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World No. 3 Roger Federer takes on Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the first of two quarterfinal matches on Tuesday in Melbourne. The two have met nine times previously, with their most notable battle in the 2009 US Open final, which was won by del Potro. The  Argentine prevented Federer from winning sixth consecutive US Open title, and also announced himself as a serious contender.

It has been a pretty straight forward draw for both players to this point. Federer started against Alex Kudryavtsev, and moved into the third round after he was given a walkover by Andreas Beck. He faced big serving Ivo Karlovic and then local favorite Bernard Tomic. Federer has not dropped a set to this point. It is Federer’s 31st consecutive quarterfinal appearance, and he will be playing in his 1,000th ATP level match. He has won 1,999 sets to this point in his career. Federer brings along a 23 match winning streak into this match.

Del Potro had to beat Adrian Mannarino in the opening round and then followed that up with easy victories against Blaz Kavcic, Yen-hsun Lu and Philipp Kohlschreiber en route to the quarterfinals.

Del Potro was forced to miss the entire 2010 season due to a wrist injury, but has battled his way back to the top 10 in the world. Del Potro is still considered a dark-horse, however, any player would be foolish to think that way.

Last year, Del Potro claimed two ATP World Tour titles and also earned the ATP comeback player of the year award. He also led his country to Davis Cup final.

This will be the tenth meeting between the two, with Federer leading 9-2 in the head-to-head. In their last meeting Federer beat the Argentine in the second-round of the Cincinnati ATP Masters, in straight sets.

I expect this to be a tightly contested match up. With the current form that Federer has been showing since his US Open loss to Djokovic, he should be able to come through. Federer in four.

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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, in the same half of a Grand Slam singles draw for the first time since 2005, are well on their way to a potential semifinal matchup at the Australian Open.

Neither Federer or Nadal have dropped a set, although Federer enjoyed a walkover win in the second round. The longtime rivals played back-to-back matches at Rod Laver Arena on Friday afternoon, something that doesn’t usually happen until the semis. Nadal showed no problems of his recent knee concerns, while moving briskly around the court in a 6-2 6-4 6-2 win over qualifier Lukas Lacko.

Federer followed in a tricky third round match up, by defeating Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (6) 7-5 6-3,  saving a set point in the tiebreaker with a surprising lob from in close to the net over the 6-foot-10 Croatian. Federer will play Australian teenager Bernard Tomic on Sunday in the round of 16.

“He gave me a second serve and gave me a slight chance,” Federer said. “Might have had a little bit of a lucky volley. …”

“It was unlucky … one in a 100 that I’m going to lose that point,” Karlovic said. “I didn’t really expect him to do that. I was there, I just miscalculated how much I was jumping. If I would have won that, everything would be different, but that’s life.”

Nadal had few problems in his match against Lacko. His main concern is the durability of his knee, after he felt a sharp pain while sitting in his chair in his hotel on the weekend.

Nadal says “the knee is fine … being in the fourth round without losing a set, it’s fantastic news.”

Nadal will next meet Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who defeated No. 16 John Isner 6-3 6-7 (3) 6-4 6-7 (0) 6-1.

It is the first time in the Open Era that no American men have reached the fourth round at the Australian Open. The last American to win the Australian Open was Andre Agassi in 2003, his third win in four years at Melbourne Park.

“It’s very ugly, to be honest, to have no one in the round of 16 … very disappointing, not a good effort from the Americans,” Isner said. “We’ve got to try to rectify that next time the big tournaments roll around.”

No. 7 Tomas Berdych beat No. 30 Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-1 and will next play No. 10 Nicolas Almagro of Spain, who beat 21st-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-4.

Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (3), 11th-seeded Juan Martin del Potro beat Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 and Tomic defeated 13th-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 4-6, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-3. Del Potro plays Kohlschreiber in the fourth round.

Defending champion and top-seeded Novak Djokovic and fourth-seeded Andy Murray, who has lost in the final at Melbourne Park the last two years, play their third-round matches Saturday, with a Djokovic-Murray replay only possible in the semis.

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Roger Federer begins his 2012 Australian open riding an 18 match winning streak. However, he was forced to withdraw from his last event in Doha with a back injury. The questions regarding his health have taken away from what was an amazing finish to the 2011 season. If Federer can regain that form, he should be a serious threat to unseat Novak Djokovic from his 2011 title.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are in the same half of a Grand Slam draw for the first time in seven years, and could very well end up opposite each other in a blockbuster semifinal.

