Monday, December 6, 2010

Serbia Wins First Davis Cup Title

Led by a strong Novak Djokovic, Serbia wins its first Davis Cup title edging out 9-time champion France in the finals.

Even though it was the country's first final, many had felt that Serbia was the overwhelming favorite heading into this weekend's final. So when Gael Monfils defeated Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets during the first match, it was a bit of a surprise. Djokovic made sure to win his first match against Gilles Simon to get Serbia level after day one. The match of the weekend, however, was the next day in doubles when Nenad Zimonjic partnered up with Viktor Troicki to go up 2-0 in sets against Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra, one set away from having a 2-1 lead heading into day 3. The French team, however, staged a monumental comeback to win it in an exhausting and thrilling five-set match.

With his country's fate on the line, Djokovic once again showed his consistency as team captain to level by defeating Monfils. It all came down to the fifth and final game against Troiki and Llodra, who both took part in that exhausting doubles game the day prior. Youngster Troiki, however, bolstered by his hometown crowd kept focus and destroyed Llodra giving Serbia its first Davis Cup title, the 13th country to win this tournament.

While Troicki provided the final win and Djokovic went undefeated in Davis Cup singles play, Tipsarevic and Zimonjic won important matches throughout the year to help them reach this stage. These four men together won Serbia this award, plain and simple, winning against USA, Croatia, and the Czech Republic. The only thing left to do was keep an old promise to shave their heads after they win. They did so, like champions.

And thus begins the incredibly short tennis off-season. See you in like 2-3 weeks.

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