2/1/13 2:25 PM | Johan Lindahl
Novak Djokovic will face a dicey court and a case of jet-lag as he leads Serbia into a Davis Cup first-round tie with Belgium starting on what he called the worst court he had ever seen.
Last weekend's Australian Open winner made a mad dash to arrive in Europe in time to acclimate for the weekend tie.
But he and the Serbia side were given an ugly surprise when they tried out the playing surface at the Spiroudome arena, indoor clay laid atop of a parquet floor. "This is definitely the worst court we have ever played on," the No. 1 said. "We're all putting our health at stake here. We tried to slide a few times (but it was impossible)."
The 25-year-old said he is recovering from the effects of his quick flight from Australia, but every extra hour helps. "I am not fully recovered and I'm doing my best in order to prepare myself for tomorrow."
Djokovic flew out of Melbourne only hours after winning his fourth title there with a victory over Andy Murray. After 48 hours in his Monte Carlo base, he arrived in chilly Charleroi to adjust to the clay courts being used for the tie.
The six-time Grand Slam winner is still savouring his Melbourne title run. "It was a long few weeks in Melbourne and exhausting but still very successful," said Djokovic, playing Davis Cup for the first time after skipping the 2011 season. "I'm turning my attention to Davis Cup and I am glad I am part of this team again. I have missed that feeling to be honest and hopefully we can have a successful team," he said of the 2010 championship side.
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