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Davis Cup: Slovenia Face Israel for World Group Playoffs


Having secured their place in the 1st Europe and Africa Group with a win over Portugal in September 2013, Slovenia are now looking to go a step further by reaching their first ever World Group playoff.

The match in the coastal town pits the home team against a winnable opponent in Israel, despite a myriad of injury problems and the abstention of its top-ranked player.

Aljaž Bedene, who is ranked 113th on the ATP tour, has not made himself available for the match, while Slovenia's most successful player of all time Grega Žemlja has been out of action for more than half a year due to illness, although he has made himself available.

Representing Slovenia in the singles will be Blaž Rola (118th in the world) and Blaž Kavčič (121st), who is also making his return from foot surgery in March. They will play against Dudi Sela (69th) and Amir Weintraub (198th).

Slovenian captain Blaž Trupej admitted Thursday having a tough decision on choosing who will play along with Rola in the singles given the current health problems of Slovenian players.

"Based on Žemlja's health and Janez Semrajc's form, I went for Kavčič, even though he is only 17-18 days removed from surgery. We have to take risks if we want to win this one," said Trupej.

Kavčič, who had a good start to the season by reaching the round of 16 in Sydney in January, has said he is back to around 95% health following the surgery on a pinched nerve in his foot.

"I went full out see how the leg will respond. I feel some pain, but the captain has called me up and I will play."

Rola is enjoying his most successful year to date on tour, which has given him a major boost in confidence: "I'm playing well and I can make a match of it with Sela, despite his higher ranking."

The match will open on Friday with Kavčič facing Weintraub and Sela taking on Rola, followed by the doubles on Saturday and the reverse singles rubbers on Sunday.

For the doubles, Trupej has paired Žemlja and Rola, who will play against the doubles specialists Jonathan Ehrlich and Andy Ram.


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