U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic has been picked to play the opening singles match in the Davis Cup semifinals against David Nalbandian of Argentina, although he could still be replaced at the last minute if he is too tired.
“Nole is coming back today. We will see how he will feel and whether he will be ready,” said 16th-ranked Viktor Troicki, who is expected to replace Djokovic if need be. “If he is not ready, I am.”
In Friday’s other singles match, Janko Tipsarevic will face Juan Martin del Potro. In Saturday’s doubles, Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic will take on Juan Monaco and Juan Ignacio Chela.
Djokovic is 64-2 this year and was exhausted after his gruelling four hour win over Rafael Nadal on Monday in New York in the final of the US Open. “Novak does not even need training here, just that half an hour before the match,” Obradovic said. “So huge is his confidence, we can all feel that.”
Argentina captain Tito Vazquez said he does not plan to make any changes prior to the matches.
“We have come here to win,” Vazquez said. “It will be very hard, but we are ready.”
Del Potro, who will face Djokovic in reverse singles on Sunday, said he was ready.
“I’ve never beaten him. It will be hard,” the 2009 U.S. Open champion said. “But I will do all I can.”