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 nearly ten days ago, the Spain-Serbia match scheduled for the second group of the Davis Cup to be held 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 to be played At the end of November will enter the finals of Malaga. However, Djokovic’s personal absence announced last week and then the last minute absence due to lesser physical conditions than Alcaraz (the No. 1 ATP player was still in New York as of Monday afternoon) made the challenge poor. However, it will be the announcement of the loss of the idol at home only arrived at 2 pm local time and did not disturb the pre-show, it will 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 last stages of the third group of the first singles (in addition to his coach Ferrero, he is constantly present for support during the entire Ramos-Vinolas match and until the end of the first group of Bautista).
Ramos with his heart – The contextual absences in Valencia of Nadal, Carinho Posta and Davidovic, along with the step backwards by Alcaraz – and Captain Troicki’s choice to put Krajinovic aside, were to be expected on the pitch. Albert Ramos and Laszlo Djerre, according to the ATP rankings are ranked sixth and fourth, respectively, in their respective countries. It’s hard for over 6,000 people to watch a technically bad game of 40-66 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’s letting himself be hypnotized. A match on paper is not attractive at all. The precedents, all played on clay between two red specialists, see Derry leading 2-1 over the Spaniard: a fact in addition to the Serbian’s great ability to adapt to this kind of playing conditions, 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 game: the turning point arrives precisely during the second game, when – having eliminated four break points – the Serb kicks the backhand into the net, sends Ramos 2-0 and above all, starting in unison with the first choruses deafening”SpainAnd the SpainAnother match begins, although Ramos immediately faces Brick: There are many mistakes and 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 brink, having to face two break points and canceling it with the collusion of the hasty Jerry. We arrive without more concussions (and with more and more crowd noise) in the tiebreak, where Ramos of 4 earns three straight points to lift the match up to third. In the crucial part, ATP 66 has a proud moment and goes 3-0: it looks like it’s over for 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 one of his players). 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 the post-match statements, 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 singular level is quite different: with the marked improvement of the two protagonists’ rankings, the quality of the game seen in Pabellon increased proportionately, and at this meeting it 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 – faithful from a rather disappointing summer on American hard ground – have already faced each other three times, always with the results in favor of the Iberian, but never on tough indoor 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 in the Valencia Sports Hall with 10 victories and 6 defeats and contributed to winning the Cup. In the first revolutionary edition that took place at the finals in Madrid in the year 2019, while Kikmanovic – even younger than his opponent by more than 11 years – has played (and lost) only one match at Davis. However, the 23-year-old Serbian starts better from the blocks and breaks Bautista’s serve 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 the third He managed to break his opponent and move on to all 3. TheValencia fans sympathize a lot with their player: the choir begins for the first time “Robert, Robert”Which in many circumstances will be repeated during the game. In the eighth game, Bautista still reached the breaking point (he does so in all first four rounds of the Serbian serve) but still needed to hit the tiebreak to determine the first set, because the Iberian sinks into a backhand 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 starts better, but it is Bautista who wins after 69 minutes, thanks to the 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 ruin the party for 7000 and pass Valencia rush 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 selling experience: he immediately moved into the match at 5-4 an hour and fifty minutes into the game, 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. And you raise yourself to the tiebreak, where you first reach 3-1 and then 4-3 and advance. 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 group 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.