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Results-2013. Nation of the Year. Men
The tennis edition of Championship.com continues to sum up the results of the season ended. In this article, we will tell you about the most successful countries this year. The selection criteria remained the same as in previous seasons - the summation of the players' achievements in individual and team competitions. Note that every year, since 2008 (when this poll appeared), the winners were the Davis Cup and Fed Cup winners, respectively. The current poll was no exception - although Spain ranked second
Results of voting by the Championship.com editorial board.
1. Czech Republic - 33 points.
2. Spain - 29.
3. Serbia - 13.
4. Switzerland - 3.
5-6. France - 2.
5-6. Great Britain - 2.
7-8. Canada - 1.
7-8. Argentina - 1.
1. Spain - 103 votes.
2. Serbia - 45.
3. Czech Republic - 43.
was not far from the Czech Republic, losing only 4 points. However, our readers have set their priorities differently. Spain took the first place by a wide margin, Serbia became the second, and the Czech Republic took only the third line.
1. Czech Republic - 33 points
Of course, first of all, the Czechs owe their second consecutive victory in this nomination to the defense of the Davis Cup title. As in 2012, the Czech Republic's triumph in the oldest tennis team tournament came as a big surprise. Objectively speaking, their team is quite strong, but by no means stellar. Of course, there is Tomasz Berdych in it, who could well be called a star, but that's where it ends. The best years of Radek Stepanek are already over, although it is in the Davis Cup that he plays great matches with enviable persistence - and he has never been a real star.
As for the rest of the team, then last year it existed rather for the background - all matches of tournament significance were played exclusively by Berdych and Stepanek. It turned out differently this time. The Czech double got together only for the semifinals: Radek missed the 1/8 final match, and Tomas did not fly to the quarterfinals. At the same time, Stepanek approached the quarterfinals injured and managed to perform only in doubles, where he was defeated along with Jan Gayek . And the victory over Kazakhstan for the Czech Republic was brought by Lukas Rosol and the same Gayek, who scored three points alone.
In general, it must be admitted that the Czechs were lucky in many ways with the composition of their opponents in this competition. Roger Federer , who played in both Davis Cup matches last year, did not come to the team this time, leaving the Czechs Stanislas Wawrinka and company to fight with the weakened absence of Stepanek. In the semifinals, Argentina returned to the Czech Republic without their leader, Juan Martin del Potro , who was absent from the team during this rally due to disagreements with the national tennis federation. David N, who helped the national team in previous rounds, did not play eitherAlbandian , who underwent surgery and announced his retirement shortly after this semi-final. As a result, the guests, whose leader was Juan Monaco, were defeated in two days.
Finally, Serbia lost two fighters in the final. At first, hopes were dashed to win an appeal in the case of Viktor Troitska , who was disqualified due to missing a test by a doping doctor, and then the injured Janko Tipsarevic was unable to recover. As a result, Novak Djokovic , in fact, was left alone - Nenad Zimonic has long been out of shape even for doubles matches, but to call Dusan Lajovic a full-fledged cup a fighter is clearly not worth it. Djokovic won both of his matches, but Berdych and Stepanek succeeded in the rest of the matches, and the Davis Cup remained in the Czech Republic.
1. Czech Republic.
Winners of 2011:
3. Czech Republic.
Winners of 2009:
2. Czech Republic.
Winners of 2008:
As for individual competitions, here, of course, Berdych stands out first of all. He was in two quarterfinals of the Grand Slam tournaments (although not without the traditional defeat in the first round of one of these competitions, which has been taking place for the seventh year in a row). Tomas also made it to the finals three times at mid-level tournaments - in Marseille, Dubai and Bangkok. True, personal titles in the ended season bypassed him. Nevertheless, thanks to fairly stable performances - in addition to the above, he was in four semifinals and two more quarterfinals of the Masters - the Czech finished the season with the seventh racket of the world and got to the ATP Final Championship for the fourth time in a row. In addition, at the end of this summer, Tomas climbed into the top 5 singles rating list for the first time and spent several weeks there.
Three more Czechs were in the top 100 at the end of the season. Stepanek, who turned 35 in November, missed three months and did not perform very well in the ATP tournaments, but thanks to three titles in challengers, he retained his place in the top 50. Three positions lower than Radek, 47th, finished Berdykh's peer - Lukash Rosol. Almost half of his points were earned by an unexpected victory in Bucharest (250 points) and appearances in the Davis Cup (140 points). Rosol also reached the Vienna semifinals. Finally, on the 85th line is the young talent - Jiri Vesely. The 20-year-old Czech mainly played Challengers and Futures, winning three titles in each of these categories. Jiri also earned good points for two Challenger finals and qualifying for Roland Garros. In the first round of his debut adult Grand Slam tournament, the Czech lost to Philip Kohlschreiber .
2. Spain - 29 points.
For the SpanishHaving won four Davis Cups in the past ten years, this season has been extremely unfortunate. In the first round, they got to Canada - and went there without Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco . It is quite logical that Albert Ramos, Marcel Granollers, Marc Lopez and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez did not cope with Milos Raonic and Frank Danchevic . For the playoff match, however, Nadal has already returned to the ranks, who, along with the same Mark Lopez and Verdasco, brought the team a crushing victory in the meeting with Ukraine.
But Spain succeeded in another team competition, albeit much less significant - the Hopman Cup. This mixed-team tournament, held in the first week of every season in Perth, Australia, this year brought together teams from Serbia, Italy, Germany, USA, France, South Africa, Spain - and of course Australia. Serbia and Spain became the winners of their groups, and in the final Anabel Medina-Garrigues and Fernando Verdasco won the decisive mix against Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic .
