Suspense Over Novak Djokovic's India Tour

Novak Djokovic, who crashed out of the US Open semifinal on Saturday, is yet to confirm his presence in the Davis Cup in Bangalore after being named in the national squad. 

Updated: September 07, 2014 22:11 IST
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Will he, won't he? Novak Djokovic is still undecided about his Davis Cup appearance.


Indian tennis fans will know only on Monday whether world number one Novak Djokovic will come to India for the Davis Cup tie even as visiting captain Bogdan Obradovic asserted that his side would present a formidable challenge to the hosts with or without Djokovic.

Obradovic, though, refused to take India lightly and said the two teams have equal chance of winning the World Group play-off contest, starting Friday, keeping in mind conditions.

"I will talk to him (Djokovic) tonight and check with him - what is the situation now," Obradovic told reporters after overseeing a practice session of the side at KSLTA Courts.

Obradovic said he wanted to talk to Djokovic today but decided against it, keeping in mind his heartbreaking US Open semifinal defeat against Kei Nishikori.

"I could not talk to him after the match. It was tough. Of course he wanted to play in the final. That's the way it is," he said.

Nishikori, the 10th seed, became the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam final when he swept past seven-time major winner and world number one Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

Obradovic was categorial that his team was formidable even if Djokovic does not turn up for the tie, the winner of which will qualify for the elite 16-nation World Group.

"I think it is going to be a tough match for both teams. We are a team with high confidence having been in the World Group for the last eight years, with or without Novak. We have a young and improving team. We have the experience of Nenad Zimonjic, a very experienced doubles player. We also have Illija Bozoljac. They have beaten the best team in the history of doubles, Bryan brothers," Obradovic said.

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