World number one Novak Djokovic will spearhead the Serbian team to compete against Kazakhstan in the first round of the Davis Cup next weekend.
Djokovic, who has not always been available for Serbia at this stage of the tournament, will team up with the resurgent Viktor Troicki, Filip Krajinovic and doubles specialist Nenad Zimonjic. Three of the four players were a part of the Serbian team that won the Davis Cup against a highly competent France team in 2010.
The Kazakhstan team to play Serbia is not to be trifled with though, as it is also at full strength ahead of next weekend. The team will be led by its number one Mikhail Kukushkin, who continues to be an outstanding ambassador for the Central Asian team. In addition, Andrey Golubev, Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Dmitry Popko make up the rest of the Davis Cup quartet.
Japan have an enormous challenge ahead of them next week, as they will play against defending champions Great Britain in the first round. However, world number six Kei Nishikori will be available for selection, along with Taro Daniel, Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama.
The big news for Switzerland this week is that world number three Roger Federer and world number four Stan Wawrinka will not be available for selection. Henri Laaksonen and Marco Chiudinelli will lead the Swiss charge against Italy, while Adrien Bossel and Antoine Bellier have also been included in the squad.
Argentina will travel to Poland with Leonardo Mayer and Carlos Berlocq as the team’s spearheads. The South American outfit will also include Guido Pella and Renzo Olivo, both of whom could make a Davis Cup debut next week.
Germany, which plays host to Czech Republic next weekend, will rely on the services of experienced campaigner Philipp Kohlschreiber, who leads a side that also includes promising teenager Alexander Zverev, the exuberant Dustin Brown and doubles specialist Philipp Petzschner.
Last year’s runner-up Belgium has named David Goffin, Kimmer Coppejans, Ruben Bemelmans and Arthur de Greef in the team, ahead of the fixture against an immensely talented Croatian team.
The Croatians have nominated a side that includes world number 12 Marin Cilic, rising star Borna Coric, doubles number seven Ivan Dodig and Marin Draganja.