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World Group 1st Round

10 Feb - 12 Feb 2012, Bourbon Beans Dome, Hyogo, Japan, Hard, Indoor

Team nominations

    • Kei NISHIKORI
    • Date of birth:  29 Dec 1989
    • Singles ranking:  8
    • Doubles ranking:  538
    • Go SOEDA
    • Date of birth:  05 Sep 1984
    • Singles ranking:  108
    • Doubles ranking:  448
    • Tatsuma ITO
    • Date of birth:  18 May 1988
    • Singles ranking:  103
    • Doubles ranking:  419
    • Yuichi SUGITA
    • Date of birth:  18 Sep 1988
    • Singles ranking:  145
    • Doubles ranking:  370
  • Team captain Eiji TAKEUCHI
    • Ivan DODIG
    • Date of birth:  02 Jan 1985
    • Singles ranking:  64
    • Doubles ranking:  8
    • Ivo KARLOVIC
    • Date of birth:  28 Feb 1979
    • Singles ranking:  30
    • Doubles ranking:  566
    • Antonio VEIC
    • Date of birth:  18 Feb 1988
    • Singles ranking:  224
    • Doubles ranking:  444
    • Lovro ZOVKO
    • Date of birth:  18 Mar 1981
    • Singles ranking: 
    • Doubles ranking:  1059=
  • Team captain Zeljko KRAJAN

News from the tie

  • Karlovic fires Croatia into quarterfinals
    Ivo Karlovic won all three of his rubbers to see Croatia through to the World Group quarterfinals with a 3-2 win over Japan in Hyogo
  • Croatia earn crucial doubles victory
    Ivan Dodig and Ivo Karlovic overcame Tatsuma Ito and Yuichi Sugita in a tense three-hour match that edged the visitors 2-1 ahead in Hyogo
  • Game of two halves in Japan
    The Japan v Croatia tie is tied 1-1 after Go Soeda recorded an incredible comeback from two-sets down to stun Ivan Dodig, and Ivo Karlovic aced Kei Nishikori

Photos

  • Bourbon Beans Dome, Hyogo, Japan
  • Go Soeda (JPN) and the Japanese bench
  • Go Soeda (JPN)
  • Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Ivo Karlovic (CRO) and the Croatian team
  • Ivan Dodig (CRO)
  • Ivan Dodig (CRO)
  • Ivan Dodig (CRO)
  • Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • Kei Nishikori (JPN) and Ivan Dodig (CRO)
  • Japan
  • Bourbon Beans Dome, Hyogo, Japan
  • Japanese fans
  • Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Tatsuma Ito and Yuichi Sugita (JPN)
  • Yuichi Sugita and Tatsuma Ito (JPN)
  • Yuichi Sugita and Tatsuma Ito (JPN)
  • Ivan Dodig and Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Captian Zeljko Krajan, Ivan Dodig and Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Japanese fan
  • Japanese fan
  • Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Ivo Karlovic (CRO) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • Bourbon Beans Dome, Japan
  • Go Soeda (JPN)
  • Go Soeda (JPN)
  • Go Soeda (JPN)
  • Ivan Dodig (CRO)
  • Ivan Dodig (CRO)
  • Captain Eiji Takeuchi and Go Soeda (JPN)
  • Captain Zeljko Krajan and Ivan Dodig (CRO)
  • Go Soeda (JPN)
  • Go Soeda (JPN) and captain Eiji Takeuchi
  • Ivan Dodig (CRO) and Go Soeda (JPN)
  • Ivan Dodig (CRO) and captain Zeljko Krajan
  • Ivan Dodig (CRO)
  • Go Soeda (JPN)
  • Go Soeda (JPN) and Ivan Dodig (CRO)
  • Ivan Dodig (CRO)
  • Opening ceremony at at the Bourbon Beans Dome in Kobe
  • Opening ceremony at at the Bourbon Beans Dome in Kobe
  • Yuichi Sugita, Go Soeda, captain Eiji Takeuchi, Tatsuma Ito and Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • Tatsuma Ito/Yuichi Sugita (JPN) and Lovro Zovko/Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Go Soeda (JPN) and Ivan Dodig (CRO)
  • Kei Nishikori (JPN) and Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Japan and Croatia team
  • Croatia captain Zeljko Krajan, Ivan Dodig, Lovro Zovko, Ivo Karlovic and Antonio Veic
  • Tie Summary

    Japan are making their first appearance in the World Group since 1985, while Croatia have spent nine of the last ten years in the Davis Cup’s top division. The two nations have never previously met.

    Japan gained promotion last season after wins over Philippines, Uzbekistan and India. They benefitted from playing at home in the latter two of these ties, and they will be hoping to make home advantage count again when Croatia are the visitors. The Japanese team have selected to play the tie on an indoor hard court at the Bourbon Beans Dome in Hyogo, the same venue as their victory over Uzbekistan.

    Croatia’s last defeat on away soil was in 2007, against Great Britain, although since that loss they have only played one further away tie. That was their most recent outing against South Africa in last year’s World Group play-offs, which they won 4-1 in Potchefstroom, near Johannesburg. After the clash with GB they hosted eight straight home ties.

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