Geneva, Switzerland (Sports Network) - The 2012 champion Czech Republic and
host Switzerland are prepared to do battle in an opening-round Davis Cup tie
in Geneva this weekend.
The best-of-five clash will take place on an indoor hardcourt at Palexpo,
where Swiss icon Roger Federer will not be on hand to lead his squad. The
former world No. 1 star and 17-time Grand Slam king opted against playing for
his country this week.
On Friday, the first match of the week will pit 17th-ranked Swiss Stan
Wawrinka against Lukas Rosol, while the second opening singles rubber will
have world No. 6 Czech star Tomas Berdych taking on unknown Swiss Henri
Laaksonen. Rosol is taking the place of last year's Czech Davis Cup hero Radek
Stepanek, who was forced to miss this tie because of a back injury. Stepanek
won the fifth and deciding rubber in last year's final between the Czech
Republic and then-defending champion Spain.
Saturday's doubles bout in Geneva will pit a Swiss team of Wawrinka and Marco
Chiudinelli against a Czech duo of Ivo Minar and Jiri Vesely, while Sunday's
reverse singles call for Berdych to face Wawrinka and Rosol to take on the
The Czechs are captained by Jaroslav Navratil, while the Swiss are piloted by
Severin Luthi. The Czech Republic and Swiss have split two all-time
matchups, with the Czechs winning their last tie six years ago in Prague.
The Czech Republic-Switzerland winner will meet the Austria-Kazakhstan victor
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