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CupDate: Bye-Bye Bogomolov!

February 12, 2012 | 08:11 PM

As if Jim Courier hadn't given the USTA enough to crow about after shutting out a heavily favored SWISS team in their mountain fortress, schaden freude will mix with the real joy in abundance in White Plains tomorrow because 29 year old deserter, Alex Bogomolov, who's as unpopular there as Richard Williams on a bad day, suffered the ignominy of dual losses in his first Davis Cup tie for his father's homeland, RUSSIA. He won't be a national hero in Moscow, either. Russian captain Shamil Tarpischev placed faith in him and made him their lead singles player, only to see him give the deciding point to AUSTRIA (now in the quarters of the World Group for the 1st time) to lowly ranked, #127 Andreas Haider-Maurer. Second only to the USA in consecutive appearances in the World Group in the last 20 years, Russia - thanks to Bogie - will be facing a relegation round in 2013.

Alex was desperate to play Davis Cup, and with no real chance of even being named to the US squad, his defection was understandable, if not acceptable. That may not stop The USTA from grasping at his misfortune to gloat.

Courier won't have long to bask in glory before his team will again take on a favored opponent in their homeland: FRANCE glided by the threat from CANADA when #1 Canadian Milos Raonic (ranked #29) withdrew from his rubber with Tsonga due to knee pain experienced after his doubles loss yesterday. He was replaced by #178 Frank Dancevic, who was no match for Jo, losing 4, 4, and 1.

The winner of the USA and France will take on the winner of SPAIN and Austria in the semis (ok - Spain). The fact that Spain will probably without the services of without Rafa, will give Courier and Company decent shot at reaching a final.

Rick

Davis Cup 2012 1st Round Results


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