Report of one day of Tennis: 1 of February- View: 2036 by Ivan Pasquariello
Davis Cup Right after the Australian Open is time for the Davis Cup to be back, and it woudn't be Davis if there wasn't some discussion about the courts' surface.
This time is Novak Djokovic who made a stand on Friday after his victory over Belgian Olivier Rochus in straight sets 6-3 6-2 6-2. The Serb was furious at the Belgian organizers of the tie.
According to Djokovic the Red Clay surface at the Spiroudome de Charleroi is too soft and slippery, Nole defined it "the worst surface I ever played in". The ITF immediately reported that the court in Charleroi was constructed over a wood surface, as happened for 20 more tournaments since 2009, and therefore there was nothing particularly weird about the one used in Belgium.
Despite the surface dispute the Serbs are leading Belgium 2-0 thanks to the heartfull performance of Victor Troicki who took the win over David Goffin in 5 tight sets 6-1 6-3 6-7(5) 4-6 4-6.
All the ties in the World Group played on Friday saw a nation prevailing over the other but two, one is played between Switzerland and Czech Republic. The Suiss are playing without Roger Federer, who was hardly criticized for his choice of not playing.
Wawrinka has to carry the weight of a nation all on his shoulders, but the Suiss No.2 doesn't seem to mind the pressure. Wawrinka won 6-4 6-3 6-4 over Lucas Rosol, and Tomas Berdych led his team to a 1-1 score thank to his 6-3 6-2 6-7(5) 6-1 victory over Henri Laaksonen.
The match between Wawrinka and Berdych will probably be deciding in order to declare the winner of the tie. The other results of the day are: Italy-Croazia 1-1; Usa - Brazil 2-0; France - Israel 2-0; Argentina - Germany 2-0; Kazakhstan - Austria 2-0.
WTA In Paris Sara Errani got her revenge over Carla Suarez Navarro who beat the Italian at the first round of this year Australian Open. It was once again a fight between the two contenders, but in the end it was the Italian who found the energy and will to battle past a matcpoint and win the match 7-5 4-6 7-5 after 3 hours of playing.
The Semifinals at the 2013 Open GDF Suez will be as follow: Errani vs Bertens - Bartel vs Mladenovic. Petra Kvitova and Marion Bartoli suffered unexpected losses, shwoing once again the bad momentum both players are facing in their careers.