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DC Croatia - Serbia 9th-11th July

07-08-2010, 01:55 PM
The full draw is as follows:

Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Marin Cilic (CRO) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)

Ivan Dodig / Antonio Veic (CRO) v Janko Tipsarevic / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

Marin Cilic (CRO) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)

07-10-2010, 05:31 PM
Serbia in driving seat after doubles win

Not even the fiercely partisan Croatian crowd could make any difference to the outcome of the doubles rubber in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinal in Split – not that they didn’t try.

When the visiting team have the joint best doubles player in the world in their side, as Serbia did in Nenad Zimonjic, it’s hard to avoid the inevitable.

Despite the substitution of Marin Cilic for Antonio Veic in Goran Prpic’s team, it is Serbia who head into the final day with the upper hand after Zimonjic and Janko Tipsarevic beat Cilic and Ivan Dodig 63 62 64.

As expected, the high noon showdown between Novak Djokovic, the world No. 2, and Cilic, the world No. 13, on Sunday will decide the outcome of this tie one way or another.

Victory for Djokovic would mean Serbia reach the semifinals of the competition for the first time in their history, while a win for Cilic would mean Croatia go into the fifth rubber as favourites. A home tie awaits the winners, almost certainly against Czech Republic, last year’s runners-up.

If it does go to the wire we can expect one of the most atmospheric and noisiest Davis Cup days in history between the two neighbouring countries. Carlos Ramos and Enric Molina are both experienced umpires, but they have had their work cut out here in the Spaladium Stadium trying to keep the crowd in order.

Heaven help either of them if there is anything riding on the fifth rubber between Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic and Serbia’s Viktor Troicki. It is doubtful whether they will even be heard, never mind obeyed.

Serbian quality prevails in doubles

The quality of the Serbian team’s return of serve was always going to be a problem for the Croatians and once Dodig was broken to love in the eighth game there was only ever going to be one outcome, no matter what the crowd had to say about it. The fans may be noisy and disrespectful towards the visiting team, but they are passionate and supportive of their team.

“The only problem is that some words you can understand,” said Tipsarevic. “Probably when you play in other countries they also say stuff but you don’t understand them.”

By the time Dodig - who plays largely at challenger level - was broken for a third time towards the end of the second set, even the crowd had accepted the outcome. The Croatians rallied to take a 2-0 lead in the third but the Serbian pair hit back by winning the next four games and the match was as good as over.

Bogdan Obradovic, the Serbian captain, thinks he has spotted a weakness in Cilic’s game. “I saw that Cilic was not serving that much good – and against [Viktor] Troicki – so I think his form is getting down a little bit, but still he is a very good player. I’m giving a much bigger advantage to Novak at the moment.”

Even Prpic wasn’t too sure whether the crowd was an advantage or disadvantage for Cilic, but he’s banking on the young man rising to the occasion to take it to a fifth and final rubber, whereupon he hopes the experience of Ljubicic will see them through to victory.

07-11-2010, 01:39 AM
Great win in doubles for Janko :yeah:

07-11-2010, 03:18 PM
Serbia make history in Split

It takes a lot to silence this Croatian crowd – even the threat of a penalty from umpire Enric Molina couldn’t manage it – but Novak Djokovic ultimately did with an emphatic straight sets victory over Marin Cilic to put Serbia into their first Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal.

They say the Serbian don’t travel very well, but they managed the short journey to their neighbouring country for this historic tie without too much trouble and can now enjoy the comforts of home against Czech Republic in September.

Djokovic relishes tough win

Neutrals and home fans alike – there were virtually no visiting fans in the Spaladium Arena in Split – were hoping that the Croatian No. 1 could make a match of it and take it to a fifth and final rubber, for which the Croatians would have been favourites. But Djokovic was in no mood to oblige and never gave his young opponent a glimmer of a chance, thrashing him 63 63 62 in 2 hours 24 minutes.

Djokovic’s cool demeanour disappeared in the moment of victory as he collapsed on his back. In these sort of situations you need a tough skin, but underneath he was jelly like the rest of us.

He was back on his feet before his ecstatic captain, Bogdan Obradovic, could reach him and as he and his teammates exchanged high-fives the victors were sportingly applauded by the Croatian crowd with their cheerstix.

“Personally, I had a lot of responsibility with the package that I carried on my back before this tie, but right now I feel so relieved that we won," said Djokovic. "We won in one of the toughest atmospheres against a team that has a lot of success in this competition.”

Cilic picks Serbia for the final

It was important for Djokovic to get off to a good start so that the crowd had less to cheer about if more to jeer about, and that was precisely what he did. Cilic didn’t help himself by playing a little too passively and during the first five games – all of which he lost – he collected just seven points.

After he eventually broke back in a particularly noisy game the crowd were warned of a possible penalty for a partisan crowd violation. It kept them quiet long enough for Djokovic to wrap up the set, but when he gave it the fist pump after coming out on top at the end of a high-class rally to hold a difficult game for 3-1, the crowd were on his case again. In fact, Cilic invariably came out the worse in the rallies.

Another break put him in total control and though Cilic broke back he promptly took the set by breaking Cilic to love. The Croatian has won just one set in five meetings now with Djokovic and his heart wasn’t in it for the long slog back from two sets down.

“I tried to get in the match and put a little more pressure on him but he was neutralizing me and defending really good and it was not easy to find the key to solve the puzzle. They have a good team, a really good team, actually. With their own crowd I think they can go to the final.”

Janko Tipsarevic extended Serbia’s win to 4-1 by defeating Antonio Veic in the dead fifth rubber 62 76(5).

07-11-2010, 03:53 PM
Nice comeback in the second set from 2-5 to 7-6 :yeah:

07-11-2010, 09:50 PM
good job janko:)

09-16-2010, 02:40 PM
Is he or Troicki playing?

09-16-2010, 02:43 PM

09-17-2010, 08:22 PM
janko won his match against berdych in 4

7-5, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6

09-17-2010, 09:21 PM
He fought unbelievable :yeah:

09-17-2010, 11:10 PM
Bravo Jankela! :worship:

09-19-2010, 07:01 PM

6-0, 7-6, 6-4 over stepanek!:worship:

great stuff janko, serbia's hero

09-20-2010, 10:21 AM
congraz janko, congraz Serbia, you are so awesome> janko and Nole are 2 heroes of Serbia in DC semiF :D

Ad Wim
09-24-2010, 10:31 AM
He pulled out of next week as well. I hope it's just to rest up and there is nothing serious, but his Twitter doesn't seem to report on that.

09-24-2010, 09:50 PM
He pulled out of next week as well. I hope it's just to rest up and there is nothing serious, but his Twitter doesn't seem to report on that.

He said he would, so he can do a bit of DJing :lol:

Don't worry ;)