Category: Juan Martin del Potro


AUSTRALIAN OPEN ORDER OF PLAY: FRIDAY JANUARY 20, 2012

Matches to Watch:

Rafael Nadal vs Lukas Lacko – Not before 11:00am Rod Laver Arena  (4:00pm PST)

Roger Federer vs Ivo Karlovic – Not Before 11:00am Rod Laver Arena 2nd on (4:00pm PST)

Alexandr Dolgopolov vs Bernard Tomic – Not Before 7:00pm Rod Laver Arena 1st on (12:00am PST)

John Isner vs Feliciano Lopez – Not before 11:00pm Hisense 3rd on (4:00pm PST)

Tomas Berdych vs Kevin Anderson – Not before 11:00pm Margaret Court Arena 3rd on  (4:00pm PST)

Australian Open 2012 Day 5

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN ORDER OF PLAY: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18, 2012

Matches to Watch:

Rafael Nadal vs Tommy Haas – Not before 11:00am Rod Laver Arena 3rd on (6:00pm PST)

Bernard Tomic vs Sam Querrey – Not Before 7:00pm Rod Laver Arena (2:00am PST)

Roger Federer vs. Andreas Beck – Not Before 11:00am Hisense Arena 4rd on (6:00pm PST)

John Isner vs David Nalbandian – Not before 11:00pm Margaret Court Arena 3rd on (6pm PST)

Grigor Dimitrov vs Nicolas Almagro – Not before 11:00pm Court 6 4th on (6:00pm PST)

Australian Open 2012

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Roger Federer begins his 2012 Australian open riding an 18 match winning streak. However, he was forced to withdraw from his last event in Doha with a back injury. The questions regarding his health have taken away from what was an amazing finish to the 2011 season. If Federer can regain that form, he should be a serious threat to unseat Novak Djokovic from his 2011 title.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are in the same half of a Grand Slam draw for the first time in seven years, and could very well end up opposite each other in a blockbuster semifinal.

Federer opens his tournament against a qualifier, and is drawn in the same quarter as Mardy Fish. There is a potential match up with Juan Martin del Potro in the quarters, and he could face youngsters Bernard Tomic, and Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Barring any health concerns, Federer has a very manageable draw. His only real test could come from Juan Martin del Potro, if he is able to come through his side of the quarter.

Federer is the odds-makers favorite behind Novak Djokovic, and rightfully so. He should be in top form come next week, and I fully expect him to come out of his quarter.

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Tom DeLonge - Angels and Airwaves

The ATP season is very much a touring road show. Not different then a successful rock band; traveling from city to city, continent to continent. Life on the tour can be draining, both mentally and physically, for any band, but once on stage all emotional distractions are left behind. Simply, it is the one place where both musician and spectator can find peace. The same can be said for a touring tennis professional. They are constantly picking up from city to city, in search of the next opportunity to perform. Once on court, they push themselves to the most extreme physical abuse, all because that is their stage. Their chance to put on their own show.

Angels and Airwaves is a band fronted by Tom Delonge (Blink-182), a truly passionate project that he embarked on a half decade ago. It is grand, profound, profane, touching, honest, insecure, violent and fun. If there is a band that shares the truth of life as a tennis professional, it is this one. Why? I will tell you.

Angels and Airwaves (AVA) aspires to greatness. They are a band with an established superstar, in Tom Delonge, and built with key pieces that contribute to the enduring sound they strive to achieve. Their music preaches hope. Their music inspires. Not unlike the current generation of tennis we are witness to. Tennis has it’s own established superstars. They provide hope for future generations of up and coming players; it truly is the new “Golden Age” of tennis. Watching what the top four men were able to accomplish in 2011, is truly remarkable. In short, it was inspiring.

The band released its latest edition “LOVE Part 2″ in November, the band’s fourth studio album. It gets better with each chunk of listens. I’m taking Angels and Airwaves’ latest album and using lyrics from tracks from the album as a bridge to the 2011 ATP season.

Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images for Barclays ATP Finals

Track 1 – Saturday Love:

I know that I can’t tell you this light has slowly faded.
Like mail that’s never dated from towns still burned and raided.
And lost without a soul, with you forever more.
I’m sorry but I can’t tell you I feel like a pattern
Of shapes that will never matter, a color that will never flatter.
It’s all gonna’ come around. It’s all gonna’ make your eyes burn.

I really wanna’ tell you that love is like a furnace,
It burns in and out of purpose, so hot that it makes me nervous.
So large that it won’t cool out. So big that it can’t burn out.

Rafael Nadal has had an awfully difficult year. For a person who has consistently been known as the game’s fiercest competitor, it was tough to hear him say he has lost some of his passion. He came into 2011 off a monster 2010, where he bagged three Slam titles. Most people were speaking to the possibility of Nadal winning a calendar year Slam. Nobody could predict that at the end of 2011, he will have not won a tournament since defeating Roger Federer in the French Open Final.

Nadal, in my opinion is at a career cross roads. His internal flame still burns. In a year filled with adversity, the sign of a true champion will be his response. Soon he will take arm for his native Spain, were he is a national treasure. He could use a break, but he will fight – as always.

“I’ve had some losses that have affected me and I’m feeling the fatigue of many years of playing week in and week out,” Nadal told reporters. “Every career has higher and lower moments, mentally and physically, but I’m motivated for this final.”

AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

Track 2 – Surrender:

There is a place to hide,
It’s in our minds,
It’s in the dark 
It’s well known that we have a fragile heart
Its deep inside
It has a sound that you can follow

You feel like you hit a wall
But you survive
And it was hard for you to swallow
I’ve been to that place before
In spite of luck
When you awake, a new tomorrow

I, I will not surrender
No I, I will not surrender
No I, I will not surrender
No I, I will not surrender

Roger Federer is somewhat of a mystery. For a person who has accomplished everything in a career, before the age of 30; I cannot remember another athlete who has endured so many public funerals. It happened in 2008, again in 2009, and yet again in 2010. Each time he managed to do something over that time to prove his naysayers wrong.  In 2011, he went slam less for the first time since 2003 – maybe this time he really was done?

Here we are again, Federer has decided to instill hope for his legions of fans, and look each pundit in the eye, as to say “No I, I will not surrender!” He wasn’t supposed to be the last man standing. Not after Novak Djokovic had beaten him four out of the past five times they played, including the US Open semifinal, where he held two match points. Definitely not after Andy Murray passed him for World No. 3 in the rankings.

Yet here we are, watching the 30 year old go 17-0 following the US Open. Federer won his sixth ATP World Tour Finals, and looks even more ready for 2012, then he did last year at this same time. He is still the only player on the planet, who defeated a healthy Novak Djokovic at the height of his 43 match win streak. Federer has made sure his name will still be in the mix come 2012.

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Track 3 – Anxiety:

Waiting, we’re silly, we’re so reckless
The city it’s so heartless
A bottle full of crude
That washed up in the tide

Don’t pressure us, anxiety
I’m a passenger 
So serious, anxiety
Just a passenger

Handsome and calloused, young believers
Hiding, plotting schemers
And rotting out like fruit
That was left here to die

Talking, waited after hours
Time is bending outward
I’m falling to my knees
To fall whole safe inside

Don’t pressure us, anxiety
I’m a passenger
So dangerous, anxiety
Just a passenger

In September, the players came together to voice their concerns over the high number of retirements at the US Open and the crammed schedule of the tour. Players felt that they were expected to play too many events, leaving them with little rest. Some of this was brought on by the emotions during a rain soaked fortnight in New York, but the concerns resonated. Players threatened strike.

Andy Murray, who was at the forefront of the strike talk, was quoted, “It’s a possibility. I know from speaking to some players they’re not afraid of doing that. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that but I’m sure the players will consider it.”

With Novak Djokovic struggling since the US Open with fatigue and injury, Rafael Nadal exiting early, and Andy Murray having to withdraw from the World Tour Finals, the scene is set for renewed protests by players about the tournament schedule.

