Updated: Friday, 31 January 2014 00:18 | By Agence France-Presse

Federer opens Swiss Davis Cup tie in Serbia

Roger Federer, a last minute addition to Switzerland's team, opens the Davis Cup World Group first round tie against Serbia's Ilija Bozoljac, ranked a modest 268th, on Friday.

Federer opens Swiss Davis Cup tie in Serbia

Roger Federer gives a press conference after losing his men's singles semi-final match against Rafael Nadal at the 2014 Australian Open in Melbourne on January 24, 2014 - by William West

Federer, who fell to Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open semi-finals, was initially left off the Swiss squad sheet for this tie against last season's beaten finalists.

But the world number eight decided to make a rare first round appearance to help a Swiss team featuring Stanislas Wawrinka, who succeeded where Federer failed in Melbourne by beating Nadal to clinch his first Grand Slam title on Sunday.

Wawrinka, who has risen to third in the world, follows Federer on the hard indoor surface at Novi Sad against Dusan Lajovic.

The Serbs are weakened with the absence of Novak Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic.

Serbia v France

Friday (from 1300GMT)

Ilija Bozoljac (SRB) v Roger Federer (SUI)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)

Saturday (from 1400)

Nenad Zimonjic/Filip Krajinovic (SRB) v Marco Chiudinelli/Michael Lammer (SUI)

Sunday (from 1200)

Roger Federer (SUI) v Dusan Lajovic (SRB)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Ilija Bozoljac (SRB)

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