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Davis Cup: Federer seals Switzerland’s place in the final

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TENNIS DAVIS CUP – Roger Federer beat Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-4 7-6 (4) in just under two hours to give the third decisive point to the Swiss team to the delight of the 184000 home fans. Switzerland can celebrate the return to the Davis Cup final 22 years after the 3-2 defeat against the USA. Federer has the chance to complete his impressive collection of titles. Diego Sampaolo

 

Fognini started better and got a break point in the third game which Federer saved with an ace. Federer looked nervous until the sixth game when he broke serve to take a 4-2 lead.

Federer got a second break in the final game of the opening set to wrap it up with 6-2

Federer could not convert three break points in the second game of the second set but he held serve to love to take the 3-2 edge before earning a break point at 4-3 with a forehand down the line. The Swiss legend hit a lob which Fognini smashed into the net and broke serve for 5-3.

Federer was under pressure when Fognini earned three break points in the fourth game and another in the sixth but Federer fended them off.

Federer had to serve to stay in the set at 4-5 but he drew level to 5-5 with his 10th ace. Fognini rallied from 0-30 in the eleventh game.

The third set came down to the tie-break. Federer got the mini-break to go up 4-1 but Fognini clawed his way back to 4-4. Federer got another mini-break with a forehand return winner

Federer hit his 12th ace to pull away to 6-4 before closing out on his second match point when Fognini hit his backhand into the net.

Federer did not play his best tennis but he was better than Fognini on the most important points.

The red-cross team makes its return to the Davis Cup final 22 years after losing against the USA 2-3. Switzerland will travel to Lille in Northern France to play against the strong French team led by Jo Wilfred Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils who will take a favourite role as the home country.

Federer will be bidding to win one of the few trophies missing in his impressive collection. For Wawrinka the Davis Cup could crown a magic season in which he won his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and his first Master 1000 in Monte-Carlo.

After the match Federer celebrated with his teammates Stan Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, Michael Lammer and Swiss captain Severin Luthi parading Swiss red-crossed flags at the centre of the court.

Federer expressed his joy after the match by wimping with delight when he won the final point, showing how important this triumph was for him. If Switzerland beats France in Lille next November, Federer could add the Davis Cup to the 17 Grand Slam titles

“I think I really struggled and Fabio really struggled the whole weekend. There were tough conditions. There were a lot of errors. It was not the best performance for both of us, but you have got to fight with what you have got. It was thrilling at the end”, said Federer.

“In the first two sets I was a bit unlucky. I played well. I had a chance in the first set. I had the first break point and when I lost serve it was from two forehands that were just out. When you play Roger, you have to make these. I did not play badly but on the most important points he played better than me, so I have to say Bravo to him”, said Fognini

The French team, who beat twice defending champions from Czech Republic with an emphatic 4-1 at the legendary Phillippe Chatrier Court in Paris, will make its return to the Davis Cup final four years after losing 3-2 against Serbia in Belgrade. Among the players who played in the Serbian capital there was current French captain Arnaud Clement

It’s amazing. My players are so focused on the Davis Cup and we are now in the final. It’s amazing. We are going to celebrate this but they are going to be focused on the final”, said Clement

France has not played a final at home since 2002. It will be the first time that Jo Wilfred Tsonga will play a Davis Cup final. The Equipe tricolore won their ninth and last Davis Cup in 2001

“It’s son great being in the final because i am waiting for it because a few years ago we qualified for the final but I was not able to play because I was injured. Now I will have another chance to play another final”, said Tsonga

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Spain to face Russia and Ecuador in Davis Cup Finals next November

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The draw of the 2020 Davis Cup Finals in Madrid took place at the ITF offices in London on 12th March. The Davis Cup Finals will begin in Madrid on 23rd November 2020.

 

Defending champions Spain has been drawn in the Group A against Russia and Ecuador. Last year Rafael Nadal guided the Spanish team to the triumph in the final against Canada at the Caja Magica.

This year’s ATP Cup champions Serbia will face Germany and Austria in a Group A, which features three top 10 players Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev. Djokovic beat Thiem in this year’s final of the Australian Open.

In the Group E the USA will take on Italy in a re-match of last year’s late round-robin match. These two teams were drawn against Colombia.Last year’s finalists Canada will meet Sweden and Kazakhstan.

Three former Davis Cup champions France, Great Britain and Czech Republic have been drawn in Group C.

