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    EUROPE/AFRICA I & II




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    ASIA/OCEANIA IV




  3. #48

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    The United States leads Serbia, 2-0




    Querrey and Isner Outlast Djere and Lajovic

    Tireless resolve amid the comforts of home gave way to relentless serves and forehands on Friday, as Sam Querrey and John Isner powered the U.S. to a 2-0 lead over Serbia in a Davis Cup World Group First Round tie in Nis, Serbia.

    Querrey defeated Laslo Djere, 6-7(4), 6-2, 7-5, 6-4, and Isner outlasted Dusan Lajovic, 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4), to spot the Americans a lead they rarely relinquish, as the U.S. is 158-4 in Davis Cup ties after a 2-0 start.

    The towering Americans found solid footing on the Sportski Centar Cair’s indoor red clay court thanks to consistent serves clocking near 140 mph -- they combined for 44 aces -- and a steady variety of forehands to the tune of 90 combined winners that left the score 2-0 after a total of 6 hours, 17 minutes on court.

    Querrey met Djere for the first time in a match between the American No. 1 and Serbian No. 2, and Djere played a near-flawless first set in front of his home fans. Querrey’s relentless power, though, eventually wore down the 22-year old former Orange Bowl boys’ champion, as the tall Californian fired 20 aces and 40 winners, compared to Djere’s 11 and 19, respectively.

    Isner and Lajovic’s latest grind lasted 3 hours, 15 minutes, before Isner notched his fourth win over the Serbian in five tries (and nine of their 16 sets played have gone to tiebreak). Though Lajovic showed tremendous resolve and committed only 11 unforced errors compared to Isner’s 49, the Georgian’s serve and forehand stayed with him through all five sets -- he hit 24 aces and 42 of his 50 winners came on the forehand.

    The U.S. team hands the controls to Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson to attempt to close out the tie on Saturday in doubles.

    Harrison and Johnson have only played doubles together five times, and are 3-2, though each has had impressive doubles results individually. Harrison is the reigning French Open champion, while Johnson was a Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and is 3-0 on Saturdays in Davis Cup.

    They’re scheduled to take on the upstart Serbian team of Nikola Milojevic -- a former junior world No. 1 -- and Miljan Zekic -- a 29-year old Challenger- and Pro Circuit-level clay-court specialist, though Serbian Captain Nenad Zimonjic may substitute either player up to one hour before Saturday’s match.

    Play begins Saturday at 3 p.m. locally, 9 a.m. ET, and will air live on Tennis Channel.



    QUOTES

    Captain Jim Courier

    On the day:

    Long and successful, is how I would sum it up, in the briefest of sentences. It was a grind. The matches were both highly competitive. There were some pivotal moments in the matches -- John’s match, in particular, came pretty late. But it’s a satisfying feeling. We’ve been on the other side of days like today, so to be up 2-0 is a tremendous feeling, and we’re very proud of these guys’ efforts.

    On Saturday’s doubles matchup:

    Well, we’ll wake up tomorrow and see how everyone feels, see how everyone’s standing and we’ll let the referee know if we need to make any changes.

    Sam Querrey

    On the match:

    I expected a tough match. Davis Cups are always tricky. If you just look around at the other scores from the other ties today, there’s some close ones, with some guys where there was some ranking discrepancies, so Davis Cups are different. I came out as a little nervous, but once I got a break in the second set I settled in a little bit. It was a battle until the end, there. He had some looks at love-30 twice in the fourth and I was fortunate enough to serve those out. It just feels good to get through it.

    On the American fans in attendance:

    The fact that that group of people travels so far to come to the Davis Cup means a lot to not only me but the rest of the team, and we’re grateful that they’re here doing their best to compete with all the Serbian fans.

    On whether or not winning first takes press off of the second singles player:

    Definitely, as playing second, it’s so much easier when your team’s up 1-0. It almost feels like you’re up a break and you can play a little more freely.

