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Rafael Nadal to play opener for Spain

Updated: September 15, 2011, 11:08 AM ET
Associated Press

CORDOBA, Spain -- Four days after losing the U.S. Open final, Rafael Nadal will play for Spain on Friday in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup semifinal against France.

Nadal will face Richard Gasquet on the outdoor clay court in the Los Califas bull ring. Spain is favored to bounce back from last year's 5-0 loss to France and extend its record run of 19 straight home wins that dates back to 1999.

Nadal lost to Novak Djokovic in New York in four sets on Monday.

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