Tennis Elbow: 2015 Miami Open: Men’s and women’s draw preview and analysis

March 24, 2015

Welcome to Tennis Elbow, the column that looks back on the week that was in the world of tennis. This week, Charles Blouin-Gascon previews the 2015 Miami Open, presented by Itau.

There is no time to waste on the tennis calendar, where one big tournament does not wait for another.

Those of you lucky enough to have the means to escape our brutal (and never-ending) winter should head over to Miami with Grand Slam Tennis Tours for some sun and some excellent tennis. (A shameless plug: I’m happy and proud to announce that I’m joining our friends at GSTT for Travels & Tennis, a column that applauds readers who decide to combine business with pleasure.)

After an excellent 2015 BNP Paribas Open last week, we turn to the warmth of Florida for the Miami Open, presented by Itau. Right after the biggest non-Grand Slam is the second biggest. We’re the real winners here, folks.

Oh, and the tournament will crown two actual winners, of course. Read on for my predictions.

Women’s draw

Serena Williams closed the books on a traumatic and sad episode of her career by participating in the BNP Paribas Open for the first time since 2001. Now, she gets to focus strictly on tennis.

The No. 1-ranked player arrives in Key Biscayne as the defending champion and gets a fairly tricky draw. (This is saying a lot, knowing who she is.) She will likely play her first match against her old friend Monica Niculescu, then either Svetlana Kuznetsova or Angelique Kerber will be next. She’ll beat Garbine Muguruza before getting rid of Sabine Lisicki in the quarterfinals.

Simona Halep is playing as well as she ever has and, except for maybe fatigue, I don’t see how she loses in this second section. She will have tricky matches, possibly against fellow Indian Wells finalist Jelena Jankovic, but she should pull through. She’ll be matched up against American Madison Keys, who will have overcome Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the “Who’s got next?” battle.

We are not in the business of patting ourselves in the back when we make a correct prediction, if only because it looks so tacky and is so much more convincing when a third party does the patting on our back, but we are proud of having called Carla Suarez Navarro’s march to the Indian Wells quarterfinals last week. We don’t get many predictions right, so we cherish the ones that we do nail. I’m trying it again this week.

There’s a fourth and final section, from which Maria Sharapova should emerge rather unscathed. There really aren’t many players that should give her fits, although if she were to stumble early then it would wreak havoc and open things up for someone like Andrea Petkovic. The German has enjoyed a good 2015 season thus far—though, it must be said, her lone title came on a walkover in the final at Antwerp.

Quarterfinals: Serena Williams over Sabine Lisicki; Simona Halep over Madison Keys; Caroline Wozniacki over Carla Suarez Navarro; Maria Sharapova over Andrea Petkovic

Semifinals: Simona Halep over Serena Williams; Maria Sharapova over Caroline Wozniacki

Final: Maria Sharapova over Simona Halep

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Men’s draw

The wins, and the money, keep piling up for Novak Djokovic. Can he add a fifth title at Key Biscayne?

Yes. Yes, he certainly can. The Serb has won 18 of his previous 19 matches in Miami and has a very favourable draw. Maybe Tommy Robredo can win a set off of him, sure. But not Lukas Rosol in the quarterfinals.

You have to feel for Canadian Milos Raonic. In his never-ending quest to further break through and maybe challenge and threaten the royal trio of Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Raonic keeps hitting the glass ceiling. He tries to soar so, so hard but it seems like every time, one of the three is there to hit a smash winner—or, when that first player fails, then another awaits and is successful. Raonic will likely be among the two or three best players on the ATP World Tour, but it may not happen before the current top 3 players have retired. To win a Masters 1000 event, a player shouldn’t have to beat, in succession, Nadal, Federer and Djokovic. One day, Milos. One day.

