Monday, September 20, 2010
The boys of Serbia - Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Viktor Troicki, Nenad Zimonjic - reached their first Davis Cup World Group final defeating the Czech Republic 3-2 over the weekend. Huge props go out to Nole who pulled out of his opening rubber with a stomach flu but managed to even things up at 2-all by overcoming a knee injury and Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
I've said it before but it can't be said enough: He could've easily skipped this huge tie and no one would've blamed him, but he came through big for his team. I know it's not a major championship but maybe this win will help soothe some of the pain of losing the US Open final.
But the boy wearing the golden balls this weekend was Tipsy who also beat Big Berd in the second singles rubber to get to 1-all and clinched the tie with 6-0, 7-6(6), 6-4 win over Radek Stepanek in the decider. His reward? Full-on celebratory MOMA and a sexy shoulder ride. I guess it's our reward too.
Oh, and call me crazy but I think dropping the dragon and bringing back the falcon brought Nole super powers. In fact, I'm convinced. Sergio Tacchini, please take note.
So who's up next? The Frenchies, that's who. They blanked Argentina 5-0 utilizing four different ballers for each singles rubber - Llodra, Monfils, Simon, and Clement. That's either showing off the depth in the Frenchie team or throwing salt blocks into Argie's open wounds - not sure. Clement and Llodra teamed up for the doubs win as well. As for the Argie's they can play on the indoor hard stuff but could've used big-hitting Juan Martin del Potro, who's still preparing his return to the tour, in the mix. Coulda, shoulda, woulda I suppose.
Serbia will host the Frenchies the weekend of December 3 - 5.
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