Draws set for Davis Cup quarters

PRAGUE -- Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic will play Viktor Troicki of Serbia in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

The Serbian team will play without top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

Radek Stepanek will face Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in the second singles match Friday on the indoor clay court at O2 Arena.

Czech pair Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Rosol have been selected to play Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic in Saturday's doubles, but captain Jaroslav Navratil is expected to bring in Berdych and Stepanek. Changes are also possible for the Serbian pair.

The winner of the best-of-five series will face Argentina or Croatia in September's semifinals.

In other quarterfinal play, Nicolas Almagro will play first singles for defending champion Spain against Austria's Jurgen Melzer.

Austria has won three of four meetings with Spain, which is again without Rafael Nadal.

Fifth-ranked David Ferrer, who was on all three of Spain's title-winning teams over the past four years, will play Andreas Haider-Maurer on the outdoor clay in second singles Friday.

Spanish pair Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers play Alexander Peya and Oliver Marach in Saturday's doubles with reverse singles scheduled for Sunday.

Spain can pass Germany with a 23rd straight win on home soil -- it hasn't slipped up since 1999 -- for the second-longest run in the competition.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.