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BNP Junior Davis Cup Finals 2004 (Barcelona)

Boys hold form in Junior Davis Cup but shocks abound in Junior Fed Cup
The top seeds in Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas set out their intentions in style on the opening day of competition. The top 3 seeded teams wrapped up a result after the two singles matches.

Eduardo Massa, the No.2 Argentine was forced to dig deep in the second set of his match against Colombia’s Sebastian Gallego, but eventually saw of the Colombian 61 76(5). Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina’s No.1, finished off the tie with a great display of clay court expertise against Colombia’s Francisco Franco 63 60.

After the match Argentina captain Gustavo Luza was cautious in his praise:

“The team has to be careful not to get carried away with being the top seeds. I think we are one of the top four teams but the players have a lot of work to do to live up to the No.1 seeding. We have to go match by match and point by point. Today the boys played well but they need to improve their attitudes on court, in both matches they were well ahead but let it slip a little bit.”

Not to be outdone on home soil, the Spanish team repeated the success of their Davis Cup counterparts by defeating France 3-0. Both the No.1 and No.2 players, Pere Riba and Roberto Bautista, scored straight sets wins in the singles, Bautista against Laurente Rochette 63 64, and Riba against Alexandre Sidorenko 64 61. The two Spaniards then combined to complete the white-wash, defeating Sidorenko and Jonathan Dahan 63 63.

Croatia also completed a clean sweep over Venezuela 3-0 whilst fourth seed Czech Republic had to fight to overcome Morocco 2-1, the first match a marathon which ended 76(8) 57 10-8 in Czech Republic’s favour. Fifth seed USA, sixth seed India and seventh seed Australia all scored victories, but eighth seed Germany suffered an upset to Russia, losing the deciding doubles.

The Junior Fed Cup began with a shock defeat for the No.2 seeds USA to their neighbours Canada. The Americans, who defeated Canada in the qualifying event for Junior Fed Cup, went down 0-1 when Canadian No.2 Valerie Tetreault defeated USA’ Mary Gambale 76(4) 62. USA’s No.1 Alexa Glatch tried desperately to level the scores, but despite a valiant fight she eventually succumbed to Canada’s fourteen year old No.1 Sharon Fichman 60 26 63.

Group 4 also produced another surprise, with seventh seed Chinese Taipei going down 3-0 to Brazil. Yung-Jan Chan, Chinese Taipei’s No.1 and No.5 in the ITF Junior Rankings, suffered a shock straight-sets defeat to Brazil’s Teliana Pereira 62 63.

The other three round robin groups went according to plan, No.1 seeds Russia put on a convincing display to defeat Egypt 3-0, China had to fight to win the deciding doubles against Spain 2-1, Croatia saw off Morocco 3-0, defending champions Netherlands defeated Japan 2-1, Argentina scored a convincing victory against neighbours Chile 3-0 and Czech Republic did not drop a set in their three set victory against Demmark.

The matches were followed by the Opening Ceremony where a demonstration of foot-tennis was given by two players, Luppo and Fredson, from one of Barcelona’s biggest football teams, Espanyol.
Following the demonstration the ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti welcomed the teams to Barcelona and wished all success for the week.

Group 1
Court 16c ARGENTINA (1) COLOMBIA 3 - 0
No. 2 Emilio Massa Sebastian Gallego 61 76(5)
No. 1 Juan-Martin Del Potro Francisco Franco 63 60
Doubles Del Potro/Massa Franco/T.Estrada 75 64

Court 18 RUSSIA GERMANY (8) 2 - 1
No. 2 Artur Chernov Victor Schmidt 62 63
No. 1 Pavel Chekhov Frank Wintermantel 36 57
Doubles Chekhov/Valery Rudnev Marc Meigel/Wintermantel 62 61

Group 2
Court 20 CZECH REP. (4) MOROCCO 2 - 1

No. 2 Filip Zeman Ayoub Benamar 76(8) 57 10/8
No. 1 Dusan Lojda Reda El Amrani 75 61
Doubles F. Zeman/Miroslav Navratil Mehdi Benhamou/El Amrani 62 46 46

Court 28 TUNISIA INDIA (6) 0 - 3
No. 2 Slah Mbarek Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 16 06
No. 1 Wael Kilani Rupesh Roy 76(4) 06 36
Doubles Maher Boughnimi/Kilani Sanam Singh/ Nedunchezhiyan 36 26

Group 3
Court 14 CROATIA (3) VENEZUELA 3 - 0

No. 2 Jurica Grubisic Miguel Cicenia 75 60
No. 1 Marin Cilic Roberto Maytin 62 63
Doubles Cilic/Mikhail Karpol Cicenia/Manuel Medina 61 63

Court 15 CHINESE TAIPEI USA (5) 0 - 3
No. 2 Tung-Han Lee Jean Yves Aubone 67(2) 36
No. 1 Hsin-Han Lee Marcus Fugate 06 26
Doubles Lee/Yao-Cheng Wang Fugate/ Aubone 62 26 26

Group 4
Court 30 SPAIN (2) FRANCE 3 - 0

No. 2 Roberto Bautista Laurente Rochette 63 64
No. 1 Pere Riba Alexandre Sidorenko 64 61
Doubles Bautista/Riba Jonathan Dahan/Sidorenko 63 63

Court 29 JAPAN AUSTRALIA (7) 0 - 3
No. 2 Fumiai Kita Matt Symons 57 57
No. 1 Kei Nishikori Steven Goh 26 76(7) 46
Doubles F. Kita/Genki Tomita Goh/Symons 67(4) 36
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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.