Andy Murray has fared well over the years in Florida and the 2015 season should be no exception. The draw is manageable and the Brit wouldn’t even mind finding Feliciano Lopez in his path in the quarterfinals—he’s 10-0 against the Spaniard for his career. (He should also pull through against Stanislas Wawrinka, but this implies that the Swiss makes it that far—far from a certainty, considering that he is only 2-2 in his most recent four matches.

The final section of the main draw belongs to Rafael Nadal and that would mean something at any other tournament except for this one. In his entire career, the Spaniard has yet to capture a single “Miami Open, presented by Itau” title. (I’m writing this as if it should be a gimme.) Nadal will prefer not to expand too much energy here, given that the clay court season is right around the corner, but he should make quick work of Fernando Verdasco and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in his first two matches. Tomas Berdych looms in the quarterfinals, and the Spaniard will get to avenge his loss in Melbourne.

Quarterfinals: Novak Djokovic over Lukas Rosol; Milos Raonic over Kei Nishikori; Andy Murray over Feliciano Lopez; Rafael Nadal over Tomas Berdych

Semifinals: Novak Djokovic over Milos Raonic; Rafael Nadal over Andy Murray

Final: Novak Djokovic over Rafael Nadal

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Podcast: Previewing the 2015 Miami Open; reviewing the BNP Paribas Open

March 24, 2015

Welcome the TennisConnected Podcast for 2015!

Parsa Samii and Nima Naderi are back to preview the Miami Open in Florida in their latest Podcast.

While Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were too good in taking their respective titles in Indian Wells, the tennis scene quickly switching gears to the hard-courts of Miami. Will Djokovic repeat his title in Key Biscayne, or will Rafa Nadal finally capture the only North American hard-court title that has eluded him. Finally, how fit will Serena Williams be for this week’s event?

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Djokovic defeats Federer for fourth BNP Paribas Open title

March 22, 2015

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, U.S.A.

Top seed Novak Djokovic needed all of his talent and physicality on Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open to upend No. 2 seed Roger Federer, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2.

After dominating the first set, Djokovic double faulted consecutively in the second set tiebreaker to hand Federer the advantage. Not to be derailed in confidence or focus, Djokovic fought through some challenging times at the beginning of the third set before pulling away with the victory. Notching his 60th career title, Djokovic also earned his fourth title in Palm Springs and captured his 18th victory against Federer in 38 meetings. Winning $900,400 for his triumph, Djokovic will next head to the Miami Open in Key Biscayne, where he is also the defending champion.

Federer, who will miss the Miami Open, is next slated to see action at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters in Monaco.

Djokovic to face Federer for BNP Paribas Open title

March 21, 2015

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, U.S.A.

Semifinal results:

(2) Roger Federer defeats (6) Milos Raonic 75 64
(1) Novak Djokovic defeats (4) Andy Murray 62 63

Nike Tennis ColorDry Polo Review

March 17, 2015

by: Nima Naderi

Built for the athletic and flamboyant game of Australian Nick Kyrgios, the all-new Nike ColorDry polo mixes in Dri Fit technology, while implementing a revolutionary method of creating the garment. Featured in four brilliant and bold colors, Nike has reduced the amount of water used in dyeing the polo from 30 liters to zero. Now if that’s not an innovative and environmentally friendly upgrade, we’re not sure what is.

Nike sent us the light blue lacquer with white and white colorway (Kyrgios’ choice in Palm Springs) and we weren’t disappointed. The look and feel of the ColorDry Polo is second to none. The light-weight fabric worked great on court and the true-to-size measurement offered a snug fit, while providing great range of motion.

According to Nike, every polo is made from the equivalent of 11 plastic bottles, meaning that if you’re conscious of the environment, then the ColorDry Polo is right up your alley.

Known for always adding great, subtle detail, Nike Tennis fans will appreciate the en Vogue slim collar, the contrast pipping on the shoulders and the covered button placket, giving this polo a sleek and refined look.

All in all, the ColorDry Polo, which also comes in black, volt and team orange will certainly be a game changer toward your look on court and the environment as well.

