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Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Report: Ivanesevic to lead Croatia Davis Cup team

Associated Press

ZAGREB, Croatia -- Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic is likely to be appointed Croatia's Davis Cup captain, daily newspaper Jutarnji List reported on Tuesday.

Croatia, led by coach Niki Pilic, won the Davis Cup beating Slovakia in the final earlier this month.

The daily said Ivanisevic, who retired in 2004 because of a shoulder injury, was due to meet the head of the Croatian Tennis Association on Wednesday for final talks.

"As it seems now, I'm likely to take over as the team captain from Pilic, who will stay on as my adviser," the 34-year-old Ivanisevic told the paper.

"I believe we will carry on with good results after this sensational triumph. It is now up to us to break with a tradition that Davis Cup winners almost regularly lose in the first round the following season," Ivanisevic said.

Ivanisevic was included in Croatia's team for the final but did not play a match.

Croatia begins the defense of the title against Austria in Graz in February.