However, Roger Federer has flatly rejected the notion that players should go on strike.

“It was brought up a few months ago, the whole boycott thing. It’s nonsense,” Federer told reporters.

“It’s not going to happen anytime soon. Things are good right now, so I don’t see a reason why we should just boycott. There’s absolutely no reason for it.”

Without a new ATP CEO in place, it will be interesting to see what develops going forward in 2012.

Novak Djokovic was 6-0 against his Spanish Rival

Track 6 – Dry Your Eyes:

I can’t complain
It’s been good not great but the time flew by
It came from behind it was flying
It was hard to hold on every time we’d fight
And though it would end it’s exhausting
In the cracks that would grow in and out of mind
And into your heart like a virus
It would crawl and would crawl as we laid there blind
And broke you and I

So dry your eyes
Get on your feet don’t pretend to cry
Or fix you and I
Yeah we’re here again
So phony and today is the day it ends

Somewhere along the way, Novak Djokovic flipped on a switch. Maybe he was tired of being the third wheel? At some point towards the end of 2010, he decided that he was done chasing Roger Federer. He focused his aggression on another target – Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic figured out that they key to a successful “trivalry,” is to force your way into it. If you don’t stack up against one side very well, put your work into breaking down the other. In this case Djokovic figured out how to beat Nadal.

Not only did Djokovic manage to find a weakness in Nadal, which was basically outworking him, he was able to take advantage of a poor serving year statistically from Nadal. He upended the former No. 1, handing Nadal six straight losses, including two on clay and the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals. The U.S. Open final, where Djokovic went down with injury, but still managed to shake Nadal, was a microcosm of the Serb’s determination to win in 2011.

Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for ATP

Track 7 – The Revelator:

When we all have a choice then
Will you act a like a man?
Will you raise up your hands?
When the s**t hits the fan?

Turn white as a ghost
As the air leaves your throat
Will you throw me a rope?
Or go at it alone?

Can you tell me your name there?
Does the cat have your tongue?
Are you calling someone?
Are you waiting to run?

When the show will arrive
It will be right on time
So you better sit tight
It’ll be a great ride

What more can be said about the year put together by Novak Djokovic. I want to look at the person he was prior to his epic season. Djokovic was a perennial contender at the Slams, and at the same time, one big tease. Everyone predicted big things for the Serb, following his 2008 Australian Open title. However, he wasn’t quite ready.

In 2011, Djokovic certainly did arrive, and what a ride it was.

Three Grand Slams, a 43 match win streak, 10 Titles, 5 Masters 1000 titles. He joined the .900 club going 70-6 for the season.

Repeating such a year will be difficult. I hope he is healthy again, because he will literally be defending everything.

AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF

Track 11 – We Are All That We Are:

And we are
All that we are
Holding on
Until we fall apart

What better way to describe the state of the Men’s tour then the above lyric.

With that I bid farewell to the 2011 ATP Season. Let’s do it again in less then 30 days.

Angels and Airwaves

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Novak Djokovic will be making his fifth consecutive appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, securing his invitation on May 16th, following his undefeated start to the 2011 season. Only one other player since 1990 has qualified for the season-ending event before Roland Garros (Nadal in 2009).

Novak Djokovic has had a transcendent year in 2011, winning 10 titles, including three Grand Slams. His season started exactly where he left off in 2010, following a career changing Davis Cup victory.

His 2011 season began at the Australian Open, where he would win his second career Grand Slam title, and his second Australian Open title. He defeated Andy Murray in straight sets. He would continue his new found level defeating Roger Federer, for the second time of the season, in the finals of the Dubai Championship.

Riding his impressive start, Djokovic lifted his second title at Indian Wells, and followed that by winning the Miami Masters. He beat Rafael Nadal on both occasions and also became the new World No. 2. Djokovic became the seventh different man in ATP World Tour history to complete the Indian Wells-Miami title double.

After skipping the Monte-Carlo Masters, Djokovic won his home tournament in Belgrade by beating Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. The Serbian’s  dominant season continued, as he defeated Nadal in back-to-back Masters finals, this time in Madrid and Rome, on Nadal’s favorite surface.

