Davis Cup: Novak vs Isner on Friday (21.30 CET)

Davis Cup: Novak protiv Iznera u petak od 21:30h

World no.1 Novak Djokovic will open Serbia’s bid for a place in September’s World Group semifinal, facing the USA’s no.2 John Isner in the first match of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal tie in Boise, Idaho (5-7 April).

Viktor Troicki (44) then faces the top-ranked American, Sam Querrey, to complete Friday’s singles action on the hard court at Taco Bell Arena (12,644).

In Saturday’s doubles, Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac play against the most successful duo of all-time, Bob and Mike Bryan.

Novak will take on Querrey in the first of the reverse singles on Sunday, with Troicki closing against Isner.

“I think there is no clear favourite in this competition, especially in the latter stages like quarterfinals,” said Djokovic. “USA is always going to be a difficult opponent, especially if they choose conditions and location of play. We all know that John and Sam possess great serves, as well as Mike and Bob. On the other hand we have tall guys as well. It’s going to be an interesting tie. Hopefully we can get a win.”

Team captains have the right to change the players until an hour before the match.

The full draw is listed below:

Friday (13.30 local time / 21.30 CET)
R1: John Isner (USA) vs Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Followed by
R2: Sam Querrey (USA) vs Viktor Troicki (SRB)

Saturday (13.00 local time / 21.00 CET)
R3: Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) vs Nenad Zimonjic/ Ilija Bozoljac (SRB)

Sunday (12.00 local time / 20.00 CET)
R4: Sam Querrey (USA) vs Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Followed by
R5: John Isner (USA) vs Viktor Troicki (SRB)

Serbia and USA have met just once before, in Belgrade in 2010, and it was the hosts who prevailed in opening challenge of their campaign that brought them their first Davis Cup title.

Photo: TSS

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