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Sock, Rosol Post Five-Set Comebacks

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Published  July 16, 2016

SERBIA 0, GREAT BRITAIN 1

Venue: Tasmajdan Stadium, Belgrade, SRB (clay – outdoor)

#NextGen star Kyle Edmund, under the watchful eye of British No. 1 Andy Murray, made short work of Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic in the first rubber, winning 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 to put the visiting team ahead. Edmund was unaffected by the heavy, rainy conditions in Belgrade and dismissed Tipsarevic in under two hours.

ITALY 0, ARGENTINA 1

Venue: Circolo Tennis Baratoff, Pesaro, ITA (clay – outdoor)

Federico Delbonis defeated Andreas Seppi 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) in three hours and 38 minutes to open the Italy-Argentina Davis Cup quarter-final tie. Delbonis, 25, struck seven aces and won 73 per cent of first-serve points against the Italian. The left-hander avenges his loss to Seppi from their only other tour-level encounter (2014 Winston-Salem R32).

CZECH REPUBLIC 1, FRANCE 1

Venue: Werk Arena, Trinec, CZE (hard – indoor)

Lukas Rosol saved two match points against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to claim the first rubber for the Czech flag 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 in a marathon that clocked in at three hours and 52 minutes. The 6’5″ Rosol fought off match points while the Frenchman served at 6-5 and 8-7 in the fourth-set tie-break. In his Davis Cup World Group debut, youngster Luca Pouille evened the tie with a 7-6(2), 6-4, 7-5 win over Czech Jiri Vesely.

USA 2, CROATIA 0

Venue: Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, Portland, USA (hard – outdoor)

Jack Sock surged back from two sets down to deny former US Open champion Marin Cilic 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a three hour, 13-minute encounter to give the hosts the early lead. Cilic looked to have reclaimed control at 3-0 at the deciding set only for Sock to bounce back, taking six of the last seven games. John Isner put the Americans 2-0 up when he posted a more routine 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 result over #NextGen star Borna Coric in the second rubber.


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Olivo, Cuevas, Robert, & Klizan Highlights Hamburg 2016

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Published  July 15, 2016

Renzo Olivo ousts top seed Philipp Kohlschrieber, while Pablo Cuevas, Stephane Robert and Martin Klizan also advance to the final four in Hamburg on Friday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Carolin Thiersch
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Karlovic And Young Advance To Newport SFs

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Published  July 15, 2016

Ivo Karlovic did not face a break point in defeating Marco Chiudinelli 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Friday. The Croatian landed 71 per cent of first serves, fired 16 aces and closed out the win in 61 minutes. He will face Marcos Baghdatis on Saturday.

“The conditions were difficult today, very hot,” said Karlovic, who was runner-up in Newport last year (l. to Ram). “I was in England for the past month and it was quite cold, same as here earlier this week. I was lucky to be done in two sets. It’s my game to hit a lot of aces, play a lot of quick points.

“Normally, I’m pretty good with the heat,” said the 37 year old, the oldest player in the draw. “This year I struggled a bit with my knee so I didn’t do as much work. But every day you’re in the heat, you get more resilient, so that’s a good thing.”

Donald Young also secured a semi-final spot in just over an hour, taking out top seed Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-3. Young hit eight aces and saved all five break points faced to reach his first ATP World Tour semi-final on grass. Johnson only landed 46 per cent of first serves and dropped serve three times to succumb in 64 minutes.

“Steve and I know each other well, we train together in the off-season, so there are no mysteries there. I tried to dictate with my serve and forehand,” Young said. “It’s been a light, fun week. I’m very happy. Most importantly I feel like I am serving and returning well, starting the points off on the right foot. I saw him adjusting his toss due to the sun. He has a great serve so that worked in my favour a bit.”


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Fritz Weds Raquel Pedraza In California

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Published  July 15, 2016

It was a very special day as American Taylor Fritz married Raquel Pedraza on Thursday 7 July in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Joined by their family and friends, Taylor and Raquel were married in a ceremony at the The Village Community Presbyterian Church. Fritz was supported by his peers Reilly Opelka, who was the best man, and Tommy Paul, who served as a groomsman. Fellow Americans Steve Johnson and Mardy Fish were also in attendance.

“Raquel and I had an incredible wedding day,” said Fritz. “Thank you to our family and friends for celebrating with us, it truly was the best day of our lives.”

Fritz will return to action at next week’s Citi Open, an ATP World Tour 500 tournament in Washington, D.C. The American is up to No. 64 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after a breakthrough start to the season, including reaching his first ATP World Tour final in Memphis (l. to Nishikori).

“My focus is now on the US summer – continuing to improve and hopefully achieving good results at home,” said Fritz. “Playing in front of an American crowd is so special to me, I appreciate the support of the fans and hope I can make them proud.

“Having the best team around me will ultimately make me the best player. Raquel is an important part of that team and I’m very lucky to have her by my side.”


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Ferrer Battles Into Bastad Semis

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Published  July 15, 2016

Top seed and two-time champion (2007, ’12) David Ferrer battled past Dustin Brown 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the SkiStar Swedish Open on Friday. The Spaniard improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head vs. the German to 4-0 following the 92-minute win, watched in the stands by Swedish tennis legend Bjorn Borg

Ferrer will next face third seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The top seed said of his next opponent, “He’s playing his best tennis of this season so I’m going to have to play very good and very consistent to have a good chance to be in the final.”

Ramos-Vinolas reached his second semi-final of 2016 (also Quito, l. to Estrella Burgos) as he defeated Andrea Arnaboldi. The Spaniard saved six of the 11 break points he faced to outlast the Italian 5-7, 7-5, 6-0 in what was their first tour-level meeting.

Fifth seed Fernando Verdasco eased into the last four in Bastad with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Facundo Bagnis in 68 minutes. The Spaniard will continue to bid for his eighth ATP World Tour singles title when he faces either second seed Joao Sousa or Gastao Elias.

“It’s great for me to be in the semi-finals here again. Today I’m one step closer and hopefully tomorrow I will keep playing as good as today or even better,” said Verdasco. “I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve been playing better and better every day. Tomorrow I will face a Portuguese player and they are both playing good this week. I know that it’s going to be difficult.” 

Doubles

Fourth seeds Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner advanced to the final with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Facundo Bagnis and Aljaz Bedene. They await the winner of second seeds Marcel Granollers/David Marrero and Dustin Brown/Rameez Junaid in Sunday’s title match.


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