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Davis Cup 2014: Federer and Wawrinka give Switzerland the lead

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TENNIS DAVIS CUP 2014 – Federer and Wawrinka beat Julien Benneteau and Gael Monfils 6-3 7-5 6-4 in two hours and 12 minutes in the Saturday’s doubles match in the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille to give the Swiss team a crucial point for 2-1 over nine-time Davis Cup champions from France. Federer could score the decisive third point in the first rubber singles match. Diego Sampaolo

 

Switzerland is just one point away from lifting their first Davis Cup Trophy in history 22 years after losing 1-3 in Fort Worth against a star-studded US team.

The doubles match was expected to be an exciting and unpredictable match but Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, 2008 Olympic champions, played the perfect match winning in straight sets over 2012 doubles Olympic bronze medallists Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet.

Federer and Wawrinka broke a four-match losing streak in the Davis Cup (including a defeat earlier this year against Kazakhstan). The star-studded Swiss team scored their first doubles team on clay. They hit 67 winners, including seven aces, and won 40 of their 53 points at the net

Peter Lammer and Marco Chiudinelli won the only doubles match this year in the first round match against Serbia, while Federer and Wawrinka lost their four previous doubles matches. However Swiss captain Severin Luthi’s decision to opt for the 2008 Olympic champions proved to be successful.

Federer and Wawrinka never dropped their serve and saved all the five break point chances they faced during the second set. Benneteau, Roland Garros doubles champion and semifinalist at the ATP World Tour Finals in London with Edouard Roger-Vasselin this year, played a solid match but it was not enough to pose a threat to the Swiss team despite the strong support from the French fans in the Stade Pierre Mauroy.

The first set went on serve until the sixth game when Wawrinka earned the first two break point chances at 15-40 with two backhand shots. Benneteau saved the first break point but Wawrinka got the break for 4-2 with a backhand volley. Federer held serve to 15 to wrap up the first set with 6-3 in 28 minutes. The Swiss team dropped just five service points and won 17 winners

The second set started with Benneteau on serve. The Frenchman hit an ace and two service winners to hold the serve to 30. Federer hit a volley into the net and faced a break point at 30-40. Federer saved it with a volley before holding serve at deuce. Switzerland faced two break points at 15-40 in the fourth game but Federer held serve for 2-2. The French team earned two more break points in the 8th game but they failed to convert them. Wawrinka held serve for 4-4 with a volley and a service winner.

Switzerland brought up two break points at 4-4 15-40. If they had converted them, Federer would have served to give the Swiss team a 2-0 lead. The home team held serve for 5-4. Federer served to stay in the set at 4-5 and held serve. Switzerland raised the game and got a crucial break of serve to 15 to take the 6-5 lead when Federer hit a backhand return at 15-40. Federer closed out to 15 to wrap up the second set with 7-5. The five break points Benneteau and Gasquet failed to convert proved to be crucial.

Gasquet went up 40-0 but Switzerland earned two break points after Gasquet made a couple of mistakes. Gasquet saved with his serve to give France a 2-1 lead but Federer and Wawrinka earned two break points at 15-40 in the fifth game. Gasquet saved the first break point with a smash. Switzerland converted the third break point when Wawrinka hit a passing shot. The break in the fifth game proved to be enough to clinch the match in straight sets.

Encouraged by the supportive French crowd Gasquet managed to save the first match point at 3-5 but Switzerland held serve to love in the next game and sealed the win with a volley winner.

Gasquet and Benneteau won just 19 of their 87 service return points.

“We tried to play aggressive and dictate the match. It’s a big relief. I am extremely happy that I am on the court helping the team. It’s always a pleasure playing with Stan. We played exceptionally well. I think a doubles is a test because you got to keep serving and volleying, being explosive all the time. I am relieved to do that. I will try to play my best tomorrow. Hopefully I will feel fine tomorrow”, said Federer

Federer talked about the contribution of David McPherson who was contacted by Severin Luthi. “He has been very helpful for us. We had a good and long conversation about the doubles. I am so happy that Severin had the idea to contact David and he was ready to jump onboard and help us. Singles is more freestyle. You play the way you feel. You don’t play the tendencies so much. In doubles I guess you have to do it more often sometimes”, said Federer

“It was great doubles. Past Davis Cup matches were not that good but it was a different tie. We are ready to play well, ready to go for the doubles. It was important to be aggressive on the court and to show that we are going to take the lead and going to take the doubles. I feel great. It was important to get some confidence. I feel that I am playing well on the court. I need to try everything in my racquet to win these matches. We are leading 2-1 and we have a chance to play the last game. We will face a tough day tomorrow but I am fit. We know very well and it’s easy for us to play together. I was confident with my game after playing well yesterday. Today we both played very well and did a good job”, said Wawrinka

“I feel great. It was an unbelievable doubles. Roger and Stan did a great job but we need to stay focused for tomorrow”, said Severin Luthi. “We wanted to put the best team on court. Playing the double helped Roger. He will be be ready for tomorrow. We talked about the possibilities the French team have but it was more about preparing ourselves in the best possible way. ”