Federer opens his tournament against a qualifier, and is drawn in the same quarter as Mardy Fish. There is a potential match up with Juan Martin del Potro in the quarters, and he could face youngsters Bernard Tomic, and Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Barring any health concerns, Federer has a very manageable draw. His only real test could come from Juan Martin del Potro, if he is able to come through his side of the quarter.

Federer is the odds-makers favorite behind Novak Djokovic, and rightfully so. He should be in top form come next week, and I fully expect him to come out of his quarter.

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Year to date ATP Singles Standings – Barclay’s World Tour Finals

 

Rank, Name & Nationality Points Week Change Tourn Played
Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 13,295 0 16
Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 9,500 0 17
Murray, Andy (GBR) 7,200 0 17
Federer, Roger (SUI) 5,185 0 16
Ferrer, David (ESP) 4,300 0 20
Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 2,940 0 21
Fish, Mardy (USA) 2,875 0 21
Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) 2,790 0 21
Almagro, Nicolas (ESP) 2,370 0 24
10 Tipsarevic, Janko (SRB) 2,245 3 24
11 Simon, Gilles (FRA) 2,155 -1 25
12 Soderling, Robin (SWE) 2,080 -1 20
13 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG) 2,050 -1 19
14 Monfils, Gael (FRA) 1,925 1 21
15 Dolgopolov, Alexandr (UKR) 1,835 -1 27
16 Roddick, Andy (USA) 1,680 0 18
17 Gasquet, Richard (FRA) 1,675 0 19
18 Lopez, Feliciano (ESP) 1,665 0 26
19 Troicki, Viktor (SRB) 1,640 2 24
20 Wawrinka, Stanislas (SUI) 1,630 -1 21

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Davis Cup Trophy

From DavisCup.com

The Draw for 2012 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will take place on Wednesday 21 September at the Four Seasons hotel in Bangkok, getting under way at 18:30 local time (11:30 GMT).

You will be able to listen to the Draw as it happens right here on the website, with Craig Gabriel and Barry Wood on hand to provide live commentary on Davis Cup Radio.

Seeds

As this year’s finalists, Spain and Argentina head the seeds for next year’s World Group, while the remaining nations are seeded according to the latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking.

Along with the World Group, the Draws for Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II, and Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II will also take place in Bangkok.

A decision on the scheduling of the Draws for Americas Zone Groups I and II will be made on Tuesday after the completion of the rain-delayed tie between Paraguay and Peru in Asuncion.

The first round ties are scheduled to be played on 10-12 February 2012.

WORLD GROUP

WORLD GROUP

Seeded nations

1. Spain
2. Argentina
3. Serbia
4. France
5. Czech Republic
6. USA
7. Croatia
8. Russia

Remaining nations

- Austria
– Canada
– Germany
– Italy
– Japan
– Kazakhstan
– Sweden
– Switzerland

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World Group Semi-Finals

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SPAIN 4, FRANCE 1
Venue: Plaza de Toros de los Califas, Cordoba, ESP (clay – outdoors)

Rafael Nadal d Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-0 6-1
David Ferrer d Gilles Simon 6-1 6-4 6-1
Michael Llodra/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d Feliciano Lopez/Fernando Verdasco 6-1 6-2 6-0
Rafael Nadal d Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-0 6-2 6-4
Fernando Verdasco d Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-1

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SERBIA 2, ARGENTINA 3
Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoors)

David Nalbandian d Viktor Troicki 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-3
Juan Martin del Potro d Janko Tipsarevic 7-5 6-3 6-4
Viktor Troicki/Nenad Zimonjic d Juan Ignacio Chela/Juan Monaco 7-6(4) 6-4 6-2
Juan Martin del Potro d Novak Djokovic 7-6(5) 3-0 ret.
Janko Tipsarevic d Juan Monaco 6-2 0-0 ret.

World Group Play-Offs

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AUSTRALIA 2, SWITZERLAND 3
Venue: Royal Sydney Golf Club, Sydney, AUS (grass – outdoors)

Bernard Tomic d Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-3
Roger Federer d Lleyton Hewitt 5-7 7-6(5) 6-2 6-3
Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt d Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6 6-4 6-2 7-6(5)
Roger Federer d Bernard Tomic 6-2 7-5 3-6 6-3
Stanislas Wawrinka d Lleyton Hewitt  6-4 4-6 7-6(7) 4-6 3-6

ISRAEL 2, CANADA 3
Venue: Canada Stadium, Ramat Hasharon, ISR (hard – outdoors)

Vasek Pospisil d Dudi Sela 76(4) 67(6) 61 67(2) 63
Amir Weintraub d Milos Raonic 57 75 63 61
Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil d Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram 46 63 64 64
Dudi Sela d Peter Polansky 6-3 6-3 6-3
Vasek Pospisil d Amir Weintraub  2-6 6-7(3) 4-6

