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Re: BNP Junior Davis Cup Finals 2004 (Barcelona)
30 Sep 2004 - Barcelona, Spain - Faye Andrews
Top seeds succumb to Russian Rampage
Gustavo Luza, Argentina’s Junior Davis Cup captain was correct when he said that his team should be careful not to get complacent as No.1 seeds. The No.1 seeds in Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas were bowled over by an attacking Russian team in both singles matches.
The Russian outsiders, who yesterday defeated eighth seed Germany, once again upset the form book. Valery Rudnev scored an impressive straight sets win over Emilio Massa 64 63 and Pavel Chekhov emerged victorious from the battle that was the second match, against Argentine No.1 Juan Martin del Potro. Chekhov’s huge serve proved too much for del Potro, who valiantly fought back after losing the first set tie-break 76(5), to take the second set tie-break 67(4), but was unable to continue the momemtum in the third set which Chekov ran away with 61. The Argentines clawed back some pride in the doubles 64 62, however this could not help their situation, which now depends on Colombia beating Russia to allow them to have any chance of progressing to the semifinals.
After the match Russia’s talkative No.1 Pavel Chekhov explained that the team were confident of a victory before they began:
“Before the groups were drawn we thought we could beat Argentina, but maybe in the deciding doubles. But I think we played a perfect match, first Valery beat Massa and then I beat del Potro. I was very happy because the last time he beat me in the final of the Under 14 Orange Bowl.” When asked if they think they can now go all the way Artur Chernov said “We will try!”
The demise of the No.1 seeds spelt good news for the home team, in Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, but Spain by no means had it all their own way against Japan. Javier Garrapiz put on a convincing performance against Genki Tomita to take the first match 62 60. There followed the longest match of the day, in which Japan’s No.1 Nei Nishikori and Spain’s Pere Riba showed total commitment in chasing down every ball in an evenly cast match. However it was Nishikori who held his nerve and form as Riba was beginning to cramp, to take the match 63 36 97.
Thus it was down to the deciding doubles were the depth in the Spanish made all the difference. Riba was rested in favour of Roberto Bautista who combined with Garrapiz to take on a tired Nishikori and Tomita. Despite a great effort in the first set, Japan’s challenge finally died out, with Spain wrapping up the tie 76(2) 63.
The rest of the matches in Junior Davis Cup went as expected with seeds Croatia, Czech Republic, USA and India and Germany all scoring 3-0 wins, whilst Australia fought back from a 0-1 deficit to win 2-1.
After the surprise defeat of the No.2 seed on the first day of Junior Fed Cup, the competition settle down with all seeded teams scoring wins although for some it did not come easy.
Russia had to battle for their second win of the competition. Fourteen-year-old Danish No.1 Caroline Wozniacki claimed an impressive victory over Russian No.1 Ekaterina Kosminskaya. However, Wozniacki’s talent was not enough to carry the Danish team to victory, Russia Kosminskaya and Ekaterina Makarova rectifying matters with a straight sets win in the doubles 75 60. In the same group Czech Republic had no such problems, dispatching Egypt 3-0, incredibly the 3 matches all with identical scores 60 63.
In Group 2 China and Argentina both notched up wins to remain level in their group, China overcame Chile 3-0 whilst Argentina defeated home girls Spain, 3-0.
The same situation was set up in Group 3 where Croatia and defending champions Netherlands both have 2 victories going into Thursday head to head.
USA girls made up for the disappointment of the first day with a 3-0 win over Brazil, whilst in the same group, Chinese Taipei defeated Canada 2-1 to set up an interesting situation going into the final round robin matches with all four teams with one win each.
Court 29 ARGENTINA (1) RUSSIA 1 - 2
No. 2 Emilio Massa Valery Rudnev 46 36
No. 1 Juan-Martin Del Potro Pavel Chekhov 67(5) 76(4) 16
Doubles Del Potro/Massa Chekhov / Rudnev 64 62
Court 20 COLOMBIA GERMANY (8) 0 - 3
No. 2 Sebastian Gallego Victor Schmidt 63 16 57
No. 1 Francisco Franco Frank Wintermantel 76(2) 16 36
Doubles S. Gallego/T. Estrada Marc Meigel / V. Schmidt 57 46
Court 14 CZECH REP. (4) TUNISIA 3 - 0
No. 2 Miroslav Navratil Maher Boughnimi 61 64
No. 1 Dusan Lojda Wael Kilani 60 64
Doubles F. Zeman / Navratil M. Boughnimi / Slah Mbarek 62 64
Court 15 MOROCCO INDIA (6) 0 - 3
No. 2 Mehdi Benhamou Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 57 16
No. 1 Reda El Amrani Rupesh Roy 57 67(3)
Doubles Ayoub Benamar / Benhamou Roy / Sanam Singh 36 26
Court 28 CROATIA (3) CHINESE TAIPEI 3 - 0
No. 2 Jurica Grubisic Lee Tung-Han 67(4) 62 60
No. 1 Marin Cilic Lee Hsin-Han 62 64
Doubles Grubisic / Mikhail Karpol Yao-Cheng Wang /Tung-Han 64 64
Court 18 VENEZUELA USA (5) 0 - 3
No. 2 Miguel Cicenia Jean Yves Aubone 46 57
No. 1 Roberto Maytin Marcus Fugate 16 67(4)
Doubles Cicenia/ M. Medina Fugate / Spencer Vegosen 26 36
Court 16c SPAIN (2) JAPAN 2 - 1
No. 2 Javier Garrapiz Genki Tomita 62 60
No. 1 Pere Riba Kei Nishikori 36 63 7/9
Doubles Bautista / Garrapiz Nishikori / Genki Tomita 76(2) 63
Court 30 FRANCE AUSTRALIA (7) 1 - 2
No. 2 Jonathan Dahan Matt Symons 46 26
No. 1 Alexandre Sidorenko Steven Gho 62 63
Doubles Dahan / Sidorenko S.Gho / M. Stevens 46 64 57