1/31/13 6:40 PM | Kelli DeMario
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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|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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