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12 May 2011

Pre-tie analysis: Sweden v Serbia


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Novak Djokovic (SRB) Robin Soderling (SWE)


Sweden and Serbia go head-to-head in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinals, with a place in the last four at stake. The tie is being held at the Halmstad Arena in the southern Swedish city of Halmstad on 8-10 July.


Road to quarterfinals

Robin Soderling led the Swedes to a comfortable home win over Russia. Despite the tight final score, 3-2, the Scandinavians secured victory on the second day by winning the first three rubbers.

 

Bogdan Obradovic’s men beat India despite the absence of their top player Novak Djokovic. Indian No. 1 Somdev Devvarman caused an early upset in Novi Sad by defeating Janko Tipsarevic, but Viktor Troicki led the fightback as the Serbians ran out 4-1 winners.


Team leaders

Robin Soderling

Sweden´s leader is one of the most physically powerful players on the circuit. The hard courts are his favourite environment, although his best results have arrived on clay. Over the last two seasons, his victories over Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have shown that he is capable of beating any player... and that could include Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic

The Serb is playing his best ever tennis this season. The Australian Open champion has stated that last year’s triumph in the Davis Cup final was the best moment of his career. It does not come as a surprise that his amazing unbeaten run started at the historic final in Belgrade.


Captains

Thomas Enqvist

The retired Australian Open finalist made his debut as captain in March 2010 and has led his country to two victories in three ties. As a player, he reached the Davis Cup final in 1996 against France when the Swedes were defeated despite Enqvist picking up two points.

Bogdan Obradovic

The Serbian skipper took charge back in September 2007 and has since then become an iconic figure of Serbian tennis. Obradovic has managed to build a competitive team over the years and is responsible for winning the first high-profile trophy of his country.


Keep an eye on...

Simon Aspelin / Robert Lindstedt

This doubles specialist couple have won all their Davis Cup rubbers over the last three years and will more than likely be required to add to that tally if Sweden is to triumph over the defending champions.

Viktor Troiki

The tall Serb (1.93m) is a hard court specialist and has already accumulated over 20 victories on the surface this season. He can also draw on his experience from last year’s final against France when he held his nerve to beat Michal Llodra in the fifth rubber.


Davis Cup pedigree

Sweden

The fifth most successful nation with seven Davis Cup triumphs, the Swedes have won six of their titles after the creation of the World Group in 1981, the most of any country during this period. Bjorn Borg (pictured) led Sweden to its first victory in 1975.

Serbia

The Serbs are the current champions of the competition. Serbia made its Davis Cup debut as an independent nation in 2007, having competed as Serbia & Montenegro from 2004 to 2006 and as Yugoslavia from 1927 to 2003.



Head-to-head

4 - 4

Sweden played the former Yugoslavia on eight different occasions and both are tied in victories with four apiece. However, this will be the first time that Serbia meets the Swedes since becoming an independent country. Djokovic has played Soderling on six occasions, resulting in five victories for the Serb and one for the Swede.


Surface

Hard

The surface is not expected to make a big difference this time for either of the teams. The hard court, like the one being laid at Halmstad Arena, is often Serbia’s surface of choice, too.


Home and away

Sweden

The Swedes have played their last five ties at home. They have won three of them against Russia, Italy and Romania and suffered two defeats to Argentina and Israel.

Serbia

Since 2007, the Serbians have played four ties on foreign soil, winning against Slovak Republic and Croatia, and losing to Spain and Russia. They are unbeaten at home.

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  • RANKINGS

    Rank  Nation Points
    1
    Czech Republic FlagCzech Republic
    44093.75
    2
    Serbia FlagSerbia
    17900.00
    3
    Spain FlagSpain
    17375.00
    4
    Argentina FlagArgentina
    13062.50
    5
    France FlagFrance
    12147.50
    6
    Italy FlagItaly
    9725.00
    7
    Switzerland FlagSwitzerland
    9337.50
    8
    Canada FlagCanada
    6386.25
    9
    USA FlagUSA
    6243.75
    10
    Kazakhstan FlagKazakhstan
    5165.63
 

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