Priced at $70 US, the ColorDry Polo is now available at Nike.com and selected retailers.

Stay up-to-date on the latest from Nike Tennis by following them @NikeTennis or on their Facebook page.

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Nima Naderi is the Editor in Chief of TennisConnected.com. He is also an award winning tennis coach and the Head Teaching Professional at Bayview Golf & Country Club. Nima is a PTR Professional rated coach in all categories, while holding over 18 years of coaching experience.

Tennis Elbow: From darkest to brightest, for Serena Williams

March 16, 2015

Welcome to Tennis Elbow, the column that looks back on the week that was in the world of tennis. This week, Charles Blouin-Gascon recaps an emotional first week for the great champion.

Serena Williams had called it one of the “darkest moments” of her career, but maybe now that changes.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion won her first match at Indian Wells, 7-5 and 7-5 against Monica Niculescu, in her first visit since 2001, but it didn’t matter as much as simply the fact that she was back. Just two hours away from the Compton neighborhood where she grew up, Indian Wells is where Williams was met with hate and racism when she stepped on the court for a final against Kim Clijsters after beating her older sister when Venus withdrew with tendinitis.

She competes for the 2015 BNP Paribas Open title this week, and that’s progress. It’s progress and it’s not me saying so, it’s herself—that first match she played in 14 years in Indian Wells was one of her “biggest … and proudest moments.”

Surely, tennis fans know the scene by now and what happened for that first match but just in case some readers haven’t had the chance to watch it happen live, here it is.

Biggest and proudest moment, yes, and maybe also most touching. Because when Williams walked on the court, she was greeted with cheers and a standing ovation—a stark contrast with the way that the crowd reacted during that fateful final of 2001.

It’s an event that has stayed with her over the years, as evidenced by the fact that she both boycotted the BNP Paribas Open all those years and that she has written extensively about the experience and the decision to go back.

What was, or wasn’t, said or done to Williams and her family on that day in 2001 remains controversial, but what isn’t is the fact that Venus and Serena changed the world of tennis. Long before becoming part of the tennis firmament, and long before her sister Venus was lauded for her graciousness and her determination in the face of a difficult illness, Serena Williams was an outcast and an outsider.

The two sisters changed the sport of tennis, introducing dominant serves and powerful groundstrokes in a sport where finesse often dominated. That change occurred whether fans and the tennis powers that be were ready for it or not—and by and large, as this 2001 incident shows us, they were not.

But time fixes all, they say, and it appears so. This year at Indian Wells, we are forced to confront an ugly episode and our ugly side because that’s what Williams chose to do it when she decided to compete for the 2015 BNP Paribas Open title.

It’s not exact to say that a sport like tennis should remain strictly about the sport. Not when the ATP World Tour and the WTA Tour are well entrenched in countries such as Qatar. Not when the ATP Qatar tournament is the Exxonmobil Open. Not when Williams and Niculescu take a photo with a Sergeant Hollie West ([Note: if anyone knows the right name and spelling, please write it in the comments. I am going off of what I hear in that video]), who had just made the coin toss before that first match. And not when players represent their countries at the Fed Cup and the Davis Cup. In our world, sports and politics usually mix.

So do sports and sociology and social rights.

Right after the lede, I wrote that it didn’t really matter that Williams won that first match back but maybe that’s not totally right. Maybe it does matter—because tennis, at least professional tennis, exists only in so that a match has a victor and a loser.

Most times, Serena Williams emerges as the victor and that’s all there is to it.

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I-Formation March 2015: Australia’s Re-Emergence on the World Tennis Scene

March 12, 2015

by: Tom Cochrane

Amongst the various results of last weekend’s Davis Cup action, which saw world number one Novak Djokovic lead Serbia into the quarter-finals and Andy Murray assist Great Britain in upsetting the United States, was the upset of the competition’s top seeds, the Czech Republic, by Australia.

