Bangalore: Leander Paes believes India have a good chance to beat a depleted Serbia in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie commencing here Friday while reiterating that the doubles match could well prove decisive. (Paes, Sania to Skip Asian Games)
Paes feels that the absence of World No.1 Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, a former top-10 player who is recovering from a heel surgery, and former No.12 Viktor Troicki, who docked a 18-month ban for doping violation, provided India a good chance to win the tie and regain their spot in the elite 16-team World Group.
"It would have been different had Djokovic, Tipsarevic and Troicki been there but their absence gives us a good chance. The doubles match will be very important. Nenad Zimonjic, who is ranked No.3 in doubles, is a very experienced player and has had a good season with Daniel Nestor," said Paes here Wednesday.