World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic will open Serbia’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas 2011 campaign in their tie over Sweden on Friday. The Serb will take on Filip Prpic, who is currently ranked 1426 on the ATP rankings. Viktor Troicki faces world No. 348 Michael Ryderstedt in the second rubber.
Sweden are missing Grand Slam finalist Robin Soderling who has been absent from the ATP Tour since being pulling out of the 2011 US Open with Mononucleosis.
Also missing is Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic but with Top Tenner Tipsarevic, No. 22-ranked Troicki and doubles No. 6 Nenad Zimonjic Serbia are still the overwhelming favourites for this weekend’s first round encounter.
The full draw is listed below:
R1: Tipsarevic (SRB) v Prpic (SWE)
R2: Troicki (SRB) v Ryderstedt (SWE)
R3: Tipsarevic / Zimonjic (SRB) v Brunstrom / Lindstedt (SWE)
R4: Tipsarevic (SRB) v Ryderstedt (SWE)
R5: Troicki (SRB) v Prpic (SWE)