By Ros Satar
- GB: Andy Murray, Jamie Murray, Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans, Dom Inglot
- Serbia: Dusan Lajovic, Filip Krajinovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonjic
LONDON, UK – Andy Murray has been named in GB’s Davis Cup team, but neither Novak Djokovic or Viktor Troicki are in the Serbian nomination.
In an Olympic year, the schedule is unusually packed, and with the ever present expectation to go all the way to the end on Murray, his availability is key after his pivotal role in the team last year.
While it is easy to put all the burden of winning on Murray’s shoulders, all too often the doubles has been the pivotal rubber, and the increased confidence of Jamie Murray has really come into play.
In particular his strength in carrying an exhausted younger Murray through the early sets in their quarter-final against France, before Murray dragged himself to a fantastic win to drag himself over the line against Gilles Simon.
The British Team Nomination:
- Andy Murray
- Jamie Murray
- Kyle Edmund
- Dan Evans
- Dom Inglot
The Serbian Team Nomination
- Dusan Lajovic
- Filip Krajinovic
- Janko Tipsarevic
- Nenad Zimonjic
After Djokovic’s shock third round exit, he declared in his press conference he would not be playing the tie, and surely the lure of an Olympic gold to go with all four Slams held at the same time is now a big motivator.
In a statement on the LTA site, GB Captain Leon Smith said: “I am delighted to announce the team that will be heading to Belgrade for the quarter-final tie. We know what strength the Serbian team have and understand the scale of the challenge in front of us.
“In making himself available for the tie, Andy has once again shown incredible commitment to his country and his proven Davis Cup record is second to none.
“Jamie Murray’s career best year continues and having the world’s best doubles player on our side is a great asset for us. With Dom Inglot in great form after winning in Nottingham, his considerable experience will be invaluable for the team.
“New British No.2 Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans make up our other singles player options, with both also at career-high rankings. Kyle has continued his steady progress up the rankings this year and is now around the 67 mark, while Dan defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov at Wimbledon this week, demonstrating once again what a threat he is at this level.”
The last time Serbia played Great Britain was in 2006, in Glasgow on indoor carpet, where Djokovic won his two singles matches, while Murray partnered Greg Rusedski in the doubles.
The Davis Cup quarter-final between Great Britain and Serbia will take place between 16-17 July.
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