Yesterday I went to the Davis Cup Tennis Semifinal Matches between Serbia and the Czech Republic. It was a capacity crowd in the Belgrade Arena for the two reverse singles matches. In the first game, world #2 Novak Djokovic looked impressive in a 4-set victory of world #7 Tomas Berdych. That set the stage for the final fifth match between world #37 Janko Tipsarevic and world #35, Radek Stepanek. Janko came through for the home crowd with a straight sets victory! He not only one yesterday, but beat Berdych on Friday in an upset. His two wins, combined with Djokovic’s win, propelled Serbia to their first Davis Cup final. In early December, they host France, who defeated Argentina in the other semifinal.
I got free tickets from a friend, (thanks Victor and Sandra) and so I invited my friend Claudiu and his father-in-law. We enjoyed the 6 hours of tennis. The weather was cool and rainy outside, but it was a great atmosphere inside the arena. The crowd was into the match and we saw some excellent tennis. It amazed me at how difficult it is to win a point in professional tennis. The shot needs to be perfect, otherwise the opponent will return it.
Serbia should be the favorite being the host and have the highest ranked player. Serbia has never won a Davis Cup, only 12 nations have in the history of the tourney.