Davis Cup champions in 2012 and 2013, the Czech Republic were admittedly missing their two biggest names, with former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych choosing to sit out of the tie and wily veteran Radek Stepanek, a hero of the team’s wins in the 2012 and 2013 finals, absent due to injury. That said, Australia had to make do without their highest-ranked player at the time, youngster Nick Kyrgios, who was out injured, and also had to combat the patriotic crowd in Ostrava.

Whilst former world number one Lleyton Hewitt has been the heart and soul of Australia’s Davis Cup team for the best part of two decades, this time around it was the rising stars of Australian tennis who spearheaded Australia’s victory. Bernard Tomic, the highly rated 22 year old who has had mixed fortunes on the ATP Tour after a stellar junior career, won both of his singles matches in Ostrava, and seems to have fully embraced the Davis Cup competition after exhibiting a lukewarm attitude towards representing his country as a teenager.

Inspired by the feats of Hewitt, Australia’s winningest Davis Cup competitor of all time, Tomic now holds a mightily impressive 14-2 record in Davis Cup singles play, and his form in Ostrava could prove a major boost as he seeks to work his way back inside the world’s top 30. Australian captain Wally Masur, one of the most astute tennis observers going around at present, was rewarded for his surprise first day selection of Thanasi Kokkinakis, with the teenager upsetting big-serving Lukas Rosol to add another scalp to his growing collection. Kyrgios, a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon last year and at the Australian Open earlier this year, is the better known of Australia’s duo of talented teenagers but Kokkinakis, who beat Julien Benneteau in Brisbane and Ernests Gulbis in Melbourne earlier this year, is tipped by many commentators as having the better long-term potential.

Australia now faces Kazakhstan in July for a place in the Davis Cup semi-finals and, whilst the Kazakhs are no pushover, the tie represents a golden opportunity for Australia to reach the final four of the Davis Cup for the first time since 2006. The tie, which will be played on grass in Darwin, will almost certainly see Kyrgios rejoin the team alongside Kokkinakis, Tomic, Hewitt and Sam Groth (holder of the world’s fastest ever recorded serve).

After several years in the doldrums, Australian tennis is looking brighter than it has since the late 1990s, when Pat Rafter, Mark Philippoussis, an emerging Hewitt and doubles specialists Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde provided the backbone of a team which made the Davis Cup final in three straight years from 1999-2001, winning the competition 1999 and again in 2003. Australia are 28-time champions in the competition (ranking second only to the United States) and might just pull off a major surprise by winning the title this year. In any event, the future of Australian tennis once again looks extremely rosy and there is no doubt that Australia will be a key contender in the Davis Cup for several years to come.

That’s it for this month. Enjoy the upcoming Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Miami and I’ll be back with another serve next month. In the meantime, you can follow all of the action on Twitter: @satelliteserve.

Podcast: Previewing the 2015 BNP Paribas Open

March 11, 2015

Welcome the TennisConnected Podcast for 2015!

With a great month of tennis slated in Indian Wells and Miami, Parsa Samii and Nima Naderi preview the BNP Paribas Open in California in their latest Podcast. The biggest tournament outside of the majors just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Will Novak Djokovic defend his title? We discuss the Serb and much more on this weeks show.

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Tennis Elbow: 2015 BNP Paribas Open: Men’s and women’s draw preview and analysis

March 11, 2015

Welcome to Tennis Elbow, the column that looks back on the week that was in the world of tennis. This week, Charles Blouin-Gascon previews the 2015 BNP Paribas Open.

The BNP Paribas Open isn’t a Grand Slam tournament, because no tournament other than the four actual Grand Slams possibly ever could.

BUT!

But if one tournament ever could, it’s probably this one. Backed by Larry Ellison and his 52 billion $ fortune, the event has grown to become the “world’s largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined professional tennis tournament.”

That’s just a fancy way of explaining that 1) just about every player from the men’s and the women’s sides competes in the event every year, 2) the tournament hands out over 10 million $ in prize money and 3) more people attend the event than the typical tennis tournament.

