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Federer could face Nadal in Davis Cup

RAFAEL Nadal and Roger Federer could go head to head in the first round of next year's Davis Cup after Spain was yesterday drawn to face Switzerland in the first round of the World Group.

The Czech Republic, which will meet Spain in this year's final of the team event, faces Belgium while India, back in the elite 16-strong World Group for the first since 1998, has been handed a tough opener in Russia.

Argentina travels to Sweden while the United States has been drawn away to Serbia. Israel, beaten by Spain in the semifinals last week, tackles Chile.

Federer recovered from his shock defeat to Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open final to win both his singles in Switzerland's 3-2 defeat of Italy in a World Group playoff last weekend.

The 15-time grand slam champion has never faced Nadal in Davis Cup action and the prospect of facing the Mallorcan in Spain could persuade Federer to make himself available for the first round in March. Neither he nor Nadal played in the first-round tie between the nations in 2007 when Spain won 3-2.

"I truly enjoy playing for my country but I'll also have to see where I have my priorities for next season," Federer said after victory over Italy.

"Of course, there are the grand slams but there is also No. 1, which is a bit of a dilemma."

Waiting in round two for the winner of the tie will be either Germany or France. The first round is on March 5-7.


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