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07 April 2013

Czech Republic claims No. 1 Nations Ranking


Photo: Paul ZimmerCzech team celebrate

Czech Republic has become only the sixth nation to hold the No. 1 position on the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking after completing a 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in Astana on Sunday. Lukas Rosol won the decisive point with a 76(5) 67(2) 76(5) 62 victory over Evgeny Korolev.

The new rankings were issued on Monday 8 April, with Czech Republic climbing one place from its current position of No. 2. Spain, which has held the top spot for almost four years, drops to No. 2.

The ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking was launched in December 2001 and is used for seeding at all levels of the competition. It measures the success of all participating nations over a 'rolling' four year period with recent performance weighted more heavily. A new rankings list is published following every World Group round and nations at all levels of the competition have a ranking.

History of the No. 1 ranked nation on the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking

1: Australia 3 December 2001 – 11 February 2002

2: France 11 February 2002 – 1 December 2003

Australia   1 December 2003 – 12 April 2004

France   12 April 2004 – 27 September 2004

3: Spain 27 September 2004 – 21 November 2005

4: Croatia 21 November 2005 – 4 December 2006

5: Russia 4 December 2006 – 13 July 2009

Spain  13 July 2009 – 8 April 2013

6: Czech Republic 8 April 2013 -

Czech Republic also becomes only the third country after France and Russia to top the Davis Cup and Fed Cup Nations Ranking at the same time, having held the Fed Cup No. 1 ranking since 23 April 2012.

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