Novak Djokovic's Absence Strengthens India's Davis Cup Chances: Somdev Devvarman

Somdev Devvarman, who reached a career-best ranking of 62 in 2011 before being beset with injuries, will be spear-heading India's Davis Cup challenge against Serbia. He expected a tough tie though Djokovic's absence would definitely be to his team's advantage.

updated: September 08, 2014 21:49 IST
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Somdev Devvarman also said that veteran player Leander Paes' inclusion was a good thing for the Indian team.

Looking fit, though a bit tired, Somdev Devvarman said on Monday, the absence of World No.1 Novak Djokovic from the Serbian team will definitely improve India's chances of winning the Davis Cup World Group play-off here this weekend.

Having arrived on Monday from Shanghai where he lost the final of an ATP challenger tournament on Sunday to lower-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, Devvarman wasted no time getting down to practice and said he has been playing better in the recent weeks.

"I have not been having the best of seasons with injuries and stuff. But I have been playing well off late. I had a good week in Shanghai, spent a lot of time on court, came through some tough situations," said the 29-year old, currently ranked 144.

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