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Aussies aims for tennis whitewash

By Darren Walton 09/02/2003 05:33:17 AM Comments (0)

Australia has the chance to complete a whitewash of Great Britain in their first-round Davis Cup tie at the Sydney International Tennis Centre.

A 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-2 doubles success for Lleyton Hewitt and Todd Woodbridge over Arvind Parmar and Miles Maclagan gave Australia an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five tie.

Hewitt is scheduled to meet Alan Mackin in the first reverse singles rubber, with Mark Philippoussis named to play teenage left-hander Alex Bogdanovic in the second match.

Both dead rubbers will be reduced to best-of-three sets, with the two team captains having the option of changing the line-ups they nominated at Thursday's draw.

With Philippoussis due to play his first-round match in San Jose on Tuesday, it's tipped Australian captain John Fitzgerald will give Wayne Arthurs a match.

But it's unlikely Hewitt will pass up the opportunity to improve his already imposing 22-6 win-loss record in Davis Cup and complete a hat-trick of victories in the one-sided tie.

"He's very possessive about his Davis Cup record," Fitzgerald said.

"I don't think Wayne would want to take the glory away from these guys. If he wanted to play, then the guys would maybe discuss it."

Australia will play either Sweden away or Brazil at home in the April quarter-finals.

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