Bogdanovic back for Davis Cup clash
PUBLISHED: 13:24 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010
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By Ziad Chaudry ALEX Bogdanovic will team up with US Open finalist Andy Murray at Wimbledon next week for Great Britain s crucial Davis Cup tie against Austria. Bogdanovic s inclusion for the World Group play-off, beginning on September 19, may have raise
By Ziad Chaudry
ALEX Bogdanovic will team up with US Open finalist Andy Murray at Wimbledon next week for Great Britain's crucial Davis Cup tie against Austria.
Bogdanovic's inclusion for the World Group play-off, beginning on September 19, may have raised a few eyebrows due to his poor record in previous Davis Cup encounters - one win in five attempts.
But GB captain David Lloyd believes the 24-year-old from Kilburn can still play a vital role and has handed him a golden opportunity to prove his worth in front of a patriotic crowd on Court No 1.
Bogdanovic and Murray will feature in singles matches against either world number 48 Jurgen Melzer - who the Scotsman beat on his way to Monday's US Open Final - or Alexander Peya.
And Bogdanovic also has the chance to finally collect a singles success at the famous old SW19 venue - having failed in seven grand slam outings since he entered the senior ranks.
His recent form, including an ATP Challenger victory in Granby, Canada, plus quarter-final appearances in Vancouver and Bronx, New York, suggest that he fully deserves his place.
In his final event before Davis Cup duty, Bogdanovic dropped only one game on his way to a crushing 6-0, 6-1 victory over American Scoville Jenkins in the first round of the Open d'Orléans near Paris.