Germany vs Chile : Rafael Nadal has hinted at growing dissatisfaction among players over the Tennis Match 2019 schedule, after the final match of Spain’s clash Germany vs Chile with Russia didn’t begin until well past midnight.The world no.1 and the Spanish team claimed a I’ve never faced him before, but he’s got some of the quickest legs on the Tour.” win over their Russian rivals, but the obscenely late start time of for the final rubber was something Nadal took issue with.
World No. 2 Novak Djokovic helped Serbia get off to an unbeaten start on Wednesday against Japan at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid.
Djokovic beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-2 to clinch the win after Filip Krajinovic beat Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-4. In doubles, Viktor Troicki/Janko Tipsarevic gave Serbia the 3-0 win with a 7-6(5), 7-6(4) victory against Yasutaka Uchiyama/Ben McLachlan.
“It was a nervy start,” Djokovic told DavisCupFinals.com. “It took time to get used to playing on the court, to get used to the conditions and the lights. But I was pleased. Nishioka is a tricky player.
Andy Murray, playing in his first Davis Cup match since 2016, came back from 1/4 down in the deciding-set tie-break to help Great Britain beat the Netherlands 2-1. The Scot rallied against Tallon Griekspoor, who was competing in his second Davis Cup match ever, 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(5).
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“I fought extremely hard at the end, but he was dictating a lot of the points. I thought he served amazing. He was going for huge second serves, and I wasn’t able to find a way to dictate the points today. I just fought hard, just tried to get one extra ball back at the end, made a great scramble at 4/3 in the tie-break and that was enough to turn it my way,” Andy Murray told DavisCupFinals.com.
Dutchman Robin Haase beat Daniel Evans 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, and in doubles, Neal Skupski/Jamie Murray gave Great Britain the victory with a 6-4, 7-6(6) win against Wesley Koolhof/Jean-Julien Rojer.
Spain clinched their place in the quarter-finals as Roberto Bautista Agut and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal didn’t drop a set against Croatia. Bautista Agut, World No. 9, dismissed Nikola Mektic 6-1, 6-3, and Nadal beat Borna Gojo 6-4, 6-3.
“The start of yesterday was not perfect, but here we are. We found a way to win four matches in a row and that sent us through to the quarters, so we’re very happy,” Nadal told DavisCupFinals.com.
Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff beat Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 7-6(8) to help the Germans earn the 3-0 sweep. Struff hit 12 aces and won 80 per cent of his first-serve points.
Philipp Kohlschreiber also won, beating Guido Pella 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, and in doubles, Nitto ATP Finals qualifiers Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies outlasted Leonardo Mayer/Maximo Gonzalez 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 7-6(18).
“It’s our Davis Cup debut and it was unbelievable, I have no words for this,” Krawietz told DavisCupFinals.com.
Australia set up a quarter-final meeting with Canada after Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur secured wins in their singles matches against Belgium. Kyrgios defeated Steve Darcis 6-2, 7-6(9), while de Minaur closed out a 6-0, 7-6(4) victory over David Goffin.
In a late-night encounter, U.S.A. came back to defeat Italy 2-1 in a tie that wrapped up past 4am in Madrid. Fabio Fognini won the first singles match against Reilly Opelka, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3, before Taylor Fritz fought back to beat World No. 8 Matteo Berrettini 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-2.
Sam Querrey and Jack Sock clinched the victory for the United States as they came from a break down in the third set against Simone Bolelli and Fognini, prevailing 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 6-4 after two hours and 30 minutes.
It is a short, if chilly, walk from the main court at the Caja Mágica to the two other stadiums inside the sports complex.
But they were different tennis worlds on Tuesday, the second day of the new-look Davis Cup finals.
While Spain and Rafael Nadal played into Wednesday against Russia in front of a sellout crowd of over 12,000 on Center Court, the two nations that have won the Davis Cup more than any others — the United States and Australia — competed on much smaller, quieter stages and managed to finish before midnight.
Neither Court No. 2, with a capacity of 3,500, nor Court No. 3, with a capacity of merely 2,500, was close to full, which only made it clearer that attendance is one of the major problems facing this reworked competition.
