The 2014 Davis Cup has finally begun, with 16 countries competing in the first round and all vying to advance one step closer to the championship.
While the finals won’t be played until November, the field will be narrowed down to eight upon the conclusion of the first round on Feb. 2. Play will pick back up for the quarterfinals in early April.
It’s sure to be an exciting few days of tennis action, with each participating nation looking to bring home glory and emerge as a contender in the 103rd edition of this prestigious event.
Let’s take a look at the tournament structure, including the seeds and schedule, as well as the daily results for Round 1. Check back often for daily updates on the 2014 Davis Cup.
Top Seeds (Round 1 Opponent)
1. Czech Republic (Netherlands)
2. Serbia (Switzerland)
3. Spain (Germany)
4. Argentina (Italy)
5. France (Australia)
6. USA (Great Britain)
7. Canada (Japan)
8. Kazakhstan (Belgium)
Click here to view the complete draw and schedule courtesy of DavisCup.com.
Day 3 Results
*Scores current as of 5:30 p.m. ET, please check for updates after round concludes
Czech Republic (3) vs. Netherlands (2)
T. Berdych (CZE) def. T. De Bakker (NED); 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
I. Sijsling (NED) def. L. Rosol (CZE); 6-3, 6-3
Czech Republic advances to quarterfinals
Japan (4) vs. Canada (1)
K. Nishikori (JPN) def. F. Dancevic (CAN); 6-2, 1-0 (retired)
G. Soeda (JPN) def. P. Polansky (CAN); 6-1, 6-4
Japan advances to quarterfinals
Germany (4) vs. Spain (1)
F. Lopez (SPA) def. P. Kohlschreiber (GER); walkover
D. Brands (GER) def. R. Bautista Augt (SPA); 7-6(5), 6-4
Germany advances to quarterfinals
France (5) vs. Australia (0)
J. Benneteau (FRA) def. T. Kokkinakkis (AUS); 6-4, 6-1
G. Monfils (FRA) def. N. Kyrgios (AUS); 7-6(5), 6-4
France advances to quarterfinals
Kazakhstan (3) vs. Belgium (2)
D. Goffin (BEL) def. M. Kukushkin (KAZ); 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
A. Golubev (KAZ) def. R. Bemelmans (BEL); 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
Kazakhstan advances to quarterfinals
Switzerland (3) vs. Serbia (2)
D. Lajovic (SRB) def. M. Lammer (SUI); 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
F. Krajinovic (SRB) def. M. Chiudinelli (SUI); 6-4, 6-4
Switzerland advances to quarterfinals
Great Britain (3) vs. United States (1)
A. Murray (GBR) def. S. Querrey (USA); 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3
Great Britain advances to quarterfinals
It was 1935 the last time Great Britain claimed a victory over the USA in the Davis Cup. What's almost as unbelievable as that statistic is the fact that the British haven't been to the quarterfinals in nearly three decades, as Eurosport.com notes:
MURRAY HAS DONE IT! He beats Sam Querrey 7-6 6-7 6-1 6-3 to take Great Britain into quarter-finals of #DavisCup for first time since 1986.— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) February 2, 2014
Andy Murray's huge win over Sam Querrey marked a momentous change of the guard for the British, but also served as a low light for the Americans.
Luckily for the US, it came on the same day as America's favorite sporting events, so it was somewhat overshadowed. But for the US contingent it was certainly not the way they wanted to go out in the first round of competition.
The US Tennis Association's official Twitter account noted the loss but gave an encouraging message following the loss:
We're proud of the efforts from our entire US #DavisCup team this weekend & know they will bounce back strong! RT to support Team USA.— USTA (@usta) February 2, 2014
As for the other matches taking place on the third day, several countries dominated once again. The French cruised once again with a 5-0 victory over Australia as Japan rolled to two more victories to clinch the 4-1 win and Germany split with a walkover and won 4-1.
