New Delhi: India Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali admitted on Wednesday that Novak Djokovic’s presence in the Serbian Davis Cup team would make things tougher for the home side.
“As it is, playing against world No.1 is never easy even though we are playing at home. Moreover, the other members of the Serbia team are also ranked higher than Indian players,” said the coach.
Djokovic will be a part of the Serbian team, who will play against India in the World Group play-off match in Bangalore from September 12 to 14.
According to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) website, Dusan Lajovic, Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic will be the other members of the Serbian squad.
As per the rules, the two participating nations in a Davis Cup tie would have to announce the squad 10 days before the match. The selected team, however, can be changed before the draw is held.
“It’s indeed great news from the point of view of tennis,” said Zeeshan, who received the Dhyanchand award only recently. “That the world No.1 is travelling to India and will play in front of tennis fans here is a boost for the game.”
The Indian coach said though the tie now tilts heavily in favour of the visitors, the venue and the home crowd could help the Indians. “Bangalore is at a high altitude….That could be an advantage. I also hope the backing of the home crowd would help.”