Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner Among Stars In Davis Cup QFs This Weekend
by Staff | July 15th, 2016, 12:19 am

With the Olympics around the corner, several of the top players like Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have decided to sit out Davis Cup quarterfinal ties this weekend. But some in the Top 20 will be on court.

Croatia travels to Portland, Oregon to take on a deep USA team. Marin Cilic and Borna Coric lead the visitors against John Isner, Jack Sock and the Bryan brothers.

“It’s going to be a very tough match for both of us as we’ve never played each other,” said Isner who takes on Coric. “It’s a bit of an unknown going out there. Of course, each of us is going to have our tactics and we’re going to go out there and try to implement them to the best of our ability. I’m excited to play. He’s one of the extremely great young talents we have in professional tennis right now.”

In Trinec, France and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga head to the Czech Republic to battle Lukos Rosol and Jiri Vesely.

“It is always a pleasure to be on this team. I have so many good memories and I have spent so many intense moments. It is a real honour to be back with the French flag on my jersey,” said Tsonga.

Argentina also travels to Italy and Great Britain goes to Serbia.

“Andy’s not here, Novak’s not here, so that obviously balances things,” British Davis Cup captain Leon Smith said. “It’s very even on paper but the home team always has the edge for choosing the surface and the home crowd support. On the other hand, we have a lot of Davis Cup experience across the team so it should be a really close match.”


Venue: Tasmajdan Stadium, Belgrade, SRB (clay – outdoor)
Serbia hosts Great Britain in Belgrade in their first meeting since 2006, when Serbia played under the flag of Serbia and Montenegro. Great Britain has not defeated Serbia (then playing under the flag of Yugoslavia) on its own turf since 1956, when it recorded a 5-0 victory in a tie that, like this year, was also played on clay in Belgrade. A win for the home team would end Great Britain’s hopes of becoming the 6th different nation to defend the Davis Cup title since the formation of the World Group in 1981.

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v James Ward (GBR)
Janko Tipsarevic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR)
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v James Ward (GBR)

Venue: Circolo Tennis Baratoff, Pesaro, ITA (clay – outdoor)
Italy will hope to deny serial semifinalist Argentina and reach just its 2nd World Group semifinal since 1988 when the two teams meet in Pesaro. Italy, who last reached the semifinals in 2014, is hoping to prevent Argentina from reaching a remarkable 11th World Group semifinal since 2002.

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Federico Delbonis (ARG)
Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Juan Monaco (ARG)
Marco Cecchinato/Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Juan Martin del Potro/Guido Pella (ARG)
Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Federico Delbonis (ARG)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Juan Monaco (ARG)

Venue: Werk Arena, Trinec, CZE (hard – indoor)
France, who defeated Czech Republic 4-1 in their last meeting in the 2014 World Group semifinals, will be hoping for a repeat of its last performance when it travels to Trinec for another clash against the 3-time champions. While it leads the overall head-to-head 8-7, France has not defeated the Czechs on their own soil since 1926 – when the great Rene Lacoste, Henri Cochet and Jacques Brugnon helped them to victory in Prague.

Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Lucas Pouille (FRA)
Adam Pavlasek/Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Lucas Pouille (FRA)

Venue: Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, Portland, USA (hard – outdoor)
Croatia continues its time on the road in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas with a trip to Portland, Oregon, to face USA. Croatia is set to play its 10th tie away from home in its last 11 Davis Cup ties, but will have high hopes of continuing its unbeaten streak against the Davis Cup’s most successful nation having never lost to USA in three previous encounters. USA, meanwhile, is looking for a return to its former glories, starting with a place in the semifinals for the first time since 2012

Jack Sock (USA) v Marin Cilic (CRO)
John Isner (USA) v Borna Coric (CRO)
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) v Ivan Dodig/Marin Draganja (CRO)
John Isner (USA) v Marin Cilic (CRO)
Jack Sock (USA) v Borna Coric (CRO)

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47 Comments for Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner Among Stars In Davis Cup QFs This Weekend

RZ Says:

Too bad neither Nole or Andy are playing Davis Cup but understandable. I would think that Tipsarevic would win his singles matches. Doubles is close to call but I would give a slight edge to the Brits. I guess it comes down to how well the other guys play. I would think that the Team GB would want to win this in 4 – can’t see James Ward taking out Tipsarevic on clay (his upset specials seem to be for the US team only)

Danica Says:

The match currently suspended due to rain :(. I knew this venue was not a good choice.

J-Kath Says:

Davis Cup:

First blood to GB via Kyle Edmunds vs Janko Tipsarev.

J-Kath Says:

RZ: I think the Brits will walk it. Exception may be James Ward. Otherwise the Brit. double team will win and if Kyle has to play the last rubber he will win.

J-Kath Says:

Coup in Turkey. Turkish public told to stay indoors. Oh my. Oh dear.

