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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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Romania crush India 4-1 in World Group Play-off

paes01.jpgBucharest was the scene of India's latest failure to rejoin the elite World Group of Men's tennis, a category she hasn't belonged to since 1998. India hasn't beaten Romania in the Davis Cup since the 1920s, though there have been some memorable matches in the past featuring Romanian legends Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac and India's davis cuppers Premjit Lall & Jaideep Mukherjee.

Playing lead singles for India was Davis Cup veteran Vijay Amritraj's son Prakash, ranked 220th in the World and partnering him was debutant Somdev Devvarman (#244).

Prakash played a couple of competitive sets against Victor Crivoi. Prakash raced out of the blocks and broke Crivoi in his opening service game. Games went with serve till 5-3 when Prakash had an opportun

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Redemption...at last!

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The last Grand Slam of the year saw two beleaguered superstars grab their chance at redemption as Serena Williams (USA) and Roger Federer (Swi) capped an excellent couple of weeks at Flushing Meadows with straight-set wins in the ladies and men's singles finals of the US Open Championships respectively.  

Serena overcame some dogged defending from 2nd seed Jelena Jankovic to seal a 6-4, 7-5 victory in a match rescheduled for Sunday night due to the inclement New York weather. Jankovic to her credit made Williams work for almost every point and should have r

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Super Saturday

us_open_tom_mascardo_ss.jpgIt's Super Saturday at the US Open today as the most exciting day of action in the annual tennis calendar will feature the Women's Singles Final squeezed in between the two Men's Singles Semifinals.

Serena Williams played outstanding tennis to overcome Dinara Safina 6-2, 6-3 in front of a packed and partisan home crowd at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center late on Friday. Serena a two-time former Champion, will go into the final as the favourite against Jelena Jankovic who inspite of being seeded higher has never played a Grand Slam final before. The winner of the match will not just walk away with the US O

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Champions!

lee_black1.jpgLeander Paes (Ind) and Cara Black (Zim) played some scintillating tennis to win the Mixed Doubles US Open title beating the Brit-American pair of Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber in straight sets 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 at Flushing Meadows today.

The first set of the match was extremely close as Cara Black needed to even save a set-point on her serve during regulation play. With no breaks of serve in the set, it was left to a tie-break to decide the winner , Leander and Cara did just enough to win it 8-6 in a set that lasted just under an hour.

The second set also went on serve till the fifth game when Jamie Murray put himself under a bit of pressure double faulting at 30-15. The game went to deuce and wi

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Paes' Doubles Delight

paes1.jpgLeander Paes showed a welcome return to form by reaching the finals of both the Mixed Doubles and the Men's Doubles events at the US Open.

Partnering with Cara Black a six time grand slam champion in her own right, Paes turned back the clock a few years winning a fairly competitive semi-final encounter against Jonas Bjorkman & Nadia Petrova 6-4, 6-4. They will play Liezel Huber (Cara's women's doubles partner) and young Scot Jamie Murray in the final scheduled as the second match on day 11 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

In the Men's doubles semi-finals Paes playing alongside the Czech Republic's Lukas Dlouhy annihilated Juan Monaco & Maximo Gonzalez 6-2, 6-0. The young Argenitnes looked a shadow of their former selves having pla

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Five Set Drama

fedex.jpgA night of thrilling matches kept us completely compelled to our television sets as Roger Federer pulled off an excellent five set victory over the number 23 seed Igor Andreev and Novak Djokovic dug deep to beat Tommy Robredo also in five sets to stay on course for a dream semi-final against each other.

To get there however Novak will need to run through the American destroyer that is Andy Roddick, who continued to annihilate opponents through the draw. Federer next plays qualifier Gilles Muller who upset 5th seed Nikolai Davydenko in straight sets. The large Luxemburg left-hander has now won 7 matches in the US Open so far and has in the past beaten top 10 players including Rafa Nadal and Andy Roddick.

Match of the Day - A

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