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Davis Cup: India meet Djokovic's Serbia at home in World Group play-off

Last updated on: April 08, 2014 17:52 IST

Davis Cup: India meet Djokovic's Serbia at home in World Group play-off

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The Indian Davis Cup team, which entered the World Group play-offs after an away triumph over Korea last week, will take on Serbia at home from September 12 to 14.

The play-off match raises the possibility of multiple-time Grand Slam winner and World No 2 Novak Djokovic touching down in the country.

The Bogdan Obradovic-led Serbia will be meeting India for the second time in three years in a bid to maintain their World Group status.

They defeated India 4-1 on their most recent foray into the top tier of the competition in the first round in 2011.

The draw for the 2014 World Group play-offs (12-14 September):

India v Serbia

Brazil v Spain

Israel v Argentina

Canada v Colombia

USA v Slovak Republic

Australia v Uzbekistan

Netherlands v Croatia

Ukraine v Belgium

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Image: Novak Djokovic left and Somdev Devvarman


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India scored historic away triumph over Korea

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India  Davis Cup team made the play-offs on Sunday following Somdev Devvarman's victory over Yong-Kyu Lim in the reverse singles of the Group I Asia/Oceania second round tie, in Busan.

Somdev won the first reverse singles 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 to make the overall scoreline 3-1, rendering the second reverse singles inconsequential, leading to its cancellation.

Serbia, who lost 2-3 to Switzerland in the World Group first round in February, hasn't featured in the zonal competition since 2007, the year it defeated Australia in the World Group play-offs to secure top tier status for the first time, and will be desperate to avoid a return to Europe/Africa Zone Group I.

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Image: Somedev Devvarman


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Spain, Argentina face a fight

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Meanwhile, Spain and Argentina also face a fight to remain in the World Group following Tuesday's draw, with Carlos Moya's five-time champions needing to come away with a win in Brazil and four-time runner-up Argentina due to travel to Israel.

Australia, Canada and USA have been handed more favourable home draws, with Pat Rafter's men hosting Uzbekistan, the United States taking on the Slovak Republic and Canada granted a home tie against Colombia.

The remaining two ties will see Croatia travel to the Netherlands in a draw decided by lots, and Ukraine set to host Belgium.


Image: Spain team Captain Alex Corretja,David Ferrer,Nicolas Almagro,Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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