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Federer to play three matches

Roger Federer will play in three ties for Switzerland when his country faces Italy in the Davis Cup playoffs. Federer has never won the Davis Cup, but the Swiss need to beat Italy to stay in the World Group for next year.

sports Updated: Sep 18, 2009 00:41 IST

Roger Federer will play in three ties for Switzerland when his country faces Italy in the Davis Cup playoffs. Federer has never won the Davis Cup, but the Swiss need to beat Italy to stay in the World Group for next year. In Thursday’s draw, Federer will play Simone Bolelli in Friday’s singles. Stanislas Wawrinka will open the series for Switzerland against Andreas Seppi. In doubles, Federer and Wawrinka will meet Fabio Fognini and Potito Starace.

Karlovic opens against Stepanek

Porec, Croatia: Ivo Karlovic will open for Croatia against Radek Stepanek in the first singles match of the semifinals against the Czech Republic.

Thursday's draw also pitted Marin Cilic against Tomas Berdych.

In Saturday’s doubles, Lovro Zovko and Roko Karanusic will play Czech pair Lukas Dlouhy and Jan Hajek.