Davis Cup: Andy Murray to face Croatian 16-year-old

Andy Murray of Great Britain shakes hands with first day opponent Borna Coric of Croatia during previews ahead of the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie between Croatia and Great Britain

Davis Cup World Group play-off: Croatia v Great Britain

Venue:
Stadion Stella Maris, Umag, Croatia
Date:
13-15 September
Coverage:
Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 10:00 BST on Friday and Sunday, and via BBC Sport website from 13:00 BST on Saturday

Andy Murray is set to play a 16-year-old in Great Britain's opening Davis Cup World Group play-off rubber against Croatia, on Friday.

The 2012 US Open champion will face Borna Coric, who won this year's boys' title at Flushing Meadows.

Dan Evans will play Croatia's number one Ivan Dodig in the second match.

Murray, 26, has also been named as Colin Fleming's partner for Saturday's doubles, although Jonny Marray could be drafted into replace either player.

The Wimbledon champion missed the last Davis Cup tie in April, when Evans, James Ward, Fleming and Jonny Marray secured a shock win over Russia.

His singles opponent Coric, who has won three senior titles on the Futures circuit this year in addition to his New York win, spoke of the prospect of playing Murray.

"I don't think I can win - only if he injures himself," he said.

"I haven't played a five-set match, so if I'm playing it's going to be tough."

Coric was brought into the Croatia squad for his Cup debut, with both number one Marin Cilic and number three Ivo Karlovic unavailable.

"It's unbelievable to play for my country," the teenager added. "When I was eight or nine we won the Davis Cup - I was watching on the TV and hoping one day I'm going to play there."

The tie takes place from 13-15 September on clay, in Umag, with the winning nation qualifying for the elite World Group. The last time Britain took part at that level was 2008.

Britain and Croatia have only played each other once in the competition, with Britain winning 4-1 at Wimbledon in a 2007 World Group play-off.

Listen to live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra on Friday and Sunday, and via the BBC Sport website on Saturday.

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