After winning the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and reaching the semifinals at the ATP Finals in Turin, Novak Djokovic is looking forward to representing his country in the Davis Cup. The Serbian champion, who finished the year at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time in his career, will team up with Filip Krajinovic, Dusan Lajovic, Laslo Djere and Miomir Kecmanovic.
Serbia will face Austria and Germany in Group F; both will not be able to count on their number one, because Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev will not take part in the tournament. Dennis Novak and Jan-Lennard Struff should therefore face Djokovic in singles.
The Austrian will have the chance to challenge the 20-time Grand Slam champion for the first time in his career. “It would be incredible to play in Austria against the best tennis player in the world. It would be a great experience for me.
We'll see if I play against him. If so, I'll try to play the best game of my life. He is number one in the world and the favorite in every game he plays, but I will try to enjoy the match and do my best. It means a lot for us to do well in the final phase of the tournament, especially considering that we will not have our best player available (Thiem, ed).
However, we were able to achieve excellent results even without him in the past. The most exciting victory was that of Moscow, when we beat the Russia of Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev. We didn't have any top ten players at the time.
Anything is possible in the Davis Cup and we are ready."
Djokovic has turned his attention to the Davis Cup
With the ATP season coming to an end, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has turned his attention to the Davis Cup. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will aim to lead Serbia to glory at the premier international team event that kicks off on November 25.
"Davis Cup went from one extreme to the other a few years ago, when the whole competition was held in one city (Madrid), which I did not like at all,” Djokovic said. “On the other hand, I do not think that the old format is the best solution either.
My vote goes to something in between, something similar to what they are trying to do now”. The five-time ATP Finals champion even suggested that the season-ending championship be shifted to different cities every couple of years.
"Actually, I would add three more hosts, so that there is a group in each city, followed by a knockout phase in one city," he elaborated. "Also, I would change the hosts every two years, just like I would do with the ATP Finals: I feel that these two competitions represent a great opportunity to take our sport in places where it is not that popular at the moment, which would be good for promotion”.