Djokovic, Czechs in Davis Cup Final; Thrilling Playoff Finishes
by Staff | September 15th, 2013, 10:01 pm

Davis Cup World Group

Serbia d. Canada 3-2

Canada’s best efforts, including a 10-8 in the fifth singles win on Friday when Milos Raonic defeated Janko Tipsarevic, or a 10-8 in the fifth doubles win when Daniel Nestor and Vasil “Popsicle” Pospisil beat Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac, could not stop the Serbs. In the first Sunday singles, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Raonic in straight sets, before Tipsarevic played the hero in the decider with a 7-6(3), 6-2, 7-6(6) win over Posicle.
“Winning the 2010 trophy was an inspiration to all of us to excel the following season on the ATP tour and that’s why it has a very special place in my heart,” Djokovic said. “I’ve won a number of Grand Slams but nothing compares to sharing the joy of victory with your teammates, who are there for you and cheer on every shot you take on the court in the Davis Cup.”

Czech Republic d. Argentina 3-2

The Czechs strolled through to the final over the weekend, clinching the tie 3-0 after the Saturday doubles.

In the Friday singles Radek “The Worm” Stepanek defeated Juan Monaco in straights, and Tomas Berdych followed with a four-set win over Leo Mayer. In the Saturday doubles Stepanek-Berdych cliched, beating Carlos Berlocq and Horacio Zeballos in straights to set up the final showdown in Serbia.

Davis Cup Playoffs Round

Spain d. Ukraine 5-0

Rafa Nadal stars in singles and doubles as Spain retains their spot in the World Group for 2014.

Netherlands d. Austria 5-0

Dutchman Robin Haase wins in singles and doubles, and Thiemo de Bakker wins a five-setter as the Netherlands advances.

Britain d. Croatia 4-1

Andy Murray carries the Brits to victory as the only Top 30-ranked player involved in the tie.

Switzerland d. Ecuador 4-1

Stan Wawrinka is enough to down an Ecuadorian team that cannot raise a player ranked in the Top 250.

Germany d. Brazil 4-1

Philipp Kohlschreiber and Florian Mayer drive Germany to victory as the Brazilians win the doubles, but Thomaz Bellucci drops both singles without winning a set.

Australia d. Poland 4-1

Poland manages only the doubles point as Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic are too strong in singles.

Belgium d. Israel 3-2

The Belgians bounce back from a 1-2 deficit on Sunday as Ruben Bemelmans beats Dudi Sela in four, and Steve Darcis clinches it with a straight-set win over Amir Weintraub.

Japan d. Colombia 3-2

Japan likewise stages a Sunday surge to win as Kei Nishikori tops Santiago Giraldo in straights to even the tie, and Go Soeda plays the hero with a four-set win over Alejandro Falla.

Safarova Wins 1st WTA Title in 5+ Years at Quebec City

No. 3-seeded wildcard Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic claimed the WTA Bell Challenge title in Quebec City, Canada on Sunday, beating No. 6-seeded Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-4, 6-3 for her first title in more than five years.

It was Safarova’s fifth career WTA title and first since Forest Hills in 2008. “My strategy was to try to go to her backhand side and just try to use my lefty shots as well as I could,” Safarova said. “I was a little bit nervous at the end because it was so long since my last WTA title.”

Erakovic fell to 1-3 in WTA finals, her second runner-up at Quebec City.

Jovanovski Goes From Qualifier to Trophy Winner at WTA Tashkent

Forced to qualify to the main draw after a late entry, Bojana Jovanovski won seven matches in eight days to claim her second career WTA title at the Tashkent Open, in the final winning a marathon 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(3) victory over Olga Govortsova.

“Anybody could have won this match today,” Jovanovski said. “It was a close match and all credit to Olga for an incredible battle…I’ve had a tough year. I haven’t had too many matches, so it was good that I had to play the qualies. It’s great to finish this week on a good note. This title means a lot to me.”

Jovanovski improved to 2-0 in career WTA finals, while Govortsova fell to 0-4.


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8 Comments for Djokovic, Czechs in Davis Cup Final; Thrilling Playoff Finishes

Michael Says:

Finally, poor Novak has some thing to cheer and be proud about it. He has taken his country to another Davis Cup finals and it is a laudable achievement. Now Serbia is in a position to lift the Davis cup considering that the Czech are in the finals and it would be relatively easier to get the job done. So, afterall the bad news, here is the good piece of news for Novak to lift his confidence. As a proud citizen of his Country, I am sure Novak would be more happy winning the Davis cup for his Country than even winning Wimbledon.

hawkeye Says:

Well, Roger was absent in DC this past weekend but here is an amazing tribute to this worthy Champion. Enjoy…


the DA Says:

The draw for DC in 2014 just came out. Interesting 1st round ties: Serbia vs Switzerland (will Fed play?), USA vs GB (will Courier choose clay?) and France vs Australia.

Kimberly Says:

courier should choose clay. not that our guys are great on it either but at least it will slightly dim andy murray’s huge advantage over any player we could possibly hope to field. But otherwise as long as we take care of the doubles even losing both singles points to murray we have a great shot.

the DA Says:

^ Yeah, Isner seems comfortable on clay, as do the Bryan Bros. The strategy last time vs Serbia backfired (fast courts) so I’m sure Courier will be thinking a lot about where to stage it.

Margot Says:

Don’t think Dan can beat Isner, but against Querry/Harrison, he’s got a shot. admittedly a long one.

hawkeye Says:

the DA Says:
The draw for DC in 2014 just came out. Interesting 1st round ties: Serbia vs Switzerland (will Fed play?)

Fed? Davis Cup? After Aussie? In Serbia? Against Nole?

Mmmmm….. no.


hawkeye Says:

Congrats to Nole for 100 weeks at Number 1.

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