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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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Indian challenge fizzles out on final day, go down 4-1 to Serbia

somdev2The Indian Davis Cup team could not maintain their strong performance on the final day of their World Group Round 1 tie against Serbia and went down without much of a fight to the defending champions to lose both matches and the tie 4-1. Somdev Devvarman lost to Victor Troicki in the first of the singles rubbers to hand the Serbians an unassailable 3-1 lead and in an inconsequential fifth rubber, young Karan Rastogi went down to Janko Tipsarevic.

A disappointing defeat in the doubles yesterday had seen India hand the Serbs a 2-1 advantage going into the final day. Somdev, up against World No.18 Victor Troicki, never really found the game that had seen him stun Janko Tipsarevic on the opening day and lost in straight sets 4-6, 2-6, 5-7. The first set saw both players trade early breaks before Somdev lost serve in the crucial ninth game of the set to give his opponent the chance to serve out the set, which he duly did.

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Davis Cup Saturday wrap: Sweden, Argentina, Spain book Quarter-final berths

Argentina and Spain made light work of their opponents in the doubles rubbers played on Saturday to enter the quarterfinals of the 2011 Davis Cup. Joining them in the last eight were seven-time champions Sweden, while 13-time winners USA along with the Czech Republic and defending champions Serbia got a step closer to the next ound. Here's a look at the doubles rubbers played on Saturday:

Sweden 3-0 Russia (Being played in Boras, Sweden):

In Boras, the veteran doubles duo of Simon Aspelin and Robert Lindstedt ensured that Sweden progressed to the quarterfinals without much hassle. Going into the match with a 2-0 lead after singles victories for Robin Soderling and Joachim Johansson yesterday, the Swedes got past the Russian pairing of Igor Kunitsyn and Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-6(6), 6-2 to give their team an unassailable 3-0 lead going into the final day.

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Serbia take 2-1 lead as Somdev-Bopanna go down fighting in Doubles rubber

rohan_bopanna2India's gallant show at the Davis Cup spilled over into Saturday as the makeshift doubles pairing of Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna put on another gritty display but went down to the Serbian pair of Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-7(10).

It all started so well for the Indian pair. After a number of breaks in the opening set, the Indians broke again in the ninth game of the first set and then held serve to take the opening set 6-4 and stun the home crowd into near-silence. An encouraging start in the second set, with the Serbs facing 0-30 on their serve at 1-1 had the Indians probably dreaming of a 2 sets to love lead. It was not to be though as the Serbian duo held their serve and broke later in the set to take the set 6-3.

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