Sunday, November 8, 2009

Italy Blanks U.S.A to Take Fed Cup, Djokovic Wins Basel

The Italians dominated the United States at the Rocco Polimeni club in Italy to take the Fed Cup title easily on Sunday, after Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone each won their singles duels, and the doubles team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci won the doubles. The US team, noticeably Williams-less, consisted of teen Melanie Oudin, Vania King, Alexa Glatch and world number 1 doubles player Liezel Huber. Italy's run is undoubtedly impressive, considering they beat the Russians, who make up 1/3 of the WTA's top 15, in the semifinals. “We’re the world champions, it’s simple,” said Pennetta enthusiastically. “We’ve played against some great teams this year.”

Novak Djokovic captured the title at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors after defeating world number 1 Roger Federer, at his hometown tournament, in 3 sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. It is the Serb's 4th tournament victory of 2009 and improves his record against Federer to 3-2 on the year. Federer, who lost just his 3rd match since May, sprayed errors all over the court while Djokovic found a way to save crucial break points and keep the errors to a minimum.“I have to produce something special to win,” said Djokovic to a crowd of adoring Federer fans. We know exactly what Roger is thinking right now: "Better get a wildcard into the Serbian Open and take this kid's hometown title." Get on it, Rog!

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