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Spain and Czech Republic deadlocked at 1-1 on Opening Day of Davis Cup Final

There was no separating Spain and the Czech Republic after the opening day of the Davis Cup Final in Prague with both higher ranked players winning the opening singles encounters for their respective sides. David Ferrer continued his exceptional run this year to overcome Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a match that was probably a tad more competitive than the scoreline suggests. The home fans were then treated to a humdinger as Tomas Berdych saw off the challenge of Nicolas Almagro in a thrilling five set encounter 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to draw the hosts level.

Ferrer got the defending champions off to a perfect start, breaking Stepanek late in the first set in the 8th game before holding on to his serve in the following game to wrap it up comfortably enough. The Spaniard stretched his run of games early in the second set, going up a break, but Stepanek battled back to draw level midway through the set. Ferrer though quickly regained his advantage and wasted little time in opening up a 2-set to love lead.


Canada get finalists Spain in Davis Cup First Round

The draw for the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group was held on Wednesday at the offices of title sponsor BNP Paribas in London. The Canadian Davis Cup team will play a home tie versus Spain from February 1-3, 2013 in the first round of the World Group.

"Spain is a tough team, but when you are in an elite group of 16 countries every team is going to be tough," said Canada's captain Martin Laurendeau. "We want to be the first Canadian team to ever win a World Group tie and we will continue to work towards that for February. We get to host them in Canada, in front of our home crowd and we will use that to our advantage and are really looking forward to this opportunity."


Seeds announced for 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Draw

Spain and Czech Republic head the seeds for the Draw for the World Group of the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, which takes place at the BNP Paribas offices in London on Wednesday 19 September at 11:00 local time. The draws for 2013 Americas Zone Groups I and II, Asia/Oceania Zone Group II and Europe/Africa Zone Group I will also take place in London. The draws for Asia/Oceania Zone Group I and Europe/Africa Zone Group II will be held following the remaining 2012 Davis Cup play-off ties on 19-21 October.

According to the Davis Cup Regulations, the two finalist nations are seeded No. 1 and No. 2 in the World Group for the following year, and will be drawn in opposite halves. Seeds 3-8 are in accordance with the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 17 September.


Raonic helps Canada retain World Group berth

The Canadian Davis Cup team will remain in the World Group for Davis Cup by BNP Paribas next year after defeating South Africa 4-1 in a World Group play-off tie held outdoors this weekend at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal.

After Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil were unable to clinch the tie for Canada in Saturday's doubles rubber losing in straight sets, Milos Raonic secured the winning point for his country with a decisive 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Izak Van Der Merwe in Sunday's first reverse singles rubber between the teams' no. 1 players.


Spain - Czech Republic to clash in Davis Cup Final

Spain and the Czech Republic will clash in the Final of the 2012 Davis Cup come November with both nations sealing their spot in the season finale by picking up comfortable wins in the first reverse singles match on Sunday. David Ferrer recovered from dropping the first set to American John Isner to win in 4 to give Spain a 3-1 advantage, while Tomas Berdych also kept his 100% record in the tie intact by cruising past Carlos Berlocq in three easy sets to take the Czech Republic through at the expense of Argentina.

Spain had come into Sunday having predictably dropped the doubles rubber to the United States with the incredible Bryan brothers picking up a hard fought 4 set win against Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. David Ferrer though was always the favourite to beat John Isner, especially on clay despite the tall American's exceptional play in the Davis Cup this season.


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