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Australia refuses to come to Chennai for Davis Cup tie

lleyton_hewitt.jpgAustralia will not go to Chennai for the Davis Cup tie against India next month, Tennis Australia announced today.

The decision follows the International Tennis Federation board's rejection overnight of a Tennis Australia appeal to shift the tie out of India because of security concerns.

"We asked for the tie to be moved because we have major security concerns for the players, particularly during the election," Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard explained.

"The ITF decision has left us with no other option," Mr Pollard said. "We cannot send the team. It is extremely disappointing."

"It would be irresponsible of us to send our players into an area of such high risk. Davis Cup is very important

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Somdev clinches Davis Cup tie for India

somdev_devvarman_2.jpgSomdev Devvarman demolished world number 59 Yen-Hsun Lu in three barely competitive sets 6-1 6-2 6-3 to take India to the 3rd round of the Asia-Oceania Group I Davis Cup.

Coming into this game with a 2-1 lead after Leander & Mahesh won the crucial doubles tie yesterday, Somdev had nothing to lose as he took on Lu, a significantly more experienced player, who has worked his way into the top 100 in the world. In the week coming into the Davis Cup tie, Lu had reache

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India take 2-1 lead in Davis Cup

leander_mahesh_dc.jpgUnbeaten since 1996 as a pair in the Davis Cup, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi went into their doubles rubber against Tsung-Hua Yang & Chu-Huan Yi as massive favourites. The Indian Express were made to work hard against their less illustrious opponents, winning their tie in four highly competitive sets 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-2 to give India a 2-1 lead going into the reverse singles on Sunday. Yesterday, Somdev Devvarman had given India a 1-0 lead in the tie beating Ti Chen in straight sets before Yen-Hsun Lu levelled the tie at 1-1.

Yang was broken in the opening game of the match as Leander and Mahesh raced to the net

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India - Taipei One All after First Singles

somdev_devvarman_4.jpgAfter losing 4-1 to Romania in their World Group Play-off in September 2008, India returned to the ignominy of the qualifying rounds of the Davis Cup as they attempt to mount a serious challenge to once again regain a place amongst tennis' elite.

Drawn again Chinese Taipei in the First tier of the competition, India have a full year to earn a place in the World Group, or heaven forbid should they lose, face relegation to Group II of the Asia-Oceania League. Sharing India's hopes for

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Spain win the Davis Cup

verdasco.jpgFernando Verdasco fought brilliantly from two sets to one down to beat Argentine substitute Jose Acasuso in five desperately competitive sets to help Spain clinch the Davis Cup 3 - 1 with the final reserve singles cancelled (dead rubber).

Spain, champions in 2000 & 2004 continued their track record of winning one every four years this century pulling off an amazing upset in front of a hostile Argentine home crowd and that too without their top two players world no. 1 Rafael Nadal & Tommy Robredo.

Verdasco, coming in for the out of form David Ferrer - beaten in the first match of the tie by Argentine star David Nalbandian on Friday - picked up his game tremendously in the crucial doubles rubber yesterday and kept his nerve at crucial momen

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