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Davis Cup Criticism From Roger Federer And Team Australia Motivated By Rival Events, Claims Pique

The Spaniard has suggested that there is an ulterior motive behind some some negative comments the event has received.

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The founder of Kosmos has suggested that some critics of the newly formed Davis Cup are voicing their objection because they feel threatened by the tournament.

 

Gerard Pique, who plays for Barcelona F.C, has dismissed the lack of enthusiasm he has received in recent months from 20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer. The world No.3 has previously hinted that he may no longer play in the team event. Federer has in the past said the week-long finale is for ‘the future generation of players’ and not him. He has also voiced concerns over the decision to play the event at the end of the season after the ATP Finals.

However, Pique believes that Federer’s absence is because he is fully focused on the Laver Cup, which he helped create. The team event takes place shortly after the US Open and involves Europe taking on the rest of the world in a three-day competition. This year was the first time it was given an official place on the ATP calendar.

“I understand his point of view and I want to understand the reasons for it.” Pique said of Federer.
“He has his own competition, the Laver Cup, which has been organised very well, so I understand if he sees the Davis Cup as competition’
“ But we see it as something different because our competition is 119 years old. We respect that he doesn’t want to play in it, but Switzerland hasn’t qualified, and if he qualified then we’d see.”

Federer is still playing this week, but exhibition matches across five countries in South America. Also joining him is Alexander Zverev, a critic of the Davis Cup, and Juan Martin del Potro.

It isn’t just the Swiss Maestro who has voiced his concerns. One of the most vocal countries have been Australia. Who are the second most successful country in Davis Cup history with 28 trophies. In January team captain Lleyton Hewitt described Pique’s rise in the world of tennis as ‘mind-boggling.’ Australia was one of the countries who voted against the Davis Cup revamp at the ITF meeting.

“It’s ridiculous. We’re getting run by a Spanish football player,” Hewitt said.
“That’s like me coming out and making changes to the Champions League. He knows nothing about tennis.
“His group has bought into the ITF and now they’re basically running the ITF and that’s why we see all these Spanish sponsors and a soccer league is now the biggest sponsor of the Davis Cup.”

Responding to the comments he has received from some of the Australian team, Pique also suggested there was an ulterior motive. Saying that their focus is on the ATP Cup, which will launch in the country across three cities at the start of 2020.

“Everyone has their opinion and I respect it.” Pique states. “I play football but I understand what a tennis player needs to be at ease. I also understand that this comes from Australians because their federation organises the ATP tournament and they see the Davis Cup as competition.”

Amid the ongoing arguments’ most players have been relatively upbeat about the Davis Cup this week so far, which is held in the Caja Magica. Although there are concerns about the decision to hold the event at this time of year. Both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have previously called for both the Davis Cup and ATP Cup to join forces in the future. Disputing the chances of the two events co-existing in the future. However, Pique is staying positive.

“It’s not ideal because they end up tired all year.” He admits. “For me to play in the last week of the calendar makes sense. We’ll try to find the best [solution] with ATP but, for now, we’re comfortable.”

There are five top 10 players participating in this year’s event.

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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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