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GROUP ONE

SPAIN (1) vs JAPAN 3-0

No. 2 Tomeu Salva v Yuichi Uda 63 62
No. 1 Rafael Nadal v Kenichiro Nakahara 76(3) 61
Doubles Marcel Granollers/Salva v. Yuichi Ito / Nakahara 62 46 63

SOUTH AFRICA v. GREECE (8) 3-0
No. 2 Kevin Anderson v. Apostolos Triantis 63 61
No. 1 Frederik Wolmarans v. Zacharias Katsigiannakis 57 75 62
Doubles Anderson / David North v. Ioannis Kakkalos /Triantis 62 64

GROUP TWO

FRANCE (4) v. URUGUAY 1-2
No. 2 Julien Gely v. Federico Sansonetti 26 16
No. 1 Gael Monfils v. Pablo Cuevas 67 (9) 64 63
Doubles Alexis Benyahia / Monfils v. Cuevas / Sansonetti 64 26 16

CROATIA v. BRAZIL (5) 1-2
No. 2 Marin Cilic v. Andre Miele 62 67(5) 64
No. 1 Ante Nakic-Alfirevic v. Bruno Rosa 36 76(3) 26
Doubles Cilic / Nakic-Alfirevic v. Miele / Rosa 64 57 36



GROUP THREE
AUSTRALIA (3) v. CHINA 3-0
No. 2 Lachlan Ferguson v. Ye Bo 76(3) 63
No. 1 Joel Kerley v. Li Jian 75 62
Doubles Kerley / Alexander Petropoulos v. Bo / Jian 61 62

KOREA v. BELARUS (6) 1-2 :D
No. 2 Chang-Ho Choi v. Egor Puntus 67(5) 75 75 :sad:
No. 1 Ji-Seob Im v. Aliaksandr Skrypko 36 46 :D
Doubles Choi / Im v. Puntus / Skrypko 16 75 36 :D


GROUP FOUR
USA (2) v MEXICO 3-0
No. 2 Phillip Simmonds v. Miguel Angel Reyes Varela 62 63
No. 1 Brendan Evans v. Luis Garcia de Quevedo 61 67(6) 64
Doubles Scott Oudsema / Simmonds v. Reyes Varela / Salvador de la Torre 61 61

ARGENTINA v. GERMANY (7) 1-2
No. 2 Francisco Beltrami v. Daniel Muller 57 16
No. 1 Juan Pablo Amado v. Andreas Beck 67 (4) 67 (0)
Doubles Amado / Eduardo Schwank v. Muller / Sebastian Rieschick 46 64 61
 

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GROUP ONE

SPAIN (1) v. SOUTH AFRICA 3-0
No. 2 Tomeu Salva v. Kevin Anderson 61 62
No. 1 Rafael Nadal v. Frederik Wolmarans 61 62
Doubles Marcel Granollers/Salva v. Anderson / David North 63 64

JAPAN v. GREECE (8) 1-2
No. 2 Yuichi Uda v. Apostolos Triantis 64 26 75
No. 1 Kenichiro Nakahara v. Zacharias Katsigiannakis 26 36
Doubles Yuichi Ito / Nakahara v. Ioannis Kakkalos / Katsigiannakis 46 16


GROUP TWO
FRANCE (4) v. CROATIA 2-1
No. 2 Alexis Benyahia v. Marin Cilic 26 57
No. 1 Gael Monfils v. Ante Nakic-Alfirevic 63 61
Doubles Benyahia / Monfils v. Cilic / Nakic-Alfirevic 46 61 64

URUGUAY v. BRAZIL (5) 2-1
No. 2 Federico Sansonetti v. Rodrigo Parente 62 46 61
No. 1 Pablo Cuevas v. Bruno Rosa 36 46
Doubles Cuevas / Sansonetti v. Parente / Rosa 26 61 64


