Down 2-1, Serbia Leans On Djokovic To Keep Davis Cup Hopes Alive; Czechs Await Winner
by Staff | September 14th, 2013, 11:25 pm

After consecutive 10-8 wins in the fifth by Canada, the homestanding Serbs suddenly find themselves in a 2-1 hole entering the final day of the their semifinal Davis Cup clash in Belgrade.

Friday, following a brisk straight set win by US Open runner-up Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic stunned Serbian No. 2 Janko Tipsarvic 10-8 in the final set to level the tie.

Then today in doubles, more heartbreak for the homers as the Serbian team of Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac let go a mini-break lead in the fourth set breaker only to lose in the fifth to Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 6-7(6), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

The 4-hour, 20-minute concluded with Zimonjic getting broken following Pospisil serving more bombs to give Canada the surprising 2-1 lead.

“When all four players are playing well it’s always going to come down to a few points and we were fortunate to serve it out after carving out a break in the penultimate game of the match,” the 23-year-old Pospisil said.

Attention now turns to Sunday’s reverse singles which puts Raonic against Djokovic and then if Novak wins it’s Tipsarevic-Pospisil for the spot in the finals.

“The only positive is that both Raonic and Pospisil will be feeling the effects of their exertions and that gives us the confidence that we can came out on top in this sizzling match-up with the Canadians,” Serb captian Bogdan Obradovic.

“They were calmer at crunch time and a little bit luckier, we are behind but still optimistic that Novak and Janko can turn this around in tomorrow’s reverse singles.”

Raonic was gimpy on Friday with an ankle injury while Pospisil is coming off a four hour emotional win. And Tipsarevic is a question mark as the former Top 10 player is having a dreadful season, but a victory Sunday would surely salvage his year.

The winners will meet the Czech Republic in the mid-November finals. The Czechs routed the visiting Argentines 3-0 losing just one of 10 sets played in Prague.

Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek, who each won their singles yesterday, teamed to clinch the doubles today.

“Everything was in the right place, we didn’t drop a serve and we were taking out chances,” said Berdych. “There was not many easy games for the opponents which was important to us because you can put pressure [by taking] your chances. It was all perfect, [we worked] well [together]. When it was tough games we saved it pretty good with pretty tough shots. We played one of [those] very good matches we [can] play together.”

It’s the second straight year and the third time in five years for the Czechs in the finals.

In the World Group playoffs, paced by two wins from Rafael Nadal Spain is back into the World Group after a 3-0 win over the Ukraine. The Netherlands and Switzerland have also advanced.

Among those still undecided include Andy Murray’s British team which is 2-1 up on Croatia and Lleyton Hewitt’s Aussies who are 2-1 ahead in Poland.

The full results:
Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (clay – indoor)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 62 60 64
Milos Raonic (CAN) d. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 57 63 36 63 108
Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. Ilija Bozoljac/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) 67(6) 64 36 76(5) 108
Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Milos Raonic (CAN)
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

Venue: O2 Arena, Prague, CZE (hard – indoor)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Juan Monaco (ARG) 76(3) 63 62
Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 64 46 63 64
Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Carlos Berlocq/Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 63 64 62
Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Juan Monaco (ARG)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

SPAIN defeated UKRAINE 3-0
Venue: Caja Magica, Madrid, ESP (clay – outdoor)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) d. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 36 64 64 62
Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 60 60 64
Marc Lopez/Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Denys Molchanov/ Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 67(6) 63 64
Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)

Venue: MartiniPlaza, Groningen, NED (clay – indoor)
Robin Haase (NED) d. Oliver Marach (AUT) 64 63 61
Thiemo de Bakker (NED) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 57 75 57 64 61
Robin Haase/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) d. Julian Knowle/Oliver Marach (AUT) 46 63 64 75
Robin Haase (NED) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Thiemo de Bakker (NED) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

Venue: Stadion Stella Maris, Umag, CRO (clay – outdoor)
Andy Murray (GBR) d. Borna Coric (CRO) 63 60 63
Ivan Dodig (CRO) d. Daniel Evans (GBR) 63 62 63
Colin Fleming/Andy Murray (GBR) d. Ivan Dodig/Mate Pavic (CRO) 63 62 67(6) 61
Ivan Dodig (CRO) v Andy Murray (GBR)
Borna Coric (CRO) v Daniel Evans (GBR)

Venue: Patinoire du Littoral, Neuchatel, SUI (hard – indoor)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Emilio Gomez (ECU) 64 63 63
Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) d. Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU) 36 61 63 76(7)
Michael Lammer/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Emilio Gomez/Roberto Quiroz (ECU) 63 64 36 67(7) 64
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU)
Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)

