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by Voo De Mar

Photo: John Isner (Daylife) The World Team Cup held since 1978 in Dusseldorf, has lost throught the years its former prestige. The best players in the world omit participation in the event just a week before Roland Garros.

This year only four top 20 players came to the German city: Robin Soderling, Mardy Fish, Mikhail Youzhny and Victor Troicki. Kazahstan makes its debut as a team. n the most interesting duel of the first group matches, the United States beat Sweden 2-1.

John Isner routed Swedish teenager Christian Lindell 6-4, 6-1, afterwards Robin Soderling, ranked No. 5 in the world, outlasted Sam Querrey 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(3).

The decisive United States victory came in the doubles when John Isner and Mardy Fish swept Simon Aspelin and Robert Lindstedt 4-6, 7-6(5) [10-4]. Other results: Germany def.

Serbia 3-0 Argentina def. Kazakhstan 3-0 Russia def. Spain 2-1 Results of the first round in Nice: Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. (WC)Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 3-6 6-3 6-2 (5)Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) d.

Filippo Volandri (ITA) 7-5 6-3 Victor Hanescu (ROU) d. (q)Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-0 6-1 Pablo Andujar (ESP) d. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 5-0 ret. Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Olivier Rochus (BEL) 6-2 7-6(5) Adrian Mannarino (FRA) d. Somdev Devvarman (IND) 6-3 7-6(7) .

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