this year’s semifinals by winning their first two rounds on indoor hard. Argentina had a more difficult route into the semifinals, with both ties going down to the fifth rubber, while France won both its ties with a day to spare.

France is competing in the semifinals for the first time since 2004, and Argentina for the sixth time in the last nine years. Argentina has reached the Davis Cup Final three times but is yet to lift the trophy, while France is a nine-time Davis Cup champion, most recently in 2001.

Michael Llodra (FRA) v Juan Monaco (ARG)
Gael Monfils (FRA) v David Nalbandian (ARG)

Arnaud Clement / Michael Llodra (FRA) v Eduardo Schwank / Horacio Zeballos (ARG)

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Juan Monaco (ARG)
Michael Llodra (FRA) v David Nalbandian (ARG)

Czech Republic at Serbia
Site: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade
Surface: Hardcourt
This is the first meeting between Serbia and Czech Republic since the two countries became independent nations. Playing under the flags of Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia respectively, the nations had met nine times, most recently in the 1991 World Group quarterfinals which Yugoslavia won 4-1 in Prague. Czechoslovakia held a 5-4 lead overall in their series.

Czech Republic is playing away from home for the fifth straight tie, while Serbia is back at the Belgrade Arena for the second time this year. It defeated USA 3-2 in the first round and has won its last three ties at the venue.

Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Viktor Troicki / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Jan Hajek / Ivo Minar (CZE)

Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)

More World Group playoffs this weekend:
Austria at Israel
South Africa at Germany
Italy at Sweden
Brazil at India
Belgium at Australia
Switzerland at Kazakhstan
Ecuador at Romania

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41 Comments for Minus the Bryans, USA Travels to Colombia in Davis Cup; FRA v. ARG, SRB v. CZE in SF

i am it Says:

Yes, stu, he cited gastroenteritis for his withdrawal. Not sure he play in the reverse rubber or doubles.

grendel Says:

what happened to that geezer with the big grin and monster serve who gave Federer such trouble at Wimbledon? will he be taking Novak’s place?

grendel Says:

no, of course, Troiki. even so, what happened to him? his name begin with B? with an ‘ai’ and likely a ‘v’ somewhere in the picture? he looked like he could be a fun player.

i am it Says:

Grendel, you are talking about Ilija Bozoljac. At 25, he has never made it inside top 100. His highest was 101 back in ’07. But I remember him giving Roger feats at the SW19, with those big serve.

jane Says:

grendel – that’s true, I forgot all about him! I even forget his name so I looked it up under Fed’s playing activity. His name is Bozoljac, and no, he’s not on the Serbian DC team. But perhaps he should be! Troicki just lost to Steps. There’s also there youngin Krajinovic who they should probably get on board, if only as a hitting partner.

This may be France’s year; Llodra has beaten Monaco already, and Monfils took the first set from Nalbandian. Plus they have a lot of depth in their team, even with Tsonga out due to injury.

Argentina are without Delpo, Serbia without Nole (unless he plays the next round), and the Czechs seem to rely heavily on Berdych, though Steps is still a wily player. So France have a good shot at getting to the finals for the first time in 8 years.

jane Says:

*there s/b the in the first par. above.

grendel Says:

thanks for the info, folks

jane Says:

Fish won a 5 set marathon over Falla. Monfils puts France ahead by 2-0. I think France are a shoe-in for the finals, but it looks like Serbia and the Czechs will maybe split ties today, if Tipsy hold his lead over Berdych of 2 sets to 1. They’re on serve in the 4th set. Kazakhstan are up 2-0 on the Swiss.

jane Says:

Querry lost so Columbia have drawn even with the USA. Also Serbia has tied it with the Czechs with Tipsy’s win over Berdy.

Kimberly Says:

Tipsy’s second top ten win in as many weeks?

Berdych seems to have lost his form since wimby. But good for Serbia. Is Nole out or may he play the reverse rubber on sun?

zola Says:

great news for France and Serbia!

