Wawrinka's participation has given Switzerland a real chance of clinching a win in Novi Sad. (PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
Serbia and Switzerland are set to lock horns for an eagerly awaited Davis Cup World Group tie.
Venue: Spens Sport Centre, Novi Sad, Serbia
Surface: Hard (RuKortHard Tournament MF), Indoor
2013 Davis Cup finalists Serbia will host Switzerland for a crucial first round clash in the Davis Cup World Group, though despite the wealth of talent possessed by the nation, it looks like they've got a lot of work to do if they're to deny Stanislas Wawrinka and Co. The absence of Novak Djokovic could hit Serbia hard here, as could the loss of Viktor Troicki through suspension and Janko Tipsarevic through injury. As a result of this selection crisis, the Serbian team will consist of:
- Dusan Lajovic
- Filip Krajinovic
- Ilja Bozoljac
- Nenad Zimonjic
Switzerland's team, barring Wawrinka, is hardly a class above the depleted Serbian line-up. Roger Federer's decision to stay away could become a sore point for the Swiss team should they fall short. However, with Wawrinka on the roster it seems as though the travelling side can count on picking up two points at least. The Swiss team includes:
- Stanislas Wawrinka
- Marco Chiudinelli
- Henri Laaksonen
- Michael Lammer
Switzerland and Serbia are tied at 2-2 in their overall head to head, with the last meeting between the two nations occurring in 2006. This, however, will count for nothing when the two teams battle it out in Novi Sad. For this particular tie it seems fair to say that Switzerland's prospects look brighter than the home nation's, but there are a few things going for the Serbians.
Firstly, Wawrinka will surely be fatigued after his Australian Open campaign and he won't have much time to make his way over to the Spens Sport Centre. Jet lag could be an issue. Also, the indoor hardcourts should work in favour of the Serbs, especially their big-serving doubles duo of Bozoljac and Zimonjic.