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13 February 2012

Spain remain No.1 in new rankings


Photo: Rafael SeguiNicolas Almagro (ESP)

There hasn’t been any change at the top of the Davis Cup Nations Ranking following the opening weekend of the new Davis Cup by BNP Paribas season. The new rankings were published on Monday.

Spain, the defending Davis Cup champions, remain No. 1 after their comprehensive 5-0 whitewash of Kazakhstan in Oviedo. Despite being without their top two players, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, the Spaniards displayed a broad strength in depth to extend their winning run at home to 22 ties, a World Group record.

Serbia, who lifted the trophy for the first time in 2010, maintained their No. 2 position. The Serbs overcame Sweden 4-1 in Nis in what initially looked like it could turn into a one-sided affair, but a gritty Swedish performance saw them win the doubles and force Janko Tipsarevic to clinch the winning point on Sunday.

Argentina, last year’s runners-up, stay as the No. 3 ranked team after their 4-1 victory against Germany in Bamberg, while wins for France and Czech Republic were enough for them to hold onto the No. 4 and No. 5 spots respectively.

Croatia and USA switched places in the rankings, the Croats jumping to No. 6 and the Americans slipping to No. 7, despite both nations triumphing at the weekend. This was down to points dropping off from past performances, as the rankings are calculated on a four-year cycle.

The big movers were Austria, who celebrated reaching the World Group quarterfinals for the first time since 1995 by jumping eight places to No. 8. Led by stalwart Jurgen Melzer, the Austrians claimed a 3-2 win over Russia in Wiener Neustadt.

Russia’s first ever loss to Austria saw them drop two places to No. 10, which is the lowest they’ve ever been since the rankings were introduced in 2001. Germany also lost out in the shake-up, slipping to No. 12 for the first time since 2007.

Further down the rankings, Great Britain jumped 12 places following their nail-biting fifth rubber 3-2 win over Slovak Republic in Glasgow. GB are now up to No. 33, their highest position for nearly three years.

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