Cookie consent

We use cookies to improve your experience on this website. By continuing to browse our site you agree to our use of cookies. Tell me more | Cookie preferences

Spain face Canada in Davis Cup

Team captain Albert Costa, Feliciano Lopez, Marcel Granollers, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco celebrate.

Story highlights

  • Spain to begin their 2013 quest for glory against Canada on February 1
  • Spanish hope to retain their title in next month's final against Czech Republic
  • U.S. drawn against Brazil with Argentina hosting Germany
  • 2010 winners Serbia play Belgium while Italy face Croatia

Spain will face a testing tie in the opening round of the 2013 Davis Cup after being drawn against Canada.

The five-time winners, who will take on the Czech Republic in this year's final from November 16-18, defeated Canada in the only previous meeting between the two nations back in 1991.

Spain are the top seeds for the competition, but team captain Alex Corretja believes his players will need to be on their mettle against a Canada team which is set to include World No. 15 and rising star of the ATP Tour Milos Raonic.

Spain defeat U.S. to reach Davis Cup final

"Canada was one of the strongest opponents we could have drawn, not only for the quality of the team led by Milos Raonic but also for the fact that we are the away team and only a week after the Australian Open," Corretja told the Spanish Tennis Federation's website.

"That means another long journey and all the effects of the change in time zone.

      Just Watched

      Rafael Nadal: Drink responsibly

    Rafael Nadal: Drink responsibly 02:21
    PLAY VIDEO

    "It will be a tough tie but the important thing right now is to focus on the final we have to play in two months against Czech Republic."

    The Czechs will begin next year's quest for glory with a tie against Switzerland, which throws up the intriguing prospect of Tomas Berdych facing 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer.

    World No.1 Federer boasts an 11-5 record against Berdych, but was beaten by the No.6 at the recent U.S. Open.

    Berdych has also recorded notable victories against Federer at Wimbledon in 2010 and at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

    The Czech star played a key role in his country's semifinal win over Argentina after claiming three points.

    Switzerland has traditionally struggled against the Czechs having lost six of their previous eight meetings, but did secure a home victory back in 1998.

    The U.S. will take on Brazil following their 2012 semifinal defeat, while Argentina hosts Germany following their failure in the last four.

    Serbia, the 2010 Davis Cup winners, will play Belgium for the first time since they became an independent nation.

      Just Watched

      Graf: The changing face of German tennis

    Graf: The changing face of German tennis 03:00
    PLAY VIDEO

      Just Watched

      Haas on age: '30 is the new 20'

    Haas on age: '30 is the new 20' 00:01
    PLAY VIDEO

    France will entertain Israel in captain Arnaud Clement's first match in charge, while Italy host Croatia and Kazakhstan face Austria.

    The ties will be played between February 1and 3.

      Tennis

    • Rafael Nadal of Spain watches the ball in his match against Martin Klizan of Slovakia during during day seven of the China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 3, 2014 in Beijing, China.

      Rafael Nadal's body might be giving him a few problems, but his mind remains as strong as ever. Will the Spaniard add to his haul of 14 grand slam titles?
    • LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and his long time girlfriend Kim Sears arrive at Buckingham Palace on October 17, in London, England. Murray will become an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and receive his medal from the Duke of Cambridge. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

      The Scot has served up a few changes to his support team in 2014 but there's one person who isn't going anywhere -- his new fiancée Kim Sears.
    • Despite being forced to retire at the age of 24 due to health problems, Lacoste remained in the game and went on start the "Lacoste" brand in 1933, which specialised in tennis products. The inspiration for the company's logo came from his nickname as a player, "le crocodile."

      His distinctive crocodile logo is seen on clothing all over the world, but Rene Lacoste also left a lasting legacy in the development of tennis.
    • Serena Williams of the US holds the US Open trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their US Open 2014 women's singles finals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center September 7, 2014 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

      Serena Williams is without peer in the modern women's game and now she is on a par with two American tennis legends from the past.
    • American tennis player and golfer Althea Gibson (right) receives a kiss from compatriot Darlene Hard, whom she beat in two sets to become the first black woman to win the Women's Singles Finals at Wimbledon.

      Over the course of her remarkable life, Althea Gibson was many things to many people -- but it was tennis where she really left her mark.
    • "I didn't cry once when I practiced in front of the mirror," says Martin Emmrich. But the nerves kicked in when he got down on one knee on court.
    • LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 03: Tennis / Frauen: Wimbledon 2004, London; Finale; Siegerin Maria SHARAPOVA / RUS 03.07.04. (Photo by Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images)

      It's 10 years since a teenage Maria Sharapova became the darling of Wimbledon's hallowed Center Court, launching herself as a star.
    • Five-time grand slam champion Martina Hingis has followed her mom into a coaching role, setting up a new tennis academy in Barcelona, Spain.