Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Davis Cup: Serbia vs Australia

John Fitzgerald, Captain of the Australian team, has announced his lineup for the incoming Davis Cup tie match against Serbia. They will feature former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt (21st in the ATP Rankings), Peter Luczak (91st), Chris Guccione (95th), doubles specialist Paul Hanley and young guns Alun Jones and Greg Jones.

Serbia will be represented by Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonjic, Viktor Troicki i Arsenije Zlatanovic. The match will take place on 21-23 September in already sold-out Belgrade Arena. The hall is accepting 20.000 viewers and Serbia chose clay as court surface.

Novak Djokovic and his family have invited 50 children from Kosovo and Metohija enclaves to be their guests during the Davis Cup tie between Australia and Serbia in Belgrade (21-23 September). Those kids are leaving in extremely hard conditions, under constant threat, and weekend in Belgrade will surely be important highlight in their life.

Day 1 update:
Novak Djokovic - Peter Luczak 3-0 (6:1, 6:4, 6:2)
Janko Tipsarevic - Lleyton Hewitt 2:3 (2:6, 6:3, 6:4, 1:6, 1:6)

Lleyton praised Janko and atmosphere in the "Arena". Djokovic asked audience for stronger support. Clay court is in awful condition, big minus.

Day 2 update:
Nenad Zimonjic/Novak Djokovic - Paul Hanley/Lleyton Hewitt 3-1 (3:6, 6:4, 6:3, 6:2)

Day 3 update:
Novak Djokovic - Chris Guccione 3:0 (6:3, 7:6, 7:6)

Serbia qualified for the World Group! Lleyton Hewitt had stomach flu and had to skip the match. Janko Tipsarevic was scheduled to play Peter Luczak in the 5th match, but since there is no need to chase the score, he might be replaced not to worsen the rib muscle injury.

Boris Pasanski - Peter Luczak 2:1 (4:6, 6:3, 6:1)

5th match is played on two won sets. Boris was very happy with his win, even if everything was decided before. We understand that Belgrade Arena saw the third-largest attendance in the Davis Cup's 108-year history. Australia took the record 28 trophies, but now is relegated from the World Group. We do hope they'll quickly bounce back.

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