GROUP THREE
AUSTRALIA (3) v. KOREA 3-0
No. 2 Lachlan Ferguson v. Chang-Ho Choi 63 62
No. 1 Joel Kerley v. Ji-Seob Im 61 62
Doubles Kerley / Alexander Petropoulos v. Choi / Im 64 16 75

CHINA v. BELARUS (6) 1-2 :D
No. 2 Ye Bo v. Egor Puntus 16 64 06 :D
No. 1 Li Jian v. Aliaksandr Skrypko 63 57 46 :D
Doubles Yin Xu / Jian v. Puntus / Anton Sumuilau 76(1) 63 :eek:


GROUP FOUR
USA (2) v. ARGENTINA 2-1
No. 2 Scott Oudsema v. Eduardo Schwank 16 46
No. 1 Brendan Evans v. Juan Pablo Amado 64 57 61
Doubles Evans / Phillip Simmonds v. Francisco Beltrami / Schwank 36 64 64

MEXICO v. GERMANY (7) 0-3
No. 2 Miguel Angel Reyes Varela v. Andreas Beck 26 36
No. 1 Luis Garcia de Quevedo v. Sebastian Rieschick 16 26
Doubles Salvador de la Torre / de Quevedo v. Muller / Sebastian Rieschick 63 36 16
 

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Vamos South Africa :D :D :D
 

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MAIN DRAW

STAGE ONE - ROUND ROBIN - DAY 3


GROUP ONE




SPAIN (1) v. GREECE (8) 3-0
No. 2 Marcel Granollers v. Ioannis Kakkalos 60 61
No. 1 Rafael Nadal v. Zacharias Katsigiannakis 60 62
Doubles Nadal/ Tomeu Salva v. Kakkalos / Apostolos Triantis 62 63

JAPAN v. SOUTH AFRICA 0-3
No. 2 Yuichi Uda v. Kevin Anderson 26 06
No. 1 Kenichiro Nakahara v. Frederik Wolmarans 16 36
Doubles Yuichi Ito / Uda v. Anderson / David North 16 63 16


GROUP TWO

FRANCE (4) v. BRAZIL (5) 3-0
No. 2 Julien Gely v. Rodrigo Parente 62 62
No. 1 Gael Monfils v. Bruno Rosa 57 62 62
Doubles Alexis Benyahia / Gely v. Andre Miele / Parente 61 62

URUGUAY v. CROATIA 1-2
No. 2 Diego Ksiazenicki v. Marin Cilic 36 36
No. 1 Pablo Cuevas v. Ante Nakic-Alfirevic 60 57 62
Doubles Cuevas / Ksiazenicki v. Cilic / Nakic-Alfirevic 63 67(5) 26


GROUP THREE

AUSTRALIA (3) v. BELARUS (6) 2-1:(
No. 2 Lachlan Ferguson v. Egor Puntus 60 61 :(
No. 1 Joel Kerley v. Aliaksandr Skrypko 46 16 :D
Doubles Ferguson / Kerley v. Puntus / Skrypko 46 61 75 :sad:

CHINA v. KOREA 1-2
No. 2 Yin Xu v.Chang-Ho Choi 36 36
No. 1 Li Jian v. Ji-Seob Im 36 36
Doubles Ye Bo / Xu v. Choi / Im 62 76(10)


GROUP FOUR

USA (2) GERMANY (7) 2-1
No. 2 Phillip Simmonds v. Daniel Muller 60 75
No. 1 Brendan Evans v. Andreas Beck 57 57
Doubles Scott Oudsema / Simmonds v. Muller / Sebastian Rieschick 57 63 64

MEXICO v. ARGENTINA 0-3
No. 2 Miguel Angel Reyes Varela v. Eduardo Schwank 16 16
No. 1 Luis Garcia de Quevedo v. Juan Pablo Amado
26 16
Doubles De Quevedo / Salvador de la Torre v. Francisco Beltrami / Schwank 16 36
 

