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Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« on: April 05, 2012, 11:15:03 PM »
This is the first time in the history of Davis Cup that all four World Group quarterfinal ties are being played on clay.

World Group quarterfinal team nominations



 Spain v Austria
 
- Venue: Marina d'Or
- Location: Oropesa del Mar, Castellon, Spain
- Surface: Outdoor clay
 
Spain are without the services of Rafael Nadal, but such is the strength in depth at captain Alex Corretja's disposal that he still has two Top 20 players to call upon in the form of world No. 5 David Ferrer and world No. 12 Nicolas Almagro.
 
Austria go into their first World Group quarterfinal in 17 years with a full-strength team, led by world No. 22 Jurgen Melzer. The Austrians are bidding to become the first team to claim an away win against Spain since Brazil achieved the feat in 1999.
 
Spain
David Ferrer
Nicolas Almagro
Marcel Granollers
Marc Lopez
Alex Corretja (captain)
 
Austria
Jurgen Melzer
Andreas Haider-Maurer
Alexander Peya
Oliver Marach
Clemens Trimmel (captain)
 

France v USA
 
- Venue: Monte Carlo Country Club
- Location: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
- Surface: Outdoor clay
 
Both teams have been forced to reshuffle their pack for this blockbuster tie at the picturesque setting of the Monte Carlo Country Club. Gael Monfils and Mardy Fish both miss out through injury, with Gilles Simon and Ryan Harrison stepping in.
 
That leaves Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Simon leading the way for France, while John Isner and teenager Harrison will be on the singles court for USA with the Bryan brothers providing the doubles expertise.
 
France
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Gilles Simon - replaces Gael Monfils
Michael Llodra
Julien Benneteau
Guy Forget (captain)
 
USA
John Isner
Ryan Harrison - replaces Mardy Fish
Mike Bryan
Bob Bryan
Jim Courier (captain)
 

Czech Republic v Serbia
 
- Venue: O2 Arena
- Location: Prague, Czech Republic
- Surface: Indoor clay
 
The regular Czech duo of Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek will be confident of making home advantage count against a Serbian side that has one notable absentee, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
 
Janko Tipsarevic, the world No. 9, steps into Djokovic's shoes as Serbia's No. 1 player for the weekend with Viktor Troicki providing back-up. Nenad Zimonjic is the team's doubles specialist.
 
Czech Republic
Tomas Berdych
Radek Stepanek
Lukas Rosol
Frantisek Cermak
Jaroslav Navratil (captain)
 
Serbia
Janko Tipsarevic
Viktor Troicki
Ilija Bozoljac - replaces Dusan Lajovic
Nenad Zimonjic
Bogdan Obradovic (captain)
 

Argentina v Croatia
 
- Venue: Parque Roca
- Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Surface: Outdoor clay
 
Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro returns for Argentina after missing the victory over Germany in February. Juan Monaco is likely to feature on the singles court, with David Nalbandian and Eduardo Schwank the established doubles pair for the hosts.
 
Croatia face a tough challenge against Argentina at the formidable Parque Roca venue in Buenos Aires, but the visitors do possess a fighting chance as they enter the tie with their top two available players on the teamsheet, Marin Cilic and Ivo Karlovic.
 
Argentina
Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Monaco
David Nalbandian
Eduardo Schwank
Martin Jaite (captain)
 
Croatia
Marin Cilic
Ivo Karlovic
Antonio Veic
Lovro Zovko
Zeljko Krajan (captain)
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2012, 11:18:39 PM »
Almagro takes on Melzer in Spain opener



CASTELLON, SPAIN: Nicolas Almagro will get defending champion Spain’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal tie under way when he takes on Austrian No. 1 Jurgen Melzer in Marina d’Or, a small seaside resort just north of Valencia, on Friday.
 
The world No. 12 is making just his fifth Davis Cup appearance for Spain and will be wary of Melzer, who defeated him in straight sets in their most recent encounter on clay at Monte Carlo-1000 last year.
 
