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Nadal Leads Spain To The Semis As Djokovic & Serbia Fall

  • Posted: Nov 22, 2019

Nadal Leads Spain To The Semis As Djokovic & Serbia Fall

Khachanov/Rublev save three match points against Djokovic/Troicki in doubles decider

Rafael Nadal led Spain to the semi-finals of the Davis Cup Finals on Friday evening, tallying a singles win and partnering Marcel Granollers to a doubles victory in the country’s 2-1 triumph against Argentina.

Guido Pella began the day by overcoming an 0-2 deficit in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Pablo Carreno Busta, rallying past the Spaniard 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 6-1. But Nadal responded with a resounding 6-1, 6-2 win against Argentine No. 1 Diego Schwartzman.

The World No. 1 returned to the court for the next match, too, battling alongside Granollers to defeat Maximo Gonzalez and Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, sending Spain to the last four.

Spain, which last won the Davis Cup in 2011, will face Great Britain for a spot in the final. Former World No. 1 Andy Murray did not compete on Friday, but Great Britain defeated Germany 2-0.

Daniel Evans lost matches that went to a third set against both the Netherlands and Kazakhstan earlier in the week. But the 29-year-old held his nerve to defeat big-hitting German Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(6), 3-6, 7-6(2) to seal his side’s victory. In the first rubber of the tie, Kyle Edmund beat veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5 to give Great Britain the advantage.

“I felt like [I let] the team down the last two days,” Evans told “To come back and get it like that is amazing for them. They all supported me through everything over the past few days and I’m so happy we’re through.”

Khachanov Rublev

In the first tie of the day, Russia eliminated Serbia 2-1 in dramatic fashion. Russia reached its first Davis Cup semi-final since 2008 when Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev defeated Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(8), saving three match points in the deciding-set tie-break.

“We were really fighting until the end, that’s the only way to win a match like that,” Khachanov told “We maybe got lucky in some points at the end, so there is only one winner. We feel really bad for the Serbian team, but on the other side really happy that Russia qualified for the semis after a while.”

Rublev was on fire on Friday, dismissing Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-2, before Djokovic levelled the tie at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph against Khachanov to set the stage for the doubles rubber. Russia will next face Canada, which advanced on Thursday, for a spot in the championship.

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Kyle Edmund gives Great Britain 1-0 lead in Davis Cup quarter-finals

  • Posted: Nov 22, 2019
2019 Davis Cup finals
Venue: Caja Magica, Madrid Dates: 18-24 November
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from Wednesday, 20 November; Live text coverage on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app. Click here or Live Guide.

Kyle Edmund delivered again in Andy Murray’s absence to start Great Britain’s Davis Cup quarter-final against Germany with a win.

Edmund, 24, repaid the faith shown in him by captain Leon Smith to win 6-3 7-5 against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Former world number one Murray, 32, was left out for the second tie in a row.

British number one Dan Evans, winless so far in the Madrid finals, will put his team into the last four if he beats Jan-Lennard Struff later on Friday.

If Evans loses to the German world number 35, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski would have to win the final doubles rubber to send Britain through in the best-of-three tie – as the pair crucially managed to do in each of the two group-stage matches.

Hosts Spain, led by 19-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, or an Argentina side without the injured Juan Martin del Potro, would be Britain’s opponents in a potential semi-final on Saturday.

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Edmund steps in to deliver again

Although British captain Smith had said whether to recall Andy Murray was likely to be one of his “most difficult” decisions, the absence of the three-time Grand Slam champion was still a major surprise when the team was announced an hour before the quarter-final tie.

Murray, 32, produced a laboured performance in his victory over Dutch world number 179 Tallon Griekspoor in the opening group match on Wednesday, admitting afterwards he was still a couple of kilograms heavier than he would like to be.

Whether down to a lack of sharpness or something else, his absence again meant Britain are relying on Edmund and Evans to deliver against the Germans.

Edmund, like he did against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin in Thursday’s must-win group tie, fulfilled his role spectacularly, producing one his finest matches of a year where he has struggled for victories on the ATP Tour.

Despite slipping to 69th in the world, Edmund has rediscovered his most potent weapon – blistering clean forehands – and improved his weaker backhand side at exactly the right time for his country.

The Yorkshireman hit 10 winners, compared to just six unforced errors, in a first set wrapped up in 32 minutes thanks to two breaks of serve and without facing a break point himself.