Undefeated since losing at the 2010 Barclay’s World Tour Final’s, Djokovic advanced to the semifinal stage of Roland Garros. He would lose in four sets, to Federer, in what may have been the best match of 2011, and one of the best single performances by Federer on clay.

Djokovic, would not play in any Wimbledon warm-up event, instead opting for rest. His decision proved to be a successful one, as he would win his second Grand Slam of the year and third overall, again defeating Nadal for the Wimbledon title. His semifinal win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon ensured a that Djokovic would become the new World No.1. Djokovic is the first player other than Federer or Nadal to hold the World No. 1 ranking since February 2004.

During the North-American hard court season, Djokovic became the first player to win five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in one season, beating Mardy Fish 6-2 3-6 6-4 in the Montreal final. He also became the first player to win a title in his debut as the World No. 1 since Sampras in 1993. Djokovic would suffer his second loss of the year when he was forced to retire from the Cincinnati Masters Final to Andy Murray, citing a right shoulder injury.

At the 2011 US Open, Djokovic won his third Grand Slam of the season when he beat defending champion Nadal, for the sixth consecutive time. He saved two match points against Roger Federer in the semifinal, in order to extend his US Open. He is the first man to go on to win a major championship after saving match point since Marat Safin won the 2005 Australian Open (d. Hewitt). Safin saved two match points, his victim was Federer yet again. Djokovic would leave New York, having won three of the four Grand Slam titles, and a remarkable 64-2 record in 2011.

Following the US Open, Djokovic’s body has shown signs of wear and tear. He suffered his third defeat of the season to Juan Martin Del Potro during the Davis Cup clash between Serbia and Argentina. He probably should have never tried to play, but he clearly felt obligated to try, as the Serb’s were trying to defend their 2010 Davis Cup title.

He then lost to Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the semifinal of the Swiss Indoors in Basel. With more and more injuries, Djokovic was again forced to withdraw from the Paris Masters event, prior to his quarterfinal match, giving a walk over to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

What Djokovic has accomplished in 2011 is certainly worthy of the the discussion surrounding one of the great all-time seasons. He arrives to London hoping to win the title for the second time. 2011 will be a difficult season to match.

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Year to date ATP Singles Standings – Barclay’s World Tour Finals

 

Rank, Name & Nationality Points Week Change Tourn Played
Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 13,295 0 16
Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 9,500 0 17
Murray, Andy (GBR) 7,200 0 17
Federer, Roger (SUI) 5,185 0 16
Ferrer, David (ESP) 4,300 0 20
Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 2,940 0 21
Fish, Mardy (USA) 2,875 0 21
Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) 2,790 0 21
Almagro, Nicolas (ESP) 2,370 0 24
10 Tipsarevic, Janko (SRB) 2,245 3 24
11 Simon, Gilles (FRA) 2,155 -1 25
12 Soderling, Robin (SWE) 2,080 -1 20
13 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG) 2,050 -1 19
14 Monfils, Gael (FRA) 1,925 1 21
15 Dolgopolov, Alexandr (UKR) 1,835 -1 27
16 Roddick, Andy (USA) 1,680 0 18
17 Gasquet, Richard (FRA) 1,675 0 19
18 Lopez, Feliciano (ESP) 1,665 0 26
19 Troicki, Viktor (SRB) 1,640 2 24
20 Wawrinka, Stanislas (SUI) 1,630 -1 21

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It seems odd that the players are considering going on a strike. The current state of the ATP tour is in such a place that the tournaments are giving away the largest total prize money ever, and attendance numbers are at an all-time high. Yet the players are unhappy. They complain of a long season, and too many mandatory events. The thing is, nobody is forcing the players to take part in all these tournaments, and much of their individual schedules are dictated around the big pay days they receive for participating at smaller events.

In my opinion, this would be an absurd situation for the players to put themselves in; it would just make everyone turn their backs on them and laugh. Why would we, or in that case, why should we feel sorry for the players? The top players are multi-millionaires, taking home huge prize money, and endorsement deals. Would they be willing to strike, if the endorsement money was put on hold during that time as well?

