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    This is my last year as France Davis Cup skipper - Noah
    2018-01-23 20:24

    Paris - Yannick Noah announced Tuesday that this will be his last year as France's Davis Cup captain.

    Noah guided France to their 10th Davis Cup title against Belgium last November with the holders beginning their defence against the Netherlands next week.

    Unveiling his team for the February 2-4 tie at Albertville Noah said: "No matter what happens this season this is my final year."

    "I think that three years is very good," he added, saying he had "other projects" in mind.

    Noah's team, which now consists of five players under new rules, comprises Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Richard Gasquet, and doubles specialists Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

    He wants to go out having masterminded France's successful defence of their Davis Cup crown.

    "I reckon we have the team capable of doing it," he said.

    "I have a lot of hope, I believe in my team. Like last year I think we have a strong hand to play. If we play at our level we can win it."

    https://www.sport24.co.za/Tennis/thi...-noah-20180123
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    Quotes -- U.S. vs. Serbia Davis Cup Pre-Draw Press Conferences
    U.S. Captain Jim Courier and Serbian Captain Nenad Zimonjic

    The United States will take on Serbia in Davis Cup for the third time in eight years, as the Americans are in Nis, Serbia, for a 2018 World Group First Round tie Feb. 2-4, to be played on an indoor red clay court at the Sportski Centar Cair.

    United States Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier announced that world No. 12 Sam Querrey, No. 18 John Isner, No. 43 Ryan Harrison and No. 50 Steve Johnson will represent the U.S. Though all four have been a part of previous U.S. Davis Cup Teams, this is the first time they’ve been on a U.S. Davis Cup Team together.

    Serbian Davis Cup Captain Nenad Zimonjic nominated world No. 84 Dusan Lajovic, No. 88 Laslo Djere, No. 183 Nikola Milojevic, No. 230 Pedja Krstin and No. 302 Miljan Zekic to his team. This is the first year Davis Cup captains may nominate five players to their teams, instead of the previous four – a prevision adopted by the ITF to allow teams greater flexibility in their team selections.

    The U.S. has faced Serbia twice before in Davis Cup, in the 2013 Quarterfinals and the 2010 First Round – both meetings won by the Serbs on the strength of two singles victories from Novak Djokovic. The 2013 tie, in Boise, Idaho, also featured a near-record-long doubles match in which Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac defeated Bob and Mike Bryan, 7-6(5), 7-6(1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13. The 2010 tie, in Belgrade, Serbia, was John Isner’s U.S. Davis Cup debut, where he became the first U.S. player in seven years to compete in three live rubbers in the same tie.

    See below for quotes from U.S Captain Jim Courier's and Serbian Captain Nenad Zimonjic's pre-draw press conferences on Wednesday, January 31:

    U.S. Captain Jim Courier:

    On the U.S. Davis Cup Team's time in Nis, Serbia:


    We’re happy to be in Nis. The stadium, the court, the facilities, the hotel are all very comfortable. The Serbian National Tennis Federation has been very welcoming to us. And we’re happy to be here to compete against the Serbian team.

    On the U.S. team:

    We have an experienced team with us with Isner and Querrey and Johnson and Harrison. They’ve all played Davis Cup for the U.S. They’re all experienced players. They’re comfortable on clay. They’ve played lots of matches on this surface, as well. We feel good about our chances against the Serbian team, but we know it will be difficult. It always is in Davis Cup, no matter who’s on the other side. Everyone fights really hard for their country.

    On the Serbian team:

    We obviously know the captain, Nenad, very well, from his time on the tour. And we know Dusan and Laslo very well, because they’re Top 100 players. We know less about the other three players, but we’re gathering information on them. We’ve had a lot of experience playing against players ranked outside of the Top 100 who have had success against us, so we respect all of the players. We know they’re capable and ready to come compete against our team.

    On the court and surface:

    We’ve played on clay plenty of times, including at home sometimes. So, it’s a surface our players are familiar with and comfortable on. Indoor, temporary clay can be challenging, in terms of getting the surface right, but it seems to be pretty stable. Sometimes you can have courts where the ball bounces a little bit oddly because there are holes in the court, but so far this court is playing pretty nicely.

    On how much has changed in tennis since the 1990s:

    The game has gotten faster and more physical. In the ‘90s we didn’t slide on the courts to get to balls because it seemed like we had more time. Now the players have to do that because the ball is traveling fast. The equipment has gotten lighter, the strings have gotten better for the players as far as controlling the ball, and the athletes have gotten bigger and faster, on average.

    Serbian Captain Nenad Zimonjic:

    It will be an extremely difficult task for Lajovic and Djere, but I think that our greatest opportunity is to get matches in singles. They have Ryan Harrison (in doubles), who last year won the French Open. They also have Steve Johnson, who won a bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro. They are favorites in doubles.

    Their main weapon is the serve, and if you win the first two or three balls to settle down and start a rally, then you have an advantage. John Isner is certainly a tricky opponent for our players. He plays very good on any surface -- on clay he beat Roger Federer in Switzerland.

