From Valencia, our correspondent
Davis Cup Finals, Group Stage
Group B (Valencia)
Spain – Serbia 3-0
A. Ramos-Viñolas (ESP) B. Djer (SRB) 2-6 7-6 (5) 7-5
R. Bautista Agut (ESP) B. Kichmanovic (SRB) 7-6 (5) 7-6 (5)
M. Granollers / p. Martinez (Spain) B. n. Kasik / Dr. Lagović (SRB) 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-2
Until about ten days ago, the challenge between Spain and Serbia scheduled for the second set of the Davis Cup taking place in Valencia was, on paper, the most technically interesting challenge among those taking place this week in four European cities to determine the eight teams that eventually will enter november finals malaga However, Djokovic’s absence first for personal reasons was announced last week, and then at the last minute due to lesser physical conditions than Alcaraz (the No. 1 ATP player remains in New York as of Monday afternoon) made the challenge poor. However, the homecoming Idol loss announcement would only arrive at 2pm local time and did not disturb the pre-show, it would be for the magic of the Davis Cup, Almost the entire Valencia crowd filled the stands Font de San Lluís Municipal Suite. And he did well: he had a lot of fun watching two exciting hit singles that his two favorites won.
Carraz opening – It’s always exciting to introduce teams, especially forThe roar with which the fans accompanied the name of the number 1 player in the world, who, among the many signatures given to the fans who climbed near his position on the bench in preparations for the Ramos match and during changes on the field, on the bench The first five matches and the final stages of the third group of the first singles (plus his coach Ferrero, who was constantly present for support throughout the Ramos-Vinolas match and until the end of the first group of Bautista).
Ramos with his heart – The contextual absence in Valencia of Nadal, Carinho Posta and Davidovic, along with a step back by Alcaraz – and Captain Troicki’s choice to put Krajinovic aside, was to be expected on the field. Albert Ramos and Laszlo Djerre, according to the ATP rankings are ranked sixth and fourth, respectively, from their respective countries. It’s hard for more than 6000 people to watch a technically bad 40-66 game against players eagerly for three hours but the Davis Cup works such miracles and even the writer, even if he’s impartial, can’t hide that he let himself be hypnotized. A match on paper is not attractive at all. The precedents, which were all played on clay between two red specialists, see Derry leading 2-1 over the Spaniard: a fact plus the Serbian’s ability to adapt to this kind of playing condition makes him start better in the match. After all, Ramos’ night must not have been easy: two hours before the match, the Catalan was not sure he was playing a game where he had a lot of responsibilities, which despite his long career he never got used to. . Prior to this match, Ramos actually scored in the Davis Cup 5 wins and 2 defeats, But there were only two successes he had without a score (both in 2018 on red clay in Marbella, against Britons outside the top 100). Not to mention that the surface of Valencia is certainly not suitable for him: in difficult internal conditions, he has won only ten of the 39 matches he has played in his career. The first group is a Serbian domain. Speaking of this topic, There are very few compatriot Kecmanovic fans and teammates who follow, during the day we count three Serbian flags in the whole building placed next to the bench: the impression (which is almost certain) is that there are no more than a few dozen Balkan supporters. Ramos is full and makes mistakes on both bases, even serving poorly: Djeere only needs to do homework to close out the set 6-2 in just 34 minutes. We have to wait for the second set to let the crowd into the match: the turning point comes precisely during the second game, when – after canceling four break points – the Serb kicks the backhand into the net, sends Ramos 2-0 and above all, start in unison with the choirs The first deafeningSpainAnd the SpainAnother match begins, although Ramos immediately faces Brick: There are a lot of mistakes and a few winners, but the balance and magic of the action make the match still fun. In the seventh inning, the Spaniard finds himself on the edge of the abyss, having to face two break points and canceling it with the collusion of the hasty Jerry. We arrive without further jerks (and with the crowd getting more and more noisy) at the tiebreak, with Ramos of 4 taking three straight points to take the match to third. In the deciding set, the ATP 66 player has a proud moment and goes 3-0: it looks like it’s over for the Spanish hopesBut tennis and the Davis Cup never cease to amaze. Djeer began to have a stiff groin and seek medical help. This situation infuriates the Spanish captain Bruguera, who had always been a Seraphic up until that point, was almost spread out on the bench during matches (unlike Tricki, electric and always ready to get off his chair like a spring to get a good point for his player). A small controversy begins because the champion of Roland Garros (in 1993 and 1994) does not appreciate the ways and times of the Serbian position and above all how the presidential judge allows it. Ramos, meanwhile, is able to grab serve from 66 ATP players and move on to 3 players. Thigh pain or not, the fact is that Djeer goes down sharply, allowing Ramos to gain confidence and even bravely become the protagonist of what has become a very long battle. The following matches are easily kept by those who go to serve, even in the eleventh game, a forehand into the net sends the 34-year-old from Barcelona to serve the match. There is now only one player on the field, and Ramos – 2 hours and 55 minutes into the match – sends Spain 1-0. In his post-match comments, the winner thanks the Valencia fans for their essential assistance, receiving in return a well-deserved welcome.