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STAGE TWO KNOCK OUT - DAY 4

SEMI FINALS

SPAIN (1) v. URUGUAY 3-0
No. 2 Tomeu Salva v. Federico Sansonetti 62 62
No. 1 Rafael Nadal v. Pablo Cuevas 64 61

Doubles
Marcel Granollers /Nadal v. Cuevas / Sansonetti
61 64


AUSTRALIA (3) USA (2) 1-2
No. 2 Lachlan Ferguson Phillip Simmonds 63 63
No. 1 Joel Kerley Brendan Evans 36 57
Doubles Ferguson / Kerley Scott Oudsema / Simmonds 46 36


5TH TO 8TH PLACE PLAY OFFS

SOUTH AFRICA v. FRANCE (4) 1-2
No. 2 Kevin Anderson v. Alexis Benyahia 64 67 (7) 16
No. 1 Frederik Wolmarans v. Gael Monfils 06 36
Doubles David North / Wolmarans v. Benyahia / Julien Gely 76(1) 64

BELARUS (6) v. GERMANY (7) 0-3:mad:
No. 2 Anton Sumuilau v. Daniel Muller 06 16 :sad:
No. 1 Aliaksandr Skrypko v. Sebastian Rieschick 26 63 26 :eek: :fiery:
Doubles Skrypko / Sumuilau v. Andreas Beck/ Muller 57 26 :sad:


9th to 12th PLACE PLAY OFFS

GREECE (8) v. BRAZIL (5) 0-3
No. 2 Ioannis Kakkalos v. Rodrigo Parente 63 26 06
No. 1 Apostolos Triantis v. Bruno Rosa 36 16
Doubles Kakkalos / Triantis v. Andre Miele / Parente 62 36 46

KOREA v. ARGENTINA 0-3
No. 2 Chang-Ho Choi v. Eduardo Schwank 36 16
No. 1 Ji-Seob Im v. Juan Pablo Amado 16 46
Doubles Choi / Im v. Francisco Beltrami / Schwank 26 26
 

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Spain and USA will meet in the final of the inaugural Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in a battle between the two top seeds after coming through their respective semifinals earlier today.

Top seeded Spain defeated surprise semifinalists Uruguay 3-0 to maintain their unbeaten record this week. Joan Llorens’ team have won all twelve of their matches here in La Baule – a formidable record - and will be hoping to win their country a third 16 & Under boys’ title on Saturday.

USA were made to work harder for their final berth after Australia won the opening singles. Once again, the Americans had to rely on their doubles team to see them through 2-1, eventually securing their fourth final since the competition began in 1985.

Ricardo Acuna, US captain, said, “It feels pretty good to be in the final. My expectations coming into this week were that we’d finish at least in the top four. We’ve just come in from a hard court season and had a tough group so the guys have done well. They’ve been playing pretty good doubles and that’s really helped.”

With the sun shining again in La Baule, the atmosphere in the Tennis Country Club Barriere was relaxed, despite it being boys’ semifinals day. Play was punctuated with the occasional shrieks of the seagulls - a reminder that the Atlantic Ocean is almost within lobbing distance. La Baule is a pretty coastal town with a strong sporting tradition which encompasses golf, yachting, horse racing and, naturally, tennis. No wonder then that many local inhabitants have gathered here every day to enjoy the tennis and acquaint themselves with the stars of the future.

Today’s semifinals promised two contrasting styles of play. While the Spanish and Uruguayans clearly felt at home on the terre battue, the Americans and Australians tried their best to adapt their hard court game to the slower surface.

In truth, the Spanish never looked threatened in today’s singles matches. Tomeu Salva defeated Federico Sansonetti 62 62 to set up Spain’s victory with their No. 1 Rafael Nadel coming through against Pablo Cuevas 64 61 to give the Europeans an unassailable lead in the best of three tie. Spain then secured the doubles with Marcel Granollers and Rafael Nadel defeating Cuevas and Sansonetti 61 64.

