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Don't dispute the pageantry of Davis Cup

Updated: September 20, 2008, 2:03 PM ET
By Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com

The reason Davis Cup is such a great event, and why the basic format should be preserved at all cost, was in great evidence during Day 1 play. To fully understand why, ask yourself these questions:

• How would you like Andy Roddick's chances against David Ferrer on red clay -- in, say, a Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal?

• Would you expect a U.S. Open match between Switzerland's Stanislaus Wawrinka (No. 9 in the world) and Belgium's Steve Darcis ...

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