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Spain v Serbia: A Davis Cup delay

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 15:33

The highlight of Marchs Davis Cup weekend is unquestionably the mouth-watering tie between Spain and Serbia, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic spearheading their respective countries.

However, the first days play in which Novak Djokovic was to open against Spains David Ferrer before Serbias Janko Tipsarevic faced world No.1 Rafael Nadal has been suspended due to gusts up to 60 mph damaging the integrity of the purpose-built 16,000-seat stadium at the Terra Mitica amusement park.

The fierce winds have blown off some of the rows of the stands and has played an effect on the whole stability, said International Tennis Federation referee Soren Frienel. Matches have been cancelled because of the security of the stands.

Frienel will meet shortly with the Spanish and Serbian federations to discuss the proposal to push back the World Group first-round tie by one day, pending an inspection and repairs of the damage, which would mean a Monday conclusion.

The structure will be inspected and be repaired before anyone can be allowed into the stadium, said Frienel. Were talking about a security issue so theres not much we can say about that, what the teams prefer, Frienel concluded, Both teams have to accept the decision and they have.

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