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Novak Djokovic (Getty Images)

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16 teams will play next weekend in the first round of the Davis Cup world group.

Here are the team nominations for the upcoming first round world group Davis cup ties, which takes place on the 3rd-5th of February:

  • Argentina (1) v Italy – Buenos Aires, Clay – Top seeds and defending champions Argentina start the defence of their title at home to a clay court based Italian team. Daniel Orsanic has chosen Diego Schwartzman, Horacio Zeballos, Guido Pella and Leonardo Mayer to play the Italians. Italy have chosen a team boasting Paolo Lorenzi, Fabio Fognini, Andreas Seppi and Simone Bolelli to travel to Buenos Aires. The two sides have met three times, with Argentina leading 2-1. The last meeting was last year, where Argentina won 3-2.
  • Germany v Belgium (7) – Frankfurt, Indoor Hard – Germany who fought off Poland in the world group play offs will host seventh seeds and 2015 runners up Belgium. Germany have chosen Alexander Zverev, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Mischa Zverev and Jan-Lennard Struff. Whilst Belgium have a strong team with David Goffin, Steve Darcis, Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore. Germany have won all eight of their previous meetings.
  • Australia v Czech Republic (4) – Melbourne, Hard – Australia will host former champions Czech Republic at the famous Kooyong tennis club. Australia have gone with a strong lineup lead by the erratic Nick Kyrgios he will play alongside Jordan Thompson, Sam Groth and John Peers. Czech Republic have a weakened team as they will miss the likes of Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol. Their team is Jiri Vesely, Radek Stepanek, Jan Satral and Zdenek Kolar. Australia lead the head to head 7-1.
  • USA v Switzerland (5) – Birmingham, Alabama, Indoor Hard – A strong USA team will play a weak Switzerland team. USA will of course be without the Bryan brothers who have just retired from Davis Cup. The Americans will play John Isner, Jack Sock, Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson. The 2014 champions will be without Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, who lead their triumph three years ago. Instead the Swiss will play with Marco Chiudinelli, Henri Laaksonen, Adrien Bossel and Antoine Bellier. The Americans lead the head to head. 2-1.
  • Japan v France (6) – Tokyo , Indoor Hard – Japan will face last year’s semifinalists France in Tokyo at the Ariake Colosseum. Japan will be without Kei Nishikori for the tie against the French. As a result they will have Yoshihito Nishioka, Yuichi Sugita, Taro Daniel and Yasutaka Nishioka. While favourites France have gone for Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. France lead the head to head 3-0.
  • Canada v Great Britain (3) – Ottawa, Indoor Hard – The Canadians will have serving machine Milos Raonic at their disposal when they face 2015 champions Great Britain. Vasek Pospisil, Denis Shapovalov and Daniel Nestor will join Raonic in Ottawa. Great Britain will miss world number one Andy Murray for the tie but have a strong line-up in Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund, Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray. Great Britain lead the head to head 1-0.
  • Serbia (8) v Russia – Nis, Indoor Hard – Former champions Serbia will hope to advance to the quarterfinals when they play Russia in Nis. World number two Novak Djokovic will lead the line, he will partner up with Viktor Troicki, Dusan Lajovic and Serbia’s new captain Nenad Zimonjic. Russia will hope to pull of the upset when they have Andrey Kuznetsov, Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev and Konstatin Kravchuk at their disposal. Russia lead the head to head 1-0.
  • Croatia (2) v Spain – Osijek, Indoor Hard – Second seeds and defending runners up Croatia will have their hands full when they face a returning Spain. Croatia will have four doubles specialists at their disposal in Osijek, when Franko Skugor, Nikola Mektic, Ante Pavic and Marin Draganja take to court. While Spain will have 14 time Rafael Nadal leading the line. He will be joined by Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreño Busta and Marc Lopez in Croatia. Spain lead 1-0 in the head to head.

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Giovanni Mpetchi Perricard battled past sixth seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-4 1-6 7-6 (9-7) in a thrilling final at the Open Parc tournament in Lyon. 

Mpetchi Perricard saved four break points in the first game of the opening set to hold serve at deuce. Etcheverry converted his third break point in the fifth game and held serve at love to take a 4-2 lead. Mpetchi Perricard won four consecutive games to clinch the first set 6-4. 

Etcheverry broke three times to win the second set 6-1. 

The third set went on serve until the 11th game when Mpetchi Perricard converted his third break point to take a 6-5 lead. Etcheverry broke straight back to draw level to 6-6. Mpetchi Perricard was a point away from defeat at 6-7 in the tie-break of the third set, but he reeled off the final three points to win the tie-break 9-7 on his second championship point. 

Mpetchi Perricard won three Challenger Tour titles this year in Nottingham, Cuernavaca and Acapulco. He beat Lorenzo Sonego, Yoshihito Nishioka, Hugo Gaston and Alexander Bublik en route to his first ATP Tour title in Lyon.

Mpetchi Perricard is the son of footballer player Ghislain Mpetchi, who is of Congolese origin. He sister Daphnée Perricard is also a tennis player. 

“It was crazy. It was a very good final. I was down in the second set, but I managed to do better. I am very happy to win this tournament and now I have a lot of confidence for Roland Garros”, said Mpetchi Perricard.

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Casper Ruud claimed the third title of his career at the Gonet Geneva Open after his previous triumphs at this tournament in 2021 and 2022. 

Ruud did double duty after rain postponed his semifinal match to Saturday. Ruud saved a match point to beat Flavio Cobolli 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in the semifinal. He returned less than three hours to defeat Tomas Machac 7-5 6-3 in the final. Ruud clinched the ATP Tour title of his career. 

Machac went up a break in the third game of the first set to take a 3-1 lead. Ruud won three consecutive games from 4-5 down with two breaks in the first set after Machac committed a double fault while he was holding a set point on serve at 5-4. 

Ruud broke serve in the second game of the second set. The Norwegian player held on his next service games and served out the win on his first match point in 1 hour and 47 minutes. 

Ruud improved to 2-0 in his two head-to-head matches against Machac. “It was a challenging week. All the matches are tough, no matter who will play. It was tough to find a groove. The weather has been a bit challenging all week, but today was fantastic. I feel very happy to win again to win again here in Geneva. It’s been a very good season so far”, said Ruud. 

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Second seed Casper Ruud came back from one set down to beat Flavio Cobolli 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in 1 hour and 51 minutes in the semifinal of the Gonet Geneva Open. Ruud set up a final against Tomas Machac, who upset Novak Djokovic 6-4 0-6 6-1 in yesterday’s semifinal.

Cobolli earned his first break in the second game with a forehand winner. The world number 56 broke for the second time to love in the sixth game to close out the first set 6-1. 

Ruud earned two breaks in the fourth and sixth games to win the second set 6-1. 

Cobolli saved two break points in the first game of the third set before converting his third break point to open up a 3-0 lead. Ruud broke back in the seventh game and held serve to 30 to draw level to 4-4. 

Ruud, who won two titles in Geneva in 2021 and 2022, saved a match point on serve at 4-5 30-40 in the third set. The Norwegian player went up a 4-0 lead with three mini-breaks in the tie-break before going on to seal the win. 

Cobolli hit eight aces and won 67% of his first serve points. The Italian player hit 38 winners to 21 unforced errors. Ruud hit 12 winners to 6 unforced errors. 

“It was very difficult. I was one point away from losing. I was able to hang in there and it was a very tough match. I am happy to have been able to come back in the third set and pull through. It was a good confidence win for me and I am looking forward to the final”, said Ruud. 

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