Djokovic feels he is in need of a rest following the Australian Open. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Serbian captain Bogdan Obradovic says that he respects Novak Djokovic's decision to miss out on the upcoming Davis Cup clash against Switzerland.
Serbia were the Davis Cup runners-up in 2013 but could be on their way to a first round loss in the World Group this time around. With their star players ruled out for the meeting, some of the nation's lesser-known players will shoulder the responsibility of sending Serbia through to the second round in Novi Sad.
Djokovic's decision not to compete could hit the team hard. They're already missing Janko Tipsarevic due to injury and Viktor Troicki through suspension. This development means that their highest-ranked competitor will be World No. 117 Dusan Lajovic. Switzerland, on the other hand, will be spearheaded by Australian Open champion and World No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka. However, the travelling side will be without 17-time slam winner Roger Federer.
Regardless of the hole left in the Serbian roster by Djokovic, captain Obradovic says that he understands the World No. 2's decision.
“Djokovic feels that he needs a pause," he said. "He is exhausted, both mentally and physically. None knows what he feels in this moment better than himself. Novak needs a lighter preparation that would leave him full of energy to undertake the rest of the season.”
“We all understand him and stand behind his choice. We don't want him to get hurt or have an injury as it happened last year, so we will not want him to go beyond his limits. Novak has already showed a million times how important it his for him to play for his team.”