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France, Croatia reach Davis Cup semis, Nadal keeps Spain alive

Holders France reached the semi-finals of the Davis Cup for a third year in a row after Lucas Pouille came back to beat Fabio Fognini 2-6 6-1 7-6(3) 6-3 in Genoa on Sunday and clinch their tie with Italy 3-1. Croatia also made it into the last four as Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic crushed Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 6-1 6-1 to seal their tie 3-1. Croatia will meet the United States in the semis in September following Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison’s doubles win against Belgium’s Sander Gille and Joran…

Davis Cup returns to victorious Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday welcomed the return of international tennis after a 12-year hiatus, taking a 2-0 lead against Iran in a group II Davis Cup match in Islamabad. Hopes were high at the Davis Cup match in the capital on Friday, where Pakistan won both singles matches in straight sets. Aqeel Khan beat Iran's Shahin Khaledan 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 6-2; while Aisam Qureshi downed Anoosha Shahgholi 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Khan said he was "extremely happy" to see international tennis return to Pakistan. "We have to…

Pakistan to host first Davis Cup match in 12 years

KARACHI: Pakistan has received the green light to host its first Davis Cup tennis tie at home for 12 years, after being forced to play at neutral venues due to security fears. International sporting events have been rarely held in the country with foreign teams citing security fears ever a 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore. This effectively sealed Pakistan's fate with no international cricket fixtures played in the country for a further six years until Zimbabwe visited in 2015 for a…

Del Potro paves the way for Argentina’s Davis Cup win

ZAGREB: Juan Del Potro's tennis career looked over after a second wrist injury sidelined him for the best part of two years in 2014 but the Argentine enjoyed one of his greatest moments when he led his nation to their maiden Davis Cup title on Sunday. The 28-year old from Tandil, whose injury woes started in 2010, staged an astonishing comeback from two sets down to beat Croatia's Marin Cilic 6-7(4) 2-6 7-5 6-4 6-3 and haul Argentina back on to level pegging in the final against the Balkan nation. Roared on by several…

Del Potro sinks Murray in Davis Cup

GLASGOW: Juan Martin del Potro delivered a huge blow to Britain's hopes of retaining the Davis Cup when he beat Andy Murray 6-4 5-7 6-7(5) 6-3 6-4 in a five-hour thriller as Argentina grabbed a 2-0 lead in their world group semi-final on Friday.