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Davis Cup: Australia lead USA 2-0 in Brisbane

Australia’s Jordan Thompson and Nick Kyrgios both produced superb performances on day one of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinal tie to establish a commanding 2-0 lead over the United States at Pat Rafter Arena.

Thompson who won both his singles matches on his Davis Cup debut against the Czech Republic in February, has maintained his impressive record in the competition by beating Team USA’s No.1 player Jack Sock 6-3 3-6 7-6(4) 6-4 in the opening rubber today.

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Bhupathi drops former doubles partners Paes and Bopanna both from first Davis Cup squad

India's non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi on Tuesday selected four singles players in the squad for the Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan, dropping veteran Leander Paes and his doubles partner Rohan Bopanna to the reserves.

Paes is on the cusp of becoming the tournament's most successful doubles player and the Uzbekistan match may well be the last chance for him to claim the all-time record on home turf after losing the doubles against New Zealand with Vishnu Vardhan. Paes is currently tied with Italy's Nicola Pietrangeli on 42 wins.

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Preliminary Indian squad named for Uzbekistan clash

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Monday announced the preliminary squad for the upcoming Asia/Oceania second-round Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan.

Singles players Saketh Myneni and Sumit Nagal will miss the tie due to injuries. Youngsters Prajnesh Gunneswaran and N. Sriram Balaji have replaced them in the squad.

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France choose the clay of Rouen for Great Britain Davis Cup clash

Nine-time winners France will host 10-time titleholders Britain in the quarter-final of the Davis Cup tennis tournament at the north-western city of Rouen.

The match will be held at the 5,000-plus-capacity Palais des Sports in Rouen here from April 7 to 9, the French Tennis Federation announced here on Monday.

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Canada go down 3-2 to Great Britain in the Davis Cup after Shapovalov defaulted for hitting umpire

An unfortunate ending closed out a hard-fought weekend at Canada’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie against Great Britain at TD Place in Ottawa on Sunday. After Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil defeated his British No. 1 counterpart Daniel Evans 7-6(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5) to force the fifth and deciding rubber, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont. was defaulted at 2-1 in the third set of the final match.

Seventeen-year-old Shapovalov was trailing Kyle Edmund 6-3, 6-4, 2-1 when he unintentionally struck the chair umpire with a ball. As per ITF rules, he was automatically defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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