“When we played in Monte Carlo he was playing with his best ranking, he was playing really good so it’s a little bit different now but I will need to play my best tennis, be focused all through the match and I need to fight,” said the 26-year-old from Murcia, who already has one clay court title to his name this season after winning at Sao Paulo.
 
Not only will Melzer be hoping to recreate the kind of form which saw him defeat Almagro last year, he will also be looking to find the same level of play which took him to the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2010 and to a career-high ranking of No. 8 in April 2011. And he will need to if Clemens Trimmel’s men are to have any chance of progressing to their first semifinal since 1990.
 
“We have a very tough tie ahead of us but being the underdogs is kind of nice,” explained Melzer, who led his team to a first quarterfinal in 17 years with victory over Russia in February. “Expectations from outside are not that high but you still put something on yourself, we want to win here and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
 
Spain have won their last 22 matches at home and that record doesn’t look like ending this weekend. Both Spain’s singles players are ranked in the Top 12, while Austria boasts just one Top 100 player in world No. 21 Melzer. Their second singles player, Andreas Haider-Maurer, checks in at No. 139 but Davis Cup seems to inspire the 25-year-old to produce some of his best tennis and he is not averse to producing the odd upset, none more so than in this year’s first round when he saw off world No. 34 Alex Bogomolov Jr in the opening rubber.
 
Whether Haider-Maurer can produce another upset this weekend remains to be seen, but it seems unlikely that he will be able to overcome world No. 5 and eight-time clay court titleist David Ferrer, who leads the Spanish team in the absence of the injured Rafael Nadal.
 
Saturday’s doubles rubber is a more open affair with neither pairing having much experience as a duo. Marc Lopez, who won the Indian Wells-1000 doubles title with Nadal just three weeks ago, and Marcel Granollers have played together in Davis Cup just once before, claiming victory in the first round against Kazakhstan, while Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya have combined twice before in the competition with a win and a loss apiece.
 
A semifinal tie against either France or USA beckons for the winner of this weekend’s quarterfinal. If it’s Austria it will equal their best ever Davis Cup result, if it’s Spain it means that their unbeaten record at home will be the second best in Davis Cup history and a sixth title will be within touching distance.
 
The full draw is listed below:
 
Friday
R1: Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
R2: David Ferrer (ESP) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)
 
Saturday
R3: Marcel Granollers / Marc Lopez (ESP) v Oliver Marach / Alexander Peya (AUT)
 
Sunday
R4: David Ferrer (ESP) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
R5: Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2012, 11:20:45 PM »
Tsonga faces teenager Harrison first on Friday



ROQUEBRUNE CAP MARTIN, FRANCE: French No. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will face teenager Ryan Harrison in the opening rubber of France’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal showdown against the visiting American team on Friday. Gilles Simon will take on towering John Isner in the second rubber.
 
Hosted for the first time at the picturesque Monte Carlo Country Club, the French have home advantage but underdogs USA could yet pull off a surprise win. Harrison, who will be making his live Davis Cup debut is not showing any sign of nerves: “I think that obviously it's something both people have to deal with (playing first),” he said. “I think either way, playing first or second, it's the same for both players and we'll both be prepared. I think I have the advantage of being a practice partner a couple years ago, also being a part of that fantastic tie we had in Switzerland.
 
Tsonga know what to expect and thinks the fact that the French are playing at home will be a big bonus for him and the rest of the team. “He’s a young player and he improved a lot in the last couple of years and it’s going to be a good match and he will give everything on the court, I know that, but I will try to play my best tennis in this match.”
 
“We are playing in France and the Club is part of France and of course we enjoy the place, the weather,” said the No. 1 Frenchman. “I hope it will be okay and it will be a good weekend of tennis.”
 
The doubles rubber has Michael Llodra and Julien Benneteau playing the Bryan twins Bob and Mike. Bob is making his return after sitting out the first round against Switzerland because of the birth of his baby daughter Micaela. The reverse singles has Tsonga and Isner, the two No.1’s first up and the tie will close with Simon and Harrison.
 
