Davis Cup Roundup: Serbia And Canada 1-1 In Semifinals

Rafael Nadal, left, and Marc Lopez celebrate their doubles victory against Denys Molchanov and Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine to clinch a victory for Spain in the Davis Cup World Group playoff matchup.

citizens during the crisis. “Argo” made no mention of Sheardown, the First Secretary at the embassy. It was Sheardown who took the first call from the American diplomats who had evaded capture when Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy in November 1979 and agreed right away to take the Americans in. “Argo” screenwriter Chris Terrio, who the best adapted screenplay prize at the Oscars, mentioned Taylor and Sheardown in his speech after saluting Mendez at the awards in February. Affleck also briefly thanked Canada in his speech last February. Friends of Taylor were outraged when “Argo” debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. The original postscript of the movie said that Taylor received 112 citations and awards for his work in freeing the hostages and suggested Taylor didn’t deserve them because the movie ends with the CIA deciding to let Canada have the credit for helping the Americans escape. Taylor has called the postscript lines “disgraceful and insulting” and said it would have caused outrage in Canada if the lines were not changed. Affleck flew Taylor to Los Angeles after the Toronto debut and allowed him to insert a postscript that gave Canada some credit. Affleck said before the Oscars this year that he admired Taylor very much but said he was surprised Taylor still had an issue with the film. Affleck also said then that he agreed to narrate the documentary “Our Man in Tehran,” but Affleck is not in the documentary. The 85-minute film comes from Toronto-based filmmakers Larry Weinstein and Drew Taylor, who include interviews with Taylor, Clark, former CIA agent Tony Mendez and former CIA agent and hostage William Daugherty. The film traces the political landscape that caused an angry mob to descend on the U.S. Embassy in the Iranian capital and take 52 Americans hostage. While Affleck’s Oscar-winning thriller focused on the exploits of Mendez, “Our Man in Tehran” offers a much broader look, including Canada’s role, Taylor said Thursday before walking the red carpet.

Mayer took a 4-2 lead in the second set before wasting a break point that would have had him serving for the set with a 5-2 lead. Struggling with his major weapon, Berdych put only 47 percent of his first serves into play in the second set and was broken again in the ninth game before Mayer served the set out at love. With his serve improved, Berdych took a 3-0 lead in the third set. In his first cup singles this year and just days after his second Grand Slam doubles title at the U.S. Open on Sunday, Stepanek played in his typical attacking style, serving 13 aces and hitting 38 winners on a fast indoor hard court at O2 Arena. “I was trying to be active,” Stepanek said. “It was an important match for me. I faced a great opponent, but I wanted to use to my favor the surface and the fans.” Stepanek converted his first match point to improve to 5-2 against Monaco. Stepanek also beat Monaco with the same set figures to clinch the 2009 Davis Cup quarterfinal for the Czechs, also at home on a fast court in Ostrava. “It’s just coincidence,” he said. “But I think I was the better player in those two matches.” World Group playoffs Spain vs.