PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic hopes an indoor clay court and home support will help it advance to the semifinals of the Davis Cup despite not having No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic, who won his third Sony Ericsson Open title on Sunday, is opting to rest before he opens his clay court season at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters on April 14.
The Czechs, who usually play at home on fast indoor hard courts, are counting on the slow clay court to be an advantage. The seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych and 24th-ranked Radek Stepanek will lead the Czech team.
Janko Tipsarevic, who this week reached his highest ranking at No. 8, and 27th-ranked Viktor Troicki will play for Serbia.