Despite missing out on their first every place in the 16 & Under boys’ final, Uruguayan captain Luis Maccio praised his team’s efforts.

“I didn’t expect them to get so far – perhaps fifth place but that was it,” he said afterwards, before adding, “The boys have enjoyed representing their country and it’s been a good learning process for them and will help their future.”

“I felt that Federico’s match score was not really a reflection on the match. Many of the games went to deuce and were quite close. Tomeu Salva was very consistent from the baseline,” he observed. Salva also made good use of his powerful forehand, despite Sansonetti’s efforts to counterattack.

The clash between both teams’ top players, Nadel and Cuevas, promised much. The first set was tight, containing powerful shotmaking and absorbing chess like rallies. Showing his class, Nadel broke serve and took the first set leaving Cuevas with the pressure of having to keep Uruguay in the tie – a task too much. In the second set, Nadel pressed home his advantage with aggressive groundstrokes and smart play. He will be tough to beat on his favourite surface this week.

There was disappointment for Australia too who were hopeful of success against USA after a tremendous performance from Lachlan Ferguson saw the Aussies take the first singles in their semifinal.

“That was probably the best I’ve ever seen him play,” said captain Michael Baroch. “He played awesome tennis.

He added, “This was definitely a winnable tie. Having said that, we were pretty lucky to get through against Belarus yesterday. I’m disappointed for the boys as you don’t often get the chance to play this level of tennis for your country.”

In the second singles, Brendan Evans outplayed a nervous Joel Kerley to put America back in contention to the joy of his watching team-mates. Evans made it harder than it should have been however. In the second set, helped by a spate of errors from the American, Kerley fought back to 4-all and a third set beckoned. Evans regained his composure, played percentage tennis and succeeded in taking the match 63 75.

Acuna said, “Brendan did exactly what I asked him to do – he played conservatively and got the result.”

Once again the Americans were forced to dig themselves out of trouble in the doubles with Scott Oudesma and Phillip Simmonds defeating Ferguson and Kerley 64 63 to take USA to the final. Rallies were entertaining with all four players displaying terrier like qualities.

Each of the boys had a ‘team look’ with the lanky American boys wearing identical kit, even down to the Stars and Stripes handkerchief tied at the knee in commemoration of those who died on September 11th last year. They have played together since January 2002 and combine well. “We have good chemistry and are the best of friends,” said Simmonds.

Smaller versions of their opponents, the Aussies were also dressed in the de rigeur baggy shorts, reversed baseball caps and their particular team trademark, bright orange sports sunglasses.

It wasn’t to be Australia’s day however. Their play was inspired in patches but not nearly consistent enough. As their captain was later to point out, “The boys were down 30 straightaway but got it back to 3-all. They then served two double faults and missed a smash. You just can’t expect to win with play like that… We served 12 double faults in the match – that’s three games’ worth.”

The Americans now face clay court experts, Spain – without doubt, their toughest tie yet. “We’ve got to play our game,” said Acuna. “If we play a different game then it’s not going to work.”

This is the first time that the American captain has guided a national team to the boys’ 16 & Under final. The American boys won their Regional Qualifying Round in the then called NEC World Youth Cup last year but were unable to compete in the finals in Chile because of the September 11th attacks. For Acuna, today’s result is a welcome compensation.

Four play off ties also took place earlier today with France defeating South Africa 2-1 while Germany enjoyed a good 3-0 win over Belarus in the battle for positions 5-8. South America fared well in the 9-12 positional play offs with Argentina and Brazil coming through 3-0 against Korea and Greece respectively.

Tomorrow, France take on Germany to decide the 5th and 6th positions, while South Africa and Belarus will play for 7th and 8th positions. Greece and Korea will compete for 11th and 12th positions. China, Croatia, Japan and Mexico will contest positions 13-16.

Play begins at 10.30am tomorrow.
 

