Djokovic set to go for Davis Cup opener

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Updated: January 31, 2013

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will play
in Friday’s second opening singles rubber in a first-round Davis Cup tie
between Serbia and host Belgium.

The best-of-five affair will be played on indoor red clay at Spiroudome de
Charleroi.

First up on Friday will be a match between Serbian Viktor Troicki and David
Goffin, followed by a rubber between the Australian Open champion Djokovic and
Belgian veteran Olivier Rochus.

Saturday’s doubles have a Serbian tandem of Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic taking
on a Belgian duo of Ruben Bemelmans and Steve Darcis, while Sunday’s reverse
singles will pit Djokovic against the rising Goffin and Troicki versus
Rochus.

The high-flying 25-year-old Djokovic is 19-7 in his career Davis Cup singles
and led the Serbs to their lone title three years ago.

World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic will not play for Serbia due to a left foot
injury.

The Serbs are captained by Bogdan Obradovic, while the Belgians are led by
Johan van Herck.

Belgium is 1-0 against Serbia, with the meeting coming back in 2005.

The Serbia-Belgium winner will face the United States-Brazil victor in April’s
quarterfinals.