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Australia's Davis Cup struggle

I wasn't very much surprised to see Argentina knock out Australia in the Davis Cup in Buenos Aires. It was always going to be an uphill struggle for Australia against Argentina in the Davis Cup semi-final on the clay courts of the Parque Roca Stadium.

At this moment in time Australia doesn't have the kind of players to win against the David Nalbandian led Argentinian team because the moment Lleyton Hewitt lost to Jose Acasuso in the rain delayed second rubber it was hard to see where another win would come from.

The off-court issue of body guards and security or lack of it was an unwanted distraction in a match were chances of winning were always going to be slim for Australia. First, the playing surface was clay which the Argentinians are quite good at and then there was a more than vociferous crowd support that even included football legend Diego Maradona.

For Australia to reach the semis with the players they had is a good achievement on its own and compared to the other three Davis Cup semi-finalists, Australia's line-up was arguably the 'weakest' in ranking terms. I hope Mark Philippoussis will continue his climb up the rankings because with two good players you can go far in the Davis Cup.

Argentina took this tie too seriosly, they were always going to win against a weak Australia team. Against Russia, that's where they need Maradona for sure!

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