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Well done South Africa :D :D
 

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9 - 14 SEPTEMBER

MAIN DRAW

STAGE TWO KNOCK OUT - DAY 6


FINAL

SPAIN (1) v. USA (2) 3-0 :D
No. 2 Tomeu Salva v. Phillip Simmonds 62 63
No. 1 Rafael Nadal v. Brendan Evans 62 62
Doubles Marcel Granollers / Nadal Scott Oudsema / Simmondss 76(5) 63

3rd & 4TH PLACE PLAY OFF

URUGUAY v. AUSTRALIA (3) 2-1
No. 2 Federico Sansonetti v. Alexander Petropoulos 63 76(5)
No. 1 Pablo Cuevas v. Lachlan Ferguson 16 76(4) 06
Doubles Cuevas / Sansonetti v. Ferguson / Joel Kerley 62 06 64


5TH & 6TH PLACE PLAY OFF

FRANCE (4) v. GERMANY (7) 2-1
No. 2 Julien Gely v. Daniel Muller 64 67(5) 67(3)
No. 1 Gael Monfils v. Andreas Beck 76(4) 76 (4)
Doubles Alexis Benyahia / Monfils v. Muller / Sebastian Rieschick 75 06 63

7th & 8TH PLACE PLAY OFF

SOUTH AFRICA v. BELARUS (6) 1-2 :D
No. 2 Kevin Anderson v. Egor Puntus 46 67 (4)
No. 1 Frederik Wolmarans v. Aliaksandr Skrypko 36 46
Doubles David North / Wolmarans v. Puntus / Anton Sumuilau 62 60

9TH & 10th PLACE PLAY OFF

BRAZIL (5) v. ARGENTINA 1-2
No. 2 Andre Miele v. Francisco Beltrami 36 26
No. 1 Bruno Rosa v. Eduardo Schwank 63 26 62
Doubles Rodrigo Parente / Rosa v. Juan Pablo Amado / Schwank 16 16


11th & 12th PLACE PLAY OFF

GREECE (8) v. KOREA 2-1
No. 2 Ioannis Kakkalos v. Chang-Ho Choi 26 06
No. 1 Zacharias Katsigiannakis v. Ji-Seob Im 61 63
Doubles Katsigiannakis / Apostolos Triantis v. Choi / Im 75 63


13h & 14th PLACE PLAY OFF

JAPAN v. MEXICO 2-1
No. 2 Yuichi Ito v. Salvador de la Torre 60 61
No. 1 Kenichiro Nakahara v. Luis Garcia de Quevedo 67(4) 36
Doubles Ito / Nakahara v. De Quevedo / Miguel Angel Reyes Varela 63 63


15th & 16th PLACE PLAY OFF

CROATIA v. CHINA 2-0
No. 2 Marin Cilic v. Ye Bo 63 36 76(6)
No. 1 Ante Nakic-Alfirevic v. Li Jian 64 76(2)
Doubles Cilic / Nakic-Alfirevic v. Jian / Yin Xu Not played
 

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Spain defeat USA to win Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas


Saturday 14 September


Spain have won the inaugural Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas after a stylish 3-0 victory over USA here in La Baule. The Spanish justified their top seeded status with Rafael Nadel clinching the vital second point, defeating Brendan Evans 62 62 after Tomeu Salva had earlier disposed of Phillip Simmonds 62 63. Nadel then partnered Marcel Granollers to beat American doubles pairing Scott Oudsema and Phillip Simmonds to complete the final scoreline. In 2000, the Spanish boys won the 14 & Under World Junior Tennis title so today’s victory represents a rare junior tennis double. This is the third time that Spain have won the 16 & Under trophy after triumphing in 1991 and 1998.

Off to enjoy champagne as promised by Argentine captain Mario Bravo, Spanish captain Joan Llorens said, “We will have one glass of champagne each… I congratulate the team on their win. They concentrated well in their matches and played very intelligently. They showed fighting spirit.” He added, “Our aim throughout this year has been to win the Junior Davis Cup. The boys won the Winter Cup and the Borotra Cup earlier in the year so we really wanted to succeed in the Junior Davis Cup as well.”

