Roland Garros to host Davis Cup semi

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iol spt apr28 Nadal-Roland Garros Reuters France will stage September's Davis Cup semi-final against the Czech Republic on the claycourts of Roland Garros. Photo by: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Paris – France will stage September's Davis Cup semi-final against the Czech Republic on the claycourts of Roland Garros, the French Tennis Federation announced on Monday.

The 15,000-capacity Philippe Chatrier centre-court at the complex on the western fringes of Paris, home to the French Open, was the choice of French captain Arnaud Clement.

It will be the first time that a Davis Cup match has been staged there since the 2002 semi-finals when France defeated the United States before they lost 3-2 to Russia in the final, also held in Paris, but in the indoors Bercy Stadium.

The Czech Republic led by Thomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek have won the last two Davis Cups, while the last French win in the team event dates back to 2001 when they beat Australia in the final.

France and the Czech Republic have played each other 14 times in the Davis Cup with both countries winning seven times.

The tie will be played from September 12-14.

The other semi-final opposes Italy and Roger Federer's Switzerland. – Sapa-AFP


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