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Djokovic to lead Serbia in final

Radek Stepanek
Radek Stepanek is part of a deep Czech Republic team.
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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP)

Novak Djokovic will lead host Serbia against Tomas Berdych and defending champion Czech Republic in the Davis Cup final in Belgrade next week.

Djokovic is 5-0 in Davis Cup this year. Janko Tipsarevic is also on the squad, though he has been bothered by a leg injury. Serbia coach Bogdan Obradovic said they will know more about his condition in a few days after he finishes treatment.

''Janko is doing all he can to recover and be ready for the duel. But we won't do anything to jeopardize his career,'' Obradovic said.

Also on the Serbia roster are the likely doubles duo of Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac.

Berdych and Radek Stepanek played singles and doubles when the Czechs beat Spain 3-2 in last year's final in Prague. Lukas Rosol and Jan Hajek are also on the squad for the Nov. 15-17 final.

The Czechs are in the final for the third time in five years. Serbia won its only Davis Cup title in Belgrade in 2010, beating France. The Czechs defeated Serbia 4-1 in the quarterfinals in Prague last year.

Serbia had hoped Viktor Troicki might be available, but his appeal of an 18-month ban for skipping a blood test in April was only reduced to 12 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday, meaning he can't play until July.

Troicki played in the first two victories this year over Belgium and the United States and won the decisive point in the 2010 final.

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