D Cup: Serbia 3 – 2 United States
Posted by gauloises1 on March 8, 2010
Congratulations to Serbia, who have made it into the World Group quarterfinals for the first time in their history.
And yes, a lot of this victory does belong to Novak Djokovic, who beat John Isner 64 in the fifth for his second singles point and to clinch the tie.
I didn’t watch most of the match as my eyes were elsewhere (mainly on Team GB and Nalby). But from what I did see, John Isner was playing really impressive tennis – well, he took Nole to five sets on clay, come on – and proving himself as psychologically resilient as his predecessor in the no. 1 singles spot, Andy Roddick. ‘Heart’ is an overused word, never more so than in Davis Cup, but there’s no denying the big man has it. A heartbreaking loss, but he should be really proud of how he comported himself this weekend.
Nole, though. The bendy kitten-haired one once again carried his country and cried the good kind of tears this time. He wasn’t playing his best tennis, that’s for sure – where’s that gone, by the way? Anyone seen it? – but he found enough good tennis when it counted to carry him over the finish line against an opponent who was fighting for his life, and that’s what matters.
Soft-haired, crazy-eyed hugs for all!
Croatia next … that should be interesting.
R4 – N.DJOKOVIC (SRB) def. J.ISNER (USA)
7-5 3-6 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4
R5 – S.QUERREY (USA) def. V.TROICKI (SRB)