Despite a great effort from Belgium's David Goffin (No. 113) to defeat Mikhail Kukushkin (67), Kazakhstan pulled out a huge win to secure a spot in the quarterfinals against the Swiss, who also won their matchup 3-2.
The Czech Republic split on the day, but will also advance to take on Japan in the quarterfinals.
Day 2 Results
Czech Republic (2) vs. Netherlands (1)
Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Robin Haase/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED); 7-5, 1-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4)
Japan (2) vs. Canada (1)
Kei Nishikori/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) d. Frank Dancevic/Daniel Nestor (CAN); 6-3, 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4
Germany (3) vs. Spain (0)
Daniel Brands/Tommy Haas (GER) d. David Marrero/Fernando Verdasco (ESP); 7-6(5), 6-7(9), 7-6(7), 6-3
France (3) vs. Australia (0)
United States (1) vs. Great Britain (2)
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) d. Colin Fleming/Andy Murray (GBR); 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Argentina (1) vs. Italy (2)
Simone Bolelli/Filippo Volandri (ITA) d. Eduardo Schwank/Horacio Zeballos (ARG); 6-7(6), 7-6(8), 7-6(3), 6-4
Kazakhstan (2) vs. Belgium (1)
Ruben Bemelmans/Olivier Rochus (BEL) d. Mikhail Kukushkin/Evgeny Korolev (KAZ); 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(4)
Serbia (0) vs. Switzerland (3)
Marco Chiudinelli/Michael Lammer (SUI) d. Filip Krajinovic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB); 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-2
Day 2 of the Davis Cup was all about the doubles action and the first day that teams could officially be eliminated. Thanks to some great all-around play, Germany, France and Switzerland have all advanced to the quarterfinals.
Germany's shutout win might have been the most surprising against perennial contender Spain. Unfortunately, stars like Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer were nowhere to be seen, and the combination of Daniel Brands and Tommy Haas clinched a victory.
Meanwhile, the United States stayed alive after falling behind 2-0 to Great Britain on Day 1. Bob and Mike Bryan were excellent against Andy Murray and Colin Fleming, totaling 34 winners to only nine unforced errors.
The Bryan brothers proved once again that they are the best doubles team in the world, but it will be up to Sam Querrey and Donald Young to avoid elimination in the singles battle.
Additionally, Saturday's action saw the Czech Republic, Japan, Italy and Kazakhstan take a 2-1 advantage heading into the next set of matches.
This puts them each in good position to win, but one team that can come back from this deficit is Argentina against Italy. Carlos Berlocq and Juan Monaco have the talent to win their matches or at least create an exciting finish.
There is a lot still to be decided, so check back for the latest updates from the Davis Cup.
Day 1 Results
Netherlands (1) vs. Czech Republic (1)
Robin Haase (Netherlands) def. Radek Stepanek; 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1
Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) def. Igor Sijsling; 6-3, 6-3, 6-0
Japan (1) vs. Canada (1)
Kei Nishikori (Japan) def. Peter Polansky; 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Frank Dancevic (Canada) def. Go Soeda; 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-1
Germany (2) vs. Spain (0)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) def. Roberto Bautista Agut; 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
Florian Mayer (Germany) def. Feliciano Lopez; 7-6(6), 7-6(4), 1-6, 5-7, 6-3
France (2) vs. Australia (0)
Richard Gasquet (France) def. Nick Kyrgios; 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-2
Argentina (1) vs. Italy (1)
Carlos Berlocq (Argentina) def. Andreas Seppi; 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-1
Fabio Fognini (Italy) def. Juan Monaco; 7-5, 6-2, 6-2
Kazakhstan (2) vs. Belgium (0)
Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) def. Ruben Bemelmans; 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3
Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan) def. David Goffin; 7-6(9), 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 12-10
Switzerland (2) vs. Serbia (0)
Roger Federer (Switzerland) def. Ilija Bozoljac; 6-4, 7-5, 6-2
Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) def. Dusan Lajovic; 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(7)