The eloquent French Davis Cup captain Guy Forget says the key to the weekend will be not to get frustrated. He noted that neither team has had much lead-in time on clay, so both the French and Americans are in the same boat.
 
“Clay is frustrating at times because you hit thinking you hit a winner and it’s not a winner, you may need four shots to win the point,” Forget said. “You can have bad bounces, you have to slide when you get tired and you don’t want to slide as much and after a couple of hours it gets mental.
 
“It’s difficult, but hopefully my players will have a little edge in that perspective but John (Isner) is a great player – he beat Roger Federer a few weeks ago in the first round in Fribourg,” continued the French captain. “That was very impressive – he’s got a lot of experience now. He’s a very talented player.”
 
“Jim is a great captain. He’s going to find any weaknesses we have on our side so I look forward to a very exciting and tough match.”
 
And speaking of Jim Courier, the savvy American captain says that USA’s monumental 5-0 sweep of Switzerland in the first round does not add pressure to his team.
 
“While we are very proud of what we did in Switzerland, this is a totally different task and a different opponent,” Courier said. “Also, we are a different team as well. Mardy (Fish) is not here, Bob (Bryan) is here, Ryan and John and Mike are here so we’ve had a couple of changes.
 
“I wish it was as simple as saying we could keep that momentum but with the format of the Davis Cup now you don’t keep that momentum and we have to recreate it and that’s fine. We are absolutely the underdogs and that’s fine. We don’t mind playing as the underdogs.”
 
The full draw is listed below:
 
Friday
R1:Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Ryan Harrison (USA)
R2: Gilles Simon (FRA) v John Isner (USA)
 
Saturday
R3: Julien Benneteau / Michael Llodra (FRA) v Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan (USA)
 
Sunday
R4: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v John Isner (USA)
R5: Gilles Simon (FRA) v Ryan Harrison (USA)
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2012, 11:22:53 PM »
Berdych and Stepanek out for revenge



PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: The hosts are out for revenge against Serbia in this Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinal at the O2 Arena in Prague, but it would be a mistake to believe that a Czech Republic win is a mere formality.
 
Serbia dashed Czech hopes of reaching consecutive finals when they came back from 2-1 down in a semifinal tie in Belgrade two years ago en route to their first Davis Cup title.
 
And now the Czechs, led by the same duo of Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek, are keen to capitalise on the absence of the world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and book a place in the last four, where they will meet either Argentina or Croatia.
 
The world No. 1 is here in Prague in spirit if not in person. That burning desire to reach the top that galvanised his fellow countrymen is still evident among the Serbian players who would happily bust a gut to get their country to the latter stages of the competition and then step aside to allow the great man to return. How many other country’s players would willing do that? It says much about the Serbian team’s sense of unity.
 
The question is, will Serbia still be alive and kicking in this competition when Djokovic is willing and able to compete? The odds are slightly against it. This is arguably the closest of the four ties and one of those few occasions when the choice of surface could prove immaterial.
 
In fact, neither Tipsarevic nor Obradovic believes it gives the Czechs an advantage. “My players were actually born on the clay courts,” said Serbia’s captain. “We’ve practised for four days and before that Janko and Viktor [Troicki] had two days on clay in Serbia so we’ve had the same court time as the Czech team.”
 
Tipsarevic puts his rise to No. 8 in the rankings down to becoming more focussed away from the court. “I think the biggest change [in my game] is determination and the fact that I’m paying more attention to details outside of a tennis court,” he said. “I was always a hard worker, giving everything I have on the court, but little things away from the court, being professional 110 per cent is what has changed my game.”
 
Although the tie itself is a hard one to call, the outcome of the opening day’s singles play looks relatively straightforward. So much so that Jaroslav Navratil, the Czech captain, is looking past it to the end of the second day’s play when he fully expects Czech Republic to be holding a 2-1 lead, Tomas Berdych and  Radek Stepanek having put their country back in front, even though he has named Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Rosol to play the doubles.
 
