India hosts Serbia in the Davis Cup World Group playoff at Bangalore from 12-14 September. India needs to win the Davis Cup tie to return to the Davis Cup’s Top Table. Serbia on the other hand is 2013 finalists and have reached the quarterfinals or better since 2010. Serbia defeated India 4-1 when they last met in 2011 Davis Cup World group Play off. Doordarshan will broadcast live all the 5 Ties. Coached by Zeeshan Ali who recently became the first Indian tennis player to receive the Dhyan Chand Award, India have a better chance to win as Serbia is playing with Djokovic. Check the Indian record in overall Davis Cup, schedule of matches vs Serbia and past record.
Leander Paes holds the unique world record of playing in Davis Cup Tie for maximum 23 years.
India Record in Davis Cup
India competed in Davis Cup for the first time in 1921. Their best finish is being runners-up thrice. India has reached the finals in 1966, 1974 and 1987. In 1974, India were the favorites to win but they refused to travel to South Africa protesting apartheid policies.
At present, India is ranked 23, while Serbia is ranked 2. Overall in 78 years India has played 187 Ties, winning 112 and losing 75. Only on 13 Occasions India has remained in the World Group.
- Indian Players: Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna, Leander Paes and Yuki Bhambri.
Team captain: Anand Amritraj
Team Coach: Zeeshan Ali
- Serbian Players: Dusan Lajovic (Singles), Filip Krajinovic (Doubles), Ilija Bozoljac (Doubles), Nenad Zimonjic (Doubles)
Team captain: Bogdan Obradovic
Broadcaster: Doordarshan in India
- Day 1: 3.p.m.
Day 2: 6.30 p.m.
Day 3: 4 p.m.
2014 record for Teams
India registered 5-0 win against Chinese Taipei in the first round. Then they defeated Korea, Republic 3-1 at Busan.
The 2010 champions, Serbia are playing the Play Off as they lost the first round to the Switzerland team.