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Argentina comforted by fortress venue for quarters

Posted 02-25-2013 at 05:42 PM by Philip Oliver
Argentina’s Davis Cup team must be delighted with the news their World Group quarter-final clash with France will be held in the formidable Parque Roca, Buenos Aires.

The 13,000 capacity arena has played host to Argentina’s last seven home ties and their only defeat on the clay surface came at the hands of Czech Republic in last year’s semi-final.

The team are aiming to reach the semis for the fourth year in a row and will take confidence from the fact the Parque Roca...
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Nadal eyes gradual improvement

Posted 02-20-2013 at 01:53 PM by Philip Oliver
Rafael Nadal was determined to savour the moment after lifting the Brazil Open on Sunday, putting thoughts of a return to the top of the men's game on the back burner.

The Spaniard won his first title in only his second tournament since making his comeback from a serious knee injury. He went one better than his final appearance in Chile, beating Argentine David Nalbandian in straight sets in the Sao Paulo showpiece.

While the South American success will boost Nadal's...
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Nadal hits out over balls

Posted 02-20-2013 at 10:25 AM by Philip Oliver
Rafael Nadal hit out at the ATP over the state of the balls, despite booking his place in the Brazil Open quarter-finals with a comfortable victory over home hope Joao Souza.

The Spaniard, who made his comeback from injury and illness last week, needed only 79 minutes and a break of serve in each set to get past his Brazilian opponent, ranked 140th in the world.

The 6-3 6-4 win eased concerns over Nadal's fitness. The 26-year-old took the decision to pull out of a doubles...
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Gasquet Suffers Shock Loss in Rotterdam

Posted 02-20-2013 at 10:24 AM by Philip Oliver
Richard Gasquet’s superb start to the 2013 season came to an abrupt end last week as the French world number 10 crashed out of the Rotterdam World Tennis 6-4 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis.

Up against the unseeded Cypriot, Gasquet struggled to control his returns and failed convert any of three break points across the two sets. He won just 29% of his return points, while winning just 66% of his first serves compared to Baghdatis’ 78%.

He looked tired on the Rotterdam court...
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Nadal Gets Reality Check after Defeat

Posted 02-13-2013 at 11:51 AM by Philip Oliver
Rafael Nadal almost secured a successful comeback from injury last week after the 11-time Grand Slam champion eased into the final of the Vina del Mar tournament in Chile, but lost at the last hurdle to give him a major reality check.

Nadal, who was playing is first competitive tournament in eight months, lost 6-7 7-6 6-4 to Horacio Zeballos in a gruelling match where serves dominated. The Spaniard simply couldn’t get hold of his opponent’s serves at the back of the clay court and...
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