The Davis Cup 2011 has begun and already there have been a few shocks. The first started before play with Novak Djokovic not playing for defending champs Serbia. Sure they are playing against India who are without doubles players Leander Paes or Mahesh Bhuphati but after the pride shown by Djokovic in winning the 21010 title its really seems odd.
The second shock was Indian world number 93 Somdev Devvarman defeating Serbian No. 3 Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets 7-5 7-5 7-6(3). Serbia had gotten off to a winning start after Viktor Troicki defeated world number 629 Rohan Bopanna. Troicki lead two sets to love before holding off Bopanna 6-3 in the 5th set.
Another shock was the winning return of Joachim Johansson. The 2004 US Open semi-finalist has had his career ruined by injury and after coming back from retirement has been playing mostly on the Challenger circuit. But the world 749 played way above his ranking to defeat Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3 7-6 6-4 and give Sweden an almost unassailable 2-0 lead with world number 4 Robin Soderling leading the Swedish charge.
Chile and the USA are level at 1-1 after wins to Andy Roddick (over Nicolas Massu) and Paul Capdeville over big-serving John Isner in five. This result is not as surprising with the both big Americans tendancies to struggle on clay.
The Czech Republic and Kazakhstan are also tied at 1-1 with wins to Czech world number 7 Tomas Berdych and Kazakh Andrey Golubev.
Croatia and Germany are also deadlocked with Marin Cilic (Croatia) and Phillip Kohlschreiber (Germany) both winning five setters.
Jurgen Melzer was the highest rank loser with the Austrian world number 10 going down to France’s Jeremy Chardy in three at home in Vienna. Gilles Simon gave France a 2-0 lead defeating Stefan Koubek.
World number 1 Rafael Nadal played his first match since his loss at th Australian Open with a comfortable victory of Belgian Ruben Bemelmans. Rafa gave Spain a 2-0 lead after Fernando Verdasco eased to victory over Xavier Malisse.
Argentia lead 2-0 over Romania with wins for David Nalbandian and Juan Monaco in Buenos Aires. However the Argentine win was soured with injury yet again felling Nalbandian.
I still think my tips from Twitter will hold up – that is wins for Serbia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Argentina, USA, Spain, Croatia and France