The US Open proved that the players are suffering, with a record number of retirements. Perhaps there is too much play leading up to the final Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows, but most of these players are building their games to peak at exactly that moment.. when they show up exhausted. Is that a scheduling issue or a schedule management issue?

It began with Andy Murray at the U.S. Open, deep down in a tunnel where nobody could hear him, except everyone could hear him. He complained about the players being pushed around. It was a valid argument at the time – regarding the rain, and players being put on court in unsafe conditions. However, days later at the suggestion that the U.S. Open might consider a 15-day event, Murray also declared that he would want to see prize money increased “substantially.”

Then came his buddy, Rafael Nadal, following up with complaints that the season is too long, warning that the players might take “strong action” if the calendar isn’t overhauled. The world No. 2 pointed his criticism toward the timing of Davis Cup.  Nadal had a right to be tired because he’s played 70 matches this year. However, he’s played Davis Cup only three times in the past two years.

Murray admitted that the ATP demands mandatory participation in tournaments only 18-weeks a year (I work around 50 mandatory weeks, because I have a job). Rankings are computed on the basis of 18 tournaments total, but nobody is forcing players to show up at tournaments to help his ranking. The players choose to show up because it helps their endorsements and or ability to be marketed, because they are ranked higher. And what is most disturbing to me, is guys like Nadal, Murray, Djokovic, and even Federer (to a lesser degree in his older age), participate in numerous exhibitions, and take the huge appearance fees paid by smaller ATP 250 tournaments.

Of the players participation in those events, Murray says: “When we play the Masters Series and the Slams, we’re playing against the best players in the world every time. Sometimes it’s nice to go to a tournament like an ATP 250, with its lavish guarantees, when you don’t have to kill yourself in every single match.”

Former Wimbledon champ Michael Stich, told the BBC: “Perhaps the players need to look out for their bodies and pick their tournaments better? It’s not a dream world out there. It’s a job and if you take that on you have to deal with the situations you find.”

Roger Federer has made scheduling his year a work of art over the last decade. He remains one of the fittest, and consistent players on tour, and recently passed the dreaded age of 30.

He knows the value of rest, and has managed to find time away from tennis throughout his career. There are times that players can find breaks. The top players can take almost a full month off after Wimbledon, and also after the Australian Open.

A strike would hurt the sport, in a time where fans are treated to a level of play we have never seen before. As Federer passes the torch to Nadal, and Djokovic prepares to steal it, and Federer tries to take it back – the players are considering alienating themselves from a loyal fan base, that pays to watch them play.

In the end, it is the players who would be effected most, because the sport would come back changed. They need to really think this strike business through, for the betterment of the game they play, and in doing so, remember that they play a game.

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In one of the most intriguing match up in the 2012 Davis Cup World Group, the United States will travel to Switzerland in an opening-round tie next year, as the 2012 Davis Cup World Group draw was announced on Wednesday.

The 32-time champion Americans, with Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick, and Switzerland, with 16-time major champion Roger Federer, will face each other for the fourth time, with USA leading the all-time series, 2-1. The U.S. beat the Swiss, who were playing without Federer, 4-1 in an opening-round clash in Alabama two years ago.

This year’s finalists, Spain and Argentina, are automatically the top seeds for 2012. The two countries will meet in December for the 2011 finale, in Spain.

Four-time champion Spain will be at home against Kazakhstan in February, while Argentina will visit three-time champion Germany. The Argentines, who will be seeking their first Davis Cup title, upset defending champion Serbia 3-2 last week to reach the 2011 final.

In the remaining 2012 match ups, nine-time winner France will travel to Canada, while the current defending champion Serbs will host Sweden. The remaining ties will see Austria hosting Russia, the Czech Republic hosting Italy, and Japan hosting Croatia.

All eight first-round matchups will be held from February 10-12.

The Official Davis Cup Press Release is seen below.

Press Release

BANGKOK, THAILAND: The Draw for the 2012 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group was made on Wednesday at the Four Seasons hotel in Bangkok. The first round ties will be played on 10-12 February.

