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Chile loss not surprising

Australia lost the Davis Cup tie against Chile over the weekend and will now drop to the Asia-Oceania group.

This loss was not exactly surprising given that Australia fielded a very weak team with world number 80 Chris Guccione being the top ranked player in the absence of injured Lleytton Hewitt.

I think the highlight for me was winning the doubles rubber when Guccione teamed up with Carsten Ball to win and make the score 2-1 going into the final day of singles matches.

Chile had world number 11 Fernando Gonzalez in their and were playing on clay and it is in singles where a weak team is exposed and Gonzalez's win meant Australia dropping from the World Cup.

Elsewhere Spain will play Argentina in the final after Spain beat the United States and Argentina won against Russia.

A win for Spain who have the world number one Rafael Nadal in their team will cap a good year for the Spanish player. But Argentina have a team with a lot of experience at this level and are not going to be pushovers.

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