Davis Cup Season

Mar 10, 2010

It’s that Davis Cup time of year again, and in the weekend 5th to 7th March teams have been winning or losing the world over.

In the World Group, Spain had a smooth ride into the quarter finals, beating Switzerland 4-1. They didn’t seem to be too bereft without their star man Rafael Nadal. David Ferrer put the final nail in the coffin for Switzerland, beating Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2 6-4 6-0. They’ve set up a quarter-final head-to-head with France, who beat Germany in Toulon.

In Belgrade, the Serbian team took out the United States, with Novak Djokovic beating John Isner in a five-set battle 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), a match which went on for four hours before Djokovic could eventually break Isner. This gave the Serbians a 3-1 lead, which the Americans couldn’t overcome.  Serbia comes up against Croatia in the second round in July.

Things weren’t quite as rosy for the Great Britain team. Last year they were relegated to Group 2, and things don’t look to have picked up after a 3-2 loss to Lithuania. There are two different reactions to the loss; the first is calls for heads to roll at the Lawn Tennis Association, and for John Lloyd to be replaced as captain. The second is that it’s going to take time for the team to grow; there’s no use in sacking everyone after each defeat. John Lloyd has been captain of this team for five consecutive defeats now though; surely his number will be up soon.

Russia will join Spain and Serbia in the final eight, after bringing about their weapon in the form of Mikhail Youzhny to silence the Indian team. Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi took the doubles to keep India going, but unfortunately they couldn’t hold off the Russians for much longer.

Argentina appeared to be haemorrhaging players just before the weekend began, with both Juan Martin del Potro and David Nalbandian having to pull out. Thankfully for the team, Nalbandian declared himself fit enough to play at the very last moment, and defeated Andreas Vinciguerra of the Swedish team, and then saw off Robert Lindstedt and Robin Soderling with Horacio Zeballos in the doubles to clinch them the victory.

Chile were struggling with the affects that the earthquake had had not only on their team, but their country and their own lives. They put back the match against Israel, so that the visiting team would have more time to practice once they had arrived. By the looks of reports from the Chilean camp, they weren’t very happy with the decision and would have preferred to postpone completely. They did, however, go on to beat Israel 4-1. They will go up against the Czech Republic, who ousted Belgium on Saturday.

And as happy as these victorious teams will be, there are still undercurrents of rumours as to how long the Davis Cup can truly survive. It is a garbled, complicated, length process. There is talk of doing away with the Davis Cup completely and creating a tennis World Cup instead. Those who are less than inspired by the doldrums of the Davis Cup may see that as a win situation, but there are those die-hard fans of the Davis Cup who want the tournament to stay, and for tennis to not ‘blend in’ with other sports such as football and rugby. So far nothing has been confirmed, but some international tennis bodies are figuring out how a Tennis World Cup may work.

Watch this space.

- SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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