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Davis Cup by BNP Paribas
GB vs ITA: 4 - 6 April 2014
Last updated: 12/09/2013
Aegon GB Davis Cup Team by Getty Images
Shortly after 12:30 local time Thursday at the Stadion Stella Maris in Umag, the draw for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-Off tie between Great Britain and Croatia was conducted.
Reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will start for the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team as he takes on 16-year old Croatian No.13 and recent US Open junior boys champion Borna Coric, followed by British No.2 Dan Evans against Croatia’s highest nominated player, world No. 35 Ivan Dodig.
The Saturday doubles match commencing at 14:00 CET will feature the British team of Colin Fleming and Andy Murray against Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic. Substitutions from the four-man nominated team can be made one hour before play.
Sunday’s reverse singles matches will commence again at 11:00 local time, expected with Murray against Dodig followed by Evans versus Coric. A substitution can be made by the Captains 10 minutes following the end of the fourth singles if deemed necessary.
Speaking after today’s draw, Captain Leon Smith said: “On paper it might appear we are the favourites but as we all know there are no easy matches. Away ties are always tricky. I decided to make a substitution to the original nominated team, putting in Jonny Marray, giving us more options as I believe that rubber will be crucial and James Ward has been having a little wrist problem. It’s a tough assignment but we are ready for tomorrow.”
Andy Murray said: “I haven’t seen Coric play before but plenty of our guys have. He’s very young and is very inexperienced at this level but I’ll be ready for him. I’m looking forward to getting out on the court.”
Dan Evans said: “We’ve been practicing a lot all week and the banter’s been fun. I have really enjoyed being around the other guys and the turn around after US Open has been very quick so I haven’t really had time to think about what happened there. Even though clay isn’t my best surface, I’m excited to get out there again and Davis Cup usually brings the best out in me.”
The tie is being covered live each day by British Eurosport and BBC 5 Live. Matches commence at 10am British time Friday and Sunday, while the doubles on Saturday will be at 1pm British time.