Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final tie against Serbia will be played on an outdoor clay court, it has been confirmed. Leon Smith's side, spearheaded by world number two Andy Murray, will travel to Belgrade between 15-17 July to take on a team likely featuring Novak Djokovic at the 6,100-capacity Tasmajdan Stadium.
The match will represent GB's second in defence of a trophy they won for the first time since 1936 last year with victory over Belgium at Flanders Expo in Ghent. In March, they overcame Japan 3-1 in Birmingham courtesy of a thrilling five-set win for Murray over Kei Nishikori. He also beat Taro Daniel and partnered older brother Jamie to a doubles triumph in his first competitive outing since losing to Djokovic at the Australian Open final and the birth of daughter Sophia.
"Now we know the surface and venue our preparations for the Serbia tie can go on to the next level," Smith, who took over from John Lloyd in 2010 and recently signed a new three-year deal to remain as captain, said. "It is going to be an exciting contest in Belgrade and we can't wait to get back together as a team and continue our defence of the title."
Serbia won a maiden Davis Cup title in 2010 and defeated GB in their last meeting in Glasgow back in 2006. Djokovic, Viktor Troicki, Nenad Zimonjic and Filip Krajinovic all recently featured in a 5-0 first-round rout of a Croatia side missing former US Open winner Marin Cilic in Kraljevo.