Venue: Ratiopharm Arena, Ulm/Neu Ulm, GER (hard – indoor)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) 63 75 64
Florian Mayer (GER) d. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 64 61 62
Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) d. Daniel Brands/Martin Emmrich (GER) 63 64 64
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
Florian Mayer (GER) v Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA)

Venue: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, POL (clay – indoor)
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Lukasz Kubot (POL) 61 63 62
Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 75 76(1) 64
Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Chris Guccione/Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 57 64 62 67(5) 64
Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)
Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Venue: Lotto Arena, Antwerp, BEL (clay – indoor)
Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 61 62 62
Amir Weintraub (ISR) d. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 63 26 67(2) 76(4) 64
Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) d. Steve Darcis/Olivier Rochus (BEL) 63 57 16 75 63
Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Dudi Sela (ISR)
Steve Darcis (BEL) v Amir Weintraub (ISR)

Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – outdoor)
Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Alejandro Falla (COL) 63 64 64
Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Go Soeda (JPN) 64 36 75 36 61
Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) d. Tatsuma Ito/Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 61 62 61
Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Go Soeda (JPN) v Alejandro Falla (COL)

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56 Comments for Down 2-1, Serbia Leans On Djokovic To Keep Davis Cup Hopes Alive; Czechs Await Winner

Patson Says:

Go Nole ! Where is that ‘Nole 2011’ switch ? I want to turn it on. Enough of this falls-at-the-last-hurdle Nole. I’m fed up of it.

the DA Says:

Great match by Andy against Dodig. Straight sets. And Dodig didn’t play badly. There was a near riot over an out call at the end. It’s the best I’ve seen him play since Wimbledon. Good omen for the Asia swing.

Margot Says:

@ the DA
Yes, Andy looked rather brilliant didn’t he? :) Seemed to be moving really well on the clay, and
played some genius shots.
After worrying about his bloody back, am really glad he played. Will do his psyche no end of good :)

the DA Says:

@ Margot – Yes he did. Moved well, genius shots, strong FH – it had it all. I hope the team have good security after that contentious line call on BP/MP. I feared there would be gingham riot. Congrats on your country getting back into the elite WG.

the DA Says:

So Nole takes care of Milos handily in straight sets. Disappointing performance from Raonic. A deciding rubber it is. Huge weight on Pospisil’s shoulders.

Slice Tennis Says:

Nole could beat Raonic only because he was tired from yesterday’s long match.

the DA Says:

^ He had the day off yesterday. I think he might have been bothered by his ankle issue from Friday’s match.

courbon Says:

@ Slice Tennis: Are you for real? If you don’t like Novak there is a site called ‘I hate Novak Djokovic ‘ so over there you can crap on him as much as you like.Here, we try to talk constructively about tennis…( I said we try, because I does not work every time ).
Novak beats Raonic on regular basis regardless of who is more tired.But, I guess whatever Novak does you will find excuse to criticize him…

courbon Says:

@ DA; While everybody talk about Novak and Rafa , Andy can take couple of tournaments in Asian swing. I would not be surprised…
By the way, congratulations on GB performance.Finally after all this years.

skeezer Says:

watch out for wolves in sheeps clothing ;)…there is all kinds here…under the layered onion = rafafantic

Slice Tennis Says:

Courbon and DA,

Read what the srbian captain said and then come back to me…sorry go back to him.

“The only positive is that both Raonic and Pospisil will be feeling the effects of their exertions and that gives us the confidence that we can came out on top in this sizzling match-up with the Canadians,”

Margot Says:

Cheers DA and Courbon.
Apart from Andy UK tennis has been in the doldrums but now at last other men are stepping it up. It seems Dan Evans has decided to take his talent a bit more seriously and we have a CHOICE of doubles players!OMG! No!
Faints and leaves sight in slightly confused state…

courbon Says:

@ Slice Tennis: Point taken.But you do like to attack Novak a lot, don’t you? Its not the first post that I read like this. I’m curios now, so here is the question-why you don’t like Novak?
( I would love to tell you why I don’t like Rafa or Fed but I can’t-I like them both.I did not like Bedrych much for his personality but I start to change my opninion, because he kind of changed recently.We often forget that those are young guys in their 20’s and there personality are still shaping…So, Novak use to piss me off 5 years ago, I think he changed a lot.But that’s my opinion.)

courbon Says:

