|Posted on November 11, 2009 at 3:53 PM|
Davis Cup Final - Stat Attack
If statistics are your thing, then read on! You will find all the information you need about the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Spain and Czech Republic, being held in Barcelona on 4-6 December.
• This is the 98th Davis Cup Final since the competition began in 1900. USA won the first title, defeating British Isles 3-0.
• Spain and Czech Republic have met on five previous occasions. The Spanish team currently leads 3-2 in the head-to-head series.
• In the most recent tie between the two nations, in 2004, Spain came from 1-2 down to defeat Czech Republic 3-2 in the World Group first round. This tie was also notable for the debut of Rafael Nadal.
• Spain and Czech Republic are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 4 respectively in the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking. If Spain wins, the rankings will remain the same. If Czech Republic wins, it will rise to No. 2 with Spain remaining top.
• To reach the Final, Spain defeated Serbia 4-1, Germany 3-2 and Israel 4-1 – all at home.
• In this year’s campaign so far, Spain has used a total of six players - Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Feliciano Lopez - who have all contested live rubbers.
• Spain, the reigning champion, has won the title three times – in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
• With three titles, Spain is currently joint sixth with Germany in the all-time list of Davis Cup champions. The top five reads USA (32), Australia , France (9), Great Britain (9) and Sweden (7).
• Spain also finished runner-up in 1965, 1967 and 2003, losing to Australia on all three occasions in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne respectively.
• Spain has reached the Final in consecutive years for the first time since 2003-04. It is attempting to become the first nation to successfully defend the title since Sweden in 1998.
• Spain has won its last seven ties. Its record winning streak in the competition is eight ties, dating back to 1965 when it reached the Final for the first time.
• Spain has won 17 consecutive home ties and is unbeaten in 19 ties on clay. Its last home loss, which was also its last defeat on clay, came in 1999 against Brazil in Lerida.
• Spain is currently ranked No. 1 in the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking, a position it has held since July. It is one of only five nations to have occupied the top spot since the rankings were introduced in 2001.
• Manuel Santana, whose Davis Cup career spanned 14 years between 1958 and 1973, is Spain’s most capped player and also holds the record for the most number of wins. He played 46 ties and finished with a win-loss ratio of 92-28.
• To reach the Final, Czech Republic defeated France 3-2 and Argentina 3-2 at home, and Croatia 4-1 away.
• In this year’s campaign so far, Czech Republic has used a total of six players – Radek Stepanek, Tomas Berdych, Lukas Dlouhy, Jan Hernych, Ivo Minar and Jan Hajek. However, only Stepanek, Berdych and Minar have contested live rubbers.
• Czech Republic has won the title once when Ivan Lendl led his side - then named Czechoslovakia - to victory in 1980. Czechoslovakia was divided into Czech Republic and Slovak Republic in 1993.
• Czech Republic will be playing in its first Final since it won the title in 1980. In addition, it also finished runner-up in 1975, losing to Sweden 2-3 in Stockholm.
• Czech Republic jointly holds the record for playing in the World Group for the most number of years. Along with Sweden and USA, it has contested the elite division for 28 years since its inception in 1981 – only missing out when it dropped down to Europe/Africa Zone Group I in 2006.
• Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych are Czech Republic’s highest ranked singles players. Playing together, they have an unbeaten doubles record.
• Lukas Dlouhy is Czech Republic’s highest ranked doubles player. In 2009, he teamed up with India’s Leander Paes to win the Roland Garros and US Open doubles titles.
• Jan Kodes, whose Davis Cup career spanned 15 years between 1966 and 1980, is Czech Republic’s most capped player and also holds the record for the most number of wins. He played 39 ties and finished with a win-loss ratio of 60-34.