Raonic faces Ramos in the first match of Canada's Davis Cup tie with Spain

The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Milos Raonic will kick off Canada's bid for a spot in the Davis Cup World Group quarter-finals.

Raonic, ranked No. 15 on the ATP Tour, will face No. 51 Albert Ramos in the first singles match when Canada's tie with Spain begins Friday at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

The hard-serving star from Thornhill, Ont., will also face Marcel Granollers in the fourth rubber on Sunday.

Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., also has two singles matches. He faces Granollers on Friday and Ramos in the final match Sunday.

Doubles specialist Daniel Nestor of Toronto will team with Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil on Saturday to face Granollers and Marc Lopez.

The winner of the tie will advance to the quarter-finals while the loser must play a World Group playoff in September to retain its spot in the top tier of Davis Cup play.