Benneteau talked about the French defeat and the attempt to do something different to break the Swiss team in the second set. “At the end of the second set we were very close to break them. We do not think we had to change a lot of things. We just have to put some pieces of the puzzle together. The returns were better. After that they played good at the volley. Our second shot could have been better at this time. We could have returned at the same time together. This is one of the keys in doubles. It was tough to lose the second set because we had the feeling that we could have won this one”

“I could have played better”, said a disappointed Gasquet. “I was not able to make the breakpoints I had in the second set. If we had got a break, we would have in a better position for winning the second set where we had five breakpoints. It was on my side and I could have done better on some of them. I had an unlucky return. I didn’t play an exceptional match and I am disappointed”

Jo Wilfred Tsonga will need a miracle to keep French hopes alive when he faces Federer in the first reverse rubber match on Sunday. The fifth rubber match will feature Wawrinka and Monfils.

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PREVIEW: Vasek Pospisil Looking To Lead Canada At Davis Cup Finals

The Canadian will look to lead his team one step further after reaching the final in Madrid back in 2019.

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MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 23: Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2021 at Madrid Arena on November 23, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos / Quality Sport Images / Kosmos Tennis)

It’s not an ideal situation when two of your best players decide not to play and represent their country but that is what has happened to Canada with both Felix Auger Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov.

 

Both players citing the need for rest after a long and taxing season that literally gives them less than two months to rest and recuperate before the off-season preparations and a trip down under for the Australian tennis season.

Pospisil leads a team with Brayden Schnur, Peter Polansky and replacement Steven Diez. While on paper all players are ranked outside the top 100 Canada still has good chances of getting past the group stage.

In their way are Sweden and Kazakhstan. They will open their tournament on Thursday in Madrid against the Swedes before facing the Kazaks on Sunday morning at the Madrid Arena.

Once again two wins will be needed and it will be a busy week for Pospisil who will be called upon to play singles and doubles, which has been confirmed by team captain Frank Dancevic.

The million-dollar question is who will be Canada’s number two singles player and who will play with the Vernon, BC native? Dancevic is yet to confirm this.

Schnur was an alternate player on the team last time, Polansky wasn’t even called upon and it’s been 10 years since Diez even represented his country so the experience isn’t there.

But then again anything can happen in Davis Cup and looking at the other teams Sweden will use Elias and Mikael Ymer while Kazakhstan will rely on the highest-ranked player in the group Alexander Bublik with teammate Mikhael Kukushin.

It’s all to play for in the Spanish capital and Canada is coming off an incredible run in 2019 which ended up in them losing to Spain in the final where they were able to show the world they are here to play.

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Canada suffers massive blow as Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime pull out of Davis Cup

The two tennis stars cited fatigue and injury as the reason why they have chosen not to play in the team event.

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Denis Shapovalov (CAN) - Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Canada will be without its top two players as they head to Madrid for the Davis Cup Finals.

 

After losing in the Stockholm Open final at the weekend, Denis Shapovalov made it official that he was pulling out of the Davis Cup Finals citing he needed to rest and take time off.

“Unfortunately, I will not take part in the Davis Cup Finals,” Shapovalov said in a statement. “It’s always a pleasure and an honor for me to represent my country in the Davis Cup, but I need some rest in the offseason.”

Shortly after Felix Auger Aliassime also released a statement confirming that he was pulling out as well due to a nagging injury and also stated he needed some time off as well.

So far Canada has only called up Steven Diez as a replacement for the team that currently has Vasek Pospisil, Peter Polansky, and Brayden Schnur. It is a massive blow for a team that looked like a heavy favorite.

Team captain Frank Dancevic also commentated on the situation by saying he understands why both players have decided not to play.

“We know that Félix and Denis have always made the Davis Cup one of their top priorities since the beginning of their professional careers, and even before that since they had won the Junior Davis Cup for Canada in 2015,” said Dancevic. “But it’s been a long and even more trying season due to the protocols and measures put in place to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and we completely understand their decision.’
We know that we can count on Félix and Denis’ support and leadership in the years to come. That said, we are delighted to have Steven (Diez) join us for the Finals. Although Steven doesn’t have much Davis Cup experience, he has proven time and time again that he’s an incredible team player and that he’s able to adapt to various situations.”

Diez, who is 30 years old, has only played Davis Cup once before which was 11 years ago back in 2010 in a Group 1 semi-final tie against Columbia. His career-high ranking was 134 in 2019 and his best result was making the final of an ATP Challenger event in Spain.

The Davis Cup Finals will be held in Madrid, Innsbruck, and Turin beginning on the 25th of November. Canada will be based in Madrid in a group with Sweden and Kazakhstan.

Canada faces Sweden on the 25th and Kazakhstan on the 28th of November. The last time around made the final back in 2019 before losing to Spain.

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Novak Djokovic Leads Quartet Of To 10 Players Set To Play Davis Cup Finals

Here is a full list of players who have been nominated to play in the team event next month.

