Ferrer will open for Spain in Davis Cup final

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    Prague, Czech Republic (Sports Network) - The 100th Davis Cup final will get underway Friday with an opening singles rubber between world No. 5 star David Ferrer and Czech veteran Radek Stepanek.

    Reigning champion Spain and the Czech Republic will square off in a best-of- five tie on an indoor hardcourt at Prague's O2 Arena.

    Ferrer-Stepanek will be followed by a match between sixth-ranked Czech Tomas Berdych and world No. 11 Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.

    Saturday's doubles bout in Prague will pit a Spanish duo of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez against a Czech duo of Ivo Minar and Lukas Rosol. Granollers and Lopez are fresh off their surprise title at last week's season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London, which just concluded on Monday.

    Sunday's reverse singles in Prague call for Ferrer to battle the former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych and Almagro to take on the 34-year-old world No. 37 Stepanek.

    Spain will play without injured superstar Rafael Nadal, who has been sidelined with knee problems since June.

    The Spaniards are captained by former top-five star Alex Corretja, while the host Czechs are piloted by Jaroslav Navratil.

    Five-time champion Spain has won three of the last four Davis Cup titles, including a 5-0 sweep of the Czech Republic in the 2009 finale in Barcelona.

    The former Czechoslovakia captured its lone Davis Cup title in 1980.

    Spain is 4-2 all-time versus the Czechs, including 2-0 against the Czech Republic. The Spaniards went 2-2 against the former Czechoslovakia in a series that started back in 1931.

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