YOU NEED AN EXCELLENT BUTISTA TO GET THE BEST OF KECMANOVIC – The second singles level is quite different: with the obvious improved ranking of the two champions, the quality of the game seen in Pabellon increased proportionately, and at this meeting was filled almost to the exhaustion of seats, thanks to dinner time in the challenge that sees opposition Bautista Agut and Miomir Kikmanovic. The two tennis players—believer in a somewhat disappointing summer on American hardwood—have faced each other three times, always with the results in Eberi’s favour, but never faced each other in difficult domestic conditions. The real difference between tennis players on the court is the experience in a neurologically difficult competition like Davis: Bautista Agut took to the field at the Valencia Sports Hall with 10 wins and 6 defeats and contributed to the victory. In the first revolutionary edition that took place at the Madrid finals in 2019, while Kikmanovic – even younger than his opponent by more than 11 years – played only one match (and lost) in Davis behind him. However, the 23-year-old Serbian starts better from the break-blocks of Bautista in the opening match, which, however, immediately manages to be decisive in the response rounds: in the first two he reaches the break ball, while in Third, he managed to break his opponent and go all 3. TheValencia fans sympathize a lot with their player: the choir begins for the first time “Robert, Robert”Which will be repeated in many circumstances during the match. In game eight, Bautista still hits the breaking point (he does so in all first four rounds of the Serbian serve) but still has to hit the tiebreak to determine the first set, because the Iberian sinks into a backhand response when he has a set point in Twelfth half. The level of play has risen a lot as the minutes go by: the ball quickly slips off the racket and falls near the lines, with both tennis players not disdain to change their play with short balls or descents into the net in backlash.: It seems to be almost another sport compared to the first singles sport, and it is technically much more than that. In the decisive match, Kikmanovic had a better start, but Bautista was the winner after 69 minutes, thanks to a turning point that gave her an ugly forehand into the net on a par 5 and a serve from the Serbian. When the host player breaks the opponent’s serve at the start of the second set it looks like the game has been scored, but the 33 ATP wants to spoil the party for 7000 and Valencia pass rushes to the gym and when they are in the sixth game Breca opponent, He let out a real roar in the sudden silence of the stands. Bautista plays well and has experience selling: he immediately set Breca and sent him for the match at 5-4 an hour and fifty minutes into the match, with the match now over. As in the first set, at the end of the partial, the level of play rises a lot: Kikmanovic hits at least a few shots in which he seems to remember something from his brilliant compatriot absent in Valencia and managed to grab the opponent’s serve. He raises himself to the tiebreak, moving first to 3-1 and then to 4-3 and serves. However, Bautista has something more in the path of this match and makes her earn match point, which ended in an amazing fashion with one of the best match points. Thus, Spain, even without its top three players (and four of the top five), won the match against Serbia and is close to qualifying for the finals at the end of November.
Martinez and Granollers win 3-0 – The duo – which in any way had significant value in the event of a fair finish with other teams – was played by pairs consisting of Pedro Martinez and Marcelo Granollers of the Spaniards and Duzan Lajovic and Nikola Kasic of the Serbs (both thus the parties chose a duo composed of a specialist and an adaptable tennis player). with doubles, but currently more competitive in singles). I played in an almost empty building, The first set reached the tiebreak without anyone losing the services. However, both pairs are forced to memorize breaking points: the Spaniards are two, the Serbs are four (one of them, in the twelfth match, corresponds to a specific point). But the decisive match was won by 7 points to 5, after 62 minutes of superb balance, for Kacic and Ljovic. At that point, the Granollers and Martinez were good at not giving up mentally – despite the match result and the challenge – and at finding the right countermeasures to start dominating opponents by winning the next two sets in less time than the first. Collection.