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Russia Edge Past Serbia In Doubles Thriller To Reach Davis Cup Semis

Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev lead Russia’s charge to the semi-finals of the Davis Cup Finals after a tense doubles victory over Serbia.



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Russia edged past Serbia 6-4 4-6 7-6(8) in a doubles thriller to set up a semi-final meeting with Canada at the Davis Cup Finals. 


The day started with two comfortable victories in singles for Andrey Rublev and Novak Djokovic as the second quarter-final was forced into a decisive doubles rubber.

Rublev gave Russia the lead after a 52 minute demolition job of Filip Krajinovic 6-1 6-2 in a match where he served 13 aces.

However Serbia struck back as world number two Novak Djokovic produced a 6-3 6-3 victory over Karen Khachanov to keep the Serbs alive.

As a result the doubles would see who would make the last four as Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki took on Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev.

The Russians were the favourites for the match having reached the final recently at the Masters 1000 event in Paris and it was clear to see why.

Some costly errors from Troicki in particular saw Khachanov and Rublev recover from 3-1 down to seal a run of four games in a row.

Although Djokovic was holding his own, the lack of doubles chemistry between the Serbs saw the Russians deal the crucial blow to take set one 6-4.

In recent days, the Davis Cup Finals has been criticised for its lack of passion or atmosphere but this contest had a lot of drama in it.

Especially with Viktor Troicki aggressively demonstrating to the umpire over a few incorrect calls, with one costing Russia a crucial break.

Not only this but Djokovic was starting to struggle with the same arm injury that haunted him at the ATP Finals last week.

Even though the Russians pulled the break back, the Djokovic returns were causing the Russians problems as they looked to break for the set.

After Rublev double-faulted earlier in the set, Khachanov double-faulted on set point down as this match was going to a deciding set.

Both teams showed great nerve throughout the majority of the deciding set with the Russians being denied the break in the fifth game.

As the final set went to a tiebreak, Russia had the mini-break on two occasions but were denied on both occasions by some good doubles play by Djokovic.

Three match points were created by the Serbians to reach the semi-finals but Viktor Troicki couldn’t hold his mental edge.

Eventually it was the craft and power of the Russians who sealed the tie 10-8 in the deciding tiebreak as they booked a place in the last four.

It wasn’t to be for Novak Djokovic and Serbia, who are denied a dream final with Spain and Rafael Nadal in the final match.

As for Russia they now move into the last four, where they will play Canada tomorrow morning and have secured their place in next year’s Davis Cup Finals.


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Gerard Pique’s Pessimistic Davis Cup Outlook Blasted By French Tennis Star

The football player has been urged to ‘put more energy’ in finding a solution for the event to take place in 2020.



Kosmos founder Gerard Pique has come under fire over his plans for the Davis Cup Finals later this year after recently casting doubt on the event taking place due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Pique, whose company helped finance the transformation of the 120-year-old team competition, recently admitted that he was doubtful that the event could go ahead if crowds weren’t allowed to attend. Last year was the first time the new format of the competition took place with 18 teams featuring in a week-long round-robin tournament which was won by host nation Spain.

“I’m a bit pessimistic, to have the Davis Cup with no fans is difficult,” Pique told Movistar.
“There is a lot of uncertainty. We are listening to what the sport’s ministry and the government are telling us about whether we’ll have the ability to have fans.”

All professional tennis tournaments have been suspended since March due to the Pandemic. Officials are hoping to be able to get the sport going again in August ahead of the US Open that is scheduled to take place. Although some have doubts about the chances of the Tour’s starting by then, including world No.43 John Millman.

Amid the ongoing uncertainty, French tennis star Nicolas Mahut has criticized Pique’s bleak outlook for this year’s Davis Cup finale. The 38-year-old has represented his country in 13 ties, including the 2018 final as well as the semifinals in two other years.

“We don’t have a lot of information. But as a player, you can just trust the official statements. And when I hear Pique, I’m extremely disappointed,” Mahut told L’Equipe.

Mahut has called on Pique to explore more options such as potentially relocating the event to another country if it would make it safer for the event to go ahead. Implying that he was his duty to do so after setting ‘to destroy the formula’ of the event. Critics of the revamp have accused Pique of ruining the traditional competition.

“I would like him to put as much energy into saving the Davis Cup that he has set up. That is to say, to find solutions for it to take place in Madrid or elsewhere, as he has set to destroy the formula that had been in place for over a hundred years,” he said,
“The message he sent through his statements, is: ” If Madrid is complicated and we cannot do it, well it cancels and I save some money. ” And it bothers me a lot compared to what has happened for more than a year. We don’t play with this competition. Maybe that suits it.”

Kosmos has signed a $3 billion 25-year deal with the ITF to acquire the rights for the Davis Cup Finals.

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Davis Cup Finals In Doubt, Admits Gerard Pique

The Kosmos founder explains why he isn’t too optimistic about the team event going ahead later this year.



MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 24: Crowds of peoples during of the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2019 at Caja Magica on November 24, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado / Kosmos Tennis)

The chances of this year’s Davis Cup Finals taking place are still up in the air with one of the key figures involved in the competition openly saying that he is ‘pessimistic’ about its chances.


Football star Gerard Pique is one the driving forces behind the new format following a huge financial investment from his company Kosmos. Signing a 25-year deal with the International Tennis Federation worth in the region of $3 billion. Despite the significant investment, Pique admits that he has low hopes of the event taking place later this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All professional tennis tournaments have been halted since March.

“There is a lot of uncertainty, we try to be aware of what the government says regarding sports and to whether we can put spectators inside the Caja Magica,” Pique said during an interview with Movistar.
“I would say I am a bit pessimistic, because a Davis Cup without fans is difficult.
“I think that nobody at the moment has the certainty that we can put fans in or if it will have to be behind closed doors. As the days go by, I suppose we will have a little more clarity.”

Spain is currently in the process of relaxing some of their lockdown restrictions with tennis players being able to train at local facilities from next week. The country is following a four-stage plan with the hope that their premier La Liga football league will resume next month at some stage.

However, the issue for the Davis Cup is the limited number of fans that would be able to go to the tournament if it takes place. In more advanced stages of the plans, no more than 50 people can attend an indoor venue. Although the number could be increased by November, it will be a stark difference to 2019. Held at the Caja Magica, the total capacity of the premier court is 12,500 people.

Last year’s final saw Spain lift the title for the first time since 2011 after they defeated Canada in the final. The two teams are seeded third and sixth in this year’s draw.

The Davis Cup is scheduled to take place between November 23-29 in Madrid. The ATP, WTA and ITF will not restart their Tour’s until at least July 13th, however, there is speculation that the suspension will be extended in the coming weeks.

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



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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