This year’s finalists Spain and Argentina, the top two seeds for 2012, received contrasting fortunes in the Draw, while the pick of the ties sees 32-time champions USA travel to Switzerland.

Spain, fresh from booking their place in the final with a 4-1 win over France at the weekend, will be at home against Kazakhstan in a first meeting between the two nations. The Kazakhs made their World Group debut in 2011 and went on to reach the quarterfinals.

Argentina, who defeated defending champions Serbia 3-2 to reach the final, face a tricky away clash with Germany. The Argentines lead their series 5-2, although they were whitewashed 5-0 the last time the two nations met on German soil, in 1991.

Switzerland and USA will be doing battle for the fourth time when they go head-to-head, and home advantage has always proved pivotal in the past with the Americans holding a 2-1 advantage. The Swiss only gained promotion to the World Group on Monday when they finally sealed a 3-2 victory over Australia after bad light stopped play on Sunday.

Another intriguing match-up sees France travel to newly promoted Canada, while defending champions Serbia are at home against Sweden. The remaining ties see Austria welcome Russia, Czech Republic host Italy, and Japan face Croatia.


WORLD GROUP

- Spain (s)(c)(*) v Kazakhstan

- Russia (s) v Austria (c)

- France (s) v Canada (c)(*)

- USA (s) v Switzerland (c)

- Italy v Czech Republic (s)(c)

- Sweden v Serbia (s)(c)

- Japan (c)(*) v Croatia (s)

- Germany (c) v Argentina (s)


KEY

– [s] Seed
– [c] Choice of Ground
– [*] Decided by lot

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Davis Cup Trophy

From DavisCup.com

The Draw for 2012 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will take place on Wednesday 21 September at the Four Seasons hotel in Bangkok, getting under way at 18:30 local time (11:30 GMT).

You will be able to listen to the Draw as it happens right here on the website, with Craig Gabriel and Barry Wood on hand to provide live commentary on Davis Cup Radio.

Seeds

As this year’s finalists, Spain and Argentina head the seeds for next year’s World Group, while the remaining nations are seeded according to the latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking.

Along with the World Group, the Draws for Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II, and Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II will also take place in Bangkok.

A decision on the scheduling of the Draws for Americas Zone Groups I and II will be made on Tuesday after the completion of the rain-delayed tie between Paraguay and Peru in Asuncion.

The first round ties are scheduled to be played on 10-12 February 2012.

WORLD GROUP

WORLD GROUP

Seeded nations

1. Spain
2. Argentina
3. Serbia
4. France
5. Czech Republic
6. USA
7. Croatia
8. Russia

Remaining nations

- Austria
– Canada
– Germany
– Italy
– Japan
– Kazakhstan
– Sweden
– Switzerland

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World Group Semi-Finals

AFP PHOTO / CESAR MANSO

SPAIN 4, FRANCE 1
Venue: Plaza de Toros de los Califas, Cordoba, ESP (clay – outdoors)

Rafael Nadal d Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-0 6-1
David Ferrer d Gilles Simon 6-1 6-4 6-1
Michael Llodra/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d Feliciano Lopez/Fernando Verdasco 6-1 6-2 6-0
Rafael Nadal d Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-0 6-2 6-4
Fernando Verdasco d Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-1

AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC

SERBIA 2, ARGENTINA 3
Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoors)

David Nalbandian d Viktor Troicki 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-3
Juan Martin del Potro d Janko Tipsarevic 7-5 6-3 6-4
Viktor Troicki/Nenad Zimonjic d Juan Ignacio Chela/Juan Monaco 7-6(4) 6-4 6-2
Juan Martin del Potro d Novak Djokovic 7-6(5) 3-0 ret.
Janko Tipsarevic d Juan Monaco 6-2 0-0 ret.

