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V M Ranjeet to face Korea’s Cho in opener

V M Ranjeet will open India’s Davis Cup campaign against an unranked but talented Min Hyeok Cho of Korea in the Asia/Oceania Group I tie, beginning here on friday.

India number two Vijayant Malik will take on Korea number one Suk-Young Jeong in the second singles on day one of the tie at the R K Khanna Tennis stadium.

Surprisingly, Korea chose not to field their number two player Yong-Kyu Lim on day one, keeping him fresh for the doubles rubber on Saturday.

On day two, Leander Paes and Purav Raja will take on Lim and Ji Sung Nam. On the final day of the tie, Ranjeet will play Jeong while Malik will take on Cho in the reverse singles.

India’s non-playing captain S P Misra said the draw has come out well for the hosts.

‘It’s a positive draw. I always wanted our number one player (Ranjeet) to play first. If he can pull off something, it becomes easy for our second player,’ he said at the post-draw press conference.
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