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Leander recalled for India's Davis Cup clash with South Korea

leander_paes.jpgThe All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Saturday announced a seven member squad for the upcoming Davis Cup tie against South Korea in Chandigarh from July 15-17.

The AITA chose seven players instead of six to accommodate Leander Paes and help to develop camaraderie between the veteran doubles star and Rohan Bopanna - his partner for the men's doubles event at the Rio Olympics.

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France complete 5-0 rout against Canada in the Davis Cup

jo_tsonga_3France completed the 5-0 sweep of the Canadian Davis Cup team in their Davis Cup World Group first round tie on Sunday after securing victories in both the reverse singles matches. Richard Gasquet defeated Philip Bester 6-1, 7-6(4) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Frank Dancevic as the Canadian was forced to retire due to a pectoral injury after taking the first set 7-6(7). Bester replaced Vasek Pospisil in the lineup as he was originally scheduled to play the first match.

After France clinched the tie on Saturday with a win in doubles, the Sunday reverse singles were played as “dead rubbers”. Instead of best-of-five set matches, they were played as best-of-three. Dancevic captured Canada’s only set of the weekend before having to retire in the fifth rubber.

With the tie victory, France has moved on to the quarter-finals and will face the Czech Republic in July. Canada will next play a World Group play-off tie in September to try and keep their spot in the upper echelon of the competition.

France crush Canada 3-0 in Davis Cup

The Canadian Davis Cup team was defeated 3-0 in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie on Saturday after dropping the doubles rubber to France at the Vélodrome Amédée Detraux in Guadeloupe. Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga clinched the tie for France by defeating the Canadian duo of Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) and Philip Bester (Vancouver) 7-6(4), 6-1, 7-6(4).

After Pospisil and Frank Dancevic dropped the opening singles matches on Friday, the doubles point was a must-win for Canada. The match opened with the teams swapping service breaks before both pairs settled into a groove. Bester, playing in his first Davis Cup match since 2011, was particularly excellent, executing returns with power and volleying extremely solid at the net. At 5-4 in the first set, the French team saved four set points which turned out to be the chance Canada needed to take advantage of, as the set ended up in a tiebreak that was captured by Gasquet and Tsonga.

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USA defeat Australia 3-1 in the Davis Cup

The USA have defeated Australia 3-1 in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. World No.11 John Isner hit 49 aces to secure a four-set victory over Bernard Tomic, 6-4 6-4 5-7 7-6(4), to seal the win for his country.

The USA will meet the winner of Croatia and Belgium at home in the quarterfinals.

Australia will play-off to retain their spot in the World Group on 16-18 September. The World Group Play-off draw will be conducted on 19 July.

France cruise to early 2-0 lead against Canada in the Davis Cup

The Canadian Davis Cup team is down 2-0 to France following the first day of play in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie at Vélodrome Amédée Detraux in Guadeloupe on Friday. Davis Cup veteran Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ontario) was defeated in the opening match by Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) was then unable to even the score, falling in the second rubber to Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

Dancevic, ranked No. 245, put up a good fight but was outmatched from the start by world No. 17 Monfils. He got broken twice in the first set, despite the valiant effort, and Monfils won seven straight games and eight of nine to take the first and second set in 56 minutes. Dancevic, who is playing in his 23rd tie for Canada and his 33rd singles match, has produced Davis Cup magic in the past. However, he just wasn’t able to match the level of his favoured French opponent today.

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