That’s where we are for the next two weeks, folks, so buckle up. Once more this year, I’ll have a few tournament previews in lieu of discussing a recent event in the Tennis Elbow column.

Women’s draw

Last year crowned the tournament’s oldest winner, Flavia Pennetta, in almost 20 years. I maybe do not envision the same happening, but I do foresee a few surprises.

The Cinderella version of this BNP Paribas Open would crown Serena Williams as the champion in her first visit to Indian Wells since her 2001 win was marred by racism. Long story short, I’ll say that this is what I hope happens.

Simona Halep, the Sportswoman of the Month for February, already has two titles in 2015; should she keep this up, she would finish with an even 12 for the year and probably be named the best player on the WTA Tour. This isn’t likely, but the Romanian does have a fairly favourable draw until the quarterfinals. I hesitated between Agnieszka Radwanska and Carla Suarez Navarro and, because I explained that I would rely on a few surprises, I’ll choose the latter.

I am a French Canadian from Montreal and thus, Eugenie Bouchard is my favourite player on the tour. The 21-year-old has had an eventful past few months and must now somehow focus and regroup to continue growing as a player after the dream season in 2014. A quarterfinal loss against Caroline Wozniacki would be good for her resolve.

The fourth quarter of the main draw is probably the best and the one that likely will be the most hotly contested. We have three former World No. 1 players in Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, a former World No. 2 in Vera Zvonareva, two former World No. 4’s in Sam Stosur and Francesca Schiavone, a World No. 5 in Sara Errani, as well as Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci. Of course, not all of those players are playing at a good level or in the same stage of their respective careers, but the draw is still loaded. Of course, that probably means that someone like Azarenka will roll over everyone.

Quarterfinals: Serena Williams over Lucie Safarova; Simona Halep over Carla Suarez Navarro; Caroline Wozniacki over Eugenie Bouchard; Victoria Azarenka over Sabine Lisicki

Semifinals: Serena Williams over Simona Halep; Victoria Azarenka over Caroline Wozniacki

Final: Serena Williams over Victoria Azarenka

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Men’s draw

I’m delighted to see that Novak Djokovic is now fairly clearly the alpha male on the ATP World Tour—I can follow my hearts when I’m making these predictions.

I’ll go ahead and pencil in the Serb’s name in the quarterfinals, and beyond, of this year’s tournament. Also emerging from this quarter is Marin Cilic, if only because I would like to pretend like last season’s US Open wasn’t just some sort of fluke and that the Croatian is still intent on playing good tennis.

According to Andre Agassi, the best years of Andy Murray’s career are yet to come… but I don’t believe we’ll see his best in Indian Wells. After all, the Scot has only one final appearance at the BNP Paribas Open, in 2009. Instead, I foresee a nice three-set battle between Kei Nishikori and Feliciano Lopez.

For what it’s worth, and admittedly it’s not so much, Rafael Nadal answered a difficult quarterfinal loss against Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open in January by cleaning house in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. In the quarterfinals in Indian Wells, I think the Spaniard will toy a little bit with the emotions of Canadian Milos Raonic, who’s good but still not quite good enough.

The final section of the main draw is home to a bunch of heavy servers in Lukas Rosol, Ivo Karlovic, Sam Querrey and Jerzy Janowicz, but none of them should bother the two Swiss too much. Keep an eye on Berdych, though remember that he is capable of any- and everything. Beyond him, Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer have a fairly favourable path to the quarterfinals.

