Bogdanovic back in favour
Tuesday 17 August 2004
Alex Bogdanovic's determined response after being marginalised by the Lawn Tennis Association has earned him a recall to Britain's Davis Cup squad for the World Group play-off tie in Austria from 24 to 26 September.
The Belgrade-born left-hander will join Andrew Murray, a promising Scottish intermediate, in support of Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski, the nation's top two players, for the match on a clay court in Portschach.
Bogdanovic, dropped from the LTA's funding system because he was not considered to have worked hard enough, has shown a marked improvement in his results. Since Wimbledon, where he unsurprisingly lost to Roger Federer, the defending champion, Bogdanovic has raised his ranking to No 202 in the world.
In his only Davis Cup appearance, against Australia in Sydney last year in the absence of the injured Henman and Rusedski, Bogdanovic pushed Lleyton Hewitt, the world No 1 at the time, in the opening set and gained Britain's point in a 4-1 defeat by beating Todd Woodbridge in a "dead" rubber.
Murray, who has been able to train extensively on clay courts at the Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy in Barcelona, has been called to the British squad for the first time.
"Andrew has earned his place in this squad due to his excellent form in recent months and we are delighted for him," Jeremy Bates, Britain's captain, said.
"He is a young, exciting and versatile player, at home on any surface and his form on clay in particular has been very good. I am also delighted that Alex is back to his best form, playing well and rising up the rankings."
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