Cilic will open for Croats

Updated: January 31, 2013

The opening-round Davis Cup tie between
Croatia and host Italy will commence Friday with a singles rubber between
Marin Cilic and Italian Fabio Fognini.

The best-of-five matchup will be staged on indoor red clay at Palavela.

Cilic-Fognini will be followed by a match between Croat Ivan Dodig and 18th-
ranked Andreas Seppi.

Saturday’s doubles rubber will pit Croats Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic against
an Italian duo of Simone Bolelli and Paolo Lorenzi, while Sunday’s reverse
singles call for the world No. 13 Cilic to battle Seppi and Dodig to take on

The Croats are captained by Zeljko Krajan, while the Italians are piloted by
Corrado Barazzutti. Croatia is 2-0 all-time versus Italy, with their last
meeting coming in Dubrovnik in 2008.

Both Croatia and Italy own one Davis Cup title apiece.

The Croatia-Italy winner will meet the Spain-Canada victor in the
quarterfinals in April.