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Raonic, Nestor lead Canada Davis Cup vs. France

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TORONTO (AP)

Milos Raonic and veteran Daniel Nestor will lead Canada against France in the Davis Cup next week.

Frank Dancevic and Vasek Pospisil were also named on Tuesday for Canada's first World Group tie since 2004 at Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver from Feb. 10-12.

Raonic is ranked 28th in the world, and the 39-year-old Nestor is ranked third in doubles.

Canada won road ties against Mexico, Ecuador and Israel last year to advance to the World Group for the first time in eight years.

France include world No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 13 Gael Monfils and doubles specialists Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra.

''France will obviously be a tough challenge with so many top players, but I believe in this group and their ability to rise to the occasion,'' Canada captain Martin Laurendeau said in a statement. ''We are a confident team after overcoming last year's obstacles and there is a camaraderie and respect for one another that is essential for Davis Cup success.''

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