Navratil’s crystal ball would no doubt reveal that Berdych, the world No. 7, will prove far too strong for Troicki in the opening rubber. By his own admission, the Serbian is not playing as well as he did 18 months ago when Tipsarevic pulled off victory in the fifth and final rubber against Stepanek.
 
If the Serbians were “born on clay” the Czechs have grown to love it more and more; Berdych reached the semifinals of Roland Garros in 2010 and Stepanek has been a Masters finalist on the rusty-coloured stuff (Hamburg ‘06) which is more than the two Serbians can say.
 
However, there ought to be too much momentum to Tipsarevic’s game at present for Stepanek to stop him in his tracks in the second of Friday’s rubbers, not to mention a six-year age difference. Stepanek, of course, scoffs at such a disadvantage, having just become a grand slam champion for the first time at the age of 33, in Australia. To him it’s just a number.
 
He also won the doubles title at the Miami Masters with the same partner - Leander Paes - so he comes to Prague with his crafty “old school” game in good working order and, most importantly, sufficiently rested, according to Tipsarevic.
 
He will be hoping that he can bring that doubles expertise into play crucially on Saturday. The old Davis Cup warrior doesn’t need to be told what a great opportunity this is for him to add to his silverware. As he said, “with Djokovic in the team they could count on two points no matter what”. But without him?
 
The full draw is listed below:
 
Friday
R1: Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Victor Troicki (SRB)
R2: Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
 
Saturday
R3: Frantisek Cermak / Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Nenad Zimonjic / Ilija Bozoljac (SRB)
 
Sunday
R4: Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
R5: Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Victor Troicki (SRB)
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2012, 11:25:01 PM »
Nalbandian selected to open against Croatia



BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: David Nalbandian has been given the nod by Argentine captain Martin Jaite to get the home team's campaign under way against Croatia in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinal tie at Parque Roca.
 
Nalbandian begins on Friday against Croatian No. 1 Marin Cilic before the battle of the big men - Juan Martin del Potro at 6ft 6in against Ivo Karlovic at 6ft 10in - commences in the second rubber.
 
Argentina's recent tactics have seen Juan Monaco named in the singles line-up on day one, which has left Nalbandian to play doubles and then still be sufficiently fresh should his services be required for a deciding fifth rubber.
 
However, Jaite has decided against that policy this time so the 30-year-old has the chance to get the hosts off to a quick start when he faces Cilic, although the Croat is ranked 27 places higher than Nalbandian at No. 23 in the world.
 
Advantage Argentina
 
Last year’s runners-up, Argentina, hold the unwanted record for reaching the most Davis Cup Finals without winning the title, having fallen at the final hurdle four times. But if the South Americans keep winning this year, they will play home all the way, including a potential Final.
 
Curiously, Croatia has raised the trophy in their first and only attempt, in 2005, when they defeated Slovak Republic in Bratislava, led by Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic and with the iconic Goran Ivanisevic in the team.
 
Argentina meets Croatia for a third time with both their previous encounters also coming at this stage of the competition in 2002 and 2006. Argentina has won both the previous match-ups in a decisive fifth rubber.
 
“Always special” - Nalbandian
 
Nalbandian opens the tie tomorrow, something that could be useful for him in order to have a few more hours to recover for the doubles match. However, the Unquillo native is more concerned about returning home. “It’s going to be great. We really enjoy playing in front of our own crowd. It’s always special to play here,” said Nalbandian.
 
Having won all the four previous matches against Cilic, Nalbandian thinks it is an advantage. “Every match is different. But of course, when you have already played against a guy it’s better because you know what to do, what are his best shots.”
 
On the other hand, for the Croatian No. 1, Cilic, statistics are just numbers. “I think the record doesn’t matter too much. We played a few weeks ago, and it was a close match. It’s going to be really entertaining for the crowd and a big challenge for me to play against him in front of his own crowd, where he plays the best,” said Cilic.
 
Just like Nalbandian, del Potro feels he is ready. “The captain gave us confidence with his early choice. It’s very good for us. I am ready to play and fight for my first singles match. He (Karlovic) doesn’t want to play too long rallies, but I will try to do that.”
 
