Davis Cup final to be played on hard surface
Belgrade: The Davis Cup final between Serbia and the Czech Republic in Belgrade at the weekend will be played on a hard surface, the Serbian Tennis Federation (FTS) announced on Monday.
"The (Davis Cup) final will be played on hard surface in the Belgrade Arena hall" which has a capacity of 15,500 seats, a federation statement read.
Serbia will be led by world number two Novak Djokovic, who later on Monday faces Rafael Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals in London. The 26-year-old Djokovic was expected in Belgrade on Tuesday.
The Home team named by captain Bogdan Obradovic also includes world number 36 Janko
Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonjic (world number 13 in doubles), Ilija Bozoljac (237), Dusan Lajovic (117), Boris Pasanski (481) and Filip Krajinovic (223). The team started training in Belgrade on Sunday.
However, the Czech Republic will defend their Davis Cup title without captain Jaroslav Navratil who has been hospitalised with a pulmonary embolism.
The 58-year-old Navratil has been in charge since 2006 but will miss the November 15-17 final in Belgrade as he fights the illness.
The Czech team will be made up of world number six Tomas Berdych, Lukas Rosol (world number 43), Radek Stepanek (45) and Jan Hajek (105).
They will be playing in a third final in five years after defeating Argentina 3-2 in the semi-finals while Serbia saw off Canada by the same score in Belgrade.
It will be the third encounter between the two nations in the Davis Cup. Serbia won the 2010 semi-finals in Belgrade 3-2, while the Czechs were better in the quarter-finals in Prague two years by winning 4-1.
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