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Davis Cup – The End of a Great ...

There was absolutely nothing Raonic could do after that first-set tiebreak against Djokovic
(Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic)

. Canada’s dream Davis Cup run ended in a dramatic fifth rubber, on an absolutely spectacular point that might have terrible consequences for one of the protagonists. It was a diving contest between Vasek Pospisil and Janko Tipsarevic, on the latter’s fifth match point, ending up a 7-6(3), 6-2, 7-6(6) win for Tipsarevic and a […]

Davis Cup – Argentina So Close,...

The valiant team of Argentina

. We knew before the tie even started that it would be a near-impossible mission for Argentina to reach the final against Czech Republic, as much as we know that Davis Cup is a whole other ball game. Without Juan Martín del Potro, who did not want to play Davis Cup this year to put […]

Davis Cup – Canada One Win Away...

(Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic)

After Friday’s singles, in which logic prevailed, although barely in the case of Milos Raonic, Saturday’s doubles rubber became a must-win for Canada if they wanted to keep their hopes alive in the semifinal opposing them to Serbia. Djokovic dominates logically Novak Djokovic, despite having played the U.S. Open final only four days before and […]

Davis Cup Semifinals – Underdog...

The valiant Argentine team: Martín Jaite, Juan Mónaco, Carlos Berlocq, Horacio Zeballos, Leo Mayer
(Photo: José Rieiro)

The Davis Cup semifinals both appear, on paper, to greatly favour the local teams. It is a matter of surface chosen. It is a question of players present. And it makes both visiting teams appear like huge underdogs in the end. However, if either of Argentina or Canada did not believe that they can pull […]

Davis Cup – Playoff Ties to Wat...

Borna Coric, Andy Murray

The Davis Cup World Group playoffs are starting today, as Israel asked, and was granted, that the tie be played Thursday, Friday, Sunday with a rest on Saturday due to Yom Kippur, a very important Jewish holiday. For the occasion, and because yours, truly is a Davis Cup lover, we offer you an overview of […]

Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, and Berdych ...

Argentina's and Czech Republic's n°1 singles players for their semifinal tie (Photo: Prensa AAT)

A new Davis Cup weekend is looming, and will bring us very interesting ties, as starting tomorrow (Belgium vs Israel), 20 countries will be involved in the World Group semifinals and playoffs. The interesting fact of those ties is that four of the top 5 members will be their countries’ leaders this weekend. Novak Djokovic, […]

Still Undefeated In The First Round

Team Argentina celebrating

  Argentina came back into the World Group 11 years ago. Since then, they had not lost a single tie in the first round. Saturday, they were aiming to close out the tie against Germany and keep this perfect record.   With the injury to Philipp Kohlschreiber, who was present at the match, Carsten Arriens […]

One Step Away From The Dream

Frank Dancevic

  Canada caused, without a doubt, the biggest surprise of the first day of the Davis Cup. If Spain came with a team deprived of its best elements, it remained the favourite, as all of their players, at least in singles, were higher-ranked than all of the local players, with the exception of Milos Raonic.

The Gladiator

Carlos Berlocq

  It was a hot, scorching day. The rains that were forecast finally did not fall, leaving the air hot and heavy.   Such were the conditions in which Carlos Berlocq and Philipp Kohlschreiber took the court. The weather in Buenos Aires has been very hot all week, and the strategy, for Charly and captain […]

Catfight In Prague

Catfight In Prague

  The Davis Cup final between Spain and Czech Republic isn’t starting until Friday, but the heat is already on, and it has nothing to do with the temperatures getting lower in Prague.   If the Spaniards are classy as is their habit regarding the venue, the rivals, etc., it was a whole other matter […]

Davis Cup 2013: Spain At Home It Will...

Davis Cup 2013: Spain At Home It Will Be!

  The Davis Cup draw for 2013 has been made and Milos Raonic and Team Canada got their wish: the tie will be played here in Canada.   The tough part is that they will face the best team in the world, Spain, who made the finals every year (except for 2010) since 2008, and […]

Davis Cup Wrap-Up: Not Everything Is ...

Davis Cup Wrap-Up: Not Everything Is In The Matches

  Sometimes, it is not the matches in themselves that leave me the most lasting impression when I cover a tennis event; it is what surrounds them. Sometimes, for instance, meeting with a player can change, for better or for worse, the impression we have of him (and that we sometimes had for many years). […]

Davis Cup – Canada Remains In T...

Davis Cup – Canada Remains In The World Group

    It was the final day of the Davis Cup for all the countries and, in Montreal, it was a determining tie that was played under the sun of the Stade Uniprix, in temperatures closer to fall than to summer, but in a very festive ambiance, as the biggest crowd of the weekend gathered […]

Davis Cup – A Bad Day For Canad...

Davis Cup – A Bad Day For Canada (And A Good One For South Africa)

    Last night, a couple of hours after the end of the second rubber, the skies opened to violent thunderstorms, which changed the temperatures quite a bit. From the mid-high 20s of most of the week, it was a chilly, and very windy day that greeted us this morning in Montreal, and it was […]

Davis Cup: Argentina vs Czech Republi...

Davis Cup: Argentina vs Czech Republic – Emotional First Day

  There were a lot of emotions in Parque Roca on Friday, during the first day of the semi-final tie opposing Argentina to Czech Republic. After all the uncertainty surrounding the presence of Argentina’s n° 1 player, Juan Martín del Potro, suffering from a left wrist injury, and his confirmation that he would play “for […]

Davis Cup – Perfect End To A Pe...

Davis Cup – Perfect End To A Perfect Day

    It wasn’t always pretty, but it was efficient. After Vasek Pospisil gave the first point of the tie to Canada, it was the turn of World n° 15 Milos Raonic to face a player who is ranked n° 14, but in the NCAA: Nikala (Nik) Scholtz.

Davis Cup – Canada Starts On Th...

Davis Cup – Canada Starts On The Right Foot

    In the absence of their best player, Kevin Anderson, who chose not to play Davis Cup and explained his decision in this open letter, and Rik De Voest, injured and forced to retire before the draw yesterday, South Africa was relying on Izak Van Der Merwe, to act as their leader.

Davis Cup – World Group Playoff...

Davis Cup – World Group Playoffs Are Known

It is quite early this morning for us that was made the draw for the World Group Playoffs, that will take place, like every year, on the same weekend as the World Group semi-finals, this year on September 14-16.  

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (3)

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (3)

From Spain’s nearly routine home win and the United States surprising France on the Monte Carlo clay, to relating at length today the agony and the joy of those following the Argentina vs Croatia tie, leaving no room for the last one. The Davis Cup tie between the Czech Republic and Serbia was also a […]

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (2)

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (2)

If Spain has never really been in trouble against Austria and the United States surprised again by defeating France, the most emotional and tense ties were really those taking place in Argentina and Czech Republic, although for whole different reasons.

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