|Posted on July 9, 2010 at 12:54 PM|
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04 July 2010
Berdych joins Stepanek on sidelines
Berdych joins Stepanek on sidelinesWimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych has withdrawn from Czech Republic’s team for its upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal against Chile in Coquimbo with a stomach injury.
Berdych, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, has been replaced by 26-year-old Ivo Minar.
Minar has played two previous Davis Cup rubbers, losing to USA’s Andy Roddick 64 46 62 63 in 2007 and Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro 61 63 63 in 2009.
Berdych’s absence follows the news that teammate Radek Stepanek is set to miss the tie due to a left knee injury. The Czechs now line up with Minar, Jan Hajek, Lukas Dlouhy and Franticek Cermak.
Meanwhile, Chile is also without its top player, Fernando Gonzalez, after he was ruled out for ten weeks with knee problems. Nicolas Massu will lead the home side, alongside Jorge Aguilar, Paul Capdeville and Cristobal Saavedra-Corvalan.
08 July 2010
Draw Ceremony - Massu and Minar to start in Coquimbo
Massu and Minar to start in CoquimboNicolas Massu and Ivo Minar will start proceedings on Friday in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal clash between Chile and Czech Republic in Coquimbo, followed by Paul Capdeville against Jan Hajek in the second singles.
Former Olympic medalist Massu, who leads the Chilean team in the absence of Fernando Gonzalez, is currently ranked just outside the Top 100. He is up against 26-year-old Minar, a last minute addition to the Czech team following the withdrawal of Tomas Berdych, in what will be a first meeting between the two players.
Experience may be the key
Minar and Hajek have played just five Davis Cup rubbers between them. On the other hand, Massu alone has played Davis Cup for fourteen years, and has more than thirty wins in the competition. These numbers speak the major difference between the teams, as in rankings and level of play they are fairly similar.
That was also, probably, what led Chilean captain Hans Gildemeister to pick Capdeville instead of Jorge Aguilar. Although he does not have a brilliant record, Capdeville has been with the national team since 2004, while Aguilar made his Davis Cup debut last March against Israel.
The Czech team, on the other hand, did not have much choice in who to field. Lukas Dlouhy and Frantisek Cermak are doubles specialists, so whoever replaced Berdych was going to play singles anyway. Step up Minar, alongside Hajek.
Both know winning will be hard
“It’s the first time in a long time that we play without Radek (Stepanek) and Tomas (Berdych), so it will not be easy,” said Jaroslav Navratil, the Czech captain. “We are also playing in Chile. However, I think our guys have what it takes to win.”
His opposite, Gildemeister, is also cautious but optimistic. “I have full confidence in Nicolas and Paul, and in what they can do.”
Massu also knows that the weekend will be hard fought affair. “We can win all five points, and we may lose any of them. We must go match by match in order to win the tie.”
Czech Republic made it to the Final in 2009 and is a regular presence among later rounds of Davis Cup, while this is only the third quarterfinal appearance for Chile, along with 1982 and 2006, since the creation of the current World Group format. Importantly though, this is the first quarterfinal at home for Chile.
Chile usually wins at home, but has not won ever in a World Group tie away. So the Czechs – without the services of Berdych and Stepanek – will have to excel if they want to reach this year’s semifinals.
(L to R) Frantisek Cermak, Ivo Minar, Lukas Dlouhy, Captain Jaroslav Navratil, Jan Hajek, physical trainer Michal Novotny
The full draw is as follows:
Nicolas Massu (CHI) v Ivo Minar (CZE)
Paul Capdeville (CHI) v Jan Hajek (CZE)
Jorge Aguilar/Paul Capdeville (CHI)(1) v Frantisek Cermak(2)/Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)
Nicolas Massu (CHI) v Jan Hajek (CZE)
Paul Capdeville (CHI) v Ivo Minar (CZE)
(1) Paul Capdeville (CHI) will be replaced by Nicolas Massu
(2) Frantisek Cermak (CZE) will be replaced by Jan Hajek
9 July 2010 Chile 0 - 2 Czech Republic
First Rubber - Minar gives Czechs 1-0 lead over Chile
Czech Republic's Ivo Minar scored his first-ever Davis Cup victory when he overcame Nicolas Massu 60 62 63 in Coquimbo to put his nation ahead after the first rubber. Massu, who has outperformed his ranking in numerous Davis Cup rubbers, could find no answers to the Czech's game today. Lowly-ranked Minar overturned a ranking deficit of 146 places to overcome No. 101 Massu, who is debutising as the Chilean No. 1 in the absence of injured Fernando Gonzalez.
Paul Capdeville takes on Jan Hajek Friday's second rubber but the Czech Republic look strong, even without Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek. Berdych and Stepanek almost single-handed drove Czech Republic through to last year's Final in Barcelona.
Second Rubber - Czechs race into shock lead
Jan Hajek’s comprehensive 60 62 61 victory over Paul Capdeville completed a dream opening day for Czech Republic against Chile at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinal in Coquimbo.
Hajek’s triumph followed a shock win for the Czechs in the first rubber, when Ivo Minar defeated Nicolas Massu 60 62 63 to hand the visitors an early lead.
Massu’s defeat was striking as he had an almost perfect record at home, only tarnished by Marat Safin and Igor Andreev in 2007. Minar, however, is outside the world’s Top 200, but produced a performance far better than his ranking might suggest.
Minar won the first set in just 31 minutes, and the second in 40 minutes. He played well, although Massu contributed to his own downfall, as 65 per cent of the points ended with an unforced error from the former Olympic gold medalist.
The first part of the third set saw a small rise in Massu’s level, but the Chilean lost his serve and his cool, and Minar recorded a comfortable victory.
At the start of play, the Chileans were marginal favourites to progress, but they have a mountain to climb now.
10 July 2010
Doubles: Aguilar/Massu v Dlouhy/Hajek
Both captains have changed their line-up for the doubles rubber of this Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal tie between Chile and Czech Republic.
With Chile on the cusp of defeat, Hans Gildemeister has brought in Nicolas Massu in a last-ditch attempt to keep the nation alive in the tie. Massu, who admitted yesterday to lack of match practice and fitness after his straight sets defeat to Ivo Minar, teams with Jorge Aguilar who is in his debut year of Davis Cup and attempting to win his first live rubber in the competition.
The absence of Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek has made way for top doubles player Lukas Dlouhy to play his first Davis Cup doubles rubber since 2007. He teams with Jan Hajek, after Frantisek Cermak had to pull out with fever. And with Czech Republic leading 2-0, Dlouhy's return could be a winning one.
The Czechs proved on Friday that even without their Berdych/Stepanek backbone, they can still come up with the goods when needed.
Minar, ranked outside the world's Top 200, managed to upset Nicolas Massu's incredible record playing for Chile at home and win 60 62 63 in the opening rubber. Massu had only previously lost two rubbers on home soil in 14 years of Davis Cup.
Chile's Paul Capdeville suffered a similar fate at the hands of Hajek, losing 60 62 61. It was 26-year-old Hajek's first ever live Davis Cup rubber.
Czechs book semifinal spot Chile 0 - 3 Czech Republic
Lukas Dlouhy and Jan Hajek won 7-6 (3), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 over Jorge Aguilar and Nicolas Massu on Saturday. The Czechs took a 2-0 lead in singles on Friday behind victories from Ivo Minar and Hajek.
Czech pair Lukas Dlouhy/Jan Hajek