@ Skeezer: How are you? I have not been around much so did not talk to you for some time.I guess it sucks being Fed fan at this moment, but looking at the broader picture-how much more to expect from guy who broke every possible record?
It suck supporting Novak as well right now…I just wish he takes break and adjust his game and get mental ‘thing’ right.
And Rafa? Is he just magnificent right now? Like him or not, you have to respect him.
I don’t pay attention to stupid Rafa fans, because there is a lot very decent Rafa fans…Same as Novak or Fed fans-there are good and bad.Its just at the moment Rafa is on the rise, hence more fanatics on the blog…

courbon Says:

@ Margot: Dan Evans is good.I hope he progress to the next level…

skeezer Says:

RE; Fed
Yes, but it’s all good. Am happy about his career and achievements.
We’ll see….but if it ended tomorrow his legacy will remain.
And Nole? After 2011 I thought he was going to dominate. But its hard nowadays apparently to hold the top spot for very long. And of course Rafa had something to do with it. Hope he finds his inner form again ;).
Rafa no doubt will be the man to watch now as he thrusts himself to the top spot, He overcomes most anything, even career threatening injuries. One amazing Dude for sure!

Perfect fan Says:

Hope….fed wins the wtf this year to generate some interest amongst fans & set up an intersting and intriguing 2014 ahead…….. :-)

Slice Tennis Says:

I should say you are one of the best posters (if not the best) here.
It was not a dig at Nole. The target was his captain…..just for fun…nothing more.

Slice Tennis Says:

“watch out for wolves in sheeps clothing ”

You mean the wolf who pretends as the goat who cleans up the remains after september ?
You are right, its his time of the season…watch out.

Brando Says:

Tipsy close to sealing it: a Czech Rep v Serbia final seems close to a done deal now. Early prediction: winner of Stepanek v Tipsarevic wins DC IMO!

courbon Says:

@ Slice tennis: In that case I do apologise if misunderstand you.No hard fellings right? Still curios-who do you support?Or there is not one special guy that you like?

@ Skeezer: I really do hope Novak finds his way.
Also, Andy may play interesting role while Rafa and Novak battle out in 2014 (or Rafa battles shit out of Novak like this year?! Hope not!Bloody Spaniard, why he did not pick up golf cues at early age?Just jocking!(-: )
I say every year same:Next year will be interesting…

courbon Says:

@ Brando: Hi there.I’m not very patriotic person but still happy for Serbian team.Also little bit of good feeling vibe for Novak, while he licks his wounds.He needs it.
And you are right there-Stepanek-Tipsy would decide the tie! I would say 50-50 between those two.Unless Serbian double team can win?

Brando Says:

@Courbon: Hi. I’m with you on the patriotism thing. More of a humanist: your nationality only matters at the airport, beyond that who cares as we are all equal no? Re Serbia: yep, it would be good for Novak. Davis Cup is a big title after all so it’s a big thing for him. I think Novak wins his matches, berdych beats tipsy, Czech Rep win doubles since their double team is ace and all dramatically comes down to tipsy v radek. That is as 50/50 a match as they can possibly come. Radek is a wily old fox, really tricky opponent but Tipsy is a great singles player on his day. It will be a very, very, very nervous tie for you Courbon!p

Slice Tennis Says:

“Bloody Spaniard, why he did not pick up golf cues at early age?Just jocking!”

LMAO…Instead of fed fans Tiger woods’ fans would have gone mad !!

courbon Says:

@ Brando: How is that English saying:Don’t count eggs before chicken? (or something like that?)

courbon Says:

@ Slice Tennis: Actaully, Rafa loves golf a lot!
after tennis, I don’t see him doing Tv or coaching.But I could see him getting seriously in to golf (he always get serious in to sport! ) and became great golfer?Just a mad (or not?) thought…

courbon Says:

Bravo Tipsy!!!
…and tonight will be big party in Belgrade! I have to say, I miss Belgrade party’s…completely mad, no ‘health and safety’ ( last time I had firework pass my head about 6 inchies…I was drunk-just laughed…my French wife-terrified! ), lots of rakija and pretty girls ( I know everybody ‘big up’ there girls but belive me-if you are man-its a paradise out there in Belgrade! )

Tomislav Says:

Bravo ТИПСИ!!! Good effort by Canada but this is why depth is important. Pospili had nothing left in the tank after playing 3 days in a row. Serbia should defeat the Czechs at home now. Go Serbia!! Напред Србија!!!

the DA Says:

What a dramatic finish to the tie. Popsicle nearly extended it to a fourth. Congrats to the Serbian team. Maybe another DC win is all Nole needs to reboot for 2014. Courbon, hope you enjoyed it. All in all a pretty satisfying day of Davis Cup.

courbon Says:

@ DA: Thnks.

andrea Says:

nice try canada. good effort. congrats to serbia for the final.

courbon Says:

@ andrea: You should be proud of your team.They did fought bravely to the end! Congrats to Canadian team for great fighting spirit!

the DA Says:

Interesting that Nole just said in his interview that “this trophy is more important to me than GS.”

