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Great Britain draw USA in Davis Cup

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Great Britain have been handed an away tie against the USA in the World Group of the 2014 Davis Cup after the first round draw took place in London on Wednesday.

Britain have not reached the 16-team World Group since 2008 but a 4-1 victory over Croatia in Umag last week - featuring Andy Murray's first Davis Cup appearance for two years - put paid to that particular run.

It is the first time that the two founder nations of the competition have been drawn together this century.

The last time Great Britain appeared in the World Group, they went down 4-1 to Argentina.

Since the arrival of Leon Smith as British captain in 2010, his side have a 7-1 record in the Davis Cup, which they will hope to improve when they face the US team which includes Sam Querrey and John Isner as well as doubles world No. 1 pair Bob and Mike Bryan.

In the opposite side of the draw, defending champions the Czech Republic have been drawn at home against the Netherlands and Spain - lead by US Open champion Rafael Nadal - travel to Germany.

And world number one Novak Djokovic's Serbian team will host a Swiss team lead by Roger Federer.

Davis Cup World Group, first-round draw in full: Germany v Spain, Czech Republic v Netherlands, Japan v Canada, France v Australia, United States v Great Britain, Argentina v Italy, Kazakhstan v Belgium, Serbia v Switzerland. 

Ties will be played on January 31-Feburary 2. 

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