Davis Cup Quarterfinal Capsules: Heroics from Britain, Croatia
by Staff | July 18th, 2016, 2:37 am

The Brits went into Belgrade and came out with a giant upset win without Andy Murray. Kyle Edmund beat Janko Tipsarevic in straights in the first match, and after Brits Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray beat Filip Krajinovic/Nenad Zimonjic in four, Edmund wrapped it up with a straight-set win over Dusan Lajovic.

“I am so happy to have won this one for the team,” the 21-year-old Edmund said. “It was very emotional to win today knowing what was on the line and at stake.”

Great Britain in the September semifinals will host Argentina.


Federico Delbonis played the hero for Argentina with two singles wins, beating Andreas Seppi in his first match in four sets, and clinched it with a four-set win over Fabio Fognini.

In between Juan Martin del Potro teamed with Guido Pella to win the doubles point for Argentina, beating Fognini/Paolo Lorenzi in five sets.


France was too deep for the Czechs in Trinec, the Czech Republic, as Lucas Pouille won in singles over Jiri Vesely in straights, the French doubles tandem of Pierre-Hughes Herbert/Nicolas Mahut beat Lukas Rosol/Radek Stepanek in five, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga clinched it in the first Sunday singles by defeating Vesely in four sets.

“It was perfect, I am really happy,” said French captain Yannick Noah, who will see his team travel to Croatia for the semifinals. “We have a new generation that came into the locker room. It gives a really different dimension to our team. The fact that they won will give them so much confidence. I hope they keep playing like this.”


It was a great weekend in Beaverton, Ore., for the U.S. team, until it wasn’t.

Leading 2-0 after Day 1, the U.S. saw a rare Bryan brothers loss on Saturday to Croats Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig, then the visitors turned it on Sunday when Cilic overpowered Isner in straight sets, and Day 1 hero Jack Sock was beaten in four sets by Borna Coric in the decider.

“It’s not easy to play in a fifth match obviously,” said Coric, who saw Croatia back from an 0-2 brink for the first time ever, and to 4-0 all time against the U.S. “I have to be honest, I like that kind of situation. I like it more than playing on the Court 27 somewhere far away from the crowd, the people. I just like big stage more, when it’s more important. When I have more pressure, when the expectations are big. I like those occasions.”

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12 Comments for Davis Cup Quarterfinal Capsules: Heroics from Britain, Croatia

BBB Says:

The U.S. performance was just sad. I like Jim Courier a lot, but this is at least the second collapse when the U.S. was, or should have been, in a winning position on home soil.

Danica Says:

I kindly beg to differ. There was no giant upset, nor even an upset, in Belgrade. It was a deserved win. The Brits were without Andy, but the Serbs were without Nole and Viktor. Their win was never in question.

django Says:

I heard tipsy had just had a fever and allergic reaction.
Not a good team this year.

Wog Boy Says:


I loughed loud when I read “gian upset” thing, obviously “staff” didn’t have a clue what was he writing about. Croatia was big upset that became “giant upset” after trailing 0:2 after first day, that was heroic play by Croatians, but UK was favorite before match even started for any knowledgeable fan, all Tipsy has left after two years break due to injuries and numerous operations is his name and heart, but not the game, Duci is nice bloke but not such a great players and Zimonjic shouldn’t be playing tennis anymore, his best is well behind him.

Humble Rafa Says:

USA plays tennis? I thought it was a money pit where European players played to make some money.


Margot Says:

Goodness me! Folk saying how much x or y means to Andy! How can you possibly know?
Hi Hon!

Margot Says:

Damn. Wrong thread. Lured by HR!

J-Kath Says:


Isn’t it Zimonjic who is playing doubles with Nole in Canada in preparation for their doubles bid in Rio? Maybe I’ve got the wrong guy?????

J-Kath Says:

Margot…I’m assuming you watched Davis Cup…as you were probably on Andy’s private hired plane? Maybe you are the one you gave him the wrong passport. Tut, tut, tut.

Wog Boy Says:


I didn’t check who Nole plays double with (not really paying attention on doubles), but it is logical to be with Ziki, this is Ziki’s last hurrah and Nole has big respect for Ziki since he was mentor for all young players, including Nole, when they started their ATP career, Ziki is 40 years old. Nole just wants to be there for him and with him since Ziki is great bloke, but he is well past his best..truly so.

Margot Says:

Glad Dom and Kyle won, good boost for their confidence, but I’m not at all interested when Andy’s not playing, and only interested when is, if I can see it live.
The only flag I wave is the one with the dragon on it!

J-Kath Says:

Well Margo, you could also hand out daffodils. They’d go well with the Thistles I could hand out.

My guess is Andy would have felt guilty if Dom and Kyle hadn’t won. Now he can cheerfully concentrate on his own career for a couple of months at least. He has confirmed he will play DC in Sept. and it is likely to be held in Glasgow.

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