Davis Cup

Goffin Heroics Not Enough at Davis Cup Finals but Bode Well for 2018 Success

November 27, 2017

David Goffin’s very good year ended yesterday in disappointing fashion. The Belgian’s Davis Cup team lost to France 3-2 in the Cup final, but it certainly was not through any fault of Goffin’s. Despite being bummed by the team’s loss, Goffin said he finished his season with the “sense of having done my duty.” Indeed […]

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Mayer Defeats Souza in Longest Davis Cup Singles Match

March 8, 2015

Argentine Leonardo Mayer converted on his 11th match point in the fading sunlight in Buenos Aires Sunday night to defeat Brazilian Joao Souza 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 5-7, 15-13 in the longest singles match in Davis Cup history. The win, contested for six hours and 43 minutes, leveled the best-of-five Davis Cup tie between […]

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Federer Whips Gasquet to Clinch Davis Cup for Switzerland

November 23, 2014

Roger Federer added another jewel to his treasure trove of accomplishments today, helping Switzerland secure its first Davis Cup trophy by defeating France’s Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth rubber, giving the Swiss an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie. “This one is for the boys,” said Federer, who was in tears […]

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Berlocq Leads Argentina to Upset of France in Davis Cup

April 8, 2013

Argentine Carlos Berlocq held his nerve in the deciding fifth rubber of Davis Cup quarterfinal competition yesterday to defeat Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 and propel Argentina to a 3-2 victory over heavily favored France in Buenos Aires. It was four-time finalist Argentina’s first win in six tries against nine-time champion France. Argentina […]

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Groth and Olivetti Top Guns of Fast Serve

August 11, 2012

Australian Sam Groth (left) and Frenchman Albano Olivetti (right) share more than adjacent rankings on the ATP computer. Groth, No. 257, and Olivetti, No. 258, merely happen to have the two biggest serves in men’s professional tennis, but that fact remains largely unknown except by tennis aficionados. Both are journeyman, competing for the most part […]

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Isner Stuns Federer in Davis Cup Tie

February 10, 2012

John Isner shocked world No. 3 Roger Federer 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 Friday to give the visiting United States a 2-0 lead against Switzerland in the first round of the Davis Cup. “It’s the biggest win of my life,” Isner said. “But what it means to me, is our team is up 2-0. Hats […]

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Djokovic Flying High after Win over Nadal at U.S. Open

September 14, 2011

Novak Djokovic was standing on top of the world yesterday. Well, maybe not exactly on top of the world. Nevertheless the view had to look spectacular to the No. 1-ranked Serbian while posing on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York City the day after defeating defending champion Rafael Nadal in […]

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Djokovic to Edge Nadal for U.S. Open Crown

September 12, 2011

If Yogi Berra were picking the winner in this afternoon’s clash for the U.S. Open championship between Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal, I’m pretty sure what he would say. “It’s deja vu all over again.” Translation: Djokovic, the winner. After all the No. 1-ranked Serb has defeated No. 2 Nadal five straight times, […]

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Djokovic Deflates del Potro in Paris

May 28, 2011

After trading body blows with Juan Martin del Potro and splitting sets in a third-round match suspended by darkness Friday night, No. 2-ranked Novak Djokovic raised his game a notch in afternoon sunshine today and won sets three and four handily to defeat the big Argentine 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. The win was Djokovic’s 40th […]

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Djokovic Defeats Nadal Again to Keep Streak Alive

May 15, 2011

Ding dong! The Clay Master is toast. Well, not really. But Novak Djokovic has certainly put a world of hurt upon Rafael Nadal’s hold on Numero Uno and virtual clay-court invincibility. The No. 2-ranked Djokovic defeated Nadal 6-4, 6-4 Sunday evening to win the Rome Masters and bag his second win over Rafa in two […]

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