J-Kath Says:

Martial law. Gunfire. Bridges closed. All airports closed.

RZ Says:

@J-Kath – great win by Kyle! The last rubber is James Ward vs. Janko Tipsarevic. That makes me nervous…

RZ Says:

@J-Kath Sad situation for sure.

Wog Boy Says:

I am glad Nole is not playing, it is symptomatic that Viktor gave the team cold shoulder too, ill adviced decision to play on that venue, I wonder if politicians (and “veliki vodja”) got involved somehow in choosing the venue, they pride themselves for rebuilding the stadium, it wouldn’t surprise me..
Danica, my understanding is that Nole and Viktor are not even in Belgrade?

jane Says:

hi wog boy: totally agree; i am glad nole is not playing AND not there. he is in marabelle spain, where his brother marko lives as i understand it, both training and relaxing, preparing for the next part of the season. not sure about viktor, though.

Wog Boy Says:

Hi jane, Viktor stated after Wimbledon that he won’t play since it doesn’t fit in his schedule. Typical Viktor :) What schedule?
I read that people are sitting on the rocks (stadium is built carving the rocks) and after the first rain they just left left stadium refusing to sitt on the wet rocks. There is no chairs, just carved rocks. There is more UK fans than Serbian ones, I guess the beer is very cheap for them…and they are used to rain;)

J-Kath Says:

Wog Boy (and Jane)

More UK fans remained in the rain but they were less than 20% overall. Really a mess…meaning shouldn’t be happening in the first place. Why would Nole and Andy exhaust themselves? Again when the whole thing should not have taken place at this time. Think GB will win….certainly won’t be proud, except Kyle deserves to be acknowledged – big for him.

I am really very depressed tonight over Turkey. I am also very relieved that the UK came out of the EU (although have many complaints vis-a-vis UK politicians). However, this free movement across Europe by the EU is beginning to feel like armageddon..
.I have worked with with refugees and asylum seekers for some time and still do and weep at some of their problems – but the sheer size of masses on the move is simply over-powering- such levels are unnatural – Turkey was the Berlin Wall….so they all thought.!!! Unfair of course – was always going to breached one way or another. Half the world is on the move. So,so dangerous. Even if it goes away, we balance on a very narrow ledge. Not worried for myself, just my sense of What The Hell Are We Doing?

Turkey sounds like what happened with Quadafi and look where that got us. The troubles in France and Belgium, the failed attempts (we are told) in the UK. I could go on all night.

Off to bed now – apologies for using you as a punch ball. Just ignore me.

Wog Boy Says:


Yes, I guess I didn’t expressed myself correctly (blame my English), after the rain most of the local fans left but UK fans braved the weather..and beer;)

As for the second part of your post, don’t want to get too involved, but you are on to something and I agree. There is something very strange with this mass movement from middle/far east. I was in Belgrade Aug/Sep last year, I saw thousands of of those “refugees” who were occupying entire area around main train terminal. 70% young people, properly dressed, with money (pulling the money out of ATM when needed), most speak English, moving in the groups and most importantly, vast majority were not Syrians at all. They were all aiming for northern Europe and UK (best social benefits). It is mass invasion encouraged by most powerful European leader…but why, I don’t get it?!

I took my kids, since they are very left as most young people tend to be, through that part of Belgrade to have direct contact with them, since what you see on TV is fake, after half a day spending in that area where those “refugees” behaved like they owned that part of Belgrade. They just told me “Dad, we know what you think and you were right, this doesn’t look right and looks premeditated.” They are still very left and very “green”, but at least they admitted that TV reports they’ve seen in Australia about refugee crisis were misleading and incorrect.

danica Says:

your worry is understandable. The world is mad. Or rather, those who govern it. :(

WB, as for the DC tie in Belgrade, as Jane said (btw, the one who really deserved the sainthood award :) ), neither Nole nor Viktor are in Belgrade. Viktor is supposedly getting ready for the US HC season. Venue is a total miss or mess, however you want to put it. It may be fine for a rock concert or indeed for a smaller sport event or even for corrida ( ) but not for an exhausting, big time tennis tie in the mid of a Belgrade summer. This rain is not usual but it will rain until Monday. The match can be played until (and including) Tuesday. We’ll see.

The British will win the match, no problem there.

Wog Boy Says:


I don’t think jane is very religious person, bottle ot top shelf vine from Topola region will do better than sainthood, right jane?

J-Kath Says:

Thanks WB, Danica (RZ & Jane)for putting up with my venting.

I’ll return to Tennis.

BBB Says:

JKath & WB – I am pretty far left (and have handled asylum cases pro bono), but I heard an interview on national public radio and a refugee was interviewed and said she wanted to get to the UK so she could get IVF. This was a year ago and I thought “This is why SOME parts of the refugee crisis upset people, and it’s a mistake to dismiss concerns as xenophobia.”

