DAVIS CUP

  • Davis Cup final may be played at neutral venue 1 week ago

    Sochi, Russia: The International Tennis Federation is considering playing future Davis Cup finals at a neutral venue. ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti told The Associated Press on Sunday that the idea is among several proposed changes to the competition, along with fifth-set tiebreakers to prevent marathon matches. "We are considering perhaps to...
  • Federico Delbonis wins, sends Argentina to Davis Cup quarter-finals March 9, 2015

    Buenos Aires: Argentina advanced to the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup on Monday, beating Brazil 3-2 after Federico Delbonis defeated Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 in a match that took two days to complete. The match had been suspended because of darkness on Sunday with Delbonis leading 1-0. It started...
  • Switzerland's Davis Cup reign ends swiftly March 9, 2015

    London: Switzerland's reign as Davis Cup holders was swiftly ended when they paid the inevitable price for fielding a second-string team and lost 3-2 to Belgium in the first round in Liege on Sunday. Just over three months since Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka drove them to an historic title in...
  • Britain take unassailable 3-1 lead over US in Davis Cup March 8, 2015

    Andy Murray beat John Isner in straight sets to give Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead in the Davis Cup on Sunday. The fifth-ranked Murray overcame a wobbly start in the first reverse singles to win 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4) at Emirates Arena and clinch a first-round victory over the Americans...
  • Davis Cup: Kazakhstan beat Italy in first round March 8, 2015

    Astana: Kazakhstan completed a 3-2 win over Italy in their Davis Cup first round match on Sunday as Alexander Nedovesov upset Italian No. 1 Fabio Fognini in the deciding rubber. Host team Kazakhstan bounced back from 2-1 down after Saturday's doubles to reach the quarter-finals for the third year in...
  • Davis Cup: Mikhail Kukushkin beats Andreas Seppi to force decider March 8, 2015

    Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan's Davis Cup first-round match with Italy is heading to a deciding fifth rubber Sunday after Kazakh No. 1 Mikhail Kukushkin beat Andreas Seppi in straight sets to level the tie at 2-2. Following a lengthy first-set tiebreak, Kukushkin had all the momentum as he won 7-6 (8), 6-0, 6-4. Later...
  • Bryans win to keep US alive in Davis Cup vs Britain March 7, 2015

    Scotland: Bob and Mike Bryan kept the United States alive in their Davis Cup first-round tie against Britain, holding off a comeback by Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot to win Saturday's doubles in five sets. The 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (8), 9-7 victory by the Californian brothers reduced the Americans' deficit...
  • Australia lead Czech Republic 2-1 in Davis Cup March 7, 2015

    Czech Republic: Jiri Vesely teamed up with rookie Adam Pavlasek to win the doubles and reduce Australia's lead over the Czech Republic to 2-1 in the first round of the Davis Cup on Saturday. Vesely and Pavlasek twice came from a set down to overcome the Australian pair of Lleyton Hewitt...
  • France beat Germany to progress in Davis Cup March 7, 2015

    Frankfurt: France progressed to the Davis Cup quarterfinals with a comfortable 3-0 win over Germany following Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut's doubles victory on Saturday. The pair defeated Benjamin Becker and Andre Begemann 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to give 2014 runner-up France an unassailable lead in the first round tie. The French took...
  • Davis Cup: Novak Djokovic takes Troicki's place in doubles v Croatia March 7, 2015

    World number one Novak Djokovic has replaced Viktor Troicki as Nenad Zimonjic's partner for Serbia in Saturday's doubles against Croatia in their Davis Cup world group first-round tie, the International Tennis Federation said. Serbia, the 2010 winners, are 2-0 up after Djokovic enjoyed a straight-sets win over Mate Delic in Friday's...
  • Davis Cup: Italy beat Kazakhstan in doubles for 2-1 lead March 7, 2015

    Moscow: Italy's Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli defeated the Kazakh duo of Andrei Golubev and Alexander Nedovesov in doubles on Saturday to give their team a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup first round meeting. Fognini and Bolelli, who was a replacement for the originally nominated Paolo Lorenzi, lost a marathon...
  • Davis Cup: Serbia, Britain in control as depleted Swiss hold Belgium March 7, 2015

    Kraljevo, Serbia: Serbia carved out a 2-0 lead over rivals Croatia while Britain led the US by the same score and holders Switzerland were tied with Belgium in the Davis Cup world group first round on Friday. France also raced into a 2-0 lead away to Germany after Gilles Simon overpowered...
  • Davis Cup: Henri Laaksonen gives Switzerland 1-0 lead over Belgium March 6, 2015

    Belgium: Henri Laaksonen rallied from two sets down to beat Ruben Bemelmans and give defending champion Switzerland a 1-0 lead over Belgium in the first round of the Davis Cup on Friday. The 344th-ranked Laaksonen, playing in the team event for the first time since 2013, won 1-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4,...
  • Andy Murray beats Donald Young, Britain lead US 1-0 in Davis Cup March 6, 2015

    Scotland: Andy Murray quelled a mid-match comeback from Donald Young to win in four sets on Friday and give Britain a 1-0 lead over the United States in the first round of the Davis Cup. Murray won 6-1, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 in his first match in his native Scotland since winning...
  • Novak Djokovic gives Serbia 1-0 lead over Croatia in Davis Cup March 6, 2015

