Nenad Zimonjic reveals best Davis Cup moment, alongside Novak Djokovic


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Nenad Zimonjic reveals best Davis Cup moment, alongside Novak Djokovic

The Serbian Davis Cup captain Nenad Zimonjic had played for his country for more than 20 years, competing in more than 70 rubbers and winning 43 of those to earn the Davis Cup Commitment Award. Nenad will have the opportunity to lead Serbia at the first edition of the Davis Cup Finals in November, hoping to go all the way with Novak Djokovic in the squad and other players who have all achieved a lot in 2019.

"I remember the first time was a tournament in San Marino, a group competition; I think the first team I played against was Benin and it was a great honor for me to be part of the team and to be the youngest player there.

I can't really remember who I played in that first match but the feeling was amazing to represent your country. It was always so special for me - every single tie that I played - to have the chance to help my country to win.

Every time you can help your country win a match is special. I have really good memories of when we played Australia in 2007 in Belgrade in a huge arena. It was Novak Djokovic and myself against Lleyton Hewitt and Paul Hanley and we had 19,000 people watching and it was an amazing feeling, amazing atmosphere.

Also winning doubles with Ilija Bozoljac in Idaho in 2013 against the Bryan brothers, the most successful team in the world and one of my biggest rivals, winning that fifth set 15-13. I was coming from London where Novak Djokovic won the singles and myself and Daniel Nestor won the doubles, I was playing my best tennis and I was so excited and we all wanted to win in front of our home crowd in Belgrade.

For me, playing the doubles with Viktor Troicki against Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement was a great feeling to be on court too, despite losing the deciding set. But after that, when Novak won his singles on Sunday and Viktor won the deciding rubber, it was amazing to celebrate with the home fans, teammates and family, especially on the balcony of City Hall, in front of thousands of people.

It's a new competition and format this year and everyone is excited to see how it's going to be. We have a pretty good team this year and a few players have made a breakthrough. Djere won an ATP 500 tournament in Rio; he is the first player after Novak to win such a big tournament.

Then we had Lajovic playing the final in Monte Carlo and also won his first title in Umag recently. Krajinovic also played a final in Budapest this year and reached a final in Paris Bercy a couple of years ago. Kecmanovic made the final in Antalya this summer and the quarter-finals in Indian Wells.

All three of them have also won matches against top players this year, which hasn't always been the case during their careers. Troicki and Tipsarevic are coming back after injuries and Novak is No.1 in the world. I just hope everyone is healthy in Madrid.

With Janko, I have spent so many years playing Davis Cup. We have so many nice memories, and we had the chance to play doubles together. Besides that, the competition in Dusseldorf which Janko, Viktor and myself won twice - these are great memories,we are really good friends, and I'm happy he's had such a great career. It would be nice if he's healthy and can be part of the Davis Cup team in Madrid."