In the 2013 Davis Cup semi-finals, 2010 champion Serbia will take on Canada and defending champion Czech Republic squares off against Argentina.
World no.1 Novak Djokovic (Player Profile), who was runner-up at last week’s US Open (losing to Rafa Nadal in the final), will face Vasek Pospisil (Player Profile) in the opening day. Djokovic has always been highly inspired to play for his country and the 2010 triumph meant the world to him. He then went on to produce some breathtaking tennis in the following season (2011), when he was literally unstoppable.
In the second singles match, Janko Tipsarevic (Player Profile) will take on big serving Milos Raonic (Player Profile). Both players have been struggling with form in the past few weeks. The only results that stands out for the Canadian Raonic is the Montreal Masters final, where he lost to Nadal. Tipsarevic is yet to reach a semis of any ATP event this year and he will be going into the match with a negative 0-3 Head to Head against Raonic.
Serbia vs Canada (Belgrade, Serbia)
Novak Djokovic – Vasek Pospisil (H2H 0-0)
Janko Tipsarevic – Milos Raonic (H2H 0-3)
Ilija Bozoljac / Nenad Zimonjic – Daniel Nestor / Vasek Pospisil
Novak Djokovic – Milos Raonic (H2H 0-0)
Janko Tipsarevic – Vasek Pospisil (H2H 0-0)
Czech Republic will try to repeat their last year’s victory, when they beat Spain in the final to lift the Davic Cup trophy. However, their opponent Argentina is more than eager to revenge the last year’s semis defeat against the Czech’s. In the first singles matches, US Open 2013 doubles champion Radek Stepanek (Player Profile) will face Juan Monaco (Player Profile), followed by Tomas Berdych (Player Profile) vs Leonardo Mayer (Player Profile).
Czech Republic vs Argentina (Prague, Czech Republic)
Radek Stepanek – Juan Monaco (H2H 4-2)
Tomas Berdych – Leonardo Mayer (H2H 0-0)
Lukas Rosol / Jiri Vesely – Carlos Berlocq / Horacio Zeballos
Tomas Berdych – Juan Monaco (H2H 7-0)
Radek Stepanek – Leonardo Mayer (H2H 1-1)