World No. 1 Novak Djokovic insists he won't take anyone for granted in the Davis Cup Finals. Serbia will face Austria and Germany in the group stage. Austria's top-ranked player Dominic Thiem has been unavailable since he suffered a season-ending wrist injury in June.
On the other hand, world No. 3 Alexander Zverev does not represent Germany. Djokovic will be a huge favorite in every match, but still he insists that he will not underestimate any opponent. "I am sure that Germany and Austria would like to have their best players, but that is not the case," said Djokovic.
“Without them, they are still strong teams, especially Germany, who have players like [Jan-Lennard] Struff and [Dominik] Koepfer, who have had great victories. Rankings do not play a decisive role on the court, especially when you play the Davis Cup for your country.
It's a completely different feeling and you go to the court with a different feeling and you can play the best tennis of your life. The guys who are 100, 150 or 200 in the world are playing great tennis and, on any given day, they can be dangerous.
I do not disrespect or underestimate anyone," said Djokovic. "Regardless of an opponent's classification, I am preparing for my matches here as much as I am preparing for anyone else."
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Boris Becker has revealed he "can't imagine" that Novak Djokovic will not play at the 2022 Australian Open due to his love for the sport.
The German, who coached Djokovic from 2014 to 2016, asserted that the World No. 1 must follow the rules regarding vaccination being mandatory to play in the event. "He says it is his personal decision whether to get vaccinated or not," Becker continued.
"It is nobody's business. I'm with him on that. But if he wants to play on the tennis tour - and we're also having this discussion about [Bayern Munich footballer] Joshua Kimmich - then you just have to follow the rules.
That means you have to be vaccinated in order to play," Becker added. "That applies to Djokovic, that applies to Kimmich and that applies to every athlete who is at home in their respective sport." Excluding the team event(ATP Cup), tennis Australia planned four 250 tournaments that are scheduled to take place in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney. Also, fans are expected to be present but that might change owing to the restrictions imposed by the government.