Smiling, he added, “They are a special team – we travel a lot together and share the same goals. We don’t just play tennis, we also like football too and support Real Madrid.”

The Spaniards, in particular, Nadel, were a level above their competition this week. Nadel’s powerful shotmaking and clay court brain earned him five straight set singles victories, leaving him unbeaten in the boys’ draw. His captain reasoned that the difference was thanks to the experience that he had gained competing on the ITF Futures and Satellite Circuit.

Sixteen-year-old Nadel is from Mallorca and comes from a sporting family – he is even coached by his uncle. Glad to be part of the Junior Davis Cup, he was helped by the support of his team-mates over the week, he said.

The success of the Spanish boys bodes well for their country’s tennis. There are plenty of role models to emulate too with the likes of Roland Garros champion Albert Costa, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Alex Corretja and Carlos Moya performing well.

The first singles began well for America with Simmonds looking sharp. In contrast, Salva’s game seemed shaky. The American failed to capitalise though and the Spaniard moved up a gear to take control of the rallying. His clay court expertise showed and with Simmonds making increasingly more errors, Salva soon wrapped up the first set 62. Despite encouragement from his captain and team-mates Simmonds was unable to stamp his authority on the match. Impressive serving at 25 in the second set temporarily delayed the inevitable for USA until Salva converted his second matchpoint with a typically polished cross court winner.

It was a similar story in the contest between the teams’ number ones. Completely comfortable on the dusty clay, Nadel made the best start with aggressive play earning him a 31 lead. Combining power and searing accuracy, the teenager treated the crowd to a display of superb clay court jousting. Raising his game on the big points, the Spaniard’s greater experience clearly gave him the edge. A crucial breakpoint at 42 was claimed with a glorious backhand thumped down Evans’ right wing. Nadel immediately broke the American’s serve in the second set with more assured rallying, making his opponent seem uncharacteristically brittle. Down 31, Evans succeeded in reaching 40/30 though – only for the Spaniard to finish the ensuing baseline rally with a well disguised lob. Continuing to show his versatility, Nadel next pushed the American wide, killing Evans’ ballooning return and clenching both fists in response. The match was won and he knew it.

American captain Ricardo Acuna expected it to be closer but said that on the day the Spanish were just a better team. The Americans had hoped to secure the opening singles and then clinch the tie in a deciding doubles. Acuna conceded, “We had our chances – in the first set of the opening singles we were up 21 with a break and the Spanish player was pretty nervous. We weren’t able to take advantage. Having said that, we exceeded our expectations on clay. It might have been a different result on hard courts.”

He added, “We needed to serve well today and we didn’t so we couldn’t put enough pressure on our opponents. To beat Nadel, Brendan would have had to come in and rush him which he did but the problem is maintaining that level of play throughout a match. Nadel is a superior player – we just weren’t in as good a shape and it was a windy day. I was disappointed with the doubles. They were a bit down after losing but they made a lot of mistakes on the volleys and returns.”

The remaining three play off ties were also decided earlier today. Uruguay achieved their best ever finish in the Junior Davis Cup after overcoming a strong Aussie challenge in the battle for third position. The deciding doubles was moved to centre court to the delight of the many spectators enjoying the tennis in the early evening sunshine. Pablo Cuevas and Federico Sansonetti defeated the Australian pairing of Lachlan Ferguson and Joel Kerley 62 06 64.

Japan defeated Mexico 2-1 to claim 13th place while Croatia beat China to finish 15th.

In an emotional closing ceremony, ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti presented the boys' champions with a replica of the Davis Cup trophy and congratulated the team and everyone participating on providing a week of high-quality and extremely absorbing tennis.
 

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Well done South Africa and Argentina :) :) :)
 

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I knew no one could stop Rafael Nadel!:D
 
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