With the Wimbledon action just over, the focus of tennis fans all over shifts to the Davis Cup World Group quarter-finals. With gruelling five setters and the pride of playing for one’s country, we preview the ties to be played over the weekend.
1. Serbia vs Great Britain (Belgarde, Serbia)
The biggest news regarding this tie is that British World No.2 Andy Murray, who was crowned last week’s Wimbledon Champion, and World No.1 Novak Djokovic have pulled out. It’s is the first Davis Cup Murray will miss in three years. All this could be in preparation for this year’s Olympic Games. The loss of Andy Murray means that defending champions Great Britain has rather young and inexperienced players for the singles ties, in the form of Kyle Edmund and James Ward. Former World No.1 in Doubles, Jamie Murray, Andy’s brother will be partnering Dominic Inglot, and seems to be the only hope for Team Britain, to pull off a win in the crucial double’s encounter.
Team Serbia sees the inclusion of Janko Tipsarevic and Dusan Lajovic for the singles rubber. Janko, a former top 10 player, has been plagued by injuries in the past few years, and will look to make a mark in this quarter-final tie. A crucial member, Tipsarevic will be partnering veteran doubles player Nenad Zimonjic for the doubles tie. While the doubles tie seems to be the most exciting matchup of this encounter, one can’t really predict which way the singles matches will end up.