DC: Spain fall to Russia

Photo by Robert Maksimov

Photo by Robert Maksimov

Despite ending day one with a 2-0 lead, the Spanish Davis Cup team lost their Davis Cup tie against Russia this weekend. This means they do not get to play for the chance to move up to the World Group next year. In fact, they will have to go play against Denmark in September to fight to keep their place in Zone Group I.

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Robredo def. Rublev 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
Andujar def. Khachanov 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
Khachanov/Donskoy def. M. Lopez/Marrero 4-6, 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
Donskoy def. Robredo 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(3)
Rublev def. Andujar 6-4 7-6(4) 6-3

5 Responses

  1. arthur says:

    Disappointing loss for Spain definitely, but then not totally surprising. Andujar’s form is very up and down, and Robredo came into this having lost in straight sets in the first round of Wimbledon.

    It upsets me that some have been very quick to criticise Rafa for not playing this tie. After everything he’s achieved at the DC, I think he’s entitled to not play if he doesn’t want too. I think he needs to focus on himself, and his own game right now instead of focussing on a team/country event.

    • miri says:

      Also, it would not help a man suffering a confidence crisis to play on his worst surface (fast hard) and under his worst conditions (indoors). And if it wasn’t going to be good for him, it probably wasn’t going to be good for the team.

    • CB says:

      Anybody who criticizes Rafa for not playing this tie does so in ignorance. I wouldn’t pay them a bit of attention. Both you and Miri are right; let’s hope Rafa is using this time to relax, refuel and rejuvenate!

  2. Elizabeth Howard says:

    Apart from Rafael, Spain missing David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez . Feli got married this week. Hope Rafael is regaining his confidence . This man has done it all and will again once he believes in himself.

  3. harry houdini says:

    This turned out to be the coming out party for rublev. His demeanor, serve and bh remind me a lot of safin + he has a much better forehand. He will be a dangerous floater in the next year or 2 and sure top 10 in later years.