Davis Cup Upsets & Cleansweeps

Mar 9, 2009

The Davis Cup for 2009 is underway and has seen some great tennis action from all parts of the globe. The theme of the weekend seemed to be a mixture of destructive tennis and surprising upsets.

The Upsets

Czech Republic defeated France 3-2

French men’s tennis is currently bursting with talent – just getting on the team is an achievement at the moment. Along with Spain they have more players in the world’s top 25 than any other nation and were rated as one of the favourites to win the title this year

But over the weekend their top ranked player, Gilles Simon went 0-2 in his singles matches which left his team mates too much work to do. “You should never forget a weekend like the one I just had,” said Simon, struggling unsuccessfully to hold back tears after the loss. “You need to ask yourself the right questions, in order to be ready when facing a similar situation in the future.”

France will now be forced to re-qualify for the world group for the first time in almost a decade.


Israel defeated Sweden 3-2

In one of the least atmospheric Davis Cup ties imaginable, Sweden went down to massive underdogs Israel in front of just 300 invited guests, with anti-Israel protests forcing organizers to close the arena to the public to minimize security risks.

After going in to the final day 2-1 down, Israel first managed to draw level, then a heroic effort by Harel Levy saw him claim victory 8-6 in the fifth set over Andreas Vinciguerra. In light of the drama of the third day it was probably a good thing that there were not thousands of face-painted Swedes in the stands with a reason to be upset at the Israeli team.

The Carnage

Argentina defeated The Netherlands 5-0

Not entirely a surprise, the Dutch were destroyed in their clash with last years defeated finalists on the clay courts of Buenos Aires. The scary thing about that result is that they did it while missing their two of their top players, Del Potro and Nalbandian and have served notice that they will once again be tough to beat in this tournament.

Croatia defeated Chile 5-0

Croatia inflicted their first ever whitewash on an opponent in a Davis Cup world group tie with their crushing defeat of the Chileans in front of a home crowd. Chile were without their top player Fernando Gonzalez and found the young Marios’s – Ancic & Cilic – too big a task without their top dog.

United States defeated Switzerland 4-1

Andy Roddick closed out the tie with his victory in the first of the reverse single matches, taking out Stanislaw Wawrinka in straight sets and improving upon his already impressive Davis Cup record of 21-2. The U.s took advantage of Roger federer’s absence and will now take on Croatia to advance to the semi-finals

Spain defeated Serbia 4-1

Proving yet again he can deliver the goods when under an injury cloud, Rafel Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets to help Spain move on to the quarter finals of the tournament. Having a short break away from the game certainly helped Nadal and showed once more how big the gap is between himself and his closest rivals when it comes to playing on clay.

Russia defeated Romania 4-1

Even without long serving superstar Marat Safin, the Russians were able to make light work of their Romanian opponents playing their first match under new captain Andre Pavel. It wasn’t all easy for the Russians, with Dmitry Tursonov having to fight back from two sets down to clinch the tie in the first of the reverse singles matches.

And Finally

Germany Defeated Austria 3-2

Maintaining its perfect record against the Austrians in Davis Cup tennis, Germany were led to victory with a win by Nicholas in the first of the reverse singles matches to give them an insurmountable 3-1 lead going into the final match.

The Germans are now faced with the daunting task of tackling the rampant Spaniards in their quest to progress further in the tournament.

So The Match-Ups For The Quarter Finals Are…

  • Aregentina vs Czech Republic
  • U.S vs Croatia
  • Israel vs Russia
  • Germany vs Spain

These rubbers are scheduled to be played in the second weekend of July and once again it is shaping up as a battle between Spain and Argentina to win the tournament, with the U.S possibly the dark horse to take out Argentina in the semi-finals

Crooksy

Written by: Crooksy

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