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Davis Cup: Kyrgios and Thompson give Australia a 2-0 lead over the Czech Republic

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In Melbourne, the first day of the tie between Australia and the Czech Republic ends with a authoritative  2-0 lead for the hosting team

 
Fantastic maiden Davis Cup rubber for jordan Thompson

Fantastic maiden Davis Cup rubber for jordan Thompson

From Melbourne Robbie Cappuccio

On the plexicushion surface of the central court at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club on Plexicushion – home of the Australian Open from 1972 to 1987 – the casual way Nick Kyrgios dismissed Jan Satral does not surprise anybody;  it does – not so much for the end result as for the way the match unfolded- Jordan Thompson’s 3 sets dispatch of Jiri Vesely in just over one hour an a half. Tomorrow’s doubles, where John Peers, recent winner of the Australian Open doubles title with Groth will face Stepanek and Kolar, is a good chance for Australia to close the file and relax waiting for the winner the United States and Switzerland, that is … the US, given that Federer and Wawrinka are not competing.

J. Thompson d. J. Vesely 6-3 6-3 6-4 

A beautiful summer day, but sparse crowd at Kooyong: it’s Friday morning and the school year has just begun, that basically leaves retirees to attend the first rubbers. There’s excitement for Jordan Thompson’s debut in the Davis Cup. Thompson is currently ATP n.65 and coming from a good start of the season, with QF at Brisbane where he defeated Ferrer, and a second round at the Australian Open where he lost in 4 sets to Thiem. The opponent is the left-handed Czech Vesely ATP 54.

It’s 11AM and Thompson literally blasts off, winning eight of the first 10 points and immediately breaking Vesely’s serve. “Just to get off to a great start and break first game and then hold gave me a lot of confidence, and really relaxed me and I think I really took it from there and sort of ran away with the match,” said the laconic Thompson at the press conference after the game. Thomspon served really well in the first set (72% first serve and 90% points won) controlling the rally, while Vesely collects too many unforced errors. The set point comes after a half hour: Thompson takes command of the rally with a backhand down the line followed by an inside-out forehand on which little can the Czech do. The set ends 6-3 without too many emotions.

The script does not change in the second set with Thompson ruling the court with his forehand (16 forehand winners in the match), getting the break at the eighth game and taking the set at the first set point, with a forehand attack followed by a forehand slap from one meter from the net: 6-3.

There’s more match in the third set, with Vesely managing to level from a break down and move to 4 all,  only to lose serve immediately after. At 5-4 and serve, Thompson does not miss the chance and closes the rubber, sealing it with an ace and then pointing to the tattoo on his bicep (Australian coat of arms and Olympic rings), before hi-fiving captain Lleyton Hewitt and team mates. It’s barely past lunchtime and Australia is already ahead 1-0. A majestic performance by Thompson, with 20 winners and a great pace, while Vesely was frankly disappointing, looking out of shape and slacking, unable to contrast the opponent’s forehand, committing 46 unforced errors and winning only 36 % of the points on his second serve.

 

N. Kyrgios d. J. Satral 6-2 6-3 6-2 

It’s 1: 45 when Satral takes to court looking quite resigned before even starting the match, while Kyrgios displays his  usual gansta rapper walk and face, which obviously intimidates the Czech, who is unable to make a point on the Nick’s first service game, then misses an easy attack from the service box, and finds himself 0-3 after 9 minutes.

 

 

Kyrgios has another break point at 4-1, which he does not convert, but still grabs the set in less than half an hour, breaking Satral’s serve again with a cross-court backhand. The second and third sets are photocopies with Kyrgios flying to 3-0 and then controlling, displaying hat tricks and sloppy mistakes, like a backhand volley on  open-court on the fourth match point on his serve (he had had already 3 at 5-1 ). At the sixth match point Satral sends wide an easy backhand and the show is over in  1h 35′. A rather boring match with Kyrgios doing his homework (21 ace with an average first 200 km / h and maximum 223 km / h, 15 winners and 19 unforced errors) while Satral (n.157 of world, defeated by Italian Vanni in the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open) showed all his limits, not showing up in the statistics (the same number of winners and unforced errors as the Aussie), but in the inability to take control of the rally and suffering constantly the pressure by the Australian “bad boy”. After the match after Kyrgios thanked the captain Lleyton Hewitt “he is the main reason I’m here today“. Is it a flirt by someone desperately seeking a coach? “Very happy to be 2-nil up”, says Hewitt “I have enough experience in Davis to know that you can not take anything for granted. Nick was fantastic today and was ultra professional in everything he did“. It is 3:30, let’s get home for tea time.

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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.

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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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