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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.

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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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Djokovic, Nadal & Federer lead their sides in Davis Cup action next week

The International Tennis Federation has announced the nominations for players competing in this year's Davis Cup World Group semifinal and the World Group playoffs, scheduled to take place between 16 to 18 September. Defending champions Serbia will face Argentina at Belgrade in the first semifinal while Spain take on France at home in the other. India, who lost to Serbia in their opening World Group tie earlier this year, are set to face qualifier Japan in their World Group playoff. Meanwhile 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, will feature for Switzerland in their playoff tie against Australia.


Defending champions Serbia, who had battled past a Swedish side sans Robin Soderling to qualify for the World Group semi-final, have named Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki as part of their Davis Cup lineup, while Argentina, who swept past Kazakhstan, have announced a strong team with Juan Martin Del Potro, Juan Ignacio Chela, Juan Monaco and David Nalbandian set to feature in the last four. Serbia's captain will be Bogdan Obradovic while Argentina will be led by Tito Vasquez.

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Hewitt & Tomic to lead Aussie Davis Cup battle against Switzerland

Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic will spearhead Australia's challenge against a powerful Swiss team in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off tie on the grass courts of the Royal Sydney Golf Club next week. The Australians also named big serving Melbourne left-hander Chris Guccione and talented Victorian Marinko Matosevic in their four man team to do battle against a Swiss team comprising Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Stephane Bohli and Marco Chiudinelli under the captaincy of Severin Luthi.

Australian Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter is confident Hewitt will be fit and said they (he and coach Tony Roche) had chosen the team based on form, fitness and the surface.

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Davis Cup comes to Royal Sydney Golf Club

Royal Sydney Golf Club at Rose Bay has been named as the venue to host the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off between Australia and Switzerland from 16-18 September. The tie will be played on the club's historic grass courts, once the stomping ground of Sir Norman Brookes, whose name adorns the Australian Open men's trophy.

Brookes, often referred to as the father of Australian tennis, was an early member of Royal Sydney and had much to do with the foundation of tennis at the club, playing in ten Challenges between 1919 and 1928.

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