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  • Tough Draw: Canada to face Spain in Davis Cup World Group

    (Reuters)Canada was riding high following their weekend Davis Cup victory over South Africa. The 4-1 win ensured the Canadians a spot in the prestigious World Group in 2013, marking the first time since 1991-92 that the team will spend consecutive years at the elite level.

    That high was short-lived however and on Wednesday it was back to business with the official draw for next season. Canada drew defending Davis Cup champion Spain in the opening round of next year's Davis Cup held February 1-3, and even if Rafael Nadal doesn't play due to injury or scheduling concerns, Spain remains a formidable foe.

    Martin Laurendeau, Canada's non-playing captain, said Spain's depth — and not one particular player — makes them dangerous. "We know that Spain has enough players and enough depth to have maybe three Davis Cup teams in the World Group" he said. "So if Rafa is not there, we have our hands full with the rest of the players who will be there."

    Although he doesn't know who will be representing Spain

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