Before making an appearance on clay, the men take some time off the ATP Tour to compete in the Davis Cup quarter-finals between 4-6th April. Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Japan made it thus far.
Great Britain reached the world stage of the competition for the first time in 28 years. Andy Murray and co. will now have to beat Italy to claim a semi-final spot. The bar is high as Italy has a much better record having beaten Great Britain ten out of the last 11 times. Despite worrying information that Andy Murray is struggling with a stomach bug he should be able to play in the opening match on Friday.
The trophy holders Czech Republic are set to clash with Japan. Top players from both teams pulled out of this stage of the competition. While Tomas Berdych opted out from his duties a while ago, Kei Nishikori’s decision was a last-minute one. This means that Czech Republic will be bidding for the third straight title led by Lukas Rosol, world no. 40. Japan is looking to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time.
France were looking for an easy match-up against Germany as Tommy Haas, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Florian Mayer are all out due to injuries. That was before France's no. 1
Richard Gasqued pulled out due to a lower back injury. His countrymen should still ease through with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils and Julien Benneteau all fit to play.
Switzerland look even stronger with Roger Federer and Stanislaw Wawrinka leading the way. They will host Kazakhstan, with Mikhail Kukushkin ranked at no. 56, being their highest-ranked player. The Swiss have their eyes on the first Davis Cup semi-final since 2003.
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