ROMANIA 0, CZECH REPUBLIC 5
Venue: Centrul National De Tenis, Bucharest, ROU (clay – outdoors)

Radek Stepanek d Adrian Ungur 6-3 6-2 6-0
Tomas Berdych d Victor Crivoi 6-3 6-3 7-6(4)
Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek d Marius Copil/Horia Tecau 6-3 3-6 6-0 6-2
Lukas Rosol d Marius Copil 6-4 7-6(2)
Jan Hajek d Victor Crivoi 6-1 6-4

RUSSIA 3, BRAZIL 2
Venue: Kazan Tennis Academy, Kazan, RUS (hard – indoors)

Mikhail Youzhny d Ricardo Mello 6-0 6-2 6-1
Thomaz Bellucci d Igor Andreev 6-4 6-3 6-3
Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares d Igor Kunitsyn/Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 7-5 6-2
Mikhail Youzhny d Thomaz Bellucci 2-6 6-3 5-7 6-4 14-12
Igor Andreev d Ricardo Mello 6-1 7-6(5) 2-6 6-3

SOUTH AFRICA 1, CROATIA 4
Venue: Fanie Du Toit Sports Stadium, Potchefstroom, RSA (hard – outdoors)

Kevin Anderson d Ivan Dodig 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6(5)
Marin Cilic d Izak van der Merwe 6-0 6-0 ret. (wrist)
Marin Cilic/Ivan Dodig d Rik de Voest/Raven Klaasen 6-2 6-4 3-6 6-1
Marin Cilic d Rik de Voest 6-4 6-2 6-4
Nikola Mektic d Raven Klaasen 7-6(2) 6-1

CHILE 1, ITALY 4
Venue: Estadio Nacional, Santiago, CHI (hard – outdoors)

Potito Starace d Paul Capdeville 6-3 6-3 2-6 7-6(5)
Fabio Fognini d Fernando Gonzalez 6-2 4-6 2-1 ret. (adductor)
Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini d Jorge Aguilar/Nicolas Massu 6-4 6-4 6-4
Paul Capdeville d Fabio Fognini 7-6(3) 6-2
Daniele Bracciali d Nicolas Massu 3-4 0-0 Retired

JAPAN 4, INDIA 1
Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – outdoors)

Yuichi Sugita d Somdev Devvarman 6-3 6-4 7-5
Kei Nishikori d Rohan Bopanna 6-3 6-2 6-2
Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna d Tatsuma Ito/Yuichi Sugita 7-5 3-6 6-3 7-6(4)
Kei Nishikori d Visnhu Vardhan 7-5 6-3 6-3
Go Soeda d Rohan Bopanna 4-5 ret.

BELGIUM 1, AUSTRIA 4
Venue: Lotto Arena, Antwerp, BEL (hard – indoors)

Andreas Haider-Maurer d Xavier Malisse 6-4 6-4 7-5
Steve Darcis d Jurgen Melzer 7-6(3) 6-7(4) 6-4 6-3
Oliver Marach/Alexander Peya d Steve Darcis/Olivier Rochus 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-4
Jurgen Melzer d Olivier Rochus 6-4 6-4 6-3
Alexander Peyas d Alexander Bemelmans 4-6 3-6

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World Group Semi-Finals

Photo by Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images

Spain vs France

Rafael Nadal blasted Richard Gasquet, just four days after his US Open loss to Novak Djokovic, 6-3 6-0 6-1. The French captain Guy Forget was banking on the second rubber however, with Gilles Simon facing David Ferrer. The outcome was not what they were hoping for as Ferrer dismantled Simon, 6-1 6-4 6-1. It was a bitter setback for Forget’s team.

“It’s very painful to watch your players suffer against such a good team,” said Forget. “They played alright but to beat Spain in Spain you have to play great.”

Serbia vs Argentina

In what seemed like a foregone conclusion, Novak Djokovic was forced to pull out of this weekend’s World Group semifinals with a back injury. In his place, Viktor Troiki was handed a tough match against Davis Cup veteran David Nalbandian. Nalbandian proved that he is a Davis Cup specialist defeating the Serbian in four sets, 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-3. Janko Tipsarevic will have the tough task of trying to defeat Juan Martin Del Potro to even the tie.

World Group Playoffs

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Switzerland vs Australia

Way down under, in Australia, the Swiss are tied with the Aussies 1-1, after Bernard Tomic was able to upset Swiss No. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka. However, Roger Federer was able to even the tie, with a four set defeat of Lleyton Hewitt, avenging his heart-breaking Davis Cup loss eaight years earlier.

