Safin to play doubles for Russia
JERUSALEM -- Russia's Marat Safin will not play singles matches in the Davis Cup quarterfinal against Israel.
Safin says he respected the decision.
"It is important not to take chances but to play with the best combination," Safin said. "I felt like I wasn't in the best shape right now, so I needed some extra days to get ready."
The 29-year-old Russian, who plans to retire this year, is ranked 60th after losing in the first round of Wimbledon.
Friday's opening match will feature Andreev, ranked 24th, against 210th-ranked Israeli Harel Levy.
Spain faces Germany without Nadal, Ferrer
Nadal was ruled out with knee tendinitis, which kept him out of the championship matches last year against Argentina. Ferrer is out with a muscle strain.
In Saturday's doubles, Verdasco returns to partner with Feliciano Lopez against Nicolas Kiefer and Mischa Zverev. Reverse singles on Sunday closes out the contest at the 12,000-capacity Puerto Banus bull ring.
Stepanek to play doubles for Czech Republic vs. Argentina
The winner of the best-of-five series will face the United States or Croatia in the semifinal in September.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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