German tennis player Alexander Zverev will face Australia in the Davis Cup in February.
German tennis player Alexander Zverev will face Australia in the Davis Cup in February. Vit Simanek

Germans to provide tough test for Aussies in Davis Cup

RISING German star Alexander Zverev looms large for Australia after the two countries were drawn together in the 2018 Davis Cup first round.

If fit, the 20-year-old world No. 4 will likely spearhead the German team alongside older brother Mischa as well as veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber when the two teams meet Down Under next year.

The highlight would be a potential match-up with the younger Zverev and Australia's Nick Kyrgios.

The duo played three times in 2017, with the Aussie twice coming out on top.

This year's finalists - France and Belgium - who face off in Lille in November, have home ties against Netherlands and Hungary respectively, thanks to a new rule that allows the previous year's finalists choice of venue.

The pick of the other first-round clashes is the one between five-times Davis Cup champions Spain who will host 2015 winner and 10-time champions Great Britain.

The ties will take place from February 2-4.

2018 Davis Cup World Group First Round Ties (HOME TEAM FIRST)

Australia v Germany, France v Netherlands, Japan v Italy, Spain v Britain, Kazakhstan v Switzerland, Croatia v Canada, Serbia v USA, Belgium v Hungary



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