• Djokovic the top Davis Cup target for US team

    4/4/13 5:21 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Djokovic the top Davis Cup target for US team The US will be targetting the heavy singles artillery on Novak Djokovic, hoping to catch the Serb on a downward drift in the weekend Davis Cup quarterfinal in far-West Idaho on fast indoor hard court.

    The world No. 1 has had - by his lofty standards - a so-so run through the US over the past month, with an Indian Wells semi-final and fourth-round upset loss in Miami at that pair of Masters 1000 stops. Now he's expected to lead his nation against the US with all eyes on his performance.

    US captain Jim Courier is hoping that his low-key singles pair of Sam Querrey and John Isner can somehow do damage to the top man on the court at the weekend. "They're one of the best squads out there clearly," he said of the 2010 champion Serbs. "When you have the No.1 player in the world, that's a nice place to start.

    "But they're thick, even without (injured Janko) Tipsarevic, who has ruled himself out from what I've gathered. When you have (Victor) Troicki, a former top 20 player, you have (Nenad) Zimonjic playing doubles, you have five difficult matches in front of you.

    "That's what we expect to see. Not too dissimilar from when we played in Switzerland going up against (Roger) Federer and (Stan) Wawrinka, having five tough matches there. We know it can be done. We know it's going to be difficult with Novak. He's setting the standard right now."

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Nole strategically should be a non-factor so wtf is Lindt-all on about???

I think the bigger target will be Troicki. Izzy and Sam should focus on wins over him. The Bryan Bros. should win doubles easy.

Nole should be a non-factor in this tie and the US should win even if he wins both matches.


Conspirator , 4/4/13 5:36 PM

it's Davis CUP. Not Davis.

RickyDimon , 4/4/13 6:18 PM

I don't think Serbia can win although it would be cool.

pennster , 4/4/13 7:25 PM

Davis Cup is a specific competition where many times, the ATP rankings didn't mean much. Team USA is a favorite in this tie. However, if Nole can win two, Troicki is not without chances. He was the one who brought the win against the French, beating Llodra. He already has wins over Querrey. Isner is fighting his knees and doesn't appear to be in great form. Troicki's play against Tsonga was promising. So, we'll see.

danica , 4/4/13 9:54 PM

Serbia is a big favorite

RickyDimon , 4/4/13 10:14 PM

Oddsmakers have US and Serbia at even odds.


Conspirator , 4/5/13 12:49 AM

no they don't


RickyDimon , 4/5/13 12:59 AM

Closer than the "big favourites" you've claimed.

Serbia pays $73-83 on $100 bet and US pays $92-107 depending on the betting site. Some sites have them at even odds. So technically overall Serbia is a slight favourite.

Far from a big favourite.


Conspirator , 4/5/13 1:21 AM

It's sorry. Not Sorri.


Conspirator , 4/5/13 1:26 AM

you're the one who said they were "even money" until I corrected you. Serbia, like I said, is the favorite. Just check the odds of both the tie and the overall 2013 Davis Cup.


RickyDimon , 4/5/13 2:46 AM

No you were first to mention the word favourite and claimed Serbia as BIG favourites. I only said I thought that the US should win.

They are slight favourites at best.


Conspirator , 4/5/13 2:51 AM


RickyDimon , 4/5/13 3:12 AM

DC is a competition between countries nothing specific in about that.

Ranking does matter in the sense that the country's team always picks the highest ranked player to be the lead-off. Many times, if the higher ranked players loses his first rubber, then it casts a doom on the other team members.

If Sam can win his first rubber match against djokovic (the No.1 Serbian player and world's No.1), and the Bryans win their match, then it will be down to Big John to win his match against djokovic.

I think the US can win, but both guys have to lose their mopey attitude when things are not going their way.

@Ricky, you are right. Serbia is the favorite by a mile. Anyone saying differently should go back to the drawing board.

scoretracker , 4/5/13 3:19 AM

If you're looking for BIGGER favourites, look no further than Canada over Italy. A $100 bet on Canada only nets a $40-50 return whereas the same bet on underdogs Italy earns you an additional $120-170.

Now Russia can be considered BIG favourites. GB returns net winnings of $550 on a $100 bet.

Yeah, Serbia is a slight favourite. With Nole a given to win two and the Bros. a given in doubles. the difference is whether or not a 44th ranked Troicki at 4-7 so far this year can beat either No. 23 Izzy at 7-7 YTD or No. 20 Querrey who's 13-7 YTD. Not n easy task on the road in Davis Cup on a surface hand picked by the Americans.

I don't think anyone (including oddsmakers as shown) other than you would claim that Serbia was a BIG favourite.

See the difference?


Conspirator , 4/5/13 3:25 AM


Conspirator , 4/5/13 3:32 AM

even money


RickyDimon , 4/5/13 4:22 AM

BIG favourite


Conspirator , 4/5/13 4:24 AM

hmmmm....seems the opposite would be true mr. lindahl

ts38 , 4/5/13 5:49 AM

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