Czechs, Serbs announce Davis Cup final squads

Belgrade, Serbia ( - As expected, world No. 2 Novak Djokovic and sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych will lead their respective teams into battle for next week's best-of-five Davis Cup final between host Serbia and the reigning champion Czech Republic in Belgrade.

The former world No. 1 and reigning Australian Open titlist Djokovic will be joined on team Serbia by Janko Tipsarevic and doubles specialists Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac.

The Czechs will counter with the former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych, Lukas Rosol, 34-year-old Radek Stepanek, and Jan Hajek.

The Serbs are captained by Bogdan Obradovic, while the Czechs, appearing in their third final in five years, are skippered by Jaroslav Navratil.

The tie will be staged on an indoor hardcourt at Belgrade Arena.

Serbia and the Czech Republic have split their two previous meetings. The Czechs beat the visiting Serbs in a quarterfinal matchup last year, while host Serbia prevailed in a semifinal in 2010, the year the Serbs corralled their lone Davis Cup title.

The World Group final will be staged Nov. 15-17.