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2012 Davis Cup 1st Round: Czech Republic vs Italy

Posted on February 5, 2012 at 8:55 PM




Official team nominations for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie Czech Republic vs Italy, to be played on 10-12 February:



Czech Republic vs Italy


Venue: CEZ Arena

Location: Ostrava, Czech Republic

Surface: Indoor hard



Czech Republic


Tomas Berdych

Radek Stepanek

Lukas Rosol

Frantisek Cermak

Jaroslav Navratil (captain)



Italy


Simone Bolelli

Daniele Bracciali

Andreas Seppi

Potito Starace

Corrado Barazzutti (captain)




TIE PREVIEW


Czech Republic and Italy are regular foes in Davis Cup play, having faced each other on no fewer than ten previous occasions. The Czechs lead the series 7-3, although nine of these wins came when they played under the combined flag of Czechoslovakia. The rivalry dates way back to 1928.


The last time these two nations met, in 1995, the Italians claimed a 4-1 victory in Naples, but the meeting prior to that one, in 1980, was without question the most significant. The occasion was the Davis Cup Final in Prague and this time it was the turn of the Czechs, led by Ivan Lendl and Tomas Smid, to record a 4-1 win. It remains their sole Davis Cup triumph to date.


Czech Republic will be hoping for a different outcome to 12 months ago when they hosted Kazakhstan in the World Group first round, also in Ostrava, the same stadium as this tie. The newly promoted Kazakhs overturned a 1-2 deficit on the final day to seal a memorable 3-2 victory. Jaroslav Navratil’s men comfortably avoided relegation, however, when they whitewashed Romania 5-0 in Bucharest. With the exception of one season, in 2006, the Czechs have been an ever present nation in the World Group since this format was introduced 30 years ago.


In contrast, Italy are making their first appearance in the World Group for over a decade after they gained promotion last year with wins over Slovenia 5-0 and Chile 4-1. The tie against Chile would have brought back happy memories for Italian captain Corrado Barazzutti because it took place at the same venue, Santiago’s Estadio Nacional, as the one which Italy lifted the Davis Cup trophy for the only time, in 1976. Barazzutti, alongside Adriano Panatta, was a key player during that title winning season. Italy have also finished runner-up on six occasions.




TIE DETAILS


Date: 10 Feb - 12 Feb 2012

Venue: CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Start times:

Day 1: 1600 hrs (1500 hrs GMT)

Day 2: 1500 hrs (1400 hrs GMT)

Day 3: 1300 hrs (1200 hrs GMT)

Surface: Hard (Novacrylic Ultracushion® M), Indoor







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