Friday, July 8, 2011

DAVIS CUP: Tunisia's Jaziri confident ahead of Ireland clash, Egypt preps for Madagascar

Malek Jaziri on court during the tie against Great Britain

It's Davis Cup weekend worldwide and every nation has its own battle to fight.

The elite are in the World Group quarter-finals fighting for a last-four spot, others like Switzerland are hoping to pass the second round of Group I to get to a play-off tie that can bounce them up to the World Group, while fellow Arab countries like Tunisia and Morocco are battling to stay in Group II.

Egypt is in Group III and is playing a round robin tie in Cairo on the clay courts of Smash Tennis Academy. The Pharaohs already beat Nigeria and Benin with the same score, 3-0, we got a walkover against Rwanda and on Friday we face Madagascar.

Egypt No1, Mohamed Safwat, together with Sherif Sabry and Karim Maamoun have all been in action so far and have been in great form.

Tunisia take on Ireland in Dublin as they bid to avoid immediate relegation to Group III. The Tunisian squad is led by their No1 player, Malek Jaziri, who was kind enough to give me his thoughts on the tie.

"I am feeling good. I just won a tournament (in Manchester) and I'm improving in the rankings so I am feeling confident," the world No291 told Game, Set, Match Egypt.

The Tunisians lost a tight tie in the first round of Group II when they faced Great Britain in Bolton. They were unlucky to play away twice on the trot.

"It would have been better if the tie was at home in Tunisia but it's OK, I think we can make a good weekend. I am really confident," added the 27-year-old.

Also hoping to stay in Group II are Morocco who lost in the first round to Bosnia after a returning Amer Delic helped his team to victory.

Morocco face Lithuania in Vilnius this weekend and appear to be favourites against a team with three unranked players. Reda El Amrani headlines the Moroccan squad and even though his results on tour have not been great lately, he won both his rubbers against Bosnia in March.

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