Serbia and France are meeting for the first time, in a Final that is shaping up to be one of the closest for years.
Serbia is making its first appearance in a Final, following hard fought wins over USA 3-2, Croatia 4-1 and Czech Republic 3-2. US Open runner-up Novak Djokovic has led the charge for Serbia, remaining unbeaten in singles play throughout the campaign.
Serbia has selected Belgrade Arena to host the tie, a venue it has never lost at. The chosen surface is a hard court, which doesn’t appear to favour either team over the other.
France has enjoyed an easier route to the Final and is yet to lose a live rubber, defeating Germany 4-1, Spain 5-0 and Argentina 5-0. Guy Forget’s team has been without top player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for much of the year, leaving Gael Monfils to adopt the No. 1 spot. Michael Llodra has also played a key role.
France is making its first appearance in the Final for eight years and is bidding to win its tenth title. It was last crowned champion in 2001, after a 3-2 victory over Australia at Melbourne.