'I think there will be fair treatment of Novak Djokovic', says TD



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'I think there will be fair treatment of Novak Djokovic', says TD

The world number one, Novak Djokovic, leads the Serbian team that will play the Davis Cup Finals 2021 with the intention of achieving the triumph that two years ago eluded him in Madrid, when he was eliminated in the quarterfinals against Russia.

The Serbian side, which is completed by Nikola Cacic, Miomir Kecmanovic, Dusan Lajovic and Filip Krajinovic, and which is led by Viktor Troiki, is in Innsbruck, where they will play the group stage against Austria and Germany.

"It's great to be back with the team and again for the Davis Cup. The last memory we had was sad. We were all confident and looking forward to reaching the final two years ago. But we are now very motivated to take advantage of this other opportunity.

We are together once more. We are good friends off the court. There is great chemistry in the team and that is one of the important things for success," Djokovic told a telematic press conference. "I have been the last to join the group.

The atmosphere is very good. We hope for the best. The format is different this year. Three venues with two groups each. The Davis Cup should be an experience that more people will enjoy that is why I am here In favor of this year's format and that there are more countries that can enjoy it.

We want to play the best tennis for our country and also for our rival," said Djokovic.

Craig Tiley talks about Djokovic

Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley expects Novak Djokovic to feature at the 2022 Australian Open due to the tennis history on the line.

Tiley also thinks up to 95% of players will be vaccinated by January in order to play the year's first Major. “Today more than 85% [of players] are [vaccinated],” Tiley said. “And we take a lot of credit for that because we put a vaccination requirement on it.

We think by the time we get to January it will be between 90-95% vaccinated because if you’re not, you cannot play”. During the conversation, Craig Tiley also addressed how Novak Djokovic will be received by the Australian Open fans if he does play the event.

He claimed that most people do not share the 34-year-old's view on vaccination, but expects the nine-time champion to be treated respectfully. “He’s one of the greatest players of all time,” Tiley added.

“He’s had a view on something, some share [it] and the majority don’t, and I think there will be fair treatment of Novak”.