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Niland aiming to show Wimbledon sparkle in Davis Cup tie with Tunisia

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Paddy Hickey

Published 07/07/2011 | 05:00

CONOR NILAND believes that his three-match winning run in the Wimbledon qualifiers will be a boost rather than a hindrance for Ireland's Davis Cup clash with Tunisia this weekend.

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In the wake of Niland's run to the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time and his heroic efforts against France's Adrian Mannarino, greater focus will inevitably be placed on his performance in the Europe-Africa Zone Group Two relegation play-off at Riverview tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.

"There's always expectation in Davis Cup matches and you're expected to beat players below you in the rankings," said 171-ranked Niland, who will face Tunisian No 1, 293-ranked Malek Jariri, in the first of the two reverse singles on Sunday.

"But I don't feel there's any extra pressure on me after Wimbledon and I'm certainly not putting any extra pressure on myself. I took a lot of confidence from the week, so hopefully I'll carry some momentum into this match."

Irish boss Garry Cahill faces a selection dilemma for the No 2 singles place, with Barry King having taken a set off Luxembourg's 90-ranked Gilles Muller in the first-round tie and James McGee advancing to the final of two recent Futures events.

"We will how see how Barry and James play in the final practice session before making a decision," he said.

The Clonskeagh contest will decide which country will drop down to Group Three for next year's David Cup campaign.

"We want to stay in this Group (Two) and we don't want to be going to faraway places for round-robin ties," admits Cahill

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