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Janko Tipsarevic defeated Canada's Vasek Pospisil in the Davis Cup semi-final in September.Photo: AFP
Janko Tipsarevic defeated Canada's Vasek Pospisil in the Davis Cup semi-final in September.Photo: AFP

Novak Djokovic is eyeing another Davis Cup win in Belgrade as he leads Serbia against the Czech Republic in the final but much may depend on whether Janko Tipsarevic is fit or not.

After sweeping world number one Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the ATP Tour Finals in London on Monday, second-ranked Djokovic illustrated how determined he is to beat the defending champions in his home city.

"God knows if we're going to have as a country another opportunity like this to win a Davis Cup title at home," said the 26-year-old, whose country won its only Davis Cup title in 2010 beating France 3-2 also in Belgrade.

"We have very tough opponents... but the Davis Cup is the only team competition in our sport that brings the best possible energy and willpower in me," he added.

But while Djokovic is expected to grab two points from his singles rubbers, the rest is in the air as Tipsarevic, ranked 36 in the world, is desperately trying to win his battle to recover from a heel injury. "I'm still in the recovery process," Tipsarevic told reporters on Wednesday.

"I tried practising a little bit without any pain but hopefully we will sit down tonight and make a final decision whether or not I am going to play and what is going to happen."

Missing world number 76 Viktor Troicki over a doping ban, Serbia captain Bogdan Obradovic will also have doubles specialists Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic to hand. The fourth name remains unknown as Tipsarevic attended Wednesday's press conference alongside 117th-ranked Dusan Lajovic and lower-ranked Filip Krajinovic and Boris Pashanski.AFP


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