J-Kath Says:

Yes, BBB: In Glasgow lawyers were over-whelmed and so were translators for over 46 different nationalities. They were housed in Tower Blocks (e.g.Sighthill etc.)alongside the poorest of Glaswegians. The flats for asylumseekers & refugees were renovated & re- furnished with top-grade white goods & “posh” furniture,creating huge local resentment. Ah well, should stop now.

Dan Martin Says:

I have some predictions up for the 3 ATP finals tomorrow at
I think Cilic-Isner will determine the US-Croatia tie.

AndyMira Says:

@Margot and all Andy’s fan..not sure whether you’re already read this but here’s some interesting news about Andy..

AndyMira Says:

Also to Madmax,skeezer,jatin and all Roger’s fan..found this for you guys..

Margot Says:

AndyMira: loving it :) But you’re just teasing irascible Ronn now, the poor chappy will most likely explode…..;)

AndyMira Says:

@M..honestly i’m not thinking of ‘the poor chappy Ronn’ when i posted it,i’m thinking of how you and friends will enjoy both of the articles..hope Ronn is in a very good mood today..otherwise i have to find another heroic to cheer you guys up like last time!Ha ha ha..

J-Kath Says:

GB v Serbia

Kyle Edmonds…wonderful start to what could be the last rubber. Looks like he will become the next UK No. 1 player.

Danica Says:

He’s a strong guy with plenty of time to improve. He somewhat reminds me of Nole and Andy. Nole told him to just keep it up and he’ll be a top player.

J-Kath Says:


Who could want more? A combination of Nole and Andy sounds pretty good to me. He is so powerful. Andy Murray helps him a lot with practice and advice…I’m beginning to wonder if enuf is enuf for Andy’s sake….just joking (I hope).

J-Kath Says:

Sorri Danica. But really pleased for Kyle.

Margot: Did you watch the match?

BBB Says:

JKath, are you watching golf by chance? Amazing final round….

J-Kath Says:


Still watching the tail-end of the Tennis chat-chat.

However, my aerial is switched towards N.I. Hence no golf (unless it’s on the red button.) I’m buying a new TV Aug/Sept. so will get my aerial changed/moved then. Will probably get golf review later.

J-Kath Says:

Another shooting – Baton Rouge, Louisiana US, 3 police dead others wounded. So so awful.

BBB Says:

JK – it’s a thriller. The leaders are playing well.

I can’t watch the news anymore.

AndyMira Says:

@M..congrats for the looks like a string of good luck happened
to you nowadays..hopefully it will keep continue for the next 2 months..

@Dani..sorry for the loss k?Maybe Serbia will have a chance next time when nole join the team..

Danica Says:

Congrats to team GBR. Well done and deserved.

The Serbian commentator said that the game Kyle showed is worthy of a top 20 and that he is in the group of young guns born after ’95 that could reach top 5, even #1 spot. This was certainly a great experience for him as he was the one leading the team this time.

Thank you AndyMira but I am not at all gutted or sad since the outcome was really never in doubt. ;)

Anki Says:

Edmund was very impressive today. His ground game is really good. Btw are all the top seeds confirmed for Rogers cup, any top players skipping it for Rio?

AndyMira Says:

I understand for kyle..he made a BIG statement play in Serbia,with the crowd mostly rooted for the home team and with all the pressure on his shoulder..and he passed the big test..hopefully he will show the same perfomance when they meet with Argentina in semi..

J-Kath Says:

RZ: In the end you didn’t have to be nervous (apart from the last 15 minutes..rivetting). So good that Kyle was excellent, releases the pressure from Andy.

Anki: Not sure about Rafa but definitely Nole will be there. He is also playing doubles.

BBB: Beefy Johnson big mention at lunch-time…. (and McIlroy’s fit of disgust) -but understand what you mean about gripping end and congrats to Henrik Stenson – evidently his first major title and with a record score.

RZ Says:

Bravo to team GB and especially Kyle Edmund for the win! J-Kath, you are right that I was glad that it didn’t come down to the 5th rubber.

Also bravo to the Croatian team for their comeback over the U.S. I thought we had it in the bag after the stellar start by the team, but after the Bryans lost, neither Isner nor Sock were able to pull through in their matches.

Humble Rafa Says:

It’s amazing for GB. I mean, South Africa is not leaving the UK, so at least they can keep the Edmund guy after Scotland leaves.


Anki Says:

@J Kath Oh, so atleast Rafa will be fully fit by Olympics. What is the point in Novak playing doubles, haha.

J-Kath Says:


Andy Murray skipping Canada.

Giles Says:

Andy going for two weeks to Majorca to train in Rafa’s Academy.

Anki Says:

@J Kath What?? Is it confirmed? He is the defending champ there?

J-Kath Says:

Yes Anki….Will go and pick up the report. Fingers crossed I find it again.

Anki Says:

@J Kath TFS

J-Kath Says:


UR Welcome.

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