I read somewhere that Djoko is still on the team and will perhaps play on Sunday. He was also ready to play doubles on Saturday had they lost both singles.

jane Says:

Kimberly, Nole is listed to potentially play the reverse rubber. But I guess they can decide at the last minute.

sar, interesting news about Kohls & Macaglen. I am curious about Murray finding a coach…

Andrew Miller Says:

Is Tipsy a good player or what? He took out Berdych. Seriously, Tipsy is a player who makes you wonder why he hasnt had better Slam finishes. I often say “James Blake could have done better” – but compared with Tipsarevic, Blake HAS done better! Tipsarevic may have the Slam upsets “bagged”, but he’s never made it beyond a 4th round.

Kimberly Says:

Jane, Sar and all others who care, i got this off the atp site:

With the doubles rubber looming as a pivotal moment in the tie, Djokovic may partner former World No. 1 doubles star Nenad Zimonjic on Saturday and looks likely to play the first reverse singles on Sunday. “I decided to keep my strength for the last two days,” Djokovic said before play started Friday. “If the result after the first day requires it, I might play the doubles on Saturday too. But I will surely be ready for Sunday.”

Kimberly Says:

Nole is playing doubles. It just started.

grendel Says:

Zimonjic couldn’t quite cut the mustard today, and Djokovic got frustrated, I think. Anyway, looks most likely to go to the wire, with Stepanek and Tipsy battling it out in the decider. The French, already through, will hope the Czechs win, and not just to avoid Djokovic, but because in that event, they play the final at home.

jane Says:

France will win it all by the looks of it. Serbia will have to win both reverse rubbers tomorrow. Might be tough for them to pull through.

Kazakhstan have beat the Swiss team in 3 straight, putting their team in the World Group for the first time – ever. Meanwhile the Swiss team is relegated to Euro-Africa group.

Romania has also returned to the World group with their straight wins.

Sweden currently in marathon doubles match.

Fish/Isner are playing doubles for the USA; I think they should pull ahead here.

grendel Says:

Great Britain are involved in a life and death struggle with Andora in a desperate attempt to avoid relegation to Group 16 of the Euro-African zone. Should they fail – and the signs are not looking good as Chris Eaton, latest British wonder boy, wrestles desperately with world# 2435 Pooki Panparka – they will next face Madagascar, who scored an unexpected win over gallant San Marino. Rumours that Andy Murray is seeking a change in citizenship persist despite denials which are strangely muted.

jane Says:

You’re joking grendel – right…? : )

grendel Says:

well, only in a manner of speaking. Whilst it is possible that the details may, here and there, be questionable,the spirit has been strictly adhered to.

Andrew Miller Says:

I barely know where Kazakhstan is. I am shocked at their entry into the World Group. At this rate, Switzerland and Federer will never win Davis Cup. There is no way Federer is traveling to play a tie next year for the right to re-enter the world group unless it’s in South Africa.

Kimmi Says:

OMG!3-0 to kazakhstan? how did that happened?

Poor nalbandian, he will never win the davis cup. congrats to france for reaching the final.

margot Says:

grendel: have heard Andy has applied for Kazakhstan
citizenship, can u confirm?

guy Says:

while federer is off sulking, the swiss get done 5 zip by a country that has no roads.

with federer wawrinka and a top doubles player allegro they should be winning davis cups.

if i was stan, i’d have some words for federer.

guy Says:

it’s actually strange. i thought given he’s so into being the greatest he’d want a davis cup. it would be different if it was an andy murray situation where the next best player is ranked 200, but the swiss have had a real shot for many years now.

jane Says:

I hope Tipsy can pull it off, be the clincher, now that Nole has levelled it!

i am it Says:

The US would cherish Murray becoming its flag bearer. From his best Slam through his training camp and best surface are all in the US. This country loves his rugged look and on-court demeanor. It’ be so fitting if he were to choose the spangled banner.

