India Have Edge Over Serbia in Davis Cup Clash: Vijay Amritraj

Vijay Amritraj feels high-altitude conditions in Bangalore will be to India's advantage when the Serbians come knocking.

Updated: August 05, 2014 19:11 IST
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Serbians are likely to be without Novak Djokovic which will be a great plus for India.


Bangalore: The high altitude conditions in Bangalore will benefit India in the upcoming Davis Cup tie against Serbia, which is likely to miss a few stars, said former star Vijay Amritraj.

The winners of the 12-14 September play-off tie will qualify for the elite 16-nation World Group.

"Bangalore will probably be the best bet from the stand point of where the tie should have been played, if we are not playing on grass. Somdev plays well here - the ball kicks up a lot higher. Yuki has won here in the Challengers. Rohan Bopanna plays well here, this will certainly help us," Amritraj said.

"Serbia tie makes it more interesting now. Possibly Novak won't be here and Janko Tipsarevic is hurt and another player is not in the team. It is very good news for us because now it puts us in a position that I think the win is well within touching distance," he told reporters at an event organised by Louis Philippe.

"If on the opening day, if we can get to 1-1 start, I think we will be in a good position," he added.

Amritraj though thinks it will be very challenging for Indians to win medals at the Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.

"Away matches are always difficult. Look at the performance in Delhi Commonwealth Games, we could win 101-102 medals and in Glasgow we could win 64. It doesn't mean anything. It is difficult - weather conditions are different, crowds are different," he said.

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