Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 7th 2015 Contents GLASGOW---James Ward had
just won an epic five-set Davis
Cup match when he stumbled---
almost zig-zagged---across the
court and fell into teammate
Andy Murray s arms.
For once, Murray wasn t the
toast of British tennis.
Raising his game like he
always seems to do in the Davis
Cup, the 111th-ranked Ward
came from two sets down Friday
to beat American No 1 John Isner
6--7 (4), 5--7, 6--3, 7--6 (3), 15--13
in four hours, 57 minutes. It was
the longest US Davis Cup match
since the introduction of the
tiebreaker in 1989.
The victory put Britain 2--0
ahead and on the cusp of a sec-
ond straight win over the United
States in the first round of the
World Group. But the overall
score---and Murray s impressive
win over Donald Young at the
start of the afternoon---was
largely forgotten about in the
joyous late-evening celebrations
inside the Emirates Arena.
When Isner sent a backhand
volley into the net on his oppo-
nent s sixth match point, Ward
threw his racket toward the net,
pumped his chest and looked
into the air. Then he hugged
Britain captain Leon Smith,
lapped up the applause of the
crowd and made his way wearily
over to Murray, who was close
Ward has won four of his five
five-set matches in the Davis
Head bowed and with a towel
around his neck, Isner was
applauded off the court by the
7,700-capacity crowd and was
emotional even an hour after
the match. He has now lost all
five of his five-set matches in
the Davis Cup, but this one---
from two sets up---clearly hurt.
Murray cheered Ward on from
the sideline throughout, and
looked happier than he did after
Murray had it much easier ,
winning 6--1, 6--1, 4--6, 6--2 in
his first match in his native Scot-
land since winning Wimbledon
In Frankfurt, Gael Monfils and
Gilles Simon both won their
opening matches to give France
a 2--0 lead over Germany.
Monfils served 17 aces to
defeat German No 1 Philipp
Kohlschreiber 6--4, 7--5, 7--6 (4)
in two hours, 19 minutes to put
the 2014 runner-up in a com-
manding position ahead of Sat-
urday s doubles match.
Earlier, Simon bounced back
to outlast Jan-Lennard Struff
7--6 (4), 2--6, 6--7 (1), 6--2, 10--8
in four hours, 24 minutes on the
indoor hard court. The French-
man used a series of unforced
errors by Struff to break serve
for a decisive 9--8 lead in the
final set and served out the
Struff finished with 99
unforced errors to 81 winners.
Simon had 60 winners but also
fewer unforced errors at 75. Both
men finished with 17 aces each.
Germany has not beaten
France since 1938. France won
in the quarterfinals last year,
after losing the opening singles,
before reaching the final.
German hopes are now
pinned on Benjamin Becker and
Andre Begemann beating Julien
Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut
in the doubles.
Serbia leads Croatia 2--0 in
In Kraljevo, Serbia, Viktor
Troicki rallied to beat Borna
Coric 4--6, 1--6, 6--3, 6--2, 6--1
to give Serbia a 2--0 lead against
Earlier, Novak Djokovic gave
Serbia a 1--0 lead by defeating
Mate Delic 6--3, 6--2, 6--4. The
top-ranked Serb converted early
break points in each set on an
indoor hard court.
Serbia can clinch the best-
of-five series today in doubles,
when Troicki and Nenad
Zimonjic face Marin Draganja
and Franko Skugor. (AP)
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Ward tops Isner in 5 sets
...Britain leads US 2--0 in Davis Cup
MADRID---Goals by David Barral and Kalu Uche
lifted Levante from the relegation zone as it beat
Eibar 2--1 in the Spanish league yesterday.
Eibar had taken the lead when Saul Berjon scored
his third goal of the season in the 55th minute by
rising to strike a beautifully-timed high volley
inside the far post from Eneko Boveda s cross.
"Our opponents are coming from behind a few
in recent matches," Berjon said.
"At least we scored this time, our first goal in
four matches, although it s our seventh consecutive
Barral equalised when he deflected Antonio Gar-
cia s shot on goal, changing the ball s trajectory
to beat Eibar goalkeeper Jaime Jimenez in the 65th.
Kalu Uche secured the win with his third goal
of the season two minutes later after pouncing on
a defensive error by Raul Rodriguez Navas.
Eibar was reduced to ten men when Dani Garcia
was sent off with a second yellow card in the 88th.
Levante rose provisionally to 16th-place on 25
points from 26 games played while Eibar is 13th
on 27. Real Madrid leads the standings on 61 points
from Barcelona which is on two less. (AP)
STUTTGART---Relegation candidate Hertha Berlin
ground out a scoreless draw at Stuttgart that left
the home side mired at the bottom in its worst ever
Bundesliga campaign yesterday.
Stuttgart coach Huub Stevens, who saved the side
from relegation last season, has been coming under
increasing pressure. Stuttgart had just 20 points from
24 games, and its goal difference of minus 17 was
four worse than at the same stage last year.
The home side started brightly but needed goal-
keeper Sven Ulreich to produce a top save to deny
Valentin Stocker in the 26th minute.
There was little going forward from either side
until Stuttgart defender Daniel Schwaab forced a
good save from Thomas Kraft in the 71st, 10 minutes
before Nico Schulz missed the best chance of the
game after Salomon Kalou set him up at the other
Kraft went off with suspected concussion after a
Schulz was sent off with his second yellow card
for a tactical foul in the seventh minute of injury
bottom in Bundesliga
TOULOUSE---Belgium s rising star Mishy Batshuayi
scored twice as Marseille defeated Toulouse 6--1
and provisionally moved into second place in the
French league yesterday.
After failing to win its four previous matches, Mar-
seille moved ahead of Paris Saint-Germain on goal
difference, one point behind leader Lyon.
Batshuayi, who started the season as a cover for
Andre-Pierre Gignac but has eclipsed the France
striker recently, needed two minutes to score with
a left-foot shot.
Defender Baptiste Aloe doubled the visitors lead
four minutes later before Jacques Francois Moubandje
beat his own keeper under pressure from Lucas
The 21-year-old Batshuayi netted his sixth league
goal before Wissam Ben Yedder pulled one back.
Andre Ayew and Gignac then completed Marseille s
PSG hosts Lens and Lyon travels to Montpellier
over the weekend. (AP)
Monfils hits a
during a first round
tennis Davis Cup
France in Frankfurt,
won 6--4, 7--5, 7--6
(4). AP PHOTO
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