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Tennis: Federer opens Swiss Davis Cup tie in Serbia

Roger Federer, a last minute addition to Switzerland's team, opens the Davis Cup World Group first round tie against Serbia's Ilija Bozoljac, ranked a modest 268th, on Friday. Federer, who fell to Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open semi-finals, was initially left off the Swiss squad sheet for this tie against last season's beaten finalists.

Tennis: Federer in Davis Cup u-turn

Roger Federer was on Wednesday confirmed as a surprise teammate to Switzerland's newly-crowned Australian Open champion Stanislaw Wawrinka for the Davis Cup World Group tie in Serbia. The former world number one, who has slipped two places to eighth in the latest ATP rankings, was omitted from Switzerland's original team sheet. But his presence on the hard indoor courts of Novi Sad from Friday was confirmed by competition organisers.

Recuperating Nadal on course for Buenos Aires event

MADRID (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal had taken anti-inflammatories and undergone intensive physiotherapy to alleviate a lower back problem and still planned to compete in Buenos Aires next month, his spokesman said on Wednesday. The world number one had tests on the injury, which wrecked his chances in Sunday's Australian Open final, in Barcelona on Tuesday followed by the treatment before returning to his native Mallorca to rest, the spokesman said in an emailed statement.

Tennis: Swiss press hail Wawrinka's 'impossible exploit'

The Swiss press on Monday hailed the "impossible exploit" of newly-crowned Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, who has finally come out of the shadows of more illustrious compatriot Roger Federer. The Swiss, who also upset three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, capped a magnificent fortnight in Melbourne with his 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal for his first major title.

Wawrinka leads big shake-up at top of rankings

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - An Australian Open that began in a heatwave and contained seismic shocks aplenty ended with Stanislas Wawrinka defeating Rafa Nadal to further undermine the superiority of the so-called big four in men's tennis. In reaching the final after missing last year's tournament Nadal has cemented his world No. 1 ranking and will be hard to shift from the summit but below him the landscape is changing.

Factbox: Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Factbox on Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka after he beat Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 to win the Australian Open on Sunday: - - Born: March 28 1985 in Lausanne, Switzerland World ranking: 8 (Projected to rise to third on Monday) Career titles: 6 Nickname: "Stanimal" Coach: Magnus Norman - -

Nadal win may intensify 'all-time greatest' debate

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal has the opportunity to add another chapter to his storied career, and intensify an already robust debate, should he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's Australian Open final. A victory would make the Spanish left-hander the third man to win all four grand slam titles twice, joining Australians Rod Laver and Roy Emerson, and also draw him level with Pete Sampras on 14 career major titles.

Federer hopeful of great year despite Nadal defeat

By Simon Cambers MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A defiant Roger Federer said he still believes his best tennis is ahead of him, despite going down in straight sets to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. After a tight first set, Federer was outplayed and outgunned by the world number one, beaten 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3 as the Spaniard set up a final with another Swiss, Stanislas Wawrinka.

Playing Federer always brings out my best, says Nadal

By Simon Cambers MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal said playing Roger Federer always brings the best out of him after he bludgeoned his way past the Swiss on Friday to reach the final of the Australian Open. In breezy conditions inside Rod Laver Arena, Nadal romped to a 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3 victory - his 23rd in their 33 meetings - to set up a final against another Swiss, Stanislas Wawrinka.

Nadal brings Federer crashing back to earth

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Hard reality crushed a fairytale revival at Melbourne Park as a ruthless Rafa Nadal inflicted more grand slam agony on Roger Federer with a straight-sets rout on Friday that booked his third Australian Open final. New coach, new racket and a new broom for Federer amounted to little against the irrepressible Spaniard, who simply dominated to win 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3 on a breezy night at Rod Laver Arena.
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