Group 1
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

Group 2
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

Group 3

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

Group 4
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
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Semi-finals decided in Barcelona
The semi-final line ups for Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Junior Fed Cup were finalised on Thursday at the Real Club de Polo.

Netherlands girls will continue the defence of their title after completing a 2-1 win over fourth seeds Croatia. The Netherlands team, minus Michaella Krajicek, who lead them to victory last year, have performed exceptionally to secure their place in the semifinals. The win today over Croatia was even sweeter as they had lost to Croatia in the European qualifying competition, this time they were able to reverse the result. No.1 Bibiane Schoofs, who played second string to Krajicek last year, this year has lead the team by example and is thrilled to be in the running for her third ITF Junior Team title in a row, she also won the World Junior Tennis Final in 2001:

“I am so happy to be in the semifinals for the third time in a row, it’s so cool, and this is the first time without Krajicek. I feel more responsible now I am the No.1 in the team. I think my experience helped a lot today in the deciding doubles.”

The Netherlands are joined in the semis by Canada, Russia and China, making the Junior Fed Cup semifinals a very international affair.

The good news for the hosts was the progression of the Spanish boys, after completing their third match with a victory over Australia 3 - 0.

After his long match on Wednesday, Spanish No.1 Pere Riba was rested in favour of Roberto Bautista in the first singles. A starring role in the launch of a new hair product by Polyswing could not detract Bautista and team mate Javier Garrapiz from the task of securing a place in the semifinals.

Apart from the early demise of the top seeds Argentina at the hands of Russia, the seeding went according to plan. Along with No.2 seeds Spain, the third and fourth seeds, Croatia and Czech Republic topped their groups to set up all European semifinals.

Croatia fought back against USA after American Jean-Yves Aubone defeated Jurica Grubisic in the first singles 75 61. Marin Cilic evened the scores at 1-1 with victory over Marcus Fugate. The deciding doubles was a see-saw affair, Croatia taking first blood 62, USA fought back 36 and Croatia secured the victory 61 in the third.

Fourth seeds Czech Republic completed a clean sweep over India to advance. Miroslav Navratil struggled past Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 64 36 64 and Dusan Lojda wrapped up the tie with a straight sets win over Ruresh Roy 63 62.

Group 1
Court 30 ARGENTINA (1) GERMANY (8) 2 - 1

No. 2 Emilio Massa Marc Meigel 64 57 60
No. 1 Juan-Martin Del Potro Frank Wintermantel 57 57
Doubles Del Potro / Massa M. Meigel / Wintermantel 61 64

Court 14 COLOMBIA RUSSIA 0 - 3
No. 2 Thomas Estrada Valery Rudnev 76(4) 46 36
No. 1 Francisco Franco Pavel Chekhov 75 36 57
Doubles T. Estrada / S. Gallego Chekhov / Chekhov 26 16

Group 2
Court 28 CZECH REP. (4) INDIA (6) 3 - 0

No. 2 Miroslav Navratil Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 64 36 64
No. 1 Dusan Lojda Rupesh Roy 63 62
Doubles Navratil / Filip Zeman Roy / Sanam Singh 76(5) 64

Court 15 MOROCCO TUNISIA 1 - 2
No. 2 Ayoub Benamar Slah Mbarek 62 16 63
No. 1 Reda El Amrani Wael Kilani 46 36
Doubles Benamar / El Amrani Maher Boughnimi / Kilani 36 26

Group 3
Court 29 CROATIA (3) USA (5) 2 - 1

No. 2 Jurica Grubisic Jean Yves Aubone 57 16
No. 1 Marin Cilic Marcus Fugate 64 64
Doubles Cilic / Mikhail Karpol Fugate / Aubone 62 36 61

No. 2 Manuel Medina Tung-Han Lee 46 36
No. 1 Roberto Maytin Hsin-Han Lee 64 57 64
Doubles Maytin / Medina Hsin-Han Lee / Yao-Cheng Wang 16 63 46

Group 4
Court 16c SPAIN (2) AUSTRALIA (7) 3 - 0

No. 2 Roberto Bautista Matt Symons 62 64
No. 1 Javier Garrapiz Steven Goh 64 75
Doubles Garrapiz/Riba Ley / Simons 63 63

Court 17 FRANCE JAPAN 1 - 2
No. 2 Jonathan Dahan Fumiaki Kita 57 36
No. 1 Alexandre Sidorenko Kei Nishikori 57 64 46
Doubles Dahan/Sidorenko Nishikori/Tomita 06 06

Barcelona, Spain 28 September - 3 October 2004
Boys Results Day 3 - Thursday 30 September 2004
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Re: BNP Junior Davis Cup Finals 2004 (Barcelona)

Russia vs (4) Czech Rep
Croatia (3) vs Spain (2)

Argentina (1) vs India (6)
USA (5) vs Australia (7)

Germany (8) vs Tunisia
Taipei vs Japan

Colombia vs Morocco
Venezuela vs France

good luck Russia in semis
Pavel Chekhov
Valery Rudnev
and Artur Chernov

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