Novak Djokovic: 'The bad news is that we are going to play...'



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Novak Djokovic: 'The bad news is that we are going to play...'

After setting yet another career record by closing the year for the seventh time at the top of the ATP rankings, Novak Djokovic is ready to represent his country in the Davis Cup. Serbia have been included in Group F along with Germany and Austria, who will not be able to count on their best players in singles.

In fact, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem will not participate in the most important team event. In addition to Djokovic, the Serbian team will be Filip Krajinovic, Dusan Lajovic, Laslo Djere and Miomir Kecmanovic.

Djokovic reflects on 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”. Calling the ATP Cup and the Davis Cup two of the "most significant tournaments" for him, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said he won't let the empty stands due to COVID-19 restrictions bother him.

“The bad news is that we are going to play in front of empty stands (in Innsbruck, due to Covid-19 restrictions in Austria), but Serbia is in our hearts; we know that we enjoy big support and we will try to bring joy to our people back home," Djokovic said.

"The weeks I am representing Serbia are one of the most significant ones for me – ATP Cup and Davis Cup. I hope that we are going to be successful”. Notably, along with France, Team Serbia has been awarded a wild card entry at Davis Cup 2021.

This 18-team showdown will see Novak Djokovic, Filip Krajinovic, Dusan Lajovic, Laslo Djere and Miomir Kecmanovic as the Serbian team’s nominations. Furthermore, talking about their performances at Davis Cup, Team Serbia has lifted the trophy in 2010.

Additionally, in 2013, they were the runner-ups to the champions in Czech Republic. Also, Novak Djokovic is an impressive 34-10 in the prestigious tournament and his leadership has the potential to give Serbia another title.