The 19-year-old was named for the first time by captain Leon Smith and could be handed the second doubles slot to play alongside the Wimbledon champion after impressing
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Monday 06 December 2010
Serbia has a population one-ninth the size of France's and its national tennis federation operates on one-hundredth of the resources of its Parisian counterpart but it was the Balkan nation that triumphed in an extraordinary Davis Cup final in Belgrade yesterday.
Sunday 05 December 2010
There are times when there is no substitute for experience and Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clément used all their years of know-how to put France in pole position to win the Davis Cup final in Belgrade yesterday.
Saturday 04 December 2010
Gaël Monfils had never won a Davis Cup rubber on foreign soil but the 24-year-old Frenchman yesterday chose the perfect occasion to break his duck. Playing the opening rubber of the Davis Cup final in Belgrade, Monfils outclassed Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic 6-1, 7-6, 6-0 in just over two hours.
Saturday 04 December 2010
Novak Djokovic was always likely to be the central figure in this weekend's Davis Cup final in Belgrade and Serbia's key man proved last night that his game is in perfect shape. After Gaël Monfils had given France a winning start with a 6-1, 7-6, 6-0 victory over Janko Tipsarevic, Djokovic levelled the tie at the end of the first day with an even more convincing win, beating Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1, 7-5.
Friday 03 December 2010
Sunday 26 September 2010
Serbia enjoyed their greatest tennis moment by beating the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup semi-finals last week. And all this despite their lynchpin, world No 2 Novak Djokovic, being forced to withdraw exhausted from the opening singles. He had arrived in Belgrade late on Wednesday following his defeat to Rafael Nadal in the US Open final in New York, which finished in the small hours of Tuesday morning.
Thursday 23 September 2010
Britain will be at home to Tunisia next March as they begin their attempt to climb out of Europe Africa Zone Group Two, the Davis Cup's third division. Yesterday's draw paired the two countries for the first time.
Monday 20 September 2010
Janko Tipsarevic was Serbia's hero after he beat Radek Stepanek in the decisive rubber to propel his country to their first Davis Cup final with a nerve-jangling 3-2 win over the Czech Republic.
Saturday 18 September 2010
The Czech Republic and France took early leads in the Davis Cup semi-finals yesterday after winning the opening singles matches.
Monday 12 July 2010
Mission had been accomplished in the afternoon, when Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski secured a match-winning lead over Turkey with victory in the doubles, but there were no late-night celebrations for Britain's Davis Cup team in Eastbourne on Saturday.
Sunday 11 July 2010
It took a win over opponents who were not even ranked in the world's top 1,000 to complete it, but Britain's Davis Cup team finally ended the longest losing run in their history here yesterday. After five successive defeats, victory over Turkey in a relegation play-off ensured that it would be the visitors who will compete next season in Europe/Africa Zone Group Three, the lowest tier.
Saturday 10 July 2010
After five successive defeats it would be prudent not to take anything for granted, but Britain ended the first day of their Davis Cup relegation play-off against Turkey yesterday with what should prove to be a decisive 2-0 lead.
Friday 09 July 2010
Five successive defeats have left Britain on the brink of relegation to the Davis Cup's lowest tier for the first time, but there was a quiet confidence about Leon Smith's team as they made their final preparations yesterday for this weekend's tie against Turkey on the grass courts at Eastbourne's Devonshire Park. The losers will drop down to Europe Africa Zone Group Three, alongside the likes of San Marino, Armenia and Malta, but Britain have the advantage of playing at home on the surface of their choice.
Wednesday 30 June 2010
Andy Murray may have made himself unavailable for next week's Davis Cup relegation play-off against Turkey in Eastbourne, but his mother has been helping Leon Smith, Britain's new captain, in his preparations for the tie.
Sunday 27 June 2010
A Wimbledon-loving Chelsea supporter is hoping to send Britain into Davis Cup oblivion. In the absence of Andy Murray, Turkey's Marsel Ilhan, the world No 118, will be the highest-ranked singles player in next month's relegation play-off against Britain at Eastbourne, which will decide who will drop down next year to the lowest division alongside the likes of Andorra and Moldova. The bad news for Britain is that Ilhan, who had never played on a grass court until two years ago, has made big strides on the surface. After first-round losses in Wimbledon qualifying in 2008 and 2009, the 23-year-old from Istanbul opened his 2010 grass-court season by reaching the quarter-finals of the Challenger tournament in Nottingham, went on to win three matches in Wimbledon qualifying and last week became the first Turkish man ever to win a match in the main draw, beating Brazil's Marcos Daniel 6-7 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-1. He eventually lost to Victor Hanescu. "We have no grass courts in Turkey, but I enjoy playing on grass now," Ilhan said. "It suits my game, especially my serve and groundstrokes. I also like to volley." As for the Davis Cup, Ilhan said his team had nothing to lose: "It would be a huge thing for us to win in Britain." Having stayed in Chelsea for the last three years during Wimbledon, Ilhan has become a Stamford Bridge fan. "I've bought a Chelsea shirt, like I did last year," he said. "I like the colour." What number? "It's a No 10 shirt. I just like the number. I've got my own name on the back."
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