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Davis Cup 2014: Fognini gives Italy the lead. Murray – Seppi suspended



TENNIS – Davis Cup 2014. Italy took the lead after Fognini beat Ward in the first rubber in four sets with 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-1 after heavy rain postponed the match by two hours. The second match was suspended because of bad light as Murray was leading 6-4 5-5 against Seppi. Murray saved four set points at 4-5 in the second set. The match will be resumed on Saturday morning at 10.30 local time. Diego Sampaolo


LIsten to the press conferences from Naples

Word Number 13 Fabio Fognini gave Italy the early 1-0 lead after clinching a tough match in four sets with 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-1 after a two-hour delay due to heavy rain which made the clay court very slow. .

Fognini went down a break to fall behind 0-3 in the early stages of the match but recovered from a sluggish start to break back at 3-3 before breaking serve again to clinch the first set. Ward, who won against Sam Querrey in the first round match against the USA in San Diego, broke early in the second set and went on to play a consistent second set against a struggling Fognini. Ward broke again with a drop-shot to take the second set.

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Fognini took a medical time-out to treat his injured rib. The Italian broke serve early in the third set as Ward hit wide. Fognini faced a series of break points during the third set but he managed to hold serve before serving out for the set.

Fognini got a early break in the fourth set before sealing a easy win with a drop volley on his first match point for 6-1 after three hours and nine minutes.

I feel a bit tired. I had a week off after Miami. Everything is going to be in the right way”, said Fognini.

If Fognini is fit, he could team up with Simone Bolelli in tomorrow’s doubles match.

Andy Murray and Andreas Seppi started their second rubber at 17.40 local time. They were aware that they were unlikely to finish their match before sunset.

The match was balanced until the seventh game when Murray got the break in the seventh game to lead 4-3 before closing out the first set with a forehand pass.

Seppi got the break at the fourth opportunity to take a 4-2 lead but Murray broke straight back in the following game. The Scotsman could not convert on three break point chances at 4-4 before it was decided that there would be one more game

Murray served to stay in the set at 4-5 as light was fading. Murray saved four set points with a volley to draw level to level to 5-5 in a long and dramatic game before the match was suspended.

Murray and Seppi will resume the match on Saturday morning. The Scotsman could play his second match in the crucial doubles match if he will be chosen to team up with Colin Fleming.

First and foremost we have got to get Andy focused to finish the job against Seppi. I twill be a difficult challenge but I think that Andy is in the driving seat. Once the match is finished we will a discussion with Andy and the rest of the team to see what we can do with the doubles, said British captain Leon Smith

Switzerland vs Kazakhstan 1-1

The winner of the Naples match will play against either Switzerland or Kazakhstan in next September’s semifinal. Switzerland was the favourite on the eve of the match held indoors in the Palexpo in Geneva but the Davis Cup often provides surprises .

The match between 2014 Australian Open champion Stanislas Warinka and Andrey Golubev was the example that everything can happen in the Davis Cup and ranking do not matter too much.

The Kazakh player gave a surprising early lead after taking an upset win over Wawrinka in four sets with 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7-5).

Wawrinka saved two match points in the 12th game of the fourth set. In the tie-break Golubev took a 6-2 lead but Wawrinka managed to save three more break points before the Kazakh player converted his sixth match point after 3 hours and 14 minutes to win for the second time in four head-to-head matches against Wawrinka.

Wawrinka converted on just one of his 10 break points and made 70 unforced errors.

There is always a lot of pressure when you play at home and for your country but it’s part of our game and you have to deal with that. I am expecting to play better omorrow in the doubles. I started a little bit tight. When I am in this position, I know that I don’t move so well. He was playing really aggressive and I did not find a way to to turn the match”, said Wawrinka

Roger Federer kept Swiss hopes alive by drawing level with a three-set win over Mickail Kukushkin with 6-4 6-4 6-2 in less than two hours to the relief of the 15000 Swiss fans who packed the Geneva Indoor arena Federer got the break in the tenth game for 6-4 in both the first and the second set The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who is bidding to win his first Davis Cup, broke serve in the second game to take a 3-0 lead in the third set. He broke sere in the final game to clinch the third set 6-2. Federer capitalized on four of his nine break points and did not face a break point chance.

Federer and Wawrinka are expected to team up for Saturday’s match against teh Kazakh team which may feature Golubev and either Aleksander Nedovyesov or Evgeny Korolev.

I trust Stan that he is going to be fit and healthy and fighting till the end. It was unfortunate for his match but I think that Golubev played a good match in good indoor conditions for him”, said Federer.

The Swiss team is bidding to reach the first semifinal since 2004.

Japan vs Czech Republic 0-2

Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol gave defending champions from Czech Republic a comfortable 2-0 lead against Japan in Tokyo. Japan is missing their best player Kei Nishikori who is nursing a groin injury.

Radek Stepanek rallied from a set down to edge Tatsuma Ito with 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 7-5. Lukas Rosol overcame a tough match against Taro Daniel in five se ts with 6-4 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-2

Davic Cup hero Radek Stepanek will team up with Jiri Vezely in Saturday’s double match against Yasutaka Uchiyama and Tatsuma Ito

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(VIDEO) Ubaldo Scanagatta On A Week To Remember For Canada At The Davis Cup

The CEO of Ubitennis also shares his view about the format of the tournament and how he thinks it can be improved.



