2012 Davis Cup: Top 5 Performances so Far

Jeff Cohn@jeff_cohnCorrespondent IIIFebruary 16, 2012

2012 Davis Cup: Top 5 Performances so Far

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    The Davis Cup's commencement provided an interesting display of international tennis.

    Some teams had easier times than others moving into the next round and there were many shocking upsets.

    The USA swept Switzerland; Great Britain defeated Slovakia; Croatia moved past Japan; Australia creamed China; and Spain beat Kazakhstan.

    In order to predict the following matchplay in the Davis Cup, the individual matches that were played must be analyzed under a more specific scope.

    Here were the top five displays from the first round of play this year.

5. USA Sweeps a Subpar Switzerland

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    Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer, Switzerland's two-man team, did not physically show up in their matches and lost 5-0.

    On the other hand, the USA played well even without the Bryan brothers as the team to knock out the Swiss.

4. Davis Cup Debut

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    Although the Chinese team does not possess many star players, it is still capable of pulling off upsets.

    However, Australian Matthew Ebden proved that nobody is a match for him on grass as he executed an impeccable game plan to win easily in straight sets.

3. Another Grass Court Masterclass Performance

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    Similarly, Australian Chris Guccione put his serve-and-volley style to work and came out the victor in under an hour.

    The lefty is a formidable opponent for some Top 20 players on fast surfaces, so be on the lookout for him to do some damage during the grass season.

2. The Biggest Shocker in Davis Cup Thus Far

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    American big man John Isner lost the first set to Roger Federer and looked to be on his way out.

    He had only won one set against the world No. 3 in their previous encounters.

    But this affair was very much a different situation than usual. The marathon man won three straight sets to give his team a 2-0 lead at the end of day one.

    While Roger played poorly and did not convert several break points and opportunities, John was able to focus and stick to his game plan while allowing the uneven court surface to play to his advantage.

1. The Best Match

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    Mikhail Kukushkin is getting better with each successive tournament and is growing into a more mature and complete player.

    Juan Carlos Ferrero is still hanging on to his career, although it appears he has little time left playing professionally.

    Both of these players gave it their all and kept the match extremely close—even through the physicality of the lengthy match—with Ferrero outlasting Kukushkin.