Davis Cup Finals turning into the late, late present


MADRID (Information) – The Davis Cup Finals schedule was thrown into chaos on Wednesday as, for the second day working, the problem of becoming in six ties in a day at La Caja Magica proved nearly inconceivable.

Tuesday’s motion concluded with Spain finishing victory over Russia simply earlier than 2am native time and Wednesday’s program is more likely to go even later.

Two of the group ties scheduled for 6pm native time begins — Belgium versus Australia and Italy versus the U.S. — had not even began at 8pm due to late-running of the day matches.

Every tie, performed on one of many three courts on the complicated, consists of two singles matches adopted by a doubles rubber.

Britain’s Group E match towards the Netherlands started at 11am nevertheless it took eight and three quarter hours to finish. Andy Murray had wanted nearly three hours to beat Tallon Griekspoor earlier than Dan Evans misplaced to Robin Haase, additionally in three units.

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski then beat Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-Four 7-6(6) however solely after saving two set factors within the second set. Had they not the Belgium and Australian followers outdoors within the drafty concourses would have been ready even longer to cheer their groups on.

Germany’s Three-Zero Group C win towards Argentina on Court docket 2 additionally ran late — not by helped by the doubles rubber between Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz and Leonardo Mayer and Maximo Gonzalez involving three tiebreaks, the final of which ran to 38 factors.

“It’s one of many longest days I’ve had sitting within the chair,” Britain’s captain Leon Smith mentioned. “It’s been one other day of unimaginable drama.”

The re-jigged Davis Cup format successfully squeezes a contest through which “residence and away” World Group ties have been performed in February, April and September into one hectic week at a impartial venue. Eighteen nations have assembled in Madrid with 25 particular person ties to be performed in seven days.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal expressed his concern on the late matches on Tuesday, after the deciding doubles rubber in Spain’s tie began at 28 minutes previous midnight.

“That makes massive bother for us, for the gamers and the identical time for the people who find themselves coming to the stadium,” he mentioned.

Australian skipper Lleyton Hewitt, one of many fiercest critics of the ITF’s determination to revamp the competitors, was additionally involved concerning the impression on his gamers who have been additionally taking part in late into the night time on Tuesday towards Colombia.

“Little doubt it’s an issue,” he mentioned. “It throws your sleeping sample, consuming, the blokes need to get therapy after these matches, after which a number of the instances you’ve acquired to bounce again the subsequent day as nicely,” mentioned Hewitt.

“It’s simply one other factor we’re coping with this week.”

Reporting by Martyn Herman, enhancing by Pritha Sarkar