Ivo Karlovic is the bond between the first tie, in 2002, and the present one, and he recalls that experience. “I was young, I was only 22 years old. It was a big experience for me and I liked it a lot. I remember the crowd was unbelievable, they were wild.”
 
The captains
 
After beating Germany in February, it will be the first time for Martin Jaite as a captain playing home. “I’m very happy just for being the Argentine captain. For me it’s an honour. For sure there’s a little bit more tension than in my first tie, in Germany, where there was less people around,” said the former world No. 10.
 
Strategy is not an issue for Croatia’s captain, Zeljko Krajan. “The only plan is to win three matches, we came here to fight, and there is no other secret.”
 
The full draw is listed below:
 
Friday
R1: David Nalbandian (ARG) v Marin Cilic (CRO)
R2: Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) v Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
 
Saturday
R3: David Nalbandian / Eduardo Schwank (ARG) v Marin Cilic / Lovro Zovko (CRO)
 
Sunday
R4: Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) v Marin Cilic (CRO)
R5: David Nalbandian (ARG) v Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2012, 11:33:19 PM »
Zone Group I team nominations


Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay)

Group I

The winners of the second round ties progress to the World Group play-offs in September, while the losers remain in Group I for 2013.
 
The winners of the first round play-off ties remain in Group I, while the losers face a relegation play-off tie in either September or October.
   
Americas 
 
Uruguay v Chile

 
- Stage: Second round
- Venue: Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club
- Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
- Surface: Outdoor clay 
 
Uruguay
Pablo Cuevas
Marcel Felder
Martin Cuevas
Ariel Behar
Enrique Perez (captain)
 
Chile
Paul Capdeville
Guillermo Hormazabal
Jorge Aguilar
Nicolas Massu
Belus Prajoux (captain)
 
Brazil v Colombia
 
- Stage: Second round
- Venue: Harmonia Tenis Clube
- Location: São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
- Surface: Outdoor clay 
 
Brazil
Thomaz Bellucci
Joao Souza
Bruno Soares
Marcelo Melo
Joao Zwetsch (captain)
 
Colombia
Santiago Giraldo
Alejandro Falla
Robert Farah
Juan Sebastian Cabal
Marc Gorriz (captain)
 
Asia/Oceania
 
Uzbekistan v India

 
- Stage: Second round
- Venue: Sport Complex Pahlavon
- Location: Namangan, Uzbekistan
- Surface: Indoor clay
 
Uzbekistan
Denis Istomin
Farrukh Dustov
Murad Inoyatov
Sarvar Ikramov
Petr Lebed (captain)
 
India
Yuki Bhambri
Sanam Singh
Leander Paes
Rohan Bopanna
Shiv Misra (captain)
 
Australia v Korea, Rep.
 
- Stage: Second round
- Venue: Pat Rafter Arena
- Location: Queensland, Australia
- Surface: Indoor hard 
 
Australia
Bernard Tomic
Matthew Ebden
Marinko Matosevic
Chris Guccione
Pat Rafter (captain)
 
Korea, Rep.
Suk-Young Jeong
Jung-Woong Na
Jae-Min Seol
Min Hyeok Cho
Yong-Il Yoon (captain)
 
Chinese Taipei v China, P.R.
 
- Stage: First round play-offs
- Venue: Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts
- Location: Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei
- Surface: Outdoor hard
 
Chinese Taipei
Tsung-Hua Yang
Jimmy Wang
Hsin-Han Lee
Cheng-Peng Hsieh
Chia-Yen Tsai (captain)
 
China, P.R.
Ze Zhang
Di Wu
Ya-Nan Ma
Zhe Li
Shao-Xuan Zeng (captain)
 
Europe/Africa 
 
Israel v Portugal

 
- Stage: Second round
- Venue: Canada Stadium
- Location: Ramat Hasharon, Israel
- Surface: Outdoor hard
 
Israel
Dudi Sela
Amir Weintraub
Jonathan Erlich
Andy Ram
Eyal Ran (captain)
 