When 36-year-old Kohlschreiber did take his first chance at the third attempt in the fourth game of the second set, Edmund responded instantly to stop any momentum the German hoped to garner.

Showing a resilience and confidence often lacking this year, Edmund broke back with a forehand winner down the line, seconds after he chose the wrong side with a backhand which allowed the German to return at the net.

Two backhand winners down the line laid the platform for Edmund to break again for 6-5 and the opportunity to serve for the match, a chance he took with a hold to love sealed by a long Kohlschreiber return.

Edmund, usually so placid, revealed the emotions stirred by representing his nation in the Davis Cup by swinging a forearm high into the air after sealing a dominant win, embracing both Smith and Murray courtside before returning to the middle again to soak up the acclaim of the British fans.

While there appeared to be fewer Britons on a half-full court than at the two group ties against the Netherlands and Kazakhstan, those still in the Spanish capital provided sterling vocal support as they outnumbered their German counterparts.

“We have the best away fans here 100%, it feels like a home tie playing here,” Edmund said.

“We appreciate the efforts and we really feel it.”

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Djokovic's Serbia beaten by Russia in Davis Cup despite match points to win tie

  • Posted: Nov 22, 2019
2019 Davis Cup finals
Venue: Caja Magica, Madrid Dates: 18-24 November
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from Wednesday, 20 November; Live text coverage on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app. Click here or Live Guide.

Novak Djokovic’s Serbia missed out on the Davis Cup semi-finals as he and partner Viktor Troicki lost the decisive doubles against Russia despite having three match points.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion had levelled the tie by beating Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-3 after Andrey Rublev won 6-1 6-2 against Filip Krajinovic.

But Djokovic and Troicki lost 6-4 4-6 7-6 (10-8) to Khachanov and Rublev in the doubles as Russia took the tie 2-1.

“I let my team down,” Troicki said.

At an emotional news conference, the 33-year-old – who sent a straightforward volley long to squander Serbia’s final match point – added: “I never experienced such a moment in my career, in my life.

“We were up in the tiebreak. We had chances to finish it – we didn’t do it. I messed up in the crucial moments.

“God gave me once to be the hero, maybe to win the Davis Cup in the deciding rubber. Now he took it away. I’m really disappointed with myself.

“At the end there was one point that decided it. And I’m really, really disappointed in myself that I couldn’t hold my focus till the end and finish.”

Russia face Canada in Saturday’s semi-finals.

Great Britain are seeking to join Russia in the last four, with their tie against Germany under way.

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Andy Murray not named in Great Britain's Davis Cup team for quarter-final

  • Posted: Nov 22, 2019
2019 Davis Cup finals
Venue: Caja Magica, Madrid Dates: 18-24 November
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Andy Murray will not play in Great Britain’s Davis Cup quarter-final against Germany on Friday with captain Leon Smith opting to stick with the team who beat Kazakhstan.

Smith had previously said the decision over whether to recall Murray would be one of his “more difficult decisions”.

Murray, 32, was rested for Thursday’s Group E victory over Kazakhstan which booked their last-eight spot in Madrid.

He won his singles match in the opening group match against the Netherlands.

But former world number one Murray had looked sluggish as he laboured to a three-set win over Dutch world number 179 Tallon Griekspoor on Wednesday, admitting afterwards he was still “a couple of kilos” heavier than he would have liked after gaining weight while taking time off with his newborn son and family.

In the Scot’s absence, Kyle Edmund played one of his finest matches of the year to beat Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin before Dan Evans was overpowered by Alexander Bublik in three sets.

British number one Evans, 29, is yet to win in the Madrid finals, although Smith is backing the 29-year-old to “find a way” to win.

Great Britain’s quarter-final starts at 16:30 GMT, with Edmund taking on Philipp Kohlschreiber before Evans faces Jan-Lennard Struff. If the best-of-three tie goes to a decisive doubles rubber, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski will play Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.

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Davis Cup aims to add women's event to men's Finals event

  • Posted: Nov 22, 2019

One “massive” team event, featuring both men and women, is the long-term goal as the new look Davis Cup Finals conclude in Madrid this weekend.

Eighteen teams have been competing for the title over just seven days, with Wednesday’s matches not finishing until 04:04 GMT on Thursday morning.

A rival men’s team competition will be staged in just six weeks’ time, when the inaugural ATP Cup takes place in Australia.

“The calendar is probably the number one issue for everyone in tennis,” according to Kelly Fairweather of the International Tennis Federation, which has licensed the Davis Cup to Gerard Pique’s investment group Kosmos.