    I will not play (anymore) for the team, except in the case of an injury to Serbian players, but thank God all players are OK. We will give a chance to players who have never been on a (Davis Cup) team. This is a great opportunity for them and I can only wish such a great debut for the national team

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    Kazakhstan vs Switzerland in Davis cup play looks like an embarrassing tie to be happening on the World Cup stage according to the posted teams. Neither of those teams should advance except that they are playing each other. I think Croatia will have an easy stroll to the semis.
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    Team Ukraine in a mood vis @Tennis_UKR
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    United States vs. Serbia Day 1 Preview




    Querrey and Djere to Kick Off Day 1



    World No. 12 Sam Querrey will lead the U.S. Davis Cup Team into relatively unfamiliar territory against an unfamiliar opponent on Friday, having been drawn first against world No. 88 Laslo Djere to kick-start the United States’ World Group First Round tie vs. Serbia on indoor red clay in Nis.



    Though Querrey is an eight-year Davis Cup veteran and played in both of the Americans’ ties vs. Serbia, including in the 2010 First Round in Belgrade, he has never played Djere, and no member of the U.S. team has ever played in Nis, a city of 186,000 located 150 miles southeast of the Serbian capital.



    Things get a little more familiar in Friday’s second singles match, pitting No. 18 John Isner vs. No. 84 Dusan Lajovic. The American No. 2 and Serbian No. 1 have played four times, with Isner holding a 3-1 advantage, though seven of their 11 sets played went to tiebreak.



    See below for the complete order of play and quotes from the U.S. team following Thursday’s draw, held at the Sportski Centar Cair.

    DAY / MATCH TIME

    Friday, 3 p.m. (9 a.m. ET)


    Singles A: Sam Querrey (USA) vs. Laslo Djere (SRB)
    Singles B: John Isner (USA) vs. Dusan Lajovic (SRB)

    Saturday, 3 p.m. (9 a.m. ET)*

    Doubles: Ryan Harrison/Steve Johnson (USA)

    vs. Nicola Milojevic/Miljan Zekic (SRB)

    Sunday, 2 p.m. (8 a.m. ET)

    Singles C: Sam Querrey (USA) vs. Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
    Singles D: John Isner (USA) vs. Laslo Djere (SRB)

    *Team captains may substitute the doubles team up to one hour before the match.

    QUOTES: U.S. Davis Cup Team



    Captain Jim Courier, on Serbia being 2-0 vs. the U.S. in Davis Cup:
    We’re 0-2 and we’re here to try to at least get one on the board for the U.S., so we’re looking forward to the competition. We have a great team assembled here, and the guys have had a good week of practice, so we’re ready to go, and we’re looking forward to playing Serbia tomorrow.

    John Isner, on playing against a Serbian team without Novak Djokovic:
    I don’t think it’s a detriment, at all. Maybe on paper, because of the rankings, we might be favored, but these guys are at home. They’re playing on a surface that they chose, so we expect a very, very tough tie, and I think we all believe that they expect a tough tie, as well. We know we have our hands full. All of their players are very capable players. We’ve played a lot of these guys before, and especially on clay. For me in particular, going up against Dusan, I’ve played him a few times -- two very, very close matches -- really not much has separated us, so this team is very good, in my opinion, but I also think we’re a good team as well.

    Ryan Harrison, on the team’s time in Nis, Serbia:
    Nis has been very nice. We’ve been out for dinner a couple of times. We didn’t know know what to expect. I think most of us have been to Serbia before, but we’d never been to Nis. Very, very happy to be here. It’s been comfortable, and the whole team and the whole country has been very hospitable.

    Sam Querrey, on the balance of the U.S. team:
    I think all four of us are comfortable, if we need to switch that lineup in any way, with the singles or the doubles. I think Jim would be comfortable doing it, so that’s a nice thing to have with these four guys. We’re all friends, we all trust each other out there, so Jim’s got options, and he can change it up at anytime, so that’s great.

    Querrey, on opponent Laslo Djere and the crowd in Nis:
    First of all, we’ve never played here, this will be our first time. I’ve seen him play -- he’s a talented player. They’re playing on a surface that they like. We’ll go over the matchup tonight and come up with a game plan. As far as playing here, I’ve played in Belgrade. I’ve played Davis Cup in Belgrade and I’ve played the tournament in Belgrade, so I’ve experienced what those fans are like. About the Nis fans, I’m presuming that’s pretty comparable. Davis Cup, the crowds are always a little rowdier, and exciting, an so all of us will be ready for that.

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    WORLD GROUP - FIRST ROUND




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    AMERICAS I & II


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    ASIA/OCEANIA I & II


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    EUROPE/AFRICA I & II



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    ASIA/OCEANIA IV




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    Wow, Brit Cameron Norrie, who I’ve barely heard of, was 2 sets and a break down again Bautista Agut, then suddenly turned into Rafa and totally outplayed the Spaniard for the rest of the match to win 3-2, in his first professional match on clay! He looks fresh as a daisy too in the interview. The Spaniards will still be big favourites for the tie though

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    Quote Originally Posted by liam_valid View Post
    Wow, Brit Cameron Norrie, who I’ve barely heard of, was 2 sets and a break down again Bautista Agut, then suddenly turned into Rafa and totally outplayed the Spaniard for the rest of the match to win 3-2, in his first professional match on clay! He looks fresh as a daisy too in the interview. The Spaniards will still be big favourites for the tie though
    How does a well established player like RBA lose to someone I've never heard of ON CLAY!?
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    WORLD GROUP - FIRST ROUND




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    AMERICAS I & II


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    ASIA/OCEANIA I & II


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