Borna Coric dealt with a fever earlier this week but he is now ready to represent Croatia in the Davis Cup. He said: "I am still a bit blocked but it's not dangerous. I am getting healed. The environment is great, we have been knowing each other for a long time, we are friends on Tour.
We have been in the national team for seven or six years. I am happy to be here, I joined the team later due to a fever so i trained on Thursday and Friday. We do not feel like the favorites especially because we are not the strongest team.
We came here to give our best, play our best tennis, try to go through the groups stage. I do not feel pressure. The biggest pressure is the one you put on yourself. I cannot promise I will win a decisive point but I can guarantee I will prepare at my best."
Coric may face Rafael Nadal on Wednesday but he doesn't think the Spaniard will be the favorite just Because he is more experienced. "We are pretty experienced too. We have been on Tour for a long time and there are also older guys.
I also like the format because in the previous years, if I played Davis Cup I would not play for the following two weeks." The coach Vladimir Kamelzon, speaking of the Russian Daniil Medvedev, said: "He still needs to work on many things.
He made a big mental and physical effort to come where he got. The loss to Nadal was not normal, but you keep forward. I think the Russian team can do well with Khachanov and Rublev, Donskoy who can play well in doubles too."