Sandwiched into the middle of a busy summer, Davis Cup can often be an afterthought for the world’s top players. The Olympics are often hard on Davis Cup as well, as players will choose the prestige of the Games over the more commonplace, annual nature of the Cup. Quarterfinal action was completed this weekend—perhaps more of the top players will return for the semifinals following the U.S. Open.
Croatia 3, USA 2
Croatia battled back against the United States in Portland, securing victory in the fifth rubber. Jack Sock and John Isner led the American team to a quick 2-0 lead. The Bryan brothers are a near-impenetrable force in Davis Cup and looked to wrap up the tie, but Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig were able to secure the upset. Cilic and Borna Coric won the reverse singles to complete their first comeback from 2-0 down and hand the Americans a tough loss on home soil. Croatia will take on France in the semifinals at home.
Argentina 3, Italy 1
Both countries were playing with their regular rosters, and Argentina proved the stronger. Frederico Delbonis led Argentina, winning both of his singles matches. Argentina claimed the doubles with a five-set victory by Juan Martin del Potro and Guido Pella, which proved the difference maker.
Great Britain 3, Serbia 2
Great Britain was without singles players Andy Murray and Aljaz Bedene, but NextGen star Kyle Edmund carried the team to victory over Serbia. The Serbs, playing without Novak Djokovic, split the first singles matches before losing the doubles to Great Britain’s Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot. Edmund was collected as the defeated Dusan Lajovic in straight sets to secure the victory. The defending champions will face Argentina for a spot in the championship.
France 3, Czech Republic 1
France and the Czech Republic were playing without respective stars Richard Gasquet and Tomas Berdych, and France managed to secure victory. Tsonga lost a tough five set match against Lukas Rosol to start the singles before Lucas Pouille got France on the board with a victory against the up-and-coming Jiri Vesely. Recent Wimbledon champions Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut gave France the 2-1 lead, and Tsonga redeemed himself with a four set victory over Vesely.