Davis Cup: Troicki to open Serbia's title defense

Updated: 04 March 2011 00:53 IST

Viktor Troicki will start Serbia's Davis Cup title defense by taking on India's Rohan Bopanna in the opening singles of their first-round series on Friday.

Novi Sad:

Viktor Troicki will start Serbia's Davis Cup title defense against India's Rohan Bopanna in their first-round tie on Friday.

The draw on Thursday also pitted Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic against India No. 1 Somdev Devvarman.

India captain Shiv Prakash Mishra said he hoped Devvarman would be playing the opening singles.

"He is our No. 1 player, and if he won there would be less pressure on Rohan," Mishra said.

Troicki was the hero of Serbia's 3-2 Davis Cup victory against France in last year's final, winning the decisive rubber against Michael Llodra.

"I know what I can do against Bopanna and expect to win," the 18th-ranked Troicki said. "I don't expect hiccups."

He and Bopanna, ranked 629th, will meet for the first time.

Tipsarevic had a 2-0 record against Devvarman, including an ATP win in India last year.

He was more cautious than Tipsarevic, saying India should not be underestimated.

"India is a good team that beat Brazil in the playoffs," Tipsarevic said. "Devvarman likes the hard surface."

Doubles are scheduled for Saturday, and reverse singles on Sunday.

Serbia No. 1 Novak Djokovic decided to skip the tie because of fatigue after winning the Australian Open and Dubai titles in recent weeks.

India also had a setback, with experienced doubles pair Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi withdrawing with injuries.

Topics : Tennis Viktor Troicki Rajeev Ram Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Su-Wei Hsieh Rohan Bopanna
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