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Gawdblessya:
I take only a mild interest in Davis Cup, but others may be more interested.  The first round starts soon, and some interesting matches could arise.   

DAVIS CUP  WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND 1-3 February 2013

Link to the official site :   http://www.daviscup.com/en/home.aspx

TEAMS:

Canada v Spain in Vancouver, Canada

Canada                                                                                 Spain
Milos Raonic                                                                      Nicolas Almagro
Vasek Pospisil                                                                   Marcel Granollers         
Frank Dancevic                                                                  Marc Lopez     
Daniel Nestor                                                                    Albert Ramos
Martin Laurendeau (captain)                                                Alex Corretja (captain)

Italy  v Croatia in Turin,Italy

Italy                                                                                            Croatia 
Andreas Seppi                                                                          Marin Cilic                     
Fabio Fognini                                                                            Ivan Dodig   
Paolo Lorenzi                                                                           Antonio Veic   
Simone Bolelli                                                                          Mate Pavic   
Corrado Barazzutti (captain)                                                       Zeljko Krajan (captain)


Belgium v Serbia  in Charleroi, Belgium

Belgium                                                                  Serbia
David Goffin                                                          Novak Djokovic       
Steve Darcis                                                          Janko Tipsarevic
Ruben Bemelmans                                                  Viktor Troicki
Olivier Rochus                                                       Nenad Zimonjic               
Johan van Herck (captain)                                       Bogdan Obradovic (captain)   

USA v Brazil in Jacksonville, USA

USA                                                                          Brazil            
John Isner                                                                   Thomaz Bellucci                               
Sam Querrey                                                                Thiago Alves
Mike Bryan                                                                   Marcelo Melo
Bob Bryan                                                                    Bruno Soares
Jim Courier (captain)                                                     Joao Luis Zwetsch (captain)       

France v Israel in Rouen, France

France                                                                     Israel
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga                                                        Dudi Sela 
Richard Gasquet                                                           Amir Weintraub
Julien Benneteau                                                          Jonathan Erlich       
Michael Llodra                                                              Andy Ram     
Arnaud Clement (captain)                                              Eyal Ram (captain)     

Argentina v Germany in Buenes Aires, Argentina

Argentina                                                                            Germany     
Juan Monaco                                                                            Philipp Kohlschreiber
Horacio Zeballos                                                                      Florian Mayer
Carlos Berlocq                                                                         Tobias Kamke
David Nalbandian                                                                    Christopher Kas
Martin Jaite (captain)                                                              Carsten Arriens (captain)

Kazakhstan v Austria in Astana, Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan                                                                        Austria 
Mikhail Kukushkin                                                               Jurgen Melzer
Andrey Golubev                                                                  Andreas Haider-Maurer
Evgeny Korolev                                                                   Alexander Peya         
Yuri Schukin                                                                       Julian Knowle       
Dias Doskarayev (captain)                                                   Clemens Trimmel (captain)

Switzerland v Czech Republic in Geneva, Switzerland

Switzerland                                                                   Czech Republic
Stanislas Wawrinka                                                            Tomas Berdych
Marco Chiudinelli                                                                Radek Stepanek
Michael Lammer                                                                 Lukas Rosol
Henri Laaksonen                                                                Jiri Vesely
Severin Luthi (captain)                                                       Jaroslav Navratil (captain)


Litotes:
I believe I read Almagro has been ruled out of the Spanish team.

Swish:
 :::O
 
 

Gawdblessya:
Disappointment for tried and tested trio

It has been a disappointing week for three of Davis Cup's most fervent supporters in recent times.
Nicolas Almagro, Janko Tipsarevic and Radek Stepanek have all been forced to pull out of this weekend's first round ties due to injury.

Almagro was unable to travel to Vancouver because of an injury to his left leg and although he has yet to be officially replaced, the RFET has said that Guillermo Garcia Lopez will take his place in the side to play Canada.

Tipsarevic has taken to Facebook to announce his dismay at not being able to play Davis Cup for the first time in 14 years after jarring his heel at the Australian Open.
The Serbian wrote: "Unfortunatley I have to inform everyone that I will not be able to compete in the upcoming Davis Cup match cause of the foot injury that happened at the Australian Open.
"This is one of the hardest decisions that I had to make in my career, but trust me it was not my first choice. In the last 14 [years], there has not been a single year where I was not a part of the Serbian National Team.
"Feeling extremely sad and disappointed right now cause I am emotionally attached to this competition, and winning the Davis Cup trophy is one of the highlights of my career.
We have a fantastic team, so let's all support them in a potential win against Belgium."
The Serbian team have yet to officially announce who will be replacing Tipsarevic in the team.

Stepanek, who famously won the decisive fifth rubber against Almagro in the 100th Davis Cup Final in Prague last year, is not able to help the defending champions in their bid to win a sixth consecutive tie after a back injury ruled him out of the tie against Switzerland.
The Czechs have drafted in Ivo Minar in Stepanek's place, which leaves the door open for Switzerland to cause an upset in Geneva.

http://www.daviscup.com/en/news/articles/disappointment-for-tried-and-tested-trio.aspx

Alex:
I don't know what to say. Belgians managed to create some indoor clay court ... Djokovic says 'it's not playable'. I don't think he should be playing DC at all. Fed is smart enough not to waste his time.

Canada vs. Spain, with or without Almagro and Nadal ... I don't think we have a chance.

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