Castellon, Spain (Sports Network) - Reigning champion Spain will host heavy
underdog Austria is a best-of-five Davis Cup quarterfinal this weekend in
Friday's opening singles will pit 12th-ranked Spaniard Nicolas Almagro against
world No. 21 lefthander Jurgen Melzer and fifth-ranked David Ferrer versus
world No. 139 Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer.
Saturday's doubles will pit a Spanish tandem of Marcel Granollers and Marc
Lopez against an Austrian duo of Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya, while
Sunday's reverse singles currently call for Ferrer to meet Melzer and Almagro
to oppose Haider-Maurer.
The great Rafael Nadal opted against playing for the hosts this week.
Spain is led by rookie captain and former top-five player Alex Corretja, while
Austria is piloted by Clemens Trimmel. The Austrians are 3-1 all-time against
the Spaniards, including a win in their last meeting in Vienna back in 1995.
The two nations first met back in 1934.
The tie will be staged on red clay at Marina d'Or.
Spain beat Argentina in last year's finale to capture its third Davis Cup
title in four years and fifth overall championship -- all since 2000. Austria
has never won the coveted chalice.
The winner here will battle the France-United States victor in the semifinals
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