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“It’s not getting any easier by the addition of events. A year ago at the ATP Finals we had some of these discussions, so we’re hoping to pick that up again. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for tennis to have one massive team event?

“Sport is so competitive anyway. I don’t think we should be really competing among ourselves.”

The ITF will be encouraged by the comments Novak Djokovic made earlier in the week. The 16-time Grand Slam champion, who is president of the ATP Player Council, said he did not believe the Davis Cup and the ATP Cup could “coexist six weeks apart” in the long term.

“Obviously we have to be sensitive to all different parties,” Fairweather said in an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

“But if you’ve got Novak saying that, that hopefully opens the door for a discussion with the ATP. From an ITF point of view, wouldn’t it be fantastic to also have a joint men’s and women’s World Cup together? That would be sensational. It’s an ambition.”

The immediate future of the Davis Cup Finals, however, may be Madrid. The Spanish capital is keen to extend its two years as hosts, and Fairweather says the ITF is sympathetic to the idea of staying in Madrid for an extra year.

While the event remains just one week long, doubles matches may be shortened as they are on the ATP Tour. Deciding points at deuce, and a ‘match tiebreak’ rather than a third set, should mitigate to some extent a sequence of extremely late finishes.

Fairweather also revealed they expect to lose money for the first three years.

“I think if you look at the business plan, the fourth year is really where we as partners are hoping to see this turn into a profit making venture. There are areas in particular on the media rights side that have a huge amount of room for growth.”

Kosmos is investing $80m (£63m) a year into the competition, which includes $20m in prize money and a $44m licence fee to the ITF.

An additional $45m a year has been earmarked to develop other formats, such as a mixed team competition and a winner takes all event.

“A winner takes all with a big pot of prize money [with a working title of the Majesty Cup], that’s something that’s under discussion,” Fairweather added.

“We’ve just had expressions of interest from almost 10 cities that are keen to put on the Hopman Cup [the mixed team event traditionally staged in Australia in January – before the introduction of the ATP Cup].”

“Gerard [Pique] really wants to be innovative, he wants to really provide an incentive for the players to come and do something different, which is not week in week out on tour events.

“The mixed team event has a huge amount of potential, and that’s something that we want to capitalise on.”

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Shapovalov/Pospisil Send Canada To Davis Cup SFs; Djokovic Helps Serbia To QFs

  • Posted: Nov 22, 2019

Shapovalov/Pospisil Send Canada To Davis Cup SFs; Djokovic Helps Serbia To QFs

Canadians triumph in deciding doubles rubber

Vasek Pospisil and Denis Shapovalov led Canada past Australia in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup Finals on Thursday, battling past John Peers and Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-4 in a deciding doubles rubber.

Pospisil began the tie strongly for Canada, defeating John Millman 7-6(7), 6-4 to move his country within one win of the semi-finals. But Alex de Minaur rallied for Australia, beating Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to force a doubles match to make the doubles a decider.

After dropping the first set, Thompson and Peers sprinted to a 3-0 lead in the second set. But Pospisil and Shapovalov won six of the next seven games to clinch the victory for Canada, which will face Serbia or Russia on Saturday for a spot in the championship tie.

Serbia won Group A earlier in the day with a 2-1 win against France. After Filip Krajinovic defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-6(5), Novak Djokovic clinched his country’s victory with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Benoit Paire. 

“”The team is looking good, we won all six sets yesterday, it was important getting a clean sheet against Japan coming into today’s match. Filip definitely gave me wings with his win, which was quite amazing,” Djokovic told “Tsonga was playing well and in good form and Filip was just fantastic on the court today. Credit to him.”

Great Britain dismissed Kazakhstan to clinch Group E. After Kyle Edmund triumphed for Great Britain and Alexander Bublik earned a comeback victory for Kazakhstan, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski clinched their country’s win by moving past Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2, 6-4.

“We played a great match from start to finish,” Murray told “We started really quick and were aggressive – we didn’t give them time to settle, time to play. That’s the style I like to play. Neal did a great job both days, played an amazing level of tennis, and we’re really happy to get the win and move on to the quarter-finals.”

Germany beat Chile 2-1. Philipp Kohlschreiber was victorious, and then Cristian Garin levelled affairs for Chile with a third-set tie-break win. But Nitto ATP Finals competitors Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies came through with a 7-6(3), 6-3 win for Germany.


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