Cilic to open against Fognini in Davis Cup

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 31, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 16: Marin Cilic of Croatia plays a backhand during his first round match against Ilia Bozoljac of Serbia on day two of the Australian Open 2007 at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Marin Cilic of Croatia will face Fabio Fognini of Italy in the opening rubber of their Davis Cup first-round tie on Friday. Andreas Seppi, who has risen to a career-high ranking of 18, and Ivan Dodig will follow them. Saturday's doubles pits Simone Bolelli and Paolo Lorenzi against Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic. The reverse singles on Sunday sees Seppi face 14th-ranked Cilic in a rematch of their five-set Australian Open third-round tie which was won by the Italian. Italy is looking to win its first World Group tie since 1998, when it finished runner-up. Croatia won the Davis Cup in 2005. The winner faces either Spain or Canada in the quarterfinals.
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