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Novak Djokovic returns a shot during a Men's Singles quarterfinal match at the 2021 US Open, Wednesday, Sep. 8, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Jed Jacobsohn/USTA)

World No.1 Novak Djokovic will lead Serbia in the Davis Cup Finals once again after getting officially nominated for the event on Monday.

 

The 20-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t played a competitive match since losing in the final of the US Open but had previously expressed his desire to play in the team event. Djokovic will be the only top 20 player participating in Group F with both Austria and Germany missing their top players. Dominic Thiem is still recovering from injury and Alexander Zverev has said he would not play in protest of the changes made to the Davis Cup in recent years.

Djokovic, who has won three out of the four major events this season, is expected to play in both the Paris Masters and ATP Finals prior to the Davis Cup. He was instrumental in guiding his country to glory in the team competition back in 2010 which was the first and only time they have won the title.

Russia boasts a strong team with both US Open champion Daniil Medvedev and world No.6 Andrey Rublev getting the nod. Making them the only team in the event to feature two top 10 players. Unlike other countries, they will be called the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) in the tournament. This is due to a previous WADA and CAS ruling against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency over the country’s involvement in state-sponsored doping during multiple Olympic Games.

Italy, who hasn’t won the Davis Cup since 1976, will be headlined by Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini. Joining him in the team will be Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Sonego, Fabio Fognini and Lorenzo Musetti. The Italians have the advantage of playing their group ties on home ground in Turin which is the same city which will hold the ATP Finals. They will take on America and Colombia.

It is possible that some nominations for the Davis Cup could change in the coming weeks. French captain Sebastien Grosjean told reporters that it is possible he may include Gael Monfils in the team should he produce some good results on the Tour. Meanwhile, Andy Murray isn’t ruling out taking part.

“Never say never, maybe I could be convinced to play,” The Times newspaper quoted Murray as saying on Monday.

The Davis Cup Finals will take place between November 25 – December 5th. The group and quarter-finals ties will be held across Europe in Madrid, Turin and Innsbruck. Then the semi-finals and final will be held in Madrid. Each Group tie will consist of three matches – two singles and one doubles.

Tournament schedule

source – www.daviscupfinals.com

List of team nominations

Group A – Madrid, Spain

Spain
Pablo Carreno Busta
Roberto Bautista Agut
Carlos Alcaraz
Feliciano Lopez
Marcel Granollers
Captain: Sergi Bruguera

RTF
Daniil Medvedev
Andrey Rublev
Aslan Karatsev
Karen Khachanov
Evgeny Donskoy
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

Ecuador
Emilio Gomez
Roberto Quiroz
Diego Hidalgo
Gonzalo Escobar
Cayetano March
Captain: Raul Viver

Group B – Madrid, Spain

Canada
Felix Auger-Aliassime
Denis Shapovalov
Vasek Pospisil
Brayden Schnur
Peter Polansky
Captain: Frank Dancevic

Kazakhstan
Alexander Bublik
Mikhail Kukushkin
Dmitry Popko
Aleksandr Nedovyesov
Andrey Golubev
Captain: Yuriy Schukin

Sweden
Mikael Ymer
Elias Ymer
Jonathan Mridha
Andre Goransson
Captain: Robin Soderling

Group C – Innsbruck, Austria

France
Ugo Humbert
Arthur Rinderknech
Richard Gasquet
Pierre-Hugues Herbert
Nicolas Mahut
Captain: Sebastien Grosjean

Great Britain
Cameron Norrie
Daniel Evans
Joe Salisbury
Neal Skupski
Captain: Leon Smith

Czech Republic
Jiri Vesely
Tomas Machac
Zdenek Kolar
Jiri Lehecka
Lukas Rosol
Captain: Jaroslav Navratil

Group D – Turin, Italy

Croatia
Marin Cilic
Borna Coric
Borna Gojo
Nikola Mektic
Mate Pavic
Captain: Vedran Martic

Australia
Alex de Minaur
John Millman
Jordan Thompson
Alexei Popyrin
John Peers
Captain: Lleyton Hewitt

Hungary
Marton Fucsovics
Attila Balazs
Zsombor Marozsan
Mate Valkusz
Captain: Gabor Koves

Group E – Turin, Italy

USA
John Isner
Reilly Opelka
Taylor Fritz
Jack Sock
Rajeev Ram
Captain: Mardy Fish

Italy
Matteo Berrettini
Jannik Sinner
Lorenzo Sonego
Fabio Fognini
Lorenzo Musetti
Captain: Filippo Volandri

Colombia
Daniel Galan
Nicolas Mejia
Juan Sebastian Cabal
Robert Farah
Captain: Alejandro Falla

Group F – Innsbruck, Austria

Serbia
Novak Djokovic
Filip Krajinovic
Dusan Lajovic
Laslo Djere
Miomir Kecmanovic
Captain: Viktor Troicki

Germany
Jan Lennard Struff
Dominik Koepfer
Peter Gojowczyk
Kevin Krawietz
Tim Puetz
Captain: Michael Kohlmann

Austria
Dennis Novak
Jurij Rodionov
Gerald Melzer
Oliver Marach
Philipp Oswald
Captain: Stefan Koube

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