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Tennis: Bogdanovic ready for Cup challenge; Brit relishing his return to Bates's side for Austria test.

Byline: MARK STANIFORTH

ALEX BOGDANOVIC relished his recall to Great Britain's Davis Cup team yesterday.

Bogdanovic has fought his way back into favour after being banished by the Lawn Tennis Association earlier this year over attitude problems.

And now he is focused on joining Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski and debutant Andrew Murray in the tough World Group play-off clash against Austria in Portschach next month.

Bogdanovic said: ``We had a talk during Wimbledon and agreed that whatever happened, happened.

``I'm in regular contact with the guys although I've chosen not to go back into the LTA team as it suits me to be in charge of my own scheduling.

``But I'm really excited to get a recall because every Davis Cup is something special and I think it's going to be a great learning experience. ''

Great Britain face a much tougher test this time after breezing past Luxembourg earlier this year.

But captain Jeremy Bates believes a squad led by an in-form Henman and resurgent Rusedski can provide a match for anyone.

Bates said: ``Tim and Greg continue to perform exceptionally well on the world stage at the very highest level.

``This is a very strong squad with an exciting blend of experience and youth. It will be a very tough tie and we are looking forward to the challenge. ''

Dunblane 17-year-old Murrayhas been included in Bates' squad for the first time after a fine season in which he has continued to emerge as the British game's most promising player.

Bates added: ``Andrew has earned his place in this squad due to his excellent form in recent months and we are delighted for him.

``He is a young, exciting and versatile player who is at home on any surface. ''

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2004
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