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Del Potro ruled out of Davis Cup clash with Italy

Defending champions Argentina will miss the services of former World No.4 tennis star Juan Martin Del Potro for their next month's Davis Cup tie against Italy, Argentine captain Daniel Orsanic has revealed.

Orsanic said Diego Schwartzman, Horacio Zeballos, Guido Pella and Leonardo Mayer will play for Argentina in the February 3 to 5 tie at the capital's Sarmiento Park.

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Leander Paes hopes to retain Davis Cup spot after Mahesh Bhupathi takes over

Leander Paes, India's never-give-up tennis star, said he hopes to work well under the captaincy of his former doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi since "we are good friends".

"I don't forsee any problem. I will remain calm and collected," he told IANS a few hours after he lost in the first round of the doubles event at the Australian Open in three sets.

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Indian tennis set for next upheaval: Bopanna axed, Amritraj to exit too

The All-India Tennis Association (AITA) on Thursday dropped Rohan Bopanna from the Indian squad for the Davis Cup tie against New Zealand in Pune from February 3-5 which will also be the last enagement with the national squad for non-playing captain Anand Amritraj.

In Bopanna's absence, Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni, who produced a spirited fight against the formidable Spanish combination of Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez, will continue to be the preferred doubles pair.

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Australia to open Davis Cup campaign against Czech Republic in Melbourne

Australia will start their 2017 Davis Cup campaign in Melbourne, Victoria. The Davis Cup World Group first round tie between Australia and Czech Republic will be played on hardcourt at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club from 3 to 5 February 2017. The two nations will return to the spiritual home of Australian tennis for the first time in 44 years.

Australia has met the three-time Davis Cup champions on eight occasions and holds a 7-1 record over the Czech team. They most recently met in March 2015 in Ostrava when Australia won 3-2.

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Argentina complete magnificent turnaround to win Davis Cup

Juan Martin del Potro staged a magnificent comeback after losing the first two sets to beat Marin Cilic before Federico Delbonis defeated Ivo Karlovic to enable Argentina claim their maiden Davis Cup tennis title. Del Potro won 6-7 (4), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 in 4 hours 53 minutes to level the title fixture 2-2 here on Sunday.

Then it was Delbonis handily beating Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the fifth and final match of the tie to hand the long-coveted trophy to Argentina, who have been beaten four times in the final earlier.

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