Djokovic out of first day
Djokovic misses opening day's action
Serbia's star player Novak Djokovic is out of the opening day's action in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie in Moscow between Russia and Serbia.
What should have been a triumphant first day in the world group for the Serbian nation has turned into a nightmare, with the withdrawal of both Djokovic and his No. 2 Janko Tipsarevic. It means Serbia must field the doubles specialist Nenad Zimonjic against the world No. 8 Mikhail Youzhny, and the 31-year-old hasn't played a competitive singles match since the last day of April last year.
Djokovic has been suffering from flu-like symptoms all week. The Serbian team had hoped he would recover in time, but they gave up the fight on Friday morning as Djokovic arrived at the Luzhniki Stadium looking pale and tired. Serb officials are still hoping Djokovic will be fit for Saturday's doubles, where he is due to partner Zimonjic.
Tipsarevic has also been fighting off a stomach bug, but he is believed to have picked up another injury in training that is still being assessed, and an official of the Serbian team said he was unlikely to be available to play this weekend.
It leaves the opening day's singles as Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v Nenad Zimonjic (SRB), followed by Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Victor Troicki (SRB).