New Delhi :In an extremely tough draw, India were on Wednesday drawn against world number one Serbia, for their first round tie in the elite World Group of the Davis Cup.
For India, who retained their World Group berth by beating Brazil 3-2 in the play-offs, it will be an away tie, to held from March 4 to 6 next year. The draw was made in Brussels today.
The formidable Serbians have already qualfied for the this year's final after beating Czech Republic 3-2. They will clash with France in the Championship tie in December.
Serbia, top seeds in the elite 16-team World Group, have world number two Novak Djokovic and two other top-50 players in Janko Tipsarevic (34) and Viktor Troicki (47) in its ranks apart from Nenad Zimonjic, world number three in doubles.
At present, India do not have any top-100 player, though Somdev Devvarman (117) and Rohan Bopanna (473) showed that in Davis Cup rankings counts for little as they disposed off challenges from world number 27 Thomaz Bellucci and 74th ranked Ricardo Mello, respectively in the play-offs against Brazil last week.
India's non-playing captain S P Misra rued luck was not on their side but vowed to put up a fight against the strong opponents.
"It's worst possible draw for us. We could have got a home tie, had any of the other five teams from Spain, Russia, France, USA and Czech Republic been drawn against us," Misra told PTI.
"Nevertheless, we will fight it out. Nothing is decided till you play the last rubber. The players will get a chance to prepare for the tie playing big tournaments such as Australian Open. So we can hope that things may change in the run up to the tie," he said.
Since it will be winter during that time in Serbia, they may host the tie indoors.
"That's what we presume. Hard courts are suitable. Let's see how it pans out," Misra said.
India and Serbia are tied 1-1 having met twice in the tourney. The last time the two sides squared off was also a World Group first round tie in 1988, which Serbia, then as Yugoslavia, won 3-2 in New Delhi.
Prior to that, the only time they clashed was way back in 1927, when India won 3-0.