    John Isner

    On the match:

    For me, personally, I knew the match was going to be tough. I didn’t come into this tie playing great tennis. It’s been awhile since I was playing really good tennis -- it was at the beginning of November last year, in Paris. Didn’t play too well in Australia. When I said to these guys, you don’t just go out and play lights out. You play well from a culmination of winning matches, and winning matches like that. For me, personally, that’s exactly what I needed. I needed to play a match like that, get my legs fit, and my body needs to be sore. That’s what I needed. More importantly than that, I’m happy I was able to contribute to the USA being up 2-0. Sam did his job, I barely did my job, but we’re up 2-0.

    On if he was tired:

    I was tired, yes, but I wasn’t overly tired. I thought I felt pretty good physically. Of course, I’m not going to be super-fresh in the fifth set, but that’s to be expected. So all in all, physically I felt fine and I felt pretty strong out there, actually. The match came down to a point here or there, and I was able to win.



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  4. #49

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    Canada and Croatia tied at 1-1 after the first day of action at Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in Osijek


    Osijek, Croatia, February 2, 2018 – Canada and Croatia are tied 1-1 after the first day of action at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie in Osijek. Playing in the first match of the day, Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver), Canada’s second singles player, fell 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 to Borna Coric, Croatia’s top singles player. He was followed by Canada’s number one singles player, Denis Shapovalov, who defeated Croatia’s Viktor Galovic in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

    Coric got the better of Pospisil after two hours and 20 minutes of play, managing to convert on 5 break point opportunities while his opponent only got one. Although the Vancouver native got off to a good start, he was unable to keep pace with his opponent, who was continuously elevating his level of play. From the start of the second set, Coric became a wall, committing very few unforced errors. Pospisil, who just suffered his 15th Davis Cup loss compared to his 17 wins, was disappointed with his performance, but will be ready to bounce back tomorrow.

    “I started the match well. I didn’t really know what to expect since I haven’t played much on this surface. After the first set, he undeniably raised his level of play, while I had a lapse both physically and mentally,” explained Pospisil. “I am disappointed with the result because I felt that I was hitting the ball well enough to win the match, but my body was not cooperating the way I wanted it to. I now have to leave all that behind me and concentrate on tomorrow.”

    Shapovalov got off to a good start in the second match of the day. He broke his opponent in the first game which helped him gain momentum. The 18-year-old needed less than two hours to earn a point for his country. In his win, the fourth of his Davis Cup career, the Canadian tallied 10 aces while Galovic only got one, and he won 83% of his first service points.

    “It was a good match. I think we both played well. I felt very comfortable playing on clay – I actually find that it is a surface that suits my game,” stated Shapovalov. “It was a great way for me to begin this Davis Cup tie and I am happy to have gotten a point for my team.”

    Saturday Preview

    With the teams tied at 1-1, the doubles match becomes that much more important. Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil will be competing in the doubles match, which will begin at 8:00 am ET. Nestor will be playing in his 52nd match while representing Canada, while Pospisil will be paying in his 16th. The duo holds a record of 6 wins and 4 losses in Davis Cup and is preparing to face Ivan Dodig, who made his Davis Cup debut in 2002, and Franko Skugor. The captains have up to an hour prior to the start of the match to make any changes to their line-up.



    NESTOR POSPISIL DODIG SKUGOR
    Doubles Ranking 60 266 8 38
    Davis Cup Doubles Record 33-11 8-5 11-13 2-1

    Match Schedule

    Davis Cup World Group first round tie
    Canada vs. Croatia
    February 2-4, 2018
    Sportska Dvorana Gradski Vrt, Osijek
    Score: 1-1

    Date Match Result
    Friday, February 2nd First singles match Coric d. Pospisil 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
    Friday, February 2nd Second singles match Shapovalov d. Galovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
    Saturday, February 3rd Doubles match Nestor/Pospisil vs Dodig/Skugor
    Sunday, February 4th Third singles match Shapovalov vs Coric
    Sunday, February 4th Fourth singles match Pospisil vs Galovic
    Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual team competition in sport, with 133 countries participating in 2018. The winner of this tie will advance to the quarter-finals and take on the winner between Switzerland and Kazakhstan in April, while the losing nation would need to play in a World Group play-off tie in September to maintain its place in the World Group for 2019. Team Canada is competing in the prestigious World Group for a seventh straight year in 2018, a Canadian record, having reached the semi-finals in 2013 and the quarter-finals in 2015.

