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Raonic will open for Canada against depleted Spaniards

Milos Raonic will get the home team going in Friday's opening singles rubber, as Canada faces visiting Spain in a first- round Davis Cup tie this weekend.

The best-of-five tie will be staged on an indoor hardcourt at Vancouver's Thunderbird Sports Centre.

The world No. 15 Raonic will be first up against Albert Ramos, while the second opening singles rubber on Day 1 will pit Frank Dancevic against Spaniard Marcel Granollers.

Saturday's doubles in Vancouver have a Canadian duo of Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil going up against a Spanish tandem of Granollers and Marc Lopez, while Sunday's reverse singles currently pit Raonic against Granollers and Dancevic versus Ramos.

The typically powerful Spaniards are playing this week without any of their top-three stars -- Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro.

The five-time champion Spaniards, playing without Nadal in November, lost to the Czech Republic in last year's Davis Cup finale.

Spain is captained by Alex Corretja, while the Canadians are led by Martin Laurendeau.

The Spaniards beat Canada 4-1 in their lone Davis Cup meeting back in 1991.

The winner in Vancouver will advance to face the Croatia-Italy victor in the quarterfinals in April.