ARAG ATP World Team Championship
Germany, Sweden, Serbia, Italy Win First Group Ties
by ATP Staff|
RED GROUP: GERMANY 2-1 UNITED STATES
Nicolas Kiefer and Mischa Zverev gave host nation Germany a 2-1 win over the United States in the Red Group of the ARAG ATP World Team Championship in Dusseldorf on Monday. The duo defeated Americans Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-4, 10-1 in 71 minutes.
"We were so strong as a team and I am not just referring to the two of us on court, but to all of us also behind the bench, behind Patrik (Kuehnen)," said Zverev. "We were emotionally so strong that we really put them down in the [Match] Tie-break - two players who serve sensationally well. That is a clear result. It shows how good we felt."
Earlier in the day Philipp Kohlschreiber levelled the score line for Germany after fighting back from a one-set deficit to beat 26-year-old American Robby Ginepri 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-0 in two hours and 18 minutes. Kohlschreiber hit five aces and won 66 per cent of service points, while Ginepri struck two aces and saved eight of 12 break points. Kohlschreiber dropped just 12 points in the deciding set.
"In retrospect one could say if I had gotten the game at 5-4 and won the first set the match would have been clearer," explained Kohlschreiber. "I could have won in two sets. I had a good feeling. I also felt good on the court. All in all it was a good performance."
Ginepri dropped to 2-6 on the 2009 ATP World Tour season. He is appearing at his first tournament since a second round loss to compatriot Andy Roddick at Memphis on 19 February. He underwent an emergency appendectomy on 26 February and was in the hospital for eight days.
The 25-year-old Kohlschreiber, Germany’s No. 2-ranked player behind World No. 29 Rainer Schuettler improved to 16-9 on the 2009 ATP World Tour season and 6-3 on clay courts.
RED GROUP: SWEDEN 2-1 FRANCE
In the other tie of the Red Group, last year's titlists Sweden got off to a winning start after winning its first Red Group match over France, led by Top 10 stars Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Robert Lindstedt and Robin Soderling defeated Jeremy Chardy and Tsonga 6-2, 3-6, 10-7 in 73 minutes to clinch the tie-winning point. Sweden is a four-time champion at the eight-nation round robin tournament.
BLUE GROUP: SERBIA 2-1 ARGENTINA
Viktor Troicki helped Serbia clinch a comeback win over three-time champion Argentina in its Blue Group tie, teaming up with World No. 1 doubles player Nenad Zimonjic to edge past Juan Martin del Potro and Juan Monaco 4-6, 7-6(4), 10-8.
Earlier Monday, Troicki hit four aces and saved five of six break points to storm past Maximo Gonzalez 6-4, 6-1 in 89 minutes to set-up a tense doubles decider. On Sunday, Argentine Juan Monaco had beaten Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 7-6(8).
World No. 37 Troicki improved to 15-13 season singles record, which includes a semi-final exit at Zagreb (l. to Cilic). Gonzalez, 25, dropped to a 4-5 mark.
BLUE GROUP: ITALY 2-1 RUSSIA
Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi gave Italy a 2-1 victory against Russia in Blue Group action, when the duo beat Evgeny Korolev and Stanislav Vovk 6-7(4), 6-3, 10-4 in 81 minutes.