World No. 1 Novak Djokovic said he "felt very good" in his first match at the Davis Cup Finals. Djokovic, who led Serbia to their lone Davis Cup title in 2010, saw off Austrian Dennis Novak 6-3 6-2. Djokovic's win over Novak sealed victory for Serbia as Dusan Lajovic beat Gerald Melzer in the opening rubber of the tie.
“I felt very good,” said Djokovic, per the Davis Cup FInals website. “I was locked in from the first point, determined to execute the game-plan. “I have never faced Novak in an official match. I saw that he possesses an all-round game, while playing at home in Davis Cup – he has a pretty good Davis Cup record – he didn’t have much to lose.
He started that way and was quite aggressive."
Djokovic went on a seven-game run
The two players were all tied at three games apiece in the first set but then Djokovic claimed three consecutive breaks and won seven games in a row to take a 6-3 4-0 lead.
Djokovic routinely served out for the match in the eighth game of the second set. “It took me some time to adapt;" Djokovic noted. "The crucial game was the eighth game of the first set, 4-3, new balls. I managed to put in a couple of extra returns, make him play and mix up the pace.
After that, there was really no looking back. I just served well, moved great. “All in all, it was a very good performance. I'm pleased that I managed to bring a win to my country. I’m always very inspired and motivated to be in the team and play for my country.
If I can contribute in a positive way, on and off the court, I’ll always make myself available. “The captain and my team-mates know that and the federation knows that. It has nothing to do with anything other than just loving my country and playing for Serbia, for these colours”.