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Del Potro, Monaco give Argentina perfect start against Kazakhstan

del_potroArgentina moved within a win of making the Semi-finals of the Davis Cup for the 5th time in the last 7 years with a couple of very convincing victories in the opening singles encounters on Thursday against Kazakhstan. Juan Monaco won the first match of the rubber 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 against Kazakh no.1 Andrey Golubev before 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro scored an even easier 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 win against Mikhail Kukushkin. The tie is being played on the red clay of Parque Roca's Mary Teran de Weiss stadium, Buenos Aires.

Kazakhstan, who are participating in the elite World Group for the very first time in their short tennis history, battled back from 2-1 down to shock the Czech Republic in the previous round. Golubev came into this match on the back of a 10-0 run in the Davis Cup, but was completely outplayed by the veteran Juan Monaco.

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Draws for the Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinals released

The ITF has announced the draws so far for the 2011 Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals ties to be played on 8-10 July. The tie between Argentina and Kazakhstan is taking place on 7-9 July due to government elections in Argentina.

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Hewitt, Tomic singles combination looking likely

Australia is just a day away from naming a dream Davis Cup singles combination of Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic.

Both players practised strongly again yesterday and are due on court this afternoon to put the finishing touches to their preparation for their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie against China at the Beijing International Tennis Centre starting Friday.

Australia needs to win to earn a berth in the World Group Playoff in September.

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ITF revises date of Davis Cup Final for 2012-13

The ITF today announced revised dates for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final in 2012 and 2013. The Final has been brought forward by two weeks due to the shortening of the men's calendar from 2012, and will take place during the weekend immediately following the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

The 2012 Davis Cup Final will be held on 16-18 November, while the 2013 Final will take place on 15-17 November. The full dates for the 2012 and 2013 competitions are as follows:

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Davis Cup Sunday wrap: USA, France, Serbia, Germany in quarters, Czech Republic stunned by Kazakhstan

andy_roddick_2In a dramatic final day of Round 1 action of the Davis Cup World Group, the Czech Republic were stunned by debutants Kazakhstan while the  'big boys' France and USA sealed their places in the next round. Also joining them in the quarter-finals were defending champions Serbia and Germany.

Chile 1-4 USA (Being played in Santiago, Chile):

The Chileans came into the final day against the 13-time champions with a semblance of hope, needing to win both their single matches to clinch the tie. Opening day hero Paul Capdeville looked like he was going to do it all over again, winning the first set against Andy Roddick 6-3. However, a resolute Roddick ensured that the US would progress to the next round as he won the next three sets to clinch the match 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-3, 6-3. In the fifth rubber, John Isner beat Guillermo Rivera-Aranguiz 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-5.

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