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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.
“I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry,” said Weintraub after hearing of the draw.
By ALLON SINAI
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."
Longest Grand Slam run for 29-year-old Israeli since 2009; Nadal, Federer survive scares Down Under.
Following Pe’er and Glushko’s exits, Dudi Sela (105) will be Israel’s lone representative in the singles events in Melbourne.
The 29-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 83 in the world, defeated Carlos Berlocq (63) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in the first round.
It may seem trivial, but in today’s world, many people invoke the word “hero” when referring to those whose exploits on the field stand out from the rest.
By MICHAEL FREUND
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