Quarterfinals: Novak Djokovic over Marin Cilic; Kei Nishikori over Feliciano Lopez; Rafael Nadal over Milos Raonic; Stanislas Wawrinka over Roger Federer

Semifinals: Novak Djokovic over Kei Nishikori; Stanislas Wawrinka over Rafael Nadal

Final: Novak Djokovic over Stanislas Wawrinka

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Great Britain, Australia, Kazakhstan, Canada and Belgium reach quarterfinal round of Davis Cup

March 8, 2015

GERMANY 2, FRANCE 3
Venue: Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, GER (hard – indoor)

Gilles Simon (FRA) d Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 76(4) 26 67(1) 62 10-8
Gael Monfils (FRA) d Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 75 76(4)
Julien Benneteau/Nicolas Mahut (FRA) d Benjamin Becker/Andre Begemann (GER) 64 63 62
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d Gilles Simon (FRA) 76(5) 64
Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) d Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 76(6) 63

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GREAT BRITAIN 3, USA 2
Venue: Emirates Arena, Glasgow, GBR (hard – indoor)

Andy Murray (GBR) d Donald Young (USA) 61 61 46 62
James Ward (GBR) d John Isner (USA) 67(4) 57 63 76(3) 15-13
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) d Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR) 63 62 36 67(8) 97
Andy Murray (GBR) d John Isner (USA) 76(4) 63 76(4)
Donald Young (USA) d James Ward (GBR) 57 10, ret.

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CZECH REPUBLIC 2, AUSTRALIA 3
Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoor)

Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) d Lukas Rosol (CZE) 46 26 75 75 63
Bernard Tomic (AUS) d Jiri Vesely (CZE) 64 63 76(5)
Jiri Vesely/Adam Pavlasek d Samuel Groth/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 16 76(2) 36 76(4) 62
Bernard Tomic (AUS) d Lukas Rosol (CZE) 76(4) 63 76(5)
Jan Mertl (CZE) d Samuel Groth (AUS) 63 62

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KAZAKHSTAN 3, ITALY 2
Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, KAZ (hard – indoor)

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d Simone Bolelli (ITA) 76(6) 61 62
Andreas Seppi (ITA) d Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 63 63 67(5) 62
Fabio Fognini/Simone Bolelli (ITA) d Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 76(4) 63 67(13) 64
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d Andreas Seppi (ITA) 76(8) 60 64
Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) d Fognini Fognini (ITA) 76(5) 36 46 63 75

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ARGENTINA 2, BRAZIL 2
Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)

Joao Souza (BRA) d Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 64 36 57 63 62
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 64 63 16 63
Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) d Carlos Berlocq/Diego Schwartzmann (ARG) 75 63 64
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d Joao Souza (BRA) 76(4) 76(5) 57 57 15-13
Federico Delbonis (ARG) leads Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 63 – play suspended due to darkness

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SERBIA 5, CROATIA 0
Venue: Kraljevo Sports Centre, Kraljevo, SRB (hard – indoor)

Novak Djokovic (SRB) d Mate Delic (CRO) 63 62 64
Viktor Troicki (SRB) d Borna Coric (CRO) 46 16 63 62 61
Novak Djokovic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) d Marin Draganja/Franko Skugor (CRO) 63 64 61
Filip Krajinovic (SRB) d Franko Skugor (CRO) 64 62
Viktor Troicki (SRB) d Mate Delic (CRO) 64 63

*****

CANADA 3, JAPAN 2
Venue: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, CAN (hard – indoor)

Milos Raonic (CAN) d Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 62 61 62
Kei Nishikori (JPN) d Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 64 76(5) 63
Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d Go Soeda/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 75 26 63 36 63
Kei Nishikori (JPN) d Milos Raonic (CAN) 36 63 64 62 64
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 75 63 64

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BELGIUM 3, SWITZERLAND 2
Venue: Country Hall du Sart Tilman, Liege, BEL (hard – indoor)

Henri Laaksonen (SUI) d Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 16 67(6) 64 60 62
Steve Darcis (BEL) d Michael Lammer (SUI) 63 61 63
Ruben Bemelmans/Niels Desein (BEL) d Adrien Bossel/Michael Lammer (SUI) 16 63 62 62
Henri Laaksonen (SUI) d Steve Darcis (BEL) 63 36 36 76(5) 61
David Goffin (BEL) d Adrien Bossel (SUI) 64 60 64

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