Serbia weakened by the lack of Novak Djokovic, for the second time in the last three years claimed World Team Cup. It was a perfect tournament for both singles players: Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki, who won all their 4 singles matches, especially the former showed great form winning 17 straight games (!) at the start of the tournament (Zovko, Bogomolov), then beating Kohlschreiber in a dramatic duel (needed seven match points) and finally taking a revenge on Berdych for three defeats in the last six months. Tipsarevic saved set points in both sets of his 7-5 7-6 victory over the best Czech player, having lost to him four tight sets in succession! “We both played very solid. I was a bit lucky at the end of both sets,” said Tipsarevic about his last singles encounter. “In the second set, his string broke on a very important point, but I felt I deserved to win. I was the better player today in the crucial moments of the match.” Japan made its debut in the event, but without the best player – injured Nishikori.
Nice. Nicolas Almagro successfully defended the title (No. 12th in his career), but the runner-up was a hero of the week – the 27 year-old American, Brian Baker, who returned to professional tennis in July 2011 at the Pittsburgh Futures event while unranked, after a 4-year-break (!) in a consequence of different injuries (three hip, one elbow, one sports hernia surgeries). In France he made amazing things in terms of mental stamina, came back from a set down in three matches [he was *4:5 (0/30) in the deciding set of the first round against Stakhovsky; saved m.p. against Kukushkin in quarters; was 6-7 1:3 down against Davydenko in semis], also saved a couple set points in the 2nd set overcoming Gael Monfils 6-3 7-6(9); these wins allowed him to jump from No. 216 to 141: “It was a great week. Every time you go onto court you want to win. I am a competitor, I hate losing. But, when you look at the week as a whole, it has been an unbelievable week.” In his previous tournament, in April he won in Savannah (Challenger) as a qualifier, so the defeat to Almagro was his first loss after 15-match winning streak! Stats of the final
Serbia d. Czech Republik 3-0
S: (3)Nicolas Almagro d. (q)Brian Baker 6-3, 6-2
D: (1)B.Bryan/Mike Bryan d. O.Marach/F.Polasek 7-6(5), 6-3
Choker of the week:
Robin Haase had plenty of opportunities to beat Juan Carlos Ferrero in the first round in Nice: was serving at 5:4 in the 2nd set, had a match point in the tie-break, led 30/15 at 5:4 & 6:5 in the 3rd set and 5:4 in the tie-break to lose 6-4 6-7(6) 6-7(6) – it’s been his 7th defeat in a row in matches which went to 5-all in the deciding set.
# Points obtained for the WTC winning team (1 singles, 0.5 doubles) during the week:
4.5 – Janko Tipsarevic
4 – Viktor Troicki
0.5 – Nenad Zimonjic
0 – Miki Jankovic
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