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Nine Top 10 Players To Feature In Davis Cup Action  

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                                      September 15, 2008    DAVIS CUP SF

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Rafael Nadal         Nine of the world's Top 10 players will lead their countries in Davis Cup action, both World Group semifinals and play-off matches, the weekend of September 19-21.

         World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will attempt to build on his banner season as he represents Spain in the Davis Cup semifinals against defending champion U.S. when the two nations face off in Madrid. The Mallorcan will be joined in the line-up by No. 5 David Ferrer, No. 15 Fernando Verdasco and No. 37 Feliciano Lopez.

         The 22-year-old Nadal won eight tournaments, including Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the Beijing Olympic Games gold medal, between April and August. He will now hope his good form helps guide Spain to a sixth Davis Cup final.

        Nadal has an 8-1 singles record in Davis Cup, 6-0 on clay, including a straight sets victory over Nicolas Kiefer in the quarterfinals in April. At the age of 18 years and six months he became the youngest player to register a Davis Cup final singles victory for the winning nation as he defeated Andy Roddick in the 2004 final in Seville. Spain won the tie 3-2.

        While the American contingent features members of its winning team in World No. 8 Andy Roddick and the top doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan, it introduces 20-year-old Sam Querrey, who steps in as a replacement for James Blake.

        Captain Patrick McEnroe said in a statement: "James is just physically and mentally exhausted after a grueling summer. He said he needed a break and we respect that. This is also a great opportunity for Sam, who has had a solid year, strong results on clay and has been a loyal practice partner for this team."

        The USA defeated Spain in the 2007 quarterfinals on the way to winning its 32nd Davis Cup trophy in Portland, Oregon with a 4-1 victory over Russia. American No. 1 Roddick will be looking for his 30th Davis Cup singles victory (29-9 record) and has a 6-7 record on clay.

        In the other semifinal, to be played in Buenos Aires, World No. 7 David Nalbandian and the 19-year-old in-form Juan Martin del Potro head up the Argentine charge against Russia. Also represented by Agustin Calleri and Guillermo Canas, Argentina will look to extend its unbeaten run at home to 13 ties and reach its third Davis Cup final. Argentina last reached the final in 2006, finishing runner-up to Russia.

        The experienced Nalbandian has a perfect 8-0 singles record on clay, while del Potro, who enjoyed a 23-match winning-streak this summer, is playing just his third Davis Cup tie and has a 2-1 record.

        Nikolay Davydenko, currently No. 5 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, will attempt to take Russia back into the final for the third straight year. He will lead a Russian team supported by Igor Andreev, Dmitry Tursunov and Igor Kunitsyn. Both Davydenko and Tursunov were part of the 2006 winning team that defeated Argentina 3-2 in Moscow. Russia won its first Davis Cup title in 2002, recovering from 1-2 down to defeat France 3-2 in Paris.

        In addition to the World Group semifinals this weekend, eight ties will be played with the winners advancing into the 2009 World Group and the losers going into Group I. Top 10 players Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka will both play for Switzerland in its tie against Belgium, US Open finalist and World No. 4 Andy Murray will represent Great Britain against Austria, and bronze medalist Novak Djokovic, the World No. 3, will lead Serbia against the Slovak Republic.

 

ARGENTINA RUSSIA
Estadio Parque Roca, Buenos Aires (clay - outdoors)
David Nalbandian Nikolay Davydenko
Juan Martin del Potro Igor Andreev
Agustin Calleri Dmitry Tursunov
Guillermo Canas Igor Kunitsyn
Capt: Alberto Mancini Capt: Shamil Tarpischev


SPAIN USA
Plaza de Toros Las Ventas, Madrid (clay - outdoors)
Rafael Nadal Andy Roddick
David Ferrer Sam Querrey
Fernando Verdasco Bob Bryan
Feliciano Lopez Mike Bryan
Capt: Emilio Sanchez Capt: Patrick McEnroe


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