DAVIS CUP SEMI-FINALS
Djokovic Rebounds To Lead Serbia's Davis Cup Hopes
by ATP Staff|
"It’s not the first time I’ve had just two days to get ready for the Davis Cup after long-haul flights,” Djokovic said. “I am tired and jet-lagged as I couldn’t get here before Wednesday, but I am fit now and we haven’t played at home in the Davis Cup for two years. I am as motivated and inspired as ever to play for my country in this team event."
In the other semi-final, defending champion Czech Republic hosts Argentina in Prague. While the Czechs will be led by World No. 5 Tomas Berdych, newly minted US Open doubles champion Radek Stepanek will play a pivotal role in the tie.
Stepanek will open the tie by taking on Juan Monaco in the opening singles. Should Stepanek effect an upset, the Czechs would be in a very strong position, wth Tomas Berdych to start a heavy favourite in the second singles against Leonardo Mayer.
Although not slated to play doubles, Stepanek and/or Berdych could be asked to lace up their shoes again Saturday for the doubles rubber.
In addition to two World Group semi-finals, there are eight World Group Play-off ties being played, with the winners of those ties earning berths in the 16-nation World Group in 2014.
Rafael Nadal leads Spain in its tie against the Ukraine in Madrid. He will play the second singles match Friday against Sergiy Stakhovsky. In Umag, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray plays the opening rubber against 16-year-old World No. 525 Borna Coric in the Great Britain-Croatia tie.