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Pat Cash to lead Junior Davis Cup team at World Final

Australian tennis great and former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash will lead the Junior Davis Cup team at the world final in Mexico, commencing this week. This role continues Cash's involvement with top Australian junior players, following his work during training blocks at both the AIS in Canberra and the claycourt training base in Barcelona over the past few years.

Cash will lead the Junior Davis Cup squad of Nick Kyrgios (ACT), Jay Andrijic (NSW), Bradley Mousley (SA) and Daniel Guccione (Vic). Fifteen-year-old Wimbledon Junior champion Ashleigh Barty (Qld) will head up the Junior Fed Cup team, along with Belinda Woolcock (Vic), Brooke Rischbieth (SA) and captain Ken Richardson.

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Spain to face Kazakhstan, Argentina get Germany in Davis Cup 2012 Draw

nadal_winsThe draw for the 2012 edition of the Davis Cup were announced on Wednesday in Bangkok. With that the matches scheduled for the World Group and Zone Groups I and II have been decided. Only the draw for Americas Zone Group II remains, which shall be decided following the completion of the 2011 Americas Zone Group I tie between Mexico and Columbia on 28-30 October.

As per each year, 16 countries have been drawn in the World Group play-off. Top seeds and current finalists Spain will face Kazakhstan the opening round. The other finalist in this year's tournament Argentina have been handed a tough outing against Germany in Round 1.

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Draws for 2012 Davis Cup to be announced on Wednesday

The seeds have been announced for the draws of the 2012 BNP Paribas Davis Cup which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday in Bangkok. This year's finalists Spain and Argentina lead the seeds in the World Group, while the remaining are decided by the current ITF rankings given to each nation.   The current semifinalists Serbia and France are seeded 3 and 4 respectively.

The draws for 2012 Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II, and Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II will also take place in Bangkok. A decision about the scheduling of the draw for 2012 Americas Zone Groups I and II will be made on Tuesday following the completion of the Americas Zone Group II tie between Paraguay and Peru on Monday.

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Argentina to clash with Spain in Davis Cup Final

Rafael Nadal quelled French hopes of a comeback as he destroyed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 4th rubber in three lopsided sets and ushered his team into the World Group finals, where they will face off against Argentina in a bid to claim their 5th Davis Cup. The South Americans on the other hand defeated the Serbians 3-2 in their semi-final tie at Belgrade. This will be their fourth appearance at the summit clash, and they  will be looking to go one step further this time by claiming the coveted trophy.

Despite the return of Novak Djokovic for the Serbian Davis Cup team, they could not prevent the loss of their World Group semifinal tie at the hands of the Argentinians. All of Serbia's hopes rested on the World No.1's shoulders, who was expected to defeat Juan Martin Del Potro and level the tie at two apiece and give Janko Tipsarevic a chance to win it for his country in the final rubber. Yet the US Open champion's browbeaten body could not take the added exertions of another 5 setter, and he withdrew from the rubber trailing 7-6(5), 3-0 due to a rib and lower back injury. Tipsarevic however, managed to pull off a consolation win for his country against Juan Monaco. He was leading 6-2, 0-0 when Monaco retired from the match.

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Japan down India 4-1 to advance to the Davis Cup World Group

Japan vs India has been a Davis Cup tie played out on 21 previous occasions with India overwhelmingly dominating the head-to-head record 18-3. With only 16 spots available in the World Group, Japan has had to endure a 26 year wait from mixing it with the world's best tennis players. That wait ended on Sunday, 18th September when world no.55 Kei Nishikori led his team into the 2012 World Group at the expense of an ordinary Indian outfit, beating debutant Vishnu Vardhan, ranked 401 places below the Japanese 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

Standing in for the injured Somdev Devvarman, 24-year old Vardhan put in a creditable performance in the opening set, battling his way through his service games and unleashing a showcasing a forehand which had enormous power at its disposal. However, his resistance was ended in the 11th game when Nishikori breached his serve to go ahead 6-5 before serving out the set.

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