Portugal
Rui Machado
Frederico Gil
Joao Sousa
Gastao Elias
Pedro Cordeiro (captain)
 
Great Britain v Belgium
 
- Stage: Second round
- Venue: Braehead Arena
- Location Glasgow, Great Britain
- Surface: Indoor hard
 
Great Britain
Josh Goodall - replaces James Ward
Dan Evans
Colin Fleming
Ross Hutchins
Leon Smith (captain)
 
Belgium
Olivier Rochus
Steve Darcis
Ruben Bemelmans
David Goffin
Johan van Herck (captain)
 
Netherlands v Romania
 
- Stage: Second round
- Venue: Sporthallen Zuid
- Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Surface: Indoor hard 
 
Netherlands
Robin Haase
Thomas Schoorel
Igor Sijsling
Jean-Julier Rojer
Jan Siemerink (captain)
 
Romania
Petru Alexandru Luncanu
Andrei Daescu
Darius Florin Bragusi
Florin Mergea
Ciprian Porumb (captain)
 
South Africa v Slovenia
 
- Stage: Second round
- Venue: Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre
- Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
- Surface: Outdoor hard
 
South Africa
Izak van der Merwe
Raven Klaasen
Ruan Roelofse
Jean Anderson
John Laffnie de Jager (captain)
 
Slovenia
Blaz Kavcic
Grega Zemlja
Janez Semrajc
Nik Razborsek
Blaz Trupej (captain)
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2012, 09:17:41 AM »
WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

Spain 2 : 0 Austria
Marina d'Or, Oropesa del Mar, Castellon, Spain.
N.Almagro d. J.Melzer 62 62 64
D.Ferrer d. A.Haider-Maurer61 63 61

France 1 : 1 USA
Monte Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune, France.
J.W.Tsonga d. R.Harryson 75 62 26 62
J.Isner d. G.Simon 63 62 75

Czech Rep. 1 : 1 Serbia
O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic.
T.Berdych d. V.Troicki 62 61 62
J.Tipsarevic d. R.Stepanek 57 64 64 46 97

Argentina 1 : 1 Croatia
Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
M.Cilic d. D.Nalbandian 57 64 46 76(2) 63
J.M.Del Potro d I.Karlovic 62 76(1) 61
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Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2012, 09:21:56 AM »
Thanks Conchita for your info!


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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2012, 09:29:50 AM »
you're welcome Dallas! :)

Isner fought back for the us team against Simon in Monte Carlo, sad to see Harrison losing, big fan of Ryan.
Almagro was impressive and Haider-Mauer made some 60 unforced errors.
the crowd at the Parque Roca louder than you can imagine, Rey David vs Cilic
also great fans as always in Prague!

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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2012, 12:01:49 PM »
Nably looks pretty fit actually. Has he been keeping fit or is this recent. Usually, he's ummm, a little more doughy.


I like how into it all the players get. It's very team oriented. Good passion.

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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2012, 02:02:04 PM »
monumental and incredible match at the Parque Roca, Cilic wins the 5 setter over Nalbandian in 5h09'!!!!!
now Del Potro under big pressure against Karlovic!!

in Prague, Stepanek and Tipsarevic also in the 5th set!!! and the Serb wins the match 9-7 in the 5th set, 5h07'!!!
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2012, 04:28:47 PM »
watching delpo vs karlovic.  delpo has it in his pocket....      but then out of nowhere he starys bleeding from the nose... i've seen this happening to him on several ocassions.   does he have a medical condition  or something like that?

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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2012, 05:10:41 PM »
Group I

The 8 winners of the second round ties progress to the World Group play-offs in September, while the losers remain in Group I for 2013.
World Group Playoffs: Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and Kazahkstan
 
Americas   
Uruguay 1 : 1 Chile
Brazil 1 : 1 Colombia

Asia/Oceania
Uzbekistan 2 : 0 India
Australia 2 : 0 Korea, Rep.

