2016 Davis Cup enticing but timing tricky, says Murray

Tue Dec 1, 2015 7:43am EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Fast-forward to next July and picture the scene with great rivals Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Britain's Andy Murray going toe-to-toe in a thrilling Davis Cup quarter-final.

It would be a magnificent occasion with the current world numbers one and two fueled by national pride and the decibel levels in the stands pumped up.

Whoever prevailed would probably then be lining up a mouth-watering clash with Roger Federer's Switzerland.

That scenario is unlikely to happen, however, because the packed ATP Tour and the Davis Cup schedule are often incompatible for the leading players and next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will clutter their plans still further.

Newly-crowned champions Britain are on course for a clash with 2010 winners Serbia in next year's competition, but the chances are that neither Murray nor Djokovic will be involved, as it falls just after Wimbledon and with the Olympics looming.

Murray, who almost single-handedly led Britain to their first title for 79 years on Sunday when he beat David Goffin in Belgium to complete one of the greatest individual Davis Cup years ever, has committed to playing in the first round in 2016, a March tie to home to Japan in Birmingham.

Which is more than Swiss duo Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka did this year -- deciding against trying to defend the trophy they won in 2014 for the first time by beating France.

A below-strength Swiss side lost to Belgium in the first round. Djokovic, who led Serbia to victory in 2010, did play against Croatia in this year's first round but was absent for the quarter-final loss to Argentina.   Continued...

Britain's Andy Murray smiles during an interview with Reuters Television in Ghent, Belgium November 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Yves Herman