Davis Cup, 10th Feb

There are scoreboards and stats here… http://live.daviscup.com/livescore.aspx?tid=100017645&lang=en

Pretty much a full day of Davis Cup matches. Always a chance of players being changed at short notice which can then leave you with a brand new market right at the start of the match with no money in it.


Czech Republic vs Italy – Indoor Hard

Stepanek v Seppi:

Stepanek leads the head to heads 3-0. Their last 2 matches were in 2011 and both were on clay( probably Seppi’s best surface). Today’s match is on an indoor hard court.

Seppi has improved his hard court play in the last 12 months although he hasn’t made the best start to 2012 reaching just one second round so far. He has lost 4 of his last 5 best of 5 set matches.

Stepanek reached the quarter finals in Brisbane but will have been dissapointed to lose to Mahut in the first round of the Australian Open.

This could be close but better recent form and home advantage should see Stepanek win in 4 sets.

Update: It was certainly close! Seppi took the first set. Stepanek took sets 2 and 3. Seppi levelled at 2-2.

Stepanek won 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.


Germany v Argentina – Clay

Mayer v Nalbandian:

Not sure how smart a decision this is by Germany to take on Argentina on clay courts. Monaco and Chela are tough opponents on the dirt.

Petzschner plays Monaco in the other singles so Mayer needs to get a point on the board here. He has a pretty decent clay court game and has won his last 4 matches on clay.

Nalbandian has won 6 of his last 7 matches at Davis Cup and always fights hard for his country.

Nalbandian leads the head to heads 2-1 but Mayer won their only recent match which was in October 2011. They have never played on clay though and I would have to give Mayer a slight advantage.

This could go to 4 or 5 sets and Mayer will come through for Germany.

Update: Mayer took the opening set easily but Nalbandian took th next 2. In the 4th set Mayer was up a break but Nalbandian broke back to take it into a tie break. Nalbandian took the set and the match. 2-6, 6-0, 6-1, 7-6.


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