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Novak Djokovic will lead in the defense of the Davis Cup for Serbia on Friday – just five days after his Wimbledon triumph.

Serbia's Davis Cup team members Viktor Troicki, Novak Djokovic, team captain Bogdan Obradovic, Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic celebrate next to the Davis Cup trophy after defeating France. —Reuters Photo

The new world number one will face Sweden’s Ervin Eleskovic – ranked 355 – in the second rubber in Halmstad after team-mate Viktor Troicki has taken on Michael Ryderstedt. Saturday’s doubles rubber is due to see Simon Aspelin and Robert Lindstedt team up to face Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic. Serbia, the cup holders, are hot favourites to beat a Swedish side shorn of their top player, Robin Soderling, in the quarter-final tie.

Meanwhile, France have opted to rest Wimbledon semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday for their clash in Germany. Instead Richard Gasquet has been nominated to open the tie against German number one Florian Mayer in what will be his first Davis Cup appearance for three years. World number seven Gael Monfils takes on Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second rubber. Tsonga has been named by captain Guy Forget for Saturday’s doubles rubber. He is due to partner Michael Llodra against Christopher Kas and Philipp Petzschner.

American Mardy Fish and Spaniard Feliciano Lopez will open their eagerly anticipated Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinal tie. Fish and Lopez face off in the opening match, while Andy Roddick and David Ferrer will follow on Friday. The doubles rubber sees Bob and Mike Bryan, the world’s No 1 pair, taking on Lopez and Fernando Verdasco.

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