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World Group Play-off: Ukraine at Spain (September 13-15, 2013)

SPAIN vs UKRAINE

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Spain host Ukraine in what will be the first meeting between these two sides in Davis Cup history. Both sides will be desperate to earn a win and compete in the World Group for next year. This is unsure territory for Spain, who have only competed in four play-offs in the last 17 years.
Spain are in the World Group play-off after losing 3-2 to Canada in the first round. Spain were without a number of their top players but will be looking to bounce back from that disappointing defeat. This was Spain's first loss in the first round since 2006, when they were stunned by Belarus.
Ukraine are in the World Group play-off following two 3-2 wins this year. They defeated Sweden in the Europe/Africa Zone Group I second round, coming back from 2-1 down, with Sergiy Stakhovsky winning the deciding rubber. Ukraine lost their only previous World Group play-off to Belgium 3-2 in 2009.

Date: 13 Sep - 15 Sep 2013
Venue: Caja Mágica, Madrid, Spain
Start times: Day 1: 1400 hrs (1200 GMT)
Day 2: 1600 hrs (1400 GMT)
Day 3: 1400 hrs (1200 GMT)
Surface: Clay (Red Clay), Outdoor
Ball: Dunlop Fort Clay Court

SPAIN team nominations:
Rafael NADAL
Date of birth: 03 Jun 1986
Singles ranking: 2
Tommy ROBREDO
Date of birth: 01 May 1982
Singles ranking: 22
Fernando VERDASCO
Date of birth: 15 Nov 1983
Singles ranking: 30
Marc LOPEZ
Date of birth: 31 Jul 1982
Singles ranking: 987
Team captain Alex CORRETJA

UKRAINE team nominations:
Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV
Date of birth: 07 Nov 1988
Singles ranking: 37
Sergiy STAKHOVSKY
Date of birth: 06 Jan 1986
Singles ranking: 94
Oleksandr NEDOVYESOV
Date of birth: 15 Feb 1987
Singles ranking: 153
Denys MOLCHANOV
Date of birth: 16 May 1987
Singles ranking: 234
Team captain Mikhail FILIMA

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Re: World Group Play-off: Ukraine at Spain (September 13-15, 2013)

Opinions from the prior threads (mainly in GM section):

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No worries for Spain ...
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Feal sorry for the Ukraine - the worst draw imaginable!
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Again an easy draw for Spain.
poor Ukraine
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Spain vs. Ukraine, oh I hope Nadal plays and annihilates Dolgopolov's funky game like he always does
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Spain vs. Ukraine - Spain wins easily. Even if Rafa and Ferrer doesn't play. At home the doubles is theirs. Ukraine might get 1 point if Dog plays off his head in 1 match. But more than likely 3-0 after Saturday, and who cares about the dead rubbers but Spain will likely win those too. 5-0 Spain
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Spain v Ukraine
I expect one of Nadal and Ferrer to play (probably Ferrer), but even without them (with Almagro and Verdasco, Lopez...) I expect an easy Spain victory. In theory, even if Dolgo would beat both Spanish players, Spain takes the doubles and I don't think Stakhovsky can beat anyone (given that they at least call the likes of Almagro, Verdascoo, Granollers...) I'll say 4-1 Spain.
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Spain should win at home on clay vs. the Ukraine.
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Nadal plays or not is not a problem vs Ukraine.
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Spain v Ukraine - prediction: Clay
David Ferrer bt Stakhovsky
Nicolas Almagro bt Dolgopolov
Granollers/Lopez bt Dolgopolov/Stakhovsky
Marcel Granollers bt Ilya Marchenko
Nicolas Almagro bt Denys Molchanov
Spain 5-0 Ukraine

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Re: World Group Play-off: Ukraine at Spain (September 13-15, 2013)

should mention they let everyone come to watch nadal training this week at la caja magica for free

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Re: World Group Play-off: Ukraine at Spain (September 13-15, 2013)

Why Verdasco is playing the singles match over Robredo is beyond me

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Why Verdasco is playing the singles match over Robredo is beyond me
Yeah I couldn't quite work that one out either although I expect Verdasco to take care of business still.



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Re: World Group Play-off: Ukraine at Spain (September 13-15, 2013)



The Ukraine team has changed line-up: we see left-handed Vladyslav MANAFOV (Date of birth: 22 Apr 1993, Singles ranking: 620) instead Nedovyesov
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Re: World Group Play-off: Ukraine at Spain (September 13-15, 2013)

R1 F. VERDASCO vs A. DOLGOPOLOV
R2 R. NADAL vs S. STAKHOVSKY
R3 M. LOPEZ / T. ROBREDO vs V. MANAFOV / D. MOLCHANOV
R4 R. NADAL vs A. DOLGOPOLOV
R5 F. VERDASCO vs S. STAKHOVSKY
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Re: World Group Play-off: Ukraine at Spain (September 13-15, 2013)

who is the captain of team ukraine?

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who is the captain of team ukraine?
Mikhail FILIMA, former tennis player (best career ranking is 574 )
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Re: World Group Play-off: Ukraine at Spain (September 13-15, 2013)

R1 F. VERDASCO d. A. DOLGOPOLOV 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-2
R2 R. NADAL d. S. STAKHOVSKY 6-0 6-0 6-4

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R3 M. LOPEZ / R. NADAL d. D. MOLCHANOV / S. STAKHOVSKY 6-2 6-7(6) 6-3 6-4

SPAIN vs UKRAINE 3-0
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lopez(marc) vs molchanov now

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Re: World Group Play-off: Ukraine at Spain (September 13-15, 2013)

Ah, sad longing ... but I understand that real Ukrainian team at the moment is weaker than even a second of the Spanish national team

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63 63 from marc lopez over molchanov i cant

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