World No. 1 Novak Djokovic insists he will not be taking anyone for granted at the Davis Cup Finals. Serbia is set to battle Austria and Germany in the group stage. Austria's top-ranked player Dominic Thiem isn't available since he suffered a season-ending wrist injury in June.
On the other side, world No. 3 Alexander Zverev is not representing Germany. Djokovic will be a big favorite in each matches but still he insists he won't be underestimating any opponent. "I am sure that Germany and Austria would like to have their best players but that is not the case,” Djokovic noted.
“Without them, they are still strong teams, especially Germany who have players like [Jan-Lennard] Struff and [Dominik] Koepfer, who have had big wins. “Rankings don’t play a decisive role on court, especially when you are playing Davis Cup for your country.
It is a whole different feeling and you go on court with a different sensation and can play the best tennis of your life."
Djokovic to prepare as well as he can for any opponent
“Guys who are Nos. 100, 150 or 200 in the world are playing some great tennis and, on any given day, they can be dangerous.
I don’t disrespect or underestimate anyone," Djokovic said. “Regardless of an opponent’s ranking, I am preparing for my matches here as much as I am preparing for any other. I have never played Dennis, for instance, but I will do my homework.
“I am going to do my work in the background and then try to get out there with a good intensity from the very beginning and get the win for my country”. Djokovic won three Grand Slam titles and he would like to finish his season with a second Davis Cup glory. Djokovic led Serbia to their first and lone Davis Cup title in 2010.