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Davis Cup battles and unstoppable Serena Williams
1. Isner's new feat on clay
John Isner scored for the second time in a row for the national team on clay. In the 1/8 finals of the current Davis Cup, the Americans went to visit the Swiss, for whom Roger Federer himself played - and Switzerland was beaten with a score of 5: 0, and John himself dealt with Roger in four sets! Now the US team was hosted by France. The match took place on the sand courts of Monte Carlo, where in a little over a week the first clay tournament of the Masters series of the season starts - and again Isner played a key role in the victory of his team. On Friday, John beat Gilles Simon in three games, and on Sunday brought the national team a victory point, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsongi in four sets.
John won both singles and led the US to the Davis Cup semi-finals
2. Champion gait of Spain
The Spanish national team, which won the Davis Cup three times in the last four years (including in the 2011 season), confidently dealt with the offender of the Russian national team, the Austrian team - 4: 1. Compared to the 1/8 final match against Kazakhstan, the Spaniards had one change: the injured Juan-Carlos Ferrero was replaced by David Ferrer . He eventually brought the team two points, including the winning one, beating Jurgen Melzer on Sunday. And the Austrians managed to win only in a pair - Oliver Marach and Alexander Peyia were stronger than Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. The Spaniards will host the US team in the semifinals.
The Spaniards easily beat Austria in the Davis Cup
3. Berdych's tough win brought the Czechs to the semi-finals
The Czech-Serb match could well have become the most exciting of all the quarterfinals, but for that it was necessary that Novak Djokovic played in it. But the leader of the world rating list, who made a very serious contribution to winning the Davis Cup in 2010, did not come to the team this time, and given the unimportant form of Viktor Troitsky, Janko Tipsarevic was to try to pull the national team to the semifinals. On Friday, he defeated Radek Stepanek in a tough battle, but on Sunday he took to the court against Tomas Berdych with the score 2: 1 in favor of the Czechs, who were stronger in the pair. The fight between Janko and Tomas lasted more than three and a half hours, and, in the end, the Serb, having missed the chances of winning in each of the sets, lost to his opponent in three tie-breaks.
Berdykh, having passed the edge in each of the sets, beat Tipsarevich
4. Del Potro's solid contribution and Nalbandian's fortitude
It's probably hard to find a tennis player who deserves the Davis Cup more than David Nalbandian . The Argentine has regularly played for his national team for the past ten years - and not only plays, but often shows the best tennis in team matches. During this time ArgEntina reached the Davis Cup final three times (in 2006, 2008 and 2011), but constantly lost - in the first case to Russia, in the rest - to Spain. For the current quarterfinals against Croatia, David came up not in the best condition, but managed to bring the team a very important point in the doubles - together with Eduardo Schwank he defeated Marina Cilic and Ivo Karlovic in five hours. And Juan Martin del Potro , who defeated Karlovic on the first day, finished off tired Cilic on Sunday and made Argentina qualify for the semifinals. Latinos now have a home semi-final with the Czechs in mid-September.
Juan Martin took two points in singles
5. A black tornado swept away everyone on green clay
The women's tournament in Charleston, which took place in parallel with the Davis Cup, became the benefit performance of Serena Williams . If in the first match, where she was opposed by Elena Vesnina, Serena gave her opponent seven games, then the semifinals and the final turned into a form of rout. Samantha Stosur, who had defeated Serena's older sister, Venus, was defeated with a score of 6: 1, 6: 1, and Lucy Shafarzhova took another game less in the final - 6: 0, 6: 1 in favor of the American. According to Serena herself, she has never been able to play so consistently, making a minimum of mistakes. Let's see if Williams Jr. manages to continue the winning streak by moving from American green clay to European soil.
Williams defeated her rivals on clay Charleston
6. Pavlyuchenkova's third title in a pair
In singles Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is performing completely unsuccessfully this year - in Charleston she won only the third match of the season before losing to Nadezhda Petrova in the third circle. But Pavlyuchenkova managed to win her third title in the doubles Charleston, where she performed with Shafarzhova . On the way to the final, Anastasia and Lucy beat Sanya Mirza with Elena Vesnina and Liesel Huber with Lisa Raymond, and in the decisive match they won Yaroslava Shvedova and Anabel Medina-Garrigues.
Anastasia won Charleston paired with Lucy Shafarzhova
7. Russian failures in Charleston
In addition to Pavlyuchenkova, many other Russian tennis players arrived in Charleston, but none of them managed to get past the quarterfinals. After the first round, Alexandra Panova and Alla Kudryavtseva left the tournament; Vera Dushevina and Elena Vesnina managed to win one match each - however, Vesnina then, as already mentioned, lost to Serena Williams, and Dushevina went to the first seeded, Marion Bartoli. We have already spoken about Pavlyuchenkova's defeat by Petrova; Nadezhda herself lost to Polona Herzog in the quarterfinals. Finally, Vera Zvonareva lost to Lucy Shafarzhova at a similar stage.
Vera andHope could not get past the quarterfinals in Charleston
8. Djokovic preferred Isner to Tipsarevic
Returning to the Davis Cup quarterfinals, we note that during the match between Tsonga and Isner, Novak Djokovic officially residing in Monte Carlo was present on the podium. Why the Serb chose to watch this match, and not the fight between Janko Tipsarevic and Tomas Berdych, which began simultaneously with his third set, remains unknown. Perhaps Novak decided to evaluate the performance of his winner in the Indian Wells Isner semifinals on the sandy surface in anticipation of the start of the clay season.
Novak on Sunday watched the match Tsonga - Isner from the tribune of the court
9. Azarenka will work with Moresmo
At the end of this week it became known that the Frenchwoman Amelie Moresmo , the former first racket of the world, will advise the current leader of the WTA rating list - Belarusian Victoria Azarenka . The two-time Grand Slam tournament winner is expected to assist Azarenka's mentor Sam Sumik. Last year, by the way, Moresmo collaborated with the Frenchman Michael Llodra. Amelie herself said the following about this: The main thing is the desire to move forward and pay attention to the little things. This is also a new experience for me. I have to learn a lot to become a good coach. Over the past few days, I have closely watched the work of Victoria's team and am delighted to see the excellent organization of work. I am glad that Azarenka chose me. Now I will fulfill my obligations and help Victoria to become even better.
Victoria has officially started cooperation with Amelie
10. Moscow will host the first World Beach Tennis Championship
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced the holding of the first World Beach Tennis Team Championship on July 13-15 in Moscow. Competitions will be held on the courts of the National Tennis Center named after Kh.A. Samaranch. The Russian Tennis Federation received the rights to host the World Beach Tennis Team Championship for a three-year period.
The Russian Tennis Federation has significant experience in hosting major international competitions, including the Davis Cup and the Federation Cup. We are glad to cooperate with her in organizing a new tournament, - noted the President of ITF Francesco Ricci-Beatti.
President of the RTF Shamil Tarpishchev positively assessed the prospects: Beach tennis quickly became very popular both in Russia and around the world. It is great that the International Tennis Federation is organizing a new world team event. I have no doubt that this format will further develop beach tennis and attract other countries to participate in competitions.
Beach tennis comes to Moscow