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Tomic back for Davis Cup

2013-03-27 07:43
Bernard Tomic (AP)

Sydney - Bernard Tomic was recalled to Australia's Davis Cup team on Wednesday to face Uzbekistan after ending his feud with captain Pat Rafter.

In January, the 20-year-old said he would not be available for Davis Cup duties until at least a World Group playoff in September, should Australia qualify, after Rafter axed him for a tie against Taiwan.

At the time, Rafter said it was to "teach him a lesson" after Tomic last year created more headlines off the court than on it, including run-ins with police in his sports car and claims he was not trying hard enough.

The world No.45 admitted he was on a "slippery slope" but says he is now reformed and will be an asset in the Asia-Oceania Zone second-round tie, having won eight of his 10 Davis Cup singles rubbers.

"I always want to play Davis Cup. I want to thank Pat for picking me. Wherever it is I'll always be happy to play for (my) country," said Tomic.

Rafter also included stalwart Lleyton Hewitt, Marinko Matosevic and Matt Ebden for the Uzbekistan clash starting on April 5.

"We have a team which is very motivated to go into an extremely tough away tie and try and win our way to a World Group playoff," Rafter said.

"We are under no illusions as to the difficulty of the task ahead, but we want this badly.

"The boys are training hard and they have shown some good form in the lead up, so I am expecting some big things from them."

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