Swinging with his brand-new HEAD Graphene™ Instinct, Tomas Berdych and his doubles partner Lukas Rosol won the longest match ever played in the Davis Cup competition, defeating Marco Chiudinelli and Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 24-22 in just over seven hours of battle.
Tomas Berdych played the hero for the Czech Republic by winning all three of his matches against Switzerland in Geneva to help his nation into the quarter-finals. He finished off his winning weekend with a singles victory over Stanilas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic overcame jet lag after a long flight following his Australian Open title to do his part in Serbia's 3-2 Davis Cup World Group first-round victory over Belgium. The World No.1 dominated by defeating Olivier Rochus 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on opening day to lead the Serbs into the quarterfinals, which will be played in April.
“It’s very pleasing, the serve was incredible and I think that helped me to get the match done in straight sets which was important," said Djokovic, playing with his new HEAD Graphene™ Speed. “It wasn’t easy playing on clay after a long time indoors and coming from Australia quite late, but I managed to play my best tennis when I needed to.”
HEAD's Marin Cilic swung his Graphene™ Instinct to win both of his singles, but still could not avoid Croatia's 2-3 loss to Italy in Turin. In Rouen, France crushed Israel 5-0 thanks to two singles successes from HEAD racquet rebel Richard Gasquet (YouTek™ IG Extreme). The No. 10 beat Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 and Amir Weintraub 6-4, 6-3 in the final rubber.
Carlos Berlocq (YouTek™ IG Prestige) finished off Argentina's 5-0 sweep over Germany in Buenos Aires with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat over Tobias Kamke (YouTek™ IG Prestige).