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Tsonga-Llodra demolish Spain in Davis Cup Doubles rubber

jo_tsonga_3In a display of total mastery on the tennis court, Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulverized the Spanish doubles duo of Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco to bring their nation back on track in the Davis Cup World Group semifinal, after going 2-0 down on Day 1 of the competition. In a ruthless exhibition of power and precision, the French pair dropped just 3 games en route to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 win in an hour and thirty nine minutes. Having registered a point for themselves, France captain Guy Forget will look to rally his men and overturn the deficit in order to reach the title round for the second year in a row.

Lopez and Verdasco may not have been favorites going into the rubber, but were certainly no pushovers, considering that they had won three of their last four Davis Cup matches as a team. But the French pair completely annihilated the Spaniards, never really allowing them to find their feet on home soil. Tsonga with his monster serve and Llodra with his finesse at the net, tore apart their opponents in the opening set, and raced to a 5-0 courtesy two breaks, one of them to love. Lopez finally got his team on the scorecard, but by then the set was beyond their grasp, as the French took it 6-1.


Davis Cup: Bhupathi - Bopanna register win against Japan to put India on the board

Saturday was a day of redemption of sorts for the Indian Davis Cup team, as the duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna secured a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) win over Tatsuma Ito and Yuichi Sugita in the doubles rubber to reduce the deficit to a point in the World Group Playoff tie in Tokyo. Facing an uphill task of overcoming a 2-0 scoreline after a disappointing first day, the Indians have clawed back to give themselves a fighting chance on the final day. Shiv-Prakash Mishra's men must now win the remainder of the two singles rubbers to ensure that their country features in next year's World Group.

The Indian pairing went ahead in the third game of the first set by breaking the serve of Yuichi Sugita and taking a 2-1 lead. However Mahesh Bhupathi's serve came under pressure in the eighth game, and the Japanese leveled proceedings to 4-4 following the break back. But the hero of the first singles rubber Sugita dropped serve once again to allow the Indians to edge ahead and ultimately claim the set 7-5.


Davis Cup Play-off: Japan win both opening singles to take 2-0 lead against India

The Indian contingent got off to the worst possible start in their Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against Japan after losing their first two rubbers to go down 2-0 at the Ariako Coliseum in Tokyo. There were high hopes placed on Somdev Devvarman to deliver a much needed point for his country, but he failed to deliver, going down 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 to Yuichi Sugita in the opening rubber. Then Japanese No.1 Kei Nishikori took to court to dismantle Rohan Bopanna 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 with clinical precision to take his country to a position of considerable advantage.

Indian captain Shiv Prakash Mishra would have ideally wanted Somdev Devvarman to kick things off with a win to ensure that India maintain its immaculate record against the Japanese. But his opponent Sugita wrested the initiative in an intense encounter by breaking his opponent in the fourth game. In an intense baseline encounter, Sugita took control of the rallies while maintaining his composure while serving to close out the set 6-3.


Davis Cup: Nadal, Ferrer help Spain take 2-0 lead against France

It was a perfect day for Spain in the semi-finals of  the Davis Cup on Friday as Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer asserted their supremacy on a French lineup that barely offered any resistance to the top ranked duo. The Spaniards have taken a commanding 2-0 lead and are well poised for victory playing on their beloved surface (clay), yet Guy Forget's men will be bitterly disappointed with their meek surrender on a hot afternoon at the Plaza de Toros de los Califas in Cordoba.

Richard Gasquet was at the wrong end of results against Nadal in their previous 9 meetings, and succumbed to a highly one sided 6-3, 6-0, 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Mallorcan on this occasion. Some would have thought that Gilles Simon would unfurl his speed and agility to level proceedings and keep his nation's hopes alive, but Ferrer was too hot to handle for the 11th ranked Frenchman, losing 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 to allow Spain to dream of a return to the Davis Cup final.


Federer - Hewitt to clash in Davis Cup on Friday

Australia's Bernard Tomic and world No.19 Stanislas Wawrinka will open the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off at Royal Sydney Golf Club tomorrow. They will be followed by a re-match of one of tennis' most classic rivalries when world when Australia's Davis Cup stalwart Lleyton Hewitt takes on world No.3 Roger Federer. Hewitt won their last Davis Cup encounter, an epic five setter in the 2003 semifinal.

On Saturday Hewitt will team with Chris Guccione against Federer and Wawrinka in the crucial doubles tie. The reverse singles on Sunday will see Tomic play Federer for the first time, with Hewitt up against Wawrinka.


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