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Old 03-30-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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Default Europe/Africa Group I 2nd Round: Sweden at Ukraine (April 5-7, 2013)

TIE PREVIEW

This is the first meeting between these two nations with very contrasting histories in Davis Cup.
Ukraine had a tough first round tie on its return to Group I this year, having to pull victory from Slovak Republic in the decisive fifth rubber. Having only fielded Alexandr Dolgopolov and Sergiy Stakhovsky all weekend, Illya Marchenko was called up for the final rubber and sealed the win.
Ukraine started its Davis Cup career in 1993 in Group III and has since alternated between Group I and II, reaching just one World Group play-off in this time in 2009.
Since the introduction of the World Group in 1981, Sweden has only been out of it twice – in 2000 and this year. It earned a first round bye for this year’s rare Group I appearance so it’s competing for the first time since September, when it found itself relegated after losing 5-0 to Belgium in the World Group play-off.
If Ukraine wins this tie, Sweden will play Slovak Republic in the 1st Round play-off on 13-15 September. The loser of that tie will play the 2nd Round play-off on 18-20 October. If Sweden wins, Slovak Republic must wait for other results in Zone Group I before finding out its next opponent.

Date: 05 Apr - 07 Apr 2013
Venue: Megaron Tennis Club, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
Start times:
Day 1: 1400 hrs (1100 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1400 hrs (1100 hrs GMT)
Day 3: 1300 hrs (1000 hrs GMT)
Surface: Hard (Opticourt), Indoor
Ball: Head ATP Hard Court


TEAM NOMINATIONS

UKRAINE
Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV (Date of birth: 07 Nov 1988, Singles ranking: 22)
Sergiy STAKHOVSKY (Date of birth: 06 Jan 1986, Singles ranking: 106)
Illya MARCHENKO (Date of birth: 08 Sep 1987, Singles ranking: 121)
Denys MOLCHANOV (Date of birth: 16 May 1987, Singles ranking: 242)
Team captain Mikhail FILIMA

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Christian LINDELL (Date of birth: 20 Nov 1991, Singles ranking: 540)
Markus ERIKSSON (Date of birth: 29 Nov 1989, Singles ranking: 649)
Robert LINDSTEDT (Date of birth: 19 Mar 1977,Doubles ranking: 6)
Johan BRUNSTROM (Date of birth: 03 Apr 1980, Doubles ranking: 52)
Team captain Fredrik ROSENGREN

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Old 03-30-2013, 10:47 AM   #2
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Dolgopolov has World Group ambitions

Alexandr Dolgopolov is back in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas fold and the 24-year-old from Kiev has made it clear that he hopes to lead Ukraine into the World Group.
Ranked world No. 22, Dolgopolov made a welcome return to the Ukrainian team in February’s Europe/Africa Zone Group I first round tie against Slovak Republic, but he doesn’t just want to make up the numbers, he wants to break new ground for his country.
“I have a week or so to get ready for the next tie,” he explained. “If we win, we can play a play-off to go to the World Group – Ukraine was never there – so it’s going to be fun.”
Dolgopolov first played Davis Cup for Ukraine in 2006, but he spent five years away from the side before making his return this year. His victories in the singles against Andrei Martin and Lukas Lacko were his first wins in the competition and it looks like he is now committed to playing for his country.
Speaking about why he has chosen to come back to the competition now, Dolgopolov said: “At the start of your career everybody has different stuff, some guys have to pay back sponsors and I couldn’t really afford to play.
"I wanted to concentrate on my singles ranking and my own career, but now I think I can afford it and I’m willing to play. We have a good team to go forward and it’s a nice new experience.”
Ukraine certainly has a good chance of earning promotion to the top tier if they can field teams that include the likes of Dolgopolov and Sergiy Stakhovsky. In 2009, they came desperately close to reaching the World Group when falling in a decisive fifth rubber against Belgium but in the end Sergei Bubka was outplayed by Steve Darcis.
With Dolgopolov playing for Ukraine once again, what did he think of his Davis Cup experience in February?
“It was a bit tough to enjoy because I was injured from Australia,” he said. “Four days before the Davis Cup I got the injury back, the same one, and I had to play all the matches with a lot of pain but I couldn’t just pull out because the team needed me.
"It’s different, sometimes you have to sacrifice your own tournaments if you commit to play but it was a nice experience and a lot of fun.”
Ukraine will host Sweden from April 5-7 at the Megaron Tennis Club in Dnipropetrovsk with the winner advancing to September’s World Group play-offs. The draw for the play-offs will take place at the ITF headquarters in London on April 10.
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Group I 2nd Round: Sweden at Ukraine (April 5-7, 2013)

Easy one for Ukraine, it seems that Sweden will go to Group II and will fight for staying there next year
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:24 PM   #4
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Why Vinciguerra doesn't play?
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Default Re: Europe/Africa Group I 2nd Round: Sweden at Ukraine (April 5-7, 2013)

Ukraine will win every rubber except for the doubles. What happened to the days of Jonas Bjorkman, Thomas Johannson and Thomas Enqvist?
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Swedish team practice:
Apr 3, 2013
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Apr 2
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Ukrainian team practice:
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Two Dolgopolovs on court:
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R1 A. DOLGOPOLOV vs I. ARVIDSSON
R2 D. MOLCHANOV vs M. ERIKSSON
R3 I. MARCHENKO/S. STAKHOVSKY vs J. BRUNSTROM/R. LINDSTEDT
R4 A. DOLGOPOLOV vs M. ERIKSSON
R5 D. MOLCHANOV vs I. ARVIDSSON


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R1 A. DOLGOPOLOV vs I. ARVIDSSON 6-2 6-0 4-4*
Isak saved all 5 BPs in the 3rd set

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Arvidsson saved 7th BP in the 3rd: 5*-6
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TB: 0-0*, 0*-2, 0-3*, 1-3*, 2*-3, 2*-4, 3-4*, 4-4*, 4*-5, 5*-5, 6-5*, 7-5
R1 A. DOLGOPOLOV vs I. ARVIDSSON 6-2 6-0 7-6(5)
Ukraine vs Sweden 1-0

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