    The matches will be broadcast on Sportsnet.

    About Davis Cup
    Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 133 teams entered in 2018. The competition is 118 years old, having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas (Official Bank of Davis Cup). International sponsors are Rolex (Official Timekeeper) and Adecco (Official HR Sponsor), while Head (Official Ball) is an international partner. beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.daviscup.com and www.copadavis.com

    About Tennis Canada
    Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 8 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 15 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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  5. #50

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    The United States defeats Serbia, 3-0



    Harrison and Johnson Clinch in Doubles to Bring U.S. Home


    In a Davis Cup trilogy where all three parts followed a nearly identical script, Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson ensured the U.S. walked away from Serbia victorious, overcoming a spirited Serbian team of Nicola Milojevic and Miljan Zekic, 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-5, 6-4, on Saturday to clinch this World Group First Round tie in Nis and move on to the Quarterfinals, which will be hosted on home soil.

    Despite another disparity in ranking and results between the two sides -- Harrison is the reigning French Open doubles champ and Johnson the reigning Olympic doubles bronze medalist, while Milojevic is ranked outside the Top 300 in doubles and Zekic outside the Top 1000 -- the upstart Serbians played up to the occasion. The Americans converted only 5 of 15 break-point chances, but ended up forcing 75 errors to help them prevail.

    While Sunday’s lone dead singles match remains -- a best-of-three match between two players to be determined, which will air live on Tennis Channel at 8 a.m. ET -- the U.S. moves on to the Quarterfinal round April 6-8 against the winner of Belgium and Hungary. Belgium currently leads Hungary, 2-1, though the U.S. would host either country.

    QUOTES

    Captain Jim Courier

    On the doubles match:

    We were not surprised. The talk that we had before the match was, ‘Expect these guys to play great.’ And they did, in the first set, especially. These guys did a terrific job of staying focused and making some changes, and trusting each other and getting to the finish line.

    On the weekend:

    Yeah, these are three very difficult, close matches. Can’t get any closer than 7-6 in the fifth, clearly, in the second singles match, but all the matches had pivotal moments, and we could be easily sitting here talking about how we lost, 3-0, too, so they put up a heck of a fight, and our team did the same and came up with some clutch shots when we needed them.

    On moving on into the quarterfinals:

    Yeah, we’re thrilled to be into the quarterfinals, and most likely a home tie if the Belgians win, they’re up 2-1, now, which would be nice for these guys to get a chance to play back in the U.S. We’ve played the last two on the road, so we’re looking forward to that opportunity.

    On Jack Sock missing this tie and the possibility he’ll rejoin the team for the Quarterfinals:

    This had nothing to do with the Serbian team. We didn’t know who the Serbian team would be until we got here, because captains have the option to change on Thursday prior to the tie. Jack found himself in the position where he didn’t get the offseason that he needed and he needed time to train. He made a decision not to travel with the team, that he wasn’t prepared enough to be ready to do what we needed him to do here. Thankfully we have so many options, and obviously we got what we needed from this great collection of players, but Jack is at home and he’s working hard and diligently to get himself ready to play at the level he played at the end of last year again, so we hope that he’ll become a part of what we’re doing here as we move forward into the next round. You just never know with health and all the other factors who’s available, but we have interchangeable parts on this team -- great depth, great options to play singles and doubles. So I’m pretty blessed as a captain to have a team like this.

    Ryan Harrison

    On the level of play from the Serbian team:

    We weren’t surprised. We know that the serbian team is a good team and there’s a lot of players that are very capable of playing doubles, so we knew that it was going to be tough. Early on, we were a little bit nervous. It’s a different environment, playing in a team atmosphere and representing your country. I personally was really happy that my captain and my partner were able to help settle me down after a rough start. I thought we did a really good job of competing really hard throughout the whole match. On some days, it’s most gratifying when you have to go into a tough environment and maybe work around a couple obstacles in your own game to get the game.

    Steve Johnson

    On the match:

    No surprise that they came out and played great on their home court. We just had to weather the storm a little bit, but once we got rolling, I felt pretty confident in our abilities to get the job done.