Europe/Africa  
Israel 2 : 0 Portugal
Great Britain 0 : 2 Belgium
Netherlands 2 : 0 Romania
South Africa 1 : 1 Slovenia

Asia/Oceania

The winner of the first round play-off ties remain in Group I, while the losers face a relegation play-off tie in either September or October.

Chinese Taipei 1 : 1 China, P.R.
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2012, 02:31:58 AM »
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Wild!

The Stepanek-Tipsarevic match lasted 5 hours and 7 minutes. Not sure what brought it on, but Stepanek refused to shake Tipsy's hand and according to reports, showed him the middle finger  :)

Here's the final point (didn't catch the finger)

Tipsarević - Štjepanek 3:2 (5:7, 6:4, 6:4, 4:6, 9:7)


Looking forward to more Stepanek-Tipsarevic in 2012 :thumbs-up:


Another 5h 9' marathon on the red clay saw Cilic d. Nalbandian 57 64 46 76 63. If this portends of things to come, RG could last 3 weeks!
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2012, 02:42:33 AM »
Babs, bud good to see you back  :). I didn't see the match but there is so much talk on tennis boards about Radek being an idiot ... I really like Stepanek but this was not cool...
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2012, 02:53:50 AM »
Babs, bud good to see you back  :). I didn't see the match but there is so much talk on tennis board about Radek being an idiot ... I really like Stepanek but this was not cool...

Good to see you, too, Alex. I watched some of the match, just enough to watch Stepanek celebrate a Tipsy DF that gave Radek the game. Tipsy wasn't phased, but it was in the Czech Rep so I wouldn't expect him to react. Janko's reaction at the end of the match was pretty animated and he definitely had choice words for Radek. I would like to see more. :Boxing:
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2012, 02:59:55 AM »
Great presser by Janko.

Janko: "I played one of my worst matches ever."

Radek: "You're a stinking 'vagina.'" (words to that effect)   :rofl_2:

Janko Tipsarevic press conference after match with Stepanek (The video's owner prevents external embedding)
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2012, 03:16:06 AM »
WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

Spain 2 : 0 Austria
Marina d'Or, Oropesa del Mar, Castellon, Spain.
N.Almagro d. J.Melzer 62 62 64
D.Ferrer d. A.Haider-Maurer61 63 61


Almagro keeps rolling in 2012. Will be interesting to see if he can pick off Mardy and Janko and move to 8 or 9.
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2012, 10:36:44 AM »
WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

Spain 2 : 1 Austria
Marina d'Or, Oropesa del Mar, Castellon, Spain.
Oliver Marach / Alexander Peya (AUT) d. Marcel Granollers / Marc Lopez (ESP) 36 64 64 76(12)


France 1 : 2 USA
Monte Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune, France.
Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan (USA) d. Julien Benneteau / Michael Llodra (FRA) 64 64 76(4)


Czech Rep. 2 : 1 Serbia
O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic.
Tomas Berdych / Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Ilija Bozoljac / Nenad Zimonijic (SRB) 64 62 76(4)


Argentina 2: 1 Croatia
Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
David Nalbandian / Eduardo Schwank (ARG) d. Marin Cilic / Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 36 76(6) 63 67(6) 86
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Re: Davis Cup - World Group Quarterfinals - 6-8 April 2012
« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2012, 01:20:18 PM »
Group I

The 8 winners of the second round ties progress to the World Group play-offs in September, while the losers remain in Group I for 2013.
World Group Playoffs: Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and Kazahkstan
 
Americas   
Uruguay 1 : 2 Chile
Brazil 2: 1 Colombia

Asia/Oceania
Uzbekistan 3 : 0 India
Australia 3 : 0 Korea, Rep.

Europe/Africa  
Israel 3 : 0 Portugal
Great Britain 1 : 2 Belgium
Netherlands 3 : 0 Romania
South Africa 2 : 1 Slovenia

Asia/Oceania

The winner of the first round play-off tie remain in Group I, while the losers face a relegation play-off tie in either September or October.

Chinese Taipei 1 : 2 China, P.R.
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