 

Croatia will clash against Australia and Hungary in Group D.

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John Millman Praises ‘Special’ Atmosphere After Australia’s Davis Cup Triumph

John Millman praised the ‘special’ Davis Cup atmosphere in Adelaide after their 3-1 win over Brazil.

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John Millman praised the ‘special’ Davis Cup atmosphere in Adelaide this weekend after Australia booked their spot in the Davis Cup Finals. 

 

As Australia headed into the second day with a 2-0 advantage, many people expected a comfortable 3-0 win for the hosts but that turned out not to be the case.

Marcelo Demoliner and Felipe Meligini Rodrigues Alves gave Brazil hope after an epic 2 hour and 54 minute win over James Duckworth and John Peers.

A 5-7 7-5 7-6(6) victory for the Brazilians saw the tie taken into a fourth rubber as John Millman knew he had to step up to seal victory for the Aussies.

Another sensational match as Millman battled past Thiago Monteiro 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 7-6(3) to secure a thrilling win and Australia’s place in November’s Davis Cup Finals.

After sealing the win, Millman praised the special atmosphere in Adelaide over the two days, “To have an experience like this, that’s better than just about any experience I’ve had,” Millman told Tennis Australia.

“It was something pretty special this weekend. I enjoyed every second of it. It was so much fun. It was an emotional rollercoaster and we’re so happy to get through. To do it with these boys, it’s been a really special week.”

As for captain Lleyton Hewitt, this win typified what he loves about the home and away format that the Davis Cup Qualifiers shows, “There were ebbs and flows in all the matches. It could have gone either way,” Hewitt said.

“That is what Davis Cup is about and that’s why I love the home and away format. To have the atmosphere and the crowd involvement, it was a lot of fun for us to be out there.

“For these guys to play in front of their home fans again, they don’t get to do it throughout the year that often. I’m just thrilled for them that they get to enjoy it and be part of it. It is something really special.”

Next for Hewitt and his Australian team will be the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid, where they will join last year’s semi-finalists Spain, Canada, Great Britain and Russia as well as wildcards Serbia and France.

Also qualifying for November’s showpiece were Ecuador and Kazakhstan after their respective wins over Japan and the Netherlands.

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Kei Nishikori Out Of Davis Cup In Latest Blow To Japan

More bad news for fans of the injury-stricken player.

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Former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori has hinted that he may not be able to return to the tour until the clay season after withdrawing from his country’s upcoming Davis Cup tie against Ecuador.

 

Nishikori, who is currently ranked 31st in the world, had been in Miki training ahead of his country’s clash in the team competition. Raising hopes that he will be making a return this weekend. However, he has now confirmed that he is not fully at the level he needs to be to play. The 30-year-old hasn’t played a competitive match since September after undergoing surgery on his right elbow.

“Physically I’m not at my max.” AFP news quoted Nishikori as saying on Thursday.
“I want to return to competition after I improve my strength and become fully confident.
“It might be after Miami or during the clay season,” he added.

Japan will now enter their tie without their two top ranked players on the tour. Another notable absentee is world No.48 Yoshihito Nishioka, who has pulled out of the competition over coronavirus concerns. Yesterday the country recorded it’s 1000th infection of the illness, which is also known as Covid-19. The outbreak has affected many public events in Japan, but officials are confident that this year’s Olympic Games will go ahead as planned.

As a result of the outbreak, the Davis Cup clash will take place behind closed doors. The decision was jointly made between the ITF, Japanese Tennis Association and the country’s government. Baseball matches in the country have also been played without a crowd and the football J-League has been postponed.

“I am grateful just to be held while many sports are being cancelled.” Yasutaka Uchiyama told reporters.
“I want to get results firmly for the fans who support me in front of the TV. ”

Uchiyama and Go Soeda will be the two players who are playing singles in the tie against Ecuador instead of Nishikori and Nishioka.

Another Davis Cup tie affected by the Coronavirus is Italy’s home tie with South Korea. The government announced on Wednesday that all sporting fixtures will be played behind closed doors until April 3rd. Italy is the worst affected country in Europe with more than 3000 cases.

During a recent interview with Ubitennis, the ITF has said that are monitoring the threat posed by Covid-19 to their tournaments on a ‘case by case’ basis and are liaising with the relevant authorities. The ITF is the body which runs the Davis Cup.

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