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08 April 2011

Argentina puts its faith in Parque Roca


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Photo: Sergio LlameraParque Roca, Buenos Aires

Argentina will be looking to continue its perfect record at Parque Roca in Buenos Aires when it takes on World Group new boys Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinals.

The International Tennis Federation has also confirmed that the tie has been brought forward by one day on account of sporting events being prohibited on the same day as government elections in the Argentine capital.

The tie, which will now take place from Thursday 7 July to Saturday 9 July, pits one of the most consistent teams in recent years, Argentina, against the relatively unknown quantity of Kazakhstan.

Not only are the hosts looking to advance to the Davis Cup semifinals for the seventh time in the past 10 years, but it will also be keen to preserve a fine record on the outdoor clay of Parque Roca.

The South Americans have won all seven of their previous meetings at the ground, including a fine 4-1 victory against Romania in the first round this year. They also picked up two wins at the talismanic ground in 2006 and 2008, years in which they finished as runner-up.

Kazakhstan, meanwhile, is making its first trip to Argentina on its debut in the competition’s top tier. The Kazakhs stunned last year’s semifinalists Czech Republic in the first round and will be keen to show that it was no fluke by following it up with a good performance against its quarterfinal opponents.

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