    Serbia: Novak Djokovic gave Serbia a 1-0 lead over Croatia by beating Mate Delic 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on Friday in the first round of the Davis Cup. The top-ranked Serb converted early break points in each set on an indoor hard court. Croatian teen Borna Coric will play Viktor Troicki in the...
  • Andreas Seppi to face Andrei Golubev in Davis Cup March 5, 2015

    Andreas Seppi will face Andrei Golubev in the first round of the Davis Cup when Italy take on Kazakhstan. With Fabio Fognini slated to play only in the doubles, Seppi will play Goubev in the second singles match. Simone Bolelli will play Mikhail Kukushkin in the opening match. In Saturday's doubles, Fognini...
  • Andy Murray defends commitment to Britain before Davis Cup match March 5, 2015

    Britain: Andy Murray has represented British teams since he was 12 and was playing for the country when he won Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games. Yet, he has found himself having to defend his commitment to the British cause ahead of this week's Davis Cup match against the United...
  • Novak Djokovic and Serbia back in Davis Cup title hunt March 5, 2015

    London: Novak Djokovic is back for the Davis Cup, making Serbia the favorite. After leading Serbia to the 2013 final, Djokovic took last year off and watched Roger Federer pair with Stan Wawrinka to capture the only major tennis trophy to elude him. Federer and Wawrinka are skipping the Davis Cup this...
  • Marin Cilic to miss Croatia's Davis Cup tie against Serbia March 2, 2015

    Marin Cilic has failed to recover from injury and will miss Croatia's Davis Cup tie against Serbia next weekend. Croatia team captain Zeljko Krajan said Monday "we had expected a miracle, but Cilic is not ready for five-sets matches." U.S. Open champion Cilic has not played this season because of a right...
  • Richard Gasquet pulls out of Davis Cup tie with lower back pains February 28, 2015

    Paris: Richard Gasquet has pulled out of France's first-round Davis Cup match against Germany next week because of lower back pains and has been replaced by Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Gasquet's absence is a further blow for Davis Cup runner-up France. Captain Arnaud Clement is already missing France No. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who...
  • Brazil call up Joao Souza for Davis Cup tie February 25, 2015

    Brazil Davis Cup captain Joao Zwetsch has called up Joao Souza for his team's tie against Argentina next month. Souza, ranked 77 in the world, impressed Zwetsch by making the semi-finals of the Brazil Open and quarter-finals of the Rio Open earlier this month, reports Xinhua. The 26-year-old, known locally by his...
  • Gael Monfils included in France team for Davis Cup 1st round February 25, 2015

    Paris: France captain Arnaud Clement surprisingly included Gael Monfils on Tuesday in his team to face Germany in the first round of the Davis Cup next week. Monfils complained of tiredness last week and withdrew from the World Group tie on the advice of coach Jan de Witt, but was picked...
  • Andy Murray to lead Britain in 1st round of Davis Cup in Glasgow February 24, 2015

    London: Andy Murray will return to his native Scotland next week to lead Britain against the United States in the first round of the Davis Cup. Murray and his brother, Jamie, were named to the team on Tuesday that will face the Americans on March 6-8 on an indoor hard court...
  • Czech Republic announce Davis Cup squad February 24, 2015

    Ostrava: Czech tennis team captain Jaroslav Navratil announced his squad for the Australia clash in the first round of the Davis Cup to be played between March 6-8. The list includes Tomas Rosol, Jiri Vesely and two newcomers Adam Pavlasek and Jan Mertl. Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek will be absent...
  • Germany name Michael Kohlmann as Davis Cup captain February 12, 2015

    Frankfurt: The German Tennis Federation has picked former doubles player Michael Kohlmann as Davis Cup captain, with veteran Niki Pilic returning as adviser. Kohlmann replaces Carsten Arriens, who stepped down last week. Germany play France in the first round March 6-8 in Frankfurt. The 75-year-old Pilic won three Davis Cup titles with...
  • Germany captain Carsten Arriens leaves Davis Cup squad February 4, 2015

    Frankfurt: Germany is looking for a new Davis Cup captain after the departure of Carsten Arriens, one month before a World Group match against France. Arriens and the German Tennis Federation officially parted ways by "mutual agreement", although the captain had clashed with new federation president Ulrich Klaus and Germany's top-ranked...
  • Lleyton Hewitt to play on, groomed as Davis Cup captain January 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Lleyton Hewitt said on Thursday he intends to play on until next year's Australian Open as he was positioned as the future Davis Cup captain after Pat Rafter announced he was stepping down. Long-time team coach Wally Masur will fill in as Australia's interim captain, starting with the Cup tie...
  • Arnaud Clement to stay on as France Davis Cup captain December 2, 2014

    Paris: Arnaud Clement's contract as France Davis Cup captain has been extended by two years, the French federation (FFT) said on Tuesday, setting the record straight after Yannick Noah hinted he would be interested in the job. "As usual, the players have been consulted beforehand," the FFT said in a statement...
  • This one's for the boys, says gracious Roger Federer November 23, 2014

    Having stolen the limelight from Davis Cup stalwart Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer quickly turned attention towards his Switzerland team-mates after securing the winning point in the final against France on Sunday. Federer crushed Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to give the Swiss a 3-1 win over the hosts, but the 17-times...
  • Federer beats Gasquet to clinch 1st Davis Cup title for Switzerland November 23, 2014

    Roger Federer defeated Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first reverse singles match Sunday as Switzerland won the Davis Cup final against France by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead. The 17-time Grand Slam champion gave Switzerland their first title in the team competition and added the only big trophy in...