“The atmosphere wasn’t great,” Australia’s captain, Lleyton Hewitt, said after his team’s 3-0 victory over Colombia. He was strongly against the format change. “That’s the big problem, though, with playing at a neutral venue.”
The official group of French tennis supporters has boycotted the event in protest of the decision to scrap the traditional Davis Cup, with its home-and-away finals and best-of-five-set matches.
“We understand their decision, but in a way, it penalizes us,” the French doubles star Nicolas Mahut said after his team beat Japan, 2-1, in a day session Tuesday in front of only a few hundred fans. “We often won matches in the past because the fans carried us. When they aren’t here, we miss them.”
Even without a boycott, there was a particular dearth of American supporters at Court 2, where the United States faced Canada in what seemed, despite the continent, like a home match for the Canadians.
Several hundred red-clad fans waved flags and cheered and chanted as a block, easily drowning out the few scattered American fans in attendance.
“I’m more than surprised; I’m shocked how few Americans are here,” said Cameron McLean, who flew to Madrid from Vancouver with his wife, Marci McLean.
The McLeans did not make the journey for naught. Until Tuesday, Canada was 0-15 against the United States in Davis Cup play, dating to their first encounter in 1913. But much has changed in the sport — and a lot of other domains — since they last played in 1965, when Davis Cup was open only to amateurs, not professionals.
Canada is now a rising tennis power, and on Tuesday, the Canadians swept both singles matches to clinch their first victory over the Americans and become the first of the 18 teams competing in Madrid to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.
The margins were slim, but that is likely to be the rule in this quick-hitting, best-of-three-set format indoors.
Vasek Pospisil defeated Reilly Opelka, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7), in the opening match. Denis Shapovalov then defeated Taylor Fritz, 7-6 (6), 6-3, in the second match. The Canadians, their overall victory secure, forfeited the final doubles match.
“Things are always moving and always changing, right?” said Pospisil, who is making a successful return from back surgery. “Right now, Canada is in the best place it’s been in tennis history.”
That is undeniable. In September, the 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title, defeating Serena Williams in the United States Open women’s final.
Shapovalov, 20, and his compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime, 19, who has yet to play in Madrid because of an injury, are in the top 25 of the men’s rankings.
“I imagine we’re going to have quite a few battles with them over the years,” said Mardy Fish, the United States captain, who never faced Canada in a Davis Cup because the two countries rarely played in the same Davis Cup division during his career.
The United States must now defeat Italy on Wednesday to have any chance of advancing to the final eight. After being pared down from six groups of three teams, the quarterfinal lineup will be made up of the six group winners and the two second-place teams with the best records.
Getting a forfeit in the final doubles match on Tuesday could end up being beneficial if qualification comes down to winning percentage.
“This is the toughest group, I think, so there’s no easy match, period,” Fish said.
Playing with barely any crowd support does not make it any easier for the Americans, and Davis Cup’s new organizers have much work to do in promoting this event in the United States and elsewhere.
“When it comes down to the fans, there’s just more dedicated tennis fans in Canada,” said Fritz, a 22-year-old Californian, who like the 22-year-old Opelka, was making his Davis Cup debut. “I’m not going to lie, the U.S. has so many other great sports. Tennis isn’t really the focus.”
But Canadians have a few other sporting diversions, and plenty of American fans make the journey to other international tennis events, including Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open.
Davis Cup, despite being founded by an American, Dwight Davis, in 1900 and despite the United States’ record 32 titles, was slipping out of the mainstream long before this controversial format change.
Kosmos, an investment firm headed by the Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué, secured rights from the International Tennis Federation to create this new version of the Davis Cup and has committed to staging it in the Caja Mágica next year, too.
“I think Kosmos has to really think about how they can get some people in the stands, whether they pay or not,” Fish said before Tuesday’s competition. “I think they’ve just got to get people there and supporting it, and supporting this type of format.”
But Fish and his players are more positive about the way they are being greeted and treated by the organizers.
“We’ve been here since Thursday, and they’ve done an incredible job of taking care of the players all the way from hotels, transportation, food, locker rooms, team rooms, practice courts, things like that,” Fish said.