Djokovic to play in Davis Cup tie

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: January 22 2013, 16:47 GMT

Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will play for Serbia in next month's Davis Cup tie with Belgium.

Novak Djokovic: Named in Serbia's team to face Belgium
Novak Djokovic: Named in Serbia's team to face Belgium

The reigning Australian Open champion, who is through to the semi-finals of this year's tournament, was named in Serbia's team on Tuesday.

The Serbs must travel to Belgium for the World Group first-round tie, which will be played on an indoor claycourt in Charleroi.

Djokovic, who helped the Serbs win the trophy in 2010, is joined by fellow top-10 star Janko Tipsarevic, Viktor Troicki and doubles specialist Nenad Zimonjic.

The hosts look up against it and their hopes of an upset will lie largely on David Goffin's shoulders.

Last year's runners-up Spain will be without both Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer for their tricky trip to Vancouver where they will face Canada on a slick indoor hardcourt.

Captain Alex Corretja makes one change to the side which lost in the final back in November.

Ferrer drops out and is replaced by Albert Ramos. Nicolas Almagro, an Australian Open quarter-finalist this week, leads the team with the doubles pair of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez completing the line-up.

Nadal is due to make his comeback on the clay of Chile after more than six months out next month but would not have wanted to return on a hardcourt given his knee problems.

Milos Raonic will spearhead the home side's victory bid.

Defending champions the Czech Republic have made one change to the side from their final triumph over Spain. They travel to Switzerland, who are without Roger Federer.

Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek will likely play all three rubbers, as they did in the final, but Lukas Rosol and Jiri Vesely - the latter coming in for Ivo Minar - provide useful back-up.

Federer had already confirmed his absence so Swiss hopes will largely rest with Stanislas Wawrinka, who fought out an Australian Open epic with Djokovic at the weekend. Marco Chiudinelli, Michael Lammer and Henri Laaksonen complete the line-up for the Geneva tie

France have a strong line-up to face Israel in Rouen with top-10 stars Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet both in their four-man team. Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra are also included.

As expected, the USA will have Sam Querrey and John Isner playing singles against Brazil in Jacksonville, with twins Bob and Mike Bryan forming their doubles partnership.

Argentina are always strongly fancied but they will not have their top-ranked player Juan Martin del Potro at home to Germany.

They will still start favourites on the clay of Buenos Aires where Juan Monaco will lead a team which also features David Nalbandian, Horacio Zeballos and Carlos Berlocq.

All the first-round ties will be played from February 1-3.


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