‘It was a big victory for me, after a rough last week,’ said Federer, alluding to his semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic in the US Open, after holding two match points. ‘Definitely one of the biggest wins of my career.’

Scores

SERBIA 0, ARGENTINA 1
Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoors)

David Nalbandian d Viktor Troicki 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-3
Janko Tipsarevic v Juan Martin del Potro
Janko Tipsarevic/Nenad Zimonjic v Juan Ignacio Chela/Juan Monaco
Novak Djokovic v Juan Martin del Potro
Janko Tipsarevic v David Nalbandian

SPAIN 2, FRANCE 0
Venue: Plaza de Toros de los Califas, Cordoba, ESP (clay – outdoors)

Rafael Nadal d Richard Gasquet  6-3 6-0 6-1
David Ferrer d Gilles Simon 6-1 6-4 6-1
Feliciano Lopez/Fernando Verdasco  v Michael Llodra/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Rafael Nadal v Gilles Simon
David Ferrer v Richard Gasquet

World Group Play-Offs

AUSTRALIA 1, SWITZERLAND 1
Venue: Royal Sydney Golf Club, Sydney, AUS (grass – outdoors)

Bernard Tomic d Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-3
Roger Federer d Lleyton Hewitt 5-7 7-6(5) 6-2 6-3
Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt v Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka
Bernard Tomic v Roger Federer
Lleyton Hewitt v Stanislas Wawrinka

ISRAEL 0, CANADA 1
Venue: Canada Stadium, Ramat Hasharon, ISR (hard – outdoors)

Vasek Pospisil d Dudi Sela 7-6(4) 6-7(6) 6-1 6-7(2) 6-3
Amir Weintraub v Milos Raonic
Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) v Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Dudi Sela (ISR) v Milos Raonic (CAN)
Amir Weintraub (ISR) v Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

ROMANIA 0, CZECH REPUBLIC 2
Venue: Centrul National De Tenis, Bucharest, ROU (clay – outdoors)

Radek Stepanek d Adrian Ungur 6-3 6-2 6-0
Tomas Berdych d Victor Crivoi 6-3 6-3 7-6(4)
Marius Copil/Horia Tecau v Jan Hajek/Lukas Rosol
Adrian Ungur v Tomas Berdych
Victor Crivoi v Radek Stepanek

RUSSIA 1, BRAZIL 1
Venue: Kazan Tennis Academy, Kazan, RUS (hard – indoors)

Mikhail Youzhny d Ricardo Mello 6-0 6-2 6-1
Thomaz Bellucci d Igor Andreev 6-4 6-3 6-3
Igor Kunitsyn/Dmitry Tursunov v Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares
Mikhail Youzhny v Thomaz Bellucci
Igor Andreev v Ricardo Mello

SOUTH AFRICA 1, CROATIA 1
Venue: Fanie Du Toit Sports Stadium, Potchefstroom, RSA (hard – outdoors)

Kevin Anderson d Ivan Dodig 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6(5)
Marin Cilic d Izak van der Merwe 6-0 6-0 ret. (wrist)
Kevin Anderson/Rik de Voest v Nikola Mektic/Antonio Veic
Kevin Anderson v Marin Cilic
Izak van der Merwe v Ivan Dodig

CHILE v ITALY
Venue: Estadio Nacional, Santiago, CHI (hard – outdoors)

Paul Capdeville v Potito Starace
Fernando Gonzalez v Fabio Fognini
Jorge Aguilar/Nicolas Massu v Simone Bolelli/Daniele Bracciali
Paul Capdeville v Fabio Fognini
Fernando Gonzalez v Potito Starace

JAPAN 2, INDIA 0
Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – outdoors)

Yuichi Sugita d Somdev Devvarman 6-3 6-4 7-5
Kei Nishikori d Rohan Bopanna 6-3 6-2 6-2
Kei Nishikori/Go Soeda v Rohan Bopanna/Vishnu Vardhan
Kei Nishikori v Somdev Devvarman
Yuichi Sugita v Rohan Bopanna

BELGIUM 0, AUSTRIA 1
Venue: Lotto Arena, Antwerp, BEL (hard – indoors)

Andreas Haider-Maurer d Xavier Malisse 6-4 6-4 7-5
Steve Darcis v Jurgen Melzer
Ruben Bemelmans/Olivier Rochus v Oliver Marach/Alexander Peya
Xavier Malisse v Jurgen Melzer
Steve Darcis v Andreas Haider-Maurer

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