Madrid, Sep 6 : Spainwill bring its strongest possible squad including 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and World No.13 David Ferrer to face hosts Indiain a Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie.
World No.5 Nadal, who on Monday crashed out of the US Open, will headline a strong squad also including doubles specialists Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez, coach Conchita Martinez said on Tuesday, reports Efe.
Nadal and Ferrer are expected to play the four singles matches of the five-match tie while Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez will play the doubles match.
The match will be held at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium in New Delhi from September 16-18.
The All IndiaTennis Association (AITA) has already announced that it was retaining all the four players that beat South Korea 4-1 in July.
In the Davis Cup tie against South Korea, Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan played the singles matches while Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna teamed up for the doubles.
Paes and Bopanna, despite a long history of acrimonious relations between them, won their tie against South Korea. The pair, however, lost in the very first round of the Rio Olympics tennis competitions last month.
I am still captain unless I hear otherwise: Bhupathi
New Delhi, 6 Nov : Veteran Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi on Wednesday refused to admit that he has been replaced as captain of India for the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan saying he is available and believes he is “still captain”.
Sania Mirza, Shoiab Malik blessed with baby boy
Hyderabad, 30 October : Tennis star Sania Mirza and her Pakistani cricketer husband Shoaib Malik were blessed with a baby boy on Tuesday. Sania delivered the child early Tuesday morning, here and both mother and child were well.
Shoaib tweeted: “Excited to announce: Its a boy, and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumdulilah. Thank you for the wishes and Duas, we are humbled #BabyMirzaMalik.”
Sania married Shoaib in a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim wedding ceremony on April 12, 2010.
Italy defeat defending champion Argentina in Davis Cup
Buenos Aires, 7 Feb 2017 : Fabio Fognini rallied to beat Guido Pella 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, giving Italy a 3-2 win over host and defending champion Argentina in a first-round Davis Cup tie here.
“I am happy because I put everything I had. I played very badly at the beginning, I waited until the end to find my game and now I feel great joy for this triumph,” Fognini said, reports Efe.
Fognini, the world no 48, dug in against world no 84 Pella in the third set on clay at Parque Sarmiento, capitalising on mistakes by the Argentine who blew two break opportunities.
The match, rescheduled due to rain, strong winds and darkness on Sunday, was not free of the usual antics from the volatile Fognini.
He received a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct after he smashed his racket into the ground in the second set.
Fognini argued with fans in the stands and the chair umpire during the first two sets and he kicked a wall at one point to vent.
Pella, however, was unable to put the Italian away and the frustration got to him in the fourth set when he smashed his own racket after blowing two break chances in the sixth game.
Argentina was without Juan Martin del Potro, the hero of the South American nation’s maiden Davis Cup triumph last year.
The 28-year-old del Potro has battled numerous wrist injuries in recent years and concerns about his long-term health led him to skip both last month’s Australian Open and the first-round Davis Cup tie.
Italy will travel to Belgium to play in the quarterfinals of tennis’ premier international team event.
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