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The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie between Canada and Japan is tied 1-1 after the opening day of play. With world No. 11 Milos Raonic out of the tie due to an ankle injury and world No. 25 Vasek Pospisil not quite ready to play singles after a back injury, it was world No. 119 Frank Dancevic and world No. 135 Peter Polansky who answered the call for the Canadian Davis Cup team on Friday. Polansky started the day with a valiant effort against world No. 18 Kei Nishikori but fell 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 while Dancevic then evened the score with a strong win against world No. 140 Go Soeda 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-1. The tie is being played on an indoor hard court at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.

The first set of the day was one of shifting momentum as Nishikori jumped out to a 2-0 lead but Polansky came back to win four straight games and go up a break. Nishikori then took the control back, claiming the next four games and the set. Nishikori increased his level even further in the second and third sets, running Polansky all over the court with his defensive play. While Polansky fought for every point, Nishikori got the extra break in both sets to seal the match.

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Longtime Serbian Davis Cup team member Nenad Zimonjic has been honored with the 2013 Davis Cup Award of Excellence. The award was presented during a special on-court ceremony at the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final between Serbia and the Czech Republic in Belgrade, Serbia on Saturday, November 16. It was presented by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Serbian tennis great Slobodan Zivojinovic, a past recipient of the award.

The annual award is given jointly by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and it recognizes a Davis Cup player, past or present, who demonstrates a strong commitment to the spirit of the competition.

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At its regularly scheduled meeting in Cagliari, Italy, the ITF Board of Directors found that the Tunisian Tennis Federation was in breach of the ITF Constitution by interfering with international sporting practice and ordering Tunisian player Malek Jaziri not to compete against Israeli player Amir Weintraub at the 2013 Tashkent Challenger in October.

The Board was not satisfied with the case put forward by the Tunisian Tennis Federation and voted to suspend Tunisia from the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas competition. The decision of the ITF Board was unanimous although ITF Board Member from Tunisia, Tarak Cherif, recused himself from the discussion and the vote.

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be one of 27 players to receive the Davis Cup Commitment Award during this weekend’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and zone group ties on Saturday 14 September.  The presentations are being made by the ITF through its National Associations.

This new award was conceived as part of the ITF’s 2013 Centenary celebrations, and will be presented to Davis Cup players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in this prestigious competition. Each award recipient will have competed in a minimum of 20 home-and-away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition (including week-long zone group events) over their career.

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The Canadian Davis Cup team has defeated Italy 3-1 after the third day of play in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarter-final tie taking place at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Entering the day, Canada was up 2-1 thanks to one singles victory and a win in doubles, and Milos Raonic was able to clinch Canada’s first-ever semifinal berth as he defeated Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

In the battle of the two nations’ No. 1 players, world No. 16 Raonic came out on top over No. 18 Seppi, serving 35 aces and winning 87 per cent of his first serve points. He broke in the very first game of the match and saved the only break point he faced through the first two sets (losing just eight points on serve) as he clinched a 2-0 lead in 68 minutes.

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Czech Republic will become only the sixth nation to hold the No. 1 position on the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking after completing a 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in Astana on Saturday. Lukas Rosol won the decisive point with a 76(5) 67(2) 76(5) 62 victory over Evgeny Korolev.

The new rankings will be issued on Monday 8 April, with Czech Republic climbing one place from its current position of No. 2. Spain, which has held the top spot for almost four years, will drop to No. 2.

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The opening round of the 2013 Davis Cup that took place from 1st to 3rd February was quite an eventful one. It had it all. Records were broken, upsets were caused, comebacks were made and all in all the fans were able to see some spectacular tennis.

The first team to qualify to the quarterfinals was France who produced a dominating display against Israel to win 5-0. It was an extremely strong performance from the Frenchmen who were playing under first time captain, Arnaud Clement. They sealed the victory on Saturday with a day to spare with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet leading the way.

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