The 2013 Davis Cup final takes place over the weekend, with host Serbia—winners in 2010—matching up with 2012 champion the Czech Republic.
Novak Djokovic is the top-ranked and most well-known player involved, with his presence giving Serbia a major boost in the final of the tournament.
However, there are some other notables that are worth mentioning before the action gets started on Friday at 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m. GMT). Keep reading to have a look at the top participants to keep an eye on.
|Friday, Nov. 15||Singles (2)||10 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. GMT||Tennis Channel (U.S.), British Eurosport (U.K.)|
|Saturday, Nov. 16||Doubles (1)||10 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. GMT||Tennis Channel (U.S.), British Eurosport (U.K.)|
|Sunday, Nov. 17||Singles (2)||8 a.m. ET, 1 p.m. GMT||Tennis Channel (U.S.), British Eurosport (U.K.)|
Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych is going to have to do the heavy lifting for the Czech side. He’s no stranger to that, as Berdych is by far the country’s best tennis star and helped guide it to a Davis Cup victory last year.
Berdych was able to defeat Nicolas Almagro in a pivotal matchup, and was part of a doubles squad—with Radek Stepanek—that edged Spain in the finals of that event.
Unfortunately, he’s got his work cut out against the Djoker, as the 28-year-old has only beaten his foe twice in 16 tries.
The most recent victory in favor of Berdych came earlier this year in Rome, when the Czech star eliminated Nole, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. He will have to channel another one of those great performances to walk away with a win in this one.
Novak Djokovic, Serbia
Djokovic is looking to become a two-time Davis Cup winner. However, he will have to put Serbia on his back if that is going to happen, as there are a number of tough opponents in his way.
Which side will win?
Regardless, Nole has proven capable of beating all comers and is consistently ranked among the top players in the world for a reason.
He started off the 2013 campaign with a bang, winning the Australian Open over Andy Murray. However, that would prove to be his only Grand Slam title of the year.
It seems to have Djokovic motivated to finish the campaign with a bang, too.
He’s ripped off wins in four straight tournaments and is now looking to wind his season down with a Davis Cup championship. It’s hard to bet against the Djoker when he’s playing with passion, so the Czech Republic must watch out.
Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic
Rosol is the second-highest ranked player for the Czech side and he will be a major X-factor in the finals of the 2013 Davis Cup.
He’s best known for his stunning elimination of Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon 2012, but Rosol has become a relatively successful singles and doubles talent in his own right.
The 28-year-old has a bit of a temper, but that fire could be useful when it comes down to crunch time in these critical matchups.
If his serve is on, Rosol has limitless potential and could easily swing the outcome of this event.