В personal tournaments, of course, the lion's share of attention was focused on Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard, who has not played since Wimbledon 2012, did not have time to prepare for the Australian Open and missed this championship, returning to competition in the Latin American series of the February clay tournaments. Having won two out of three possible titles there, Nadal followed by winning the Masters in Indian Wells on hard. Novak Djokovic interrupted Raphael's record streak of eight consecutive titles in Monte Carlo, but the rest of the clay remained with the Spaniard. After the failure at Wimbledon, Nadal collected all the victories on the American hard, crowning them with the second US Open title in his career. Soon, Rafael, who by the time he returned to the tour, was on the fifth line of the rating list, again became the first racket of the world - and, having slightly slowed down in the end, still calmly held this title until the end of the year. Even theoretically, he won't be able to lose it until February.
Alexey Adamov - Czech Republic, Serbia, Spain.
Evgeniy Gaidukov - Czech Republic, Spain, Serbia.
Ivan Zamozhny - Serbia, Czech Republic, Spain.
Galina Kozlova - Spain, Czech Republic, Argentina.
Dmitry Platonov - Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland.
Ilya Ryvlin - Spain, Czech Republic, Switzerland
Daniil Salnikov - Spain, Serbia, Czech Republic.
Roman Semyonov - Czech Republic, Serbia, Spain.
Artem Taimanov - Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland.
Georgy Shakov - Spain, Czech Republic, Great Britain.
Dmitry Shakhov - Czech Republic, Spain, Serbia.
Igor Shvetsov - Spain, France, Canada.
Anton Shebika - Czech Republic, Serbia, Spain.
Alexander Shmurnov - Czech Republic, Spain, Great Britain.
Readers - Spain, Serbia, Czech Republic.
David Ferrer also had a great season. True, his ending turned out to be quite blurry (if we leave out the brackets the exit to the final of the Parisian Masters), but before that the Spaniard played great. At the US Open and Wimbledon, he wasin the quarterfinals, in Melbourne he reached the semifinals - and at Roland Garros he became a finalist. It was the first Grand Slam final of Ferrer's career, who by that time was already 31 years old. In addition, David was the first racket of Spain for the first time in his life, and also entered the top 3 for the first time - and managed to finish the season on the third line, being only 10 points ahead of Andy Murray .
Let's also highlight Nicolas Almagro , who, having achieved a number of good results (including the quarterfinals of the Australian Open), became the 13th racket in the world at the end of the year, and Tommy Robredo . Robredo, 31, returned from an injury that forced him to miss more than half a year in the 2011-2012 seasons, and, starting this year outside the top 100, finished 18th. In addition, he became the author of one of the main sensations of the season, beating Roger Federer in the fourth round of the US Open.
By the way, Spain has the most representatives in the top 100. The first hundred at the end of the year included 14 representatives of this country. France has a comparable figure of 11, and no one else has at least ten players in a hundred. Among the Spaniards, Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco, Marcel Granollers and Guillermo García-Lopez should be noted.
3. Serbia - 13 points.
The losers of the two team finals are on the third line, far behind the first and second places. As a matter of fact, we have already mentioned both of Serbia's defeats. It's hardly worth talking about the Hopman Cup, except to add that Serbia was in the group with Australia, Italy and Germany and won all three matches, having experienced problems only with the owners of the site. There Bernard Tomic unexpectedly defeated Novak Djokovic, but the two remaining matches were in favor of the guests.
Djokovic played regularly in the Davis Cup - for the first time since 2010, when Serbia won this trophy. In the first and second rounds, Viktor Troitski helped the leader of his national team, and in the semifinals, after his disqualification, Janko Tipsarevic became the second number. If he could take part in the final confrontation, and Serbia would have much more chances. And so the team found itself in a very unpleasant situation, and the final, frankly, did not work out - although it came to a decisive match, all five matches ended in three sets.
Novak has been on the ATP rating list for most of the time. season confidently held first place. Perhaps too serious an advantage over the competitors at some point made the Serb relax, for which he paid. In any case, from the outside it seemed that in individual defeats - such as from Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of Roland Garros or from Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final - there is nothing wrong. The threat of losing first place became really serious closer to the US Open. And having lost to Nadal in the final of this tournament, Djokovic actually put the fate of the first line in his hands. After that, the Serb brilliantly spent the end of the season, winning 24 matches out of 24 (including four matches in the Cupand Davis), but still came in second. However, the bottom line is that the year looks quite successful - seven titles, including at the Final Championship and at the Australian Open, and two finals at other Grand Slam tournaments.
The rest of the Serbs had no success. Janko Tipsarevic fell from 9th to 36th, playing very weak tennis for most of the season, and in the end was injured. Viktor Troitsky could not complete more than one lap until the end of April, and then was disqualified. The case with the representative of the doping service, who allowed him not to donate blood from a vein in Monte Carlo due to poor health and did not leave any documents at the same time, turned out to be frankly stupid - but it was because of him that Victor received 18 months of disqualification, which were then reduced to 12. He will be able to return to the tour only in the middle of July 2014, after Wimbledon, having completely lost his rating. Dusan Lajovic showed himself well in the Challengers, being close to the top hundred thanks to them, but he could not cope with the tension in the Davis Cup final.
Our journalists also noted the teams from Switzerland, France, Great Britain, Canada and Argentina. The Canadians probably got here for the first time in the Davis Cup semifinals, and the rest of the countries owe these results to their leaders in individual tournaments.