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Sela forced to pull out due to injury
Sela will next face the winner of Sunday night’s encounter between Argentinian- Jew Diego Schwartzman and Cyprus’s Marcos Baghdatis.
The 32-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 97, was already preparing to leave California last week after falling in the second round of the qualifiers of the year’s first Masters event.
30-year-old Israeli is set to climb around 20 places from his previous ranking of 112 when new world rankings are released Monday.
By ALLON SINAI
The 28-year-old was playing just his second match since losing in the first round of the Wimbledon qualifiers in June 2014.
“I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry,” said Weintraub after hearing of the draw.
The blue-and-white, which is in danger of being relegated to Group II for the first time since 2001, will host Slovenia in a contest from which the winner will maintain its status.
Since the 3-2 win over Sweden in the first round of the World Group in March 2009, Israel’s No. 1 hasn’t won both his singles rubbers in a Davis Cup tie.
Jaziri, who’s ranked No. 71 in the world, retired from his match against Denis Istomin in suspicious circumstances last Wednesday after winning the first set 6-3.
"I hope to build on this and keep improving my tennis," Sela says.
Sela on facing off against Nadal: "I hope to give him a tough time."
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Following Pe’er and Glushko’s exits, Dudi Sela (105) will be Israel’s lone representative in the singles events in Melbourne.
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