Britain to face Russia in Davis Cup

Britain to face Russia in Davis Cup
By Eurosport

19/09/2012 at 19:51Updated 20/09/2012 at 16:11

Great Britain will play Russia in their opening Euro/Africa Zone Group I match in the 2013 Davis Cup.

GB will host the 2006 champions from April 5-7 at an unconfirmed venue.

If Leon Smith's men win then they will get a shot at a return to the World Group for the first time since 2002 in September.

They were the only one of the seven unseeded nations to be given a first-round bye when the draw was held in London.

Mikhail Youzhny at 25 is the top ranked player for Russia, who were relegated from the World Group this year, while veteran Nikolay Davydenko is also in the top 50.

Defending champions Spain, who face Czech Republic in this year’s final, have been handed an away tie against Canada in the World Group first round.

The Czechs face a trip to Roger Federer's Switzerland.

World Group:

Canada v Spain

Italy v Croatia

Belgium V Serbia

USA v Brazil

France v Israel

Argentina v Germany

Kazakhstan v Austria

Switzerland v Czech Republic

Europe/Africa Zone Group I:

First round:

Poland v Slovenia

Finland or Denmark v Romania

Ukraine v Slovak Republic

Bye: Russia, Great Britain, South Africa, Sweden, Netherlands

Second round:

Great Britain v Russia