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October 26, 2021

Davis Cup: Romania to face Ukraine

Romania’s national tennis team will play against Ukraine on May 7-9 after the latter defeated Latvia at the end of last week in the first round of Group I in the Davis Cup’s Europe/Africa Zone.

According to daviscup.com, Ukraine won three of four matches against Latvia.

This will be the first time Romania and Ukraine will play against each other in the Davis Cup. If they win their Group I game, Victor Hanescu (photo) and his teammates will play in September in the playoffs counting for the qualification for the World Group. If they fail to win then they will play in the playoffs counting for remaining in Group I.

Aged 24, Sergiy Stakhovsky (70th in ATP standings) is the top ranked player of the Ukrainian team whose skipper is Orest Tereshchuk. Stakhovsky’s best career result was registered last November when he ranked 54th in the world standings. Victor Hanescu, Romania’s best ranked player, is 45th in the ATP standings. Romania’s Davis Cup team dropped out of the World Group after losing its playoff against Sweden (score 2-3) in Helsingborg.

Spain, Russia, Serbia reach Davis Cup quarters

David Ferrer crushed Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2 6-4 6-0 to fire depleted champions Spain into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup on Sunday and set up a clash away to nine-times winners France.

Novak Djokovic booked Serbia’s place in the last eight at the expense of the United States, the world number two being pushed all the way by John Isner before winning 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-7 6-4 in the fourth singles rubber in Belgrade.

Mikhail Youzhny sent Russia through when he thrashed India’s Somdev Devvarman 6-2 6-1 6-3 in Moscow. Russia, the 2006 champions will face Argentina in July’s quarters, after David Nalbandian won the final rubber against Sweden’s Andreas Vinciguerra 7-5 6-3 4-6 6-4 in Stockholm.

Nalbandian, recently recovered from a leg muscle tear, was a late addition to the team, and his all-court game was too much for the 232nd-ranked Vinciguerra.

Serbia face neighbours Croatia, the first meeting between the two countries since they became independent nations following the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

France, 2009 finalists Czech Republic and 2005 winners Croatia all progressed on Saturday, the French defeating Germany, Czech Republic ousting Belgium and the Croats seeing off Ecuador.

Ferrer’s victory in Spain’s first-round tie in Logrono gave the holders, missing injured Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco and Juan Carlos Ferrero for the start of their bid for a third consecutive title, an unbeatable 3-1 lead.

Nicolas Almagro, who lost to Wawrinka in Friday’s opening singles rubber, later dispatched Marco Chiudinelli 6-1 6-3 in a shortened final rubber to seal a 4-1 success.

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