Raonic, Nestor lead Canada Davis Cup vs. France

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.”