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India drawn against Brazil for Davis Cup World Group play-off

New Delhi: India will compete at home
against Brazil in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie from
September 17 to 19.

After a long time, India will have home advantage as they
have played all their ties outside the country in recent
times.

Since India had played its last tie against Brazil in
that country in Sao Paulo in 1991, India have got a home tie.

India had lost to Russia in March in the first round of
the World Group to get to play-offs while Brazil had
whitewashed 5-0 in the semifinals of the America Zone group I
competition to give themselves a chance to re-enter World
Group.

They last played in the World Group in 2003 while India
played in the World Group after a long gap of 11 years.

The head-to-head score between India and Brazil is tied
at 1-1.

The winning nation will advance to next year`s World
Group first round while the losing country will compete in
its respective Zone Group.

India have been doing good of late in the Davis Cup
after the coming of Somdev Devvarman, who has done extremely
well in the singles.

However, Brazil also have good top-100 players in their
ranks. Their top player Thomaz Bellucci is World number 26.
Ricardo Mello (92) and Marcos Daniel (99) are in the
top-bracket.

PTI

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