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D Cup Sunday: Who’s Staying Up, Who’s Going Down

Posted by gauloises1 on September 20, 2009

So what was the craic today? In the dead rubbers remaining of the semi-finals, both defeated nations salvaged some pride and a point, with Lovro Zovko defeating Lukas Dlouhy and Feliciano Lopez losing to Harel Levy in a result I deem genuinely Harel-arious.

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Andy Ram thinks it’s funny.

The other nation who were 3-0 up, Serbia, humourlessly crushed Uzbekistan 5-0 courtesy of Troicki and Bozoljac, showing a Federeresque lack of mercy. Speaking of Federer, he did his bit for the land of cuckoo clocks, overcoming a rain delay and the awesome powers of Potito Starace to seal the deal for Switzerland 3-1. Fognini won a dead rubber, by which point Fed was presumably in a hot bubble bath. Quite right too, as after the match Roger revealed he has been struggling with a leg injury since the US Open final. Hopefully nothing a little time off won’t fix.

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France won their tie with the Netherlands 4-1. And by my calculations, at least 2.5 of said points were contributed by a certain Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He backed up victories in Friday’s singles and yesterday’s doubles with a four-set victory over the bizarrely inspired Thiemo de Bakker to take the tie 3-1, with Jezza popping up handily to make it 4-1 over Huta Guleng. All of which is good, as it would be both sadness and madness for France not to be in the World Group.

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A hearty “well done” to Belgium, who held off a very determined challenge from the Ukraine. After Stakhovsky beat Malisse (yeah, he still plays, apparently) 63 36 06 61 63, it was all up to Steve Darcis, who delivered a comprehensive beatdown on Sergiy Bubka 62 61 60 to keep Belgium in the World Group. Like it. I mean, how often does Steve Darcis get to be the hero? I’m betting that even if you include his self-penned comic book series, The Heroic Exploits of Steve Darcis, the answer is still “rarely if ever”.

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Robin Soderling was the hero for Sweden, beating Hanescu 75 61 60 to bounce Romania out of the World Group.

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I wish Mats was proud of me.

Huge congratulations have to go to India, though. They’ve been out of the World Group since 1998, and now they’re back, thanks to a victory by Somdev Devvaman, who beat Rik de Voest of South Africa 36 67(3) 76(5) 62 64. Devvaman came back from two sets and a break down in a match that lasted nearly five hours, and Davis Cup virgin Yuki Bhambri put the cherry on top by winning the dead rubber in three sets. Great stuff.

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I don’t know why this makes me happy, but it does.

Oh wait – the ‘boks lost. That’s why.

As of now, it looks like Ecuador will also be in the World Group, with Nico Lapentti just one set away from securing the tie against Marcos Daniel. Jurgen Melzer has split sets with Massu in his bid to keep Austria’s chances alive. Fun scoreboards still.

One Response to “D Cup Sunday: Who’s Staying Up, Who’s Going Down”

  1. harini said

    I’ve been so out of the tennis loop the last few days and this was so nice to see! Hurrah for India and yay Somdev and Yuki! Nice picspam btw 🙂

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