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GB to host Russia in Davis Cup

ESPN staff
September 19, 2012
Leon Smith will hope to call on Andy Murray against Russia © PA Photos

Great Britain will take on former Davis Cup champions Russia next April in their first tie of the tournament in 2013.

Russia, who lifted the trophy in 2006, were top seeds in Britain's half of the draw. They surrendered their place in the World Group when they lost a play-off to Brazil last weekend.

Andy Murray, the British No. 1 and recent US Open winner, played no part in the Davis Cup during 2012, but skipper Leon Smith will be eager to convince him to take part in a difficult tie.

World No. 29 Mikhail Youzhny is the highest-ranked Russian player, but he was not involved against Brazil - and nor was the Russian No. 2, Nikolay Davydenko. Instead, Alex Bogomolov and Igor Andreev were trusted.

The winners of the GB v Russia fixture will play-off in September for a place in the 2014 World Group.

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