Tomislav Says:

Country comes first. That’s why you guys don’t get. All those majors are great for individual achievements, but this is great for the whole country and No1e knows what it means and what a second one would mean for him and Serbia.

courbon Says:

@ DA: Hmmmm…. I’m not sure how honest is in that answer.Maybe, because he has 6 GS- but if he did not have any GS and has to chose in between two trophys?I’m sure he would chose GS…

Brando Says:

‘Interesting that Nole just said in his interview that “this trophy is more important to me than GS.”’:

I am not surprised he say’s that and I believe that he is genuine when he say’s such a thing.

Nole is a patriot and that’s why the Davis Cup is a big deal for him.

He’s similar to Rafa in that sense: someone who is also crazy about his country and sees the Davis Cup as a genuinely big deal.

Heck: Rafa played doubles when he did not have to this week. Further shows how much he cares for DC.

Serbia is lucky to have players with that kind of attitude towards DC, and so is tennis to have players who love the DC.

Big respect to Rafa, Nole, Muzza, Berdman and all the big names who turned up for their country and gave their best after a long, hard USO series!

Polo Says:

“this trophy is more important to me than GS.”

When Djokovic said that, he was speaking as a Serb. I don’t doubt that he meant every word of it.

courbon Says:

Maybe you are all right and I’m wrong…He is highly patriotic.

courbon Says:

@ Brando: Even more impressive for Murray doing it…being a Scot he has to loyalty to do for Britain.Quite impressive, specially that he has some back problem at the moment.

Humble Rafa Says:

Some neutral country whose goat has gone missing also won. FYI.

courbon Says:

Humble Rafa, that country mostly has a cows, not goats…

Sirius Says:



Patson Says:

Let this be the beginning of Nole’s renaissance. It all started with the Davis cup back in 2010. Nole was chasing Rafa back then. The tables have turned; the hunter (Rafa) will now become the hunted. Just like Rafa said 2011 is something impossible to repeat for Nole, I think 2013 will be impossible to repeat for Rafa in terms of his hard-court dominance.

I believe in Nole.

queen Says:

HR, ha ha the goat never shows up to Davis. He is too goaty for that…or just watching his own herd lol.

courbon Says:

@ Patson: Its nice to see another Novak fan on this blog.Sometimes I feel lonely here!

Patson Says:


You won’t feel like that anymore dear friend.

Tomislav Says:

You guys are not alone on this page. Some of us No1e fans left ESPN because of the new format and dealing with the Rafanatics is too much as they just defy logic. I find the conversation here is much more objective. One Rafa nut even tried calling me at home! So much for making the conversation civil with the FB format.

holdserve Says:

courbon, I don’t know much about Switzerland but it has plenty of goats.
In the famous ” Heidi” book for children, the crippled Clara becomes strong on the fresh mountain air and milk of two goats.
In fact as goats can easily climb mountains, they are probably the ones to be found on the mountain slopes.
I guess Roger is generally gifted cows as he is a goat and wouldn’t like to slaughter one of his species for dinner.

courbon Says:

@ holdserve;Thank you.But I was just joking.You are absolutely right about Heidi-I’m reading it to my daughters often.
I guess they have goats in fine number at the peaks and one GOAT around Basel region…

SG1 Says:

Anyone know the extent of Pospisil’s injuries? The ankle situation on the last point looked scary! That Pospisil is one tough customer. Played with an injured elbow and still almost came back in the 3rd set to press a 4th. if he can get healthy quickly, I like his chances of moving up the rankings next year. His serve reminds me a little of Fed’s.

hawkeye Says:

He’s getting an MRI today but he said that he heard a couple of “posps” in his ankle so it doesn’t sound good. Hopefully not ligament tears which would be nasty.

popsicle Says:

interesting comments especially when nole wins the Davis cup his 2011 form will return. He then will reverse his H2H with Rafa for 2014. I don’t think that will happen unless Rafa’s knees would bother him again. We cannot accurately predict what will take place for the remainder of 2013, much less 2014. All I can say is hopefully everybody will be healthy for the rest of the season and 2014.

hawkeye Says:

Popsicle is ok. No tears from his MRI. 7-10 days recovery expected.


SG1 Says:

Great hear Pospy is OK!

Margot Says:

Good news about the Poppit :)
Anyone know about JJ’s back?

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