• Djokovic headlines Davis Cup tie against Belgium

    1/31/13 6:40 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Djokovic headlines Davis Cup tie against Belgium Just days after winning his sixth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic leads former Davis Cup champion Serbia in first-round competition against Belgium. The world No. 1 is slated to play his 18th tie this weekend.

    Visiting nation Serbia holds a narrow 4-3 series lead over host nation Belgium, as the two squads collide for the first time since 2005.

    Leading the way for the 2010 Davis Cup champion Serbia is world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who returns to competition after completing his Grand Slam winning effort at the Australian Open (def. Murray).

    "The Davis Cup title came in the right moment," said the world No. 1. "I believe that feeling of sharing one of the biggest titles in our sport with my team for our country, in our country, was one of the best feelings I experienced as a player."

    Rounding out the Serbian squad are world No. 39 Viktor Troicki, world No. 174 Boris Pashanski and doubles specialist Nenad Zimonjic. World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic will miss the tie after sustaining a foot injury at the Australian Open.

    Belgium's team nominations are world No. 50 David Goffin, world No. 96 Steve Darcis, world No. 119 Ruben Bemelmans and veteran Olivier Rochus, who will contest his 27th career tie this weekend.

    Clay-court play starts on Friday as Troicki takes on Goffin and Djokovic headlines against Rochus.

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Novak slammed the clay court. He said he never played on a worse surface and that it is full of potentially dangerous parts. Hope it will settle until the play starts.
He plays against Rochus first who beat him before and played some close matches. It'll be interesting to see how Nole adapts to clay.

danica , 1/31/13 8:38 PM

Is it blue?

Conspirator , 1/31/13 9:04 PM

I suppose not :)). But apparently full of bumps and holes.

danica , 1/31/13 9:11 PM

It's blue in spirit then. i.e., make the courts bad to level/bias the playing field.


Conspirator , 1/31/13 9:30 PM

Nole: "We are both (he and his physio) very careful and taking extra care about my body because the conditions for play are quite dangerous not only for me and my team, but also for the hosts. I am certain that clay court had to be better, although I do believe that people from organization did their best. Unfortunately, sometimes that is not enough and now we are all facing a very tough challenge ahead of us - how to avoid getting injured.
Health should be everyone's priority and I am sad that this weekend we will not be able to perform a good quality tennis for the people who looked forward to this tie and bought tickets. "

danica , 1/31/13 11:09 PM

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