World Group Play-Offs

AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD

AUSTRALIA 2, SWITZERLAND 3
Venue: Royal Sydney Golf Club, Sydney, AUS (grass – outdoors)

Bernard Tomic d Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-3
Roger Federer d Lleyton Hewitt 5-7 7-6(5) 6-2 6-3
Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt d Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6 6-4 6-2 7-6(5)
Roger Federer d Bernard Tomic 6-2 7-5 3-6 6-3
Stanislas Wawrinka d Lleyton Hewitt  6-4 4-6 7-6(7) 4-6 3-6

ISRAEL 2, CANADA 3
Venue: Canada Stadium, Ramat Hasharon, ISR (hard – outdoors)

Vasek Pospisil d Dudi Sela 76(4) 67(6) 61 67(2) 63
Amir Weintraub d Milos Raonic 57 75 63 61
Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil d Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram 46 63 64 64
Dudi Sela d Peter Polansky 6-3 6-3 6-3
Vasek Pospisil d Amir Weintraub  2-6 6-7(3) 4-6

ROMANIA 0, CZECH REPUBLIC 5
Venue: Centrul National De Tenis, Bucharest, ROU (clay – outdoors)

Radek Stepanek d Adrian Ungur 6-3 6-2 6-0
Tomas Berdych d Victor Crivoi 6-3 6-3 7-6(4)
Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek d Marius Copil/Horia Tecau 6-3 3-6 6-0 6-2
Lukas Rosol d Marius Copil 6-4 7-6(2)
Jan Hajek d Victor Crivoi 6-1 6-4

RUSSIA 3, BRAZIL 2
Venue: Kazan Tennis Academy, Kazan, RUS (hard – indoors)

Mikhail Youzhny d Ricardo Mello 6-0 6-2 6-1
Thomaz Bellucci d Igor Andreev 6-4 6-3 6-3
Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares d Igor Kunitsyn/Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 7-5 6-2
Mikhail Youzhny d Thomaz Bellucci 2-6 6-3 5-7 6-4 14-12
Igor Andreev d Ricardo Mello 6-1 7-6(5) 2-6 6-3

SOUTH AFRICA 1, CROATIA 4
Venue: Fanie Du Toit Sports Stadium, Potchefstroom, RSA (hard – outdoors)

Kevin Anderson d Ivan Dodig 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6(5)
Marin Cilic d Izak van der Merwe 6-0 6-0 ret. (wrist)
Marin Cilic/Ivan Dodig d Rik de Voest/Raven Klaasen 6-2 6-4 3-6 6-1
Marin Cilic d Rik de Voest 6-4 6-2 6-4
Nikola Mektic d Raven Klaasen 7-6(2) 6-1

CHILE 1, ITALY 4
Venue: Estadio Nacional, Santiago, CHI (hard – outdoors)

Potito Starace d Paul Capdeville 6-3 6-3 2-6 7-6(5)
Fabio Fognini d Fernando Gonzalez 6-2 4-6 2-1 ret. (adductor)
Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini d Jorge Aguilar/Nicolas Massu 6-4 6-4 6-4
Paul Capdeville d Fabio Fognini 7-6(3) 6-2
Daniele Bracciali d Nicolas Massu 3-4 0-0 Retired

JAPAN 4, INDIA 1
Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – outdoors)

Yuichi Sugita d Somdev Devvarman 6-3 6-4 7-5
Kei Nishikori d Rohan Bopanna 6-3 6-2 6-2
Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna d Tatsuma Ito/Yuichi Sugita 7-5 3-6 6-3 7-6(4)
Kei Nishikori d Visnhu Vardhan 7-5 6-3 6-3
Go Soeda d Rohan Bopanna 4-5 ret.

BELGIUM 1, AUSTRIA 4
Venue: Lotto Arena, Antwerp, BEL (hard – indoors)

Andreas Haider-Maurer d Xavier Malisse 6-4 6-4 7-5
Steve Darcis d Jurgen Melzer 7-6(3) 6-7(4) 6-4 6-3
Oliver Marach/Alexander Peya d Steve Darcis/Olivier Rochus 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-4
Jurgen Melzer d Olivier Rochus 6-4 6-4 6-3
Alexander Peyas d Alexander Bemelmans 4-6 3-6

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