    RESULTS / SCHEDULE

    DAY / MATCH TIME

    Friday

    Singles A: Sam Querrey (USA) d. Laslo Djere (SRB), 6-7(4), 6-2, 7-5, 6-4

    Singles B: John Isner (USA) d. Dusan Lajovic (SRB), 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4)

    Saturday

    Doubles: Ryan Harrison/Steve Johnson (USA)

    d. Nicola Milojevic/Miljan Zekic (SRB), 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-5, 6-4

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

    Singles: TBD vs. TBD (Dead match; best of three sets)




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    Kazakhstan the other team through so far.

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    Sascha Zverev puts Germany into the quarter finals with a straight set win over a subdued and somewhat brain dead Nick Kyrgios who is still wearing a compression sleeve.

    Kyrgios was given a point penalty in the second set tie break after being called for ball abuse earlier and then racquet abuse.


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    EIGHT Davis Cup first-round ties. ZERO live 5th rubbers.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    Canada falls 3-1 to Croatia in the first round of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play

    Osijek, Croatia, February 4, 2018 – Canada had to have a perfect day on Sunday in Osijek if they were going to beat Croatia and advance to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarter-finals, but Borna Coric sealed the tie for the home country thanks to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Denis Shapovalov in the fourth match.

    Shapovalov sees his three match win streak in Davis Cup ended by the no. 47 ranked Croat. Coric, who opened the tie with victory over Vasek Pospisil, was the star of the weekend for Croatia. He played a virtually flawless match from start to finish, committing very few unforced errors and earning one break of serve in each set.

    “He’s more experienced than me in clay he grew up on it and it showed. He played unbelievable. I tried to stay close to him hoping for an opportunity but credits to him he never dropped his level. I thought I actually played well but it wasn’t enough today,” said Shapovalov.

    This was Frank Dancevic’s first tie as captain for the Canadian team after taking over from Martin Laurendeau who held the role since 2004.

    “We were so close to winning that match yesterday and it could have changed a lot today’s match. Borna would have had a lot more pressure but today he was very relaxed and comfortable. Denis did everything he could do today, he tried to change a few things in his game, but Borna pushed him to make mistakes,” Dancevic said.

    Croatia, ranked no. 5 in the Davis Cup rankings and champion of the event in 2016, advance to the quarter-finals to face Kazakhstan. Meanwhile, Canada, ranked no. 15 in Davis Cup, will now play the World Group playoffs from September 14-16, 2018 to try and stay among the top 16 nations in the world for 2019. Canada, who will learn the identity their next opponent in April, has been part of the World Group for the past seven years.


    Final Results

    Davis Cup World Group first round tie
    Canada vs. Croatia
    February 2-4, 2018
    Sportska Dvorana Gradski Vrt, Osijek
    Score: 1-3

    Date
    Match
    Result
    Friday, February 2nd
    First singles match
    Coric d. Pospisil 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2

    Friday, February 2nd
    Second singles match
    Shapovalov d. Galovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

    Saturday, February 3rd
    Doubles match
    Dodig/Skugor d. Nestor/Pospisil 2-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 6-2

    Sunday, February 4th
    Third singles match
    Coric d. Shapovalov 6-4, 6-4, 6-4


    About Davis Cup
    Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 133 teams entered in 2018. The competition is 118 years old, having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas (Official Bank of Davis Cup). International sponsors are Rolex (Official Timekeeper) and Adecco (Official HR Sponsor), while Head (Official Ball) is an international partner. beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.daviscup.com and www.copadavis.com

    About Tennis Canada
    Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 8 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 15 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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  10. #55

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    Adrian Mannarino won a 4h20m match over Robin Haase 4-6, 7-6, 7-5, 6-7, 7-5
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    Spain is through to the next round
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  12. #57

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post

    Spain is through to the next round
    OK, but why is Lurch there?
    Meet again we do, old foe...

  13. #58

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    WORLD GROUP - FIRST ROUND





    NEXT ROUND QUARTERFINALS 6-8 APRIL




  14. #59

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    AMERICAS I & II


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    ASIA/OCEANIA I & II


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