Davis Cup Preview: Serbia will try to beat India without Novak Djokovic

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Davis Cup Preview: Serbia will try to beat India without Novak Djokovic

2010 Davis Cup champion Serbia will host India in the upcoming World Group Play-off tie in Kraljevo, just in 2014 when they were beaten in the opening round of the World Group for the last time. After becoming an independent state, Serbia played against India in 2011 and 2014, winning both ties and standing as the favorite in this one as well on an indoor clay court.

Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic will not be in the Serbian squad but they should score singles wins with Dusan Lajovic and Laslo Djere in the squad. Danilo Petrovic has replaced Filip Krajinovic (he has suffered a shoulder injury) and the remaining nominated players are Pedja Krstin and Nikola Milojevic.

The captain Nenad Zimonjic will have to decide his doubles team but it is pretty much certain that world number 56 and Madrid quarter-finalist Dusan Lajovic will defend the national colors as the leading player, backed by another Top 100 player Laslo Djere who has scored 15 of his 18 ATP wins on clay, including two semi-finals on his favorite surface in 2018.

Lajovic has been playing for Serbia since 2012 and he has won eight of the 15 Davis Cup singles matches, including one against Lucas Pouille in the semi-final last year. Djere had a chance to play against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Sam Querrey, losing both matches but having a chance to grab his first Davis Cup win in front of the home crowd and lower-ranked opponents.

India will play on clay for the first time since 2012 and they will try to score the first win on the slowest surface since they stunned France in Cannes in 1993. Ramkumar Ramanathan, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Arjun Kadhe, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan are there to try to make a surprise but it will be tough to earn any win outside the doubles rubber. Team nominations:


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