Lithuania await relegated Britain

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The Independent Online

Britain will break new ground next year after being paired with Lithuania in yesterday's Davis Cup draw.

John Lloyd's team, who have been relegated to Europe Africa Zone Group Two, will visit the Baltic nation for the first time in March. It remains to be seen whether Andy Murray will play in the tie, but even without him Britain should win.

Lithuania's three leading players, Ricardas Berankis, Laurynas Grigelis and Gvidas Sabeckis, are ranked at No 432, 642 and 672 in the world respectively. Berankis, who trains at the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida, is a former US Open junior champion, but there are seven Britons ahead of him in the world rankings.

Lithuania were promoted to Group Two, which is effectively the Davis Cup's third division, last year. Yesterday's draw for the elite 16-nation World Group has paired Switzerland with Spain, meaning that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could face one another.