Davis Cup: Hajek to open against Golubev

Mar 03. AP. OSTRAVA, Czech Republic

Davis Cup: Hajek to open against GolubevJan Hajek of the Czech Republic will face Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan in the opening singles match of their Davis Cup first-round series.

Hajek replaced Radek Stepanek, who was ruled out due to illness.

Thursday’s draw also put Tomas Berdych against Mikhail Kukushkin in the second singles on an indoor hard court at CEZ Arena.

“I’m 100 percent fit,” said the seventh-ranked Berdych, who retired against Novak Djokovic due to a leg injury last week in Dubai.

Berdych has never played the 63rd-ranked Kukushkin.

“I just want to focus on my tennis and my performance,” Berdych said.

In Saturday’s doubles, Czech pair Lukas Dlouhy and Jiri Vesely are set to take on Yuriy Schukin and Evgeny Korolev.

The 17-year-old Vesely made the Davis Cup squad for the first time, after winning the boy’s singles championship and the boy’s doubles at the Australian Open.

Reverse singles are scheduled for Sunday.

The winner of the series will face either Argentina or Romania the quarterfinals.

The Czechs reached the semifinals last year and the final in 2009. Kazakhstan is in the World Group for the first time.