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24 October 2013

Teams ready for relegation battles


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Photo: Bengt HelmerssonFrederik Nielsen (DEN) and Elias Ymer (SWE)

The draws are in for the two Europe/Africa Zone Group I relegation play-off ties taking place this weekend between Russia and South Africa, and Sweden and Denmark.

Both ties should be close affairs and there's plenty at stake as the winning nations will remain in Zone Group I in 2014, while the losing teams will be relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group II.

In Moscow, Shamil Tarpischev has opted for youth in naming Karen Khachanov to play in the singles on the opening day. Khachanov, who recorded back-to-back Tour-level wins over Albert Ramos and Janko Tipsarevic at the Kremlin Cup last week will be relishing the opportunity to take centre stage.

His team-mate, Alex Bogomolov, is the highest-ranked player on show this weekend and so will be desperate to make that numercial advantage count when he takes on world No. 1485 Jacob de Klerk in the second singles rubber on Friday.

The doubles sees the remaining four players on both squads scheduled to face off against one another with Konstantin Kravchuk and Andrey Kuznetsov playing doubles specialist Raven Klaasen and Tucker Vorster.

The tie between Scandinavian rivals Sweden and Denmark sees another up-and-coming talent thrust in to the limelight as 17-year-old Elias Ymer has been named to play in Friday's singles.

Ymer will become the youngest Swede since Mats Wilander to contest a Davis Cup rubber when he plays 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion Frederik Nielsen.

The second singles rubber on Friday pits Markus Eriksson for the hosts against Martin Pedersen for the visitors.

Meanwhile the doubles rubber could be a fascinating clash with Johan Brunstrom and Robert Lindstedt slated to take on Thomas Kromann and Nielsen in a high-quality match-up.

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