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Rosol, Czechs open title defense

Updated: January 31, 2013, 9:09 AM ET
Associated Press

GENEVA -- The Davis Cup champion Czech Republic begins defending its title on Friday when Lukas Rosol opens against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.

Czech No. 1 Tomas Berdych follows on the indoor hard-court against Swiss recruit Henri Laaksonen, who switched eligibility after representing Finland.

Swiss star Roger Federer is skipping the series and Czech veteran Radek Stepanek is sidelined by injury.

Berdych and Stepanek played all five matches when the Czechs beat Spain ...

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