Back to reality, vuvuzela-blazing Belgrade stadium has had World Cup flavor of fans and their excitement. At 2 all, the decider has gone to the shoulder of a Serb who likes to be called Srbija’s first tennis star. I hope he lives up to the claim and puts the nation into a Davis Cup winning position at home, on a court of its choice (the final will be in Serbia, if he wins the 5th rubber). You cannot miss an opportunity like this.

i am it Says:

Tipsy cannot have started stronger, a bagel in the opener. Keep it up, Champ !

jane Says:

France have such depth; they won both of the reverse, dead rubbers to by calling on Simon and Clement, sweeping Argentina 5-0.

Also Soda played the hero for Sweden after they’d pulled even with Italy and 2 all, Soda won the deciding fifth rubber.

Steps will come back stronger in this second set. I think the same happened versus Troicki, who won the first set and then lost 3 in a row, so I hope Janko can keep up his level, focus and take his chances.

grendel Says:

“France has such depths” jane – yes, but the format of DC minimises the significance of that. Say Tipsy beats Stepanek. Then the way Djokovic is playing, they’re 2-0 up against France before they’ve even started. No disrespect to Monfils and co – but let’s be realistic. And although France would be the favourites to win the other 3, not prohibitively so. Everything is up for grabs, I’d say.

Kimberly Says:

congrats to novak, hope tipsy can pull it in.

Frane however, is looking scary.

Why would the us play querry instead of isner?

jane Says:

Great second set between Tipsy and Steps – exciting tiebreak, with lots of momentum switches. But Steps couldn’t buy a first serve to save his life. And now Tipsy breaks to start the third! I didn’t know that Tipsy won the AO as a junior!

Fish is up 2 sets to 1 versus Giraldo but just went down a break in the 4th.

grendel “the format of DC minimises the significance of that. ” – only insofar as the first two rubbers go a certain way, don’t you think? I mean, if it goes down to the wire like this Serb/Czech tie, a team with more depth can throw on fresher players for rubbers 4 & 5.

jane Says:

Steps is a fun player to watch, imo. He mixes it up well, kind of like Murray or Santoro – paces, slices, volleys, passing shots, etc, he really has the whole repertoire. He’s taken one break back; be interesting to see if Tipsy can hold here and keep his one break lead.

i am it Says:

Srbija did it. Tipsy was deservedly accorded a hero’s reception.
Two rubbers that included a straight setter in the decider: He did it better than expected.
Way to go !
Now win that damn Davis Cup.

jane Says:

Congrats to Serbia, for their first ever appearance in the DC finals. Congrats to the Frenchies as well, for getting to the finals for the first time in 8 years.

France will be uber tough to beat, imo, especially if Jo-Will is back from injury by then. It’s an advantage for the Serbs that the final will be in Belgrade. But hard courts are probably the best surface for both teams, and I presume that’s what it’ll be, so that neutralizs things somewhat.

zola Says:

well done Serbia. Great commitment from Djoko to play two matches in the DC just days after the US Open semi against Federer and Final against RAfa!

Great job by Tipsy !

Serbia now has a very good chance of winning the Davis Cup. They will meet the French at home. If Djoko and Tipsy and Zimonjic are playing, I think they can take it.

Kimberly Says:

Congrats to Serbia and Novak and Tipsy.

But Fish stole the show this weekend. Wow. to get three points for the american team on his worst surface, two five setters. Extremely impressive.

dari Says:

I’m just now getting the chance to see the djoko berdych match on tennis channel. Got worried after nole’s injury and came to check out the scoop here. Turns out he and tipsy pull thru, can’t wait to see how this pans out, CONGRATULATIONS to Serbia! I hope they win it all!

Kimmi Says:

congrats to serbia for pulling thru from behind. Tipsy has really improved this hard court season. apart from roddick win, he beats another top player..berdych. Stepanek would be a little easier I guess, he has been struggling a lot this year.

CONGRATULATIONS. France and serbia should be a great final.

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