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25 October 2011

Mexico and Colombia meet in relegation battle


Photo: Ron AngleColombia

Mexico and Colombia will go head-to-head on 28-30 October with a place in next year’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I at stake. The two nations are bidding to avoid relegation when they meet in their play-off tie on clay in Mexico City.

History shows that Colombia have the upper hand in this fixture, having won the last three meetings, most recently at the same stage of the competition in 1998, and they are favourites to continue their unbeaten run this weekend.

All four of Colombia’s players are ranked higher than their Mexican counterparts, led by Top 100 players Santiago Giraldo and Alejandro Falla alongside Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

Giraldo is enjoying the best year of his career, reaching his highest ever ranking of No. 44 in February and making it through to his first final in Santiago, where he finished runner-up to Tommy Robredo.

Mexico, who will be hoping to make home advantage count at the Rafael Osuna Stadium, are without their top player Daniel Garza, so the team is Cesar Ramirez, Luis Diaz-Barriga, Santiago Gonzalez and Marco Aurelio Nunez.

Mexico enter this tie on the back of two defeats in 2011, losing to Canada 4-1 and Ecuador 3-2, while Colombia were overcome by Uruguay 4-1. This weekend’s loser will be relegated to Americas Zone Group II in 2012. Play gets under way at 11:00 (16:00 GMT) on Friday.

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