MALAGA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 27: Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2022 at Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena on November 27, 2022 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado/ Quality Sport Images / Kosmos Tennis)

Canada has become the 16th nation to win the Davis Cup after producing a clinical performance against Australia in the final on Sunday. Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime both eased through their matches in straight sets to claim an historic victory for their country.


Watching the matches unfold from the sidelines was Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta who gives his verdict on events that has taken place in Malaga over the past week.

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Canada Says There Are No Clear Favorite To Win Davis Cup After Reaching Final Four 

After suffering a surprise opening defeat, Canada managed to find their footing to keep its chance of winning their first Davis Cup title alive in Malaga. 



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This year’s Davis Cup champions will be decided with the help of a ‘little bit of luck and execution,’ according to the captain of the Canadian team. 


Canada secured their place in the semi-finals on Thursday by edging their way past Germany 2-1 after battling back from behind. The tie began with a shock loss for Denis Shapovalov who fell 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2), to Jan-Lennard Struff who is currently ranked more than 100 places lower than him in the ATP rankings. However, the North American nation managed to level the tie with the help of Felix Auger-Aliassime who beat Oscar Otte 7-6(1), 6-4. 

With all to play for, the tie was decided by a critical doubles match that saw Shapovalov return to the court alongside Vasek Pospisil. Their opponents were the formidable Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puertz who had an 8-0 record in Davis Cup matches when playing together and had clinched the winning point for their team on seven occasions. The German duo started the stronger before Shapovalov and Pospisil battled back to prevail 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Sending Canada into the semi-finals of the Davis Cup for the first time since 2019. 

“Today (Thursday) was a perfect example of Davis Cup at its finest,” said Canadian captain Frank Dancevic. 
“It was amazing to watch. They showed so much heart going into the match. At the beginning of the match, it was tough to find the rhythm. But once they found the rhythm and once they got in the groove, they played lights out. They played amazing. Took control of the match.” He added.

Canada made their Davis Cup debut in 1913 but they are yet to win the title, finishing runners-up on two occasions. The last time they reached the final was three years ago when they were beaten by Spain in Madrid. 

Standing in their way of another place in the final this year is Italy who defeated the USA 2-1 in their quarter-final tie on Thursday. The other section of the draw will see Croatia take on Australia. Canada might be the only team in the quartet yet to win the trophy but Dencevic believes there is no clear favourite in this year’s tournament. 

“I don’t think right now everybody is playing incredible tennis, and there is so much that can happen in three matches with singles and doubles and there is so much diversity that I wouldn’t say there is a favourite team right now.” He said. 
“Out of the four teams, everybody is really good. We have to put ourselves in the position to win. Everybody’s going to be in the position to win. It’s just about who is going to execute at certain moments in the matches, and it will come down to a little bit of luck and a little bit of execution, but I think it’s very even throughout the field. We are all amazing teams going into the semis.”

Canada’s Semi-final clash with Italy will take place on Saturday. Croatia will play Australia later today. 

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Davis Cup Becomes Part Of ATP Calendar In New Partnership

The ATP and Kosmos have collaborated over the Davis Cup ensuring it’s place on the ATP calendar.



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In Tennis First, ATP Joins Kosmos And ITF To Form Strategic Alliance Supporting Davis Cup.


The 122-year-old Davis Cup will officially become part of the ATP calendar from 2023 following a historic agreement between two of the sports principle bodies.

The International Tennis Federation, who are the principal organizers of the team event, has reached an agreement with the competitions financial backers Kosmos and the ATP Tour to form a strategic alliance. The aim of the new partnership is to focus on the governance and the evolution of what is the oldest team competition of the sport.

Under the agreement, the ATP will occupy two out of the six seats of the newly formed Davis Cup events committee which also includes Kosmos, ITF, long term investors and promoters. In a press release issued on Monday, organizers say their collaboration is aimed to ‘maximize the success of the historic team competition as the men’s World Cup of Tennis.’

The Davis Cup will become officially part of the ATP Tour calendar from 2023. It will take place during weeks 5, 37 and 47. Similar to an agreement made with the Laver Cup a couple of years ago, there will be an increase in marketing the event among ATP channels.

The announcement also ensures that they are committed to giving players prize money for the finals, offering 15 million dollars to players competing in the Davis Cup Finals.

Speaking in the announcement ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi, ITF president David Haggerty and Kosmos Tennis CEO all were excited about this new collaboration:

“Our focus is always on creating the best possible experiences for our fans and players. Delivering compelling international team competitions that dovetail with the year-round calendar and continue to innovate is a vital part of that,” Gaudenzi said.

“This announcement heralds an important new alliance between the ITF, Kosmos and ATP which further strengthens the importance of team competition and Davis Cup’s unique role in elite men’s professional tennis,” Haggerty added.

“It is a very important agreement for all three parties and especially for the players. In the last three years, the format of the competition has been improved to reach a greater number of fans, generate a greater impact and facilitate the participation of the best players in the world. We look forward to seeing the event grow even further in the coming years,” Rojas commented.

The Davis Cup recorded it’s highest levels of participation in history last year with 137 teams competing in the competition.

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