15 Nov 2013

Setback for Serbian tennis team

7:24 am on 15 November 2013

A set back for the Serbian Davis Cup tennis team with number two Janko Tipsarevic pulling out of this weekend's final against holders the Czech Republic in Belgrade.

With Viktor Troicki suspended after missing a blood test, world number two Novak Djokovic will shoulder the burden for the 2010 winners as he will in all likelihood join forces with Nenad Zimonjic in the doubles after playing Radek Stepanek in the opening singles rubber.

Dusan Lajovic, nominated as Tipsarevic's replacement, takes on Tomas Berdych in the other singles.

Lajovic's only Davis Cup appearance was a dead rubber win over Swede Filip Prpic in their 2012 first-round tie and the world number 117 said he relished the unexpected chance to be in the spotlight.