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do not sit idly, berdych

September 16, 2010

It looks like the Serbians really want to get to the Davis Cup final. As if having 2010 US Open finalist Novak Djokovic on their roster isn’t enough, they brought the Langoliers along to nip at the Czech team’s heels.

Tie: Most of the Belgrade Arena (capacity: 16,842) will probably root for the home team. Nole and Radek Stepanek are up first; Janko Tipsarevic and Tomas Berdych will follow. Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki will play Jan Hajek and Ivo Minar in the doubles rubber, and the singles players will switch opponents. More info here.

(image via daviscup.com)

tipsy in moscow and metz

October 15, 2008

Just because we can, here are some pictures of Janko Tipsarevic, dressed in Fila‘s summer Heritage Stripe Top.

Scoreline: He lost to fellow Serb Viktor Troicki in the round of 16 of Moscow and to Paul-Henri Mathieu in the quarters of Metz.

(photos by Getty Images; screencaps by biological at MTF)

davis cup: the boys in red win for serbia

September 20, 2008

All four guys on the Serbian Davis Cup team — Nole, Nenad Zimonjic, Viktor Troicki, and Janko Tipsarevic — did their part to win their World Group playoff tie against Slovakia this weekend. (And everyone managed to keep their clothes on, unlike last year’s peep show!)

Djokovic wore a red adidas polo while taking out Dominik Hrbaty 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.

And blue-spectacled Janko, in Fila, had to work for his five-setter against Lukas Lacko. The score: 6-7 (3), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 8-6. That win must feel good, especially in light of how Janko’s ankle has sidelined him in some late summer tournaments.

For the clincher, Zimonjic (Nike) and Troicki (Diadora) beat Filip Polasek and Michal Mertinak in four tough sets: 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (5).

More Janko pics: Just because we can never get enough…

davis cup: the fourth serb wears diadora

February 10, 2008

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We were too busy absorbing the recent achievements of Serbian fellas Nenad Zimonjic, Novak Djokovic, and Janko Tipsarevic that we couldn’t read up on the fourth dude, Viktor Troicki. (He reminds me of Ryan Donowho.)

But with some time online, we found out more about Troicki, who fell to Nadal in the first round of this year’s, but kicked ass in Moscow when he took down Dmitry Tursunov 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-3 in a Davis Cup (dead) rubber. He even took Kolya to five in the second singles match of the tie.

By the way, plenty has been written about how the Serbians physically fell apart in the hands of the Russians (i.e., “poisoning”, “tampering”, etc.) — but we should give the Russians a pat on the back for their work. Especially Kolya, who needed a win this weekend after being weak link in last year’s final against the U.S.

Take that, Nike! An article in the Christian Science Monitor shed some light on how he came to partner with Diadora for his on-court clothing:

“In 2003, Troicki was in the locker room before a top juniors tournament when a representative from Nike arrived to hand out gear to young players the company sponsored. When the rep saw Troicki — not on his list — wearing Nike clothes, he offered the young player a contract on the spot. But when he heard Troicki was from the poor and internationally vilified Yugoslavia — which Serbia was then still part of — it didn’t exactly strike the rep as fertile ground for brand exposure. He took back the contract and said they’d wait to see how Troicki did at the tournament. The young Serbian tennis player never heard from him again.

“‘I think he’s regretting it now,’ laughs Troicki, who now has deals with Prince and [Diadora]. ‘In Serbia, tennis is the most popular sport now.’

Oops. I guess Nike has their hands full now with Masha, Roger, and Rafa. But who knows what could have been if they sponsored these then Yugoslavians?

(via CSM; photos via viktortroicki.com and Getty Images)

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the gift of bespoke + stars ailing in moscow

February 9, 2008

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Marat, I’m not sure what is that you’re giving Nole as part of the Davis Cup gift exchange, but I can only hope it’s the number of your tailor.

Oh well, at least Nole’s moved on from draping himself in a couch cover at last year’s U.S. Open…

It was too good to be true: It’s as though the laws of time and space couldn’t handle all the beauty that descended onto Moscow… Janko Tipsarevic withdrew from the tie with a stomach bug, thus putting a win for Serbia squarely on Nole’s shoulders. But Nole was also under the weather so their doubles specialist, Nenad Zimonjic, is left to bear the Russian brunt. Meanwhile, Marat withdrew with a fracture in his leg. yikes.

But perhaps the Russians poisoned the other team (again). This is what Zimonjic said in the press conference:

“When we arrived we were good and everything was fine and, all of a sudden, two days later Tipsarevic pulled a muscle, Novak is sick. I also didn’t feel good last night – I also had a fever,” Zimonjic said. “It’s not easy in these circumstances.”

Uhm, I don’t think you were poisoned, Nenad. You just swallowed a bitter pill.

Scoreline: Mikhail Youzhny beat Zimonjic and Kolya Davydenko struggled — but beat — Viktor Troicki. Follow the rest of the tie here.

(photo from Tennis-Russia via Marie; Zimonjic quote via AP)


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