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Davis Cup – Slovakia:Ukraine – Day 3

The last day of Davis Cup tie often promises dramatic, close matches. The tie between Slovakia an Ukraine was no exception. The duel of team leaders Martin Klizan of Slovakia and Sergij Stakhovsky of Ukraine provided close games with many nerve-wrecking points. The key moments came in the third set. Martin Klizan managed to come back to what appeared to be a lost third set – he was losing 2:5 in a tie-break and still gained the set, eventually the whole match and deciding thid point for team Slovakia. The final score was 6:4, 3:6, 7:6, 6:2. In the last singles game, Pavol Cervenak of team Slovakia defeated Artem Smirnov in straight sets. Photos from the last day of Davis Cup tie on my blog: http://hutera.blog.sme.sk/c/275806/Davis-Cup-SlovenskoUkrajina-Nedela.html

Davis Cup – Slovakia:Ukraine – Day 2

Davis Cup and Saturday mean it’s doubles time. Often times it’s the deciding match in a Davis Cup tie and althoug it wasn’t the case this time – it provided an emotional five-set drama. Luckily, the Slovaks Filip Polasek and Igor Zelenay were on the winning side as they defeated Sergij Stakhovsky and Sergey Bubka. The final score was 7:5, 6:7, 6:2, 6:7, 6:4 and the Slovak team now has the 2:1 lead. Also, there was a surprise guest in the stands. The world athletics legend Sergey Bubka (pole vaulting) came to see his son competing in the world’s most prestigious tennis competition. Photos from day two on my blog: http://hutera.blog.sme.sk/c/275732/Davis-Cup-SlovenskoUkrajina-Sobota.html

Davis Cup – Slovakia:Ukraine – Day 1

The 2011 Davis Cup 1st Europe/Africa group play offs brought together teams Slovakia and Ukraine. Both teams lost their previous Davis Cup ties and must win this play off to stay in “the third league” of the most prestigious mens tennis competition. The losing team will descend into 2nd Europe/Africa group. After the first two matches the score is tied 1:1. In the first match Martin Klizan of Team Slovakia defeated Illya Marchenko in four sets 6:7, 6:3, 6:1, 6:3 and in second match Sergiy Sakhovsky of Team Ukraine defeated Pavol Cervenak in three sets 7:5, 6:2, 6:1. My photographs from day one can be found on my blog: http://hutera.blog.sme.sk/c/275668/Davis-Cup-SlovenskoUkrajina-Piatok.html

Classics under Stars 2011 – Nabucco

Yesterday I had the privilege to attend a wonderful event called Classics under Stars. The basic idea is to bring the opera classics into gardens of beautiful Chateaus located in Czech republic. The opera chosen for this year was Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco”. The biblical story about the inprisonment of Jews in Babylon is one of the best known operas. The performance in Lednice was the last event of this year and I must say it was wonderful. You can see some of the photos I took on my blog: http://hutera.blog.sme.sk/c/273647/Klasika-pod-hvezdami-2011-Nabucco.html